LadiesWhoBrunch

Triple the Focus’ Ladies Who Brunch is always a great time. Networking in person is very important, but these days I have been selective with the events I attend just due re-evaluating how I spend my time (more on that in future post.) The brunch was sponsored by COCOTIQUE, SoCo Brooklyn Restaurant and Voga Italia wine and jewelry vendor Pieces NY. Creator of COCOTIQUE Dana Hill shared her story about her career path, passion for beauty and starting her business. Dana wasn’t the only one dropping jewels of knowledge, the ladies in attendance all shared a great deal. We all took away so much wisdom from each other. Here are my top five quotes that stuck with me. [click to continue…]

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My Style: Sweatshirt & Chucks

by Miss Mikelah on September 25, 2014

OOTD_Peter Pilotto for Target

Sweatshirt: Peter Pilotto for Target | Skirt: Rachel Rachel Roy | Sneakers: Converse

Fall and sweatshirts go hand in hand. I wore this outfit for a family dinner, which was supposed to be outside, but got rained out, so it was a little cool and this sweatshirt was perfect. Pairing this skirt with my sneakers were more for comfort, since I knew I wanted to comfortable being hostess.

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Naballah Chi_ Caribbean Blogger Spotlight

Photos by: L.I.M.E Photograpahy, Bruno Chi and Luis Young

I was delighted when Caribbean blogger Naballah Chi reached out to me to check out her blog. Upon viewing her site I immediately wanted to feature her for the Caribbean Blogger Spotlight. This Fashion Muslim blogger based in Trinidad & Tobago exemplifies the diversity of the Caribbean. Her unique voice and amazing photos are awe-inspiring. I was completely intrigued ability to effortlessly remain true to her muslim faith while displaying her passion for fashion prints and colors. As a fellow style blogger we (myself included) are inundated with what style bloggers are “supposed to look like”, and with that come sameness; Naballah brings a refreshing look at fashion blogger with incredibly imagery that is anything but typical when it comes to fashion blogging.

Why/How did you start blogging?

 I’ve been meaning to blog, ever since I entered university in 2008 but I guess I procrastinated a bit…okay a lot because I officially started last year (2013).  I was especially inspired to blog, given that I wrote a lot and always liked providing my own perspective on things. I’ve also been highly inspired by my  travels, love for fashion, photography and off course being able to share with others my love for fashion on a whole. It only seemed fitting that I started a blog to document my personal creative perspectives. I like being able to share with others and interact with like-minded people. It’s been a blast so far!

How would you describe your style?

 Eclectic: Classic but fashion forward, urban, polished, very DIY (I make a lot of my own clothes). I love bright and bold colors and prints,  so I vary wildly between coordinating colors, deliberately mismatching them. I don’t like colors too one-dimensional (white and black being an exception), I prefer completely disconnecting colors. [click to continue…]

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Fall Must Haves!

by Miss Mikelah on September 11, 2014

Miss Mikelahs Fall Must Haves

Fall is upon us! I’m preparing for the season reluctantly since I’ve had such a great summer I hate to see it end! Truthfully, fall is my favorite season for fashion. As I wind down the last few weeks of summer I’m starting to think about my fall must haves, here are the items at the top of my list. [click to continue…]

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My Style: More Romper Love!

by Miss Mikelah on September 8, 2014

Asos Romper 1

I told you all I love rompers right?! I wore this to Essence Magazine’s Style Block Party in Brooklyn. I wanted to take more pictures of the fabulously dressed crowd, but I got there late, and my little one just HAD to get her face painted and that line was basically and hour long. So I missed the performances and the other booths were pretty much packing up, but the energy was amazing! I loved the concept of the event and hope they have it again next year. My romper was easy and comfortable.

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Triple the Focus_Africa Miranda_Michael Jai White

The August/September issue of Triple the Focus is a double cover featuring hairnista Africa Miranda and action actor Michael Jai White. This issue features some great accessory designers, musical talents of Agent Sasco (aka Assassin) and Natural Black and more!

 

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Visions Unite Circle of Success

Newly formed organization for entrepreneurs, Visions Unite recently held their first event. Based in my home town of Stamford, CT, it’s always great to see organization that value entrepreneurship in a supportive way. The group’s first event, Circle of Success, was an event that brought entrepreneurs together to help each other to drive success, promote unity and empower one another to grow. Co-creators and Stamford natives Latoya Williams, Anthony Harris and Alicia Murphy (picture above) had this to say about the vision for Circle of Success:

“The goal of the event was  to have individuals who were interested in starting a business or in the midst of their business start-up to network and get ideas from one another and possibly lead into a an opportunity for two small businesses to work together in the future. Entrepreneurs provided a special presentation, introducing their business to the community.”  [click to continue…]

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My Style: Romper Fun

by Miss Mikelah on August 26, 2014

Style Target Romper

I love a good romper! The one piece is fun, playful and chic. A romper can easily be accessorized with a few pieces, but is a statement in itself. I got this vibrant tribal print romper right before my trip to Jamaica at Target and immediately snatched it up. Rompers are easy and no fuss, when they fit correctly. Luckily this one fit perfectly. Check out how I wore it on vacation and to dinner with friends! [click to continue…]

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Elsie-Augustave - The Roving Tree

The Caribbean has no shortage of authors, however unless you seek them out or a friend recommends, you may believe that our stories aren’t being told. Maybe no in the mainstream, but it’s always refreshing to read about new authors who are writing about the cultural transitions of migrating from the Caribbean, an experience shared by so many in the Caribbean.

Elsie Augustave is a teacher and first time author with degrees from Middlebury College and Howard University in foreign language and literature. Her dedication to excellence in her field has been acknowledged through numerous international grants for continued studies allowing her to pursue her passion for culture in Senegal and France as a Fulbright Scholar. Augustave currently teaches French and Spanish at the renowned Stuyvesant High School in New York City, and is also a consultant for the College Board.

Augustave has been featured in a number of publications including the New York Times, Kreyolicious.com and making Essence Magazine’s summer reading list. I featured her book as part of my Mother’s Day Gift Guide this past May and had a chance to interview the Caribbean author. She spoke about penning her first book, her proud Haitian heritage and 2nd/3rd generation Caribbean battling cultural identity.

Tell me about your Haitian upbringing?

I grew up surrounded by maternal and paternal extended family, who often visited our home in Port-au-Prince. What I remember the most is the summer vacations with those relatives in rural Haiti, where I learned to appreciate folk life.

What were some of your challenges you had to overcome migrating to a new country at a young age?

The most challenging experience for me when I came to the United States was to break language barriers. At that time, bilingual education was in vogue and since there was a relatively small Haitian community in New York, the guidance counselor assumed that I was of Hispanic descent and sent me to a class where everyone spoke Spanish. While I learned English along with them, I also learned Spanish because they became my only friends, and they only spoke Spanish among themselves. In addition to that, some of the subjects were also taught in Spanish.

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Jamaica Trip 2014

Although I was born and raised in the U.S., Jamaica always feels like home. I also have a great time visiting family and friends and make it a point to do something new every time I go there. This year my family spent a little over a week; spending half our time at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort All-Inclusive in Montego Bay and the rest of the time with friends and family in Kingston, Spanish Town and Portmore.
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