Its officially Fall, the temperatures here in New York have starting getting cooler and it’s the perfect timing to swap out the short shorts and usher in your leather pieces. I went for sleek with this look; you can never go wrong in all black.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
I have always loved the denim on denim trend. So casual but chic. Something you can throw on to run errands or for a relaxed date night with the beau. I picked up these high waisted jeans about a year ago from H&M and have worn them well over 2o times. You can probably say they’re one of my favorites. I paired it with my denim button up shirt and tied the front to give it a little sass and Whaaa Lahhhh simple date night look made easy J
Shun Melson, celebrity stylist to names like Atlanta Housewives Kim Zolciak, Phaedra Parks, Kandi Burruss and many more. Last week I had the opportunity to sit and chat all things “Fashun”.
1. What motivates you in an industry that can be so competitive and critical?
“Oh my gosh… I just love what I do, I love making people feel good, and look good. I got fired from Jeffries 10 years ago where I was making a ton of money. I was just so overwhelmed and I was like “what am I going to do” so I decided to just go out on faith and style people on my own. Now 10 years later I have never looked back.”
2. What tips would you give to those that are looking to follow in your footsteps?
“Well, I have a fashion 101 class teaching stylists how to be a good stylist, and how to survive in this industry. The very first thing I tell them is to “Go The Extra Mile” because some of them just want to go half way and give up. But you have to go the extra mile, you have to network, you have to get out of your comfort zone, and those are just some of the things I teach in my class.”
3. What trends are you predicting for Spring/Summer 2016?
“Of course floral! Neon prints, pink, burgundy will be big believe it or not, and fringe which is one of my faves right now.”
4. What are some misconceptions about being a celebrity stylist?
“Everyone thinks it’s super easy. Everyone thinks it’s fabulous and that I’m around a lot of fabulous clothes, and I get to hang around fabulous people. But majority of the time I’m working like 18 hours a day. I sleep on the airplanes; it’s a lot of hard work. All they see on my Instagram is “Aww she has fabulous clothes and around fabulous people, and I can get there too” Then I hire them or bring them on as an intern, and their like “whattttt???” And they last for maybe a week.”
5. Name one person you wish you had the opportunity to style.
“I would love to style Rihanna. I love everything about her. She just looks like the type that really listens to whatever you say. If you ask her to dye her hair blue she’ll say “OK I’ll try it”. That’s like the ideal client. You never want to get a client that thinks they’re the stylist because it’s kind of like well why am I here?”
6. If you weren’t a stylist what would you be doing?
“Something that has to do with clothing. Like I can play in clothes all day. So I would be in merchandising, that was my favorite things to do when I was at Jeffries I could stay in the store all night and just do the window displays.”
7. What does style and beauty mean to you?
“It’s everything, it’s like my child. I get chills when I talk about it. It’s my world.”
8. What’s next for Shun?
“After my classes, I definitely want to do a styling book. That’s on my to-do list and my tee shirts are doing amazing now. I started out with a tee shirt line because there was no place I could find tee shirts with African American women on them. The only thing I found was Kate Moss and Marilyn Monroe, so I decided to design shirts with African American women on them and people love them. Several celebrities have been seen in them. That’s just kind of like my passion project. I would love to see them in stores.”
9. Describe yourself in one word.
“Fashun” F.A.S.H.U.N “Fashun”!
To check out more on Shun Melson, and purchase one of her tee shirts visit her website HERE
Friday, September 25, 2015
Whew…it has definitely been awhile. Hi…Hello… my name is Starema and I’m a fashion blogger lol just kidding. It’s been so long I feel like I have to reintroduce myself J. I hope all has been well with you all. As for me busy, busy, busy hence the reason why you guys haven’t seen much of me. I guess you could say I took a short hiatus from blogging since I’ve moved. I haven’t blogged nearly as much this year as I did previously. But….scouts honor I’m back at it for you guys J
Speaking of New York and moving can you believe this week marks my one year anniversary as an official “New Yorker” and boy let me tell you, I have learned so many new things, not only about myself but others as well. While the constant hustle and bustle of New York City can be overbearing at times, even for some of my friends who were born and raised here. I can truly say I never regret the decision I made to move. One of the best decisions I have ever made for so many different reasons.
Now…. Enough of my rambling let’s get to the good stuff. “Fashion”. Well, as you know NYFW was last week, and what a great time to be living in this city. I attended several events and had an awesome time meeting new faces. Below check out my looks for each day.
I decided to keep things simple but with a tiny touch of sass. So I threw on this sheer skirt from Express which you can also see me rocking HERE, with my favorite black crop top. My top hat added that extra bit of spunk, while I opted for these black buckled booties for my feet. I knew I would be doing a lot of walking Day 1 so they definitely kept me comfortable.
Talk about “Easy Chic”! When I laid my eyes on this Orangina suede number with satin shoulder appliqués I just knew I had to have it. The dress/shirt was so comfortable but did not compromise style which is always a great thing. I paired it with a navy blue top hat to compliment the orange color scheme and my favorite butter cream booties .I loved how the look was so effortless and gives the “My Boyfriends Shirt” type of vibe. Easy and Effortless!
Think “Sporty Spice” I enjoyed how the two piece jacket/skort was so versatile and could be dressed up with heels or dressed down with sneakers which I opted for. Because it was pouring raining in NYC this day I wanted to go for a head wrap that made a subtle statement. Taking this look from standard to stunning.
Call me “Florina” I love these floral pants I snagged at Zara a few seasons back. I was trying to go for a little sexy sass with the no shirt vibes, but to be honest with you guys this wasn’t my favorite look of the week. I would say “Meh”.
I could live in this checkered onsie if I really wanted to. Such an easy piece to throw on with sneakers and dress up with a simple pair of heels and clutch. I will definitely be wearing this again for Fall & Winter.
Big Bird couldn’t win a color block battle with me even if he wanted to. This day I decided to celebrate summer with a color blocked co-ord set look that I loved. I scored this yellow duster at a local vintage store about a year ago. The shorts were a summer Zara find that matched perfectly and, believe it or not my shirt was created by me.
“Black-Out”….I decided to revisit Day 1 with black and sheer, for the last day of fashion week.
Friday, June 12, 2015
It’s always great when you can find an awesome pair of comfortable sneakers to incorporate into your wardrobe, that won’t leave you comprising your style. I paired these classic black and white shell toe sneakers, infamously worn in the 80’s with a simple black Zara dress I picked up not too long ago. I used the gold jewelry and bold lips to spruce this look up just a tad bit and give it some depth outside of the traditional all black. I call it “Comfy Chic”.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Change is inevitable! That’s one thing we can count on during this journey we call life. Some will change for the better, some for the worst, and some who don’t want to change at all. But you know what’s the beauty in it all…. Change is an expected unexpected phenomenon. You never know how it will come or when it will come until it smacks you right in the face and forces you to deal with it. Embrace it!
Monday, April 6, 2015
Spring is finally here and I cannot contain my excitement. It seems as if the winter just would not go away. It’s still a little chilly out but I can definitely feel the warmer temperatures peaking around the corner. So you can imagine my excitement pulling this thrifted floral number out my closet. It’s lightweight and perfect for those in between days when it’s cool out.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Isn’t it awesome you can throw cheetah print over pretty much anything and rock it as a neutral? I did just that with this simple fit, the print adds that extra bit of dazzle and takes the outfit from street to chic. This outfit was so comfortable definitely something I could throw on every day.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
This fur has been my saving grace this winter. With all the snow and near freezing temperatures I have practically been living in this thing. I refuse to put it away, it just wouldn’t make sense. Can you believe I actually snagged this beauty at a local thrift store in Brooklyn. Hands down it has been my best purchase since moving. No one told me the winters here would be so brutal but thanks to this faux fur feat, I think I’m handling it with style.