Monday, October 31, 2011

CJ Jeans With Cookie Johnson

She's a designer, an entrepreneur, a mother, and wife to legendary basketball player Magic Johnson. Ladies meet Cookie Johnson. This past weekend I had the pleasure to sit down and chat with Cookie about her latest jean collection "CJ Jeans"

1. Why did you decide to create a jean collection?
"I decided to create this jean collection because I couldn't find a jean to fit my body type. I have curves, I have thighs, and I have hips. I could squeeze into something, but it never came up high enough in the back to cover my butt, and the thighs they felt like they were so tight. I felt like I was strangling to put a pair of jeans on. So finally I got frustrated enough that I decided, I know I'm not the only one out here like this so I'm going to create a jean for a women with a real curve."

2. How does it feel to have Oprah as a huge fan of your jeans?
"O my God it's amazing it's like the ultimate! When I found out she liked the jeans I couldn't believe it. I just sent the jeans to her magazine because I wanted to see if she would wear them on a cover. Then I got a phone call and they told me she took them home from the shoot because she liked them so much. Then she told me she literally wore them 3 days in a row because she loved them and they were so comfortable she couldn't believe it. A month later I was on the show."

3. Ten years from now where do you see "CJ Jeans"?
"I would like to see a few things. I would like to see a men's line. I would like to see a juniors line, because there are a lot of young girls out there with curves. I also would like to have a collection that has some jackets and tops to go with the jeans, and lastly I would love to open my own stores."

4. What tips would you give to other designers looking to follow in your footsteps?
"I had a fashion background. I went to school for fashion merchandising. I was a buyer for years before I got married, had kids, and stopped working. So number one, make sure you go to school and learn your craft. Secondly, go get jobs at the places that are in the field you are looking to get into. Find a company that produces your craft and work for them so you can know what goes on and how it all comes together. Also consider partnering with someone because they already have the expertise you need."

5. What are your top three favorite trends right now?
"In denim it would be COLOR...COLOR....COLOR....Color is hot this Fall and for next Spring. You must do color whether you do it on the top or bottom. We want you to do it on the bottom. I have lots of color in my collection. Secondly, pattern jeans. They really are popular, we have leopard, we have python, we have cheetah coming in. Lastly, jeans with coding. They look like leather but they're actually jeans with a wax coding on them. You don't have the leather price point with them or the restriction because the material still gives. It fits your curves and is more comfortable."

6. Where can people find your collection?
"We're at Nordstom, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue"

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

-Harriet Tubman

Refinery 29 DC Edition

No longer is the Nation's Capital a stuffy city filled with monotone grays, blacks, and navy blues. Say goodbye to the political style and hello to every other style. The time has come ladies. Fashion website Refinery 29 has officially  launched it's DC edition today. YAYYYYYY! You can find everything DC fashion related HERE check it out!

Nails Of The Day


It's nothing like a deep dark polish to usher in the cold weather.  I picked this polish up from Forever 21 this past weekend for only $2.80.

Friday, October 28, 2011

"Everyone wants happiness no one wants pain, but you can't make a rainbow without a little rain."

How To Layer!

Summer is gone, the trees have changed colors, and the air is getting COLD! That means it's definitely time to start layering up with long sleeves, vests, scarves, etc.....So here's a few tips on how to layer fashionably.

1. The thinnest garment should always be worn closest to your skin. In turn, the thickest garment should be worn on the top layer. You do this to prevent unwanted bulges in your clothes.

2. Try not to layer clothing with the same style. For example if you have a ruffled top that you really want to wear don't pair it with a ruffled cardi. It becomes ruffle Over-Kill! So try to contrast the styles with a ruffled top and a plain blazer.

3. Scarves are GREAT for layering. Tuck them into a vest or jacket or even a button up shirt.

4. I'm a HUGE fan of blazers. They are absolutely PERFECT for the layered look typically because you have to wear something under them so.....try taking a form fitting plain top, throw a blazer on over and a scarf with a pair of jeans ;)

5. Try not to add more than 3 layers to your fit remember you still want to be comfortable!

The First Lady's Style

Michelle Obama is making history not just for being the 1st African American First Lady but also being the chicest First Lady ;) Her style is so effortless, classy and cutting edge. I mean come on she wears a designers piece and next minute you know the designer is getting deals to create collections for Macy's (ex..Doo-Ri Chung) It's great to see that our First Lady is not only handling the political issues that concern this country but handling them and being fabulous at the same time! Hats off to you Michelle.

That blue is amazing. First Lady in J. Crew

Don't you love how she can go from high end threads to this look by H&M.

This has to be the cutest top ever! First Lady in a Tracy Reese top!

First Lady in Doo Ri Chung at the State Dinner.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Styling Contest

To all my lovely ladies who follow this blog. I just entered a styling contest and would love for you ladies to vote for me HERE just click the "LIKE" button. I really appreciate it and if I'm one of the lucky 24 people chosen I will be hosting a giveaway for a lucky winner. Thanks so much and VOTE...VOTE....VOTE... ;)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Weekend Flow: Hampton University

This weekend I returned to my Alma mater Hampton University for homecoming and, I celebrated my friends birthday while I was down there. It was great running into old friends and spending time with old teammates. I literally laughed the entire weekend just reminiscing on old memories with friends and I love that I was able to create new ones ;) Definitely was a great time.

Me and a few of my teammates

My buddy comedian Rob Gordon check out his YouTube channel HERE your in for a laugh!

Style Spotlights

While I was in Hampton this weekend I couldn't help but snap pics of people showcasing their style.

"Never judge anyone you never know their story"

Thursday, October 20, 2011

"What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. Smile and enjoy life"

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"Real glamour and beauty is not just mascara, clothes, chanel no.5, perfume, and perfect lipgloss, it's being a role model being beautiful on the inside and caring more about others than you do yourself"

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"When I was dead, HE revived my soul. He takes the broken makes them whole. Takes the bound makes them free. Takes the weak and makes them strong. All of my sins been erased. He has lifted my disgrace. O the joy...O the joy that JESUS makes me whole"

-Mia Fieldes

ReadySetDC: Designer Meet & Greet

Friday night I attended the ReadySetDC District designer meet and greet at The Dunes. It was an awesome crowd filled with DC's own designers, models, photographers, and many more.

The ladies of Vice as If

Her hair simply AMAZING! love the color!