The Perfect Kimono

Kimonos are definitely a statement piece and can transform any outfit. Whether you are pairing it with a dress or t-shirt and jeans, it just works. I’ve been told they look like robes but apparently I don’t care…let me live with my robes. I am always on the hunt for ones that make a statement and this floral one immediately caught my eye in It’s Fashion. Yes It’s Fashion!

Sidenote: Ya’ll better start shopping everywhere and stop sleeping on the cheaper stores.

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Britt Smith Photography
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I paired the floral kimono with all white because I wanted the Kimono to get all the shine. My shoes were from Burlington’s, Jeans FashionNova, $5 Tank from It’s Fashion and I got the bag off  Amazon. I paired a few inexpensive pieces and came up with this bomb look. Run to your local It’s Fashion and see if you can find this Kimono. Unfortunately, their items aren’t for sale on the website. Maybe we should write them to change that…but first write them and tell them I would be a bomb brand ambassador!

Here are some other Kimonos I am currently crushing on:

1.  Forever 21

2.   ASOS

3.  FashionNova

4.    Forever 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

NY What’s Good

My cousin and I decided to return to New York this summer. We had such a great time last year that it was definitely a must for this year. We arrived to the New Orleans Airport at 6:15am and the flight was set to leave at 7am. Crazy I know…but I woke up a little later than planned. My cousin always travels light with just a carry-on but ya’ll know me…I have to travel with a large suitcase. We were going to be there for 4 days and I had to be prepared! I commend everyone who’s able to travel with just a carry-on. I don’t know how ya’ll do it!

I was extremely nervous because Delta Airlines always has a long bag check line and that was the case this time. The airline worker told me my bag may not make it on the flight and we better run to make it on board. That’s just what we did. All out of breath we were the last two to board the plane lol. It’s funny now but I was frazzled. Never Again! What size luggage do you travel with? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

Currently Crushing on this set from Urban Outfitters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We linked up with some of my college friends at TreehouseBK which is a bar and restaurant on the first night. We got some complimentary Tequila shots so the night started off great. It’s small but super chill. The drinks are great and food is fire. Get the Sweet Chili Wings if you go. There is also a cute patio at the back of the restaurant. My friend Lauren then took us to Las’Lap on Orchard Street for a friend’s birthday. I got blessed with a complimentary glass of champagne. New York is expensive so I was getting excited for these small victories! The restaurant has only been open for a few months but it’s super chic and the music is great. Drinks are a bit pricey but hey it’s New York!

 

 

   Night One Outfit:

Top | Asos

Bottoms | FashionNova

Bag | SimplyBe

Shoes | Local Store

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday we got up wanting to explore but first Brunch was a must! We caught an uber ride to Harlem to the restaurant Chocolat. Sidebar: Try NOT to Uber. Those fees add up but if you must… definitely do UberPool. The brunch was a bit pricey but when I tell ya’ll it was the best meal we had on the trip! The red velvet pancakes and fried chicken was to die for! They also had bottomless mimosas so that was an automatic win! We visited Black Ink and met the show’s Wardrobe Stylist and another tattoo artist. Caesar and Teddy actually opened a shop in New Orleans. The regular crew was out and about preparing for their trip to New Orleans. We passed through Central Park and did some shopping at Fulton Mall back in Brooklyn. I even scored two pairs of cute sunnies for $5 each from one of the vendors on the street. I loved my day two look. I got so many compliments on my top. Too bad it’s sold out.

 
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Day Two Outfit:

Top | Spread LA : Geeked Plus

Bottoms | Forever 21 (similar)

Shoes | Footlocker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday night we decided to try this lounge called Katra but it definitely had the feel of a night club. It was very as the kids would say “LIT”. The crowd was mixed and the DJ was okay. My cousin enjoyed him but I like to hear a little trap music every now and then. #PrettyGirlsLikeTrapMusic. We still had fun and met some cool people. I guess the stereotype isn’t true, we met some pretty friendly New Yorkers. I was worried about having a long sleeve dress but the weather was beautiful. I hate that the picture is dark and blurry.
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Night Two Outfit:

Dress | PRETTYLITTLETHING

Bag | Forever 21

Shoes | Steve Madden

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll have to say Sunday was the most fun! We started our day with the most “LIT” brunch I have ever attended. Woodland is located in Brooklyn and is definitely a restaurant you should experience. You are given a two hour limit and the waitress has to hold a credit card and ID from one of the guests at your table, I believe they may have had some issues with people rolling out without paying their bill. It’s a party atmosphere and everyone is there to have a good time. People are up out their seats and dancing in between bites! I ordered the Brioche French Toast with Fresh Berries and Apple-Wood Smoked Bacon with Bottomless Mimosas of course! The food wasn’t the Best I Ever Had *No Drake* but the cost was worth the experience. Plus somebody 50 year old daddy gave us one hell of a show lol. You’ll have to visit my NYC highlights on IG to see. For the outfit, I was looking forward to wearing this look. I came across the hat on my boo Renae’s (check out her blog) Instastory. I was like I need the hat sis. I don’t know how it’s going to work with my big head and hair but I need it!
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Day Three: Outfit

Hat | Zara

T-Shirt | Forever 21

Skirt | It’s Fashion

Bag | Forever 21

 

 

 

 

 

After brunch we did a little more shopping then went to Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar . I ordered the Strawberry Lemongrass flavored Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail. It was delicious but expensive. The drink plus gratuity was $30. Yikes…right but I just had to have one. This is just a cute place to go to. I wouldn’t recommend going if you’re trying to get a buzz.

Monday we got lost on the Subway (lol), visited Times Square and met Lauren at Essence Bar where they have a pretty good happy hour. Ladies and Gents go here if you want a buzz.  We left on Tuesday and it was an overall good trip. I love traveling with my cousin. We get along great and always have a good time. Luckily we’ll always have a place to stay when we visit New York. My aunt is originally from New Orleans but has been living in New York for over 50 years. Check out some more photos below from my trip!

JD BRUNCH SERIES – MAY

This month’s Brunch Series was held at Lula Restaurant Distillery. The restaurant is located on St. Charles Ave. and has been open a little over a year. I’ve had dinner there before which was really good and decided to check out their brunch. I was joined by Samjah of Style & Energy, Kineatra of Naturally Nex, Whitney of Whitney J. Decor, Brittany of BEE TRENDI, and Kierra of Jus Kierra. We talked about future goals, stepping out on faith and remaining consistent in our different areas of interests. Some of the ladies received motivational homework assignments and we’ll do a check-in next month. “If you are willing to invest all of your time working for someone else, why not keep that same energy when it comes to your own business and brand?”

The Brunch was really good. I’ll have to say this was my best experience taste wise since I’ve started the monthly series. I had the Pork Roast Grillades & Grits topped with Gravy and a Pan Fried Egg. The dish isn’t plated very nicely but don’t let the look fool you. It was extremely delicious. The Pork Roast was very tender and the texture of the grits were perfect. I will say which was surprising, my mimosa wasn’t that great. I know you’re probably wondering well “How do you mess up a mimosa?”  I don’t know. *giggles* The restaurant was also pretty packed for brunch but the customer service was great. I’ll be making a return. Check out my dish and others below.

For my Brunch Look I went with a the Plus Size Cami Flounce Denim Dress from Forever 21, my Trini Fringe Sandal Heels from Eloquii, that I am just madly in love with and my Bamboo Bag which I purchased from Amazon. You will be seeing this bag a lot this summer. To give the look a little more something something… I went to the local hair store and purchased a scarf to tie around my head. Ya’ll it was a struggle to keep it down though *giggles* my hair was like “Girl you tried it”.  Shout out to my MUA who tied it first and then Kin and Sam who played hair stylist in the restroom. Teamwork makes the Dream work. Let me know your thoughts on the look!

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Check out some street style from the ladies below!

 

If you still need a Woman Crush Wednesday…I got a few options!

What’s Wrong with Being Confident

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Blac Chyna posted a Fashion Nova ad on her Instagram page the other day and it was a plus size blogger in a swimsuit. People were dragging the blogger in the comment section. Now I know people make silly jokes all the time, believe me Black Twitter always has me cracking up; but these comments were just cruel. It was so many that when I was scrolling it was all I saw. I thought to myself why are all of these people so angry that she’s Fat? Like what’s it to you? Why are you mad that she’s secure with herself and owns her size? I realized that people hide behind their own insecurities by spewing hatred to others. All you can do is pray for them because they are actually miserable on the inside.

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Thankfully growing up I was blessed with a mom who always encouraged me and told me I was beautiful. I also had to find confidence within myself and not care what others thought about me. Society has created this idea of beauty and not everyone fits the bill. That’s the beauty of the human race, we come in all shapes, sizes and shades. I am starting to see more plus size representation and I love it. We haven’t reached our full potential but I think we have come much further than we were years ago.

Ladies and Gents, I want to encourage you to wear what you want and do as you please. I’m going to continue to do so and I want you to join in on this Slayage! Whoever doesn’t like it can kiss our FAT shhhh! Now back to the fashion at hand…

My look was inspired by two of my favorite fashionistas Karleen Roy of The Vanity Group and Samjah of Style & Energy.

 

When I saw these white boots in It’s Fashion(similar) I knew it was meant to be! I paired them with a white faux leather strapless top from Fashion Nova and my ripped boyfriend jeans from Forever 21 (similar). I think the look came together! Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Blogger’s Closet Sale

After having brunch with some fellow bloggers one Sunday, we thought it would be a cool idea to host a Bloggers Closet Sale. It’s amazing what ideas you can dream up when you sit and chat with like minded creative individuals… shout out to The JD Brunch Series!

Samjah of Style & Energy and  Derra Howard were down and I wanted to recruit two more fashionistas. I reached out to Savanah of Following Sunshine and Michelle West and they were both in!

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We hosted the event at Bacakatown Coffee Parlour on Basin St. It’s a locally-owned coffee boutique where  you can find premiere coffee, espresso drinks, loose leaf teas, juice, fresh baked pastries and desserts; plus free wifi! Their chicken salad croissant sandwich is really delicious. They also host various social events!

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The event was extremely successful and we hope to have another one soon. Thank you to everyone who came out to support! If you missed the closet sale I will be adding pieces to PoshMark! Download the app and check out my closet at @jdseries !

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JD Series at The Bloggers Closet Sale – Britt Smith Photography

 

 

JD BRUNCH SERIES – APRIL

So I finally made it over to Morrow’s. I was dying to see what all the hype was about and chile…the food lived up to the hype.

Britt Smith Photography – Morrow’s

Earlier last week I attempted to call the restaurant several times to make a reservation and ended up leaving a voicemail. I arrived Sunday with my fingers crossed hoping they would be able to seat us. The hostess was very polite. She informed me that they didn’t do reservations and that it would be an hour wait. Usually an hour wait is too long for me but I had already told the ladies to meet here and I’m like ain’t no turning back now.

Sidebar: How long would you wait to be seated at a restaurant?

It turned out to be a little over an hour but hey, I couldn’t be mad the restaurant has only been opened for two weeks and it was packed! I didn’t mind waiting at the bar and conversing with the girls. I was even offered a free shot of tequila while I waited so that was a nice treat.

The restaurant is modern and chic. The music was rolling and the atmosphere was just really dope. Our waitress was pretty cool too…she communicated mostly with her eyes but somehow we knew exactly what she was saying..*giggles*. I was joined by Samjah of Style & Energy, Kineatra of Naturally Nex, Whitney of Whitney J. Decor, Nae of NASCENTBYNAE, Britt of Britt Smith, Jessica half of FatGirlNola and Sumya check out her style here .

I decided to be different and not opt for my usual chicken and waffles. I ordered the Grilled Salmon with Asparagus and Parmesan Grits. The grits were good but the salmon was seasoned perfectly…like perfectly. It’s definitely something I would order again and I highly recommend it. See some of the other dishes that made it to our table below.

We even ran into New Orleans’ young Mogul Larry Morrow who owns the restaurant with his mom, Lenora Chong.

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I’ve been waiting for the weather to cooperate so I can bring out my hot pink dress. I paired it with gold earrings, my Target mules and my pineapple sunnies to complete the look!

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Sunnies | Spread LA

Dress | ASOS

Shoes | Target

 

JD Brunch Series – March

This month’s pick was Feelings Marigny Cafe, Bar & Courtyard Lounge. This was my second time visiting the restaurant. The restaurant went through a few changes for the new year and I wanted to see the improvements. The atmosphere is pretty nice and there is a beautiful courtyard located in the back of the restaurant. Plus any place with bottomless mimosas is sure to get a second visit out of me! The conversations were flowing and the laughs were plentiful.

The service however was really slow…like really. Our waitress was super sweet but it was like she was the only waitress in our area serving about 6 tables. She was also the hostess, she was probably the bartender too because I ordered bottomless mimosas but I never got a second one lol…babygirl was so busy she might have even been the chef! She did apologize for the service and comp’d the mimosa so I’m not ready to give up on Friendly’s yet…may be a while before I go back but I’m not giving up on them.

I ordered the Country Fried Chicken & Hoe Cakes. Someone asked if I misspelled the dish’s name when I uploaded it to Insta-Story…nope it’s Hoe Cakes…lol. The Hoe Cakes weren’t your typical pancake, in fact it was made of cornmeal. They were topped with fried chicken fried to perfection and blueberry syrup. It was delicious and I would recommend it. See some of the other dishes that made it to our table below.

I love connecting with like minded creatives and I’m going to remain consistent with this series. I learn so much every time we brunch. I invited Samjah of Style & EnergyDerra Howard, Kineatra of Naturally Nex, Whitney of Whitney J. Decor, Nadia of Dulce Events & Design and Sumya check out her style here . I also had my girl Britt Smith capture the magic! It was a really great time per usual!

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And you know I couldn’t miss a chance to capture some street style!

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Sunnies | spreadLA

Top | Asos

Shorts | Forever 21

Shoes | Target