The weather has been extra crazy in New Orleans lately. Now it’s normal to experience different seasons in one month, however it’s just been on a new level. I decided to pair my CiCi Hot boots with a dress I purchased from Curvie Kouture. It was a little short on me so I added a pair of black denim shorts. The image was super cute but what attracted me most to the dress was the sleeves. I love a dramatic Sleeve and these were made of tulle! I figured this outfit was perfect for the bipolar weather.
Now the boots…this was my second time wearing them. My calves are usually too big for boots in the straight sizes category and a tad too small for boots in the plus size category. I am always on the hunt for boots that stretch. So without question, I went back to CiCi Hot because it was where I purchased my pink suede thigh high boots that I am madly in love with. Well these were a struggle to pull up over my calves, so if you think your calves are bigger than mine…don’t buy them.
I am also trying to find more statement pieces when it comes to jewelry because I will wear out a gold hoop and simple necklace chile. Lately, I’ve been able to count on H&M to have some popping statement earrings, (I did purchase these before the “coolest monkey in the jungle” incident…are we still mad at them?) the one located on N Peters in the French Quarters is my favorite.
Some of you know that I had my first event two years ago. “The JD Series Brunch”, the idea was to have fashionable ladies attend the event, serve brunch and shop vendors. The event was actually extremely nice and well attended for my first event and the guests were able to enjoy a fashion show by L’Jai Amor, free manicures from Cartina’s Eye Catching Nails, bottomless mimosas and live fashion sketches by Kentrice of Ken 6 Studio.
There was only one problem, the Chef totally screwed me over. He arrived inebriated and went missing for half of the event. When he finally decided to come back, he had Walmart bags with eggs, sausage, and skillet potatoes. Mind you the menu was shrimp and grits, live omelet stations, quiche, fruit, steak kabobs, salad and pasta. Ya’ll the 9th Ward/7th Ward was about to come allll the way out lol. On the inside I was devastated and embarrassed but I had to remain calm and professional. I know ya’ll are probably wondering well who is the chef (spill the tea sis) but he’s not getting any publicity from me and shall remain nameless.
I didn’t let this small hiccup which seemed major at the time stop me and I went on to have two more successful events; but The JD Series Brunch was still in my heart. I decided that instead of doing a big event annually, I would invite local fashionistas and creatives out monthly to different brunch spots and call it “The JD Brunch Series” (see what I did there). I was inspired by my girl Vanessa Lundy of VanaVain’s monthly coffee talks. I think there is so much that we can learn from each other, like my sis Kandice Guice says “No Competition, Just Motivation”.
I hosted my first brunch at Cavan on Magazine St. It’s a super cute and unique restaurant with an antique feel. The menu is very different as well and the price ranges between $15-$30 for an entree. I had the chicken salad on croissant which are both made in house. The food was delicious and the drinks were great.
I had so much fun putting this look together. I literally started with the “Fashionably Late but Worth the Wait” graphic tee from Forever 21.(sorry it’s sold out) Then I went shopping in Rue21 where I found these Gray Houndstooth High Rise Pants. I was like this would be cute with my fashionably late tee but I need a pink fur to set it off. I searched high and low and there she was…waiting for me at Fashion Nova. It comes in straight sizes as well. So then I was like well what shoes should I pair with this? I looked in the shoes section and low and behold there were these Pink Metallic Booties. I’m like ok I am totally doing these! They come in silver as well. Some might say the fur and boots is too extra but I take it as a compliment. Also my sunnies are from Spread LA!
So this is 31…like guys I really can’t believe I am 31 lol. God allowed me to see 31 years. I am truly blessed…”Ain’t No Complaints” I know we all have a few things we wish were different like bigger salaries at your job or you may want to lose a few pounds, but if you think about it those are very minor changes. You’re alive! You have your sight, you can walk, you still have your mom or your dad, when I sometimes want to complain I think about how blessed I am and what others may not have.
I’m predicting that year 31 will be a great one. More traveling, more boss moves, more slaying, more life!
I decided to bring in my birthday at the Pisco Bar located in The Catahoula Boutique Hotel. I ordered the Ican75 which is a play on the French75. It was delicious! My Donna Sequin Embellished Mesh Skater Dress from ASOS was the perfect birthday dress! I felt so sparkly! The dress is on sale so hurry if you want to purchase it!
I’m the girl that loves to dress up but I am over the club scene! I am on a mission to create fashion related events for the gal and guy like me. With two events under my belt I wanted to do something fun with a special attire component. I knew if I brought on another girl boss the event could realllllyy be successful. Who better than Jessica of Justini Cocktails! We met to exchange ideas and Voila, The Glitz Mix was created. Jessica and I both love to be in charge lol, so I did initially think it would be a sort of tug a war over our ideas but we didn’t disagree on anything. We actually meshed really well and it was the perfect partnership!
We knew we needed a bomb and unique venue for this holiday soiree and The Art Garage was perfect. Definitely, needed great food so Ginche Catering was the one to call. Some super cute and tasty sweets from Rosa Cakes, LLC. Drinks were taken care of by Justini of course. We also wanted our guests to have access to the best vendors in the city so they could start their Christmas shopping. We even had a special Glitz Mix coupon book and to seal the deal we had Dj Kristi Suga Cookie!
We asked that all attendees wear sequin attire and boy did they show up and show out! Everyone looked so beautiful and sparkly! See Gallery Below!
I was on the hunt for the perfect look but knew I wouldn’t find it in any stores. I contacted the one and only Paige of L’Jai Amor at the last minute to see if she could design a look for me. Paige made the look in a week she’s a beast ya’ll! I wanted a sequin jumper with a dramatic train. She definitely nailed the design. Let me know what ya’ll think!
Shoutout to everyone who supported the event. And a special thank you to our vendors and sponsors, we really appreciate you all!
Looking back I honestly can’t think of a time where I was jealous of someone. I know some of you are like “girl stop lying, you done been jealous before” but seriously I can’t! I never envied a person for what they had. If anything I was motivated.
I’ve learned that everyone has their own journey and it may seem as though their journey is moving a little faster than yours but God has your own story planned out for you. Everything will happen in “due time but until then just grind”.
I don’t see other creatives in my industry as competition. I am always looking to see what I can learn from them. Recently I collaborated on an event with Jessica of Justini Cocktails. We both have had several successful events on our own so I decided to reach out to her and see if she wanted to collaborate on “The Glitz Mix”. It was the perfect partnership, I was introduced to her audience and she was introduced to mine. We put our brains together and produced the most successful event I have had thus far. Her work ethic and go-getter attitude constantly motivates me.
I am motivated by Kandice Guice, my linesister and friend. I started my blog 2 years ago and in all honesty I had been slacking. Seeing Kandice launch her blog and reaching major success after a few months inspired me to get my life together. I said you know what..I’m going to be consistent, plus her checkins via text every once in a while also helps lol
Sidenote: Now I am competitive when it comes to UNO and Taboo, like nobody can see me. For real for real but any who…
There are many girl bosses I have benefited from just by getting to know them. You could miss out on a major opportunity trying to compete. Empowered women empower women…don’t be basic.
Is anyone else addicted to Target? Like when you go in you just want to buy everything. This is not a sponsored post. I repeat this is not a sponsored post, HOWEVER Target if you want to sponsor ya girl get at me. Every time I visit Target I head straight for the Dollar Spot then to the clothing. I’ve been wanting to try the Track Pants trend and was excited to see some at Target. I paired the pants with a light sweater with fancy sleeves, red pumps and my favorite gold earrings. Let me know what ya’ll think!