The Big Chop | How it Happened

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19th 2016

I parked my car and vigorously walked up the steps of my hairdresser. It was 5:33pm and in my head, I was still on time for my 5:30pm appointment…

I was super excited. Just a week ago, I had decided that it was time for a change. My hair had been short for about 3 years now and sadly, it wasn’t flourishing the way I wanted it to. Something needed to be done.

I finally made it to the top of the steps and noticed that the suite was empty. The lights were on but no one was around. I was slightly confused. Ironically, I scheduled my appointment 2 days prior to avoid this from happening and just my luck, it happened anyway. I immediately called my stylist but got the voicemail. More than a couple of phone calls and a text message later, I began to lose hope. I didn’t leave work early for nothing. Somebody was cutting my hair today!

I scrolled through the messages in my phone and decided to text the barber who I had reached out to earlier that week. Coincidentally, he was on his way back to the barbershop which just so happened to be right across the street. How perfect! I arrived at the barbershop and took a seat until my name was called. CT (the barber) took me as soon as he walked in. And about 20 minutes later, I was bald…



 

Transitioning into Fall| Light weight Fabrics

ITS MID-AUGUST AND FALL IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. Everyone is beginning to pack up those tank tops and sun dresses and dust off their cashmere sweaters and turtlenecks.

But wait…

Fall isn’t all chilly. There is still some warm weather left that we can’t let go of. How do you keep cool while keeping warm? It’s all in the fabrics.

Linen


This light weight fabric was known to just be worn in the summer months but times have changed. you can layer them underneath jackets and sweaters as well for a simple fall look.

Silk

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I’ve known a lot of people to be scared of this fabric. Why? Don’t ask me. This super soft fabric hangs perfectly under sweaters, jackets and vests. It can be very delicate so I suggest getting it dry cleaned.

Cotton


This is a classic. Cotton has always been one of the best fabrics to wear. It’s easy to care for and lasts for years to come!

What fabrics are your favorite for the fall?

Looks created by Sophisticated Chic

 

Same dress, different look | From desk to dinner 

So remember that dress I wore to the Fashion Show last Saturday?


Dress: Kohl’s

Clutch: J. Crew

Shoes: From my moms closet

Well I bought it in 2 different color ways. I’m not a big fan of buying the same thing twice but I just couldn’t resist!

Dress: Kohl’s

Cardigan: New York & Co.

Shoes: JustFab

They don’t even look the same, do they? I absolutely loved the print on this one. It kinda looks like lemons from afar 🍋

As bold as these dresses may seem, they are very versatile. As you can see, all I did was change my shoes, add a cardigan and I went straight from a night out to business casual.

Shirt dresses are actually one of my favorite trends. They’re the perfect transitional pieces that can be worn now into the fall!

What are you favorite transitional pieces?

 

Kashion presents “Styled by Influence Fashion Show”| My favorite artists

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH 2016

I was invited to what I thought would be just a fashion show, but when we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised…


There was singing, poetry, spoken word and even art. Amazing art designs that I’ve never seen before. And to top it off, all of these talented artists, poets and singers were under the age of 25

Newviee by Claudia

Painter

IG: @Newviee


DWHPP by Dymond Whipper-Young

Sculptor. Painter. Drawer

Email: Dyymondwy@gmail.com

IG:@_DWHPP


Donovan Jones aka The DonLeeBoy

Poet. Spoken Word Artist. Rapper

Email:DJones0093@gmail.com

IG: TheDonLeeBoy

I’m really glad I could attend this event. I met a lot of great people that I could potentially work with in the future. Our generation is filled with talented individuals who do so many great things and I am very blessed to be apart of it!

Other designers featured:

  • Daft!
  • Qui Piece
  • Egyppt
  • Wasted Youth
  • Illicit Rag Vintage
  • Nudxty

What to Wear| King Ranch Saddle Shop Edition

Picture this…

You’re driving in your car on your way home from a long day of work and your favorite song is playing. As the song ends, the radio host hops on the mic and announces that he’s giving away two free concert tickets to the upcoming Taylor Swift concert and the next caller would be the lucky winner!

WHAT?

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Of course your phone is all the way in the backseat buried at the bottom of your purse but all of a sudden, you hear a familiar voice coming through the speakers. It’s your best friend!

OMG! SHE WON THE TICKETS!

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As you pull  into your drive way, you immediately reach for your phone and call her. She picks up the phone and the both of you are screaming at the top of your lungs. At this point, neither one of you of can contain yourselves. Then suddenly, you both stop screaming and it’s silent…

“WHAT ARE WE GOING TO WEAR?”

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The both of you run to your closets and throw all of your options on the bed. Here’s what you all pull together.

After trying everything on, you both decide on looks 1 and 4.The concert wasn’t until tomorrow night but it is always best to plan ahead!

If you didn’t notice how incredibly unique these boots are, you must be blind. These boots have been designed by experienced craftsman who uses the finest leather and simple yet elegant designs to create high-quality products. Since 1909, the King Ranch Saddle Shop has been known for their hand-made leather goods. Be sure to check out their selection of cowgirl boots and cowboy boots! Up until today, they continue early traditions of what the previous saddle makers had learned. Their website holds new and old favorites along with a variety of photographs that have been able to capture the beautiful history of the company.

“The hands have changed, but the techniques, craftsmanship, skill and pride are all the same timeless quality that King Ranch has been long known for.” 

Keep up with King Ranch Saddle Shop on:

Facebook – King Ranch Saddle Shop

Instragram – @Kingranchsaddleshop

Linked-in – Kingranchsaddleshop

Pinterest – krsadddleshop

July Beauty Haul| ULTA Sale

Lately, I’ve been super busy with work…still learning how to balance my personal and social life as an adult. It’s been pretty hectic but I’ve managed to find time to go shopping 😂

In the midst of saving up to move out in a couple of months and paying back my student loans, I felt like I needed a little retail therapy. I’ll be going on a family vacation in a couple of weeks and needed to re-up on a few things. I ended up spending more than I bargained for BUT I did use a coupon AND I got a free sample 🤗

The Goods

1. The POREfessional: Matte Rescue Invisible-Finish Mattifying Gel Primer $28

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I’ve only used this product once so far and I can clearly tell a difference from the primer I was using before. My face isn’t as oily and it makes my skin look and feel very smooth. It is gel based so it doesn’t feel as heavy on my face. I’m excited to see how my skin will adapt to this new primer.

2. Kale Detox Deep Cleansing Face Wash $10

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I used this last night for the first time is it smelled great! I LOVE natural products. It is also great for oily skin and helps with acne. I keep forgetting that I can use this in the morning and the night. I try not to over-wash my face but I think this product is pretty safe!

3. ULTA Makeup Setting Spray $10

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I have been searching all over for a toner/makeup setting spray and I saw that ULTA had their own brand. Because I have moderately oily skin, setting spray is great to use mid-day to the end-of-the-day to freshen up your face. I actually used to use the “Breath of Fresh Air” toner from LUSH which I loved but I haven’t had a chance to make it back to the mall and this bottle is a lot bigger anyway.

4. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara $5.99

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So this mascara has been out for years! I recently called it my fave a few months ago and I’ve used it every day since. I’ve tried so many mascaras and this has to be at the top of my list. It is very reasonable in price and it does exactly what mascara is supposed to do! My lashes look great every time and it leaves them feeling soft.

5. Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil Easy Shape and Fill $24 (FREE sample size)

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Okay, so this right here is the holy grail! The sample size doesn’t include the spool, but I have my own so it’s okay. I really didn’t think it would even compare to my “Spiked” MAC eyebrow pencil but it was really easy to use and it blended with my brows very well. I was pleased with the results and plan on buying it again when I run out. I am still on the lookout for a great eyebrow tint…

All of these products were purchased at my local ULTA store. Here are links to each of the products if you’d like to purchase:

Mattifying Primer 

Kale Detox Face Wash

ULTA Makeup Setting Spray

Maybelline Great Lash

Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil

HURRY! The sale ends July 23rd

 

 

Summer 16′ Wish List 

*Sings* Sum-mer Sum-mer Sum-mer time 

It is finally safe to say that summer is here!

Well, at least it sure feels like it. All week, the sun has been shining and I’m sure we’ve all been sweating…

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But nonetheless, I was asked to list a few items that I’ve marked as my summer must-haves for the season.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Sunnies

 

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Quay Australia $55

Sunglasses are an absolute must for the summer season! You should not leave the house without them. With the sun shinning so bright, you have to protect your eyes especially while driving or on the beach. It isn’t good to squint either because it can cause wrinkles!

Panama hat

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Rag and Bone $230

High temperatures mixed with humidity is the main reason why these hats are life savers. On those super hot days when you’d rather not have your hair sticking to your back, a hat is the best way to wear it up in style!

Portable charger 

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$49.95

This is pretty self explanatory.

What is a vacation without pictures? And you can’t take any pictures if your phone is dead. The portable charger is the best thing since sliced bread and you know it!

I was inspired to write this wish list when I discovered the online shopping website Spring. This website features items from over 800 brands and offers free shipping within the US. How amazing is that?! I focused my wish list on the accessories shop :)

Are you fit to be a stylist? | Trunk Club D.C

Trunk Club D.C is Hiring!

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Are your friends always asking you to pick out their outfits? Do you find yourself keeping up with the latest trends? Well, here is your chance. Let your creative juices flow at Trunk Club D.C!

Trunk Club is the perfect mix of a diverse culture and a positive atmosphere. An entrepreneurial type of career that allows each stylist to control their own pay and book of business. Trunk Club is all about great customer service and building a relationship with your clients.

So far, my journey has been wonderful. In the short 3 months that I have been here, I have learned to challenge myself and my coworkers in so many different ways. My Sales Director, Mary has been there every step of the way to cheer each and every one of us on to achieving our monthly goals. Even though I have yet to hit my actual goal, my sales have been increasing with every month and I am very proud of myself for that!

I have also managed to refer 2 of my friends (one who has been hired and the other on trial) to the company.

Overall, being a personal stylist at Trunk Club is not all peachy. It can and will be very challenging, but there is so much opportunity for growth. I feel like I’ve grown so much as a person and I’ve learned so much about myself and others throughout the process. There were many times when I felt uncomfortable, but that’s definitely normal. The more you push yourself, the better you will be!

If you know that you have what it takes to be a personal stylist for Trunk Club, accept the challenge!
Please email your cover letter and resume to Mary@trunkclub.com and mention my name; Christen Johnson🙂

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