Sunday Brunch | The Look

SUNDAY, MARCH 19TH

SEVERN INN

1993 BALTIMORE ANNAPOLIS BLVD

ANNAPOLIS, MD

The Look

Embroidered top: Zara

White jeans: Genetic Denim

Suede knee high boots: DSW

Cobalt blue mini bag with tassels: Target

Cheetah print cat eye shades: Boohoo

Gold hoops: Gift (similar)

Lipstick: NYX Lip Suede in Exotic

Spring Essentials

Spring is finally here and you know what that means?!

WARM WEATHER

A change in season calls for fresh, new styles and trends. So I stopped by to fill you in on my top 5 essentials for the spring that will make your wardrobe one to remember.

The Essentials 

Frayed Denim

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Frayed denim has been trending since the winter season and is still standing strong! This effortless detail adds just enough flare  to any pair of “plain jane” skinny jeans. You can either go full on frayed to the point where it almost looks like fringe or keep it cute and simple, similar to the pair worn above.

Daytime Look:

  • Tee shirt and sneakers
  • Leather jacket and pointed toe flats

Night Out Look:

  • Silk blouse and heels
  • Light knit sweater with funky ankle boots

Pastel Colored Shoes

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Pastel colors are the new neutrals! If you thought you couldn’t wear a lavender sneaker with any outfit, you thought wrong. To make it a little easier, try matching your shoes to your bag or your jacket.

Daytime Look:

  • Monochrome look with any color pastel sneaker
  • Joggers and a bomber jacket

Night Out Look:

  • A midi dress and the perfect pastel pump

A Statement Jacket

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If you were browsing for a new spring jacket, I’m sure a light blue leather wouldn’t be the first one you’d grab. Believe it or not, a statement jacket like this one can easily be worn multiple ways. If you’re having trouble, try finding a statement jacket that has more than one color in it. That way, it’s a little easier for you to pair it with a bunch of different items.

Daytime Look:

  • Simple white button up and jeans
  • Cargo pants and an oversize tee shirt

Night Out Look:

  • LBD and a simple black pump
  • Sexy jumpsuit

A Denim Skirt

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Season after season, denim has been and always will be a wardrobe essential. Denim skirts on the other hand are back and even better than ever. Whether you’re going for an edgy or a sweet look, denim skirts are now deemed appropriate.

Daytime Look:

  • An oversize button up with a suede bootie
  • Light weight sweater layered with a trench

Nigh Out Look:

  • A denim top and matching skirt (denim on denim)
  • A fun printed top and a melatic block heel

Fun Accessories

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I’m not really big on accessories but I’ve learned that a fun necklace or a dainty clutch can definitely complete a look. The silver jewelry and accessories worn for this outfit accentuated the silver details on the jacket. When deciding between what color metals to wear, I usually feed off of the hardware on my shoes, outerwear or handbag. Even though some people like to mix metals, I try my best to avoid doing so for a cleaner, more put together ensemble.

Daytime Look: 

  • Bouquet necklace
  • Silver studs
  • Watch

Night Out Look: 

  • Tassel earrings
  • Choker
  • Bangles

Look 1:

Baby blue leather jacket: Forever 21

Silver top: ADaynJune

Distressed jeans: H&M

Perspex heeled sandals: Gift (Similar shoe)

Jewelry: Sky Mints

Blush/silver clutch: Old

Look 2:

Green bomber jacket: Forever 21

Sheer army fatigue peplum top: Zara

Denim mini skirt with buttons: ADaynJune

Fishnets: Local Beauty Supply

Lavender Pumas: Foot Locker

 

I hope these easy fashion tips help to make your winter wardrobe transition a lot smoother. What are some of your favorite spring essentials for the season?


All looks styled by: #sophisticatedchic

Photographer: Eliza Romero @aestheticdistance

Jewelry: SkyMints @shopskymints

Model: Morgan Evans @_forestb

Racquelle | So Chic Sunday

@racquellebella is So Chic

1. Where are you from and what about your hometown inspires your style?

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The Ocean State. Providence, RI to be exact. Rhode Island inspires my style to be care-free and comfortable.

2. What makes your style unique?

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I don’t over think anything. Anything can work it’s just a matter of trying it and going with the flow. “No limitations” is my main rule.

3. What is a fashion tip you live by?

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Always mix a statement piece with neutrals.

4. What is your favorite “go-to” outfit? product?

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Basic top, denim & statement outerwear or shoe.

5. How do you stay motivated?

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Believe it or not my vision board that I look at every morning gives me the biggest motivation. All these goals and its up to me to accomplish them 🙂

6. What is a quote you live by?

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“Believe in your gifts enough to be yourself”

7. What is something that you know now, that you wish you knew a few years back?

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Don’t give up easy. Failing is the best way to learn.

8. What can we expect from you within the next couple of years?

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More styling, more creative direction & maybe even some music 😉

Love Raquelle’s style as much as us? Keep up with her on:

IG:@raquellebella

 

Prom Giveaway + Fashion Show | Stylist United

SATURDAY, MARCH 11TH

PROM DRESS GIVEAWAY AND FASHION SHOW

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The Prom Giveaway and Fashion Show was one to remember! Stylist United managed to dress over 100 high school students for their Prom and it definitely made us feel good.

Take two?

For this event, we teamed up with another non-profit organization called Sheilas’s Closet. There were live performances, vendors and a fashion show that showcased just a few of the amazing prom dresses that were donated.

It felt great to give our time and dedication to students who needed it the most. There weren’t many of these events that took place when we were in High School so we were extremely happy to be a part. I too donated my junior and senior prom dress and gave it to a student who deserved it.

It was definitely a sad moment for me. I went back and forth with my mom about why donating my dresses was the best decision I could make. Both of those dresses were sitting in the back of my closet for years, collecting dust. I didn’t necessarily need them and I knew someone else could be putting it to good use. Thankfully, I was able to personally donate my dress to a student and once I saw the smile on her face, I knew I was doing the right thing.

Student not pictured*


Thanks to every one who came out and supported. And congrats to all the seniors on prom and graduation!

 

 

Girl About Town | My Journey Thus Far

This past weekend was pretty hectic to say the least. I had two photo shoots back to back and none of the looks were finalized until the night before…

Was I stressed?

Eh a little, but with just enough faith and prayer, everything worked out perfectly!

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I literally second guessed myself about every single detail of every look and it was extremely frustrating. As an up and coming wardrobe stylist, I still have issues with my confidence level and trusting my instinct. I’m always comparing my work to everyone else’s and not focusing on perfecting my craft, but with constant reassurance and a little guidance, I was able to make a way out of no way.

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One of my main goals for this year was to plan my own photo shoots to help build my portfolio and expand my brand. I got tired of watching everyone else move forward in their careers while I let mine stand still. I was too busy waiting on others to make a move instead of moving on my own.

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Since then, I have been blessed to work with so many different creatives who were thankfully interested in collaborating with me as well. Being able to network with local photographers, models and make-up artists who also have their own successful brands in this cut-throat industry was an experience within itself. I honestly had to force myself to step out of my comfort zone and reach out to people who I’ve never met a day in my life. Sending an email had to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, let alone responding to the follow up email once I actually received a response back.

I used to hate bragging and showing people my work. I really didn’t want to be the annoying type on social media, constantly posting my accomplishments. But once I realized how dumb that was, I began to put myself and my brand out there more. I was excited to showcase my creative ideas and the positive feedback was the icing on the cake! That was more than enough affirmation for me to know that I’m going in the right direction.

So far, I’ve learned that timing is everything. Not everything may happen when I want it to, but it will happen when it’s supposed to. Being able to trust God’s timing is a hard task, but it’s something that I have to do in order to live happily.

Meet the Creatives behind this photo shoot

Model: Morgan Evans @_forestb

Photographer: Eliza Romero  @aestheticdistance

Jewelry: Monique @shopskymints

Be sure to also check out Eliza’s post on her site!

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I personally want to thank every single person and group who has helped me build my brand thus far and who has believed in my vision even when I doubted myself. Thank you so much for the referrals and great advice. I really appreciate everything that you guys have done for me and the SophisticatedChic Brand! It’s only up from here.

Photographers:

Tyrone Wilkens (@photosbysyranno)

Glenn Washington (@anovaimages)

Eliza Romera (@aestheticdistance)

Models:

Lashira Petty (@lashiramone)

Ria Freeman (@sangriaaa_)

Morgan Evans (@forestb_)

Jowan Cole (@jmarkellsoul)

Stylists and Stylist Assistants:

Tonae Lee (@tonaelee)

Jasmine (@missjlh)

Make-up Artists:

Jeanna Booker (@mua_jeannab)

Accessories/Jewelry:

Monique (@shopskymints)

Boutiques/Creative Spaces:

Lindsey Brown (@Adaynjune)

Christopher Schafer Clothier (@christopherschafer)

Graphic Designer:

Jordan Lawson (@artbyjlaw_)

Organizations:

Stylist United (@stylistunited)

MARZ Models Lookbook Fall 17′

The MARZ models are at it again!

Since their official launch party back in December 2016, MARZ enterprise has been exceeding their expectations as an agency. With the help of their CEO, Jasmine C. Green, the MARZ models have been seen everywhere from vendor shows to fashion shows.

They’ve recently released their first look book for the year which not only showcases their talent but also a few bomb looks!

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Interested in knowing what looks are trending this season?

Well look no further because the MARZ MODELS are here and bringing you their exclusive Fall 2017 Look Book! In this look book you can find them modeling the latest trends and styles for the upcoming fall season.

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Each look channels a unique style offering anything from fresh and relaxed denims, paired with bold detailing and whites for a more laid back glam look. You also can find rustic reds and sturdy textiles for a bolder more robust high fashion feel. You’ll be sure to stay on your toes each time you turn the page!

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This look book does not fall short of impressive style, with stylist Tonae Lee of Style Fanatic incorporating elements of urban street wear, while still staying true to the agencies elegant, high fashion glam appeal.

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Fashion gurus and lovers can purchase a physical copy for as little as $10.00!


The MARZ’ brand is a unique modeling agency motivated by three things; women of color, women’s empowerment and of course dominating in the Fashion Industry!

 

 For more information on MARZ Enterprise Fall 2017 Look Book, please email: marzenterprisellc@gmail.com

You can also follow MARZ Enterprise on Social media:

Instagram – @Marzenterprisellc

Twitter – @Marzenterprise

 Please send your Public Relations and Media inquiry to http://info@umanagementpr.com

Jowan M. Cole | So Chic Sunday

1. What made you want to pursue a career in fashion?

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The concept of fashion n itself is an art form. From the simplicity of styling a fun accessory to intricate prints, there are so many different avenues and forms within fashion. I’m a creative – so naturally I inclined myself to it. As a kid, I remember my dad talking about how he wanted to be a fashion journalist; educating me on different styles within menswear. Added, my mom’s dream was to be a fashion model – and she did a little on the side. So it was almost expected that I include fashion to my repertoire somewhere in my entrepreneurial pursuits.

2. As an African American male pursuing a career in the fashion industry, do you find yourself struggling to stay afloat?

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Honestly, I am really not sure. Reason being, though we have a common likeness, we all have different levels of drive…different stories, even. I will say that it seems harder for us to authentically break into any creative industry without some type of mental or emotional compromise, but I’d say you just have to be mentally strong and steadfast in your pursuits.

3. What is a fashion tip you live by?

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 Minimum is maximum.

4. Who or what influences your style?

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Casually, I’m very inspired by the late 1950’s greaser/americana. Think: James Dean. When I’m a little more formal, I tend to think of black men in the 1960’s – higher rises, big patterns, structured blazers. It’s so endearing.

5. What keeps you going?

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 Faith and love. Faith keeps my optimism going, while love keeps me grounded. If I feel both of those at the same time, I feel successful.

6. What is one of your favorite trends in men’s fashion?

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The greaser style, super classic and it’s almost kind of easy. The leather biker jacket, the heavy denim, a simple white t shirt or button up and industrial boots, a couple rings. Classic.

7. What is something that you know now, that you wish you knew a few years back?

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 I wish I understood that “time” should be viewed a social construct, as opposed to a necessity. We all think “this has to happen at this time, at this age,” but it just doesn’t work that way.
Things work when they are supposed to. We just have to remember to understand our path and focus on our craft.

8. Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years?

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I see myself traveling a lot – as cliché as that sounds, it’s so true. Traveling, putting the finishing touches on my business(es), and learning more. Happy, healthy and in love. Living out my purpose!

I was super excited about this post because it was our first male interview for “So Chic Sunday”! Jowan has been a friend of mine since middle school so I knew he was perfect to say the least.
Be sure to keep up with his fashion + life journey on:
Looks styled by #sophisticatedchic

Skinbuttr | Don’t be Ashy 

So it’s been about a week since I’ve been using Skinbuttr and I am in LOVE!

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If you know me, then you know I can’t live without my body scrub. It helps to keep my skin super soft and clean. I’ve used a variety of body scrubs in my lifetime and there have only been a couple that have met my standards. Skinbuttr is definitely at the top of my list!

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A beauty brand created for women of any ethnicity, Skinbuttrs body care line consists of whipped shea based body butters and scrubs.

Created by Tatiana Price, Skinbuttrs mission is to simplify, educate, build confidence and promote healthy skin.

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For my first purchase, I ordered the Strawberry Coconut body scrub and the Citrus toner. I love a good toner that rejuvenates my face. The citrus scent smells just as good as the body scrub!

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Be sure to check out these products and more on skinbuttr.com

Instagram: @skinbuttr

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Prom Dress Giveaway | Stylist United

In celebration of prom season, Stylist United will be collaborating with Sheila’s Closet on their 3rd annual Prom Dress Giveaway and fashion show!

Some of the dresses and tuxedos will be modeled for the students to get a glimpse of the selection and how they could style their ensembles.

After the fashion show, we’ll be helping students find the perfect prom dresses and tuxedos. Our goal is to have each and every student leave with a big smile on their face!

We will also be raffling off jewelry sets, gift bags and shoes for students to wear!

All high school students are FREE but they must register if they’d like to receive a prom dress/tuxedo. If family/friends want to attend the event, please register here 🤗

We hope to see you all there!

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Erin Draper | Designs with Comfortability in Mind

Us woman tend to always be on the run. Whether we’re at work or attending a networking event, we’re constantly looking for something comfortable to wear. Well, Erin Draper has created just that!

As a designer, Erin has created her own niche. She took her love for fashion and movement in design and turned it into something quite amazing. Her designs can take you straight from your 9-5 and into Happy Hour or even out on a date. She definitely has the working woman’s life in mind when she designing new pieces.

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At what age did you begin designing?

Erin: Starting as a young child I spent hours every day drawing and, when I was still very young, this evolved into drawing my own clothing ideas and designs. Once I discovered that designing clothes is an actual career, I never looked back. When I was in middle school I did an internship with a Maryland-based fashion designer and decided to apply to a design magnet school in Miami where I could actually “major” in fashion design.

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What has inspired your designs?

Erin: I studied fashion design at Parsons.  When I was thinking about the collection I would design for my senior thesis it occurred to me that, for many women, their favorite clothes are actually yoga and workout clothes because they’re so comfortable.  But, women also want clothes that comfortable that they can wear to work or when they want to look cool and stylish. I decided to try to design beautiful, edgy clothing that is as comfortable as a T-shirt or yoga wear so women could have the best of both worlds – fashion and comfort. I had already developed a distinctive style that uses color blocking, unusual seams and draping to create a very fashion-forward look so I combined that sensibility with luxuriously soft fabrics.  Most “athleisure” isn’t very stylish.  My goal was to “Go Beyond Athleisure” which is one of the slogans on my website and create clothes that are as comfortable as yoga wear, but also elegant and edgy.

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I read that you attended High School in Miami. Are you originally from Miami? If so, what made you want to move to Baltimore?

Erin: My family moved from Connecticut to Miami right before I began high school. I was lucky to get into Miami’s magnet design school, Design & Architecture Senior High, where I was in the fashion design track.  After high school, I moved to New York City to attend Parsons and then to Maryland to work for fashion designer Lee Andersen in Laurel who taught me the ropes of creating a fashion business with all garments made locally. I missed living in a city, so I checked out both DC and Baltimore. Baltimore seemed like a great place to live as a twenty-something, with lots of fun neighborhoods and activities that made it easy to meet other people my age. So here I am!

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What about Baltimore makes it the perfect place to grow your business?

Erin: Baltimore has a great art scene and it’s much less expensive than cities with large fashion scenes like Los Angeles and New York.  For a start-up, cost is an important factor.  I want to be able to supervise the manufacture of my garments and, being here, makes that possible. There are also a surprising number of experienced seamstresses living here so that’s a big plus.   Many Baltimoreans my age are into yoga and different types of athletic activities. They’re also into getting out and trying new things. This encouraged me to take classes in aerial silk acrobatics and participate in team sports that I normally wouldn’t have tried. Being this active furthered my appreciation of the activewear that inspires many of my designs. 

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Is a store front boutique a plan for you in the future?

Erin: Not for the foreseeable future, but it’s something I might be interested in down the road. I’ve enjoyed selling directly to customers through my website and at art and craft shows, so I might enjoy having a storefront one day.


Like what you see? Erin’s designs are made in Baltimore, Md and she’d love to have you as a customer!

Be sure to visit her site and take a look at these designs and many more. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed 🤗

Website: Erindraper.com

Instagram: @erindraper_design

Email: studio@erindraper.com

Looks styled by #sophisticatedchic

Model: Lashira Mone