Category: Fashion (Page 1 of 3)

Bet Awards: The Fashion

Because I wasn’t about to water down the potency of Jesse Williams’ speech on Black Lives with images of the beautiful people. But of course I was watching.

My faves? Mya, Naturi Haughton and Cookie herself, Taraji P. Henson. She was bad.


Taraji P. Henson


Beyonce & Kendrick


Gabrielle Union




Naturi Haughton


Chloe and Halle Bailey

When You Wanna Support A Brother But Cant: Yeezy Season 3



Bless Kanye’s heart. This man has got to be the most doggedly determined person to enter the fashion industry, critics be damned.


Kanye blessed Twitter with a few previews of the upcoming debut of Season 3, which he’ll show in a few days for New York Fashion Week I have yet to see anyone wear his collection besides his wife. And who could? The last collection was a blur of unflattering flesh tone couture Spanx. But diligence never hurt anyone, I suppose.



Chocolate Runway: Couture Spring 2016

Delicious looks from the runway. Indulge.










My Five Style Resolutions for 2016

2015 saw some major changes for me. Career-wise, I transitioned from working part time in an office, to full-on independent work, on my own schedule, with my own clients. I did this in part because I’m an entrepreneurial-minded person, and also because I have had a deep desire to homeschool my now 5 year old daughter since she started daycare. Looking back at where I was this time last year, I could never go back to my old corporate life.

But as I transitioned into being my own business-woman full time, my sense of style fell by the wayside. Immersing myself in my businesses, developing a love of running,  and devoting my time to my daughter’s education began to take away from my sense of style and how I present myself to the world when I’m not in front of my computer. When I walk in my closet, I see racks of glorious, studded heels and platforms that have given way to Toms, flip flops, and Newtons. A friend who dropped by one day, took a look at my shoe collection and quipped that he had forgotten that that was the real Tatiana.



So for 2016, I’m bringing my old self back. The girl that would wear a white freekum dress with platforms and not blink an eye. The girl who threw on a designer ‘something’ just because. If not everyday, then at least once a week. I’ll just have to schedule my outings now that I’m a grown woman with child.

Resolution #1:
Put my heels back on

Last year I went on a binge and started buying heels again. But with my new lifestyle as a work-at-home, homeschooling mom, my lifestyle didn’t merge well with my fashion obsession. This year, I realize I will have to plan my outings so that I get ample usage out of my glorious heels!


Lace stilettos, Nicholas Kirkwood, $437

Resolution #2:
Walk outside with a beat face

Ok, this isn’t necessary, or realistic, but I vowed late last year to make an effort to slab on some lipstick and eyeliner at the very least. I even purchased an on-the-go kit for my car so that there’s never an excuse not to look a bit more put together: Concealer, Eyeliner, lip gloss, a nude shade of lipstick, brow gel (brow gel just changes things!) Caudalie spritz and a hand moisturizer.


Resolution #3:
Master Contouring

This sorta ties in with a beat face. Because when I want a beat face, I want to look flawless. I want a perfect arch, highlighted cheekbones, and airbrushed pores. Don’t judge me!

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Resolution #4:
Buy one super-flashy designer piece

My days are all about being realistic. So when I shop, I tend to buy high quality basics that will last me several seasons, if not a decade… or a lifetime. Buy that mentality tends to put my closet into a drab hole of blacks, grey and neutrals. Nobody died, and I’m not attending a funeral any day soon.

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Beads! Haute Hippy Beaded Vest, $347

Resolution #5:
Make a commitment to my hair and nails

I don’t want to wear a weave. And no shade to the women who do. But running races and picking up my physical activity makes wearing any protective style a complete drag. The sweat, the weight of the added hair and the special maintenance just don’t work for me. I’ve started taking these amazing vitamins from The Mane Choice, and I am never looking back. I’ve seen the thickness of my hair explode, and the length amazes my stylist on every visit. Here’s to waist-length hair in 2016!

What are your style resolutions?

Latest Pinings: My Pinterest Style Board


I’ve been needed an injection of style ideas for a little while now. While I’ve been scanning Instagram for new stylists, I’ve picked up a few new style influencers to give me the inspiration I need. Have  a peep at my Style, and other Pinboards for some ideas. I’ve been adding key pieces to the shop, when I see something I really love. Check out the Lavish Store
– there’s some really awesome finds in there!

Can I Be As Fly As The First Lady?

#Michelle Obama #StateDinner


Flowing hair to the side. Check. Flawless makeup. Check.  Sultry, black classy dress. Check.

Style Inspiration: September Blues


The beginning of the month came and went. I didn’t do my typical beginning of the month rituals, eager with excitement for what the month would hold. I admit it was because I refused to recognize that summer in New York was coming to an end with the opening of September. But on a bright note, that means I can look forward to the brisk, less humid air, sumptuous cardigans, rich denims, and deep hues. Below, some inspiration from some of my favorite bloggers, all rocking blue in one form or another.

Cookie Lyon Will Rule Saks Fifth Avenue



Saks Fifth Avenue goes to the hood. Or rather, Cookie brings the hood to Saks. I lol’d when I read that the bastion of luxury retail would curate a collection based on the hit ghetto-fabulous TV series Empire.  Saks’ edited narrative features the designs of Jimmy Choo, Alexis Bittar, Cushnie et Ochs and MCM to name a few. Not bad.

Now, we all know how Cookie dresses. It will be a feat of miracles that Saks can keep their windows from looking like an overwrought heap of knockoffs from Canal Street with a touch of 90’s era Lil Kim. The pieces look good from what I see in the press release. I only wish there was an Ode to BooBoo Kitty and Tiana, both opportunities to take advantage of Saks enviable contemporary collections. The windows will be up from September 10 through October 7 and coincides with the start of the new season for the show.



Cookie’s edit


Weekday Swag: The Small Sisters for Balmain

Beauty and style runs in the Smalls family, no doubt. Peep supermodel Joan and her younger sister Erika, in her first major campaign. Not a bad start!


The Hotness: This Fringed Black Dress

And speaking of Black dresses, I adore this blck fringe dress. Screw everyone saying that fringe belongs on festival grounds. I will wear this to the ground.



Dress, Forever21, $35

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