Styled by Keri: Shopping For A Spring Wardrobe

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Most client appointments last for two hours but this past Sunday Celia and I were on a mission! We spent FOUR hours shopping to add new pieces to her wardrobe for the spring season. Whew!

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I had to be the proud stylist and take a picture. Celia put together her outfit featuring a TJ Maxx graphic tee I purchased for her last year, a pair of boyfriend jeans and mirror sunglasses. This look is casual, cute and comfortable; perfect for an afternoon of shopping.

After crafting a shopping list based on a closet audit, we started the day at TJ Maxx. You can get a lot for your money at stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls without sacrificing quality (i.e we found a nice faux wrap black/white printed Ralph Lauren dress). I went through racks and racks of dresses, pants, and tops pulling pieces for Celia to try on. After loading a cart full of clothes, we spent the next hour to an hour and half going through everything that was selected.

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Our cart full of clothes. Yes I get a little carried away but it’s better to pull as much as possible icon smile Styled by Keri: Shopping For A Spring Wardrobe You’ll end up walking away with maybe a 1/4 of what is pulled to try on. The fitting room attendant looked us like we were crazy to have pulled so much stuff.

The focus was to find pieces Celia can wear that would give her business casual outfit options for work but could also work in more casual environments. The pieces purchased also needed to mix well with what she currently has in her wardrobe. After spending two hours in the store, Celia walked away with 11 tops, a pair of printed pants, Ralph Lauren dress and a nice tan handbag for spring.

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Have fun mixing prints! Celia can pair this look with heels and a bright color cardigan to wear to work.

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Final items selected from TJ Maxx that were added to her wardrobe.

TJ Maxx was just the beginning! We headed to Columbia Mall to continue our shopping excursion. We found great spring pieces from The Limited, LOFT and New York and Company including ankle pants, floral tops, pastel tops, lace dresses and jewelry. We concluded the appointment with a trip to ALDO to buy peep-toe leather booties Celia originally found online.  They will look great with boyfriend jeans and a blazer.

Here are a few of the pieces I selected for Celia to add to her wardrobe this spring season:  

 

It’s hard to put into words the entire shopping appointment experience, but I wanted to give you some insight into what it’s like for a stylist/client shopping appointment, whether it is for a seasonal wardrobe update or special event. Some people HATE shopping, but with a stylist by your side to select pieces for you, it can be a less daunting task! Think of it as going shopping with your stylish friend icon wink Styled by Keri: Shopping For A Spring Wardrobe

What items are you adding to your wardrobe this spring?

For more information on styling services, be sure to check out www.styledbykeri.com. If you are interested in working with stylist, please contact me at keri@adivastateofmind.com

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Brunch For A Cause Returns This Summer!

The first Brunch For A Cause in February was so much fun! It’s time to prepare for the next one icon smile Brunch For A Cause Returns This Summer!

Brunch For A Cause returns this summer at M Street Bar & Grill in DC. All attendees will enjoy a three course meal and unlimited mimosas or champagne. Brunch on Sundays at M Street is supposed to be a jazz brunch, so there may be live music there too!

Proceeds will benefit Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization focused on combating chronic homelessness by creating meaningful connections with chronically homeless individuals, placing them in permanent supportive housing and ensuring they have the necessary support to remain in housing.  A representative from Miriam’s Kitchen will be present to talk about the organization in more detail and answer questions I’ll also be giving away raffle prizes!

I know it seems really early to announce an event that is taking place mid-June, but 1) tickets must be purchased by June 1st, 2) time is flying by and June will be here before you know it and 3) folks get busy and I want to make sure this event is on your calendar ASAP!

I appreciate those who have been so supportive of this brunch series! Sunday, June 22nd will be a great time to fellowship over great food and drinks while also giving back to your community. I hope to see you there!!

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Gentlemen’s Corner: Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy Achieves 100% College Acceptance For Fifth Consecutive Year!

We don’t often hear stories about our young black men’s academic achievement so I feel that it’s important that their success is celebrated! After reading stories about Kwasi Enin, Akintunde Ahmad, and Avery Coffey,  we can add the boys from Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy to the list of young men who are making great academic achievements this year!

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For the fifth year in a row, Urban Prep Academy is sending all of its graduates to college this year. That’s right; all 240 seniors at the all male African American high school received acceptance letters to over 186 colleges and universities; amassing over $11 million in scholarships and grants. How awesome is that?!

This achievement not only speaks to the work of the students, but it’s also a testament to the teachers and staff at the Academy who work tirelessly to make sure these young men succeed!

“Urban Prep is not for everyone, and those students may leave us,” said school founder and CEO Tim King. “But the fact that some students choose to leave us should not be used as a weapon against the students who have chosen to stay and have achieved this incredible accomplishment.”

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Last week, the Class of 2014 exchanged their red ties for a red and gold striped one, a tradition done in observance for those that have been accepted to a college or university.

“The tie represents to me moving on from a boy to becoming a young man and actually doing something with my life,” graduating senior Dumar Harris told NBC Chicago.

This is wonderful! Congratulations to Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy!

Source: The Grio & urbanprep.org

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Fashion News: Alexander Wang x H&M Collection Coming This November

It’s time to get excited about another designer collaboration!

H&M is teaming up with Alexander Wang for their next designer collection! The collection, which will feature apparel for both men and women, will be available in 250 stores and online November 6, 2014.

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About  the collaboration, Wang said “I am honored to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations. The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.” 

 

Wang’s influence in the fashion industry hasn’t gone unnoticed. It’s one of the reason H&M decided to partner with him for their next designer collection. “Alexander Wang is one of the most important voices in fashion today. He understands exactly what people want to wear and does it with an energy and passion that’s infectious. It feels incredible to be collaborating with him this year,” said Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative advisor.

I can’t wait to see what Alexander Wang has to offer for this H&M collaboration!

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You’re Invited: Social Learning Summit 2014

Saturday, April 19th is turning into one busy day! But I’m not complaining icon smile Youre Invited: Social Learning Summit 2014

Following the Love Your Life Tour DC breakfast at Busboys and Poets (use code TWITFAM to save $10 off your ticket), I invite you to join me at American University for the Social Learning Summit!

The 4th Annual Social Learning Summit is a two day event of social media knowledge, whether you are an online beginner or hashtag addict. The first day will feature an American University Public Relations Student Society of America (AUPRSSA) event followed by a kick-off networking reception. The second day will feature panel discussions, networking, keynote addresses and free Dunkin Donuts and Cava Grill. The panels will be tailored to a particular industry or topic, so that you can create your own schedule and customize your learning experience. Topics include sports, journalism, branding, politics, entertainment, fashion and more!

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I am one of the featured panelists for the Digital Runway (Fashion) panel icon smile Youre Invited: Social Learning Summit 2014 along with fashion designer Eliot Payne,  DC blogger Meaghan Moynahan, and marketing associate Grace Beauseigheur. We will be discussing the role social media plays in the fashion industry. Not only do I look forward to participating as a panelist, I am excited to sit in on other panels and learn about the influence social media has in other industries. The American University Social Media Club has lined up a dynamic group of speakers who will provide a day of very insightful information.

To learn more about the Social Learning Summit and the American University Social Media Club click HERE.

Purchase tickets for the summit HERE. Tickets are $3 for students and $10 for professionals.

I hope to see you there!

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EVENT RECAP: Conversations With June Ambrose

If you are a lover of fashion, a designer or stylist, one of the people you hope to meet is celebrity stylist, designer, author and rock mom June Ambrose!

Last Thursday, Harlem Fashion Row CEO Brandice Henderson celebrated the launch of Harlem Fashion Row University and the 2014 McCafe Design Student Competition by hosting Conversations with June Ambrose.  Click HERE for more information about the competition.

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Prior to the start of the event, I had a chance to go backstage and meet with June. I served as the recorder for Naseya of The Seventh District who interviewed Ms. Ambrose. It was a great interview; please check it out below. I wanted to take notes while recording! Following the interview, the three of us chatted briefly about styling and things to think about when transitioning from part-time to full-time. Following our conversation, of course we all took pictures. I’ll be the first to admit, I was HYPE! I mean, how often do you get a chance to chat with someone you look up to in the industry?

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After the private interview and taking pictures, we returned to the auditorium. For the next two hours, June Ambrose provided her insight and wisdom on a variety of topics including success, self worth, racism in fashion, branding and more! The conversation was a mix of questions asked by Brandice and students in the audience.

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Here are some key takeaways from the conversation:

  • You have to assume that people are always watching. Especially with social media.
  • Styling is about branding. Branding of ourselves is important. That is how we tell our story.
  • We are the CEO of our lives. Whether you take on a job or start your own, you can still think like an entrepreneur.
  • Don’t worry about being famous. If you do the work, you will be celebrated.
  • Don’t take for granted the small things. Those small things are going to lead you to great things.
  • An opportunity can be presented to you and you can miss it if you don’t know what to do with it.
  • Consistently exercise your craft.
  • You should be glamorous in anything you do in life.
  • Don’t be afraid of yourself.
  • Know that you are WORTHY!

One thing I love about June Ambrose is that she is so humble and down to earth. What you see is what you get. Following the event, she spent time taking selfies with Howard University students and chatting with attendees until it was time for her to depart.

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This event was truly the highlight of my week! As successful as this inaugural event was, I think Harlem Fashion Row University is on a path to providing great opportunities for undergraduate students of color seeking to pursue a career in the fashion industry.

If you are a fashion student at an HBCU, be sure to check out Harlem Fashion Row University and the 2014 Cafe Design Student Competition.

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You Are Not Here To Be A Witness!

Me: I’ll just chill and crush from afar. I rather live vicariously through my friends.

One of my girlfriends: Okay but don’t make that your life story. You gotta be BOLD sometimes. Remember, you are not here to be a witness.

During a recent chat with my girlfriends, I inquired about what they do in order to stay out of a guy’s friend zone. I met a guy who is really nice and we went out to happy hour (the idea to go out was approached on a friendship level), however afterwards I thought to myself “I’m not sure I want to be placed in the friend zone just yet.” Can I say I really like a guy after one outing? I’m not sure. But I can say that I am intrigued and would be interested in getting to know him. Some would say that in 2014, if a woman is interested in a guy, she should say something and not be afraid to ask him out. That’s the same advice I received from my girlfriends but of course I punked out.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone You Are Not Here To Be A Witness!It seems the older I get the more dating comes up with my parents. They haven’t pressured me into being married by now (I’m thankful for that), but every now and then my dad will ask “so are you dating anyone?” During my birthday lunch, somehow we got on the topic of dating and we talked how women should not be afraid to approach a guy if she’s interested; if you like what you see speak up! As I have heard time and time again, you cannot sit on the couch and expect something to happen. You have to put in time and effort. During my birthday party, one of my girlfriends Samantha asked about my single guy friend Charles because she thought he was cute. I asked her if she wanted to be introduced and she immediately said yes. I did my part and introduced them; they have been dating for the past month. Then last week, another friend called while she was on her way to go play pool with a guy she met the night before at Walmart.

So I started thinking, am I putting myself in a position to be a witness to life instead of participating in it, especially when it comes to my dating life? Don’t get me wrong, dating is not easy.  But am I really doing all that I can to put myself in a position to present new dating opportunities? As much as I say I want to date and put it on my vision board each year, I think subconsciously I have a fear of liking someone and being rejected again (based on many previous experiences). That cycle can get exhausting. I have become very comfortable with my single status.  But sometimes comfortable isn’t really living and after awhile, it allows you to be a witness to what is going on around you instead of participating.

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You are not here to be a witness not only relates to the dating life of a single girl who is almost 30 (seriously, where the hell did the time go???) but it also applies to life in general. Often times, we sit back and watch others LIVE. They are checking things off their bucket list. They try something new. They step outside their comfort zone which leads them to a path of fulfillment and purpose.  They grab life by the horns and enjoy each and every moment. That’s the life I want to live. I rather live a life of “oh wells” instead of “what ifs.” I want to say “well at least I tried” even if that means embarrassing myself.

I don’t normally have a motto for the year, but you are not here to be a witness just might be it for 2014. Dating is not the only area in my life that I feel like I have allowed myself to become a witness. And now that I have acknowledged that, I must be proactive in changing my behavior; not allowing myself to become comfortable. You are not here to be a witness is a nice reminder that we are not alive to sit on the sidelines and watch things happen. We are here to be an active participant in this journey called life.

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You’re Invited: Washington City Paper’s Best Of DC 2014 FÊTE!

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Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. Fete is a celebration honoring the Best of D.C. as voted on by City Paper readers and chosen by writers and editors. Join more than 50 of the city’s top restaurants, artists, and entertainers for an unbelievable night!

Not only will you enjoy one of the best parties in the city, you will also be doing your part to give back to the community. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Brainfood—a nonprofit youth development organization in Washington, D.C. Using food as a tool, Brainfood builds life skills and promotes healthy living in a fun and safe environment.

Date: Wednesday, April 9th

Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm

Location: Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square (801 K Street NW Washington, DC 20001)

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Because this is one of the biggest parties in DC of the year, I want to make sure you don’t miss it! Use the following discount codes (highlighted in red) at checkout to save on your ticket:

BestofDCVIP $35 off VIP Tickets

BestofDCGA $15 off General Admission Tickets

Includes OPEN BAR!

VIP Tickets include one hour early admission to the event (6-7 p.m.), access to the VIP Publisher’s Party, cigar bar, and swag bag.

Click here to get your ticket today!  Check out pictures from last year’s party here.

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Looks We Love: Erykah Badu, Ledisi & Solange Cover ESSENCE’s May Beauty Issue

I love Nia Long and Gabrielle Union like most, but after awhile it’s nice to see someone new on the cover of ESSENCE. For the May beauty issue, ESSENCE features three fabulous women: Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Solange.

According to their website:

At ESSENCE, we’re all about celebrating individual beauty, and that’s exactly what comes to mind with the three women gracing the cover of our May issue: Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Solange. Each of these artists have captivated audiences not only with their songs, but also with their style and beauty. And for each of them, it’s always about self-expression.

How Erykah Badu views her hair and clothes:

I view my hair and clothes as functional art. I’m my own stylist and I love it, but I am not trying to make a statement.

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Solange on individuality:

We all have the option of how we want to express ourselves through our life, hair, style or whatever we decide. We shouldn’t be pigeonholed into any one category.

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Ledisi on not taking her hair too seriously:

Although I’m known for my long, colorful locs, I still don’t take my hair too seriously.I experiment a lot, dyeing it and constantly switching styles to grab attention. My hair is one of my best accessories and changing it helps express who I am.

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Love it; these covers are so refreshing! The May 2014 issue of ESSENCE is available now.

Source: Essence

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Styled by Keri: Serving GQ Realness & Jumpsuit Fabness!

It’s great to help clients get their wardrobes ready for a new season, but it’s even more fun helping them put together a look for a special occasion. My clients James and Celia attended a surprise birthday party this past Saturday. The dress code called for no jeans. Here are the looks we created.

James wanted to channel his inner GQ for the birthday party. Although we could have tailored pants he currently had in his closet and found a vest, James wanted a new outfit from head to toe and I completely understood. Sometimes when you know you have an event to go to, you just want a new outfit.  We spent a couple hours shopping earlier this month which resulted in a nice Tommy Hilfiger navy pinstriped three-piece suit (the jacket wasn’t necessary for the party), grey shirt and grey pinstriped tie. The look was completed with brown shoes and belt.

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One great thing about having James as a client is that I am consistently challenged. I’m well versed in woman’s wear, but certain things like men’s suiting was a new avenue for me. It was also new territory for James since he’s lost weight last year and is working on dressing a new body.

When Celia first heard about the party, she was ready to go shopping for a gown!! But after seeking some clarification on the wardrobe, it was determined that she did not in fact need a gown; she just needed to dress up.

Last year, I found a black Urban Outfitters jumpsuit on sale for Celia which served as the perfect option for her to wear to the party. We went shopping earlier this month to find heels & accessories. After trying shoes on for what seemed like hours, we found a pair of black pumps from Nine West that had a black/white chevron design on the heels. Since she LOVES mixing prints, I recommended she purchase the Love, Cortie “Ashleigh” clutch.  Celia is in need of more clutches to her wardrobe arsenal anyway and since animal print is a neutral, she will get a lot of use out of the clutch.  The look was completed with black earrings from ASOS and a gold ring and cuff from Macy’s.

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Celia really does become another person when she gets dressed up and shows off her new figure! I love the confidence she exudes every time she takes a photo.  It’s very different from the woman I met a year ago. Such a transformation!

Both James and Celia looked great at Saturday’s party if I do say so myself! ;) Their enthusiasm and upbeat personalities makes styling them so much fun! They own every look they wear. I am looking forward to more GQ moments and fabulousness with these two this year!

Special offer: schedule a styling appointment now through April 26th and save 20% off! For more info on styling services, visit www.styledbykeri.com.

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