Amp up for the club

Happy Sunday everyone!

Cheers for a new week and new ways to stay productive! I wanted to share my clubbing outfit out in D.C because it’s important to dress the part. Or else, no entry?

When you’re going to the club, it’s pretty much expected to dress glam and not like you’re casually going to the grocery store. This is perfect though because it’s pretty much the only excuse I have to wear my slim dresses and high heels!

My friend let me borrow her diamond choker from Fashion Nova and I was AMAZED at how my outfit upgraded just from adding an accessory.

Almost like it was meant to be. The diamond choker went perfectly with my cheetah print skirt from Material Girl. A great way to amp your outfit is to accessorize! A simple yet effective fashion solution 🤗

I was so inspired by this diamond choker from Fashion Nova that I compiled three more accessories from their site that I think COMPLETE any outfit.

Halternative Option Bra Chain ($12.99)


Diamond Ego Hoop Earrings ($8.99)


Snake Time Belt ($9.99)


Whether you want to show off your chiseled jaw or slim waist, there’s accessories for any body structure. I think that’s so important because it gives businesses more room to diversify their products! So basically we don’t all walk in the club with the same earrings…that would be unfortunate.

Take advantage of the summer weather and go out at night! Enjoy the night life and play to your accessories advantage.

See y’all next time xo

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Back to Black

Hi everyone!

I hope your Tuesday has been wonderful and get your butt off the couch! Today was a life changing day as I walk around now in my new hair, back to Black!

I originally dyed it in 8th grade and continually kept up with it throughout high school but leaving for college, taking care of it just wasn’t in the picture for me. UGH SO WRONG!

So bottom line, it’s been two years! My amazing stylist hooked me up with Redken Demi Permanent in Onyx Black & Espresso Brown to find a happy medium between the two.

I also trimmed the ends and got that nice, sharp V in the back so I regained that structure for some hair flipping lol.

Gosh, I literally forgot how rewarding and satisfying it feels to pamper yourself this way. I feel rejuvenated? Definitely not going to forget this feeling, self care is such a huge discipline I need to get into!

I also had an interview at a retail store followed by some business emails and preparations for my cell bio class. In the midst of my busy schedule, changing up my hair even if just a little bit really did vamp me up! I feel lighter and like a fresh new Pauly walked right in. 🙂

So for YOU reading this, get that color or cut you’ve been dying for! lol get it?

Enjoy your week xo

New school year, new school style

By Paulina A. Marinero – 

So you’re about to embark on a new journey as a college freshie or you’re returning back to school after a reviving summer of pool dates and Netflix nights – either way, you’re almost ready to start a new academic year with promising grades and a new attitude to life.

You got it figured out until you’re starting to pack for school and you forget the most important influence to a new you, your new wardrobe.

There’s no mystery to the saying, “when you look good, you feel good” and having a positive mindset to a new school year can be the difference between late-night panic attacks and waking up early to start your coffee for a bright, new day in front of you. Dressing for success can alter your energy for the day and the way you approach people and new ideas for the upcoming week.

Before you start your first week of classes, take an opportunity to evaluate your wardrobe and the new you. Does the new you reflect your current style? Now before you make any irrational decisions, let’s talk about what it means to dress for success as a college student and what it means for a brighter, more intuitive you.

The first week of school is all about first impressions – meeting your professors and peers for the first time, you want to leave an unforgettable impression that you’re here to conquer campus and leave your mark. What better way to show that than with your style?

You’ll want to wear something casual and maybe add a little glam if you’re extra like me. Light wash jeans, bedazzled shorts, a “Clueless” inspired skirt – anything you’re comfortable in that you would wear on a regular basis. Although there isn’t really a dress code enforced at most campuses, feel free to wear your favorite tank top or keep it super simple with a white v-neck or a floral bodysuit! Can you envision yourself at the mall with your new outfit, even proudly discussing where you picked it up?

Grab a necklace and pair it with a few bracelets to complete the outfit! Adding accessories can lift your style from simple to glam in seconds. Be sure to match your gold necklace with gold bracelets or with silver, vice versa. Take some inspo from two of my favorite and affordable chic stores, Charlotte Russe & Forever 21.

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When it comes to shoes, don’t kill your feet! Especially if you live on a big campus or have to walk from building to building in less than 10 minutes – it’s a death wish and you’ll thank me later. Stick to print flats, classic Adidas sneakers or if the weather permits, wear those cute sandals you bought over the summer! Try your shoes out before the big day to see if they still fit and make sure you’ll be able to walk in them for at least more than 2 hours. You’ll find yourself walking a lot more with the amount of errands you’ll end up having by the first week.

Congratulations, you’re now college bait! Don’t be afraid to show off your school spirit and buy some cute tee’s and sweatshirts from your bookstore. You’ll be surprised to see how many people wear their college gear on a daily basis, it’s festive with little thought yet casual enough to go to class and even the gym after!

When it comes to your handy dandy backpack, the classic 2-strap will suffice to alleviate any back pain you may have from your textbook buildup. I personally carry a tote around from Scoutbags.com ($39) because they manage to keep all my shenanigans in place including my laptop, they contain several pockets and the designs online are to die for. I would definitely check them out if you’re on the hunt for a new school bag and if you’re a tote kind of person.

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Lastly, dressing for success means preparing for any and all situations. Keep this list in mind and evaluate anything you may want to bring with you to class as you walk to and from your dorm room/apartment.

  • Headphones for the walk to class
  • Gum to keep you focused, it’s good for stimulation but don’t be a loud chewer!
  • Your wallet and school I.D
  • Pads/tampons: you never know whose life you might save!
  • A snack just in case you have back to back classes and can’t make it to the dining hall.
  • Finally, deodorant and perfume. It may sound strange at first, but on incredibly hot days and long walks, you might find yourself needing some as you head to the bathroom before class. As you walk out of the bathroom, mist some body spray for a fresh, sweet smell.

I hope you take my list and spin it to the best version for yourself. Of course as you get adjusted to college you’ll find out what’s best for you and what’s best to simply leave in your dorm.

Take my fashion advice with a grain of salt and be you. You’ll find friends right away for just being yourself and you might get some compliments here and there throughout the day for adding that extra glam to your natural shine.

Have an amazing first week of classes, I know you’ll do amazing. Xoxo

Dear White People: Antoinette Robertson

 *No Spoilers here!

If you haven’t seen one of Netflix’s original series, Dear White People, you’re missing out BIG time. The hit show came out late April 2017 and has been a huge success since. Not only does Dear White People dive into the world of a college lifestyle we all seem to fantasize about, but it targets the injustice and unnoticeable wrong-doings created by a society that ignores it and claim movements as “annoying”. This show is a wake up call for people who close their eyes to look around.

Dear White People takes a stand with the help of prospering future generation actors and actresses.

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An actress that made a vital impact on the show was Antoinette Robertson, also known as Colandrea Conners “CoCo” on screen. Born in The Bronx, New York, Robertson has also been casted in Atlanta (2016) and Hart of Dixie (2011). Hidden fact: Robertson is a graduate from Stony Brook University (NY) with a BS in chemistry…beauty and brains?

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She’s smart, sassy and all around a girl you don’t want on your bad side. She doesn’t need her arm candy, Troy Fairbanks, to build her own empire but it did make the show that much more HOT with sex and lust. Her relationship with Troy Fairbanks is one to watch and analyze with situations us females may be putting ourselves into without noticing. If you’re anything like Coco, you know how to play the game right.

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Coco Conners knows she’s sexy and the full package, but having to fit in with her peers at Winchester University made herself vulnerable and irritated when they pushed her buttons. She found herself rooting for the ultimate movement as a black woman but alienated when she felt like things were going to the extreme. – A daily misalliance we see in society, one that we need to build and protect for the sake of all human beings.

How do you make such an impact on camera? Easy, style baby. Coco had the best fashion sense in the show, one that I could not stop staring at each coming episode. I was genuinely excited to see what Coco would wear for the next scene! Her hair, glowing skin, to die for lingerie, matte-velvet shoes.. everything was a perfect match. Her apparel was classy and sophisticated with a touch of sexiness. What else can you expect from a character who’s dream is to work in the White House as a reigning politician? She’s a girl boss.

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In an interview with Glamour Magazine, Antoinette Robertson mentioned the power of femininity and how her role played a huge part in reconciling herself:

“I believe there’s power in femininity. Some people assume you can’t be as intelligent and successful because you decide you want to embrace your femininity—that’s ludicrous. With Coco, they dressed me up like a doll every day. It was a lot of fun for me, so I’m definitely embracing my girly, more feminine side, and I love it. I can totally be a boss and super feminine and wear pink lipstick if I want to, because the world is ours.”

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Let’s just say Antoinette Robertson should be leading the feminine revolution. Who says you can’t be pretty AND powerful? How amazing would it be if I got a chance to sit down and talk to Antoinette Robertson about her next move?

Personally, seeing characters like Coco Conners motivate me to get my ass up, go to the gym, exfoliate my skin and dress to succeed everyday. Which is why Antoinette Robertson is Fashion Inspo of the week.

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Empowered women empower women, I know I’ll be seeing her soon on the big screen and off!

Xoxo

Bella Hadid at CFDA Awards 2017 wearing Off-White designer brand

The stunning Bella Hadid once again making a breaking entrance for her elegant and urban combination of apparel by Off-White.

June 5th, Monday night was the CFDA Awards – an acronym for Council of Fashion Designers of America. To put this into perspective, if the Oscars are for the film industry and their attributions for the past year, the CFDA awards is for the fashion industry and designers waiting to be recognized and nominated for the highest, most prestigious awards.

Bella Hadid caught my eye for her leg-revealing, hot pink blazer dress and muted makeup look for the night. Not to mention pink is my favorite color, it seems Bella and I might have something in common.

Who’s the genius behind the dress? Fashion designer, Virgil Abloh, who was once Kanye West’s creative director backstage launched his brand, Off-White in 2013. Monday night he was nominated for ‘Emerging Talent’ by Swarovski Awards. He entered the colored carpet with Bella Hadid wrapped on his arm for his plus-one. Not a bad night for Mr. Virgil Abloh.

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Off-White’s most recent Spring 2017 show carried a line of dark colored, edgy and urban styles from all ranges of models. It was said to be his career best by Vogue, but still having a long way to go to break through his steady ascent. Abloh said, “It feels elevated, more luxurious, and with an attention to taste. I’ve made an effort to be more concise.”

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Vogue & Harper’s Bazaar

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Hadid’s blazer dress makes this a needle in a haystack with her hot pink dress being the first pop of color I’ve seen in Off-White’s fashion line. This is a fashion statement in and of itself for Virgil Abloh’s versatile collection.

Her dress might have came with pants, but she skipped the bottoms to show off her lean, long legs – not complaining, her legs are stunning. The broad, collared shoulders came down the seams to give a wide arm appearance for movement and dimension within the blazer. The touch of pink added to the belt made the blazer sophisticated and in one-piece.

Hadid’s shoe choice seems to be an ongoing trend, the one with the clear straps; giving off an invisible and seductive look to the feet. Her short, black heels carried a delicate touch with the invisible toe straps and the belt buckle ankle straps. Good choice for a long night of walking and posing – although she’s been in much taller heels.

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Her light pink hand bag was interesting and for the most part, questionable. MTV critiques called her clutch a ‘lunch bag with a twist’ and although I can’t 100 percent agree with that statement, the folded look over the top part of the clutch did give off a box-y feel. But nonetheless, I’ve been meaning to find a purse that fits all my junk inside because let’s be honest, small purses just aren’t working for me anymore. Suggestions?

Bella Hadid’s makeup artist for the night, Nina Park, based in New York had an idea for a muted look which in return, made the Off-White dress of the night take the stage. Elongated smokey liner and bronzed cheeks sculpted Hadid’s face with a pop of light washed pink lips. With little to no eye work done to the lower lash line, Bella Hadid gives off a baby doll, youthful face – although in the colored carpet, she gives off a serious face instead of a signature smile.

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As far as Hadid’s hair, a classic blunt bangs look and an over the shoulder hair style will suffice. Not much styling was done to her hair but curling her ends inwards gave a vintage feel. Let’s not forget, the blazer dress was the main spotlight for the night. Having her hair down instead of in a high pony-tail gave off a business, sophisticated look; perfect for the long night out with Virgil Abloh by her side.

Bella Hadid never ceases to amaze me. What’s next on her fashion look-book? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Xoxo ~~~

Penelope’s Boutique in Farmville, VA.

Right in the heart of Virginia lies Penelope’s Boutique, a jeweler and clothes store. It’s located right on Main street next to Uptown Café anytime you’re down to shop after some nice, hot coffee. Manager at Penelope’s, Amy Welch said, “We’re only in Virginia and we currently have nine stores all spread out through the state.”

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Penelope’s Boutique was founded in 1988 by Penelope Searcy herself in Lynchburg, VA and is now run as a family business. Farmville just celebrated their 29th year of having Penelope’s Boutique a part of their town.

Welch said, “We specialize in gifts pretty much for whoever you need to shop for. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can get it for you as well.”

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Walking into Penelope’s, I was blown away by the amount of accessories they had. They had multiple racks filled with necklaces, scarfs, wallets and plenty more! The whole store was organized by color scheme which made it that more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

All along the walls were hangers and shelfs filled with casual and sports clothing. Around the center of the store had a clearance rack (smart shopping never hurt anyone) and a foot-wear display which they also sell the popular shoe brand, TOM’s.

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Towards the back of the store were display windows that kept all expensive jewelry like sterling silver, etc. If you’ve ever walked into Kay Jewelers (every kiss begins with Kay), you’ll know the feel of how Penelope’s Boutique is.

Welch said, “Ever since we added jeweler brands like Pandora and Alex & Ani, we’ve been receiving more Longwood students. Most students usually stop at boutiques closer to Madison street, but we’ve got a lot here too.”

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I must say, although I was walking around the store mesmerized at all the merchandise, it’s definitely not cheap. Let me put this into perspective. I walked towards the apparel clearance rack which had a sign at the top saying “50% off” and I thought to myself heck yeah! But looking at the tags, most of items stated “WAS $60.99, NOW $30.99” and I don’t know about you but that’s not really a sale or clearance item according to my wallet.

Welch said as a first-time customer, you’ll be asked for your name and email to start a clientele profile and receive weekly emails on hot deals and new products coming in. Hopefully these hot deals come sooner now as we approach Spring because as much as that store may hurt my wallet, I can’t resist. As we come closer to graduation, Penelope’s Boutique would be the perfect place to shop for gifts!

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Penelope’s Boutique is opened from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day and is closed on Sundays. Go check it out and tell Amy I sent you!