Jeffrey Campbell -- Zorey

So I'm a little late, but I just purchased my 1st pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes and I am absolutely thrilled.  Even the box is adorable.  The name of this shoe in particular is 'Zorey' and I got them in the red multi stripe color.  They will make such a statement this fall and are truly a great accent to my wardrobe.  Can't wait to sport these when it gets a little cooler!


*Campus Chic* -- Megan & AnnaKay

Who: AnnaKay & Megan

Where: Auburn University

These young ladies are in my aesthetics for apparel design class and they looked so adorable that I had to feature them on here. They're my 1st campus chic participants!!

AnnaKay's ensemble:
Vest -- thrifted
Denim skirt -- borrowed
Gladiator sandals --

Megan's ensemble:
Shirt -- Urban Outfitters
Shorts -- UO (they had plant and animal details on them)
Shoes -- UO
Chain necklace -- Behind the Glass (a local boutique)


Belle Amie (Beautiful Friends)

Late last year on the UK version of 'The X Factor' (a talent-seeking show produced by former American Idol judge Simon Cowell) a group named "Belle Amie" won the competition.  They possess such a unique image & style, as well as a spunky sound so it only seemed appropriate to spread the word about them over here in the States.

Aren't they totally adorable? When I first saw the video for their single "Girls Up," the artists Gaga, Kreayshawn, and Katy Perry all came to mind.  Have a look:

The "Girls Up" single is scheduled to officially be released this month and I honestly can't wait to hear music more from these amazing young ladies.


*New Song* Lenny Kravitz ft. Drake -- Sunflower

This is a perfect end-of-the-summer song.  The upbeat tempo and and funky feel of Kravitz production accompanied by Swizz Beatz assistance in writing and Drake's fresh lyricism took this song to another level.  It's one of my favorites right now.


A3C Hip-Hop Festival 2011 Lineup

Dear fellow hip-hop lovers, 

The annual A3C hip-hop festival has released its official lineup and I must say, it looks quite delectable. Ski Beatz and Big K.R.I.T. were the two individuals that really caught my eye but there are several other that I'd very much enjoy seeing. 

I went to the A3C Festival for the first time last year, thanks to a friend who forced me to go.  At first, I was hesitant, but afterward I was so happy that I went because I was introduced to artists such as Laws and got a chance to see some familiar favorites like Donnis.  Not to mention the atmosphere, the people and the food were all so amazing as well.  And at $40.00 for all 3 days, you better believe I'm going to try my hardest to be in attendance this year as well. 

Be sure to follow @A3C on twitter for continuous updates. Here you go:


A [Best Dressed] Affair

This past weekend, two friends and I had the privilege of attending a lovely soirée featuring the most fashionable in Birmingham. Yes, Birmingham, Alabama.  It was sponsored by B. Sharp as well as The BlaqueBook, an amazing blog, fashion guide, and brand founded by a couple of my dear acquaintances. Be sure to follow them on twitter for continuous updates.

And I'm such a genius, I left my camera at home before the event, but here are a few photos of my friends and me before we departed.

Yours Truly

My ensemble: 
Dress -- Betsey Johnson
Shoes -- Jessica Simpson
Belt -- Earthbound Trading Company
Jewelry -- Icing and Forever 21


Her ensemble: 
Blazer -- thrifted
Dress -- Forever 21
Shoes -- Forever 21
Jewelry -- vintage

Portia & Andie (respectively)

Andie's ensemble:
Shirt dress: thrifted
Bowtie: Claire's
Shoes: Steve Madden
Jewelry: borrowed


*Album Review* Jay-Z & Kanye West -- Watch The Throne

Upon my first listen, the word that kept coming to mind was "originality."  I tend to listen to an album or  mixtape as I write the review for it so I can be totally enveloped in it and nothing else but the crazy thing is that this album draws you in subconsciously.  When I first looked at the tracks I thought, ooh wee these are some long songs, how will I make it?  But each and every track provides enough variety in the subject matter, production, and featured artistry to keep those with even the shortest attention spans and most critical attitudes enthralled.

Before listening to 'Watch The Throne,' I had absolutely no expectations whatsoever, not good nor bad.  I felt it wasn't fair to limit the creativity of artists such as Jay and Ye by placing expectations on them because there is no way to foretell what they may have up their sleeves.  One reason I respect these two artists is the fact that they can be defined as "mainstream" by their album sales and fan base, however, the sense of timelessness in their music says otherwise and they remain true to that, which is what has brought them so far. 

The duo features contributions from Swizz Beatz, Kid Cudi, Beyonce', Q-Tip, Curtis Mayfield, No I.D., Frank Ocean, LMFAO, Charlie Wilson, Lex Luger, Otis Redding, Mr. Hudson, The Neptunes and more.  Some featured vets include Elly Jackson of the English pop duo La Roux and Justin Vernon of American indie folk group Bon Iver who both provided vocals on 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.'

Fun Fact: The creative mind behind the album cover art, as well as the H•A•M single cover, is Ricardo Tisci; Italian fashion designer and  creative director of the Haute Couture, ready-to-wear, and accessories lines of Givenchy.

My favorite tracks are "N***** in Paris," "Gotta Have It," and "Illest MF Alive" for various reasons which I won't get into since I decided to spare you all and keep this review as concise as possible.

Salvatore Ferragamo FW 2011 Collection

Characterized by bold patterns and long precise lines, the Fall 2011 collection presented by Salvatore Ferragamo is certainly an eye-catcher.  For the campaign, models Lancôme spokeswoman Daria Werbowy and Mathias Lauridsen, who has previously modeled for Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Hugo Boss and Lacoste, effortlessly flaunt these practical yet extremely chic garments.


*New Song* Frank Ocean -- "Back"

Such a sweet ballad this is indeed.  This song displays the typical pleasant and laid-back delivery that Frank Ocean so often provides.


*New Song* Big K.R.I.T. ft. Yelawolf -- "Happy Birthday Hip Hop"

Man oh man, this is an amazing collab.  Due to the soulful beat I had a hunch that K.R.I.T. had something to do with the production and lo and behold he did. I'm a fan of his rhymes as well as production and the two together are like peanut butter & jelly.  Then Yelawolf's additional Southern spice is the icing on the cake. All these food references, I must be hungry...

Funky Fresh

Once again I took my ideas to Pretty Please Nail Salon and they were able to execute it p e r f e c t l y!  These are my natural nails, she just shaped them like this.  I have gel on the two index fingernails since they were cracked -- couldn't have em looking all uneven and raggedy. Oh & that neon yellow is "Funky Limelight" by Essie.

And don't forget to "like" the Pretty Please Nail Salon page on Facebook!


Nicki Minaj & Ricky Martin for MAC Cosmetics 2012 Campaign

Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin have been chosen to be the faces of the 2012 Viva Glam campaign that MAC Cosmetics presents every year.  They have already begun shooting in Miami with noted fashion and art photographer David LaChapelle and the campaign is set to launch in February.  Past representatives include celebrities such as Fergie and Lady Gaga and 100% of profits of Viva Glam products are donated to the MAC Aids Fund.