VIDEO: LONDON COLLECTIONS – MENS SS16 VLOG

This past Monday, I took part in my very first #LCM presentation for the designer, Joseph Turvey! It was also my mum’s birthday so she came to hang out with me :) Here’s a little vlog of my experience.

Thank you to Joseph for having me and for the awesome team that worked super hard to make it all come together!

PRESS: NATURALHAIRDAILY X KELB PICS – ESSENCE.COM

Photo by Kel B, Make Up by Kara Cooper

Last weekend myself & 49 other naturals were invited to shoot with NaturalHairDaily & KelBPics for a cool project, celebrating the beauty and diversity of afro hair. The girls at NHD put so much work into making sure that everything ran smoothly and that myself and the other naturalistas had fun!

I’ll do a proper post on my experience soon but, in the meantime, you can find the kid skinnin teet on ESSENCE.COM!

Follow Natural Hair Daily on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & Youtube for some hairspiration. Be sure to keep with Kel’s awesome work here!

WEARS: FAVOURITE SNEAKS FOR SUMMER

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always (wanted to be a gangster) been into sneakers, particularly black ones. It took me a while to open up to white, let alone bright colours. I’m always drawn to classic silhouettes. Here are some of my favourite sneaks for summer.

  1. Puma Suede in Black & White 
  2. 70’s Converse Chuck Taylor Oxfords in Parchment 
  3. Adidas Originals Gazelle in Black & White
  4. Nike Huarache in White
  5. Nike Cortez in Black & White
  6. Adidas Originals EQT Racing OG
  7. Nike Tuned 1 in Black
  8. Reebok Classic in White
  9. Vans Old Skool in Black & White

 

What are some of your favourite sneakers & how do you rock them?

Sneakers – Adidas Originals via Junx Clothing

Jeans – Edwin Europe

TOMBABE TUESDAY: KRYSTLE KASTLEZ

…see what I did there? Alliterated blog titles (not including Krystle’s name here) usually make my skin crawl but I try not to think about these types of trivial things too much…(I’m hilarious). Maybe Tombabe Tuesday will become a regular feature here at #tatb, we’ll see.

You know when someone just gets it? When I saw this post, I knew that Krystle was a down ass chick. Like, gurl. Do you live inside my brain? Hailing from The Bronx, NY, Krystle’s style is a mash up of high-end, streetwear and high stREET. Think Celine or Chanel mixed with Supreme and Vans – ie. the epitome of Tombabe. Unsure as to what that entails? Peep my interview here with Preen.

 

Krystle is a touring wardrobe stylist to the likes of Usher and Pharelle. You can find out more about her career and style in her interviews with The Coveteur & Vibe.com.

Like damn Krystle, can I live? Too perf.

ALL images from The Coveteur

LIFE: INTERVIEW WITH PREEN

Preen is an online publication based in the Philippines! Contributor and e-cousin Paulina hit me up right before I left the states and asked if it’d be cool to interview me on the subject of Tombabery. Naturally, I obliged.

Paulina and I have been following each other for a while and vibed straight off the bat. I mean, we’re two chicks (varying shades of brown) that listen to the Cro-Mags so what’s not to love?

Here, Paulina & I shoot the shit and I break down my views on what it means to be a Tombabe.

Niesh Vanterpool, the 29-year-old wholesaler and visual merchandiser of Edwin Europe, the purveyor of all things denim and the ideal tombabe, defines the phenomenon as “a woman who rocks the typical tomboy aesthetic in a feminine way.” A quick scan of her Instagram account (@nieshvanterpool) fleshes this idea out. Alongside her camo jackets, buzzed ‘do, and full sleeve of tattoos are manicures, makeup tips, and vegan recipes.

The stark contrast of masculine and feminine isn’t new though. Niesh’s tombabe icons Steph Hoff, Vashtie Kola, and Jayne Min perfected the style years ago. But the lasting-power of these tastemakers isn’t about buying into an image—it’s about expressing an attitude of self-confidence and not giving into or even caring about society’s expectations.

What’s refreshing about these tombabes in the parched land of eternal crop-tops and high-waisted shorts, is that it shrugs at the uniformity that window display after window display (or style blog after style blog) sells, and, as Niesh puts it, “defies corny rules and stereotypes,” encouraging women to “make no apologies for who you are.” And while “who you are” sometimes means wearing heels and skirts, it also, thankfully, makes room for sporting Air Jordans and chinos.

– See more at: http://preen.inquirer.net/7358/seriously-style-crushing-on-the-tombabe#sthash.rnehw6kF.dpuf

Below are some of my favourite #tombabe moments <3

Photo by Dean Martindale, wearing: Dress & Jacket – Bethnals, Sunglassses – Hanjobenhavn

Photo by Henry Knock, wearing: Jacket – Libertine Libertine, Dungaree Dress – This Is Welcome

Wearing: Jacket – Edwin Europe, Leggings – Zara, Boots -Dr Martens, Longsleeve – Crowbar (band)

Photo by Henry Knock, wearing: Coat & Pants – Edwin Europe, Sneakers – Vans, Sunglasses – Aldo

 

 

VIDEO: NYC HAUL ft CALVIN KLEIN, DKNY, RALPH LAUREN, NYX, LUSH, SHEA MOISTURE & MORE!

After a little hiatus, I’m back! I had some time off so I took my little narrow behind to New York where I spent some time hanging out, hitting up hardcore shows and partying like I was 21 all over again. I didn’t even party when I was 21, like at all…but it’s whatev’s.

Here’s my haul video! I’ve listed as many items as possible below.

Where are some of your favourite places to shop in NYC? Have you tried any of these products?