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Sweater Weather

Hello world, and a second hello to my favorite time of the year. It's not too hot, or too cold. Cool enough for a light sweater but not so cold just yet that you need your Sorel's and fur. Fall would have to be my first choice when it comes to seasons to plan outfits for the blog. I love everything about the style: sweaters, chunky scarves, beanies- don't get me started on the boots. Man oh man do I love a good pair of boots.

My top favorite places to look for sweaters would have to be: Zara, Guess, Just Fab, and Fashion Nova. Need some cute boots in your life, then try: AmiClubwear, Nordstrom Rack, and Dr.Marten.

Sadly Autumn doesn't last very long in Alaska but I'm enjoying it while it's here.

Oh and happy Monday lovelies!

xoxo

Photographer: SNH Photography

Neature Walks with Rodney

Happy Hump Day lovelies! Days are getting shorter, mornings a littler colder, and I'm holding on to my summer wardrobe for dear life.

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After four years taking photos of landscape photographer, Rodney Nonamaker decided to take his hand at portraiture and I'm excited to be part of the journey. Composition and the way a photo is edited are the two main things I look for before contacting a photographer about a collaboration. I personally am not a fan of photos taken in the same angle all the time, or ones that are over done in lightroom/photoshop. He may be new to the game but Rodney is already trying his hand at various angles, and has blown me away with is editing skills.

You're bound to be seeing a lot more of his work on my blog! Check out even more photos on my Instagram.

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About the looks:

Black top: Zara Skirt: Jax Harmon Boots: Forever21

Dress: Forever21 Heels: Michael Kors

Photographer: Rodney Nonamaker

I Love Me pt. 2

Hello lovelies! It's been a little while since I've had anything to post- this Alaska lifestyle has my plate full with other things. Finding photographers to work with has been nearly impossible, but I was lucky enough to take a trip back home a few weeks ago and had the opportunity to shoot some new material.

I've been focusing on learning to love my body flaws as I work on improving myself. Everyone has their own way of accepting themselves, and for me it's showing my insecurities and embracing them through the journey. Now Now some of you will think I’m crazy, so let me put it in perspective- I gained between 20 to 25 pounds in one year. Let's just say I'm an emotional eater, and it's been a crazy year. This weight gain has helped me see that being a size 6 doesn't make me less pretty than when I was a size 2; that doesn’t mean I won’t continue to strive for self-improvement.

Stretch marks, no thigh gap, and a little bit of tummy fat- I still love me. Don't forget to love yourself even if you aren't where you'd like to be.

xoxo

Photographer: Stephen Klise Makeup: Sable Desiree

The Midi

Warmer days are ahead of us which can make dressing for work, interviews, and business meetings difficult. It's time to trade your slacks in for a midi skirt, long sleeve button ups for a black cutoff top, and get ready to rock dressy-casual like no one has seen before.

I fell in love with the midi skirt last December and my collection has been growing ever since. The three that I have were all found in Zara's sale section- I just can't get enough! This look started out with the basics: top, skirt, and shoes. Belts and hats are my go to accessories and I used both to give this look a little something extra. Nothing big or flashy, just some simple accessories with gold accents to give the look a little spice.

Like the look but not a fan of the ensemble? Ditch the belt or switch up the hat- just have fun with it!

About the look:

Top, Hat, Belt: Forever21

Skirt: Zara

Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Photograher: Megan Holloway/ MUA: Sable Desiree

Brown Girls

My skin may have extra melanin than yours giving it a darker color, and even now in 2016 that bothers some people. Before modeling I never had any personal experiences with racism. I was never called names at school or felt like I didn’t belong. My complexion was darker than a good amount of my friends, but it had never been an issue because the color of my skin was just that, only a color.

As I stepped into the fashion world, I began to notice racism in many ways. While working for Abercrombie I would be the only dark skinned model at many castings. It was rare to find anyone of darker complexion in any of their ads. Since my move to Seattle I often find myself in similar situations, being the only dark skinned model at shoots for designers or walking in fashion shows.

I have been asked to participate in shoots and fashion shows where the makeup artist will request I bring my own foundation. Now this may not seem like that big of a deal until you stop and think about how many times the same request has been made of a light skinned model. They say my skin is so dark, unique and beautiful but can't supply the right makeup for me as they do for the other girls.

I was recently on the set of a shoot where the makeup artists didn't have the right color foundation to match my skin tone. The artist proceeded to try and blend the foundation down my neck and even put some on my shoulders to try and bring the lighter color down in hopes that no one would notice the color difference. As I looked at myself in the mirror, a sadness swept over me; I couldn’t even recognize the face that was staring back. I've never felt more ugly than I did in that moment. After a few shots the photographer noticed the issue: my face did not match my body. The makeup artist made another attempt to fix the mistake but was unsuccessful. Thankfully another makeup artist had arrived on set that was equipped with the right foundation for me. How can you call yourself an artist and only be able to appeal to one range of skin tones? 

I didn’t write this post to gain pity but rather to bring attention to an issue that many might not even realize exists.  The fashion industry has recently begun fighting for diversity in shapes and sizes on the runway and in print, but when will we start to fight for all the minorities in the industry.

This is a cry for change, a hope for a revolution. #blackisbeautiful