Beauty and the Muse

Archive for July 2015

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(Me and model, Ashley M.)

July 12th, 2015

Garden Theatre

Royal Oak, MI

Amor De Fashion Show IV

Screenshot_2015-07-27-15-06-00I grabbed a few of my fashion blogger friends.

Below are a few of my favorite looks of the show:

SAM_2279I really like the contrast of the light blazer with the dark denim.

SAM_2275Neon trim and bold prints.

SAM_2226Again I am digging the bright on bright look. And check out that skull clutch.

SAM_2229I tend to check outfits for the details. Can you spot the one’s I like?

SAM_2270One of the hosts in a mesh-paneled leather bodycon.

SAM_2264You can never go wrong in a cat-woman bodysuit.

SAM_2246Thaad, our photographer for the evening and his boo. Hehe.

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SAM_2438(Photo taken by Madinah M.)

July 17th

Lansing, MI

The Capitol Building

An Eid Celebration

SAM_2430For this Eid (Muslim holiday) I wanted to go for Maleficent meets Jon Snow. I ordered a grass green dress from Etsy and of course it didn’t fit. I freaked out. Then quickly ordered this lace one from F21. The crown, I got from Charming Charlie’s. My new fave accessories store.

SAM_2370A close-up of all of the fashionable goodness. Just simmer in it for a while.

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I was the designated photographer for the day. I had to capture all the queens in their royal glory.

SAM_2443Here’s a close up of her turban styled by me. I loved her Sailor Moon inspired crown.

SAM_2389Lamiah’s color combo is appeasing to the eye. And check out the pearl belt detail.

SAM_2410I love playing around in turbans. I just made this one up.

SAM_2418My little sis also slayed in a mint and white color combo.

SAM_2391This photo screams confidence.

SAM_2402A close-up of her neck-piece. It’s all in the detail.

SAM_2421Shanni’s Arabian train was everything.

SAM_2445We all #Queen together.

SAM_2451Had to end the day with a few usies.

SAM_2457Hey there, beautiful.

IMG_9013(Photo: Sumiyyah Abdur-Rasheed, MUA: Bertina B., and Model/Stylist: Leah. V.)

The photo above shows a lady who just got off a plane, had about four hours of sleep, and curated an entire photo-shoot with wardrobe included for four models from another state. Mind blown.

IMG_8468 (Model: Jonda, Photo: Sumiyyah, MUA: Bertina, Turban/Stylist: Leah V.)

So basically, I was introduced to Sumiyyah of Ann Nahari earlier this year. We clicked immediately. She told me she had equipment. I told her I could get models and curate the shoot. We came up with this set of beautiful photos. Our concept was ‘Ragin’ Turbans’.

IMG_8558(Model: Jonda/ Stylist: Leah V.)

I wanted this shoot to be culturally diverse, as well as body-diverse. We wanted to show people that anyone could rock a turban!

IMG_8597(Model: Brittany, Wardrobe/Turban: Leah V.)

I found Brittany off Instagram. She’s also an Atlanta-native. Boy, did she transform!

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I fell in love with this “Golden Girls” sequin top.

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So fierce. I can’t even handle it. I love when my team’s work comes to life!

IMG_8929(1)(Model: Erica, Photo: Sumiyyah, MUA: Bertina, Stylist/Turban: Leah V.)

Erica is also a local Atlanta model and a dance choreographer. Such a pleasure to work with 🙂

For this look, I was going for African Queen. I love how the prints mix and collide.

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Queen Erica.

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I had an idea for a dress. Sumiyyah took my idea and made it come to life. The dress fit like a glove. I love designing!

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So, at the end of the day, this was an amazing shoot. Everyone chipped in when I started to freak out. Clothes and bits of fabric was everywhere. All in all I had a wonderful time curating this shoot. Thanks to everyone who was involved :0 🙂 😮

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July 11, 2015

3rd Annual EMBRACE The Natural You

Natural Hair, Health, and Beauty Expo

Detroit, MI

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The founder of Embrace The Natural You, Ginny invited me to her beauty expo 🙂

She’s super cool. Follow her @Embracethenaturalyou on Instagram

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I’m using my new Samsung NX mini. Selfies with fan girls!

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The ladies of Lipstick Cult.

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She’s like I’ve seen your pic trending on IG. So basically, I’m IG famous 🙂

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I got to meet Jenell of KinkyCurlyCoilyME.com

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My girl Jen.

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My other girl, Etta.

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*Wardrobe Breakdown*

Accessories:  Forever 21 and Dot’s Fashion

Neck Cover: The Ummah Shop (Etsy)

Lace Shirt: Deb’s

Throw Dress: Forever 21

Print Pant: Wal-Mart

Sandals: Pay-Less

Shades: F21

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Feeling my new camera. So in love with it.

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Fashion shots of Lamiah’s accessories.

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Yaaasssss!