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(Photo: Worldiction Edited: Leah V.)

Playing with filters on PicMonkey.

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These photos were taken after the Eastern Market After Dark DDF (Detroit Design Festival) Fashion Showcase. Boy, was that a looooong day. But there is always time for taking impromptu photos.

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Wardrobe Breakdown:

Hat and Sunnies: Forever 21

Neck piece: Burlington Coat Factory

Scarf: Caniff Gift & Variety

Dress: Ann Nahari (Designed by me)

Belt: Rainbow

Lipstick: Kat Von D Beauty

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(L to R: Maryam, Tasneem, myself, and Fatimah)

 

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Black & Gold Birthday Soiree

September 28, 2015

Downtown Detroit, MI

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(All photos courtesy of Scott Mitchell of Worldiction Arts)

The wait is over. I am finally blogging about my Black & Gold Birthday Soiree photos last month. Although it was stressful, we had a great time. I was even able to style the models above with wardrobe courtesy of Thrift on the Ave and Green and Glamorous. Thanks loves 🙂

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My big sis came and boogied down.

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The owners of Thrift on the Ave! Go check them out in Downtown Detroit.

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The photographer of the night, Scott.

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The hubby and I.

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My friends, thanks for coming and helping and taking the verbal abuse. Ha. And of course, thanks to Madinah for the makeup.

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More of my friends!

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My buddy Dierdra and Mike.

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Model Shia and I.

Oh, and my dress was designed by myself and brought to life by two designers/seamstresses: Mahgrib of Chimiwear and Taqwa of Ziarra Collection.

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Nafeesa and Fatima.

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We had a lil’ runway competition. And Maryam won!

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My cake cutting ceremony.

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Roberto’s Bakery did a wonderful job. We smashed it.

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Thanks everyone for a fun filled evening.

And I’ll send you off with a pic of my sis dropping it like its hot. Oh, boy. lol

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June 29, 2015

Pontiac, MI

Leah V.’s Hepburn Inspired Photo Shoot

When I begin any photo shoot or creative process, I always choose a theme or an era. Then I allow it to grow, piece by piece, brick by brick. I wanted a dark-haired model and I wanted to create a billowy tulle skirt in black.

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Griselda and I are friends on Facebook, she responded to my post looking for a sultry dark-haired muse. And it was set. I usually do colorful ensembles with a lot of print and pattern, so for this shoot I wanted to do the complete opposite.

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Initially, I was going for a modern ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ inspired shoot, but then it took a creative turn. Griselda has this Lady Gaga’esque nature about her, so we went with the flow.

IMG_0925Griselda slayed the shoot. She was easy to work with and high-energy. Here’s what she had to say about working with us: “Working with Leah was such a wonderful experience. She let me know her vision, but also gave me the opportunity to give her my personal thoughts. Through laughter and jokes, she kept it professional. I look forward to working with her again.”

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I love working with a team of down-to-earth creative individuals. Davide did a wonderful job (as usual) being patient and adding the cool smoky background. And of course my MUA, Madinah, beat her face to perfection.

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Outfit Details:

Shirt: (turned backwards) Regeneration

Blazer: Regeneration

Velvet Stockings: Pay-Less

Tulle Skirt: Custom Made by Leah V.

Turban: Wrapped by Leah V.

Heels: Model’s own

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Thank you 🙂


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