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(Photos: Lala Trips)

11/11/15

Feelin’ Blue

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit, MI

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My blogger friend, Lala and I, took a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Before the snow fell in Michigan, we had a mini photo taking session.

 

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Jeans are so hard to find for mostly all body shapes, especially since I have short, fat legs. So finally, I went to Burlington Coat Factory and found a pair of stretch jeans. OMG. They are nice and comfortable. Doesn’t even pinch my belly rolls either.

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I got this peplum jacket from Torrid last year. Had to pull this staple piece out the back of the closet. I really love this shot! So laid back, which I rarely am. Haha.

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Turban: Can’t remember

Neckpiece: Go Go Lush

Peplum: Torrid

Shirt and Shades: Forever 21

Jeans and Boots: Burlington Coat Factory

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I’m ‘so-called’ handling business.

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Hope you guys enjoyed my OOTD set 🙂

 

 

 

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(Photos by my crazy little brother. He did a good job. hehe.)

 

Fall Fashion

“Rockin’ The Hoodie”

Dearborn, MI

November 2 2015

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Got an email from Idakoos wanting to send me a customized hoodie. I am in love with hoodies. So warm and snuggly. And it being customized was even better.

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It took me a long time to come up with something to put on the front. I’m a writer. This should be easy for me, right? There was so many things I wanted to say, but I wanted the hoodie to reflect who I am to the person whose reading it.

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Since hashtags are trendy, I stared with those.

#Curvy

#Black

#Hijabi

Killen’ The Game.

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I chose these words because they are who I am. And frankly, I am a quite unapologetic about each one. I’m curvy, so there is a stigma that I’m lazy or unhealthy. I am Black, so I am ghetto or poor. I am Muslim, so I am oppressed or a terrorist. I can be all of those words and be none of the stigmas attached. So I put the last phrase on there to solidify it all. I kill the game, which means I am confident in my abilities to go above and beyond. So boom!

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The Idakoos sweater was easy to create and shipped pretty fast. The material is heavy duty and the inside is warm and soft. You have the option to buy one or 100+ Definitely check them out.

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Back view.

Yeah. #LeahVDaily

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Was trying to get a shot of myself throwing leaves in the air, but it was a total fail. Ha.

Wardrobe Breakdown:

Shades: Flossy’s Suitcase in Highland Park MI

Hoodie: Idakoos

Jeans: One 5 One Woman (the best!)

Ballet Flats: Torrid

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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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(Fabulous +Plus Blogger Chante from Everything Curvy And Chic)

 

Essence Street Style Awards

NYFW: Part Two

September 13, 2015

Dumbo, Brooklyn

 

This is part two of my NYFW journey. So after being denied access to Rachel Zoe’s show, I took the subway (with my large baby blue tutu) to Dumbo, Brooklyn to the Essence Street Style Awards. I met up with some native Detroiters, met a buddy from Boston, my bestie Kait, and of course, I took some bomb street style photos. Check em’ out:

 

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Preggers n’ Chic: she basically took three different concepts and smashed them together. And it worked.

 

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 Loving the different textures here.

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Oh, hi there. I caught this fashionista in mid-convo.

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I was immersed in so many turban looks.

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Large shades, clutches, and kilts.

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 I can’t even tell you all the things I love about this ensemble. Just love!

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 Natural hair. Don’t care.

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Basically, this pic was taken under my umbrella when the rain decided to pour down on us fashionistas. Kori is a local blogger from the D. She stays selfie ready.

I guess I did take over NYFW after all.

*Twerks*

Ha.

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(Fan pic at Chanel’s Pop-Up Exhibit: Boyfriend Watch Launch)

 

Leah V. Daily Crashes NYFW

New York City

NYFW Headquarters

September 13, 2015

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(Wilhelmina Model: Weston Serame @westonserame wearing the crown.)

 

As you all know, my blogger friends and I planned on doing a series on what we would wear to NYFW if we had a chance to go. Of course, I’d wear my tutu! I was on Instagram the next day and saw all my buddies at NYFW: posting selfies, street style, and clips from high-profile shows. At that very moment, I decided that I was actually going to fly to NY for the day and crash the Rachel Zoe show.

Here’s what happened…

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(NYFW isn’t NYFW without the street style photograpers.)

 

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(Fan pics with the crown and Coca-Cola)

I took the subway to Washington St. I then got lost. I hailed a cab. Got changed in the back of said cab. He dropped me off on the side of the building. I hopped out. Laid my tutu down. Threw on my crown and strutted into a barrage of hungry street photographers. They didn’t know my name, but they snapped. And snapped. And I posed and blew kisses. I even twirled. My time in the limelight was over once a ‘real’ celeb by. I was ok with that. I got my three seconds of fame. Ha.

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(Fan pics: Nikki Minaj face. lol)

I got in line to the Rachel Zoe show as if I had an invite. I stood patiently, more pics were taken of me. Fashionistas stood beside me, in front of me, and in back. The doors opened. People began taking their invites out. I gulped. When it was my turn to go up. I explained to the chic gate-keepers dressed in all black. I told them I was a blogger from Detroit. I flew in just on the belief that I would get into the Rachel Zoe show.

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(Dude’s face in the back: priceless)

The girls in black looked at me like I was crazy for wasting their precious time and politely said no. No ticket. No entry. I nodded and took the walk of shame out the opening. I fluffed my tutu and hailed a cab to NYFW Headquarters. I wouldn’t be defeated.

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I stopped by Chanel’s Meet My Boyfriend (the watch’s name) Exhibit. And received all the fan love after I was just denied access to Rachel Zoe’s show. I felt better already.

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(They offered me a customized Coca-Cola.)

 

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(They even let me try on a very expensive, fancy, schmancy watch encrusted with diamonds.)

 

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(A student photographer from Europe.)

After I left Chanel, I went across the street to NYFW Headquarters. Some of the people were a little snooty, but then I met this cool student and her friend (who took the pic).

 

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(Chloe Schnell, designer)

I asked Chloe if I could capture her style, and then we started talking. She’s an indie designer living in NYC.

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(Model: Maureen from Amsterdam. Her hair compliments my ensemble.)

 

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(I got to see my good friend, Kait. Style is definitely on Mars.)

So that is half of my story of how I crashed (or tried to crash) NYFW in my tutu and crown!

The 2nd part of my journey will be posted soon.

The story doesn’t stop here…

 

🙂

 

 

 

 

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(Photos Courtesy of Worldiction) 

Mel: My name is Melissa, aka MafiaMel, and I am a film maker, journalist and actor living in Michigan. For fun, I like to travel, hike, read and take photographs.

Detroit Does NYFW Series

Eastern Market

Mafia Mel

Sept. 14th, 2015

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Q: Inspiration behind the look?

 

Mel: Spain! The Spanish style is very simple but bold and dynamic. I wanted to work with that.

Q: How would you define your style?

 

Mel: Punk kid has fun. I really look at my style as revolving and boundless, there isn’t anything that can’t be made mine.

Q: Who are your style icons?

 

Mel:Isabella Blow, Gia Carangi, Angelina Jolie and Mae West

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Q: Where do you like to shop?

 

Mel: Forever 21 and online. Most of the time I really have something in mind that I want and it isn’t always “modern” and I don’t want to be bound by that, so I search the world wide web!

 

Q: Have you ever been to NYFW, if so when and what was your fave part?

 

Mel: I have not been, but they won’t be able to keep me out for long.

 

Q: Who is your fave designer?

 

Mel: There are so many to pick from really! I just like a designer who stays consistent. I consistently like what they produce.

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Q: Whose show are you most looking forward to this year?

 

Mel: I’m always excited to see what Moschino is going to do.

 

Q: What do you like about NYFW more, the runway shows or the street style and why?

 

Mel: Wherever the true risk-takers are.

 

Q: Links to Social Media

 

Mel: @Melisterine7

 

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(Photos/MUA: Madinah M. Stylist/Model: Leah V.)

July 31, 2015

Z-Alley

Downtown Detroit

Style Blog X Self

 

I’ve been blogging for a little second now, but just beginning to take it seriously. Hell, I’ve just started to take myself seriously. Instead of treating my blog like Instagram or Facebook, where I post pretty pictures, I should be treating it like a diary–a virtual diary. Isn’t that’s what blogs are for? Blogs were created to be that independent platform where creatives and internet revolutionaries could have a voice.

 

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Since I am turning the big 2.8. and embarking on different journeys, I am self-reflecting on who I am, what am I doing, and what had I initially set out to do? In these days and times, the world is so fast, people have quick access to so many avenues and channels that no one has time to stop, mediate, and think. And since, I am nearing 30, I feel the need to take a breather and take it down a notch.

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Life is everything vs. self. You always have to come back to self at the end of the day. I think that’s important to say, but so easily forgotten. I need the same reminder as well. That’s why I am so grateful to have creatives around me so that they can say, “Hey, you’re getting crazy. Come back to life and we’ll talk. K?”

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Like my buddy, Madinah 🙂 Who beats my face and takes photos of me. What more could I ask for? Haha.

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I think everyone should walk through life with a long cape on and a smile on their face. We’re getting old, have fun sometimes!

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I had a lot of fun with this shoot, even though it was hot as heck outside. Us, Michiganders, aren’t used to very hot days. lol.

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Stubby ‘n’ fierce. Bye Felicia!