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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.

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(Above: Carlotta Tutt Holloway of the She Is… Project)

October 26, 2013

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Detroit, MI

I was invited to this expo by Carlotta the founder of the She Is Project and True Root Marketing. It was a day filled with panel discussions by PR and marketing women, fashion bloggers, and business minded people. The room was full of photographers, retail booths, and local bloggers all coming together for one purpose: empowerment.

Sheis2Cydara, R&B singer.
Sheis5 Mercedesz and her friend and I 🙂

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My OOTD. I went with a rocker chic look. Army fatigue swag.

Sheis3One of the panel members, and she is a fashion blogger. Her OOTD slays!

Sheis8Pictures of fabulous audience members. Sheis10  The owners of Thrifty Broads and audience members.

Sheis7The panel members after the panel discussion.

Sheis9Carlotta and her niece, Annastasia.

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We were in Royal Oak at Vega’s Lunch Box Drive at Susan Gray Boutique. Follow them on Instagram @ShopSusanGray

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This was my Outfit Of The Day. The dress was from Forever 21, the jacket was from Deb’s, and the head chain was from eBay.

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I had my lashes done. I felt like super woman.

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Lunch boxes that were donated. Find out more about the “Lunch Box Drive” at www.crowdrise.com/TheLunchBoxDrive

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We went to the hookah spot afterwards. I love my stylish friends.


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