March Monthly Archives

Men’s Style Mondays

post_bryce2_022016_01post_bryce2_022016_02post_bryce2_022016_03post_bryce2_022016_04post_bryce2_022016_05Blazer: Thrifted | Hoodie: TJ Maxx |
Tee: ASOS | Jeans: ASOS |
Sneakers: Adidas |

A couple of weekends ago, I accidentally scheduled photoshoot in New York City at the crack of dawn.

You know what that means? I had to pull an up all nighter! Since I don’t get enough sleep as it is, you can tell I was not looking forward to this. The morning of the shoot finally arrived, I was still a little behind schedule.

How? Don’t ask. Just understand that I was running around like a mad man. In a complete rush, I grabbed this old hoodie sitting on my dresser and walked out the door.

Unbeknownst to me, this particular look was a complete hit. I received numerous compliments throughout the day.

Why? To be honest, I’m not exactly sure. We can only assume that the simplicity within the outfit itself was appealing enough to receive a round of applause.

In general, styling a longline tee with hoodie, and camel blazer combo were major brownie points. Plus, you can never go wrong with an old school snack back, distressed pair of skinny jeans, and sneakers. Let’s not forget the Adidas messenger bag. This accessory alone screams retro refined.

So, how do you feel about this particular look? Feel free to share with us in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading.

After 5: The Peacoat

post_kelli1_111515_01post_kelli1_111515_02post_kelli1_111515_03post_kelli1_111515_04post_kelli1_111515_05Peacoat: Nordstrom (Kristen Blake) |
Crop Top: H&M |
Skirt: H&M |
Belt: Banana Republic |
Boots: Steve Madden

For this weekend’s individual style feature, our girl Kelli shows how to dress appropriately for a chilly evening.

Known for her chic and classy style, Kelli is all about statement pieces! Even much so, she put together an outfit including a long sleeve crop top, skirt, boots, and a brightly colored pea coat.

In general, the wool pea coat is the perfect outerwear piece, especially during a chilly evening. Once you add a bold color like red to the mix, you have a very appealing look.

Even further, we love how Kelli was able to balance out her outfit using warmer colors. For example, shades of red and yellow go perfectly together, even when you add a little black to the mix.

Overall, this the perfect evening look. Great job Kelli!

How do you feel about this particular look? Feel free to share with us in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading!

Lifestyle: Jumping Colors


“This final project was implemented to celebrate the glory of melanin and to address the beauty in the various pigments of brown women.” -AmandaLuxe

Recently, I teamed up with a New York City urban enthusiast, Amanda Moore-Karim, on a special project entitled, “Jumping Colors.” Over the course of a month, Amanda assembled a strong team of models, stylists, and a great photographer (Myself), to bring her vision to life.A modern piece of art, Jumping Colors delivers a powerful message. It serves to highlight the beauty within ethnic beauty.

Amanda states, “It’s unfortunate that the Light Skin vs. Dark Skin epidemic still exists in our community; creating a divide amongst our people. It saddens me the stereotypes associated with a skin tone are still a thing. It can get annoying for a woman of light skin pigmentation to be perceived as bourgeoisie. It can get exhausting with the constant nasty jokes a woman of dark skin pigment puts up with. At the end of day, we’re all Black. We are all beautiful and should be grateful God has blessed us with this brilliant feature known as melanin–no matter the hue.”

From the perspective of lighter skinned African American male, it’s very sad that our race is still split along color lines. Whether I’m receiving unfair treatment from other races or experiencing resentment based on my “light skinned privileges” (Reinforced by insecurities within our own race), my “blackness” has always been attacked from both sides. Growing up, my siblings and I were raised to see a spectrum of brown. My father is a dark skinned African American man, and my mother is a light skinned, African/Native American woman. Since my parents have completely different skin complexions, they made us full aware of our melanin beauty. Plus, black was always black in the Carmichael household.

However, as an adult, I realized that everyone was not raised with the same mentality. This is why Jumping Colors really hit home to me. From the darkest chocolate to the lightest vanilla , we have to appreciate and love our blackness. It all starts within.

For the full post, head over to her website:

Check out the some of the photos below!


– Models: Nakea Tyson (Pink) | Chanel Love (Green) | Bianca Jeanty (Blue)
– Photography by Bryce Lennon
– Skirt Designs by Cecily Habimana
– Styling by Candace Rogue
– Art Direction by Amanda Moore-Karim

Strictly Business: Casual Professional

post_kris3_093015_01post_kris3_093015_02post_kris3_093015_03post_kris3_093015_04post_kris3_093015_05Blazer: Asos |
Sweater: H&M |
Pants: H&M |
Shoes: Aldo |
Pocket square and lapel pin: @bell67vintage

Comfort and professional! Two words that don’t seem like they’d go together. For some odd reason, most people are under the assumption that business casual, or professional clothing, has to be uncomfortable and stuffy.

For this post, Kris shows us how to dress professionally in the most casual way possible.

He states, “This look is a great casual-formal outfit. The blazer tops off the professional look while the sweater screams business casual. Wear this outfit to work and go straight out for happy hour while looking good and staying comfortable!”

To add that extra flair to his blazer, Kris added his very own custom pocket square and lapel pin. The pocket square, which was created from hand sewn vintage fabrics, was perfectly paired with the lapel pin, made of silk flowers and a gold kilt pin. Kris agrees, “Both of these items, alone or together, adds that finishing  touch that every blazer needs.”

In finishing off this look, Kris decided to add a debonair flair with his dark brown, double monk strap dress shoes.  “The dapper man should ALWAYS own a dark, brown dress shoe and a double monk strap. In my personal opinion, monk straps compared to any other style of shoe screams, I know what I’m doing here!”

Indeed Kris, indeed.

So, how do you feel about this particular look?

Feel free to share with us in the comments section below.