Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood

From one fashion capital to the next, fashion designers and labels took part in solidarity against hate and stood with women all over the world and with love. Attending this previous New York Fashion Week is most special compared to the last six I've been apart of. Before the Fall/ Winter 2017 shows commenced, the Council of Fashion Designers of America launched a new initiative called "Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood." 

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The bright pink and fashionable pins have been everywhere this fashion season. It is to raise awareness about the importance of Planned Parenthood in communities as it is a source for life-saving care like birth control, STI testing and treatment, cancer screenings and sex education.

More than 40 designers and brands are participating, including Diane von Furstenberg, Cushnie et Ochs, Public School, Jonathan Simkhai, kate spade new york, Rosetta Getty, Proenza Schouler, Mara Hoffman, Narciso Rodriguez, Milly, Prabal Gurung, Tory Burch, and Zac Posen.
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I was most especially blown away at Prabal Gurung's use of his fall/winter show when he featured feminist graphic T-shirts down the runway with women of all different sizes and race wearing them. This specific fashion month has inspired other young designers and creators to make a difference.

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If you look closely on my wrist, I am wearing a bracelet centered with chrysocolla, an energy stone that is said to inspire expression and empowers people to communicate clearly and with care. Next to this are two lapis lazuli, considered to be stones of truth. It connects one with their higher mind and heightens the desire for real knowledge. The rest of the bracelet is surrounded in brass rondelles and cocohishi cylinders.

Kira's Tiny Studio donated 30% of all sales and commissions to Planned Parenthood in the month of February and will continue to do so in March.

I think it's important to not only support world renown designers but also the ones that are trying to make difference in your own community.

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Turns out "Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood" is not just another passing trend but will be here to stay for as long as we are fighting.

Photography by Marie Lombardo.

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Polar Vortex

For the first time in all of the fashion weeks that I've attended since sophomore year of college, I avoided the subway as much as possible. Winter is getting to me.

Aside from what I thought were powerful and empowering collections from the likes of Calvin Klein, Prabal Gurung, Lacoste, Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Mr. Self Portrait, WhoWhatWear, Coach, Anna Sui, Ralph Lauren and many others, this season's New York Fashion Week not only took my breath away but it also swept me off of my feet. Of course I'm speaking in a more literal sense that I am figuratively. From sweater/ leather weather to two heat-techs and a heavy parka to raincoats and umbrellas in a matter of days, Mother Nature sure knew how to provide the best weather conditions to challenge all fashionistas who dared brave her wrath this season. 
 

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I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed the wind tunnel she created outside of the Artbeam on Monday (aka Day 5 of NYFW.) It's like she knew how much I liked candid hair action in my photos. Or being swept off of my feet even when it's not Valentine's Day.
Crazy wind chills and literally zero cabs in sight and my Lyft being ten minutes away, I opted for a photoshoot. And after my hands and face turned completely numb, I quickly wanted to forgo the idea and seek refuge in a much warmer place preferably with a burger and fries and a shake.

After Jason's fingers have fallen off from clicking the shutter too many times, our Lyft finally arrived. We  made a wise decision of heading straight to Black Tap
Craft Burgers and Beer.

If you've never been, you've got to!

Wearing:
Blank NYC Jacket,
Kylie Black Knee Rip High Waisted Skinny Jean
H&M Men's Gray Coat,
WhoWhatWear Black & White Bag.

Just Another Tuesday

Some might call today Valentine's Day, Single Awareness Day, Another Hallmark Holiday, February 14th

And some might call it as I would call it:

Just Another Tuesday.

I think today is such an arbitrary day. I've never been a fan of it. 

People are forced to be affectionate and somehow expectations are so high. People are made aware of how single they are. Flowers and chocolates are double the price. Dinner reservations are hard to find. As cliché as it sounds, I do think we should be loving and grateful every single damn day without any excuse of a calendar reminding us to do so.

Today is just another Tuesday and Day Six(?) of New York Fashion Week for me.

I woke up and selfishly decided to skip all of the shows I got invited to for the simple fact that in between all of the fashion mania, I felt myself needing a little me time. He went to work and after sleeping in, I spent my day in comfy clothes, a hair bun with no make-up drafting email responses, editing photos and blog posts on Street Style Teller.
He brought me home my favorite Java Chip Frappuccino (which stayed the price that it always is) and he told me I'm not ugly and that he loves me a lot.


Happiest Tuesday to you guys too!

Wearing Bebe Patchwork Denim Jeans (similar) under Black Dress by West Kei, Aldo Purse (similar) and Alexander Wang Jean Jacket (similar).

Behind The Scenes

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Sometimes when the door doesn't open, it's not your door and when you can't find a door that opens, you must build one.

My mama taught me that in life, you're put in situations that aren't the best but you always have to make the best out of the situation.

Rather than faking it until making it, here's the honest truth behind being a "blogger."

I put the word in quotation marks because I believe we are so much more than that. There are so many stigmas associated to bloggers. We're constantly mocked on social media. People believe we are only in it for the free clothes, the sponsored posts, the sponsored events, the social media fame. And as much as your girl can take a joke, it really gets under my skin. But you know what? Jealousy and envy isn't becoming of anyone.

Blogging was something I started in the middle of college as part of my digital résumé in the Journalism world. 

Street Style Teller was not built overnight and to be frank, I didn't know I was slowly building a door to so many opportunities when I launched it. 

 

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One of the biggest lessons I've learned as a blogger is that most of the time, you gotta make things happen all on your own and sometimes you have help from your good, talented friends. 

Bloggers are entrepreneurs, business women (and men), creative directors, editors, our own make-up artists, our own stylists, our own assistants.

But until I master the self-timer on a camera much like Margaret Zhang, I do need a little help from my talented photographer friends.

If you've ever been curious, this is how I go about my photoshoots:

1. Ask a photographer friend or any friend to shoot you with ANY camera. 

2. Look at the weather app and choose a day to shoot on a warmer day.

3. Watch a ton of Youtube make-up videos on how to slay a contour.

4. Wear sneakers and bring gorgeous (but painful) heeled boots to location.

5. Walk around aimlessly until you find a good location to shoot.

6. Wear an outfit you plan to wear to fashion week weeks before actual fashion week. 

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In collaboration with WestKei1 and Nordstrom Rack.
Photography by Sworup Ranjit.

Express Yourself: Kenzo x H&M

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What is this? No neutral-colored wall as a backdrop? Is that orange? Is that graffiti? Where's the white and black or even gray? 

Ladies & gents:
I think I grew up.

Kenzo and H&M taught me to embrace the fashion world in all its colors instead of seeing things in black and white. Color is fun too, inspiring even. 

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the KENZO x H&M Fashion Show. The all black, uniquely square-shaped venue was quickly filled with celebrities and fashion people. Oblivious to what we were about to witness, everyone took their seat and an orchestra [yes, an orchestra!] started playing. The black curtain silhouette revealed a stage in the middle of the venue with dancers dressed in KENZO X HM. If that's not impressive enough, a very well organized and choreographed fashion show was upon us. Instead of models walking the catwalk, they danced to the music "Express Yourself!" [which by the way, was stuck in my head for days.]

 

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The vibe was so electrifying and energetic, I wanted to express myself, stand up from my crowd and join them! 

After the final model dance party, the pop-up shop opened, confetti hit the floor, Chinese food was served, glasses of champagne went around, Ice Cube took the stage and everyone literally had got over hump day the right way.

I would relive the night all over again if I could. 

The KENZO X H&M Collection is now officially available in stores and online. 

Check it out here and don't forget to always express yourself!

Wearing the Jungle Kenzo Paris T-Shirt. 

Photography by Kim Geronimo