I Added Tobi Trendy Dresses to My Wardrobe

I recently collaborated with Tobi.   *I was not financially compensated for this post. I received all my samples for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

I've said it before and I will say it again.  I was never a fashion lover type of girl.  In fact, I used to get mocked by friends and family for my wardrobe in high school all the way to College.  Honestly the shift for me happened a little over 5 years when I started paying more attention to what I like to wear and hence resulted in me starting my blog.  Years ago, I would never be confident to style, take pictures of myself and present clothing to the public.  

When Tobi and I connected I was a little skeptical taking the challenge.  Why? well, simply because I look nothing like their models on their site.  I had 2 C-sections remember? My belly is no longer flat with a belly button ring like it was 15 years ago. 

I have a chest...a pretty decent one. But I am a risk taker. So I decided to take the plunge and really comb through the site as if I had no other option. I mean let's be honest, what girl would not want to have the opportunity to freely select a handful of cute garments. I know I was not going to let that one pass.

So in my mind I knew I wanted something that had one or all of the below:

  • Classy
  • Simple
  • I can wear a bra!
  • Trendy
  • Lightweight ...because it's summer

Certainly simple and lightweight, the Tobi Maverick Blue Chambray Shift Dress is perfect for summer.  I love that it has the pockets. The frayed bottom hem detail makes this dress super trendy.  I styled mine with strap heels but I can totally see me wear this dress with a pair of cute sneakers.  Best of all, I you can wear a bra! Shop it HERE

100% on Trend.  Off the shoulder and sleeve tie details, I selected the Mary Mauve dress just for that.  Wait, and also the color! Lightweight, super easy to style, I can see this dress as a brunch outfit with some cute heels or styled casually like I did with gladiator sandals.  Wear it to the beach as a matter of fact! A strapless bra is perfect for this dress by the way. Shop it  HERE

When in doubt wear black right? I believe that every girl should have at least 1 if not 2 classic, simple black dresses.  The Margot Black Maxi dress caught my eye for a couple of reasons.  First, let's state the obvious, it's black.  Second, you can totally wear a bra and third, the geo design details makes this so tasteful and romantic.  I personally love the slits. Let them legs show off themselves ladies! Shop it HERE

All of these gorgeous pictures were captured by photographer, singer and dancer Anastasia. Check out her website HERE and Follow her on Instagram HERE. We both worked so hard that day but had a load of fun.  Here's a behind the scenes of our shoot in NYC.  My dressing room was my car! Listen, you have to make it work right!? 

If you decided to purchase one of these dresses, please share with me your experience.  I would love to hear it or just drop me a comment!

Niche-Elle New York: Fashion Design Esthetic Strikes a Balance Between Classic and Demure Sophistication with a Chic and Edgy Brooklyn New York City roots

 Niche-Elle New York is a ready-to-wear and custom made-to-order women's wear and accessories brand that captures the spirit of couture by combining unique designs with superior craftsmanship and flawless fit. Niche-Elle New York speaks to the sophisticated, elegant, feminine, classy woman. Niche-Elle New York esthetic strikes a balance between classic and demure sophistication with a chic and edgy Brooklyn New York City roots all at the same time. When you are dressed with this brand, I can guarantee you that you will walk out the room and will sure be remembered.

I first encountered this brand in 2016 when I met Founder, Head Designer and Technical Development Director Latesha Richards. She is personally committed to creating stylish, expertly cut fashion to fit a woman's body.Latesha is a technical patternmaker by trade and has a strong eye for detail. 

When Richards suggested that I wear her exclusive pieces, I was thrilled. In 2 separate occasions, I had the opportunity to pick up my Niche-Elle NY exclusive outfits and looked Fabulous! Her collections introduce a mix of timeless sophistication with bold and innovative fashion. 

Latesha Richard's has launched at New York Fashion Week for 2 seasons already since I initially met her and her brand Niche-Elle New York is well on its way to hit the celebrity red carpets for sure. This brand belongs in Neiman Marcus, Saks...you name it! And I know it won't be long until you see this brand in high fashion magazine as well.You can totally own your pieces as well. Follow the brand on Instagram and visit the site Niche-Elle New York. 

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📸credits to @kobyjovel

I personally love a classic wrap dress but when Designer Latesha Richards showed me the fabric that she had picked for me to create my garment I was in a complete aww moment.You can never go wrong with animal print and adding the simple sophistication of a drop front line and a gorgeous belt, it did it for me. 

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How about this Cape set? So elegant and classic.I love the hardware details on the skirt and the gray tone makes the entire outfit super tailored and rich.It is a great look for a business casual night out. 

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It is truly an honor for me to have the opportunity to share with you exclusive Designers making their ways into the Fashion industry.As a Digital Media Influencer, that is my mission always which is to genuinely showcase creative talent that you might have not had the opportunity to encounter II All opinions shared in this post are my honest review of Niche-Elle New York products and services. 

 

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Rocksbox: Premium Jewelry subscription

I used to have a subscription box program before. It was for natural home cleaning products. I have contemplated joining a food and wine subscription at some point too but was worried I would gain too much weight!

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In my opinion, subscription boxes are very useful. I have since, canceled my membership from the home cleaning company just because I ended up finding a brand at my local market that had a little more variety in their assortment. Other than that, I would totally recommend joining a subscription box program only if it is in the in the niche of product or services that you use most in your everyday life and that you know will save you time and money.

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When Rocksbox reached out to me to try out and review their subscription premium jewelry box program, I was super excited. One because I am always out and about to special events and always in need of something to wear and two because hey what girl does not love premium jewelry?! Let's be real. A nice pretty box in your mailbox every month feels like your birthday every month! I kinda like that!

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So basically for $19/month you receive 3 pieces to wear literally. It’s like jewelry on a loan is the best way I can describe it. Each piece of jewelry is hand-selected for you based on your style and specific requests by your personal stylist. Yes! I said personal stylist! Sounds fancy right? Well it is.

My Rocksbox stylist picked out a Gorjana drop earrings, a Pandora bracelet and a gorgeous spectrum necklace for me once. The next month I received another Gorjana piece of jewelry, this time a set of earrings, a stunning rose gold necklace by Elise M and a lighting charm necklace from Cameron Rose.

These pieces are not for you to keep. My suggestion to you, if you are exploring joining the Rocksbox subscription box program, make sure that you care for your jewelry pieces well unless you choose to purchase them instead of returning them back. This is totally an option too by the way.

If you are a jewelry lover and enjoy switching your looks often, this a very good subscription box to join. I am currently not a member right now but I am exploring joining again in the near future. It is very convenient to have especially if you are like me always on the go attending events and need fresh looks constantly.

Update: Since this sponsor blog post, my Rocksbox promotional code has expired. however, when you sign up directly on the site at www.rocksbox.com they usually offer great promotions.

This is a sponsorship review provided by Rocksbox. All opinions shared in this post are my honest review of Rocksbox products and services

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European Retailer Primark Opens in Staten Island, NY

I love fashion a lot and I love it more when it is not expensive.  I am a very active buyer and seller on Poshmark which I talked about on my business blog. But when Refinery29 reached out to me to come check out the new Primark location in Staten Island, New York I was so excited! Why? Well because when I visited the website I could not believe the prices and the offerings!

Primark is all about fast fashion.  Primark is a European clothing chain. Now they decided to hit the States and let me tell you this is a REVOLUTION!!!! Now it's all about Primark USA.

This is my Navy look. All by Primark, including my heels.  Top: $17, Pants: $17 and Heels: $10. Yes this total outfit cost me less than $50!!!!! Do you like it? I am sure your first question is: How is the quality? My answer: Very good.  

Martine Cadet Lifestyle Blogger Styling Primark Outfit
Martine Cadet Lifestyle Blogger Styling Primark Outfit
Martine Cadet Lifestyle Blogger Styling Primark Outfit
Martine Cadet Lifestyle Blogger Styling Primark Outfit

You cannot purchase online. You can look up but must go to a Primark store to buy.  The inventory is always changing. If you find one style expect to see it in like 5 different colors.  There's something for the entire family, You will find beauty and even home decor items. 

Martine Cadet Lifestyle Blogger at Primark in Staten Island New York

I have so many more outfits to share........I love me some Primark

Kami Cosmetics NYC Mix & Mingle

I had the opportunity to meet these fabulous women entrepreneurs a year ago at the Enjoi Lux Ooh so Glam event at Studio 450 in New York City.  

Kluermoi is not only beautiful inside and out, but she is by far one of the best makeup artist I have yet to meet.  She is so talented.  She demonstrated an ombre lip look using the Kami Cosmetics liquid lipsticks and everyone had a hoooo wow moment.  Her YouTube Channel here is loaded with amazing tutorials. You will love it!

I love the shades available at Kami Cosmetics.  The colors are bold, chic, really nice.  You can shop on the website here and by the way, there is an apparel line too!

I have WANTED.  It's a matte liquid lipstick not too red not too orange.  What I like about it it stays on for a looooonnnggg time which I love.  You can buy it here.

All and all it was a great event.  Very intimate, fun and educational.  One lucky winner got a chance to go home with my Kaderique handmade jewelry necklace too! How exciting! 

ShopStyle: Where Fashion Always Happens!

OMG can you tell how excited I was from this cheesy smile!? LOL! First of all, the weather was decent after the crazy freezing blizzard we had.. that made me smile...plus...I was at the Shopstyle NYFW Social House event!!!! 

A house full of stylish Bloggers, refreshments, makeup and hair touchups, and the best part?! Shopping!! I've had My ShopStyle link on my blog in like forever and I knew walking into this event I would be finding fabulous Fashion! and-I-DID...and-I-Shopped, had my makeup done, met some friends....Just fabulous.

ShopStyle is where Fashion lives ladies and ...gents.  Yes, my guy readers go to MY ShopStyle link here and find what you've been looking for!

I had the opportunity to shop/rent pieces for a few days. I actually styled what I selected here. Oh and by the way, I wore one of my boutique items to this event! I love this dress so much. You can shop it here.

While you are here, check out how fabulous Fashion Blogger Deb styled this dress too! She is absolutely gorgeous in it and you can be too!!!!

"Modesty is Fashionable" - Tashee inc.

Faith and modesty are the main key components for the overall clothing designs, but innovation and creativity are excessively invested in each garment.
— Tashee inc.

Tashee is couture.  Brooklyn based Designer Natasha Lambkin created the Modesty Movement to gather a community of women from all walks of life, cultural background and offer them an array of stunning modest garments that will make them standout in a faithful fashion way.  Tashee's woman is Artsy, Classy, Business, and/or Fashion. What they all have in common? They are all stepping in and walking their life with faith. 

The sophistication and elegance of Tashee's designs is what attracted me the most when I first saw the garments down the runway at last season's NYFW.  The pieces are tailored to fit any body type, size and height.  

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Remarkable comfort, sewn to a standard of perfection, Tashee's designs are clothes that will make you look good as you feel.

Tashee recently relaunched the brand with new fabulous fashion and sleek style pieces.  The crowd was enthusiastic. Studio 17 Bushwick was the perfect location for this private intimate gathering.

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You can pre-order your garment straight from the website. Custom orders are welcome.

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
— 1 Thimothy :9-10

Check out how I styled my Tashee Tulip Jump Suit for NYFW!

Cozy and Comfy Poncho

Fall. My favorite part of the year! Not too cold, not too warm. Just right. When I was selecting products for the shop and saw this oversized pancho, I was concerned that most would think it would be too big.  I have to say, who does not love a cozy, oversized, blanket like, oversized scarf wrapped around!?!?!?! The fabrication is so soft and the fringes make it so trendy.  Add a belt for a different look. Here I have it with an all black dress and tights.  The Floppy Hat finishes the look. Hope you like it as much as I did when I saw it.  I included links to my shop where you can buy it too! Thanks guys!!!

Jord® Watches are Timeless...

I don't know that you can really nail down on my style.  I am a little bit of everything but I guess you can call me transitional? I love to mix modern and traditional together but I really try to keep at least one classic, timeless piece in the mix.  

I have hard wood dark stain floors all over my house yet a modern green suede couch in my living room but you will find a traditional upholstered bed frame in my bedroom. In my closet, a mix of modern platform shoes next to classic Mary Jane's.

A watch is something that you wear all the time.  You need it to be practical yet stylish with pretty much everything that you wear. It was honestly very hard to choose my Jord® watch but when I saw  The Fieldcrest series Dark Sandalwood It was like seeing my wedding dress for the first time.  I knew it was the one! lol!  It's gorgeous on their website but let me tell you, in person? even better.  This watch is perfect for the season right now but I can see styling it in the Spring or Summer. It's lightweight, very well crafted...A timeless piece....a Classic. I am very pleased with my selection and you will be spotting it a lot throughout the season. Gorgeous!

Tiffany Toussaint Presents Le Jardin Enchanté

Le Jardin Enchanté...The Enchanted Garden is exactly what the experience was at Tiffany Toussaint's collection launch.  The exotic models looked like fairies coming down the greenery runway in their gracious gowns.  Tiffany transported the audience to a different dimension with her gorgeous color pallet, luscious designs and elegant models.

Tiffany's work speaks to the passion that she's had since she was a little girl playing dress up. Tiffany believed in her God's given gift and pursued her dream to becoming a Designer and for that I cannot stress to say that she is a true inspiration. 

This is just the beginning for Tiffany.  Her drive and passion for what she does will take her soon to the celebrity red carpet.  Her new collection is in the works! We had a chance to preview it and let me tell you, it was a standing ovation.

Tiffany takes custom orders. She will size you, work with the colors and fabrics of choice.  This brand is for your red carpet moment ladies. It is the dream wedding dress you've always wanted.

Watch the full video coverage created in partnership with WeInTheMix

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CRIIIATIVE Presents Shoppaganza

Criiiative is a luxury planning and management group who provides a platform for independent designers to showcase their fabulous work.  Shoppaganza was the best event to close the summer season.  The crowd was drinking, networking, shopping, eating...and more.  I had multiple hats for the first time at an event.  I attended as a Blogger, a Designer, a Vendor and a Glam Squad panelist! Sounds a whole lot right? But Criiiative organized the event so well that I was able to manage all at ease.  Meg Campbell Golf, Kafe Louverture, Le Jubon, 237fashion, Reviled, Westpoint Media was just a part of the fabulousity that was in the building.  Make sure you watch both video coverages! 

At the Between Sisters Brunch #creolegirlsrock!

The All White Between Sisters Brunch is a platform that gives women the opportunity to share their culture, values, and most importantly their magic!

The guest list was very long!

The food was exquisite!

With Designer KADOKÉLÉ

The crowd was oh so Fabulous. 

With Culinary Curator Nadege Fleurimond

The Highlight of the event is when sensational long time Haitian Songstress and Red Cross Ambassador Emeline Michel got us all up to sing and dance!

I grew up listening to her music.  She spoke words of encouragement and motivated us all to stay authentic!

Oh yes! Let's talk about what I was wearing!!!! I paired Kaderique™ Handmade jewelry with this gorgeous ruffled dress and comfy gold accent flats.

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Kaderique Handmade Jewelry

Happy Birthday America! It's 4th of July week and the official kick-off to summer is here! For many, this means hot dogs on the grill, fireworks and fun times with family and friends. Kaderique™ Handmade and You Are Beautiful Now wants you to make the most out of the long weekend and is offering you for a limited time a great sale to make your Summer one that you will remember.

Kaderique™ Handmade  and You Are Beautiful Now are the 2 accessories that you are sure to be safe to wear to the beach this season. The beautiful metallic tattoos are easy to apply and style. They come in various designs and color.  Paired with a handmade yarn necklace made from brand new T-shirt fabric, your outfit will come to life! 

Model DeAnn for booking email deannharte@yahoo.com

Model Natasha for booking email Natty.aujla@gmail.com

Black & White Bombshell with Devoreaux the Prep Pursuit

She's in Dallas Texas and I am in New Jersey, but that did not stop us from getting together virtually and bring you fashion inspiration.

Devoreaux's style is all so preppy and chic yet she knows just how to spice up a black and white romper and take it up a notch with gorgeous pink pumps!

I carried over the look by mixing black and white prints and accenting the look with one of my handmade jewelry lightweight necklace in pink.

Click Here to check out more of Devoreaux's Black & White Bombshell!

Click Here to check out more of Devoreaux's Black & White Bombshell!

Photos Done Wright ©

The camera lens captures what the human eye leaves behind.
— Photos Done Wright ©

I am always so happy when I have the opportunity to work with other entrepreneur minded individuals.  I recently sat down with Founder and Owner of Photos Done Wright © Tamika Wright to chat about her company.  I also had the chance to experience her amazing work.  Photography is Art and being able to capture that moment means so much.  Tamika specializes in portraits and weddings but is highly creative and so talented and can take on any other type of photography needs. Photos Done Wright © is mobile and will work with their client to accommodate their requests to the best of their ability.  So I'd say, where ever you are and you need a professional, humble, skilled, and creative photographer, you can't go wrong with Photos Done Wright © I am very pleased with my portraits and it was so much fun working with Tamika.  

Sassy & Classy with Kaderique

My handmade colorful statement jewelry line is created with brand new T-Shirt Yarn. It is lightweight, easy to style and care, every piece will sure to be a show stopper. I styled my outfit with the red Ode Necklace. The perfect accessory.

 


Cocktails with Claire got me feeling the Bomb Life

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined
— Claire Sulmers

Studio 450 was filled with gorgeous, fabulous, bombshell ladies.  Shoes, food, music and most importantly the woman behind it all made this event something to remember.  Fashion lovers, bloggers, stylists, actors, photographers from all walks of life were all there to sip, converse and shop. This was a night to remember. 


i.am.her® i am a mother

This has to be one of the best jobs I have ever had. Being a mother is a blessing. It is about providing unconditional love, safety and security to your children.  

My son and my daughter are everything to me.  They come first before anything.  Everyday is something new with them and I love every moment of it and wouldn't trade it for anything.

I remember the day when I found out I was expecting a girl. I was so excited! "will she look like me?...what will she be when she becomes an adult?....who will she marry?...." I had all of these questions in my mind.  I am raising her to be strong, smart and learn to grow her spiritual life.  I love this girl so much and will do until beyond the rest of my days.

I find that raising a boy is so much different than a girl.  My son is such an active toddler. I love it! Keeps me on my toes.  I am teaching him to love yet to be strong.  I pray everyday that he stays out of trouble when is an adult.  Our society and culture is not giving me any choices but to continuously remind him who he is and where he came from.

We play together, laugh all the time, cherish every priceless moments we create.  I practice tough love and they both know that mommy don't play!

I am her. I am a mother.

I stand strong for my babies. I am their teacher and disciplinarian. But of all, I am and will always be their mommy.  Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful ladies out there. You are doing a hell of a good job.  Celebrate YOU everyday!


#FWBK a Fashion Celebration

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership celebrated fashion in Dumbo Brooklyn.  The line up of talented Designers was breath taking.  From dark, edgy, modern looks with Reviled, a garden party with Olga, to colorful shades with Vino Supraja, every single runway collection resulted in standing ovations

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