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It doesn't matter how old you are or where you are starting from - anyone can become a mogul. This is one of many inspirational statements from the book "You are a Mogul" by Tiffany Pham. I've always wanted to read this book and like so many of us; I alway say I'm too busy to make time to read books.  I've put this book cover on my mood board because I wanted this to be the first book I read in 2020. The purpose of putting the book cover on my mood board is for a daily reminder of my new way of thinking in life.  The title speaks volumes to the lifestyle and goals I have aligned for my future. 

And now that the world has come to a complete slow down due to COVID-19, I was able to finally read the remainder of the book (I started reading the book back in February). So during this pandemic, I think it's important not to consume a large in take of the media or else you'll drive yourself crazy. Below I'm sharing some books and shows to help keep you entertained through these self isolating times we're living in. 


It's important for everyone to know their value and worth. And as women, many times we're overlooked in the workforce and there's a huge inequality in pay. According to one source, women earn 49 cents compared to every $1 men earn. The three books listed below are great reads for any one, and especially for women wanting to pursue an entrepreneurial path or simply have a very successful career and climb the corporate ladder.

Inspirational Books For Females
  1. You are a Mogul by Tiffany Pham
  2. Girl Boss  by Sophia Amoruso
  3. Year of Yes By Shonda Rhimes
                                 

Who remembers those teenage days when you use to swap those hood books with your friends. Well I do, and I might just relive my childhood by reading one of the below good old classic hood books I still have. The below books were my favorites during my teenage years and I must've read them at least 3 times each.


My favorite books throughout my teenage years
  1. True To The Game by Teri Woods
  2. The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
  3. B-More Careful by Shannon Holmes 
    

Books that are on my to read list for 2020
  1. Becoming by Michelle Obama (QUEEN)
  2. You are a Bad Ass by Jen Sincero
  3. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock 
  4. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  5. Women, Race, and Class by Angela Y. Davis

Binge worthy shows to watch
  1. The Walking Dead - I know many people can not get into this show, but this is by far one of my favorite shows right now. If you look pass the zombies, this show is more about humanity and who you are as a human being when it really matters the most in the world. And it shows survive of the fittest skills as well. 
  2. Narcos - I don't know why, but I've always been intrigued by mob/drug trafficking shows. I think it's because most kingpins have a business mind set and instead of putting this effort into a legal entity, they continue to run illegal empires. It's like an addict of power they can''t seem to get enough of and for some reason I'm hooked.
  3. When They See Us - As an African American who grew up in Harlem, literally blocks away from where the beginning scenes are of the kids hanging out at in Central Park, this series made me emotional. This limited series created by Ava DuVernay is phenomenal. Warning: Be prepared to get very emotional while watching. Everyone I know that has watched this series has shed a tear or had to hit the pause button to keep from crying. 
  4. Hip Hop Evolution - I don't know what made me start watching this show. I've known this show existed for quite some time before I binge watched it, however I did not think it would be as good as it was. No one recommended this show to me and I didn't hear much hype around this show, so I was genuinely shocked at just how informative and interesting the show is. If you're a lover of hip hop music, trust me you will enjoy this series. The show gives a history of the culture and the originates of the different type of sounds in hip hop. It's very informative and I learned some new fun facts about the culture.
  5. Money Heist - Money Heist is an action packed show with tons of great character development. Each character is unique in their own way and is one of the reason you'll be glued to the show.
There are a few other shows I love and would recommend, these are just a few from different categories. Have you read or seen any of the shows and books I listed above?

What are you guys reading and watching during this Corona Virus epidemic?


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My favorite season has arrived; spring time has finally sprung. It's that time of year for music festivals, spring break trips, and new fashion trends to enter our wardrobe for the season. Unfortunately, for this spring all of those outdoor activities we look forward to have been cancelled due to the coronavirus. However, now we have plenty of time to merge those closets and add some new trendy fashion pieces to our wardrobes. And like each season, tons of fashion trends emerge from the runway. Below I'm sharing some of my top fashion trend picks seen on the runways for S/S 2020.


Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Vibrant, electric, ultra bright fluorescent colors are the hues for Spring 2020. Every neon color you can think of from hot pink to bright teal graced the runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris in September. It's time to say bye bye to those soft pastel colors, this season it's all about going bold and wearing colors that would make anyone stand out in a crowd. 

From left to right: Christopher John Rogers, Valentino, Victoria Beckham

Styling Tips: If you're not comfortable wearing such bold colors, you can wear this trend by incorporating  a neon accessory like a handbag, or shoes. Also, pairing a neutral color will give contrast and help balance out the bold color.

Missguided Petite Utility Shirt Dress In Neon Green $60
    
Courtesy of ASOS

River Island Blue large belted longline blazer $140

Courtesy of River Island

Seychelles Total Relaxation Neon Pink Leather Slide Sandals $65
Courtesy of Lulus

Point Em Out

Detailed necklines made a strong appearance this season. Designers from Fendi to Louis Vuitton showcased polished and structured looks with exaggerated pointed collar tops.

From left to right: Fendi, Victoria Beckham, Louis Vuitton

Styling Tips: The look of this top is very polished. For a day time look, I would pair with some loafer for a more relaxed fit.

The Franke Shop Ivory Blouse with Asymmetrical Point Collar $125


Pixie Market Marie Pointed Collar Blouse $106

W Concept Lace Point Collar Shirt-Black $239

Courtesty of W Concept

Daisy Dukes Please

Who's ready to show off their legs? The itty bitty, coochie cutter shorts swarmed the spring 2020 runways in every single fabrication and silhouette you can think of. Alexander Wang opted for a denim hot pants casual sporty chic look, while  Brandon Maxwell look was more suited for a night out for cocktails. If you're bold enough to rock hot pants, there's plenty of styles available to wear from denim to knitted.

From left to right Jacquemus, Alexander Wang, Brandon Maxwell

Styling Tip: When wearing hot pants, I'd recommend wearing a blazer or waist length top to balance out the look so it doesn't start to get too skimpy looking. The top/bottom balanced ratio will keep the look a bit more classy.


Zara Twisted Knit Shorts $35.90
Courtesy of Zara

C/Meo Collective Early On Shorts $155
Courtesy of Shopbop


Carmar Titania Aventurine Pearl Fringe Denim Short $228

Courtesy of LF Stores

90's Vibes Bucket Hat

A rather surprising accessory hit the S/S 20 runways in September; the bucket hat which is the complete opposite from the oversized floppy hats that were so popular last spring. I personally did not think bucket hats would be so huge this season. It's safe to say the once trending visor will quickly be replaced with bucket hats this season. For a different approach to the bucket hat, Dior created a straw version, which will make for a fun beach look while protecting your face from the sun rays.


From left to right: Christian Dior, LaQuan Smith, Fendi


Styling Tip: The bucket hat is truly a 90's LL Cool J vibe. A get accessory for the summertime, bucket hats will look great paired with a casual summer look (dress, skirt, or shorts) and sneakers to completed the look.
  
Urban Outfitters Patchwork Bucket Hat $24
Courtesy of Urban Outfitters.com

Avenue The Label Angelina fringed straw bucket hat $90
Courtesy of Matchesfashion.com

Burberry Beige Check Bucket Hat $320
Courtesy of SSENSE.com

The New Suit: Featuring the Bermuda Short


If you can't get with the hot pants trend, maybe bermuda shorts are more your aesthetic. A new update on the classic suit, the tailored pants have been replaced  with bermuda shorts. Bermuda shorts dominated the runways and in particular tailored, polished suits were seen down every major designer's runway. Max Mara put a  fun twist on their suits, adding fun pastel colors and matching vest in head to toe monochromatic looks.


From left to right: Max Mara, Altuzza, Givenchy

Styling Tips: The number of ways to style a suit is endless. The one thing I would suggest when wearing a bermuda short suit, is to make sure the shorts and blazer fits correctly. It's important that suits fit properly or else the suit ends up looking sloppy and unpolished.

Courtesy of Mango

Courtesy of Pixie Market

Boohoo Oversized Dad Fit Tailored Pinstripe Blazer $70 & Navy Pleat Pinstripe City Shorts $28



Courtesy of Boohoo.com

Make it Super Sized Please

So remember the ridiculous tiny teeny bags everyone was obsessing over?....well if you were one of the few people that could not get into carrying a bag that served no purpose, you're in luck. It's time to put aside the toy handbag and grab a bag that serves purpose. This oversized bag is perfect for a spa day or weekend getaway. And with the new plastic bag ban law in full effect, carrying enormous bags comes in handy.


From left to right Bottega Veneta, Jacquemus

Styling Tip: More of a warning tip; don't over pack your bag just because its gigantic. There's only but so much one person can carry on their shoulder and inside of the handbag before breaking down.

Mansur Gavriel Oversized Tote $695


Coach Field Logo Canvas Tote $395

Courtesy of Coach.com




Mango Oversized Volume Purse Bag $59.99
Courtesy of Mango


Which trend will you be rocking this spring?




The great thing about fashion is being able to take inspiration from the runways and interpret trends into your own style, which is why I enjoy doing my runway remix segments. You don't have to break the bank wearing designer looks to have the latest fashion trends. 


I decided to remix the Tibi Fall 2019 RTW look 31. I loved that Tibi opted for pastels colors for a fall look,  since most fall looks consist of dark, neutral color ways. I can across this ASOS drop waist smock dress I'm wearing in the photos below and immediately thought of Tibi's F/W 2019 runway look. Lately, smock dresses have been all the rave and spotted on many influencers both on the gram and in the streets.


       

I remixed this Tibi runway look wearing a ASOS lavender drop waist smock dress and Bershka high-heel slouched boots. 


My love for smock dresses was heighten to another level when I discovered designer Cecilie Bahnsenwho I have pronounced (the queen of smock dresses). Smock dresses have just the right amount of femininity and are great for styling a look from day to night. Whether you like a short/long dress, neutral/vibrant colors or printed/solid dress, there's a variety of smock dress options on the market to shop.


Courtesy of Vogue.com




Are you feeling smock dresses? Did I nail this Tibi runway look 31 remix?

We are all familiar with one of the most popular and versatile prints in fashion, which is plaid. Perhaps it might be so popular because this print is used in every silhouette (think a flannel shirt), dresses, and accessories. Wore by the preppy and grunge style enthusiast, there's certainly a plaid type for everyone. 




As someone who is always in black and neutral colors (I know typical New Yorker), every now and then I do love to add a hint of color to my outfit. And one of my go to prints is plaid of course. I love a plaid print because it's not too busy of a print, I'm comfortable wearing it, and I can always find cool pieces; in both vivid or neutral colors. 




Check out some cool plaid items below that will liven up any outfit.

ASOS DESIGN Vinyl Check Trench Coat In Pink $143
Courtesy of ASOS

Topshop Yellow Check Tie Wrap Midi Dress $75
Courtesy of Topshop

Stelen Arianna Plaid Sweater $98
Courtesy of Need Supply

Stelen Arianna Plaid Skirt $98
Courtesy of Need Supply

Bershka Plaid Blouse with Balloon Sleeves $35.90
Courtesy of Bershka

& Other Stories Plaid Wool Blend Belted Long Coat $279 
Courtesy of Other Stories

River Island Beige Check Scarf $36
Courtesy of River Island

Oat + Fort Plaid Shirt $38
Courtesy of Oat + Fort

Gingham, houndstooth, and Prince of Wales check print are my go to plaid prints. Those prints are timeless and never go out of style in my opinion. And while I usually don't do print on print, it's a new year so why not try something new. Are you into plaids? Do you have a favorite plaid print? Please share below.


It's that time of the year again. The cold weather is kicking in and just in time for the holiday season. Whether you're looking for items to update the wardrobe, home, or gathering gifts for family & friends, Black Friday & Cyber Monday is the best time to cash out on items. If not, you'll have to wait until after Christmas for the next big sales for all items on your wish list if you want to get a bargain.

While I'm on a budget and can't take full advantage of all the amazing deals that have started since and after Thanksgiving, below are some Styling N Thangs Cyber Monday approved sales to take advantage of.


The look on my face when I hear about sales.




My reaction after checking my amount and seeing how much I spent. YOLO...I just won't look at my account. 😩


Storets has 20% off all new arrivals and 70% off sale items with an additional 15% off on selected items. Here;s why you should take advantage of this sale. Storets does have sales, however it's usually on items that have been on the website for awhile and are basically dead weight inventory tbh. I rarely see the best sellers go on sale so this is a great opportunity to buy the newest arrivals at a slightly discounted price. 

Isabella Structured Puff Sleeve Coat $159 (Sale Price, 20% off $159)

Courtesy of Storets

Nasty Gal: Yes Nasty Gal is always on sale, I know. However, 60%- 80% off with an additional 15% off  is insane. There's sooo much great stuff you can shop during  this sale on the site. Advice, get to that holiday shopping as there's a ton of holiday party looks to shop, especially if you're someone who has a ton of events to attend this holiday season. There's literally thousands of items to choose from. I advise to have some kind of idea what you're looking for before shopping the site. 

Nasty Gal One Shoulder Tie Top Orignal $60, Sale Price $24 
(I purchased this top)

Courtesy of Nasty Gal

Shopbop: Shopbop always has a great end of season sale, with final sale items up to 70% off. What I love about Shopbop's sales is the fact there's something for everyone. Shopbop offers everything for affordable contemporary brands to luxury brands in all catalogs ranging from clothing, jewelry, shoes, etc.; with an array  of brands from emerging designers to international brand names. With a separate website for men's East Dane, and free shipping & returns for Amazon Prime member it can't get much better than this. Full price items are 25% off with an additional 10% off using the promo code.

Marni Tall Heeled Boots Original $1000, Sale Price $654 (Plus additional 10% when using code MORE19). Great deal on a pair of luxury, trendy boots if you're in the mood to splurge.

Courtesy of Shopbop

Sephora: While Sephora does have annual VIB sales and often has value gift sets deals, they currently have some really good staple pieces from select brands like this Huda Beauty eyeshadow palettes, which I've never seen on sale for the core colors outside of the VIB sales. Sephora is a great place to stock up on gift sets for yourself or to be gifted for your fellow beauty lover friend, collegue, family member, secret Santa gift, etc.. Sephora has up to 50% off on select items. 

I have this eyeshadow set and the pigment is great. Definitely a great stocking stuffer gift.

Courtesy of Sephora

Bauble Bar: Bauble Bar is a great website to shop for trendy, costume jewelry for an affordable price point. With 35% off on almost everything, it's a great time to add some fun accessories to your wardrobe.

 Bauble Bar Pitti Hoop Earrings $42, Sale Price $27.30

Courtesy of Bauble Bar

There's honesty hundreds of great sales to shop throughout all catalogues during the Thanksgiving Day weekend leading up to Cyber Monday. Above are just a few cool sales I came across. Let me know what sales you love to shop during Black Friday & Cyber Monday? Share below.

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