Monday, December 19, 2011

The Black & White of it All...

People who know me, know that I am a person of color (pun intended).  However, every now and then, I like to explore the simple beauty, the ultimate dichotomy of black and white.  In fashion, black and white has always been a staple on runways and Fall 2011 shows were no different. Black and white tuxedo dressing in particular was a big trend that many famous designers explored including Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren.  Check out one of my favorites from the runway by Jason Wu...
Picture courtesy of www.jasonwustudio.com
Well I was inspired to take a stab at the trend myself.  Take a look...

H&M White Tuxedo

Two colors, so simple, that go with pretty much any other color work so well together.  Although, playing with colors is great, don't forget the simple and classic blend of black and white.

Well, once again you've been Stamped!!!

Good day Madams and Sirs!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Organically Charged Events

Greetings Stampees and Guests!  Just thought I'll check in and share with you some cool events I've been to in the last couple of weeks.  I had a random thought recently about how often the term organic is used especially in reference to food.  So, I decided I was going to put my own Stamp or meaning to the word for the sake of this blog post.  The S.O.S. definition is as follows, "the state of being fresh and original without taint from metaphorical chemicals (i.e. haters).   It has been known to promote confidence and can often cause admiration from others."  Well with that being said, I've had more than a couple of "organic" experiences recently...
  • First up is the Beautiful, Natural and Free Natural Hair Meet-Up in Bethesda, MD a couple of weeks ago.  The atmosphere was truly (yes, I will say it) "organic".  And this wasn't just because everyone at the event was rocking natural hair and using organic products.  It was mainly because of the ambiance that was created by a group of women that got together with no drama to uplift one another.  I truly enjoyed myself and look forward to future meetings of that sort.  Check out one of my favorite hairstyles from the event...




  • I had a similar experience this past weekend at Thelma's Vanity Vintage Trunk Show.  This event was fabulous in every sense of the word. Yes it was, YES it WAS "organic".  Michela (the owner) and her team were so pleasant and definitely had some precious gems for sale.  I landed me a pair of fly glasses and a beautiful cream ankle length cape.  The TVV team, the fellow bloggers and attendees were all funky fresh!  I look forward to doing business with Michela in the future.  Check me out in my new digs...





















  • Last, but definitely NOT least 
(drum roll please)...Thanks to Beny Blaq Entertainment, I was able to see one of my favorite artists Common at The Park on Friday night.  Let me tell you, this is probably the 7th or 8th time (I've lost count), I've seen him and he never disappoints.  There is nothing common about Common's lyrics.  This guy epitomizes "organic" from his beautiful smile to the effortless flow of poetic words that come from his mouth.   I have been a fan of Common since he was called Common Sense, back when he was rocking crocheted pants with the hat to match.  I'm a loyal fan whose feelings are consistently reciprocated through real lyrics about real life.  I love the fact that he has remained true to his conscious style and still manages to evolve as an artist.  He performed several songs from his upcoming album The Dreamer/The Believer which I think will be one of his best albums yet.  I wish him the best in all his future endeavors as he grows in his career.  Can you tell that this event topped off my "organic" voyage???








    So I will wrap this up by saying, yes, it is advantageous to eat organic foods, but I find it even healthier to put yourself in situations where there can be an exchange of "organic" energy.


    Well, there you go!  You've been stamped!!!  Now pass on the love!



    Sunday, December 4, 2011

    My Recent "Stamped" Vintage & Second Hand Findings

    Greetings Stampees! I'm totally excited to share with you my vintage & second hand gems I've purchased in the last month.  At least twice a year I sell my clothes to Mustard Seed  in Bethesda, MD.  As usual, I couldn't help but browse the store while I awaited which items the buyers would purchase from me.  WELL!!!! I had been on the prowl for a sexy pair of red pumps.  As I pa-roused the store and glanced at the shoe display; BEHOLD a pair of sexy red patent leather Dolce Vita stilettos ($18)!  I hurried over to the display excusing myself past the hovering fellow shoppers when I realized that they were my size!!!!  As I sat down to try them on, I looked up and saw a beautiful cream mohair coat.  This was a vintage jewel.  A Regency coat that was estimated to be from the 1960's in pristine shape ($28)!  I tried it on and it was a match made in heaven.  You know what I did right???? I took the money I made selling my clothes that day and bought two beautiful and unexpected additions to my wardrobe.  That was a nice way to start off my November, but that was just the beginning...




    A couple of weeks ago, I was strolling through one of my favorite shopping locales, Eastern Market, when I stumbled across the best thing that happened to me since H&M opened a location in DC!!!!!  The name of the store is Clothes Encounters of a Second Kind.  How cute is that????  This consignment shop features everything from beautiful vintage pieces from Chanel to more modern pieces by Anna Sui.  I was really surprised that after several years of frequenting Eastern Market, that I had never discovered this store.  I asked the owner how long she had been there and she said, "probably before you were born".  She then added, "1979".  Which just so happens to be the year I was born.  KISMET!!!!  I was able to land on my first visit there a pair of orange leather gloves lined in cashmere for $15!!!!!!!!  Never been worn!!!!!  I was so excited about this find, that I told pretty much everyone including my fashion mentor, my daddy!!!!  Well of course, he wanted me to take him and my mother there.  So, I did just that!  We ventured there the following weekend and I was able to find a pair of black TOD'S loafers ($42)  and a vintage navy leather Paloma Picasso purse ($25).  I was even more excited because I got my parents to buy me these items (s0me things never change), lol!  Also, my dad was able to find my mother a very nice Italian leather purse ($40, not pictured) and also scored a pair of Betsey Johnson polka dot w/leather trim ballerina flats for my little sister ($15, not pictured). 

    Needless to say, the second trip was a success!!!!  The lesson here is, everything doesn't have to be new-new and cost you some body parts to look fabulous!  Hope you enjoyed my journey!  Talk to you all soon!


    By the way, if you just finished reading this blog, consider yourself STAMPED!!! ;)


    Mustard Seed photo courtesy of their website www.mustardseedshop.com.

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