NYFW Experience

It’s the BEST time of year for fashion, especially here in New York. You should be hip by now to know it’s NEW YORK FASHION WEEK! My longtime goal and dream is to own my own fashion company and brand. I’ve made many strides, which I’ll reveal in due time, but this experience was a check off my bucket list.

After networking with a few of my peers and mentors and I was offered the opportunity to be one of the dressers for an upcoming designer Minika Ko. Minika is a fashion designer based in New York City who received degrees in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and in Music Business from New York University. Her line KOllision debuted during #NYFW at the historical Church of Holy Apostles.

Even though I got lost and was EXTREMELY late (very long story), it was a very hands on experience. As soon as I walked into the door I was stepping in to help with the run through, streaming dresses, & even added my very little, irrelevant input to the order of the show HAHA. I was among FIT students listening to their experiences as we waited for our next assignments and I realized my life experiences didn’t have me as far off to my dreams than I expected.

Overall, I had an AMAZING TIME! Seeing and speaking to a designer creating pieces I envision myself designing in the near future was the best opportunity ever. And to think, all over asking for pattern-makers on my Instagram. Close mouths don’t get fed! Anyways to learn more about Minika and her kickstarter line, click the link here!

Follow Minika on Instagram @Minikako!

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The B.O.S.S Connect Event

Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers. – Robin S. Sharma

Many times I’m on the receiving end soaking up the information and listening to the inspiring words of individuals I admire. This time, I was asked to share my knowledge and the lesson I’ve learned up to this point in my journey. Wasn’t too nervous, but more so anxious for the opportunity! The B.O.S.S. Connect stands for Building Opportunities, Supporting Survivors. The event brought together professionals and business owners with young men and women who has passions for different aspirations and looking to make them happen. 

There’s SO MANY gems that I’ve received that I want to share them with anyone willing to listen and MSIBForever gave me that opportunity! We don’t see enough of these events occur in our communities. Sometimes people don’t want to share their wealth of knowledge, or whatever the reason; but, the only way we can raise up our communities is by working together and helping each other any way we can.

“Lift while climbing” a phrase I learned while taking Kendo in college and it stays with me to this day.

Read below for more information about the organization and the other panelist involved.

#MyStrengthIsBeautiful is an organization geared towards empowering those who have been affected by sexual assault or domestic violence. Our mission is served through nourishing the mental, physical, social, emotional, and professional development of every being we encounter. We aim to change the way survivors are viewed by the world and the way they view themselves.

From left to right:

Asia Milia Ware | Blogger, Fashion Enthusiast – asiamilia.com

Monica Sekhmet Grant | Entrepreneur, Author, Filmmaker, and more – youngbossnetworks.com

Nadejah Minerva | Founder of #MSIBForever – www.msibforever.org

Nehemie Dume | Owner of Shea by Nai – @sheabynai

Joshua Walker | Artist, Entrepreneur – @amg_ceo

Make sure to check out their amazing work and products!

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Outfit Inspo | WALD

THE LOOK:

Remember my post on suggestions for wearing white after Labor Day? Well this look right along those lines. A lot of my pieces I’ve had for YEARS and these pants make appearances every once in a while, when I find something great to match with them. This is why you never throw anything away (well unless they get really old and tear apart.)

Wearing any solid color that is out-of-the-norm in the office is making a bold statement; however, I wouldn’t mind making a statement with these pants, as long as my clumsy self doesn’t ruin them before lunch. I seem to only feature pants from Zara, but I ALWAYS catch the comfortable pairs on their sales!

Sleeve detailing is in for another season and I’m here for it! Professionals should take advantage of any opportunity to show personality in the workplace. I loved the pattern of this blouse and the way it laid right above my trousers. If you only they had my size in the other options. All the items are linked below!

Outfit: Pants (similar) | Blouse | Shoes (similar) | Tote

 

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