Can I do it? 365 Days No Fast-Fashion #nofastfashion18

It’s that time of year again new year’s resolutions, vision boards, and yearly challenges.  Personally, I really suck at committing to challenges. I’m still working on my discipline and planning skills. { Sidenote: I am also creating a vision board this year and planning will be a big focus for me next year.}   For 2018 I am going to try something different, I feel like in 2017 I have been on one long shopping bender.  

gift-brown-shopping-marketSooooooo I am going to go against that which is natural to me and challenge myself to not buy from fast fashion brands or clothes.  Now…let me tell you, I am the queen of fast fashion brands like Forever 21, Target, GS Love and SHEIN.  I love fashion-forward, on-trend affordable fashions. To be completely honest, fast-fashion is addicting and I’ve fallen under the lull of its sweet, sweet low prices. Honestly, I am little nervous about this challenge as I have to be more intentional about where I shop, how I shop, truly plan ahead. Also, I might just have to be okay with not buying something new constantly.  Take a step back and just be blessed and grateful for what I already have.  

 

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Photo: Me covered in fast fashion brands: H&M, Target, and Akira.

 

Okay, is here what you can expect from me this year. Please, keep me accountable. 

  1. A monthly post featuring a slow-fashion brand, thrift finds, local designer creation and maybe some luxury brands thrown in there. 
  1. A short video of me unboxing and quick review of the product. 
  1. Also sharing some tips, news, and information about how we can all incorporate some slow-fashion movement ideas into our daily shopping life. 

Also if you have not done so please follow my Instagram @fashionable__demand and the website www.fashionabledemand.com.  I’ll be posting my challenge on those channels as well as my personal site IG. If you want to join the challenge tag your IG post with #nofastfashion18.  

**** Disclaimer: Can I please be excused from any fast-fashion purchases I have to make in the name and sake of my wedding budget. Thanks in advance! **** 

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Store in Review: Who is Riley Rose?

rr6I am knocking down things on my bucket list, for the first time ever I stood in line for a grand opening of a new store, Riley Rose at my local mall. Quite frankly, I need a do-over as there was no one in line an hour before the opening.  So I kinda feel cheated out of the true experience, on the bright side I knew for sure that I would get all the freebie samples they had available. 🙂

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So what in the heck is a Riley Rose in the first place? A new beauty concept store spawned by the mass-fast fashion producer fondly known as Forever 21.  On Saturday, Dec 9th at Mayfair Mall and several other malls across the country debuted Riley Rose stores.

Am sure you’re asking yourself, what’s so special about this Riley Rose place? Well…I will say that it is the most Instagram friendly store I’ve ever been to. The merchandise is perfectly set and the lighting is beautiful. Its full of clean white fixtures and millennial pink walls.  An added bonus is that you can try any of the makeup or beauty products that you want and can real-time Instagram your shopping session. As there are several ipads around the store ready to capture your best selfie.

 

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I believe the biggest draw for me is that there are tons of new-to-me beauty brands and Korean beauty products.  As well as some brands that I was surprised to find in-store like Sigma brushes, bh Cosmetics, and Gerard Cosmetics. Basically, all of the brands that you normally could only order online are now available in a store near you.  An added bonus for me is that they are open to suggestions of new beauty brands you would like to see Riley Rose carry in-store.  I suggested Glossier, Colourpop, and Deciem: The Abnormal Beauty company.

 

What beauty brands would you like to see carried?

Overall, I would give the store a B+ rating. Visually the store is extremely pleasing to the eye.  There is a great assortment of products from make-up, skincare, hair products, home decor, and gifts. Definitely, believe this a store you will want to shop during the holiday season or anytime you want to pick-up a cute gift for someone. Where I can feel they can improve and stand out amongst the Sephoras and Ultas of the world by carrying more makeup that is inclusive of all skin colors and secondly, creates space for Women-owned and Minority-owned beauty brands a chance to live in brick-and-mortar stores.

If you live the Milwaukee County area and love make-up or beauty products, I highly suggest that you visit the Riley Rose location in the Mayfair Mall near the Boston Store end of the mall.

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Brooklyn Photographer Chris Callaway presents “The Outsiders”

“The Outsiders” is a series of photos focusing on personal-style driven individuals throughout the boroughs of Brooklyn and NY. Being a Brooklyn citizen himself Chris is often surrounded by fashionable peers and colleagues,many of which he’s created amazing images with. Our collaboration with Chris Callaway for this project came to fruition from the fateful moment our very own creative director, Michael Ja’Ameer (literally) bumped into Chris in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY with the ever stylish freelance artist at his side Tevin Shaton. Call it fate or mere luck, but Chris happened to be shooting for Brooklyn Magazine’s September street style issue, the encounter eventually landed Michael on the cover of the September issue.

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(Brooklyn mag cover via – Chris Callaway )

Fast forward to now, we got the opportunity to work with Chris and many amazing NY artists on this photo-series exploring the personal style, and confidence that “The Outsiders” exude. This series captures that raw organic vibe that you wont see in your everyday fashion tabloids or blogs, so that’s the focus that Chris aimed for as we shot in various boroughs throughout NY. This series is channeling many aesthetics but keeping it raw, pure and directly from us!

The story of the chosen, Rose Golden – Kudi

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Personal style doesn’t have to meet the conditions of whats a “look” or whats “trendy“, all of the artists featured have pushed through those boundaries and created a space that lets us be ourselves.

Fashionable demand gives a huge thanks to photographer Chris and the amazing artist we got to work with on this series, for more follow the link below!

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When Being Unhappy Is Okay

From a very early age I was taught that when you go into work put on your polite, unfazed black girl corporate face and voice. I’ve held onto that sentiment for almost over a decade that I’ve been in the working sector. Constantly, I have coached myself to push down my feelings, be extra helpful and smile.

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However, I  am beginning to think that is not the wisest of advice or at least my strict adherence to it has not been the wisest of decisions. Constantly, I find myself in this position where I am unhappy at work, while mostly in the past I’ve blamed it not working in the field/industry that I desired.  Now that that is no longer true, I have been more introspective on how and why I feel the way I do.  I have narrowed my unhappiness to three reason and/or causes.

 

  1. Expecting a lot of (even perfection) from myself, but not having any expectations of my boss and/or senior co-workers and how they can play a role in my success or growth within a company.

 

  1. Believing that just because I have a job, I should just blindly be grateful and content like the others around me.  Additionally, that having (any) job equals me being a worthy person.

 

  1. Not speaking up when I am threatened with microagressions or just plain losing my sense of having a voice amid the big “corporation” .

 

Proudly, I proclaim that yes I am unhappy and I am glad for it. It lets me know that I am not complacent and that I value myself, my work and my intelligence. Reminds me that I am alive. Reminds me that there is something new and challenging on the horizon. It’s the fuel that propels me to constantly chase after my goals and use my natural talents.

Soooo yea I am unhappy right now, but change is just right around the corner.

Written by: Chelle

 

IN Demand or Not: House of CB Opens Flagship Store in LA

If you not familiar with the British label, House Of CB. You should be! It has been seen on celebrities like The Kardashians, reality-star Porsha Williams, mega-star Jennifer Lopez. All within a year House of CB has become the go-to sexy, sultry yet attention-grabbing hot-spot for garments that stun on red carpets. Conna Walker is the beauty with the brains who gave conception to the affordable luxury e-boutique in 2010. House of CB has flourished from its roots in London to expand internationally and its level  of product offerings.

Tuesday, June 14th celebrities stepped out to celebrate the opening of House of CB’s first brick and mortar in the US. As expected no opening is complete without a Kardashian.

Khloé Kardashian wore a bright-orange House of CB bodycon dress. Was she IN Demand or Not?

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Also in attendance was ‘The Real’ talk show host Adrienne Bailon in a caped blush pink romper by the brand. Was she IN Demand or Not?

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Written by:

Chelle

Instagram: @magill2

Flower Boys : Tyler The Creator Debuts First Fashion Show 

 

O0a1f8394453100bd83612261aa951bf6n Saturday, June 11th at the L. A. Live Complex Tyler the Creator debuted his first Golf Wang and Golf Le Fleur collections. On first inspection, the collection is heavily injected with 1990’s hip-hop influence. Think over sized sweatshirts, polos and jeans in bright pastel colors. His collection also signaled his departure from designing collections for Van, venturing into his own shoe collection Golf Le Fleur, which in French means “Flower Boy”. His design work does not stop at clothing and accessories, as he also introduced furniture creations; imagine large Coca-Cola cans as armchairs and tables akin to what you would find in Fred Flintstones’ living room.

During the show Tyler admitted that, “I don’t know a lot about Fashion”. Yet, he retorts, “The difference between me and these niggas is that I make what I like”.

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Seemingly, making what you like looks a lot like what is currently trending at the moment. Although, Golf Wang mimics a water-down version of Cross Colours. I suppose there has to be a certain amount of flattery in imitation.

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As always, I will fight for originality and innovation in fashion. Those are the key ingredients that continue to propel the industry forward. Conversely, I will also always stand-for the person that has a dream, an idea and then executes. A dream fulfilled one of God’s greatest gifts.

Click to watch the show for yourself.

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Written by

Chelle

Instagram: @magill2

MKE Spirit Reprise

I have been on an unplanned,but perhaps needed creative hiatus. Unbelievably, its been a year since any type of creative inspiration has coursed through my body. A slow, yet continuous death of creative sensibilities in both visual and written forms. I cannot truly say that I am 100%, nor as eager as I once was to create beautiful imagery. Yet, I am pushing myself to try again to regain and rebirth that which was lost.

So I am going to kick things off where I left them, MKE Spirit. I have to apologize to the creatives who gave up their time, talent and beauty to this project. The deadlines I had promised and missed, it is unlike me to not deliver.

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This installment of the MKE Spirit project is waaaaaaaay over due, truly the woman who is spotlighted for the publication of this MKE Spirit portrait shoot, Jasmine, has since moved on to accomplish bigger and better goals. However, during the shoot I did take some time to interview Jasmine. What resonated the most to me was her goal to,

“change the lives of people who are nearest to me.”

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That is the essence of this project, to be an inspiration to others in our city. To remind the creatives of the city that your art, your voice, your influence deserves to be heard outside of Milwaukee city limits and out into our nation…the world.

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I would be remiss if I didn’t also recognize Darianne for her photography and editing work on this shoot. She is a talented photographer, graphic designer and advertiser.