When you think of green. Usually it’s bright and uplifting. I wanted to show it’s true colors. There’s a dark side that’s actually intriguing and stunning all at the same time.
If you know me, I’m always in a mood. I may be inconsistent on this webpage but one thing I won’t stop doing, is creating a MOOD. See what I’ve been feeling the last half of the year.
There are so many depths and variances of white. But this go around I wanted to show the whites with tints of color. Clean yet textured.
While in LA, I visited The Melrose Trading post and met the owner of Millers Room! He was so inviting and such a great spirit that I had to purchase a piece or two. When Miller found out I was headed to New York, he sent me the Death Row shirt below in addition to the camouflage pants. Look how I styled it at Fashion Week!
Melrose Trading Post - Sundays 9am-4:45pm; booth b-32
We celebrated a national holiday in January! Brittany THE Brand was Tippin On 22 in Atlanta and and support North Carolina A&T at Honda Battle of the Bands. Somehow, I only got one picture with the birthday girl but we were still cute!
February 21, 2018
It doesn't matter who you are, if you are into fashion, it is a D R E A M to attend THEE New York Fashion Week! If you currently follow me on social media, then you already know that I had the opportunity to attend for the first time.
It's amazing how the universe works because just five months ago, I wrote about how to experience the notorious well-known event. With only six weeks to plan, my friend and stylist Alysha Williams of Fetch Fashions, decided to buy a plane ticket and make it work! There was nothing but space and opportunity right in front of us to check this off of our bucket list.
I managed to over-pack, get business cards printed and as you can tell from the home page, revamp my logo! Thanks to Custom Touch Designz, based in Charlotte, N.C., who worked with me to bring my vision to life because it made me feel more credible as a creative and entrepreneur.
If this experience taught me anything, it's taught me to prepare. My favorite quote is "stay ready so you won't have to get ready!" I can apply this inspirational phrase to all facets of my life. Whether it's brushing my hair before running to the grocery story, keeping an updated resume, or carrying cash just in case my card isn't accessible. Being prepared is essential, especially in a time when everything moves so fast, so quickly.
As soon as we found out we were attending Fashion Week, we knew we needed a plug. If you aren't familiar with the term, it means a connection, a way in, an access point, all that. Phone calls were made, emails were sent and before we knew it, we had media credentials and a place to stay! I don't know how many times I can say this in each post but it's about networking, people!!
Work the room, maintain contacts, reach out to your friends who occupy the spaces you want to frequent.
As Alysha and I navigated the city, got lost in the city, ate in the city, and dominated the city, I realized my level of appreciation and pride I felt. The two of us could have made the decision to attend New York Fashion Week next year or thought small and attended the fashion week in our own city. Instead, we were decisive and intentional on making this trip happen. We chose to focus on the resources we had to create a strategy, not the resources we lacked.
Take a look at our triumphs from that weekend and tell me in the comments how you will create a strategy in the next two months!
The first guest ever to be featured and exclusively interviewed on The J Spot deserves a proper introduction! *I feel like a teacher at the front of the class, excited to share our special guest*
Siraad Dirshe is a New York native, writer, and is currently a Beauty Editor for THEE Essence Magazine! She has written for publications such as Refinery 29, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Popsugar, Elle, Nylon, and many other notable platforms regarding skin care. I first learned of Siraad on the 17th episode during the second season of "Black Girl in Om," previously mentioned in Podcasts You Didn't Know You Needed.
From that podcast alone, I acquired a huge amount of knowledge regarding skin care practices and the special attention for the largest organ in the body, specifically for women of color. Naturally, I followed her on every social media account possible. The information she spoke about pertaining to products was so impactful that I needed more! Over time, I followed her content, liked her pictures, and watched her Instagram stories. Of course, I replied to her polls, videos, and inquired about products that weren't familiar. Then, one day, I expressed my admiration for her knowledge within the beauty industry and asked if she would like to be highlighted as a woman of color within beauty on The J Spot and she said "yes!"
If you don't know, Siraad is known as the GLOW EXPERT! I expressed to her that the J Spot is a platform for my readers, especially people of color, to have a resource and become inspired to try something new. Her skin is impeccable and I wanted her to explain how my readers could achieve it, too. There's six weeks left in winter! Which means there's six weeks left to obtain glowing, luminous skin. Keep reading to see how!
The J Spot: I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to interview The Glow Expert, herself! I discovered you from your interview on The Black Girl in Om Podcast. You have an amazing breadth of knowledge regarding skin care, specifically for women of color, that I want all my readers to learn about. The below questions are focused on your insights on skin care, the beauty industry, and being a creative.
You mentioned in previous interviews that you gravitated towards skincare products instead of makeup. That is so interesting! What motivated this preference?
Siraad Dirshe: Until very recently I never thought I was "good" at makeup, so I was pretty much afraid of it. I also think since beauty brands have historically not created products with us in mind, I never really found colors and tones that complimented my deeper skin tone. So I think skin care just seemed more accessible and easy to understand/use.
TJS: In your articles, you talk about beauty and self love in your articles. What would you say the correlation is between these two topics?
SD: For me those two things are inextricably linked! When I'm taking 10-15 in the morning or evening to pamper myself with skin products, that's one of the ways I show myself some love.
TJS: I recently highlighted self-care and its importance. What is your favorite self-care practice?
SD: Oh there are so many self-care practices I love and honestly, I am conscious to ensure that at multiple points in my day I am showing myself some love. Working out, eating foods that make me feel good, reading, spending time with loved ones, listening to music, and of course taking care of my skin are some of my go-tos.
TJS: How did you accumulate your knowledge regarding skincare, specifically about melanin, which products are best meant for it, etc.?
SD: Because skin care is something I am just completely obsessed with, I never get tired of watching videos, reading articles or listening to podcasts about products and ingredients. So I think the genuine interest and curiosity made it so I was just always learning about it.
TJS: What’s the most unconventional practice you’ve done or heard people do to improve their skin?
SD: I would say shocking my face (it's not nearly as crazy as it sounds) with an electro current facial or getting a colonic for better looking skin are some of the most interesting things I've done.
TJS: What would you say the worst skincare practice is?
SD: Not wearing sun screen! Everyone needs to wear it, no matter how deep your skin color is.
TJS: You’ve been referred to as The Glow Expert! Can you tell my readers what it takes to get the perfect glow, even in the fall & winter?
SD: In my opinion, the best way to get the perfect glow doesn't have much to do with skin care. Drinking lots of water, eating a balanced diet, working up a sweat a few times a week are the best ways to help your skin glow. But a good moisturizer and an occasional mask is a great idea too.
TJS: As a black woman, what do you feel your role is within the beauty industry? Do you feel you have a certain responsibility of any kind?
SD: Of course! I feel like it's my responsibility to help make the industry a place where we see ourselves reflected and to shine a light on the issues and people that Black women find relevant and important.
TJS: What is your biggest challenge as a black writer?
SD: When I was freelancing, I would say it was getting people to respond to my pitches but now that I'm an editor, it's having enough time to respond to the emails I now receive. I want to help those who are trying to break into the industry as much as possible.
TJS: What would be your advice to anyone looking to enter the beauty industry?
SD: The one piece of advice I would give is to don't be afraid to create your own opportunities -- something I wish I had done more of when I first moved to NYC. Last year, I started freelance writing on a whim (I was bored of my current job and knew I wanted to write in beauty). And lots of hard work later, I'm now working in my dream job. Oh, and don't let one person's no deter you from doing what you want to be do!
TJS: What inspires you as a creative?
SD: I find inspiration from other creatives, so I love to listen to music, visit museums, and reading other writers I admire. I also love to travel and experience new cultures, and I always feel inspired after I come back from a trip.
TJS: Here at The J Spot, I refer to the people in my inner circle who support and guide me as my “Tribe.” Who would you consider your tribe?
SD: I have a tribe of 'sisters' (biological and not), that I could not imagine doing life without. They inspire, challenge and support me!
TJS: You write for major publications, such as Essence, Elle, Vogue, Glamour, and many more. What would be the pinnacle writing experience to highlight the complexity and diversity of black women?
SD: Oh man, I'm not sure about that one! Maybe writing a book?
TJS: Lastly, what are your top 3 skincare tips for women? Do you have any for men?
SD: 1. Wear sunscreen 2. Wash your face at night 3. Drink lots of water!
I want to thank Siraad for taking the time to answer the above questions. Make sure to follow her on Instagram @sdirshe and read her article on Essence.com and BlackGirlInOm.com
I learned so much and I hope my readers did, too! Please like this post, share, and leave your comments below on your favorite skincare practices! I'd love to hear your thoughts!
The first week of the new year is complete and these are the vibes that I'm giving. Here are inspirational pictures that make me want to introduce more color into my wardrobe. I originally screen shot these images from a follower's IG story for New Years' Eve Inspo but this is actually a mood! This screams: unapologetic, happy, and fiiierrcee dahling. Get into it.
Here's a glimpse of one of my many Pinterest Boards (click it). There's no bounds when it comes to what I want to wear. Mind you, these are ASPIRATIONAL looks. I can only wish to be this fabulous when my finances allow it. Soon come. Soon come.
All this weekend, the Southeast along with myself, prepared for Miss Irma's arrival. It hasn't quite affected my area but I would have preferred to partake in the notorious New York Fashion Week! Of course with live streams (InStyle), runway applications on my phone (WGSN), and social media I felt like I was front row at Philip Plein myself! If you're not familiar with that designer, I'm sure you saw Teyana Taylor and her EPIC performance at his show.
Take a look at the Instagram accounts I follow that give me the inside scoop, along with black girl magic, who happen to be industry professionals! These women are people who set tone for working in the apparel and beauty industry. Following them allows me to go backstage, see the Fenty x Puma collection up close and personal, and their outfit changes first hand! But it's not all business with these ladies! They know how to party, serve looks, and BRUNCH! TALK. ABOUT. GOALS. I highly suggest you follow their social media accounts to get a true look into their daily lives as they attend events, travel, and hang out with some of your favorite celebrities. A lot of them are friends, too! My 10-year goal: be just as successful and powerful as these women.
Ade Samuel - Designer, Stylist
Aurora James - Creative Director, Brother Vellies
Shiona T - Shiona Turini Contributor Editor, The Cut
Danielle Prescod - Lifestyle Editor, BET.Com
Nikki Ogunnaike - Fashion Features Director, Elle.com
Tamu Mcpherson - Photographer + Contributing Editor
Nicole Chapoteau - Fashion Director, Allure
Chrissy Rutherford - Senior Digital Editor, Harper's Bazaar US
Tiffany Reid - Senior Fashion Market Editor, Cosmopolitan Magazine
Aleali May - Image Consultant + Model + Blogger
Siraad Dirshe- Beauty Editor, Essence
Rajni_Jacquese - Fashion Director, Teen Vogue
Briana Wilson - Creator of Matte Brand/Girls Working
@eenahsanairb @mattebrand @girlsworking
Tatiana Price - Model, Owner of Skin Buttr
Fashion Bomb Daily- Creator @ClaireSulmers
June Ambrose - Costume Designer/Creative Director
Elaine Welteroth - Editor in Chief, Teen Vogue
Follow these amazing women and tell them that @atribecalledjess sent you! Tag Away!
While you're at it, follow me on social media, too!