Well, I had a busy weekend! In addition to shooting, I was honored to walk in a benefit fashion show for Toni Melvin Whitaker who has been in the fashion industry for decades,and is founder of TMW Modeling. The show was in honor and rememberance of her dear friend ,Debra Joyner Green,who was a former director of the community center where the show was held.All the proceeds went towards a scholarship for Creative Arts Summer Arts Camp 2016. I walked as guest model representing my blog so my look had to be 'Bomb'. After trying on clothes all night Friday, I settled on this look.
I got my amazing Dior inspired Perspex heel patent leather boots from a site called Public Desire. They are a UK based site that has amazing shoes are great prices. These stunners were reasonable considering Zara.com has some similar for a little over $100.I paid a cool $55 for these beauties with no hesitation. Check them out www.publicdesire.com they offer these in other colors as well. I was so excited to whip these out that I based my outfit around them. I went with neutral , yet warm tones. My wide leg tan woolen from Shein.com ($9) paired with a white body suit (Forever 21, $8) and my blush colored moto jacket (Clothes Mentor, $12) seemed to be the perfect street chic look, but I felt something was missing. I needed a to make a statement, so my grey faux fur stole was my go to accessory. Keeping with my warm palette, I grabbed my tan bucket bag from Zara ($30) to complete the ensemble.Jewelry was kept to a bare minimum ; a few rings and diamond stud earrings. I made sure to beat my face for the gawds because, well I like to stay beat lol. My fave Colourpop ultra matte lipstick in Limbo works so well with the tones and my brown skin it was a no brainer.
While shooting for the blog ,before my runway debut, I decided to get some pics with the family and make it a family affair. My daughter , Renee (age 5) was more than eager to serve face(per the usual), but even more suprising was my step-son and potential model Titus (12). He is usually a shy guy just hanging out in the background, but he really shined this weekend. He has really come into his own and I am so proud to call his big head my son.lol.I'm thinking all those beautiful models he was waiting to see had something to do with his confidence boost.Considering how tall my hottie husband (yes, I'm swooning over my man!lol) is , 6'3'', its no surprise to see Titus towering over me at 5'8'' ;I'm 5'2'' by the way. As the old saying goes the family that slays together, stays together.
The show started later that evening, and I got a small case of the jitters. Walking the runway is live and there are hundred of eyes on you, much different than posing in alleys and abandoned buildings. Once I hit that red carpet, it was a different story. I was out there slaying for my life yall! The oohs and ahhs , the applause, and the flashing lights were intoxicating. I ripped the runway with no remorse and got my first taste of limelight, and loved it. My look made quite and impression as well, especially my boots. One of my dear friends , Ty Respus came out to support me and hubby. Talk about great friends! Ty is also an up and coming celebrity blogger. So be on the lookout for #LetTYTellIT! One of model gal pals Diamond Mott was also walking and slaying. I was so happy to see her because its been a while and she has some amazing things going on. She will be walking in New York Fashion week and has some other things amazing things lined up as well. So proud of you! Networking was great .I met some great people and new connections. I'm a really outgoing person, but I find myself as a wallflower in social situations. Having known some familiar faces really helped me warm up. This is one of the reasons I always dress to impress.I'm not good at meeting new people, so I let my look do the icebreaking,and I take it from there.I know this post is lengthy, but I am just so excited about all the things I am learning and people I am meeting. Hopefully my experiences will encourage a few to step out of your comfort zone; you never know you just might like it!
Toni Melvin Whitaker
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