Philly Style Maven, Jenn: Epitomizing Style Unapologetically

 

Social media has connected me to so many people, near and far, that prove to be a source of inspiration in various aspects of my life. I’m multi-passionate, but one of my biggest passions is that of marveling at real style! Yeah, I love fashion in general, getting the latest on which designers have come out with what, who’s wearing it, and where they’re wearing it to, but nothing tops the way it all comes together. Style. Many people use style and fashion synonymously, but they really aren’t. Fashion, according to Merriam Webster, is defined as, “a popular way of dressing during a particular time or among a particular group of people”, style is “a particular way in which something is done, created, or performed”. See the difference? If you’re reading this, you probably already know that distinction and feel the same way I do. In any event, I love highlighting people I come across who have inspirational style filled with originality, authenticity, attitude, “wow” factor, and a unique point of view. Of course my definition of great style may be completely different from yours, but that’s the beauty of it!

 

Today I’m highlighting a beautiful woman, inside and out, that I started following about a year ago on Instagram. To sum up my assessment of her style, I’d say that it is daring and sexy, with a calm and effortless execution like only us Philly girls can do 😉 (kidding…but for real). Her style point of view leads her to show us looks that are unexpected, but work well together.  It is conditional and reflects her mood, the function she’s attending, or a combination of the two.  Oh, and she LOVES her labels, especially Chanel and Louboutin, but they definitely don’t define her. All around, she works with pieces that compliment her body type well and she also serves as a muse for the many designers she gives the opportunity to show their talent through custom design.

Here are some of my favorite style choices from Ms @Jenn_1 (as she’s known on the Gram). Dressed up, or on chill lay, love them all because style is always present regardless.

 

AMAZING custom-made jumper, B&W for contrast. Love, love, love it! Made by Philly based designer Ginger Taylor Designs

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As you can see, there is much diversity in Jenn’s style. Always well put- together, but varying in stylistic approach. It definitely represents that philly girl style; feminine, but real laid back without looking like we tried too hard. If you know anything about Philadelphians, you know that we are calm, cool, and collected, but when you get on that other side, we get a little crazy and unpredictable. So, that’s what our style shows you.

Jenn, love ya style, girl! Keep slaying everything without thinking twice about it!

Sincerely,

~with style~,

Sharontina B. …. StyleDegree

 

On The Radar: Dr.Michelle’s Effortless Style!

Hey fam!

Okay, so you all know Dr. Michelle, right? If you said no, we probably don’t know each other very well …(kidding…not kidding). Let me fill you in if you already don’t know. Dr. Michelle Callahan is the ultra cool relationship expert, developmental psychologist, author of Ms. Typed,  TV host (remember Wedlock or Deadlock? That was my show!), and motivational speaker. She’s one of those powerhouse women that little girls and women look up to because she lives as an example of hard work, purpose, and perseverance. I grew to know of Dr. Michelle years ago via her many platforms and social media, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized what a style maven she is!

Dr. Michelle Callahan

 

I like to say that an individual’s style speaks for them; it is personified. Whether it is a loud introduction, a soft spoken gesture, or a confident silence. For example, Gaga’s style voice says, “ROARRR! Never know what to expect from me!”, and Rihanna’s says, “Yeah, I know I’m the sh*t”. You see where I’m coming from? Upon writing this post, I thought to assess my take on Dr. Michelle’s style voice, and to me its tone has a sophisticated and demure, yet bold sexiness about it. It has a daring edge with boundaries of class and sophistication; the perfect combo! And with that, she’s so low-key about it. Let’s take a look at some of my fav fashion moments from Dr. Michelle’s closet!

Dr. Michelle IF I had to define Dr. Michelle’s style by a signature  look, it would be by the one above. Her ensembles are tastefully  sleek, many incorporate hints of sheer or lace for an added element of femininity and contrast, but just enough to serve that purpose. Always classy. This lace-detailed frock is Dolce & Gabbana, and it is on point!

Dr. Michelle

Oh, she’s not afraid of color either! Absolutely love this vibrantly hued Herve Leger bandage dress, lending a nod to Doc’s sassy side. Owww! Chic simplicity.

Okay, so those were ‘fits’ for events, but her everyday style is just as rockin’. See…

Doc posted these on IG the other day, and when I professed my love for the look, she said she went for a high/low mix with this one. “Shirt: Tom Ford, shorts: Club Monaco, shoes: Chanel” Oh, and don’t tell anyone you got this from me, but I think she has a sliigghhhttttttt obsession with Chanel. But you didn’t get that from me, and of all obsessions I’ve ever heard of, that’s one I’d like to have some day!..haha.

Here’s a few more for GP…

Dr. Michelle Effortlessly Slaying with class.

Dress & python bag is Chanel, shoes Louis Vuitton. Done.

Dr. Michelle

PAUSE, I NEED this jacket in my life!!! It’s Chanel and I hear it comes with a detachable cape. I can’t with life right now.

…And her accessories aren’t off topic either… Alexander McQueen stilettos and Chanel on her wrist. I don’t think anybody is checking for her. Nope.

Doc, we see you stylin’ on ’em! Now you’re on the radar, and we’re watching! Thanks for your unique style point of view, you give fellow style lovers liiiiiife and confirmation that it’s not all about what the labels say, but more about the unique compilation of a look!

Sincerely,

~with style~,

Sharontina B.

Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2013; Get Into It!

I don’t really have to say much for this one. Here is the pantone fashion color report for fall 2013!

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I love the fall season,  it’s like the rebirth of the fashion industry. Nice warm tones and textures, layering and contrast, bold accessories, thick ass magazines; I just love it. I can’t wait to play with these colors for fall! I have a feeling that I’m going to enjoy playing with emerald, acai and kai. My fall possibilities will be endless, I hope you feel the same way!

As fall swiftly approaches,  I’m going to go on a hunt for haute pieces in these chosen colors to show you how I’d pair them, and maybe they’ll be some style suggestions you wouldn’t mind trying yourself.

Sincerely, 
~with style,
Sharontina B.

Pinning Up with Bettie Page in Boston!

Dear friends,

I decided to take a quick stay-cay to Boston to visit my dearest sister-friend,  Santara of The Gorgeous Ingredient. Bean Town is by far one of the most beautiful cities to visit, with varying neighborhoods and treasures for people to explore.

With that being the case, it’s sometimes hard to pick the perfect spots to hit when you only have a couple of days to spare. We decided on Newbury Street, a famously well-known strip with luxury shops and boutiques,  good eats, and stylish people. The area surrounding is quite affluent, so it reminded me much of NYC’s Madison Ave, but a much more sedated version.

We stumbled upon the Bettie Page boutique with a window that reeked of retro, Hollywood glamour with a 50’s pin-up spin. I HAD to go in.

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I walked in and nearly lost my entire mind. I mean…. wow. All of my style dreams came true; all of the authentic 50’s and 60’s inspired apparel that leaves me in awe from images of time’s past were in front of me. I went from rack to rack, scowering through A-line dresses with cut-outs, sinched waists, and intricate details that no contemporary frock would be able to imitate.  Two-piece ensembles with the choice of bandeau or push-up styles, high waist shorts and swimwear bottoms that were made that way and not forced into submission by someone who couldn’t find the real ones. I mean, it was like a kid being in a candy store for me. Of course I tried things on!

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Peplums always win!

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For my wild side!

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This swim suit is made to be shown off, not for water!

We probably spent a good hour-and-a-half in that place, and it was well worth it. What I decided to purchase was a t-shirt (I know you’re like “huh?”)…well, I decided I wanted to take a piece of Boston,’s Bettie Page home, but that I’d just go to the Philly location to SHOP shop so I wouldn’t have so much to take back on my travels.

Of course the sales associates made our experience very pleasant, and they emulated what Bettie Page represents,  retro glam! I was so captivated by her look; she nailed this!

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Serve! Style degree= 100· F!

I absolutely loved my experience at this gem of a style heaven. Amazing clothing selection, friendly staff, and outstanding atmospherics to set the mood of Bettie Page’s classic era. Guess what else? As I was posting photos on Instagram, a few people told me that there is a Bettie Page in Philly!!! What?! HOW on earth did I miss that?! I should be ashamed. In any event, I am now en route back to Philly and I will be paying them a visit real soon! My graduation dress is going to be graaaaand, darling.

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Visit Bettie Page in the social sphere:

Twitter: @BettiePageStore
Facebook: Bettie Page Clothing
Instagram: BettiePageClothing

Sincerely,
~with style,
Sharontina B.