Iman Turns 60!! #IMAN60

So, I’m back in my element, with a newly improved blog makeover that is much easier for you to navigate, and easier for me to deal with because it’s simple. I’ve found that the saying, “Less is more”, is quite true. *sigh of relief*

Ironically, I’ve returned just in time for my Fashion Fairy Godmother’s 60th birthday!!! I still kind of don’t believe she’s turning 60 (she looks AMAZING), but I’m sure she’s not just making it up. I’ve written a number of pieces on Iman in the past, and it wasn’t only to due her undeniable contributions to the fashion industry, but because of her humility. What you see is definitely what you get, and I love her for it! Over the past few weeks, Iman has been posting photos from times passed to honor her 60th year, along with some pretty memorable moments only someone of her caliber could capture. In honor of her 60 YOUTHful years on earth, and more than half of that being on our magazine covers, I want to post SIX (y’all know you wouldn’t sit here and read 60) of my most memorable moments with Iman through photos.

 

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She was one of the 1st people that did a Q&A for my blog. She was candid, and truthful… of course a bit sassy.

You can check out the Q & A here.

 

Iman and I, FNO 2011

The 1st time I met IMAN in person. She invited me to a Fashion’s Night Out Event she was hosting in NYC. EPIC night.

I was so in awe meeting her. She was unbelievably stunning, and my friends and I literally stared at her to make sure she was real. It was an epic night, one I can’t even relive right now because I’d get all giddy and excited again. Read all about it here.

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That night they had a dance contest, and my friend Erinn and I won FIRST PLACE!

 

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Yes…. Iman, D Wade, Joe Zee… EPIC night!

 

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Crossed paths again at the IFB Conference in NYC, where she had the prissy bloggers looking at me funny because she pulled me from the crowd to give me a hug. Hilarious.

IFB Conference in NYC circa 2011 or 12 maybe. Iman dished on her humble beginnings and told us that soon after, she’d be launching an online magazine and needed contributors. I doubted that I’d even be considered in the pool of amazing bloggers there, but guess who got chosen? ME!

 

Destination IMAN

I wrote my first fashion story on Iman’s new site, of all places. The response was CRAZY and I was so blessed for being given a chance to show my work on such a big platform.

The 1st piece I wrote for Destination Iman, titled Sans Color Sweeps the New York Runways, covered the white & black monochromatic trend that was seen sauntering up and down the runway in the Spring 2013 collections.  I got lost in the text, analyzing and having to find creative ways to express creativity that was almost impossible to verbalize; that’s what raw emotion will do to you! I was so proud of it that I printed out a hard copy, and thank goodness I did, because I can no longer access it online. I did get the opportunity to contribute another piece, titled In Full Bloom, You can read it here.

Iman and I at the Destination Iman launch party, NYC 2012

The Destination Iman launch party. I mean, I was walking in the same room as Rachel Roy, Estelle, supermodels, the guest list was insane. I was right where I was supposed to be.

 

Iman invited me to the DestinationIman.com launch party during the IFB conference, and during the whole week leading up to the party, I was a nervous wreck! I was so happy to be in the presence of such heavy hitters in the industry. Of course I wrote about that experience too.

 

Iman has helped create some of my best memories and experiences in the fashion industry For that, I am forever grateful!

Happy Birthday, Fashion Fairy Godmother!!!

With love,

SB

A Love lost, Well… Misplaced, and Found Again…

*waves frantically*

Don’t get me guys, I know I’m wrong for being ghost for darn near 2 weeks. Charge it to my head, not my heart… deal? Lots has happened in the two weeks I decided to take a blogcation, yep. For starters, I turned 22 on the 22nd… how ironic?!

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Look who's 22 and giving major 'birthday girl' face!

 

I decided to bring in my birthday at the Wendy Williams Show, y’all know she can throw a good party on any given day! I had toooooo much fun, and then fled back to Philly to have some “I’m grown!” fun with my girls. It was definitely one to remember. My birthday came and went as it does each year, and I found myself in the next week pondering on an whether or not to take steps forward with a project I’d been wanting to begin FOREVER, or if I should just wait until the time was right (when would that be?). I decided to go for it, and so launched my new site Her Brand DNA, a resource for women in college looking to define, create, and cultivate their personal brands. I started Her Brand DNA because I wanted a way to help other young women just like myself, from my experiences building a personal brand, in hopes that those experiences could lend a helping hand to another. Building a brand in any capacity is no easy task, and it is never-ending, but I’ve learned that it helps when you are able to be guided or advised by someone who’s been through and has turned out positive results.

Her Brand DNA logo: Educated Women, Powerful Brands!

Her Brand DNA

In addition to giving personal branding advice, my goal is to give the real deal of college life; including but not limited to the fun FUN fun that SHOULD be had, the downfalls of losing focus, and the consequences thereof. I look at college like a little bubble that floats pretty freely in the reality of  the real world (go figure), and it seems that many students, specifically women, continuously try to pop that protective bubble by way of actions that either get them in trouble, tarnish their reputation, or both. My goal is to be a guiding light, and am looking forward to helping my fellow college women do just that.

In other awesome news, this past weekend I attended the Blogging While Brown Conference here in Philly, and let me just say……….. it was the BEST conference I’ve ever attended! I don’t even know where to begin, but just know that this conference is getting its own post, I have to give you a detailed story about how great it was and how I’m never missing one in years to come. Yes, so look out for it!

Dr. Goddess giving her closing remarks at Blogging While Brown 2012

Dr. Goddess giving the last word at Blogging While Brown 2012

Again, I apologize for staying away from you for so long my loves! Forgive me? 😉 Do you have any new projects going on that you’d like to share? I’m just as excited about yours as I am mine! Share in the comments…I’ll be listening!

 

Sincerely,

with style~ Sharontina B.