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

 

New Beauty On The Block: Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer

Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer

 

Kitiya Micho King, affectionately known as Micho Beauty, is no new kid on the beauty block. She’s a veteran beauty gal who has a degree in chemistry– brings back bad memories of high school chemistry with a heavily accented teacher who… nevermind– and is a licensed cosmetologist, esthetician, manicurist, and makeup artist! Can we say she’s a smart cookie beauty threat x 5?! Yes, it’s safe to say. All of you that know me, know that I love all things girly, which most definitely includes pretty nail polish with cute names that make you want to tell people what it’s called even when they don’t ask. I’m also known for being a “Safe Sally”, so products that don’t disregard my health with the addition of harmful chemicals keeps my boat afloat, too. And guess what? Kitiya’s new nail polish line, Mischo Luxury Nail lacquer has all of these qualities, and more. Get into this.

Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer

The Fashion Week Collection, Ahhhh…..

 

The Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer line is toxin-free, which she refers to as “5 FREE”, because it is void of the 5 most harmful chemicals found in nail polish: formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin, and camphor; which can cause various side-effects. The best of both worlds, toxin-free and they don some pretty vibrant color. I can’t wait to try them!!! Like I mentioned a few lines ago, my favorite part is the You-can’t-sit-with-us-esque polish names. The collection pictured above is the Fashion Week Collection (of course I’m obsessed with all things NYFW…and NYC for that matter, so it’s only right that I’m obsessed with this collection).

From L-R: THE TENTS, BACKSTAGE BEAUTY, FRONT ROW, INVITE ONLY, LINCOLN CENTER, EMPIRE STATE OF MIND, #NYFW

For any of my frequent NYFW goers, you’re definitely familiar with all of these terms. Kitiya just hosted the official launch party for the luxury nail line in D.C. where she’s based, and from the IG pics, it seems like it was a great turnout filled with lots of manis and smiles! I’m also a total geek for great packaging, which is such a big part of great branding for a product. I love the sleek and chic simplicity from the bottles to the boxes!

 

 

 

Mischo Beauty Nail polish

 

I've been following Mischo Beauty for a long while, and I know for a fact that this polish line will do well, I mean many of the polishes are already sold out! Wishing Kitiya & Mischo Beauty much continued success! Can't wait to get my nails on this polish!....well, vice versa ;-)

Visit MischoBeauty.com to see the full collection, to shop, and learn more about the line!

 

Sincerely,

~with Style~,

Sharontina B.

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!

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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!

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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.

Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself!

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Hey friends,

I finally did it! Today I finally took a step towards rebranding and refocusing my personal online brand by way of creating a new handle. I’ve been known as “TyrasLilSis” since I created my Twitter account back in 2009. I wrote a whooolllleeeeee post on my other blog about why I was changing my online name and the significance it has had over the years, and plainly put…. it was time.

 

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I’ll be graduating from college in less than a month, and as I patiently wait around with no school duties actually left to do, I have time to think about where I want life to take me next. Yeah, I mean that in a literal sense as well as a figurative one. I have a list of relocation cities..

1. NYC

2. ATL

3. Baltimore D.C. …

….. I digress, but more importantly I am thinking about the path that I’d like my personal brand and career to take as I close the student chapter of my life. I feel like I am finally coming into my own as I move further into adulthood and independence, and all parts of what I represent must reflect that. Now, you may be wondering, “Where on earth did the name “@StyleDegree” come from?” Well, like any other time I decide to create something that requires a name or title of some sort, I get a real pen and paper and write my ideas down. Yes, write, not type. I did just that; created a list of potential names that were a combination of me in some way. Most of the names had “style” in them, because a compliment that I often get is that I have a great sense of style. I have to agree (tee hee), so I wanted to include an ode to that.   The “degree” part came to mind as I thought about the toughest journey I’ve ever taken; completing my bachelor’s degree. Okay, I know it doesn’t make sense yet, but give me a minute… Style Degree is one of those names that has multiple names depending on your perspective.

 

From my personal perspective, I feel like I should have a degree in personal style as opposed to the one I actually have in business. My style eye is very keen and sensitive to colors, textures, layers, and all other complexities you can accomplish with garments. You know how you just have those things you know without having to be formally taught? That’s what style is for me.

Sharontina Brightman Style Degree

On the other hand, another perspective could be such that there is a degree spectrum of style where people are placed depending on your perspective of their style. Again, this is all based on how YOU look at it, I just know what this means for me and I like it!

In the midst of changing this and that, I decided to make this little interactive vid to RE introduce myself. Introducing: Sharontina Brightman!

 

 

Thanks for growing with me, I appreciate you!

Sharontina B.

 

H&M Online Shopping is NOW OPEN in the U.S.!

H&M shopping online U.S.

Stop the presses!!!

 

God heard my prayers this morning, he truly did. Just got word (literally 5 minutes ago) that H&M.com is now available for online shopping in the U.S.!!! This has been a lonnggggg time coming, and I’m saying R.I.P. to my pockets in advance, because now indulging in affordable, cauuuuuute clothing is even easier. No lie, 80-90% of my clothes are from H&M. As a budgeting fashionista just finishing college, H&M has been my savior on many occasions. I say all this to say, I’m happy! Just downloaded the app, so yeah…..it’s a wrap!

 

H&M shopping online

 

By the way, to celebrate the new launch, H&M is hosting an IG contest that you might want to participate in, you could win a $1000 gift card and a trip to NYC! I’m in!! H&M launched the “50 States of Fashion” campaign, where you can rep your state along with the Ambassadors who were chosen by H&M to represent each state in the U.S., by showing off your personal style.  Click HERE to find out who YOUR state ambassador is and how to enter. And CONGRATULATIONS to my blogger friend, Fashionista Next Door on becoming the ambassador for Georgia! Woot woot!

For my Philly girls, show off your personal style and use the hashtag #HMShopOnlinePA to enter! ALSO, students, don’t forget to ask about the 15% student discount at the register, it’s for their back to school promotion, just have your school ID with you! (Always looking for a deal..tehee)

Ahhhh, I’m so excited to shop, hope you are too!

Happy shopping!

Gone For A Minute Now I’m Back With The Jump Off!

Reunited and it feels so gooooood!

Oh. My. Goodness.! How have you buys been?! I’ve missed you immensely, believe me, I have! I’ve been insanely busy with school and life for the past few months; I’ve never worked so hard for something in my entire life! There are about 8 class sessions left to my summer class, and I can literally count on one hand the number of assignments I have to hand in before I’m DONE! Praise the lord above!

In more nerdy news, I’ve started looking into grad schools, especially after my “old heads” keep saying that it’s best that I not take a long break because that’s when life just HAPPENS aka people get married and start families and have waaaaay more responsibilities etc., etc., etc. What I’ve decided this time around is that I am going to LOVE what I’m doing through and through, and as odd as it sounds, my top two topics of study are the fashion business and psychology. Many look at me crazy when I say that I’d be interested in doing either or, but truth be told I can name at LEAST three ways they relate and influence each other, more or less why they make sense individually. My goal is to apply to maybe 6 schools, and right now the University of Pennsylvania is a the top of my list for psychology, and Philadelphia University is at the top for fashion enterprise. I’m so excited about my future because I have no clue where it will lead me; it’s the uncertainty that keeps it all suspenseful and what not!

Outside of school stuff, I’ve been doing makeup! Prom season is ending and it’s been fun. Realizing more and more how much I love doing makeup on myself and other people. It has sort of taken precedent over my love for drawing, surprisingly. There’s such a freedom in creating a visual element that once existed as a mere thought. I love the art of creation! Here are some of my prom “clients” from last year and this year. I want to hone the craft to get a lot better, it’s something I really enjoy doing.

 

The moral to the story is: I LOVE BEAUTY. There, I said it. \o/

 

Sincerely,

with style~ Sharontina B.