Tuesday, April 19, 2016

IG Muse Me: Vol.1

One of my favorite parts about blogging is getting to share things that inspire me with my audience. I've given you guys a small taste of a couple of things that keep me inspired, such as music and tattoos. Now I want to start sharing with you guys the people that inspire me as well. Everyone has a social media platform of favor, and mine happens to be Instagram. It makes me feel like I have so much access to this hidden treasure of art, bloggers, nature, photography, and food in the world, and those things constantly keep me motivated in my art. "IG Muse Me" will be a segment showcasing some of my favorite Instagram pages that really capture the essence of Taking the Stares and can shed some inspiration on you as well. I hope you enjoy my picks for this week!

1. Melanin Art  <--- (CLICK HERE)
art: photography

2. Miryam Lumpini
tattoo artist

model/e-store owner

4.Chloe Hibbert
photographer: nature/travel

clothing store

6.Kali Uchis

7.Kathy Klein
artist: flowers

8.Pau Dictado
blogger: fashion

blogger: fashion

10. WATTS (fashion)
art: fashion

11.Jesse Boykins 3rd

12.Emily Ratajkowski

13.Trevor Blake
fashion designer

14.National Geographic
photography: worldly


16.Willem Sizoo
photography: worldly


18.Mazi May

19.Galore Mag
blog: fashion and pop culture

20. Hot New Hip Hop
blog: music

Monday, April 18, 2016

Desert Camo

This past weekend I helped celebrate a friend's birthdays at one of the new popular event venues in Atlanta called Top Golf. Top Golf allows customers to enjoy a few hours of golfing with friends, food, drinks, and music. So think of miniature golfing for adults. Minus the giant windmills and relocating from hole to hole. It was my first time going, and I would definitely go back! I really recommend Top Golf if you're looking for a group activity to do on the weekend.

Since the golf bays that we were placed at were outside, I decided to wear a jacket ensemble for this particular evening. It was functional and easy to wear for golfing! And contrary to popular belief, the heels did not serve as a problem since there wasn't any kind of walking around that took place.

I had been on the look out for an authentic, green army fatigue jacket for a few years now, but I was never able to find one that was perfectly authentic or perfectly green. However, I did find this authentic desert camouflage jacket, and I surprisingly fell in love with it almost immediately. It wasn't what I was looking for initially. However, once I tried it on, the sandy beiges and browns in the jacket made it very easy to envision a few ensembles I could create with it.

Oversized jackets + heels = love.

I'm so excited that we are going to be more openly accepting of orange this season! I kind of see orange as the outcast or the underdog compared to the rest of the colors on the color wheel. I can agree that while I love every color that life has to offer, I cannot say orange is ever my first choice of color to wear when given the option. But after seeing all these bright orange dresses on the shopping racks recently, I can now say I am definitely more inspired and excited to wear orange. Besides, this orange lipstick has been one of my favorite lipstick colors for years now! I can't wait to see more of it on people this spring and summer.

As a side note, if you're a fashion junkie such as myself, please do yourself a favor and watch the "Fresh Dressed" music and fashion documentary on Netflix. I never would have understood how deeply the hip hop culture has contributed to our beloved fashion industry for decades now until I watched it, and I'm very happy I did. Go and check it out!

If you're curious about how I did golfing, I actually didn't end up golfing that much during my time at Top Golf. I really just kind of wanted to relax and eat and do some much needing catching up with friends. But I did make a hole in one on my first shot!

Make no mistake, I do have every intention on finding that perfect, vintage army coat. But I am so happy that this one fell into lap so unexpectedly. I guess it's true that sometimes the best things happen when you're not even looking.
Dessert Camo jacket - (authentic)
Crop - (borrowed)
Leggings - by Mossimo
Shoes - by Charlotte Russe
Photography by Joy Etuk

Monday, April 4, 2016


So it's Friday night in Athens, Georgia and it's finally not 20 degrees outside. The temperature is finally warm enough to hang up any and all parkas, so what does one wear on such a glorious and casual occasion?

Crop tops (hooray)! AND overalls (even better)!

Well obviously my favorite part about the outfit is the overalls. And obviously my favorite part about the overalls are the pockets. Entirely festive for absolutely no reason. What could be better?

Another thing: baseball caps have completley been a closet go-to for me for the past couple of months now. I just never knew how easily they go with just about anything when you use your imagination. Can you tell hats in general have progressively became an accessory favorite for me over the course of this past year?

Overalls are definitely as fun as they look. They made an awesome night that much better. Can't wait to show you all my next pair.
Overalls - by Mossimo
Crop Top - by Hollister
Hat - by Polo by Ralph Lauren
Shoes - by Nike AirForce 1's
Photography by Jazmyn Wormely