I love to write for BE magazine! I've been writing essays and stories since I could remember and have been a published journalist since high school. Combining my love for all things fashion and my passion for journalism I am still thanking God for more experience and the opportunity to write a interview article on Mimi Faust.
The Love and Hip Hop Atlanta cast member I also accessorized in Nik_Gold Accessories for the @BEmagazine benefit fashion show this past November (Read that post HERE). Meeting her and talking to her gave me insight on the down to earth and entrepreneur she really is, while forming an article on her recent success and appeal to her fans was a pleasure and true motivation. I love networking and meeting different people with strong goals and morals.
To check out more of my article and purchase a copy of BE's Holiday magazine featuring Tichina Arnold on the cover CLICK HERE! It is available in digital and print!
Just in time for the holiday season my friend and budding artist Dimitri McDowell has made a holiday EP entitled "December Lights" you can listen and download it HERE!
It has been another prosperous and growing year. I am personally thankful and appreciative for every blessing and experience in my life. Usually I don't play Christmas music but taking the time out and enjoying the precious time around you is vital.
So take a break, play a holiday song while sipping your holiday drink and be merry, because you deserve it!
The Holidays are here and why add another thing to stress about? When it comes to winter style it should always be kept simple and effortless. Colors, textures and patterns are key and to stay warm you can layer! Here I added a structured and red trimmed pelpum top with a classic casual skinny jeans, patterned clutch and stylish heels. Have fun and stay stylish!
Tichina Arnold or Pam as you may know her from the phenomenal, hilarious and cornerstone of African American shows "Martin" and even "Everybody Hates Chris". I had the pleasure of viewing her interview on the Wendy Williams show, catching some snapshots of her happy wedding to Rico Hines earlier this year in Hawaii and now in BE Magazine (@BEmagazine) the extraordinary actress and personality Tichina Arnold (@TichinaArnold) graces the cover with style and finesse!
Tichina is now in the cast of Happily Divorced with The Nanny's Fran on TV Land which I will be sure to catch, viewing her evolved acting skills and on screen chemistry with a diverse cast and modern day script.
You can catch more of her interview with BE magazine HERE where she talks about career longevity and her sister's fight with Lupus. Pick up a copy of the Holiday edition when it is released in early December!
I have had the pleasure of growing up with many talented and humble individuals in my life. One especially is 20 year old music genius Dimitri McDowell from Queens, New York. We grew up and attended Camp Joharie in upstate New York and Bethel church right in Jamaica, Queens together for years and he was always been an inspiration to me!
Recently, I've gotten a chance to rekindle our friendship and learn more about his journey in the music business. Below is my interview with Dimitri discussing his life, point of view and road to success.
Enjoy and be INSPIRED!
What's your name and birthday?
- Dimitri McDowell - December 23 1992
What/who inspired your music?
- I was young, singing and rapping was my passion and thats all I knew how to do, then I got into poetry but never was up front about it. I struggled with a terrible speech impediment since I was four, and getting teased and made fun of was second nature to me and always brought me in a depression as well as low self esteem. I began writing my feelings down in a note book when I was in 6th grade, and my principle at the time found my notebook lying around somewhere and she called me in an office and expressed that it was a beautiful feeling and she wanted me to say the poem at a christmas concert as well as dance and lip sing to a old song "Donnie McClurkin - Walking In Authority". My father started taking me to diffrent places to perform such as the Apollo, in which I won several times, McDonalds Gospelfest, Knick Poetry Slam, diffrent churches and venues. From then, I continued to write, sing, and dance and it served as a form of relief and it began to go with the emotions I have at that moment. Growing up, as I began to create more songs and poetry and perform it everywhere, I wanted to take this as a life long dream and become a mainstream artist and a songwriter, I believed I can because my music was good and I knew I can make it. A lot of people wouldnt take me serious and continue to clown my stutter but that didnt stop me. My insipration came directly from God and my close family and friends. I plan to take my parents and my family out of our situations and where we live, and bring them to a bigger and better life.
I have always been the prima donna to layer shirts/skirts/shorts and stockings and stray away from hooded apparel and jumpsuits. I have since then evolved and adapted my style into select fall/winter pieces for males and females. From dashing beanies to stylish graphic shirts and sweatshirts, who says you can't be stylish and cozy at the same time? Affordable prices as low as $10 you can look royal and live_gold without breaking the bank!
Here are a few snapshots of a photo shoot earlier this year with one of my favorite models.
1. Red Tassel Me Earrings
2. Tribal Hooped Earrings & Spiked Out 2-Finger Ring
3. Royal Chain X Spike Earring
Ever since her club/vogue toned voice and vulgar lyrics graced my ears I knew we were meant to be.
In my playlist that is.
Azealia Amanda Banks, a Harlem born American rapper aka "Rapunzel" has crossed such covers as Dazed X Confused magazine and her covers are as scandalous as her lyrics!
Whenever one of her beats come on I want to vogue, fall out and top it off with a signature strut down the runway. Music should move you!
View a couple of my favorite Azealia videos below
I've been waiting for Kendrick Lamar to be on and receive his spotlight hype.
Kendrick is not the type of artist to fit into "commercial" standings. His view, regular speech and lyrics pull at the standard of life. More people will become fans of the music I listened to for many nights.
The feeling you have like you're the only person feeling a certain way and then he sums it up in 16 bars over a hook with harmonizing strings playing.
Take a break out of your day and listen to this GOOD music.
The highly anticipated @Bemagazine @nwhTROIS benefit fashion show for @40girls1 hosted by Love and Hip Hop's own @MimiFaust went off flawlessly this weekend!
I was beyond ecstatic as I have been planning the special night for weeks and nothing was going to stand in my way!
To top it off my best friends and true supporters @Livin_w0rth and @Aehtelayt came from South Carolina to support and the musically inclined and always a joy to see @DimitriMcDowell
I was able to accessorize the lovely MiMi and celebrity DJ/radio personality @TraciSteele !!!
"The evening BEgan with a VIP reception which presented 2 up & coming designers Nik Gold Designs by Nicole Ayilola & Remmarc Zelyts by Dwight Holt Jr. Guests enjoyed unlimited Cool Breeze cocktails by FOU-DRE Vodka, and were entertained by Grammy Award Nominee Torica & her live band The Perfect Mistakes."
My model Kendra working NGD custom dress and accessories.
I had the pleasure of working with Natasha for Part 2/3 of Nik_Gold Designs photo shoot premiere.
These are Part 1 and Part 2 where I am going for a spunky denim/camo feel
and the plaid/studded hipster.
Nik_Gold Designs is the brand bringing a royal feel to looks from grudge to glam.
Live life like it's golden!
It felt good to not only style and accessorize but to be in front of the camera once again. Modeling has always been a passion of mine since my younger days in New York and I must say it brings me life to pose and strut again on the runway.
Look out world I'm serving face!