A Nod in Fashion Filmography

“When you love someone, you’ve gotta trust them. There’s no other way. You’ve got to give them the key to everything that’s yours. Otherwise, what’s the point? And for a while, I believed, that’s the kind of love I had.” ~Ace Rothstein 

One of the best parts of movies is the wardrobe, especially in films set in times gone past. Movies like “Goodfellas”, “Hoodlum”, “Victor Victoria”

Julie Andrews in her starring role in "Victory Victoria"

Julie Andrews in her starring role in “Victory Victoria”

and of course “Harlem Nights” are just a few of my favorites. But the one movie that pleases my soul to watch just for the wardrobe is the 1995 drama “Casino” starring Robert DeNiro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci. (which is based on the t he historykey_art_casinoof the Stardust Hotel) One of Hollywood’s most iconic films in  to fashion, the wardrobe stylist captured Las Vegas style in the 1970’s early  80’s without question. The costume budget alone was $1 million dollars with actress Sharon Stone having 40 costume changes , DeNiro had 70 both actors were allowed to keep their wardrobe following the end of filming. This is my nod to fashion history in cinematography by way of the film “Casino”. Continue reading

80’s Baby

How about a trip back in time to help speed this Monday Remix along? At some point during the eighties I was born and honestly I wish I would have been born a decade or so earlier.

Don’t get me wrong being a teenager in the nineties was great but nothing like the eighties. From the music to the fashion the eighties was clutch! So here are a few of my favorite things from that decade.

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One, Two, Buckle my Shoe

“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world

” ~Marilyn Monroe

One of my favorite quotes(I love quotes can you tell?) is “Cinderella is proof that a pair of new shoes can change your life.”

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What woman doesn’t love a good pair of shoes? Always the tomboy I never truly liked wearing heels, and being a Unit Admin for the Army didn’t require stillettos even in my dress greens. Now, seven years later I truly appreciate a great pair of 4-inches or better. I like to start from the feet up when dressing, my outfir has to match my shoes. My shoes today are the inspiration behind this quick note. From the fashionista herself, Rachel Roy I recently purchased the Miyang Spike Pump in snake skin complete with spike embellishments on the heel and toe.

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I am excited to see what trends this fall will bring in the shoe department. I know I personally need to invest in a new pair of black pumps as well as a pair of bone or nude. More than likely the Nude Suede Pump from Aldo will be my pick.

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“Momma says theres an awful lot you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. Where their going, where they’ve been.~Forest Gump

What do your shoes say about you??

It’s Just Hair….Right?

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries or the way she combs her hair.

~Audrey Hepburn


In high school my senior superlative was “prettiest hair”, being of a mixed ethnic background my hair is naturally curly. It doesn’t require a perm or relaxer, a blow dryer and flat iron will do just fine. Some may say I have “good hair” I prefer to say a diverse mixed texture. I have always heard my hair is my thing (whatever that means). I assume it’s because I have a nice length of hair that allows me to do just about any style. I can account for each time I have done something drastic to my hair, my freshman year I went with the fad of long in the back short in the top. That died out for me after ninth grade. After boot camp I dyed my hair a number of colors utimately altering my natural color permanently. In October 2005 I cut my hair for the first time in nearly 6 years, and not just a trim, my beautician used electric clippers. The photo I took her was Phoebe (Alyssa Milano during the 4th season of Charmed).  I believe that particular cut is called a Pixie Cut.

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My mother nearly fainted when I showed up to her house that night. I wore my hair short for about a year and a half allowing it to grow back only to start the trend of shaved sides in early 2007.

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Photo Circa 2006 by Japhus Johnson

(Not really sure why my true friends didn’t tell me how stupid that looked).

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Photo circa 2007 by Japhus Johnson

Then I went white blonde for a couple years, not realizing the bleach was damaging my hair. At the end of the blonde bombshell era I needed a cut to remove all the dead hair.

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Photo late 2007 by J.Bailey for the Evenig Whirl

I finally allowed my hair to grow back completely allowing me to rock my infamous “bun” and “gangsta braids”.

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That was until I decided on a bob hairstyle about five months back. So here we are on August 3, 2013 and I have yet again made another drastic hair change. After all it’s just hair and it grows back, right?

Stay Tuned…..