"A lady should be two things, classy and fabulous."
-Gabrielle "Coco" Bonheur Chanel


All I want for my birthday is...

Hello Still Pretty readers! Yesterday was a fabulous day and of course: my birthday! It's my last year as a teenager, so I have big things planned for myself as a student and Still Pretty! I wanted to share my actual birthday outfit with you but stay tuned for more because the real festivities won't begin until this weekend! Thanks for reading!
 Rings: Love Culture, Forever 21
Bracelets: H&M, So Good
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
Bag: Steve Madden (Similar)
Dress: Esley
Shoes: Calvin Klein 
Sandals: Bakers (Similar)

Happy Thursday and Stay Pretty always!



Back to the Mecca.

Hello everyone! Today marks the official third day of classes for my colleagues and I at the wonderful Howard University! Throughout the week, I've been scoping out the dopest back to class outfits on the yard! Since fashion is big at Howard, I surely found some blog-worthy outfits!
My friend Alex here, donned a cute camouflage look with a twist! She wore some camo skinny jeans along with a military-like throw on jacket. Her bright pink sneakers brought the outfit to life and added some pop into her ensemble! I also loved her jean knapsack which is wonderful for carrying around all of those heavy books!
One of my favorite outfits of the day, this young lady kept it simple yet still very cute in all black. She looked very classy in her sheer, flowy top, to which she added a pair of black leggings and bright sandals. A fan of 'Dolce Vita', I have actually seen these shoes while shopping! She polished off her look by keeping her embellished accessories minimal and carrying an oversized 'Louis Vuitton' bag.
As a big fan of the color-blocking movement, I absolutely adored Chebony's use of this fashionable technique! Her outfit was bright and bold as she paired a pair of deep green pants and hi-yellow, chiffon button down. Her medium-size purse was super cute and added a classic flair to her outfit along with her tan oxfords!
Another instance of color-blocking, this young lady tastefully paired together a navy blue top and red pants. Her neck candy was gorgeous and definitely added something different to her overall look!
This young lady had on a lovely maxi skirt that blended extremely well with the rest of her fit. Her embroidered royal blue top looked super fabulous and also matched her wedges. She added in a bright pop of color with her yellow tote bag!

 I was feeling the Maxi Skirt Madness like many of my peers, so I decided to break out one of many favorite items that reside in my closet. I kept my outfit casual yet still fancy as I wore different shades of my favorite color: purple!

Bracelets: So Good Jewelry, H&M
Ring: H&M
Earrings: Love Culture
Lipstick: 'Lo'real' "Tickled Pink"
Skirt: American Apparel
Shirt: Ralph Lauren
Sunglasses: Nine West 
Shoes: Steve Madden

 Welcome to the Mecca to the Howard University Class of 2016!
Stay Pretty!



Pretty Finds #4.

Hello everyone! Since arriving back in DC, I've been shopping around and running errands throughout the city. In my journeys, I've come across three pairs of cute shoes that will be a wonderful addition to my Fall/Winter wardrobe!
First up, these metallic pumps by 'Calvin Klein Jeans' caught my eye and I immediately tried them on! The subtle shimmer will do wonderfully with fall tones and especially some funky tights!
For months I have been looking endlessly for rain boots that were neutral and cute but also fit properly (my calfs are shaped awkwardly, so sadly 'Hunter' rain boots won't do). 'Sam Edleman' is one of my absolute favorites, so of course I thought these rain boots were super cute! Although the boots will serve their purpose, the mock buttons and crest on the side of the boots act as little details that separate the boot from being just a plain rain boot; so I can be stylish in drab weather!
I ordered these 'Dolce Vita' loafers a few days ago and I am excitedly awaiting their arrival! Though this particular style came in many other colors, I decided to stay with the taupe because its rather neutral  and can be worn with almost anything. In my opinion, this shoe is perfect for dressing up or down and can easily accentuate any outfit! 

Can't wait to debut my new gear in future posts!
Happy Thursday everyone!


Street Style: Charae

Hello Still Pretty Readers! I apologize for my time away but I've returned with my first feature for the blog! I caught up with an old friend and we did a short interview along with a photo shoot! This is the first of many "Street Style" entries, enjoy!
Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from?
Charae Hemingway
Hometown: Boston, MA
Johnson C. Smith University
Hobbies/Interests: Music.Shopping.Eating.Watching Lifetime.Dance

How would you describe your personal style?
Charae said her style is based solely on how she feels! She also tries different trends etc and uses variety in her everyday wear.
What does fashion mean to you?
“Fashion means everything to me”
A true believer in looking your best at all times, Charae shared my ideals as she stated,“You need to look presentable always; you should focus on your looks not to impress but because everyone should look their best.”

Who are some of your favorite designers?
Jeremy Scott
Jeffery Campbell
Alexander McQueen
Marc Jacobs

What are some of your favorite clothing stores/catalogs/websites?
Nasty Gal
Forever 21
Urban Outfitters

Where do you get your inspiration?
As a dancer Charae feels that she can truly relate to fellow dancer Ebony Williams, also of Boston, Massachusetts. Williams is a well-known ballet dancer in addition to dancing for BeyoncĂ©. One of Charae’s lifetime goals is to eventually be a dancer for BeyoncĂ© herself, she admires the fact that Williams was able to reach out, follow her dreams and eventually become successful thus inspiring her to do the same. Charae respects that,“she went out there and did her thing, which makes her look up to Ms. Williams even more!

What are some of your favorite fashion websites, magazines, or books?
Nasty Gal
Kourtney Kardashian blog
Seventeen Mag
Teen Vogue
H&M/Urban Outfitters Catalogues

What are your favorite patterns [prints] to work with and why?
Though she is not really a pattern person, Charae claims, “if its cute then I’ll buy it”. She likes dashiki print and also Native American tribal print.

What are your favorite colors to work with and why?
“Pink cause its my favorite color and it screams girly girl!”
In addition to loving the color pink, Charae loves color blocking as well as neon colors!
Who are some of your favorite fashion icons?
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
June Ambrose
ASAP Rocky
Shea (tumblr)
Demi Lovato
Miley Cyrus

How has your dance career influenced your personal style?
 Charae states that, “Dancers have their own style as a community, but that her dance career has not really influenced her personal dress.

I want especially thank Charae for her time and cooperation in letting me conduct this interview!
Stay Tuned for more!