Thursday, January 27, 2011

Now I'm in the Fab seat!

I give everyone I interview a chance to ask me a question or two. I figure its only right since Ive asked them a gazillion questions lol Plus it gives you guys a chance to get to know me more. Those who know me know that I'm real and I try to be as transparent as I can. I never know who I'm helping by saying whatever I'm saying lol So Lets go!
Jess Question for me:
Lol Gabby I enjoyed the interview! I'd like to know why YOU aren't up here! you are such a fashionista so fly and so confident I've always felt like this is the place for you!
My answer:
Aww Jess you always give me such great compliments! I guess I should be up there since I'm in fashion right? lol We'll for those who don't know I lost my dad my senior year. My senior year was very difficult to get through. Unlike others college & SAT'S weren't the only thing I had to focus on. Life was pretty complicated for a while. So I consulted God about taking a year off and what to do. Sure,with my grades I could've gotten a scholarship for writing and went to a university but that's not where I was lead. I wasn't emotionally ready to go to college quite yet. Fashion is so important to me, I didn't want to go to school and not be my 100% greatest. I definitely could not have handled NY then, especially with the competitive atmosphere. I wouldn't recommend a year off for everyone. Though I'm an extremely driven person I almost got pulled into a slump. It's def harder to start the college process after you've taken time off. You start working, then you got bills, then the next thing you know your working to pay off the bills! Thank God my family and Pastor didn't let me get stuck into that! But during that time off I gained my strength & inspiration back. I got the idea for my Christan T-shirt clothing line and wrote a book that will soon be published! Got my job in Corporate America that has given me skills that will def help me in the industry! Now I'm juggling school majoring in Fashion Marketing,Work,Photography, my book and a whole bunch of other things lol So now, I'm here until God says move, I'm on his plan for me and right now that's not New York! My Sister thinks I belong in NY too, but I want to be in London. If its any place that I thought I belonged it would be London. I was so in love with the art scene, the style of the people. London could def be my second home.
But Jess you never know, we may be hitting up some vintage shops in NY some time soon ;)

Will these streets make you feel brand new?

I've known Jessica W since middle school! Even then she was always driven, resourceful, and knew how to edit a paper! Not only did she proofread the heck outta my class assignments in 7th grade,she also did during our senior yr in Newspaper! lol So I'm not surprised that she made the very daring move to go to school in New York. What a way to begin the rest of your life! I wanted to find out what was it like to go to school in New York for those who are thinking about making the same decision Jessica did. Don't be afraid of the length of this interview! Her answers will make you laugh and leave you intrigued...


So Jess what made you decide to go to school in New York?:
It's really funny, I've been saying I'm going to live in New York since I was little. I'd tell my mom "I'm moving to NY when i grow up!!!" I mean of course all I really had knowledge of then was all the lights and excitement that come with it so I had no real reason to. But as I got older and realized my love for music and speaking/writing, I realized I want to be a music industry publicist, so it only makes sense for me to go to school in New York City. And my mother supports me in what I want, so it worked out!

What college do you go to and why did you pick it?:
I attend St. John's University. I chose St. John's for two main reasons: the convenience factor (it's located in the borough of Queens which is 40 minutes outside of Manhattan via public transit, however i now live on the Manhattan campus in Tribeca.) and also, because they offered me a partial scholarship that other schools I applied to in the NYC area didn't! I also really liked the diversity I noticed St. John's has. There is such a large concentration of every race and nationality here, it's beautiful! Especially coming from Prince George's County, MD where it's a little less ethnically diverse!

What are you majoring in?:
I'm majoring in Public Relations.

Do you regret your choice of school?:
Not at all. I love my school. Funny you ask, if this interview would have been held this time last year, I would have responded differently! I was still in transition mode and dealing with how different it is up here!

Biggest adjustment?:
oh man, a few things! for starters, the difference in public transportation! on the good side, it runs all hours in the city unlike home! But it's so dirty! and the buses are so weird, you can't use dollars, if you don't have a MTA card you have to use loose change! I'm still not used to that! In reference to college life in general, probably having to share space with others! particularly the bathroom! I'm really not used to that!

Do have a horror story about New York like everyone else?:
This could have happened anywhere, but there are few things I've encountered! One time I was on the subway coming from a comedy club at like 1AM, and a guy was (as usual) trying to sell people things on the train. New Yorkers typically ignore, and that's one characteristic that I've (not even intentionally) adopted to....I used to be so nice when it comes to stuff like that but it happens so frequently that I look at them like they're crazy now! lol but he got so heated that no one would buy from him he started going crazy cussing saying things like "I'm bout to ROB ALL YALL MOTHER FUCKERS"!!!" and luckily it was my stop!!! i don't even know what happened next! I was just trying to get out of there!I also have had a bad experience with a guy that I gave my number to in the city that I had to have his number blocked because he turned out to be crazy! That's never happened to me at home so sometimes I am kind of biased towards NY guys! lol

What are the no-no's of the Big Apple?:
Like any metropolitan area, don't be in the sketchiest part of town at 2 in the morning lol! There are parts of Brooklyn, the Bronx, and queens i would NEVER venture into after a certain time! Also, separate your money. Like when I'm on the street and I see something I want, I'll have like 5 dollars in one pocket, 10 in the other, and like the rest in my bag, so I can pretend that's all the money I have and they'll bargain with me! It works! I've gotten someone to sell me some speakers that were supposed to be 90 for 30 because I told him that was all I had! Also, don't walk around like you don't have nowhere to go, because people will run you over. It will be like 10 at night on a damn Tuesday, people in suits will be running you over in the subway station. When I first got here, I'd be like where the hell are you GOING?! not to your 9-5! Chill! But I've gotten so used to it lol

What are the things you love most about going to school in NY?:
Oh man, that I'm literally in the middle of all the exciting things that go on in New York City! Especially since I actually live in Manhattan this year, I live in walking distance from SoHo, so I've spotted people! I saw Anne Hathaway (from Princess diaries) in the grocery store right next door to me! Saw Cassie on Fashion night out, met Chris Brown in SoHo, and it's like they're everyday people up here. I also just love the city scene. I also get to attend the events! I went to Fashion Night Out this year, and also had the privilege of helping out and attending Mercedez Benz Fashion Week, which was truly an experience! But sometimes I just walk the city with no intentions on doing anything. It just feels great to be apart of it.

How different are the boys? Is there a better selection than the DMV(D.C, Maryland, Virginia)?:
Well there definitely is more variety! It's so cool to depart from the monotony of the DMV, so many locals! (so many of the guys have the same swag) and don't get me wrong I love guys from home, but sometimes you want to see something different! I'm for the most part attracted to black guys, and it's so funny because most of them here aren't even just your typical American black like they are at home. Most of the black people in NY are west Indian or African, but especially west Indian! It's so funny because most of the guys are one extreme or the other. They're either super friendly and nice, or come off pretty arrogant!

Where are the best places to shop(clothing wise)? Describe some of the current trends going on there:
The best places are comparable to those at home, there's just more of them and huger stores! Alot of the girls here love H&M and Forever 21 just like the girls at home! I don't shop at those stores much though, my favorite stores are vintage shops, such as Beacon's Closet in Brooklyn, or Buffalo Exchange, or even literal stores! I'll go all the way to the Bronx for a bomb thrift! I'm noticing a trend between two distinctly different styles. With the more girly girls, they like the knee-high boots, over sized (harem like) pants, trench coats, rompers (body suits), and things like that. With the more vintage style, alot of people are loving lace up boots, or just boyish looking, industrial boots (i have so many pair lol), flannel, leggings or ultra skinny jeans, things like that!

What’s the party scene like?:
I've only partied in Manhattan twice since I've been in college because it's pretty expensive and party-wise, Manhattan really is geared toward the 21 and over crowd! However I have partied in Queens and Brooklyn, and it's pretty fun! NY lovessss reggae, that's sometimes I never liked too much but i mean it's straight, it's starting to grow on me now! You'll notice at the parties there will be such a mix! lots of white people, lots of black people, lots of latinos people, it's so nice seeing everyone in unity having fun! Last weekend I went to a bar in Queens and it was crazy! they let girls dance on the bar it was so wild! but i had such a good time!

What advice would you give to graduating seniors who are thinking about making NY their temporary home for the next four years?:
over everything, make sure your grades are bomb so you can get a good scholarship because there is NO SUCH THING as a cheap school or place to live in NYC! unless you plan on going to CUNY (city college of NY) which are the community colleges, the schools are maddddd money so be ready for it! And everything is more expensive here, even McDonalds!

Funniest College story so far?:
Probably my first time actually indulging in alcohol, you know what they say, bad choices make great stories! That's so true! It was this time last year actually I was so drunk, My friend has a video of my rolling around the floor acting so crazy, my roommates were drunk it was just such a crazy night!

What have you learned the most about yourself since you’ve began college?:
The thing my mother has always told me I need to learn: that I don't need 2938305832048032 friends! In high school, i had so many "friends" i had so many "close friends" so many "best friends" and it's funny because in college, you would never guess I messed with soooooooooo many people so heavy in high school because up here i don't hang tight with NO ONE! Plentyyyyy of associates and people I'm cool with, but that's about it! I'm still pretty close to my roommate from last year, and I have one other friend that's from here I'm pretty close with, but I do me most of the time. I worry about me and my own advancement! However I am still very close with 5 or 6 of my high school friends, but I have, (and am) falling off with some, but I'm not worried about it anymore. I've gotten much closer to my family, both biological and extended, I've learned how to prioritize better. I'd say I learned what's really important.

Has your style changed from High school to College? Has New York played a part in that?:
This is too funny, because my style has changed drastically since I departed high school. It's funny though because I wouldn't even say I have one set style. Even on my tumblr, it says "I'm not a fan of monotony, and I don't have a set style." Because I don't. One day you may see me with a flannel or a denim button up, and some industrial boots. two days later, I'll have on a blazer! I'll literally go from one extreme to the other and think nothing of it. My style has changed in the fact that I've become so much more experimental. One thing that hasn't changed is i never let having my size 16 frame stop me!

-My note. I could not have kicked off my New Interview segment with a better person! I didnt have to worry about how she was gonna answer the questions, shes already hip to this process. Jess got this joint done in a day! lol I know shes gonna have an amazing career! Shes one of the few people whose writing I respect. Get that paper JWash!!

Louboutin You be killin em...

So this post is for my ladies! Below this post you'll find the guys version and the fact the I'm in love with SPIKES!!!!! Sharp spikes to be exact. Not those baby spikes! They remind me of those safety scissors you use to give you in kindergarten. If its spiked, I'll probably love it just like I love these. I would rock these yrs from now, because to me Punk is never dead. Random:I have a bad habit of correcting people when they say Louboutin wrong or any designer wrong for that matter. I've always felt like if you don't know a designers name don't try to pronounce it. I always fear I'll look stupid, so I stick with what I know until i find out more. Ive picked up alot from my teacher in Intro to Fashion marketing =]

Im still in love with you.(Boys Edition)

Yes, this is old news, Depending on if your a fashion person or not. If your not, the Christian Louboutin men spiked shoe collection is new news. This was Louboutins first ever mens collection. I cant tell you how excited I was when I heard this news (last year lol). I fell even more in love with the idea when I saw those baby's above. My sister knows I LOVE spikes!! Anything spiked! The more sharp the spike the better! Oh my, do I sound crazy? But really I love these shoes, I would wear everyone of them, especially the oxfords. I tend to gravitate towards mens kicks & t-shirts way more that womans. I cant help the fact that I go hard *kayne shrug* lol A lot of celebrities from Swizz Beatz to Chris Brezzy has copped these and been seen around town rocking them, But to me it takes a special type of guy to FULLY rock these. The kind of guy who would be confident even in k-mart sneakers. Dont let the shoe wear you, wear the shoe and leave swag with every step!-Young Gatsby!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Nike Blazer High SBs The Low End Theory

Im Not a sneaker head, i wont even insult all the other sneaker heads out there who are by saying that. I do Love really unique kicks though, and Im probably very late with this news, Im going Crazy over these shoes. Not only are they inspired by A Tribe Called Quest Cd cover, but there pretty sick looking. Anyone who Loves A tribe Called Quest knows that "The Low end Theory" is one of their classic albums. There are very few sneaks that I want to spend a lot of money on, one being the Jeremy Scott winged Addidas, but I would DEF spend some cash on these. F.Y.I for all you sneaker freakers out there I plan on teaming up with one of you guys to do some stuff on this blog.

D&G Fall Menswear Collection

Stefano Gabbana & Domencio Dolce must really love Mickey Mouse & Coco-cola lol I LOVE Menswear, sometimes i think i love it better than Womenswear though I am a woman lol Its just something about a beautiful suit that has the right fit. I adore Fit. Thats something that can make a basic pair of black slacks make someone look like a million bucks. When a mans cut is right, fit is right....I go crazy. I can always spot when that's off. Dolce & Gabbana, along with Dsqaured2 make some of the most immaculate suits! But as usual I digress...
I don't know what to think of D&G's fall collection. They're ALWAYS very interesting, I mean have you seen their ads? But this was collection was very fun, very urban, young and whimsical. I guess as a designer you get so stressed out that you just want to do a fun collection, and that's exactly what they did. The lowrise drop crotch& skinny throughout the leg pant was used in most if not all of the looks. The pairing of high tops and suits was sexy. I like putting kicks and combat boots with formal pieces.The coco-cola and mickey made you smile. Even if you dont like the clothes at least they were completely innovative with the coco-cola jacket and mickey prints. But I do wonder if any of guys I know would wear any one these complete looks? Guys do you like the kicks? Would you rock anything from this line-up for the fall? Ladies would you like your guy in any one of the outfits? Depending on the Guy I would mix & match alot of these items.

Who Im not, What Fashion Isnt

Im not one of those people who say they love fashion and just put a whole bunch of pictures up on a blog. No Fashion is seriously my life. I feel like anybody can post some random pictures,anyone can buy a pair of Louboutin but im the girl who checks out all the collections and does her research of both present day and past fashion. I eat this stuff for breakfast. Those Kind of ppl who think that by wearing man bags, shopping at H&M and Zara, wear 6 inch heels,reading Gq's and Vogue, means that there a fashionisto or fashionista annoy me to the fullest. The fashion world isn't everyone just sitting around picking out clothes and sewing on sequins, you have to be smart man and have tough skin. You have to be innovative when people tear your stuff to shreds and you gotta come sup with a new idea in seconds Fashion is alot of work, alot of hustle and you have to really love this. Its no different than being a football player, singer or artist. We work at what we do, it takes practice and skill. Michael Jordan didnt wake up at 30 and say "Hey I think I want to be the Greatest Basketball player of all time. I think i'll start today." No he was putting in work when he learned how to dribble a ball. There's so many poseurs, who "look the part" but dont know a dag on thing! Like dude, how you love fashion and the only designers you know are the ones mentioned in rap songs? fail! lol I pity the fool whose up against me lol Im serious about my craft and enjoy educating those who are serious too. Many ppl have underestimated my ability, guess I didn't "Look the part." Where are they now? Yeah I don't know either but there not besides me. =]

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Where Did my Baby go?

I miss Kevin Michael. Like really bad. Where did he go? I Loooove his songs Love letter,We All want the Same thing feat Akil Dassan & Hood Buzzin. True Im a Sucka, and I mean Sucka for guys with big curly hair, but I feel his style and his voice. Ok....and I really really love his hair lol I saw a recent picture and feared that he cut it!!!! Like My heart literally dropped lol but I saw he had it twisted underneath his hoodie. THANK GOD! lol I was so desperate to find something new from him I downloaded his version of At last from the 300 days of summer soundtrack, he sounds great but I want a cd....=[

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Rachel Roy Spring 2011

"I call it the Band-Aid Capsule. You know how Band-Aids disappear on your skin? Thats what I want to do in a woman's wardrobe." explained Roy about her Spring collection. I love that all of Rachel Roy's clothes looked like they've been picked right out of her own polished and chic wardrobe. She made mens wear feminine by pairing it with flowy fabrics, bold colors and florals. I adore how she layered the patterned jacket, purple shorts, and turquoise button up. The layering of colors is going to be a BIG trend this spring, I think I have enough fierceness to pull it off.

Anais Mali

"Always try to go to the moon, and even if you cant do something you will fall in the stars." This half African and half Polish beauty is rocking the fashion world. Shes strutted down the runways of L.A.M.B., Betsy Johnson,Vivienee Westwood, Vera Wang,Marc Jacobs, Rachael Roy and many many others. Its refreshing to see her beautiful natural curls along the bone straight haired ones in the J.Crew Catalog. Anais was swooped up walking the streets of Paris in her hometown France. Anais loves french food, Jay-z, and Givenchy bags. When shes not working it in front of the camera and tearing up the runways, she works with Ynitafrica. The foundation brings money to impoverished children in Africa. I love the fact that shes so pretty yet she can transform and look edgy and high fashion. I envy her hair!! lol I cant wait until mines grows to her length. Until then, i'll be cheering her on in my combat boots!