Friday, May 27, 2011

Partner Let Me Upgrade Ya

First we had Dope or Nope? Then we had the individual style feature. Now we have......Partner Let Me Upgrade Ya.

This feature is all about how to upgrade the opposites sex style. I think its really great to see how the other gender perceives you and how they would upgrade ya. I mean who better to ask than the persons eye your tryna catch?

I am really honored that Miss Kielle took time out of her ultra busy schedule to give me her view on Men’s style. Not only is she a gorgeous model and fashion designer, the girl can sing too! Impressive right? I felt like she was more than qualified to be the first featured on Partner Let Me Upgrade ya. She owns her own style and fellas she’s here to help you own yours too..

What should every guy have in their closet?

1. chukka boots
2. at least 1 pair of the following: Jordans, Sperrys, military boots, oxfords)
3. basics (ie. fitted black tees, white button up, black button up, black and white checkered button up, a plaid shirt)
4. a trench coat that falls right above the knee
5. denim button up
6. a tweed blazer
7. a leather jacket
8. a denim jacket
9. gray hooded sweatshirt
10. at least 1 pair of jeans w/ the following tint: (dark, light washed, black, navy blue, brown, tan, army green)
11. trousers
12. at least 3 of the following (ties [skinny, bow, or original], hats [any kind, not just fitteds], watches, sunglasses, scarves, belts)

Perfect First date outfit?
It always depends on the occasion & destination.
1. If you plan on going out to a nice dinner & a movie, keep it semi-casual. Maybe a tweed blazer, dark denim jeans, a checkered button up, contrasting tie & belt, chukka boots, and a nice watch would do the trick.
2. If you plan on going out somewhere where the two of you will be doing a lot of movement (somewhere like a basketball game or the batting cages), dressing casual is acceptable as long as it's not TOO casual. He can pull off the denim jacket layered on top of a hooded sweatshirt & a black v-neck with khaki boot cut or skinny jeans, and kicks.

Five things a guy should never wear?
1. Thongs (duhhhhhh)
2. Women's headbands (the ones that go over your head & also those that go around your head)
3. Women's rings
4. Thong flip flops (Just my personal opinion & pet peeve)
5. The combo of tight shirt & super baggy jeans (Ummm....just why??)

What look can any guy look good in?
Any guy (and MY studies show) can look good in a black fitted tee & some denim jeans. Granted that they're in shape (obviously if the shirt is "fitted"). *Bloggers Note* I soooo agree!

Perfect Grown & Sexy look?
2 words: "Birthday Suit". Lol!! I'm kidding. But I'd like to say black trench coat, solid colored button up, contrasting skinny tie & belt, boot cut trousers, and military boots.

A guy can turn your head wearing what outfit?
It really depends. A guy can have on some tight shoes & I'd turn my head..or even a nice jacket. Not every style works for every man so as long as he looks amazing in what he's wearing, I'd turn my head.

Do you believe in the man bag?
I do. Obviously, only those bags that are masculine.

Some style Icons that you think men could take a few pointers from and why?
1. Fonzworth Bentley- He shows that you can be tasteful and comfortable in semi-casual attire
2. Kanye West- He has an eclectic taste in apparel. But the thing that strikes me as interesting is that he has no fear in mixing styles together in one outfit
3. Andre 3000- Only for the risk takers of course. He's more of the Fonzworth & Kanye but maybe to the times infinity.
4. David Beckham- For those that enjoy the "simple is best" look. He always appears so clean cut & flawless but it's rare that I see too much color or excessive layering which ultimately works for him
5. Johnny Depp- He has a David Beckham to him with the simplistic but he brings grunge into the picture a bit with layering accessories

*Gabby's Note* I cant tell you ladies and gents how on point Kielle's answers were! This girla knows her stuff. You guys know how into fashion I am and how strongly I feel about Poseurs. I never feature anyone who I feel like is just faking. You have to truly have the style bug, and after reading this I'm sure we all know that Kielle does. =] To learn more about this Renaissance woman check out her site ---->

Joan Smalls Does it Again

These Photos make me proud as hell that I'm Black, Proud to be Natural & Proud to be a woman. To piggy back off of my last post, I'm loving V Mag showcasing all of types of beauty from every race. I'm really hoping that fashion will make a real effort in booking more ethnic models instead of making it trendy. These models need to be in rotation because there dang good, not just because there of color.

-Gabby F. Baby

No titled needed

I'm pretty much in LOVE with the spread that V Mag did featuring Asian models Liu Wen, Fe Fei, Shu Pei & Tao. Though I love fashion, its very difficult to see it drag its feet towards completely embracing all ethnicities. Things have gotten better but we still have along way to go. I love to see all races on the runways and in the spreads. All of us are beautiful and God made all of us with such unique traits. There's soooo many types of beauty just waiting to be showcased. These pictures prove it. In the words of my gay friends "These photos are giving me Life!"

-Gabby F. Baby

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rip, Cut, Tear

Yes thats me in my casual chic outfit at Famous Daves lol I think Im going to be cutting alot more t-shirts this summer. I bought a whole bunch of graphic tee's( my fav) in the men's section and I plan on doing some cool stuff with them. I recently wore a Batman one with black leggings and ultra high converse to a baby shower. Not only do I love Batman but I love men's tees. The one in the pic is a Hanes. I cant tell you how many I have. If I was a dude I would stay in them and just invest in really nice denim and awesome boots. I prefer to buy my sleepwear from the mens department too. Blame it on my dad! lol After years of borrowing his boxers & t-shirts I went and collected my own inventory. I will never forget what my mom said to me when went shopping that day. "Ummm Gab, is there something you need to tell me?" Lmbo I guess she thought that was my way of saying I was gay and wanted to be dress like a dude. I didnt even know what she was talking about. "Huh Mom? What are you talking about?" Then I saw all the dudes looking at me uncomfortably as they were deciding whether it would be boxers or briefs. I guess I was alittle too cool chilling in their section. Then it hit me. "No mom! These are comfy and its a way better sale. 10 in a pack! See!" I shook the package and proceeded to stock up lol I'm always finding ways to make mens wear work for me. Ties, Vest-Gosh I went through a period where I wore a vest with EVERYTHING. I wore dudes cargo shorts too! lol That was my skater phase...good times. Speaking of mens wear, I have a really cool feature for you guys. A womens take on menswear! Stay tuned Lovahs- Gabby F.Baby

How do you still look this good at 47?

If any guy belts out Lady by Kravitz to me coupled with Guitar, I would marry him. On the spot if he actually looks like him ;)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dope or Nope?

Second Edition of Dope or Nope! Lets go
So when I first saw this shirt I was Uber excited. I put that tank in the cart so fast it was crazy. I've been natural for about 7 months now?*ponders* Well honestly I don't know for how long but its been such an amazing experience. I love my natural curls, I love taking care of them, I love feeling them and I cant wait until I have big Diana Ross hair! I was not only excited to see a tank that proclaimed what I was feeling but I was equally excited to see that Forever 21 was carrying a shirt that applauded natural hair. Then I took a closer look......WHY IS THE GIRL SO LIGHT? Her skin tone is so opposite of the brown beauty singing I love my hair on Sesame Street. Don't get me wrong, I love all my sistas from the high yella to the deep coffee brown, but why did they lighten her skin? Why is a white chick wearing the shirt? What, they ran out of black models? Though its a step in getting this message into mainstream I don't like what they did. I feel like if your gonna embrace something, do it ALL the way. Its not about the girl being light skin, its just the fact that they intentionally took her a few shades lighter. I don't like that they felt this message was only acceptable if the girl was lighter. The guy who actually wrote the I love my hair song is white. He did it for his African American daughter. If he didn't see fit to make the puppet the color of paper, why alter the image? So before I thought it was dope, now...NOPE!

I have a few tricks up my sequin sleeve

So the Surprise Ive been holding from you guys drum roll please.............................
I'M A AUTHOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yep ya gurl has a book coming out =] Ive worked really hard and am still working hard to get my pre-sales. The presale period is very important in this process. Getting your book published is such a roller coaster, lots a smiles, lots of down moments, lots of hard work! Ive been hustling like a D-boy to get pre-sales lol It has not been easy and Ive hit a few bumps in the road, but I know God will work it out. Every time Ive gotten discouraged God has created a sermon just for me! So Im hustling in my pumps, letting God guide my steps and this book. Please visit the website and order!!!
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