Thursday, June 25, 2015

Quick Top 5 Tips to Living in NYC

I spent about 8 months in New York City and I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my insight on making the transition to the big city. These are my top five tips that may help those moving to NYC soon, wanting to move there eventually, or those who are just curious. Hopefully this can help! 

1. $1 Pizza

You will never find a better deal than a pizza slice for a buck! If you are low on cash you don't have to starve. This saved me so many times being on a budget and needing lunch between classes. It's absolutely delicious! You can add another slice and a drink and only pay $2.50.

2. Fashion Week Opportunities

New York fashion is in the big leagues. With it being a fashion capital, there are so many opportunities to get your foot in the door. NY Fashion Week is one of the most important weeks in the fashion industry and it allows pretty much anyone to be apart of it. You can volunteer and you may be lucky enough to attend a show. Whether fashion is or isn't for you, check it out because it's an experience of a lifetime that you may really enjoy.

3. Metrocard

Daily living in NYC will consist of taking the subway to maneuver around the city. My biggest tip for this is to buy monthly metrocards. You have the option of adding money to your card or buying a card for a week. But in the end you'll save more money and time by buying a monthly. Don't be scared by the price of the monthly, which is $112. 

4. Clubs

My months in NYC consisted of a lot of nights out. My college didn't have any parties, so the only way to go out and have fun was to go to a club. The cheapest way to have a good time is to go with a promoter. They will help get you in, supply you with drinks, and also make you feel more comfortable in the environment. Try to find a woman promoter, that'll be the best option.

5. It's Free!!!

Go visit famous landmarks and parks, such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park. They are free and absolutely beautiful. Central Park is huge so you can go multiple times to visit different areas of the park. The Brooklyn Bridge allows you to get a great view of the city and can transport you to Brooklyn. Did I mention it's free!!! You can also take pictures and brag on Instagram about where you've been. You'll impress a lot of people.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Day in Chicago

Today I went to Chicago to visit Columbia College Chicago. I wanted to tour the campus and the fashion department one more time before I made my final decision of where I would transfer. I still don't know if the Fashion Institute of Technology should be my next move or to stay close to home and go to school in Chicago. The tour was interesting being that we got lost from our group and had to finish the tour alone. Who would have known a bathroom break would cause such a disturbance. But I have a big decision to make once again. It was a very nice day in Chicago. The weather wasn't too hot and wasn't too cold, literally perfect. Here's my outfit of the day.

Shirt: Forever 21
Sweater: Delia's
Pant: American Eagle
Shoes: Abercrombie/Delia's
Purse: Urban Outfitters

What is Reflection Magazine?

Reflection was first named Shine back in 2013 when I decided I wanted to start my own magazine. I felt that young women of color deserved more coverage in a society that predominately celebrated women with European features. I had my own experience with racism in the pageant industry and it shook some of my confidence in my race. After that experience I started to question myself. Was I good enough without being white and blonde with blue eyes? I wondered this, because that's all the was praised in my experience in this pageant while the ethnic girls were shoved to the background. Also, all I see when I look at a magazine or when I turn the television on is a woman of European descent on an advertisement. Even at a young age when Barbie was all the rage. She had blonde hair, a slim figure, and blue eyes being advertised to us young children as the most beautiful figure alive. So what am I to think? I was brought up in a household that celebrated African like features. I was told by my mother to embrace my blackness. So I did, until I walked out into life and so many people wanted to tell me otherwise. That's when I knew I wanted to produce a consistent platform for young women of color to be able to identify with. We are all equal and until that ideal is embraced I believe it is essential for this to be out for young women. If you would like to see more of what Reflection Magazine is about please go to and check out all the amazing articles available!

Photography by Steven Trotman & Queensview

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hollister Interview

Today I had my interview with Hollister in my local mall. This is my outfit of the day. I've previously worked at Abercrombie when I lived in New York and I bought this dress for that interview back in September. I knew that the color scheme of the dress was similar to A&F's brand. Being that I was hired with this look before I decided to wear it again. Although the interview was with Hollister I know they offer similar clothing designs as Abercrombie. I wore minimal makeup and added a button front shirt to bring a different feel to it.

Headband: Forever 21
Dress: Forever 21
Button Front Shirt: Loft
Sandals: Abercrombie & Fitch

Monday, June 22, 2015

Father's Day

I hope everyone had a wonderful time yesterday with their fathers or father figures. My brother and I took our Dad out to eat and to the movies. He seemed to have enjoyed himself and I'm glad for that, because he does so much for us with making sure we have all the things we need to survive. This was my outfit of the day yesterday.

Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Urban Outfitters