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...BUT SHE STILL GETS IT DONE

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Last weekend I flew to Jacksonville to host an amazing Naturals Night Out Event! It was amazing; it was filled with meeting supporters, presenting, and overall having a great time. But I am not going to lie, the weekend was exhausting. I flew out of Jacksonville at 8 am and landed in Baltimore at 10 am. I got a text from my photographer asking "Are we still shooting today?"

 I immediately looked at the text and wanted to reply back  "no, I am too tired, can we cancel." But then I thought to myself: "don't cancel this shoot, if you cancel you won't have any content for the week, so suck it up and DO IT!"

I lazily made it back home by 11 am, restyled my hair, picked out my outfits, did my make-up, and made it to my shoot by 1:00! I took these awesome pics, left by 3, and drove to Philadelphia where Aria was staying there with her grandparents. At this point I was DONE, exhausted and ready to just go straight to bed. But Aria missed me all weekend and I missed her even more, so we had to catch up and play together!

After dinner, I went to bed; only to have to wake up the next morning at 4 am to drive BACK to Baltimore to drop Aria off at daycare and get to work by 9. Most days I ask myself, how do I do it? Am I superwoman? Nope, just a woman that finds a way to get it done, ever single time. 

After driving two hours back to Baltimore, I was beyond exhausted. I walked into work and saw a card on my desk. The card was from a long-time co-worker and friend. Inside the card read an amazing note congratulating me on a great weekend, and encouraging me to continue to push hard towards my passion!

I immediately cried like a baby after this note. It was so unexpected and so on time!! You just never know who is watching and rooting you on. As tired as I was this week, I kept it pushing 

because my goals are bigger than my exhaustion. I would rather be tired as hell, knowing I am working towards my goals, than full of energy achieving nothing.

So I wrote this post to encourage you too to keep pushing!! No matter how hard it get, still find a way to get it done!! I know that will be my mentality all 2017!! Team No excuses!!! 

 

OUTFIT DETAILS
 Jacket: Primark
Fur: Primark
Shoes: Ego Official
Jeans: Forever 21
Top: Top Shop

CHIC Style | Holiday Style Featuring Royaltique

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Yesssss, we are "reunited and it feels SO GOODDD" (cues music!) Last week, Brittany visited Baltimore and of course it was only right that we got in a quick photo session to SLEIGH before the holidays! We teamed up with Royaltique for these CHIC holiday looks!! Royaltique is an online boutique based in Baltimore Maryland. What we love about Royaltique is that they hand pick pieces for the everyday girl who must be everything all of the time! 

These outfits can make for the perfect holiday look!! We are both obsessed with the sweater and jacket that we wore. Not only are they warm to fight against this brutal weather, but they are super stylish and CHIC!! 

Check out Royaltique they are offering 20% off their site, so it is a perfect time to shop our looks! 

PHOTOS BY: @apeture

OUTFIT DETAILS
DAYNA

Jacket: Royaltique
Skirt: Royaltique
Tee: Royaltique
Boots: Ego Official

BRITTANY
Sweater: Royaltique
Skirt: Forever21
Boots: Aldo

I STYLED MY FIRST PHOTOSHOOT!

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Words can't describe the feeling I had when Angela, the owner of The N Natural Hair Studio asked me to style and creative direct her photoshoot for the launch of the Goddess Locs style at her salon! Her exact words were "I want a editorial lifestyle" feel, and I just ran with it! I was charged with picking the photographer, model, makeup artist and OUTFITS!! To say this was a hefty task is an understatement, but I accepted the challenge!!

I teamed up with some AMAZING creatives in the DMV area and I am so very excited with the outcome of these photos!! The photographer Arthur is amazing. He was a huge help for me and he produced beautiful work!! The Model R'manda (@glowprincesss) is simply STUNNING, she seriously did not take a bad photo. My friend and makeup artist Ronke (@ronkeraji), simply SLAYED R'manda's makeup. I am just so pleased with the final results of this shoot!! After seeing how R'manda killed this hairstyle by the N Natural Hair Studio, this is definitely a style I want on my protective style list to come!! 

Check out a few images from the shoot! It was SO HARD to pick them because we had so many great ones, but here are a few of my favorites!!

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Special Thanks to The N Natural Hair Studio for allowing me to lead this project!! 

STYLIST/CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Dayna
PHOTOGRAPHER: @bysirarthur
MODEL: @glowprincesss
MUA: @ronkeraji

CHIC Style: Longline Blazer from TEN Shop

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I am so obsessed with this longline blazer I picked up from TEN Shop!! I have talked about TEN a few times on the blog, but basically it is a  personal shopping event hosted by owner Kesha. Kesha has such an eye for style and picking up pieces for the low low! She invites attendees to her office/shop where she has racks and racks of amazing pieces at great prices.

When I arrived to the event, Kesha already had a rack of items set aside that she knew I would love. Of course this blazer was one of those items. It is clear that Kesha knows my style because I was IN LOVE the minute I saw it! I love the duo colors, the structure and the length!! This blazer is perfect to dress up or down. I decided to pair it with shorts because: 1) it was a nice day and I wanted to take advantage of showing leg haha and 2) I think pairing longline jackets with shorts is so CHIC!

If you are in the DMV area, you definitely don't want to miss TEN's next event!!! Check them out on Instagram @tenshopten

OUTFIT DETAILS
Blazer: @tenshopten
Blouse: H&M
Shorts: Prettylittlething.com
Boots: Just Fab- Similar HERE
Bag: Charming Charlie x Style Watch
Bandana worn as Choker: Target

CHIC Style| 3 Things I am loving

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So let's get right into the 3 things I am currently obsessing over, and I am strategically wearing all three in this look! I am loving: bomber jackets, metallic shoes and fishnet socks! I paired all three in this sporty chic look!! I talked about it in my last style post, but bomber jackets are just so effortlessly cool! I love them.

Metallic shoes are everywhere, and I am seriously up to 3 pairs now in different styles! honestly metallic anything will be a hit in my book these days! I am on the hunt for a metallic moto jacket, if you spot one, let me know!!

Lastly, fishnet socks. Not sure how I've become obsessed with them but I bought these pair a few months ago when I saw them and had to have them. They add a little "unexpected" to  any look! 

Are you feeling these three pieces? Let me know what you're obsessing over this fall!! 

OUTFIT DETAILS
Bomber: Windsor Store
Jeans: Forever 21
Tank: Nordstrom
Shoes: Zara
Fishnet Socks: Asos
 

CHIC Style| Cherry Bomber

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Casual days cause for casual slays. Bombers are a must have this season and pretty much every season really. They can easily bring instant "cool factor to your. I am so obsessed with this bomber jacket in particular because of the color and fit! I love how the color just works with my new hair! Oh and YES I have new hair!! I know this is my first time displaying it on the blog, but as you may know I colored my hair a few weeks ago with Creme Of Nature and I am beyond in love with it!! I will be sharing more about my hair color experience soon!! I hope you love it as much as I do!! 

OUTFIT DETAILS
Jacket: Nordstrom
Jeans: Forever21
Shoes: ALDO (old) | Similar HERE
Shades: Ditto.com (Use code DAYNADANE for first month FREE)
Bag: Charming Charlie

PHOTO CRED: Raqui (@raq.well)

CHIC Style| Mixed Prints x Distressed Skirt

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 I am so excited that the temperatures are dropping, and that good fall weather is upon us!! I am celebrating a moment here because I officially broke out my favorite fall accessory; my blanket scarf! I can never get enough of these for fall/winter! I wanted to be a little bold, so I pair it with a striped shirt and distressed denim skirt. I am obsessed with this skirt. When I saw it on Zara I had to have it, I just love the details. I finished the look with my new favorite booties from Ego Official! How are you starting to transition into your fall wardrobe?

 

OUTFIT DETAILS
Skirt: Zara (Similar HERE)| Blouse: Forever 21 (Similar HERE) |
Scarf: Aldo (Similar HERE) | Booties: Ego

The Naturalista Fashion Show

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Saturday, we had the absolute pleasure and honor of being the hosts of the 2016 Naturalista Hair Show- Fashion Show! When we originally got the request to be the host for this show, we were literally in shock! To know that one of our goals, or even dream would come true was simply a blessing for us. Merging the natural hair and the fashion  is what CHICNaturalistas is all about! It was a huge night filled with fashion from a number of designers inspired by their African heritage. We are so very proud of ourselves, hosting our very first event has us  pumped up and ready for more!! 

So now for our outfits, because we really came to SLAY. It is funny because everyone kept asking us "OMG did you guys plan this". And we said "No not really". We both already had an idea in our mind of what we wanted to wear and when we shared our options with each other we were like, OMG this is perfect!!! We always find a way to coordinate even when we are not trying. That is what you get when you have been friends for over 20 years! 

OUTFIT DETAILS
DAYNA: Dress: ASOS Choker: ASOS Shoes: Call It Spring
Brittany: Skirt: Nasty Gal Shirt: F21 (similar) Shorts: F21 Shoes: ALDO

CHIC Style| Bandage Skirt

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I love to switch up my look a bit and go for a little a sexy, while always keeping in CHIC. I got this super cute bandage skirt from the Pinkwll Boutique and I am so in love with it. Not only does it show off my shape really well (cough cough); it has super nice detailing!! I decided to dress it down by wearing a old muscle tank and making it a crop fit by tying the front. This is the perfect look to wear on the weekends, or a movie night with Bae! Let me know what you think of it!! By the way, I will be travling to Cleveland this weekend for @HeyCurlie Curl Power Delux event!! I am so excited I can't wait, so stay tuned for the recap next week on that event!! 

OUTFIT DETAILS
Skirt: Pinkwell Boutique
Top: Old from random boutique
Shoes: Just Fab
Necklace: Aldo

CHIC Style | Crop Top and Trench

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So, I am kinda over summer already! Actually, I have been over summer for about a month now! I am so ready to dive into fall fashion! This outfit is a small splash into fall! Jeans and long vests are definitely a staple for me!! I paired these items with the cutest crop top from Forever 21 to still keep it summer-ish! I love everything about this look. It screams Street Style SLAY!! I hit the streets of Baltimore with my friend Jay, and we captured some good shots!! 

Photography: Jessica Mason @

OUTFIT DETAILS
Crop Top: Forever 21 (similar HERE)
Vest: Forever 21 (similar HERE)
Jeans: H&M
Shoes: DSW
 

CHIC Style | Pink off the shoulder slay

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I am back at it again with an off the shoulder top!! I am so obsessed with this one!! I posted it on my Instagram yesterday and got SO MUCH love, so I know you guys are feeling it too!! This top is from @itfactor_boutique! As you can probably tell I have been loving all things off the shoulder, but this top caught my eye because it brought something a little different than most of the off the shoulder tops I have been seeing. I love the oversized and gathered sleeves. This top is definitely a show stopper!!! I decided to dress it down with jeans and sneakers, but this top is so versatile and can be paired with anything!! 

OUTFIT DETAILS:
TOP: @itfactor_boutique | JEANS: Forever21| Necklace: Forever21| Shoes: JustFeb| Bag: Call It Spring

CHIC STYLE | Cold Shoulder Dress

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The weather this week has been insanely hot in Baltimore, most days I really don't even feel like looking cute. But on the days I decide to give it a try, I have to wear the right outfit that's CHIC, but still allow for a breeze!!  I am so in love with this off the shoulder dress! It is the perfect, easy, right on trend dress of the summer! I found it at H&M and had to have it! The color just looks so well on my skin. I paired it with my favorite lace up sandals from Call it Spring and bag from Primark. I definitely hit the town of Bolton Hill Baltimore in style!! 

Photographs: Robert Simmons (@Scholarsimmons)

OUTFIT DETAILS
DRESS: H&M (similar here)
Shoes: Call It Spring (on sale here)
Bag: Primark
Shades: Karen Walker Via Ditto (use code Daynadane for a free pair)

CHIC STYLE | Mixing it UP

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All week long I have been showing you how obsessed I am with boutique Vêtu de Joy. If you have not checked them out yet, you are missing out on some serious SLAY-age (yes I just made that up lol). You cannnot tell me this outfit is not LIFE. Everything about it is just right. The mixed print is perfection. I teamed up with Vêtu de Joy owner/stylist Mikaela for this look and she nailed it! Everything in her boutique just goes well together, and these two pieces are a must have!!

TOP: Vêtu de Joy | PANTS: Vêtu de Joy- coming soon (similar here)| SHOES: Forever 21 (Similar here)
 Photographer/ Stylist/Product Owner: @mmikaelajoy

CHIC STYLE| Pop of Blue

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I am so loving this look! It is so sleek, so minimal, but yet adds a pop of color and print! Vêtu de Joy one of my favorite boutiques, has masters print and color! This top is perfect and so unique; do you see the detail on it?...Yes, it is amazing! This look is great for this transitional weather, especially with the added layer of the vest! The top will be coming out soon, and it is definitely one that you want in your closet! 

OUTFIT DETAILS
TOP: Vêtu de Joy (coming soon) | VEST: Vêtu de Joy | SHOES: Zara
 Photographer/ Stylist/Product Owner: @mmikaelajoy

CHIC STYLE | Dust Your Shoulders Off

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I am giving a little festival, boho chic vibes in this lace off-the-shoulder top and fringe heels!! I have to admit,  the off-the-shoulder trend has been so popular this spring. I also must mention that earlier this year; I was asked in my naturally curly feature "what would be the top spring/summer trends" and I listed off-the-shoulder tops as #1 on my list! So I am kind of excited I was spot on! Check out how I styled this super cute top from Forever 21! 

Outfit Details
Top: Forever 21| Jeans: Charlotte Russe| Shoes: Public Desire| Shades: HeatherGreyLove

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Stay CHIC,
Dayna

CHIC STYLE| Tangerine Fly

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Hey loves, I am coming off an amazing week! I feel so well rested and relaxed! I took a week long "staycation" where I took a vacation off of my full time job and from social media/blogging work. I must say, it was hard to part from social media/ blogging for a week. I even went as far as deleting Instagram and Facebook off of my phone to fight the temptation. It was my first time not utilizing these outlets for more than a day lol. But in my week long staycation I really just took time for myself, did things I wanted to do such as massage day, facial, and of course shopping and spending time with friends and my fam. It was a great week but I am excited to get back to the SLAY, and show you guys my latest favorite piece! This bold jumpsuit! Check out how I styled it.

OUTFIT DETAILS
Jumper: Rent the Runway | Bag: Aldo| Shades: D&G via Ditto.com

Photo Credits: @ScholarSimmons

Hump Day CHIC

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The weather is really breaking this week in Baltimore, and I am super excited to finally break out the open-toe sandals! This is quick post to show today's outfit of the day! Today is a busy day for me, as I am prepping for the World Natural Hair Show this weekend in Atlanta! Brittany and I will be traveling there on Friday! We are so super excited to mix and mingle with so many Naturalistas!! If you see us, definitely say hi!! I am off to the mall to try to figure out what I will wear.... ohhh the struggle! haha

OUTFIT DETAILS
SHIRT: Forever 21 | JEANS: H&M| NECKLACE: Forever 21| SHOES: Public Desire: SUNNIES: @heathergreylove

STAY CHIC,
Dayna

CHIC Style| Khaki and Heavy Metal

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I don't think I will ever get tired of khaki green. I mean, it's so effortless and on trend, it just works with whatever you wear! I was having a "I want to look cute, but I am too lazy to really care" kinda day, so I threw on this khaki basic tee, layered on this vintage camo shirt and made it work! I always surprise myself when I don't put as much effort into my looks, those always turn out to be my favorite! To dress the look up a bit; I accessorized with Heavy Metal Accessories. My friend Mary makes the most beautiful unique necklaces and this one is my current favorite!!

OUTFIT DETAILS:
Tee: Target| Jean: H&M| Jacket: Killer Trash| Shoes: Call it Spring: Necklace: @heavy.metal.jewlery

STAY CHIC,
Dayna

CHIC Style| Culottes & Leather

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The weather is starting to break and I am oh so excited to finally be able to show a little leg and break out the open toe shoes!! I have been obsessing over culottes all season and I finally found a pair that I loved! I came across these babies on the clearance rack in Forever 21 for $9! Can you say WINNING!!! I paired them with a black leather vest and tee to add a little edge!

Outfit Details
Cullottes: Forever 21| Vest: Forever 21| Tee: H&M| Shoes: JustFab| Bag: Aldo
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