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1.21.2015

Brand New.

Hey! I went down to Wynwood zee other day and shot these for ya ;)

I'm currently in the process of working with my bf on his very own blog+styling business so they'll be many more ootd's on W/F!!!
I recently picked up these jeans from J. Crew at their End of Season 50% off sale for only $20! I'm so damn excited. Why? Because I've been in the hunt for zee perfect pair for like, ever. I've never liked their jeans too much because they had always hit me in the weirdest spot when I was bigger. 
What I love about these (besides the fact that they're black) is that they're distressed! Slightly distressed jeans are super on trend right now because they can easily be dressed up or down. You can take these jeans from the office to a party with a quick change into heels, a biker jacket and a nice statement necklace and still manage to look polished.
And yes, I have hair now. I'm in the process of growing out my hair so I'm taking this opportunity to try pretty much any style I want. Maybe braids next....who knows.
Tee: Old Navy | Vest: Willow + Clay | Jeans: J. Crew
Boots: UO | Pouch: F21 | Ring: F21
Necklaces: F21 + Old Navy | Bracelets: Nordstrom Rack + F21


1.17.2015

Style Stalker: Jenne Lombardo


What's up guys? I'd like to first start off by saying happy new year to you all (I know I'm late) I'm so thankful for you all for rocking with me for all this time now. I'm looking forward to making 2015 so much more better than last year. My focus this year is to work harder towards reaching my goals for Wilde/Free. I'm gonna push 10x harder to create fresh, original content and be consistent! You will be seeing a lot more of me :)

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For this very first SS of the new year I wanted to highlight a chick who's been on my style radar for quite some time now (like 2011). Her style is all over my pinterest, with good reason tho, she's crazy dope. 

Meet Jenne Lombardo, she's the founder of MADE Fashion Week + The Terminal Presents and has a hell of a resume filled with prior work with brands such as Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte + Liberty London (ya know, just to name a few). She also serves as Playboy Magazines current Fashion Editor. A true jill of all trades.

When she's not running NYC she's out and about styling and profiling, one red carpet at a time.
What drew me to her style was her eclectic mix of tomboy+girly looks. She isn't afraid of mixing the highs+lows and it pays off every time.
I'm in loveee with this sequin skirt outfit, I feel a re-creation coming on lol. I also adore the belted blazer dress, makes me want to go thrifting asap!

What's your favorite look? Be sure to follow Jenne on IG :)


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12.29.2014

Message!


Sup guys? Hope your xmas was a good one. I shot these the other day on my way home from work. I had to fly to my bf's house before sundown to get these in. #Bloggerprobs

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As of late I've been wearing all black. I had no idea why tho. It all started around Black Friday as people were boycotting the day in honor of Mike Brown. Now, I'm pretty sure you all know who Mike Brown was, and if you don't, please educate yourself. In support of the protests I chose to wear black that day. I even went down to Wynwood during Basel Week to listen to protesters who media wouldn't give a voice. 

During this time so many things crossed my mind. How could someone take a life and just get away with it? When will the killings stop? When will black lives matter? Why aren't more people speaking out about this?! 

I noticed for some people life seemed to go back to normal or they were never really affected by the several stories of black men being killed left and right. Social media seemed to stay...the same. I began to wonder if something like the Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Antonio Martin and now Sheneque Proctor killings would have any affect on the fashion world and so far...it hasn't.

My question is...to all those around me, when will fashion not matter? If the world is burning all around you, why not use your voice and warn others?

I wonder when tragedies like these happen, do we not speak up because it doesn't directly affect us? Lets fight to make sure no one has to deal with the cruel injustices of our legal system and racism.

No one deserves to die like these young men (and women) did and have their murderers roam free. How can you possibly feel safe?

The end of it all is, we should not have to raise our young black men in fear that they may one day be targeted by police or anyone for their skin color. What hurts most is that after all these years of racism and stories of lynchings and church bombings in the U.S. and all what was done to people of color, there has been no true sign of progression here in America

Physically we are no longer shackled but mentally? We're bound to the hurt and the wrong doing of our people. Some don't understand why or how since "it was only 400+ years ago." Shit, 400+ years and we're still going through this! We're still fighting to be seen equally in the world. When will we matter? When will we truly be equal?!

My soul hurts for my people. I have brothers and nephews, shit I have nieces and I hope and pray the world is a better place for them. The thought that this could be someone I know, a friend, family member, me. It hurts yall. 

We have got to do better. As a people.


Vest: F21 | Dress: Silence + Noise | Pants: Buffalo
Sneakers: Camper x Bernhard Willhelm | Shades: Ray Ban


For once, this isn't just about the fashion.

#BlackLivesMatter
#BlackMenMatter
#BlackBoysMatter
#BlackWomenMatter
#BlackGirlsMatter


These people were and are more than just a hastag, they were loved.

Lets pray 2015 is a better year.

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12.19.2014

"Something, something...Chuck Norris."

What up?! Yesterday my bf and I snapped these down in zee Wynwood area. If you guys can't tell by now, I love this place. Like, seriously. It's super chill now since Basel is gone, I like it better like this honestly. The Downtown/Wynwood area was a nightmare to navigate during Art Basel. I didn't tell you guys this but those amazing ass Erykah Badu tickets I had purchased for a concert that week (the 5th)totally went to shit.

Seriously, I almost lost my 1 year relationship over Erykah Badu.

Where shall I begin? Ok, 1st: Google Maps is a total piece of crap. I entered the addy in my phone (like always) and it navigated us to parking on the NW side of 23rd st not NE. "Ok, cool (we thought)." We paid for that parking ($10) and decided we'd walk there...cut to 30 minutes later we've walked blocks and blocks of 'no outlet' streets. My idea? Fuck this, lets grab a cab (mind you I have on a crochet dress which is completely see through, a turban and a leather jacket. I'm pretty sure I looked like some kind of cool-yet-boho prositute. Whatever, I flag down cab after 4 failed attempts, have him take us literally down the street and around the corner for $10) 
Scene 3: We hop out of cab and scurry through Mana into a world of confusion, Basel House (which was awesome) is on one side while the concert venue was on another. Skip to us asking everyone what line was what. We find the right line finally and to our surpise, the shit is longer than we ever expected. Like, I should have expected that for Erykah Badu though right? Well I did but...damn. We hop in line, sweaty with swollen feet but ready for Miss Badu

So, my bf and I are standing in line, ya know keeping it cool when this chick and her friends move mad close to us. Now my bf had on a sweater so he was pretty much in heat-stroke mode from all the walking and confusion we had just encountered an hour (we got in Wynwood @ 10, made it around the corner to Mana by 11:30!) before so I understood he needed personal space. Shit I did too, I was wearing a leather jacket! Anywho, this 1 chick kept doing this thing where she'd reallyyyy close to him (like shoulder rubbing almost) and I kept giving them a look like "I know what you're doing, back the fuck up, Thanks." Well she kept doing it, so much that my bf noticed my expressions and was like "yeah, lets just go." I was heartbroken yes, but I was willing to stand in the heat a little longer for Erykah Badu. It would'nt have been good though due to the fact that I'm a bit crazy when it comes to personal space. What she was doing was mad disrespectful and I couldn't help but think "Is Wayne Brady gonna have to cut a bitch?"

One thing I've learned from this is, don't wear seasonally inappropriate shit to ANY type of show/concert be it night or day. That faux leather had me feeling a way. To make it worse I had on a fucking turban with it all!!!

This night almost got me dumped guys. Why? Because I did that one thing those How to get a guy in 10 days magazines swear for women not to do: I showed that I can be one crazy bitch. They say to "keep a man" you have to hide that shit till you're married. Nah, thats why so many people are divorced now. Everybody's putting on from day one. Be you. Ya gotta hold your own in this world.

After that fiasco we caught another cab down the street and around the corner ($10). This was also the cab ride where my bf lost his wallet complete with his license and atm card. This was the worst day we've ever had collectively to date. 

Total:

Cab- $20 
Parking- $10 
Almost getting dropped like a hot potato but then agreeing
that the night was just shitty and we love each other no 
matter what- Totally Fucking Priceless!

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I picked up this hi-low tee the other day from Urban Outfitters and I've been wearing it ever since. Its so damn comfy.
For this shoot I had the pleasure of working with a local up and coming makeup artist Shelby of Fancy Girl Faces. She hit me up on ig about working together and I must admit, I was a bit hesitant at first considering makeup isn't really my focus on Wilde+Free

I figured that if I would do so I'd atleast want to make things my own and go with an approach more familiar to me. Shelby met my bf and I down in the W and began beating my face (not literally lol) that sounded really weird but yeah...
During the process she shared vital info about how to properly care for my skin being that it is oily. She even schooled me on a few things I didn't even know like when you're applying makeup, you also apply it behind you ears as well as on your neck, chest (whatever is being exposed) area.
Overall the process was very different for me but pretty cool. Its nice having someone who's a professional to give you proper makeup application tips and skincare info.
Definitely check out more of her work on ig @fancygirlfaces and be sure to like her fb page.
Tee: Silence+Noise | Pants: Buffalo by David Bitton | Boots: Ecote
Hat: F21 | Necklace: Chain (F21) Crystal (UO)| Rings: F21


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12.13.2014

Saturday Six: Bag Lady


Tis' the season to shop. Every on-the-go girl needs a new bag in her life every now and then. This is the perfect season to find your new it bag being that everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) is have an end of the season sale. 40%, 50%, 60% off! I'll most definitely be on the prowl come next week once final markdowns hit. Kiana 'neverpayfullprice' Barnes is what they call me ;)

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One: Copper Metallic 3.1 Phillip Lim Backpack
Perfect for zee jetsetter: fun+colorful yet function-able.

Two: Maroon Stella McCartney Backpack
Signature silver chain detailing seen on various McCartney bags. Marsala is the color of the New Year yall!

Three: Metallic Stella McCartney Clutch
Loved this stunner for its metallic+ombre vibes. Perfect piece to make any outfit pop!

Four: Pink Alexander Wang Bucket Bag
A classic Wang Silhouette in an amazing color for a fraction of the price. Need I say more?

Five: Black 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag
The perf LBB. Every girl needs one in her life.

Six: Python Chloe Bag
This snake-print beauty is a great night out bag. Lipgloss, Cards, Keys & Phone. 

What's your fave bag?

Pack light girls.

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12.02.2014

B+G

Jacket: H&M | Tee: Oldnavy | Skirt: Target | Sneakers: Camper

Black + Gray will forever be my go-to color combo. Nice and understated yet chic. I love nothing more than a good gray v-neck tee; I have about 8 or so of them in my closet(on my floor). Some are light gray, some dark. All, pretty much the same.

I threw this on for a day of shopping and running around SoBe with my bf. We're gearing up for this years' Art Basel here in Miami. It's my first one so I'm pretty fucking gased. We're going to see the amazing Solange + Jhene Aiko + Sampha at a free show today. PLUS I scored us 2 pretty dope tix to see Erykah Badu on Friday night in the Wyn

If you know me you know I love (luhhhhhh) me some Erykah. She just...speaks to my soul. Lame? Fuck ya. She's dope so we're going.
We ran all around town looking for the perfect Basel looks. We started off at Sawgrass which went extremely well until I found a maggot (yes, a maggot) in my Mongolian Beef at PF Chang's

Turned. My. Fucking. Stomach. 
Worst Part? (Besides the fact that I ate maggot infested beef) the waitress swore me down the maggot was actually a piece of rice. Yes, because a maggot looks like a piece of rice. White rice at that. 
She said it "looked like a maggot but when she went back in the kitchen and broke it, it broke like a piece of rice."

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Yeah, ok. Check please!

No more PF Changs + Beef for me!

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Anywho, I decided to get shit done today in this simple little number and threw on my new favorite sneakers
What I love most about em is 1) they're so damn comfy and 2) they're so damn different. Everyone has a Nike and a Isabel Marant sneaker wedge. Little to no one in Miami has these. Gimme more.

Well I'm off to get ready for Basel. Look out on ig for any Art Basel updates. Later!


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11.24.2014

//Music Monday\\

What's up guys! I'm back for another "good ol" MM post! As of late I've been getting into a lot of jazzy sounds. I've always been into the great Erykah Badu since I was a little girl, something about her voice + being just makes me feel...free. Music can make you feel so many different emotions all at once. It can take you to places you've never even been before.

Another artist who's soulful sounds amaze me is none other than Jhene Aiko. She's actually on her way to Miami for this years Art Basel and will be performing for FREE alongside Sampha, Basel curator Solange and many others. Her latest release Souled Out has been on repeat! My favorites are "Wading", "Promises", "Pretty Bird" and "W.A.Y.S." Although the show is free it is on a first come first served basis. I've already alerted my bf, "we will be in line early so request off." He's just going for Sampha...and me of course lol.


Listen up:




01. Fall in Love (Your Funeral) | Erykah Badu
02. Sobriety | SZA
03. W.A.Y.S. | Jhene Aiko
04. Her | Majid Jordan
05. Wading | Jhene Aiko
06. Spotless Mind | Jhene Aiko
07. Window Seat | Erkyah Badu
08. Pretty Bird | Jhene Aiko
09. I Want You | Erykah Badu
10. Drunk Texting | Chris Brown x Jhene Aiko




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11.19.2014

WWW: Solange Knowles' Wedding

This past Sunday singer Solange Knowles broke the internet with her insanely cute New Orleans nuptials. She married her longtime director beau Alan Ferguson in one of the dopest ceremonies I've seen in a really long time. These days everyone kind of wants to be that traditional 20-mile-train bride while she went for a look completely of her own. She's become known more and more for her impeccable style and she let it be known to the world on this very day.
(via google + tumblr)

It all started with the fashion. Lord, the fashion. Solo opted for an ivory Stephane Rolland caped jumpsuit with a deep v neckline for the actual ceremony. She continued to change up looks thereafter and every single one of them were somehow that-much-more perfect than the last.

My favorite part of her nuptials was that it was true to who she actually is. After they became husband and wife they road down the streets of New Orleans on the cutest white beach-cruisers. They also had their family play a huge part in their nuptials as you can see in the dope bridal party photo featuring the likes of Beyonce, Ms. Tina Knowles and even Janelle Monae

Solange and her son Julez even performed a cute little dance routine at the afterparty. 

Le sigh. Isn't love sweet?




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11.07.2014

OG.

Back in high school there was no brand I loved more than Adidas. I'd save up my tiny Forever 21 checks just so I could get the newest Jeremy Scott collab. 

What I love about Adidas the most is their originality; Unlike their competitors they were willing to create some of the most creative, fashion forward, highly sought after pieces. 
I came up with this look while planning an outfit for an upcoming event. At first, I kinda thought the idea would've looked a bit crazy (especially here in miami) but once I added this BCBG belt everything else quickly fell into place.

I threw on my last purchase from the Zara spring/summer sale (the heels) which I found for a mere $19! God do I love a good deal.

-P.S. I don't believe in paying full price for anything (especially from Zara) since it more than likely will go on sale soon. Working in retail/merchandising will teach you a few tricks of the trade ;)
(my off guard-but-not-off guard look)
Jacket: Adidas | Skirt: F21 | Belt: BCBG | Heels: Zara

**I shot a fun little video for you guys, its my first 
(I hate my voice!) but I did it
as a way to say thank you for all of the amazing 
love you guys show me. If it weren't for you all
who knows where I'd be?

*It could be more of these going forward, lmk!

Check it ;)

video

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