How to style a cape

February 1, 2019

The Drape

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Nothing shows more drama than draping your cape. It's super easy and you can't go wrong with this style. It shows volume, depth and is a definite eye catcher.

The Wrap

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The wrap gives layers and adds thickness on those cold, winter days. Just allow one side of the cape to drape down on one side of your shoulder while taking the other side of the cape and wrapping it around the draped side. 

The Superhero

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The superhero is my favorite! Mainly because it gives a costume vibe but don't be afraid to rock this style. The superhero isn't meant to keep you warm like the drape and wrap, but it definitely tells a story of who you are and what your style is, based off what you style under it. I've paired it with this western shirt from Wrangler and white skinny jeans from Levis.

5 Trends You Should Try in 2019 (Mens)

January 7, 2019
Browse embroidered/sequin blazers from Asos HERE

1. Night Glam

Whether you’d like to rock it with beads, sequin or stitching, the night glam trend is in full swing! Dress it up or down, as long as you incorporate a 3 dimensional element, your definitely in trend with this one!

Browse striped shirts from Zara HERE

2. Stripes

Stripes are always fun. Wear it going vertical or horizontal, stripes is a trend that doesn’t really go anywhere in my opinion and continues to be a classic.

Browse blazers from Asos HERE

3. Suit*ish

If you squint, you can kinda see a formal suit here but that’s not necessarily the case. The whole idea is to style a suit together in an untraditional way. A t shirt under a formal jacket or jeans with a formal jacket, however you choose to style it, the goal is to make sure you wear a suit but not wear a suit. I’ve paired some sneakers and skinny jeans I grabbed from Zara with this double breasted blazer I picked up from Asos. It’s a monochromatic look and giving the suit*ish vibe as well.

Browse Leather jackets from Asos HERE

4. Leather Jacket

Okay, so I’m really excited I have an excuse to pull out an old favorite. The leather jacket, or biker jacket is definitely in trend for 2019. We all have one so go ahead and pull it out!

Browse Western Shirts from Asos HERE

5. Western Shirt

Hands down one of THE BEST purchases I’ve ever made was this western shirt I got from a thrift store back home in Nashville. It’s funny how the best purchases aren’t even the most expensive ones. I treasure this shirt so much. It’s very special to me and it has so much charm and elegance. Take a trip to the Western side and get you a western embroidered shirt.

4 Jackets to wear for New Years

December 31, 2018
Perry Ellis Dinner Jacket

The Dinner Jacket

You can never go wrong with the classic dinner jacket. Wear this in the evening well into the next day if you want. What’s great about the dinner jacket is that some offer a sporty feel, so you don’t feel bad for taking it off and putting back on a few times throughout the night.

Sequin Biker Jacket from Zara

The Sequin Biker Jacket

Unlike most jackets that are more formal, the sequin biker jacket gives versatility. You can wear this to that house party or bar and not feel bad at all for moving around in it.

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The All White Jacket

Now, I know what your thinking: “Vernon, are you crazy!? I’m not rocking an all white look on NEW YEARS!” Well, it all depends on what type of crowd you’ll be around. If your just headed to a fancy rooftop to sip some wine and mingle, I would recommend it. But, if you plan on ordering wings at that favorite bar of yours, I definitely wouldn’t grab it.

Hugo Boss sequin Blazer

The Sequin Jacket

If you want to be completely fancy and wow your friends I’d say wear a sequin blazer. Despite what you may think, you can find them at a pretty affordable price.

WHY you should Book a STAYcation

December 29, 2018
For my 31st BDAY, I booked the Hotel Figueroa for one night in downtown Los Angeles!

When we think of hotels, we automatically think of booking them in another city or another Country. Have you ever thought of booking a nice hotel room right down the street at that new hotel they just built? Or how about across town in a more quiet neck of the woods? Here are 6 reasons you should book a STAYcation.


What’s a STAYcation?

Lets first breakdown what exactly a STAYcation is. A STAYcation is a vacation right at home. No, not literally at home. And don’t think you can get away with just sending the kids off somewhere or staying at home for the weekend. That’s the good old classic HOMEcation lol. Im talking about booking a hotel room and acting as if YOUR the tourist in town!

1. AFFORDABLE

The number one reason I love a good STAYcation is that it’s super affordable. Whether you book a hotel room for one night or a week in your neck of the woods, your automatically saving because your not worrying about travel expenses or long lines at the airport. Okay, maybe you do have to worry about a Lyft ride, but that’s about it. Speaking of Lyft, a true STAYcation ISN’T driving your car to your hotel. Remember, this a vacation but in your neck of the woods, so no personal vehicle usage allowed! When you drive, you don’t get to SEE your city. Your only seeing what’s in front of you so you can drive safely. Catch that Lyft, stare out the window and SEE your city. I bet you’ll discover new places you otherwise wouldn’t have noticed.

I booked a suite style room at Hotel Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles at Hotels.com

2. GREAT WAY TO MEET NEW PEOPLE/SEE NEW PLACES

Imagine this: You’re relaxing in your hotel room and you decide to head down to the hotels cafe shop to grab a cup of coffee. All those people in the cafe shop? NOT FROM YOUR CITY! This is a marvelous way to meet new people. And guess what? You can show them around. Step outside your comfort zone, introduce yourself to a stranger, you’d be amazed at what potential connections you could make with someone. Offer up advice on the best pizza joint in town, go out and split a Lyft and show them around town. Hop on Yelp, discover restaurants, museums, activities you didn’t know even existed!

A 10 minute walk from my hotel is restaurant Dekkadance inside the newest skyscraper in DT Los Angeles. For $35, you can enjoy an all you can eat buffet for either breakfast, lunch or dinner while over looking the beautiful city.

3. NO LONG LINES, CANCELED FLIGHTS OR LUGGAGE CHECK

Lets face it, we’ve all been there. We’ve all have either dealt with crazy long lines at the airport, experienced an unfortunate canceled or missed flight or had our luggage lost. If your the chosen one, you’ve experienced all of this on one trip! Not with a STAYcation though, just pack a light duffle bag or if you want to go all out, really pack like your leaving town. One things for sure, you don’t have to carry around a bunch of luggage if you don’t want to. If your STAYcationing for one night, I’d recommend just packing 2-3 looks. I’ve done this twice for my birthday. One, because, I gotta have options incase a look in my head doesn’t turn out how I thought, and two, if your going to several places on your special day, serving up different looks never hurt anyone.

4. PUTTING BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY

If you’ve never STAYcationed before, more than likely you’ve never supported your local hotel industry. If your up for staying somewhere special and not a franchised cookie cutter hotel, I strongly recommend staying somewhere thats locally owned. This way, your helping a small business owner and putting money back into your local community. Not only will you get a sense of fulfillment but it’ll just make you feel good.

Hotel Figueroa had so much charm! Find that special thing in your next hotel.

5. GOT KIDS? YOU’RE ONLY A FEW MILES AWAY

Rest assure, your only a few miles away if something goes wrong with the kids and the babysitter, but we’ll only hope for the best here. If you just want a different environment, bring the kids with you. Make it a family STAYCATION!

6. BOOK ON YOUR BIRTHDAY!

I’ve booked a hotel on two different occasions for my birthday STAYcation, and when I mention it’s my birthday during check in, I’ve had my room upgraded every time! I’ve noticed this, and you should try it out. Make sure you check in on your actual BDAY or the weekend of. Show them your ID. The hotel staff was AMAZING at Hotel Figueroa and when I checked in, they asked me what brought me to Los Angeles. My response? “Oh its my birthday, just enjoying a STAYcation.” Immediately they upgrade my room! Some hotels will also give you a restaurant or store credit inside their hotel.

For my BDAY dinner, me and some friends checked out HOME restaurant located in Silverlake neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Check out my STAYcation VLOG on my YouTube

My Dental Hygiene Journey with Smile Brilliant

November 2, 2018

CariPro Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush

What’s up V.I.P’s! How’s the Fall season treating you so far? I wanted to share with you an amazing brand that may be familiar to you. Last year, I partnered with Smile Brilliant and their amazing teeth whitening system on whitening our teeth. Before then, I’ve never really given it much thought on whitening my teeth or going the extra mile in taking care of my teeth besides just brushing them. This year, they have an amazing new product, the cariPro Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush. So now, not only can we whiten our teeth but we can brush them throughly!

MY PERSONAL REVIEW

I’ve used the cariPro for a week and it definitely has changed the way I brush my teeth. It has 5 brushing modes that you switch to as your brushing which are clean, white, massage, gum care and sensitive for those with sensitive teeth. As your brushing, the cariPro will stop briefly to inform you that it’s time to switch to the next brushing mode. Clean is for the classic way of cleaning your teeth, white is for removing stains, massage is for massaging the gums and stimulation, gum care is for cleaning along the gum lines and sensitive is for those who find the standard clean mode too harsh on their teeth. It has 40,000 vibrations per minute, a 30 day battery life and is water proof.

Once again, Smile Brilliant has made me be more aware of taking care of my teeth in ways I never thought of before. Before the cariPro, I never gave it much thought on taking actual time of brushing my teeth in each sections of my mouth. I would grab my toothbrush and quickly brush my teeth. Whether that took 30 seconds or a minute. I never focused in on brushing my teeth for 30 seconds in each section of my mouth. And what’s better is that I can now take advantage of 4 other brushing modes I otherwise wouldn’t have the chance at using.

What I like about the cariPro electric toothbrush is that it’s super affordable as well as replacing the brush heads. There are 3 packages to choose from. The individual package comes with two brush heads, the couples package comes with 4 brush heads and the deluxe package comes with 4 brush heads as well.

 

 

If you care about your physical health and your smile, why not make sure your teeth have something to show for it too? I strongly suggest giving Smile Brilliant a try. You will definitely notice a difference in how you brush your teeth. You can check out more details on the brush here and replacement heads here. While your at it, you can also view the FAQ section here with any questions I may not have answered in this post.

 

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OTRII

September 27, 2018

Check out the vlog here:https://youtu.be/gkbJ74u9Qqw

Hey V.I.P’s! I attended the OTRII tour last weekend! I had a great time. I hadn’t seen Beyoncé in concert in 9 years yall! Well, I saw her once in 2015 at the Stevie Wonder tribute but we won’t count that lol. I went with my friend Jamila and vlogged about it! Check it out!

A few times I styled…

August 27, 2018

Biker Jacket Vest from Zara

 

This combo is my favorite to date! I paired it with some dress pants from Perry Ellis and this cheetah gradient print shirt from Urban Outfitters. A classic!

I decided to get a lil sporty with this look. I wanted to mainly feature the Honda collab from forever 21. The biker vest went perfect with it.

Currently obsessed with my latest look. I paired my biker vest with this pink leopard print I picked up from Asos and these white skinny jeans from Levis. The sunglasses I got from Urban Outfitters seals it!

Im so over Summer

August 19, 2018

What’s up V.I.P’s. I don’t know about you, but I am SO over Summer. I have never in my life been so miserable during the Summer time. Mainly because, like most apts. here in L.A, my apt. doesn’t have central AC or an AC unit at all, so you can only imagine how horrible it is here. Don’t even get me started on the heat waves that come every Summer. That’s another story! 90% of the time, its usually comfy here, weather wise, so I get it, but boy am I so ready for Fall/Winter. That’s why I decided to rock this look I put together. Everything is light weigh, comfortable and I wasn’t sweating like crazy outside. Blue is my favorite color, it reminds us all of a cool, ocean theme. I’ve never really been a fan of the paisley print, but I actually enjoy this one I picked up from Zara. It’s material is super light weigh and I enjoy it’s design. Are you ready for the Fall/Winter as much as I am? C’mon December! Thanks for reading. See you on the next post!

-V

Blazer & Pants: Perry Ellis | Shirt: Zara | Shoes: Steve Madden | Necklace: TopMan

How I Booked A RT to Dubai for $600

July 11, 2018

 

Safari Desert Tour, Dubai

Hey V.I.P’s. How’s your Summer coming along so far? Mine? HOT! Hopefully you’ve been plotting and planning those get away abroad trips during this time, as sales are at their all time high around this time for traveling during the Fall! I wanted to share how I booked a roundtrip to Dubai for only $600 last year around this time. I went for my 30th birthday last December for 10 days and I had a wonderful time! I purchased my plane ticket last July around this time and leading up to the trip, saved up and payed off hotel, food and activity money. It was super convenient because I practically had till the end of the year to save up for the rest of my trips expenses. I’ll break this down into several sections:

Burj Khalifa (Tallest building in the world)

AIRFARE

Two words. ExploreTrip. Check out ExploreTrip.com for great flight deals like I did. I had an earlier date in mind and it gave me an alternative date (maybe like a week later) that was cheaper than the dates I originally planned for. I thought this was super dope! Be sure to also check out AirAffordable.com which allows you to copy a screenshot of a plane ticket price from any airline of your choice, then send it in and make installments on your plane ticket. It will charge you a fee to do this but it’s totally worth it if your traveling overseas and are on a budget.

 

HOTEL

I booked two different hotels via Hotels.com to give myself a different perspective of the city of Dubai. My first hotel was in old Dubai and my second hotel was in the Marina area closer to the beach. Every 10 nights equals 1 free hotel room when you create an account. The free night has to equal the average amount of your previous 10 night hotel stay. Tip: Be sure to check the free breakfast filter when booking. Thats one meal expense you won’t have to worry about each day your there.

Hyatt Place-Al Rigga Old Dubai

TRANSPORTATION

Getting around Dubai is super easy. There’s taxi’s everywhere and their super cheap but it can add up. Of course Uber is available also and the train, which is the cheapest. If your looking to splurge more on food, I’d ride the train to most places and use a taxi for emergencies only or if you get lost and want to be sure to get somewhere on time. The train is super convenient and you can buy whats called a nol card for the week and ride it unlimitedly all day and night.

ACTIVITIES

I found and booked a lot of my activities thru Veltra.com. It’s a site that literally has all the must do activities in whatever city or Country your in. I love it because it’s all in one place and you can pay for your activities on the same site. It also won’t charge an international fee on your debit/credit card. I strongly suggest this site to get ideas and inspiration if anything else. What I also love about it is that it has discounts just for booking on the site.

The Yellow Boats Tour- Atlantis, The Palm Hotel 

FOOD

Food for me wasn’t a big deal. It wasn’t important to me to indulge in the culture of food everyday. My big splurge went to activities. Whatever was around via Yelp, I went and ate at. I would eat, just to make sure I ate. I didn’t go out of my way to find particular cultured places or anything. I did enjoy more cultured food when I booked a particular activity but that was about it. If I could describe Dubai it’s honestly like an American big city times 100 but of course with it’s own middle east charm, so finding food of the middle east was far in between. There were mostly American restaurants and bars than anything else.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque- Located in Abu Dhabi

If you’d like to check out more on Dubai and all the activities I embarked upon, check out My Trip to Dubai Playlist below. Hope you enjoy!

-V