Goodbye Homecoming Queen… Hello Fashion Blog Queen…

Do you have a favorite day of the week… Week of the month… Month of the year…? What about season?

I absolutely LOVE autumn.

One reason would surly be because of my birth month, (October #LibraBaby), but the main reason of why I love the Fall is because of how nature begins to change right before our eyes.

As I drive to work each morning, the scenery is breathtaking. The trees have lost their luscious green leaves, and have been draped with yellows, and oranges, and REDZ… 🙂 The warm evenings have been replaced with chilly nights, and when we make a midnight trip, we are covered with beautiful coats, jackets, and scarves. Browns, burgundies, maroons, golds, oranges, navys, greens, and purples come out of our closets and make their presence known…purple1Autumn brings much more than just cool weather, it brings with it many activities. Fall festivals, fairs, carnivals, and a favorite of mine… Homecoming Celebrations.

Whether it is your former high school, your past college, or your church, you can bet it will be in September, October, or November.

As a recent college graduate, and a newly employed teacher, I was INspired by all of the Homecoming festivities going on, and in the midst of my hectic life, I was able to snap a few pics.  (Disclaimer: I know this post is long overdue, and many Homecomings have passed, but in my defense, my friend’s church is having a Homecoming Celebration this Sunday… So boom… lol… take that)

With no further waiting, I present to you Mrs. Clark Gent… “The FashionBlog Queen”..ppl3ppl4Our 2013 “FashionBlog Queen” is none other that Mrs. Gent herself… She is a 2013 graduate of Spring Hill College, a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., and an Economics teacher at Wilcox Central High School. Along with teaching, she is the cheerleader sponsor, as well as a senior class sponsor. In her spare time, she INjoys reading, making arts and crafts, and shopping. Today she is wearing a fitted Purple knee-length dress (JCPenny), paired a pair Black platform strapped heels (Charlotte Russe) and Coral clutch (Target). Accessories include a necklace and earring Pear Set (Mommy) and  Purple and Black feathered hair piece (Dirt Cheap). When asked for a quote, she replied,  “I have arrived…” *In my NeNe Leaks voice… 🙂 Ladies and gents, it is our pleasure to present  Mrs. Clark Gent, your “FashionBlog Queen”.

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A Message from the Queen…

Since I began this new journey in life, I’ve found myself becoming closer to God. Daily morning prayers and praise and worship services in my car have become a new habit. At one point in time it was impossible for me to believe that you could have a REAL relationship with God without going to church… But Mr. Wills has began to show me otherwise. It’s great to be able to go to the building, but just be sure that when you go to the building, your praise is REAL…

Continue to be great… Continue to be bold… Continue to be that one who is an inspiration to individuals young, and even old…

Happy Fall my loves…

Until next time, kisses and more…

-J.NeKole

Friday Feature: The FAB 5…

Have you ever heard the phrase, “good things come in pairs”? Or maybe, “the 1st place is the best place”?

When it comes to numbers and placements, everyone has there preference on which is the best spot or number, or which is their favorite.

Well, I have come to put an end to the argument. The best placement, spot, reservation, number, etc. is 5, or the 5th.

I mean, I was born on the 5th day of the month, in the 10th (multiple of 5) of the year, in 1990 (another multiple of 5). We will not even discuss me being the “LIVE 5… of my Magnificent line” (a little shoutout to IN Spr. 13) lol. I mean, what else is there to explain.

But just in case you still disagree with me, allow me to introduce to my Friday Feature: The FAB 5

IMG_3554Now they say good things come in pairs, but I think the best things comes in sets of fives…

Instead of throwing together an interview for a Friday Feature, I decided to do something a little different and feature a few of my new beauties.

IMG_3562We are still deciding whether or not it is a blessing or a curse that Mr. Gent is employee at Charlotte Russe. “Shoes are my obsession”, and my love makes it no better. Each time they receive a new shoe he thinks I will like, he immediately lets me know, and next thing I know, there is a bag, a receipt, and a new pair of shoes headed back home with me.

At this point in my life, I own over 100 pairs of shoes, mostly being heels. The first section I browse in a store is the shoe section, and when I go shopping in Charlotte Russe, I am liable to remain in that section for a good 30-45 minutes alone.

Within the last two months, I have acquired 10 new pairs of shoes from the Charlotte, and I just wanted to introduce to my favorite five… Meet my loves: 🙂

IMG_3561 IMG_3557 IMG_3560 IMG_3558 IMG_3559I am in love with each pair of heels you see here. Each serves a different purpose, and can be worn at different events. I have already christened two pair, the others are simply waiting. The outfits and accessories are ready and waiting, were just waiting for an event… lol

Every shoe above came from Charlotte Russe. The most expensive pair (Naya aka The Stripper Heel – Nude and Clear) costed $48.50, and the least expensive pair (Jessica aka SJP – Tomato Red) was found on clearance at an astounding $9.99. The others range somewhere in between, but you can always catch a sale at the Charlotte. Not to mention there shoes are reliable… Take care of them, and you will have them for years.

There is no way I could pick a “favorite” because I have so many. I constantly keep my shoes in rotation, and it is rare that you will see the same heel being worn with in the three weeks of each of each other. I have just been so blessed to be able to acquire such a fantastic shoe collection, and I try to give each an opportunity to be worn.

When I was teaching at Davidson High School, my students (male and female) liked to talk about the shoes I wore. They once told me they look forward to the next day just to see what heels would come clicking down the hall. Many days we had discussions about fashion and shoes, and sometimes even tied it into our lessons… it was our way of connecting… Now that’s what you call a good teacher… lol

I love my shoes, and I take care of them. Many times I chose outfits based on the shoes I want to wear. Try it sometimes… I promise you will find yourself wearing every shoe in your closet… lol…

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Until next time, kisses and more…

-J. NeKole

 

 

 

 

Plum Passion…

From where do you draw your inspiration for dressing?

Maybe nature? Magazines? Celebrities? I find my inspiration for fashion everywhere, and recently, while eating a delicious, juicy, purple plum, I felt the urge to play with the different shades of my favorite color.

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Every since I was a little girl, purple has been my favorite color. Do I have a grand explanation of why???? No, not at all, I’ve just always loved the richness of the color. Whether it is lavender, egg plant, violet, or orchid, I am simply in love with the color. It may have something to do with the “Purple is a symbol of Royalty” thing…. We all know I am a Queen… drama queen maybe, but a Queen none the less…  🙂

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Life has been kicking my butt lately, but I have not loss my faith. My drive, determination, and will to be great is still alive, and each day I continue to be INcouraged. I say that to say I have not forgot about my blog, and although I’ve been neglecting it, that ends today. The smile in these photos are real because I am sure I am close to my break through… Don’t give up on me… 🙂

Someone believes in me enough to feature Mrs. Clark Gent on her blog. I want to give a big thank you to CHRONICLES OF A FATSHIONISTA for being amazing. Check out my interview here. 🙂

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Ya’ll, God has something great in store for is own, we just have to be patience while waiting for our angel to arrive. Keep smiling, striving, and strutting, and be sure to let me know when your blessing comes through… Here is one of mine… 🙂

1069966_10152348139810288_155754811_nMy next blessing is in the works and on the way… I will be sure to keep you posted… 🙂

Until next time, kisses and more…

-J. NeKole

 

 

Friday Feature: “The Groomed Gentleman” – Country Roots Edition

Are good men hard to find? I mean the ones who open doors, and pick-up the check, and send you flowers “Just Because”. I’m talking about those gentleman who pull out the chair for you to sit down, hold your hand to show everyone your taken, and look you in your eyes when they say, “I love you”. Do they still exist, and if they do, how do they look? Do they dress “old fashion” because of their “old fashion values”, or is it possible to find a young man with all those wonderful values who is interested in fashion and has a style of his own?

Well, I would like to think the answer to this question is yes. But you have to come to the South, and you have to come to Alabama, and you have to check out those with country roots. I know they exist there.

I know one in particular, because I helped to craft his style myself, my love – D. Wills… but I have been led to believe he is not the only one is this league. Allow you to introduce to my Friday Feature: Brandon Johnson.

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I have known this young gentleman for years. We both grew up in Jackson, AL (home of the Aggies 🙂 lol) and attended church at Mt. Olive #2 Baptist Church, where we sang our hearts out in the youth choir.

So when I saw this STYLISH young man back at home, sitting in the congregation, looking like he just stepped out of a magazine, I knew I wanted him to be a feature.

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It has been a while since I’ve seen Brandon, a couple years if I am not mistaken. He has been off doing his thing and being great. This country rooted southern gentleman refused to be held back by the small, slow life of Jackson, and ventured out to be great. I had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Johnson, and catch up, and he really, REALLY makes me proud.

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Brandon is a 2008 graduate of Jackson High School, and since then, he has been striving to be better than average, better than satisfactory, better than original, and I KNOW he has achieved it. He is a graduate of Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and is on track to obtain a Masters degree from Troy University in 2014.  He is currently residing in Birmingham, AL where he is a RETAIL STORE MANAGER for AT&T… Doing BIG things… 🙂

When it comes to fashion, Mr. Johnson considers himself to be stylish, drawing his inspiration from being a leader, and even more, a role model…  (A real Alpha Man) Mr. Johnson is a PROUD member of the Ice Cold Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and admits that becoming a member of such a remarkable organization has “heighten my awareness of ensuring I am always on point, and impeccably dressed daily!”

Brandon takes pride in himself, and it shows. I know his mother must be proud of her son, because his friend sure is. A college graduate, a fraternity man, a leader, a role model, a goal setter, a stylish dresser, and much more, Brandon J. Johnson is what I like to call a “Well Groomed Gentleman”. Well done Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Clark Gent salutes you… 🙂

But ladies, do not get too excited. Let me introduce you to Mr. Johnson’s lady, and she is a jewel as is he…

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Meet Ms. Jamia Charles. She is currently attending Stillman College where she will soon be receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. This young lady was such a joy to meet, and a sweetheart too… and do they not look GREAT together??? This… this here is what I love, young black love, with fashion and style…

Best wishes loves, and thank you for being the great, stylish, good looking, kind, funny, loving,  individuals your are…

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Until next time, kisses and more…

– J. NeKole

 

Little Miss Sunshine…

Have you ever been awoken by the sunshine coming through your blinds?

It sounds poetic, but let me be the first to tell you, it is not cool. After a night of going out dancing, having drinks, and “turnin up”, the last thing you want is to wake up with the sun shining in your face. You will find yourself sweating, hot, and irritated, and that is not how you want to start your day.

Now do not get me wrong, I love the sunshine. I INjoy cleaning with the blinds open, and having the sunlight to flood my room. I think having the windows and blinds open inviting God’s natural light to come in helps to contribute to a positive atmosphere. I am so thankful that God wakes me up each day, and allows me to see the beauty of the world.

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The beauty of nature: the trees, the flowers, brooks, streams, rivers, the clouds, the sky, etc., is amazing. Sometimes, I find myself engulfed in my thoughts about how beautiful the sky is at various times of the day, or admiring the shapes, colors, and placements of trees, and how they create the ultimate backdrop  (like my graduation setting, Spring Hill College-Avenue of the Oaks).

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So when I woke up this past Thursday, with the natural light flooding my room, I knew what I wanted to wear for the day… my yellow hi-low dress from Charlotte Russe.

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This dress is so light and easy to wear. I falls victim to the “hi-low” trend, but that does not bother me at all. Actually, I think I like that trend. When I think about it, I have many hi-low dresses… I happen to be wearing one as I’m writing this post.

The yellow dress made me feel good. It made me happy, and gave me a positive outlook on the day. The dress fit my curves well, and the color highlighted my chocolate skin. I paired it with a skinny yellow belt, a yellow statement necklace, complimenting yellow earrings (compliments of my sissy ig –> _fashionablybombb), and I completed the look with a pair of cognac sandals with the matching clutch.

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All in all, it was a good day. Beautiful weather, simple, yet beautiful fashion, and even better company. My boo was in town, and he helped to keep the smile on my face. We have this little song we like to sing each other… let me share it with you, and maybe, you will smile too:

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy, when skies are gray. You’ll never know dear, how much I love you. Please don’t take, my sunshine, away.” 🙂

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Until next time, kisses and more…

-J. NeKole

The Denim Doll…

Has a seasoned individual ever said to you, “Oh, that was the style back in my day”? Or, “Oh, that trend is just making a full circle… We wore that when I was your age…”?

I have heard that expression, or some variation of that for a hot moment now, and honestly, it makes me smile. I LOVE vintage. From the time I was younger, I would look at my mom in pictures and think, “Gosh, she is so stylish..”, and “Her purses and hair are so cool…”.

Now there were those brief moments when I thought, “What the hell is she wearing? Denim on denim? That ain’t cute”. I’ve made fun of my uncle and my sister for wearing what I called a “Jean Suit”, and I have swore on my Dooney that I would NEVER be caught wearing jean/denim top paired with a jean/denim bottom…

Well, I guess you should never say never, because just the other day, I went back on my word… I fell victim to this trend of denim on denim…IMG_2473

Now, I got mad love from strangers when I wore this little fit. From compliments about my entire fit, to compliments on individuals pieces, and even a compliment saying “you look fine in that to be your size” (now that’s an entirely different post lol). You see the thing about fashion is not dressing for others, but dressing for yourself, and making others look.

Not only did I wear this cute little cropped light denim top from Charlotte Russe, but I had on two other shades as well. The flip flops were a bit darker than the top (also from Charlotte Russe), and the jean shorts ($4.99 from Sears) were the darker or all three. I completed my ensemble with a white and gold necklace set (Charlotte Russe lol), my blue box purse (Goodwill), and a hit of orange on the lips. I’ve been working out a little, so I had no problem showing a little skin.  Like I said before, when your comfortable with yourself, show OWT. I promise you, the world will listen.

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I’ve been on the hunt for my next piece of denim, and I can’t wait to wear this trend again. I even thought of a name for myself… The Denim Doll.. 🙂 (fyi: Forever 21 and JCPenny have denim on deck… check them out and get on the denim train)

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-J. NeKole

 

 

 

Teal Me Down Boo Boo…

My loves…. I must apologize…

It has been a long six days since my last post, and I must admit that I am a little ashamed. When I first developed Mrs. Clark Gent, it was my goal to post three, possibly four times a week. This past week, I failed, and by failed, I mean failed miserably.

But in the words of my boo, Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter… “We ain’t got no worries”. Mrs. Gent is back, and better than ever. My recent mini vacay gave me sometime to rest, and INjoy, and now, I have some great posts in store for you in the future. I’m so excited, I can barely wait…

A few of my readers informed me that they were “patiently waiting” for the next post, and that simple comment really made me feel special. To know that someone one has taken time out of their day to read something I wrote, is an amazing feeling. To know that someone looks forward to hearing what I have to say, and to know that they are actually interested in what I write gives me more motivation.

I love writing this blog. I love taking pictures and creating outfits and hearing your feedback. I love INspiring young women to be confident, and take risk. I think it’s about time we INspire each other… and I am starting by giving your Mrs. Clark Gent.

Each week, I choose a particular color to play around with, and this past Sunday, I chose teal. After waking up and having a rough morning, I was running late for worship service, and I was in need of something quick to toss on… Something that didn’t need to be ironed. I was already flustered, and the more items I pulled out of my closet, the more dissatisfied I became. As I was walking to the kitchen to get a glass of water, when a teal pair of heals caught my eye. The rest, was magic…

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My advice for today is to be INspired. Wear your fitted dresses, shorter shorts, higher heels, bolder colors, and funky hairstyles. Wear them with elegance, grace, style, class, and confidence. Wear them to the mall, to the movies, the grocery store, on a date, or around the house. Be stylish and fashionable ALWAYS… You never know when I might be snapping a pic… 🙂

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-J. NeKole

Thick Girls Wear Stripes Too You Know…

Do you ever get tired of hearing about what you should and should not wear? What is and is not made for your skin tone or body type? What trends, styles, or patterns you should overlook because of your luscious curves?????

Well, I have had enough, and during my brief twenty-two years of living, I have learned a thing or two when it comes to the “dos and don’ts” of fashion.

You see, I have had the honor of being curvaceous my entire life, but it was in the past few years that I learned to really embrace, love, and INjoy the skin I’m in. If my mother never taught me anything (in actuality, she taught me everything I know), she taught me how to be confident in myself, and love me before loving someone else. So that is what I have done… big booty, crooked teeth, dark skin and all… I love, I am IN love, and I am confident with me.

IMG_2114 So just in case one of my readers just happens to be thick, curvy, hefty, plump, luscious, voluptuous, full, etc., I just want you to know that you do not have to be tied down by the rules of fashion or its styles and trends. Once you learn to love yourself and be confident in you, forget the others and all their rules. Your path is your runway, and the daily spectators are your audience. Baby you and your curves rule this world… Just let them know the show has started…

IMG_1985So many times I have heard that bigger girls should not wear neon colors, pastel colors, bright colors, animal prints, mixed patterns, and of course, the infamous stripes. They may as well say we should not wear anything other than black… you know, to be thinner… because they have conditioned us to believe that black makes us look slimmer… lol. But I beg to differ. I think we should wear it all.

So too all of you who look at me funny when I wear a shorter dress to show off these luscious legs and thunder thighs… Or those of you who make the side comments when I walk out the dressing room with prints and patterns covering this work of art.. EAT YOUR HEART OUT… I do it, and I do it well.IMG_1974 IMG_1987

It doesn’t matter the color, nor does it matter the print. What matters is how you feel. Now I am not suggesting for us curvy women to go out and buy everything in our size, nor am I suggesting we conform to every trend and style… I am suggesting you to do what is right for you. Work with work you have, and be a lady while you do it.

Stripes are in this year, so don’t be afraid to wear them. If horizantal stripes make you feel wide, try something vertical or diagonal. If you are not yet comfortable with bright or bolder colors, go with the classy black and white (it’s in full effect right now). Whatever you decide, make it work for you. Fashion is about expression… Show the world what you’re working with… I know I want to see (jasnholly5@gmail.com).

Now watch me work… 🙂

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-J.NeKole