Super glad I attended the Pop up shop event held at the Philly Art Collective Gallary. I enjoyed checking out the dope art work, jewelry and style pieces that were offered and was even more pumped to chop it up with Al! Al is the owner and creative mind behind Styling Stingy!! The brand focuses on an inexpensive lifestyle but maintaining a sense of style ALWAYS.
Al was kind enough to step away for a moment for a Q&A. We discussed what his brand is inspired by, how he goes about selecting pieces for his brand, his Top 5 for stylists and designers plus more. He gave a lot awesome pointers and words of encouragement that need to be heard. Check out the interview below!
This woman has become a style guru for me over the years so you will indeed be seeing a lot of her on this site! In her latest interview with InStyle Magazine, Tracee Ellis Ross shared what she defines style as. She stated:
“I feel like Style is how you do things, not what you wear.”
So many people confuse fashion with style, throwing them into the same pot without realizing that they’re two different things. Fashion is a popular trend while style is the manner of doing something.
Yes, it’s very important to stay up to date with trends for inspo and overall knowledge if you’re interested in working in the fashion industry. However, as a wardrobe stylist it is crucial to know what your personal sense of style is in order to be capable of applying it to your own work. It’s kind of like putting together a puzzle. Forcing the wrong pieces together will never work for you.
I like how Ms. Ross described her personal style with clarity and I love how she made it a point to mention that as she gets older, she feels more comfortable wearing what she wants to wear. She just goes for it and this backs up my notion of having a sense of style is to have a sense of self first. Recognize what works for you, what shades make you feel sexy, what challenges you to step out of your comfort zone yet makes you feel real good! These are some of the important steps we as stylists need to take to perfect our craft and lead our clients.
Creative space is a concept embracing the mental, physical and emotional environments within which creativity operates. It can’t be given to you by a manager or spouse, it is something you must carve out and claim yourself.
Disciplining myself to remain in a state of creativity is one of the best commitments I’ve made. It clears my mind of anything that does not revolve around fresh ideas to apply to my portfolio, blog and Instagram page. Style blogging requires consistent and in-depth research. I refer to magazines, fashion and style blogs, fashion editorials, music videos and interviews for inspiration and informative purpose.
I am inspired by Vogue, hence my love for the FIERCE Anna Wintour who is nothing short of amazing. Her gift in identifying aspiring designers who are sure to become influential in the fashion industry is impeccable. Diane Von Furstenberg, who has shared a table with Mrs. Wintour while judging the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund program, is a light of inspiration as well. If you love a wrap dress, thank this woman.
Many people may not know this, but I love to create concepts for fashion designs, photography and videography.
Shot by: @ShotbyTakeemOmar
Planning the concept behind the shot above that embodies the Woman in Her Creative Space was so fun. Submitting yourself to a creative space is so important because it’s self expression. I genuinely enjoy the process of bringing my thoughts to life and watching it unfold is the best part.
I’ll never forget the video I watched of Grace Coddington where she was behind the scenes of a Vogue shoot. Seeing how she carried herself with so much grace (no pun intended) and confidence while enjoying the moment of thoroughly getting her job done on set was beyond impressive. At that time, she was the creative director for Vogue. That’s a HUGE position and she did that. There is so much passion that goes into being creative and it separates your mind from chaos or things that are totally out of our control. Your creative mind is what directs you towards your future so continue to be inspired and protect your creative space. ✨
Tracee Ellis Ross has humbly proven herself to be the QUEEN of style, grace and life advice. Subscribing to her YouTube channel has opened my mind to so much. She seems so at peace while doing so. It’s kind of like the questions and comments allow her time for reflection for herself. I find that so dope because it’s very rare for a person of such status to value a fan’s time let alone want to personally connect with them.
If you’re into centering yourself and absorbing positive energy, I most definitely recommend you subscribe as well. Her transparent approach to explaining ways to control your destiny is amazing.
I’ll let you in on the hidden jewels that has inspired and molded this fabulous being:
💎Being awake and aware
💎Being yourself and trusting yourself enough to go after all of the things you want in life
💎Loving yourself enough to be comfortable in your own skin
💎The desire to never stop dreaming!
All super amazing acts that push us towards the direction we are destined to go in life. To have passion and a dream is to have purpose. I can attest to the fact that it does get super overwhelming at times. The question of “will all that you’re doing pay off” comes into mind, right? Tracee has shared ways to beat that feeling of fear to fail.
She explains that inner strength is having a sense of self and that opens the door to accessing all of the things we want in life. To know yourself is a powerful thing which is why I’ve built my blog off of the importance of accepting self before anything. However, of course it’s easier said than done. The challenge is to remain motivated. I was very touched by a prayer she was kind enough to share as well:
”May the space between where I am and where I want to be inspire me.”
I know for me, I tend to compare where I am currently to where I’m going and end up discouraged. We have to embrace progress and be appreciative of the moment.
“Let’s get into style..”
The style icon loves vintage and favors designers Rachel Comey, Céline, Duru Olowu and Isabel Marant. Her bold style is a way to express herself creatively which changes mood-accordingly. She DOMINATES the color pink, in fact I’m going to assume that’s her favorite shade to wear. The collaboration with JC Penney on November 12th of last year is doing very well and who wouldn’t understand why?! The line is super diverse, ranging in sizes and pieces— cozy pj’s to athletic wear and of course it wouldn’t be a Tracee Ellis Ross collection if it didn’t give chic. Everything is under $100 and she made it a point to do so to make the line accessible to everyone. Dope.
JC Penney collaboration Nov 2017
Without a doubt, she is Top 5 STYLE influencer in my book. Check out the pictures below to see my favorite recent looks from T-MURDA....yes she even has a hood alter ego (she’s perfect.)
Happiness is a choice.
The direction you take your life in is a choice.
Your career path is a choice.
Your choice in style is a choice.
Everything in YOUR life is choice.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day routine and forget that this is society’s perception of what the day should be like. Now if you’re content with this, keep doing your thing! Do what works for you.
However if you feel like I do, you’ve probably realized that we end up neglecting our passion and the 9-5 steals the time we need to perfect our craft. A gift and a purpose should never be taken for granted. The craft is like a baby that needs to be nourished. I’ve personally realized that there is very little happiness that comes from moving according to what the world expects. Acknowledging that pushed me to break into super creative mode. Surrounding myself with people who are just as passionate as I am about their own gifts has only added more fuel to my fire and vice versa.
My love for wardrobe styling, creating concepts and style-confidence blogging has birthed an eagerness to just remain consistently inspired. That’s what brings me so much joy.
It is clear as day in the photo above (taken by @livlon.online on 9/30/2018.)
Power of attraction is so real and we hold more power within ourselves than you know. Clear your mind and fill it with only things that revolve around your passion. Walk by faith and remember that you have full control over your thoughts. Let all the things that are intended to be yours be drawn to you.