Come To The Dark Side

Now I can see why Brooklynites seldom leave Brooklyn on weekends – the surrounding boroughs are distant as hell (unless you have a car – which I don’t).  Nonetheless, I did leave Brooklyn for a few hours yesterday – and for good reason.  I trekked (about an hour or so) to Harlem yesterday evening (in 4″ heels at that) for a branding & blogging event.  I enjoyed an evening of networking with fellow bloggers and brands interested in acquiring bloggers for their respective brands at Harlem L Lounge.  The hosts for the event – fashion blogger, Monroe Steele of http://www.fashionsteelenyc.com, and lifestyle blogger, Ms.Sherry Blossom of http://www.sherryblossombeauty.com, did a great job of keeping the energy up throughout the evening.  Participants enjoyed giveaways, cocktails, finger foods, and gift bags (I’m pissed that I forgot my gift bag there, ugh!).  The energy was upbeat and positive; networking with like-minded individuals tends to have that effect.

Upon arrival you were given a name tag with “Brand” or “Blogger” on it to make yourself more easily identifiable to other guests, thus making networking that much simpler.  With a a blog name like Unicorn in Brooklyn I wanted to ensure my look matched the whimsical/bold nature of my blog.  I opted to go for a feminine rocker chic look.  I do not consider myself a fashion blogger by any means, but I do appreciate the funk of a good outfit and share the details of said outfit when I feel so inclined.  Please find details below of what I wore….

That bun though..... At the #BrandingandBlogging event earlier today in #HarlemUSA
At the #BrandingandBlogging event yesterday in #HarlemUSA

Statement Shirt:  I saw this shirt online and said “Ummm yes, this is happening”.  I loved the simplicity & neutrality of it and immediately added it to my cart.  This muscle shirt was purchased from Forever21 in a size medium because I wanted it to fit somewhat baggy.  Please note, as with most muscle shirts the sides are cut out so your brassiere WILL SHOW.  I wore a black nylon bandeau shirt beneath because I didn’t want to look like a tacky heaux. –> http://http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?Br=F21&Category=top&ProductID=2000050219&VariantID=

Bandeau: It looks like the black bandeau is sold out, but don’t fret.  Why not try a bold pop to add to the funk of the shirt? The bandeau if offered in lime green, olive green, azalea pink, oatmeal tan, and purple –> http://http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?Br=F21&Category=intimates&ProductID=2000125648&VariantID=

Jeans:  Raise your hands if you appreciate a bomb ass pair of distressed boyfriend jeans! Good, now put them down and order these extremely comfortable jeans. –> http://http://www.hm.com/us/product/25359?article=25359-A

Sandals:  Bow down when you see royalty.  Royal blue aka electric blue is such a statement color.  This color is one of the most audacious hues of blue because it knows it has it like that – it’s not my favorite color for nothing!  These Enzo Angiolini sandals are extremely comfortable, stylish, and attention getting (the compliments that I received were too much for me to handle).  Unfortunately it looks like this color is sold out (I bought mine from DSW), but you’re in luck! Macy’s has them in a black leather, silver metallic, red leather, and tan leather.  These shoes run true to size (an 8.5 was perfect for me) –> http://http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/enzo-angiolini-brodee-sandals?ID=1262817

Leather Moto-Jacket:  I didn’t get a picture with the jacket on me, but I opted to wear a black faux leather motorcycle inspired jacket from H&M.  I purchased it years ago so I found the closest thing I could to my jacket –> http://http://www.hm.com/us/product/15018?article=15018-A

Hair: I am still in love with my Senegalese twists!  As per my last post (https://unicorninbrooklyn.com/2014/04/07/im-on-a-romantic-call/) I had these long twists placed in my hair last month and I absolutely love the allure and convenience of them.  They’re extremely manageable, lightweight, and sexy.  Since I will probably take them out in a few weeks I figured today was as good time as any to play around with them.  I tied the twists up with a goody brand black elastic headband and used about 10 hair pins to secure the bun in place.

That bun though....
That bun though….

 

Nails: Done by your truly.  These designs were all done free hand with ideas that I conjured up in my head as I painted.  As you can see the zebra was a favorite (it’s fast, easy, and fun).  Whenever I paint my nails I save my thumbs for last so I can use them to remove the excess nail polish from the other eight nails.  I simply dip my thumb nails in nail polish remover and clean the perimeters of my freshly painted nails as I see fit.   Once done with clean up, I paint my thumbs as carefully as possible.  However, if I do make a mistake, I use a Q-tip to clean the excess nail polish.

Nails Polish Used:  Julie Nail Color in "White Orchid" (purchased from Rite Aid for $3.99) &  "Night Flight" (purchased from Walgreens for $5.99). The designs were done with $2.00 bottles of nail art polish (purchased at a neighborhood beauty supply store)
Nails Polish Used: Julie Nail Color in “White Orchid” (purchased from Rite Aid for $3.99) & “Night Flight” (purchased from Walgreens for $5.99). The designs were done with $2.00 bottles of nail art polish (purchased at a neighborhood beauty supply store)

Until Next Time Friends!

– PenniePenz

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