Get To Know Paris: #GenYBG Interview

I’m always so thrilled when someone emails me to set up an interview. I’m starting to embrace the fact that people want to know more about the women who decided to just go for it!

Click here & head over to So Fundamental’s blog to read my entire interview.

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Fashion…fits her. Like a pair of Chanel lambskin gloves interlaced with leather. When I thought to launch #GenYBG, Paris was definitely one of the first entrepreneurs to come to mind. Thus, I asked if she’d mind sharing some of her intellect. Her verbatim response? “Would love to :)” So, here ’tis:

Dear 17 Year Old, Paris

*I was so inspired by Oprah’s letter to her younger self that I decided to write my own. It’s a bit lengthy but hopefully, you’ll enjoy it to the end. 😉
Dear 17 year old, Paris.
 Wow, how time flies when you’re busy living and learning!!! As you sit at your kitchen table 5 minutes before your 27th birthday, you are nervous. Why? You don’t know. Maybe because you’re embarking on a new age, maybe its because you don’t know what lies ahead or maybe you do and you’re not sure if you’re prepared for it but you know it’s coming. Everyday right before your eyes, it’s all coming together and this is exactly what you wanted, but you don’t know that now…because you’re only 17.
  Oh, shoot, what happened to the time. It’s 11:59. Push through….See it’s 12:01 am just that fast. Happy Birthday!!! See how time flies? But, you haven’t come to that realization yet. You’re in high school, working on your college app, captain of the cheerleading team, working at the mall, preparing to travel to the Bahamas AND trying your best to recover from a broken heart…Yeap! Your very first heartbreak and the only time in your life someone has told you they didn’t want to be with you anymore. Now, you don’t know this yet, but there’s life after him, honey! Oh yes! A whole lot of life and you’re here for it but before you could arrive and embrace it, you must go through it and accept it. Now, you’ve always had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  At 17 you really saw him work miracles in your life and you became comfortable talking about him to any and everyone. It will start to get to the point where your friends will ask you to pray for them because they said, “Jesus is always listening to you! He always answers your prayers!” They feel if they wanted something to happen in their life, they must get you to send one up for them. You think it’s hilarious but it actually worked and still does to this day. Prior to asking Him for help, you were an emotional wreck and listening to sad songs… and it wasn’t helping at all. You went to sleep crying at night but kept a smile on your face during the day. You really thought you would be with him forever and have the twins you’ve always wanted for him, but he showed you a different side.  As life goes on, you’ll understand why.
  By the time prom came, you will be slightly over your ex…to the point where you took someone else to your prom. Now this guy, he will show you the way a young lady should be treated, from flowers to romantic dates and he will set the bar high for future guys…but just like any other girl your age, you wouldn’t really want him because now you’re thinking all dudes will “try” to break your heart. Emphasis on “try” because these past few years you’re going to be one tough cookie when it comes to relationships and dating. Oh yes! Now, by this time, your body is changing and your sense of style is amazing!! Before you and your friends go out, they’re running through your closet to see what they can wear and they’re asking you for styling advice. You don’t know this yet, but you’re actually going create a business putting styles together for people and making them feel beautiful!
  You’re now a freshman at Southern University A&M College. Your dad is all excited because you’re the first child to go to college and not just any college, his Alma matter. Southern was fun, you met some of your best friends there, but, you left after one year because now you’re being this ambitious young lady who has these list of goals for herself and you know where you need to be in order to focus. So, you came home during the summer, took classes and worked a full-time job. While there, you made one of your dreams come true by buying your very first car. Yeap! You did it, girl. You were finally starting to see anything is possible through prayer, writing down your goals and hard work. So you withdrew from Southern Baton Rouge and started at Southern New Orleans. This is the time when you really grew up & the decision-making started to get tougher when you tried to make them on your own. So you did the only thing you know that’ll work…you prayed.  You were working a full-time job and going to school at night, so exhausted to the point where it was affecting your grades and you had to make a decision, either continue on this downslope or do something. Once again, you prayed about it and quit your fulltime job with a brand new car with a car note and insurance which was so high. But, you did it without skipping a beat. As a matter of fact, 4 months after you quit your job, you paid off your new car’s balance, which was $10,000. This was your birthday and Christmas gift to yourself. You did it, Paris!! And now you’re living life on your terms, traveling, shopping and enjoying being a full-time student. Life is happening right before your eyes. You are happy but your life is about to change after you graduate in May 2009. So you go through school studying to become an attorney but towards the end, you’re just not feeling it anymore and you’re starting to think to yourself, “Did I make the right decision? What should I do now?” You’re so bored out of your mind to the point where you don’t care anymore; you just need a plan because law school isn’t it. So in March 2009, you made the impulse decision (you’re such a risk taker) to move to Minnesota for grad school. Now you’ve never lived outside Louisiana and the only time you’ve lived outside your parent’s home was when you went away to college for a year. But you’re not letting anything stop you, because you’re moving to a place where you’ve never traveled to before but you know God has your back and now you feel as if you have a plan. It’s getting close to moving and you’re ready to face it. You get there and you like it and then you hate it and then you like it again until you decide it’s time to go back home. Now, although you will have a hard time trying to figure it all out in Minnesota, you can honestly say it really helped you to mature, grow and broaden your mind about the things you really would like to do in life.  You learn how to survive on your own. You paid your own bills & although you couldn’t cook (still can’t) you never went a day hungry. You stayed in survivor mode the whole time. Some days were harder than others but you pushed through and left with a smile on your face 8 months later.
You moved back to New Orleans and soon after opened a business! Yeap, little Paris from Algiers is now working for herself and now you’re building an empire, which was created from a very confusing and emotional time in your life. You own an online women’s boutique & a blog you were working on while in Minnesota. It has grown so much to the point where you are in love with everything Classy Closet and Where Sexy Meets Classy. Classy Closet merchandise has been sold in a boutique in Baton Rouge and now is being sold in a boutique in New Orleans, La. You’re so smart and creative but you don’t embrace it enough. You tend to downplay what you’re growing into because…you haven’t figure out why, but you’re going to get better at celebrating yourself. You also have a Masters Degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcasting, so you see, you did finish grad school, but this time you decided to complete it on your own time studying what you are most interested in. You no longer look to anyone else for validation. You know who you are and you know what your heart desires. At this very moment, you’re getting yourself out of a draining situation but you’ll come out smiling, as you always do.
  At this age, you’ll grow to become one of the women you’ve always admired, the ones who would dress so nice, who was very smart and powerful and who could walk in a room and command attention simply by the way she carries herself. Yes, Paris! That’s YOU!!!! You don’t know it yet because you’re only 17 & you’re going through a tough time right now, but, I want to tell you that life does get better and God is STILL by your side.
  I know I don’t tell you enough how proud I am of you but I really am, Paris.  You have a beautiful soul and a humbling heart. You can do and be anything you want. You have the world in your hands. Continue chasing after your dreams.
 Oh and lastly as you’re growing up, do your best to ignore all those mean and crazy sayings that people would say about you, like how you’re going to have kids before you graduate high school and you’re never going to be anything.  Don’t worry about the comparisons or mean and negative things! Well, here’s a peek into your future at age 27…you own a business, you graduated from GRAD school with honors, you have a Master’s degree & oh and although nothing is wrong with kids, you don’t have them, yet! You’re busy living life on your terms.
Love,
27-year old, Paris

Don’t Exist. LIVE.

♥ “Don’t exist. 

 

Live.

 

Get out, explore.

 

Thrive.

 

Challenge authority. Challenge yourself.

 

Evolve.

 

Change forever.

 

Become who you say you always will. Keep moving. Don’t stop. Start the revolution. Become a freedom fighter. Become a superhero. Just because everyone doesn’t know your name doesn’t mean you don’t matter.

 

Are you happy? Have you ever been happy? What have you done today to matter? Did you exist or did you live? How did you thrive?

 

Become a chameleon-fit in anywhere. Be a rockstar-stand out everywhere. Do nothing, do everything. Forget everything, remember everyone. Care, don’t just pretend to. Listen to everyone. Love everyone and nothing at the same time. Its impossible to be everything, but you can’t stop trying to do it all.

 

All I know is that I have no idea where I am right now. I feel like I am in training for something, making progress with every step I take. I fear standing still. It is my greatest weakness.

 

I talk big, but often don’t follow through. That’s my biggest problem. I don’t even know what to think right now. It’s about time I start to take a jump. Forget starting to take. Just jump-over everything. Leap.

 

It’s time to be aggressive. You’ve started to speak your mind, now keep going with it, but not with the intention of sparking controversy or picking a germane fight. Get your gloves on, it’s time for rebirth. There IS no room for the nice guys in the history books.

 

THIS IS THE START OF A REVOLUTION. THE REVOLUTION IS YOUR LIFE. THE GOAL IS IMMORTALITY. LET’S LIVE, BABY. LET’S FEEL ALIVE AT ALL TIMES. TAKE NO PRISONERS. HOLD NO SOUL UNACCOUNTABLE, ESPECIALLY NOT YOUR OWN. IF SOMETHING DOESN’T HAPPEN, IT’S YOUR FAULT.

 

Make this moment your reckoning. Your head has been held underwater for too long and now it is time to rise up and take your first true breath.

 

Do everything with exact calculation, nothing without meaning. Do not make careful your words, but make no excuses for what you say. Forget em’ all. Set a goal for every day and never be tired.” – Brian Krans
♥ Blazer-Love Culture. Camisole, Two-tone pencil skirt-F-21. Pumps & Clutch-Kardashian by Bebe. Sunnies-Ann Taylor Loft. Watch-Michael Kors, Dillards. Earrings-Thrifited. Ring-Charming Charlie. Necklace-A’gaci.

Go Towards YOUR Happiness.

♥ I’ve learned that some things in life can be easily solved with a hair flip and a strut away!

 

 

 

♥ Have you ever heard the quote, “Go for whatever makes you happy?” Well, lately I’ve been doing just that. Today at dinner one of my girlfriends and I were chatting, mainly just about life, things we would like to accomplish and where we are now in life. During our conversation, I said to myself, no matter what, I’d continue going for what makes me happy. And with this post, I would like to encourage all my readers to do the same. Life is way too short to stay in situations where you aren’t happy. I hear so many stories about people who’ve stayed too long on a job that was no longer challenging or in a relationship they’ve outgrown. At one time those things were exactly what you wanted but not anymore and that’s totally normal, but don’t stay because of X Y or Z reasons. Figure out why you aren’t happy anymore, maybe you’ve lost the passion the once had when your started in your career or maybe you’ve matured and outgrown the person you couldn’t see yourself without. Whatever it is, you’re feeling this way for a reason and the healthiest thing to do at this present moment is to figure out why, PERIOD!! While writing this post, I saw on Twitter that Iyanla Vanzant (love her) tweeted; “When the time comes for you to make a change or to grow, the universe will make you so uncomfortable you will eventually have no choice.  Look how the universe works because I promise you; this was going to be of course a fashion post.

For some reason or another, I couldn’t just blog about fashion tonight. I had to blog about this because it was on my heart and I know it’s for someone, somewhere or maybe it’s for me, I don’t know, yet. But, along with you, I have somethings I need to figure out as well. Whoever it may be, just be encouraged, stay strong, stay focused, but most of all, stay prayed up!!! Go towards YOUR happiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style Snapshot: White Blouse-Dillards. Peplum Skirt-myclassycloset.com (sold out but I’m thinking about bringing it back). Pumps-Prabal Gurung by Target. Sunnies-Ann Taylor Loft. Watch-Michael Kors, Dillards. Clutch-Ross. Rings-F-21 & Gojane.com. Charmed Bracelet-Kissed Couture. Earrings-BaggageBoutique

 

Join Me At Langford Market On Tomorrow

♥ If you’re in the New Orleans area on tomorrow, Sunday July 14, 2013 please feel free to join me and a bunch of other fabulous ladies at Langford Market 2131 Magazine St.
Come out and see how I style the live window models and a DIY session. Delicious sweets and champagne will be served as well. Be sure to bring a friend along.
Can’t wait to see you there!

 

I Met Stylist Ashley Dunn

 

This was best Fourth of July ever!! I was blessed to meet someone who’s been inspiring me for years Ashley Dunn. I not only admire her sense of style but also her intellect, her love for God and her ability to follow her dreams. 
 
I’ve been counting down to this day since I found out she was coming to NOLA. I sat in traffic for what seemed like forever but nothing was going to stop me from meeting this doll. She was exactly the way I imagined; sweet, humble & eager to help me. 
 
 
She even gave me one of her super cute Fashion. Lifestyle. Beauty t-shirts, be on the lookout for a post coming soon. This is another accomplishment I can scratch off my list of goals for 2013. Special thanks to Ashley for hanging around her sip & shop longer for me 🙂 #DreamsDoComeTrue
 
If you would like to purchase one of her t-shirts please feel free to email her ashley@ashleydunnstyle.com

 

Simplicity.

“The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.”
— Alicia Keys

 

 

 

 

♥ Blouse, Skirt & Pearls-F-21. Clutch- Cache’. High Heels Sandals-Justfab.com. Ring-Charming Charlie. Watch-Michael Kors, Dillards.

How I Had To Get Out My Own Head And Graduate!!

Master’s of Arts in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism.
  Graduation, whew! So glad it’s over.  Now don’t get me wrong. I loved the feeling of accomplishment but leading up to this day was so draining. I literally cried each and every day for about a week and a half, Every…Single…Day.  The university where I graduated from is an hour away from where I live and because of me only taking independent classes and not being on campus, I sort of put school on the back burner for about a month and focused on my businesses. I already knew what assignments I needed to complete to graduate and felt I had everything in order. So as May 17thcame closer I started only focusing on those assignments. I finished them. By the way, the assignments were to complete two 26-minute documentaries, which may sound easy, but to a person who’s running a business, always has a busy schedule and trying to start on new projects, it wasn’t easy AT ALL. So after I finished my work I turned it in at the end of April thinking I was giving myself enough time to go back and focus on my other goals but that wasn’t how the story ended.
  Both of my professors said my work was wrong and it needed to be redone by the end of the week because that’s when grades were due!!!  I thought to myself WAIT!! WHAT!! WRONG?! HOW??! All my hard work is wrong?! How could this be?! I thought I followed the instructions carefully but after meeting with my professors, it was small things that I needed to redo and because of it, the documentaries were wrong.
   I questioned myself was this really the right time, should I go to summer school and graduate in the summer, could I really finish all this work within a week, or should I just say forget it and don’t worry about it?
  After praying and having faith that God didn’t bring me this far to leave me, cutting a few things out and giving complete focus to my assignments; I was thrilled when I heard I was eligible to participate in graduation.
  I’ve never been the type of person to put school on the back burner but just like I thought I had it all taken care of, I didn’t. I always knew (faith) I was going to graduate but when you’re going through so much and it seems like everything is coming your way, you have to stop and listen to exactly what it is God wants you to do. You have to get out your own head. As the good book states, “Much is given, much is required.”
#IMadeIt
Here’s a video of my special day. Watch me strut!! 😉 click here
♥ Half of the class of 2013.
♥ Pure Happiness!
♥ My two loves Trinity and Kashona. Mother and daughter. There’s nothing like family!!!
♥ At this moment I’m thinking WOW!!! I really did it, AGAIN!
♥ My support system!!! 😉
♥ My little cousin Trinity colored a picture for me. I love gifts from the heart 😉
♥ So happy. I’m about to walk across!!
♥ The tears and heartache were all worth it in order for me to enjoy this feeling I’m experiencing during this time.
♥ Smile…you just may encourage someone to do the same 😉 #GodIsGOOD
Keep pushing towards your dreams. If I could do it you can too!!! Speak it and walk as if it’s already done. Never give up!!!!

My Feature On Queen Persona

Check out my feature on queenpersona.com. This was one of my favorite interviews. I always read Jessie’s blog and really enjoy the “My Beauty is Treating it Royally” section, so of course, I was excited when she reached out to me and asked am I interested in an interview. Be sure to check it out here and let me know what you think! 
Thanks Jessie.
 
 

My Feature On Dee’s World!!

 

Do well because you never know who you’re inspiring from a far. My beautiful mentee, Darriane Jones recently did a feature on her blog Dee’s World about me and my online boutique, Classy Closet. I received the notification while walking out of Bible study and couldn’t be more eager to read her post. She almost brought tears to my eyes because this was totally unexpected. I didn’t receive an email informing me that she’s planning to feature me; she surprised me by notifying me on Twitter.

 

♥ Opening a successful online boutique. A dream come true!

 

 Sometimes in life, you work so hard and try your best to accomplish goals and do good to the point where you don’t give yourself credit for what you’ve already accomplished. Thankfully, I have someone like Darriane who I admire to remind me to give myself credit for accomplishing so many great things. Check out her blog, my feature, and be sure to remember her name. You’ll hear a lot about her in the fashion industry. She’s well on her way!!!
♥ Graduating from Southern University @ New Orleans. Another dream come true!! 😉 #ProudMoment
Thank you so much Darriane for featuring me on your blog and also reminding me to continue working hard towards my dreams!! Love you! 😉