Essence Fest 2016 Recap

Essence Fest 2016 was one of the best festivals I’ve ever attended. Last year, I started working with Essence Fest as one of their social media ambassadors and each year keeps getting better.  If you follow me on any of my social media platforms especially snapchat, you were able to see how much fun I had. Be sure to follow me @ParisHatcher

Essence Fest 2016 was one of the best festivals I’ve ever attended. Last year, I started working with Essence Fest as one of their social media ambassadors and each year keeps getting better.  If you follow me on any of my social media platforms especially snapchat, you were able to see how much fun I had. Be sure to follow me @ParisHatcher

I met so many beautiful people, connected with lots of brands and also had a chance to appear on WGNO for the second time. You can check it out here.

With Kenny Lopez from “News With A Twist”

Here’s my first fashion segment I filmed in 2014, “What to wear to Essence Festival”

One of my favorite experiences was getting glam in Essence Beauty Box. I was able to pick out products of my choice ranging from skin care to beauty products. Are you familiar with Essence Beauty Box? If not, be sure to check it out here.

While visiting Essence Beauty Box I was also able to get glammed by Ebony. @certifiedfancy She curled my hair to perfection while using Kim Kimble’s products and of course I just had to go back to her two days in a row. I loved my curls.

My entire Essence wardrobe was sponsored by Glamme boutique @glamm_me_boutique. Be sure to shop these looks.

Be sure to shop these looks on www.glammme.com

 

Shoes (white pixie pumps): Sassy Soles.

How to Style 1 Skirt, 2 ways: Sexy vs. Classy

Crop Tops They’re super sexy because it shows off the midriff section without giving too much. You can pair it with a midi length pencil skirt like I’m wearing here or with a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans like I wore on my Favorite Jeans post. Check it out here

 

Crop Tops They’re super sexy because it shows off the midriff section without giving too much. You can pair it with a midi length pencil skirt like I’m wearing here or with a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans like I wore on my Favorite Jeans post. Check it out here.

Pussy Bow Blouse The ultimate Classy blouse. It’s been around since the 1940’s and was inspired by the Gibson Girls in the 1800’s. It’s the true definition of classy vintage. You can never go wrong with a Pussy Bow Blouse.

Pencil Skirt A Midi length skirt will always give you the Sexy and Classy look you’re going for.  Try one with spandex material like I’m wearing here to accentuate your curves.

Pearls One word, Classy. Contrary to “fashion rules” you can dress up a t-shirt and jeans with a pair of pearls and look effortlessly chic. Always keep a few different styles in your jewelry box to go with just about any occasion.

Pose Never take a pose for granted, it shows confidence. Always accentuate your best and be sure to wear styles that are flattering to your curves.

Paris Wears: 

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Casual Style On Hollywood Blvd.

When you think of casual style, what’s the first item that comes to mind?

 For me, the first item would be a pair of pants next, the shoe style and lastly, the top.  This is usually how I get dressed. I must first figure out which bottom I’d like to wear first. 

 

When you think of casual style, what’s the first item that comes to mind?

 For me, I must figure out which bottom I’d like to wear first. Next, I would focus on the style of shoe and lastly, the top.  This is usually how I get dressed.

Before moving to L.A., I didn’t realize how laid back and casual the style is here. I believe because of the award shows and television shows that are taped here, people automatically assume it’s full out glamour all the time and it’s not that at all.

A lot of individuals has this misconception about L.A. but you really don’t know much about it until you move here. There are a lot of stylish people here but the majority of the time you’ll see people dressed very casually, wearing a t-shirt & jeans with flats and you can’t forget a pair of sunglasses. The vibe is very mellow, free spirited and laid back, which fits perfectly with the clothing style.

Style Tip: Wearing heels doesn’t necessarily mean you’re dressed up and flats don’t mean you’re dressed down.

Everyone has his or her own version of what casual style looks like, and since style is subjective, no one is ever wrong.

This is my casual style simply walking across the street on Hollywood Blvd. I’m wearing a leather crop top from H&M & a pair of high-waisted pants from Forever 21. I completed my look with nude pumps from Lola Shoetique and of course sunglasses because hey, I do live in L.A. and it completes my casual style.

What’s your casual style? Remember the Style Tip: Wearing heels doesn’t necessarily mean you’re dressed up and flats don’t mean you’re dressed down.

Always include your personal style in everything you wear. Only wear items that make you feel and look beautiful.

Photos by K. Scates.

Hair Stylez by Key

Style Snapshot: Leather Crop Top & Rings-H&M. Pants & LOVE Ring-F-21. Watch-Michael Kors, Dillards. Pumps-Lola Shoetique. Sunnies & Hanger Necklace (coming soon)-Classy Closet.

Favorite Jeans

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Every woman has a pair of favorite jeans that she loves to wear with just about everything. It’s the pair that fits her just right and highlights all her curves.  Mines are the high-waisted stretch skinny jeans from H&M.

 

Every woman has a pair of favorite jeans that she loves to wear with just about everything. It’s the pair that fits her just right and highlights all her curves.  Mines are the high-waisted stretch skinny jeans from H&M.

Usually, when I buy jeans, I have to take them to the tailor to get them altered at the bottom because I don’t like any extra slack in my jeans but, with these, they fit perfectly at the ankle. Reason number one why they’re my favorite jeans.

Another reason why I LOVE these jeans is because of the price. I caught them on sale for only $7.00 so I bought a total of 3. This color and the blue denim wash was the only two that were on sale. They didn’t come with the slits on the knees I created those myself. With the denim blue style, I have a slit and non-slit pair. I wanted to get one more in this wash since I knew I was going to slit them at the knee but these were the last pair in my size (25).

Finding the right jeans that fit your body type doesn’t have to be expensive. As long as it fits your budget and body type that’s all that matters.

Since the wash is a smoke grey color, I decided to style it with a greyish black leather and tweed blazer also from H&M. Of course, I’ll show you plenty more ways you can wear both the jeans and the blazer. It’s important to maximize your pieces simply by styling them with other wardrobe staples. I completed my look with a burgundy fedora from Classy Closet and burgundy-structured handbag from H&M.

Jeans are a must-have because you can dress them up with a blazer like I’m wearing here or dress them down with a t-shirt and sneakers. Like I always say, it’s not what you wear but how you wear it. If you’re like me and love to dress up while flying, this is a great airport look that you can also wear to dinner with friends.  Be sure to always incorporate your personal style into everything you wear. It’s what makes you, you!!! 

Read about finding your personal style here.

Style Snapshot: Blazer, Jeans, Handbags & Midi Rings-H&M. Camisole-F-21. Fedora & Sunnies-Classy Closet. Statement Necklace-Buffalo Exchange. Pumps-Lola Shoetique.

How To Style A Statement Necklace

Tip: Best way to style a statement necklace: Wear with solid colors so your necklace can make a statement. It’s your stand out accessory!

Styling black with pearls is definitely a classic and you can never go wrong with either.  Just research Coco Chanel!

 

Tip: Best way to style a statement necklace: Wear with solid colors so your necklace can make a statement. It’s your stand out accessory!

Styling black with pearls is definitely a classic and you can never go wrong with either.  Just research Coco Chanel!

 

This is a great look to wear to a holiday party because the sequin leggings scream “Heyyyyy I have arrived!!!” You can also wear this look to a creative business meeting because the cape blazer gives off a stylish business vibe. The lists of places are endless. Just make sure you own it by adding your personal style to complete the look. I wore this to church while visiting family in New Orleans but will definitely remix the blazer with a pencil skirt and add gold accessories while attending a fashion event here in Los Angeles. This is definitely a style you can wear to any type of stylish event.

I’ve always been on the fence about styling nude & black together but since I purchased these nude pumps, they’ve definitely been my go-to shoe. Therefore, I decided to give them a try with this look. After wearing this, I’m no longer on the fence about styling nude and black together but what really enhanced this style is the statement pearl and peach necklace. There’s so much power in a statement necklace. As you can see here, a statement necklace can take your look from 0 to 100! It ties everything in and gives it a complete color balance.

 

Speaking of color balance; my hair, lips, and handbag really flow and this wasn’t planned at all. This structured satchel handbag from H&M has been my go to because of the style and the color.  It’s so roomy with lots of compartments & it’s the perfect burgundy color that’s always stylish during the fall/winter seasons. Since I knew this bag was going to be in heavy rotation, I decided to purchase a lip color to match. I’m wearing Cabaret Blend by Milani. Now, on to my hair color, this wasn’t something planned at all. I was just over black hair and needed a vibrant color along with my signature haircut so I changed my hair color to burgundy and that’s how everything flowed into place. Sometimes when you know exactly what you want and don’t over think things, everything flows.

 

And to add the finishing touches, I’m wearing hot pink nails! I’m the type of woman who loves to wear random pops of color, especially on my nails. Very seldom will my nails and entire ensemble match. I enjoy stepping out of the box and not playing it safe when it comes to my personal style.

 

If you only had the cape blazer and sequin leggings to work with, how can you add your personal style to this look? How would you accessorize and what color balance would you try? Let me know under this picture on Instagram @ParisHatcher or Tweet me @ParisMHatcher. I’m excited to hear all your styling ideas!!

Style Snapshot: Cape Blazer-Classy Closet.  Black Camisole & Pearl Earrings-F-21.  Lipstick-Cabaret Blend by Milani.  Sequin Leggings-Bebe.  Pumps-Lola Shoetique.  Handbag-H&M.  Gold Watch-Michel Kors, Dillards.

Eiffel Tower Mirrors & Peplum.

I am head over heels about my new hairstyle. It’s very convenient and I’m excited my hairstylist convinced me to step outside the box and try something new.

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I’ve been working so hard lately (as I always do) so on this day, I decided to start my day off by running a few errands and afterwards, I went to the movies to see Think Like A Man Too and it was hilarious! Did any of my Sexy Meets Classy readers get a chance to check it out?

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I wore one of my favorites tops from Classy Closet. It’s from last season and it sold out really quickly the bow on the back of this Peplum style top just adds all the finishing girlie touches.

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I decided to style it with a pair of white pants from H&M and a Classy Closet handbag along with the statement necklace and heels that goes perfectly with just about everything this season.

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One day I’ll let those two go but no time soon. They’re my new favs; have you read my post about them?! If not, check it out here.
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♥ Style Snapshot: Peplum Top, Handbag & Necklace-Classy Closet. White Pants-H&M. Sandals-Steve Madden, Dillards. Earrings & Watch-Michael Kors, Dillards. Eiffel Tower Mirror-Rue21.

What To Wear To The Hangover Brunch

Last Sunday my friends and I attended what The Hangover Brunch at Eiffel Society here in New Orléans 2040 St. Charles Ave. The ambiance was beautiful, the food was delicious and the movie The Hangover was playing on the big screen. It was from 11-5 and the day party started about 3 pm. It was life!!! After stuffing our faces and sipping on champagne and mimosa’s the DJ turned up New Orléans bounce music and everyone hit the dance floor! Talk about FUN!! I seriously didn’t want it to end but there’s always next month to continue the fun. And if you’re not certain on about what you should wear, I’m here to help!

So let’s get started, starting with myself. As we all know I’m a fan of mixing prints as I wore a nautical-inspired print dress one of my latest thrift store finds and my favorite floral Steve Madden ankle strap sandals. For my hair, I went for a simple pulled back look to show off more of my face. I wore simple stud earrings and a statement necklace from Classy Closet along with the (now sold out) Classy Closet Pink RichGirl Handbag & my statement LOVE ring is from F-21. I’m wearing a nude manicure and a hot pink pedicure both by Milani Nail Lacquer called “Vintage” and “Pink Pop.”

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Face & Jewels!

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Brunch dolls and I!

I pulled some Polyvore inspirations from my fabulous Instagram doll, Shundra. Her Polyvore is filled with so many beautiful styles & inspirations. She’s someone who’s definitely making a name for herself in the fashion industry & someone I’ll let style me any day (and I don’t say that often).

 

First Look: This is definitely my style! A Peplum top and a pencil skirt is effortlessly classy especially when you add mixed prints, a bold color lip and pumps, gold jewelry and a satchel handbag. This is a great look to go from brunch to a business meeting. It says I’VE ARRIVED & I’M HERE TO STAY!!!

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Second Look: Rompers are always a good idea because it’s an easy item to style. Just add a pair of open toe sandals, a clutch & a statement belt to give your that hour-glass shape you’ve worked so hard on for the summer. Don’t forget simple accessories and a bold lip color then you’re brunch and day party ready.

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Third Look: I love a good church look that can take you straight to brunch without having to go home and change. If you like, you can just remove the blazer for more of a laid back but still classy look. When accessorizing, you can never go wrong with a pair of pearls especially when it’s three string pearls (my personal favorite). Keep your other accessories simple because your pearls are the statement so a watch and a simple bow ring will do. Your handbag should always be a satchel or clutch with the kind of style and a pair of pumps with a bow on top just adds the finishing touches.

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 Fourth Look: It’s brunch so a floppy hat is definitely necessary. It adds a little something extra to your mixed print attire. Add a pair of pumps and a matching handbag to bring out the least amount of color in your wardrobe & gold simple accessories then you’re off to brunch to turn heads and answer questions about where you purchased this look.

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Fifth Look: An A-line skirt is a wardrobe must-have for brunch. You can dress it up with a bow top or down with a t-shirt and let your accessories do the talking. I love how this Aldo Fennimore clutch & fun clashing print single sole sandal is offsetting this simple wardrobe. Pop it out with a bold lip color and simple accessories and then you’re on the move to brunch!!

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♥ All these beautiful styles are from Shundra’s  Polyvore so if you like these you’ll love the others she has created. Check out her page here and read about her work here.

♥ Be sure to follow her on Instagram here.

How To Know Your Personal Style.

Let’s talk about Personal Style. Do you know if you have one? What if someone asked you to describe your personal style in two words, what would you say? Would you stumble trying to find the right words to describe your style or would you simply be honest and say you don’t know? Well, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term personal style here’s my personal definition:

Personal Style: Is knowing who you are & being confident by saying it loud & not being concerned with fitting in but rather standing out & making an individual name for yourself.

It’s all about getting to know yourself. Think about some of the things you wear that you feel really good about. How would you describe that style; Classy, Chic, or Edgy?

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♥ A few of my favs 😉

My personal style is Sexy & Classy (hence the name of my blog) Sexy because I like to wear things that show off my curves and Classy because I don’t like to show too much. I prefer to leave a little mystery and I like for my skirts and dresses a certain length. I developed my personal style simply by knowing what I was comfortable with wearing and wearing it confidently. My style depends on my mood and where I’m going. Currently, I’m blogging from a coffee shop wearing an open grey cardigan with a white camisole underneath, snakeskin tights and a pair of gold flip-flops. I’m wearing simple accessories such as my Eiffel tower necklace, Michael Kors watch and stud earrings. This is just a simple coffee shop look. I knew I’d be here for a while and just wanted to go for a chic and comfortable look. So yes, at times your style can change depending on how you’re feeling. Sometimes I’m Sexy & Classy in a coffee shop if I’m doing something special before or afterward or if I’m just in the mood to feel glam and sip a Frappuccino.

 

Wal-Mart Jeans

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I always get lots of compliments on these jeans and I’m not sure if I blogged about them already but recently I posted this picture on my Instagram page and everyone loved them. So here’s the rundown on the distressed jeans everyone loves. I purchased them about 4 years ago at a Wal-Mart in Mankato, Minnesota (I was a resident there) from the Miley Cyrus by Max Azria line and I loved them dearly. I normally wear a size 3 but these are a 7, so clearly these jeans weren’t designed for women with curves BUT nevertheless, I had to have them. I’m only 4’10 and I’m very particular about having extra slack in my jeans so I took them to a tailor in Minnesota and she cut them way too short to wear un-cuffed but when it comes to fashion, I always find a way to wear what I love. I just simply wear them cuffed when I’m wearing heels or un-cuffed when I’m wearing boots.

On this day I was on set styling and I wanted to add a little edge to my look so I paired my jeans with a crop top from H&M, ankle strap sandals from Just Fab and accessorize with Classy Closet’s Gold link Bracelet and Pink RichGirl Handbag. I had so much fun on set styling while feeling fab in my distressed jeans.

♥ Top- H&M. Jeans-Wal-Mart, Miley Cyrus. Belt-F-21. Sandals- Just Fab. Handbag & Bracelet-Classy Closet. Watch-Dillards, Michael Kors.

Fäshunc

I am in love with my Green Envy Natasha Handbag from Fäshunc. While in Barnes & Nobles, I complimented a lady who was wearing the Metallic Black Brooke Tote. But, at the time I didn’t know she was the actual designer of these beautiful handbags. That’s right Sexy Meets Classy readers; I met the CEO/Creator of Fäshunc, Desiree Arceneaux-Lemons. I was blown away by her story. She actually visualizes and sketches all her designs herself and she does a great job.

b339956ee425f8beb16d0cbce9f1f0d0I couldn’t help but fall in love with the Green Envy Natasha Handbag. The color is perfect for all year round. This handbag is so lightweight with the perfect amount of space for all my necessities. The buckled front panel adds the expensive look to such a classic handbag. I was already sold on this handbag but the inside is what really sold me because of the feminine floral interior & everyone knows I’m such a girly girl who loves to add feminine touches to everything I wear. 

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This attractive open-top, vintage green tote blends the iconic Fäshunc stylish design elements like tubular handles and buckled front panel. Crafted in richly polished green leather, it has a feminine floral interior sleeve for an iPad/e-tablet with secure strap, and multiple pockets for phone, business cards, or tracts. The perfectly dimensioned brief bag and its interior compartments are perfectly dimensioned to neatly carry all the things ladies love!

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Be sure to shop Fäshunc’s online store & on Sat, June 7, 2014, from 5-9pm Fäshunc is having its 1st Anniversary & Fashion Show In N. Dekalb Mall.  Stop by and purchase a Fäshunc tote or satchel & be sure to let the owner know Paris sent you!!

Facebook: Fäshunc

Instagram: Fäshunc

Twitter: Fäshunc

♥ Top & Rings-H&M. Skirt, Necklace & Bracelet-Classy Closet. Sandals-Steve Madden, Dillards. Watch-Michael Kors, Dillards.