Phenomenal woman, That’s me.

HAPPY SPRING!  I think.. ha ha! The weather has been pretty cray hasn't it?! It has been making dressing more interest the past few weeks. I have seen folks wearing faux fur jackets then satin dusters in the same week.

I have been slowly shifting my mindset to get into spring and one purchase that I am stoked about is: THE YELLOW LEATHER JACKET.  I have always considered the black leather jacket as the most versatile jacket as it can fit right in with almost any outfit.  Still true but given the weather being weird and mercury retrograde, I decided to go for it. Anyone who has shopped with me knows I hardly go for bright colors..it's neutrals.  In being bold and trying new things, I added ANOTHER pop of color with my favorite vintage shoes keeping everything else pretty neutral.

I love the work that Phenomenally is doing! Funds raised from this the Phenomenal tee benefit the Dr. Maya Angelou Foundation, Essie Justice Group, Girls Who Code, Higher Heights, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Planned Parenthood, and The United State of Women.

Jacket:  Zara , Tee:  Phenomenally , Pants:  Mink Pink , Eyeglasses:  Crap Eyewear , Shoes: Vintage 

Jacket: Zara, Tee: Phenomenally, Pants: Mink Pink, Eyeglasses: Crap Eyewear, Shoes: Vintage 

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Phenomenal Woman is actually one of my favorite poems, if you haven't read the entire poem. Take some time to read it :) 

Phenomenal Woman, BY. MAYA ANGELOU

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Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,   

The stride of my step,   

The curl of my lips.   

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,   

That’s me.

 

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,   

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.   

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.   

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,   

And the flash of my teeth,   

The swing in my waist,   

And the joy in my feet.   

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,   

They say they still can’t see.   

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,   

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.   

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.   

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,   

The bend of my hair,   

the palm of my hand,   

The need for my care.   

’Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

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Photography: Steve Zak

Photography: Steve Zak

xo

Kos

Shiny Star

There is nothing like being in NYC in the fall. The energy. The diversity. That drive. The feeling of constant hustle and bustle.  Making new connections.  Being strong enough to cut out the bad ones.  Always learning something new…whether it be setting up my new TV or learning how to be a better daughter/sister/aunt/friend.

Dress:  Re:Named , Boots:  Rag&Bone

Dress: Re:Named, Boots: Rag&Bone

2017 has been a wild ride and there are 28 days left until the New Year.  I have learned so much and had a blast along the way.  I’m using the time to celebrate and plan: 2018 trips (Bali with Akua/solo trip to who knows where but it's happening/Cuba/everything else in between), Star Wars parties, and a new website to highlight my public relations services.  I am grateful that I have mentors that encourage me to put more time into developing my business.  It is a very challenging experience; a bit terrifying, but intuitively it’s time to take that baby step to get it off the ground :)

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I wasted time being hesitant in that and a lot of other things, for way too long, time to do!

This wrap dress has been my 2017 “go to”.  I love how the lines and structure of this staple is designed to hug you in all the right places and show off all the right curves in your body.  It is also easy to style; just mix with a pair of your favorite shoes and you got an effortless outfit.  It wasn’t surprising why I loved this dress from Re:Named at Shopbop. Paired with my beloved Newbury Boot and lovely earrings my sister India made for me, I was good to go!

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The sheerness of the dress and the star print sold me as well! The star print whether on denim or kitten boots has been the constant trend for all four seasons in 2017.  I think it’s the solution for women who don’t want to wear sequins or millennial pink (Which I love-post coming soon!).  

The coffeeshop is my happy place!  The aroma of espresso beans, the noise of grinders, the movements of baristas & customers; it’s a change of scenery from being in the office or working from home (literally).  Devocion is one of my favs! When you enter, you walk through this long hallway where you see their coffee beans being grounded. Then, the hallway opens up to this large open area with high ceilings and natural light coming through the sunroof.  Since its so open and large, it doesn't get too loud.  You can actually get some work done, like I did!

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Earrings: gift from my sister India all handmade!

Earrings: gift from my sister India all handmade!

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Cafe philosophy is legit too - they source their beans fresh and direct from Colombia, and only Colombia, and roast them on location.

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I’m looking forward to closing 2017 wearing star prints, millennial pink, becoming a web expert and hanging out in as many coffee shops as possible!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY  MANISH GOSALIA

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MANISH GOSALIA

How are you guys closing out the year?  Whatever y’all do make sure it’s what YOU WANT! Don’t get too caught up, let loose, value all the craziness that comes in between and believe that everything falls into place. Gotta have FAITH and PUT INTO ACTION what you really want in this life!

xo

Kos

To be Adorned

If having a piercing was once an in your face scream, the new vogue is a whisper.  

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   I recently took the “plunge” and got new ear piercings.   

I recently took the “plunge” and got new ear piercings.   

In 2016, multiple piercings feel modern, well for me that is the reason why I got them. I wanted a modern update.  A mix between feminine (dainty pearls and studs) and tough (piercing’s are classic bad ass no?).  It fits my style perfectly, as I wear maxi dresses but I would rock it with a leather motorcycle jacket.  Being a publicist and working events I can't have a piercing on my nose, lip etc., it's frankly not my style at this point of my life.  Multiple ear piercings has a sophisticated and ladylike appeal, and totally office appropriate to boot!  It’s all about personal mementos and secret little jewels.

I recently fully healed from my piercings now I am in the hunt to take it a step further… in a subtle way lol. For a long time, multiple piercings was something out of the ordinary, but jewelry design is catching up with refined, simple, high-quality-pieces. Jewelry designers like Love Adorned, Catbird, Blanca Monrós Gómez, and Ginette NY are catering to the delicate aesthetic, with slim hoops and tiny studs or bars in precious gems.  I’m personally thinking rose gold or black diamonds. Check out my board!

What are you guys doing to give yourselves a modern update in time for summer?

xo
Kos