Spring Forward | Spring Refresh with Material Wrld!

Hello everyone!

I thought by March I would stop talking about the snow BUT noooo! NYC was hit with snow, rain, then snow this week. Maybe this is mother nature's way of telling us it's finally over after this week... I truly hope so, people are starting to crack! If you are like me, you are home staying cozy, window shopping online since the snow and ice still run the streets.   

Bringing up the topic of shopping, check  out my new partnership with Material Wrld. What is Material Wrld? Material Wrld is a designer fashion trade-in service that is changing the way people buy and sell clothing. Shoppers can trade in fashions they are no longer wearing for credit to shop new at popular retailers like Bloomingdales, Saks and Shopbop. Genius, isn't it?!

Here's my advice to you, yes it's winter outside but Spring is coming! Why not do yourself a favor and  refresh your spring wardrobe by trading-in luxury fashions at MaterialWrld.com? It's time to clean out that closet anyway, truly a no brainer:

o Material Wrld’s innovative trade-in service makes it seamless to constantly refresh your closet and make space for new clothing

o Promote conscious consumption by trading in gently worn luxury clothing and handbags in exchange for new items at your favorite retailers (view our accepted brand list here)

o Offline resale is a hassle. Consignment and thrift stores require in-person drop offs with low payout and no price transparency – Material Wrld’s innovative online trade-in service is simple, fast, FREE and fun. Plus, we offer FREE valet pick-up for NYC residents (minimum of 10 trade-in items required).

o Immediate Gratification: Unlike consigning, MW customers get paid instantly via gift cards. No more waiting until items sell!

o Convenient: Unlike marketplace listings, MW takes care of listing, photography, pricing and shipping!

o Make An Impact: we match 10% of each gift card offer as a contribution a charity of your choice. 

To sum up everything I just wrote, it's a win-win for everyone.  As a gift to you guys, use code: AKOSUAH512 for an extra $25 for your first trade, just sign up and see how rad Material Wrld is!

Happy Shopping!


Insta-favs: Ladies edition

Hey guys!

Instagram, who knew a simple app can make so many people happy? You can connect, discover, and get inspired just with a swipe of your thumb.  I am an Instagram addict for close to 4 years now, and proud of it!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite ladies to follow on Instagram. They are all creative, different, fun, and inspiring! Enjoy!

Julee Wilson-Fashion and Beauty editor of Huffington Post.  She was previously the Staff Fashion Editor at Real Simple magazine before making the jump to online in August 2011.  

Jamila Rowser of Girl Gone Geek.  Rowser is knowledgeable about all things within nerd culture.  I connected with Jamila last year as she is also the cofounder Geek Girl Brunch a meetup group which allows fellow lovers of comics, anime, and video games to discuss their admiration over unlimited mimosas.

Victoria Gousse- real estate professional and lifestyle blogger.  I love blogs that have unique niches. In the oversaturated world of blogging, Victoria incorporates industry happenings, stats, and everything in between for the reader who is curious about the real estate market, fashion, and travel.  I knew Victoria since high school, still one of my dear friends till this day.

Jessica C. Andrews- ‎Style Journalist: Vanity Fair, Elle, and The New York Times. Jessica is also Editor-in Chief of one of my favorite blogs: Glamazons Blog,  which chronicles the highs and lows of her journey from small town girl to NYC fashion editor. The site also reports on fashion, entertainment, and beauty.   

Andrea Arterbery-Freelance writer and cofounder of Glamazons blog with Jessica C. Andrews. Texas born, Andrea also created The Art of Berry, where she writes about motherhood, beauty, and lifestyle. Check out her snaps at events all over the country and  her adorable son #arterbaby on Instagram.

Candy Washington-, Georgetown alumni, actress, TV Host, and writer. When she is not reading scripts or hosting her weekly HBO Girls recap, you can see Candy out and about in LA reporting on up and coming trends in fashion and entertainment. You may have seen Candy in last year’s heritage commercial from Wal-Mart.  Candy is also when she is in NYC my partner in crime when attending events.  She truly lives the bicoastal dream with a smile!

BLM-Bloggers Like Me-

BLM is a group of women bloggers founded by blogger Leslie Hendricks Young of fashiondujourdaily.wordpress.com.  The group is dedicated to the exchange of positive ideas, advice, and networking. 

Nicole Chapoteau-Accessories Director of Allure magazine.

Christina Caradona-Blogger/Model.  Christina was actually one of the fist bloggers I started following on Instagram.  Combining sexy and tomboy style together, Christina documents her fast paced but oh so sweet life with a sense of humor.

Akua Harris-Social Media professional/Blogger.  Yes she has the same name as me, she’s my niece believe it or not.  Akua documents her love for Star Wars, beauty,  Powerpuff Girls, and her love her cosplay even when comic con season has ended!

Monroe Steele-Blogger.  Monroe is a fashion and travel base writer in NYC. She has been featured in All on the line with Joe Zee as well as Style by June with June Ambrose. Monroe also written the e-book: Thrift and the City: A Guide to New York City Thrift and Vintage Shopping. 

Aiesha Mumford-Sales and Marketing coordinator of Archie Shoes/Stylist.  Follow my dear friend Aiesha as she takes Archie Shoes with her to The Met, hot yoga, and beyond.  

Ericka Goodman-Hughey-Fashion Editor of Ebony Magazine. 

Rajni Jacques-Fashion news editor of Glamour Magazine.  Rajni’s style is inspirational as well as attainable. One day she might take a sky-high heel and tie a flannel shirt around the waist,  the next day she might take a winter coat and pair it with a fitted Yankees hat.  

Ria Michelle-Blogger, stylist, online boutique owner. Being in NYC where the weather is cold, I tend to skim more on Miami, based blogger Ria Michelle’s Instagram lol. Not only a blogger, Ria also owns Online boutique filthymagic.com.  Busy gal!

Chrissy Rutherford-Senior Digital Editor of Harper’s Bazaar.  I am an avid reader of Harper’s Bazaar digital as of mid 2014, Chrissy’s innovative and relatable articles is the main reason for that.  I also enjoy her elevator selfies in the Heart Tower where she shows off day-to-day office outfits combining masculine and feminine elements. 

Dionne S-Blogger/Personal Shopper.  Dionne's site, The Closet Whisperer is an online fashion destination that documents her personal style, e-commerce, as well as fashion services.

Shiona Turini-Fashion consultant/Former Fashion Director of Cosmopolitan.  Last December via Instagram, Shiona hinted the start of something new.  A shot  of a logo image is of Turini’s name, followed by: “Style consulting. Creative direction. Brand Development.” Bold and inspiring to me as I branched out on my own last spring.   “One project that I’m extremely excited about focuses on celebrating, encouraging, and profiling diversity in our industry. “ Shiona told Fashion Week Daily, about one of her projects.  Can’t wait to hear more about it!

As you can see, each person is special in their own way! They encourage us to be more kind, intelligent, bold, and fresh each time our thumbs come across their pics.  Totally different then the posts that gain popularity from Love and Hip Hop or Basketball Wives stars.  It is refreshing to see positive posts where we can learn and inspire one another.  Please support these ladies, follow them, like,  and comment!