September 1, 2017

You Packed? Let's Go! Hip Candy is Moving!

Hip Candy is Moving
Hip Candy is moving!
After 11 years, Hip Candy is moving to a new place y'all, so I hope you'll continue the journey with me over at our new spot! Click the pic above to go there now! And once you're there, I hope you will "follow" my new page (top right) by signing up so you can "like" comment, share and engage! 

And as always, I appreciate all of your support as we grow Hip Candy into the next phase.

August 25, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: Be Safe and Take Shelter...

Hurricane Harvey Be Safe

And please evacuate if your city officials say it's necessary. Praying that this storm passes quickly.

August 15, 2017

You Packed? Let's Go! 7 Magic Mountains Nevada...

7 Magic Mountains Nevada Road Trip
Photo via @juxtapozmag and @jenny_morgan_jm on Instagram
I really wanna see this! Just minutes outside of Las Vegas, 7 Magic Mountains will be on display until Spring 2018. Road trip! So if you're already planning a trip to Las Vegas, why not drive a few minutes outside of The Strip to see this gorgeous wonder? Check out a couple car rental deals below to make it happen! #wanderlust #travel

Enjoy $25 off your next weekly rental from Avis with code MUWA169 at Carrentals.com! Valid until 2/28/17. 

  Enjoy $20 off your next weekly rental from Budget with code MUWZ074 at Carrentals.com! Valid until 2/28/17.

August 5, 2017

SHOPPING: Cute Top Alert...

And it's less than $25 bucks! This top would be cute with a pair of skinny jeans and heels (or a pair of Converse or flat sandals!) Or pair this top tucked into a pencil skirt for an office ready look. Shop this top at the link below:
grey ruffle tee
grey ruffle tee
grey ruffle tee
grey ruffle tee
Get this Asymmetrical Ruffle Tee HERE.

July 31, 2017

Sponsored: Love My New Glasses + Buy A Pair Get A Pair FREE

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Wearing my new Firmoo glasses and my DIY Satin Lined Beanie.
Look, I'm no stranger to getting my prescription glasses online. In fact, that's been my preferred method since about 2009-2010. Why? Because it's cheaper to get your glasses online. FULL STOP. Have you seen the price of prescription frames and lenses inside of some of these eyewear centers? It's ludicrous! My own dad told me recently that he'd just spent over $600 on a pair of prescription lenses. That. Is. Insanity. I quickly gave him my list of places to purchase glasses online for a fraction of that ridiculous cost.

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SHOP SIMILAR LOOKS: Black Beanie | Firmoo Cat-eye Glasses | Levi cut offs | White Scalloped Tote | Orange Wedge Heels
I got these clear cat-eye lenses from Firmoo.com and this was my first time trying them out. They approached me to see if I would be interested in reviewing a pair of their glasses of my choosing and how they even knew that I was already on the hunt for my 3rd pair of prescription glasses when they contacted me was just crazy, awesome timing. Won't He do it though?! 

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Wearing my new Firmoo glasses and my DIY Satin Lined Beanie.
The website was clear and easy to navigate, they have a nice selection of cute frames, they're inexpensive (nothing over $39 bucks!). They also offer a prescription and quality guarantee, one-on-one service, professional opticians and fast shipping with friendly exchange and return policies. The glasses also come with a beautiful hard case and tiny eyeglass tools for minor repairs AND a 3-month warranty, so there's really not much to lose by trying them out. 

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Wearing my new Firmoo glasses.
And to be honest, I was iffy on choosing these clear frames at first, they're a bit outside of my norm, which now that I have them, I don't know what I could have been thinking. A clear frame will match anything you wear. And from further away, they almost blend into your face, which is perfect for the folks who don't want their face overwhelmed by their glasses. That's not really an issue for me, which means my next pair of glasses is basically going to to be a Batman mask. I like to mix it up. Anyhoo, are you digging this look? Shop my exact frames HERE. And click the link below for the buy one pair and get one pair free deal. Happy glasses shopping!

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Wearing my new Firmoo glasses. Photography by Ron Ward
Click HERE to buy one pair and get one pair for FREE from Firmoo.com and WATCH my video below:

July 26, 2017

Shame On You Trump.

Trans Rights


"As human beings, we are all the same. There is no need to build some kind of artificial barrier between us." #TransRightsAreHumanRights

June 27, 2017

Local Recommendations to Get Your Grub on in New Orleans for Essence Fest 2017 and Beyond...

The Joint BBQ New Orleans
The Joint BBQ, 701 Mazant Street, New Orleans
Are you coming to the Essence Festival in New Orleans this 4th of July weekend? If you are check out my recommendations for local eating spots on Localeur! Venture away from (touristy) Bourbon Street a bit. Then after you read my recommendations (LINK BELOW) check out other New Orleans contributors for recommendations to round out your NOLA holiday stay. Then after THAT, download the Localeur app to your phone to experience other cities like a local when you visit. They're in so many cities now, they're even International! Yay! #travel :)

June 22, 2017

STREET STYLE: Casual Shades of Grey...

Tobi Grey Midi Cowl Tank Dress
Grey Tobi Cowl Midi Dress, Grey Sneakers. Shop this look below.
A comfy dress that's still cute is my JAM. This cowl tank dress combines the ease and comfort of a pair of pajamas with the style and clean lines of normcore trends (remember normcore?) This outfit looks like you weren't trying too hard but you still put in a little effort. Cozy but still cute. Perfect for lunch with girlfriends or a casual date night. Scroll down for a few more pics and to shop this look below. Photography and video by Ron Ward.

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Tobi Grey Midi Cowl Tank Dress
Grey Tobi Cowl Midi Dress, Grey Sneakers. Shop this look below.

Tobi Grey Midi Cowl Tank Dress
Grey Tobi Cowl Midi Dress, Grey Sneakers. Shop this look below.

Tobi Grey Midi Cowl Tank Dress
Grey Tobi Cowl Midi Dress, Grey Sneakers. Shop this look below.

Tobi Grey Midi Cowl Tank Dress
Grey Tobi Cowl Midi Dress, Grey Sneakers. Shop this look below.
Tobi Grey Midi Cowl Tank Dress
Grey Tobi Cowl Midi Dress, Grey Sneakers. Shop this look below.
Tobi Grey Midi Cowl Tank Dress
Posing with FDR at the WWII Museum. Grey Tobi Cowl Midi Dress, Grey Sneakers. Shop this look below.
Tobi Grey Midi Cowl Tank Dress
NOLA Downtown Nights. Grey Tobi Cowl Midi Dress, Grey Sneakers. Shop this look below.

Shop this look below:
Dress: Tobi Grey Cowl Tank Midi Dress
Scarf: Shop Similar
Sneakers: Grey Converse

June 12, 2017

Festival Style Inspiration: Creole Tomato Festival

Red Catch the flow Swing Dress from Tobi
Creole Tomato Festival in New Orleans. Festival Style Inspiration. Shop this look below.
It's festival season y'all! Which is like saying, "it's Saturday!" in New Orleans because festivals literally go from January to December here. And yes, this city throws a festival for tomatoes. Yummy creole tomatoes, and summer is when they're ready, ripe and in season. I feel like this festival look is kind of creole tomato inspired wouldn't you say? Fresh, bright red and sweet. Ok... so that was corny, but roll with my metaphor just for this post, alright? And check out a few more pics and scroll down to shop this look below! Photography and videography by Ron Ward.
Creole tomatoes and Bloody Mary
Creole Tomato Festival 2017
Red Catch the flow Swing Dress from Tobi
Festival Style Inspiration. Shop this look below.
Red Catch the flow Swing Dress from Tobi
Festival Style Inspiration. Shop this look below.
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June 7, 2017

Summer White Party...

7th and Broadway Skater Dress from TOBI
Shop my little white dress (LWD) by 7th & Broadway from TOBI
Shop similar nude wedge sandals from Aerosoles
White parties are a huge thing when the weather gets warm. Here in New Orleans the white parties have already started and you could usually catch one of these parties on any given weekend deep into summer. They're a summer time staple. I really think large groups of people look great in all white. It's crisp and makes you feel fancy, plus white parties are generally a little more "top-tier" than say your average summer time soirees. Just be careful with the barbecue sauce and red wine. And watch where you sit. Look, nobody said wearing all white was simple. It's a commitment. It takes vigilance and ninja skills not to spill on yourself, so you know, just stay woke wearing your white. That being said, on to my dress!

7th and Broadway Skater Dress from TOBI
Summer white party ready. Shop similar straw hats from H&M
First of all, how cute is it? I'm kinda weak for a cute dress with a collar. And no, I didn't make it, if you were wondering. This is the 7th & Broadway Skater Dress from Tobi and it's available in black too. Now if you know me and what I like, then you know I love dresses with pockets which this one does not have, but I gave it an easy pass because the back of this dress makes up for it. Plus if I really wanted pockets I could just add some since sewing is one of my superpowers, right? Anyhoo, check out a few more pics below and also my first video outfit post! You're probably saying to yourself, "but she's done outfit posts on video before", and you would be right, but up until now they've mostly been photo slideshows not video, scroll down to the bottom to watch and let me know what you think! Photos and video by Ron Ward.

7th and Broadway Skater Dress from TOBI
Party in the back y'all.
7th and Broadway Skater Dress from TOBI
White dress and a twist out... 
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