United Colors of Benetton’s New Season in Kids

This Season, United Colors of Benetton is screaming at its competitors!
High quality sweaters and super strong denim has Mom’s and kids alike in a state of “WOW”. Zac’s grandmother got him an awesome collection of United Colors- Kids gear for Christmas. After we tried on the clothes, I fell in love with the quality and did some investigation on their website. You’ll find a great display of the upcoming seasons goodies for kids of all ages. I selected the “shop” and found some of the items Zac received. I honestly fell in love with the idea of being able to see what they have now and what is soon to come. There is currently a sale of up to 50% off which I will be patronizing!
My Grandparents celebrated their Golden 50th Anniversary.  While picking out clothes for the party, the first thing Zac could think of wearing was his logo sweater. I of course intervened and incorporated a little bit of ZARA and H&M.
Take A Look!
 
 

 
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Restoration Rock!!

Zac and I stumbled upon this years 7th annual 
Restoration Rocks Music Festival!
After waking up to the sound of awesome oldies music, I decided to get my chipmunk dressed to see what all the excitement was about. As we got ready, the music seemed to get better and better… And as my excitement built, so did my sense of hearing when my front door opened. Before I could peep out my bedroom door, it was my MOMMY who came to surprise us! I slipped into a simple maxi dress, ankle boots and denim jacket (which the weather was oh-so fitting) and ran out to see a massive crowd that had taken over Fulton street. Both Brooklyn and New York avenues were blocked off with little shops and tables with African Decals, face painting and informational booths. My Mom ran into an old friend who sells African jewelry and caught up on info like how her daughter now owns a cupcake empire (more info here) as Zac met up with old friends, got his face painted and photo’s taken by the events photographers.
Chrisette Michelle sang her neck off and Leon reminded us of how handsome his handsomeness was. Big Daddy Kane hit em with a quick one while the crowd lasted for hours afterwards. It was awesome to see my neighborhood be able to entertain and socialize so freely.
No overwhelming police policing or violent rampages as I remember only a decade earlier.
Restoration Rocks definitely served as a re-introduction to the world the Bed-Stuy is better.
Hopefully these events can last a longer or even expand

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8 Signs You May Have Trouble Being Single

At times as single a single woman, you’ll find yourself waiting for companionship or a dating partner. All of your girlfriends seem to be in successful relationships while you find yourself recycling phone numbers in your contact list. Take a look and see if your stuck in the past and may have trouble being single…
  1. There’s an ex you’ve been holding on to for 3-4 years. You’re not completely attracted to, you know he did you a tad bit dirty but, for some temporary testosterone, you’ll hit an occasional movie and let him make a move or two on the low.
  2. Dating the same lame guy for several weeks, you notice he has traits you can’t quite ignore or get over. After dropping him, you find yourself reuniting and putting up with nose picking/boring conversation/ too loud gangster rap music in lieu of cuffing season
  3. You’re contact listing has the phone number from the guy you met at the Publix/Pathmark last summer that never called… He might remember how great your meatloaf recipe was
  4. You find yourself adding an ex or former date on social networks (instagram, facebook, twitter) to let them see what they may be missing or “He’s still single, I may have a chance”
  5. The Black Swan bar on Bedford was his as much as YOUR favorite spot on date night… There’s nothing wrong with making an appearance… you just make sure your outfit is right in case he or or one of his friends show up
  6. You give the not-so-tall-or-cute guy at the club your number hoping your standards may be too high, “He might be different than the others”
  7. At least 5 men in your neighborhood/at work/at church have your number in the spirit of keeping your options open
  8. You have wandering eyes. After getting off the train from work, you’re constantly looking around and overly aware. You find yourself locking eyes mostly with men and at least 4 per block radius.
One thing I’ve learned from many different men…
They can literally smell an insecure, lonely, desperate woman.
The good ones gravitate to women who are focused and limitedly aware of the guys around them. Walk with your head high, spend more time thinking about how to make work a little easier tomorrow or how many accounts you can close instead of how slim the pickings of handsome men there are near your job.
Most importantly, being alone is a great time to develop yourself and learn some things you weren’t aware of.

What are some extra signs you know of that display trouble being single?

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H&M Insider: What to Expect During an H&M Interview

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Gorgeous window by H&M Columbus Circle Visual Team
Having worked for H&M for several weeks,
there were many things I’ve learned about the company…
Their points of view…
Perspectives on leadership…
and the many opportunities provided.
I started my training at the Columbus Circle Location 
(which in my opinion is the best store to shop!!)…
FLASHBACK!
About two weeks after my group interview, I had my final interview with the hiring manager and a store manager of another location. They had me walk one of the stores and share what it was that I noticed that needed to be updated…
That moment was used to determine my ideologies and priorities as a store leader.
At the end of that small project, I learned that the store manager I spent that precious hour with was my potential manager, and I had gotten the job as well as my job offer in that day!
FAST-FORWARD!!
H&M prides itself in leadership and advancement. Anyway that you can execute that.
LET THEM KNOW!
I was able to train and learn what H&M looks for in the hiring process. Whether you’re going for a Sales Advisor, Visual Merchandiser, Department Manager, or Store Manager; to ensure your experience is successful, display in as many ways as you possibly can your form of leadership.
MY personal questions I’d ask during interviews are:

“At your previous job, how did you take the lead in a difficult situation?”

“Explain a moment where your co-worker challenged your direction”

“Tell me about a time when you were able to motivate an unhappy co-worker” 

 Lastly, the biggest piece of information I could share!
Make sure you pay close attention during the online questionnaire.
It’s not just something to pass by…
THAT questionnaire determines whether or not you’ll get that call back and why.
Make sure all of your answers are as independent and solution oriented as possible.
Although, the truth reveals itself in the survey.
This post is intended to inform interested applicants and not to infringe on the policy and procedures of H&M.
My hiring papers!
Your future H&M Handbook

How I dressed for work: First two Jackets H&M, Right:Brooklyn Industries jacket, Zara Pant, Gap Shoe

Lunch Break!

H&M gave us employees free shirts launching the new website

I cut the sleeves for an edgy look!

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The Greatest Interview EVER: H&M Edition

This week, I’ve been lucky enough to attend the Greatest Interview Ever hosted by none other than H&M.

Hennes and Mauritz is the trendy international brand known to all of fashion. 
They’ve managed to cover most of the world with stores in North America, Europe, China, and most recently Chile in South America.
This past week, I’ve been able to reach the THIRD step in the interview process for a Department Manager position.
To keep the integrity of the interview, I’ll share a brief overview of what I’ve encountered. Otherwise, here is the 411 on interviewing with H&M
Step 1:  The Phone Interview
This is your first encounter. You’ll be asked questions based on your online application, work experience and history, store volume, etc. At the end of the interview, you may either here the famous FAIL phrase: “We’ll reach out to you for a date” or PASS with “when will you be available this/next week”.

Step 2. Interview at Headquarters
Here you’ll discuss your resume, and live examples of potential work scenarios. There may be two hiring managers. One focused more on generic questions and the other taking notes. Towards the end, you may sign off on a background check and be notified of a potential follow up interview if you pass.

Step 3. Interactive Interview
This is where it gets exciting. There will be 4 activities lasting 20 minutes with a small group of other applicants and 6 Managers who have traveled the country and world working with H&M. You’ll be seated in a room that has dope titles such as “Moscow” and “Argentina” for example. Snacks will be bowled all for the taking. Do NOT be shy, it’s all for you. Although a lengthy process, I have never been so intrigued and overwhelmed from an interview by a retail company. If you’re accustomed to the classic “What do you do when…”, be prepared for the actual “do when… During this portion of the interview, you’ll be doing a LOT of sweating, and moving so you may be asked to dress comfortably. Do just that. 
Not necessarily in converse and a hoodie but, ensure you represent the casual professionalism of the brand. Ladies, do not wear heels you’ll potentially want to change out of. I personally wore 2inch thick heels by the Gap, Sky blue ripped jeans by H&M, a Black tank with pink lining by H&M, and my favorite Bomber jacket by Brooklyn Industries.

To keep the integrity of the interview, I won’t share the EXACT details of what activities but I assure you, be yourself, be respectful, and I assure you, as much as it may seem, this is 100% NOT A COMPETITION. Try your best to use team work. Every single activity will show who you truly are in the heat of the moment, during stressful situations, and evaluate how you interact with your partners.

I’m not sure what my results are but despite the potential outcome, I’ve learned a great deal of who I am through this experience. Here are a few ideas of what to wear if you’re having any trouble!

Nadia of NAC Styles

Aimee Song from Song Of Style

Sharina Clarke

Click here to find out how it ended!
How did your experience go??

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MomMe Father’s Day Fun Fact!

Some folks may not know…

My very own Zac is not only the cutest but has a name with dope meaning.
7 Months pregnant, I was reading the Bible frustrated and unsure of a name for my future Swag Prince.
I knew it had to be cool.
Had to be “hire worthy”.
Had to have great meaning.
I came across the book of Zechariah. 
The story took me into a world where I couldn’t stop reading.
The name “Zechariah” means “God remembers”.
At that moment I decided the name Zachary Sean Clarke was the money maker!
Zac” during play time.
Zachary Sean” to get his attention
and “Zechariah” when I mean business.
His middle name is also cool dedication to my DAD Sean Clarke.
It only made sense to honor my fathers passing in the life of my son.
Zac was born the date before my Dads passing
Creepy, huh? lol

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Father’s Day Memoir

I remember walking home with my Dad in the middle of the winter…
My sister on the left hand as I held tightly onto the right.
My gloveless hands slid along the porch of an apartment and I grabbed the biggest pile of snow my hand could hold. Even with my fingers frozen, the idea of letting go of such beautiful snow helped to fight the feeling and discomfort. After learning that the snow had disappeared, I cried until I understood that the snow had only changed its state and would sometime soon reappear just as I had left it.
The toughest feeling in coming to terms with my Dads passing is whether or not to hold on to the beauty of his memory even if its painful or to let go and hope to have the place fulfilled in time.

My sister Seanice age 6 (left), My Dad Sean (center), Myself age 5 (right)

I’ve been lucky to share a few wonderful Fathers in the past few years…
Great Figures who’ve shown lots of love to their own children,
and had a little love to spare!
My silly uncle Keith and his two sons Brandon (left) and Jr (right)

My Grandpa McPhoy with his handsome legacy
My Mommy and Grandfather at a family picnic

My Big cousin Omar who ZAc can’t help but listen to ๐Ÿ™‚ 
My cousin in Law Adrian and Zachary’s favorite cousin Kyla!!!

JJ

Zac’s God Father Uncle NICK!!!!
My DEAREST Uncle Neil and mi favorito Merisa
A throwback of my Lisa (left) and Merisa (right) 2007
Although there are many, these men in particular people prove as direct and indirect examples of love 
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Let’s Go To The Park!

For the past few weeks, I’ve been working like a maniac!
50+ hour work weeks have kept me away from doing some of the things I most enjoy…
Late night dinner with the ladies, Reality T.V. with mi madre, and most importantly, hang time with my chipmunk, Zac. To make up for time lost, I took the most important man I know out for an evening at the park. 
The weather had been awesome the entire day. I couldn’t miss a moment!

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Sunny Days with La Familia

This weekend, I decided to spend some time at church with La Familia, 
My Mother, Zac, and Lisa visited a nearby church and got a few great pics in.
For the past few weeks, Lisa has been having second thoughts on the color of her hair. The solid “Orange” as she calls it seems overwhelming. Although many beg to differ, my mom and I have managed to help her change her mind…
That and Zac’s compliments of Lisa being a princess…
Most days, I look forward to playing dress up… Sundays tend to be that day ๐Ÿ˜‰
Mommy and the Zacster

Zara Combination Heels

Gap Hat, Zara Peacoat, Zara Blucher shoe, H&M Leatherette Jeans

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SoHo wit My Lisa

For the past 3 weeks, my DARLING little cousin Lisa (Melisa) has crashed into New York and brought some well needed excitement to my dreary days.
My Lisa (Melisaaaaa) happens to be a creative cluster of amazingness… Graphic Designer, Model, and maker of great drawings. 
To get her re-acclimated to the Big Apple, we’ve gone on quite a few escapades throughout the city but more recently, my mother, Lisa, and I spent a Ladies Day Out with lunch and shopping in SoHo.
Funny Faces at lunch time

MAJOR sale shopping at H&M
Awkward moments during shoot time… I’m the worst!

Me: Zara Vamp Heels, Levi Legging Jeans, Forever 21 Studded Top, Urban Outfitter Blazer, Zara Parka Jacket

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