Check Your Arm Swag!!

Check Your Arm Swag!
After waiting TWO HOURS for my N.O.T. (Never On Time)designer bud, I walked the historically imprinted streets of Dumbo for my favorite goodie. I stopped affront the DOPEST window of garments and accessories to find JUST what I’d been waiting for… 

A perfectly displayed chest of ARM SWAG.

“ARM SWAG?” you ask is the coolest collection of watches, bracelets, and beaded wristlet meant to beautify your Arm. Over the past few years, I’ve managed to collect a series of colorful friendship bracelets, and unique wrist paraphernalia that never ceases to catch the eye of fashionista’s and artists alike. Check your favorite celebs like Gwen Stefanie; Taylor Swift, and Nichole Richie are known to rock some of the prettiest of them all.
Here are a few of my favorite bloggers, stylists, and looks with the best Arm Swag…

Arm Candy, Arm Swag, leather watches
Brilliant Leather Watches I found In Dumbo

Arm Candy, Arm Swag, Friendship Bracelets
Friendship bracelets from Dumbo

Aimee Song’s Arm Swag
Folake Kuye 

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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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Skip to the New

This month…

I deliberated with myself hoping to come up with ways to enhance my present. How to possibly chase after my passions in music, art, and fashion and maintain my career. Ways to protect my sons innocence all the while being able to properly prepare him for a competitive future. So far I haven’t found the answers but instead discovered a peace in knowing that my curiosity means I’m headed in the right direction.

In OTHER news…
A few months ago, I got some free tickets from Regal Cinema. My Mummie and I went to see Iron Man 3 which is by FAR the best movie in the history of all Marvel movies (I DARE you to beg to differ, lol). Tony Stark is more relatable,  hilarious and spunkier than ever. There’s a transparency in this part of the trilogy that allows you to feel the moral and enjoy the action and humor in the midst.

Gap Mens Sweatshirt, Gap Skinny ankle jeans, Zara Combination High Heel Sandal

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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 πŸ™‚ 
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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New Hair! New Year!

For the past 4 years I’ve worn the SAME EXACT hair style!
As I breezed through my Facebook pictures and bored myself from the lackluster side swept bangs, I realized it was time for a true change.
My hair has been natural for quite some time meaning:
NO relaxer
NO texturizer
NO perms
With that, I decided to join the kinky-curly crew and embrace my naturally beautiful hair.

 For the past week, I’ve been trying the Bantu Knots and manipulating my natural curl patterns to see where it takes me. The entire has been quite interesting but I thank GOD everyday that my Mum is a hairstylist… Lord KNOWS the outcomes may have been truly TRAGIC, lol
Wish me luck as I figure out how this works.
I need products to try out…
ALL recommendations will be greatly appreciated πŸ™‚
enjoy your weekend!!

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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 πŸ˜‰
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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