February 28, 2012

Fly Girl of The Moment - Dreama

Hey Dolls!! 

Check out February’s Fly Girl of The Moment... 
DREAMA!


Dreama is an extremely accomplished Dancer and Choreographer.  Dreama has received direction from some of the most noted names in dance including Fatima Robinson, Tina Landon, Wade Robson, and Dave Scott just to name a few and it has only helped her perfect her own unique style.       

With numerous accomplishments to validate her work in the arts, Dreama was the Capitan and Feature Lead Actress in the Broadway Style Musical “Katonga” at Busch Gardens Theme Park for 6 ½ years!  She has also served as Choreographer and Performer for Musiq Soulchild, Brooke Hogan, Brandy, Jadakiss, Montell Jordan and many more!  In December, I was able to see more of Dreama’s fabulous choreography in The Bay Area’s production of The Chocolate Nutcracker


Currently Dreama serves as the Creative Director for VYB Dance Company as well as teaches jazz, hip hop and fitness techniques all over the Tampa Bay area.

    

Dreama’s life revolves around the stage so she spends the majority of her time in Dance and Fitness gear, but that in no way inhibits her style!  She brings it at all time.  Get into Dreama and how she embraces Fashion in her Fly Girl Interview below:
  
Describe your personal Style.

I have always had the “How I feel, is how I’m gonna dress” Style. It's a hybrid of Current Fashion fused with a Classy Thrift or Throwback Vibe.

How often do you change up your style?
I've been known to change my style within the same day, based off a feeling or an event I'm attending. I love being spontaneous and switching it up.

What are your favorite brands and places to shop?
H & M, BeBe and Cache hold a special place in my heart as far as where I love to shop...But my all-time favorite spots will always include Vintage/Specialty Thrift Shops. That's where the REAL treasures lay! ;)

Who is your fashion icon?
I have two Fashion Icons!  I’m always waiting to see what Erykah Badu is rockin' because her style reflects who she is and not what is the hot item for the moment. That inspires me to just remain happy in the fashion I choose for myself. My second is My Grandmother!! She sparked my addiction to style by the amazing dresses and shoes she presented to me at such a young age. And all I can remember her saying is “How you dress is a direct mirror to how you desire the world to see you, invest in YOU!”

What is your favorite fashion accessory?
You may laugh but my favorite accessory is my Wig Collection!! I own over 65 pieces that I take pride in!! LOL, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my natural hair/look, but my “hair” allows me to switch it up even more.

What trend/style do you love?
I LOVE the Scarf Trend! Scarves can be dressed up for a classy affair, or down just to teach class in... Undying.

What trend/style do you hate?
I'm completely over the SKINNY JEAN trend!!! Skinny Jeans ain’t for everybody!!!

What are wardrobe staples that everyone should have in their closet?
Every female should at least have 4 pairs of stilettos, a sexy blazer, 2 cocktail dresses, and one Bad Dressy pant suit in their closest at ALL times and updated each season!!!

What is one fashionable item you couldn't live without?
If I didn’t have my 4 to 6 inch stilettos I would surely die ;)  Heels go with everything!!

If you could raid someone's closet, who's would it be?
Rihanna..... I LOVE some of her mis-match ensembles I see in photos!! I would love to take a peek in her many closets!!!!

Besides the U.S., where else would you love to go shopping?
My dream fashion spot would have to be Japan!!! One day soon!!

I think Dreama's style is so Fly and Diverse.  I admire the fact that her career allows her to be bold and daring with her style choices and she does just that from head to toe.  Its important when your clothes (and your hair, LOL!) say who you are!  I hope you Dolls enjoy Dreama's style just as much as I do!






Dreama is a Certified What's More Important Than Fashion "Fly Girl"!  


Want some of Dreama's AMAZING choreography, check out her youtube channel here.  Below is one of my favorite pieces of hers...so far! 


                       

Show Dreama some LOVE Dolls!


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What’s More Important Than Fashion is a Fashion Blog that LOVES to share the spotlight with Fellow Fly Girls out there.  The Fly Girl of The Moment Feature will showcase the signature styles of fellow fashionistas rockin’ fashion their way. 

February 22, 2012

St. John for Church

Hey Dolls!!

Remember I told you about this FABULOUS St. John dress I scored from Olori SWANK’s online store?  Well, I finally got to wear it!  Tampa had a shocking drop in temperature a few weeks ago and I wore this to church.
   

I love this dress.  It’s so cute and comfy.  I kept it simple and only wore earrings and a ring for jewelry.  If I had one, I would have worn a chain link necklace with this as well.  But my hunt is still on for one of those.  UGH!!!



Ironically, I am wearing some earrings I purchased from natashab1980 who I met on Twitter during our little fight over this St. John Dress.  LOL!!!  Be sure to check out her site, she has some fabulous accessories for great prices. 

What I’m Wearing – Dress:  St. John/Tights:  Target/Earrings:  Natasha1980 (similar)/Ring:  Betsey Johnson/Shoes:  Missoni for Target

I will probably only get to wear this dress once a year since I live in Tampa.  This year, we have literally had no Winter at all.  I’m not complaining, but I was expecting January to be cold enough to wear certain things, but oh well.

Today’s Black History Fact features Miss Althea Gibson.  I’m proud to feature Miss Althea Gibson as she is a fellow Florida A&M Alumni like myself!  Go Rattlers!!!

Althea Gibson (August 25, 1927 – September 28, 2003)

Althea was a World No. 1 American sportswoman who became the first African-American woman to be a competitor on the world tennis tour and the first to win a Grand Slam title in 1956.  She is sometimes referred to as "the Jackie Robinson of tennis" for breaking the color barrier.              

Althea was the first black to win championships at famous tournaments, such as the French Open, the United States Open, the Australian Doubles and Wimbledon in the 1950s. Even though she was subject to the segregation that plagued African Americans at the time; she trailblazed across the tennis scene and had an exciting amateur career.


According to Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, Gibson was ranked in the world top ten from 1956 through 1958, reaching a career high of No. 1 in those rankings in 1957 and 1958.  Gibson was included in the year-end top ten rankings issued by the United States Tennis Association in 1952 and 1953 and from 1955 through 1958. She was the top-ranked U.S. player in 1957 and 1958.  In 1957 Althea became the first African American woman to win Wimbledon. She won again in 1958.

In 1971, Gibson was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and in 1975, she was appointed the New Jersey state commissioner of athletics. In 1977, she challenged incumbent Essex County State Senator Frank J. Dodd in the Democratic primary for his seat.  She came in second behind Dodd, but ahead of Assemblyman Eldridge Hawkins. After 10 years as commissioner, she went on to work in other public service positions, including serving on the governor's council on physical fitness.

During her illustrious career, she wrote an autobiography titled "I Always Wanted to Be Somebody" in 1958. To her fans she was a special person and a pioneer in the black tennis community. Althea Gibson's experiences and successes paved the way for other great black tennis players like Arthur Ashe, Zina Garrison, Venus and Serena Williams.  Go Althea!!!  Black HISTORY (source) (source)

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February 17, 2012

Me and MJB

Hey Dolls!!

This is another Celebrity Inspired Outfit of mine.  This time its me and my girl Mary J. Blige.  Mary J. is one of my most FAVORITE Celebrity Style Icons.  I am a die hard fan who has followed her career since the beginning.  To me she is a Trendsetter that can rock virtually anything. 





When I saw her rocking this look, I knew I wanted to try it.  I love the mixture of burnt orange with animal print.  Since I don’t have burnt orange jeans, I rocked these cute burnt orange pants I found while thrifting last year. 



 I wore this to church a few weeks ago and it was cute and comfortable.  I decided to throw a little green in the mix just to provide another pop of color.  I am literally in LOVE with my Jade Bracelet that I purchased in Hawaii.  I have worn it with EVERYTHING.  Hey, we all have our favorites, right?  LOL!!



What I’m WearingBlouse:  Old Navy/Cami:  NY& Co./Pants:  Thrifted/Shoes:  Jessica Simpson/Bag:  Forever21 (old)/Sunnies:  Steve Madden/Earrings:  Burlington/Ring:  H&M/Bracelet:  Hawaii




 So Dolls, Tell me...how do you think I did with my MJB Inspiration? 









Since I am inspired by Mary J. Blige in more ways than one, she will be today’s Black History Fact!

                   

Get into Mary J. Blige Below:
       Singer - Songwriter - Producer - Actress - Wife - Business Woman - Philanthropist

Born in the Bronx, New York on January 11, 1971, Mary J. Blige began moving people with her soulful voice when at 18 she signed with Andre Harrell’s Uptown Records in 1989, becoming the MCA-distributed label’s youngest and first female artist.

She quickly became known to the music world as the reigning "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul", Mary would go on to be responsible for changing the construct of R&B music. Credited for the musical marriage of Hip-Hop and R&B, she introduced elements of hip-hop/rap into modern, contemporary r&b/pop music. Using old school hip-hop samples and loops, Mary would bridge "the gap between R&B and rap in a way that no female singer had before!



Over the course of her career, Mary J. Blige has released 10 Studio Albums, eight of which have gone multi platinum.  Blige has also collaborated numerous times and contributed to several Movie Soundtracks, most recently to the Academy Award nominated film The Help

In 2008, Mary J. Blige launched her biggest philanthropic effort yet when she and business partner Steve Stoute inaugurated Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, Inc. (FFAWN) at Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, New York. FFAWN's purpose is to inspire women "to reach their individual potential". The foundation offers scholarships and programs whose aim is to foster self-esteem and career development.



With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 29 nominations) and four American Music Awards, she is the only artist with Grammy Award wins in Pop, Rap, Gospel, and R&B.  How is that for HISTORY!


As of 2011, Blige has sold over 50 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide and Billboard Magazine ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years (source) (source).  

Let’s all Salute My Girl Mary J. Blige who is Black History

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