• Fashion,  Fashion Styles,  Lifestyle,  Travel

    Fashion Reflections: Green Fashion Week Highlights

    During my spring break of 2017, I got to meet up with my dear friend Hanne as she covered Green Fashion Week for her non-profit called Passport 2 Freedom. I am part of the board for this organization that uses creativity and fashion as a platform to raise awareness for human trafficking. We engage in all efforts towards ending modern-day slavery and oppression.

    Eye Map Tank

    Green Fashion Week (GFW) is a non-profit international event supported by GD Major and FSA and patronized by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea in collaboration with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

    I was excited to get a break from counseling and facilitating groups in creative art therapy. Things can get a bit stiff when you get into a crystalized routine.

    For me, I thrive in change and spontaneity and this was the fresh inspiration I needed.

    I flew into Las Vegas to meet Hanne and we took a joyride into Death Valley. We traveled on a long windy desert path to the runway show. I thought we were going to get lost, especially when we went off a road to take some photos for fun. I’m blessed to say Hanne is a great navigator and got us to the Runway show. My outfit of the day was something long and floral, and my funky bronze sunglasses. Hanne’s look was a black dress and ray-bans.

    This runway show was different in that they used an entire venue to have the models walk around and display the designer’s clothing. Below is footage from Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley. The music was live and had an acclaimed violinist to lead the models into their catwalk.

    Here are some of the styles I LOVED. They had many designers who continue to venture into fashion with eco-friendly materials.

    • Orushka is “a superficial layer of femininity, sensuality and many other features, which never fully discover.” Described as ‘Futurism soft, humanoid, very sensual.’
    • AURIA “aims to keep their sustainability fashion values strong with fresh, fun and contemporary design, all the while maintaining integrity and putting environmental and social responsibility at the heart of their brand.”
    • Jeff Garner is “a romantic visual artist, pioneer, and unconventional designer. His sustainable, eco label Prophetik are on a path of transformation, leading the evolution of fashion and changing our perception of luxury. Mr. Garner was just named one of 40 top artists in the US and works were placed into the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery July 20th for the 40 under 40 Exhibition.”

    I’m not going to lie when I say I was mesmerized by PROPHETIK’s style and visual artistry. I title him my first fashion designer/ artistic crush, lol!

    During the week, we got to be part of their ongoing filming in various locations. Added bonus was being able to attend other events to meet the models and designers. Check out some of my personal favs below.

    Here is their final work. This was Edition #5. Green Fashion Week continues and are currently on Edition #8, location: Switzerland.

    I’m looking forward to going to more fashion weeks as I now have a new profound appreciate for this artistic outlet. The ability to make something out of materials of your choosing is freeing. Have you ever been inspired by fashion week? What were some of your favorite designers and styles? Share below!

  • Fashion,  Fashion Styles,  Lifestyle,  Words of Wisdom

    Split Decisions in Beverly Hills

    For the past 2 years, life has been pretty rough. I am challenged physically, emotionally and spiritually with working, going to school, and interning at two counseling sites for my master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT). Doing all of this and trying to have self care and relational care with friends and family has taken a toll on me. I have a few months left, and I am still split between two worlds:
    Become a full time MFT Counselor.
    or
    Become the artist you yearn to become.
     
    I always try to mix the two, and it works quite well. But I feel as if something is missing. You see… lately… I have become the facilitator and not the participator or performer when doing creative art groups. I am missing the participator within me.
     
    When my friend Annie told me she wanted to do a photoshoot in Beverly Hills over this past weekend, my demeanor perked up. An outlet for creativity is just what I needed. I just want to have some fun on the weekend before starting my busy routined life.
     
    I found the perfect outfit in less than 5 minutes from a cute boutique at Pacific City in Huntington Beach A long floral dress with two split legs in the front. What a way to make a dress seductive. It got me mesmerized. Adding this with my most favorite accessory completed my style. A golden crown created by @loschydesigns I also added a dangly necklace with some Jessica Simpson 6 inch heels.
     
    Our Wanderlust to the Beverly Hills Hotel was a great choice! Annie and I were welcomed on the red carpet and had our photos taken. We decided to explore to see the uniqueness of the hotel. It is over 100 years old, and many celebrities over the century has lived here, Marylin Monroe loved it here, and I must say she has great taste! After finding a beautiful floral patio, and neon sign outside, we ventured to the pool area to the Cabana Cafe for brunch. We were so hungry we decided to split our breakfast to try a little bit of everything. I treated myself and got a refreshing frozen Mojito.

     It was great to catch up with my friend as she encouraged me about expressing my creativity more often. She was the confirmation I needed to realign myself. She was so patient and kind as I disclosed my frustrations and the decisions I needed to make. I feel more at peace to make the right decision and to dive in more as a participator and performer like I used to be.
     
    Enjoy the look! And if making hard choices and being frustrated with the process resonated with you, comment below and we can chat about it. I’m always here to encourage you and your life story!
     
    xoxo, LaTi
  • Fashion,  Fashion Styles,  Lifestyle,  Love + Relationships,  Travel

    Rompin’ My Way to Sophie’s Place

    Hello World,
    So last year, my sister wanted to meet up for brunch and drinks to discuss wedding planning (she finally passed into wifey-hood this past May). She was on a mission as she insisted on going to Redondo Beach, California for her favorite place to eat.
     
    It was a Saturday morning, and I was definitely wanting to stay in bed. I was so lazy from work and school. I didn’t want to put on an entire outfit, and decided to use the power of the romper! I find that rompers come in handy for such a time as this.
     
    A few reasons for loving a romper:
    • It looks good for daytime and nighttime (depending on the texture and style).
    • There’s a variety of prints, or solid colors to meet anyone’s desires.
    • It shows off your legs quite nicely.
    • You can add accessories like hats, jackets and jewelry to complete your look.
    My #1 (and perhaps only) reason to not like it so much:
    • Going to the restroom, and having to take off all your clothes! Lol!
     
    I hope you like the romper I chose for this day! Tell me what you think? It’s an olive green long sleeve romper with ruffles in all the right places. It works all year-round living in Southern California, and you can pair it off with a cute jean jacket if you find yourself chilly. I have worn this romper for nightlife, and during the daytime. 
     We headed over to Sophie’s Place at a perfect time! It wasn’t crowded yet, and we were able to get seating outside. The decor was sleek and beautiful. Any signs that light up will always have my heart.

     

     
    My sister swears they have the best grilled cheese and tomato bisque…. and she is right on the money!
     
    The photo below reflects how we got too excited for our drinks and began enjoying its savory goodness!

    My sister decided on a Paris themed wedding, as her partner proposed to her in Paris, France. It took him 3 days to ask her, as he tried to find the right timing. Listening to her talk about him with her googly eyes was cracking me up! I love that they are each other’s first loves. This is such a rare thing in today’s world.
     
    She told me she pretty much bought a lot of random gift boxes on sale because they were Paris themed from Michael’s Crafts Store. I began to have a feeling she was going to not need as much help, and she will want to do a lot of things for herself. (Bridezilla Bridal Parties beware! This could potentially be the first sign for Bridezilla to arise out from her slumber…)
     
    She let me have some input for the bridal shower so I was fine with that. I love rose gold themed parties!
     
    My sister is a pretty private woman, so I do not have any photos of that day with her. She insisted on photos of my romper because she thought it made my body shape sexy. lol! I decided to romp it up and do a few shots.

     
    Beautiful company, yummy food, productive wedding planning = MISSION COMPLETED!
     
    Comment below about your favorite romper styles & colors. I’ll see you next time beauties & beaus.
     
    xoxo, LaTi
  • Fashion

    Intro Post

    Hello World,

    It’s LaTianna here, thinking about what to say as an intro post!!

    For one thing, this may be the 5th time I have revamped my page within the last 2 and a half years. Let me tell you… it is not a fun thing to do. My thirst for the ‘more’ in life led me up to this point. After years of counseling, dabbling in performance art, and encouraging others to live out their dream life, I realized

    I WAS NOT LIVING MY DREAM LIFE.

    This entire time I pursued a degree that required me to help others, because this is all I knew how to do. It’s a great thing to do,  don’t get me wrong because I is still something I will always like to do, but there is another side to me that loves to create. For the past 10 years, I have been combining the two with my certification in Recreation Therapy, with my specialization in Theatre Arts. As I reflect on my 33 years of life, I realize I was not listening to my true self… either that or I was just that ugly duckling that took a long time to realize I was a beautiful swan that was ready to fly. After the many obstacles of heartbreak, depression, wins and loses, I needed to surrender to God and answer the call He has for me. All things work together for good, and my purpose is to pursue my passions to encourage others and help them become inspired by the power of the creative arts. My passions are fashion, theatre, hosting events and theatre workshops.

    It was theater classes that led me to heal and to have joy in my life. To have permission to act out what I want spontaneously empowered me. I also teach improv and theatre to all age groups, and I am learning more ways to help others connect their world and discover the strength within them. Creativity did this for me, and this is my gospel to tell.

    I never thought something so simple as fashion can be so complex and freeing. It helps me express myself. I am free to wear as I wish. There is sense of empowerment and mental wellness that comes with fashion and sharing it with others. Even though fashion should not be my identity, I dare say it helps me discover new sides to myself. I also get to see the transformation of others and how they like to express fashion. I admire the cultural differences in fashion and I had the honor in traveling to a handful of countries to experience their fashion styles.

    I was hoping to keep this first post shorter, but I think I got a bit carried away, LOL!

    I will end with listing 10 random facts about me below so you can get to know me a bit more.

    I look forward to hearing from you and getting to know you as well. Tell me some fun facts about yourself, and what form of creativity do you carry within yourself. Hope to see you soon!

    Much love,

    LaTi

    LaTianna in Brooklyn

     

    10 FACTS ABOUT LATIANNA

    1. I grew up mainly in the high desert (Hesperia, CA) and lived with my grandmother. If I wasn’t there, I was living with my mom traveling all over southern and central California. I am used to moving around a lot, and its hard to stay still sometimes.
    2. I knew theatre was my passion as soon as I performed in the Vagina monologues to raise awareness and funds about domestic violence. The power of storytelling overwhelmed me to heal, help others and have a sense of purpose.
    3. I love shoes. I have too many and as soon as I give them away, I fill up my closet with more!
    4. I live in a castle & it’s pretty rad.
    5. I have worked in the mental health field for 10 years in various settings and populations (shelter, school, residential facility, psychiatric hospital, and forensic psychology).
    6. My mom and I look like sisters! LOL black don’t crack!
    7. I am a dance fitness instructor.
    8. I used to be a shy person… not so much now! lol
    9. I have a heart to serve those who are in need.
    10. Song lyrics are always flowing my mind, especially if someone says a word or phrase of a song.