Say yes to the re-dress
Back in my stylist days, my number one rule was always "don't buy it if you can't think of at least three ways to wear it"! And now as I work more and more with brides, i wondered why can't that same rule apply with a wedding dress!
Something Old, Something Blue
For this look, I styled this vintage wedding dress revamped by Thrift Mobb, , with ripped jeans, designer shoes and Cherné Altovise Jewelry of course. Overall taking something old and something blue to a new level! Thrift Mobb, a brand that focuses on recreating the hottest trends with exclusive vintage pieces, hit two current trends with this revamp: off the shoulder and sheer by removing layers upon layers of satin, lining, tulle, etc until only this sheer tulle layer was left! AMAZING!
Off the shoulder tops and dresses, which are all the rage right now can be hard to accessorize especially if you're not into boho jewels or chokers, but luckily with this fabric I was able to pair our Finding Prayer Collar Necklace from our zen collection and our new matching earrings with this look for an even more up to date and trendy feel.
Riding the fence on traditions
Now I'm aware that this look was created with a vintage dress which you probably don't own and definitely won't be wearing for your big day. So if your not a bride or thrifter here are some ways you can still make use of this idea!
1. Rock the look: I'm not a bride but I would totally go grab a dress, recreate this look, and rock it at a festival, event, or even date night! Like I stated before off the shoulder and sheer skirts are in so what's the difference you'll have the better version with more support from old school corset!
2. Recreate this look with your mothers dress for engagement pics, save the date or bridal shower! If you're that bride who's ducking the hard conversation of "mom I'm not wearing your dress", this is a good way to make her happy but still putting your spin on it. If your mom was married in the 70's or 80's then I'm sure the dress has some great elements like this dress you just have maybe pluck away layers upon layers and keep what you like!
3. Start a new tradition! If you're like me then the everyday then traditions like jumping the broom, trashing the dress, and eating year old cake seem a little odd or old fashion to you, so start your own! Pick an anniversary, revamp both your dress and your grooms, go on an adventure or special date, and capture the moments! How great would it be to celebrate your matrimony then in the same clothes with a new feel! So everyone how you went from jumping the broom to jumping the fence into great creative and sustainable style!
Dress: Thrift Mobb
Ripped Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Miu Miu
Jewelry: Cherné Altovise
Photographer: Terrance Cowsette
The beauty: connecting, activities, & more
Every month I host an event called Melanin On Market to celebrate and support multicultural businessses! This month we focused on the beauty industry, entitled beauty and brains edition! We invited the best of the best in lashes/hair, makeup, and physical therapy as guest speakers, vendors, and sponsors! As guest arrived the first ten people also received a special gift from Cherné Altovise along with activities, games, and a special message to empower us to keep going! ,
I went with a subtle beauty and the beast theme with the decor, gifts, and notes using the red rose as my main inspiration. Everyone loves a good rose and just women poems have been written about them, they are a symbol of both love and strength, and unlike most flowers they can grow through anything- even concrete! Remind you of someone? A woman has the power to wear many hats and contrary to the standards society has put on us; it is our decision to be and do what we want.
Every month I host an event called Melanin On Market to celebrate and support multicultural entrepreneurs in business, art, and more! This month we zeroed in on my fellow girl bosses for the ultimate networking experience for women in business with vendors, guest speakers, drinks, and more. Our delicious treats were sponsored by Miss Dolley Sweetcakes!
Make Your Next Vacay: Easy, Breezy, Beautiful, Trendy Girl!
Resort season is here and we have some great ideas to make your last minute vacation stylish in a breeze! Whether you're going on a cruise, taking the kids to Disney World, or chilling in the Caribbean, Trendy Turbans and Cherné Altovise is all you need to update your current resort wear! With multiple ways to tie, Trendy Turban is perfect for quick styles, bad hair days, tossing and turning at night, or just extra protection from sun and water. With five new colors but over 20 ways to wear, CEO, Mary Jane Igwe, strives to merge her passion for hair and expertise in fashion design by giving the every day woman fashionable head wraps at the low cost of $25-30!
Sometimes Becoming A Masterpiece Means Becoming A Work Of Art
Although I've been making and selling jewelry since a child, 2008 is when the journey of Cherné Altovise, the business really began. From my first wholesale orders of boxes, shopping bags, etc to designing my first collection and debuting it through my own runway shows; this is when I really started becoming the designer you see here today. At 18 years old that's a huge thing, but I never noticed I always just kept going and focusing on my goals. In college I held my head down, I lived off campus in my first apartment, and I worked all the time to pay my bills towards the end I even had two jobs. This never allowed me to even come close to becoming big headed, snobby, or anything else you may associate with girl bosses, artists, or entrepreneurs in general. Instead I had to do lists, goals and planners. Once a task was completely I checked it off and that goes for my jewelry orders, homework assignments, and washing dishes (well that's another story lol). I treated my business, school, work, and personal life all with the same priority. Seeing that long list never discouraged me because I always knew that I'm just one person and as long as I do one thing at a time, to the best of my ability, and in a timely manner it would all eventually get done.
Our annual holiday party for our customers is almost here and to honor ours and all other holiday parties we wanted to share some of our favorite helpful tips on how to be the perfect holiday party guest and scores double the invites next year!
Dress for Success
You always want to look your best, but sometimes your idea of best doesn't fit the dress code so always pay attention to dress codes and language that set the mood of the event. For example our annual holiday event for our customers is called Bowties and Bangles this is a clear indication that although every man doesn't have to wear a bowtie that it is a cocktail type of event. And when all else fails ask the host its better to be safe than sorry. Remember life is like a fashion show and the world is your runway! Always show up to show out, and a piece of Cherné Altovise never made anyone pout 😉!
By: Call Mi Cocoa
Artist, Stylist, Owner of Thrift Society
It’s Fashion Week and designers are exhibiting their latest collections in stores, galleries and runways across the East Coast.From the parkway of Philadelphia to the runway in Manhattan the love of street style is sweeping the fashion industry. Don’t be fooled, street style is just about the clothes. We took CherneAltovise’s couture pieces to the streets to show you how to rev up your street style with Accessories for the Everyday Fashion Icon.
First stop Afropunk in Brooklyn, NY. This eleven year festival is known for its eclectic fashions. They were most definitely alive and well at this alternative music festival full of vibrant styles with a specific focus on self-expression. We knew the looks would be off the charts so we had to come equally as fabulous. Obviously made to be the show stopper we came prepared to shine at Afropunk with the Serena Choker. Most definitely an attention grabber this choker was the perfect complement to the afrochic look we put together. Leather shorts, Floral printed tunic, and the oversized accent flowers on the choker were a great pairing for this festival. Add a black scarf and these jewels commanded attention for this cultural couturestreetwear look.
June 18th we honored all the special fathers out there with a day of live music, guest speakers, food, drinks, and shopping deals. Here's a mini recap from photographers Sam Anthony and Unseen Visuals!
Who is Bobbi Rhian’s? Tell us your story.
Well, as you know, my name is Ralph. I’m from the city of Wilmington, came here when I was or 8 or 9 years old. My mother moved us to Wilmington from New York because of her job. I got caught up ripping and running the streets and ended up incarcerate, doing 15 years. When I was incarcerated, there was a young guy who came up to me saying he remembered me coming through his neighborhood and remembered what I was wearing, the car I drove, and right then and there, I realized people will pay attention to what I do, negative or positive. I figured, what if I change that around and just did positive things, what kind of impact I could have on the community. So when I came home, I would do different things like talk to the kids, having community events. It started off with just throwing parties. Business owners didn’t respect what I was bringing to the table. I saved my money working 3 jobs to cut the middle man out and fund these parties myself until I found the space I wanted to open up my own lounge.
How did Bobbi Rhian’s Executive Lounge come to life?
I knew what Delaware was missing. There’s just bars and restaurants that think they’re clubs -- we don’t have a lounge for people to feel safe, laid back, relaxed and just enjoy the ambience. While working on the project, I was going to name the place the “Executive Lounge.” A week before my daughter was supposed to be born, she passed away. We were going to name her Rhian Bobbi and while I was in the hospital with her mom, I played around with the name “Rhian Bobbi, Rhian Bobbi’s, Bobbi Rhian’s” and Bobbi Rhian’s had a nice ring to it. It felt rich, it felt different. I even went as far as to search “Executive Lounge” on Google and a million things popped up, but when I looked up Bobbi Rhian’s, there was nothing so it only made sense for me to change the name, but still keep my “Executive lounge” tagline on it -- but it just felt right to do it that way.
What has motivated you to be the successful businessman and father you are today?
To be totally honest, what keeps me motivated are my kids. I notice with a lot of African American families, we don’t leave our kids anything but debt; they can’t even pay for our funerals sometimes. So of course I want to make money with my business but one of my biggest things is to motivate my kids to be entrepreneurs. In today’s day and age, you can’t just have a nine-to-five, you have to have some other type of hustle going on.
How do you inspire your children?
I love the fact that my son is 5 years-old in daycare telling everyone about his daddy’s building. There’s teachers coming to the lounge because my son is saying, “Are you going to Bobbi Rhian’s?” He even loves coming around and sweeping for a dollar and doing little things for a little money. I think those are the things that inspire our youth to become great! When he’s 15, 20, he’ll remember when he was 5 in his dad’s building and maybe they’ll have a lounge or some sort of business. I’ve been trying to inspire my daughter to become an entrepreneur and at first she didn’t get it but within the last year or two, she’s started her own business and it feels good to have your daughter come up to you and “Dad, I’m proud of you.” Even people in our community that will come up and say “Hey, I just want to let you know you inspire us.” I come from where they come from-- I’m not the guy with the suit and tie and the degree who’s just going to tell you what not to do because it sounds good--I’ve done it.
Not just monetary items. Even when I came home, the things I didn’t have, I made up for it by spending the time and doing the little things. That’s one of the things that makes me continue to be a good dad. I’ve been locked up with people who hate their dads because they weren’t around or in and out of prison but my daughter embraced me when I came home and I fear that if I go back, she’ll turn into one of those kids that can’t stand their father.
What advice would you give to fathers?
Never give up. Situations are going to be difficult and people are going to tell you what you can’t do. I’ll be transparent about my situation, with my son’s mother, we didn’t get along at first. All I could do was continue to be myself and be a great father and it took some time but she finally came around and apologized and said despite her bitterness from things that you’ve done to me, I’d always been great dad. I hear some guys say they don’t know what it means to be a father because my dad was never around -- that’s all the reason you should step up to the plate and be a great dad! Because you know what it feels like not to have one. Life ain’t easy, but you stick around long enough, you fall, you get back up, I think everything is gonna be alright.
Being a Fashion Stylist and Jewelry designer, my life revolves around fashion, food and people. In these blogs you will find advice, tips, and references for all the best I have to offer about my brand, myself, home, and more.