BLOGIVERSARY: FashionLayn Turns 4 !!

BLOGIVERSARY: FashionLayn Turns 4 !!

FashionLayn turns 4 years old today! BLOGIVERSARY!

I started not to post this. I was kinda feeling like who really cares… But… Skip that! I am going to celebrate my blogging career. Blogging is hard and it deserves to be celebrated.

I have been blogging for 4 years straight now. Omg, I can’t believe it! Thank you to all that have supported my journey! Read a post or two, took my pictures, and kept me motivated. Thank you to those that gave me honest hard feedback… tough to hear but I heard you. Y’all are the real MVPs. I continue to blog for you all. You all make a girl feel so important. I finally have a voice… and I can share it! Thank you for handing me the megaphone to speak my peace.

Now when I initially thought about blogging I knew for sure it was going to be easy. I was going to grow my following fast. Sponsorships were doing to falling in my lap. Collaborating was going to breeze Haha silly Alayna…. I was so wrong. Building a platform is not easy! Over the course of my blogging journey, I have never worked so hard in my life! I learned to work smarter not harder. I learned to grow my audience by interacting and networking… something that was never going to come easily to me. I learned that it’s okay to ask for help. Also, I figured out that if you want something then you have to go get it yourself. Closed mouths don’t get fed. I felt that in my soul. FashionLayn definitely thicken up my skin and really made me better person. So I am going to keep pushing forward. Being creative, and finding ways to help my audience!

Consistency is more important than perfection.

So as I sit here at my parent’s home, scheduling my February content, I am thankful to see another year of passion and growth. Cheers to new opportunities, growth, collaborations, and sponsorship!

Thank you so much for being an amazing audience! Commenting and reading through my sometimes chopping post. Sidenote: I am working on it! Lol I appreciate each and every one of you!

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The World Is Your Runway

The World Is Your Runway

CoCo Chanel said… “Every day is a fashion show & the world is your runaway” .  With that being said…..

FashionLayn Goes to Urban Cinderella Fashion Show !!

Yessss I was invited over the past weekend to attend the Urban Cinderella Fashion Show at the Ponyride in Detroit.  So exciting ! This show focus its attention on 3 totally different brands…. Design, Makeup and Hair and 1 fashion show. Three brands, three ladies that collaborated together to bring us the fashion show for the season.  Let me tell you sis the whole show was serving black girl magic on a silver platter. 

The Fashion Show gave us all denim inspired looks for the spring. The looks definitely came with a urban twist. Pearls, Ruffles, Distress that what the designer was giving me, a one of a kind looks. I really was at lost for words when I witness the designs on the runway Truly Goodness I witness !

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Stunning !!

….. And where there is goodness there is magic ! 

-Cinderella 

I really enjoyed this fashion show so much because three black women came together with their passion and flourish. I love when black women come together and slay. Then they created a fashion show that highlighted black women in the city. Our Urban Cinderellas and gave them a full beat from head to toe. Making all women from all shapes and sizes feel good inside and rocking out the ultimate denim design ! I have to be honest I was so excited to be the official blogger for the event!! Yes we dripping black girl magic and sauce everywhere.

A few look from the show ! 

Can you tell which one is my favorite ?

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Serving us Face !
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My favorite look out them all !

I love this outfit so much! I can see me going outside rocking this fit. I love fanny pack with a all the different color beads, and pens! OMG the distress is on point !

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Yessssss !

The Ladies Behind the Brands..

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First we have Dominique Rickett the founder of “Who’s Beating Your Face?, LLC. She invited me to this fab event.  She gave us lashes, eyeshadow, bold and nude lips to the scene. Sidenote: She is a freelance traveling makeup artist in the metro Detroit area.  She is serving us looks and making us feel good about ourselves  inside and out ! To learn  more about her, events, and to book your beat appointment socials link below.

Facebook |Instagram @whosbeatingyourface |www.whosbeatingyourface.com

Then we have the mastermind behind the designs. Eliza Bee owner of Prettiy N Piynk. Yes she is definitely a talent and an awesome designer. Giving us extraordinary denim looks ! Check out her latest designs on IG. Social link below

Instagram @prettiynpiynk | Email: prettiynpiynk@yahoo.com

Hair, Wigs and getting those edges right was from  Kyra Nichell owner of Crown Fantasy Hair, LLC. She deliver at the fashion show with the slaying of the wigs. So if you looking for bundles, wigs and more social links listed below.
Facebook |Instagram @crownfantasyhair | www.crownfantasyhair.com


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On the Fashion Tip

So about my outfit… my outfit came through for the event. I had no clue that the focus of the event was denim inspired. So yes I came through with the denim distressed jacket.  This whole look came out of my closet. So no money spent. On another note, you already know that I love my bodycon dress. So I served the dress up with denim jacket… Umm it still cold outside lol. The clear booties were a bonus. The denim jacket and the nude tank body con dress is from….. you know it.. FOREVER21!

 

Special Thanks !!

Special Shoutout to Dominique for the inviting me to the event. You know we have to put each other on  and help one another out. I really appreciate you and allowing me to be the official blogger for the event.  Thank you ! Thank you ! You keep flourishing hun !

 

Let me know what events you have coming up in the future?

Thank so much for reading yall. Please like and provide a comment below! 

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Alayna

 

DROPPIN’ GEMS: Doubt Kills Dreams

DROPPIN’ GEMS: Doubt Kills Dreams

Have you heard the phrase… “Doubt kills more dream than failure ever will” ? Yeah I came across this quote on Pinterest and it really got me thinking about self doubt and how easy we can fall to it. Doubt can make you lack confidence in your abilities to accomplish something.  It hold you back from doing great things.  We all were given potential to do something great with our lives. However we still doubt ourselves.

Why do you doubt ourselves in the first place ?

  1. Fear that we can’t sustain.
  2. Habitual doubter – It’s habit – sidenote: it take 21 days to break a habit.
  3. We lack the skills or the experiences
  4. Not putting the past behind us
  5. We believe what others day
  6. Surround by people who doubt themselves
  7. Comfort Zone/ Complacent

All these things can make you doubt yourself. Doubt your potential and then it can kill your dream ! So listen we do not have time for the dream killing or the dream killers. Doubt definitely kills dreams more than failure. Doubt will have you thinking all negative thought on why something can not happen for you. Listen: Believe in yourself… Im going to say it again. Believe in yourself. You can do anything that you put your mind. That might sound cliche but it the truth.

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How do we stop doubting ourselves

  1. Stay inspired: No matter if you truly believe in what your doing you have to have that little push to keep us going. So do what you have to do to keep you inspire to keep going. Literally it inspiration everywhere you just need to receptive to it.
  2. Stop comparing yourself: I think I have said these few times in different post but you have stop comparing yourself to others and what they are doing. I know it hard because you want to be great too. However time has it on agenda for you. You make yourself feel inadequate.
  3. Be aware when you are being your worst critic: I think you are selling yourself short when you over criticized
  4. Postive affirmations: I like to read positive and motivational quotes to keep in the right head space when I am feeling down.

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“Self Doubt is the anchor that keeps our ships from sailing”.

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On the Fashion Tip:

I feel like I am bring a spring denim look to the table. Of course you already know I have an addiction to graphic tees. It just so me ! Denim can be done anyway. This is a simply everyday look. Why did get this WOMAN graphic tees? Simply I got it because I am woman.

Shop My Look:

Plus “Woman” Graphic Tee// Boohoo – LINK

Special Thanks:

JORDVN X RYVN (Jordan), a Detroit Photographer, who took these amazing photos of me. His work is beautiful and he capture the moment so lovely. Thanks again

Instagram: @hecutsa|Facebook: Jordan X RYVN

Location: Royal Oak, Michigan

So my dearest readers and myself believe in yourself and your dream. Doubt kills dream and we don’t have time for it. Your dream matters. So stop doubting yourself and believe in that dream and make it a reality !

push forward. chase the dream.

Alayna

Beautifully Broken

Beautifully Broken

FashionLayn Collaborates with BnPowered

BnPowered is motivational movement that inspire a person to be empower by their own personal life, journey, or story. We all have a experience something in our lives that have shape how we are today. Let me say everything that I experience in life has not always been good. I learn over the years how to cope with my bad experiences, and to take power over them and flip my negatives into positives. No I will not be defined by those bad times.

I am so honor to collaborate with Brit Lashae from BnPowered. When black girlS link up we create magic ! First, Brit Lashae is a beautiful black women who use her story, took control of her narrative, and just like her name she is teaches us all how to BnPowered ( be empowered) !  So awesome right yes! I could not say no to this. I am always in search for motivation. Brit Lashae is a survivor , a personal trainer, author, a motivational speaker, and of course the founder BnPowered movement. I am so glad to be apart of the movement!

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I was broken ! However I changed my narrative. I would not be define by negativity!

My “Beautifully Broken ” Story

I had a relationship go all the way wrong while I was in my freshman year of college. So I met this guy through my best friend. I fell in love with the guy because he was so kind to everyone despite all he had going on. We dated for two years, and that was my first big relationship. Anywho when I went up to college I remember we decided to break up–honestly I don’t remember why but we did. I can remember that I still was in love with him and I still wanted to be with him badly. Here is the twist, my roommate at the time was a sweet girl. I would consider at the time one of my good friends and I was so happy to have her with me during college. However it all change.  Now remember the guy I was with for 2 years he visit me a few times up and school, thinking he was trying get back with me he only had eyes for my roommate….. Long story short all he wanted was her! They were together right in my face. A real life couple. My roommate and the guy I feel so in love with ! I became the third wheel. I though she was my friend, and thought he had loyalty to me.

What did I do… I tried to deal with, stay in my quiet, until I blew up on them both. This situation left me so broken. I could not believe this would happen to me. I lost my self esteem. I lost my confidences. I lost myself. I was so broken during this time, mind you I had a full load of classes ! It is sad to say it really took me a few years to get myself together. I felt like I would never be find love from man ever. Honestly it took a long time to even get back in the dating scene. So many fail attempts because I was trying to find something to replace that void in my heart.

Eventually, I pick up all the broken pieces and mended myself back together. I prayed, and meditated. I learn that I am worthy of love. Also, I learn to appreciate the experiences. Yes it was a bad experiences but I learn something out of it I am love. Self Love that I needed to have for myself. I needed to love and value myself more. I would not be define by the two that hurt me so.

“We all have broken pieces, but they are Beautifully Broken pieces that are part of the journey.”

-Brit Lashae

Read Brit Lashae story and how she was inspired to create this shirt ! (Read More)

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Shop My Look :

“Beautifully Broken” T-Shirt /// BnPowered  LINK

Plus Size Super Skinny Ankle Jeans// Forever21 LINK

Black “Old Skool” Vans// Journeys LINK

shop her other inspirational and affordable wear!

Shop BnPowered Collections

Special Thanks:

Special shoutout to BnPowered for collaborating with me ! It really warms my heart when I get a chance to collaborate with a black owned business.  Thank you so much hunny! Congrats on your 1 Year anniversary for BnPowered!! Keep flourishing !

Bnpowerd: Instagram @BnPowered | Facebook | BnPowered.com

 

So what are you going to do with your broken pieces ?

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