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Graffiti Alley X Baltimore

Oh hey Graffiti Alley…..you are MAGIC

I’ve only been in Baltimore for a few days, and of course I had to make my way to this place. It really is magic – and no I’m not being dramatic. For a girl like me who is at her happiest , I was definitely in my element. If you’ve been following me for a long time, then you know that I love the urban and industrial back drops. I always use my neighborhood as my photoshoot playground. I like the realness. The places you don’t have to try and make ‘pretty’

Graffiti Alley is located in the States North Arts and Entertainment District of Baltimore. Shaped like an L, you can find so many gems on these walls. Every inch was full of color – even the trash cans and garbage bins. So dope! I also found a shopping cart that was covered in paint. Naturally, I stopped to take a pic….because how could I not?

I learned that this alley isn’t even visible from North Street, so many Baltimoreans don’t even know its there. Crazy right. But it is a bit hidden. Also, this is the only legal spot in Baltimore City where local graffiti artists can practice their art without fear of getting arrested – so that’s a plus!

Its crazy how the Universe works though. Coming to this spot was in the midst of a tough transformation for me. I was feeling pretty defeated and overwhelmed, but then I came here. I felt a wave of energy in seconds. If you aren’t a blogging freak like me, you may not understand. But if you are someone who falls in love with bright walls that tell stories, then you totally get it. I hope you enjoy the photos, and have a chance to visit this place on your own one day.

Thanks so much for reading babe. Do me a favor, and be sure to keep up with me on Instagram. Remember to turn on my post notifications so you can see all of my posts!

See you next week stylists, xo.

 

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All The Sales Happening This Week

Ok Stylists, there’s some major sales happening this week! I’ve got all the codes and discounts you need for your favorite fall fashion trends and boutiques –>

 

Net-a-Porter —Take 10% off your entire purchase with code FWFASHION. Valid through 10/15

Saks Fifth Avenue —Saks Friends & Family! Take 25% off select of clothing, shoes and accessories, plus 20% off jewelry. Valid 10/1-10/8.

Neiman Marcus Last Call —Enjoy an extra 35% off everything. Valid through 10/4. Additionally, take an extra 35% off everything 10/5-10/8

Lord & Taylor —Take 20% off sitewide with code COLUMBUS. Valid 10/3-10/8.

Alice + Olivia — Take 25% off everything. Valid through 10/8.

Splendid — Take 30% off everything. Valid 10/3-10/9.

 

This is one of my favorite Fall outfits. Half of my closet is full of casual joggers, cropped hoodies and Tee’s, and my converse of course. I get so many questions on these grey joggers! You can shop them below.

 
Be sure to comment below and let me know if you’d like to see more posts like this. There’s always new sales happening, and of course, I’m always here to share them with you.
Thanks so much for reading babe, and I’ll see ya in the next one. Happy Monday loves xx

 

 

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Why You Need A Brand Mood Board

So, what is a mood board exactly? Brand mood boards are a collage of images used to depict the ideal look and feel (the theme) for your brand. It helps you create a clear vision that you will need for your digital platforms. Creating a mood board is the first step I take when designing a brand for my client. This will help us put together everything we need in order to lay out the foundation for a kick ass brand. So why do we need a mood board?

  1. It helps you create a well put together look – Have you ever scrolled through an Instagram business or blog account and their feed looked disorganized and confusing? That’s because there is no theme that goes along with their brand. The most important thing you must remember is to stay consistent. By creating a mood board, you create a visual representation of how your brand should look. This is like your “brand blueprint” Here is my mood board for Nkmstyling.

I use images that help remind me what my brand is all about. Its a way to motivate my brand and put all the pieces together. You can always change your mood board from time to time to give it a fresh look as well.

  1. It helps you gain recognition online – The more your audience and followers see the same brand style – the content you produce online – the more they will recognize you. My theme uses the same colors, same fonts, and same content. So when my audience sees my content, they recognize that its from me. My mood board helps me keep my brand in check!
  2. It helps you look more professional – When it comes time to collab with other brands and start future projects, you want to make sure you have your vision together. In other words, your mood board will help you establish a marketing concept or campaign approach. How impressed would your business partner be if you showed up with a clear visual of what you wanted for your project? Also this will save time. Instead of heading into your first meeting trying to come up with ideas, you will already have ideas on your board. Makes sense right?

Want to create your own Mood Board?

Well that’s easy, and its super fun. There are two ways to do this – the old fashioned way – using magazines, scissors, glue and a white board, or the digital way – using an app like Canva or Pinterest to create a grid. I personally like both.

Pinterest is nice because you can add and delete images whenever you like, while most mood boards are .jpg images that need to be edited if changes are required. So that’s the beauty of Pinterest. It has a bit more flexibility.

Canva is great too though, and that’s what I used to create the one you see here. Its an easy way to put images in your mood board. You can make any size grid you chose and there are a ton of layout options. To create a template, click on Elements and then Grids. Choose a grid you like and drop your images into each box. They will automatically fit the size of your template. When you’re finished you can download your design as a .jpg or .png file on your computer.

If you need more help or have questions on mood boards, send me an email or DM on Instagram!

Thanks for reading loves, I’ll catch you in the next one…..Nkay xx

 

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Shorts X Stripes

So the way this current weather is set up…..it feels warm enough to show some leg, but also chilly to the point where I need a long sleeve top. Fall can be such a nice season, but it’s also an indecisive kinda season. Well, at least for Buffalo. The weather here changes more than I do love this outfit though, and its super cute. I love showing a little leg, because for the next few months, my legs will be covered in a million layers….

I got this top from H&M and I’m currently obsessing over it. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m trying some new fall trends this year. I styled this top with a pair of denim shorts, and my sparkly of the sparkliest heels from Zigi Soho. I love these shoes.

I can’t rock these shorts too much longer…obviously….but I’ll save them for my next vacation. In the meantime, you can catch me in converse, sweatpants, and a cute leather jacket. You can shop this look below if you feel it!

Thanks for reading babe, see ya in the next one!

Nkay, xo

 

 

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3 Fall Styles You Will Love

Ok, there are a few things I like about Fall – it is nice to wear big, cozy sweaters, leggings, a cute pair of boots, and leather jackets. And yes, it’s also nice to drink a hot latté surrounded by the crisp air. This season I decided to “step up” my Fall fashion game, since I’m usually seen in edgy street fashion. I’m sure many people assume I hate wearing heels or getting dressed up, but that couldn’t be any more far from the truth! I love me a glamor look. And these next three looks are perfect for the new season.

Hot pink

Pink is one of my favorite colors – obvi. I love wearing hot pink. It’s such a bold color, and it makes me feel like a boss when I wear it. My top is from my own Eyecandy Kollection. It’s a wrap around top that has shoulder puffs. Sooooo cute. I’m obsessed with retro, vintage fashion. I styled this outfit with a pair of men’s style business checkered pants from H&M. They are so cute, and fit my waist perfectly. It’s very rare that pants actually fit my waist! Then I wore these gorg pink heels from Christian Siriano.

  

 

Olive Love

I mean….honestly….olive is just my color now! I’m becoming obsessed with it. I styled this outfit while playing dress up inside LOFT’s fitting room. So many good fall fashion goodies there by the way. This leather jacket tho….GOALS. I love to wear these off the shoulder. In the Fall, it can add a layer of warmth – which is always necessary for people who are always cold like me! When you wear your jacket over the shoulders, make sure to keep your outfit interesting and unique. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and colors. My skirt is a soft cotton blend with an elastic waist. And of course, I had to rock a white Tee with this outfit. I prefer to wear more solid and minimal colors underneath a colored leather jacket. It makes the jacket pop too.

 

And my last look for today is this GORGEOUS Diamond Tie Waist Dress. I love the tie because it accentuates my waist, and the pattern is so pretty. I’m on the shorter side (in my pics I look like I’m a little taller) but when you’re 5’4” you just love a short dress with heels. It makes your legs look longer. Ironically I’m a short girl with long legs, does that make any sense? But this dress is affordable and perfect for all body shapes. I just love it!

I hope you enjoyed these looks as much as I loved wearing them! Playing dress up is so fun. Let me know in the comments what your favorite looks for the Fall season are. Thanks for reading babe, and I’ll see ya in the next one.

 

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