Tag Archives: The Crew

(From Right to Left: Darryl, Bonita, Me, Staceyann, Greg, Horasetta, Shadel, Shadel's wife Leander)
(From Right to Left: Darryl, Bonita, Me, Staceyann, Greg, Horasetta, Shadel, Shadel's wife Leander)

Today we'll be departing a bit from our normal work-wear fashion and business topics to look at a little travel, some formal fashion and matters of the heart.  Last weekend my crew and I headed out to picturesque city of Tucson Arizona. You may recall, me mentioning my crew in a recent post on the topic of wearing white after Labor Day. "The Crew", a collection of old college buddies who one of our parents affectionately dubbed "The Black 90210", graduated some (cough) years ago but have managed to remain incredibly close.

We try to get together for a little getaway about once a year and this year the destination was Tucson, Arizona. Why Tucson, Arizona, you ask; certainly not for the wealth of entertainment and activities  (umm why is there nothing to do in Tucson?) but because our dear friend Darryl was getting married. Like a 3rd installment of the Best Man movies, The Crew descended upon the Ritz Carlton Tuscon, Dove Mountain and started the weekend off with laughs right from the jump,  laughs that would not let up until we boarded our separate flights back home. Our trip was so filled with good times and fabulous fashions, I thought I’d share a few pictures (read: a gang of pictures) from our lovely weekend.

(Upon arrival at The Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountaiin, a magical place where your questions are never answered with "No" but "I'll see what I can do." Fabulous resort.
(Upon arrival at The Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain, a magical Shangri-La)

We arrived at this grand resort and couldn't help but be in awe of how gorgeous it was. It really doesn't matter that there's nothing to do in town. Dove Mountain is a town in of itself. I also finally understand why people rave about the quality of service at the famed Ritz Carlton. It's like a magical place where a guest requests are never answered with a "No" but rather "I'll see what I can do." Of course I had to test my boundaries and request that someone find me a unicorn. Low and behold, a staff member returned to me with a signed photo of a Unicorn. I see what you did there. I love this place.

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Scenery. I need say No more.

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Rehearsal dinner/meet and greet and food truck fun.

 

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We did a little venturing off the resort to see if there was anything interesting to see. You guessed it, nothing.  So like any group of self respecting shopaholics would, we ended up at a mall. No complaints. Pretty cute outdoor ambiance.

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Wedding day! Wedding dress code called for "Resort Cocktail attire". I thought about something floral or a flowy jumper but then decided to go super bright and incorporate some oranges to tie in an Arizona desert feel. It turned out more tropical than desert but I liked the outcome none the less. More details on the look below.

Bonita's strapless floral pencil dress was on point. Paired with those awesome nude sandals. POW!
Bonita's strapless floral pencil dress was on point. Paired with those awesome nude sandals. POW!
Make love to the camera. Staceyann looking all goddess like in this bold green stunner.
Make love to the camera. Staceyann looking all goddess-like in this bold green stunner.
Attitude. Alright Horasetta don't hurt 'em. You can never go wrong in a little black dress.
Attitude. Alright Horasetta don't hurt 'em. You can never go wrong in a little black dress.

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My outfit details

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  • Dress: ASOS
  • Shoes: BCBGeneration
  • Bag: Francessca
  • Accessories: Charming Charlie

 

And then there was the wedding...

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We were all shuttled to the wedding location where we were greeted with a pre-ceremony cocktail reception, libations and passed hors d'oeuvres a'plenty. We took our places for the ceremony, passing a 3-piece band and photo booth/guestbook station. The backdrop for the ceremony… absolutely incredible. The sun hid just behind the mountains and we were all among  friends and family.

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Darryl's groom Bill entering with his mother.
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Darryl entering with his mother.
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Darryl & Bill together in sharpness. Loved the pink. Peep the adoring sister crying in the background. aww.

Post -ceremony we mingled during cocktail hour before taking our seats as the sun set.  The drinks flowed and the laughs continued. After dinner ties came undone and the guards let down. We partied.

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Bonita and her husband Edgar.
Shadel and Edgar cocktail wedding
Shadel and Edgar engaged in some interesting conversation.
All smiles.
All smiles.

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party people dancing wedding Arizona Ritz Carlton

Overall, It was a great weekend. Entirely too short but totally blessed to know such amazing people who at this point are more than friends. We're family.

The crew college buddies friends wedding

"Bling Bling! Where dey at?"

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I once got into a passionate discussion with some of my closest friends on the subject of wearing white after Labor Day and the particular pet peeve of wearing white shoes in general. So this post is dedicated to some of my closest friends, The Crew.

I can think of no person on this planet that hates, I mean absolutely loathes white shoes more than my good friend Horasetta. There’s no question in my mind that when Horasetta hears someone mention white shoes, the below image is what immediately comes to mind.

Martin Jerome white shoes

If you’re a child of the 90’s, you’re familiar with the show Martin and one of the shows popular characters, Jerome.  In the unlikely event that you’re not, let me give you the run down. Jerome, a character played by Martin Lawrence, was the self-proclaimed “Playa from the Himalayas” and the absolute epitome of all that is tacky.  From ill-fitting track suits to pastel, leather coordinates worn with clashing cowboy boots, it’s safe to say if Jerome was wearing it, you should have to good sense not to…but guess what! Jerome and I have something in common. We love our white shoes. I mean look at ‘em. Look at the white shoes. Look at my white shoes.

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My friend Bo say’s the only time she’s ever worn or will ever wear white shoes was on her wedding day. Say it ain’t so Bo. I’m not sure why white shoes continue to get the bad rap.  I think the right shoe can be ever so chic.  Really, who’s to blame for the notion that a color can look good on one body part but not another?  I can wear a white blouse – Gorgeous. I can carry a white purse – Cool. Rock a white bracelet – Cute. White headband, white scarf? What’s that? All of that’s okay? Wait a minute but… gasp and clutch pearls if you dare to wear white pants or God forbid, white shoes. So… I’m confused.  Maybe you can help clarify this for me by completing this sentence. White shoes are tacky because _____.

While you’re working on that, what about this rule about not wearing white after Labor Day? Not one fashionista can tell you who started it or exactly why. All we know is that it’s a rule we follow. Well, not me but certainly many. First off, rules are made to be broken. Your style should be just that, your style. My style is light, bright, feminine and chic. I love bold colors and lively looks. This is probably why I just didn’t fit in fashion-wise in New York.  Who’s going to tell me not to wear cobalt blue because it’s August? Not a damn soul that’s who.

The Crew sent me this link because I’d never seen this movie. LOL I can’t stand them for this. I agree with the lawyer and the poor lady getting the snot pummeled out of her with the phone. 1. Beverly Sutphin is insane (don't take fashion advice from cuckoo birds. 2. Fashion has changed.

Some of my fashion faves breaking the rules in white shoes Serial Mom be damned.  (Jessica Alba, Victoria Becham, Miranda Kerr, Solange Knowles, Karolina Kurkova and the incomparable Sarah Jessica Parker)
Some of my fashion faves breaking the rules in white shoes, Serial Mom be damned. (Jessica Alba, Victoria Beckham, Miranda Kerr, Solange Knowles, Karolina Kurkova and the incomparable Sarah Jessica Parker)

I get it. White tends to give off a look of leisure. Wearing white is a great way to help stay cool in the summer.  Resort collections make heavy use of the white linen look and Buffy Von-Something is always wearing her finest white culottes at the country club so then the formula in our heads becomes White = Summer.  Got ‘cha but here’s the thing.  I look good in white (flips hair).  I wear white year-round and couldn’t give two farts whose nose it wrinkles.

Angelina Jolie, Nicole Richie, Jennifer Lopez, and Kerry Washington look stunning in all white.
Angelina Jolie, Nicole Richie, Jennifer Lopez, and Kerry Washington all look stunning in all white.

Though even I’ll admit white linens may be a stretch in the dead of winter in metropolises like New York or DC but I live in Miami. If the lady walking in front of me is wearing bedazzled booty shorts in January, I can wear my white jeans and if I should so happen to want to pair said white jeans with some white shoes (Horasetta cover your eyes girl), that’s what I’m going to do.

If you love your white and your bright colors like I do but are worried about “the rule”, I say ask yourself the following: Is it designed well? Does it fit you well? Do you look good in it? Do you feel good in it? Yes? Well, wear that s%&* like Jerome, the Mayor of Debonair would, with confidence.

“Ou ou, I say ou ou ou, I say Jerome’s in house. I say Jerome’s in the ha-ou ha-ou, watch ya mouth.”