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Meet the Girl Boss Embracing Diversity and Inclusion in Fashion, Media & Print.
 
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At the reveal of WhatRUWearing’s Reflect Me Like campaign I had the opportunity to catch up with the founder Farissa Knox for an exclusive interview. She explains her inspiration behind the campaign, what she wanted attendees to take away from the event plus what we can expect next. She is working to inspire people to understand that we need to be reflected the way we see ourselves and not the way that other people see us.

Tell us more about the campaign

What we decided to do was come up with a creative way to make a statement about the fact that there is not enough inclusion and diversity today in the lifestyle and fashion space when it comes to media, print and digital. Our way of starting that conversation was recreating some of the most iconic and personally our favorite magazine covers in the fashion, music and lifestyle space. We use ourselves as models and with people and women and rockstars that are inspiration to us. And we then took the titles and some of the story lines in the publications and made them our own so we were not just copying.

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Instagram / @alissapagels


What is it that you want the attendees to take away from the event

First and foremost I want people to leave inspired to be honest with you. I want them to understand that we are the ones actually in control of the content that we see today. Because if we don’t like it then we don’t have to click on it. And if we don’t click on it then people don’t get paid for advertising and they don’t get sponsored and all that. Click and engage with the type of content that really engage with who you are and support them. And that’s what we are trying to be. We’re trying to be one of the people involved in the start of this conversation.

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So what can we expect next from WhatRUWearing?

A lot, we’re working constantly on new features. We do editorial, we have a podcast season 6 of our podcast Candid Creators will be launching in a few weeks so check itunes out for that. And we have a reality show called PR Girl that we’re filming right now and that launches towards the end of October this year. And we have plenty more ideas that I hope to be able to create.

 
Emil Socialize on the influence of UK sneaker culture on the US.
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I don’t know if you noticed but the sneaker industry has been on a rise. High end brands such as Gucci to Zara are adopting the trend and offering them in array of unique styles. 

For US consumers they are known to us as comfort. But to the UK culture, trainers are a way to identify one with their generation. I sat with UK sneaker collector, Emil Socialize, and producer of the United Kingdom's first documentary about UK’s sneaker culture, Soleseekers. He spoke with Bomb and Bossy about the influence UK has on the US, his sneaker collection, plus what he wants us to take from the film. 

 

Q: You’re here to present your film Sole Seekers, tell me what was you inspiration behind it? 

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A: The inspiration behind sole seekers was my love of shoes and the fact that UK wasn't represented in global sneaker culture, or trainer culture. I wanted to do something that highlighted the UK's influence and presence. Something basically for the UK.

Q: Tell us about your sneaker collection. Is it a huge walk in closet? Right now you’re rocking off white. 

A: I've got way to many shoes in my house it's now a problem. There's so many more shoes that I want I moved about three or four times in the last few years and I've got shoes everywhere. My mother called me and she said come get your shoes, and she piled up these shoes. I got about 600 pairs at her house. Yea.. way to many shoes. 

Q: At what age where you when you realized I’m a sneaker head? 

A:You know what.. In the UK the term sneaker became new to us, we never used that. When we were like ten or eleven that's when we became fashion conscious with school. We would like certain shoes or certain things in certain colors and we wanted to get the latest ones. It was school; it was a bore. I was eleven, I wasn't going to GQ or Fader. I saw something on TV so that's where that came from.

Q: What is it you want us to take from this documentary?

A: From the US point of view I want you to see the UK point of view. I want you to see the differences and the similarities.  I want to try to bridge the gap if I can. We are bombarded with US culture, US tv shows, US fashion. But it's the european influence that I'm trying to capture as well. I'm trying to spread the message

Soleseekers premiered at The Alpha Space in Chicago. It was apart of This.That.&The lll weekly event where they have new sponsors every Thursday.

To find out what's next for Soleseekers follow them on Instagram for updates. 

 

 

7 looks we're stealing from the streets of ESSENCE Fest 2018.
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Image/ Chris Granger

Hold onnn, So half a million attendees showed up to Essence Fest, and no one from the Bomb and Bossy team was there? After living vicariously through everyone on social media we promise to make an appearance next year. This high attendee rate came to no surprise because the release of the movie 'Girls Trip' last year increased the hype and some hotels even sold out weeks after the movie release. 

This year's festival featured concerts, workshops, panel discussions, so much black girl magic and festival style that we are ready to steal and add to our wardrobe. There was everything from color blocking, layering, to sneakers with dresses.  Check out our favorite festival looks ahead.   

Photo/ Essence: Hannan Selah

Photo/ Essence: Hannan Selah

Photo/ Essence: Hannan Selah

Photo/ Essence: Hannan Selah

Photo/ Essence: Hannan Selah

Photo/ Essence: Hannan Selah

Photo/ Essence: Hannan Selah

Photo/ Essence: Hannan Selah

Photo/ Essence: Hannan Selah

Photo/ Essence: Hannan Selah

Photo/ Essence: Hannan Selah

Photo/ Essence: Hannan Selah

Photo/Essence: Hannan Selah

Photo/Essence: Hannan Selah

Business Bestie Speed Networking at Studio G Chicago
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This Past weekend our founder Covania Washington produced a networking event alongside fashion stylist, Danielle Vonkeller titled 'Business Bestie Speed Networking' at Studio G Chicago. We also had the pleasure of having an amazing panel of entrepreneurs from Chicago including Resa B. Luster of Luster Products and founders of Rare Vodka Kim and Tonesha.

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The event was filled with food, cocktails, conversation and endless connections. This was truly a moment for women entrepreneurs from Chicago to learn how to start a business, grow their business and the importance of having a "Business Bestie" or business partner.

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When guest arrived each person had to sign in and everyone was encouraged to mingle before the start of our panel discussion. After the informative and motivating panel was an hour session of speed networking. Each participant had three minutes to get the know the person in front of them before switching to a new Business Bestie. Following the end of the fun and interactive networking session, everyone had the chance to follow up with who they enjoyed speaking with the most. This was done in the form of exchanging business cards, contact information etc.

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The goal of the event was to create an opportunity for everyone in attendance to be inspired to boss up and make new connections, and the response we had was off the charts!

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Thanks so much for everyone who attended and a special thanks to our sponsors: Luster Products, Rare Vodka, Cakes of Praise, and Studio G Chicago.

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We are thinking about making this an event a series so if you will be interested in updates, sign up for our newsletter or let us know in the comments!

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Until then, remember to create the life your love and live Bomb and Bossy!

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Images Courtesy of Victoria Gamlen of http://www.victoriagamlen.com/

Met Gala 2018: Looks we Loved from Fashion's Biggest Night
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Last night stars arrived at the 2018 Met Gala draped in ensembles inspired by the theme Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

Some celebrities were draped in simplistic designs while others let their imaginations run wild in intricately designed costumes. Everyone's style was nothing short of amazing but these are some of our favorite looks.  Scroll on...

 

Cardi b alongside Jeremy scott in custom moschino 

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Kim kardashian in golden atelier versace.

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Rihanna in detailed brocade Margiela mini dress. 

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tiffany hadish keeps it timeless in brandon maxwell.

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Issa Rae in plunging Michael Kors.

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Cassie suited in black and white.

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Letita Wright in custom coach.

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Gigi hadid in stained glass atelier versace gown. 

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jennifer lopez stunned in custom balmain.

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sza graced in Atelier Versace and Chrishabana.

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Janelle Monáe in black and white marc jacobs.

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Critics called the Heavenly Bodies theme blasphemous but to us it's the perfect way to show that fashion relates to everything, even in religion. 

We are on the edge of our seats to see what the theme for next year will be. Until then, we await the blessings from this fashion miracle. 

BOMB & BOSSY EXCLUSIVE: Chicago Fashion Week Spring 2018 Begins with an Invite Only Networking Event
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Chicago Fashion Week is a 7 day event brought to you by FashionBar Chicago. Before diving heavy into shows they kicked off #IAmChicagoFashionWeek with an exclusive invite only networking event featuring members from the Chicago Fashion Week board, designers from across the world, bloggers,stylist and media outlets. 

It was an evening of fun where everyone had the chance to mingle and get the chance to make new connections before kicking off an exciting week of shows. 

Bomb and Bossy was on the scene so here's some exclusives of what went on inside: 

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Check back later in the week for more coverage. Want up to the minute updates? Follow @Bombandbossy on Instagram and Facebook. 

Will you be attending Chicago Fashion Week?

View full event details here. 

Bomb & Bossy Approved: Wired The Design Boutique Vol. 1 Fashion Show
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At the start of the year I decided that I would attend at least a few fashion shows per month on behalf of Bomb & Bossy and promote them on our blog. I kicked off the year by showing up to Wired The Design Boutique's volume one fashion show, where Safaree of Love & Hip Hop was the host, alongside Blake Martin of Blake Martin Productions  

 

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From the moment I walked into the door I knew this event was Bomb & Bossy approved. I would have captured some shots at the step and repeat but the food and drinks in the VIP section were calling my name. I also had a slight cold the night of the show so I wanted to get warm and settle in. 

 

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Like any fashion show, guest came dressed in their Sunday's best, or shall I say Friday's best. But none of these looks topped the styles presented on the runway. Looks were broken down into scenes, and of them all, lace was my favorite. I didn't get many pictures of the models in each piece but you can find their latest collection on their website. 

 

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If you're looking for high end looks without breaking the bank then you should check our their boutique. They have been in business for a little over a year now and so far they are breaking down fashion walls. 

 

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This is only the beginning and I see more success coming for their business. They are ran by a team of a amazing people! To Ronnie, thanks for allowing B&B to grace the presence and be a part of your special night. You have a great venture in your hands and i wish you nothing but the best! 

 

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This message has been Bomb & Bossy approved! Do you have a business event that you think we approve of? We want to come and show our faces so contact us today! We are all about leveling up and supporting one another.