Thursday, January 29, 2015

PEACE LOVE & Missguided //

Hi everybodyyyyyy!!!!!! Ray Ray screaminnn Happy New Year!!! What a crazy past month and a half it has been! The holidays were so peaceful this year, saw a bunch of friends and family I haven't seen in a long time :) My sister got married a little over a week ago YAY, it wasn't "MY day" but it was most def one of the best days of my life. I cried THE whole ceremony...but hey I must say I was slayinggggg my mermaid wig  #bridesmaidstyle. Honestly the only stressful moment of my trip to Florida for the wedding, was when my sister asked me to sew 6 "headband-turned-belts" onto each bridesmaids dress *sighhhh* -- can't say no to the bride lol! SHOUTOUT to my sis Nicole & new brother-in-law Tony I love you both very much :)

Moving right along.....One of my new years resolutions this year is to learn to save my funds and purchase things for my closet from higher price point brands -- like the one you will see tonight! I will NEVER stop thrifting and finding staple vintage pieces, but what girl doesn't wanna splurge a little ;)

I love the silhouettes, fabrics, and comfy sexy style of the brand I'm wearing tonight -- MISSGUIDED. This open back maxi is soooooo soft and form fitting, speaks for itself! I felt so beachy, so I paired this dress with a layered beaded necklace - simplicity.

'Karinka' by Missguided

Here's another maxi dress look by one of my favorite bloggers natashandlovu // -- absolutely love the button detail and black bag/shoes!!! She killed this Missguided attire!

So, I may have formed another hobby while away this past month -- YOGA! I fell completely in love with the art of this exercise, so peaceful and just makes ya feel so happy. So, in search of some cool active wear brands I came across Missguided Active Wear -- check out their newest collection MISSGUIDEDactive --

xoxoxo missed youuuuuuu --

Monday, December 15, 2014

Little Black Booties for the Holidays //

Ray Ray here with a must have peice for your closet! Little Black Booties are no new news, but that perfect pair that works with every outfit is a dream! My wardrobe is so diverse and crazy that I didn't even know I had mine till my girl found them in the back of the closet! Thrifted of course, these vintage boots you're about to see are by Selly!
High low front/back, leather boots with criss-cross strap. Simple perfection. I am obsessed & haven't taken them off!!!

Whether you're wearing your fav jean & tee combo, or going a bit more boho-chic with a flowy skirt or edgy dress, little black boots work with any and every outfit combination!

Holiday parties are underway guys!!! Here are a few looks I threw together lastnight to inspire your next casual party attire without breaking the bank!❤️ #STYLEDBYRAYRAY
Pair your fav faux fur with a patterned legging! - international babe!
Fur // I.C.E
Legwear // Forever 21
Chandelier Earring // Charlotte Russe

Sheer metallic crop top with a high/low skirt - so flirty!
Top // Delia's
Skirt // Forever 21
Metallic Flower Studs // Thrifted

Deep V dress & the perfect staple necklace - keepin up with the trends!
Dress // Fredricks of Hollywood
Necklace // Thrifted

Tonight is my work holiday party!!! Which look do you think I will rock !?????

Xox - RAY

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Styled by Ray Ray // 12.2.14

Ray here to show you the latest shoot I styled!! My girlz CURLSNPINK & POCAA  helped me out by modeling these dope looks!! Photographed by super talented photographer Desila Carol ( WEB/Insta)!!! We had a great time shooting this :)

I really wanted to focus on the outerwear!! So who other than MILA & FIRE to grace us with some furs! Featuring the textural black vintage leather & the cozy-sexy cheetah print fur from their winter collection 'Back to Basics' (SHOP now)❤️
P.S. Use my promo code 'RAY20' to receive 20% off your entire purchase!!!!❤️

Also featured are a couple of my most recent finds! So obsessed with....the badass denim hooded jacket & the arctic-wonderland hooded fur!!! *SIGHHH* #styledbyrayray

These ladies killed it!!! #GIRLpower

Christmas is coming GET TO SHOPPING!! M&F

Xo - RAY

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Textures //

Ray here with a couple shots of my most recent flirty look I wore to a lounge club downtown last week ;) I'm obsessed with these fabric textures together!!!

Leotards & I go way back, I used to dance ballet when I was a tot, and my older sister has been a ballerina for over 15 years!! You can layer garments around the design of the leotard.  I love that there's all different cuts/revealing elements & they are comfy! I wanted to build texture over my leotard last Friday night, so to twist it up I thew on my new thrifted fur vest by Sisters. Than the flirtatious velour skirt added that city flare I needed! Can you believe this is a skirt from Limited Too circa 90's !!!! So cute. Its not a ray ray look without some sexy suade boots & red lips xo!

Welcome December ❤️

I'm stoked to style a shoot for Curly Pink Gal Alecia downtown tomorrow! I will totally be playing with some textures including some vintage furs from Mila & Fire!! Stay Tuned loves.....


Friday, November 21, 2014

Styled By Ray Ray // 11.12.14

Ray here with some amazingggggg shots you're not gunna wanna miss!!! This was one of my first photo shoots in the DMV, and I feel so blessed to have photographers/models contacting me so THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH❤️

I had the honor of working with an awesome team! Photographer KIDD CHAOS - Model Rene Vita - MUA Akua Robinson - HAIR Zoey Asher. This shoot flowed so well, when you have talented people surrounding you the creativity is unreal! 

For this shoot I used some vintage furs, lots of black & some neutrals, sexy classy! The model's bright blue eyes, whispy hair & charcoal eye makeup really brought the vision together. Also, I wanted to keep the jewelry simple, a string of diamonds here, bold necklace there, keep the focus on the outfits. But hey! let's let the photos speak for themselves :)


Photographer Spotlight // KiDD CHAOS
When did you start photography? //
"I bought my first camera April 2009. The day I bought it my best friend and I rode up to Union Station on the metro to take a few photos. I bought the camera as a way to keep myself busy. I was having crazy issues with a girl I was talking to and it seemed like something interesting to do. Yes, this all began with a girl! I started out taking silly pictures of friends and photo-shopping in fire and swords, the usual nerdy stuff. Eventually I moved on to taking pictures of women, because they're visually more pleasing to the eye. My first official photo-shoot was in June of 2009, i shot a former co-worker. I remember thinking it was the best shit I've ever seen in my life! From there the hunger to become better took hold."

I know you also studied Graphic Arts, how do you think this helped you as your love for photography grew? //

"Yes, I was a graphic design major at 'The Art Institute of Washington'. but my level of creativity goes back further than college. I learned how to use photoshop in high school and before that I was drawing and painting portraits. I've always had a passion for art, because its the only thing that made any sense to me. I do feel my skills as a graphic designer does put me at a better advantage than most photographers because I understand the art of photoshop better than most. Retouching is a huge part of our culture and most all photos you see are photo-shopped."

Black & White OR Color //

"I love both! That's like asking a mother which one of her twin boys does she love the most!"

What's your goal for the next couple years as a photographer? //

"I hope to expand my reach. Bringing in the new year, I want travel more and produce work in other cities. If the sky's the limit, then I'm aiming for the stars!"
Dream shoot spot??? //

"I would love to do a shoot in Louisiana! I love the southern culture & vibe there. I can imagine a model chillin with a cigarette on an old cobblestone road surrounded by aged red brick. It just gives me goosebumps!"

Need a sassy stylist for your next shoot???? I'm ya girl!!!
Instagram // CURLYYRAYY

THANKS ❤️ xo

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Editorial Inspiration // Harper's Bazaar

Ray Ray back again with seriously breathtaking winter editorial inspiration!!!!

In honor of Harper's Bazaar all around the world, I thought I'd start by celebrating the Harper's Bazaar UK Women of the Year Awards last night! Gotta love DVF taking home the Icon of the Year award! Balmain creative genius Olivier Rousteing presented the Model of the Year award to Rosie Huntington-Whitely who was wearing this Balmain look. Love!!!
Btw I can't wait to purchase DVF new novel The Woman I Wanted To Be ❤️

Now moving on to Harper's Bazaar US! I was flipping threw their October 2014 issue, and was literally stopped in my tracks by these MESMERIZING coats by designers from Fendi, to Alexander McQueen, to Chloé! I would die to wear one of these, hit up Alaska and play with some snow dogs (while takin a million selfies) hehe! Check out this inspiring spread photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg.

Model ❤️ Ophélie Guillermand
Stylist ❤️ Tom Van Dorpe

"This winter's most opulent coats take alpine glamour to new heights"

Coat // Ralph Lauren 
Boots // Alexander McQueen
Coat // Alexander McQueen 
Necklace // Chloé

Coat // Dolce & Gabbana
Coat // Chloé
Bag // Fendi
Stole/Jacket/Skirt // Fendi
Coat // J.Mendel
Coat // Donna Karen
Boots // Alexander McQueen
Coat // Marni

Xo - RAY

Monday, November 3, 2014

Shades of Beige Outfits//

Ray Ray here on another beautiful Monday afternoon eager and ready to finally post these looks for you to see!

I've been inspired I can't lie, I'm literally inspired by everything lol. The color that's all the rage, a color everyday people usually only buy in work pants -- Tan a.k.a Beige a.k.a Camel. But my fellow fashion bloggers, stylists, designers and myself said hell no lets spice this up!!

Kim Kardashian oh so effortlessly photographed wearing gorgeous Chloe pants & Lanvin jacket. She has been really feelin these neutral colors lately & so are we!

One of my fav fashion gurus Micah Gianneli - she puts that sexy edge to any outfit. I rarely see her in bright colors, but her obsession with neutrals and black/white shows that basic colors stand out too!
Look 1 // Shop Fly Nation -- Look 2 // SWFBoutique & Nine West

This fashion blogger Alanna Durkovich- added some sparkle to her ripped jean look with a super cute light tan furry vest - also trending this fall!!

& one more super comfy classic fall look by Asos stylist - Megan Ellaby

Style tip: any shade of beige looks best with dramatic lipstick!
Check out my fall looks below and let me know which one is your favorite!!! Xo

Look 1 // Deep Shade 
Trend // Sweaters & Skirts
Vintage sweater // Express Tricot
Metallic Skirt // H&M
Knee-High Boots // Bakers
Look 2 // Medium Shade
Trend // Oversized Outerwear & Pearls
Tight Dress // Basics
Vintage Wool // Eagle's Eye
Strappy Heels // Carlos by Carlos Santana
Pearl Choker // Vintage 

Look 3 // Light Shade
Trend // Sheer & Destroyed
Top // Love Stitch
Jeans // Vintage Route 66
Heels // Nine West

One, Two or Three ?????
My Instagram -- CURLYYRAYY !!!