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All About Hari! (Just in case you missed it)

This is a #BeatByXayLi Post that I transferred from one of my older Blogs!! Loved this Experience. You can book a #BeatByXayLi makeover photo shoot with me by emailing me at byxayli@gmail.com ! This one was done Approximately a year ago! Enjoy!!

Who is this Mysterious Gem?

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Hari Marie was Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She was brought up by two of the most inspiring people, her parents both hailing from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago . She most definitely had an interesting upbringing. Her mother, a very intelligent, beautiful, and independent woman, always taught her to utilize her creativity and never settle for less. Her father, the first entrepreneur in her family taught her organization and conviction.

Like most, she found her true career passion during her college years. Although she was majoring in economics her interests were almost always taken up by her extra curricular affairs.

Her cousin who is one of biggest female promoters in the Caribbean, NY community needed assistance in executing her events, and this is when Hari found her true calling. She was almost always needed in major decisions and her opinions were most appreciated. That was the time Hari decided that event planning is not only something she was naturally great at, but something she would absolutely love to do.

With her parents guidance and encouragement she graduated St Francis College with a BA in Economics and a minor in Finance. Following in her fathers footsteps, She would like to some day start her own Event Planning company; producing weddings, corporate events and more.

True Story:

I began by shooting some before pictures of Hari, where her innocence is really very evident. (she is such a sweet girl).

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45 minutes later She was #beatbyxayli and her innocent smile was replaced with a seductive snare. (She even stuck her tongue out at us. LOL)

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We spent a few minutes putting her clothing together and finally I was able to fine tune her entire outfit and prep her for shooting. We climbed up to the roof in the dark 45 degree NYC weather and captured some dope shots up there.

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We got some awesome shots! I’m no professional photographer but we had lots of fun!

(I kept this photo especially because it shows how deep of a person Hari is.. I see her face three different times in this photo. Can you?)

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We even got back into the house and shot a few white wall portraits.

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We switched outfits and had some lobby fun too!!

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All in all I had so much fun transforming this LondonGyal it was unbelievable. She was truly a gem throughout the entire process….

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From beginning to end!!

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You can find Hari Marie in the background and sometimes forefront, assisting with the planning of many NYC Caribbean Events (she is a very hard worker). But you can also find her as @Hari Marie on Instagram and Twitter!!

Hari Marie is definitely #LondonGal approved!

Xove,
Xay

Thelmas Flowing Again!!!

Yesterday I took my time and updated my Carbonmade website!! Which is the portal that I use for my online portfolio.

As you know, I came up with the name Thelma’s Flo from both my Grandmothers’ first names (God bless them) they were both into garment making and designing. And influenced me as a child in such a great way, especially where fashion and style is concerned. Much love, thanks and respect to those two exceptionally great women. Thelma and Flo!!

You can take a look at my work at >;;>;;

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I’ll be back in the Trap (my design studio) very soon again!! So stay tuned ;)

Xove
Xay

Thelma’s Flo

For my birthday this year, in true creative form I did a photo shoot for my Designed ByXayLi 2012 collection!! These photos will be released in a separate publication.

However i’d like to share the process of my Shoot along with a few sneak peeks in this post!!

I began designing and sewing because I hated going places and seeing other people in the same clothing. And I also have a love for creating funky pieces. I began as an accessory designer and graduated to garments soon after!
After wearing my own creations while being out and about I began to get orders for custom designs.

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Me in one of my creations! :)

On March 28th to celebrate my everlasting youth I did a shoot!!
My amazing boyfriend who Supports me 100% in everything I do (and I do almost everything) lol Decided along with his brother To help me put this event together.

My excitement could not be contained. My amazing Photographer TommyT is one to be very aware of. His passion for photography is clearly portrayed in his work. He was able to give me some amazing shots!! I couldn’t have worked with anyone else.

My childhood Love Adana and I were the hair makeup and wardrobe stylists and everything was put together just as I wanted it.

Styling for the Shoot!

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Hard at work on Set!!

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The people I needed around me the most for this flower to unfold were right by my side!! Sean Hutch alongside Trey were the best directors one could have asked for. And everyone needs someone like Billy on their set!! Billy was transporting girls left and right with his 6 foot 7 inches bodyguard built. The models were also absolutely amazing. And Hari Marie Slayed it all!

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Everything went So well and I put an outfit on Pose and ended up w a buch of likes in less than two hrs!!

Sneak Peek Collage!!

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You can also see some of my work on The Network Fam with Cacha Lopez’s amazing photography and Pen’s very versatile styling!!

Stay tuned for so much more guys. This is really just a scratch on the surface!!

Xove
Xay