OMG! Do you see my cousin right now!!! This Original London Gal is Slaying this entire outfit!
My family has always been extremely outstanding where style is concerned. My Grandfather has always been extremely stylish (Yes Mr London himself) and so he has lovingly created a plethora of stylish individuals. My cousin has always had a unique sense of style along with the ability to subtly stand out. She has always known what she wants and how to go about getting it and although she is one of the most shy people I know her sense of style always generates so much attention. And she is a Dread Girl!! She’s just too fly!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ! This one was done Approximately a year ago! Enjoy!!
Who is this Mysterious Gem?
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.
I began by shooting some before pictures of Hari, where her innocence is really very evident. (she is such a sweet girl).
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)
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.
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?)
We even got back into the house and shot a few white wall portraits.
We switched outfits and had some lobby fun too!!
All in all I had so much fun transforming this LondonGyal it was unbelievable. She was truly a gem throughout the entire process….
From beginning to end!!
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!!
I cannot express enough how I feel about fashion, (lets just say, if I could get married to it I would) and although I never wanted to make this a fashion blog I have decided to begin implementing samples of my styling abilities on the site! I will be doing StyledbyXay postings, where I will post a collage, personally created by yours truly and I will also let you know where you can find some of the items. Please be sure to let me know if you have purchased any of the items suggested in the StylebyXay series! As usual I’d love to hear from you!
Prints, Patterns and Solids.
I absolutely loved every Item in this StyledbyXay Collage, I had lots of fun creating it!
The Geometrical print on this dress though! (faints) and I loveee the colors used also. This dress is by Milly and can be found at www.shopbop.com
The Jacket reminds me of butter!! Of course its Alice and Olivia Hoffman. It can be found on www.aliceandolivia.com
These Citrine Perforated Heels are by Jimmy Choo and can be found on www.forwardforward.com
If you know me, you know that I am hardly ever on FaceBook, and that sometimes I am so busy that I can be the hardest person in the world to contact at times. Luckily a few nights ago I was up at around 4 am, going through my crazy email inbox and I saw that one of my classmates from all the way in Trinidad was inboxing me about getting a photo shoot done. I was instantly excited! She had seen a previous Makeover Shoot that I had posted and wanted to get one done herself!
I immediately got to work trying to fit her into my schedule, especially since she would only be in the US for a few days. I began creating and prepping her outfit and such being that we also had limited time to shoot.I love creating original stuff as we all know, so I wanted to make sure that the majority of her outfit was Designed By ME! XayLi! I had her figured out on my mannequin (whose name is Hillary btw) before she even got here.
Isn’t she a doll? Meet Rachel. Here I have provided a before picture (left) and after picture (right) of her getting pampered by me. I provided black and white photographs so that your vision would not be hindered by the colors in each photo. Just true beauty.
After fixing her a lovely cocktail, she began to relax and I was able to carefully whizz through doing her makeup, hair and getting her into her outfit. Seeing someone this excited about how different they look when I have completed their styling is one of the greatest joys that I get from doing what I do. I love inspiring women, and capturing the moment of creating a comfortable and confident individual. (I’m not a professional photographer *im working at it though*, but that moment is so precious.. that not catching it would be a sin).
We had fun shooting for a while. My how time flew!
I had so much fun introducing her to the other side of herself.
She even really started modeling! I absolutely loved it!
Although we were pressed for time we decided to switch up her outfit a bit. This outfit was created By Me also. I had fun creating this hand painted, studded skirt. (items like these can be purchased by sending me an email also at email@example.com)
I thoroughly enjoyed this shoot! I hope she did also!
If you are interested in being #BeatByXayli you can email me at ByXayLi@gmail.com for affordably priced packages. See some of you guys soon!
Recently I had a client that was a bit curvy and she was concerned with concealing her mid section in her dinner outfit. This is where a peplum dress would save the day. This style of dress would maintain a stylish, sleek, sophisticated look with the illusion of not a trace of a pouchy stomach. I was able to find some very simple but effective examples at Topshop.
This Black dress would be perfect for the purpose, as black is known to be a slimming colour.
This colour blocked dress however is for the person that is not too worried about their midsection as the lighter colour on the dress may do the injustice of highlighting a pouch. (I absolutely love this dress)
Just for fun I also decided to find some shoes that would go with both dresses.
These shoes can be worn with the black dress.
These Black booties would be lovely with some opaque tights!!
Some minimalist Jewelry (diamonds are a girls best friend) would be perfect. And some Red lips!! Hair pulled back into a classy bun at the nape of the neck, and Don’t forget those smokey eyes!!
And this HeadBand which can be found at Nordstrom is to die for.
I can go on and on creating this look. But it’s wayy past my bedtime :(. Goodnight Folks.
On Sunday, I attended the Atlantic Antic in Brooklyn, NYC. It was a great experience! Food, Fashion, and lots of Fun people! I have some awesome pictures that I haven’t took off of my camera just yet of my Mom, my Aunty Nat and I.
Here are a few i was able to salvage though! Please do enjoy!
This is my momma, yes she thinks she is soo Fly!! But thats where I got some of it from ;P
Here I am at the front of the newly opened Barclay Center in Brooklyn!! Yes a Barclay at The Barclay.
And i’m absolutely in Love with these oxblood Doc Martens that Ty got for me (YES, i have a mean Doc Marten obsession). Aren’t they absolutely awesome though?!? <3