Our most valuable possessions are those which can be shared without lessening-those which, when shared, multiply.This is why whatever we possess becomes of double value when we have the opportunity of sharing it with others.
What we enjoyed most about her blog is how she incorporates healthy living and meeting people who have a real interest in food and sharing ideas with them. Good food is a global thing and we find that there is always something new and amazing to learn , love it!
Her style is easily ideal for the everyday girl, its cute ,fun but very comfortable showing us that you can still look pretty darn good on a budget ” it’s not who you wear but how you wear it” ..
Check blow to see how our interview with Kelly unfolds
Q: Tell me a little about yourself.
I’m a born and bred New Yorker with a desire to help everyone in some way or another.
Q: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
Do not wait. If you dream of something, work towards it immediately.
Q: What does fashion mean to you and what inspires you to blog?
Fashion is a mouthpiece. How I dress is directly affected by my mood, and I allow what I wear and how I present myself to speak for me. What I’m inspired by at the moment is also reflected. My blogging is inspired by my life. I’ve always been in the business of oversharing with my friends, and the wonderful people that take the time to read my blog I also consider friends. Knowing that I’m giving my friends information they can use and apply practically is what really keeps me going.
Q: How did you get into fashion?
My grandmother has always been my fashion inspiration. From a very young age, I watched this beautiful woman that I look up to live her like fabulously. I always knew I wanted to be like her.
Q: Where do you see your blog a year from now?
MASQUEmag will always be a reflection of the life that I am living – whether I’m married with kids, living in another country, or pursuing a new endeavour. MASQUE will always be a portal where people can come for tips, advice, and a peek into Kelly Augustine.
Q: How would you describe your signature style?
My signature style is practical glam. I like to be comfortable in my clothing. As a “fashionista”, you are a walking, moving expression of a designer’s art. You need to be able to live in it!
Q: What one outfit on you blog represents your individual style?
My Miss Tina Knowles outfit is the closest to my personal style. It’s moveable, colourful, practical and simple, yet fun. There’s studs, there’s lucite, there’s lots of fabric – all the things I love!
Q: How do you go about updating an outfit or look?
I update according to the seasons. I have one white high-low dress I love to wear. For the summer, I paired with a bright, layered necklace. For the fall, I can wear with a leather jacket, darker accessories and a motorcycle jacket. It’s all about being appropriate.
Q: What is your favourite feature to accentuate?
Do I really have to say it?! lol My lady hump is my favorite part of my body, next to this gleaming smile of course!
Q: What are your favourite places to shop?
I seriously live in thrift stores, and I wear select items from Forever 21 - the more grown up pieces. I’m obsessed with H&M, and I’ve most recently fell in love with Nordstrom. I also scour EBay Fashion regularly, you’d be surprised at the high-end luxury pieces you find for dirt cheap on there.
Q: Do you have any Fashion Challenges?
My shape makes it very difficult to shop. I have an hourglass figure where my top is small but I’m busty, my waist is small, but my hips are very wide. Shopping is definitely a hassle, but I’ve learned what works and doesn’t work for me.
Q: Do you find that you follow fashion trends, or do you play by your own rules?
I typically play by my own rules, but I like to incorporate trends here and there. It’s more than wonderful to embrace trends, but I believe in interpreting them in my own way. One piece of advice – do not follow a trend if it’s not your style! It’s so obvious when you do.
Q: Is there a fall trend that you’re dying to incorporate into your wardrobe?
Opulence! I’m pretty mum at my 9 – 5, so I love the idea of breaking out and getting full-gaudy after hours.
Q: Name 3 Bloggers whose style you just live for.
Q: As you know, my blog is geared towards “Life” and “Style”, so tell me in what ways you combine the two.
As I mentioned before, I like my style to be liveable – it should be an extension of your life. Fashion should never dictate how you live. You wear the clothes, don’t let them wear you!
Q: What advice would you give to up and coming Fashion Bloggers?
Do not blog just because you see the perks that other bloggers get. Blogging is VERY hard work that is hard to keep up with if you’re not dedicated to it and love what you do. I always tell people I have two jobs – my 9 to 5, and my blog. Blogging looks very glamorous, but if you want to put out 100% of your best work, you have to be very dedicated to it. Work hard to play hard!
It was nice chatting with you Kelly we wish you all the best in your future endeavours
Thank you so much for this opportunity! Your consideration means a lot to m
Here is the earliest known image of Jesus Christ, from the Coptic Museum in Cairo, Egypt.
He was stillborn — no heartbeat, declared dead by the family doctor, and put aside for later burial.
Another doctor in the delivery room had an idea, and immersed the newborn in ice-cold water. The shock caused his heart to start beating, and the baby was soon crying and healthy and would grow up to become an internationally renowned photographer living for more than ninety years. He was named Gordon after the doctor who saved his life.
Born today, Gordon Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006), the self-taught African-American photographer, filmmaker, poet, novelist, and composer.
Parks grew up poor in Fort Scott, Kansas, the youngest of 15 children. One of his early memories was hearing his all-Black class told by their white schoolteacher, “You’ll all wind up porters and maids.”
His mother died when Parks was 14, and he was sent to live with an older sister in Minneapolis, until her husband kicked him out. Between bouts of homelessness, he worked at various jobs until at 25, he bought a used camera for $7.50 and began working as a self-taught freelance photographer, focusing on everything from fashion to the effects the depression in Chicago’s slums.
“I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.”
By 1944, he was the only Black photographer working for Vogue, and in 1948 he became the first Black photographer at Life, the most prestigious magazine of its day for photography. Eventually Life sent him to France, Italy, and Spain, and stateside he became known for his photos documenting the civil rights movement. He reported on segregation in Alabama in 1956, the growing Nation of Islam movement in the 1960s, and the assassination of Martin Luther King.
At 57, he directed the film, “The Learning Tree” which was based on his semi-autobiographical novel. It was the first Hollywood studio film to be directed by an African American. His next film, the action-filled “Shaft”, was a huge hit, leaving critics to wonder what other great films he might have made had he been allowed to start his directing career earlier.
In 1989, The Learning Tree was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Parks spent much of the last three decades of his life expanding his style, conducting experiments with color photography. He continued working up until his death in 2006, winning numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts in 1988, and over fifty honorary doctorates.