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Center Stage : Designer Jerome LaMaar

May 22, 2017

Hey Lovies!

At the beginning of this year I re-launched my YouTube Channel! 🙂 There are many features that will be apart of this channel including beauty & hair tutorials, style videos, uplifting testimonies of faith and best of all, Center Stage!

Center Stage is a feature on the Chrissy Joy Style Channel in which I interview various men and women within the fashion & entertainment industry that have uplifting and inspiring testimonies of how they got to where they are at the pinnacle of their career. I believe that everyone has a story of perseverance, faith and hard work that allows them to succeed in their career and my goal is to share their story with YOU to keep you going and working toward the beautiful calling that God has over your life! 🙂

Todays Center Stage feature is on designer, boutique owner, and style philosopher, Jerome LaMaar! From becoming the Creative Director of Baby Phat before the age of 20, to showcasing his collections at New York Fashion Week, and dressing the likes of Beyoncé & Mariah Carey (to name a few). Jerome has paved his own lane in the fashion industry and done so with style and gratitude! Check out his story below and take a tour of his South Bronx gallotique, 9JBX!

 

 

Let me know your thoughts on Jerome’s story and if inspired you in any way! 🙂

 

Videographer: Zerline Alvarez

Video Editor: Destiny Jackson

 

XO- Chrissy Joy

Banana Republic S/S17 Style Party

May 17, 2017

Hey Lovies!

On Saturday, May 13th, 2017 I had the pleasure of hosting a Style Party at the Banana Republic- FlatIron store in Manhattan, New York. During the event, I styled six influencers in Banana Republic Spring/Summer 2017 looks for a presentation, followed by shopping the store for new looks for their followers, friends and family. The entire process leading up to this day was such a blessing that I naturally had to tell you all about it, plus the lesson I learned from the event! 🙂

It all started a few months ago when I was invited by Banana Republic to attend a “Pant Event” they were having at their FlatIron Store. Another blogger and I came to the store in our favorite Banana Republic pants (given as a courtesy) to show how we styled our pants and made it our own. After the event, I connected with the assistant store manager and expressed my interest in the store and in attending future events.  I also threw out a random idea of possibly putting together an event at the store (which I thought would totally get shut down) only to have her instruct me to send her an email with my ideas. That evening I went home and tried to brainstorm as many ideas as possible to send to her, yet I could only come up with one idea! I started to freak out and thought that my creative juices weren’t flowing! After hours of listening to music, taking a walk around the neighborhood, and researching ideas online (things that I usually do to get my creativity flowing) I finally stopped and started to pray. I had come to the end of my rope and realized that at this point I had no choice but to give it all to God and ask for help. His answer was simple, “I have already given you what you need!”  I didn’t need to have a million choices to present because he had already given me the winning choice ahead of time (which indeed was approved by the assistant manager)!

From that point on everything seemed to seamlessly fall into place! From the hair and makeup, to the DJ and photographer, and even the models/influencers (which I had the freedom in choosing). Everything fell within the allotted budget and happened at the perfect timing. It was as if God wanted to assure me that by trusting in him and the one idea that he gave me, everything else would be taken care of. He also wanted to remind me of my purpose, because to be completely honest, I was having a moment where it started to become foggy! I have always had a passion for fashion styling, but recently I was having a dry period and started to question whether I was meant to do it anymore. I began questioning my abilities, felt like I was in a rut, and even started to get anxiety at the thought of styling photo shoots and people.

On the day of the event, I spent the morning with God and told him to completely lead my day. I asked him to help me through my styling anxiety and to show me through this event what I should do next. On the day of the event it was cold, rainy and just overall nasty (which negatively affected the amount of foot traffic at the store and the event), but I’m thankful to those who braved the weather and made the event perfect! I was able to connect with others within my industry and my good friends. I felt some anxiety at first while styling the looks, but all of my doubts, fears and worried subsided when I looked at the beautiful models standing in their styled looks. It reaffirmed to me why I began styling and the feeling of sheer happiness when I see how beautiful and happy others feel and look when they are styled.

Overall, this experience was such a eye opener and faith builder all wrapped up in one! It taught me that with God you always have more than enough and are exactly where you need to be. Even when you have moments of doubt and question his abilities, he will always show you that he is control

 

 

Special Thanks to the Influencers/Models :

Monica Deldoc

Khalid Briggs

Brian Salvadore

Yoel Rodriguez

Ellese Launer

Micaela Verrelien

AND

@AnaMarGlam for Hair & Makeup

@Kylejgrahamphotography & @Deannaldn for Photography

 

A HUGE THANKS to Trevia Kinlocke and Banana Republic- FlatIron Store for the amazing opportunity, you all are awesome! 🙂

 

XOXO- Chrissy Joy

 

 

 

Calendar Girl

May 6, 2017

Hey lovies!

It’s Mayyy!! The sun is shining, the pools are opening and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom! I love everything about spring time which means I have been bopping around these NYC streets with a smile on my face for the past few days. The only thing that has been playing with my emotions lately has been the temperature of the weather! One day will be a high of 85 degrees and the next the high will be 60 degrees. The current scenery in NYC looks like spring but the temperature makes it feel like it’s fall.

This thought has been reigning in my mind for the past week, until God showed me how this current weather situation can be applied to other areas of my life. On Tuesday night, one of the ministers at my church made a statement that has been food for thought for me! She said that sometimes God can tell us we are in a certain season but the conditions that come with the season say otherwise. The season may feel and even look like your past season, yet God keeps telling you that it is a new season of endless possibilities.  It is in those moments that you must learn to believe in what your (God) calendar is saying. The forecast of your life could lead you to believe that you are in the middle of hurricane season with no end in sight, but if your (God) calendar tells you that you are in the middle of spring with endless blossoms and flowers, BELIEVE IT!!

God cannot operate when doubt is present, but when you can walk with your head held high in the middle of hurricane, wearing a bright floral sundress and a smile, you wont need God to reassure you of your new season, because you will already be smelling the flowers! 🙂

 

 

 

Jumpsuit: Y&R Boutique || Jacket : Shirley & Alice Vintage Boutique || Sunglasses : Mahps Vintage || Shoes : ALDO

 

Photographer: @trustmyeye

 

XO – Chrissy Joy

Season Change

April 19, 2017

Hey lovies!

One month ago there was a change that occurred in the United Sates. Our season shifted from winter to spring! Although we can hardly feel the physical difference, our calendar tells us that we are midway through pollen season. One day after this changed occurred another season shifted, but its effects were truly felt, because the changed occurred in my life! 🙂

For the past ten months God has truly been working on my faith and preparing me for something that I have yet to discover. I have been asked to step out on faith on numerous occasions with my only safety net being my full reliance on him, I have felt more uncomfortable than comfortable, and I have lost count of how many times I have asked God “WHY?!”. But through it all he has been crazy faithful and so full of grace and mercy! He has given me more reasons than not to love him more than my issues and miniscule problems. <3 This love was translated into gratefulness on March 21st, 2017 when I woke up to start my first day at a new job that God blessed me with! Everything felt different on that beautiful Tuesday morning and I feel like I have been riding on a cloud ever since. I have witnessed prayers and goals that I have written down start to unfold before my eyes in my personal and spiritual life! NONE of these blessings have come in the form that I expected them to come in, but nonetheless I am so beyond grateful to God for opening them and showing me that his ways are better than mine! 🙂

I have learned from this season change that trusting in God is not merely for your benefit, but for God’s amazing blessings to be displayed through your life for his glory! So if you’re in your season of “why?!”, know that your season change may not always be displayed in a way that you expect, but it will definitely be felt in a way that is undeniable! 🙂

 

 

Vintage Vest: Shirley & Alice || Leather Pants: Shirley & Alice || Sheer Top: Vintage || Heels: Forever 21 || Sunglasses : Sunglass Spot

 

Photographer: @trustmyeye

 

XO- Chrissy Joy

17!

January 17, 2017

Hey Lovies!

Happy 17th day of year 2017!! Today is monumental for me because I have entered this new year with a belief and expectancy for total victory in every area of my life! I know without a shadow of a doubt that this will be my best year yet, and today will be the ushering in of an amazing spiritual move that God is going to make in my life!

Lately I have been studying the story of Abraham in the Bible and it has been giving me such a burst of encouragement! Abraham was an amazing man who was favored by God because of his obedience and faith. Time and time again God demonstrated to Abraham that all he had to do was trust him and he would supply all of his needs and desires. God also made a covenant with him that he would make him the father of many nations and bless not only him but all of his descendants. Which brings me to my conclusion of the day: If every person that was born after Abraham is considered his descendant, then I receive the inheritance of that blessing God promised to Abraham. ANDDDD if God made him the father of many nations, then it doesn’t matter who gets inaugurated into the oval office because my true leader will always be God…HE alone has the final say of who & what I should follow.

Today is an amazing day of discovery and abundance in wisdom! I don’t know what will be the spark that lights my year on fire, but I definitely know who will light the spark and lead me to greatness throughout this year…God! 🙂

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Top:Vintage || Jeans: Tory Burch || Jacket: Crossroad Trading || Heels: Chinese Laundry

Photographer: Najah Cobb (@russianroulette) 

XoXo- ChrissyJoy