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
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
XO – Chrissy Joy
New York Fashion Week was very interesting for me this season. It started off cold and nasty but ended on a brighter and less messy note. I only attended about 2.5 days of shows (even though I originally planned to attend 5 days) due to being sick on the first day and booking a styling gig on the last three days of shows. At first I was annoyed at how everything I’d planned seemed to be getting derailed and flipped around. Many of the shows that I was most excited about seeing…I missed!
I forced myself to change my perspective on day four. This was the day that I was offered a styling gig for the remaining three days of Fashion Week, but wondered if it would be worth it to miss the rest of the week. However, God showed me that this was exactly what I had been praying for, but in a different package.
One of my goals for the year is to have multiple streams of income from various jobs (styling, blogging, contributing, commercial modeling, etc.) I wrote within my goals that I wanted to always have money coming in from one of these areas. God quickly reminded me of this when I accepted a styling job during a time that I really wanted to see my favorite designers new collections come down the runway (up close and personal.) He also reminded me that I don’t have to always be on the scene and in front of the lights to have an experience. I was not at the shows for the majority of this season, but the time I attended was memorable. I made awesome connections, caught up with old friends, and made new ones. It was the perfect example of how sometimes less is more!
This season, I only have two looks for my NYFW Style Diary, but I am in love with each look and had fun putting them together! They’re both layered looks that include pieces from Brooklyn vintage boutique, Shirley and Alice! Check them out below and let me know which one is your favorite! 🙂
Jumpsuit & Jacket : Shirley & Alice Vintage Boutique || Silk Printed Scarf : Crossroads Trading Company || Bag: Ralph Lauren || Sunglasses : Sunglass Spot || Booties : Zara
Jacket : Shirley & Alice Vintage Shop || Turtleneck & Long Button Down: H&M || Lace Skirt: Crossroad Trading Company || Shoes: Converse || Sunglasses : Mahps Vintage
Until next season! 🙂
-xo- Chrissy Joy
Hope you’re having an amazing week and your Thanksgiving was amazing and filled with lots of love! 🙂
Around this time of the year I love to take time to acknowledge the people and things in my life that I am thankful for. I truly believe that in order to move higher you have to be aware of what you have been blessed with, if not, you won’t recognize your growth or truly be grateful for where God is taking you.
2016 has been filled with test, trials, leaps of faith and also breakthroughs. Although the hard parts were full of faith stretching moments, I am grateful for them because they built a perseverance in me. My family, both natural and close friends have been super supportive of me in every way, which has been such a blessing. Also, my church “The Rock Church -Manhattan” is such a firm foundation of love and God-led guidance and I’m thankful to have them in my life. I can honestly say that my life is not perfect, but it’s filled with people who couldn’t be more perfect to have with me on my journey! 🙂
I recently took a trip back to my hometown of Creedmoor, North Carolina (a place that I am thankful for!), and while there I was able to take a few blog pictures that you will see today and in the coming weeks! Let me know your thoughts, and what people/things you are thankful for in the comments! 🙂
Crop Top: H&M | Cardigan : White House Black Market | Pants: H&M | Shoes : Charlotte Russe | Sunglasses : Mahps Vintage | Handbag: Ralph Lauren
Photographer: Kerrisha Ealey
Xo- Chrissy Joy
I’m a huge advocate of supporting small businesses, and I also love to hear stories of how people got started in following their passion. It inspires me and gives me a little nudge to keep going with my business! So when the company “Carved” asked me to choose one of their beautiful wooden phone cases to use for my IPhone I was super excited! 🙂
Carved makes and sells one-of-kind wood cell phone cases for all types of phones including IPhone, Samsung Galaxy and Google Nexus. The company was started five years ago by John and Grant when they met for lunch to share ideas of possibly starting a business. John wanted to make wood cases for IPhones but didn’t have any experience manufacturing. Grant was an expert in manufacturing and immediately started working on the first prototype that was later perfected and jumpstarted their company. It’s crazy how God brings the missing pieces in our lives to complete the puzzle of our passion! 🙂
I chose the “New Zealand Paua Shell Case” because it’s made out of a real New Zealand Paua shell. My dream is to travel the world, so I love to collect different pictures and articles of places until I can experience them all in real-life….I now have my small piece of New Zealand! 🙂
Overall, I love the case and its durability without being bulky! I am on my phone a lot so my ideal case is soft, light and pretty…all of which my new case entails! I highly recommend “Carved” for anyone who needs a durable case but does not want to compromise the beauty of their phone. The best part is that each case comes complete with the signatures of the “Carved” team on the inside! It’s a beautiful reminder that teamwork really does make the dream work! 🙂
Purchase your our case today on Carved ! Tell ’em Chrissy Joy sent you! 🙂
Xo- Chrissy Joy