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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! ๐Ÿ™‚ There are many features that will be apart of this channel including beauty & hair tutorials,ย style videos,ย uplifting testimonies of faith and best of all, Center Stage!

Center Stage is a feature on the Chrissy Joy Style Channelย in which I interview various men and women within the fashionย & entertainment industry that have uplifting and inspiring testimoniesย ofย how they got to where they areย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 Beyoncรฉ & 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 Bronxย gallotique, 9JBX!

 

 

Let me know your thoughts onย Jerome’s story and if inspired you in any way! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Videographer: Zerline Alvarez

Video Editor: Destiny Jackson

 

XO- Chrissy Joy

NYFW 2017 Style Diary

February 22, 2017

Hey Lovies!

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.ย  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.)ย  He also reminded me that I donโ€™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 amย  in love with each look and had fun putting them together! Theyโ€™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! ๐Ÿ™‚


Jumpsuit & Jacket : Shirley & Alice Vintage Boutique || Silk Printed Scarf : Crossroads Trading Company || Bag: Ralph Lauren || Sunglasses : Sunglass Spot || Booties : Zara

 

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Jacket : Shirley & Alice Vintage Shop || Turtleneck & Long Button Down: H&M || Lace Skirt: Crossroad Trading Company || Shoes: Converse || Sunglasses : Mahps Vintage

 

Until next season! ๐Ÿ™‚

-xo- Chrissy Joy

HELLO 2017!

January 3, 2017

Happy New Year Lovies!ย 

2017 is here and I couldn’t be more excited! 2016 was a year of stepping out on faith and discovery for me. I left my job of three andย a half years to pursue full-time Freelance Fashion Styling & Blogging. Needless to say my faith and strength was tested in so many ways, but I learned a lot about myself and my level of perseverance. My relationship with God grew and so did my ministry. Overall, I was very uncomfortable throughout the entire year! God continued to ask me to take new steps and He pushed me out of my comfort zone in many ways. However, I never made those steps alone because he made it clear to me that he was still in control throughout every uncomfortable situation. That reassurance is what kept me moving forward with my head held high throughout 2016.ย 

2017 is the year of grace and favor. I believe that what you have seen from my blog in the past three years will not compare to what will come this year. I’m so excited to share the new projects that I have began working on as well as new opportunities that are on the way! God is so faithful and he’s willing to help you accomplish every goal and request that you have for 2017, but you must first believe in those goals (even the crazy big ones) and know that they can and will happen in order to see them manifest in your life.ย 

Have you made your goals for the new year? If so, share them in the comments! I would love to hear what God is up to in your life for 2017! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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Photographer: Najah Cobb (@russianroulette)

XO- Chrissy Joy

Going Places

March 15, 2016

“The road to paradise is easy to pass, & you’ll never see the signs if you’re moving too fast” – W. Darling (Hunting Happiness)ย 

A few days ago, I found myself laying in bed at midnight listening to the lyrics of the song above and staring around my room. It was in that moment that God showed me the direction he was taking me, while giving me a huge sense of appreciation from where I’ve been.

It started 3.5 years ago when I moved back to New York after completing a short internship prior to graduating, and spending the summer in North Carolina. It was in that sporadic move that I decided to make it on my own (the first time I was living with a unknown uncle that a few family members told me about and suggested I stay with). Within the first 5 months of moving back to NYC I moved three to four times, and went from crashing on couches to the floor of a friendโ€™s one room studio apartment.

After months of prayer, I finally found an apartment in Brooklyn in which I could rent a room. However, when I moved in I didn’t have any more than the two suitcases of clothes that I had brought with me when I moved back to New York earlier. Which meant that I had to sleep on an air mattress (that I borrowed from a friend), hang some of my clothes in the closet and put the rest in a makeshift dresser (which was really one of my suitcases that I left unzipped with my clothes folded nicely inside). It was a far comparison to my previous bedroom in North Carolina that was fully furnished with a private balcony & personal bathroom. But it was the best that I could do, and it was so great to have a space that I could call my own.

Fast forward to today. I am living in the same room, but as I lay down at midnight to listen to music, I realize that I am snuggled up in a comfortable bed instead of a air-mattress that had to be re-filled with air once every few days. I look over at a nice wooden dresser that replaced the leopard suitcase filled to the brim with folded clothes. I look around at sunglasses, shoes, jewelry and other fashionable things that I strategically placed in areas of my room that was once mere space used for my prayers and cries out to God for an answer on where my life was going.

To some it may look like another small NYC “fashion woman’s” room, but in that moment, to me it was a flashlight in the direction in which God is taking me. It’s a space of gratitude and appreciation for where I have come and the building up of things to come. I know that I will continue to outgrow this space and will move on to larger places, but in the meantime God has shown me how to take time to really notice the blessings that I have around me. To not get so caught up in life that I only pay attention to the large accomplishments that Iโ€™ve made, rather than saying “thank you” for the smaller strides made along the way.

Today’s look is more of a challenge that I have for you all! This look was a bit of an accident because I was originally going to wear a lace skirt that I had cut the lining out of, but the overall look turned out to be a bit more revealing than planned. So, I decided to wear a pencil skirt backwards on top of the lace skirt, and unzip the bottom detail to show beauty in unexpected places. My challenge to you this week is to find the beauty/blessing in your life that you may not have noticed before. Take the time to slow down and look at where you have come from and the amazing direction that God is taking you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Pleaser Women’s Legend-8899 Boot โ€ข $62โ€“120

Nine West Women’s 3/8 Inch Skinny Box Panel Stud Belt โ€ข $7.38โ€“17.16

I Heart Ronson I ‘Heart’ Ronson Zip-Front Pencil Skirt โ€ข $21.99

Kensie Women’s Open Floral Lace Pencil Skirt โ€ข $19.14โ€“35.99

Faux Leather Moto Jacket โ€ข $49.99

H&M – Turtleneck Sweater – Light beige melange – Ladies โ€ข $19.99

Women’s Flat Top Sunglasses – Black โ€ข $12.99

 

Photographer: Lloydย Edwards

 

Xo- Chrissy Joy

POWER

March 2, 2016

Power: (noun) the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.

Today was supposed to be the last day of my NYFW Style Roundup. I was planning to end things by showcasing my last two looks from the week and moving on to something else next week. However, the story behind this look and the emotions I felt while wearing it made me decide to give it a post on its own, which I will do for my last look next week.

The day that I wore this particular outfit was Day Five of Fashion Week. I only had one show that day, and although the designer for the show was well known, I didn’t feel the need to really put much together. It was an evening show and my intent was to go, and then back home afterwards. When I arrived to the show, I went to my assigned seat on the 3rd row. A little while later I saw one of my good friends sitting on the first row and I ran up to speak to her before the show began. After speaking for a bit, She said “just stay with me here on the first row.” Within five minutes of sitting beside her, an entire group of actresses and pageant queens dressed in the designer’s gowns/dresses emerged to take their seat…where I was. It was pretty clear to me that I should probably make my way back to my original seat because I wasn’t wearing a gown, and because PR had told two other people on the row to move because their picture wasn’t on her clipboard for those seats. I was gathering my things while one of the women dressed in her gown was walking to my seat, but before I could move the PR woman told her to sit beside me….not in my seat. The woman and I both looked confused because her face was on the clipboard and she was CLEARLY dressed in a design….I actually stuck out like a sore thumb among them! Lol

Without hesitation the PR woman made a small space for the woman to take a seat beside me, and told me to stay where I was and that I didn’t need to move. I looked over at my friend with a confused face and said “why didn’t she just tell me to go back to my seat?!”…..my friend says “it’s safer for her to keep you here because she probably doesn’t know who you are or the power that you could hold, so she doesn’t want to take the chance.”

After the show ended and I was headed back home, I couldn’t stop thinking about the statement that my friend made. Later that night I asked God, “What is it about a person that makes them look powerful to others? Is it their clothing? Their walk? Their demeanor?……He replied: “That’s what the world wants you to think it is, but it’s simply their Spirit. When a person opens themselves up to allow me to live inside of them, they exude a unexplainable beauty and power through the Holy Spirt that isn’t possessed by everyone. Only my chosen ones.”

It’s such a refreshing yet honorable feeling to know that I don’t have to walk, dress or portray myself in a particular way to feel important. I can just be who God called me to be, and know that I possess one of the most powerful roles that anyone could ever (physically) have.

  

FOREVER 21 twist-band wool fedora โ€ข Forever 21

Sam Edelman Women’s Kammie Chelsea Boot โ€ข Sam Edelman

FOREVER 21 longline plaid coat โ€ข Forever 21

Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply Alena High-Rise Boyfriend Jean โ€ข Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren

Glamorous Western Denim Button-Down Shirt โ€ข Glamorous

 

Photographer: Chinaza Moses of BeautyBetweenTheLines

Xo-Chrissy Joy