Artscape 2014

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Baltimore is my hometown and there are a few things that have firmly assisted with  placing  the “charm” in Charm City. Artscape, touted as one of the largest art festivals on the East Coast is one of those things. The festival takes place in Baltimore’s Arts District and offers a range of activities from zumba for kids to Grammy nominated artist like Anthony Hamilton who is set to hit the stage on Sunday, July 20th. The people watching is an added bonus to the great art, crafts, performances and culinary delights which make Artscape a cant miss Baltimore event. In addition to the list of official food vendors- there will be a food truck rally near Preston St.

So don your best festival chic ensemble, put on some comfortable shoes and be prepared to by dazzled by the charm that is Artscape.

For more details on performances and activities log into or consider downloading the app from the Google market place or I—phone app store in order to stay up to date on all the festival happenings.


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Baltimore School of Design

Today marks the era of new and innovative education in Baltimore as the groundbreaking for Baltimore School of Design took place this morning.  The focus of the new school is to educate middle-high school students in the areas of architecture, fashion and graphic arts.  The school’s philosophy is based on the premise that “The convergence of art and technology is creating a new world”.

Admission to the middle school program is via application and depending on the number of students that apply applicants may be subject to a lottery.   High school applicants must submit a portfolio to be considered for admission.


You can view a full list of admission requirements, and FAQ’s by visiting the school’s website.


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Baltimore Has Style Too

I have said it before and

I will say it again- I am a Baltimore Girl true and thru.  I have loved fashion since I requested my first handbag at the tender age of four and in spite of evidence to the contrary, I believe there are Baltimore women who have style and substance that can rival fashionistas in any major metropolitan city. I encounter beautiful, well-dressed women all the time and I want the rest of the fashion world to see Baltimore has style too.


I would like to feature women from my fair city rocking the newest, latest, hautest!


Email me at showing off your Baltimore Style for a chance to be featured on my site.


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Fashion Awards MD- The Ghettofashionista is on the ballot!

I am so excited to announce that I have made the official ballot for the first ever Maryland Fashion Awards.  The awards honor those who have made a key contribution to fashion in Maryland and after over 10,000 nominees, I am on the ballot for my work as Editor in Chief of The Ghetto Fashionista.

The actual award show will take place in June where the official winners will be announced but in the interim you can VOTE FOR ME!

I am on the ballot for Emerging Media Member so visit click on VOTE and 4pm ballot and cast your vote for The Ghetto Fashionista.

*While you can only vote for me once, you CAN vote from multiple computers- so you can cast your vote from your smart phone, home computer etc.

Thanks in advance to all my supporters!


Check out the behind the scenes video from the official awards photo shoot.

Small Business Saturday- Bliss Boutique Baltimore

Just about every major retailer worth their salt will be featuring door buster sales offering huge discounts on everything from flat screen televisions to 600 thread count sheets this Friday. The frenzied pitch of Black Friday has reached such heights that many major stores are opening their doors as early as midnight on Thanksgiving. Just as you have unleashed yourself from the tryptophan induced coma inevitably produced by your turkey day, many retailers are suggesting you get dressed and fight the masses for aforementioned TV’s and sheets. Well, you can have the madness; in fact, I will be securely snuggled in the comfort of my bed and have opted instead to participate in Small Business Saturday.

This is the second annual Small Business Saturday a concept created to reinvigorate communities and recycle dollars by supporting “Mom and Pop Shops”.

This year, I am advocating support of one of my favorite local boutiques- Bliss! This small East Baltimore Boutique is owned by Baltimore native Cyreeta Curbeam, a Texas Southern University and Towson U alumna, savvy entrepreneur with a keen eye for all things fashionable and fab. Her goal is to become the local Baltimore-area fashionistas shopping destination of choice and based on my visits to the boutique, she is well on her way. Featuring a collection of handbags, jewelry and clothing curated primarily from NY and Los Angeles, you cannot go wrong selecting an item for our favorite fashionista from Bliss Boutique!

In honor of Small Business Saturday, Cyreeta is hosting an Entrepreneurs BOGO sale! Drop your business card and get a discount on your second item purchased (please visit store for details)the sale will also be opened to the general public.

Bliss Boutique is located at:

4419 Kenwood Ave.

Baltimore, MD 21206

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the items that can be found in the store:




Real Style- Baltimore

If fashion were Cinderella, Baltimore would  inevitably be cast in the role of the awkward step sister; however I am bound and determined to prove there is real style to be found in my home town! Trust, me it’s not always easy however there are some rare moments when I come across folks with daring, beyond the cookie-cutter style.

I encountered  these three effortless chic Baltimoreans at a recent fundraiser hosted by one of my favorite bloggeristas Ty of Gorgeous in Grey.

Ty (@ohmyty)


Calvin (@kj2dotcom)

Kee (@calicutie)

What do you think??

Baltimore Style- Preakness

Baltimore’s Pimlico Racetrack serves as home to the second leg of the Triple Crown and trust me when I tell you the red carpet has been rolled out for the droves of people who will travel into town for the 136 running of the Preakness. The truly chic and hopelessly haute will all be rocking the ultimate in Preakness Chic, a hat!

Check out some of my picks for this year.

Mo’Nique Announces 2011 Oscar Nominations

The list of the 2011 Oscar Nominees was announced by Bmore native Mo’Nique and I have to say she looked absolutely gorgeous!

The complete list of nominees is below:

Best Picture

“Black Swan,” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers

“The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers

“Inception,” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers

“The Kids Are All Right,” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers

“The King’s Speech,” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

“127 Hours,” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers

“The Social Network,” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán, Producers

“Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer

“True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers

“Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”

Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”

Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”

Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale in “The Fighter”

John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”

Jeremy Renner in “The Town”

Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”

Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role

Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”

Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”

Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”

Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams in “The Fighter”

Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”

Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”

Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”

Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Animated Feature Film

“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois

“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet

“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Art Direction

“Alice in Wonderland”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”


“The King’s Speech”

“True Grit”


“Black Swan,” Matthew Libatique

“Inception,” Wally Pfister

“The King’s Speech,” Danny Cohen

“The Social Network,” Jeff Cronenweth

“True Grit,” Roger Deakins

Costume Design

“Alice in Wonderland,” Colleen Atwood

“I Am Love,” Antonella Cannarozzi

“The King’s Speech,” Jenny Beavan

“The Tempest,” Sandy Powell

“True Grit” Mary Zophres


“Black Swan,” Darren Aronofsky

“The Fighter,” David O. Russell

“The King’s Speech,” Tom Hooper

“The Social Network,” David Fincher

“True Grit,” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Documentary (Feature)

“Exit through the Gift Shop,” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz

“Gasland,” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic

“Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

“Restrepo,” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

“Waste Land,” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Documentary (Short Subject)

“Killing in the Name”

“Poster Girl”

“Strangers No More”

“Sun Come Up”

“The Warriors of Qiugang”

Film Editing

“Black Swan”

“The Fighter”

“The King’s Speech”

“127 Hours”

“The Social Network”

Foreign Language Film

“Biutiful,” Mexico

“Dogtooth,” Greece

“In a Better World,” Denmark

“Incendies,” Canada

“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi),” Algeria


“Barney’s Version,” Adrien Morot

“The Way Back,” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng

“The Wolfman,” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (Original Score)

“How to Train Your Dragon,” John Powell

“Inception,” Hans Zimmer

“The King’s Speech,” Alexandre Desplat

“127 Hours,” A.R. Rahman

“The Social Network,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Music (Original Song)

“Coming Home” from “Country Strong,” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey

“I See the Light” from “Tangled,” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater

“If I Rise” from “127 Hours,” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3,” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Short Film (Animated)

“Day & Night,” Teddy Newton

“The Gruffalo,” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang

“Let’s Pollute,” Geefwee Boedoe

“The Lost Thing,” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann

“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

Short Film (Live Action)

“The Confession,” Tanel Toom

“The Crush,” Michael Creagh

“God of Love,” Luke Matheny

“Na Wewe,” Ivan Goldschmidt

“Wish 143,” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Sound Editing

“Inception,” Richard King

“Toy Story 3,” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers

“Tron: Legacy,” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague

“True Grit,” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey

“Unstoppable,” Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing

“Inception,” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

“The King’s Speech,” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley

“Salt,” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin

“The Social Network,” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten

“True Grit,” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Visual Effects

“Alice in Wonderland,” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi

“Hereafter,” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell

“Inception,” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

“Iron Man 2,” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“127 Hours,” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy

“The Social Network,” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

“Toy Story 3,” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich

“True Grit,” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

“Winter’s Bone,” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“Another Year,” Written by Mike Leigh

“The Fighter,” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson

“Inception,” Written by Christopher Nolan

“The Kids Are All Right,” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

“The King’s Speech,” Screenplay by David Seidler

Charming and New- La Chic Boutique

I love it when I stumble upon an unexpected jewel, especially one that offers an amazing mix of old and new, classic and indie chic. Well, that’s exactly happened when I was recently dining in the Mount Washington area of Baltimore. On my way to brunch, I happened upon La Chic Boutique – the most adorable consignment shop owned by an even more adorable mother/daughter pair.

I loved the selection of vintage clothing on consignment as well as the new gifts and jewelry selection offered in the boutique. I am a huge fan of shopping vintage as I am always on the hunt for well made, classic items that offer a bit of retro chic. The next time you find yourself in Mount Washington do yourself a favor and check out one of the newest charming reason Baltimore is known as “Charm City”.

Check them out online @ La Chic Boutique or pay them a visit:

5614 Newbury St.

Baltimore, MD 21209


Straight Outta Bmore- Real Style

Baltimore is my hometown and though I believe she is going through a renaissance of sorts, my fair city has received a bad rap as it relates to fashion in style. Blame it on television- shows like “The Wire” and the Corner would have outsiders believing that Bmore is one big hood that you definitely don’t want to be caught in after dark. While not a fashion Mecca, Baltimore is slowly but surely making an effort in being a force in the fashion scene. Trust me, I realize we have miles to go, but we’re well on our way. Here’s some real Baltimore style that will hopefully give you some insight into just how fashionable our residents can be.

White Jeans are so on trend for the summer and the leopard skirt paired with an Adidas tee- perfection

I loved Shamia’s green sunglasses and green gladiator shoes- I tried my best to get a great shot of her the combo because she is just too cute for words.

I usually despise skinny jeans on men, but this combo stuck a chord that was pitch perfect
No commentary necessary- this brother, Tavin did his hair himself! I love a brother that knows his way around a head of hair. 


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