[blazer-goodwill; sweater-h&m; skirt & infinity scarf-shopakira.com; boots-steve madden; giving life-PRICELESS!]

My boss just implemented Casual Fridays at my job and I was superrrrrr excited. Business casual is cool, (I'm actually starting to enjoy it, surprisingly) however its a relief to be able to pretty much dress as you please at least once a week. Anywho, stay tuned for more OOTD's featuring more trends!

Peace & Dopeness!


Peace & Dopeness!



...I'm so creative & innovative,
And I stay motivated by the concept of being famous and I ain't even made it!

Hey dolls!!!

You know how I'm always talking about being creative & innovative, and how most things are never what they appear to be? Well this video shows just how true that is. I took an ordinary maxi skirt and showed you 13 DIFFERENT ways to wear it - how freaking awesome is that!!!
I got the idea for this video because I always wear maxi skirts as a belted dress so I decided to find even more ways to wear it. Its funny, a maxi skirt is similar to the circle scarf from American Apparel so I thought of all the ways to wear a circle scarf and translated it to a maxi skirt. With a little trial and error I came up with 13 ways total, I'm sure there are countless others. 
I hope you guys found this video helpful & useful. Don't forget to subscribe to my channel!!

Also today is the last day of the BLACK WEEKEND SALE. Enter 'DOPESINCE1986' to receive 20% off your entire purchase, hurry up!! 



Enter discount code: 'DOPESINCE1986' at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase!


Peace & Dopeness!



Go 'head switch the style up, & if they hate then let um hate 
and watch the money pile up!

Okay so print blocking - you've seen, you've probably done but never even realized it. Print Blocking is when you mix 2 or more prints that compliment each other to achieve one look. Here are a couple of quick tips to remember when print blocking:

  • Prints with similar fabrics or materials usually go well together.
    • i.e Silky flowing fabrics, fluffy, comfy fabrics, etc.

  • Mix bright or bold prints with black & white or neutral prints.
    • i.e Leopard print and black & white patterns

  • Mix neutral prints with other neutral prints. Mix black & white prints with other black & white prints.
    • i.e Black & white stripes and black & white polka-dots

  • When it comes to stripes, mix thin stripes with thick stripes. Mix horizontal stripes with vertical stripes.

  • Prints with similar themes usually mesh well together.
    • i.e tribal themes & retro themes 

Its all about trial & error when it comes to print blocking, there is really no science to it, just have fun with it. Email me pics of you illustrating your favorite print blocking look, the winner will receive something from the Dope Since 1986 store. Challenge yourself this week and try something new. **For the bold beauties out there, try mixing two or more different animal prints!



World can't hold me, too much ambition!

So I have some exciting news...I dont know if all you guys are aware of it but I reconstruct a lot of pieces (shirts, jackets, blazers, jeans, glasses, etc.) and now *drumroll please*...my pieces are now available at a clothing store in South Philly called RAW!!! I'm super excited for this new experience. This is just another great avenue to do what I love to do. I never thought that I would be reconstructing pieces and they would actually end up in a real store.....the sky is the limit you know! The lyric "world cant hold me, too much ambition" is like the quote of my life, it couldn't get anymore realer than that!

Dont forget to check out my online store, still plenty of great items available!

Peace & Dopeness!



And I want you more than a new pair of shoes...

Welcome to Thrifting 101!!
This is a quick guide to make your thrifting experience beneficial. Follow these tips and I guarantee you'll be a thrift master in no time!

  1. Choose a thrift store of your choice (I prefer the Goodwill)
  2. Wear comfortable clothing & under garments 
  3. GO ALONE! (you don't want to be fighting with your friends over something you saw first)
  4. Bring hand sanitizer 
  5. Plan to be there for hours - bring a snack :-)
  6. Be patient & thorough - browse section by section, isle by isle, & garment by garment
  7. Keep an open mind & open eye
  8. Try EVERYTHING on! Remember items are NEVER what they appear to be. You must fit each garment to your particular style & body type. If you like the fabric or print, buy it, don't second guess yourself.
  10. Visit the accessory section - thrift stores have awesome belts, glasses, pocketbooks, & luggage. (I stay away from shoes & hats, sanitary issues)

I hope you found this guide helpful!
Please subscribe to my youtube channel!!

Peace & Dopeness!


My highly sought after vintage distressed high-waisted jean shorts are now available again in my online store. They're available in small, medium, & large so get yours while they last >>>> Dope Since 1986

Some other items available in my store...


Hey dolls!
This is just a quick video reviewing some of my recent beauty buys. Hope you enjoy!
Please subscribe to my youtube channel.

Fairest Nude Lipstick by L'Oreal

Sally Hansen Salon Effects

Voluminous Million Lashes by L'Oreal



I rather die enormous than live dormant, thats how we on it!


*clutches pearls*

The wait is officially over - H&M has an online store - omgeee!!!
I don't know when this happened but THANK YOU FASHION GODS!!! My hopes, dreams, & prayers have been answered!! Man I'm so excited, I thought this day would never come lol. H&M by far is my favorite place to shop. It's super affordable & fashion forward love love love H&M.....GAG!

Currently the buying option is disabled in the U.S WTF??



Hey Dolls!!
This is my newest video on how to make distressed jean shorts, the absolute simplest way out there. No tricks, no stunts, no magic, all you'll need is just a pair of jeans & some scissors. I hope this video was helpful, if you have any questions please feel free to ask!

Here's the finish product. They turned out great. These are now available in my store dope.since.1986 for $15

Peace & dopeness!



This is the last and final look. 
Thanks for watching and please subscribe to my youtube channel!




muthaf*ckas wanna fine me!

Hey Dolls!!
Hope you found my first video helpful, please subscribe to my youtube channel >>>The Notorious K.I.A 
Stay tuned for future videos....[positive] comments and suggestions are welcomed.
Also please visit my online boutique for some of the items featured in this video as well as others>>> dope.since.1986




I'm still dreaming bigger than I'm living
and just sleeping long enough to dream,
spent long enough in the sheets,
it's time to turn it to the real thing
and turn these ideas to milli's...

Yup thats me and my mommy back in '86. This photo is actually inspiration for my next "venture." I've launched another online store - Dope Since 1986. This store is basically all about what makes me ME....what inspires me...where I came from....who I am! The contents in the store are all pieces hand picked by me and things I would wear....mostly items I have collected over the years. The catalogue is separated into 3 categories: New, used, & reconstructed pieces.

  • New - consists of clothes I've bought in the past but never wore.
  • Used - consists of items from my closet that I have worn or items purchased from a thrift/consignment shop.
  • Reconstructed - items originally from my closet or a thrift store and reconstructed with new materials and/or embellishments. 

As far as price, nothing with be more than $20-$30...I'm not doing this to make money, simply using it as an avenue to express my craft.  Someone once told me if you're not making money doing something, its a hobby. I'm trying to make my passion more than just a hobby but a lifestyle. 

Please visit dope.since.1986 and show your support. I promise you, if you like my style you'll love this store. I'm also starting a YouTube channel, stay tuned!