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PERSONAL: Dancing Buffoons

So I’m sorry guys… I haven’t been around but I think that I’ve been justly absent. I’ll explain everything as we go along kay? Kay! There was something I wanted to announce before…. OOOH now I remember. I now have a TUMBLR!! Woot woot! Well I’m not really sure if it’s a woot woot. That means I have one other gadget to update and develop an avenue for when I have enough… ugh! Anyway it’s called WhisperingMcQueen. This one happens to be a personal one. The background chosen wasn’t the one I’d decided on but was a second choice. I lost the one I had decided on and was frankly too lazy to go back and find it… so suck on that! Anywho, go follow me… and let’s see what we can stumble upon.

Let’s see, first thing to talk about is the Charlotte Fashion Week Casting and accompanying Industry Mixer. I went to that… I think it was last week. The event happened on a Thursday so I drove up there and checked into my hotel. After throwing on my go-to summer outfit(it conveys a sense of I’m fashionable but I’m definitely NOT trying to hard) I made my way down to Loft 1523. The space was nice, and I realized pretty quickly that every model in Charlotte, along with some from Atlanta and Columbia, had come out for the casting. It took 2 hours for all the models to walk, and afterwards there was a little mixer where I met a few designers and, Andre Jarrid, a stylist who has an internship in Manhattan later this summer. Anyway I came away from the experience with a few contacts and a distinct taste for some of the players in the Charlotte industry.
On Friday I drove all the way home and hurriedly attempted to get a look together for my sister. I fell into bed around midnight having secured, her hair, dress, and accessories. For the dress, a designer friend allowed me to pull a garment 🙂 Anyway we woke up the next morning and drove to Atlanta. After taking an 11:30 dance class at Dance 411(there wasn’t a lot of energy in the class, it seemed a lot like people were taking it to lose weight. On top of that they double charged me and still haven’t paid me back…) we checked into the hotel. Our meal was at an Asian buffet and then we finally went to Reco Chapple’s show.
Entitled “Weekend at the Hamptons” the show gave me a very resort-ish vibe, maybe it was the searsucker… Anyway, the MF Room was GORGEOUS, and the crowd, from what I could tell, seemed to be up and comers. I won’t say that we graced the presence of the A or even the B list but I will say this, I stood inches away from Mychael Knight. Jealous?? Thought so. Alas, I became a bumbling IDIOT at first sight. Some kind of way I mustered the courage to introduce myself and well… Let me illustrate for you what happened.
Bumbling Buffoon: Excuse-Excuse me,
(Mychael Knight turns around)
Bumbling Buffoon: Are you MykeCheque?
Mychael Knight: (Eyebrow raises) What?
Bumbling Buffoon: You were on Project Runway right, I loved your work!
Mychael Knight: Thank you, but my name is Mychael Knight.
Bumbling Buffoon: (realizes the buffoonery of his speech and attempts to save) Yeah, no, I know, but… your name is MykeCheque on Twitter though right?
So not only do I look like an idiot, I look like an idiot who has no life and that lives in cyberspace… and worse, a FAKE FAN! Oh the levels of stupid I felt can not be thoroughly explained. Anywho, after that was the show, and my sister, dressed in Alana B. Couture, and I, took a few pictures before running out. I’m sure I had more to say but I’m about to go apply for a job at Sid and Nancy… WISH ME LUCK!

EXCLUSIVE: FFS and Clarence J

So, one of the things that we are attempting to bring more of as the blog evolves is original content. Original and exclusive content that you’re not going to find at other blogs. That’s why, if you’ve noticed, there has been an injection of a personal voice into posts. Also if you’re one of our business affiliates, you should be able to tell by the emails I’ve sent. Anyway, I’m excited to announce that I was on the set of my first photoshoot this pass Sunday, and these are the pictures that resulted. I posted about it on my other blog but now the pictures are back, I’m going to post about it here as well.

See more pictures from the photoshoot, and my commentary after the clip.

Amenia Pempleton(FFS) by Clarence Jackson

The photographer on set was Clarence Jackson of Clarence J Photography. I had never met him before the shoot, so afterwards I did go up and kind of introduce myself. He has a very quiet demeanor and, for the model, makes it a very calm and relaxed atmosphere. With 19 other models in the room, and the staff of your agency looking on, you kind of need someone that seems to be reassuring. The professionalism of his work is evident in the photographs and his timeliness. Like I said, we shot on Sunday, it’s now Tuesday and I have the photographs. I believe light retouching was done. Anyway, if you’re in the area and would like to shoot I’d recommend him highly. He’s also looking to build a creative team, so if you are a designer, make-up artist, stylist, or creative director, check him out.

Ty Rene’e(FFS) by Clarence Jackson

The pictures that I have selected are just a few of my favorites. Are they all my top favorites, no, but I wanted to show a variety of pictures/angles/models/emotions, while still attempting to stay true to the quality of the blog. You will notice that Monique La Belle does appear twice. That’s because she… hands down was my favorite model. She has untapped potential, but she also has talent that she exercises REGULARLY! She’s just so effortless in front of the camera, and the funny thing is that even though you watch the photoshoot and you see all this talent, after the picture is taken you’re like, “Wow I didn’t know the light would reflect like that”. You have time to reflect on every little detail when her mind factored them all in the span of a few seconds.

Dustin White(FFS) by Clarence Jackson

Here are a few more pictures in no particular order. Click the pictures and they will become larger.

Models: Shemieka Lloyd(FFS), Monique La Belle(FFS), Kenneth McCray(FFS), Victoria Jazzphied(FFS), Lindsey Hendren(FFS)
Creative Direction: Alicia Zeigler
Photographer: Clarence Jackson
Hair, Make-Up, and Styling: Latasha Cooper
Assistant: Mikelle Street

PERSONAL: Updates all around

Sooo… I was messing around on the Internet after completely destroying my meticulous layout from the School Term and I found this one. I actually LOVE argyle, it’s kind of one of those things that at times I’m a tad guilty to admit. Anyway, I’ve decided that I shouldn’t care and that I don’t NEED to be this edgy… savvy person all the time. Sometimes I can just relax into things I like. So while that does mean that I’ve been PORING over the latest issues of Private that I can get my hands on, and FEIGNING for Gossip Girl. Hopefully it won’t mean that I’m losing readership. Although, my LACK of posting may have done that all on it’s own.

There’s a reason I haven’t been posting though. In addition to taking photos like the ones above, I’ve been actually working… sometimes. I mean I have 3 internships right now… it was 4 but we’re going to get to that. So I kind of should be working all the time but I still find time to slack off! Anyways, let’s get into these new affiliations I have!


First off, I’m writing over at Front Row View. Front Row View is a blog and a magazine. They have affiliations with Net-a-Porter, Jaeger, and French Connection as well as other companies. I’m really excited about them. I have to blog twice weekly over there, and the plan is one on Tuesday and one Thursday. Just so it’s on a consistent basis and I have a schedule to make myself do it… I’m already late though because I haven’t done my Thursday one for this week though. Also I was told I might have a chance to write for the next issue of the magazine… STOKED!

Secondly I intern over at the Style Hop Blog. Style Hop is a business that uses various tactics to translate consumer action online, into data that they can use to find out what the consumers want to buy. Whereas with FRV I’m a writer, I’m the video intern at SH. I did my first video and got not so good feedback. I’m not sure if I have to rerecord but… we’ll see. I already get the feeling that my boss wants things a specific way as in she wants to do the videos but doesn’t have the time so I just need to do exactly what she would do if she was doing the video.

So, my last internship… which was actually the first one I got, is with FFS Model and Talent. The parent company of this organization is Fortress Fashion Shows. FFS plans events. In addition to that there is a boutique that operates strictly online now, that is in the FFS umbrella. It’s called 5th and Glam. FFS MATA is a model and talent agency based here in Columbia, SC. I think we have model talent here in SC as well as in GA and NC. As of my knowledge we only have one music talent on our roster, but he could model as well. I think he may be a tad short though as I’ve only seen him in pictures.

My Mother didn’t understand the camera part so I was showing her.

Anywho… I think I had more that I wanted to say but I have a COUPLE of thing to do before I go to sleep so ciao bellas!!