NYC trip & life updates

Happy Monday, Honey!

I hope you’ve all had a killer 2020 so far. Between Kobe dying, Coronavirus, and the world’s lame ass Tik Tok obsession, I can’t say mine has been off to the best start! Lol, for real though, my year has been pretty dope. We’re only 2 months deep and I’ve already vacationed in both Miami and New York City. I’ve dropped 3 Local Honey collections already and the next two are on their way. It’s safe to say I’ve been hustling hard and treating myself accordingly.

I gotta share the highlights of my New York trip with you all. I have always dreamt of living in the city but until a couple weeks ago, I had never even visited. My good friend Alyssa moved there in the fall and soon as she did, I knew I would be making my way there ASAP.

I didn’t have many of the basic tourist spots on my agenda, mostly just a lot of shopping and eating out. Fashion is my whole life, so you can imagine how I would thrive there. One of my favorite areas was SoHo, where I saw so many dope stores. We started our day at this place called Coffee N Clothes which made designer logo stamped lattes and had a crazy exhibit of small businesses selling their products. You literally had to go down a slide to enter the exhibit! That was a very random and satisfying first stop on our trip.

From there, we made our way to every high-end streetwear brand I could’ve dreamt of. A three story Kith store, Stock X in person, Off-White, Supreme, Opening Ceremony, Reformation, the list goes on. To say I was impressed and inspired is an understatement. From there, we ate at a restaurant I had wanted to try for so long called the Butcher’s Daughter. We got a flight of green juice mimosas! Incredible.

Some other noteworthy stops from my trip were the Broadway play we saw called Grand Horizons (a great comedy), luxury shopping on 5th Avenue (I bought a Gucci belt and Dior ring, oops), lunch at The Plaza Hotel (shoutout Eloise), bagels in Brooklyn (duh), a stroll past the Brooklyn Bridge, sitting on the steps of The Met, and generally just taking cool subway rides to various cool parts of Manhattan. I swear I could roam the city aimlessly forever and never get bored. Another highlight of my trip had to be going clubbing. I met so many people who I’ve stayed in touch with just in the two nights we went out. People are so much more forward and fun there than anywhere else I’ve experienced. No matter where we were or what we were doing, I truly felt like I fit in perfectly for the first time in my life.

The gorgeous skyline of Manhattan
Coffee N Clothes
Right after the amazing Magnolia Bakery
Living our best life at Lavo
In the Kith elevator cause I’m a lame

Well, that’s all I’ll recap for now. I promise I’ll be going back ASAP and maybe next time I’ll vlog the trip? Let me know if you’d tune in.

As for my day to day, I’ve been pretty solid. I tried my first kickboxing class and that was dope. I made homemade banana bread without a recipe and I’m embarrassingly proud of how well it turned out. The weather is starting to warm up here in Denver which makes my whole soul happy! I have been busting my ass on Local Honey to be honest with ya’ll. I even hired a social media assistant and she’s already brought so much to the table, I’m really excited to see where that takes us. I promised you consistent new inventory all year and I will not let you down.

I love all of you honeys dearly and I hope life is treating you right <3 ‘Til next post!

Xoxo,

Jolene

The Foundation Collection & 2020 Goals

Happy Monday, honeys!

I hope everyone is surviving the winter! This time of year always kills me but I’ve kept it together pretty damn well considering this is my first real winter in 4 years. I am so excited for 2020!!! It’s so cleche to say that I have a good feeling about this year but it’s true. I knew 2019 would be a year of transition for me and it definitely was, but now that I’ve built a solid foundation and settled into my new home I’m ready to thrive at the things that fuel me most.

Speaking of what fuels me most, let’s talk about what’s been going on with Local Honey! I have not dropped a collection since July and that breaks my heart. I’ve had to take some time to prepare to make future drops better than anything you’ve seen before and tbh, I think I’m killing it. I am so pleased with how the photoshoot turned out and I think the clothes are really dope. I’m staying more true to my personal style moving forward, I hope you honeys are cool with that.

I named this next collection the Foundation collection because it is a compilation of what I consider wardrobe essentials. The items are very basic with a focus on silhouette and wearability. Each piece can be worn and styled a ton of different ways and worn throughout many seasons. This collection of 16 pieces will be available this Thursday, 1/16.

Don’t trip though, shortly after this drop I will be releasing my first ever, personally designed clothing. The drop will consist of 3 different designs, each printed on two different garment types. I learned so much through that process and I truly can’t wait to see how I elevate my designs in the future.

Annnnnd after my designs are released, the second collection of 2020 will drop which is filled with more fun pieces that spice up the basics you already stocked up on. They are great transition pieces from winter to spring and I swear you’re gonna want your hands on everything.

I currently do not have a pop-up lined up but I’m always working on it! Maybe I’ll go back to Florida next? Stay tuned for updates 🙂

NOW LET’S GET PERSONAL. Honestly, I don’t have anything monumental to share with you all. I didn’t go into depth with setting new year’s goals or anything but I do know that I’m very serious about Local Honey. I feel so passionate about this brand and absolutely nothing compares to how I feel when I’m making progress. I would love to see some major growth in 2020 and I promise I’m doing everything I can to make that happen. Denver is still chill, I’ve been fairly consistent with my fitness and nutrition routines, I’m not focused on much socially and I think that’s great. Taking adequate time for myself and prioritizing things other than my social life is a hard adjustment for me but I can see it paying off. Overall, the future is looking bright baby.

Thanks for joining me on the ride, honey <3

Xoxo

MY CURRENT MUST-HAVES

Hello my honeys! I have missed you all dearly. Although it’s been a while since I’ve written a post, I have been uploading to my Youtube channel pretty regularly and I also had my first Denver pop up shop! I promise I am always working on this brand in some form… Even if it’s just racking my brain with too many ideas to handle.

I wasn’t sure whether to make this concept into a video or a blog post. After assessing my smudged makeup and greasy topknot, I decided blog post it was! I will be sharing all of my current favs from makeup to fashion to food. This is your ultimate guide to the best of the best this season.

1. BEAUTY

Okay, so this is nothing new in my routine, but I wanted to emphasize my love for the Maybelline Superstay foundation. I have bought countless bottles of this stuff, using a few lighter coverage options on my off days but mostly sticking to this. I had been using it for so long that I wanted to try something new and picked up a Benefit cosmetics foundation for triple the price. A week later I returned the benefit one and stuck with my OG, being reminded just how good it is. The staying power is unmatched, the coverage is amazing, and it doesn’t break me out. Love.

2. FASHION

 

THESE BOOTS. Omg, they’re from Nasty Gal as you can see and I copped them for $40 since they always run sales. I have worn these nearly everyday since I got them and I love the edge they add to every outfit. They have quickly become a staple and I definitely recommend them if you’re on the hunt for a go-to black boot.

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Gold jewelry is a constant for me, but gold chain necklaces have been everything lately. They look so cool but it’s still classic. I think they bring out my inner hoodrat and honestly I couldn’t be more pleased, lmao.

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My last fashion fav is leather pants. I have two different pairs, one is a shiny, textured leather from XLE.com and one is a classic smooth leather from Zara. Both are a straight leg fit which makes them super on trend. I find that they pair with so much and can turn a basic outfit into a bad bitch outfit. Big fan.

3. FOOD

You guys!!! I have found my new favorite recipe of all time. I take about a 6 inch piece of sourdough baguette and cut it in half the long way, spread Brie cheese over one side and Trader Joe’s vegan kale cashew pesto over the other side. Toast that in oven for about 8 minutes and cook up some seasoned chicken breast (fake chicken for me). Take the bread out and add the chicken slices, a few tomato slices, and a tiny bit of mayo for the most delicious sandwich you’ll ever eat. Thank me later.

4. MUSIC

Ugh, I don’t even want to talk about Playboi Carti. He did us dirty by not dropping his new album Whole Lotta Red on time so in the mean time, I’ve recently discovered a rapper that goes by Father and I really like his music. Ive had my favorite songs by him on repeat for the last couple months along with my typical lineup of Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Smino (highly recommend if you don’t already listen to him), A$AP Mob, and some BROCKHAMPTON here and there as well. Music isn’t super interesting at the moment but I do have to say that hip hop has been a huge crutch for me during this big transition.

Lastly, I just wanna catch up with you guys. My job as a Visual Manager at H&M is going well, I really enjoy merchandising and I feel very much like I’m on the right path for my future. The Denver pop-up was amazing! Everyone was very interactive and I got a ton of support. I know I had mentioned the fashion rut I was going through in my last post but I am here to say that much has changed! I have felt more inspired and fearless with my fashion than ever before. I’m going to Florida this weekend to visit my friends which I could not be more excited about. I have so much love for those people and I’m missing those connections dearly, Don’t worry, I will be vlogging that entire trip and I promise it’ll be an entertaining one.

Until next time, I love you honeys so much!

 

I MOVED TO DENVER: let’s catch up

Happy Thursday, Honeys!

In case you didn’t hear, I moved to Denver, CO this week! I came from South Florida and took the 28 hour road trip solo. It was a really fun journey and I’ve had such a nice week exploring and adjusting to my new life.

Some of my favorite things I’ve done so far are hike Red Rocks Amphitheater (I spent a whole afternoon there writing and relaxing), explore a new part of downtown as well as a new local coffee shop, set up my room (it looks perfect, room tour coming soon!!), and overall I’ve just gotten into some really healthy habits already. I’ve worked out everyday this week which is huge for me!! It feels amazing and I am so enthusiastic to keep the momentum going and just keep thriving in my new city! ALONE TIME IS TIGHT YO.

I recently dropped a gorgeous Local Honey collection and if you haven’t shopped it yet, I strongly urge you to. The pieces are so unique and fashionable, you really shouldn’t miss out. Fashion has been kinda blah for me recently. I can feel my style changing so I’ve been sort of frustrated with my wardrobe to be honest. At the moment I am really into classic pieces such as button ups and relaxed denim. An ideal outfit would either be a very plain tee with an edgy pant or a more structured top that features some subtle detail/bold color paired with denim. (I still accessorize the shit out of everything hehe.) I feel as though I want to either look very chic and subtle yet fashionable OR I want to be wearing really bold, out-there streetwear. I’m just not into regular “trendy” fashion at all right now.

I’m going to Minnesota in a week to visit my family for a lil’ lake weekend. That will be so nice and I think it’ll be the perfect way to break up my new adjustment. A week after that, it’s my mf birthday! I’m a Leo, so naturally I love my birthday. I have a few different friends coming to town and some fun festivities planned. Let me know if you’d like to see a vlog of that weekend!

I start my new job as a Visual Manager of H&M tomorrow. I’m a bit nervous because you never really know how you’re gonna fit with a new company but I am super excited to be working pretty much strictly on visuals. I have learned so much about visual merchandising in the past year and I’m quite passionate about it. I’m just excited to get back to being hands on with fashion & business!

Lastly, check out my new YouTube video! It’s a healthy grocery haul where I also share some of my favorite recipes. Food is so important to me and I’d love to influence you to start getting more nutrients in your life. <3 healthy + affordable grocery haul w/ recipes

Talk to you all soon!! I love you honeys!

Fashion Favs of the Moment

Happy Monday, Honeys!

Today we are talking all about fashion. I want to share my favorite pieces, outfits, trends, and all that fun stuff with you. Lately I’ve been feeling more bold and risky with my fashion choices but I’ve been having so much fun doing it!

One thing I’ve been rocking a tonnnn is button down shirts. I have quite the collection at this point! Some of my favorites are silk or satin but linen button downs feel amazing and look so chic as well. You can never go wrong with white but these tops are easy to make as the staple piece in your outfit too.

 

These wide leg white pants have also become a favorite. They are so unique but also have a classic feel. I feel very fashionable when I wear them and I can pair them with sooo many different tops!

A plain black or white crop top with some denim cut-offs will never do me wrong. It’s not about what you wear, it’s about how you wear it. A cool belt, straw bag, and gold accessories really elevate the look.

 

Lastly, Ive been loving an all white ‘fit.

 

As far as individual trends/pieces the stand out right now, the two blingy rings shown above have made me feel so put together and cute. I also get tons of compliments on them! Another big one is satin. I’ve always lovesdsatin everything but I’ve been seeing it more and more lately. When it blows up this fall, just remember that you saw it here first. 😉

I’ve also been wearing basically the same two pairs of shoes. When I’m more dressy I’ve been wearing these tan, strappy, block-heeled sandals that are featured in the pics. They go with EVERYTHING and look so chic, I highly recommend. If I’m not wearing those, I’m most likely rocking my straw slip on sandals. So easy and cute.

I hope you enjoyed this post, honeys! A NEW COLLECTION IS COMING VERY SOON <3

THE LOCAL COLLECTION: OUR DEBUT MEN’S LINE

Happy Friday, Honeys!

There are so many things I’d like to talk about today. I tried filming a couple of YouTube videos to share my thoughts with you all but I just didn’t like them enough to upload them, so alas, a new blog post!

First of all, I am so excited to announce the launch of my very first men’s collection! This is something I’ve thought about doing for a while and it’s also something I get asked to do quite often. I remember when I was in elementary/middle school my mom and I would always watch Project Runway and other fashion-centered shows together and I would ALWAYS tell her that I wanted to be a men’s fashion designer. I was so fascinated by the work of the men on the show and even more intrigued by the way they dressed themselves. To me, men’s fashion is sophisticated and cool without trying too hard, and taking risks is encouraged but not a necessity. Trends shape menswear but don’t define it. I find myself wearing a good amount of men’s clothing and shoes and with that, I encourage ALL genders to shop whatever category of my clothes they want. <3

Now, let me break it all down for you. Live Local Honey is a lifestyle and fashion brand geared towards anyone who strives to live cool and dress cool. “Cool” is a subjective word and your definition of what’s cool is probably a lot different than mine. Strive for YOUR definition.

I refer to the boutique as simply Local Honey. Blog posts, YouTube videos, and social media platforms encompass the “Live” part of our name. With the introduction of my men’s collection, the structure of Local Honey will shift a bit. The men’s shop and those who support it are referred to as ‘Locals’ while the women’s shop is referred to as my ‘Honeys.’ When you go shopping on my site you will see a tab for “Shop Local” which will bring you to my selection of menswear and a tab labeled “Shop Honey” which leads you to all of my women apparel.

My goal is for every collection to be cohesive while still versatile enough to suit a variety of personal styles. I always try to keep our fashions contemporary, simple yet statement, and anything but basic. The men’s collection will be no exception.

If you happen to be local to Southwest Florida I highly encourage you to attend my upcoming pop-up event! On Thursday, May 30th I am hosting a party-style pop-up shop at Beach Records in Ft. Myers. I will be selling my women’s apparel and launching my men’s collection as well. This isn’t just about Local Honey, though. I want this to be a night about celebrating local talent and good summer vibes. I have a lineup of live music performing, drinks provided, some amazing art vendors selling their goods, and overall just a place to meet new people and have a good time.

I really hope to see some of you at my upcoming event and shopping my debut men’s collection! I love everyone who supports this brand oh so much and I am just so excited for the future <3