STYLING. DESIGNING. BLOGGING.

Rooftop vibes, great music and a fun group of people ready to dance the day away, made for the perfect kick off to my Instaworld, “series 1” event!  When first coming up with the concept for this event, I had it in my mind to create an atmosphere that included everything “Instagrammable!”  From cute photo props, to deliciously displayed food, to fashion forward fits!   I was lucky to have the support of one of the newest and hottest spots in the Detroit this summer when it came to the location which couldn’t have been a more perfect setting.  Being that Delmar just opened this summer, having the opportunity to host the first day party there was a chance I was not going to pass on, regardless of what limitations I had set before me.  Lets be real guys… planning anything of this magnitude in just 2 short weeks is no easy work.   There are a million details that have to be ironed out and not a single area that can be overlooked.  But, to know me is to know I love a challenge, so I went for it!  Although we had some stressful curves due to the weather, I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better turn out. To all of my guests… you guys are absolute rock stars and I can’t thank you enough for your love and support!

Pics above taken by the oh so talented, Evan Davies and a video recap down below shot by Clark Bishop (my new fave videographer) displayed all the right vibes taken place that day.  Thank you guys for always killing it when it comes to media production!

My sincerest thanks to all my vendors and crew, The Waffle Way, DJ Brandon Jarbo and Maison Farola and of course to the staff of Delmar.  Especially, Ashley, Steven and Anthony!

Looking forward to building upon this and offering everyone more unique and fun parties where it’s not just about networking but also about having a blast!!

See you all at series 2… coming soon! 😉

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I’m so excited to talk to you all about a newer, healthier way I have decided to tackle one of my daily habits.  You may not realize it, but from the time that we wake up to the time we go to bed, there are dozens of unhealthy things we do on a natural rotation that have now become a subconscious routine for us!  For me, brushing my teeth twice if not three times a day is a must, with floss at least once a day.  Not that this is something the rest of the world doesn’t do, or even something that is considered unhealthy but question is, what are we using to take care of this task??  I personally have been using Crest w/scope toothpaste for longer than I can remember, until recently when my dentist told me she was noticing a loss in enamel on my teeth.  Let’s be honest guys… if you follow my insta then you very well know that my eating habits are not always the greatest.   I do my very best to keep a balance throughout the week of eating healthy meals but I often indulge over the weekends, including drinking soda!  Needless to say… these kinds of foods and drinks can definitely effect your teeth especially when it comes to stains.  I recently got in touch with one of my friends who owns a company called Terra & Co.  Her company offers an array of products that focus on your everyday oral care.  I was so interested in knowing what other options are out there besides anything we commonly know.  She told me how activated charcoal does wonders for your teeth and gums.  So, I started doing some research!  I came across so much information that had me convinced to try this.  I started using the charcoal toothpaste a few weeks ago and can’t believe the difference I started seeing from day 1.  And let me preface this by saying….  I will never endorse anything that I do not use or believe in myself.  That’s probably a big reason why you don’t see me promote too many things besides my taste in fashion on my page 😉 😉

But back to the toothpaste!  A little bit goes a long way guys.  I will be sure to add some video tutorials to my insta stories showing how much paste I use along with the amount of floss needed for each use.  Speaking of floss… here is what I like about the Terra and Co. floss; Not only is it biodegradable with activated charcoal in its compostable packaging, but it truly works like a charm.  I don’t have a lot of wide gaps in my teeth so to get a tight squeeze in can be difficult with regular floss especially satin finished ones.  The brilliant black dental floss they offer does not fray while using at all and will not break no matter how much you pull.  This is really important while flossing to ensure proper food particle removal.

Just to give you guys an idea though, here is a pic I uploaded after brushing and flossing with Terra & Co. a few hours after eating a bowl of spaghetti and marinara sauce along with a glass of Coke.  As you can see, it leaves zero stains behind and keeps your teeth looking bright. (No filters as you can see the slight, natural discoloration of my teeth.)

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A while back I started using smile brilliant teeth whitening kits which I still use every now and then for an extra jolt, but for everyday use, I strongly recommend this paste and floss.  Next on my list will be to try their brilliant black oil pulling blend.  I have read so many positive reviews from people who go into specific benefits of toxin removal through the process of oil pulling!  Will keep you guys posted on that as well.

Be sure to check out their site linked below and give some of their products a try!  You will love the clean and brightness the charcoal toothpaste leaves behind and will be very pleased with your overall oral care.  A couple of tips to help with your process:

I always make sure to keep a damp piece of paper towel by me when brushing in case any of the charcoal slightly splatters.  It has never once stained my sink in any way but I I will get some light splashes on the wall every now and then.  No need for too much paste either.  One small line across the brush will do the trick!  I have a separate tongue scraper I use as it’s never a good idea to use your brush on your tongue.  Also, about a half a foot of floss will be enough to use for all your teeth so no need for excess.   Hope this helps!

Please message me if you have any other questions!  I’m happy to give you more specifics 🙂

Link to Terra & Co. site:  https://terraandco.com

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Check out my choice on six affordable summer trends to help you slay all season long.

By Asima Khan

1. Hair Clips, Pins and Barrettes

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This trend is everywhere! Decorative hair pieces are making a huge comeback. There are so many different ways to wear them and accessorize your summer look. You can see, the six large-sized pearl pieces give my outfit a dramatic effect! I put four toward the top and two at the bottom of my curls — anything goes with this look. Check out the links below to get some of my same pieces. Have fun with this one, as the options on how to wear them are endless!

SHOP: Gum drop barrette from Mesh Detroit; Pearl hair clips from Amazon; Star rhinestone hair clip from Shein; O ring metal hair clip from Shein.

2. Head-to-Toe Neon

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The year was 1992, and the trend that took over the world was neon accents. Fast forward 27 years, and we find ourselves in the same spot as then, except the vibes are now better than ever! Don’t be afraid to really explore different ways to display this trend, whether it’s through your makeup, your clothing or even your accessories. I had the most fun visiting The Beauty Club in Birmingham, where my makeup artist Cammy Cartier created this killer makeup look on me. I love how she used a fuchsia on my lids to contrast the neon green color of the dress I’m wearing. Be sure to visit this charming salon soon — every inch of it is a girlie girl’s dream!

SHOP: Bershka satin slip dress from ASOS; 10 MYO ultra bright eyeshadow from MYO Makeup.

3. Mule Sandals

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Square toe, narrow toe, point toe or round toe…block heel, stiletto heel, triangle heel or flats…. mules of any sort are welcome this summer season. These sandals will be your absolute “go to” in the coming months and just a few pairs will be enough to go with every look you rock from jeans and a T-shirt, to more dressier options like skirts and dresses! I’ve listed a few of my personal favorites that have found themselves a permanent spot in my closet. Tip: Be sure to get at least one pair that will add a fun pop of color to your wardrobe along with an animal print. These two options will give you the most bang for your buck as they easily transition with most looks.

 SHOP: Triple band snakeskin mules from Boohoo; Pink Regina cross mules from Topshop; Clear strap skinny heel mules from Boohoo; Square heel mules from Revolve; High heeled vinyl mule from Zara.

4. The Mini Frill Dress

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Another trend that has made its way back is the baby doll dress — preferably with frilly accents! You have probably already seen many girls rocking this look and will most likely see it through the upcoming fall and winter season. These dresses look great no matter what footwear you choose. From sandals, to sneakers and even a combat boot, you will look fly as ever. Tip: Add an oversized denim jacket over your shoulders for an extra added effect! Check out the site where I purchased the dress I am wearing for a variety of styles to choose from.

SHOP: Andreya dress from Petal + Pup; Croc mini cross body bag from Nasty Gal.

5. Shield Sunglasses

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Looks like the sun is finally starting to peek out which means it’s time to bust out some fab sunnies! Say goodbye to cat eye and hello to the oversized shields. Dior, Miu Miu and Gucci are just a few designers at the forefront displaying this trend on the runways, but since we are trying to stay on a budget here, check out this perfectly sleek pair I found at Zara for a much more budget-friendly price. They’re great to pair with all of your street style and beach wear!

SHOP: Mirror lens sunglasses from Zara.

6. Shell Jewelry

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You likely have some staples that are everyday pieces when it comes to the  jewelry in your wardrobe. Pieces like layered pendant necklaces, stackable rings and sleek hoops. Time to add the most recent game changer to the mix:  shells!  This trend has been around since 2018 but has skyrocketed since then, making 2019 its year to shine. The obvious choice to pair them with are boho pieces, but I suggest thinking outside of the box and wearing them with your more classic looks, like a blazer and jeans. They’re perfect to wear poolside as well with a cute swimsuit and cover up! I went with gold and natural pieces, but have some fun and look into the multicolored options as well.

SHOP: Jovono gold shell choker necklace from Amazon; Softones beach shell bracelet from Amazon; Valloey shell bracelet from Amazon; Mallorca seashell bracelet from BaubleBar.

Styling, designing, blogging — Asima Khan does it all in the name of fashion! After working in luxury retail for most of her life, including most recently for Chanel, Asima is sharing her style chops with the world through her blog, asimakemymark.com. From what to wear, how to wear it and where to wear it to, Asima shares her fusion of high-low OOTD’s on her Instagram @asimakemymark

Check out the full link at SEEN MAGAZINE, (Link:)

How to Slay 6 Summer Trends

 

 

 

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It could be that I am in a mood to expose myself more or maybe just feeling his presence so much due to the amount of exposure from Bo-Rhap these days, but I really wanted to write about my favorite rock band and front man of all time.  A band that has frequently gotten me through many stages of my life with their music.

I’ve been a fan of QUEEN for longer than I can remember, but my obsession is on another level when it comes directly to Freddie Mercury…  (specifically, 70’s Freddie!)

I think that when I initially started this blog, my point was to ultimately showcase my fashion and sense of style, but as time goes on, the writing aspect has proven to become such an outlet for my thoughts and emotions.

Truth be told, I am a multifaceted individual.  What you see on the surface is just a glimpse and often doesn’t cover even an inch of my life.  I know that when people see glamorous pics and nice clothes, they perceive you to be a certain way.  They don’t see the hard work, the struggles, the sad times or even the other characteristics that make up who you truly are.  I hope to share so much more with all of you that make me who I truly am.  I’m sure you’ll be in for some surprises and will come to enjoy the more corky side of me 😉

I am however blessed with an army of people that do know me incredibly well.  People with whom there are no secrets or shaded areas.  People that know my bones.  They know the girl who lives in sweats, cooks for a hobby, laughs at just about everything until she can’t breathe and listens to all genres of music for therapeutic rejuvenation!  The girl that sees everything in life as beautiful art and appreciates even the tiniest things that God has blessed her with.   I don’t know how I got so lucky?  Even at my hardest times, and believe me, there have plenty, I find that God brings me so much light and love in various forms to get me through everything just fine.

Queen music being one of them! 

I won’t write too many ins and outs of what I feel is my inner connection with Freddie, but what I will say is this.  You don’t have to know someone, be in a relationship with them, have a sexual attraction to them or even share a moment within a lifetime to feel as though this person existed to help you in some form.  So many times come to mind when finding out more about his life made other areas of mine make total sense. Similarities and distinctions that are truly mind blowing at times, down to his most famous characteristics (i.e. his teeth.) 

A time that sticks out more so than ever was when I made the decision to leave my marriage.  I had known and been connected to my ex for nearly 10 years (total) and at that point, as you can imagine, the separation was tough but strongly needed.  I remember so many times being at home and just losing myself in Queen music.  Whether it was while I was cleaning, reading, or when I would just lay in bed and close my eyes not wanting to think about anything.

My all time favorite Queen song is “In the lap of the Gods.” Once performed at Hammersmith Odeon in London back in the 70’s, this live performance brought me to tears when I first watched it!  The song was written by Freddie so the lyrics of coarse stick out to me in an immense way.  I must have played it hundreds of times when I was going through that period in my life.  Hearing the song the way he sung it at this particular concert is something I can’t even put into words.  Not like I was there, but watching the videos and hearing his voice closely has always proven to be a chilling experience.  I uploaded the video below from Youtube if you care to watch.

Since my brother and I share in the intrigue that is Freddie Mercury, we both strongly agree that so much of Queens music actually sounded better live than it did recorded.  If I had to choose another favorite, I would definitely go with ‘Killer Queen.”  A song about a high-class call girl which was one of their first and most influential, trademarking a style of music that no one has ever been able to replicate. But lets be honest… My list of faves is endless all the way back from their first album “Queen” to their last albums “Innuendo/Made in Heaven.”

I appreciate what the other band members brought to the table so very much but there is just such a weird and special admiration for Freddie.  Not that I can’t watch Brian May effortlessly play the guitar all day. Actually, I will admit to you that I have watched countless documentaries and interviews of them for hours on end.  And, it never gets old!  I’m convinced that there will never be a point where I can say I know everything about him or them as a group.  Freddie’s life was the most intriguing of anyone I’ve ever come to learn about.  Whenever I am asked who the one person is that I would love to meet when I die, my answer has always been… “It’s a tie between Freddie and Coco!” 😉

Side note:  I have a serious thing for mens hands lol.  It is by far my favorite feature on them and what I look for first LOL. Needless to say… his hands are EVERYTHING!  Close ups of him playing the piano or the guitar is something I could stare at allllllll day!   I uploaded another video of one of my favorite interviews of them and if you skip to 2:22 in, you will see that the camera man agrees with me lol!

I think that rock music has had the biggest influence on my style as well.   I’ve never been a simple or clean line dresser.  My style has always been rocker chic and edgy.  It’s what I relate to most and honestly feel the best version of myself in.   Just another example of how areas of your life seem to always tie together.

Since there has been so much buzz surrounding Queen due to the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, I thought I would weigh in on how I felt after I watched it.  Oddly enough, it took me as long as the movie to be released on dvd for me to watch it.  Part of that was because the timing to go watch it in theaters was never worked out and also I think there was a part of me that was a little nervous to watch it because I was worried about how they would depict everything.  Pleasantly, I wasn’t too disappointed.  I didn’t love the fact that they barely touched the surface when it came to his real life and even the way the band truly did things, but to hear Queen’s music in any capacity is always a real treat so I did rather enjoy it.  Rami getting the Oscar for the role was also well deserved. Freddie Mercury was on every level, a one of a kind human being, so to come even close to portraying him deserves all the awards in the world!  I also love the fact that this generation can be introduced to them and feel their own type of way when hearing Queen music for the first time.  My 10 year old nephew is already such a big fan of “Under Pressure” just from hearing it in the movie “SING” lol!   Aside from the movie though, be sure to check out real life documentaries on Freddie and the band. They will give you a truer depiction and the more factual side of things…  From his Parsi roots, to his unique vocal range to the people he adored (i.e. Mary Austin,) you will see what a wonder of amazement he really was.  Maybe he will captivate you the same way he did me 😉

Well guys… I don’t know if this was at all interesting for you to read, but writing it was incredible!  I jammed to Queen the entire time 😉

Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara) 1946 – 1991.

Be sure to check out my instagram page: @asimakemymark and add the following Queen songs to your playlist asap! 😉 😉

  • In The Lap of the Gods (live version, London 1975.)
  • Killer Queen
  • Somebody to Love
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Love of My Life
  • Radio Ga Ga
  • We are the Champions
  • Don’t Stop Me
  • Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
  • We Will Rock You
  • Another One Bites the Dust
  • Under Pressure
  • Fat Bottomed Girls
  • I Want to Break Free
  • I’m Going Slightly Mad
  • Show Must Go On
  • These are the Days of Our Lives
  • I Want it All
  • My Melancholy Blues
  • The Millionaire Waltz
  • Too Much Love Will Kill you
  • You’re my Best Friend
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Seven Seas of Rhye

My personal favorites! 

 

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3 Outfits That Will Make Your Date Do a Double Take

Published February 6, 2019 by

Single? In a relationship? Just met someone new? Asima Khan shares where to go and what to wear this Valentine’s Day, no matter your relationship status.

By Asima Khan
Photography by Michelle Nguyen
Production by OVDO Media
Makeup by Areej Daghlas
Hair by Zahraa Alkubba

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to give you all a guide on how to celebrate the occasion! Whether your plans are being spent with a significant other, a new crush or even just your best girlfriends, check out my top choices on where to make plans and, of course, what to wear while out!

L.O.V.E.

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If you find yourself truly, madly and deeply in love during Valentine’s Day then I say “Go big, or go home!” Valentine’s Day was created for this type of indulgence, and your night should fall nothing short of that. I’ve spent most of my life exploring different pockets of Detroit and couldn’t be more proud of our beautiful city these days. As you can imagine, it wasn’t an easy choice to make when it came to choosing an upscale and beautiful restaurant that serves food as elegant as its surroundings. After having dinner at Besa about a month ago I truly fell in love! Not only is it one of Detroit’s newest premiere restaurants, but it also offers one of the most creative menus I have ever seen. Many of the items are considered small plates, so I advise you to order quite a bit. My recommendations for plates you must try are the Prawn Ceviche, Ramen Noodle Raviolo and the Holstein Ribeye. This is a time to splurge! I prefer the upstairs dining area, as it gives you views of the lit streets, but rest assured, the downstairs dining area is just as charming.

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After having such a decadent and romantic meal, there’s no better place to head to than The Royce! Yet another Detroit gem that offers the perfect intimate setting for after-dinner cocktails. From the decor to the abundance of wine selections, you’ll keep the vibes of the night going strong.

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Since the theme of the night revolves around going all out, this is a perfect time to dress to the nines! In the spirit of the signature color V-Day represents, naturally I would advise going with a true red colored dress. While others call it corny, I call it classic! The one I’m wearing is from Topshop and is linked below. Add some fun accessories to really make the entire look pop!

SHOP THE LOOK: Topshop snake effect knot midi dress, $56.99, Nordstrom; ASOS Design criss cross hair clip, $7.50, ASOS (shop similar); Gucci clutch (shop similar); Vajze jewelry; Christian Louboutin So Kate patent leather pumps, $725, Barney’s New York.

CRUSHING ON YOU.

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One of the best parts of a relationship is when it’s new — when you’re still on edge about every date, paying close attention to the details of your outfit, wondering what fun and exciting place you’re going to be taken to. It’s a time when the two of you are probably on a constant run of hotspots, having the best of times! For dates like this, I always suggest a half-and-half deal. Have dinner somewhere with ultra cool social vibes and after-dinner cocktails in a more intimate place. It was a no-brainer for me to choose Wright and Co. for my dinner suggestion. Not only are you guaranteed to have a great meal, but the vibes give off everything Detroit stands for. This place is a forever favorite of mine, and I could surely eat their potato chip dish and scallops daily!

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After dinner is the best time to walk a couple blocks to one of the coolest bars in all the land, Bad Luck Bar! Feeling like you are part of a secret society while entering this place from an alley will surely add to the excitement of the night. The bar is smaller so you two can have some personal time and easily carry on your “get to know one another convo.” Be sure to order cocktail No. 9 off the menu which will be like nothing you’ve ever drunk before, pop rocks and all.

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You can never go wrong with a cute top, sleek pants and some mega sexy heels, so check out this look I put together for inspo!

SHOP THE LOOK: Self-Portrait printed frill top, $231, fwrd.com; Takara front zippered pocket pull-on pants, $34, Dillard’s; Lele Sadoughi crystal lily earrings, $198, fwrd.com; Francina ring, $50, and Donika ring, $68, both from Vajze; Christian Louboutin Iriza patent open-side red sole pump, $695, Neiman Marcus.

“WHERE MY GIRLS AT?”

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What a time to be alive, am I right? We have finally entered an era where singles are being celebrated just as much as those who are coupled up! Being a happily single gal myself, this is my favorite segment! I’ve hosted events throughout the city for different types of occasions, but when it comes to events revolved around my girls, I automatically head to another top on my list, Parc. I couldn’t be more obsessed with their private dining area and think it’s perfect for planning a big Galentine’s night out! If you follow me, then you know how big of a foodie I am, and Parc is one of the few places where I can order anything and leave fully satisfied! One dish that is my particular favorite is the King Crab Tagliatelle. If you get a chance, be sure to request executive chef Joshua Cross to tell you all about how this wonderful meal is created!

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After leaving dinner, full of delicious food and laughs, the next stop is…Standby! Located on one end of the Belt, you will enter down stairs to a cool space where the music is always on fire and the cocktails are crafted to perfection. Getting a corner booth while vibing out to the best jams is the perfect way to spend the rest of your Galentine’s night! Check out their site for information on what they are planning to host that night!

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My go-to look has always been rocker chic, so a metallic blazer with cropped jeans is the perfect choice!

SHOP THE LOOK: ASOS Design blazer in metallic, $47.50, ASOS (shop similar); Z1975 skinny jeans with zip vents, $39.90, Zara; Steven Madden metallic pumps (shop similar); Chanel cross body bag (shop similar); Francina ring, $50, and Donika ring, $68, both from Vajze.

Styling, designing, blogging — Asima Khan does it all in the name of fashion! After working in luxury retail for most of her life, including most recently for Chanel, Asima is sharing her style chops with the world through her blog, asimakemymark.com. From what to wear, how to wear it and where to wear it to, Asima shares her fusion of high-low OOTD’s on her Instagram @asimakemymark

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Fashion blogger Asima Khan from As I Make My Mark shares three ways to think outside of the box when dressing for holiday parties.

By Asima Khan

Photography by Bruce Turner Photography

Makeup: Areej Daghlas 

Hair: Zahraa Alkubba

Production/Media Crew: OVDO Media

Director/Executive Producer: Stephen Oh 

Creative Director/Producer: Michelle Nguyen

Editor: Ryan Oh 

There’s such a long list of things to look forward to when it comes to the holiday season — family, food, festivities and much, much more! I, for one, love this time of the year because it brings so many occasions to play ultimate dress up. From cocktail parties, to black-tie events and, of course, the bash that brings it all to a close — New Year’s Eve!

Over the years I have been to a variety of these parties and in recent years have started to think outside of the box when it comes to putting looks together. It’s easy to throw on a strapless ball gown for a black-tie event…but where’s the fun in that? 

Here are three looks that will put a pep in your step and turn some heads as soon as you walk into the room this holiday party season! 

“Not your average cocktail wear.”

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Since exaggerated shoulders have decided to make a huge comeback, I found it fitting to showcase a dress that takes your LBD to the next level! It is rare to find fashion pieces that give you a couture feel without a couture price, and that mission was accomplished here. To add a little extra drama to the overall look, I decided to display it with an intense smokey eye, larger-than-life hair and a smaller fishnet stocking. Side note: Stockings are also extremely on trend at the moment. My personal favorite companies to get a variety of pairs from are Calzedonia and Express.

SHOP: Mini cocktail dress with dramatic shoulder, ASOS; embellished tassel drop earrings, Express; fishnet tights, Express; Steve Madden suede pump, Nordstrom Rack.

“Black Tie with a Little Edge.”

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I can’t tell you how many black-tie events I have been to and how many of those events were attended in gowns that were black and poofed out from the waist down. Each one of these gowns has cemented a residence in my closet and will not be making an appearance any time soon. My thought with this look was to display something a little more versatile. A piece that you could wear to many more occasions if need be. Something that offers a mix of classic along with a little bit of edge. This long sleeve purple velvet dress from Revolve was just the right match! I found it on sale and paid less than what a nice meal downtown would cost me. Paired with a multicolor snake skin heel, a statement gold earring and classic Hollywood waves, you are now ready to make an entrance!

SHOP: Miranda deep V maxi dress, Revolve; knock knock drop earrings, Nasty Gal; multicolored strap sandals, Zara.

“Shine Bright Like a Diamond.”

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What other way is there to ring in the new year other than with a sparkly ensemble…am I right!? To be honest, I am never one who is all about beading, sequin or overly adorned clothing, but when it comes to New Year’s Eve, there’s no other way to do it! It’s as if the evening was made for all that shimmers and shines. With that being said, let’s look for some cute details that separate your outfit from more of the classic styles. Revolve has come in once again and saved the day! While browsing on their site, I came to a hard stop on this piece for a few different reasons. I loved that the dress had pockets and a wrap-like feature that gave me the exact vibes I was going for. Blazer dresses are everything these days, as I’m sure you’ve noticed on most bloggers and runways, and this sequins dress mimics that same look. Adding sparkly accessories to enhance the details was also a no-brainer for me.

 

SHOP: X Naven Belle dress, Revolve; Swarovski crystal fan earrings, Macy’s; the nudist sandal, Stuart Weitzman.

Please watch the Behind the Scenes video below:

Styling, designing, blogging — Asima does it all in the name of fashion! After working in luxury retail for most of her life, including most recently for Chanel, Asima is sharing her style chops with the world through her blog, asimakemymark.com. From what to wear, how to wear it and where to wear it to, Asima shares her fusion of high-low OOTD’s on her Instagram @asimakemymark

SEEN Magazine article link:  https://seenthemagazine.com/tis-the-season-to-be-chic/

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**Giveaway**

Hello blog fam!!  I’m so excited to share a new product wth you that I have recently been using!  I don’t know about you guys, but I have tried just about everything when it comes to teeth whitening and never really got too far!!  Being a huge coffee and pop drinker, I have struggled with this problem for a very long time and have tried a number of different things before.  Most recently, I became addicted to Crest whiting strips and the problem I kept experiencing with them is that the whitening would only last temporarily.  I would say a couple of days at most before I was back to going through my next cycle of treatments. It was exhausting and quite annoying since there was no cure for the sensitivity I would always be experiencing.  I have also tried whitening discs that work through a laser light and those were actually worse than the strips!  I hardly ever noticed a difference with them. Even after several weeks of use. At last a whitening treatment that seems to fit all my needs! Smile Brilliant!  I was a little reluctant to try the kit since everything in the past didn’t seem to work quite the way I’d hoped.  But let me tell you how happy I am that I gave it a go! I started noticing a huge difference just after 2 uses. So, at first, I did notice that the whitening solution was creating a few dry (white) spots on my teeth but this problem was only temporary and would go away by the next morning as I would commonly do my treatments at night.  The kit came equip with desensitizing gel which really came in handy. I would wear the gel daily whether I was using the whitening treatment or not. Throughout my entire process, I hardly felt any sensitively or discomfort as a result of the extra desensitizing gel they provided.  I also have to add how much it helped to have custom trays that fit my teeth all the way around.  Smile Brilliant made the entire process from A to Z really easy for me.  I was able to make my molds within the matter of minutes and I have enough gel to last me a very long time.  As you can see below, my progress is coming along amazing! Especially since it has just been a few weeks since I have been using the product.   I have included some pics of my before, during and current progress so that you can see the drastic change it has made to my smile. To be honest guys, your smile is something that people notice about you the very instant they meet you.  Investing in that smile is a must! I am lucky to have never had braces or even a retainer, but my whiteness level was definitely in need of some TLC. I couldn’t be happier to have found a product that works so well for once and would definitely recommend it to all of you.  I will continue to use it every now and then and will be sure to keep you in the loop as I go along, but take a look at my results in just this short period of time.

NOW… FOR SOME REALLY EXCITING GIVEAWAY NEWS!!! COUPON & GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

I have partnered with Smile Brilliant to offer one lucky follower of mine a credit to use towards an at home kit!  You must go to the link below to enter! 

Giveaway link: www.smilebrilliant.com/g/asimakemymark

  • The giveaway is for a $149 Smile Brilliant credit. It is open for 2 weeks from todays date with eligibility to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents.
  • All entrants must enter their email address to be entered!

    • Smile Brilliant hosts the giveaway on their own website. It’s done through an internal platform so please don’t worry about third-party websites selling your email addresses.

If you are interested in purchasing any Smile Brilliant products… please use the following 15% off coupon code: asimakemymark15

Also, please head to and follow my Instagram page @asimakemymark 

GOOD LUCK MY LOVES!!! ❤

 

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**In The Streets**

I’m sure you are all plenty familiar with the fact that I am OBSESSED with edgy accessories.  I pair them with pretty much every look no matter what the occasion is.  So, no surprise here that a simple blazer dress just wasn’t gonna cut it without the addition of some heavy, black pieces.  My Chanel fingerless gloves are one of my prized possessions and I jump at any opportunity to wear them as they clearly are not meant for everyday use.  Although I am not able to find the same ones, I have linked a similar style that will give you the same overall look.  Fashion gloves in my opinion are the ultimate winter accessory, so get creative girls!  Another fab accessory I wanted to highlight for you is the newest trend in belts!  If most of you follow fashion like me, you have probably seen the “Off White” version of the extra long woven (canvas) belt.  Since it has been flying off the shelves, most other retailers have produced their own versions of it with a variety of different colors and prints.  Perfect for those of us who don’t want to spend $200 or more on a belt.  I picked this one up from Tobi for less than $20 and have already worn it at least a dozen times.  Next… let’s take a minute to acknowledge the chunky boot!!!  Oddly enough, I think I owned the same pair I’m wearing here, back in 11th grade (which was longer ago than I’d like to admit lol.)  But, she’s back!! So, here’s my honest take on it guys… I’m all for trends like this coming back and working their magic.  But, I am not all for spending a ton of money on them.  Too many retailers offer these types of items for a very reasonable price, so I would suggest going that route.  Constantly keeping up with trends can get extremely costly and most of the time they never stick around long enough for you to get your actual moneys worth.  If you’re loving how I put this look together, shop through the links below!

Blazer dress – here

Belt – here

Gloves (similar) – here

Bag (similar) – here

Boots – here

Glasses – here

Necklaces – here and here

If you have any other questions about this look, please feel free to send me a message!  Happy shopping loves 🙂

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I’m dedicating this post to one of my best friends of 13 years.   Rosie Posie!   Since she has so much to do with the inspo for my look in this piece, I wanted to share some things that her and I have in common and a person we continuously have admiration for.  Rosie and I have had quite an obsession with Meghan Markle (Duchess of Sussex) for a while now and we have both been following her journey from the second she got engaged to Prince Harry.  I guess it was astonishing to us to see a person who people felt was less than perfect find a place in such a prestigious role.  The tabloids never did seem to get enough when it came to the “less than perfect” attributes from her background.  Divorced, bi-racial, multiple sex scenes on camera, older in age from the Prince, unstable family… I mean the list goes on.  Yet, when you look at her, you can’t help but admire her grace and immense beauty.  She always presents herself in such a sophisticated manner and we are fans of her for life!  I hope that when you girls read this post you will understand and feel as inspired as I do by her!  I am someone who has many dark pockets of a past, but I will never in my life feel like any of that can take away from the humility and sincerity I have instilled in me.  I think that real strength comes from what you’ve survived in life, not from things that have sheltered you from actual experiences.

The second I saw this dress, I knew I had to have it!  Such a timeless piece in my opinion that I’m sure I will wear to many occasions.  Needless to say, it is a piece that I would see the Duchess wearing any day of the week!  I am making Rosie get it as well as I know she will love it and with Thanksgiving just a week away, I know this will be a great look for you too!  Shop my peices here:

Dress: here

Shoes: here

Belt: here

Earrings: here (similar.)

If you have any questions about this look, please feel free to send me a message!  Happy shopping my loves!  Be strong and fearless, always… ❤

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**In The Streets**

Going to start doing something a little different every now and then!  I’ve noticed that ever since I started my blog I hardly ever show you guys how to wear things multiple ways.  Now, the main reason for that of coarse is the fact that product may no longer be available, but thats ok!  Sometimes I want my followers to focus more so on how to put a look together as opposed to purchasing all of the exact pieces displayed.  I’m sure I don’t have to tell you guys that this skirt is one of my absolute favorite pieces in my entire wardrobe.  I bought it from Zara last year and have worn in multiple times.  I have paired it with black boots and a pair of pumps in the past but my favorite complementing piece are these red scrunch boots which are from Zara as well.  The belt I have on is my latest fave accessory.  It adds so much pizazz to simple blazers as well as dresses.  Needless to say, you’ll be seeing a lot of it over the next few months lol 😉 Found this net bag for a mega cheap deal also and thought it was a great addition to go with the geo print design in the skirt.  One of my best friends was not a fan of it when I first showed it to her, but I’m hoping she’s changed her mind now that she sees it put together with a look haha!  I was lucky enough to find a couple of sites that are still selling the skirt and boots but I encourage you guys to dig into your closets and do some mixing and matching with your own old/new pieces.  It will expand your wardrobe beyond belief! Shop my look here:

Skirt – here

Boots – here

Blazer – here

Belt – here

Net bag – here

If you have any other questions about this look, be sure to shoot me a message!  Happy shopping loves 🙂