Mom Genes

Me : Mom, that giant square purse is so out dated.
Me: Mom, do you still have all those awesome envelope Clutches?
Mom: oh, that’s what they are calling it now? You made me get rid of them
Me: ūüė∂

20140329-201305.jpg This amazing Saint Laurent reminds me of another conversation with mom!

Me: Mom this Fuchsia suede pointy toe heel is Sooo out!
Can I have it for my science project ?
Mom: I guess
Me: Yea! A Chunky heel is where it’s at!

A chunky heel is so not where it’s at ūüėęūüė©ūüėęūüė©ūüėęūüė©

Make up The Perfect Storm

Me: Should I keep this?
Kyle: well, do you use it?
Me: I mean… It was too dark
Kyle: … But you have a tan now

Started using Rodan&Fields almost two years ago!
I never stick with Skin Care…Never

The unblemished is the first line I’ve ever used that hasn’t sent me back to BirthControl. Those Hormones will make a Ho Cray Cray.

20140329-172125.jpg That’s me Being Cray!
Ok! Here is the point!
The Enhancement Mineral Peptides Make up is killing it! Got it as a gift with purchase, ordered the wrong color; got a Tan, and now I’m obsessed. It’s really the perfect storm! My Acne is under control, I’m using an anti aging line, and now I have a light powder to control shine and redness. Never been happier with a skin care line! One more time if you missed the link

My New Favorite Artist

  The only thing I know about this young man is his name. I found him on Instagram, and was blown away by his Ball Point Pen Art.

Rising Sun

Rising Sun

I think the work speaks for it self. My husband and I hope he becomes world Famous…Not just because we own Chief Mitchell,

Chief Mitchell

Chief Mitchell

but because every artist who feels this much on paper should have a chance to share that love with the world.



Check out his Shop on Etsy. TommyMitche11Art. Support the artist before the Gallery gets him and he’s only getting a percentage of the love he is creating.

For My Name Sake

The Mitchell Collection By: Sylvia Benson

 My classic go to earring is always a pearl or a diamond stud; it never steals too much attention! Moving in the direction of Maximalist Fashion I still have a hard time breaking my minimalist habits!

The Mitchell Stud 66$

The Mitchell Stud by Sylvia Benson  has been an easy transition for me, Its slightly oversized stature and understated gold design make it a go to choice for a minimalist looking to step out of their comfort zone. Not to Mention its my namesake

…Call me Mrs. Mitchell

Ba ba black belt

A belt in it’s purest form is a great way to tie your outfit together! A modern fashionista will mix colors and metals by mismatching their belt and shoes! Step outside of your normal gold and silver buckles with a new kind of belt!

My current favorite is a pop of color, and a pop of punk! Check out The Metal Shop! ps The Buckle Works with your Hermes Strap too!









What’s Kale got to do with it

Me: Is Kale supposed to burn your eyes when you Juice it?

Kyle: I don’t think so…

Me: Is it supposed to burn and make your eyes sensitive to light?

Kyle: Maybe you’re doing it wrong?!?

Me: hmmm? I wonder if I’m allergic?


¬†My in laws are not only some of the most fashionable people I know, but also¬†some of the most fit. I would love to say that they eat cheeseburgers and smoke cigarette’s all day to maintain there amazing physique, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Kyle was taught that food is fuel; I was¬†taught Mangi! Mangi!

Mangi! Mangi!
Eat! Eat!

A couple of years ago my¬†in-laws were looking EXTRA amazing…

 I inquired:

It must be all the Juicing!

Juicing? Tell me more.

They proceeded to explain that they had been eating Raw and using  a Jack La Lanne Juicer.

  You can eat all day ,lose weight, and your skin looks amazing. Count me in.

To Barnes and Nobel I went with two key words, Raw and Juicing. I was on fast track to becoming a raw foodiest!

 Morning one of my Juice Cleanse.

The juicer was amazing and powerful. Every vegetable I pulverized made me feel healthier and stronger; but what happened when I started juicing the Kale would change my life forever.

I made my first juice: Green Lemonade and was supposed to consume a mason jar full of this juice three times a day.

3fs Oozze
5stalks of Kale
1head of Romaine
1/2 cucumber

Once I had juiced most of the produce I only had the kale left , as I pushed the kale through the juicer it released a pungent odor and fumes that made me hide my head.

Surely this detox is working, but sensitivity to light?

This continued for 3 days,¬†did I¬†mention¬†that I¬†smelled like an onion. I¬†tried a different juice on my 4th day;¬† Carrots and apples…

No more tears

On the¬†fifth Day I decide to get my produce at¬†The Fresh Market ¬†instead of the Harris Teeter. I Couldn’t seem to find the Kale, so I asked.

Gourmet Grocery Store


Me: Excuse me Sir, I cant seem to find the Kale?

TFM Employee: Oh, That’s because we haven’t put out yet. Let me get¬†it from the back.

The man returns with a box, and pulls out this beautiful over sized green leaf.

ME: Sir, are their different types of Kale?

TFME: Yes mama, there are lots of types of Kale

ME: What about this?(  I am holding up a Leek)

TFME: No …Mama that is an Onion, not Kale



So once I had real Kale not only in my Juice, but Raw there was no eye stinging or green oozey drinks, and green lemonade became one of my favorite juices’.

So what’s Kale got to do with it?

I just wanted to Share my favorite Kale Salad recipe with you: that is all.


3fs Kale Salad

5 stalks of Kale Washed and cut off of the stem


2Tbsp Braggs Liquid Aminos

2Tbsp Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar

1Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tbsp. Texas Pete Cha!¬ģ¬†or 1TbspTexas Pete¬ģ¬† Hot Sauce

1Tsp Minced Garlic

1/2 Juice of a Lemon

Pepper to taste

Cover Washed and Cut Kale in Dressing until Kale is saturated.

I’ve Found the best way to do this is by shaking vigorously in a sealed plastic container or bag.

¬†Warning it is Spicy, but after all What’s Kale got to do with that anyway!


Notes of a Fashion Dynasty

Maximalism is a term used in the arts, including literature, visual art, music, and multimedia. It is used to explain a movement or trend by encompassing all factors under a multi-purpose umbrella term like expressionism.

Dear Heart 618 Foster St | Durham Model: Samantha Styling: Donna Orr & Chanell H. Mitchell

Dear Hearts
618 Foster St | Durham
Model: Samantha
Styling: Donna Orr & Chanell H. Mitchell

Me: …but you look so effortless, I want to look effortless

Sis: Well, I’m not effortless …¬†I’ve been planning this outfit for a week.

My sister came to Durham to visit. There will always be the normal  pressure associated with a family visit: clean house, fun things to do, and places to eat, but my family is different.

We have Fashion pressure.

This a pressure that only exist if you come from a fashion dynasty. I am lucky enough to come from one of these families, and cursed to have married into one. I never get a break, there is no side of my family that I can just wear my leggings and a poncho with. It is a constant strive to be hip, inspired, and appears as though I rolled out of bed that way.

leggings and a pnoch

Leggings & a Poncho
T- Shirt Dear Hearts Durham

The fashion pressure begins  Saturday morning we are getting dressed to shop and eat  downtown . We will throw a few outfits together and snap some photos for what was supposed to be a blog about layering.

 Samantha explains or defends her outfit choice.

Sis: See, I was inspired by a vintage kitchen.

Me: I love it!  You look great, what the F#shion am I going to wear?

Sis: Whatever you want… love the cameo shorts; are you going to wear heels? Mom didn’t like this outfit, she said it didn’t match.

Me: I’ve learned that¬†if you want to be in style now a days you have to break all the rules mom taught us to follow.

Samantha and a Vintage Kitchen Sink

Samantha and a Vintage Kitchen Sink


Break Mom’s rule¬†

We broke all of Mom’s rules today. The¬†outfit we pulled for¬†Samantha from Dear Hearts¬†was inspired by a movement called¬†Maximalism. In fashion it is an over use of colors, patterns, and textures. This is a huge trend for spring 2014.

I know what your thinking

How the F#shion am I going to put all of these things together and not look a hot mess?

Let me start with a very simple way to dress as a maximalist, as though you have been doing it your whole life.


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Dear Hearts Vintage


Vintage clothing is often found in many different colors, patterns, and¬†textured fabrics. In modern clothing, you don’t see as many different fabric or texture choices as you¬†might in vintage clothing. Simply by choosing different fabrics you are on your way to becoming a Maximalist.

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IN God We Trust
Princess Cuff

 The 80/20 Rule

80/20 at its most basic form is 20% exposed  and 80% covered; if you wear a short skirt it should be paired with a long sleeved top (Cake wrote a song about it). The same rule applies for stellar maximalism : 20% slim or slenderizing patterns,  or exposed skin; 80% oversized clothing, patterns, or fabrics. In order to break these rules appropriately you must have your advanced degree, or be Rachel Zoe.



North Carolina based ceramic and fiber artist’s Martina Thornhil’s work can be found at Dear Hearts

Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory. Coco Chanel


Coco Chanel was a supreme Maximalist, and one of my biggest inspirations; but if I followed this rule they wouldn’t let me into the grocery store because I am a minimalist at heart.¬† I adapted to Coco’s sage advice by adding an accessory¬†before leaving the house.

Adding layers of scarfs or jewelry will add “weight” to your look.¬†I offset my assets with over sized scarfs around my neck¬†or stacked bangles on my wrist. Keep 80/20 in mind while you are adding accessorize¬†¬†other wise you will Landslide into Stevie Nicks territory.¬† Add weight opposite to your natural assets.


Samantha a Super Fly Maximalist

¬†Samantha’s look:

¬†Inspired and styled by Donna Orr of Dear Hearts Vintage¬†in Durham. We started with Striped High Wasted Shorts ( Courtshop$ 97) then added¬†a long sleeve pink¬†silk blouse (DHV$ 28) .We added a¬† vest to keep it feminine and¬† accent¬†Samantha’s waist,¬† then we layered brass rings (Verameat¬†$68)¬†and bracelets¬†( In God We Trust) for some sparkle.¬†A snake skin belt (DHV$ 12)brings the colors together,¬†and a ¬†Ceramic Necklace(Martina Thornhill $52) with a tassel adds softens the square line of the vest. The scarf was the final touch; an indigo dyed organic cotton knit¬†¬†(local desidner¬†Martina Thornhill $28) we tied the 2 ends together to make¬†the scarf fuller¬†and add a soft weight to the top¬†,¬†balancing Samantha’s Long legs.

 Notes of a fashion Dynasty; a word from Mom

No matter what you wear or how you pair it make sure that you feel confident and comfortable. Trends will come and go, but dressing like a street walker is never going to get you a husband so don’t sell the farm.

Indigo Dyed Organic Cotton Knit Scarf: Martina Thornhill ($28)"Hot Mess" Sweet Nothings Necklace: In God We Trust ($40)Ceramic Necklace: Martina Thornhill ($52)Pink Printed Blouse: Dear Hearts Vintage ($28)Hunting Vest: Dear Hearts Vintage ()Snakeskin Belt: Dear Hearts Vintage ($12)Spine Ring: VERAMEAT ($68)Painters Bow Cuff: Dream Collective ($100)Princess Cuff: In God We Trust ($80)Pippi Double Ring: In God We Trust ($80)Striped High Waist Shorts: Courtshop ($97)LA Gear Tennies: Dear Hearts Vintage ($24)

Indigo Dyed Organic Cotton Knit Scarf: Martina Thornhill ($28) “Hot Mess” Sweet Nothings Necklace: In God We Trust ($40) Ceramic Necklace: Martina Thornhill ($52) Pink Printed Blouse: Dear Hearts Vintage ($28) Hunting Vest: Dear Hearts Vintage () Snakeskin Belt: Dear Hearts Vintage ($12) Spine Ring: VERAMEAT ($68) Painters Bow Cuff: Dream Collective ($100) Princess Cuff: In God We Trust ($80) Pippi Double Ring: In God We Trust ($80) Striped High Waist Shorts: Courtshop ($97) LA Gear Tennies: Dear Hearts Vintage ($24)