The Teen Vogue Handbook (Image courtesy of Penguin Young Readers)

LOUDRead: The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion

This post contains Press Samples Dear Pennies & Pens, When I originally created de la Pen, it was to be  a fashion blog. One of my first posts talks about my desire to break into the industry. However, over the years I’ve realized that while I love fashion, I prefer to create lifestyle content. In […]

Philece R. (Image courtesy of Philece R.)

Pen’s Eye: Interview with That Artista Philece R

Dear Pennies & Pens, The thing about interviewing new artists is that I get insight into their world. I get to learn more about their creative process and how they view society. I’m so thankful that I was able to discover today’s interviewee Philece R. and feature her work. Philece’s work explores bold contrasts and rhythmic […]

Gracelyn Fraser, Beauty Blogger and Founder of Brown Sugar Beauti (Image courtesy of Brown Sugar Beauti)

Beauty and the Pen: Brown Sugar Beauti

Dear Pennies & Pens, As you may know, I’m not the biggest fan of Houston but I have an appreciation for the city and its diversity. Houston is truly a multicultural melting pot which makes it very diverse.There’s always cool events and interesting people to meet. A few weeks ago, I was invited to the […]

Self-Portrait by Tabitha Brown (Image courtesy of Tabitha Brown)

Pen’s Eye: Interview with Artist and Illustrator Tabitha Brown

Dear Pennies & Pens, A few weeks ago, I was browsing around online and came across an article on the Huffington Post about supporting African-American independent artists and small businesses during the holidays. I clicked through and found some really dope artists. Being the Editor that I am, I’m always looking for talented artists to […]

LoudPen in Pen.Style: Afropunk Chick (Photo Credit: Megan Mueller Styling by LoudPen)

Pen.Style: Afropunk Chic

Dear Pennies & Pens, It’s ya gurl LoudPen here with the last and final Pen.Style post of 2014! I can’t believe 2014 ends in 2 weeks. Moving right along, out of every look I’ve ever shot for Pen.Style this look is my favorite. This look literally defines my style. As I’ve said before, I’m a major tomboy […]

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LOUDRead: The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion

The Teen Vogue Handbook (Image courtesy of Penguin Young Readers)

This post contains Press Samples Dear Pennies & Pens, When I originally created de la Pen, it was to be  a fashion blog. One of my first posts talks about my desire to break into the industry. However, over the years I’ve realized that while I love fashion, I prefer to create lifestyle content. In […]

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Pen’s Eye: Interview with That Artista Philece R

Philece R. (Image courtesy of Philece R.)

Dear Pennies & Pens, The thing about interviewing new artists is that I get insight into their world. I get to learn more about their creative process and how they view society. I’m so thankful that I was able to discover today’s interviewee Philece R. and feature her work. Philece’s work explores bold contrasts and rhythmic […]

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Beauty and the Pen: Brown Sugar Beauti

Gracelyn Fraser, Beauty Blogger and Founder of Brown Sugar Beauti (Image courtesy of Brown Sugar Beauti)

Dear Pennies & Pens, As you may know, I’m not the biggest fan of Houston but I have an appreciation for the city and its diversity. Houston is truly a multicultural melting pot which makes it very diverse.There’s always cool events and interesting people to meet. A few weeks ago, I was invited to the […]

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Pen’s Eye: Interview with Artist and Illustrator Tabitha Brown

Self-Portrait by Tabitha Brown (Image courtesy of Tabitha Brown)

Dear Pennies & Pens, A few weeks ago, I was browsing around online and came across an article on the Huffington Post about supporting African-American independent artists and small businesses during the holidays. I clicked through and found some really dope artists. Being the Editor that I am, I’m always looking for talented artists to […]

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Pen.Style: Afropunk Chic

LoudPen in Pen.Style: Afropunk Chick (Photo Credit: Megan Mueller Styling by LoudPen)

Dear Pennies & Pens, It’s ya gurl LoudPen here with the last and final Pen.Style post of 2014! I can’t believe 2014 ends in 2 weeks. Moving right along, out of every look I’ve ever shot for Pen.Style this look is my favorite. This look literally defines my style. As I’ve said before, I’m a major tomboy […]

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Pen.Style: Coolin

LoudPen in Pen.Style: Coolin (Photo Credit: Megan Mueller Styling by: LoudPen)

Dear Pennies & Pens, It’s ya girl LoudPen back with the latest addition of Pen.Style. When I was going through the photos from this shoot, I kept hearing my best friend say “Coolin”. Every time you ask how he’s doing he always says “Coolin”, lol! This look reminds me of “Coolin” because it’s so chill and […]

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Pen.Style: A Pop of Color Part Deuce

LoudPen in Pen.Style: A Pop of Color Part Deuce (Photo Credit: Megan Mueller; Styling by LoudPen)

Dear Pennies & Pens, It’s ya girl LoudPen back with more Pen.Style! For those that don’t know, Pen.Style features original fashion and lifestyle editorials styled by me. Check out the previous posts here: Pen.Style. Once again, I worked with Photographer Megan Mueller on these editorials. We shot in front of the Fashion Industry Gallery as we were there to attend […]

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LOUDRead…Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man

Gil Scott-Heron (Image provided by St. Martins Press)

This post contains Press Samples Dear Pennies & Pens, Today, I’m introducing a new section of de la Pen…All Pen Everything called LOUDRead pronounced “LoudRed” where I’ll be featuring book reviews. Some of you may remember my earlier reviews of biographies on Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. The book I’m reviewing today also features a biography of a music […]

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Pen’s Eye: Interview with Artist and Collector Marina Romanova-Arnott

Marina Romanova-Arnott

Dear Pennies & Pens, As a budding art collector, I am so thrilled to be featuring today’s interviewee, Marina Romanova-Arnott. This year, Marina launched marina4art.com to share her private collection of modern, unique and provocative pieces with collectors from around the world. marina4art.com includes pieces from the leading artists of the past half century including Dali, Warhol, and […]

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Press Pen: New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Trend Report

J. Crew, Zang Toi, Calvin Klein S/S 2015

Dear Pennies & Pens, New York Fashion Week will always hold a special place in my heart. This year was the first year I didn’t attend any of the shows since 2010. Crazy, I know! But now that I’m in Texas, I decided not to make the trek to New York this year in favor of […]

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Pen’s Rhythm Nation: The London Sessions by Mary J. Blige

The London Sessions Album Cover with Mary J. Blige

This post contains a Press Sample Dear Pennies & Pens, I am so humbled to be writing this post right […]

Designer Discussion with Fashion X Dallas Featured Designer M.E. Shirley

M.E. Shirley at Fashion X Dallas Photo Credit: Shana Anderson Photography

Dear Pennies & Pens, This past weekend, I was in Dallas covering Fashion X Dallas. Fashion X Dallas took place at […]

Designer Discussion with Fashion X Dallas Featured Designer s.t.e.f.

Images A & B: Photography by: s.t.e.f. Model: Mariah Lynn Kuykendall Makeup and hair by: Maranda Rose Lampe

Dear Pennies & Pens, This past weekend, I was in Dallas covering Fashion X Dallas. Fashion X Dallas took place at […]

Designer Discussion with Fashion X Dallas Featured Designer Consuela

Dear Pennies & Pens, This past weekend, I was in Dallas covering Fashion X Dallas. Fashion X Dallas was a three […]

Designer Discussion with Fashion X Dallas Featured Designer Mychael Knight

Designs by Mychael Knight (Photo credit: James Anthony)

Dear Pennies & Pens, This past weekend, I was in Dallas covering Fashion X Dallas. Fashion X Dallas took place at […]

Pen’s Eye: Interview with Artist Amber Robles-Gordon

Artwork by Amber Robles-Gordon (Image Courtesy of Amber Robles Gordon)

Dear Pennies & Pens, Today’s post features an interview with Washington, D.C. based mixed media artist Amber Robles-Gordon. Amber’s preferred […]