Tag Archives: Breaking Into the Industry

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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Designer Discussion with Fashion X Dallas Featured Designer Red Paisleys

Red Paisleys Design (Photo Credit: Phatt Wood)

Dear Pennies & Pens, I’m so excited because this weekend, I’ll be attending Fashion X Dallas! Fashion X Dallas is a three day fashion event that will feature independent and emerging designers from Dallas and beyond. Fashion X Dallas will take place at the Fashion Industry Gallery  Thursday, November 6 – Saturday, 8, 2014. Fashion X Dallas will […]

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Now Let Me Ink That Page: People Don’t Understand Blogging

LoudPen logo

Hey Pennies & Pens, Lately, the question “where do I go from here?” has been on my mind all day everyday. Some of you may remember that I recently launched a crowdfunding campaign called Give LoudPen Ink. Unfortunately, I didn’t meet my goal in time and the campaign failed. Since then, I’ve been brainstorming what my […]

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Press Pen: Alessia Prekop Fall/Winter 2014

Alessia Prekop Fall 2014 (Photo Courtesy of Alessia Prekop)

Dear Pennies & Pens, Some of you may remember my review of Fashion Designer, Alessia Prekop’s Fall 2013 collection. If not, check it out here: Press Pen: Alessia Prekop Fall/Winter 2013 Show Review. Alessia is now back with a collection for Fall 2014. The collection draws on Alessia’s meticulous construction in sculptured, oversized coats in rich textured […]

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Press Pen: Esé Azénabor to Debut 2014 Collection

Dear Pennies & Pens, I’m so excited to announce that Fashion Designer Esé Azénabor will be debuting her entire 2014 collection in Phantom of the Runway Fashion Show on June 13, 2014 at the Fashion Industry Gallery in Dallas. All proceeds from the show benefit the Our Hearts Day Center. Nigerian-born Esé Azénabor grew up with her […]

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Press Pen: Bringing The Flavor

Dear Pennies & Pens, As you hopefully know, I was instrumental in the launch of Flavor NYC which was a digital and social media campaign that promoted diversity in fashion. Flavor NYC was launched through The Network. Flavor is back but this time as a lifestyle brand. Flavor is about bringing diversity into everyone’s lifestyle through […]

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Press Pen: Of Whonder — a Fresh and Fabulous Fashion Brand

Dear Pennies & Pens, As I stated in my last couple of fashion posts, there are plenty of brands out there. But as many brands as there are few are made for my Pennies with a little extra love on their curves. Although, I can’t seem to gain any weight, I have plenty of curvy […]

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Designer Discussion: Creative Director & Designer Durrah Khalil Talks Design, Jewelry, and Travel

Dear Pennies & Pens, There are many designers and brands out there, but not all of them would make an interesting interview subject. It’s just an unfortunate reality. That’s why I’m always selective about who I interview. And today’s interviewee Durrah Khalil, the Creative Director and Designer of Durrah Jewellery is not only interesting but […]

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Close Quarters with Quadron by @BranTheDon_

Pennies & Pens, As if we needed any more proof that Quadron is one of the coolest groups around, MySpace has brought us another tidbit of it. In an installment their new “Five Minutes to the Stage” series, MySpace caught up with Quadron’s Coco O for a quick and candid chat. Before she took the […]

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Now Let Me Ink that Page: Thoughts and Inspiration from America’s Next Top Model Conference Call with Kelly Cutrone

Dear Pennies & Pens, Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in a conference call with Fashion Publicist and Owner the world renowned PR firm, People’s Revolution, Kelly Cutrone to discuss America’s Next Top Model. Kelly Cutrone is who I want to be when I grow up. That’s probably been said a million times […]

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Pen’s Rhythm Nation: Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor VII Album Cover (Image found via Google Images)

Dear Pennies & Pens, I bought Teyana Taylor’s “VII” album in November and I’ve listened to it at least once […]

Pen.Point: The Seasoned Traveler…Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

The Line Hotel (Photo credit: Adrian Gaut; Image courtesy of The Line Hotel)

Dear Pennies & Pens, To quote Left Eye, “You’ve got your hotel, motel, Holiday Inn.” I’m not really sure how […]

Pen’s Eye: Afrocentric Keyy

Dear Pennies & Pens, As an Editor, I absolutely love those times when I discover amazing artists by accident. It […]

Pen’s Eye: Jeremy Biggers

Art by Jeremy Biggers (Image courtesy of Jeremy Biggers)

Dear Pennies & Pens, As you all know, I went to Artopia in Dallas a few weeks back. If you […]

Pen’s Eye: Vakseen Art

Vakseen (Image courtesy of Vakseen)

Dear Pennies & Pens, Last week, I discovered this new art app called Vango which allows you to view and […]

Pen’s Rhythm Nation: Gene Noble and The Rebirth of Gene

Dear Pennies & Pens, This past Christmas, while browsing through Google Play, I discovered Gene Noble’s debut EP Rebirth of Gene. Since I’m […]