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Meet the lovely Ms. Latrice Staten!!

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Description:
Black w/ white polka dot ruffle shirt by Sunny Leigh
Mustard mid-length skirt purchased at the Thrift Store
Patent Leather peep toe strappy 4″ heel Preview International
Jewelry: Oversized black button earrings
Black stone necklace, black bangle & pearl bracelet.
Hair & Make-up done by Latrice

Meet Latrice Staten! She was born in Carbondale, IL, and has lived in the Chicagoland area since she was 6 years old.

She’s been blessed with several gifts and talents. The ones that are most dear to her heart are assisting individuals with their personal and professional needs, and music. She has most recently had the opportunity to serve as the Special Assistant to the President of the Music Auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention of USA, INC.!

She is currently the Minister of Music at Calvary MB Church, where her passion of music and teaching are utilized the most. She has been blessed to have several opportunities to share the stage with many of Gospel’s greatest artists!

She is the most happiest when she’s around her family, close friends and her Miniature Daschaund Triniti.

Please join me in welcoming the beautiful and “sweet-spirited” Ms. Latrice Staten!

Elle

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Meet the Blog Owner, Ms. Lauran A. Smith!

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(Left): Pink off the shoulder top and denim inspired leggings by Exhiliration; brown furry wedged heel boots w suade laces by Aldo; hair by Kelly Jay of Chicago; jewelry by Tiffany and Co. and Gucci; nail polish by OPI, manicurist (Audria Dawne); eyebrows by Lauran

(Right): turquoise v-neck top by Hollister; itty bitty denim shorts by Mossimo; gold sandals by Armani Exchange; handbag by Aldo; watch and necklace by Gucci; hair and earrings by Kelly Jay of Chicago; nail polish by China Glaze, manicurist (Audria Dawne); eye shadow and brows by Lauran

I was born and raised in Memphis, TN and relocated to Chicago, IL w my Parents and two younger siblings at the age of twelve. I’m a graduate of Southern IL University-Carbondale w a Bachelor’s in English, a woman of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a mentor w Big Brothers Big Sisters, a recording artist, and a hair product/mimosa/Starbucks junkie, to name a few! My eternal occupation is CEO of my PR Firm PRbyELLE77: “thELLEffect”, which specializes in all things relative to social media. My company was founded on the principle of making life a little bit easier for the busy business, in need of a social media presence! For more information on what PRbyELLE77 can do for you, please email us at PRbyELLE77@gmail.com and we will respond to you within 24 hours, if not sooner!

I am most passionate about family, love, writing, encouraging others, being a successful young business owner, volunteering my time, and singing. It is a beautiful thing when you can wake up every morning and be blessed enough to do the things that you love. Thanks for reading! It’s been my pleasure!

Elle

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May18th is the start of my Ordinary Fashion-Icon Series! And I’m excited to introduce to some and present to others:

Mr Brian Wesley Smith!

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Shirt: Urban Behavior

Pants: Penguin

Bowtie (self-tie): Jos A. Bank

Belt: Burberry

Shoes: Tom’s

Watch: G-Shock by Casio

Brian was born in Memphis, TN. However, at the age of five, was raised in Chicago, IL upon a move w his Parents and two older siblings. Brian currently works as Minister of Music at his local church, and also works full time at a popular Chicago Dental Office!

Brian is most passionate about his gift of singing. He has been singing since the age of two, and his voice has been heard in productions such as La Amistad (Chicago), Dream Girls (Chicago), on various recording projects w artists such as JKwest and Cinque Cullar, and he was also a finalist on Sunday Best, Season Three!

Please join me in welcoming my First Fashion-Icon Mr Brian W Smith!

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Could YOU be the next feature in "Ordinary Fashion-Icon of the Week"?? FIND OUT!!

HEY!!

Beginning Friday May18, I will be entering ordinary, yet stylish people into an “Ordinary Fashion-Icon of the Week” series!

The posts will be placed on THIS blog site: www.thELLExpress.wordpress.com EACH Friday, and it will feature Icons displaying their fashion independence. We all know that celebrities get their fair share of exposure w photos/fashion choices/etc, but I want to make YOU feel special and feature your own personal style!

If you know you are fashion-savvy, and would like for the world to get a glimpse at your personal style, please forward to me via email at PRbyELLE77@gmail.com :

A full length photo of you, showing your outfit from head to toe

A full description of your outfit (i.e. ruffled blouse, tailored suit w cuff links, spiked clutch bag, distressed denim…you get the idea lol)

Your name/Occupation/Where you are from/What you are most passionate about

I will send you an email letting you know the exact date I will be using your photo; at which time, you can tell your friends to go to the site for your own personal debut! Everyone deserves a positive light! What better way than to shine in your own personal fashion sense! Reminder emails will be sent to the icons, letting them know that their fashion debut date is fastly approaching!

*Please Ma’am, Please Sir: Absolutely NO naked or otherwise offensive photos, as they will not be submitted to the blog; all photos are subject to approval prior to submission*

Good Luck!

Elle

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