From Vision to Fruition

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A power couple discussing their business of the day, as if no other human existed in the room. O’ but I was right there, paying close attention to all of the special moments during the “Baila Fuzion” Dance & Creative Arts Center’s grand opening.

Excitement filled the parking lot here in the oceanfront city of Virginia Beach, Va., happiness was the mood of the day for a beautiful couple birthing a five-year long business venture.

“building together in love and business”

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Mrs. Marquita Bianca Castano – Making BOSS CHIC Moves

Community development through many avenues of education, services, youth and YES…adult classes, workshops, and dance training, will certainly be a very strong creative arts staple in the Virginia Beach area.

Contact: http://www.BailaFuzion.com (757-328-3151)

Spilled Ink: Dakota Somerville

Photo Credit: DakotaVibe 

Boho Comfy and Cute

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Something’s just stand out at first glance, like long strands of fresh sun kissed green ivey, surrounded by multiple flower-pot’s of healthy spider plants. Top that Bohemian combo with a comfy backyard hammock and you’ve got the perfect combination of what I like to refer to as my “ZEN-ZEN-ZENZY MOMENTS”.

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Before the summer ends, I hope to have my own personal unique collection of Stone’s. You can feel the flow of energy from each individual stone, as if they all have a story to tell us about the journey it took to become a beautifully finished product.

I’M FEELING SO BOHO TODAY…

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Cuteness Overload on every fashion level, some may think this outfit can’t possibly be Boho, Well…it screams street style, sexy, light and carefree, yet I see a day-time fun Boho-Chic vibe, giving us all the retro feels of the 1970’s.

Do You in Boho this Summer, I certainly intend to explore my whimsical side a bit more!

Author: Dakota Somerville

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MFWVA “2018” Fiercely Snatched My Edges

MFW1 Roxanne Smith – Alfa Custom Clothier’s 
Ron Cooke – Fashion Commentator / Producer and Mario Daughtry – Reckless Clothing Line

Men’s Fashion Week Virginia had a very successful run for its season two, the weather co-operated making it inviting to get out and attend many of their fashion events. Virginia is officially on the map as one of the hottest locations for fashion extravaganzas. Special hand claps go out to designer/stylist Roxanne Smith, being the only female presenting her designs was truly a black girl magic moment.

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Models: Dapper Luq, Erik Castano, Marcus Clark, Rich Micucci, Sanford Gunn, and the Newbies 

The 2018 kick off event Good Life – Still Life was presented at Upscale Men’s Fashion, hosted by The Dapper One and Erik Suave. When I tell you my edges got snatched all the way out, baby girl was in awe…the spring colors, diversity and male model inclusion had me literally and figuratively captivated to the fashion gawds.

I was unable to attend every event on the fashion weeks schedule due to my nine to five obligations, however, according to social media, it looks like every designer and stylist hit their mark.

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The beautiful Pagoda Gardens in the historic neighborhood referred to as Ghent located in Norfolk, Va., was a perfect setting for an outdoor fashion show. All the attendees swooned at the sight of each classic models attire, accompanied by every mans best friend. I absolutely fell in love with the floral backdrop, adding a touch of elegance as each model stepped onto their separate pedestal for viewing. 

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The Finale: Models line up and final walk

The “Collector Norfolk” hosted the grand finale of Men’s Fashion Week 2018 in eclectic style, just what “Saturday Nights” are made for. Vibrant colors, trendy patterns, sexy designs hit the runway bringing the audience to a complete stare. Special snaps to all the designers who presented their hard work for season two, you all are the talent behind the fashion scene. 

BRAVO…BRAVO…BRAVO, Men’s Fashion Week Va, you have let the world know we are popping with talent, style and class!!!

Author: Dakota Somerville

Designers:

Alfa Custom Clothier’s, Upscale Men’s Fashion, Stark & Legum, Andrew Nowell, Reckless Clothing Line & Others

Photo Credit:

Jacobby Debouvier, Sherry Henry & Diana Ramos

Stylist: Patricia Rountree & Others

 

Vision Board Update

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Positano Beach Italy has landed on my 2018 vision board as my new dream destination! 

One of the things I love the most about networking via social media is the daily opportunity to vicariously travel the globe with my followers.

Recently Laura, a U. S.  flight attendant posted the most breathtaking photos of her trip to Positano, Italy. I somehow managed to fall madly in love with each and every capture.

The hillside architecture magnificently wraps it’s arm’s around the oceanfront like a mother holding her young baby.

I can see myself standing in this lovely churchyard, coffee in hand, screaming Ciao lovebugs.

~Dakota Somerville

Photo Credit: Laucar – IG

A Well Dressed Valentine

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……Mr. Jared J. Howe in all his eclectic glory

First of all what do you see? Are you captivated by the glow of love that permeates from every angle?

A well dressed Valentine may be only a far-reaching dream to some, yet for others, he’s just the cool guy who lives next door. Effort has always been sexy, a well-groomed bearded gentleman who can wear red like this deserves all the two snaps and hand claps, from any fashion critique.

The glass reflections give an amazing hue of every tone, every color reaching out on a universal vibe of love me, love me long time…for the writer in me, I find this photo to be extremely poetic, somewhat magical in still form, like a special “Valentine” should be!!!

Author: Dakota Somerville

Male Model: Mr. Jared J. Howe

Styled By: Miguel Suits 

Event: Heartbeat ❤ Gala 

Virginia Beach Aquarium

VA *Battle of the Beards* Launch Party

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VIP Balcony Beard Aficionado’s

Hampton Roads kicked off its official battle of the beards competition on Saturday, December 2nd at the soulful Jhane’s lounge, located on Granby street in the heart of downtown Norfolk, Virginia. Upon entry, all female guest were greeted with a warm ambience filled welcome from the classic man himself, Mr. George Berry, followed by event directives from a very organized team including a professional photographer.         BEARD9

Keyzia Hendricks-Actions Speak Louder TV, George Berry & Team

This is just the beginning of the beard lifestyle events here in the area, stay linked via social media and be sure to come out and enjoy the quarterly celebrations, beard contest, music and food, all leading up to the ultimate beard festival in October 2018, slated to be the biggest bearded event in all of Hampton Roads.

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…BATTLE OF THE BEARD CONTESTANTS GAVE ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LADIES AN EYE POPPING EXPERIENCE AND I PERSONALLY ENJOYED EVERY SINGLE SALACIOUS MOMENT.

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A well-groomed beard attracts the attention of many who appreciate the art of beard life connoisseur’s, it’s all a matter of taste and style.

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…The ladies in the building displayed a level of energy you might compare to a front row seat at the hottest NBA Basketball game.

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HOSTESS ALIROSE PATTERSON & BATTLE OF THE BEARDS CONTESTANTS

…Bravo to the fabulous queen in all white, the impeccable Alirose Patterson, as she sashayed the event floor, slaying every movement with her black girl magic.

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Congratulations to the Virginia Beard Fest committee for an unforgettable night of great food, hip shaking music, laughter and not to mention a top-notch “grown and sexy” social setting.  

Everyone was dressed to impress the beard of their particular choosing, while placing a monetary bid during the bachelor charity auction.

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…We are looking forward to the next battle of the beards event here in Hampton Roads, Va., featuring more beards of all ethnicities from each and every one of the seven cities.

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Until the next time, keep those beards healthy and poppin…

Author: Dakota Somerville

Photo Credit: Val Garnes Gregory

#battleofthebeards #beardlife #beardlovers  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEXTABULOUS…she giggles!

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Channeling my inner “Jessica Rabbit”

LAUGHTER, maybe perhaps a giggle or two is that thing that gets me through the day. Sexy and any combination of fabulous, “SEXTABULOUS”… gives one the confidence to conquer the strongest of male egos…you know them, that handsome dude around the corner who thinks every woman should swoon at the sound of his voice.

ULTIMATELY, it’s the guy who can tickle my inners who wins the prize of my full and undivided attention. Life is way to complicated in the land of POTUS #45; this doesn’t mean one is oblivious to the seriousness of the current events trending via CNN, it just means I choose balance to level off political toxicity.

We have all heard the saying, “LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE”, one of my favorite ministers told a story of a terminally ill man who began to watch a comedy video on a daily basis…letting out the biggest gut wrenching laugh each time he watched that same video. He had no idea how his laughter was in fact shrinking his massive tumors, I get the moral of the story…LAUGH…GIGGLE…and be “SEXTABULOUS”.

Author: Dakota Somerville

Photo credit: Google

Poolside Ambience in VA…

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One of the most important aspects of life is to know when and how to wind down the hustle. Relaxation, Zen or special moments are necessary to re-charge the mind and body with the energy needed to keep going full steam ahead.

“What A Man” That Dapper Luq, model and host extraordinaire dropped a bit of classy sophistication on the Hampton Roads area of Virginia with his poolside brunch.

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As the guest entered this beautiful mansion you could see a look of amazement in everyone’s facial expressions. I actually heard a very handsome young man from New York comment, “Wowww this is soooo lit”, and I sipped my mimosa in total agreement. I came to mingle, look pretty and enjoy the ambience of the upper echelon on the V.I.P. level…Yaasss Lovebugs all of my intentions were accomplished and then some.

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Listen up! whenever I hear the name drop of “Chef J Ponder”, I know exactly what time it is. Every morsel of food that hit my palate was on one hundred in taste, as well as presentation. I can see a very extensive bright culinary future ahead for this young chef and his team.

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Chef J Ponder & Team (every foodies dream)

I must admit…I was impressed with the lovely landscaping, the horses in the background added a certain out of the city experience. The live DJ kept the guest dancing around the pool, giving a vibe of a day party type event. Lounging upstairs in the V.I.P. section was the ultimate Zen moment for me, can I tell you I almost fell asleep.

Congratulations “Dapper Luq” I can assure you every one had a blast.

Author and Photo Credit: Dakota Somerville aka DakotaVibe

Men’s Fashion Week “VA” Takeover

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Team Fashion Extraordinaire

ALL THE FASHION CHATTER on the east coast is buzzing with congratulatory hand claps to CEO Executive Producer Mario Daughtry, Fashion Icon Ron Cooke, Male Models Luqman Haskett and Erik Castano. Norfolk Virginia’s first Male Fashion Week was a huge success with eclectic designs and pops of color inspiring each and every event attendee. BRAVO industry leaders, your hard work and dedication to fashion certainly paid off.

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Sexy Barefoot Bohemian Style

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Travel Ensemble with a pop of Fuchsia

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Casual Day in Navy Blue

This denim combination worn by model Marcus Clark surely turned heads on the runway embodying a clean yet edgy style. Two snaps and more to designer ALFA CUSTOM CLOTHIER, this mature look captured the attention of every social media timeline via blogger Dakota Vibe.

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MENS FASHION WEEK FINALE SHOW…

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Millennial’s Rock the city style

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Fashion Designer Mikasa La’Charles and the lovely Diana I. Ramos seem to be enjoying the fashion ambiance at the COLLECTORnorfolk, an amazing production studio perfect for any media event.

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Dapper Luq, Erik and a fashion slayed gentleman giving the camera pure life…

Red carpet host and radio personality BeckG was in the building mingling with superstars like Grammy award winner Levi Little of “BLACKSTREET”, and as quoted on her social media page she enjoyed the array of amazingly chiseled men folk!! Four days of Men’s Fashion Week Virginia closed out with a classy well-organized (3rd) Gentlemen’s Brunch.

Congratulations to all of the designers, models and the entire team who put this fantastic event into motion…BRAVO WELL DONE…

CEO Executive Producer: Mario Daughtry

Reckless Clothing Line

Fashion Icon: Ron Cooke

Photo Credit: Kevin Higgins

The Runway Authority

Author: Dakota Somerville

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My Metallic Gala Fashion Review

Metallic7 Mikasa La’Charles  gave Norfolk Virginia a magnificent night of haute couture.

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Fashion, Art and Literacy have always been near and dear to this big ole heart of mine. I was truly honored to have the opportunity to attend “The Metallic Gala” fundraiser event sponsored by the Slover Library, more importantly created, directed and (slayed to the gawds) by emerging fashion designer MikasaLa’Charles.

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Every model walked the runway literally and professionally on fiya for fashion. As the audience turned their heads left and right in amazement, two snaps apply to the entire team of designers, models and crew who supported this well put together event.

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Speechless and ever so mesmerized is exactly the reaction of the audience as the beautiful model Monee Jarmon gracefully made her entrance down the golden stairwell. Black and White slayage with an oversized hat gave the look of pure royalty. Designer Angelias Couture I scream “BRAVO” darling.

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Congratulations to Mikasa and the Slover Library Team for a successful fundraiser event to support youth programs of Norfolk, Virginia. I loved each and every moment from the VIP reception, live music and delicious menu selections available for the guest to enjoy. ~BRAVO TO ALL~ 

Photo Credit: Kevin Higgins

Author: Dakota Somerville

Fashion Designer/Director: Mikasa La’Charles  – http://www.houseof7jewels.com