So,  yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the premiere of a very special movie. Directed by Amanda Lipitz, the movie, featuring Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon, Gari McIntyre, and Paula Dofat is more like a documentary which documents the senior year of a girls’ high school step team in inner-city Baltimore, as they try to become the first in their families to attend college. The girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest.

The cast was present at the premiere and there was a question and answer session. This is all apart of the American Black Film festival which is being held in Miami June 14 – June 18.


Okay, back to the movie! I must say I left the the Miami Beach Cinematheque inspired, the movie takes you through a gamut of emotions and honestly I saw myself in each of the girls. I could even relate to the each of the Mother’s struggles. I am a single Mother raising children and I’ve been in situations that mirror the women in this movies lives so much so that I left the theater feeling inspired to keep going.

Some how this movie spoke to me and let me know that my struggles as a Woman, Mother, Friend, Daughter & Companion were not just exclusively my own but that we all struggle and though we may struggle our situations are not impossible to overcome.

Go see this movie! STEP will be in theaters August 4, 2017

Check out the trailer…


– Empress ❤


Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me. ❤


The one thing that I have fallen in love with this winter is the sheer blouse. And I know, I know winter equals cold weather and I have no business wearing sheer clothing, but I just can’t help but be drawn in by these beautiful blouses.

These beautiful sheer colored blouses from Asos Curve are a fun flirty way to add some spice to your dull work outfit. It also can be transformed from desk chic to party girl if you want to grab a bit to eat with your significant other or the girls. Wear it tucked in to your pants or skirt for a more fitted look and to show off your curves or wear it just out for a billowed, flowy look.

There’s nothing ever wrong with a basic black top. Add some sheer lace to it and it transforms from a simple blouse to a sexy must have edition of your closet. I got this lovely top from and it comes also sleeveless, so throw on your cardi and your favorite boots and don’t let the weather define your sheer excellence.



Sheer Excellence Tips

  • Add a camisole or a simple tank top under the sheer blouse to conceal your tummy if you’re uncomfortable for it to be showing. The material is thin, so with some tops your bra and tummy will show.
  • Wear it the top with different cardigans, skirts and leggings. Dress it up or dress it down, have fun with it.
  • The Thrift store is another great place to find sheer tops! I have seen soo many at my local thrift stores, so make sure you check it out there to get fabulous sheer finds for great prices.

Well ladies this has been Brielle with another Fabulous Fashion Friday Post. Be sure to visit me over at and also become my tweetheart on twitter at @vinatageblondie. Until next time dolls! xoxoxo