Sunday, August 30, 2015


Hey Guys and Dolls,
I hope you enjoy reading ‘Theia’ as much as I loved shooting the look. It was inspired by the red Halston Heritage dress worn by ‘Carrie Bradshaw’ in the Sex and the City 2 movie.
As soon as I saw it on her, I was sold on the two-tiered pleated maxi dress. However, I couldn’t afford it until I came across this similar ivory dress last year. I had intended to wear this on vacation when I was in Morocco (same location the SATC2 movie was shot) but the opportunity never arose. Fast forward 13 months, I am somewhere in Shoreditch, London and it is 30°C; I could be on vacation. LOL!!!

Headpiece: borrowed from my little sister
Necklace: Miss Selfridge
Arm Cuff: Forever 21
Tennis Bracelet: Marks & Spencer
Maxi Dress: ZARA

Let me know what y’all think. I am Destini Monet and you have been reading ‘The Black Mannequin’.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Hey Guys and Dolls,
Welcome to another celebrity inspired post. I became obsessed with Tuxedo dresses sometime last year but after spying Kerry Washington wear a white long sleeved double-breasted tuxedo dress by Adam Lippes to the SNL40 event circa January 2015, I knew it was only a matter of time before I started adding varieties of the dress to my closet.

Tuxedo dress: ASOS
Lingerie: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Autograph
Jewelry: Marks & Spencer
Sandals: ZARA

Let me know what y’all think. I am Destini Monet and you have been reading ‘The Black Mannequin’.

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Hey Guys & Dolls,
Welcome back to my playground. This post is titled ‘Whimsical’ for two reasons. For a very long time, I haven’t felt like my self, my real self and I have been waiting for what seems like a really long time to feel what I felt today; a fraction of my old self. That girl was creative, impulsive, playful and quirky. That girl is wearing a jumpsuit she purchased on a whim (see what I did there) in case she got invited to a friend’s wedding (It didn’t happen!)

Jumpsuit: LOVE (Topshop Concession)
Obi Belt: eBay
Wallet: Marks & Spencer

Y’all know the drill. Let me know what you think. I am Destini Monet and you have been reading ‘The Black Mannequin’.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Wardrobe Essentials: PART II

Hey Guys & Dolls,
Today's post brings you the second installment of the Wardrobe Essentials Series.
Following the last post, I counted approximately 18 outfits I could create/see myself wearing from just ten core pieces if I was hypothetically building my closet from scratch.
This installment adds 7 more core pieces to the mix enabling the creation of looks you can wear from day to night. 

There is something ever so sensual about a silk blouse. It is so delicate, so feminine and so sexy. It effortlessly brings out the elegance in every outfit whether it is paired with a pair of jeans or a pair of dinner pants. It is one of those pieces that take you from day to night.

These aren’t your typical work uniform black trousers/school uniform; these are a little more premium. They are practically equivalent to your LBD if you buy the right pair. These are usually more on the tailored side and are usually of a premium material e.g. silk, fine wool etc. The best thing about a pair of dress pants is that you can wear them with absolutely everything from bodysuits to crop tops to shirts.

The tuxedo blazer as suggested by its name is a dressy spin on your typical blazer. They are more evening orientated but like I say, fashion has no rules; wear as you please. They come in all different shapes and designs (open front, single and double breasted) and instantly dress up every outfit. Just like your dress pants, they are usually tailored and crafted from premium materials.

Similar to the wool coat, the trench coat can turn up the heat on any outfit. It is appropriate for a lot of seasons, which makes it a key investment piece in your closet. The classic trench comes in a variety of colors but if you’re unsure of what to go for, start with a black or stone double-breasted piece.

I absolutely love lingerie and anyone who’s seen my collection knows that. I have been asked numerous times why I love collecting lingerie but just like putting on your makeup, if the base/foundation isn’t on correctly, everything else is likely to fall apart. I love lingerie even more ever since the ‘underwear as outerwear’ trend landed. I believe if done appropriately, it gives your outfit (especially at night time) that extra edge.

I am talking about loafers, I am talking about lace-up brogues, I am talking about borrowing from the boys. I believe MASCULINE CHIC is something to aspire to but only if you commit truly to the cause.
If you’re after hard cutting edge, borrow from the boys. It transforms an outfit like no other.

I thought it would be a great idea to add another accessory to the series. The wide waist belt as seen on many celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Sarah Jessica Parker is a must have no matter what shape/size you are. I just love the way it pulls an outfit together (whether smart or casual) and that hourglass illusion it gives is surely an added bonus.

How many outfits can you make from both installments? What are your favorite pieces? Let me know what y'all think. I am Destini Monet and you have been reading 'The Black Mannequin'.

Friday, August 14, 2015


Hey Guys and Dolls,
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine made a distinction between my persona as ‘Destini Monet’ and ‘The Black Mannequin’. Whilst many have made similar references, I actually disagree to an extent. I just think one is an extravagant manifestation of the other.
However, there are rare occasions when these personas overlap and this would be one of them. Sometimes DM and TBM just strive for ‘simple chic’.

Playsuit: Topshop
Necklace: Marks & Spencer
Bracelet: Marks & Spencer
Sandals: Topshop

Let me know what y’all think. I am Destini Monet and you have been reading ‘The Black Mannequin’.
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