Thursday, April 21, 2016


Hey Guys & Dolls,
I hope you all enjoyed your 4/20 like I did.
I have literally come on here to let you know that I will be taking a break from blogging for a little while just to get myself back to a 100.
For the last couple weeks, I have been feeling a little flustered, uninspired and just melancholic for reasons I am yet to decipher.
I have attempted on two separate occasions to shoot for upcoming posts but it is literally not working and I don't wanna put out content that's subpar so this is me checking out temporarily.
I should be back in May, possibly June ready to work. In the meantime, keep spreading the word about those posts that you've loved in the past. SHARE! SHARE!! SHARE!!!
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who is out there supporting me, giving me something to smile about every single day. I truly appreciate it and I promise y'all, I am not giving up.

Thank you all for rocking with me.
Love Always,

Destini Monet (of The Black Mannequin)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pretty in Pink

Hey Guys and Dolls,
Welcome back to my blog. I wanted to kick things off by saying thank you to everyone for the feedbacks, the retweets, and the +1’s. I have been so overwhelmed by all of your support and I am so grateful, which is why I have decided to publish this post despite my lack of motivation.

Today’s post injects a little fairy-tale into things as we take inspiration from a number of places. I bought this skirt after sporting Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City wearing a blue tulle skirt and then Raquel from Single ladies wearing a black tulle skirt with a white double-breasted blazer.

I decided to create a little edge with the outfit by making it casual and alternatively, I styled something for all you women after my own heart, who prefer heels to kicks. Well, most of the time anyway.

Cami: Dorothy Perkins
Skirt: Topshop
Kimono: Forever 21
Leather Jacket: ASOS
Shoes: Topshop
Trainers: NIKE

Which of the outfits do you prefer? Leave me a comment below. I am Destini Monet and you have been reading ‘The Black Mannequin’.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Alexa Chung collaborated with British Institution, Marks & Spencer by delving into the company’s design archive to curate a fresh, modern spin on a 31-piece collection, created by picking her favorites and redeveloping them with the M&S design team.

According to Steve Rowe, Executive Director of General Merchandise at Marks & Spencer, “Marks & Spencer’s history is vast and quality design has always been paramount; therefore using our expertise and classic designs and Alexa’s unique eye and approach to style, our collaboration was born. He went on to describe it as “A new womenswear collection, curated by Alexa, with heritage firmly at its heart.”

“I have always had an affection for Marks & Spencer. I am thrilled to be part of this special and unique project. There was something very touching looking back through the British fashion and social history for which Marks & Spencer is synonymous.”

Personally, I think M&S partnering with a vintage powerhouse to create an archive collection is genius. The collection will definitely attract a younger audience but I am quite unsure as to how well it will go down with the older generation/core M&S customer considering the premise of the collaboration was built on the 1970s suede skirt that turned into a fashion sensation last spring after Alexa Chung was pictured in it. Although the skirt sales went through the roof, the price point was most definitely not intended for the younger customer. I am not a fan of everything in the collection but I do have my eye on a few key pieces such as the Effie grey pleated skirt, the Frances trench coat and the Nellie black boots.

Ultimately, I think the collaboration will be as successful as M&S’s longstanding collaborations with celebrities such as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley & David Gandy especially cause of the appropriate price points and because it is true to Alexa’s personal style; a style, most of the younger generation identify with.

If you haven’t seen the ads/campaigns, below are the featured pieces from the launch

What pieces do you love from the collection? What are you planning to buy? Hit me up in the comments below. I am Destini Monet and you have been reading ‘The Black Mannequin’.

Sunday, April 10, 2016


Hey Guys & Dolls,
Welcome to my first published lifestyle post. ‘Lifestyle’ isn’t a field I thought I would be venturing into so soon especially because of my inconsistent attempts at beauty posts as aforestated. However, I like to go with the flow of how well things are received here at ‘The Black Mannequin’ and this particular subject seems propitious considering spring is here and we’re all in a spring cleaning kinda mood.

People, especially on social media, have seen bits of my closet or if you follow me on snapchat @BLACKMNQN, my entire closet and more than often, jump to conclusions about how extravagant I am with money and how frequent I go shopping and buy out the place.

I am going to break it down for y’all so it can forever and consistently be broke, I am not Carrie Bradshaw and I don’t go shopping as often as you think. I mean, I will make the occasional splurge if I’m celebrating or need a little pick me up, and even then there’s a method to my madness. I don’t buy anything I don’t see myself wearing for 5 years. My closet is busting right now because a lot of the clothes, which come in and out of seasons, I have been collecting since I was 18 and I haven’t put on weight since then.

Now that we have sorta established where my money doesn’t go, let me enlighten y’all and where it does go. My money laughs all the way to the bank and although I am no expert on the matter, I will be sharing some tips on how you can successfully make your money laugh all the way to the bank too.

For example, I knew that I wanted to own keys. I want to be a homeowner. I want something that I can give to my future babies so I went to work and did my research on how much it was going to cost me on average and how I was going to get there. My first order of action was deciding not to move out and rent so yes, I am proud to tell y’all that I still live at home and oh yeah, I stay rocking a shiny blue oyster card.
I write my goals down because it is easier to break them down and decide on actionable steps. Seeing them on paper keeps me FOCUSED and consistent as I am able to track my progress, make adjustments if needed and resist the temptation to quit/spend unnecessarily.

I went with a monthly savings account at a bank I have never banked with for two reasons.
·      I had limited access to my funds (the account had no online banking access and no card access), meaning I couldn’t transfer it for withdrawals so I had to visit a branch to take money out
·      I hate the long queues and waits at banks, which made me never, wanna go in to make withdrawals
Don’t get me wrong, I have made less than five withdrawals since opening the account but I made sure that the funds were replaced straight after.

I am rarely ever seen without pen and paper and that is because I am always thinking of my finances and reminders to balance the books. I have worked out a system that keeps me in check when it comes to my spending.
My system is easy. I made sure that all my bills (rent, phone bill, travel and essentials) come out as a standing order on the same day that I get paid so I know exactly what I can play with that month should I decide to do so.
***If you’d like tips on how to build an income/expenditure spreadsheet, let me know and I’ll write that post for you.

Once I had decided on my goals, I decided on a reasonable amount of what I was going to save out of my wages. It is advised to save about a third of your wages but I decided I was going to save 48-52%, depending on my plans for the year and this also comes out as a standing order on pay day so you don’t play yourself. It seems like a large percentage but I have an account for my future house, one just for vacations and another for miscellaneous things like driving lessons. It helps prioritise your savings and stops you from dipping into the funds for your goals.

Furthermore, if you’re the type that always seems to spend a lot or maybe you want to buy something you haven’t budgeted for, consider taking up extra hours (as long as it doesn’t affect your work-life balance) to circumvent overspending and once again, dipping into the funds for your goals.

What do you think of my tips? Leave me a comment below. I am Destini Monet and you have been reading ‘The Black Mannequin’
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