Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New In V

Hey Guys & Dolls,
A big massive Welcome back to my blog whether you’ve been rocking with me since day one or you’re new to the family.
I know I haven’t blogged in a while and usually when I miss a few posts, I usually just make them up the next week but to answer all your questions, I have been so swamped with work.
If you know me, you know I have a 5 day working week and my days off are what I spend making sure my blog is up to date but throughout September, I have had two 12 days working week back to back with only two days off in between which I naturally spent sleeping, LOL and as a result, I could not create anything.
The next three months are going to be extremely busy for me workwise and personally, as I usually use the last quarter of the year to strategize how I can achieve the goals I had set at the beginning of the year as well as what I expect outta myself for the year ahead and how to accomplish these. However, I promise to try and stay on top of things.
Finally, I will leave you with what’s new to ‘The Black Mannequin’ closet this month.

The first thing I wanna show y’all is this grey leather hardback lined notebook which I purchased from M&S a few weeks back. Initially, I wanted a black leather notebook like the ones you see in Moleskin but once I saw the grey, it was love at first sight.
I must have been crushing on grey cause a few weeks after I bought the notebook; I came across not one but two grey nail polishes from Leighton Denny. I swatched both colors on my nail and took a poll amongst friends, co-workers and snapchat followers about what color I should get and 99.9% went for the dark grey. As I personally couldn’t choose between the two, I ended up picking up both.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016


“Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.”

Hey Guys & Dolls,
I was sat alone in my room this week when it dawned on me that I wasn’t really taking chances anymore and when I had deciphered through the whys, the answer was a hard pill to swallow.
I had developed this mind-set where I was only playing to win which meant if I had a shadow of a doubt that I could lose, I was riding the bench. I had gone from first string to sitting on the sidelines watching everyone play. I had become a spectator of the sport because I was scared to play, scared to fail. However, I remember Napoleon Hill saying, “One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.”
Scared as I was to fail, I realised that I was even more afraid of never achieving my dreams. It finally dawned on me that I could only avoid my fear of failure by doing nothing and being nothing and who the hell wants to wake up just to exist when you can wake up and LIVE. You can wake up to achieve.
So here I am, giving myself permission to fail because no great success was ever achieved without failure.

Baseball Cap: 9FORTY
Jumper: River Island
Skirt: Alexa Chung X Marks & Spencer
Boots: Dr Martens

I am Destini Monet and you have been reading ‘The Black Mannequin’.

Saturday, September 3, 2016


“It was heartfelt, it was heartbreaking. It was extreme joy, it was bone-crushing grief. It was fiery hot, it was icy-cold. It was true love sprouting... it was true love dying.

It's like we were both trying to hold onto something that was slipping through our fingers, and we didn't understand why.”

Hey Guys & Dolls,
Welcome back to my blog. September is here, which means there is a lot going on. We have people going back to school, we have Autumn/Winter launches and most importantly, we have Fashion Week.
September is almost as hectic as what I like to call my life. I am so busy doing everything and nothing with nothing tangible to show for either. As a result, I have decided to hide myself in a color palette that makes my current state of angst, poetic.

Hat: Marks & Spencer
Choker: H&M
Necklace: Topshop
Vest: River Island
Leather Jacket: ASOS
Denim: Marks & Spencer
Boots: Marks & Spencer

How do you like my fit? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

I am Destini Monet and you have been reading ‘The Black Mannequin’.
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