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Submitted by Cameron Russell on October 28, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

I'm all about looking good and feeling good. So in my dream shoot I captured the five most stylish women business owners I know who all work behind the scenes in fashion. I always try to teach people how to work with what they have already, and within their budget. So for this shoot I asked each woman to wear her basics - black jeans, white shirt -  and then added $30 of fabulous to make the look pop. All the additions are vintage because that's a cheaper and more environmentally friendly way to look (and feel) amazing. 

Lorraine Tasha West

$25 Boy and Sheep Committed Tee - Shirley + Alice

Models Own: Brooklyn Flea Jeans, Jcrew Denim Jacket, Tasha West Jewelry, Ray Ban Glasses

Lorraine Tasha West is a jewelry designer, illustrator and mother. She has been hand crafting fine and fashion jewelry professionally for over 15 years.  Well known for the custom metal arm cuffs, hand crafted for Erykah Badu, gold pendants and rings created for Raphael Saadiq, triangle shaped earrings for Somi and delicate rings for Alice Smith to rock on stage. West crafts every piece with form and function in mind.  She's inspired by geometry, hammered textures and cursive handwriting for her signature nameplate designs.  An eagle eye attention to detail and love are infused in every piece. Her mission is to empower and make every client look and feel extraordinary in her timeless jewelry designs. Follow her on Instagram @lorrainetwest and shop her collection here on etsy

Khalilah Beavers

$20 Blue Jacket & $10 Red T-Shirt - Shirley + Alice

Models own: Rag & Bone Jeans, Tasha West Jewelry, Vintage Coach Bag, Sun Glasses - Christian Roth

Presiding as the style architect for ad campaigns by Samsung, Jordan Brand, Ford Fusion and Foot Locker, Khalilah’s meteoric rise is the culmination of over eight years of taste-making. Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland,  Khalilah‘s editorial work has been featured in V Magazine, L’uomo Vogue, Hollywood Reporter and ESPN Magazine. As one of the most sought after image consultants in Sports & Entertainment, Khalilah has a proven track record of success landing clients like New York Knicks Forward, Carmelo Anthony on the coveted Best Dressed List compliments of AskMen.com, Sports Illustrated and Avenue Magazine. Khalilah is currently applying her artistic prowess toward the boutique she founded Shirley + Alice. The carefully selected attire illustrates why Khalilah has remained premier stylist to the stars; get familiar.

Renae Bluitt 

$30 Green Vintage 60’s Varstiy Jacket - from Shirley + Alice

Models Own: Tank - Uniqlo tanktop, Zara Jeans, Tasha West Jewlery

Renae Bluitt is a dedicated PR & lifestyle marketing specialist. While she gained valuable experience in the corporate and agency settings, Renae knew her professional story wouldn’t end there. So after several years of searching, Renae realized that the best opportunities are the ones we create for ourselves. In 2007, Renae launched her own agency, Crush Media. Her beauty client portfolio includes: P&G’s My Black is Beautiful, Cantu Shea Butter, Oyin Handmade, African Pride, Karen’s Beautiful, Elasta QP, Polish Bar of Brooklyn and EDEN BodyWorks.

In 2009, inspired by all of the successful women she has met on her journey, Renae launched In Her Shoes blog. In its first two years, the blog gained an impressive following and was named “Best Business Blog of the Year” in the 2011 Black Weblog Awards. The blog is dedicated to telling the stories of women who are driven, talented, inspiring and the flyest female entrepreneurson the planet.

Ashaka Givens 

$10 Vintage Blouse & $20 Vintage Patent Leather CumberBumn Belt - Shirley + Alice

Models Own: Ashaka Givens Wool Jacket, Mossimo Hat, Tasha West Jewelry

Ashaka Givens is a fashion, bridal and costume designer based in Brooklyn NY. Givens' has designed one-of-a-kind pieces for a wide cross-section of artist & tastemakers from singer/actress Erykah Badu, The Roots' funky drummer Questlove, rapper/actor Andre 3000, singer Raphael Saadiq, rapper/actor Common, to Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu.  She is currently in the midst of working on costume designer projects with film directors Julie Dash & Nzingha Stewart. With a love for draping the female form in sumptuous fabrics, bold colors and sensual silhouettes Ashaka's main goal is in making women feel beautiful, sensual and powerful in her chic goddess-like creations.

Jessica Master

$5 Red Bandana, $5 Sunglasses & $10 Necklace -  Miss Masters Closet

Models Own: Vintage Leather Jacket and White Shirt, Kuji Black Jeans

 Jessica Master AKA Miss Master began selling vintage online in 2004 and also operated a stand at the Brooklyn Flea from 2008 to 2010.  She now owns her own vintage shop, Miss Master’s Closet, located in historic Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.  She personally curates each individual garment to be resold, then lovingly brings them “back to life” through a specialized process of cleaning, tailoring, and repair.  Each item also receives a personalized tag detailing its history, fabrication, and care instructions. Through her boutique, and the attention she gives to each and every item on display, Miss Master hopes to spread her passion to her customers by emphasizing her “new standard in vintage” -- quality apparel for both men and women at affordable prices.  

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