Style Feature | Rayona Jeffries

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NAME or Alias: Rae Nechelle

INSTAGRAM (OR TWITTER): Instagram: @rae_nechelle

ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius

ASPIRATIONS: I aspire to be strong enough to follow GOD’s plan for my life… whatever that may be. I want to be a Style Icon for my generation; we need to bring back Queens because we have enough Badd B**8#es.

HOBBIES: I have a passion for styling so in my spare time I enjoy making Mood & Style boards. I also enjoy modeling, shopping for trends, volunteering and creating new concepts.  Oh and of course burning my fingers gluing and cutting old stuff, LOL.

STYLE INSPIRATION: Mira Durma, NiNi Nguyen and Music. If I wake up listening to Lil’ Boosie I’ll most likely leave out the house Tom Boy Chic. If I start my day with Beyoncé I’ll give the people Glam Goddess for the day, LOL.

FAVORITE ACCESSORY: Gaudy Necklaces. I only purchase statement pieces, that spruce up simple looks.

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE: Unconventional; I dress for the occasion or the mood I’m in. I take no more than 10 minutes to put a look together. Style is second nature for me. To me style is simple, not hard. Some people make it hard by trying to keep up with designer labels. I dress by the motto “Less Fashion, More Style!”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FASHION SEASON?

Fall only because “The September Issue” told me so, LOL. Fall is the challenge season. You get a chance to play with layers; pairing leather with hints of fur; skirts and shorts with tights and boots. I live for the chilly nights; long sleeves, boots, leather jackets, and bold lipstick… YES!

NAME ONE CELEBRITY CLOSET YOU WISH YOU COULD RAID:

That’s a no brainer: RIHANNA!  Her style is unconventional and daring; you never know what you will find in her closet. 

SHARE ONE FASHION BRAND YOU SIMPLY CAN NOT GET ENOUGH OF:

Currently digging Jeremy Scott’s work with Moschino, If you follow the brand you’ll know why.

WHAT’S YOUR STREET INTELL:

I am currently finding my way while expressing myself through my passion for styling, fashion and creativity. My faith in God will lead me to my destiny; I am building a brand that will launch spring 2015. Whatever I plan to do with my life God will be first; with him all things are possible. I will be the example to the next generation that you do not have to have it all figured out. You can be whatever you put time into being. You don’t have to be a product of your upbringing, you can beat the odds. I know I have a gift, once I nurture and invest in it my name will speak VOLUMES. I will then use it to give back and help save a life, because someone saved mine.

Style Feature | M. Jachuku O. Howard

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We ran an style contest on Instagram a while back with Fashion Photographer, Isaiah Headen and here is our winner of the #SIFashionKiller Contest…

NAME or Alias: M. Jachuku O. Howard

INSTAGRAM (OR TWITTER): Instagram: @Conscious_Brother

ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius

ASPIRATIONS: I aspire to become a fashion icon and creative director that can help influence and make change in the world.

HOBBIES: Poetry, Art, Dance, Technical theater, Soccer and Creating.

STYLE INSPIRATION: Travis Tetteh and Spencer Lee.

FAVORITE ACCESSORY: Afrocentric Jewelry

WHAT’S YOUR STREET INTELL: I enjoy the arts, fashion, black culture , poetry and meeting conscious people along side that I have created a local clothing brand to further express myself and make others fresher.

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE: My Style is a clash between classy and urban with inspiration from all eras in time. My style involves a little bit of my personality therefore time periods are irrelevant when it comes to me looking good.

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HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE AS OUR FIRST CONTEST WINNER AND FASHION KILLER?
I have thoroughly enjoyed being the DMV Fashion Killer. I have incorporated much of my experience into my applications for fashion programs that I have been applying for. Also working with Les Joueurs was a very exciting and fun experience. Their professionalism made the photo shoot go very smoothly. Working with Street Intell has also been a pleasure with all the good vibes that you send.

Photo Credit: Les Joueurs Photography

Calling all Natural Gems: Taren Guy ’s #LLYHtour is headed to the #DMV !!!

In this weeks Street Intell, on October 23rd youTube sensation and noted autism advocate, Taren Guy will be in town from 6-10pm at Lotus Lounge bringing us the Luv & Learn Your Hair event. Apart of a multi-city tour with stops in Chi-town, LA, New Orleans and Houston. Taren has decided to make her next stop in the district.

For those of you that aren’t familiar, Taren is just one of the many power house YouTube vloggers that have been leading the way in the natural hair community for sometime. Her love of hair care and appreciation for natural beauty has captivated an aundiance of over one hundred thousand subscribers. However, we like to think that it is her sweet yet straight forward personality that has propelled her to where she is now.

Since 2009, Taren has been sharing her hair journey and informing women through product reviews, styling tips and personal inspiration. She provides valuable knowledge to her audience that allows everyone to see [through her experience] that it is possible to love and learn your hair; even when it’s “Frizzy”.

Taren is based out of New York city where she resides with her 3 beautiful children. Not only is she a mom and Natural hair enthusiast she is a supreme advocate for Autism.

Recently, Taren founded a non-profit called Faces of Autism dedicated to her two sons Ari and Amari who both have conditions on the autism spectrum. Through her work, she is able to inspire people to take a second look and see the world through the eyes of individuals with Autism. She plans to expand the brand to feature art exhibited by persons with Autism. To find out more about FOA click here

We’re excited to see the newly blonde bombshell and can’t wait to partake in all the exciting things she’s bringing the DMV natural hair community.

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Hope to see you all there. If not, no worries you know we’ve got the Street Intell.
Visit http://luvandlearnyourhair.com/ to purchase tickets for the event.

Connect with Taren on YouTube and get a glimpse into her world:

DC Fashion Week Eco Friendly Fashion Show [[Event Recap]]

Crowds of people poured into the Woolly Mammoth Theater, on 641 D St NW Washington, DC last night for the 19th annual fashion week kick off reception and Eco Friendly designer fashion show.

Upon entry to the venue patrons were greeted by gorgeous event hostesses and met by a lobby full of varying business owners and vendors.As I made my way through the different vendors like cleavitz [women’s body essentials], Decor and You [in home full service interior decorating], Red Zipper and Curvy Chix Chariot; out of all the vendors Curvy Chix Chariot was the most intriguing to me. They caught my eye because they run a full service moblie consignment boutique that services all women but caters specifically to plus sized women.


I spoke to founder Donna Hundley and got a brief background on her brand and she even pulled a few of her favorite pieces for me. I also had the pleasure of meeting Sherard and VaVa Walston of Red Zipper. They informed me on the brand and its founder Lydia J and were super helpful.

As I ventured further into the venue (almost a quarter minute until show time) I stumbled upon some lovely DC street stylers. Check out their photos below:


The show was fantastic, it was held in the beautiful Wolly Mammoth Theatre. Over the past 3 years Inova Health systems has partnered with DC fashion week to bring together fashion and sustainability.

This years show was curated by non other than DCFW founder Ian Williams. The Eco Friendly fashion show housed the theme centered around the Project Blue Wrap campaign. The PBW campaign allows local designers to compete and showcase their talent through recreating structured pieces by reusing “blue wrap” – a sterile plastic fabric used to wrap surgical instruments used within and through the Inova Health Systems.


Peering down from the press gallery, I wasn’t able to get great photos but I was able to capture a few Instagram videos from the show visit @StreetIntell to view them there. Featured runway designer collections: Isagus Extroversions, Red Zipper, and Simply L3ve.

Be sure to tune into more of the power of style at the 2013 DC fashion week by visiting DCFashionWeek.org or check out our convenient side bar guide on this weeks festivities. 😉

August Style Feature

Name or Alias: Marquelle Turner

INSTAGRAM (OR TWITTER): Instagram: @marquelleturner

ZODIAC SIGN: Aries

ASPIRATIONS: My short term goal is to become a marketer, brand manager or creative director in the luxury fashion industry. I’m currently studying global luxury management in graduate school. My long term goals are to become an image consultant (Marquelle Turner Groupe), motivational speaker, and published author.

HOBBIES: I’m addicted to movies. I go to at least once per week. In addition, I also love reading. Two great books that I just finished reading were “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi and “The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever by Teri Agins.

STYLE INSPIRATION: Life is my style inspiration. I can spend hours looking at pictures of cars, art, and culture to find ideas of things to wear. I believe that our clothing allows us to have conversations with strangers as we walk by and leave memorable impressions without actually having to say a word. I grew up a shy kid and any chance I was given to not speak was ideal *grins*.

FAVORITE ACCESSORY: My favorite clothing item is the blazer. Growing up in a low-income home, I learned the importance of versatility and maximization early on. The blazer is versatile because it can be worn as a part of a suit or business casual look and then paired with jeans (without the tie) for an evening out for sushi. I educate men all the time on transitional wardrobing (from work to play) and multi-seasonal pieces (blazers with pants and then with shorts).

WHAT’S YOUR STREET INTELL: My life mantra is summed up in three words: Pray. Eat. Style. These three words express my commitment to a strong spiritual life, my addiction to food, and of course my affinity for personal style. I believe that we “inhale fashion and exhale style.” Style is very personal and very specific to each of us. It gives us all a unique identifier and I truly appreciate originality.

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE: My style is a always a mixture of classic pieces with current trends. I’ve always appreciated pomp and circumstance, but I’ve always been a bit unruly. My style, as well as my personality, is a bit of an oxymoron; mixing two opposites together to create harmony.

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July Style Feature: @BnessYesMEness

Name or Alias: B. Jamelle

INSTAGRAM (OR TWITTER): IG- @BnessToSEEness

Twitter- @BnessYesMEness

ZODIAC SIGN: Very, VERY Pisces

ASPIRATIONS: My goal is to be an asset to my generation. More specifically, I want to offer healing, support, kinship, and inspiration via my music.

HOBBIES: I’m a lover of all things artsy, my hobbies all tie into one another. Writing is my passion, I do it often and it often spawns my other “creativities”. I’ll write down a thought and it’ll often times inspire a melody and become a song, or sometimes evoke an image in my head that I’ll use to create a visual piece.

STYLE INSPIRATION: Phyllis Hyman, Sylvester James, my mother. These were all style ICONS in my book. I look to them often for reminders of how doin’ it is done! I borrow often from Phyllis’s use of accessories that teeter the line of being breathtakingly regal…and absolutely obnoxious lol. A lot of my style choices in terms of hair and make-up are in tribute to my mom. Sylvester was an absolute trendsetter. He was a style pioneer and I borrow his fearlessness in terms of dressing like whatever the hell he chose to, lol. Although they’ve all transitioned, I still pull a lot from images of each of them in their prime. Huge sources of style inspiration.

FAVORITE ACCESSORY: My favorite accessory…accessories really, are anything by Venus Visuals. Their jewelry is absolutely unique and I love the brand’s use of bold/culturally significant prints and unique shapes. Check them out at venusvisualsonline.com. I rock their stuff OFTEN.

WHAT’S YOUR STREET INTELL: My thing is to be useful, impactful, and contribute as a part, to the whole of things. As I mentioned earlier it’s my goal to use my gifts to promote ideas that are beneficial to my generation. I want to inspire others to inspire others to inspire others and so on. I feel like art is a really pure and effective means of connecting people, right at the core. I want to use my art to connect people’s hearts and minds. It’s an excellent tool to have, and I intend to learn it well and use it effectively.

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE: I’d say my style is… rugged regal. I love to shape my looks around the fact that I’m the queen of everything (that belongs to me, lol ), but I’m not at all afraid to do laymen’s work. I command respect. I give excellent care. I’m deliberate and fair, and I work HARD. I like to capture these elements of my persona in my style choices. In short, my style is ME! 🙂

Got an awesome personality and kick a$$ style? Well then you just might be the next Street Intell Style Feature.

Here at Street Intell we like to do different things and create fun little add ons to the site. We’ve been doing a series of random Instagram street style features and people have enjoyed it so much that we decided to take it a step further.

We not only want to see what people are wearing but we want to know what they’re doing and what inspires them. Therefore, we’ve decided to start featuring one awesome Street Styler here on the blog ever month.


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Inspired by Jet magazine’s beauty of the week expect featuring everyday people and their style.
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**Our first style feature will be revealed this Friday July 12th, stay tuned.**