The Black Woman’s Guide to Festival Boho Chic Fashion

Over 50 Ways to Wear Festival Boho Chic Trends for Black Girls


2016 festival season is among us with festivals such as: Warped Tour, SXSW, Coachella, Voodoo Music Experience, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, Beale St. Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Lollapalooza just to name a few!

A while back I created a festival swagg layout and this time around I will be providing you with a a lot of inspiration so that you can rock these festival and boho chic trends to the FULLEST!

Below is a style gallery full of festival and boho chic trends inspired by black women drape in festival and boho chic garb! These are not only some of the hottest styles and trends for black women this festival season, but for all women throughout the spring and summer of 2016.

Are you planning to attend any festivals this season? Which style will you be rocking? Check out my personal festival fashion on Instagram!


Sophisticated Poser


Best Dressed: 10 Prefect Dresses for Summer 2016

Best Dressed: finding the prefect dress for Summer 2016

Whether you are enjoying a daytime adventure or joining babe for the perfect date night; dresses in the summer are a perfect option. Paired with sandals, stilettos, or maybe even your favorite Adidas slips ons! 😝 Here are my current top ten picks for summer dresses.

Best Dressed: 10 Prefect Dresses for Summer 2016

Mink Pink Floral Dress: I am loving everything about this dress. The wrap style and high slip combo will be seen often this summer.

ASOS Obi Wrap Dress In Floral Print: A structured midi dress is my favorite for office of play!

TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD WHITE LACE MIDI DRESS: LWD. Enough said! Who doesn’t need a cute white dress for the summer? Pair it with flat sandals for a more daytime look.

SUNDAY MORNING BLUE TIE-DYE WRAP MAXI DRESS: I think I love this dress because it obviously combines all of my favorites-wrap style, high split, and kimono sleeves 😝 obsessed!

Off the shoulder tunic– shirt dress + tunic styles are awesome! You can wear this a dress or top with white skinny jeans and nude heels!

peace + love slinky midi dress gold: I want to buy this dress and wear it wherever I go! This dress screams south beach vacation or cruise to the Bahamas! Oh! Maybe if I buy this dress my boo will take me on a cruise to the Bahamas. Fingers crossed!

SHEER WANT U MAXI: Another beach vacation possiblily? Hummm. Either way I love it!

Nbu: This is such a sexy and elegant dress. Possible wedding reception dress or too much? I’ll let you decide!

True Violet Pleated 2 in 1 Maxi Dress: This number can def. pass a wedding favorite. Small pleated dresses are a favorite for summer 2016 so expect to see more and more of this throughout the season.


Silence + Noise Gemini Crepe Midi Dress: Awww. Last but not least. The slip dress that Rhianna has single handedly made famous and often made me what to make a run to the grocery store in my last nights’ teddy and Puma slip ons! 😝


Sophisticated Poser

Creating a Style Board for Engagement Pictures


I will collaborate with the you to come up with the visual concept of your project. We will discuss the vision for your shoot and create the overall concept and cohesiveness of the shoot. This will include a Pinterest Board where we collaborate on ideas and ultimately a style board that gives you specific details on theme, color scheme, and direction for the shoot.

Wedding Guest on Point


engagement shootengagement shoot 2JandH20bcbd1b0cfc6a329ba378aa762ed556


Amanda Bell

Where to buy a Dashiki for CHEAP!

I had a lot of questions about where my top came from. I know some boutiques sell them for $20+ I found this one for less that half the price! The dashiki only comes in one size. I had mine taken in a few inches on each side, but it just depends on how you want to wear it. Most of the time people will wear them oversized.

Click the picture below and pick your favorite color! ❤️

It’s takes about 2 weeks to receive. The print is nice and the quality is okay. Great if you want it as a fashion piece! Hope you enjoy! 


Sophisticated Poser

Shoe Dazzle Haul

If you follow me on Snapchat: AmandaPandaBell then you know I came home to some goodies last week!! Yassssss hunty and what came in those boxes gave me plenty of life.

Spoiler alert. I loved my purchase, but after this I am strongly considering canceling my subscription with Shoe Dazzle. 😒 I explain why later in this post.

The Apollo bag is really cute and matches a lot of shoes that I already own, so it was a no brainier. I didn’t thing I would like the lock and chain on the front of the bag, but it add a cute flare to it.

Meet Martin. I love Martin! Lol But seriously, I am absolutely in love with this bag! It’s the ONLY reason I am considering keeping my subscription. It’s so chic and durable. I carry a small laptop at work so I’ve started using it everyday and the handles are sturdy so I don’t feel like they are about to break. This is my favorite! 😍

So after all is said and done. My shoes are cute but they are killer on my feet. I mean DEAD 💀 And I like to be cute and comfy. I’m not trying to walk out of a party with my shoes in hand. But for movie night and brunch with the girls they will do! If you decide to order the Allen order at least one size up.

So here is why I considering discontinuing my subscription.

I hate the fact that I can’t use the money the withhold monthly for sales and promotions. So if they are have $9.99 promotion and I place the item in my cart I can either pay $9.99 + tax and possible shipping out of pocket OR I can use my the $39 they withdraw from my bank account monthly and get free shipping. I just think that is silly and it erks me every time. Does anyone have an issue with this? Or is it just me?!

I also don’t think they get many new items in. I seriously feel like they get new stock in ONCE A MONTH. 😑 Which makes sense for subscription shoppers but I like to pull up a website and sees what’s new. And if your what new tab has 3 week old shoes…. 😒 I mean come on now!

But anywho! Shoe Dazzle does have some great trend purses and good shoes if you catch them at the right time!

Do you shop at Shoe Dazzle or have a favorite subscription that I should checkout?

Let me know what you think my Haul posed and I’ll keep em’ coming!


Sophisticated Poser

Finding Your Purpose

I don’t have all of the answers but it has been on my heart to share with you so things that have helped me along the way, in hopes that it provides light at the end of your tunnel.

Here’s 3 things you can start doing TODAY that will help you find your purpose:


I think that it is safe to say that somewhere between 24-27 millennials hit a quarter century life crisis. It’s a stage in life were we question everything we’ve done this far and how we arrived to the point we are current at in life.

Whether good or bad we judge our lives not only by how far we have come in this journey, but how far our peers, people we know, and people we used know pair up against not only our success, but our failures as well. Henceforth a generation full of social media driven self-images.


I don’t have all of the answers but it has been on my heart to share with you some things that have helped me along the way, in hopes that it provides light at the end of your tunnel.

Here’s 3 things you can start doing TODAY that will help you find your purpose:

  1. Focus your efforts in what you are good. Spend your time growing and enhancing that. What you focus on is what grows, so if you are constantly pointing out things you are not good at, that is the self-image you are creating.
  2. Your Tribe dictates your Vibe. If you are around people who don’t appreciate all of the neat and quirky things that you bring to the table, then you don’t need to be eating with them! There are literally BILLIONS of people in the world, no need to sweat anyone that doesn’t want to take the time to understand who you are as a person. Your tribe doesn’t have to look, speak, and act just like you; they just need to appreciate the uniqueness that you bring to the table.

  3. Pray for clarity. Continuously ask God to help you understand your life as it unveils. Ask Him to give you a clear distinction of what opportunities, relationships, and paths are correct for you. This is very important if you fill like you are always going back and forth and you are not really clear why.IMG_3174IMG_3171

Tools to Help:

  1. Make a to-do list daily or weekly. Make your list full of small things that will help you reach a big goal that you see yourself accomplishing within the next 6 months to a year.

  2. Go out of your way to meet new like minded people. A few good places to meet new people could be through special interest groups. I recently started a Brunch in the DFW area called Because Women Love Brunch, just to help women find other like minded women to connect with. You can use apps like Meet Up and Eventbrite to see what is going on in your area.

  3. Daily Devotional Books are great for a small work of encouragement. I have friend that send out a message daily with a devotional and a prayer. I don’t read mine daily as I should, but having prayers that touch on different topics help me when I’m not even sure what to pray for.

Find a similar look here: Dress- Missguided, Shoes- Steve Madden, Photographer- Afritina

IMG_3175 (1).JPG

Originally I was just going to drop the details of my look, because I did slay for this shoot right! But it has been on my heart that if I am going to take the time to enchanted my online space “blog” that it will fulfill my strong desire to create something that inspires not only your outside appearance, but the inside as well.

Have you hit your quarter of a century crisis yet? What are some ways that you seek and follow your purpose daily?

If your interested in seeing more blog post like this comment, like and subscribe to let me know what you think.


Sophisticated Poser

5 Tips for Successful Mini Photography Sessions

Quickie, Pronto, and Mini Sessions are all referring to less than a full photo session with a professional photographer. You can see all my favorites from my recent pronto shoot with the talented Afritina below. Although the length of your session is shorter and you will save yourself a few bucks. A good photographer is still a good grip money, even at half the rate. But because I love you and I’m in a giving mood 🙂 I’m going to give you some helpful tips and tricks on how to make the most of your next pronto session!

Tip #1: Find the right photographer for the job. A pronto shoot is great if you have specific shots you want accomplish. Which is why I think it’s an awesome way for bloggers old and new to update and refresh their site. Each photographer has their own style and approach. ie. Afritina is great at creating art and seeing things from a different perspective. A lot of her personal photography is girly grunge. And as you can see from our collaboration that touch comes though in the photos she took of me.

Keep scrolling to get more awesome tips!

Tip#2: Provide your photographer an example of specific shots you want to capture. Don’t have your photographer copy someone else’s work, but instead allow them to put their own twist on it. An example for a blogger would be detailed shots of your outfit, shoes, and accessories.

Tip #3: Don’t be on timeBE EARLY. Early arrival allows you to see what the desired site offers. It also allows you to finish any make-up/ wardrobe touch ups. With this tip ypu will be ready to start the photo when your  photographer arrives/ the set start time. (BOOM! You’re already light years ahead of the game.)


More tips below!

Tip #4: Pre plan any outfit changes. I am not just talking about what you will change into. I’m talking about where will you change? If you are outdoors are you okay with changing in your car or between two open doors. Lol. Now is not the time to be modest. Ask your photographer if they have an outfit change tent. Bring a friend with a sheet. Whatever works. And change like your a NASCAR driver filling up for gas during a race. Time is money. Literally.

Tip #5: Step away from the filters. A photographer works hard to edit your photos. Don’t trash their work by adding a cheesy Instagram filter. If you would like something adjusted let the photographer know and I’m sure they will fix it for you 🙂

Keep scrolling to check out more of my favorite shots from a pronto session with Dallas, photographer Afritina. You can contact her via Instagram. (It goes down in the DM. Lol. I know I’m corny!) Use the code: Sophisticated for a special discount!


If our tips helped you in any way or you just like what you see, leave a comment and let us know below!


Sophisticated Poser

Top Color for F/W 2016-17′ COPPERTONE

Look a few weeks ago…

As reported by the Fashion Snoops coppertone is one of the top colors that you will spot at F/W 2016-17′

I am so in love with this copper colored halter dress! I paired it with camel colored heels and a red lip to give it the full glamor girl look. Metallics are a great go to for parties in general, but you are about to see a lot of this hue in everyday fashion!Copper Tone


Coppertone offers the richest shade of brown, evolving from lighter copper in recent seasons. A favorite combination fuses coppertone with plum and dark chocolate.
– Fashion Snoops
Sophisticated Poser