#TuesdayThoughts - Style All Day Long

Style All Day Long 

Katie Belle Akin
photo cred: Micheal Justice, HollywoodHeadshots Atlanta
There is nothing like a trip to New York City to soak in the energy and fashion vibes of the Big Apple!   The city that never sleeps, kinetic life on every corner and oh the street style fashion one can immerse themselves in!

    I recently joined my longtime friend Recording Academy member Clayton Mann (Chicago) in NYC for the 60th annual Grammy Awards.  Clayton who was admitted into The Recording Academy at the age of 13 is a singer-songwriter and touring artist.  He has toured with the national, Teen Nation Tour. Clayton currently performs as a solo artist and travels to Nashville to work on new music.  If you keep up with me you know I am a singer-songwriter in tandem with a budding modeling career. I have known Clayton since my touring days on Teen Nation. My recent single release, American Wild, has received attention from industry tastemakers which has landed me in Nashville and Atlanta studios working on a new EP.  I am currently set to release my newest single titled, Promises, in late March- early April.
Katie Belle Akin & Clayton Mann
photo creds: Udor , HMUA  Picasso

    The 60th annual Grammy Awards were held the last weekend of January. The weekend was jam packed with fun including a street style photoshoot under the artistic eyes of internationally published photographer Udor  and NYC Fashion Makeup aficionado Jeffery “Picassco” Lindsey.  Udor is a veteran runway photographer, has appeared several times on The American Fashion Podcast and multiple print publications. He has the rare ability to visualize in 3D which plays a role in setting up his shots and timing of his camera click.  Picasso’s makeup styling is inspired by seasonal colors, different races, skin tones, eye and hair color; he will tell you his “inspiration is endless”. He has been a MUA for 22 years and is also an accomplished acrylic and water color artist.
Katie Belle Akin & Clayton Mann
photo creds: Udor,  HMUA Picasso

    Clayton and I both arrived in NYC on Friday and joined up on Saturday January 27th mere steps from Madison Square Garden to plan out our day.  As Picasso worked his magic with his skilled makeup brushes, Udor discussed the street style scenes with both of us.  Outfits were chosen, makeup was finalized, camera batteries checked and everyone stepped outside to utilize the lively streets of New York. Enjoying an unusually mild winter day for NYC the backdrops included Madison Square Gardens and the landmark James Farley US Post office building with the iconic steps and local feathered friends. It was a memorable day and we ended up with some evening shots in the lively SoHo district.

   Traveling is such an adventure, being a part of the Grammy Award weekend is definitely something I won’t forget.  The street style photoshoot garnered attention from many a passerby.  Udor’s lense captured the black tie outfits Clayton and I wore to the main awards show with the infamous yellow cabs in the background. On the steps of the Farley building Udor and Picasso brought about an edgier musician inspired look  for both of us. As am emerging artist, with many plans for 2018 I look toward my future and my next visit to the Grammy Awards.

Katie Belle Akin, blog writer

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Katie's Grammy Gown: Designer Nate Hutson for the Nate Hutson Collection, Atlanta
                                      Black Crystal Adorned Evening Shoes: Bagdley Mischka
Katie's Black Outfit:
Black Faux Leggings: Zara, Crochet Duster: Free People, Black Bustier: Victoria Secret
Black Booties with Pearl Trim: Chanel

Katie's Casual Outfit: Leggings: Spanx, Linen Top: J Crew, Sports shoe: Vans


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