10 posts from December 2011

12/30/2011

How do you meet successful men...

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...she asked me.  She said she was tired of working her 9 to 5.  She was not the first one to ask me that, the question comes up all the time.  I have never had to ask this question, because despite my difficult upbringing, the answer to that was all around me. 

I want you to understand that I have always worked.  My first job was at McDonald's - of course that did not go so well.  I knew I wanted to be in fashion and after McDonald's I worked at a number of clothing stores such as Contempo Casuals, Wet Seal, and later Burdines.  I always worked and I even put myself through college, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts.  Later I would become a stylist and even when I had the opportunity to just sit back and enjoy the money I had, I chose to open my own Red Carpet Boutique.  I can tell you that the pride that came from selecting which brands to carry, the paint colors for the store interior, creating advertising and finally opening for business, was incredible to me.  Owning a boutique required long hours every day, but I loved creating it, directing it, and growing it. 

But I want you to know that it was my mother who taught me what I have always known.  Any man that she was involved with always brought home the checks.  And so would one of my first boyfriends, a local "entrepreneur" who bought me a gold Marlo name plate necklace, Bongo jeans and anything else I wanted at that time.  It was St. Petersburg, I was young and that is what I was exposed to.  He was the first man to take care of me and I have never had any different since then.

You must know that I have always believed that a man, a capable, able bodied man, provides for his family.  A man provides for people he cares about.  A man, like my grandfather, always took care of my grandmother and only after his eyesight failed did she have to work and help to make ends meet.  A man takes care of his household, his children, even his grandchildren.  It is what I have always seen around me and it is how I was raised.  My grandfather said, a man knows what a woman needs, a woman should not have to ask.  Any man that I have to ask, is not the man for Marlo...

You should know that your questions are inspiring me to teach, and that I will continue to send gems your way until you are all masters of your own destiny.  Class is in...

 

 

Photography by Pamela Mougin

12/27/2011

Today's Black Woman

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Today's Black Woman Magazine November 2011

Via Rob Ector Photography

Sorry I did not share this with you guys earlier.  This was from my photo shoot for Today's Black Woman Magazine.  Don't you love the color?  It's just as vibrant in person and with the fit, the fabric and the gorgeous lines, it's pretty stunning.  I have paired it with a lucite necklace and I would love it with some interesting bracelets like these on Page 4. Cover your eyes at those prices!  Then uncover them to see this dress in my Closet...

 

12/20/2011

All I want for Christmas....

All year round beautiful and unusual things capture my attention.  Things that I admire just for being able to make me pause.  Things that tickle the senses, sweet things, scented things, elegant things.  I want to share them with you, to see if you might like..


The crackle of

Cocoa Lace

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The glamour of

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T. Anthony Hat Box

 

The strange, intoxicating scent of

smoke and leather,

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or the sweetness of stationery,

even though you never write enough notes,

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Connor Diana Vreeland Card Set

 

And of course the sparkle

that always completes everything,

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Solange Azagury Partridge Acquarius Pendant

 

but my most precious find

always is,

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Family, love, comfort, joy.  It's on my wish list every year; one day starting my own and mending the bond with the one I came from.  I know that I do not get to decide when those things may come, so until then I will wrap up something nice for me.  Something to make me smile...Happy holidays!

12/18/2011

What a laugh

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I had to laugh - all those kids, all different fathers, years of flaunting another woman's husband and now commentary from the sidelines, as if our memories are that short.  I had to laugh, that in the desire to paint me dirty all I keep seeing is this visual of a trailer, and a blur of cigarrettes, silicone, foul words and over glossed, over injected lips.  I had to laugh at those moments, when you know what you really want to say, but you just smile instead.  You all know what it's like when the situation requires for you to be a lady, even though you're thinking about how quickly you can unbuckle your strappy heels and mop the floor with all that chatter.  And I had to laugh in gratitude for holding back.  God has truly blessed me.  He blessed me because my life began with neglect and abandonment, and after a very long and difficult road, He allowed me to experience care, compassion and indulgence.  He blessed me to come from despair and a lack of self worth to confidence, self love and the kind of spirit that attracts kindness and generosity. With these blessings, I can only laugh and remember, I know Marlo, and others who know Marlo are always good to me...

12/16/2011

The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor | Christie's

Elizabeth Taylor        Via Christie's

"Movies, men, melodramas; a lust for life." That was one of the things they said about Elizabeth Taylor.  Something about this very glamorous woman, her passionate living, her disregard for the rules in love, fashion and her commitments, always struck me.  She loved sparkly things, so of course I enjoyed that, but her commitment to her AIDS Foundation, supporting a cause that many were once afraid to be associated with, is so admirable, very brave.  I admire that she left a strong legacy.  It made me think about my own,  what is it I would want to be known for?  Her legacy drew many people to the auction of her estate...I would have liked a piece of it, for when I need to be reminded of strength,

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passion,

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diamond and rose gold ring

 

Romance, being in love....

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12/14/2011

des Veneneuse

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It was a subtle detail, one we did not expect many to notice, except of course, the truly passionate...

 

12/13/2011

Money is the best deodorant....

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..said Elizabeth Taylor, but it does bring the stench of hatefulness.  "Where do you get your money?" is such a crass and distasteful thing to ask. It reeks of jealousy, envy, and insecurity.  It is even less attractive than a bad weave and too fitted clothes on an unfit body.  It makes me wonder, what about that is important to you?  What will those details do for you?  Are you looking for more information to judge and criticize?  Have you somehow drawn the conclusion that I do not deserve what I have but think that you do?  Or is it that you are disappointed in your life and resent the fulfillment in mine?  Many of my friends own bigger homes, more clothes, more jewelry, more cars - I celebrate them.  I love it that they are happy, that they are well taken care of, that they live exciting lives.  I want it for them, and I want it for those that do not have it.  I share with others what I have.  I am generous, I give easily, I take care of many people, I give anytime I can.  That is what God has blessed me to do!  I ask you, is how I live with my money - generously, selflessly, joyously - not more important than how I receive it?

12/10/2011

Style Me Prissy

Shop Marlo Hampton’s Closet – Gucci, Valentino, Christian Louboutin & More for LOW Prices!

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She is beautiful, she has great style, she is a savvy business woman and she has been supportive of me in a way that makes me feel like I have made a new friend.  I imagine us taking in a show together one day, maybe Chanel!  For now, I want to thank Yakini of Style Me Prissy  for a lovely post on my Closet.  Sorry that the shoes don't fit!

12/07/2011

My tree, my friends, plenty of Krug & joy...

Marlo Hampton Shows Off Posh Home At Viewing Party

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The YBF was kind enough to show pictures of Sunday's Preview Party.  See my friends come out to support me and start the holiday festivities here!

12/04/2011

Could it Be?

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Don't you love it, the beginning?  The early parts of a relationship, when it's new and unknown and every day is a revelation?  Did you see the look on my face, walking into the Bar One Party?  There is a calm that comes over you when you are with someone you care about and you feel safe with them.  When you've got your sexy dress on and you love being on his arm.  The beginning, when you want to support that person in what they do, nurture them, yelling at them to move away from the food so they can reach their fitness goals!  Were you laughing at that too?!  In the beginning, it feels just like,

You move me... I'm burning
Such passion I'm yearning
One thought keeps returning
Could it be... I'm in love?

~Minnie Ripperton

I like the beginning, it's what comes after that I sometimes don't like...You'll find the dress in my closet, waiting for one of you to wear it for someone worthy.

I know I have not yet answered your question.  Who is Marlo Hampton?  I promise that I will, if you promise to stay with me.  If you promise to be patient, I will reveal many things to you.  Like the fear of seeing yourself in a way you never have before.  Sleepless nights over not always being the best that you can be.  I wonder what you thought about it, what did you see that I could not see?  What would you like to see?