How To Make Your Own Simply Chic Ripped Jeans


There is something special about a pair of ripped jeans.  Each pair tells it’s own story.  They are kinda is like wearing artwork and who wouldn’t want their own Picasso.  When they are visibly aged and worn but still functional then they truly are exceptionally chic.  Ripped jeans are super cool and never go out of fashion.  Learning to make your own ripped jeans is so incredibly  simple and fashionable. By making your own you have control over where the rips will be. Yes, they add a chicness to just about any outfit. Let me give you a heads up, once you get started you may become addicted.
Here is what you need:
Start off with a pair of old jeans

Scissors or a seam ripper



Safety or Straight pins
* Be sure to have all your supplies at your fingertips:


1. Put the jeans on walk around, bend and sit in a chair so that you know that the holes will be exactly where you want them. Be sure to take advantage of  your full length mirror.


2. Use the chalk to mark where you want the rips to be.


3. Use your scissors to make small slits then use your hands to rip them as marked. The hand ripping will give a more natural look.


4. Use a straight pin or safety pin to pull a couple of threads apart until you are able to pull the vertical threads with tweezers.


5. Use a tweezer to fray the threads.

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Tracey Evelyn is an image consultant, wardrobe stylist and beauty expert that helps emerging women to reinvent themselves and to help them make a statement without saying a word.
Twitter: @TraceyEvelyninc

Pink, Pumps & Pearls- Empowering Women



What is most important to most in life? The answer will change throughout life but, one of the top  answers is how we feel about one’s self.   Empowerment  is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.  Education and empowerment can modify women’s beliefs about her health and future.  It represents how we have the opportunity to gain a sense of control.  That’s why we are so excited about what the Health Empowerment Network is bringing to the community and women. We got the opportunity to talk to Dr. Shatfeah Morrison about the Health Empowerment Network, their mission and how Pink, Pumps and Pearls plans to empower women.  I couldn’t wait to see what Pink, Pumps and Pearls is all about:


Tracey- I love the name!  Can you tell us what Pink, Pumps and Pearls is about?


The parable of the Pearl is one of Jesus’ parables. The kingdom of Heaven is likened to a merchant man, seeking Godly pearls: Who, when he found one pearl of great price he went and sold all they he had, and bought it. A pearl is a fine and valuable treasure needing no polishing or cutting by man. It comes to us illustrious and complete, created by God through nature; so it is with Mother’s,

In honor of Mother’s across South Florida and beyond, we a hoping to provide a breast health awareness event that will last long beyond Mother’s Day. It is our goal to educate and empower women to become more health conscious, focusing on prevention.

Tracey- How did the idea come about?


We wanted to present an important initiative and partner with local organizations to educate the general public on prevention and screening.

Tracey- What is the mission of the Health Empowerment Network?


The mission of the Community Health and Empowerment Network is to partner with the community and provide resources and education in the Miami-Dade and Broward counties. We are working to provide charitable empowerment, health education/awareness and preventative services to underserved populations, hoping to reduce and bridge gaps in health disparities.

Tracey- In what ways can feeling empowered affect a woman’s personal view of herself or her visual brand?Shafeah:

Empowered women seek to understand. They are able to empower others to be educated regarding their health, from a physical, mental, spiritual and emotional standpoint. An empowered woman looks to identify her individual, holistic care.  

Tracey- In today’s fast paced society how important are words of affirmation to you?


I’m in the business of changing lives, one woman at a time. That affirms and drives my passion.

Tracey- Why did the Health Empowerment Network decide to celebrate mothers?


We love Mom’s:). We are also presenting awards to moms at this very special event, taking place on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. The awards are categorical, from the community service mom award to the Entrepreneurial mom award.  It was an appropriate population to honor for this time of year.

Tracey- Where do you see Health Empowerment Network in the future?


National Offices; bridging the wellness gap.

Tracey- How can people find out more about the Pink, Pumps & Pearls Event?



Visit our website

You can also purchase tickets for this event at:

We are also looking for individuals who would like to sponsor a deserving mom (single or widow). Check out our website or facebook page:


Tracey Evelyn is an image consultant, wardrobe stylist and beauty expert that helps emerging women to reinvent themselves and to help them make a statement without saying a word.
Twitter: @TraceyEvelyninc

Roger Lee Dance, The Arts, The Mission And What You Wear


Look who we ran into recently!  We got the opportunity to have a chat with Roger Lee of Roger Lee Arts. We couldn’t wait to find out more about what the company was up to, their mission and how they plan to impact the community through dance.  Of course I couldn’t let Roger get away without to inquiring about the costumes.   There is something special about when the choreography, music, hair, makeup and costumes all come together.  Let’s see what Roger had to say:


Tracey- How did Roger Lee Dance Company come about?


Roger Lee Dance Company was born in 2012. It was the culmination of my love for choreography and performance. I stepped out on faith and produced our first concert in April 2012. This spring we are blessed to be celebrating our 5th anniversary and 10th concert series. My dance company has also performed for thousands of people at Philadanco’s Annual Founders Day Concert, 2016 WaWa Welcome America Festival, and 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Tracey- What is your Dance company’s mission?


The mission of Roger Lee Dance Company is to provide professional dance performance for the community. We fulfill this mission by producing two concert series per year (spring and Christmas).

Tracey- Who do you admire in the dance industry?


I admire many incredible people in the dance community including Joan Myers Brown, Debbie Allen, Mia Michaels, Alvin Ailey, and Alwin Nikolais.


Tracey- What is the Roger Lee Dance Company proudest achievement?


Roger Lee Dance Company’s proudest accomplishment is performing for over 25,000 people at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Tracey- How important is hair, makeup and costumes to you ?


Hair, makeup, and costumes are very important to the performance. I believe that dance is a visual art form. The visual elements are extremely important because they enhance the dance movement. Hair, makeup, and costumes takes dances to a polished performance quality. It is what separates a performance from a rehearsal, in my opinion.

Tracey- Do you offer classes? If so what kind?


Yes, I offer a fun adult hip-hop dance class on Thursday nights, 7:15-8:15 pm at Equilibrium Dance Academy (1802 S. Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130).

Tracey- What projects are you currently working on?


Roger Lee Dance Company is presenting its 5th anniversary at 10th concert series Timeless. The show is family-friendly, runs for around an hour, and ends with an inspiring question and answer session with the cast. The shows are Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 at 8pm at Performance Garage (1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130) and tickets cost $20 online at and . We are also running a fundraiser for our 5th anniversary season where we hope to raise $5,000 this year. Please feel free to contribute any amount at  Every dollar helps!

Tracey- Where do you see the Roger Lee Dance Company in the future?


I see Roger Lee Dance Company continuing to produce our dance concert series for my hometown of Philadelphia, PA. We cannot do it without the support of our community. We appreciate each and every one of your contributions. God bless you all!



Tracey- Can you tell us a little about yourself?


I am an award-winning entrepreneur, educator, author, speaker, and multi-disciplinary artist from Philadelphia, PA. As the owner of Roger Lee Arts, LLC, I lent my creative expertise to world-renowned brands including Philadanco, Joffrey Ballet School, Broadway Dance Center, WaWa Welcome America Festival, and Democratic National Convention. By the age of 26, I received over 10 awards, 50 media features, and three adjunct professor positions, wrote two self-published e-books, and gave a TEDx Talk. I earned my Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University, Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and Media & Communication Studies from Ursinus College, and Diploma from Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.



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Tracey Evelyn is an image consultant, wardrobe stylist and beauty expert that helps emerging women to reinvent themselves and to help them make a statement without saying a word.
Twitter: @TraceyEvelyninc

How to Add Spring To Summer Fashion Trends To Your Wardrobe


A fashion trend is a popular style or practice especially in the clothing footwear and accessories industry. It is usually the newest creations of textile designers or trends can take root in an unconventional way like the discovery of an unknown artist.  I love to think of it as a wardrobe update or the opportunity to inject something new.  I guess you can call it inspiration, kind of like being inspired by things that are happening in the world.  We get to inject what is happening in art, music, technology, science, politics and even food into fashion trends. Trends can give you the opportunity to express yourself though your clothes or  simply used to update your look.  Either way we want to  help you nail the perfect outfit.  Let’s get inspired with outfit ideas of pieces you probably already own or just update you look with the latest spring to summer fashion trends.  To start adding trend into your wardrobe Watch the video:



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Tracey Evelyn is an image consultant, wardrobe stylist and beauty expert that helps emerging women to reinvent themselves and to help them make a statement without saying a word.
Twitter: @TraceyEvelyninc


What Should I Wear To Work

 Guest article


In today’s competitive world we can’t deny that our appearance makes a statement about who we are and what we represent without us saying a word. It is by the way we dress and the way we present ourselves in which other people are then able to create the first impression of us. First impressions last and people have the tendency to prejudge us as a result of our appearance. Knowing how much of an impact on the way that we dress has on others means that the power of dress is in the palm of our hands. We can cleverly use this power to radiate confidence and assert ourselves in the workplace.

Let’s look at a couple of examples of situations where you can harness the power of dress to make your mark.



Suppose you have a meeting with a highly-respected firm. It’s a job that you are super excited about and you want to make a great first impression with the interviewer. You want the employer to be focused on you, how knowledgeable and skilled you are for the job. Your speech should associate with what you are wearing. For example, if you are talking on a professional level would it not be wise to wear professional clothing? The last thing that you would want is to be wearing something inappropriate or ill-fitting that will detract the employer from what you are saying. You want the company to hold you in the highest regard. What you say makes 50% of creating an impression. Your dress makes the other 50%.


Style Tips

  1. Regardless of how casual and office setting may be, always dress business professional for an interview.
  2. Use your best judgement where you decide to include subtle pops of personality.
  3. Your most persuasive accessory is your confidence. A prepared attitude will lend you great success in an interview setting.



Unless we have been in the workforce for many years or have already created a reputable name for ourselves among other industry professionals it can be tough for an employee starting out trying to make their mark in a competitive business world. Depending on the work environment, profession or industry the way we dress can have a powerful impact on the way others view us in the workplace.

One thing that remains timeless in the world of business and professionalism is the dress shirt. We have all seen this wardrobe staple cross borders and genders within the past century. A crisp, definitive and straightforward item that you can wear in the workplace. Not only do you feel professional in a dress shirt it also seems to spark a confidence that seems to grab the attention of others.


Style Tips

  1. Avoid dressing more than 1 level up from your office dress code to avoid looking overdressed.
  2. If you work remote or from home dress as if you were in the office. This will help you to shift into a work mindset and today you never know if or when you’ll have to jump on a video conference.
  3. On Fridays or Casual days dress one level down from your regular office attire. Maintaining a polished image while dressing down is a respectable choice. Your sneakers should be clean and your denim, dark and well kept.


About the author:

If you are in need of a smarter look, T.M.Lewin has created a savvy dress code guide above. These British retailers also offer a noteworthy selection of men’s shirts and women’s shirts for any occasion; casual or formal. Finding the right clothing to wear that will support you in creating a great impression on others and exuberate confidence in any formal or informal setting is important.