Intro­duce your­self! 
I’m Lau­rene, a full-time grad­u­ate stu­dent by day and night and the style/fashion blog­ger of It’s Elle D’ in between. I was born in Ghana, I live and have lived in Mary­land most­ly since. I live in Bal­ti­more now.

What is your style phi­los­o­phy? 
If you feel you’re try­ing to hard, reassess. Most­ly though my style phi­los­o­phy is my life phi­los­o­phy: Be your­self, Let your­self (try new things) and first impres­sions open door (your atti­tude keeps them open).
How would you describe your sense of style?
I would say I’m a bit of every­thing; vin­tage, tomboy, Afro­cen­tric, eccen­tric, eclec­tic, chic. I’m not a big trend fol­low­er, I like to think I set my own. I stay true to myself but cur­rent all the same. 

What is your process of decid­ing what to wear in the morn­ing? 
It’s weath­er depen­dent, mood depen­dent and occa­sion depen­dent, but most often I have an idea of what I want to wear before I go to bed. I don’t always wear that in the morn­ing but I work around that idea.

What are the three favorite things in your clos­et? 
I don’t dis­crim­i­nate (lol) but if I had to choose:
1. I have this amaz­ing vin­tage dress that was my moms. It’s del­i­cate and beau­ti­ful and my most “dress-up” dress. I love it.
2. I’ve been mak­ing some cloth­ing pieces this sum­mer and they’re becom­ing my favorites.
3. My Tees. They are my go to.

What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and acces­sories?
I’m a com­pul­sive shop­per so this is a wrong ques­tion to ask. I shop Mar­shalls for every­thing cloth­ing, shoes, bags etc. JCPen­ny, H&M,  I get most of shoes from Zara, I thrift for most of my acces­sories or have it cus­tom made. I just love find­ing lit­tle bou­tiques with unique items. And the fab­ric store for my own designs.
How long have you been nat­u­ral?
For a year and some now with­out any relax­er.

How and why did you tran­si­tion into nat­u­ral hair? 
I didn’t have a big ‘aha’ moment or that sort of thing. I’ve nev­er real­ly been attached to my hair if that makes sense. I switch it up when the feel­ing hits. But I guess it was sort of an unin­ten­tion­al jour­ney. In 2008 while in col­lege I took a wom­en stud­ies course where we dis­cussed hair and black hair was one of the major top­ics. I left class feel­ing I need­ed to go nat­u­ral, I have to, had to go nat­u­ral! I end­ed up cut­ting my perm ends myself one evening. That didn’t last though. With­in six months I had relax­er in my hair again because it was eas­ier. It was just too hard for me and I didn’t have the resources and vast infor­ma­tion avail­able now. Fast for­ward a cou­ple years lat­er the feel­ing hit again and I want­ed short hair, so I got a hair­cut. First to the infa­mous Rihan­na bob hair­style and then even short­er with tapered sides. It was dur­ing that time that for some rea­son I stopped using relax­ers . My hair was short and I didn’t have to wor­ry about tran­si­tion­ing or any­time. I just stopped relax­ing my hair and let it grow out.

What is your sig­na­ture hair­style? 
For the moment it would have to be the Havana/Marley twist.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
I sham­poo my hair once a mon­th, do a co-wash once a week and put the my hair in Havana or Mar­ley twists. I keep my twist for at most two weeks and have them redone.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Yes, Check out my style blog @ and my tum­blr @


Tex­an by birth, Los Ange­leno by sit­u­a­tion. Lover of Tame Impala and Shoegaze music. Come­di­an by trade. Mac­a­roni and Cheese con­nois­seur by appetite.

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This lady is gor­geous. Her skin is lumi­na­tion and I love her style..chic and sexy.


Flaw­less and I’m LOVING it!!!


i gasped when i saw the first pic­ture. tru­ly S T U N N I N G


Sooo love­ly! I live in MD and would love to know who did your havana twists. Plan­ning to have my hair twist­ed soon and don’t know where to go. Thanks <3


She’s sooo pret­ty


she is beau­ti­ful

Kenya L.

You are a true Black Beau­ty!


I love her style and her havana twists! But over­all the look in her eyes, she knows she’s a queen :-) love it!


Seri­ous­ly beau­ti­ful girl!!!


Her skin is amaz­ing and I love that yel­low dress!


Skin is just glow­ing — on point! Hair is just gour­geous — on point! Style is just…on point! Damn this woman’s just on point!!!! GO GIRL!!!!!! ^_^


Gor­geous style, gor­geous skin, and gor­geous girl!