Women Who Werk: Tasha Bleu of Treu Bleu Imagery

By July 13, 2011 Empowerment, Women Who Werk
Tasha Bleu- Treu Bleu Imagery

Meet Tasha Bleu, a 22 year old freelance fashion photographer, fashion editor and owner ofTreu Bleu Imagery! Earlier this year I e-met Tasha through the a mutual friend and was quickly enamored with her creative work, artistic vision and passion to pursue her dreams.

In a short period of time, Tasha has started a burgeoning photography career working with the likes of BET, Mercedes-Benz and Africa Fashion Week as well as working with international streetwear brands like Kayobi Clothing UK, MYOB Japan and Stevie Boi Eyewear. From her first paid gig working with a signed model now apart of the Glee cast, Tasha Bleu is a young woman werking her way to the top!

You started as a model and then taught yourself photography. What ignited your interest to go on the other side of the lense?

I had a very creative theme for my modeling portfolio that I knew NO one would execute better than me. This led to me being on the other side of the lens.

You do freelance photography, have shot for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, BET and recently became a contributing photographer to Hypebeast.com. What new projects are on the horizon for you?

You have to follow me and see…LOTS is in the works but I just like planting seeds and watching them grow before I talk about them ;)

Your photography has a focused edge with an ethereal quality. What inspires you and your work?

Thank you. My past inspires my future, as corny as it may sound…art takes me away from reality and life itself inspires my work…I gain inspiration from everything and everywhere.

What advice would you give to aspiring photographers looking to make a living off of their craft?

Research, research, research. The beauty and fashion industry does not sleep…not saying that you shouldn’t either but always know who’s who and what’s what.

The road to entrepreneurship is paved with hard work, dedication and passion. What has your road been paved with? Tell us some of the struggles and triumphs you encountered.

I’ve have many triumphs and many many struggles that I’ve encountered in only this past year of entering the beauty and fashion industry: dealing with people from other countries and their perspectives of Americans and African-Americans, dealing with the fact that I’m under 25, dealing with the fact that I’m from Rhode Island and dealing with the fact that I work solely by myself. But the bottom line is that I got over those bumps in the road and am creating my OWN lane.

With her passion for photography, ingenuity and drive Tasha Bleu is making a distinct name for herself!

Check out Tasha’s work at Treu Bleu Imageryfollow her on Twitter @treubleuimagery and her Tumblr Be Treu- to watch her grow!

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Suggested Reading: 7.8.11

By July 8, 2011 Suggested Reading

This short week has me a bit in outer space, floating between work and blogging and putting a few of my digital responsibilities on the back burner. While I haven’t been able to read as many blogs as I would like, the few posts that I have come across this week have truly challenged my thoughts on blogging and what it means to be successful.

Here are some of the great, interesting and thought-provoking reads of the week

For your Viewing Pleasure

Two great videos I found on Audacity of Color.


Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

Young Couture Mag is a new online style publication out of Philly. Check out this video about what makes an Influencer.

Also check out the site, it’s leading lady Amurri Lauren and it’s features on cool Philly fashion peeps like Curran and Saleem of Cherry Pie swimwear.

INFLUENCERS FULL VERSION (ES) from R+I creative on Vimeo.

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Pulling the Plug: 22 Ways to Go on a Digital Diet

By July 8, 2011 Advice, How-To, Life Advice
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Disconnection is major. Disengagment is vital and pulling the cord all together is a must at some point in life. When the constant buzz of the Internet, chirp of the Twitter and updates on Facebook take over your life, it may be time to take a digital break. If you are a blogger or digital contributor you are compounded with the double edge sword of “needing” to post, post, post. I call it “The Digital Treadmill”. Sometimes you just have slow down or get off all together.


Though I am spreading the “disconnection gospel”, I must admit that unplugging is easier said than done. As a self-proclaimed “workaholic”, blogger and SEO turning off my computer, shutting down Hootsuite and not blogging feels like death to me! A bit dramatic but take this from a woman who affectionately calls her laptop her son… clearly I have issues.

So how can you manage to unplug without feeling like it’s doomsday or that you’ll miss the latest Google update? Instead of cutting all interactive ties why not go on a mini digital diet. Shutting down the computer not only helps boost our attention, it rejuvenates our creativity and lets us enjoy life in the real world. Remember the real world? The thing with trees and people.

Here are 22 ways to pull the plug and reclaim your time and attention from the Internet

1. Schedule a No-Internet Hour; shut down, log off and log out

2. Remove all Social Media Apps from your phone for 30 days… tweeting from the desktop is just not as much fun

3.  Watch television… may sound backwards but trash TV is the forefather of the trash Internet

4.  Ditch the typical dinner at your desk and go out for a nice meal…at an actual restaurant

5. Institute a No Tweeting after 9pm rule

6. With your evenings not bogarded by tweeting, feel free to sleep, read a book, take a bubble bath

7. Write all your week’s post every Sunday and schedule them throughout the week. Resist the urge to blog Mon-Sat

8. Star all the interesting titles in your RSS on Monday. Leave them and pick a time when you’re free to read only the posts you starred

9. Use the “MARK ALL AS READ” button more frequently

10. Go outside, take a walk and come back to your computer refreshed!

11. Leave your Blackberry/iPhone/Android in the house for one whole day. Sounds scarier than it really is

12. Lose yourself in a great conversation with a great friend

13. Use social media scheduling tools to your advantage

14. Work using only one tab on your browser. Multiple Tabs=Multiple Distractions

15. Write your next blog post in a notebook. Feel the rush of pen touching paper

16. Use an old kitchen timer. Set it for an hour. READY, SET, BLOG! Stop once the buzzer rings

17. Go away on vacation and leave your electronics home… #notetoself

18. Remove Farmville (and all other games) from your Facebook profile

19. Get a hobby like fly fishing or biking that doesn’t require the Internet

20. Go on a blog commenting vacation like Bella Q.

21. Use your phone to make & receive calls. That’s it.

22. Stop beating yourself up for not blogging/commenting/tweeting/foursquaring

For better or worse, we are an interconnected society. The World Wide Web has changed our lives and it’s really a pretty amazing thing. But like your grandmother will tell you, “Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.”

I’m off to enjoy the weekend, dance my heart out and forget the Internet exist; if only for a day or two.

Signing off until the next post

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What I Wore: Dressing for Travel

By July 6, 2011 What I Wore
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Dressing for travel is always a peculiar feat. You want to be stylish but comfortable in order to deal with the commute. For me sweats are not an option and you can forget the sneakers… So what’s a girl to do when she wants to look effervescent and travel in style?

1. Leave the Heels at Home…or in your Luggage at Least

2. Like Erykah Badu says “Pack Light!”

3. A Duffle Bag or Heavy Duty Backpack is a Must

4. Dress for Ease and Comfort… A Dress or Jeans and T-shirt are perfection!

5. Wait at the gate for your sky chariot to depart!

Occupy your time by bringing a laptop or camera (to take awkward What I Wore photos while strangers stare at you O_O)

One must suffer awkwardness and onlookers to fly the stylish skies!

The Deets:

H&M Horse Print Dress/ Dollhouse Flip Flops/ H&M Men’s Fedora/ Burlap Backpack from West Oak Lane Festival

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Florida State of Mind

By July 4, 2011 Life of Ms. Thought

Dear Florida,

You are my sunshine. Even with torrential downpours and overcast skies you opened your arms and welcomed a high strung Northerner into your fold. For 4 days you showed me your beaches, how to conquer a massive size burrito and a little thrift shopping to do a body good. All in all you gave me exactly what I needed; Relaxation, Restoration and Rejuvenation. Florida, I love you.

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Suggested Reading: 7.1.11

By July 1, 2011 Suggested Reading

Yall know how I feel about vintage! So when I got the opportunity to do a vintage installation at local vintage store Cultured Couture Vintage I hopped at the chance. Today July 1st from 7pm-12am, 5 distinct online brands/initiatives will be displaying their merchandise and their “brand’s personality” in a custom installation that will be in the store for the month of July.

If you’re in Philly come check me out tonight along with Curran of Kings Rule Together, Babylon Cartel, House of Ra’oof and others tonight at Cultured Couture Vintage.

Links a la Mode: June 30th

Can you believe it’s already July 1st?!?


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What I Wore: Bridge over Loving Waters

By June 29, 2011 What I Wore

My uncle recently got married and imagine my surprise when the backdrop of his wedding had a lovely bridge, lake and fountain! Lola (my camera) and I took full advantage of the scenery and captured the beauty of such a loving day. I wore a tie-dye print dress I recently got a local festival and my sweet sunshine Aldos you saw in a Woman’s Right to Shoes.  I added a vintage wicker purse, gold jewelry and heart sunnies for a ladylike take on an ethnic outfit.

Sidenote: Weddings are such joyous occasions and truly make you appreciate the people and love you have in your life. I’m truly blessed to have amazing family and friends who support me wholeheartedly. I truly appreciate each and every one of them and would go to the ends of the earth for them.

If you have someone who truly cares for you, appreciate them. Life is short and each day is another day to show your love. Just thought I’d share :)

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Stylish Thought’s Guide to Having an Unforgettable Summer

By June 29, 2011 Advice, Guides, Life Advice

If I could bottle any season, I would catch summer in a jar, put the lid on tight and never let it out of my sight. The sunshine, the aroma of burgers on the grill, fresh cut grass and children laughing. The days between June and early September are magical. The weight of winter has been lifted and spring has given birth to summer fun!

Some of the best times of my life were during the summer months. When every day was met with another adventure, road trips were de riguer and temps were hot and the dresses loose. Having an unforgettable summer is all about throwing caution to the wind, letting life take you wherever and enjoying every minute of it!  Add in any number of these great things to do and you have a recipe for a summer for the record books!

Find a Rooftop and Relax

I’m obsessed with roofdecks! Sitting in the sun, feeling the warm breeze and enjoying a pitcher of sangria is a great way unwind after a long day at the office. Add a great girlfriend and some juicy conversation!

Go on a Road Trip

What summer blockbuster would be complete without a road trip?! Hitting the open highway, doing car karaoke and playing the license plate game are a must. Plan your trip with fun in mind and build in plenty of off the course stops! That’s when the real fun begins! Rand McNally and Freetrip.com are great road trip planning sites.

Indulge in a Fresh Fruit Salad

Fruit is nature’s candy and enjoying a fresh fruit salad on a warm day is a delight unlike many. Chock it full of strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, grapes and my favorite cantaloupe and taste the goodness! Simply Scratch has a great recipe (complete with pictures) for a Summer Fruit Salad. Looks delicious.

Get your Groove on at a Music Festival

There’s a reason some of the best concerts take place in the summer. The warm weather brings out all of the music lovers and musicians get to put on stellar shows in the open air. Festival season is upon us and some of the best have yet to come. Check out the awesome festival calendar from Music Festival Junkies. All the shows in one place!

Try a Bold Hairstyle

Put away that tried hairstyle you’ve been rocking all winter. Bust out the bangs, add a dash of color or go curly! Experiment with your look and get a whole new attitude! In the summer I love to wear a big mop of curls. It’s low-maintenance and is a great wash-and-go style.

Read a Life Changing Book or Two

Summer is a time to reflect on life and go back to September a new person. Reading a book that gives you new perspective and revolutionizes your thinking will replenish your mind and how you live going forward. Notable life changing books for me include Little Women, The Great Gatsby, Memoirs of a Geisha, If you have to Cry Go Outside. About.com has a great list of Top Books to Read at the Beach, there’s a list for every genre.

Surrender to Summer Love

Butterflies in your tummy, crushing like a ton of bricks. You’ve been bitten by the love bug and instead of swatting that fly, why not get crushed and have a great time. Maybe this fling won’t last past the start of school or work, but those feelings and butterflies will stay with you forever.

Find the Perfect Sandal

Sandals are the must-have shoe of the season. Gladiator, wedge, espadrilles you name it! A comfortable and stylish sandal will take you through summer from the beach to the barbecue. I’m partial to a high wedge for style and stability. Totally loving these and these, oh and these!

Make New Friends

Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold. What’s a summer adventure without meeting new people and building relationships and memories that last long past the heat expiring? With the carefree nature of summer, meeting new people is easy! Be yourself, have a great attitude and strike up conversations!

Stop Obsessing Over your Bikini Body

Nothing strikes fear in the heart of women everywhere like bikini season. Skip all that gym rat hoopla and embrace your body as is. Find a suit that looks great and makes you want to frolic in the ocean. Other women are too worried about their bodies to gawk at your tummy. Trust me! Pin Up Girl Clothing has great retro bikinis that are flattering on most body types.

Lay on a Beach at Sunset

Summer is a time for reflection and what’s more calming than sitting on a quiet beach, the ocean swaying in front of you, alone with your thoughts? The world is a great big place and summer can go at a frenetic pace. Taking the time to bask in the beauty of nature will restore you for the month’s to come.

Summer is upon us! Let’s enjoy the great weather, make the most of our friendships and create lasting memories.

What is your recipe for an unforgettable summer?

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