A Selection of Candids from Inaugural The Soul Train Cruise

I just wanted to share a few photo’s from the Soul Train Cruise. I’ll be creating a gallery at my Facebook Page as well. Make sure to visit http://www.soultraincruise.com to learn more about the next cruise coming up in October 2013 and beyond.

The morning of cruise at hotel in FT. Lauderdale, Florida before going to board ship.

The morning of cruise at hotel in FT. Lauderdale, Florida before going to board ship. Wearing a pair of my favorite sunglasses “Chelsea” from Oliver Peoples.

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Jody Watley ready to board Holland America’s Westerdam ship. Lightweight wool  turtleneck with dolman sleeves from Zara and vintage Commes des Garcons belt.

I snapped this photo of a German couple during the mandatory safety drill.

I snapped this photo of a German couple during the mandatory safety drill.

As the sail away party was just getting started I snapped a photo with this couple Genevieve and her husband DJ Skelly - after they took one with me.

As the sail away party was just getting started I snapped a photo with this couple Genevieve and her husband DJ Skelly – after they took one with me.

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Jody Watley in San Juan, Puerto Rico – one of the port stops on the cruise. Read my style post about this top!

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After my beauty seminar which was packed with some wonderful women. I spoke on beauty from the inside out – we had a great time. One lady even left her beauty treatment in progess (in plastic cap and white robe) to attend – that’s love!

Van and I found a really cool restaurant in San Juan and were drawn in by the house music and ambience. These ladies from the cruise also came in.

Van and I found a really cool restaurant in San Juan and were drawn in by the house music and ambience. These ladies from the cruise also came in.

Jody Watley and DJ Biz Markie

Jody Watley and DJ Biz Markie on Lido Deck.

George Duke, Jeffrey Osbourne, Jody Watley and Tony Cornelius before Don Cornelius Tribute which I was the host.

George Duke, Jeffrey Osbourne, Jody Watley and Tony Cornelius before Don Cornelius Tribute which I was the host.

I snapped this photo while on the elevator on  T-Shirt Day of someone who had done a fun shirt - there were so many of them.

I snapped this photo while on the elevator on T-Shirt Day of someone who had done a fun shirt – there were so many of them.

Pictured with former Soul Train dancers Cheryl Song (known as the Asian girl by many) and Derek Fleming who taught some classes on ship. I hosted their Q&A panel.

Pictured with former Soul Train dancers Cheryl Song (known as the Asian girl by many) and Derek Fleming who taught some classes on ship. I hosted their Q&A panel.

Make no mistake - Don Cornelius created a GLOBAL presence - this family came from Great Britain

Make no mistake – Don Cornelius created a GLOBAL presence – this family came from Great Britain. There were people from around the world on the ship – enjoying the music, dancing and the spirit of Soul Train.

With Eric Seats Drummer for Patti Labelle

With Eric Seats Songwriter, Producer and Drummer for Patti Labelle

jw_van_bryce_bartenderLast day of cruise on Half Moon Cay. Pictured at the staff bar-b-que with bartender chef Bryce husband of one of Centric’s execs Kim, and Van Roy my friend and owner of Bailey’s in Marksville, Louisiana and part time staff at Avid.

Pictured with a couple cutie pies from Centric film crew.

Pictured with a couple cutie pies from Centric film crew.

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Majestic!

Nothing like watching a pure sunset or sunrise.

Nothing like watching a pure sunset or sunrise.

Windblown!

Servin’ hair and face –  nature’s wind machine at sea!

All photo’s (c) Jody Watley 2013. All rights reserved.

Jody Watley. Ageless Chic. Black and White for Spring 2013.

“..you know it’s funnny – funny how time flies as I’ve watched days turn into yeeaars..” – lyric from ‘Still a Thrill’

Though the pairing of black and white has always been a classic in fashion and runway mainstay it’s back at the forefront of what’s hot for Spring 2013. I can’t help but recall wearing it  back in 1980 for a photo session I did while a member of the group Shalamar. In fashion, everything comes back around in some form or another.

If I see something I like and buy it; it’s simply about what appeals to me and my individual style and taste – this has remained consistent with me through the years. If you’ve been around for a ‘trend’ that has returned and you choose to wear it;  it’s about what works for you now. It’s key to not be stuck in what worked in the past – make it work for you now. The same applies to make-up you can’t wear the same hues that you did as a teen or young adult. Tweak, revise, remix, update! In this case I paired my new black and white blouse from Zara with bright orange slacks from H&M – effortless and relaxed chic.

The photo of me on the left is from 1980 when I was in Shalamar, the photo on the right was a couple of nights ago at a party I attended; still fabulous and still me – aging gracefully. If we’re lucky, we’re all going to get older; the key is to do it with style and grace!

Jody Watley Style.  Left (1980), Right (2013)

Jody Watley Bold  Style. Left (1980), Right (2013)

Mickey Boardman (Paper Magazine), Jody Watley

Mickey Boardman (Paper Magazine), Jody Watley

Photo’s: Jody Watley