Monday, March 24, 2014

Breaking the Hiatus

I haven't posted in a while. I've been extremely busy, but I still had time to be pensive. I've given my life, and the lives of others some genuine thought. Weaved in this post along with my outfit details are some life lessons I'm working on that would be good for you too, young or old.

Seize the opportunities presented to you.

Walk with confidence,
even if you're in the middle of the street...

I got this A&R textured purse in a wholesale shop in the New York Fashion district years ago.

I bought this black strapless midi dress in a non-brand name store in Perimeter Mall (Atlanta). You can get a similar black midi: HERE.

I created my headwrap with a fuchsia pashmina scarf.
My necklace and sunglasses are from Charlotte Russe. My bracelets that say "FIERCE" and"LOVE" are from Dillard's. My lovely brand new gold watch is Michael Kors.
I love my Steve Madden Areaa Black and Gold-Plated Platform Heels. The metallic straps add something extra to the otherwise plain black shoe. Metallic is also a Spring 2014 Trend that is still going strong this season.

Stand Tall.
Be F I E R C E.
I got this Aztec printed black and white cardigan in a store in Miami near Biscayne Blvd.

Don't look down on anyone. Who are you to judge?

Search for peace of mind.
Smile when you can.

Don't look back. Move Forward.

In my hand is my small golden pouch lined with pink Italian suede on the inside (courtesy of LaVie Couture ).
Today I am wearing Rebel lipstick and In Extreme Dimension Lash mascara from MAC.
In the photo below: In my hand is a fuchsia and gold wallet from ALDO.
I'm not sure where I'm going, but I have got to keep moving forward.

Stay motivated with one of my favorite speakers (Eric Thomas).


Friday, February 28, 2014

Spring 2014 Trends

Spring 2014 is finally here.  Fall fashion is all about the layering, but spring is all about color and cut. Wherever you live, whether under sunny skies or under blankets of snow, fashion’s spring season has officially arrived.  This season brings many new (or heavily recycled) trends that are highlighted for your viewing pleasure below:

   Tea length skirts- These skirts fall anywhere between the middle of the knee and a few inches above the ankle, “According to Emily Post in her 1922 book, ‘Etiquette,’ the tea dress” had a train, long flowing sleeves and was looser than many dresses worn outside of the home. Its primary usage was at the tea table and at dinner with close family and friends. It began as a very informal dress. As conservative times evolved, the length shortened, and the dress became more expectable to wear outdoors. The tea-length skirt gets it’s origin in name and style from this dress. This modest trend evokes a timeless feel to any ensemble. Not only does it elongate the torso, but also gives the illusion of a smaller waistline if worn somewhat high-waisted.
This spring, they were spotted in the shows of: Christian Siriano, Alice + Olivia, Proenza Schouler

Sexy Business Casual-This trend has a bit of a masculine edge mixed with feminine touches. It includes, shirts, dresses, shirt dresses, trousers, and skirts. This look can go one of two ways: contrasting, collar button downs, starchily pressed, color-blocked looks, or it could go the opposite with former business wear in soft fabrics such as silk, or wrapping, clinging silhouettes.  Women in business-wear are usually relatively young. It was only recently introduced and more readily accepted in the 20th century.

This spring this trend was spotted in the shows of: Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Bottega Veneta

 (Alexander Wang, Spring 2014)

Pop Art: is showing up every which way we look this season. This includes graffiti print, typography print, tie-dyes, graphics, paint brush like strokes of color. Art resembling Picasso pieces, the Sistine chapel ceiling, Vincent Van Gogh paintings and many more are printed directly on clothing. This trend perfectly shows what fashion is in essence: an art form. This brings back feelings of renaissances and a time where artistic creation ruled.

This spring Pop Art was spotted in the shows of:  Versace, Louis Vuitton, Isa Arfen

(Isa Arfen, Summer-Spring 2014) 
Metallic-This trend has been around the block for a few seasons now, but it hasn’t died yet. Metallic is most famously remembered in the disco era. Now the iridescent colors are being displayed in a more tasteful  fashion. Whether they are weaved into designs or full on solid metallic garments….the construction is luxurious, not costume like.

This spring they were spotted in the shows of: Lanvin, Haider Ackermann, 3.1 Phillip Lim

(Haider Ackermann Summer Spring 2014)

Pastels- These soft colors have for decades been the appropriate go-to choice for many Easter dresses. But now, designers have given permission to incorporate these soft colors into powerfully sexy silhouettes without apology.

This spring they were spotted in the shows of: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Taylor

 (Fashion Blogger Slim in Pastel)

Athletic- This sporty chic aesthetic has been around for a few season as well but this time it has trickled up from the streets to luxury brand designers with the use of high-priced materials such as leather, technical mesh and silk. Don’t get this confused with what is termed “sportswear” within fashion companies. Most apparel in the fashion industry that is ready-to-wear is classified (by merchants) as sportswear that isn’t formal wear and so on.

This spring athletic wear was spotted in the shows of: J.Crew, Costello Tagliapietra, BLK DNM

(Fashion Blogger Slim)

Fringe/Tassel- This trend is all about the details. Bags, clutches, shirts, and shoes are all dangling with these whimsical extra. This year don’t think about western or window drapery with fringe and tassels.

This spring they were spotted in the shows of: Gucci, The Row, Valentino

The specifics of an outfit are what make it unique and unforgettable. Just like fashion PR mogul, Kelly Cutrone, says, “Normal gets you nowhere.” So dare to be different and add an extra flair to your outfit with the Spring 2014 trends.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year…New Wardrobe


Welcome to 2014! This year you probably have a New Year’s resolution to upgrade your wardrobe to the best of your ability (or at least put more effort into how you dress than you did last year). This is great news! Everyone deserves a fresh start. But you can’t move forward if you are stuck in the past.

Here’s a list of a few things you can do to freshen up your wardrobe for 2014:

Go shopping: Determine what trends work for you and which ones you want to go for this season. Make a specific shopping list of items and shop with a purpose in store with New Year sales.

Give away old clothing to charity: Start the New Year off on a good foot with a good deed. This activity will make you feel good, benefit others in need, and make a difference all while helping you let go of some old things in your life.

Mix up things: you have never worn together before. If you can’t figure out how, ask a stylish friend to help show you how to mix and match different items.

Rearrange your closet: Color code it or put all tops together and all bottoms together. Fix your shoes. Straighten your jewelry. It will give you a fresh feeling to look at a clean closet. The new energy may help inspire a new outfit.

DIY: You can look at my DIY section in the tab at the top of the page for some inspiration and directions. Bleach, cut, tear, distress, stud, paint, and tie-dye it up!

Don’t forget to look for inspiration. For a new vision, or perspective, you need new visuals. Look through my archives (or other blogs, magazines and publications you admire) for color schemes, themes, trends and silhouettes you want to try out.

Happy New Year