Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Legends of the Fall


I wouldn't say fall is my favorite seasonal wardrobe but I would say its the easiest to style. One reason is the infinite amount of choices you receive from outerwear, accessories, an assortment of shoes, boots bags etc. The color pallet is perceivably more rich as well, in comparison to spring and summer, where lighter colors just make sense to fair the weather. Thirdly, the season is conceptually longer than the others as many of the garments you may garner for fall can also be worn during the winter and in the same manner. So how might one create a distinguished fall wardrobe that sets a precedent for the upcoming cold weather and endless holidays? The answer is simple, pick a suitable color pallet and build from there. Colors are so important is establishing the direction of your wardrobe, having a formula of colors that compliment each other, will help you streamline your looks and keep things cohesive.  Staying true to the your season of colors will enable you to shop with a clean filter ad weed out impulsive buys and purchases that don't add value to your closet.  This season my colors will include a mix of colors that will transition throughout fall, winter and perhaps even part of spring, just so happens are spot on with Pantones selections of colors to trend this season, well here they are:

PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala

Interesting on its own and a wonderful contrast for other hues, PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala is a winey red-brown that adds finesse and savoir faire. Rich and robust, Marsala incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.
Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE 16-2215 Cashmere Rose

A play on the '60s with a twist of today, PANTONE 16-2215 Cashmere Rose is a tactile and soft pink hue that renders exactly what it promises. Cultivated in its richness, Cashmere Rose is a gentle and composed pink that is more upscale than downtown.
Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE 16-1144 Oak Buff

Just as the sun comes out after stormy weather to bring us cheer and a glimmer of hope, PANTONE 16-1144 Oak Buff is a mellow, comforting and warming shade that brings good feelings. Another one of nature's illustrious shades, the golden yellow Oak Buff acts to nurture and comfort.
Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE 19-4326 Reflecting Pond

Thoughtful, contemplative and composed, PANTONE 19-4326 Reflecting Pond is a cooling blue with a lot of depth. Conveying a message of credibility, Reflecting Pond is a serious shade that speaks to our need for stability and security.
Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE 17-0627 Dried Herb

An olive green shade once thought of as strictly safari or military, PANTONE 17-0627 Dried Herb has been elevated into a color we now perceive as sophisticated and chic. Closely related to nature, Dried Herb is an organic shade redolent of nature's earthy fragrances.
Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Dress : Rue107, Heels Beverly Johnson, Belt Vintage
Him: Shirt H&M Pants Zara, Boots Aldo

Monday, September 21, 2015

6 Trends You Must Embrace this Fall

OK, I've carefully selected six, must have style trends to incorporate into your fall wardrobe for contention with the savviest of fashionistas!

Fringe is In
Whether you are a fan of this tribal accent or not, you may have to embrace it, as almost everything will be trimmed with it this fall season.

Lace is More

Lace could be rivaled as the most delicate fabric a women could wear right up there with silk. However, due to its somewhat sheer attributes, be certain that your use of the fabric, is appropriate for the occasion, no matter if it’s for the bedroom or the boardroom. Also be prepared to indulge in lace lattice work details in your skirts, trousers, dresses and shoes.

Layer on Your Foundation

Layering is a technique not many are able to master successfully. The trick is to keep your foundation garment simple, one color or one silhouette , then add on multiple pieces ,with intention and intrigue, always in the foreground.

Black to Black
All black everything is a signature style that is timeless. It’s the one color we can all say we look good in, so wearing it from head to toe is definitely, a must do this fall.  

Shimmer On

Be the ultimate rock star and rock a sequined top, blazer, or pant emblazoned with sparkle and shimmer. So how do you shop this look with ease, cop a sports jersey that has been converted into a bedazzled robe, fit for a queen!

Holey Denim

Don't stress about this distressed look for your jeans. The great thing about this street style is that you can buy them or DIY a pair of your own, keeping in mind the holier the better, and pay real tribute to this ultimate ode, to the 90's grunge style.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Feminine Ways

The resurgence of femininity, in fashion  comes with mixed emotions  for me. Now don't get me wrong, I can contend with the best of the girlie girls, dawning a full face, wearing arm length gloves, and in full glam for the gram. However, being a sportchic style enthusiast at heart, makes me resist the style shift, of wearing more flowers, loose billowing sleeves, and the bows. Those components will embody the return of the ultra femine 70s flower child. Like all trends most come and go but some leave a lasting, imprint that forces even most stubborn, to adapt something from it, into their everyday style. For me this season that lasting trend is fringe. Fringe, is a wonderful style detail that you will find on everything this season but do yourself a favor, and don't buy it all. Be decisive and make a purchase that will have an impact on your wardrobe, by adding a layer of interest. It should  compliment your most simple pieces and you should have the ability to style it in practical and non conventional ways.  
PhotoCredit: @digitalhustler

Boots Justfab top and denim Forever 21

Monday, August 31, 2015

Are you InstaWorthy?

The moment I reached 5,000 followers on Instagram, a million thoughts ran through my mind. I thought wow, this feels amazing and crazy all at the same time. In comparison, I can remember only 3 years ago first joining Instagram and having just under 100 followers.  Although this feat serves as a milestone of sorts in the realm of social media, I must admit it has been a fun journey filled with photobombs, off skewed iphoneography, and even harsh criticism. Nonetheless, its been totally worth it, the feedback and compliments I get from so many followers is overwhelmingly touching. Those who revealed to me that I have helped them be more at ease with their vulnerabilities of having struggles with body image, self confidence and of course style, truly inspire me to remain compassionate and invested in  my craft. The connections, I've made with creatives locally and abroad synthesizes, the superficiality that is often associated, with the enamored selfie and seemingly endless superficial hashtags. I myself have been guilty of equating likes with self worth, credibility, and social prowess. Ultimately, though I would have to conclude that it has been and undoubtedly will continue to be, a positive worthwhile social experiment. Never could I have hypothesized that an app could be such a valuable component of my everyday life. Thank you to all who have provided support, motivation, and inspired me, to always put my best foot forward!  #InstaWorthy

PhotoCredit: www.gadgetscamera.com @digitalhustler

Monday, August 24, 2015

Braving the Trouser Frontier

With September beginning in a couple of weeks, brisker mornings are just around the corner, so it's time to start piecing together the beginnings, of your fall wardrobe. Assuredly, you have a commendable stock pile from seasons past to choose from but all good fashionistas, should invest in staple pieces each season, while also discarding things that no longer mesh with your style. This season you should definitely explore the many style choices that are available in trousers. Skirts and dresses have had a leading role on the runway recently and thus overshadowed the pant options. However this season that will all change with the designers use of tailoring and layering to impose bold modern cuts for the trouser wearer. They include flowing wide leg pants, the return of the fit and flare/ bootcut, highwaisted trousers, and the sleek cigarette pant. With so many options, it will seemingly be difficult  for some to make a choice that doesn't include every style. However, my number one rule of thumb, when to comes to dressing with style, is "bodyshape matters." Your body shape will help you narrow down the options as not everyone can go Mary Kate and Ashley, and rock a printed palazzo pant but if you choose a style that accentuates your shape, you're sure to pick a winner. Listed below I've created an index of trending pant styles for this season and paired them with the body shapes that compliment them best. Use these guidelines to inform your purchase and you can't go wrong!

                    Rectangle: Shaped, pleated and pocketed, with a narrowing or tapered leg line.

Hourglass: Any style will work for the most part but avoid anything that adds bulk and consider your leg length. 

Strawberry: Any style that will accentuate your bottom and leg line such as pockets, embellishments, pattern and print. Baggy trousers, turn ups, combat, palazzo, flares and culottes, and wide legs.

Pear: Bootcut, boyfriend, fit and flare, and tapered styles are best

Apple  : Flat fronted, wide leg or loose fit tapered, fastened on the side and should not cling to the body.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Maximizing your options

Skirt choices are infinite, when it comes to shapes and lengths but you may be wondering, how do I choose which fit is right for me? Well, there are a number of variables to consider. First, you must know what your body shape is, hourglass, pear, Apple, etc. By determining where and how your body is proportioned you will then be able to select clothing that is flattering and fits well. For example, I have an equal distribution of weight for my upper and lower body and a smaller waist than both. Because of the way my body curves, I'm categorized as a full hour glass. Consequently, my choice in skirt styles include a wide range of midi, above knee, and in some instances maxi lengths depending on the skirt shape. However, I must shy away from billowy skirts with little to no form or contouring around the body, as they can make me look larger and that's not a goal of mine. I can delight in bodycon, wrap, Aline, pleated , tulip  and even peplum styled skirts. All of the previously mentioned skirt silhouettes will accentuate my body shape by placing an emphasis on a smaller waistline and even distribution of my upper and lower body. As you can see below once you have pinpointed a skirt length and silhouette, it's easier to get creative and play around with colors embellishments and other style variations .

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cheat for Chic

Karl Lagerfeld said “Never use the word “cheap”. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.”
What poignant words from the premiere designer, of our time, known for creating a world of luxury and opulence for fashion lovers worldwide. Often in my own lifestyle and fashion choices, cost is a very significant contributor to what I buy and how much. I am what some may call an unapologetic bargain shopper. But who doesn’t like to get more for less? So the question is how do you cheat to get a chic look for less? Well, my style philosophy begins and ends with pairing moderate/contemporary price points with budget/mass market price points.

 Contemporary Price points usually retails for under $500 and moderate under $100, they include lines such as BCBG, Bisou Bisou, Zara, XOXO, Isabel Ardee and Rebeccas. On the other hand bargain and mass market price points include retailers like Forever 21, Macys, JC Penny, and Thrift Stores.  Once you find a few brands that you can’t live without, it’s time to broker a merger that would tantalize the savviest of style investors. In order to create a chic inexpensive look, you do have to pay attention to the quality of said garments, making sure the fabric and details won’t unravel as you are sashaying down the street. I also want to be clear that I am not advocating for buying knockoffs however “look-a-likes” are welcome.