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

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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.





Monday, July 20, 2015

For the Love of Fashion

A couple that can find at least two things in common, an activity or a shared passion, which they both enjoy, is going to find a healthy pathway, to a long lasting relationship. One of the things, I enjoy most with my better half, is our love for all things fashion and style. We shop together often and assist one another with styling and editing looks. I know I'm blessed to have found a man, who doesn't grimace or get upset because I'm spending too much time,  trying on endless amounts of clothing in the fitting room. Instead he is often providing me with helpful feedback and I do the same for him. The only problem we may encounter is needing someone to say "no", so that we stay within our specified budget. lol Sharing a passion for fashion,  means not only that we always have something to talk about but if we are having a disagreement or experiencing any type of adversity in our relationship, this common interest always brings us back to our center, a place of understanding. It's one of many things that we can always rely on, to take us away from the reality of  our current existence, whether pleasant or not. Fashion and style for us, is a segway to a place, where its all love. Having this bond, deepens our connection, its almost like we speak our own language, on our own island, that nobody understands or has access too but us. In fact, when you think about how much you are with your significant other on a daily basis its so important to make sure you give some consideration to their style as it impacts your life in more ways than you know. Just imagine all the times you may have cropped them out of a picture, or had an argument over their attire.  If this is a topic that you are not balanced in, think about what you could do or say, so that you are on the same page.  Personal style can be a sensitive subject for some, so during your discussion with your sweetheart, remember to keep it fun and light but be constructive. Hiring a personal stylist could be one solution??  However, if you can't use style, to bond, find something else that you have in common and go from there. Be sure to check out both myself @styled_4u and  @ahki_dc on Instagram and follow our style journey here and on www.grittyrebelgents.blogspot.com. Good Luck!






Monday, July 13, 2015

Look what happened over the weekend!

Do you find that your weekend style differs greatly from your workweek or everyday style? If you answered yes, you may be struggling with what I call, "dissociative style." DS, may come and go but if you want a cure just be more consistent with your style choices. No matter the time, occasion or weather, you have to stay true to your style identity. Remember we've discussed how to find your style identity in an earlier post. Anyway once you have a clear outlook on your own personal style, being consistent in your outfit choices will be easy. Yes, you do want to consider variables when getting dressed like the weather, occasion, and time of day however it should not completely dictate what you wear. For example, today's forecast for rain did not deter my desire to wear a vibrant color, I remained true to my style mantra "sport chic" and put on some chic joggers I nabbed recently from Zara. To complete my look I wore a simple pair of statement heels but because of the weather I have an alternate pair of flats too. So my point in saying all this is no matter what dress to (impress) yourself, and always speak your own fashion language!

Tuesday Joggers JCP, top Zara, sandals Aldo

Wednesday Pants JCP, Flats and Top  Zara
Thursday Flats and Top Zara Skirt Charlotte Russe
Friday Dress Rugged WearHouse
Saturday Skort JCP Top and Heels Zara 
Sunday Skirt Ann Taylor top Forever 21

Monday jogger Trousers  and heels Zara top F21

Saturday, July 4, 2015