Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Peoples Magazine's Most Beautiful: Lupita Nyong'o

In tears, but the kind that comes from overwhelming joy! Screaming Congrats to Lupita Nyongo, for being a public face to all things beautiful, this cover is a triumph for black girls, not because People mag is the measuring stick for success but because it does mean we are moving in the right direction,in which ALL beautiful women of color, are no longer invisible! 
Join the conversation by engaging other great publications and blogs discussing  the dichotomy of colorism:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

All American Girl

Celebrity, actress and star of the sitcom, New Girl, Zooey Deschanel has partnered with Tommy Hilfiger to create a timeless capsule collection. Deschanel's MODern twist on Tommy Hilfiger's iconic nautical, red, white, and blue color scheme makes for some delightful frocks. Though the silhouettes definitely have vintage circa 1970's feel to them, the contemporary designs, are perfect for today's city girl, living in an urban world. You can shop the looks ranging form size 0-18 at Tommy Hilfiger or Macy's. Below are some of my favorite pieces retailing from $149 to $169.

Zooey Deschanel and Tommy Hilfiger Team Up, Adorable Outfits Ensue

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Mint Condition

Spring = Pastels, bunny rabbits and Easter Sundays best dressed, aren't the only ones who should adorn this spring basket of colors.

Jacket and Skirt  ( similar here

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vintage Black Burlesque - Photos - EBONY

I've always had an adoration for the women of burlesque. The consummate pin up girls they are bold, curvy beautiful women, that demonstrated class, sophistication and sensuality like no others. Here is a tribute to those of the past, and may their trailblazing never be forgotten.

For more historical information about theses wonderful ladies please see this great article from Ebony magazine.

Vintage Black Burlesque - Photos - EBONY

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Flower Power

This look was inspired by one of my favorite eras in fashion history. The women of this time owned their curves and although they rarely wore pants, when they did, it was just as fantastic as when they wore long flowing dresses and gowns. Can you guess this era?

Oxfords Not Rated, Trousers and Floral Top, Zara, necklace Thrifted

Friday, April 4, 2014

I Wonder

I wonder how many times I've read that curvy women should not wear this or that. As a curvy woman, hearing people classify what I should be allowed to wear makes me cringe. This is an especially sore spot when it comes to beach attire during the summer season. Society has all but banned anyone over a size 2, (no shade) from wearing a bikini. My answer to that is tell them to go kick rocks, your body is a temple gifted to you by God, and let no one judge your right to adorn said body triumphantly, in stylish wears. Celebrate it however you choose!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Polka Polka

Polka dots along with hearts, may be my all time favorite thing to wear, in terms of print. It's just something so nostalgic about them, their association with everything youthful and fun, is unmistakable. I love to juxtapose this type of print with a solid color, making sure to incorporate a rich texture, to meld everything together. In this look I kept the same color story but it is also fine to mix colors too.

Top (find similar here) Skirt Zara (find similar here) Ballerina Flats H&M

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Stylefile: Playing with Print

In our younger days most of us were not able to dress ourselves, without the input of mom or dad. Mommy and Daddy were in that sense, our first stylist. For some that was cool, you got to wear adorable matching hats, socks, shoes, etc. However as we get older and begin to experiment and identify what our own personal style is, we often still obey those stern comments, spoken from our parents like "that doesn't match, that's too short, or worse you cant wear this or that!  Today as an adult or individual, you can now do away with those rules. Play with color and print, with the intention of your color story, not making any sense whatsoever. I am in support of not being to matchy but I am also in opposition of looks that don't share any common thread. My style advice for playing with mix matched print, is to find a common denominator that will pull everything together, doing so will add cohesiveness to your look and prevent you, from looking like the 3 year old, that dressed herself for the first time.

Pants Peter Pilotto for Target, Jacket Forever 21, Top ( find similar here),  Flats Chinese Laundry