Monday, March 30, 2015

Cruella or Whateva

The villainous character Cruella de Vil , in 101 Dalmatians, could be touted as the queen of perfecting, the dance between black and white. Her play on glamour, sex appeal, and danger heightened her characters style,  along with her strategic use of the two colors. She created contrast and pushed boundaries without deviating from her favorite colors, that inhabit opposite ends of the  color spectrum. Cruella's diabolic mind inspired an iconic style, that has left her known as none other than, the Queen of Black and white.

Top  Charlottte Russe, Pants, Nordtrom Rack, Heels Just Fab

AFWDC 2015 Styled by SFY

Check out my styling and backstage production African Fashion week DC 2015. It was a pleasure,working with these versatile up and coming designers who embrace and celebrate the Motherland!
Léonché International is a fashion house that employs orphans, veterans, the homeless, low income families, senior citizens, paroles, and individuals who need a second chance. These unique individuals will design and create apparel and accessories for men, women, and children. Léonché ‘s merchandise will be manufactured with goods and fabrics supplied by micro businesses in Africa.

Pazel, meaning God’s Gold in Hebrew, was started in 2011 by young, ambitious designer, Deja Matthews. The company started off consisting mainly of reconstructed and vintage garments, but now has a main focus in original and custom designs. Though Deja is American she uses Ankara in many of her designs and collections. In 2013 she travelled to Ghana to continue to perfecting her skills in design and construction, as well as to gain inspiration. Pazel’s mission is to bring new, innovative styles to the fashion industry all while catering to the specific needs of each and every customer.

 Timmy Ajulo is a unisex clothing line that uses a variety of rich fabrics to show the stylish and unique beauty of Africa men and women. Shapes, architectures, and colors inspire Timmy Ajulo designs. Every design by Timmy focuses on flattering the human body.

Fashion designer, Oluwatimilehin Ajulo was born and raised in Nigeria. He comes from a family of fashion designers and at the early age of nine, he began designing and making his own clothes. Oluwatimilehin aspiration is to change the world with his African inspired designs and make everyone fall in love with Africa’s fashion. Presently, he is a student and full-time custom designer. His online retail website will launch in the near future.

To place a custom Timmy Ajulo order, call, (240) 485-9013.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Blue Moon

Repurposing  pieces  is one of the best ways to utilize your entire wardrobe. Whether it's a dress that's now just a little too short or a jacket that needs a little tlc, finding new creative ways to wear the garments extends your stylelife. The key to repurposing,  involves identifying why it doesn't function, in the original way you intended. Take for example this vintage jacket, I wanted to add a little pizzazz, just to make it more dressy and chic. So a simple way to "upstyle" your jacket or favorite cardigan, is to replace the buttons. Its the same concept as remodeling your kitchen cabinets, by replacing the fixtures, its a simple way to update, without needing to do a complete overhaul.

Dress/Tunic H&M, Riding Pants (Loehamns), Heels Jessica Simpson, Jacket Vintage, Krissy Klozet Sunglasses 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Monochrome Dreams

Monochrome: a photograph or picture, or a television screen) consisting of or displaying images in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.

Her: Top American Apperl, Skirt Forever 21, Heels Go too Him: H&M, Beanie, Jacket, Denim shirt and Pants

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Au Pair

Fashion that's sporty with a stylish elegance at the same time, is defined best as "sport chic."  This term represents my personal style because of my affinity to wear, athletic body conscious clothing, with a subtle and classic flair. Sometimes I place emphasis on color and texture and other times I focus on structure. The way the garment drapes or clings to the body, is a very important element, in this aesthetic. Comfort, is another added bonus, as most athletic or sporty apparel tends to stretch and give its wearer more wiggle room. Merging sport with chic, what a perfect pair! 

Tee American Apparel, Skirt ZARA, Boots Kenneth Cole

Monday, March 16, 2015

Chérie d'amour

In your style journey you may find periods where you just are not inspired to look your best. Like everything we experience in life, personal style has its highs, lows, peaks and valleys. As a style blogger, I am acutely aware of these times, especially when I look at my camera stream and I find that nothing I'm wearing in the images, is truly speaking to my heart. When creative blocks occur in other aspects of our lives, there are many self-help tools we can adopt, to bring us out of a rut, so to speak. When it comes to style, for me those tools dwindle a bit to a few go too choices, to revive my style intellect, and inspire me to do new things as well as repeat things of old. They are as follows:
1. Binge on my favorite style bloggers page (Gabbi Fresh, Nadia Aboulhosn, Micahgianneli )
2. Conduct a "keyword" search on Pinterest that represents my style identity (sporty chic
3. Consume as many editorials as possible from my fave Emags or magazines (Wmag Vogue Italia Vogue France)
4. Take a stroll on the streets of the fashionable area in my city and prepare to be inspired by street-style

Monday, March 9, 2015

Toile de Jean Bleu

There's nothing more All American in terms of style than the blue jean. Its an iconic staple that probably exists in every closet.  However, I've never been a fan of the western look, that many often adopt, when wearing all denim. So I skipped across the pond for inspiration from the streets of Paris, to marry my perception of the Parisians romantic femininity with the otherwise classic blue collar look of the american jean. I think the end result was a match made in bleu denim heaven. 

Kensie Boyfriend Jeans, Denim Shirt Gap, Pearl Headband Zara (similar here), Heels Aldo ( similar here), Trench Coat H&M