I’ve recently been obsessing over sweatshirts and how to jazz them up. Every time I wear one, I end up looking like a 14-year-old pubescent kid. Not cool. But comfort is ME. I’ve declared my style: comfort chic / understated snatched. Just give the people a little bit. Simple elegance. At least that’s what I think, lol.
So how exactly do you make a sweatshirt, chic?
1. BEDAZZLE IT
Yesterday, I attended a grande gala hosted by the Consulate General of Haiti in Atlanta celebrating the arts, fashion and culture of Haiti. Held at the Westside Cultural Arts Center in Atlanta, we danced to the music, we dined on the traditional cuisine and most of all, we showed our support.
First of all, thank you to Danica Kombol, Lexi Severini and Kelly Heisler (not pictured) over at Everywhere for the gracious invite.
There’s nothing more pleasing to me than to see people actually utilizing their talents to help their communities. It literally makes me light up with joy. I came across the Studio Africa project while following one of my favorite trio of photographers from Soweto, I See A Different You. Since its creation in 2012, the group has expanded to included African guest editors around the world (many of whom I also admire). I love seeing creatives grow in their passions. There are no limits but the ones you create within yourself. Your dreams are boundless!
Studio Africa is a virtual loudspeaker for a new generation of creative talents from across the continent. The campaign features nine artists in fashion, film, music, literature, and photography; individuals with both talent and a deep commitment to their respective countries and people: Meet the catwalk model running a foundation for the education of orphaned girls in Tanzania; the actor creating opportunities for Senegal’s talibé beggar children; the fashion designer building an industry in Côte d’Ivoire one skilled worker at a time; the musician drawing on Belgian and Congolese roots to challenge what it means to make African music today; the writer from Morocco breaking taboos as the first openly gay author in the Arab world; and the photography collective showing their home-town of Soweto, South Africa in a whole new light.
Step inside Studio Africa to find out how the cast members are redefining the future on their own terms.
Last Wednesday, I got to chat with an incredible young woman: the fashionista slash philanthropist, Tai Beauchamp. She wears many hats but on that night, she was InStyle magazine’s Style Ambassador at the Macy’s Wardrobe Rush event. We gathered to hear Ms. Beauchamp give us styling tips and answer personal questions as well.
I really love when I meet truly genuine and down to earth celebrities (or maybe she’d prefer to be called a “personality”??).
Anywho, it was a fab event. Food, bubbly and fashionable people. I was even included in a blog for street style. BOOP!
You make statements with everything you wear, why not stand out with a extravagant pair of sunglasses? I must say, I’ve seen some really funky sunny trends for the spring/summer. Here are a few that I enjoy.
From an endless list of well-known celebrities (Lana Del Rey, Beyonce & David Beckham) to designer partnerships (Jimmy Choo, Maison Martin Margiela & Lanvin), H&M knows how to consistently get our attention and sway us to spend our money. Earlier this week, H&M announced their latest collaboration with Parisian designer Isabel Marant.
Many are familiar with her fashionable wedge sneaker that all the celebrities were wearing in 2012. A myriad of knocks offs were a result of her original design. I must admit that they were cute, even if I didn’t get into them.
This time around, Marant will be creating looks beyond just for the ladies.
Images of what will be part of the collection have yet to be released although according to the statement from H&M there will be clothes and accessories for women and teenagers and for the first time, the designer will be creating a men’s collection. -Forbes
No word on what the collection consists of just yet but I’m still rather excited. Something I can afford. Yes, honey. Be on the look out for her stylish designs November 14, 2013.
French accents crack me up.
Anyway. Check out her Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear collection.
I am in awe of people who break all social norms in order to be their authentic selves. You can’t help but to notice these people, either. One of those unforgettable people is Iris Apfel. You may not know of her but you’ve definitely seen her and her unmistakable over-sized owl-like glasses. “All the better to see you with,” she says.
I would say that fate lead Apfel to becoming the style icon she is now. Born in Queens, NY to a decorator and a fashionista, Apfel had all the humble makings of an artistic life. She studied art history and design in school. She later married and started a textile and design firm with her husband. When the Metropolitan Museum of Art displays a collection of your clothes as a tribute to your style; and when you’re given the opportunity to redesign the interior of the White House for NINE Presidential administrations, mama, you’ve made it. Rest easy.
I have too many clothes that I do not wear. I find that gravitate to the same pieces everyday. It’s time to change.
Right now, I am adding pieces to my Poshmark shop. Please share it with your friends!!
The new look I’m going for is equal parts color, equal parts black and white.
When I think about Spring and Summer, I think about being naked. Those excruciatingly brutal winters takes a toll on this here Floridian gal. After a season of depressing weather, I’m almost bursting for the opportunity to wear absolutely nothing at all. Which is why this denim jumpsuit trend baffles me. (Source 1, 2, 3)
When I think of watercolor, I’m reminded of my painting class freshman year in college. I sucked at painting but I was great at making a mess. You mix and mix and mix, attempting to create the perfect blend of calming colors but really, it’s just a blurry blotch of ink. This is what I associate watercolor with: an abstract, beautiful mess.
I can’t say this is a trend I’m excited about. It’s a bit bland and…watered down. Perfect for this time of year, tho. Rainy, gloomy with a splash of peace and serenity.