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!
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)
Keeping in mind that the annual Met Gala’s [costume] theme for 2013 was Punk, I gave every look a second and third glance. I will say, I cannot hide my disappointment with what I saw at this event.
Beyonce disappointed me YET AGAIN (but I’m not surprised because she actually can’t dress) with her Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon ensemble. Excuse me, Givenchy .
Kim Kardashian in a dreadful vintage 70′s floral custom made couch cover. Excuse me, Riccardo Tisci.
There were others that must not have read the invitation stating the theme because they were dressed way too cliché for my liking. Often the Queen of this is Kerry Washington. Her style is always hit or miss. And those Olivia Pope gloves did nothing for me.
Notice that I refuse to defile my blog by posting those bland creations? Ok.
In another life, I was a 1950s housewife. One who loved slim waist cut floral print dresses, had pumpkin pie scented hair and just a tiny bit of dirt under her nails from playing in the garden. I’ve lived this life for a long time in my head.
I volunteered at the Edgewood Community Garden with a group of high school students from a gifted program. One of the first youths I spoke with was Tasha. She attends the Carver School of the Arts and will be attending Spelman college after graduation. I was really impressed with her as well as the other students and what they were doing for the community.
We recognize her mainly for her role as Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter film series. Unfortunately, I’ve never been a fan of the films but I have always been enamored by Emma Watson. From the moment I set eyes on her short pixie cut, I was in love.
Although she has darling young face, she manages to wow us in the most modest of clothing. She’s the girl that I imagine guys doing a “double take” for. She’s a bit of a surprise and an understated elegant young lady. She is not attempting to be categorized. It just is. And I don’t know WTF it is but it’s just different.
Okay so I only found out what Final Four was about a week ago. And no, I didn’t attend any of the free concerts. They weren’t worth the traffic that I knew I’d have to face downtown.
My good friend Christopher was visiting for the weekend. I suggested we have dinner at a popular Ethiopian restaurant called Desta. Neither of us had ever been but we’ve heard great reviews. Let me tell you, it is all the hype. I ordered the Fish tibs with collards and cabbage. Very friendly wait staff and super yummy food. I seriously need to go back once a month.
While I am in love with bright and bold colors, I am equally as obsessed with the cut and dryness of black and white. For me, it’s much more than just wearing the colors. It’s about mixing and matching patterns and creating and/or designing a visually interesting piece.
Black and white are classic and effortlessly beautiful colors.
I love love love how Solange Knowles paired a horizontal striped shirt with a vertical striped pant. Solo does no wrong in my eyes.
If you didn’t know, Lauren Conrad is not just a hit reality TV sensation. She has made quite a name for herself as a fashion designer (LC Lauren Conrad and Paper Crown),author and beauty blogger. I have the biggest crush on this girl and her work ethic!
The LC Lauren Conrad line is sold in Kohl’s stores throughout the U.S. I’m loving the delicate look of this line. The subtle colors, shear and girly material all scream Spring time.
I definitely love the Paper Crown line more than the Kohl’s one. It’s more mature and my style. There’s lots and lots of blush, navy and prints.
Although I think each fashion line is geared to different women, I love that I can still see Lauren’s personal style within both of them. LC definitely knows how to stay in her lane. She continuously produces simple, yet great items.