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.
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.
Often a must-have piece for fall, the military (or cargo) jacket can literally be worn with anything, in any season. I’ve been searching for the perfect jacket for years but they were always too expensive. I know why now. Sometimes, you have to spend a little extra money on quality items that will have lasting wearability.
Since I bought this jacket, I’ve worn it with EVERYTHING. This is not uncharacteristic of me. I love to shop my closet to see how many outfits I can create surrounding a single item. It’s a challenge but also very fun.
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.
Previously in my style spotlight posts, I wrote about celebrities who presented a style that I admired. I will still do that from time to time. Now, I’d like to incorporate interview posts of people I actually know (online and in real life) who exemplify great personal style.
I first met Mattie…actually, I can’t remember! Lol. Probably through a fashion event or via Twitter. What I admire the most about Mattie is that she has a tenacious spirit and she executes all of her aspirations effortlessly. I’m often left wondering, “when does this girl have time to sleep?!” She does it all gracefully.
Mattie James is from a little bit of every where. Born in Huntsville, AL, raised between Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, she traveled around a lot with her parents (originally from Liberia). She eventually settled (back) in Atlanta in 2006. In June 2009, she won Miss Liberia Georgia and in July 2009, she won Miss Liberia USA.
“I said that if I was gonna do Miss Liberia Georgia, it was to win Miss Liberia USA.”
This was very important to her as she was engaged to an American man. In September 2009, she got married. By this time, her name was everywhere, which created a great buzz for when she started her blog, Mattieologie, in January 2010.
My first time seeing this lovely actress was in the movie Remember the Titans. She was stunning to me. High cheekbones, perfect skin and beautiful hazel AND blue eyes (due to heterochromia iridum). And a smize (smile with your eyes) to DIE for. I’m sure she’s a great actress but I’m really only here for her style. For lack of a better description, Kate Bosworth’s style is what I call a beautiful mess.
1. It’s CAREFREE. She’s not the “I wore this once and can never wear it again” type of girl. She probably wakes up, picks something off the floor that she wore the day before, slips on some boots, jacket and hat and calls it a day.
2. It’s unconventional. I often describe my style as something that doesn’t make sense but works, on me. It’s the same with Bosworth. I’m sure a lot of things she wears would look like a hot mess on someone else.
6. It’s simple. She never does too much. Ironically, Bosworth has a jewelry line called JewelMint, but you won’t catch her overdoing it. Minimalist fashion at its best.
I think Bosworth understands personal style. And if you follow her paparazzi photos long enough, her style won’t need explanation. It’s not about labels, it’s not about trends, it’s about what YOU like. It’s Bosworth’s quiet confidence that makes everything she wears amazingly beautiful.
Spring is upon us and I am ready to show some skin! I’m also ready to bring back an increasingly popular trend: the Aztec print. I really love the element of surprise when it comes to bold prints. There isn’t any structure to wearing the almost dizzying designs. You can wear them and pair them however you want. Whether you enjoy floral, polka dots, stripes, or animal, prints are a great way to jazz up your personal style. I mean, it’s like you’re wearing abstract art. And who doesn’t want to look like a work of art?
Historically, the Aztec people were from central Mexico. Common themes for the artwork were different kinds of animals that had symbolic meaning. I imagine, the inspiration for prints today would be the varying patterns on the art and not an actual dog, lol.
Unless you’re on the runway, I wouldn’t suggest overdoing it with the prints. Focus on one or two things: a shirt, dress, shoes, or pants.
In my case, I chose to pair my printed leggings with similar printed flats.
My friend Tamika and I headed to East Atlanta Village to take a few shots while the sun finally stopped playing hide n seek.
And a few candids. Sooo not a poser.
So. What prints do you rock? Will you try an Aztec print? Have you already worn it? If so, how?
There’s just something special about the color blue. I’m reminded of rivers, lakes and streams. Just think of the brightness of the sky at noon or the abundant shades of the water at the beach. It really is an astonishing, peaceful color.
It has been said that blue symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. And dark blue (my favorite) represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.
Whatever the case may be, I have recently taken to wearing this color frequently. Below are a few ways I’ve worn it and how you can successfully wear it as well.
SIX WAYS TO WEAR THE COLOR BLUE:
It was about a year ago when I became enamored with a petite, young, international beauty. From The Sartorialist to All the Pretty Birds, she has graced street style blogs time and time again. Former editor at Harper’s Bazaar Russia, Mirsoslava Duma, is known for captivating the public with her striking presence. She wears many hats. Currently, she is a freelance writer and founder of online style site Buro 24/7.
What I love about her style is that it is unpredictable. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Duma describes her style as experimental. She says, “Today I might be wearing Levi’s jean shorts with an H&M white t-shirt and leather motorcycle jacket, tomorrow I’ll be wearing a beautiful dress by Chanel then it might be some crazy neon colors or floral prints.” I love that about her.
She’s always bold and stunning, two things a petite woman should be.
What else am I loving?
1. She’s not afraid to rock a monochromatic ensemble:
2. She gives good leg – Mini’s:
3. Girly or Androgynous, she still wows us:
4. Her breathtaking statement pieces:
5. Quirky gear that works:
6. For grins and giggles, because she is a lady after my own stomach: