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Style Theme: Riveting Rosie

By October 10, 2011 Personal Style, What I Wore

Style Theme: Riveting Rosie

I am seriously obsessed with polka dots!  My wardrobe is nearly 30% polka dots and my love of spots knows no bounds. It’s purely coincidence that I’m wearing polka dot pants in this style theme and the last one. Large, small, colored, black & white… I stay spotted. There is no print that screams fun and kitsch like polka dots and mixing them with other prints a la stripes just adds to the prints party! This retro ensemble instantly felt like Rosie The Riveter 2.0!

These pants are a score from new local vintage boutique Wear House Boutique. Wear House specializes in carefully selected plus-size vintage and is owned by two lovely women who werk, Monique & Corrinn! The scarf was a cool gift the ladies specially picked out for me during their bloggers event to showcase the store. They knew I would love a red and blue checkered scarf… am I that obvious?!?! :)

Well if loving polka dots is wrong, I don’t want to be right!

The Deets: Vintage Shirt & Pants/ Vintage Scarf/ Stripper Shoes

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Be Hue-tiful: Discovering and Owning your Power Color

By September 27, 2011 Fashion, Personal Style

If there is one thing I love about fashion and personal style it’s expressing my mood through my clothing. What better way to exude your pensiveness/strength/quirkiness or crazy mood for the day than leveraging color. As visual and sensory beings, certain colors evoke certain moods and wearing a bold red frock makes us feel very different than wearing sunshine yellow.

While fashion magazines would tell you to go with shades that complement your undertones or highlight your warm or cool shades, I’m going to tell you to forget all of that rhetoric! Finding your power color is less about skin tone as it is about how you feel when you wear it. Do you feel invincible, sexy, powerful when you wear a certain color? Then I’d say that’s the color for you.

Here are a few common colors and the feelings associated with them:


The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Red evokes passion and is often associated with rage!


The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Blue signifies loyalty and honesty.


Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter.Yellow enhances concentration and is pure, bright and sunny. Yellow is full of creative and intellectual energy.


Green symbolizes nature. It is a calming, refreshing color. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. Green is nurturing and brings thoughts of growth.


Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature. Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather. Shades of brown create a warm, comfortable feeling of wholesomeness, naturalness and dependability


Black is the most misunderstood color. In a positive state, black is seen as a restful emptiness into which anything may emerge. It is mysterious, providing a sense of potential and possibility. Black is dark and pensive.


White is the color of purity. It stands for wholeness and completion. In many cultures it represents openness and truth. White has a cold quality. It can provide clarity as its energy is complete.

Color says so much and reflects our inner moods. For me, I feel most powerful when I’m wearing red!

I’d love to know what color makes you feel powerful! 

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Style Theme: Letting Go

By September 26, 2011 Personal Style, What I Wore

So, I’mma let it go. Gonna leave my worries behind. Gotta take control. I just came to have a good time! ~ Janelle Monae

The Style Theme: Letting Go

Life is pretty funny, isn’t it? Just when we think we have it all figured out, something comes along and shows us that just maybe we don’t know a thing!  When that happens sometimes you just have to fall back and let life happen instead of forcing its hand. Take a chill pill, let your hair down and get up and out!

For me letting loose means letting my hair down, kicking off my shoes, tying my shirt up and having a great time with the great people in my life. While this outfit isn’t particularly style shattering, it is an outward manifestation of my current state of mind; carefree, easy and letting go!  I hope everyone got a chance to let loose and do something carefree this weekend!

H&M Polka Dot pants/ Urban Outfitters Shirt/ Aldo Loafers/ Vintage Sunglasses/ Random Jewelry

Photos by Alicia Carter

How do you let go in style and in life? 

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Style Theme: Electric Feel

By September 19, 2011 Personal Style, What I Wore

“She’s got the power in her hand to shock you like you won’t believe” ~ MGMT

The Style Theme: Neon on Neon on Neon

There’s just something about neon! It’s fearless, electric and eye-popping! While common fashion trends tell us to focus on one neon piece, whenever I wear color I like to make a big splash!

This outfit was inspired by the my love of audacious color and shock value! I paired a neon yellow belt, neon orange socks and a shockingly pink dress for a color fusion that feels as electric as it looks!

The sheer jacket is a vintage piece I picked up at local vintage haven Wilbur Vintage! Anchoring lots of color with a neutral is key. And while this jacket isn’t your typical neutral, I love the way it pulled everything together.

Zara Dress / Vintage Jacket / Forever 21 Belt/ Faryl Robin Shoes from Bus Stop Boutique/ Target Socks / Kenneth Cole Bag

Photos by Curran J. Swint

I hope everyone had a great weekend! How do you wear shockingly bright color?

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Designer Studio: Lyn Devon

By September 14, 2011 Designers, Fashion, Personal Style


Modernizing American staples? Why not! Revolutionizing classic silhouettes in eye popping colors? Yes please! Lyn Devon is a NYC designer inspired by classic Americana  with sharp tailoring and exquisite finishing. With influences from Audrey Hepburn, Geoffrey Beene and Issac Mizrahi, Lyn combines effortless elegance with spirited and bold energy.

Lyn’s designs are fresh and modern with a take on old staples and isn’t her use of bold color tres magnifique?!

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What do you think of Lyn Devon’s fresh & flirty spring collection?

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Spooky Style: Rachel Antonoff Presentation

By September 12, 2011 Fashion, Personal Style
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Ghostly clothes sweetened with polka dots and a hint of mystery: this was the atmosphere at the Rachel Antonoff presentation this past Thursday during NYFW. Guests were treated to the “Antonoff Manor”, where black cats reside, somber girls in polka dots slumber on four-poster beds and tombstones line the front yard. The devilish presentation was the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of ghoulish style.

Rachel Antonoff designs decidely feminine and quirky clothing; dresses ideal for Sunday bike rides in the park and has a delightful collaboration with Bass where she designed a line of saddle shoes, brogues and penny loafers. I just bought the Wendy Loafers and I simply adore them!

Her Spring/Summer collection featured loose-fitting dresses with mesh sweetheart necklines, matching polka dotted two-pieces and brogues with clear inserts that I am eerily dying to get my hands on. Maybe there is a tombstone with my name on it.

What do you think of Rachel Antonoff’s frightening fashion sense?

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Style Theme: School is in Session

By September 9, 2011 Personal Style, What I Wore

NYFW is like fashion on acid! Everyone’s style game is on a hundred thousand trillion and getting dressed is an Olympic sport. Since I’m living on limited clothing supply, I had to coordinate and plan my outfits, which I really dislike doing. But with my style themes in mind, I feel I packed some good options.

The Style Theme: Stylish School Marm

I imagine if I were a teacher I would dress really prim & proper and wear necktie bows and mid-length skirts. This outfit is my idea of what Teacher Muhammad would wear. I’d probably teach something like “WordPress 101″ or “How not to eat and get bloated before taking a What I Wore picture”. Oh well, guess education isn’t my calling.

The piece I love the most in this outfit theme is the vintage men’s vest. For the life of me I can’t remember where I got it, but it looks like an old men’s coat turned into a vest. I added the medal brooch and a red necktie for an added bonus. I also really love the cherry earrings, like I’m borderline obessed with them. They’re the right touch of cheeky and kitschy.

Urban Outfitters Skirt, Forever 21 Shirt, Vintage Vest, Vintage Necktie, Aldo Shoes, Cherry Earrings, Ring from Smak Parlour

Photos by Treu Bleu Imagery

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I am not my Hair: 10 Hair Commandments for Hair Love

By August 17, 2011 Beauty, Personal Style

Elissa at Dress with Courage wrote a great article on hair and how it affects us! It made me think of this post I wrote a year ago about not being defined by my hair.  Elissa’s post stirred old emotions and inspired me to revisit what hair truly means to us. The following is the old post remixed with new sentiments. 

India Aire sang it best, “I am not my hair, I am not this skin, I am a soul that lives within.”

As a black woman, hair is apart of my everyday life. What style to wear, will my hair hold up in the rain, can I go swimming and whether it is right or not. Not to mention the day long salon visits and money spent making my tresses the picture of perfection. At the moment, I’ve been on a hat streak due to a bad hair week!  It’s a lot of pressure and I’m fully aware that loving my crown & glory has become more of a test in hard labor & duty!

Hair is a big deal and I am clearly not alone in my obsession. Essence reported that of a 20 billion industry, black women spend an estimated 7.5 billion dollars on beauty products a year. Yikes! With the release of Chris Rock’s “Good Hair”, a recent New York Times, article and countless other hair-raising incidents, it seems Black women and their hair is a hot button topic. Heck women and hair has always been a hot button topic.

Hair, particularly African American hair, is rooted in so many political, social and psychological issues. Our hair is no longer simply an extension of our bodies, it is an extension of our psyche. There is a common belief that if a Black woman wears her hair in any other state than its natural state she is rejecting herself. Wearing weaves, wigs, getting relaxers are all touted as an afront to our hair.  Hair is an issue with as many layers as “The Rachel cut” so there is no clear-cut answer. The only retort that springs to mind is “I AM NOT MY HAIR!”

{My Hair Evolution: From Bangs to Curls from Fros to Weaves & back again}

I’ve worn my own hair in a variety of styles. I didn’t get a perm until I was a senior in high school and it did very little to alter my naturally thick hair. I’ve worn it relaxed for 5 years but got tired of the creamy crack and did a big chop about 4 years ago. I’ve rocked it natural, pressed it straight and have donned weaves and wigs for the fun of it!  Through all of this, whether I am wearing my natural hair or some manufactured product, I still love myself and my hair is an extension of me, but it does not define me.

In hopes to perpetuate hair acceptance, I’ve come up with 10 Hair Commandments that women of all races can look to for loving their locks!

  • Your hair is a glorious extension of you, but it is not all of you
  • Thou shall not covet thy neighbors’ hair
  • Hair is meant to be fun not frustrating
  • All beauty products are not created equal; thou shall find tailored products 
  • Wearing a weave does not make you a sell out
  • Just as wearing an afro does not make you a Superior Sista
  • Color, Cut, Process, Repeat. Experimentation is Key
  • Loving your hair starts with loving yourself
  • We all have hair insecurities; embrace the hair ya momma gave ya
  • In the end, it’s only hair! 

Hair is a personal choice, not a political statement. It’s your crown and glory for a reason and you should be proud of what it represents to you. I loved my curly afro, except for the shrinkage and lack of variety.I got a weave and I loved it too, except for the time it takes. It’s so easy to change styles without damaging my natural hair. I dabble in wigs for the same reason. And when I’m in the mood to wear my hair wild, I wash my hair and let it go free. It’s all about my mood. All hair comes with limitations; there is no perfect “good or bad hair”.  It’s about what’s perfect and good for you!

What do you think of the hair debate? How do you show your hair love? Leave a comment!

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