4.15.2018

Out of Africa

If you haven't noticed, the continent of Africa has become quite the inspiration for the fashion industry. Perhaps because of the stellar Marvel box office hit, Black Panther and his homeland of Wakanda, or maybe because of the industries mass interest to lasso fast-fashion in order to bring sustainability to the forefront. Whatever the reasons, one can't ignore the overwhelming onset of everything out of Africa.

African influences seem to ebb and flow from our fashion lives; usually peppered with the use of fabrics inspired by kente cloth, and "tribal" accessories. However, with this current movement, what has been brought to the forefront is the Africa where style consists of traditional native apparel and accessories that have been combined with mainstream fashion houses. What you get is a formidable ability to show ones pride in heritage, while still rocking designs from other influences.

For today's style story, I take a traditional outfit of full denim skirt and cotton button-up shirt, paired with accessories that are both inspired by and straight out of Africa.  

*Stay tuned for a video by British Vogue under the helm of Edward Enninful

About the Accessories:
🌻My sandals are inspired from the beauty of the traditional African Burkina slide - usually recognized by the use of colorful fabric tied into a bow.

🌻The necklace was made in Kitale Kenya, by a group of women in an effort to create sustainability. The necklace is created from recycled magazines, so not only is it earth-friendly, but it provides income for its maker. 

🌻The wicker handbag with the wooden closure was selected to represent the long-going African tradition of basket weaving.

Outfit Details
Denim Skirt - via eBay
Wicker Handbag - via eBay
Check out the selection of Burkina slides at Brother Vellies. Brother Vellies practices sustainability. All the shoes and accessories are made by actual artisans in South African, Kenya, Morocco, and Ethiopia
Necklace - Dolce Blossom Boutique (call to order 909.680-7820)








Look closely at the necklace. You can see the actual print from the magazines.








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4.12.2018

Fashion Personality 🌞Afterglow🌞

Hello Friends! 

Today's post is a little different. Rather than writing, I decided to come to you via video. Sit back and enjoy a time to reflect over the Fashion Personality 6-week series. In the first video I'm recapping the personalities and answering a viewers question. The following 6 videos are vignettes of the personality posts. Also, I'll be joining a group of dynamic ladies in She Stories, as we share our stories in Love Your Body. Love Yourself. Information is at the end of this post. Enjoy!

 








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4.09.2018

Fashion Personality (part 6 of 6): the Seductress

We've reached the end!!

Welcome to the final portion of the Fashion Personality series - part 6 of 6! The purpose of this series was to introduce you to the 6 basic personalities I discuss with my Harmony Approach clients, and to give understanding on how knowing yourself is the open gateway into having true style. For this week's style story, I introduce you to the Seductress personality. But first, allow me to reiterate the meaning and scope of the term - Fashion Personality:
What is Fashion Personality? In laymen terms, it means to dress in a way that expresses who you are. However simple the definition may be, the idea of dressing to express who you are requires just that...knowing who you are. In this hyper-voyeuristic world we currently live in, it becomes easy to adopt from others without considering our own depth of layers - layers that shouldn't be concealed, rather, when carefully unearthed, will reveal a beautiful tapestry about the person.
When I think of the Seductress fashion personality, two words come to  mind -  Sexy and Provocative. Where the Romantic personality is centered around romance and love, the Seductress leans more toward coquettish temptation. This fashion type is defined by having a way of dress that is flirtatious, body boldness, and very sensual. 

Out of the six personalities I presented in this series, the Seductress is the furthest from my personal style. Therefore, because I didn't have an outfit to demonstrate, I elected to create a look via Polyvore, and to provide you with two celebrities whom I feel master the style of the Seductress: Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian. When done with a higher level of fashion integrity, the Seductress manages to look alluring, rather than lewd or trashy. She doesn't mind having all eyes on her, and considers her curves as one of her greatest assets.


 


Jennifer Lopez




A quick look inside the Seductress personality:
  • Style of dress usually emphasizes their curves
  • 'Va Va Voom' is the mantra  
  • Appreciates clothing that shows more than a hint
  • Sexuality oozes from their pores
  • No matter what the Seductress chooses to wear, there is always a coquettish effect to it
  • Sexy is the buzz word 

Kim Kardashian



Thank you so much for joining me in this series. I had a lot of fun presenting the information to you, so I hope you enjoyed taking it all in. Later this week I will present a followup after-glow on the subject. In the meantime...

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4.05.2018

Fashion Personality (part 5 of 6): the Minimalist

Welcome to part 5 of a 6-part series on Fashion Personality! The purpose of this series is to introduce you to the 6 basic personalities I discuss with my Harmony Approach clients, and to give understanding on how knowing yourself is the open gateway into having true style. For this week's style story, I introduce you to the Minimalist personality. But first, allow me to reiterate the meaning and scope of the term - Fashion Personality:
What is Fashion Personality? In laymen terms, it means to dress in a way that expresses who you are. However simple the definition may be, the idea of dressing to express who you are requires just that...knowing who you are. In this hyper-voyeuristic world we currently live in, it becomes easy to adopt from others without considering our own depth of layers - layers that shouldn't be concealed, rather, when carefully unearthed, will reveal a beautiful tapestry about the person.

When I think of the Minimalist fashion personality, the word Chic comes to mind. Typically, when Chic is used, it's often in reference to being well-dressed. When in essence, the meaning has much more depth. Chic implies a shine or having edges. Interesting motif, I know, but consider closely a minimalist personality. This fashion type is defined by having a way of dress that is contemporary (or modern), clean, and streamline. Now, do you see the correlation between the Minimalist and Chic? 

With her 'less is more' style of dress, the Minimalist will never qualify as being dull. On the contrary, she is masterful of appearing untethered from the bells and whistles of fashion, while still having a high degree of fashion and style sensibility. When I think of a celebrities who embody this personality, my mind immediately goes to Gwyneth Paltrow and content creator, Garance Dore - never over done, yet never dull (see images below).


My approach to the Minimalist personality has some southwest influences - with embroidered details and tassel sandals. The look is uncomplicated, but not boring. Notice how the criss-cross detail on my cuff mimics the detail on the back of the dress and my tie-up sandals.

Shopping Links:
Floral Embroidered Criss Cross Back Dress: Loft (I'm wearing a petite medium. I'm 5'1')
Kate Spade Jackson Street Wallet: many available on eBay
 
 


  

A quick look inside the Minimalist personality:
  • Style of dress typically carries into their lifestyle
  • 'Less is More' is the mantra  
  • Appreciates well-made items with clean lines and details
  • No matter what the Minimalist chooses to wear, there is always a streamlined effect to it
  • Chic is the buzz word 


 

Gwyneth Paltrow {source link}

Garance Dore {source link}


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4.01.2018

Fashion Personality (part 4 of 6): the Romantic

Welcome to part 4 of a 6-part series on Fashion Personality! The purpose of this series is to introduce you to the 6 basic personalities I discuss with my Harmony Approach clients, and to give understanding on how knowing yourself is the open gateway into having true style. For this week's style story, I introduce you to the Romantic personality. But first, allow me to reiterate the meaning and scope of the term - Fashion Personality:
What is Fashion Personality? In laymen terms, it means to dress in a way that expresses who you are. However simple the definition may be, the idea of dressing to express who you are requires just that...knowing who you are. In this hyper-voyeuristic world we currently live in, it becomes easy to adopt from others without considering our own depth of layers - layers that shouldn't be concealed, rather, when carefully unearthed, will reveal a beautiful tapestry about the person.
The exactitude of Romantic can be hard to clearly define. What is deemed romantic for some, may not ring true for others. The meaning of romantic is conducive to or characterized by the expression of love. The word can also represent an idealized view of reality. When I consider the word, and its correlation to fashion, I am taken to a place of heart-felt sentiments, nostalgia, and an interpretation of ones feminine prowess. 

When considering the Romantic fashion personality, some may instantly gravitate towards the ubiquitous flowery drapes of fabric in pastel hues. Then there is the romantic who may don an ensemble that's a clever mix of whatever makes them feel romantic. This can be anything that brings about those emotions of sentiment, nostalgia, and of course, femininity - As I demonstrate in today's style story.


Though I wear a pair of cropped jeans, my look still moves within the description of Romantic. Denim anchors a vintage sheer lingerie top that cascades off my shoulders and gives a veiled look at what lies beneath, a shawl to provide warmth on chilly days, a pair of unique and uber feminine pumps with raffia floral details, and delicate jewelry. I feel myself...laid-back, positively pretty, and 100% Glenda.
 

 





A quick look inside the Romantic personality:
  • Lifestyle is often lived within social graces and proper decorum
  • 'In love with love' is the mantra  
  • Appreciates items with a nostalgic quality, like a bequeathed brooch, or other treasures with meaning or sentimental value. 
  • Enjoys little details and hidden gems in merchandise and life 
  • Love is the buzz word 



The man behind the lens - my love.
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3.24.2018

Fashion Personality (part 3 of 6): the Fashionista

Welcome to part 3 of a 6-part series on Fashion Personality! The purpose of this series is to introduce you to the 6 basic personalities I discuss with my Harmony Approach clients, and to give understanding on how knowing yourself is the open gateway into having true style. For this week's style story, I introduce you to the Fashionista personality. But first, allow me to reiterate the meaning and scope of the term - Fashion Personality:
What is Fashion Personality? In laymen terms, it means to dress in a way that expresses who you are. However simple the definition may be, the idea of dressing to express who you are requires just that...knowing who you are. In this hyper-voyeuristic world we currently live in, it becomes easy to adopt from others without considering our own depth of layers - layers that shouldn't be concealed, rather, when carefully unearthed, will reveal a beautiful tapestry about the person.
The Fashionista is the boldest card in the bunch, and enjoys the responses and looks she receives. Out of all of the basic six personalities I discuss with my clients, the Fashionista is the one most likely to follow trends. However trend-savvy she may be, she is the one who would be willing to up-the-ante in exploring new and creative ways to dress, thus creating her own trends. Once the Fashionista personality has been unearthed, she will find she has a penchant for drama and flair. When I think of the Fashionista, my mind goes to singer, Rhianna.

Do I consider myself as having the traits of the Fashionista? To a small degree, yes. I do enjoy creating a level of interest with my ensembles, while sticking true with my laid-back style aesthetic. Enjoy the pics, and I'll meet you below for comments.


Today's outfit is a mixture of pieces I've picked up along the way: The easy-fitting Flounce dress (last worn in Flouncing Around); cropped denim, barely there sandals with sequin socks, and a bling clutch. This look capitalizes on two trends: Dress over pants, plus the socks with sandals trend.

While some may turn their noses up at the Fashionista's way of dress, she really doesn't care. She is bold and daring, and chances are the masses will soon jump on the bandwagon to wear something she now considers - so last year.




 




A quick look inside the Fashionista personality:
  • Lifestyle is often based within the arts and entertainment community
  • Enjoys being the center of the conversation
  • 'Fashion is my Passion' is the mantra
  • Has a wardrobe built on everything from the latest trends, one-of-a-kind pieces, high-end designers, to vintage finds. The fashion world is her oyster and she knows how to use it
  • Enjoys absorbing everything that has to do with fashion...especially the fashion shows, in order to be at the forefront of what's new
  • Cutting-edge is the buzz word



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The information I shared today, and into the next 3 weeks, is just a tip of the iceberg. You can take your journey further into unearthing your harmonious personal style by working exclusively with me:

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For more information on Fashion Personality please see the following:
 

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