If you couldn’t already tell, this is the same dress in two different colors, and actually two different sizes. Which brings me to one of my many shopping rules: when it comes to building your wardrobe, if you come across a great piece, at a great price that fits you well, get at least two of them in different colors. Those items become your uniform pieces. Meaning these are the pieces you can pull out the back of your closet when you run smooth out of things to wear. They should go well with your existing wardrobe so that you can mix and match, and get the hell to work on time.
Australia isn’t usually the first place that you think of when you think of fashion. In fact, it probably doesn’t come to mind at all, but you’re missing out if you don’t familiarize yourself with some designers from down under. They all seem to have the same sexy, cool, chic aesthetic, and I am a huge fan.
Warm weather means more time outside, and more walking; hence, more use for flat shoes. I wish it were feasible for me to wear heels all day everyday, but I yield to the demands of regular everyday life le sigh. This isn’t about me though. I urge you all to retire the ballet flat. I mean what has she done for you lately? Sure she folds up nicely in your purse when you’re out and your feet hurt and you want to take off your heels, but there’s more to flats than a Tory Burch ballet flat.
This season step up your flat game (see what I did there) and try something a little more elevated AKA fashion forward. Here are some of my faves thus far.
Flat espadrilles are having a major (again) moment that you should get into.
I am so obsessed with the simple elegance of Aleksander Siradekian’s footwear aesthetic. The signature tassels add a touch of glamour and elegance to otherwise very simple silhouettes, but he doesn’t skimp on the sexy. In fact, the minimalist design means that he gets to go crazy with different colors, textures and embellishments, and I am here for all of them.
The shape of the pumps lend themselves to optimum toe cleavage, which you should know, that I love! Random style tip: pumps that reveal more of the top of your foot make you appear taller when you wear pants. If you are as in love as I am then here is the website http://www.siradekian.com
It was hard to ignore the thigh/crotch high boots that graced the runways during fashion month. I’m still swooning. Boots are obviously always a staple during the cold months, but next season they are going to be more elevated via different materials, colors and patterns. From the Greek metal heel on the Versace’s, to the glass heel that anchors the patent leather Dior’s, I’m waiting with bated breath to see how some of our favorite celebs wear them in the coming seasons.
Style Tip: Wear thigh-high boots like leggings. Meaning anywhere you would think to pair leggings with a look opt for thigh-high boots. A short skirt or dress for example like below.
I was very pleased with Michael Costello’s Fall 2015 collection. It was much more elevated and much less prom or reality show reunion. Don’t get me wrong I like many of his previous and current designs, but this collection gives a more high end modern feel. Also, I am beyond obsessed with the hair and makeup from this show.
I missed that whole phase of college where everyone was obsessed with Kanye West when he was shiny and new. I liked him well enough, but I wasn’t a hardcore fan like some of my friends. It wasn’t until I got a little older that I saw the attraction. His song ‘White Dress’ is one of my all time favorites in life. I would say ‘Monster’ but let’s face it Nicki bodied that track and it’s her song as far as I’m concerned. Idc idc idc. Now how do I feel about Kanye the designer? I wholeheartedly loved his Fall 2012 collection. I have a secret fashion fantasy that I will stumble upon a piece from that collection in a thrift store one day, but it’s only a dream. What I wasn’t here for were his rants about his self-proclaimed fashion genius. It takes most experienced designers years to make grounds in the industry, and no matter who you are, you do not come in to any industry as a novice and not pay your dues. Fashion doesn’t work that way. I will be the first to admit that racism runs rampant in this industry, which is surprising because you think fashion is so artsy and liberal and well, no not really. Regardless, I don’t think people were reluctant to accept him because he was black. It is because he lacked humility. I was very excited to see his collection for Adidas this NYFW. I think he did an amazing job imprinting his aesthetic on this line. It is exactly what I would expect an athletic line designed by Kanye West to look like. I’m sorry, but I freakin loved it. I would love to see him do more of the women’s wear we saw in 2012, but alas a girl can dream. Everything in that collection could be worn today, 3 years later. If you learn nothing else about me, know that I love timeless fashion. What I love about Kanye is his passion. Passionate people are often misunderstood. We are looked at as dramatic and crazy, but honestly I like to think we just have a huge capacity to care more about things and people we believe in more than others. I can identify with that. Anyone or anything I love I go hard for and I don’t care how it looks to anyone else. I think of Kanye West as a sometimes embarrassing best friend that you cannot help but love. I cringe at some of his antics, but at the end of the day I get it.
*All fashion photos are from Style.com
Photo: Burberry Photo: Burberry Photo: Burberry I’m thrilled about Burberry’s old school/new school themed ad campaigns. The British heritage company released pics of their Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2015 ads featuring the legendary Naomi Campbell and the new classic Jourdan Dunn. The Autumn/Winter 2014 campaign featured veteran model Kate Moss and fashion favorite newcomer Cara Delevigne. Photo: Mario Testino/Burberry The fact that there are two women of color featured in an ad campaign for such a major brand is a big step towards achieving more diversity in fashion. This follows Joan Smalls being featured in the new Balmain Spring/Summer 2015 ads and the iconic Balmain spread in the September issue of W magazine featuring Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, and Iman. Hopefully we see more spreads like this more often featuring women from different ethnic backgrounds for high end labels. Kudos to those on the forefront of the movement. Photo: Balmain Photo: Balmain
Zendaya Coleman is one of the few Disney stars that we have seen transition from child star to young adult in a seamless non-hypersexual way (see Miley Cyrus, Christina Aguilera, and Britney Spears). In her latest spread for Yahoo Style the 18 year old Oakland, California native discusses her ambition, growing within Disney, future projects, and her obsession with Drake. Because I admire her, I’m gonna let her choose on my fictional boyfriend from afar. I would be remise if I didn’t acknowledge her amazing stylist Law Roach who has helped her communicate to the world through fashion that she’s no longer a kid, but that she can continue to be a role model for her young audience. She is a budding style icon and according to the interview, has plans of venturing into the business of fashion. I hope that she remains grounded and classy during her career, and I’m sure we will continue to see great things from her. Here are some of the amazing shots, and you can read the full story here.
Anyone that knows me knows that I am huge Nicki Minaj fan, but I would never call myself a ‘Barb’ because, well I’m a grown ass woman, but I digress. Today I was pleasantly suprised to see yet another magazine spread from my fave. The pictures in the Complex magazine spread were everything. The attire, hair and makeup for the shoot pefectly skewed the line between editorial and wearable looks, but the true jewel of this spread was actually the interview.
As a fan of an artist you are already predisposed to being moved by their words, but for some reason a good interview where they are actaully expressing themselves minus the music, methaphors and rhymes can resonate with you in another way. It seems to make them more vulnerable, and hence more relatable. I feel like I can identify with so much of what she revealed, but here are a few of my favorite quotes from the piece written by Lauren Nostro. For the full interview click here.
“Every woman is multifaceted. Every woman has a switch, whether she’s going to be maternal, whether she’s going to be a man-eater, whether she has to kick ass, whether she has to be one of the boys, whether she has to show the guys that she’s just as smart or smarter, she’s just as talented or creative. Women suppress a lot of their sides.”
What are your new rules? “One rule is “no more self-judgment.” I’m not judging myself; I’m not dissing what I do. I’m proud of what I’ve done and I’m proud of what I’m working on. I’ve accomplished something and I’m not going to be ashamed to be happy about what I’ve done.” What’s behind your more natural look and your street singles reminiscent of earlier “Mixtape Nicki”? “I didn’t go back to “Mixtape Nicki.” That’s how [members of the media] feel, but that’s not what I’ve done. I’ve never stopped rapping; I’ve never stopped doing freestyles; I’ve never stopped doing remixes and features; I’ve never stopped raising the bar lyrically. I understand and respect people’s opinions when they hear me do certain things and say she’s “going back,” but I haven’t gone back, I’ve moved forward. I’ve always been evolving.”
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