The Time Is Here_Island Chic Vlog

Island Chic

The time is definitely here as the planning stage is over and now its on to the execution stage. Today fellow barbadian fashion blogger Njeri of Fashion! Lights! Couture! will be debuting our 1st episode of many for our collaborating video blog Island Chic. We both have our individual blogs but we share similar likes and interests as well so we decide to come together and do a collaboration. You’ll be able to see our videos on YouTube as well as be able to follow us on Twitter for behind the scenes photos and anything else that’s fashion. We are completely overjoyed with what we have planned for you and we’ll be bringing you everything from fashion news to our obsessions to DIYs and much more. So, check us out and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube page Island Chic to get the direct links for more videos coming from us and you can look forward to loads of great stuff.

Natz and Njeri

YouTube: IslandChic 246

Twitter: @IslandChic246

Kenneth Barlis_ A Craftsman Of His Trade


Kenneth Barlis

They always say never judge a book by its cover and this saying absolutely applies to the talented Kenneth Barlis with his baby-face features and shy manner. Born in Pagadian City in the Philippines, Kenneth later moved to San Diego at the age of 16 with his family. Always thought to follow in his father footsteps, Kenneth career changed from medicine to fashion when he sold his first designed wedding dress. Kenneth debuted the Kenneth Barlis Collection in 2010 It wasn’t long before he was reaping success when he received the Scholar Student Award at the Projects Ethos fashion show in 2011 and later in 2012, he received top honors at Fashion Week San Diego and headlined at Barbados Fashion Week.


Due to his continues hard work and dedication to his art, Kenneth’s designs have been featured in Vogue Italia online, Pacific San Diego Magazine, Fiori Magazine, Stylo Esmas and White Weddings Magazine to name a few of the many. His Designs have also been  worn by celebrities such as Booboo Stewart of the Twilight Saga, Crystal Reed  of MTV’s Teen Wolf, Mary Murphy  of So You Think You Can Dance and Kendra Wilkinson of The Girls Next Door and Kendra On Top, among others.

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Kenneth designs for the woman who enjoys an elegant and luxurious lifestyle in mind and has been making his mark on the fashion scene with his use of unorthodox textiles. His sculptured, one of a kind designs are every inch of the words exquisite, elegant and luxurious, so to just say that his work is excellent would be a mere understatement. Kenneth shows a great understanding of the feminine silhouette and it is obvious he has an eye for detail creating both regal and very sophisticated designs. He has truly proven himself to be a great craftsman of his trade and an excellent manipulator of textiles with baroque layering technique.

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The Kenneth Barlis brand continues to makes its presence felt as Kenneth will be hitting runways in Toronto, Paris and Manila this April. Later on in the year fashion lovers will be thrilled by the first Annual Kenneth Barlis Fashion Show. It will be held on August 30th in sunny San Diego, California at the Port Pavilion Pier hosted by the talented and beautiful Ashley Hinshaw from The Hunger Games. This fashion show will exhibit the splendid designs of  the Kenneth Barlis Spring/Summer 2014 collection as well as feature other designers such as Camille Wood, Alana Crain and Shari Ellis, Allen Huang and Evelyne Aguilar. It will be an event filled with plenty of flair and is not to be missed as Kenneth has very high expectations with plans to showcase the booming fashion culture of San Diego and set it as another major fashion hub within the USA. Tickets for this show are available at, so the excitement builds in anticipation for this highly esteemed show and  it really gives us another reason to look forward to summer.



In This Dress I Do Wed

Every little girl dreams of that day when she will walk down the aisle as the organ spits out “dum, dum, di, dum” in the perfect dress and marry the guy of her dreams. After the 3 days of New York International Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2014, it was not hard to say that there was plenty of stunning aisle-worthy creations. Any blushing bride-to-be would be able to find herself that one special dress from the parade of brides. They came beaming down the runway in dresses by the top wedding dress designers such as Marchesa, Temperley, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta and Monique Lhuillier to name a few, that were luxurious, romantic and still edgy. These stunning beauties came in an assortment of silhouettes that created beautiful shapes all suited for every type of woman. They were the traditional modest looks, elegant slim floor-length dresses, princess-like ball gowns and even the unconventional hemlines created mostly out of choice fabrics such as lace, tulle and silk crepe. But it was the long vintage lace veils, the embellished bodices, ethereal necklines, revealing backs and unexpected colors that triggered the ooh and aahs from the attendees. Practicality was also considered by some designers as some creations incorporated skirt suits instead of dresses, head pieces instead of long veils well as dresses that could go straight from the chapel and onto the dance floor.

Take a look at some of the collections:

Carolina Herrera

2014 Bridal Spring/Summer Collection - Carolina Herrera - Show

Bridal Fashion Week - Carolina Herrera 1

Bridal Fashion Week - Carolina Herrera 2


Bridal Fashion Week - Marchesa

Bridal Fashion Week - Marchesa 1

Bridal Fashion Week - Marchesa 2

 Monique Lhuillier

Bridal Fashion Week - Monique Lhuillier

Bridal Fashion Week - Monique Lhuillier 1

Bridal Fashion Week - Monique Lhuillier 2

Bridal Fashion Week - Monique Lhuillier 3

Bridal Fashion Week - Monique Lhuillier 4

Oscar de la Renta

Bridal Fashion Week - Oscar de la Renta

Bridal Fashion Week - Oscar de la Renta 1

Bridal Fashion Week - Oscar de la Renta 2

Bridal Fashion Week - Oscar de la Renta 3

Reem Acra

Bridal Fashion Week - Reem Acra

Bridal Fashion Week - Reem Acra 1

Bridal Fashion Week - Reem Acra 2

Sarah Seven

Bridal Fashion Week - Sarah Seven

Bridal Fashion Week - Sarah Seven 1

Bridal Fashion Week - Sarah Seven 2


Bridal Fashion Week - Temperley 1

Bridal Fashion Week - Temperley 2

Vera Wang

Bridal Fashion Week - Vera Wang

Bridal Fashion Week - Vera Wang 1

Bridal Fashion Week - Vera Wang 2

Head Pieces

Bridal Fashion Week - Head pieces

left to right top: Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier

left to right bottom: Sarah Seven, Oscar de la Renta, Sarah Seven

Now you can check that one special dress off!

You’re Simply The Best

Radical Trendsetters 10000+ Views

To all my viewers,

Today’s special feature is for all of you who have visited and have been with following my blog from the very get go, I want to let you know how grateful and appreciative I am for your loyalty and support. Thanks to you, just shy of celebrating a year of blogging I’ve recently reached a milestone and recorded 10,000 plus views. This number may seem low and it may not be a big deal to some bloggers but to me it is and it is beyond anything I ever anticipated. I couldn’t have done it without you and throughout this experience I am able to live out my dreams and sharpen my skills and creativity. Honestly, blogging started as a hobby with the sole purpose of sharing my point on views and covering local fashion. Now the fact that it has become an extension of my life and that I would reach such a large demographic where I could meet new friends worldwide and get so many opportunities along the way is totally amazing.  I’m not a big fan of checking the stats or my blog isn’t a famous one nor am I doing it for the fame, but I’ve made it an objective of mine to maintain a high level of quality. So, the thought of thousands of people visiting my blog has left me with an immense joy as I believed that the only ones who would have been reading would be my friends and family. Now I want to hear from you as well, so feel free leave a comment on a post that you like or contact me via my contact page.

Again, thanks so much and I am extremely honored.

You’re Simply The Best,


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