The Scarfs For Summer Campaign

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Hey there again my trendsetters, I know the title of this post probably will have some of you thinking “what!?!” some of you may even be already saying “this girl gone and lost her mind, talking about scarfs and summer in the same sentence!!!” I know, I know, summer is all about shedding away the layers of clothing and soaking up the sun, but as I was browsing through my closet I came across my collection of scarfs and the wheels began to turn in my head. I thought to myself that it was such a shame to keep these beauties tucked away; for sure scarfs can be used for more than just covering a pair of cold shoulders or for wearing during the colder months. I love scarfs, I think they are great accessories and simply amazing as they can be tied and styled in so many different ways.

Of all the many options available out there, I chose these chic ways to utilize scarfs which I found to be great for summer time.

Wear as a Head Tie

Summer was meant to be enjoyed to the fullest, minimize time spent on hair with a quick fix on a lazy day or for a bad hair day.
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Accessorize A Hat

Add spunk to a simple hat.
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Wear As A Halter Top

Because you never have enough halter tops during summer.
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Wear As A Wrap

Who says swimsuit cover-ups have to be boring.
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Hopes this gives you some inspiration to rock some scarves during this summer.

Until next time keep it cute and classy.

Fashion Fridays_Fantasic Florals

The Flower Edition

Happy Fashion Friday to all Trendsetters, hope all is well with you. Yesterday I posted a DIY tutorial “Rock It Yourself: Summer Florals” where I showed you how to make a floral headband and a floral bralette top. Today I’m going to give some inspiration on how you can incorporate these beautiful DIYs into your wardrobe. After all it’s summer, it’s time to have fun!

Floral Headband
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This look consists of: Floral Headband, Circle Frames Shades, Custom Made White Top, Olive Maxi Skirt,Tan Belt and Tan Gladiator Sandals.

Floral Bralette Top
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This look consists of: Floral Bralette Top, Aviator Shades, White Watch, White Cardigan, Denim Cutoffs, White Belt and White Converse.

Hope this has you Trendsetters thinking of some cool ideas.

Until next time.

Fashion Fridays _ Athleisure Trend

The Active Wear Edition

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It’s Fashion Friday Trendsetters and today we’re keeping it cool, calm and collective. I’m going to show you how I rock the Athleisure Trend. It’s a playful fusion of athletic wear and regular fashion pieces, where you can express your personal style and still feel and look all dressed up without looking like your going to the gym. The key is to mix and match textures, patterns and use pops of color all the while keeping your look more leisure than athletic. Hey you can’t go wrong, its comfy and versatile.

Here are a few ensembles:

   Sometimes it’s good to show off a little bra…..

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Sports Bra Options

Beware of leggings posing as tights, as they are unforgiving and the devil in disguise….

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Workout Tights Options

When chic and comfort collide…..

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Sneakers Options

Athleisure Trend

image These are just a few options to get the wheels turning in your heads because I know that you Trendsetters can recreate this trend in so many other different ways. Side note, please ignore my “ let me show how strong I am ” facial expression ….. So until next time, remember it’s always style over fashion; style is who you are and fashion is what you buy.

Fashion Fridays _ 1 Shirt, 4 Ways

The Short-Sleeved Denim Edition

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Hey my Trendsetters, it’s Fashion Friday and today I want to show you the versatility of the short-sleeved denim shirt, by wearing it casual, tied, lose, or smart which can either dress down or up your outfit. The trick to achieving this is simple, be selective when shopping for that key piece that would be the core, that meaning, it could be worn many times and can be successfully paired up with other pieces in your wardrobe. Hey, they’re your clothes after all, so why shouldn’t you wear them more than once.

Now let’s get down to the matter at hand; here’s how I creatively styled and rocked my denim short-sleeved shirt in four different ways……

Casual
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In this photo: Denim short-sleeved shirt paired with a romper, belt and a pair of Converse for a casual look.

Loose Fit

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In this photo: Denim short-sleeved shirt worn buttoned down and paired a lighter shade denim jeans, a straw fedora hat and a pair of Kenneth Cole canvas shoes

Tied 

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In this photo: Denim short-sleeved shirt buttoned down half way then tied in a knot, then it is paired with a pencil skirt, sandals and sunglasses.

Smart

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In this photo: Denim short-sleeved shirt is smartly used as a head wrap to help pull together the look.

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The possibilities are well, …..endless, there as so many other ways to wear this shirt. So I hope this encourages you to go through your wardrobe and create some new looks. Until next time, keep it chic and classy.

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

Barbados Fashion Week 2012: What I Wore

Fashion is very important, it is life enhancing

and like everything that gives pleasure,

it is worth doing well.

Vivienne Westwood

After attending this year’s fashion week, I was surely not disappointed as I witnessed many fabulous collections over the three runway nights from the various designers. The directors of Unique Productions Worldwide Ltd promised that it would be ‘Fierce, Fabulous & Furious’ and told us the attendees to ‘Dress For It’. Having that in mind I went about creating a wardrobe and strategically styling my looks, so to make a long story short let me just quote Nicki Minaj and say “I did it on em”.

Take a look at my ensembles all styled by myself for BB Fashion Week 2012: (PS. I don’t drop label names, just style)

Outfit for BB Fashion Week Launch.

Printed dress with harness designed by me.

Outfit  for the first runway night themed Glam Night .

Head piece and earring designed by me.

Outfit for the second runway night themed Caribbean Fiesta Night themed.

Outfit for the final night themed A Toast To Fashion. Jacket and earrings designed by me.

Fashion Fades But Style Is Eternal – Yves Saint Laurent

All Pinned Up

Vintage items have been a growing fashion trend for a while and the brooch has made its way back in a very big way. The designs of these pretty pins have upped and they are more modern looking and chic. Brooches can no longer be considered only for mature women of power or grandmas, they can give the cherry on top finish by adding femininity your look.

Instead of the traditional way of wearing a brooch on a top or on a dress, here are other creative ways of wearing brooches:

  • Thread through a chain to use as a pendant creating your own unique necklace.

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  • Pin a brooch on a hat  to accentuate it or pin in the hair or on a hair band to add sophistication.

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  • Use matching pairs to decorate your shirt collar and stay on point with the embellish collar trend.

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  • Jazz up a plain clutch purse or bag.
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  • Matching pairs can also work wonders on a pair of shoes for a new look.

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Personally, I’m up over heels in love with brooches. I have a soft spot for statement pieces so it’s no surprise that a few charming brooches are my latest addition to my jewellery collection. So, I will be definitely trying out some of these cool ideas. Do you know of any other cool ideas? I’ll love to hear them so you leave your ideas in the comments.

Taming Wild Cats

women with a wild cat Ladies, we always try to cover up our spots, but then they are some that we can’t help but love to show. Come on, a leopard can’t hide his spots and a cheetah has too many to count. So, it’s time for a spot check! When it comes to leopard and cheetah print, we get the ladies who can it pull off and make everyone else hear the song “I Am Woman Hear Me Roar” in their heads; or, we get the ones who we would like to trap in a box and lock them away forever; not even to be viewed from behind a glass window in a zoo. Also, there are those who stay completely away from these prints all together.

Therefore, here are some tips to help work leopard or cheetah prints into your wardrobe without going over the top or leaving your comfort zone. Just remember that simplicity is best; so, I recommend you to limit one print piece per outfit to keep a chic look. Moreover, its best to match up these prints with solid colours and don’t forget to accessorize. So let’s go ahead and dabble in these waters, you can use the following combos to inspire you or you choose them as they are.

For those who are testing the waters and just want to get your feet a little wet

  • Incorporate a leopard print head tie with a black blazer over a white shirt, blue jeans and black ballet pumps for a little panache.

leopard print head tie

  • Get a cool relax look with a white t-shirt, blue cropped jeans, white converse (or any other white casual shoe) with cheetah print scarf.

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  • Bring to life a white dress with a leopard print belt and brown strappy shoes for an effortless sophisticated look.

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Ok, so you’ve kicked your feet around and want to venture more in

  • A well put together ensemble of the famous LBD (little black dress), matched up with a fringe necklace, black heels and a cheetah print clutch.

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  • Be a smitten vixen in a short strap-less red dress with cheetah print platform heels and a long necklace.

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  • Synch a white button down shirt with blue jeans, leopard print ballet pumps and a black clutch.

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Dare to go further, well get yourself up to the neck into to these prints

  • Combine a tan pants with a leopard print shirt and brown platform heels.

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  • Highlight a short mustard romper with a cheetah print blazer and tan heels.

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  • Add a contemporary twist by playing up a black top with a cheetah print skirt and fuchsia pumps.

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  • Complement a cheetah print pants with a blue shirt and brown strapped platforms.

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Just want to dive straight in and be va, va, voluptuous

  • A leopard print dress matched with black heels and a fringe necklace.

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For every rule there’s always an exception and as always only a few can pull it off. Ladies, give me a drum roll please, mixing and matching prints. In this case it’s more the body shape, the colours and attitude that makes the outfit hot.

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So go forth and release that inner wild child, I’m interested in hearing which are your favourite combos or inspirations; so comment and let me know.