Barrio Dimitri The Blogging Extraordinaire

This is one of the hardest pieces I have done so far, not because of a block but more of a shock. I personally believe in giving credit to a person when they are alive to let them know how truly appreciated you are of them; but what happens when that person is taken suddenly from you. I received the sad news that my beloved friend Barrio Dimitri, Barbadian fashion blogger of La Mode Dimitri was no longer going to be on earth with us. This news was very hard for me to accept as we had spoken a mere 2 days before about his love for my  post Weekly Obsession:Dr.Martens and with him being Barrio, giving me some helpful blogger’s tips for future posts as well.

I came to know the wonderful Barrio Dimitri through a mutual friend Dre Decarlo, during my attendance at the Barbados International Fashion Festival. Over the two days of the show and  many conversations with him I grew to realised that he was a person fulled with knowledge and style well beyond his years. Our friendship quickly grew and he became a close friend. Barrio was long into to blogging before me and even though he was my junior in age, Barrio was my senior with his experience, always willing to give advise and critique, all for the betterment and success of my blog.

Even though I haven’t known Barrio for a long time, from the moment we met it just clicked talking about everything under the sun concerning fashion, the designers, collections and trends, we seem to  have known each other for ages. Barrio amazed me with his  unique personal style, that had  heads turning whenever he made an outing. I thought of how I could pay tribute to Barrio but words fail me at this moment. So, as they say that a picture can say a thousand words, I decided to show  your pics from his blog that show you how truly beautiful soul he was.

Though your lost has sadden us, your smile and bubbly personality will remain with us for always in our hearts.

Singing The Colour Blocking Blues

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Most trends generally last for one season or even become a year round trend but it seems the colour blocking trend which made a big comeback for spring/summer 2011, is still going strong. Personally, I’m not a big fan of this trend but it seems some designers and fashionistas are still quite infatuated with it. So I decided to show correct ways to colour block, we should learn how to master the look  if this trend is to carry on and hopefully rid the streets of unsightly mix mash.

Colour blocking consist of combining two or more solid colours to create an outfit. As simple as it may sound, if it’s not done correctly you can end up looking like a big fashion disaster. The first thing to keep in mind is to choose colours that compliment your skin tone that would give you a flattering look.

Here are some tips to successively achieve the look:

  • Match one or two colours  with a neutral color like nude, caramel, white, grey, brown or black.
  • Use accessories to add the pop and give a contrast of colour.
  • Mix match two bright colours .
  • Mix different hues of the same colour.
  • Buy a color blocked piece and match with a solid colour.

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Here are a few ideas you can try:

Colour And A Twist Of Nude

Adding Flavour
The Mix Of Things
Different Shades
Color blocking

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.

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  • 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.

cheetah print scarf

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

leopard print belt

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.

cheetah platform heels

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

leopard print ballet flats

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.

mix-match leopard print

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.