Fashion Fridays _ Overall Impressed

The Overalls Edition

Overalls are everywhere, you can get them in pants or dresses, long or short, even in colors and textiles other than blue denim. This look gives an simple effortless appearance that is not only comfortable but trendy as well. Once a wardrobe staple reserved for farmers during the depression era, hence dubbed the name “farmer browns”; they then later popped up throughout the history of fashion in the 60’s and 70’s with the hippie movement and then with rise of pop icons in the 80’s and 90’s. Nowadays, overalls are apart of modern day street style and when done right, you can look really superb and not like if you just walked off a farm.

Short Pants Overall
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This look consists of: floral crop top, seaweed green overall and laced-up heeled booties.

Midi Dress Overall
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This look consists of: white crop top, sage green midi dress overall and white converse.

Happy Fashion Friday my trendsetters.

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.

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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.

I Signed Up For This Regimen

Hey Trendsetters, so I’m off and running on my healthy telaxed hair journey where my main goals are health and length retention, I am aiming for  between Shoulder Length or longer if possible by December 2015. Therefore, I have sat down and planned out how I intend to attain these goals and to help stay sane during this journey…..

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Hair-care:
Keep scalp and hair clean by washing hair once a week. moisturize hair every other day using Liquid Condition Oil  method or if in box braids or extensions, mix with water in spray bottle and spray onto hair and massage scalp and edges.

example of a breakdown on how I will wash my hair

  • Week 1: pre-shampoo (apply oil treatment to hair before washing) – shampoo – condition
  • Week 2: protein treatment (strengthen) – co-wash (wash hair with conditioner only)
  • Week 3: pre-shampoo – shampoo – condition
  • Week 4: deep condition (moisture) – co-wash

Styling:
During the relaxer stretch my aim is to protect my ends and minimize hair manipulation so as to avoid excessive combing and brushing. I will be wearing my hair in protective styles such as buns, milkmaid braids and box braids as well as cooperate the use of wigs and extensions as these methods are easy and low maintenance.

Heat:
If heat is to used for a straighter look, I will use a heat protector to avoid overheating or burning or opt for roller set air-dried 85% with the hairdryer on cool/low setting. However it won’t be used more than 1-2 times a month.

Trim:
I will trim my hair only when necessary or in the event that split ends occur.

Nutrition:
I will make a conscious effort to eat well and drink 9 cups of 8 oz cups of water a day, along with taking a combination of biotin, folic acid and MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane) to aid with growth.

To find out the amount of water I needed to drink I followed the equation:

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Too legit to quit

DISCLAIMER: Information posted is offered to you as tips….you are not obligated to incorporate any tips into your practices.

Valentine’s Day Outfits For The Hooked, Hitched or Free

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Some people get wild and giddy each year when Valentine’s Day comes around and other for various reasons cringe at the idea. But the bottom line is my trendsetters is that we all like to look our best no matter our relationship status, whether it be hooked, hitched or free. So here’s some outfit inspiration for date night on Valentine’s Day……

For my ladies with a significant other, it doesn’t matter if you will be going on a first date or if you’re going out with your longtime love, the goal is to keep your date’s eyes on you and keep him close all night long. Take your pick for a date night that includes a fancy romantic dinner with a lush setting or maybe you just want to catch a romance comedy at the movies and then dinner or drinks……..

Date Night 1

Date Night 2

For my single ladies you don’t have to stay home, it’s a great opportunity for a Girl’s Night Out with the squad and either treat yourselves with a nice dinner date or party the night away. Gather up all your single friends on valentine’s day and celebrate the love of friendship ……

Girl Night Out 1

Girl Night Out 2

So if you’re hooked, hitched or free, let’s go out and celebrate love no matter what.

Happy Valentine Day My Trendsetters

Showing Your Stripes

Stripes

You don’t have to be a zebra or a referee to show your stripes, but you surely can look divine when wearing them.  Stripes always brings a chic, effortless look to an outfit, but a requires a little effort to avoid looking you belong in the jailhouse.  Stripes whether wide or thin, horizontal, vertical or diagonally, can flatter any body shape but it all depends on the paired pieces that help to give the outfit the extra fabulous look. I know that when we think of stripes the nautical navy and white comes to mind, but stripes comes in variety of colours, so  choose the colours that compliment your skin colour best, when creating your look.

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Stripes can be tricky but we all can find the right stripes that make us feel confident and comfortable.  You have to know which part of your body you want to draw attention and which parts you want to divert attention,  your body shape doesn’t matter. So, for all my apple-shaped ladies, the saying that you should stay away from stripes is a mare myth. In the end, it all comes down to where you wear them and how your style your outfit, plus the key to achieve a successful striped look is matching stripes with solid colours.

Tips to remember:

  • Vertical stripes give you a tall appearance.
  • Horizontal stripes enhances or creates the illusion of curves.
  • Diagonal stripes produces a slimming effect.
  • Stripes only along the border of an outfit gives slimming effects.
  • Darker colours are more slimming that lighter colours.
  • Accentuate the waist with a belt to create a waist line and eliminate the wide effect.

Here are some chic, stylish ideas that any body shape can pull off  for the classic stripe look:

Striped Top by natz-the-rebel featuring corset shirts

Striped Pants by natz-the-rebel featuring sleeveless shirts

Striped Dress by natz-the-rebel featuring summer dresses

Striped Skirt by natz-the-rebel featuring high heels

Striped Jackect by natz-the-rebel featuring a striped jacket

Hope you can find some inspiration for these looks  I created and create a look of your very own. Let me know which look or looks you liked the most.

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
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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.

cheetah print scarf

  • 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.