Fall Looks for 2012

There are many perks about living in the Caribbean like the beautiful beaches and the fact that there is never a shortage of sunshine, well except on the days when there is liquid sunshine (rain) of course. On the downside however, living in Barbados and for others in Caribbean countries, is that I don’t get to enjoy the changes in climate of the different seasons on less I travel abroad. For those special occasions, I like to stay on top of fashion trends for each season which lets me stay fashionable and weather appropriate. As september comes to an end and october begins the leaves are turning their golden brown color, it’s mother nature way of telling us another season has begun and many fashionistas are layering up for the weather ahead.

Fall is here and even though the main prerogative is to cover up from the chill it doesn’t mean we still can’t be cute and there are many trends going around already. This fall season apart from the traditional fur and knits, there were other trends that have caught my eye. There is the colour trend with the main colours being black, white, blue and burgundy, but burgundy  refered to as the “new black” by Nina Garcia takes the cake.  A wardrobe staple this fall is leather and you can choose from the many pants, skirts, dresses, shirts, jackets available.  A major trend no pun intended is the military look, its back this season so go get them from the back of the closet, I surely will as I have mine from a previous season. Also this fall add some flair to your wardrobe with geometric prints, as we can never get enough of prints.

These are my favourite fall looks from the top fall trends for 2012.

Burgundy:

YSL, Jason Wu, Bottega Veneta

Leather:

Kayne West, Balmain, Michael Kors

Military:

Jason Wu, Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry

Geometric Prints:

Lela Rose, Cacharel, Prada

So, this fall season stay warm and werk it!

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Weekly Obsessions: Espadrillas

Weekly Obsessions: Espadrillas
Most time when we fashionistas go shopping for shoes, sad to say comfort isn’t the first thing in mind. Truth is, there aren’t many shoes that fall into the category of comfortable and fashionable. Thanks to Espadrilles and their ageless look, we can now arrive in style and easy. Previously considered peasant footwear, espadrilles have become globally popular over time, not only among women but men as well.   Espadrilles are traditionally made as casual flats but knowing how the fashion world works, they also available in wedges and flat-bottom platforms, in plain or printed pattern fabrics. The styles of the shoes also vary as they can be worn as slip-ons, with ankle straps or tied around the ankles with laces, open or closed backs and  open or closed toes. The structure is made up mainly of canvas or cotton fabric for the upper part with a sole made of rope or with a synthetic materials which have rope like appearance. The beauty of the also shoe lies in the price as many different designers make them, so they range from the bargain brands to the luxury brands.  The best part is that Espadrilles can be worn from day to night and at almost every occasion except for work if you have a strict work dress code.

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.

colour theory

Here are a few ideas you can try:

Colour And A Twist Of Nude

Adding Flavour
The Mix Of Things
Different Shades
Color blocking

Miss Plus Caribbean Universe 2012 Barbados Delegate

When I look for the beauty in someone, I don’t let society dictate my thinking as to what it should be but rather how I perceive it. True beauty is a combination of both inward and outward qualities and nothing to do with height, size or colour. We as women are not all the same, we come in all different shapes and sizes and I applaud pageants that celebrate the difference in all of us. Personally, I believe that once your size doesn’t cause any dangers to your health, then it shouldn’t be an issue. On that note, I have the privilege to give you a sneak peek into her life of one of Barbados plus-size models, the beautiful Alicia Clarke, delegate in the Miss Plus Caribbean Universe 2012. The pageant is schedule for September 1st at the Plantation Garden in Barbados.

 This Barbadian beauty was the winner of 2010 Miss Barbados Amateur Plus Size Model competition. Alicia is currently locally signed with Kingsley Thorne of the Ebony Models agency and she has worked for fashion designers such as New York’s Jewel Shannon and Boston’s Morella Butcher. With a strong personal drive, Alicia believes that her only limitation lies within herself, so she really has no limits as she accomplishes all things she sets her mind to.  She has been modelling for 3 years and aspires to be an international plus size model, becoming an advocate for full-figured women and inspire them to be confident, learn to love themselves and embrace their curves. Moreover, she wants women to know it’s not your size but your attitude that allows one to be successful.

This positive attitude has helped Alicia to successively manage her time that along with her day job, she utilises her talents as a  hair and nail technician to beautify women giving them that extra boost of confidence. Apart from her hectic daily life and concentrating on this pageant, Alicia has taken a step further in the direction of fulfilling her goal as an advocate for fill-figured women, as she will be producing this year’s Miss Barbados Amateur Plus Size Model competition. According to Alicia, the only plus she sees  in her life is her happiness.

 Miss Plus Caribbean Universe Barbados Delegate for  more of Alicia Clarke.

Miss Plus Caribbean Universe for more on the pageant.

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.

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.

cheetah clutch bag

  • 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.

cheetah  print blazer

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

leopard print skirt

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

leopard print pants

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

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

leopard print dress

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.

Better With Time

It’s that time of the year again and I don’t mean christmas, today is my birthday (happy dance), bring out the cake, I’m ready to blow out my candles.  After adding another one to the tally, I won’t be saying much but rather take a moment to reflect. So I have decided to dedicate today’s post to the top ten things that have gotten better with time.

In Random Order:

Awareness: Over the years people have become more proactive in their fight against sicknesses as to getting tested early, before all hope is gone; mom alway said prevention is better than cure.

Human Rights: Even though it has taken many years and lives the world  has been moving away from the dark days and towards a brighter future. We have earned equal rights for women, protection of the child, acceptance of people of different ethic and religious backgrounds and many more, all for the better of man kind.

High Heals: Next to diamonds I believe they are a girls best friend, adding height, femininity and sophistication, what more can a girl want. I love them, every single peep-toe, strappy, bow-top, platform pump!!!!!!

Jeans: They come in all different styles, shapes and colors to guarantee comfort; ranging from low-rise, high-waisted, boot leg, flare, mid-calf to boot pops.

Shapewear: Thank God there has been developement in this department moving away from those suffocating corsets to more practical piece or pieces to ensure you get the support and coverage needed.

Cosmetics: Personally as a black woman, I am truly happy with the advance in cosmetics were we can truly get a more natural look that goes back with our complexion. Moreover, the art of applying cosmetics has been taken to another level where you can create breath-taking makeovers and the hues available are never-ending therefore the amount of looks that could be created are countless.

Technology: Thanks to great minds like Steve Jobs and companies like Sony, how we listen and view entertainment has changed dramatically over the year. Plus,  the introduction of computers, laptops, the internet and mobile phones have simplified the way in which we communicate today. The old still cameras and Polaroids have given way to  lighter, smaller version, which are capable of taking high quality photos. Other inventions which have eased us greatly, are the credit and debit cards, these have made shopping more convenient instead of logging around with huge sums of cash. These inventions  along with the internet have made online shopping a breeze, where you can sit in the comfort of your home and shop; say goodbye aching feet and hello cramping fingers.

Friends: As the years go by, no one knows you better than your friends, they are the ones that  have seen you laughed and cried, they have even been through if not all, most of your drama and yet they stick around.  The old  friends from childhood days are golden but the new ones we make along the way are keepers as well.

Wine:Nothing helps one to reminisce better than a glass of wine, no mater your preference or taste. The older the wine gets the stronger it is making the quality better giving it a better taste. I prefer white wine and I usually have my wine like the french with some cheese.


Me:I can say that over the years, there have been a lot of improvements in my life and gained wisdom through life’s many challenges. I’ve grown to look over small issues and look at the bigger picture. With each year, I have become more aware,  more appreciative, tolerant and sophisticated; I”ve created my own style, shaped my own future,  made up for my mistakes,  advanced in my career and still stayed in contact with my old friends, while making new ones. Just like wine, I keep improving  my quality.