Monthly Archives: August 2011

Cool, Calm and Culottes

DBS: Cool, Calm and Culottes 

Piggybacking off of my last post about using a basic t-shirt as a canvas for your accessories this is what I also did for this look. I told you I like to wear t-shirts in the summer time, the effortlessness of it is what I like but unfortunately it can read unfashionable and lazy. That’s why it is crucial to ACCESSORIZE, ACCESSORIZE, ACCESSORIZE!!! You must draw the eye somewhere, the purpose of this is to show other ways I wear a t-shirt. How something as simple and basic can be presented chic. Accessory Details: Ethnic style beads were my necklaces of choice this time around, specifically for the colors and patterns. Since this look lacks color and prints I choose to highlight my necklaces. What I love most about these beaded necklaces is they pretty much go with everything, they’re easy to mix and match with each other and the color choices are always nice. Paired with a red clutch purse from H&M and matching earrings make deep red the accent color. (Makeup by: Anita Hutchinson)


Later that day I wanted to switch the look up for a boat ride. This is where the clothing became the focus, Nothing specific about this look but what I like most about it is how it feels. Sometimes when dressing I go for a whole look that makes me feel a certain way, for this I wanted to feel modernly old fashioned. Like it could work in the 60’s as well as today. It presents a very tailored look but still remains relaxed because of the styling. 

Fit Details:

Vintage Culottes: The star of the show are a pair of vintage culottes I came across thrifting. A style of pant (and I can be honest) I never thought I’d wear let alone awe over. These pants are impeccably tailored with a front box pleating detail so simple and perfect.

Ralph Lauren Shirt: What I love about this shirt is not only does it present ease and a great fit (well after taking it in a few inches) but the color and print. A simple navy polka dot speaks volumes and joins crisp and fun together.

In contrast to the photos above this is where you would keep your accessories to a minimum, if you want your clothing to be the statement. Paired with a matching vintage purse and of course making the accent color red the look was finished. Tailored, relaxed, chic and all the way modernly old fashioned. 



The thing is, I owe a great deal of my fashion sense to my mother. Even though I was born in the late 80’s my mom clung to the 30’s, 50’s and 60’s her old soul was passed down to me. Growing up you hate to hear those words “you look just like your mom,” but since I looked more like my dads side I never really heard them. Now it’s “girl you dress just like your mom when she was your age.” I CRINGED. Now looking at my sense of style. I smile. Knowing where it comes from, even before a seed and before I was thought of the essence of me formed deep in her ovaries. Where the faint smell of Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds lingered. And in her heart beating in unison with The Jackson 5’s Who’s Loving You, Green Onions and smooth jazz music notes danced their way down to her fallopian tubes, around and with her ovaries. Seeped in and formed me on purpose by accident. I believe this ovary was purple. Feeling her every move from the tilt of her foot to slip on a shoe to the reach to pick out the earrings to match and 8 months later on June 8th I was born already knowing me, already knowing my own heart beating in unison to a few jazz notes beating in unison to her heart my eyes danced all the way up to hers. She is my heart. This is me saying thank you now for what my eyes expressed but could not say with my mouth. Thank you mom for everything, I LOVE YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

(My mom in the early 80’s)



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Details Details…

Embellishing the Basics: The T-Shirt
So it’s hot out and when it gets hot I stray towards keeping things very simple. The t-shirt becomes my best friend in the summer, embellished the right way it can become a very fashionable piece. Varying in colors from plain white to solid colors and prints it becomes all about the accessories to take this shirt from blah to BAM! Here I wore a rust orange t-shirt and decided to accessorize with brown and natural colored accessorize to keep a relaxed look but bring it up a notch to create versatility. 


Essential Subtleties: Accessorize: When it comes to the accessories you must pay attention to detail and use discretion. There is nothing more tacky then someone who is over accessorized but when pairing the right pieces with a t-shirt you don’t have to worry about that. If you look at the t-shirt like a blank canvas and the accessories as decoration each piece plays an important role. They must be cohesive, create dimension, and lead to a focal point. 

Accessory Details:                                                                                                                                   
Vintage stone and gold earrings: These earrings are mood earrings, they change colors depending on the temperature. They turn from green to blue to deep purple, in this photo they are deep purple which I was pleased with. It added a surprise element of color to the look.                                                                                  
Buckle bracelet: This bracelet was attached to some winter boots of mine I never wore I took them off the boot, placed them on my wrist, and buckled them.                                                                                      
Vintage necklaces: I decided to pair a few necklaces together; I put a green stoned necklace to add some color, a square pendant with a dynamic tribal necklace that added dimension to everything.          
Giraffe Print sunglasses and Vintage Braided belt: I found these thrifting 


What is Love?

Love is the extent of just living to fulfilling ones destiny, to embracing every perfect flaw. Love is not being suicidal at the very least but enough to be the ultimate love. Waking up hating your life but loving yourself just enough to live it. True love prevails and overcomes even the deepest seeded hate and keeps your eyes open through the toughest times. Love will not let you kill yourself. In all honesty the worst bum on the street should have your upmost respect. For waking up to life, still being here and not giving up when their lives have seemed to hit rock bottom. Lacking motivation to lift ones self up, a lifestyle even the “strongest” man may not be able to handle. Woke up and lived another day. Didn’t take his/her own life, that is love. Maybe a grim, dim love but love none the less. And in the end probably fulfilled their destiny regardless, to inspire another to do better. That is love, the slightest amount having a greater effect. That is God. 

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