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Distressed

Distressed – Still Here

This is a rather old post, caught a bit of writers block over the last month. Even the simple stuff I couldn’t get out but here it is. For this post I wanted to do something that connects with what’s going on over north Minneapolis and add an element of design that’s more custom and creative. One part of design I really enjoy is being able to manipulate fabrics, dye fabrics, and distress them. The look in these photos focuses on a pair distressed shorts, I did all the work to them myself and was ultimitely pleased. I originally pulled the inspiration from a homeless man I had seen who’s pants were so ripped they were actually aesthetically pleasing minus the dirt of course. So I decided to create a pair of long distressed and shredded shorts.

  

With the tornado hitting north Minneapolis this summer, the government shut down that sent many low income families in a frenzy, raised stress levels and not to mention all the everyday struggles that come with living in this economy alone. The tornado definitely helped to create an image that reflects the times. With the winter approaching and many areas and homes still in ruins its important to remember the difference between man and man-made. As a man you have the power to create, so that’s exactly what I did. In doing so you have to remember that after every storm is a blessing.

    

These distressed shorts are the  focus of this look, and they were fun creating. Each aspect of these shorts are symbolic to what happened over north.They started off as a regular pair of DKNY mens jeans then I simply just cut them and did a distressing techinque to create the fringes by ripping away cross grain threads, which is kinda what tornados do; rips things apart.

                

                

The jeans were originally darker so I bleached them but not a complete immersion i bound them first to create cracks and different shades of blue. This represents how after the tornado seemed to have stripped certain areas there was still many other areas still in tact, still full of color and life. It also represents the lack of trees in these areas and how now more light can be let in.  I had some different styled studs laying around that I decided to add to them for style purposes, redesign is key. Take something that may appear flawed, torn and distressed and add style to it to enhance its beauty.


Here I wanted to take the time to recognize a group of artist and professionals who did an amazing job of finding the light in a dark situation, and also was able to find beauty in what appeared to be a distressed situation, Juxtapostion Art (for information on what they’re about and other amazing projects of theirs you can click the link above). I absolutely adore the artwork they did over the summer but this one is my favorite. It managed to capture a great deal of the key elements that make up the north Minneapolis community. Elements any north-sider have grown to love and appreciate and remind us all that no tornado, or any other situation for that matter can take away the fact that we are still here. The tornado is considered minor to all of the great things/ people that have come from mpls and the great things to come.
 

“Ruin is a gift, Ruin is the road to transformation.” – Elizabeth Gilbert.

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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. 

   

FOR MY MOTHER

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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Hold Your Own

The White Dress Shirt

If you don’t have one, then I’d advise every woman to get one. In my book it’s definitely a staple piece in my closet, the basic white dress shirt. The one I am wearing in these photos is a plain Calvin Klein from Macy’s. What I like most about this shirt is its fit, because of its relaxed fit (It’s actually a boys shirt) it becomes very versatile. It is a basic shirt not to be confused with plain or boring. It can be dressed up with accessories, you can wear it with a suit, or dress it down with some denim. It will make almost any outfit look clean and polished without looking stiff. Even worn alone this shirt can hold it’s own, that is really what makes this staple piece so great. It’s effortless!

ACCESSORIES: Not a huge fan of earrings that dangle, I prefer studded earrings that sit close to the earlobe. I thought some very fem earrings made more sense seeing my hair was in a short hair style, paired with an ascot styled scarf for a little more color and to switch up the prints gave the  look a little something extra and unexpected with an ethnic feel. 

 

“SHUT UP” SHOES: 5 1/2 inches of pure “SHUT UP!” A floral print heel, we all know floral prints are in right now. Even though some are skeptical about the print worn in abundance with any look. I absolutely love a good floral print! This serves as a great alternative to those shy of prints to utilize accessories such as shoes to bring in  some print and color but not potentially over do it. 

A MUST HAVE: This purse is a favorite of mine, I got it second hand. A vintage mini brief styled shoulder bag. This purse style I can see myself wearing for a while and I’ve started investing and searching for similar items. It is all leather and will give any look a masculine edge however the sling strap mixed with the belt buckle and rounded edges keeps the purse feminine. I must also say I love the color scheme of the purse, it has a very fall color palette and I love to mix elements from the fall with ones from the summer.



The Bible says we must be quick to listen and slow to speak and anger. But I got something to say, I just hope you’ll listen. Sometimes I wish my black people would get pissed. So fed up they REFUSE to dismiss the fact that this system was not made for us. Although built on our backs not allowed to crack. Sometimes I wish black people would get sad. Programmed to feel nothing, we wear the mask. That grins. and lies. hides our cheeks. shades our eyes. This debt we play to human guile. with torn bleeding hearts, smile! Damnit Smile! In a country built on our blood sweat and tears we are not allowed to cry. Sometimes I wish my black people would just be black and realize that in doing so you can not and will not break. We once carried this world in our hands. on our shoulders against will and with the same shoulders we can not lean. we can not stand. You see our color formed this system. our tears built this country. And our anger Freed us. It’s time to hold our own.

                                                                        (Hair and Makeup By: Anita Hutchinson)

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Color Me In

TC Summer Color: Candy Rain

For this look I decided to have a lil fun and bring in pops of color. Even though Minnesota hasn’t seen too much of summer yet and the days are very iffy one minute it’s nice and sunny the next gloomy and rainy. I like this look because it kinda straddles that fence as well by pairing some fall colors; the muted tans and grays with a bright red, blue and hint of lime. The heavier slack compliments the loose light weight tank baring skin for a summer appeal. You can look forward to seeing more ill fitted clothing tailored to my body type to give off the androgynous appeal; too big slouchy pants (like in these photos), and tailored menswear with a fem twist. 

I am a versatile individual

not to be confused with a chameleon

but more like a mood ring

In tune with myself over anything

Shifting when I feel like it

and changing when it’s time

moving forward and not looking back on what or who seems to be left behind…for now.

It is important to explore almost critical to thoroughly examine ones talent

arriving close to immaculate

Here lies the breeding ground for innovation

Leaving no stone left unturned

finding something to call all your own

Not consciously unconsciously copying another

but giving birth to a brand like no other

…You walked on untouched land

With the past in one and the future in the other….

Hand.

Now that's how you sell popcorn! 🙂

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My Strength: My Fathers Blessing

I Am My Fathers Daughter: The PowerHouse Woman
In honor of Fathers Day I decided to do something special for all the father’s celebrating. Macy’s is known for their unique, stylistic and well executed window displays that change depending on the season and reason. They always manage to catch my attention when walking past no matter how many times I’ve seen the display since I frequent the downtown area. I couldn’t help but notice the Fathers Day display, seeing that the androgynous look is one of my favorites I was inspired and thought it would be bunches of fun to give one of these looks a shot. I couldn’t think of a better way to say Happy Fathers Day than to Straight ROCK a suit. [Photography By: Brandy Hyatt]  [ Make Up By: Anita Hutchinson]


Blessing in Disguise

Dad a word that should just roll off the tongue like a spanish rr but my name is just Tierra

unfortunately I am not bilingual

The word would start in my chest a knotted up mess

and without choice would force its way up as if I was giving birth for the first time, everytime.

Bounce off the tip of my tongue and squeeze through my reluctant teeth shifting each one aside.

Distracted by my imperfect smile you failed to look deep into my eyes.

You did not want to know me, you did not want to know the truth

That behind these eyes was an idealistic view of you and each time you fell short of what I wanted.

You fell far from the cliff, with me close to the cliff

when I looked at you your blood pushing through my veins I felt closer to cliff.

Sitting close to the television hoping his love would seep through the screen, and it did. He was my father and I was his daughter

my name was Tierra Nicole Huxtable

As I grew older and reality set in it changed to Bitter Nolastname. Turning my back on the TV I stumbled in search of someone to blame. Bumping into mirrors before actually looking up

I looked up and didn’t stop

and my father was there waiting as if saying

it is my fault, blame me for you dads short comings but realize

the definition of a blessing in disguise.

I am a strong woman with the ability to take advantage of a blessing buried deep in misfortune. Thanks be to the one that made me, the one that helped bring me into this world. All the absent fathers who have never shown up to shed light on my life. To the fictional fathers for inspiration but most importantly the father that gave life to my mind, body, spirit and soul…Jesus Christ for explaining the situation. HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

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