Wednesday, July 29, 2009
This is strictly for the Stylistos,
In the August issue of Details Magazine, the mag has linked up with great American clothing designer Kenneth Cole to share his 10 Rules to Great Style.
Fellas check it out:
1. Clothing is maybe the single greatest form of self-expression. Whether you're fashion-impaired or fashion-inspired, I urge everyone to take a few extra minutes every day to contemplate the message you’re sending to the world.
2.If you wear a fragrance, make sure it doesn't arrive before you do and linger when you're gone.
3.Few people get dressed up today. Mix dressy with casual or rugged with refined. And one item should be more tailored. For example, if you're wearing a T-shirt, wear cleaner jeans. Wear a blazer with the jeans or a casual top with slacks. (I like this rule)
4.Beyond any other accessory, shoes will have a very significant impact on how you look—they make the whole outfit come together. There's that old adage that before you judge somebody you should walk a mile in their shoes. Then if you don't like them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes. What you wear below the ankles is critical. (YES!!!!! and fellas like I said before, a woman notices your shoes before anything else.)
5.Establish a uniform, then layer in something new to make it fresh each day. I always have my white shirt, my jeans, and my boots. Then I mix up the rest. Some days I wear a graphic tee with a white shirt and a vest. The next, I might wear a white shirt, a V-neck sweater, and a pin-striped blazer. But the must-haves for every wardrobe are a white shirt and a comfortable blazer. (Staples are so important, its how you style those staples that will give you a different look every time.)
6.When all else fails, wear black.
7.Vests are the accessory of the season. They look great as an element of sportswear or with a suit—as long as they're not matching. It's about breaking up the suit and then wearing the pieces as separates. The jacket, with or without the vest, can be worn with jeans. The pants can be worn with sneakers, T-shirts, and hooded sweaters.
8.Patterns, like stripes, need to be very subtle. The message overall should be that you're not wearing a matched wardrobe (or on parole). Contemplate wearing a jacket that doesn't match your pants and a shirt that matches neither. Your belt and shoes don't have to match either, but there needs to be a sense that everything works together. (I'm a firm believer of having a strategic plan when planning your fit. Your fit should have a point of view)
9.You've done a good job if people see you and say, "You look great," as opposed to "Where did you buy your shoes, and how much did you pay for the jacket?" Your clothing choices should help present you.
10.No matter how long it takes you to get dressed, it shouldn't look like it took more than 10 minutes.
Details Mag has always been one of my favorite Men's magazine.
I recommend every man to subscribe to Details mag, no... you can not buy style, but you can definitely get inspired.
I was in the Kenneth Cole store in Soho about 2 weeks ago, his assortment is very young and fresh and most importantly... on SALE!!
I'm going to start working on Rules to Dope Style, Search.Style.Snap edition! HA!
If you want to contribute some of your style rules email me.
Until next time
same place tomorrow
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
This goes to show, you can style your layered pearls with a formal attire and a laid back comfy fit.
I need to get some!
Until next time
I was reading The Fashionbomb this morning, one of my favorite blogs, and I learned Sex and the City 2 are having casting calls for fashionista extras!!!
WOOHOOOO!!!! I'm sooo hyped!
The casting director is seeking actors to play Fashion Models, Celebrity types, Upscale Socialites, Fashionistas, Urban Club goers, Gays and Lesbians, International types (Middle Eastern, Arabic, Asian, European, British), and Professional Soccer Players.
This could be your fashion calling stylistas!
The casting will be held in NYC on Tuesday August 4th at Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street between 6th and 7th Aves).
If you are Screen Actors Guild members you get first dibs- you are welcomed from 10am-12:30pm. All others are to come from 1:30pm-4pm.
The dope thing about this casting call is you can send in a recent photo and contact info to sexandthecity2@gwcnyc; if you can not make the casting call, this is for all out-of-towners.
You can catch your girl there bright and early. I’m not an actress but I will definitely put my actress hat on to be an extra. I'm a SATC FAN!!! I watch the movie at least twice a week it's only right I try to get my fashion extra debut. I'm also going to send in a picture! HA!
All you stylistas meet you there!
Until next time
same place tomorrow
Monday, July 27, 2009
She's reppin': Brooklyn
Fav. Designer: Marc Jacobs (one of mine too)
Fav Store: La Vedette- small boutique in BK
Heel or Wedge? Wedge
Fashion Rules you live by? The right size and fit make all the difference.
Describe your style: Classic, a classic look can always be updated with a current trend, color, or accessory
What inspired this look? "I saw the skirt while killing time and knew just what to pair it with."
Occupation: Showroom Manager
Fav item in the closet: "I just brought a wide brim red sun hat, I'm in love with it at the moment.
Top: Express, $18
Skirt: H&M, $25
Shoes: Steve Madden, $150
Jacket: Armani Exchange, $180
Rosary: Notre-Dame in Paris
I caught up with Tyesha celebrating her Bday party at Glass and I thought she looked so chic, I had to expose her simple style. I say simple in a stylicious way, Simple is VERY CHIC!!!!
What drew me to her fit was the jacket and the cool shoulder detailing. The bow added a girlie feel to the dark hues.
A black pleated skirt is and always will be a sure hit! It screams chic!
The faux python sandals were giving Carrie Bradshaw's Dior Gladiators all the way- but a recession option... LOVE IT!
Kudos to Tyesha- Great Style
What do you think of her style?
Until Next time
Same place Tomorrow...
I was surfing the web and found a great pic of Chrisette Michele. This girl came along way!!! I wonder who is her stylist.... hmmmm... I think it's June Ambrose- I remember June Tweeting about Chrisette.
Salute to June, because Chrisette is looking fab and I LOVE her hair cut.
The best part about Chrisette's style in this pic... south of her ankles!!!
I just purchased the same booties today from Steve Madden!!! I love to see celebrities in recession friendly brands. I'm a fan of Steve Madden; good quality, trendy, and a great price.
Recessionistas love Steve Madden!
When I wear mine I will post a pic.
Steve Madden is having a crazy dope sale.
I only paid $20.00 for mine!!! YEP!!! Run over to Steve Madden and get your shop on.
I told you stylistas, I will hook you up when I get the skinny on the sales!! :)
I found a short viddy of June and Chrisette giving style tips... enjoy
until next time
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I was web surfing and came across a great cause using a simple black dress, definitely a staple every stylista and fashionista should have in their closet.
Sheena has pledged to wear the same black Dress for 365 DAYS. She calls this idea The Uniform Project. I know it sounds crazy and impossible but its actually rather dope and very doable.
Fashion with a cause!!!!
Sheena is raising the money for the Akanksha Foundation, a non-profit organization designed to strengthen the education system in the slums of Mumbai. All of the contributions for the Uniform Project will go towards the organization for school uniforms and other school expenses. That is dope!
This is a rare and interesting idea. Sheena states she got the idea from personal experience from having to accessorize her uniforms in school. She says all the kids in her school would add their own spin and twist to represent their on individual styles and personality.
It's not what you wear, but how you wear it!
Through the website monetary donations could be made.
I know its hard to be optimistic about her pulling this project off, but designer, Eliza Starbuck has designed the LBD for it to be worn in so many different ways. The dress can be worn front or back, as a jacket, or an open tunic. The dress was created using a durable breathable cotton great for many different seasons. The accessories Sheena will be wearing are ebay finds, vintage shops, and flea markets. Talk about getting fly on a buck.
The cool thing about this project is, Sheena is inviting any jewelry or fashion designer to donate original pieces or collaborate with her on creating different ensembles. She will then give shout outs and promotions to your website or blog the day she wears your creation. These type of donations can be made thru the website too. If you are designers take advantage of this cause.
The way she works different garments and style her accessories are so dope.
Until next time
Friday, July 24, 2009
It's been some days since my last post, yeah I'm slacking but im back to deliver.
Macy's Live Strong window is the inspiration for this post, along with my boyfriend teasing me and my BFF about not eating healthy. I need to head to the gym, first I need gym clothes. Even breaking a sweat I have to do it in style.
Here are some styling tips for looking good while you are working out; whether you are breaking a sweat on the treadmill, running the track, weight lifting in the gym, taking a dance class, or just heading over to the local yoga center, you can do it in style.
To have a great workout style, color plays a great part. Feminine colors like pink, purple, aqua blue, grass green, white, and black are the best style choices. Black is a great color because it's very slimming and camouflages the sweat.
Great style is having your track pants, jackets, and leggings that fit properly. It's nothing like having a saggy rear walking around the weight room.... no bueno
Having bright accessories can jazz up any outfit. The accessories enhance your style, it shouldn't destroy it. Cool hair ties are essential. Pulling your hair back from your face is important when working out- it tames your locks. Playful water bottles adds an extra hand candy when taking a water break from crunches. A dope bag to house your fabulous clothes is also eye catching. Think of your gym bag as your Louie Speedy... Dope accessory. While you jam on the stair master, having a great ipod case is a great accessory and adds cool style addition to your workout fit.
Ladies sport bras are your best friend, it will tame the girls. I'm a fan of print sport bras- it adds personality. When wearing a print you must balance your fit with a solid.
Having a great pair of sneakers will bring your outfit home. Colorful sneakers will not only add comfort but head turning in the gym.
Shopping Note: Stella McCartney by Adidas have one of the best fashionable athletic assortment. The best thing about the line you can wear for pieces to the gym and on a movie date. With times like these, having alot for your buck is DOPE!
Styling at the gym should be essential for men. This is the place women attend for the "Guns Show"... get it??? lol.
While you are in the gym working your butts off you should do it in style.
Color is and will always be important when discussing style. For great color you should gravitate towards royal blue, bright reds, apple greens, black, grey, and yellow. Color coordinating your fit is essential too. Do not pair your red track pants with a yellow sweatshirt.... Yikes!
Sneakers are very important when working out. The right sneakers can give great support and it will complete your look. My favorite is the Nike Shocks or the Air Max 95'.
Like any other fit, accessories only enhance your look. It's great for a man to add some cool workout accessories like: the LiveStrong rubber band, Nike wrist bands and heads, workout gloves in a great color, ipod arm band, and a really cool water bottle.
Men normally have very simple styles, but a fun track jacket can explode your workout fit. I'm digging the shiny track jackets on men. It adds style and a fashion sense. I'm feeling it!
Shopping Note: Run over to Macy's and check it Live Strong collection. It's pretty dope! I've always loved and appreciated the Adidas store in the village... huge selection.
With the following tips and inspiration you can turn your boring workout gear to fabulous head turning style. Even if you do not work hard in the gym, you can at least look the part!!! :)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The other night while flipping through the channels I noticed a cool site my boyfriend was on, he was exploring all the crazy fitted hats, dope t-shirts, and vibrant sneakers . Later I learned he was on Leaders1354 website. A cool Chicago store that houses dope street wear. The site is more directed towards guys, but it had great stuff, from clothes, to sneakers, to art.
There was a pair of kicks that automatically caught my attention and as your style reporter I felt it is my duty to deliver dope finds.
Meet the Nike Air Hoop Structure. For all you sneaker heads who peeped these along time ago, this is the first time I'm seeing these and I suggest if you are a sneaker head to pick these up. These drop Holiday 2009 so keep an eye out. Every Stylisto needs a great pair of kicks.
Head over to www.leaders1354.com to see more dope street wear.
Let me know what else you find.
Side note: I wonder if Kanye visits whenever he goes back home... Hmmmmm
For all you sneaker heads who know the skinny on dope sneakers before they hit the airwaves- email me, I will post them on the site :)
until next time
I was on Forever 21 website cruising through the accessory section, though I don't buy too much of the garments, the accessories are the best, I came across some dope tanks!
Burnout Pocket Tank
Ever wanted to explore Rihanna's Rock chic look, try out these tanks.The Burnout Pocket Tanks are giving me a style attack. I'm loving them.
What I love about these tanks are the inspirational messages with the definition. LOVE!
These tanks will take any style from casual boring to Rock & Roll Chic.
Pair your choice of tank with some leather leggings, motorcycle boots, skinny jeans, or Rock & Roll Studded Booties. I'm thinking of spike accessories... Im having a moment! :)
The best thing about it is the price, $11.80. WOOHOO... talk about recession friendly!
I'm thinking about the Imagine, Hope, and Love- they have a Beauty one also.
Run over to forever21.com and get you one.
Which one are you buying?
I'm ordering mine RIGHT NOW! :)
Until next time
Same place Tomorrowoxoxo
Friday, July 17, 2009
If these aviators don't scream SWAG I don't know what does. These aviators will add the finishing touches to ANY fit, whether you are going suit flow, jeans or t-shirt, you are guarantee to look great!... Like a cop car.... hahah
First let me just say, I'm tight they don't have these in ladies, tho I'm not a sneaker lover, I would cop a pair. I know these are high to be "Nikes" but I'm a firm believer in High Low style and some things should be invested in, and these are one of them. You can go Kanye flow on them and pair these sneaks with a straight leg jean and a solid color tee from American Apparel. Or you can style it with some shorts, either way you will have people looking south of your ankles!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I owe yall great apologies, I have not posted your daily style fix in a couple days. I'm having some technical difficulties and this computer is blowing mines. The computer is hating on my blog!!! It's not allowing me to fix my pics and to top it off, my boyfriend is not around to HELP!!!! :(
Don't worry, I will be posting tomorrow- I have a great style line-up for you guys: dope interview from a young fabulous fashion designer, Real Style from dope style streetwalkers, Men's 5 Must Haves for Summer, June Ambrose re-cap, and much much more. Please bare with me!
I hope I have not disappointed you guys.
Same place tomorrow!!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
These babys' gonna run you a whopping $1,500.00 easy... I'm trying to gather up a "Get Chee Chee those McQueen" collection fund... Any donations?
My next fashion obsession is the Black Quilted Lambskin Classic Flap Chanel Bag.
The name alone fits the character of this bag... This is definitely a classic bag, and if you can afford it or somehow get hit by a cab and get lawsuit money, this is a purchase i strongly suggest!!! It will out live YOU!What are your fashion obsessions???
Women are trading their booty-hugging denims for a pair of boyfriend jeans and switching their tailored fit blazer for an over sized blazer. Today's designers are putting their feminine twist to their male inspired collections.
To Lock In this trend, add a slouchy or oversize button up to your wardrobe. To save cost, grab a white button up out of your boyfriend's closet (or brother) and roll up the sleeves.
Also try an over sized blazer, those are pretty cool. You can head over to H&M, get a size bigger and roll up the sleeves! Zara has a dope "Boyfriend" blazer... on sale!
The Gap has a whole collection inspired by the boyfriend jean; from ex-long tanks, to oversize v-neck sweaters! DOPE!
Lastly- the trick is to wear the over sized pieces, but add your girlie accents, whether its a pop lip color, big jewelry, or statement heels, make sure to not make a super chic trend look sloppy. Remember its all about your style and how you incorporate the trends. Don't let the trends wear you, you ROCK the trends.
This is definitely a new day, women can definitely do what a man can do and doing it in their jeans! Ha!
Check out my style interpretation of the "Boyfriend" jean. This is one of my sets off of Polyvore.com- All stylistas are "locked in". Head over to http://www.polyvore.com/ and create your own boyfriend set, email it to me... :)
Boy Meets Girl by SwagGirlChee featuring Hello Kitty accessories
Styling tips: Pair a destroyed paired of boyfriend jeans with a long sheer tank topped with a cropped lightweight leather. Adding detail, cuff the jeans at the bottom. Definitely rock a pair of oxfords- try silver :)
An important addition to any outfit is the right jewelry. Try a couple of thin long silver necklaces, big face watch (men's), studded cuff, and an over size ring. Leave the huge handbag at home and rock a big clutch (preferably a bright color)!!!
Im soooo sorry. I didn’t realize how hard and time consuming managing a blog could be.
I have a couple of things for you guys today so don’t fret!
As a fashionista turned reccessionista- the sight of a sale gets me sooo excited, and in these economic times I know you guys will appreciate it me sharing my sale discoveries.
I was on of my favorite shop website http://www.asos.com/ and there is a fabulous sale going on right now!
Up to 80% off!!!
For those of you who have been sleeping under a rock- Asos.com is a dope online fashion shop! Definitely add this site to your favorites!
After an hour of sale surfing I have a some favs.
Check it out!
MEN KNIT TOPS
Head on over to http://www.asos.com/ and surf for yourself. The prices are DOPE, I have a couple of things in my shopping cart right now!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Check out the 5 Must-Haves for this season that will guarantee to have anyone asking you, "Where did you get that?"
5. Anything Khaki
All of your favorite designers are creating a khaki palette into their assortments.
Alexander Wang for Gap created a cleaver khaki collection at a recessionista price.
Style tips: add olive green to your khaki outfit- whether its jewelry or a tank, the two hues make a great combination.