We cannot allow this warm weather to sneak up on us without sharing with you our IT – BAG for spring. Season after season, buyers, designers and stylist deem what the “It-Bag” of the season will be. I was never one to indulge in such a thing, you know we are all about “do what works for you!” Well..well..well ladies, this season I have a change of heart. (FYI: There are not many trends or items that change my opinion, everything is not for everybody.) So, what is this heartthrob that D&D are going crazy over…
REBECCA MINKOFF’s MORNING AFTER CLUTCH (M.A.C.)
My love for Rebecca Minkoff began during my internship at Accessories magazine, when she was featured for her inspiring raise-to-fame story. Some may be surprised to know that Minkoff started in 2001 with a five-piece apparel line. However, it wasn’t until 2005 when the Morning After Clutch was an instant success, that the now iconic bag shifted her focus.The M.A.C. is famous for being the day-to-night handbag—-functional and versatile!
Being a lover of Rebecca Minkoff for some time now, I’ve seen the M.A.C evolve and grow in popularity and designs through the years. I totally believe this bag is a functional item for ANY woman. I’ve spotted the M.A.C on the shoulders of business women rushing into the office with their coffee in hand…clutched in the hands of stylish women standing in line at the club…hanging on the strollers while stay-at-home moms are out with the kiddies during the day. It is truly the IT BAG!
You may ask, why now? Why spring 2012 are we deeming this iconic bag the “It-Bag” of the season? Let me tell you, every bit of composure and poise went out the window when we viewed the Spring 2012 Collection. Minkoff could not have done a better job at giving us bold colors, textures, skins, studs and of course awesome hardware. No matter your style, this spring your look can be taken to the next level when adding the M.A.C. Checkout some of our favs, you are sure to be inspired!
Click on the photo above to view the M.A.C. featured in our video, “Styling a Classic White Shirt 4 Ways” on A STYLd LIFE’s Fashion Channel.
Unique footwear is a must for anyone that strives to be STYLd. Who doesn’t feel amazing when wearing a fantastic pair of heels?! I stumbled across these carbon fiber…yes I just said carbon fiber…heels today. Not only can you carbon fiber-out your motorcycle or your car, but you can now carbon fiber your stilettos.
Up and coming designer Zuzana Serbak has created some beauties. Look for yourself…I for one am ALL IN on this carbon fiber thing. Something about wearing it as a fashion statement feels sexy-tough. I am in love, are you??
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With all the craziness (good crazy) that’s been going on I couldn’t find the time to share these amazing spring lookbook photos with you. One of the things on my daily to-do list is to look through editorials lookbooks and campaigns, I am always inspired by the clothes and I just ADORE the styling. So, here are some of the photos I have in my stash. BE INSPIRED!
Alexandra Spencer for Car Mar Spring 2012
Remember ladies, spring is all about being carefree and daring. Mix your favorite bold colors and prints, wear cutoff denim and be chic…dressing with ease!
Abby Brothers for Elizabeth and James Textile Collection
Martha Hunt for Free People Spring 2012
Kasis Struss for Zara Spring 2012
Arizona Muse for Louis Vuitton Cruise 2012
Valerija Kelava & Eniko Mihalik for Club Monaco Spring 2012
Vika, Frida and Toni for H&M Trend Update Spring 20120
Last month I had the opportunity to meet Cheryl Wadlington at an event in the city. As we chatted about my goals to help young girls with their self-esteem, she told me that is her mission and now she is super excited to release her book, The DivaGirl’s Guide to Style and Self-Respect. From our talk, I hoped this would be exactly what teenage girls need to boost their confidence and show them how to get through their teenage years. Since our conversation, I couldn’t wait for Ms. Cheryl to send me a copy of this much anticipated book. I was super anxious to see if this could be the “go-to” book for urban teenage girls. Well, it was worth the wait…
The DivaGirl’s Guide to Style and Self-Respect by Cheryl Ann Wadlington is referred to as “the quintessential urban etiquette book for today’s girl on the go.” You may say, well we’ve seen these books before. However, what makes The DivaGirl’s Guide different is the language and topics discussed. As I read through the chapters, I did not feel that Wadlington was preaching, but more so having a girl-to-girl conversation of I’ve been where you are, I understand what you face as a teenage girl, let’s come up with some ways to overcome your fears. For example, Ms. Cheryl shared one of the most important lessons she learned, “It’s OK to fall. Just get back up and keep on strutting,” which is the DivaGirl’s mantra to live by.
Before getting to Chapter 1, Ms. Cheryl gives character traits of a DivaGirl vs. an ordinary girl. Without giving them all away, a DivaGirl works the room while an ordinary girl hangs on the wall. A DivaGirl cultivates real friends while an ordinary girl settles for anybody being her friend. What a powerful way to open the book! This allows the reader to do a self evaluation, which will encourage her to put into action what she reads going forward.
Another aspect of The DivaGirl’s Guide to Style and Self-Respect is the “Just Like You” feature. Just Like You consist of questions from other teen girls that are answered by an all-star panel, such as Grammy Award-Winning singer, Monica. This is an important aspect because it shows the reader that she is not alone on the journey to womanhood. The panel covers a variety of questions from how to shop on a budget to keeping a boyfriend interested without sex. Ms. Cheryl is also inspiring teen girls by encouraging entrepreneurship through sharing stories of other girls who are creating jewelry, starting dance academies and making animal balloons. More importantly, her focus is getting girls to start saving money at a young age and giving them tips on being professional.
Ms. Cheryl shares in the book… “People will be willing to invest in you if you are willing to invest in yourself.” I believe any girl that reads this book and take a moment to look in the mirror will benefit. Not only is The DivaGirl’s Guide to Style and Self-Respect a book, it’s also a journal. Each chapter has open-ended questions that will help the reader embrace who she is instead of focusing on seeing herself through the eyes of other people. Ms. Cheryl raises questions like… What absolutely excites you? What is the thing that drives you crazy about yourself? Then, she says FLIP IT “Try seeing how the negative things you don’t like about yourself or your life could be turned into something positive.”
With all that Ms. Cheryl dishes on about style, money, relationships, self-respect and health she still keeps it current when speaking on etiquette. In the days of being surrounded by technology she leaves room to discuss issues like body language, when and when not to use text language (LOL/BFF) and what should not be shared on social media sites.
Overall, I was filled with joy reading this book because finally somebody has got it right. Ms. Cheryl realizes that girls just need someone to understand what they are going through, but more importantly giving them an outlet to reflect and grow. If you have any teenage girls in your life, The DivaGirl’s Guide to Style and Self-Respect is the perfect gift that they can use over and over again.
The DivaGirl’s Guide to Style and Self-Respect can be purchased on Amazon.
The spring season has finally arrived and fellas, I have 4 trends for the spring that will take your wardrobe from “snooze” to “can’t lose.”
1. A Pop of Color
As we shy away from the navy’s and gray’s of winter, it’s now time to add a little pop of color to your wardrobe. You can take any outfit and add a single item of bold color. And don’t worry! There is no shortage of designers who haven’t added strong colorways to their collections.
Designers: Paul Smith, Psycho Bunny by Robert Godley, TOD’S, Gucci
2. Casual and Classy
You can take a casual look like a blazer, buttonup shirt, and jeans and add a element of class and finesse with accessories such as a bowtie, a colorful pocket square, or cufflinks. To finish the look, make sure your shoes or loafers (if they are leather) are polished. Voila!
3. Prints – If You Dare
Never be afraid to include prints into the Spring additions to your wardrobe. Stripes, checks & plaids, florals, and paisleys can provide some excitement to any outfit. You can be fresh in bold colors or you can be daring by mixing and matching patterns.
Designers: Robert Graham, Etro, Versace, Edward Ahmar
4. Textures – See it! Feel it!
Textured clothing supplies a dimension of style like no other, and this spring season, it’s all about breathable, wearable fabrics. Your wardrobe should include items such as a tweed sportscoat, a linen suit or slacks, a tropical wool blazer, and of course anything cotton.
With these tips, you’re now equipped to Spring forward into fashion! Don’t be apprehensive to combine any number of these four trends and make them your own.
- Robert “Poppy” Williams (BOYDS Philadelphia)
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I am always looking forward to receiving my Free People catalog in the mail. Not only do I ADORE the locations (amazing for great photography), but the styling and fashion is to die for! March catalog takes place in Vietnam featuring Martha Hunt & Michele Ouellet.
Free People captures the true essences of spring. Carefree, bold and daring! Easy-breezy spring is perfect for flowing dresses, cutoff denim, bold colors and prints.
With my birthday approaching I’m receiving “birthday gifts” in the mail from stores that I frequently shop. Usually, I don’t bother to look at the cards…well except for my $5 off at DSW (I always take any discount on shoes).
This year, for the first time I received a card from Aveda that said “come into your local store for a free Personal Blend,” as I stated before, wasn’t really interested so the card just set on the table for a couple weeks. Well, last week when we had gorgeous weather, I went out for lunch and decided to see what the Personal Blends were all about. Boy, was I in for a treat!
When I arrived I gave the Sales Associate my card. She took me over to the Personal Blend Bar, where I was able to smell an assortment of essential oils, to pick my favorite scent. Being a lover of Jasmine, I choose the blend that combined Jasmine, Vanilla and Cinnamon. After choosing my favorite essential oil, she gave me the option to blend the oil to make lotion, massage oil, body wash or perfume (what a hard decision). This was perfect timing, because I am trying to make better choices for my skin. For that reason, I chose lotion. The Sales Associate then pulled out a bottle of unscented natural Aveda lotion, put the essential oil bottle upside down over the lotion spout and let the oils slowly drip in the lotion. So while my concoction was being made I enjoy some soothing tea. After a portion of the oil was blended with the lotion, she gave the bottle a nice shake and off I went with my Personal Blend lotion!
I am completely sold on making my own body products with Aveda because 1. It’s all natural 2. I can choose my own scent and 3. Its SO REFRESHING!
If you want products that are better for your skin with an invigorating scent, go into your local Aveda store and create your Personal Blend. You wont be disappointed!
We are often asked questions like…How did ASL come up with SolidStitch? What inspired you to do a t-shirt collection to support The Feltonville Dream Center (FDC)? What is FDC?…and so on.
We so appreciative the amount of support we’ve received in the last month for The Dream Collection and it is important to us to share with you why the Dream Collection is important to us and why you should support.
You may be surprised to know that in the beginning, Diane and I coming together had nothing to do with A STYLd LIFE, but all to do with The Dream Collection. This idea was birthed out of a conversation between two friends during a car ride. For us, business partners and A STYLd LIFE were no where in the picture (little did we know). Some how, we started discussing our mentor’s (CEO of FDC) vision for The Feltonville Dream Center, understanding that his vision is bigger than him and that it would take a village to make it happen. Both believing that FDC will be “that place” for the community. We quickly realized, we had the same views on making it our business to do what we can to see this vision come to life. One of us made the statement, “we should make t-shirts” and the other said “I always wanted to have a t-shirt line.” With that in mind, soon as we reached our destination we started brainstorming names, what would go on the shirts etc…
After seeing our vision come to life, we both knew this was something that was in God’s plan all along, we just had to do our part to make it happen. The Dream Collection isn’t about Diane & DeAnna or A STYLd LIFE, its about wanting to see a man’s vision come to life that will change children’s lives and the community they live in. We believe that everyone has gifts and talents to make the world a better place. Diane and I are using fashion!
The quotes on shirt are meant to encourage you and the people around you to continue to dream and to support the dreams of others–that is exactly what you are doing when you purchase a Dream Collection shirt! We Can’t Die until the lives in Feltonville are changed… how about you?
The collection has four powerful graphics that we hope each and every one of you that reads this will have in your wardrobe.
To purchase your Dream Collection shirt visit www.solidstitch.com
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