Happy New Year! The end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 were filled with academic writing and deadlines because this is my last semester of graduate school. This is my first post of the year and it feels great to be reunited with my blog.
A trip to Miami over the long weekend for a wedding was perfect timing to escape the frigid temperatures in Atlanta. For this post I am sharing a few looks I put together for this trip. It was a fun vacation to dress for because I, like most of the U.S., have been clothed in layers out of necessity for the last few weeks.
Look 1 – Travel Day
I like to travel in comfort and style so I wore these floral joggers from Sudara (found here). Sudara’s collection of lounge-wear and casual pieces are made by women in India who have either escaped human trafficking, or are at high risk of trafficking. In purchasing from the company you are directly helping to provide women with a sustainable income and “empowering them to live in freedom”. I paired the joggers with an off the shoulder crop top (old). Crop and old the shoulder tops were a running theme for the weekend.
Look 2 – Art Deco
Art Deco Weekend is an annual cultural festival along Ocean Drive with everything from live entertainment to a retro fashion show. We caught the Classic Car show. I wore these cropped camouflage pants (found here). They have a high waist and a flattering fit. I paired the pants with a black tank (I cut it into a crop top) and a long duster sweater (similar look here). I completed the look with a pop of pink. These satin pink slippers were a $9 steal I found recently at a Macy’s sale.
Look 3 – Winter Wedding Guest Attire
Shopping for winter weddings can be tricky, especially in a city like Miami where the temperatures are still pretty warm during the winter months. The dress code, if provided, is key to determining the formality of your attire. For winter weddings, I like darker hues and textures. For the cocktail wedding attire, I wore a charcoal off the shoulder dress with crochet lace (found here). My color scheme was pink and gray, so all of my accessories were pink, including a pink choker, pink jeweled earrings, and pink sandals (found here). The clear heel on the sandals was a nice accent.
Look 4 – Wynwood Fashion and Art
This is my favorite look and the weather, low 70s during the day, was perfect for this outfit. I stopped for a photo op at Versace’s old house before visiting the Wynwood Wall Murals. Wynwood is a nice break from South Beach with stores like Nomad Tribe, a store with artisan made apparel and goods, in addition to, art galleries, and a variety of breweries. My top and bottom are both from J. Crew. I wore this black and white off the shoulder shirt (found here) paired with a teal ruffle skirt (found here).
I hope your year is off to an amazing start! Thank you for stopping by! Stay warm 🙂
My posts often feature a mix of new and old items from my closet or multiple ways to style different pieces. With all of the shopping deals and statements on what we need to buy for stylish holiday attire, I decided to create a list for holiday outfit ideas with pieces you probably already have in your closet.
But first, a holiday-inspired look…
Perfect for holiday gatherings, I started with this high-waist pencil skirt when putting this look together. I’ve had this skirt for at least four years! The sequin details, signature during the holiday season, are a mix of pastel pink, gray, and light blue colors. I paired it with a pink over-sized off-the-shoulder sweatshirt by H&M Conscious (found here).
A chunky sweater or an over-sized sweatshirt paired with a straight or full skirt is a subtle contrast that still creates a very feminine look.
I wore color block pumps, also old, which accented the pink color scheme I used throughout this look. Finally, I accessorized with a pearl necklace and pompom earrings, found here.
Here are a few things you may have in your closet that will create festive holiday looks and a few looks for inspiration.
- Black full midi skirt
- Red Sweatshirt or cable knit sweater
- Black high-waist pencil skirt
- Faux fur shawl or vest
- Plaid shirt (love this idea with a full, mid-length tulle skirt) or skirt
- Leopard Print – pumps, flats, or top
- Festive heels
- Anything with sequin!
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Enjoy the holiday season!
- Disengaging in all social media activity after 8pm daily (Have you ever found yourself scrolling through social media on a restless night?).
- Avoiding checking social media within the first hour of waking up (Am I the only one who scrolls though their social media feed as part of their morning routine? I enjoy prayer and meditation in the morning and I look forward to filling my morning with more time engaging in these activities without digital distractions.)
- Limiting the number of times I check social media pages per day AND the overall amount of time spent on social media each day.
- Avoiding the use of my phone during holiday events with family and friends.
- Implementing a digital free day.
After a few years of curiosity, I finally joined a Barre3 studio a few months ago. My first class kicked my behind, but since I have become a loyal fan and I don’t see myself leaving the cult anytime soon lol. Transitioning from a workout that consisted of heavy lifting and running, Barre3 has been a gift that keeps giving to me, bringing more balance to my day, building muscle tone, and most recently providing me with this top and bottom from Lululemon Athletica. Who doesn’t love free gifts?
I tested this outfit in my class and it receives my stamp of approval for comfort and sweat resistance. The pants are super soft and the mesh sides, along with the open back of the shirt, makes them them breathable pieces that work well in classes with a lot of movement.
Whether you are looking for comfortable and casual looks or traveling to and from fitness classes daily, athleisure wear has gained popularity in recent years due to the rise in stylish fitness attire. Anyone else guilty of wearing workout clothes when you have absolutely no intentions of exercising that day?
Built to provide support through your most active workouts with style to carry you through the rest of your day, this brand raises the bar in athletic apparel. I transitioned this look from workout attire to street style chic by adding a few simple additions: faux fur jacket, long cozy cardigan, ankle boots, and an accent clutch.
We experienced our first snow for the season in Atlanta over the weekend and the freezing temperatures provided the perfect opportunity to bring out my faux fur jacket. I wore my favorite ankle boots, purchased last year, and I completed the look with this sparkly clutch.
Snow is a rare occasion here in Atlanta, so it is a picture worthy experience in itself. I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Outfit Details: Top – Lululemon (found here) || Bottom: Lululemon (found here) || Sweater: H&M (old, similar look here) || Jacket: Zara (old, similar look here) Boots – Urban Outfitters (old, similar look here and here) || Purse: Target (not available online)
“Like your favorite pieces of art, textures bring depth to fashion.”
Just in time for cyber Monday, I’m back with Part 2 of my Fall Forecast! Can we agree that fall fashion is bursting with fabulous textures? Velvet, corduroy, leather, wool, fur – it is like eye candy for the tactile senses. Inspired by the textures of season, I’ve been wrapped in pieces accented by faux furs and velvety florals. I am sharing a few of my looks in this post, along with a few similar pieces found online.
Contrasting Sleeves – Add a Little Texture
Starting with sleeves that offer textured additions, I purchased this sweatshirt from Zara (found here). The soft white and gray faux fur sleeves provide the perfect combination of compliment and contrast for the soft ballerina pink color. Side note: When your sleeves are furry, it is hard to resist walking around for the entire day without your arms strategically placed above your waist.
For this look, I wore the over-sized top tucked in and paired it with a pleated gray midi skirt that I purchased from H&M at least five years ago. I completed the look with black faux sued booties.
I found a few additional pieces online with contrasting sleeves that are equally as swoon-worthy.
In the six grade I had a dark green velvet jacket and pants suit from the The Limited Too. Let’s just say that if I still had it, it might be in my wardrobe rotation today because little says fall fashion more than velvet.
While I’ve seen my share of velvet slip dresses so far this season, I am personally enjoying other representations of velvet, including velvet shoes, pants, and blazers. Check out a few of my favorite ways to style velvet below:
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into textures. Stay tuned for part 3 of my fall forecast and subscribe via the link for regular updates!
Now that the temperatures are beginning to drop, I have fully embraced the transition into the fall season. This post is the first in my series on fall fashion, a collection of unique styles that have captured my attention this season.
I could live in full skirts and prints throughout the year, but warmer hues and neutrals are more characteristic of fall. This season, I am loving darker prints, like florals, but the unconventional use of elephants on this print was captivating. The print was made by Ratti, an iconic fixture in fabrics and leading manufacturer of prints, along with other types of fabrics. The skirt and shirt are also on sale at J. Crew right now.
Recreating multiple looks to style the same pieces is essential to getting the most out of your wardrobe. So, I styled the print three different ways to show how prints can be transitioned from daytime to evening wear, or according to the occasion.
Look 1. Prints on Prints
The simplest way to style these pieces is, of course, to put them together. I rarely wear matching prints on top and bottom, but I like this combination together and I think it’s perfect for daytime outings. I wore this outfit with a pair of simple black pumps.
Look 2. For the Work Place
The second look I created is for the work place. I paired the skirt with a white blouse from Anthropologie. I could not find the exact top online, but there is a similar one here. Sometimes my personal style is reminiscent of specific era, and with this ruffled blouse, this look is inspiring a modern interpretation of victorian styles.
Look 3. A Night Out
I created a third look for a night out. For this look, I paired the off-the-shoulder top with a high-waist vegan leather mini skirt. The skirt was purchased from The Limited last year and the color matched perfectly with the color of the elephants. I tied the top at the bottom to accent the high waist of the skirt.
What are your favorite styles for fall? Stay tuned for more fall fashion!
Photos by: FotoMaster
A little over a year ago, Anniesa Hasibuan made history at NY Fashion Week when she debuted her collection. As part of her collection, each model to take the runway wore a hijab. Other fashion lines like Neicy, Amara, and Louella represent the push for more diversity in mainstream fashion, including representations that are inclusive of Muslim women. So, what is modest fashion and what is the, so called, modesty movement? I caught up with one of my favorite fashionable friends, Mina Rasheed, to discuss her personal style, fashion and the hijab, and her take on the modesty movement.
Mina describes her personal style as “relaxed chic with vintage flare”. Read more from her interview below.
What does hijab fashion or the “modesty movement” mean to you?
Modesty isn’t just about the clothes you wear. It’s a conscious lifestyle choice that encompasses how you carry yourself and how you interact with others. So this isn’t just a fleeting fad movement for me…it’s how I try to live my life.
Have you always worn a hijab? How has wearing the hijab shaped your views on fashion over the years?
Hijab is an Arabic word meaning barrier or partition. It’s a broad term that includes principles of modesty for men and women. The most visible form of hijab is the khimar or head covering that Muslim women wear. I’ve worn the khimar since late elementary/middle school and it’s been a part of my fashion choices since then. For me, it’s an extra accessory that I get to shop for and incorporate into my daily dress. I take pride in learning different khimar styles and trying different fabrics and patterns.
How do you feel about the use of the hijab as a fashion statement?
I have mixed feelings about this new “hijabi/modest” fashion trend. While I appreciate being able to find more modest pieces and seeing more inclusive representation of Muslim women, this whole movement feels like a fetishizing of the modest lifestyle. The big name-brand companies are cashing in on this trend without fully appreciating and understanding what it means for those of us who live this life.
Where do you typically shop? What are your favorite clothing lines designed by Muslim fashion designers?
I shop at a mix of consignment/thrift stores, recognizable retailers (i.e.- H&M, NY&Co., Old Navy, etc.) and online stores. Ibtihaj Muhammad, the African American Muslim Woman who was on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team, has a modest fashion line, Louella, that is one of my favorites. I like putting together pieces from different stores to create unique looks.
Mina’s wardrobe staples include “khimars, kimonos/long cardigans, cropped pants and vintage jewelry.” See more of her looks below.
I appreciate diverse representations in fashion, especially those that are inclusive of women who are historically underrepresented (e.g. by race, religion, lifestyle, or intersections of multiple identities). I hope you enjoyed this insight into modest fashion. Many thanks to Mina Rasheed for sharing her perspective! As always, thank you for stopping by!
- Work with Clashing Patterns – Stripes and circles look really good together.
- Identify similar patterns.
I did my first fashion interview for the Carter’s Blog. It was so much fun to talk about fashion and my personal style and I am honored that Sabrina selected me as one of her favorite fashionistas to give style advice.
After reading the article I started to think more about style, where it comes from, and what it means to be “stylish”. When it comes to developing or improving your own personal style, it’s helpful to learn ways to coordinate pieces and how to accessorize, but it is also important to embrace a style that is your own. When I developed the tag line for my blog, “Make your Statement”, I wanted to emphasize that style is more than chasing the latest trends. When you develop a sense of style that is your own, everything flows together effortlessly. The tagline also reflects my love of bold and unique pieces.
This look was captured during my trip to New Orleans for Labor Day weekend. It is one of my favorite cities and I marvel at the unique culture marked by the music, language, cuisine, and customs. With each visit, I am still much like a tourist, captivated by activities that please all of the senses, from the colorful buildings to the sounds of street performers.
Appropriate for a day time stroll through the French Quarter, I kept it cool, comfortable, and chic with this safari-inspired look. I wore this olive jumper and carried the neutral color scheme through my accessories, adding a few pops of color. The suspenders on this jumper are removable, which means more ways to style and wear it.
Accessories can transform your look and I used my accessories to add some bold accents. I wore block heels, a comfortable alternative to wearing flats. The design on the heels and the colors were the perfect compliment to the colors on my top. The hand woven basket purse, with detailed embroidery, and my straw hat complete the safari look, but were also functional parts of my outfit (hello NOLA heat).
I always get compliments when I carry this bag. It was a purchase during a trip to Thailand, but I found a similar one, also made in Thailand and available for purchase through the UNICEF Market. Since proceeds from the market support artisans from around the world and UNICEF’s work to improve the health and livelihood of children, it is a great way to find unique items while also supporting a good cause.
Thanks for stopping by! Whether eventful or restful, I hope your holiday weekend was exactly what you needed! You can also read my responses to the fashion interview I referenced, along with two other daringly stylish women, here.
Whether you are climbing the career ladder, chasing after children and nurturing your family, pursuing personal passions, or all of the above, it is common for women to pour into everything else and leave little time for self-care. Add the hustle and bustle of our daily schedules to all that is going on in the world and I find it even more important to take some time to nurture myself. As mundane as it may seem, getting dressed is a part of my day where I can take time to focus on myself. While there are certainly days when getting dressed is the least of my interest, for the most part, getting dressed is part of my daily self-care routine.
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” -Audre Lorde
Since my schedule does not always allow for the perfectly planned outfit, it is essential for me to have a few go-to pieces in rotation that I know I will feel amazing in. This dress is one of my go-to dresses for the summer. The backless cut and plunged neckline are timeless. It is also impeccably made, and even after years of wear, it still looks and fits like new. I also love that the collection of dresses in this line provide a flattering fit on every figure.
Getting dressed is like creating art and when putting a look together, it is fun to consider an overall theme or vision. Since this dress is free flowing and “hippyish”, the flower petal earrings and simple flats were the perfect addition.
Even when I am short on time or when my schedule is hectic, I still like to adorn myself in the morning. For me, it is the icing on the cake, an extension of self-care that can brighten my mood as I start the day.
Outfit Details: Dress: Onion Cut and Sewn || Earrings: H&M
Last week, I explored Arizona. My trip was filled with beautiful scenes, ranging from the mountains in Sedona to majestic views of the Grand Canyon. We marveled at ancient ruins and “castles” and even volcanoes that erupted over one thousand years ago. In short, Arizona is great way to explore the beauty in America’s western terrain.
Sedona, a serene and artsy town, was my favorite stop. So, what did we do in Sedona? We did what all tourists do and searched for vortexes in the mountains, of course. We visited some shops and hiked to Devil’s Bridge. We also enjoyed a wine tasting (Sedona is right in the mix of Arizona’s wine country) and ate at the ChocolaTree, an all organic vegan and vegetarian restaurant.
Upon arriving in Sedona, we were welcomed by the infamous Red Rock vistas. We stopped at a lookout to enjoy the views and the mountains provided the perfect backdrop for a high desert photo shoot.
The floral off the shoulder crop top I wore is beautiful from every angle. The summer months may be coming to an end, but I am still enjoying summer fashion. Ruffles are in full effect and I am intrigued by this take on the ruffle sleeve. The low cut of the back also kept me cool.
Crop tops and high waist bottoms are one of my favorite combos right now. I paired the top with these comfortable high waist pants from H&M’s Conscious clothing line. They are unbelievably soft and made from Tencel® lyocell, a material with fibers derived from raw material wood (very cool!). The fabric is light and breathable, which was also perfect for keeping cool in the hot Arizona temperatures.
I would love to visit Sedona again soon! You can see a few of my favorite sites from this trip below.