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Lovin Lupita

Yesterday, when I began writing this post, I figured it was safe to say that until she dons another show stopping gown, gives a brilliant speech or wins a new award, the furore over Lupita Nyong’o has calmed. Only to discover that she is now the newest face of Lancome – the first feat to be accomplished by a black woman!

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Actress Lupita Nyong’o

So while I worried that my musings might be considered a little too late, I proved myself correct in that ‘I’m never on schedule, but always on time’ 😉

After I saw the movie Twelve Years a Slave, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by Lupita. I searched for an interview on YouTube in order to discover more, and after the first video I was hooked. Many videos later, I was mesmerized! Sure she is lovely to look at; what with her flawless chocolate complexion, unique hairdo, and fabulous sense of style. But what piqued my interest, no, commanded my attention, was how profound she is as a person!

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Lupita in a bewitching blue dress by Gucci

Lupita Nyong’o makes me proud to be a black girl from the ‘Third World’. She is a woman with a story to tell. She is one of those people who forces you (in the gentlest manner) to ignore skin deep beauty and take note of more lasting qualities like perseverance, humility, inner strength and intelligence.

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Lupita dons a brilliant white dress by Prada

Nyong’o is an eloquent speaker and I feel as though every time she speaks, she reminds us all – but especially black children and minorities – to dare to aim for big things, things they say you can’t do, things you don’t think you can do. She reminds us with every award, every strut down a red carpet and every magazine page on which she is featured that despite our beginnings, no dream is impossible to achieve.

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Lupita in a cape dress by Ralph Lauren at the Golden Globe awards

I need me an LBD

…or three.
and just in case you didn’t guess, I am making reference to the quintessential little black dress! For a while now I’ve realized that my scanty wardrobe could use one, but reality hit me like a thunderbolt a few weeks ago when I had to go to dinner and had nothing to wear!

An LBD would have been perfect. After all, it is said that when Coco Chanel debuted the LBD in the 1920’s, the editors at Vogue claimed it would become the uniform for the modern woman of taste. And as I pondered my dilemna; wondering what shoes might go with what dress and whether or not that dress was simple and elegant enough, it dawned on me that, had I been in possession of an LBD, the nightmare I was enduring would have been an easy fix!

In the end I wore a flowing long halter-top dress with flat sandals and a cap-sleeved cardigan (because dinner was held at a beach gazebo). I looked nice (I was told by a few admirers later), but I really would just have preferred a little black dress!

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The Beach Gazebo

I do believe I will have one made! I am greatly inspired by what has been called the ‘definitive LBD’ – of course – Audrey Hepburn’s dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

Audrey Hepburn in her iconic LBD!

Audrey Hepburn in her iconic LBD!

I want my dress to have that same neck line; slightly lower in back and cinched (or slightly gathered) waist. Mine though, will stop just below my knees in a pencil design (as pictured below)!

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The pencil dress: A modern favourite!

I’ve also been slowly developing quite an interest in vintage dresses, and think that this year (beginning in summer) will see me sporting one or two – throwing in an LBD can’t hurt 😉

For Example ;)

For Example 😉

P.S. Not only was dinner delish!, the ambience was simply divine! I snuck in a little foodie pic of the first course, which was a tempura shrimp cocktail. It was delectable and a very big plus for me was that every herb &/or flower in the dish was edible and organic 😉

Tempura Shrimp Cocktail

Tempura Shrimp Cocktail

The Great Gatsby

When I lived in NYC, I decided that I needed some extra cash, so I began tutoring a high school student in history and english. Even though my pupil was lazy – which made my job harder, I enjoyed the experience!

The high school curriculum in Jamaica is very different from that in the US, as a result, I actually learnt a whole lot because I had to teach myself a whole bunch of stuff in order to effectively teach my pupil.

Our arrangement never covered assistance with literature, but I guess they figured I was flexible, so one day she asked for my assistance with some questions from a literature book she was using. It was called The Great Gatsby. I admitted to her that I perhaps couldn’t be of much assistance, because I’d never read this book (Neither did I have any plans to read it because I was completely immersed in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude). She couldn’t believe it. Anyway, I read the passage, read some Cliff notes and assisted her as best I could.

Last year, a blogger I follow, mentioned fashion from the novel and earlier this year a friend stated that she’d love to throw a party similar to the ones in the novel. By the time I heard that Baz Luhrmann was doing a film, I decided it was time for me to read the novel!

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Except in a few cases, I am normally disappointed in movies based on novels. so I soaked in all that F. Scott Fitzgerald had to offer and as is typically the case with me and a good book, I couldn’t stop thinking about it after I’d read it. I analyzed and wondered about certain things – a lot – especially since money class and love are themes/issues that I’ve been seriously thinking about lately.

The movie opened in Montego Bay last Friday and my ‘other kind of sister’ and I went to see it. I think it is marvelous! I found that Luhrmann stayed very true to the book and loved how he portrayed certain little things like Nick saying he was without and within at the same time. I also liked that Luhrmann found a way to show the actual words on the screen in some instances.

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The parties were as lavish and over-the-top as I imagined them to be from reading the book and the fashion was more than I could have hoped for. My goodness these girls looked goood! I especially adore the little black veil of a hat that Jordan Baker wore to the first party!

Jordan Baker's veiled hat

Jordan Baker’s veiled hat

And while we saw the Vogue spread which featured Daisy’s fab dresses, I very much liked one that she wore in two casual scenes in the house.

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Of course, because of Fitzgerald’s writing style, many things are left open to interpretation. For example, what may have been written in the letter Daisy received on the day before her wedding. And I have always wondered whether or not she had told Tom that she was actually behind the wheel when Myrtle was killed (would love some feedback on this).

The soundtrack I think was great. With the exception of Izzo (if someone could explain to me how it was relevant…) -_- and one other song which I can’t remember at present. I was however completed captured by Lana Del Rey’s Young & Beautiful. What a beautiful piece of music! Her voice is ridiculously mesmerizing and haunting…and beautiful.

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With all that said, I believe the movie is brilliant and I’d watch it again in a heartbeat.

Kicks & Crop Tops

I looove hi-tops (sneakers), so I recently got myself a pair that I absolutely adore! I showed them to my (older) brother, who I believe has great taste in shoes and while he was quick to point out that the brand (Creative Recreations) is no longer trendy, he admitted that he thought they looked pretty darn good 😉

Creative Recreations Galow Hi Multi Patent sneakers

Creative Recreations Galow Hi Multi Patent sneakers

And I’m pleased, because that once again proves my philosophy that great style is not about donning what’s hot or trendy or fashionable; it’s about finding high quality, good looking pieces and wearing them well!

Many years ago my little brother told me he thought I was getting too old to wear hi tops… but I can’t be the picture of perfect sophistication every time I get dressed! Nope, gotta switch it up sometime.

That said, I think I’ll be rocking a few crop tops this summer. I figure since I don’t look my age, I don’t always have to act it 😉 Below is a look I put together on Polyvore that I think would be cute with my new kicks!

Summer Style

Summer Style

Inspiration for the Cut

In her video Bossy, there’s something about the way Kelis rolls out of bed, looks in the mirror, casually decides she wants to change her hair, grabs a pair of scissors and starts snipping away! It must be total and complete liberation, spontaneity and confidence that would make you get up and ‘change it up,’ just like that. And I LOVE IT!

A clip from Kelis' Bossy video

A clip from Kelis’ Bossy vide

I am no stranger to that and have cut my hair on three occasions. Two out of three times it was done as spontaneously as the above example 😉

I’ve  long loved Kelis’ trendsetting hairstyles and had my eye on one particular do since 2011.

the hairstyle that started it all!

the hairstyle that started it all! 

I just got around to it for my birthday last month after drawing additional inspiration from Rihanna

 

Loved this Rihanna look!

Loved this Rihanna look!

and some lady whose photo I saw in a local newspaper.

Photo I saw in a local paper

Photo I saw in a local paper

In order to achieve the style I needed, I had to get a perm, but I love my new hair so much that I don’t regret it! Since I got it done, I’ve gone back and had them shave the sides right down, because it’s way easier to handle when it’s low like that. And I’ve gotten hella compliments! Ching 😉

What do you think?

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The Heel Difference

What a difference a heel makes!

As fabulous as is Kim's figure, these heels highlight her voluptuous curves and add some sexiness to the dress!

As fabulous as is Kim’s figure, these heels highlight her voluptuous curves and add some sexiness to the dress!

I ‘m sure I must’ve mentioned before how a pair of heels can work wonders for your image, but I thought I’d just take some time to reiterate that.

Boyfriend jeans + heels ;)

Boyfriend jeans + heels 😉

Heels are fantastic! They can provide a woman with a sense of confidence and make her feel stylish (that is, of course, if she knows how to properly wear them ;). Because heels force the back to arch, they cause the chest and derriere to look more ample. They enhance nice legs and often makes them look longer. Heels can totally transform an outfit from average to fabulous!

See the difference.

See the difference.

They can be worn with shorts, skirts, dresses, jeans, tailored pants; the list is inexhaustible.

Shorts and heels: Tres Chic

Shorts and heels: Tres Chic

Personally I’m not a huge fan of wearing stilettos or even pumps casually, but a pair of wedges are perfect for such an occasion. They can be sexy and can totally ‘glam-up’ your appearance without looking ‘too fussy.’ They’re also easier to walk in if you have to wear them for long periods!

I love a good wedge heel!

I love a good wedge heel!

That said, I dare you to don a pair of heels when next you’re going out! Do it and see the difference it makes. You’ll look & feel like a million bucks!

Seeing Red

So even though it’s been months since I decided to invest in some red lipstick, I just got around to getting it yesterday.

I decided to go with Mac Red as per the advice of  style guru Maylana and the lady in the boutique, but when I discovered the price, I had to scale down on account of the new bag and home splurges!

So what I got was an Espere lip colour

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application could’ve been better – but just so you get an idea –

I think it looks good with the long hair; here’s to hoping it will look as great with my upcoming haircut 😉

Vintage Views

The glasses are in!

– or ‘specatcles,’ as the receptionist from the opthalmologist’s office put it.

If you’ve been following, you know the story of these frames.

They are so cute – but I can’t quite say everyone endorses this feeling. This doesn’t surprise me though because these frames are not in vogue, have an ‘old-fashioned’ look and nothing similar has been seen on a popular celeb.

That said, I did get a compliment that the ‘nerdy’ look becomes me 😉

But I am just loving them; see for yourself…

POW!

POW!

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Soon I shall post photos of myself in the new uniform; ascot blouse, kick-pleat skirt, spectacles and oxfords. I’ll be reigning the work scene in vintage glory 😀

Sweetest Style of the Week ~ Sheena’s Statement Necklace

I have a thing for ‘natural’ jewellery. That is, jewellery made of stones, beads, wood etc. I also like creative jewellery and really lovely statement necklaces – you know, the kind that make you look twice!

So it should come as no surprise that when I saw this photo,

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Sheena Gayle – Communications Specialist & Founder of MediaConnec.com

I was completely enamored! Sheena’s necklace is gorg!! and I love how it complements the blues in her bohemian skirt. Wearing that ‘earthy’ sort of necklace with that skirt gives the outfit a really alluring island vibe ~ not to mention that smile that’s oozing sunshine 😉
Pairing the skirt with the gray top is also a good choice as it doesn’t steal the limelight from the skirt and works well with ensemble. Its rounded neck is also perfect for accommodating the necklace!

Paid the Cost To Be The Boss

One day as I browsed my feed on Facebook, I saw a photo of a lady wearing a fabulous outfit. It was made of ankara material and from the knee down boasted a wide gathered bottom. She was fierce; rocking her African inspired outfit with the confidence of Cleopatra and beckoning me to get one like it.

The Facebook image that started it all!

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I had to attend a wedding in August! I figured it would be perfect for the occasion. So I took it to a tailor of good repute, showed him the design, found out how much fabric I would need to have it made and then went off to buy it.

I found some material, took some measurements and decided the bottom piece of the dress would be a little too much (since I didn’t want to be grabbing too much attention) so I would just make it an a-line dress. The tailor pointed out that the outfit was not a dress as I had thought, but an actual skirt and top. We decided to make it a dress anyway, and I left him to work his magic.

Well, somehow, he forgot all about my due date (the day I was supposed to get the dress), and to my dismay, he clearly didn’t believe me when I told him that in the three weeks since he took my measurement I had lost weight. So when I tried on the dress, it was too big in the waist 😦 I was pissed because I felt he’d waited until the last minute to make the dress and after having waited for at least two hours, I was so upset I refused to wait any longer!

I ended up wearing something from my closet to the wedding instead.

Later on, I asked him to make adjustments for my fluctuating weight and let me have the dress so I could flaunt my stuff at my next social appearance 😉

While not making the dress exactly as it appeared in the photo I showed him, I thought he did a fabulous job and it looked just as gorg when I tried it on!

My modest version with a burst of vibrant colour!
(excuse my oily face)

I got compliments all night – Everyone loved it!

Another view

Another view

I’m sure I spent less than I would have had I bought it from a store and it was unique and creative!! I paired it with some long chandelier earrings I have and I really didn’t need much else! Wanted a cuff but couldn’t find one, so I went with a stack of bangles instead (not shown as some of the photos refuse to load)!

negates the need for a necklace!

and I’ve quite fallen in love with these platform heels!

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