Back in the Mix
It may be the beginning of August, but it’s nearing the end of the summer and whether you’re going back to school, or work (do we ever get time off) September blesses us with the “back to business” mentality. I personally love it, mostly for the Fall fashion! This week’s roundup has a great mix of workwear, back to school, and a few tidbits about your professional career. Of course, there’s a bit of fashion links just because…
Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup!
- Attire Club: 17 Fashion Tips From Designers
- Carly Tati: workwear influence on fashion part 1, the jumpsuit
- DressCode:HighFashion: Backstage at Burberry F/W 13/14
- Incognito: Killing the glamour with my LBD
- Lara Lizard: The 3 people you just don’t want into your blog
- Les Contemplatrices: Timeless pin-up: tradition and modernity
- Looplooks: Transition from Summer to Fall with Faux Leather
- Kiri Yanchenko: Wearble Food
- Real Girl Glam: Beauty Review: At-Home Gel Manicure Kit
- Rhinestone Religion: Lessons Pickup Artists Can Teach Us About Blogging
- Romeo Style: Men Style: Two Wheelers
- SaltyFlowers: Orange is the New Black Inspired Outfits
- Storybook Apothecary: 5 Reasons Why PR’s Are Ignoring You How to Get A Response
- Style Convict: If Your Skinny Jeans Could Talk
- Style Vanity: What to Wear to Make Your Legs Look Longer
- The Bella Insider: Your 7 Closet Back-to-School Essentials
- The Curvy Elle: Why Plus Size?
- The Style Enigma: Heel Math: Your Guide to finding comfortable heels
- The Well-Appointed Catwalk: Picks from H&M Home’s U.S. Launch
- Vast Aspiration: If I Would Have Known…Early Career Advice
For the love of head wraps came about because of my lazy ways. My Afro may look cool, and help me add at least a foot to my height, but with my extremely curly hair, and the unavoidable tangles at the end of the day, combing/picking out my hair with an Afro pic everyday started to take it’s toll on my hair. I’m also a less is more gal with hair and beauty maintenance , so if I have to spend more time on my hair each day than the amount of time it takes me to prepare and eat a meal, I have a problem with that. Continue reading “Head-Wrapping Moments” »
If you could walk on rose petals or pearls which one would you chose? Rose petals are much easier for royalty to show their regal strut, but if walking on pearls made that walk much more majestic, imperial, you’ll happily keep those petals on the stems, and glide in on some pearly soles. Continue reading “McQueen Said Pearls Are A Girl’s Best Friend.” »
Should it be the classic Chanel jacket, the quilted handbag? Maybe it’s Chanel perfume/cologne or all of the above!
To call any one of those a rite of passage from the legendary fashion house just doesn’t have the same effect now that it did about a decade ago. To own a piece of Chanel then was a sign of success and wealth. You may have inherited your bag as a family heirloom, and you cherished it by taking it out on only special occasions.
Fast forward to present day and everybody is carrying that quilted double C thing, even the babies. Continue reading “Rite Of Chanel Passage.” »
We are all nosey creatures in one way or another, especially when it comes to fashion and beauty. We would buy those gossip magazines in a heartbeat just to see which celebrity is carrying what in their handbags, clutches or miniaudiere which were picked out for them by a team of stylists (It Takes A Village…). I figured out a long time ago, my fellow fashion, and beauty comrades are the ones with the good stuff. They are the experts, who carry their own villages in mobile neighborhoods (handbags). Last year, just as New York City was getting it’s chill on, we ladies swapped out the summer necessities from our handbags for products to survive the fall/winter blues. I figured who better to have spill the goodies from their handbags than some of the Birchbox’s finest! Yes people, expect the expected and then some. Pretty makeup and beauty products in prettier cases and an infamous sack.
Wouldn’t it be refreshing and inspiring to see an innovative fashion week presentation that would have all walks of life in awe? It may not involve models walking down a runway or staring in a street-style saga but something that those who may not care much for fashion shows, will want to watch again. Continue reading “Beware Of A Woman Creating A Man’s Shadow” »
Created in 2011
Friend: Why did you stop your illustrations?
Moi: I don’t know.. I got distracted with work?
Friend: You no longer work there so why not start again?
Moi: Don’t know why…my heart isn’t in it right now.
After my response, I took a painful gulp, and faked a smile. I did get distracted with the job I held at the time. I lost focus on what I loved doing, creating art and designing, instead I was working on daily reports or inventory, sitting in meetings, buying, displaying, complaining, some more ings occupied my life, putting my illustrations into an untouched file on my external drive. Some of them waiting to be finished others, completed but never published.
It takes one person who I least expected, to bring it all to the surface. An old fan and buyer of my illustrations reaching out to me like a long lost lover. I never meet the person face to face, but his email was so touching, it made me take another gulp, this time it was a gulp filled with guilt. Guilt for not doing something with my God given talent. Guilt for browsing through countless magazines, looking at images which could of been perfect starting points for my illustrations, and not doing anything thing with pages. Not scanning them for future reference. Not altering them to my liking. Not creating my own visual stories from those that Elle, Harpers Bazaar and Vogue try to tell us within their glossies.
So this weekend, I’m taking a leap of faith on working on an e-store to sell some my illustrations. I’m also going to work on some new pieces by browsing, scanning, cutting, some more ings and I will have a new piece completed before the end of the weekend.
To create the type of illustrations I did, over a year ago, will not happen overnight, but I have to start somewhere and the process begins with applying the first layer to an image.
This past week has been a crazy one which started with a very short-lived adventure that has to be shared with you’ll, in due time, but because of that event plus others that took place in the past few days, all I can do is add them to the unusual, eccentric, interesting, odd one in, collage I call my life.
There were times I wanted to hide underneath a black umbrella and blend in with everyone else, while walking in the rain, but my mind wondered as to what would be my blend-in outfit? Instead of being practical, this pretty number popped into my head.
Yup when it’s cold and raining in New York City, Maison Martin Margiela Couture is what I want to wear, face piece and lace pants included. Ohh I didn’t stop there. Continue reading “My Fashionable Way of Blending In.” »
“When he (Ghesquière) started Balenciaga in ’97, he was designing uniforms for Air France,” François-Henri Pinault. Fifteen years later and Nicolas Ghesquiere evolved not just his designing techniques, but also the great fashion house of Balenciaga, putting the brand among the greatest with handbags, shoes and accessories designed by Ghesquiere, that are collectors items and clothes that requires their own silhouette category. Nicolas Ghesquiere & Balenciaga has been the perfect fashion formula, with design hits putting them into the history books almost every year in the last decade. Upon hearing the news of Ghesquiere’s departure from his position as creative director of the fashion house, I decided to revisit some of Mr. Ghesquiere’s body of work and create my own Fashion year book, before Taschen publishes theirs.
How do you take some of the best moments from a legend in fashion and try to fit everything you love about that designer on the least amount of pages? Ha right, I didn’t. Since most of us are visual creatures, therefore I created an ebook filled with photos from every spring/summer fall/winer campaigns Nicolas Ghesquiere has been behind.
Now Nicolas Ghesquiere’s sucessor, Alexander Wang, has some work ahead of him; continuing what Nicolas has paved out, draped for him to live up to. Best of luck, Wang.
There is a statement that Tiffany Godoy made which I think some designers out there should pay attention to before they completely pass over the cloning side. “Today we are inundated with fashion images and we see so many of the same clothes all the time, so it seems that makeup is where we can really express individuality and uniqueness.”
The face has begun a new place to experiment with prints, color-blocking and fashion trends that can be washed off at the end of the night. Editor-in-Chief of Japanese fashion magazine The Reality Show, Tiffany Godoy and Art Director Tomoyuki Yonezu co-created this film which features models painted by some of the industry’s most sought-after makeup artists who reinterpreted fall/winter 12 runway trends.
While working in my office aka New York City, sometimes a photo and a few words are needed to share the moments. So on days when you do see anything on RomeoStyle.com, my Instagram is going strong. Check out some of my photos with captions.
See No Evil on a rainy NYC night.
Minimarket S/S13 boots. Closing my eyes & doing my “Wish I May” jingle in my head.