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Shopaholic Personal Style : VB x Target


     The final look from my Victoria Beckham and Target collaboration is this sweet little pink sheath dress. I am a girly girl at heart and pink is my favorite color. I am a sucker for this piece because it satisfies my need for bold color and classic silhouettes.


      I love layering dresses over long sleeved blouses. I think it gives the Valentino vibe. I chose a white top to highlight the accent white piping along the bottom of the dress. Layering a dress over a blouse or t-shirt is super trendy right now. I still view this style of dressing as timeless. 


      I had a little fun with this look and didn’t take the pairing too seriously by adding a printed wedge. I would definitely wear this outfit to a weekend brunch or business meeting in the spring and summer. I let my hair down and smiled like no one was watching. 


     Since my Steve Madden wedges were pretty in-your-face I decided to keep the rest of the look simple with a matching H&M necklace and simple black shades. The sunny day was perfect for a day of New York City street style. 

     I loved doing this Target style series and I hope you enjoyed the looks that I shared with you so far. I would love to do more style stories and I am currently planning the next one as I am writing this! I would love it if all of my readers would subscribe to stay up-to-date on all of my future posts. Until next time… happy shopping. 

50 Shades of Nude: Women of Color

  
If you are a fan of the shoe industry you might be familiar with this photo. Christian Louboutin released a “Nude” Capsule, featuring five shades of nude for their customers. I spoke about what constitutes “nude” in terms of fashion a while back when I covered the release of the Nubian Skin undergarment collection. 

  
In this post I will share my top picks for women of color that live towards the darker end of the spectrum. I have chosen three standard silhouettes that you should have in your nudes collection. I have also shared some simple style techniques for you to understand how they might be used in the real world. 

  
I will start with the classic pump. This shoe can be worn in a business attire office work room, on a date with your significant other, and to a wedding or special occasion. This nude can be paired with absolutely every color! The purpose of a nude is to blend in with your skin tone and elongate your silhouette. This is your non-color. Make sure the contrast isn’t too obvious when choosing your shade of brown. Like foundation the shade should blend almost seamlessly. 

  
I styled the suede version of this classic pump for a casual yet sexy date night option. I went for the distressed Canadian Tuxedo (Denim top and bottom) a Bordeaux lip and a very “now” fringe bag. 

  
The next stop is the minimal sandal. This shoe is trending right now. However it is a shoe that I feel will be in style forever. Perfect for summer nights this is another heel that is essential for a shopaholic. I personally feel the suede makes the shoe look a bit more expensive but any leather finish will do just fine. 

 
I’m sending you to brunch with the girls. Just throw on a simple t-shirt and heels for a no fuss look. A statement necklace and sleeveless trench will be sure to make the girls feel like you took some extra time putting your look together. Olive and Khaki green looks great on warm brown skin tones but any trench will be sure to turn heads!  

 Who said mules were only for old ladies? I have been loving the mules lately. I will give you guys a break on this one… You don’t HAVE to have a nude but you have to admit the thought is provoking. If your already tired of brown shoes, opt for a classic black or red shade. 

  
A laid back day party… An after work mixer… Speed dating. Any of these occasions, where you want to look like you tired without actually trying… Where you want to apper to be well dressed without being high maintenance (lol) you get the point. This simple style formula. Fitted Jersey Dress + Mule +Structured Handbag = Non Threatening Chic (hat optional). If the dress is too simple for your taste a statement necklace is always encouraged. If you are more of a minimalist go for studs and a simple chain pendant.

 The final shoe is a bit more sexy… Has a bit more toe cleavage and is designed for a spicier woman. If you have more of an inclination for the finer things in life and simple is not in your vocabulary… This is the shoe for you. 

  
This outfit can be good for many things. Important boardroom presentation… A wedding… A formal date. I will let you decide! Tell me in the comments below where you would wear an outfit like this! I can’t wait to hear from you! 

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No Basics Brunch: Print Edition 

  

I had the pleasure of attending the third installment of the No Basics Brunch, hosted by Damon, Ty Hunter and Claire Sulmers. I love print and I love bold colors! I was super excited to find that the theme the hosts chose for this particular event was just that! Everyone at the brunch looked amazing and this is just a quick recap of some of my favorite looks.

   

As I mentioned before the event hosts (above) choose a theme for each brunch event. The theme from this event was print; specifically African prints. Damon wore suit by Kehinde Wiley, Claire wore a beautiful set from Doku’s online market place and Ty wore pants from Midget Giraffe and a neckpiece from Zuvaa. They definitely exemplified why they are leaders in fashion. 

   I know it may be hard to identify but if you will remember my feature from the first brunch you will be able to see Melenigma’s gorgeous face. She was serving “You can’t sit with us”realness at the brunch with this oversized sun hat from H&M paired effortlessly with shiny gold androgynous shoes! One of my favorite looks of the day! I had to share.  

I mostly attend Saturday brunch to catch up with friends. I always like to keep up with what’s going on with people and see if I can help in anyway. The fashion and beauty world can be closed and hard for people. Brunch is a good way to tighten your network of friends and build stronger relationships.   

I love to meet new friends and catch up with old friends. You would be surprised how you can meet someone in another town or city and share similar interests and zip codes.  The No Basics is a place for fashion minds and unique style to be showcased. It may seem awkward to be different in the business world. But here being different is celebrated.     

   

Instagram: @alwayzpretti

Hair Stylist, MUA, & Wardrobe Stylist. Fashion news and modern domestic writer for EGL.

Instagram: @Kira_Nacole

Fashion Designer. Wearing her own design.   

Instagram: @kerry_fiona 

Beauty, Life and Style Blog Editor. 

Instagram: @myseleganceboutique

Owner of Myselegance Boutique  wearing a jumpsuit from her store.

Instagram: @marshbarscloset

Fashion Blogger, contributor for “Pretty Girls Sew” magazine, and EGL.   

I decided to wear a Dashiki from the Forever21 x RonBass Collaboration and I paired it with multi colored fringe heels and an oversized Suede Fringe Clutch.   

Instagram: @herstyle_byFashion

Blogger, Stylist and Creator. 

 

Instagram: @midget_giraffe

Co-Founders of Midget Giraffe. Corey and Linda also wearing their own designs.    

As you can see everyone is unique and everyone adds their mark into the world in different ways. I am glad to be able to call each one of them a friend.   

Candid photo of the ladies outside the brunch with fashion photographer Visuals by Pierre.    

 

I love to see women of color, who are entrepreneurs that can socialize and do positive things… together!  

 

Sometimes you get trapped in social media and being “plugged-in” can be a good thing. Nothing beats meeting in real life and building relationships. 

  

Style brought us together. 

 

But our personalities make us friends… Until the next brunch… See you guys later.