Jul 1, 2015

10 Fab Coffee Table Reads

I know...the old saying---reading is fundamental is so cliché right? But it's true. With the recent popularization of eReaders, one has to wonder who the heck is still holding on to traditional hard copies. Well the fact is, eReaders will never completely replace traditional publications. Nope. Never. There is nothing like seeing a bookshelf filled with books. Or that coffee table filled with attention grabbers. Today I've outlined ten of my favorite coffee table reads that I consider classics. What are some of your favorites?

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Dr. Seuss

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    Tom Ford: "This book is a complete catalog of Ford's design work for both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004. It chronicles not only Ford's clothing and accessories designs for both houses, but also explores Ford's grand vision for the complete design of a brand, including architecture, store design, and advertising."
    Chanel: "Through these dazzling photographs, Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style identifies key elements that have defined Chanel's style for generations, such as jersey and tweed, formerly considered menswear fabrics, and the little black dress, which transformed a hue previously reserved for mourning into a statement of elegance."
    Posing Beauty: Deborah Willis' perspective on African American beauty was dead one when the Author became determined to fill a void. A void where images of black beauty simply did not exist to the larger American populace. I'm a huge fan of her work.
    Reflections in Black: ....."the first comprehensive history of black photographers, is a groundbreaking pictorial collection of African American life." Deborah Willis refutes the stereotypical imagery of black life which oftentimes only leaves us with a grim perspective of despondency and abjection. This is surely a must have for your library. 
    New York Interiors: Interior design and architecture from a New York state of mind.  
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        The Light of New York: A romantic array of images captured at dusk or dawn of the greatest city in the world. Amazing photography.
        The Sartorialist: Closer: The popular blogger behind the blog thesartorialist.com, captures amazing street style images from his vintage point. A diverse and worldly depiction of style from Japan, New York, Korea and beyond.
        Advanced StyleAnother great read for the fashion enthusiast. Fellow fashion blogger
        Ari Seth Cohen scours the streets of New York seeking out the most creatively stylish older generation. I'm a huge fan.
        World's Best Travel Experiences: The quintessential travel reference guide.
        Food Journey's of a Lifetime: Explore the world's best culinary customs and culture from both a foodie and globe-trotter's perspective.

          Jun 28, 2015

          2015 Fashionably Fab Meet & Greet

          Hey Beauties. . . . I am super excited about my 1st annual Fashionably Fab Meet & Greet this summer. The event will take place in Tampa, FL where I'll be hosting an intimate group of my fashionably fabulous friends. The event will benefit REBORN Tampa, a community empowerment organization that works to rebuild and improve the lives of underserved and underprivileged communities. I wanted to finally get a chance to step away from the keyboard and meet the very fabulous folks that I enjoy writing for...YOU! This gives me the opportunity to learn more about you, you learn more about me and introduce you to my wonderful charity of choice, REBORN Tampa. I invite you to come out and enjoy great music, complimentary hor d'oeuvres and champagne cocktails all while mixing and mingling with fashionably fabulous professionals. I've also brought along two fabulous guest panelists to take part in the fun. Join myself, model and businesswoman Mayra Gomez and industry leading Relationship Coach, Lea Barnard for an open and spirited dialogue on love & relationship. This is going to be one heck of an evening. And of course, the evening simply wouldn't be fashionably fabulous without fashion. So I've got some of the hottest models in Tampa ripping the runway in a series of curated looks from the Fashion Fab Boutique Fall/Winter 2015 Collection. It will be a fashionably fabulous evening in style. Lastly, all of my fashionably fabulous friends get to walk away with fashion fab bags that will be loaded with lots of amazing gifts and goodies. There is limited space for this event and tickets have already been selling, so make sure to get your ticket today before the event sells out. See you there!

          Jun 23, 2015

          Marc Jacobs Resort 2016

          Designer Marc Jacobs is undoubtedly one of my favorite all-around designers. Both he and Micheal Kors share a seat at my all-around proverbial best American designer table. I've reserved this recognition for those designers who have successfully transcended across multiple fashion platforms including apparel, footwear, accessories and beauty. But let's discuss the Marc Jacobs Resort 2016 collection for all intensive purposes-----shall we? The models strutted their stuff clothed in bedazzled cashmere  to showcase the designer's latest collection at his 163 Mercer St, New York store. The fall collection boasted excessive bling, moderate lace and grommet detailing--all to which left me with glee from look one to thirty-five. I was here for it all.I'd love to know your thoughts on the collection. Drop me a line or two in the comment section.
          Marc Jacobs | Resort 2016
          Until next time. . . . . Peace, Love & Blessings!

          Jun 18, 2015

          Instafab | Let's Connect

          Hey There! If you've been wondering....I'm still here. It's been a busy couple of weeks. From heavy traveling for work to planning some amazing blog related events and projects. All-in-all, I've be able to keep my sanity. LOL. I hope you beautiful people are doing well. I've got some amazing things that I am currently working on and can't wait to share them with you. Stay tuned....but until then, let's connect on instagram here @fashionablyfabstyle.
          Peace, Love & Blessings!

          Jun 13, 2015

          10 Fabulous Style Tips & Tricks

          The key to looking fabulous lies behind many insider trade secrets that many of our top fashion stylist swear by. Looking fabulous doesn't have to be complicated. With these 10 tips and tricks, you'll be on your way to a Fashionably Fabulous life.

          "The hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo,
          but to be known for a silhouette."
          -Giambattista Valli
          • Double-sided Tape - Undoubtedly one of the oldest tricks in a stylist's book; double-sided or fashion tape aids in helping to keep garments in place and can avoid any unwanted wardrobe malfunction. It's a must-have staple that I keep conveniently at my side. It can serve multiple purposes like holding tops in place, keeping knee high books in place, temporarily holding hemlines in place and even hold down the excessive length of belts. Hollywood Tape is my go-to brand, which you can purchase here.
          • Invest in Body Shapers -  The Spanx brand revolutionized the concept of body shapers in recent years when Sara Blakely had a single vision of eradicating visual panty lines and uncomfortable thongs. The brand has expanded tremendously since its original inception. Even the most fashionably fit can benefit from a little extra support in places that warrants a little more structure.Proper undergarments can make or break a look. They are totally worth the investment.
          • When in Doubt, Over Dress - Simply stated. Not sure what the dress code is for a particular event? When in doubt, over dress. It's always great to play it safe. Best quoted by Oscar Wilde, "one can not be overdressed or overeducated." I second that!
          • Less is More - This can be tricky. However, not knowing when to apply the concept of  minimalism can seemingly turn a look from understated to overwhelming. When  we say less is more, we're not talking baring it all here. We're talking opting for less accessories and opting for less fads in exchange for more elegance and sophistication. The art of perfecting elegance lies within the ability to embrace the concept of simplicity. Conceptualizing the basic principles of an minimalistic approach works best with sleek silhouettes and geometric patterns. Designers like Jil Sander, Calvin Klein and an all-time favorite of mine Phillip Lim has perfected the design concept of clean silhouettes with minimal embellishments----a concept that transcends far beyond the decades, allowing simplicity a chance to live on forever.