Jun 25, 2017

5 Reasons to Hate Fashion Trends

One would certainly argue whether fashion is art. What is its purpose? It's not that complicated is it? It's a way of expression. Whether grown and sexy, mature and intellectual or insecure and youthful; fashion is what each individual wants it to be. It's a creative being that allows each artist to adapt, incorporate and invent. But trends?
Aaah....trends. You know the good ole marketing ploy to get us to the mall more times often than we need to. If you haven't figured out by now, I'm totally not the trendy type. I mean...I'm not in the malls biweekly checking for the latest and greatest products pushed by mass fashion retailers. I'm certainly not saying that I'm not checking for the semiannual S/S and F/W catwalk fashions gracing the runways. But---- I'm just much more interested in wearing what I like, which happens to not be dictated by designers, magazines and retail giants. Let's also keep in mind that many trends throughout the history of fashion has morphed into timeless classics. So one could certainly argue that every fashion staple was once a trend. But for the sake of this discussion, I'm talking modern day fashion trends which many have made countless debuts on fashion faux pas lists. There's a reason why I hate them. Or maybe five reasons. Here's the rundown.
  1. There's No Individuality | Everyone looks the same. I am a huge fan of individualism. I'm drawn to all things authentically creative and original. One of the reasons I started sewing was to create unique one-of-a-kind garments. It became so unbecoming and disappointing to visit the malls to only see the same ole fads hanging on the racks. Thank goodness for options like local boutiques, vintage thrift and consignment shops and the talents of local up and coming designers. Surely you can take the same Zara blazer and sandals and put your own creative spin on it right? How is that for unpretentious distinction. But where there is a lack of individuality in fashion; there is personality, our outlook on the world and our sense of humor to compensate. There is hope.
  2. IIt's All About the Money | Yes. What better way to stimulate the economy semiannually than scouring the local malls and luxury department stores for new trends fresh off the runway from New York Fashion Week? Ooh,  brocade, metallics and radiant orchid is in this season----let me race on down to Neimans. No thanks. I've got better things to do with  my money than trying to keep up with what the industry says I should be wearing to appear "cool". Besides....it's much much cheaper to dress me than to feed me. This foodie has got to eat. LOL. No but seriously....thank goodness for the thrifting phenomenon, outlets and discount stores. As I become older and what I'd like to think wiser, I've become a more conscious and fiscally responsible consumer.

Jun 4, 2017

Milestone Manifesto: Fab Forty

What does forty feels like you ask? Well, I'm still a work in progress if that gives you any sense of perspective. But one thing is for certain--you don't always get to decide when it's time no matter how well planned or how many good intentions put forth. This milestone comes with some gains and losses. That's life, right? But with growth comes clarity. And with clarity comes purpose. That's what the last two years have been for me. Living in purpose. Knowing what and who is most important in life and living life to that accord has been the greatest feeling ever. So as I enter this new chapter---it's full speed ahead doing the things that I love with the people that I love. And that friends---is what living a purpose driven life is all about. Nothing more. Nothing less. Until next time....peace, passion & purpose!

Jun 1, 2017

Fab Eats: Red Pony . Franklin TN

So I had a recent trip to Nashville and with every trip there is always an opportunity to drop in to one of the local critically acclaimed restaurants. This time around, Red Pony in Franklin, Tennessee was my choice. The Zagat rated eatery is nestled on the main strip in  downtown Franklin. The culinary style reflects swanky Manhattan meets rustic European. Here's a snapshot of what you can find on the menu: collard green rockefeller, lobster and scallop, shrimp and grits, top notch creme brulee, Moscow mule (my favorite) and an array of other creative and fabulous options. I've got to say---it isn't often that you find an establishment that successfully fuses culinary artistry with contemporary flare without compromising quality of service. Red Pony certainly masters the two. I would highly recommend that you drop in and pay them a visit should your future travels call for you to be in the Nashville area. My experience was anything short of exceptional.
Photography | Red Pony Restaurant
Until next time....Peace, Love & Blessings!

May 15, 2017

Travelista Bistro Mug

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May 7, 2017

5 Must-Have Whites

Since spring has officially sprung----every spring/summer, these five must-haves are always on reserve as go-to wardrobe essentials that I absolutely can't do without. They are the perfect wardrobe neutralizers adding balance to colorful brights. Here's why you should incorporate these five items into your wardrobe.  

1. Skinny Jeans - I love a fabulous pair of skinnies. Dress them down with a pair of wedge sneakers or converse, or dress them up with a fab pair of pointed toe heels, sandals and fabulous top and there you have it. When you opt for a colorful top and want it to be the focal point---ditch the standard pair of blue denim and go for a more clean and modern take.
2. Aviator Sunnies - Why aviators? Well, they work well on every face type. So whether you're like me with an oval-shaped face, you can pull off a fabulous pair of aviators. Why white? Because again...it helps to neutralize color and is uniquely different from the standard black. While I'm a huge fan of white sunnies---I do realize that they may not be for everyone. Certainly not the conservative types. 
3. Sandals - Remember when white shoes were almost a fashion faux pas? Today, many women are embracing white footwear like never before. I've always been fond of white shoes as they are the perfect way to neutralize busy prints and colors worn in the spring and summer months. However, investing in a quality pair is essential because pulling off this shade can be difficult, and can sometimes come off as cheap or of poor quality.
4. Shoulder Bag - It's chic, different and versatile. You can practically pull off any look with a chic white bag during the summer months.
5. Nail Polish - Trending for a couple of seasons now----white polish is the new french manicure. It's modern, bold and refreshing. It says I'm confident, chic and fashion-forward. It's a great accessory and color neutralizer.