Oct 20, 2014

Trend Alert | Intarsia Sweaters

Intarsia, according to wikipedia is a knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colors. As with the woodworking technique of the same name, fields of different colors and materials appear to be inlaid in one another, but are in fact all separate pieces, fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Ok, sure... intarsia sweaters are not really a "new" trend. But you can certainly say that they've become increasingly popular over the last three years. You have probably seen your share of black and white ones with either a graphic object or a word aligned within the center. Yes my friend, these are all intarsia sweaters. I've been a fan of the skillfully knitted sweaters for some time. I've been in search for a particular black and white one and since fall is here again, I'm hoping I will be able to score a fabulous one.

Most of you will probably have the opportunity to pull out your sweaters long before the Florida weather affords me the chance. So for the next two months or so, I'll just have to live vicariously through you. Are you rocking sweaters in your neck of the woods yet? Until next time....Be Bold. Be Fabulous. Be You!

Oct 18, 2014

Designer Watch | Shola Designs

Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Shola Yusuf is the founder and creative force behind Shola Designs. The Pharmacist turned shoe designer moved to New York City from Nigeria in 1989 with less than $100 in her pocket. Taking security guard positions, she put herself through the College of Pharmacy at LIU, graduating in 1995. In 2003, she opened her own pharmacy and now owns four in the Tampa Bay area where she and her love for shoes and accessories resides. She says, "I devour every form of media when it comes to fashion. I travel 20 times a year. I am always away somewhere – West Africa, New York City, Hong Kong, Italy, and London. These are my main shopping and design destinations. I follow leading designers and the best retailers." Shola has become a household name in the Tampa Bay area as she has showcased her designs in countless fashion shows within the Bay area. I have so much admiration for her as a business woman. Her business acumen is certainly one to admire. Having to manage four pharmacies, a shoe line and the multiple aspects of life, there is no secret that Shola Yusuf is a busy woman. She certainly makes it look easy. I chatted with the Nigerian business woman recently, see what she had to say about fashion, her inspiration and the future of her brand. 

Oct 16, 2014

Beanies & Pussy Bows

Hey Lovies, hope you all are having a wonderful day. Today was the first day of experiencing fall-like temperatures here in Tampa, FL. So in true fall fashion, I pulled out a beanie. Not only because temperatures dropped a bit, but also because I'm having a bad hair day. LOL.Fall is certainly my favorite time of the year for many reasons. The season reminds me of just how beautiful nature is. From the fallen leaves, the color change in foliage to the most comfortable temperatures throughout the year---I'm loving it.

Oct 14, 2014

Harvest Goods|Thanksgiving Wish List

It is about that time of year where families are making holiday plans. Thanksgiving is certainly my favorite time of the year. It is when the domestic diva in me is at her most happiest. My inner Martha Stewart can bring out the fine china and finally put to use countless recipes pinned throughout the year on my Pinterest food boards. I haven't hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my home in years, but this year could be the return. I am officially in the spirit and have plenty to be thankful for.

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? What is on your dinner menu?Until next time. . . Peace, Love & Blessings!

Oct 13, 2014

Game Changer: Nude Lingerie for Women of Color

As a woman of color, one of the most frustrating experiences as a consumer includes scouring the lingerie department to find that perfect "nude" hosiery or undergarment--- but to only end up with mere disappointment. I can't tell you how long it's been since wishing and hoping for wider options when it comes to nude-tone intimates and undergarments for women of color. Nubian Skin, an intimates apparel company saw a need and launched the brand with a vision of "a different kind of nude" in mind. With its headquarters in London, the company ships internationally so finding the perfect match in nude undergarments is certainly within reach ladies.They started out with bras and panties, but have plans on adding hosiery to the product line in the near future. Bras start around £29 ($47 US) and panties at £10 ($16 US).