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Personal Style 

 

Personal style is something that is cultivated over time. As for me, I would say that my style, throughout the years, has grown with me. It’s a style that is very logical and effortless (because I wear dresses 95% of the time – a no brainer),  it’s classic in shape, and it’s full of texture, print, and colour. I love things that fit me well, and I love bright colours because they pop against my deeper skin tone.

It is my love of prints, colour, texture, and a classic shape that attracts me to the styles of icons like Diana Ross, Nina Simone, and Josephine Baker. They are, and in the case of Nina and Josephine, were women known for their edgy and unique performances.  Their performance clothing, which was bright, printed, shift-like, glitzy, and fitted, seemed to be an extension of that. Their outfits, when out on the town, were (and still are) something to talk about.

My favorite designers are Prada, Naeem Khan, Elie Saab, Saint Laurent, Erdem, and Duru Olowu. I love Prada, Naeem Khan, and Ellie Saab for their classic silhouettes and use of colour. I love Saint Laurent for its edge and reinvention of the classics, and I love Erdem and Duru Olowu for their use of prints.

When it comes to fashion labels I have my favourites too. Labels, which I feel flatter curves the most, are the following: Vero Moda, Yumi, Smash!, Black Tape (by Dex clothing), Rudsak, Wilfred Free, California Moonrise, Dynamite (a store which has clothing with its name on it), and Chaps. Of course there are names out there that I haven’t yet discovered. And of course there are brands that I’m eager to try (ASOS and Free People leap to mind). However, the brands I mentioned are in my closet, and I would absolutely recommend them to anybody who has a curvy figure and long legs.

I also like vintage dresses. Where I shop, when I buy vintage, is Etsy. Just Etsy. It is the hub for all things vintage and handmade. You might be thinking, why would a tall and curvy woman buy things she can’t try on in advance? To those wondering I say this: when you know your body you can buy just about anything. I measure my waist, hips, leg length, arm length, and bust width because sellers are good enough to post the measurements of their garments in the product information section. So, I’m always comfortable buying dresses online.


As for shoes, I’m very simple: I like clean lines, rich colours (like olive, burgundy, and camel brown), florals and brights (in the Spring and during summertime), and classic shapes. I don’t like buying shoes that often (as I would rather buy a nice dress), but when I do buy a shoe it had better have wearing power (because I wear my shoes to the ground).


I would love to hear about your style! Comment down below an answer to the following questions: Do you prefer to wear dresses or pants (and why)? And what kind of shoes do you like to wear?

Adaora

Ten Things Every Woman Aged 18 -80 Should Have (Including the Trivial, the Controversial, and the Unarguable)…

Happy New Year everyone! 

I hope that this year proves to be prosperous and glorious for you. As we settle into this new year, I couldn’t help but think about the things that I have, the things that I’m thankful for, and the experiences that I intend to have in my lifetime. And I thought, why not share some of the things that I have, the things that I’m grateful for, and the things that I will have (in a roundabout way) with you? You guys are interested, right? So, sit down, grab a glass of wine or a cup of apple cider (both are equally yummy), get some popcorn (and a ketchup shaker from Kernels if you dare), and read on…

1. Hope

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Seriously, hope is life sustaining. Life can be rough as hell sometimes (believe me, I’ve been there and bought the t-shirt on tough times and tough circumstances), but what gets you through life is having hope (and even faith) that things will eventually get better. They just have to, right? Things can’t be bad forever, and things are always changing (that’s the ebb and flow of life). There is always the possibility of a series of circumstances coming along to change your life for the better. And just think, especially when things go really sour in your life, the only way to go is up. So, dear readers please have hope; keep it alive, let it have wings, and let it keep you going, because it will.

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Pieces I Want for Autumn/Winter

Online shopping is easy (and potentially deadly for your wallet).

If you know what your size is ( your real size, inches and all), then the online shopping space becomes a joyous place that takes away the guilt you might feel when you encounter a face-to-face moment with a teller who looks at you, in shock, like you’re a baller who doesn’t have any limits (which particularly happens to me when I’m buying books – every time).

For the most part, I live in dresses all year long. I like how they look, I like how they feel on my body, and I think its the best overall look for Spring, Summer,  Autumn, and Winter (especially with boots).

Now I’m looking to expand my sweater weather repertoire.  And rather than waste my time browsing the mall or door-front stores, where the selection is limited and the inventory is sporadic, I’m headed straight to the web to find new sweater dresses.

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Spring Shoes

As I write this the sun is shinning and there is a delightful breeze that is the very definition of spring. Birds are flying at the window, and tree branches are wrestling in the sky. It’s the perfect weather. It’s the kind of weather that calls for lots of walking. It’s the kind of weather that calls for new shoes (especially when you haven’t bought any in a long time), and it’s the kind of weather that calls for ice cream and cute dresses to go with the cute shoes that you might be buying. Where did I go to get my cute shoes? To Payless Shoe Source. I found several pairs that will go quite nicely with my spring/summer dresses. Here they are:

  1. Floral

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The pointed white floral shoes pair nicely with jumpsuits and mid-length dresses, and the blue floral shoes look amazing with full skirt dresses and skinny pants.

2. Classic

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The brown flats are my nude shoes: they pair nicely with patterned dresses that I want a non-assuming shoe to go with, and the black shoes are perfect for slim leg pants and jeans. Both are very comfortable.

3. Solid Colour

IMG_0034The weird thing about these shoes is that they furl up when you’re not wearing them – like some kind of animal – and they have a million holes in them. But guess what? They’re very cute on and very comfortable. I can see myself walking for a long time in these beauties (wearing a casual spring/summer dress).

– Adaora

 

Something Special

Since my birthday is coming up (on this Wednesday the 21st of October) I thought I would talk about what I’d wear and what I would do if I was celebrating my birthday with a crowd.

I would go here (to the Soho House):

I would drink this or that (champagne or chardonnay):

and I would wear Aisle Style’s Spaghettei Strap Slim A-line Burundy Long Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress, the Floor-length Chiffon Deep V-neck Sheath Zipper Bridesmaid Dress, or the Zipper One Shoulder Chiffon Sheath Sleeveless Bridesmaid Dress:

                                                         

On the occasion of your birthday – if you decide to get dressed up – its good to make a statement when the time comes. I like long flow-y dresses in the summer and the winter because they’re easy: long dresses make me feel fancy and they look good with a glass of wine.

The dresses I picked out (as my would wear pieces) from Aisle Style are just the tip of the iceberg: Aisle Style is a U.K based online shop which sells wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, evening dresses, and accessories. Their dresses cover most personal styles, most body types are accommodated, and you can easily find your size. Almost all of their dresses are on my to have list for the holidays (I just have to be invited to enough events so I can wear them all).

– Adaora

Things I Need On My Body

I keep getting emails from a place called Markitt. It’s been an almost daily taunt and tease from these people.

They don’t quit. Seriously!

Yesterday, as feelings of annoyance and curiosity convened in me, I decided to click and see what all this e-fuss was about. Guys, I mean…somebody better send help for me! They have a few things that have proven to be very relevant to my interests…

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