So You Wanna Be A Hot Mama

Whenever I see a pregnant mama or a maternity section at the store I feel inspired to write a style article. I’ve never been pregnant but this is my assumption of what I’d like to wear, and hopefully it reflects the actual pregnancy. I’ve heard the stories of always being hot, hungry, uncomfortable and tired, and the ideal being that you’re the opposite of all those things. You don’t want to be frumpy and you do want to be sexy. Blake Lively is my go to modern mama style inspiration and one day when it’s my turn I will hopefully follow in her footsteps. In the meantime, here are my style outfit ideas and inspirations.

A pair of flats, cute jeans and a comfy zip up sweater is always a go to look. Instead of throwing on a hoodie and leggings, opt for this instead! Since a maternity outfit might not be very splashy, jazz it up with fun accessories like these stacked bangles and feathery earrings.

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This is one of my favorite looks because I love pencil skirts. *I think that when you can’t find something cute in the maternity section, that it’d work to grab a cotton stretchy pencil skirt from the ladies side, and pair it with a longer sweater like this one. Since it’s a spring sweater it’ll be nice and cool. Throw some slip-on flats and simple accessories and your look is a winner.

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When all else fails, wear black and accessorize like crazy. This necklace is definitely a great statement piece. Pair shorts with a sleevless flowy top like this silk one for a hot summer day and throw some low wedges on to dress it up a bit. So fun!

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Last but not least, it’s Date Night! If you’re married and pregnant then date night is still a big deal, and you know that having that LBD is as well. Every women, whether pregnant or not, should own at least one black midi body-con dress. It’s a great way to throw something easy on, accessorize and make it look amazing. I’ve paired this one with strappy kitten heels, as you want to stay away from the high ones, and this cozy cape to drape around your shoulders if it’s a chilly night. Add a red lip for a little splash of color.

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Inuit Tribes and Tattooed Ladies: Dsquared2’s Breathtaking Collection

I’ve been harping on and on about texture, color, style, layering, etc. and happened upon Dsquared2s’ collection for fall/winter 2015. Needles to say I was drooling. Their collection is absolutely amazing, and not just one or two looks either. Every article of clothing is unique and perfect.

From first glance it seemed that they drew their inspiration everywhere from native american culture to matadors to inked ladies from the 1800’s. When I finally read where they had in fact drew their inspiration from, I wasn’t surprised. I had hit the nail on the head. They designed their collection around their Canadian roots, and imagined something like a plane that fell from the sky with suitcases with clothes from old Europe, and imagined an Inuit tribe incorporating what they found into their own dress-ware.

I’m completely obsessed. They utilized layering in a major way, using different textures and styles to compliment each other and created this visually stimulating collection that takes your breath away. You can easily incorporate a piece, or several pieces into your day to day wardrobe with some fun styling, to make a look thats fun and appropriate for todays street style.

Check out the looks below and tell me what you think!

Images from style.com

The Style Bloggers Conundrum.

When I started blogging about style and outfits it was because style was a major passion of mine. As a child I’d play in my moms closet and I remember wearing her clothes to church even though they were miles to big for my 9 year old frame. I loved stomping around in her high heels. Style is the art of putting something together well. It comes from years of playing with clothes, or having a special affinity for design and construction. From the basics all the way to a statement outfit; styling is when you use the design, color, pattern, cut, etc. to produce something great. I love that some designers this year were inspired by vintage pieces, or by a certain culture or people group. It’s thinking outside the “what will sell” box.

It’s easy, as a style blogger, to get caught up in the high-end fashion, the expensive and name brand things. Style, however, doesn’t have rules. It doesn’t require you to have pricey tags or renowned names in your closet. As a style blogger I’ve fallen into the fast-fashion, easy to buy, “styled for me”, name brand pieces trap that actually takes the art and effort out of street style. I remember the thrill of finding an amazing vintage piece at the local thrift store and making it work till it looked like a thousand bucks. I love the branded pieces as well, but more so I’ve rediscovered the opportunity to create a unique impression by blending clothes from any and every type of retail establishment. Whether it’s the flea market, Banana Republic, that weird thrift store, Zara, wherever. I half lost that love in my desire to appear as on trend and culturally relevant as possible. Street style won’t be street style if what we’re wearing was just on the runway or in H&M’s display window. We have to do better than that.

Perhaps this is my call to return to our roots as artists and lovers of all things material. Let’s wear what we want, when we want, and lose our fear of being outside the box. It’s not about the tags, or even the box, it’s about the expression and the lifestyle. Be you.

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Top 10 NYFW 2015 Happenings

If you’re heavily invested into fashion and the industry, then you know that fashion week is at the top of the proverbial mountain in terms of fashion prediction and trends. The designers pull out all the stops and their shows are becoming more and more fabulous as the years roll by (Tommy Hilfiger’s foot ball field runway..). The cities buzz with models, stylists, buyers, bloggers and designers and the air is thick with creativity and preening peacocks, and we love it.

If, however, you are not into fashion week, and you don’t even know what fashion week is, then this is for you. The collective mass that actually don’t really mind or care and find that their silent addiction to H&M satiates all their fashion needs. If you are curious, however, then this will help you understand.

Here are my top ten collections, street style looks, moments, etc. to make you feel like you were/are at least a little in the know.

Spring Look!

This is by far my favorite Spring look, and, being a creature of habit, I’ll end up wearing something to this effect any day that’s above 65 degrees. This look includes an oversized tank, black high waisted skinny jeans (my staple go-to) and some fun ankle booties.

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The top and jeans are H&M and the booties are Aldo. This girl loves a great deal!

Fashion Week! And the beef I’ve got.

I love fashion week just like the next person. The looks, the models, everything. There’s something about it that just seems plain fun. This keeping in mind that it’s hard for me to take the especially snobby and pretentious people seriously because I’m from Africa, where seeing people wearing the same outfit till it turned to shreds was real life and was seen more often than not. I do, however, love beauty and timeless style and elegance, having fun and playing dress up.

This being said, my favorite part of fashion week is the street style. What the people actually going to the shows are wearing. Sometimes because it’s hilarious, other times amazing, but most times a little bit wtf-ish. Obviously there are those that have ah-mazing looks, all the time. Olivia Palermo is one of those, we all know it and admit we want her wardrobe. She carefully balances being stylish, but not too much, really well. What I mean is, is that she has a stylish undertone with an every day girl vibe, and that’s something I can respect. The “oh ya I could totally wear that” look. (I hope ya’ll don’t think I’m saying her style isn’t very stylish, it totally is!)

I read an article one time about the different types of woman in New York city. You have the ones that, in the winter time, are wearing short skirts and high heels and their little leather jacket (because it’s stylish) and somehow are keeping their chattering teeth and body-shaking shivering to a minimum. Then you have those that wear the bare legs but maybe with a big coat, it is, after all, -20 if you count in the wind chill factor. Then you have those that wear leggings under their wool blend pants with knee high boots and socks, a long sleeve shirt, sweater, coat and scarf, gloves and a beanie. Maybe ear muffs. That’s me. When it comes to being cold, style can suck it. I hate being cold.

This year at New York fashion week, my jaw hit the ground. There were girls literally wearing nothing. On days I KNEW the temperature was icy icy icy cold. I had checked. I’m talking see-through shirts (her ladies I’m sure were ruining the material), high-waisted shorts and tee-shirts (sweetie, this isn’t California), and then the little crop tops and high wasted skirt ensemble we love. People of the fashion world. Those people lost their minds. For the love of all thats good in the world, style isn’t wearing the latest trending look and being distinguished from the crowd as an “it” girl/guy. It’s many other things including wearing weather appropriate clothes. It’s wearing outfits that aren’t an affront to humanities eyes. Literally, nobody wants to see your nipples. It’s fine for the runway, because runway isn’t real life. This, however, is.

I almost want to start a campaign for the real girls. The ones that can be stylish EVEN when it’s freezing.  It’s being stylish, or having style, or a sense of “put togethered-ness” when there’s a wind chill that could freeze oceans, waist high snow or whatever evil winter image your scared mind can conjure. It seems impossible, but it’s not! It’s doable! I’ve tried, and I’ve conquered. Many others have as well. Here are some deep winter doldrum styling tips:

(P.S I know we’re headed into spring, but better late then never, eh?)

Starting with the first layer; try stockings and a long sleeved v-neck blouse or shirt. Second layer; thermal tights! Yes these are real. Then throw on a nice oversized but slim fitted wool sweater. It should be fairly thick with a nice collar you can pull toward your neck. Finally throw on a pair of socks then some over the knee heeled leather boots, making sure the soles have some good traction. So far so good, you have a chic outfit thats weather appropriate. Lastly grab your favorite calf length oversized coat, and some leather gloves, and voila! If you’re headed to the office or undesignated destination where you’ll be in a building for 9 hours, then it’s totally ok to throw in some work shoes and pants for the day in a nice oversized handbag.

Some truth: If you’re the girl wearing the ridiculous outfits in the freezing cold; it’s not attractive, it’s silly. It shows a sense of being immature, an inability to make wise decisions and a tendency to lean towards being more concerned with what peoples opinions of you are, rather than actually just being confidant and loving yourself. No trendy or sexy outfit is worth you suffering in silence. It’s the difference between being a girl vs. being a woman. The woman is the sexy one, the girl is the self-obsessed one. Learn to love yourself! You’re beautiful as you are.

Good Luck!

Here are some pictures of woman who beat the weather! And looked fabulous doing it.

Winter To Spring Wardrobe Dilemma? How To Make Your Wardrobe Work

Introducing! David Riddick, a fellow stylist with an eye for all things special and beautiful. David is the kind of guy that can take something your eye would pass over, and make it fabulous! He’s agreed to write a little somethin’ for me and I do hope you find it helpful.

Thanks and enjoy!

Catherine Marguerite.

 

 

The spring commercials are here and the florals are coming out! Spring is around the corner and what better way to stay on trend than to buy in bulk in sale. Now, you’re probably thinking sale isn’t the first place I should run to if I’m trying to stay up to date with all of the beautiful people in Vogue and on the streets.  Sale, however,  is the perfect place to grab all those forgotten chic pieces,  and also make your wallet ready for a moment you really want to invest in a must have item for the season. Knowing exactly where to shop for these sale items are not what you should be stressed about. Everything should be natural and a surprise. Finding these hidden jewels won’t be a struggle either. Try hitting some of your favorite stores and get those bargains, then venture out into your downtown area and look for those vintage shops or family owned stores. These always have those extra special items that really draw the fashionistas or fashionistos inside.

Always give something a chance! Even if you wouldn’t usually take it off the rack to try on, take it this time, try it on, and envision an amazing outfit, or the versatility of the piece. A tunic dress might be a belted shirt, a sports coat might be a great with many different types of shirts. The key to having great style is to have an open mind, and the willingness to make something work, and to make it beautiful.