I love cool, unique jewelry and am always on the hunt for the latest designers. The latest and greatest of these is Alex and Ani. Although they’ve been around since 2004, this American jewelry company led by an all-female trifecta has blown up in the past year! I found out about the line because I kept seeing all these girls with cool charm bracelets stacked up their arm. These bracelets are offered in so many different collections from zodiac signs and initials to sororities and energy symbols. Keep reading for 3 ways to wear Alex and Ani bracelets.
It’s almost here! We are 3 days away from this weekend’s #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up shop & celebration in NYC! I’m so excited to finally unveil some of the Limited Edition items I’ve been working on in anticipation of the event. If you know me, you know I’m very supportive of small businesses especially those created and operated by people of color (see my list of faves here). I’m so passionate about supporting indie designers and brands and I’m incredibly excited to present this round up of amazing Shop LoveBrownSugar Limited Edition items that I co-created:
LLULO Limited Edition Shirts
I worked directly with indie brand LLULO on the creation of these Limited Edition sweatshirts and baby onesies to celebrate LoveBrownSugar’s 5 Year Anniversary.
I picked out this fabric because it’s beautiful, it has the LoveBrownSugar colors and I thought it was a great representation of the brand! I really hope you’ll like it as well.
I’ve been working with Michelle of LLULO since 2011 on the promotion of her brand. I think it’s such a dope collection and I’m happy to share it with you all.
INSPIRADO.co Inspirational Mugs
You guys know how important it is for me to be inspired daily and I try do the same for all of you. I post my Monday Motivation stories weekly and also post motivational quotes on social media. Who doesn’t need a little pick-me-up every now and again? I fell in love with these products from Inspirado.coI mentioned in this home decor post and thereafter I’ve been working with them on producing really awesome gifts based on my personal mottos.
This “Get Up. Dress Up. Show Up.” was a no-brainer. We all need a little push sometimes to “show up” even when we don’t feel like it. Getting dressed in something that makes you feel amazing always helps.
And this mug about taking chances was inspired by a quote I posted on Instagram a while back. I’m all about taking chances. No risk, no reward.
I’ve known the founder of accessories brand TNEMNRODA for years now and I’ve seen her take her brand from just an idea to actual products over the years. I even featured her in a story for Time Out New York here. I’m so very proud of all her accomplishments and she will be one of our vendors at this Saturday’s Shop LoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up.
She created these super fun and stylish sunnies bases around my personality, my likes and my favorites. They are so fun and I can’t wait to wear them to my next summer festival! These and her assortment of sunnies will be available this weekend.
I first tried out the line ofBelle Butters products this summer. They make some really awesome shea-butter based products including whipped butters, oils and more. The Premium Whipped Shea Butter has been a mainstay in my household ever since.
I use it for my hair, my body (great sealant for after the shower) and I even use it in BabyBrownSugar’s hair (see her hair regimen here).
For this weekend’s event only, Belle Butters will be offering a Limited Edition “Love” butter scented with hibiscus. Man, listen. Tasha, the owner, sent me a sample of our collaboration in the mail this week and I literally have been walking around the house with it in my left hand sniffing it throughout the day. IT. SMELLS. SO. GOOD. You need this butter in your life.
Andrea Bocchio Limited Edition Kupa Bracelets
You guys know I’m all about amazing jewelry. I love a good statement piece. When I ran into Andrea Bocchio’s booth at Afropunk this summer, I was really impressed by her hand woven jewels.
I especially loved this best-selling Kupa bracelet from her collection. For the pop-up shop this weekend, she’ll be offering it in LBS colors pink & white.
It’s a great statement piece and an arm party all of its own. You can also easily pair it with your other arm candy.
Back in 2011, I introduced you guys to Dana Bly of Olive Paperie and Pardon My Fro. She designed these amazing stationary designs of me using pictures she found on my blog. That was my first and only time being illustrated and I thought it was so DOPE. We’ve kept in touch ever since and I literally have her prints, her calendars and her stationary all over my office (she’s also in this home decor post).
Just for the Shop LoveBrownSugar event, Pardon My Fro will be vending in NYC for the very first time and offering items with our Limited Edition design. Every thing from throw pillows to stationary and more.
These designers and brands have put their all into these Limited Edition products and I’m so grateful and honored that they’ve decided to work with me on these. Please support them this weekend! If you’re based in NYC, purchase a ticket here and come out to shop for all your holiday gifts!
Not based in NYC or can’t make it? Share the #ShopLoveBrownSugar love on social media! There will be giveaways beginning next week of some of these items so make sure you use the hashtag and stay tuned.
So, what do you think? Would you purchase any of these?
Few designers are willing to evolve season after season, especially when their signature aesthetic elicits audible gasps and other sounds of delight from fervent audiences. Christian Siriano is shattering that mold. The Project Runway-alum is committed to elevating his fashion instincts, even as his success sends entertainment’s elite – like Maisie Williams (who better slay!) and June Ambrose – to his front row.
Breathe, stretch and get prepared for another sold-out designer H&M collection. Designer extraordinaire, Isabel Marant, has partnered with the fab retailer to produce a winter collection for women and men. Yes, men will be included in an H&M special collection for the first time. Yes H&M. Yes.
Marant, who’s been an in-demand clothing savant since ’94, is toting a chic collection that serves her signature Bohemian/gritty/androgynous aesthetic. Are you pumped? I certainly am.
Obsessed fashion fiends have six months to pinch their pennies and prepare for the clothing flood sure to ensue. H&M is being mum on the details. We don’t even have pics, prices or sketches of the digs yet, but if classic Marant shows up – there’s no doubt I’ll be buying.
The Parisian fashion goddess has slayed runways at Paris Fashion Week season after season, premiering collections that are simple enough to wear to the park or a spontaneous date to a bookstore.
Flowing silhouettes and untraditional hems are Marant’s trademarks. Her layering techniques will work in winter. We’re eager to see what Marant produces. She promises to deliver.
“I aim at creating something real – something women want to wear in their everyday lives – with a certain carefree style,” she said. “I think this is very Parisian: You dress up, but don’t pay too much attention to it, and you still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be combined following one’s own instincts, and my take on fashion is all about personality.”I’m too ready for this collection. It will be released to 250 stores and sold. I’d drive the three hours to the closest H&M for this one, but thankfully it’s being sold online as well. Sign on at 11:59 p.m. November 13 to get the leverage on the Isabel Marant collection. I think it’s going to sell-out quickly.
Check out the vid Marant did for H&M below:
Are you looking forward to Isabel Marant’s H&M collection?
New York Fashion Week is upon us again lovelies! Quick, huh? It seems like we were just recapping Spring/Summer collections last week.
Anywhoo, pressure is always high on the first day of NYFW. The first designers set the bar for everyone that follows. Tadashi Shoji stepped up to the challenge and scorched it! Listen, Tadashi brought the heat – or rather the cold to this collection. The celeb fave channeled the elegance of Russian winter with killer gowns in heavier fabrics than we’re used to.
I’ve never read “Anna Karenina” and I haven’t watched the film. Historical period movies aren’t really my steelo. But after seeing pre-revolutionary Russia descend on Tadashi’s catwalk, I’m renting it from Redbox ASAP.
Three words: Tadashi killed it. His collection has a very wintery feel with the black, blood red and ivory palette and the use of heavy fabrics. If Dracula were real and he had a wife, she would be donning a Tadashi Shoji masterpiece. That’s how elegant and retro this collection is.
Octavia Spencer’s go-to designer used loose silhouettes and square shoulders to really capture the daintiness of women from the 1870s. There were gorge gowns flowing with feathers, sheer and lace, which is an odd combo. But the Japan-native nailed it.
I live for chic pink cape-style jacket with three-fourth sleeves. It screams Victorian-era class and sophistication. Tadashi Shoji’s collection gives us permission to be dainty and graceful, which is always a plus. The models minimal makeup and “just rolled-out-of-bed” ponytails were the perfect contrast to the high-end classiness of their gowns. I’m taking that messy-meets-chic cue into fall and winter.
So here’s what I know now: Simple makeup is in. Lace has survived another season. And I must rent Anna Karenina stat.
I’ll admit it: I haven’t anticipated a DKNY collection in ages. Their designs scream “prepubescent preteen with no fashion direction” and I matured out of the juniors department almost a decade ago. But I tackled this recap because nothing tests passion more than perseverance. That’s my positive message of the day.
Moving on … if there’s something we can take from this collection in the distant spring and summer seasons, it’s the need to find our inner inhibitions and unleash them in our wardrobe. That seems to be Donna Karan’s goal. She’s reminding us that fashion is joyous and we should be entertained when we open our closets in the morning.
DKNY aimed to redefine the traditional New York uniform for the street, work and sport, with a monochrome color scheme accented by yellows and silvers. The Spring 2013 collection is hip, fresh and perfect for the college student who wants to blend youth with professionalism. DKNY struck an excellent chord with the adorbs sneaker wedges gracing each model’s feet, the offbeat leather jackets and bathing suits worn as shirts.
DKNY paired basics, like denim skirts, with versatile pieces that could easily transition from the office to a late night Thai dinner. There was mesh, nylon and fanny packs galore. Even camouflage made a guest appearance on the runway. This collection reminded me of how amazingly fun fashion can be when you stop following rules.
A-listers present in the first row included Louise Roe (who was also at Herve Leger), Kelsey Chow and Lianne La Havas decked in chic onyx digs. I won’t be rushing to the racks for a DKNY blouse, but I’ve developed a fresh regard for the brand.
If Rebecca Minkoff was aiming for luxe and tropical glow with her showing, Nicole Miller was the perfect contrast. Her “good girl meets bad” collection is stunning. There’s no denying that. Who can resist a leather and floral combo?
But we usually don’t think tailored bombers and denim trenches when we visualize our spring wardrobes. Maybe that was Nicole Miller’s goal. If so, mission accomplished.
She proved her point with the juxtaposition of Rihanna-esque downtown edge with uptown elegance. It seems impossible. But clearly, Nicole Miller nailed it!
From the sleeveless leather tops to black peplum skirts with wedding trains, Nicole’s “Batteries Not Included” collection is wearable, versatile and full of surprises. Keeping up with the androgynous trend this season, silhouettes varied in Miller’s showing. I especially adored the pleated navy shorts paired with a crop top decked in geometric shapes. Other notable pieces included a floral print dress with a tailored leather jacket and pleated shorts.
Nicole Miller’s reputation for creating collections that are original, wearable and sophisticated is still intact after this showing.