The holidays are among us. While most of us are preparing for Thanksgiving dinner holiday cookies, some of us are making sure that our outfits at holiday office parties are to DIE FOR. In your quest for the perfect outfit, I present the perfect bag. Some splurge/steal cheat sheets for you.
1. The Weekender
Alexander Wang Rocco bag ($925) versus Zara Croco Combined bag ($99)
2. All Work No Play
Zac Posen Eartha Colorblock bag ($550) versus Kardashian Kollection for Sears Trapezoid Tote Colorblock ($99)
3. Party Hardy
Valentino Rockstud Flap Clutch ($1495) versus Aldo Gnosa ($19.98)
Being pregnant is not usually viewed as a woman’s high time of fashion. Women are at their roundest in the most unflattering of areas. The fact that we’ll be fat for about 6 months is more than enough motivation to seek fashionable, flattering options. (FFO). These FFO’s will assist us in our transition after birthing back to our normal sizes. There are four major mistakes we tend to do as pregnant women.
1. Constricting Clothes
Naturally we are apt to wearing uncomfy clothes as women. Big mistake. Not only do they look terrible but they cause you discomfort and could potentially harm your baby. Nothing worst that a tight shirt and pants that cuts your belly in half.
Anything with buttons is not your friend. Our boobs are growing and so is our tummy. Anything bought after 3 months pregnant should be open, loose, hanging or have a tie. This allow growth in your garments. Especially useful for staple items such as sweaters, jackets and blazers.
3. 100% cotton
This is so crucial. Prior to being pregnant who cared if your shirt was part spandex? If it was a size medium, it was your size and it fitted. Not today honey. Any material you wear should have at least 5% spandex or any other stretchy material.
4. Thick Tights in Winter
Our hormones are on overload. If you have experienced hot flashes you know what I’m talking about. If not prepare yourself. Our hormones at any given moment can make us extremely hot even when it’s freezing outside. Opt for medium tights or opaque. Small fish nets looks really cute with high boots.
My Go To Work Staples
-chunky sweaters that at least reach my thigh. I wear them with banded pants or skater skirts
-camis with shawls, ponchos or oversized cardigans
-dropped waist dresses give your belly room (last picture)
-baggy sweater dresses
-skater skirts and dresses
-knee high boots
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to meet with Ryka, a women’s sports company who specializes in comfortable affordable kicks. Their line of sneakers are targeted to running, dance training, high impact training(spin class) and walking. Their patented technologies is what makes their product superior.
Focusing on women’s only gear allows them to create the perfect shoe for a woman’s anatomy pin pointing our physical weaknesses and creating a solution for it. I was cursed with bunions so the narrow heel and wide fore foot is all me!
The coolest attributes about the kicks are the fact that the shoe breathes to prevent that whole work out stench and the Re-Zorb cushioning which molds to your foot and bounces right back.
I’ve been wearing my Rykas since I received them (purple ones above) and I’ve gotten many compliments. I even had someone pull up the site and ask me to show them which shoe I had on. (Lol) Needless to say these will be my favorite throughout my pregnancy.
You can purchase the shoes above on their website for $60-$90. They also have a cool guide to show you which shoe has certain technologies.
After 10 years, Marc Jacobs parts ways from Louis Vuitton as their creative director. Marc Jacobs was the first designer to catch my eye ever since the first time I folded the creases of a Teen Vogue. The use of off colors and his signature advertisements was my first real brush with marketing and something that would remain with me for the rest of my life. His use of androgynous characters, boys doing girly things and vice versa was epic. Marc Jacobs was the pioneer that spear headed the movement between Art, Fashion and music. Throughout the years while designers like Christian Dior was struggling with rasta prints, Marc Jacobs was busy solidifying LV’s place on the fashion pedestal. Marc Jacobs originated the art on handbag movement by using designers such as Steven Sprouse, Murakami, Yayoi Kusama and a whole host of other designers over the years.
As a young Brooklyn girl who loved fashion, I was limited to the things in my teen vogue. It helped sculpt my idea of fashion and where my love lies today. Through Marc Jacobs I lived in fashion, became indulged in art and even waited in line to see the Murakami exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. My love for Louis Vuitton was strengthened through the introduction of Kanye West’s shoe line. The very first rapper to have his own collection for a luxury brand. It only solidified my obsession. His vision will truly be missed on my behalf.
Having blogged for 5 years and see newbies supersede you in success, there comes a time where you have to wonder if the reason for stagnation lies within yourself. Did my refusal to be a “Street Style” or “What I wore” blogger cost me opportunities that other bloggers were awarded? If things change in short periods of time, imagine over the course of 5 years. My focus from “Urban Fashion” has shifted to “high-low fashion” and still I haven’t been able to find my own mix of things I enjoy seeing on my blog. In the midst of “Mean Shoe Mondays” and “Ad Wednesdays” where’s the content? How difficult is it after a few years and a market over saturated with the same content to truly create unique stuff?
A part of my apathetic behavior stems from the hatred that is the fashion world, that is the world period. The ideal STILL that blonde hair and blue eyes equates to beauty while minority bloggers are thrown in a corner with several pats on the back at “good” and “noble” attempts to cross over in what seems to be unfamiliar territory. Having received samples from multiple companies and building relationships with them until you show up. Until they see you in the flesh, not what they expected. The email contact trails off and you’re looking to build your next relationship, attempting to be more cautious than the last. Being sure not to show them who you are, not having a face to your blog for fear that it will be used against you. It has. It will.
When the question arises of why we are not more successful, we meaning minorities it constantly boils down to content. Simply putting “better” stuff out there, matching our cohorts. I have noticed, that this is not the problem. Our bloggers do the same thing that the rest of the world does. There’s only one difference. May it be the hair or the skin color, it is the defining factor in our non success. Is there a solution?