Well, Look What the Wind Blew In… [Crops and Patterns]

7 Jul

 

Crops, crops everywhere, amirite?  I, like most of the blogosphere,  have embraced them wholesale,  but sometimes,  just a hint of tummy can be quite effective.

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I fell in love with this amazing canvas jacket from Eloquii (man–I haven’t even had a chance to discuss my joy about Eloquii coming back; so much fashion news has happened since I blogged last!). Everything from the placement of the zippers and seams to the weight of the fabric felt tailor made for me.  Because it was white, I figured, ‘Eh, I’ll wear once or twice and call it day.’ To my surprise, it’s been a wardrobe workhouse and, knock on a Tide Stick wood, has managed to stay white despite my magnet-like ability to attract stains.

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Meanwhile, nothing could be done about this wind. Bloggers plan, God laughs.

 

So good to be back, friends. Talk soon.

 

Jacket: Eloquii

Crop top: Forever 21

Pants: Evans

Shoes: ASOS

 

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I’m not a businessman, I’m a “Business,” man. [Stripes x Flowers]

10 Sep

I very recently ‘came out’ as a blogger in my professional life. It was a hard decision for me; I blog under an alias (which essentially IS my name), because I felt like it was the only way to manage my Google identity for professional reasons AND enjoy a corner of the internet in which to talk fashions.

And so it went with many portions of my life–Adrienne (that’s me) wears somber colors but Addi (still me)  mixes patterns. Adrienne runs political campaigns, but Addi runs a fashion blog. Adrienne got a degree in Political Science with a focus on Feminist Political Theory, but Addi got a degree in Music Theory and Performance. Somehow, I internalized the idea that if my ‘serious ambitions’ world got wind of my love–and participation in–le monde d’Artsy Fartsy, neither world would take me seriously.

But as I get older (and arguably more reckless?), I wonder, who says? More important, once you discover ‘who says,’ who says you have to acquiesce?

We often bisect ourselves into palatable slivers for others’ consumption. How many slices can a person make before they no longer  resemble their whole?

Recently,  I had to attend a more professional event, meet a host of new folks and do a bit of public speaking. I hemmed and hawed about a look–I could  wear the classic ‘black suit and pop of color,’ except I just really REALLY wasn’t into it. It just isn’t me anymore (at least, not this week).

So, I didn’t. I wore this.

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And yes: when I arrived, sure enough, i was a striped and flowered, pink shoe-d fish in a sea of somber suits. But, as the event ended and just as I was leaving, one woman approached me and said:

‘ Wait! I just had to tell you, your outfit is so cute! You like one of those fashion bloggers or something.’

And thought to myself, ‘Yeah. Yeah, I do.’

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Thanks for reading; talk soon!

Jacket and Skirt; Dorothy Perkins (size tip; size down!)

Shoes and Earrings: Kate Spade

Blouse: Simply Be

Ankara All the Time

26 Aug

Howdy. Longest time, no see.

I thought I’d start back up and see if, after so long, we can re-connect and re-build together; hopefully, I’m right.

It’s been a long few months and my silence was a combination of excuses.

‘I’m not inspired!’ I’d cry.

‘It’s too cold!’ I’d shiver (this one, you see, is seasonal and can be replaced with ‘too hot/wet/muggy/dry).’

Everything’s bad and nothing’s good! I’d hyperbolicize (not a word, I realize).

But the thing is, if you’re not careful, you can create a world full of ‘reasons why not.’ After all these quiet fashion-less months, I felt compelled to find a reason ‘why,’ and it started with the dress below.

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I am a long-time Etsy lover and it’s become mecca for custom- and (really WELL) made pieces that most won’t have but many will covet.

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Look at this Ankara magic dress by DemestiksNYC!  Ankara, is a brightly dyed  wax fabric, often associated with West Africa because of graphic prints, but actually of Dutch origin, that breathes exceptionally well in the summer and is just generally amazing. As a Cameroonian girl, my family has worn ankara forever, so a dress like this feels both fashion-forward and, like ‘home’ to me.

Usually, folks see Ankara and think summer, but I’m newly re-obsessed with it, I’m trying to figure out how to do it year-round.

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Thanks for reading; talk soon (I promise!)

Earrings: Aldo

Dress: DemestiksNYC

Shoes: La Dolve Vita

Sunnies: Domino Dollhouse

Out of the Blue {Bold Tights & Animal Prints}

3 Dec

I love a pop of color and am particularly attracted to the brightly colored tight.

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full on hipIn work situations, one of my favorite things to do is to juxtapose something unexpected withsomething super classic, like a basic black dress and simple jewelry.

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Thanks for reading; talk soon!

Dress: JCrew

Necklace: Bauble Bar

Tights: We Love Tights

Shoes: Casedei

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Neutral Impact {[More]Dots & Colorblocks}

28 Nov

One day, I will get over dots. But today is not that day, friends.

I’ve been trying to think through why I’m so attracted to dotted patterns.  I think it’s the idea that such a simplistic pattern creates something so graphic. More and more, I’m taken with this idea that impactful dressing is not necessarily just about color or skin, but rather about employing wit, boldness and discipline to  combine small, (but great) details that build, one upon the other. I’m not necessarily saying I’m the master of this school of thought, but I will say that I’m an apt pupil.


Thanks for reading; talk soon.

Jacket & Shirt: ASOS

Skirt: Ann Taylor

Shoes: Zara

Earrings: Vintage

Ring: Low Luv x Erin Wasson

 

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Fox Trot {Animal Caricature & Tweed}

26 Nov

This year, Mama Curve decreed that no kitchen of hers (or mine) would be ripped asunder for Thanksgiving efforts.

So we took our bellies and parked them at restaurant in Midtown.

I realize that no one is really talking about winter shorts this season, that doesn’t make them any less adorable. One must use more than just the trends to define their fashion choices, you know?

Speaking of trends, I’ve been enamored with animal caricature sweaters and wanted one I could wear at work and at play.  I love the whimsy,  but the ones I’ve seen are a little too twee.

Let’s be candid: I look like a cross between a Cabbage Patch doll and young Gary Coleman;  workplace ageism is real and my fight for professional legitimacy never ends. So, where am I going in a fuzzy, pastel pink sweater with a baby chick on the front?

This sweater created an entry point for me. The Autumn-ready color and well place fox detail are great way to do the trend ‘quirky,’ not cute.

But meanwhile, all that carrying on about ‘cute vs quirky’ and I end up serendipitously styling my hair into bow.

This hair was a happy accident. I regret nothing.

Thanks for reading; Talk soon.

Sweater: ModCloth (sized small; I’m a 14/16 on top and got a xxl)

Shorts: Forever 21

Shoes: Michael Kors

Earrings: Kate Spade

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On the Bright Side {Stripes, Neutrals & Brights}

19 Nov

Just a quick look at something I wore today. Today’s weather was extra grey; a cacophony of stripes, brights and dots seemed like just the right amount of sartorial dissonance.

This striped top is a random find from H&M plus line. And just as an aside, I must admit; I’ve been pleased with what I’ve found there. Then again, H&M has never been my fashion all in all, so I did not expect their plus size line to change that. As was always the case, a few pieces merited a take home (which I did); most were throw-away.

 

Even though I’ve had natural hair for ages (21 years to be exact), I’m still learning my hair. I spent a great deal of my time thinking that it wasn’t enough. As in, it was too curly to be worn out and then, not curly enough to be sensational. As of late, I’ve learned to make peace with my hair. I let it be. I don’t manipulate it as much and I wear styles that accentuate what my hair naturally does. Admittedly, it can get a little ‘Sideshow Bob-ish,’ but,  so far, so good (Plus, Sideshow’s hair was kind of dope). 

 

Thanks for reading, As always, talk soon.

 

Shirt: H&M

Button Down: Jones NY

Pants: Gap

Shoes: Zara

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#NowTrending {Peplums, Patterned Jeans & Wedges}

15 Nov

I hate trends. I love trends. What I do not like is that moment when they peak and suddenly, that special thing, that fashion moment you sought out in myriad ways feels ubiquitous and pedestrian.

Up for discussion? The peplum.

When peplums made their return (keep in mind, they’ve oscillated in and out of fashion since the 17th century), I swooned. And when I came to, I was peplumed down to the socks.

But I decided to not put them on the blog, because I figured ‘how many more peplums can the online community take?’ Thing is, I endeavor to make this space both a timeless snapshot and time capsule of how I interpret fashion. So, love them or hate them, the trends tell a story.

At any rate, this is my peplum. There are many others like it, but this one is mine.

Patterned jeans had me at hello. I prefer them muted which I think is an unexpected compliment to what can be a decadent look.

At one point, I had on a jacket, but it’s November, so it’s obviously Summer time and my jacket proved unneccessary.

(that was irony and not-so-veiled critique on our increasing infirmed climate).

 

As always, thanks for reading; talk soon.

Top: ASOS

Pants: Eloquii

Necklace: Bauble Bar

Shoes: Ash

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Skirting the Issue {Chambray & Snake Prints}

12 Nov

*My orginal blog post was erased. Let’s try this from the top.*

I’ve just realized that my last few blog posts have been all-skirts, all the time. Strange how that is; I used to hate skirts and dresses. I wore jeans throughout high school and college and when I joined the workforce, kept the party going with a slight upgrade to slacks.

Funny how we change. Has anyone else experienced personal  style revolutions?

Nevertheless, variety is the spice of life. So, there are pants posts on the way; scout’s honour. In the meantime, more skirtage below.

This Old Navy shirt may be one of the best things I’ve purchased from the store, thus far. A wardrobe workhorse, to be sure.

I finally found booties that I enjoy. The cut of the shoe works well with my leg and the slight hidden platform makes them all-day comfy.

My love for rose gold grows daily. Even though it’s on-trend, it’s still a bit unexpected. And, as a ‘mixed-metal’ phile, I enjoy enjoy pairing my rose gold and silver.

As always, thanks for reading; Talk soon.

Shirt: Old Navy

Skirt: Target (as mentioned in last week’s haul video!)

Shoes: Michael Kors

Earrings: Kate Spade

Necklaces: Bauble Bar

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From the Heart {Merino Wool & Chiffon}

6 Nov

As promised, I wanted to share my take on one of the skirts I scored in my recent Target haul.

Clothing really is what you make it. A cheap (and arguably matronly) polka dot full skirt, gets quirky real quick when paired  with the unexpected.

Spots on dots for shoes, a sweater in bold colors and barely there jewelry that still makes an impact, does the job.

(big hair and hot pink lipstick is, of course, optional).

Thanks for reading; talk soon.

Sweater: Jcrew

Skirt: Target

Shoes: Zara

Necklace: BaubleBar

Ring: H&M

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