Monthly Archives: April 2014

Peek A Boo Skirts – Spring 2014 Trend

Last year, it was all about the thigh high split. But this spring, its about sheer-legs-revealing skirts. Hoping those hours at the gym doing squats pays off, because its all about body suits and see through materials as the weather gets warmer.

Antonio Marras

Antonio Marras

No matter your style, from edgy to romantic, there is a barely-there skirt for you.

Model Adriana Lima rocking a see through skirt

Model Adriana Lima rocking a see through skirt

If you’re bold, the full look showcasing your legs is a daring look similar to Adriana and Joan Smalls above.

Jason Wu

Jason Wu

If subtlety is more your thing, the demure skirt above from Jason Wu’s line is a great look for a night out or Marchesa’s romantic look below.

Either way, its a fun way to add a little flirty element to your spring/summer wardrobe. If you’ve tried it out already, tell me how you rocked it and was there any feedback?

Marchesa

Marchesa

Trendy Veggie: Kale

If you’ve been eating healthy for a while, been researching healthy eating habits or generally eat clean than you already know the benefits of kale. However, just like fashion, everything makes a comeback.

The topic of kale has made a resurgence lately as I look at health blogs and on social media. Which is great; anything that benefits nutritional strength is awesome to me. However, why this sudden re-introduction? Not sure exactly. Could it be the cute sweatshirts by Suburban Riot (as seen in the picture above, worn by actress Anika Noni Rose).

kale 1

Nonetheless, this is a perfect time to freshen up on some of the key beneifts of kale and how to best introduce it into your diet:

Key highlights-

  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory
  • Is low in calories
  • Is an antioxidant
  • Low in carbohydrates

Essential nutrients –

  • Vitamin K
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Potassium
  • Lutein

kale juice

Areas of the body it works for-

  • Eyes
  • Reduces risks of heart disease and cancer
  • Improves bone density
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Improves weight loss

What you get per calorie of kale –

  • More iron than beef
  • More calcium than milk
  • 10x more vitamin C than spinach

kale chips

I’ve used kale in my cooking and juicing. Such an inexpensive way to keep healthy and prevent disease.

Have you added kale into your diet? If so, how?

Is Rihanna A Fashion Icon?

The CFDA announced in March that they’ll be presenting Rihanna with a Fashion Icon award this June ‘for her impact on the industry as fashion’s most exciting ambassador in recent memory,” as noted by the CFDA’s CEO Steven Kolb.

(left) At Chanel show with Karl Lagerfeld. (right) at Comme Des Garcons show.

(left) At Chanel show with Karl Lagerfeld. (right) at Comme Des Garcons show.

RiRi has never shied away from risque fashion statements and recently she’s been seen not just front row at some of the most coveted fashion shows, but backstage with leading designers from Lanvin, Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld to Balmain’s Oliver Rousteing whom she is friends with and has been seen partying with. This is access to heads of fashion houses that no other pop star can claim. Ever since her daring pixie haircut from her “Good Girl Gone Bad” era, the songstress has pushed the envelope with her look.

(left) slaying with red mink at Dior show. (right) dark lace at Jean Paul Gaultier.

(left) slaying with red mink at Dior show. (right) dark lace at Jean Paul Gaultier.

You’d be hard pressed to find a picture of her looking off. Always flawless, yet some are off put by her sometimes ratchet fashion choices. From see-through skirts, sheer tops and performing at the Grammys with her hair wrapped with pins (common bed time practice for black women. Present company included).

(left) at her friend Stella McCartney's show. (right) flawless at Balmain.

(left) at her friend Stella McCartney’s show. (right) flawless at Balmain.

Along with her work with M.A.C. Viva Glam, there is no doubt Rihanna is a fashion force to be reckoned with. She is definitely a pop music icon, surpassing every musical accolade with chart topping singles, albums and videos.

(left) cold chilling at Givenchy. (right) hipstered out at Lanvin.

(left) cold chilling at Givenchy. (right) hipstered out at Lanvin.

However, there is no doubt that fashion snobs are turning their noses at this one. Little Miss Sunshine with a bad attitude shut down Paris Fashion Week this year, walking in with zero f*@ks and rub shoulders with folks whom may take offense to her unorthodox fashion picks.

I say, go ‘head girl. She works hard and although her musical and fashion choices may not always align with mine, she is an exciting artist to watch.

Zadie Smith Interviews Chimamanda Adichie

Give me a good book and a good mug of coffee, and I’m blessed. Now give me an interview by two of my favourite modern authors discussing their work, feminism and fashion – well then I’m smitten.

About a month ago UK author Zadie Smith (White Teeth, On Beauty, Autograph Man) sat with Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie (Half of A Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus, Americanah)  at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY.

After being introduced to Chimamanda’s work through Half of A Yellow Sun, I’ve been a fan and always enjoy hearing her speak. She’s witty, hilarious and a ‘hot babe’. There is strength to be found in seeing positive images of African women in the arts, and both through her interviews and the characters she writes about, Adichie is ever captivating in this interview.

Enjoy!

Zadie Smiths Interviews Chimamanda Adichie

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