Month: April 2015

Africa the Beautiful

I have a lot of favorites when it comes to prints. Florals, stripes, and polka dots are some of my go-tos; but they pale in comparison to my love for African prints. The bright colors and intricate designs easily make them crowd favorites, but these designs go much deeper than mere adornment. These prints convey messages about historical and cultural landmarks, philosophical concepts and thoughts, as well as religious and moral values of society. The tradition of making these gorgeous pieces are passed down from father to son and from uncle to nephew, as well as from mother to daughter and aunt to niece.

The colors used in these beautiful motifs are just as important as the patters; the meanings and spirituality in their cloths are something the African people take very seriously.Gold, an extremely popular color, represents wealth and fertility. Red represents tension in the spiritual or political world and is viewed as the color of blood or death. Blue signifies love and peace, the sky, and is a harmonious color. Green represents prosperity and life, its also a medicinal color. And white is used to signify spirituality and purity. As you can see choosing an African garment to wear goes much deeper than finding a style that flatters you. This form of dress is very dear to the African people and shouldn’t simply be looked at as just a fashion trend. Here are several ladies that wear the style very well (its very hard to pick a favorite!):

Yaya Dacosta

                               YAYA DECOSTA

Zoe Saldana

                         ZOE SALDANA

India Arie

INDIA AIRE

Solange Knowles

                            SOLANGE KNOWLES

Angelique Kidjo

                        ANGELIQUE KIDJO

Keri Hilson

                        KERI HILSON

Thandie Newton

                         THANDIE NEWTON

Stay beautiful my loves ❤

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Nail’d It: Spring 2015 Trends

So you’re already hip to this season’s latest trends for your threads, but what about those darling digits of yours? WIth all the bright, beautiful colors and designs how’s a girl to choose? That my dear is entirely up to you, but I’ve taken the liberty to roundup a few trends that have graced the runways. Hopefully these ideas will be winners for you, or they may kick start a few of your own. Here are five manis that caught my eye and have made my “Try-THIS!” list as far as Spring nail art goes:

1.  Delpozo Spring 2015

These bold coral negative-space half-moon manicures were created using Essie Tart Deco ($9) At Delpozo.


2.  Erin Fetherston

This super cute design was created my manicurist Gina Edwards for Kiss and Broadway Nails. The gold strip on the crisp, white color is a nice minimalist contrast to the very ladylike collection at Erin Fetherston.


3.  Betsey Johnson

The embellished 3D manis at Betsey Johnson put a nice little snazzy spin on bridal nails. The look was created using Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer.


4.  Baja East Spring 2015

Models at Baja East wore nails painted a cool marble gray with a bold white line.


5.  Angel Sanchez Spring 2015

The geometric blue and gray manicure at Angel Sanchez was created by Gina Edwards (yes, again) for Morgan Taylor amd was meant to juxtapose the feminine pieces in the collection. Smart, right?

Stay beautiful my lovlies ❤