The month of December is always exciting for me - not because of the holiday but it's such an important time for reflection and goal setting just before the New Year. I have some much to be thankful for and I've accomplished quite a bit this year! So for that, I have nothing but smiles on the first day of December! This golden two piece makes me just want to dance. It gives me all of the SOLANGE VIBES -and she without question is my style icon. Great style and great energy makes a great first day of December.
I love putting together looks that are either inspired by a decade or iconic figures in my life. The wide leg pants with the kangol gave me all of the 70's vibes! Kowtow is an amazing New Zealand brand. The label is committed to using fair trade certified organic cotton, Global Organic Textile Standard approved dyes, mindful manufacturing with fair working conditions, ethically sourced trims and sustainable packaging. Trove is a brand that I'm fairly new to - they partner directly with global artisans - creating jobs and celebrating culture. And in all transparency - I love that the owner doesn't just work with melanin communities but also uses WOC in their branding and marketing. It's such an important part of representation - making sure that WOC aren't just seen as laborers!
Subtle Autumn Layers
Sweater- Thrifted Betsy Johnson
Grey Dress- Eileen Fisher
Shades- S.F. market
Sometimes I have such a challenge when the weather transitions. But what I've been finding lately, is a love for knee high socks alongside the perfect dress that will show a little bit of skin (wink wink). I love to layer and I'm quite surprised at myself when I can layer and keep all solid colors - clearly looking like RAIDER NATION in this one. My fashion sensibility in this New York whether has certainly been a journey.
Sweatshirt - Bad Decision Adventure Club (hemp & organic cotton blend)
BDAC is an LA based unisex sustainable fashion brand inspired by urban culture
Frayed denim- Urban Outfitters "Rework collection"
Heeled Mules - Bhava (Handmade Italian vegan leather that DOES NOT contain aromatic amines, PCP, formaldehyde, PVC, phthalates, azo-dyes, or chrome.
Brass necklace - Thrifted in the streets of Delhi, India
Lipstick - Axiology (natural, organic, vegan & cruelty free)
Sometimes I want to look nice but not be extra! LOL Bhava's Ali Block Heel Mule is HELLA comfortable, extremely cute, and easy to slip on when you're on the go! I particularly love to support this brand as the founder, Francisca, has been hard at work fighting injustices within fashion for years. This BDAC sweatshirt is also extremely comfortable and so easy to wear. This particular brand does a lot of over-sized items -- I think pairing an oversized top with a little heel gives the tomboy vibe a little sass. This is clearly my "I'm lazy but let me look like I give a damn" look.
Prints & Solids
Saree Blouse - thrifted in the markets of Sri Lanka
Marigold Pencil Skirt - Nigerian designer Attollé Clothiers
Handmade Cross-body Clutch- thrifted in the markets of Ghana
Felt Top Hat - Stolen from my boyfriend (Urban Outfitters)
High Heel Sandal- Calvin Klein
I love rockin' prints on prints but I equally love the juxtaposition of prints mixed with solids. I absolutely adore this Marigold pencil skirt! Nigerian designer Bukola of Attollé Clothiers is known for making pieces that show the sophistication and class of a woman. It was easy for me to pair this with a saree top that I got in Sri Lanka - it's fitted, earth tone and it just a nice simple compliment to the ankara print. And then of course you seal the deal with accessories! : )
You can shop a plethora of amazing African designers at Inamunai.
Printed Collared Button Up - Thrifted from Buffalo Exchange
Silk Banana Republic Floor Legnth Skirt - Thrifted from Buffalo Exchange
Cross-body purse - Vintage Coach
Naturally Dyed Indigo Slides - Studio One Eighty Nine
Brass Neckpiece - Thrifted in the streets of Delhi, India
Angela Davis Pin - Flea market in Berkely, CA