7 Trends To Ditch: Caribbean Edition

There are pieces of clothing that are total must haves, like a blazer for example. These next 7 pieces are NOTHING like that.

 

  • Distressed (Tops/Dresses)- Unless you’re actually in distress you shouldn’t be looking like it. I really don’t know when, how and why this became a trend but when you purposely put holes in your clothing to look more ‘stylish’, then I really have to wonder if your sanity is intact. Where are you even wearing this to except for maybe Jouvert morning?

  • (Faux) Fur-We live in a Tropical climate. Why do you need fur? No! you are not the girl Flo Rida was talking about. Are you not sweating in these things? As intriguing as fur may look and feel, it simply isn’t made for sweltering heat.

  • Shorts unzipped & unbuttoned- is this intentional or do you require some assistance? If the pants are too small and cannot be buttoned/zipped then you shouldn’t be wearing it entirely. If however, you think it looks cute, I have news for you- it ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT. I’m so fed up of scrolling through fete pictures throughout the different fete seasons and seeing this, I immediately want to pelt away my phone or laptop.

  • Lace up Bodysuits- Did you actually get dressed if it wasn’t a lace up bodysuit? Honestly speaking, my issue isn’t with the bodysuit in particular. Its that people choose to wear it every-heffin-where. I kid you not, I have seen people dressed for work in this blazer et al . Yup, we’ve gone MAD!

  • Catsuit (jumpsuit)- Are you Catwoman? If you answered no, but have a Catsuit, fling it away immediately. Imagine my horror recently when I discovered a distressed catsuit. But really and truly, if you do not have a dance recital to be at, or auditioning for the role of Catwoman, please refrain from the suit.

 

 

 

  • Too Much Body Jewelry- Picture this: a person wearing a leg chain, body chain, choker with extra hanging pieces and full arm cuff. Are you a lagahoo(loup garou)? Then you need not be dragging so many chains around. Honestly, the only person this trend works for is Dylan Lex¬†and that’s because she makes it.

  • Leggings- Once again my issue isn’t with the legging, its where and how its being worn. At work its a No No,¬†I don’t care if its Casual Friday- cover your ass. Of course there’s an ongoing ¬†debate if leggings are real pants and yes it is, once worn ‘correctly’.

 

 

As we all know fashion fades but (personal)style is forever. So I think we should tuck these all away in the fading fashion folder and move on. For me these things are just a Big Fat

 

Share with me what are some of the trends you’ve had enough of!

Wear Green!

Sustainable/ Eco Friendly/ Green, call it what you want, it has a HUGE impact! This type of fashion calls on an environmental consciousness that’s new to the industry, but allows brands to rethink how and what they produce, and us the customer to rethink what ¬†and how we consume (fashion).

Wastage and energy consumption is apparently a trend (one that I don’t approve of) and we as the consumer ultimately have the power to change that. The obsession with fast fashion has made us a wasteful bunch, but, the (re)discovery of low tech pursuits is making its way back into our lives and I Love It!

Knitting, Crocheting, Upcycling and other endeavors are allowing us to produce as little or less wastage as we can. Even the pursuit of green fabrics such as leather from pineapples and mushrooms are making headway in the industry! Some cosmetic producers are reducing wastage by implementing programmes to recycle the product containers and usage of every piece of raw material to help our planet breath some sigh of relief.

Though an emerging trend, brands both in the Caribbean (and internationally)are making it their business to bring you green, sustainable products.

Aisling Camps¬† modernizes knitwear in a sultry and wearable style for the Caribbean woman and nothing like your grandma’s sweater. Each piece is knit to shape, allowing no excess¬†fabric usage. They are also made to order made to order so there’s not too many garments on hand at once that may go unsold or unused further reducing excess amounts. Machinery? Meh, sometimes, but¬†its more¬†a magical process involving lots of¬†skill and hand-eye-knit-fabric coordination¬†so there’s low energy consumption. And, not to worry about those scrap pieces,¬†they’re¬†re-purposed and finds home in a new garment

(Images from ‘Aisling Camps Knitwear’ Facebook page)

One Memoir does its take on ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ by giving jackets a new sense of purpose through upcycling. What exactly is upcycling you ask? Essentially it’s breathing new life into a piece that one may longer see as wearable . You can cut, embellish, rearrange, colour and so much ,for clothing that looks completely new. One Memoir has found its niche in jackets with the motto, “Where opportunity meets creativity” to bring to you sustainable fashion choices that reduces wastage and helps our planet smile a little brighter.

(Images from Instagram @onememoir)

MakeupDoll Cosmetics¬†a cruelty free, vegan cosmetics brand contributes to this movement by fighting the urge to hand you that printed receipt after your purchase, reducing your carbon footprint and as cliche as it sounds, saving the trees. ¬†They’ve also implemented a program for¬†us makeup junkies to¬†return eyeshadow containers for refills at a cheaper cost as well as being advocates for package recycling. With every purchase you don’t only look like a Goddess, you’re also helping earth to GLOW too.

(Images from Instagram @makeupdollcosmetics)

Fashion can take a lot from the planet we live on, thankfully these brands have found a way to give back! These are only 3 brands Going Green in the Caribbean but there’s lots more that we already know and love or will come to know and love in the (near) future!

Share some of your fave sustainable fashion and beauty¬†brands, or practices in the comments!ūüėė

The Best Trends (Ever)!

Once in a while a trend comes along that you NEVER EVER want to get rid of, there’s also those trends that make you want to light it on fire at first glance! Here’s some of the trends we (I) never want to go away! Lucky for me all are wearable in the Caribbean :

1.The Button Down

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As simple as it seems, the button down is a classic and a closet staple for both guys and girls. It can be long sleeved, short sleeved, buttoned at the front or back, solid or prints, casual, dressed up, peter pan collar, frilled collar . Whatever it is, the button down can do it, need I say more?A simple white button down is a MUST HAVE btw…

 

2. Jumpsuits

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I’ve never met a jumpsuit I didn’t like, its made its way to red carpets, weddings, the office,the club. You name it the jumpsuit’s been there and shows no sign of leaving us and I’m glad for that. ¬†Its truly the perfect go to outfit when you can’t figure out what to wear, the hardest part might be choosing your favourite one!

 

3. Ballet Flats

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Whatever your personal style is, there’s a pair of ballet flats out there made just for you. And you can’t deny how comfy they are because heels all the time can be a pain in the a**, its the best combo of comfy and chic so you never have to compromise either!

 

4. The Little Black Dress

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The LBD and timeless go hand in hand, and if you don’t own one, well, you know what to do. Seriously, it will never ever go out of style and appropriate for any and every occasion possible! From barely there like J.lo to a dress you can wear at the office, a LBD won’t disappoint.

 

5. Boyfriend Jeans

 

From its appearance circa 2005 (remember Rihanna’s “Pon D Replay”) there’s no sign of the trend ¬†going away and honestly why should it? It has a weird didn’t try all that hard to look this good appeal that I love and my favourite fashion bloggers (Micah and Julie) make me love it even more. And yes, bf jeans do come in unripped versions.

 

6. Statement Jewellery

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This dates back to ancient Egypt where they adorned themselves in cuff bracelets, statement necklaces and flashy dangling earrings. Fastforward to the 2016 and not much has changed, but now its used to liven up an otherwise not so lively outfit or to draw attention away from other parts! Either way, statement jewellery when done tastefully will always make a (stylish) statement.

 

7. Blazers/ Jackets

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The term Blazer made its debut in the 1800’s and since then its become in a staple in every closet around the world! It pulls any look together whether business or casual. In the earlies they were mainly navy or black but lucky for us we can get them in any colour or print your heart desires.

 

What are your favourite trends?

 

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My Christmas Wishlist!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So my absolute favourite time of year is fast approaching , basically even here, yet I’m still neck deepin assignments and my final year project. In the mean time though I’ll be day dreaming about the food, fun, festivities, ponche de creme and my favourite part- THE GIFTS!!!! Usually I don’t think too much into the gifts because well my birthday is about 2 weeks after Christmas so my friends and family could make up for it then (Kidding lol). But after seeing so much amazing stuff over the past few weeks I’m inclined to make a Christmas Wishlist, possibly my first wishlist since I was a child.

  1. Korporate Kouture: These earrings from Korporate Kouture caught my eye from the very first time. The thing with me though is I don’t usually wear large earrings but in the attempt to step out my earring comfort zone, I think these would be¬†a PRETTY GOOD start.

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2. Peta Odini: This jacket from Peta Odini has me all kinds of swooning! Don’t mind she’s a menswear designer, if you know me you’d know I wear men’s clothing with comfort and ease because some of it is just so damn stylish sometimes!When I first saw this pic on IG I was amazed and thought to myself no longer is fashion a woman’s game because these guys are giving us a run for our money. But if I get my hands on this jacket pretty sure the ball would still be in our court.

 

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3. Tautology Design Studio: Tautology usually keeps me waiting with bated breath to see whats next because every piece intrigues me with the simplicity yet sheer beauty that is EVERY SINGLE PIECE! On sight of these earrings I shouted out my always approving “Yaaaaaaaaaas” , saved the picture and have been staring at it ever since.

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4. No More Fashion Victims: So in my weekly stalking of No More Fashion Victims I can across this tweed top and had to just take a few moments to breathe. It caught me off guard because I wasn’t expecting this kinda slayage so early in my day. What delighted me even more is that its an ethical fashion line made right here in Trinidad & Tobago. Yeah Ikr i could tell you’re excited too!

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5. Le Gendre: I’m always in search of that statement piece because my clothing is usually minimal and this backpack and clutch (yeah I couldn’t choose one) need to be a part of my very tiny buy very effective collection of statement pieces. I could literally imagine myself out with my girls with one of these bags and people asking where did it come from.

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6.Tautology Design Studio: Yeah ofc by now everyone knows my jewellery obsession is rings. So its only natural that for Christmas I want to add more to my already large collection. I could see myself wearing these everyday and flailing my hands about as I speak ( as I usually do) so everyone could see this marvellousness I have the great opportunity to wear. (yeah I know marvellousness isn’t a word but you get my point right)

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and the last thing on my wishlist but certainly not least

7. Charu Lochan Dass: Now I’ve been in love with every single thing this designer does from the beginning just that student budget has me batting in my crease (lol). But now that’s it Christmas I think my friends and family could have a collaborative efforts and make my dreams come true. Don’t you agree?

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So now that you’ve seen what’s on my wishlist, has yours grown? It might have because these pieces are totally worth getting your hands on!

(Images:

Korporate Kouture: Korporate Kouture Facebook page

Peta Odini: IG page @petaodini

Tautology Design Studio: IG page @tautologydesignstudio

No More Fashion Victims: nomorefashionvictims.com

Le Gendre: IG page @le.gendre

Charu Lochan Dass: CLD- Charu Lochan Dass Facebook page

 

 

Fashion Week Highlights!

Every fashion lover’s favourite time of year is in full swing(Spring/Summer 2016 collections) . And while I wasn’t too impressed this time around I did see some interesting pieces and some I’ve seen before just in a different colour palette (Yes Balmain, I’m talking about you).From backstage to runway to street style, there’s never a dull moment in the most important fashion cities around the world!

You know I’m here for my Caribbean designers, Haitian Designer Stella Jean was ever present at Milan Fashion Week bringing so much life with her prints, colours and the stories told in her pieces.

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(Images from Fashonisers.com)

Rahul Mishra had that modern with a hint of drama!

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While Elie Saab kept it feminine and flirty.

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Giorgio Armani for me had street style written alllllll over it!

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Hey Dolce & Gabbana, Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking! ( I still realllly liked some of the pieces though)

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Marc Jacobs brought the fun side of the design house that we love so much paired with some serious 40’s silhouettes!

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(Images Taken from Vogue.com)

Obviously these are just a few but fashion week has 100’s of designers from all over the world and it still isn’t over yet! Who’s your favourite designer??

Be Practical!

Every woman dreams of having the perfect wardrobe. The ability to open that closet door and the perfect outfit would be right there, just waiting for you accessories and all. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way and so we have the task of putting together complementary pieces day in, day out. BUT! it doesn’t have to be a task.

First things first, all wardrobes require practicality, if you’re living in Trinidad I’m pretty sure you don’t need a floor length fur coat.

But yes, on to practicality, if you spend more than 60% of your week in a formal work/office setting then your wardrobe may/ should reflect that. Therefore the other 40% should be a well put together weekend/ casual wardrobe that doesn’t make you feel like your’re still at the office. Of course the #1 must have here is a power suit! but before you go for black consider something in another neutral like navy blue or even white (like the set below). Outside of that be sure to have a great pair of jeans that fit you body type ( and yes you can also tailor jeans because the legs can be too long or the waist too big). When it comes to shoes if you’re stationary most of the time then heels are just fine, however if you move around quite a bit or there’s stairs that go on forever go for some ballet flats or kitten heels instead.

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If most of your days are spent in a more casual setting your wardrobe should be practical for this. Try to stay away from pieces that are too heavy if you move around a lot. It also helps to get pieces that can easily transition from day to night or from one event to the next effortlessly. The top in the sets below is a good example of a versatile piece. A button down and a well-fitting dark wash jeans are also versatile as is cardigans and ballet flats. Accessories also become your best friend as they either make an outfit more casual or more formal based on how you style it. Have a few statement pieces such as a necklace and bracelet for casual occasions and perhaps a small layered necklace or one with a small pendant and a watch or simple bracelet for more formal affairs.

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University students also know the fine line that sometimes exists between school clothes and clothing for other occasions. But know it is definitely important to make the distinction between the two being a university student myself. Cardigans are a great choice as a lot of us have cold classrooms to deal with. Avoid things that are too low cut or too fitted or even too short ( its school you’re going to not a club). V neck t-shirts are also a great investment as they can last through the school year and to avoid it looking too homely you can accessorize with a cute necklace, great jean, some strappy sandals and a cardigan. A blazer is also a great investment for when we have those in class presentations or even internship positions, there’s always use for a blazer. Sundresses are also a cool, easy wearable piece for those warmer days and can be paired with sandals, ballet flats or for the daring a very low wedge. Because college life usually involves a lot of walking, running or stairs a pair of sneakers that you’re comfortable in and are also quite stylish is a great buy! Most importantly though, be comfortable because its the worst thing to be sitting in a lecture for 3 hours and your clothing is uncomfortable!

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Fashion or Style?

It’s often been said that fashion and style are NOT the same thing, I myself strongly believe that they are not one in the same. Why? Well according to Cambridge Online Dictionary, Fashion is “a ‚Äčstyle¬†that is ‚Äčpopular¬†at a ‚Äčparticular time, ‚Äčespecially¬†in ‚Äčclothes, ‚Äčhair, ‚Äčmake-up, etc.” however, it defines ¬†Style as “a way of doing something, ‚Äčespecially¬†one that is ‚Äčtypical of a ‚Äčperson, ‚Äčgroup of ‚Äčpeople, ‚Äčplace, or ‚Äčperiod”

But, apart from textbook definition one can actually SEE the difference in the two. How? Welllllll some will claim to love fashion, and they will be the name chasers, brand peddlers, buying new clothes every season from designers kinda folk, but, you will not be impressed. You will not be impressed because the clothes wear them and they will NOT be wearing it. It will not speak to anyone in any form or fashion because it simply is not flattering doesn’t matter if it came straight off the runway from Givenchy or off the rack at Forever 21. This my friends is fashion, its simply what we wear, but has nothing to do with how it is worn. It carries nothing with it but the tag, the brand name or whatever else people think makes them look better in it. And let’s be honest we know a few of these or are realizing we are one. LOL.

Here’s an example:

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Now on the left is the model in Amato Haute Couture and on the right there’s Kat Graham in the same dress. While Kat doesn’t look terrible if you study the pic a bit more you can tell the skirt length is wrong,she’s a petite girl so why drown her in all that skirt???? The placement of the belt is also lower than the runway look making her lose her shape instead of creating any kind of waist ūüôĀ

 

Moving on to style which is my favouriteeeeeeeeeeee ( I am an aspiring stylist after all). I truly believe STYLE IS WHO YOU ARE,it is your own personal brand and its both how you present and represent yourself. I always say, “Style is a non-verbal form of communication. What are you saying about yourself?” So yes style is about how you wear what you wear in terms of both confidence and wearing clothes that flatter your body! Many still have not grasped the concept (which is what I’m trying to help with) of understanding what looks good on you and what doesn’t.

My style as I said in a previous post is pretty laid back and simple, I often stick to neutrals and any colour I must wear pretty much goes into nailpolish and lipstick. On the rare day I have no idea what neutral to put on my body you will see me in a loud ass colour because it reflects how lost I feel about my wardrobe that day. Chances are it still fits by body the way it should and I feel good in it,so no love lost.

So with that being said, what is your style? Have you found it? Still trying to figure it out? Know what you like but still haven’t found the confidence to wear it?

Some are the quintessential girly girl and will like an outfit like this:

 

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Some are more Boho Chic and prefer something like this:

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Others LOVE colour :

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While others are lovers of black and white:

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And it doesn’t end there:

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So really and truly don’t be afraid of your style, explore it, live it and love it, but please don’t do it for the sake of fashion! Wear what makes you look good and feel great! Wear what makes you happy and makes you feel empowered because an outfit carries with it power like no other, TRUST ME! The right outfit makes you feel like you can take over the world and you deserve to feel that way every single day! ¬†And if you need help figuring out what that outfit can be, you can always hit me up because you know I GOT YOU! Till then- Navigate your life in style!

 

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A Fashionista’s Summer:Fashionably Touring T & T!

Let’s Go Trinidad and Tobago hosted its very first Fashion Tour, which took us to Simply Runway, Blue Basin Stores, CLD- Charu Lochan Dass and Shaunelle. It was a fun and new experience for both attendees and designers and it brought us all together in somewhat of an intimate space to interact and get to know each other.Instead of a long boringggggg text post however we get Pictures! yup that’s right I’ll be highlighting the tour through pics!

First Stop- Simply Runway (Grand Bazzar)

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At Simply Runway we had the privilege of meeting with Candice ( the owner) and Stephanie (Personal Stylist). What I loved about Candice (pictured left) is she had a lot to say and not just babbling but in every word that came out you tell there’s a real passion for the business she’s in. She also talked about adapting to change (relocating the store after damage from the fire at Ruby Tuesday’s) and translating the brand to customers by making both brand and the experience offered at Simply Runway Synonymous!

Stephanie ( pictured below Candice) graced us with her stylish presence and expertise by allowing us to understand that your style is essentially your personal brand! And reiterated what I always say, ” The way you dress is a form of non-verbal communication, be sure it sends the right message!” And then it was on to the next stop.

 

Second Stop: Blue Basin Stores ( Dock Road)

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This stop was easily my favourite as I won a $100 gift card, but all goodies aside I have a true appreciation for a space that offers strictly local designer work because well we have the talent and ability to fill a store! Housing designers like Rachel Rochford, James Hackett ( The Lush Kingdom) and Turtle Warrior the small space seems like a world apart as there’s so much to see and so much to be entranced by.

 

Third Stop: CLD- Charu Lochan Dass

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Unfortunately Charu herself wasn’t there but the clothing was enough to keep everyone engaged, sale rack included! The prints and detail found in the pieces were enough to keep all the attendees (myself especially I tried on a few things well) oooo-ing and aaaaah-ing so much so that we had to basically be chased to the next stop.

Final Stop: Shaunelle-Handmade by Shaunelle Ramesar

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Her soft spokenness perfectly complements her all white aesthetic. Catering to brides helping them feel special on one of their most important days is her forte! Creating custom bouquets, jeweler y and other one of a kind pieces Shaunelle truly captures the essence of beauty and elegance in all her pieces. (Pictured above left, Designer -Shaunelle Ramesar)

 

At the end of the day the tour was a fun, new and exciting experience for all as we learnt a lot along the way and made new friends!Hopefully next time you all could join us !

 

( ALL IMAGES ARE BY VALLEY VIEW PHOTOGRAPHY)

Made In Trinidad and Tobago

So a few weeks ago I decided to pose the question, “Can you name 3 local designers?” to a Facebook group with 3000 + members. ¬†And yes I got lotsssss of responses, the majority being Meiling, Claudia Pegus and Heather Jones, now I’m not mad these one bit as these designers are iconic and pioneers in our local (and regional) fashion industry, but, I was mildly disappointed knowing there’s a bevy of up and coming designers whose names should be etched into our brains.

And that’s where I come in, I’m here to introduce you to a weeee cross section of these fabulous designers that sure as hell deserve our undivided attention and SUPPORT!

Okay…Ready?! Let’s go!

  • Adrian Foster– one of my absolute favourites from the get go, both locally and ever! His ability to be on trend EVERY DAMN TIME is amazing. Each piece created boasts clean lines, sleek chic and polished finishes and that anti-figurative component that makes every modern day minimalist swoon. My favourite part is also how effortlessly any piece of his can be incorporated into an everyday wardrobe. From shirt dresses to wrap skirts to trousers that seems to make legs go on for ever and ever.I think its safe to say Adrian is well on his way to becoming a staple in your wardrobe, the fashion industry and life as we know it!

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(Images Taken from Instagram @officiallyadrianfoster)

  • CLD: Charu Lochan Dass– “Who run the world?!?! Girls!!!” This is what runs through my mind at the sound of those three letters- CLD. Charu embodies The Woman with each piece so much so that I feel more empowered just by looking at them. With lines inspired by ordinary women who lead extraordinary lives; femininity, elegance, class and of course pure sex appeal make its way into each look.Powerful, Sophisticated, Sexy! CLD!cldcld2cld1

( Images Taken from Facebook @ CLD- Charu Lochan Dass)

  • Aisling Knits (Aisling Camps)-¬†Forget everything you know about your granny’s knitting and prepare your mind and fashion savvy for a whole new world of knitwear. Since seeing her knits I’ve been taken COMPLETELY by her ability to make knitwear so absolutely Chic and appropriate for so many occasions. I believe I even saw something on her IG about knitting a wedding dress. Yeah… Ikr,wda! ¬†But it proves to us how capable, in tuned with consumer needs and exceptionally talented Aisling really is. So open your mind to this new knitworld and Aisling, its not all about the scarves and sweaters but sooooo much more. (BTW when the pics of that wedding dress are out best believe they will end up here)
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(Images Taken From Instagram @aislingcamps)

  • Rebel ¬†(Sian McIntosh)-¬†What would this list be without a swimsuit designer?!?!? NOTHING! Now I have a personal fear of the itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini, but this girl’s swimsuits usually have me lusting after them for days after laying eye on it ,however , I’m still not brave enough. But to my confident, beauty, sexy as hell female counterparts go forth and conquer in the teenie weenies! The variety brought to the table here also intrigues me about this swimsuit designer. She’s got whole swimsuits, the classic bikini, bandeau tops, gathered bottoms, capped sleeve crop tops, even kids swimsuits!!!! Is there anything for the waterside that CANNOT be made??? When it comes to the Rebel brand I don’t think so!

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(Images Taken From Instagram @rebelusian)

  • Koko Karibi Designs (Jacqueline Charles)¬†– You know the expression art imitates life? Well, Koko Karibi’s designs are a pretty much a biography. Each bracelet, earring, ring and chain tells a unique story of its inspiration as well as the story of the creative mind behind them. Branded as contemporary and avant garde, every accessory adds a wealth of personality and another level of intrigue simply by wearing it. What I love even more is that you can tell the designer’s passion and love for her craft and it makes me super excited to see passion through designers’ work!

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( Images Taken from Facebook – Koko Karibi Designs and Instagram @kokokaribidesigns)

 

Okay,I think I’ve done enough talking for one post. So I’ll leave on a note that this list is in no ¬†way exhaustive go forth and find you some more local designers( or just ask me) ! So live, explore, navigate your life in style and SUPPORT LOCAL!