Feeling Shady? Visit ‘The Shade Shop’!

For these past few weeks the sun is taking no prisoners with its scorching heat‚ėÄÔłŹūüĒ•. Luckily, The Shade Shop is serving us¬†with slaying sunnies for the blinding inferno that is the sun.

The Shade Shop is stylishly curated by a New-York based, Trinidadian CEO to bring you the latest trends and out-of-box shades to make it through these sun-shiny days! TSS began as a NY based venture that found its way back home (literally NY-> Trinidad)¬† because, well, who needs sunglasses more than people in the Caribbean?¬†A lot of us really have trouble finding the pair that looks great on us. That ‘someone might stop you in the street and ask you for your autograph’ kinda pair. The first step is really identifying the face shape you have to find what suits you!

There’s 4 basic shapes to know:

  • Square- you have that¬†strong¬† movie star jawline with a wide jaw and forehead. So¬†what’s for¬†you?¬†The key is finding balance in contrasting shapes, try curvier frames like round or those with rimless edges to create softer features and balance a striking jaw. Your head is already square, you don’t need square shaped sunglasses too. Round, oval, cateye and semi-rimless are great options!

  • Oval-¬†so your face is longer than it is wide. Not a problem, you can get away with¬†both¬†round AND square frames. Oversized frames are an absolute no as they blur out most of the face features. Proportion in this case is really what you have to keep in mind to find that perfect pair.

  • Round-¬† with lovely full cheeks and a narrower forehead/ jawline emphasized by soft features your best options are angular and geometric shapes, round shapes should be totally avoided. ¬†These angular shapes will give your face a longer, leaner look as the angles offset¬†the fullness/ roundness¬†. Wayfarers and those alike should be your buddies.

  • Heart – you’re wider in the forehead and narrower at the chin. So, with the right proportions you can even it all¬† out. What does that mean? Well shades with a wider top or that are upswept (like cateye sunglasses) help to elongate the face. Round shapes do the same so they should be your go to! Round, cateye aviator and rimless shapes are you friends!

By now you probably have an idea of what your shape might be and also want to¬†get a pair that you’ve seen on this post. No worries just keep on reading!

To purchase any of the sunglasses above: Visit the shade shop on IG @TheShadeShopNYC or email theshadeshop57@gmail.com

‚ú®Here are some amazing ( local) brands where you can also find those stylish sunglasses:

  • Sanianitos (Trinidad) – IG @sanianitos
  • Timber Wear Inc (Jamaica)- IG @timberwearinc/ timberwearinc.com

7 Trends I Love!

If you’ve seen my last post on the ‘7 Trends To Ditch’, you’re probably wondering what trends I’m actually cool with! So here goes:

  • Stripes-¬†No, they don’t make you look like a jailbird. They’re like the obeah of the fashion world, that and waist trainers (that’s a story for another time). But seriously, you ever wanted that long lean Wendy Fitzwilliams looking body? Then vertical stripes should be your friend. They add the illusion of a longer , leaner body as the eye scans up and down instead of¬† side to side. The ole folks say horizontal¬†make you look bigger (wider), I say disrupting those lines (typically at the waist or smallest point) can help you appear¬†slimmer. Don’t limit thin and pin stripes to your work suits, they too have a slimming effect on the body while larger stripes¬†are more prone¬†to highlighting¬†problem areas so be mindful of that. Ultimately stripes belong in your wardrobe so if you don’t have them, you know what to do¬†ūüėČ.

(Images- Fashionmagazine.com/ Glamradar.com)

  • Athleisure Wear-¬†Lemme tell you all one time, living in a tropical climate is sometimes a serious struggle between comfort and style because hobo chic could happen very easily. But Hallelujah for Athleisure! The ‘rules’ are simple,¬†please don’t wear your old beat up Chucks, instead you can try a nice crisp sneaker with colour detailing or even embellishments to add some fun. Sport jackets and jeans, dresses and sneakers, joggers and crop tops they can all work just not all the sport pieces at once or else you’re just looking like you’re going to work out. ¬†The trick is to ¬†find a balance between the sport and casual but try to avoid oversized pieces because you’ll just look messy (in my JoanneTheScammer voice). Stay casual- cool and comfy!

(Images- Getty Images/ Gurl.com/ WhoWhatWear )

  • Mixed Prints- The queen of mixed prints HANDS DOWN is Solange, and you could be the princess. For some its a bit difficult and yes its very easy to look like the highway on a morning (BUSY) but there’s a method (kinda) to this madness. One easy way to do this is by sticking with the same colour family like Solange in the second pic with shades of blue. Another easy way to mix prints is by pairing a large print with a small one so that the outfit doesn’t overwhelm you. If the idea of print mixing still scares you, you could start off by pairing a print you really love with a bold solid colour and then work your way up from there. My advice: just have fun with itūüéČ.

(Images- 360Nobs/ Zimbio/ DressMeOutlet/ Harper’s Bazzar )

  • Off-Shoulder- Flirtacious, fun and just the thing for this heat we’ve been having. Its a great balance to show some skin without reaching heaux status even though some of us could hear our grannies saying ‘Cover your back child, you will catch cold.’ Its okay granny we’re just casually slayin. Off shoulder is a dynamic style as it could be asymmetric, straight across, have puffed sleeves, come with a thin strap or just ¬†barely expose the shoulders for that peek-a-boo look. Off shoulder could be that Friday night drinks outfit, Saturday night club dress ¬†or Sunday brunch date jumper. Who wouldn’t love such a dynamic piece?

(Images- Concrete Runway/ Style Pantry/ WhoWhatWear/ Star Celebrity Dresses)

 

  • Flared Pants-¬† these aren’t your average pant, flares give you that¬†model-esque stature because it makes the legs appear longer especially in heels. The the trick is to have the hem them justttt enough to skim to the ground. The perfect fit gently hugs the knee and then flares to give just enough drama and those mile long legs. ¬†Another general idea is when you have one flowing piece so try to keep the other closely fitted. So with flares opt for some closer fitted blouses, anything loose fitting is chartering into Hippie/ Boho territory. What’s also great about these are that it works for all body types, for example, for bottom heavy pear-shapes it streamlines the leg by making the hips looks smaller. But really its for everyone, so lemme see those flares!

(Images- Latte Samuels/ Young At Style/ Pinterest/ Style Pantry) 

  • ‘Millenial Pink’- ¬†I could hear the collective ‘wah d a** is that?’ Its a¬†range of colours from pink-based beige to a peach/salmon/coral sorta pink but truly started out as a toned down version of Barbie pink. Once upon a time I was not a fan of pink but things have changed now. From rose gold phones to Rihanna’s Fenty line filled with MP it seems like Pantone’s colour of the year for 2016 might stick around well into 2017. Pink these days is a pretty gender-neutral colour so its popping up all over and I for one appreciate it!

(Images- Pinterest/ NYMag/ Puma)

  • Wrap Clothing- DVF changed the fashion game when she created the wrap dress. Now, wrap clothing has taken on a life of its own from skirts to shirts to shorts, they wrappin’ everything outchea. These pieces have a sophistication that you hardly see coming but its definitely there. They create curves and accentuate the body in the most magical of ways depending on how and where you tie them. A lot of times these pieces can be worn in so many ways you like you’re wearing a different piece each time, so you better get wrapping.

(Images- Officially Adrian Foster/ Style Pantry/ Getty Images/ Pinterest)

These are just a few of my faves at the moment( Its clear from this list I’m not an accessories person *hides face*) and its in no way exhaustive!

Do you have some fashion faves? Leave them in the commentsūüíē

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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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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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!