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

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

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)