Saturday, July 23, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

Summertime Fine: 2016 Fashion Hits--

Summer is well underway, and so is fashion in this fun warm weather.  Temperatures have been steamy across the globe, but many are staying cool in their fly-wear for the season.  
Check out some of the best...

Cuban Olympic Team Dons Louboutin
The Summer Olympics are on the horizon, and of course we are not only excited about the games, but the fashion, too!  The Cuban Olympic team will be outfitted by famed French designer, Christian Louboutin.  He's partnered with Henry Tai, a former pro handball player, to design the attire the Cuban team will wear during closing ceremonies.  These threads are major!  Take a look...

Summertime Chi - The T-shirt Line
Summertime Chi is a curator of cultured events in Chicago.  While making sure natives and tourists are entertained in the best way, they can now look good while doing it.  The shirts are not only soft, but stylish.  Peruse the catalog, as well as the event calendar!

Andrea Iyamah Swimwear 
This swimwear line is vibrant and classy.  With unique designs and even a bridal collection, Andrea Iyamah is making onlookers stare.  Launched in 2013 by Nigerian designer Dumebi Iyamah, AI is meant to highlight colors and themes inspired by African culture.  The suits and resort attire are all made with care by a team dedicated to quality, style, and ethnicity with a modern twist.  Heads will certainly turn on the beach with this collection.  

Jordans - The Sole Mainstay
Jordans are always on the map, at all times of the year.  This summer, the Jordan Brand is launching the throwback of the "Banned" Air Jordan with the famed black and red colorways.  Legend has it, the NBA was not for the shoes being worn because of they conflicted with their uniform code...meanwhile Nike footed the bill on MJ's fined.  Reality or Scandal?  In addition, Jumpman has also released the Ultra Fly kick, worn by Chicago's own Jimmy Butler in this summer's Rio Olympic games.  The 2016 Men's Basketball team will be stocked with Nike, as the uniforms were designed by Nike, and Carmelo Anthony will be wearing his collection as well.  Once again, Jordan/Nike is expected to go gold.  

What other fashion wins are you seeing this summer?

Monday, July 11, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

The Capsule Wardrobe: Stepping Up Your Closet Game--

While talking to an awesomely fashionable and hair savvy friend, she shared her plans to embark on the capsule wardrobe experience.  

Capsule wardrobe?  Yes, capsule wardrobe.  What this is, is a set amount of items in your arsenal, taken separately to become a set for mixing and matching over a designated timeframe.  The items are to be worn together in several pairings, so the colors coordinate, and the tops and bottoms mix and match easily with all options.  One of the main reasons for utilizing the capsule wardrobe is to truly test your styling skills, particularly when you have a finite amount of options.  Another reason is to stock your closet with stronger, more quality pieces, rather than the limited-life items purchased in the fast fashion market.

We've talked quite a bit about the downfalls of fast fashion--lots of fashion law faux pas, as many hardworking designers, both well-established and not, are infringed upon.  Money from fast fashion markets and production is often used for human trafficking or in other illegal activities.  Working conditions in fast fashion factories is usually far from suitable.  Lights are dim, hours are long, and wages are low.  

The capsule wardrobe helps skirt these instances in other ways.  In building your capsule wardrobe for whatever designated period you choose--a week, 2, a business trip length, etc.--you focus on purchasing pieces which do cost a bit more.  However, these pieces, for their worth, last longer.  They also build the foundation for a full wardrobe with sustainable options.  You'll buy something today which can be paired with something you buy months or years from now, and the quality is still there.

For the fashionistas and stylists out there, the capsule wardrobe pushes your skills to the limit.  There could be several reasons you can't go and buy out a whole store or a bunch of new items all at once.  Maybe you have to pack light when you travel.  With the capsule wardrobe, you can push your creative mind to the limit, and sharpen your styling skills.  You can also make investing in quality pieces, whether through retail outlets or local designers, a priority.  

We're looking forward to hearing about how the capsule wardrobe experience works.  Check out these infographics and plenty more on Pinterest.

Stay tuned and share your stories.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Recognizes

Serena Williams Shines in Week of Darkness--

After a horrific week in America, with the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of law enforcement, people have been shaken.  Racial lines have gotten bolder.  Consciousness is at the forefront.  Questions of "What next?!?" are being asked.  

In spite of this tough few days, debates over who and how lives matter, and tears unnecessarily shed, Serena's victory has been a breath of fresh air.  Yesterday, tennis legend Serena Williams won her 22nd Grand Slam singles title, tying the record for most in the Open Era.  This win was not only a bright spot in a week of darkness, but a reminder of how a nation can unite when it wants to.

Many other bloggers have written about the experience Black America has endured this week.  It's completely worth everyone taking the time to become more conscious of something often put to the side because of the harsh, divisive history this nation has been built on.  Like the horrors of 9-11 and many other American tragedies, we must never forget that which is continuing to hold us back.  Remember, so you're equipped to rise.

Athletics has always been a uniting force.  No matter the event, Americans always find a way to band together over athletic events.  Serena's win is also a good reminder of the value African-Americans should put on themselves and the value others should see in us, too.

Thank you, Serena.

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