I came across this cool Swimwear label called Bantu when one of the people I follow on Instagram tagged them in a post. Obviously I love their print swimmers like this Three Stripes Bando: Reef, and pretty much everything in their collection. However, in addition to their actual products I love their Instagram Feed as it features real people (who are gorgeous anyway) wearing their pieces and images representing their influences. In their about page on their site, they say they are "Afro Punks", I love that cohesion of two previously polar opposite cultures. If you enjoy the mixing of sub cultures and African led fashion you should really follow all of their media platforms.
Here is a taste of what's in store!
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It really is no secret that I love blogs, online content, fashion, styling, photography and body/racial diversity.... So when looking through my daily dose of Pinterest and Bloglovin' and thinking about what I should write on my blog it came to me that I have been a bit naughty and not really showcasing as much Plus size and Straight size model content as I would like. Obviously the offering on the production on amazing Fashion editorials featuring such body types are rare, and when money is spent on a beautiful shoot the models are either styled as La Dolce Vita sirens, and half nude. Curves are sexy for sure but they do not need to be overly sexualized to the extent as they are. Think about the famous Vogue Italia shoot, though undeniably fantastic and needed, moving forward Plus size fashion content needs something new, they need to showcase that plus sizes are just like everyone and everything else. I have gathered the following to show what I mean....
Soft natural lighting and bare to minimal makeup. There is a lightness to these photos that are so beautiful. I do not know why there aren't that many shoots that portray bigger girls in a glowing, softer air but there should!
Flirty dresses in candy colours are what I am getting at here. I know many bigger girls who do not like to dress in these types of clothes as sometimes they feel it's playing dress up. These looks are feminine and pretty but it is in the cut of the outfit that gives it an edge and cool about them too. I think if more shoots would showcase this style more of bigger girls, especially younger ones in the teen market, then many would feel more confident.
Shoots that have a quirky narrative and featuring plus/straight sized models are few and far between. These offbeat styles show playfulness and a whole lot of fun! The artistic factor is prominent here, and I want to see more quirky chubby women on my screen please!
I bloody love a good print. My style icons are Solange Knowles and Nicole Richie and they love a good floral or folk stamp. The global fashion trend that is out now has been something second nature to a lot of Western second generation Asian and African kids like the Funk Berry girls. I added this pics as "Curvy" plus Print usually conjures up big kaftans and mumus but it's definitely not that!
What gets me is that the trends and ideas of being described as Gamine, Elfin or Ingenue is what I have always wanted to be but because I was not an Audrey Hepburn waif or a Birkin daughter I thought "alas, tis not the life for me". However as I have gotten older, I realized it is more the attitude of simplicity, chicness and a carefree aura that they possessed, is where the draw came from. I personally love this look and even with my short legs and juicy butt try and pull this off, and in my own way I do sometimes.
My hope and dream for the future (among many things) is that the portrayal of style, fashion and art is not merely through the narrow funnel of thinness. I am not anti thin, not at all. I find slender shapes beautiful, as I do many others. However there is beauty, cool, style and quirk in all, and many women need to be reminded or convinced of that. The division of size into different industries can tumble down too if I had my way, and that many campaigns and group scenes would feature multiple models of all races and shapes with out it being a big deal. I wonder if I will see that in my life time. Hope so.
All Photos from: www.lauredesagazan.fr
So here it is. I did warn you all that my blog may occasionally turn Bride centered, and here is one of those moments. Like many a single girl, our relationship statuses do not hinder us from admiring Bridal wear or making a "My Wedding" board on Pinterest. So months ago when checking sites like Miss Moss and Honestly WTF this featured collection of Beach Bridal apparel took my breath away. Designer Laure de Sagazan captures an unmistakably beautiful, and laid back beach Bride. The elegance of this collection is so high, and this shoot that captures this spirit is spot on. Her lace detail is so close to making me a crazy bankrupt woman and part with cash I just do not have for one her pieces (but alas, I won't!) Here are just a few picks from an extensive range. Please check out the rest of her stunning collection on her site, it seriously is amazing.
All Photos from: www.lauredesagazan.fr
In homage to Kate Hudson and this beautiful front cover of the latest US Harpers, I have rounded up a collection of the All American blonde babe from the past. Previously they have been given a bad rap, of being too 'commerical', mainstream and seemingly boring. This may have been true due to the over saturation of this look in the past when diversity in the media was rare, but as it has now leveled out it's time to highlight again these fantastic creatures. They exude sunshine, fun and embody that California vibe. Key players are good old Kate, Michelle Pfeiffer, Miss Monroe and even Mama Goldie Hawn herself! It's nice seeing that every type of look is different, and every type of look can be beautiful! Who are your favourite blonde All American Babes of the present?
Off to my third wedding within two months tomorrow and am looking at ways to make my outfits look LESS pretty. For some reason this season I have been erring toward the Prom, vintage cuts in pastel colours. I wore a really pretty pink dress from Oasis last week and went for the 'sweet' Stepford look with white pointed pumps, a knitted white cardigan and low bun. My make up was super simple and I think the only jewelry I had on were a pair of cute stud earrings. The setting was a beautiful Manor House in Aylesbury where there were swans!!!! ...
... However tomorrow's wedding will be in the city and will be among a large number of my friends so decided to quirk it up this round. I am still undecided between a Metallic Lilac dress from Oasis I got from the sales or this yellow Prom style my sister got for me at a sample sale, £4 Haaaay! The two are very cute indeed but need edging out a bit, so here are my suggestions in doing so!
So here are a few ideas. Red lips are always considered a statement, they are just so bold and makes your lips POP. Why not throw over a cool denim oversized Wrangler style jacket over your dress or something even edgier...a leather biker jacket. Finally, accessories do not get more out there than a giant hair bow, this is the modern girls dress hat so it doesn't matter if it might block someones view. The mother of the bride and aunties will be doing the same. I think it will be a matter of choosing two ideas max out of the three if you were going to try them. It may be a little OTT with them all, but hey, that might be your schtick. I will let you know how I get along and what I went with in the end...if any!
All photos found via Pinterest.
Photos via FGR
Bloody Brilliant covers for the fashion issue of Stylist Magazine. Model Miao Bin Si stuns in every cover of the exclusive 3 set for their s/s 2013 issue. With the dynamic Hong Kong streets as the backdrop this editorial embraces the luxurious fashion power of the East. Shot by James Meakin and styled by Alexandra Fullerton, the results are timeless images of a timeless land.
Pinky perky plumpy pout. I have given the red lips a semi vacation and have been going spending mad on some pink lip colours. I forgot how pretty and cool a pink lip can be and how versatile too. From super bubblegum bold to frosty pink you can wear a pink lip as a statement look with a monochrome outfit or subtly while donning nudes and beige tones. The high street have been treating me well in the make up department with Rimmel, Barry M and Topshop offering some really cool shades and textures. I usually opt for a matt lip when wearing something bold and sheer when it's a lighter shade. Ladies, are you rocking the pink lips too? If so what brands do you suggest?
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