Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

In the Trenches

Fashion news alert! Trench coats are back....Again.

Did they every really leave us? How can a fashion staple such as the eons classic trench every go out of style? Not possible I suppose. And I must admit, anything that makes you look like a secret agent's got my vote.

Trench coats are as famous as the stars who wore and continue to wear them. Remember Bogie and Ingrid Bergman, Hepburn (as in Katherine), Peter Falk's Columbo? Okay, his was kinda rumpled, but still a trench just the same.

Fast forward to the present. Designers have reworked the classic trench with a number of added twists. Sleeves and bottom halves are suddenly missing in action. Ruffles, pastel colors, stripes and all sorts of embellishments give today's modern fashionista choices that would make Bogie blush and Lt. Columbo want to further his investigation.

Here are some of the more interesting versions of the classic Trenchcoat. Feast and enjoy!

Alexander Wang, Aquascutum

Burberry, Christian Dior

Dries Van Noten, Jean Paul Gaultier

Loewe, Marc Jacobs

MaxMara, Nina Ricci

Pringle, Roberto Cavalli


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Bold and the BCBG Beautiful

I love BCBG MaxAzria. His impeccable style and detailed tailoring are evidence of his high quality designs. Bold, yet feminine and just a little bit dangerous, BCBG does a rocker chic, even a frustrated one such as myself, proud.

Having said that, and not needing to say much else, feast on these tasty morsels of divalicious style. Sweet!

Herve Leger stretch leather boot

Leather Vest with ribbed trim

Pleated hem leather jacket

Mayda Platform Pump

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Happy Weekend!

Alexander McQueen
Titanic Ballerina Pump

It's December everyone! Where did the year go?! Isn't that the question that begs answering every year? When we think of years in abstract terms, such as, "I'll have to pay on that bill for five years before paying it off," or, "30 year Mortgage," it just seems like such a long time to wait. But when we reduce the future to "one year at a time," or even "one day at a time," the time seems to accelerate and before we know it, it's Christmas and we're about to enter into a new year.

What have you accomplished toward your dreams this past year? I know it's been difficult for me, but even so, I've managed to accomplish more toward my writing, fashion, and art goals this year than I have in many years past put together. With prayer and determination, I found out exactly what I'm capable of doing with the help of the Lord and through the power of God in my life. I have been inspired by many of you and are immensely grateful for all of your comments and visits to my little fashion blog.

FA'SHOE'NISTA is just getting started. This past year, I have expanded to include clothing as well as other accessories in an attempt to broaden the spectrum of my knowledge of what's stylish and functional for today's fashion savvy woman. In the coming year, I will endeavor to include men's fashion and my own personal style and taste. "Inspiration" will be a major component to future posts and I hope to feature more independent designers and artisans in an effort to expose them to a wider audience. I'll also be launching a campaign for subscribers, so please, please, please subscribe to FA'SHOE'NISTA so that I may solidify my numbers for future advertisers. There will be more in depth articles, giveaways, and all sorts of goodies in the coming year.

So, my Loverlees, I hope you'll stick around as FA'SHOE'NISTA! soars to new heights in the stratosphere of fashion and style. Tell all your friends and thank you all for hanging with me! Don't go away, I promise, it can only get better!


Friday, November 27, 2009

A Passion for Python

Happy Weekend everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, focusing on
those blessings that you have rather than the things that you don't.

The skin game is as prevalent as ever in the fashion accessories arena and clearly Python is everyone's favorite "Wild Thang." From shoes to handbags, Python is being shaped, dyed, and stretched to new heights of fashion wear-ability.

The following are my pics for today's feast for the style conscious eyes of all my fa'shoe'nistas!

Bon Appetite!

Alejandro Ingelmo
Python Isabella pump

Alexander McQueen
Scuba Python De Manta Clutch

Alexandra Neel
Python Pump with zipper detail

Python Amantea Crisscross ankle strap sandal

Python Mayla-E ruched sack handbag/brass closure

Christian Dior
Python Tabou bucket bag

Metallic Python Kristin Hobo

Devi Korell
Python Print Elaphe Wedge

Dries Van Noten
Jacquard Pump with Python Heel

Donna Karan
Python Platform Ankle Wrap Sandal

Devi Kroell
Handpainted Python Hobo

Michael Kors
Python Suzi Clutch

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Inspiration: Street Style Aesthetic; The Chic on the Street photography of Wayne Tippetts

Early on in my budding fashion career interests, I was an avid photographer. I thought of myself as pretty savvy when it came to seeing what others couldn't necessarily see, new fashion trends, the next new ingenue on the catwalk, and so on...

I was in college at the time, so I did have some extra minutes on my hands to wander the streets of Downtown Detroit and the neighborhoods, scouting out fashionable young ladies to shoot for my portfolio.

Fast forward to now and my new budding interest in street photography. In an effort to keep my blog current and fly enough (did I just say that?) and to convince my ever expanding readership to make return visits, I look for blogs, people, places, artists, stylists, and the like that will inspire me to follow my fashion dreams. In my research, I've found that there are essentially two kinds of inspiration, at least for me: there's the inspiration that inspires me to keep looking for inspiration, and then there's true inspiration, the kind that compels me to get up, to move, and to create.

Wayne Tippetts falls in the second category and is my new street style photography hero. His pictures have a simple elegance that don't look rehearsed or staged. Just fashionable people who are captured by his style conscious lens. Many of his photos are a window into the subject's personality without being intrusive or pushy. Two of his luscious photos of my favorite fashion muse, Marian Kihogo, are in a previous "Inspiration" post. The photo that Wayne so graciously allowed me to feature for this week's "Inspiration" is of Harpers Bazaar's Editor-at-Large, Kim Hersov.

If you haven't already discovered this talented picture man, visit his wonderful blog, Street Style Aestetic.

Re-posted with permission-Street Style Aesthetic


Friday, November 20, 2009

Inspiration: Marian Kihogo

Marian Kihogo-photo courtesy of Rob Truijen

Hello, all my Loverlees! This week for my Inspiration, I am honored to feature my stylish blog buddy and sister-friend, the infamous Marian Kihogo. She is the ultimate uber stylist, writer, and all around fashion icon. There is no way that I could deny the fact that she has been a huge inspiration to me as far as the direction my fashion blog is taking. She is beautiful, daring, smart, brilliant, and, get the picture. Here is a mini interview with my girl. Hope you enjoy!

FA'SHOE'NISTA: Just in case there are some folks who may not know, from where do you hail?

MK: I grew up in the UK but I am originally from Ghana, West Africa.

FA'SHOE'NISTA: You are what we in fashion blog land consider to be the epitome of style, grace, and poise. Fashion is truly a calling for you. When did you first notice the itch for all things stylish?

MK: Thank you for that amazing compliment!
Wow I wish I could say there was a specific moment when it began but there was no ‘aha’ moment.

My Mother is a fine artist and her mother before her, so I was always surrounded with great design, Art, and a thirst for the creative.

As far back as I can remember, I was painting, re-purposing garments, writing and simply creating in various forms…

During my childhood my younger sister (poor girl!) was my ‘in house’ model if you like :o) I was always using her as my mannequin, sewing pieces and styling her in my make believe themed fashion shows, etc. Lol!

In junior high school, I then styled a friend’s mother informally. She was hosting a business dinner, had bought a terrific dress, but the only problem was it was not terrific on her. It did nothing for her proportions and figure. I was round my friends house hanging out, witnessed her mother melt down in the ‘not so right dress for her,’ and customized the piece right there and then for her with an hour to go till the guests arrived.

The customized piece and accessories I pulled from her amazing wardrobe were a hit, and more importantly my friend’s mother exuded a confidence that made her the belle of the ball. She passed my name to all her contacts, the rest as they say is history ;o).

At that time I didn’t realize that it was styling I was in effect doing but I did know that I had to do this for life. I have felt this way about fashion writing too. While styling and writing is when I am at my happiest, it has always just made sense. It’s the piece to my puzzle.

FA'SHOE'NISTA:Your fashion savvy is evident in the pictures you post of your various looks. Your style is eclectic and always fresh. How much are you influenced by the people you work with? Who influences you the most?

MK: My style is a product of who I am and my experiences to date.

In terms of my clients, each is completely unique in their tastes. I find the process of styling them all inspiring.

I am mostly inspired by people (clients and non clients) who are unapologetic in their personal style, whatever it may be.

FA'SHOE'NISTA: You often work with the beautiful and talented actress and model, Tolula Adeyemi. I love seeing pictures of the two of you together at various functions. You always manage to look fabulous. I know you've styled her for various photo shoots and the red carpet. When did you two first meet?

MK: At work. We met at a feature Dirrty Glam magazine shoot (I work as the magazine’s UK Correspondent)as shot by award winning photographer, David Yeo and styled by myself.

The magazine was shooting her that day for its ‘Closet Confidential’ feature, it’s a piece that gives readers a glimpse into the amazing wardrobes of style icons and muses.

FA'SHOE'NISTA: How involved is she in the styling process? Do you two bounce ideas off of each other?

MK: Oh 100%!! Anyone who knows Tolula knows that she puts 200% into everything she does. She is highly creative, has an innate sense of true style, and is not afraid of the highly conceptual.

We do bounce ideas off each other a lot during the styling process as we have the same vision, are like minded style wise, and have a great rapport.

She is incredibly easy to style as I know what she likes. I always have her input and she is a pleasure to work with, and is an incredible canvas. Oh, and literally everything works on her!

FA'SHOE'NISTA: What is considered a great day for you?

MK: One which is productive! I am a bit of workaholic so I like to be busy! Oh, if I leave a client happy, that is always wonderful too.

FA'SHOE'NISTA: What's a lousy day for you?

MK: Ah that is a hard one, as even the most challenging are always fun!

FA'SHOE'NISTA: What is your favorite color?

MK: Not a fair question! There are too many to choose from. (laughing) Can I be cheeky and pretty please choose two?

Firstly, Purple. There is something about it that is simultaneously elegant, royal and rebellious (dependent on texture, cut and styling) all in one go.

Black for its dynamism, I have a manic love and hate affair with this color. I either completely ignore it or go for heady overdoses of the color!

FA'SHOE'NISTA: What is your definition of style?

MK: It is a true reflection of one’s personality through their garments, accessories and attitude.

It is that which shines through an outfit be it a thousand dollar designer dress or a thrifted ensemble that cost only a few bucks.

FA'SHOE'NISTA: Thanks so much, love you sweetie!

Photo courtesy of Marian Kihogo


Photo courtesy of Marian Kihogo
and Prendas Publicas

Marian and Tolula
Photos courtesy of Marian Kihogo and Wayne of StreetStyle Aesthetic

For more on this fashion muse, check out her blog.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Very Valentino, Part Deux...

No, I'm not done yet, Mr. V. These are simply stunning, don't you agree? Opulent, elegant and just plain pretty...

These totes are amazing. Valentino is the undisputed King of Lux. Dripping in embellishments, they are uber eye candy for the fashionista with a sweet tooth for the stylishly delicious. Again, feast and enjoy!

Shining Flower Tux tote
Neiman Marcus

Shiny Nappa Studded Tote
Neiman Marcus

360 Leopard-Print Hobo
Neiman Marcus

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Designer Shoes Showcase: The Opulent Creations of Aruna Seth

There is nothing like a beautiful shoe to give the finishing touch to the perfect ensemble. Whether it be a tailored business suit, an edgy Rocker Chic outfit, or formal and /or wedding attire, the shoe has to fit the occasion in order for the “look” to be successful.

Designer Aruna Seth offers the most beautiful and elegant shoes for that special event. Dripping in the opulence of Swaravski Crystals, taffeta bows, and melt like butta’ leather, Seth’s designs take embellishment to new heights.

The 27 year old fashion footwear “It Girl” hails from London. Her designs are featured in showrooms around the world in locations such as Milan, Moscow, London, and most recently, New York. Meticulously handcrafted in Italy, these elegant works of footwear art are an irresistible luxury for any true style Diva!

Elegant, sparkly, and downright sensuous, the designs of Aruna Seth are Beluga Caviar for the feet! Feast and enjoy!

For more information on the dynamic designs of Aruna Seth visit

All photos courtesy of Aruna Seth

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Inspiration: Lanvin & Bebe

Hello all of my FA'SHOE'NISTAS!

I'm starting a new series called "Inspiration." Every week I will try to post a short blurb about what inspires me, whether it be in my art, my handbag designs (yes, I'm going to design a line of handbags), or my closet.

So come along for the ride with me and be inspired!

Isn't this little satin clutch a beauty from the house of Lanvin? I love the flower on the strap and the color is simply divine.

Satin Mini Pop Clutch

Good to know that Embellishments are just as popular as ever. This is the perfect Rocker Chic boot!

Platform boot with chain embellished front

Boots available at