Monday, January 14, 2019

Red and Pink

It's been two years since I last posted and I am not sure I still know how

Instagram is my current go to social media app and I saw an outfit that inspired this post. 

There's a way red and pink just work together in an outfit yet still be able to bounce back on each other to create an eye catching look so below as some ways to incorporate the two colours which are coincidentally hues not too far from each other

This whole outfit inspired this post. I absolutely love it! I love wearing bold colours which don't need patterns to make them pop. The fitted sweater with button details(a whole post unto itself), the midi flared skirt and the shoeeeeees! More than that the styling is perfect, no over-loud accessories or overdone hair just a red lippie to tie it all in

Front view

Hate the granny leather jacket!!!!!! That aside, That fuchsia top with red trimmings is Everythang!!!!!!!!! I would probably wear that several times to work, on a date, or a fun outing...paired with the red pants with black belt it's sophisticated which is another reason I hate that black leather jacket. I am really looking to acquire a  pair of red pants

Jean Shafiroff tackled this daring trend by wearing a pair of red boots with a pink shift dress at the NYFW spring 2018 show. I love the clean silhouette. It's not a look for everyone but with the bag, shoes and stockings the pink shift dress is almost like a canvass that holds it all together

Now this just stole my breathe away!!!! If I see a girl dressed like this I am sure to turn and keep looking and if possible compliment her. This to me is what makes me think intelligently stylish. I love how the the green blazer and shoes work with the red and pink. It's loud in a cool way. I must do this look at some point. Love love love. I used to have a green blazer this but in all my quarterly edits must have given it away. 

This is normally not my kind of style but I can see several people into it. The red beret just adds some chutzpah to this outfit. Actually with my temporary locs I think I should get a beret and incorporate it into my looks. The red and pink are subtle in this look.

Both these looks are so me. They are both so not fussy yet exude such style, again since both colours are loud, minimal accessories.

This is an outfit I would wear to work though I would probably add a belt as I'm not too crazy about the proportions. The shoes are perfect!!! Pleated skirts have been back in style in any case
In my ideal world this how I would be dressing almost daily. Again this look shows how pairing pink and red allows you to incorporate other colours as long as you tie two items of the same colour together, in this case the blue shoes and clutch.
Front View. This are red skinny jeans with a fitted red Tee/top. This would also would work if she were wearing a red jumpsuit and pink coat.
In the last year or so trends have been gearing towards wider leg and though personally I'm not always too excited about them I do love the high waist ones that gives one the cinched in waist look.
Another pleated skirt but this time a more subtle pink and a more bold red.
Another fun work outfit with the pink more pastel.

This post ended up featuring mostly separates which are my day to day favorites so I figure I will do a different post just for dresses. Happy 2019 y'all

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dark Chocolate so delish...Dark Skin Make Up

If I ever do another photo shoot or runway show I'd love to have a line up of only dark skinned models. Each time I look at ads or even my timeline on whatever social media platform there are such few dark skinned women be it local hair products, make up, clothes, shoes or accessories. Perhaps because I'm dark skinned hence my bias but man we need more melanin representation.

I absolutely love this look!

I rarely allow anyone to do my makeup because I feel (perhaps in a paranoid and totally unjustified manner) that most make up artists and wannabes really don't know or bother to know how to handle dark skin. They assume the same shenanigans that work on light skin should work on dark skin.  If you think I'm lying check out a bridesmaid lineup with women of different complexions. I don't allow that mess by the way. I feel like as society we have so internalized the belief that dark is not beautiful that even when we use something unflattering on someone we let it slide because deep within us we already believe that they were not pretty or  not as beautiful  to begin with. One of the reasons I refuse requests to be a bridesmaid other than the sheer unbearable process that it usually turns out to be is the fact that most brides insist on make up from a professional they have chosen with no room for negotiation. #PASS Photos are forever so no thanks. That and those brides that choose hideous unflattering outfits . That said and done I've still managed to be a bridesmaid a number of times despite my antisocial stance. I must say the last two times the make up artists hired were really patient and listened to me. I had informed them that if I looked at the mirror and hated what I saw I would wipe it all off and just do my usual routine of brows, foundation and lip gloss. Luckily for all I loved their work so I can personally testify that there are professional make up artists who know how to do dark skin, few though and that was before the  contouring craze took over

Maybe this is a lazy post or just one that will get me back to doing photo shoots just to balance out things.  Below are  a few looks I really liked:

If you do make up locally in Nairobi and have pics of work you've done on dark skin then contact me. I want to do a follow up post on local make up artists who do dark skinned women justice.
One of my favourite looks!!!!!!

This is such a cool and bad-ass look