BeBe and Loris of Nappy Model Inc have said "I do." to the union of old world elegance with modern styles and are hitting the streets still basking in newly wedded bliss. Incorporating vintage pieces into your wardrobe can bring character plus a feeling of newness into pieces that you already own. A cameo brooch will add a polished and oh so sophisticated look to a structured blazer with a button up oxford shirt underneath. Play up your feminine side by adding layers of pearls to your basic tee. Look glamorous in an up do with pearl earrings and striking in oversized sunglasses. Top a simple tank with a beaded coverlet or pair a mink stole with your favorite skinny jeans and pumps. With a marriage of old and new, you can create dazzling looks for any season.
I have a really good friend. Not the fair weather kind, but the "I'll be there for you in any type of weather" kind, whether it be natural forces of nature or inclement emotional weather. I'm very grateful and so careful not to take his kindness and generosity for weakness. So, I make very few material requests and even then, they are carefully thought out, no "due by" dates and always at the best price available.
For example, I mentioned that I liked Prada Candy perfume and even searched for the best value. It didn't matter if I received it for Valentine's Day, my birthday (July), or even next Christmas. No big deal, it's just perfume. The best deal would be a gift set, of course. Aha! Macy's had a gift set of a 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum and a 2.5 oz Body lotion for $88.00 (Re. $109.00) enclosed in a beautiful heart shaped box and with free shipping! To my surprise, I received even more of this sweet, seductive blend of caramel, vanilla, white musks, and benzoin that I had hoped for. I received a 2.7 oz perfume, 2.5 oz shower gel, and 2.5 body lotion. I wanted less for less, but he gave me more because he wanted me to have it and it didn't matter about the extra cost. Somebody somewhere thinks you are priceless. Appreciation may not come it the form of material things, but even knowing that you are fondly thought of is precious as well. I'm feeling very thankful today while smelling very delicious.
I'll wear my heart on my sleeve, around my neck, or even carry it in my hand if I want. If I love someone or some thing, I'm going to show it for all the world to see. Why should I disguise my emotions or love it from a distance?
My heart is a necessity and it's also an accessory. It's the center of of every outfit that I coordinate and the little extras added to make it pop! This fuchsia and black "Be My Wonderful" satchel by Betsey Johnson is a necessary accessory. This ultra-femme, faux leather, quilted heart patterned satchel, adorned with a grosgrain bow and logo charm will have you singing "I got love all over me". To be ladylike and in love deserves more than just a spot on your sleeve.
All it took was one peek at RL's fall 2014 designs at New York Fashion Week 2014 and I was head over heels in love ...again. The leather mini paired with a white collar shirt, slim tie, and fitted cardigan, the" preppy look", never gets old. I immediately ran to my closet to select similar pieces to wear for Valentine's Day. Never mind the usual pinks and reds, I chose my outfit to suit my own personal taste, which just happened to be RL inspired. I love this guy! Why? He's all about classic looks and his magazine ads are always tasteful, elegant, kid friendly, and I never find myself asking "What in the world?", before yanking the page out and discarding it. His pieces are always ladylike without the need for all the added razzle dazzle. Simply sophisticated sums it up nicely.
I opted for a bright yellow linen boyfriend blazer instead of the fitted cardigan. Why? The skirt was a little shorter than I prefer so the long jacket would bring the focus away from the leather mini while keeping the lines clean and all grown up. I chose a colorful Liz Claiborne scarf to bring more color closer to the face to form a grouping with my fuchsia lipstick and fuchsia crochet beret. In essence, I brought a little spring to RL's fall 2014 designs which was perfect for Valentine's Day. I wore my black lace up boots instead of the mary jane style pumps and grabbed my leather croc print drawstring tote. I was off to meet my date and overall, I think RL would be impressed. What do you think?
Dreamy, enchanting, mysterious, bewitching, and gypsy are some of the words used to describe Stevie Nicks.
Dubbed the Fairy Godmother of Rock and Roll, she could cast a spell on her listeners while incorporating the all too often lows of her love life in her songs. I always loved her music, her style and was excited to use her as my style inspiration for today. The memorable Stevie Nicks aesthetic was easy to achieve. I chose a black, off the shoulder dress, cinched with a leather lace-up halter. I added black lace tights, black lace up boots, aviator sunglasses, and of course a black lace shawl. Self-described as mysteriously sexy and an old fashioned girl at heart, the legendary Stevie Nicks is a Nappy Model Inc style and music icon!
My granddaughter, Paris, loves horses. Unlike young girls who are are into My Little Pony, Paris is playing with the real deal. I have a few horses, well to be honest, I have a stable full and Paris is taking riding lessons from me of course. She's even taking polo lessons and who knows, she may be in the Olympics one day. Which position will she play? Probably, all four as she loves all of the Big Pony perfume samples for women in my Belk Spring 2014 gift bag. Whew! I'm relieved. Even though the collection is more expensive than a My Little Pony, it's still a lot less expensive than 4 big ponies with colorful manes and tails.
Today marks two years since the untimely passing of the most beautiful voice of our time, Whitney Elizabeth Houston. True, her voice is unparalleled and her rendition of " I Will Always Love You" will send chills through your body, but what I remember most is her style and that she was simply gorgeous. She was angelic (bad*** when necessary) with flawless skin, perfect smile, and looked like a million bucks in a plain ole white tank and jeans.
My dad bought her first album "Whitney Houston" back in 1985 and he absolutely adored her. I remember her wearing a cream colored toga style dress on one side of the album cover (Just noticed the similarity between the dress on her first album and the one on her last) and a white bathing suit on the back side with her hair gently smoothed away from the face to reflect her natural beauty. There was no denying it, she was definitely someone special and went on to wow the world with hit after hit.
She was never one to wear an abundance of jewels unless she was onstage. On many of her images, I would only see her gorgeous platinum wedding ring proudly sitting on a dainty finger minus the popular, overly designed, acrylic nails. I'm sure that her makeup artist had the easiest job ever as Whitney had great bone structure and already perfect skin so contouring was not required. I loved how she played with different hair styles and textures, from wild and curly to wavy shoulder lengths and every style in between. She had a great physique, showing un-tatted shoulders, arms, and legs in her feminine tops and body clinging dresses. The girl was almost perfect, okay? And she was born that way. Even throughout her personal struggles, and after losing her chart topping voice, her beauty remained. That's genuine beauty that radiates from the inside out.
Nappy Model Inc hails Whitney Elizabeth Houston as not only "The Voice", but the "The Face" and "The Style" of the past, present, and future generations!
My dad would be tickled to know that he and Whitney were both mentioned in the same blog. Just last September as I was walking away from his grave site, I looked towards heaven and said "I hope you guys are tearing it up" as my dad was a gospel great as well.
Lola Belle: I look cute today.
Chaquita: Whatcha got on?
Lola Belle: My new printed skirt from the thrift store and you know which top?
Chaquita: White collar shirt.
Lola Belle: Yep
Chaquita: I look like a layered hobo, but cute.
Lola Belle: Whatcha wearing?
Chaquita: You know that one arm monkey shirt that you talked me into getting from It's Fashion Metro?
Lola Belle: The one with the face on it?
Chaquita: Yeh. And I put a long sleeve shirt over it. You know which one....
Lola Belle: The white collar shirt?
Chaquita: Nope. The other one.
Lola Belle: Oh, the acid washed denim top.
Chaquita: Yep. And I'm wearing skinny jeans with my dirty old Chucks from 1999 since we're going to the park.
Lola Belle: Sound's cute but it's a shame that we only have two tops to work with, a denim shirt and a white collar shirt...and we're suppose to be fashionistas. We gotta go shopping for more!
Time: The early 80's.
Place: Grand Avenue Mall, Milwaukee, WI
I remember falling in love with the Gap while courting other labels such as Izod, Levi, Hang Ten, and Esprit. Don't call me a two-timer, or three, because we all did it. It was something different about a Gap store, something that made you want to un-pop the collar on that pink Izod polo shirt and pop on a white tee with jeans or khakis. These easy going, carefree neutrals were for those who focused more on where they were going and what they were doing than what they were wearing. Clean cut, fuss free styles made Gap a retail giant of the 1990's but by the turn of the century, Gap shoppers were turning it's back on neutrals in favor of trendier and more colorful styles. Even I lost my desire for the total Gap girl look. If I wore a pair of Gap flat front khakis, I was sure to add a bold colored, off the shoulder, fitted top and colorful, playful, mary jane platforms. This is the classic story of waning love and Gap struggled to win back customers by going under the knife in later years with new management, partnerships with new designers, new ads, and of course, COLOR! By that time, I had moved on with only a Gap western denim jacket (Fall 06 collection) and a Gap denim blazer (Fall 03 collection) to remind me of the love affair. But just the other day, I found a stone washed Gap denim skirt (HOL/01), stopping just below the knew with the front split. I quickly ran to get my scissors to give it face lift, you know, give it a distressed look (make it look like Rihanna would wear it) by ripping holes here and there. It needed to be trendy, modern, and of the moment...or did it? I laid the scissors aside, tried it on again and remembered the year 1982 and moving from my small town to Milwaukee, WI to complete my senior of high school. I remembered the trips to the newly opened Grand Avenue Mall, looking around the spacious, immaculate, and inviting Gap store, and longing for the styles to fill my wardrobe. My Gap skirt has a face, a story, a love story, and I'm not changing it. I love it just the way it is... or was!