I’m channeling my inner Janelle Monae this week…I should let you know that although this look is Janelle Monae inspired it was really Tapi’s vision…He spotted those pants in H&M and insisted that I get them…I wasn’t sure to be honest. I generally shy away from embellished ankle grazer pants because I’ve got short legs and a thick ankles (yes…Say it out loud before anyone can tell you!) So those kinda pants are normally a big NO for me unless they’re a really slim fit, black and a thinner fabric. In this case however, Tapi was weirdly drawn to these pants and he gave me this really scary “you have to get them” look, so out of fear I accepted …(the fact they were 15 bucks also helped the cause). Straight leg pants especially those that graze the ankle are a good wardrobe staple, you can get a lot of wear out of them and they transition from casual to formal very easily. I’ve worn these with a pair of patent brogues but add some heels and you can wear them to work or dinner…The Shirt is from Zara. This shirt is probably in my top 5 of compliment receiving pieces in my wardrobe. I think it’s the bright floral print that catches everyone’s eye. It looks good with pants or skirts and the fabric feels amazing on your skin. The black bomber is another men’s wear inspired trend, the jacket is what brings this look together making this look what I like to call “street chic” … Call me the hat queen…I love a good hat. Hats give the look more character. I had decided to lay off the hats but then I thought who am I kidding?!! Summer is on the way and that means even more excuses to wear hats!!
Sooo I finally got rid of the braids!! Now just to clarify I haven’t had the same braids for 3 months, I’ve been getting the same ones re-done but after a few too many “subtle” hints from Tapi I decided to switch it up. After much deliberation I settled for keeping my natural hair out for a while. There is something so confronting about seeing yourself with your natural hair. All of a sudden you see those ears that you’re always trying to hide or the forehead that you hate. The other day a I met a friend who had also taken her extensions out and had her natural hair out , she began to tell me how naked and “unpretty” she felt without any extensions in her hair and I completely understood where she was coming from. I too shared the same feeling that morning when I woke up and looked in the mirror. I began to wonder why as women we feel the need to mask our individuality in order to conform to the pre-requisites that society sets to be accepted into “The class named pretty”… I also began to question what role I play as a style and life blogger and what influence I may have on women.
I am celebrating MY individuality. Are you celebrating yours?