Friday, March 30, 2012

Sink or swim?

It was in the early 1800's that people began to flock to the beaches for seaside enjoyment. With this popular outdoor pastime, the need for stylish garments was a must. 

They were modest, impractical and a burdensome. It was time for swimwear to become less modest and more free and yes revealing. Who wants to swim wearing a sack of potatoes? Not us! 
Since then, swimwear has been through a style revolution and has gotten to the point where we are now. 

Swimsuits then (1800s)

Swimsuits now (2012)
No matter the era, bathing suits are a fashion staple for the summer and have become iconic pieces. Lets take a look at a few of them:
Bo Derek in "10" (1979)
Halle Berry in "Die Another Day" (2002)
Marilyn Monroe in polka dot bikini (1951)
Pam Grier in "Coffy" (1973)
Jessica Alba, [IT {Into The Blue}], 2005
Jessica Alba in "Into the blue" (2005)
All these iconic swimsuits have one thing in common: they're classics. So we've found a few swimsuits you can make iconic for yourself.

retro swimwear Esther Williams Beach Blanket Bingo Polka dot bikini
Red polka dot 2 piece

SALE!! Romper Swimsuit - Navy Sailor
Navy Sailor Romper swimsuit
Fables by Barrie
Fringe Audrey by L Space Swimwear
Tiffany blue fringe 2 piece
Instyle Swimwear

Basking Beauty
Basking Beauty
Juniors Monokini Swimsuit - Black
Black and hot Monokiki swimsuit
ASOS Cornelli Mesh Cut Out Suit
Cornelli Mesh Cut Out Suit
Carmen Marc Valvo retro one-piece
Victoria Secret

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blaze on!

We love a good blazer. It gives the perfect amount of structure to any outfit and can be worn with almost anything in your closet. You can dress it up with a dress or down with jeans. It can be worn for both work or play and go from day to night

For the spring and summer season's pair your blazer with shorts, skirts, or dresses. No matter how you wear it, once you put it on, you instantly look chic and put together. 

Take the blazer to new heights by wearing it in a bold print. 

Butterfly Woven Blazer
Image 1 of ASOS Suitcase Print Blazer
Yellow suitcase print blazer

image of Modern Influence Blazer

Modern Influence Blazer

Pink and black stripe blazer

Piccadilly Circus Vintage Blazer

Piccadilly Circus Vintage Blazer

Image 1 of River Island Lace Blazer

River Island Lace Blazer$62.67

How do you feel about a printed blazer? Will you be buying into this look or leaving it behind? Let us know in a comment!
XO Wil Harris

Monday, March 26, 2012

Modern African fashion design

Designer: Ituen Basi
Modern African fashion designs are vibrant, stunning and one of a kind. They are traditional mixed with a touch of something modern. They're also bold and if you want to stand out at your next event, try these designers who make superior quality modern African fashion. 

Suakoko Betty

Charlene Dunbar, founder/designer of Suakoko Betty , holding a blazer from her collection and wearing a vibrant skirt also from her collection.

If you're in the Atlanta area, Suakoko Betty is also located at The Beehive, 1250 Caroline St Atlanta, GA

The Afropolitan Collection
Boxing Kitten 
Designer Maya Lakes (middle) with her models wearing her Resort 2010 Boxing Kitten collection.  
Beyonce and Alicia Keys wore Boxing Kitten in the "Put it in a Love Song" music video. 

Doris and Doris
Visit Doris and Doris on Etsy.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Bag about it!

Aldo has some of the cutest bags and they are always having great sales. We picked a few of our favorites that will look great with any spring and summer wardrobe. Run don't walk to your local mall and treat yourself to an Aldo bag to bag about! :)
 Light pink bag
 Multi metallic bag
Two-tone antique style clutch 
Floral print backpack
Mix print bag
Orange and brown bag
Bright multicolored bag

White bag with yellow neon trimming
Multicolored stripe bag
Beige and white nautical inspired bag

Which one is your favorite?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Creative date ideas Wil Harris style!

First dates and dating in general have become somewhat bland and boring. You don't want to be that guy who takes his date to a dinner and a movie. They're great and fun but doing something more engaging is even better. 

You want to be the guy and set yourself apart from the rest (like wearing a bow tie). Here are some fun and creative first, second, third, fourth and even fifth date ideas that will leave a good and lasting impression:

1. Salsa Lessons at a local dance studio. 
This is a fun and exciting idea to try. Keep the momentum going afterwards with a dinner at a Spanish restaurant. 
Ladies,Go flirty and bold with this lime green skirt.
image of A Fine Lime Skirt
2. A picnic overlooking the city on a roof top
Make a delicious meal, go to the grocery store or pack your (or her) favorite take-out restaurant and have good conversation while enjoying the view.
Ladies, go for a floral print summer dress and if it gets cold, he'll be a gentleman and offer you his jacket ;)
ASOS Printed Summer Dress With Collar 
3. Geocaching is like a big game of hide and seek where there are hidden containers (caches) and you'll have to find them using a set of coordinates and a GPS. Have fun finding the treasure together! 
Ladies, be comfortable and chic in these adorable peep toe polka dot flats.
4. Volunteer together and get to know each other while helping others in need. Take a dog at your local humane society for a walk, volunteer in the children's wing or help at a local soup kitchen.    
Ladies, be bright and happy in this pink heart top.
5. When fruit is ripe and ready for picking go to an orchard and pick some strawberries, apples, or peaches. Bring a blanket and a basket and enjoy the fruits of your labor along with good conversation. 
Ladies, be cool, calm and collected in these truffle hunting shorts.
image of Truffle Hunting Shorts 
6. Bring out your inner kid and watch cartoons from your childhood! If you're a child of the 80's and 90's you'll remember some of the greatest cartoons of all time (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Aaahhh! Real Monsters...). You can also have stacks of candy from your childhood. 
Ladies, wear your favorite childhood cartoon t-shirt.
7. Instead of ordering pizza make one, this includes the dough! Home made pizza is oh so delicious and fun to make.  
Ladies, still be stylish, simple and comfortable with this adorable bow top.
8. Have a themed movie marathon with Netflix or go to your local RedboxWatch horror movies, comedy movies or action movies with a huge tube of popcorn.
Ladies, go for a casual look in this retro inspired summer dress.
9. When the weather is nice, who wants to be stuck indoors? Go roller skating or bike riding at your local park and cool off with an ice cream cone afterwards. 

Ladies, protect your eyes from the sun with these Marni navy sunglasses.
10. If you love the water go water tubing, canoeing, fishing, boating or Jet skiing. 
Ladies, be safe and comfortable in these stylish pink and black water shoes.

A few things to remember:

  • Gentlemen, give her enough information so that she can prepare adequately for the date.
    •  Should she plan on eating beforehand, or come with an appetite? Will she be outside? Should she put on those 4 inch heels or sneakers?
  • Put your cell phone on silent and leave it off the table or in the car (unless you are going hiking or somewhere secluded). Nothing says she’s/he's not important than looking at your phone all the time. If you need to check the time,invest in a good watch Ladies and Gentlemen.
  • Be on time
  • Good hygiene is a must
  • Smile (not the nervous smile!)
  • Have fun and be yourself! 

Do you have great date ideas? Have you been on a creative date? Share with us, we'll love to hear them!
XO Wil Harris

Disclaimer: we do not claim to have come up with these ideas  

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Style Icon: Andre 3000

" Andre 3000 doesn't just think outside the box, he leaps outside the box."
-Michael Stewart (follow on twitter @DrStewey
Andre Lauren Benjamin aka Andre 3000 may be a hip hop star but he's also a style icon who takes leaps and bounds when it comes to his style of dress. Esquire magazine recognized his fashion sense by naming him 2004′s “World’s Best Dressed Man.”  
Nick Sullivan, Esquire's fashion director states that "He's a complete individual. But that's really the point," Andre redefine the sound and image of hip-hop from the ground up with his music and style alone. 

Andre 3000 plays with color and fabric, mixes prints and more often than not is wearing a fedora. 
He launched his clothing line, Benjamin Bixby, in the spring of 2008, inspired by college football circa 1935. 

~Andre 3000 "Prep style comes from mostly affluent families who just wear these cool clothes. But when you come from a background that has more struggle, your take on it will be different. There's a certain kind of rebel to it." 
The clothing line is described as “a little bit Benjamin Button, a tinge of Willy Wonka, with a touch of collegiate footballer thrown in for good measure.” (HipHopWired)
Selectism - Andre 3000 talks to Guardian on Benjamin Bixby