Fashion & Beauty

Fashion That Feeds: HALF UNITED Jewelry Fights Global Hunger

After the Social Learning Summit on Saturday, a few of us were admiring Meaghan’s (of the blog District Sparkle) necklaces. One was a fabulous statement piece from Baublebar. The other was a bullet necklace from HALF UNITED, which I later discovered is call the Fighting Hunger Necklace.

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Meaghan of www.districtsparkle.com

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HALF UNITED is a jewelry company that was started five years ago by Christian and Carmin Black on less than $200. The goal was to create meaningful products in the US that not only support their small business community but also make a change in what it means to unite.

HALF UNITED donates half of the profits from items sold towards fighting the global hunger epidemic here in the US and overseas. The jewelry company partners with the Food Bank (in USA), Cape Fear Volunteer Center (USA), EAI (Cambodia & Madagascar) and Northern Christian Training Center (Fiji) to provide crops and gardens, fishing farms, backpack meals and education. To date, with the help of shoppers and their partner organizations, HALF UNITED has been able to provide over 100,000 meals to children.

The bullet necklace is of course a best seller on the website. It comes in a variety of gold and silver options. Along with women’s necklaces, HALF UNITED also sells women’s bracelets and earrings, men’s bracelets and necklaces and accessories like chains, anchor charms and logo stickers.

 

Fashion that feeds; I love it! Check out HALF UNITED’s work on fighting hunger here. Shop the collection here.

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Looks We Love: LeToya Luckett For Rolling Out Magazine

LeToya Luckett was recently featured in Rolling Out Magazine and she looks great! I am really feeling her new hair cut; she debuted the hairstyle a few months ago in Bleu Magazine. In the latest issue of Rolling Out, Luckett talks about her insecurities, relationships and provide advice to young girls.

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Check out more looks from her feature below:

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Check out her interview with Rolling Out Magazine here.

Photos: Rolling Out Magazine & Necole Bitchie

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Fashion News: Alexander Wang x H&M Collection Coming This November

It’s time to get excited about another designer collaboration!

H&M is teaming up with Alexander Wang for their next designer collection! The collection, which will feature apparel for both men and women, will be available in 250 stores and online November 6, 2014.

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About  the collaboration, Wang said “I am honored to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations. The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.” 

 

Wang’s influence in the fashion industry hasn’t gone unnoticed. It’s one of the reason H&M decided to partner with him for their next designer collection. “Alexander Wang is one of the most important voices in fashion today. He understands exactly what people want to wear and does it with an energy and passion that’s infectious. It feels incredible to be collaborating with him this year,” said Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative advisor.

I can’t wait to see what Alexander Wang has to offer for this H&M collaboration!

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Looks We Love: Erykah Badu, Ledisi & Solange Cover ESSENCE’s May Beauty Issue

I love Nia Long and Gabrielle Union like most, but after awhile it’s nice to see someone new on the cover of ESSENCE. For the May beauty issue, ESSENCE features three fabulous women: Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Solange.

According to their website:

At ESSENCE, we’re all about celebrating individual beauty, and that’s exactly what comes to mind with the three women gracing the cover of our May issue: Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Solange. Each of these artists have captivated audiences not only with their songs, but also with their style and beauty. And for each of them, it’s always about self-expression.

How Erykah Badu views her hair and clothes:

I view my hair and clothes as functional art. I’m my own stylist and I love it, but I am not trying to make a statement.

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Solange on individuality:

We all have the option of how we want to express ourselves through our life, hair, style or whatever we decide. We shouldn’t be pigeonholed into any one category.

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Ledisi on not taking her hair too seriously:

Although I’m known for my long, colorful locs, I still don’t take my hair too seriously.I experiment a lot, dyeing it and constantly switching styles to grab attention. My hair is one of my best accessories and changing it helps express who I am.

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Love it; these covers are so refreshing! The May 2014 issue of ESSENCE is available now.

Source: Essence

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Styled by Keri: Serving GQ Realness & Jumpsuit Fabness!

It’s great to help clients get their wardrobes ready for a new season, but it’s even more fun helping them put together a look for a special occasion. My clients James and Celia attended a surprise birthday party this past Saturday. The dress code called for no jeans. Here are the looks we created.

James wanted to channel his inner GQ for the birthday party. Although we could have tailored pants he currently had in his closet and found a vest, James wanted a new outfit from head to toe and I completely understood. Sometimes when you know you have an event to go to, you just want a new outfit.  We spent a couple hours shopping earlier this month which resulted in a nice Tommy Hilfiger navy pinstriped three-piece suit (the jacket wasn’t necessary for the party), grey shirt and grey pinstriped tie. The look was completed with brown shoes and belt.

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One great thing about having James as a client is that I am consistently challenged. I’m well versed in woman’s wear, but certain things like men’s suiting was a new avenue for me. It was also new territory for James since he’s lost weight last year and is working on dressing a new body.

When Celia first heard about the party, she was ready to go shopping for a gown!! But after seeking some clarification on the wardrobe, it was determined that she did not in fact need a gown; she just needed to dress up.

Last year, I found a black Urban Outfitters jumpsuit on sale for Celia which served as the perfect option for her to wear to the party. We went shopping earlier this month to find heels & accessories. After trying shoes on for what seemed like hours, we found a pair of black pumps from Nine West that had a black/white chevron design on the heels. Since she LOVES mixing prints, I recommended she purchase the Love, Cortie “Ashleigh” clutch.  Celia is in need of more clutches to her wardrobe arsenal anyway and since animal print is a neutral, she will get a lot of use out of the clutch.  The look was completed with black earrings from ASOS and a gold ring and cuff from Macy’s.

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Celia really does become another person when she gets dressed up and shows off her new figure! I love the confidence she exudes every time she takes a photo.  It’s very different from the woman I met a year ago. Such a transformation!

Both James and Celia looked great at Saturday’s party if I do say so myself! ;) Their enthusiasm and upbeat personalities makes styling them so much fun! They own every look they wear. I am looking forward to more GQ moments and fabulousness with these two this year!

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Spring 2014 Trend Report

Although it snowed on Tuesday, it is officially spring! Which means if you haven’t done so already, now is the time to start working on your wardrobe. The start of a new season warrants a time to take inventory of what’s currently hanging in your closet and look for ways to incorporate the season’s trends (of course ones you can wear year after year) into your wardrobe.

Here’s a list of the hottest trends of the season!

Crop Tops

Do a crunch or two because crop tops are here! This is probably the season’s hottest trends. Crop tops are everywhere. Keep the look classy and feminine, by pairing them with high waisted skirts or pants allowing just a little bit of skin to show.

Crop Tops Spring 2014 Trend Report

Jill Stuart, Tracy Reese, Joie, Alice + Olivia

Pastels

While we are used to seeing bright colors during the warmer months, this year is all about pastels. Infuse this trend into your wardrobe with pastel dresses, shirts and jackets. If you don’t want to spend the money on apparel, add a pastel scarf or printed pastel scarf to your wardrobe; this will allow you to incorporate the trend without feeling like you’re fully committing to it like you would if you purchased a dress.

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Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Taylor

Florals

It wouldn’t be spring without florals. Like leather is a fall staple, florals are most certainly a spring staple! Have fun with floral dresses and tops. You can also switch things up and look to add florals to your wardrobe with a new floral clutch or shoes with floral details.

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All White

Between pastels and all white, this spring season is all about clean lines. In this case, less is more! All white is a major trend this season and I think it’s one of the sexiest. You can wear dresses or tops with pants, skirts and shorts.

All White 2014 Spring 2014 Trend Report

Rachel Zoe Collection, Viktor & Rolf and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Tomboy Chic (aka sporty chic)

Love mesh, sweatshirts, bomber jackets, track pants and chunky heels? Then this trend is for you! Tomboy chic plays on the balance between masculine and feminine details. Pair bomber jackets with shorts, boxy tops with slim pants or mesh tops with skirts to create the perfect tomboy chic outfit.

Tomboy Chic 2014 Spring 2014 Trend Report

Gucci, Alexander Wang, Emilio Pucci

Geometric Prints

Every spring season it’s all about prints! This year, along with florals, the focus will be on geometric prints. I’m glad to see geometric prints are popular this season; it is something different than traditional stripes. Geometric prints adds a breath of fresh air to the print trend as a whole.

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Sheer

Another sexy silhouette this season is sheer. Discretely show skin in a sexy but classy way with sheer tops and skirts or with pieces that have sheer panels.

Sheer 2014 Spring 2014 Trend Report

BCBG, Alice + Olivia, Clover Canyon, Zimmermann

Suiting

The popularity of suits returns this season. But don’t be shy when it comes to your suiting options. Experiment with color and print this season; meaning you can have fun with colors other than black, grey and navy. Remember, visit a tailor; fit is key to looking great in a suit!

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L’Wren Scott, Ralph Lauren and Antonio Berardi

 

Will you be incorporating any of this year’s trends into your wardrobe?

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Ask Keri: Where To Buy A Feminine Black Trench Coat

We don’t often see trench coats with a feminine flair. “Traditional” trench coats are single breasted with a belt but don’t offer much else in terms of design. Although traditional, that can get boring at times.

Whitney is on the hunt for a feminine black trench coat and asked that if I found any to send them her way. While there aren’t too many feminine coats out there, I did find a few that offer fun feminine details like high/low hems, exaggerated collars, skater skirt silhouettes, ruffles and more.

If you’re like Whitney and want a less traditional black trench coat this spring season, check out these offerings below: 

 

 

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My Trip To The Dareen Hakim Showroom

A few years ago I came across the Dareen Hakim collection via social media. I loved collection of handbags and clutches so I reached out to designer Dareen Hakim for an interview (read it here). Since that interview, I kept in touch with Dareen and her team and last October I finally had a chance to meet her!

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With designer Dareen Hakim

On a nice October day, I caught an early bus to NYC to visit. I arrived in the city around 1pm and headed straight to the Dareen Hakim offices. Dareen and her Marketing Director  Farah were so pleasant! We had a great time sitting around talking for hours about the collection, styling, fashion and more!

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With Farah and Dareen

Farah introduced the current collection to me and allowed me to take a look at each piece. Dareen Hakim pieces are currently sold in 30 countries and 300 stores including  Charmed Boutique in Georgetown. I was impressed when I first saw the collection online; I was even more impressed seeing it in person. Sumptuous leathers, arabesque calligraphy, dramatic hues all form the basis of style for each creation. 

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I had a great time taking a day trip to NYC to visit Dareen Hakim and Farah! I hope to visit them again this year.

Be sure to check out the entire FW13/SS14 collection HERE.

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Ask Keri: Ways To Wear Radiant Orchid This Spring

Now that we know Radiant Orchid is the color of the year, you may be wondering “how can I incorporate this color into my wardrobe?”

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Some may be interested in featuring the color via accessories. Others may like the idea of buying garments that have radiant orchid in them like dresses or skirts. Whatever your desire, I hope these outfit suggestions will provide inspiration on how to wear this year’s color during the spring season.

I really like the idea of incorporating the color of the year in an outfit with accessories. Two of spring’s hottest trends this season are crop tops and wearing all white so for this first look I thought it would be fun to combine the two.  All white is sexy ladies! Pair white pants with a white crop top. Add pops of color to the look by adding radiant orchid jewelry and a bold clutch. Bring the look together with gold and bronze accents: shoes, sunglasses, bronzer and aviator sunglasses.  I didn’t include a statement necklace because I did’t want to distract the eye too much from the all white silhouette.

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The easiest way to dress up a pair of jeans is by pairing them heels and a cute top. This is what I like to call a casual chic look. Dress up your favorite pair of straight leg jeans (more flattering than skinny jeans) with a printed top and silver heels (on my wish list). Although the shirt is printed, it is not extremely bright so you can add a radiant orchid bag to add a pop of color to the ensemble. Another big trend this season is pink, purple and berry lipsticks. Add your favorite lipstick for another pop of color. Don’t forget your trench for those cooler spring days!

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You can wear a radiant orchid dress but that may get boring after awhile. Instead, opt for a printed dress that includes this year’s color. Prints are more fun and never go out of style for the spring season, so you will more likely wear a printed dress year after year than a solid radiant orchid dress. Since the dress like the one below is such a statement piece, keep your jewelry and makeup neutral. You can include a neutral clutch; for those that are a fan of mixing colors and prints, pair the printed dress with a clutch or purse in a bright color.

x Ask Keri: Ways To Wear Radiant Orchid This Spring

 

I have seen different shades of radiant orchid online. Most sites feature items in the hue I’ve shown above, but some variations show radiant orchid to be close to the color fuchsia. If you’re a fan of fuchsia, this last outfit may be right up your alley. Florals will always be associated with the spring season, so you can pair an a-line (remember, a-line skirts are flattering on most body types) floral skirt with a blouse that is the same color as one of the flowers in the skirt. Showcase your love for radiant orchid or a variation of the color by pairing the outfit with fabulous sandals. Keep the look lady like with pearl earrings and a pearl bracelet. Since the shirt and shoes bring so much color to the outfit, keep the makeup light with a nude gloss and neutral eye shadow palette. This is a great outfit for those who like to brunch after church!

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What do you think of these looks? Are you feeling inspired to incorporate radiant orchid into your wardrobe this spring season?

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Topshop x Adidas Originals Collection

Topshop and Adidas have teamed up to create a new spring collection and I must say that I am impressed! The collection is sporty chic, comprised of printed pants, sweatshirts, tanks, high top sneakers and more.

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“Topshop and Adidas Originals working together is a total celebration of the greatness of fashion and sportswear and how important and influential they are to each other,” said Topshop creative director and Vogue contributing fashion editor Kate Phelan. “We wanted to bring some femininity to the range and make the collection fit with all your fashion staples; the beauty is in how you combine it together. We’re in a sportswear revolution at the moment. Fashion is really driven by what’s happening in the sportswear world, it’s at the top of the radar in the fashion stakes – so to have Adidas Originals as a starting point was fantastic.”

The printed pants and graphic sweatshirts featured in the collection are right up my alley! Check out the collection below:

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The collection launches in stores March 20, 2014.  Are there any pieces you want to add to your wardrobe?

Source: Vogue UK

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