oKAYYYYY ladies now let's get in formation! The newest black girl anthem heard 'round the world thanks to the one and only Beyoncé. Not only does she sing about how proud she is of her heritage , but her visuals were like BOOM, IN YA FACE SOUTHERN GRACE!! Since the drop of Formation, the internet has had its share of Yonce inspired everything.I can say she definitely inspired today's post, but the real credit I owe to the two original style inflencers in my life---my mom and my sister.
My mom has always been the epitome of snazzy classic dressing for me. Growing up in North Carolina, I lived in a small town called Lumberton. There is no claim to fame , well except for the Native Americans known as the Lumbee Indians. If you go to Wal-Mart, which you don't have much of a choice, be prepared to see hair in big brightly colored rollers and two-toned painted cars with rims and street names on the back windshield. lol. It's a pretty causal town, but my mom always dressed to impressed. She believed in shape ware, slips, hosiery, gloves, shoe repair, 'dry clean only', straw hats, scarves pinned to a blazer with a brooch; a true believer in fashion.She always had a love of A-line skirts, layers, and her true love--Burgundy. No one,I mean no one wears it like her--except me .lol.Sometimes on Friday nights, after the TGIF lineup (#throwback) , she would just try on clothes for hours.This has now become my weekly ritual.Cranking up the music and letting my creativity flow organically through a montage of pulling on and off clothes until I find my happy place is my true happy place.My mom and dad raised 5 kids on a budget, but we ALWAYS looked good.I had no problem as a kid, waking up early Saturday morning and discovering great deals and even some vintage pieces on someone's lawn. In addition to turning secondhand looks into vintage visions, she was also a queen of DIY before it was even a thing. She would get that glue gun or needle and thread and add extra 'zazz to piece. So when they say 'girl where you get dat 'zazz from?'* in my Juvenille Cash Money voice , I proudly say I get it from my mama!!
My sister--my 1st best enemy/best friend/Golden Girl/partner-in-crime my everything!! Anyone that know me knows much I loooooooove my sister. She is ten years older than me , so growing up I was like Rudy Huxtable and she was Denise. Everything she did and wore oozed cool. From the long black glue on nails on the 90's to them red bad ass Durango boots you let me wear in the 7th grade, and that famous vintage Ralph Lauren blazer with suede elbow patches. You got me my first cell phone, 2-way pager, and 1st designer bag (a super cool DKNY backpack)--she made sure I was cool. Toot, (my sis' nickname) you will never know how much you mean to me!! *insert tears
Straw boater hat (H&M-$7 on sale)
Earrings (Romwe.com $4)
Wool overcoat-thrift ($6)
Turtleneck-Forever 21 -old
Pleated A-line skirt (shein.com, $9)
Tights-Steve Madden-(Roses $3)
Perspex heel boots (PublicDesire.com, $52)
Leather gloves (thrift, $1)
Lipstick (Colourpop-LAX, $6)
That's Just Me!
I love fashion, the outdoors, and things on sale.