This little black and white number was spotted in Savannah, GA. It falls perfectly under the “high contrast” trend.
This little black and white number was spotted in Savannah, GA. It falls perfectly under the “high contrast” trend.
Hey, Tampa Bay! There’s an awesome new collaboration in town! I’ve teamed up with Della to get the word out about the clothing line’s newest partnership with Urban Outfitters. I had never heard of Della before I was contacted to do a collaboration but after hearing what the company is all about, I couldn’t resist. I love the empowerment of women, and I especially love spreading “good” to all people.
Here’s what the Della x UO press release has to say:
Della, a Los Angeles-based fashion line handcrafted in Ghana, West
Africa, is proud to announce their second partnership with Urban Outfitters. Beginning the first week in July 2014, Urban Outfitters will be a “carrier of change” by launching an exclusive Della clothing collection both in-store and online.
A boho-chic collection, including cami dresses, flutter shorts, skort rompers, and paper bag pants, was designed exclusively for the collaboration. “I am thrilled to continue our partnership with Urban Outfitters. We are confident that our mission and style will connect with younger generations, and we look forward to spreading awareness about responsible fashion through our vibrant products,” said Della Founder and Creative Director, Tina Tangalakis.
In Hohoe, Ghana, Della’s products are each uniquely handcrafted by Ghanaian seamstresses who work directly with local vendors and fabric makers. Della is committed to the long-term advancement of the Hohoe community. Its latest venture with Urban Outfitters furthers its mission to build the foundation for Ghanaian women’s economic independence.
ABOUT DELLA: In 2009, Tangalakis volunteered in Hohoe and discovered how to infuse social consciousness into the design world. The local culture, people, and textiles instantly captivated Tangalakis. Hoping to initiate positive and sustainable change, she founded Della: a socially responsible fashion line that provides steady jobs, fair wages, and education, skills, and literacy training to Ghanaian women. Tangalakis not only proved that “doing good” can be synonymous with “doing well,” but also showed the U.S. market that West Africa can produce high-quality products when driven by a genuine care for humanity. Currently Della has a team of over 55 employees in Ghana, and positively impacts the lives of over 250 men, women and children in the local community per year.
Now you see why I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to spread the word, right? Della is doing something incredible for the world, and the fact that beautiful clothes are a product of the greatness is just icing on the cake for me!
The good stuff doesn’t stop there, though. For every purchase that you make from the new Della x UO collection, you will receive a Della change purse or headband. All you have to do is forward your confirmation email to firstname.lastname@example.org after you’ve made a purchase, and tell Nandi that Knick Knacker sent you to receive your goodie. How awesome is that? Not only will you become part of an incredible movement, but you will also receive a token for your support.
Check out the beautiful pieces from Della x Urban Outfitters below. I love the fluidity and relaxed fit of the garments, they are perfect for Summer. (Shop them here!)
I look forward to seeing pics of you all in your new Della x UO outifts! Share them with us on Instagram using hashtag #iLoveDellaxUO.
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A huge THANK YOU goes out to Nandi with Della for reaching out to me!!!
Last month, we celebrated Josephine Baker’s birthday and there was also controversy over Rihanna’s CFDA Awards attire. Therefore, it’s only right to make July’s style icon of the month none other than Ms. Baker!
Josephine Baker is an American-born French performer. She was born Freda Josephine McDonald On June 3, 1906, in St. Louis, Missouri. She never depended on men for financial support, which was unusual for a woman during her era. She was married and divorced four times but chose to keep the last name of her second husband.
Baker took Paris’ stage by storm in the 1920s, performing in her first show there entitled La Revue Nègre. She danced topless in nothing but a feathered skirt.
She is most famous for her Banana Dance. She also starred in four films and recorded music.
Racism made it difficult for Baker to return to the United States, and her talents were not wholly accepted until 1973. She once stated, “One day I realized I was living in a country where I was afraid to be black. It was only a country for white people. Not black. So I left. I had been suffocating in the United States. A lot of us left, not because we wanted to leave, but because we couldn’t stand it anymore… I felt liberated in Paris.”
Baker visited the U.S. in the 50s and 60s, fighting racism. The NAACP named May 20 Josephine Baker Day in honor of her efforts. Baker adopted 12 children from all over the world in her lifetime. They were called the “Rainbow Tribe.” Baker once quoted, “I think they must mix blood, otherwise the human race is bound to degenerate. Mixing blood is marvelous. It makes strong and intelligent men. It takes away tired spirits.”
After her death in 1975, more than 20,000 people crowded the streets of Paris to watch the funeral procession. The French government honored Baker with a 21-gun salute, making her the first American woman buried in France with military honors.
Today, Baker’s style still heavily influences the way we dress. At the 2014 CFDA Awards, Rihanna channeled Baker from head to toe. While this look was very controversial and many people stated that Baker was a class act, this is true. However, Baker danced topless multiple times, wearing nothing except a small skirt, so Rihanna was not the first to go out practically nude. Fashion constantly repeats itself.
“I’m not intimidated by anyone. Everyone is made with two arms, two legs, a stomach and a head. Just think about that.” ― Josephine Baker
Reference: About Josephine Baker. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.cmgww.com/stars/baker/index.php
Thank you Ms. Baker for showing us women that we can love ourselves, be confident, and be proud of our bodies. Thank you for gracing us with incredible style, being an incredible humanitarian and civil rights activist, and showing that true love knows no color. Please leave your thoughts below!
In the words of Benji Brown’s character Kiki, “Happy Saturdee!” LOL! I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend so far. If you’ve got shopping on your list of to-do’s, I’ve got a great boutique for you to add to the list! Some of you may know Sky Unikue’s Elegant Boutique from my previous posts on the Discreet Elegance Runway Fashion Show, but who you don’t know is the beauty and brains behind the brand. She’s a full-time nurse by day and fashpreneur at all other times. When I say all other times, I mean ALL other times. I’ve emailed her at almost 2am, and she’s still up! Creative people rarely ever sleep. I won’t keep you waiting any longer though, let’s meet Sky!
Name: Sky Unikue
Current city: Brandon, FL
Fashion business name/description: My business is named after myself- Sky Unikue’s Elegant Clothing Boutique
Hobbies: My hobbies are spending time w/ my son, blogging, and reading
Describe your style in 3 words: Simple, yet trendy and elegant
Inspiration for starting a fashion business: I have always had an intense passion for style and knew that one day I would become a fashion designer. Although I’m a medical professional, I work in an office setting. With that being said, I found it very difficult for young professional woman to find places to shop and find attire that is elegant and trendy. Most places cater to older women or teenage females. I want to give professional women my age a variety of chic apparel that’s elegant and stylish.
Personal and business goals: I have set a long list of short term and long term goals; however, the main goal I am currently focused on is growing Sky Unikue’s Elegant Clothing Boutique into a store front here in the Brandon/Riverview area.
Favorite designers/stylists: Although I like many designers, I find Betsey Johnson to be the most intriguing. Her style is so unique and bold. She uses a lot of contrasting colors and patterns which I find to be very eye-catching, and I’m a big fan of her handbags.
Favorite places to shop: I actually don’t have a favorite place to shop. I’m a big online shopper and pretty much buy whatever it is that I like. When I shop, I don’t go out looking for one particular item or color. I just browse through websites or stores and purchase things as I browse. Eventually, I will find something to go with it. However, if I had to choose a place, I would say ModCloth. The designers featured on that site have very elegant and sexy dresses that I doubt you will find in your average department store. I always find something to purchase when I visit that website.
Favorite fashion quote: My favorite fashion quote was said by Rachel Zoe: “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” Sadly, this is very true. Before we even get to know people, they are judged by how they look, the clothes they are wearing, and the way it’s being worn. Although, it may NOT specify WHO you are, people base your looks/attire on whether or not they want to get to know you or work with you.
Top 3 favorite pieces from your boutique for Summer 2014: I LOVE dresses! For this season, you will find a variety of summer dresses for all styles and sizes. (see top 3 below)
Keep up with Sky on social media!
I hope you all find a Sky Unikue’s Elegant Clothing Boutique treasure to add to your wardrobe as the store sells tops, skirts, dresses, pants, curvy size, swimwear, and shoes at incredibly reasonable prices. My personal favorite is the All White Romper. Share a photo of your purchase with us on Instagram using #ILoveSkyUnikues!
One of O’s and my most favorite things in the world to do together is you guessed it- work out! We believe this is one of the best things to do as a married couple. When your spouse makes you angry, don’t waste time holding that anger. Take it out on the gym! Put your heart and soul into it. Here’s why we love sweating our hearts out together:
Photo Credit: Tyrone Lebon/Courtesy of Adidas by Stella McCartney via style.com
Throwback of us in action, January 2013:
If you are a gym lover like O and myself, we want to hear why you love working out! Also, stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway with one of my favorite athletic wear retailers, Six:02! Please leave lots of comments below.
On the afternoon of June 7th, Mink Wink Lashes came to beautify Tampa. As O & I strolled onto the scene, I was overwhelmed by the number of gorgeous, fashionable women I saw at this event (a few men there were killing the fashion scene too!). The room was filled with energy as everyone was mingling, taking photos, and getting their lashes done. There was even a signature drink called “The Wink Rosé” which was very tasty, by the way!
Mink Wink Lashes launched earlier this year, and it’s definitely a company you’ll love, especially if you’re an avid eyelash wearer or makeup artist! I was invited out by the one of the company’s founders, Joyela. While I was there, I had the opportunity to meet the company’s other founder, Michelle. These two “glam girls” are too sweet. They are the epitome of what beauty product owners should be, beautiful from the INSIDE out. Now on to the lashes…
Mink Wink Lashes are flexible, lightweight, and made from 100% natural mink fur, providing a subtle shine. They can be worn up to 25 times (WOW). The collection includes 12 different styles, ranging from those that will leave you with a very natural look to those that will give you incredible volume. Michelle so graciously gifted me with my very own pair of Mink Wink Lashes, which came with an awesome Mink Wink dustbag. I chose the Monaco lash since I prefer a super natural look. I plan on using them for a beauty shoot, so I can’t wait to share the photos with y’all!
When you’re ready to add some glamour into your life, head on over to minkwinklashes.com to shop, get your free lash kit, join the VIP club, and more. With many of the lashes priced at $25, that’s only $1 per wear! And trust me, it’s worth it. Don’t take too long, though! Complimentary shipping and launch sale prices are for a limited time only. Happy shopping, and remember to “Live. Lash. Love.”
Check out the action of the event-
The Mink Wink woman is a confident woman who will turn heads in jeans and a t-shirt because of who she is and how she wears them. She is the woman who chooses lashes as an extension of herself depending on who she wants to be that day. Mink Wink Lashes has a collection that offers variety in terms of styles, shapes and lengths. There is a perfect pair just begging to be applied. A pair that will transform you into a modern age of glamour.
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Ok folks, usually I wouldn’t post cell phone pictures, but the photo quality on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is so dern good that I just had to share! Yes, we abandoned the iPhone and crossed over to the dark side. Anywho, O & I had a pleasant Father’s Day today. We enjoyed a bit of brunch at Piquant in Hyde Park and strolled around the shops afterwards. It was our first time eating at Piquant, and the food is awesome! I had the banana bread french toast with a side of fresh fruit and O had the poached eggs with salmon. If you’re ever in the area, you should definitely eat there! BTW, I was so happy I was finally able to pull together a crop top/skirt look. We hope you all had as great of a day as we did.
“Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.” -Franz Schubert
If you have any outfit questions, leave a comment and I’ll be happy to answer!
This past Wednesday, JC’s Boutique held their “Summer Styling Event” with special guest, stylist Tristan Richards. It was filled with discounts, drinks, food, and fun! I was surrounded by mingling, laughter, and beautiful, vibrant Summer colors. I mean, this boutique is so great for an evening out shopping with your girlfriends. There’s even a little lounge area where you can relax if you’ve pretty much shopped ’til you’ve dropped.
Aside from the atmosphere of JC’s, it was cool to see Tristan in action, giving the ladies styling tips and advice as they went back and forth to the fitting rooms and perused through the store. There is truly something for every woman at JC’s Boutique. All of the women looked so happy as they wrapped up their purchases.
I was personally intrigued by all of the great little knick knacks. There were flasks, soaps, customizable jewelry, picture frames, bowls, and magazine clutches. Oh, and I can’t forget the necklaces! If you are in search of the perfect statement necklace, you need look no further than JC’s. You can create your whole head to toe look there.
After reading the sweet owner Cat’s story, I fell in love a little more with the boutique. Cat is an inspiration to all women. Even when you feel your lowest, humble yourself and step out on faith. Your biggest “failure” is only preparation for your greatest comeback!
Be sure to keep up with JC’s boutique on social media- Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Fibi & Clo
Be sure to stop by JC’S Boutique! Who knows, we may even see you there
Her messy blonde hair, cat’s eye eyeliner, and unrelenting style donned her an icon of the 50s and 60s in the world of fashion.
This French-born beauty could easily be described as a sex symbol of the time. There’s no denying that she was what the world called her- “the world’s most beautiful woman.”
Before modeling and acting, Bardot trained as a ballet dancer. It was her request to Repetto’s founder Rose Repetto to make her a pair of outdoor shoes for her role in “And God Created Woman” that led to the creation of the brand’s first outdoor footwear.
“She was the spark that set things off,” said Jean-Marc Gaucher, Repetto’s current chief executive officer. “People wanted to have the same product as her. She became a symbol of women’s emancipation. She broke with the codes of the era.”
The style icon now has her own RTW line born in Spring 2012 entitled “Brigitte Bardot Clothing Collection.” (Lookbook here) Bardot is an outspoken animal rights activist and no fur or leather can be used in a collection with her name on it.
“People have really stayed with the image of Brigitte Bardot in the Sixties, and not on her image today,” the brand’s creative director, Sarah Ohana, explained. “That is the image we portray, her beauty, the dream, her style, her look.”
‘And God Created Woman’ style, that certain type of elegance.’ –Jean-Claude Jitrois, Bardot’s stylist in the 80s
“When I love, I do it without counting. I give myself entirely. And each time, it is the grand love of my life.” –Brigitte Bardot
Article Reference: WWD
Knick Knacker takes no credit for these photos.
About a week ago, O & I attended Judah Flo’s 7th Anniversary Fashion Show, and let me tell ya, it was AWESOME! I am incredibly grateful that the brand’s owner Jose Flores invited me to cover the show. I have been to a number of fashion shows, but I have never been to one where the energy was so fulfilling! It was a full-house. The show was held at Studio One in Orlando and hosted by Telemundo’s Andrea Marcial. There were great vendors, hor d’oeuvres, a live painting performance, singing, dancing, and of course, great fashion.
If you’ve never heard of Judah Flo, it’s definitely a brand you want to get to know. Here’s some background info:
“Judah Flo Made For Royalty is a scripture-based brand. The Lion of the tribe of Judah represents Jesus inspired by scripture in Revelation 5:5. The sword represents the word of God and “Flo” is the first part of my last name, Flores. God makes us Royalty and he calls us to be at a higher level. Despite the different seasons of life we may have been through; the hurt, the pain, the losses, setbacks, and failures we can’t forget the victories and blessings. It all has led us into the divine will of God for our lives. I wanted the line to be built on faith and high quality designs, each one with its own individual message. My mission is to keep creating high-end premium designs reaching lives with a positive message and expanding the brand into different products and partnerships.
Dream Big all things are possible.”
I absolutely love when fashion and faith meet. A few months ago, I was attending a workshop during Christian Fashion Week in Tampa, and one of the ladies made a great point. The Bible states that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, so why can’t Christians be über fashionable and look our best?
The participating designers definitely gave life to the meaning of “über fashionable.” First up was Gordy Atelier who showed their Iconic Divas Swimsuit Collection 2014. This collection gave me a major old Hollywood flashback. Next was Nailuj Villarroel whose designs were so sophisticated. Last but not least, Judah Flo’s designs stole the show. The messages on the the tops are priceless. Take a look at the video and the photos of each individual look!
Be sure to ‘like’ Judah Flo on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.
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