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ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM BLACK FASHION ADDICTION?

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Wondering what black fashion addiction is? Then answer the following questions. Are you almost always drawn to black clothing when out shopping? Would you only consider wearing clothes that are black or close to black such as navy or ash even though you have a sprinkling of bright happy colors? Do you own more than your share of the forgivable number of black pieces in your wardrobe? Then you are most certainly suffering from Black Fashion Addiction.

Being an unrepentant black fashion addiction sufferer myself, I have learnt that I am hard-wired to choose darker colors over lighter ones which many therapists might argue to stem from a much deeper issue of control or unhappiness (totally disagree!), here are some solutions to not looking not as intimidatingly black as usual. Related Article: 7 Cost Effective Ways to Looking Fabulous

 

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1. Choose lighter colored shoes such as nudes, browns, animal prints and metallics. This way, you minimize the mournful look without losing your mind and identity.

 

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2. Accessorize with metallic colors such as gold and silver to make your outfit pop.

 

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3. White is your best friend. You can never go wrong with the black and white combo, right?

 

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4. Stick to lighter make up for the eyes ( stay away from raccoon eyes). Add a pop of color such as reds or pinks to lips to make a statement.

 

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5. Getting a lighter shade manicure is always a good idea. Too scared to push your color boundaries? Go for pastel color shades of muted pinks, purples, golds,  and blues/greens.

The above steps are given to help manage but not totally eliminate your black addiction as we all need a little black in our lives, don’t we?

Are you a black fashion addict? Please share your thoughts.

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TRIBUTE TO A STYLE ICON ‘MADIBA MANDELA’ (1918-2013)

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The activist and first black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela was a man who spent his life on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation in South Africa. He was recognized to be one of the greatest leaders not only in Africa but the world and will be known forever as the man who sacrificed 27 years of his life fighting for the freedom of his people. Related Article: Breaking: Nelson Mandela RIP (1918-2013)

Mandela’s fashion choices were quite unique, consisting mainly of beautifully tailored long-sleeved Print shirts and native African wear, staying true to his roots.

Here are some Mandela inspired looks:

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AFRICAN PRINT SHIRT AND HAT

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AFRICAN PRINT DRESS AND SHIRT

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MANDELA INSPIRED FASHION

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MANDELA INSPIRED POLO AND DENIM

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MANDELA INSPIRED OUTFIT

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MANDELA INSPIRED COLLECTION

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MANDELA INSPIRED WOMEN’S WEAR

Nelson Mandela will always be remembered as a ‘Style Icon’ in our books.

THE RISE AND RISE OF VICTORIA BECKHAM

I have introduced a new category to my blog titled ‘Style Icons’ and this will be dedicated to all the notable and upcoming trend setters in the fashion industry.

What better way to kick off this new category than spotlighting our very own Victoria Beckham aka Posh aka I can make anything look good even if it’s a sack?!

Victoria Beckham is a Fashion Designer/ Musician/ Model best known for her ‘minimalist-ic chic’ style which features clean tailored lines and understated designs.

Her color palette features toned down versions of colors, blacks and nudes that make them quite wearable both on and off the runway and which also reflect in her personal style choices.

According to Victoria,  a pair of sky-high heels, designer purse and (don’t forget) sunglasses is a sure way to bring any basic outfit to life. (And boy! is she right?)

ICONIC LOOKS FROM VICTORIA BECKHAM

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Victoria started her own line which debuted in the New York Fashion Week of 2008 and since then, several celebrities which include Blake Lively, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Jessica Simpson etc to name a few, have spotted wearing some of her dresses.

VICTORIA BECKHAM: THE DESIGNER

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VICTORIA BECKHAM AUTUMN/ WINTER 2013

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VICTORIA BECKHAM FALL 2012

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VICTORIA BECKHAM FALL 2012

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I particularly love Victoria Beckham’s style because it seems effortless but well put together.

Many find it quite difficult to understand Victoria’s style as they believe her fashion choices to be rather over-refined, often to the point of simplicity, regardless, she is one style icon we will remember for years to come.

BLAHNIK’S VS LOUBOUTIN’S: ULTIMATE LUXURY SHOE BRANDS FACE-OFF!

I have often wondered who the better designer is when it comes to creating luxury shoes, and today, I will be narrowing that argument down to the two most influential shoe makers in the fashion industry today; Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin.

I have selected the best designs (in my opinion) off the internet to compare both designers.

MANOLO BLAHNIK

There is just something unique, stylish and sophisticated about Manolo Blahnik shoes (and this isn’t because I loved watching Carrie Bradshaw buy them in Sex and the City).

I really admire the originality and thought put into creating these shoes and with comfort an essential part of the design, it works for regular women who want to look stylish yet comfortable.

The only down-side to this shoe line is that some of the designs come off looking somewhat clownish like what to be worn at a circus or fair or something of that sort.

Here are some of the best looks from Blahnik:

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CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN 

Christian Louboutin shoes have been greatly popularized by celebrities in Hollywood with notable names such as Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Nicole Kidman etc been seen wearing some of his designs. Louboutin shoes (trademarked red sole shoes) is coveted by everyone from  nurses to  housewifes wanting  at least a pair (the hype is about something, right?!).

I particularly love the edgy-ness and craftsmanship in creating these shoes which feature spiked and stiletto finishing in some cases.

For me, Louboutin shoes aren’t the most artistic or original shoes as I feel like a lot of designs are repeated in new collections.

Here are some of the best looks from Louboutin:

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So which is your pick? Blahnik’s or Louboutin’s?

P.S. Assuming money is not an issue, I suggest you rock both designers (Lol.)

Till next time,

stay organically beautiful.

Vivianne.