Styled Around a Small Floral Detail

Today’s look was created around the tiniest detail in the entire outfit—the studs. What can I say? These earrings might be tiny, but they are mighty chic.

Blouse—Forever 21 (old)

Tube top—H&M (now just $2)

Scarf—J.Crew (on sale)

Pants—Loft (on sale)

Shoes—J.Crew (on sale)

Earrings—℅ Luxe Caribe Handmade Jewelry

Watch—Michael Kors

Lip—Mac “Asian Flower” lipstickMac “Heroine” lip pencil

Blush—NYX powder blush in mocha

The studs, handmade in St. Kitts by Davina of Luxe Caribe Handmade jewelry, are created using dried Bougainvilleas and silver flakes that are pressed in a resin mound. I’m literally wearing a piece of St. Kitts today. I’ve got so much respect for talented and creative folks like Davina.

A close look at my Luxe Caribe studs.
The fuchsia color you see are the petals of Bougainvilleas found in St. Kitts.

I was so inspired by the beautiful combination of fuchsia and silver in the earrings that I pulled together some pieces from my wardrobe to complement the studs. White ankle pants. A black and white stripe tube top worn under a purple blouse. My Elsie jacquard pumps in a midnight floral print. And, an infinity scarf in the same midnight floral print.

I was so dedicated to tying everything in this look to the fancy floral earrings that even my lip color, Mac Asian Flower, a fuchsia purple lipstick with lots of shine, was chosen to effortlessly blend right in.

I’m going to be styling another pair of Luxe Caribe earrings soon. In the meantime, stop by the Luxe Caribe Facebook page to see more of Davina’s designs. Just so you know, there are bracelets too.

In case you missed it, there’s a mega accessories sale going on at J.Crew right now. The scarf I’m wearing is under $10 now. The matching Elsie pumps have been steeply discounted too.

J.Crew Elsie jacquard pumps and Luxe Caribe studs

Today’s photographs were taken at the base of this elevated railway in St. Louis.

Save the Date: Style Weekend St. Kitts

Save the date, y’all. Style Weekend St. Kitts is going down on November 6th to 8th, 2015. I’ve joined the movement as a Contributing Blogger, so you can expect exciting updates about the events. Not going to be in St. Kitts? No worries. I’ll have a full recap of the events too.

Designs: Caribelle Batik |  Photography: Garth Archibald | Makeup: Davina Baptiste
Models: Precious, Kajali, Tayesha, Destinee

So what is Style Weekend St. Kitts? I recently talked with the creator, Winnielle Pereira, to get all the insider info for you. Style Weekend, similar to fashion weeks all across the world, will give designers from St. Kitts, the larger Caribbean region, and other countries an important platform to showcase their work. Winnielle is a huge advocate of fashion ingenuity in the Caribbean region. These events, through presentations of fashion, style, beauty, music, culture, and shopping, will unite diverse fashion creatives.

Winnielle Pereira, Creator of Style Weekend St. Kitts | Photography: Romel Gaskin

I’ve watched, in amazement, the advancement of Winnielle’s career in the fashion industry. She’s worked as a model in the Caribbean and United States, represented St. Kitts in the Mrs World Pageant, run her own model management company, and produced the most elite fashion events in St. Kitts. She’s a powerhouse, and I couldn’t let her go without asking a few more questions.

What has been your most surreal fashion experience to date?

Hosting my first ever Fashion Production in 2004, which I entitled ‘Show Me Your Soul.’ I remember The St Kitts Marriott Resort staff set 500 seats, and by the time the show started, we needed more seats because more people than anticipated attended. From start to finish, I could hear the audience pleased in their sounds and claps. It was indeed an amazing feeling to know that the hard work and dedication by myself and everyone involved was appreciated. Irie feeling.

Any insights for women aspiring to enter the fashion industry?

It’s very important to ensure that whatever you do you love. That will be the force and strength to get you through tough times. Always research and network with positive people. Build lasting relationships by respecting those you meet along your journey. And, remember that good things don’t come easy.

Photography: Bjorn Bassue

What are your thoughts on the fashion climate in St. Kitts and the region?

There’s so much talent in St. Kitts. There are emerging fashion creatives right here in SKN. I want to see them supported more. I want to see them owning boutiques carrying their locally made clothing, jewelry, and shoes. The business of fashion has the potential to raise the profile of the entire Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Style Weekend St. Kitts is an important step in that direction.

What do you hope to achieve with Style Weekend St. Kitts?

My mission is to empower our creatives. I hope to provide them with an elite platform to showcase their work, gain exposure, and garner new clientele to strengthen their businesses. I hope to inspire emerging designers to keep pursuing their dreams. I also believe that Style Weekend St. Kitts, similar to the St. Kitts Music Festival, can empower and elevate our people and island. The goal is to host these events annually.

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Jazzing Up Jogger Pants

What can I say? I love jogger pants. They’re comfortable. They can be dressed up or down. They’ve even got attitude. It took me a minute to find a pair that flattered and fit my overall wardrobe. From the moment I put on a black jersey pair by Nine West in TJ Maxx, though, I knew I found the ones for me. The joggers were under $20 too. Score!

Today’s look takes my joggers from sporty to sporty chic with help from a few of my summer favorites. Floral pumps. A stripe tube top. Statement tassel earrings. And, a swanky circle bag complete with a tassel. The bag is made by Kittitian designer, Sanara of Urbhan Limited.

Top—H&M

Pants—Nine West | similar

Bag—℅ Urbhan Limited

Shoes—Sophia Webster for J.Crew | option

Earrings—J.Crew wood tassel earrings (on sale in-store)

Rings—J.Crew Industrial Bolt ringJ.Crew sliced ringJ.Crew orb ring

Watch—Michael Kors

Lip—Mac “Flat Out Fabulous” lipstickMac “Brick” lip pencil

Blush—NYX powder blush in mocha

A Handmade Handbag from St. Kitts

My style sensibility was shaped in my home country of St. Kitts. Although I now live thousands of miles away, it’s still important that I keep my finger on the pulse of all style and fashion developments there. From Carnival to St.Kitts fashion events, fashion enthusiasts and style geniuses show up and show out. One development I’m particularly fond of at home is the emergence of fashion innovators who are launching their own lines.

Today, I’m so proud to work with and share a designer from my homeland. Sanara of Urbhan Limited has a special talent for creating handbags. I’m talking about one-of-a-kind, handmade handbags. Made in St. Kitts! Urbhan Limited bags are readily available at Steppin’ boutique in St. Kitts. Sanara is your go-to person for special orders, and an email to Urbhan Limited stands between you and your perfect handbag. I admire Sanara’s commitment to ensuring her creations are accessible to everyone by keeping her price-point affordable, with prices starting as low as $35.

In today’s post, an Urbhan Limited handbag—a python embossed, vegan leather handbag with a striking metallic finish—provides the perfect complement to my outfit. You won’t believe me when I tell you that this bag, which comes with a cross body chain strap, is only $37! Stop by the Urbhan Limited Facebook Page to see some of the latest designs. By the way, the button earrings I’m wearing are also by Urbhan Limited.

Blazer—Philosophy | similar

Dress—Nicole Miller (seen before here) | option

Shoes—Tahari

Bag—℅ Urbhan Limited

Earrings—℅ Urbhan Limited

Bracelet—J.Crew | spike cuff option

Rings—J.Crew Industrial Bolt ringJ.Crew sliced ringJ.Crew orb ring

Watch—Michael Kors

Lip—Mac “Carmine Rouge” lipstick, Mac “Brick” lip pencil

Blush—NYX powder blush in mocha

 

Location: St. Mary Magdalen Church

I’m joining Mix & Match Fashion’s What I Wore to Work weekly link up and Sydney Fashion Hunter’s link up.

Grid Overlay Skirt and Floral Pumps

Hello, skirts. Buh-bye, tights. It’s beginning to feel like spring, y’all. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this warm spell is here to stay. For now, I’m celebrating the warmer weather by sharing two of my favorite recent bargain buys—a grid overlay full skirt and a pair of floral pumps. The skirt was a steal, on clearance for under $15, at Ross Dress for Less. The shoes, the Sophia Webster for J.Crew “Lola” pumps I’ve been stalking since last holiday season, were marked down from $320 to $107.

Top—H&M | similar

Skirt—Alythea | bright eyelet option

Pumps—Sophia Webster for J.Crew “Lola”

Necklace—Lisa Freede | similar
Ring—St. John Collection | similar

Watch—Skagen

Lip—Mac “Midnight Mambo” lipstick, Mac “Heroine” lip pencil

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