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A Glamorous Night for a Mom...

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Even though I'm a mom, there are times when I still get out to kick it, sans baby, sans Andre, and I try to represent as well as I did as a single person.  After all, having a baby and getting coupled up does not mean that you have turned in your glam card now does it?! I was so thrilled with my outfit from the night below I just had to share it with my blog readers.  I also had to share the story of how the outfit came together so that my fellow moms out there could know that no source of inspiration should be ignored.  Also, everything can become new again if you know how to style it! The dress was new.  It was one of those somewhat generic, Macy's , Calvin Klein finds that always seems to go on sale.  And, I got this one for a steal. Somehow, it fit me like a glove, which made it special and made me take it home.  The shoes had never been worn, but I they had been in my closet for awhile.  They're really high and not the kind of shoes you wear while carry

Glamour tip: The Desperation Hair Style

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That's me on the left.  It's New Orleans  in July. The humidity was so thick you could cut it with a knife.  I didn't even bother doing my hair.  Ahh, the wonders of a silk scarf and earrings.  All you moms out there feel free to steal this style tip.  If you hadn't heard, we're in the middle of a heat wave! :-) Related articles Dear Bella: Help Smooth My NOLA Frizzies (bellasugar.com)

Clothes May Make the Woman

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"So forget the inner me , observe the outer... I am what I wear and how I dress." ( Amneris , "Aida") What you choose to wear communicates a message. It can tell the world if you are happy, sad, conservative, or looking for a date. There also certain fashion milestones for women that announce to the world your stage of life. Often the first time that a girl wears sheer pantyhose or high heels indicates that she is no longer a little girl . The first time you are allowed to wear makeup out of the house or wear your hair down to a party are all signals to the world that you’re a young lady. A low cut blouse, a pair of tight jeans, and a mini skirt can tell the world that you are more than a nice young lady. You are a lady looking for a good time…

The Walk of Shame "Retail Style"

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When you shop as much as I do, you are bound to have engaged in a decent amount of scandalous retail behavior. As a teenager, I begged my mother for clothes in the store. I have tried on clothes in line. I have bought a party outfit on my way to the party. While somewhat unorthodox, these are not shameful activities. However, recently I witnessed the walk of shame performed with such finesse that I had to write about it. A couple of weeks ago my sister and I were shopping when I saw a girl and a guy with whom we had been partying the night before. As I said hello, I realized that they were both wearing the same clothes from the party. Indeed, it was a Sunday afternoon and she was wearing messy hair, a cobalt blue shirt, a thigh high mini skirt , and a guilty grin. She handled the situation with style though. She simply looked me in the eye, winked and said, “girl, don’t even ask…” While I hope that I am never forced to continue the party the next day without a shower, I had to

Vicarious Sex Appeal...

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I took in a movie a couple of Sundays ago. I went to a grocery store near the theater after the movie so that I could go home and lounge the rest of my Sunday away. Normally I would not have gone to that grocery store. However, like many detours in Chatón’s World, this detour resulted in a story… I did my shopping and once again underestimated what I needed. So, as I approached the cashier, I struggled with my head down lamenting that I was carrying an overstuffed basket instead of gracefully pushing a cart. Then, I hear, “Your shoes are so sexy!” Instantly, I raise my head to see who noticed my shoes. I’ve always liked the shoes because they’re cute and comfy. But who knew that they were sexy?! After raising my head I saw the most angel faced kid replete with braces and a smile ogling my shoes. When I met his gaze he became embarrassed. He said, “I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say that at work!” Instead of lecturing him about appropriate workplace conduct, I

A consistent crush…

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Anyone who has been in a relationship knows that consistent attention and recognition keep the love juices flowing. Nice notes, expressions of kindness and consistent love have kept many a relationship going, when otherwise they would have failed. That kind of affection is so attractive. And baby, it is oh so hard to resist. Even though I have reported that my love life has been full of inconsistency , I have a confession. I have been holding out on you. I have been involved in a relationship for some time. I am constantly wooed. My ego is stroked. Indeed, these things fuel my desire. I return to the relationship even when I have told myself that it is no good for me—it is always taking, never giving. After we connect I often feel depleted instead of inspired. My space is penetrated without permission and without apology. I try to resist, but we all know that a girl has needs. And while my spirit is willing, my flesh is so very weak... Despite my lustful comments,

Getting a Bikini Attitude...

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Illustration of fan service (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Where did I get my overly developed sense of self consciousness ? I work out and diet to be thin. I read the news to remain current so I don’t seem like a complete idiot to those I work with and my “smart friends”. I read fashion magazines to remain fashionable . As my ex-boyfriend often said, I “try hard,” maybe too hard. Truth be told, I feel better when I eat healthy. I like knowing what’s going on in the world; and I get a kick out of fashion. So the habits described above are not entirely imposed by a desire to impress others. That being said, I think that I came out of the womb self conscious. I cannot remember the last time I wasn’t concerned about decorum and appearances, squeezing to see if I can pinch an inch and making sure that I was appropriately dressed.  How liberating it would be to simply not give a damn…

Endless love...

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For all of you shoe lovers out there. You have to check out this site called www.endless.com. They have a wonderful selection of shoes and handbags. Also, they have free overnight shipping-- F-R-E-E!!! It was love at first sight. I found so many that I wanted. Finally, I settled on three pair of pumps. They miraculously appeared overnight. And they were better than I expected. The navy and carmel were beautiful and practical. However, the leopard, calf hair, pair were sexy and wild. Shoes are a reflection of your life, but they are also a form of expression. You can decide what my shoes say about me... :-)

Hot New Handbags!

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Through the blog, I try to share my new discoveries with all of you. Sometimes those discoveries are new interesting thoughts. Sometimes those discoveries are lessons that I have learned. And sometimes, like now, those discoveries are new products. As I told you a few weeks ago, I get excited when fashion and politics collide. This time though, I am excited in a good way. An African American , female, handbag designer recently won a contest with Marie Claire entitled, "Be Discovered: Design a Handbag ". This talented designer's name is Orean Collier. You can view and purchase her handbags at www.dalonoriginals.com. I am truly celebrating because a "Black girl won". However, I am also celebrating because the bags are hot! You will absolutely love her stuff. All of her bags,like the one posted with this blog entry, have flavor. They are are fresh, innovative, and most of all they are stylish. They embody fashion today. And with one of her bags on yo