The lookbook for Yevu's SS 15/16 collection is so fun with its brightly colored backgrounds complimenting the mix of patterns in the clothing.
Lately, I've been trying to only purchase items that I love that will last a long time. One day I'd like to invest in a pair of handcrafted leather shoes in a stylish but classic style like these beautiful ones from SevillaSmith.
For the past three months I've been engulfed in a sea of drawing and book promo planning for my new book I Love My Hair (out in November). My social life this summer was non-existent: no beach, no pool, and no cookouts. It was a lot of work, which meant minimal sleep, and a lot of arm exercises. But it was the best time ever. This is the work I am meant to do and I loved every minute of it.
When I submitted my final files, a little corner of my heart was sad that the drawing part of the process was over. Of course, I can always draw but there's something about a definitive deadline for a specific project. I had no choice but to focus, which I'm a little flexible with when it comes to my personal projects.
Because of the book I had to put a hold on everything, including the blog. But now I am happy to be back to share some new inspirations along with artists and designers I'm loving, and updates on launch events for the book (so excited about these and can't wait to give more details).
To get back into the groove I want to share this campaign for Brazilian clothing brand Farm Rio's Black Retro by photographer Raphael Lucena. Some of these photos have been circling the web for some time but it took forever for me to find the credit for the images. Aren't they just lovely?
For those of you living in the D.C. area have you been to Nomad Collectiv? It's a beautiful marketplace with a mix of new and vintage goods in the form of bags and jewelry, clothing and collectibles. During a recent visit to the shop I stumbled upon the jewelry of Dani Barbe. I instantly fell in love with the Dani Barbe rings with their clustered crystals and stones set in funky patterned bands. Take a look at the necklaces and bracelets, too, and let me know what you think.
Here's what the website stated about the new brand:
"STUDIO ONE EIGHTY NINE is a social enterprise created by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah that consist of creatives that seeks to provide a platform to help promote and curate African and African-inspired content through an ecommerce shopping site, a supporting agency and an artisan produced fashion collection, called FASHION RISING COLLECTION, launched in support of V-Day's One BillionRising. We focus on creating opportunities for empowerment, education and employment of artisans and creatives."
When visiting New Orleans in October there was one boutique I was excited to visit, and that was Exodus Goods. Sadly, it was closed the day I was able to make it over to that area nestled on the outskirts of the French Quarter. So I didn't get to see the stylish goods I'd been hearing so much about — but thankfully they just launched their online store! Now we all get to see and purchase from this shop co-owned by the Okpo sisters (Darlene and Lizzy), Armina Musa, and Solange Knowles.
As I mentioned in this previous post, my style and wardrobe is very basic. I tend to stick to simple and classic pieces that can be mixed and matched as needed; like white tees, jeans, black skirts and dresses, and gray items to layer. Classic patterns, like stripes and dots, and textured knits add a little range, too.
Lately, I've been obsessed with and shopping at Loft, a retail brand that's helped me refine my style. It wasn't a destination store for me before, but recently I just happened to pop in to see what I could find for fall. With the pops of pattern and modern silhouettes, I quickly fell in love with their mix. From a textured coat-igan (picture at the top) paired with knit leggings, a white spotted collar tie top coupled-up with a leather skirt I've had for years, to a striped top over a black dress, I've been able to find items that fit nicely with my existing pieces. Loft is also perfect for petite sizes, which is great since finding the right fit can be a challenge for little ladies like me.
I highly recommend Loft if your style is fairly neutral, graphic, and fresh. If, like me, you prefer for your accessories to make a statement rather than your clothes (like shoes, jewelry, bags, or hair) then this is a brand for you. It's not super girly, edgy, or crazy trendy — although you can find some things that can add to that kind of look.
What about you? Is there a brand you're diggin' right now? One that is usually a win-win when you walk into the store or visit the online shop? Let me know!
*this is not a sponsored post
What I love most about Fly is highlighting amazing talent, products, fashion, art, and other goodies I come across in my day-to-day. Everything I share here is something I would purchase, or just a beautiful thing I feel you would love and enjoy as well. These gorgeous hand-crafted bags from A A K S are no different.
Over the summer I was peeking around IG and stumbled upon videos and photos of some A A K S bags in progress. I love woven raffia bags (the ones I collect are also known as kiondo bags) but had never seen them being made. Watching the videos of these lovely designs come to life instantly stopped me in my tracks.
The A A K S website just launched on November 3rd, yesterday, and I can't stop drooling over the entire collection. My favorite, though, is the Palma (pictured top left). It takes the look and feel of a basic kiondo but changes the scale and shape to make a lovely cross-body bag.
Akosua, the mind behind the brand, has an incredible eye, and I love the simple touches she incorporated into the photo styling. Beautiful!
What about you? Anything beautiful catching your eye lately?