I usually say TGIF and don’t really mean it but this time I really really mean it; Thank God It’s Friday! This week has felt extremely long for me. Maybe it’s because it’s the last week of the month and I’m eager to move on to a new and fresh month with lots of opportunities. Or most likely it could be that I’ve not been able to get on with all my blogging, editing and uploading as planned because my laptop has refused to cooperate. In fact the whole episode just gives me malaria plus. Why now? My whole life is bloody documented on that thing.  KMT. 

I’ll have to keep this post short and void of any of my anecdotes as I am using a kind friend’s lappy. My outfit of the day is a casual chic look. I got this casual top from H&M like 3 months ago and have only worn it twice. But I like how playful it seems with the huge heart on the front. I’ve been into bright suit trousers lately. I got three from Asos the other day. This is one them. This one is in a jelly bean green and I lurvvv it to pieces. It just stands out. My clutch is very own faithful ol’ River Island baby. It’s practically the only clutch I own at the moment. And I claim I’m a clutch girl? smh. I always say I’ll get some but I can never find the ones I like. I love my clutches like my men; huge, bold and rare. Okay, the huge part sounds ambiguous. 

Moving on.

Outfit:

Top- H&M (Sold out but similar here)

Trousers -Asos ( Sold out)

Pointed courts-Dune (similar here or even better here)

Clutch – River Island 

 
 

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Morning style lovers, I apologize I have not been able to post as frequently as I used to. My laptop is down with hay fever. It irks me but can’t stop me form providing you with pure awesomeness through these ladies. You must have seen the next Style Diary fashionista. Her unique stylish pics have been taken the web by storm. Now you can read all about her in her own words.
Rose L, from a small town in Haiti,currently living in New York. I am a photography student at the moment, want to focus on food,travel and lifestyle photography.I have an A.S in Legal studies,and had planed on becoming a trademark lawyer or a diplomat;but my passion is in the arts.That’s why I decided to follow my passion instead,I am planning on going to FIT for a degree in fashion design once I’m done with studying photography.I’d love to design a line of swimwear/lingerie one day.I love traveling,eating.I envy the nomad lifestyle. 

-What is your dressing style? What influences your style choices? 
My dressing style is moody and uncommitted. I dress according to my mood,not as much the destination.I don’t have one specific style that I stick to,it’s a mixture of feminine,classic,dramatic and creative. I’m all over the place style wise.My style choices are influenced by whatever state of mind I’m in.My style is my creative outlet and it changes constantly based on moods,life changes,musical preferences,etc. Right now I am into vintage everything,I was looking back at pictures when I was a baby and I thought to myself “I would totally wear the clothes my mum has on in the pics”.There’s nothing more intriguing and exciting than pieces of clothing with a past,a story behind it that makes you wonder who wore this before me & how did they look? Things of that nature.
 
 
 
-Which brands or designers ‘speak to you’ the most? 
 Michael Kors for bags  and Steve Madden for shoes. For clothes, I love Zara, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Topshop.
 
 
 
-Any beauty secrets? 
Less is more: I barely do anything with my eyes and the rest of my face,I usually use concealer to cover my bags, red lipstick and I’m good to go. I also find that mascara application is smoother when done right after applying liquid/gel liner.
Lip liner is the secret to wearing bright lipsticks for women of color.
 
-Favourite make-up brands.
Mac,they have the best lipsticks and their pro longwear concealer is the best I’ve used. 
 
-What is the most beautiful thing about you 
I would say my lips and I accentuate them with red lipstick.
 
 
 
-If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be and why? 
Tilda Swinton,she wears the most creative/bizarre/avant-garde pieces and herI would love to raid her closet. Her androgynous yet-feminine style never seize to amaze me and always looking forward to see what she wears on the red carpet.
 
-Your favourite music track would be…? 
I just cannot pick just one,music is my 1st love. My favorite track at the moment is “Somebody that I used to know” by Gotye ft:Kimbra .

 
 
 
 
 
-What is your favourite trend right now?
My favorite trend right now is neon, I just cannot get enough it.It’s bright and loud and have that look at me attitude thats comes with it. 
-Comment: ‘If you got it, flaunt it’…
curves,if you got it,flaunt it .
If your life was a movie, what would be its title and who would play you? 
If my life was a movie, its title would be “Califlower”. I would play myself. 
 
-My 5 must-haves are:
-leather pants,
-white blouse,
-little black dress(LBD)
-,pencil skirt,
-and a black blazer. 
 
-Your house is in flames, what one item would you save out of your closet and why? 
I would save my leather pants if my house was in flames,such a versatile piece. It’s so difficult to find the perfect pair,It would take me some time to replace them so thats the one item I’d save.
 
-All time fashion icon…Grace Jones & Tilda Swinton.
 
-Your favourite quote/saying  “When there’s a will,There’s a way” 
 
-Do you have any blog, video links or website we can link with you? 
Yes;my blog is http://www.dadouchic.com and my YouTube channel is http://www.youtube.com/user/dadouchic/videos 
 
 
I swear Rose, that blonde buzz cut is doing you a lot of justice. Fierce transformation. Your style is on point. I so love your shoe game. What do you make of Rose’s diary?
 
 
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Today’s style inspiration is my girl Ariel of Fashion Devotee. She knows her stuff. I am an ardent fan of her looks on Lookbook. This girl puts the fierce in vintage fashion, like seriously. Show her blog some love and I’m betting you you won’t regret it. I could speak about her effortless style for days but for now, I’ll just let Ariel do her thing.
Hello Darlings! I am Ariel and I blog over at Fashion Devotee. My blog is primarily a fashion, style and beauty blog focused on personal style development. I love to thrift and shop at vintage stores. I have a very vintage inspired look. Those stores allow me to add vintage pieces into my look and put a modern twist on them with tailoring and accessories. I am excited that Lydie reached out to me and asked me to do this feature.
 
What is your dressing style? What influences your style choices?  My style is feminine with a hint of vintage and old glamour. I am a “girly, girl”, I love to dress in feminine pieces. I always stay true to that and I never lose that femininity. I often feel like I was born in the wrong decade, I miss the era when dressing up was the way of life and not just reserved for special occasions.
Which brands or designers ‘speak to you’ the most?  I absolutely adore Jason Wu as a designer; his menswear inspired looks are always soft with the right hint of femininity. His ruffle and layers are always perfection. Elie Saab’s detailing and beading is breath taking.
Brands:  Zara, BCBG, French Connection, H&M. There are so many, those are just a few.
Any beauty secrets? For the days when keeping it simple is on the agenda a bold lipstick, eyeliner and mascara can really transform your face.
Favorite make-up brands. I love MAC for eyeshadow and lipstick. Nars has the most amazing blush. Stilla has great smokey eye palettes for everyday looks.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be and why?  Grace Coddington the Creative Director of Vogue. Creative direction is my ultimate goal because it combines my love for art, graphic design, fashion, photography editorials and wardrobe styling. In my opinion Grace is one of the most creative minds in fashion and will go down in history as one of the greatest living stylist.
 
What is your favorite trend right now?  Cap toe pumps
If your life was a movie, what would be its title and who would play you?  ‘Everyday is a Runway’ starring Kerry Washington.
Your top 5 must-haves:
-An LBD,
-cat-eye sunglasses,
-a bold lipstick (red or fuchsia),
-sky high heels,
-something leather (a bomber or skirt),
-a standout leopard accessory (clutch or shoe), 
-statement jewelry…that is a little more than 5  lol!
Your all time fashion icon is… I have a few favorite icons Whitley Gilbert from the sitcom A Different World, Jackie O
As far as current styles that I admire: Kerry Washington, Solange Knowles, Kourtney Kardashian, Olivia Palermo, and June Ambrose their styles inspire me.
Your favorite quote/saying  Every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway.”
Do you have any blog, video links or website we can catch you at?
-My blog is fashiondevotee.com,
-Twitter @fashiondevotee,
-LookbookNu lookbook.nu/arielb 
I’m definitely envious of her accessories and yes her hair too. What’s your take on Ariel’s style?
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Here are some brand new releases that will guarantee a quick fix for your Monday morning.

1. Mariah Carey- Triumphant (Get ‘Em) ft. Rick Ross and Meek Mill

2.Naeto C ft D’Banj – Tony Montana (Bad Pass) Remix

3.Brandy – Put It Down ft. Chris Brown

4.Beyonce-I Was Here (United Nations World Humanitarian Day Perform…

5.Ikechukwu – Love Me Tonite

6.Usher – Dive

7. Nicki Minaj – I am Your Leader ft. Rick Ross and Cam’Ron

8. Grimes – Genesis

9. Styl-Plus ft Sunky – Alive

10. Fat Joe – Pride N Joy feat. Kanye West, Miguel, Ashanti.


11. B.o.B – Out of My Mind ft. Nicki Minaj

12. Major Lazer – Get Free ft. Amber of the Dirty Projectors

13. 2 Chainz – I Luv Dem Strippers (Explicit) ft. Nicki Minaj

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Cheeky title, ain’t it? 
But I just couldn’t help it. I’ve been on this quest for quite a while where I have been collecting all my wardrobe essentials in every possible colour. Now one of must have wardrobe essentials is a well-fitted blazer. You’d think it’d be easy to find these items. But I can be quite picky when it comes to buying stuff. The fit and colour are something that must be considered especially with blazers. So yes, even though it has been a struggle (but fun because shopping is therapy) I have successfully bagged myself about six now. A teal blazer, yellow,striped, green, blue and red. Is that six already? I had an orange one but lost it while I was moving. Urghhh. Here’s a pic of my blazer update on Instagram. It’s missing the red one which I hadn’t found by then.

Find me on Instagram at msaidyl1 for more information on where to get each:)
My outfit for today I’m wearing the blue one which is from Zara. It’s very comfy and has a boyfriend blazer aspect to it. Also when you fold up the sleeves it has these nice striped look.  My dress is a tshirt dress off Asos. It’s also on sale now. Don’t you hate when that happens AFTER you’ve bought the item? Oh well, I love it’s midi cut. I bought it a while ago for a friend’s white birthday partay! I’m getting the hang of these midi cuts eh?
Does the dress look better with or without the blazer?
What item are you collecting in every colour?
Looking forward to an amazing new week. Already feeling positive because it starts with a day off! #Gottalovabankholidays!
Get ready for of my blazer updates this week.
Outfit:
Dress-Asos (here).
Wedges-Office (sold out)
Blazer-Zara
Bag-Ebay

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What better way to relax than to have a Sunday day-in and read all about your favourite fashionistas. I’ll let Nia do her thing.
Hi I’m Nia Hand, raised in Tallahassee, FL. Living in Atlanta, GA as a Graphic Designer. Photographer on the side. I grew up as somewhat of a tomboy, didn’t “start” getting into my “girIie” stage until late in high school. Even then, it was a bit of a struggle. It has taken some time and has been a gradual process but now, I’m all in! One day, I just thought about it and I wanted to start a blog! I was kind of unsure what else could I offer that everyone else is already doing?? But, I really just said “whatever, I’ll just do it because I want to!!” So, here I am…New Style Blogger to the scene! I want to perhaps pursue styling in the near future!
My dressing style… I really don’t know how to explain it. I would say that I love to mix old and new pieces and maybe all old pieces to make them look new! I fully embrace color and mixing patterns/textures. There’s hardly a time when I “tone it down.” It seems like I have to have a “pop” of something happening (color/pattern/texture/a piece(s) of jewelry).
 
My influences… It varies from day to day, it definitely all depends on my mood really. But overall, I would say vintage and street smart. I like to make vintage things not look vintage. I like to get inspired by artwork, nature, and color palettes.
 
 
To be honest, I really don’t care about brands. Concentrating on brands has never been my thing. I really just go off of anything that speaks to me.
 
Favorite Make-up Brands
1. L’oreal Hip Pigments. 2. Physicians Formula Sunet Strip/Bronzer 3. Covergirl Mineral Powder 4. elf products because it’s affordable!! 5. I purchased this great palette from Ross by Profusion for $4, and it’s GREAT! I love it. 6. Victoria’s Secret Lip Gloss
 
I’ve always thought my lips were beautiful or just my favorite thing about me! I try to always keep them moisturized and where a good gloss to accent them.
 
I would switch with Solange Knowles for a day. I really loved the style icon that she has turned into. I would also switch with Rihanna, when she had the short jet black hair. Sharp, Sophisticated and Bold.
 
I have so many favorite music tracks so it’s hard to decided…I would say, at this moment, I love The Cinematic Orchestra – Channel 1 Suite is on repeat. 🙂
 
Favorite trend is Neon/Bright Colors.
 
top 5 Must-Haves :
1. Eyeliner
2. Lip Gloss
3. Jewelry  
4. A Smile
5. Cell Phone!
 
All Time fashion icon is Phyllis Hyman
 
Phrase/Saying: Stay Beautiful
 
Hand-pickedstyle.blogspot.com 
I certainly love that you’re rocking your natural hair. And I’d knick your earring collection anytime.
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Twenty Twelve has been a very busy year so far with the influx of new trends. We’ve had the peplum silhouette, neon colours, ombre and asymmetrical shapes amongst a few. But I must admit that I could not help but notice everyone’s new found love for the ankle strap heel. Yes, the ankle strap has been a favourite this season and i suspect it will be for a very long time. With that extra sexiness and elegance that it adds to every outfit, I know for a fact that the ankle strap is here to stay. Most popular amongst our bloggers have been the Zara, Mango and the Céline ankle strap designs. These ankle straps are selling like hot doughnuts! But if you haven’t secured a pair for yourself yet, do not fret. This post will uncover all the best finds out there just for you.  A few bloggers rocking their ankle strap heels:
http://www.dadouchic.com/

http://ashley-ringmybell.blogspot.co.uk/
https://artbecomesyou.com/

http://www.wheredidugetthat.com/
http://pocketsandbows.blogspot.co.uk/

http://stylelolajaro.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.skinnyhipster.com/

BEST FINDS:

Double Ankle Strap High Heels, £270, Alaia
Shiny Sandal, £59.99, Zara
Studded Ankle Strap Sandal, £49.99, Zara
Touch-contrasted heels sandals, £49.99, Mango
£69.00, Nine West
£79.00, Nine West
Celine ankle strap sandals

 

Super Saver:

Ankle Strap heel, £12, Primark
£12, Primark
 
Would you rock these ankle strap heels? Which are your favourite? Stay tuned for the Top 50 Bloggers’ Choice countdown.
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Just a quick post to review this and last week’s fashion report. Here’s a quick rundown of the hits, the nearly missed, and the completely off.

Jessica Biel looked resplendent in this Giambattista Valli white feather dress straight off the runway. I prefer Jessica’s look which she paired with neon pink pumps to the runway’s all white look.

Would have preferred Jessica’s hair to be held in a high bun to show off the detailing of the dress. But overall, I love this peplum silhouette dress on her.

Keke Palmer killed in a white simple dress at the 2012 Do Something Awards. She’s growing into such a stunning lady. I’m all bout popping lip colour and I love this one on Keke.

J.Lo rocked a white midriff-baring ensemble for an appearance at the Wet republic pool. Love the casual look but the shoes look too heavy for this simple outfit and ruin it for me.

Kate Beckinsale at the ‘Total Recall’ movie premiere in London was a sight to behold. She stunned in a strapless Donna Karan glitter dress.

was in all black at the David Jones S/S 2012/13 Season Launch.

Kelly Rowland at the David Jones show in bodycon fit dress. She looks pretty alright but nothing exciting. This outfit is a little on the boring side if I'[m being honest.

I’m loving some of the bright colours and prints that walked the carpet that evening at the David Jones show.

Designer Terry Biviano

Jodi Gordon
Jodi Gordon

Jessica Gomes
Alexandra Agoston

Montana Cox

Samantha Harris

Genevieve Smart and Alexandra Smart
Jesinta Campbell
Emma Freedman

Who are your favourites from the lot? Sound off below!

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This week you’ll have the pleasure of getting to know some of your favourite bloggers even better. Let’s start with the delightful Miss Sharena C from Tennessee.
Hi, I’m Sharena! Currently living in a college town in Tennessee for fashion merchandising. When I’m not browsing blogs or blogging, I like to make jewelry (etsy.com/shop/EnamourEntirety) or read!
 What is your dressing style?
I would say my style is simple/chic. I am really influenced by some looks on Lookbook.nu and Stockholm street style!
 
 
Which brands or designers ‘speak to you’ the most?
For brands, just anything that catches my attention, really! I enjoy thrifting a lot, and usually there’s the brands that you’ve never heard of. As for designers, I like a lot depending on the collection, but I’ve always really liked Alexander Wang.
Any beauty secrets?  Drink lots of water!
Favourite make-up brands…I’m not much of a make-up guru, since all I know how to use is eye liner, mascara, and foundation. Haha. For mascara, I love Maybelline/L’oreal products!
 
What is the most beautiful thing about you ? I don’t see anything, but I would probably choose my hair. The only thing I’ve ever done to it was cut it, never dyed.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be and why? Oliva Palermo because first off, her closet! She seems be living the life. Oh and her boyfriend is such a looker!
Your favourite music track would be…? My favorite music tracks always change, but currently I re-visted my past music I used to listen to all the time, Panic! At the Disco. ‘Hurricane’ is a great upbeat/dancey song!
What is your favourite trend right now? Currently, I am obsessing over black and white color scheme all over again! It’s such a classic.
Comment: ‘If you got it, flaunt it’… Sure! But know where to draw the line.
If your life was a movie, what would be its title and who would play you? I’m not really sure if the movie would be an interesting one. Haha! If someone were to play me, it’d be Kristen Stewart because she’s awkward……which kind of explains me. Ha!
 
Your top 5 must-haves.
-Black shorts/pants
-White top
-My black loafers
-RINGS! (or just accessories)
-A nice clutch
Your house is in flames, what one item would you save out of your closet and why? Shoes! I spend more money on shoes than my clothes.
 
Your all time fashion icon is…Olivia Palermo. Ahh, I absolutely love everything she wears! So classy and chic.
Your favourite quote/saying? “Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication.” -Leonardo Da Vinci
Do you have any blog, video links or website we can catch you at?
My blog: http://fashionofanovice.blogspot.co.uk/
My jewelry shop: Etsy.com/shop/EnamourEntirety
My Lookbook.nu: lookbook.nu/sharena
My Facebook: facebook.com/FashionOfANovice
 
I love her jewellery! How would you rate her style?
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