Farewell to Fashion … For Now

As the financial quarter has recently come to an end (that is business industry terminology), it is clear that like many, the fashion industry has taken a huge hit. So, why don’t companies skip a season or two? Well, it turns out they are; With many companies that we know and love cancelling their summer, fall, and some even cancelling winter collections, my number one thought is can we just skip to 2021? Let’s just forget this year ever happened! In fact, can the government just somehow wipe it from our memories? My second more realist thought was as a consumer. What am I expected to wear once the lockdowns are lifted? Will I be hitting the town in the same sweats I’ve been rocking all quarantine? Because just the thought of having to do that little struggle dance to get skinny jeans back on gives me a headache. And if I’m being totally honest, after baking so much banana bread, I’m not sure if they’ll still even fit!


Masking America

Whether we are into them or not, masks are quickly becoming the “newest fashion trend” of 2020. You can bet my life’s savings (which isn’t much) that I wasn’t going to be caught dead wearing an ugly mask outside. After all, if for some rare occasion I get to leave the house, of course I want to look good doing so, even if half of my face is covered …aaaaaaand you probably can’t even tell who I am.


For the Love of Lingerie (while on lock down…)

Hello Kitty Kats, this is Maira reporting to you guys on day 15 of self-quarantine. The uncertainty of world events can bring a lot of anxiety to some of us who have lost their jobs, who’s supermarkets are running on Read more…


No Ordinary Hair!

What’s up! It’s your girl Jelly and I am back with more trends for ya! Honestly I can’t get enough of sharing; it’s like show and tell for fashion. Speaking of show and tell! Let’s talk about the hair accessory trends that have been driving the internet buck wild. I am absolutely obsessed with all the throwback trends from the 80’s and the 90’s, also the new take on old styles.


Jean Paul Gaultier: Farewell to a Legend

Hey there! Jelly here with another burning topic that I feel most are talking about. That is the retirement of Jean Paul Gaultier. It is always sad to see someone go, especially someone like Jean Paul who leaves an amazing Read more…


Up Your Shoe Game!

It’s a new month, new day, that means I’m back with another trend alert for you to be all over! There is nothing I obsess over more than SHOES; oh and accessories. They just add that final touch you need Read more…


the Memorable and the Bold; the Color Red …

Hello my favorite fashionistas! I want to give you a new perspective in the fashion world today. So grab a seat, a sip of your favorite coffee, and let’s dive into the world of color psychology and the major role it plays in the fashion industry.


For the Love of Layering

Hey Girl! It’s your favorite quirky girl Jelly! Not to be extra, but I love the Fall/Winter season. I love warm drinks. I love cozy sweaters and I love the cold weather, because I love to bundle up in my favorite sweaters and layer like a fiery coat. But sometimes layering is a challenge in itself, that’s why between trial-and-error and the interwebs I have learned the best ways to create the perfect layered look without looking bulky.


How to look HOT in the COLD weather

I saaaaaid…..brrr *clap clap* it’s cold in here, sweaters, booties, leggings, that’s what imma wear. I said brr *stomp stomp*, just kidding. Sistah’s, it’s ya girl here, I’ve returned to tell you all about the best time of year for fashion: FALL/ WINTER. YOU CAN’T CONVINCE ME that this ain’t the season of TRUE fashion! Some people might think blah to cold weather fashion or that it’s just too cold to be cute but honey, darling, baby girl, let me redirect your view cause you can’t say no to comfy and fashionable layers. Fall/winter services to a multitude of fabric choices, dark colors combinations, LAY- ERS, boots, boooooots galore! And so much more. Also we’re in that time of year where everyone thinks it’s spring but it’s just winter with the sun (at least it is in Texas) so you can arguably throw on a spring blouse in conjunction with your winter wear to add some pep in your step buuut for now let’s just focus on the core of how to look goooooood in da cold.


Fall Textures

Sup my girl gang! It’s your girl Madeline. Here to bring you some awesome vibes and great advice. It’s sweater season, one of my favorite times of the year! Just picture yourself throwing some leggings on, tying your hair up, putting on a big cozy sweater and lounging around with hot cocoa in hand … best day ever, honestly! Some of the best sweaters are made of textured knit, they are cozy and when you go out on the town they can bring some dimension and sophistication to your outfit; it also makes it look like you put maximum effort into your look.


Monochromatic Montage

Hey, hey, it’s your girl Madeline! It’s been a while but you know I always come back with some good treats. So let’s get to it, shall we? To all my monochromatic queens, including myself because I wear hella black on black every single day, this is for us. The first blog of the New Year is about monochromatic dressing! And yes! We’ve got all your colors; black on black ,white on white, red on red, blue on blue, etc. etc. So let’s talk about it sis!


Backless for Any Occasion

One of my favorite things about being a woman is the fact that everyday is like playing dress up, well, most days. Okay! Maybe like twice a month but still! What’s more fun and feminine that rolling on mascara, strapping on the perfect heels, and zipping up a killer dress. If you ask me, the best silhouette to have is the one when you turn around. Give them hips! Give them Booty! Give them, back darling! Backless will forever be one of the most feminine, romantic, and sexiest silhouettes!


Last Minute Gift Giving Guide

It’s the holiday season again. That means it is really cold outside and you are supposed to be shopping for those you love ooooor picking up something special for yourself *wink*. Whichever it might be, for those last minute shoppers, I got chu’ boo. Here are my holiday gift giving picks that will guarantee that you will be their favorite Aunt, Sister, Cousin or Friend for the next few months.


Flaunt Your Feathers

In our modern world where the word “extra” is very subjective, it can also be said on the runway. Fall/winter 2019 was all about the “Extra”. We saw an abundance of big sleeves, sequin covered dresses, and dramatic silhouettes. However, there is no question that feathers stole the show. Over the top? Yes! But we love it! This look is for the entertainer in all of us because the party don’t start till she walks in!


Make a Statement!

Can you remember the last day you stared at your closet with nothing to wear? Whether this happens to you once a week or every other month, I will help you vamp one of your looks just by using one accessory…the necklace!


Feminine Take On A Masculine World

Hey girl! Its ya’ girl Jelly and I am back again with another trendy topic. Now when it comes to Feminine takes on Masculine silhouettes I am definitely no stranger to the concept. So the very second the trend re-surfaced again I just had to explore all the styles, silhouettes, and new concepts.


Feeling the Blues

Cobalt Blue a color with history as rich as its hue. This color traces as far back as the ancient Egyptians. However, it wasn’t until 1777 when it officially became a part of the English language. If that isn’t peculiar enough the pure pigmentation of cobalt blue was not discovered until 1802, by Louis Jacquse Thenard, which is where Cobalt Blue gets the nick name Thenard Blue from.


Belted is Better

Hello Ladies, how are ya? How ya doing? Let’s talk about accessories for a quick second. Any outfit is just an outfit but what brings that outfit over the top? ACCESSORIES! My favorite go-to accessory for fall are belts! As the title states, belted truly is better. Accessories are meant to set the mood for your ensemble, whether it’s formal or casual. Belts are great because they come in so many wonderful colors, textures, sizes, and shapes!


D.R.A.M.A. : Dramatic Sleeves

Throughout time sleeves have been the gate way into the heart of the women’s personal style. Taking it back, way before #throwbackthursday, sleeves have influenced our runways in many ways. Always paying homage, Stacy added her own spin to these modern classics.


Blurred Lines: the Variegated Stripe Trend

I rushed to snap in my mini Gucci cocktail dress. All while managing to put on my last few touches of red lipstick and my essential body oil, Elusive by the Aesthetik, before my friend Drew and the uber driver honked outside for the 3rdtime. We were on the way to the city; where the lines between what you know and who you know are forever blurred. We were meeting up with Paul and his friends; whoever Paul was, I was on a mission to meet him! They were going to introduce us to someone who had exclusive seats to one of the biggest events in the country. New York Fashion week! The only place in the world where exclusivity could be even more exclusive and after parties have after-after parties.


Wide Leg Pants

Hey Girl, Hey, I am back again to tell you about one of my favorite latest trends! If you read the title you know what it is; Wide Leg Pants!!!! I am so glade these pants have made their way back into style because I for one hate stuffing my chunky self into skinny jeans. Like Randy Jackson says “that’s gonna be a no from me dawg!” And who doesn’t like to feel free, comfortable, yet still being stylish and trendy!


Stylish at Any Size

I’ve been doing some digging on fashion in different sizes and I’m here to tell you … you are not the only one that hates going to the store and not finding something you like in your size. Whether it be too short or too long, to tight for comfort, or doesn’t fit at all. It shouldn’t be this hard to find stylish clothes that fits your body and sense of style! I for one, being a plus size girl that is also on the shorter side, have the worse time shopping. To be fair, these days there are a ton more stores now that are body inclusive than there used to be, but why isn’t every store!?


Fabulous at Any Age

Ok we all know everybody has their own opinion on what you should and should not wear at a certain age. For example, most people usually think older women, like your grandma’, should wear moomoos or oversized clothing and boring old orthopedic shoes. Well I’m here to tell you that women of any age should not be limited in what they have in their wardrobe. Why should older women have to conform to societies outdated standards on what they should wear? So, let’s talk about how you can rock current trends at any age!


A Journey To Your Personal Scent

Hey Girls!! I’m back again with some new insight for ya!! If you can’t tell, ya girl is supa excited to share this one. So in the last post I discussed the growing trend of Unisex Fragrances and the importance of having an inclusive scent. Now if you ain’t know, another growing trend is the use of Essential Oils; which is truly a beautiful thing! Mmhmm…


A Journey Towards Gender Neutral Perfumes

Hey girl, its me again. I wanted to talk to you about the increasing popularity of Gender Neutral scents and perfumes. Now, It is no secret that a person’s scent is the synonymous with their image & personality. My momma would tell me, “Girl! I could smell you coming.” Really all she was saying was that your scent or smell enters the room before you do.


Just a Quick Hello!

I’ve been hiding myself away and working on designing Fall 2019 that I almost forgot to post to the blog! I just wanted to give you an update on what has been happening behind the scenes…


Bamboo, the Wonder Fiber

Because of its luxurious softness, smooth hand, flowing and gentle drape, and easy price – at least compared with silk and cashmere – and eco friendly cachet, bamboo has gained entry throughout the fashion industry. Designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, and Agnes B have used this fabric for years now. Growing bamboo is a wonderfully beneficial plant for the planet and most is naturally organic bamboo. The manufacturing processes where bamboo the plant is transformed into bamboo the fabric are where the sustainability and eco-friendly luster of bamboo is tarnished because there are multiple ways of manufacturing this fiber and some of them include the use of the heavy chemicals, some of which are toxic. I make sure to only use bamboo fabrics that are made with the most ethical of manufacturing processes. Here’s the scoop.


What’s the What on MicroModal?

I invited you to email me your questions and you listened! Lol I have been getting a ton of emails a number of them having to do with why various fabrics are considered eco-friendly and sustainable. One of the ones on that list is Modal and MicroModal. So today we will explore what MicroModal is, how it’s made, and why is it so awesome?


Discovering Your Personal Color Palette Part 2: What is Your Season?

So now that we have figured out what your skin’s undertone is we can figure out what colors look stunning on you. Based on your hair and eye color we can define your look by seasons.


Discovering Your Personal Color Palette Part 1: What’s Your Skin Tone?

Have you ever noticed that some colors make your skin glow while in other colors you look chapped and ashy? Some make you shine while others wash you out? That has to do with your particular skin tone .…. Yup Read more…


Sustainability is the New Black Part 2: Recycling

We compost our food stuffs to fertilize the garden. We recycle paper, which gets turned into coffee filters. We recycle wood, which gets turned into plywood. We recycle plastic bottles, which gets turned into other plastic bottles, but what about textiles? 70 pounds per person of textiles goes into landfills each year. Only 15% get recycled. And with fast fashion retailers on the rise that number is growing!

What’s wrong with fast fashion? Hey, I love a good sale where I can pick up an outfit that is on fleek.


Sustainability is the New Black Part 1: Up-cycling

The topic of needing a more sustainable fashion industry is a big one. Fashion is second after the oil and gas industry in terms of global carbon emissions and it is one of the most wasteful industries in the world. With fast fashion companies, like H&M and Forever 21, producing way more than they can sell, 87% percent of the produced fashion will go into landfills or be incinerated. 87 percent! I was floored when I learned this!


the Tea on the Tie Necklaces

Ever since I had the accessories flash sale on my birthday I have been getting questions on who, what, where, when, why and how to wear the tie necklaces. So here is the tea.


Linen, the Everyday Fabric

Linen is an everyday easy-going fabric that you need in your closet! It is a light, airy, yet durable fabric that keeps you cool on these hot summer days. This fabric is made from the flax seed plant which is a natural raw material. It requires no chemicals to grow or to turn it into a wearable fiber thus making linen sustainable, organic, and great for our environment too.


the Sequins of Events

If I can recall the night correctly, I was laying in bed, probably playing dots and listening to Ari Lennox, when Stacy sent me a text and asked me to write a blog post about sequins. She tells me “It’s all over the runway; so you must cover it!” I know there was definitely more to that text, but all I could see was the word SEQUIN, like someone standing alone at a bar. It was like I had entered the land of forbiddenness of “never to talk about, never to look at”. I asked myself, ‘’Where do I even start with sequins?”And if you are one of those women, that was thinking what I was thinking, I wanna let you in on a few secrets that I learned about sequins.


Own Your Stripes

After a girl’s night of wine and incredible dish of garlic butter chicken we sat around the table discussing fashion trends. As I mentioned stripes in the conversation, it was like mentioning the ghost of Christmas past! Or your ex-boyfriend with the ugly sweater. I heard the countless views, concerns and misconceptions of the stripes and their body types. While walking home that evening I couldn’t help but wonder if stripes had become some sort of new fashion taboo.

After spending a few days of having Vouge Runway and The Aesthetik’s spring/summer 2019 collection for breakfast, I wanted to put an end to the stripe taboo.


Guess Who!?

I have been getting emails asking if everything is really handmade? The answer is yes, yes, and yes! I make the pattern for every design and I sew everything myself. When there are so many orders that I can’t sew it myself then I hire local seamstresses to help me out. Nothing is made in a factory! Everything is made once you place the order.


Sweet Versatility!!

When looking for a way to jumpstart your spring style, Eyelet does just the trick! In its most common form, this spring/summer classic is a traditional, breezy, light weight cotton fabric with a natural “air-conditioning” characteristic.


the Florals

Bold all over floral prints inspired by the 1960s have re-emerged on the fashion scene in both women’s and men’s fashion. We’ve seen everything from playful to sexy, mini flowers to exploding florals, and abstract to realistic. This is one trend that will have longevity and is not to be missed. the Aesthetik now has similar prints with bold details available now for the spring / summer!


Flirt Your Way Into Spring|Summer 2019 ……

Flirt your way into spring by adding one of our favorite runway trends to your wardrobe. Whether it’s cascading down your shoulders or spiraling around your hips; flounces and ruffles are the perfect way to make a statement on any body type.