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FLY GIRL- STYLE ON THE FRIENDLY SKIES

You have a decision to make for your inflight wardrobe.

 Dress Dresss to; impress, stay warm or be comfortable?

I like to satisfy all three factors. My #1 priority is to arrive at my final destination without having turned into a chocolate pop at 40,000 feet. My last flight took me from Dayton to a layover in Atlanta with my final arrival being Montego Bay, Jamaica followed by a short taxi ride to Negril. That’s two frigid flights through Midwest morning chill, steamy southern spring, tropical temps and mid-day showers all in the span of 6 hours! Layers are the name of the game.

Here’s my head to toe fly girl look!

I layered a cream light weight sweater over a denim button down shirt. I chose dark denim jeans to channel my style icon Solange.Image

Headwrap- gifted/ Earrings- Kilimanjaro African Heritage/ Sunglasses- Forever XXI/ Cream Sweater & Denim Shirt- Target/ Jeans- J. Crew/ Bag- Dooney & Bourke/ Booties- Bakers/

I started with a chic head wrap for style and warmth. Didn’t your mama tell you heat escapes from your head? Plus I wanted to cover my chunky two strand twist that I styled for perfect beach curls upon arrival.

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It’s a good idea to accessorize with non-metal jewelry pieces for quick navigation of security. These wooden cross earrings are one of my favorite pairs for travel because they don’t set off the metal detectors!

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My booties are easy to slip in and out of during security check points. The Dooney & Bourke duffle is my go to travel bag as it can hold all my carry-on items and laptop with room to spare. My roomy bag also accommodates a pair of flat gold sandals to change into upon landing in Jamaica.

Here are some quick tips for your next flight.

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#1 While you may plan to spend a few hours getting your beauty rest on the flight do not wear your pajamas!

#2 Wear appropriate clothing for every leg of your trip. While your sassy strapless maxi might be a great choice once you land you will surely freeze before the inflight service begins!

#3 You do not want to be the person holding up the security line because you just had to wear every accessory you saw on the last season of Basketball Wives! Use this opportunity to try out friendship bracelets or get a jump on your world walker style with stone or wooden pieces.

Summer travel season is underway. What are you wearing for your next flight?

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PUSH THE ENVELOPE, PU-PUSH IT REAL GOOD!

That peplum top gives you the hips of a Tyrannosaurus.

Pastels wash out your skin and make you look like the main subject in an episode of Intervention.

The feeling of lace against your skin is reminiscent of that bout with poison ivy at summer camp.

Understood.

Every season does not bring trends that flatter every figure. Don’t run for the hills to live as a style recluse until fall!

Live above the trends!

Oh yes, you read that correctly, your eyes do not deceive you. Assert your personal style over the current craze.

It’s a great advantage to have clothing readily available to play up your innate femininity. But let’s be honest, sometimes you pass the menswear department and long for the cool comfort of their relaxed jeans as opposed to your suffocating skinnies! Revive your boyfriend jeans! You’ll breeze around town radiating a So-Cal vibe when you pair a sun-bleached cropped t-shirt with boyfriend jeans. Get on your never-out-of-style soap box in an Oxford button down and the relaxed jeans. Accessorize with a great pair of wedge heels.

Images from shop.denimrefinery.com & denimology.com

(Tip: You don’t want to take the borrowed from the boys look too far! Make sure your oxford has very feminine details and construction.)

Got an old jumpsuit from the Dynasty days in the back of your mom’s closet? Grab that relic and cut out those puff sleeves. Leave the edges frayed or trim them in an ethnic fabric. Now just roll up the pant to your calf, add a big belt (or two), chunky bracelets a pair of colorful Espadrilles and viola timeless and gorgeous!

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If the current color blocking blitz is not your cup of tea, it’s always chic to don a monochromatic ensemble. Wearing one color head to toe gives the illusion of added height. It can also knock of ten pounds off faster than you can say, ‘Sign me up for a month of Zumba classes!’

Trends are guidelines, suggestions – not rules! Feel free to take them or leave them. Treat trends are like weather, if you don’t like ‘em wait ‘em out. They will surely change. On the magnificent occasion when your personal style and fashion trends eclipse, revel in your obviously elevated style choices! Tell everyone you predicted the return of (insert your favorite article of clothing here)! Remember trends start somewhere. Don’t be afraid to let them start with YOU!

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Edited by Cheryl Y. Hunt

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MEN: CASUAL SWAG

I will dare to say that any man can look handsome in a suit or formal wear. It’s a no brainer. But if you are not certain about your taste in tailoring, there are throngs of professionals available in any department or formal wear store to get you correctly suited and booted! The real test of style for men is casual wear. Fellas, you can majorly flop or fly eagle high in your choices for day wear. Here are five must have garments that belong in your closet!

ONE- WELL FITTED STRAIGHT LEG JEANS

Images from truereligionjeans.com

Images from truereligionjeans.com

Jeans are an American classic you must have them. They are great for casual events for day or night. Your jeans have to have a great fit! No sagging! No drooping! Guys stick to straight leg or boot cut fits for a look that is modern without being fussy. Don’t take things to the extreme and start buying skinnies and jeggings. Unless, you happen to be Lil Wayne or a contestant in RuPaul’s Drag Race.

TWO – PANTS IN A HUE OTHER THAN BLUE

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 Step out in army green, tan, white, brown or gray chinos, cargos and jeans. Don’t be afraid to add color to your wardrobe. If you are brave try a very trendy pair of red pants. Temper their brightness by wearing all your other articles of clothing in neutrals like gray and black. Step out of the box! You can’t wear blue jeans every day! Your casual look should not resemble a uniform.

THREE – CARDIGAN SWEATERS

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 You need a nice sweater or two. For spring/summer days wear it in place of a jacket. Go for cardigans with detailed buttons, toggle closures or suede elbow patches. Pair your cardigan with a cotton V-neck t-shirt, chinos and deck shoes for a relaxed weekend look.

FOUR – A BOMBER JACKET

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A bomber jacket reads polished and fashion forward. You can really express your individuality in the style you choose. Minimalist men, opt for a neutral shade in suede or leather. Attention grabbing gents, opt for colorful versions or letterman style bombers.

FIVE – CASUAL SHOES

The school of thought that gym shoes are only for the gym is dated. Take your queue from rappers Pharelle, Kanye and Wiz Kahlifa they invest in stylish gym shoes that you would never dare wear for a pick up game at the gym, as they are too special for the hardwood.

You also need casual shoes that are not gym shoes! Deck shoes are a great choice and they are clearly having a moment this spring. Don’t leave the house in those flip-flops with socks. Invest in a Manly-Pedi and a pair of sandals. Also consider loafers. They can add a bit of sophistication to your jeans, throw on a gray sport coat and t-shirt and you are ready for happy hour with your lady.

Ok Fellas, now that you have the basics there is only one thing to say… READY SET DRESSS!

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Edited by Cheryl Y. Hunt

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From Cool Blue Jean Jacket to Haute Denim Vest

My denim jacket is a national treasure! Like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, its appeal never gets old. It also gets a lot of frequent flier miles because it’s spells cool in any country.  It’s a piece I love to wear over spring dresses or along with my neon jeans. I was elated when I ran across one on a vintage shopping adventure for less than $3!  This specific denim jacket was a stand out because of its collarless detail. Of course in my enthusiasm, I snatched it from the rack without following one of my own Seven Steps to Successful Vintage Shopping. (Cue the melancholy tune from violin quartet.)

 I didn’t try it on.

When I got home and tried the jacket on, I discovered the sleeves stopped two inches from my wrists.

I’ll just roll the sleeves.

Rolled sleeves worked for a few looks and gave my favorite colorful printed beaded bracelets the chance to take center stage.

Then EUREKA! After seeing my fellow blogger, Anuschka Rees in her denim vest I knew my jacket’s fate! My denim jacket was about to graduate to a new level of chic. Gone were those pesky sleeves, holding my jacket back from its full potential, to live it’s moment in the sun as- a denim vest!

You Can Wear a Denim Vest!

– Over a mini body con dress with flat t-strap sandals for a casual cute day look.

-With a midi or maxi skirt and a silk blouson tank for brunch with the girls.

-With a sporty tee and denim skinnies for an easy weekend look.

(Tip: When wearing denim twice, pick two very different shades in the fabric. Try a light shade on your vest and skinnies in a deep indigo shade)

-Over a chiffon asymmetrical dress to mix tough and tender for a flirty date night look.

Here’s how I wore my denim vest for a day of errands.

How will you wear your denim vest?

READY SET DRESSS!!

Edited by Cheryl Y. Hunt

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