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Came & Went: London's Fashion Week recap

Since NYFW, the fashion week season has officially kicked off with some great looks, wild pieces, fun and bold moments, and of course, ...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Came & Went: London's Fashion Week recap

Since NYFW, the fashion week season has officially kicked off with some great looks, wild pieces, fun and bold moments, and of course, amazing and powerful statements that walk on the runway. With the first fashion week here and gone, it's time to go across the pond to see what London has to offer for the fall of 2017. Below is a recap of the looks seen and assessed at London Fashion Week:

1. Go big or go home. 

Many designers this year at LFW have opted to follow in New York's footsteps and work with the oversized design. Whether it was oversized blazers with exaggerated pointed shoulders, or large sweaters with intricate knitting, the runway was filled with all clothing big. I love this idea because this gave many designers the opportunity to pull off some great layering looks. 

2. Bring in the bold.

There is nothing more thrilling to me than seeing a look come together through wild colors and bold prints, patterns and textures. London Fashion Week provided this and then some when they debuted some new looks this past week. Designers such as Peter Pilotto, David Koma and Temperley London have nailed this. Utilizing texture, colors and patterns that stand out (Peter Pilotto nails the ugly style look...which indeed is a thing, look it up!) and truly catch the eye. 

3. Say it loud. 

With all the recent political changes and tense political atmosphere, its always amazing to see how designers convey their opinions, frustrations, praises, and views on the runway. It reminds me that fashion and style can be more than just what you wear, but truly in the sense of the word, how you wear something. Ashish, always a breath of fresh designer air, is no stranger to this designing. After Donald Trump's muslim ban and other recent US actions against those of minorities and different sexual orientation, Ashish took to the runway to support love for all races and all kinds. The designs were beautiful and his message was even better. 

images courtesy of Google images. 


Finding My Voice and then some

Finding your voice as a blogger, 

can be a bit of a difficulty.

As someone who blogs on the somewhat regular and is currently trying to write a book, finding your voice that people can connect with is one of the hardest things that come from being a blogger. You have to truly know your audience; gauge what your readers are going to want from you and really assess how well versed you are in communicating your views and lifestyle solely through your words and occasional images. It's even harder when you are battling anxiety and insecurities in your work?

I find I do this a lot. Sometimes, my anxiety gets the best of me and prevents me from writing about a specific event or topic, or even post an #ootd. Unfortunately, this happens pretty often (thus, why for the time being, I don't always post on my social media or writing sites). I find myself struggling to find a good enough topic that not only my readers and viewers will enjoy, but one that I'm proud of and think is worth writing.

I decided, that since there's no way I'm the only one who struggles with this, to focus on helping others when it comes to finding your voice and sticking with and through it.

1. Write it all down once it hits.
When a new idea hits you, write it down immediately. I prefer to keep a journal or note pad with me just in case. A napkin, a piece of paper, anything. Even a receipt you get from a store; write those ideas down asap once they hit.

2. Calm yo' self
Do normal exercises before writing; ones you would normally do for your anxiety or stress. This way, you've presented yourself to your writing with a clearer mind and a less anxious mentality. You're overall a more focused person and ready to combat your writing and your audience (well, combat as in impress your audience, that is.)

3. Music saves
I love music, I mean, who doesn't? It can be the difference between nailing a post or completely failing. Create a playlist; either through Pandora, Apple music or Spotify, and add music that eases your mind. Listen to the music first, then write. Or, if you're like me, you listen while writing (as I'm doing as I type this) and let the words just flow. Whatever your musical multi-tasking preference may be, let music take you to your happy place so you can be the best you for your blog and your readers.

4. Fail sometimes. It's a good thing.
Did you know that failing is good? Yep, I know. Shocker. Although failure can be a harsh mistress who takes all your money, failure can also present something great: a lesson. Say you write what you believe is your best work on your blog and as it turns out, no one thinks it is. You don't receive any likes but the views are there (the harshest of critiques- not liking what one is reading) and your following isn't strong. This, in the blog world, is considered a major let down and failure. Yet, this is a big opportunity for you to focus on what you can take away from this fail. What needs to change? How do you make this better? How do I entice my readers and new readers into continuing on with this blog? See, failure can bring you something great. With these lessons, come adjustments which can create successes.

So don't get anxious, relax. Trust yourself; you know better than anyone else who you are and what you're about. So whether you get readers or not, or whether your following is strong or just in the beginning phase for awhile, just be you. Write what you want and make your blog your own. You'll be surprised by how many readers like your writing, and you, for who you are....yourself. 


Sunday, February 19, 2017

New. York. Fashion. Week.

 Image courtesy of Google images 

It's #NYFW!

The time has come (and is gone....it goes by soooo fast each year) for New York Fashion Week to grace us with the future of fashion for the fall and winter! Not only does it signify the arrival of even more style to New York, but kicks off what's to be a very eventful month of fashion from NY, to London, to Paris, and finally ending in Milan. Every year we get a huge dose of what to look for during the upcoming seasons. Since fashion weeks are a season ahead, instead of focusing on spring/summer, they focus more on fall/winter (and vise versa when fashion week hits in the fall). Now that you're up to speed on the fashion week basics, let's get into some big trends coming to us for the fall & winter!

1. BOY MEETS GIRL: the masculine effect on the feminine form
    I have always loved this silhouette, but this year they have truly brought it back in it's classiest of forms. The masculine look that many from Michael Kors to Tory Burch have taken on this year has evolved; from the pant suit to the straight pant and straight form of blouses and tops, the male form was definitely a highlight in this season's runway shows.

2. MUSICALLY INCLINED: designers such as Marc Jacobs and Assembly New York decided to take another approach to fashion this year; acknowledging and honoring the beauty and simplicity of American hip hop and rap culture. From old school digs to the legendary large speakers and neutral tones, the look and feel of hip hop from the 70s and 80s was captured on the runway and making it's way into closets this fall.

3. SAY IT LOUD & PROUD: since this year has been a big political year, many designers have taken to the runway to show their support, disdain, voice, and views to make sure that people understand that fashion isn't just clothes and accessories.

4. STRAIGHT EDGE: This fall, thanks to NYFW, we can expect to see a more subtle sense of edge. With mesh and lace, and everything in between, designers have truly brought a new wave of sexy this year. Without overdoing the sex appeal in fashion, they've given this fall season a sultry look with a very sensual appeal.

So there you have it, so many different styles and looks to try out coming this fall :) Can't wait for London, Paris and Milan's Fashion Week!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Say Cheese! Photographers wanted!

image courtesy of Google images 

Hey everyone! 

So, I've wanted to do some more photography of my style on my blog, but I would love to have someone who's really great at editing take them~ I have a lot of cool ideas for when I'm in the city, and luckily would have an hour to kill after work :D SO, if anyone is interested in building their portfolio, making some extra cash (we would definitely talk about compensation and a reasonable rate for your time) and just enjoying the city of Washington D.C., then please feel free to contact me at any of my contacts on this blog! I look forward to hearing from you guys! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

New beginnings: These curls are taking a new direction

Hello everyone! 

Finally, with a new blog home and official domain name, I am back and better than ever with A Bundle of Curls! This means more videos, more posts about fashion and hair, and more everyday bits to get you through each week--more inspiring and fun than the next! To kick off the first post, let's do an about me questionnaire; for those who are new to me and my blog and just something extra for those who follow me :)

1. What is your current fashion obsession?
     Matched sets because they make it okay to overdo a cute pattern. It was done back then in overkill but now its back as something classier.

2. What are you wearing today?
    Well, I’m wearing some sweatpants and an Ideology sweatshirt…the norm of what I usually wear when not at work or out in the world.

3. Hair?
    It’s an afro! A curly, twisted out fro with a shaved back to add some sass 😉 

4. Do you nap a lot?
    Haha, that’s an understatement…I’m a nap queen! I try not to nap so much, but when you’re in visual in the retail world and constantly moving, it just comes naturally. Don’t get me wrong though, I still get things done because I got it like that!

5. Why is today special?
    I’m alive and somewhat well! So any day I wake up and can be alive is always special.

6. What would you like to learn to do?
    Code in HTML, CSS and SEO. Because, nerd life. 

7. What’s for dinner today?
 No clue, I never really plan that far ahead unless I am starving for a certain something. 

8. What are you listening to right now?
    my television; also Katy Perry's new song "Chained to the Rhythm" 

9. What is your favorite weather?
    Late spring; not quite summer but definitely no longer the winter time!!!

10. What’s the last thing you bought?
     Some new makeup to try from Ulta and some face wash.

11. What are your essentials when traveling?
      Haircare products, my phone, the tablet, my make up just in case, and extra undies…because ya never know what mother nature brings 😉

12. What’s your style?
      My style is classic, a bit tomboyish; I guess you could categorize it as casual chic. I like to keep it simple with pops of interest.

13. What is your most challenging goal right now?
      Getting back to a more focused, and stable financial state. I need to be more financially sound in my life.

14. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
      I would say I would have it in Rome.

15. Favourite vacation spot?
      The beach!

16. Name the things you cannot live without?
      I can live without stuff; I mean it’s just stuff. So, I don’t really have anything I could live without. But if I HAD to choose, I would go for music. 

17. How was your childhood?
      An adventure mixed in with some trouble.

18. What would you like to have in your hands right now?
      FOOODDDDDDD…nom nom nom.

19. What are you most excited for? Right now?
    To really get into my blog more and begin working on my book! 

20. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
      England…fish n’ chips anyone? I would also accept Rome or Italy; just such beautiful places. 

21. Which countries have you visited?
      Germany when I was super young…that’s about it….I need to visit more…

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