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Style Tips: Peep This

May 22, 2010

Peep-toe pumps, how do I love thee, let me count the ways. Peep-toe pumps are far sexier than their sister pumps because flashing that little bit of toe, is sexy! Pair them with a dress, skinny jeans, or even a short-suit. For a change of pace, go for an ankle strap peep-toe, snakeskin, metallic, even shiny patent leather. Peep-toe pumps are great complement to any outfit.

Peep ThisFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Peep This by chocfashblog featuring French Connection shoes

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Style Tips: A is for Accessories

May 14, 2010
Can’t Live Without Them

 No fashionistas wardrobe is complete without accessories. Accessories are like the icing on a cake; you have to have them to make and outfit complete!

How do you choose accessories? Go for what you know and love. Buying what works for you is the key to successful accessorizing. Just because someone else is doing it doesn’t mean that you should do it too. You have to consider your individual style and personality to pull off an accessory appropriately.

For example, a classicist wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair of feather earrings a la bohemian style. She’s likely to stick to he classic pearls, diamond studs, or simple gold jewelry. What do you need in your accessory wardrobe? Here’s our list:

1. Shoes. From pumps to boots to flats to sandals. not wardrobe is complete without a nice assortment of footwear. For work and evening, make sure you have plenty of pumps. Peep-toe, square toe, round, and pointy. Pumps can make any outfit complete and they’re versatile. You can wear them with pants or dresses. 

2. Jewelry. First off, diamond studs. No fashionista goes without them. They’re perfect for formal events or casual affairs. And of course if you can’t get the real thing, an acceptable faux pair is just as chic. No one is really going to know the difference. Second, the statement necklace. Why? Because it’s a conversation piece and perfect when you don’t feel like making a lot of fuss over your accessories. the statement necklace will suffice.  Next there’s the cocktail ring. No longer just for cocktail hour, the cocktail ring is the accessory. Wear one and you’ll subject yourself to accessory envy. The bigger the better, with huge stones, bling, or intricate design, cocktail rings definitely make a statement.  For those lady like occasions, a strand of pearls says a lot without saying too much. Pearl necklaces are always elegant and give you a refined look. Very Diahann Carroll circa 1960s.  Lastly, no fuss cuffs. Slip them on your arm and you’re out the door. And you don’t even need help.
Brands we like: Amrita Singh, Tiffany & Co., Avelle @ Nordstrom, Aldo Accessories,

3. Belts. Our friends, the waist thinner and curve accentuates, belts can make ordinary extraordinary. Belts are great accents for those days when you want to go from frumpy to fabulous. I own animal print belts, sash’s, belts with hardware and bling. If your outfit is simple, a belt can give it can alter the look for the better. Invest in a thin, medium, and wide belt.
Brands we like: Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Fossil, and Calvin Klein.

4. Handbags. The must-have accessory for every woman. Handbags are the topping on a perfect outfit. Two great bags to have? A structured bag, not to big not too small, but one that can carry you from work and on to a flight for a quick getaway.  I love Francesco Biasia bags, they come in a ton of styles and colors. The clutch is is the sassy sister of the structured bag. She comes out to play women less is definitely more. Right now I’m loving those Tory Burch clutches. Clutches are very chic and you can find them in almost every color.
Other brands we like: Hype, Louis Vuitton, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kooba, Burberry, and Aldo.

5. A timeless watch. Go for a high-quality classic metal in gold or stainless steel.
Brands we like: Anne Klein, Guess, Michael Kors, Rolex, Locman, and Seiko.

Just as fashion changes, your accessories should change as well. Trends are fine but avoid falling into the trend trap. Select accessories that will last for more than a season. Invest in quality pieces that can take your wardrobe to the next level. Don’t be afraid to splurge on quality or spend a couple of dollars on some fun pieces. Variety is the key to great accessories!

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Stylish Looks: MGM Grand

April 30, 2010
Hot Looks by us at coutourious.com.

MGM Grand

The perfect lunch date never looked better. 

Style Trends: White Now

April 1, 2010
Tamia is cool in a white shortsuit. 
Who says full-figured women can’t wear white? The Queen does it with class.
Whitney works a white full length down.
LisaRaye in her favorite color with a wide gold belt and matching sandals.
Sherri Shepard does a short shimmery white sheath and silver sandals.
Cold Case star Tracie Thoms has white hot down pat!
Nia Long sported a short white number at the Good Hair movie premiere.

Monique Coleman stay chic. Good look Mo.

White takes on a cool and crisp new look for spring. Whether it’s a short white skirt paired with a matching sequin top, a strapless sheath, or a sleep white pantsuit. Channel your inner cool with something white haute!

— Olayinka 

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Trend Report: The Haute Reveal

March 31, 2010
 Model Cici Ali at Jason Wu
Regina King in a beautiful sheer silk chiffon dress at the Our Wedding movie premiere. The nude pumps are subtle enough to keep the focus on the dress and not matchy-matchy.
Keisha Whitaker in a sheer purple gown at the Vanity Fair Oscar’s party.
Fefe Dobson shows a little leg in her fitted leggings with sheer calves.
 Revealing red at Dior.

Revealing looks bring spring a new swing. Catch them in your sheerest tops or your slinkiest gowns. Exposing just enough skin to almost be a sin, sheer looks are in. 

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Wardrobe 101 – The Leather Jacket

March 8, 2010
 Tichina Arnold

The leather jacket has long been a casual fashion statement. It’s a simple item that can be dressed up or down and turn ordinary into extraordinary. I’ve owned leather jackets since the late eighties when I was in junior high and wanted to have the tough yet chic look.The leather jacket effortlessly takes you from day to night with little effort.

Model Joan Smalls
Singer Estelle
Rosario Dawson
Mary J. Blige
Amerie
 Mariah Carey
Nene Leakes

Accessories: Banged Up

February 9, 2010
Kelly Rowland
When it comes to jewelry, bangles make statements.Bold gold is in like a sin for spring. Big bangles with bold designs are hot, and the bigger they are the better! They’re a must for the arm of every Chocolate Fashionista.

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Trend Report: Crop Shop

February 9, 2010
Viktor & Rolf

I have a love hate relationship with cropped pants. At times I have worn them and then I have looked back and said, “Okay, what was I thinking?” Well for Pre-Fall 2010 they are back and they’re looking better than ever. Designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander Wang prefer a more glamorous cut, while Dsquared goes for a more casual look. Cropped pants are on the hot list for pre-fall and paired with blazers, a girly blouse and sky-high stilettos, they will make your entrance quite remarkable.

Mossimo
Pringle of Scotland
Alexander Wang
Dsquared

Get the Look: Melaine Fiona is Well…Red

February 4, 2010

Get ravishing in red like the beautiful Melanie Fiona. A simple red sheath with a few gold bangles and black pumps and you’re ready for a party.

Fashion: The Lady’s a Saint

January 25, 2010

Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints for making it to the Super Bowl. To celebrate I found some Saints inspired looks in of course, black and gold for the true fashionista and football fan.

Wet Seal at ShopStyle

Arden B. leatherette moto jacket
House of Harlow cuff
Joseph leather leggings
Forever 21 Avantika chiffon top
Anna Greenable paneled dress, Topshop
Tory Burch hobo
Dolce Vita “Misty” sandal
Isharya earrings
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