It’s the start of a new week, and I’m currently watching the evening sun set through the transparent screen of my slow moving train.

About my weekend- I planned a getaway trip for myself to a farm 9-hours away from DC! So, my weekend was for running a few errands in my Levi’s pirate collar shirt and ribcage jeans and putting a few things together for the trip. 

I really fell in love with this sailor-collared shirt from Levi, once I laid eyes on them. Including their ribcage jeans- they’re flattering. The sailor-collared shirt had been on my wishlist for a min, and having it in my wardrobe from a collaboration, is evidence that good things come to those who are patient. 

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I am at a phase in my life where I just do my work and strive for stillness. I write mostly on my social media how the world is a lot of noise, and I am striving to use media to read more writings, as against videos( let’s just say it’s a personal protest).

Podcast Spotlight


Lewis Howes

I got into listening to podcasts more frequently during the pandemic last year. There is something about podcast that tends to answer questions from our inner yearnings. When we find the right ones, we realize we are not alone in our thoughts and struggles.

One podcast I’ve listened to with consistency is “The School of Greatness” with Lewis Howes. I enjoyed his recent episode that featured Jonathan Fields, where they discussed “Dealing with Burnout and Finding your Work Spark.”

The thoughts, ideas, and advice shared came at such an important time, where I’m navigating the pace of work in fulfilling my life’s vision. 

Really proud of the little habits that I’ve sustained. At the end of the day “we are our habits in sum.”

Denim is one fashion piece that can be easily found in anyones wardrobe regardless of economic status. It is also easy to style and there are no much rules on how to wear them. For 2021 fashion trends, I will share a simple denim rule that I stick to when in doubt. I love a good denim and I have styled them in a couple of ways, see “denim revival” and “a simple denim rule.”

I mean even Levi’s realized that. Just last week I collaborated with them on their recently opened store at Arlington, Fashion Center Pentagon City. I was allowed to take home two Levi’s ribcage denims from their recently launched collection. Excited much!

Girl standing with Denim shorts

But this post is not about the collaboration but more about a simple rule I apply when choosing denim products. Actually, there are a couple of things I look out for, from color shades, to the button or zip pattern, but they are not as important than this next rule.

When choosing a denim, I automatically ask myself, how would my white t-shirt look with this? I realized this was a pattern after seeing several photos of me in a repeated denim styling pattern.

Denim High Waisted Shorts Trend

A few images to inspire how next you style your denim high-waisted shorts.

I am experimenting with my style for summer by leaning into pieces that I’m known for. In today’s post, I am styling a black sheer skirt but also pointing out some flaws.

Writing this for fashion beginners who are looking to experiment with their style this summer. First, I sometimes start out with a mood board or pins when I find looks that I am interested in.

There is no shame in learning the ropes from others. Once in a while, when I’m unsure of how an item will look on me, I go on Pinterest or look up some of my faves for they have styled it.

Styling A Sheer Black Skirt

Styling a sheer skirt or sheer fashion piece can be tricky, however, if you get it right, the outcome is amazing. For this sheer look, I had made the mistake of wearing a white top that is visible on the outside. The right thing to do when styling a sheer piece, is to wear similar color shades, for the outfit to blend seamlessly.

Another way, I could have styled this, was to wear a black underwear and a fitted top, that stops nicely at the top hem of the skirt.

During my draft of this post, I also felt wearing an asymmetrical blouse that runs down to the mid-hip. I’ll try it out and let y’all know the result. But I did try to redeem myself by styling the skirt in two different ways, see below.

What are your thoughts on today’s look?

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The legendary Dr. Martens are popular, not only for their durability and comfort, but because they’re a fashion statement. Thanks to @famousfootwear for expediting my access to these gorgeous white pair. I love a pair of Dr. Martens because they’re iconic and recognizable. You can totally spot a pair of Docs from a mile away!

Unconventional or eccentric were the words I thought of on how to style these high-platform sandals from Dr Martens. Also, shoutout to Nana who shot these photos on short notice. It’s been a long time since I did a proper street style fashion post, see here and here.

The Dr Martens gladiator sandals seem to be up on the list of coveted fashion items for summer. Although I wanted black, I was able to get them in white through Famous Footwear.

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 White Gladiator Sandals                                Black Gladiator Sandals 


   Styling Dr Martens Gladiator Sandals

As summer plans are being made, to make up for lost times, footwear like the pair I am styling are top on my list of my favorite things to wear outdoors. And yes, like everyone, I’m excited to be out, grabbing lunch and going on dates for good food!



HOW TO STYLE DR MARTENS WHITE GLADIATORS

A sequin oversized top with a fro hair turned out really nice. The look felt eccentric just as I had imagined it and the sunglasses finished off the look.


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Styling Neutral Colors




Styling these 3 Neutral colors can make you feel confident. When we talk about spring colors, the first thing that comes to mind is bold shades on the colour wheel. Because of the loudness that comes with spring, I have carved out the last few weeks to style neutral colours. But I am not the only one predicting neutral tones for spring. 





Sak's Avenue Patel agrees with me in an editorial opinion on The Zoe Report  (TZR). Fashion trends for spring 2021 will not be all about the brightest and loudest shades you can find. As "white, cream, nude, and camel tones cleanse the palette and act as a base for the transitional months.” 





Since neutral tones are a blend of other colours, they work well as transitional tones. For spring, I am experimenting with different textures of smooth and rough materials. I discovered that understanding fabric textures is a prized skill for picking the right style/look. 





Choosing 3 Spring Colors





Black and White Office Look



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Often, the question on peoples mind is picking the right neutral colour. For 2021 spring, I have opted to use the below colour chart as a style guide for items I add to my wardrobe. Although, I have had to constantly remind myself that black and white are both neutral colours. 





A Neutral color Chart




Brown Linen gown from Coldwatercreek







But it is no surprise that my default choice for spring is neutral. Neutral tones are my comfort zone. I even wrote a blog recommendation on how to style neutral colours. Outside being my comfort zone, neutral colours have a way of sparking inner confidence.





3 Neutral Colors that make you feel Confident
A smiling girl



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On Being Confident 





There is no better feeling than stepping out in neutral colours. People are less likely to critique you for styling universally acceptable colours. I have noticed that I am more conscious of my looks when I step out in colour. Not that I care, but it is freeing to step out without second-guessing yourself.




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I recently got my first athletic loungewear from a Swedish brand, Stronger Label (you can purchase items with a 20% discount "Pitchy20", expires on the 27th). I got hyped about the quality and the price point (some items are as low as 35 dollars, try them out with the discount code) of the products and decided to write a blogpost about it.





A few years ago, I wouldn't have thought the fashion scene would be replete with athletic or sports wear, styling it as real clothing. Known as athleisure, joggers, leggings and loungewear, were once items to chill in. Fast-forward to 2020/2021, athletic wears are now regular fashion and must-haves.





How to Style Athleisure as Fashion or Real Clothing




Black girl curly hair in loungewear




But before athletic wears became a contemporary fashion trend, the legendary Princess Diana was pictured severally, outdoors, wearing biker shorts with a university mesh in the '90s. A woman ahead of her times! Although biker shorts are also athletic wears, I dislike them as a trend. But there are other varieties or substitutes in athletic wears that I love. For example, I love loungewear's and sweatsuit's, not only for their comfort and price point, but for their dual function.









STYLING ATHLEISURE PIECES





The pandemic made it easy for people to fall in love with athletic pieces, like loungewear and sweatsuits. For instance, most people working full-time remote jobs are adopting athleisure pieces as their default home looks. It's easy to put on and comfortable to wear for long periods. But we also get to see it as favourite street wears, and I have worn mine for outdoor activities a couple of times.













The loungewear I purchased from the Stronger label is comfortable, simple, and functional. I could wear it for my morning runs and early morning meetings and to shop for groceries.





I was blown away by the shipping time. My item arrived within 3-work days after placing it. I loved the design and packaging for the items, and overall, I enjoyed my shopping experience. 





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Cropped Hoodie || Shop Here, Leggings|| Shop Here





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As humans we are more than what we do. I have been reflecting a lot lately on human complexity and how the world engages with it from a rigid standpoint or limited scope. For example, as a doctor people would have double takes when they see you DJ or rap (*ok might be an extreme example but you get the gist). My use of social media platforms, IG and Twitter inspired these thoughts as I now use it differently than I would in the past.





Polka Dot Dress




Previously, I struggled with how I was perceived (from my choice of words, to content I put out) with the content I shared on social media. Social media has made it hard to be flexible with the content we share. Or has made us adopt content strategies that aren't our niche focus.





The average human is intricately layered and complex, so why do we have a static view of how people should be?





Vintage Fashion with Belt




Before I continue, I want to chip in and say I miss writing deep messages with my blogposts. Like when I wrote about lessons from failing a lot and finding God outside the church. I have come to realize that y'all connect and engage better with these type of post. Frankly, there is no intentional ploy preventing me from writing these post. I just have all these ideas in my head that need a smooth logical flow and are concise. Also, a lot of work and time goes into copy editing a piece like this one, making it hard to it churn out as often as possible.





What You Do and The Reward for Conformity





One thing I've learned and made peace with, is that the world rewards you for conforming to it's standard. Dictionary.com defines "conform," as to "act in accord with the prevailing standards, attitudes, practices, etc., of society or a group" and cites an example." One has to conform in order to succeed in this company." To conform isn't always a negative verb but when weaponized, people can loose their agency and their complexity.





I've learned and made peace with the fact that the world rewards you for conforming

@t2pitchy on "you are more than what you do."




Girl smiling in vintage outfit




I enjoy music, books, and film, and other interest outside fashion. I want to freely share these interest respectfully on my platforms. But new algorithms and people's attitude towards content that doesn't fit their ideas of me has made me stoic. These days, I try to reject any need to conform to people's standard by sharing complex content that social media is constantly programming us to loose.





As we continuously groom our content and lives to fit into social media's approval, we become monolith in the way we see life, appreciate and create art- as conforming means being rewarded by the system. The reward (through likes, engagements and sponsorships (inserts *George Orwell Big Brother) is what keeps us in check.





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Being Free and The Reward for Non-Conformity





Regardless, there is always a place for fresh ideas and an audience that appreciates it. Often there will be a cost to pay for non-conformity in the same way we reward for conformity. But the freedom that comes with non-conformity is priceless- we have the leverage to do things on your own terms. For example, it allows us identify out true supporters while creating content is satisfying.





Lately, I've found satisfaction in posting my regular vintage-inspired content on my IG. A follower reminded me that people follow me for a reason and I shouldn't change that. In the past, I may have been guilty of wanting people to be a certain way, based on how I perceived them. But I'm unlearning and relearning new ways to engage with people's complexity.









Also, people change and when that change is healthy, we should learn to embrace it and their journey. Shoutout to my day one followers, who have seen me morph and still love me the same. So remember when next you want to share that content, to do so. Because you are more than what you do, you are who you are.





Styling Polka Dot





Hi readers, today, I am styling a vintage polka dot dress as part of my spring style series. So I realized while drafting this post that I barely style polka dot and I was taken aback by the revelation. One of my favorite looks of me in a polka outfit, is in this post "you're responsible for your happiness."





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Green Silk Dress




I am styling my dream color of vintage green dress today and it's silk. Honestly, let's ignore my hair for a second because I could have come up with a better look. I've taunted often on the blog that blue is my favorite color, see me in a blue Dorothy Perkins heels and styling a blue monochrome outfit . But I've realized recently that there are more pictures of me in green outfits than my favorite color, blue.





I wrote a few years ago, about being unfamiliar with green color in an "eco-friendly" post and later about green pastels here. As years have progressed, I've found myself in more greens like in this monochrome green look, and here also. All these linked post to say that I actually love green than I'm willing to admit and todays post is another reminder of it.









Styling a Silk Green Dress:





According to a SewPort publication, silk fabric remains one of the strongest fabric made through natural processes. Well, if I didn't read up on that, silk in its physical property looks frail and isn't the top fabric on my mind for strongest. But I love me a silk fabric, because under certain light conditions, it produces a shimmering effect that makes one feel luxurious.





Silk Dress with Braids
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Also, because of its lightness, silk is an easy fabric to carry along on a trip and also a great choice for an event. But real silk can be an expensive material to purchase. For example, these items on my spring wishlist, the Martin Grant green silk blouse goes for $1,695 and Dodo Bar Or Berna belted draped silk-satin midi dress is priced at $1,170.









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There are affordable brands to purchase a green silk dress from that looks flattering. See Yesstyle scrappy silk A-line dress for $25.30 or the Asos satin midi dress selling at $45.55.





Accessorizing





Green goes with everything and it's a color that you can barely go wrong with. However, if a garment has over the top embellishment, it's safer to keep your accessories minimal and subtle as possible. It's also easy to slip into a holiday look with green, when it's not your desired way to appear.





I styled mine with my Jimmy Choo pump heels (spring favorite from my shoe collection ), a lovely green earring, and black purse to finish off the look. I've added additional looks with a shimmery purse from the New York Met Museum and Chio open toe mules.









Do you love silk and what is your favorite color?



Blue jeans and cream blazer




Denim blue jeans is a style for all seasons and I’m usually excited about styling them during spring because the weather is moderate and I can play around with thicker fabrics to pair with it. Today I’m styling a cream-colored wool blazers over a washed out denim and a beret (very French girl aesthetic). 





Denim blue jeans is a style for all seasons





The weather in DC is full on spring mode and the cherry blossoms are out. So I am in a good mood to for some consistent fashion blog post and tips. You can email your suggestions by contacting me on (gracealex.ga@gmail.com). Spring is definitely one of my favorite seasons to dress for. The weather is crisp, the air outside is friendly and the colors are loud.









There are various ways to style denim for spring, with the common being a white t-shirt and denim. But I also love a good blazer and I’m glad style has opened up to be more accepting of wearing a blazer without a proper shirt underneath.





Blazers





I've found that neutral tones and pastel colored blazers work well with denim. I love the oversized jacket trend being paired with denim and on my wishlist for spring and summer, is a list of blazers that I'll love to add to my wardrobe. During my search on Pinterest, I came across Kat's blog "With Love from Kat" where she writes about light weight jackets for fall that I think still works for the purpose of spring.









Bralette & Beret





I love the bralette choice when styling a blazer jacket, because some blazers are made of thick fabric and when you're out for an informal event, you want to have fun without thinking of taking your jacket off. Also, thanks to French street style, I have maintained my long love for wearing berets. You can read similar post of me styling berets in these posts.









The Fitted Denim





Also, I’m digging the fitted jeans vibe for fall. And although wide-leg or moms jeans is my vibe, see this post and this post, I am growing to love a fitted denim look.









Mini purses





Are mini purses or bags ever going out of style? I can't answer that question but I do know it won't be anytime soon because they just work with everything.





Let me know in the comment section what your favorite way to style denim for spring? Follow me on my social media channels to continue the conversation.





Outfit Details





Blazer || Banana Republic Similar Here, Jeans || Madewell Similar Here, Purse || Gucci Similar Here, Beret || Zara Similar Here, Shoes || Asos Similar Here, Earrings || Mejuri Similar Here


Spring is here! Winter felt so long and unbearable, so I’m excited that I don’t have to deal with the gloom for a while. One of my many joys about spring is the bust of colors, plus I get to wear my less covered shoes and strut in them. I know boots and chunky canvas are cool but there is something about a stiletto, heeled pumps or open toe mules that make all the difference- That is why I am excited for spring.

Today’s post is dedicated to my top 5 shoes for spring in 2021! Because outside the rainfall which soil our shoes, we are free to flaunt our cool them till we can’t.

Jimmy Choo Black Pumps

Pink Chio open toe mules

A Vince Camuto Black Boots

Asos black Mules

Billy Reid Brown Mules


Spring is here! Winter felt so long and unbearable, so I'm excited that I don't have to deal with the gloom for a while. One of my many joys about spring is the bust of colors, plus I get to wear my less covered shoes and strut in them. I know boots and chunky canvas are cool but there is something about a stiletto, heeled pumps or open toe mules that make all the difference- That is why I am excited for spring.





Today's post is dedicated to my top 5 shoes for spring in 2021! Because outside the rainfall which soil our shoes, we are free to flaunt our cool them till we can't.





Jimmy Choo Black Pumps









Pink Chio open toe mules













A Vince Camuto Black Boots













Asos black Mules









Billy Reid Brown Mules






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