Spring Trend: Floral Pants

April showers bring May flowers and now it’s even cool to wear your floral arrangement, only in the chicest way of course. I will be the first to say that this fashion trend took some time to get use to and let’s be honest here shall we? I was one to always think of senior citizens when it came to wearing floral prints….well at least until last Friday. I was wondering the halls of my office building and this young lady stepped off the elevator and had on an outfit that made me gasp!!!! This fashion guru was so well put together that I blurted out “OMG you look so cute” before I even knew what happened.

I usually pride myself on knowing or accepting the latest fashion trend, careful to follow only those with some staying power; however this floral trend found me unprepared for such “eyeball” pleasures. Let’s revisit exactly what I saw that made me scream out like an adolescent 13yr old girl front row at a “One Direction” concert. The floral silk harem pants that she wore were absolutely beautiful with a hue of pale pink, a small burst of yellow and small dash of green, with a light pale pink silk blouse covered all by an off white blazer and gold accessories. That experience has left me in search of my very own full floral fantasy moment and has inspired me to find my perfect wearable floral arrangement. Well my friends, the search is still on, however I found some inspiring influences below on how to wear florals this spring.

“smooches”

Floral pants

floral and jacket

floral yellow jacket

*all pictures courtesy of Polyvore*

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Spring Trend: Return of the Rompers

romp•er- noun plural noun: rompers
a young child’s one-piece outer garment
a garment for adults similar to a romper, typically worn as overalls or as sports clothing

Say what now????? Jumpsuits, all-in-ones, or overalls whatever you want to call them they all have the same meaning and that my dear is FABULOUS. This spring many of our favorite designers showcased their take on the classic garment and have shown us the way to rock them correctly. From McQueen to Westwood and many in between has shown us an easy and fun way to transition into spring which can be worn classy or casual. If my memory serves me right, I think they were all the rage a few seasons ago and I see they have made a strong comeback.

I am thinking for my upcoming trip with my gal pals to Hilton Head, I just might have to purchase me a romper and rock it with my “blinged” out Converse. Will you be rocking a romper this spring? Below are some of my favorites…….

Romper Styles


Lupita Nyong’o New Face of Lancome

lupita

Congratulations to Lupita for snagging her first major endorsement deal! Lancôme Cosmetics and Skin Care (www.lancome.com) has set the bar by naming Lupita as their spokesperson which is the company’s very first Black spokesperson. I think she was a great choice, Lupita has style and grace and as she stated in an earlier statement to the media “ beauty should not be dictated ”. My hat is off to you Lupita, again this is your year!!


Hookahs…..Not Just Blowing Smoke!

“Hookahs here, Hookahs there, Hookahs, Hookahs everywhere”! I am sure that you have heard or at least have read somewhere about the new fad for smoking Hookahs. I was having a conversation with a friend about adding hookah pens to some gifts bags for some friends and the thought of “What exactly are Hookahs?” stopped me in mid thought. I decided to do some research because for one, I would never want to give my friends anything that was harmful to them as a gift and secondly, I am just noisy and want to know exactly what is being inhaled .

The information that I found out about hookahs was alarming and downright deceiving to tell the truth about it. I found so much information on hookahs from the CDC http://www.cdc.gov and wanted to share what I discovered. Now that I have knowledge about the health effects and comparisons with cigarettes I think this is one fad that I will simply ignore and will personally educate my friends who find this hookah smoking to be all the rage.

Hookahs are water pipes that are used to smoke specially made tobacco that comes in different flavors, such as apple, mint, cherry, chocolate, coconut, licorice, cappuccino, and watermelon-So now I understand why smoking hookahs are so appealing…. flavored death.

Although many users think it is less harmful, hookah smoking has many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking- Oh wow now I didn’t know that!

New forms of electronic hookah smoking, including steam stones and hookah pens, have been introduced-Some of my friends are not going to like this

These products are battery powered and turn liquid containing nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals into a vapor, which is inhaled-WTF….”other chemicals”

Very little information is currently available on the health risks of electronic tobacco products.-So basically people are puffing on something they have no evidence as of yet what will happen to you.

The charcoal used to heat the tobacco can raise health risks by producing high levels of carbon monoxide, metals, and cancer-causing chemicals-This is horrible

While many hookah smokers may think this practice is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, hookah smoking has many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking-This is exactly what I thought when I took a few puffs….Knowledge is the key here folks!

Still don’t believe me and that smoking hookah is a very bad idea? Well then check out these references:

American Lung Association. An Emerging Deadly Trend: Waterpipe Tobacco Use . [PDF–222 KB] Washington: American Lung Association, 2007 [accessed 2013 Dec 17].

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Electronic Cigarettes (e-Cigarettes) [last updated 2013 April 25; accessed 2013 Dec 17].