Look over your shoulder

There is nothing to be alarmed or frightened about I am talking about one of the season’s hottest trends, the off-the-shoulder silhouette. It brings attention to the shoulders without showing too much off.  Its flirty, its cute yet grown up, its sexy but not attention grabbing.

What I love about off- the- shoulder trend, is that depending on the style it hides the food belly. And it is so versatile you can dress it up, you can dress it down-there is no limits on how to style it.

Here is how I have styled it:

Outfit 1

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I adore these glass-heeled sandals, I think they are my most worn shoes.

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Lets get it right. The off-the-shoulder didn’t just pop up in 2016, it made an appearance in Summer 2015. In fact the off-the-shoulder trend has been on and off since the 1800s, Brigitte Bardot made it famous in the 60s and I love how fashion’s it girl, Olivia Palermo’s voluminous ruffled off-the-shoulder-tops.

Outfit 2

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My mum made this off-the-shoulder top for me.

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These pictures were all taken with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (I did not have the canon out with me), the camera on this phone is super-duper I tell you.

Outfit details

Outfit 1

Top-H&M

Skirt-Marks & Spencer

Choker-Topshop

Shoes-Marks & Spencer

Outfit 2

Top-Made my mum

Skirt-Look above

Choker-Topshop

Earrings-Topshop

Shoes-Kurt Geiger

Bag-Kurt Geiger

Stay Blessed x

Roll n Lace

Happy Sunday! Hope you all have had a great weekend. It was my brothers birthday this weekend (they are twins) they are 18! I am so proud of them and how far they have come. They have a blog focused on men’s fashion, check it out here www.uptothepoint.wordpress.com.

My outfit today was mixing old and new. The polo neck, dress and stole are new, the coat and the shoes are all old. I love this dress, in my mind already I have got an idea how I will wear it next time. I could wear it to a wedding on its own- the style on the back of the dress is cute.

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What I wore:

Leather Coat-Vintage

Polo Neck- Marks & Spencer

Dress- Marks & Spencer

Stole- Marks & Spencer

Shoes- Russell & Bromley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay Blessed

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Suede Shearling

The 70s is one of the biggest trends this A/W 2015-16 season. One of the key pieces making waves, is the shearling coat. The shearling coat comes in different colours, textures-many stores and designers have got a shearling coat in their 2015-16 collection.

When I first tried on my suede shearling coat on, I told my mum I felt like I was going to Antarctica (because of the warmth and length of the coat) and a woman nearby laughed. The coat is snug, covers me up well and it is so so so warm. It is a coat for bitter cold temperatures. When I first wore it was not that cold but because I love it so much (and I wanted to do styles haha) I wore it immediately.

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I brought the coat from Marks & Spencer (click here to buy), from the Winter Sale which is still going on now. One thing I must draw your attention to is the length of the coat. On the model the coat appears to be shorter. If you are short like me, I would advise you to go in store if you can and try it on before making your final decision.

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Stay Blessed x

Dashiki Reflections

This is not going to be one of my usual fashion posts where I will be talking about the outfit alone. I want to discuss a little about the outfit and much more on 2015.

I wore this dashiki dress in the summer, I was not going to post it but my dear sister-friend convinced me to put it up. Summer time is my favourite time of the year, I love the weather and you can wear more interesting and colourful things (you already know how I love colour and lots of it). I wore this dress before actually way back in sixth form, during a Black History Month event that I was involved in, so to my brothers who think I copied them, lies you tell twinnies.  Please do follow and check out their blog www.uptothepoint.wordpress.com

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Outfit:

Dashiki dress- Made in Ghana

Wedges- Dune

Necklace- Wallis

Bangle- John Lewis

Bag- Modalu

Looking at the pictures again made me reflect on the year 2015. This year has been an interesting one, a mix of highs and lows. Through it all, one thing that I am most thankful for is growth. I am not where I was last year, I have grown in certain areas of my life. Firstly my walk with Christ has grown and matured, I am not where I used to be in 2014. At the beginning of this year I said to God, I want more of him. I was tired of just receiving the word from other people, waiting for encouragement from others and wanted to have a personal relationship with him. Secondly, my friendships and relationships have grown. Growth in friendships does not just mean you increasing your friendship group, it means bettering individual friendships and also allowing people into your life who are positive .This year I met someone and within three months we became so close. I truly believe God put her in my life, because at that time I was praying about something and when she walked into my life she answered my prayer with one bible verse. Why I say God put her in my life is because at that particular time I felt like God was not listening to me and she gave me a bible verse to mediate on. She had no clue that the verse she gave me was the answer to my prayer until later on.  Additionally, this year some people that I have known for a while have been cut off (not necessarily drama)  just some people are there for a certain time and you move on.

Thirdly, I learned this year that a ‘private life is a happy life’. I have always been private and will continue to be so. I do not like letting the whole world know my business and in particular in 2015 learnt not everything that happens in your life needs to be told. This relates to the first growth point, this year God told me to stop running to people when I was always disappointed or when I was rejoicing. There were times when I would pick the phone up and dial the number he would say,  ‘Rae put the phone down and speak to me first’. The first person I have learned to run to is God with everything and as the song says ‘Jesus be the center of it all’. This does not mean that you should keep everything to yourself, it is just striking that important balance. It depends on the type of person you are, some are extremely private and some blab out everything- its important to find the middle ground

Fourthly this year, I have learned to ‘launch out’. Many of us have wonderful ideas and visions, but because of fear we hold ourselves back. Late this year, I told myself I will no longer do to that myself. I am going to live life in such a way, that if I have an idea I will set out to do it. I encourage all that if you have been thinking about a venture you want to get into, or a new career or to set up a business or whatever it may be do it! Don’t wait for others to give you the go ahead otherwise you will be waiting forever. Many of us are sitting on ideas that could potentially be great but I encourage you to look into your hands. Ask yourself what are these hands good at doing? Are your hands good at drawing? Use that artistic ability. Are your hands good at writing? Use that creative ability.

What for 2016?

This time next year I will be reflecting back on the year and thinking of what I have done, what I achieved and what I could do better. I think reviewing yourself is so important, it gives you a fresh mind and the urge to do better. However do not wait to the end of the year to review yourself, you can have reviews throughout the year.

What to expect from the blog in 2016? More great posts on fashion, faith, politics, law, business, art etc. There will be a post a week (sometimes more than one). With the fashion posts expect more than ‘what am I wearing posts’ or ‘OOTDs’.  I love discussing with friends the history behind fashion and the business of fashion, so I will be writing more posts on that. This goes with other blog posts too.

Stay Blessed x

Kanye West- The King of Shoes?

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On 2 December Kanye West was awarded the coveted FN Achievement Award ‘Shoe of the Year’ award which recognises the best and most talented designers in the shoe game. He won the Footwear News accolade for his collaboration with Adidas. Like many others, I have not been impressed by Kanye West’s design efforts. However some pieces from Yeezy Season 1 & 2 such as the ankle boots, sandals and the coats I like.

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Kanye-King of Shoes 5 I am no expert when it comes to trainers, do I even own a pair? Yes one…but that’s only for the occasional visits to the gym and my every now and then spur of the moment power walks. I prefer to wear pretty flats than trainers when dressing casually. A good friend of mine convinced me to go trainer shopping with her, she was convinced being a ‘sneaker head’ she could find something that I would like…I did not find anything. I like trainers but I just do not like it on me *shrugs shoulders*. What do I recognise with Kanye West’s Yeezus boost is that it has been the most talked about, most sought after and most recognised shoes of the year. In comparison, the Yeezus boost is probably the most sought after trainers next to the Jordan brand. It continues to climb in popularity and having being sold out just in 12 minutes (sold for $200) its impact on pop culture is undeniable. The Yeezus boost 350 was being sold on eBay for more than $10,000 dollars-everyone wanted them. Though he has not received favourable reviews and his collections have been criticised, the numbers says it all-he has an eye for footwear. Kanye West follows in the footsteps of celebrated shoe designers like Christian Louboutin, Stuart Weitzman (my favourite shoe designer alongside Salvatore Ferragamo), Manolo Blahnik and Pierre Hardy who have all been recognised by FN Achievement Awards for their work.

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In October, when Footwear News announced it will awarding Kanye with shoe designer of the year, they said:

This year’s Shoe of the Year honour recognizes the insatiable demand for all things Yeezy. The sneaker releases dominated the market in 2015 as demand for the product crashed servers, sparked extraordinary resale value and created a need for mob control in stores. From the moment Kanye West unveiled the 750 high-tops on the Grammys, his Adidas Sneakers have been the most-coveted, most-talked about, most recognized shoes this year.

Is Kanye the King of Shoes because of his knack for design or is it his star power? After all past FNAA winners are known for their designs- Louboutin for the red sole, Stuart Weitzman’s use of unique materials and attention to detail whilst  Manolo Blahnik is known for the sleek stiletto heel. Rather the emphasis has been on his ability to draw people in using his celebrity influence. Kanye has influenced fashion, there is no denying that. He has an incredible following and has set trends. Maybe now it is not just about the design of the shoe that wins accolades but your power of influence, which Kanye has.

Image Sources: www.vogue.com, www.highsnobiety.com

 

 

 

Stay Blessed x

Pollockism

One of my favourite artists is Jackson Pollock. He is famous for his style of drip painting and is one of the main figures in abstract painting. I love the way he uses colours to express energy and motions in a painting.

The outfit I wore today, reminded me of Pollock’s work. It reminded me of the time when I studied Art at A-level and I was working on a piece influenced by Pollock. I think the top looks like a pouring of colour thrown onto material. Can you see it?

Here are some pictures of my outfit of the day:

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The front of top is a kriss kross arrangement of different Ntoma or Ankara (African fabric) fabrics. The back of the top is a navy sheer material.

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What I wore:

Kriss Kross Ntoma/Ankara top- Made in Ghana

White Trousers- Vintage

Shoes- Marks & Spencer

Bracelet- Marks & Spencer (Limited Edition)

Bag- Zara

   Stay Blessed x

How to do suede justice?

Suede is one of Spring/Summer 2015 biggest trends. Suede was seen all over the catwalks, it is the fabric of the season alongside denim. Denim is the easiest out of the fabrics to style- everyone has denim in their wardrobe and everyone loves it. However with suede it is a little more difficult. Suede can be layered up as we have seen on the catwalks, at Chanel a loose suede top was worn with suede trousers. If you’re afraid of drowning in suede, try suede accessories- maybe a suede handbag or a suede tassel bracelet to start off.

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(From L to R, Derek Lam, Ralph Lauren and Burberry below)

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Here are some  suede looks that I came up with:

 Look 1- Conservative Suede

Conservative Suede

Brown Suede A-line Skirt– Marks & Spencer

White Shirt- Mango

Lace Up Sandal– Stuart Weitzman

Diamond Stud Earrings– Nina B

Handbag– Gucci

This is a simple no fuss suede look. Match a white shirt (roll up the sleeves) and pair it with a line suede skirt. Keep the accessories simple and neutral to get the conservative and effortless look. The Marks & Spencer suede skirt shown caused a stir when it first came out (online waiting list had 800 names on it within a hour) and was worn by the likes of Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo. At £199 its not cheap  (sadly suede doesn’t come cheap but look at it as an investment, buy a suede classic piece that can be worn all year around with boots in the winter and sandals in the summer ) but Marks & Spencer has a cheaper suedette version of the skirt for £31.60.

Look 2- Matchy Matchy Suede

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Black and White Mules– Miu Miu

White and Black Clutch– Givenchy

Pearl and Black Double Back earrings– Thpshop

This look is inspired by the double layering suede outfits seen at Derek Lam and Chanel.

Look 3- Festival Suede Life

Festival Suede Life

Fringed waistcoat– Miss Selfridge

Denim Shorts– Topshop

White lace crop top– New Look

Semi Precious Wrap Necklace– Topshop

Brown gladiator sandals– Carvela Kurt Geiger

Aviator Sunglasses-Saint Laurent

Straw hat– ASOS

Suede fringed Handbag-ASOS

Suede is perfect for the festival outfit, wear a fringed waistcoat with on trend denim shorts or a white lightweight gypsy dress.

Stay Blessed! x

Smiles in the Rain

Hello *waves hand*. It has been a long time since I have posted. I’ve been very busy with law school, so that has kept me away. I’m back now and expect regular posts from Renaissance Ideal’s usual posts from Politics, Law, Fashion, Poetry, Faith, Business and much more.

I took these photos a while ago, on a miserable raining day in November. I find that wearing a smile on a rainy day makes it all better (and a fab outift helps too). The weather was lovely on the weekend but today was miserable.

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I love mixing old and new pieces together. The blazer was my mum’s and now its mine haha. I love it because it has subtle shoulder pads with white and black stripes. It makes a ordinary black blazer unique. The white polo neck top, is actually a short sleeved crop top that I tucked into the orange-red skirt.

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The gold capped shoes are one of my favourite flats-it is simple and elegant. It even matched my accessory of the day, the umbrella.

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What I was wearing:

Blazer-Originally my mum’s

White Polo Neck-Marks & Spencer

Flats-Kurt Geiger

Umbrella-Topshop

Stay Blessed

x

Shirt Dress?

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Is it a dress or is it a shirt, or is it a shirt dress? It is neither of the three

I wore a plain white shirt and a denim strapless summer dress over it. I love wearing pieces over white shirts. White shirts give outfits a modern, classy and crisp look.

The dress is from F+F, a Tescos clothing line. Yes, Tescos! I am an avid fan of mixing low end and high end clothing. I was out grocery shopping with my mum and and thought ooh isn’t that  dress nice.

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Do not be afraid to walk into different stores, whether it is your local supermarket (don’t worry there are nice pieces, just go through the clothing rails and racks and you’ll find a winner) high street or from a designer line in Selfridges-there is always going to be something for you

Here are some more pictures of the outfit:

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What was I wearing?

White Shirt

Denim Strapless Dress-F+F

Shoes- Russell & Bromley

Bag- Zara

  

Stay Blessed

x

Wedding Guest

 

It is Summer. What does that mean? It means the Sun is out- barbeques, parties and getting out the pretty sandals out from your wardrobe that you’ve waited until the summer to wear. It also means there are weddings, after all summer is wedding season.

I love going to weddings, love is such a beautiful thing.  One thing that many struggle with is what to wear to a wedding. What is and what is not appropriate for the occasion? Of course you have to look drop dead gorgeous but you cannot overshine the bride. So what do you do? Please do not wear all white (creams are fine and as long its not a long white gown, just no white) unless the Bride has clearly told you so.

First of all you have to ask yourself is it a countryside wedding, is it a church wedding, is it a evening wedding, city wedding or a beach wedding. After you have asked yourself all these questions, it would be easy to whittle down your outfits (and make life much easier).

Here are a few ideas for your wedding guest outfits:

Countryside Wedding

Off to a countryside wedding? Think florals, lace, pastels. It is your chance to be girly-cute dresses and pretty accessories. If you want to be daring, you can pair a bright coloured pair of heels with you pretty dress-a hot red, or electric Blue will get everybody staring!

Countryside wedding
ASOS Sunflower Dress- Find here
Zara Pearl Headband- Find here
Topshop pearl earrings- Find here
L.K. Bennett red clutch- Find here
Kurt Geiger Red heels-Find here
Steve Madden red flats- Find here
 
Church Wedding
 
With a church wedding is all about looking like a lady. No low cut tops and respectable dress lengths please ladies! It’s all about the conservative and elegant look with a little of sass thrown in. Always wanted to wear a hat or fascinator- a church wedding is the perfect opportunity.
 
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Ted Baker Coral Dress-Find here
Zara Asymmetric Tan Leather heels- Find here
John Lewis Fascinator-Find here
Dune Black & Gold Clutch-Find here
Christian Dior Vintage Black & Gold Earrings- Find here
Gucci Gold Watch-Find here
Evening Wedding
 
Forget lace, pastels and florals its time for Sophisticated Glamour! Who said you can’t sparkle as a Wedding Guest? You can at a evening wedding. You can even wear a Black Gown if you wished. Embellished dresses, sophisticated maxis, cocktail dresses and anything with sparkles is welcome.

Evening Wedding
 
Virgos Lounge Navy Embellished Dress-Find here
Stuart Weitzman Gold Nudist heels- Find here
Warehouse Sparkle Gold Clutch-Find here
Topshop Blue Stone Open Cuff- Find here
Downton Abbey Gold Plated Drop Earrings- Find here
Folli Follie Blue Stone Cocktail Ring- Find here

 

City Wedding

Wedding in the city-anything pretty much goes. No need for a Wedding attire rule book! Embrace modern fashion forward looks, no need for the traditional. Opt for separates, co-ords, tux and tailored trousers. It’s your choice.

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Topshop Curved Silver Ring-Find here
Topshop Twist Band Ring-Find here
ASOS Pink Blazer-Find here 
River Island White Crop Top-Find here
Zara High Heeled Sandals-Find here
John Lewis Silver Metal Box Clutch-Find here

ASOS Pink Cigarette Trousers-Find here

 Beach Wedding

Think light maxi dresses or summery dresses with statement headbands and oversized sunnies. Heels are not for the beach, so flat sandals are needed.

Beach Wedding
 
 
Dolce & Gabbana Gold Sunglasses- Find here
Warehouse Blue Maxi Dress-Find here
Dune Embellished Clutch-Find here 
Dune Embellished Sandals-Find here
John Lewis Gold Cuff-Find here
Accessorize Statement Studs-Find here
 

Stay Blessed

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