The Fashionesta http://www.thefashionesta.com Merging Fashion, Style, History, and Culture Wed, 18 May 2016 01:16:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 “1000 Deaths” – D’Angelo and The Vanguard http://www.thefashionesta.com/2016/1000-deaths-dangelo-and-the-vanguard/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=1000-deaths-dangelo-and-the-vanguard Wed, 18 May 2016 01:16:40 +0000 http://www.thefashionesta.com/?p=1358 The Fashionesta, style, outfit, vintage, mom jeans, distressed denim, Madewell, Tibi, ankle boots, The Outnet, SEE eyewear, army jacket, Gap jeans The Fashionesta, style, outfit, vintage, mom jeans, distressed denim, Madewell,army jacket, Caravelle watch, Gap jeans The Fashionesta, style, outfit, mom jeans, distressed denim, Gap jeans, Tibi, ankle boots, The Outnet, Gap jeans The Fashionesta, style, outfit, vintage, SEE eyewear, army jacket, natural hair The Fashionesta, style, outfit, vintage, mom jeans, distressed denim, Madewell, Tibi, ankle boots, The Outnet, SEE eyewear, army jacket, Caravelle watch, Gap jeans Sunglasses: SEE Eyewear | Lipstick: Jane Iredale | Jacket: vintage (similar style) | Top: Sugar + Lips (similar) | Jeans: vintage Gap | Watch: c/o Caravelle | Boots: Tibi (similar) || Photos: Daryl Calfee

I just want to thank all of you for the support you’ve shown me since I wrote about the journey I’ve been on in this season. Sometimes it can feel like you’re going through certain things alone, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. So, please know: every single tweet, comment, and Facebook post has truly touched me and confirmed how important it is for me to keep walking, and to keep sharing. And as I continue along this journey, I also want to keep hearing from you. Let’s turn every interaction into an opportunity for discussion and encouragement.

The next topic of discussion? I’m glad you asked. It’s the importance of taking care of yourself—and letting your style shine while you do it. As you can see, my love of vintage denim is shining particularly bright at the moment. 😉 I’ll be back soon with updates on my personal-care regimens (including hair and skincare), but in the meantime, tell me: what are the things that you prioritize when it comes to taking care of yourself?

And you know it wouldn’t be a style post without me dropping a taste of the recent tunes I’ve been rockin’ to. Enjoy…

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F/W ’16 Fashion Month Recap: LFW http://www.thefashionesta.com/2016/fw-16-fashion-month-recap-lfw/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fw-16-fashion-month-recap-lfw Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:57:47 +0000 http://www.thefashionesta.com/?p=1347 One of the best things about being a New Yorker—even as a transplant—is the vibrancy of seasonality in this city. When summer comes, you know it: the sun shines, the heat and humidity are real, and ice cream trucks are posted up in nearly every neighborhood. Likewise, when winter approaches, the chilly air slaps you in the face, sweeping away any lasting remnants of that easy summer haze. But as a semiannual, proverbial trumpet sound to each impending temporal shift, New York Fashion Week kicks off the monthlong, international fashion circuit, launching a sartorial feast for all who crave a bit of inspiration to carry into the coming months.

For Fall/Winter 2016, I’ve noted that Clover Canyon, Heohwan Simulation, and Theory are a few standouts from the New York collections. Now, let’s turn our eyes across the pond to the London collections that have caught my eye:

The Fashionesta, Fashion Week review, London Fashion Week, Holly Fulton1. Holly Fulton

Full disclosure: I’m aware of my aesthetic biases and it’s hard to grab my attention with monochromatic looks. But what takes Holly Fulton’s fall collection far beyond a ho-hum place is the execution of exquisite textures within the palette, which results in the type of visual interest that I gravitate toward. The knits and paisley print are a strong combination, and I’d particularly love to wear that paisley, olive jumpsuit with a slim turtleneck underneath and a pair of killer heels.

The Fashionesta, Fashion Week review, London Fashion Week, Emilia Wickstead2. Emilia Wickstead

When color, print, and silhouette combine in an invigorating way, I’m all in—and this is certainly the case with Emilia Wickstead’s fall collection. From the color palette to the shapes of these dresses, each piece possesses multiple details that manage to merge harmoniously. The trompe l’oeil detail on the striped dress adds dimension; the flirty hem length of the minidress is balanced out by its loose shape, long sleeves, and turtleneck; and the cutouts on the V-neck dress are perfectly placed. I’ll take one of each, thanks.

The Fashionesta, Fashion Week review, London Fashion Week, Belstaff3. Belstaff

I’m not sure that there’s anything that gets me more excited about cold-weather fashion than outerwear. And the coats in Belstaff’s fall collection are the stuff of my dreams. From the patchwork fur to the bold, colorblocked number, these are standout pieces that could turn even the most relaxed outfit into a showstopper. And let’s not overlook the textured patchwork of the tailored, gray coat—now that’s how I’d don neutral outerwear.

**Catch up on my review of NYFW F/W ’16**

Photos via Vogue Runway.

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Piecing Together the Strands of a Natural Hair Journey http://www.thefashionesta.com/2016/piecing-together-the-strands-of-a-natural-hair-journey/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=piecing-together-the-strands-of-a-natural-hair-journey Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:15:07 +0000 http://www.thefashionesta.com/?p=1342 The Fashionesta, Natural Hair, Twist-out, Topknot, Braided Updo, Curly Afro, High Puff

Since my natural hair journey has played a significant role in my growth and aesthetic as I’ve navigated my early twenties, it may seem a bit peculiar that I’ve never really discussed it in detail within this space. To be honest, I’ve always felt that there were others online who were far more qualified to get into the technicalities of caring for natural hair than I am. But in the spirit of sharing more of my life with you all, I realize that now is the perfect time to unpack my passion for my natural strands—so let’s jump right in.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been four years. Four years since I sat in my hairdresser’s chair and requested that she cut off all but a few inches of my hair. Four years since I turned my back on everything that had been instilled in me—both culturally and inside of my own home—about the “appropriateness” of having my hair religiously straightened, which I’d endured since early childhood.

My experience with chemical relaxers began at age ten, when I was given a “mild” children’s version, forebodingly named Just for Me. Prior to that, my great-grandmother had straightened my hair faithfully with a hot comb just about every week. Save for my early teenage years, when my athletic lifestyle made cornrows the most efficient hairstyle, biweekly trips to the hair salon were a blur of scalp-burning relaxers and flat irons in between each “touch-up” session.

Now, let’s fast forward to the summer before my third year of undergrad: what was one of the first things that my great-grandmother, the matriarch of our family, said to me after I’d triumphantly completed the “Big Chop” (i.e. cut off all of my relaxed hair and started over with a short, curly afro)? I’m afraid I’ve blocked out her exact words, but it was something to the effect of my having cut off “all of that long, pretty hair” and that I would now be walking around with “nappy” hair.

Nappy hair. You see, that was most of the battle. Because my great-grandmother—a licensed cosmetologist who was in her early-twenties during the Civil Rights Movement—spent so much time and effort making sure that my hair was always “presentable,” I was 20 years old before I even knew what my natural, un-doctored hair texture looked like. And even without this knowledge, I’d been conditioned to understand that the strands which grew from my scalp were a shameful plight that consistently needed to be corrected by way of a relaxer.

That is, until my time in undergrad—studying history and literature with a focus on the African-American experience—exposed me to the depths and breadth of the literature of my people and the details of our 400-year struggle in this country. From the time that the very first group of Africans arrived on “New World” soil as chattel in the early 17th century, the texture of African hair was a trait that was used as a subsidiary to uphold the social construction that we know as “race.” Thick, textured hair that grew outward rather than downward, in conjunction with dark skin and fuller facial features, was the visual representation of an American slave. And as slaves were legally considered property rather than people, these traits were correlated with notions of the savage, primitivism, and ugliness.

Then, things get even messier when we consider the massive, horrific institution that slavery had evolved into by the 18th century. With the pandemic practice of white slave masters routinely raping their black, female slaves, miscegenation introduced new castes of social standing that was intrinsically linked to the existence of fair-skinned “Negroes” who had looser curls and wavy hair, thereby existing in between the socially-constructed and legal boundaries of citizen versus slave.

The combination of these occurrences created an environment where African-Americans sought to earn respect and equality by acclimating to the ideals and standards of personhood embodied and sought after by white Americans. This included dress, social etiquette, and—for African-American women, in particular—beauty practices such as hair grooming via straightening combs and later, chemical relaxers.

And as I came to grips with the centuries of history that were tied up in my great-grandmother’s obsessive grooming of my hair, I also had to come face-to-face with the messaging that I had internalized about the kind of hair that was beautiful. Looking into the mirror at a head of short, 4A spiral curls where I’d previously seen long, straight strands was a transition, to be sure. But something was immediately different. I wasn’t just proud of my decision to go natural—I was proud of my hair. Where I’d been pretty indifferent about my hair when it was relaxed, I suddenly became excited to explore this texture that was so new to me.

And that isn’t to say that the journey has been easy, by any means. Once I dove into a natural-hair lifestyle, I had to learn a whole new set of skills. At each stage of its growth, I’ve had to pay close attention to the things that my hair responds to, such as low-manipulation styling and lots of moisture. I’ve since grown my repertoire to include a number of different styles, but only thanks to a lot of trial and error. But nonetheless, I’ve never been happier with my hair and I wouldn’t want my texture to be any other way, including straight.

So, when I consider my natural hair journey and the circumstances that led to my decision to perform the Big Chop, I recognize that it isn’t such a cut-and-dry story. But I revel in its depth. I revel because, when I consider my journey, I do so with the understanding that my embrace of the voluminous, tight spiral curls that grow from my scalp is a beautiful salute to the legacy of centuries of black womanhood in America.

 

**Have any questions about my monthly regimen, staple products, or anything hair-related? Ask away in the comments below!**

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F/W ’16 Fashion Month Recap: NYFW http://www.thefashionesta.com/2016/fw-16-fashion-month-recap-nyfw/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fw-16-fashion-month-recap-nyfw Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:30:35 +0000 http://www.thefashionesta.com/?p=1332 Another Fashion Month has come to a close. And though the format of show season has certainly become its own beast, I’m still very much inspired by the optimism of each new season. There’s something about the presentation of new collections that reinvigorates me. From the hair and makeup to the scene itself, the head-to-toe inspiration that encompasses a runway show or presentation gives me fresh eyes to observe my own wardrobe. And these observations aren’t just in preparation for the new season, but they’re also for the present moment. I’ve come to realize that all it takes is a fresh perspective to make a “meh” piece feel new again—and isn’t it the feeling of newness that fashion is really after anyway?

Let’s revisit the Fashion Month moments that have given me new reasons to make the most of this season’s final chilly days. First up? Here are three of my favorite collections from New York Fashion Week:

The Fashionesta Fashion Week recap, NYFW, Clover Canyon1. Clover Canyon

I’ve been a fan of Clover Canyon’s singular combination of slick textiles and graphic prints for some time now, but the more I looked at this fall collection, the harder I fell for it. The fabrication is exquisite and the color palette is moody in the dreamiest way. There’s an easy elegance to this collection that is only made richer by the infusion of faux fur, velvet, and wool. Not to mention that they hit it out of the park with casting—this color palette sings on the model’s deep complexion.

The Fashionesta Fashion Week Recap, NYFW, Heohwan Simulation2. Heohwan Simulation

Heohwan Simulation is a label that I was unfamiliar with prior to this season, but to say that I’m glad I came across it would be a huge understatement. The use of jewel tones in this collection is impeccable and I love the tonality of the color combinations within each look. And if that weren’t enough, the proportions on these looks are phenomenal. The double-breasted cocoon coat in green wool? Sign me up. And I’ll have the high-waisted, wide-leg, teal trousers, too, please.

The Fashionesta Fashion Week Recap, NYFW, Theory3. Theory

Though I’ve come to associate Theory with monochromatic, elevated workwear, I was pleasantly surprised by the brand’s fall offerings. This collection was another example of a strong color palette and it was met with equally strong silhouettes. I’m a relatively recent convert to the powers of the turtleneck and I’m particularly fond of it being paired with a suede moto jacket and culottes. And clearly, I’m a fan of a mustard trench.

 

**But why are the front rows at Fashion Week still so homogenous?**

Photos courtesy of Vogue Runway.

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Life & Career Update http://www.thefashionesta.com/2016/life-career-update/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=life-career-update Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:06:30 +0000 http://www.thefashionesta.com/?p=1319 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. — Jeremiah 29:11

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Scarf: Vintage | Earrings & Bag: Aldo | T-Shirt: Martin + Osa | Cardigan: Vintage | Pants: Madewell | Coat: Zara | Shoes: Urban Outfitters Glasses: Warby Parker | Photo by: Whitney Bauck

As I’m greeted by this gorgeous, sunny day, the familiar, gentle breeze that announces the impending spring reminds me that it has been about nine months since I graduated with my M.A. degree. I wish that I could tell you that I’ve since landed my dream job, but I haven’t. I wish that I had a glorious recap of a six-month whirlwind, complete with Fashion Week stories, market appointments, and video footage—but I don’t. In fact, it feels as though I don’t really have much to show from these last few months at all. Sure, I’ve been freelancing and have been blessed with opportunities to sit down with a few industry people whom I admire, but even that feels pretty empty as I receive “No” after “No” for every full-time job I pursue.

Although I’ve gotten pretty far in the process for a number of those roles, there’s something about repeatedly coming away empty-handed that consistently leaves me feeling a bit deflated at best, and pretty discouraged at worst. Add in the fact that I recently celebrated my 25th birthday and it seems as though all I’m left with are questions and whatever faith I can muster. Because here’s the truth: there’s no road map. My journey is my own and, though I can try to gather as much information and wisdom as possible from those who’ve come before me, I have to navigate my road by faith and not by sight. This means that, in spite of what it looks like, in spite of the numerous rejections, I have to remember that it’s all for a reason. So even if I feel like I “should’ve” been firmly situated in my industry by the time I hit 25, the notion of what “being situated” looks like in my mind may be far different than what it’ll ultimately turn out to be.

I may not know what’s in store for me at this very moment, but I am confident that it’s all working together for my good. While my career may not have taken off as quickly as I’d prefer, I can look back at these last nine months and see how much I’ve grown as an individual. And, if nothing else, it’s this growth and reflection that have helped me to get over the fear of being a bit more vulnerable with all of you who have come along with me on this journey. So, wherever this road takes me, I hope you’re ready for the ride.

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I’m so excited to share more of my journey with all of you! Join me on Periscope: @theFashion_esta and Snapchat: thefashionesta. Oh, and bring your snack of choice—this is gonna be fun.

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“A Couple of Forevers” – Chrisette Michele http://www.thefashionesta.com/2015/a-couple-of-forevers-chrisette-michele/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-couple-of-forevers-chrisette-michele http://www.thefashionesta.com/2015/a-couple-of-forevers-chrisette-michele/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 16:05:50 +0000 http://www.thefashionesta.com/?p=1288 DSC_5913 DSC_5906 The Fashionesta, Warby Parker Coley frames, Madewell blazer, Avon necklace, New York & Company blouse, BDG jeans, Zara ankle boots, Caravelle watch, Aldo clutch The Fashionesta, Warby Parker Coley frames, Madewell blazer, Avon necklace, New York & Company blouse, BDG jeans, Zara ankle boots, Caravelle watch, Aldo clutch The Fashionesta, BDG jeans, Zara ankle boots The Fashionesta, Warby Parker Coley frames, Madewell blazer, Avon necklace, New York & Company blouse, BDG jeans, Zara ankle boots, Caravelle watch, Aldo clutch The Fashionesta, Warby Parker Coley frames, Madewell blazer, Avon necklace, New York & Company blouse, BDG jeans, Zara ankle boots, Caravelle watch, Aldo clutchGlasses: Warby Parker | Necklace: c/o Avon | Watch: c/o Caravelle | Blazer: Madewell | Blouse: New York & Company | Jeans: BDG | Shoes: Zara | Bag: Aldo | Photos by: Quinnton Harris

What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been! I hope you all were able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and delicious food during Memorial Day weekend. I’m basking in this moment because I graduated from my M.A. program last week! And let me tell you: it feels incredible. Looking back, I don’t think I fully soaked in the magnitude of the accomplishment that was graduating from undergrad. But in a way, I think I’m experiencing a combo-celebration now that I’ve finished my academic career.  So as I look forward to seeing the next chapter unfold, I’m also making a conscious effort to enjoy the process. And what better way is there to soak up the proverbial rays than by doing so in New York City in the summer? Rooftops, tank tops, cutoffs, and maxis, here I come…

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On “A Couple of Forevers” – Chrisette Michele: During my recent whirlwind of a schedule, I had the honor of singing this song at a beautiful wedding back home in the DMV. We all know that Chrisette slays (you do know this, right?), but there’s something so magical about true love and I think she gets it. And, sure, normally the winter months are referred to as “cuffing season,” but summertime excursions with my beau are always something I look forward to. 🙂

xo,

~E

The Fashionesta

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ADHT Interview & NYC Event http://www.thefashionesta.com/2015/adht-interview-nyc-event/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=adht-interview-nyc-event Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:20:14 +0000 http://www.thefashionesta.com/?p=1283 The Fashionesta, Parsons, Erika Butler, Spotlight, InterviewHappy Friday, loves! I recently had the pleasure of sitting down for an interview with Parsons’ Insights. In the interview, I discuss my academic journey and the different avenues of my work, as well as an upcoming event that I’ll be hosting here in the city. If you’re in the NYC area, please come out for what is sure to be an engaging and entertaining conversation! Join myself, Dr. Siobhan Carter-David, and authors Tanisha C. Ford and Monica L. Miller as we discuss the intersections of fashion, race, and culture. You’ll find the details below—I hope to meet some of you there!

The Fashionesta, Fashion and Race event, Tanisha Ford, Monica Miller, Siobhan Carter-Davidxo,

~E

The Fashionesta

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“You Haven’t Done Nothin'” – Stevie Wonder http://www.thefashionesta.com/2015/you-havent-done-nothin-stevie-wonder/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=you-havent-done-nothin-stevie-wonder Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:36:10 +0000 http://www.thefashionesta.com/?p=1254 The Fashionesta, Madewell coat, red coat, Gap plaid shirt, Levi's jeans, boyfriend jeans, Kimchi Blue, leopard-print ankle boots, Galian handbag The Fashionesta, Madewell coat, red coat, Gap plaid shirt, Levi's jeans, boyfriend jeans, Warby Parker, Coley frames, Kimchi Blue, leopard-print ankle bootsThe Fashionesta, Levi's jeans, boyfriend jeans, Kimchi Blue, leopard-print ankle boots The Fashionesta, Madewell coat, red coat, Gap plaid shirt, Warby Parker, Coley frames, The Fashionesta, Madewell coat, red coat, Gap plaid shirt, Levi's jeans, boyfriend jeans, Warby Parker, Coley frames, Kimchi Blue, leopard-print ankle boots The Fashionesta, Madewell coat, red coat, Gap plaid shirt, Levi's jeans, boyfriend jeans, Warby Parker, Coley frames, Galian handbag, Kimchi blue, leopard-print ankle bootsThe Fashionesta, Madewell coat, red coat, Gap plaid shirt, Levi's jeans, Warby Parker, Coley frames The Fashionesta, Madewell coat, red coat, Gap plaid shirt, Levi's jeans, Warby Parker, Coley framesThe Fashionesta, Madewell coat, red coat, Gap plaid shirt, Levi's jeans, boyfriend jeans, Warby Parker, Coley frames, Galian handbag, Kimchi blue, leopard-print ankle bootsGlasses: Warby Parker | Earrings: c/o Anjolee | Coat: Madewell | Shirt: Gap (similar) | Watch: c/o Caravelle | Jeans: Levi’s (similar) | Bag: c/o Galian | Shoes: Kimchi Blue | Photos by: Quinnton Harris

Happy Monday, loves! I am post-thesis and feeling good like Nina Simone, y’all. And, as if on cue, spring seems to have finally sprung! Similarly to the weather, I’m in a personal season of transition and my new mantra is to Enjoy the process. I’m not going to lie: that is incredibly difficult for me, at times. But if this outfit says anything, it’s that I plan to face it all with my signature love of color and boyish style.

If you’ve been reading the site for a while, you’re probably familiar with my love of outerwear. Shoes and outerwear are easily my favorite categories. Sweaters, vests, blazers, jackets, and coats are the stuff that my sartorial dreams are made of and this coat just may be Captain Dreamcatcher. I scored it at a J. Crew sample sale a little over a year ago and its beautiful cherry hue has earned it a year-round spot in my closet (Yes, it will still be hanging there in the summer—it’s nice to look at even when I can’t wear it).

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On “You Haven’t Done Nothin'” – Stevie Wonder: Stevie is always relevant. He’s one of the best musicians to ever live. But the political message of this song is uncannily relevant today. Keep your eyes open in regard to what’s happening around us, folks. We need to be aware.

xo,

~E

The Fashionesta

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Natura Magazine Feature http://www.thefashionesta.com/2015/natura-magazine-feature/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=natura-magazine-feature Tue, 07 Apr 2015 13:43:34 +0000 http://www.thefashionesta.com/?p=1248 The Fashionesta, Natura Magazine, Natural Hair, FashionHi, guys! Just wanted to share that I’ve had the pleasure of being featured in the spring issue of Natura Magazine! Natura Magazine is a digital publication that spotlights women of color and their interests in natural hair, beauty, fashion, and health, among other topics. This particular issue has some gorgeous editorial shots—be sure to check it out!

xo,

~E

The Fashionesta

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“Already Mine” – Jonathan Nelson http://www.thefashionesta.com/2015/already-mine-jonathan-nelson/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=already-mine-jonathan-nelson Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:37:24 +0000 http://www.thefashionesta.com/?p=1229 The Fashionesta, Forever21 trench, Madewell bag, Zara ankle boots, scarf, Anjolee earrings, vintage heirloom rings, Madewell Skinny Skinny Coated jeans, Warby Parker Coley frames The Fashionesta, Forever21 trench, Madewell bag, vintage heirloom rings The Fashionesta, Forever21 trench, scarf, Anjolee earrings, Warby Parker Coley frames The Fashionesta, Forever21 trench, Madewell bag, Zara ankle boots, scarf, Anjolee earrings, vintage heirloom rings, Madewell Skinny Skinny Coated jeans, Warby Parker Coley frames The Fashionesta, Forever21 trench, Madewell bag, Anjolee earrings, vintage heirloom rings The Fashionesta, Forever21 trench, scarf, Anjolee earrings, Warby Parker Coley framesGlasses: Warby Parker | Earrings: c/o Anjolee | Jacket: Forever21 (from ~8 years ago) | Shirt: Gap (similar) | Jeans: Madewell (similar) Bag: Madewell | Shoes: Zara | Photos by: Quinnton Harris

Wow, guys, the first quarter of 2015 is flying by. And as elusive as spring weather seems to be right now, you’ll always find me in colors and patterns. I’ve had this trusty, bright trench since high school and it never lets me down. I added the scarf, which was handmade by a local artisan in Ethiopia, to combat the lingering, winter chill. I also accessorized with an assortment of rings that were handed down to me by my grandmother and this gorgeous pair of Anjolee earrings. What is cool about Anjolee is that they’re an e-commerce site that specializes in customized, fine jewelry. I chose a diamond, stud style with my birthstone in the center. They offer tons of options, though—including a diamond eternity band (for all of my soon-to-be-married-friends)—so be sure to check them out!

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On “Already Mine” – Jonathan Nelson: I’m in the midst of an incredible season right now. I’m in the final stretch of my graduate school education and so many exciting things are happening. Sometimes it gets overwhelming, but this track is a wonderful reminder of what lies ahead.

xo,

~E

The Fashionesta

 

*This post was sponsored in collaboration with Anjolee. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

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