Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Turban Trend: NOT POLITICAL!

The Turban Effect. Let's face it ladies, its Hot and I mean really hot out now. Many of us do not want to fuss around with flat irons trying to straighten our hair only to step outside for a minute and its *Puff* The explosion of big hair. Honestly there's nothing wrong with big hair. I love Diana Ross hair.  If your hair anything like mine it majorly thick and it can get fussy, taming this lion's mane can be a true tragic tale.   So what to do: The Turban.  So, many variations to choose from but there's nothing like making a statement.  First of all the turban effect does not include the hair bonnet or a hair scarf you slept in and just rolled out of bed and decided to to start your day.  This is a fashion statement. Only worn by the true professional fashionistas and not to be looked as a political statement.....unless your trying to make one.

This isn't new. Women have been wearing Turbans for years.

1966 photo of Elizabeth Taylor in a beaded turban.

The Beautiful Iman in an ad for her ImanHome line. 

Kate Moss with a golden turban at the 2009's Metropolitan Museum Costume Insitute Gala
with Marc Jacobs :)

Even..The Queen of England herself,  1950's in a yellow and white polka dot turban.

There's something elegant,  sort of has a sophisitfcation about the turban.  If worn just right you may get those who think "I wish I could pull that off" instead of the question "what is that on her head?"

June Ambrose, one of my favorite stylists had brought the turban back to life last year with launching her own turban line. It was a moment in time in which I started to see them everywhere in the magazines, style websites, blogs...even the the fashion lines: Check out Jason Wu Spring 2011 June truly captured that moment and really went with it. Every now and then I still see the trend going pretty strong.  So, after veiwing many youtube vids I found the perfect one that was step by step and very easy to follow by naturalbelle1 (love her accent)

After the first try here are my results. (And me being silly)

So, try it out: So many kinds and styles to choose from.  Make sure you don't forget to wear it with confidence and keep cool.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer Reading List 2012

Guilty Reading

So Arrest me.  Summer reading is one of my favorite pastimes.  The days are longer, the nights are shorter the heat is ON and the keeping cool is necessity.  I wanted to share my summer 2012 reading list with everyone and hopefully inspire some summer reading of your own.

1. Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

I kept hearing about it: 50 shades of what? Then, I would keep seeing the mysterious black covers of a tie, a New Orleans type mask, hand cuffs on the bookshelves at Target and Barnes and Noble. A week rolls by before I started overhearing people reading about it saying  "It's so Good and You would love it".  So I picked up the first book and joined the rest of the nation well...women reading these books. So, far I am on the second book and all I have to say is in the words of Joey Lawrence "Whoa".  It's something I've never read before, its intense, sort eerie, hot, mysterious and a few times I have had to put it down....then pick it back up again. (insert guilty grin).  But, I like it.  The main character Christian Grey will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotion.  You won't like him at first, but then you will love him too.  I still have the last book to read on this trilogy so the verdict is still out on if I really like/love/hate him. 

2. I Spy, DIY Style = Fun Summer Projects ^_^

So excited to run across this blog: I Spy DIY by Jenni Rados.  She has some pretty neat and simple wearable projects to get some great looks.  I plan to do a few so stay tuned for some blog posts in result. ^_^

3.  The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own By Nina Garcia

 I figured since I just turned a 3rd decade old recently (fancy way of saying 30) its time to re-asses my style. Searching for more classical pieces then the trendy, trends. 

4. Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs

I still love a good coffee table type book filled with colorful pictures and editorials.  But,  reading about one of my favorite designers Marc Jacobs and his creative direction with Louis Vuitton is an added bonus. 

5. Men's Fashion Illustration A.K.A- I need to sharpen my skills at illustrating Men. 

Finding a  style of illustrating Men is a challenge.  Hopefully, this book will help.  I bought it over a year ago, time to open it up. :)

So that's it.  I am sure I will find more books to read over time but, I have my summer reading list filled.  My summer reading books are listed down below along with some other books from  Check them out and Happy Summer Reading. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Le Mahogany Illustration Etsy Shop Re-loaded ^_^

Plenty to choose from: LeMahogany Illustrations Etsy Shop Open for Business!!!!

She's back at it. She meaning me, selling my illustrations again ^_^  Excited to share this with the world and hopefully bring some happiness to your homes, offices or wherever you would like my gals hung.  My Etsy Shop is reloaded and open for business with some new illustrations and some that you may have seen before previously.  So, stop by and don't be Shy.  :0)  I am continuing to illustrate on some new projects this summer but, I will definitely keep you all posted.  Thanks to those for the continuing support,  I know I was M.I.A for a bit but, I promise to not keep away for too long of a time.  I love sketching and painting my girls I am very passionate by every single one.   So much more to come. XOXO.

Featuring some of my "Fierce Faces": Cherry and Carrie ^_^

My Style Muses ^_^
And other original artworks by Me: Featuring "All Black Everything"

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My Style Muse: Miss Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles my Style Muse :D. Illustrations my Me (LeMahogany Illustrations)

Looks like a dream in this Cynthia Rowley Dress

In honor of IFB 50th Project post: Who's Your Muse I have chosen one of the few style muses that I absolutely adore.  Finding inspiration for my own personal style I tend to look over some magazines, check out a few of my favorite style blogs, go to a few shops including thrift shops to find some one of kind creative pieces.  One things for sure that I don't do is follow a lot of trends that come and go so quickly. I have always been someone who takes something and try to make it to my very own style.  Fashion is expression so when I see something that is like nothing I ever seen I am immediately drawn to it.  So, when I see someone like Solange Knowles (a.k.a Beyonce's little sister)  who literally has an amazing style of her own, I am captivated and literally stuck in a Stop n' Stare mode with her style.
Her mix of prints and patterns are impeccable and shows she's not afraid of color.
She looks absolutely stunning and the 'big hair don't care' gives me such inspiration to illustrate her.

So, I did illustrate her, love the Turban look. 

Love this look: Playful peach jumper with toppled box

Illustrated by moi!

Sleek, fun and amazing uses of color= one of my top style muses.  


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