Thursday, August 21, 2014

This Is Me! Throw Back Thursday! #TBT and A BIG Giveaway $100 Etsy Gift Card, Cash and Free Ad Space... Oh My!!!

Happy #TBT (Throw-Back-Thursday)

Ever the fashionista, this is me in my ballet and tap recital ensemble. I had to be about 8 years old. I took ballet and tap at “Dance, Dance Wonderland” (who wouldn't love going to a place named that??) and would look forward to my mom dropping me off faithfully Saturday after Saturday. I think I was probably more excited to put on my leotard and tutu than the lessons themselves. So once our recital had come and gone, I still had to dress the little dancer, or should I say fashion maven inside. I used to put this costume on every chance I got. It was the perfect outfit. So my look was a tutu over my tap leotard that had fringe at the waist, worn with fishnets to finish it off. How could you not love sequins, fringe and a tutu??? When guests came over, I would have to go and put on my most sparkly and special outfit and do a few dance moves - hence the tambourine.

Don’t get me started on the ballet slippers and tap shoes. My older sister and I would stand on our toes and pretend we had on toe shoes…painful, but it’s no different than today when we wear uncomfortable shoes all in the name of fashion. I think up until I was about 11 years old, I would still try to cram my foot in my tap shoes. The patent leather shined so much and made noise. Met all of the requirements for that age. I once tried to stretch them in the freezer because I saw that if you put Ziploc bags filled with water in them then freeze them, they would expand the size. Let’s just say that wasn’t the truth on a pair of 3 year-old, two sizes too small tap shoes.
So what you have learned about the 8 year old Alela that is still true today is that I love a little theatrics in my clothing, and I understood at a young age the sacrifice you sometimes have to make with shoes in the name of fashion.

I often hear the question 'what would you tell your younger self? ' I would tell the eight year old me to embrace herself and figure out how to incorporate a tutu or sequins into her private school uniform because fashion is your future!



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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

7 Reason You Can't Live Without A Denim Shirt


1. Great travel piece- You can get multiple wears out of it if you are traveling and need to pack light.

2. Timeless - Make sure you have a classic blue one on hand. You will have it for years.

3. Trendy - In addition to the classic styles of denim shirts, many labels are updating them by tie dyeing them, adding decorative designs, acid washing and more.

4. Great in any season - Rock it in the summer with the sleeves rolled up, with shorts or in the winter. Layer it with a cozy sweater and leggings.

5. Wardrobe Chameleon - You can create outfit after outfit to wear endless places from work to tea with friends.

6. Comfort - Outside of a simple T-shirt, this is one of the most comfortable shirts to own.

7. Budget Mystery - Fashionistas in every financial bracket keep a denim shirt on hand. Like Converse, a denim shirt is financially unidentifiable.




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