Ready For Summer?

With summertime comes soaring temperatures, endless pool parties and get-togethers. Sometimes it can be challenging to look pulled together while taking into consideration the sweltering heat.  After all, the traditional beach flip-flop, shorts and a tee just won’t do for the average Stylista.  Natasha shows us how to keep it simple while looking like effort was made…IMG_2828

You can’t go wrong with a fitted little black dress paired with a stacked heel sandal.  Depending upon where you are in Southern California, temperatures inevitably dip at night, so bring along your favourite, worn denim jacket.  A top bun keeps the look clean and fresh while the mirrored aviators add sass.

I like it!

Palazzo Pants…It’s Been Far Too Long, No Pun Intended

I’ve always loved palazzo pants despite the fact I once tripped flat on my face in a pair. Thankfully, two kind young men were gracious enough to help me to my feet while exclaiming they’d never seen a black woman blush, and simultaneously holding back giggles, as they planted me back on my feet.  Yes people, I was as red as a beet with brown undertones, and my poor palazzos, (not to mention my favourite garment in my wardrobe), looked as though they’d been through a shredder.  Did I mention this happened in the most populated area of Chicago?  Think Michigan Avenue, Water Tower Place, Oak Street…yeah, I know.  For those familiar, you surely understand my humiliation, although it was a hilarious sight, until the thought occurred I’d have to sit through three college classes looking pitiful!  Nonetheless, I’ve always loved this lazy, chic, effortless, somewhat androgynous look.

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Welcome back Palazzo!  I’m wearing a pair of Alice+Olivia’s with an Emanuel Ungaro vintage vest and sheer fringed overlay…AND I’ll be sure not to get tripped up in my beloved palazzos on this go around.