November 2012Faces of Black Fashion: November 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Introducing: Intoxicating Vixen

 There's nothing like having a great dress or two (or three) in your closet. With the holiday season at hand, great dresses are ever so necessary for the many upcoming festivities. Thus I am excited to introduce you to Intoxicating Vixen, a fab  online boutique that carries a beautiful election of clothes and accessories that will definitely unleash your inner vixen. I really like the Goddess Dress.  To top it off, the prices are very reasonable plus there’s a 15% off sale going on until 12/21/2012 with the code “THANKS”   It is my pleasure to introduce Intoxicating Vixen and its owner, Shimika.

Tell us about yourself, who is Shimika?
I’m a 30 year old mother to a 5 year old angel (sometimes monster, depending on the day). A Bostonian minus the horrible accent that comes along with that title.   In my spare time I’m usually enjoying a peaceful home, lol with an energetic son, it’s a pretty rare occurrence.  My newfound hobby is cooking, I hosted thanksgiving dinner this year at my house and to my surprise all the food was gone! I’ve already volunteered to host Christmas dinner as well! 

What inspired you to open Intoxicating Vixen?
After I became a mother I lost touch with myself and who I was, this happens to a lot of moms and women in general.  We give so much of ourselves to the people in our lives that that we forget about ourselves.  One day I looked in the mirror and I no longer saw the young lady that I used to know, what I saw was someone who had long forgotten how beautiful womanhood can be.  I wanted to get back in touch with my inner vixen while helping other women as well.  That’s how Intoxicating Vixen was born!

I love the name of your boutique! What's the inspiration behind it?
The name always makes people look twice! As women we are naturally born with the power to intoxicate the world with the softest touch of our hands, a deadly walk in 5 inch heels, or just a mysterious glance with our eyes. I wanted my customers to know that when they wear a piece from my boutique they are embracing the essence of their womanhood, as a true vixen should.

What can customers expect to find when shopping your boutique?
My Boutique has quite a variety.  I try to stay away from trendy pieces as I want to carry things that people can get today and still wear 10 years from now.  I always want my customers to own the dress, not have the dress own the wearer…so I get a lot of items that you have a lot of room to incorporate your own unique style with accessories.  Two women could have on the same dress and have completely different looks with it.

Are there any items that you'd recommend for the upcoming holiday season?
There are actually a few items that I would recommend. My newest piece “Belle” is PERFECT for the holiday, it features an embellished mesh top with a criss/cross backing.  This piece would put all of your currently owned “Little Black Dresses” to shame and into retirement for good.

If you are the type of women that enjoys the spotlight, “Glitz” is amazing as well. It’s a gold sequined dress that ensures all eyes will be on you.  

Another outfit that I highly recommend for the holidays is “Sunrise Martini” paired with the “Iconic” blazer, these two pieces were meant for each other.  It’s eccentric in a beautiful way.  This pairing is for the lady who is not afraid of color.


Anything Else?
Thank you so much Nika for this opportunity.  I admire your work and your dedication to connecting black women together.  It’s a great honor to be featured on your blog! 

Be sure to check out Shimika's fab boutique HERE

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Looking Chic During Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and many of us are still trying to decide on what to wear for Thanksgiving dinner. It's an impression making time of year, whether it's going home to meet the beau's parents for the first time or spending time with family/friends you haven't seen in months or years looking good is apart of making that impression. So here are a few dinner outfit ideas to help you start out on the right foot. 

Casually Chic

If you are going for a look that's casual and chic, you can never go wrong with a blazer and tights/jeans. I chose tights, because it's a lot more forgiving on the waistline when it begins to expand ;). A blazer is a great way to upgrade a casual outfit with a touch of sophistication. Complete the look with boots, heels or ballet flats and you're good to go.


All Dressed Up

If you're going for a look that's all dressed up and lovely, a flattering dress in a jewel toned color is a great and festive option. Jewel toned colors will look great a against your skin and this dress is sophisticated and classy. Further, because it's not fitted it gives you enough room to enjoy your meal without the added discomfort a tighter dress could create. (You can find a similar dress HERE and HERE.)

After the beach, outfit to dinner out!

Funky Fresh

For those of you who prefer a look that's more funky and avant garde at Thanksgiving, mixing prints, colors, patterns and fabric is a good place to start. It's also great way to express your individual style . (HERE's a leopard print skirt to get you started).

Tricky Trend: Mix of prints and colors

Have a Fabulous Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Where in the World Have I Been?

I know. It's been awhile, and I know some of you have been wondering.

In the past couple of weeks I had been getting ready for my big move. This true blue New Yorker moved across the country to L.A.!!!!! I still pinch myself, I didn't see this happening, but when I got an offer to moved to L.A. for a year, I jumped at the opportunity. Why not? I thought, this is the opportune time in my life to do it. So far, I like L.A. I've already checked out the fashion district and the weather is awesome! This is me yesterday in Griffith Park, I can't believe it's November and I'm not bundled up in a coat.

So now that I've moved and settling in, I'll be back to posting. Until then stay tuned!!!

P.S. To the L.A. readers and lovers, if you have any suggestions on places to check out in L.A., please let me know!!!