Saturday, June 29, 2013

Edwina LaShan Supports Nigerian Designer Duro Olowu!!! "Bring Out Your Inner African Queen! with Rich Colors and Patterns!"

"A master of color and pattern, London fashion designer Duro Olowu took the industry by storm with his 2004 inaugural collection. With a global view and an artful influence, Olowu infuses a riot of color with classic silhouettes and captivating patterns for his exclusive collection at JCP." -Jcpenney

When I first laid eyes on this captivating Nigerian Fashion Line, my eyes and heart glowed with excitement! 

I had been searching for African Fashion lines, in my small town, of Chattanooga, Tn, for a while! But I had no clue how I would achieve this without shopping online, traveling to another city, or paying an expensive price to get African Pattern pieces! 

I even made up in my mind that I would go to my local Hancock Fabric Store, pick up my own material, and patterns. Find a local seamstress and pay her to make some of my favorite pieces! 

Many of my favorite celebrities such as Solange Knowles, the Queen of Tribal Prints, Nia Long, and Beyonce are known for sporting these beautiful African  pieces. 

Our First Lady Michelle Obama has also been spotted sporting Designer Duro Olowu on MANY different occasions! and I knew, I too, could make this fashion forward look work! 

First Lady Michelle Obama Rocking Duro Olowu Pieces:

Solange sporting a mixture of African Pieces:

Solange Knowles

Actress Nia Long in an African dress:

Beyonce Knowles

But not for a very affordable price!

So when the revealing of Duro Olowu's line was presented in JCPenneys for Spring 2013, I knew I was going do everything in my power to purchase as many pieces as possible from his JCPenney line! 

I had SOOO many ideas for every piece I saw! I could mix and match so many of the pieces together, and with other vintage/classic pieces I already own!

My brain was on overload! 

Although the line was much more affordable in a department store, then going to a fashion Designers personal page, it was still not exactly in my budget. I could only pray and keep my fingers crossed, that by the time the Spring season was over, that the line would be more on my budget.

So as the time passed, many of the pieces went on sale for as low as $5 due to the line not being accepted by a lot of JCPenney consumers! 

Which I can not understand! Due to the richness of this line! Perfect for Royalty. I was for certain that by the time, this line went on clearance, that there would only be a few pieces left or none.  Boy...Was I proved wrong!!! There were many pieces left for very low prices! 

think I was most surprised by the fact that the line was not accepted by some of the African American culture, due to the fact that this is a representation of our roots! It's a beautiful thing when the new generations pay tributes to the their heritage!

It was a bittersweet feeling. Part of me was sad, that the line didn't go as far as it should have in JCPenney, but another part of me, was very happy that I got ALOT of the pieces I had been patiently waiting for. 

When it's all said and done, I realized that  in Fashion, not everyone will understand the movement! Some people will not understand your vision! 

I was also told by an African American employee that the line was ugly! She told me this as I purchased my pieces, although we are very friendly to each other, and she does her job very well! This was very unprofessional of her, due to the fact that it could have caused the consumer, to walk away, and not purchase the merchandise. 

But I did not let it bother me. This within itself, motivated me to want the pieces more!

I debated with the employee, but when it was all said and done, it did not matter what the employee thought looked good in her eyes! 

It was about what I knew I loved, could make work, and could express my personal personality and style with!!!

With this being said, "Who cares about what people think about your style, whether they like it, or not!" 

People are going to be judgmental either way! 

"Who Cares about the Rules if You Like It  Wear It!!!" 

I am proud to Rock Duro Olowu Fashion Line and to open other people's minds! Colorful African Silhouettes, prints, and patterns make me HAPPY and make me feel like an African Queen!!! 

And I love wearing Art pieces to express who I am! 

I am Duro Olowu! I am Edwina LaShan! 

Enjoy Ladies and Gentlemen! 

#EdwinaLaShan #ItsAMovement 

"I don't Wear The Clothes You Wear... I Look Different and I Don't Care!"- Janelle Monae/Goodie Mob

Duro Olowu Green Paisley Button Down Blouse partnered with a Brown and Ivory Plaid Short. Colorful Blue and Hot Pink Tribal Print Pattern Scarf.

"Please Don't Kill My Vibe!!!" -Kendrick Lamar

"Do Not Block Drive!!!"

Shoes! Mary Jane Glitter Bronze Gianni Bini pumps from Dillard's!


Tribal HairScarf and Nerd Glasses! 
Gold stud earrings. Yellow clutter ball necklace.

Writer: Edwina 
Photo Cred: Elle Magazine, Edwina LaShan


   Animal prints has become apart of the culture of fashion. Everyone owns something that has animal print. From people who love simple attires to the complex daredevils. Animals prints are and have literally taking over, but today were fighting back to get the 4-11 on their intentions. 

•ANIMAL PRINTS- These prints are very well rounded. They can go for any function or event, anytime, and basically any place. 

The true question is how much of it is TOO much?!?! That all depends on the event; if your at a REALLY formal event keep it to a minimum, more of like an accessory. For example, an animal print clutch or heels. Then a more UPBEAT event like a bachelorette party, feel free to let your inner animal go and really play with the print by mixing colors, the brights and the darks, just really personalizing the print into your own.  

Now that we know the prints as a whole what about them seperatly?!?! Hmmm... Lets start with leopard print (image above) that is really the one of most popular print. Leopard print or what I like to call it one of the universal prints, speaks SOOO many different languages. From extremely fisty and sexy to clever, sneaky,and bold the print can do it all! It all depends how you leave your mark with the print. 

If you don't want to attract a lot of attention, just wear the print as an accessory. For example, phone cases, shoes, clutches, sunglasses, and etc. But if you really want a lot of attention wear a big item in the place you want to attract attention, because the print is super catchy to the human eye. meaning if you wear a leopard shirt it attracts to your top, leopared jeans then it attracts eyes to your bottom, leopared shoes to your feet and so on. Be warned that too much attention sometimes isn't really the best thing. Lastly, a BIG THING about the print, the tighter the print equals the more bad attention you don't want. I advise a good reasonable tightness that want become negative.

Next, zebra print (print above) which is another slightly universal print that comes in not only the natural black and white, but various colors. Unlike a lot of the other animal prints it can go from sexy to being very playful. EXSPECIALLY, when the black and white strips are mixed and match with a light and carefree colors like pink, yellow, green, purple, and so on. I particularly love this print because everyone from young to old can were it and it does not say the same thing about them. 

Accessorizing with this print puts other people seeing you in a place of comfort ,because something about the print feeds off to people as being down to earth, calm, and collective. Their is really no limits with the print because like other prints it can be worn day to night, bed to outside. The boundaries for this print is pretty much limitless. 

The next print, is giraffe (image above) which is very rarely worn and is very sophisticated and posed. Its a very simple print that can pull out a very focused mood. This print can't really be worn everywhere, but it's very good for business meetings, semi-formal dinners, and a socializing/networking event. I love this print in a long spring dress, because it just makes the body look taller and symmetrical. Evenly portioning the body in all the right places, were it gives a beautiful figure, but not over baring. 

It is possible to accessories with the print ,but it is very rare. And the print really isn't given as much credit, because a lot of people can look pass it unless its literally in their face. Careful with this print ,because its not that eye-catching and it leaves just a good enough space to open the door, but your personality and capability does the rest. 

    Thanks for tuning into EDWINA LASHAN fashion blog for the 411 on what the prints are saying...Part 3: STRIPES soon to come. 


Make sure it still looks Good on you though!!!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Happy Thursday!!! Gorgeous Reality Star Nene Leakes Takes Our Breath Away After She Gave Life&Style a Breathtaking Exclusive Look Into Her Old Hollywood Glam Wedding Ceremony This Past Weekend!

Our Fav Reality Personality Nene Leakes killed this white and gold strapless Barracci gown, topped off with a glamorous headpiece as she walked down the aisle with her hubby, who she gave a second chance to, in a 1.8 million dollar ceremony on June 22, 2013! 

Her second look for the night was a $20,000 off-white Pnina Tornai gown, sprinkled with Swarovski Crystals as she graced her guest at her reception.

Nene also shared the spotlight, dressing her bridesmaids, who included Co star, Cynthia Bailey and former Basketball Wives reality star, Jennifer Williams, in all white Gabriella Arango gowns. “I wanted them to look like brides,” Nene told Life&Style. And beautiful brides they did look like!!! 

But Nene was definitely the Bride Queen of the Night!!! She owned every moment!!! 

And she and Hubby, Greg Leakes, deserve every moment of Loving Bliss their hearts can endure! 

Congratulations Nene and Greg!!!

The breathtaking reality star sent exclusive photos to Life&Style!

What do you think? Love it??? 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Never Been A Fan of Thrift Shopping??? Afraid you won't find any pieces of Quality?

Well that fear is no longer!!!

Thrift Shops are stepping their game up and you can find more quality pieces for very low prices!!! Here are a couple of fun pieces we have found for the low, low at local Chattanooga thrift stores! 

Let the Thrift Shopping Fun Begin!!!

4 pieces from a local Chattanooga thrift store for as low as 50cents! 

2 tailored fit pants, 1 yellow stretch pant, and a lavender sheer button down blouse. 

White Express Trouser Pants with black tuxedo buttons, no stains! was found at a local thrift store for only 1 dollar or 50 cents. Blouse for only 5 dollars at JCPenneys!

Turquoise shorts for only 2 or 3 dollars at a thrift store!!! Scarf for only 1 dollar at a local dollar store. Blouse for only 5 dollars at JCPenneys!

Gold Clip-on Earring for only 50 cents at a local Goodwill ThriftStore!

Turquoise Gauchos for only 50 cents or 1 dollar at a local thrift store!

Red Blazer for only 1 dollar or 2 dollars at local Thrift Store!

Jean Army Button Down Shirt for only 1 dollar or 50 cents at local thrift store! She bleached herself!

Khaki and black stripe button down silk shirt found at a local thrift store for only 1 dollar! 

Mint Green Tailored Fit Pants purchased at a local thrift store for only 1 dollar! Great fit! Crisp! No stains! Very brand new!

More Thrift Store Finds Coming soon!!!

Summer is Here!!! Check out these Vibrant and colorful looks for Summer!!!

Model Alex Wek does an ad for the UnHate Foundation! Loving her in these bright and vibrant summer colors!!! The head wrap just adds fun to this colorful summer fit!!!

Check out Fashion icon, Solange Knowles in this summer holiday inspired outfit that she wore in her sister, Beyonce  Knowles',  "We Like To Party" video. She Rocked the Cookout Party, in this action photo, as the DJ! American flag inspired pieces are huge in the summer for holiday parties! It's a trend that will never get old! I personally, wouldn't do too much of a flag print. Over doing it can be annoying! But just a little flash of a flag print is appealing, simple, and fun to the eye!

Check out Solange Knowles as she Rocked a Summer Concert in her Black and white prints! She mixed three different prints and they came together perfectly as a contrast that compliments each other! Definitely a fashion dare that worked for her!

Edwina LaShan bloggers definitely are having their share fun of a little of this vibrant color, black and white, and print fun themselves! 

Happy Summer Shopping!!! 

More summer looks to come!