This is the first time I’ve posted about my design and fashion line Bella Duafe – Beauty, Culture, Soul! Bella Duafe is my love and I hold it very dear so I wanted the right time and topic to introduce you to Bella Duafe – Beauty,Culture, Soul! What could be more exciting than to see your design on the red carpet being worn by someone who truly likes your work? Well that time has finally come!
I’m always on Etsy looking for new and interesting artist and craft’s people! A few days ago I came across this shop called Dreamers and Lovers – a line of bridal gowns that combine vintage sensebility and that cool boho feel. I love everything about this line and have it tucked away for that day when I renew my vows!
A few years ago I had the opportunity to see Sade in concert! It was more than I could have expected, she made her opening act look like an amateur (John Legend – yes an amateur!!!) So when my good friend posted a link to Marsha Ambrosius’s cover to Stronger Than Pride, I was a little hesitant.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love Marsha Ambrosius and I’ve been a fan from back in the day with Floetry (favorite video here) and that dope song she has with Daley – Along Together , slays me everytime I hear it, so I was rooting for her!
She didn’t disappoint, with the classic Jeru the Damaja’s Come Clean laced on the top, the video treatment, the black and white cinematography, that honey in the video wasn’t harsh on my eyes either – it’s refreshing from all the booty shaking, bottle popping and fire that we’ve grown use to!
So if you haven’t heard or seen it yet, here it is!
I have a problem! My love for prints clouds my thoughts and takes over my daydreams! I love prints, they fill my workroom, my Pinterest page, my Tumblr page and the majority of my blog post incorporate this passion is some form or fashion!
One of my favorite design houses that feed this habit is Sika Boutique and they never disappoint – bold prints, beautiful colors, flawless designs, stunning models – Sika is a real inspiration!
Writing and maintaining a blog is not easy!!! Over the year that I’ve stepped away I’ve missed blogging, but staying fresh and relevant is not for the faint of heart. So I went away and refocused, trying to reestablished the reason for me starting this blog. For me it was simple, I wanted to create a platform where I could share all of the things that I love and obsessed about! A place where readers could go and get some inspiration, be exposed to something new and beautiful, and most share imagines of the things that matter to me the most!
So when the time came that I no longer felt I could meet that expectation I set away, even thought about deleting my blog! But lately I’ve been really inspired to start again, to write my story through my eyes, but in a new and fresh perspective.
One of the things that really helped me become excited again about blogging and sharing is Pinterest! Yes I know you are either completely pulled into the matrix that is Pinterest or you are wondering what the big deal is all about! I have to admit that when I couldn’t get a response to join and none of my friends were on, I was getting a little anxious to say the least. But once I joined the community my knowledge base was expanded and exposed to things that really got me going, both personally and professionally.
So I wanted to share some of the things that I’ve banked away for those days I need a little push! I hope this helps you and encourages you to continue going after your dreams, sharing your passions, and making a mark on this world in your own special way!
Born in 1898 in Clayton, Alabama, the great granddaughter of a slave and the plantation owner, Ann Cole Lowe would later be know as the best kept secret in the design world.
After the death of her mother and assuming the responsibilities of running their dress shop, Ann Cole Lowe enrolled in design school in New York City in1917. With growing interest in her work she would design the dress worn by Olivia de Havilland as she accepted the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1946, under the pseudo name Sonia Rosenberg.
After meeting the future First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier during the1950′s, Ann Lowe was asked to design the wedding dress she wore during her nuptials to John F. Kennedy on September 12, 1953. With 10 days before the event Ann Lowe’s workroom flooded, along with her staff 8 months of work and 15 dresses were recreated in a short 8 days!
The ivory silk taffeta ball gown is cited as one of the most iconic bridal gowns. It is also cited that when Mrs. kennedy was asked who made her gown she never publicly stated her name, citing it was made by a “colored women”.
With her passing in 1981 her work has been presevered and can be seen in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, Washington D.C’s Black Fashion Museum and The Smithsonian.