The African Shop Delivers in Dramatic Fashion

Danna Dress by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

I love how now more than ever, we have access to worldwide clothiers and Etsy provides a platform for the exchange between buyers and sellers. On my Facebook newsfeed, an African clothing seller caught my eye. I clicked on it and lo’ and behold, stumbled on a gorgeous, affordable collection of beautiful, modern, African dresses, skirts and pantsuits that are sure to flatter most figures and budgets.

The African Shop opened it’s virtual Etsy store in March of 2013, by Christelle and Michelle Nganhou. The store’s owners are based in Great Britain, but lucky for world shoppers, they ship to most places. The African Shop’s fashion forward African clothing lives up to its motto: “Empowering African designers/tailors while providing the best of African Fashion.”

There are 76 pieces for sale in The African Shop’s Etsy store, and it was difficult to choose which curated pieces to highlight for this blog post. Be sure to check out their complete collection at https://www.etsy.com/shop/THEAFRICANSHOP?ref=pr_shop_more.

Akwa Wrap Style Blazer by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Meida Skirt by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Chela Blouse by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Fleur Skirt with bow tie by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Kaky Skirt by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Leray Dress by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Freeda Mid Length Skirt by the African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Skyy Maxi Skirt by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Dashiki Boom Dress 2 by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Birdy Blouse by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Nabine Dress by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Kalima Pencil Trouser by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Africa Maxi Dress by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

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One Green Blouse and Two Pairs of Jeans

Dark denim washed jeans with one of my favorite green blouses. Gold hoops, colorful and gold bangles, and tribal patterned sandals finish off the look.

Same green blouse, but bleached washed jeans.

I’m often asked what’s the “in” denim color to wear this season.  I am happy to report anything goes for denim color.

The above pictures illustrate how the same green blouse can be worn with either dark or light denim.

You can update your wardrobe by mixing up your denim colors with your favorite tops and accessories. Dark denim has a different feel than light, so play with the different looks and have fun with it.

What’s your favorite denim color and go-to denim look?

~Your Curator of All Things Denim and Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Inspiration Succulent

Succulents are my favorite plants. This succulent collection started eight years ago. I remember when the cactus was tiny and there was a one inch succulent plant. Now, the succulents are taking over!

Succulents’ geometric shapes and varied colors lends itself to inspiration for art, style and home décor. Below is a curated selection of fashion accessories for you and home, all from etsy.com:

Red Sempivervums necklace by SucculentsNJewels, $10. From Etsy.com.

Handmade and custom Succulent Unique minimalist green and red necklace, $38. On Etsy.com

Turquoise botanical succulent cotton and burlap pillow cover, $35. Etsy.com

Succulent women’s t-shirt, $26. Etsy.com

Succulent tote bag, various sizes, starting at $28. Etsy.com

Heather gray cinch waist, succulent tunic, $45. Etsy.com

Forest Green Long Jersey Succulent Extra Long Scarf, $22. Etsy.com.

Screenprinted pink clutch with succulent garden pattern, $32. Etsy.com.

~Your Curator of All Things Succulent, Kimberly Jo Cooley 😉

Modern Bohemian Threads by Nuichan on Etsy.com

I love to virtually window shop Nuichan on Etsy.com. Niuchan is a Thai designer who creates the prettiest handmade dresses, pants, and shirts for the Bohemian Earth Mother in all of us. Nuichan’s clothes have a modern air to their bohemian patterns and shapes and are one size fits most, and even offers plus size. Here’s a curated list of the beautiful Nuichan creations found on Etsy.com:

Orange burst maxi dress with collar – a woven, brown leather belt would go great with this already lovely dress, $65.

Funky maxi dress, perfect for the summer, $59.

Turquoise Maxi dress, sleeveless and drawstring, $59.

Bohemian long sleeved maxi dress, $59.

Deep purple, plus sized, drawstring maxi dress, $75.

Off white, sleeveless, maxi dress. Something so pure, light and natural about an all white dress, $59.

Retro print, kaftan dress, with funky silver accessories, $65.

Linen, maxi jumpsuit. Punch up this jumpsuit with ethnic, colorful accessories, $65.

Orchid wide legged linen pants, $58.

Boho Patchwork Wide legged pants, $59.

Tunic Blouse Kaftan, $59. I’d wear this as a top over some jeans or leggings, but perfectly fine worn as a dress.

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish and Bohemian, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Crop Top Sets!

My mother purchased this outfit in 1990, and never wore it. It reigns from the clothing company, Miss Selfridge, London England.

I inherited a cool outfit circa 1990 from my mother, with the tags still attached! I googled the clothier, Miss Selfridge and as it turns out, they have a wonderful website that sells – you guessed it – crop top sets! It’s no surprise the 1990s has influenced our style for the last couple of seasons (not to date myself, but my teen years were set in the 90s, so you can imagine I am having nostalgic moment after moment).

The crop top has a sweetheart neckline.

Ladies can rock this look with a pair of cute sandals and a light denim jacket. Check out Miss Selfridges’ cute separates for inspiration or to add to your wardrobe. Under the Apparel section, click on “Co-ords,” which will take you to their “Two Become One” section (a fitting title for coordinating outfits).

Miss Selfridge Crop Top, $53. Love the pop of yellow and the white, graphic flowers.

Miss Selfridge coordinating pencil skirt, $61.

Miss Selfridge crop top, $49.

Miss Selfridge, coordinating pants, $61.

Miss Selfridge Hawaiian Print T-Shirt, $61.

Miss Selfridge Hawaiian Printed Mini Skirt, $61.

 ~Your Curator of All Things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Summer 2014 Handbag Round Up

Summer’s fast approaching  and it is time to switch out your winter carryall to a summertime one. The handbags below are budget-friendly and stylish. All the curated bags have lasting style power, and can be worn for many summers to come. For inspiration or to check out different color options, click on the images.

Grommets add a funky, modern touch to a shoulder bag. Big Buddha, Jkesha Satchel Top Handle Bag, $95. Amazon.

This mustard hue surprisingly goes well with many different outfits and the gold studs are a nice detail. Vieta Oversized Studded Leatherette Hobo Tote Satchel Handbag Purse Shoulderbag, $90. Amazon.

An Aztec, tribal look in bold, graphic colors and print creates instant drama to your outfit. 50% at Nordstrom, $21,

I’m in love with this bag. I’ve owned this Melie Bianco for over a year, and it’s still holding up well, despite the white color. Can be easily cleaned with a Clorox wipe. The gold zipper detail makes this bag ultra versatile. And, it’s a steal at $38. Amazon.

Boho Patchwork Tote, a wonderful compliment to jeans and a white fitted tee or tank, $38. Nordstrom.

More grommets! Nordstrom offers this cool hobo bag for $38.

Fringe is in! Boho Spiritualistas know that fringe never really goes out of style, but Summer 2014, it is definitely en trend for the rest, $32. Nordstrom.

A slouch bag can hold the world! So, try and remember to pack light in this stylish tote, $40. ‘Mixed Signals’ Print Slouchy Tote.

This lime is nineties, the style 2014, $55. Extra-Large Melie Bianco ”Fergie” Crossbody Satchel. Amazon.

~Your Curator of all Things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Jump Into Jumpsuits!

Jumpsuits are the cat’s meow! They are comfortable, flattering, stylish, sexy and timeless. Here’s a curated list of some of the hottest jumpsuits on Forever21.com – and believe it or not, this list just scratches the surface of all the jumpsuits Forever 21 has to offer!

Strapless, wide legged boho jumpsuit, $30. Forever 21.

Sexy and form flattering, definitely a jumpsuit most ladies can test out. A jumpsuit that covers the arms, belted at the waist and wide leg adds a nice, lean look to most body shapes, $28. Forever 21.

Spaghetti strapped, wide legged jumpsuit. Great for a summer music festival – cool, sexy and practical, $25. Forever 21.

Strapless, drawstring waist, great with strappy sandals, as pictured, $18. Forever 21.

V-neck, wide legged jumpsuit is easy to wear – can wear your everyday bra ladies! Surrealist Wide-Leg Jumpsuit, $23. Forever 21.

I love Forever 21 for not forgetting our shapely figured sisters. Here’s a sexy way to wear a strapless jumpsuit – caged sandals and a clutch takes this look from day to night, $23. Forever 21.

Love 21, an off shoot of the Forever 21 brand, caters to the thirty something crowd and their sizes are more forgiving. Great paisley print, $25. Forever 21.

Brunch with friends, about town jumpsuit. Voyager Wide-Leg Jumpsuit, $23. Forever 21.

This jumpsuit epitomizes the 2014 spiritualista – electric blue, eclectic pattern, modern fit. Eclectic Wonder Jumpsuit, $23.

~Your Curator of all Things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley