Street Chic: Erika Style Activist

It is not very often that you would come across a young style savvy young lady that is the exact epitome of CHIC. During New York’s Fashion Week IFB held their semi annual conference at the Hudson Hotel where I was granted the opportunity to meet so many fashion bloggers. Everyone was in the house, from Bryan Boy,  Suzie of Style Bubble as well as the curator of the famous Lookbook.nu. Among the shuffling of business cards, inspirational as well as not so inspiring presentations and a few glasses of wine, I met Erika of Style Activist  (great personality might I add) and from here on I’ve become an avid reader of her blog. She drives creativity, personality and fun to her ensembles so with the launch of the new and improved Street Chic (an extended forum for personal style), I’ve decided to have Erika The Style Activist share some information with you… 

  • .Define “Chic” in terms of your personal style.
Chic is pulling something off in an effortless manner – you’re looking fabulous and everyone knows it. Nobody likes an outfit that makes you go “poor girl is trying too hard.” I feel chic when I put on my favorite girly dress; its the moment that I feel instantaneously pretty and suddenly, I am walking on a cloud. It’s just a big giant fantasyland for me, one in which I can do no wrong.
  • What are your top three outlets to shop and top 3 favorite designers?
Oooo, this is a toughy. I mean, truthfully it changes a lot with the seasons – I am such a girly girl so a designer that makes something that is me, just eats me up and swallows me whole. Totally not a bad thing, mind you. And I am such an online-shopaholic…
Shopping outlets, and let’s say this is in my ‘currently obsessing over…’ category: Topshop (the ethereal-like lookbook really has my engine revving), I always love shopping at H&M for staple pieces, and I am totally obsessing over vintage online shops. Thrifted.net, Persephone Vintage, LA Vintage are just a few.
And as for my favorite designers? I will always love Chanel – this is an obvious in everyone’s “favorites”. But, once again, in my ‘currently obsessing over category’, we have: Marchesa, Sass and Bide, and Haute Hippie.
  • If there’s anything from the Spring 2011 runway you’d splurge on what would it be?
Picking one is just about near impossible – because if I could have one entire line it would be Marchesa’s. But this is probably the one that I could see myself in the most, and a lot –

  • What’s that key product in your closet and makeup kit you can’t live a day without?

Key item in my closet has got to be my slate grey off-the-shoulder dress. First of all, summer is my favorite season, so I just love a mini dress and heels and chunky jewelry. And then I just love to blowout my hair and then the sun-kissed skin completes the look. Ahhh, I am dreading winter already, hmph.

And I can absolutely not live without my BareMinerals products. They freshen me up, and while being light and smooth, they will hide any blemish or dark circle kind-of-day that I may be having. Seriously little life savers!
  • Who is your style icon? 
    Oh em gee, this is another toughy! OK I am totally going to say the unexpected and say right now I just can’t get enough of Katy Perry. She is totally weird (but I love it) and while being weird with her wigs and flamingo dresses – she always looks flawless. I just need a little crazy in my life – and that is totally Katy Perry. From her pink cheeks, to her sequin hot pants, I am in love. Yup, I said it.

    Brief us on “Erika the Style Activist”.

  • Style Activist is all about finding yourself in fashion. I want to activate your inner stylista and bring out your confidence, too. There is so much fun to be had in fashion and I hate the idea of anyone taking it too seriously. I am young (21) and I love wearing something that makes my roommates react with a, “what the hell is that?!” It’s all a discovery of what buttons we can push and how many rings we can wear on one hand – fashion is supposed to be fun and I want my readers to see that through my blog. I am sassy, and in my world I can be very controversial. I like to laugh and wear heels when no one would expect it. Life is too short to ever say, “Damn, I wish I would have dressed chic today.”
Thank you so much for your sharing your insight on style with The Chic Notebook.
For more on Erika visit her blog The Style Activist ….

How To Pair Colored Solid Pieces

Photo credit: Byju Devan  
A fashion faux pas goes a long way and if this were anything like the era a few seasons ago, both Rihanna and Blake Lively would be under arrest in the latter pages of US Weekly’s Fashion Police. I remember the days when mix-match outfits were a no-go. Too much color in one ensemble were for clowns and its counter parts at the circus. Too bad this generation of style is throwing rules and regulations out the door and pushing envelopes to express themselves. The fashionably inclined hit series Gossip Girls, raising fashion icon and the tastemakers behind Gucci’s Spring 2011 gives pairing bold colored solid it’s stamp of approval. You know, the go ahead to pair a royal blue trouser with a shimmery gold blazer like Blake while filming an episode of GG in Paris or Rihanna’s high wasted orange pants and a purple cropped sweater while doing her usual catwalk meets sidewalk in Europe. The key to wearing these pieces isn’t magic, however there are factors to keep in mind while excecuting the look. When it comes to pairing bold colored solids less is more, that means little to no accessories will be just fine. We’re in an era where most of the rules of dressing are out the window but this one is a keeper: WEAR PIECES THAT COMPLIMENTS YOUR FIGURE. Rihanna made it okay to walk around with a beautifully toned stomach and it definitely works for her, but let me put it like this, it’s not for everyone. Try tucking your blouse like Blake or throw on accessories (not necessarily jewelry). Multicolored pieces are out of the equation, keep the bold solid pattern throughout your ensemble, take this model lead spotted on the runway at Gucci’s Spring 2011 runway show. Thoughts?

Accessories Report: Crystal Head Bands

Get a little flirtatious with your choice of accessories. A girly bedazzled, sequin or jewel piece will give you an extra “girly” and glam look. 

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Chic Pick: Alexander Wang Sachel Bag

After the studded duffle bag Alexander Wang went down in our Notebook as “One of the best handbag designers”… Take notes, because if this Sachel vintage bag doesnt catch your eye then you probably need to retake Chic 101. The excess strapping and it’s the perfect size for the girl on the go!
Is it splurge worthy? or do you think there are some great steals out there?
Pre order at Opening Ceremony  …

Look Of The Day: Ciara

Ciara was one of many celebs who walked the red carpet at Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” premier lastnight in NYC. Ciara’s style has definitely evolved ever since “Goodies” and her first two albums but lately she’s taken a fully fledged high fashion route with her style. I’m all for a effortless minimal look, so as Ciara decided to leave the thigh high biker boots and fur for a simple little black dress, hot leopard print booties and a gorgeous pink lip I couldn’t help but give her The Chic Notebook’s “Look Of The Day”.


Fall/Winter Essentials: Neutral Cashmere Sweater

One of the best things I love about shopping for the frigid temperatures is knowing that some of your key    pieces will last  for a few more seasons. Lets face it, I’m sure we all have that one dress, shirt or shoe for the past six years that absolutely nothing would make us get rid of it. Nothing screams stylish, warm and comfy more than a clean cut cashmere sweater. Cropped, crew and turtle necks are some of my favorite types of sweaters that I try to add a new twist to revamp its look. While we’re in the midst of reigning bold neutrals in particular beige, creme and off-white hues, stylista’s Rihanna and Olivia Palermo shows you how to wear a neutral cashmere. Detailing and accessorizing adds a dash of excitement to any boring staple. The Chic Notebook’s shopping tip for this Fall/Winter essential is durability. Remember bargain shopping can be fun and easy but it’s also good to invest in that one item that wont wear or tear.

Thoughts?

Entertainment: Kanye’s "Runaway" Short Film

Here’s Kanye’s Runaway film starring Selita Ebanks.

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