Anyone who knows me well knows that I am not a fashionista, but I sure gave birth to one. My eldest daughter KA!ANN, age 11, dreams of having her own fashion line when she grows up, (to all of 18!). Part of the reason she has made having her own fashion liven a goal is because she doesn’t feel that mainstream fashion represents her interests or her ethnicity. That’s why she was very excited when I chose to celebrate African American Fashion Bloggers for week 8 of my #SoFabColor series. These women give her high hopes and inspiration for her fashiontastic future by giving voice to style for women of all colors today.
I am a plus size fashion and style expert. Experienced in retail for over ten years, working in various retail stores as a stylist, fashion expert, or manager, I lassoed my life experiences both studied and learned to bring her dream into fruition- The Curvy Fashionista®.
Economy of Style was created in 2007, a time when the dominant voices in fashion coverage rarely mentioned prices and discounts. The blog strives to stimulate discussions about budgets and the economics of making desires fit within budgets because cost presents a very real issue for women. Psyche Southwell, Creator and Editor. I am a social science researcher and educator with ambivalent feelings about the unfashionable qualities of the academic profession to which I belong. I am also driven to solve this self-imposed riddle: how does a woman who’s always on a budget satisfy her wide ranging tastes?
Named “One of the Top Ten Women in Money by AOL”, Kathryn Finney found The BudgetFashionista in 2003, from a love of fashion, but a lack of cash. Kathryn has been featured in more than 600 media outlets, including TODAY Show, Good Morning America, CNN, E!/Style, Fox News and has been profiled in The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, and InStyle. She loves bold prints, coupons, big hair, and sequins.
Through her blog, Natalie teaches people how to live the frugal and fabulous life. Her blog has been noted by the New York Times, Financial Times, L.A. Times, Washington Post , Essence.com, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald and Tallahassee Democrat. She’s served as a guest on CNN, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, CBS-4 and Miami Herald web television. The word frugalista was named a finalist for Word of the Year by the Oxford University Press. She is the savings expert for geezeo.com, a financial site.
Created in August 2006 by journalist Claire Sulmers, The Fashion Bomb provides daily doses of chic to savvy stylistas. Recognizing there were few print and online sources for urban fashion, Claire took her interests in style and writing to create the number one online destination for sassy multi-culturals with a penchant for all things fabulous. Readers log on to The Fashion Bomb for its fresh takes on fashion news and stories, along with its boutique spotlights, magazine scans, fashion show reviews, trends, wardrobe advice, celebrity looks for less, and tips on how to break into the industry from the best in the business.
Africa Style Daily (ASD) is daily news blog founded by fashion journalist Zandile Blay. ASD focuses on a variety of topics including style, culture and leading personalities on the continent and in the diaspora. It was launched 2009.
Zandile Blay is a style and culture columnist on HuffingtonPost.com. She is the former Online Fashion Editor for ESSENCE Magazine and women’s fashion editor for Paper Magazine. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine online, InStyle, Seventeen, Teen People, The New York Sun, The Daily News and America Online, amongst others. Blay earned her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She earned her Masters of Fashion from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London. She is originally from Ghana, West Africa.
Mariankihogo.com is a comprehensive fashion, beauty, music and art site in an interactive weblog format launched in December 2009. The aim of the digital space is to provoke conversation and encourage enthusiasm. Marian Kihogo edits the site; a stylist to celebrities for the red carpet and creative consultant (providing branding, creative realization, art direction etc). She was listed in the New York Post’s 25 Best Dressed at New York Fashion Week Fall Winter 2011 in February. She is available for collaborations, creative consultation, styling, branding, art direction etc.
With segments dedicated to catwalk, fashion & trends, shopping, art & music, books & film, video, parties & events, interviews the site has personable features on the fashion, beauty & culture news, catwalk trend reporting, current updates on industry parties & events, features/interviews covering emerging and established talent. The award nominated site (finalist for the Lucky Magazine Best Fashion Voice 2011 in their Fashion & Beauty Bloggers awards, Cosmopolitan Magazine UK Blog Awards 2010 in the fashion & style category) was listed in Peer Index’s top UK fashion industry Twitter user lists and third in Glam Media’s top blog 2010 list after Bryan Boy and Face Hunter at number one and two respectively. It is also listed as part of Vogue.co.uk exclusive favorite blog portal and is part of the exclusive Glamour Magazine UK ‘Style Tribe’ online network.
Who says your wallet has to determine your style? Looking Fly on a Dime is a blog dedicated to offering readers tips and tricks to rock their best style, no matter what their budget is. Started by Patrice J. Williams in late 2009, the New York City-based writer createdLooking Fly on a Dime (formerly known as Living Fly on a Dime) for the woman who wants a unique look but isn’t willing to break the bank. Though the site embraces all things thrifty, thrift shopping is Patrice’s specialty. She’s put together head to toe looks for less than $10, gives secondhand shopping tips and offers up real advice for those who may be intimidated by thrifting. During her first appearance on The Nate Berkus Show, Nate referred to Patrice as his “thrift shopping guru.” In September 2011, the managing editor of WPIX-TV in New York came across Patrice’sYouTube channel and offered her a position as the station’s Savvy Shopper reporter. She writes and producers her own segments, which offer viewers the latest in budget fashion, beauty and lifestyle news. Check out her Savvy Shopper videos here.
I feel like I have elevated my game just by profiling these ladies, (although my daughter assures me I have a long way to go. At least I know ho to turn to for advice and inspiration. but don’t just take my word for it, check them out for yourself. This is all about elevating the community. United we stand divided… we end up on the worst dressed list.
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