You know my style by now — I love clothes, accessories, and shoes that are both classic and quirky, funky and functional items that come from smaller boutique businesses. I’ve been keeping an eye out for the kinds of fly items any afrobella would love to get in a heart-shaped box for Valentine’s Day. Here you go!
I love wearing something that absolutely nobody else owns. And Melissa Laine Scotton’s School Shoes are exactly what I’m talking about. Vans = classic, and her amazing handpainting skills = quirky, unique, and super fresh. I discovered her through Fly (duh! Fly is my go-to blog for the coolest fashion and design trends!). Melissa is a designer and illustrator who has done some amazing snowboard gear for the likes of Roxy and Grenade Gloves. Now she’s getting her MFA in Graphic Design, and selling School Shoes to pay her way through. I love the mermaid and the peacock pairs the most. So cool! They go for around $120 each, $135 for a custom job on your Vans of choice. And please allow me to directly address my husband on this point — purple customized Vans = perfect present, plzthxluvyabye.
Missbruno’s My So Called Scarf collection is like straight-up art for your neck. The U-Carmen is fierce — bright orange stretch cotton with snakeskin on the ends. (I hope that’s fakeskin. Is it, missbruno?) Sketches in Dakar is a dramatic Indian cotton neck bracelet, and it takes a fly, flamboyant bella to pull that look off. If you’ve got the flair for it, go on and work it. They range from $220 to $40.
While trying to twist my hair up into an updo last week, I snapped an octopus clip in half. In half! And those clips are supposed to be made to capture curls, too. My hair is strong and wild and it needs a capable yet distinctive accessory to hold it together. That’s why I’m so psyched about Tomoka’s Twists — such a simple, beautiful accessory for afrobellas everywhere! Being an all natural bella herself, the designer knows that our texture requires a strong accessory, but one that still feels comfortable to wear. The copper wire used in Tomoka’s Twists is pliable enough that it can be used to form a high afro puff (which was Tomoka’s original intent), and ladies with thick locks can use the twists to pull them back into a neatly regal ponytail or updo. I’ve been rocking the Ivory Tower to work this week, and so many people asked me about it! There’s something about a tall, swept back afro puff that’s elegantly adorned that definitely attracts positive attention. If you’ve got something to say, Tomoka’s Twists also features an alphabet line, featuring phrases like “good hair” and “natty girl.” Prices range from $12 for just a twist, to $20 for a complete set with earrings to match.
Speaking of earrings, I love the hoops sold by Goddess Zuri! The philosophy behind the teeshirt and accessory line is Declare Your Natural Beauty. So you know I’m all about it! Goddess Zuri has some cool tees, some are bold statements, some are funny and a little naughty. They go well with their awesome earrings, which are made with beads from India, West Africa, and Thailand, among other places. A fabulous natural ‘do + bold, big earrings = instant fashion do, and effortless look-at-me-I’m-so-fly style. Love it.
You know who else has look-at-me-I’m-so-fly style? Santogold. Santi White has been a part of the black rock scene for more than a minute, but she’s starting to get a lot of more mainstream attention now. I just saw a feature on her in the latest issue of Bust, and she was recently named an artist to watch in Rolling Stone.
I love The Creator, but I think it’s very MIA + Bjork’s Army of Me. I’m sure Santi’s sick of hearing that, but it’s true. Shove It is my favorite song of hers — hear it on her official MySpace. It’s fabulously dubby and trippy, and the lyrics are heavy. Her song Find a Way is my JAM. Hope you dig it like I do, but be forewarned — this is a quirky, different, futuristic groove. Can’t beat that bass.
psst… for a free Santogold/Spank Rock download, hit up the ever-funky Undercover Black Man. Hope you like what you hear!
Happy Thursday! Look out weekend, here I come!