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What happened to style? This is the question Chrysler asks in its “Style” commercial. I too have been asking this question for a about 5 years now, but unfortunately I have not found the answer within my current spectrum of life. Fifteen years ago I was not living in NYC. I was growing up in my home town (Too small to mention) in Jamaica. If you don’t know, Jamaica was colonized by the British and gained its independence August 6th 1962. I wasn’t around then, but I grew up in a time when remnants of old Britain lingered still and older folks walked the streets in their best dress shirts and dress pants simply to sit around a domino table and socialize.
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I remember the words Frock, Slip, Pocket Square, and Suspenders. They were not just common every day words, but also common every day articles of clothing. I remember when it was not considered dumb for a woman to wear a Bando to hold her hair back and gloves weren’t just worn to keep her fingers from freezing. In fact, it was quite alluring when the gloves were removed to welcome a gentleman’s hand in a formal or less than formal greeting.

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As a child growing up, before I could go over to my neighbor’s house, my clothes had to be properly ironed. My shoes had to be polished and shine and they would be inspected before I could go through the door. If I was on the street and didn’t carry the posture of a young confident man, some older folk would correct it with a sharp tone “Stand up straight young man. No one died in your family”.

I truly wish we could have kept the pride that people had in themselves. That sense of always wanting the very best and knowing that it begins with how you project yourself to the world. Justin brought “Sexy Back”, who will bring “Style Back”? Don’t just read; I want to know what you think happened to style.

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I am a Gilt member and I often scan the men’s, women’s and home section of the site. While on the women’s section, this post “Ladylike” jumped out at me. I wanted to share as I often wonder if women are drifting away from these classical looks that dominated NY style in the 60s. Check out the video and let me know what you think. Find more info here at Gilt/Ladylike.

“We probably have a certain ’60s-set tv show to thank for the widespread resurgence of the era’s classically elegant silhouette, but no matter where it came from, we’d still adore this trend. Think boxy cardigans, curve-hugging sheath dresses, and precious little clutches—perfect for getting in touch with your inner uptown girl.”

In Love With Fashion Trends: Ladylike from Gilt Groupe on Vimeo.

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Yesterday, I got a call from my friend about an emergency. I immediately panicked. I thought that because he works in the banking industry and he is technically my banker, I was about to hear bad news how I had lost my money. Turns out he had gotten tickets to the show from yours truly (Anna) and wanted me to tag along. How could I refuse? The Show was filled with prints that range from eye popping colour to conservative black and white. There was also the occasional fur and leopard prints. The shapes were mod and the music matched the theme. Below are highlights from the show which I managed to capture with my Canon 60D w/18-135 mm lens – I wish I had the 70-200 mm f2.8 lens but Canon hasn’t sponsored me yet.

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I was at my favorite Barnes & Noble flipping through magazines when I stumbled on a November 2010 Issue of Vogue (Yes I know that was last year). I found a few photos that I liked and probably will never be able to capture. The lighting and composition are perfect; now tell me, how can I take photos like this?


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Calvin Klein Collection 2011 commercial. I like the flow, the architecture, the videography…Enjoy

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Rihanna is back and she is hotter than ever – You can tell by the colour of her hair (It is red). The album dropped yesterday (11-15-2010) in iTunes.
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How is this album different from her last?

In my opinion, I think she is a bit softer. Reminds me of a hibiscis plant in full bloom (This plant also blooms red) She is still sensual however, it seems a bit more exotic. She takes it back to the Caribbean and her accent is more pronounced. Being that I am from Jamaica – the capital of the world – I love it.

What do I predict for this album?

I think she will have at least 5 songs from this album in the top 20. The sales will be huge as usual but people will enjoy this album more because it is more “dance-able” and doesnt take away from her still being raw-hanna. She doesnt touch on volatile topics such as suicide (Russian Roulette) or girl on girl action (Te Amo) like she did in her last album but, she will still evoke emotions.

Track Highlights

The song “S&M” will highlight what the latest sex survey revealed about the current sexual state of American (Basically this the land of freaks). “Cheers” also from her allbum is the perfect pre-party/club/crusing in your car song. “Man Down” is straight old school reggae (We call that style of reggae Ska) with a modern day vibe. “Love the way you lie II” is also going to hit home, but not in the clubs, but with everyone who has every had drama in their love life and by my count I think that is everyone on planet earth. “Complicated” is the perfect followup to that song because it too is about relationships and the roller coaster ride you opt to get on when you get into one.
Check out the album and let me know your thoughts… Oh by the way, this is not a review.
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This commercial was shot for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It is very stylish and elegant with just the right amount of weird and mystery. I love it…

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