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December 12, 2013


articles fashion vintage matra brathwaite 6 Comments

Last week, after realizing that my clothes were bursting out of my closet, armoire and not one but two dressers, I dedicated an afternoon to a good and thorough clothing clean out. You know, the kind where you roll up your sleeves and get all What Not to Wear Stacy and Clinton realness on those pieces that no longer work for you. But no matter how hard I tried to stay focused, I somehow kept getting distracted by all the amazing pieces that I have thrifted over the years and it eventually turned into a FULL-ON dress-up session. Hey there Christian Dior skirt. You’re looking good girl. What’s up my beautiful Lanvin silk dress? Part of the thrill in thrifting besides the hunt is the pleasure in knowing that these pieces exist in...


May 20, 2013


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If you’re an avid style blog reader, there’s a very good chance that you’ve seen the brightly hued, Disney Princess inspired style of Kailey of the popular Mermaidens blog. We got a chance to find out the inspiration behind her unique sense of style. StyleAlchemy: Kailey, thanks so much for agreeing to do this interview. You’ve become quite known for your bubblegum, brightly colored outfits which you showcase regularly on Mermaidens. First and foremost, can you tell us about your trademark cotton candy colored hair and your blog name: Mermaidens? Kailey: I had faded black hair for a while when I decided /I needed/ pink hair! Months, several boxes of bleach and pink dyes later, I have finally achieved the perfect hair for me! I decided to get a blog...


April 15, 2013


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If you’re a vintage enthusiast like me, then you might have spent hours upon hours trolling Etsy and eBay for the best in vintage finds. Why does it seem that vintage fashion never seems to go out of style? Well, it’s the fact that you feel like you’re finding something that no one else might have. Let’s be real, you can only run into so many girls wearing the same pair of Zara heels before you start to feel like another victim of fast fashion. So when I heard that vintage maven, Sammy Davis of Sammy Davis Vintage, wrote an e-book titled “The 100 Best Vintage Shops Online”, you know I had to check it out. Sammy has pretty much down all the groundwork for us all by selecting the...


March 27, 2013


crushin fashion style muse matra brathwaite 1 Comment

Since I draw so much inspiration from images from decades past, I knew I wanted a new series on StyleAlchemy that would explore and create outfits for NOW based on events that happened back THEN. Boom, there you go, NOW & THEN.    Without a doubt, Bianca Jagger is considered a style muse to many. She had a unique way of dressing with a sense of drama and glamour that never seemed to be over the top. Even when she showed up to her birthday party  at Studio 54 astride a white horse, she wasn’t dripping in diamonds and wearing some elaborate ensemble. Instead, she wore a lovely, off the shoulder drapey gown. Elegant, simple but she was still riveting. The same could be said for her wedding dress to...