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Follow Your Heart – Ankara and Fringe

I decided to dress up for The Meet Your Tall Sisters Brunch hosted by Tall Society. On my way home I drove by this awesome mural near Union Market that read Follow Your Heart.

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What a fitting quote. I’ve been struggling with doing such a thing as of late and I’m finally making moves towards doing just that.

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I’ve had this ankara skirt by Chez Kevito for 2 years. I snagged the last of this fabric when I realized it was the same used by Stella Jean in an ankara skirt for her collection. The skirt Chez Kevito made is a dead ringer for the Stella Jeans sans the red trim.

I finally got to wear the Edward Fringe Heel I purchased a few weeks ago from Shiekh Shoes .

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An alternative to this heel is the Steve Madden Sassey

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Dashiki Mini Skirt by Chez Kevito

I love all things Ankara and my go to designer for African Print clothing is Chez Kevito. Whenever I go by her store there’s a new outfit I need to buy! During my last trip to her I discovered this gorgeous Dashiki Mini Skirt in a brilliant turquoise fabric. Dashiki fabric is actually called ‘Angelina’ fabric and its roots lie in Ghana. The print has comes in several colors and has been extremely popular over the last year.

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The skirt featured a wide waistband which flatters any waist. I loved how Chez Kevito pleated the fabric to create a skater skirt effect. It was perfect for my tropical beach setting. I paired the outfit with a beige seamless bustier by Felina.

I added maroon lace up chunky heel sandals and blue mirrored aviator sunglasses to finish the look.

dashiki mini skirtI love going to local designers like Chez Kevito because they can custom make garments to fit your frame and body type.

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H O D A R I Belle Wax Print Ankara Skirt by Li Li’s Creations

I fell in LOVE with this H O D A R I Belle Wax Print Ankara Skirt by Li Li’s Creations

The skirt is made of a Vlisco Wax print fabric in a vibrant design. I am so pleased with the quality of Li Li’s craftsmanship. This skirt is extremely well made and lined with tulle petticoat to create a full skirt effect which I absolutely love!

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I wore the Nasty Gal On A Level Heels in Nude which are available up to Size 11 !

As similar look can be achieved with Smash Shoes Mercedes Heel which goes up to Size 12 !

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Simply Cecily Wear Art Meets Fashion

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Wear Art Meets Fashion Trunk Show and Exhibition presented by local DC fashion Designer Simply Cecily at the Nubian Hueman Boutique.

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The Art Exhibit was presented by none other than Cecily’s mother Patricia Stewart and features unique African inspired 3D sculptures and paintings. Mrs Stewart is an established artist based in Chicago, IL and her inspiration for the showcase was East African elements and nature. I loved the mixed media pieces she presented and the showcase really complemented the Cecily’s fashion aesthetic.

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DC Fashion Designer Simply Cecily Patricia-Stewart-Studio-of-the-Wet-Paint-Brush-Chicago-Artist-Wear-Art-Meets-FashionWhile observing the artwork I was pleasantly surprised as gorgeous tall models entered the room in intricately designed clothing. Cecily mentioned that she thinks of herself as an artist first before a designer and it was clearly seen in her pieces.

Her use of pleating, draping and leaf like adornments to create wearable art was a breath of fresh air.

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The showcase did not only include haute pieces but also Simply Cecily’s Ready To Wear designs and jewelry. I was very impressed with the attention to detail and the quality of the garments. These pieces are currently available at Nubian Hueman and are a must for the upcoming Spring and Summer months.

The line featured rompers, mini, midi and maxi dresses, and blazers all in an assortment of bold African wax print fabrics.Simply-Cecily-Designer-Wear-Art-Meets-Fashion-DMV-Fashion-Designer

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I fitted one of the dresses from the line which featured a flattering empire waist and A-Line skirt. The bold print flatters all complexions and I was pleasantly surprised that the length was appropriate for my 6 foot tall frame

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This tall blogger left the trunk show and art exhibit extremely wowed. Simply Cecily, Patricia Stewart and Nubian Hueman did a fantastic job of showcasing some of DC’s finest art and fashion. I definitely will be rocking a few of Simply Cecily pieces this Spring and Summer. Weather I need you to hurry up and stay warm!