#FashionFridays Health is Your Wealth

I am a PSA! Work out in our crop top. Click the pic to shop the tee @ http://www.DanaleeFrancescaBoutique.com

We place lots of value in obtaining & gaining things in life (success, money, vacations etc).  Nothing wrong with achieving such goals.  However, to maintain all the material pleasures of life you must have the basic & most important essentials, starting with your health.  Don’t forget that ladies & gents!  Be good to yourself! 

Cheers to your health, 

Danalee Francesca

Fashion Fridays: All Black Everything #Fashion #Fridaythe13th

When in doubt, my Mama always said wear Black.  It’s the Jules Style of dressing. Don’t overthink, keep it simple. You can’t go wrong!  Forget your Friday the 13th superstitions.  Here’s some inspiration:

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Tina did it first in 1979, then Beyonce at the Super Bowl. Fierce! Not for the traditional office, but gives you a sense of strength. I am Woman hear me roar! PC: Vintage Black Glamour

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This might work a little better for the office. Jacket on for the office. Jacket off for an evening of Friday fun!

Dress Cynthia Rowley, Shoes Max Studio, Jacket I found at a Sample Sale…Keep It Sexy Simple!

Cheers!

In The Papers: NYTimes Fashion’s Racial Divide

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The NYTimes: Fashion’s Racial Divide article touches on several points regarding the racial divide in the fashion industry. Good read, now what next? I think in addition to the fashion industry recognizing that they should be more inclusive, we also have to support the young ones that want to pursue such careers. In the West Indian culture, parents only know about four careers Lawyer, Doctor, Accountant, Engineer…you get the picture. I wish I had taken the opportunity to study at FIT while I was in college, my school had a special program that allowed you to study there in your last year, if you qualified. To satisfy my fashion palette and missed opportunity some years ago, I took a couple courses after returning to NY from law school. To add insult to injury, FIT is where I sat for weeks for my Bar Exam classes. The irony!

Some of us have a mix of creativity coupled with the intellectual, hence this Fashion Blog that allows me to express my creative side. Parents always want you to choose careers that yield the highest benefits, for them fashion is not always it. For me, my parents did not force being an attorney, it was my goal from a young age so they did not have to reinforce it so much or dissuade me from pursuing another career. But, I always had this creative outlet for writing and a respect for fashion due in part to my Mom’s great sense of style.

It’s not true that fashion careers don’t yeild a great benefit. I think the best thing you can do is encourage your child to pursue what makes their hearts sing, if that means a double-major, so they have a backup plan, then that is a good route. Don’t dissuade, encourage.

On the flip side, I think Fashion Schools have to be all encompassing for all races as well. I had an experience at FIT for a program I applied to some years ago and the questions that were posed to me and statements made were jaw-dropping to say the least. I took it in stride and a sign that was not my path, for that moment. I share this with you to say that there are many aspects to fixing this racial divide: parents, school administrators, the industry, the companies, all play a part. They all have to be willing to do their part in fixing the divide to encourage inclusion of all races in this industry.

Read the Article

Any thoughts?

Hump Day Wednesday’s

What do you do on a day like this? Shop!  It’s the season for snow, it’s also my kryptonite. How best can you prepare for this enemy you ask? By equipping yourself with the cutest tools.  You can weather the storm and still look hella fabulous!  Here are some snow boots I have in mind for you my winter bunnies.

Women

North Face
$170

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Ugg
$160

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Target
$39.99

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Zappos
$150, these are called Joan of Arctic, how clever.

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Men I never forget about you. Check these out:

Hunter
$150
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DC Woodland
$95
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J Crew
$150
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North Face
$170
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Stay Warm,
~Danalee Francesca

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Skeletons In My Closet…

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Ha!  Did you think I was going to air some dirty laundry, well I am. But, it’s really no surprise that I have a love affair with fashion. I like putting outfits together, I admire how others put themselves together, it is a form of art and expression in my opinion. Confession, I don’t actually like the act of shopping, I like to get in and out of a store as quickly as possible. I don’t enjoy online shopping either. Strange, I know, so it’s a wonder how I have accumulated certain pieces. Purely one-off situations I must admit.

Every so often I take inventory, especially if I happen to add something to my closet. I like to give items away when I add something new. I still have clothes from High School that I wear. I think if you have a classic piece that can be used again, then it is a keeper. I don’t dress according to trend, I dress more according to my feeling so I always think everything is in style that’s why I have kept a lot of pieces throughout my life.

But, if you are anything like me you have a few skeletons in your closet that could be given away. Not because it’s old but because how much should you really keep and do you really need. My father still tells me you have one body…too funny but so true. How much does one person actually need. So pictured above are my bags of goodwill that I pray others can get use from.

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Click on link for info on this Goodwill Store and their mission to empower the community. Check your closet for items you may no longer need, that others can get use from. Oprah just did it, so you are in good company.

Fashionably yours,
DF

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Fashion Fridays: To Shorts or Not To Shorts?

Is the question?  I have always been scared of shorts, true story.  I am a curvier woman, so shorts can come off a little sexier than I may want.  But, I get so jealous when I see women strutting around carefree in their shorts.

Summer is almost over so get it in, or wear them in the Fall with some leggings, I feel like you can still rock that style. I am thinking the best type of shorts to get are looser fitting. Hear me out, fitted can look good depending on your body type however if you share my fear, then loose in the thigh area may be the way to go. But it has to be styled right, I don’t mean some baggy homely looking shorts, I mean nicely tailored to your body shape.

I’ll let you know if I take the plunge. I have to find a pair I can really fall in love with 🙂

These are some different ways to wear your shorts, with a longer sheer top, I like that style, cut off jeans with heels, a little looser for your bike ride, or very sexy and fitted for a night out.

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Fashionably yours,
Danalee Francesca

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