Be You, Be Beautiful Ladies & Gents. Let’s go get started on a wonderful week!
Cheers to Monday,
Danalee Francesca 💋
Cheers to your health,
Do you all see 👀 Aunty Michelle in these Italian streets looking all the way fabulous! Oh my goodness, get your life. I love it. She looks absolutely great. Ladies stick with your fitness, finance, & fashion goals. Raise your standards always! Let Michelle inspire you.
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:
Dress Cynthia Rowley, Shoes Max Studio, Jacket I found at a Sample Sale…Keep It Sexy Simple!
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.
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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.
$150, these are called Joan of Arctic, how clever.
Men I never forget about you. Check these out:
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