Petal Pusher

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Peeking out from a crammed rack of vintage pieces, this kurta seized my attention. No surprise there really because fuschia things usually do. Plus, I spotted some embroidery, not much but just to enough to give a hint of Indian opulence. Then there was the price...a whopping $10.00. Although it seemed a no-brainer purchase, I’m not one to buy things impulsively so it took a few more visits to the consignment shop before I took it home. 
I’m sure that I’ll enjoy wearing it given the jubilant colour and the versatility it holds. I wore it this day with a pair of beaded shorts from Zara.  Dark washed jeans, printed pants or dressy leggings  would go nicely too.  I’m also considering sewing it up the front and adding a zipper so that I can sometimes wear it as a dress. Like many Indian traditional clothing, the options of how to wear it abound.

 Kurta: Rag-o-Rama
Shoes: Nine West
 Earrings: Cultural Accents
  Head-wrap: The Imperial Fez 

 Photo Credit: Jackie Achieng

Dashiki Downtown

Saturday, April 11, 2015

I designed this dress several years ago. I'm pleased that it still fits. The fabric came in several very vibrant colour combinations, some of which are still available. Thinking I might grab a few to make more pieces. This particular fabric is very soft unlike others that I've bought with dashiki motifs. The stiffer options work well for certain designs. Considering that this dress hugs the body, the softer choice of fabric is ideal. Paired with flat sandals, my sexy maxi-dress was comfortable enough to run errands around Port of Spain.

Dress: Ancestral Memory
Shoes:Banana Republic
Bag:Vintage, Dooney & Burke
Necklace: Ethiopia 
Bangles and rings: Collected from varied places