Month: July 2017

Ankara Skirt + Head Wrap

Recently I decided to take a stroll through Penn Center Suburban Station here in Philly and browse through the shops. There I discovered the CeCe Boutique. To be honest, I’m sure I’ve passed by many times before in my way to work but had never been inside.

However, this time the most beautiful skirts and wraps were visible from the window and I just had to stop. Today’s look features one of the two sets I purchased that day. Ankara designs are made using an Indonesian dye technique called batik on which cotton is waxed in such a way that the colors don’t spread across the entire fabric.

This creates the beautiful designs we see. This process, although developed in Indonesia and used by the Dutch, was made wildly popular in West Africa where the style eventually became exclusively associated with that region.

While many have begun wearing Ankara and other African inspired clothing as trendy, I pause before wearing anything of serious cultural importance unless I have a clear understanding of the ceremonial garb. These designs however,  are made to be globally shared.

I must say I’ve fallen in love with this style of dress. I especially like that the headwrap doubles as a bandeau top, which is perfect for our summer heat waves and trips to the beach. So how about you, have you worn Ankara fabric? If so, how are you styling yours?

Peach + Denim

Have you ever wanted to wear something but hesitated because you weren’t sure if it was in season? Well this leather skirt was the source of my apprehension. Right now you’re probably thinking “Girl you DO know it’s summer right?!” and yes, indeed it is but I assure you that I wasn’t Sweaty Sally in these streets.

I love leather and there are some black leather shorts somewhere in my mess of a closet dying to be worn this summer. I sincerely wanted to rock these heels and this skater skirt matches perfectly lol. The perforated fabric makes it super lightweight and comfy.

I added a classic denim shirt and my light blue tote to play off the snakeskin on my heels. The best part is that this entire outfit was $100 and this skirt was thrifted. Here’s to slaying on a budget, have a happy Monday & enjoy Independence Day!

Shirt//H&M , Skirt//Buffalo Exchange , Shoes//French Connection ,  Tote//Rampage 

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