Category Archives: Inspiration

Film Inspiration: Eve’s Bayou

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I’ve traveled through many states in the South in my youth, so when  it comes to vacation, there aren’t any places that I can think of that I would choose to visit.

However, there is one sure state that I would love to visit and perhaps live someday: Louisiana.

Watching the HBO series,  True Blood has only intensified my romanticism of the Louisiana culture and increased my desire to visit the state.  Yes, even if it is a show about brutal, blood sucking vampires.

But, the movie that started the fascination with Louisiana culture and cultivated a wish to retire to a swamp is Eve’s Bayou.   It’s a cult film that stars Samuel L Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, and a young  Jurnee Smollett.   Here is the synopsis of the movie as given by IMDB:

The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not knowing that he is observed by his youngest idealistic daughter Eve, who is there by accident. Eve can not forget the incident which is traumatic for her naivete and shares a secret with older sister Cisely. Lies start to roll.

The movie is moving, thought-provoking and stirring.  I highly suggest running out and renting it at Blockbuster or Netflix it if you haven’t seen it already.

However, the fashion and style of the movie is also what always captivated me.  The costume designer is  Karyn Wagner, who has also served as costume designer for “The Notebook” and episodes of “Friday Night lights”.  For Eve’s Bayou, I’d say she did a great job of capturing the style of an affluent family in rural Louisiana in the early 60’s.

Now, whenever I watch Eve’s Bayou,  I’m always inspired to put on my Sunday best instead of throwing on a typical pair of jeans, T-shirt and flip flops.  Instead, I feel like I want to put on a pair of pearls, a nice floppy hat and a pair of white gloves.  Okay, maybe not the white gloves.

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Photos from Amazon, IMDB

And you can also see the trailer:

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R.I.P to the King of Pop

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Another post where I will veer off of the fashion/beauty talk for a second.  Yes, this is a tribute to Michael Jackson post.  I’d actually gone back and forth about writing a tribute post since others have eloquently written on this subject matter.   However, I thought it would be quite fitting since I can say that Michael Jackson was one of my first introductions to music.

I was born shortly after the release of Thriller and the now groundbreaking Motown 25th Anniversary show where Michael showcased his moonwalk for the 1st time.   Some of my earliest memories include me trying to imitate the dance at the end of the “Beat It” video–I never could get through “Thriller” until I was older.

When Bad came out, I was a little bit older and I remember my dad taping all of the music videos on his Betamax (we were old school) and him showing me how slick and smooth MJ was in “The Way You Make Me Feel” video.   Once again, I was in awe of the moves from the “Smooth Criminal” video.

And when “Dangerous” came out, my dad bought two cassette tapes–one for me and one for him, because he knew we wouldn’t share.  I played that tape out until it was broken.   The  music videos, like “Black or White” and “Remember the Time” were full scale productions and the premieres were treated as such.   We’d be abuzz in class the day after the premiere  about seeing the videos and how cool this move or that move was.

And I still liked his later music from his HIStory and Invincible album.   Plus, his Off the Wall album and Jackson 5 songs were always mainstays in the home.  I’d listen to my mom’s “Off the Wall” record and dance by myself in my room as if I were at a disco on a Friday night.  Good times, indeed.

Last night, I went with a couple of friends to a small memorial at Johnson Publishing Company, the home of Ebony and Jet magazine.  It was a small group, but there was singing and Johnson Publishing hung their Ebony and Jet poster-sized covers in their windows:

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So I will not only bid adieu to Michael Jackson, but to a part of my childhood that I  will always remember from listening to his music.  From trying to pop-lock in my yard with my friends to anxiously waiting for his video premieres.   I’m  glad that I grew up in that generation to know what good pop music really, truly is.  I can look back fondly of those memories of his music and the influence it had on me.

R.I.P Michael.

Inspirational Blast from the Past

A few days ago I was going through a backup drive and I found some images from my old computer.  I thought I’d lost these images and I vaguely remember rounding them up from various sources a couple years ago.  They were going to be printed and they were to be added to my “mood board”.  Well, the mood board never happened and the images, until now, have been mostly forgotten.  However, I wanted to share because I think it’s interesting to look back at what inspired me at that time (and just a quick note, please don’t laugh at my faux-Photoshopping skills.  Thx):

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These adverts and images are at least a couple of years old or more, but I can still find inspiration from some of them and I remember why I saved them.  I will say this, I must have been in a romantic reverie, because these images come off as incredibly romantic and idyllic in my mind.  Soon, I hope to update this and show what imagery currently inspires me.

Natural Inspiration

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration.  Whether it’s writing, fashion or photography, imagery or examples are necessary for helping us trudge through    For me, I am always looking for hair inspirations.  Yes, for my hair. When I became natural during my Sophomore year of college, I was happy that I was done with my harsh relaxer and I was determined to embark on a new adventure.  I was going to stop depending on salons and I was going to see what my natural hair texture was really like.  Well, let’s just say that those first few months were a bit awkward.  Here I was, liberated from my relaxer, but now what?  I had no points of reference for being natural and didn’t really understand all of the work that went into maintaining natural hair.  Most of the pictures of celebrities and models (looking at you, Naomi), I saw were of models with stick-straight hair or contrived Afro-wigs that never looked quite real.

In the past four and a half years, I’ve sought out many inspiring images or celebs that portray natural hair.  I have also found blogs like Mane and Chic, Honey Brown Sugar and Afrobella.  I’ve also perused communities like NaturallyCurly.com.  These sites have helped me immensely in feeling uplifted when I decide to wear my hair natural with their tips and stories.

Also, here are some fabulous natural celebs (models and singers) that I’ve found.  This by no means covers all of the fabulous and natural public figures.

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Tracee Ellis Ross

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Janelle Monae

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Back in business

So I’ve been a bad blogger in the past couple of weeks.   Lack of anything to write about and nothing inspirational to me right now.  I haven’t been shopping or even looking in the past few weeks.  Maybe it’s the Chicago weather that keeps me down.  I briefly went on a rampage trying to find the perfect handbag to carry going into the Spring, but I came up empty.  I had a beautiful Tanner Krolle handbag that was on a serious sale in my online shopping cart that was sold when I finally went to check out.   And yes, somehow, that crushed my little shopping spirit.  I went into withdrawal and I carried my beat up MJ bag that really shouldn’t be allowed to exist anymore.   Then, I was at my parents house and went through my old closet to help my mom throw out things I didn’t want anymore and I found them.

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Yes.  My old school Dr. Martens.  I’d had them since I was about 13 or so.  I’d actually had a pair when I was in 2nd grade that were the lace-up high top style boots.    I quickly tired of those and by third grade, they were out.  However, the other Dr. Martens were the 5 Eye Cap Lace to Toe style shoes.  Yellow trip and the thick sole I always felt looked like gristle.   Those shoes got me through Jr. High School, but I only wore them sometimes on weekends.  However, high school is where it counted as these Docs (as I called em) went perfectly with my wool skirt and white monogrammed shirt and tall knee socks.   In college, the shoes were always a fall back and a comfy alternative for walking around on campus.

Over the past couple of weeks as I looked at the scuff marks and the wear and tear, I noticed that first, the shoes held up pretty damn good for all of the trauma I probably put them through.   Then I reminisced about chance meetings with new friends, reconnecting with old friends,  going to the pizza place after school and the joyrides around town.   After sitting there and looking at my Dr. Martens for 15 minutes, I realized that I couldn’t throw them away.   I put them back in the corner of my old closet and threw every other meaningless Express T shirt and NY and Company pair of jeans away.  I can only hope that I find more items Dr. Martens that actually mean something to me.

Polyvore Set–Back to Black

Polyvore is fun. It lets me create what I would wear if I had the means. I signed up awhile ago, but I hadn’t created any sets. I was just playing around and created the set below. I used Ms. Jourdan Dunn for my hair inspiration (yes, hair inspiration) and created an outfit using my favorite color to wear: black. Never over-used in my opinion.


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McQueen!

I’ve been a fan of Alexander McQueen since I was a wee teenager.  I poured over magazines and searched for any article I could find about the man.  Every season, his show is one of the first I look forward once images are ready.

I do not have a McQueen piece in my closet, not even his famous skull scarf. I always said that if I bought a Mcqueen piece, it’d be from his RTW line.  But now, I am excited as it has been announced that he is going to be producing a line for Target that will launch in March 2009. Everything is going to be priced under $129.99. I’m hoping that I will like the line he produces since many of the diffusion lines from Target are either hit or miss with me.

Here are just a few of my favorite McQueen creations(there are  more, but I can’t post them all!)

pictures from Style.com:

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