As temperatures begin to drop and sunlight gets shorter, color choices also take a nose dive. Summer/Spring bright yellows and happy pinks turn into dreary blacks and somber grays. In the more northern cities like New York and Chicago, people are less concerned with “making statements” and more concerned with keeping warm. Winter has effectively dampened spirits.
Fortunately, it does not have to stay that way. A number of colorful pieces can be easier incorporated into dull hues to provide “pops” of colors that will brighten any gloomy days. Read on for ways to incorporate pops of color to brighten your outfit and your mood.
One of the easiest ways to add the color is to get a colorful coat. Designers like Milly Alexis are keen to the idea as well have made coats, like the one Leona Lewis is rocking, that will brighten any outfit immediately. Moncler also has a number of down coat that are meant to pop as well!
The ways to incorporate shoes to add pops of color are endless. Funky rainboots, bright pinks pumps, red ankle booties, bright oxfords…the options are endless. In an all-black outfit, shoes always add the perfect punch of color.
Bright Color Pants
Don’t be afraid to pop out your summer skinnies with a blazer. Those bright pants are the perfect way to add a splash of color without over doing it. They also double in keeping those legs warm!
When in doubt, grab a scarf! They can be knotted, tied, or wore loosely around the neck. A vibrant scarf can be both practical in keeping you warm, and stylish in setting off your look.
Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize! Your sunnies, nail polish, gloves all can serve as more settle ways to add pops of colors. A fresh mani and loud gloves, you can’t go wrong.
So don’t get stuck in the dull hues. Pack tons of color in your winter wardrobe and enjoy. Summer will be back before you know it!
As the weather turns to cloudy skies and blistery-cold days, staying in shape and maintaining an exercise routine becomes a challenge for many of us. Image Activist Michaela Angela Davis began the #MadFree #30for30 Movement to show Black women that #FitIsFly and to keep us motivated to exercise through the New Year. This online event started December 1, 2012 with the tagline: “30 minutes can make such a difference in our lifestyle and productivity!” Facebook group members pledge to be active for at least 30 minutes per day in an effort to be happier and healthier in 2013.
Approximately 360 members have joined the group. Posts range from sharing ideas about healthy snacks, tips on DVDs, apps and unique workout routines (e.g., hula hooping with weights, dancing in a musical, plank variations), and simply sharing in the progress of building a movement where Black women stay fit and healthy. The trending topic has also spread to Instagram and Twitter, encouraging women daily.
Diva Tip: For inspiration and a frequent reminder of your pledge – for the month of December, change the lock screen on your phone or tablet to a picture of your desired body image or to a graphic of exercise tips such the Say No! to Hibernation Winter Body Workout (below) from Fit Betty. As you go about your day, you’ll frequently be reminded to set aside 30 minutes for movement, exercise and healthy eating.
Need more than that to catch the #FitIsFly bug? Watch the official #MadFree trailer here:
Feel the passion pouring from Davis through the screen, then join the movement and share your progress!
Already joined the movement? Have more winter workout tips? Share below…
Looking for a way to freshen up your deep hued winter wardrobe? Not quite sure how to incorporate or layer the spring and summer trend into the colder months? Floral’s are normally associated with Spring not Winter or Fall, well no more. Now you can do Winter Florals with a few quick tips and get the most out of your entire wardrobe from Spring to Winter.
Buy or Pair With Deep Colors: Black tights, marron, oxblood, navy and emerald are great hues to pair with florals.
Add Leather: Motorcyle jackets scream Fall and toughen any look even florals.
Pair with boots: Doc Martins, Riding boots or Thigh-Highs, Fall is the season for boots. Pair them with feminine pieces like florals.
Try printed Deimn: printed jeans are very on trend, so try wearing floral printed jeans. It’s the easiest way to trend two trends in one look.
With most trends, it’s all about freedom of expression and having fun trying out something new! Not too sure that winter floral trends are right for you, try it out first with simple accessories like adding a leather jacket or boots first and let us know how it works out!
Have you ever tried dipping into the winter floral trend? What’s your favorite accessory to pull off a full winter floral look?
It’s kind of hard to believe it’s already November but it’ll be easy to keep the eminent chill of winter at arms length with these chic gloves! With studded, printed and even peplum inspired styles you can make sure to stay warm without sacrificing style!
Burberry’s leather hand-studded gloves are the perfect mix of tough and chic, with these mid-arm and driving gloves. Is it just me or would Darth Vader LOVE these gloves!? If you’re looking for trendy options, try out the Marc Jacobs vinyl and calfskin gloves. They let you continue the oxblood trend throughout the fall, all with a subtle peplum accent
Get pretty with these cassic and sophisticated gloves from Modcloth.com. The pink bows and pleated edge details give these gloves a very first ladylike look. While these daring fingerless red knit gloves will keep texters and tweeters happy with wrist warming ruffles that’ll be a perfect pop of color for any outfit. Mix multiple trends in one with these pyramid studded leopard print gloves from Valentino. It doesn’t get any better to brave the winter in a concrete jungle!
Have more gloves than you need? Donate them! North-easterners who were affected by Hurricane Sandy can use your help! Donate gloves, hats and anything else you can to the Red Cross or the Salvation Army to help out those in need!
Stay warm ladies!
Fur hats are THE ultimate winter fashion accessory – ultra stylish with ultimate warmth! This isn’t a new secret, these hats have been a symbol of style and elegance for decades. Now, however, there are so many styles and types on the market to choose from, with a wide range in prices for varying budgets as well!
The most popular styles are Ushanka style Russian hats, fur-trimmed aviator, Mad BomberHats, and cloche style hats. The furs can be of fox, rabit, raccoon, mink, sheep skin, coyote, beaver, and muskrat fur. Anyone can find the right hat for them, no matter age or gender. Look at a few stylish combinations.
Accessories like these are really fun to buy online. Not only can you find great deals,there’s no going wrong as far as size goes! Check out FurHatWorld.com, they have an incredible variety of hats. If you are out and about, I found some cool retail deals you can find near you.
Faux Fur Hat (left) for $10.80 and Faux Fur Trapper Hat (right) for only $12.80, both sold at Forever 21.