"Don't be like the rest of them, darling" is one of my favorite quotes by the legendary Coco Chanel. Chanel knew that style is not about clothes alone. If it were, a navy dress, a patterned scarf, and a pair of leopard pumps would look the same no matter who was wearing them. Style is about making something your own. Maid's uniforms, costume jewelry, men's yachting clothes-all were reinterpreted by Chanel to suit her taste and sense of fashion. Style removes the possibility that you should dress any other way. Your clothes can be a brilliant orchestra of color and texture, fabric and fit, sensibility and style but should always be worn like a badge - they shouldn't wear you. Your personal style should be unmistakably your own. Your style is your own personal uniform.
Some of you may remember a certain green cut out back dress from Zara I blogged about a couple of weeks ago. https://www.mommyteacherfashionista.com/home/2017/02/21/shades-of-green-my-zara-dress-and-pasta-and-wine-pairings-made-simple
I spoke about how I never would have picked it out for myself but it was a gift from a special friend. The same amazing friend also gave me this navy blue draped shift dress. http://m.zara.com/us/en/woman/dresses/draped-shift-dress-c0p4255538.html
And the very same stylish friend that encouraged me to add my own flair to the green Zara dress also convinced me to spice up this one. Navy blue, to me, is the color of a quarter to midnight, or just before darkness falls. It connotes seriousness and sophistication, and often conservatism. I wanted to contrast the tone and mood of the navy with vibrant pinks. I love the bright, pink shades in this scarf because I think they have lots of energy, sensuality and passion without being too aggressive. I almost added fuchsia pumps but at the last minute changed to leopard. I didn't want another solid and really felt the entire look needed more personality. To me leopard adds a bit of emotion, nonconformity and wildness to an otherwise ordinary look.
The scarf , shoes, and necklace are all from Target.
The same concept of adding your own personality to your style can be applied to your cooking and entertaining. Sometimes you may be in the mood for hot and spicy sizzlers rather than everyday chicken, lamb, or ribs. These recipes will set palates tingling. They all have exotic flair and are great for sharing with friends.
Indonesian Chicken Sate
Grilled Chili-Marinated Lamb
Add your own personal flair, your own style and pizazz to all you do, whether it is dressing up or creating a meal. Like Coco said :
Thank you so much for visiting the blog today! I really hope you enjoyed this post and hope it inspires you to simply be yourself and to share a little bit about who you are while creating your own personal style.
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