New Direction: Beyond the Fashion

“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”― Author Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Today’s post is a little different than most. I know you stopped in (thank you for doing so) very likely expecting to see an update on the latest fashion, trends or style. Well, the truth of the matter is that today I am going in a bit of a different direction. If you have been following One Style at a Time you know that this is the home base of all things fun and fabulous fashion. Today, I want to take off the fashion blogger hat and just have an honest and transparent conversation. You see, for quite some time I have been on quite a personal journey that includes a bit of self-discovery and includes change. I’m sure if you are reading this you can relate on some level because aren’t we all on a path of improvement or transformation. Sometimes you can’t move forward unless you take a step back and take a deeper look at the things that really matter. Now for everyone this introspective peek inward may be different. For me it meant remembering what are some of the things that I enjoy from life. As a blog writer and active social media participant, I’m surrounded by so much information and fast-paced news so the art of research comes in handy. In my search for finding more information I discovered that bloggers are put in a box with tons of labels. From day one, I have been asked, “how do you monetize your blog? how many followers do you have? what is your niche?” I have even been dismissed by people close to me and total strangers because they don’t think ‘blogging’ is a serious venture or because I’m not following the ‘popular formula’. For one, I made a conscious decision years ago that I wasn’t going to be a street style blogger and it’s great that it works for many but fashion blogging is not a one size fits all. I have had endless propositions to promote brands and products that just did not fit my with my style, audience or message. I stand behind projects and partnerships that make sense and that I sincerely believe in. I don’t believe that you can put a price on ingenuity.

Last year I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s book ‘Big Magic’. You may know her from her best seller book and movie, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. Interesting enough, this book suggestion came to me from a complete stranger on YouTube who recommended I read this book. I took the suggestion and never looked back. What a great book for anyone on a creative path. Although Liz talks from the writers point of view, this book is a great and inspiring read for anyone who is afraid to own their creative gifts and follow their path. This book brought some great insights and made me think back to a time when I was a child. As children at some point we are asked, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was to be a writer, painter, fashion designer and an architect. Most kids say, fireman, doctor, teacher or nurse. Not me, I guess early on I sensed I had multiple creative passions. For so long anyone who had multiple passions was considered by society to be confused or simply a flake. I doubt you can say that about many famous names throughout history and even today. Case in point, Leonardo da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, geologist, mathematician among many other things. Harrison Ford is an actor with a love for flying helicopters, Jane Seymour is a well-known actress and painter, Stan Lee is an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. Do you see where we are going here?

If you navigate around One Style at a Time, you will find that although the main topic has always been fashion, it is not a one dimensional blog and I am proud of that. I’ve learned that it is important to stay true to yourself no matter what the analytics show. Nothing against the stats, but without inspiration the content will not feel right with your audience or with yourself. So in the spirit of staying truthful, I am taking a new approach. As of now, this blog will begin touching on additional subjects that are NOT strictly related to the fashion world. My personal life in the last couple of years has taken on different layers that I feel are meaningful and worth sharing. This is not to say that I won’t continue sharing all the fun fashion content with you all (I’m a fashion girl at heart), but there are more topics that I feel guided to include here. It’s all part of the evolution and growth of this blog and I do hope that you stay with me on this ride that includes a bit of change. I appreciate the longtime support and hope that I can bring some additional value to each of you. I will continue to share any shifts in direction as they happen. Thank you for your readership and if you are someone who has many passions like cooking, dancing, photography, designing or writing, my advice is don’t stop working on it! If you haven’t started or are afraid to take the next step, work through that fear and go for it anyway. Never let your gifts go to waste and never allow anyone to talk you out of going for your dreams. Never stop exploring and continue to keep the curiosity alive one step at a time.

“I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything.” Emma Watson

I welcome your thoughts in your comments below.

xo

Maria

 

‘M’ is for Menswear Style That Inspires Women’s Fashion

Menswear style has impacted women’s style for hundreds of years. Women have taken on menswear style in versatile ways and now it is part of the most favorite looks seen from street style to the runway. It was the year 1966 when Yves Saint Laurent introduced the world to the tuxedo style ‘smoking jacket’ for women and infusing sex appeal to it. The fluidity between men and women’s style have grown even more so in past decades with androgyny type fashion on red carpets, movies (hello ‘Annie Hall’) and in the music scene as well. Let’s face it, trousers can be as sexy as a pencil skirt if worn the right way. We know that fashion icon Coco Chanel embraced the look without reservations in her days back in the early 1920s. Legends of Old Hollywood like Katherine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Deitrich and Rita Hayworth all embraced a sweater or button down top with trousers. This look was just as chic as all their glamorous floor length gowns and fur stoles. There is something really effortless when it comes to a confident woman wearing a classic, well-tailored pantsuit. We loved the idea actress Evan Rachel Wood had this year about only wearing pantsuits throughout the award season. She recently said, “I promised myself this year that I would wear a suit to every awards show. I think I myself felt pressure a lot of times that I had to look or dress a certain way, and especially growing up with the industry. So I thought, you know, I’m just gonna go the other way and reach out to a little girl who is like me, possibly. So that’s what I’m going for this year,” she concluded, “It’s all about choice. Choice. Options.”  We are with you Ms. Wood and believe women should always go for options and be authentic.  So we agree, menswear inspiration is a look that will last a lifetime and worth having some fun with. So fashionistas, have you ever taken inspiration from the boys closet to change up your style be it in a suit or a more casual laid back way?

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GIGI GETS LACEY FOR VOGUE JAPAN

Another day, another Vogue cover, this time with ‘it’ model Gigi Hadid closing out the year as the cover girl for Vogue Japan’s December 2016 issue. The looks were retro with a perfect cat-eye eyeliner that could give Adele a run for her money. The bouffant is reminiscent of the hay days of french beauty Brigitte Bardot. A beautiful editorial most of which was done in black and white and with Gigi wearing lots of lace. It felt romantic and edgy and most of all timeless. The shoot was shot by Luigi and lango. The photos are seductive and sexy but with an elegant vibe. Gigi has definitely had a huge year with Vogue and many other magazines she’s covered including not one, but two Vogue Paris covers. When sharing her Vogue Japan shoot on Instagram she mentioned this was one of her favorites. Well, it definitely stands as one of our personal favorites too. It goes to show that September issues don’t necessarily produce the best, creative photographic stories. How do you like this photo spread?

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POWER IN PINK! SHOP FOR A CAUSE: OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

October is not only the official month of fall and its fashion, but also  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So today we combine both by telling you of a couple of ways you can combine shopping with a great cause. Back in February of 2016, designers presented so many trends together with some classic styles that we are all very familiar with. The color pink for autumn/winter was a big recurring color on the runway. That’s right, pastels and the color pink especially are no longer just fashionable for spring and summer. A polarized look that we saw was the use of romantic pale pink hues with dark black noir – think lace, ruffles and leather.

Now if you’re looking to shop for a cause, then we recommend the Angela Roi Sunday Mini Pink (limited edition) handbag. This fabulous mini crossbody is selling for $165 and 50% of the sales will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. The bag is made of vegan leather and is designed in a wing shape and a with a classic aesthetic making it easy to wear from day to night. With a pop of color this bag makes for a great year-round alternative.

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FALL FAVORITE: BELL SLEEVES

Every season there are a few style details that may start on the runway but are trending all over the street style scene. This past summer it was the off the shoulder or cold shoulder trend that was quite popular with the ladies. At one point it was impossible not to see fashionistas showing off their shoulders with a 90s style choker. It’s no secret that the fall season brings with it some of the best fashion trends. What we are loving right now is the bell sleeve and what a statement it makes. Sure we’ve seen bell sleeves in the past and they can be very bohemian, but right now it’s making a big comeback and we like how chic and glamour it can make any look. From modern to classic with a twist, if done right, it makes leaves quite an impression. Who said a sleeve can’t be sexy!  If you find the right dress with a bell sleeve (long or three-quarter length) there goes your one fashion-forward detail. Yes, go ahead and find a top with a bell sleeve to wear with your favorite pair of jeans and accessorize it with your favorite fall accessories. We are obsessed and we recommend you try it! So today we leave you with some ideas and inspiration on how to use a bell sleeve as your statement piece for this fall. Any takers?

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