If you are anything like me, then you truly enjoy the transitional period that comes between the sweltering summer months and fall. The temperature cools at night, yet the days are still filled with sunshine and warmth. For a style maven, this time also provides a unique opportunity to wear pieces from both seasons.
Are you looking for a chic way to transition last season’s statement blouse into spring? (Exaggerated sleeves, high collars, ruffles and all!)
What can I say, my style mavens?
I have been absent from this whole blogging game for longer than usual.
Travel, work and life are all to blame for my recent hiatus. Plus, with everything that is going on politically and socially here in the states, it has just been difficult for me to get excited about what trend I plan to wear this season, or even a new pair of heels.
The truth is, I have just been completely undone lately.
There are truly few style staples that are as timeless in delivery as the silk scarf. This piece’s versatility, chameleon-like tendencies- it comes in almost every shape, size and color- and ability to take the basic top and pair of jeans combo to the next level make it an essential building block in any style maven’s wardrobe.
A few weeks ago, I traveled to India with Anchal Project to meet the artisans they employee there and share the story of how they use design as a tool for social and economic change. To say the experience was life-changing is truly an understatement. Read the full feature story for Extol magazine (on newsstands, now) or below:
It’s difficult to describe this part of India to people, because you can’t understand what this country is really like until you have actually been here and experienced it,” Colleen Clines, the co-founder and CEO of Louisville-based Anchal Project, points out as our vehicle zig-zags its way through livestock, people and the occasional camel.
We are with a small group of people that includes Colleen’s mother, her sister, Maggie Clines, who is also the creative director at Anchal, and another writer from Kentucky.
As we make our way toward a local children’s village, I take a moment to reflect on the fact that I was sitting comfortably in the Nashville airport just two days ago. As I take in the atmosphere on an overcrowded highway somewhere between New Delhi and Jaipur, I anxiously wait for my first stop on a trip that will change the way I view the world forever.
There truly are few things that get my heart racing like a blouse with an exaggerated sleeve. However, give me a flutter sleeve with open- back details, and I may just double over from the heart palpitations caused by the all the fashion-related excitement.