Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What the Women Want

One of my life goals (out of the one million that I have) is to design a menswear line. For some reason, I feel like menswear that is designed by women is just so creative and fresh. That's why I'm sharing this recent designer find with you guys for My Stylish Man Week. Enjoy!


Designer Laurence Chavin Buthaud
Ivory Coast based designer Laurence Chavin Buthaud of Laurence Airline is creating quite a buzz following the Arise Magazine Fashion Week. Buthaud has set up a workshop in her native country to teach local seamtresses couture sewing technique. It is reported that profits from the sales of her collected are all invested back into the project. 
What I love about the designer is that her line is completely menswear, but as one blogger notes, "It's menswear that either sex could stuck into". She's truly a gem in the fashion world and I'm sure we'll be hearing more about Laurence Airline.



AW 2012 Collection



AW 2012 Collection


 Whitney Sherrell 

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Stylish Man Week: The Webisode

Yesterday, I traveled downtown with my brother to do a short interview on his style and those who have influenced it. We had such a good time. I hope you guys enjoy it. 

Have a look at this webisode especially for My Stylish Man Week

                                



A few photos from the evening








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Monday, March 19, 2012

My Stylish Man Week pt.2

I've admitted this before, but menswear is my style obsession. I swoon over well-dressed men and long to dress those who haven't quite made it there yet. So, this week I'll be sharing my thoughts and tips for maintaining your Stylish Man status or obtaining it!

Ladies, just sit back and enjoy this week & tell all those wonderful guys you know to make their way to MSF for a little style love! 


Previously on MSF's My Stylish Man Page:

Coolest kid you'll ever meet who is ALWAYS in a hat. 
Check out more here
My brother and the most stylish man I know.
Check out more here
                                
Juston has such amazing style. He's never too trendy and always inspiring. He's been featured here so much, and I'm so grateful! 
See more photos here

Jeffrey
Former Mr. Howard University and my choir mate, Jeff just oozes classic style.
Check out more from his feature here.

One of my former choir mates and a guy who defines his own style. He really should be a stylist. 
Check out more here.

OJ is one of my dear friends from college and is like a style chameleon. Versatility is much needed in style. 
See more from his feature here

James was built for suits. He wears them so well. While in college he reminded me that not every guy has to be dressed to the hilt every day, but every guy should know how to when the moment is right. 
Read more here. 


Marquelle was the first Stylish Man to allow me to feature him on MSF. Thankfully. His style is incredible and to this day I'm inspired by the way he pairs things. He's definitely someone that I'm grateful to have come across while blogging. 
Read Marquelle's feature here

Kraig Jamaal 
One of my oldest and dearest friends, Kraig helped me develop my style at a young age. He is one of my Style Influencers and with good reason. He is so fly and my friend. What more could a girl want?
Read more here



























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Thursday, March 15, 2012

My Style: Color Me Beautiful

Today I had the honor of speaking at my old elementary school to a group of girls in 3rd-5th grade! It was such an amazing experience and they were all so beautiful. The theme for the day was "Color Me Beautiful", so I wore my first bit of Spring clothing (also because it's 85 degrees today). I really hope the girls were inspired and I'm so blessed that I had the chance to talk to them! 

What I'm Wearing:
Dress- Old Navy . Blazer-GAP . Pumps-Belk . Belt-Forever 21








WHITNEY SHERRELL

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Style Influencer: Racquel Dwomoh


As you all know, I'm always searching the internet, blogs and more for stylish things and stylish people.My ultimate purpose is to expose myself and my readers to designers and stylists who may not be in all of the mainstream magazines, but who are doing outstanding work.With much luck, I ran across an awesome accessories designer for this month's Style Influencer post. Racquel Dwomoh, founder of QuellyRue Designs, has run her business since 2008  and she has some amazing advice for any of you looking to turn your designing into a business. Racquel is an amazing talent and I'm so honored she agreed to do this interview. I have just fallen in love with every handcrafted piece from her line. And I'm certain you all will, too.



Tell everyone who you are and a little about your company...
Hi all, my name is Racquel Dwomoh and I am the creative designer behind the label QuellyRue Designs. QuellyRue Designs is collection of tote bags, African jewelry, contemporary jewelry, hair accessories, and more. All handmade with an Afrocentric flair.                               
What is the meaning behind the name of your company? 
QuellyRue” is one of my many nicknames. I find it to be such unique short version of my given name, Racquel. So, that’s where the name QuellyRue Designs comes from.

What was/is the inspiration behind QuellyRue Designs?
The inspiration behind QuellyRue Designs comes from many places – my cultural legacy, my life growing up in Ghana, my own crazy imaginations, nature, happiness, truth, colors, textures, African prints, the beautiful women of Africa, the beauty of natural hair, and individuals also inspire Me. I try my hardest to remain open because inspiration can visit anytime.

Since you've run QuellyRue Designs for a few years, what is the biggest lesson you've learned about running a fashion/style business? 
I would say to believe in your idea, plan for everything, but be flexible enough to roll with the punches. Always persevere, don’t be afraid to take risks and never become complacent.  Always provide exceptional customer service; get to know your customers as much as you can, and let them get to know you.  It’s these personal interactions that also get me fired up each day, and help me to put in the long hours it takes to run this business.

What would you mark as your biggest accomplishment or proudest moment?
Erma Bombeck once said: When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me. I agree wholeheartedly with this statement, and for me, this too shall be my biggest accomplishment and proudest moment.

I am still surprised that doing what you enjoy doing can turn into something big, into a business simply because others love what you are making. It is the best feeling! I am endlessly thankful for all of the dedicated bloggers who have promoted my work over the years, and I am always humbled by the comments and compliments that I receive [from family, friends, customers, and fans about my work. 

If you had to choose 3 words to describe QuellyRue Designs, what would they be?
Afro-fabulous, Expressive, and Necessary.

Can you name your favorite item you've created thus far and why it is your favorite...
My favorite? Oh dear, I love all my pieces but my top would have to be my collection of tote bagsI truly enjoy the personal connections forged while making my tote bags. They are such a unique reflection of my love for Africa, natural hair, and all the creative wanderings in my mind, my art, and my style.

What advice would you give to an aspiring fashion accessories designer?
Align your creations with your vision and your values. There are so many designers making so many incredible goods...you just have to use your own style and your own talent and make the things in the super-special way that is your own. Then, get out there and promote it! It's a great time to be a crafter, with so many resources available: blogs (like this, and individual crafter blogs), forums, Etsy, craft fairs everywhere...Take advantage of it all!

Where can people find your designs?
You can find my designs on Etsy:  QuellyRue Designs

For more information about me, news and updates:

Any last words?
Yes, first I want to say thank you for the interview! Your blog is awesome and I also want to thank my customers and your readers for taking the time and reading this. I would love to see your comments and anything anyone can suggest for the New Year. You can send all your suggestions, comments and questions to quellyruedesigns@gmail.com


THANKS AGAIN RACQUEL! YOU'RE AWESOME! 
 EVERYONE MAKE SURE YOU GO CHECK OUT HER DESIGNS AND SUPPORT HER AMAZING BUSINESS!

Whitney Sherrell

*photos courtesy of QuellyRue Designs

Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy 145th to Howard University
...where my mind and my style were given their freedom!




 



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Whitney Sherrell 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

My Favorite Girl

My favorite celeb, possibly my favorite person in the world that I haven't met, is Tracee Ellis Ross!
She is the daughter of Diana Ross (hello!), such a relatable actress (former star of Girlfriends and current star of Reed Between the lines) and a fashion genius (no explanation needed)! If I find out that she can sing, I'll probably be on a quest to find her and become her BFF!

 I did just find out, however,  that Tracee is on the latest cover of UPTOWN magazine, the sister magazine of VIBE. In the mag, Tracee talks fashion, love and her transformation as a woman. I can't wait to read it. 

Check out the video & photos from the shoot!

            


               


 Oh, how I love Tracee! 


Lil' WRAPers

Diane Von Furstenberg will introduce an all new generation to her amazing wrap dresses this month. I recently opened the March issue of InStyle and saw this spread called "Little Wrap Stars" featuring young girls in DVF original wrap dresses for Baby GAP. I was so excited! 

DVF wrap dresses became popular in the 1970s! Talk about longevity. Wow. 

Of the latest line for GAP, Furstenberg said, "It is never too early to start empowering young girls to become the women they want to be." And I couldn't agree more. I remember it was around the time of my Baby Gap days that I first started to experiment with dressing myself and I think it paid off. Besides, these girls are going to end up loving DVF's wrap dresses anyway, why not just introduce them now? 

The dresses and other amazing pieces from the DVF for Baby GAP line will be available on March 15! 

Check out the video and photos below from the upcoming line!



 “The biggest joy was seeing all of the beautiful little ones in the clothes on the day of the shoot. They were so full of energy and confidence.”-DVF








your stylish friend,
Whitney Sherrell