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FAB Find Alert: Queen Caz Custom Designed Accessories

 

 

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Hey Curls!

I hope you are having a fabulous Monday! I came across this unique, stylish, jewelry page that I just had to share with you! The “Queen Caz” collection is a custom designed accessory brand that is fit for a natural queen.  Each piece is hand-crafted, and a definite must have for your jewelry collection.

I had the opportunity to chat with the founder of the company Caroline “Queen Caz”  Sande, a beautiful natural who is based out of London,UK. Check out our convo below.

1. When/ Why did you begin making jewelry?

It all began the year that I graduated from university (2009) the competitive challenge of securing a job in the events/hospitality industry drove me to pick up a hobby in order to “pass the time” whilst I worked the odd jobs and expanded my experience. This hobby didn’t start off with jewelry making instead I made name tags, purses and cushions from felt material. I transitioned into making earrings following a YouTube tutorial I watched of a fabric flower brooch but instead I turned it into an earring.

2. What are the origins of the name “Queencaz”?

My name is Caroline and my friends nicknamed me Caz but to be different to others with my name I added “Queen”. There is a little queen in us all – why not reflect it in your name. 🙂
3. Where do you draw your inspiration from when creating your pieces?

The fabrics that are used for my Afrofusion earrings are African cloth “ankara” from Nigeria or “kente” from Ghana. The bold, vibrant patterns and colours are an inspiration and a reminder of how beautiful Africa is. I also incorporate small or thick wooden beads that blend or help the fabrics to standout.

The great thing about the earrings is that you do not have to be African to wear them, they are statement, custom made pieces that can be styled for any woman’s wardrobe.
4. What are your future plans/ goals for your jewelry line?

For future plans I am currently looking to make necklace pieces and headbands/fascinators and perhaps a few accessories for men. My goal for the Queencaz Collection is to provide unique jewelry pieces for women, men and kids. To be a creative inspiration for others and ultimately be featured on variousfashion editorials.
5. How can you be reached for orders?

With the title “Afrofusion Earrings” you can send an email sande.caroline@live.com with your order. You can request the type of fabric/style you want by looking at the current collection or if you already have the fabric of your choice you can send it to me and I make the earrings accordingly.

I am based in the UK but I can ship and take International orders.

Also available socially on
Instagram: queencaz
Twitter: Queencaz_22
Facebook: Caroline Queencaz

Check out Queen Caz’s blog HERE

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Ciara is the New Face of Roberto Cavalli

 

Ciara is kicking butt this year, with the release of her new album, tour, and now, the face of the famed Roberto Cavalli clothing line.

Last night, creative director, Peter Dundas announced that the R&B princess would be the face of the  Fall/Winter Cavalli campaign, and she slayed every photo.

Ciara has excelled as an entertainer, but she is on a bigger mission to be a successful entrepreneur.

In a recent interview with the Guardian, she said:

I don’t know if I’ll still be doing music 20 years from now. It’s the foundation of my business, but I want to be a successful entrepreneur. I know I’m gonna be it.I’m on videotape aged 17 at high school graduation saying: I’m gonna have a No 1 song in the Billboard chart and sell 3m copies of my debut album.’ One year later I had a No 1 song in the Billboard chart for eight weeks”– well, seven – and I sold 5m copies of my debut. Now I’m on this next chapter in my life and I can assure you: give me 10 years, it’s gonna be great. I believe it.

There is nothing like a woman who has her head on straight, and is making her dreams come true. If you can believe it, you can achieve it.

Check out Ciara’s Roberto Cavalli campaign below, and tell us what you think.

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Met Gala 2015 Fashion Recap

Met Gala is the biggest event in fashion that happens every year in May to raise money for the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute in New York City. This year the theme of the event was China: Through the Looking Glass, and Hollywood’s brightest stars came out in their best attire. The star-studded event included the likes of Beyoncé (who shut down the event might I add), Zendaya, Kim Kardashian, Naiomi Campbell, Taraji P. Henson, Solange Knowles and many more.

Check out some of our favorite looks below.  Who rocked your favorite look? (Comment Below)

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Photo Creds:

Larry Busacca

Huffington Post

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Must Have Sunglasses for Summer 2015

I must say one of my favorite summer accessories has to be a great pair of sunnies! Nothing completes a simple summer look better than a great pair of shades.

I’ve come to find with online retailers, like ASOS and LuLu’s, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great pair of sunglasses. Don’t get me wrong I love designer brands like Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs, but I’m definitely not going to spend $300 bucks for every pair of sunglasses that I own.

I feel like this years trends include lots of fun colors, unique shapes, and vintage inspired frames. Check out my must have sunglasses for Summer 2015, and don’t forget to stop by your local Forever21 and H&M—they always seem to have ton’s of great affordable glasses!

Ladies, I would love to know what some of your favorite brands are and what eye-wear trends you plan on rocking this Summer, so do tell!

Summer Sunnies

 

Left to Right:

LuLu’s $13 / Grey Ant $260 / ASOS $22 / ASOS $33 / Wildfox $80 / Tom Ford $355

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Spring Fashion Must-Haves! (The Seasons Hottest Accessories Inside)

Kick this season and the next season off with a bang!

Be a step above the rest, and check out the seasons hottest selections of sandals and handbags from our hot new spring issue!

Gladiator’s and double/triple strapped sandals are in and turning heads.

Click here to check out the spring’s hottest accessories

 

Photo Creds:

Featured Image: Michael Kors 2015 Ad

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Closeting: The NEW term for Cleaning Out Your Closet Plus a “Make-Up Sort”

Hey NATURA’Lista’s! I have a few personal questions for you…I realize that some of you will need therapy after this, but, I want you to know, I’m here for you (insert a hug and smile)…Now, let’s get started…When was the last time you were able to see your closet floor? Do you find yourself passing over new pieces with the tags still on and heading straight for the “old faithfuls”? You are not alone. Did you know that only 20 percent of the clothes in the average person’s closet are worn on a regular basis. Yes. It’s true. You heard it here. In this video, you will see how I whipped my closet into shape, so that I can have more organization in my life one garmet at a time! So, grab a friend and jump right in! Here’s a Tip: When starting this daunting task, ask these 5 questions to maximize your success:

spring closet cleaning – Medium (Click Here for Video)

1. Do you need it?

2. Does it fit?

3. What is its sentimental value?

4. Is it in season?

5. Do you look like future you or past you in this?

 

Happy Closeting!

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Festival Fashions: Coachella 2015

Coachella is not only watched for it’s musical acts, but also for the celebrity fashions and street styles. It’s a great place to draw inspiration for updating your wardrobe to spring and summer styles.

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Is Wearable Technology Trendy?(Read More Inside)

In the past, wearable technology has generally been associated with health and fitness—not fashion. Today, it is a market that has fashion designers clamoring to collaborate with tech companies.

The problem in the past with wearable’s was the struggle to cross the chasm and find success in the mainstream market. Lucky Editor-in-Chief Eva Chen suggested that the key to success for these products is “to balance elegant form with functionality that you just can’t live without.” As technology has become an essential part of our everyday lives, the challenge was to make it trendy and the solution was to get designers on board.

Are you interested in the wearable technology trend? Read More Below.

 

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Leggings to Revamp Your Workout Wardrobe

I have a habit of wearing the same old tank top and leggings combo during my workouts. Don’t get me wrong – I wash them, of course. There’s just no pizazz to my usual exercise ensemble. So, for the benefit of myself and readers who may fall into the same rut, I compiled a list of affordable and fantabulous leggings that will amp up your gym wardrobe.

Redbubble Tupac vs. Biggie Leggings

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These are my personal favorite. For only $49 you can feel like even more of a gangster during your workout.

 Fabletics Salar Legging in Blue Lava Print

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These leggings are from Fabletics, Kate Hudson’s activewear line. You can buy them online and get 50% off your first order.

Forever 21 Heathered Drawstring Joggers

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You can buy these comfy joggers here for only $20.

Old Navy Active Compression Shorts

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Go with these shorts if you’re looking for something to sport in warmer weather. They’re a bright, fun deal at only $20.

Fabletics Nadi Legging 

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You don’t find many people wearing camo leggings. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone wear camouflage activewear. So you’ll be a confident trend-setter if you chose to rock these bad boys.

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A Spring Fling with Fringe & Floral

With spring quickly approaching, it’s time to start building up those wardrobes, ladies! We can finally start putting away all of our winter layers in order to make room for our new spring pieces. One of my favorite trends this spring has to be fringe. I have always been a huge fan of all things fringe, I mean, who doesn’t love a nice statement piece? And I’ve never seen anything with fringe not make a statement.

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I also love a nice floral print piece, whether it’s a nice flowy dress or a dope pair of floral print platforms; the right floral piece can create such a nice classic look. I love mixing hard and soft pieces together, and what goes better with a tough leather skirt than some floral print platforms? Don’t be afraid to venture out and mix pieces together that you wouldn’t typically pair together! I find that I create my best looks whenever I really go against the grain and try something different.

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Wearing leather during the spring and summer months is normally a fashion don’t, but this season please make it a fashion must! Take a chance and throw on a leather skirt (with fringe) and a pair of Chucks for a cute casual look when you’re not in the mood to wear heels.

skirtGETTHELOOKS.COMAU Leather Look Fringe Skirt

 

Have fun mixing up your floral and fringe this season ladies. Mix your old and new pieces together. Don’t be afraid to also check out your local thrift and vintage stores, you can definitely find some great fringe and floral pieces while thrifting!

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Ladies I would love to know what trends you’ll be rocking this season so feel free to leave a comment and fill me in!