Kenya L Fashion Blog Turns One!!!!

Zara Pink Dress Yay!!  It’s my Blogiversary!!!!   Yep, exactly one year ago today I posted my very first post to this blog.  It’s kinda hard to believe to be honest with you.  I mean, in some ways, it seems like I’ve been doing this forever (probably because I love it so much and it’s become such a great part of my life) but in other ways it seems like just yesterday that I started on this journey.

Zara Pink Dress

If you’ve been a Kenya L’er since the start, then you know I initially started the blog as a way to chronicle my dream of developing a collection of fashion blazers for women.  I did in fact develop that collection and while the blazers have not been as successful as I would have hoped (or at all really 😦 ), I’m okay with that, because that journey ultimately helped me find my way here – to what I know now is my real passion – fashion blogging!

Zara Pink DressI love blogging so much and I love our community.  There is nothing like it!  I’m so amazed by how much I have grown, how much the blog has grown and how many great people I have met over this past year.  You know, I took a moment to look back at some of my first posts the other day and I had to shake my head at the quality of some of the photos and posts then.  But again, that’s what I love about this — I’ve had a chance to learn so much from many of you and to be inspired by you to push myself even more.

The blog would not be what it is today if it weren’t for all of you… my fantastic and loyal followers and my wonderful blogging friends!  Thanks to each and every one of you!  I love you guys!  Here’s to another FANTABULOUS year!!!

What I’m Wearing: Zara Dress, Vince Camuto Spiked Heels, Express Leopard Clutch, Kate Spade Sunnies, Erica Lyons Necklace

Where Am I: Uptown Charlotte

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The High Low Skirt Trend

High Low Skirt TrendI’ve been checking this particular trend out for quite awhile.  It’s cute, yes, but let me be real… I had prom dresses in the 90’s that rocked the high low thing.  Add in a Salt & Peppa haircut and lace and ruffles….  let’s just say, it wasn’t exactly my best look!  So, I wasn’t completely sure how this go ’round would turn out.  Plus… ughh… (can’t believe I am going to admit this) but I also questioned if this trend was just a little too young for me! Gasp!

High Low TrendAnyway, ultimately, it was the pastel color and the feminine and flowy details of the skirt that won me over.  It’s perfect for so many summer time activities.  In fact, I wore this look out to meet one of my friends for brunch this past Saturday at The Flying Biscuit Cafe (which by the way has multiple locations in the south east– you must check it out if you have a chance – super eclectic vibe, all day breakfast, best grits and biscuits ever, and apple butter!!!  Yum!).

The Flying Biscuit

I decided to keep it more casual for my outing so I paired the skirt with a simple white tank and a vintage denim vest and wedges but this skirt could easily transition to a more dressy event as well.

What I’m Wearing: J Crew Tank, Vintage Denim Vest – Value Village $5, Target Mossimo Skirt, Guess Wedges, J. Crew Chain Link Necklace, Vintage Fendi Clutch

Where Am I: The Flying Biscuit Cafe

What do you think of the high low skirt trend?

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Rockin’ Floral Pants

How to Wear Floral PantsI’m back lovelies!!  So sorry for my absence over the past few weeks.  It was completely unintended!  It actually started with a business trip to the Chicago area week before last and then having family in town for Mothers Day weekend.  This week I was kinda in recovery mode….  but whew… I’m back!  I really missed you guys by the way!

How to Wear Floral PantsAnyway, you all know I have a tendency to become obsessed at times.  Well, right now, I am all over peplum tops and the floral craze!  It’s quite interesting because I have never been a big floral person.  I mean at all!  When I would think of florals, I would conjure up visions of hideous curtain prints and ugly bed spreads (which = not cool by the way).  But there is something so refreshing about this do-over that makes floral prints quite appealing.

How to Wear Floral PantsNow, if you’re a regular on the blog, you know I’ve tried pretty much every possible floral piece there is (top, blazer, skirt ) with the exception of pants.  Not sure why… but pants always seemed a little more intimidating.  But I decided to give it a shot with these J. Crew jeans.  I actually think that was the trick.  I really liked that these pants were denim and that they gave me a “spot on” fit.How to Wear Floral Pants

Of course, there are so many styling options for floral pants….  match the top to your pants (like I did) or be adventurous and try a neutral color on top.  Other styling options: add a blazer, a nautical striped top, chambray or a bright hue.

Have you tried floral pants yet?

What I’m Wearing: Forever 21 Peplum Top, J. Crew Liberty Floral Jeans,  Nine West Yellow Croc Heels, Zara Statement Necklace, Louis Vuitton Vintage Clutch, Tumi Sunnies

Where Am I: Steele Creek Center

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How to Wear Spring Pastels

Spring PastelsWith all of the fanfare around spring brights, neons and florals…  you might forget about the traditional spring staple…  pastels!  Sorbet shades have been around season after season and this spring, no surprise, they are definitely back in high gear!

Spring Pastels 2013If you are a little hesitant to take on this more traditional spring look, there are some simple ways to keep it fresh.  For one, try a play on textures and fabrics!  I picked up this ultra feminine blouse from Zara not only because of the beautiful pastel hue but mostly because of the contrasting fabric sleeves!  Although the color may be a more expected spring shade, the sleeves helps make it a standout piece!Spring Pastels

Try other tricks as well with your pastel pieces….  For instance, add on fun accessories.  I choose pearls for my look to play on the feminine flair of the blouse but a fabulous printed necklace or even a pop of bright color would have been perfect as well.Zara Blouse - Spring Pastels

What I’m Wearing: Zara Blouse (sorry for the wrinkles folks, I had been sitting for a bit earlier which did not bode well for the photos!!), Zara Boyfriend Jeans, Zara Pumps (yes, I’m all Zara today!!), Vintage Gucci Clutch, Vintage Pearls, Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch, Versona Accessories Ring and Earrings

Spring 2013 PastelsWhere Am I: Lakepoint Center

What are your favorite pastel pieces?

Spring Pastels

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