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Art of the Day - L. Cole (My Artwork)

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The last time I featured my own personal artwork on my blog was in 2011 when I first started blogging. Over the years I focused more on featuring other artist and artwork that I loved instead of my own personal creations. If you follow me on Instagram my feed is full of my artwork but I realized the other day my current blog readers may have no idea that I am an artist and love to create beautiful works on canvas. So today I am featuring a few of my favorite paintings of mine from over the years. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them! 





Art of the Day - Richard Day

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In honor of International Nelson Mandela Day today's art of the day is inspired by him.


" Nelson Mandela: Part Of The Think Series " by Richard Day. Oil on Canvas. To view more of his work or to purchase visit https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-richard-day.html



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Denim Remix - A Unique Spin on Jeans ( My 10 Favorite Finds)

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The one item of clothing that I can not live without is a great pair of jeans, and lately, designers have been blowing my mind with all of the unique details and embellishments that they have added to their designs. There are so many incarnations at every price point that you will have no problem finding a pair that fits your style. I have really been intrigued with the most outrageous and unusual designs and today's outfit of the day is showing off a cool and edgy pair by Marques Almeida. I liked the lace up detail and wanted to show one way I would style the pair, so, I centered the whole outfit around that theme.



Denim Remix - Fit To Be Tied by latoyacl featuring a man bag

MSGM Black Off The Shoulder Top (Buy Here)
Marques Almeida Lace-Up Wide Leg Jeans (Buy Here)
Stuart Weitzman Swifty Block Heels (Buy Here)
Baby Doll Full False Eyelashes (Buy Here)
Eddie Borgo Chet Minaudiere Velvet Bag (Buy Here)
Violeta By Mango Tassels Pendant Earrings (Buy Here)
Round Thick Temple Boho Sunnies (B…

Art of the Day - Kamille Freske

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"Mermaid Dreamer" by Kamille Freske. Oil on Canvas. To view more or to purchase her work visit http://www.kamillefreske.com/



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Dress For The Occasion - A Chic Italian Getaway

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Today's outfit of the day was inspired by the marvelously illustrated vintage poster by Mario Borgoni showcasing the beauty of the Amalfi Coast. I naturally gravitated towards the color scheme that the artist used to create his illustration and I wanted to use the same hues to create a wonderful outfit that would capture the essence of his work. Luckily the past few fashion seasons provided me with a lot to work with, especially from the designers Dolce & Gabbana. They have always celebrated their Italian heritage through their work and in the last few fashion cycles they have paid particular attention to Italian folklore and iconography which worked perfectly for what I was trying to create today. I ended up using one of their skirts as the starting point and added an off the shoulder tomato red top and handbag to complement it. A sophisticated pair of ankle-tie heels and jeweled cat eye sunglasses finished off the look. 



Dress For The Occasion - A Chic Italian Getaway by lato…

African Inspiration - Black and White Geo Print

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Hello, lovelies! As you may already know, I love to draw inspiration from a variety of sources and today I am drawing inspiration from Africa. The one aspect of African decor that I gravitate towards is the way they combine tribal and geo prints with the natural beauty of their surroundings. I love a lively print next to whitewashed and weathered wood and brick walls. The combination is calming and eye catching especially when it is centered around neutral tones. 
Below are a few of my favorite finds inspired by the region.
* The teapot is actually a Japanese design but I like how it paired well with the rest of the African inspired decor so I added it to the list as well. *



African Inspiration - Black and White Geo Print by latoyacl featuring teapots


Nambe Kyoto Tea Pot (Buy Here)
Signature Housewares 5-inch Printed Utility Bowls (Buy Here)
Jenna Indoor/Outdoor Pillow (Buy Here)
H&M Textured Weave Cushion Cover (Buy Here)


If you are digging this design style here a re a few more options …

Chic In The City - Caroline Constas Off The Shoulder Bustier Top

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When we are dealing with sweltering heat sometimes it is an unsurmountable task to try to look chic and put together. The two major issues during this type of weather are dealing with sweat spots and wrinkling, and even though we can't prevent the inevitable we can still look good trying despite the obstacles we face enduring the heat. That is why I like jeans because you can pair them with anything and still look put together and they usually stay wrinkle free during the day. There are so many lightweight options available during this time of year it is so easy to scoop up a few pairs at an affordable price point and style a pretty outfit around them. Another option for looking good during a warm sunny day is to rock the omnipresent off the shoulder trend that has been dominating fashion for the past few seasons. There are so many options to choose from depending on your style vibe you can rock a halter style, a one shoulder strap stunner, or a go a bit wild (lol) and bare both s…