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On A Coral Note | Sheela Writes

On A Coral Note

It behooves me to explain the title of this post.   Encouraged emboldened by my recent foray into a far more panoramic world than I’m generally used to, I thought why not kickstart the lunar new year by grabbing the colour bull by its horns, yes?  Sidenote:  this post was originally slated to run yesterday, the 8th, but as fate would have it, my scheduling went somewhat awry and consequently, it makes its appearance today instead. Back to dabbling in colour. It really feels odd that it’s taken me so long to become comfortable with wearing bright colours.  I might have mentioned this before but prior to the last 10, 12 months, my palette was comprised of black, black and, oh, black. It’s been that way since I was 13. Grey was as rainbow technicolour as I got. Look at me now. Even my hair is saying it loud and proud.  I think it might very well rival my dress in terms of vivacity and hue, wouldn’t you say? That’s always been me, though, as …

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In A 70s Groove

I’m a 70s child, baby. And I’m not afraid to show the world.   As clearly evident on numerous runways, the 70s movement has been steadily gaining trajectory for several seasons now.  From Gucci to Céline to Valentino, we’ve been privy to all forms of silhouettes and shapes harking back to that era.  Be they platforms or stacked heels and fringe; loud prints or big floppy hats, clothes (and accessories) were happy statements, blissful even, peppered with a touch of whimsy.  Designers paraded delectable hues from every single colour on the palette, ranging from riotous to confectionery, with pinks dominating the scene (Rose Quartz, hello). Incidentally, if it does appear as though links abound in this post, they do.  There are just so many wondrous things I must share with you today. In a world which has become increasingly tumultuous and erratic, it’s perfectly understandable why we seek joy from all avenues, and how that desire extends to the garments we wear, the accessories we choose, the lifestyles we pursue.  It’s equally easy to see why …

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A Red Carpet Rebel

If you’ve been trying to decide whether or not Jumpsuits are here to stay, Wonder no more, my stylish friend   Formerly the exclusive territory of toddlers, auto mechanics and clowns, jumpsuits have become what was once unthinkable – a wardrobe staple.  A sales booster.  A moneymaking machine across all price points and brands.  What’s all the fuss about this relatively odd wunderkind of clothing, you ask? Here’s my take. A really cool thing about onesies is you can embrace the high-low method of dressing, as in, dress them up or go casual.  Stilettos or brogues.  Either heel height wears beautifully with the jumpsuit, making it an outfit in one.  Making life so much easier for those of us completely strapped for time (read: all of us). Call it lazy dressing.  Convenience.  Time-saver. Call it whatever. The jumpsuit is a no-brainer for the modern woman. Jumpsuits successfully combine elegance and effortlessness – two very difficult aspects to pull of, and, in truth, the perfect combination for event dressing.  In fact, it’s that effortless quality which …

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This Is How We Do It

When you think fashion and style Houston doesn’t really come first to mind And that’s quite understandable   We might be a little late to the party compared with sorority sisters the likes of Austin or Portland or New York and San Francisco but we’re certainly making up for lost time, ringing those bells and whistles with absolute vigour.  And with more than a hint of savoir faire. Energy.  Tech. Those are words one would typically associate with Texas and, in a downstream fashion (see what I did there?) with Houston.  True, true.  Yet through the (recently defunct) HFB group, I’ve pleasantly discovered that there’s truly far more than meets the sartorial eye when it comes to stylish women (and men) in the Lone Star State city of Houston. So when HFB ceased operations (sadness), it just seemed the right thing to get a few of us together and collaborate on a theme. Print mix. It seemed like a good idea at the time.  Remember how I pledged that 2016 will be the year of …

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Transplanted Living

2016 marks my 6th year in the States. 72 months of white picket fences. 312 weeks of being an alien.   What have I learned? Please, take everything I’ve written with a pinch of salt?  It’s all in good sport. Well, that there are things which we do rather differently in Asia.  Granted, I’m speaking from the perspective of one hailing from an ex-British colony, migrating to the Southern part of the States, specifically H-Town = Houston.  Granted, the climate certainly varies from state to state. And granted there are many more variances between the continents but provisos aside, I’m going to focus on language, common verbiage, words. For many of us, an absence of the letter “u” is usually the first to come to mind.  However, there are several other key distinctions in terms of how certain words are used and what they mean (or do not mean to mean). For instance, the word “girl”,or “girls”. No.  No, no, no.  Those are words we reserve for females below the age of 8 (or thereabouts, …

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Of Words & Waistlines

What is she talking about?? Where’s the correlation between the two?   Allow me to explain. There are blogs which feature the prettiest of pictures, the most stylish of looks, and hardly anything else at all.  Perhaps a sprinkling of words, scattered in a seemingly sporadic fashion but which are, on the contrary, strategically placed to encourage impulse clicks purchases all in the name of affiliate marketing.  Which tickles your fancy the most?  Are you a look, see and move on sort of reader?  Or do you buy into the substance (or cringe at the lack thereof) of a well-written post? I’m personally rather partial to a piece which contains more than jpegs, no matter how beautiful they may be (as if you didn’t already know that).  For as long as I can remember, prose (particularly that of a lyrical nature) holds a very special place in my heart.  I suppose one could attempt to disprove the theory that words are indeed mightier than the sword but then again, why wage a war one cannot …

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Blackstar

One of the things I am intent on doing this year is to wear things I usually wouldn’t.   Pieces that I’d typically take one look and then shake my head saying, that’s not me.  Or I’m going to look stupid in that.  Fat.  Ugly.  No way. Call it a style resolution of sorts.  And a pencil skirt is one such item of clothing.  I know, I see you pencil skirt groupies all shaking your heads in disbelief.  I see you. Cut me some slack though.  I am attempting it now. It took quite a while to find that perfect cut.  Perfect fit.  Perfect marriage of fabrics. The perfect juxtaposition of hard with soft. I believe I’ve found the one. And yes, this post is a blatant tribute to Mr Bowie.  May our dreams and thoughts be eternally overflowing with magical stardust and neon rainbow colours. You are missed, Ziggy. Love, Sheela {  photos by Eve  } Linking up with Mix It Mondays, Mingle Monday, Favourite Fashion Friday, Fabulous Friday, Dallas Style Blog, Sincerely Jenna …

Cheetah, Meet Camo | Sheela Writes

Leo, Meet Camo

Emboldened by my recent foray into the magical wonderland of colour and print, I tried something new today.   I paired two prints which, under normal non kaleidoscope-laced days, I would never ever have placed together within a 10 mile radius let alone allow them to cohabit within the same outfit.  I’m making reference to larger than life leopard patterns and the equally loud camouflage print.  Did I hear a gasp?  Or two?  I don’t blame you.  Not even in my wildest of sartorial dreams did I imagine this combination would work but here they are, making merry and rather nicely at that, I might add. Let’s talk about Leo first. This Cape was such a find.  An ultra rare find, I should say.  It’s authentic 1960s and came with original tags (somewhat faded because of age, oooh, chills) as well as a bag of extra buttons.  But those aren’t what make this piece such an amazing treasure. No, my friend.  What makes this cape a rarity is how it’s completely reversible.  One side being …

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Colour, I Fear You Not

When it comes to wearing colour, there are three categories of people.   Those who embrace it wholeheartedly, happily mixing not just two but four, sometimes five, different colours all into one same outfit.  Oftentimes throwing in a pattern or print into the mix just for the fun of it. Then there are those who, while not partial to a rainbow parade for a single look, approach colour with the comfort and ease of meeting an old friend.  There is confidence in strategically using colour as an accent point.  Or to deliver a message. And then we have the group of souls who revels in a monochromatic world.  A world dominated by black and by white.  With grey or beige or the deepest, darkest of blue making the occasional cameo.  Colour doesn’t show up here very often. Personally, I fall somewhere in between the last two categories.  My wardrobe is no longer completely dominated by blacks (see, that there is a Mustard-coloured sleeve peeking out), and I’m not all that intimidated by colour any more.  …

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Bomb Diggity Denim Jacket

When it comes to denim, there are a few things we’ve come to expect.   Warm weather-appropriate cuts. Separates, dresses and accessories that are as appealing as they are comfortable, lightweight pieces ideal for layering in transitional temperatures. But that isn’t to say we don’t constantly crave (seek out, even) elements of newness, to stand apart within that world of chambray and blue. And that’s especially the case when it comes to denim jackets.  Anyone who says differently needs a schmack on their Pinocchio noses.  I’m just sayin’. It’s clear that to create a truly successful denim look, one has to be able to achieve a harmonious boy-meets-girl aesthetic.  Be it that the more tomboyish fabric (otherwise known as denim), gets a sweet update in terms of trims or cuts, or that ultra feminine silhouettes the likes of dresses and long skirts are fabricated from what’s traditionally-a-man-ish-fabric-called-denim. It’s all about a feminine tweak here and a bit of experimentation there.  Take for instance this bomber jacket.  It’s a 2-in-1 concoction.  The Grey flannel vest with …