Black & Yellow. The More I See The More I Love

There is something about this combination of black and yellow that’s been on the runways, in the shops and on the streets recently.  Maybe it’s because yellow is such an enthusiastic, friendly colour and black is sophisticated that it works so well together.  Whatever it is, it works and it works particularly well with sunny, bold yellows.

This Valentino gown is gorgeous.  The black bow is the finishing touch.

Great vintage-inspired black and yellow graphic dress.

Nice casual look with that yellow top adding the extra cool factor.

This yellow coat elevates this black outfit to new heights.

Look how Jackie Kennedy wore this colour scheme so beautifully back in 1961.

Our own Earth, Wind & Style black and yellow convertible boots.

This Jenna Lyons living room pops with the yellow sofa, while the black chairs keep the space grounded.

This is a beautiful sunny kitchen with the yellow cabinets and accessories. The black anchors the space and keeps it from feeling too cute.

The use of the yellow accessories above is perfect if you’d like to add a splash of yellow to your scheme without committing to an expensive piece of furniture. Painting a wall is also an inexpensive way to bring your space up to date.  The black wall here adds a lot of depth to the space.

What is your favourite colour scheme?  Do you go in for the black and yellow?

For Fear of the Polka Dot

I confess I am a little frightened of the latest polka dot trend that seems to be reaching its fat, round arms across the globe.  What scares me about it are the itsy-bitsy, teenie-weanie kind of polka dots – a la the yellow polka dot bikini of the famed song (there’s a reason she didn’t want to come out of that locker and I’m convinced it wasn’t because the bikini was yellow or because it was too small!).

Top to bottom tiny dots are, well, they just seem too girlie, too cutesy, too… much.  Though there are evidently those who can pull the look off (most of them probably 12 years old). I do, however, love a splash of the polka dot or a take on them that makes the old classic fresh and new.  Big dots?  Bring ’em on!

Michael Kors big, bold polka dots

It is becoming clearer to me that Michael Kors and I see eye to eye where fashion and accessories are concerned as noted here. Even his yellow polka dot number above is chic since the dots are a nice comfortable, grown-up size.

Raul Melgoza's on trend jewel colour polka dots

Raul Melgoza’s rich polka pattern above is classy, stylish and hip. And a fantastic colour scheme.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate little polka dot patterns.  They’re happy and cheerful.  I just believe they should be applied to grown up bodies with restraint.  Accessories, boots and shoes are the perfect way to incorporate the trend without leaning toward the over-sweet side of fashion.

These pairs of Earth, Wind & Style’s boots below add a dash of the polka dot trend in a fun and funky way.

One of a kind polka dot boot

Earth, Wind & Style's unique polka dot boot

One of a kind polka dot footwear

One of Earth, Wind & Style's one of a kind polka dot boots

Jason Wu adds subtle polka dots

Jason Wu adds a touch of polka dot to this sophisticated look above with sexy hosiery.

Three Bird Nest's infinity scarf

An easy way to incorporate the polka dot trend is by adding a scarf or belt to your outfit. Or even a fun umbrella.

Fifi Lapin shows us this gorgeous combo of black & white stripes and polka dots by Moschino

An elegant spotted accessory from Marimekko

Of course runway fashions will always find their way into the home.  Here are a few ways to mix the polka dot into your interiors:

Lovely pairing of cheerful polka dots with the classic chair

The graphic punch in the polka dot carpet adds impact in this room

A cheerful mix of different sized and different coloured polka dot patterns adds interest to this bedroom

And lastly, just in case you need a refresher on the Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie song…

Big feet. New business.

As a consumer I have often found it difficult to shop.  Unlike many of my amazed fellow-females, I have never really enjoyed clothes shopping as a recreational activity.  The thought of trying on piles of clothes sends shudders down my spine.  I blame my genes for this as I’m quite sure it has something to do with the fact that I’ve always been tall and have big feet.

For plenty of my growing up years, my social life was crippled by the flood pants I had to wear.  And hip shoes in my size were simply unavailable.  My youth was marred by the shudder-inducing piles of clothes I took into fitting rooms in hopes that maybe, just maybe, some designer somewhere had heard my plight and lengthened those super cool stirrup pants so it wouldn’t look like my crotch was located somewhere down around my knees.

Perhaps the whole teen shopping experience scarred me.  But I came from good shopping stock (my mother) and have persevered and I now find it a reasonably pleasant experience given the right set of circumstances.

Enter the blissful creation of the online store – no messy fitting rooms, no crowds during the holidays, no line ups at the till.  One of my favourite ways to shop, and all from the comfort of my desk.  This came about out of necessity since we have travelled extensively and lived overseas for a number of years.  It has allowed our favourite products to be delivered right into our hands (local post office willing), making our lives much more comfortable and enjoyable.  All praise the world wide web and co-operating mail men!  And a special hallelujah for a good return policy.

So I suppose it is fitting that I launch a web based business selling boots in generous sizes (read size 11‘s!), as well as for those with feet in more common proportions, and women’ handbags.  It is important to me that buyers can be assured of quality products and their deliver-ability directly into their post boxes when they purchase through our website.

One of our many unique pairs of boots

Hawkboot for women

Currently the Earth, Wind & Style team consists of Joyce, who is living in Canada and doing the shipping bits as well as some marketing, and myself.  I’m in Malaysia.  Our beautiful products are designed and created in South Africa.  It’s kind of a long story, but it works. We’re new to this, so we won’t be perfect at it, but we hope to make people happy with both our service as well as our gorgeous and unique boots and African game skin bags.

The Chelsea Springbok handbag

So coming to you from Malaysia via this blogging venue, I aim to provide a few fashion and design bits and pieces that will hopefully act as inspiration to you, my fellow consumer and wearer of fashion.  Fashion and design after all is about expressing our individuality and unique way of living, dressing and being – no matter what our shoe size happens to be.