Phenomenal woman, That’s me.

HAPPY SPRING!  I think.. ha ha! The weather has been pretty cray hasn't it?! It has been making dressing more interest the past few weeks. I have seen folks wearing faux fur jackets then satin dusters in the same week.

I have been slowly shifting my mindset to get into spring and one purchase that I am stoked about is: THE YELLOW LEATHER JACKET.  I have always considered the black leather jacket as the most versatile jacket as it can fit right in with almost any outfit.  Still true but given the weather being weird and mercury retrograde, I decided to go for it. Anyone who has shopped with me knows I hardly go for bright colors..it's neutrals.  In being bold and trying new things, I added ANOTHER pop of color with my favorite vintage shoes keeping everything else pretty neutral.

I love the work that Phenomenally is doing! Funds raised from this the Phenomenal tee benefit the Dr. Maya Angelou Foundation, Essie Justice Group, Girls Who Code, Higher Heights, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Planned Parenthood, and The United State of Women.

 Jacket:  Zara , Tee:  Phenomenally , Pants:  Mink Pink , Eyeglasses:  Crap Eyewear , Shoes: Vintage 

Jacket: Zara, Tee: Phenomenally, Pants: Mink Pink, Eyeglasses: Crap Eyewear, Shoes: Vintage 

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Phenomenal Woman is actually one of my favorite poems, if you haven't read the entire poem. Take some time to read it :) 

Phenomenal Woman, BY. MAYA ANGELOU

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Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,   

The stride of my step,   

The curl of my lips.   

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,   

That’s me.

 

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,   

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.   

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.   

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,   

And the flash of my teeth,   

The swing in my waist,   

And the joy in my feet.   

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,   

They say they still can’t see.   

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,   

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.   

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.   

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,   

The bend of my hair,   

the palm of my hand,   

The need for my care.   

’Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

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 Photography: Steve Zak

Photography: Steve Zak

xo

Kos

Into The Mind: Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday is one of my favorite movies ever! In the film, Audrey Hepburn takes on the role of Princess Ann, a modern-day princess who feels suffocated and controlled by her royal duties and decides to escape her responsibilities for a day by traveling Rome on her own she meets a handsome reporter on the way and sh*t gets cray!

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The outfit I found to be most interesting in this film was the simple outfit, consisting of a plain white blouse paired with a full circle skirt, that Hepburn wore for majority of the film during her tour of Rome. Throughout the film, Princess Ann meddles and plays around with her outfit, changing her look through minor touches; such as by adding a neck scarf, by folding her sleeves, and in a more blatant declaration of her rebellion, even by cutting her hair short. I feel that this costume exemplifies the power of self-expression as it demonstrates how despite her restraints at being told what to wear and how to behave and who to be around.  Hepburn’s character finds a way to bring her own personality and flair to her outfit, and in doing so, reinforces her individuality and independence.  I totally dig it! Check out a few pieces to create your very own "Roman Holiday" look:

One of my favorite scenes is the vespa scene, it's so playful and fun check it out:

Flashback to November 2017's shoot when we randomly found a Vespa, I think it was the universe's way of bringing my favorite movie to life in my own way! Thank you!

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Check out Roman Holiday, you won't be disappointed! The story, styling, cinematography is beautiful! 

xo

Kos

Da Bomb Diggity

Yes currently it's really cold in NYC but given global warming (I tend to mention that in style posts a lot) I have learned to combine seasonless silhouettes together.  The bomber jacket is the right way to cover up in style whether it's 56 or 26 degrees.  I remember borrowing my older brother's bomber jacket in junior high school when I was in my super tomboy phase, add in gap overalls, timberlands, the infamous purple jansport book bag and I thought I was the bomb (cause I was!). Mid 90s in NYC the THING was to have a bomber jacket and it had to be from an Army/Navy store for additional street cred (legit ask any New Yorker who grew up mid-90s)

In 2017, I pair the bomber with a LBD (Little Black Dress) and red pumps, prefect for a night out.  Since it is cold right now...and I want to keep this realistic af haha. So if it was cold I would  pair this jacket with a turtleneck midi dress and sheer stockings. 

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 Jacket:  Topshop , Dress:  T by Alexander Wang , Shoes:  Steve Madden

Jacket: Topshop, Dress: T by Alexander Wang, Shoes: Steve Madden

 Pins:  Jordandene
 Photography by  Manish Gosalia

Photography by Manish Gosalia

The bomber jacket just adds a bit of a tomboyish touch to any look, given how hard it can be to look fashionable in the winter time (as it is important to keep warm) it's rad to see brands take the bomber jacket to the next level. Check out my winter pics below! 

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No matter your overall style, you can accentuate your aesthetic and prepare yourself for colder days with one of the bomber jacket options above. If you want to read more about the bomber jacket check out this HYPEBEAST article explaining the history, they totally nailed it! 

Stay chic and warm y'all!

xo
Kos