Category - My Style

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A Leap of Style – A Vision of Ankara Prints
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Pride is a Beautiful Thing
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Trekking Through Nature with Rockport Shoes

A Leap of Style – A Vision of Ankara Prints

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “take a leap of faith” before… Well, that’s just what designer Karissa Lindsey did when she first started her locally manufactured line- A Leap of Style. “It’s also how I want my customers to feel when they’re wearing each piece. I want them to feel as though they’ve taken a style risk on some level. The name “A Leap of Style” embodies that fully.”

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

The Boundless Infinity Romper (similar print) / Ethnic Print Head Wrap in Dreamweaver

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

It all began when Karissa was growing up. She goes on to further explain, “As a kid, I wavered between wanting to be a fashion designer, a writer, or the next Oprah Winfrey. My mom loved to shop, and some of my fondest memories with her were taking shopping trips to the local mall or out of town. That, combined with my love for creating led me wanting a career in design. I got “off track” in high school though when I read somewhere that most designers didn’t make a lot of money, so I put that dream on the back burner and ended up pursuing careers that were equally unlikely to make me a millionaire. I started pursuing design again in 2013.”

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

There was a time when she went through a rough patch, during which she went to counseling and eventually had her faith renewed. “The more my faith in Christ grew, the more confident I became; and I wanted something that would reflect that new confidence on the outside – African prints, or ankara, are the perfect reflection of that with all of the bold colors and designs. I started out just designing a dress for my birthday, and a couple of friends encouraged me to sketch out a collection. I started sketching again, which was really freeing, and I bought a $50 sewing machine on eBay and got to work. A few months later I had a “line” and A Leap of Style was launched. It’s crazy to think how far the company has come from those initial days.”

Karissa’s inspiration stems from her admiration of vintage fashion- mostly the 50s and 70s. “The silhouettes from the 50s were just so flattering to the female form, and I always strive for flattering. And the 70s were just such a fierce time in fashion – I’m currently inspired by everything from the caftans that were so popular in that decade to the disco fashion. I love recreating these silhouettes in African-inspired textiles.”

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand / maxi skirt / crop top

Zuwa Maxi Skirt in Cobalt Maze / A Leap of Style Crop Top

 

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand / maxi skirt / crop top

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand / maxi skirt / crop top

“At the core of A Leap of Style, our goal is to empower and inspire women through fashion. That means empowering and inspiring the women who wear our pieces, as well as the women who work behind the scenes to make the clothing and make the brand “work”. I’m expanding the team and always on the lookout for women who want to use their talents with a creative startup – if anyone is interested, they can email us at:[info@aleapofstyle.com]! Be sure to check out the website, where we’ll be adding new styles after July 4th. Also, check us out on social media, as we are constantly updating our Instagram and Facebook pages. Right now, on the blog, we feature bloggers wearing pieces from A Leap of Style, but soon I’ll be blogging more personal pieces of inspiration, advice, and such from my journey as a designer. Our team is growing, but I want to maintain a personal touch and I’m a writer at heart too, so I’m excited for that.”

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

Embellished Truths Collection Birds of a Feather Shorts

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

I had heard of A Leap of Style through social media and numerous friends. I was thrilled when I had the chance to finally meet Karissa at one of her recent pop-up shops. For this shoot, I chose five pieces that I felt really conveyed my aesthetic. I loved being able to mix ‘n match the prints, as they all seem to work well with each other. When it came time to accessorize the looks, I added my own unique flair: vintage bracelets, oversize sunglasses, necklaces, and belt.

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

** Images by Sofia Emm **

Pride is a Beautiful Thing

Pride Wall HTX / white jumpsuit / blogger / outfit / vintage clothing

Pride Wall HTX / white jumpsuit / blogger / outfit / vintage clothing

Pride Wall HTX / white jumpsuit / blogger / outfit / vintage clothing

Pride Wall HTX / white jumpsuit / blogger / outfit / vintage clothing

Pride Wall HTX / white jumpsuit / blogger / outfit / vintage clothing

Pride Wall HTX / white jumpsuit / blogger / outfit / vintage clothing

Pride Wall HTX / white jumpsuit / blogger / outfit / vintage clothing

Pride Wall HTX / white jumpsuit / blogger / outfit / vintage clothing

** Images by Sofia Emm **

(Vintage Jumpsuit- estate sale find, Vintage Ferragamo Heels- thrifted, Vintage Sunglasses- The Grove Vintage)

I wish to thank Omar Lisandro for posting about this magnificent wall on his Instagram, because I never would’ve known about it. Not only is it happy and colorful, but it also has a deeper meaning to many. This past weekend was the annual Pride parade and festivities in Houston. ‘Pride’ is the term used in the LGBT community that is a positive stance against discrimination and violence towards their community and helps to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance (info via Wikipedia).

For this particular post, I wanted the wall to be the statement, so I chose to do an all-white ensemble. I had found a really cool vintage jumpsuit with small ribbon bows at a recent estate sale, and paired it with vintage white Ferragamo heels and vintage sunglasses with white frames. I then took a couple bits of thrifted white lace to add more texture to the jumpsuit as a belt, while the other lace piece doubled as a headscarf. For this occasion, less truly is more.

To all my friends and fans in the LGBT community – you are loved!

If you stop by the wall, be sure to use the hashtag: #PrideWallHTX

Trekking Through Nature with Rockport Shoes

** I was gifted a pair of XCS Urban Gear Waterproof Mountain Booties by Rockport Shoes in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. **

Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

* Monument Valley *

Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

* Climbing a steep rock in Monument Valley *

Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

* Climbing a steep rock in Monument Valley *

Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

* Monument Valley *

Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

* Going through a small opening to get to some Navajo cliff dwellings *

Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

* Going through a small opening to get to some Navajo cliff dwellings *

Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

* Monument Valley *

Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

* At 9,997 feet in Utah *

Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

* At 9,997 feet in Utah *

Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

* At 9,997 feet in Utah *

Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

* Standing on a Route 66 Relic from 1933 *

Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

* Route 66 *

Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

* The famed Painted Desert Trading Post Ruins / Route 66 *

I used the term “nature” loosely in the title because as you can see in the photos, I didn’t exactly go to just one spot while wearing these hiking booties. This past March, the boy and I went on a pretty epic road trip to Los Angeles, with stops to a couple of America’s best national parks- Monument Valley, and Bryce Canyon. Then earlier this month, I went hiking through the desert and on earlier alignments of Route 66 in Petrified National Park. All of these adventures had one thing in common: XCS Urban Gear Waterproof Mountain Booties by Rockport Shoes. There were times when we had to climb some steep and slippery terrain on one tour in Monument Valley, and I was SO LUCKY I was wearing these shoes. They provided insane traction control and gave me confidence that I wouldn’t slide. Plus, my feet and ankles felt stable and secure, yet still allowing me the ability to move when needed. When we were driving from Bryce Canyon to the I-15, the road we took, took us to 9,997 feet in elevation and SNOW. The road had been plowed and was passible, however there was plenty of snow that dotted the landscape. We managed to pull over and play in the snow a bit. Since the booties are waterproof, they kept my feet dry and warm.

During my little jaunt through the desert during the Route 66 Relics Tour earlier this month, the temperature was in the 90s, so it was pretty toasty. Last year’s tour, I stupidly had on inappropriate footwear and my feet paid for it. But this year, however, my feet were thanking me. Thanks to the ADIPRENEĀ® by Adidas sport technology for helping to provide shock-absorbing heel cushioning. My feet also weren’t drenched in sweat, with help from the breathable fabrics. Again, with the great traction, I was able to climb a somewhat tall mesa to get better photos, with little issues or slippage.

The only con that I would have to say is that every time I wear these shoes, I have to wear a crew sock. Whenever I wore ankle socks, the interior of the shoes would rub against my ankles, giving me minor blisters by the end of the day. So, definitely wear crew socks! But other than that, they are great! I can wear them for a casual stroll around town or for a nice lil trek in the desert.

And lastly…

Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

During the March trip, the boy had the ultimate surprise waiting for me at the Teardrop Arch in Monument Valley. Hey Rockport Shoes, thank you for being apart of my “engagement outfit” memories!

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