Ichiakor Designs

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I met Doris from Ichiakor Designs a few weeks ago at the Southern Women’s Show here in Richmond, while I was helping my mom sell Turkish Towels. I was immediately drawn to the colorful fabrics and all the TLC that I could just tell went into making each piece.  After years of watching her mother sew, when Doris was expecting her first child, she sewed her a pillow.  From there she created nursing cloths and diaper covers and from there she became inspired to make accessories and start a business with African fabric that she had at home. Aside from making things from her daughter, Doris has branched out into clutches, bow-ties and hair accessories, using advice and feedback that she has received from clients. She even does custom orders, where you chose your piece and the fabric you want and you can be assured that she has made it specially for you! I have found that there is always something special about truly handmade goods.

When asked about her inspiration, she explains that in West Africa people use these fabrics to create full outfits, but she “thought it would be great to use this fabric to create items that we use in our everyday life to add a little flair and pop!”  If you ask me, she has done an amazing job doing just that.  I picked out this clutch along with a matching bow tie for my husband (cheesy, but I just could not resist!) and I love the personality that it adds to my originally simplistic look.  So head to her site, check out the beautiful fabrics and become a part of this special design community.

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Ps. how amazing is this LBD / Slip Dress from Top Shop? It is perfect for any occasion. It can be dressed up (I wore it to a wedding last weekend) or dressed down with fun sandals or booties. Did I mention that it’s under $60 and comes in 5 more colors? Trust me, you need it.

ichiakor 8ichiakor 10ichiakor 9Clutch, Ichiakor Designs. Cross Back Slip Dress, Top Shop. Louie Booties, Sam Edelman. Lafayette Sunnies, Elizabeth and James (also seen here, here). Necklace, Gorjana. Ring, Ippolita (similar). Choker, Forever 21.


Let’s Shred

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And now, in contrast with last weeks all black monochrome outfit, I give you another winter white look! I have been living in both this turtleneck and these Free People leggings on these cold Richmond days for the utmost comfort. I was desperately looking for a new turtleneck sweater this season and couldn’t find anything that was both comfortable and not #basic until I stumbled upon this Nasty Gal number. I love that it’s called the “Let’s Shred” sweater because it definitely makes me want to cozy up in a ski lodge with a cup of hot tea in front of the fire! But, hey if I can’t be taking a break from the slopes, I suppose my own couch will do as well.  Did I mention it’s now on sale?

white reb 6white reb 7white reb 5white reb 3white reb 1Turtleneck Sweater, Nasty Gal. Sweater Leggings, Free People. White Boots, Report Signature (similar here). Socks, Gap. Necklace, Ippolita. Sully MM Bag, Louis Vuitton.

white on white 2.0

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white 2white 1When I got these Sam Edelman Fringe booties from Shoebox last week, I knew I wanted to recreate this all-white w black shoes winter look from earlier this year in New York. I have no shame in admitting that these are the same white jeans from the February get-up, as they are a staple in my wardrobe along w my trusty Louis Sully bag. So, here we have the its-almost-fall-so-I-can-wear-booties version of the white on white plus black thing.

(Side note: Everyone knows the No White After Labor Day Rule is SO outdated.)

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shop this look: IRO Tank. Sam Edelman Booties.  Free People Halter Bralette. Gorjana Necklace.


spring is here

We updated our obsessions on The Crystal Press! Here they are: spring is here

January Favorites

We put together a few of our current obsessions for this month on The Crystal Press Top Picks! Check em out. January Favorites

Ive officially drunk the kool-aid.

Not only did Taylor Swift drop a video yesterday for my favorite banger off 1989: “Blank Space” but she is also on the cover of the next issue of Wonderland Magazine & wow. Her eyebrows already have everyone buzzing saying she is channeling Cara Delevingne, but I simply think it is a raw, natural portrayal of everyone’s favorite country music star – turned pop icon.

and of course: blank space, how i love thee

Taylor, you have officially won me over with 1989.