Thursday, July 24, 2014

floral canvas

My outfits are usually inspire by one piece. For this look, the floral button up was the inspiration. 

Creating the Look:
I love the colors in the floral button up so I decided to pair it with colors that would compliment it. I wore white shorts because I didn't want to take the focus from the top. I added the colors with the accessories. My favorite color in the top is the neon green, so I made it pop by adding a neon green belt. I love to pair navy with orange so I wore a orange cross body bag. Also, blue and orange are complimentary colors so the always pair well together. I wanted my shoes to pop but I didn't want to add another color. I decided to add a neutral, so I wore gold oxfords. I wore jeweled earrings to add some glam to the look. 

J. Crew Button Up and Earrings | H&M Shorts and Black | Target Bag and Shades | Sam Eldelman Oxfords

Saturday, July 19, 2014

print and color galore

You can never go wrong with print and color!

H&M Sweatshirt and Necklace (top layer) | The Limited Pants and Neclace (bottom layer) | Prabal Gurung x Target Heels | Target Bag and Bracelet | Forever 21 Shades

Monday, July 14, 2014

t-shirt and jeans

I love to add a fun twist to classics.

Gap T-shirt | Thrifted Jeans | H&M Necklace | Target Bag and Bracelet | Revlon Shameless Colorburst Matte Balm

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Amani Ya Juu Giveaway

GIVEAWAY!!! Did you enjoy my favorite Amani Ya Juu item from yesterday's post? Now is your chance to win their Double Strand Bone Earrings!!!!

To Win:
1. Follow @thelanguageofyolande and @amaniyajuu on Instagram
2. Post this photo and tag #AmaniYaJuuGiveaway on Instagram

Two winners will be announced on Monday at 7pm et

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Language of Yolande x Amani Ya Juu

I recently teamed up with Amani Ya Juu to show you some of my favorite pieces from their collection! For my absolute favorite piece, I decided to show you how to style it. Not only does Amani Ya Juu have a great collection but they believe strongly in social responsibility. Amani Ya Juu (“peace from above” in Swahili) is a sewing and training program for marginalized women in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and Liberia. Women at Amani are learning to work together through faith in God who provides a peace that transcends all cultural and ethnic differences. Amani portrays a unique picture of diversity, with women coming from Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Mozambique, and other African nations. 

This post features Amani's Double Strand Bone Earrings. As you know from reading my blog, I'm all about things that are simple with a twist. These earrings were exactly that! The simplicity of the earring is its color and linear shape. The twist was all in the details. I love the asymmetrical placement of the bone beading because it allowed each bead to stand out. I love the fact that the earrings were handmade because I felt as if they were specially made for me. As you visit Amani's site, you will see that all of their pieces give you that personal feel. To get the updates on Amani's collection and social responsibility, sign up for their newsletter!

Creating the Look
I wanted to create a bold look around the earring but not too bold that the earrings didn't stand out. I also was inspired to give this look an African flare because of the earrings' materials and origin. I started the look with a printed, sleeveless dress and decided to turn it into a peplum top. I love this dress because of it's vibrant colors and print. I wanted to be able to wear this "top" to work so I paired a white button up underneath. Since I'm a city girl at heart, I had to put a city chic spin on the look. The city chic look come from the slim leg slacks and the single sole sandal. I completed the look with one more bold item. I wore a small orange handbag.

Amani Ya Juu Double Strand Bone Earrings | Target Dress (worn as top) and Purse | The Limited Top and Slacks | Forever 21 Shades

Saturday, July 5, 2014

the simple things

There's nothing like a an oversized oxford and shorts!

Gap Top and Shorts | Target Purse and Heels | Aldo Bangles | H&M Shades | Charlotte Russe Earrings | Mac Viva La Glam Lipstick

Friday, July 4, 2014

pale pink

A soft palette can make any woman feel timeless and ladylike.

Creating the Look:
This look started with the pale pink skirt. I love this skirt because of its soft color and soft movement. I knew I wanted the whole look to emulate the softness of the skirt. I add a pink and white striped button up to continue the softness and the ladylikeness. I love to pair pink with gold so I wore gold accessories. Because I always have to add edge to a look, the accessories were spiked. The gold edge and soft colors continued to my feet. I wore nude, studded heels. I complete the look with a tan bag and rose gold aviators.

Gap Button Up | H&M Skirt, Heels, and Shades | Target Bag and Spike Bracelet | Charlotte Russe Earrings |