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You Are Never Too Young To Love Fashion

The fashion industry is not an easy place to succeed; it’s fast-paced, competitive and takes a lot of passion. It is my pleasure to introduce to you an amazing designer who is making her mark in this tough business and she goes by the name of Elda Doamekpo.

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Elda’s work has been seen in Omaha and Kansas City Fashion week. Her work is inspired by her West African roots. What Elda enjoys most about being a designer is, “the look that customers give me when I put a figure flattering garment on them, it’s priceless.”

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At only age 17, Elda is taking the fashion industry by storm; from jumpsuits to elegant gowns, Elda does it all! She stated that before she starts sketching a look, she does some research on what exactly she is trying to achieve. Like many designers, Elda goes through many designs until she comes up with her desired product. How many 17 year olds do you know that are doing this much homework, willingly? Kudos to Elda being an inspiration for so many at such an early age!

With two Fashion weeks already under her belt, Elda continues to follow her dreams as a designer no matter the hurdles she may face. She believes there is always room to grow and get better. Elda is just beginning to scratch the surface; I know we can continue to expect nothing but great things from her. Our fellow fashion lovers must keep a look out for Elda Doamekpo designs.


Written by fashion writer and beauty consultant Darcel Laurie. You can follow her on twitter @DarcelWorld!

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Getting to Know Portland Designer Nelli Millard

Being a great fashion designer takes a certain type of person and unique inspiration. Not only do you have to be confident in your designs but you have to be confident in yourself. For Portland, Oregon’s 2013 Designer of the Year, all of this comes naturally to her. 

Her name is Nelli Millard, a Russian born designer that lets her inspiration and love lead her to places many wish they could be. Her love of designing started in Russia as she learned how to sew and design from her mother. 

She brought those valuable lessons and her passion for designing to the U.S and has become one of the best designers you may not have heard of yet. Expect to see and hear more from Millard as her clothing line, Nelli Millard, is becoming one of the hottest in the Northwest. 

Millard’s inspirations for her designs are truly unique and powerful. Whether she is getting her inspirations from a Chinese horoscope or a world famous violinist’s “Euphoria” performance, Millard delivers the perfection that people want to wear.  

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We were fortunate enough to speak with Millard and get inside of that great mind of hers. We thought our readers would love to hear what she has to say almost as much as they’ll love wearing her clothes. 

Luevo: What goals have you accomplished that you are most proud of thus far, when it comes to your label?

Millard: Honestly, I don’t know yet…. Being fashion designer is a hobby for me. I don’t make a goals, I just enjoy what I do.

Luevo:  What is your favorite thing about being a designer? What path would you have followed, had you not become a designer?

Millard:  Being a designer for me is a way to express myself as an artist. It is my favorite hobby of life, which brings me joy and inspiration. My other path in life is very much related with a clothing design. I’m a specialist in the custom garment industry.

Luevo: What do you think has helped you most with your designing to date?

Millard:  I work every day to improve my professional and artistic skills, by self learning new trends and technologies.

Luevo: What obstacles have you had to face and overcome to get where you are today?

Millard:  My biggest obstacle is the market. It’s not easy to be in the competition with big garment corporations with cheap prices.

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Luevo: What inspirations did you draw on to create this collection?

Millard: To create this collection, I draw my inspiration from violin music “Euphoria” performed by World famous violinist Vanessa May.

Luevo: What is the thing that makes all this hard work and effort worth it for you?

Millard: The biggest thing to work for are results: when I see a person wearing my garment, and she looks beautiful, stunning and empowering – that’s the thing worth working for.

Luevo: What was the turning point in your career that made you say “Yes I’ve finally made it”? 

Millard: My career turning point was the day I was recognized as a designer of the year of 2013 in Portland OR, but I think the sky is the limit.

Luevo: How would you describe your process of inspiration? What do you do to keep your ideas fresh and interesting? 

Millard: The process of the creating of new collection is a combination of many things: my vision, prospect, mood, and environment. I can say it’s a sort of meditation form for me.

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Luevo: If you could describe your new collection with one word, what would it be and why? What would you say the overall theme of this collection would be?

Millard:  My new collection “Euphoria” shows my emotional felling combined with happiness and overwhelming sense of contentment.

Luevo: How did you start your design journey?

Millard: Since I was a child I had a pretty good idea of who I wanted to be, because I grew up in a fashion sewing atmosphere. My mom was a professional tailor and I got it from her.

As you can see Millard is not only an inspiration to many future designers, but she in an inspiration to anyone wanting to reach their dreams. She is proof that if you love something enough and are willing to chase your dreams you can achieve them. It also doesn’t hurt to be really good at your craft like Millard. 


Written by Elias Trejo; writer for AskMen, BleacherReport & owner of The Raider Nation Times. 

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Retro Swimwear at the Beach

If you are like me and still trying to squeeze in some fun in the sun before the summer ends, then hurry! With little time left and whether or not we’ve been working on getting flat abs, it’s okay because the trend this summer is retro swimwear, which means high waist bathing suit bottoms! Lucky us, right?


Summer has gone retro! The high waist style is back, which is great for those who are curvy and it’s great for those who desire more of an hour glass shape.

Tip: A high waist bottom that has a pattern or some color blocking is great when you want to give the illusion of the hour glass shape. So retro swimwear this summer is a win-win situation!


Enjoy your fun in the sun with confidence ladies! Show off your rockin’ body while being on trend in retro swimwear.

Written by fashion writer and beauty consultant Darcel Laurie. You can follow her on twitter @DarcelWorld!

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Plain White T’s Aren’t Just a Band, But a Fashion Statement

Wearing a plain white t-shirt is overwhelmingly apparent with possibilities for an amazing outfit. Yeah, that’s right – a plain white t-shirt has some serious potential. Of course, putting on your white t-shirt is a little scary at first. While there are many possibilities to have a rocking outfit, you can also do so much wrong with a white t-shirt – like spill coffee on it. Is it just me or do you all manage to spill something on your white shirts no matter what? Either way – sometimes you have to just go for it, and hope for the best. Here are some ways for you to style your plain white t-shirt’s!

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 1. Statement Necklace

A statement necklace is a great way for outfits to be one and done. What that means is you simply just put on a necklace – and you’re good to go. Statement necklace’s are huge trends this season, and a must have for every fashionista’s wardrobe. You can get them in every color – literally, every color. How can you not? It’s also easy on the go, as mentioned before, and perfect for any stylish working lady or just any lady on the go. They aren’t too expensive and can be found in virtually every clothing store so it’s accessible for all, and super cute. A perfect way to spice up your plain white t-shirts!

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2. Bold Bottoms

Probably the newest, and most fun way to spice up your wardrobe – bold bottoms. Whether it’s colored denim or flowy fun bottoms; it’s amazing. They offer more attention to your lower half, if that’s what you’re into. Also, they allow you to be comfortable if you go for the flowy route. Of course, colored denim is always a wonderful option too, but really – jeans aren’t anyone’s favorite. Of course, fun leggings that are patterned are always a plus because you can wear leggings and look up to date in your fashion sense. Perfection. Bold bottoms are a great way to go if you’re trying to wear up your plain white t-shirts!  

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3. Headband Heaven

A super easy way – and convenient for bad hair days – to add some color to your t-shirts are fun headbands. They keep your hair out of your face, and also allow you to rock your comfy white t-shirts. Keep your hair out of my face and be in a comfy shirt? Umm, sign me up, please! It’s also a really affordable option to add some color to your outfits. Jeans, a white shirt, a fun headband, and some funky sandals – you look like a fashionista in a matter of minutes. Amazing solution for your plain white tee’s!

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The best thing about white shirts is everything goes with them. Even white on white outfits can be on point sometimes. Also – they can be found pretty cheap, so you don’t need to break the bank while creating some great outfits. You can spend more money on accessories and bottoms than shirts. What’s your favorite way to style a white t-shirt? Let us know in the comments below!

Article written by Amanda, an aspiring fashion journalist who blogs about fashion on her personal blog The Trendy Times. Be sure to follow her on Twitter @barba_amanda!

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Throwbacks Are A Comeback!

Lately the fashion world has been all about the throwbacks.  From crop tops, jean jackets, harem pants, and more, trends from the 80’s and 90’s have officially made their way back into our lives. The atmosphere around us kind of looks like an episode of Saved By the Bell and Boy Meets World put together!  It’s times like these that make a person regret giving away that piece of clothing they thought they would never wear again.

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All of the 90’s babies like me remember the era of the Spice Girls and Aaliyah, where bearing ones midriff was all the rage.  I think the crop top is here to stay for a long while! There are so many different styles, prints, and colours to choose from these days that you can easily mix and match and make this style your own.  Whether you are going for something elegant and refined, or completely grunged out, there is a crop top out there for everyone.

The ever lovely Harem pant, or “Hammer Pant” as I like to call them, are definitely a go to trend for the summer as well.  The great thing about this trend is that they are all about comfort as well as style.  They are basically a fancy pair of sweatpants if you really think about it!

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The final stand out trend that has made a comeback is plaid.  Flannel plaid shirts have definitely become a go to accessory these days.  All kinds of celebrities can be seen rocking their favourite denim shorts with a plaid shirt tied around their waist.  It’s the perfect look to choose if you want to spice up your outfit in a fast and easy way.  Just pick up one of your dads old shirts and get ready to grunge it up.

I guess the moral we should all learn is that style is what you make of it.  Wear what you love and always think twice about what your chucking out of your closet. You just might be throwing out a gem that is sure to make a comeback!

This Article was written by Angie.  Be sure to follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Unngie.

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The Perfect Fashion Investments

When I hear the word investment, I always think of what’s in the bank, what shares you’re buying and what your net worth is. I’ve never associated fashion and investments together. They just don’t seem to fit together. I used to think that fashion was all about how many clothes you can fit in your closet. I didn’t think of the quality of the clothing; just the quantity. I always find myself donating clothes after only 3 months. Why? Well, because the clothes I bought started looking like rags and were not suitable for wear any more. A woman on the subway heard me talking to a friend about my frustration of how my clothes don’t last and she started lectured on fashion investments.

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She told me, “It’s better to spend a few more dollars and have less but good quality clothing than spending less and throwing our more.” I then realized that she’s right. I thought I was saving money by buying really cheap clothing, but then in reality, I spent more. As my style started to change, I saw myself buying more sophisticated pieces and keeping them longer.

In the investment world, there are the good investments and the bad ones. What are good fashion investments? Well, according to Leandra Medine’s mother, “Invest your money on shoes and handbags as you can improvise the others through meagre means.” Is this good advice on fashion investments? I agree with her. Clothing usually goes on sale but bags and shoes are rarely found on sales racks. I always put more money into buying a pair of shoes that I know will last longer and is comfortable to use on any given day. Handbags, or any bags in general, are also great fashion investments. A good bag can last you a long time. Proof of this is my mothers TOD’s handbag that she loves so much. She uses it everyday and it hasn’t given up on her.

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Overall, it’s not bad to wear expensive clothing, like Chanel and YSL. At the same time, clothing wears down quicker than a bag or shoe. Buy a good pair of shoes or a bag for the full price and get clothing when they’re on sale. Also, when buying clothing make sure that they are not the current seasons trend. Seasonal clothing (clothes that are on trend during that season, but never goes through to the next year) always lack usability when the season changes. Buy classics and focus on fashion investments. Get clothing you know you can mix and match, and are also comfortable to wear.

Article written by Jeakeen, the blogger behind fashionaccordingtojhake.com. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @fashionbyjhake!

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Stars & Stripes – 4th of July Fashion

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Happy Independence Day to all of our American followers! Reserve the Precious Skully Stretch Bracelet in Turquoise  from Skyler Man Jewelry to complete your patriotic look. Show us how you rock your 4th of July fashion!

Women’s Trends For Men

In the world of fashion, the women are always the versatile ones. Why? Well, this is because they can turn men’s clothes into their own by just incorporating different elements from women’s trends. They are able to walk down the street with their boyfriend’s shirt with just a short pant and that is a great ensemble already. Being a blogger I have read quite a lot of blogs that feature men’s clothes translated to women’s and have not read anything that is the other way around.  Now, a lot of you guys might already be saying “Is he crazy? What women’s clothes can he translate to men’s? How is he going to do that?” And to tell you as I came up with the idea of writing this… I knew I was digging my own grave and that if this came up with nothing then too bad for me.

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Now… women have a lot of clothing to play with. There are different types of skirts; tanks, and shirts and so much more that can be put on. You girls have it all. Men, we only have shorts, long pants, short sleeves, long sleeves, tank, and shirts. Now, isn’t that unfair? I came up with the brilliant idea of taking women’s clothing and using them for the purpose of dressing men. (And no, not drag queen dressing!)

Imagine a guy with short shorts, a cropped tank not to cropped but just above the belly button with a cardigan wrapped around the waist. Weird, isn’t it? But if it was a woman wearing it, she would look cool.

If we take a trend instead of actual womenswear, we are able to see something better looking. One trend that seems to be popular with women is denim. Denim is worn by everyone, not just women. However, women started looking for ways that they can actually wear it at night (as a night piece). If guys were to follow this trend they would look cool in a bar, but not at a black tie occasion. Women can wear denim dresses and men can wear denim jackets to replace their formal ones. Pair it with tight or straight cut trousers and just a white button down shirt, semi-undone from the chest to the neck.

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Another trend is wearing pink. Quite a lot of men are still sticking to the motto that pink is for girls. However, you can wear pink with blue jeans, or blue shorts, black shoes and white belt. You sir, will be good to go.

One great trend that seem to be popping up again is grunge. Females now have the term glam-grunge (or grunge gone glam). If you think of grunge boys, they are not the most fashionable of the group. But if the guys put two opposite things together, then they might have that glam-grunge to them. Semi-skinny jeans (or skinny) with a formal shirt, topped with a leather jacket, paired with black formal shoes. Too much?

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Men can pull things women pull off really well. A trend that they pulls off really great is the mini-skirt trend. Men don’t have mini-skirts but we now do have short shorts (slightly shorter short pants just above the knee or a little bit more). Pair that with Toms, a cool short sleeve button down shirt, and then finish it off with a trench coat.

This is all about understanding trends that women enjoy but men can also explore. Why be stuck to what the norm says if you could be a little bit Gaga-esque?

Article written by Jeakeen, the blogger behind fashionaccordingtojhake.com. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @fashionbyjhake!

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Bringing Sexy Back – How To Wear a Backless Top

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We’ve all seen them – backless tops (and dresses…) have been running the runway and stores everywhere lately. I mean sometimes it’s hard to tell if the person in front of you is even wearing a shirt, because all you see is back. All jokes aside – cut outs have been a major staple piece to this seasons trends and it’s also been very hard for ladies everywhere to figure out exactly how to wear ’em!

No one wants their bra hanging out, and sometimes the backless look is what makes the outfit, so a bandeau hanging out just doesn’t do the shirt any justice. No worries ladies — where there is a will, there is a way. Here are some ways that you can rock the backless look, without showing everyone what kind of bra you decided to wear that day.

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1. Sticky Boob

Sticky boob is the answer to our prayers. It makes letting your back be exposed ten times more comfortable, and easier of course. It’s pretty much like wearing a bra, just without the actual straps and all the hooks that come along with all your standard bras. Some people get nervous wearing sticky boob, because what if it falls off, doesn’t support me enough, etc. but sometimes, it’s the risk you’re gonna have to be willing to take!

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2. Bandaids…I’m not kidding

I’ll never forget when I was getting ready to go to my Senior Dinner Dance in high school and had no idea what to wear for my bra, because my dress had cut outs. My mom suggested bandaids and I actually laughed out loud. I didn’t do it but looking back at it, I should’ve. Since growing up, I’ve used this trick a few things when wearing more revealing tops and dresses and each time it has worked flawlessly. Of course, taking them off isn’t the best feeling, but it’s great knowing you can rock these sexy tops, without a care in the world!

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3. Let Them Free 

Of course, this option is not plausible for all but for you small chested women out there, and maybe with the right top for you larger chested women, remember going without a bra or any sort of protection of your girls is an option. You don’t have to wear a bra! Do what makes you feel comfortable and allows you to wear what you want to wear. Of course, with some shirts you’d be cutting it close to a Janet Jackson style nip-slip, if you didn’t rock a bra, or at least one of the two options above, but in some cases you don’t need to worry about how to protect the girls! Remember that.

Of course, like many trends, this one may come and go. However for now it’s really, really cute, but also really, really difficult to plan how to wear it. These options above are just some of what I use when I’m in a sticky situation, but aren’t the only ones.

What do you do when your shirt requires a little more skin to be exposed? Or your dress has a huge cut out? Let us know in the comments below!

Article written by Amanda, an aspiring fashion journalist who blogs about fashion on her personal blog The Trendy Times. Be sure to follow her on Twitter @barba_amanda!

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