My alter ego is an island queen with luscious long hair, curves that kill, a wardrobe full of loud brightly colored attire, and a big smile. My goal in life revolves around being able to live by the beach, dance often, and lead a relaxed life style. Sometimes I pretend I am that island queen. I try to embody her when I can and and bring bits of her smile, style, and grace with me wherever I go.
While I was in Brazil two years ago, I fell in love with not only the beauty of the country itself, but also the tropical style. Tropical style is completely different from city looks where comfort and bright color are often not seen as bonuses. In Brazil although I was wearing less clothing than I ever had in my life, I felt completely confident, beautiful all the time, and at ease. Being a brown person, I fit in perfectly and adapted to the culture rapidly and happily. I found the vibrant clothing and colors to be fun and exciting and the Brazilian clothing very liberating.
While on my trip, I met an Italian woman who now lives in the Canary Islands. Her wardrobe was fantastic to say the least. One of my favorite items she had was a knee length skirt made out of African printed fabric. The waist band of the skirt was re-purposed jeans. I have been wanting to make my own version of this skirt since then and this past week I finally got a chance to do it. The Eco friendly fashionista in me not only liked this idea for the reusable aspect, but I am also very lazy when it comes to putting in zippers and/or buttons on skirts and so I found this idea very intriguing.
|These shorts have now lived three lives. Jeans to shorts to skirt!|
Here are some pictures of how my skirt came out and how I wore it!
|The final product!|
What I'm Wearing:
Skirt: Handmade by yours truly, blouse: Old Navy, shoes: Banana Republic (similar here), watch: Timex from Kohls, earrings: Forever 21, bangles: Assorted.
This time I chose not to wear the skirt showing the jean waistband, but I can see it with a crop top or tucked in tank for next time.
Hope you enjoy these fun colors as much as I do, and have luck with the skirt pattern if you end up giving it a go!