Colors to wear this autumn

  This might sound like an odd title and subject to talk about, but it might actually help you on your shopping trips. We’re going to talk about the colors you should wear this autumn.

   – One of my personal favorites is Off-White and no, not the brand. This color is so classy and so easy to wear. This is definitely a must have in your wardrobe.

   – Next, let’s talk about mustard or a dirty yellow. This has been an autumn classic for quite a while now, and it’s still going strong. 

   – Dark blue or navy is such a beautiful color that works so well with tons of colors, not all of them but most. You can also make really cool and sophisticated outfits with it.

    – Beige is the color I fell in love with this season and bought tons of items in this color. You can style it in so many ways and it looks really put together.

    – I mean, most people already wear this color so much, it’s basically common knowledge that black goes with everything and looks good with everything.

Hope this helped you at least a little bit and that you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful day,

XOXO, Delayla

How to find your style

  Hi guys, today I figured we should talk styles. Nowadays there are so many styles it’s hard to keep track of them all. I can’t really say I found one style I identify myself, I would say I am a mixture of three. Now, I am going to try and help you find the style/s you identify as. So let’s start.

  • First you should go to your wardrobe and pick out your favorite items and try to see if there is any type of pattern. For example if it’s mostly crop tops or mostly oversized T-shirts. 
  • Now, go on Pinterest and just look around for outfits that you like. Just search: ‘outfits’ and look around. See what you like and what you would wear. Or you can search up some styles that you know about or want to try and choose some outfits from there.
  • Next, look at the pictures and see if any of the items you picked match the outfit. Even if you have nothing that could work for that specific outfit but still really like it, don’t worry.
  • After you match some outfits with some clothing items, It’s time to go shopping (my favorite part). You can go to the mall, to the thrift shop, you can order online, whatever you prefer.
  • When buying clothes make sure you buy things you can create outfits with, because when girls say”OMG I have nothing to wear”, they mean none of their clothes work as outfits, so that is why you should create outfits when buying clothes. And also try and make all the items match each other. It’s really gonna make choosing clothes in the morning easier.

  These are the steps I followed when I was also style searching. Hope this helps, let me know in the comments what style you identify as. I am really curious. Have a fantastic day,

                                                                                                      XOXO, Delayla

The faults of society

 The faults of society

Society has changed a lot in the last century or even in the last couple of decades. Some people would like to say that it changed for the better, but even though I think some things did improve there are so many flaws that the majority of people decide to ignore or just agree with them because it’s the easier thing to do.

  Well, I am not the type of person who likes to be told what to do, what to believe etc. I want to fight for my future and the future of my children and grandchildren. I also believe that Gen z will be the generation to change the world. Even though right now some of us aren’t legally allowed to vote yet, when we will be able to, I really believe that a lot of things will change.

  Now, let’s talk about some of these flaws:

  1. Racism. I know this is already a very talked about topic, but I do think it can be talked about even more so we can educate more people. Why do so many people think it’s ok to deprive other human beings of basic human rights just because of the color of their skin or their race. We supposedly evolved since the 18th century when racism was a “thing”. We need to help people understand that this is not ok.
  2. Homophobia. This is a very controversial topic, which to me it seems stupid. Why do we have the right to judge people and hate on them just based on who they love? Are they doing something wrong? Something illegal? I don’t think so. They have every right to love whomever they want to and we have no saying in that. Which brings me to my next point:
  3. Haters. There are so many people just spreading hate online for no apparent reason. Some people actually go on Instagram or Tik Tok just to hate on other peoples’ videos or pictures because they feel like it. Some of them have no idea what that can do to a human. How much damage can be done just because that one person was bored. There are so many examples of teenagers taking their own lives because of all the hate they have been receiving online. We need to teach people  that even though to them they are just some people on a screen, behind that phone or computer there is an actual person with genuine feelings and that they take those comments very seriously.
  4. Sexualizing women. The fact that most women and girls don’t feel safe walking alone till the grocery store should be enough proof that this problem exists. Schools tell girls that they have to cover their shoulders or legs or chest because it’s distracting to the boys… They tell us that they have this instinct and need so we have to cover up so that we don’t provoke them. Well how about we teach the boys that a girl/woman is not an object and teach them how to respect them and control this “need” or “instinct”
  5. Toxic masculinity. Society teaches young boys that they have to be strong and macho, that they can’t cry, that they can’t wear makeup or dresses cause that’s a girl thing. Now there is this thing that the boys say when a guy treats a woman or his girlfriend right and respects her he is simping and he is never gonna be  a man if he acts like that. This combines both this problem and the one before. Why is it not ‘manly’ enough to respect a woman? Why do guys just laugh when another guy says he was sexually assaulted and tell him “Shut up, bro, you liked it”… Why is this a thing now? 
  6. Relationships. My parents, for example, used to ask each other out like ‘do you wanna go for a walk’ do you want to go to the movies’ ‘do you wanna go on a date with me’. So now tell me why all girls hear nowadays is ‘wanna f**k’ or “send nudes’. Why does no one value a real connection where you just go for a walk or go stargazing. If this is what the dating scene looks like, I don’t want it. 
  7. Body shaming. This one that hits different for me. I will never understand why people are just this freaking mean. Why does my weight or body shape concern anyone else besides me? Why do people have to live with mental problems like body dysmorphia or anorexia or bulimia just because some people just can’t mind their own business. And the fact that they body shame anyone including children and teenagers blows my mind. It blows my mind how disconsiderate the human race can be. How unimpressed they can be when it comes to someone else’s well being.

  This is not a complete list of all of the flaws society has. But in my opinion these are the most pressing and in need of change. We as a society have to change. We need to educate whoever we can that is supporting any of these behaviours and let them know why it is toxic and wrong. We need to be the change. Because if we don’t change anything, no one will. Let’s be better!

XOXO, Delayla

Sustainable fashion and where to buy it from

Hello guys, today I am going to talk about a more delicate an important matter. Sustainability in fashion has become a very important part of the fashion industry. We need to learn how to protect our planet. So I am going to present to you a few ways to help the planet.

1 . I am sure most of you already know about this one, but I will stil talk about it. If you are no longer using a clothing item, instead of just throwing it away, donate it to one of your local thrift shops. This way someone else can enjoy it.

2 . On the same note, I have noticed a lot of people see thrift shopping and second hand shopping as bad and refuse to go there. You should definitely check them out. You can find literal gems and you are saving the planet by reusing clothes.

3. Shop from ethical brands, that recycle and are biodegradable. I am going to list some of these brands below, so that you can check them out.

  • Lucy & Yak.  lucyandyak.com. They are an independent, ethical and sustainable brand dedicated to upholding a positive environmental and social impact.
  • House of sunny. houseofsunny.co.uk . They are an East -London based brand that uses recycled materials and e-flow technology for washing denim, that way, managing to save water.
  • Pangaia.  thepangaia.com . They use bio based fibers and materials from recycled plastic bottles to create their colorful tracksuit collection.
  • We Are We Wear.  wearewewear.com . They are a London based brand, concentrated on body diversity and sustainability. The clothes are made from unwanted waste materials and industrial plastics.

Hope this post helped and hope you have a great day. Let me know if you are interested in this topic and if you want me to talk about it more.

XOXO,Delayla

The story of Louis Vuitton

Hello guys, let’s continue with our series ‘The story of…’ Today we will be talking about the designer Louis Vuitton. He was born on on the 4th of August 1821 in France in a family of carpenters and farmers. When he was 10, his mother, who was a hat maker, died and his father followed soon after. He had a very difficult relationship with his adoptive stepmother, so he left at the age of 13. Doing some weird jobs for a living. he traveled aprox 450 km to Paris where he arrived in 1837, in the middle of the Industrial Revolution, he apprenticed under Monsieur Marechal, a successful trunk maker and packer. Within a few years he gained a reputation among the most fashionable people of Paris, as one of the city’s premiere practitioner of the craft.

After the re-establishment of the French Empire under Napoleon III, the Empress of France hired Vuitton as her personal trunk maker and packer. She charged him with “packing the most beautiful clothes in an exquisite way”. This provided Vuitton with an opening to the royal and elite clientele which provided him with work for the rest of his career.

He married 17 year-old Clemence-Emilie Parriaux in 1854, when he was 33 years-old. He left Marechal’s shop soon after and opened his own trunk making and packing workshop in Paris. He hung a sign, outside his shop, that read “Securely packs the most fragile objects. Specialising in packing fashions.” In 1858, Vuitton introduced his revolutionary rectangular canvas trunks, inspired by H. J. Cave and Sons of London, at a time when the market only had rounded-top leather trunks. The demand for his trunks was huge, so he opened a new shop in Asnieres-sur-Seine. The original pattern of the canvas was called “Damier”. Vuitton also invented the first pick-proof lock

After the Franco-Prussian War, in 1871, the demand fell and his workshop was in shambles. Many of his tools were stolen and all his staff was gone. Vuitton rebuilt quickly, opening a new shop at 1 Rue Scribe, next to a famous jockey club in the heart of Paris. He later ied in 1892.

Hope you enjoyed and let me know who you want me to do next. Have a great day,

XOXO,Delayla

The story of Christian Dior

Hi guys, today we’re continuing the ‘The Story of…’ series. Last time we talked about Coco Chanel https://delaylable.com/2020/09/02/the-story-of-coco-chanel/ . Today we are talking about Christian Dior, the founder of the famous Christian Dior fashion house that I absolutely adore.

So, let’s start. Christian was born in a small village on the coast of Normandy, France. He had 4 brothers and when he was around 5 years old him and his family moved to paris, while they still went to the Normandy coast in the summers. While his family wished for him to become a diplomat, he had other ideas. He wanted to become involved in art, so he sold his fashion sketches outside his house for around 10 cents to make some money. When he left school in 1928, his father gave him money to finance a small art gallery, where he and his friend sold art by the likes of Pablo Picasso. After Christian’s mother and brother’s deaths, three years later, with the contribution of the financial problems during the Great Depression when his father lost control of the family business, the gallery closed.

Dior was employed by Robert Piguet in 1937, where he was given the opportunity to design three of Piguet’s collections. He also said ‘Robert Piguet taught me the virtues of simplicity through which true elegance must come.’ While he was working for Robert he met and worked alongside Pierre Balmain, and wa succeeded as house designer by Marc Bohan, who later became house of design for Christian Dior Paris. He left Piguet after he was called for military serice.

After Dior left the army, he started working for Lucien Lelong, in 1942, where he and Balmain where the primary designers. During WW II, Dior was designing dresses for the wifes of Nazis officers and French collaborators – in attempt to preserve the fashion industry, just like a few other fashion houses like Nina Ricci, Jean Patou and Jeanne Lanvin. Catherine, his sister, who served as a member of the French Resistance, was captured by the Gestapo and sent to Ravensbruk concentration camp, where she was kept until the liberation in May 1945. Christian Dior, later named his first fragrance Miss Dior named after heras tribute in 1947.

In 1946, Marcel Boussac, known as the richest man in France and a successful entrepreneur, invited DIor to design for a fashion house founded in 1925 called Philippe and Gaston, but he refused saying he wants to start fresh under his own name. On the 8th of October 1946, with the help of Bussac, Dior founded his fashion house. The real name of his first collection was Corolle, but the phrase New Look was coined for it by Carmel Snow, editor in chief at Harper’s Bazaar. He was a master at designing silhouettes, he is quotes as saying ” I have designed flower women”. His designes were recognized for the wasp-waisted corsets and percale, boned, bustier- style bodices that gave the women a very curvaceous form.

Initially, the women, used to shorter dresses because of the limitations of fabric during the war, protested against the fact that his designs were covering the legs. The amount of fabric used in his dresses and suits created some backlash. Coco Chanel commented on the “New Look” saying: ‘Look how ridiculous these women are, wearing clothes by a man who doesn’t know women, never had one, and dreams of being one’. During one photo shoot in a Paris market, the models were attacked by female vendors over this profligacy, but opposition stopped after wartime shortages ended. Dior’s collection “New Look” revolutionized women’s dress and reestablished Paris as center of the fashion world after World War II.

Yves Saint-Laurent, 19 at the time, became Dior’s assistant in 1955. Dior later met with Yves mother in 1957 to tell her he had chosen him to succeed him at Dior.

Christian Dior died while on holiday in Italy, on October 1957. Most reports say he died of a heart attack, but what caused it is still left to speculation.

Hope you enjoyed. Let me know who you think I should write the next post about. Have a great day,

XOXO, Delayla

The story of Coco Chanel

Hi guys, I am back after the exams and everything. Today i am starting a new series called ‘The story of…’ that will be based on the life stores of well known designers. First is one of my absolute favorites Gabrielle Chanel aka Coco Chanel. I am also aware that there is a book and a movie, but I decided to make a small biography about her and if you like it, I recommend you watch the movie, it’s really good.

Now let’s get started. Coco’s full name was Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel and she was born in France on the 19th of August 1883. After her mother died when she was 12, her father put her in an orphanage. In there she was raised by nuns, which taught her how to sew, a very important skill for her future career.

Her famous nickname ‘Coco’ came from her short career as a singer in clubs in Vichy and Moulins where her stage name was Coco. Around her 20s she met Ettienne Balsan who helped her set up small business in Paris, but later left him for one of his wealthier friends Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel. Both of them were really important and helped a lot with her first fashion venture.

When she first opened her shop, she was only selling hats. After she opened few more shops, Coco started selling clothes too. Her first taste of clothing success came from a dress she created from an old jersey on a cold day. When people asked where she got it from she offered to make one for them.

Chanel became a famous Parisian figure in the literary and artistic worlds. She designed costumes for Ballets Russes and Jean Cocteau’s play Orphee, and counted Cocteau and artist Pablo Picasso among her friends.

In 1925, Chanel introduced the now legendary Chanel suit with collarless jacket and well-fitted skirt. Coco’s designs were revolutionary for the time- borrowing elements from men’s wear and emphasizing comfort over the constraints of then popular fashions. She helped women say goodbye to the day corsets and other confining garments. Another revolutionary design by Chanel was her little black dress. She took a color once associated with mourning and showed just how chic it could be for evening wear.

Hope you enjoyed the first post from this series. Please leave a like and a comment and follow me for more interesting posts. Have a great day,

XOXO, Delayla

Break

Hi guys! I will be taking a 1 month break, since I have some important exams to study for. I will try to post, but it’s not very likely to happen. Have a great day,

XOXO,Delayla

Trendsetting

Trendsetting 

 This week I have been thinking, couldn’t really tell you why this popped into my head, but I was thinking about trends and trendsetting. I am not talking about the actual trends, that is for a later post. I mean the way trendsetting works.  

  First, I want you to think about it. How do you find out about the new trends? Through blogs? Instagram? Runway shows? For example, I research them in runway shows so that I can share them with you guys, but I also look on Instagram for hours at the so called ‘trendsetters’ .  

  Now, who are the trendsetters? They are influencers and people from the fashion industry, that post pictures, blog posts or magazines. Everybody follows or knows about at least one trendsetter.  

   What I am trying to get to here, is the way our generation is so easily influenced. If you are a fashion addict like me, you watch the runway shows, read Vogue etc. to hear about what’s knew. What I don’t understand is why there are so many people that choose wrong people or places to get inspired or influenced by. 

  For example, we all know, Americans have this layed back, chill way of dressing. I am not saying all of them do, I am talking about a majority. Americans prefer comfort, and there is obviously nothing wrong about that. A lot of Americans that travel to Europe are impressed by how much thought we put into our outfits and how put together we look. I, as an European, take that as a compliment. 

  What I don’t understand is why so many fashion influencers, that are supposed to set the trends, prefer to use the American way. Again, I am not saying their way is wrong, but if you work or are interested in the fashion industry, in my opinion you should look the part. If all of us started to go to meetings and parties in sweats, it would be like the fashion industry doesn’t exist. 

  My point is, that if we have so much influence over people and how they dress, why not motivate them to try and dress like ‘Europeans’. Look at the people that live in London, Paris, Milano etc.  

  I am not here to insult anyone; I am just simply speaking my mind. If we want to spread a fashion sense, why use the easier way. Anyone can wear a pair of sweatpants and a huge T-shirt, but that doesn’t make it stylish or fashionable. Don’t get me wrong, I also wear that type of clothing, but I do not consider it a stylish option. I consider it a stay at home, comfy outfit. 

   I know this post was way longer than the others, but I just had to put it out there. I know a lot of people will disagree with me, and I am okay with that, because everyone is entitled to an opinion. So please let me know what you think about this. Have a lovely day, 

                                                                                            XOXO, Delayla 

Black women owned businesses

 In the light of the recent events happening around the world, I decided I will share with you a few brands owned by black women, that I find inspiring: 

  •    Briogeo- founded by Nancy Twine 

                  Natural hair care 

     The story behind: Nancy’s grandmother was the beauty guru of the village she lived in. Nancy learned about  beauty since she was five, and when she moved to the city and changed to store bought hair products she decided they were not living up to their name. So she started Briogeo Hair Care in her tiny East Village apartment and using her grandma’s recipies. 

  “We should treat our hair the same way we treat our skin; by nurturing it with ingredients that detoxify, hydrate, and protect” – Nancy Twine 

https://briogeohair.com/pages/our-story

  • Castamira- founded by Chantel Davis 

                     Swimsuit brand   

        The story behind: Chantel is a Jamaican born model that knows exactly what kind of fabric, fit or style fits the body of a woman. The swimsuits have a 70’s and 90’s aesthetic to them and are made to elongate the legs and embracing the curves of the body. 

      “Driven by a woman who embraces the quaintrelle spirit of luxury and play, adventure and cherished moments of solitude” 

https://www.castamira.com/pages/about-us

  • Klur- founded by Lesley Thornton 

                Skincare line for diverse skin conditions and ethnicities 

     The story behind: Lesley is a certified esthetician and formulator that has tried to create personalized skin care products for the health of the skin. It is also a sustainable brand. 

     “Since the inception of KLUR, my vision has been to cultivate a brand that reflected the values of clean, ethical, and inclusive beauty” 

https://klur.co/pages/about

  • Honey Pot Co – founded by Bea Dixon  

                     Natural feminine products 

    The story behind: Bea had bacterial vaginosis for a few months and couldn’t get any type of relief and she says an ancestor came into her dreams and helped her cure herself using herbs. So she decided to share it with the world. 

    “If you’re here because your honeypot is unhappy, I’ve been there” 

https://thehoneypot.co/pages/about

Please check all of them out and support them as much as possible.

XOXO, Delayla