My blog, “The Queen of Hearts,” was born out of a need to have a creative outlet while in law school. In the beginning (2008/2009), there weren’t very many fashion blogs out there, so I treated my space as a bit of fashion diary. I posted images of what I wore and shared a bit of my life for those interested. I wrote a great deal in the beginning; I reviewed popular shows like MTV’s “The City” and fashion collaborations.
What are 5 fashion items (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.) that describe your personal style?
I’m a shoe woman, so let’s start there. Footwear is very important to me; I always review an outfit from the ground up. For me, your footwear anchors your look; it is the strength. At the moment, my favorite pair of shoes (unfortunately) are my Givenchy Sheath boots in suede. I say unfortunately, because the quality isn’t great (one of the locks is broken). Nevertheless, I still love them because they are quite stunning and elevate every look.
A strong handbag collection is also important. At current, I own several bags that I consider to be staples in any wardrobe. One in particular that I wear quite often is my Givenchy Nightingale. In that instance, Givenchy got it right in terms of quality! My Nightingale can take quite a beating and still look fabulous. I carry her to work and sometimes use her as a carryon when I’m traveling. The look of the bag, I believe, mirrors me in that it is chic, yet understated.
I don’t wear many accessories. However, when I do, I like the one or two pieces that are really special to me. My two favorite items are my Michele Deco watch and my Alexis Bittar Lucite “bust” ring. Everyone needs a decent watch. Yes, it serves the functionality of telling time but there’s an inherent elegance to a fine timepiece that few other pieces of jewelry can replicate. My watch is just that with its diamond and pearlescent dial. It’s a beautiful watch without being gaudy. As for my ring, I’m a pretty big fan of Alexis Bittar. His work is always striking and lust worthy. I found the ring in a gorgeous shop in Puerto Banus, Spain. It was the only one of its kind — a Lucite bust, surrounded by precious stones? Yes please! It was too odd and rare not to be mine.
For my last item, I will have to go with my Mulberry Toscana jacket. As the most recent acquisition, the jacket is just very beautiful and feminine. I pretty much vie between a uniform of denim and t-shirts to full-skirt dresses. The jacket is just the perfect accessory to accentuate both areas. And the fur half sleeves are just exquisite. It’s always nice to have a little extra something in your piece!
How do you feel about the presence of Black fashion bloggers and Black style bloggers (too many, not enough, etc.)
Unfortunately, there is a noticeable lack of prominent black style bloggers. We are grossly underrepresented and [under]supported, yet we are a large consumer of fashion and definitely the largest consumer in beauty. Perhaps that is part of the reason why I maintain my sort of fledgling blog, in the hopes that others look to me for inspiration and motivation to enter into the [blogger] community.
Tell us anything else you think we should know…
Blogging has allowed me the opportunity to be endlessly creative. There are so many things that can be done with a blog; it’s almost overwhelming. You should see my to-do list!