Style Inspiration Series: Girl With Curves

I first came across Tanesha’s blog Girl With Curves when my Twitter friend Terry re-posted some of her outfits on the ‘blogger fashion’ page of his tumblr.  A gorgeous mix of fashion, beauty and even the chance to shop her style, Tanesha’s blog has been featured on Vogue India, Marie Claire and Stylelist, amongst others.

The overall aesthetic of Girl With Curves is feminine and classic.  I adore how Tanesha sets herself fashion ‘challenges’ such as ‘Runway to My Way‘ where she picks a particular trend and adapts this to suit her own style.  She’s passionate about dressing for her shape (all my fashion disasters happen when I disobey this very important rule) and she addresses some very important issues for curly hair which of course I am addicted to.  She’s absolutely gorgeous and radiates off the page – she’s a great style inspiration.

I asked Tanesha some questions about herself and her blogging life:

Question: Who or what influenced your eye for fashion, and how would you describe your style?
Classic, with a touch of trendy.  I think my love for fashion started with my Grandmother, who was alway dressed to the nines, no matter where she was going.
Question: Why did you begin to write “Girl With Curves”?
I needed a creative outlet outside my full-time tech job, and I love fashion and writing, so my hubby suggested I start a blog.  At the time, I didn’t even know what blogging was!

Question: What do you think are some of the best sources on the Web to find style inspiration?
Blogs of course!  I think that seeing a real person you can relate to, serves as better inspiration that the runway, because there is only one type of beauty that walks the runway, while the public at large is so much more diverse.
Question: What item of clothing or accessory are you coveting right now?
Right now, I have my eye on the Celine Luggage Tote- it’s an amazing bag that will never go out of style.
Question: Looking back on how you learned and grew as a blogger, what advice do you have for aspiring fashion/style bloggers?
No matter the circumstance- little time, no educational background in the subject, etc., whatever the challenge may be, do what you love, and do it passionately.
Question: Tell me a secret…
I don’t have any, I’m way too open!

All photos: Girl With Curves.  You can read Tanesha’s blog by clicking here.  To connect with Tanesha on Twitter, click here.

The Psychology of Colour: Blue

When I was a teenager I asked my parents if I could paint my bedroom blue.  They complained it was too ‘cold’ a colour, but I think blue actually has quite a calming feel – good for a place you sleep in (I argued my point*).  Blue has a natural, restful feel (most of the earth’s surface is blue, the sky is blue…) and rather interestingly uniforms are often blue, so it’s also quite a reassuring colour.

There is another side to blue – we can get ‘the blues’ or feel sad and ‘blue’ and too much blue might be seem as uncaring, clinical and aloof.  Since I like my fashion with a side of contradictions, I’m going all out blue with this outfit.  And I can honestly say I love the outfit in this post.  I adore the combination of blue hues I’m wearing with a splash of tan and gold (the latter helped enormously by these amazing heels from Coye Nokes I don’t want to take off!)

Both my jeans and my shirt here are from Gap, who I often turn to for every day casuals.  Gap’s spring mood boards promised sunshine, warmth and easy breezy days, unexpected colour and clean, retro silhouettes and their new collection is just that.

Not wanting to be too casual, these Coye Nokes heels lend a little bit of glam to the look. Only just seen around my neck is my chunky gold necklace from Reiss and I’m carrying my perfect-for-spring scallop edge satchel from ASOS.

Calming, cooling and sedate; brilliant, electric and intuitive – how does blue make you feel and how do you wear it, Blog Reader?

Wearing: Heels from Coye Nokes; Satchel from ASOS; Oxford shirt and jean leggings from Gap. Belt from Dorothy Perkins; Necklace from Reiss.
Photos by the amazingly talented Lydia Hudgens.

*in-case you were wondering, my room was painted blue and my parents agreed with me (in the end) that it was a nice colour.