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“A lot of people have taste, but they’re not daring enough to be creative.” -Bill Cunningham

Chinos, otherwise known as khakis, are known to have military origins. In 1840, the British were known to wear red and white uniforms during battle. It wasn’t long until they realized their outfits were easy targets for enemies. To combat this issue, the British decided to blend in with the terrain, and started to dye their uniforms, to what is now known as the color, khaki. Khaki comes from a Persian root word, Khâk, meaning “soil-colored.” The war strategy of wearing khaki quickly became a standard for armies around the world as it was proved to be an advantage over past color schemes particularly colors like red and white.

Chinos, a khaki cotton pant for men, were named because they were originally manufactured in China. They were primarily only associated with the military, and it wasn’t until the end of World War II that they were “civilianized.” American soldiers continued to wear their chinos as they returned to their life at home and at various universities. The regular blue jeans were not accepted in either high school or college classrooms. Chinos, however, provided an acceptable and comfortable alternative. In this day, the guys paired their khaki chinos with button-up shirts and loafers, creating the original preppy style.

Chinos are still in style today and can be seen not only in khaki, but are also sold and worn in a variety of colors. They have become a comfortable pant that can be worn to dress-up or dress-down any outfit to fit the occasion. 

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Author Mark Twain once proposed the idea that “clothes make a man.” 

One Simple Change: The perfect addition to this outfit would be a neutral leather backpack

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A favorite blogger of mine, Sydney Poulton, once wrote, “Style begins with the people passing through one’s life, the harbingers we push against and the style makers we want to clone. Some are famous, some not. Style grows from admiration, from longing, from discrimination—and, yes, from love. It’s all the places you’ve been to and the people and the moments you’ve known: the parts you’ve adopted, to keep forever, and transformed. We wear our history in our hearts and on our backs.” Poulton’s words are so beautifully written. Both you and I have a story. Fashion is a way to express the story we all have through something other than words. Over the years I have grown to develop a fairly simple style. Although I love the excuse to dress to the nines in a fun dress and a pair of Steve Madden heels, I am usually caught wearing cuffed jeans with classic white Converse All-Stars. My comfortable style tends to lend itself to fewer pieces that easily mix-and-match. For more click here


A new year is always accompanied with new hopes, new dreams and new ideas. Psalm 188:24 says, “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” It was my high school biology teacher that taught me on my first day of my high school the importance of this verse and this precise moment. The perspective of awknowleding the significance of today is often referred to as Carpe Diem // to seize the day. Today, and even this very second will never again repeat itself. January 1, 2014 will never come again. We spent an abundance of time, and effort preparing for this day’s arrival, and it came and went in a blink of an eye. So often I find myself tired, overwhelmed and just wanting the day to be over. All that time wanting and watching the clock, is time wasted. For me, 2014 is going to be a year where I don’t give something of my life up, but rather take on the challenge to enjoy this moment, this day and this year. This is my year to live intentionally and purposefully in every aspect. Hopefully this blog will reflect who I am, what I stand for, and the intentional woman I want to become.