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Boss Babe Series: Renita Biddle

Boss Babe Series: Renita Biddle

Get excited about our Boss Babe Series this month! A fashion designer, street style star and fashion forward extraordinaire . She's truly one-of-a-kind (much like her latest "The Pin + Skin" collection). Her name is Renita Biddle, a founder of the unique apparel, Cherubim, which began in 2015 on the premise that fashion is a conduit of expression. We're not only appreciate her avant-garde style,  but also adore her quirky, yet spiritual and artistic personality.

Read more about our Renita muse in the Q + A below:

Tell us about yourself. Who's the woman behind "Cherubim"?

My name is Renita Biddle! I was born and raised in Norfolk, VA. The youngest of 8 kids. I consider myself half introvert and half extrovert. I am a lover of old 21 Jumpstreet episodes. My heartthrob of all time is Johnny Depp. I innately knew I was a designer at age 5 when I hand sewed wedding attire for my big collection of Barbie dolls. I believe in Jesus Christ, I'm humorous, big time foodie, and inner rock princess. I love to act, write poems, stories, and chase the sun (I always like to be outdoors).

What's inspired you to start your business and what's your mission?

Although I've been designing many years, it wasn't until two years ago, I decided taking my vision to another level and aiming to show my fashion perspective to the world. My brand, Cherubim, is all about being unconventional and spontaneous, the way I think fashion should be, unpredictable but always fun. Cherubim speaks to the daring diva from every walk of life, who's not afraid to stand alone for the sake of individuality. 

Why's "Cherubim"? Where does it come from?

I was inspired to use the name Cherubim because as a little girl I imagined I was playing with three angels in a circle. The fact that everything we see comes out of the spiritual realm fascinates me. Also Cherubim itself means a hierarchy of angels.

What's a day like in the life of Renita Biddle?

I always start my day with devotion and worshipping God. Reading the Bible and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead me is my foundation, apart from this I am nothing. I have my coffee (A Must!) Get inspired by various genres of music, lately 80s punk like Billy Idol. I do some sketching of the ideas that's in my head, then I go out for a coffee in the city to get inspired by life and the energy of people and places.

What do you love the most about your role as a fashion designer?

I love that I have the ability to give birth to something that didn't exist before and that people appreciate it!

What's the story behind your collections?

Every collection has a story, but it's usually just a random thought that inspires my pieces. It could be a sound or an image I see and then boom! The light bulb comes on!

Describe your brand in three words...

Free-spirit, unconventional, chic.

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What's your favorite type of clothes and accessories? Why?

I love vintage stuff! It's just so good. Nostalgia makes me like a time-traveller.

What is your styling advice to women?

Take a risk and be confident. Don't worry so much with trying to be on-trend, "Be the Trend!"

How do you work jewelry into your everyday wardrobe? Are there certain pieces that you wear everyday?

I love staple pieces that I can wear with lot of stuff. I swear by good, but gaudy rings, dainty necklaces or punk-inspired chokers. It's all about my mood.

When and how did you learn about SiammPatra?

I was introduced to SiammPatra by anohter fashionista friend of mine who designs socks.

What is your favorite SiammPatra pieces? Why?

I totally love "The Avenue of Savage Collection! The cool zipper details instantly makes you feel like a posh bad girl. The zipper choker rules!

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Who will you like to see wearing your clothes?

Rihanna, Willow Smith, Zoe Kravitz as well as everyday inner rock princesses.

How can people contact and follow you?

I can be found on : cherubimrmb.etsy.com

Instagram @cherubimrb

Facebook @Cherubimrb

Twitter @Cherubimrb

Email Renitabiddle@gmail.com

Thanks for reading!


-SP Team xo

                Photographer: Anita Jacob



Featured on WhoWhatWear.com

Featured on WhoWhatWear.com
SiammPatra is featured on Who What Wear's outfit ideas by Anaa Saber today! A model, fashion influencer of OurSecondSkin.com and Who What Wear assistant concept editor, Anna Saber wear many hats (literally). Her style and personality approaches to dressing involves athleisure and with her latest distribution with Who What Wear Fashion, Anaa put together some style concepts; "So, These Pants Might Just Be Better Than Jeans—Thoughts?" collaborated with our favorite Crystal Mismatched Chain Link Statement Earrings, Rhodium. Read more the full content at WhoWhatWear.com! And keep your eyes out for the next coming weeks throughout our site or sign up to be the first to know - our new limited edition items are coming up soon (only small inventory)!

-Anita xo



Photographer: Ali Reza Malik

Boss Babe Series: Kyleigh Nykoll McCollam

Boss Babe Series: Kyleigh Nykoll McCollam

Meet the beautiful and talented Kyleigh Nykoll McCollam, a fashion influencer, stylist and founder of C'est le Style. We fell in love with her exciting sense of style and confidence upon discovery on her Instagram gallery. Her styling eclectic and her attitude toward styling is thoughtfully inspired. Something we admire most about her fashion choices is her willingness to have fun and embrace bold and bright ensembles and accessories into her wardrobe. Her style, attentiveness and awareness with current trends is apparent in everything she wears. Thanks to a mutual love in New York Fashion Week, we finally met Kyleigh in person and it's been a love affair ever since. 

See our impressive Q + A with Kyleigh below.

Tell us a little bit about your background. Who's Kyleigh Nykoll McCollam?

From designing collections as a kid to styling high-profile clients as an adult, fashion has always been something near and dear to my hear. I've always loved helping people, writing, and fashion, which sums up what a blogger does on a daily basis - writing about style tips and helping others stay up-to-date on the latest trends.

What and how did you get into fashion influencers' world?

I've always been involved in fashion, and it's always been my one true love. Making a name for yourself in the blogging world is very challenging these days since there's so many of us, but it's all about making connections and supporting other bloggers who share the same passion. It's a community. A family in a sense. Network, network, network!

Why's "C'est le Style"? Where does it come from?

I've never been one to follow trends, and my style changes depending on my mood. One day I'll be chic and sophisticated with a structured blazer, a great pant and pumps, and the next day I'll sport a cool girl look with my favorite denim and sneakers. It's ever changing! C'est le Style derives from the famous saying, "C'est le vie," which means "That's life." Similarly, C'est le Style means "That's style." or "This is my style".

What's your philosophy when it comes to dressing and accessorizing? 

When it comes to fashion, my advice is that if you love it, wear it, because if you feel confident, it shows. I've been known to pull off some rather daring outfits, and it totally worked because I was owning it! Confidence is key.

Describe your style aesthetic in three words...

Classic, fashion-forward, structured.

kyleigh mccollam stylist

What is your styling advice to women?

Wear what you love and what makes you happy. Most importantly, dress for yourself and no one else.

What's next for C'est le Style?

I want to know just as much as you! I have many plans in the works to expand my personal brand as a blogger. This year will be involving a lot of travel and taking risks. I'm ready!

When and how did you first learn about SiammPatra?

We connected through Instagram around a year ago when I was first starting out as a blogger. One of the many reasons why I love Instagram is because you meet so many amazing people, and I got very lucky to find what is now one of my favorite jewelry brands, SiammPatra. It's unlike anything I've seen on the market.

What are your top three favorite SiammPatra pieces? Why?

My #1 favorite piece is the Galaxia Zipper Lariat Choker Collar Necklace. You can wear it multiple ways - doubled, tripled, choker style, a belt, around a hat, the list goes on and on...(read: All That Glitter is SiammPatra).

I also love the Fontage Cuff Bracelet, because I love anything with bows, and it's a great stacking piece. I have it in the black and gold.

Last but not least, I love the Quadrangle Earrings. They make such a statement and I wear them all the time! I didn't know how much use I would get out of them since they're green, but they match more than you think. They instantly turn heads! (read: Almost Fashion Week Outfit).

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Who are your favorite top three fashion idols to follow? Why?

Olivia Palermo - She's a modern-day Audrey. Chi, classic, stylish, brilliant. 

Aimee Song - Her style is impeccable, and I love that she was a pioneer for fashion bloggers. Like me, she doesn't dress like anyone else I've seen. Instead, she's always setting trends and staying true to her style. It's rare these days.

Sarah Jessica Parker - She's fun and fabulous. Nothing is too out of the ordinary to wear. all styles, shapes, colors and textures are welcome, and even encouraged. SJP never lost that innocent girly girl side. To her, life is all about playing dress up.

How can people follow you?

I'm on all social media sites (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) at @cestlestyle_

My blog is www.cestlestyle.com. Subscribe to be the first to see what's new on the blog.

Thanks for reading!

 

-SP Team xo

 

                      Photos via cestlestyle.com 

 

 

Statement Earrings: How to Wear Your Hair

Who else has fallen in love with the biggest jewelry trend season: statement earrings? Either wearing as one single statement or a pair of eye-catching set, we're all in!

Besides knowing how to wear your statement earrings (if you're not so sure how to pull this trend off, read our previous post: How to Wear Statement Earrings Trend for Spring 2017 Right Now), it's also important to do your hair for the best to show case your ear pieces. When it comes to spring-summer as the heat is up, we love a pull-back our hair or have a fuzzy bun to not only allow a nice breeze around the neck but also to ensure that the extra-long dangle pieces hang nicely. 

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hair style for statement earrings

You can also pull all your hair back to one side for a simple sideswept style as seen on Kyleigh McCollam. This style evokes a romantic presence of femininity. 

how to wear a solo earring

There are so many ways to spread the love to your lobes. When you hair is done right, don't forget to try a bold red lipstick or any vivid colors to give a fresh and an edge helping the look to feel very modern (we've got you covered with the hot article; The Best Makeup Trend for Spring 2017). When you're done right, you'll be ready to make an entrance to any office, party or night out.

Enjoy!

 

SP Team xo,

 

          photos via cestlestyle.com  & Jeff Jacob

 

 

How to Wear Statement Earrings Trend for Spring 2017 Right Now

Thanks to S/S '17 runways, we can see that bold jewelry is continually being a major trend. Didn't it seem that just last year, when it came to the ear, people were about that teeny tiny? (That's why we love fashion so much because either you have to be a trend hunter who keeps up and embraces with the trends or you have to be a trend setter who can embrace your own style over the trends and makes the best version out of the trends for yourself). This year earrings are about the bigger is the better. 

Also remember that the arrival of springtime means we start to emerge from our heavy winter clothes. Ears begin to peek out, we begin showing our neck (wearing less or/and light clothes). We've been inspired from the one-earring trend that's been all over the recent fashion weeks. (our NYFW fashion week in collaboration included). Now, you don't have to be afraid if you loose one of your earring mates over the years. You can wear it with pride again. 

How should you embrace this trend for the first time? Begin by choosing a single earring with a geometric or sculptural shape - one that's chunky or giving you the look of 3D, colorful, or has interesting structure or texture. We actually love this trend because it's easier than putting two earrings and we love the fact of low-maintenance that our lobes can fly solo in no time.

how to wear a solo statement earring

Nonetheless you're a woman who believes that the key of fashion is balancing (surely no for a solo dangler) and still want to break out of your fashion comfort zone, look to long and short lengths paired together, or studs mixed with drops. We love a combination of slightly different elements but still make the pairing a bit cohesive like a single Quadrangle Earring and a solo Empress Stud Earring

how to wear mismatched earrings 2017

List but not last, if you feel too overwhelmed finding statement earrings to mismatch for yourself. Check out the many variety of statement earring sets in the marketplace. Vendors make all mismatched pairs as easy as soulmates. We love our Crystal Mismatched Chain Link Statement Earring Gold as they are simple and chic that have an endless potential to go with any occasion.

crystal mismatched chain link statement earrings gold

How will you be incorporating the trends of wearing statement earrings into your style? We'd love to hear. 

 

-SP Team xo

 

                     Photos via cestlestyle.com & Jeff Jacob

Choker 101: How To Transition From Winter to Spring

Choker 101: How To Transition From Winter to Spring

We're not too sure when the warmer weather will actually hit, but right now we're enjoying a wardrobe revamp for transitional season from winter to spring.

We're clearly in love with chokers, so here we'd like to show you how to incorporate the choker necklaces into your favorite spring outfits and create your signature's looks.

Be chic and be free

It's all about freedom and confidence. (Girls, these actually are ideal philosophy for everything). Chokers can work for anyone and function in multiple ways. We love the Fontage White Zipper Choker Collar Necklace, Gold that brilliantly pops against anything from basic denim to a whimsical floral print. It is made of white fabric with a gold zipper that provide both style and comfort. It can be worn as a choker and a wrapped bracelet.

how to wear a choker

Think of your jewelry as storytellers

We think when women buy and collect jewelry from a perspective of who they really are, that there is a kind of soul and spirit connected to those pieces. So feel free to mix colors and patterns of different jewelry together. We love the ability to create a powerful arm party with two times wrapped of a Gigi White Choker Collar Necklace, Gold and a Fontage White Cuff Bracelet, Gold.

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 More is more

We always want to talk about maximalism in fashion. As Iris Apfel says, "More is more and less is a bore". It's not necessary to wear only one statement piece, but it would be more fun and eclectic by combining a choker with other necklaces and coordinated pieces of jewelry to add more volume and layers in style to create unlimited amount of looks for any occasions.  

street style how to transition winter to spring

Experiment with your hair

A ponytail or updo hair is the most efficient way to show off your beautiful neck that is flattered by an edgy choker. However there is no certain rules, the choker collar looks as just interesting peeking beneath barrel wavy curls. (See: Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and more).

hairstyles to wear with jewelry

Lastly, a simple though to share with you, fashion is constantly changing, so if you love something, wear it until you don't anymore. There will always be noises in fashion what are stay and what are dead, however your voice is the most heart-wanted. 

Happy reading!

 

SP Team

 

Photographer: Jeff Jacob

 

 

Boss Babe Series: Roodelyne Jean Baptisete Sylvain

Boss Babe Series: Roodelyne Jean Baptisete Sylvain

We first met Roodelynn Jean Baptiste Sylvian via Instagram in 2015, as she shared her fun and bright sock business called "RSock": instantly we fell in love. In January 2016, we had the opportunity to meet in person during her powerful brunch that she organized to gather and empower her female friends. Her sweet presence, incredible style and artful wisdom was very inspiring and we've become huge fans since then. We couldn't be more happy to share her story and her work with you.

Read our insightful Q&A with Roody or Roodelynn below.

roodelynn seo rsocks.com

How did you get into socks industry?

I sometimes feel like I was born in the industry that's how long I have been in it.

What were you doing before you started RSocks?

I started as a buyer for a very established European retail chain, all the while I was a wardrobe stylist. Then years later to begin a Marketing Consultant for emerged designers and now producing my own brand.

What do you get all inspiration?

By exploring the arts and traveling. Inspiration is everywhere.

Describe your brand in three words...

Artsy, practical, corky 

What are your favorite socks and why?

I only wear RSocks and I love them all.

fun socks for spring

What is your advice to women when starting out to wear - a first pair of statement socks? 

Start with a knee high right when the weather is in its transition peak between winter and spring. Just the perfect time to make a bold statement.

What's next for RSocks?

So much more in store for the brand - building jobs is one.

When and how did you first learn about SiammPatra?

I learned about SiammPatra brand through the Instagram platform. I fell in love right away with the boldness and colors.

What is your favorite SiammPatra piece?

Gigi black choker collar necklace, silver - the choker one is playful with the right wardrobe. 

roodelynn favorite statement jewelry

Who are your favorite top three idols to follow?

I don't have idols, but I do have a great appreciation for creative minds such as Jenna Lyons and Olivia Palermo.

How can people follow you and buy your RSocks?

RSocks are available in several shops in the Midwest Chicago area and online at www.rsocks.com 

Thanks for reading!


-SP Team xo

                     Photographer: Anita Jacob

New York Fashion Week 2017: House of Byfield x Dstyle x SiammPatra

New York Fashion Week 2017: House of Byfield x Dstyle x SiammPatra

We recently had a wonderful collaboration with House of By field and Dstyle on the NYFW runway. As we looked again through through all the photos: the glamorous moment of models taking up the front stage and the unexpected chaos on the back stage. It was such an amazing experience and we wanted to share more details with our dearest friends.

Designers Carmichael Byfield, Domenico Auriemma and Anita Jacob proudly debuted their collaboration of the spring/summer '17 collection for House of Byfield apparel, Dstyle eyewear and SiammPatra fashion jewelry at New York Fashion Week event. It was an unexpected and original mash up of these three brands; botanical element on earthy fabric, a culture clash artfully eyewear and timeless and edgy qualities of SiammPatra jewelry, juxtaposed on the gorgeous fashion show.

The brands boldly follow our unique aesthetic style and we feel over the moon to be a part of the world's most fashionable and globalized shows: New York Fashion Week. The fashion show was presented on February 12th, 2017, 9 pm EST at Angel Orensanz Center  (if you are a fan of Sarah Jessica Parker or Carrie Bradshaw as she is known on Sex and the City, this is a place that Parker and Matthew Broderick tied the knot in real life. 

We (SiammPatra) was mainly represented on the runway with our new collection; "Escape" featuring sculptural foams of chain and link as well as with a couple dramatic pieces from Cleo collection. 

The show was a huge success thanks to the supportive guests and the special guest stylist, Amanda Moore Karim from Amanda Luxe to make that day even more special and meaningful.

Thanks for reading!

 

-SP Team xo

 

                  Photographer: Jeff Jacob | Video Production: Fashion Channel Milano

 

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New Arrivals: The Escape Collection in Depth

New Arrivals: The Escape Collection in Depth

I've been always inspired by things around me on the back roads as well as the cities I've traveled to. Many times those tangible objects on the street turn out to capture my soul and consume the moment in my heart. 

Escape (noun): An act of avoidance or runaway from something.

I'm falling hard with my newest collection that has been named "Escape". This collection was initially inspired as I traveled west and visited historical museums in New Mexico and California.  Walking around I noticed old locks and chains and that unleashed a variety of thoughts and feelings.

I suddenly had a connection not just with the beauty in these tough and rusty shapes of those chains, but also they drew me with so many questions; what is like to be in chains? what is it like to be free? Even though we live in the time of revolution and no more slavery. I often think, are we really as free as we think we are?  Are we a slave of our minds? Of our thoughts? Of our habits?  Or if cultural expectations? 

Now that we are living in the digital age, we easily consume endless information through various media. They're sudden and global. At the same time, the lines of fact and fiction seem to blur and everyone can access information the way they like it. Do we get trapped in the world's vision about how we should live our lives?

Right now I feel like it's one of those times that it's very important to connect to ourselves and live in the moment (either small or large). So I designed this collection to symbolize overcoming obstacles and escaping our own illusions that we create ourselves or/and that we get impacted from others. Let's remember that we are human and none of us are perfect. We might view someone or something's from one perspective, it doesn't mean that their lives are painted the same in all 360 degrees. Let's respect others and don't forget to respect yourself too.

The collection includes: Chain Link Statement Ring, Chain Link Accent Band Statement Ring, Double Chain Statement Ring, Crystal Mismatched Chain Link Statement Earrings, Box Chain Link Cuff Bracelet, 18" Large Chain Link Choker Necklace, Long Chain Link Necklace, Flat Plate Chain Accent Choker Collar Necklace and Trapeze Pendant Necklace. The jewelry can be worn as a trophy of things overcome or as a reminder of choices we need to make. This season, we evoke recognition and relationship to ourselves.

Thanks for reading and continue happy shopping!

-Anita xo

 

Photographer: Jeff Jacob & Me

 

 

 new arrival crystal mismatched chain link statement earrings

crystal mismatched earrings

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Checking-in From Tuscon

Checking-in From Tuscon

As much as we wanted to start 2017 off fresh by not letting mundane tasks rule our schedule and working towards our one year plan, we seemed to have got stuck in our office doing exactly that (or at least we tried!). So here was our first trip of the year to get out from our office and gain our next inspiration.

It was our first time in Tuscon for Tuscon Gem Shows and it was an absolute pleasure to visit the world's greatest treasure hunt events that all dealers from over the world lined up all over the region. The shows were mainly minerals from rough stones to brilliant faceted cut gemstones. We found the shows were very fascinating and at the same time overwhelming because they were so many things to see in a little time. We were very lucky enough to have a group of friends led us and pointed out where to go first. 

These are a mix of images from the Tuscon Gem Shows and desert shots along the roads. We started with "jump start" or satellite" shows at the surrounding hotels and motels in Tuscon (we cleared that we wouldn't be able to join the main show called TGMS because we have NYFW awaiting for us on Sunday, February 12th - our jewelry is going to be on the runway! Woo hoo!) Each year the satellite shows started earlier in order to capture the early sales and that was exactly captured our attention. 

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Do you like jewelry with gemstones? Tell us what gemstones are your favorites in the comment below.

 

-SP Team xo

 

Photographer: Jeff Jacob

 

 

 

 

 

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