Warby Parker Winter Collection 2014 Top Ten Faves

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Greetings Spiiirits!

Sending love & light to you all,

Today was the launch of Warby Parker’s 2014 Winter Collection! Warby Parker is a brand that seeks to provide affordable and stylish glasses. Their versatile selections offer a vast variety that caters to both fashion or prescription needs. And though I do not wear prescription lenses, I love fashion lenses and have a blood lust for stunning frames. (Not to mention the fact that Triiin has been in dire need of new prescription lenses, so we’re shopping around). Given Triin’s need & my blood lust, I could not resist picking my top ten fave selections from their newest collection!

Now for the Top Ten-sies…in no particular order

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From this collection, I was predominately inspired by the earthen leopard-like prints and the cuts that featured heavy top frame with slender frames on the bottom.I really think that cut is very face flattering and the classic black in this style do not disappoint either. I love both the feminine and masculine variations on this style (for example the very feminine, cat-like cut of  #6, in contrast to the more unisex cut of #9). I’d say my top pick for eyeglasses would be #6 and for sunglasses would be #3 (and my guess is Triiin’s top fave would probably be #1 for eyeglasses and #3 for sunnies as well). 🙂

{P.S.: True to their belief that everyone has a right to see and their desire to make sure everyone who needs glasses can have access, Warby Parker works with non-profits like VisionSpring to make sure that for every pair of glasses sold a pair is distributed to someone in need. So when you buy their frames you can feel even better knowing you are lending someone else the gift of vision as well. Which is pretty Ah-mazing!}

Check out the eyeglasses and sunglasses in their new collection for yourself and tell me, which ones are your faves??

 ☮XOXO A.T. ☮

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Happy New Year!! {Lessons, & Moving Forward}

Happy New Year Peeps!

2014, whoo!

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I can’t believe its the first of the year. What can I say about 2013 before I like…officially let it go.

Well, I was having some personal reflection time a couple days ago looking for the summation, in a sense, of what 2013 was all about in my life. And my spirit came to the conclusion that 2013 was all about building and patience. It was a year of a lot of blessings, but a lot of testing as well.

For instance, the beginning of 2013 started with my mom in the hospital in a fight for her life. By new years she had come out of her induced coma but her condition was still critical. She could barely speak, she couldn’t walk. Don’t wanna drone on and on about the negative though. Ultimately, by mid-to-late Jan she was out of the hospital and though she had to learn to walk and talk again, she fully regained her health by late Feb, early March. She is fine, strong, and healthy now. Praises be! I feel like it was a testing of the faith and patience of my family, to wait on Source to restore her.

The entirety of the concept for Free Spiiirit came to be November 2012 and the line was slated to drop Jan 1st of 2013, but with all the things going on in my life with my mom  and family and such, we chose to change that deadline. I’m super close to my Mom, man, she is my rock and I am hers. So the whole situation was pretty hard on me….moving on, February 13th the line was dropped and the site was opened to the public. From then we hit the ground running with promo and fashion shows and did our best to make Free Spiiirit as great as we could from the small city of Huntsville, TX (where our school is located). We laid the foundations of the business and made it our mission to grind, grind, grind to build it up from there. Building blocks, stepping stones. We planned SxSW as a business trip to get the brand name out past the boundaries of our school grounds.

After SxSW in March, is when Triiin and I formulated the plan to move to California together in August. After networking with so many like-minded people during the festival, meeting Kendrick Lamar, and seeing how much we could build the business by simply being in the right place at the right time we knew Huntsville was too small a pond to remain in for much longer. At this time, began the building pressure of school and my growing disinterest with it, as well as a decline in monetary resources. By summer, the struggle had become all too real. I was taking school and working and hating every second of it and still only had enough money to survive. How were we ever supposed to save to move to Cali in these conditions? I didn’t know. To top it all off, the summer ended with an apartment fire days before move-out (–it was caused by a faulty dryer–) that destroyed some of our merchandise and made it twice as hard to pack and move out of the unit. It was August by now and the plans seemed to be foiled but we knew in our hearts Cali was still where we were supposed to be. “Patience, Patience” was the whisper…In good fashion, the Lord provided recourse and Triiin & I went to stay with my Mom in Houston.

Houston was its own beast. The Beckster (my car…Becky was her name) started giving me issues after moving there & soon pooped out altogether. Every expected avenue for Cali money was snatched from us by one instance or another. Then not to mention once you stop living with your parents, you never wanna re-live with your parents (and siblings) again. Lets not get into the endless reasons why. (Love them, they’re great n shit…but this is just TRUE, lol). We were doing our best not to get hog-tied down to the city of Houston and trying to keep in mind that Cali was still the mission regardless of what things look like. But imagine living everyday striving so hard for what you want, what you know you are supposed to do…and feeling no closer to your goal. Every day waking up with hope and going to bed with the nagging stab of disappointment. It gets really difficult. This was a true testing of patience and finding inner peace. But we just kept working on the business (Free Spiiirit) and keeping our mind, hearts, and energies set on the path laid out before us. God kept giving us signs that we were on path and after 2 months in this purgatory we were let into the gates of Heaven, so to speak…

October. Hello L.A., city of Angels! It was such a blessing to make it here and so surreal to be here. Everything, from the drive to finding a good apartment in record time. The whole situation was in God’s hands and he worked everything out just perfectly…as one must learn to always trust Source to do. And L.A. is so beautiful! My goodness. Getting here just made it continuously clear that this is where we were supposed to be all along. The endless possibilities began to expose themselves to us. But don’t think its been all candy, cupcakes, and roses since we’ve been out here. We have had our share of struggles too since being here…mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, etc.  But when you become in tune with God…and self…and the God in oneself these outward things start to shake you less and less as you continually see Him see you through, dropping just what you need from the heavens like manna. Allhamdulilah!

This is the work in progress that had been begun in me at the start of last year and I truly feel like I have passed the test and completed this step. Why? Because I feel like I have learned the lessons I was supposed to from 2013. The lesson of patience and knowing that things do not happen in your timing, but in God’s timing. And the plan is perfect. Energy takes care of it all. You just have to be patient, stay positive, and stay connected. Also, the lesson that there is a time for everything under the sun. A time for sickness and a time for health. A time for grief and a time for joy. A time of struggle and a time of prosperity. A time of building and a time of reaping the benefits of your labors. 2013 was the year of Building and Patience for me. And I whole-heartedly believe that 2014 is the time of Prosperity and Reward. Not just monetary richness (though, that too) but also richness in love, mind, body, spirit. I’m ready for it!

How are you guys feeling about the new year? What was 2013 like for you? What do you expect from 2014?

P.S.

Today we dropped the U.N.I.T.Y Collection on FreeSpiiirit.com!!!

(Yayyyy)

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The collection is centered around celebrating our oneness and our cultural differences as a global community, simultaneously.

Check it out Check out Check it out! & use code : hello2014 for 10% off your entire order!

{photo cred: Triiinity Tafari}

Peace & Blessings Loves

& again, Happy New Year. Make the best of it 🙂 .

☮ XOXO A.T ☮

The Evolution of A.T. : New Header

 

 

Greetings, lovely souls.

I’ve created a new header for this blog. Check it out!

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I thought the blog needed a little something more so I went hard at work creating a header that my followers and I could be proud of! What do you guys think?

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♥ XOXO A.T. ♥

New Name, New Layout, New Attitude

The title says it all…its time to make all things, new.

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This blog needed a makeover. It was just about that time.  Plus I finally encountered a layout that embodied my vision for this blog. Had to jump on that STAT of course. As for the name AND url change of the site, I know that is a MAJOR change and my precious followers are probably all agast. But I want you guys to know I would never make such a major decision in rash hastiness.

My birth name is Jasmine but in becoming a new and more developed person (spiritually, physically, and emotionally) I chose a new name. Rather, it chose me.

Amiri from the Hebrew, Tafari from Ethiopian origin.

Three i’s for the pineal gland.

Through an extensive and beautiful process I was donned this name by my best friend Phili (who is now also known as Triiinity Tafari). Both of these names have deeper meaning and embody what we have become.

I wanted this blog to continue to be about fashion, Yes. But I also wanted to expand it to be able to share myself with you guys as a whole.

Personal journeys aside, all my other social media has the name AmiiiriTafari and that is the name I use for PR & Advertising in relation to my business, Free Spiiirit, as well. So for marketability purposes and the like…it just all made sense.

So I apologize and I hope no one is scorned but TheFashionerrd is no more. AmiiiriTafari has been born.

Please continue to support this blog as it will only be taking off to new and better heights from here!

Namaste, good people.

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♥ XOXO A.T. ♥

OOTD + New Inventory!

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fashion cheetah glasses – SB, gold studs – F21, gold charm necklace – SB, black tank -SB, braided belt – gift, floral maxi – Free Spiiirit vintage, gold flats – Payless, bracelet- Glitter, square ring – SB, seahorse ring- Glitter, heart ring – SB  *–SB stands for something borrowed–*

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We have lots of new inventory for Free Spiiirit and I decided to dress one of our items and show you guys how I’d wear it on a normal day out.  Phili also styled the skirt her own way.

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This skirt and other awesome new items are soon to be posted and available for purchase. This skirt is $15.30.

Our site and the twitter page are both having technical difficulties right now (oddly enough). This has made us unable to post the new items at the moment, but we have an instagram page (IG name: FreeSpiiirit) and we will post the items there in the meantime along with pricing and our contact information. So if you guys still want to buy something in the meantime in-between time, you can!

Like our FB page too!

As soon as the site is back up and fully functional, I’ll let you guys know.

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XOXO Jaz’

2012 Fashion Recap: My Top 5 Most Enjoyed 2012 Trends

Hello my dears, I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season…a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

Can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been, right? So it’s only right that we recap the best trends of 2012. 2012 was full of great fashion and well, I’m no authority, but these are my top 5 favorite trends of 2012!

AZTEC

Aztec was big during the spring and summer months of 2012, the print was funky, fresh, and inspiring!

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FLOWY SKIRTS

I very much enjoyed wearing flowy skirts all throughout the year of 2012. They are so relaxed and easily chic, can’t help but love ’em!

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BURGUNDY

So complementary to every skin tone. Its the perfect Fall/Winter color and it was all the rage in the Fall/Winter 2012 season. Between makeup and clothes, I know I wore this one OUT, y’all!

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STILETTO NAILS

Nail shape was big during 2012, specifically the stiletto nail. I didn’t really like the super exaggerated pointy ones, but the rounded slightly more natural looking stiletto nail was feminine perfection if you ask me.

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STATEMENT NECKLACES & COLLARS

Looking to add instant jazz to any outfit? A statement necklace or collar will easily do the trick. That was definitely a trick I used frequently in 2012.

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What were your favorite trends of 2012? What do you plan on trying out in 2013?

XOXO JAZ’

Star Style Saturdays: Rihanna

There are few fashion mavens more style savvy than this badass girl. Rihanna style is eclectic, edgy, and exciting. She always keeps her look fresh and up to date and she is a definite trendsetter. She does and wears what she wants, when SHE wants. Her Unapologetic style is always sure to turn heads & with her 7th album, by the same name, coming out on Monday….it’s time we take notice.

I’ve have never seen somebody that looks so good in EVERYTHING! No matter what hair, or style of clothes she wears she just exudes badassery in a way thats alllllll girl power. Keep rockin’ it Rih Rih, can’t wait to hear your new album!

Do you guys just ADORE her style like I do?

Until Next Time…

XOXO JAZ’