Category Archives: Styled for Crop Over

Pompasette Popup Haul and Other Goodies

My love for a good shopping experience is well-documented along with my love for things Caribbean.  Local and regional designs in one location makes for easy, convenient shopping.

Unsurprisingly, this year’s Pompasette Popup Shop at the Barbados Museum once again had me in my happy place.

If I had no financial limitations, the damage would’ve been real but since I had to pace myself, I made four purchases.

1. A tee from SMWARNER artwithattitude. You may remember those gorgeous hand-painted pieces from the Pompasette Brunch Party.

2. Printed earrings from Peaces by Anya. I recently came across this brand and I’m definitely liking the options.

3. Necklaces from The Crop Pop Up Shop. The options were endless and gorgeous but I limited myself to just two.

4 . This wrap from Wrap Crush. Headwraps are often my weekend go-to and I can’t wait to play around with this one!

Now for all the things I left behind…

RORI wrap belts from Sew Lisa.
Colour Riot Jewelry
Colour Riot Jewelry
Warda Marica of Suriname.
Sanianitos sunglasses
Studsz 868
Tautology goodies.
The Crop Pop Up Shop.
The Crop Pop Up Shop.
Wilhelmina Heart
Wilhelmina Heart
Peaces by Anya.
Peaces by Anya.
Peaces by Anya.
Carnivalista tights and pasties.
Wire bras and earpieces from Skin and Needle.
The Crop Pop Up Shop.
SMWARNER artwithattitude

See you again next year!

Choosing The Perfect Boots for Kadooment Day

Kadooment Day is fast approaching and if you’re jumping,  you’re probably trying to get all your accessories in order.

One of the key things for the road is shoes. They complement your costume so you can be The Baddest thing on the road AND they’ll keep your feet in relative comfort while you Tip and Ben Ova.

Boots have become a very popular alternative to sneakers in recent years. If you want to avoid hobbling in pain before you reach Station Hill, you’ll need a comfortable fit.

 

1. If you don’t want to go totally flat, choose a manageable wedge over a heel since you’re going to be on your feet all day. If you must have a heel, make sure it’s not a stiletto.

2.  Pointy toes will make your legs look longer but a round toe is likely to be more comfortable. Try different styles and walk around the store as much as possible.

3.  Make sure the boot is padded. Remember, the goal is to be as comfortable as possible.

4. Try the boots with socks in the store to ensure you have the correct size. You don’t want to find out your shoes are too tight while you’re rushing out the door on jump-up day.

 

5. Make sure the boot isn’t too heavy. You’re going to be wearing them for a long time and you don’t want to get too tired too early. Work is tomorrow!

If you’re wondering where to get your boots (and carnival stockings), check out The Shoe Palace in Collonade Mall (formerly Dacosta’s Mall). They have a wide range of styles and colours as shown above.

Happy shopping and happy jumping!

Stand Out From The Crowd With Sokanaval

The big Crop Over climax is almost upon us so this will be the final post in the Styled For Crop Over series for this year.

If you’re still looking for something to wear this long weekend, look no further than the Sokanaval line from Karen DeFreitas Fraser of St Vincent & the Grenadines. Sokanaval, a breakoff from her Soka brand, will offer clothing just for carnivals starting with this year’s Crop Over. It’s available locally through the F.A.N.C.Y. Bim website which we featured here.

We had a brief Q&A.

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  1. Tell me a bit about your background in design.

I’ve been sketching, drawing and essentially designing for as long as I could remember. I was the one getting in trouble in class for ‘doodling’ all the time. I was blessed to attend Parsons School of Design- The New School in New York City.  (You’ve seen it on Project Runway). I also have interned with many fashion houses and magazines such as Alice and Olivia, Zac Posen and Yigal Azrouel. I just completed my BFA in Fashion Design in December 2014.

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  1. What was the inspiration behind Soka?  

SoKa is my baby. It has grown, changed and developed over the years but the passion behind it has remained the same; to create fashion that one can see as an extension of themselves that helps one exude confidence.

The inspiration to start SoKa was my own need to express my vision and be bold about it.  It was my way of stepping outside of the box I was told to occupy and create my own space and purpose. SoKa has been inspired by all aspects of my Caribbean culture and environment. That can be seen in my love of prints and color and it has also been inspired by New York, my adopted home, where now I’m a ready to wear designer who always wears black .

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  1. How did the Sokanaval line come about and what are you offering?

Sokanaval is clothing made just for your carnival needs! It follows the same colorful aesthetic but it is casual and made for a good time. The line is best known for its ‘peppa pants’ or shorts but also includes our ‘Mary-Jane’ pieces of midi skirts and crop tops; the go-to pieces for the carnival season and beyond. It’s still a small brand that’s growing.

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  1. Where can we find your work?

We have officially collaborated with our first online store F.A.N.C.Y. Bim and can be found on their website (www.fancybim.com). And you can still order custom made pieces by contacting me at madebysoka@gmail.com and view my work at www.madebysoka.com.  And of course social media @madebysoka and @sokanaval . I hope to collaborate with boutiques and other stores in Trinidad and Tobago and St Lucia etc. in the near future.

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  1. Do you find that there is a demand for one of a kind pieces during festivals like Crop Over?

Definitely! That is why Sokanaval was created. During Crop Over season it is hot but women want to look sensual, be comfortable and stand out; the ‘peppa pants’ fits the bill.

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  1. What type of woman do you cater to?

Confident women, essentially the woman who is aware of and loves herself.  She is a modern woman, with a romantic taste of contemporary not trendy and what’s in the know.

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7. How do you incorporate your personal style into your designs?

I think design for every designer involves ego and self.  With SoKa I tell my personal stories whether memories or things I like and things that make me happy. This is how the dance hall SS15 collection came about.

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8. What can we expect from you in the future?

More growth and experimenting and learning.  New collections from SoKa and new pieces added to Sokanaval line for every carnival imaginable across the diaspora.