Tattoos (especially ones that are visible with clothes on) are the most expressive and artful accessory you can have on your body. And since they're permanent, they make a much bigger statement than, say, a removable necklace or pair of earrings. That's why today's Fashionista makes a huge fashion splash with her outfit and body art.
Wearing an Alice in Wonderland top, sparkly cardigan, bright shorts and pink fishnets, she looks girly, fun and funky. Mix a Disney print with short shorts, high heels and awesome tattoos and you end up with a look that’s somewhere in between sexy, young and edgy.
I love that the colorful tattoo on her leg peeks through her neon tights. There’s also the eye designs on her wrists that attract more attention to her handmade bracelets, statement ring and nail art; it’s really quite eye-catching (pun intended).
And then there’s her hair — a high-voltage red that’s been most recently made famous by pop music’s princess aka Rihanna. Her pink hair accesory complements the rest of the pink in her outfit, so that even though her look is glittery and colorful it's still the right amount of put-together.
Make-up wise this Fashionista keeps it simple with a little bit of metallic and black eyeliner. If there’s anything to learn from her beauty look it’s that bold, groomed brows are truly beautiful! Avoid over-plucking, and if you need to, use an eyebrow kit to fill in your brows. Creating the most flattering shaped eyebrow will make all the difference! At least, that's what make-up artist Carmindy from TLC's What Not To Wear always says…
The thing I love most about fashion is how people use it to express themselves. While some people may see fashion as a materialistic hobby, others prove them wrong by turning fashion into an art form where the body serves as a canvas and clothing as an extension of one's personality.
The same goes for beauty trends. For thousands of years cultures, around the world have used hairstyles, piercings and tattoos in a similar way to express their beliefs and individuality within a group. And while fashion in some parts of the world has been taken over by materialistic Fashionistas who are only out to gain that straight-from-the-runway Chanel bag or those one-of-a-kind Christian Louboutin heels, there are still a number of individualistic Fashionistas out there who view fashion as an art form.
Dreadlocks may not be every Fashionista’s ideal hairstyle, but when I first laid eyes on this beauty while bargain hunting in a local boutique, I was literally enchanted by the bundle of rich brown and red pieces pulled on top of her head. With a bold red lip and perfectly-applied eyeliner to go along with her eye-catching look, I quickly realized this eccentric Fashionista was the real deal.
While we often consider “fashionable” to be the person dripping from head to toe in all the latest trends, we tend to forget the true meaning of fashion discussed above. Anyone can copy what they see on the runway, but to know yourself enough to be able to turn the clothes you wear, the hairstyles you sport and the makeup you apply into a way of expressing yourself takes true Fashionista guts.
This Fashionista’s hair and makeup pulled me in not because I myself have been aspiring to get dreadlocks or attempt a bolder lip color, but because she rocked the look with such confidence. She sported a bright red lip and strong eye not because she saw the tutorial in the latest beauty column of her favorite magazine, but because the look helped express her personal style.
This Fashionista taught me that while being a trend-following Fashionista can be fun, being a Fashionista with your own sense of self and style is much more rewarding.