Working Moms in 20s brings you the evolution of fashion, from pages of Vogue Magazine to Harper’s Bazaar. We take a trip back in time, to explore the evolution of Fashion.
This is why we decided to give you a run down of the Styles between those times, and the famous icons from that time, that helped to put the signature styles in our history books.
Bring you ‘Mod’ and Empire Baby Doll dresses, with vibrant and fluorescent colors and geometric patterns. It is safe to say, they had a lot of fun in that decade, introducing color blocking, and taking risks with color and loose fitting styles.
Was the year of conservatism. Women work simple dress with flaring floaty skirts. On most styles of dresses, you will find belted waistlines, with simple or patterns on full skirts. This style of dress was made popular by Lana Lobell through her first catalog launched by Hanover house in the 1950s.
Short puffed sleeves and simple a-line dresses. 1940s marked the decades when women became full fledged members of the workforce. In doing so, this was the era that introduced the high-waisted trousers, and more women went from wearing skirts and dress, to pants suits, to adapt to the work environment, and be viewed and treated as equals. Katherine Hepburn made the wide legged high waist trousers and/or slacks for women, a must have item during the 1940s era.
This was the era of satin gowns, velvet dresses with a big emphasis on the backs out. Women were virtuous in the sense that they challenged the fashion norms of less is more by exposing their backs, and baring more skin, yet leaving just enough to the imagination. In this decade you find a lot of draped bodices, with silk and velvet elbow length evening gloves. The women of the 40s enjoyed full length dresses that fell into a short train. Paired with satin slippers in toning colors.
Ode to the 1920s, our favorite decade of fashion. This was the decade of the flappers style of dress. The women enjoyed headbands, tiaras, head dresses with feathers, and lots of peals and fur coats. If you are lovers of that decade like we are, we recommend reading and watching the Great Gatsby. Women wore lots of sequins and lace gloves paired with feathered bowers. Another reason to fall in love with the 1920s, the 20s birth Coco Chanel , Marlene Dietrich, and so many others fashion icons, whose name brands are still recognized today.
#10: Twerking: After Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s performance at the VMAs in 2013. The world has been engulfed in the twerking phenomenon. We have seen good parodies, we have seen bad parodies, we even saw grandmothers twerking. But it comes to a point when we just have to move on from it.
#9: Celebrity Leaked Photos/Videos: Whether intentional or unintentional, we do not want to see anymore celebrities in their private and intimate moments. Nude photos and pornographic videos have infiltrated the entire social media network. Whether you searched the internet pools for these images or not, they will appear on such popular social media sites as Facebook, instagram, or Twitter publicly. So at the end of 2014 we hope we can put these leaked photos to rest, as well as the trend. It is not ok to access peoples personal files and publicly humiliate them against their own free will. Not all of life’s mysteries need to be exposed for all to see.
#8: Police Brutality: Police brutality has been a major headline in all, if not most of the media news station. Minorities have grown angry and defiant against an unjust judicial system that systematically target the youth. In 2015, it is our expectation that a federal procedure review of police rules of engagement will replace deadly force with non-lethal force tactics as the #1 option for law enforcement. New policies, substantial state and federal laws changes that demand an alternative use of GUNS in a non-violent related incidence to subdue suspects. It is our hope that in 2015, that citizens and law enforcement can hold a town hall meeting with Q&A session between police officers, community leaders, and youths. A dialogue for individuals to freely express their concerns and ask questions they need and deserve answered is needed to gain the trust of the community back. These matters can no longer be swept under the rug, they should be addressed accordingly to prevent any future reoccurrence of the same type of misuse of force.
#7: Government Shutdown: Better known as “Do Nothing Congress”. What is a government shutdown you might ask? It is when bipartisan politics divides are lawmakers to the point that Congress becomes ineffective and not serve its purpose, the people. This shutdown will allow economic disruption, negative impacts on federal programs and services that support American businesses and individuals. Government Shutdown impacts up to 850,000 government workers, with a productivity loss of $2.0 Billion.
#6: Disrespectful Music: We believe with all the serious matters and issues the world is facing, the last thing anyone wants to hear or see, is music videos that disrespect and degrade women. If people are fighting for equality and fairness, they also have to reflect such behavior. It is our sole right and responsibility to empower and uplift our young brothers and sisters. After all they are the leaders of tomorrow. The examples that entertainers set forth for them is the example and lifestyle they will follow. So we hope that in 2015, we find a profound way to use music and entertainment as an outlet to change and influence the world for the better, because that is truly what the world needs and what will make it a better place.
#5: SecretAffairs and #OntheBreakBabies: “We were on a break” is a line we are all too familiar with. We saw that in high-profile relationships that experienced the on the break baby. We even watch our favorite couples part ways from rumored affairs. Our hope is that in 2015 couples, stick together, take no breaks and tough it out and keep the infidelity at bay.
Gabby & D-Wade
Gwynett & Chris
Robin & Paula
Wiz & Amber
Ludacris & Eudoxie
Nick & Mariah
#4: Reality Shows- that promote violence: How many more reality shows do we really need? And exactly how real are they? These reality shows get more outrageous by the year, and are very instrumental in the manipulation and influence of our young minds. Displaying love triangles, violence, and a constant depiction of negativity to spur ratings. Well, we are sick of it. And we hope that Television producers can actually put their creativity to use, and produce more programs like, Scandal, How to get away with Murder, Blackish.
#3: SmartPhone Wars: The battle was on this year with the release of the iPhone 6/6plus and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The plain iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch display, while the iPhone 6 plus has 5.5. inch display. The Galaxy S5 packs a 1080×1920 display, Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2GB of RAM, and you can expand its storage capacity an additional 128GB with a microSD card. At the end of the day, it really just a phone, as long as it receives and sends calls and takes a few #Selfies I think the world would be happy either way. But to see two companies go at this year defaming one another, was interesting to watch, but a bit overzealous. They assume consumers do not have more pressing matters than to tend to the battles of the phones, or do they??? This one is up for debate.
#2: InternetBullying: With the creation of Meme and the ability to alter images and make more out of a celebrity most embarrassing moments caught on camera, birthed #memes. And the one that stuck out this year the most, was the Elevator fight scene between JayZ and Solange Knowles. The internet took this incident to a whole other level. We have seen reenactment, we have seen street fighter sound tracks, we have even read the catch phrase slogan, “ON THE RUN From Solange”. But at the end of the day, the people we make fun of are still human. Social Media streams, have gone from a loving supportive fan pool, to wide range of internet gangsta spreading words of hate and dislike towards these celebrities, as well as their peers. And this has to stop. Internet bullying is a seious matter and many suicides have been the end result of such bullying.
#1: The Kardashians: Last but not the least, the Kardashians. Where do I begin. The Kardashians have also built a successful empire from their reality show ventures, from Clothing Lines at Sears, Baby’r’us, Make Up Line, and Opening DASH Stores in several locations in the United States. They have secured spin offs, and ranked the highest ratings of all time, and even as of recent “Broke the Internet” . These women are intelligent and highly ambitions, and we tip our hats of to them. We do not want to judge this family, because we do not personally know them. But it is safe to say, how many more story line can E television draw out of the family?. The world is ready for something new and fresh, so we will wait in great anticipation.
Working Mom: A profile of an unconventional rebel
Q & A with Gabrielle Ngumezi
Gabrielle Ngumezi is a twenty-seven year old Bay Area native and she has had quite a journey becoming a wife and mother. After 6 years of marriage and giving birth to her first child, she and her husband recently decided to give the gift of life to an infertile family. Unbeknown to her religious extended family members, Gabrielle became a gestational surrogate mother to a same-sex couple from Europe and gave birth on June 22, 2014. I spoke with Gabrielle about making those tough decisions to become a surrogate with the disapproval of close family members and some friends.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
A: I’m a leasing consultant. I’ve been doing that for about a year. I hopped around quite a bit trying to decide what I want to do. I’ve been a stay at home mom for about a year and a half once my daughter was born. Prior to that, I worked in a group home with emotionally disturbed girls.
Q: What kind of things have you learned juggling the role of being a mother and a wife?
A: Family’s first. My family trumps any and everything. They are a top priority. I have learned that you have to become responsible. I can no longer get bored at a job and quit because I’m tired of my job, I hate my boss, or because I did not like the company of the people I work with. “You have to keep going no matter what. You have to stay strong for your family, especially for your children because they see everything you do.”
Q: We recently learned that you became a surrogate mother—Can you tell us a little bit more about that?
A: I became a surrogate a year ago. I’ve always wanted to adopt a child, provide temporary foster care, or help a family who couldn’t have a child of their own. There are two main types of surrogacy, traditional and gestational. Becoming a donor was never an option because it’s too close to home. I chose to become a gestational surrogate where “I am just the carrier, it’s just my uterus. It’s not my egg it’s not my husband’s sperm. So it’s not our child.” I began that journey hopping to carry only one child and later found out that I was pregnant with twins. The twins are were born this past summer, and they are happy healthy babies; the family is from Europe and that’s where they are now.
Q: Do you have emotional connection to the twins?
A: No I don’t. I don’t look at it like I gave up my children. I gave the children back to their parents. I was the incubator. I was the oven— I baked these babies for their parents. There was never a thought or feeling like, “ Oh, I want theses babies” it was a beautiful miracle that I helped to create.
Q: How did you make the decision to be a surrogate?
A: I was just doing the research on foster care and adopting. When I worked in the group home I was close to taking in one of the girls for temporary foster care. I was going to keep her for about six to nine months. While her mother got her things together. My husband was all for it. During my research— because I had to get license to become a foster parent, I came across surrogacy and I fell in love with the idea of being a blessing to someone else.
Q: What was the biggest issue with your in-laws?
A: It was a combination of being Christian and their biblical beliefs. Some cultures feel shamed, “How do I explain my daughter in-law being pregnant with someone else’s child?” and I understand that. My mother was ok with it initially, until I disclosed that it was for a same-sex couple. That’s when the bible verses and the damnation came. I’ve always been a free spirit in a sense. I don’t judge. I don’t think that two men and two women can’t have the same quality of love for a child. My mom and my family know me once my mind is made up, this is what I’m gong to do. I’m sorry you don’t agree, but hopefully you come around and they did. My in-laws on the other hand, didn’t know I was pregnant when I was pregnant. We told them what we were planning to do. They expressed their disapproval and we left it at that. After I had the Twins, weeks later they found out and at that point, it was very liberating.
Q: Would you be a surrogate again?
A: I would be a surrogate again if it weren’t for that family aspect. Things are slowly coming together on my side of the family, but a little faster than my in-laws. In their eyes, my actions were defiant against cultural and traditional values, which plays a huge part in their “idea” of what it is to be a mother and a wife. Giving up my body for nine months for someone else is not something that is acceptable to everyone. But I would defiantly do it again if given the opportunity. It was a great experience. No matter what people may think, live your life to the fullest.
For more details on Gabrielle’s surrogacy journey check our YouTube channel
By: Angelisa Ross
Editor & Social Media Manager, Workingmomin20s
Videography by: Antone Harrison
Roberto Cavalli’s Spring/ Summer 2015 collection was created in the true spirit of summer. The mixture of print and color creates free flowing pieces that suggest the feeling of escape. Animal prints used were contrasted by bold vibrant colors. With these looks, one can get on a flight to the Bahamas for vacation or just head to the beach with Bold colors, animal prints, stripes were explored through abstract shapes. The choices of when to show skin further supports freedom creating different ways to enjoy the hot summer weather/ breeze through long flowy gowns and other styles.
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DOLCE & GABBANA’s tribute to Sicily, Italy
It was an ode to Sicily, Italy between 1516 and 1713. Implementing a playful approach to synchronizing black, red, gold, and floral prints to create high waist shorts, embroided jackets, and bull fighting inspired capes. This mixture creates dark femininity with a hint of royalty. The use of lace adds a hint of sensuality that is perfectly married to a strong dark accent creating a color pallet that is quit satisfying. Over all, the pieces were sophisticated and intriguiing and an amazing tribute to Sicily.
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For these looks, you can expect to see the use of Pewter, metallic, shades of blue, white, and stripes to create blazers, shorts, and pleated high waist pants. Very practical looks that can be worn in the office or in a relaxed setting. The change of looks can occur with a new pair of shoes. Although navy blue is a dark Color for the summer it’s mixture with plaid, stripes and white causes it to have breath. Royal blue and grey.
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Moshcino, entices the imagination, by bringing to life, Barbie. What would she look like in live form? Every lady in the house was brought to their youths through his expression of bright pinks, blues, polka dots, and a lot of attitude. Moshino, explores different ways he could glorify the mother of all things girly and pink. Not for the average woman, but for the bold socialite who wants to make a splash and leave and impression.
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The contrast in shapes exudes power, strong sensuality, and influence. The V-necks and Long flowy luxurious pants suggest effortless sensuality. His pieces can be worn right off the runway to a boardroom, date night or any event. He had very practical pieces that could bring out the goddess in any woman. He was successful in bringing Ready-to-wear pieces to the masses; creating sheik futuristic pieces with a sensual twist, exploring sensuality from different angles. His exploration of colors within structure and boundaries lines was refreshing and inspiring. His pieces are my favorites for the 2015 spring /summer look.
Written & Illustrated By:
Olutola Afolayan, WMin20s High Fashion Editor
@IMVCoutoure: Isimey Vintage
From now until the day you leave this earth you will create either a cyber or a paper trail that will tell the story of your life. What you wear, how you act, and what you do all contribute to the image you create of yourself.
What you wear, how you act, and what you do all contribute to the image you create of yourself. From twerking on stage, to anacondas and nude pictures, are celebrities tarnishing the unspoken “Leave something to the imagination” image of women?
You are a brand.A brand is created by the image you project to the world. With the level of technology these days, it’s very easy to find out both private and public information about almost anyone.
Prime example of this happened earlier this week, when a number of celebrity nude photos surfaced on the Internet. Regardless if the photos were a branding strategy or completely accidental, influencers like Meagan Good, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian, had their brands exposed to the world.
Believe it or not, people are going to develop an opinion about your character based on the type of image you project. Nude photos or any kind of controversial activity viewed by society could have a negative effect on your image and could ultimately limit future endeavors.
As people are scrolling down your Instagram or looking over your resume, it is likely that they are forming an opinion about your character based on what you’ve presented to the world. In Beyonce’s hit song “Flawless”, she sampled the voice of a woman named Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Adichie is a successful Nigerian writer.For some spectators, Adichie’s work was completely unknown until the song “Flawless” premiered and even then many people still don’t recognize her. However, when Miley Cyrus’ began “Twerking” on the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013 it became a national trending topic almost instantly.
Why is that?Women like Sheryl Sandberg, Indra Nooyi, and Oprah Winfrey have all worked hard to protect their image and the results catapulted them into iconic success.
These same successful women didn’t share their bodies with the world, nor did they perform numerous publicity stunts like Nicki Minaj “Anaconda” music video to remain relevant in the public eye.
They achieved greatness based on their intellectual contributions and by maintaining a tasteful image. So, How are you currently branding yourself?
I identify with white
I identify with brown
I identify with red
I identify with black
I identify with yellow
If we all were birth from the same place, our bloodlines have mixed
I love Marilyn Monroe just as much as I love Warren Buffet & Steve Jobs
I love Beyonce’ just as much as I love Shakira & Incubus
I think Oprah is just as amazing as Marissa Mayer
They are all heroes and the greatest of our time
I do not believe that one would have gotten as far without the help, support, or contribution from others
I think the land of Egypt is the best representation of history, therefore I believe that the Egyptians people are beautiful.
I love the Islamic race because they respect and maintain history
I love Christianity because they accept adaptation and change
I love Buddhism because it intrigues me and carries the unknown teachings
I love Hinduism because it secures and respects the faith of animals
I delight in collaboration of cultures because it teaches you to listen and learn
I celebrate the image of perfection the parliament represents, it teaches the value of nepotism
I celebrate the art and creativity of the people of Dubai
I envy the beauty of geisha girls and their ability to remain poise and emblematic
So you see no race is different to me. Just like the feline, we are all the same specie we just come in variation of styles.
Does my writing reflect the color I am, the pigment of my skin?
If not, then it should not matter
It should not separate us
It should allow us to celebrate our differences
And oneness in the eyes of God
I identify with white
I identify with brown
I identify with red
I identify with black
I identify with yellow