One’s personal style is far from static — in fact, it’s constantly in flux, enduring troubled periods of adolescent-like rebellion and gloriously triumphant stints of assured confidence, morphing and evolving as we experiment with new ideas and explore unforeseen possibilities, maturing en tandem with our shifting priorities, goals, and perspectives. If fashion is a means for self-expression, then, it’s prone to reflect our own travails, thereby evolving as we do. Using this metaphor of the endless style safari, I’ve picked ten amazing pieces available at Flechada.com, all of which convey the earthy, gypsy-esque quality of the fashions I’ve been favoring lately.Let the journey begin!
Handcrafted by indigenous artisans hailing from the northeastern coat of Colombia, this colorful bikini features elaborate beadwork recreating geometric African patterns and dangling like fringe along the triangle bikini top and along the band of the string bikini bottom.
There’s something magical about collar necklaces, which sit right at the base of the neck, grazing the collarbones and radiating like sunbursts along the decolletage. Made in Colombia, this Sea Salt number is all the more enchanting since it features row after row of beads arranged to create perfectly symmetrical spiky lines that prioritize the triangle shapes so entrenched into the Latin American tribal visual lexicon.
Made primarily of bitter cane woven by Zenu indians in Colombia, this envelope-shaped clutch features a chevron-like pattern and orange leather piping along the sides and the rim of the triangular top flap.
Pointed dome shapes protrude from the top and bottom ridges of this bracelet’s center, each featuring precise cut-outs that mirror the classic look of Arabesque windows along the Middle East. The hammered look of the 18k gold-plated bracelet, along with the marquise-style mother-of-pearl stone at the center, complete the Bollywood-worthy effect.
Like a coiled piece of paper, this statement-making cuff curls right around the forearm, instantly adding a jolt of kinetic energy to your ensemble. The circle-shaped perforations and tiny turquoise bead accents, meanwhile, add a quirkiness that makes the piece all the more charming.
The watercolor feel of this handwoven and hand-painted envelope-shaped clutch will make you think of tranquil beaches along the Caribbean, of French Impressionist paintings, and of the colorful plumage of exotic tropical birds.
Just like peacocks fan their feathers to attract potential mates, you can lure onlookers with this gorgeous sarong featuring feather, heart, and flower illustrations in lush shades of lime, olive, purple,plum, lilac, teal, and ochre.
Rather than a lucite or resin bubble, this jaunty cocktail ring features a spheric shape made out of eco-friendly, raffia-esque fibers native to the Choco region of Colombia and is adorned with an 0.8 ct.emerald stone.
Janis Joplin would swoon over this Boho-flavored handbag which takes Flower Child style elements and reinterprets them using age-old Latin American textile work. From the bag’s slouchy silhouette to the arrow-shaped pattern created along the wide shoulder strap, the deliberately tarnished-looking quality of the gold satin suede details, and the cascading fringe along the sides, this mochila screams gypsy goddess.
Add some fireworks to your look with these handmade golden spike earrings, which incorporate clusters of copper and bronze beads adorned with spear-shaped spikes emanating outward like the studs on a medieval mace, all dangling from hand crocheted copper wire.
A celebrated journalist, San Miguel holds a B.A. in Literature and Afro-American Studies from Harvard University. She made her foray into the publishing world in 2001, when she joined the editorial team at In Style, where she mainly covered celebrity homes and weddings. Editorial positions at urban lifestyle publications Complex, VIBE, and GIANT magazines followed. Read More...
Over the years, she has penned articles about fashion, music, film, relationships, fitness, beauty, books, and street art for publications like Latina, Women’s Wear Daily, DNR, Essence, Paper, CITY, Trace, Upscale, XXL, Mass Appeal, the New York Daily News, and the New York Post. She co-wrote 2006’s The Nasty Terrible T-Kid 170 (From Here To Fame/powerHouse Books), a memoir about the life and work of Bronx-bred graffiti writer Julius “T-Kid” Cavero, and contributed to the upcoming anthology Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey (Atria Books).
Since launching Sicka Than Average in 2008, local and national TV stations have invited San Miguel to appear as an on-air guest, among them Telemundo and NYC TV. She was a key speaker at Repechage’s 2009 Congress For Salon And Spa Professionals, where she shared her insights on how spa owners can navigate the changing media landscape. She has also been featured as a style and beauty expert in like Latina, 944, and VIBE.
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