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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Ode To Basquiat...

I am not actually going to sing to you, but I am going to praise the works of Basquiat! This week I went to the Pérez Museum in Miami to see the Basquiat exhibit. If you live in Miami you have to see it, and if you don't, well I am sorry because you are missing out on a true genius. 

For those of you who are not familiar with him, Jean-Michel Basquiat began as a graffiti artist from the streets of Brooklyn, and through time became Andy Warhol's protégé. He was well known for utilizing words in his art as a weapon against poverty and racism; fighting for a cause.

Walking through the exhibit, I felt so many emotions. His work was way ahead of his time and he had so much to say. You can see his strength through his paintings. On the other hand, he battled with drugs and died from a heroine overdose. Reading his notebooks, you can feel the sadness, or at least I can. But his power overcomes this through the voice of his internal battle...
What other way to celebrate art than wearing it! So, I decided to buy a t-shirt with one of his masterpieces on it and wore it to work. Fortunately, I work in fashion so I can be creative with my outfits. But honestly, this was quite simple and anyone can do it. I paired this shirt with a black pencil skirt and black pumps. I accessorized with a metal chain necklace. Notice how I toned down my outfit by wearing all black on the bottom. If you want to go one step further, just to feel more comfortable at work, wear a blazer over it. 
Obviously I could have gone the more predictable way by wearing this funky shirt with ripped jeans, fun heels and red lipstick... but lets face it, we spend the majority of our time at work. So, we should try to spice it up!

Tip of the Day: Have Fun with your closet. Even if you work in a corporate environment, always wear something that is "YOU". 

C'est la vie


  1. What a Clever way to incorporate a plain t-shirt into your work outfit. I'm always buying blouses and button-ups for work. I have quite a few plain solid t-shirts in my closet- do the same rules apply in wearing this shirt to work? Thanks for your tips, they are really helping me out :)

    1. absolutely! you can wear a plain t-shirt with a pencil skirt and even put on a jeweled necklace, to dress it up.

      I find great t-shirts at target. they are inexpensive and you can find various colors.

  2. I love the way you dress it up!
    Truly I think that everything, whatever you do or wear, is going to look nice depending on your mood :)

  3. I completely agree! Your mood makes or breaks your outfit 😘

  4. His work is so cool! I really like how you've dressed up this graffiti tee with the black skirt

    Rachel xxx

  5. Always love seeing anything that shines a light on JmB. A true enjoys. One thing I'd like to kinda push back against is your use of protege. I agree that he could have been considered that to Warhol but I would add that r himself became, to many who study painting, much more sophisticated thank Warhol even at a young age. Not adding that seems to uphold the white male art star model. And possibly continue with thesuppression of the artist who could be labeled as the other. Make sense?