Moodboards

The Fleurish Girl

Who is the Fleurish Girl?

Here are some examples:

  • a glamour girl with down to earth sensibilities
  • a woman, of any age, who stays true to herself
  • a modern femme with an old soul
  • all of the above and more

The Fleurish Girl is a combination of all the women we’ve ever been inspired by and the women we are becoming. She is the girl whose style and ambition we are perpetually swooning over. She is fly, colorful, wise, emotional, and real. The Fleurish Girl values style as much as she values education. She addresses discrimination and supports justice for all. She is in tune with herself and nature and inspired by all walks of life. Simply put, she is THAT girl.

There are plenty of women who fit this archetype. In no particular order, here are some fabulous women of color who embody the spirit of Fleurish1994: Bianca Jagger, Tracee Ellis Ross, Solange Knowles, Santigold, FKA Twigs, Nadia Aboulhosn, Janelle Monae, Janet Mock, Cipriana Quann, Jessica Williams, Nikisha Brunson, Kelela, Sade, Freddie Harrell, Gina Rodriguez, Jillian Hervey, Danielle Brooks, and Destiny Frasqueri (commonly known as Princess Nokia).

Clockwise from bottom left: Janet Mock, Freddie Harrell, Gina Rodriguez, Nadia Aboulhosn, Kelela, Tracee Ellis Ross, Santigold

We admire these women not just for their beauty and style: it’s because of their individual contributions to their communities, the ways that most of these women have brought attention to social causes, and their commitments to living authentically.

But if we are to return to style, the adjectives that describe any of these women at any given time are: classic, edgy, carefree, quirky, and trendsetting. We are always interested in what they are going to do next.

Overall, the Fleurish Girl is someone committed to living in a more creative, diverse, and just world. Every day, we work to cultivate a space that is representative of this spirit. We do this in the hopes that Fleurish Girls can feel affirmed and continue to thrive.

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Fall/Winter Moodboard: Shanté

November is halfway over and we are just experiencing chillier days in Atlanta. However, it’s unlikely that the warm days are gone for good this season. Therefore, my inspirations for the next few months reflects the ever-fluctuating weather.

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My inspirations are eclectic as always.The overall vibe I’m channeling hardly changes from season to season; just the materials. ‘Eclectic femme’ should be how I describe my style all the time. It was chosen for this moodboard because I’m inspired by boss ladies with funky style, people who take a light-hearted approach to style, and those who embrace the divine feminine.

Right now, I’m feeling fur and leather (preferably faux), jewel tones, velvet, bright eyeshadow, aviator eyeglasses, statement hoop earrings, and black outfits with an accent piece. I’m also inspired by fly hairstyles like braids, Afros, shaved heads and all of the above in fun colors.

First row: Wildfang, India Mitchell For CocainePretti, Farah Yusuf of Mahoyo

Second row: Zodwa by EverydayPeopleStories, Grace Bol for Paula Mendoza

First row: Solange for Michael Kors, Jessica Bentu by William Okoh

Second row: Charly of Chargaux, Cassey Chanel by Nadine Ijewere for Dazed

Third row (going clockwise): Yara Shahidi for Teen Vogue, Alvina Bokhari for Roberto Cavalli, Kiefer Dixon Photography

Going clockwise: IG: @chrismiss_, Yasmin Sewell, Solange for Michael Kors

In addition to the three mini moodboards above, I have created a playlist affectionately titled Boss with the Sauce.

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Now that I’ve left you with treats for your eyes and ears, I’m very interested in knowing what other people are into this season. Let us know in the comments or on any of our social media accounts. Look for @fleurish1994 on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram.

With love,

Shanté

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Fall Moodboard: Dream

Hey, y’all, long time, no see. But the leaves are finally dropping here (which I know because of the amount of raking I’ve had to do). So we figure we should drop our fall moodboards.

Dream, here. Still here… In Atlanta. And still hella homesick. My fall inspo is supposed to be a homage to the girl I am inside, that is, just a girl from Uptown trying not to get stuck at E 180th for 40 minutes waiting to transfer trains. I would like to call it Uptown Betty.

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Row One: Crystallized Bloodstone, Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, Willow Smith

Row Two: Jean of The Joneses, Vertigo, Jean of the Joneses

Row Three: Leaves, Cher Horowitz, Tracee Ellis Ross

Row Four: Dej Loaf, Rihanna, Laquan Smith

Therefore, my inspiration board reeks of a carefree, classic New York girl vibe, channeling a hood Cher Horowitz. An eccentric uptown socialite (I mean the real uptown, like Harlem & The Bronx, not the Upper East/West Side, if you catch my drift.) Basically, Teyana Taylor with a free spirit. Azealia Banks with prep. Junglepussy if she came from Uptown. As in twin sets worn with Timbs, bombers and berets worn with bamboo earrings. (I didn’t get to wear my bamboos all summer so please, let me have this.) Mary Jane shoes that walked her all the way to Champion Jamaican Bakery and corset belts and harnesses that parallel W 125 itself. Insert a little black boho edge, this inspiration comes with a bit of fall breeze, echoed in the embroidery and fringe.

I hope this board captures the essence of  the girl who effortlessly flows from both museums to underground concerts to Kennedy Chicken orrrr Red Rooster (or Amy Ruth’s– my personal fave) alike. From bottomless brunches to the classic weekday bacon egg and cheese. The intermediary of a new and old classic. Essentially, it’s the best of both of my worlds.

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If you’re more of an auditory person, here’s a playlist to help me illustrate my flow.

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Loved.

Love is hard to describe when you’re in it. What I can say is that love transcends this Valentine’s “holiday”. This will be my third Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend, but I’m still one who mainly looks forward to the days after the 14th when candy gets marked down 50%. Because 1) who doesn’t like inexpensive treats? and 2) love is an all year thing.

However, I will attempt to tell you a little bit more of what love is like, even though plenty of poets, writers, and musicians have painted this abstract picture much more vividly. Love is different for everyone. Despite being its own emotion, it’s a combination of other emotions. People express love in various ways and not all love is romantic. There’s also platonic love between friends and good old familial love. In terms of romantic love, there is simply a grand feeling you get you when you see the person you’ve fallen for. Vague as it sounds, it’s true. And it’s not unlike the happiness I feel when I see two people show just how much they enjoy being with each other, like real-life couple Josh and Anne (featured below).

With that, Dream and I present you with Loved, volume 5 of Fleurish1994.

– Shante

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Couple: Anne & Josh

Photographer: Dream M.

Stylist: Shante H.

 

 

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Aligned.

IMG_1996For Volume 4, we’re gonna talk about chakras. A Sanskrit word for wheel or disk, a chakra is an energy center within the body. There are seven major chakras; learning the functions of each and wearing their associated colors can help keep the chakras aligned.

Muladhara – Root/Base Chakra (red)

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The Root Chakra relates to how grounded and connected to the Earth we feel. Located at the base of the spine, we chose to start with this chakra because it is where energy begins to flow as it rises to the top of the head. Qualities linked to the Root Chakra include: matters of the physical world, health, and individuality.

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Svadhisthana – Sacral/Navel Chakra (orange)

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The Sacral Chakra is associated with sexual energy and physical vitality. It is connected to water and stones including carnelian, coral, amber and gold topaz. One can wear orange-colored waistbeads to bring attention to the Sacral Chakra and help it stay in balance.

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Manipura – Solar Plexus Chakra (yellow)

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The Solar Plexus is located above the navel. It is linked to the nervous and digestive systems and emotions. Qualities associated with the solar plexus include humor, self-control, and energy. Healing crystals such as citrine and tiger eye increase energy flow; visualization can enhance the balancing of the Solar Plexus Chakra.

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Anahata – Heart Chakra (green)

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The Heart Chakra is a center of love, compassion, and devotion. It energizes one’s blood and, in addition to the color green, is connected to the color pink. Emerald, rose quartz, malachite, and green aventurine are all useful healing stones when working to balance your heart chakra.

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Vishudda – Throat Chakra (blue)

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The Throat Chakra relates to speech and communication, as well as self-expression. Qualities associated with this chakra include: honesty, integrity and truth. It also benefits from the power of blue crystals and stones such as turquoise, aquamarine, and celestite.

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Ajna – Third Eye/Brow Chakra (indigo)

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The Third Eye Chakra is located at the center of the forehead/between the eyebrows. It is associated with the mind and relates to one’s intuition, insight, and imagination. The Third Eye Chakra is also associated with the pineal gland, which is located in the center of the brain and behind the eyes.

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Sahasrara – Crown Chakra (violet)

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The Crown Chakra is aptly located at the top of the head (although, some say above the head). This chakra benefits from deep meditation; when balanced, it is a center of pure consciousness. Qualities associated with The Crown Chakra include: divine wisdom, idealism, and spiritual will.

 

Photographer: Dream

Creative Director & Stylist: Shante

Models

Root, Solar Plexus, and Crown Chakras: Dalia

Sacral and Third Eye Chakras: Khadija

Throat and Heart Chakras: Habiba

Notes about chakras were learned through The Chakra Awareness Guide by A.M.I. and The Chakra Bible by Patricia Mercier.

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Crystallized: Polaroid Edition

With Volume 4 on the way, we thought we’d get everyone ready by flashing back to Volume 2. Here are the Polaroids from Crystallized. While you enjoy these, stay tuned for our next edition.

With care,

Fleurish1994

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Gifted.

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Notebook $26, Pencils (Set of 3) $6

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Beanie: $22, Jacket: $44, Notepad: $8, Bottle Opener Keychain: $5, Waxed Lunch Bag: $20

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T-shirt: $22, Dress: $58

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Thank You Cards: $35 (set of 8), Coasters: $10 (set of 12)

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Do It Together Kit, Embroidered Tree, Small Print, Large Print: Call for pricing

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Tote bags: $15, Georgia Photo Resin (handmade in Atlanta): $40, Sweatshirt: $50

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Auburn Avenue Tea: $3.75/ounce, Amethyst Earrings: $16, Crystal Bath: $16, Peace of Mind Tea: $3.75/ounce ($2.50 for tin), Salt Scrub: $18

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Soap: $8 Candle:$20 Beanie: $22 Scarf: Call for price Pillow: $60

We collaborated with The Byrd’s Box and Just add Honey in Downtown Atlanta to bring you guys this last minute gift guide. There is something for everyone here from the ultimate Party hostess to the Girl on the Go.

Go visit The Byrd’s Box & Justaddhoney at 171 Auburn Avenue in Atlanta.

The Byrd’s Box: (404) 791-0489

Justaddhoney: (404) 725-5286

Happy holidays! Remember to Fleurish!

Model: Breonna T.

Photographer: Dream M.

Creative Director: Shante H.

Special Thanks to The Byrd’s Box and Just Add Honey.

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