White against the spec­trum of brown skin is some­thing to see.  It’s per­fec­tion if you ask me…

As pre­dicted, Tem­ple of Faith’s 1st Annual All White Gala was fan­tas­tic!  The night’s enter­tain­ment was LIVE.  Our lead­ers and church com­mu­nity were toasted, awarded and encour­aged to run on or walk good as my girl Bri­anna McCarthy would say.

Less pre­dictable was my final choice in out­fit.  Although, I did leave some room to be sur­prised, I was very deter­mined in my hunt to find the (per­fect) white dress.  Well, when I found the pic­tured volu­mi­nous, but still, oh so del­i­cate white eye­let skirt in H&M from their Con­scious Col­lec­tion, I was utterly in love. I knew I had to have it in my wardrobe, but more impor­tantly, I knew it was the one!

This is such a drama skirt and I really felt like a great com­ple­ment would have been a colorful/print tur­ban ala June Ambrose or Des­tiny God­ley, the lat­ter who, for me makes tur­ban wear very down to earth and acces­si­ble for every woman. On this first wear and for the occa­sion, I went with big curly hair, but how many know there is always the next time.

The fit­ted safari-styled shirt you see pic­tured, also from H&M was grabbed on a whim, in case noth­ing in my closet worked or I found myself cut­ting it too close.

Over­all, I was rather pleased with the look.  The per­fect dress it is not. The per­fect illu­sion of a dress? Cer­tainly, if I count the many who asked where I bought it.

I sim­ply adore that skirt though, and I can’t wait to rework it as a dress, or just put it to work with a tucked in light­weight tank.

… Four (or was it five) courses later, lip gloss gone the way of good con­ver­sa­tion and yummy red vel­vet cake, I remem­bered to ask my “cam­era­man” to take some pic­tures for a mini look book I had in mind.  These were the con­tenders:


Skirt, Shirt and ring via H&M,
Kukui neck­lace and Mother of Pearl bracelet via Good­will, watch via Tar­get
Shoes via Colin Stu­art for Victoria’s Secret cat­a­log and ear­rings via Forever XXI


I thought about call­ing this Safari Chic, but then a friend said it was all about sum­mer­time for her.  What would you call this look?  Keep in mind that you are look­ing at one sat­is­fied lady. 🙂


Hi there, I’m Tynisha C. Leon, writer, West Indian, mango-lover, founder and edi­tor-in-chief of DASHEEN mag­a­zine — the online des­ti­na­tion where cul­ture feeds imag­i­na­tion. Join the cul­ture con­ver­sa­tions on Face­book, Twit­ter and Tum­blr!