Assa Cisse (33), blogger and Mum of two boys, lives in Canada. She believes in celebrating women of all shapes and sizes, and documents her outfits over at My Curves & Curls. Her style is bold and feminine with bucketloads of flair. She is a dress gal at heart, with a soft spot for statement earrings and a fun print. Assa also likes to pattern mix, and has a good eye for unusual colour combos. Her bright lipstick, bouncy curls and wide smile are all trademark Assa.
“My style has definitely changed since I first started blogging which is about 5 years ago. I pay more attention to details while putting my outfits together and take a lot more risks now. I’ve always loved colors, and now I am more comfortable and confident while mixing them. I think it’s also safe to say that my style has evolved beautifully because I write a fashion blog and I am also inspired daily by other bloggers.”
Assa’s eye-catching bird print blazer is the star of the show. She’s layered it over black skinny jeans, and a black and white slogan print tee, which creates a clean graphic effect. Pairing pastels with black looks fresh and vibrant when you throw white into the mix. Our blogger’s fabulous black curls pull together the colour palette even further. The longer topper and ankle straps on the footwear that come up right to the hem of the jeans provide vertical integrity. The block-heeled sandals cleverly pick up the soft yellow in the blazer. The black satchel and subtle black details in Assa’s bib necklace echo the dark jeans. Bright red lippie and nail polish, and one of Assa’s many pairs of sunnies complete the look.
A midi dress with all-over leopard print makes for a bold style statement that might look a little overwhelming on some. But our statuesque, 5’11” blogger wears it with grace and pizzazz. The soft pleats on the fit-and-fare frock start under the bust and drape down elegantly to below the knee. The subtle drape contrasts nicely with the more rigid fabric of the thrifted trench. The khaki adds soft edge. Accessorizing with a coral infinity scarf is an unexpected touch. It adds extra vibrancy to an already powerful look. No need for extra bells and whistles. Assa’s finishes of the outfit with simple pointy toe pumps and black bag with gold hardware.
When asked which 2015 Fall/Winter trends she is looking forward to the most, Assa said:
“I am really looking forward to wearing a lot of plaid and army green this Fall. Plaid pieces are always popular during this time of the year. I’m wearing mine with other prints like stripes or animal prints. The army green will be worn with other colors such as red, orange, yellow and navy to name a few.”
I first thought Assa was sporting a cold-shoulder top, but the effect is created by layering the vest over an off-the-shoulder long-sleeved tee. Fun! The combination adds lots of visual interest to this simple and strong black and white look. Rolling the jeans shows off Assa’s slim ankles, and the bare skin echoes our blogger’s exposed shoulders. Black suede slipper flats bookend Assa’s hair and add textural interest. The leather cognac shopper and gold jewellery look chic with the graphic colour palette. Mirrored sunglasses and Assa’s trademark bright lip are the fun finishing touches.
All you need for a feminine and festive look are a great frock, fab shoes, and a few well-chosen accessories. The polka dot mesh detailing on Assa’s short-sleeved dress and the see-through part at the bottom create a playful and alluring effect. The swing style is a flattering silhouette that allows enough movement to dance and twirl. The black floppy hat adds dramatic flair, and emphasizes Assa’s gorgeous curls. Our blogger threw in a second pattern with the small animal print clutch. The cobalt and black ankle strap pumps further amp up the flirty fun factor. An interesting silver necklace, gold watch, bright red lipstick, and our blogger is ready to party the night away.
Sherlock Holmes comes to Canada! Doesn’t this vintage tweed cape look divine on Assa. The grey, tan with blue, green and red colour combo works beautifully with her complexion, and the midi length and oversized style are perfect for her height. Underneath Assa is wearing a navy turtleneck sweater dress paired with black leggings and flat boots. The below-the-knee length, casual footwear and leggings effectively de-bombshell the form-fitting dress. Her taupe felt hat adds boho flair. Our blogger’s rosy cheeks and bouncy curls add extra charm.
What a showstopper this dress is! I’ve never met Assa in person, but I’d like to think that the bright magenta matches her fun-loving and vivacious personality. This sassy flutter-sleeved midi dress hugs Assa’s curves in all the right places, while the ruching provides a gentle camouflaging effect. The surplice neckline is flattering on a larger bust. The subtly curved hemline creates even more visual interest. Our blogger is no wallflower. She could have gone with neutral accessories, but instead opted for aqua chandelier earrings and bright pink lipstick, which make the outfit pop even more. The low animal print wedges in shades of brown are an unexpected pairing with the bright pink. Playful and feminine.
Let us know what you think of Assa’s bold, feminine style, and then hop on over to My Curves & Curls to browse the rest of her outfits.