Flower Child


I realized something over the weekend: I may like floral patterns or flowy pieces but I am no flower child. I watched in amazement at all of the women this weekend who effortlessly pulled off boho chic and festival style. There was so much style in one small concentrated area I felt as if I was inside of a living magazine. It was almost as if they all called each other to confirm this year’s trends. I congratulate every women who can effortless pull of that type of style. I think that’s the key with boho style — it has to look effortless. When I don’t feel 100% with a style or an outfit, I can feel the effort I keep putting into to make an outfit work. By the end of getting dressed, it just looks like effort and I’m not sure that boho is the style that you want to look forced. 


All that to say, I’ve also realized that in the sea of style labels I’m actually quite happy to blur most lines. I have no idea what you would even call this style today but I like to call it happy. How can you not be happy when you are wearing a skirt with a million colored flowers? 
Oh! One more thing: I met and creeped out a celebrity this weekend. How could I forget that? I met Ashley Madekwe from Revenge and this was the first and only thing I said to her:
“Oh my God — I loved you in Revenge! You were such a b-word in that show.”
Needless to say, we are now best friends and she loves my personality, cool girl vibe and fine communication skills. 
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  1. I love that colour denim jacket against the bright pink top. Lovely outfit.

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  2. monic says:

    this is such a stunning look on you !
    Simply Sutter

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  3. gwenkortsen says:

    Okay, I literally just finished reading the interview with Ashley Madekwe in Glamour, and then I read this. That level of coincidence is almost scary!

    I agree, there's nothing worse than walking around feeling like you are trying too hard. But when you're 100% comfortable in something, it totally shows! Could you call it preppy boho? Whatever you call it, it's beautiful!

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  4. rhiannon says:

    gorgeous! love this look.


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  5. mark a. says:

    you look so pretty in this outfit!

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  6. LOVE the print of the skirt!

    from โ€“ The Lion's Den

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  7. nicole says:

    can you do a tutorial on how you do your hair? I just recently cut my hair and i'm having hard time doing that while "i just woke up and my hair looks like this" curl like you have. thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Rose says:

    So cuteโ€”love love LOVE the skirt!!!

    Blonde in this City

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  9. Kelly says:

    I can relate completely. I love flowey, effortless, hippie style, but on me it just looks sloppy & weird. I thought it was my age! Its nice to hear that you (young & cute) have similar thoughts. Though, this look is very cute on you!

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  10. BillKRodriguez says:

    But when you're 100% comfortable in something, it totally shows! Could you call it preppy boho? Whatever you call it, it's beautiful! http://s6x.it/l521

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  11. Melanie says:

    I had a similarly awkward celebrity run-in not long ago. Glad you're as awkward as me. BTW, love the skirt.

    Melanie | UnraveledThreads

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  12. Dana Mannarino says:

    My favorite look of yours! Love love love the floral skirt and denim jacket.

    Pink Champagne Problems

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  13. 7eventh Letter says:

    That skirt is to die for!!! I love how the title of this post and the write up are contrasting too!!! Ha!

    7eventh Letter

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  14. Rosely Carrasco says:

    I love Ashley in Revenge too and I also read her blog. She seems like a really cool girl.

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  15. Anna D Kart says:

    Love the boho feel of this outfit

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  16. Fabulous floral skirt. So flowy and laid back! And you look effortless wearing this look!



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  17. The colours of your outfit just make me happy! Such a refreshing look!


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  18. Popofstyle says:

    Gorgeous skirt! I love how beautiful and delicate the necklace is ๐Ÿ™‚



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  19. Miss The Old Kendi says:

    I really miss your style/site layout from 2011/2012. Your current style and hair are just not working for you, Kendi. You can do so much better than that. And no, these floral maxi skirts are NOT flattering for you at all.

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  20. Kristin says:

    This is definitely a "happy" look. I NEED this skirt.

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  21. Lindsey Burnam says:

    I absolutely love this skirt!! It's perfect for spring!

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  22. Hannah Stevenson says:

    I love that skirt on you! I have been eyeing it for awhile over at Anthro.


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  23. Auna says:

    Pretty pretty skirt on you! Loving your spring colors!!!

    Auna xx/ http://simplyauna.com

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  24. Brianna Stafford says:

    Hi Kendi, It was touch and go there for a few days, but I ended up really enjoying and learning from your 30 for 30 remix challenge. I can't believe today's already my last day! You inspire me to change up my regular MO and come out of my style safety shell. Stripes and florals here I come! True thanks and props to you, Mix Master, Kendi.
    My mixes are up at thefancyb.blogspot.com

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  25. Jackie says:

    Festival style has completely changed my view on summer clothing. I just love the florals, crazy accessories and over vibe you get with dressing for this type of occasion.

    Loving the skirt, but then again, can you really go wrong with florals and a denim jacket?

    xo Jackie

    Something About That

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  26. Kendi Lea says:

    hey darla! I'm surprised you can remember my layout from back then, you've got a crazy good memory. thanks for the feedback and for sticking around for so long!

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  27. Classy Chic & Chardonnay says:

    Festival style is pretty amazing but some girls pull it off and other girls look like they're trying too hard! LOVE this pleated floral maxi… you are definitely pulling this look off!

    Classy Chic & Chardonnay

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  28. Emma Fox says:

    I totally feel you on blurring the lines of style labels! I can be a total prep one day and the next look like I just left a Grateful Dead show. I always love your outfits though, so whatever your style label is, I love it!


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  29. Wow that skirt is so so so stunning, all of the colors are so beautiful!

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  30. Louise says:

    Beautiful and fresh! That is so great that you and Ashley are BFFs now. I am working on it with Madeleine Stowe, but this restraining order ain't lifting itself.

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  31. Kelsey Wilburn says:

    this dress is to die for

    ladies in navy

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  32. Benj says:

    I LOOOOVE it! ๐Ÿ™‚


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  33. Mica says:

    That skirt is beautiful! Love the colourful print ๐Ÿ™‚

    Away From Blue

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  34. Hey Kendi! That look is so beautiful and I must say I love it when people pull of the clothes they love to wear, or blur the lines like you do, it makes it more interesting to look at and wonder about and it's just wonderful! Have an amazing day!

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  35. Courtney Parker says:

    Your skirt is FLAWLESS!


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  36. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I am loving the print of this skirt! It is so lovely!



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  37. Agi says:

    Very pretty skirt.I have yet to purchase something floral. I'm so afraid of ending up looking like a couch.



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  38. Sasa Zoe says:

    Cute skirt indeed<3

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  39. Carmen says:

    oooh that skirt is pretty!! You look lovely!

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  40. You pull off the effortless boho look just as well as everyone at Coachella! And I would have died too if I met Ashley Madekwe, she has the best style!!


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  41. Androbel says:

    omg love the skirt! so colorful and the length is just perfect!

    haha you are so funny, I don't know what I would do if I met a famous person!

    Xo, Belen

    Androbel Insider

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  42. nikki says:

    that skirt is gorgeous! and yay for meeting celebs!



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  43. Rachel Bell says:

    What a great look! So springy. I love the variety of sandal styles I am seeing for this summer.

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  44. Such a fun flirty & springy outfit! Denim jackets always feel right with long skirts!


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  45. Natasha Atkerson says:

    That skirt is amazing!
    A modest fashion blog: http://www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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  46. Emily says:

    I was just looking back at your old posts and was wondering if you are ever going to do a 30 for 30 challenge again? I loved watching you do those ๐Ÿ™‚

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  47. You look gorgeous and your looks are always effortless looking. And, OMG! You met Ashley!!

    Liz @ http://www.shoppingmycloset.com

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  48. Tara CW44 says:

    I feel you on the boho style/effortless thing… it's not as easy as it looks and I can't seem to get it right either. But you look great here as always!

    -and I love Ashley… she has great style (and a blog too)!


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  49. Happy styles are the best so you know that I LOVE this, Kendi!

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  50. Connie says:

    I love your skirt! It looks great with the pop of pink and jean jacket.
    xo, Connie

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  51. Ha! You met Ashley and probably said something as awkward as I would.

    My brother met one of his favorite musicians when we were in high school. After realizing that the guy he was quietly making fun of was, in fact, his idol and not just some dude in a plaid shirt, he said in a squeaky voice (like he was going through puberty all over again), "Hey, you're Aaron Sprinkle! You're awesome, man!"

    So, nice work, Kendi. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  52. I love the casual femininity of this outfit!

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