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The Sisterhood of Queen Anna House of Fashion

The Sisterhood of Queen Anna House of Fashion

Queen Anna House of Fashion has always strived to build a community of strong women, a tight-knit sisterhood that includes the brands we carry, the stylists, and of course our clients; all of these crucial parts make Queen Anna House of Fashion what it is today.


This week, Queen Anna House of Fashion is continuing to celebrate women through their iconic style and talents. Hidden Figures, the inspirational story of three brilliant black women, Katherine Globe, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan who worked for NASA, and played a crucial role in the 60s American-Soviet space race.


The film follows racial and gender-based tensions in the workplace that the three hidden figures must overcome all while working in a segregated wing of the space station. It‚Äôs unfortunate that we haven‚Äôt learned about these women in our history classes; which is a part of the reason they are dubbed ‚Äúhidden figures,‚ÄĚ but Queen Anna House of Fashion is excited to help change that narrative and shed light on their incredible accomplishments but also some of our favorite looks worn by the strong actresses who play these three astonishing women. But first, let‚Äôs get into some of our favorite strong female business owners and brands that we are proud to carry and call a part of our sisterhood.¬†


Tah Bags is an exceptional handbag line that is one of our favorites at QA. Not only do they craft their bags using high-quality leather with solid brass details, but they also offer a lifetime warranty on all of their products; that’s how much they believe in their product! Owner, Angelina Marie, designs and produces all of her products, which is the definition of a boss lady! She has fine-tuned her designs to emulate a combination of quality and functional design while offering a durable product that stands the test of time. Versatility is also at the forefront of the Tah Bags designs, as many of the bags come with additional and convertible straps that allow for multiple uses. We love the message behind Tah Bags and the products they craft, they have definitely become apart of the fabric of the sisterhood at Queen Anna House of Fashion.

Maison de Papillon is another woman-owned brand that Queen Anna House of Fashion is proud to carry. Maison de Papillon is a collaborative luxury clothing line started by Danielle Salinas and Shriya Bisht Misra that is centered around effortlessly chic clothing designed to transition from travel and loungewear to ready-to-wear; all while keeping in mind their mantra that simplicity is the ultimate luxury. Maison de Papillon is one of the top brands amongst our clients as they offer clothing crafted in luxury textiles like silk! Maison de Papillon has become an integral part of QA’s sisterhood, not only because of their beautiful clothing but because of their women empowerment message that the QA team so deeply believes in.

The core idea of sisterhood is perfectly displayed through the three women of the Hidden Figures film, and we are excited to share the looks we recreated using iconic looks of Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Mon√°e, and Octavia Spencer who star in the film.

The first two looks feature pieces from Inclan Studios, including the Morgan Dress and the Paola Maxi Dress. The last look includes a skirt from another one of our woman-owned brands Tayor Jay paired with a simple And Comfort button-down top. Each actress from the film has their own flair, yet they all exemplify a fashionable finish, just like the sisterhood here at Queen Anna House of Fashion; we embrace the differences and diversity among our clients, which makes up the unique mosaic of women. The sisterhood of strong inspiring women is what fuels our brand and the mission behind it; to empower women to look, feel, do, and be better.


Shop the exclusive Hidden Figures looks as well as all the other recreated looks of our iconic women online, in-app, and in-store. Also, take advantage of our buy-one-get-one 50% off promotion on all of our full-price merchandise through July 31st. Don’t forget that you get free shipping on all orders over $50 & free returns! We’ll see you next time on the Style Mark Blog.

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How to Embody Your Beauty and Boldness: Inspired by Chaka Khan

How to Embody Your Beauty and Boldness: Inspired by Chaka Khan

This week our focus is on the concept of being bold and beautiful. We are highlighting a woman whom we consider to be a force to be reckoned with, and the epitome of bold beauty, Chaka Khan.  

All month long, Queen Anna House of Fashion is doing its part to celebrate women coming from all walks of life, celebrating the beautiful diversity that is present among women, as well as giving women a chance to see a glimpse of themselves within the iconic women that we choose to highlight.

Chaka Khan

We celebrate the diversity and beauty found among women by being able to offer a selection of size inclusive pieces that accommodate women of many sizes. Brands like Gravitas, And Comfort, Taylor Jay, Inclán Studio, Ripley Rader and more that design clothing with the everyday woman in mind. 

Chaka Khan

Be inspired by this timeless Grace Willow Gael Sleeveless Jacket that can be worn as a dress or as a vest! To mimic Chaka's styling, we chose to style it as a dress. Add finishing touches with the United Nude Molten Calla Mid Mesh Sandal, some gold accessories like the Janna Conner Evelina Curved Disc Earrings and lastly the Bent by Courtney Cayman Bracelet. 

Chaka Khan

In this last ensemble we recreated an edgy Chaka look that includes leather! We pair our super soft organic cotton graphic tee, under the Bano eeMee Organza Trench Coat. For a sleek look, add Piperwest Mini Mesh Minimalist Wrist Watch, the Bent by Courtney Hammered Hoops, and one of our favorite inspirational charm bracelets, the Expressions Bracelets Faith Over Fear Charm Bracelet and out the door you go. 

A Renaissance Woman; Chaka Khan is exudes boldness in her singing, songwriting, producing, visual art, author, actress, philanthropist, entrepreneur, activist and mother. a 10 Grammy Awards winner, and philanthropist, she initiated the Chaka Khan Foundation that assists women and children through programs and initiatives who are at risk. Chaka Khan organized a rally against violence towards black people, and to lend support to grieving mothers of black children who have been victims of police brutality. 

One of our main purposes here at Queen Anna House of Fashion is to make women feel valued and offer something for every kind of women; which is why we carry brands that prioritize inclusive sizing.

As we continue to celebrate the beauty of diversity in women, we will be hosting, Fit for a Queen, a virtual trunk show event featuring inclusively sized brands on July 30th at 5:30pm. Join us for some size inclusive shopping and retail therapy, RSVP using this link. 

Be inspired by more looks by the 10 Grammy Awards winner, and philanthropist on our social media channels @QueenAnnaLiving, so be sure to follow along!

 

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Individuality Powerhouse: Mindy Kaling

Individuality Powerhouse: Mindy Kaling

Our focus this week at Queen Anna House of Fashion is centered around the theme of individuality and the beauty that lies within being truly authentic to yourself. We are highlighting American actress, writer, producer, and comedian Mindy Kaling, whom we consider to be an individuality powerhouse; as she is confident in her skin, and visibly owns who she is through her work. Individuality is one of the core values we aim to instill in everyone that walks through our doors, so it is fitting that we highlight an icon that places that value at the forefront of their craft as well.

Some of Mindy's projects include the movie A Wrinkle in Time, which stresses the theme of valuing individuality over conformity, which we think is so important when it comes to feeling truly confident, and owning who you are and what your style is. Mindy Kaling also starred in her own series titled The Mindy Project on Hulu, which follows Kahling as she navigates her world as a gynecologist as well as her personal life. Even her on-screen characters invest their time in making women feel safe, healthy and empowered, which makes her an inspiration to us here at Queen Anna House of Fashion. Mindy Kaling has used her platform on several occasions to vocalize her passion and support of young people influencing the status quo of the country. She was quoted at the Harvard Law School's Class Day gathering that "[young people] are responsible for the language of justice, young people take words and turn them into infrastructure that keeps our world stable..." Mindy's words say all we need to know about her value system, and we respect her use of her platform to invoke change wherever she see fits. 

We have chosen to highlight Mindy Kaling for all of these reasons and more. Shop some of our favorite Mindy looks that we have re-created with a Queen Anna House of Fashion twist.

Our first look includes the Taylor Jay Wrap Skirt/Dress which can be worn as a strapless or halter dress, or a skirt! We have also added the simple Commando Cami Top which we knotted at the bottom to add some flare. We accessorize this look with the Sancia Babylon Bar Bag, the United Nude Raiko Sandals and some gold jewelry including the Janna Conner Fionnoula Circle Drop Earrings, the Chan Luu Birthstone Necklace, and the Mod and Jo Emmy Bangle.  

Our next look is created using one of our favorite designers and brands Bano eeMee in the perforated leather jacket, paired over the Maison de Papillon Lily Sweater. We use the tailored Gravitas Susan Plus Size Skinny Crop Pant to complete the look. We add the Tony Bianco Latoir Sling Back Heels and the Tah Bags Envelope Mini to add a classic finish. 

Our last look is perfect for summer! We use the Taylor Jay Collection Ali Dress paired under the Amanda Uprichard Grandpa Shirt, which we have knotted at the bottom to give some shape and interest. We use some classic black accessories including the Sol Sana Marisol Heels and the Sancia Gigi Mini Bag. We add some gold accessories including the Janna Conner Wiley Wide Textured Ring, the Janna Conner Cristabel Geometric Chandelier Earrings and the Collections by Joya Jordan Freshwater Pearl Cuff to elegantly complete the look.   

Be inspired by Mindy Kaling's individuality and the warm spirit she shares both on and off screen, while adding a little bit of her style into your wardrobe!

Shop these looks and looks of other iconic women online and in our app. Don't forget that you get free shipping on all orders over $50 & free returns! Come back next week and see which iconic woman you might find right here on The Style Mark Blog. 

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Business Boss, Creative, and Pioneer of Inspiration and Hope: Issa Rae

Business Boss, Creative, and Pioneer of Inspiration and Hope: Issa Rae

One of our values here at Queen Anna House of Fashion is instilling hope and inspiration to everyone that walks into our doors. This week we highlight one of our favorite leaders of hope, and business bosses, Issa Rae.

Issa Rae is the first black woman to create, produce and star in a premium cable series, as her hit television show Insecure, had humble beginnings as a YouTube show and became an underground sensation that was then picked up by HBO. Issa Rae is a strong advocate for the black community and uses her platform to impart hope and encouragement to the people that enjoy her art so much.

We would be remiss to only explore Issa Rae's style since she has contributed to her community philanthropically as well. Issa Rae brings light to many topics and issues that affect the black community throughout her HBO comedy, and that is representative of the things she's passionate about. She has donated $30,000 to the Black and Missing Foundation, as children who are black and go missing, especially girls, are under-reported and tend to receive less media attention. Even her character on Insecure works for a non-profit!

Issa also has a passion for social justice and helping marginalized communities when she can. She has spoken publicly at several colleges and other institutions on social justice and women's health topics where she explains how too often entertainers are reduced to entertaining and don't speak where it's necessary. Issa is also famous for a red carpet Emmy interview in which she comically responds that she is rooting for everybody that's black to win awards that night. This speaks to her natural comedic personality, but also her values, which are apparent in her identity and art. 

Issa Rae has dedicated her acting career to creating a series that explores race, culture, and social issues, which falls into the culture pillar that Queen Anna House of Fashion holds so close to its core; that is why we are so eager to share some of our favorite Issa Rae looks with you all this week. 

This first look has just the right pop of color for summertime! We pair the Able The Popover Chambray Button-Up Top with the Britt Sisseck Kornelia Pant. To add a cool, casual feel, we throw on the Tah Bags Nomad Fanny Pack with some of our Established Eyewear Havana Fade Sunnies. To finish this look off we add some gold accessories including the Janna Conner Minna Chain Hoop Earrings and the Janna Conner Wiley Wide Textured Ring. We finish this look off with the Sol Sana Marisol Heels.

This next look we have re-imagined is a super easy look as we use our Inclan Studio Cory Dress with the United Nude Rockit Op Sandals. We add the Tah Bag Work Traveler Wallet in red for a pop of color to the look. We add some gold accessories including the Collections by Joya Veronica Earrings, the Amanda Deer Jewelry Lucky Horseshoe Necklace and some of our Stella Grey Studio Cuff Bracelets. 

Our next look is perfect for a night out! We pair the Allen Schwartz Tara Blouse with the Amanda Uprichard Spenser Pant in a crisp white color, perfect for summer. We add in the Alias Mae Dua Sandal to add some color and texture to the look. We finish this outfit off with silver jewelry including the Piperwest Mini Mesh Minimalist Wrist Watch, the Chan Luu Mix Post Stone Earrings and one of our Mantra Band Bracelets. We finish off this look with the Tah Bags Envelope Mini. 

The next look we have created is the perfect daytime look. We pair our brocade patterned Amanda Uprichard Bronson Blazer over the Amanda Uprichard Montgomery Top. We add the Able The High Rise denim for a refreshing look. We add some neutral accessories including the Sol Sana Judith Mule, the Able Noemi Knotted Belt, and the Tah Bags Everyday Clutch and Backpack that is convertible! We add the Janna Conner Fionnoula Circle Drop Earrings and the Collections by Joya Starburst Lapis Ring and the Chan Luu Open Cuff Bracelet to finish off the look. 

Our final look is one that uses some of the presale pieces that we are so excited to receive! We have paired our new Allen Schwartz Nissa Blazer over the Maison de Papillon Kendall Silk Camisole matching back with the Allen Schwartz Katie Wide Leg Culotte. We have paired the gold Janna Conner Mina Chain Hoop and the Alias Mae Sling Heels to finish off the presale look.

We hope you find inspiration from Issa Rae's work on and off the screen. Take-away some of our styling tips and incorporate a little bit of Issa Rae into your everyday style. 

Shop these looks and the recreated looks of other style icons online and in our app. Don't forget that you get free shipping on all orders over $50 & free returns! Come back next week and see which iconic woman we are featuring right here on The Style Mark Blog.

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A Fearless and Resilient Woman: Serena Williams

A Fearless and Resilient Woman: Serena Williams

Our theme this week is centered around resilient women, and although we had many viable women we could highlight, we decided to go with 23 Grand Slam winner Serena Williams. Fashion, philanthropy, and culture are who we are at the core of our brand, and Serena "brings the heat" in every one of those pillars.

As we explore her style, philanthropic, and philanthropic efforts, we would never forget to mention her impeccable work ethic that has translated into her tennis game, leading her to win 23 Grand Slams, including 7 Wimbledon's, does it get any better than that? Oh, but it does. After her first child, Serena's complications with her pregnancy led her to invest $3 million dollars in Mahmee, a black-owned startup aimed at improving prenatal and postpartum care for women; which also contributes to the reduction of the maternal mortality rate, particularly among black women who are 3 times more likely to die in childbirth or from other pregnancy-related causes.

Serena Williams has also been a strong advocate for equal pay in sports and beyond and has made efforts to address financial abuse among women, which is present in 99% of abusive relationships. Serena partnered with Allstate on The Purple Purse initiative which focuses on supporting survivors of domestic abuse by providing job training, financial literacy, and funding grassroots organizations.

Criticized by many for often standing up for herself and letting her stance known; one that resonates close to home for us here in Minneapolis is her statement on the murder of Phillando Castile at the hands of the police. Following her 2016 Wimbledon victory, she made a public statement on her thoughts surrounding police brutality, as her victory happened after the death of Phillando Castile at the police's hands. Billie Jean King followed thereafter commenting that Serena should "focus her energy on the sport and not her philanthropic efforts."

During the summer of 2019 when Serena lost the Wimbledon prize, she made it a point to respond to tennis icon Billie Jean King's comment saying, "The day I stop fighting for equality for people that look like me will be the day I'm in my grave."

And is why we are highlighting the iconic Serena Williams on this week's style blog. Take a look at our most memorable looks inspired by Serena Williams.  

 

In this first look, Serena sports a corseted dress that we liken to our Allen Schwartz Calla Bustier Jumpsuit. We add the Able Tigist Clutch to play off the flower detail in the jumpsuit. We accessorize this look with classic silver jewelry including the Piperwest Marble Minimalist Wrist Watch, The 'Believe' Mantra Band Bracelet, the Chan Luu Petite Hammered Hoops, and the Nina Bernato Ego Arrow Ring. And of course, this summer look wouldn't be complete with a classic black sandal in

 

Our next Serena inspired look is a casual warm-weather take that we love! We pair our One Fell Swoop, Ashton Midi Dress, under the Able 'The Yuli' Jacket along with the perfect pop of color with the Sol Sana Milvana Heels. Throw on the Sancia Mini Gigi Bag and gold accessories like the Starbuck Designs Equation Studs, The Glamrocks Gold Bandit Necklace. the Sol Sana Marisol Heels. 

 

This is the Serena we know and love, it is the perfect glimpse into her edgy side! We recreate this look with two leather pieces; the Commando Faux Leather V-Neck Bodysuit with tucked into the J.ING The Fringe Black Leather Midi Skirt. We accessorize this look with the United Nude Molten Calla Mid Mesh Sandal, the Océanne Initial Necklace, and the unique Janna Conner Noe Acrylic Disc Earrings. 

The last Serena Williams look includes the perfect splash of color for summertime! We pair our Maison de Papillon Therese Silk Slip Dress in a vibrant cobalt blue shade with the daring snakeskin print Alias Mae Dua Snakeskin Mule Heel. We pair the Able Debre Minimal Wallet with the Tribe and Glory Ankole Horn Bangles and the Chan Luu Freshwater Pearl Small Earrings to simply accent the look. 

 

Our next inspired look is reminiscent of some of our new pre-sale items! We pair our Amanda Uprichard Pierre Dress, which is a summertime staple with the Alias Mae Ami Heels for a sophisticated touch. We finish off this look with some essential gold jewelry, including the Mod and Jo Pendant Necklace, the Able Caesar Stud Earrings, and the elegant Collections by Joya Jordan Freshwater Pearl Cuff. 

Be inspired by both Serena Williams' efforts on and off the court. Find your voice and use it for good, find your style, and own it for the world to see!  

Shop these looks and looks of other iconic women online and in our app. Don't forget that you get free shipping on all orders over $50 & free returns! Come back next week and see which iconic woman you might find right here on The Style Mark Blog. 

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Queen Anna House of Fashion Truth Teller: Beyoncé Knowles

Queen Anna House of Fashion Truth Teller: Beyoncé Knowles

As we take the time to explore fashion icons who put philanthropy and social justice causes at the forefront of their platforms. Queen Anna House of Fashion prides itself on the beliefs it holds; which include social justice, and relief for the marginalized populations in our community. We have chosen several black women whose style and values we admire, and are excited to share them with you.

This week we are diving into the fashion, philanthropic and social efforts of global entertainer, Beyoncé. Beyoncé has found extreme success stemming from her music, and has used her art platform to chronicle the experiences many black people have while living in America. Beyoncé uses her art as her form of truth; particularly using her latest album Lemonade, along with a visual component as a narrative that describes the plight of the black woman. Along with her music, Beyoncé has started several campaigns with her philanthropic organization BEYgood. BEYgood has championed several initiatives as of late to assist in COVID-19 relief. Beyoncé's organization donated $6 million towards coronavirus aid including testing, medical services, and food supplies. BEYgood has also done its part to advocate for the many black lives that have been lost at the hands of the police by encouraging fans and followers of her music to sign petitions and donate to the causes of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many more. BEYgood also has its hands in voting initiatives and registering people to vote, providing aid to South Africa along with the induction of a South African fellowship program for youth of color, and advocating for mental health awareness. 

Through Beyoncé’s art, performances, and philanthropic work she has been a model for the black feminist wave, and carved a place for women of color to be included in the feminist struggle that was often dominated by white women. Beyoncé is a prominent figure in pop culture, and we at Queen Anna House of Fashion admire both her fashion sense and efforts to change her community through philanthropy and the struggle for social justice. Here are some of our favorite, memorable Beyoncé looks recreated with a Queen Anna House of Fashion twist: 

Our first look includes a recreation of Beyoncé’s sleek jumpsuit look. We use our Amanda Uprichard Tuxedo Track Catsuit to replicate the black and white one-piece. Accessories are everything, so we add a pair of Janna Conner Makara Crystal Fringe Chain Earrings, Mod & Jo Emmy Bangles, the Janna Conner Wiley Textured Ring and the Able Cuff Ring for jewelry and finish the look off with the Alias Mae Xander Heels and the Able Fozi Slim Satchel. 

The next inspired look is certified for a night-out! We have paired the glitzy Dress the Population Emilia Dress with the super flashy Janna Conner Edeline Crystal Chain Fringe Earrings. We add a subtle bangle and the sleek Tony Bianco Latoir Sling Back Heels to effortlessly accent the outfit. 

A more casual Beyoncé would amplify typical jeans and t-shirt look by swapping out denim for the much edgier leather. We recreate this look by tucking the Splendid Abbie Crew Tee into the J.ING Yooni Faux Leather Cropped Trouser. We add the Mod & Jo Drew Statement Earrings along with the Able Dome Ring to expertly accessorize this otherwise simple look. Lastly we pair the Atelier Fantine Turquoise Sandal with the look to add the optimal pop of color.

 This next look is a summertime dream. Beyoncé stuns in yellow, so we recreate this look using our patterned Britt Sisseck Felipa Top playfully tied at the hem over the C/MEO Recollection Shorts. We add the Schutz S-Plina Heels to continue with the vibrant yellow theme of this refreshing look. The jewelry we add are the perfect gold accents to this look, the Janna Conner Mykal Earrings and the Mod & Jo Layered Necklace. And of course this warm-weather look wouldn’t be complete without a pair of sunnies, so it’s a must we throw on the Established Eyewear ELI Designer Sunglasses to finish the look. 

Our final look inspired includes Queen Anna House of Fashion presale items that are must-haves for the summer! We recreate Beyoncé’s chic bohemian look by pairing the Allen Schwartz Yael Kimono Overlay Jacket over the Commando Scoop Tee with a pair of the fresh Able High Rise Denim. We adorn the look with the Janna Conner Cristabel Geometric Chandelier Earrings, and add the Schutz Transparent Ariella Mules and the Tah Bags Envelope Mini to finish off the look. 

It’s impossible not to notice Beyoncé’s flawless style, but it's also impossible to overlook all of the contributions Beyoncé has made to society through both her BEYgood organization and her music. Take some of our outfit inspiration and style tips into consideration, but also take away the values and causes Beyoncé supports in an effort to make the world a better place. 

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Our Solidarity Against Racism and Injustice

Our Solidarity Against Racism and Injustice

It has indeed been too long and too much going on since you last heard from me.
I am sure many of you follow us on social (and if you don't, this is your chance to catch up @queenannaliving on every platform). You know that we were closed for two entire months only being able to serve you through our virtual experiences, curbside pick-ups from the website, and app purchases (Queen Anna Fashion iOS and Queen Anna Living in the Google Play Store).
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We undoubtedly tripled our digital content to stay connected with you and deliver the Queen Anna Experience that so many of you are used to with your in-store experiences. I hope that you all enjoyed the virtual masterclasses that we created for you so that while you were at home cleaning closets and drawers, you were also to take advantage of maximizing your closets and wardrobes as well as honing in on your style.

We finally got a chance to open after the pandemic, and then another tragedy happened right in our back doors and from it spawned protests and destructive vandalism and then for the safety of my team and our clients we closed, yet again.
As I sit writing this blog today, I have to have a transparent moment and say that I am not ok. I feel like I am living in a horrific episode of The Twilight Zone, and all I want to do is wake up and go back to my peaceful and semi-worry free, and organized life.

The recent injustices occurring to George Floyd and put on display for the world to see has been traumatic; not just for me but for anyone who has seen the video of the police brutality that he experienced that ended his life. If you have seen it, I think it is safe to assume that you were affected and are working through your sentiments around it, but it has sparked something in me that I am excited to recreate for you, Queen Anna style.

Michelle Obama

We have always focused our social media content and our brand partnerships around Fashion, Philanthropy Culture, Health, and Wellness. Now, when we focus on the philanthropy pillar, we will undoubtedly be zeroing in on the social justice space because I see the need to spend a lot more of my time giving back in that sector, and it would hold to the ethos of who we are.

Being raised by my great grandmother, who was born in 1911, she experienced and endured The Civil Rights Movement and peacefully protested her entire adult life. Being a part of those experiences, one takeaway I gathered from it was that if I didn't stand for something, I would fall for anything. And even if you have to go the unchartered path alone, if it is moving the needle towards the results you are advocating for, then it makes the ups and downs, highs and lows worth it.
My Great Grandmother was a trailblazer in advocating for people of color and often times the only African American at the table fighting for change. Growing up she often reminded me that things remain unchanged until the appointed change agent comes in to pave the way for others to follow (#enterscene Queen Anna). 

Anna Whitten image

Queen Anna House of Fashion, without question or hesitation, is taking a stance to advocate for the equality of black and brown people in America. Through the end of June, we will donate a portion of our sales to the George Floyd Fund for the benefit of his 6-year-old daughter Gianna.

We also will be facilitating several virtual experiences for you to take part in because I genuinely believe that silence on injustice on any level, only perpetuates the systemic problem.
As the owner of QA, I refuse to go back to business as usual. Instead, we plan to facilitate a series of discussions that will be somewhat uncomfortable (for some) but well overdue and necessary.
Nicole and Anna Whitten
I have had the honor of standing by my great grandmother's side to stand on matters that not only impact us but the world we live in, and if she is the muse behind the brand, it only fits that Queen Anna House of Fashion follows suit. We aspire to empower you to uncover, define, and own your style, but we will also be encouraging you to share your truths, stories, and experiences with the injustices that they have experienced or been witness to because stories lead to conversation and conversation lead to knowledge and change.

At this very moment, we will be focusing on empowering people (specifically women) in the black and brown communities on using their voice as their weapon. We want you to share stories about social prejudices and inequalities that many don't know or experience. We to shake up the status quo of out of sight out of mind because a positive change in our communities and our nation must happen.

Don't worry. We will still be showing you how to style the unique designer brands that we carry in the store and be on the lookout for the new brands we bring into QA to keep you looking and feeling unique, luxurious, and beautiful. This week we will be focusing on sharing the philanthropic work and inspired looks of Beyonce Knowles Carter. Who runs the world? Girls!

So get ready to be empowered and inspired to not only level up your look but also your ability to take action in something bigger than you that impacts the world.


Until next time, bye-bye!

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Pioneer of Both Fashion Trend and Social Justice: Rihanna

Pioneer of Both Fashion Trend and Social Justice: Rihanna

Join Queen Anna House of Fashion as we take the time to explore fashion icons who put philanthropy and social justice causes at the forefront of their platforms. Queen Anna House of Fashion prides itself on the beliefs it holds; which include social justice, and relief for the marginalized populations in our community. We have chosen several black women whose style and values we admire, and are excited to share them with you all. 

First up, we are delving into the style, as well as the philanthropic and social justice efforts of Rihanna. Rihanna has started several businesses, including her intimate apparel line Savage X, her line of beauty products, Fenty Beauty, and her high fashion and accessory brand FENTY. All of Rihanna‚Äôs businesses have become successful black-owned endeavors that leave her fans and followers anxiously awaiting her next merchandise drop. Rihanna has used her Fenty Beauty platform to directly fund her charity, The Clara Lionel Foundation, named after her grandmother Clara. The Clara Lionel Foundation supports access to education, which Rihanna cites as ‚Äúthe ultimate weapon against injustice and equality.‚ÄĚ The Clara Lionel Foundation also aids in preparing global communities for natural disasters that are results of climate change, as well as the establishment of The Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, whose mission is to give the people of Barbados the highest quality cancer treatment possible.¬†

Rihanna is also noteworthy for her acceptance speech at the NAACP Image Awards, where she is famously remembered for calling her celebrity peers who are apart of the majority to ‚Äúpull up‚ÄĚ and support those who need it most when social unrest and injustice is occurring. Rihanna is an inspiration to us at Queen Anna House of Fashion, in terms of her fashion sense, but more importantly her efforts to make the global community a better place for all of us. Here are some of our favorite Rihanna looks recreated with our chic and elegant Queen Anna House of Fashion merchandise:

Our first look includes an edgy, bold print, that is signature Rihanna. We pair the Maison de Papillon Josephine Silk Blouse in a pastel blue hue with the RAVN Snakeskin Print Pant. This look pairs seamlessly with metallic accessories including the Janna Conner Xandie Crystal Shoulder Duster Earrings, and the United Nude Zink Patch Booties. We finish off the look with the Able Crossbody Bag in a rich teal shade. 

Next Rihanna serves us a simple, but impeccably chic jumpsuit look that we recreate using the Amanda Uprichard Cherri Jumpsuit, that is full leather, another staple Rihanna textile. We pair this stylish jumpsuit with the Alias Mae Dua Sandals, that are finished in a peach-colored snakeskin print. Finish this look off with some understated jewelry like the Amanda Deer Jewelry Floating Pearl Necklace and the Colletions by Joya Mixed Metal Bangle. 

 

Rihanna’s skin glowed in the chartreuse-colored gown we were so eager to recreate. We use our One Fell Swoop Forme Short Sleeve Shirt Dress paired with The Mode Collective Anicka Sandals to morph this red-carpet look into the everyday. Accessorize with the Glamrocks Palm Lariat Sterling Silver Necklace and the Stella Grey Classic Hoop Earring to finish the look. 

 

This next all denim number is one that is ideal for warm weather. We remake this denim look using the C/MEO Lifetime Jacket that has corset-like detailing featured on the front that is reminiscent of the denim jacket Rihanna wears. We use the Grace Willow Piper Pant as a relaxed alternative to very constrictive denim. We accessorize this look with the United Nude Molten Calla Mid Mesh Sandal. The ensemble wouldn’t be complete without Rihanna’s signature ring adornments, so we add in plenty of rings for this look including the Able X Ring, and the Able Cuff Ring. 



Rihanna is known for creatively pairing unconventional pieces together to create a show-stopping look, and this next recreated outfit is no exception. Rihanna makes the classic blazer, edgy and casual by pairing a hoodie underneath. We use our Cop Copine Valoma Blazer over the Able Alisha Relaxed Hoodie. We pair the European Culture Trouser Pant to give the allusion of a suit set. We add the Alias Mae Sling Heel and the Established Eyewear Amos Havana Fade Designer Sunglasses to keep the accessories minimal yet they still enhance the look at the same time. 

 

Perhaps our final look says Rihanna like no other. We pair the Line + Dot Stowe Vegan Leather Button Down Top with the Amanda Uprichard India Skirt for a head-to-toe leather look. Rihanna lives for a skinny heeled sandal so we add the Schutz Transparent Ariella Mules to keep with her signature look. Rihanna is seen wearing extravagant diamonds here, so we add the Janna Conner Edeline Crystal Chain Fringe Earrings to this look to replicate the glamour from the original outfit. Lastly we place the Established Eyewear ELI Designer Sunglasses and the Able Maria Tassel Crossbody Bag to complete the all-black look. 



Rihanna has displayed her impeccable style, while simultaneously¬†championing change for the black community. Take-away some of our styling tips and outfit recreations to add a piece of Rihanna to your wardrobe, but maybe more importantly, tap into the causes and values Rihanna supports; ‚Äúpull-up‚ÄĚ for your friends, neighbors and community members who are experiencing social injustices and use your voice to contribute to the liberation of people who may not look like you.

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Grace, Beauty, Style and Royalty: Meghan Markle

Grace, Beauty, Style and Royalty: Meghan Markle

Queen Anna House of Fashion is excited to share another style icon. This week we explore Meghan Markle's polished style. While Meghan Markle’s life has drastically changed, starting as an American actress then marrying into British royalty, her style has always remained consistent and authentically her. Join us as we recreate some of our favorite Meghan Markle looks with our classic Queen Anna House of Fashion merchandise. 

Name: Meghan Markle  

Occupation: Philanthropist, Duchess of Sussex, Former Actress

The Makeup of your Silhouette: Mother, Positive Public Figure 

Body Type: Radiant Diamond*

How would you describe your ideal style? We imagine Meghan Markle would describe her style as one that is chic, classic and at times polished and casual.

Now, what's your style actually? Meghan Markle‚Äôs wedding gown encapsulates her style well; very simple, yet ultra-feminine. We feel Meghan‚Äôs style is the perfect embodiment of the phrase ‚Äúless is more‚ÄĚ.¬†

Tell us one thing you love about you? Meghan Markle is typically seen in very simple and light glam, even for royal engagements, so we like to think Meghan loves embracing her natural beauty and allowing her natural features (like her freckles) to show. 

The Duchess’s life is one that could have been taken straight from a fairytale, yet her style has remained one that is relatable and wearable for the everyday woman, which we admire. Here are some of our favorite Meghan Markle style moments recreated by our stylists at Queen Anna House of Fashion. 

In this first look, Meghan dons a chic sleeveless trench, that she styled as a dress. We liken this trench to our J.ING Exposure Sleeveless Trench Coat. We add the United Nude Raiko Sandals for a slight, summery pop of color. This look is accessorized with the Able Debra Deluxe Wallet, the Janna Conner Nylah Pearl Stud and Bar Earrings and the Mod and Jo Emmy Bangle to mimic Meghan’s minimal ensemble.

meghan markle sleeveless trench coat

In our next recreated look, Meghan Markle gives us a casual look that can take you almost anywhere. We use the Britt Sisseck Mida Top paired with the ABLE Highrise Black Denim. We add the Bagtazo Anglais Hat along with the TAH Bags Grab and Go Crossbody Bag and the Established Eyewear AMOS ‚ÄúHAVANA FADE‚ÄĚ Designer Sunglasses for the perfect sun-ray protecting combination. We finish off the look with the Alias Mae Paige Sandal.

meghan markle travel outfit

Next, we re-imagine a look that is ideal for the workplace. We style the Able Srishti Knot Front Dress with the Able Debra Minimal Wallet and the Alias Mae Francis Heels. We add the Janna Conner Mila Earrings, Collections by Joya Jordan Freshwater Pearl Cuff, and the Stella Grey Studio Cuff Bracelets to create a rich interest from these gold accessories.

meghan markle blue dress

Meghan’s last look is a refreshing, warm-weather look that is perfect for a casual lake weekend. We pair the KES Silk Pleated Back Button-Up Blouse, with Amanda Uprichard Aviva Pants. We add the Sancia Gigi Mini Bag, Bagtazo Tulum Hat, and the Janna Conner Minna Chain Hoop Earrings to round out the look. Throw on the Sol Sana Milava Heels for a vibrant finish.

meghan markle blue and white striped shirt

 

Tap into your inner royalty by way of the Meghan Markle inspired looks from our stylists at Queen Anna House of Fashion. 

Shop Meghan's looks in-store, or risk-free with free shipping online and in our app with purchases over $50 and free returns.

*Visit our Style Mark Blog for more information about the diamond body silhouettes at https://www.queenanna.co/blogs/style-mark/diamonds-are-rare-and-so-are-you

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Brand Spotlight: Amanda Uprichard

Brand Spotlight: Amanda Uprichard

This week we'd like to introduce you to one of the fabulous designers that we carry here at Queen Anna House of Fashion, Amanda Uprichard. 

Founded in 2008 as an outlet for her creativity and passion for fashion, Amanda Uprichard launched her namesake company - a contemporary women's fashion brand known for creating statement pieces in luxe fabrics and bold hues. Creating designs for all of life's events - weddings, parties, vacations and more, it's easy to see why our Queen Anna stylists gravitate towards her consistently stunning and feminine seasonal collections. 

Speaking to the 'everywoman,' who is fearless and fun, Uprichard's designs exude just that. The designer shared that the 'Amanda Uprichard Girl,' "...loves fun, family, taking risks and chances, and will not accept no for an answer.‚ÄĚ Her designs allow women to look amazing and feel powerful. Here, here!

Queen Anna prides itself on carrying designers that focus on conscious consumerism and sustainable fashion. Uprichard falls right in line. The designer spoke with Washington Life on how her company prioritizes consciousness. “We’re always environmentally sustainable. We make everything in America, and we’re an organic business."

Without further adieu, let's dive into some of our favorite pieces!

 amanda uprichard yellow bronson blazer

The Bronson Blazer needs no introduction. Cheery yellow brocade makes a statement on its own with a basic tee or silk tank. Pair with the Aviva Pants for a breezy summer look - perfect for future days in the office or a special event. Balance out the bold blazer with neutral sandals, such as the Alias Mae Ami Heels and a complementary touch of gold sparkle with a fringe Amanda Deer necklace. Out the door you go!

amanda uprichard saffron midi dress

The Saffron Midi is summer wrapped up in a dress! The ultimate outfit on its own, the flowing fabric creates a romantic silhouette. Hitting around the knee with billowy sleeves, the relaxed fit gives us major boho vibes. Just add the ABLE Pearl Hoop Earring, a TAH Circle Bag, and a flat sandal - you're all set! If you're looking to add a little heel for an evening out or at home (because why not?!), check out the United Nude Rockit Op Sandals. They're a new instant favorite with our QA stylists. Showstoppers!

amanda uprichard blue edie skirt

Is there a dreamier summer color than a pool blue? Available now for pre-order in our summer collection, the Edie Skirt will become a go-to warm-weather closet staple. The skirt speaks for itself and can be paired with a simple tee, like the Splendid Abbie Crew Tee and ridiculously comfortable and stylish Alias Mae Paige Sandals. Pop on the TAH Commuter Backpack - your next weekend adventure awaits!

amanda uprichard green colbie top

Are you seeing a pattern here? Bright, bold, and beautiful colors from Amanda Uprichard's collection. Love, LOVE!

Rounding out our top picks, the Colbie Top. A yummy mint green that can be worn with just about every color. Seriously. Pool blue, sunny yellow, melon, lavender, mint green (tone on tone!)... the list goes on! For the spring to summer transition we paired it with a black and white striped pleated skirt (Allen Schwartz Roe Skirt) and a chic Piperwest Saffiano Marble Watch. Outfit complete! Accessorize and stay safe while we continue to practice social distancing with a Ripley Rader Face Mask.

Which Amanda Uprichard piece is your favorite? Shop our entire collection on queenanna.co or our Queen Anna Fashion App. 

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