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2020 Fall Fashion Forecast: All About Prints & Patterns!

2020 Fall Fashion Forecast: All About Prints & Patterns!

This week Queen Anna House of Fashion is giving you all another sneak peek into the world of style and fashion forecasting; this time with our focus on prints and patterns! We are excited to again bring you all an exclusive look at the prints and patterns that will be all over the fashion industry and retail coming this fall and winter 2020. At Queen Anna, we will show you how to incorporate some of the most popular prints and patterns into your wardrobe, all while giving you tips on how to transition those prints in patterns in ways to ensure that they will never go out of style. 

There are some prints that we especially love here at Queen Anna House of Fashion that are forever in style. One of those being Animal Print!! We love a good snake or python print around hare, and depending on which color animal print you go with, that makes all the difference in your look. If you are someone who is wary about incorporating animal print into your wardrobe, start small with animal printed accessories, like a shoe or handbag, and that pop of pattern will make all the difference in your look. Queen Anna is embracing animal print this season with a few of our new pieces; one being the Allen Schwartz Langley Wrap Dress. This is a statement piece that will be the centerpiece of your look. We've even incorporated animal print into some of our face coverings that we offer! You will be up to date with the fashion world this season and beyond no matter how you choose to include animal print into your wardrobe. 

Fall 2020 Fashion Forecasting

Plaid is another exquisite print that will be prominent this fall and winter and far beyond. Typically crafted in woolen clothing, when we think of plaid, we often associate it with a powerful, traditional warmth that is always in style. Plaid is unique yet professional and wearable depending on which plaid pieces you choose to wear. Queen Anna is presenting a few new outerwear pieces this season, one of course being in plaid! The Soia & Kyo Floriana Blazer finished in a unique moss green plaid, is a statement outerwear item, one that will be so relevant this season! Try pairing a patterned plaid piece with a rich jewel toned solid piece and let your outfit do all of the talking! 

Fall 2020 Fashion Forecasting

The last print that will be all over the fashion and styling world is big floral prints. Typically floral is a constant in spring and summer fashion, but it has its place in fall and winter fashion as well! Autumnal floral and abstract prints are one way to add interest and color to the typically darker hued winter color palette. A Queen Anna brand favorite, Grace Willow has designed some floral and abstract printed tops and blouses that we will be featuring this coming season that will add an exceptional pop of color and pattern to your fall and winter wardrobe. The Grace Willow Ellis top features a poppy flower print that serves as a simple way to add floral into your wardrobe. A bright floral along side a stark winter white would create a rich contrast that is unexpected, yet classic all at the same time.

Fall 2020 Forcasting

If you are looking for a capsule wardrobe like this personalized for you, the stylists at our Fashion Concierge Service at One Posh Closet can curate a specialty lookbook to fit your lifestyle all while incorporating print and pattern! Between our fashionable collection at Queen Anna and the skills of our stylists in-store and at One Posh Closet, we can make 2020 your most stylish year yet. Click here to get started with our stylists now. 

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Fall '20 Fashion Forecast: Timeless Fabrics

Fall '20 Fashion Forecast: Timeless Fabrics

In this week's installment of the Fall Fashion Forecast, Queen Anna House of Fashion is excited to share with you some of the most exciting textures that will be all over the fashion world this season. Texture adds an entire dimension to your wardrobe and offers your look another element of style. Textures like leather, cashmere and silk are ones that will be around not only this season, but will be staples in fashion for seasons to come; so it can be really valuable to your wardrobe to invest in quality textures that will outlast time and trend. At Queen Anna and One Posh Closet, our stylists will show you how to wear your textured investment pieces in ways you haven’t thought about before as well as the ways to wear your investment  pieces season after season.

Leather is a texture that is a Queen Anna and One Posh Closet staple! From leather jackets, to leather pants, to leather skirts, to a leather bag, it is nearly impossible to go wrong when adding a leather piece to finish off your look. All types of leather are gorgeous depending on how you wish to style it, but if you are new to wearing this texture, try to aim for wearing neutral hued leather like black or brown to subtly introduce the timeless textile into your wardrobe. A classic leather motorcycle jacket is another staple layering piece that every wardrobe should have. Layering either a turtleneck under your leather for a more classic look or pairing your leather with a hoodie for a more casual look, gives you the edgy look of leather while Try wearing a leather legging or trouser, like the Grace Willow Vera Culotte as a replacement for denim and watch your look transform! 

Cashmere is another texture that we adore at Queen Anna and One Posh Closet. This luxurious textile is one of the rarest natural fibers in the world; as most cashmere is harvested from goats in a tedious, detailed process to sort fine fibers of goat hair. Cashmere is something that will keep you extremely warm all while possessing an indescribably softness that you just have to feel for yourself; So stop into Queen Anna to do so:). Try incorporating cashmere into your wardrobe with casual wear first, like with the Maison de Papillon Giovanna Joggers. Cashmere is such a comfortable texture that works so well for casual wear. The Maison de Papillon Eros Cashmere Hoodie is another great casual piece that pairs well with other textures like layering underneath a leather jacket. 

Silk is another one luxurious delicate texture that is so versatile and can be used and worn in so many different ways! Inclan Studios is one of our favorite women of color owned brands that uses silk to bring their designs to life. Pieces like the Ardin Top and the Paola Maxi Dress use silk in an unconventional way with pattern and color blocking. Silk is a natural protein fiber originating from silkworms that is spun to create a textile; it is one of the finest of all natural fibers, as well as one of the strongest. Renowned fashion designer Oscar De La Renta likens silk to diamonds in its rarity and exquisite make. Try pairing a silk top with a leather bottom to create an interesting mix of textures that work so well together. 

Try incorporating these classic textures into your wardrobe; while having confidence that they will never go out of style. Allow our stylists at Queen Anna and our luxury fashion concierge service One Posh Closet to introduce your wardrobe to these textures as well as many others that will forever be in style. Click here to secure your very own personal stylist now. Continue reading

Queen Anna House of Fashion I Fall '20 Fashion Color Forecast

Queen Anna House of Fashion I Fall '20 Fashion Color Forecast

Your trust in our ability to be a style resource to your fashionable needs means the world to us. With our Luxury Fashion Concierge: One Posh Closet as one of the most exciting resources we can offer our clients, we have been even more diligent with staying on top of our fashion knowledge game. 

With the transition of the season, we are bringing added value to what it is we can do, in the form of a 2020 Fall Fashion Forecasting display, as it will play out in our store and offerings here at Queen Anna. Our 2020 store forecast might look different than what you see in Vogue Magazine, and that is purposeful.

Just like you, we are a unique women's lifestyle retailer and brand that specializes in taking you from day to night, and everything in between with ease and doing so in a manner in which you do so looking steller as your authentic and individual self. The only way for us to succeed in that space is for us to find smaller independent lines that specialize in creating on-trend but not trendy, unique, and timeless designs, and the colors, materials, and overall silhouette of that concept is what we hope that you see in our 2020 Fall Fashion Forecast.  We are excited to offer a glimpse of what is to come inside our space here at  Queen Anna House of Fashion this fall. 

Pantone Color Golden Harvest

This color has notably become more prominent in fashion and design due to its natural/earthy nature, which perfectly emulates the fashion industry's strides towards sustainable and environmentally considerate fashion.

This color will be essential in clothing for seasons to come, as it can be paired with brighter hues or alongside many different textiles, like denim, leather, and suede. This straw-like hue is versatile and will work beautifully in various textures, like this Grace Willow Vera Culotte.

Pantone Color Bloodstone,

A deep burgundy that transitions so well out of fall and into holiday and winter, this is a color that is an absolute must-have this season. Inspired by the mineral hematite, this color looks beautiful next to neutral shades or with anything ranging from a pastel tone to another more vivid jewel tone.

The Allen Schwartz Suki Jacket is an elegant example of the Bloodstone hue at in action. This piece is an ideal layering item and will allow you to incorporate this rich Pantone hue into your fall and winter wardrobe.

Pantone Color Copper Coin

This lovely shade of blush will wear many names, depending on the designer. Pink, blues, or copper coin, whatever the name is a staple of ours at Queen Anna. Depending on how it is styled, this is a color that transcends seasons and would be a perfect color year-round. The lovely Grace Willow Oliver Jacket is a perfect example of this.

Style this Pantone color with a rich brown shade or with a jewel-toned teal to take things to the next level.

Fall Fashion Forecast

There is so much more of this to come, so make sure you follow us on our social platforms, as well as download our Queen Anna Fashion App in the iOS Store or Google Play Store and subscribe for notifications for the most up to date information we are putting out.

If you are looking for a capsule wardrobe like this personalized for you, the stylists at our Fashion Concierge Service at One Posh Closet can curate a specialty lookbook just like the ones above but specialized just for you. Between our fashionable collection at Queen Anna and the skills of our stylists in-store and at One Posh Closet, we can make 2020 your most stylish year yet.

Click here to get started with our stylists now. 

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The Beauty of Diversity in Womanhood, Fashion, Philanthropy & Culture

The Beauty of Diversity in Womanhood, Fashion, Philanthropy & Culture

I love diversity because, without it, there would be no beauty: only mundane, the monotony of everyday life, and eternity. Without diversity, we would all be living life to exist. Without diversity, there would be no "you" or "me". As a believer that we each have a higher purpose in life, with each of us destined to impact the world in unique and powerful ways, I can't imagine living without the concept of diversity.

A life with us all having the same body type, the same hair, the same house, and clothes would be unbearable; and with most of our closets black, navy blue, grey and void of prints or patterns, YIKES, that would be a pretty basic and colorLESS world we would have to endure. We would all make the same mistakes with no one to guide us through, we would all have the same strengths and weaknesses, and all love the same things work the same jobs and not being unique or special in any way.

MIndy Kaling

I don't believe that we exist to endure but to LIVE life, and the very best life that we should all have equal access to. If we could all live and experience and appreciate the uniqueness that we all have within one another, our conversations today would be much different. The fact that we live in a solar system that has multiple planets, with different attributes, and the inhabitants of the earth have different characteristics, on each of the various parts of the land, with unique food, culture, thoughts, and beliefs implores me to believe that we each have something so beautiful to us that even if it's not the same as the next person, others should be able to see the beauty in the diversity of who I am and without judgment or a feeling of superiority.

We should be able to travel across the ocean and explore foreign land and experience cultures different from our own, learn about their history and tradition, and be in awe of their beauty and unique value to civilization.

Our brand continually delivers fashion, philanthropy, and culture to you in unique ways, purposefully. We are a retail and lifestyle brand with a passion for making positive, long-lasting change in you and the community. Over the next 3 months, we will focus on "The Beauty in Diversity." Whether it's the beauty of diversity in ethnicity, culture, fashion, body shape, body sizes, or businesses, whatever aspect that we think is important to you, we will aim to highlight the unique value in it for us all.

As a black woman and business owner, living amidst the civil unrest of our time and experiencing overt racism and prejudice because I am not like the majority is a story that just doesn't belong to me but to many, but it impacts us all. That's why we will continue to empower women to show up how they want to be seen, and when you get there, in your Queen Anna ensemble, make a difference.

We opened the week with a peek behind the brand, on our Youtube channel with a fun and vigorous 50 impromptu questions that I asked my husband Greg to get a glimpse behind behind the scenes. 😂

This week we will highlight the beauty in diverse cultures using film, like "A Wrinkle in Time" and the music from its soundtrack. We will also be highlighting one of my favorite people in the movie, Mindy Kaling, who plays "Mrs. Who," who also adds diversity to the world being an Indian American Actress.

Philanthropically we will be using our voice to highlight the unjust killing of Breonna Taylor and will be donating a portion of our proceeds to her cause the entire month of July. We will also be sharing resources on ways to create positive change within yourself as well as the world around us.

Last but not least, in-store and online, if you spend over $150, you will receive a free two week trial for personal styling from our luxury concierge service, One Posh Closet.

Be empowered in your uniqueness and beauty, knowing that an unmentionable amount of events had to occur, both small and large, for you to be created, just as you are. Like my Great Grandmother (Anna) told me, and now I am telling you, you are a rarity, a hot commodity, a vintage piece, and you deserve to be treated as such. Anyone that dares to tell you anything different doesn't deserve your time, energy, or space.

Being told that every day and now have the chance to repeat it to my children and infuse it in my brand empowers me to now share those same sentiments with you. I hope you, too, feel inspired to share it with someone else so that the light of love and the embrace of individuality and appreciation of diversity can overcome the fear of differences and the unknown.

Stay inspired and empowered. Until next time!

Bye-Bye!

❤️Nicole

A Wrinkle in Time
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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).
Queen Anna house of Fashion App
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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Must-Have Styling and Shopping Service from One Posh Closet

Must-Have Styling and Shopping Service from One Posh Closet

Imagine having a personal shopper and stylist available whenever you have WiFi? One Posh Closet, our luxury concierge business has done just that. We’ve created a Virtual Styling App where you can receive Personal Styling and Personal Shopping in one convenient location, communicate with your Posh Stylists whenever you want, and have personalized updates as little as twice a month.

 

 

One Posh Closet's primary focus is to take the struggle out of fashion and make it as fun, easy, and stress-free as possible. Queen Anna’s clients have recently been introduced to this exclusive fashion app and in-turn have received a more enjoyable shopping experience.

The Virtual Styling App assists Queen Anna clients in shopping for new pieces (not just from Queen Anna), the styling of new pieces, and creates an effortless way to find and plan your outfit(s) for special occasions and travel.

One Posh Closet 

It’s completely up to the client how they'd like their personal stylist to tailor their Virtual Styling App, and it's all through the power of your Style Questionnaire. Whether you're wanting more expertise in workwear styles, weekend fashion, or a mixture of everything, One Posh Closet will personalize this application to you!

Not only does the client have the power, but they also get the convenience too. For example, if you find a new blouse in your virtual closet you can purchase it right from the app. And if it doesn’t work out, you can ship it back based on the retailer's return policy.

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Now, how does One Posh Closet’s service compare to others? Great question. We work daily to make sure you feel heard when it comes to your fashion needs and wants. Based on your subscription, you’ll get weekly updates to your personal shopping and styling areas on the app; and always have direct communication with your Posh Stylist.

Ready to embark on this fashion journey with One Posh Closet, fill out the Style Questionnaire and our Posh Stylists will walk you through the best subscription for your lifestyle!

 

XOXO,

One Posh Closet

 

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