Jeans

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I remember just a few years ago how big of a deal jeans were to me. I literally only wore super skinny black jeans, if they weren’t skinny I wasn’t wearing them. As time passed, I began wearing boyfriend/girlfriend jeans and eventually high waist mom jeans. Now, I practically walk past every pair of jeans in site when shopping. Don’t get me wrong, jeans are the easiest thing to throw on when all else fails but I’m okay with a little challenge when it comes to my outfits. Skirts, dresses, jumpers/rompers have been my go to’s lately. I feel less restricted and more myself.

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Every now & then there’s a pair of jeans that catch my eye & make it impossible for me to turn away. Bell bottoms, culottes, any distressed and embroidered jeans always grab my attention & make me reconsider minimizing my jean collection. That clearly will explain my infatuation for these AH-mazing high waist-wideleg- distressed hem Free People jeans ! I was in awe from the moment I laid eyes on them. In 10 seconds I imagined all the different outfits I could put together based on this one pair of jeans.On this day I paired these babies with a orange button up blouse I stumbled upon at the Salvation Army, my new straw bag purchased at the Goodwill (I love the wooden handles), tan tasseled mules from Espirt, and a pair of STUNNING gold earrings purchased from Aldo’s! (Aldo’s? I asked myself the same thing)

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I’m all about statement items that are also practical. I love being able to dress my outfits up or down and not be confined to one particular style. Be on the look out for me wearing these jeans with flats, sneakers, booties, you name it I’m wearing it.

 

Similar Items:

Love Moschino denim culottes   Gap Women Washwell High Rise Denim Culottes  Tomcsanyi - Cropped Denim Culottes

Express Bell Sleeve Off The Shoulder Shirt  See by Chloé Textured Blouse  Maje - Pintucked Crepe Blouse

 

Anne Klein Salome Block-Heel Tassel Mule Sandals           Fabio Rusconi Tassel Mule          Monsoon Tamara Suede Tassel Block Heel Mules

 

Mogor Women Hand-woven Straw Shell Clutch Bags            JADEtribe Large Basket Tote       Camel Pom Pom Tassels Straw Tote Bag

Shopping In The Men’s Section

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If it isn’t easy to figure out I LOVE being a female, this post right here should finalize that thought. Yeah we have our tough days that I’m sure men will NEVER understand or be able to relate but that just makes us even more magical. Any who, when it comes to fashion, being a female is so much moreee intriguing. I mean we can kill it in the simpliest outfit when paired with the right killer heels & accessories but if you’re versatile like me, I like to throw on some kicks and an oversized men’s shirt, jacket, jeans, shorts, you name it! If it fits me then it works, men’s or women’s.

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Versatility is a must when you’re a thrifter honestly, vintage items just don’t fit the same. For example, “mom jeans” aka 90’s style high waisted jeans run super-duper small, making it almost impossible to find the perfect pair if you have any type of hips or a booty. So shopping in the men’s area would definitely benefit anyone with any type of curves looking for vintage denim. If you’re going for the off the shoulder button up shirt/ jacket trend, you’re more than likely going to find the perfect fit in the men’s area as well. Let’s just face it, men can be good for something right ? ( haha just kidding)

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On this particular day, besides my kicks, my entire fit was thrifted ! ( I love when that happens) I wore a button up cropped wrap top I purchased from the Goodwill thrift store, a pair of men’s linen pleated shorts purchased from the East Village Thrift Store, my favorite wicker basket bag also purchased from the Goodwill , & a pair of white Stan Smith Adidas I caught on super sale from Macy’s. I honestly love comfort, comfort will ALWAYS be key when it comes to me.

 

Similar Items:

Sky And Sparrow Floral Tie Front Top  Charlotte Russe Floral Surplice Bell Sleeve Top   River Island Petite red spot wrap tie cuff crop top

Carven Pleated Shorts            J Brand Underhill Linen Shorts          Isabel Marant Étoile 'Ivy' pleat shorts

adidas Skateboarding Stan Smith (White/White/Green) Skate Shoes         Patricia Nash Caselle Small Basket Bag           Ray-Ban Oval Flat Sunglasses

Social Media

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Social media has grown so much over the years into something bigger than I ever thought it would be to me. For new fashion bloggers, social media is our stepping stone to creating & exposing our own brand. But not only is it a big deal for bloggers it’s a big deal for stylist, personal trainers, makeup artist, nail techs, chefs, photographers, sheesh, I can go on for days, you get my drift. With all the positive that can be absorbed from social media comes the negative.

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I’ve been seeing so much body shaming, racial and ignorant remarks, culture appropriation, bullying, the list goes on. In a perfect world there wouldn’t be any of this going on but unfortunately there is & it sucks ! I’ve allowed myself to put so many things out there that I never thought I would, without a second thought. I express my pride for being African American, I love complimenting other females around me I see perfecting their craft, I’m very open about my bargain/thrift shopping (I will never be a label whore), & I’m getting more and more comfortable with my own body !

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 Along the journey of discovering who you truly are you might make some changes that not everyone will agree with and that’s okay! I’ve accepted my imperfections & the ones I couldn’t accept I changed them, It’s that simple! However, I made these changes at my own digression, not because I seen all the “Instagram famous” girls doing it. If we had more people in the world focusing on how to improve/ love themselves we wouldn’t have so much hate & shaming going around. It’s a-okay to admire someone but put yourself on, reach for your own goals, & tell yourself everyday I am exactly who I was meant to be. People will slowly start to notice your authenticity & appreciate your message. Real recognizes real.

 

Outfit Details:

Floral Print DressLucy Paris (Bloomingdales)

Black Laceup BootiesMacy’s (On major sale right now !!)

 

Defeated?

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Ever felt defeated ? Like no matter what you do, no matter how positive and hopeful you are, you find yourself in a situation that just seems to get worst ? Well if you don’t you’re clearly not human and need to tell me what planet you’re living on. Every now and then I get this feeling inside and it truly sucks ass! For a period of time last year I was thrown so many curve balls I should’ve thrown in the towel by now. However, I promised myself this year I would try to do and think differently when I start to get this defeated feeling.

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What a perfect blog post when I’m feeling this exact way at this exact moment ! Often times I feel like we focus so much on the negativity in our lives or situations we can’t change overnight instead of gearing our attention towards our blessings. To relieve myself from this sucky feeling I usually find happiness in shopping. As I’m shopping, I instantly feel a sense of gratification that I’m able to provide for myself, which then makes me appreciate having a job, even if it’s not quiet the dream job. As I’m looking at my new purchases and creating looks, I am reminded how awesome my blogging path is going & what great experiences are soon to come.

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Photos Taken By: Danilsa Rojas

Little by little each situation I might’ve once been stressed out about is becoming less and less IMPORTANT. You are in control of what makes you tick, what grinds your gears & what’s able to stress you the f*ck out BUT if we just took a moment or two before each and everyone of these “tragedies” & accept it as a milestone, knowing “this too shall pass” life will get a little easier. I promise

 

Outfit Details:

White Off The Shoulder Blouse – Do+Be 

Skinny Jeans – Blank Nyc 

Tan Suede Tassel Mules – Esprit (On super Sale now)

Straw Hat – St. Marks Street 

Chokers/Necklaces Aldo’s

Multi Colored Bracelet – Goodwill Thrift Store

 

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Bow Tie Straw Beach Hat            Kocca Woven Straw Hat Bidok          Old Navy Womens Floppy Straw Sun Hat

Off-the-shoulder Top $17.99    Splendid Off-the-Shoulder Blouse    Levi's Womens Off the Shoulder Top (White)

Hollister Low-Rise Crop Super Skinny Jeans  NYDJ Lorena Skinny Boyfriend Capri in Heyburn (Heyburn) Women's Jeans         Black Daisy Kate Ripped Straight-Leg Jeans

Dorothy Perkins Tan 'Saturn' coverage mules           Monsoon Tamara Suede Tassel Block Heel Mules      14th & Union Romi Tassel Sandal - Wide Width Available

Mental Detox

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This past week I’ve really been enjoying my time to myself, accidentally, if that makes sense ? I haven’t had the urge to be on social media as much as I normally do, I haven’t been hanging out as much as I normally would & if I have to be honest I haven’t really wanted to. This gave me lots of time to think and focus on what’s most important, myself! Sometimes we need a mental detox, even if that means missing out on the latest gossip or passing up a night out in the city. I’ve been pleasantly happy, without force, no second thoughts, just happy. Continue reading

Comfort

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The past few days I’ve really been thinking hard about comfort. As in, what are you comfortable with in your life at the moment ? Plenty of times we achieve a goal in our lives and we become comfortable with it instead of pushing ourselves for an even greater accomplishment. The thought of me feeling so comfortable with myself knowing there’s so much more to life, scares the shit out of me. Therefore, when I get this feeling of “comfort” I find a way to make my self uncomfortable. Discomfort keeps me on my toes, makes me more aware, and allows me to evolve into something even greater. Continue reading

California Dreams

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Ugh finally some warm weather is coming in ! I totally take back all those times I bragged in February & March for the unusually warm temps! It feels like we’ve been battling April showers for most of May and now June. Not only has the rain put a damper on my mood and vibe it’s totally ruined my time to share some summer outfits. I have no clue what exactly is going on with the weather in New York but It’s given me no choice but to dwell on living some where much warmer. Continue reading