Category: fashion

Pas Si Chic

fashion, lifestyle, survival guide June 10, 2020

I’m writing this as an escape.

There’s so much performative shenanigans littering the world that I have to do something that makes me feel sane.

Side note: I never imagined that at the ripe age of 24 writing into an algorithmic abyss would be the thing keeping me sane but, here we are. I mean, have you ever voluntarily taken up a hobby that requires you to eat your ego before throwing it up everywhere? Or, are you normal?

Like I said, I need an escape; if you know where we can find some frivolity for this pandemic please let me know. The speed at which white silence did a 180°, then evolved into the optical cacophony that was several white Senators kneeling in Kente cloth, is truly neck-breaking. And, during a pandemic.

We are still. living through. our first global pandemic. 

Does anyone else’s brain zone out and totally forget about that, only to come to in a wave of anxiety? I have to laugh …or bake…every weekend, to get through this. Mind you, before my instant active dry yeast arrived almost three weeks ago, I had already analyzed all hundred of the existential crises I had had; if anything, now I’m just getting more creative with my coping mechanisms. I’m quite literally doing what floats my boat. I mean, yeast goes to your ass…right?

 And every good bake or dinner requires a worthy dinner outfit. Yeah, I said it: dressing up to eat my dinner, or the things I bake myself, all alone, is the only thing keeping me sane right now. This girl loves her downtime, but I never intended to swap out glitzy dinner outfits for pseudo-groutfits (though, we never go full on grout over here) for this long. So, as a pick-me-up to the realization that I’ve been coordinating pseudo-groutfits with non-medical face masks for the past 4 months, I’ve been dressing up in for dinner.

Scoff if you’re boring, I’m gonna find a way to have fun.

Cue the Lookbook:

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And, these are  some looks I don’t (yet) own that send me into daydreams (my credit card’s nightmare):

IMG_4069Jolié Maxi Dress, Hanifa

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Heron Preston x Sami Miro Vintage SS2020

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Silk Sundown Wrap Dress, Fe Noel 

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White Lace Mini Dress, TLZ L’FEMME

…When I’m not daydreaming about the revolution, that is.

To The Senate, and Beyond

america, fashion, podcast, politics, society March 18, 2020

In this episode, my guest Jaime Harrison and I discuss his historic Senate race, his experiences on the campaign trail, and what’s to come if he defeats the incumbent candidate and notable Trump ally, Lindsey Graham.

Prior to running for Senate, Jaime served as an aide to legendary South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn; and, in 2013, was elected the first African American chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party. 

Here’s my conversation with Jaime Harrison, and how to connect with him:

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Designing While Black

fashion, society, style, sustainability February 26, 2020

In this episode I’ll explore how Black women are shaping the sustainable fashion market by chatting with Nicole Zizi owner of NICOLE ZÏZI STUDIO®, a brand, focused on eco-conscious, sustainability, & innovation in high-end streetwear, and accessories. Dedicated to making high quality eco-friendly products that are beautiful, ethically made and sustainable.

Here’s my conversation with Nicole Zizi and how to connect with her:

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Nicole Zizi Instagram

Lookbook 01.21

fashion January 21, 2020
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With time, I’ve proudly grown into an outfit-recycler. I haven’t completely given up adding pieces to my closet here and there, but I try to modify as many things from past seasons as possible. I’m still a sinner for consumption, but nowadays I make a concerted effort to keep things in my closet for as long as possible. So, I’m sure you’ll catch me in some of these next year…and maybe even the year after that.

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Lookbook 8.08

fashion August 16, 2018

If you know me, you know that I like to dress up… a lot. But, what does that actually look like in action? Picture me in a hole-in-the-wall bar that smells like stale Bud Light in a faux mink in 10 degree weather. Extra may not even be the word we have to use, but that’s just me.

Growing up, my mom would joke that sale racks gave me hives but, thankfully, my money sensibilities have kicked in since then. Granted, I’m still stan for my investment pieces, but I can’t describe in a safe-for-work fashion the things a good sale does for me.

So, in celebration of dressing up a lot this birthday month, Lookbook 8.08 is all about looking expensive AF for next to nothing.

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Top + Bottom: Keep Your Eyelets Open Bikini set, $15 from Nastygal | Sunnies: You’re So Shady Square Shades, $8 from Nastygal | Location: Hollywood, CA

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Top: H&M (from a couple years ago) | Bottom: Dip Out Bikini, $12 from Nastygal | Sunnies: The Half of it Half Frame Shades, $6 from Nastygal | Location: The LINE Hotel, Los Angeles

…And on to the separatesProcessed with VSCO with p5 presetShake Your Maracas Tie Top, $20 from Nastygal | Sunnies: You’re So Shady Square Shades, $8 from Nastygal | Location: Clairbnb, Las Vegas

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetTop: Dig Deep Ribbed Crop Top, $8 from Nastygal | Bottoms: On the Loose Pants (from a set), $25 from Nastygal | Location: Clairbnb, Las Vegas

IMG_3022Top: Bell It to My Heart Crop Top, $15 from Nastygal | Jeans: Joes Jeans, ~$70 from Nordstrom Rack | Location: Clairbnb, Las Vegas

…Now, let’s get into some dressesProcessed with VSCO with p5 presetDress: Superwoman Double Layer Dress, $25 from Nastygal | Shoes: Going In for the Frill Heel, $25 from Nastygal | Location: Hollywood, CA

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetProcessed with VSCO with p5 presetDress: Born to Tie Bandeau Dress, $15 from Nastygal | Shoes: Steve Madden (from years ago) | Location: Hollywood, CA

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetProcessed with VSCO with p5 presetDress: Show Me Off-the-Shoulder Dress $18 from Nastygal | Sunnies: Over the Half Moon Shades, $8 from Nastygal | Location: Clairbnb, Las Vegas

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetDress: $25 from Forever21 | Shoes: Embossed Leather Wedges $90 from Zara | Location: Clairbnb, Las Vegas

In conclusion, I think we–aka me, myself and I, made it work for a steal. Now, how’s that for a happy ending?! Happy shopping friends.