As we close out the month of February I would like to remind you to not only celebrate Black History during February but all year long!
Introducing Ms. Donyale Luna
Born in Detroit, she had a difficult childhood and an unusual appearance. She was spotted by photographer David McCay and became a superstar of the Seventies.
Donyale truly did it all: partying at Andy Warhol's Factory, signing an exclusive contract with photographer Richard Avedon, trying her hand at acting, before dying of an overdose in 1979.
Contrary to popular belief, the first black woman to grace the cover of Vogue wasn't Naomi Campbell; it was Donyale Luna.
In 1966, she hit the cover of the British edition of the biggest fashion magazine in the world. It was a symbolic choice for the world of fashion, which was finally opening up to African cultures.
Blogger Jorge Rivas writes about Ms. Donyale Luna in an article from 2011 entitled, "Beyonce's 'Countdown' Pays Homage to Black Model Donyale Luna." He mentions how in the first 32 seconds of the video Beyonce references the famous eye make-up and eye-between-the-fingers pose of Ms. Luna.
These days it is best to save money and cut corners any way possible. If you want to save on gas money you cut back on your daily travel. To save on groceries you clip coupons. We do little tricks to help save our dollars everyday. So why not shop smart for clothes and save big!
To keep from impulse-buying, I'll put an item on hold and give myself 48 hours to think about it. Majority of the time if I don't absolutely love it I forget about it. If I can't stop obsessing I know it's worth it.
Of course thrift shopping is my go store! This list would be incomplete without this trick. The pieces I find there are inexpensive, so I don't feel bad about taking a risk. The biggest plus of shopping at a thrift store is you'll never be at a party wearing the same thing as someone else!
I make sure that I can think of three things already in my closet that will go with what I am about to buy.
Before buying something, ask yourself these questions: Can I live without this? Will I wear this once or twice? Do I already own something like this? If the answer is 'no' to all three, then get it!
It's ok to spend on classic bags and shoes that you know you will have forever. But for the season's trendiest pieces shop at less expensive sites or stores like Asos, Zara, and H&M.
Last but not least, check that the return policy is fair and keep the receipt. If you haven't worn something by the time the return policy is about to expire, take it back instead of letting it just sit in the closet. I also like to sign up for emails from my fave stores. It helps you to be the first to know about sales, so you can get the best deals.
Hey y'all! Well this pastel pink peplum top is a blouse that I have never worn. And shamely has been in my closet for about 9 months. So during this 30 day closet challenge, I decided to wear it. I've always loved this top but just never wore it. I paired the animal print heels with the lion necklace to bring out the fierceness in this blouse.
This blouse is so sexy to me. The material and the lose flow allows this top to be flexible for varies occasions. I wore this blouse to work, class and drinks with friends at the end of the day. Why didn't I wear this blouse earlier???
So I'm totally obessed with my thrifted velvet Vera Wang leggings. I feel like George on Seinfield, if I could wrap myself and velvet all day I'd be happy! They are so soft and comfy. And fun to wear!
I decided to pair the velvet texture with the leather texture to add some flavor. Mix matching textures can bring a funky vibe to any outfit.
Faux leather jacket: A.N.A clothing from JCPenny (this jacket is so old)
Black leather top leotard: thrifted from Restoration Ministries
Velvet leggings: Vera Wang thrifted from Restoration Ministries
Leather boots: Steve Madden thrifted from Unique Thrift Store
Lion necklace: Plato's Closet (I borrowed it from my little sister. I secretly want this necklace so bad! I'm mad because we went thrifting together the day she got it. But she found it first. Womp Womp)
As spring approaches and winter lingers on it can be hard to find motivation to be fashionable everyday. Here are a few outfits to inspire you on those tried days.
The theme here is, All Black with a Touch of Print. Create a look from one statement piece. Paired with all black pieces it allows the printed garment to make a statement. My favorite is the third from the left. This pink printed blouse is a vintage Diane Von Furstenberg original. I love this blouse but I don't wear it enough. I must challenge myself to wear it very soon. I don't want give this up just yet!
For those fun Fridays at work or Saturday errands. These outfits range from cute and comfy to sporty chic. Perfect way to stay fab on the run!
Mary Church Terrell is noted as the first Black American women to graduate from college. She had a passion for education and was involved in the women's and civil rights movement. She graduated with a bachelors in 1884 and 1888 she received her masters in education. Mary Church Terrell was a phenomenal woman of her time. Although she is not a style icon. I do appreciate the simplicity of her classical lady style.
A painting of the photo above.
As winter is leaving and spring is upon the horizon, I am feeling so motivated to do some spring cleaning. One thing that has plagued my mind is my closet. I feel like I have to clean it out too much. I'm not purging like I need to. So I'm challenging myself to a deep closet clean out. For the remaining winter weeks I am going to challenge myself to only wear those items I have never worn and/or items I have not worn in a year. Whatever items I don't wear will be donated to a local women's shelter (Please leave any suggestions of women's shelters in the Chicagoland area in the comments).
I have realized that I have grown a real attachment to my clothes. I call them my babies and I love them. I love my clothes, they are so fly! So I tend to have seperation anxiety when it is time to clean out my closet. But as I think of the ladies in my family that have influenced my love of clothes and style, I realize that they always gave away clothes without hesitation.
I can remember in particular my great aunt (my grandma's sister) would always give her clothes away to her nieces often. I remember when she gave me two of her vintage Fendi purses. A clutch with a detachable strap and a satchel bag. I was so shocked and thrilled she gave me these dope vintage bags. So it makes me think of the feeling I had to receive nice garments and it motivates me now to want to pass that same feeling along to someone else.
So the challenge is on! Stay THRIFTY...
Wrap me up and call me Christmas! I love this sweater and I don't know what took me so long to wear it. Well this a start to my closet purge and she is a definite keeper.
I will probably try to wear this sweater one more time before the winter is out. It's just too cute!
I paired the thrifted sweater with black stirrup leggings and navy blue Nine West Mary Jane pumps.
For my outer wear I chose my gray faux fur 70s vintage coat. I thrifted this coat from the Restoration Ministries for half off. This coat is so warm and has been a life saver this winter.
Trends come and go everyday. Some trends linger on, while others completely disappear. Remember gauchos?!? Eeek! (Yes, I was a victim to this trend, but as soon as it was over those things were done for me.) Well I have a few trends that are here to stay for the SPRING! Check them out...
First on the list, my favorite, Ring Party! Wearing trendy rings on each finger is still hot. People's Style Watch suggest to mix metals, vibes and sizes to take your party up a notch.
Next on the list, camouflage. This print is hot enough to stick around. Like a classic jean, camouflage is best worn faded or worn-in. I love mixing this print with warm colors like red or earth-tone colors like grey or blue.
Another trend on the list are, gladiator sandals. This look is bold and outspoken. It's a cool style to pair with skirts, dresses and shorts.
In the photo above fashion blogger Song Dani is rocking these dope gladiator styled sandals called "Dogma Sandals." Available at Hans Von LiLa. You can find both the black and gold ones there.
Last but not least, black and white is still hot this spring. It's a great classic go-to look that remains modern. Black and white is always fun in animal prints, stripes and tribal patterns.
By the way I miss my hair. I'll go into details later.
You'd be surprise at what a little make-up can do! I see so many women dressed-up on a night out on the town but their face is unpolished. Make-up is not for "the ugly", so to speak. It's a polisher. Think about it if your shirt is wrinkle you don't just wear it as is because it's clean. You have to iron it to get the best look. Same with your face darlings, same with the face. No, you don't have to wear tons and tons of goop. But a good moisturizering tint, mascara and blush can go a long way. DON'T NEGLECT THE FACE! Don't be afraid of make-up. The best part is, if you mess up you can always wash it off.
First, make sure your face and neck are clean. I was Oil of Olay face cleaning products. I have used Oil of Olay for years because I'm still satisfied with the results.
Once your face and neck are cleaned, Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! I really like Nubian Heritage Raw Shea Butter Lotion. I even use this lotion in my hair. I actually found this product in the hair care aisle at Wal-mart.
Next, you want to apply a small amount of tinted moisturizer. This will give your face a smooth, clean look.
Then for me I have terrible dark circles under my eyes so I use a concealer stick for cover up. I normally use my concealer brush to smooth and blend but it fell down the sink. So until I get a new one I'm using my foundation brush to smooth and blend.
Finally, I fill in my eyebrows and use my dry foundation brush to powder my face with powder foundation. To give a complete look I dust blush on my cheekbones. Now I'm ready for the world with my clean and polished look!
Disclaimer: Remember I am not a cosmetologist. These are just a few tricks and tips that work for me.
Don't be a victim of an unpolished look, dolls! Be EXPRESSIVE!
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