Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Cleaning!!! Pt.2

 The other day I spoke about Spring cleaning for us ladies, but fellas y'all got some cleaning out to do as well!  I feel like men's fashion is a little different. If you thought only women loved looking good, you ain't never seen a man in a windbreaker in 12 degree weather. C'mon we all know that one guy with only a blazer on in 16 degree weather saying he's not cold because he's got on layers! Moving on, these are the top 5 trends that were tried last season and should never be brought to life again:

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Cleaning!!!

Spring is finally here! We all have clothes from 2013 just sitting in our closets collecting dust because of this terrible Winter we've had. But its time to put away our North Face and pull out our blazers, bomber jackets and trench coats! It time to do some Spring cleaning because while 2013 was a great year for fashion and beauty, a few things have got to go! Out with the old, in with the new! Here is a list of the top 5 trends that I think should not be tried this season:

Outfit Of the Day

   Hi everyone!! First things first, I know I've been gone for a minute, and I am soo sorry! But the good news is I'm am back and ready to keep up with my posts! During my hiatus, A LOT has happened! I'm back in school, I got a new job, and best of all...Spring is here!! Winter wasn't trying to leave without a fight but I think we're finally done with old man Winter! I promised ya'll that I'd start getting into what's trending this Spring/Summer. With today's look, I'm sporting the season's more timeless trend: Nautical Stripes.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

VIDEO: Marley Hair Bun Tutorial!

HI! In this post I describe how I achieve my beautiful bun for protective styling..on Youtube!!! I cannot completely describe how super excited I am to announce that I now host a Youtube channel!!!! This is my very first video, so be gentle with the criticism (lol).

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Truly Inspiring People: Tyseem Lyles

    I had someone in mind to feature as a T.I.P, but before I reached out to them I wanted to Google them first. I began typing his name... and Google finished it for me! That's a big deal! Tyseem Lyles, a Sports Management major at Tompkins Cortland Community College, is a basketball star on the rise.  I never actually spoke to Tyseem while we were in high school, but after interviewing him, I learned a lot about his story. I always remember hearing "Nah boy, Tyseem really gon' make it Pro son." from all the guys. I don't know much about basketball but after looking at his stats, I've got to agree. In the 26 games he's played this year, he's got a 18.5-points-per-game average. According to www.tc3.edu, he's got an average of 6.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 4.0 steals per game (see more of his stats here...) But for now, read up on Tyseem Lyles.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Outfit of the Day

Hi! I think its safe to say that it's getting warmer!! Hallelujah! Unfortunately we lost an hour of sleep this weekend, but hopefully it means warmer days are (soon) ahead! While Spring slowly makes it's arrival, its time to brighten our wardrobes! The winter season kinda forces us to wear the dark, gloomy colors like navy, brown, or gray. (Not black, we can wear black all year. lol!) But with Spring we can add color to our lives again! Like I mentioned in an earlier post, pastel colors are definitely IN this spring season! That, along with wide legs and spaghetti straps - we'll get into that later. Let's talk about today's outfit.

Monday, March 3, 2014

50 Shades of Colorism

     "I'm not black, I'm light-skinned." That was 12 year old Madeline's* response after I asked her why she didn't think she was black. I don't know when it started, but lately complexion has been the center of all the jokes and memes on my timeline and news feeds. When I used to think of complexion, all that came to mind were phrases like "the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice". But now people are allowing complexion to be synonymous with personality, morals, sexuality, and social class and I'm not understanding why. We've been told all our lives not to judge a book by it's cover. And here we go judging everyone by their color.

      Colorism is simply the discrimination against a group of people based on the complexion of their skin tone. I cant even believe we as communities of color are even tolerating this. We have all these "isms" haunting us, and we're voluntarily adding colorism to the list. My first observance of colorism was with those ridiculous reverse compliments that leave you thinking about all the things you would've replied with if you didn't have Jesus. Phrases such as "She's beautiful for a dark girl."or "I thought you wouldn't have talked to me. You know, cus you're lightskin - but you're cool though.." I witness colorism occurring most amongst women of color. Women of a lighter complexion are assumed to be "stuck-up" or "ditsy". Dark-skinned women of color are assumed to be "mean" with a "bad attitude". I would sit in shock like "You got all of that based on complexion?!"