For All the Black Girls

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"Girl Bye" Sweatshirt -  c/o Rebdolls, Boyfriend Jeans -Asos (sold out but similar here), Metallic Sneakers - Asos, Glasses - Warby Parker Nash in Crystal

photo by mele

Contrary to what NeNe Leakes would lead you to believe no one knows where the phrase "girl bye" came from but what we know for sure is that black girls have been rolling their eyes in annoyance and calling out "girl bye" for longer than anyone can remember. I like to think of it as one of our many colorful ways of responding to our many black woman specific issues. The colorful phrases and jokes keep you from crying, so this post is for my fellow black girls! 

When I wore this sweatshirt I was over the whole day before it even started so Prince with the slight smirk that says it all was perfect. However, I didn't know what to pair this top with to make it more interesting. I thought about skinny jeans or trousers but went with these boyfriend jeans instead (which for some reason don't look as baggy as they really are in this photo). I told my friend, Mele, who was taking the photo that this outfit wasn't really an outfit because it was so blah (y'all know I like everything busy). She replied in her Australian accent, "Sometimes you just want to wear jeans, sneakers, and a top and call it day." She was right; we all have those days where we'd rather keep it simple. Plus now that I think about it keeping it simply kept the focus on the purple one so it all worked our.

A note on sizing: If you decide to order this sweatshirt size down. I ordered the 3x and it has the drape I want, any baggier and I'd be swimming it. 

Living Out of Suitcases

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Faux Leather Jacket(out of stock), Floral Sweatshirt, Scarf, Ridley Busted Skinny Jeans - Asos/Necklace - Mr.Kate/ Glasses- Warby Parker Nash in Crystal/ Shoes - Doc Marten  1461/Hat - Plus Size Clothing sale/Lipstick - Mac in Gunner(limited edition & sold out but similar here and here)

Photos by Emma

I won't lie to you. I'm not living out of a suitcase in the traditional sense, hints the 's' on the end of suitcase in the title. I know all of the packing advice tells study abroad students to pack two weeks worth of clothing, one big coat, and one pair of boots but if you've been following this blog for any length of time you know that, for me, that is impossible. Shorty needs options! I'm actually living out of 3 or 4 suitcases honesty. With that said, 3 or 4 suitcases is still not a lot of clothes (I feel you rolling your eyes! I do not care! Judge me!) so it still requires the ability to add new pieces to pervious outfits to create something new. 

I wore the sweatshirt above with its matching bottoms here. The two pieces together are such a statement that it's hard to work around them both to create something new so I broke them up. This hat that I found at a plus size clothing sell in Brick Lane and the Dr. Marten shoes give the sweatshirt a completely different feel. Also, these jeans have busted knees but you can only see them when I'm walking. Boooooooo. On the upside the hat I'm wearing is the only one I've found that can fit my big ass dome and the naps, and it was only 10 pounds! 

#boysinmakeup #hardfemme2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Coat, T-Shirt - Asos/Jeans - Evans/Fingerless Gloves - American Apparel/Scarf - Local Shop/ Shoes - Doc Marten  1461/Necklace - Mr. Kate/ Glasses - Warby Parker Nash in Crystal

Photos by Emma

On Instagram I've been hash tagging my outfit photos #boysinmakeup #hardfemme2015 because I've decided to dress more hard than femme. No, it doesn't mean I'm about to go pick up the aggressive bitch starter kit of baggy dark denim and timberlands, but it does mean you'll rarely (if ever) see me in skirts or dresses any more and that I'll be wearing some sporty looks, gender neutral clothing, and just plain ole' menswear. I've identified as hard femme for many years and was never the ultimate girly girl so in many ways this isn't a huge departure from what you've been seeing. I'll still be moving about the cabin with a beat mug too; I can't live in a world without lipstick. 

I've realized that fly fat boys that don't wear church clothes have it so hard! Like oh my god! Can a bitch get a short sleeve button down in a fly print in size fat? Geez. I'm going to have to do some major thrifting when I get home because while I like the outfit above ya'll know I'm busy and need prints in my life. This all neutral shit ain't for the kid. 

Here's another random ass neutral look. Prints, Patterns! Where you at girl? I miss you. 

Coat - New Look/ T-Shirt, Jeans - Asos/ Necklace - Mr. Kate. 

I've been playing around with different ways to wear my hair as well. It's rough when your naps have taken on their own orbit but I like this look with the snapback a lot. 

A London Christmas

Saturday, December 27, 2014

I couldn't go back to Chicago for Christmas because the struggle is real so I went to London instead. I spent the holiday with the lovely Mele, Teresa, and Emma (my London buddies!) as well as their houseguest Bonny and Danni. We started the trip off with seeing Wicked. I knew a few of the songs but had never seen it. I live for musicals! It was the best! I really would like to see it again. Then we had dinner at Jimmy's World Food. Long story short: Great India food, poor service. The outfit above is what I wore for all of the day's festivities. Style wise I've been trying to tap more into the hard side or hard-femme. You know, embracing my inner tomboy. I been wearing joggers and jerseys and things like that so yea.  Should I do a post on this or a video? hmmm.... Anyway! 

The next day we went to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park to see the ice sculptures and then I had Shake Shack for the first time since I left New York in 2010. It tasted like Memories gone by (ha!), it was great! Christmas was spent eating, playing heads up, watching movies, and just having a general good time. Mele and Teresa did an amazing job on the food and I can't thank all ladies enough for their hospitality. Because of them I didn't spent Christmas alone and I'm forever grateful. How did you spent your Christmas? 

Chilling on Christmas

Remember the Sabbath Day and Keep it Holy!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Scarf, Oversized T-Shirt, Heart Necklace - Asos/Bullet Necklace - Ebay/Ultra Stretch Skinny Jeans - Evans/ Coat - New Look Inspire/Shoes - Unif

So apparently grey is a trend. When I first heard about it I reacted much in the same way Miranda Priestly did about florals. But the good thing about this relatively goofy trend is it challenges your creativity. Wearing all one color reminds me of the girls from high school that would wear the same one or two colors with little to no tonal variation from head to toe. I don't have to tell you it looked a fool. Here I layered a few different tones of grey and added a grey and black patterned coat over it from New Look Inspire. I think it worked out pretty well. Someone on Tumblr said I looked like a fashionable cloud! Ha! I'll take it! 

Also, shout out to Teresa, Mele, Emma, and Rhi. I hopped a train from Brighton to London, where all four of the ladies are currently working as teachers, and we spent the day hanging out. First, we went to a bust of a thrift sale at East End thrift store. Most of the items were dirty, ripped rejects and it didn't seem like they'd done as much restocking as promised. I miss Chicago thrifting so much! Then we walked through Notting Hill market were we ate street food and I saw the book store from Notting Hill! There were so many people taking pictures in front of the door but you know the book nerd in me wanted to stop in because it looked so beautiful inside but by that time I was so tired. Next time! We ended the day at the 7 day adventist church the ladies belong to and then had Nando's! I'm not the biggest fan of Jesus or Church but it was a nice service and a nice throw back to my childhood because my Grandma is an Adventist so I grew up going. 

Fall Catalogue

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Red Check Top-New Look/Fluffy Black Cardigan-New Look/Skinny Jeans-Evans/Shoes-UNIF/Necklace-H&M(recent)

First post from England! Today my new friend Rosie and I got together to shoot some outfit photos. Honestly, I'm a little out of practice, but I think the two I've posted here are pretty nice; they look like shots out of a fall clothing catalogue which for some reason immediately makes me think of the Brady Bunch celebrating by singing "Sunshine Day" in Sears. Don't Ask! Anyway! This outfit is certainly not the edgiest I've gotten, but it's what I wore to my seminar so it's pretty representative of a casual outfit for me. My shoes say "fucked forever" though. Does that make this outfit edgy?
Can we discuss these jeans though? If you've been following me on various places on the Internet over the years you know I almost never wear pants and when I do they are never jeans. However, these are the jeans I've looking for since I was sixteen. They are super stretchy and comfortable and are actually really skinny at the leg! Every other pair of skinny jeans I've worn fit properly everywhere else but fit more like straight leg pants at the bottom. I'm in love. 

Outfit Picture Taking Fails.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Long time no hear from right? I've been away from you guys for so many reasons. I should make a list. List are good!

1.) School - I started going to a four university and was just over whelmed with reading and writing so blogging took a definite backseat.

2.) Lack of Inspiration - So much of the clothing I've been seeing is just not exciting me. You guys know I'm busy. I like prints, patterns, and just different shit in general. Nothing has been serving me that which means I'm just not excited to get dressed. I always strive to bring something new to the table. I can't be posting pictures of myself in just body con dresses and blazers. I don't do natural hair videos, as many have suggested, because I don't have anything to bring to that platform. A wash and go is a wash and go is a wash and go. You don't need me to show you that. I feel the same way about blogging. How many times can I wear a dress and combat boots before you're over it?

3.) I Have Other Passions. I've been making videos on youtube about my first love, books, for a while. I post book reviews, hauls, and other book related videos so check it out here if you're a reader.

4.) Shooting Photos Never Goes Well - Self explanatory.

5.) Study Abroad - I've been running around all summer trying to get my shit together to move for the school year. You'll be happy to know I got more or less worked out and will be moving  toEngland for 9 months. I'm hoping being in a new place will inspire me more so we'll see.

That's it. I do like blogging. There is an urge to share I think will never go away, so I'm not going to officially quit this blog or delete it. I'm just not going to be making promises to post, I'll do it when it can.

So anyway, here some of the failed outfits photos from the pass few weeks.

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Jacket - Torrid, Dress - Ashely Nell Tipton (made in a shorter length for me), Boots - Doc Marten. 

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Vest - Old Torrid Top I DIYed (The tutorial for that is here), Top - Killer Condo (I'm wearing the 2x which they don't appear to have any more), Skirt - Ashely Nell Tipton (made in a shorter length for me, link is to a similar skirt). 

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Jacket - Torrid, Dress - C/O simply be, Boots - Doc Marten.