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February 2015

    Anthropologie Roundup

    Final Anthropologie Roundup (1)

    Anthropologie has been one of my all-time favorite retail stores for the longest. There is something about its culturally-inspired feminine wanderlust aesthetic that seems soooo… dreamy to me. Lucky for me, I work near one, so, sometimes, I love to walk around in the store to soak up inspiration. Browsing through the color-saturated coffee table books, exploring the houseware knick-knacks and trying on pencil skirts and palazzo pants in worldly patterns and tones, makes Anthropologie an instant pick-me-up after a long work day.  I constantly see pieces that I want to add to my wardrobe, my kitchen, my desk…basically, my life.  Here’s a few items on my wishlist.

    1.  Clementina Pencil Skirt.  This patterned skirt caught my eye, because it resembles Ankara, West-African fabric. The classic shape of the pencil skirt streamlines this bold print making it wearable for both work and play.

    2.  Amapa Jumpsuit.  Jumpsuits are my favorite clothing item to wear, because it epitomizes effortless style. This one is simple and elegant.  It can be worn on vacay to South Africa or a summer showing of “Love, Actually.”

    3.  Gleaming Isla Candle. These candles are so whimsical and elegant at the same time. Who doesn’t love a golden pineapple candle? I love burning candles when I’m working or reading to relax the atmosphere. Not only would this scent the air, but it’s pretty to look at too.

    4.  A Change of Appetite Cookbook.  Once upon a time, I was a pescatarian.  At first, it was difficult to create meal options that didn’t just include baked fish and steamed vegetables. This book would have been a great resource to have then and even now. Even though I incorporated meat into my diet again, the health benefits of increasing my vegetable, grain and fish intake were pretty great.  This book would help me with my quest in cleaner and oh so tasty eating.

    5. Royal Apothic Conservatory Collection Candle. Ok, another candle. Can you tell I love candles? But this one has a pretty ombre effect.  This can become a pretty pen holder when the candle burns out.  A two-for-one.

    6. Pearl Eclipse Ring. Gold & Pearls = Perfection. Enough said.

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    Natural Hair at the Oscars

    The 2015 Oscars was full to the brim with inspiration, from the speeches to the gowns and even the hair. It’s no surprise that natural hair is here to stay. This year, coil-inspired styles were the go-to choice for some Oscar stars. From Locs to TWAs, these styles enhanced the elegance and beauty of the stars who wore them.  Shall I say straight is out and coils are in?

    Zendaya in Faux Locks

    Zendaya’s Faux Locs

    Oscars

    Ava’s Locs Updo

    Solange's Kinky Waves

    Solange’s Kinky Waves – The “naturalness” is questionable, but couldn’t resist including her because of her past coil performance!

    Viola's TWA

    Viola’s TWA

    Lupita's TWA

    Lupita’s TWA

    Photos via: 1/2/3/4/5

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    Marsala Style – Part Eéji

    While NY Fashion Week is nearing to an end, I figured a Part 2 of Marsala style was in order.  In my first Marsala post, I introduced Marsala as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015.  This time, I wanted to gather inspiration on its wearability.  To be honest, it wears much like Oxblood or a deep Burgundy, so if you’re used to wearing those colors you are ahead of the game.  If you aren’t, experiment, this is a rich and saturated Autumn/Winter color.  Hey, you may find a new color love! So, grab a cup of tea, and dive into some Marsala inspiration.

    Marsala 1

    Marsala 2

    Marsala 3

    Marsala 4

    Marsala 5

    Images Via: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5

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    Dove “Love Your Curls” Campaign

    I was browsing the web, during a short long work break and I came across this Dove #LoveYourCurls campaign and can I say tears were lit.er.a.lly streaming down my face while I was sitting in front of my computer.  This inspiring and heartfelt video depicts how young girls with curly or coily hair feel about their hair texture.

    Even though I made a confident decision to rock my natural coils and leave my relax days behind, I still get some tension from some that believe I should have kept my hair relaxed, especially my mom.  My mother still has not accepted my decision to be natural. She complains about the inevitable frizz, the imperfect shape, the inconsistent curl pattern, the list goes on. Part of the reason for her uneasiness is because as a young student, in the Nigerian school system, she was forced to rock a mini fro (which we now know as a TWA)  to encourage her to focus on books and not boys.  When she matured, she had the liberty to rock extensions and experiment with her hair. However, I feel because of her experience she equates natural hair to a form of restraint, oppression and a lack of control.  She asks me why I choose to be natural when I have other options.  It’s an interesting perspective considering that a lot of African-American women equate natural hair to a form of liberty and freedom from Westernized norms. It appears that even though African and African-American women have similar hair textures, our experiences and perceptions can still be different.

    As for me, going natural was one of the best decisions I could have made and I celebrate my coils.

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    Would you Rather Be Beautiful or Intelligent?

    Phylicia Rashad

    Phylicia Rashad – A Woman That Possesses Both

    “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”  Proverbs 31:30

     A couple of years ago, I was reading an article about women’s perceptions.  The article was titled, “Would you Rather Be Beautiful or Intelligent?” It prompted the reader to choose which characteristic they would rather be over the other.  After careful consideration, I chose intelligence.  Why? Well my thought process was… with some makeup and a nice hairdo, even an average looking woman can become more attractive to someone, but having the option to choose a certain IQ would probably be harder to attain and give me more of an edge in society.  The article stated that women who were asked the question and chose “intelligence” were more than likely already conventionally beautiful or perceived themselves to be beautiful, but were less confident in their perception of their own intelligence.  Equally, the women that chose “beautiful” were more than likely already conventionally intelligent or perceived themselves to be intelligent, but were less confident in their perception of their own beauty.  Put simply, the characteristic that the women initially chose, they didn’t believe they already had it or had enough of it.

    This was an eye opener  for me, because I usually did well in school, so it wasn’t that I was not intelligent. But somehow, I subconsciously did not think I was smart enough. Which was true.  In class, I would double check my answer and recite, in my head, how I would say the answer before raising my hand.  But as I grew older and wiser, I realized that intelligence comes in different forms and no one has all the answers.  In the long run, I ended up gaining and maintaining both.  My true beauty, I continue to develop from within through having a relationship with Christ. Which translate to me smiling (I think my smile is my best feature….hands down!) and laughing a lot, because I’m learning to be content with whom He has made me to be.  With my intelligence… I continue to gain from having a willingness to learn from different resources and perspectives in my life, without compromising my own values and beliefs.

    Which would you rather be? Or would you rather be both?

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