I’m blessed. I’m surrounded by friends who are both beautiful on the inside and the outside. My friends have melanin in different shades and they appear to be always on top of their beauty and style game. Me on the other hand, some days I feel like I’m putting my best foot forward, my coils are poppin’, my OOTD is in the running for the “Best Look of The Week” credits and my best feature, my smile, is constantly on display. Then there are other days when I feel inferior to my friends. It’s as if, they are experiencing majestic hair & style moments and I’m just their frumpy sidekick.
My personal style is a bit different than most of them. I have coined my style as organically polished. I’d rather spend more time maintaining the quality of my natural beauty than to overly enhance it with too many products that seem to mask who I am. However, this organic rebellion, sometimes, makes me feel under-dressed, underdone and underrepresented. I begin to feel a bit insecure until I realize that everyone has their own unique beauty to offer the world. I try to focus on who I am and not compare, while incorporating beauty practices that help me stay confident in my own skin.
Drycleaning my clothes is one of my least favorite things to do. It seems like the prettiest dresses, flowiest wide leg pants and silkiest blouses are always “Dry Clean Only.” I literally have a stock pile of clothes that need to be dry cleaned. But honestly, I rather spend more money buying new clothes than dry cleaning it.
So, I took to Google to find a solution. Surprisingly, most of the research mentioned that most “Dry Clean Only” garments can just be hand washed and they’ll be fine. From silk blouses to soft delicates the most cost-effective solution is to hand wash your clothes in either cold or lukewarm water with detergent and lay it out or hang it to dry, indoors. Simple. So, next time, don’t hesitate to purchase that pretty printed “Dry Clean Only” cami. You already look good in it, now you know how to clean it.
This is the season of the white parties. From engagement parties to bridal showers to birthdays and christenings, I am constantly in pursuit of a elegant white dress for summer festivities. For the occasions, I prefer a dress to separates, because I don’t have to worry about matching the shades of whites. Instead, an elegant white dress is effortless and with added chic accessories to elevate the style, can make a statement.
Growing up, I didn’t care too much about style, hair or anything super girly. My attitude was a nuisance to my very feminine mom. I would forget to put on my earrings, or chose to wear pants over a skirt, or preferred to wear baby powder over scented body sprays. One time, I remembered being so bored during one of my mom’s weekend shopping excursions at Bloomingdales, that I stood in the middle of the Eileen Fisher department and started dancing to the music piped through the intercom at my mother’s dismay just cajole her to leave. The only mission I accomplished was a sharp stare and a verbal warning of punishment when I got home.
Years later, I became that feminine woman. A woman inspired by my mom. I eventually worked at the same Bloomingdales as a Visual Merchandising Intern in the Marketing Department. It’s funny where life takes us; depending on the seeds that were sown. Watching my mom cultivate her signature style over the years gave me a blueprint for my own.