8.23.2016

Dog Days of Summer

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As summer draws to an end, I must admit I'm not happy to see it go. Unlike many parents, I love the easy, breezy and unscheduled days of summer. We find ourselves free from school assignments, free from soccer (a little freer;-) and we take on a laissez faire way around the house. Admittedly that laid-back attitude even extends to my work habits.

You ever notice how in the summer you can always find time to reconnect with old friends and colleagues over dinner and drinks? To be cliché, summertime gives me life! The days stretch on forever, the heat & humidity are the great moisturizers for skin and hair, and outdoors are vibrantly green. This all gives me the most energy.
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Dress: Mexican Flea Market | Shoes: Steve Madden


8.16.2016

Extraordinary Jawns

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Jawn: noun(Philly slang) meaning something; any object, place or thing. In this case...women.

Far and wide recent conversations about gymnasts Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas have focused on their skills, abilities, and accomplishments. Around dinner tables, in bars and in the workplace Americans can't get enough of the "Final Five" in general and of these two in particular. However in random places in the black community some have decided to focus on the pettiest of things...their edges. It's hair people!

Simone and Gabby are world class athletes who train upwards of 15 hours a day. I have one question for the petty people who focus on their hair and think they should look a certain way...What Do You Do? Simone and Gabby push their bodies past the point of exhaustion. They sacrifice, they commit, they win...What Do You Do? Simone and Gabby don't hit the snooze button, they aren't regular, they don't have time for the ordinary and mundane...What Do You Do? Simone and Gabby work long, work hard, work out...What Do You Do?

Do you spend your money eating healthy or do you spend it on endless weaves and on keeping your edges laid? Do you spend your spare time getting fit or do you spend it at the salon unwilling to workout cause you wanna "look good?" Do you toil in frivolity or do you excel at breaking records and remaking the world on your terms? Do you accept a European standard of beauty? Do you hate what you see when you look in the mirror without the armor of your weave, lashes and makeup? Do you rail against their natural look and edges because of self-loathing?

Simone Biles an Gabby Douglas are portraits of excellence. They are extraordinary jawns who don't have time to focus on ordinary shit.
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Top: Anthropologie | Pants: Elevenses (from Anthropologie) | Shoes: Top Shop | Shades: Moorea Seal | Jewelry: Helen Ficalora/Michelle

Photography by Eric

These palazzo pants give me life! Every time I wear them it's like I have a new outfit. The colors make them easy to pair and above all else, they're the height of comfort. 

8.08.2016

I'm Almost Over Social Media

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Just kidding, but there's definitely some truth to that thought. Three weeks ago I took a big step back from Facebook and deactivated my account. I've loved Facebook from the day I first logged in forever ago. I loved that it provided the opportunity to connect with people from childhood, high school, and college in bite sized doses. However, the treatment of black people by police, the ambushing of police by citizens, the insanity of our current political climate, the sensational coverage of it all by the media, and how it all shows up on Facebook have soured the experience for me. Over the last few months I've seen empathy, apathy, anger, racism, and hate on my timeline and on the timelines of my friends and loved ones. 

What was once a pleasant place to visit has now become adulterated and mired in muck. The daily reminders also point out how powerless I am to protect my sons, my husband, my brothers, my father, my friends from unjustified treatment & brutalization (in some cases). That feeling is simply overwhelming. So for my benefit, I've chosen to engage differently. I've stayed on Instagram (and I'm loving the new "story" aspect that's a dupe of Snapchat) because I enjoy the pictures and Twitter because I can write it in 140 characters (bite-size). Besides which Twitter is straight comedy! 

While looking for a constructive way to make a difference, I decided to limit my exposure to the forms of social media that weren't making me happy. I wanted a different result so I decided to do something different...I decided. 

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Top: J.Crew | Skirt: Corilynn | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Specs: Dita | Jewelry: Michelle/J.Crew

Photography by Sweeta 

Can you believe I had this skirt in the pile of clothes set for donations? Well the pile is sitting in my closet so I see it everyday. One night I thought, hmmm let's give this skirt another whirl. I did. It was lovely. And I'm keeping it! The silhouette reminds me of a 1950's house wife. Sooo far from what or who I am but the look works for me and the chevron pattern modernizes it. Instead of a white top I chose a blush pink button down to make it more interesting and layered it with my favorite pearl necklace. I'm a pearl girl;-) Pearls are classic and timeless. When in doubt go for pearls.



8.02.2016

Red, White, & Who...

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Skirt: J. Crew | Top: Zara | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry: Michele/Helen Ficalora

Photography by Eric


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