Fashion and Beauty

IS ALICIA KEYS THE FACE OF THE #NOMAKEUP MOVEMENT

I’ll be the first to admit that when Alicia Keys’ ever-important ode to emotional flip-flopping, “Fallin’” came out in 2001, my eight-year old self wanted to pick up a keyboard and have my momma add some beads to my hair immediately. Like any musical artist, and especially black musical artists, reinvention is necessary to keep audiences interested and albums relevant. So when Keys hit us with her single “In Common,” and it’s beautiful black and white visuals, many of us were all here for it, but what got most people talking is Keys’ new au naturale vibe via headwrap and bare face. What seems to have followed in the weeks since the video’s release has been less praise over the actual song and more praise over the fact that Keys graced us with her real “I woke up like this,” self, sparking ...

ETHICAL DESIGN?

2 months ago I was contacted by a renowned design consultancy looking to recruit designers for their new London offices. I was flattered and thrilled by the new opportunity and couldn’t wait to become a part of a company that declares that ‘We focus on three major themes that define our future: Future Citizens, Smarter Living, and Healthier Lives’. Reading this statement I was positive that the design work they were producing would be responsible and ethical. Claiming to ‘shape our future through design’, I was surprised to find out that the agency’s main clients were financial institutions and an oil company. I wondered whether the design agency actually believed that banks and energy companies should be those who shape our future and if so — what kind of future would that be?! Taking a s...

BELL SLEEVED BEAUTY

Happy November! This month is going to be all about the details, from adding new colors and textures to your wardrobe, and even unexpected embellishments. Right now, I love the voluminous details of sleeves, and you can find this style taking over dresses, sweaters, tops, and blouses! These sleeves add newness to your typical sweaters and tops. You can easily make a statement with your sleeves as they range from bell sleeved to flared, and keep notice of all the fun trims as we transition into autumn. I am wearing an oversized bell sleeved sweater by Michael Lauren, and there are so many ways to style it. It’s ultra soft and has frayed details on the sleeves that I absolutely love. I styled the sweater with a light wash distressed skinny jean and a simple tan bootie. I can’t wa...

FALL IN LOVE WITH LAYERING

Fall In Love With Layering Fall is a beautiful time of the year and one of my favorite seasons. I love watching the leaves transform the trees into colorful works of art while the weather begins to gradually drop and fall fashion trends start to appear. One of the things I love most about fall dressing is layering. The brisk mornings usually turn to comfortable afternoons, followed by cool evenings. The continual flux in temperatures makes it tough to get dressed in the morning. That’s why layering is key to staying polished and warm during your commute & comfortable and cool during the day. Fear not! Layering does not have to equal bulkiness. A perfectly layered look will compliment your curves and create the illusion of a more proportional silhouette. Here are a couple of rules that...

INVESTMENTS YOU SHOULD PRIORITIZE IN YOUR YOUNG TWENTIES

Investments You Should Prioritize In Your Young Twenties Being in your young twenties can be daunting; take it from me. While these are the best times in your life: starting your career, living on your own (or maybe with a roommate), embracing your independence and generally just trying to figure out who you are – it’s almost dizzying to start thinking about what spaces and decor to invest in first. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook what is important versus the luxuries, especially when you’re on a budget. Using some advice I’ve learned and my own experiences I made a list of benchmark priorities when furnishing and decorating your new bachelorette pad. Your workspace – Yes. Invest. Ideally, this is where you’ll thinking all your big thoughts and building ...

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