My childhood friend/bff gave me this t-shirt in 2013. To be honest, its still in 'like-new' condition since I haven't worn it much these past 4 years. And yes, it is a One Direction tee. I feel no shame wearing it. We loved One Direction when they were together, still love them now (as a group, the only solo artist I support out of the five is Harry Styles). Band t-shirts are in, or more accurately t-shirts in general. Retailers such as Forever 21 have a large selection of t-shirts ranging from fake concert events to nostalgia inducing designs. For those with a more expensive taste in clothes, Gucci tees have been popping up everywhere. Trendsetters such as Ashley Madekewe and @coco_pinkprincess can be seen dressed in Gucci tees on their Instagrams.
Spent a cold Sunday in January driving up to Madison, Wisconsin to see the talented Miss Issa Rae. Its the weekend before Black History Month (aka February aka my birthday month) and I wouldn't want to spend it any other way. Cliche, I know, but it is true. Seeing and listening to Issa Rae was truly great. Someone I knew in high school showed me her web-series The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl. She said, "thats you." They weren't wrong. There were a lot of things Issa's character and I had in common. I'll state the most uncertain similarities - we were both black and awkward. I know, who would have guessed.
Issa Rae is an author, actor, screenwriter etc. She went to an Ivy League school and majored in African studies (don't quote me on that). She comes from an African family and has four other siblings. If I remember correctly she said she got her start by making videos for her brother's band. One thing lead to another and she evenly started The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl on Youtube. This is the first project she actually spent money on. After a few years and projects Insecure was born. The HBO series takes some things from The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl but still remains distinctively different.
The fact that I was able to squeeze into a small denim skirt from American Apparel is beyond me. And you know that thing was snug because American Apparel likes to do this thing where their a sizes are seemly smaller than standard.
Before our Senior year came to a close I wanted to have a photoshoot to commemorate our friendship and show the power of black excellence. Although this is not a full representation of the Senior black female population at Marquette University, it is a snippet of it. When I was coordinating and directing the photoshoot, I took my inspiration from Solange's wedding picture. I just thought her group wedding images oozed black girl magic. I needed to get in on the action. So after weeks of wrangling participants, looking for shoot venues and finding a photographer the fruits of my labor finally came.
I want to coordinate more photoshoots in the future so I will be actively working on that. My professional goals always change, but I think this one will stick. Way back when I wanted to be a pediatrician. Ha! Now I just want to be doing something fashion related. A few years ago that meant being a designer, now I want to be a stylist/blogger/Art Director. Whatever 神様 has planned for me, I am ready to explore it.
Usually when something is all over Instagram I avoid it like the plague. Popular trends on Instagram are just plain basic af i.e. the red swimsuits. However, after an impulse purchase at American Apparel I got sucked in. I got an off-the-shoulder top with a choker attached. It was on sale, sue me. And to be honest, I thought I would never wear it. I actually started thinking about who I was going to gift this to. Back-less and shoulder-less clothing items are not my forte. I have a tattoo on my shoulder, dark marks on my back and I hate wearing strapless bras... all I saw were cons. But for some unknown reason I just thought f*** it! Who cares about my bra straps and dark marks? Not me. And voila, this happened.
I took notes from Gigi Hadid with this styling trick. To be honest I think I have been doing it for ages, but when I was picking an outfit for this shoot I did it intentionally. What is "it"? Being matchy-matchy. My hat and culotte pants are essentially the same exact hue of olive green. I bought them on the same day, but had no intention of wearing them together.
For the most part this trend flattering, with its many variations the off-the-shoulder trend can work everyone. I recently went shopping with my cousin who is pretty much my height but has a significantly larger chest than me. Her boobs sometimes change the way some clothes look on her. When we were going through the racks I picked out an off-the-shoulder top with ruffles for her. At first she was not feeling it at all, but after trying it on and seeing it on herself, she loved it. I am happy I got to help her try out the trend.
Starting this post the usual way, but it will end on a tangent. This past Monday was Memorial Day. Usually I am one to just chill at home, but my cousin was holding a party. It wasn't necessarily Memorial Day themed, it was actually meant to be a birthday/business promotion shindig. Naturally, I showed up looking both hella comfortable and presentable. I just got this sweatshirt dress a few days prior so I have been dying to wear it out. It is even more comfortable than I expected. Too bad it was short sleeve because it was sorta chilly that day (despite the fact the sun was out). I truly can not wait to wear this dress again.
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Here are some of my favorite looks so far (I will continue to be updating). If anyone finds my boy Harry Styles "@" me.