Spring Break for me is just around the river bend, which doesn’t mean much because I’ll be spending the week at home—probably in sweatpants—as usual. But since discovering Travel Noire, I have become fascinated with the idea of international jetsetting. While my bank account won’t permit any flights overseas any time soon, perusing the pages of Travel Noire has pushed me to think beyond our borders. (more…)
Although I don’t (really) write it, poetry has always been a refuge of mine. And The Strivers Row is a group of spoken word artists whose pieces have gotten me through such a multitude of highs, lows, laughs and lulls. Zora Howard belongs to this group, and I have been a fan of hers since I discovered her work. (more…)
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been binge watching online web series Hello Cupid and know exactly who this lovely lady is. And if you’re not anything like me, consider yourself officially hipped. Ashley Blaine Featherson plays Whitney, an intelligent but shy girl who gets mixed up in an unintentional love triangle between a guy she met online, his cousin and her roommate. She’s relatable, funny and authentic, and endearing, just as much as she is confusing. I highly suggest you watch the show, which Ashley helped create with Lena Waithe, the mastermind behind Dear White People & Twenties. (more…)
Alright. I’m going to try and squeeze my remaining favorites from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week into this post. Keep in mind that there were literally thousands of looks circling the catwalks, and I certainly didn’t have time to view and write about all of them. So, I’m sure there were some great ones that I missed. (If you saw some, please let me know in the comments! I’d love to take a look!) Enjoy!
Mark McNairy New Amsterdam by Mark McNairy
3.1 Phillip Lim by Phillip Lim
I’m a long time Phillip Lim fan, and his name has been especially abuzz lately, because of his upcoming Target campaign (which I am extremely excited about). His collection for Spring/Summer 2014 looks completely different from the pieces heading to stores on Saturday, though. It’s mineral-inspired, sweet and strong. The iridescent hues are exciting and vibrant, but still cool. And each look would transition from the office to the club seamlessly. (more…)
There is so much going on with Fashion Week, that it’s almost hard for me to keep up with all of the shows! Still, I press on. Here’s the latest installment in my collection of favorite looks.
Mara Hoffman by Mara Hoffman
This week, the internet is teeming with fashionista photos, beauty product buzz and red carpet glamour. Weeks like this also open up the floor for conversation about the elephant in the tent (if you will), which is the lack of diversity in fashion. For an industry that relishes cultural influences like tribal prints and exotic colors, the runways still appear pale white season after season. Some designers are better than others, but fashion is still lacking as a whole. During the Fall/Winter 2013 NYFW, 82.7% of the 4479 looks were worn by white models. Now, I understand that designers may have a certain aesthetic in mind when designing a collection, and that aesthetic is often reflected on the catwalk. But the problem arises when you have a young, African-American or Indian-Australian girl watching a “ready-to-wear” show on her mother’s computer and feeling like no designer is ready for someone like her to wear their clothes. (more…)
There are three kinds of people when it comes to New York Fashion Week: those who are there, and those who wish they were. While I unfortunately fall into the latter group, I enjoy viewing the looks that come down the runway. Much like I did during Resort season, I’ll be sharing my favorite collections with you here. Let me know what you think in the polls or in the comments! Here’s my first batch. (more…)
I woke up this morning feeling rather jovial, and thought I’d share a few things. (more…)
In my opinion, there is nothing cooler than combining philanthropy with fashion. Stylish brands like TOMS and FEED for Target allow shoppers like me to give back to the global community while lining our closets with bags, shoes, hoodies and more. Talk about retail therapy!
For that reason, I am so excited about Warby Parker’s partnership with non-profit organization DonorsChoose.org. Revolutionary eyewear brand Warby Parker was founded by four friends, Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt, Jeffrey Raider and David Gilboa, with a common passion for helping people in more ways than one. They decided to create a company that would provide high-quality prescription frames and shades (plus a monocle) for honest, reasonable prices. Warby Parker’s vintage-inspired glasses cost only $95, compared to the $500+ pairs you’ll find at most optical boutiques. (more…)