Friday, April 27, 2018

48 Hours in Miami

It is always a good idea to spend the weekend in Miami. Especially if it means escaping the Spring that can't decide if it wants to stick around in Chicago. This was a quick trip, but refreshing nonetheless. I got in just before midnight Thursday and took a 7am flight out Sunday, leaving me with 2 full days to soak up the sun. 

So, if you don't know this, Miami is a moderately expensive city, especially when it comes to food, so heading into this trip I was not keen on spending lots of money on a weekend wardrobe refresh. I bought some new items, but focused on what I already owned to put together these outfits. Not buying new clothes freed up some cash to do more fun things in Miami. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Lululemon Wunder Under Review & Care Tips

If you read my last post, then you know representation in marketing and advertising has been on my mind lately. Now, you might be saying, why would you buy something from Lululemon if that's what you've been thinking about? Isn't their sizing so jacked up there's basically no difference between a 2 and a 10?? Isn't that a fat-shaming brand???

These are all totally legitimate questions. Lululemon's founder and former CEO certainly made some messed-up comments blaming design flaws on consumers' bodies back in 2013 - no good. Since then, the brand has done some major damage control (and product enhancements), including finding a new CEO. Yet, even that did not fix their problems as Lululemon has recently launched another search for a CEO after the body-shamer's successor engaged in "inappropriate workplace behavior." Certainly, a company with trouble, but we've all got problematic faves and have to continue to ask more of the places where we spend money.

I decided to take a stroll down Lululemon lane because it was a  of some of my favorite fit girls and I've never seen a woman's butt not look good in a pair of leggings from Lululemon. I recently started practicing yoga more regularly and as someone with a thing for activewear, I took this as an opportunity to dive into high-end yoga-wear. I was also curious about how these pants would fit a woman like me who has been thick before starting to lift and typically has issues finding pants that fit both my hips and waist.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Fashion Needs an Inclusion Rider

I’ve been reading a lot about diversity and inclusion in the influencer fashion space lately, and thought I’d share some of my findings and thoughts with you all.

Back in January, online retailer Revolve found itself at the center social media fiasco after, once again, hosting a group of social media influencers who all had light skin and were thin during a lavish trip. Now, the women were of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, but they all had fair skin, leading to the hashtag “RevolveSoWhite”. This sparked a discussion around skin tone and body type diversity in the social media influencer sphere. Namely, who gets to be an influencer and why?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ka'She Natural Luxury

Alright, let's be clear: I am not a natural hair blogger. I take care of my hair, but tend to stick with what I know and what's easiest. For me, that usually means braids, or some other style with extensions. One thing with having my hair in braids with synthetic hair, is that it's hard to keep my natural hair moisturized. So, whenever I take my braids out, getting and keeping my hair hydrated is my number one concern. 

Enter: Ka'She Natural Luxury, a line of all natural hair care products. Ka'She is a black-owned business with organic, toxin free hair and skin care products designed by a team of pharmaceutical scientists. They know what the body needs and have used only the finest ingredients to craft a high quality product. The Ka'She team sent me the Daily Conditioning Hair Moisturizer and Leave-In Conditioner to try, and this is a winning combo. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

My Favorite Carryalls

Whenever you see me out and about, I'm either carrying a ridiculously small bag or a ridiculously large one. While I am a big fan of my North Face backpack, it will never be the bag to tie a look together. So, on days where I am interested in functionality and style, I tend to go with one of my carryall totes. 


My absolute favorite tote is this one from Apolis. They have built a brand around this incredibly durable and good looking tote. I got this my first year of college for I think $70 (and that totally put a hurtin on my pocket back then), but it has been the single most used item I have ever purchased. This is my go-to grocery bag and it can fit everything ever, which is good and bad because sometimes it gets to be bit too heavy, but that's okay. The bag can hold at least 135lbs (!), has a waterproof lining so any food spills are super easy to clean, and the artisans who make these bags receive Fair Trade wages. 10/10 would recommend.