Style Sunday | 2 Ways To Wear Leopard Print

Did you know that leopard print is a neutral? It elevates a look from basic to chic. Many people stray away from this bold print, but I say that you’re missing out. Don’t be afraid to use prints to complement your curves. Just be sure that you find the right size print, sometimes a large pattern can draw the eye horizontally and make you appear wider.

Anytime, Any Place Leopard

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Dress: SimplyBe, Bag: TJ Maxx, Boots: Nordstrom (Old) Similar

Running to the Market

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Leopard Print Anorak: Torrid, Jeans: Ava&Viv,  Tote Bag: DSW (Similar)

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Small Closet Organization, Made Easy!

 

For so long I have wanted to get my closet in order. I searched my usual online resources for inexpensive tips on how to get my space together. Let’s just say that Pinterest and I have two entirely different ideas of quick, easy and low-cost closet upgrades. Many articles on organization recommend investing in a closet system which in my opinion seemed time-consuming and well not easy.

I reorganized my closet space for under $100. These are also handy tips to anyone renting because I did not make any structural changes to my existing shelving. This post is my lazy girl’s guide to getting the most out of your small closet.

Functional and Sexy

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No closet doors, no problem. Measure your closet and buy a tension rod that will fit in the width of your closet. Hang sheers or curtains  tp give a sexy boudoir feel to your space and bonus it functions as a door. You can close the sheers for coverage in the event someone sees your closet in one of it’s less organized moments.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

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I purge items from my wardrobe regularly (at least twice a year) which usually turns into shopping my closet. I found accessories that I had not carried as often as I originally intended. Before I stored these items in an under the bed storage case which was not effective.  If I don’t see an item, I am less likely to carry it.

I have wire shelving in my closet which makes it difficult to place smaller items on my shelf. I went to the dollar store and bought a piece of this cardboard and cut it to fit my shelf; this made it easy to display my clutches and other small accessories at eye level.

Let There Be Light

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I don’t have a light in my closet which is inconvenient when I am getting dressed in the evening. I loved the idea of using light to help stage my accessories like  a boutique. I did not have the time or the money to invest in a major electrical upgrade. I found a set of battery operated LED lights from Target (in-store). You can find similar lights on Amazon. I hung the lights with Command strips; the strips work like velcro which is great for two reasons, no holes in the wall, and it also makes it easy to change the batteries.

Cliche but True

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I admit it I was a non-believer, I thought having matching hangers was a scam invented by stores like Home Goods to get people to purchase more hangers.  I saw an ad promoting Huggable Hangers and noticed that they now come in royal purple. These hangers had me at hello. I got a great deal on HSN.com. The set of Huggable Hangers  that I purchased included:

    • 24 shirt hangers
    • 24 suit hangers
    • Printed garment bag
    • 2 printed dust covers
    • Over-the-door hook
    • 4 printed totes
    • Manufacturer’s 1-year limited warranty

I have the same amount of clothes, and they take up half of space than they did before. What is a girl to do with more closet space?

To Thy Own Jewelry Be True

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I have tried on several occasions to organize my jewelry only for it to return to its original untidy state. This Huggable Hangers 30-Pocket Organizer is just what I needed. Since it has a zipper and snap closures at the top none of my jewelry falls out. It also a variety of pocket sizes, so there is room for everything from larger statement necklaces down to my small button earrings. Now that my jewelry has a place in the closet it has freed up a lot of space on my dresser which was well, covered in necklaces.

 

Overall I am very happy with how a few minor changes made a huge difference in my closet. Picking out something to wear got one hundred times easier now that I can see everything in my closet. I hope these tips inspire you to pull your space together.

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Are Black Women A Niche?

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I am a romantic comedy movie buff.  If two people fall in love, you can guarantee I’ve seen it. I don’t even require the film to be Oscar worthy or a blockbuster hit film.  The requirement is not cinematic gold.  My only prerequisite is that there be a good meet-cute? I watched these films countless times, without question until one day I read a blog post by Bryanda L the writer of  Quirky Brown Love, Why I Stopped Waiting For Nicholas Sparks to Write a Love Story About Me

“The reason that I started Quirky, Brown Love is because I was disappointed in the way that brown love was displayed in mainstream media (if even displayed at all) and it came apparent to me that there are really no movies about quirky, brown 20-somethings going on adventures and falling in love.”

After reading Bryana’s synopsis, it hit me how many movies I have seen where the white female lead character falls in love with a man of color. When I thought about it, I had seen white women in movies interact, date, and marry almost every race of men. I have seen white women with African American men, Hispanic men, and Asian men.  Then I tried to think of how many times I had seen a black female lead character with someone outside of her race. It took me a while just to name three movies where I can name an on-screen interracial relationship and some of that characters were in the supporting cast and not the lead. It made me wonder, are black women a niche?

 

Have we only been portrayed and marketed to be suitable or appropriate for African American men? Would that line of thinking affect the psyche of black women to know that the only men who want to be in a relationship with you are exclusively black? This line of questioning is not to discount black love.  I desire black love in my own life, but I know that seeing white women-centered as the object of affection for every race and creed of man has simultaneously affected who I think will be attracted to me as a black woman.

I don’t base reality on fictional accounts, but I wanted to know if life is imitating art. According to Pew Reasearch Center, Black men are more likely to intermarry than black women. Twenty-five percent of newlywed black men are in interracial relationships compared to black newlywed females at twelve percent. Even though black men are more likely to intermarry, only seven percent of newlywed white females intermarried.  According to new marriage statistics, black women intermarry 12 percent of the time. When comparing black women to white women, black women have the higher percentage of intermarrying.

 

If black women have been shown to be the one-dimensional, sassy friend that only a black man could understand, relate to and/or tame,  that sends a message that black women are unrelatable and beyond reproach to men of different ethnicities. In recent years, there have been a few diverse roles that have shown black women in interracial relationships like Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder. I feel like the characters that are portrayed in those two television shows are drops in the bucket compared to all other media images of women of other ethnic backgrounds. Images such as those that are shown in these two television series should be more widely portrayed in other forms of media.

 

Here is my bottom line observation: If you already have a strong attraction and desire to be with a black man and your environment perpetuates the message that only black men want you wouldn’t those two trains of thought make you feel restricted? If the number of black men is limited and you believe you are only wanted by black men that would make every available black man a commodity? The availability of “good black men” is scarce. I feel tension in the air when it comes to black women and dating.  Every black man feels like a dollar in your pocket, and anytime you see a black man with a woman who you do not approve of it feels like money out of your pocket.

It’s a hostile dating world between black women and black men because of these ideals. I see black women struggling with their identities and where they fit in with their desires to be loved because they are unsure if they should conform to the whim of black men. Is the uncertainty heightened with the propaganda attached to black men being our only audience?

I believe that there is an element of realness to black women being a niche and we have allowed it to affect unconsciously the way we view ourselves. Often I want to be a voice of reason for black women in search of love, but too often I feel discouraged. Voices of reason become dispensable when an ideology may disrupt the path to attaining the ideal black mate. If statics even speak to the reality that black women intermarry more often than white women, why do we feel that our only audience is black men? That is a layered answer, but the truth is you can’t automatically rule out what someone else’s preference is by looking at them.

I want black love in my life, but I also want to stop feeding into the niche mentality because it’s unhealthy. It’s damaging to think you are only valuable in one market even if your preference is to be with a black man. It creates false chaos. The parts of you that you allow to feel undesirable will wreak havoc over other parts of your life. I think Black women need to open themselves up to the understanding that our fullness is bold and highly valued. We have to diversify the images we take in because we are not one-dimensional characters. We are human and worthy of the experience of love in all forms. You can’t be on the open market if you don’t first make yourself available. So it is our responsibility as black women to put ourselves out there and stand strong in our individuality.

I have been surprised on occasion when someone of a different ethnic background says they prefer or are very attracted to black women, and I shouldn’t be. Black women shouldn’t live with the constant thought that only black men are attracted to black women because it’s just not true and it’s a harmful thought process. Niches extend past black women images in the media. They separate all women into deserving and undeserving categories. Women deserve the best and what defines the best is different dependant on the individual. Black women are worthy period.

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Valentine’s Day Lookbook

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Valentine’s Day is approaching and the time has come to put together a sexy ensemble. . We all know that the best gift to give is to show up and look fabulous.What better way to show your appreciation for the chocolates, the flowers and all the diamonds you will receive. This year I’m single but I decided to celebrate with my Galentine Jeanne Declue of  FinesseCurves.com. We have put together great Valentine’s Day date night looks so whether you are headed out for a romantic date or a cocktail with your girls, you will be dressed to kill.

Dinner Date

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This jumpsuit gave me a Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface vibe. The placement of the seams and the wide legs make the fit of this jumpsuit perfect for different body types. Pairing the jumpsut with a cropped leather jacket gave this look an edgy feel. This is a go -to look for when you want to walk into a room and own it. Did I mention that this jumpsuit is ridiculously comfortable.

Concert 

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Going to a concert is always a conflict for me because I want to be cute and comfortable. I love this looks because it can work with heels but you can easily add a denim jacket and flats. Pleated faux leather, yes, please! I am obsessed with this skirt it’s edgy, but the a-line shape of the skirt gives it a feminine touch. I wore a burnout t-shirt and a red tank for an added pop of colour. Depending on the weather where you are you may want to pair tights with a sexy bootie.

Drinks With The Girls 

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I love a look that has unexpected sexy. The boyfriend blazer and the plaid trousers have a serious and structured vibe. The camisole under my jacket gives a fun hint of sex appeal the velvet and lace add a lingerie feel to the over all look.This look would be perfect to wear to the office and then head straight to happy hour to grab a cocktail with your Galentine.

Netflix and Chill (no for real)

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If you are anything like me, the last thing you want to do is stand in line at the mall waiting to be called for your Cheesecake Factory Reservation. I’d much rather eat great food at home and go out on a night less chaotic. This is the perfect outfit to stay in and cuddle up in. From the front, the top gives a relaxed vibe but when you turn around you reveal a sexy surprise.

Be sure to check Jeanne’s Post

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DIY Skully Cap

In an effort to kick the winter blues I was inspired to have a little fun with my winter accessories. Merging fashion and function by combining two elements that you don’t commonly associate with each other yarn and bridal netting. In an effort to kick the winter blues I was inspired to have a little fun with my winter accessories. Merging fashion and function by combining two elements that you don’t commonly associate with each other yarn and bridal netting.

For this project you will need: For this project you will need:

Skull Cap or a beanie Skull Cap or a beanie
Yarn 
Pop pom maker
1 yard of birdcage veil netting
Scissors 
Needle 
Black thread 
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Step 1: 
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Lay the hat on a flat surface and cut a length of netting. You can also put the hat on and get an idea of how long you want the veil to be. Lay the hat on a flat surface and cut a length of netting. You can also put the hat on and get an idea of how long you want the veil to be.

Step 2: 
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Thread a needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread. Begin to sew the netting to the hat. Be sure to sew from the inside out. Thread a needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread. Begin to sew the netting to the hat. Be sure to sew from the inside out.

Step 3: 


Step three is making the pom pom. You can buy a premade pom pom but I made my own pom pom since I have pom pom maker. These are the steps according the pom pom maker I use Step three is making the pom pom. You can buy a premade pom pom but I made my own pom pom since I have pom pom maker. These are the steps according the pom pom maker I use
1. Wrap the yarn around oin side of the pom pom maker. 1. Wrap the yarn around oin side of the pom pom maker.
2. Wrap the yarn around the other side of the pom pom maker 2. Wrap the yarn around the other side of the pom pom maker
3. Close the pom pom maker and cut the yarn down the center on both sides of the pom pom maker 3. Close the pom pom maker and cut the yarn down the center on both sides of the pom pom maker
4. Take a separate length of yarn and the tiw knot around the pom pom securing the know tightly to ensure the pom pom stays together

4. Take a separate length of yarn and the tiw knot around the pom pom securing th know tightly to ensure the pom pom stays togeth
5. Pull the pom pom maker apart in the center to release the pom pom. 5. Pull the pom pom maker apart in the center to release the pom pom.
6. 6.Trim the pom pom to

Step 4:
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Place the pom pom in the center of the hat (there should be a seam at the top of you hat). Thread a needle and tie a knot the end of the thread and sew the pom pom to the hat a secure the thread by tying a knot in the last stitch. Place the pom pom in the center of the hat (there should be a seam at the top of you hat). Thread a needle and tie a knot the end of the thread and sew the pom pom to the hat a secure the thread by tying a knot in the last stitch.

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