"Anaconda," this word does not necessarily bring big butts to mind, but once you mention that it is the title of a Nicki Minaj song, one can only ASSume that it is sexually embedded. I already wasn’t that into the actual song, but the video definitely set me off the edge. As a young, African-American woman, I was instantaneously outraged. THIS is the image millions of people around the world are seeing in regards to how black girls should be. Sure, there are strong, smart, and sexy women out there like Lupita Nyong’o, Kerry Washington, Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, and so forth. But let’s be real, Nicki’s reach to the youth is stronger than the ones listed above. Its the youth and our future society’s morals that I fear for. Being sexy is a beautiful thing, but once it creeps over into skanky, that is where the issue lies. I know men in hip-hop and other mediums objectify women all the time, which is wrong, but when a woman chooses to objectify herself, that is just downright sad.
I am currently falling head over clunky heels in love with this Twiggy-tainted, MODel rival. Although I must say that my figure is not the ideal type for rocking the micro-minis and a-line dresses, I can only tip my cloche to those that can. The whole mod-look reminds me much of the 20’s flapper girls with their prepubescent shapes and doe-eye make-up. And as I write this, I see a meme of Ariana Grande from her “Problem” video, which just so happens to feature mod-inspired attire…this post was clearly meant to occur at this very moment.
Slash that LBD to shreds. I’m not saying to toss it out or downplay its effect, but give it an upgrade. How many “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” moments can one dress get? Get one with some texture or a pop of color. Splash of paint, Andy Warhol style? Something a slight more interesting than a string of pearls or a satin clutch. Coco C. said, “Take off one thing before leaving the house.” Nana says,” Don’t look like a bore.”
I get it…major sales to jump start the holidays (I’ll save my “How Christmas has become a materialistic, consumer-driven holiday for another day), but opening stores on Thanksgiving is just absolutely ridiculous. Here’s an idea, how about companies begin their Black Friday deals online at 8pm on Thanksgiving day, so their sales associates can actually spend time with their family because I guess they have lives outside of work…penny for your thoughts?
Kudos to Bonny Harper, the current editor-in-chief of the Campus Carrier, for conjuring up this title. Not given to me, in particular, but I think it could easily be my nickname. It’s clever and hits all the right spots. For those who are not aware of the context, associated press is the style of writing used by journalists. The name sounds official and straight-edge. Adding the “priss” suggests a diva-esque element to it that makes it more appealing and cutting-edge. Check please.
Poor redheads…they always get the short end of the social stick. They are a rare one among the brunettes and blondes of the world. We all have our own stigmas and stereotypes against the other, but redheads seem to trump the competition in regards of staining our minds with bitter memories of being screwed over. Mine happened to occur my senior year of high school. However, despite my tainted past, I have always seen myself as a supporter/endorser of the “ginger.” If I was white, I would actually prefer to be a redhead…Now, let us really get to the point of this post…Tom Hiddleston is a beacon of hope for the redhead. He is talented, funny, good-looking and beyond charming. Even as the dark-hairred Loki in Thor and The Avengers, Hiddleston draws you in.
You darkness!– you black!– late night, evil! Black magic!– DARKNESS!
So, as I always seem to choose something to be absolutely obsessed with for the moment, I have decided that black has become my color of choice. All black everything (Jay-Z reference for the pop culture disabled). Although I am one for color, especially the pastel and bowls of fruit colors ( the mints and pale pinks-tangerines and lemons), black has become a creeping staple in my wardrobe. I just want it all in black. Black shoes, black leggings, black tops…granted, its only limited to clothing. I like to still have my pops of color for my accessories, i.e. jewelry and purse. Let’s just color our color palettes in darkness.
I recently purchased a new lipstick. Barely Brown to be exact by Maybelline; my go-to make-up wonder. Maybe it’s Maybelline? No, when it comes to me, it most likely is. For the past several years, I have struggled to find a lipstick that would give me that nude look, but not the kind of nude that washes out my face. It is difficult for darker complexions to find the best shade to compliment our skin without it appearing translucent: a nice matte finish is all I wanted. Maybelline does a good job at providing products that span a wide range of skin tones. Accompanied by their Color Sensational lipliner in Rose, it offers a nice transition from my skin to the lip color. I really like to wear my nude lip with a clean eye and face: a sweep of pencil eyeliner on my upper lid, some mascara and a tinted moisturizer or it is super cute with a smoky, cat eye. it really helps balance out any look :)
I like heels. For show, not functionality. They are, just like every other accessory, an optional addition to an outfit. Depending on the event or weather, heels are one’s choice to wear. My first night in Miami Beach showed that this over-sexualized getaway is prejudice against the nice-looking girl, looking to have a good time out on the town. Although I wore my best dress and up-do, the Godzilla doorman turned me away for wearing gladiator sandals, instead of heels. Excuse me for not wanting to stand up and dance all night with my feet feeling like swollen sausages. Tantra can suck my perfectly pedicured, big toe.
I’m going to a place where the sun is shining and the beaches are beautiful 😎. Final spring break for my time as an undergrad. All of the hard work, patience and preparing has led me to this moment where I may slip into something sultry👙and walk amongst the luxurious atmosphere. Order up, please🍹
The majority of human beings can not pull off a drop-crotch. It easily looks like a saggy diaper. And how do you know if one can pull it off? The simple answer is that you still find them attractive and that the crotch has no relevance to their attractiveness.
For some odd reason, I have always felt that red never looked good on my skin tone, but after my roommate gave me this tangy, red beret -wahla!- red fever struck my being. Every skin tone coincides with particular color shades, as in; one can wear any color, as long as they find the right shade of that color. My issue for the longest time was not coming across a red that accentuates the tones of my skin. It seems in the past few days, red is the only thing on my mind. Call Taylor Swift, she can’t have her “Red” back.
Let's Just Pretend There's A Camera Capturing Every Moment
Not to give myself a big head or anything, but lately I have been feeling like a reality tv superstar. It may be the countless hours watching Real Housewives or Shahs of Sunset on Bravo, but it’s like my every moment is being documented for the entertainment of millions of viewers stateside. Many people try to diss reality tv stars, but they hold a stressful job. Cameras follow them around 24/7 to capture all the scripted drama that would cease to exist if it wasn’t for money, hungry producers.
Oversized sweaters are the hottest selling price item right now among college campuses and those that choose to be comfy, while looking effortlessly fabulous. Nothing screams indie and trendy like a thrift store find with boots and leggings. Top it with an infinity scarf and high bun, and you are left looking like a coffee-drinking, twitter fiend that clearly ignores social faux-pas.
I have contemplated with this post because quite frankly, I feel hypocritical. For the longest time, I have chastised my fellow skin walkers that have adorn black and brown combos. However, with the purchase of my absolutely, fabulous pair of Minnetonka fringe boots, I find myself wearing black to really have them stand out. Not to say black and brown go together, but various shades do compliment each other. For example, dark brown is a definite “no” to pair with black, but a nice tan or camel is chic. *side note: if you are doing camel with black, make sure to not over do it. Try and keep a single camel-piece present. Unless it involves a multi-colored scarf that pushes your look into Kate Moss status.
The leaves are changing and so are my accessories. Scarves and hats galore for this southern girl to help keep me warm and look in season. Must haves: denim chambray button-down, combat and fringe boots, black…black…black!!! All black everything, but not really. However, black sends a message of mystery and it gives the impression of being a fashion enthusiast. Over the last couple of years and being exposed to the Western European style of things, I have transcended from being overly accessorized to demure and classic. This most likely comes with age and realization of expressing style without saturating one’s self with multiple trends. It is best to have a clean palette and layer on distinguishing pieces that make a look go from drap to fab.
So many close calls, but I only have two faves for this year’s Academy Awards and they are Miss Diaz and Mrs. Jolie-Pitt. I feel like there is no need to elaborate on my choices, but I feel like I must discuss those that are surprisingly not my picks.
1. Rooney Mara- Too simple, too structured. White makes her look gaunt
2. Mila Jovovich- The dress is pretty, but yet again, white washes her out
3. Viola Davis- I like it until I get down towards the slashes of green at the bottom that makes it look like Wolverine got at her
Spring needs to stop teasing me and just come out already. Contacts, check. Sunglasses, check. Pinkish, Red Lipstick, check….All the essentials to a wonderful season. I have already premiered my lastet obsession, my Maybelline Fifth Ave. Fuchsia. It is absolutely gorgeous on and off the face. Since it is such a bold color, I try not to overdo it. At least once a week to add a pop of color. I think once we get more into Spring/Summer, the hue will see more face time.