Fancy Things Friday

August 26, 2016

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Get into this super-cute batch of swoon-inducing goods and wares in this week’s edition of Fancy Things Friday:

1. A curtsey is in order when addressing a piece as elegant as these stacked Bourbon & Boweties Black & Labradorite Stone Bracelets. It features marbled stones, lustrous glass pearls and inky-black crystals, wherein each piece could be deemed the real star. Since this boho-chic bracelet combines multiple pieces, you can really get creative with the layering. Hop to it! (nordstrom.com)

2. This Taupe White Envelope Clutch from DeAlmeidaDesigns is definitely something to write home about. The killer color combo of white and taupe fit nicely in this darling little package. It’s large enough to carry the essentials yet stylish enough to elevate an ensemble. (etsy.com)

3. This Meridian Sweater-Jacket in Stripe will transition smoothly from summer to fall (eeek! time flies). Color-blocking is here to stay, friends, and the stripes effortlessly add a smidge of razzle-dazzle. It’s the quintessential lazy-day frock: Just throw on a pair of jeans (boyfriend or skinny — take a pick), a tank, some flats and this jacket, and you’ll look lovely. (madewell.com)

4. Asymmetry is at its finest with this Belted Wrap Midi Dress. The different hem lengths and stripes give off a certain sporty vibe (hey now, Sporty Spice!) but could look equally stunning if dressed up. I’m digging the choice of the all-white (daaaamn, Daniel. back at it agin) sneaker here, too. (genuine-people.com)

5. Lavender, black, white or autumn: Take your pick and traipse through the city while wearing the sweetest Kimchi Blue Meryn Ruffle Babydoll Top. That ruffle tho! Plus, I enjoy the high slits on the slides. As the sun gradually sets, break out a wedge or a bootie to play up the night-on-the-town factor. (urbanoutfitters.com)

To see past Fancy Things Friday posts, click here.

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Kitchen Diaries: Seared Cod and Summer Succotash With Fairy Tale Eggplant and Pickled Grapes

August 25, 2016

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This Kitchen Diaries post features a tasty Blue Apron dish: Seared Cod and Summer Succotash with Fairy Tale Eggplant and Pickled Grapes. For a girl whose only frame of reference around succotash was from a cartoon’s catchphrase, this recipe placed me in welcomed uncharted territory. I’m glad I mixed it up, because this meal was a real treat.

Ingredients:
2 Cod Fillets
6 Ounces Green Beans
4 Ounces Red Grapes
2 Cloves Garlic
2 Scallions
2 Ounces Fairy Tale Eggplant
1 Ear of Corn
1 Plum Tomato
3 Tablespoons Rice Flour
2 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Sugar

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Wednesday Word

August 24, 2016

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This Wednesday Word No. 80, courtesy of Live Life Happy, could be applied to a romantic relationship; however, I’m reading into it on a friendship level. There are people who come into you life and they become so engrained into the fabric of your being it’s like you can’t even picture your life before they became a part of it. Those are the types of friendships that stand the test of time and last a lifetime. I’m grateful to have a decent number of those people in my circle, but I immediately thought of one in particular when I came across this quote. In fact, one of my best friends, Sierra, who I hung out with in Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, two weekends ago comes to mind. I recall the first time we met, one wild night in the Deutsch residence halls at UC Berkeley circa 2003 while I was visiting my bestie, Yvette. We’ve been tight ever since. I have a suspicion that God knew I’d need someone as witty and caring and adventurous and optimistic as Sierra to walk with me on my life’s journey when He created the both of us. She’s even tattooed on me (she’s the “S” in my one and only “SAY Love tattoo — “Ashley” and “Yvette” being the “A” and the “Y”). When I think about our friendship, it makes my heart — and soul — smile. Love you, Goods!

Do you have people like this in your life? If so, be sure to let them know you love and appreciate them.

To get inspired by previous Wednesday Word posts, click here.

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Travel Log: Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon 8/12 – 8/15

August 22, 2016

I’ve long wanted to visit Portland, Oregon (“Portlandia” is my jam and I’ve heard such great things about the city), so when my friends Sierra and Jesse moved to neighboring Vancouver, Washington, I really had an excuse to visit. Read all that went down during this jam-packed weekender in my most recent Travel Log.

DAY ONE: Friday, Aug. 12
When I touched down late that night, I couldn’t wait to plant my feet on that deliciously retro PDX carpet. I immediately caught the gaze of one woman who was staring intently at me like I was a unicorn, so that was real fun. By the way, Portland has all of five Black people total, and I’ll just leave this clip about its unsavory past here. But I digress. My pals Sierra, Yvette and Khalid were waiting for me when I exited the airport. We took a short drive to Sierra’s house in Vancouver, Washington, to drop off our luggage, and then headed to a divey bar that had karaoke. I tried a tasty Ace Pineapple Cider, knowing that I had to take it easy to prepare for the Vancouver Brewfest the following day (more on that later…). A kindly redheaded man asked me to sing “Summer Nights” from “Grease” with him, and I obliged. And Yvette shut the whole place down with a soulful rendition of Journey’s “Separate Ways.” All in all, a nice introduction to Vancouver, which is all about “big trucks, bebes and big attitudes,” according to Jesse.

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Fancy Things Friday

August 19, 2016

Get into an all-new batch of must-have goods and wares in this week’s edition of Fancy Things Friday:

1. Why hello, Sarah Jessica! Very Last Detail lives up to its name with this darling Sarah Jessica Clutch in Black. The devil’s in the details, and I am over the moon for the gold accents and tribal icon. An added bonus is the versatility this piece affords. Wear it across the body, over one shoulder or as a clutch with the chain tucked in, and you’re ready to step out “Sex and the City” style. (verylastdetail.com)

2. You gotta risk it for the biscuit, folks! Lazy Oaf and Poppy Lissiman know exactly what I’m talking about with their Biscuit collab sunglasses, which are a daringly calculated risk with the dual black-and-white marble acetate and wild print. Plus, the black gradient lenses allow you to partake in an all-day baewatch with the object of your affection being none the wiser. It’s giving me “Saved by the Bell” circa ’91 swag and I’m here for every ounce of it. (poppylissiman.com)

3. Stick a bow on it, ’cause this Bib Dress is a real gift. The blue and ivory stripes have a certified nautical vibe, and the baggy fit makes me want to get real cozy. I’d go casual with the styling here and pair this frock with a low-top red Chuck Taylor or classic Vans. (cladandcloth.com)

4. All hail the queen! I’m talking about one of the greatest to ever do it, Sade Adu, who gracefully adorns this ill Queenin’ Tee from Zoe Love Designs. I mean, she has captured the hearts of generations, from my pops and uncles to J. Cole, whose only regret was being too young to date her. My love is king for you, Queen Sade! (zoelovedesigns.com)

5. And speaking of queen ish, feast your eyes on this regal Feathers Kimono Dress. The bold gold metallic feathers scream royalty, elegance and confidence. Compliments to Symbology for knowing a woman’s body and designing features that accentuate it in all its glory. The plunging neckline, the slit and the cinched waist? Here for all of the above. (ashandrose.com)

To see past Fancy Things Friday posts, click here.

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Thrifted Thursday: Window Shopping on Retro Row, Long Beach

August 18, 2016

So a little while back, I found myself gallivanting on Retro Row in search of the perfect going-away gift for a colleague. This Thrifted Thursday is just a small fraction of all the amazing finds I discovered on Fourth Street in Long Beach. For starters, I immediately became enamored with the first image in this slideshow, the vintage eye chart from inretrospect. What a rare item! I told myself I was only shopping for my friend that day, but the thought of hanging the dynamic piece in my living room consumed me. I had to have it! So I went back the next day (thankfully no one had snatched it up!) and copped it. I was also happy to see that the stately Glenn Heath owl print was still on display at Retroda: Past and Present. Its smaller cousin (pictured in the slide after it) was at inretrospect, which was a pleasant surprise. Among the other items I contemplated breaking the bank for were some serious pieces of string art, a fun bucket hat from the now-defunct Marineland of the Pacific (think Sea World a decade before it was Sea World and in the affluent Palos Verdes area of Los Angeles), some kitschy scottie dog bookends and an amazing ’70s flower-power printed suitcase.

To see previous Thrifted Thursday rarities and good finds, click here.

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Out and About: Art at San Francisco MoMA

August 16, 2016

You may recall my previous Out and About post, chronicling the pieces from the Andy Warhol exhibit at the newly renovated San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Well, these are some of the other works that caught my eye while traversing the museum’s expansive seven floors last month. My homegirls Yvette and Toccara and I started at the top and worked our way down, playing a rousing game of “Art or Nah?” along the way. Immediately upon coming off the elevator to the seventh level, we were greeted by this big, robust sculpted floral arrangement called “Large Vase of Flowers” by artist Jeff Koons. I wanted to take it home, but my purse was nowhere near wide enough to fit it inside. Too darling! “Double America” by Glenn Ligon, a.k.a. the neon sign with the word “America” stacked on top of another, was an interesting change of pace from the abstract paintings dominating the wall space. There was this really dope installation (not pictured) in which you enter a pitch-black room, where in the middle is a metallic spinning sphere with light cast upon it. The piece, “Melter 3-D,” morphs and twists and turns like molten lava. I, like most of the other museum-goers, stood there transfixed, trying to figure out how in the heck it came together. Compliments to the artist, Takeshi Murata! Check it out here, but not if you’re worried about the trick being spoiled before you see it in person. Click through the slideshow to see some of the other pieces that captivated me that day. When we reached the bottom, we checked out the Living Wall installation, which is just a fancy way of saying wall of plants/leaves/greenery. Also, shout out to the docent/employee in charge of guarding the wall. You’ll notice him as the guy yelling at you for getting too close to the plants. Send him my love! All in all, there are some fantastic works inside the revamped museum. If you’re an art aficionado, run, don’t walk!

See what other adventures I’ve gotten into by clicking here to read more Out and About posts.

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Fancy Things Friday

August 12, 2016

Get into an all-new batch of must-have goods and wares in this week’s edition of Fancy Things Friday:

1. These Tera Stiletto Heels in Red Faux Suede are super sassy. I’m talking Rick James and Teena Marie “Fire and Desire” sassy. The cutouts on these shoes are a hit, and the gold heel adds a pop of added flair. (publicdesire.com)

2. Kudos to Mango for making this Small Knot Bag happen. It’s petite but it packs a punch stylistically with the knot and chain. The nude color makes this bad boy versatile, so while this bag plays the background, feel free to jazz it up with a bold eye or bright lip. Knotty by nature, amirite?! (mango.com)

3. I’m all wrapped up in the subtleties found in this darling Katie Wrap Detail Shift Dress. The asymmetrical hemline is playful, and this Blush piece is a prime candidate for a day-to-night look. For work, I’d rock a dainty charm necklace and D’orsay flat with this dress, then at night, set things off with a statement necklace, cropped moto jacket and a leather bootie. But the world is your oyster. (boohoo.com)

4. Strut your stuff in these vibrant Pixie Mid-Rise Ankle Pants in Robbie Red. The color just screams summertime madness, and the cut is just begging for a funky pair of flats. Leopard prints, stripes, polka dots and cutouts would work well there. Run wild! (oldnavy.com)

5. This Primula Cocoon Cardigan by Moth looks uber-cozy. It’s perfect for a chill night in and is a great layering opportunity. (anthropologie.com)

To see past Fancy Things Friday posts, click here.

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Wednesday Word

August 10, 2016

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We all want to be successful, but what does that look like to you? This Wednesday Word No. 79, courtesy of QuoteAddicts, gives you permission to define “success” on your own terms. I was recently having a conversation with a mentor of mine who has carved out a lane for herself professionally and wants the same for me (bringing it back to last week’s Wednesday Word No. 78 about women empowering other women. It’s right here, in case you missed it.). We were chatting about how talented women typically don’t put themselves out there for promotions because they don’t want to appear too aggressive or doubt whether they’re qualified (they most certainly are, by the way), whereas an unqualified, overly confident man will traipse his way up the ladder with ease. No shade! These are facts, y’all! So it got me thinking about what I envision for myself in the long term. I encourage you to do the same. I mean, if Drake and Trey Songz can do it, so can you! Achieve success by any means necessary. And don’t play by their rules. There I go again channeling DJ Khaled. “They” don’t want you to win. Trust me. Life’s too short not to pursue the desires of your heart. Go for yours, ladies! Go rogue and forge your own pathway to attaining your goals. So go ahead and dream big!

To get inspired by previous Wednesday Word posts, click here.

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Found Objects: Street Art from NorCal and SoCal

August 9, 2016

James Reka, I like your style. That’s the uber-talented Australian artist behind the first of three Found Objects in this mini Cali street art round-up. My bestie and I set off on foot for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last month, and along the way, I became transfixed by the vibrant, giant peace sign beckoning me to have a moment of zen from on high. I’m a huge fan of the use of color and the minute details, such as what appears to be an eye on the thumb nail.

See the other pieces that I happened upon in SoCal after the jump!

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