Wednesday Word

September 21, 2016

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I’m tired, guys. I really am just at a loss trying to comprehend why this keeps happening to my people. Terence Crutcher, an unarmed Black man, was yet another to be memorialized posthumously as a hashtag, when he was killed by a police officer last Friday. I spent a good portion of the morning yesterday shedding tears over the senseless loss of another Black life, grieving the lack of value on our lives and a man who could have been my brother, cousin or uncle. Apparently in 2016 in the United States of America, the purported “land of the free, home of the brave,” following a police officer’s command to lie on the ground with your hands up, or even just standing with your hands up in plain view, is enough to get you killed if you’re a Black person. When will it end? I don’t know if you’re like me, but when times get rough, I find solace in songs. I turn the volume way up so that the lyrics, the beat, the melody drown out the recurring thoughts of despair. This Wednesday Word No. 84, spotted on Twitter, is a line from Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” which directly references police brutality that has become a custom in modern times. I keep telling myself, “If God got us then we gon’ be alright,” trying to remember that my God is sovereign and in absolute control. I refuse to believe that our struggles are in vain. In the words of one of the greatest to ever do it, Tupac Shakur: “We ain’t meant to survive cause it’s a setup/ And even though you’re fed up/ Huh, ya got to keep your head up.” We win in the end.

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Fancy Things Friday

September 16, 2016

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

1. These Geometric Trick or Treat Black Suede Lace-Up Heels by Glamorous certainly live up to the brand’s name by giving us an extra dose of sass. The chiffon lace-up straps add flair, and don’t even get me started on the ombre rose gold block heel! Game-changer! (lulus.com)

2. Double your pleasure. Double your fun! I’m not talking about Doublemint Gum here. I’m referring to these darling two-toned Round Two-Tone Oversized Sunglasses, spotted on Genuine People. Not feeling the black and white? These bad boys also come in clear and leopard, brown and black, green and black, and blue and black. (genuine-people.com)

3. You know what it is! Make it plain by rocking this bold Pink Have My Currency Crewneck, which cleverly disguises the lyrics to that Rihanna jam that was so popular, even your mom sings along. (shop.nylon.com)

4. Stand tall in these Ruska Jeans in Mini Pinstripe Black and White by Motel. Vertical stripes elongate, so make sure you traipse all over the place with these edgy pantaloons on. I’d keep it cas(ual) and pair these jeans with an oversized sweater and a bootie. Done and done! (motelrocks.com)

5. March to the beat of your own drum with this far-out-there Love Your Shapes Tunic. The print is fun and fancy-free. Perfect for a festive Friday! (wildeunicorn.com)

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Wednesday Word

September 14, 2016

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This Wednesday Word No. 83, courtesy of Deny Designs and spoken by former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, encourages us to dream and dream BIG. What if you dared to believe your wildest, most far-out, pie-in-the-sky dreams could come true? I was recently reminded of the Bible verse, Ephesians 3:20, which, in the Message translation, reads: “God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” That gives me so much hope, so much joy, knowing that God’s plan for me includes victory. But, admittedly, I don’t always set my sights on those wild dreams. In fact, there have beens season when I haven’t dreamt at all, worn down by the stresses of life. When I did get that glimmer of hope, God showed up and showed out in a crazy way by offering me my dream job (more on that later). And even then, this experience has taught me that I’m not dreaming big enough! God is so faithful, so generous. May this Wednesday Word inspire you to get back to a place where you can dream the desires of your heart for yourself, and keep on keeping on, if you’ve always been a big-dreamer. It’s a beautiful thing!

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Kitchen Diaries: Chilled Chicken Ramen With Fresh Noodles, Summer Beans and Tomato

September 13, 2016

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This Kitchen Diaries post features a dish that sometimes is best served cold. I’m talking about ramen, folks! This Chilled Chicken Ramen With Fresh Noodles, Summer Beans and Tomato is hearty and jam-packed with robust vegetables and flavors. Looking at you, furikake!

Ingredients:
2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
½ Pound Fresh Ramen Noodles
4 Ounces Summer Beans
2 Scallions
1 Cucumber
1 Tomato
1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Furikake
¼ Cup Rice Vinegar
¼ Cup Soy Sauce

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Fancy Things Friday

September 9, 2016

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

1. Cross my heart, hope to buy! Feast your eyes on this stately Oval Crossbody Bag from Zara. I’m digging the two-toned color palette. Go rogue and remove the shoulder strap — it’s equally fashionable. (zara.com)

2. Circle up, ladies! Keep those UV rays at bay in style. These Round Sunglasses have a muted, light-beige tortoise-esque shell frame and a purple-ish tint. I suspect that these shades will work nicely well into fall. (hm.com)

3. Pixie Market presents femininity at its finest with this darling Pink Off the Shoulder Shirt. I could go a number of ways with this one, but I’m torn between stepping out with it in a pair of slim cigarette plants or a svelt pencil skirt. (pixiemarket.com)

4. Splurge a little on this dazzling Short Sleeve Wrap Dress by COS. The speckled print gives off a quintessentially California girl vibe, and the embossed, textured fabric keeps things interesting. Go against the grain and wear this piece open like a jacket, or buttoned and layered with a collared shirt — oooooh! or a turtleneck. (cosstores.com)

5. OK, ladies, now let’s peep Refomation. No, seriously. You’re gonna fall head over heels for this delicate Peggy Top in Blush. The embroidery floral detail pops against the lightweight silk charmeuse fabric. It’s the perfect blouse for the girl’s girl. (thereformation.com)

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Wednesday Word

September 7, 2016

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“Parlez-vous français?” I don’t, but I figured I’d switch it up for this Wednesday Word. Initially, it was the bold, swift hand-lettering that lured me in, but it was the sentiment behind these words that made me want to camp out and unpack the meaning. This Wednesday Word No. 82, found all over Pinterest, has a decidedly whimsical message. “Savoir où l’on va et adorer s’y perdre” (roughly) translates to “know where you are going and love to get lost.” Enchanting, right?! I can’t help but think of my upcoming trip to Munich, Germany, and London, England — two vibrant international cities I’ve long yearned to visit. This quote, in my opinion, is the right attitude to have while traveling. My traveling philosophy (“travelosophy,” if you will) is to have a game plan, but don’t be so rigid to where every day is planned down to the minute. Leave a little leeway for some happy accidents and discoveries. I mean, the plan is to go to Oktoberfest, but who knows what can happen on the way there or afterward? Maybe we’ll wind up in some remote village and find a mythical fountain of youth. Maybe we’ll meet some cool Germans who become lifelong pals. Maybe we’ll buy some lederhosen and make a fashion statement for the rest of our stay in Deutschland. I’m eager to embrace it (whatever “it” may be).

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Outfit of the Day: An Alleyway and a Magnificent Maxi Skirt

September 6, 2016

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This Outfit of the Day features a magnificent maxi skirt handmade from yards upon yards of fabric that my pal Kelly bestowed upon me. For some reason the pattern makes me think of a partridge in a pear tree. In any event, this skirt is pretty boss and I predict it will be in heavy rotation this autumn. See the full summer-to-fall frock after the jump!

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Fancy Things Friday

September 2, 2016

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Get into this “say it ain’t so — summer, please don’t go” batch of goods and wares in this week’s edition of Fancy Things Friday:

1. I happened upon the jewelry brand Passiana recently, and I. Am. Hooked. This Aqua and Opal Crystal Collar Necklace is just one of many pieces that struck my fancy. The aquamarine, opal and clear crystals form a trifecta of elegance, style and grace. (passiana.com)

2. Show off how flossy you are with this bold Lynley Ear Crawler Set. The piece that lines the ear is sure to turn heads, while the stud piece brings balance. Wear this set proudly any and everywhere. (baublebar.com)

3. Bring on the beauty, Boden! The model nails this darling Hattie Skirt look by pairing it with a chambray shirt. But the styling doesn’t end there. Get real profesh and wear it with a tailored button-down blouse to the office, or let your wild child flow and pair it with a crop top. I mean, it is Friyay after all. (bodenusa.com)

4. J. Crew knew exactly what it was doing when it unearthed this stately City Trench. This coat is a quintessentially classic staple, bringing versatility to your wardrobe all year long, really. I’m partial to the more traditional Nut Brown hue, but I’m also warming up to the Streetscape Green Op shade. (jcrew.com)

5. Get all prim and proper with this dainty Sadgill Shirt Dress. Don’t miss the button-down front and frilled placket. That’s where the magic is. Rock this sweet dress with (what else?) a killer pair of patterned flats, and charm your way through the day. (jackwills.com)

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Wednesday Word

August 31, 2016

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I like seeing people — especially those I’m close to — succeed. I mean, they win, I win, right? We should all strive to be a part of a tribe full of winners. Aim to surround yourself with people with focus, drive and vision. Now, those are real #squadgoals. This Wednesday Word No. 81, courtesy of The Daily Mark, is a reminder of the posture you should maintain when others around you thrive. Be happy for them. In no way does their success diminish or infringe upon what you have or will attain. What’s for you is for you and you alone. Not gonna lie: There have been times when I’ve compared myself to another person who achieved something and wondered when it would be my turn. Heck, If I’m being brutally honest, I’ve even gotten mad at God for taking His sweet time with the new job, the boyfriend, the car, the raise, the you name it, and in other instances for giving someone else the very thing that I prayed for! I don’t recommend that. At all. You know the amazing thing about God? His blessings are never-ending. There’s no need to be bitter about someone else’s achievement. It reminds me of the saying, “Blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.” Speaking of friends shining brightly, I just copped my friend Sharp Skills’ new album “On My Rebel Ish.” Seriously, check it out. Dope lyrics, fire beats. I love to see friends operating in fields they’re talented in and passionate about, and seeing them triumph.

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