Browsing Tag

black owned

Outfit of the Day: A Teddy Bear You Can Wear

June 19, 2020

Today is the last official day of spring! I’m cleaning out my closet and putting my summertime finery to the front, but one piece I’m holding on to is this snuggly Teddy Bear Coat from my friend Jená Monique’s boutique. Wearing it feels like a warm hug, and those are welcome all year long, right?!

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens …” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Teddy Bear Coat: Jená Monique
Cable-Knit Sweater: Thrifted
Jeans: Forever 21
Scarf: Amazon
Hair: Braids by Meme Ford
Photographer: Deborah

This coat (sold out now, but previously available in this luxurious brown and a chic grey) is one size fits all, and this is one of the rare cases where it actually rings true! It’s a little roomy but it doesn’t look like I’m swimming in it. And it has pockets! Ones deep enough to hold me cell phone and wallet. Though this piece might be reserved for colder seasons, don’t be surprised if it finds its way out with me on a random chilly night. I’ll make it work! Now that things are heating up, it’s a great excuse to do some retail therapy and treat yourself to some lighter threads. And if you like the style of this coat from Jená Monique, she has just dropped some summertime looks. Run, don’t walk! Support Black-owned businesses this Juneteenth 🙂

To see more Outfit of the Day/Night posts, click here.

Fancy Things Friday

November 27, 2015

As James Wright Chanel reminded us in his review of the Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie, we gotta support Black businesses. Thanks to the good people over at Blavity, there’s a great selection of a few Black-owned companies to shop. These are just five of my favorites from that list. Get your Black Friday on, folks (pun intended!).

1. Yo! “House Party” has to be one of my top five favorite movies of all time. The epic dance battle scene. Kid’s iconic high-top fade. A young Martin Lawrence spinning records. “Switch!” Countless quotables like “‘Peanut! Fix us a couple glasses of Kool-Aid.’ … ‘Grape or red?'” That’s why I was so juiced to discover The Party Clutch by Kashmir VIII. It’s bright and fun, and will definitely be a conversation-starter. Wearable art! I live! (kashmirviii.com)

2. We are who we are today because of the sacrifices of those who came before us. We stand on their shoulders. Now it’s time for us to carry them on our shoulders. Look no further than this Because of Them We Can Signature Backpack, which bears the names of greats like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Marcus Garvey and others. I’m a huge fan of the black-and-white patterns on the sides. I’m patiently waiting for this sold-out piece to get restocked, but way to fuse empowerment with functionality and style! (becauseofthemwecan.com)

3. You can’t tell from this angle, but this Stay Woke Crewneck in Heather Grey is “emblazoned with the Adinkra symbol, Epa, which symbolizes law, justice, slavery and captivity,” Glossrags says. The sentiment behind the symbol is captured on the back, which encourages people to “Stay Woke,” as in keep informed of all the craziness, injustices and strife going on in the world around us. (glossrags.com)

4. This “Wynn” Print from DorcasCreates is simply darling. The pop of red with the glasses is a pleasant surprise, and the subject’s beautiful natural hair is enchanting. Yay, Team Natural! (etsy.com/shop/dorcascreates)

5. Tees in the Trap is speaking truth with its The Brunch Life Chose Me Tee. Nothing brings a sister joy quite like the promise of a bottomless mimosa-laden brunch with friends over the weekend. What can I say? I didn’t choose the brunch life — the brunch life chose me. Find me at The Pink Elephant in San Francisco with this one on. (teesinthetrap.com)

To see past Fancy Things Friday posts, click here.

ashley ♥ adores