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Current Obsession: Men's Cologne?

Mar 23, 2019

I wanted to make a quick post on how much I love this Versace Dreamer Cologne. I was introduced to it by my friend Kristen (hey girl, hey) and am so surprised by how much I love it and reach for it on a daily. It is the perfect masculine scent to accompany the few floral/sweet perfumes that I have in my collection.  I also wear it on its own and just love how it smells on my skin. So girls, if you see this on your boyfriends nightstand, do yourself a favor and spray it on. If you enjoy lavender notes mixed with tobacco and a little floral, you will love this scent. 

versace cologne

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Sustainable Fashion Only: Secondhand Gold Watches

Mar 13, 2019

So I have a new obsession and it is searching my local thrift stores and vintage shops for cute dainty gold watches. I love a gold watch and when I find a small one that fits my wrist just right, I am in heaven honestly! You guys should know by now, I love secondhand shopping, I love thrifting not only for clothes and jewelry but for household items also. It really is a great way to recycle and save our environment as it has been reported that used clothing accounts for 21 BILLION POUNDS of waste in landfills in the U.S. That is crazy! So for me to feel like I am doing my small part, I try to buy secondhand clothing before I purchase fast fashion or shop at regular retail stores.

Watches are a great item to get from thrift stores because they are usually under $10 and just need a new watch battery to get going. I have even found great vintage watches that still work (pictured below) for $5 a piece! Watches are a great accessory to jazz up any outfit and I get so many compliments on my assortment of gold watches. They have quickly become a staple item for me in any outfit. If you are not checking out the jewelry counter at your local thrift, trust you are missing out!

Where has James Baldwin Been all My Life?

Feb 20, 2019

 Being a 30 year old Harlem native, I am ashamed to even say this but I had never heard of or read James Baldwin until about three years ago. It is even more frustrating because I attended Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem, New York where black literature and culture was everywhere, so how in the world did I miss out on all this mans beautiful work? Granted, I haven't missed out, as books and words live on forever, but still! It really amazes me that Baldwins novels/essays/speeches are not apart of any school curriculum that I have attended.

I believeI was scrolling through Instagram one day and Grownish star Yara Shahidi was gushing over her favorite novel which happened to be Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin. Being a book lover, naturally I wrote the title down and promised to look into it later. I ordered Giovanni's Room, read it and loved it. When I find something I love, I become obsessive, whether it be with books, movies, music, so after reading Giovanni's Room, I wanted to read everything this man has ever written. Looking through James Baldwin's bibliography, I quickly found myself up until 3 am watching speeches by Baldwin on YouTube, his documentary: The Price of the Ticket and his famous debate with William Buckley in 1965. Again, I was angered that this man and his words had not found their way into my life much much sooner. 

It is black history month, so I wanted to celebrate it by highlighting James Baldwin and his work. As he has quickly become one of my favorite authors. What’s remarkable is that Baldwin’s words and sentiments can easily be applied to the world we live in today. Sadly, as much as things have changed, they have also stayed the same. Making my way through James Baldwin's body of work  has been a beautiful experience to say the least. If you have not read anything by him yet, please stop reading this and go get Go Tell It On The Mountain, I promise you will thank me later!

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Cold AF in New Orleans

Dec 23, 2018

Last weekend, my best friend and I visited New Orleans to celebrate her 30th birthday. I had been to New orleans before during the summer and had a blast, visiting in December is a bit of a different story. It was still a blast, but cold....very, very cold. We were not prepared to say the least but we made it work. We did A LOT of partying but also got some culture in with museums and galleries. Here's a few shots from the trip, minus the wild nights on Bourbon Street...

The Mardi Gras Museum 

French Truck Coffee

Magnolia Sugar & Spice

Lucullus Antique Shop

GM Books: My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Dec 12, 2018

I first saw this book making its rounds on Instagram and wasn't too impressed by the cover art, because obviously I judge books by the cover. I then came across it at the thrift store for .99 cents and thought, eh, why not? I am so glad I did pick it up because although this story is a little dark, it is also funny and relatable at times. 

The story follows a twenty something year old woman who plans to basically sleep away a year of her life in order to get it together. Accompanying her is an on again, off again boyfriend with fuckboy tendencies, a best friend who is more of a frenemy and an eccentric psychiatrist who unknowingly enables this year of rest by prescribing her a ton of drugs. I know the story sounds weird already and I doubt I would have picked up this book up based on the synopsis alone but the writing is great and the story is really one of extreme depression. If you have ever been depressed then you would know that a year of sleep (whether drug induced or otherwise) sounds like a bomb ass idea, when you've hit that low point. 

I recommend this book to anyone who has been depressed in the past because while it does kind of make light of a very serious condition, it brought that feeling of "well my life isn't so bad after all"and it also made me laugh out loud several times. Without giving anything away, the ending was refreshing in my opinion and once you start the book, you will want to see how things end for the main character. 

Shopping for Vintage Designer Handbags

Dec 10, 2018

Some time last year, I started a new obsession of mine: Searching for Vintage Designer Handbags. Those late night searches on Etsy, eBay and Poshmark quickly turned into actual purchases. Quickly may be the wrong word, as I had to do extensive research on each item before handing over any money. Buying things second hand, especially online, may deter some people because as we all know there are so many scammers out there, you never know what you might end up getting. I am happy to report that each bag I purchased turned out to be 100 % authentic and exactly what I wanted. 

Here are a few of my tips when shopping for Vintage Designer handbags:

1. Research! Before buying anything used online or in person, you should research the product to familiarize  yourself with all its details. You should also research the seller you are buying from. Whether it be a person on eBay you are buying directly from or a company such as Fashionphile, look at other buyer reviews and ask the seller questions directly about the bag before buying and also inquire about return policies. 

2. Price the bag on multiple sites. I know when shopping on sites like Etsy and eBay, you will come across several options for the bag you're looking for. Of course price will vary depending on the condition of the bag and how available the bag is in general. It's important to see how much the bag is worth (retail if it is still being produced) and how much other people are selling it for. Knowing this information will help to make sure you don't spend too much on an item.

3. Look up how to authenticate or spot fake handbags. Different brands have different ways of marking their products for authentication. For example, Louis Vuitton uses date codes while Fendi uses serial numbers. However, be aware that serial numbers and date codes can be faked also. So read the blogs and articles dedicated to spotting fake/replica handbags. There are tons of them out there and they have good information that will keep you from wasting your money.

4. Do not sleep on your neighborhood thrift stores! I have found several high end vintage handbags, including Coach and Dooney & Burke, at my local thrift stores for under $20. Fakes can still be a problem here, however seeing the material and hardware up close and personal should help you determine weather the bag is authentic or not.

Please comment and let me know where you guys are finding some vintage gems!

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