Styleation: Golden Red

I really despise wearing closed toed shoes in the summer. However, my boss has not yet wrapped her head around “casual summer” so I still have to look profesh during these warm months. I balance it by wearing closed toe-flats with more dressed down outfits and sandals with dressier items like dresses and skirts. Anyway, at least I have these cute lil gold thangs to adorn my desperate-to-be-liberated toes.

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Cogitation: 4 Things I’m Diggin’ Right Now

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1. One of my pet peeves (I have many) is when people post really gross looking food on social media sites. Now I am no culinary expert, in fact I’ve burned spaghetti before, but I just want people to really gain an awareness for the way their meals looks before posting them for all the world to see. This blog understands where I am coming from and is so good and so bad at the same time.

2. I am very proud of being a feminist and I love immersing myself in stuff about women. The thing that is sometimes hard for me to remember is the importance of recognizing men’s issues and how closely related they are to women’s issues and the fight for gender equality. NPR’s series called Men in America is so good and has been really eye-opening for me.

3. I am a very private person, even with people who are closest to me it’s hard for me to open up and share things about myself. I think that is why I love StoryCorps so much, because the fact that these people can sit down and tell their stories to share with the world is amazing. Seriously, sometimes I just sit and listen to stories for hours and cry and laugh. It’s one of the best things on the internet in my opinion.

4. As I mentioned above, I am a total feminist, so I love all things that empower women. When I came across Made With Code, I was overjoyed. It is part of google’s initiative to get more women and girls involved in computer coding. The site is really cool and you can make a cute little quote bracelet for free and the best part is that it’s coded by girls!

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Exploration: Bmore and DC Adventures

I love to travel outside of the Baltimore/DC area but I must say there is something really fun about having adventures in your own neck of the woods. I’ve been having my share of local adventures this summer and so far it’s been a blast!

Birthday Brunch with my best friend at Redrocks in DC which has aaaahhmaazzzinnng pizza. Yummy!

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Random surprise sunflowers from my hunny 🙂 *swoon*

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The delicious hubcap margarita at Nacho Mamas in Baltimore

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The Beyonce & Jay-Z On The Run concert in Baltimore, which was sugar and spice and EVERYTHING nice, to say the verrry least.

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Styleation: Pinky and the Blue

Does the title of this post ring a bell? Remember Pinky and the Brain? I loved that show when I was a kid. Also just realized that I am wearing the gender colors too and yes it is symbolic that pink is on the top because girls rule and boys drool!

P.S.: I am so in love with this lil pink tank top I found at the thrift store for $3 and it’s 100% silk too!

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Inspiration: Throw Away 100 Things

I have this thing where I am constantly assessing the usefulness of everything. I tend to get rid of things quite often because they don’t have a clear purpose in my life or I am over them. On the one hand, I love to collect things but on the other hand, clutter makes me feel anxious and unsettled. I go through my closet every 3-4 months and get rid of things that were impulse-buys or that don’t fit anymore or that I just don’t wear, but I don’t expand my purging beyond my closet in most cases.

I stumbled across this post from Jess Lively’s blog about her challenge to herself to throw away 100 things and I immediately wanted to hop on board. There are always things lying around that I think I will use but really I need to send them along and I knew doing this challenge would give me the push I need to get rid of them. The term “throw away” is used very loosely because I am not actually planning to trash most of the things. I will be selling, giving away, and/or recycling as much as I can.

All in all, it was such a good challenge for me and it feels good to get rid of things especially when I can send them to new homes or donate them!

 

So here’s what I’m parting with:

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1) purple and white crate that is not really my style and is falling apart
2-4) verry old (like more than 4 years old) Victoria’s secret body sprays that I do not like/use anymore
5) face wash that was gifted to me–I don’t use face wash
6-8) hair products that I don’t use anymore
9) some nail product that I was suckered into buying that I have not and never will use

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10-19) textbooks and other books that I don’t need anymore
20) an old folder (literally from high school) that is too tattered to use anymore

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21-26) clothes that don’t fit or I don’t like or are worn out

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27-30) more clothes that I don’t like or don’t fit or are worn out

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31) my old wallet which I loved very much but got worn out
32) a serving dish from the thrift store which I had bought to organize jewelry but don’t use anymore
33) a frame that I don’t like the style of

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34-38) some candle holders that I bought to use as cups but never really liked
39) a box that some jewelry came in that I thought I could reuse but never did
40-42) random things from my overflowing glass collection (which is a bit out of control–I am working on it!)

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43-44) two pairs of studs which I think are super cute but will never wear
45) a planner which I tried to use twice but could never quite get with it
46) a mug that I think it cute but I don’t need
47-53) rings I don’t wear anymore (I clumped 3 sets as 1 item each)
54-55) necklaces I don’t wear anymore
56-59) old ink cartridges
60-61) bracelets that I could never find a way to incorporate

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62) a necklace that was gifted to me that wasn’t really my style, it actually came in that orange box that I am giving away
63) a crocheted yarn/necklace thing that I made that I couldn’t really figure out how to style
64) a notebook that is almost finished that I don’t have any use for anymore
65) a bottle of allergy medicine that expires next month that made me super drowsy when I took it
66-69) some bangles that I yarn wrapped but never really wore

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70) a cute little bird that never really fit in with the decor in my apartment
71) some ollddd candy (clearly from Valentine’s day)
72-74) junkfood that we don’t need to eat (2 bags of chips are not pictured)
75) some old and definitely not healthy iced tea mix
76-88) some VERY crappy tupperware (we got new, good stuff)

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89-95) some pairs of shoes that were either worn out or hardly worn (very hard to say goodbye to the cheetah print flats, blue sparkly shoes, and the cowgirl boots)

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96-100) Bras, bandeaus, and bathing suit tops that have seen better days

Inspiration: Create Things

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This quote speaks to my soul on so many different levels. I stumbled across it on an Instagram account and I have really been thinking about it ever since, so much so that I kinda want to post it somewhere really big on my apartment wall. My creative and artistic juices have been flowing a lot more lately and I totally want to create pretty much everything I see and this quote speaks to that. Also, I have been (and generally always am) thinking a lot about initiatives, projects, organizations that I feel are needed in my community in the world and how I can be a part of creating them.

Exploration: Concrete Jungle

Me, the BF, and my little sister decided to take a spontaneous trip to NY to visit my older sister for the Fourth of July weekend. We had a great time and did a ton of stuff in a short amount of time, it was awesome. We went to see the Kara Walker exhibit “A Subtlety” and it was strikingly powerful to say the least. I had such a mix of emotions while viewing it, I felt sorrow for the struggles that poor Black women and children (and men) have suffered with no recognition but I also felt a sense of pride of perseverance that Black people have (and continue to) overcome so many obstacles placed before them. I feel like it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see it and I am so glad I made it, on closing weekend, no less. We also rode the Staten Island Ferry, went to an outdoor concert in Prospect Park, and walked along The Highline–which, by the way, is completely amazing! I always love visiting NY and this time was no exception.

Creation: Color Blocked Bead Necklaces

I have WAY too many art/craft supplies and yet I always have this strong desire to buy more, crazy right? I want to do more art in general but especially this month since I am not watching TV. So the equation seems simple: too many arts/crafts supplies + a desire to make more things = making more things with all that crap stuff!

So I started with these color blocked bead necklaces which were inspired by the beautiful creations from this etsy shop. I love, love, love the way mine turned out and I wore them both the week I made them. I love that I can wear them as bracelets or necklaces and the bonus of it all is that I used up a lot of beads!

INSPIRATION:

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CREATION:

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