Chic on the Cheap

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So you guys already know my love of thrifting is real, and I recently stopped at a Goodwill on the upper west side before heading to work and found this gorgeous moire gold and white pattern dress for $12 DOLLARS! Yes, you read that right.

I was running a bit late to work so I opted to not try it on and hoped the thrifting Gods would just let this dress fit me, and it did.

Styling this dress was no work at all. I went with a very “less is more” look, so I threw on some square-ish earrings and my favorite sandals from M4D3 at the moment and voila! Hope you guys rock with this look as much as I did!

 

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Casual to Sexy Lace Bodysuit Looks with Lust for Body

Casual to Sexy Lace Bodysuit Looks with Lust for Body

I’ve always been a big fan of lace. When I saw this lace bodysuit from Lust for Body, I had to get my hands on them immediately. Bodysuits are so versatile and can be worn with any bottom you can think of. So I decided to show you how I styled my lace bodysuit for both a casual and sexy look.

For the casual look, I paired the lace bodysuit with a pair of distressed jeans and mules.

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For the sexy look, I paired the lace bodysuit with a black faux leather skirt with a dramatic slit, a vibrant yellow blazer, and a pair of black boots.

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Are you a fan of lace and bodysuits? Let me know what some of your favorite brands are and I’ll check them out!

 

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Lace bodysuit                   Distressed Jeans                 Mules                     Yellow Blazer                      Slit Leather Skirt

The Spring Dress you need from Elliette

The Spring Dress you need from Elliette

The weather is finally warming up for REAL in New York City and I always like to welcome the warm weather with a new spring dress.

So I’d like to introduce you to the Tate Mini dress from Elliette. Elliette is a women’s clothing brand that launched last year and has already been named a brand to watch in 2018 by Forbes. Their whole thing is creating bold pieces that make a statement and can be worn anywhere and everywhere.

Styling my Tate Mini was such a breeze because I really didn’t have to do much but pair it with some Vans. The dress has beautiful prints with multi-colored removable waist ties and does a great job at making your legs appear longer than they actually are which is always a bonus for me.

Check out how I styled my Tate Mini and let me know how you like to welcome the warm spring weather.

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Spring Looks with Marine Layer

Spring has finally arrived in New York City. Lucky for me I have some amazing  new pieces from Marine Layer’s spring arrivals to start me off in style.

Marine Layer hails from San Francisco and they pride themselves at being eco-friendly and having the softest fabric you can imagine.  I really love the simplicity of their brand which allows you to mix and match with your own personal style.

Check out how I made some of their spring arrivals my own and let me know what you think!

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Photographer: @Mariamazzzz

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 Paige Button Down       Bridget Wide Leg Pant         Avery Mini Skirt           April Dress

Representation DOES Matter

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There has been a lot of talk about representation lately and whether it matters, or whatever. I’m here to tell you, Yes. REPRESENTATION DOES MATTER! With that said, I want to share a story.

When I was in the fourth grade, I received an outfit from a relative back in Guinea that I absolutely loved. I decided to wear it to school the following week, and I remember my parents asking me if I was sure that I wanted to wear it.  Very confused by their hesitations, I said yes. I will never forget some of the strange stares that I received from my fellow school mates. I never wore African garments in public again for years. In fact, I tried to distance myself from my African heritage as much as I could.

Who would have thought that this early experience from my childhood would shape my relationship with my culture and make me want to distance myself from it for such a long time? I don’t blame my classmate for giving me those strange stares that day. They probably had never seen someone in African clothing before. This brings me back to representation in the media. The lack of representation of people of color and their different cultures in the media does affect how POC view themselves as individuals, and it affects how others view them as part of the world.  The media reflects an image of society that is consumed globally. As a POC, when you don’t see people who look like you represented adequately in the media, you may feel the need to be more like what you see on-screen instead of being yourself or embracing where you’re from. This can sometimes lead to self-esteem issues, like the one I experienced in the fourth grade and growing up as a teenager.

So it’s such a good feeling to be in a time where strides are being made to bring more diversity to our screens. With the mainstream success of films and shows like Black Panther, The Big Sick , Moonlight, Jane the Virgin and Fresh Off the Boat changing how people see the world,  young POC, girls and LGBTQ people will grow up being able to see themselves represented in everyday life without constantly being subjected to stereotypes. It also allows people who live in communities that are not so diverse to be exposed to communities that differs from their own. Younger me definitely wishes the push in diversity that is going on now was around then, but better now than never!

Photographer : Michael Nagin    www.michaelnagin.commarie16marie11marie41marie33marie31marie23marie20 (1)marie21