Tuesday, June 18, 2019

My Finds This Week: African Inspired

This week, I was on a Kente, Mud cloth, and African inspired print kick.

Maybe it's me coming off of all of the fun of this year's Odunde Festival here in Philly, but your girl is excited to play with headwraps, tie on some waistbeads, and don diaspora inspired prints and patterns everywhere.

Here are some of the pieces I fell for this week:

This vibrant dress

Or this flowy top

This wax print wrap

This dress that is perfect for all seasons

This one shoulder dress that is ready for any event

And so many more beautiful pieces to be proud to wear. Let me know what you think!

Reclaimed Readables #TuesdayShoesDay

Happy Tuesday loves! Who is ready for our footwear-focused feature?

This week's #TuesdayShoesDay features 9 ways to style sporty sandals, 16 pairs of wedding shoes to wear post big day, 21 of the best pairs of kicks on Amazon, and 21 great pairs of slip-on shoes.

Refinery29: 16 pairs of wedding shoes to wear post big day
WhoWhatWear: 9 ways to style sporty sandals
BuzzFeed: 21 of the best pairs of kicks on Amazon, 21 great pairs of slip on shoes

Monday, June 17, 2019

Reclaimed Readables #MindfulMonday

Happy Monday good people!

This week's #MindfulMonday Readables features the one product that will eliminate your summer woes, aloe sprays to help soothe sunburns, why it's perfectly normal to feel less hungry during the summer, and what actually happens when you drink a gallon of water a day.

The EveryGirl: The one product that will eliminate your summer woes
Well+Good: Aloe sprays to help soothe sunburns
Refinery29: Why it's perfectly normal to feel less hungry during the summer
MyDomaine: What actually happens when you drink a gallon of water a day

Friday, June 14, 2019

Don't Call it a Throwback: Baby Phat is Back!

I am old enough to remember the original Baby Phat. This brand was one of few that catered to curvier figures with denim that stretched across the hips of hippies kids to hip hop lovers, all baring a stitched slender kitten on the back pocket.

Kimora Lee Simmons (her name at the time) created Baby Phat in 1999, the feminine clothing, accessories, and footwear off-shoot of her then-husband, Russell Simmons’ fashion line, Phat Farm. However, when Kimora should have been praised for being way ahead of her time, she was locked out of mainstream fashion, while the brand she created the brand was labeled “urban,” (a very loaded label the industry forces upon Black designers despite their actual aesthetics).

It had been some time since Baby Phat was in the realm of discussion, but those of us who remember the brand’s original cool and curvaceous ways have been waiting with bated breath for Kimora Lee Simmons Leissner brand’s victorious and fashionable return since she announced that she personally purchased her streetwear label Baby Phat, with plans to relaunch come summer.

Mere short months later, reps just learned that the big relaunch includes a collaboration with Forever 21. That collaboration dropped this week.

The Baby Phat Forever 21 collaboration includes 18 clothing items, featuring the brand's signature cat, both stitched and jewel embellished, and all priced under $25. Everything is available in both straight and plus sizing.

Here's the full tea on the Baby Phat X Forever 21 collaboration.

Reclaimed Readables #FashionFriday

Happy Friday, stylish humans!

This week's #FashionFriday features Lena Waithe on fashion and LGBTQ designers, summer 2019 top fashion trend, Rihanna on being Black in the luxury space, 32 bathing suits that are bust friendly, Baby Phat is back and collabing with Forever 21.

Refinery29: Summer 2019 top fashion trends, Lena Waithe on fashion and LGBTQ designers
BuzzFeed: 32 bathing suits that are bust friendly
Styled: Rihanna on being Black in the luxury space, Baby Phat is back!