Saturday, April 30, 2016

Travel Wish List

(Photos from We Heart It)

I have always loved to travel. A pro packer and a lover of cultures, I have already been to most of the countries in the Carribean and a few destinations in Mexico. However, with it being over 5 years since my last adventure, I'm feeling the travel bug once again, and not one that can be satisfied (even though there are so many lovely ones I have yet to travel to) by a trip to another US city.

I feel a longing to simply go somewhere where I get to learn the language, witness the culture, and marvel. With so many beautiful places in the world, how do you narrow it down to a short list?

I didn't, I was very unsuccessful in narrowing it down at all. There is so much to see, and I simply plan to see them all. Instead of narrowing, I chose the top places on my list to share with you.

So, after dusting off my passport, I've decided to make a list of my top destinations. These are places that are not the typical destinations you hear mentioned like Paris, London, Rome, or Milan.

The Goal: To travel to at least one of these places by next summer. Here are the top places on my list.

Jerusalem, Israel
As a Christian and a believer in the Bible, I would love to see the places written about in the Old and New Testaments, and Jerusalem seems like a great place to start. 

Havana, Cuba
Newly opened to the US for travel, Havana is a city of arts and culture, a city seemingly frozen in time. I would love to witness this myself.

Casablanca, Morroco
A city covered intricate art and history, Casablanca seems like an amazing place to take in.

Bali, Indonesia
Inspired by the book and film Eat, Pray, Love, I would love to explore the lovely places in Bali. 

Ankor Wat, Cambodia
Now this may seem strange, but I've always been drawn to ancient places of worship, and Ankor Wat is one of those places I've been drawn to.

Giza, Egypt
I've always been fascinated by Ancient Egyptian culture and history and the Pyramid complex is vital to understanding that culture.

Tulum, Mexico
As you've probably realize by now, ancient cultures greatly excite me and Tulum's deep rooted culture is something I would love to explore. 

Positano, Italy
Coastal cities like Positano have always interested me. Built on high cliffs and looking out to the sea, Positano seems like a wonderful place to visit. 

Mykonos, Greece
Stark white buildings against the blue of the sky and turquoise of the ocean, Mykonos stole my heart years ago and hasn't given it back since. 

Santorini, Greece
Another cliff city of stark white, Santorini is another gem of Greece that I must see for myself. 

Agra, India
India's colorful and flavorful culture is in full bloom in Agra. 

Kyoto, Japan
The ancient capital of Japan, the history of Japan is displayed in no better place than the lovely Kyoto. 

Tokyo, Japan
If Kyoto is the past, Tokyo would display Japan's future. A lively and edgy city, Tokyo displays the best of what cities around the world can be.

Where would you like to travel? Comment below!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Real Vs Deal: Tassel Bag

(Photo from We Heart It)

Is there anything more bohemian chic than a structured bag with free flowing tassels? It's a bag that can go to summery brunches, outside concerts, and day long festivals, giving its carrier a look of liberated sophistication.

The Tassel bag does just that. Chloe's "Hudson" bag captures all of that, but what it isn't is affordable. If $2000 is too steep for you (like me), there are great tasseled alternatives that will keep more money in your bag and will give you the same effect. 

Either way, whether you choose high end or budget friend, you're sure to tassel in style. Happy Friday!
Real Vs Deal: Tassel Bag

Chloé saddle bag
$2,045 -

Red leather purse

Fringe handbag

Reclaimed Readables, April 29th

Happy Friday everybody!

Today's Readables feature 7 cool and simple ways to declutter, 66 different lyrics from Beyoncé's Lemonade perfect for your Instagram captions, 30 times Emma Watson was stylish AF, how to actually use your credit card as told by a financial expert, 7 flared jeans outfits, 8 easy denim DIY's, the minimalist's guide to warm weather style, and how to shop like your favorite fashion editors.

BuzzFeed: 66 Lemonade lyrics perfect for Insta captions, 7 easy/cool ways to declutter
Refinery29: Emma Watson style, how to use your credit card right
WhoWhatWear: 7 Flared denim outfits, 8 denim DIYs
The Zoe Report: Minimalist's guide to warm weather shopping, how to shop like a fashion editor

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday: April's Top Posts

April has been a very eventful month. From Black Girls Rocking stages and now currency, to cool ways to update your favorite accessory, to amazing things said by a cultural icon lost too soon, there was certainly plenty to talk about and reflect upon this month. 

This being the last Thursday of April, 2016, I only thought it fitting to look back on what you loved reading and what I loved writing for you.

Here were The Reclaimed's Top posts for the month of April.

20 of Prince's Best Quotes

What was your favorite Reclaimed post for this month? Comment below!

Stubborn Spring

This has to be one of the most frustrating spring's I've lived through. There were days that felt more like summer with temperatures in the 80's, and there were days that barely cracked 50, all within the same week!

Layers are your friend, and today's look takes layering to a sophisticated level with a tricolor we top and waterfall vest. A midi pencil skirt and barely there heels take the look to the office and a complementary bag finishes the look. 

Just because the weather is frustrating, doesn't mean your wardrobe has to be.

Happy Thursday!

Stubborn Spring

Oasis holiday shirt
$52 -

Topshop waistcoat vest
$34 -

Liliana shoes

Pink handbag
$4.82 -

Reclaimed Readables, April 28th

Happy Thursday all!

Today's Readables are a major throwback with features such as 9 classic beauty products that are still around, the 100 year evolution of the eyebrow, hair mistakes every girl made in the 90's, and what fashion girls were wearing in 00's.

Other awesome features include 12 affordable alternatives for the girl who loves Chloe, new ways to style your old Levi's, the broke girl's guide to eating healthy, make up artist approved drugstore mascaras, and Samantha Bee shuts down all the Tubman 20 haters.  

Huff Post Style: Celeb MUA loved drugstore mascaras
Byrdie: 9 classic beauty products, brows up to now
BuzzFeed: Hair mistakes every girl made in the 90's, Samantha Bee shuts down $20 bill haters
Refinery29: New ways to style your Levis, broke girl's guide to healthy eating
WhoWhatWear: What fashion girls used to wear in '00, 12 affordable items for the Chloe girl

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Womanist Wednesday: Top 10 Under 20

Women have always been world changers, leaders, and inspirational icons. How early that status starts is debatable. Some start in their adult years. Others start much earlier, using their youth as a springboard to speak on complex issues plaguing the times. 

These young women give me hope for the generation behind me, that for every vapid, over sexualized, attention seeking teen, there is at least one who actually want to make a difference in the world they are still growing to understand. 

These young women are showing the world what it means to lead like a girl, and we are the better for it. 

Here are my Top 10 Young Women Under 20 who are changing the world before ever becoming an adult.

Malala Yousefzai

Who else possesses the bravery and tenacity to turn an attempted fatal gun shot wound into an opportunity to stand frequently in the UN speaking on the rights of women and girls to education? Nobel Peace Prize winner, author, speaker, and education advocate, Malala Yousefzai continues to be a voice against oppressive action against education, especially for young women all around the world.

Amandla Stenberg

Sometimes actress and activist go hand in hand, and Amandla Stenberg certainly models that well. From appearing in Bey's Lemonade to being interviewed by Solange in Teen Vogue, to educating Kylie Jenner on cultural appropriation in her viral video "Don't Cash Crop on My Cornrows" and dancing prom away with Jaden Smith, Amandla is showing no signs of slowing down as she keeps matters of culture in the forefront.

Zendaya Coleman

If there was ever a classier clap back, I've never heard it as it came from Zendaya Coleman schooling Giuliana Rancic on racism surrounding the appearance of black women and later criticizing the retouching of her own already slender frame in publications. This hilarious actress takes matters of her culture quite seriously. Also appearing alongside Amandla Stenberg Lemonade, Zendaya continues to stand out as a young voice for cultural understanding. 

Willow Smith

Rockstar daughter of power couple Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Willow is making history in fashion being the youngest to nab a contract with ever chic label Chanel. 

Malia and Sasha Obama

Don't just think of them as just the daughters of an amazing president and his dynamic First Lady. These Obama powerhouses are considered cultural icons on their own and poised to effect change. 

Bethany Mota

Don't think of Bethany as just a pretty face. Sure, she's got a HUGE social media following and even her own clothing line, but this Fashion and Beauty YouTube star has her eyes on social matters; having the once in a life time chance to interview the President following his State of the Union address and working closely with UNICEF. 

Mo'ne Davis

Talk about home girl done good, this humble young woman, powerhouse pitcher  (and fellow Philadelphian) took her team to new heights last year and herself to a well earned cover of Sports Illustrated. 

Maisie Williams

The burgeoning bad ass on Game of Thrones is one of the most loved from the show, both on and off screen. She is also in the works of starring in another cult classic, the latest Doctor Who. 

Kendall Jenner

Probably my absolute favorite of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, Kendall epitomizes what it means to Work Work Work. She has walked down just about every major runway and posed for ads for every major designer, even creating her own fashion collabs and clothing line. 

Rowan Blanchard 

You would know from the look of it, but this lead actress from the show Girl Meets World is actually very outspoken about matters of women's rights and equality. Writing an equality essay that went viral, Rowan is a favorite on women's rights blogs, even speaking on gender equality at the UN, all before turning 15 years old.

Who is on your top teens list? Comment below!