Friday, July 29, 2016

How curvy girls kill stripes

Apparently, there is this weird rule that "curvy girls shouldn't wear stripes." I don't knew who made up this fashion, but, to put it nicely, they were GROSSLY misinformed. 

Stripes, like any other pattern or print can (and should) be worn by ladies of any size, especially curvy girls. The right stripe size and width can really enhance your curves and highlight your best assets while simultaneously minimizing those problem areas.
It's easy it is to both wear and style stripes. A pattern is not conformed to a body type anymore that there is an ideal body type. 

The point is to look good and feel good, and stripes can help you do both.As with any print, there are better ways to wear and style stripes than others. My styling advice is always combine what you like with what looks right. 

Here are 12 outfits that prove that curvy girls do indeed slay stripes.

Reclaimed Readables, July 29th

Happy Happy FRIDAY loves!

Today's packed out Readables feature the curvy jeans every plus girl will love, an intense testing of makeup brushes, ever Nars lip pencil ranked, the jacket of the season has an interesting backstory, how to be broke and busy AND stylish, fast fashion brands celebs love, beauty trends that used to be crazy but that we now love, and a political "who wore it better" from the National Conventions.

WhoWhatWear: The curvy jeans plus girls have been waiting for
Byrdie: A bunch of makeup brushes were tested to see which was the best
Into The Gloss: NARS lip pencils ranked
Refinery29: The jacket of summer's backstory, broke and busy dressing tips, fast fashion celebs love
The Coveteur: Beauty trends that used to be crazy but are now well loved
The Cut: Who wore it better- Political style

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Obama level shade...


President Obama is known for being a prolific and powerful speaker. He definitely proved that to be true in his latest speech, his last at the Democratic National Convention as President. 

It was powerful.

It was inspiring. 

It was unifying. 

And it was shady.  

At first listen, some of President Obama's quotes may sound like just regular comments about Republican candidate, Donald Trump. But, as you’ve seen in other speeches made by Obamas this week, the shade runs deep. 

Because of their lofty levels of class and composure, if you’re not really paying attention to what they are actually saying, you could miss the subtle, beast mode nature of Obama brand shade. 

My favorite quotes?

"And then there’s Donald Trump. He’s not really a plans guy. Not really a facts guy, either. He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I know plenty of businessmen and women who’ve achieved success without leaving a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated."

"Does anyone really believe that a guy who’s spent his 70 years on this Earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion?"

"America is already great. America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump."

And of course my favorite quote of the night: "Don't boo. Vote."

Presidential shade that is simply the stuff of legends.

To see the other hilariously shady quotes (and some pretty good GIFs) head on over to BuzzFeed.

Reclaimed Readables, July 28th

Happy Thursday beautiful people!

Today's Readables feature the best dupes if you missed out on KyShadow, an honest talk about body image, how to style your shorts like an adult, 5 drugstore beauty releases worth the hype, what Bill O'Reilly has to say about slavery, the 4 types of fat and how to lose each, and 9 affordable home upgrades.

Refinery29: Best dupes for KyShadow, what Bill O'Reilly had to say about Michelle Obama's speech
Huff Post: Honest talk about body image
WhoWhatWear: How to wear shorts like a grown up
The Cut: 5 drugstore beauty releases worth the hype
Byrdie: 4 types of fat and how to lose each
My Domaine: 9 affordable home updates

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Reclaimed Readables, July 27th

Happy hump day beauties!

Today's Readables feature 14 women repping #WeWearWhatWeWant, 23 creative ways to save cash, the designer who is changing the rules for fashion, 10 of the best drugstore foundation, the best cross body bags for your breast size, the pieces that are about to be Instagram famous, 9 major secrets of style bloggers, the first look from Kenzo for H&M, and the best quotes from that amazing speech given by Michelle O.

Huff Post: 14 plus women repping #WeWearWhatWeWant
The Zoe Report: 23 easy ways to save money, the designer who is changing everything
Refinery29: 10 top drugstore foundations, the best cross body for your breast size
WhoWhatWear: 11 Instagram worthy pieces, 9 major style blogger secrets, KENZOxH&M first look
BuzzFeed: The best quotes from Michelle Obama's DNC speech

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

TuesdayShoesDay: Wedge Espadrilles Under $50

(Photo from We Heart It)

Like we talked about in last week's TuesdayShoesDay, wedge espadrilles are the shoe fashionistas are clamoring to for summer. They are way to wear, simple to style, and scream summer. They give you the height boost of a heel without the pain of pumps. All and all, they are the perfect summer shoe.

Here are 10 pairs of wedge espadrilles for $50 and under. Happy ShoesDay!

TuesdayShoesDay: Wedge Espadrilles Under $50

Reclaimed Readables, July 26th

Happy #TuesdayShoesDay beauties! This week, we are talking the highest rated shoes on Amazon right now,  how to seriously style those sandals, cute summer mules, shoes and sandals on sale, the wedge celebs love to wear, your soon to be go to Nikes, one woman talks her first experience in heels, the reason your converse are going to look very different, and 7 top shoes of the summer.

Highest rated shoes on Amazon
How to style your favorite sandals
Cute mules
Summer shoes on sale
The wedge celebs love
These Nikes are going to become your go-to
One woman's first time in heels
Converse are unrecognizable
7 shoes of the summer

Monday, July 25, 2016

No really does means No (or how not to be a part of Rape Culture)

Hey, dudes. We need to talk. Now, you're obviously the cool, dapper dude that doesn't need to push up on a woman to get her info (or call her a bunch of names if she doesn't). I would appreciate it if you would kindly share this info with those who maybe aren't as cool, connected, or classy as you:

I recently came upon an article Huff Post's Alanna Vagianos on her thoughts on an article that was posted, but has since been removed from the Men's Health website. The original article, written by Men's Fitness writer, Nick Savoy begins with the sentence “You approach her, give her your best opening line, but she wasn’t having it. What now?”

Nick Savoy, who is "is famous for helping men meet and attract high-quality women through targeted self-improvement, flirting skills, and female psychology..." maybe should attempt in giving high quality advice and work on that targeted self improvement instead of passing on advice that could get you as a guy in a world of trouble (or at the very least, make you look really bad). 

In the original article, Savoy, instead of leading guys on better things to  do other than pressure a woman into accepting your approach, does the exact opposite, Savoy tells readers to, in his own words "plow ahead anyway." 

Basically: ignore what she's saying to get what you want anyway.

So, what's the problem with this? Women have all these strange intricacies where some of the things we say usually mean the exact opposite. Because we live in opposite land, where up is down, wrong is right, and no means yes.

Please see the above passage under the definition of sarcasm.

No, bruh. If a woman says no, it means NO. Not try harder. Not try something different. Not be more persistent. It means no.

Cosmo's Prachi Gupta shared my same sentiments (as well as a ton of other women and men that are pissed that utter crap like this would even make it onto a nationally syndicated magazine's site). Gupta says 
"That such a garbage article would appear in a mainstream magazine without raising any red flags demonstrates that, clearly, a lot of people don't see such manipulative, predatory behavior as problematic."

Taking Savoy's advice is dangerous, obviously noted by the Men's Fitness team in redacting the piece. Because being pushy and pursuing despite obvious STOP signs to the contrary is the quickest way to run into the ravine of rape culture, where guys take what they want from women despite her consent. This kind of rhetoric assumes that women really don't know what they want and can be convinced into anything a persistent man desires. Yep, sounds rapey to me.

When you are trying to gain the attention of a woman, the last thing you want to give off is the "rapey" vibe. Yet advice like this, which is given out more often than not, gives us women that exact impression and makes you look like a total creep.

Not good.

Let me help you guys out:
-If you try your best approach and she says no, back off. If she's interested, she will come around. The point is that you've expressed your interest. That is the point of the approach. Now, if she really wants to get to know you, she will come and speak to you. 
-If not, then keep it moving. We are all grown enough to be able to have a conversation with a person and tell people how we really feel. And if they don't accepted, we need to be mature enough to accept that and to move on. Period. 

See how easy that is. I know you already know this, but for those other folk in your gender who don't, please pass this on.


Reclaimed Readables, July 25th

Happy Monday handsome!

You know Monday is for you, our #ManCrushMonday guys. This week, the Readables feature a full 24 hour grooming guide, 3 style confidence boosters, a brief history of the messenger bag, how to dress up your tees, 5 sunglasses brands you've never heard of, how the cool dudes dress for festivals, 10 best bets for under $75, and your its-too-hot-to-wear-clothes outfit under $100.

Dappered: 10 best bets under $75, the under $100 outfit
Menswear Style: 24hour grooming guide, 3 style confidence boosters, new sunglass brands, how to do guy fest style
He Spoke Style: A brief history of the messenger bag, how to dress up a t shirt

Friday, July 22, 2016

How to Style Your One Piece

No one really thinks about styling their swimsuit like an outfit, and yet, once you get to the pool or the beach, that's really all you're wearing. Me personally, I love a glamorous one piece to style. It's classic enough to give an old Hollywood look with a giant hat, shades and wedge sandals. Or, with more contemporary one pieces, you can go edgy with metallic shades and a futuristic cuff bracelet. Have a more bohemian suit? Try ahead wrap and layered bangles for a free spirited style. The versatility of the suit makes the possibilities virtually endless, effortless, and easy.  

To visualize how easy it is to style your suit, I took to Pinterest. Here are the absolute easiest ways to elevate your one piece style.  

Woven Hats

Whether its big and floppy or sharp and edgy, styling your one piece with a hat will give it an elevated look that goes beyond beach bum to beach babe.

What is summer without a swimsuit and shades. To keep it from looking too costumey, take your more vintage shades and pair them with a modern cut suit to give is a look Marilyn would be proud of. Conversely, put your more edgy shades with a vintage suit to make the look classic yet current.

A lacey kimono is a sultry feminine way to cover up by the pool and gives the over all look a bit more personality.

Go completely boho and wrap your hair in a scarf or head wrap. To make the look less matchy matchy, go for a head wrap that is a completely different texture and color from your swimsuit.

Bangles and Bracelets
No one really thinks about a bangle or a bracelet when they think about swimwear style. But some layered or even chunky wrist wear can give a look a more polished and elegant poolside feel.

Whats your favorite way to style your suit. Comment below.

Reclaimed Readables, July 22nd

Happy Friday beautiful people!

Today's Readables feature how to craft your perfect work wardrobe for under $100, 23 lazy girl style hacks to amp your style, a quiz to see if you can spot the designer vs Forever 21 pieces, very straightforward ways to save money, affordable gym clothes, an iconic photo star talks the realness of that moment, and tinted sunscreens for brown skin ladies.

WhoWhatWear: The under $100 work wardrobe
BuzzFeed: 23 lazy girl style hacks, can you spot designer vs Forever 21?
Career Girl Daily: Straightforward ways to save money
Refinery29: Affordable gym clothes, the star of an iconic photo talks about that moment
The Coveteur: Tinted sunscreens for women of color

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Super Stylish Movies

Here in Philly, it's the perfect night to curl up with a bowl of popcorn and your favorite flick. Being as it is Thursday, I suggest a throwback movie. 

And speaking of throwbacks, there are so many fashionable films out there. It's actually pretty rare for me to see a movie without seeing at least one outfit in it that I want to replicate. 

So no, this is not your typical favorite movies with great outfits post. No Breakfast at Tiffany's or Gone With The Wind here (not that they aren't stylish flicks, they are just on everyone's list). Nope, we are simply talking my personal list of the most stylish movies I've seen in a very long time. Some you might have expected while others you may have never thought (or heard) of. But either way, sit back, relax and enjoy this Throwback Thursday.

Waiting to Exhale
Four amazing women and their even more amazing friendship and how it survives through some of life smoky painful moments.

Down With Love

A young and chic writer on the 1960's arrives at NYC with a strange and liberating philosophy.

Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion
A high school reunion like no other, these two besties return their high school 10 years later and discover some serious life values.

Wealthy highschool kids in the 90's and their Beverly Hills antics. (RIP when Stacy Dash was cool)

The Craft
Bewitching Catholic school girls discover a power too great for them to wield irresponsibly.

The Devil Wears Prada
Take your dream job and your nightmare boss and put them together in this stylish film adaptation of the well loved book.

West Side Story

Romeo and Juliet meet 1950's NYC where race, sex, and love get put to famous stage numbers.

Romeo and Juliet

Speaking of Romeo and Juliet, this 1992 update to Shakespeare's Verona is a dizzy and druggy enduced drama with all the heartbreak of the original.

Brown Sugar
What happens when black love meets music and the city.


The grand and romantic journey of the Ancient Egyptian princess. 

New Jack City
Drugs, crime, and a super sleekest cast.

A classic that still has us doing the hand jive.

Spice World

Honestly probably the most ridiculous film here. But as a girl, I loved it. And as a woman, I love the outfits. 


The journey of a timeless figure through the annals of history.

Thats all my picks. What are your favorite fashionable films? Comment below!

Reclaimed Readables, July 21st

Happy Thursday readers and friends!

Today's Readables feature the modern style rules to never break, the $6 palette that will sell out very fast, how to sweat less, the best summer style DIY's on Pinterest,the bags that are both charitable and fashionable, how to cover up without sweating your brains out, how to make cheap eye makeup look expensive, and styles from the 2000's that are coming back.

Refinery29: Modern style rules to never break, the $6 palette that will sell out
Byrdie: How to sweat less
WhoWhatWear: Best summer Pinterest DIYs, charitable and fashionable bags
Huff Post Style: How to cover up without sweating, how to make cheap eye makeup look expensive
BuzzFeed:18 00's styles that are coming back

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Reclaimed Readables, July 20th

Happy Wednesday good people!

Today's Readables feature lazy girl hacks for staying chic in the heat, 20 outfits that prove festival style is still alive, affordable stand out style finds, what happens when 3 writers really test out those drugstore beauty products, an off the shoulder top to DIY for, the gorgeousness that was CurlFest, and how grown ups wear rompers.

The Zoe Report: Lazy girl hacks for staying chic in the heat
Refinery29: 30 affordable style buys, 20 outfits that prove fest style is alive and well
The Coveteur: Nude nail shades for every skin tone
BuzzFeed: 3 writers try drugstore makeup for a week
Huff Post Style: DIY your own off the shoulder top, CurlFest gorgeousness
WhoWhatWear: How grown ups wear rompers