Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Noted: Affordable Lovely Notebooks

I. Love. Beautiful notebooks. It may just be me and my obsessive need to always have paper nearby combined with my love for stylish things, but I am never so inspired as when I have a beautiful notebook by my side.

Of course, like all things, I don't believe in forking over a ton of may green paper for lined and ruled paper, so I grab mine either on sale or for uber cheap. My latest love is a partially copper dipped marble printed notebook from Primark. It was so chic and cheap (coming in at a grand $2.50) I went ahead and snagged two!

Here is a round up of other notebooks I wouldn't mind scoring. Perfect for back to school shopping of all ages (I mean, I may have ended my school career over 10 years ago, but I'll always be a student, therefore back to school for me too!) Keep your notes organized (and stylish)


(Photo from We Heart It)

Noted: Affordable Lovely Notebooks

Reclaimed Readables, August 31st

Happy happy hump day loves!
Today's Readables feature affordable ways to update your home, how to build your designer wardrobe on a budget, the best workouts based on your body type, Pinterest picked drugstore beauty picks, 11 affordable fun for Labor Day tech, and why Willow and Jaden Smith are the coolest set of siblings to know.

My Domaine: Affordable home updates
Byrdie: Best workouts for your body type, best drugstore beauty products
Closet Heroes: How to build a designer wardrobe on a budget
WhoWhatWear: Willow and Jaden Smith Interview spread
Refinery29: 11 affordable buys for Labor Day

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

#TuesdayShoesDay: Transitional Sandals

I don't know about where you live, but I know that here in Philly, just because the calendar changes over to a different season doesn't mean that the weather will follow suit.

Unofficially, the summer season ends after Labor Day. But that doesn't mean that we will have the weather to dive into those boots that we want to wear in the fall. The summer weather sometimes holds on for weeks, until, sometimes, mid October!

That just means you get the chance to wear these cuties a little bit longer. In the right colors such as dark greens, nudes, and greys, and in the right textures such as suede and leather, these sandals you won't mind wearing until the weather cooperates for boots and the like.

Here are 12 transitional sandals (many that are on sale now) that can go well past Labor Day.

#TuesdayShoesDay: Transitional Sandals

Reclaimed Readables, August 30th

Hey beauties! Its Tuesday once again, that means its Shoes Day!

This week's #TuesdayShoesDay features 13 pairs of black sandals to snag before the season ends, fresh kicks for your fall wardrobe, your new leather boots, 17 dresses that will go with every shoe you own, the autumn shoe style you want to wear now, gorgeous reasons to give clogs a chance, and 13 ways to style your white sneaker this fall.

13 pairs of black sandals you will wear everywhere
Fresh kicks for fall
12 leather boots ready for fall
17 dresses that go with every shoe you own
The gorgeous autumn ready shoe you can wear now
Give clogs a chance
13 ways to style your white sneakers in the fall

Monday, August 29, 2016

The REAL problem with Colin Kaepernick's national anthem

In case you've missed it, this passed weekend, 49ers Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick sat during the nation anthem of a game he would later play.

What did his team, the 49ers have to say about Kaepernick? "The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem." 

Kaepernick's coach, Chip Kelly told reporters Saturday that Kaepernick's decision not to stand during the national anthem is "his right as a citizen" and said "it's not my right to tell him not to do something."

The NFL issued a statement saying, "Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem."

When interviewed later following the game, Colin said "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color...To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

How did the nation respond to Kaepernick's right as a citizen of this country to silently protest?

They burn his jerseys and post the videos to social media. 

They leave racial slurs and offensive comments on his socials. 

And basically show that Colin, and other athletes who take a stand against racism such as Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, are actually right. 

We have a serious racial problem here in the U.S. 

It doesn't make sense that the only time a black life holds value is when its entertaining popular culture. How I know that to be a fact is that all of the "good" darkies NFL players are suddenly getting highlighted on Kaepernick's opponents feeds. 

It doesn't make sense that when we as African Americans (or any other ethnicity for that matter) take a stand against the systematic racism, bigotry, or oppression as a people, we are met with injustice ourselves. We are called every racial slur in the book. We get called un-American (even though when you think about it, the African American has to be incredibly 'American' because our people, who were kidnapped, beaten, and forced to build this country on our backs, suffered through unimaginable oppression, and still, even to this day, fights for the equality that is written in a constitution that was never written for them.) 

It makes no sense that more people are grieved by this small act of nonviolent protest than by the violent, destructive, murderous acts that precede it. 

That is the real problem.

It is so backwards that these people who say they are patriotic will curse Barack Obama being their president and then dare be mad when an NFL player doesn't stand for an anthem that was created by a person who may have owned his ancestors as property. It is backward that the only person being a real American in this whole cycle is the person who peacefully protested the murder of his people, not the bullies who load slurs, hatred, and racism upon that person.

And there is something very wrong. 

What does Kaepernick have to say about all of this? "I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed...If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right." 


Colin may not be looking for approval. But, at least from this blogger, he's now got some support. And that is why you are The Reclaimed's Man Crush Monday.

Reclaimed Readables, August 29th

Greetings and salutations good people!

This week's #ManCrushMonday features the best Autumnal style arrivals, meal planning for men, the perfect sunglasses for almost every dude, the debate between khakis and chinos, 3 pieces to ad to your wardrobe for timeless style, great guy bags, and 8 cool tricks for longer lasting clothes.

Dappered: The best in Autumn arrivals
Adequate Man: Meal planning for the week
He Spoke Style: The perfect sunglasses
Style Girlfriend: Khakis or Chinos, 3 pieces that never go out of style, better bags for bros
Menswear Style: 8 tricks for longer lasting clothes

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Reclaimed Readables, August 25th

Greetings and salutations beauties!

Today's Readables feature 5 bun styles for naturalistas, how Pandora rebounded to the charmed life, 31 pieces of super comfy clothes, how to get rid of those under arm stains in 20 seconds, finding your perfect mascara wand, thrifting tips to find your statement jewelry, Aaliyah songs that are still fire, and the newest Nike commercial you've got to see.

Byrdie: 5 bun styles for natural hair
Racked: The charmed life of Pandora
BuzzFeed: 31 pieces of comfy clothes
WhoWhatWear: Get rid of under arm stains
Refinery29: Your perfect mascara wandthrift for statement jewelry, Aaliyah songs that are still great
Huff Post: The new Nike commercial is fierce AF

Friday, August 26, 2016

Chic AF Back Packs under $50

Its back to school time!

Don't look so excited guys. With the right gear, back to school becomes a breeze.

Take, for example, the quintessential back pack. With the right back pack, suddenly your excitement for further education increases. It goes from being an essential but boring necessity to becoming a stylish and eye catching accessory.

Well, I've got 14 examples of back packs that do just that. These back packs are so chic, even those of us who have been out of school will want to snag one (or 5). Each is $50 or under, but looks like way more.

Don't worry, I won't tell if you don't.

Happy Friday.

Chic back packs under $50

Deux Lux drawstring bag

Daisy Street backpack bag
$30 -

Express backpack bag

Missguided backpack bag
$39 -

BP sling bag

Backpack bag

Grey backpack

Mi Pac travel backpack
$46 -

Backpack bag

Forever 21 backpack bag