Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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

Reclaimed Readables, August 26th

Happy Friday beautifuls!

Todays Readables feature the top beauty products on sale right now, the best budgeting hacks for home decor, 9 delicious wines under $20, 5 things money savvy people always do no matter what, how to fly to Europe right now for under $150, tricks to covering any type of acne scars, and how to DIY your own chic market backpack.

Refinery29: Beauty products on sale now
My Domaine: Best decor budget hacks, 9 delicious wines $20 and under
Apartment Therapy: 5 things money savvy people always do
The Zoe Report: How to fly to Europe for under $150
Byrdie: How to cover up every type of acne scar
A Pair and A Spare: DIY your own market backpack

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"Kylie Jenner Is Turning Into A Black Woman Right Before Our Eyes..."

I know. You saw the title and got offended. Don't be offended.

Or maybe, yes, be offended.

Either way, you're here now. This title is actually a line from the beginning of the poem below performed by Crystal Valentine and Aaliyah Jihad. This poem, called "Hide Your Shea Butter". This poignant, funny, and brutally honest poem initially shared by Huff Post discusses the sting of cultural appropriation felt by  black women daily.

It's a feeling I personally get as I create the Readables and see another post or tutorial of a traditional black hair style being butchered and then renamed or the 'newest; craze over coconut oil, or seeing the slicked "baby hair" edges connected to white faces, and then there is no mention of the culture who gifted you this look (also known as appropriation).

This is not personal shade on Kylie Jenner or any one of the Kardashian/Jenner brood. But it does make you think about a lot. Like, big booties, cornrows (not boxer braids), and bantu knots (not mini buns), elements appreciated only by black culture for centuries and formerly denigrated by white culture for just as long didn't become mainstream until a Kardashian or a Jenner attached themselves to it.

It's more than just seeing the beautiful and unique elements of your own culture being stolen before you day in and day out. It's the cultural memory imbedded within the ethnic conscious of Black people the pattern that still persists today of the theft of intellectual and creative property by a White culture that then butchers it and pretends that it is its own.

All while we are still trying to seek justice for our own often unarmed or law abiding brothers and sisters murdered before our eyes by White people who, more often than not, get away with the crime by a judicial system that has failed the Black populous (that it was never meant to protect). Theft and murder. And we are the ones called thugs...

Back to the poem, there were many great quotes from this 3 minute gem of hilarious truth. Here are some of the best quotes from this poem:
“It is not that we do not trust white women. It’s that Rachel Dolezal stole 14 black years and we have yet to retrieve them.”
"It's not that you just take what we create, it's that it always gets lost in translation."
“I say bantu knots, you give me mini buns. I say cornrows, you give me boxer braids. I say hip-hop, you give me Macklemore.”
"This has never been a conversation, its been a shitty game of telephone. It's been your ear pressed to the keyhole of the front door of the function. It's been you cutting my mic and singing the song that I wrote."
“It’s not that we don’t trust white people. It’s that you’ve called me a racist more times than you’ve called Darren Wilson a murderer.”
"Stop hyping up mediocre attempts at blackness."
"They will not Black Trivia their way into our dinner table"
"It's that you really think my Black looks better on you."
"We are leaving white folk to be creative on their God- damn own."

But don't take my word for it, take a listen to it yourselves.
Warning: This poem has some graphic language, but more important than that, it has some language that will make you laugh, but also get uncomfortable. That's what the truth will often do.

What are your thoughts on the poem? Let's talk! Comment below.

Reclaimed Readables, August 24th

Happy Wednesday loves!

Today's Readables feature the best color correctors and foundations for every skin tone, 11 affordable back packs, the actual no BS guide to drugstore makeup, the 4 Black women making the art world more inclusive, 9 sisters slaying Harley Quinn Cosplay, and the MAC collab every Taraji fan wants to see.

The Zoe Report: Best color correctors and foundation for each skin tone
Huff Post: 11 affordable backpacks
Byrdie: 5 brow gels put to the test
Refinery29: The actual no BS guide to drugstore makeup
The Cut: 4 Black Women making the art world more inclusive
BuzzFeed: Taraji X MAC, 9 black girls who are slaying as Harley Quinn

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

TuesdayShoesDay: Trend Alert: Tapestry woven shoes

The summer is (sadly) is winding down.

The good news is that the season all fashionistas love is upon us! Autumn is on its way and the beautiful trends are coming out left and right so we can prepress our wardrobe before the fall chill takes over the summer sun.

One trend quietly slipping into the spotlight is the Tapestry trend. Reminiscent of cozy woven blankets and updated with tribal and floral motifs, this trend is perfect for fall.

Here are a few beautiful examples, from stiletto heels to woven flats, all under $100 to get a step up in the trend game (see what I did there). Happy shoes day beauts!

TuesdayShoesDay: Trend Alert: Tapestry woven shoes