Friday, September 30, 2016

Reclaimed Readables, Sept. 28th

Happy Wednesday beauts and beaus!

Today's Hump Day Readables feature the importance of full figure fashion week, chic loungewear to elevate your lazy day look, easy ways to clean your makeup brushes, Ivy park's new releases, the Brooklyn Girl getting major love from Gucci, beauty editor approved products under $10, and expensive looking affordable statement bags.

Refinery29: Full figure fashion week, chic loungewear, easy ways to clean makeup brushes
The Cut: How to shop the men's department
WhoWhatWear: New Ivy Park pieces, the Brooklyn Girl getting major attention
The Zoe Report: Beauty editor approved products under $10, statement bags under $100

Reclaimed Readables, Sept 30th

Happy Friday beauts and beaus!

This is the last Readables for September. Lets close out the month with features such as how to get the jacket of the season without spending a ton, 25 bosses on how to overcome rejection, over 30 hairstyles for fall, the big bag is back, the pants that will replace you leggings, and how to do your wardrobe affordably.

Apartment Therapy: The jacket everyone is wearing is actually affordable
The Cut: 25 women on overcoming rejection
Refinery29: 33 bomb hairstyles for fall
WhoWhatWear: The big bag is back, track pants to replace leggings, redoing your wardrobe affordably

Thursday, September 29, 2016

National Coffee Day

Today is National Coffee Day.

Anyone who knows me knows that a cup of coffee, whether iced or hot, is my favorite way to begin almost every day. It's how I cozy up with my favorite reads. Its how I finish dinner (sometimes).

And I know I'm not the only one who loves it. Just take a look through your newsfeeds on any given day and coffee is going to appear.

In honor of a drink that wakes most of us up every morning, gets us through the mid day slumps, and, in some cases, helps us to burn the midnight oil, I have rounded up some of the most chic items to help coffee lovers everywhere appreciate the beverage. Whether a kettle to  help speed up brewing time, super stylish mugs, or even body scrubs, there is something for everyone who loves coffee, all under $50.


National Coffee Day

Reclaimed Readables, Sept. 29th

Happy Thursday loves!

Today's Readables feature a chic DIY repurposed off the shoulder blouse, 4 women on transitioning back to their natural texture, celebrity loved denim trends, unpacking the new natural hair stereotypes, how to organize your makeup beautifully, and literally just 30 great bags for you.

A Pair and A Spare: DIY off the shoulder top
ManRepeller: New natural hair stereotypes
Into The Gloss: 4 women transition back to natural texture
WhoWhatWear: Celeb loved denim trend
Huff Post: Organizing your beauty products
Refinery29: Just 30 really great bags

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday ShoesDay: The Accidental Thrift Find

I was on my way to an appointment. Monday, first day the weather was cool enough to wear jeans , I slid on a pair of Toms I hadn't worn in a while, just for variety. I was out the door with time to spare.

Making good time, I was nearly to my destination when my foot caught the lip of an uneven section of pavement. I stumble. I regain my balance. I look around to see if anyone noticed. Nobody saw, I sighed relief. I turned to see what I tripped on, cursing the unevenness of the ground and my own sheer lack of balance.

Then I looked at my foot to assess the damage. I didn't feel any pain, but I just wanted to verify visually.

My heart sank. No, no injuries or even a scrape. Instead, I saw a gaping hole in the top of my Toms shoe, a pair I had owned for nearly 4 years.
When I was on my way
To meet some one
That I couldn't be late for...

I'm glad to say that despite my Toms now being an open toe, I kept my cool. In fact, I was actually not too far from my favorite thrift.

I would have to be super quick.

Dashing into the store, a wave of doubt overcame me. How was I going to find a pair of size 9.5/10 comfy yet stylish shoes in 10 minutes when I usually took me weeks to find even one pair that was that size?

Now looking back on it, God was in the mix, because almost at that exact moment, the back of a pair of sort of tanish, sort of pinkish flats caught my eye. I picked them up, noticing the velvety feel of inside of the show. A huge, but unassuming bow caped the front. Croc embossed the whole of the shoe. I turned to read the label of the shoe (betting in my head it was Gap or Banana Republic).


It read "kate spade". Gasp. Be still my thrifters heart. I just found a pair of gorgeous footwear created by one of my favorite designers. There was still one final test, the most important one. Fit. I slipped off my tattered Tom and slid into one of the flats, and you would have thought it was a scene from Cinderella or Sex In the City. They fit perfectly. Tucking them under my arm, I headed for the register, paid my $12 (yes, 12!) tossed my Toms into my bag and donned my new kates to my appointment.

And I wasn't even late.

Reclaimed Readables, Sept 27th

Happy ShoesDay great people!

This week's #TuesdayShoesDay features a $20 dress that goes with both boots and sneakers, the loafers that are 2 trends in one, 24 of the best boots on Amazon, the best shoes at Target, 8 unique ways to style boots with dresses, celebrity loved velvet boots, and office friendly shoes that are fashion forward.  

The $20 dress that goes with sneakers AND boots
The shoes that are 2 trends in one
24 of the best boots on Amazon
Best shoes at Target right now
8 unique ways to style boots with dresses
Velvet boots celebrities love
Office friendly fashion forward shoes

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dr Mr. Trump; from one of The Blacks

Dear Mr Trump,

I've been listening to you for some time now during this Election Campaign and i just wanted to bring some things to your attention.

I'm sure that you are aware that you have had a lot to say in general. 

But you have had a lot to say about communities, specifically about ethnic communities to which you don't belong. 

You have made it very clear that while you have a lot to say, you really don't know what you're talking about. 

Particularly speaking, when you addressed "The Blacks." (Sidetone, you shouldn't call us that. Not really good for the vote you're "trying" to win.)

But while you prattle off your own insipid and trivial thoughts, you have never even attempted to walked a block, let alone a mile in our shoes.

I'm a business woman, like you're a business man so let's cut the crap and cut to the chase. 

Back people see right through what you're trying to do...

You aren't reaching out to "the blacks" to try to reach us and hear us and help us. This is a thinly veiled ploy to merely look like you care. 

It's not for us.

It's for the unaware White populous. It's to make you look good for them. It's to get their vote. Not ours.

We saw through this ploy when you tried to reach out to our pastor's and leaders. We saw it when you paraded your "boy" Mark Burns, around, who is almost as much of a liar and an opportunist as you are. We weren't falling for it, dude.

We saw it when you started picking on other ethnicities. 

We saw it when you demonized the Latino population with those terrible statements and accusations, calling them "murderers and rapists." 

We saw it with your whole wall proposal.

We saw it when you isolated those who practiced Islam, when you wanted to close the country, our country that is made up of those who want freedom and justice and peace, a country made up of immigrants of every color and creed, to people simply because of their faith.

We saw it when you dare shape your mouth and insult women, women dude, who make up half of the population and most of the voters...that was just stupid by the way. 

We saw you insult a gold star family. 

We saw you make fun of a person with physical challenges. 

We knew, that if you would put your mouth on these groups of people, we knew, as the, no pun intended, unwilling whipping boys and girls for this nation, it wouldn't be too long before that mouth fueled with lies and opinions derived from the media, about the Black Communities.

But, among the many things you were wrong about concerning the Black Community (and you were so wrong about so many) the most prevalent was your discussion of the Black Community being in the worst condition its ever been...

Let me tell you some things about the Black Community that you obviously are not aware of:

No, this isn't the worst it's been for Black Americans in this nation. (There was that whole slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow, Civil Rights, and government funded drug infusion of the 70's and 80's thingies. And yet, Black American's persevere with the same dynamism and fervor of our ancestors.

According to the 2016 Census, Black Americans are actually doing BETTER than ever before. 

There are more African American's in higher education than ever before. Right now there are about 3 million Black Americans enrolled in a higher education program. 20% of our community has a degree higher than a Bachelor's Degree (virtually none from Trump University, though.)

There are over 2.5 million thriving Black owned businesses. Black Owned businesses make up almost 30% of the total business of Washington DC alone.

We are all not impoverished. In fact, recent polls say that 2/3 of Black Americans identify with middle class or higher (I know this is confusing, as mainstream media has presented images to say otherwise.) and that number is growing.    

Black women make up the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in our nation.

And about 18 Million of us will be voting in this year's election...

18 million who don't take too kindly to a bigoted and bloated racist and morally bankrupt White man who is more apart of the problems than the solutions for our community and this nation, telling us what is wrong with us. Not too kindly at all.

I know you're not really a "facts guy", but that's all I really have for you. Maybe you would be better served by reviewing them. Best of luck (maintaining your inflated ego) in tonight's debate. 

Whitney Alese
(One of "the Blacks")

Reclaimed Readables, Sept 26th

Happy today good people!

This week's #ManCrushMonday features the 4 best casual shoes for men, a full guide to cigars, the best in affordable blazers, hair care tips from the pros, how secondhand shopping changes how you see the world, and 21 of the manliest deodorants for dudes.

He Spoke Style: 4 top casual shoes, cigar guide
Dappered: Best in affordable blazers
Style GirlFriend: Hair care tips for men
Relevant Mag: How secondhand shopping changes your worldview
BuzzFeed: 21 manly deodorants

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Find: The Sophisticated Bandana Styling Guide and Round Up

The bandana trend started some time last spring and has not shown any sign of slowing down.

However, many of us have been hesitant to try the trend. Some of us didn't want a silk or cotton scarf around our necks in the middle of the summer heat. Some of us thought the look was great for festivals and concerts, but couldn't apply it to our everyday style. Some of us found the bandana immature, a trend for the under 25 crowd.

While some of those assertions are true (me personally, I don't want ANYTHING around my neck in the steamy heat of Philly during the summer) some are not. No, the bandana isn't difficult to wear. No, its not just for the under 25 crowd. No, its not just a festival trend.

In fact, the bandana is probably the most affordable of the recent trends right behind string chokers. Its also the most versatile. Here are a few of the many chic ways, courtesy of Pinterest, the sophisticated lady can style her bandana.

As a hair accessory:

(Photos from Pinterest)

As a Neck Scarf:

(Photos from Pinterest)

As a Highlighting Piece:

(Photos from Pinterest)

And of course, I couldn't leave you without a few of my favorite picks of bandana style. Here are 10 of my faves, all under $50. Enjoy and happy Friday!
The Sophisticated Bandana