Tuesday, January 31, 2017

14 Pairs Ready for Your Next Protest

It's kind of baffling that we are barely into 2017 and there have already been hundreds of major city wide marches and widespread protests. It's also inspiring to see so many people stand up for what they believe, whether its universal healthcare, women's rights, or the opening of boarders to refugees despite ethnic or faith backgrounds.

But the reality whether you're marching or protesting, one thing is clear, you will need comfy shoes. No. this post is not trying to take advantage of the current political landscape to try to sell you footwear. But, in a practical sense, you should consider the best types in your closet. Think about it, you may be walking or standing for hours. It's still winter so the likelihood is that it will be chilly, possibly wet outside. You are going to want something comfortable, waterproof, warm, and easy to walk in.

Here are 14 pairs that are great ideas for perfect protest ready shoes. Stay woke and happy Shoes Day.

14 Pairs Ready for Your Next Protest

Brown boots

Lace up shoes

N.Y.L.A. n.y.l.a shoes

Converse leather sneaker

Skechers silver shoes

Vans canvas shoes

Gap black shoes

Black shoes

Platform shoes

Lace up shoes

Reclaimed Readables, January 31st

Happy Tuesday loves!

This week's #TuesdayShoesDay features the newest sneaker to love, 17 of the top athletic shoes for 2017, how the sock boot is reigning, thigh high boots for us thick girls, and inexpensive pairs that actually look super pricey.

The ballerina sneaker
DIY patch boots
17 of the most anticipated sneakers of 2017
The sock boot reigns
Thigh high boots for thick girls
Inexpensive shoes that look super pricey

Monday, January 30, 2017

#AlternativeFacts: Why Christians need to stop saying Jesus is in the Trump White House

This weekend, Donald Trump attempted to cease immigration from seven different countries, all experiencing unprecedented levels of violence and bloodshed, and all are countries whose dominant faith is Islam.

Yet, the supporters who remain are insisting that this is, somehow, a good thing to do to protect our citizens (interestingly enough, of the attacks actually inflicted upon the United States by terrorists masquerading as Muslims, not one of them were from the countries banned.

It was bad. Families who were waiting for loved ones escaping this violence had to endure the heartbreaking news that there loved ones were being turned away, sometimes in the very airports and tarmacs. Even people with established Green Cards could not return to the country under this measure from the Trump administration.

Today, we are going to get a Sunday School lesson (didn't know I was a Sunday School teacher did ya?) on why Donald Trump's Presidency, especially the latest border closure to refugees, can absolutely not be backed by the Bible. As a Christian, I personally take injustice against ANY group of people very seriously, whether people of a different shade, creed, or orientation. My faith teaches me that I am to "Seek justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God." (Micah 6:8). Yet, so many people of my faith continue to defend the shuttering of boarders to refugees, cheering on social media, saying fallacies like "God is finally back in the White House." Well, I am not sure whose God these people are worshiping, but the God that I have come to know, love, and follow teaches me to take care of the refugee. One of the first glimpses of this we get in the third book of the Bible, Leviticus:

When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. (Leviticus 19:33-34)

God reminds us that we are to care for those who are different than us, that we are not to be lost to tribalism, but to be kind.

Even Jesus echoes this sentiment in one of His most well known parables, saying:

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ (Matthew 25:25-36)

This portion of scripture was taken from the story of how God would honor those who looked after those who were in need.

Christians, we are also warned of what would happen to us should we forget the needy and displaced:
Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. (Ezekiel 16:49)

God takes the care of those who are in need very seriously. He Himself cares for everyone in need:

He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

The best way that we show our faith can be summarized in this one statement:

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself." (Galatians 5:14)

What it boils down to is this: this country, which, other than the Native Americans, is populated by the descendants of refugees and displaced peoples. As Americans, how DARE we think that we can close the doors to those in need. And as Christians, how DARE we look at the evidence of racism, bigotry and hate, and attempt to paint Christ over it, when its obvious that there could not be a further example of the truth. 

We who Believe are COMMANDED to care for others, especially the displaced. It is a mark of our faith. And anywhere where this mark is absent, I guarantee, Jesus is also.

Reclaimed Readables, January 30th

Happy Monday my darlin's!

This week's edition of the #ManCrushMonday Readables feature 12 late winter style essentials, 4 ways to update your winter dapper, how to actually take style risks, 10 stylish winter jackets at every price point, the celebs raising big funds for refugees, and Ashton Kutcher's epic SAG Awards opening.

Dappered: 12 late winter essentials
He Spoke Style: 4 ways to upgrade winter dapper
GQ: How to take style risks, 10 winter jackets
Refinery29: Celebs raising funds for refugees, Ashton Kutcher opens SAG with protest

Friday, January 27, 2017

My Hauls, Your Finds

You all know by now that I love two things: thrift shopping and saving my readers time, hassle, and of course money on their quests to find lovely things.

I love thrift shopping. I do it often. And I am pretty good at it. This blog is full of stories of the finds I have made, the places I have gone, and the awesome people I have met along the way. I have learned all about trends, styles, care tips and hacks.

Some of you have confided in me that you struggle, either with where to go, you don't like to rummage (I feel you there, it can be annoying) or don't have a thrift or consignment, but you still want access to nice things without having to pour out your wallet or, you know, literally starving for fashion.

Recently, I have tried my hand at reselling part time, and while there are annoying parts (follow my shop on @thereclaimedvintage to see the good and hear the stories) I have been having a blast sharing all of the chic, different, and otherwise awesome finds from the thrifts. I love it when people love the stuff I find and they are not inhibited by the price (they are usually pretty low). It makes my day to know that someone somewhere is wearing and loving something I found for them.

So stop by my Shop to see the high end designer and high quality vintage items I have for ya.

Reclaimed Readables, January 27th

Happy Friday Beauts and Beaus!

Today's Readables feature the blogger created line that is both affordable and size inclusive, Gucci might go all Black for fashion week, modesty emerges as the new trend, how to actually clean you make up bag, and brand that is putting Africa on the luxury map.

The Cut: This blogger created line is affordable and size inclusive, Gucci goes Black
Refinery29: Modesty is the new trend
The Coveteur: How to clean your make up bag
Fashionista: The brand putting Africa on the luxury map

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Reclaimed Readables, January 26th

Happy Thursday loves!

Today's Readables feature a over 20 cheap dress that only look pricey, 12 month guide on (finally) getting those finances in order, 21 Black owned fashion brands to follow, 4 money tips financial guru's swear by, estate sale hacks, and how to actually stop buying so many clothes.

Apartment Therapy: How to stop buying so many clothes, estate sale buying tips
Career Girl Daily: 4 money tips the experts swear by
BuzzFeed: 21 Black owned fashion brands to follow, cheap dresses that look pricey
My Domaine: 12 month guide to taking control of your finances

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Edit Your Life: Your Non-Woke Feminism

Saturday was indeed a historic day. Over 600 "Sister Marches" took place all around the nation and globe in solidarity of Women's Equality and Rights. Women and men from all over created signs, donned cat ear hats, and took to the streets to protest the infringement of women's rights. It was beautiful to see, and really encouraging to witness. However, these rallies and marches were oddly devoid of something beneficial to the cause: the discussion of intersectionality.

Intersectionality, a term created in 1989 by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, is  the study of overlapping or intersecting social identities and related systems of oppressiondomination, or discrimination. Intersectionality is the idea that multiple identities intersect to create a whole that is different from the component identities. These identities that can intersect include genderracesocial classethnicitynationalitysexual orientationreligion, age, mental disabilityphysical disabilitymental illness, and physical illness as well as other forms of identity." 

Basically stated, that being a White Woman carries a very different form of oppression than being a Muslim Woman, an Asian Woman, a Transgender Woman due to the different structures of oppression affecting them. Sexism for a White Woman will be different for a Black Woman. That is just fact. 

No disrespect to my White readers (welcome!) but I want to talk specifically to you right now. I don't want to diminish all the great feels you're still high off of (and you should be). Oh, I know, you feel all patriotic and bad ass. You changed your Twitter Handle to Susan B Anthony, you still wear your pink cat ear knit beanie with your "nasty woman" pin right in the middle, you even replaced your living room artwork with your sign you touted on Saturday. I know you feel like you did your democratic duty. However there are some things you absolutely need to consider:

First and Foremost: White Women overwhelmingly voted for Donald. That's right. A whopping 52% of White Women felt that the Don' was good enough (scandals, sexism, and all) to be president. So while your marching around feeling all big and bad, your roommate, your cousin, your sister or mom was a closet Trump supporter, the dude that just enacted the Global Gag Rule. You don't like the way that feels, huh? When you walk you walk into work or go to hang with the girls or go shopping, every white face you meet, you're going to be wondering "Hey, are you a closet racist or bigot?"

And that thought is the same thought that people of color are met with every single day of our lives. Which is exactly why Intersectionality in feminism is critical. How can you expect a Black Woman to stand up in your women's march when you cannot agree that Black lives do indeed matter? How can you ask a Muslim Woman to defend her gender when you have done nothing to defend her right to believe her own faith? How dare you even ask a transgender woman to wear that cat hat when you have said nothing on her right to even live?

How can you call it a Sister March, when you've never even taken a step for your sister of a different shade, believe, or birth?

Lastly: What are we going to do now?

Are we merely pavement pounders, here to march and chant and wave signs but follow up with no action? What is the strategic plan for these movements? What are our goals, both personal and collectively? Looking at successful movements within our nation's history, they all have one thing in common: they succeeded because there was a concrete plan. Yes, they marched, but they also voted. They were determined and dedicated. They had a focus, a goal, a collective point that they struggled for.

Today's Readables give us some discussion on further steps on how to keep this movement going. But I encourage us: do not stop here. Do not let it be said that we led a pretty, peaceful pink parade and did nothing more.

Maybe your step is organizing a debate or getting involved in politics. Maybe your debate is simply opening up yourself to discussion with another woman who stands at a different place than you. Whatever it is, don't let your march for Women's Rights end when you came home Saturday night, but let it continue until our rights are just as inalienable as the ones found in our Constitution. Keep your feminism woke.

Reclaimed Readables, January 25th

Happy Wednesday beauts and beaus!

Today's edition of the Readables feature holy grail beauty products, the perfect tee bras for gals with big boobs, 3 tips on styling your hair if you don't know how to style your hair, 5 winter survival hacks for natural hair, great ways to continue the Women's Rights movements, and a topless speech on intersectionality.

Refinery 29: the perfect T-shirt bras for big boobs, powerful speech on intersectionality
The Coveteur: Holy Grail beauty products
Curly Nikki: 3 tips of you can't style your hair, natural hair winter survival tips
Man Repeller: powerful ways to continue the Women's Rights movement

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Patented: Black Patent Leather Boots Under $65

There are few things more badass than patent leather boots. Equal parts tough and chic, these versatile style makers have enough shine to stand on their own and can literally go with anything, adding to the plainest, preppiest, or most relaxed look an edgy feel.

Here are seven great pairs of patent ankle boots to bless your feet with urban girl sophisticated rockstar cool for under $65. Happy shoes day!
Patented: Black Patent Leather Boots Under $65

Reclaimed Readables, January 24th

Happy Tuesday beauts and beaus!

This week's #TuesdayShoesDay Readables includes the perfect tall boots for wide calves, one woman's struggle with her large shoe size and finding the best shoes for her feet, how to make any pair of shoes you wear comfortable, 6 pairs perfect for larger shoe sizes, the best winter shoes to go with your skinny jeans, and the perfect pairs to go with your leggings.

Tall boots for athletic calves
Shoe sizes and soul searching
Making any pair comfortable
6 pairs of shoes for women with big feet
The best winter shoes to pair with skinny jeans
Shoes to wear with leggings

Monday, January 23, 2017

Men's Rain Boots Under $100

It has literally been a washout here in Philadelphia. Between a rainy Friday, a foggy/misty weekend, and today's Nor'easter, the wet weather gear has definitely gotten some use. For me, it's my cute Hunter Boots. But what do dapper dudes (like yourselves) wear when it gets cold and wet and down right unpleasant?

May I suggest some cool rain boots? No, not large rubbery things. I'm talking sleek, tough, and, dare I say cool looking rain boots. They exist and you don't have to break bank to snag. Here are nine such boots for ya, handsome. Enjoy.

Men's Rain Boots Under $100