Friday, April 28, 2017

Best Posts of Spring 2017

This Spring has been amazing for fashion and affordable style.

Whether it was the explosion of maximalism that we see in everything from sneaker art to embroidery on, well damn near everything, to the more demure pieces that were given contemporary updates, like treggings, ballet flats that are so on pointe (see what I did there). And we have found some amazing pieces for $50

Starting Monday, May 1st, we are directing our attention on Summer and all the good stuff that comes with it.

Here are the best posts from Spring. Enjoy and happy Friday, loves!

Spring Date ideas
16 Dresses I am crushing on
Ruffle Tops
Asymmetrical Skirts
Lace Up Leggings
PJ Pieces
Bow Slides
Embroidered pieces
Ballet flats
Floral sneakers

Which post was your fave? Which one could you have done without? Drop me a comment below!

Reclaimed Readables, April 28th

Happy Friday loves and lovelies!

Today's Readables feature 23 movies to watch when the patriarchy is getting you down, where you can donate your beauty products and clothes, the perfect bra for large chests, the ugly cool trend now taking over your pants, Misty Copeland surprises these ballerinas (and it will make your day) and a super cute button pillow DIY you can master this weekend.

A Pair and A Spare: DIY chic round pillow
Huff Post: Misty Copeland surprised these ballerinas
The Cut: The perfect bra for big boobs, ugly cool pants
Fashionista: Where to donate clothes and beauty products
BuzzFeed: 23 movies to watch when the patriarchy sucks

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Just 16 Dresses I want Right Now (all under $50)

My closet clean out is well underway. The purge of items that no longer speak to who I am. Let's just say that there is a lot of stuff going out (or up in the shop, stay tuned).

One of the major things that are missing from my wardrobe are dresses. not like church friendly dresses, but sassy yet ladylike dresses. The type you throw on to go to the springy parties, out to dinner, womanly, curve loving, or luxurious dresses. I don't have many (maybe two).

Here are the 16 dresses that I currently am dreaming about, all under $50.

You're welcome.

Happy Thursday.

16 Dresses I want Right Now

Goddiva zip dress
$37 -

Club l dress
$35 -

River island dress

River Island lacy dress

NVME plus size day dress
$32 -

Praslin dress

Yumi textured dress
$36 -

Club L stretchy dress
$37 -

White collar dress

Club L rib dress
$15 -

Off shoulder long sleeve dress

Reclaimed Readables, April 27th

Happy Thursday, my chic little cheap skates.

This week's money saving Readables edition features financial advice from a woman who retired at 28, major spring trends under $100, home decor under $30, how to by good cheap wine, pricey smelling drugstore body washes, expensive looking bedroom hacks, and how to DIY your own charcoal bath bombs and marble soap.

My Domaine: Financial advice from a woman who retired at 28
The Zoe Report: Spring trends under $100
Refinery29: Home decor under $29, cheap wine buying tricks, pricey smelling drugstore body wash
Buzzfeed: Expensive looking bedroom hacks
Apartment Therapy: DIY charcoal bath bombs and marble soap

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#EditYourLife: Entitlement

To me, there are few things worse than entitlement. 

Entitlement being defined by Merriam-Webster as "...the condition of having a right to have, do, or get something, the feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something (such as special privileges)."

This one is going to be a quick one, but I know you will get the point. So let's edit.

There are things you ARE entitled to:
You are entitled to your pay check, but only when you have a job
You are entitled to be treated as a human being, but you should also think about how you treat others.
You are entitled to services you have paid for, but don't forget the people who are serving you.
You are entitled to special acknowledgment, but only when you do something worthy of it (like actually winning something, working hard and performing outstandingly, not just for general participation. There are no participation trophies in real life.)

But you are not entitled to everything:
This basically falls under everything else you didn't work for.

It is sad, but my generation gets the worse reputation for this. And while we could blame our parents, society and everything else, the truth is that, if we dare to call ourselves adults, we need to take a good hard look at how we live our lives and craft them into something worthy of the title of adult. Meaning, wherever we find the spirit of entitlement rising in our actions, in our words, in our dealings daily, we have to combat it with a spirit of humility.

Approaching life with humility, not thinking lower (or higher) about yourself, but viewing yourself soberly and clearly, you are more apt to find what you are looking for. Where people are repulsed by entitlement, people respect humility, people welcome humility, people gravitate toward humility.

The long and the short:
Everything we are entitled to comes with a stipulation on our part: We are only entitled to the things we work for. That's it. 

My personal belief is that The spirit of entitlement is of the worst traits in humanity. It causes us to do some of the worst things. It makes us treat each other so, so poorly.

The spirit of entitlement makes someone steal things. 
The spirit of entitlement abuses an animal or a child because they feel bigger. 
The spirit of entitlement rapes a woman because it wanted power over someone. 
The spirit of entitlement robs a continent of its people and its people of its culture.
The spirit of entitlement clears a land of its inhabitants because "manifest destiny". 
The spirit of entitlement sees our own humanity and denies the humanity of another. 

The spirit of entitlement must go. Time to do better.

What did you think of this #EditYourLife? Agree? Disagree? I want to hear from you. Drop a comment below!

Reclaimed Readables, April 26th

Happy Wednesday my loves!

Today's Readables feature how to do a phone detox without ditching your phone, a summery DIY clutch, should we boycott SheaMoisture, the best barrettes for large chests, Essence Magazine latest feature on 100 woke women, five black owned head wrap companies, and everything Kendrick Lamar actually says about women on DAMN.

Well+Good: How to phone detox without ditching your phone
Refinery29: Best head wrap companies, everything Kendrick Lamar actually says about women on DAMN
Huff Post: Essence Mag features 100 woke women
The Cut: Should we boycott SheaMoisture, best bralette for big chests
Honestly WTF: DIY summer clutch

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Trend Alert: Bow Shoes Under $50

Is there anything more quintessentially feminine than a pretty soft bow? I don't think so. And it seems recently, they have been making appearances on anything, especially footwear. From heels to flats and even sneakers, bows are in and I personally love it.

Here are my picks for the bow trend for the coming seasons, all under $50.

Enjoy and happy ShoesDay loves!
Trend Alert: Bow Shoes Under $50

Sam Edelman blue shoes

Miss Selfridge pink pumps

ASOS slip on shoes
$32 -

Pointed toe shoes

New Look slip on shoes
$23 -

Liliana slip on shoes

Reclaimed Readables, April 25th

Happy #TuesdayShoesDay loves!

This week's foot friendly feature includes over 25 pairs of inexpensive sandals, comfy heels under $50, get yourself up on sneaker slang, see the newest macaroon looking Flyknits, the new sneaker trend perfect for summer, and five pairs of Spring Shoes that will be on your spring footwear rotation.

5 must have Spring Shoes
The new Flyknit Nikes
Sneaker slang
The Sneakerdrilles trend
Comfy heels under $50
Over 25 pairs of inexpensive sandals

Monday, April 24, 2017

Best Menswear Posts of Spring

Spring is upon us.

Whether you're in a warm weather wonderland, dodging allergens while hiding behind new shades,  or stomping through rainy streets, all that Spring is has been unfolded and we (most of us, anyway) are enjoying it.

I mean, personally, anything is better than the frigid temps that kept us bound in parkas and snow boots.

In honor of the beautiful change of seasons, here are the best Spring posts thus far here on The Reclaimed.

Enjoy handsome!

Best Rain Boots under $100

Embroidered jackets for cheap

Best Mens Watches under $50

WTH Gucci

Best Men's Shades under $50

(Men)lennial Pink

Reclaimed Readables, April 24th

Happy Monday beauts and beaus!

This week's #ManCrushMonday features frequently asked menswear questions (and more importantly, answers), the best dive watches for every budget, how to get fit without a gym membership, what actually happens when you increase your workouts, how to achieve the gentry look, and the weirdest looks from Coachella.

GQ: Frequently asked menswear questions, weird style from coachella
Dappered: The best dive watches
Menswear Style: Getting fit without a gym, what happens during all those workouts, achieving the gentry look