Friday, August 18, 2017

Reclaimed Readables, August 18th

Happy Friday loves!

Today's Readables feature the 12 statement bags under $50, the lipstick company helping victims of Charlottesville violence, real women test Amazon's most popular lipsticks, 20 denim pieces to fall for, Game of Thrones character you should be watching, Yara Shahidi's essay on art and activism, and  the disturbing discovery researchers found in products marketed to women of color.

And I Got Dressed: 12 statement bags under $50
Huff Post: The lipstick company helping victims of Charlottesville, Yara Shahidi's essay on art and activism
The Cut: Products marketed to women of color found to be more toxic than those market to white women
Coveteur: 20 denim pieces we love
BuzzFeed: Missandei is the character to watch on Game of Thrones, testing Amazon's top lippies

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Its National Thrift Store Day!


It's #NationalThriftStoreDay again! And you better believe I am going to go visit my favorite spots to celebrate.

Some of my most favorite pieces and treasures have come from thrifting jaunts and random second hand shop visits. And that is how this blog even started.

Here are my favorite posts about Thrifting to ever appear here on The Reclaimed.

Why I love Thrift shopping
How Thrift Shopping made me a better person
Trends that are still so good that you can grab at the Thrift
Transitional wear you should totally get at the Thrift
Why we need to be Paying it Forward

What questions do you have about Thrifting and shopping second hand? Drop them below. Let's chat!

Reclaimed Readables, August 17th

Hey, you beautiful little cheapskates!

Today's Readables feature the Millennial's guide to not going broke, the #1 money mistake as told by a financial planner, the high cost of actually dating, how to turn your hustle into passive income, and 5 simple ways to save money on clothes.

Girl With Curves: 5 ways to save money on clothes
Refinery29: The high cost of dating, turning the hustle into passive income
My Domaine: The #1 money mistake as told by as a financial planner, millennial's guide to not going broke

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

TWMBABW: Taliah Waajid

It's virtually impossible to be in the natural hair community without running into Taliah Waajid products.

The yellow labeled, black lid hair product line that bares her name is one of the top brands for natural girls and their kinks, coils and curls and I am personally a fan.

I wanted to hear from the namesake by the brand's namesake herself and I had the privilege and opportunity to hear from Ms Waajid on why she created the successful line, her drive, and what being Black Woman owned and crafted really means in this day and age.

"My name is Taliah Waajid, brand name TW products: we provide healthy hair care products for textured hair."

A natural (get it) entrepreneur, Taliah's passion and drive moved her into using her creativity to craft a life she wanted. "My passion for being able to do something creative every day of her life, and the ability to do that and make a living. It was no other choice for me."

Formerly a natural hair stylist, Taliah saw a need arise for those who loved their natural hair but wanted a variety of ways to manage it without forcing it to change. "I saw a need for my kind of products, none were in the market place when I started my brand. Most of the hair care products available changed the texture of hair instead of allowing people to actually embrace the texture of their natural hair and care for it while exploring different styling options."

She also attributes her upbringing for her passion for Black hair. "I also grew up not being allowed to get a perm so I had to be creative with my hair and different styles at a young age. I would consult my clients back to healthy hair and wanted them to know that it was ways to deal with their textured hair without having to revert back to perm/relaxed hair, and I found beauty in educating people on that and teaching them that HEALTHY hair is GOOD hair."

While all of her products are highly regarded, she says her favorite product from her brand is "The nutrients shine butter, because I can use it on my hair and body. I tend to have dry skin and this is the only thing I can apply to my skin and it lasts all day without me being ashy a few hours later. Love the smell and it’s not too greasy."

As far as being Black Woman Made and Owned, "I am just glad to see that the masses are starting to see and recognize the power of a black woman. Majority of men are starting to see our capability and allow us to lead. There’s a reason why the old saying “behind every strong man is a strong woman in his corner” that statement is true. We are natural born leaders and are very capable of paving the way in any industry."

You can find Taliah Waajid's products wherever you find your hair care products. Check out more about Taliah Waajid at their site.

Reclaimed Readables, August 16th

Happy Wednesday beautiful people!

Today's Readables feature why Bruno Mars is a hero this week, one woman's struggle with trendy clothes, a super woke stylist on styling white tees, why you should make that trendy rope bag, how to be Black in Trump's America, inexpensive pieces that look straight off the runway, and Pat McGrath's largest beauty release yet.

Man Repeller: Trendy clothes vs treasured clothes
Curly Nikki: Bruno Mars donates $1 Million to Flint Water Crisis
Coveteur: Karla Walsh on styling white tees
A Pair and A Spare: DIY rope bag
Hello Giggles: one biracial woman prouder of Blackness in Trump's America
BuzzFeed: Inexpensive pieces that look like they stepped straight off the runway
Fashionista: Pat McGrath is launching a 61 piece beauty set

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Trend Alert: Kitten Heels

Kitten heels initially do not sound like the most fashion forward pair of heels. But considering the fact there is a company right now selling a pretty affordable pair with a 2000 person wait list, I would say that that opinions have changed.

A super chic alternative to those stilettos and high heels people insist on torturing themselves in, these low riders are cool enough for jeans, and adorable enough for dresses. No, these won't beat your sneakers, but they will definitely keep you ready for this big meetings and those dates where you want to be a step above the rest (see that I did there?).

Here are my top 9 picks for this style. Happy ShoesDay.

Trend Alert: Kitten Heels

Franco Sarto blue pumps

MANGO grey pumps

Saks fifth avenue shoes

ALDO kitten heel pumps

Asos shoes

ASOS party shoes
$35 -

Asos shoes
$9.00 -

Asos shoes
$32 -

Reclaimed Readables, August 15th

Happy Tuesday loves!

This week's #TuesdayShoesDay features the shoes NYC girls love sneaks, how to actually treat blisters, what to wear instead of sneakers, how to fashion girls' favorite sandals for fall, Vans latest collab you need to see, and the coolest and easiest to wear Birkenstocks.

NYC girls love these sneaks
How to treat blisters
What to wear instead of sneakers
Birkenstocks for the fall
This satin Vans collab is something you're going to want
The coolest Birkenstocks

Monday, August 14, 2017

Reclaimed Readables, August 14th

Happy Monday loves!

This week's Readables feature great home pieces for your bachelor pad, 12 menswear misconceptions and how to fix them, we question is normcore still relevant, hear from John Boyega on 'Star Wars' and 'Detroit', the best aftershaves for your burning face, degreasing your oily face, and a facts only talk on Charlottesville.

GQ: John Boyega, degreasing your oily skin, the best aftershaves
Dappered: Dapper home pieces, menswear misconceptions
Menswear Style: Is normcore still relevant?
BuzzFeed: What really happened in Charlottesville

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Friday night, a bunch of tiki torch wielding white supremacists in their various polos, khakis, and cargo shorts marched into Lee Square of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Saturday, during non violent counter protests, a man identified as a white supremacist mowed down peaceful demonstrators with his car, killing one woman and injuring over 30 others.

And to think, last week, people were hooping and hollering about this Proctor and Gamble commercial.

I only wrote about the necessity of having this type of messaging last Wednesday. I didn't think we would witness an actual demonstration of the need to have it.

But we did. People were hurt. One person is gone. A city has been marred. And a lot of us, on both sides of the color spectrum are left with questions and emotions.

It all feels so surreal. But not new. As a Black person in what Maya Angelou called "these yet to be United States", we are constantly aware of the "otherness" we feel.

We have to have these "talks" with our children (especially after the ignorant violence and racist rhetoric we all witnessed this past weekend).

We are forced to think about ethnicity more than we want to.

We walk past monuments built to commemorate a past that is synonymous with the ownership of our people.

We are reminded that not too long ago, bad science and over all ignorance sought to prove that we were only 3/5's human, which was enough to allow the constant rape of our girls and women but not enough to recognize the terror and harm and pain antebellum owners would recognize in the eyes of a stolen people.

When there are travel warnings issued for people of color from whole states, when the scum of a past we all prayed was dead and gone can boldly march down the streets and insight violence against those of a different color and creed, we have a real problem that absolutely needs to be dealt with.

These are the bitter fruits of the seeds that supremacy, violence, and hatred have planted long ago. We can no longer ignore the grove of such fruit that has sprung up between us as though it will "just go away". Hate will never just vanish. It must be intentionally combatted at its roots, completely uprooted and destroyed by the children of the oppressed AND the oppressor.

We cannot sit around silent. Our silence makes us complicit in these sins of our forefathers and brothers and sons. We need to call it out, on all sides, people of all colors and cultures.

As disgusted, disillusioned, disappointed, and frustrated as I am, I have hope. Because there are literally hundreds of thousands of people who feel like I do. Those brave counter protestors marching against the stench of racism were only the just the beginning.

It's more than just making a good tweet or insightful post. We must be intentionally active. We must reach out to each other, across the lines of culture, color, and creed. We must stop viewing each other as stereotypes and start seeing one another as individuals, as fellow humans.

I am planning to do whatever I can, speak to whomever I must, work wherever I have to and use whatever platform God has given me to share this message of peace. And I encourage each of you to do the same. We all cannot do everything. But everyone can do something.

For us. For our nation. And for our children.

God bless. Stay Woke. Stay Active. And be safe.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Find: Structured Straw Bags
Admittedly, I am incredibly late to the party on the Straw bag trend. In my defense, I never really found ones that I really loved. Seeing them mostly for the beach or vacay worthy pieces.

In fact, it wasn't until yesterday that I biewed them as anything Urban, day to day, worthy. Making my way downtown, I saw a very chic older woman (who, in all honesty, embodied everything I want for myself by the time I am blessed to be whatever age she is), carrying a structured straw bag that set off her pencil skirt and statement sleeves blouse immaculately. And now I love the bags.

So here are my picks, under $50. Happy Friday loves!

Structured Straw Bags

Reclaimed Readables, August 11th

Happy Friday loves!

Today's Readables feature the bag with a 2000 person wait list, 20 nostalgic items for when you miss Obama, over 25 drugstore products under $15 that actually do work, the massive sale your favorite beauty destination is having right now, and Google's doodle says happy birthday to Hip Hop.

Refinery29: Google's doodle shouts out Hip Hop
BuzzFeed: 27 drugstore beauty products under $15
Huff Post: 20 nostalgic items when you miss Obama
The Zoe Report: Sephora is having a massive sale
Hello Giggles: The lovely bag that has 2000 wait list

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Reclaimed Readables, August 10th

Happy Thursday beauts!

Today's Readables feature ways to make money off of your old clothes, what happened to one writer when she started to track her spending, how to deal with anxiety as a freelancer, easy ways to spend less on clothes, and extreme money saving hacks from really frugal people.

Apartment Therapy: Extreme money hacks
Girl With Curves: Easy ways to spend less on clothes
Byrdie: Dealing with anxiety as a freelancer
Racked: What happens when you start tracking your spending
Hello Giggles: Making money off your old clothes

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Talk

We all remember when we had the talk.

No, I am not talking about the sex talk, the money talk, or the various talks most of us have experienced when your parents sit you down for as an adolescent or teen about to embark from he protective parenting cocoon and launch into the real world.

I am talking about the "race" talk. I had just moved from a local community school to a suburban school. My first day, I received my class list, all featuring classes that were remedial. I was insulted. Do these people know me? Not to brag, but a little history: my grandmother was a reading specialist, allowing me to learn to read at a very early age. I was always ahead of my classes in reading, vocabulary, and other subjects. I even received awards from the city for my appetite for learning. So to come from being the top of my school to being stuffed into the lowest classes was unacceptable. I marched my 13 year old self into the office and slammed that bullshit class list down on the counter and immediately (and of course politely, my mama raised me right) request to speak to a counselor who could get it all fixed. Of course, being 13 and from "the city" didn't get me much respect in that middle school office, but the counselor heard my concerns.

She sat there, across her desk, sandy blond haired, green eyes wide behind tortoise shell frames and listens to my concerns. Before addressing any of them, she said something that I don't think I have yet recovered from. She looked at me, opened her mouth and said "Whitney, you speak so well."

This may not have stopped you dead in your tracks, but it did for me. It was an insult. I know she probably didn't mean it that way, but it was a straight insult to me, my family, and my community.

What was she expecting, this little brown girl coming from the city to not be able to string together a few words into a thoughtful argument as to why she shouldn't be in any remedial classes?

I was outraged. Even at 13, I knew that something was not right with that "complement".

That night, I spoke to my mom about it. She also shared the same appetite for learning when she was young, encouraging my avid reading habit with Scholastic book fair money, a library card, multiple sets of encyclopedias and scientific magazine subscriptions.

She sat me down, looked me into my eyes, and said "Whitney, you are a Black girl in a White school now." She proceeded to try (as best as any Black parent can) to prepare me for the realities of my ethnicity and also my gender calling into question my capabilities in a White community. We had had those discussions before, but this was my first tangible experience with it.

You see, the school I came from, while it was an excellent elementary and middle school, was predominantly Black. The community it was in was Black, the kids were Black, most of the teachers and staff were Black.

The school district we moved to was (at that time) more White than anything else. And I was going to have to (as almost all of these talks say) work twice as hard to get only half as much. This broke my heart. I was so excited to be starting at a new school, make new friends, learn new things, and all of that came crashing down around me in a way that I am not sure I have quite recovered from.

So when Proctor and Gamble created their commercial called "The Talk", it threw me back to that moment, at 13, sitting with my mother, as she tried to help me.

So, in understanding that past, you can see why I am both confused, and slightly angered at those who deem this commercial "racist" and "divisive". I  think it was brave for P&G to address the elephant already in the room.

No, the commercial isn't racist and divisive.

The fact that we have to have these talks with our children generation after generation shows that we are already divided. The fact that P&G could create a commercial that so poignantly reflects the truth of the African American experience here shows that we experience racism daily, and that cannot and should not be ignored by a country that dares to call itself progressive.

We have never been united. Facts are Black people have always been treated like the "other", the outsider. We weren't even seen as fully human (by law) until only 150 years ago. The legacy of Black people in this nation is fraught with violence, mistreatment, rape, family division, stolen culture, and so on.

So forgive us (sarcasm) if we as a people are less inclined to see this homeland that we built for free and still have not benefitted from as those who were formerly our owners as united.

I am grateful that this commercial was made. I am also grateful that there are so many people who feel the same way I do, both Black and other ethnicities:

But for every one of these comments, there were others saying that this was a divisive move on the part of P&G.

To these indignant folks all in their feelings, blinded by their own white tears tidal wave, I say this:   the same way you cannot be angry at a person for turning on a light that exposes a dirty home and then blame that person for the dirty home is the same way you cannot be angry at P&G for turning on a light that exposes the worst parts of our culture as a nation.

Your feelings really do not matter when it comes to the historical and ongoing oppression of the Black people. In fact, those indignant feelings over the truth of the Black experience only further show your own White Privilege.

What you should be asking of yourself is "why do I feel so icky when I am confronted with the experience of others? Why can't I empathize? Why can't I be compassionate over the experience of others?"

Just because this does not reflect you reality, doesn't make it any less real.
And just because it doesn't discuss your experience doesn't make it any less of a worthy discussion.
And just because it shows America from a different perspective doesn't make it racist.

This is the reality that we as Black people have and continue to experience. It is a painful yet powerful reminder of the work we must do and the reason why we must do it.

What do you think about The Talk? Drop me a comment below. Let's talk!

Reclaimed Readables, August 9th

Happy Hump Day Beautifuls!

Today's Readables feature Maxine Waters' powerful words on Black Girls Rock, the unexpected benefits of wearing lipstick, Ashley Graham on white privilege and modeling, Denise Bidot on being sexy with thick thighs, affordable outfit making accessories, and why plus size women cannot be ignored in fashion any more.

BuzzFeed: Ashley Graham on white privilege and being a curve model
The Cut: Fashion for the 67%
Coveteur: The unexpected benefits of wearing lipstick
Hello Giggles: Maxine Waters' message to supremacists
WhoWhatWear: Affordable accessories, Denise Bidot on thick thighs and sex appeal

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Denim Shoes For Under $50
I live in denim.

Whether it is my go to day to day pairs, my high waist slim pairs for when I feel a little sassy, or my ultra dark skinnies for going out. Denim is one of those transcendent fabrics that moved from play clothes and work clothes to even now being considered formalwear in some cases.

So when I saw there were some super stylish denim shoes around that were both cute and affordable, I had to make them the pair of the week. From fringe sandals with a bohemian flair to polished loafers that are perfect for the office, whatever your shoe style is

 Here are my curated picks for under $50.

Happy ShoesDay.

Denim Shoes For Under $50

Daya twisted shoes

Nine West rubber sole shoes

Cape Robbin slip on mule shoes

Cape Robbin foldable sandals

Bamboo cage sandals

Flat pumps

Pink flip flops

Pull on sneaker

Miss KG sandals
$25 -

Blue slip on shoes