I’ve explored so many places these 2 weeks! BuzzFeed, Bloomberg and Social Driver are among the spots we’ve hit first! Read on for more details and the places I’ve gone on my spare time! Ah, DC living.
Learning à la Mode
The thing I love most about fashion blogging is that it’s rarely only about clothes. It’s about the cultural traditions behind an outfit, using your creativity to create a whole new look, or to discover the real personalities behind style icons. This week’s roundup is enlightening in so many ways. We learned that Nigerian women really know how to do it up for weddings, that two skirts worn together can look very chic, that Anna Wintour is lovely during an interview (and might even tell you your second-hand dress is pretty), how to survive a shopping break… read on for these educational tidbits and so much more!
Links à la Mode: March 26
- Adorned in Armor: Capital Fashion
- Al-Balsam Life: Beauty Tips That Make You Look Younger
- A Handful of Stories: Outfit of the Day: Layered Skirts
- Attire Club: 35 Essential Dressing Tips for Men
- Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans: Beauty Board: Brilliantly Basic
- Couture Crush: Korean Berrisom ‘My Lip Tint Pack’ Review
- Fashion Moriarty: What to Wear to Meet Anna Wintour
- Funky Jungle: 5 Tips for Surviving a Shopping Break
- Hey Mishka: DIY Jeweled Spring Hat
- Kremb de la Kremb: The Bag With the Worst Wrap
- Les Assorties: C.J. Bakhos X Piece & Co.
- Moda Addicted: 10 Closet Essentials You Should Splurge On
- My Fashion Slash Life: Glamorous Nigerian Aso-Ebi Wedding Style
- Purushu Arie: Shades of Grey
- Sheela Writes: Sheet Masks Are Taking Over
- Storybook Apothecary: How to Spring Clean Your Life
- The Daily Luxe: 8 Fashion Week Accessories Trends You Can Wear Now
- TLV Birdie: Green Beauty Online: Seed to Serum
- We Are Ready Made: Teenage Riot
- Yukova’s Fashion Blog: Spring/Summer 2015 Trends Guide
Originally, I didn’t want to come to Washington, DC.
I thought the Washington Semester Program that American University offers would consist of “all-politics-errthang.” I was pleasantly surprised that that was far from the case.
The Journalism & New Media program is finely tuned to your interests! And you all know what mine is. Uhuh, fashion.
In my writing class, I’ve had assignments to go out and interview sources that would build my stories. My most recent assignment that I’m super proud of is my project entitled “Capitalized Fashion.” In that piece, I sought out to prove that fashion surely exists in our nation’s capital. It not only exists, but it is flourishing in this political-driven society.
Here’s my intro:
Clear, stainless glass protects timeless pieces of American history’s most prominent women in “The First Ladies” exhibit at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. One after another, dress after dress and piece after piece are shown in an attractive collection of class and wealth. In the center of the dimly lit room beckons First Lady Michelle Obama’s very own inaugural gown that she wore to President Obama’s first Inaugural Ball in 2009. A light shines from the top of the display, romanticizing the delicate, one-shoulder dress designed by Jason Wu; accentuating the glittering, stacked bracelets; and highlighting the signature and seemingly comfortable Jimmy Choo shoes.
You want more, huh?
Well, the paper is entirely too long for a blog post (6 pages+) so I won’t share all of the details. However, I’ve gotten some valuable advice from those I interviewed and I’m here to share with you some of their quotes that I utilized in my piece. The list includes Fashion Washington’s co-editor Janet Kelly (a publication initiated by the Washington Post), blogger Krystin Hargrove of Be Loud Be You, blogger Ashley Chew of Ashley Tenise, the founder of the DC Fashion Foundation Christine Brooks-Cropper and student assistant Mary Vanidiver of DC Fashion Week.
Time for a little Q&A. (PS: The photos I’m using are from my visit from the “First Ladies” exhibit at The Smithsonian!)
Although I learned that as a widdle teen in church, it’s not just a “Christian” thing. Let’s briefly go over the main differences.
Can you believe it’s already been two weeks since my last WSP post? Here I am again reporting back to all you beautiful people of what I’ve been up to in DC! Continue reading
Believe it or not, the fashion industry is the second most dangerous industry to the planet. Between the (leather) tanning, gold mining and dye industries, fashion may look great on you, but not so much on “Mother Earth.” This week we have links to bloggers who are looking into what it means to be a kinder consumer of fashion. And of course, we’re all still gossiping about that Oscar’s red carpet too.
Links à la Mode: February 26th
- Adorned in Armor: Dear Black People, You Are Your Hair. Love, America
- A Glamourous Revelation: I Was *That* Annoying Fashion Blogger
- Art Becomes You: 7 Pairs of Zara Shoes or 1 Pair of Jimmy Choo?
- Chicagoings: The 5 Items You Need for Winter
- Christine Violet: Nature Inspired Fashion
- Chromo Beauty: A Chat With Allison Raskin
- DressCode:HighFashion: Top 10 Oscar’s Looks
- Fashion Culturalist: 7 Lessons in Fashion from NYFW
- Fashion Trends and More: Philadelphia Fashion Week
- Ginger Side of Life: How to Get the Perfect Bun
- Hello Handbag: Drool worthy Bags With a Compassionate Twist
- I Can Style U: Dude Create a Fury for Spring 2015
- Inexpensive Chic: How to Dress Stylishly in The Extreme Cold
- Les Assorties: OWAIS HAJI X MAHEEN KHAN
- Life in the Fash Lane: 7 Things I Learned About Fashion Blogging
- Riva la Diva: DIY Burberry Prorsum’s Scarf Look
- See Lark: How to Wear Color
- Storybook Apothecary: That Time My Boyfriend And I Joined OK Cupid
- TLV Birdie: Scandinavian Minimalist Makeup
- Wishing for Chanel: Going Cruelty Free
Republicans are red, Democrats are blue…You get it? Like roses are red, violets are blue? Except I’m using political affiliations and I’m wearing both colors. Oh, I just crack myself up. Continue reading
Wherever you are, find out what your niche is doing and partake in the festivities! I spent a couple hours scrounging for fashion events in DC and found that they have their very own Fashion Week. I got to participate in the Macy’s event with June Ambrose, Johnetta Boone and Tai Beauchamp! (I posted about here.) And there were plenty events I discovered! Since I’m juggling seminars and my internship, I figured three more back to back wouldn’t do me that much damage. Boy, was I wrong! After the hectic week, I was exhausted and stayed in my apartment the whole weekend to recuperate! Imagine what it’s like for NYFW with fashion influencers going to shows back to back. Shudders.
I’d still love that, though. Haha.
I’ve gone through countless, cultural lessons in light of the 20 years I’ve lived. It’s only right to share. You know, so we’ll all be culturally versed together.
Lesson Number 1: Black people don’t have long hair.
This lesson was first taught to me in no other than the institute of learning. In my elementary years, my classmates challenged the legitimacy of the hair coming from my very own follicles. Because my hair reached past my shoulder blades, it was fake. Duh.
As I grew up, people have always wanted (and even attempted) to touch my roots, checking for extensions. I’m not mixed so all this hair couldn’t possibly be mine.
Lesson Number 2: Black people should hate their hair. Oh, and Black people should perm their hair, too.
As a child, I didn’t like wearing weave because I was afraid people would think I didn’t have any hair. Saddening, huh? But once prom came around, I fell in love with extensions and couldn’t see myself without it anymore. To be beautiful meant to have bundles of hair flowing down my back.
Part two of lesson two:
Due to the fact that our hair is untamable and wild, we must permanently straighten it to look acceptable in society. If we don’t do so, we may miss possible job opportunities that we probably could’ve gotten if our hair was straight.
Lesson Number 3: Darker skin + big hair = more problems.
I’ll never forget my senior year of high school. My sister and I were two of the very few Black people casted in our school’s huge production: 42nd Street. Our excitement was quickly squashed when we noticed we weren’t included in our favorite scene. As we sat out and watch them rehearse, we noticed something. Every girl lightly dancing around in tutus were fair skinned with silky, long tresses. I couldn’t help but tear up at our “misfortune.”
Asides from that scene, along with everyone else, we had to wear wigs. It was easy for the directors to find one for me because I had a perm but it was difficult to find one for my sister because she was natural. Again, yet another problem with us.
Lesson Number 4: “Ethnic hairstyles” on us looks…trashy. (So basically, we should stray away from not just wearing our hair out, but from braids and dreads, too!)
We’ve seen this when Kendall Jenner was accredited for an “epic”, new look: cornrolls. And now we see it with Giuliana Rancic saying that because Zendaya wore dreads, she must have smelled of “patchouli” and “weed.”
Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely, positively love Zendaya. She’s a poised, stylish and reputable young woman. And so her response to Giuliana Rancic made me adore her even more. It moved me to the point where I had to create this post, to shed light on the expectations America has on African-Americans.
Lesson Number 5: Black people, America says: “Contrary to your belief and India Arie, you are your hair…and you are your skin, too.”
When you consider hair, you consider color. We deal with the color of our skin, and within the color, we deal with the shade. We deal with the texture and we deal with the length of our hair. Our hair represents who we are to society, as stereotypical and racial it may be.
I do not consider Giuliana Rancic a racist. That comment was ignorant, yes. And we will hear a lot more of degrading remarks in this life, but do not confuse racism with ignorance and do not allow negativity to cause you to seep low with ignorant comments of your own. Handle with regality, with grace, with poise.
Heck, handle it like Zendaya.
* Photo Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com
Hey, hi, hellooooo! I received so much feedback from my last WSP recap, that I figured I should post some more experiences with you all! I think I’ll be doing these every two weeks – I would say once a week but honestly, sometimes I just…don’t wanna! haha But anyway, where to begin?
Oh yes, Monday. Continue reading