What’s Poppington: Tnemnroda Eyewear

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Embellished eye-wear has gotten about 500% more extra than the Kanye shutter glasses from 2007, but that’s not a bad thing. Jewelry encrusted, colored lenses have started to pop up on the faces of many and Samantha Smikle is providing us with unique, fairly affordable options.

Tnemroda (pronounced Nem – row – dah) Maison grew from an idea of Smikle’s to add a chain to the side of her sunglasses. Interest in her fashion-forward creations grew enough to eventually blossom into a successful business.

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Smikle’s Carribean heritage is sprinkled all throughout her handcrafted lenses. There’re even some Carnival inspired pieces.
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The New York based brand is bold and unique with a positive mission statement. Smikle says that “When a woman wears Tnemnroda, I hope that she feels like an amplified version of herself–incredibly beautiful, empowered and full of fiery ambition.” Those words are plastered on the front page of the brand’s website.

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Prices range from 20-$150, which isn’t much to support an entrepreneur, especially compared to a pair of $200 Raybans. I’m not even the type to pay more than $6 for some sunglasses, but I’m probably gonna cop a pair or four.

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What’s Poppington: Toy Story Vans Collection With Fashion Tips

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Malibu Dollface is one of my all time favorite YouTube vloggers. Every video he does is slayed and done to perfection. While searching online for the new Toy Story Vans I ran across his Toy Story Look book that features the new Vans, Forever 21, and JoyRich pieces. If you are a sneaker head and you love unique fashion this post is for you. So, press play and enjoy.

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JoyRich Toy Story Collection

If you are interested in purchasing shoes from the Toy Story Van Collection I highly urge you to visit the Vans website. Most common sizes are sold out however, if you do a thorough search you may be able to find your size from other retailers online. If they are not available on the official Vans website try shopping on eBay for genitally used or untouched items. I ordered mine from an eBay seller. Good Luck!

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Toy Story Woody Denims Purchased from Ebay Midi Legnth Camel Brown T shirt Dress – www.bellabrownplus.com

What’s Poppington: 10 Black Owned Fashion Companies To Shop

If you haven’t been watching the news lately or surfing informative content on the web, then you may have missed H&M’s little apology in regards to their marketing/advertising and who they feel delivers a more positive message: H&M apologized last week for a comment on Twitter that said white models portray a more “positive image” for the brand,according to Eyewitness News.

In light of H&M getting exposed (and many others will follow) I felt that it was most necessary to provide my dear readers my top ten list of black owned fashion companies to shop. I picked ten companies to feature that has an array of selections in the fashion arena. if you don’t like my selections please feel free to pick your own and spend your money with a smile and pride while knowing that your not being viewed as a negative influence.

Bôhten’s mission is to establish an eyewear manufacturing supply chain on the African Continent. Through this we inspire to change the face of Africa with a vision that advocates education, sustainable employment, social responsibility and environmental awareness in fashion globally. -Bohten-

Bohten is high quality online shopping from the mother land its self. If you like the finer things in life and like being asked that ego stroking question, “where did you get that”,  exclusive eye wear shopping is one click away. Bohten.com

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Established in 2011, CanDid Art Accessories is inspired infinitely by research and affinity with African visual culture, indigenous design vernacular, and cosmic geometry.  Each piece is handcrafted and is created for the fearless fashion enthusiast who desires to make a statement without saying a word. CanDid Art designs are known for their use of various chains, assortment of metals, semi-precious stones and recycled materials. -Candid Art-

Candid Art has sensual body jewelry and accessories made by hand and obviously designed with taste as well as technique. These statement pieces should be added to your collection. Don’t wait shop now. Candid Art

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Fly Jane is one of my all time favorite online retailers to shop from. Can you say fashion, fashion, fashion! While typing that I was smiling the whole time. So imagine how elated I was to find out that they are black owned. Do not wait on this one guys, check out what they have immediately. Fly Jane

The top three companies are my three favorite picks out of the ten. I’m more then sure you will find your top three or maybe you will fall in love with them all. Enjoy shopping for your new black owned fashion company to support. This list will help you on your journey.

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Endless Couture

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What’s Poppington: Nude Lingerie For Women of Color

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I remember speaking with a friend at work about this line of nude lingerie for black woman, and while having that conversation I thought to myself my prayers have been answered. All to often when getting dressed for what ever occasion a plain black bra and pantie set just doesn’t fit the bill and when you go shopping you’ll most definitely find nude underwear, just not your shade of nude.

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Well girls,fret no more. Nubian Skin has answered our prayers and they have an array of nude skin tones to select from, as well as they should, being that our beautiful black hue comes in many shades.

Nubian Skin founder, Ade Hassan, decided it was time for ‘a different kind of nude’.

Inspired by trail blazing women, Eunice W. Johnson and super model Iman, who created Fashion Fair and Iman cosmetics, Ade took the leap and created Nubian Skin.  It’s been an uphill battle, but every revolution starts somewhere.

Nubian Skin launched with a carefully edited collection of lingerie and hosiery to provide the essential underwear needs of women of colour.  Headquartered in London, Nubian Skin delivers worldwide and looks forward to growing the company’s offering and expanding its reach.

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To Shop Nubian Skin visit www.nubianskin.com  plus sizes are available as well.

Whats Poppington: “Dem Thick Up Gal” and Monif C Swimwear

 

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Summer is here, and as a Charleston SC native, I can assure you that it isn’t going to get any cooler anytime soon. For the fuller figured women or “dem thick up gal” this means less clothes and more skin. So, what do you do, or I should say what should “dem thick up gal” do?

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Swimwear for full figured women aren’t the most attractive selections seen in your local or big box retailers. I feel that all women are beautiful no matter what size, but lets be honest, retailers do not cater to fashion, and style when making plus size clothing. So again, what do you do? You go somewhere that offers what you want and need. These few words can solve all of your swimwear shopping dilemmas. shop online at Monif C.

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While surfing the web I ran across this online boutique and I was happily impressed. Monif C offers designer clothing for all occasions along with designer swimwear. If you fall in the plus size, full figure, or thick up category you need to shop Monif C. The clothing is sexy, sophisticated and fashionable. For a higher end designer boutique the pieces are moderately priced yet affordable for that chic diva that doesn’t mind spending  some coins on boutique prices. Take my word for it, every cent will be well worth your purchase.

What’s Poppington: Trinidad and Tobago’s Delia Alleyne Creates High Fashion

 

"Let's Paint" collection by fashion designer Delia Alleyne. www.DeliaAlleyne.com

“Let’s Paint” collection by fashion designer Delia Alleyne. www.DeliaAlleyne.com

High fashion with Caribbean inspiration is the perfect look for Summer 2016. Bold colorful trendsetting pieces is what you’ll get with the Let’s Paint collection by Delia Alleyne. Residing in Trinidad and Tobago, Delia creates fashions tailored towards confident women. Painting is like a metaphor for life…“, explains Delia. “We are born as blank canvases waiting to be. Then moment by moment; stroke by stroke… We create life’s memories by applying one colorful moment in our life at a time.” The “Let’s Paint” women’s fashion collection offers a splash of colorful contrast against black silhouettes. The line was introduced during the September 2015 market week in New York City. Rompers, jackets, funky trousers and that classic little black dress are available in the collection. Do not hesitate to shop and browse more fashions at www.deliaalleyne.com.

"Let's Paint" collection by fashion designer Delia Alleyne. www.DeliaAlleyne.com

“Let’s Paint” collection by fashion designer Delia Alleyne. www.DeliaAlleyne.com

Who’s Poppington: Azealia Banks Interview Hot 97

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This is the very controversial interview with Azealia Banks on Hot 97. I loved listening to her views and felt every emotion she felt. I love her. I’ve been listening to her since she dropped, before she became super popular. She is the truth. One of PrettynPoppingtons favorite people. She has a voice and she’s not afraid of who hears what she has to say. In my opinion she is a true definition of hip hop in an uncut and raw sense, not this watered down mainstream bullshit that gets pushed to the masses as a facade and/or stolen images and portrayals of hip hop from corporate America. Check her out. You may or may not like what shes saying, but keep in mind, Hip hop is Black American culture and no matter what mainstream hip hop says or try to erase, that’s where it began with black people in the streets of New York. Shes passionate about her views. I say rightfully so, and I’m with you.

Whats Pop pington: Yeezy’s New New Shoe…By Adidas

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Kanye West announced a couple of weeks ago that his next “Yeezy” sneaker, and first since signing with adidas, will be releasing this upcoming November. Mr.West made the announcement during a performance at his tour in Australia where he stated that his fist sneaker with adidas would be more widely available compared to his previous Yeezy sneakers that were released with The Swoosh.

It is now being announced via sneaker analyst and Forbes contributor Matt Powell, that the Louis Vuiton Don’s first collaboration sneaker with adidas will be released in small quantities. Read more on ~KicksOnFire.com~

Who’s Poppington: Rita Ora, Her Tussled Look and Louboutin’s

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Rita Ora has caught my eye again with one of her many looks. I’m not sure if she’s exploring different stylist or just have a need for changing things up, but what ever it is I like it. Her hair is bed time sexy, she’s wearing the plunging neck line extremely well, and most important her shoes are killer. That’s why they are posted first. I simply Love this look, Rita Ora is Poppington.

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Whats Poppington: Beyonce and Nicki Minaj Flawless Remix

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Beyonce has given everyone the response they were looking for to the elevator brawl between her sister Solange and husband Jay-Z. I love her response by the way, it was a boss ass statement to make, while rapping, and to put some stank on it she has Nicki Minaj as a featured rapper. All of this you can catch on the Flawless remix . She’s a baddie can’t deny it. The lyrics that were recited by Bey are below and the tack may be down there as well so you can hear Nicki’s verses, Check it out.

These thots can’t clock me nowadays
You wish I was your poundcake
Boy you know I look good as f-ck
Wish I was your baby mama
Want me to come around and give you good karma
But no
We escalating
Up in this b-tch like elevators
Of course sometime sh-t go down when there’s a billion dollars on an elevator
Of course sometime sh-t go down when there’s a billion dollars on an elevator
Goddamn, Goddamn, Goddamn

Would you like to hear it?…oh ok, press play below

Whats Poppington: LuChi Royale: Crowning The Brand

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The words quoted below are words from “The Genesis” page on the LuChi Royale website. Reading the statement below simply made me feel divine and one with my inner royal spirit. LuChi Royale delivers a luxurious feel to men and women who require the upper echelon in designer fashions. I for one have my eyes on the wool and leather graphic printed varsity jacket. I’m all over it, for real. I’ve fallen in love with this brand and their from my hometown…that’s right Charleston SC. I’m keeping my eyes on these guys, and you should too, they’re developing a culture.

LuChi Royale Clothing Co. isn’t for the average person. Its for those who claim much more than is offered. For the leaders of today. The originators. The Boundary Pushers. The Risk Takers. The Kings…Royalty. See everyone cant grasp the concept of the responsibility of a King. A King just isn’t put into place to rule. He’s there for the people, to lead, to protect, and to represent. Same goes for Queens. We believe our product embodies the life of an everyday modern king and queen leading there people to their prime.”

Whats Poppington: Rita Ora for Cavalli Fall/Winter 2014

Prettynpoppington-Rita-Ora-for-Roberto-Cavalli-3 If you cant figure out who this is at first glance your not alone. It’s Rita Ora, She looks absolutely stunning. Not that she doesn’t any other time, but seeing her in this image is breath taking, and I’m sure she’s slimmed down quit a bit. Rita is the face of  Cavalli Fall/Winter 2014 collection. She’s giving us nothing less than glam, sex, sophistication, and style all in one. Muy caliente Rita, muy caliente. See more pic prettynpoppigto-rita-ora-cavalli-3

Whats Poppington: Beyonce and Blue Ivy Day

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Beyonce and Blue Ivy

I’ve been trying to avoid doing a post on Beyonce and her adorable little girl, Blue Ivy for days now. My reason is I didn’t want to make a big deal out of B being a great mom and spending time with her child because their’s tons of great moms out there, I aspire to be one some day. Well, I couldn’t help it. I strolled by the pic above for the last time and I had to post it too. If your a Pretty-N-Poppington follower you know I post what’s poppington to me not whats trending. You may say that I’m killing myself in the popularity contest, and I say I don’t give a tart fart…lol. Any who, I love these pics of mommy Beyonce and baby Blue Ivy, and I’m sure you will too.

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Adorable “Mommy and Baby feet”

Whats Poppington: Marc by Marc Jacobs Casting Call

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Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley spearheaded the search to find a face for the first ad campaign for Marc by Marc Jacobs. They searched the social media airwaves for a model and came across more than a few wonderfully different individuals. The fashion house of Marc Jacobs announced that aspiring models could submit applications via the #CastMeMarc hashtag. In return gaining a flood of selfies almost immediately. The results of the search are the individuals you’ll soon see once you press the play button in the video below. If you love quirky, unique style and people like I do, you’ll love watching whats in store.

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