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.
Smikle’s Carribean heritage is sprinkled all throughout her handcrafted lenses. There’re even some Carnival inspired pieces.
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.
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.
We all know that ideas without action stay ideas and Myles Loftin has come to show that he understands that concept as well.
Myles Loftin is a 19 year old photographer who’s taking action to change the stereotypical depiction of black males.
His recent project, HOODED, tackles the importance of positive representation, while providing a perfect example of said positive representation.
Loftin focuses on the association of the hoodie worn on black males. In contemporary American society, the hoodie is a clothing garment that seems to automatically assume a threat if on the body of a black male (see: Trayvon Martin). Loftin seeks to take back the meaning of the hoodie through a stark contrast of the “dark, scary thug” label and that contrast is bright colors and happy young black males
I noticed that beyond targeting the “thug” stereotype, HOODED also challenges the widespread belief that men who show any kind of femininity or emotion are gay and that being gay is terrible. I can think of about ten people off the top of my head who would automatically say these photos are “gay”. The smiles on the models’ faces are expressions of pure, unadulterated joy not held back by anyone’s definition. Those smiles show that you truly can be whatever the hell you want, that you are defined by your own self-expression.
HOODED seeks to reaffirm that black males should be able to make unsupervised fashion choices without being labeled as something negative.
Since we’re on the natural hair appreciation train, why not talk about Solange?
Solange is another celebrity confidently helping keep natural hair appreciation in the spotlight. Rocking what looks like a good ol’ twist out, Solange flaunts her unabashed naturalness on the cover of feminist magazine Bust.
Previews of the editorial shoot (pictured throughout) show Solange against neutral backgrounds in some interesting pieces.
The pieces are minimalist in color and and eclectic in design at the same time, giving the entire set of photos the same vibe. It’s the perfect balance between weird and polished that Solange is known for.
Besides gracing us with her style, readers can also expect to be graced with her words in her article titled “I am a Proud Black Feminist”. Her album “A Seat at the Table” spoke (sang, I guess) a lot of truth, so I can imagine this account will be a refreshing reflection of that same honesty.
First of all, LOOK AT THAT HAIR! Look at it. Observe it. Love it.
Cipriana (above, left) and Takenya “TK” (right) Quann are two sisters who are bringing more awareness to the beautiful capabilities of black hair. Having both previously felt that their hair was a barrier, the sister duo turned their self-created hair confidence into a lucrative, yet socially uplifting platform.
From grade school to the modeling industry, the Quann sisters have felt, like many of us, the resistance to and prejudice towards black hair. Instead of continuing to let it lower their self esteem, the pair decided to embrace their natural state. Along with friend Nikisha Brunson, the Quanns created their blog UrbanBush Babes. Their original intent was to create a place for women of color to feel comfortable with themselves while simultaneously dismantling derogatory stereotypes. The two have been making moves and turning heads ever since.
In a time when black people’s hair is still misunderstood and chastised by a large part of society (remember when the U.S. government banned dreads for it’s employees?), it is important that people like the Quann sisters have a big platform. Representation plays a big role in social acceptance. Personally I’ve never seen natural black hair this long nor did I think those lengths were even possible. Let’s not forget the ignorant, but widely believed sentiment that black people’s hair just doesn’t grow at all (I can’t tell ya how many times I’ve actually heard this). The majesty of the Quanns’ hair makes it extremely difficult, to further believe anything negative about black hair and that’s the kind of inspiration we need.
Here’s a few more pictures because, why not, the Quanns are fantastic.
In exciting fashion news, Rihanna is back with Puma for another collaborative season. This time she has previewed her Fall/Winter 2017 collection and released her Spring 2017 shoe collection as well. Described as if Marie Antoinette went to the gym, … Continue reading →
As we approach March, the weather in Charleston has finally started to hover around the mid 60’s and low 70’s. Charlestonians are shedding jackets for short sleeves and street style is quickly shuffling from Winter to Spring.
I’m a sucker for eclectic patterns so this fellow’s shirt snatched my attention immediately.
Name: Treshawn Ford
Treshawn Ford is a junior at the College of Charleston and a Charleston native.
Julia: So what was the inspiration behind your outfit today? Could you tell me a little bit about your pieces?
Treshawn: Well my inspiration behind my outfit was that cool but flashy feeling I always feel. My grandfather is also African so I decided to bring channel some of that with my shirt and my beads.
T: I actually got my shirt from the women’s section at Goodwill. Instead of a women’s shirt or a men’s shirt I turned it into a Trey’s shirt.
J: How would you describe your usual style?
T: I would say subtle and flashy. I like to play around until I find two colors and then expand on them. Its like telling a story.
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.
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!
Toy Story Woody Denims Purchased from Ebay Midi Legnth Camel Brown T shirt Dress – www.bellabrownplus.com
Contrary to what’s becoming popular belief braids and/or cornrows is and will always be African culture. So, do not excuse the cultural appropriation when it comes to braids, cornrows or anything else that gets culturally smudged by white America. I’m not gonna sugar coat anything due to my need to call a duck a duck and not calling a duck a bird that quacks.
Any who, If anyone knows me they will tell you that I’m a braid girl. I LOVE braids. I get my hair braided at least three times through out the year. I choose Senegalese twist as the best braiding style simply because it’s my favorite style and I want you all to adopt it as your favorite too. I know that’s a little manipulative, but so what they’re beautiful, well kept, protective styling for natural hair and you should just take my advice. I would never lead you wrong. I have a few suggestions for you beauties if your deciding to take my advice and make your next braiding style Senegalese twist.
Select a color that compliments your skin tone. You could go online to ikickshins.net and select colors for you extension install. If they don’t have what you need in the store shopping online works for braiding hair just like it works for buying bundles.
Go to a professional. If you don’t know someone that braids well, and will braid to protect your hair opposed to braiding so tight until your eyes kisses your ears go to someone that will preserve your edges and help promote hair growth.
It’s okay to wash your braids. Pull your braids up in a high loose pony tail or bun, and have your friend, sister, husband, mom or brother wash them for you, or figure out how to do it yourself. Focus on your scalp and use a CoWash product like As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner. By using a CoWash you will cleanse your natural hair and scalp without drying out your tresses.
Enjoy your Senegalese Twist. Where them with pride knowing that your braids isn’t just a hairstyle to wear for fashion. Braids are apart of African culture and beautiful heritage.
I hope by now that everyone has heard about Tamra Braxton and The Real’s feud. If not here’s a quick rundown. Tamar was released from her duties (fired) as one of the host of the daytime talk show The Real, and it wasn’t a very amicable separation. Now there’s an open slot and one out of these four beauties will be the new face of The Real. Will it be Ashanti, Mel B, Monica or Eve?
Who will be chosen as the new host? Who do you want to be chosen? Do you think the show will be able to survive without Tamar’s outgoing personality? Questions, questions, let me know and leave your comments.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Tonight was the night for the hot Summer reveal of Tammy Rivera’s swimwear line on Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta. Tammy Rivera is the wife of rapper Waka Flocka. Tammy has now stepped into the fashion designer lane making an even bigger name for herself and making a loyal customer out of me.
With celebs like NeNe Leaks and gal pal Bambi rocking her line fans all around will have these suits flying off the shelves. If your shy on showing skin, this line of swimwear may not be for you. Lets just say these suits are more for wear and stare instead of fun in the sun. When you attend your next pool side event that doesn’t really require a fun dive into water, grab your hottest pair of stilettos and Tammy Rivera Swimwear.
Do you all ever wonder where the originators of hip -hop dancing went? I’m talking about the original you got served style of dance. The Omarion and Marcus Huston type dancers before things, “changed”. What about the beginners of authentic rap music and hip hop before it became “mainstream” and replicated by the “masses”. How about the authentic ethnic beauty features of a black woman like the beautiful and cornbread fed Porche Williams, full lips, full hips, and plump derrieres, before the Kim K’s, and Kylie’s bought and attached those features to their bodies and made it “a thing.” Do you ever wonder what happened to these people, the originators of black culture? Well, we’re still here living and still having our culture smudged. Is it okay to become obsolete in specific areas while other people adopt, and/or steal our culture? Does it affect our identities? What do we do about the black culture smudge?
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?
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.
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.
“Following the trailer of “Mzansi Style Guide,” we bring you the first episode of our three-part series which looks at South Africa’s street culture and the personalities that make up its creative landscape ….” By Arthur Bray
“In this segment, we visit concept store Area 3, sneaker boutique DIP ST. and local hangout Father Coffee, all of which have become bastions of light for the streetwear community in Jozi. Tucked away on the second floor of an inconspicuous mall, DIP ST. has become a mainstay for those looking for both local and foreign brands. While DIP’s operations continue to be hindered by crime (with founder Tusa Mamba putting a halt on sneaker campouts for the safety of his customers), the store and its surrounding retailers take pride in bridging the gap between rare, quality designs from Europe and the Far East with its loyal customer base. Check out “Braamfontein Scene” above and stay tuned for episode 2 ….” By Arthur Bray