Current Obsession // Sunglass Fiend

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For some reason (I dunno, SUMMER?) my passing interest in lunettes de soleil has taken a turn and blossomed into a full-blown problem. I started the season with two pairs, and have somehow, against my will and better judgment, accumulated all of the above, including a fancy schmancy prescription transitions pair.

I figure while I’m at it and the sun is still shining, why not go whole hog and create a full-on sunglass wardrobe?

SHOP IT!


Now, the question remains: what’s the best way to store these babies? Any suggestions?

Style // On the Fringes

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My favorite vintage Afghan necklace was calling out for something embroidered and/or fringe-y to go with it, so I picked up this perfect Pepin tee at Sloane’s garage sale. I promise I shop other places, but your girl is all about a good deal, mmkay?

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Vintage choker from The Little Mahatma, woven mini-bag from Kilimanjaro African Heritage

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I wore it with high-waisted Madewell jeans I chopped off and heavy drop earrings that I can only wear for a few hours at a time but refuse to get rid of, because that’s what you do for fashion, loves. Sometimes you gotta slay in shifts.

SHOP IT!

Style // Black & White & Sweat All Over

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It’s hot out hurr, but leave it to me to sweat my way through the heat wave in my favorite color combo and bracelet-as-choker contraption.

I picked up this breezy little top on sale at Sloane, and guys, the sales right now are INSANE. Now is the time to shop for the trendy little pieces you couldn’t convince yourself to invest in at full price, or that high end item you couldn’t really afford otherwise. Most stores are in the process of making room for their first shipments of Fall merchandise, which usually start arriving between late July and early August. It’s only polite to help them clear out some space, no?

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I’ve picked a few of my favorite sale items* below. Now go forth and shop it like it’s hot before everything is gone!



*These are affiliate links, which
means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission.

Untitled (How Does It Feel)

Photo: Tiernae Salley

Photo: Tiernae Salley

Last Friday was a weird day. After waking up to news of yet another violent tragedy for the third time in as many days, I was terminated. No, not in the futuristic cyborg assassination sense. As in my position was eliminated. I was fired.

I packed up my desk in a daze. I called my mom. I cried. Like any relationship, even if it’s one that’s not working anymore, leaving hurts. Especially when it’s not by choice.

Once home, I tried not to panic. I asked for advice from the Being Boss Facebook group. I watched this video of Oprah “tha Gawd” Winfrey at least 10 times. I made lists of things to do/try/learn. I wrote down the scraps and fragments of thoughts that would eventually become this post.

In a way, getting terminated was a relief. I’d been feeling trapped by the amount of time I was required to spend at the office, frustrated by the 9-5 timeframe that didn’t take into account when I’m most productive. I’d been annoyed that I wasn’t able to do things to further my personal and professional skills because they occurred during work hours. I felt extremely guilty about not being as happy and fulfilled as I thought I should be doing what was, for all intents and purposes, my dream job. So many people would love this job, I thought. Who am I to be so unappreciative? How greedy must I be?

The thing is, I do appreciate the time I spent at the magazine. I learned a lot about writing, design, and creative direction from my super talented coworkers. I made some awesome contacts with photographers, fellow stylists, and business owners that I hope to work with again someday. I learned that I’m happiest and most fulfilled when I have complete autonomy over my time and energy, which ultimately translates to working for myself.

Something inside me–the thing that that led me to sell calligraphy to my friends in elementary school, to start a blog and accompanying magazine on a whim, to create a podcast when I had no idea how to create a podcast–has been planting the seeds of entrepreneurship for as long as I can remember. I’d been trying to hold out for security’s sake, but the universe clearly grew tired of my procrastination.

So yeah, this little birdie got kicked out of the nest. But I’m gonna learn to fly.

CLOSED Giveaway // Inspired by Women with a Vision (Sponsored)

Photo: Claudia Hershner

Photo: Claudia Hershner

My first encounter with feminism came via a Fabulous Five book I read in elementary school. The main character (Jana) notes that her friend Katie is deep into the “women’s movement,” which sent me scurrying to my mother to ask what that meant. I don’t remember exactly what she told me, but I know that it wasn’t until years later, when I did a mental rewind and remembered that book, that I understood what Jana was saying: Katie was awesome because feminism is awesome because women are awesome.

Honestly, women never cease to amaze me. I’m surrounded by friends and family and influencers I admire for their humor, intellect, compassion, and vision.
It took vision for Oprah to build a media empire focused on teaching people to live their best lives.

It took vision for my friend Leah Spurrier to recognize the best way to nurture her talent and grow a home-based business into design and lifestyle brand HighStreet.

It took vision for Beyonce to persistently push the concept of a visual album, progressing from B’Day to Beyonce to the visually and emotionally arresting Lemonade.

It took vision for Zim Ugochukwu to conceive a network and life-changing cultural experiences for underserved travelers of color via Travel Noire.

It took vision for my friend Amy Scalia to create online magazine Cincy Chic when hyper-local digital publications were a relatively new idea.

It took vision for Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo to create an online home for independent designers, their products, and their stories.

It took vision for all of the women I highlight on the Creative City podcast and in the Curated Creatives newsletter – to the point where I’m actually having to seek out men doing cool stuff – to fiercely and passionately pursue doing the thing they love.

Photo: Claudia Hershner

Photo: Claudia Hershner

I learn something from all of the women around me, and I’m constantly inspired by their work, their advice, and their willingness to share their shortcomings and accomplishments. They’re all pursuing a vision, and their example encourages me to work on my own – both intellectually and physically.

As a longtime four-eyes (since 4th grade, woot!), I’m happy to partner with Zenni Optical to recognize the positive impact women make in all our lives. We honor their strength through stylish and affordable eyewear so that everyone can see and appreciate their achievements and talents clearly. To that end, I’m giving away a gift card for one pair of glasses up to $150! See how cute their glasses are?

Photo: Claudia Hershner

Photo: Claudia Hershner

To be eligible to win, leave a comment about the women who inspire you, or post a link to your favorite pair of Zenni frames. I got these awesome square frames in tortoiseshell (for when I’m feeling classic) and marbled ombre (for when I’m feeling trendy). The giveaway ends on 6/2/16, so enter below now! UPDATED: Congrats to the winner, Jayedee!
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