Black Lives Matter: A Callout Post

Honestly, when I woke up and read about Philando Castile, tiredness washed over me. And then it was just a feeling of despair.

I’m tired of a lot of things. I’m tired of being broke all the time. I’m tired of the shitty suburb I live in. I’m tired of black men and women being brutally murdered by the police. My people are being killed by the police and their murders are being sanctioned by the people who are supposed to protect them.

The police are supposed to protect and serve. For a long time, I believed that. I believed that our lily-white police force was going to protect and serve my black ass just like they protect and serve white people on the daily. Wrong.

Looking back, my naivety was laughable. As I grew up, I noticed more and more differences in the way my mother and I were treated in comparison to our white neighbors. One night, I remember my  mother being stopped for driving too slow. The police then accused her of driving drunk even though my mother had never touched a drop of alcohol in her damn life. They arrested her and took her to the police station. That was the first time in my life that I had truly felt fear. The whole time this was happening, I just remember my hands shaking profusely and my teeth chattering. Those feelings have still stuck with me after many years. That night was when I realized I couldn’t truly trust the police.

When the police are killing my people simply for existing, how can I trust them? When Philando Castile was shot in front of his girlfriend and daughter, how can I trust the police? When Alton Sterling was shot for selling CDs, how can I trust the police? When Sandra Bland was shot for no fucking reason, how can I trust the police? Everyday when I turn on the news, I hear about another black person being murdered. If the people who are supposed to protect and serve the people are brutalizing and murdering the people, how can I trust the damn police?

As a black woman living in America, I feel disgusted. I’ve been disgusted since Michael Brown’s murder. I”ve been disgusted since Sandra Bland’s murder. I’m disgusted with a country that allows black people to be murdered because they’re black. The fact that blackness is inherently viewed as a threat sickens me. I want this to change. I want to not feel afraid of the police. Sometimes, I pretend that America really upholds its values of equality, liberty, and justice. Then I wake up, turn on the news, and hear of another black person being murdered by the police. The facade of liberty and justice for all is shattered once again.

 This is a beauty and fashion blog. However, I’m not going to write a review of fucking skincare products when my people are in danger. Silence in the face of opression is violence. Staying silent about black people being systematically murdered indicates that you have taken the side of the oppressor. It indicates that you could give two solitary shits about institutional racism. I understand that as a beauty blogger, a fashion blogger, a lifestyle blogger, or whatever type of blogger you are, you’re trying to preserve a brand. Get sponsorships. Become famous. Make money. And that’s fine. Whatever. But at the same time, is it that hard to simply acknowledge that black people are being murdered in the streets? Is it that hard to tweet #blacklivesmatter, or to make an Instagram post. Even a fucking Facebook post would be better than sitting on your ass just for the sake of preserving your “brand.” In the face of violence, your silence is defeaning and condones what’s happening to American citizens.

Next week, I’ll be back at it with your scheduled posts. But this week, I needed to rant and get shit off my mind. If I just ignored what was happening to my people, I would be a complete damn hypocrite. In fact, I would’ve been somewhat disgusted with myself. Moreso, I’m disgusted with the fact that some of the people who call themselves “influencers” can’t use their platforms to bring light to the systematic racism that is the American police system.  As long as I run this struggle blog, I’ll always continue to speak out on what my people have to endure in this shitty country. On an ending note, always remember that #blacklivesmatter. Always.

 

Bougie Fashion Finds: Part Deux

As I was digging in the depths of my mind for a new blog post that wasn’t complete and utter shit, it came to me. I scrolled through my blog for it and then I found it: an old post called ‘Bougie Fashion Finds.‘  Because the 4th of July is right around the corner and my favorite stores are literally pulling sales out of their asses, I decided to continue my Bougie Fashion Finds series after abandoning it for other shit. I hope y’all noticed how I used the French word for two instead of using, good ol’ American. I’m trying to transform this blog into a transracial, transethnic, and multicultural blog in an attempt to snatch up some sponsorships and become internet famous. Anyways, let’s just jump right into this post with my first bougie selection!

The Silk Panel Top

 

 

COS is literally my dream store and its aesthetic makes my mouth water.  Unfortunately, I’m broke and usually can’t afford anything from here, but COS is having a 50% off sale and I ordered this beautiful silk panel v-neck top. Layered pieces have never really been my thing because I usually find them tacky, unflattering, and just a mess in general, but I really adored this piece because of the contrasting materials in one color. Pastel blue is one of my favorite colors, and the hue of this shirt looked beautiful on the website. The slightly boxy fit is also appealing, because I find that a lot of tops like this have no shape and I end up looking like I threw a fucking trash bag on and called it a day. For $50, this is a great steal and I’m hoping it lasts a long ass time.

 

The Romper

 

 

I’m very ‘meh’ on rompers. Some of them look amazing and some look like a complete damn mess, but I honestly could give two fucks about the perfect romper to add to my wadrobe. After a long day of internet fuckery, I found this piece on Loft’s website, and I just fell in love with the romper. The floral detailing + the rust orange color + the v-neck = a flawless one-piece. It was like lust at first sight. I almost shelled out the $79.50 the romper would’ve originally cost because I liked this piece so much, but Loft pulled through with that 4th of July sale, and I got to buy it for half off. Shout out to the 4th of July, because them sales have been leaving my wallet happy, and my inner shopaholic happy.

 

The Frayed Hem Denim Shorts

 

 

When it was about 3000 fucking degrees outside, I searched my struggle wardrobe for a pair of denim shorts to throw on. I made a horrifying discovery: I didn’t have any decent shorts. The only shorts I had were these ugly ass shorts I bought from the dollar store because I had nothing else to wear. Lemme tell y’all, these shorts were ugly as fuck and I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing them outside of my house. On the flip side, these shorts from Mixxmix were exactly what I needed for the summer heat. High waisted shorts give my nonexistent ass some life and these fit the bill. The frayed ends were also appealing considering I’m not the biggest fan of a rolled up hem. What really made these a bougie fashion find was the price: These shorts were only $21.30 and right now Mixxmix has them on sale for $17.04!

 

The Wrap Dress

 

 

 

I absolutely love a cute ass dress and Aritzia came the fuck through with what I was looking for. Usually, I take one look at Aritzia and cry tears of blood because everything is so damn expensive, but today was the day y’all. It was the day I actually purchased something from Aritzia. My dress collection is composed of fancy ass dresses for fancy ass occassions, and I just wanted something I could throw on and carry on with the rest of my day. This dress fit the bill. The grey color is subdued while the wrapped hem at the bottom makes the dress seem more sophisticated then it actually is. Also, the fit was lovely and I’m always up for purchasing a bodycon dress that makes me look and feel great.

 

The Short Crochet Top

 

 

When I think crochet, I used to think of needles, yarn, and struggling. I was complete shit at crocheting y’all. This top gives crochet a new meaning. Instead of serving y’all a fresh, heaping plate of struggle, this top is serving up fresh boho vibes.When I first saw this on Zara’s website, I scrolled past it mainly because of my fear of halter tops and my aversion to crocheted shit. On second glance though, I could feel the top calling to me and my empty wallet. For $9.99, there wasn’t much to lose and I’ll be slaying heauxs on the beach in my lil’ top.

 

So that concludes my second ‘Bougie Fashion Finds’ post and I actually think I won’t abandon it like I do with the rest of my ideas. As usual, any constructive criticism is welcomed and encouraged. What are your recent fashion finds? Any favorite new things you’ve purchased? Leave a comment below letting me know, because this girl wants to know about new fashionable shit you’ve found.

The Ultimate Shopping Guide For Broke Niggas

This post is dedicated to all my broke niggas out there. I understand the struggle of having no money to buy shit you want. Yet at the same time, you still want to be fly as fuck. This is going to be a comprehensive list of clothing stores that are affordable AND fashionable. Let’s just jump right into this long ass guide!

  • 2020ave – This store is somewhat underrated, but it’s quickly become one of my favorite stores for fast fashion pieces and shoes at an affordable price. Seriously, check out their shoe section. It’s like a mini, cheaper version of Aldo. The quality ain’t that bad either.

 

  • American Eagle – I know this sounds suspect as fuck, but AE jeans are cheap as fuck and more importantly affordable as fuck. For the girl(or guy) who’s on a budget, their jeans are an amazing steal. Occasionally I manage to snag a great pair of shoes from there(peep the sandals y’all).

 

  • ASOS  – Y’all ASOS is literally an online mall for cheap fashion. I’ve scored some amazingly cheap shoes, skirts, tops, and whatever else I need for an amazing price. With a multitude of brands, you can’t really go wrong with ASOS. Just want to note that some brands there are straight up overpriced crap, and aren’t worth your money. The ASOS brand has an amazing, and somewhat affordable line of basics(their tailored linen shorts are to die for) that can be used to build up your wardrobe from the bottom up. Their shoe selection is also lit as fuck and I’ve purchased a few pairs of statement heels from there.

 

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                                      ASOS Pixie Pointed High Heels, $26

 

  • Cotton On – Cotton On is an Australian clothing store and I’ve fallen in love with them y’all. Their bras are legitimately the best bras I’ve ever bought and beat all the competition (looking at you Victoria’s Secret). The fits are flawless and the prices y’all. They deadass are selling some of these bras for $15. $15! If you need to replace your current struggle bra, Cotton On is your store.

 

  • Dorothy Perkins – Honestly, I thought the UK based retailer looked drab and dreary as fuck the first time I visited their website, but after a bit of snooping I’ve found a couple of great basic pieces from there.  DP’s clearance section always has a few gems that won’t break the bank.

 

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                                       Black Cami Body, $12

 

  • Express – Express is an incredibly cheap store IF you catch their sales on time. Typically, Express marks their shit up to a ridiculous price and certain simps will buy their clothing at full price. What y’all need to do is wait until they have one of their sales. Usually Express’ sales get you 40 – 70% off your whole purchase. I’ve gotten some really cute, casual dresses from Express and other miscellaneous shit.

 

  • Haute Look – Daily deals on expensive designers. What more can I say? I check Haute Look every damn day for deals on handbags, shoes, clothes, and even for makeup deals.I’ll be discussing it’s sister site, Nordstrom Rack a bit below this so keep on reading!

 

  • H&M – I feel like H&M and Forever21 are basically interchangeable. Anyways, H&M is basically a fast fashion store that’s like half a step above Forever21 in terms of quality  except for a few things. Never buy any shirts for HM. Crap quality. However, H&M jeans have lowkey snatched my edges. I’ve had a pair of skinny jeans for a year and they still haven’t stretched out yet. I’m shocked to be honest. They’re literally my favorite pair of jeans ever and I got them on sale for $19.99. Check out them jeans y’all.

 

  • Forever 21 – If I didn’t include Forever 21 I’d be a complete fucking idiot to be honest. I have three rules for shopping Forever 21: never spend more than $30 on one item, read the reviews, and don’t expect stuff to last a long time. Most of the shit I buy from Forever 21 are super trendy pieces that I don’t expect to last for more than one season. Despite this fuckery, Forever 21 is home to a few really great deals. Their $1.80 camis are fabulous and have actually lasted more than one season.

 

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                    Ribbed Cami Bodycon Dress, $22.90

 

  • Loft – Loft is Ann Taylor’s less pricey, super sale having, business casual sister. At retail price, most of Loft’s pieces are way out of my small ass budget. However, literally every fucking day Loft is having some sort of 40 – 60% off sale. I’m not even joking. Considering the cheap prices due to the sales, Loft’s quality is really wonderful. The only negative thing I have to say is that their vanity sizing is ridiculous. In Loft shirts I’m somehow an extra-extra small and in their pants I’m a 00. Seriously, size down when buying from them.

 

  • Mixxmix – THIS is the store I want to rave about. I could ramble on for paragraphs about my love for this store, but I’ll keep it cute for the blog. Mixxmix is basically a Korean fast fashion store which has super low prices and great quality clothes. I was a bit concerned it was some Yoins/Zaful/Sheinside level crappy clothes, but everything I’ve bought from them has snatched my edges. They have amazing basics and trendy pieces, especially the skirts. Their skirt selection is straight fire. Two things to note: Their shoe sizes don’t go past US size 8, so you may be out of luck in that department and some of their one-size fits all clothing may not fit everyone.

 

 

  • New Look – New Look = the UK version of Forever 21. I only use New Look to buy super trendy pieces that will fall apart in about a year or so. They occasionally have some really cool shoes and in the fall they stock a variety of booties. I bought a pair of black suede flats from them, and to my surprise they weren’t horribly uncomfortable nor did they look ridiculously cheap.

 

  • Nordstrom Rack – For all those who want cheap designer goods: this is the store for you. I’ve gotten some super lit deals on shoes, designer handbags, and even some designer clothing. Nordstrom Rack has replaced TJMaxx as my go to “get cheap designer shit” store. Right now they’re having a massive up to 75% off on clearance sale, so if you want to cop some things, do it now!

 

  • Old Navy – 99% of the time Old Navy is a cesspool of shit and more shit. The other 1%, you can find some dirt cheap basics. My favorite fitted tees have come from Old Navy, including the one I was wearing in this post. Honestly, I don’t recommend much from Old Navy aside from the basics, and even recently they’ve been fucking those up. Once again, make sure you read the reviews before wasting your money because Old Navy is on some fuckshit sometimes.

 

  • Pomelo – After screwing around on YouTube for a bit, I peeped that one outfit in a lookbook  featured a piece from a store called Pomelo. I then concluded that I needed that piece in my life ASAP and decided to check it out.Once it seemed somewhat legit I placed an order. This store has become one of my absolute favorites for trendy pieces. It’s like a smaller, cheaper version of Zara. If you need trendy pieces, this is your store.

 

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                  Kenzie Gingham Double Breasted Shorts, $19

 

  • Target –  I’m not a Target girl. I prefer Walmart with all of its empty registers, disgruntled employees, and general fuckery. With that being said, Target’s Merona and Mossimo line have some great basic t-shirts and tanks. In addition to that, Target consistently collaborates with designers, and their prices are low as fuck(looking at you Lily Pulitzer). Occasionally at Target I’ll score a super comfortable + cute + cheap pair of shoes, so keep your eyes peeled for shoes as well.

 

  • Uniqlo –  Is the GOAT store of basics. If you need sweatpants, chino shorts, button up shirts, or whatever else it is you need, Uniqlo’s got it. Last year I bought this beautiful navy blue dress that’s easily dressed up or down. Their linen button up shirts are also great quality, and you can get them for $19.90 each on sale. Also, if you’re into graphic tees, Uniqlo’s going to become your new favorite store.

 

  • YesStyle  – I feel like if I didn’t include YesStyle, I’d be a faux broke nigga. Not going to lie: a lot of the products are shit, low quality garbage. However, their are some gems in terms of trendy pieces and basic pieces. When shopping on YesStyle: always read the reviews and pay attention to the sizing. I never buy anything off YesStyle that has no reviews, or if the sizing is off. With this method, I’ve snagged some super cheap trendy pieces and some pretty decent basic pieces as well. Another quick note: Never buy shoes or bags off YesStyle. It’s not worth it.

 

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                                       Chuu Pleated Mini Skirt, $20.72

 

  • Zara – Oh Zara. The quintessential fast fashion store. I’m not going to go into detail because I’m lazy and everyone knows what Zara is. Zara’s handbags are lowkey the GOAT of cheap handbags. When I want to buy a random bag that I need to go with an outfit, Zara is the first place I hit.Right now I’m also loving their selection of shorts, most of which are super cheap + super stylish.

 

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                       Faux Leather Bermudas, $29.90

 

Anyways, that concludes my little guide and I hope my fellow broke people find this helpful.  What are your favorite affordable clothing stores? Leave a comment below and tell me so I can waste money I don’t have there!