Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Let's Discuss // Vivian and Clair

If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember my post about this t-shirt. (...And me wishing it didn't cost all of $50, not including international shipping!) I came across it while browsing through another fabulous blogger's site, and I couldn't help but wish I had it in my hands -- or better yet, on my person -- at that very moment. Not only because the shirt is A-MAZING, but because of the many great things the fictional characters, Clair Huxtable and Vivian Banks, represented during the '80s, '90s and even today.

Clair Huxtable has always been my go-to TV mom and role model since as far back as I can remember. Watching The Cosby Show growing up, I admired her expressions of warm, loving kindness toward her husband and children and was in awe of her flawless ability to use that same love to cut someone up with her words if reason presented itself. Her stylish grace and elegance exuded through the television whether she was wearing a flowing evening gown or garden overalls. She showed strength and commanded respect as the worthy matriarch of the Huxtable family, and represented a gold-standard through her personal and professional accomplishments -- one that was hardly depicted in the media for the sake of 
little black girls at the time.

To this day, I still want to be Clair Huxtable. In addition to wanting to emulate her undeniable fashion sense, self-confidence, inside-and-out beauty and grace, I wanted the genuine relationship she and Cliff had. (I'm grateful to say, I think I'm pretty darn close thanks to my wonderful husband.) I was devastated when it dawned on me that Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad weren't really married in real life. Cliff and Clair's chemistry, love and preference for one another was, and still is, inspiring.

Vivian Banks, an added bonus on this t-shirt, often gets overlooked. Perhaps it's because it was the "first" Vivian who captured our hearts and to whom true Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fans remain loyal. She, too, was a character of color to look up to. The episode I will always remember her for was the one in which she was given the short stint of being Will and Carlton's Black History teacher. She truly epitomized the meaning of a strong, educated black woman who did not tolerate ignorance and was determined to stay true to her roots but not allow the past struggles to dictate her future and that of the future generation.

I know this post is a little different, but hey, that's the beauty of blogging, right? The freedom to switch things up! Plus, with mother's day coming up in a few weeks, I thought it fitting. 

So, let's discuss: Did Clair or Vivian influence you growing up? How so? Who are some of your other favorite and inspirational TV characters?

Proverbs 31:10-31

P.S. - Sorry about the horrible images from Google!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Clean + Classic

Dress: H&M (similar here and here)| Blazer: H&M (similar) | Shoes: Zara | Clutch: Forever 21 (similar)

I love to wear black. When I don't wear black, I want to get credit, so naturally my next choice is to go for bright memorable colors. I tend to forget that neutrals and pastels can create classic looks (like good ol' black) that are fun, fresh and clean-looking for spring. Best of both worlds!

The benefits of clean, classic looks are that they are smart, timeless, and always relevant regardless of the season. For someone interested in maximizing their wardrobe, investing in quality black and neutral items is a great place to start. Next, make things interesting by adding prints to your closet that are likely to be around for a while such as stripes and subtle patterns. Lastly, add a few pieces that are in your most flattering colors - and viola! - you're well-prepared to mix and match to create some head turning looks.

Just a few things to keep in mind as you do some spring cleaning... 
...and subsequent warm weather shopping.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Stand Out

Shirt: Forever 21 (similar) | Skirt: Banana Republic (similar) | Shoes: Ninewest via Ross | Clutch: Love,Cortnie

Here she is again.

This clutch is always going to stand out and be the life of the party, no matter what. 
So why not let her?

I wore this outfit on a Saturday spent running errands with my son, Adam. He's such a good baby. He's fun, friendly, loving, and for the most part he sleeps straight through the night. Quite different from all of the horror stories I've heard about babies. I hope he keeps it up. They say parents spoil the child, but he has surely spoiled me.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Clear Skies

Dress: Taylor via Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Blazer: Forever 21 (similar) | Shoes: Aldo | Clutch: Love,Cortnie

I love when the weather forecast indicates clear skies. It's ideal for photo-taking. The sun shines uninterrupted light, and there's no chance for rain. I have to take advantage of those days because the weather in Florida can never seem to make up its mind.

Ecclesiastes 11:7-8