Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pinspiration // Just My Style


Just sharing of few pins from my Pinterest board, "Just My Style." I've always been a fan of simple pairings, delicate designs and full skirts, so naturally I'm ecstatic that all of those classic style staples are all the hype for this spring and summer.

I'm going to try to recreate some of these looks and share them here on the blog. Stay tuned.

Check out more "Just My Style" pins here and follow along.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Cheerful

Dress: Zara | Shoes: Vince Camuto via Macy's (these would work) | Clutch: Thrifted (similar)

I have a new-found respect for the color yellow. It's one of those colors that evokes emotion - in this case "cheerfulness" - and it's perfect for spring. I thought starting a Monday off with some "cheer" was 
the way to go. 

Color aside, there's a lot to be cheerful about... Hope you all had a beautiful Easter weekend!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

Shirt: Target (similar) | Skirt: Target (similar) | Shoes: Target (similar) | Clutch: Love,Cortnie

TGIF!

It wasn't until I started writing this post that I realized how much I really love Target. These are some of my go-to pieces that I just happened to put together for this outfit. Target is a great place to get basic clothing items for the low, FYI.

Just a quick post to share a signature weekend look of mine. 
Have a great Easter weekend!

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!