Thursday, August 4, 2016

Telefone

faux suede moto jacket: SheInside / deep v-neck tee, basic clutch: Forever 21 / strappy bralette: Tobi / western double buckle belt, distressed denim shorts: Wet Seal / lace up flats: Target

Presented without comment: Noname's new mixtape 'Telefone'. Listen with me.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Head In The Clouds, Toes In The Sand

House of Holland 'Cagefighter' inspired sunglasses: ebay / boyfriend shirt: Old Navy / cut-out palm leaves swimsuit, Chloe 'Faye' inspired bag: makemechic / distressed high waisted shorts: Shop Couturing / wrap around heeled sandals: Charlotte Russe


This has been a rough couple of weeks to be black in America.
That's not to say that these weeks have been exceptional compared to our presence any other time...regardless, though, that sentiment does in fact relate to this outfit post.
I spent this weekend practicing self care. If you're part of the dysfunctional family that is black Twitter -- more specifically, many black women on Twitter -- you've probably seen the phrase more than a few times recently. But if not: self care is basically the intentional practice of relieving yourself of stress and checking in on your mental health.
I chose to practice that this weekend by going to the beach with my best friend. (Well...after an all day marathon of a cartoon, the day before of course.) Going down to the water, enjoying the view from the new harbor walk and the new mural at West Beach, grabbing my favorite burrito bowl from a favorite local restaurant all made life a little more bearable.
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How are you practicing self care? Andddd have you checked out my latest video? I brought back Black Girl Nude and swatched some dope black girl nude lipsticks!
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Black Girl Nude | MORE Nude Lips for Black Girls

I know: "more nude lipstick??? What, are they matte too?? No, they're 'liquid matte' aren't they?"
I, too, am overwhelmed by seemingly unavoidable Instagram lipstick trends. There are hundreds of brands, there are hundreds of shades and finishes, and sometimes a girl just wants to narrow it down to a simple nude. I am here to assure you, reader, that I, Ariel from Couturing, got you.
Clear your mind and close your Instagram feed.
In all seriousness guys, what are your favorite black girl nudes? I still feel like there's so much to explore -- so many brown lip products I have yet to slather across my mouth. And so little time.
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While you're here, why don't you check out the first set of black girl nude lipsticks I shared last year? Orrr my last video, a Get Ready With Me? x
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Daughters

reflective sunnies: Gia Monae / Triangl 'Winnie' inspired neoprene bikini / lace beach cover up: PacSun / distressed high waisted shorts: Shop Couturing (customized denim in sizes 2-22) / faux reptile sandals: Target

As per coastal New England culture, I spent today at the beach -- with my father of course. We sat and talked for a while, and as he was describing some recent legal work I noticed a father and daughter pair just past him, who looked exactly like us. Now, this is an "us" from 14 years ago, but us nonetheless. The same complexions, the same hairstyles as us then, the same beach.
My 21st birthday past about a month ago and I've since been feeling more my age than ever. Responsibilities abound and the importance of independence is a major theme in my life. I've done more of what I have to than what I enjoy and it's taking getting used to.
In all, seeing our dopplegรคngers made for some funny conversation, but--on a personal note--helped bring me back down a little as well.
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PS, I've fallen in love with wig-wearing. Have you seen my new video reviewing this hairstyle? Orrr this other one in a fun ombre? x