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.
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.
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


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.
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

Saturday, August 1, 2015

July Favorites | My Favorite Podcasts

Do you ever feel so enamored with something that you find yourself saying--literally dictating aloud--"I won't even have enough time for this in my July Favorites video. I need to blog about it"...just me? Alright, I'll take that. Podcasts are the name of the game this month, as the title of this post will tell you.
Now, to insert a tiny disclaimer/explanatory segway, I understand that this is pretty random for my blog. I'm no stranger to sharing current music interests and favorites of the moment, but I try to pepper them in a bit more fluidly. However, for lack of a better phrase, I am really jazzed about podcasts right now.

The Read
The Read is the first to be mentioned, although this list is not particularly ordered, because The Read is the first podcast that got me into podcasts. I'm honestly a little late to be marking this as a July favorite since I've been listening since the first episode in February of 2013, but it holds a special place in my podcast-obsessed heart. To summarize: it's a pop culture podcast from the perspective of two brazen and hilarious hosts, blogger Kid Fury and writer Crissle. It's not terribly SFW but it's gotten me through many a workout and, really, has given me something to look forward to on Thursdays.

Call Your Girlfriend
CYG is a more recent favorite! I love the care-free yet well thought out perspective of this podcast. The hosts are Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, self-titled "long distance besties" who discuss things (just like most women do with their girlfriends) from pop culture to periods (like a lot about periods) to intersectional feminism and plenty more.

Black Girls Talking
The title of this podcast isn't keeping any secrets: this show is black girls talking. The super witty, super intelligent, yet open and funny and realistic voices are what draw me to this show. The hosts are Alesia, Fatima, Aurelia, and Ramou, also long distance podcast besties. Overall, I find that I relate to, understand, and learn too much from this show to not feature it.

NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour
PCHH is exactly what you'd expect out of an NPR podcast: high quality, wit, and enlightening discussion mixed with my favorite buzzword, pop culture. The hosts and guest(s) delve into the cultural and personal relevance of movies, TV, books, sports, and the like. As a long-time lover of pop culture, not just that related to what's-new-in-celebritydom, but that related to the impact of Lucille Ball on television or the nuances of a Judy Blume book, this podcast feels right at home.

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