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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Love Story

embroidered tie-waist wrap top: Zara / Chloe 'Faye' inspired bag: similar here / leather slide sandals: Old Navy

This look is easily one of my favorites lately. I get unreasonably gushy over tops like this one from Zara: the embroidered, lacy, delicate kind. I thrifted a similar one years ago, which I wore in this post back in 2016. Then, I went more vibrant via a colorful woven clutch, layered jewelry, and spiked distressed shorts. The styling I chose this time is kind of why I titled this post Love Story; the softer, more delicate details all feel very romantic. There is a kind of enchantment that comes automatically with shooting in a dreamy park just before sunset, though, no?

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Americana

gingham bikini: Target / straw beach hat: Forever 21 / on my lips: Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Color in Red Velvet

I took my own styling advice from last week; I believe my exact words on one of my favorite looks were "there are few ensembles I love more in fashion than a simple, sexy bikini and gold layered chains. Interchange accessories--a red lip, a big sun hat, a fantastic pair of statement sunglasses--and you have won me." You could even say I was probably inspired by Meredith of The Parent Trap, the infamous intended step-mother to Hallie and Annie, and well, you wouldn't be wrong.
I also found this gingham two piece at Target and I feel like it completes the look I was going for here.

I don't celebrate the Fourth of July (shoutout to Juneteenth) for many reasons, the foremost being that the holiday is not my own. As a black American and West Indian person, my 'independence' is something completely separate from that of this country and those whose interests or rights it upholds.
This post is titled Americana, though, because I felt like I was tapping into a classically "American" aesthetic with gingham, red lipstick, even down to the beach and watermelon. It's interesting in that way because Americana/classic popular culture of this country is and has always been one of my most complicated interests. Facets of it have undoubtedly harmful ties to Americanness, yet the idealism, aesthetics, and inherent stories behind what we consider to be "americana" make for some of my favorite parts of history.
Plus, like, fireworks.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Good Light

Now, for my own personal record, I'd like to say that Sunday was in fact perfect beach weather! This may or may not be in subconscious comparison to Saturday, which did have very nice weather to an extent, but to another extent gave us 10 minutes of hail ~20 minutes after being seated at a table outside. I decided to throw on this new neon yellow swimsuit, again from Shein, which I've also been wanting to get photos in. What makes this a look for me, though, is without a doubt the layered gold chains, especially the toggle chain necklace. There are few ensembles I love more in fashion than a simple, sexy bikini and gold layered chains. Interchange accessories--a red lip, a big sun hat, a fantastic pair of statement sunglasses--and you have won me.