Category Archives: Free Expression

Tumblr Tuesday 

“So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.”
Attachments, Rainbow Rowell

I often stumble upon really great Tumblr post that speak to me . And this is a quote that I found on Tumblr. 

We often get to a point and age that we think we HAVE to figure it all out … Every damn clock around us is ticking and we haven’t got “there ” yet . So what do we do? We stress ourselves trying to solve our whole life …. Instead of looking at our progress and how far we’ve grown . 

I like the idea of adding additional good things to the list of good things that have already happened in your life . So pick a monthly goal or a big goal for the year that will bring you closer to the life you want and celebrate when you accomplish that goal . Baby steps … But steps nonetheless. 

Spotlight On: Khyelle Mango -Too Late

Its always refreshing to hear new voices…..

And this one decided to grace us with her vocals on yesterday , her day of birth . She celebrated by dropping this track featuring B Allen and Dcmbr . 

And what a gift it is …… Thank you Khy for sharing your voice with the world , I’m your biggest cheerleader . – Teammate for life . 

 

Tumblr Truths 

“Spend money. Change your hairstyle. Sell your old clothes and pursue your new style with the money you get from it. Be strong. Be patient. Get drunk if you want to, but not every weekend. Buy a chocolate bar every week when your favorite tv show is on. Take hot baths. Wake up early. Start jogging. Write. Find a friend who will listen to you and don’t stop until you find it. Study. Read. Make your Instagram cool. Write some more. Get that damn piercing. Buy bath bubbles and bath more. Adore your body. Shave, for yourself. Book flights for next spring. Write this day down, write it all down. Cry. Finally feel some homesickness. Learn to be in silence. Learn to stand being alone. Drink lots of coffee. Get ready for christmas. Feel smart at school. Spend a weekend alone. Take lots of selfies. Eat chocolate while watching reality tv-shows. Meditate. Stretch. Learn ballet. Buy overprized coffee. Learn to be with yourself.”

Sometimes I get on Tumblr and my timeline is overwhelming…. Tumblr is a little different, people are really open on there so you get to see a lot of people emotions and feelings . And that can be ALOT ! But then you stumble upon a tumblr truth or gem …. And this is my latest one . 

I think the last sentence “learn to be with yourself ” stood out to me the most . People are NEEDY nowadays…. They need other people validation, they need to be apart of what everyone else is doing …. They don’t  really know how to be themselves, let alone with themselves…. So this line stuck with me . 

The entire paragraph is great tho , because basically it’s saying whatever it is you want to do in life that makes you happy do it !! And make sure that you’re doing it for YOU ! No one else but you , because hey at the end of the day you have to be happy with yourself. 

Personally I  already have done  or currently do everything listed except the learn ballet part …… I think I’ll change that to learn to play an acoustic guitar. 🙂 

Moral of this post : Be happy with YOU , Make decisions for yourself , Validate yourself … Be your own damn cheerleader , pat your own self on the back and go out there and live your life for YOU !!!!!!! 

Getting Your Fall/Winter Closet Together ? Well Here Are The Fall Basics ! 

  
Ok , we will start with a few basic tops the you need to have in your closet this Fall/Winter: 

1. The Bodysuit – Why do you need a bodysuit ? Because look at it , it’s hella sexy and it’s gonna pair great with a pair of jeans or a leather skirt …. Hell really anything ! And it’s gonna dress up the jean even if you decide on a flat knee high boots or a pump. ( swank blue and sorella for the one pictured ) 

2. Turtleneck – Yes, your mom use to put you on a turtleneck back in the gap , but I believe now you can appreciate it . So go cop a few , I got mine from Forever 21 …. Paired it with a midi skirt and threw some chains on and I was cute …. Don’t sleep on the turtleneck people ! 

3. Perfect Tee – you can do so much with a t shirt if it fits your properly . So go add a few to your closet to just throw on and run a few errands in . Pair with some jeans and a leather jacket and you good . ( hint sometimes the Men department has the perfect fit , try H&M) . 

4. Comfy sweaters- NEED ! First of all who doesn’t want to be cute , comfy and warm ??!!! I know I do , so I want sweaters that feel great and that are still fashionable . ( shopshai , for the one pictured ) 

  

5. Midi Dresses – the length of a midi is perfect for the weather , you can throw on your moto jacket and be good to go …. So go get you some midi dresses their totally cute .  ( sorella , dareuboutique and forever 21) 

6. Paraka- I’m in love with Paraka , the one pictured above is H&M – women’s but H&M men have a much better selection! You can pair it with jeans and the perfect tee and you’re all set ! 

7. Leather pants – Who doesn’t love a good pair of leather pants ? You can dress them up or not but you’ll be fashionable either way , make sure you pick up a pair …. You won’t regret it . ( dareuboutique) . 

8. Denim- Denim, Denim, Denim ….. It’s Fall you need denim , denim shirts , distressed jeans , denim jumpsuits and don’t forget your white denim jeans ….. Yes we are breaking the “rules ” . We love white in the winter ! 

9. Plaid – You need Plaid , no seriously …. It screams FALL . And it’s cute with timberlands and denim , or to wrap around your waist …. I mean plaid is just cute period . So get you some ! 

  
10. Booties/Mules – You have to have a BOMB shoe in your closet for the fall/winter and I’ve always loved a cute bootie , but this new twist on the mule has become a must have for me as well . ( and of course you have your over the new boots , I mean that’s a given ) 

Well that’s our list … What’s on yours ???  

Share Share Share ….. We want details ! 

Oh and check out Dareuboutique.com

And Janedoeonline.com !!!! 

Fall Outerwear Finds We Love !!! 

It’s officially Fall and no you won’t hear any cheers from us because we’re still trying to cope with Summer leaving us so quickly. 

However, we have to be honest with ourselves and move at a rapid pace to transform our closet to “Fall Friendly ” before the cold sneaks up on us . 

So let’s see what Outerwear pieces we’ve fallen for already ……

  
We start off with the classic Moto jacket . It’s a fall essential . It works with a pair of jeans or a midi , well it works with everything . Rather you decide to rock it day or night a Moto jacket is a must – have piece . This particular jacket can be found at your local Forever 21 store . ( P.S. We love this entire look! Plaid and hats will be discussed in our next Fall favs post ! ) 

   
 I’m not sure if we are alone on these two pieces found at House of Chic – LA , but we love these furry vest . I have a nude jacket similar to the top picture and I love it . It’s warm and it’s totally cute. Believe me , it’s going to be a trend . Get into it! 

  Now unfortunately we missed out on this cute jacket from Forever 21 , *insert very sad face here *. Because this is like the best of both worlds… suede and fringe !!! I’m a huge fan of the ABC show Nashville and this is tapping right into my country loving heart ! Hopefully I can find a similar one soon . 
  
Now we all love a good bomber . And recently the olive bomber has been popping and a must have …. But Forever 21, has presented me with this longer version of the must have olive bomber jacket and I must admit …. I LIKE IT ! 

   
 
Ok now it doesn’t immediately get extremely cold in the South ( that’s where I’m from ) but I like to plan ahead . And these two coats from House of Chic -LA , totally caught my eyes ! The cream coat is great for work , well really great for anything . And the puff coat is just cute, I mean what else can I say …. It’s just too cute to pass up!!  

Now these are just a few I ran across today, but I know ASOS probably has some cute outerwear as well for us to fall in love with! Comment your fall finds so that we can grab them up too . And I’ll be back with more fall must haves !!!

Fashion Reviews : Yeezy Season 2 

 

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Okay, so I took a minute to sit and process what Kanye West was going for with his spontaneous NYFW show . At first like many others I know , I wasn’t really feeling the collection . Seeing the videos posted everywhere on social media , just made me feel that he’s giving me the exact same thing that he gave last year – hobo chic.

Then his wife posted the pictures above, and it changed my view . Finally I was able to see his pieces separately. And while I’m not blown away by them he does have pieces that can work !!! Take a look at his pieces as separates , clear your mind of how he styled them for his presentation and how you see them on various models . Just really focus on each individual piece and you will totally be able to find separates that you can mix and match and that will also work will with other pieces that you already have in your closet !!! 

Ye made me think outside his box , so to speak . I had to take a step back and see what he really gave me to work with . Now would I purchase these pieces at the price points that have been listed , No. But if this was in H&M or Zara , which he initially said he was going for something similar , so that his fans could afford it , then YES , these pieces are alright for those prices . 

Conclusion, not better than his shoes, but I have faith that he’ll progress each year . Keep creating YE ! 

Off The Grid with J.Cole A Short Film Presented By Bally

  

Let me start by saying I’m a real J.Cole fan . Like devouted so I might be a little bias , but mannnnnnn when I tell you that I feel the passion in the projects he puts out , I really mean that . 

Jermaine’s work connects you to him and how he’s feeling or what he’s thinking at the moment . It also allows to reflect on your own life … And this short film is no different . 

Set in Jamaica, Jermaine takes you on a short trip around the beautiful land . He speaks with a native and it feels like you soaking up wisdom from a old head . I connected so well to this short film because when I visited Jamaica , I lost one of my Tiffany earrings and I was so upset , one of the natives told me “No Worries, Yeah Mon” and I couldn’t help but smile . When I watched and listened to this short film I had that same feeling come over me again . 

Wheewww ok I’ve said enough . This is an ad for J.Cole’s Bally backpack and boots but that FHD soundtrack playing in the background took me somewhere is …. But check it out below , see what feelings it bring you : 

Why We Love J.Cole : J.Cole Kept His Promise And Attends Fan Graduation


I’ve been a Jermaine Cole fan since the mixtape days . And it’s always been because his music was something I could relate to …. When I first heard him I was a undergraduate student , so all of his lyrics hit home .

As Jermaine’s career has grown he has continuously showed that he is a man of the people …. His people … His fans .

He’s encouraging, he tries to guide us , show us how to look at things differently rather it’s on how he promotes his album or choose not to promote it all …. To his interviews and his videos . There is always a message coming from Jermaine .

Well yesterday on Twitter , we found out that he had received a letter from a young fan and challenged her to do better in school, graduate and get accepted to a four year college. In return he would attend her graduation. Well as you can see …. She did it and Jermaine attended her graduation .

We all need positive role models , some of us sometimes don’t have the advantage of having them in our home . A lot of artist don’t recognize their voice , and what they can do with the voice and the lives they can change . But this is a prime example of how you can have a positive effect on someone life by being a positive person and truly caring about the growth and well being of those who admire you .

Kudos to Jermaine Cole , thanks for being genuine.