Last week, my mom and I were on one of our regular “dates,” headed to see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at Discovery Times Square. Times Square is definitely an area of NYC that most New Yorkers try to avoid unless necessary — it’s overrun with tourists, who make it difficult to get to your destination. I figured I’d get over the annoyance, like I usually do. Boy was I wrong!
As we made our way across a busy and crowded 45th Street, a woman about my age shoved me out of her way. Without thinking, I shoved her back. And she shoved me again. At this point — and I’m assuming here, as I don’t remember consciously making any of the decisions that follow — I reached out for her with my right hand and began swinging my rather large and heavy handbag at her head. I don’t recall deciding to hit her with my bag; I just remember seeing my bag fly at her head and thinking: Oh, good idea! Keep reading »
I can’t remember how it happened, but one lucky day, I stumbled upon the chescalocs YouTube Channel, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Video blogger Franchesca, or Chescaleigh, as she’s known on Facebook, is extremely creative and hilarious. I’ve developed a habit of falling down the rabbit hole that is her YouTube channel, where she tutors on loc hairstyles and gives tips for maintenance, for hours at a time. She’s given me the courage to experiment more with my locs, or dreadlocks as some people call them. Keep reading »
Throughout this year, I’ve been forcing myself to live with less — less mani-pedis, less happy hours, and most of all less clothing! Back in the early spring, I donated about a third of my wardrobe to my best friend’s mother, who was sending a few barrels of clothes, food, and other goods to her native Jamaica. I was proud of myself for giving away items that I’d held on to for years hoping they’d make a comeback. And I’m always looking through my closet for more clothes that I don’t wear or need, but some pieces hold too much sentimental value for me to give up … even though I don’t even like them. Keeping clothes I don’t like simply because some momentous event happened while I was wearing them doesn’t make sense to me, so I’m going to try to figure this out, and hopefully get to the point where I can donate these unnecessary closet fillers. Keep reading »
There’s one thing fashion and gadgets have in common: both can be quite expensive. This holiday season, though, Rebecca Minkoff @ eBay has the perfect gift for the glamorous gadget lover that will not break your bank — an iPhone case. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill iPhone cases. Two feature raised cheetah designs in color combinations of pink and gray, and black and lime green. But the sexiest of all the iPhone cases is the studded one, which features shiny black studs on a black perforated background. This case was made for showing off (just be careful a mugger or fashion hound doesn’t steal it and the phone).
Also in the exclusive tech collection is a to-die-for leather iPad cover that is embellished with gold studs on the outside and lined with a black and blue polka dot fabric. If you have $220 to spend on a gift, I can’t see any iPad user being disappointed with this gift. I can’t say that for the iPhone Carrying Case and Leather Wristlet. Both seem too small to carry much and too large to be inconspicuous. But then again I can’t get down with tiny bags, so there you go. [eBay]
Having grown up as one of the youngest in a family of women, I never wanted for a hairstylist. There was always someone around who could do my hair better than I could, so learning how to do it myself wasn’t a huge priority.
My mom taught me that good hair grease and a scarf at night could keep a French braid or cornrows looking fresh for days or even a week. And when I was older, I looked for low-maintenance hairstyles, too. In high school, I’d take $10 of my allowance to get a wash and set at the Dominican hair salon, and the stylist always wrapped my hair when it was done in order to keep it straight. When I was ready, I’d fluff it out for the day, re-wrap it at night, and cover with a scarf. There was no flat-ironing, curling, brushing, or braiding in my routine, and I loved that. I pretty much knew what my hair would look like on a daily basis. Even now, my locs are extremely low-maintenance, leaving me more time to focus on what I’ll wear on a given day. Keep reading »
Having grown up in NYC, where the winters can be as frigid as the summers are humid, I know the power of a puffer coat. These coats block out the wind and cold, but are lightweight. Fortunately, gone are the days when puffer coats make you look like the Michelin Man. Now, there are many puffers that have a slim-fit and details that will set you apart. Here are 13 puffer coats to get anyone styling and staying warm this winter.
Leather is having such a major moment right now that designers and retailers are going beyond the classic leather coats and jackets. We also are loving leather skirts, tops, dresses, pants, and vests. Take a look at some of our favorite leather pieces that will make a statement in your wardrobe.
I stumbled upon the gem of a shopping site, ROMWE, when I was reading one of my favorite style blogs, StylePantry. Owner and editor Folake Huntoon wore an amazing leopard-print blouse in one of her “My Style” posts, and I had to have it. Fortunately for me, Folake revealed that the shirt was available on ROMWE, and I went searching on the site for it. Unfortunately for me, it wasn’t for sale anymore. I did, however, find a few similar leopard-print blouses and many more lust-worthy items. ROMWE does street fashion quite well and at affordable prices. The selection is huge! And the site even lets shoppers know how many units of a garment are still available, and what the new items will be. Check out some of my favorite pieces from ROMWE, and you’ll become a fan too!
Headphones are now considered a necessary accessory. But those large over-the-head headphones are too ostentatious for some. For ladies who prefer to subtly jam, we have Harajuku Lovers Space Age In-Ear Headphones. True to the Harajuku Lovers aesthetic, the ear buds are super, super cute! And you can change the body of the little Harajuku girl to coordinate with your outfits. But here’s the real question: how do these ear buds sound? Well Monster headphones have a great reputation, and if you try these, you’ll never want to listen to your plain white Apple ear buds again.
In the last few years, everyone and their mama — from big name beauty brands to small entrepreneurs — is getting in on the nail polish game. What’s shocking is that NCLA Nail Lacquer, which recently launched, is able to deliver vibrant and saturated colors and polish that lasts without containing harmful carcinogens such as DBP, toluene, formaldehyde or camphor. An added bonus: NCLA never tests on animals! With names based on the City of Angels, like “Mulholland Maneater” and “Bel Air Trophy Wife,” NCLA lacquers are definite cheeky fashion accessories. But at a price of $16 a pop, you better make sure you really love the color, as I suspect most of us won’t shell out $32 for two bottles. [NCLA, $16]