Hot Pants & Pumps

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I finally SEE my legs and they’re AWESOME. I don’t know where they were hiding, or why I haven’t seen them before, but I’m happy we met.

I know you probably can’t tell but I’m really not that into my looks. I’m often maligned for not taking care of my hair and skin as I should. I’ve made a bit more of an effort in recent years, and I’ve come a long way.

I never want to be held hostage by my looks. So I’ve always just embraced myself and invested in the things that can’t really be seen. Maybe,that’s a privilege. I’ve never really been teased about my looks and I haven’t had a problem attracting men…so I guess that might have something to do with it.

Anyway…back to my legs. They’re GOOD! It’s always great when you find another physical feature you can appreciate. So cheers to finding your own.

This outfit was great for some leg appreciation!! I love this F21 blazer and I’ve had these pink pumps for many years. This combination was just a winner.

Stylishly Yours,
Nia

Neutrality

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Neutral can be defined as “having no strongly marked or positive characteristics or features.” I beg to differ…these pieces while neutral in color definitely have their own “strongly marked characteristics,” especially the skirt.

It has so many components that makes a girl smile. There is tulle, embroidery, and a dreamy color. What else can a girl ask for?

What’s neutrality anyway? It’s nice as an idea, but does it really exist?

Nia and I were recently discussing the idea of neutrality. We concluded that it shouldn’t be required of humans. To ask a human to be neutral is essentially…inhumane.

Together, we’ve learned so much about people in the past year. Most importantly, is recognizing each and every person’s humanity. It’s that thing that Jesus was so good at.

Requiring neutrality is asking someone to remove their emotions, their opinions, their values, and their attachments. It dehumanizes them in a way that we both agree just shouldn’t be done.

So, remain neutral by picking up a few neutral pieces to wear, otherwise take YOUR stand. Its human to be partial and…that’s ok. It’s also human to change your mind or flip flop…that’s ok too.

xoxo,
Linda

1 Dress 2 Seasons

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I rocked this Minnie Bell dress from Reuben Reuel’s Demestiks classic collection here last winter with my red jacket, black booties, and leather gloves. I really loved that look and it remains one of my favorites. I haven’t wore it since…unbelievable…I know!

So, I decided to take it for a whirl this weekend with some red pumps. This look was really easy to pull together; I wanted to add some color so the red pumps were a no-brainer. Both looks were super flattering and so much fun to wear. I had a hard time deciding when I rocked it best, the red jacket added a stylish flair but I love the simplicity and lightness of the summer look.

Maybe you guys can I help me decide, which look do you prefer?

Stylishly Yours,
Nia

Stars & Stripes

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It’s not often that I get the opportunity to ride around DC (my fav city) on a boat, with friends, and dance the night away.

So I jumped at the chance to celebrate a friend’s birthday, watch the stars, and wear stripes. It was quite a time.

As I mentioned here crop tops are very versatile. Shout out to this cropped top for making back-to-back appearances. We’re all about getting the most out of your closet. I’ve also wore a very similar outfit here.

Rocking a cropped top can have its challenges especially for those of us that aren’t always happy with our mid-section. As promised, here are 3 quick tips:

1. Wear it with a high-waisted bottom

Depending on your body type a high-waisted bottom can help you rock the trend while keeping most of your mid-section covered. I wore this skirt high on my waist, to accomplish this effect.

2. Wear a tank top

This one may seem like a stretch, but if you really don’t want your mid-section exposed and still want try this trend, this is a great compromise. Simply wear a tank top under your cropped top.

3. Just give it a shot

I’ve seen women of all shapes and sizes pull of a cropped top, just find the one that works best with your body type. Crop tops can be found almost anywhere, and they usually cost next to nothing. They are the perfect trend to play with. GO FOR IT!

Y’all already know I’m obsessed with this skirt…I’m not even going to go there.

Skirt- She Inside
Top-F21
Shoes- UrbanOg

Stylishly Yours,
Nia

Cropped N’ Newark

Your comfort zone is the enemy! I’m working on leaving mine behind this year. By doing so, I’ve jumped into cropped tops and started loving Newark.

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Newark is known for it’s violence and probably Cory Booker. But, the more time I spend there, the more I fall in love. I’m absolutely having a secret rendezvous in Newark. You can usually find me enjoying the libraries, museums, murals and parks. It’s rich with history and culture. Yes, there is violence but there is also a lot to love.

Unlike Brooklyn, where there is a hipster on every corner, trying to find a piece of black culture to appropriate, Newark is relatively hipster free…trust me though…that won’t last long. In about 5 or so years Newark will experience the same sought of insane gentrification that Brooklyn has. Before that happens, take a little time to enjoy it.

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Like Newark, cropped tops are often maligned but they have so much to offer. They are really versatile, you can dress them up with a pencil skirt or rock them with casual pants. This outfit was so comfortable and perfect for exploring new loves.

Be sure to check back for my tips on rocking a crop top.

In the meantime you can catch me in Newark, in a cropped top, sippin’ on an “Uptown.”

Top-F21
Pants-F21
Sandals-F21
Sunglasses-Old Navy

Stylishly Yours,
Nia