Irony in Philadelphia

I was definitely the anti-tourist in Philly last weekend. We didn’t visit the Liberty Bell or the LOVE statue, and intentionally drove right by the Rocky steps and statue. Instead I searched for murals, made new friends, played hopscotch in heels and ate soul food not a cheese-steak.

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There are so many awesome murals in Philly. A quick Google search and you’ll find quite a few to visit if you’re in the city.

We started the trip in Germantown where I found the above mural. It was a depiction of healing through faith and spirituality.

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Just a few steps over was this mural, I was so annoyed it was in a parking lot. I still got some great pictures, but annoyed nonetheless.

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After Germantown, we headed over to Brewery Town to check out another mural depicting Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, and Frederick Douglas. I’m not going to pretend to know anything about politics or life in Philadelphia but right there in Brewery Town with the mural of Malcolm, Martin, Ella, and Frederick black people are being pushed out of their neighborhood and developers and white people are moving in.

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On the blocks that were not yet gentrified the houses were dilapidated. We stumbled upon these kids playing hopscotch and joined them for the game.

As I played with the kids and their grandmother explained that her nephew painted the street with the games, I was reminded of the resiliency of black people, the hypocrisy and shame of America and the irony of it all.

There I stood in the neighborhood with the mural of black freedom fighters, gentrified condos, dilapidated houses with a worn American flag hanging from them and I couldn’t help but think…WHEN WILL IT END!?

I know that we muse mostly about fashion and style on here but there is nothing closer to my heart than the issues that face my community. I can and will do more. Stay tuned.

If you’re interested in what I’m wearing. It’s a separate pant and blouse I purchased from Beacon’s Closet here in Brooklyn. The shoes are from H&M, I purchased them years ago.

Stylishly & Consciously Yours,
Nia

Vintage & Denim

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Let’s face it a denim shirt is a basic must-have for your closet. Don’t know what to wear? Throw on a denim shirt and almost any bottom and you’re instantly chic.

I finally paired my shirt with a floral skirt and it works. This look was so comfortable and that’s really important to me. Throwing in a neutral accessories with the calabash clutch, and shoes was a pretty easy way to pull this look together.

This entire look cost a total of $59. All pieces that will produce an incredible return on my investment because I’ve already worn them plenty, and will continue to do so. They also transition well between all the seasons.

Vintage Shirt- $9
Denim Shirt (Target)- $25
Shoes- $25 (Tempo)
Calabash Bag- Gifted

xoxo,
Linda

Burgundy x Plaid

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Sometimes matchy matchy ain’t so bad. Remember when your blouse, shoes, bag, and belt had to match. I mean the exact same color, nothing less. I’m happy that trend is dead, but every now and then a little matchy matchy can be fun and chic.

I’ve wore this skirt quite a few times and it’s yet to disappoint. I paid under $20 for it at Jewel’s Vintage Closet. I’ve yet to find a vintage store here in NYC that rivals my experience at JVC. When I purchased this skirt, the waist was made for someone much smaller than I am, but Jewel adjusted it to fit me on the spot. Be sure to visit her website and if you’re in the Brooklyn area, make an appointment.

Be sure to mix in a little matchy matchy in your outfits.

Skirt: Jewel’s Vintage
Top: F21
Shoes: F21
Sunnies: ASOS

Stylishly Yours,
Nia

Simply Blue

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Last week, Nia showed us how to rock a crop top but I was leery to try one. I’ve been very vocal about my insecurities, but I’m working hard on embracing the skin I’m in.

It’s deeper than just a fashion statement for me, all my style moves lately have forced me to embrace ME for ME. Fashion can be powerful in that way.

Here are some tips that helped me pull off the look:

1. Try A Few On:

There are many types of crop tops available; try a few on before you settle on the best one for you.

2. Consider the Bottom:

Before jumping the broom with this trend; consider what bottoms you have in your closet that will compliment the crop top you purchase.

3. Don’t be afraid to show a little skin:

As a curvy girl, we’re often shamed into covering ourselves up. REBUKE that! Plus a little skin never hurt anybody.

Rock on ladies! Try a crop top.

XOXO,

Linda

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