New Hair Alert: Lion Tail Braids

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I’m really not sure what to call this new hair style I just got. The first person I saw with the look was “Next In Fashion’s” Claire Davis (@nothanksm8) with her natural hair in thin twists and I knew I had to do the same. One popular model and influencer Hannah Mussette (@mussette) called them lion tail braids on Instagram, but they’re simply jumbo box braids or twists with leave out.

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Got bored and decided to do lion tails

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Though my version ended up more like Hannahs, ditching the marley hair and opting instead for sleek kanekalon braiding hair to get the vibrant highlighter pink I wanted. I’ve been seeing versions of this trend with celebs like Amandla Steinberg (@amandlasponsored) since at least 2018. I wonder what other forms this look will take and if it’ll eventually get an official name. Only time will tell, but I can say for sure that it’s a vibe!

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#OOTW: Blue Stripes & Denim

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You ever felt like you were on the cusp of something new? Something big? Something fun? As we finish up the first half of the year this month, I can’t help but be optimistic for the rest of the 2018. Maybe it’s the slew of vacations I have planned or maybe I’m just manifesting the change I want to see? Whatever it is, it’s definitely coming threw in my wardrobe choices. I seriously can’t tell you the last time I bought an ankle length dress, but this one from Urban Outfitters was so darling I couldn’t pass it up—especially since it was on sale. Actually everything I’m wearing was off the sales rack.

Word of advice: Never sleep on the sale section, especially in between seasons.

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Dress: Urban Outfitters
Jacket: Macy’s
Bag: Topshop
Shoes: H&M
Jewelry: H&M
Scarf: Riley Rose

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Photos By Jaren Greene/Adore Productions.

New Job, New Me

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This year has been amazing. Amid all the political drama and racial tensions, I’ve personally been winning lately. Maybe it’s turning 25 at the end of last year, but I’ve finally started making things happen for myself. It’s all been thanks to God. I put in the work and he delivers on his promises.

I’ve been trying to live what I preach. I’m the encouraging friend, the nurturing friend, the friend that encourages everyone around me to in the words of Oprah, “Live your best life!” But, I wasn’t practicing what I preached, until this year. I finally decided I was going to apply to the jobs I wanted, not just the jobs that I could do. I decided I was going to apply to this Assistant Editor position for a children’s magazine that I was barely qualified for. I didn’t even get a call back, but then less than a month later I came across the same position for a hair magazine more suited to my interests.

I applied, got an interview, then another interview, then a temporary freelance position for a few weeks, before finally starting in a permanent position as an Assistant Editor in April. That happened because I decided to finally start going after what I wanted. Every internship, blog or magazine I ever wrote for prepared me for the job I have today.

This “Just do it!” mentality has benefited me positively in other areas of my life, and yes sometimes things still don’t work out the way I want them too. But, I think it’s better to start living life without regrets, than to have a bunch of “shoulda, coulda, wouldas” in the future.

Follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at DxLynnx for more life stuff.

XOXO

 

#OOTD: Denim Overalls

I just really wanted to show off my new overalls my sister got me for Christmas last year. She works at HM so she has the hook up with that discount. Every dollar saved counts! I’m excited about this particular pair of overalls, because they’re a replacement for the pair that was lost when Megabus lost my suitcase, found it, and then donated it. That is a long and angry blog post for another day.

I hope this post inspires you to wear more denim this year. Start by buying yourself a pair of cute denim overalls. You’ll thank me later.

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Coat: Crossroads Trading Company
Overalls: HM
Crop Top: Forever 21
Necklace: Topshop
Bracelets: Red: Mom’s Jewelry; Gold: Victoria’s Secret
Shoes: DSW
Sunglasses: Detroit Street Market

BLOOPERS

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I look high.

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Classic hood girl pose.

Bye Y’all!!

Stay Warm and Go Buy A Long, Oversized Cardigan

You need an oversized cardi in your life. You really do. What’s a cardi? Well, that’s short for cardigan. The thing you need in you’re closet right now. And, I’m not talking about those short, cutesy cashmere sweaters that your grandmother bought you. I’m talking the extra long, swaying around your legs, maybe fitted or oversized sweaters you’ve seen you’re favorite editors or style bloggers wearing around. This staple piece is perfect for any occasion!

I really don’t know what I’d do without my long cardigan sweaters. They’re great layering pieces for any season. From spring to fall, you can use them whenever the weather or outfit calls for one. You get both form and function out of these sweaters. You’re not suffering trying to look cute in a cardigan, you’re warm and comfortable in a fabulous outfit. And, when the wind blows and catches the ends of it just right you better get your camera ready for a photo shoot right then and there. It’s best to have a friend around who understands you’re level of Instagram crazy, so they know how important it is to get that perfect shot to your followers.

Here’s a few different examples to help you with your styling or Pinterest board needs. Go out and buy the perfect long, oversized cadigan for 2017. You’ll thank me later.

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Photo By Victoria Adamson

 

 

Just Me and My Camera

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Out of all the photos Tatianna took from this shoot I like these the best. We went to at least 4 or 5 different murals around Chicago between Harrison and Roosevelt. Just snapping pictures of each other on our phones and chatting about this and that. Lovely way to start the summer.

Dress: Kohl’s
Shoes: Gap Outlet
Sunglasses: Zara
Necklace: Urban Outfitters

3 Ways To Find Your Personal Style

Everyone has been here at one point. I look back on old photos of myself when I was in college and I’m amazed at how much my style has changed. I was definitely still finding myself visually and experimenting  with this and that. Constantly reading magazines and checking out my favorite style bloggers to see how they wore whatever was popular. At times letting my more stylish friends dress me to their liking, until one day I could do it myself. I could shop by myself, I knew what my aesthetic was, I knew what sizes to buy and what would look good on my slim, but shapely body. It was a process that took time and didn’t happen overnight. That’s why I’ve composed three questions you need to ask yourself to help you find and cultivate your personal style. Take the time to dig deep and figure out what you like, and I promise you it will make shopping and dressing yourself so much easier.

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  1. Who inspires you visually?

    Who do you see and think, “Wow. I love her outfit. I wish it was in my closet.” This person can be a celebrity or even one of your friends or co-workers. Something about the way they wear their clothes is attractive to you. Use that to help develop your own style. The lovely thing about humans is that we’re all individuals. So two people can wear the same dress, but style it in different ways. I’m not saying to look like a clone of that person, but take key elements of their style and make it your own.

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2. What fashion magazines or websites do you frequent?

The fashion media you consume says a lot about what you like style wise. For example, Elle magazine and Vogue magazine are both high fashion periodicals with different target markets. Vogue strives to create the fantasy of the more fashionably opulent consumer, while Elle gears it’s content towards working woman in 6-7 figure careers. In Vogue you will see a lot of crazy, unique couture or ready to wear pieces, but in Elle you see a lot of high end ready to wear for the office, a working lunch, or everyday wear. Look at your media. Do you prefer conservative periodicals like Town and Country magazine or edgy blogs like Where Did U Get That? This will help inform your thinking when you’re out shopping. Ask yourself, “Does this top say this or does it say that?”

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3. When you picture your ideal best dressed self, what are you wearing?

When I was a college freshman I had an idea of how I wanted to dress, but was too afraid to implement it. Thank God I was placed in a circle of friends who weren’t having it and their tough love broke me out of my shell. From working retail I interact with a number of women of all sizes, ethnicities, and backgrounds and a lot do not trust themselves to make basic personal style decisions. They can’t decide on a necklace without their husband or a dress without their best friend. Asking for an opinion is cool, but everyone has different taste. I’ve seen woman get talked out of things they love by their friends and family, because they weren’t secure in what they liked. At the end of the day in your gut you know what you want. Trust your instincts and go for it. If it doesn’t look good, you now know what not to do for next time. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

I hope these three questions help point you in the right direction. The best advice I can give you is to just go for it. Step out of your style shell. If you want to dress like Rihanna circa the Loud album? Do it. If you want to look like Dorothy Dandridge circa 1955? Do it. The only thing you’ll regret is never trying.

*Photo above is from Vogue.com taken by Phil Oh.
*Zendaya’s photo is by Tim Regas.

Books: Tehran Streetstyle by Hoda Kotebi

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I went to a radical coloring book party on Friday and found fashion. It was unexpected, but not unwelcome. Sitting on a table between photographs and other bobbles was a little book, Tehran Streetstyle. I wasn’t going to buy it, but after a quick conversation with the author and photographer, Hoda Kotebi, I had to.

As I fumbled with my phone trying to remember my Paypal password, we had a quick conversation about the book. All the photos were taken in Tehran, Iran, a place that Hoda calls home, despite being born and raised in the States. The book is the product of her activism work in Iran and the only print street style book on Tehran’s underground fashion scene.

I left the venue ecstatic about my purchase. My friend Jaren commented over coffee the next day that she had no idea people dressed like that in Iran. Which brings up another powerful aspect of the book, it makes you rethink what you know about Iran’s dress code. The photos in the book show a lot of color, fantastic prints, stylish hair cuts, and great usage of accessories on the young and old.

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Grab your copy of Tehran Streetsyle ($25) on her shop site. Joojoo Azad Shop.
Visit Hoda’s radical fashion blog to find out more about her work! Joojoo Azad.

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Hoda Katebi on the streets of Iran from her blog Joojoo Azad.