Monday, January 15, 2018

Honoring Dr. King

Hello all,

Today, a legend was born. This post is dedicated to honoring the remarkable work of Dr. King, particularly about how it pertains to my life. 

I come from an interracial marriage, and I am currently in what is considered to be an interracial relationship. My father is black, and my mother is white. Did you know that interracial marriage was not even legalized in the United States until 1967?

Early family photo
Kyle and I

As you know, Dr. King was a strong advocate for minority equality, and he took major steps into assuring that people of color have the same rights in this country as their white counterparts. 

In his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, Dr. King stated:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream…that one day…little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

Prior to this, Dr. King had stated:

When any society says that I cannot marry a person, that society has cut off a segment of my freedom.

The importance of Dr King's work can really only be understated; without his work, it is unlikely that society would be where it is today in terms of civil rights. Without his work, I personally would not have the liberties and rights that I have today. Dr. King is a constant reminder that we cannot back down from adversity, and we need to fight for what is right. Especially in the current political climate of the United States, it is very important that we take a stand for equality and justice.

Finally, my favorite quote from Dr. King:

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.

Thank, you, Dr. King. I hope everyone has a fantastic week. Cheers xx

Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Southerner in the North

Hello everyone,

Throughout my life, it has been reiterated many times that Maryland is a southern state in the United States. Being the northern-most state of the South, Maryland has never seemed to me to be really "southern." It is nothing like Georgia or Florida which are the states that people typically think of when they think "southern", and temperatures can actually get pretty cold in the winter. However, this past weekend after visiting Connecticut, it became apparent to me that Maryland is definitely a southern state, and rightfully so.

There was an arctic blast along the East Coast last week which brought frigid temperatures and snow across the region. In Connecticut, temperatures barely went above 15 degrees during the day, and the nights were in the negatives. Never in my life had I experienced temperatures that cold. Maryland's winters are like spring in comparison to Connecticut winters.

Out of this very frigid experience came two incredible adventures; I was able to walk on a frozen lake, and my boyfriend and I hiked to see a frozen waterfall. The North is truly magical when it is icy cold.

Below are some pictures:

The Frozen Lake

The Waterfall:

All in all, while I love Connecticut, I'm not sure that I could handle the frigid winters for more than a few weeks. I am extremely grateful to have been able to see nature so still and beautiful, but now it is time to return home to a more moderate climate.

I hope that everyone is staying warm and is excited to see more of winter's beautiful spectacles! Cheers xx

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Present: Smoking Loafers

Hello all,

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing day among friends and family! I was so excited about these shoes that I just had to blog about them in the short pause I have today.

I finally got my smoking loafers, and boy are they beautiful. My mom and sister decided to buy me a pair of grey velvet loafers, and they are going to go very well with my wardrobe. They are made by the company "Dolce Vita", and I am absolutely in love. Below I have posted some pictures!

What about you guys; did you receive a gift that you are really excited about? I hope everyone enjoys the rest of this wonderful day, and I hope you are all ready to ring in 2018 with a bang!

Cheers xx

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Fashion Inspiration from "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"

Hello, everyone!

I recently finished watching "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", and if you are a fan of vintage settings, comedy, a strong female lead, or all of the above, you should definitely watch this show. Naturally, I binge-watched it, and it was a bit disorienting coming out of such a beautifully painted 1950's setting back into my 2017 bedroom. Nevertheless, the show is wonderful, and Amazon has already renewed it for a second season and it has two Golden Globe nominations.

One of my favorite parts of the show is the beautiful outfits that the costume designers created for Midge. I love all of the colors and silhouettes, and it would be an absolute dream to wear any of the pieces. I have rounded up some of my favorites below.

Normally I wouldn't gravitate towards a look like this, but Midge pulls it off so well here. I definitely need to invest in a part of shorts like this and tights to match!

This green coat is an absolute dream. Paired with the light blue underneath, it is the perfect outfit come spring time!

This is Midge's work uniform; isn't it an absolute dream? The teal color of the dress combined with the polka-dot satin top underneath is a match made in Heaven.

And lastly, this is my favorite dress on the show. The bows on the sleeves are a wonderful detail, and I have always been a sucker for black satin; it's incredibly elegant. Paired with the black gloves and the pearl necklace, this ensemble is perfect for a more formal night out on the town.

Happy holidays, everyone! Make sure to check this show out while you have some time on vacation!

Cheers xx

Friday, November 3, 2017

"We Need a Little Christmas"

Hello all,

If you know me, you know that as soon as Halloween was over, I was already singing along to my favorite Christmas tunes. As it stands right now in the United States, we are in rough shape. Thus, I found this particular song perfect for my introduction to Christmas music for the year:

"We Need a Little Christmas" sung by Johnny Mathis

I've never been the biggest Johnny Mathis fan, but I find this version of this song to just be so cheery and warm. If you're feeling a bit down, I suggest turning this song all the way up, having a glass of wine, and just dancing around the room. I promise you that you'll instantly feel better.

That's my little blurb for now! Have you all started listening to Christmas music yet?

Cheers xx

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Pieces to Incorporate this Fall

Hi, everyone!

Today I am briefly going to describe five items I plan to incorporate into my wardrobe this fall. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons, so I will definitely try to keep this blog updated with the new styles I'm trying out as we go along in the season.

1) Ponchos


My sister and I recently bought this ponchos from Forever 21, and I have absolutely loved wearing it. It brings me back to my elementary school days when I wore ponchos because they felt like wearing giant blankets. Only now, I am going to try and focus on wearing the poncho in a more chic fashion.

2) Thigh-high Socks

I have always been a fan of wearing thigh-high stockings as part of my lingerie collection. That being said, I haven't really experimented with thigh-high socks in a public setting. Thus, I am going to push myself this season to really step out of my comfort zone and try something different.

3) Brown Lipstick

Speaking of stepping outside my comfort zone, I am really going to push it this time by trying out brown lipstick. Brown lipstick has always had a sort of infamy about it, so why not take the challenge head on? I bought a cheap "Double Espresso" shade by Milani, so I'm going to give it a go soon and see how I like it.

4) The Pageboy Cap

I've always loved seeing people wear caps in the fall. However, I was never quite sure how to style them. This year, I am going to make an effort to work these super chic pieces into my wardrobe.

5) The Smoking Shoe

I wear a lot of penny loafers, so I think that a nice pair of velvet smoking shoes will be a good addition to my wardrobe. I have never been the biggest fan of heels, so these will be perfect in order to stay chic but also comfortable through the colder months.

That's all for now! What are some trends you are going to try to embrace this fall? Cheers x

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New York State of Mind

Hello, everyone!

I have been completely drained of energy due to my trip to New York City this past weekend. I have been to New York before, but this time was special because I got to experience it with my boyfriend, who had only been once before.

First we went to the Met Cloisters, which is an absolutely beautiful medieval art museum. Admission is pay what you can, and student tickets were only a suggested $12! Plan to commit a few hours at this museum, as there is so much art from so many different countries.

After we finished up at the Cloisters, we went to the World Trade Center and the 9/11 memorial. I would definitely recommend going to this spot, but it is definitely a sobering experience. The one thing that troubled me about this area was that entrance to the 9/11 museum was fairly expensive. Considering what a catastrophic event this was, anyone wanting to learn more about it should be allowed free admission. Just my opinion.

After the World Trade Center, we decided to walk along the Hudson River to get to the Staten Island Ferry. This is one of my favorite walks in New York; the view of Jersey City across the Hudson is absolutely breathtaking! It took a little bit of time to walk all the way to the Staten Island Ferry, but it was well worth the walk.

The Staten Island Ferry was by far my favorite part of this trip. There are a couple things that I love about the ferry: the smell of the water, the wind in your hair, the glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. And it's all free! Everyone should take this ferry at least once, even if it's just there and immediately back. I could ride back and forth all day long!

After the Ferry, we had dinner and took the subway back to Times Square. My boyfriend had never been to Times Square at night before, so he was absolutely amazed by the number of people there. There are more people at night than during the day!

All in all, we had a wonderful day exploring one of my favorite cities! If you haven't been to New York City before, I would highly recommend taking the time to make a trip. There are so many things to see and do, and I can't imagine anyone ever being bored there.

I hope everyone is having a great week! Cheers x