Jul 28, 2013

Beauty Talk: July 2013 Birchbox & Ipsy Glam Bag Review

It's Battle Of The Boxes time again. Birchbox* VS Ipsy*.

I received both of my monthly subscriptions last week and must say, these are great boxes! I am calling this the Summer Box Smackdown... because I can  ;-)

If you're interested to see what I got, and how they compete against each other (it's a toughie), click below to find out!

Jul 25, 2013

OOTD: Wedding Day 'Fit

THE DETAILS: Dress: Alfani; Shoes: Target (similar); Jewelry: Unknown

Weddings are a beautiful occasion. I don't attend many, so I was a bit unsure of what to wear to an evening ceremony/reception. After raiding Macy's and finding absolutely nothing, I remembered this little gem was tucked away in my closet. I love the peplum and gold buckle detailing. It's so classic yet sexy! My second favorite thing about this look are my shoes! Merely because I only spent 30 dollars on them at Target #SCORE!

To see a few more snaps from the night, click "READ MORE"

Jul 14, 2013

Personal Thought: Black In America

I grew up reciting the pledge of allegiance and the line, "with liberty and justice for ALL" with passion. As a child of immigrant parents, those words MEANT something to me. Now as a 24 year old adult, I am unsure where my faith should lie. On the heels of the now infamous Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman "not guilty" verdict, I am filled with more emotion than I know what to do with. So much so, there's a sense of numbness... possibly to help my body cope.

I have watched social media and have seen the various thoughts, arguments, and opinions of people young, my age and older. White, Black, Latin, Asian. There are those who believe that the verdict was right and those who believe the verdict was wrong. I don't mind either opinion because this country stands on the belief that we can have a difference of opinion and still coincide. What is truly bothering me is the people screaming (or typing) that this case had nothing to do with race.

Minorities are not sensitive; we are realistic. Me, a 24 year old young black female; skin as dark as a Hershey bar, body as thick as mud, and cum laude college grad has been plagued by what the curse of my melanin means in this country. I have walked into stores and been followed while my fellow non-colored shoppers roamed freely. I have been accosted by my white counterparts, stood up for myself, and been deemed "the angry GHETTO black girl". I have been told, "you have too much 'sass', you should try to tone it down to fit into the workplace." I often ask myself why we are targeted and the only answer I can come up with, that makes sense, is that it is an underlying subliminal didactic to people of color; being black in America comes with a certain level of responsibility. It's a tough pill to swallow, but it is a fact.

We have the burden of carrying the perception of "our people" placed on our backs. Everywhere I go, I am cognizant of that. I am sensitive to the fact. I know and understand this is how it works, but that doesn't make it right.

When I think of Jordan Davis, Brandon Pettiford, Kendrick Johnson, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Rekia Boyd, Amadou Diallo, etc.; I think of all the times we (not only black people, but citizens) held our breaths for justice that never came. I hoped that with a case as Trayvon Martin's, I could tell my little 16 yr old brother, "look! When we take a stand, we are heard" in lieu of my disappointed tears. To say that race was not a factor would be to deny the very fundamental struggle that the legal system is built upon in this country. Zimmerman saw a young black male walking in a community he deemed was not his own. Was that not profiling? He disobeyed orders to stand down, pursued, and began a confrontation with an unarmed minor. The minor was shot in the back (a sign of flight). Where the jury found reasonable doubt, I don't know. This is not the only case like this. Trayvon was lucky enough to receive media coverage.

Our community is failed by the legal system time and time again. We wait for the justice we are told must come, but see it only applied against people that look like us, creating trauma on the psyche and a nasty cycle. The Zimmerman trial has made people feel like we are not worth much to this country. If we let history tell it, a dog's life (Michael Vick) is now worth more than an unarmed black teenager. If this is the lesson our legal system would like us to walk away with, the progression of this country has taken a terrible turn. What do I tell my 16 yr old brother? How can I look him in the face and tell him he is safe, when now more than ever, I fear for his life? Moreover, why should I feel the same way mothers, sisters and wives felt in the south 60 years ago when have supposedly made strides?

I respect the penal system, but I think we need to look at the idea of race, how it (legal system) treats us and how we treat one another.


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