Happy Monday all!

Growing up others made me acutely aware of my dark skin. If I had a dime for each time I was told I was “pretty for a dark skin girl” I would be richer than Warren Buffet.  Unfortunately colorism in the black community is one of the lingering effects of centuries of enslavement.  While others saw my skin as some kind deterrent, I never grew up feeling that way.  Being black was hard enough so worrying about how light or dark I was the least of my concerns. As I got older I relished being in my dark skin. People would sometimes stare agape when I wouldn’t hide from the sun. I’d laugh when people would ask me if I was afraid of getting “too dark” during the Summer.  Years ago when I returned to work  from vacationing in Mexico,  my co-worker  said “Damn Georgette,  you got dark!” and I responded “I know right! I love it!” After I said that she gave me this weird look  like  I should be ashamed of my sun kissed skin. I guess this shocked her because unfortunately our society has deemed dark skin as ugly and not “classically beautiful”. Luckily for me my parents wouldn’t allow that kind of self hate.  My mom would constantly remind me that being dark skinned was a good thing and that I shouldn’t allow anyone to tell me different.  Because of their insistence, I didn’t grow up having issues with my blackness.  I love being black.  I marvel how rich my skin looks when it’s darkened by the sun.  I love wearing colors that compliment and enhance my skin tone.  While I still struggle with accepting my fat body, being a black woman is something I will never be ashamed of.

Have a wonderful day!

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Sandals: J Crew (old, similar here)
Purse: Etsy (here)

 

TGIF all!

I can’t believe Memorial Day weekend (aka the unofficial start to Summer) is here! It seems just yesterday I was groaning about Winter!  The holiday weekend can be  so packed with things to do, it can become overwhelming. So to help you out, I’m highlighting some of the best Memorial Day weekend events in a city near you (I hope!).

  1. Washington DC: National Memorial Day Parade & free concert at the Capital. The concert is hosted by Joe Mantegna and Lawrence Fishburne.
  2. Philadelphia: Spend the day at the first annual Penns Landing Waterfront Day! Bring the family and stay later for the US Air Force Band Full Spectrum and amazing fireworks show on the Delaware River (I highly recommend this!)
  3. Atlanta: Experience rich Asian culture and history at the Asian Summer Festival .
  4. Chicago: Head over to the Greek and Mediterranean Wine Festival to indulge in tasty wine and Greek food!
  5. Los Angeles: Bring in Summer at Fiesta Hermosa at beautiful Downtown Hermosa Beach.
  6. Denver: Get your artistic juices flowing at the Denver Arts Festival this holiday weekend.
  7. Houston: Love crawfish? Then the South Houston Crawfish Festival is for you!
  8. New Orleans: Immerse yourself in New Orleans culture at the Treme 7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival this weekend.
  9. Las Vegas: You can dance to you drop at multiple Las Vegas Memorial Day Weekend EDM events this weekend in Sin City.
  10. Seattle: You or someone you know a film buff? Then take part of  The Seattle International Film Festival to satisfy your love of film this holiday weekend!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

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Jacket: Old Navy (similar here)
Top: Old Navy (similar here)
Pants: Eloquii (here & on sale!)
Shoes: Betsey Johnson (here)
Bag: Kate Spade (old, similar here)

Happy Monday all!

Sorry for not posting last week. I had a lot of stuff going on and I fell behind. I promise to be more consistent to minimize any gaps in posting.

My trip to Havana was so amazing I keep wishing I could go back! I had such a fantastic time with my travel divas Ivory from Ivory Jinelle and Dionna from Made Me Pretty.   Before we headed to Havana, we did  A LOT of research about to expect in Cuba.  One of the of the tips we came across was not to check a bag.  From what we read there was a possibility we could wait 2-4 hours to get our checked luggage.  Not wanting to risk it, we all decided to be Team Carry On for this trip.  Being Team Carry On forced me to only take what I needed which honestly was enough for this trip.  I never felt like I didn’t have anything to wear and was able to make multiple outfit changes.  Also if felt good to just walk off the plane and leave without waiting around for a checked bag.  While I’m not fully  on Team Carry On,  I’m slowly coming around to being a full time member!

Have a great day!

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Jumpsuit: Old Navy (wearing an XXL, here)
Sandals: ASOS (sold out, similar here)
Bag: Esty (here)
Earrings: BaubleBar (here)

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Top: Old Navy (similar here)
Skirt: Melissa McCarthy (here)
Sandals: Old Navy (here)
Bag: Esty

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Dress: c/o Eloquii (here)
Earrings: Esty (here)

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Dress: eShakti (here)

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Top: Old Navy (here)
Bottom: Torrid (here)

 

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TGIF all!

My recent trip to Havana was everything and more than I expected. Havana is a deeply rich and layered city.  It’s gorgeous, gritty and lush.  The people were welcoming and proud to share their culture with us.  Havana captured our hearts so much we trying to get back later this year to explore Cuba’s beauty even further!

Have a wonderful day!

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Old Havana

 

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Playa Santa Maria

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Top: Old Navy (here)
Bottom: c/o Torrid (here)

Happy Thursday all!

Remember the song “You Gotta Be” from Des’ree from back in the day?  The lyric “you gotta be bad, you gotta be bold” has been resonating with me lately because I’m trying to live my life more boldly.  I’m trying to learn how to be more open and accepting of new things that come my way. Being bold doesn’t necessarily mean doing something big or audacious like coloring your hair bright pink.  It encompasses small feats we accomplish like wearing a bathing suit without delving into negativity or judgement.  Being bold can mean being proud of those wrinkles  that make your face beautiful and unique.   It also means living your life unapologetically and on your own terms. Now that’s bold!

Have a wonderful day and weekend!

P.S. I’m headed to Cuba and I can’t wait to share my experience with you next week!

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Shirt: Old Navy (wearing an XXL, here)
Skirt: ModCloth (here)
Sandals: Old Navy (here)
Bag: Etsy (here)