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Bow It Up

Dear Stylers,

I logged on to the blog today and it stated “it has been 23 days since your last post”. Whoops! Life has been crazy. Trying to balance blogging full-time and work just seems to never work out. Its either you do one or the other.  However, i am very excited to share with you guys this look. I recently collaborated with SheIN.com which i love. They have so many affordable items and their shipping was fast. You guys know i wouldn’t bring you a collab if i didn’t believe in it. I was sent this beautiful top and i love it. I shopped at shein before they ever reached out to me so of course i was excited. Say hi to my friend Stephanie, who has amazing fashion sense, we did not plan this on our day out but her top is also from shein.com. I hope to post more in the coming days. If you are interested in the top i am wearing for this post, simply click here. Find Stephanie’s top here.

Stylishly, Elle.

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Black Magic

Dear Stylers,

I Wanted to share with you something different than i am used to posting on my blog. Today i was tasked with answering some questions in a criminology course i am taking. My response to the assignment received positive feedback that i thought i needed to share it with you as well.

 
Which contributing factor seems to be the most likely one to explain the racial disparities and why?
 
Answer: Inner city crimes prompted by social and economic isolation.
 
Unless, you have been in their shoes, you will never understand their struggles, their fears, their oppression, their culture and you will never understand their inability to succeed in a society that is designed for them to fail. I am Black. BUT, i have to exclude myself out of the struggles of other African Americans. My family has never wanted for anything and I grew up privileged in Africa. The isolation of races is greatly affected by their social standings and economic instability. We must understand that a cycle continues to happen when you’re placed in an environment designed for you to fail and has been for generations, how difficult is it to stop that cycle? It can be done, i have seen it; but is it feasible for most? NO. And you will never understand until you are in their shoes. Until you live a stones throw from Pennsylvania avenue in Baltimore, until driving the blue district streets no longer frighten you because it is the norm, until you have watched all your cousins, sisters, mothers, aunts, grandmothers drop out of high school, fall into drugs, and have children before they reach their legal ages of 18. Can you ever understand? Truly? Will you ever know what it is like growing up black? Hispanic? Asian?
I think it was Jesse Williams who said it best during his speech at the BET Awards:

Just because we’re magic, doesn’t mean we’re not real.

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Skin Care Routine

Dear Stylers,

I have missed you too!. Sorry for the late post but had to finish out my degree strong and on a good note. Also, work is a little distracting with all the new changes taking place and i think i am definitely going to have some gray hairs soon if i don’t take a vacation soon.

Anyways, i wanted to share with you guys my skin care routine. I get so many questions on how i keep my skin so clear and i want to show you the items that i cannot live a day without. These items i have been using for a while and trust me, if you have oily or combination skin and tend to wear makeup on a day to day basis, these things right here will become your best friends as they have become mine. They are all also super affordable and if you like, i can share with you my high end products as well. But these beauty musts are budget friendly. “You’re welcome!”

Ps, This week is Beauty Week!

Stylishly, Elle.

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Kimono

Dear Stylers,

Just another simple look for you. I purchased this kimono from urban outfitters ( I Think) over a year ago! and realized that i had not warn it or styled it for the blog; this happens quite often believe me. I paired it with these straight legged pants from zara and white zara heels.

Stylishly, Elle.

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