OOTN: Mock Necks X High Waists 

Winter is not ready to leave us just yet…

Willow Grove Mall

Willow Grove, PA

 

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About the Outfit…

Top:: Poshmark Jeans:: H&M Boots: Forman Mills

-A Black Girl About Town


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How to Style a Pleated Skirt!

In case you haven’t noticed, pleated skirts are definitely #wardrobegoals. They’re worn on everyone from your favorite blogger (moi!) to your favorite reality TV star. Pleated skirts vary in length from mini, midi, maxi (try saying that 5x fast!) and come in a variety of colors and prints, ex: floral, metallic, solid). Since it is officially Spring, I figured what better way to bring in a new season than with a guide to styling this most coveted piece? So, let’s get it poppin!

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Skirt, Charlotte Russe, $12 (Sale)

Top Priority

There’s really no “wrong choice” when it comes to selecting a blouse. The options are seemingly endless. It all depends on what style you’re trying to achieve. For example, a collared button up or a blazer can add a professional look, especially great for work. A scoop neck blouse or bodysuit adds the perfect feminine touch for a date night.

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 Blouse/Blazer, Forman Mills 

Fancy Footwork 

It can be argued that one of the essentials for styling the perfect outfit it the shoe! It can literally make or break an outfit. For this look, I chose a pointed-toe lace-up bootie. Lace-up booties not your thing? No problem! A regular pointed-toe shoe will do just fine!

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Shoes, Forman Mills, $10

Make a Statement 

Believe it or  not, statement necklaces are not the only way you can add a little drama to an outfit. A clutch embroidered with an image or phrase will do the job just fine. They are perfect for storing small items like cell phones or lip glosses and they are cute af. 

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Clutch, Macy’s $25

Hope you enjoyed this post! Would you wear a pleated skirt? How would you rock this look?

-A Black Girl About Town


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Event Recap: Conversations w/Claire Book Tour (Philly)

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Conversations with Claire Book Tour here in Philly. Claire Sulmers is the Editor-in-Chief of one of the top fashion sites, none other than FashionBombDaily.com. She is also author of The Bomb Life, a personal memoir that details the ups and downs she encountered while trying to break into the fashion industry and ultimately her rise to the top. This intimate discussion was moderated by MinaSayWhat! of local radio station Power 99. Here are a few gems that I took away from this event!

1. Stay true to yourself!

It can be very tempting to want to follow the crowd and do what everyone else is doing, especially nowadays with this insta-fame, social media age that we’re living in. You see girls half naked on the ‘gram with thousands upon thousands of followers and you may feel the pressure to follow suit. Claire stressed the importance of staying true to yourself and never compromising just to ‘fit in’ with what has  become the norm.

2. Have an ‘Accountability Partner’

An accountability partner is just a fancy way to say a person that makes sure you’re getting your Sugar Honey Iced Tea together! Someone who reminds you of your dreams and holds you accountable to your commitments. Whoever they may be in your life, mother, father, sister, brother or friend, it is important to have one. For example, Claire told us that one of her goals was to start waking up at 5am, but due to her being a “night owl,” it’s sometimes a challenge. One of her friends recently reminded her about this commitment and it helped push her to be a woman of her word.

3. Find one thing that you’re good at and master it!

Jack of all trades. Master of none. I’m sure this is a term that we’ve all heard at some point in our lives. There’s nothing wrong with doing multiple things. It shows versatility but sometimes we can be attempting to do so many things that nothing actually ends up getting accomplished, or they’re getting accomplished rather poorly. Sometimes we have to take a step back and focus on perfecting one thing before we can venture into other avenues.

4. Success Doesn’t Happen Overnight

Contrary to popular belief, success does not happen over night! Claire has been grinding at this for ten years! Ten years folks! That alone was confirmation for me to keep doing what it is that I love. There was a time when she was sleeping in a friends tub in Paris (Spoiler Alert) and now she’s rubbing elbows with celebrities and casually throwing fur prayer cloths across her lap!

5. “Have Faith in God. Have Faith in Yourself.”

Claire spoke a lot about having faith, both in God and in self. There were times in her career where different things tried to come up against her, but having strong faith is what really helped her get through those tough times.

Claire was very humble, down-to-Earth, and sweet as can be!  She took the time to take pictures with almost everyone at the event and really listened to each girl’s question, giving great feedback. The next stop on the book tour will be NYC so to all my blogger friends in the Big Apple, I hope you got your tickets because it is sold out! She will be stopping in other cities as well! Get ready bombshells!

Here are a few pics from the event!

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Mimosas, the preferred drink of fashionistas everywhere!

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Swag bag

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Oh, hey Claire!

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About the Outfit

Blazer:: Forman Mills

Skirt:: Charlotte Russe

Shoes:: Forman Mills

-A Black Girl About Town


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February Recap!!!

February is a short month but that didn’t stop it from being a busy one! I definitely did a lot of ripping and running but I’m pleased to say that it both began and ended on a high note! First off, I linked up with my bestie over dinner and drinks during Philly Restaurant Week, followed by a turn up at Fire and Ice Lounge for another Silent Party.

As you know February is Black History Month. Although it is impossible to reduce all of our history and achievements into one month, I still choose to celebrate, wherever I can. This year, I attended Macy’s Black History Month celebration here in Philly which featured Chef Samuelsson of The Red Rooster Restaurant in Harlem.

Okay, so remember a while back I blogged about #selfcare and different ways I plan to take care of self in 2017?  I’m proud to say that I’m off to a good start. Well kinda.  Re Let’s Spa advertised a Groupon for a back and foot massage deal for two people just $75. And because your girl is blessed and highly favored, I booked this deal for $63. Let me tell you, it was an experience I’ll never forget!

I always thought that you were supposed to leave the spa feeling better than you did when you walked in, you know like church, but I guess I got the message a little misconstrued! My masseuse went inn on my back okay! Like I was a man or something. No lie, my back was sore for a few days after the fact. It wasn’t all bad though. She did amazing job on my feet. If I return I’ll be sure to tell the masseuse not use so much pressure! Sheesh!

Afterwards, bae and I went out for dinner and drinks at the Reef Caribbean Lounge. It’s located on South Street in Philadelphia and is one of my favorite spots to go for Caribbean cuisine! Some of my favorite dishes are curry chicken, oxtails (below), rice and peas and plantains. The restaurant is located on the first floor and the lounge is upstairs. Ohh, and if you go, you’ve got to try the rum punch!

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And finally, I ended my February with a feature post on BEING Young and Twenty blog. Please check it out if you haven’t done so already!

What exciting things did you get into in the month of February? And what are you hoping to accomplish in the month of March?

– A Black Girl About Town


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Feature Post: ‘Being Young and Twenty’

 I was recently contacted by Jennifer, the mastermind behind the blog, ‘Being Young and Twenty‘ to submit a piece about–you guessed it- being young and twenty! The blog serves as a resource to help twenty-somethings (and others) navigate this thing called life and if nothing else, lets readers know that they are not alone. I was grateful for the opportunity to share a piece of my struggles as a twenty-something and I truly hope that many could relate.

 Here’s a snippet of that submission:

“After I graduated college, I needed a job.

My former boss was gracious enough to re-hire me. It was KFC and I was making just over minimum wage, BUT it was putting cash in my pocket. I wasn’t always grateful because I felt like I should’ve been further in life…”

I encourage everyone to head over the the Young and Twenty blog to read the full post . I would love to know your thoughts! Also, feel free to subscribe to Being Young and Twenty’s various social channels.

– A Black Girl About Town


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Mini Hair, Makeup & Skin Product Haul!!!

Ladies, as I’m sure you all know, keeping up with appearances can be expensive! That’s why I was happy when I saw that many of the aisles at my local Rite Aid were flooded with yellow discount tickets! It was right on time because I needed to stock up on a few of my beloved items and try out some new things as well.

1.  Cantu Leave-in Conditioner

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Now this is what I call that creamy crack! This is one of the best products for a natural, 4c girl like myself, whose hair tends to get very dry. I first tried it a few years back and no lie. It lasted soo long! I was so sad when I ran out. A little goes a long way so you don’t have to over do it and it’s not bad smelling by the way.

2. Palmer’s Olive Oil Conditioning spray

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This is a first for me so if any of you have used this product before, please, put a sista up on game. The only products I’ve used by Palmer’s before is their Coco Butter sticks and lotions, however, I was in the market for a new oil for my hair but I didn’t want to spend a ton just for a tiny little bottle, so I figured I’d give it a try. It was only $2.99 and it has Jamaican Black Castor Oil which was a plus for me. I don’t particularly care too much for the smell but it’s something I could get over, I suppose.

3. Nivea Smooth Daily Moisture Body Lotion w/ Shea Butter

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Many of Nivea’s products smell amazing and they don’t irritate my skin so this was a no-brainer. It was originally priced at eight dollar and some change. I paid $5 for it! Side note, I love the color and design of the bottle by the way.

4. Wet n Wild Under the Sheets Makeup Remover

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Can I just be real with y’all for a moment? I hate taking off my makeup!! It’s a process applying it and a process taking it off too! Ain’t nobody got time for that!  But then I instantly regret it because it’s unsanitary and bad for your skin. That’s why I always try to keep makeup wipes around just incase I feel too lazy to wash my makeup off, the wipes can at least hold me over ’til the next morning. I like these wipes because not only do they smell nice, they come with a fairly decent amount. They get the job done.

5.Wet n’ Wild Megaslicks Lip Gloss (555B Rose Gold)

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I love nude-ish shades of lipsticks and lip glosses! I feel that they compliment my skin tone well. My mom gave me the perfect nude/goldish lip gloss a while back and it fell and broke! I was hurt, okay! So when I saw that Wet n Wild’s products were thirty percent off, I figured why not? Now, usually I would choose NYX lip glosses over Wet n Wild any day but only select stores carry NYX. In the past, I purchased Wet n Wild’s Megalast lip gloss in the shade, 922A Cherry on Top. When I tell you, it was a hot, sticky mess! Honey, it was a mess! But everyone deserved a second chance, I guess. This lip gloss comes in a cute little bottle, smells great–I’m a sucker for smells, can’t you tell– and unlike that other gloss, it’s NOT a hot, sticky mess! I only wish that it gave more coverage.

6. Wet n Wild Mega Impact Mascara (C148/Very Back)

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I have yet to use this mascara but honestly, you use one mascara, you’ve used them all. They come up with all these catchy names and bold claims but I feel that a dollar mascara can do the same as a thirty dollar one! You tell me!

Talk to me girls! What are your go-to hair/makeup/beauty products? Leave them in the comments!

– A Black Girl About Town


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