Am I next?

I almost didn’t go on my walk this morning. But, my body needed to be outside. I wanted to walk around my neighborhood and remind myself that I live in a good place. A place with neighbors who organized a solidarity demonstration this afternoon. As I stood amongst them, I felt as if I was surrounded by love. It was beautiful and a much needed regeneration after this mentally draining week. However, that feeling was stripped bare when I got home and saw what was posted on the Citizen app about our peaceful protest. Throughout the time we were standing along Harford road, three police officers stood nearby, watching us. The police helicopter circled around above us, multiple times, putting our tax dollars to good use. Our group of maybe 50 Hamilton-Lauraville residents, armed with our handmade signs, face masks, and a desire for a more just country was being closely monitored. Luckily for us, the cops deemed our protest acceptable. A lot of white people like quoting MLK, Jr., admonishing black people for their manner of protest. Yet, it seems they forgot how many times those peaceful protests led to water hoses, police batons raining down on black bodies, vicious dogs being sicced on marchers, and churches being firebombed. It can be hard to keep up with the ever-moving goalposts of what is deemed acceptable and what is not. Do I condone burning down businesses? No. But had I just witnessed my brother cry out for our mother, pleading with his last breath that he was dying and he couldn’t breathe because a cop thought kneeling on a handcuffed man was appropriate and his three fellow officers deemed that acceptable….I would be a walking tower of rage. I would ignite fires everywhere I needed to in order to get people’s attention so that justice could be served. This image contains an incomplete list of black people who have been murdered by the police. At the bottom is just enough space for another name. My name just happens to fit perfectly there. So does my brother’s. I hope it doesn’t take my dead body for some of you to stop being complicit and start being anti-racist. But maybe it will.  #SAYTHEIRNAMES #BLACKLIVESMATTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Should’ve Been A Socialite

I remember the first time I saw the title “Socialite” used to describe a person. I was thumbing through an issue of Vogue magazine and there it was, in a caption under the photo of an immaculately dressed woman. Where did I go wrong? How did I end up not being photographed at a swanky event, wearing the latest designer duds, sipping champagne? What left turn did I make when I should’ve gone right? The world may never know…. Continue reading “I Should’ve Been A Socialite”

God Bless Tom Ford

Today marked the start of New York Fashion Week! Another year where I am sitting in my office scrolling through the images on my work desktop. Another year where I am bracing for the unattainable and undesirable. Continue reading “God Bless Tom Ford”

Trend Alert: Vintage Glam

Just as spring frolicks into summer, the vintage vibe gets amped up to 100!

This is the perfect time of year to dust off the cigarette ankle pants, sexy mule heels, and that off shoulder ruffle blouse. Fix yourself a gin and tonic and read a trashy romance novel in the poolside cabana.  Continue reading “Trend Alert: Vintage Glam”

All the babes at Cannes

Oh hey there! Long time, no write. Or is it long time, no type? Either way, it’s been a cool minute since I last clicked the clacking keyboard and poured out my brain to you diligent followers. My apologies!

Let’s see, since I last blogged, I have started a job search, started an apartment search, held multiple showings at my old lovely apartment, found a new apartment, moved, and held a housewarming party.

Oh, the joys of life…yay!

But, let’s get back to the reason for which I had to make 3 password attempts: CANNES!

I would love it if I were somehow able to one day attend Cannes, but it’s not like I have a well written, soon to be highly acclaimed screenplay sitting on my desk at home. Nor do I have an amazing, gut-wrenching movie just chilling on my laptop’s hard drive. So, I must lurk the interwebs and drool over Getty images.

** Side note** Let’s remember to circle back to the awesome FX miniseries about the Getty family/grandson kidnapping called TRUST later.

So, as I was saying, I should be at Cannes, but instead, I am sitting in my office on JHU’s Homewood campus, staring out the window at the crappy, dreary weather. Life is not fair.

So far, my hands down favorite look from Cannes is Thandie Newton’s Star Wars dress at the film’s premiere at the festival.

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(Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images for Disney)
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In all honesty, the entire crew polished up real nice for the red carpet.

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Chewbacca, Donald Glover, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Ron Howard, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Joonas Suotamo and Simon Emanuel. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
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(Photo credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe)

 

Now on to the other show stoppers at Cannes.

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Jasmine Tookes (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
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Sofia Boutella (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
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Helen Mirren (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
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Chris Lee (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
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Cate Blanchett (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
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Lupita Nyong’o (Plaire, Aimer Et  (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
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Bruna Marquezine(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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Julianne Moore  (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Winnie Harlow (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)

We’re all going to die, so let’s go shopping!

It’s that time of year folks – time to shop the Anthropologie Gift Guide!

In this ever depressing political climate, isn’t it nice to know that we can always depend on Anthropologie to provide us with unrealistic gifts that we can spend our hard earned money on? I mean, the buyers at Anthropologie are truly doing God’s work.

Let’s stay blessed and dive in, shall we? Continue reading “We’re all going to die, so let’s go shopping!”

Fall Fascination

Despite the fact that September, not only ushers in the lusciousness of Fall but also the manic ditzy nightmare siren of hurricane season, I am still all about it. Move over brutal heat waves! Slide to the left torrid humidity! Piss off mosquitoes! The grown folks are talking now and Madame Autumn is holding court.

Continue reading “Fall Fascination”

In a Mauve Mood

Currently, it is 66 degrees F and raining in Baltimore. I have never been so ready for fall and all of its crisp glory. Bring on the oversized sweaters, dark denim, boots, and early nights. I. Am. Ready.

For me, part of ushering in a season involves changing my bed linens. I typically use a duvet and thicker sheets in the fall/winter and stick to a thin blanket and cotton sheets during the spring and fall. Last winter, I was in an all white everything mood and purchased a white duvet cover and matching pillow shams. This fall, I’m feeling moody and romantic.

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I want my bedroom to become a boudoir. I want it to seem luscious and sensual. For inspiration, I have pinned multiple bedrooms, featuring beds in many different variations of disarray.

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I have finally settled on a bedding set from West Elm. It is slightly pricey, but I live alone with two cats, so I should be able to keep this looking so fresh and so clean for a few season rotations.

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Isn’t it divine? It checks all my boxes for a soft, sensual, moody, romantic bedroom. To complete the look and keep it from veering into frilly or girly, I plan to anchor it with some heavier textiles.

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Faux Fur Pillows

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Chunky Knit Blanket

Let’s see if this type of bedroom makeover leads to any new “acquaintances”.