Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Holiday Dressing--Winter Prints

dress-eShakti, coatigan-Le Tote, scarf-J.Crew(similarish here), boots-Lifestride via DSW(similar here)

For another take on Holiday Dressing, I'm going in a subtle direction with this winter-themed novelty print of bare branches and birds. Of course, let's face it, I've been far from obvious in my holiday outfitting so far this season, as seen here, here, and here. And yes, I've styled this frock in an almost identical way to my last post featuring an eShakti dress, but the white background of this shift makes it a striking choice, not only for this month, but in the winter month ahead. Speaking of shifts, this silhouette is perfect for the copious amounts of food coming my way over the next two weeks. Bring on the desserts! 

I'll be taking a break from posting the rest of this year as I'll be traveling with family, and plan on spending most of next week in sweatpants and hoodies, its time to get hygge!

Here's to a healthy, happy, and safe holiday, thank you for reading. Love, B  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Gift Guide Part 3--Literature

So far I've covered beauty products and socks in this year's round of gift guides, which are prefect gift categories for the coming winter. To add to that list--reading!

Here are a few books from my Books Worth Reading Pinterest board, first up--poetry!

James Allen Hall's "I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well" from the CSU Poetry Center

I LOVED Hall's 1st book Now You're the Enemy, which won awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Lambda Literary Foundation, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. So this is on my personal wish list to read here during the snowy days to come. 

Anthology from Mason Jar Press

"The Black Ladies Brunch Collective’s Poetry Anthology, Not Without Our Laughter,  is a collection of humorous and joyful poems, riffing on Langston Hughes’s novel Not Without Laughter. It explores topics of family, work, love and sexuality. The women of BLBC believe, like Hughes, that even in these currently tense racial times, laughter and the celebration of life is crucial. Historically, it is what African Americans have done and will continue to do, no matter what challenges face them." 

From University of Pittsburgh Press, "Let's All Die Happy" by Erin Adair-Rodgers

"The poems in Let’s All Die Happy explore apostasy, concerned with what happens after the beliefs and institutions which promised fulfillment leave us empty instead. Darkly humorous, the collection examines a patriarchal culture in which women are defined through their relationship to others." 

Poems from Anay Krugovoy Silver on Amazon

"In her third collection, "From Nothing," Anya Krugovoy Silver follows a mother, wife, and artist as illness and loss of loved ones disrupt the peaceful flow of life. Grounded in the traditions of meditative and contemplative poetry, From Nothing confronts disease and mortality with the healing possibilities of verse. Whether remembering the sound of whispered secrets on a family vacation or celebrating a favorable PET scan, in Silver's keen observations of seemingly mundane moments we glimpse the divine. "

For Non-Fiction Readers--

A memoir by Alex Lemon available from Milkweed
"In Feverland, Alex Lemon has created a fragmented exploration of what it means to be a man in the tumult of twenty-first-century America—and a harrowing, associative memoir about how we live with the beauties and horrors of our pasts. How to move forward, Lemon asks, when trapped between the demons of one’s history and the angels of one’s better nature? How to live in kindness—to become a caring partner and parent—when one can muster very little such tenderness for oneself? How to be here, now? How to be here, good?"

Essays from Gabrielle Union, also available on Amazon
"In the spirit of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, and Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman." 

And for those novel-readers on your gift list--

"The Mothers" by Brit Bennett
"Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret."

Maria Semple's Latest "Today Will Be Different"

"A brilliant novel from the author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future." Having read her previous book, I'm definitely on board for another story about a woman dealing with the challenges of modern life and internal struggle. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Winter White (& Black)

dress-eShakti(similar here), cardigan-Anthropolige(similar here), scarf-J.Crew Factory(similarish here), boots-Lifestride via DSW(similar here

This dress from eShakti will be a go-to this coming winter. It's super comfortable, work-appro, has pockets, and when worn on it's own gives me frontier-nun-schmatta realness, which is NOW a thing. Paired with this oversized cozy cardi and windowpane infinity scarf I'm bringing all sorts of winter white (& black) realness to your Tuesday!

Yes, things are VERY real here today. 😁#fingersnaps 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Holiday Dressing--Sweaters

Fair Isle and Foxes! 🦊

cardigan-J.W. Anderson for Uniqlo(similar here), pants-Uniqlo(similar here), shirt-Old Navy(similar here), boots-Zara(similar here

In holidays past, my sweater game leaned toward the ironic/ugly, as seen in this post from last year. I've pivoted with this cardigan from Uniqlo, which definitely has a festive feel, but isn't overtly "holiday" and should have many more wears this coming winter.  I ran with the colors from the fair isle neckline in picking these window-pane trousers and fox-print shirt. 

I will say this sweater would probably come off a bit more flattering unbuttoned with a half-tucked shirt, but I REALLY like the "geek chic" effect of being all buttoned up!  

For more Holiday Dressing "ideas" check out these posts here and here

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holiday Dressing--Tuxedo

vest/leggings-Zara(similar here and here), shirt-Asos(similar here), boots-Nine West(similar here), cuff-Vintage(similar here from Poshmark)

I love experimenting with unexpected ways to outfit for the holiday season, as seen in this post from Monday. And this androgynous take on a tuxedo fits that mandate to a T! The white, pleated bib of this shirt is doing the heavy lifting to bring out the tux vibe of this vest and black leggings combo. The boots and studded cuff give it a badass/edgy twist. 

Check back next week for another installment of this year's gift guide. Part 1 & 2 here and here. And for more alternative holiday outfitting. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gift Guide Part 2--Bombas

Last week I highlighted some unique and affordable gift options from Rituals in this post. Today I want to feature a new take on a more traditional gift--SOCKS! Particularly, fun and functional socks instead of the boring ones your Aunt Lucy used to crookedly knit for you each year. 
I've recently discovered Bombas!  

"Derived from the Latin word for bumblebee. Bees live in a hive and work together to make their world a better place. They're small, but their combined actions have a big impact on the world. We like that. That's why our mantra is bee better. We knit it on the inside of every pair of Bombas as a reminder that you helped someone in need with your purchase. And a reminder that little improvements can add up to make a big difference.
Socks are the #1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. We started Bombas to make an impact on our community here in the U.S. For every pair you purchase, we donate a pair to someone in need."
So, not only do these socks make great stocking stuffers, they also provide for the less fortunate this holiday season.  

I super-duper love they have a separate section for performance socks! 

These are fun! 

And what Lady couldn't use more knee-high socks for winter? 

For the menfolk

Same as above, but bigger! 

And while these dress socks aren't as "fun" as the ski & snowboard patterns, they are still a solid gift. 

For the kiddos.... 

You can never have enough clean socks when it comes to a 2-year-old. Here we come 12-Pack! 

The coolest socks on the block! 

While these gifts ARE on the pricey-er side, the quality and the charitable benefit can't be beat. Plus, if you're going to give socks as gifts they better pretty swank. Swanky socks=solid gifts! 

The Last Bump

cardi-Piperlime( here from Poshmark ), dess-Anne Klein(similar here ), sandals- Earth Origins , necklace-M...