Celebrating Summer During COVID-19

About a week or two ago, I realized it’s Summer. With my first full time job during a pandemic I forgot that we are in the midst of one of my favorite seasons. As a Chicagoan, I look forward to Summer time Chi by marking my calendar with the various outdoor activities available to us….

Book Love: More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth

Hi, I wanted to start by saying it’s been a while since I posted here. On IG, I detailed my current struggles with COVID-19 and adjusting to a new work place.  I’m happy to be back and posting. I hope you enjoy this quick read about me gushing over Welteroth’s book, More Than Enough. Elaine…

Revisiting Redefining Realness

With the announcement of COVID-19, I knew I would need a comforting read. I finally bought Redefining Realness after years of pondering “should I purchase it?” This read changed my perspective on life, literature, and love in 2017. In 2020, this book has allowed me to refresh and reflect on those same themes.  Life: – After…

Building a Nude Lip Collection-Dark Skin

One of my makeup goals is to build a nude lip collection that I’m proud of. In this post, I will be reflecting on my first nude lip products, listing my current collection and brands I love, planning for future products and noting my nude lip inspirations.At the very end of this post, I have…

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“How do I live free in this black body? The question is unanswerable, which is not to say futile.” In a letter to his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores this question by way of his experiences as a Black man. Through this letter, he hopes his son will always be conscious of the present and historical…

Charlotte Tilbury Review-Dark Skin

It’s been more than a year since I received a Charlotte Tilbury advent calendar. To refresh, this calendar came with 12 items. Out of the 12 I have found a few loves and a couple of misses. Let’s discuss my perspective on these items and chat about whether or not Charlotte Tilbury is a brand…

Feminism in Comics: Elektra Natchios & Her Friends

TW: Sexual Assault, Campus sexual assault   Elektra Natchios was the first woman of color I saw as a badass in a comic book. In Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra, she is a Latina. In this comic, the author focuses on how Elektra and her friends address campus sexual assault as students at Columbia University. When…

Nails and Novels: Beloved

Beloved is special because it shows the constant impact of slavery on Black people by showing their humanity. In Beloved, there is a constant juxtaposition between how the characters are dehumanized and how they live through and with those experiences. Although this book takes place after the American Civil War, there are so many similarities…

The Joys of Being Black

Happy Black History Month! Being a Black person can be tiresome. We have to deal with unconscious bias, segregation, dehumanization, and so much more. Videos have been made to express how exhausting it is to exist as a Black person. Cue Solange’s Weary or Mad, Evelyn from the Internet’s Call in Black video, or Jill…

Show Me Love Introduction

I was solely interested in aesthetics when I proposed the idea for this film collaboration. Style has always been integral to my survival. As a kid who grew up being bullied for my appearance, I found joy in adorning myself with beautiful things. In particular, makeup became my indulgence and armor. I found a creative…