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On Writing Fashion

One of the first writers that I was ever drawn to, fashion-wise, was Zandile Blay. She was the market editor at Paper magazine, Style & Culture columnist for the Huffington Post and then became the fashion editor at Essence.com before leaving for Nigeria to become Editor-in-Chief at Hello! Nigeria. She’s back stateside now, working as a fashion/beauty journalism professor at Syracuse University and...

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Flexi-Me

A couple months ago, I got an email from DeBorah with the subject line Hair Secrets. I’m not going to lie, I was prepared to feel embarrassed before I even read her email. I was ashamed that I still don’t know how to master doing my own hair in its natural state… and that I’ve only really tried once and...

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On the Run

I landed in New York City at 6:00 a.m. on Friday morning. On the cab ride from John F. Kennedy International Airport, my driver thought it would be appropriate to talk on the phone, using bluetooth, through the speakers of the car. I heard the entire, screaming match of a conversation. He screamed ‘NO TIP?!” at me when I got out...

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I don’t have time to drop off my laundry. I don’t have time to Tweet. I don’t have time to go grocery shopping. I don’t have time… blah, blah, we get it, you’re busy. Good for you. If you let me tell it, I literally don’t have time to do anything. Breathing would be a stretch. But if I were...

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A Smooth Summer

True Life: I am a Hairy Beast. We’re about to get really personal here. So, you know, don’t read if you’re not interested in my grooming habits. It isn’t just the hair on my head that controls my life–oh, boo, typical brown woman scheduling her life around her blowouts. I feel like I’m abnormally hairy for a girl. I don’t have...

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Unthinkable.

I did the unthinkable the other day after too much champagne. I mean, I knew it was coming. The first time I saw her, I just knew. Add in the bubbles and I was a goner. I felt like I had dreamed about this moment long before my hands had even touched her. When I slide her over my shoulders, I...

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Lift Off

Life is such a funny thing. I’ve had some of the best news (and purchase) of life this week, only to take one step back and lock myself out of my apartment. I’ve been writing affirmations to myself in my iPhone reminders that pop up just when I seem to need it. You should really try it. I have 4...

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Say Yes

I’m saying yes to everything this summer. New York in the summer is the absolute best. Once you get past the trash smell that always seems to get in your mouth and your clothing sticking to you while you wait for your train, it’s really, a very magical time in the city. I get excited… and then reality sets in. I...

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name

… For me that place is Drybar. The Murray Hill location. I’m not going to lie, as a brown woman, who has low self-esteem when her hair doesn’t look good, Drybar is where it’s at for me. One of the very first things that made this city feel like home for me. They know my name. I’ll master a twist-out...

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Items That Delight, Vol. 1

Offline, I’m a bit of a bookworm. Recently, I finished Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli and Me by Patricia Volk. The author, Volk, superimposes Schiaparelli, a surrealist designer’s excerpts from the memoir Shocking Life into her life growing up in New York City. My takeaway? Everything has the potential to delight. Even, say, a button. Here are the items that currently delight...

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