Tuesday, 16 May 2017

FASHION: Closet Declutter 101


Toronto finally got the memo that its May and it’s supposed to get warmer; so queue the spring cleaning. If you’re a fashion and clothing lover like myself then closet decluttering is one of the hardest things to do. However, over time I’ve developed tips and tricks to make it easier on the soul that I think will help you too if you struggle to part ways with clothing as well.

1.     DON’T GET EMOTIONALY ATTACHED.
Being impartial is key! You feel some type of way about that blouse or that skirt but in reality they don’t have those same feelings about you.
2.     THE 3 MONTH RULE
So the three-month rule is simple. If you haven’t worn it in the past 12 weeks, honey you’re not going to be wearing it any time soon. I’m not necessarily talking about winter clothes that you can’t wear during the summer and vice versa, I’m referring about that one pair of shoes that just sit there collecting dust or that one blouse from 2015 that’s most likely on the floor at the back of your closet. Yeah those clothes…. loose them.
3.     PACK PACK PACK
It’s starting to get warmer so those clothes that you wore during snow blizzards (depending of course on where you live) need to be packed away, put them in boxes in storage. You’ll then see you have a lot more space in your closet than you realise. You now also have a better idea of what new piece you would want to add as well.
4.     MINIMIZE
So another way to free up space in your wardrobe is to minimize the genre of clothes that you wear the least. Example, I’m not the type to go out a whole lot to events, wedding, clubbing...ect. Occasion wear is then something I have a lot less of. I would recommend keeping at least a minimum of at least 5 or so pieces that you have on deck in case anything spontaneous happens. I like to by occasion wear when the event is coming up. At the end of the day this will not only save you some major closet space but also help you save by not having money sitting in your closet collecting dust.
5.     IT’S A PROCESS
Decluttering doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a process. I feel that if you take your time doing it you’ll have a lot less regret about what you let go and what you keep and vice versa. I usually take about an hour or two a day over the period of a week.
6.     OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW
Once you’ve cleaned all the excess out, don’t be afraid to go reward yourself. If you like a minimal wardrobe, then more power to you. However, if you’re anything like me in the sense that you like a decluttered closet but have a weak spot for Zara (or whatever store you’re into), then definitely don’t be shy about it and go in girl. Nevertheless, keep this in mind; if something new comes in then something old has to come out in order to maintain the balance.

much love,

mel 


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Saturday, 13 May 2017

FASHION: Loungewear


   


Today has been one of those house keeping days and just preparing myself for the week. I planned out videos and blog posts as well as brainstormed a couple of other projects i wanted to accomplished. I also did a massive closet clean out for the warm days ahead and caught up on some much needed reading. All in all i had a pretty relaxed day. Since I had no intention of leaving my premisses today, I opted for supper simple and casual lounge wear.
SWEATPANTS: Cotton On
TSHIRT: Urban Planet
HEAD SCARF: Made in the DRC (Kinshasa) and cut in South Africa (Joburg)
EARINGS: Ardene
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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

MISC: "Dear White People" Read This Sh*t, Watch This Sh*t (Review)


"The series maintains a perfect balance between joy and trauma that exemplifies the duality of the black experience; its writing is sharp and contemporary." Ashley Ray-Harris, The A.V. Club

Arguably one of the most controversial shows right now “Dear White People” is now airing its first 10 episodes on Netflix, and let’s just say to call it controversial is an understatement.

For those of you who are lost and slightly confused, “Dear White People” is Netflix television series adapted by the MTV movie by the same name. The show centers around a group of millennial black college students. The series tackles heavy issues surrounding the African American community that quite frankly existed for years and is especially apparent today thanks to the advancement of social media. Themes include hair and beauty standards, the diversity within the black community, gun violence and police brutality, interracial dating and people perception of it and many, many more.

However, to my surprise (not really) the internet had some good and not so good things to say so let’s break it down… So to all the haters out there black, white, blue or purple this one goes out to you.

I believe “Dear White People” is NOT there to make fun or put white in a hot seat but, to spread awareness about the topics and themes mentioned earlier. The TV show and movie is a satire (if you don’t know what that means look it up, I’m not your dictionary). People were quick to judge the show months before it came out and “threaten” to cancel their Netflix subscription based on a less than 3 minute trailer (you can click here to watch it).

The overall message of the show is to “stay woke” and in the world we live in today you can’t afford to look stupid and be ignorant of what is actually going on around you. The show only showcases a fragment of what millennial African Americans go through. The show gives the viewer a tiny glimpse of the behind the scene emotions and after though that some young adults go through. If anything the show should enlighten and encourage you to “stay woke”.

Look I don’t want to make this post super long, or spoil the show to those who haven’t watched it yet. The title may be “deceiving” at first glance but just take the time and watch a couple of episodes and you won’t be disappointed.

Ignorance is not bliss and certainly not cute either. Stay Woke…

have you watched it? what did you guys think?

much love,

mel

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

MUSIC: APRIL PLAYLIST

I'm pretty sure this is the longest one yet...enjoy!

much love,
mel


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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Sunday, 23 April 2017

FASHION: Florals, For Spring? Groundbreaking...

Spring time is near spring time is here! Go ahead and break out your shorts, but take a sweater with you because it gets cold around like 6PM (gosh how I miss summer). This look definitely celebrates the warm weather approaching in the most obvious and obnoxious way; the floral pattern. There's nothing wrong with flowers or the floral pattern but just like Miranda Priestly so famously insinuated; its nothing special and overall predictable. Nevertheless that shouldn't stop you from wearing them (cause i sure as hell won't) but encourage you to spice it up. For this look I went for a much larger print with a darker overall colour scheme. The jumpsuit is from Forever 21 and my shoes are from Aldo.

much love,
mel




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Friday, 21 April 2017

BEAUTY: Golden & Copper Makeup Tutorial

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