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October 17 2014, 08:58 AM

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Someone on tumblr sent me an anonymous message and I deleted it by accident. To that person, I’m sorry! I did update my last post with you in mind, however.

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October 16 2014, 09:16 AM

Solange Knowles - Today I’m Wearing…

My style inspiration. She doesn’t wear prints and bright colors as much as she has in the past (as shown in this photo set), but her ability to mix and match (seemingly) opposite pieces still impresses me.

UPDATE: A reader actually told me that this was before Solange was in her iconic print phase, which makes sense. Her combinations are much more muted here than they were in 2012-2013 and it seems as of late she is returning back to this style but a more streamlined and updated version.
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October 15 2014, 05:49 PM

My latest YouTube video: I talk about prejudice, cultural appropriation and Pharrell Williams latest GQ magazine cover shoot.

My next video will most likely be my rap video that I have been saying I would do so stay tune and if you can, reblog this post ♥

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October 13 2014, 01:00 PM

Video of the Now:

Lyric Video for ‘I’ by Kendrick Lamar

Vibe Magazine put me on to watching the new lyric video for Kendrick’s latest jam, ‘I.’ Then again, it didn’t take much convincing because I love Kendrick’s music. 

I’m not the only one. A few days in and the lyric video has already garnered a million views. Who says lyric videos can’t be good? I remember the days when fans were the only ones posting lyric videos. Now, artists and major labels have caught onto the trend and have created these beautiful videos to replace the somewhat mundane lyric videos of the recent past.

I wonder if Kendrick is going to even post a non-lyric video in addition to this. He doesn’t really need to. There is so much going for this video without the addition of the traditional music video that the song might be able to hold its own with just this.

One aspect of the music video that I’ve really taken to is the stop motion. I recently used the same technique for the opening sequence of my last Youtube video, so I know it takes forever and a day to create these stop motion sequences— much longer than to just film all of it.  However, it does really strengthen the music video as a whole and creates a more unique perspective that makes you really stop and stare.

My only quip is that after a while I was tired of looking at the font that was used for the lyrics throughout the video. The font is so embellished and ornate that it’s something that should be used sparingly; otherwise, it just becomes a bit much. Otherwise, great lyric video, Kendrick. I can’t wait for what the upcoming album will be like. I am honestly just too damn excited.

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October 10 2014, 09:03 AM

I recently came across this dress from a brand known as Torn By Ronny Kobo at a sample sale. I posted this photo on my instagram, but I thought I would repost it here. I got the dress for a cool $60. Those dresses normally run for $300-$400 so I would say that’s a win.
I really love the color; brick looks great against brown skin. And the cut outs are a very fresh take on the cut out trend in general.

I recently came across this dress from a brand known as Torn By Ronny Kobo at a sample sale. I posted this photo on my instagram, but I thought I would repost it here. I got the dress for a cool $60. Those dresses normally run for $300-$400 so I would say that’s a win.

I really love the color; brick looks great against brown skin. And the cut outs are a very fresh take on the cut out trend in general.

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