Hair Crush: Solange

 

 

Solange Knowles, nicknamed “Solo”, is solely a fashion, style, and hair icon aside from her sister, Beyoncé. Her quirky, fun loving spirit that matches her carefree hairstyles is what makes her the perfect hair crush. Whether she’s rocking her ‘fro, braids, havana twists, or natural wigs and weaves, she’s always sure to look bomb. Most started to truly notice Solange in 2009 when she big chopped…nothing was the same. From then on she’s retired the title, “Beyoncé’s little sister,” and we saw her in a new light. She’s bold, and hasn’t looked back since. Since her hair change, Solange’s music has also changed, reflecting a more electric and real Solo. I can’t help but think that her hair awakening influenced her music in a big way. If you’re ever afraid to rock a certain hairstyle, chances are Solange has already done it, so if you take anything away from this, don’t be afraid to switch it up.

Why we love Solange? We love Solange because of her versatility and carefree attitude.

 

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The Association Between Hair Relaxers and Fibroids

“There may be a link between hair relaxers to uterine fibroids, as well as early puberty in young girls.

Scientists followed more than 23,000 pre-menopausal Black American women from 1997 to 2009 and found that the two- to three-times higher rate of fibroids among black women may be linked to chemical exposure through scalp lesions and burns resulting from relaxers.

Women who got their first menstrual period before the age of 10 were also more likely to have uterine fibroids, and early menstruation may result from hair products black girls are using, according to a separate study published in the Annals of Epidemiology last summer.”

This is a snippet of an article I found on blackdoctor.org and here’s the link to that article: Association Of Fibroids & Relaxers

 


First, let me start off by defining what uterine fibroids are. Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors that develop in the uterus, a female reproductive organ. Fibroids can range in size – anywhere from the size of a pea to a melon. Fibroids have become more prevalent in the Black Community among young females. This is an alarming statistic because there are only 3 main ways to surgically remove fibroids, and one of those surgical procedures – Hystorectomy – involves the removal of a woman’s uterus inhibiting her from having kids later in the future. Now if you already have 5 kids, this may not bother you, but when teenagers lose the ability to have children because of a relaxer – something not thought of as harmful – that is a problem!

One alarming thing that I learned from this article is that the hair industry isn’t monitored or regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). This means that no one is determining how harmful the chemicals we put in our hair are and the effects they’ll have on us in the long run.

Good news, on the other hand, is that their is not a direct distinguished correlation between relaxers and fibroids. Researchers say that they have to research more to be able to tell if it’s a direct cause and effect matter.

 

 

Luscious Locks Shea Butter Hair Mask: A Product Review

First off, if you’ve never been to a product swap, you’re missing out on a magical experience, and you need to figure out how to attend one ASAP. I went to my first product swap this past semester. Hosted by my alma maters natural hair student group, it was held in one of the social rooms of our student union. Because it was my first product swap, I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew what I was looking for. I was on a mission to get Kinky Curly Knot Today. When I arrived,  it was me and a handful of of women representing all spectrums of the natural hair rainbow. I enjoyed my opportunity to socialize with these women who had a wealth of knowledge about hair, or not so much knowledge, or who mixed their own whipped shea butter in their dorm rooms. Soon after all the kinky hair related small talk, the magic commenced. The host of the swap laid out the products, and I spotted my gold at the end of the rainbow, Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave in Conditioner. After we all went through what products we brought and were allowed to start swapping, I dove in for the kill and got my slightly used bottle of Knot Today leave in conditioner. I probably sound like a product junky, but it was an amazing experience sifting through all these products and deciding which ones I wanted to try. There were so many different products from Organix Kertin Line to Carols Daughter. Any who, in addition to my leave in conditioner, I also picked up a bottle of Koils by Nature CocoAloe Deep Conditioner. I was satisfied with myself and packed them in my bag and prepared to leave as some of the other ladies stayed to watch Chris Rocks “Good Hair”. On my way out, I noticed a few unsnapped products left out on the table and a tiny tub of deep conditioner stuck out. It was Luscious Locks Shea Butter Hair Mask. I asked the host “can I have this?” She nodded quickly, I stuck it in my bag, and the rest is history.

So after that probably pointless story, I’m here to give you all a review of the hair mask that almost escaped me months ago that day.

Luscious Locks Shea Moisture Hair Mask (2 oz, $3.50)

Overview: After a little Googling, I’ve deduced that Luscious Locks is a little known brand. They don’t have their own website, only an online store, and the Shea Butter Hair Mask doesn’t have many reviews. It comes in two sizes, 2 oz. and 8 oz., which are $3.50 and $12 respectively. According to the packaging, it’s free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, mineral oil, and synthetic dyes. It’s infused with Argan Oil and Shea, and has a really fresh fragrant scent that I can’t definitively identify. I guess I’ll deem the scent artificial shea butter smell because it smells like most other somewhat processed hair products that claim to be shea butter scented. It also contains some other decent ingredients including Carrot Seed Oil, Vitamin E, and Green Tea extract. It has a thick consistency that can make it a tad bit difficult to spread throughout the hair.

First, I cleansed/co-washed my hair with apple cider hair rinse and Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner. Following the co-wash, I put the hair mask on after dividing my hair into four sections. The 2 oz. tub was just enough to cover my hair. I had to add a tiny amount of water to allow the hair mask to spread onto my hair more easily and evenly. I let it sit under a shower cap for 30 minutes. It produces slight suds upon washing it out and it made my hair smell very fresh and clean. Overall, it gave my hair great slip and helped minimize frizziness. I would purchase it again for those reasons alone. My hair felt well conditioned and soft, and it helped define my curl pattern. The 2 oz. tub is pretty much a one shot product. When stretched, my hair dust my shoulders, and it took almost the entire tub to cover my hair. The 2 oz. is probably more appropriate as a sample size, so I would suggest getting the 8 oz. if you’re really invested in using this product.

Pros: Scent, Provides great slip, Minimizes frizz and defines curl pattern, Provides softness and conditioning feel

Cons: 2 oz. is barely enough for one wash, has some unidentified ingredients, a little “too” thick

Ingredients: Deionzed Water, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Argan Oil, Soybean Oil, Panthenol, Vitamin E, Carrot Seed Oil, Green Tea Extract, Chamomile Extract, Lavendar Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

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ULTA Mini Haul

So last week, my friend and I decided to go to ULTA to get a few makeup products to test out and see what all the hype is about. I bought four items, all of which totaled $63. Yeah, I know that’s insane (don’t judge me), but I would have to say, they were worth the money. I know these products will last me a while which is why I decided to splurge on them, but I would definitely check them out for yourself.

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Benefit They’re Real! mascara

Personally, I’m in love with Benefit They’re Real! mascara, so I thought I’d give the push-up gel eyeliner a chance. Before purchasing this eyeliner, I had never used gel eyeliner; I’m a liquid liner kind of girl. But because I swear by the mascara, I took the chance and bought this $24 gel liner. Now, I know you probably think I’m crazy for buying it, but we all get a little impulsive sometimes, right? Now, this gel liner is the first of its kind because its the first gel liner in pen form. At first, it was a little difficult to use because I wasn’t used to the consistency of gel liner, but the look is flawless (I woke up like this type of flawless). It’s so much easier to do winged liner and the pigmentation is amazing! It does take practice to get good at it, but it was totally worth the splurge!

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Revlon ColorStay foundation

Now, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect BB creme, CC creme, foundation, and whatever else you can use to enhance your face with for a while. I never really gave foundations a chance until I decided to go into Ulta last week. I was always under the assumption that they’re too pricey and they would make me look too made up. I’m more of a natural look girl. But I heard good things about Revlon foundation, so I thought I’d give the Revlon ColorStay foundation a try. I am in the color mocha. This foundation is long lasting, and it looks so natural! I love it. One of my biggest pet peeves, was the weight of the foundation I was buying. This foundation is super lightweight and has buildable coverage. I don’t even feel like I’m wearing makeup. It is supposed to last for 16 hours. I’ve never worn it for that long, but I don’t doubt that it would last that long. My only problem with this foundation is that I wish it came with a pump.

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

As of recently, I’ve just started becoming a full face makeup girl. I’ve been in the game with eyeliner and mascara for a while, but I thought it was time to step it up. Now, foundation, BB creme, or whatever you use on your face requires a tool for application usage. There are so many brushes out there that I just didn’t know where to begin. I have a few, but none for applying foundation. I considered buying a stippling brush until I found something way easier and just more convenient for me at the moment. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge works great. Apparently, it’s a dupe for the original beauty blender sponge. It applies my Revlon foundation really well and leaves a smooth finish. It’s easier to handle than a brush; it was a smart buy.

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NYX Shine Killer

There are certain things that go together: peanut butter and jelly, and foundation and a primer. Now since I bought foundation, a primer was the next step. I decided on the NYX Shine Killer because I had heard good things about it from a friend. After reading the benefits it provides, especially for oily skin (which I have), I wanted to give it a try. When I tell you this stuff is the bomb.com, it really is. It works so well and truly fights the oil and shine. It stays true to its description of a matte face, and it stays for hours. I’ve worn this out in the hot sun, to a packed concert, and my face and makeup still look great afterwards. I’m definitely going to be repurchasing this again.

 

 

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Yes, You Can Touch My Hair

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There is a movement going on across college campuses that was sparked by one exhibit done in 2013 when women freely allowed people to touch their hair. This new movement of lowering public curiosity about natural hair has mixed reviews about it.

 

– Can I Touch Your Hair? 

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Although seen as a simple question asked out of curiosity, some find it very offensive. The exhibit was started as a way to get people talking about natural hair and how it’s really no different from regular hair.

The people that find the question offensive stated that they are not animals in a zoo, so no their hair cannot be petted. Now there is some truth in this statement. For example, if someone approached me in a setting that wasn’t appropriate (my job, school, etc…), I’d politely say “Not at this moment, maybe later.”

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Now I have been in a position where I felt “obligated or trapped” into someone touching my hair. My 11th grade year in highschool, when I big chopped my hair, it seemed as if EVERYONE wanted to touch my hair. I was shocked that the majority of people wanting to touch my hair were African – American or Hispanic – people of color. When I realized that there was a pattern among the types of people that wanted to touch my hair, I immediately knew that it was a problem that I was the first person they’d seen wearing their natural hair. Now, I, a college freshman at an HBCU, still experience people walking up to me asking to touch my hair.  I don’t mind when people ask me about my hair regimen because I have no secrets to what I use in my hair – and it feels so amazing walking on my college campus seeing so many women and men wearing their natural hair. It really feels amazing.

 

 

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In the media, little girls are being sent home for “unruly hair” and people are being fired for wearing protective styles (corn rows, etc.) and that is why “YES, YOU CAN TOUCH MY HAIR” is important. To stop public criticism, denounce stereotypes about black hair, or to convince people to go natural/ help them find their ideal regimen… for some people they HAVE to touch your hair and it’s as simple as that. I personally wouldn’t get offended, but as humans we do have the right to allow people to touch our hair or to deny them that option.

 

 

 


Here’s a link to 2 videos displaying the public exhibit:

You Can Touch My Hair, A Short Film (Part 1)

You Can Touch My Hair, A Short Film (Part 2)


 

What are your thoughts about their exhibit? Has someone ever walked up to you and asked to touch your hair? Comment below and tell us your story!

 

 

 

Natural Hair Slang & Terminology

Being a natural isn’t hard enough with having to figure out a hair routine, understanding your hair texture, doing research, and so much more. But there’s added pressure to know all the “slang” or terminology that goes along with being a naturalista. There are some words and phrases that are more obvious than others, but there are certain ones where you’re like, wtf?! No worries, we’ve got you girl! Here’s a few naturalista slang words and phrases that will have you hip in no time.

Banding: A styling technique used to prevent hair shrinkage. You gather the hair into one ponytail or several smaller ones, using elastic bands to secure the hair, one after the other, all the way down to the ends, (or near the ends) of the hair. Bands are left in for a period of time or until the hair is dry.

Bantu Knots: A hairstyle created by twisting hair sections in one direction until they wrap into neat knots. The knots are often secured near the scalp with bobby or hair pins.

BC (Big Chop): Cutting off all relaxed portions of the hair, leaving only natural growth.

CG (Curly Girl): CG is an abbreviation for “Curly Girl,” a book written by Lorraine Massey and Michele Bender.

Coily: A term used to describe the texture characteristic of natural Type 4 hair. The coil is most evident when the hair is wet and/or defined with a styling product

Condish: Conditioner

Cowash: The practice of cleansing the hair using conditioner in place of shampoo.

Creamy Crack: A reference to chemical relaxers.

Curlformers: Curlformers are rod-like hair styling tools that help to create gorgeous, glossy curls, without damaging hair or using heat

EVOO: Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Flat Twists: A technique where the hair is two-strand twisted flat to the scalp, similar to a cornrow.

Fluff: The use of fingers or a pick to add volume to natural hair.

‘Fro: Afro

Nappyversary: The anniversary of the day one decided to “go natural” and to stop using relaxers in their hair

Pineappleing: Pulling hair into one large puffs, using a hair tie, scrunchie, or other hair accessory. The puff is positioned at the top of the head. Thishelps preserve the coil/curl definition of the style overnight, and also provides some stretch to the hair.

Product Junky: A person who buys a lot of different products and brands in the quest of finding the “perfect” ones for her hair.

Protective Styling: A hairstyle that helps protect hair from dehydration and damage, by eliminating the need for manipulation, (combing, brushing, picking, etc.) and shielding against environmental exposure, (i.e. sun, heat, cold, wind).

Second Day Hair: The state of one’s hair on the day after it is cleansed, conditioned and styled.

Shrinkage: A term used to describe the reduction of the visual length of hair. It is a process that occurs as wet hair dries

Transitioning: This is the process, (also called “the journey” or “going natural”) whereby one’s natural-textured hair is allowed to grow in, while the previously chemically-treated hair is trimmed off in stages.

TWA: Teeny Weeny Afro

Twist Out: A hairstyle created by first two-strand twisting the hair while wet or damp. After the hair is dry, the twists are carefully released and styled.

Virgin Hair: Hair that is natural and has not been chemically processed or altered.

Wash n’ Go: A term referring to a quick and easy styling session whereby a defined finished style is achieved without twisting, braiding, knotting, rodding, etc.

 

 

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The Aftermath of Braids As A Protective Style

After taking my braids to the beach, graduation, the country side, and now a college campus for my summer enrichment program… I decided that having braids was too much for my busy life – and there’s only so many cute/practical hairstyles you can do – so I decided to take them out. Here are a few tips that you will find helpful when taking out your braids.

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Neck Strain

It’s good that friends and family want to help you take out your braids, but don’t let your neck get strained in the process.


 Pulling Out Hair

Hair can get tugged out or pulled out when you or the people taking out your braids are frustrated and stop carefully taking out your hair because they’re ready to get the process over with.


 Detangling/Separating Shedded Pieces of Hair Before Washing Hair

Your hair sheds up to 100 strands a day.Most people leave their braids in anywhere from a time period of 2 – 3 months (90 days = Potentially 9000 strands of hair.) If you don’t detangle your hair you’ll experience massive amounts of hairballs in your hands and on your shower floor.

I skipped this step and days later I was still picking shedded pieces of hair out of my head, it was horrible honestly.

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Shampooing, Conditioning, & Detangling Hair in The Shower

When you get in the shower make sure you scrub gently (not scratch) you hair effectively, removing dirt and grime embedded on the scalp. Condition hair to rebuild/balance te moisture and protein levels in your hair.

Detangle your hair in the shower as well. This step is optional depending on whether you like to dry detangle your hair or not. Personally I’d detangle before and during my shower (maybe even after) just to make sure I didn’t miss any shedded hair becuase shedded hair that is not found eventually tangles up with other hair and causes knots and tangles in the hair (which inevitably leads to more problems)


Have Product On Hand

Don’t be a product junkie but have at least one natural ‘on the go’ type product that you can whip out when needed. My natural hair ‘on the go’ product is 100% African Shea Butter.

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Hopefully this article helps you as you protective style. Do you have a tip for other naturals taking down braids or twists as a protective style? If so, share them with us in the comments below!


3 Apps To Keep You Healthy

At only 22, I have had a myriad of jobs that have left me with a lot of stories to tell. I have been a Nurse’s Aide, a cashier, a community organizer, an Arts and Crafts teacher, a camp counselor, and many more. The world of work all started for me when I was 13 and I got a job working on an inner city farm. Yes, I said a farm. My mom signed me up for a program called DIG, Durham Inner City Gardeners, which turned into my first part time job. We planted everything from squash to basil and snapdragons, which we would harvest and sell at our local farmers market. DIG gave me more than my first paycheck, but also a vast amount of knowledge about caring for fruits, herbs, and vegetables, and where our food comes from. Nine years later, I’m probably still the best at cutting basil, but I’m also a food justice advocate. I now know the importance of food justice and knowing where your food comes from. Since than I try to make an effort to eat “clean” and buy local. The process of transitioning form relaxed to natural also made me more aware of things I was putting on and in my hair and body. I figured if processed things weren’t good enough to put in my body, they weren’t good enough to put on my hair and skin either.

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This focus on living a clean lifestyle has led me to seek out many resources to help guide me along the way. Technology has played a big part in keeping me educated on healthy food and natural body products. In the age of Google, you can find a webpage offering just about anything you want to know, but there are also cell phone and web apps that have been incredibly helpful for me. Its important to know the ingredients in our food and body products, so here are a few websites and apps that have been helping me out.

 

Fooducate
Fooducate

Fooducate is a website and cell phone app that provides you with information about the ingredients and macronutrients in just about any food you can think of. You can type in anything from Nutella to fresh vegetables. It even provides information for most store brands. You can also scan product barcodes. It rates products on an A-F scale and than provides a justification for each score, including reasons why you should incorporate it into your diet or not.

Skin Deep
Skin Deep

 Skin Deep Cosmetic Database is an awesome app and website developed by Environmental Working Group (EWG). Similar to Fooducate, you can scan or type in most cosmetic products and it provides information about its ingredients. Skin Deep rates products on a scale of 1-10 and lets you know if any of the ingredients have been linked to cancer, allergies, or developmental problems. It’s very useful when I’m in a store trying to decide between shampoos or body washes and I’m unsure of any of the ingredients listed on the back.

Dirty Dozen
Dirty Dozen

Dirty Dozen is EWG’s app that helps guide shoppers through pesticides. It provides a handy list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, as well as a general guide to buying produce. The Dirty Dozen is a list of the 12 fruits and vegetables that generally have the highest pesticide content, that professionals recommend buying organic. The Clean Fifteen is a list of the most pesticide sparse fruits and veggies that are safe to purchase because they are minimally processed. EWG consistently updates and adds to the list as they continue to do research about pesticides and where our food comes from.

Are there any websites, apps, or other forms of technology that help you live a healthy lifestyle?

Hidden Naturals: Celebs Who You May Not Know Are Natural

Being natural does not always mean wearing your hair in its natural state, whether that’s curly, kinky or wavy. Protective styles work wonders for naturals who choose not expose their hair frequently or at all. Protective styles can include, braids, weaves or twists. In other words, styles that cover and protect your hair from the elements and damage. These styles are also known for assisting with hair growth, if done and taken care of in the right way. Now, I know there is a debate as to whether or not if one wears weaves and such, if they are considered natural. But I bet if you take a look at these celebrities that you may or may not have known are natural, they might change your mind.

Angela Simmons

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Reality TV star and fashion designer, Angela Simmons has never been shy about switching up her hairstyles, or even colors. But most might not know that Angela is natural.She hasn’t been shy about showing her long, natural hair on Instagram. Angela also just recently started her Hairfinity journey as well, a hair vitamin, that is all the rage in the natural hair community nowadays.

 

 

 

Nicki Minaj

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Beneath all the wigs, weaves, and gimmicks, Nicki Minaj has beautiful hair! She revealed her real, natural hair to the world last year via Instagram. This rapper is full of surprises. who would have thought that all this luscious hair was under the pink wig.

 

 

 

 

Tia & Tamera Mowry

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The world was first introduced to these biracial beauties when their hit show, Sister Sister aired. And back then, bigger meant better, well in regards to hair. We saw their big, long natural curls, and vivacious personalities. But as with anyone in the entertainment industry, it takes a toll on your hair. Tia & Tamera Mowry are getting back to their roots with their natural hair. Tia [R] big chopped first, then Tamera [L] following suit shortly after. Tia’s son, Cree is even a naturalisto. His hair is amazing.

 

Keke Palmer

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Keke Palmer is not just the youngest talk show host ever, but she’s also a naturalista! Keke debuted her natural hair a few years ago on Instagram, and of late, she’s been embracing and showing her followers some of her hair secrets. She’s showed them how she wraps her hair, and some of the products she uses for hair care. Let’s just say, this girl is not afraid to show off her hair in whatever state it’s in.

 

 

 

Sanaa Lathan

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She’s an A-list actress who’s starred in movies such as, Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, and The Best Man Holiday. Sanaa Lathan has rocked short weave, long weave, curly and straight weave, but it is only to protect her natural hair underneath. Check out her healthy, blown out head of hair.

(P.S. She’s also has famous natural friends like, Taraji P. Henson and Gabrielle Union.)

 

 

 

Oprah Winfrey

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The queen of media has millions of dollars to spend on getting her hair done, but she chooses to be natural? That’s right Oprah loves her natural hair.

 

 

 

 

Brandy

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Brandy stepped on the scene as a singer and actress who rocked braids for many years. Well wearing those braids did her some good, as she rocks her natural hair nowadays, well in between her various weave selections. Brandy had also been known for rocking havana twists, and kinda starting that trend in the hair community.

Clothing Haul On A College Budget

Recently, I had this random idea to spend all of my money on clothes that I found online and just KNEW I had to have! When I say “spend all of my money” I didn’t literally, I only spent about $200 that I had been saving up for months specifically just to shop at my favorite store. I went on a haul! A haul is basically a shopping trip where you stock up on anything ranging from clothes to jewelry.

My favorite stores are:

  • Forever 21
  • H&M
  • Dazzle Up (located at Northlake Mall in Charlotte,NC

Other Shops I shop at include Jones New York, Off Broadway Shoes, Ross, and Old Navy. In this article I’ll discuss where to buy the outfits that I’ll show in this article and how much they cost.

 


 

Outfit Number 1

   I actually bought this baby doll styled dress from Ross for $12. The thing I love about Ross is their vast collection of clothes for cheap! I admit, some of their clothes aren’t made out of quality material and will rip or tear, but the clothes I buy from there are durable and last for college and nights out with friends. Other items I paired with this outfit are a purse from Pacsun for $24 and Jack Rogers Sandals for $110. I bought the purse and sandals from a prior purchase.

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Outfit Number 2

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The cover up I am wearing in this picture is actually a swim cover up that I wore both to the beach and out for a night in the town. The color of this cover up is off white and is crocheted into flowers – it’s perfect for a beach vacation! I bought this coverup from Forever 21 for $25. With this outfit, I paired a blue bandeau top from Wal-Mart for $5 and Old Navy shorts for $25.   20140616_012646


Outfit Number 3

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I bought this heart blouse from H&M – my new favorite store! I bought it for $29. I paired it with a pair of green capri pants I bought from Jones New York for $40. I bought my shoes from Off Broadway Shoes for $15 – the brand of the shoes are Steve Madden.

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 Outfit Number 4

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I bought this black chiffon shirt from H&M for $27. I paired it with jeans I bought from a prior purchase at Forever 21 for $9. Yes, $9 jeans! Although the shoes I paired with this outfit are sparkle leopard print Toms (which cost $45 at the store Nordstrom Rack), you can pair them with black Jack Rogers sandals.

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Outfit Number 5

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This top is the same black chiffon top from the post above (H&M, $27). The only thing different is that I paired it with a maxi skirt from J.C. Penney for $5 and my black Jack Rogers sandals.


Outfit Number 6

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These shirts that I bought from Dazzle Up, a store at Northlake Mall in Charlotte, NC cost $16.99 a piece. The thing I love about shirts like these are that they’re trendy yet they’re not sold on every corner shop! They also express my cultural beliefs and background.

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Have you shopped anywhere interesting lately?!  If so, comment below and tell us where!