My Go-To Favorite Places to Shop and Save

*Direct Deposit hits at 3am*

“Yes, finally some money in my pockets. Time for me to prioritize and set a budget. What bills are due this week? Can I buy a new outfit for the party next Friday night? Should I eat today or put gas in my car? Is that last minute payment for my Apple Music subscription coming soon?” Continue reading My Go-To Favorite Places to Shop and Save

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Young Entrepreneurs Round Up

Creativity is step one. Innovation is step two.

Entrepreneurship requires strategic planning and execution. It is comprised of two major processes: creativity and innovation. Creativity is the ability to develop new ideas and ways to look at problems as well as opportunities. Innovations involves application of those creative ideas to actual problems and opportunities to enhance lives and to enrich a society. We all have ideas that we wish to implement but too often we allow these ideas to make our minds their home. Your ideas can become substance but you must be disciplined and determined as our young entrepreneurs.

These young individuals who have taken it upon themselves to bring their visions to reality. It is not easy, and it can be very scary. You may fail the first time or even the fifth time but if you want it, you have to go get it. Don’t live through others succeed, rather, use it as encouragement to obtain your own. Continue reading Young Entrepreneurs Round Up

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A Fashion App to Check Out!

Thrifting has been a hobby of mine for years.  The thrill of finding timeless pieces within a store full of outdated, ugly, and super old clothes is so exhilarating!

One day, I was browsing through Instagram and I saw one of my followers selling clothes on an app. I became curious and downloaded the app and my face instantly lit up! I personally discovered that it was a marketplace called Depop that lets friends sell things to other friends! It is like a global thrift store that you can shop in the comfort of literally anywhere for affordable prices!   Continue reading A Fashion App to Check Out!

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“New Year, New look” Evolve Your Style!

Every year universal trends and styles are either discarded, recycled or evolved. These fashion trends are incorporated into our personal style, meaning the way we express our individuality changes in time as well.  I have found that one thing that truly gets me excited for the new year is shopping! Splurging on new items to add to your wardrobe at the beginning of the year kick-starts your “New Year, New Me” look. I’m sure that I share that same excitement of coming back from break owning a new hand bag or pair of shoes with a lot of women. Here is what I suggest:

Do research! This is made fun by hundreds of different fashion bloggers or “vloggers” on the internet who have created very specific “lookbooks” to showcase outfit ideas. Just find a favorite youtuber who shares your taste in clothing. Also look for trends that are on the rise. I have noticed that metallic materials are starting to be used a lot more in unconventional ways. Take the iconic rose gold for example as it has been seen in phones, shoes and even sticker tattoos.

Step out of your comfort zone! Getting away from what you are used to is always a great way to grow and that can be applied to many area in life. What is the one thing you were too shy to wear in public? For me that was heels so I opted for Chelsea Boots. These boots are perfectly cute to style with a winter wardrobe and usually have a subtle 1 or 2 inch heel.

Image Via wheretoget.it
Image Via wheretoget.it

Step it up! Maybe you have a clothing item that is forever ingrained in your personal style like oversized sweaters or jeans. Make some tweaks in your style by changing details in these items. Blue jeans can turn to distressed jeans and oversized sweaters can turn to low-rise sweaters. Also, now is a good time to consider buying that watch you have been eyeing for months to a year.

Restock! Make sure that you have all of your clothing essentials to start the year off right. You would be surprised how much matching underwear and pajama sets can boost your confidence. Do you have enough basic long-sleeve shirts? Or maybe you wore out your sweat suits? This is why I accept socks as Christmas presents.

Make-up! Make-up trends are just as prevalent as fashion trends and the same steps apply if you are wanting to step up your make-up routine. Subscribe to youtubers that post bomb make-up tutorials. Don’t be afraid to ask employees at Sephora or Ulta for pointers. Amp up your look by trying different techniques than you are used to and decide if you are ready to splurge on high-end products.

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Youtuber Raven Elyse

I hope that I have encouraged you to “glo up” for 2016! Here are a list of my favorite fashion and shopping websites for great looks and deals.


Some of my favorite places to shop:

asos.com

shoptagr.com

fashionnova.com

Here is a list of my favorite “Beauty Gurus” of color on youtube:

Jayla Koriyan

Raven Elyse 

Nicole Guerriero 

Tasha Green 

Erica Fae 

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Mel’s Go-To Cold Weather Outfit

e5a2814f26fbd99809d48b790be3f945Hey ladies! Just because it’s starting to get a little chilly out doesn’t mean you can’t keep it cute. You can never go wrong with a simple high-neck sweater paired with high-waisted jeans and sneaks. This is definitely a go-to look for me. I like to keep my makeup and accessories very simple, especially when I’m on campus. And what better way to top off the outfit than with a trendy (and warm) oversized coat?

 Want even more style inspiration?  Follow my Polyvore account: ayeyomel.polyvore.com for low-to-high end outfit ideas.

Shop the look:
Coat (zara.com – $129)
Striped top (zara.com – $30)
All black top (wolfandbadger.com – $175)
Jeans (hm.com – $60)
Shoes (puma.com – $225 / $120)
Bag (zara.com – $60)
Lipstick (narscosmetics.com – $32)
Lipgloss (target.com – $10)

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Fall Fashion Necessities

Every woman has a lot of clothing in her closet but sometimes you don’t know what to wear for certain seasons. Here are a few items you should definitely have in your closet for the fall weather.

A plaid flannel

Flannels can be dressed up with a cute skirt, tights, and tall boots or dressed down with a pair of jeans and flats. Not only can they be worn by themselves, but they also make for a perfect layering piece under a jacket or coat.

Fall colored lipstick

As the weather gets cooler, I believe that your lipstick should get deeper and darker. Fall colored lipstick consists of deep shades of red, orange, brown, and even dark purple. I have my eyes on some dark purple lipstick this fall because I would love to try something new.

Sweater leggings

Sweater leggings are not only colorful and comfy, they also keep your legs really warm. They are perfect for the fall when paired with a sweater or cardigan and they will even keep you warm and cozy during the winter months.

Tall boots

Tall boots literally can be paired with any and every thing. You can wear them with dresses, skirts, pants, leggings, and the list goes on and on. Tall boots come in a variety of colors such as browns, blacks, grays, and beige. They also come in a variety of lengths where some can stop above the knee, others on the knee, and some a little below the knee. It’s your preference!

Puffball beanie

This isn’t really a necessity for the fall, but they are just super cute! They are perfect for those lazy hair days and can add adorableness to almost any look. They also come in a variety of colors and styles.

I hope you consider adding some of these items to your fall wish list if you haven’t brought them already!

Enjoy your week and the lovely fall weather!

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College: What do I Wear?

Going from possibly wearing uniforms in high school to having to choose what to wear in college can take you for a loop. I had to wear uniforms for my entire four years of high school. Waking up every morning knowing exactly what I had to wear saved me a lot of time and effort. However, I was not able to express my individuality and creativity. Well, I could have but it was very difficult being restricted. When I started college, I realized that it was a whole new ball game, and it would be all up to me.

Being restricted and having to obey a dress code in high school made me judge everything that I would put on. Listening to “your skirt is too short,” “you cannot wear open-toe or open-heel shoes,” and “your pants are the wrong color” has made me re-evaluate the decisions I make on what to wear to class. After coming out of the restriction zone, during my first few weeks of college, I questioned everything I would take out to wear. Eventually, I came to the conclusions that it was not so much of what should I wear, but what should I not wear. After drilling this concept into my brain, I came up with a list of things that I would not wear to class and special events. I am going to give you my opinion, but remember that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion.

Don’t wear pajamas. I believe that they are only to sleep in. Wearing pajamas to class gives off a vibe that you do not care and do not want to be there; even if it is just that you woke up late.

Don’t wear clothes that are revealing. By this I mean clothes that are see through. Wearing these types of clothes will bring a lot of attention to you, not that it is something you do not want to have, but this type of attention is negative. Also, do not wear clothes that do not cover up the most important parts of your body.

On the bright side, here are things to ear to class. I usually wear a t-shirt and blue jeans at least, just so my professor know I did not just hop out of the bed and come straight to class. On my good days I will put on a nice top to actually look presentable and decent.

If you have to present something in class, please be sure to dress accordingly, such as at least wearing business casual attire. Basically, this means not wearing blue jeans or tennis shoes. Wearing business casual attire also goes for when attending a special event. This event could be an interview, attending a conference, etc. Females, be reminded of the length of skirts, skorts, and dresses that you decide to wear.

What do you wear to class? Do you have a list of things that you do not wear to class?

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And She Braids Too

High fashion powerhouse, Vogue, dropped an artful video featuring Lupita Nyong’o today, and just like every other time Queen Lupita does anything, the Internet went wild. This video didn’t feature Lupita performing a monologue or stunting on us with her fashion as usual, but it showed her engaging in one of her favorite hobbies: braiding hair. What can’t she do?!

In the short video titled “Braids,” Lupita tells us about how her aunt taught her to braid and twist, as she corn rows a friends hair on camera. All while looking fly, I might add. Her desire to learn the craft came from a disappointing visit to a braid shop in NYC while she was an undergraduate. Throughout the video she skillfully braids the hair of her six closest friends, and shares some of her views on braiding and hair with a subtle passion that is genuinely beautiful. In her eyes, braiding someone’s hair can be “intimate”. She saw it as her “side hustle” and a hobby that gave her the opportunity to connect with others. The short clip is a cute look into her life that adds to her enigmatic presence in pop culture, but also humanizes her, and makes her more relatable. As an African woman myself, it was great to see her doing something that so many women in my family do in their day to day lives. Hair braiding is a cultural symbol that is engrained in the community of black Americans and Africans throughout the Diaspora that has recently been co-opted by sources of high fashion media. As braids show up on runways and fashion spreads, they are becoming trendy, and people who are blind to elements of black culture have believed it to be a “new” hairstyle. In some ways this video helps take ownership back, all while embracing the art form of braiding and natural hair itself.

In cultures across the world, hair is a woman’s crowning glory. To me it’s a physical expression of oneself and identity. Natural hair, and the beauty of black women in general is often chastised and belittled in our society, and that’s one of the many reasons Lupita has been such a breath of fresh air. She is a different picture of “black womanhood”, and to many the physical manifestation of the black woman that is often forgotten in mainstream media. “Braids” is a simple but poignant embrace of the beauty of black hair, African culture, and Lupita herself. I loved it and I encourage you to watch it here!

photo credit: http://hiphollywood.com/2014/06/braided-up-lupita-nyongo-reveals-haircare-hobby/

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