Thursday, October 16, 2014

90's Girls Rejoice

If you were a real 90's girl, you probably wore a choker necklace at some point. And that is nothing to be ashamed of. Despite the semi-violent name, the necklaces were pretty common and, dare I say, cool during the late 90s and early 2000s. I have a pretty vivid memory of a picture of me and some other girls at someone's sixth birthday party and most of us were struggling to breathe wearing these necklaces. And just a thought: we should collectively come up with a better name for these necklaces, like neck huggers or neck buddies, basically something that isn't inherently awful.

Yesterday, I popped into a vintage shop here in Toledo. They had a solid selection of skirts, but they were priced at about 35 euros and up and ya girl wasn't about that life. But, I did find something else...

Ooooooooohhh yaaaaaaa. Y'all should have seen me snatch this thing off of the little jewelry holder thing. Tried it on and immediately said, "I'm buying this." I had no idea how much it cost, but it was one of those pieces that I knew I had to have. I ended up purchasing it for a solid 9 euros.

The colors are literally everything. And not to be a super douche, but I knew it would look dope af against my skin.

In an attempt to make sure my necklace was the most interesting thing I was wearing, I wore a navy Madewell maxi skirt, white F21 crop top, and white Birkenstocks. Seriously, these white Birkenstocks are life. I went on a hunt for them over the summer and have been living in them ever since. So comfy. I be on my granola grind sometimes.

This necklace is definitely one of the coolest things I've bought in a while just because it's so unlike anything else I have. And it brings up memories of childhood *sheds one tear*. Nah, but actually, it's such a fun piece. It's the grown-up version of the stretchy, oddly patterned chokers of yesteryear. Ya feel meh?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fall Blues

Question: When the weather is unseasonably warm or oddly cold, do you immediately assume it is a result of global climate change? I do. And I'm gonna say that that assumption is probably the truth. With that in mind, I'm over here in Spain screaming, "¡Calentamiento global!" while also basking in the glory that is sunshine and 75 degree weather. I've definitely worn more skirts and dresses in September and October than I did throughout the cruel cool summer in Chicago. I lowkey have all of these sweater that I'm tryna bust out, so I wouldn't be mad if it suddenly dropped 20 degrees.

Ever since Kanye killed that GQ spread, I've been into the idea of wearing the same color. I decided on a blue chambray sleeveless top from H&M and MM6 Maison Martin Margiela navy cotton & linen skirt. Clearly not on Ye's level, but just wait on it. Ya girl is on the come up. I picked up the MM6 skirt for 40 bucks secondhand in great condition from Vaunte, a site to buy and sell designer clothes for the low low. When I'm buying secondhand, I always compare the item to things I already own and how much I bought those comparable items for new. When purchased, the skirt was in "like new" condition, so I was 'bout it for 40 bucks. 

Before I skipped town, I decided that I could try to be more interesting when it comes to the use of accessories. You can usually catch me wearing small hoop earrings, a watch, and maybe a bracelet if I'm really tryna do something. I picked up the earrings at a small store here in Toledo and even had a small conversation with the woman who made them. If you know me, you might know that I'm totally into that type of shopping -- where you can have a conversation with someone about where the product came from and have them know with certainty that it's well made. I got the cord necklace when I was visiting a friend and an AWO founding member, Caroline, in Michigan from a store called Pitaya...I am pretty sure there is one in Chicago, too, but I'm not certain.

Not to crap on Spain, but I'm not that into the shopping here. Maybe I just haven't found the right places yet ~~ hit me with them suggestions doe ~~. The small, artisan stores are mad cool, but the chain stores are only alright; they're not very different than the ones in the US. On the bright side, I'll get to save this guap. 

Also, big thanks to my best friend/partner-in-crime Natalie for taking these pics. She's also the Creative Director of Blacklight Magazine. So, when the magazine snaps (and it will), you know who to thank. 

Monday, October 6, 2014


Traveling has its perks: new experiences, new people, new places. It also has its downsides: missing your friends and family dearly. But, I can say this: Spain has been fantastic. I've been here for about three weeks. I was in Barcelona for a while, then Madrid, now I'm in Toledo. Toledo is a town of about 80,000 people. Maybe Toledo is a city...not sure, but coming from a place with a couple million people, 80,000 seems like a town to me.

I was in Barcelona with my mom and my cousin, Patsy. Barcelona was packed with tourists and we gladly joined the masses. My favorite spot that we visited was La Sagrada Família, which is a church designed by Barcelona's reigning architecture king, Antoni Gaudí. All of Gaudí's spots were dope, but this church was pretty incredible. I feel like I am always visiting churches in Spain and I think that feeling might be the truth. So, when I walked into La Sagrada Família, my idea of what a church should look like was shattered.

The church is actually still under construction and your entrance fee serves as a donation to the project. Whenever you look at Barcelona from atop a mountainside, you can always see the towers of the Sagrada and the cranes. It's one of the few particularly tall buildings in the city.

The ceiling 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Snapshots from Prague

In honor of my impending trip abroad, I thought it would be nice to shares some pictures from my trip last year to Prague, Czech Republic. I went there with a group of students from my high school and we each stayed with host families. We stayed for about ten days and traveled all around the city and to some other parts of the country. It was the first time I had been out of the country as someone with the ability to actually remember it. While all glass, super modern buildings are cool, nothing really beats old world charm -- and Prague has a lot of it.

Priscilla and Jada

Czech Capri Sun!

Army surplus store

I don't remember where the above photo was taken, but Prague has some really great street food. On our last day there, a couple of friends and I pigged out and got some of everything: deep-fried dough covered in ketchup and cheese (sounds super gross, I know, but it was so good), fresh potato chips, sausages, candy, and more. Too good.
Priscilla in a hall of mirrors.
Prague from above
Me and my amazing host/friend, Lucie

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Moods

It's the middle of the night and I'm up looking at fashion blogs. Typical. I'm leaving for Spain (!!!) in 11 days and I'm going crazy to figure out what I'm going to take with me. Looking at what other people are wearing usually help me figure out things in my own wardrobe; they give me ideas on new ways to wear the stuff that I've had forever. I regularly check out other style blogs and, also, regularly save photos to my laptop for future reference. Here are some of the photos that I'll be keeping in mind while I'm packing.

Love the mix of fabrics and textures.

via Unabashedly Prep
via Classy Girls Wear Pearls 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Blacklight Magazine

This summer, I have been working on a very exciting project. At the end of my first year at UChicago, I was elected as the Editor-in-Chief of Blacklight Magazine. Blacklight Magazine is a publication of the University of Chicago's Organization of Black Students. The reason I'm so excited about this magazine is because its mission is something that I can wholeheartedly get behind: Blacklight Magazine provides a platform for the voices of underrepresented and traditionally marginalized students on campus. Having gone through the process of being hyper aware of my Blackness and woman-ness during my first year, I appreciate the fact that there is a publication on campus that is looking to publish stories like mine. 

With that being said, I am happy to share that Blacklight is now accepting submissions for its fall issue. The first deadline is August 15th. The second deadline is August 30th. We are looking for just about every type of writing and visual art. Feel free to write about your experience as a Muslim student or a Transgender student or a Korean student. Also, feel free to write about your favorite Peruvian restaurant or Black-owned clothing line. Like the flyer says, we want it all. You do not have to be UChicago student to submit and you also do not have to be a college student. I had a few high school students reach out to me and I was pretty excited that this magazine also appealed to younger folks. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @BlacklightUChi, to stay connected. 

There is a really fantastic team of people working to put this magazine together. We are all extremely excited to show you the finished product come October. If you want to submit something to the magazine, please do! We need your writing and art to make this thing work. Send submissions to You can also email me, Stephanie, at that email address if you want to talk about a possible article idea, have any questions, or want to donate a couple stacks to make sure we can print this magazine. Happy writing! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On the Run

About a week and a half ago, Chicago stopped and welcomed Jay Z and Beyonce into its warm embrace. For those of you who don't know, I have a twin sister named Jeanette. I have had the most ridiculous conversations about the fact that I have a twin sister. The. Most. Ridiculous. People have actually thought I was playing some elaborate trick. To which I always responded, "I would have to be straight up crazy to make up a sibling." Basically, quite a few people thought I was insane. Woo! 

So, now that we all know that Jeanette exists, we can move on. If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting my sister than you know that she has an infectious laugh. Anyone who hangs out with her knows that she is responsible for their deepening laugh lines. 

Going to this concert was fairly critical for me and Jeanette. She has been down in Missouri interning at the Department of Transportation, living in an apartment, and acting like she grown or something. Jeanette came back to Chicago for the weekend to bask in the glory that is Mister and Misses Carter. 

It was actually a pretty chilly night, but Jeanette still opted to show out in her neon romper. The color is right on trend for summer. She paired it with brown boots so as to not overwhelm admirers. She looked pretty cute, if I do say so myself.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ridin' Round Acting Cool

Hey! This is Maya, Steph’s friend from school.  As I await her visit, I reminisce on our beautiful, fulfilling days in the windy city. A big part of our lives at UChicago was biking around Hyde Park like a mini biker gang of two; it’s also one of the things I love doing in my neighborhood. Since I’ve been back, biking has been a great way for me to pretend to exercise and avoid chores at home while endangering the general public by attempting to simultaneously photograph the adventure. 

My best biking buddy is fashion enthusiast Olivia Culver! We’ve been friends for years which can only be explained by the mind control tactics I’ve been employing. Olivia won best dressed back in high school and I’d credit that to her eccentric, eclectic, edgy and always flattering style that was hard not to notice in a school like ours.  She’s incredibly talented at utilizing thrift stores finds and layering accessories that make her outfits look effortlessly put together.  Here she is looking supes playful and sporty, perfect for our bike adventure!  

She’s wearing a Dimepiece jersey over a simple a-line camo tank dress from Urban Outfitters. The oversized shirt and loose skirt plays with a kind of juvenile theme which is accentuated by her converse. We agreed the outfit could have had a vastly different vibe were the shoes changed, a pair of wedged sneakers for example would make it more of a “going out” look.  For the purposes of our simple bike ride though, converse were majorly appropriate.  She also brought along a light wash denim jacket, the most casual of the denim jackets… but her huge timepiece still suggests she is a responsible young adult who knows how to keep track of time, lest we were fooled by her youthful outfit.