Fro-Tastic

I’m wearing my afro out. I don’t know it’s because the summertime makes me lazy, or if I’m just becoming prone to caring less about what the world thinks about me. Nonetheless, but I am wearing my natural fro out.

I woke up in the morning, dunked my head under a stream of water and let it dry. This was the result. Sure it’s not “styled” the way natural hair aficionados would recommend, but I was having a “who cares?” day when I got up that morning.  I looked at myself in the mirror and 100% appreciated what I saw. Don’t get it twisted, there is nothing wrong with styling, and taking care of your hair. But sometimes us black women can go overboard with the hair routine. We buy one too many products, we touch it every 2 minutes, we tug, we de-tangle, we just do too much. Sometimes we just need a day to walk outside and just BE. Funnily enough, I got quite a bit of compliments and a lot more stares…but I don’t know if it was admiration or confusion. Anyway, I have learned that I too, can wash n’ go. Well…for about a day then I have to get my hair back on a hot oil treatment.

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PRO TIP: My White Choker is DIY’d and I’m pretty excited to share another tip for you choker lovin’ gals out there. Tired of spending $5 a pop on strips of fabric? Cut off the hem of an old shirt or pants and voila! You got yourself a new choker. I cut off the hem of an old white shirt to achieve this look.

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Sandals: ASOS// Overalls: Santee Alley// Black Crop Top: Forever 21

Photographed By: Samantha Lopez

Edited By: Moi.

p.s. Someone suggested that I do a post dedicated to taking care of natural hair. I’m still new on this journey so any advice that I offer would be for newbies like me. Let me know in the comments: yea or nay.

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-A

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Downtown Pomona

If you asked me 5 years ago, I believed that growing up in Pomona made for somewhat of a mundane and unexciting teenager life. For the most part, what made the city was the people I went to high school with and the drama club that I was a part of (YES! I was a proud thespian back in the day!). But once I graduated and all my friends from here fizzled out with the exception of 1 or 2, the city continued to be as mundane as I remembered it to be.

This is my first time in 3 years that I have spent an extended amount of time back in Pomona, so I’ve been trying to make the most of it by rediscovering small spots in the city that make for a mini adventure. So my friend Sam and I ventured to downtown Pomona and found some really cool spots to take photos at. Take a gander.

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My style for the summer is simple: keep it simple. It’s too dang hot here in the valley and while I love the winter months to layer my clothing, that is simply not an option. I stumbled upon this denim dress at Goodwill a month ago and I snatched it so fast, the cashier felt the woosh! from all the way across the store. It’s a timeless piece, very in trend right now, and what even makes me happier about it, is the fact that it was only $10. You KNOW Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters will try to steal your $40 to make you buy a denim dress. Again, take my advice and give up fast fashion!

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Also, my dusty pink mules have been an absolute lifesaver since I purchased them (before my permanent decision of course). It’s such a beautiful accent to any outfit with it’s light color and square toed shaped. In addition, it’s so easy to slip on off. Anything that is hassle free, I’m a fan. You can check them out here.

-A

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