A JUNE SALE ROUND UP //

June sale! Right now nearly every major retailer from Shopbop to Nordstrom to Amazon to Net-a-Porter are all having huge end-of-season sales. While many of the sale items are wear now, it is also the perfect time to take a look at those fall/winter items that may still be lingering around and are now at heavy, heavy discounts. As a color-lover, below I am rounding up a few of my favorite colorful finds…

Tiered Maxi Dress  //  Star Drop Earrings  //  Double Breasted Blazer  //  Leather Strappy Sandals  //  Shirred Mini Dress


Tulle Top  //  High Neck Gown  //  Sheer Organza Dress  //  Metallic Crepe Dress  //  Ruffle Trim Striped Top


Tassel Basket Bag  //  Cutaway Blazer  //  Tropical-weight Wool Trousers  //  Micro Top Handle Bag  //  Pleated Top


Tiger Print Midi Skirt  //  Two-tone Ankle Boot  //  Oversized Blazer  //  Zebra Print Belt Bag  //  Sequined Mini Dress


Floral Silk Midi Dress  //  Faux Leather Skirt  //  Stripe Puff Sleeve Dress  //  Tiered Cotton Dress  //  Pleated Floral Skirt


Plaid Silk-Blend Top  //  High-Rise Cargos  //  Striped Voile Maxi Dress  //  Drop Clip Earrings  //  Camo Ankle Pants


Tie-Dye Leather Tote  //  Striped Satin Dress  //  Crescent Hoop Earrings  //  Striped Faille Sandals  //  A-Line Midi Dress


 

CREATORS TO FOLLOW // #DIVERSIFYYOURFEED

Today I am sharing a few incredible creators that I follow on Instagram. Many of you asked for me to share my favorite follows to help #diversifyyourfeed. Below I’m articulating why I love to follow each and what initially drew me to their handles/sites. They all have unique individual styles that should be recognized and celebrated – and followed! I have been following most of these amazing people for some time and in this movement to amplify melanated voices I want to celebrate these creatives and share them with all of you.

As I continue to evaluate how I can help amplify Black voices and identify more ways to be anti-racist on Atlantic-Pacific, I will be doing so through the lens of fashion. This site and my feed have always been about fashion and style first, making promoting Black designers, creators, and style the most effective way to reach all of you, my audience. Today and everyday I am thankful for your views, likes, comments and feedback, and I hope I influence you in some way to take action. So, without further delay…

GLAMAZON DIARIES // MAKEDA

Makeda is a fashion force. I began following her about a year ago and discovered we both have a deep love for big hats, midi length everything, oversized sunglasses, and generally over-the-top style. She is a kind as she is fashionable and while I can barely cook frozen chicken nuggets myself, she is always whipping up some amazing meal on her IG Stories. Makeda is consistently a bright light on my feed and I’m thankful to call her a friend. Follow her on IG here and on her blog here.

TAMU MCPHERSON // ALL THE PRETTY BIRDS

I met Tamu IRL through my friend Chloe, although I have been following her for as long as I can remember. While she is frequently traveling the world, Tamu lives full-time in Milan and is such a feel good follow. Her sense of style is totally out of this world (she dreams up the most beautiful combinations that I would never even think of) and she will also remind you to take care of yourself ( I always love her running/work out moments). Tamu has always been inspiring, holding a strong position and voice on topics like injustice and social change. Some of my favorite posts she does are her video posts, such as this one and this one. Tamu is also the founder of All The Pretty Birds which you can check out here. Give her an IG follow here!

KAREN BLANCHARD //

Karen is just one of those people who truly gets fashion. She mixes and matches high and low and new and old. Her vintage and thrift finds are drool-worthy awesome and I am constantly discovering new brands and pieces from her edits and outfit posts. In fact, I am still trying to track down this puffer coat! Karen and I met way back in 2011 when we both were tapped for a CoverGirl ad in the September issue of Vogue. She is uber-cool and can pull off menswear, vintage, and a dress paired with chunky boots better than anyone else. Oh also, still not over this color combination. She is a style chameleon and is always surprising me. Follow her on IG here and youtube here and check out her site here.

COURTNEY QUINN // COLOR ME COURTNEY

Well, well, well. When I started following Courtney I realized there is someone out there who does indeed love to wear color just as much as I do…she is the original queen of color! I have had the pleasure of getting to know Courtney and she is not only a creator but also a strategic business woman. She has her MBA and has also worked in the fashion industry on the other side (in product development) so she really understands it all. We’ve also had a good laugh figuring out that we actually lived in the same apartment building in San Francisco, only at different times. So, it was fate that we would finally meet in NYC years later! While she is a fashion lover and style queen, she has so many other interests such as Disney, her dog Waffles, creating stop motion videos that rule, and so much more. Follow her on IG here and on her site here. And, if you love all things Disney, you’ll want to see her Disney-centric handle here.

RANTI ONAYEMI BLANCHARD // RANTI IN REVIEW

Ranti’s style is minimal, yet complex, and and oh so cool. She typically sticks to a more neutral palette but will throw in pops of color, and is always leaving me surprised to see what she will dream up next. I am constantly finding ASOS gems through her, but also discovering luxury pieces that I love. Ranti has a knack for layering and creative styling – this post and this post are a few my favorites of hers. You can follow her here on IG and visit her site here.

SLIP INTO STYLE // ELLIE

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Ellie is probably my newest follow on this list…and I have fallen deeply, deeply in love with her style! I am sorry but this? And this! And also this!? I hope our paths cross someday in real life so I can let her know how much I love and appreciate her style and voice. But for now I suppose I will write this embarrassing gushy post about a stranger I’ve yet to meet. You can follow her here!

ASIYAMI GOLD //

Okay her account is the most dreamy. Her photography and editing paired with her beautiful aesthetics make her account one of my all time favorite follows. I began following her years ago and may or may not have copied her in buying this dress in orange. She also happens to be the founder and creative director of the apparel and accessories brand A.Au. This top, this maxi dress, and this dress are my personal favorites from her collection. You can follow her here and check out her shop here.

JANELLE MARIE LLYOD // WAIT YOU NEED THIS

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Janelle can pull off a whole range of styles from oversized to casual, to the most feminine dress. She has been running her blog full time since 2018, but has an incredibly diverse background from being a Buyer at Bloomingdales, to receiving her MBA, to working at Google, to studying interior design. Phew! Give her a follow here on IG and visit her site here.

ROCHELLE JOHNSON // BEAUTI CURVE

Rochelle, or Ro, launched Beauti Curve in 2013 to highlight her personal style. She is a plus size style expert and focuses mostly on fashion but will infuse some lifestyle, home and beauty into her posts! She loves color, a bold print and her ability to accessorize is second to none. Some of my favorite posts from her include this video (duh), this pink lewk and this sequin suit. Follow her here on IG and here on her site!

RYAN CLARK // RYAN STYLES

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Ryan is one of the few men’s influencers I follow and he is a must follow. His style is chic and polished and cool. I have had the pleasure of working with Ryan on several projects and being seated at a few dinners with him. The one thing that has always struck me outside of how stylish he is (which is one of the first things you notice) is how present he is. That might sound strange, but at these very lively events, dinners, sets, etc. there is always a lot going on and many people understandably can seem distracted. When you are talking to Ryan he 100% listening, engaged, and interested and it always feels amazing to be in his presence. Give him a follow here.

CLARE BROWN //

I met Clare my first year living in NYC. She is an influencer and has also spent time working in the industry holding positions at  Maybelline as well as freelancing. Clare has since left NYC and lives in Richmond with her beautiful family. Her feed shows snippets of her life, including lots of snaps of her two precious daughters. Even if you don’t know her personally, following her feed feels like following a friend. Her posts are honest and funny and casual and make you feel right at home. I MISS YOU CLARE. You can follow her on IG here.

MONICA AWE-ETUK // AWEDBYMONI

Monica’s style is so fun, yet totally classic. While I initially followed her for her style and fashion, she shares inspiring beauty, home and lifestyle content as well. I am partial to her amazing cold weather looks, like these, but she is equally as chic in every season. You can follow her on IG here and visit her site here.

KIM MITCHELL // J’ADORE COUTURE

Kim is the ultimate do-it-all woman and I don’t know how she manages to balance it all, it’s so impressive. She is an influencer but also holds an Art Director position at Banana Republic corporate – she truly has an amazing eye. Some days she is dressed in head to toe sparkles, some days she is in joggers and sneaks, and some days she mixes it up in the coolest, most surprising ways. This color combination is still on my mind. Ah sorry one more- this is also a top for me! I am thankful we became friends almost a decade ago, give her a follow here on IG and here on her site.

A NOTE FROM ME // ORGANIZATIONS & BRANDS TO SUPPORT

I have been donating, signing petitions, and calling to help bring awareness, change, and justice to the racial inequalities that exist in our country. I am committed to being a better ally and am in the process of examining truly what that means and what that will look like going forward.

I am making a commitment to donate money immediately, and I’m also setting up recurring donations to organizations that support/uplift the Black community. I’m making a commitment to shop and support more Black owned businesses, and follow and engage with more Black creators on social media channels. I will be holding the brands that I work with accountable to ensure that all campaigns and events that I am fortunate to be a part of are diverse and inclusive. This is what you’ll see on my site and social media channels, but also know that I will be working towards a more fair and just world in my everyday life by actively being anti-racist.

Below I am listing some important organizations that need support as well as highlighting a few of my favorite independent retailers and brands that are Black owned and operated. As someone who spends I was encouraged to share how I can effect change with my wallet (and encourage others to spend). If you have additional ideas or would like to mention more organizations, retailers, or brands, please leave a comment for me. This list is not comprehensive…it is just a start.

ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT:

When researching how to get involved and donate, I was looking for trusted, credible organizations that not only provide support, but create opportunities, and/or seek justice for those who are effected by systemic racism.


NAACP // Their mission: The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. I have set up a recurring donation to the NAACP, you can donate here.


The National Black Justice Coalition // Their mission: The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ/SGL bias and stigma. I have donated and you can donate here.


Black Girls Code // Their mission: Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to communities through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls CODE has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow. I have donated and you can donate here.


100 Black Men of America // Their organization: The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is recognized as the nation’s top African American led mentoring organization. I have donated and you can donate here.


The Innocence Project // Their mission: The Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the systems responsible for their unjust imprisonment. I have donated and you can donate here.


Black Vision Collective // Their mission: Since 2017, Black Visions Collective, has been putting into practice the lessons learned from organizations before us in order to shape a political home for Black people across Minnesota. I have donated and you can donate here.


ACLU // Their mission: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) exists to preserve and protect the liberties and privileges guaranteed to each individual by the Bill of Rights. These liberties include freedom of speech and expression, equal protection under the law, due process of law, and the right to personal privacy. I have set up a recurring donation to the ACLU, you can donate here.


RETAILERS AND BRANDS TO SUPPORT:

I will dedicate more of my dollars spent as well as links/highlights to Black owned shops and designers. This is by no means an exhaustive list below, but just a small place to start and be inspired. I will continue to share.


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Christopher John Rogers // Christopher has quickly become one of my favorite designers through his use of volume and color. His pieces are like works of art that are meant to be worn and seen…and can be purchased at McMullen or Net-A-Porter. Follow the brand on Instagram here.


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McMullen // Speaking of McMullen, this is a store curated with some of the best brands, designers, and pieces. Sherri McMullen opened her namesake boutique in Oakland 2007 and the edit is beautiful and ensures African and African-American brands and designers are represented. Follow on Instagram here.


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Brother Vellies // This luxury brand started in 2013 has the ‘goal of keeping traditional African design practices, and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs’. They create beautiful accessories that are crafted to last. I just ordered these gorgeous shoes and can’t wait to wear them! Follow on Instagram here.


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Style Temple // Og Okonkwo is the force behind Style Temple. Their designs are ‘feminine yet edgy’. I spotted this dress on Asiyami Gold at the Veuve Clicquot polo match fell in love. I ended up buying this piece and this piece. You can shop the full collection here.


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Stella Jean // I bought my first Stella Jean piece back in 2014 and it is still one of my favorite dresses I own. I am also have deep regret not buying this raffia skirt I have now tried to track down for years. The colors, the prints, the texture – see the full spring 20 collection here. You can shop pieces directly here.


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Semicolon // Many of us have been ordering books and are spending more time reading these days, so it is a great time to focus on small bookstores, and specifically those run or owned by POC. Semicolon is a Chicago based bookstore owned by DL Mullen. They also have two amazing initiatives for the Boys & Girls Club of America and Liberation Library! I purchased a gift card for the Liberation Library. Follow on Instagram here.


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Autumn Adeigbo // A follower of mine actually sent me this brand and I immediately fell in love with the colorful pieces that Autumn creates. Her beautiful line consists of everything from dresses to pants to headbands. P.S. I am eyeing this one! Follow on Instagram here.


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Linoto // Linoto makes incredible linen items for the home and everything is produced in the United States. Jason Evege started the brand in 2007 and his passion for his work is unmistakable (read about it here). I have been searching for a new lightweight comforter/topper for my bed and am so excited for this coverlet to arrive. Follow on Instagram here.


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Fe Noel // The line designed by Felicia ‘Fe’ Noel is inspired by her love of travel and color – and it is so apparent in the pieces she brings to life. You know I love a big sleeve, and this red ruched top was very quickly added to my cart. Follow on Instagram here.


As I mentioned above, this is a start to how I can be more mindful of the brands I am sharing as well as my wallet spend. I also recognize this is a challenging time financially for many, so I want to share the actions you can take to help break the cycle in non monetary ways. Again these are not a full and comprehensive list, but simply a start.

  1. VOTE! Ensure you are registered to vote and when the time comes do your own research and ensure you are voting individuals into office who represent anti-racism and are invested in true change. If you don’t know who represents you now you can find out here and here for the House of Representatives and the Senate. You should be able to find your local reps through your local .gov site (mine are here and here). Research what actions they are taking in office and reach out to them directly to voice your concerns.
  2. EDUCATE! I shared this document of valuable resources on Instagram and am sharing it again here.
  3. FOLLOW! Follow, share and like the Black organizations, brands, and creators you love on Instagram and Facebook. How does that help? It helps amplify their message and reach more people through the algorithm. As a creator, higher follower counts and engagement helps to attract more brand partnerships and demand higher rates.

I will be sharing more this week on the creators I love and follow.