The events of the past month, the past year, forever, are outrageously disgusting. Black people’s human rights have been discriminated and taken away from for forever. As a white women living in America and having this platform, although small, I recognize that I would be doing wrong and stepping onto the wrong side of history if I didn’t speak up.
I have been taking the time to further educate myself on topics that I now realize that I knew very little about for the past few days, and I’m going to be making it a habit of continuing to do so. There is injustice in this country for humans, and as a young white women I, and all other white people, and all other poc, have a responsibility to speak upon these issues and stand with the Black community always.
There are petitions to sign, numbers to text and call, places to donate if you are able, and additional resources at this link to support humans: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
Remember to vote, and if you are not registered please do if you are eligible. Make sure to educate yourself on the candidates and ensure that who you are voting for is anti-racist and wants to make a true change in this country. This is a human rights issue we are facing.
One of my resolutions this year was to start shopping from smaller businesses. Whenever someone says that they’ve read a post of mine the happiness I feel is definitely one a small business owner is overcome with when they receive new customers. With Google and Instagram being at our fingertips we can discover new businesses everyday which is incredible. I love to come across a piece of clothing, accessory, or home decor item that is totally unique. Some of my favorite pieces are those I’ve purchased from smaller businesses that don’t receive as much publicity.
For today’s post I am sharing seven Black women owned businesses to support.
La Basketry first launched in 2017 by a sister duo Tabara and Mamy. It’s an online boutique that offers handmade woven baskets and other woven products handmade by female artisans in Ngaye Mkeke which happened to be right outside their parents hometown Thies in Senegal. Mamy has since stepped down, but Tabara over the years has learned how to weave baskets and offers workshops and has a book that teaches basket-making from 16 different projects. Read more about La Basketry’s story here.
This fan is so cute and Tabara offers them in an array of fun summer colors. I think it’s so chic to carry a fan in the summer as you’re out exploring or running errands, and it keeps you cool from the summer heat!
This pretty lilac color woven basket is so perfect to hold fruits and vegetables on your kitchen counter. I’d also use this to store my bracelets!
Melanie Marie Collection
Melanie Marie Collection is a New York City based contemporary, classy jewelry line. You can get customized name and initial necklaces, anklets, rings, bracelets, and earrings. Melanie also offers a selection of women’s and men’s apparel. Some of the pieces are hypoallergenic which I love!
I love chandelier earrings. The purple and pink color combination is so pretty on this pair.
A bamboo initial necklace is a pretty summer jewelry piece to have.
Tree Fairfax creates minimal leather goods, handmade and they aren’t mass produced. She use leather hides with imperfections that are natural in each bag that makes the piece you order different and unique from the rest.
The cognac brown color of this woven clutch is so beautiful.
Durable black, cognac, mahogany, and russet tan belt with brass hardware. The rich tones pair so well with any jeans, dresses, skirts, or shorts in your wardrobe.
Zou Xou creates minimal, elegant shoes with just the right of detail that make for perfect shoes for your wardrobe. The shoes are all produced in low quantities to reduce waste and energy which is amazing. Created and founded in New York City in 2015, Katherine Theobalds is inspired by the artistry of Argentinian footwear design.
I’m a lover of the Mary Jane style of shoes, and these flats are so perfect for everyday wear. The square-toe is chic, and the top is made from kidskin leather and lambskin lining. Handmade in Argentina.
These sandals are simple and in such a pretty olive color for summer. I tend to find sandals uncomfortable because my shoes always need to have special insoles, but these are lined with memory foam and are reinforced with extra lining at the heel. The square toe is as chic as it is comfortable because your toes aren’t being squished together.
THEBE MAGUGU is a South African contemporary brand. Perfectly described on the website as “Sleek, forward-looking design intersects with motifs from our continent’s storied past, providing smart, multifaceted clothes as valuable as their woman.” The site is currently being redone, but you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for sale inquiries. Their Instagram is linked here.
Zebra Mud Set
This set screams a 70’s mood! The work that went into this is amazing and can be fully read here. The piece has an NFC chip in the label that when scanned with a smart phone provides you with information about the piece along with photographs and biographies on all the people who worked on it. How amazing!
Fluted Green and White Knitted Dress in Wool with Sisterhood Scarf
In the AW20 collection, this green colored dress is so beautiful. I love that it has a drop was it effect with a pleated bottom portion. Featured on the Instagram here.
Valerie Blaise founded the brand and everything is made in New York City’s Garment District. VAVVOUNE sells leather accessories, and all of the designs are thought of in Brooklyn, New York. Beautiful green, purple, and red leather hues along with neutral tones are offered.
I love a red bag, and I love an attachable strap so that I can wear the piece in different ways. So chic!
A top handle bag that also has an attachable strap. Love the wisteria color with the gold hardware. This shape is also so unique!
Sydney Ziems founded Serendipitous Project in 2017 to provide people with affordable yet sustainable trendy jewelry and accessories. All of the pieces from her permanent collection are handmade to order. There is also another aspect of the brand where she sells up-cycled vintage pieces!
One of the reasons I love when summer dressing comes around is because I love shell jewelry. These seashell earrings with dangling freshwater Keshi pearls are perfection.
From their vintage selection, a 1950’s handbag!
I look forward to sharing more Black owned businesses this week and in the future. I am committed to being a better ally.
If you want to share any more resources on how you’re making a change, how you’re furthering your education on this issue, more petitions to sign and numbers to text and call, please share in the comments below.
Xoxo, MᶜKenna Ramona Jennings
Nothing fills up my fashion appetite more than combing through vintage photographs from magazines. Vogue is home to many of my favorite photographers work, and the summer issues have inspiring shots. I’m always looking for inspiration with my wardrobe as the seasons start, and almost always it’s from vintage Vogue. Although this year our summer may be looking different, the inspiration doesn’t have to change.
When I come to think of it, I’m more old-school than modern when it comes to many things. When talking with family or friends I much prefer a phone call over a text, when dating come to the door to pick me up rather than shooting me a text, and of course, with fashion. The history of the fashion show is exciting and so interesting to see how they have evolved over the past one hundred years or so. With COVID-19 changing all of our lives, it has affected the fashion show and has designers thinking if they are even an essential part anymore.
There’s no denying that the effects of COVID-19 are going to, and already are, hitting the fashion industry hard. Not only have consumer’s buying habits changed due to the lockdown, once we all start going outside again I truly believe things are going to be different, and some things forever. While we may need to, or be recommended, to wear a mask and gloves for some time, I think there will be less consumption of fast fashion and “trend” buying. There’s lots to talk and think about regarding people’s buying habits after quarantine, but today I’m going to be discussing the topic of dressing for the new normal once we all start to head back into our “normal” lives.
Midge’s looks on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are absolutely fabulous, and her summer outfits have to be my favorite. The swing dresses and glamorous hats are the perfect retro, 1950’s inspiration I need for my summer wardrobe. After all, the 1950’s is where I get lots of my fashion inspiration from.
Lately I’ve been loving the look of a statement top and pair of jeans. For the spring and summertime I think it’s a chic look perfect for not only day but night as well. When the weather begins to get warmer I don’t layer as much, so a statement top does the trick, unless I accessorize with a light-weight scarf.
When it hits mid-May although it isn’t summer for another month, it starts to feel like it. Classes are finishing up for those who are in school, and now summer is fully on my mind. We’re all not sure how this summer is going to turn out, whether we’ll be able to hit the beach or if we’ll be inside. But summer shoes are starting to show up on e-commerce sites, and I’m sharing my favorites below.
Wearing a jumpsuit is a fun way I like to switch up my wardrobe. Somedays I don’t feel like wearing a dress, and I have a view jumpsuits in my wardrobe I love to wear in the summer. They’re comfortable, cool, and chic.
Although I here and there wear a pair of flared jeans or dress pants, I’ll always be a dress girl through and through. Nothing makes me feel more comfortable, and I love the feeling of throwing on a dress with flats and a pair of statement earrings. I feel put together, but still comfortable, which is so important. If you aren’t comfortable in the clothes you’re wearing, it shows.
When I’m looking for an accessory and can’t find it at a retail store, I immediately go and search for it on Amazon. Amazon has every accessory I’ve ever been searching the internet for. I’ve found my lace gloves, fascinators, and headbands all on the app for insanely good prices. Sometimes the piece I’m looking for just isn’t being sold in retail, and Amazon has never let me down in finding it.
This Spring my friend and I were going to head into Central Park and have a picnic, but with COVID-19 our plans haven been postponed a year. But, even since we’re all in quarantine this doesn’t mean we can’t have our own picnics with our family or whomever we are spending this time with.
Blue and white are signature colors for the summer. With May finally here I know that summer doesn’t officially start for a little bit over month, but there’s always a shift in my closest during this time. Blue and white pieces are a feast for my eyes and a pair that I adore to bring out in May. The two colors are so pretty together and I’ve found so many pieces I love that I’m sharing below.
If there’s a color that I want to get up and wear in the morning currently, it’s fuchsia. The purple-red color is a perfect vivid hue that brightens my day and leaves me motivated and inspired, and that’s exactly what I need. It’s a color that you can wear any season when styled correctly, which is perfect if you’re trying to buy less.
When the weather starts to get warmer and the sun’s out for longer it makes me feel excited to get out of bed in the morning and start my day. Maybe it’s because of the temperatures rising, but I can’t justify sitting around the house wearing loungewear even if I’m not leaving. Since we’re all in quarantine I thought this would be the perfect time to share linen pieces that are great for the warmer weather, even if you’re not leaving the house.
There’s no denying that tennis is the chicest sport. Magazines often do fashion tennis editorials that are absolutely fabulous and make you want to get out on the court and look just as good. Looking for a physical activity where you can also have fun fashionably? I think you’ve found it.
Orange is a color that I normally associate with late summer, like the sunset, and autumn, like the leaves. It’s not a hue that I would think to wear in the spring. But, I’ve been seeing lots of the color over on my Pinterest that’s making me inspired to wear it now.
Sometimes I wonder how much my phone is really listening to me, and when I got an ad on Instagram for the brand Andreeva I was freaked out, but in a good way. I just got over telling my mom how I’ve been looking for a coat that has feather cuffs or is hemmed with them, and nevertheless Instagram answered with a beautiful mint and orange jacquard coat with feather cuffs.
Hats are my most favored accessory. They not only hide a bad hair day, they elevate any look. A chic wool beret in the winter, or a vintage inspired straw hat in the summer, I can’t help myself in adding new ones to my collection every season.