DKNY Sport

by Lauren Corbett


I’m baaaaaccckk! It feels good to be back doing what I love! The last time I published a blog post was on New Year’s Eve and I was talking about my business resolutions for 2019. Let’s just say I didn’t keep those resolutions. Haha. I hope to tell you why I took an 8-month break soon, but I will say that no one and nothing can take away from the purpose that God has for your life! When He speaks to you…listen (we will talk about this later).

Now, let’s discuss this outfit! Yes, I know it’s still summer and it’s blazin’ outside, but I had to take pictures in this tough fit! I found this DKNY Sport Logo Print Jacket and Reflective Logo Tank Top at Macy’s in July. Macy’s was having their Black Friday in July sale. Usually, I don’t shop at Macy’s, but I had a $25 gift card that I never used, so I decided to buy this cute active ensemble. I do not remember the original price of the garments, but I do know that my total came up to $60. In my opinion, that wasn’t too bad for a DKNY outfit. The jacket is great for when it is raining and it can be used as a windbreaker.

My black and white exposed seam leggings (similar) come from a little teeny bopper store at my local mall. These are perfect for those who are exercise regularly because they are breathable, stretchy, and comfortable. There are slit two pockets on each side as well. These pockets can be used for holding your phone or keys.

My 2016 Balenciaga Speed Trainer sneakers were actually my mother’s, but she gave them to me because they were too big for her. Let me tell you, these sneakers are so comfortable! There is another version of the Speed Trainer sneaker, which has a black and white sole.

Do you like this outfit? Leave a comment. Also, I am trying to experiment with my writing style for the blog. Do you appreciate my outfit described posts or encouraging posts? Let me know :)

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Fur Season

by Lauren Corbett


UPDATE (11/24/18) ***After watching “The True Cost” documentary for my Fashion Promotion class project, I have decided to be more mindful of the garments that I choose to purchase and wear. There have been staggering statistics of lives lost, labor law abuses in South Asian countries — whereby workers are forced to work under unbelievable, inhumane conditions. So, for those reasons, I will think twice about how often I shop, where I shop, and the fabrics and materials I choose to wear.***

It is officially FUR SEASON! I LOVE FUR! I understand that this might be a problem because sustainability is important in the fashion industry right now. Fashion brands are switching from genuine fur to faux fur. I believe the forerunner of the sustainability movement in the industry is Stella McCartney, who is Paul McCartney’s daughter.

While sustainability is very important, I will say that the fur that you see in these pictures are real. I think my love for fur comes from my culture — the black culture. In the black culture, fur coats (or anything fur for that matter) are symbols of wealth and status. You particularly see fur worn from those in the hip hop community. Before the growth of hip hop, you would see some African Americans wearing fur during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s as well. The Harlem Renaissance was a period of intellectual, artistic, and social explosion among African Americans in the New York borough of Harlem. During this time, African Americans migrated from the rural south to the north (known as The Great Migration) to have more economic opportunities and cultural capital. A lot of prominent black figures such as Langston Hughes, Josephine Baker, and Nora Zeale Hurston come from this era. This was the golden age for black people.

What are your thoughts about fur?

Outfit Details

  1. Andrew Marc Genuine Opossum Fur Vest

  2. Southpole Hockey Jersey

  3. Lace Up Peep Toe Stiletto Heel Thigh High Boots

  4. Frosting by Mary Norton Genuine Mongolian Lamb Fur Handbag

  5. Flash Lenses Aviator Sunglasses (Similar)

  6. Michael Kors Lexington Gold Tone Watch

  7. Gold Hoop Earrings (Similar)

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Independent.

by Lauren Corbett


Independent. I remember I told my mother a few years ago that I would be independent by 21 or 22. If not fully independent, then semi-independent. I somewhat believed what I said, but not completely. Little did I know, I was speaking it into existence. At 22, I signed a lease for my first apartment near my college. I've been living on my own for a little over a year now. Initially, I worried about how I would pay for it since I am only a student trainee at my job, but eventually everything worked out because I was still able to work while attending school. My mother offered to help pay for my expenses, but I was determined to pay for everything myself. While I appreciate my mother offering to help, I knew it was time for me to take on some responsibility. And the thing is... I wasn't afraid. I have never been afraid of getting older and taking on more responsibility or maybe I should say... "adulting." Yes, bills are a drag, but I like paying them because it shows that I worked hard to pay them. I wake up early in the morning to work, go to school, and then come back to study and complete my school assignments. This routine is draining at times and I get frustrated, but I love doing it because I know my hard work will pay off. 

Being independent has mostly been a positive experience for me, but sometimes I struggle living by myself. I am somewhat of an introvert, so I enjoy my alone time. However, when I am not preoccupied with work or school, I find myself getting very lonely. My boyfriend visits me on the days that he is off. Also, my mother visits me every other weekend and vice versa since we are only an hour away from each other. When they leave, I get a little sad, but I snap out of it after an hour or two. Other than them, I get an occasional text from other family members, but that's it. While it is easy to mope about being lonely, I can't do that because whose name is on the lease? Mine. Who is enrolled in college? Me. Who has to work? Me. Who has bills to pay? Me. Therefore, I don't have time to be sad.

In terms of money, the only time I ask for help is when my rent takes up all of my paycheck and I don't have any money from the last one left to pay for things like school parking, gas, or groceries. I've gotten so self-dependent that I hate asking for help, but I know that everyone needs assistance sometimes. I just enjoy working for it. 

Do you live by yourself? If so, let me know what you like and don't like about it. 

Side Note: Ignore those shoes next to me in the second and third pictures. Those aren't mine.... lol. 

Slay Wear

1. Scarf Halter Top (Similar)

2. Black High-Waisted Shorts (Similar)

3. Silver Curb Chain Hoop Earrings (Similar)

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Travel.

by Lauren Corbett


Travel. I have been wanting to do more of that lately. It is not that I dislike where I am from, but it is nice to have a change of scenery. It allows you to escape from reality for a moment and marvel at the beautiful world that God has created. 

Days are getting shorter; and the time to slay your warmer wardrobe is approaching. Although Fall is right around the corner, you just might want to take one last summer vacation, but you’re on a budget...what do you do?! 

This year, my boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC for our last summer vacation. The tips below are what I have learned from planning this trip, and I hope they will help you plan your budget-friendly vacation as well.

1 – Driving vs. Flying.  Before my boyfriend and I chose to travel to Myrtle Beach, we wanted to go to Orlando, FL.  Unfortunately, that didn’t work out. And, it cost us quite a bit of cash. So, make sure you do not make the mistake of purchasing a non-refundable ticket! After licking our wounds, we both decided that we would go somewhere equally as nice, but closer.  The winner was Myrtle Beach! Our destination was only six hours away. That said, I suggest that if your destination is six hours or less away from your starting point, you should drive. Driving saves a lot of cash, you will avoid the headache of trying to get a refund for plane tickets, and you get to bond with bae!

2 – Member Discounts for Hotels. If you’re like me, then you want your hotel to be luxurious, yet inexpensive. Finding a hotel in Myrtle Beach was hard because those that were low in cost were undesirable. The décor was dated and there were horrible reviews from travelers on TripAdvisor. I continued searching for hotels on websites like Travelocity and Expedia until I remembered the benefits of being a member The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Luckily, I found a beautiful resort (Doubletree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront) through their hotel finder search engine. The resort is right on the beach and almost every room has a balcony with an ocean view. Because I was a member of the honor society, I got a 60% discount off the original price of the resort. So, I encourage everyone to think about the honor societies or groups of which they are members and put those discount offers to use.

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3 – Revamp Your Wardrobe.  Instead of spending tons of money on new clothes for the trip, it is best to search through your closet for your favorite pieces and revamp them. Initially, I wanted to get another swimsuit. I totally overlooked the one I am wearing in the picture -- just because it is a few years old. Then I thought, accessorizing it would give it a fresh look. Since it’s so late in the season, most of the swimwear in stores is out of stock. Then, I could not find a cover up. I decided to buy a breathable, lightweight poncho and cut along the hem of the neckline to create an off-the-shoulder look. To make my outfit “pop,” I chose to go with big hoop gold earrings and gold oversized sunglasses.

If you still want to buy new threads, I have a few options below that you can choose from that are similar to mine. 

Have a safe and happy Labor Day! 

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