8 Things I….

Tagged you’re it. I’ve been tagged by Searching the Inner Me to do a meme. Here goes.

8 Things I Am Passionate About:
Social Justice
Natural Hair Care
8 Things I Want to Do Before I Die:
Revisit Cuba
Integrate my research and fashion interests
Play the piano
Work at the UN
Publish a book or two or three
Retire in St. Kitts
Win an “It” Bag (lol)
Open a boutique

8 Things I Say Often:
Eh eh
You ain hear…
Me arm…
I said…
You hear wha I say
Don’t bother
Wha gwan

8 Books I Have Read Lately:
Women and Human Development—Martha Nussbaum
Valuing Freedoms—Sabina Alkire
Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage—Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas
Blame Welfare, Ignore Poverty and Inequality—Joel F. Handler and Yeheskel Hasenfeld
Unequal Chances : Family Background and Economic Success– Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis, and Melissa Osborne Groves
One Nation, Underprivileged : Why American Poverty Affects Us All—Mark Rank
Good Kids From Bad Neighborhoods : Successful Development in Social Context– Delbert S. Elliot
Development as Freedom—Amartya Sen
8 Songs I Could Listen to Over and Over:
Let’s Rock – Chrisette Michele
Babylon System – Bob Marley
Let’s Get Lifted – John Legend
A Beautiful Surprise – India Arie
No Other Like Jah- Sizzla
Caan Hold Us Down – Gentleman and Barrington Levy
Hurry Up and Come– Cocoa Tea
Warning – Queen Omega, Sizzla, Capleton

8 Things That Attract Me to My Best Friends:
Shared interests in terrible reality tv
Cultural diversity
Shopping savvy

A book meme…

Tagged you’re it. I’ve been tagged by Cheap Chica to do a meme.

The rules are below:
a) Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more.
b) Find page 123.
c) Find the first 5 sentences and read them.
d) Post the next 3 sentences.

Since I am sitting next to my bookcase I closed my eyes and grabbed the book, The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David Shipler. Oddly enough, the 123rd page falls in the ‘Daunting Workplace’ chapter which discusses soft skills needed to get jobs. And, of course, an important soft skill is knowing how to dress for work.
Following the instructions, here is a quote:

Across the continent, Camellia Woodruff carefully missed her orientation for a sales job in the jewelry department at Macy’s. She was a lithe black woman of twenty-six who moved like self-conscious dancer through the yards of Imperial Courts, the Los Angeles housing project where she lived. Attempting a stylish look, she straightened her hair, twisted it into a bun, slicked it down, and pasted a lock at an angle across her forehead.

Flirty Full Skirt

Fun and flattering. Full skirts have emerged as a major spring fashion trend, and I could not be happier. They’ve always been favorites since they work well with my body type—small on top, larger on the bottom.
This look features a pleated, navy, full skirt. The skirt is paired with a yellow cardigan. Red, peep-toe pumps, and a blue multi-striped, linen scarf complete the look.
Cardigan—Ann Taylor Loft Skirt—Banana Republic Factory Store Scarf—RO.SE.DA via Marshalls Shoes—Tahari via Smartbargains

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Classic and versatile. It is no surprise that the tunic has been around forever. It is so versatile, taking you just about anywhere with the right accessories. With its classic shape, varying lengths, and a multitude of prints from which to choose, everyone can find a tunic that is flattering.

Yesterday, I received this tunic from a friend visiting from Ibadan, Nigeria. I absolutely love it! Talk about “global-inspired” huh. To create a work look, the tunic is belted with a woven belt, and paired with black martin trousers. Black cap-toe pumps and a chunky bead necklace add final touches.

Tunic—Gift from friend Pants—Banana Republic Belt—Gap Outlet Shoes—Nine West via Marshalls Bag—MICHAEL Michael Kors via T.J. Maxx

Too Bright Or Just Right?

Eye-popping brights. I am mostly a neutral lover. So, it is no surprise that neon color trends scare me a little. Nevertheless, since seeing Budget Babe’s spring trend post on orange and pink, I’ve been surprisingly drawn to the color combo. Typically, I would play it safe and modestly incorporate eye-popping color by using an accessory like the pictured scarf. However, today, I felt like taking a risk.
A pink cable knit tank is layered under an orange cable knit cardigan. The tops are paired with a herringbone A-line skirt. Tan square-toe leather pumps, a tan belt, and a print scarf add final touches.
What do you think?
Tank—Jeanne Pierre via Marshalls Cardigan—Jeanne Pierre via Marshalls Skirt—Banana Republic Scarf—Collection Eighteen via Marshalls Belt—Harken via family member Shoes—Nine West Outlet