Date Night Outfit: Bodycon Red Dress & Black Pumps

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Hi it’s been really crazy in the world, the tragic deaths of Alston Sterling, Philandro Castile, and the four Dallas police officers has made it difficult to blog. I don’t typically use my blog to discuss issues like this but when it affects the way you view and live your life, it’s hard to stay silent. I spent the past week watching the news non stop and engaging on my other social media platforms about the tragic loss of so many lives due to guns and police brutality.

Honestly by the end of the week I felt like a zombie. Everything was so overwhelming and draining. Racism continues to rear it’s ugly head and Satan has definitely been enjoying the way we are all tearing each other apart over skin color. Personally I believe that there is only one race, the “human race.” We all bleed red and have the same basic needs, it’s so sickening to see us murder each other without any regard for that human beings worth and purpose in life.

 

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I believe that Black Lives Matter, which should not be interpreted as only black lives matter! I believe that any human life is valuable, whether they are black, white, Asian, Hispanic, gay, straight, law enforcement, etc. I think the minute we think that one life is more valuable than another, we start this race war all over again. I hate it, It makes my heart hurt to see how we treat each other. It’s not just a white or black thing, it’s about doing the right thing. We are ALL God’s children.

Now that I’ve said what’s been on my mind…lets talk about some fun stuff. The stuff I enjoy because it wasn’t too long ago that my life was in jeopardy and at the time my race & bank account really didn’t matter. I’m here to enjoy my life, I want to make every single day count. This is my first outfit post since all the madness and I was happy to get dressed and head out for the evening.

I put in these braids about a week ago and I’m still loving the way they look. I’ve managed to keep them as neat as possible and I have gotten creative with all types of ways to style braids. I’ll probably keep them in for another week and then I’m not sure what I’ll be doing next. I’m trying not to cut my afro because I need the length to try a few other styles that I think will fit my personality and style.

 

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I purchased this bodycon dress from Forever 21 in early spring and never wore it. I couldn’t find it for a while and when I did find it in the back of the closet, I couldn’t decide on where I would go in it. It’s a perfect date night dress, I love that it’s sexy and fitted. I think it can be worn with different types of shoes. I chose these pumps that I got on sale at Target but I have several other shoes and sandals that would look great as well. They have these tiny cut out patterns on the front that make the shoe different. I had to find an excuse to purchase them because I didn’t need another black pump in my collection… *wink.

Please enjoy the pictures and don’t forget to leave some feedback for me. I would love to hear your opinion of my box braids!

 

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Dress: Forever 21 see similar here

Shoes: Target buy it here

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Casual White Dress & Denim Jacket

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Hey, it’s hump day! I’m excited because I can’t wait to visit close friends this weekend. I’m taking a much needed break from work to have some fun, advocate, and share my testimony. I’ll be participating in this years Cancer Care Walk/Run for Hope in Greenwich, CT. I’ve missed the last 2 years because I was still in treatment and it was difficult to travel. I’m thankful just to be able to participate this time around, I feel truly blessed. I’ve wanted to do more traveling this year, I’m looking forward to some trips to nearby states like New Orleans for starters. I haven’t been there since the year before hurricane Katrina devastated the city. I would love to see how much it has changed and recovered since the storm. It’s such a beautiful place to visit because it’s rich in culture and there is so much to see and enjoy.

 

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I’ve been picking up casual attire like this to travel around town and be comfortable. I think denim jackets are a staple piece in any wardrobe, it’s basically a must have for me. I purchased this one from a local boutique while visiting Charleston, SC, I can’t remember the name of the store but I’ve provided a link to get a very similar one from Forever 21. I’m in love with the fringe bag, I especially love that the fringe is long and the camel color is really pretty.

 

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The dress is light weight, flowy, and feminine. It’s ideal for warmer weather because it’s a cotton blend  to help absorb sweat and it doesn’t cling to the body. You can just throw it on and rock it with or without the jacket. I’ve had the  sandals forever, they have a shorter heel which makes them comfortable. They have a nice mix of colors across the front. They are my go to sandals when I’m wearing earth tone or casual outfits. I completed the look with some orange lipstick that I picked up at Sephora’s. The lipstick is by Smashbox ” Get Fired” and earnings that I’ve had in my collection for a few years.

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Denim Jacket: see similar here

White cotton dress: see similar here

Bag: Marshalls see similar here

Sandals: TJ Maxx old see similar here

Enjoy!

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