After my breakdown and coming to terms with 29, I can say I finally feel good about a lot of things.However the stress from overthinking every aspect of my life has me tired.I need a vacay.I'm thinking Cuba...maybe? Yes, Cuba!
A country rich in culture and almost stuck in time , in part to a U.S. trade embargo from the 60's.Currently Cuba and the U.S. have began to repair the strained relationship(all together now "thanks Obama!").Politics aside, I am hoping this new rekindling has a fighting chance that benefits not only tourists, but the people of Cuba.Aside from the cigars, for me one of the most notable exports from the Latin island was singer Celia Cruz.As a child I would see this beautiful ,colorful, strong- voiced lady who not only sang in Spanish, but seemingly looked like me.She was brown like me, I would say to myself as child.I was intrigued by her and learned that she was Afro-Cuban with heritage stemming from West Africa.Havana has the largest Afro-Cuban population of the whole island.
I would really love to traipse through the streets of Havana and seemingly be among the locals.I'm pretty sure I would stand out as I know only half a lick of Spanish and ...well... look at my outfit.
You know I love to mix things up so I did incorporate some vintage, modern, and statement pieces. My straw fedora is a quintessential piece that must be worn during summer months and vacationing to any Caribbean destination. I added flair and festive feels by sporting tassel earrings , wooden bangles, and a classic red pout.My blouse(first worn here) is a deconstructed blue and white striped off the shoulder number that I just can not get enough of.The element of de or reconstruction takes its 9-5 color palette from the office to the resort.
Shop my hat, earrings, and top here. You know I love shopping on a budget, so I made sure that all pieces were under $20.The top is from Shein and has free shipping. My earrings are from NettyGlitz a boutique I have teamed with. Shop my tassel earrings for $10 on sale and free shipping! You better hurry before they are sold out!
*Shop the pieces by clicking each pic or click the blue hyperlinks above
I am an 80's baby through and through , so when I started seeing stirrups I said "sign me up, bih!".My stirrup legging have a striped stirrup and matching waistband which is more athleisure,so I added another 80's element (the white pump) and gave it street style 'oomph'.My purse is actually a thrift find.It's a cigar box that was made into a purse.Cuba is known for its cigars so I found it most fitting.I added the scarf to the handle for a nautical feel and to accentuate my top.
Will you be trying the stirrup trend this season?
Well, will ya?!
Prepare your eyes to see more on the blog because I am officially obsessed! I will be in another pair that are actually below next week so stay tuned!!
I'm usually not one for leggings, because ...well I kinda don't want to say. It's a little embarrassing. They give me major toe, of the camel variety. I can't believe some people like to show that off *gag (but to each camel his own).This one time I was in college and I was coming from the food court and this guy was completely entraced in my toe and cat called me, minutes later a truck load of construction workers followed suit.Leggings were never the same to me after that.
These however changed my mind.The stirrups of course won me over along with the $10 price tag, but the waistband really holds and give more of an illusion of curves for us petite (hip deprived) girls.That was another reason I strayed from leggings; they never flattered us non-'hip'sters. Strike three was the transparency.I like transparency on my blog, not my ass.I hate seeing printed panties through leggings that are really just pantyhose with the feet cut off *rolls eyes til the fall out.The ones I am wearing are truly opaque ;keeping my panties and my camel toe unseen.
I meant to clench my butt in this pic like I usually do.That's what you gotta do when your butt is small and you cant commit to doing squats, you clench for pics.
If you haven't guessed, I'm not out of the country. I'm not even out of the state. I'm loitering in front of the Hilton. I'm so glad they didn't shoo me away. I was fleeing the scene in the pic below *Joanne the Scammer style.
When I first got these leggings, I was stumped on how to style them. After browsing IG for inspo the look really came together thanks to one special blogger babe of mine.Yajaira Dilone is the queen of the brim and always looks like she in on vacay.The way she effortlessly mixes her street style yet feminine looks with her hats always amazes me.Check her out below and follow her on IG @the_inspirational_piece
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