Fashion Buzz: Athleisure Trend

0cb18025a34aa71c406caeda078002daThe new buzz in fashion is athleisure. You’re probably thinking, “What in the world is that?”  Athleisure is a new trend for gals like me, too lazy to put much effort in an outfit but desiring to be fashionable and cute!  It’s the gym-to-office work look that’s stylish enough to put on a bold lip and heels and roll out for a night with the ladies! 

I was overwhelmingly excited to see this athleisure trend become so popular. Even designer clothing store Net-a-porter added a new retail channel dedicated to “sportswear that is as chic as everything else in your closet.” What a sigh of relief right?!

Yeah I’m that girl that will wear legging/jeggings everywhere. It’s kind of cliche that leggings have found their niche into everyday fashion considering many fashionistas frown upon “loungewear” in public.

Let’s think about it….when’s the last time you wore a pair of jeans that were comfortable or fit your body like a glove? When is the last time we had a pair of jeans that fit our thick thunder thighs, or weren’t so long we were forced to wear a pair of heels, or were just flat out unflattering? Oh, just me?  Oh okay….I’m a little thick, fit, and petite 5’1″ female and I have the darnedest times finding jeans that fit perfectly. 

Fashion is being comfortable while living everyday life.  Fashion is feeling confident in your outfit even when you’re running late and had to quickly throw something together. You don’t have time to stuggle with a pair of jeans to later worry about your crack guest appearing throughout the day.  Get you a pair of leggings and viola!  Hello perfect fit…where have you been all my life?! Sneaking up on me giving me that perfect waistline and booty pop! 

There’s so many styles and designs to choose from!  What do you think? Would you prefer jeans over leggings/jeggings?

Take a look at a few outfits that I absolutely love!

 

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-Madelyn Monroe

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ATL 2: Rashad and New New Are Back!!!

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Almost a decade after the 2006 hood classic ATL hit the big screen, TI confirms the ATL sequel in an Instagram post with the caption “#ATL2 Get Ready.”  Chris Robinson, the director of the film is back on board adding “#ATL WAS A CLASSIC.  #ATL2 WILL BE LEGENDARY.” Robinson can be seen directing a scene with original cast members Jackie Long, Jason Weaver, and Albert Daniels in TI’s IG post.

The original film was based on the experiences of T-Boz of TLC and music producer Dallas Austin growing up in Atlanta, GA. T.I. also snapped a pic with the infamous New New played by Lauren London so we already know this sequel will give us all the sass and class we appreciated from the first film.

Other stars of the film included Big Boi of Outkast, Evan Ross, Tasha Smith, Khloe Kardashian’s bestie Malika Haqq and her twin sister Khadijah.

I hope for a full cast return and the same black love story that had us yearning for more Rashad and New New rocking all the new new sh*t. Oh and we can’t forget Big Booty Judy!!!

Remember this clip from the ATL? That breakup scene was heartbreaking!!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!! What was your favorite scene?

-Madelyn Monroe

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Ledisi Performs “Precious Lord” Live in Concert

ledisiAfter being robbed the opportunity to perform at the Grammy’s with John Legend and Common, Ledisi performed her rendition of “Precious Lord” from the movie Selma, in which she played the late gospel legend Mahalia Jackson, on the opening night of her tour ‘The Intimate Truth’ in Los Angeles, California.

Instead of being bitter about being deprived of a well-deserved opportunity, Ledisi gave her listeners an absolutely amazing performance.  There was a sense of sincerity and gratefulness in her delivery.  Just listening to it gave me goosebumps!  I only have one word for this rendition….FLAWLESS!

Go to Ledisi.com to get the latest news and dates about the tour.

Take a listen to the powerhouse’s electrifying performance for yourself…..

-Madelyn Monroe

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Crochet Braids: The New Natural Hair Craze

06bd16d74685c7324ba789f1cffca091There are so many alternatives to protective styles these days that it leaves the natural chicas indecisive about their next do. Crochet braids are the new trend that so many have added to their tresses to sustain the “naturally kinky” look without the natural hair Nazi’s condemning us for adding weave. 

Although crochet braiding has been around for decades, the natural hair community has taken it to another level to add versatility, minimum maintenance, manipulation, and protection without damaging your hair. It’s like living in perfect kinky curly wonderland!

Braids, weaves, and wigs are also good protective styles but can be damaging without proper care. I’ve had braids and weaves that have done more harm to my hair than good.  I either lost my edges or my hair was extremely thin because I was unable to properly nurture it after installed.  I was more concerned with having the best weave and stylist versus the proper knowledge of maintaining the health of my actual hair underneath the weave. Crochet braids allow your scalp to be exposed for proper cleansing and less stress on your hair.

If you’re bored with your natural hair journey this is a great effective way to give yourself a break from your routine wash-n-go and twist outs.  The crochet technique is really inexpensive. Seriously, you can have a budget of $15 and you’re able to create stylish faux natural style. How dope is that?!?

Check out TheChicNatural’s tutorial below!

-Madelyn Monroe

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Mid-Week Inspiration: Ignoring Distractions

I’m going to be straight up with you all because I love my readers. I’ve been moving a million miles a minute since I’ve moved to the West Coast. The only time I’m really home is to rest my head at night. So I’ve been trying to find a way to update the site without cutting into my few hours of z’s. That is why these last two posts I have pulled from my personal blog, favoredchick.wordpress.com and just expounded upon them a tad.

Mid-Week Inspirations are important to me first off because I have gotten so much positive feedback from them and requests for more. Second because I know that in the middle of the week we have already been faced with so many attacks that push and pull us in different directions. We need a small reminder to stay on course.

This post comes from realization that the pursuit of acceptance is a dead-end path. When you have a goal outside of societal norms, people will not understand and will even try to persuade you to act differently. It’s not always out of “hate” but often out of love and caution. Don’t let anyone or anything keep you from pursuing. Even if you don’t have everything planned, if you know that you know that God called you to do it, please don’t hesitate to listen. The outcome is guaranteed to be success! Check out the post below and leave your comments:

“There are those people that will discourage you not because of envy, but because they care about you enough that they don’t want to see you fail.” -Necole Kane of Necolebitchie.com

This is my first time being awakened to this fact. I do not like discussing my plans because I do not want to make room for discouragement. I’ve let some in during the past by randomly talking about the things God had been telling me. Of course those closest to me express the most doubt and I realize now it’s because they care about me and want to protect me. But no one can protect me like my Father and when He says go, I’ll go. I know that His grace sustains me and will keep me from harm. So what’s there to worry about? I have the strongest security system known to man. I’ll be alright. I’m more concerned about what will happen if I don’t obey. What a tragedy that would be!

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. I Chronicles 4:10

I love this short and sweet prayer. It comes from a man whose name means pain. Obviously he was not one of the most “successful” men in the bible by our standards. But he knew how to be straight to the point with God. He didn’t ask for a lot of things or say the basic Lord’s Prayer. He simply requested that his association with pain would be removed. And his prayer was answered.

People may be telling you that you cannot accomplish what you have planned. But you have a God who is able. The insecurities you have, He can remove. The skills you lack, He can provide and instill in you. Do not let others get into your head by starting to think, “Well maybe I should not take this leap.” Do not get down when your family and friends doubt what God is telling you. He’s telling you, not them. Follow His lead and they will continue to support you if they really love you.

Be mindful of who you spread His plans for you to until you learn to guard your spirit and what you let into it. He will give you that nudge when you need to keep something to yourself. It’s okay. You’re not bottling it in. You’re being spoken to and you have to be sensitive with His instruction. Treat it with care because you are the one that has to follow through.

-Renée Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative