Maxine Waters Expresses what Most Americans Feel about the Inaguration


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Congresswoman Maxine Waters has gained popularity on social media  after her (legit) 20 second press conference with enough shade and disgust that could be felt through the screen.

You can view here comments from the press conference her from the video posted on All Thing’s Being Equal’s Facebook Page:

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When I say the shade could be felt through the room, whew!

And the comments are even better! (Make sure to open the video in your browser to read all of the hilarious comments 😉 )

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But that’s not all, she recently appeared on MSNBC on January 17, 2017 explaining her reasons for not participating in the inaguration.

You can see a full clip of her comments in this video here:

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The video starts of with Waters saying: “Well, let me just tell you, after I discovered who Trump is and they way that he conducted himself, I was NEVER going to go to the Inaguration..”

 

*Applauding on the Inside*

This to me, exemplifies how many of Americans are feeling about Trump, the election, and the inauguration.

Despite political views of the current President and the other presidential candidates, the fact the someone could conduct their self in a way that would get any human being fired from work or expelled from school, but somehow elected to represent a Country, is absurd!

Representative Maxine Waters had no shame in expressing her views on this matter, and I applaud her!

We should have higher standards (other than money!) when electing someone to represent us as a country, glad to know that there are people in the government who feel the same.

What are your thoughts? Do you think her comments were out of place? Let  me know in the comments!

 

Solange Knowles and the Depression of the Black Woman


“I tried to run it away. Thought then my head would be clearer. I traveled 70 states. Thought moving round would make me feel better” (2:13 of Cranes In The Sky official music video from Solange Knowles)

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Solange Knowles a Seat at The Table has been gaining popularity, especially with the single “Don’t Touch My Hair” which has over 6 million views since it’s release on October 2, 2016. However her second single, “Crane’s in the Sky” is what really captured my heart, made me aware of my sadness, and let me know that I wasn’t alone. That we all try to hide and avoid our struggles, our deppressions, our anxieties. This song was so poetic, with each verse holding a strong message of all the things we do to avoid the sadness we feel.

“I tried to drink it away. I tried to put one in the air. I tried to dance it away. I tried to change it with my hair…”

So many times I hear women in my family battling with deep emotional issues or scars, and covering it up with a new hair style, boyfriend, or happy hour. There’s a stigma in the black community that the black woman is strong and nothing can break her. The sad thing about this weight is that many black women feel they need to live up to this standard, and push away their emotions as if they could go away.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand depression affects every community, race, gender, it doesn’t discriminate. But there is a sad percentage of black women who suffer and don’t seek treatment.

According to an article published by the Huffington Post there was a  study done by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) detailing that 7.6%  of African-Americans sought treatment for depression in comparison to the 13.6 percent of the general population. With African American women experiencing high rates of depression compared to the general public (para. 5).

It’s taboo to talk about, and the fact that Solange wrote a song that reflects this issue is so important in the black community and women in general. Solange herself has done interviews and posted tweets letting her fans know she suffers with depression and the effect it has on her character (para. 20).

“I ran my credit card bill up. Thought a new dress would make it better. I tried to work it away. But that just made me even sadder”

^^This verse really struck home for me. I used to buy things to provide happiness, covering up my pain of feeling sad and unwanted. I never wanted to talk about it because I was a “big girl” and “big girls don’t cry” and I would tell myself this as I choked back my tears at night. Just like this verse, all those things just made me feel even sadder.

Now looking back, I’m glad I came to terms with my feelings and learned how to express them. Solange’s “Crane in The Sky” is a beautiful masterpiece that hopefully will bring up this conversation more and more in the black community, especially among the black women who have higher levels.

The Mental Health America (MHA) organization has an article providing more information about Depression in the African American community, with definitions and methods of treatment. Check it out, and share! Possibly even use it to start a discussion among your friends and family.

What do you all think? Have you listened to the song yet? What emotions did you feel?

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90s Trends We All Love!


I was born in ’95, so I was always surrounded by adults and teenagers who would rock the latest in 90’s fashion. The music, bright colors, and culture of the fashion in the 90’s  was unique and still seen as iconic today! Luckily the fashion world will get to experience the wonderfully bright colors and patterns that laced the outfits of fashion as some 90’s trends are returning!

Take a trip down memory lane and check out my favorites of the returing 90s trends! ❤

*All pictures were gathered from Bing.com*

Chocolate Brown Lipstick

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Yes please! This trend merged vampy glam with soft brown tones to give the ladies an edgy glam look. Im super excited to rock my chocolate brown lipstick for the spring.

Plaid Flannel

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The Baby Sitter’s Club movie was one of my favorites! Although the picture/screenshot is not that great, the beauty of the plaid flannels still shines through!

Chokers

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I remember buying the “lace chokers” from the 25 cent bubble gum machine!

Denim Jackets

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Britney Spears was always wearing denim from what I could remember. But who didn’t have multiple jean jackets in their closet?

Biker Chic Jackets

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Leather Bomber jackets made everything look so laid back yet fierce and edgy!

Crop Tops

From fun to sophisticated, crop tops were a popular staple in the closets of our lovely 90s fashion icons

Carefree and Polished Braids

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From box braids worn by iconic Janet Jackson, to simple french braids like that worn by Gwen Stefani, adding braids was a fun way to spice up your hairstyle looks!

Big hair, Don’t Care!

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Curly tapered cuts and big curly hair has been in style for many years now, the tapered from worn by Tempest Bledsoe (Cosby Show) is one of my favorites!

Floral Dresses

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Alicia Silverstone (Clueless Movie) rocking the floral dress. Who didn’t have one of these in there closets? Even as a little girl, floral dresses were so in, especially with the matching frilly socks. Oh, the memories.

Circle Sunglasses 

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Featured in this picture is Drew Barrymore rocking her circle framed sunglasses. I love these type of shades so much! I have a black pair and am thinking of getting other colors. You can find shades like these on Jasai Boutique’s website.

What are your favorite 90s Trends that you see popping up?

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Spending Valentines Alone? Here are 14 Things You Can Give Yourself!


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If you haven’t noticed the endless isles of candy, heart teddy bears, and “love” adorned cards, welp, Valentines Day is around the corner. This holiday can be awesome when you have someone (or people) to share it with and can expected a bundle of gifts to be waiting for you when you get home. However, this year I am #TeamLonely and if you are like me, you also want to enjoy the holiday without feeling pressured to find a quick mate.

Therefore I have created a list of 14 thing we can give ourselves this Valentines Day! ❤

  • A Trip to the Pizza Parlor6pizzayes

Nothing says “I Love You” like a delicious, mouth-watering, glorious slice of pizza. Or maybe a whole box, it’s up to you! Treat yourself and go all out, or maybe try a topping combination that you have’t tried before.

  • Make up Shopping Spree? I think so!IMG_3215

Online stores and make-up boutiques on social media always have great deals on Valentine’s day. Lip stains, make- brushes, and face primers galore! Pick your favorite shops (like ours *wink wink*) and get your favorite items while they are on sale!

  • Visit the Mall, From the Palm of Your Handposh homepage

Along with finding your favorite shops online to get some awesome cosmetics, you can start shopping for the summer and spring using apps on your phones. Some of my favorites are Vinted and Poshmark, which are consignment apps where you can buy and sell your clothes. Why not add some of your clothes to your closet and begin selling them on Valentines Day?

  • Cartoon Network Binge Fest

 

Pop some popcorn, get some chips, and rock your favorite pj’s while watching your favorite CN cartoons from your childhood. Binge watch one season or maybe a couple of different popular shows. Power Puff Girls and Dextor’s Laboratory anyone??

  • [Old School] Disney Channel Marathon

I couldn’t mention CN without mentioning the Old School Disney Channel shows that still have my heart. Sit back and re-watch your favs from your childhood. I will be watching some of my favorite movies and shows like That’s So Raven, American Dragon, and Smart House. What are some of your favorites?

  • Relaxing Spa Daywoman-relaxing-in-bubble-bath

Pamper yourself and give yourself a spa day. Turn on some relaxation/yoga music and run a hot bath. Treat yourself to some bath bombs and essential oils and create a beautiful escape into an atmosphere of peace.

  • DIY Pedi and Mani

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Pick your favorite colors and go online to find some inspiration for your nail designs. Posts some pics on your social media when your finished!

  • Gourmet Cupcakes

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Go on a scavenger hunt and find a local bakery that specializes in fancy cupcakes. Try out some new stuff, or you can be adventurous and search up recipes for your own gourmet treats!

  • Banana Split and chill 🙂

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Use your favorite ice cream, frozen yogurt, or gellato to create a banana split. Then find your favorite Netflix series and watch by yourself, or maybe invite a friend over 😉 . You could even try Netflix searching for random shows or movies and watch something you normally wouldn’t look at. 

  • Anti-VDay Party

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Join an Anti-VDay party or host your own. Pick a cool restaurant or venue to meet and interact with others. Play fun games and meet new people, its a win win!

  • Jewelry Splurge

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Search up a gorgeous collection of jewelry and treat yourself. Or if you’re feeling crafty, go on Pinterest and Instagram for some DIY luxury jewelry designs. You can also sign up for our new subscription service that sends you a new collection of jewelry every month! 

  • Bomb A$$ Photo Shoot

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Get dressed in your favorite outfits and find a cute area outdoors or in your house to take some awesome photos. If you have pets, include them in on the fun dress up in funny costumes and take funny pictures to share with your friends later!

  • Candy For the Win!

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Visit a local candy store and purchase your own candy! Search through the isles for candy you used to eat or for candy you never heard of before and have fun experimenting with new things!

  • Reminisce and Embrace ❤

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I know it sounds very cliche, but someone once told me that you can’t love someone until you first love yourself. So make sure you give yourself the gift of love! Look back at all the accomplishments you achieved last year and what you have succeeded in so far in 2016. Write down all that you want to accomplish and a letter of love and appreciation to yourself, put it in a box or mason jar, then wait to open it a couple of months from now. Or even next Valentines Day!

With all of these options, which ones are you going to do on the 14th? Let me know in the comments!

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3 Hilarious Fashion Memes for Your Instagram


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Need to spice up your Instagram with some funny fashion jokes?? Then Check out these 3 memes we picked out specially for you! Which one is your favorite? Let Us Know in the comment section below!

  1. Meme for the Shoe Collectors, walk in shoe closet anyone?

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  1. The one day you don’t go out looking like a million bucks……….

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  1. The life of a fashion student 

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Thursday Inspirational Quote


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Today is Inspirational Thursday! It is almost the end of the week and sometimes we need that extra push, just so we can make it to the end. The quote says “It always seems impossible until it’s done” by Nelson Mandela.

Set your goals and accomplish them! Take it one step at a time and make it happen, you got this!

XOXO,

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