#fbf CRUSH ON YOU – lil kim feat. lil cease

On the car ride back from my out of state trip, I was on a heavy female hip hop streak. I started with Cardi B’s Bodak Yellow  (a surprisingly catchy bop) and faded my way through some of my favorites from the sub-genre (Missy Elliot, Nicki Minaj (sometimes), and Lauryn Hill). But, my absolute favorite is Lil Kim.

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She’s such an iconic female figure in music and her influence in the hip hop genre is forever. All your fave modern day female rappers learned a thing or two from Lil Kim.

For sure.

She’s gone through so much over the years and I admire that she’s been able to stand strong through it all.

Check out this classic video up above and soak in the authenticity that is Lil Kim.

(P.S. I think it’d be dope if I could work out one of these outfits from the video for Halloween this year. Lil Kim’s has some incredible monochrome fits!)

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THRIFTING 101; Collab with Yolanda from My Wallet’s Keeper!

Hello beautiful people!

I’m collaborating with the wonderful Yolanda from My Wallet’s Keepera great finance and lifestyle blog right here on the interwebs. She’s got a ton of great posts on her blog giving out some great knowledge about saving money. Today we have joined forces to give

Today we have joined forces to give tips to all you beginner thrifters out there.

Thrifting speaks to the shopaholic in all of us that wants to pounce on the latest trends the minute they reach the hottest street-fashion blogs and all those LA bound YouTube vloggers with perfectly arched Anastasia brow pencil’d eyebrows. It gives all of us the chance to be ahead of the curve while keeping our pockets fat.

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Never thrifted? Fear not! I’ve got five tips to make you the flyest and most efficient thrifter on the block.

In no particular order,

  1. Look through every section.

Don’t restrict yourself to one section of the store! I’ve found some dope t-shirts in the Men’s section and silky undershirts and bralettes in the lingerie section. If you’re only looking through one section of the store then you’re blocking your blessings. Don’t play yourself.

2.  Try it all on. 

Whether you’re hesitating or falling in love with a piece of clothing, everything can change in the dressing room. I know you may think you can eyeball your size, but it’s better to be safe than sorry and get it on body. There are often many different decades worth of clothing in the thrift store, and clothing sizes have changed over the years. Sizes even change by brand! Just do yourself a favor and try it on before you hand your money over.

3. Do your Googles! 

I know you’ve heard of the Goodwills and the Salvation Armys of the world, but there are way more thrift shops than you realize. From my experience, I’ve found that the best deals are found from those mom & pop type thrift shops. Just do a quick Google search for the thrift stores in your area and take a chance on a store you’ve never heard of. I’ve gotten pieces of clothing for as low as 50 cents! Issa deal!

4. Don’t be afraid to DIY! 

That Nike t-shirt that you found hiding in the Men’s section could turn into your next favorite crop top! A pair of scissors and some bleach can turn into your crafty best friend if you let it! Here are a couple of great DIY thrift YouTube videos to give you some ideas!

 

5. Second guess all your purchases, before you buy.

Thrifting is a blessing and a curse. Even though it’s so cheap, you shouldn’t let yourself fall victim to the cursed impulse buy. Trust me, I’m an expert on that matter. My closet has ballooned since I started thrifting in high school, and I’m just now getting to picking through clothes that I’ve never worn but I’ve had for years. Before you step up to the cashier you should have a plan for every piece of clothing you buy: whether that be an outfit, a DIY project, or a gift. Don’t buy it just because it’s cheap. Trust, you don’t want the piece to be collecting dust in your closet.

I hope these tips are helpful for you in your thrifting adventures. Have fun and happy thrifting!

Love, Nia Simone

xoxoxo

(F.Y.I: Make sure y’all check out My Wallet’s Keeper for even more dope thrifting tips!)

issa trend – BAND TEES

Music merchandise has been a bit of a hot button topic lately, due to a couple Kardashians that got chewed out by the late rapper Biggie’s mom for using his image without their permission. 

If you want to peep some of the horrid t-shirt designs that they okay’d you can laugh at it right here and here. But, I’d rather not focus on the tacky.

I have always loved a good band tee. As an awkward middle and high schooler, Hot Topic was my sanctuary. When I entered the store at my local mall I was amazed by all the artists displayed on the walls of the store, and I jumped at the chance to rep my favorite artist at school.

The first band tee that I remember buying for myself was a Kanye West Graduation themed t-shirt from ’08. I bought it with one of my best friends at the time and I could still remember that sense of pride that I felt when I wore the shirt to school the next day.

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I still love the shirt just as much as I did almost a decade ago. It symbolizes my everlasting adoration for Kanye’s Graduation album, a part of the beloved Kanye era that I’d like to call BK. Before Kardashian.

Ever since then I’ve amassed a collection of about 20 band tees from various hip-hop, rock, and pop artists. One of my fave band tees out of that collection is this Goldlink shirt.

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It’s the cover art of one of my favorite (and certainly most sentimental) albums: And After That, We Didn’t Talk. Inside the art on the shirt, there’s secretly hidden lyrics to one of my favorite tunes off of that album: See I Miss.

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I got this shirt during the Black Friday sale last year for Goldlink’s online site and ended up spending a whopping twenty bucks on the shirt after shipping. Issa deal.

But, I’m always on the hunt for new merch. I usually wait until it goes on some type of sale, but when I peeped Kendrick Lamar’s new DAMN. merchandise it had me wanting to break my own rules.

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When I listened to DAMN. the first time I was engrossed with the repeated line “What happens on Earth stays on Earth” It sounds like something a slightly shady fortune teller would tell you. The fact that’s it’s integrated into some of the merch definitely caught my eye.

In a recent interview, Kendrick said that “What Happens on Earth Stays on Earth” was the album’s original title. But, he didn’t think that it rolled off the tongue. Even though it may not be as punchy as “DAMN.” I still think it’s a line that’s worth its weight in gold.

Maybe I’ll be able to cop one of these shirts during Black Friday next year. I’ll be more than happy to slide these to my growing collection.

What are some of your favorite band tees? Are you holding onto some incredible vintage gem from your Mom’s closet? I’d love to read about it in the comment section below.

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