the color purple

12:35 AM missusmonroe 0 Comments

I know for a fact, bloggers worldwide can relate to me on this, shoot regular picture-takers tryna stunt for ya life on the gram *insert* I luh da gram, I luh the gram *excerpt*. The awkwardness of taking pictures in absolutely random, non-secluded spots with many people walking past. Personally, I don't care about tons of people watching, I just hate being in the middle of people's walkway cause it's a serious pet peeve of mine. Now, imagine this when you are the only one taking your picture! It can just get weird, walking around with your tripod, taking pics on the sidewalk or something with cars passing and yelling things out of the window...not an ideal situation. So while this was happening to me yet again I discovered a magical spot on campus. A spot I've never seen photographed before, which makes sense because of its seclusion and I almost died and resurrected. Since moving to my new dorm, as in one and a half semesters ago, I haven't found such a space! Finally, all is well in life once again. I walked up with a moderate battery life then of course the devil struck, just flaunting his evil ways, and killed it as soon as I got into the flow. YOU KNOW when you take like 3 testers but then you suddenly begin to envision how you want the outcome to be, then attempt to emulate your thoughts, yup right then *capoot* dead. I did manage to work out some black girl magic and I must say, this is one of my favorite shoots yet.

This outfit was actually inspired by these here Zara shoes. Last year I spotted them when they went live and at first I just stared at them then scrolled by but as time went on, I kept thinking of these shoes. They reminded me of prepubescent days and I was kind of digging it. I added them to my cart after too many daydreams but we know that doesn't mean anything, especially with their price, it meant nothing at all. I then actually began styling them mentally and that's when I knew they clearly had to be mine. It was practically God slamming a truck in my face like, "hello, pay attention!" After a few more weeks and a very great sale, I finally bagged them. They ended up staying unworn for quite some time because these are not snow shoes, especially with the straps being suede, so I begrudgingly had to wait and wait and wait. Well, ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over! Even though it would've been nice to showcase them first, cause when I bought them they were no where else to be seen; it's alright other brands have hopped on the bandwagon, though not as cutely *cough* Aldo *cough*. I'm really getting into minimalism and I think sportswear is the definition of that style. This look completely revolves around the shoe and I just adore it. The purple is a nice touch as well, as always. In conclusion, to velcro or not to velcro?

xxoo missusmonroe



1:56 PM Sade 0 Comments

So there's been Michael and Janet, Brandy and Ray-J, James and Dave Franco, the Mowry's and their brother, Hilary and Haylie, Toni and Tamar, and the list goes on and on really. Some successes and many failures in what seems to be a nearly impossible feat, stepping out of their sibling's shadow or even *gasp* obtaining more fame. We can literally talk about so many crash and burn stories but that's not really what we're here for. Ask anyone, we love a good (or bad) excuse to celebrate and what a better person to celebrate than Miss Solo herself? Sol-Angel, saintrecords, the lady many of us hardly directly associate with Beyonce anymore, at least not on that comparison of success basis. Honestly this is just B's hipper, younger sister who's so damn effortlessly cool and in tune with herself. 

spirit animal: a statement that said person or thing is a representation of you or who you want to be, as Urban Dictionary has helped us define it as. 
[missusmonroe:] I like to say Solo is half my spirit animal, the other half being Rihanna (what a combination...). I just think we're so much alike, I admire her expression so much and how embracing she is of herself; exactly how I encourage others to live and love. 

Solange makes it known she's still learning, still very much so a work in progress but what a great work she is thus far. Fearless. So unconventional in her family life and work life. Her music will never be that typical hip hop and R&B, which to us is awesome because it is a direct reflection of who she is. Isn't that what your art is supposed to be? From her travels to her community efforts, it just feels like she's got this life thing down right.

Another thing we really love about Solange is her fearless and creative approach at life. When we first came to know Solange, we knew her exclusively as Beyonce's little sister. And quite honestly, there was still a mirrored image of Beyonce in her. But it seems like that there was surely a break in that pattern, because we have now come to her as "Solange Knowles." on her path of self identity and discovery, we've have been invited exclusive access to her life. Below are some images that we really fell in love with as almost as much we are inspired by her!

Sade & Lola

images courtesy of Google, edited by Sade and missusmonroe