A Curvy Girl’s Dream: The Perfect Pair of Jeans

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I practically live in jeans.

Work or play, give me a comfy pair of jeans with enough stretch and I’m good to go.

Having wide hips has always been the bane of my life, especially when shopping, which is why I was pleasantly surprised to have found these Topshop Lace Up Jamie Jeans (Jamie jeans never disappoint) that ticked all the right boxes.

To this day,  I remember the gruelling search for school uniform trousers – a ‘simple’ task that always ended in tears. Since, shopping has gotten a bit easier, but it remains true that searching for comfy jeans is always a bit of a ball ache. Believe me when I say, I’ve shopped in every reputable jean shop, known to man; Levi’s, American Eagle, G-star, Asos (the list goes on)- to no avail of finding the ‘perfect pair’.

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For me, the perfect pair of jeans combine a ‘lucky’ combination of three things, that I feel only ‘curvy’ girls can really appreciate and Topshop are doing the most to cater to my needs, so let me tell you what these special ingredients are…

  1. Dimension. This is everything from the colour to the ‘pattern’/worn look of the jean. I’m so over one tone, no detail looking jeans.
  2. Stretch. When I look for jeans I like there to be just enough stretch, so I can feel comfortable without feeling as though my thighs are surrounded by cardboard – you all know what I’m talking about – those really stiff, thick jeans that need to be worn in #AintNobodyGotTimeForThat.
  3. Style. This is probably the hardest of all to find. Is there anything that sets this pair of jeans apart from the rest that I already own? 

 dimension x stretch x style = perfect pair of jeans.

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Jeans really are my wardrobe staple, so when I found these beauties, I immediately fell in love.  I mean, can you blame me, the lace up detail is bang on-trend -tick, I was able to pull them past my thick thighs – tick and I love that they have the potential to be dressed up with heels and a cute crop top or more casual when teamed with trainers – TICK.

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Plus, it’s summer and for me it’s the perfect way to rock jeans without feeling suffocated.

What do you think of these Topshop Lace Up Jeans?

Also, what’s your favourite store to buy jeans? I think I need to branch out, because they day Topshop stop supplying Jamie jeans, i’m screwed!

 

 

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OOTD: Confidence

Hey ya’ll,

Today I’m switching it up.

After recently retweeting a thread that really struck a chord with me, I’ve been dwelling on whether to write more posts on subjects that affect me.

screen-shot-2017-02-21-at-21-39-42I was so scared of sharing this thread (pictured above) on my twitter timeline. In fact, I toyed back and forth about whether I should retweet for my followers to see. I didn’t want any of my followers who I actively interact with to feel uncomfortable, but at the same time I just couldn’t stay silent. Twitter is my platform to share whatever I like, and although, I didn’t like this post, I could relate with subject matter.

Most of my posts are about what I do on the weekend, the places I travel and what-not which is great because I genuinely enjoy sharing those aspects of my life, but most of the time my head is swirling with a gazillion things that affect me on a daily basis, and one of those ‘things’ is how I choose wear my confidence as a black woman.

And I use the word ‘choose’ because every way in which I am confident is not always accepted in the society I live in.

Being a black woman living in London is something that I treasure and love about myself. In my home, in front of my friends and family I am Rianne without any limitations, however, in society being black acts as anchor that doesn’t allow me to fully be myself without stereotypes and tags being attached to me and everything I do.

Angry, loud, passive aggressive, ratchet instead of their positive alternatives like passionate, confident, intelligent and honest are labels that get thrown around at black women on a daily basis. A few of these words have even been hurled at me and used to put me down which  of course, over the years have had a detrimental affect on my confidence and means I have to always be socially and consciously aware in situations I’m in.

So, here’s a few ways I choose to wear my confidence, when the world tells me I can’t…

Posture
It’s proven that posture has a direct reflection of how you feel and are perceived. Standing with a straight back and head held high makes all the difference to how I feel. For me it’s totally natural for me to recoil into my posture if I’m not feeling great, or if there’s something society deems as not being something I should be proud or confident about. Whenever I catch myself doing this, I remember to readjust my position to show –  I have a purpose and I am meant to be here.

Hair
If you didn’t know I have dreadlocks, take a look at my posts about it here & here. Although this hair journey is becoming a lot more mainstream as a natural, protective hairstyle for black women, it’s not always understood and still very much not an ‘approved’ hairstyle in many workplaces, but I love how I wear my hair as a way to display my heritage and culture. My hair is very versatile, sometimes, I have it in styles, sometimes I have it out, but I love that it can be a conversation starter, where I can educate anyone who wants to know more.

Attitude
Stereotypically black women can be seen as intimidating and unapproachable. Confidence isn’t just about the exterior and how you appear to seem, but it starts from within. At first glance people may have a pre conceived idea about me I’ve been told I have RBF (resting bitch face), but I actively agree in quote: If you have good thoughts (and a positive attitude) they will shine out of your face…

Inner Thoughts
Occasionally, I recite quotes in my head that reaffirm and boost positivity.

Public Speaking
When I refer to this point I don’t necessarily mean in front of a big crowd. Speaking up in certain situations takes courage and therefore confidence, and the older I get I find myself doing this more and more. There are many examples where I feel I have to do this to set the record straight or give the black perspective and to even break stereotypes by someone who is reinforcing them. (the thing about stereotypes is that  they’re not necessarily untrue, but they don’t tell the full story).

One instance where I had to speak out was when someone voiced that they think Blue Ivy is an ugly baby, that she looks nothing like Beyonce and that North West is much prettier. This may seem like a minor issue but to say a child is ugly is quite pathetic tbh, but then again everyone is entitled to their opinion, however, I had to question why they thought this.

When quizzed they simply said her hair wasn’t nice because it was too ‘frizzy’ and because her features resembled Jay Z. This is true but I had to highlight the fact those qualities are qualities of her blackness and for that to be used against her is not cool.

Ultimately, it shows that from a young age, confidence is something that can be snatched away, but it is our job to reclaim it and make the ways in which we are confident a force to be reckoned with.

The subject of confidence is so much bigger than this one blog post, and there are many other ways in which confidence can be radiated.  Although I am talking about my experience as a black woman, I want to know how you wear your confidence, no matter where you’re from or your background?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Rundown #1

Hiya lovelies!

So, I’ve been wanting to bring something news related to my blog for longest time now, but, I just didn’t know what to do or how to do it.

After taking to some of my favourite outlets (Stylist’s Emerald Street and Cocos Tea Party) I gained some major inspo and I am proud to now introduce to you – Weekly Rundown – a feature that will be on ze blog every Sunday!

As a blogger with a journo background, I am always reading the news,  finding out the latest whether it’s to do with current affairs, entertainment, music, fashion & beauty or lifestyle, and with this week being so eventful (to say the least) in terms of news, I thought there’s no better time than now to share what I’ve been reading.

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Homes ‘too expensive’ for Help to Buy ISA scheme

Akala: focus on fear of others insults British people’s intelligence

People React to EU Referendum Results: Worrying Signs

Cats getting brain freeze

Highlighter Challenge

The pound drops due to Brexit

EU referendum: Jeremy Corbyn under pressure amid top team revolt

Kanye West Gets Almost No Reactions From Stars Depicted Naked in “Famous” Video

Fire In The Booth – Waka Flocka

Skepta at Glastonbury

Hope you enjoy and please do share your thoughts on the articles featured or any links you think I might like. 

See you on my next post x

 

 

 

ASOS Wish List

One thing I love to do when insomnia hits is online shopping. It doesn’t help that I stare endlessly into my bright phone screen when I need to go to sleep – and it’s definitely not so good on my bank balance either! But ASOS is my go-to app on my phone when boredom strikes.

Recently I have been struggling with what to wear, not just to work, but even on the weekends and quite frankly it’s just not cool – Is anyone else in a style rut? My wardrobe is a shambles at the moment. I have a very outgoing personality, however, my clothes don’t really reflect that. I’m starting to feel as though I need some friends who are stylists, as I obviously don’t know how to dress!

I’m guilty of buying clothes for a specific occasion and never wearing them again, so, after one to many times my wardrobe has made me late to work, I’m deciding to consciously buy clothing items, which will help me save money in the long run and help me pick out a stylish, somewhat trendy outfit for every day life, more easily.

My wardrobe is in dire need of a revamp, and as Spring is literally round the corner, I decided to build a ASOS wish list filled with timeless pieces and a few statement threads that I know can be styled with other already existing pieces in my wardrobe.

I currently live in jeans and anything black or grey 24/7, so I’m hoping to wear a bit more colour throughout Spring, I’ve got a strange obsession with pink at the moment too, and I say strange because I don’t view myself as a girly girl, but pink hues at the moment are EVERYTHING to me… anyway, here’s what I’ve been lusting after.

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I’m a simple kind of gal as you can probably tell from my wish list, but I do love a splash of colour now and again, so let me know if you have any pieces you would recommend, also what’s your favourite store? I feel like I live in anything ASOS/ Topshop – it’s just the easiest option X

February’s Lust List

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1. All Saints Dress | 2.Missguided Longline Suede Jacket  | 3.Missguided Fisherman Jumper | 4. All Saints Biker Jacket| 5. Chloe Hudson Shoulder Bag| 6. Office Total Peep Toe Shoe | 7. Burberry Patchwork Floral Scarf | 8. Miu Miu Sunglasses | 9. Free People Dress | 10. Diamond Alphabet Pendant | 11. Siren Scatter Ring | 12. Lightening Bolt Pin


With London Fashion Week in full swing, I thought I’d do a post about what fashion pieces I’m loving, pieces i’ve been swooning over,  along with some pieces I would wear if I was attending this seasons Fashion Week.

I by no means call myself fashionable, but, if I could afford the pieces I love, I would be slaying hunny!

What pieces are you loving at the moment, and what are you lusting after this month?

 

10 questions I ALWAYS get asked about my hair

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Hey lovelies, I thought I’d do a post about my hair.

I’ve been growing dreadlocks for about 8 to 9 years now, and whenever I’m out my locs always get me a lot of attention, whether it’s a random compliment or two, a request to touch or few rude comments, so I thought I’d answer some of the most bizarre questions I’ve received once and for all…

1) Do you wash your hair?
Errrrm… of course I wash my hair! Who doesn’t?!

I find this to be the  most offensive question of all.

For those of you interested enough, I actually wash my hair every 4-6 weeks. This keeps my hair healthy and strong, while maintaining natural oils that are needed to help bind my hair and stop it from breaking.

My usual routine is – wash, condition, re-twist, then air dry.

2) Can I touch your hair? 
NO.

Lol, the way I react to this question really depends on the mood I’m in, but most of the time, the answer will be – Sure!

I don’t mind people asking, I’m all about breaking the negative stereotypes that are associated with having locs, so next time you see someone with locs, instead of staring and making assumptions – we all know assumption make an ASS out of U and ME,  just ask 🙂

3) Do you have to take them out to do them?
No. I cannot take out my locs. Can you take out the hair that’s attached to your scalp? Didn’t think so.

4) Are you a Rasta?
This question always cracks me up! The answer is no… can’t a girl just love locs?

5) How long have you been growing them?
I’ve been growing my locs for about 8 to 9 years. It wasn’t something that I really thought about compared to others who umm and ahh about deciding on whether to get locs, but I’ve always loved the way they look and love that I can embrace my natural hair.

6) Are they real?
Hell yeah, I spent near 9 years growing these bad boys!

7) Can you take them out?
So many people think committing to locs is a lifetime commitment, but you can actually comb them out, which is great, if you’ve got two weeks to spare.

8) Do they smell?
Didn’t you read my first answer?

9) Is it hard to get a job with locs?
Not at all, I feel people use this as an excuse, not to get locs, as you have to go through the ‘ugly’ stage. But in my opinion locs are getting a lot more popular with the likes of Meagan Good and co. rocking faux locs quite regularly.

10) How do you deal with natural hair? What can you do with dreadlocks, don’t you get bored?

This is something that always baffles me, my locs are not something I see as something I have to ‘deal’ with, its just my hair lol. Locs are so versatile, and there are so many styles that can be experimented with, and colours that can be tried… I’ve had a few mishaps with bleaching, but that’s another story in itself.

Most recently, I cut my locs into a short bob, after having long hair for a while, I thought I’d switch it up. The possibilities really are endless and prove that locs are just as cool if you want to express yourself as having non loc’d normal hair.

Have any other questions for me? Let’s talk! I hope you enjoyed and cleared up any questions you might have had about locs x