Hello friends, last time I spoke with you we were right in the middle of a pandemic and I was sharing tips on how you can work from home and stay sane in quarantine. Since then the world has been forced to face some ugly truths. As you know we are not only in the middle of a global pandemic, but we are also in the middle of a Civil Rights Movement.
2020 has been a year of some of the lowest lows and to be honest, it took me a while to even form this blog post. I am completely emotionally drained from these past few months and I’m tired. Exhausted! I’m not alone, this is how all Black people are feeling all around the world. Waking up everyday to turn on the news or turn to social media only to see another person who looks like you die at the hands of racism and police brutality
If you have been keeping up with my IG @hangitupla you would know that I have been very vocal about what’s going on in the world and how I feel about it. I have been very vocal about people needing to speak up and use their voices to fight against these social injustices. To fight against what’s right and what’s wrong. Make no mistake about it, this is a long fight. While most of us have been fighting this fight since day one some of you are just waking up to the grim facts of systemic racism and this countries long love fair with it.
I get it, its hard, its heavy, its emotional and it’s draining. PLEASE CHECK ON YOUR MENTAL HEALTH! It’s important too. It’s been a long few weeks with emotions running higher than ever. So as we continue our fight against racial injustices, systemic racism, and police brutality let’s also remember to check on ourselves. Recharge so you can give the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.
I listed some things below that have helped me over the past few weeks. I hope this helps you recharge your mind, body, & soul.
STEPS TO RECHARGE – MIND, BODY, SOUL
1. Put your phone down.
2. Try to take a social media and news media break
3. Pray, Meditate and/or exercise
4. Remember, you are not alone
5. Take time to process
6. Acknowledge your feelings
7. Talk about your feelings honestly with your partner, family and/or friends
8. Write out your thoughts
9. Listen to music, podcast, and or read a book
10. Do what you can
11. Celebrate yourself/ Self Care
PS – I also wrote the first half of this blog post (which is below) awhile ago. I decided to leave it because I was doing a mental check in with you guys about the pandemic… I find that this is all relatable and much needed at a time like this. It does end with a fun piece on this gorgeous dress and the puffy sleeve trend. Feeding my passion is so important to say motivated, focus and strong at a time like this. I really hope you enjoy Xx
( Below Post Written about a month ago… )
Hello queens and happy Friday. I want to start by doing a little mental check-up with everyone. How are you guys doing? Now how are you really doing? Are you guys staying active and sane? Are you also remembering to take some days easy and do absolutely nothing? Are you an emotional wreck? Its ok to NOT BE OK.
OK, I’ll start! We are 2 and a half months into quarantine and my emotions have been on a roller coaster ever since. I feel like I have been through every emotion there is and sometimes I just don’t know how to feel. I’m definitely ‘bored in the house and I’m in the house bored’ but all in all my family and I are doing ok. These are still very scary and uncertain times we are living in, but I remain hopeful and I’m holding onto my faith that everything will be ok. I’m practicing what I preach and I’m following my own tips (listed in a previous blog post) but it’s hard not to get sucked into the media. I know that better than anyone because I become obsessed and a person who needs to consume all the information, data and numbers on what’s going on. It’s incredibly sad to see the reality of this deadly disease and to see how many beautiful souls it has claimed. Which is why, more than ever we need to continue to do our part and shelter in place. We now know social distancing works and we are on the right path to possibly having a summer. Stay strong, safe and healthy. We’re in this together. Xx
Pump up the volume: why massive sleeves are this year’s biggest trend
For the romantic at heart, voluminous, dramatic sleeves dominated the runways. Unmissable sleeves – with their ruffles, puffs and frills – are ballooning across the catwalk and the high street. And there’s no sign of the trend deflating. If you had any doubts that the puff sleeve was on its way out, think again. The puff sleeve is here to stay! I think this trend is great on so many levels. It’s glam, it’s a styling challenge and it’s a bit playful. This trend, like many of the others that have emerged the past seasons, is definitely one of the 1980s, but done in a more contemporary style! So when you just need a little extra oomph in your life, focus on your sleeves, dahling.
This is not just a runway trend, however. If anything, it came from the internet and the high street first. Instagram-savvy brands such as Ganni have made puff sleeves happen for a couple of years. Zara’s puff-sleeved creations owned party season and translated right on over to fall/spring and summer.
Big sleeves are a modern shoulderpad alternative: “A way of creating volume – a way of creating drama and silhouette – without necessarily using shoulder pads.”
Certainly, the big sleeve is a statement – and not one that everyone will want to make. But it is big – and it’s getting bigger. “From red carpet looks to your not-so-basic white tee, the puffy sleeve can modernize a classic silhouette,” says Russo. It’s also a flattering style for all body types. “Adding drama and volume to your shoulder draws the eye up and gives the illusion of a smaller waist,” she adds.
Puffy Sleeves 2020
So the puffy sleeves 2020 are mainly done with dresses or blouses. They’re often done in more transparent fabrics and sometimes cropped. I’d say blouses with puffy sleeves might be the most common version of this trend, often done in colors such as black, pink or white. The puffy sleeves are combined with bows, ruffles or other details that enhances a more romantic look. What’s great with the puffy sleeves are their voluminous style, which adds a statement to any outfit.
My VOLUMINOUS TAFFETA DRESS is from Zara and priced at $49.90. Short dress with straight neckline and below-the-elbow length balloon sleeves with elastic cuffs and pleat details. This dress from Zara was way too much fun. Zara is great place to find the trend for less. You can rock the style for less and look great while doing it.