The feeling is neutral.
Happy first day of fall! September was accompanied by crisp morning air and a drop in evening temperatures. While many are ready for pumpkin spiced lattes, there is at least one aspect of fall that I readily embrace – fall fashion.
The fashion mood for ushering in the new season is nude and neutral colors. These shades add a bit a warmth to your wardrobe, as everything seems to transition to greys and blacks during the cooler months. They are also colors that compliment our skin tones. For this post, I am sharing my favorite nude and neutral pieces to add to your wardrobe.
1. Anthropologie Silk Dress
This summer I traveled to Paris, France. I spent a few days walking around in heels and sandals before I realized I had it all wrong. Even when wearing dresses, everyone wore sneakers. Paris is a highly pedestrian friendly and walkable city, so it makes sense that wearing comfortable, yet stylish sneakers would be essential and practical. To create more authentic Parisian looks, I started to wear sneakers with my dresses and skirts as well.
I paired this silk dress with a pale pink blazer and a similar blazer pairing would make this perfect for the summer to fall weather transition.
2. Andrea Iyamah Behati Rust Cropped Top
Rust is a vibrant color for fall and Andrea Iyamah consistently creates gorgeous statement pieces. You can style this cropped top with a pair of high-waisted balloon jeans, like the ones found here for a casual look, or pair it with the matching Behati Rust Skirt to create a chic look for a daytime or nighttime outing.
3. Andrea Iyamah Xena Cocoa Maxi Dress
I enjoy the period of fall when it is still warm and sunny during the day. It is the time for corduroy mini skirts and pumps, but not quite over the knee boots. This dress is another easy and formal look for the summer to fall transition. It is both romantic with the floor sweeping length and sexy with the plunge neckline. The cocoa shade also compliments brown skin tones so well.
Mini skirts are always in style, whether paired with sandals during the summer or textured tights and loafers during the fall and winter. The texture of this skirt makes another piece that transitions well from your summer to fall wardrobe.
5. DIARRABLU Eva Mock Neck Top
DIARRABLU is a ethical fashion brand designed by Senegalese designer and mathematician, Diarra Bousso. The pieces in this brand are designed using algorithms and made to order by artisans. Dress this look up with a fitted pencil skirt or wear with palazzo pants for a more relaxed, but chic look.
6. Maeve Faux Leather Notch Tank
Fall fashion is incomplete without leather. This tank is ideal for layering or can be worn as a cropped tank top. I especially like it styled over a longer button down, collared blouse for a layered business casual look.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Which piece is your favorite? Share your thoughts below in the comments.
Cargo pants are even better in pink.
Happy Summer! Pink is unabashedly one of my favorite colors. I’ve been embracing all the shades of pink during these warmer months (and even incorporating pink accents throughout my home). Pink historically has been viewed as a quintessential feminine color. I recall rebelling against wearing the color pink during some point of my childhood and adopting red as my favorite color to avoid stereotypes. I eventually embraced my love for pink again and celebrate the reclamation of pink in recent years in ways that cross gender norms, while reinforcing that femininity and power are not mutually exclusive. Nonetheless, it can be an intimidating color to style from head to toe if you do not usually wear pink, particularly mixing multiple shades of pink. Continue reading to see how I styled pink for a “Sunday Fun Day” look.
I highly recommend investing in utility/cargo pants. They are stylish and can be worn casually or for a more business casual look. These light pink cargo pants have been my favorite pants since I purchased them earlier this summer. I like the balloon shape of the pant legs, the high waist, and the contrast of a more masculine look like utility pants in a shade of pink. I purchased these pants from Anthropologie and they are no longer available, but I found a similar look here and here.
I paired these cargo pants with a white cropped top (found here) and layered it under a sheer mauve wrap top. I completed the look with one of my favorite summer bags. It is a pink suede YSL camera bag, purchased here. Finally, I opted for nude patent leather pumps. We all need an every day pump and these are versatile enough to wear for daytime and evening looks. Their durability was also worth the investment.
What are your thoughts on this look and wearing pink? Share your comments below.
I escaped the cooler weather for a fall retreat in Colombia. It was an incredible trip filled with adventurous excursions, including taking a mud bath in the Totuma Mud Volcano in Cartagena and paragliding in Medellin. Colombia is a lovely country. The Spanish Colonial architecture in Cartagena is so romantic and the colorful scenery in Medellin made the perfect backdrop for memorable photos.
With warmer temperatures, averaging around 90 degrees in Cartagena during November, I packed my suitcase with bathing suits, sandals, and of course, tropical vacation-ready dresses. If you are planning a trip this fall or winter to warmer weather, check out my top picks for vacation dresses.
Sika Designs creates gorgeous dresses in colorful prints. Every garment is handmade in Ghana and the core of the brand is social and environmental responsibility. After seeing this dress for months online, I finally purchased it and it was more beautiful than I imagined.
I particularly like the cut of this dress, the fitted waist and large, flowing skirt. I felt like a princess walking through Comuna 13 while touring the graffiti murals in Medellin.
Midaxi skirt with thigh split two-piece
I wore this two piece set, purchased from Asos, during the summer to a festival. It makes a fun and sultry vacation look with the high slit and cropped bardot top. The exaggerated sleeves create endless volume and the perfect accent. The fabric is a mix of linen and viscose, which are more sustainable fabrics as well.
Bombchel is another ethical African fashion brand using bold prints purchased locally in West Africa. Garment production takes place in Liberia with the goal of teaching an all-woman staff, including Ebola survivors, survivors of sexual assault and violence, and individuals with disabilities, like hearing impaired.
The Paradise Midi, pictured below, is made with a stretchy knit fabric that creates a curve fitting and very flattering silhouette. I love this look for a night out on a vacation. I purchased the dress from the Bombchel store in Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Georgia, but they have limited inventory in their online shop as well.
Finally, I wore this strappy, fitted denim dress for a night out in Medellin. It is another Asos dress and is a part of their sustainable edit. Medellin has endless nightlife options. We spent hours hanging out in Provenza and Park Lleras, so I opted for a more casual, but stylish dress and comfortable heels, which were perfect for our explorations.
I hope you enjoyed this list of sustainable vacation-ready dresses! Are you planning any winter escapes? Let me know which look is your favorite in the comment section below. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on Instagram, @ayannainbloom, for regular fashion inspiration.
Cozy. Comfy. Cute.
Fall began and the weather changed almost instantly. I had my first pumpkin spice latte ever from my favorite tea spot along the Atlanta Beltline to celebrate. I’ve also been keeping cozy in knit layers, like this two piece set I’m wearing below. I purchased it from Zara last fall. It has been a reliable go-to for afternoons in the house curled up on the couch with a cup of tea with the fire place roaring, or even on a day of remote working.
Two- (or more) piece sets are a smart investment across all seasons. They simplify getting dressed on those days where you need to pull something together quickly and create versatility in your wardrobe because you can mix and match the pieces with other items. Whether you’re looking for something to lounge around the house in or something to wear on a night out, check out my favorite knit sets to add to your fall wardrobe.
This first look is very similar to the look I am wearing. It is another look you can wear around the house. The shorts have more coverage than mine, so I would also wear this for a casual daytime outing. Add a pair of thigh high socks and booties or sneakers to complete the look.
Sweater dresses are abundant every fall, but have you noticed the cropped pull-on shrug look for sweaters and dresses this season? If you watch Insecure, Issa wore the style in episode two of season five. I can remember wearing super cropped pull-on shrugs like the one pictured below over camis in junior high school. The style has apparently returned and is a popular look for the fall. It remains a piece that provides versality, whether worn over the knit dress, like pictured below, or with a cami and jeans. The look below is perfect for a date night.
A knit top and wide leg pants creates a casual, but chic look. If you are looking for a cropped top, similar to the one I am wearing in this post, the Rib-knit Top in H&M’s Conscious Collection is a great alternative. Again, there is versality since you can layer the top (e.g. layer it over a white button down top for a business casual look). It pairs nicely with the knit pants, which are also from H&M’s Conscious collection. I especially like the oversized cardigan to complete the look. The pants will pair well with a fitted turtle neck as well.
Boucle Textured Pointelle Sweater Tank Top and Knit Skirt
The sweater tank and knit skirt by Current Air creates another business casual or date night option. Midi knitted ribbed skirts are curve hugging and very flattering. Both pieces can be worn to create endless looks in your wardrobe.
I hope you enjoyed this post with my favorite knit sets and found some looks and ideas to try this fall! One final thought, although these sets are all in neutral colors, don’t be afraid to add a pop of color, like in my look below. Subscribe to my newsletter for regular updates and follow me on Instagram, @Ayannainbloom, for regular fashion inspiration.
Non-toxic beauty because plant-based is a lifestyle
“Plant-based is a lifestyle” is a phrase I’ve used on Instagram. As much as possible, I strive to use products that are made with plant-based and non-toxic ingredients. Over the years, I’ve found great alternatives, including everything from cleaning products to beauty products. From foundation to mascara and highlighters, I am sharing my favorite vegan beauty brands and my top products from these companies.
MERIT is a clean beauty brand with vegan and cruelty free products. My usual make up routine is very simple (usually eyeliner and lip stick or lip gloss), so I appreciate their minimalist approach for every day wear. The highlighting balm, pictured below, creates a dewy glow. I like how easy it is to apply and I tried it without foundation and loved it. I also like the tinted lip oil, which is made with shea butter, jojoba oil, and grapeseed oil (my favorite oil to use on my skin). The lip oil is perfect for the days where I want a glossier look and a little color, without wearing my typical bold matte lipstick. I am wearing the Cava Day Glow Highlighting Balm and Cara Cara Shade Lip Tinted Oil in the picture below.
The Lip Bar
The Lip Bar is a vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand and has been my go-to for lip sticks and lip glosses for years. The Vegan Matte Liquid Lipsticks are unmatched in my opinion for lasting wear. They provide an all day wear and have limited smudge when I wear them underneath my masks. Boy Trouble, the color I am wearing in the picture below is my absolute favorite lip color. Hot Mama is a close second.
Too Faced is a cruelty free beauty brand that includes a number of vegan products. Prior to Too-Faced, I had trouble finding a foundation that I liked and I thought finding the perfect vegan foundation would be a challenge. I primarily wear foundation for special occasions, so although it is not a daily part of my make up routine, having a great foundation in your make up bag is a beauty essential. I’ve been wearing “Born This Way” for a few years and it gives me a flawless complexion every time I wear it. It looks completely natural and is undetectable (I am wearing it in the picture below), while providing full to medium coverage. It is also oil free, which works well for my combination skin.
Too Faced has other great vegan products as well. I have shorter eyelashes, so for a vegan friendly mascara that provides length and volume, I recommend “Better Than Sex”.
Last but not least on my list of vegan make up products, is Urban Decay. Urban Decay is another cruelty free make up company. It was founded in 1996, so it is a well established and well known brand . While Urban Decay is not entirely vegan, they have a line of vegan products as well. Since I love all things with glitter and sparkle, I have enjoyed their cream-based eyeshadows, especially the vegan moondust eyeshadow for a glamorous look and their vegan eyeshadow palettes, which can be used to create a softer or bolder look.
I hope you enjoyed my list of vegan make up products and found some products to add to your make up bag. Let me know which product is your favorite in the comments below. You can follow along on Instagram, @ayannainbloom, for more regular style inspiration and subscribe to my newsletter for updates.
Be well ❤
Cut it out…
I spent five beautiful days in Puerto Rico last month and packed a dress that reminded me of everything I love most about summer – the beach trips, the sunny weather, the outdoor events, and of course, the summer dresses.
A white dress is a staple summer wardrobe piece as we navigate graduations and reunions, summer travels, and all-white attire events. With so many options for white dresses, this post features my top picks for statement white dresses. I am sharing ethically made pieces, so it is fashion that you can feel good about. I am featuring some indie designers as well, so shopping with them makes a big impact.
The Gael Dress Oat is by The Line by K, which features ethically made pieces that are made in Los Angeles. This dress is made from a heavy ribbed cotton, so it accentuates your curves and is a flattering, fitted look for a girls’ night or date night. I wore it with strappy nude heels, but you can also pair it with flat sandals for a more casual daytime look.
The White-O-Ring Maxi is a chic summer look that is perfect for a dinner party.
3. Ceren Ocak Cut Out Bass Dress – White
This look delivers business on top and party on the bottom. You can transition from your Zoom meeting to an after work cocktail event in this dress. It is made from organic cotton and linen, so it is breathable and will keep you cool.
Pack this piece for your water filled vacation (imagine a picnic on the beach). It makes a beautiful cover up and is handmade in Mexico from organic cotton.
Sometimes a simple, sleek silhouette is ideal for the occasion (and a subtle statement as you walk away). I love this look for a summer picnic in the park. It’s made from 100% organic linen, so it will keep you cool at outdoor gatherings.
I hope you enjoyed my top five picks for white statement dresses. Comment below and let me know which look is your favorite. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Juneteenth! Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the US, when the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas on June 19, 1865. Check out this book list to learn more about Juneteenth.
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Historically on Style in Full Bloom, I have highlighted brands that promote women’s empowerment, a close tie to the work I am most passionate about as a public health researcher. In recognition of Women’s History Month, I am celebrating a few women-owned brands and my favorite pieces from their collections.
Shade Akanbi – Designer and Founder, The Printed Pattern People
Shade Akanbi is the Designer for and Founder of The Printed Pattern People, a brand celebrating cultures through fashion and goods and using textiles created by artisans from around the world. You can find everything from kimonos, kaftans, and saris to wax print sneakers and accessories. Shade recently designed this gorgeous pajama set, which is available exclusively at Anthropologie. The “Shadé Akanbi Harvest Pajama Set” fits as beautifully as it is designed. It’s made with viscose fabric, so it is super soft and comfortable. I’ve spent the entire day lounging around the house in this set and I seriously cannot get enough of it. The translation of traditional ethnic designs into modern looks, including from her Nigerian culture, is a part of Shade’s design aesthetic and translates seamlessly through these pieces.
Dani Nagel – Designer and Founder, Dazey LA
I was excited to see Dazey LA recently featured in Anthropologie as well. Dazey LA is a sustainable fashion company aiming to empower women and promote positivity. I purchased this mug at Anthropologie (it is on sale now) and you can find the matching tee (pictured below) on the Dazey LA site. The brand features a variety of products, including tees that “stand for something”, which designer Dani Nagel designs by hand in Los Angeles. Tees with quotes like “People for the planet” and “Mental health matters” take a social stance, are conversation starters, and I also love the artistic design. As a slow fashion company, everything is made in small batches. Use my ambassador code “BLOOM333” to receive 10% off your purchase at Dazey LA.
Angel – Owner, Tēm N(y)o͞oˈMənē™
Tēm N(y)o͞oˈMənē™ is another Black-woman owned apparel company featuring apparel made from 100% organic cotton. You can find your basics with this company, like sweats, hoodies, crewnecks, and tees – perfect casual wear and lounging pandemic options. My “I am my ancestors wildest dreams” t-shirt was custom designed by the company, so they are a great option for the custom designed apparel needs for your brand or for personal customization as well.
Akosua Afriyie-Kumi – Designer and Co-Founder, AAKS
I first learned about this brand on the “Women who Travel” podcast by Conde Nast Traveler. A A K S was founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi with the goal of “introducing the world to her favorite weaving techniques done by the women of Ghana while also creating and igniting sustainable jobs within Africa.” Her story is also inspiring. She discussed her early childhood interests in art and design at a time where career paths in the visual arts were not typically appreciated and celebrated.
The handmade bags are colorful and stylish and Baw Pot Natural bucket bag (pictured below) is my favorite style from the collection. A A K S recently launched ‘Weaving for Change’, a weaving initiative benefiting refugee artisans in Burkina Faso through fair and ethical work. I can picture the stunning Ihaya Lamp (pictured below) in my new home. It is a part of the limited edition collection of home décor products featured through this initiative.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found a few new brands to support. Follow me on Instagram for more fashion inspiration (@ayannainbloom) and subscribe to my newsletter for regular updates.
Seasons greetings! I hope your hearts are filled with joy and gratitude as we prepare for the New Year. If your new year resolutions include supporting more Black-owned businesses, then this post will set you up for success.
I stopped at Ponce City Market about a month ago during my Saturday morning run and visited a new store called the Village Market Retail. I’ve been looking for stylish activewear and was thrilled to find this spicy leopard print outfit by J Dow Fitness. J Dow Fitness was created by Jacqueline Dow, DrPH, MSPH. It’s an athleisure apparel company that promotes “holistic wellness, fitness, and self-confidence among women of color.” The sports bra provides great support and I love the quality and comfy fit, which has been perfect for my outdoor runs and also for lounging around the house.
The Village Market Retail is a concept store that features Black-owned brands. Long before opening the store in Ponce City Market, the Village Market held pop-up shops, or markets, in Atlanta featuring Black vendors and coined the phrase “Support is a verb”. The mission of The Village Market is to “empower entrepreneurs through education, purpose-driven events, and community engagement.”
– Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon / Creator of The Village Market
It is exciting to know that the brands featured in the store will be rotated every few months to maintain a growing list of businesses to support. I consider this store to be a one stop shop for unique apparel, lifestyle, and beauty products. From the camo jackets to the brimmed hats pictured below, there were so many stylish pieces I wanted to purchase. Check out some of the products I saw during my visit and other photos from the store below.
I look forward to patronizing this store in the future and finding additional Black brands to support. You can learn more about the The Village Market here.
Normalize Black-owned luxury
Last month, there was a social media uproar over a comment made about Hermès Birkin bags. If you are not familiar with Birkin Bags, they are the most expensive handbags in the world, costing up to $500,000 and a starting price around $40,000. While Hermès and other iconic brands that are synonymous with luxury have earned their status, there remains a population of Black luxury handbag designers that are underrepresented and under-acknowledged in the fashion industry. Here is my list of luxury Black handbag designers and brands to know.
Brandon Blackwood launched his first handbag collection in 2015. The materials used to make his handbags are ethnically sourced and constructed by craftsmen in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. under fair trade standards. His signature Kendrick trunk style bag (pictured below) is my favorite. I also like his recent exploration of fashion and activism with the “End Systemic Racism” tote bag.
Forbes’ 30 under 30 honoree, Kunmi, began Minku as a bespoke leather goods brand. All items are made in Nigeria and the Eleko Wave™ leather finish adds an interesting floral-like texture to the leather pieces.
Dr. Pachanga’s brand features vegan leather handbags with bold wax print accents, designed by high end fashion designer, Jean Rene Tosomba Onyangunga, also known as Dr. Pachanga. The Congolese designer, based in South Africa, designs colorful handbags with unique styles and in a variety of silhouettes. Each style in Dr. Pachanga’s line is produced in limited quantities, and while in South Africa, I anecdotally learned that each handbag is also named after women in his life. The Vanessa is pictured below.
Cameroonian-born, Wilglory, is the designer behind the brand, Anima Iris. The website states that they are “redefining luxury by including Africa in the narrative, once and for all.” Another sustainable brand with social responsibility at its core, each piece is handcrafted in Dakar, Senegal. Each bag is exquisitely designed and the holiday collection is glorious, including the Zaza bag pictured below, complete with the signature twisted handle.
Whether you are shopping for others during this holiday season or shopping for yourself, I hope you found a few new Black handbag designers to support. Which designer is your favorite?
Outfit Details: Skirt: SHIFT Style House || Knit Coat: Zara || Handbag: Dr. Pachanga
In so many ways, 2020 has been a year that amplified the social and racial injustices that have been overlooked and unaddressed for decades. The silver lining for me has been to witness and be a part of social actions, both in my professional and personal life that are aiming to bring about change. I have also enjoyed using this time of social distancing to connect in creative ways with others.
Last weekend, I was invited to attend a mural crawl in Atlanta with Black Girl Magic Tours. It was a fun-filled and educational few hours, a complete cultural emergence through art that highlighted the political and social contributions of Black women in Atlanta, while celebrating all things Black Girl Magic. It was also a breath of fresh air to connect with other women, to celebrate and pay tribute to Black women, and to bask in and celebrate our own magic. Continue reading to learn all about my experience on this tour and to see the various murals and sites we explored throughout Atlanta.
I arrived at our pick-up location around 11:30 am to board our luxury tour bus. Each attendee, six total and our tour guide, wore face coverings on the bus. Before entering the bus, we also had our temperatures checked. Black Girl Magic Tours was founded by Tarika Saada, PhD. Tarika is also the tour guide and was very knowledgeable about each mural we visited as well as other historical events in the city. She greeted us with a Black Girl Magic Bellini. Then we were off to our first stop, CamiCakes, a Black-owned gourmet cupcake shop where each attendee received a free cupcake. While I did not have a cupcake during the tour, I have enjoyed my fair share of these delicious treats in my pre-vegan days.
As I mentioned, we spent the tour visiting and discussing the historical importance of each mural. We also stopped by the Freedom Parkway Bridge, one of the most photographed places in Atlanta. Of note, each tour with Black Girl Magic Tours is different, so attendees can enjoy a different mural experience with each tour they book. Here are some of my favorite mural moments.
The photo opportunities are plentiful on this tour, the playlist during our bus ride was the ultimate Black Girl Magic hit list, and my absolute favorite part of the tour was meeting and getting to know the other attendees. COVID-19 rates are again spiking, so it was also a plus that the tour group on the bus was small and that we spent a lot of time outdoors, which of course is a safer option for any type of social gatherings. If you are interested in exploring the art murals in Atlanta (a blogger’s dream, right?), but also would like to learn more about the history of Atlanta, I highly recommend adding Black Girl Magic Tours to your Atlanta bucket list.
Our tour guide began the tour with this question and I invite you to answer it as well.
What makes you magical? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!
Outfit Details || Halter Knit Top: Zara, Knit Midi Skirt: Zara
Well hello! Like the rest of the world, I have been adjusting to telework and virtual homeschooling over the last few months and in the midst of racial injustices and a global pandemic, I’ve had absolutely no inspiration to talk or blog about fashion. It has been nice to take a break, even from creative outlets. I am very excited, however, to share new posts in this season.
First up on the fall list is leather. For me, leather (or faux leather) is a closet staple for autumn and the cooler days ahead. Check out my leather picks to add to your wardrobe now.
1. Leather Joggers
Leather pants are nostalgic and these Black leather joggers are serving 80s style. It’s the high waist and tapered pant legs that I prefer over straight and slim fit leather pants. It’s a look that can be worn casually, as pictured, or dressed up as well. I paired my joggers with snake skin boots, a tan knit crop top, and duster for a chic fall look.
2. Leather Mini Dress
There is something about wearing red leather pieces that makes you feel like a power house. How adorable is this puff sleeve mini dress? The length is flirty and fun and it has a flattering shape. This dress would be perfect for a socially distant date night out (or date night in), paired with strappy heels. You can also wear it with lace tights and black pumps. It is an edgy statement piece and is currently on sale at Anthropologie.
3. Leather Midi Skirt
If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you know that I love a nice midi skirt. It is my favorite skirt length and this cream faux leather midi by Zara is another piece on my fall list.
4. Leather Button Down Shirt
Last, but not least, leather button up shirts are everywhere this season. I particularly like the long shirt look. You can style this look with skinny jeans, leggings, or even Black leather slim fit pants for a bolder outfit.
These four versatile leather pieces can definitely add some edginess to your fall wardrobe. Which piece is your favorite?
I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading!
Celebrate Juneteenth – Shop with Black Designers and Support Organizations on the Front Line for Achieving Racial Justice
On June 19th we celebrate Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Africans in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, it was nearly two and a half years later when enslaved Africans in the Galveston, Texas were declared free.
In moving towards achieving social and racial justice for Black lives, investing into organizations founded and led by Black people, that are also on the front lines doing the community work, is one strategy to ensure lasting and sustainable impacts in the lives and well-being of Black people.
If you are shopping today, foremost, consider supporting Black-owned brands. Also, consider these brands that are donating 100% of profits today, or throughout June, to Black-led organizations working to achieve racial justice.
Other Wild offers a collection of goods and products created by artists, jewelers, designers, and herbalists amongst others. The curation of products offered through their retail store are selected with special consideration for sustainability and being made with care. Juneteenth sells will be split between the organizations listed below. The impact of the organizations range from improving black maternal health and addressing maternal health disparities (Black Mamas Matter Alliance) to providing meals and resources to Black Trans People (The Okra Project).
ASAI (Actively Standing Against Injustice)
Asai is selling the iconic Rihanna dress pictured below by personal order through firstname.lastname@example.org. All profits from the sales will be donated to Black Lives Matter and other organizations. I could not access their website, so visiting their Instagram page, @asaitakeaway, is the best place for updates.
Peter Do is donating 100% of net profits from online sales during the month of June to black founded organizations and frontline charities who fight for black equality and racial justice. The organizations receiving donations include Color of Change, The Black Youth Project 100, and Black Visions Collective.
Lady White Co. is donating 100% of sales from the LWC x ROF sneaker (pictured above) to Minneapolis based, Reclaim the Block. Reclaim the Block is an organization that focuses on redirecting funds allocated to police to community led safety initiatives.
Make an economic impact by directly supporting Black-owned fashion brands and Black designers as well. The list below includes Black designers and brands that I have featured over the years on Style in Full Bloom:
Studio One Eighty Nine
Samantha Black NYC
She The Collection
Loin Cloth and Ashes
Handbags, Shoes, and Accessories
Rochelle Porter Design
Louella by Ibtihaj
I hope you take some time today to celebrate and reflect on this important day in history. I also hope you consider ways in which you can contribute to achieving racial justice.