Is it a crime to be female, bold, and black ?- in defense of Rihanna and the assertion of the female body

I really tried NOT to write this post, like I really tried. I tried to keep my Rihanna stan-ness in check on my Twitter and Instagram feeds but every time I read a disrespectful, negative comment about Rihanna it just made my skin crawl and I felt compelled in some way to address them, and to defend her. Because you see, for me, it’s not just about the fact that she wore a “proactive” dress to an award show, its about her choice to wear that dress to an award show and how the world, consequently has perceived her.

Let me back track for a bit, and give you some context. If you weren’t aware, Rihanna just received a CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) award for being Fashion Icon of the year. Past winners of this award include Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker. The CFDA describes the event as an “ event that recognizes the outstanding contributions made to American fashion by individuals from all areas of the industry and related arts, with awards being given for design excellence in womenswear, menswear, and accessories as well as extraordinary accomplishments in journalism, creative vision, and lifetime achievement.” So basically, Rihanna was recognized by a group of her fashion peers (a network comprised of top fashion retailers, journalists, stylists, influencers and the 450+ member designers of the CFDA.) for being a badass in the fashion world.

And, she arrived at the CFDA awards wearing this.

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Beauty Diaries: RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Review

The navy wasted absolutely NO time buying Rihanna’s last MAC holiday collection. I tried to purchase the lipsticks online and they were sold out in like 5 minutes! Luckily I was able to hit the mall when it opened and grabbed all three lipsticks, Pleasure Bomb, Bad Girl RiRi, and the infamous RiRi Woo. (review of RiRi Woo here)
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2. Pleasure Bomb

iPhone pic!

This bright matte fuchsia color is a bit brighter than I normally go but its super pretty and goes on quite smoothly.
Top: Bad Girl RiRi

This was also lighter than I normally go but will probably look great when glammed up. It also went on smoothly.
I think both lip sticks are a score. I can’t wait to pair them with different lip liners and makeup looks to see how I like to wear them best. 
I tried out MAC Nightmoth lip liner with Pleasure Bomb on top for my first experiment. 

Were any of you able to score this last RiRi Hearts Mac collection? What did you guys think?


Whats Good NY

My second day on my NY vacay was a pure tourist-y day. We walked around Washington Square Park, shopped in Chinatown and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Top- Forever 21; Skirt- Designs by Ofunne; Shoes-

Later on we had dinner in Little Italy. I love how cute and quaint this little area of NY is.

Later that night….

We were fortunate enough to meet Rihanna’s bestie Melissa Forde!!(Ok so maybe this wasn’t exactly a coincidence…… ;] )  Love of my life, apple of my eye. She was super sweeet!  
Day 2 was just as amazing as the 1st. I love NY!


That Rihanna reign just won’t let up

As you all probably can tell by now, my love for Rihanna is great and everlasting. So much so, that I want to share it with y’all and give you the opportunity to win every piece of Rihanna’s Autumn collection for River Island. Simply click here & enter in your details for the chance to win! 
If you need a quick refresh on what kind of pieces you can expect from her latest collection, check out my previous post.  This new collection is edgy and chic at the same damn time, not to mention so totally Rihanna. If you follow her on Instagram (@badgalriri), you have probably noticed she’s worn a majority of the pieces from the collection already. 
Check out some exclusive photos below of Rihanna during her creative process. 

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