" In a 90s kinda world, I’m glad I’ve got my girlssss!"
Living Single singlehandedly gave me life from the time I watched my first episode. I was 21, getting my hair braided in an effort to channel my Solo vibes, and planted in front of a TV in my friend’s Brooklyn basement. I’m sure I was a little late to the movement (Living Single ended in 1998), but after I became hip, I lived, eternally. I lived for Maxine’s witty comebacks for her bae,but not official bae Kyle. I lived for Khadijah’s work ethic at her successful magazine company, Flavor. I lived for Régine’s fashion-forward statements including, ”I don’t wear outfits. I create looks.” I lived for Synclaire’s aspiring acting career and her adorable relationship with Overton. And I still do as I catch up on the sitcom’s five seasons this summer.
And not just Living Single, but many other 90’s sitcoms, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saved by the Bell, Moesha and Sister,Sister. These shows not only were funny,unique and relatable, but also were filled with enough fresh fashion choices for a NYC gal to choose from. From bamboo hoops, high waisted jeans and mood rings, to flannels and jean jackets, 90’s sitcom fashion, and 90’s fashion in general, was a wonderland of bright and bold.
And so, when I come across fellow 90’s fashion lovers, no matter where they are in the world, they automatically earn a stan in me, which leads me to this post.
After two weeks of an out of service Mac and a frayed, barely there charger, I am so excited to FINALLY share with you what I’ve been anxiously drooling over in the meantime: Ready to Stare’s In a 90’s Kinda World Fall Collection! Inspired by 90’s sitcoms and movies including Living Single and Clueless, Chicago-based designer Alysse Dalessandro, has created a hub of collection pieces for the confident, inspired and “look-creating” type of person. Régine would be proud.
Now after gaga-ing over the gems in Alysse’s previous collections,including her well-received Dino earrings, I knew without a doubt this new 90’s inspired collection would be money honey ;). With all of her pieces ranging from body chains to leather skirts, $5 to $90 and sizes up to 4X there’s a little bit of something for everyone! As for me, my favorites include the:
1. too-cool-for-school three finger toy car rings($15)
2. Synclaire and Overton tee($25)
3. life-giving Neon alphabet charm bracelet($26)
4. dope google eye rings ($5)
5. bold, oversize paper clip earrings($15)
What this list essentially confirms is that Alysse will have all of my paychecks till the end of the year.
And quite frankly, I’m okay with that.
All this to say, loves, I encourage you to check out Alysse’s amazing pieces in some of the lookbook visuals below, and her website and prepare to join me in the “Alysse, Take My Money” club.
PLUS, I have a 10% off coupon code for all you guys! The coupon code is: BLOGGERPREVIEW
Enjoy as people get ready to stare!
Also, ☝the concept of suicide being “selfish” or “cowardly” irks me.I’ve been seeing a handful of posts including notable sources, specifically in reference to Robin Williams’ death, stating that he was “selfish” and his depression and his decision to act on such through suicide “wasn’t a disease, but rather a choice.” Such logic upsets me for I believe that suicide, depression, and any other mental health relevant is NOT a result of a character flaw, or character of a person in general, but IS a result of a physiological shift. As a result, I feel like statements such as ” he or she was selfish” insensitively give off a negative connotation regarding the character of the person. In doing as such, we may fail to consider the circumstances beyond their control physically that allowed for such thoughts and actions to exist.
Thinking of Michael Brown AND Robin Williams. Both deaths are heart-wrenching. Both deaths are saddening. Further, BOTH deaths should be allowed a space simultaneously for discussion and action to follow, as a result of the conditions of both.
However, over the last 24 hours, I’ve been reading a slew of posts and statuses about both Michael and Robin that focus on which person deserves MORE attention. For me, both situations deserve equal attention for they BOTH are rooted in social and mental conditions that have been shown to negatively impact individuals and communities. Both conditions are killers of the spirit, joy and future, for police brutality is killing Black men and depression is the cause of death for many men and women. Neither should be dismissed as less relevant. However, the fact that many people feel otherwise is extremely frustrating.
Now, while the timing of both events makes for a lot to process and/or you may feel disconnected from either situation, even as such, I think it’s important for us to allow space for both discussions to occur LOVINGLY. Whether or not BOTH conditions actually get substantial national and political addressing is a whole notha’ story, BUT that doesn’t negate the idea that they both should be concerning or discussed.