Fleurish Five

Fleurish Five | 5.12.16

Anddd… We’re back! Sorry for the short hiatus. But what matters is that we’re here and like Bryson Tiller loves to say, back and so much better, so so much better. One of us has graduated college (!!); the other completed the semester with stellar grades. We’re going to celebrate these accomplishments and our return with a Fleurish Five!

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  1. Preston Harris | Good Morning

So long story short, I was perusing Soundcloud, listening to a completely different artist’s catalogue when this popped up in suggested listening. We all know how I love a soft R&B sound…

2. CocoaSwatches

As a dark skinned girl, it’s quite hard for me to buy makeup online. Primarily because it’s difficult to know and see what shade will show up on my skin tone. Most sites use lighter skinned models, making it difficult for me to see how it might work on someone like me. But here is CocoaSwatches to the rescue. The app/site/Instagram enlists the help of brown beauty bloggers to show how newly released makeup might fare on darker skinned women. The app is available to download here on Google Play.

3. Meghal and Natasha

Cool ass makeup tutorials from beautiful brown girls? I’m sold.

Shanté

4. Corinne Bailey Rae – Green Aphrodisiac

New music from one of the artists I played on repeat growing up. Corinne Bailey Rae has such a soft, soulful voice and this track shows her full range. Featuring vocals from the lovely trio KING, ‘Green Aphrodisiac’ will be on Corinne’s follow-up to 2011’s The Love EP. The Heart Speaks in Whispers is due on May 13 (tomorrow!). Also, check out how majestic she looks in this video. We missed you while you were away, Corinne! Considering how much this new work is moving me, it was worth the wait!

5. Veggie Tacos

I’ve been eating a considerable amount of tacos and I’m ok with that! I really enjoy going to restaurants that do Taco Tuesday to get $2 tacos, sometimes for $1 for the veggie ones. #veggielife #mealsfordalow. All jokes aside, put some onions, zucchini, mushrooms or any assortment of veggies on a corn tortilla and I’m sold. Don’t forget the cilantro and hot sauce!

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Fleurish Five

The Fleurish Five | 1.28.16

DREAM

1. Mustard Yellow | Around New Year’s Eve, I was looking for a good color to feature on the @fleurish1994 twitter when I happened upon this mustard yellow. It’s my new favorite and apparently, Michelle Obama’s as well.

2. JUNGLEPUSSY | Pregnant with Success

Back with her sophomore album, the brown queen of health and style is out here trying to remind girls of their worth and their potential. I finally got a chance to listen uninterrupted and I’m upset I didn’t do it earlier. Personal Favorites: Spicy 103 FM, Pop For You & ‘Bout You. Listen here.

3. River Island Utility Playsuit In Floral Print

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Photo via ASOS

It’s so gloomy lately here and honestly, I just want it to either snow or just let spring come. For the latter, I’ve been eyeing this playsuit. (It also features mustard yellow.)

4. I’m a Sagittarius so by nature,  I’m prone to bouts of wanderlusting (it’s a verb now, ok?) Lee Litumbe and her blog, Spirited Pursuit has been feeding my lust to break out of the US.

5. Adidas Tubular

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Photo via Hypebeast

I confess, I am a sneaker head. I love them, I cherish them and I pine for them. I first saw these on Twitter in a beautiful olive green and just knew. Momentarily, I am searching for it in a more unique colorway but right now, I just want to stare at its beauty.

SHANTE

  1. Song Exploder – A podcast that breaks down elements of an artist’s song through interviews with that artist and/or influential people involved with its production. It can uncover Easter eggs hidden in the song and often makes me have an “A-ha!” moment. I came across this podcast when I was very into the song “Inside Out” by Spoon. This episode is still one of my favorites. Other episodes/songs I really enjoy:

The most recent episode is about “Time to Pretend” by MGMT, which brought up feelings of teen girl nostalgia for me. MGMT is a band that I listened to heavily during high school and I’ve got the Last.fm stats to prove it. What I’m looking forward to is the next episode which will break down “Rewind” by Kelela.

2. Vegan Doughnuts – One day, I went to lunch with one of my best friends since high school and we ventured into the West End. There, we went to Tassili’s Raw Reality, a plant-based restaurant serving kale wraps, salads, and the like. I didn’t order a meal, but what caught my eye were these pastries that were initially ambiguous. Once I asked, and found out they were doughnuts, my sweet tooth led me to a large chocolate-covered one with blueberries on top. This was probably in November and I can’t stop thinking about it. Especially now that I have a flyer for a vegan doughnut shop, also in the West End, sitting in my drawer.

3. Kelsey Lu – Morning After Coffee  I have followed Kelsey Lu for quite some time on Instagram. I’ve seen her feature on StyleLikeU and I was aware that she made music. For some reason or another, I hadn’t actually heard her music until now. Because I am speechless over how much I enjoyed this (and I’m wondering why it took me so long to listen), I’ll let the video speak for itself.

4. Self-Care – Cold wintry days can sometimes make people feel blue. And for people who feel this way more often, this season can be especially dreary. We have to be attentive to our emotional (and overall) needs; make a self-care kit or talk to someone you trust if you feel comfortable. Just remember to take care of you.

5. This article with a slideshow of outfits worn by Solange, proving that she looks great in every color and slays all year long.

 

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