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A Summer Style Guide For Your Last-Minute Vacations
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A Summer Style Guide For Your Last-Minute Vacations

Don't leave home without packing these vacation-ready essentials.

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The season I look forward to the most every year is Resort. Even if you haven't had an opportunity to enjoy a proper getaway this season, now is the time to get your last-minute plans in order as the final moments of summer quickly come to an end. While you can always find a sunny destination to travel any time of the year, this is the perfect time to take advantage of the final warm weather looks before fall inventory completely takes over.


Whether you're far from home or planning the perfect staycation, a getaway is an escape from your everyday life no matter how many miles from home. Not only is it important to take a break from our daily routines as a practice of self-care but perfecting your vacation style is just as important as the trip itself. Packing can be stressful so we're here to give you a head start on the hottest trends to wrap up your summer slaycations.

Sunscreen

First thing first, sunscreen is the main essential for a hot girl summer. When the sun's out, protect your skin with a layer of sunscreen to assist a healthy glow. I love Black Girl Sunscreen due to the cruelty-free ingredients that prevent that annoying white cast and boost radiant skin. Find this item at your local Target or Ulta.com!

Sun Hat/Visor

A major accent adding style to any vacation look is a straw hat. The perfect design can instantly elevate your poolside ensemble, adding a pop of chic to any warm weather look. Pair with a full ensemble or a bikini with a chunky necklace to give this key accessory even more life.

Slides

I love a good pair of slides. Finding a sleek contrasting platform slide to add to a beach side look is not only a comfortable choice but also a super chic and modern. Dress them up or down, for a chill vacation look.

Dad Shirt 

A dad shirt can go a long way on or off the beach. Layered over your favorite swimwear, a button-down is a popular alternative to a classic cover-up. Mix it up with different color combinations for a contrasting bright and fashion forward look.

The Statement Maxi Dress

Every now and then we gotta go in the back of that closet and pull out that freakum dress, even on vacation. No matter the occasion, there's always a good chance that you'll need a sexy maxi for a cute celebratory dinner. A backless maxi adds sass while keeping it classy with a pop of skin. For an even trendier look, try a bold print with this classic style.

Shell Jewelry 

The latest summer jewelry trend taking over the runways down to our social media feed is shell jewelry. This dainty design is perfect for a tropical vacation layered with your favorite gold chains. The perfect stackable accessory is a fun addition to your favorite bikinis. Where it as a necklace or belly chain to maximize your beaded options.

Crochet Set 

No longer your grandmother's favorite hobby, crotchet is making a huge comeback. This two piece set is a sleek ensemble perfect for a casual beach stroll or a night out on the town. Pair with a flat open toe sandal for a comfortable yet eye-catching look.

The Jumpsuit

You can never go wrong with a one piece jumpsuit. An easy look to throw on and catch up with the group festivities, add a belt for a snatched waist line along with your go-to accessories. Pair with a sandal or sneaker for a cute and casual look, or a high heel for a grown and sexy moment.

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Black Women, We Deserve More

When the NYT posted an article this week about the recent marriage of a Black woman VP of a multi-billion-dollar company and a Black man who took her on a first date at the parking lot of a Popeyes, the reaction on social media was swift and polarizing. The two met on Hinge and had their parking lot rendezvous after he’d canceled their first two dates. When the groom posted a photo from their wedding on social media, he bragged about how he never had “pressure” to take her on “any fancy dates or expensive restaurants.”

It’s worth reading on your own to get the full breadth of all the foolery that transpired. But the Twitter discourse it inspired on what could lead a successful Black woman to accept lower than bare minimum in pursuit of a relationship and marriage, made me think of the years of messaging that Black women receive about how our standards are too high and what we have to “bring to the table” in order to be "worthy" of what society has deemed is the ultimate showing of our worth: a marriage to a man.

That's right, the first pandemic I lived through was not Covid, but the pandemic of the Black male relationship expert. I was young – thirteen to be exact – when Steve Harvey published his best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. Though he was still just a stand-up comedian, oversized suit hoarder, and man on his third marriage at the time, his relationship advice was taken as the gospel truth.

The 2000s were a particularly bleak time to be a single Black woman. Much of the messaging –created by men – that surrounded Black women at the time blamed their desire for a successful career and for a partner that matched their drive and ambition for the lack of romance in their life. Statistics about Black women’s marriageability were always wielded against Black women as evidence of our lack of desirability.

It’s no wonder then that a man that donned a box cut well into the 2000s was able to convince women across the nation to not have sex for the first three months of a relationship. Or that a slew of other Black men had their go at telling Black women that they’re not good enough and why their book, seminar, or show will be the thing that makes them worthy of a Good Man™.

This is how we end up marrying men who cancel twice before taking us on a “date” in the Popeyes parking lot, or husbands writing social media posts about how their Black wife is not “the most beautiful” or “the most intelligent” or the latest season of trauma dumping known as Black Love on OWN.

Now that I’ve reached my late twenties, many things about how Black women approach dating and relationships have changed and many things have remained the same. For many Black women, the idea of chronic singleness is not the threat that it used to be. Wanting romance doesn’t exist in a way that threatens to undermine the other relationships we have with our friends, family, and ourselves as it once did, or at least once was presented to us. There is a version of life many of us are embracing where a man not wanting us, is not the end of what could still be fruitful and vibrant life.

There are still Black women out there however who have yet to unlearn the toxic ideals that have been projected onto us about our worthiness in relation to our intimate lives. I see it all the time online. The absolute humiliation and disrespect some Black women are willing to stomach in the name of being partnered. The hoops that some Black women are willing to jump through just to receive whatever lies beneath the bare minimum.

It's worth remembering that there are different forces at play that gather to make Black women feast off the scraps we are given. A world saturated by colorism, fatphobia, anti-Blackness, ableism, and classism will always punish Black women who demand more for themselves. Dismantling these systems also means divesting from any and everything that makes us question our worth.

Because truth be told, Black women are more than worthy of having a love that is built on mutual respect and admiration. A love that is honey sweet and radiates a light that rivals the sun. A love that is a steadying calming force that doesn’t bring confusion or anxiety. Black women deserve a love that is worthy of the prize that we are.

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