Shoe Attack: Shopping at Aldo

Who has on the best shoes ArtBLT'ers? I'm bias as I love any great shoe!

Y’all know that one thing a belle love is some shoes. Tamika is the purse girl and I am the shoe girl. Well, I ran across Aldo while doing some window shopping in the mall yesterday. I have always walked in Aldo, said they had some great looking shoes, but never felt compelled to buy them. Well, things changed for the better yesterday.

One of the undisclosed number of shoes that I purchased! Look at those gams!

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Dark Girls Documentary

I ran across this documentary and wanted to show it to you ArtBLT’ers. Dark Girls is a documentary directed by Bill Duke that exposes the ravaging effects of racism and colorism in the black community. It will be shown at the International Black Film Festival in Nashville this year.

I’m sure it will spark some lively discussions. It’s shameful in the 21st century that issues like this are still occuring in the black community. Notice I did not say African-American community; issues of colorism crop up all over the country from Jamaica to Brazil. Please watch the trailer and let us know your thoughts below.

As you can see, the women are allowed to tell their own stories. Can you imagine the way someone’s psyche becomes broken when they are constantly labeled as being “less than” just because of their skin color? This is a very pervasive issue that brings on a multitude of issues. Unfortunately, there is still a baseless war between “light skin” vs. “dark skin.”

Until people begin to love themselves (regardless of their skin color), the issue of colorism will continue to pervade communities. Frankly, I think it’s up to us to OWN our images and not let anyone dictate our feelings of self-love and beauty. I look forward to seeing this documentary as the issue of colorism and self-hate run deep.

As always, you know the email address (artbelles@artblt.com) if you want to do some real chitty chatting.

Tête-à-tête Thursdays: The Cupcake Genie

*Rubs the genie lamp* Have you ever had a sweet treat that made you want to shout like Little Richard in public? Okay, what about something so good that it made you want to jump out of your seat and throw a leg in the air like Michael Jackson?

Well, Shermika and I had some treats that made us want to do just that, but because we were in public we contained ourselves–for the moment at least. Recently, we had the chance to sit down with the busy creator/baker of The Cupcake Genie, an online store based in Atlanta, GA, that is in the business of granting sweet wishes. With over 37 flavors of cupcakes and 15 flavors of cake pops, these divine treats are worth trying!

Look what the genie brought the ArtBelles!!!

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Summer Fashion is Cool

One thing about the summertime that is a must is cool carefree clothing. Now, I don’t get naked, but a belle likes to don a cute dress, or something remotely comfortable. I saw these looks and wanted to know your thoughts. I haven’t worn overalls since I was a kid, but these are quite sexy. They aren’t country bumpkinish and can easily be jazzed up with some 4″ heels or cute flats.

This blue jean dress is up my alley. Pair it with a skinny black belt and some red flats and you’re on your way.

Now, this dress is loose and cool! I don’t know if it would work on someone with a lot of curves, but it’s a perfect dress for hitting the sales up in.

Tête-à-tête Thursdays: Shannon H.

"Bride-Floral"

If I could sketch this good I would go outside and draw everywhere! And I mean everywhere. I am the supreme sketch artist in my head and often find myself doodling flowers on somethin’. I have always admired those who are talented enough to take a a piece of paper and create art with a pencil.

As we all know, beautiful pieces of fashion begin with a sketch, and we would like to share an extremely talented Canadian artist with you today by the name of Shannon (Empress) H.

Empress has a background in Interior Design and is extremely gifted. She’s a fashion-head that hits the streets of Toronto in a style that doesn’t comprehend the word: boundries! We hope you enjoy her work as much as we do. Read on for more details/pics.

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