Beyond Black & White http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships Thu, 17 May 2018 04:22:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 How Pinup Girl Look SMASHES Notions of Black Femininity http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/pinup-girl-look-smashes-notions-black-femininity/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/pinup-girl-look-smashes-notions-black-femininity/#comments Tue, 06 Jun 2017 05:43:09 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=42707 I first took a really good look at pinup girl fashion during my last (I mean it, LAST!!) family trip to Disneyland. Once the tickets got to $96 I was done. Multiply that by four kids and I’m sure you’ll overstand. While battling through crowds and inching through serpentine lines, I saw some women dressed […]

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I first took a really good look at pinup girl fashion during my last (I mean it, LAST!!) family trip to Disneyland. Once the tickets got to $96 I was done. Multiply that by four kids and I’m sure you’ll overstand. While battling through crowds and inching through serpentine lines, I saw some women dressed so differently from everyone else aside from the Disney princesses that I was moved to ask one of them if they were promoting some new show. She said no, and handed me a card from a pinup girl shopping site. Little did I know that I was opening up a whole new world of fashion that I had never personally considered.

I decided to pick up a few pieces during one of their site-wide sales, and posed for a few shots to put up here on the blog and Facebook, and started wearing them to events, and received some surprising results. I noticed people came to greet and talk to me, with virtually no additional effort than I usually put out. Children stuck out their cubby fingers and said loud enough for me to hear, “Mommy look at the pretty lady!” Men took second and third looks, and lots of complements. It was as like the vintage looks granted me some inescapable chick magnetism. It was an amazing confidence boost.

I recently started thinking about what psychology behind a black woman wearing this style of clothing. It’s pretty indisputable that mid-century fashion was the best of the 20th Century, and the women portrayed in the pinups tacked on garages and gas stations all over the world were seen as the most feminine and glamorous of all. It brings back a classic nostalgia of Americana–big red Cadillacs and Leave it to Beaver. The pinup girl look on a black woman, juxtaposed beside a stereotype that thoroughly dehumanizes and de-feminizes us is a surprise. It can cause an initial cognitive dissonance, and upset in the lazy way of thinking. All of a sudden you’re approachable. You seem friendly and fun. You make people want to say hello. Fashion, literally changing the world.

I’ll be exploring this idea in more detail for research of a mini-book I’m working on about glamour and online dating as a bonus for the Pros and Cons Series I’m putting together. I believe there’s a definite link in this particular style and becoming quite…visible…in a good way.

For fashion inspiration, follow Black Pin Up Models on Instagram.

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Feminine Mastery…Dress Like a Girl, Not a Joke! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/steps-feminine-mastery-dress-like-girl/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/steps-feminine-mastery-dress-like-girl/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2016 05:07:17 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=40923 Ah…the feminine mystique. It’s definition is often hard to articulate, but like art vs. porn, you know it when you see it. It’s more than wearing a certain color, fancy designer bag, or perfume. It’s all of that, and none of that. Sometimes I feel as though we black women exaggerate a look to the […]

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Ah…the feminine mystique. It’s definition is often hard to articulate, but like art vs. porn, you know it when you see it. It’s more than wearing a certain color, fancy designer bag, or perfume. It’s all of that, and none of that. Sometimes I feel as though we black women exaggerate a look to the point of ridiculousness. Men like long hair, some of us buy weaves three feet long. Makeup is magic, but some of us cake it on so thick we look like men trying to impersonate women. Perfume is alluring, but some of us bath in bottles of the cheap stuff. Some of us need to dial it way back and turn off all the reality shows.Confused? Let me break it down.

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Feeling feminine and looking feminine starts in the mind and then expresses itself through your mannerisms and presentation.

So why not fake it till you make it? Just like clothes make the man, perfume and heels make the woman.

Less is More!

From a fashion point of view, feminine is delicate, flowing, and light. Leave the chunky heels and bomber jacket way way waaaaay in the back of your closet.

Here’s some of my favorite, delicate looks. I love soft colors and sheer fabrics, coupled with dainty earrings. You can see if these looks are available in your size at Goodnight Macaroon. Click the icons on the photos to be directed to my You Tube video about the subject and Instagram, where I highlight my favorite makeup, hair and fashion looks.

 

 

 

 

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Ready, Set, Shop! ModCloth is Having a 70% Off Clearance Sale ? http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/ready-set-shop-modcloth-70-off-clearance-sale-%f0%9f%98%b1/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/ready-set-shop-modcloth-70-off-clearance-sale-%f0%9f%98%b1/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:03:56 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=40710 Good God Almighty. Mod cloth, my favorite affordable vintage shop is having a HUGE clearance sale, and I’m about to do some SERIOUS damage! Well…maybe not too much damage, since a ton of stuff is 70% OFF!!! Just think–$100 will get you more than twice as much. It’s the last-chance sale, and when it’s gone, […]

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Good God Almighty. Mod cloth, my favorite affordable vintage shop is having a HUGE clearance sale, and I’m about to do some SERIOUS damage! Well…maybe not too much damage, since a ton of stuff is 70% OFF!!! Just think–$100 will get you more than twice as much. It’s the last-chance sale, and when it’s gone, it’s ghost.

Here’s me sporting the Start Spreading the Mews Dress. And it has pockets!!!
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Start Spreading the Mews Dress – 

Extra! Extra! The top headline in style today? This ‘mews’-worthy dress of black and white, printed with a plethora of fine-looking felines! A ModCloth exclusive, crafted from 100% cotton in a classic A-line silhouette.

Imagine showing up for a date, brunch or picnic in this…


Pull Up a Cherry Dress in White – 

Strutting so stylishly past the cafe, you overhear onlookers rave about that ‘rockabilly diva’s cheerful cherry dress!’ As you turn your gaze to thank these friendly strangers, you recognize the duo – what a coincidence! Your style-supporters and friends

Needlework it Out Dress in Green – 

Working your craft stand in snazzy style, you sell your handmade creations in this green dress! Intricately embroidered white flowers and swirls adorn the bodice and skirt of this vibrant button-up frock.

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And this is so classy, yet sexy…


Botanical Breakfast Dress in Sky – 

Whether you decide on blueberry oatmeal or waffles at the botanical gardens cafe, you already made a stylish choice by donning this sky-blue dress. Boasting a flirty wrap top and softly gathered details, this breezy frock is as beautiful as the blooms.

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. The cost for you is the same, but the commission goes toward supporting our site, so we can continue providing you great content! ?

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Five Holiday Sales You Won’t Want to Miss Today! http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/five-holiday-sales-wont-want-miss-today/ Mon, 04 Jul 2016 06:42:26 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=40661 Happy Independence Day, ya’ll! Before you fire up those barbecues and break open the brewskis, take a look at these irresistible sales the will contribute to the GDP of the country you love. Gift with purchase at Credo! Mod Cloth is discounting an additional 20% off items already on sale. I just picked this up…so […]

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Happy Independence Day, ya’ll! Before you fire up those barbecues and break open the brewskis, take a look at these irresistible sales the will contribute to the GDP of the country you love.

Gift with purchase at Credo!

Gift with Purchase at Credo

Mod Cloth is discounting an additional 20% off items already on sale. I just picked this up…so cute and feminine! Use coupon code, MORE4U.

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Mineral Fusion is having a 25% off sale of all their SPF products! Add that with the EXCLUSIVE coupon code for Beyond Black and White, and you’ll save another 20% on everything else too! Just use coupon code, BEYONDBW20. I’m wearing Mineral Fusion eye shadow trio in Rose Gold here…

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100% Pure is have a 10% off sale of their Pomegranate Lipstick, which I absolutely love! I’m wearing “Hibiscus” in the photo below.

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Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti Aging Lipstick: Hibiscus

Goodnight Macaroon is giving 30% off EVERYTHING. I recently bought this dress and I get so many compliments!

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I’ve got my eye on this one now…


GRAPHIC BLUE PRINT WHITE TUNIC

from: Goodnight Macaroon

Use code: 4JULYLOVEGM

Hips & Curves is having their semi-annual sale, and they’re marking stuff down up to 60%.

How gorgeous is this lounge dress?

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Happy 4th…and happy shopping!

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Buns and Blues…Pretty Pics for the Long Summer Days Ahead http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/buns-blues-pretty-pics-long-summer-days-ahead/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/buns-blues-pretty-pics-long-summer-days-ahead/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:54:39 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=40583 It’s 7:54 PM, and I’m looking at the summer sky, with it’s vibrant oranges, purples and blues. It’s my favorite time of the season when they days are long and I can hear kids playing in the streets well into the night. But the dry Southern California heat makes me keep my ends tucked snugly […]

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It’s 7:54 PM, and I’m looking at the summer sky, with it’s vibrant oranges, purples and blues. It’s my favorite time of the season when they days are long and I can hear kids playing in the streets well into the night. But the dry Southern California heat makes me keep my ends tucked snugly away with my cluster of mini buns.

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I know it looks complicated but it’s really not! I divide my hair into sections and smooth each patch with a light oil with no water–this is important, because I don’t want the moisture from the water to bring out my curls. I achieve a semi-straight texture by allowing my hair to dry completely in a ponytail and twist the end and tie it down with a satin scarf. In this weather I find my hair dries in a matter of a few hours. I like using Rare El’ements – Marula Cocktail for Hydration and Shine ($33). A little goes a long way and the oil imparts a light moisture and shine. But you need not be that fancy–coconut oil works just as well.

 

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I like to frame the buns with a headband and of course, earrings!

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The heat always makes me want to basically wear tissue, but propriety mandates I drop off The Boy at his Lego Robotics day camp dressed like the typical Temecula mom. I’m really loving a new site I’ve discovered a site called Goodnight Macaroon. It’s sort of like a boutique you’d find strolling along the strip in Newport Beach–except online. It’s not quite a flash sale site, but the items are value priced. I’m wearing Bohemian Print Empire Waist Cotton Dress in a size small.

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What do you think?

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Finally, the face. I prefer wearing mineral powder versus creams when I’m out during the heat of the day. I also thought it might be a good time to try this new eye color palette from Mineral Fusion I’d been holding on to for such an occasion…

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This is STORMY. It goes for $24.99 online, but you can get an additional 20% off using the coupon code, BEYONDBW20.

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I framed my eyes with Zuzu Luxe Liquid Liner in Azure, from Gabriel Cosmetics. The liner is pretty amazing–great pigment but precise and controlled.

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Whenever I wear a bold eye, I like to mute my lips. This lovely shade is from 100% Pure’s Pomegranate collection.


Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti Aging Lipstick: Foxglove

from: 100% Pure

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Flummoxed for Father’s Day? How About a Boudoir Photo? ? http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/flummoxed-fathers-day-boudoir-photo-%f0%9f%98%89/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/flummoxed-fathers-day-boudoir-photo-%f0%9f%98%89/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2016 21:00:49 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=40400 You’ve given the tie and dress shirt, the fancy Williams Sonoma grill set, and the socks and underwear. Aren’t you tired of seeing that bored look on his face? Betcha he’d perk (ha ha) right up is you gave him a sexy boudoir photo in some fancy lingerie? Girl, put those golf balls down and […]

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Image of a sexy young black model posing in red lingerie

You’ve given the tie and dress shirt, the fancy Williams Sonoma grill set, and the socks and underwear. Aren’t you tired of seeing that bored look on his face? Betcha he’d perk (ha ha) right up is you gave him a sexy boudoir photo in some fancy lingerie? Girl, put those golf balls down and get to looking at what we’ve got cooking!

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Lingerie is a partner gift in which everybody wins. He gets an eyeful and you get to wear girlie lace and silk that make you feel ultra womanly. Imagine going to work in your practical black sheath dress with this underneath…

 

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Oh…bet you want a deal. Okay!

Take 10% Off Full Price & Sale Items at Journelle! Use code TENOFF. Exclusions apply. Limited time offer. Shop now!

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And to go to bed wearing this won’t get you much sleep!

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Yaaassss…hunty. When I want to really va-va-voom in the bedroom, my first stop is Journelle. The price ranges very from oh my god, is that two zeros I see? To okay; I’m really digging all these clearance items. Let me get something for every day of the week. And since Father’s Day is June 19, it’s pretty convenient that Journelle ships pretty quickly for free, and will overnight for an additional charge.

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For the BBW’s with more to love, we haven’t forgotten about you. Have you checked out our official affiliate partner, Hips and Curves?

Lawd…

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If you’re unsure about what type of lingerie looks best, consider this style guide…

lingerie for your body type

If you’re nervous about going to a professional photographer for such racy photos, that’s easily remedies with a selfie stick.

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Done…and done. To be a fly on the wall when you unleash all that sexy…?

Do you like BB&W and the fact that we exist? Well show us some love! Some of the links included in the story are affiliate links, which means that for you, there’s no difference. You pay the same, and in case of a deal, you pay less. But for us, we get a teensy, weensey commission that helps us keep the lights on around these parts, so thanks in advance for your support!!

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