Our #WCW is none other than our very own Kyndafly gal, Renata. If you haven't heard yet, she was featured on the My Black is Beautiful site for her daring use of color! Check out the post here, http://on.fb.me/1W94RdS!
It’s so simple that it almost doesn’t seem real. A simple “Like” and you get all the info you want for that amazing fashion look you just saw on Instagram. And you don’t even need an app to get this coveted info! I know, it sounds too good to be true. But, it is true and it’s better than you thought! LIKEtoKNOW.it is the best friend to every fashion minded girl. Follow them on IG (@liketoknowit), “Like” a post (one of theirs or photos tagged with LIKEtoKNOW.it links) & bam, all the info you need about the outfit featured in the image is sent to you via email in minutes. Literally in minutes. LIKEtoKnow.it has only been in my life for a week and it’s easily become a favorite! And, needless to say I’ve scoped a couple (or a lot) of pieces I’m thinking about adding to my wardrobe. So, ladies, do yourself a favor and hit the “Follow” button for LIKEtoKNOW.it and upgrade your fashion life ASAP!
Still need a better understanding of how it all works? Check out their equally simple website and watch this video!
(Your welcome!) #HappyInstagramming
Since it’s inception, Nordstrom has always been a business that thrives on providing excellent customer service. In fact, it’s how they went from one shoe store in the early 1900s to a multi-billion dollar entity with tons of department stores and Nordstrom Rack stores across the U.S, Canada and Puerto Rico. With their ability to exceed customer expectations, it’s no wonder that they have translated that talent into the digital world as well.
Being an avid shopper and lover of fashion, it was a natural extension for me to follow this brand socially. I mean, Nordstrom is one of my favorite stores to frequent, with Nordstrom Rack as my #1 (hey, it’s a better fit for my wallet). And in doing just that, I discovered that Nordstrom is AWESOME at extending their stellar customer service to the world of social media. So, here's a rundown of how they keep me interested in what they are doing socially.
- Personable - It's so important that brands use social media in a way to humanize themselves to their favorite consumers and Nordstrom does this well. The brand doesn't come off stuffy and doesn't bombard followers with corporate information. Instead they keep fans up to date with the latest fashion trends, sales, store events and much more!
- Engagement - By really understanding their customer, Nordstrom is able to easily garner engagement with their fans and followers. And how well do they know their customer? So well that they often share images of items these ladies and gents didn’t even know they wanted yet! It gets even better, Nordstrom Rack in particular often provides buying info needed to help customers find items they are looking for. I’ve definitely benefited from this practice, scoring a pair of shoes at the closest Rack store I could find!
- Interaction - This goes hand in hand with engagement, in that not only do the Nordstrom brands get engagement from their customers aka fans/followers, but they interact with said customers as well. Either by answering questions, complimenting or sharing customer purchases, Nordstrom truly makes their customers feel special!
So, do yourself a favor and give Nordstrom (@nordstrom) and Nordstrom Rack (@nordstrom_rack) a Twitter follow and here for the 'Gram (@nordstrom, @nordstromrack). Also, be sure to look up your favorite stores, as they will more than likely have their own social media accounts. Happy social media-ing!
Hip-hop is totally mainstream in 2012. But it wasn’t always that way. In it’s early days, the entire genre of hip-hop music was considered underground and made primarily by and for black Americans. Fast forward twenty years or so and people of all races and ethnicities are fans and performers of this form of self-expression.
It’s amazing to see how hip-hop has transitioned into its place in the mainstream and to see so many different people embrace it. It has exposed people to a different America, complete with slang many people were not familiar with. And it is often comical to see non-blacks reciting hip-hop songs and incorporating these slang words into their everyday lives.
However, there is one word that will always be fraught with controversy, especially when someone other than a black person uses it in any way or form, the N-word. In recent years there has been so much discussion amongst blacks as to whether this word should be forever removed from our vocabulary. Bill Cosby is against the use of the word, and the NAACP “buried” it in 2007, with a funeral and everything.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are people that believe that in using the word, we take away the power the word has when used by non-blacks, turning a negative into a positive. The debate about the word will likely continue, especially as hip-hop artists continue to use the word in their music and hip-hop music remains in the forefront of the music industry.
And the latest person to find themselves thrown into the mix is Gwyneth Paltrow, who tweeted “Ni**as in Paris for real @mrteriusnash (the dream) tyty, beehigh” with a photo of her on stage with Jay and Ye. Here’s the tweet. When artists make songs like Ni**as in Paris, their non-black fans worldwide have a decision to make about whether they will say it or not, which is well depicted in this Grantland article.
The thing is, she tweeted the song as it is listed on the album. So, really, is there anything wrong with that? If we’re being picky, she called them “ni**as” when she said “ni**as in Paris for real”, but I think it’s safe to assume that is not what she meant. Our society today is extra sensitive about everything, and this instance is no different. Gwyneth has never shown any indication of being racist, and I don’t think this tweet is reason enough to drag her character through the mud.
I think if we are living in a time where hip-hop is now mainstream music, then we have to be somewhat lenient with people and their use of the N-word. I do not condone the use of the word by non-blacks, but in this situation, Gwyneth Paltrow used the word as it’s displayed on the album. Kanye West and Jay-Z just made the lines that much more blurred, and we have to somehow find a way to navigate through this. Perhaps in the future, the N-word will be removed from all people’s vocabularies, but for now, we must remember this is a sensitive subject and tread carefully.