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Like mother, like daughter. This beauty parlor was run by the daughter of Madame CJ Walker who was one of the first African-American millionaires, and is credited as being the first female millionaire as well. Daughter A'Lelia Walker was born in 1885 and became president of her mother’s company in 1919, a position she held until her 1935 passing. Beyond her business, she also immersed herself in Harlem’s social scene and became quite the patron of the arts. In the 1920s she’d host artistic gatherings at her townhouse on Lenox Ave. A townhouse designed by Vertner Tandy, first registered African-American architect in NYC, and designed of Madame CJ Walker’s mansion Villa Lewaro. In 1927, she even converted a floor of the townhouse into a salon for cultural luminaries to gather. She dies in August of 1931, in much the same manner as her mother and was buried next to her mother at Woodlawn cemetery.
Byron Company (New York, N.Y.)
Robinson, Mrs., Beauty Parlors (for Colored People).
DATE: 1915


Vintage Bergdorf Goodman from the Plaza wedding dress on Etsy

So this gorgeous piece was meant to be my personal wedding dress. Unfortunately, it no longer fits, so I had to get a new one, but this beautiful number still deserves to make someone’s special day sparkle. With our wedding coming up next month, Austin and I could really use the extra support, so I decided to list this dress and hopefully find someone who will love it as much as I do! Size XS, available on Etsy

30 day summer study challenge - xvii/xxx

advice for new studyblrs

Hey lovelies! So today’s challenge was to list down some advice for new studyblrs/things I wish I knew when I was starting out. Quite a bit of what’ll be mentioned here has probably already been mentioned by other studyblrs, but let’s get to it! ヾ(❀╹◡╹)ノ゙

  • Make an introduction post - this is super important guys and admittedly a step I forgot to do oops! It let’s the community know that there’s a newcomer + get’s your studyblr out there. Tell us about yourself! From the basics like your year level to your hobbies and interests, we’d love to hear them! Tbh it helps a whole lot with my next tip! Also!! If you’re like me and have had a studyblr for MONTHS but never made an intro post, don’t hesitate to make one! It’s never too late!
  • Make friends! - this is probably one of the friendliest tumblr communities you will ever find, so don’t be afraid to reach out to the people here! If you’re shy, try participating in some ask games, or you can comment on original content! Don’t know what to say? Find studyblrs that share the same interests you do - I’m ridiculously awkward, but finding studyblrs who like the same things you do make most of that awkwardness/shyness disappear!
  • Make original content - while reblogging content is what helps inspire + keep the studyblr community going, remember that you have things you can contribute too! There are lots of things for you to contribute: you can add in pictures of you studying, your notes, or your bullet journal; you can make masterposts or give advice; you can even make motivational graphics or printables if you ave access to graphic design software/websites! Go crazy! If you don’t know where to start, try out some studyblr challenges - like the 100 days of productivity, the monthly challenges, or the one I’m doing right now! - since they encourage you to put out original content everyday! 
  • Don’t be afraid to tag other studyblrs - if you’re a new studyblr, getting original content noticed can be tricky. But a lot of studyblrs have a tag they track (I personally track #catstudies), so you can include them in your tags to give your posts more exposure! You can also tag things #studyblr or #studyspo
  • Play around with your theme + tagging system - this is something that is honestly super fun AND makes your studyblr more *aesthetically pleasing* °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖° It’ll help set the mood for your blog and helps you learn a bit about coding if you want to hardcore customize things! In case anyone’s curious, my current theme is by @shythemes, while the updates tab is by @felinum, and they both have really lovely themes I see often in the studyblr community, along with @sorrism and @acuite! I also recommend setting up a navigation page/tagging system to keep your posts organized + easy to find! 

I hope this helps you lovelies out! Never hesitate to drop me a message if you have any questions or just want to chat!