All posts by Elisheva SugarAndSpice

Elisheva is a Brooklyn born, Brooklyn bred Modern Orthodox J.A.A.P. (Jewish African American Princess). Her greatest passions are fashion and dance. She hopes that one day dance and fashion can truly heal the world.

Make Your Summer Wardrobe Ready For Fall In Seconds!

By now you girls have already sung the farewell song to your summer clothes. Yes it is chilly out there. Yes it is time to make a change. But you don’t necessarily need to get rid of everything from the summer–you can recycle them in a fresh new way! Continue reading Make Your Summer Wardrobe Ready For Fall In Seconds!

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Fashionable Summertime Modest Style : Yes, It’s A Thing!

On a hot summer day a woman in a cotton wifebeater and a pair of jeans looks me up and down. I hold my breath because I know what’s coming next.

“Aren’t you boiling in that?” she says to me.

I’m wearing a long ankle length maxi skirt and a pretty, ivory, flowy cotton elbow-length top.

“Nope.” I reply. Continue reading Fashionable Summertime Modest Style : Yes, It’s A Thing!

Trendy Summertime Hair & Makeup Looks

Hey girls!

It’s seriously a scorcher out there! It goes without saying that wrapping your hair up in a bun and going makeup-less for a day in this summer heat is what you feel like doing everyday. Because let’s be honest–when it’s boiling hot out there wearing your hair down and having a full face of makeup can be super uncomfortable. Continue reading Trendy Summertime Hair & Makeup Looks

Their Nude is NOT Your Nude!!!

Hey guys! I have been itching to write this piece for a long long time due to my own personal struggle to find my best makeup match–specifically with nude lipsticks!

Arrggh!

Although I have a special focus on writing to black girls, I want to capture a wider spectrum of women that can have the same skin tones associated with black women–as in various hues of chocolate, caramel, gold and tans. So I give these women a new name. They shall be called Women-With-A -Lotta-Yummy-Melanin-in-Their-Skin. Continue reading Their Nude is NOT Your Nude!!!

Fashion Crisis: Help! Well Endowed with Dark Complexion!

We all know that at this time being a Jew of a diverse background in Frummie Land is a very rocky road. Being a Black Jew pretty much puts you at the bottom of the Totem Pole and makes life pretty difficult here. Not truly being accepted into the communities is apparent in obvious ways (racism) and in much more subtle ways (the communal clothing boutiques).

How so? Continue reading Fashion Crisis: Help! Well Endowed with Dark Complexion!

The Origins of Orthodox Fashion Codes : An Evolution to Match the Times

Fashion is and always has been a representation of the current social, political and economical status in the world.

Without stepping on too many toes I want to make it clear that in this piece I am not condemning any minhagim (customs) of various different religious communities. This is simply a discussion to break down the preconceived notions of the origins of dress codes practiced by the Westernized Orthodox Jewry. For example, historical facts easily refute that Jews in Syria, India, Yemen, Greece and so forth were wearing black hats/white shirts/black pants back in the day.

Yet in most orthodox circles dressing this way constitutes being “religious” and “orthodox” which in a way is robbing those of their ethnic/cultural identity of their particular Jewish dress codes of the past. Firstly however, let me expand a little bit further on how much significance fashion has in the world. Continue reading The Origins of Orthodox Fashion Codes : An Evolution to Match the Times

How to Find Your True Inner Fashionista : First Know Thyself

I know who I am now more than ever, but how I got here has been quite the journey. Fashion for me was once my defensive mechanism against an oppressive society but now it embodies my entire essence. Fashion allows me to express myself with the images of happiness that I want to leave as a lasting effect on anyone I meet. I love to paint the world that may seem dark and sad with bright happy colors & exciting patterns so that people will never forget to smile. And no, religious observances levels are not a burden; but rather a springboard for creative inspiration with your wardrobe! Girls, your road to discovering your inner Fashionista begins with knowing who you really are! Continue reading How to Find Your True Inner Fashionista : First Know Thyself