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Pieces to Keep: Winter to Spring Fashion Tips

It may seem like it took forever for some of us, but spring is finally here. And while you may be tempted to throw all of your winter fashion to the back of the closet, there are some items you can bring into this bright and beautiful season. A great way to get the most out of your clothes, think of what to keep, not throw away! Here are some pieces to keep as you transition from winter to spring looks. --Iyana Robertson

1. Ankle boots/Booties

Contrary to popular belief, boots can actually prove complimentary to a chic spring ensemble. Though longer-length boots may be a bit much with the rising temperatures, shorter boots can be chicly paired with skirts, shorts and bare legs. Still not a believer? Try a peep-toe bootie for a little warm weather flair.

2. Cardigans/Blazers

Used for layering and added warmth in the winter, these pieces can serve as outerwear on rainy spring days or cool spring nights. Darker colored blazers and cardigans can be paired with bright bottoms or accessories to give your outfit a pop of color. Don’t rule knits out during spring either: pair a knit with a camisole or tank top for comfort.

3. Scarfs/Pashminas

During the cold winter months, color and prints can be found most frequently on winter accessories. While you may not be able to bring your hat and gloves into the new season, a brightly colored or animal print scarf can work well with blacks, whites and beige tones in a warmer weather get-up.

4. Leggings/Jeggings

Leggings are an all-year-round piece that can work in the coldest temperatures for layering. For a spring transition, leggings can stand alone, with bright sleeveless tops or bright shoes and accessories. While you may want to use the spring sun as an opportunity to show off your legs, leggings may work for the faint of heart who still want to get their sexy on.

5. Patterned Tights

Ladies also enjoyed pops of color this winter with bright colored or patterned tights. Usually worn with knee-length boots and knits skirts in freezing temperatures, tights can bring the fun to spring fashion. For a bit of a quirky spring look, try a crop top with shorts, tights and flats. One good way to balance a covered leg in the spring, is exposure of the arms and mid-drift.

6. Leather

Before things really heat up, leather pieces may be able to have another go-round. Most commonly worn in the spring, leather jackets are the go-to outwear piece on cooler spring days. Leather shorts, vests and leggings can also work with tank tops and open-toe shoes. Another spring balancing tip: pair heavy fabrics with lighter ones. If you’re going for leather shorts or pants, a sheer shirt will make a good complementary piece.

7. Denim

Denim is yet another year-round fashion staple. Denim shirts, in particular, were a prominent trend this fall/winter season, and can be brought into the spring. The simplest of transitional pieces, denim shirts can easily be paired with shorts, or buttoned down for a bit more exposure. Brights can also be thrown in the mix for a bit of spring flair.

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CupcakKe Reveals Abusive Boyfriend Led Her To Contemplate Suicide

Months of abuse led to the suicidal tweet posted by Chicago native CupcakKe, earlier this month. In a lengthy message posted to her Twitter account over the weekend, the 21-year-old rapper admitted that she’s been battling depression, brought on by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

— moonlight_baes (@m00nlight__baes) January 20, 2019

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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