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Celebrity Style Files: Cupcakke


Female rappers are known for having a punchy, eye-catching style that mixes their humble roots, with their newfound status, and Chicago rapper Cupcakke is no exception! We at Cliché love a celebrity with an eye-catching style that is not only stylish but seems personal to the celebrity themselves! Cupcakke, real name Elizabeth Eden Harris, has already proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with in the world of rap, but other than her lyrics, the thing that has people constantly stunned, is her style! She’s never afraid to be a bit revealing, as seen in her many outfits that include sheer tops, and she’s always ready to make a statement! Cupcakke is constantly mixing high fashion pieces, such as Gucci or Louis Vuitton bags with clothing she finds at thrift stores, or even lower-end stores like Kohls. She has made it very clear, through her style, and her lyrics that fame and money will not change her love for more affordable brands. We especially love Cupcakke’s penchant for bright colors, patterns, and interesting fabrics. Cupcakke seems to have a preference for two-tone tie-dye, and camo fabrics, as well as a love of matching set pieces, denim, fur, and leather, as well as bright colors like orange or pink. She is the perfect example of style on a budget!


To sum it up, Cupcakke is always trying something new and risky whether it comes to music or fashion and we couldn’t be happier! For those of us who love seeing celebrities that aren’t afraid of trying something different, and those who enjoy being able to replicate or get inspired from their favorite celebrity’s street fashion, Cupcakke is the perfect mix of both with her stunning looks, no matter where she shops!


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Celebrity Style Files: Cupcakke: Photo Credits: @CupcakKe_rapper on Twitter and Pitchfork

Need to Refresh Your Style? Try a Clothing Swap Party


We all must admit, we either have too little in our closets or too much. Sometimes, you just need to rethink what pieces are essential, and which are never, ever going to be worn. If you’re in a quandary, listen up. Changing up your wardrobe doesn’t mean you have to empty your wallet. If you’re a procrastinator, fret not. Many of us put off going shopping, put off organizing our closets, and sometimes we have an entire section that sits unworn for months. If you’re starting to feel the need to organize, prioritize, and get ready for the fall, then you should consider an option that you may not have considered before: a clothing swap party!

Clothing Swap Events: Why Don’t You Participate?

It sounds ridiculously simple, and it should be, but many people don’t take advantage of the fact that they have friends who are similar sizes or have similar styles. Maybe it’s just something you’ve never thought about. But the next time you plan a girl’s night, why not plan a clothing swap party? Each attendee can bring a set number of items (or unlimited if you like), snacks, beverages, movies or board games—you name it, there aren’t any rules.

A Girl’s Night That’s Productive, as Well as a Fun Time

clothing swap party

Photo Credit: Pixabay

It’s easy to make a clothing swap fun. Whether you choose to keep it low key with movies, snacks, and drinks, or a bit rowdier. Some swap parties are done in a white elephant style, or some other gift swap game that makes the experience more like a party, and less like a normal night.

With Fall on the Way, a Clothing Swap Could Save the Day

If you’re feeling tired of your few fall essentials left over from last year, it’s a great idea to have a fall themed clothing swap. Maybe you don’t have the money to update your wardrobe like you’d like to, and that’s okay! A clothing swap is better than thrifting in some ways because it’s a social event with friends. If you’re super busy like a lot of us are, a clothing swap party is an amazing way to sneak in some much-needed friend time, without feeling like you need to be doing something more productive.


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Need to Refresh Your Style? Try a Clothing Swap Party. Photo Credits: Pixabay CC License

The Ultimate Summer Playlist


The warm weather is here and good vibes are in the air! If you plan on spending your summer at the beach , by the pool or taking a road trip with friends, you’re going to need a groovy summer playlist to jam out to. Be the DJ all summer with this ultimate summer playlist!


This playlist is filled with the hottest songs out right now, and a few older ones that are perfect for any summer playlist! On your way to the bar or club this summer, grab your Uber’s aux cord and turn on “God’s Plan” and “I Like It” to get you pumped up for your night out. If you’re having a day by the pool with your friends, play “This Girl” and “Is It Really Love,” these songs will totally match your pool day vibes~


Drake – “Nice For What”


Cardi B – “I Like It”


Diplo – “Look Back”


Migos – “Made Men”


Post Malone – “Psycho”


Drake – “God’s Plan”


Calvin Harris – “One Kiss”


Maroon 5 – “Girls Like You”


Rich The Kid – “Plug Walk”


Joe Stone – “Is It Really Love”


Kungs – “This Girl”


Duke Dumont – “Ocean Drive”


Mustard – “Whole Lot of Lovin’”


Calvin Harris – “Slide”


Chris Lake – “I Want You”


Follow me on SoundCloud to see what I’m listening to this summer!


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Want Cool Summer Style? Be Ultra-Trendy with the Best Jumpsuit Styles of 2018


Do you remember how crazy everyone was going over rompers when they came back in style a couple of summers ago? If you loved that trend, good news, rompers are still in for summer 2018! But if you want something a bit more daring, with a classy twist, why don’t you try out a full-length jumpsuit? The jumpsuits out there right now range from just about every style you could dream of pulling off! Sporty, classic, chic, bohemian, edgy—you name it, there is a jumpsuit for the vibe you want to exude. Here are some of the best jumpsuit styles of 2018.

Look Put Together with Little Effort

Jumpsuits are pretty much a savior when you aren’t sure what to wear because it’s a one-stop shop. All you have to do is pick a jumpsuit that’s flattering, pair with some matching heels or sandals, accessorize if you’d like, and you’re good to go.

Bella Hadid Pulling Off a Denim Show-Stopper

This is simply one of my favorite looks as far as this fashion-forward trend goes. Model Bella Hadid is pictured below in a 70s inspired denim jumpsuit with large front pockets and a flared leg. If this isn’t effortlessly sexy, then I don’t know what is!

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Want Something More Bohemian? Find a Jumpsuit that Fits Your Free Spirit

There are so many amazing options available right now. If you’re looking for something a little more high-end, Free People has a great selection of various styles.
Try something like this Boho Dream:

Bohemian Jumpsuit
Photo Credit: freepeople.com

Or if you’re on a stricter budget, fashion retailers like Tobi, Forever 21, H&M, and many others offer a wide variety of affordable options.

Go for a Black Ensemble for a Classy or Daring Look

Although it’s time for big patterns, florals, and fun colors, if you’re going out for a summer event a black jumpsuit is a must.
Something like this is subtly sexy and daring:

Daring Black Jumpsuit
Photo Credit: tobi.com


Or you can go for a more classic look with one like this:

Classy Black Jumpsuit by Lulus
Photo Credit: lulus.com


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5 Sunglass Trends for Summer 2018


It’s Memorial Day, which for most people means that summer is here. What better way to celebrate the unofficial start of summer than with a pair of trendy summer sunglasses to help block out the inevitable blaring sun? The 2018 summer sunglass trends are sure to have something for everyone. The days of big, bulky sunglasses are gone and have been replaced by a wide array of tortoise shell, cat-eye, aviator, and retro shades. Summer sunglasses do more than protect your eyes from the sun. They make a fashion statement too! Check out our 5 sunglass trends for summer 2018 right here!


Step right out of the 1950’s with these retro white sunglasses. The perfect addition to any vintage outfit, these summer sunglasses create a polished look and add flair. Pair with a fun polka dot dress or halter top for the full effect!

White-Retro Sunglasses, (www.shopkalea.com, $12).
Photo Credit: www.shopkalea.com


Embrace summer sunglass trends, and show off your sophisticated side with tortoise shell cat-eye sunglasses. Whether you are heading off to a formal event or simply taking a weekend stroll, these shades will leave you looking and feeling best-dressed.

Kiersten 56mm Cat-eye Sunglasses, (www.nordstrom.com, $160).
Photo Credit: www.lyst.com


Sunglasses with tinted lenses can be found in a variety of stores today. This style offers a more futuristic look that differs from summer shades of the past. Immediately add character and creativity to any outfit with a pair of these fun sunnies!

Astro Sunglasses, (www.diffeyewear.com, $85).
Photo Credit: www.amazon.com


Another vintage favorite, retro oval sunglasses are a blast from the past. If you’re in search of a sleek accessory that won’t clutter your outfit, these simple yet elegant shades are it! Channel your inner fashionista, whether you are attending a party or simply heading to the beach.

Black Oval Retro Sunglasses, (www.sunglassspot.com, $5).
Photo Credit: www.ebay.com 


Geometric shades are also making a major comeback! Make a statement and have all eyes on you with fun, creative summer sunglasses like these. These sunnies are sure to add a little character to a basic outfit or enhance a crazy one.

Marc Jacobs Geometric Sunglasses, (www.redhotsunglasses.co.uk,$134.11).
Photo Credit: www.redhotsunglasses.co.uk


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Trendy Swimsuits for Summer


With summer quickly approaching, now is the time to invest in cute swimwear! From strapless sets to one pieces, there are endless options to style yourself while lounging by the pool or catching rays at the beach. Say goodbye to your boring swimsuits from previous seasons and hello to these trending looks. Check out our favorite trendy swimsuits for summer!

The one shoulder look is gaining popularity this season. This style allows you to show off your shoulders without having to worry about the top falling down! The bow detail on the shoulder and on the sides of the bottom add an elegant detail that make this swimsuit a must have. The striped print resembles seersucker and adds a bit of southern flair to all trendy swimsuits for summer. 

Tie Side One Shoulder Striped Bikini Set (shein.com, $11) 


One piece swimsuits are also making a come back. While one pieces received a bad reputation for being unstylish years back, there are now numerous styles offered that are both trendy and attractive. The plunging neckline style is especially popular this season. In this swimsuit, the wearer is still able to show off some skin while feeling comfortable.

Plunging Belted One-Piece Suit (forever21.com, $22.90)


Most trending one pieces also come complete with a high leg bottom. In this style swimsuit, the bottom is arched higher to show off more leg during the summer. While this feature is not limited to one pieces, it does add a seductive flair and an interesting detail to this style of swimwear. 

Red Gingham Print Cross Back High Leg Swimsuit (asos.com, $32) 


High-neck swimsuits have been available for several seasons now but each year they make a reappearance with new patterns and designs. Simple stripes are among the most popular and the easiest to match with other accessories! 

High Top Swimsuit (aerie.com, $20.97) 


Whether it’s a top or a bikini, smocked material is in style this season. If you are in search of this top, do not fear because most stores have it in stock. The smocked material keeps it in place and it includes the straps on the arms for added support and detail.

Smocked Off the Shoulder Bikini Top (nordstrom.com, $84) 


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A Valentine’s Night Out in Style


Valentine’s Day is nearing, and it is the perfect excuse to embrace a night out in bold reds or soft pinks. From cocktail dresses to jumpsuits, show off your festive holiday look of choice by preparing a stylish outfit ahead of time. Unsure of what to wear just yet? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! Here are our favorite picks from retailers such as Tobi and Lulus to achieve the perfect look for a date night or fancy event this February 14th.


My Lace or Yours Dress by Tobi ($27, Tobi)

This lace bodycon dress embodies an aura of feminine elegance and charm. Simple yet fancy, this is the perfect outfit for a night out, especially when paired with a statement necklace or drop earrings.








Bell Sleeve Pencil Dress by Shein ($15, Shein

Bell sleeves are one of the hottest trends right now, and this powerful red pencil bodycon dress is ideal for Valentine’s Day. While wearing this bold dress, you are sure to make a statement! Paired with a cute clutch and a pair of black heels, this outfit will slay any night out.







Asymmetrical Pleat Jumpsuit by Nordstrom ($138, Nordstrom)

Who says you have to wear a dress? Jumpsuits are trendy these days, and this classic v-neck black jumpsuit is every bit as chic and polished as any dress. Paired with a pair of red or pink heels and a bold lip color, you will surely catch everyone’s attention this Valentine’s Day.








The Augusta Solid Seersucker Dress by Lauren James ($125, Lauren James)


This delicate seersucker dress is every bit as stunning as it is graceful. Show off your southern charm with the halter style and bow-back detailing. The color is decadent enough for Valentine’s Day without being overbearing, so you can still show off your festive style without wearing full-on red.





Off-the-Shoulder Skater Dress by Lulus ($52, Lulus)

If you are in search of a trendy yet classy dress, then this is the one for you! The soft pink color will establish a timeless look, while the off-the-shoulder flair adds a modern detail to a classic style. Accessorize with a matching choker, pearl necklace, or a pair of statement earrings to achieve the a modernly elegant look. 








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Target’s A New Day Collection Spotlight for Fall


Dear Target: we love you. It’s as simple (and complicated) as that. We visit you on the weekends, our lunch breaks, the extra time we find gifted to us within our schedules with expectations that never disappoint. Each visit has us finding items we could never guess of next, or plan on buying. Target’s latest surprise has come in the form of a fashion collection that has us jumping with joy. A New Day is one of the four new brands that this innovative store has created, and it is focused on providing boutique-esque pieces at affordable prices for women everywhere.


A New Day caters to women—real women—period. This brand knows that real women come in all shapes and sizes, and it recognizes that we are all different, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind. The collection emphasizes this fact with its multi-patterned tops, various versatile accessories, flattering dresses and bottoms, and more items featured on diverse models. Made to be mixed-and-matched, each piece can easily transition from casual to workwear to evenings out. You can catch us running errands, making power moves at work, and wowing on a first date in A New Day ensembles that are destined to have people asking you, “Where did you get that?” Advertised with a price point under $50, this line has us shopping with glee and without regret both online and in-store. This is the perfect cherry on top to a new Target line that we welcome with open arms and wallets.

Click ahead for some of our favorite fall pieces so far that have us excited for new days (and outfit choices) ahead. Shop them at a Target location near you and on Target.com

Key Pieces From WhoWhatWear’s Target Fall Collection


Restyling our wardrobes is always an exciting time for us to not only reclaim our personal style, but to take a chance and experiment. It’s a moment to reach outside our closet’s comfort zones for that eclectic print we’ve been doubting, a color we’re not used to, or a trend we never thought we would have the nerve to try. Now, when it comes to tossing out the old and making room for the new, choosing what we want to add into our closet palettes can be a thoughtful process.

There are your must-have essentials to take into account: statement pieces that you may only indulge in a couple times, the quality of the items you’re buying, and, of course, the budget you are willing to spend. Thankfully, we can turn to a line that we know will take care of both our style and wallet needs. The Who What Wear collection for Target, co-founded by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power, is designed to help the modern-day woman showcase her style in the most versatile of ways without her having to splurge on one piece, but instead shop while on a budget. Regardless of Who What Wear’s price point, these items are anything but cheap. Sporting classic silhouettes, feminine prints, and fun accessories all created from high-quality fabrics and textures, you won’t ever feel guilty when purchasing any of the pieces from this collection.
Check out some of our must-have fall favorites that we’ve had our eyes on—and have added to our very own closets! You can purchase items from the Who What Wear collection at select Target stores and on Target.com.
Let’s face it; we’ll never be too cool to not rock black leather in any form it is made in.
Ribbed Elbow-Sleeve Crew in Dark Heather Gray, $22.99.
Faux Leather Birdcage Skirt in Ebony, $32.99.
Faux Suede Moto Jacket in Olive, $49.99.
Oversized Color Blocked Square Scarf in Pomegranate Puzzle, $22.99.
Print on print can feel intimidating at first, but when paired with neutral tones, like a white tee or evergreen jacket, you’ll be able to conquer it in no time.
Ribbed Elbow-Sleeve Crew in Dark Heather Gray, $22.99.
Faux Leather Birdcage Skirt in Ebony, $32.99.
Faux Suede Moto Jacket in Olive, $49.99.
Oversized Color Blocked Square Scarf in Pomegranate Puzzle, $22.99.
No matter how many times fall comes upon us, a trench coat can never let you down.

Faux Suede Sleeveless Trench Vest in Olive, $49.99.
Tank Dress With Lace Trim in Ebony, $29.99.
Neckerchief in Cream/Ebony Polka Dot, $14.99.
Florals for fall? Maybe not groundbreaking, but always a favorite, especially when paired against rich hues like mustard or oxblood.
Crop Flare in Ebony (Plus), $32.99.
Ruffle-Neck Shell in Dijon Pansy (Plus), $24.99.
Frayed Edge Denim Jacket (Plus), $39.99.
Mini Faux Crop Top-Handle Bag in Brown, $29.99.
Take a structured tote or printed clutch with you wherever you go for a sophisticated, yet modern spin.  
Color-Block Zip Clutch in Cream/Ebony, $22.99

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“On a Budget: WhoWhatWear for Target” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Oct/Nov 2016 issue. Photographs courtesy of What What Wear and Target.

Morrisday The Label’s AW 2016 Collection


As temperatures begin to dwindle down and that familiar fall air begins to settle in, we bid adieu to our summer daze and say hello to a season filled with pumpkin spice lattes and scary movies. Ending our summer romance is never easy no matter how many times we go through it, but this time around the heartbreak doesn’t hurt as much with a new fashion brand on our radar. Set your heart on a brand based in Sydney, Australia, where summer never seems to end. Influenced by the song “Que Sera, Sera” (whatever will be, will be) by Dorris Day, Morrisday The Label represents moving with life wherever it may take you, and whatever it may bring you.

Morrisday The Label curates a balance between the modern-day gal and the classic, sophisticated woman with each line that it creates. From day-to-night pieces to knitted tops and printed frocks, this fashion brand makes transitioning from “cooler days to darker nights” as effortless as the transition from summer to autumn.
With Morrisday’s AW16 collection, you’ll be more than ready for autumn like no other. Reigning true to the ‘70s boho chic vibes and luxe aesthetic that Morrisday is known for, inspiration was drawn not only from the brand’s original influences, but from the sunsets captured in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. From pigmented, rusty camel and mocha hues to softer variations of the colors, the tilted “Horizon” color palette sets the perfect tone for a collection that has us daydreaming about sitting beneath grand, colorful tents in the middle of the desert.
This upcoming season, you’ll be dancing in bell sleeve dresses and turning heads in straight line coats that won’t only have your heart racing, but everyone else’s as well. Have you fallen in love yet? We sure have.
Cliché: What was the inspiration behind the creation of Morrisday The Label?
Morrisday Team: Morrisday was born out of a lifelong love of fashion and femininity. Founded in September 2015, the brand is the essence of effortless luxe and was inspired by the melodic vocal stylings of Doris Day’s song “Que Sera, Sera.”
People seemed to love your line at Coachella this past year. What is it about your clothing line that makes it so perfect for festivals?
The Morrisday styles all have an effortless luxe to them, which has been hugely popular. Our collections focus on textures and fabrics that work perfectly for festivals. A splash of embroidery or a patterned crochet can instantly lift a simple silhouette and make it a season must-have!
Did the company always intend for it to be such a festival-worthy brand?
The introduction of the festival-worthy ‘Casual Luxe’ styles happened quite organically. After our initial launch with party-wear, we went straight into designing the summer collection, which was inspired by exotic travels, so the collection was focused around festival and resort-worthy styles. It’s been so exciting to see the way all our customers and bloggers have styled each look.
It seems like all-white was a major trend this year. Is that something that was expected?
White is always popular in summer, so white on white was just taking it another step further, and we are loving it. The past few seasons, we’ve seen trends like camel on camel and looks with gorgeous cosmetic colors, so the white on white trend wasn’t a surprise to us. To make this trend your own, bring in some key textures or bold silhouettes. Our Nina Skirt is perfect for adding a glam edge to your look.
If you were packing for a vacation, which items from your line would be your go-to? What beauty products would also make the cut?
We are all about playsuits at the moment, so we are loving the Mystic Playsuit and the Dreamboat Maxi Skort. These looks are effortless and perfect for those festival summer days and nights. Our must-have beauty product for vacation is always a gorgeous BB Cream with SPF—great coverage and protection from the sun! We’re also always sure to pack a waterproof mascara as well.
The clothes are so sophisticated, yet work perfectly for care-free festivals as well. How do you balance that out when it comes to design?
Our ranges are always designed to be trans-seasonal and versatile. We want the dress that can be worn from the office to cocktails after work and the playsuit that can take you from a Friday night date to an all-day festival. We spend a lot of time getting to know our customers and their lifestyles so we can create designs that they’ll love. In the design process, we always focus on fabrics, colors, and prints to make sure the design can be taken from occasion to occasion—it’s all in how you style it, too.
How has the line evolved since launch?
Morrisday The Label was born in 2015, so it has been very exciting to see us grow so much so quickly. The collection launched with our signature sequin mermaid skirts, and from there we have evolved into resort and festival wear as well as gorgeous party dresses. There really is something for every occasion!
Shop from Morriday The Labels beautiful pieces at morrisdaythelabel.com.
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“A New Romance with Morrisday The Label” was originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Aug/Sept 2016 issue. Photographs courtesy of Morrisday The Label.

‘Suicide Squad’ Review


I believe there was a time when the idea of a Suicide Squad (or Taskforce X) film gave me doubt more than anything else. However, I was promptly relieved of such concerns by a spectacular Comic-Con trailer from last year. It was the first in a series of neon soaked trailers that showed so much promise, and dare I say, appeared to be more attractive than Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. That first trailer was perfectly crafted. It was exceptional, and definitely whet the ravenous appetites of comic book fans and audiences alike. It gave Suicide Squad about a year to ride a bullet train of fan anticipation and high hopes. At first look, Suicide Squad appeared to be a dark and gritty action-packed superhero drama, but as August drew closer, the overall theme became distorted by a colorful audience of friendly trailers–which suggested that something changed, and in hindsight, I now realize, I probably should have tempered my personal expectations of this film.


Oh, a superhero shot! STRIKE A POSE!

Today’s colorfully promoted Suicide Squad doesn’t appear to be last year’s much darker and foreboding Suicide Squad. The bane of DC films, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, cast a shadow of criticism so large that it endangered the advancing Suicide Squad gravy train. Shaken but undeterred, Warner Bros./DC was determined to steer itself away from another critically devastating mishap (BvS), which ultimately lead to some costly last-minute reshoots  and changes that became all too apparent within a slew of new and an unusually upbeat trailers–which leads me to this review.
Suicide Squad is a pretty straightforward story along the lines of the John Carpenter classic, Escape from New York, in that a government agency “recruits” dangerous people to save the day. Among the striking and foolishly courageous cast of motley revengers are standout characters such as Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and Diablo (Jay Hernandez); all villains, but villains with special abilities the government needs. Throughout the story, there’s plenty of gunplay, twists and turns, and the proverbial third-act light show that comic book movies are known for.
What I like the most about Suicide Squad was Will Smith’s return to form. Smith hasn’t had a definite hit in a long time, but manages to deliver one of the most entertaining performances in this movie. Smith plays Deadshot, an assassin for hire who never misses his mark, and sharing some of the limelight with him is Margot Robbie’s character, Harley Quinn, a sociopathic killer who just wants to be reunited with her equally unhinged psychotic boyfriend, The Joker (Jared Leto). Deadshot and Harley are both given plenty of screen time, but it’s Smith’s character who appears to be the more developed of the two. Deadshot is not only fleshed out and charismatic, he’s given a plot that makes him the most relatable character in the entire cast.

I smell ‘spin-off’…

Suicide Squad also delivers on one of its trailers promises: action. Director David Ayer, who has made such impressive films like Training Day and End of Watch, knows how to capture the cacophony of big guns and ringing bullet shells. Again, Smith’s Deadshot lends himself well to this type of movie, because guns are his thing–it’s the reason he gets some of the most outstanding moments and it makes sense that a man with his talents could be used. There are helicopters falling from the sky, people and monsters (that look like the Putty Patrol from Power Rangers) dropping like flies, and special effects that constantly fill the big screen from beginning to end.  Quiet moments are far and few in between, and the dialogue between characters are punched up with just enough humor that things never appear to be too dark.

She’s like an evil Lauryn Hill that sold out to The Man.

I’d also like to add that besides Robbie and Smith, the character of Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis, is crazy af, and quite possibly, is one of the most feared villains I’ve ever seen in any comic book movie. I refer to her as a villain, because she instills fear in the entire cast and hangs death over their heads throughout the entire run-time of this film. Many of the highlights of this film–Davis, Robbie, Smith (action)–give me hope in future DC movies. DC appears to be finding its footing on producing good comic book movies, but that’s not to say that this film isn’t riddled with missteps.

So Suicide Squad was one of the best comic books ever?!

I found a major fault in Suicide Squad’s marketing and promotion: the trailers are quite misleading. The promotion and hype promised that DC would provide a dark take on comic book villains. Initially, it looked like these villains were tasked with saving the world against a malevolent force, presumably, The Joker–with a healthy dash of colorful rip-roaring fun! The confusion here is that people like me were expecting one thing, and got something else entirely.  Mixing light-hearted and dark tones in a movie has been done; it’s not something that’s unheard of because this year’s Deadpool masterfully pulled it off without a hitch; but Suicide Squad fumbles many of its attempts at creating a cohesive film.
Here’s the problem(s): the movie doesn’t juggle dark and humorous themes gracefully, which makes the tone, editing, and pacing of the film seem staggered. There are good moments sprinkled into this movie, but it’s a patchwork of hit-or-miss bits and careless developments that work better separately–like in a trailer–but appear messy as a whole movie. It looks like the reshoots were a double edged sword of sorts, in that they were designed to improve the movie, but simultaneously had the effect of damaging it.

All of that critical chit-chat’s gonna getcha hurt…

Suicide Squad also fails to deliver on The Joker, who had been billed as a main attraction, but for some inexplicable reason is relegated to a subplot that could have easily been excised at a moment’s notice.  I’m sad to say that much of Leto’s performance can be seen in the trailer, and that some parts if not much of his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. It’s difficult to critique Leto’s take on The Joker because he never seems to really get going in any of his scenes–they’re so short. His scenes are short, and serve only to develop the character of Harley Quinn. The Joker is a bizarre and slithery secondary character, who reminded me of the ecstasy-peddling Russian dude from Bad Boys 2, in regards to his importance to the movie’s story.  The Joker’s physical appearance is striking, but his scenes are unremarkable. Don’t be fooled by the trailer. The Joker is inconsequential.
And that goes for this movie on the whole. I was hyped up to see this film, but found myself underwhelmed the moment I realized The Joker was an unimportant character. It was at that point that I felt I might have been bamboozled.  Despite this, the movie creeps forward with plenty of gusto, light, and noise to appease me just enough to forget that the editing was disturbingly bad. Suicide Squad takes great pains to remind the audience that these characters are not only bad guys, but they’re expendable. Some people die in this film with little consequence; deaths here aren’t mourned for long, and carry very little weight. The stakes never appear to be too high, and when it comes time to shed light on the humanity of the characters, I’m at loss because it’s quite unconvincing.

Don’t blame the studio. Blame The Squad. Don’t forget, they’re the patsies.

Truthfully, I think this movie is a mess. But it’s an entertaining mess. It’s kind of funny to watch a rain-soaked character walk into a bar, and immediately enter it with dry clothing. Or have the entire cast escape certain death without a scratch on them. Or watch as the film fails at copying the Guardians of the Galaxy’s music motif. Suicide Squad fails to live up to the enticing trailer that rocked the Internet many months ago; however, this film is a step forward in DC’s world-building campaign.
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Beach Day with Swell Caroline


The dog days of summer are slowly dwindling down, but that doesn’t mean we’re letting up on our beach trips anytime soon. If anything, we’re going more and more often to soak up as much sun and catch as many waves as we can before the cold front comes in. And who’s going to blame ya? Not us, of course! We’re here to encourage you to pack your bags and stick your toes in the sand for as long as you can, with every chance you get. If it isn’t the sunny days filled with promises of a blissful, summer memory that will get you outside, then it’ll be one of the sweetest brands we’ve ever set eyes on, one that is made to tag along with you on cool summer nights and spontaneous summer adventures—Swell Caroline.

Whether it’s a must-have tote that can fit all of your beach needs, from a change of clothes to your summer reads, or classic and unique jewelry pieces that can be customized to your personal style, Swell Caroline is made for the modern-day woman who is all about making a statement, having fun, and emulating an effortless grace in everything she does. Get to know this delightful brand even more with our Q&A with Swell Caroline’s founder, creative director, and designer, Amy Rodbell. 
Cliché: What was your inspiration in creating of Swell Caroline?
Amy Rodbell: Both my grandmothers inspired Swell Caroline, and I wanted this company to exude their joy and southern charm. The name Swell Caroline was derived from my grandmother, Carolyn, and the Swell was added as a nod to the classic, stylish, socially prominent women of days gone by.
Swell Caroline has taken on her own persona. Around our office, we refer to her as our girl about town and design all of our styles for her. We often show “Swell Caroline” lunching around town and at Junior League meetings on our social media accounts.
How would you describe the Swell Caroline woman?
We design and hand select jewelry for women who like to get noticed. All of our pieces are bold, bright, and classic. Our newest collection piece is a 12-strand beaded statement necklace that you can spot a mile away. Our ‘Swell Carolines’ are hard working women and mothers, volunteers at their children’s schools and in their communities, and are definitely ladies who lunch!
I love how colorful and unique each Swell Caroline piece is. How do you go about adding pieces to your brand?
We usually start with a basic style and add elements until we feel like we have achieved a unique look. For our confetti necklaces, we started with a one-strand beaded necklace, but as we worked on it, it turned into an 18-strand necklace with beads shaped like M&Ms. We tried it in nine different colors, as well as pearl and ombré combinations, and even added an enormous brooch to the side of one of them. It is so fun to experiment!  
There is a strong Southern factor within your brand. How has the South influenced it?
Southern women love to dress up and be noticed. When we are exhibiting at trade markets, it is always the Southern women who stop and try on our pieces. My grandmother, Carolyn, loved big jewelry, and I still wear some of the pieces she passed on to me. I can remember as a little girl her walking around with an enormous glass of sweet tea with her pile of bracelets jingling on her arm! When I find myself dressed that way, it always makes me smile and think of her.  
What do you wish for Swell Caroline in the future?
In the next few years, we plan to focus on our wholesale business and creating fun, unique styles that only we can offer. Seeing our pieces showcased in so many retail stores across the country and even internationally is just lovely. The fact that our styles are accessible to so many women is very rewarding.
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Snag your own sweet goods from Swell Caroline by visiting www.swellcaroline.com to keep your summer lasting all year long.
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