The Street

July 9, 2018

You haven't been this relaxed in a long time. Leaning against the side of the truck, you let the warm metal warm your back. Just right.


There aren't a lot of perfect summer days in the city. The weather seems to only work in extremes. Too hot or way too cold. Right now it was just warm enough, and you could actually smell your perfume more than your own sweat.


It's still not cool enough to get gassed up though, which is why you're still trying to figure out how the rest of your friends could be going so hard on the table without looking like they're melting. Each wearing a full face of makeup, they bounce on the picnic table, chanting as everyone takes a turn to stomp their feet and dance.


Sweat starts to bead in your forehead as hot smoke from the barbecue floats over. Your girlfriend waves as you smile at her.


"Too classy to jump in?"


You put a hand to your chest in mock offense, "Me?" 


She gestures up and down with her spatula, "Obviously."


You take a step back and stumble as if you've been hit.


"Hurtful. I'm wearing street clothes. What do you mean I'm too classy?"


She burst out laughing, "What street are you on? The Kardashians? What's the average income?"


You pout, unable to come up with a comeback. You bob your head to the new beat that comes out of the boombox, listening to the pearls slide on your hoop earrings. You shoot a daring look at your girlfriend and roll your shoulders back.


"I can have fun!" You declare.


Everyone 'oohs' as you shimmy back, hands sliding on the distressed shorts that would've cost ten dollars at a regular store if it wasn't for the logo printed on the front. You thrifted them, but no one needed to know that.


Letting your hips lead the way you hop back on your heels, appreciating how flexible your heels are. Your cousin had burst out laughing the minute he saw them -- a virtual pair of tennis shoes with stiletto heels coming out the bottom. He might've called them "redumbdant" (which was the stupidest insult you've heard since someone said you weren't tan enough when you were darker than the night) but they made your legs look like they were carved from marble. 


Chains beats against your sides from your belt loops as you twist around. Everyone begins to chant as you work up a sweat and your fishnets slide against your thighs. Your foot lifts in perfectly timed kick and your shirt rolls up to expose your belly button and the gleaming piercing inserted in it. The way you've layered your shirts make it look like you're doing it on purpose, and you smile as the topmost one flies open and you flash everyone with Gucci ironed across your chest. 


You hair feels less like hair and more like a mane as you gesture your girl over. She glances at the food and passes the reigns off to someone else. Everyone loses it as she prances to your side as sets her hips against yours.


Block Party Bougie has been making it's way around Instagram for a while, but it hasn't exactly been widespread on the literal streets. This is partly because it's can be expensive, but more so that it takes a lot of effort to get just right, and should not be attempted half heartedly.


Block Party Bougie starts in the face and trickles downwards. Your edges need to be perfectly laid, whether they're straigh or laid. Start out with Vaseline and a toothbrush, making sure not to cake on too much. Dot your shorty, nubby or broken ends and gently rush them back. The more daring can brush them into wavy patterns when undergoing this process, but this should really only be pursued on the second attempt with practice.


Other aspects of this aesthetic are as loose as they are perfect. They can't all be covered here, so I'll give a few examples so you know where to start.


More striking pursues of this aesthetic use bold colors such as red when it comes to lip colors and eyeshadow. Other warm colors are also acceptable. Attention grabbing eyelashes are a must, especially fluffy extensions. Eyes, lids and lips are the golden trio when it comes to this style. 


Red highlights and weaves can also be seen popping up quite often. Application is flawless with few crooked lines or stray hairs. Big hair comes off a lot, but short buzzed styles meant to allude to the more masculine cuts found in a barbershop are just as common, as long as it has some extra flair like designs buzzed on the sides.


Using a flat edge like a credit card or ruler is not uncommon with newbies until they can achieve perfection on their own.


Staying spray is extremely important -- having your face melt off in unacceptable.


Above the shoulders their is usually a "shine piece", whether it's perfect shiny hair, juicy lips, a glittering nose piercing or huge shiny hoop earrings. The rest is often matte in order to give the shine piece something to stand out against.


Body makeup for covering up scars can be seen in a lot of transformative Block Party Bougie Instagram videos. Sally Hansen is one of the most trusted spray on makeups that can be used for this. However it is not completely necessary. 


Shirts are loose, drawing admiring eyes to make guesses about the wearer's form. They bring the relaxed part of Block Party Bougie. The bougie part comes from the brands instead of any tailored dimensions. Examples include things like Gucci sweats or loose Lauren Conrad type dress shirts that can be tucked in or hang around the waist. This trend can continue down to the shorts, but many decide to don more form fitting shorts around the hips. For the most part they are types of jeans, but drawstring gym shorts and pajama esque bottoms work as well.




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