Lost Files & The Heatwave

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So I’m sure I’m not the only person who is suffering badly from the current weather situation. For the last month or so, I’ve been dreading the next few months with an absolute passion. I’m usually a lover of the summer months because it’s a time where I get to debut two or even three of the new swimsuits that I purchased with the intention of strolling along the beaches of my island home Jamaica in. However, I’m not sure how things will turn out this year. The heat wave currently being experienced is like no other. Last Saturday’s temperature actually recorded as one of Jamaica’s highest historically at a mean 102 degrees Fahrenheit.  I’m still trying to plan at least one trip this summer so let’s see how it goes.

Until then, I’ve been living vicariously through a few pictures that were taken three months ago on a trip that I took to the North Coast. The photos were resident on my camera until now. The trip was a combination of rest and relaxation, beautiful beaches, an intimate resort stay, delicious food and world class hospitality. I had every intention of making a post but somewhere between working and life changes, the post never happened. There were also my laptop issues… That being said, I hope you enjoy these summer inspired pictures from my weekend getaway.
P.S. Both swimsuits I bought on Ebay more than a year ago for no more than ten or twelve dollars each.
Until next time. Xoxo.

 

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My Top Must Watch Shows for Summer

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Hey loves! I’m not a super tv watcher but I do have a few shows that I’ve been indulging in seasonally and yearly that I thought I’d share with you all. . Truth be told, I gravitate towards the hardcore, deep, suspense thriller type of stuff, so if that’s you, you’ll love these picks.

Power

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If you want a show that mixes crime and law enforcement with sex and family entanglement, I strongly suggest you check out Power.  The show enters its final season this August, but if you want to start from scratch, that’s not a problem either. You’ll have tons of episodes to binge on.”Power” tells the story of James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who caters to the city’s elite. He wants to build an empire, turn the club into a Fortune 500 business, but there’s just one problem: Ghost is living a double life. When he is not in the club, he is the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York for a very high-level clientele. His marriage, family and business all become unknowingly threatened as he is tempted to leave his criminal life behind and become the rags-to-riches businessman he wants to be most of all.

 

Big Little Lies

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Based on the same-titled best-seller by Liane Moriarty, “Big Little Lies” weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, Calif. Amidst doting moms, successful husbands, beautiful children, and stunning homes exists a community fueled by rumors and divided into haves and have-nots, exposing fractured relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors. Told through the eyes of three mothers — Madeline, Celeste and Jane — the series’ narrative explores society’s myths regarding perfection and its romanticization of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley star as the three prominent “mothers of Monterey.” I got hooked on this show from Season 1 last year and it’s been a love affair ever since. That being said, you’re welcome 🙂

 

The Handmaid’s Tale

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The Handmaid’s Tale is an American dystopian drama web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. The plot features a dystopian future following a Second American Civil War wherein a totalitarian society  subjects fertile women, called “Handmaids”, into child-bearing servitude. The show focuses on the journey of the Handmaid “Offred”.  This series is definitely not your average one. Currently in its third season , it’s a must watch this summer.

 

The Chi 

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I discovered this show by sheer accident when I was just looking for a good show to watch online and I can say, it was worth it. The show is set in the South Side of Chicago which carries daily danger, and the smallest and simplest of decisions can have life or death consequences for the residents. Life continues as the kids prep for school and their parents shuffle off to work. The young adults of the area are trying to scrape a living for themselves, while the elders sit on their front porches and observe the goings on. The South Side has the potential to crush dreams, and this coming-of-age series focuses on Kevin, a preteen who embraces the normal rites of childhood, Brandon, who makes a leap of faith to succeed in love and life with Jerrika, Emmett, who seeks guidance from his mother, and Ronnie, who is a drifter struggling to be loved. All of them are linked together by sheer coincidence as they seek redemption. Even though its second season just ended, I highly recommend this as a must watch.

Comment below your must watch shows I can check out and tell me your thoughts on my picks as well. Until next time. Xoxo.

Laptops, GOT Finale, Life Update

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Third time’s a charm, right? This is my third attempt of getting this blog post out. My first attempt ended with me falling asleep violently due to me being tired from just being hot all the damn time and overall fatigue from working an eight-hour day. My second attempt came last Sunday afternoon when I was totally in my element to get all my words out, with a cup of iced coffee by my side. After a long day of house chores and telephone conversations, catching up with my friends in that  small window we adults have because friendships don’t require everyday communication anymore, I was on a roll and writing my heart away. Somewhere in the middle of me writing the post and chatting away, I somehow manage to not autosave my post and with my luck, my laptop decided to reboot. With that said, all my words were a mere memory. Back to the drawing board I went. NB: That day was also the same day as the Game of Thrones finale, which was just sucky overall.

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Amongst other issues I’ve been having over the last few months. The scarcity in blog posts were not my doing. My ol’ faithful, also known as my laptop, started to show signs of wear and age when the spacebar decided to stop working. That made it ever so hard to do anything typing related that required or needed spaces. I went back and forth for a while contemplating if I should try fixing the old girl or just buying a new one. In the end, I bought a new one. I had the old one approximately four years and it was a hand me down from my older sister, who didn’t see the significance of having one at the time. For that I was grateful.

 

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My new blogging companion is the HP Brand, which is the same as the old one. Yes, I’m a creature of habit, except I got it in white instead of black (I think the white looks way sleeker, but I know I may have to get a cover of some kind for it to ensure it stays this way) . The specifications for this one are really good and it really motivates me to write new content. I contemplated if I should note the specifications here but I’d rather not bore you. It’s good, y’all can take my word for it.

Otherwise, I’m ok. I’ve had a radical change in my life this past month in terms of responsibilities and I’m still adjusting. I’d never say growing up I was rich but there was a lot that was done for me. I’m living and learning and making the best of what life has to offer. I’ve always been a worrier about the most random things and I’m trying to get that under control. I’m trying to hold on dearly to my love of fashion and still in pursuit of it. I can honestly say that a monotonous 9-5 ish has consumed a lot of my energy and creative thinking. I’m hoping within the next year or so, I can manage to have a more flexible schedule and that I can actually balance the things I love and manage life obligations as well. Wish me luck babes!

Until next time. Xoxo.

Lady In Red

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Hey loves! It’s been a moment and there are a few things that have been on my mind. More specifically, body image and self-esteem. We live in a self-conscious society, where image matters A LOT. If anyone ever tells you any differently, don’t believe them. Being a fashion lover, it can be quite tricky for me when I’m purchasing clothing items and even shoes. Growing up, I used to watch fashion shows on the Style Network, which was a sister station of the E! Network back in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, and I was always so fascinated by the different outfits by well-known designers and even the models themselves. I’ve always been above average everything. By the time I started high school, I was 5’3”(this which is Kim Kardashian’s height on a good day). Needless to say, I was my father’s child and I was gonna be a tall girl. Not only that, I was a thicker girl too. That combination made it super hard to shop, and I’d always been conscious about wearing certain things. (Insert awkward teenage phase here). Over time, I balanced out and I came into my own. It wasn’t easy but I made it my duty to become the person I am today.

Being a woman in today’s society, and seeing size 0 models can mess with your brain. Going into stores and knowing it may be a hit or miss trip isn’t encouraging. My advice is to work with the elements and cultivate a style that is your own, whatever that may be.

I teamed up with Gole, a retailer on Instagram, and I shot a few photos featuring the beautiful outfit you see down below. Since red is my favourite color next to black, the decision to choose this outfit wasn’t a hard one once I saw it. The fiery set was super comfortable and I definitely can see myself wearing this outfit again and again. To get the link to my outfit, click here

Until next time loves. Xoxo.

 

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#BeautyReview – Shop Miss A Review

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Hey loves! I won’t be able to shoot any new content for another week or so, but I decided to give a recap on a recent purchase I made through the Shop Miss A website. This isn’t the first time I’ve ordered items from them and it won’t be the last. They sell a variety of products and accessories, however I primarily buy makeup items. In this instance, I needed to restock on a few beauty items and I thought this was the best avenue to do so, as they are super affordable. Everything listed on their site is $1, and if you buy more than 30 items, you get free shipping. Pretty sweet, right?

I managed to get blush palettes, compact powders, foundations, brushes, nail polishes, BB Creams, eyeshadows (pressed and cream), eyeliner, eyeliner powder, mascara, creme lipsticks, matte liquid lipsticks ( I bought about 15 or more), bronzer, pressed powders and cover sticks.  In all I spent $50, which I think is a bargain, and shipping was relatively easy and quick. Comment below if you have ever bought items from Shop Miss A, and if so describe what your experience was like.

Until next time. Xoxo.

 

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Freeman Polishing Charcoal & Black Sugar Gel Mask & Scrub Review

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Hey loves! In addition to my fashion and travel content, I’ve decided to share a few of the beauty products I use as well here on the blogspace. This year, I’ve made it my duty to be more keen on my skincare routine and to incorporate new products as well. I’ve always used face masks and scrubs from the St. Ives brand, but I wanted to switch things up, so I settled on the Freeman brand.

 

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While browsing my eBay app for affordable masks, I managed to stumble upon the Polishing Charcoal & Black Sugar Gel Mask & Scrub. To be honest, I went in with no expectations. After reading a few reviews, I decided to give it a try based on my current needs, added it to my cart and checked out.

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I found the product to be extremely helpful, as it was able to rid my face of makeup build up, but was not so harsh that it irritated my skin. I’ve been using it twice a week for approximately two months now with no issues. The mask is also sweet smelling and even has a sugary taste (I accidentally tasted it during an application).

If you are looking for an affordable product that cleanses your pores and gives a smooth, glowy finish to your skin, I would definitely recommend it. I’ve added two pictures below showing my face during and after my last application. Until next time. Xoxo.

 

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After the application

#Latepost – My Birthday Getaway

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Hey loves! I’m so behind with my posting schedule. I’ve had my birthday pictures stored on my phone and camera for two months now and, because of work, I hadn’t been able to upload and edit anything but here goes! I spent my weekend in Negril (one of my favorite places hands down) at a hotel on the West End called The Sov Resort. The hideaway is relatively new to the resort town but lived up my expectations. Not only was the property sizable and well-kept, it had lush greenery everywhere in the form of gardens and trees. I only spent one night there but I ensured that I checked in extra early so I could capitalize on all the niceness of my go-to vacation town.

After checking in, I took a well needed nap after the three hour from the capital. After resting my eyes, I had authentic hand-made pizza for dinner (pepperoni and shrimp, to be specific) from a pizzeria nearby the hotel, made by a very nice Italian man that left Italy eighteen years ago to live a more relaxed life here in little old Jamaica with his wife and children. I topped that off with a slice of double chocolate cake from the local mini mart, single candle and all, to make the whole experience seem more celebratory. I have no picture evidence of either meal or dessert due to the deliciousness of both *covers face*.

The next morning started with a trip to the nine mile stretch of beach Negril is notorious for, and a dip in the ocean. Thereafter, it was back to the resort for a dip in the infinity pool to wash off all the beach salitness. After all that swimming, I worked up quite the appetite and I was delighted to know my favorite Jamaican dish, ackee and saltfish, was on the breakfast menu. Without any hesitation, that was my order and I wasn’t disappointed.

All in all, I can say I had a decent birthday weekend. There were a few hiccups (if there wasn’t I would have been surprised), but it made for an interesting trip nonetheless. I’ve added my pictures below for your viewing pleasure. P.S.: Both swimsuits worn were from FashionNova but are currently sold out online. Until next time. Xoxo.

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Let’s Chat, Shall We? – Christmas Edition

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So as I am starting to write this piece at 6pm on a Sunday evening, I’m drinking a cup of coffee as I didn’t get to nap today. My bestie who now lives in New York came back home for a visit just yesterday and we spent a few hours hanging out and chatting and eating like gals do when they haven’t seen each other in ages. Otherwise, There’s so much to catch up on, I hardly even know where to start to be honest.

So my last post was my random sporadic post on the introduction of the fall season and some thoughts that were on my mind. Alot has happened since then. And I mean alot. From my personal life to my professional life to the changes I need to make for the upcoming year that is 2019. I’m hoping I can write most of this before 90 day Fiance starts in an hour or so. Yes, you read that right. Don’t judge me.

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So I decided to leave my old job and I now work in the financial industry yet again. I honestly thought going back wouldn’t be challenging for me at all as I managed to survive seven whole years in it and when I actually put the work in, I can do it effortlessly. About three days into my training, that old feeling started creeping in again and it really didn’t make me feel good at all. I manage to complete the training but there’s still this lingering feeling of dissatisfaction on my end. Don’t get me wrong, the people I’ve met thus far at this new job have been really personable, accommodating and sweet if I can even say that. It’s just the field I’ve come to despise and I know this now.

Coming to this realization, I know I need to make some changes AGAIN and I really have no regrets doing so. I always remember reading an article that stated that the place you work and the actual work you do shouldn’t be an emotional burden to you because you are at your place of employment for the majority of your days and that is super important. I’m on a mission to find my best job fit and no matter how long it takes I will get there. I know I will.

When to comes to matters of the heart, I don’t really say much here but what I can say is that this year I found myself in an emotional tailspin relationship-wise. I ended a relationship earlier this year with someone I’ve known for quite some time and I’ve managed to meet someone that captures my heart in a way I never knew was possible. What’s weird is that if you had asked me at the beginning of the year if I saw my year end looking like this, I would have probably would have laughed at you so frigging hard. It all came out of left field but I’m embracing every second of it. I don’t know where my new person and I will end up but I do know I’ve taken a slower approach this time around and I am not making myself oblivious to certain red flags as I have in the past. It feels good all around so far so let’s see what happens.

With the new year right around the bend, I’ve decided not to make any resolutions. Every year I make one or two and I never fulfil them entirely. So with that said, I’m just gonna go with the flow and live life as it comes. I hope everyone manages to have a decent Christmas with their loved ones and a happy, blessed and productive 2019.

Until next time. Xoxo.

 

Falling For You

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Hey loves! The fall season has been in full effect and I can feel it in the air. I went to an event a few weeks ago and I thought my outfit was in fact blog worthy and decided to have a shoot in light of this. Being a lover of neutrals and warm earth tones, it wasn’t hard for me to put this outfit together. It’s definitely a combination of autumn meets Caribbean girl meets sexy casual fall fashion.  I can honestly say life is treating and handling me with care and it shows cause my skin feels and looks extra golden in these photos. P.S. the photos were taken by my bestie and in a neighbourhood on the way from the event. Until next time. Xoxo.

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Outfit deets: The bodycon dress I got from Ross on sale,  my earring are from H&M (Old), the bag is from Ebay, the casual duster jacket is from Boohoo and my pointy suede flats are Christian Siriano for Payless.

Fall is here…..Life Update….Random Thoughts

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Hello my faithful readers and newbies as well! With the change in season, I’ve had a few changes myself.

I would have had a post up long ago but I decided against posting a piece I wrote in a moment when my thoughts were truly scattered. After a re-read a few days later, I knew it wasn’t post-worthy.

Apart from that hiccup, I’ve been in good spirits ( for the most part).

The darker, warmer months always make me feel more cozy and secure.

I’m celebrating my 30+ tax birthday in a week and I’m usually pretty down but I’m actually looking forward to it. #scorpioseason

I will be going on a mini vacay and I will be taking you all with me 🙂

I made banana pancakes this morning and I’m pretty proud of myself #icantcookatall

Everytime I’m about to give up on the human race, I meet a decent human being.

I’ve been thinking about Europe and traveling alot lately.

Brown liquor is my drink of choice in most social settings.

Always remember…..

Fake it ’til you make it.

Not everyone is going to like you and that’s OKAY.

Do at least one great, memorable thing every year of your life.

Never do anything you don’t love for very long. You will start feeling like a prisoner. Physically and mentally.

Remember the Three P’s : Prayer, Patience & Positivity.

Until next time. Xoxo.