Tag: beauty

Falling For You

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.

The Infamous White Button Down

Hey loves! Fall is approaching and believe me when I say I’m welcoming it with open arms. I’ve been super busy these days, hence the lack of activity here on the blog, but it was partly due to life obligations i.e work ( I’m hoping one day blogging can fully pay my bills and cover my expenses), and also a lack of motivation. I’ve actually read a few blogs in the last few weeks where bloggers have been stating that in recent times they have not been motivated to write and /or create content and even some Youtube influencers as well. Most of what I post here comes from things I can really relate to and can really feel good about. So for me, it’s not about what’s popular or trending, it’s about what I like.

Living in the Caribbean can be a bit tricky when it comes to seasons and styling. Where as in other regions by the end of summer, a person would be able to fully line up their fall wardrobe and be ready to embrace the cooler weather, here we may experience cooler nights but the days are usually still hot as hell until around end of year. This particular shoot day was both sunny and breezy.

That being said, I did a little prep myself with items I already own and a piece that I received through a collaboration. I partnered with Oh Desire to feature one of its item on the blog. I went through all their pieces and eventually stumble upon this white button down shirt dress with puffy sleeves. I found it in the dress section but being as tall as I am, I styled it as a shirt instead. I paired it with simple Old Navy Jeans and a pair of boots I found on Ebay some months back. I quite liked the crisp lines of the shirt dress and found that my jeans gave it a more edgy look. Not to mention my love for neutrals.

I already have my next blog post lined up, outfit and all, and I do hope I’ll get to shoot some pictures for it as I continue my fall fashion lineup. Comment below your favorite fall finds and outfits. Until next time. Xoxo.

 

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Outfit Deets: Shirt Dress – Oh Desire // Jeans – Old Navy (Old) // Boots – 14th & Union // Bag – Dash Clothing (Sold Out)

 

 

 

Return of the Mac – #NationalLipstickDay

Hey loves! While scrolling Instagram in the wee hours, I noticed alot of #NationalLipstickDay posts being featured on my feed  because today is actually that day! Being a lipstick gal myself, I thought it would be fitting to do a feature on my extensive Mac lipstick collection that I own.

I’ve never been  much into the liquid lipsticks and lip stains that have taken over in the last few years as I’ve found that traditional lipsticks work best for me. I can remember years ago, before I started buying my own makeup, I was always fascinated in trying on the lippies my mom wore and had on her dresser top. As I got older, I started buying the Jordana brand at my local pharmacy as to avoid sneaking the ones mom had plus they were super affordable. Don’t sleep on Jordana, as they still have really nice shades on the low low.

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About four years ago while online shopping, I really started noticing the Mac brand. I stalked the website and realized I loved their shades a lot and also the bullet like casing it comes in   ( who doesn’t love that sleek black packaging?) Plus once you see it, you know it’s Mac.

From 2014 since now I’ve managed to grow my collection to a total of 27 shades. I like having a wide variety of colors to choose from at all times as me choosing a particular lipstick for the day or occasion may be dependent on my mood or even the outfit I’m wearing. I’ve listed below each the shades I own and also the different shade group each one belongs to (whether nudes, pinks, reds, etc.) Comment below your favourites or the shades that you are considering trying out for yourself. Until next time. Xoxo.

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Blue

Matte Royal (Matte)

Orange / Red

Lady Danger (Matte)

Chili (Matte)

Brown

Stone (Matte)

Antique Velvet (Matte)

Pink

Please Me (Matte)

Syrup (Lustre)

Lickable (Cremesheen)

Angel (Frost)

Mehr (Matte)

Fanfare (Cremesheen)

Twig (Satin)

Red

Diva (Matte)

Ruby Woo (Retro Matte) (My FAV)

Viva Glam (Matte)

Party Line (Cremesheen)

Purple

Cyber (Frost)

Have Your Cake (Matte)

Heroine (Matte)

Rebel (Satin)

Flat Out Fabulous (Retro Matte)

Nude

Whirl (Matte)

Crème In Your Coffee (Cremesheen)

Honey Love (Matte)

Velvet Teddy (Matte)

Touch (Lustre)

Taupe (Matte)

 

 

 

 

Throwback to Last Summer

While I was going through some pictures on my laptop, I stumbled upon a photo album that was dated Summer 2017. This time last year was bittersweet for me so I cautiously opened it up. As I scrolled the items, I smiled a bit as it brought me back to a place of contentment. If my memory serves me right it was the first outfit post I ever did for my old blog website. I thought I’d share it here in the form of a post. A little throwback don’t hurt anyone right? 🙂 By the way, yes that’s me in the pictures. Yes I had short hair with shaved sides. I’m in the process of growing out my hair now, and I currently wear faux locs (naturalistas will know the struggle). Just thought I’d add that info so when you see a recent post of me, you don’t become entirely confused. Until next time. Xoxo.

 

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Outfit Details

Top: Ebay

Bottoms: Modaxpress

Flats: Old

The Gold Mine

Gold is basically my favorite metal. Gold, Rose Gold, Yellow Gold. You name it, I’m into it. On any given day, it’s hard not to find me wearing it whether it’s my earrings, necklace or wristwatch or I’ll just OD on everything all at once. So I know what you’re thinking, gold is expensive, right? Sure it is, but if you are like me and definitely a gold kinda girl or guy, you learn to improvise a bit. I have genuine gold pieces that I wear almost daily, and then when I wanna switch things up, I have a few gold filled and gold plated pieces in my collection as well. I was recently contacted by a company named Black White Gold Jewelery on Instagram and they were generous enough to send me a gold plated necklace that I instantly fell in love with. I decided to wear the chain for a week or so because before writing this post because I really wanted to feel it out. The necklace is gold plated and even though I can’t get it wet as I do my genuine pieces, the quality of it stands firm otherwise and is really beautiful. After receiving it, I actually purchased two more necklaces and a pair of earrings (all of these were gold filled) on Ebay through a Chinese seller and all the items are of excellent quality. I’ve included pictures of my new babies and links to where I got my pieces if you are interested in getting some merch for yourself to accessorize your summer outfits. Comment below what your favorite jewelry metal to wear is and why. Until next time. Xoxo.

 

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Shop here: African Necklace

Shop here: Scorpio & Butterfly Necklace & Earrings

 

Fun in the Sun

So about a week ago, it dawned on me that we were three plus months into the new year. If you ask anyone close to me, I’m always talking about how the time is flying by and all that jazz. Based on my realization, I decided that enough was enough and that  I wanted to make an impromptu trip to the North Coast of my island home. And I did. I relished in my getaway like you would never believe.  My trip however, was just what I needed and I had a wonderful time. What can really beat much needed change of scenery and rest and relaxation? Below I’ve added my pictures from my trip and also outfit information where I shopped my pieces. Until next time.

Xoxo.

 

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What I’m wearing:

Sunnies: Sunglass Spot (Out of stock)

Swimsuit: Amiclubwear

Shorts: Vibrant Miu

Sandals: Payless

Dress: Dress Head

Bralette: Forever 21

Earrings: Unbranded (Old)

Handbag: Gucci

 

 

Those Winter Days

It pains me to bid farewell to winter. I already live in a warm country and believe me, it is for this exact reason that I cherish the cooler days that come in abundance at this time of year. Typically, I only get to enjoy my sweaters, jumpers, jackets and boots between the months of November and February. This year we were blessed to see the season linger a bit longer as if it were as sad as I was to see it go. In reality, those pieces I own are parked to the back of my closet once I’m in my home country of Jamaica, unless I make a trip to cold New York City, where I’m forced to dig them up so I don’t freeze to death.

Call me crazy, but I love winter. There’s something about warm baths and showers, cool breeze, the occasional downpour of rain, hot cocoa and Netflix while under the covers that always puts me in a good mood. I find that I achieve better sleeping patterns and more sleep overall as well. Winter wear also has a level of snuggly sophistication that I absolutely love. I am able to dress them up or down. I’m more a comfy casual kind of gal. I decided for one last time before I have to bit adieu to my cozy pieces, I wanted to share my favorite pieces I wore more times than I can count on one hand. Comment below your favorites and if you have pieces that are similiar my style! Until next time.

 

Xoxo.

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SHOP MY STYLE

Sweater Top : Boohoo

Jeans: Fashion Nova

Crossbody Bag : Steve Madden

Boots : Lane Bryant

Hairy Situation

 

Hey loves! So it’s been a minute but I wanted to share a bit about my hair chronicles because it’s been on my mind for quite sometime.  Regardless of the color, length and even the style of woman’s hair, the one thing we can probably agree on is it’s importance. It’s that thing that occupies the top of your head, that frames your face and basically the first thing most people notice when they see you (unless you have some other stricking feature/s).

For me, I’ve had my hair long and short, and I was able to rock them both ways. Let’s rewind to a couple years ago. I used to wear long tresses, whether mine or the extra extra I bought at the store for a sew-in, and that was my thing. I had my hair relaxed to straighten my hair from the tender age of 7. I wore my hair that way through high school, college and even my first and second corporate jobs cause I was comfortable with it that way and it was the easiest thing for me.

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Four years ago however, something inside me decided that I needed a change. It’s said that when a woman does something drastic to her hair like cut it all off or color it fire hydrant red or even both at the same time, it’s usually because she going through some life altering situation like a break-up, divorce or even moving cross country to a place where noone knows her and this is her  opportunity to start a “new life”. For me, it was just a gal tired of the same ol’, same ol’. It was a welcomed change and there was something oddly satisying about rocking that shorter cut.

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Anyways, fast forward to the present day, and guess what? I still have a shorter hairdo. This was mostly by choice as I even got experimental with my hair all together and did a low, nearly down to the scalp bald cut. N.B: I believe every woman in her life should do this at least one. (Inserts India Arie’s – I am not my Hair  song lyrics here.) Believe me, it’s empowering. That being said though, I am at the point where that sneaky little guy Boredom and his cousin Monotony are creeping in and saying, “it’s time to switch things up again, Terri!”

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I’ve been contemplating for some time to grow my hair back to even shoulder length. During my #cutlife days, I manage to braid and do sew-ins on my shorter hair a handful of times. For me, it just never looked right or I felt it was done correctly unless I really I had a decent amount of hair on my head to supplement the style I was going for. The downsides to this too was that with braiding application, I’d find that on the shorter hairs I had, there was no commitment to the braid and my actual hair and some of them would actually just slide off. With sew-ins, I’d find that I would have to resort to full head sew-ins (which I hate as much as I do wigs), because my actual hair would be too short to have any kind or leave out or parting space for it to look natural.  Hashtag: Hairstyle Disasters: Short Hair Edition.

I know the process of regrowing my hair can take up to a year and then some, but I am willing to because I’m over this short hair for right now. What I will be looking forward to is rocking longer hairstyles as I’d definitely have more options and I can finally stop tweeting how much I miss having longer hair!

If you are thinking about cutting your hair, here are a few things to keep in mind before you do:

  1. You can’t put your hair up or in a bun if you are having a bad hair day.
  2. You’ll be limited to only short hairstyles.
  3. You’ll basically be married to your hairstylist to keep your hair trimmed and styled so you look polished all the time.
  4. If you do decide to grow it back, it won’t happen overnight.
  5. If you are someone who gets bored easily, it may not be for you.

 

When it’s all said and done, hairstyle changes are apart of every person’s life. Right now, I’m craving some longer hair to keep me company. Who knows what I’ll be rocking in another few months? Comment below if you can relate to this post or share it with a friend who is a chameleon like myself. Until next time.

 

Xoxo.

 

My First Massage

 

Hello loves! So I decided that I wanted this year to be one of many firsts, and that includes wellness and health. My sister gifted me a full body massage as a Christmas present last December and I finally decided to make use of it (I think she remembered me saying I’d never gotten one and would love to experience it.) Cassandra’s Day Spa was where I was pampered and needlesstosay, it was awesome. Super relaxing and tranquil. My massage therapist, Maureen, did a fantastic job amidst the fact that I was indeed ticklish to certain parts of my body (I made it through like a champ), and the flowing conversation we had during the session definitely help to calm my nerves. I left way less achy than when I got there and even took a short nap when it was all over.

The location was relatively easy to find, situated in a quiet area away from the hustle and bustle and was located approximately 20-25 minutes from where I call home. The actual building was really cute and modernly decorated and had a contemporary interior design. All the pictures can be viewed below. The overall customer service was excellent and I can say I will definitely be booking another session soon. Let me know about your spa experiences by commenting below! Until next time.

xoxo.

 

 

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First pic as I entered and waited on my session
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The Massage Room
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Pretty Lamp Area and Mirror
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Created quite the ambience
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Painting inside Massage Room
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Pretty decoratives
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Me mid-session and not giving a damn that my hair was all messed up because I was in massage heaven
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The massage oil she used on me
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Flowery Hallway
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Hallway highlights
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Facial & Waxing Room
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One of many parisian pieces

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Comfy sitting area
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Wider shot of the cozy outside
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Name of the spa, services and contact numbers

 

On my Grown Woman Ish Vol. 2 : Favorite Scents

Hello loves! So as apart of my series, this is an essential element to any woman who needs to  complete her daily routine, and that is her SCENT. This goes hand in hand with appearance. Sight + smell = perfect combination. Now I’m highlighting my favorite scents at the moment, that I find myself throwing on more often than others. You may or may not like my favs and that’s OK. Everyone has different perfumes that they gravitate more towards than others. I’ve chosen two scents for daytime and casual outings and two for nighttime appeal, dressier more formal occasions. All the perfumes discussed I’ve bought in the 3.4oz or 100ml size because I think it’s the perfect size. Not too small to get lost or too big to haul around in my handbag if necessary. They are all affordable and can be found in almost any retail store and online.

 

Daytime Scents

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FANCY BY JESSICA SIMPSON 

So how I found this scent was by sheer accident. I literally was in Sawgrass Mall in Florida on a trip and while in Burlington Coat Factory, I was browsing scents near the checkout line ( they do this so you can buy even more as you are about to leave.) I picked it up and sprayed it a bit amd being a lover of sweet scents, I decided to grab it. It retails for about US $25 – $40 depending on where  it’s purchased. It’s fresh and also sweet and not too overpowering.

 

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PINK SUGAR BY AQUOLINA

 

This one was an online purchase for me.  The “sugar” in the title gives it away easily that it is indeed a very sweet and fruity scent, but I love it. If you are on a budget and cannot afford the likes of Prada’s “Candy”, this is almost an identical substitute. What urged me to buy it was based on the reviews I had read online before buying. I liked what I read and proceeded to checkout and I haven’t been disappointed. The scent retails betwen US $15- $20.

 

Nighttime Scents

 

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REB’L FLEUR BY RIHANNA

 

This perfume I bought locally. Being a Rihanna fan, I couldn’t help myself. This was RiRi’s first scent she released seven years ago, and honestly the best one in my opinion. The perfume is the epitome of a nighttime scent and has the staying power to last throughout the night into the morning light. If you even apply enough of it, it will be all over clothes and other belongings. The strength of Eau de Parfum. I bought my first one four years ago and I’m currently on a second bottle. It retails between US $20 – $30.

 

 

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BLACK ORCHID BY TOM FORD

 

This is a classical dark fragrance. Unlike Reb’l Fleur, this scent can appeal to both men and women in my opinion. This was my most recent purchase. I’ve worn it twice and I’ve been asked both times out (by both sexes) what perfume I was wearing because they liked it. This one I also bought online (a risk taker, I know). The reviews there were mixed but I decided based on the description that it was right up my alley. Truth be told, it took a while for the scent to grow on me but now it’s definitely a go-to when I’m hitting the road with my girls for a nightout. It retails in the US $100 price range, but you can get it cheaper if you invest in a smaller size.

 

I hope you liked my scents as much as I do and please share what are your favorites that I can also try. Until next time. Xoxo.