Chapter 8: Oversized Ralph Lauren T-Shirt Dress, Passion Twists & Hillside Adventures

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So I never imagined the year moving by so quickly. I mean, I remember New Year’s like it was yesterday. We’re already in the eighth month of the year, and it’s forced me to deal with a lot of things I’ve been avoiding for the last few months. Everywhere I look, I see another post, whether on Instagram or Facebook or just the general worldwide web – I see #hotgirlsummer and I’m not sure if I’m having one. If anything, it’s introspective summer to me, darling. I plan to spend the rest of this year pretty focused and low-key for the most part. That includes some out of country travelling, maintaining a pretty flexible schedule, budgeting for new developments that I have planned and just keeping up with my overall happiness.

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I decided to switch up my hair game this summer as well and step out of my faux locs box and try passion twists. I saw that the girl who normally does my locs was now offering the style and I couldn’t resist. I managed to wear them for eight weeks and I feel like I really got my money’s worth (not to mention the countless compliments I received, even when they got “stale”) . They were a lot more manageable than the previous hairstyles that I’ve worn in the past, and I found myself more open to styling the twists due to how soft they were. I decided to get them shoulder length due to the summer months (I didn’t want to feel annoyed by long tresses).

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Now that I’m no longer protective-styling my hair, I’m rocking my natural hair. Yep, it feels hella strange and it’s something I’m really not used to as my edgy boy cut days when the barbershop was my hairdresser are ancient history. I’m trying really hard not to cut my hair but I haven’t ruled it out entirely because I really wanna maintain a somewhat “together appearance”, if you know what I mean.

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Just as with my hair, my fashion is ever changing as well. I’ve gone from very fitted outfit options to more loose fitted ones, and then it all depends on the occasion and my mood. My white Ralph Lauren oversized shirt dress has been quite the find..my sister travelled to New York two months ago, and my only request while being away was oversized shirts/ dresses (I have a little obsession with them). This one in particular has been very comfy and it’s definitely my style. I can say sissy did a great job snatching this piece up. I paired it with some pinstriped Forever  21 sailor shorts I’ve had for a long time, that I’ve pretty sure I’ve only worn once or twice. Overall, my outfit was comfy and summer friendly for my Sunday adventure.

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Lemme know below what has been your summer go-to hairstyles and the fashion trends you all are feeling right now. Until next time. Xoxo.

Outfit Deets: Shorts: Forever 21 // Oversized Tee: Ralph Lauren // Sandals: Ebay // Bag: Steve Madden // Bracelets & Chains : Ebay // Hair: @Fauxlocs94 – Instagram // Watch: Michael Kors

 

 

 

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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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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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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.

The Infamous White Button Down

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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)

 

 

 

The Two Piece Set – Summer Style Takeover

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Holy heatwave! Summer is in full effect and I don’t know about you but it is hot as hell here in Jamaica. When I step outside my car, office or out of my humble abode, I start sweating like a hooker in church. Yes, it’s that serious. As a result, I’ve been wearing alot less clothing than norm these days.

I’ve always been a fan of the infamous two piece set trend. It’s a easy and fast look that not only leaves you looking and seeming stylish (even if you don’t consider yourself a fashionista), you will look put together and feel great rocking your outfit. The set that I wore,I bought about three months ago. I was contacted by The Helpful Vegan boutique on Instagram about doing a collaboration with them and I accepted. I ended up choosing the Coastal Set as I thought the style was super cute. The material has a blue vertical stripe print, is really lightweight and extremely comfortable. I’m pretty tall ( 6’1″ to be exact) and the shorts were high waisted and gave me enough booty coverage as well. It was perfect for the Sunday sightseeing I went on, in addition to taking pictures for this post. Comment below what your favorite summer style has been. Until next time. Xoxo.

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Outfit Deets: Two Piece Set: The Helpful Vegan // Sandals :Shemz Footwear ( made in Jamaica) // Watch: Michael Kors  // Handbag : Ebay

 

Hidden Treasure

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Happy Monday loves! It’s a rainy long weekend and I’m reporting live from the place that I rest my head at night i.e my bed, and I must say I am fully rested. I’ve had a relaxing and exciting weekend and needlesstosay, I have little to complain about. It’s currently a long weekend here in Jamaica as we are celebrating the independence of our country. Initially I didn’t have much of a plan to make any kind of trip anywhere, but at the last minute, I managed to venture West of the island to the parish of St. Elizabeth. This parish, which is becoming one of my favorites, is a place I’ve visited maybe three times in my lifetime.

A few months back, somehow I ended up on the AirBnB website looking at places I could stay in New York when my original place of stay fell through (still a work in progress). I decided curiously to put “Jamaica” in the search bar and noticed while browsing that there were alot of people here in my own country who had been utilizing this avenue as a means of income and a way of tourism. I scanned all fourteen parishes and St. Elizabeth actually stood out to me the most. At the time, I was trying to plan a weekend stay and that too was proving to be rather difficult due to timing and funding. That research never left my mind and best believe it was on my “to-go” list. A weekend would have been heavenly, but a one day trip did suffice.

It was all I remembered and then some. As we drove from the main road that took us to the capital of St. E, I noticed how much more developed and populated it had become compared to the eight years prior when I visited. We made a quick bathroom and snack stop in the town and then continued on our journey to our destination. I was able to win over a nice older gentleman as he was picking mangoes on our journey and he gave me one of the biggest juiciest mangoes I’d seen in a long time ( that will be my dinner later today).

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After hours of driving, three to be exact, we finally got to the popular  six mile long Treasure Beach. Being a public holiday, there were quite a few people there as well from locals to foreigners alike and people of all ages. The weather was a bit overcast but honestly I didn’t mind because I didn’t want to any harsh tan lines on me would last for months. As I snuggled my toes in the black sand, I felt like I’d never leave. It was perfect weather and the water was nice and warm. After an hour of swimming, we grabbed a bite to eat at Frenchman’s Reef Restaurant and watched the sunset on a relaxing Sunday evening.

 

I’m already researching and planning my next mini vacay so stay subscribed to me so you don’t miss out. Below I’ve added some pictures for your viewing pleasure. Until next time. Xoxo.

 

 

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Outfit Deets

Swimsuit: Ebay

Watch: Michael Kors

Sandals: Sak Sandals

Hair: Mega