I think it’s safe to say that winter is on it’s way here in NY, so it’s time to really start layering. I spent the afternoon in Williamsburg on Saturday – first we went to Artists & Fleas, then we walked across the street to the Smorgasburg. I love everything about Williamsburg and I can walk around that neighborhood for hours, so I knew to prepare for the outside temperatures when I was planning what to wear.
I feel the most comfortable in loose clothing, as I’ve probably stated before, so ontop of a white t-shirt I threw on my gray pull over and paired it with my thrifted high-waist jeans, but decided to ignore the high-waist style. For footwear I went for my black Timbs that I’ve had since high school. I love them to pieces, but think it’s about that time for a new pair (lol).
I firmly believe that our surroundings influence our moods, and for creative people especially, our minds are always going 100 miles per hour trying to draw inspiration from around us. For a while I’ve been hemming and hawing with the process of giving a room in my house a complete make over and turning it into my personal creative space – a combination of an office, filming room and make-up room – where I have complete control over how the room looks and feels
Well, after coming to terms with not being able to get all of the specific features I’d like, I’ve decided to still go through with the reno and make it a fun little project. That being said, I’m setting my budget at $500, and my time frame at 3 weeks! (sidebar: I’ve been watching HGTV since the 6th grade).
Since my bedroom is already on the dark side, being that I’m a vampire and all (jk), I’m going for a MUCH lighter color scheme for my office. I don’t want to give away too much now, since I’m thinking to either make a series of posts on this project, or just have one final post with the completed look. I’m not sure yet. So until then, I’m sharing this board I put together with inspiration from Pinterest that just about sums up the look I’m going for.
Would you guys believe me if I told you I’ve been trying to complete this post for nearly 2 weeks now? For whatever reason, Photoshop, InDesign and WordPress just refused to get along with each other! But, I couldn’t let this lovely picture go to waste, so I kept trying and I finally got it! Determination is a virtue.
Having my eyebrows done before stepping out is number one on my list, but having something on my lips is an essential on its own – even if it’s a simple moisturizer and nude color. Over the past few months, I’ve accumulated some budget friendly lippies, and I narrowed the neutral, earthy hues down to some of my favorites for the season.
- Rimmel London – “Ultimate”
- Rimmel London – “Enchant”
- Jordana – “Rock n’ Rose”
- Rimmel London – “Ravish”
- Revlon – “Sugar Frosting”
- Revlon – “Creme Brulee”
- NYX – Matte “Butter Beurre”
- Revlon – Colorburst “Bejeweled’
From left to right: Ravish, Ultimate, Enchant, Rock n’ Rose
From left to right: Creme Brulee, Butter Beurre, Sugar Frosting
My healthy/organic lifestyle still isn’t completely where I want it to be, but if it’s one thing I’ve been keeping consistent with, it’s drinking plain green tea and apple cider vinegar on a regular basis. These two drinks aren’t exactly on the tasty side, but they work wonders for keeping your insides flushed and moving. Green tea is filed with tons of natural antioxidants. Apple cider vingegar, in particular is associated with tremendous health benefits including controlling asthma, cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes.
I’ve had asthma my entire life, and I remember my Mom giving me cider vinegar sometimes as a little girl, so this really isn’t anything new to the world. But unfortunately many people either don’t know about the benefits of these easily accessible wonder drinks, or don’t care to incorporate them into their daily lives, which sucks.
You can read more about them both here:
Last week, I went thrifting in Williamsburg for a pair of high waist throwback jeans for a special project, and I found the perfect fit and style at Beacon’s Closet. They were on sale for only $10, and what really surprised is that they’re Forever 21! Finally something of quality from that store! By the way, I’ve decided to completely give up buying anything other than basics from Forever 21, because it’s honestly not worth it in my opinion.
I’m really looking forward to experimenting and styling these jeans, though. As much as I absolutely LOVED growing up as a young kid in the 90’s, I always thought it must have been cool to wear the fashion trends from both the 90’s and 80’s.
If these pictures make you wonder, yes, I still itch at the sight of tight jeans as I stated before, but unfortunately, they’re just unavoidable. As I was throwing this on to make a run to the store today, I remembered that it’s scarf season. There’s something about that extra touch a chunky scarf gives a casual outfit – and of course the cozy warmth it adds on cool days.
I’ve been on a bit of a spree with my posts recently and I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am. I learning that it’s really important to channel your creative juices when they start flowing, especially for something you enjoy doing, and just take the risk. No matter what.
- Jacket – H&M
- Shirt – H&M
- Scarf – (can’t remember)
- Jeans – AE
- Boots – Macys
Honestly, I don’t know who I think I am when it comes to my hair, but I’ve been taking risks like crazy (lol). Going natural was one of the best decisions I ever made, and amidst my journey of varied hairstyles, I fell in love with my most recent style – faux locs. They’re a rugged, natural look that I’ve never tried before, but I’m so glad I did. There’s just something stylishly primitive about them. I never feel the need to wear earrings – other than my middle hole – because I think they take away from the hair, but I love how the locs accentuate both a bare face and a face that’s fully made up.
It’s been almost a month since I got them done. They took my friend about 12 hours to do, which I’m still trying to understand how I was able to sit through, and the level of patience she has. Many have said that they’re really heavy on your head, but I wouldn’t say they’re that much heavier than box braids. They can get in the way sometimes during workouts and such, but really my biggest complaint is the lint that gets attached to the ends where the hair is roughest. However, that’s not enough to change my mind about keeping this style for a while……like a while, while (lol)
So to take care of my scalp while wearing the locs, I use a mixture of evoo, shea butter and coconut oil. At night I sleep with a silk or satin scarf as always to keep the hair in place, and I occasionally refresh with a dry shampoo from Suave. That’s about as technical as it gets!
Although I typically stick to the same nail colors year round – darks and neutrals – it’s fun to play around with different shades as the seasons change. I’m really big on nail polish, and I always wear colors according to my mood at the moment. It’s RARELY ever just “oh this is a cute color, I’m going to try it” lol. So right now I’m rocking Essie’s Twin Sweater Set, a really deep sultry red that also gives me a nice earthy autumn vibe.
I have some other colors lined up for the season, including two pretty pastels by Essie that I picked up recently and I’m dying to try. I’ve noticed a bit of a trend in pastel nails recently. Hopefully I’m in a pastel-ish when I’m ready to get my nails done again. The others are a blend of neutrals and darks that I collected over time.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I ALWAYS feel better about myself when my nails are done lol. What colors do you like to wear during the fall?
- Motives by Loren Ridinger – Very Sexy
- Essie – Cashmere Bathrobe
- Essie – Find Me an Oasis
- Essie – Lilacism
- Essie – Licorice
- Essie – Twin Sweater Set
- Finger Paints – Well-Cultured Pearl
- Finger Paints – Paint Me Happy
Happy October everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the Fall season as much as I am, and I’m really looking forward to what this month will bring, minus waking up sick today. Thinking about it now, I have quite a few things on my bucket list for this month that I’m wondering if I’ll be able to get everything done – maybe I’ll share my list with you guys in another post?
So if it’s one thing about me when it comes to clothing, it’s that I HATE tight clothes, especially tight pants. Now, I’m not saying I wouldn’t wear tight fitted pants or leggings or anything of that sort, but if I could avoid it, I would. I literally start itching the moment I see a pair of skinny jeans or leggings! Hence my love for the loose, comfy, swaggy Boyfriend Jean. I couldn’t ask for a better fit or style than this pair I got from American Eagle. I know, I know, AE is a bit “high school,” but they’re truly one of the few brands I am guaranteed to get perfectly fitted jeans from, and their quality doesn’t disappoint. A plain white tee is what I usually go for on top, and since the weather is chilling I threw on my olive green military inspired jacket, and my red monochrome vans.
- Top – Plain white tee
- Jeans – American Eagle
- Sneakers – Vans
- Jacket – H&M
Hey everyone! I hope the past few weeks have been good to you. Ok, so quite a bit has happened since my last post, and the struggle to get a post done has been real! Between not having anyone to take pictures for me, to the weather acting up, to just being caught up in life’s impromptu demands. Amidst all of that, I had a really important event last week, and unfortunately I wasn’t able to document it, but I was SO determined to recreate my look from that day. Funny thing is, I actually went out and bought a cute dress to wear, but I just wasn’t feeling it once I got home, and my instincts told me that I just wouldn’t be comfortable in it for 12 hours. That’s how this outfit came to life, literally the morning of. The only thing new was my shoes. Oh! And my hair (lol). Yes, another hair change, but that’s for another post!
Thankfully, I was able to recreate the look as accurately as possible, with only the setting being different. Anyways, I’m hoping to get more live posts out in the upcoming week. I was able to get two shoots done today, but it didn’t feel right not shooting in the moment, if you understand what I’m saying. I want every post and/or outfit to be special, and even if it’s thought out ahead of time, it shouldn’t feel rushed. But, we’ll see how things go. Look out for some new videos as well!
- Top – Zara
- Skirt – H&M
- Shoes – BCBG