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!
Brooklyn is an amazing borough – if not the best borough – and as much as I wish to live some place else at times, I LOVE finding new gems in my city. Everything from random little side streets, to neighborhoods I’ve never really gotten to explore, to restaurants where both the dishes and decor are equally remarkable.
This weekend, I managed to find myself right between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges in Dumbo. And I don’t know why I never really gave Dumbo the time of day before, but it was an automatic love at “first” sight on Sunday. I managed to snap a few outfit pics on a street, (finally got my on-location shoot lol) before heading over to Park Slope for dinner where I found my new favorite Indian restaurant, Baluchi’s. It was just an evening of discoveries! xx
Mornin’ mornin! Good day! Good day! Although I love my West Indian background and wouldn’t trade it for anything, I spent my Labor Day being productive indoors. I just can’t come to grips with how dangerous the parkway can be, but I’m sure people I know that were there had a good time and represented for their islands – Saint Vincent and Barbados in particular So among my productive tasks, I decided to break down my everyday make up routine. This is literally my go to look and what I wear when I don’t do anything special, especially no lashes. It’s a very soft and natural look, and I’m so thankful that my skin has cleared up tremendously making my make up blend so much better compared to a few months ago. The only thing I substitute sometimes is dark brown eye shadow for my eyebrows, as opposed to the Dipbrow. Eyeshadow is such a quick lazy fix (ha!).
Sephora Perfectic Cover Concealer Medium |
CoverGirl Queen Collection Foundation
Cover FX Translucent Powder Medium
Bh Cosmetics Hollywood Palette
Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade Ebony
Mac Foundation NC42 (brow highlight)
Make up Forever Mist & Fix
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Happy Sunday everyone! Just when I thought I had nothing to wear to church this morning, black on black made this post possible. And let me say that my dark outfit was no reflection of the wonderful service. Hearing The Word literally puts me back in check at the most convenient times. I don’t go to church every single week, but it’s crazy how certain parts of a sermon can really speak to you. In my case, I needed to be reminded that we have to experience tribulations and as soon as we feel that frown coming, turn it upside down and be joyous.
Anyways, aside from new endeavors, I’m really anticipating the dark earthy tones of Fall. I love wearing dark colors all year round, but sweater weather is my favorite time of year. And it seems to be making it’s way since it began raining out of nowhere right before taking these pics. Spoiled my plans for an on-location shoot, but I think we still got some pretty good ones! xx
Top: Forever 21
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Purse: Michael Kors
I’m always interested in knowing what books other people are reading, so why not give you a peek into my Nook! I read a variety of genres, but I love self-help and business books. Right now I’m reading The Path Redefined: Getting to the Top on Your Own Terms by Lauren Maillian Bias. I came across Lauren not too long ago, and her success as a young, female entrepreneur is truly inspiring, and I was immediately drawn to her. Then when I found out about her book, I downloaded it immediately! I’m really impressed with it thus far, and I would recommend it to anyone who’s an entrepreneur or aspiring to be one, or anyone looking to change career paths or needing advice on getting their work life where they aspire it to be.
The Path Redefined: Getting to the Top on Your Own Terms
I made it a priority to experiment with some make up looks today and mission accomplished! I don’t know where the inspiration for the look came from. Maybe my purple bedroom had something to do with it? I think it’s a pretty simple look overall, and a nice end of Summer look, but I can’t wait for the colder weather and darker colors!
CoverGirl Queen Collection Foundation | Sephora Perfectic Cover Concealer Medium | Bh Cosmetics Hollywood Palette
Bh Cosmetics Forever Nude Palette | Old Urban Decay Palette (no name) | Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara | Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade Ebony | Mac Foundation NC42 | Make up Frever Mist & Fix | Ardell Lashes
I have really got to get on a schedule with my postings! Anyways, these newbies are a few weeks old, but I still wanted to share them with you. Better late than never, right? It might seem like a pretty random bunch of products, or not, but they were well needed additions, and apart from the Dipbrow, everything else was purchased with my fingers crossed. Especially since I ran out of foundation and the store decided to be out of stock of my usual. I don’t know if it’s just me, but shopping for a new foundation without being able to try it on is so nerve wracking! Thankfully my instincts pulled me in the right direction and led me to this gem, that is now my favorite foundation at the moment, and of course it’s a drugstore brand! Yaaaass! As for the finishing spray and translucent powder, who can resist the little random treasures that line the checkout at Sephora? I’ve never tried either of these brands, and I needed both products so I took the risk. So far, so good! The DIPBROW was a must, not only because I had to see for myself what all the rave is about, but I just needed a new brow product in general. The tricky part was finding the right color to match, but I settled for the Ebony in the end.
I don’t usually buy multiple products at once, so I’m still trying to work out more beauty posts, but I look forward to getting posts rolling more smoothly!
CoverGirl Queen 3 in 1 Golden Honey
Cover FX Illuminating Setting Powder Medium
Make up Forever Mist & Fix
Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade Ebony
Smoothies have become my favorite way of incorporating more greens and fruit into my diet. I try to have one everyday, and through experimenting with different recipes, especially from Candice Kumai Clean Green book, I’ve found a few that I really really enjoy. Before falling in love with this smoothie, blueberries weren’t really a must-have fruit for me. But now there’s a humongous bag of frozen blueberries in my freezer. Oh! And at the top of their list of benefits is having more antioxidants than any other fruit or veggie to date!
Tablespoon Almond butter
It may have taken me about half of the season, but I finally brought out the prints, thanks to a backyard event this past weekend, and this is perhaps my favorite outfit I put together for the summer. A free flowing dress or skirt, to me, is the most comfortable piece to wear to a semi casual outdoor occasion, especially when it’s 85 degrees outside. This dress was what I purchased for my graduation back in May, and since for the past year I’ve been working with what I already have in my closet, this time was no exception. Unfortunately no shoes in my closet worked for the occasion, so the sandals were a last minute buy the day before. I had the outfit envisioned in my mind as I was shoe shopping, and when I got home and tried everything on, I was ready to take the title of “professional stylist” (lol).
I can truly relate to anyone who has been in a slump recently for a number of reasons, but I think cutting my hair again has something to do with a spike in my overall happiness the past few days. Some times making a big change or taking that leap can really feel uplifting.
Shoes Sam Edelman
Headband Beauty supply store