Fall is Upon Us!

Shirt | TJMaxx

Shorts | Thrift Store

Shoes | Macy’s 

 

 

Shalom everyone,

My latest photo shoot that I finished has been my most successful so far (in my and my photographer’s opinion). The location, lighting, outfit, and positive energy came together to manifest something great.

I was able to shoot two outfits that day, however, I’m only going to speak on one of them for now. The shirt I wore received a lot of compliments and questions about where I got it. Yes, it was yet another TJMaxx find! Just call me a Maxxinista!

I saw this shirt and was slightly hesitant due to how transparent the material was. On the other hand, I knew I didn’t own a shirt like it and I’m grown soooooo….

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I paired this top with my strapless bra to cover my goodies and high waisted denim shorts. I found these denim shorts at a PA thrift store a couple of years ago but they were a few sizes too small. Determined, I bought them anyway and motivated myself to get into them and eventually I did so kudos to me.

The boots were a nice fall touch. I can’t tell you I got them for a super cheap price because they weren’t cheap. We’ll just leave it at that.

Back to this shirt though because it was definitely the highlight of the photos. I absolutely adore the detailing and embroidery in it and I can see myself wearing it out and about. Next time, I think I’m going to try a bold lip color with it, like a classic red.

Check out the pics below!

 

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BeYou’Ty by Char

Hi Everyone ,

As you all know I went on a road trip to Canada recently. One of the big preparations I had to make was what I would do with my hair during this getaway. Slaying my lace front wig was not an option this time around as I wanted something that didn’t require a lot of daily maintenance.

I opted for convenient, bohemian style, à la mode braids done by Charlene Banks, otherwise known as BeYou’Ty By Char. She is a Californian native who recently moved back to ”The Golden State” after living in New Jersey for a number of years. After working in corporate America for BMW, Charlene decided to quit her job and pursue her passion for styling hair.

“I taught myself how to braid hair when I was 16. Once I got to high school, I was braiding almost every girl’s hair in school”, she stated.

Her signature style includes faux locs but she also does crotchet, braids (of course), as well as eyebrow microblading.

Check out her work in the pics below in addition to her Instagram pages and website:

@lovelene @beyoutybychar @be.you.brows

 

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In addition to having clients on the west coast, Charlene does travel back to New Jersey every quarter to cater to her east coast clients as well.

 

 

 

Canada, eh?

Im baaaack!

I took a short hiatus because I was up north in Canada. Although I was only there for seven days, it was a trip that required a lot of preparation. Nonetheless, I had a great time being away from home for a week and being a tourist in another country.

My mom and I rented a car and began our journey north. We made our first stop in Elmira, NY for two days to take part in a wine tour. We did a tour with Crush Beer & Wine Tour. They took us to four different wineries where tasted six different wines at each. By the third winery, I felt a little tipsy. It was a lot of wine for one day but well worth the money.

The wineries themselves were really peaceful and beautiful to look at.

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The fashion behind it

I wore this olive green romper I got from Macy’s in Herald Square along with a calf length cream lace cover up. That, I bought from TJMaxx. I wanted chic yet comfortable since it was hot and I knew I would be moving around a lot that day. Side note: My mother was inclined to wear that hat. It blew away multiple times.

 

Our next stop was Niagara Falls.

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We were fortunate enough to have a room that had a view of the falls and the Skylon tower. In the two days that we spent here we did a tour that took us throughout all of Niagara and of course we rode the boat that took us super close to the waterfall itself.

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The nightlife in Niagara Falls is actually poppin! It’s great for families and couples. They had a club, loads of bars, and a street filled with arcade games, funhouses, mini golf, etc. Plus, there were plenty of restaurants so you never go hungry.

The Fashion Behind it

Since Niagara was all about sightseeing, I was more inclined to dress comfortably. Plus, I didn’t know what to expect from being on that boat. I wore an Under Armour threadborne tank top, which is known for being super comfy with a cotton feel but dries fast like dri-fit material. I wore that along with black workout pants.

Our final stop was Toronto.

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This is one of my new favorite spots. If their winters weren’t so long and harsh, I would consider moving there. I just really hate winter.

Nonetheless, my mom and I spent all weekend in Toronto. It was a lot of fun and such a great place for young people my age. We had tickets for a hop on hop off bus tour that took you all over Toronto and our tickets were valid for two days. So we took advantage of that visited all these different spots like the distillery district where they are known for making alcohol, Soma, which is known for having “the best chocolate in the world”, The Bata Shoe Museum, Chinatown, The CN Tower, and the center of Younge & Dundas Square. Those are just a few.

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The fashion Behind It

Toronto is like a city and you never know who you might see. I did a lot of walking too so I was going for cute and comfortable. I wore a mix of dresses with sneakers, sandals, and shorts. I just tried to make sure my face had a slight beat. 

 

All in all, I had an amazing time. This vacation was different being that it was more sightseeing and walking rather than relaxing on a beach for a week. But I’m glad my mother chose this place. If you are ever going to Canada, here is some advice:

  1. Drive. Just drive. I contemplated driving the entire time we were planning and I’m so happy we did. It makes life 10X easier, your’e comfortable, and you can stop when you want.
  2. Take advantage of all of the tours. Tours can sometimes seem very cliché and touristy but it was really easy to see each place for the short time we were there. The hop on hop off bus tour was my favorite.
  3. Stop at the Duty Free store on your way back to the states. The prices are really great. I bought a full bottle of mojito flavored Bacardi for $12! They have designer bags and cologne for good prices too as well as last minute souvenirs.
  4. Bring your passport. I heard a lot of back and forth about whether or not to bring my passport in order to cross the border so I brought it just in case. I’m glad I did because that was the first thing the patrol officer asked for when I rolled down my window. I’m sure if I didn’t have it he could have used my license or something else, however, I think using your passport is the simplest way. Also, I had to ask to get my passport stamped because they usually don’t do it. I’m trying to keep my passport tatted.
  5. Try new places and foods. This is what I do if I go to any new place and especially another country. I try to avoid eating at places that I would on a regular basis. Why would I want to eat at Applebees there when I can eat at Applebees here? Yes they might have more native foods on their menu, but I would rather not eat at a franchise at all.
  6. You can pay in American money, Canadian money, or both over there. However, they always give you Canadian change.

 

Sorry this post was so long! I just had to tell you all so much!     Peace and Love :]

D.I.Y and looking Fly

What’s up everyone!

Yeah my title this time around is a little corny but bear with me.

Sometimes as I am planning my next photo shoot, I look in my closet and can’t find anything to wear. Well, I had one of those moments this week and decided to D.I.Y a piece of clothing that I’ve been seeing on Instagram and it turned into a whole outfit.

I’m not sure what the name of this look is because it’s not exactly a full sweatshirt, however, it’s made from sweatshirt material. Kylie Jenner was seen wearing one a while ago and I’m digging the look.4178767F00000578-4609760-image-a-95_1497629691167.jpg

So I made a trip to the thrift store and found a simple grey men’s sweatshirt and got creative. I watched a couple tutorials and then tried it on my own. Now, I did not take pictures of the process, but I have a little diagram below of what I did.

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Step 1 (Purple) : I cut across the sweatshirt where the purple line is to get rid of the major excess of the shirt.

Step 2 (Orange) : Then I cut along the orange line so I could get more of the look I was trying to achieve.

*This is not an actual photo of the sweatshirt I used. If you are using a sweatshirt that has a logo. brand, etc., you should make the adjustments to your cutting pattern that allow people to still see the logo. Like in the photo of Kylie, the logo is still seen but it has more of a rugged cut.

Step 3 (Purple) : So after I was finished cutting up the sweatshirt, I went back to the first part that I cut off, which was the purple line. I flipped it upside down, and it became a skirt. I’m brilliant.

Now it looks like I have a matching outfit. Check out the photos below!

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stripeTALK with Rey Jefferson

Hey Everyone

I got the chance to interview Rey Jefferson who is an adidas Field Agent and the co-host of the popular podcast, stripeTALK. Jefferson, along with his co-host and fellow field agent Jonathan McQueen, created this podcast in July of 2016 and have since had much success interviewing athletes and influencers while focusing on the adidas brand.

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Me: Rey, I am so happy to finally get a chance to speak with you!

Rey Jefferson: Yeah same here!

Me: So tell me about your job and what you do.

RJ: I’m part of the adidas field team where our job involves visual merchandising, spreading advocacy, and sales at the retail level across multiple accounts. But since I’m a specialist, I focus on one pinnacle meaning the top 10 Dick’s Sporting Goods stores.

 

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Me: Okay very nice. So how about stripeTALK? How did that come into play?

RJ: It was around July last year that I co-created this adidas centric podcast with my co-worker Jonathan. There are a few reasons we started stripeTALK but the key thing we wanted to do was give our fellow field agents and adidas lovers a platform where they could listen to athletes, employees, and influencers talk about the brand.

Me: And for those that do not listen to stripeTALK yet, what can they expect to hear when they tune in?

RJ: Just two down to earth guys interviewing dope adidas themed guests regarding the latest adidas products, trends, and culture.

Me: Who are some of your most memorable guests on the show?

RJ: Everyone really but if I had to name drop, I would say Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown who was our first professional athlete. Then there was Jahvon Quinerly, sports industry analyst Matt Powell, BoostGod, T.Blake, MaroonNYC, and other influencers. Rita Ora even did a voice over for us.

Me: Wow that’s awesome! Who’s your dream guest?

RJ: Kanye West definitely! I love his passion. And Jon Wexler because he’s a legend.

 

The fashion behind it 

Me: So there is a new adidas boutique in Rockaway, New Jersey located inside of Dick’s Sporting Goods. Tell me about it.

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RJ: Yes, I’m extremely proud of the space. It’s one of only ten across the US and is dedicated to adidas Originals apparel.

Me: How would you describe your personal style?

RJ: My style originates in sports so I wear a ton of joggers & tapered bottoms with athletic performance tops. Outside of work I’ll dress up my outfits with high fashion kicks like Yeezys, RAF’s, & Y3’s.

Me: Well thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me Rey. I really appreciate it.

RJ: No problem Tia! This was great .

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Big Chop: 7 Month Update

Greetings…

It has been a whole seven months since I cut all of the relaxer out of my hair and things are coming along. My hair is growing healthily and my future with long natural tresses is becoming more visible.

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I am still keeping my wash day routine fairly simple by just shampooing my hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and letting the coinciding conditioner sit in my hair for about 45 minutes to an hour. I’ve also learned that detangling is a hassle and shrinkage is real. However, over all, I am learning and understanding my hair texture. They say your hair texture can change as it grows out and gets longer. When I first cut my hair, my texture was 4C. Then as it grew out little by little, I started to see tight curls and coils develop on one side of my head. The other side of my head has coils here and there but is mostly still 4c while the other side is leaning towards a 4b. I know, it sounds weird!

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I’m not at ponytail length yet but I’m slowly and surely getting there. I am still using my lace front wigs as a protective style however I am looking to try something new. Maybe braids? We’ll see what the future holds.

If you have any suggestions for natural hair products, please leave them in the comments below. I have become a product junkie and am looking for new things conditioners, shampoos, and oils to try.

Peace and Love

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International Wardrobe

Hey all you people. Hey all you people won’t you listen to meeeeeeee (If you can name where this is from, you get bonus points)

Today I want to do a little something for my subscribers who are in Europe, specifically London. Almost three years ago I travelled to London for my study abroad program and spent a semester at Regent’s University. Obviously, I went shopping during my four months there and there were a couple of stores I found myself coming back to. Those were Primark and New Look. Primark, in my opinion, is one of the best things to ever happen to me. First of all, the store is huge! Like Macy’s Herald Square huge and it’s always busy. Plus, they always have a great variety of clothing styles, keep up to date with trends, and everything is cheap. Now, while everything is cheap, you also get the quality you pay for. As in, don’t expect it to last forever.

New Look was probably my favorite.

DSC_2087I loved all of the clothes I found there and it was affordable. Not Primark affordable, but still great prices. New Look is also where I found these two rompers that I brought home with me from London. The first one is a loose long sleeve romper with a flowery pattern. I like this one for nights out or special occasions. It’s super comfy, but I tend to get warm really fast when wearing it so I like to carry this romper into the fall. It could be because the material is polyester.

The second romper I bought was a bright pink with scalloped bottoms. It is also a very comfortable romper that has a v-neck back and is tailored to be fitted in the waist. I love it because it can be dressed down or dressed up and the color is the only one of it’s kind in my closet. I wear it to little outings here and there ( I think it’s a little too “youthful” to wear to the club”).
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So to my international subscribers, I love Primark and New Look! To my fellow American followers, if you ever happen to be in London, check out these stores. Now, I know there is a Primark in Staten Island and Boston but I’ve never been to either of them so I can’t vouch for them. I would assume it’s the same idea though. And to my knowledge, New Look isn’t in the US anywhere. But that’s what online shopping is for!

Here are some more pics from the rest of the shoot:

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Snagged both pairs of sunglasses for $10 a piece at a street vendor in Harlem

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Luxe Therapy

Good Afternoon peeps,

 

So recently, I was given a Scalp Soother to try by Luxe Therapy. I opened it and had moderate expectations being that I’ve used products like this before, however, this was divine! It was thin enough to slide right underneath my wig and it got those hard to reach spots that can be difficult to scratch.

As you can see, it is built just like an old school pick but it is a bit thinner.

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So stop patting those weaves and get you one of these! 

You can definitely use this Scalp Soother no matter what your hair type is. Just make sure you rinse it off between each wash and do not scratch too hard especially if you just got your braids done.

Check out Luxe Therapy on Twitter and Instagram @luxetherapy

Bralette Bliss

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Bralette | Victoria’s Secret

Pants | Boutique

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Bralette | Target

Pants | Macy’s

Hello hello,

Today, I am going to talk about one of my latest favorite pieces for the summer time: bralettes. Bralettes are far from new and have entered the fashion world years ago. It’s just new to my closet. I had always been weary about purchasing one because typically I notice the models wearing them in the magazines and commercials are really thin, have a flat chest and dance around in their underwear and bralettes so carefree as if the struggle is not real.

However, one day, I was at Victoria’s Secret and there was a sale going on (ya girl can’t resist a sale) and so I went inside to see what they had. I noticed a box of bralettes were on sale and since the price was right, I bought one. If push came to shove, I could always wear it around the house or give it away.

So I tried on my new bralette with some things I had in my closet. I also turned to Pinterest for a little inspiration too. Typically people wear them with open back or see-through shirts and dresses, however, I found these wide leg pants that still had the tag on them in the back of my closet. So I threw them on with the bralette and I was feeling it. Where am I wearing this outfit? No clue, but, Issa look! So that’s what I went for; a bralette and loose wide leg pants. I found another pair of pants that I rarely wear in my closet and put it with a second bralette that I bought and it was still a look!

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So bralettes are definitely going to be my thing this summer with wide leg pants, backless and low cut shirts,etc. They are so easy to throw on and are comfortable while also being cute. However, I do recognize the issue that could arise for some girls. That being having a larger chest. Bralettes have no support, no padding, no nothing. It’s essentially just the lace material covering your boobs and that is difficult for women who are well endowed. So to combat that, I’ve recently seen the bustier bralette,
which has cups and offers a little more support.

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See, even Ashley Graham wears them!

All in all, bralettes are great and there are options for everyone! You can find them anywhere pretty much. As you read, I got my first one from Victoria’s Secret and my second one I bought at Target. They are something great to try this summer especially if you are into low cut, open back, see through shirts and dresses.

Side note: The silver line going down my chest is a metallic tattoo. They became really popular about two summers ago. I love these things and think they look awesome especially on a sunny day because they will shine super bright.

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The Romphim

Hola!

So there is a social media trend that has come across my newsfeed a lot in the past week regarding men’s fashion. It’s called the Romphim, which is the male version of a romper. The positive and negative feedback about the new fashion statement has been torn down the middle. Both males and females have had their fair share of opinions. Now here is mine:

  1. First, let’s talk pronunciation. Since the information I am seeing is what I am reading via social media articles and memes, I haven’t really heard the pronunciation that people are using for this new trend. Now, according to grammar rules, when there is a “ph” one should pronounce it like an “F” sound. So technically, it should sound like romfim. However, since this is the male version of a romper, they are taking the word as if it was romp-her and pronouncing it like romp-him. Either way you pronounce it, we know what you’re talking about.
  2. Some men are feeling it heavily like Cam Newton, who I have pictured. Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 12.28.30 PM.pngOther men are not able to separate it from being a girl thing and are saying that it is feminine look. I personally know that the look is dope. If any man looked half as good as Cam Newton does in a romper, then I’m here for it. It’s not as if the romphim has to be tight and short like some rompers are. They can be masculine, not go above the knee and still have a great print or be made from a nice material. It’s fashionable and if I saw a guy wearing one, I’d think he definitely isn’t basic.
  3. The memes. The memes. The memes. The internet is too much for me sometimes. People think of everything! Here are a few:Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 12.17.24 PM.png Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 12.19.07 PM.png Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 12.14.15 PM.png  unnamed.png                                                                So guys, don’t be afraid to at least try out a romper this summer. You NEVER know what you might like.