A Girl’s Night Out in Hoboken

My friends and I did some birthday celebrating in Hoboken a couple weeks ago. I hadn’t been to Hoboken in so long so it was nice to get out there for a night full of shenanigans.

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We started our night by finding parking. That took just as long as it did to get to Hoboken (exaggeration but you see what I’m trying to say). We rode around and around and around looking for someone to pull out at the same moment we were riding down the street.

We finally found a spot that was a few blocks away and headed for the first bar, Wicked Wolf. It was super crowded and the music was a blend of upbeat techno. We met the rest of our group, had a drink, and took some selfies before we moved on to the next location, Biggie’s.

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This place was a few blocks over from Wicked Wolf and was more of a dancing scene with a nice mix of pop, hip-hop, Today’s Top 40, and some throwbacks. It was really a great time, especially when you’re with your crew.

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The lines for both the bar and the bathroom were relatively short and the place is a decent size too. Not too big and not too small. We had a great time in Hoboken and it is a place I would highly recommend for a fun night out.

So, if you ever want to go out to Hoboken here are some tips:

1.Take an Uber if you are close enough, don’t like to walk, or are wearing six-inch heels

The walk from and back to the car in heels is not for the weak. It is totally possible but definitely isn’t the highlight of the night. Plus, you don’t have to worry about parking. I also recommend an Uber because then everyone can drink like a fish and you don’t have to worry about having a designated driver.

2.Explore

And by “Explore” I mean don’t just stay at one bar the entire night. The bars and lounges are all within walking distance from each other so take the opportunity to check out as many as you can. Hoboken is also right outside of New York so as you’re walking, check out the view of the city.

The Fashion Behind It:

I wore a simple black fitted t-shirt dress and a pair of open-toe nude heels. Hoboken is a little more fancy than your local bar, however, you shouldn’t over think it. Dress cute and comfortably. Heels are not a must.

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Jumpsuit on a Budget

Heyyyyy Everybody!

I am writing a post about a jumpsuit I bought a few months ago and haven’t had a chance to wear yet. This time around, I had a new photographer and shot at a different location. As I am editing the photos, I’m happily surprised with how they came out. I am slaying at all angles! YASSS! Shoutout to America’s Next Top Model for showing me how to smize, booty tooch, and model H2T (you will not get these references unless you watch ANTM religiously like I do).

 

 

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Jumpsuit: Charlotte Russe

Shoes: Madden Girl

Jacket: Vintage

Let me start with the fact that God is good and capable of amazing things. I walk into my local Charlotte Russe with the intention of returning some things I bought online. I decide to browse the store because you never know what you might find. I run into this jumpsuit and think ‘Okay I really want another jumpsuit. Let me try this on.’ I try it on and fall in love with how comfy it is and how it fits. I say to myself ‘Self, you need this so just get it no matter how much it is. You know you’ll wear it.’ I proceed to check out and the cashier tells me that the jumpsuit is a clearance item and costs $7.

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Thank. You. God.

Walked out of there with a whole outfit and had plenty to spend on some Chipotle afterwards.

I love one piece outfits like jumpsuits and rompers. They are so simple, require little effort, and still allow you to look bomb. They are really the greatest thing since sliced bread.

This jacket that I photographed with is vintage. By vintage, I mean I got it out of my mom’s closet and she’s had it for years. I love a black and white color scheme so for me it completed the look. Plus, everything comes back in style. Okay, maybe not everything, but most things.

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Sunglasses are courtesy of my photographer

 

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Yes this is new hair courtesy of Ali Moda. It’s a full lace frontal wig I constructed myself ;]

 

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Big Chop: 3 Month Update

What’s Up!

So three months ago, as you may or may not know, I cut off all the hair on my head that was chemically relaxed. That left me with a short, tapered, and curly fro. I was unsure about the look at first, however, I knew it was a step in the direction of being able to enjoy my natural curls.

Since the chop, I’ve been keeping a very low maintenance hair routine (depending on what you call low maintenance). I shampoo and condition my tresses for 45-60 minutes every 7-10 days and keep it in braids underneath my wig.

The wig that I’m currently wearing I made with two 18-inch bundles, a 16-inch bundle, and a 14-inch closure.

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I wear it on a regular basis because it has the texture of what natural hair would feel like if it was blow dried and maybe flat ironed, which is why people always stop and ask “Wow! Your hair is so long! Is it all yours?”. That’s when I have to let dreadfully let them down and tell them the truth. Why not just tell them it is my hair? Because why lie? That way, I can also promote myself as a wig maker :]

Here are some updated pics:

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This was after I took my cornrows out. AKA a braid out

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I’ve noticed some length between when I cut my hair and now. It’s literally not even an inch but it’s growth !

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You know I had to throw a little filter on there.

 

I could always use some hair inspo, so if you have encouraging words drop them in the comments below !

The Shirtless Blazer

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Blazer | Targét

Pants | Targ….wait, this whole look is Targét, except the shoes

Shoes | Shoedazzle

Hey, what’s up, hello

I literally put this look together last minute. I was out and about all day and there was still a couple hours of sunlight left so I challenged myself to put together a look to post.

Now, I’ve ALWAYS been a fan of a great blazer. That’s just something every working woman should have, especially in black. A black blazer is equivalent to a pair of jeans. You just need one. However, the look that spices things up a little is when women, influencers, and celebs wear just the blazer…no shirt. It’s so fab, fierce, and effortless.

So tried it out myself. It was a difficult look to shoot, especially with the breeze that was going on outside (I guess that’s why they make double-sided tape). I also did the look with a bandeau underneath for a more reserved, but still fierce look.

At the end of the day I think I’ll stick to the shirtless blazer look when taking photos and throw on a bandeau when I go out to have a good time. No nip slips over here! But, shoutout to me for trying something out of my comfort zone :]

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Try-Day!

 

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Dress | TjMaxx
Shoes | Target
Necklace | Somewhere in Ibiza

 

What’s up everyone —

Today, thanks to Dia&Co., I decided to step out of my boundaries and try an outfit that I normally wouldn’t wear (Hence, my title, Try-day). I, myself, am a girl with curves all over and have never felt comfortable in tight fitting bodycon dresses, so when I was invited to be apart of this project, I knew what look I wanted to pursue.

When I tried on this dress for the first time, I fell in love. I like the simplicity of it as well as the color. Especially the color. The fit wasn’t my favorite at first, however, after looking at myself in the mirror for a few moments, I realized that my curves aren’t going anywhere any time soon (especially with the way I love cookie dough ice cream) so I might as well embrace them. Plus, bodycon dresses are not going out of style anytime soon, if ever. Girls of all different shapes and sizes are wearing them nowadays with extraordinary confidence and it’s about time I hop on that bandwagon.

The necklace I paired with this bodycon dress was a souvenir I bought when I traveled abroad. My friends and I took a trip to Ibiza, Spain and on the last day, there was something equivalent to a flea market going on and I found this necklace at one of the booths. It was the only one they had so I’d like to think I’m the only person in the world with this necklace. A girl can dream right?

My shoes are a treasure I found at Target last summer. I ran in the store for one or two things and found myself stumbling upon the shoe department, which was obviously not on my list. There was one pair of these shoes left + they were my size + they were on sale. Boom. I had great karma that day.

I want to thank Dia&Co. again for inspiring me to step out of my fashion comfort zone. Check out their website and take their style quiz!

Now, I’m curious as to what styles my readers have tried. I want to hear about it!

 

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*Shout out to Mama Banks for allowing me to turn our living room into a makeshift photography studio since it’s snowing…again*

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*So it’s also about your angles and the camera. I learned that my angles looked better on a stool.*

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Well….I did the big chop

Yes, you read correctly. My hair is a little longer than two inches and I am officially Team Naturalista.

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It started out as a typical wash day and ended like this …

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Why did this happen you ask? Well, my intentions were to snip a very small unnoticeable section of my hair just so I could see the difference in the growth pattern and texture compared to the rest of my head which still had relaxed ends. Along with that, I wanted to practice cutting a little bit before the time came for me to chop it all off.

At the end of the day, I had good intentions….but they were only intentions. Cutting a little section turned into cutting a bigger section, which then turned into me having a nostalgic moment. I wasn’t just cutting off my hair. I was getting rid of the old Tia who didn’t want to know life without a relaxer and thought “Natural hair is not for me”. I was brainwashed by media and my peers into thinking that the natural hair that grew from my head was inadequate and that I needed to mirror society’s beauty standards so that I could be “pretty”.Over time I’ve realized that there are too many things wrong with society and I’m not trying to fit with it. So I got scissor happy and before I knew it, most of my hair was on the floor. My head felt lighter too.

Then, I was hit with three seconds of WHAT DID I JUST DO AND WHY DID I DO IT?!

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But, I had to remind myself of my end goals and what my mane will eventually look like in the future. This was ultimately a good decision.

Through this experience, I’ve learned that there are two major ways to go about The Big Chop and it all depends on you:

  1. Be like Nike and Just Do it. At the end of the day, it’s just hair. And unless you have a sickness or hair growth issue, you have the luxury of knowing your hair will grow back. It’s not going to grow back over night or in a week. Probably not in a month either, but you knew that. Eventually, it WILL be back to normal and most likely a lot healthier too. Plus, if you don’t like the short look, there are these things called wigs and weaves that can be slayed to look like the hair is coming from your scalp. That’s how I plan on protecting my hair through this process.
  2. Take your time. If cutting off your relaxed ends is a huge deal and something you’re not ready for, don’t do it. You are already making a huge transition in your life to go natural and you do not want to stress out about the fact that you can’t put your hair in a bun or it’s not long enough to do a full on hair flip. I feel you. Also, you may not want to dive into the world of weaves and wigs because it can get expensive. You gotta pay to slay! #RT

At the end of the day, you gotta do you boo.

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Peace and hair grease

 

CORE Magazine presents Beautifully Bold

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This past Saturday, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Beautifully Bold, an event presented by CORE Magazine. Geared towards young girls, this event covered the do’s and do not’s of skin care, health, makeup, nails, and hair with a full panel of experts. I took over their Instagram account for the day to cover the event via live video and spoke to some of the panelists and influencers one on one about my own beauty needs.

There were sooooo many amazing things I learned from all of the experts, so I’ve complied a list below of the top ten things we covered that day. Some of these tips we already knew but needed to be emphasized again.

  1. Your eyebrows are NOT twins, they are sisters.
  2. There is no such thing as conditioning too much.
  3. If you are worried about the amount of acne building up on your face, cut out dairy for a week.
  4. Contrary to popular belief, EVERYONE should use sunscreen no matter how old you are or how much melanin you have. It is the best anti-aging cream!
  5. Putting gel on your nails can be a healthy way for them to grow, however, if not properly cared for, it can have a negative effect.
  6. The best time of the year to straighten your hair is in the winter. No humidity, no frizz.
  7. Never, EVER fill in your eyebrows with black.
  8. You have to properly prep your skin before putting on your makeup everyday.
  9. Co-washing is like rinsing with water and conditioning. It isn’t totally necessary to buy one, but doesn’t hurt either.
  10. Everyone has a different beauty routine that works for them. Don’t knock your own routine because someone is doing something different than you.

The Beautifully Bold event ended with a quick makeup tutorial showing how to do a fresh face for an everyday look and some giveaways. We also received a goodie bag full of hair products which I will post about soon!

Peep some pics below …

 

 

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(From Left to Right)

Nail Artist: Melissa (works at The Nail Suite where Yoncé gets her nails done)

Skincare Expert: Seven Brown (owner of Harlem Skin and Laser)

Hair Care Experts: Monique & Yessenia (creators of the hair care line Curls)

Makeup Artist: Shani

Nutritionist: Michelle Maldonado

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The lovely ladies that attended the event 🙂

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A little fresh face tutorial

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…aaaaaand a quick flick of the founders of CORE Magazine ❤

Peace & Love

36 Weeks and Counting

Lord give me strength….

I’m so proud of myself right now. I have been so successful in my transition to natural hair so far. The only thing that has been bothering me is the fact that I haven’t been able to notice my natural curl pattern yet. Luckily, I am coming close to the point where I am ready to chop off the relaxed ends of my hair! Im so nervous!!

During this transition, I have been wearing wigs, as you know, and they have really been seeing me through. I have four in total but I only really wear three of them on the regular. I think I’ll do a blog post about them in the near future showing each wig and how I make them.

I also just bought some edge control because I really miss having my edges laid. When I got relaxers, I didn’t really need edge control. Now, I need it more than ever and this stuff right here!!!!……Boy this stuff is good.

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$5 | Walmart

I took a tooth brush and had them laying like a winding road. #Slayed

22 Weeks Down!

Hey!

I am 22 weeks relaxer free and I think I am officially transitioning (I say “I think” because I truly miss my edges being laid). I notice my hair grows a lot faster  and it is extremely thick (obviously). I can see the barrier where my new growth and relaxed hair meet. I’ve been doing my research trying to learn how to keep my new growth healthy and slowly say goodbye to my relaxed ends. My most watched list on YouTube consists of transition videos and protective hairstyles.

I’m still wearing my kinky straight wig which makes the transition easier for me. It’s wash day that takes a toll on my life ! I’ll do a post about the products I am using in this transition to becoming a Naturalista soon!

 

#goals

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As always Peace, Love , & Coconut Oil

 

Graduation Party Attire

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Dress: White | TJ Maxx

Shoes: White w/Studs | Payless

Hair: Overnight Braid Out 

Hey Hey! This is my first fashion blog post so here we go…

Last weekend I did a little celebrating with the family in lieu of me graduating college this past May. It was held outdoors at my cousin’s house and the temperatures reached up to the low 90s. It was HOT! Knowing this I decided to wear something simple and easy to move in. I found this a-line dress the day before and I love it first and foremost because it’s white. I love wearing all white. It’s just so clean and simple but eye-catching at the same time. I didn’t get to wear white for graduation so I was kind of making up for it now. Plus, Black people have a knack for looking amazing in all white. I also love that with white, you have so many options for makeup. Simple and natural or smokey and fierce. I decided to go simple.

Since this was a cookout I took a huge chance with wearing white (and yes I did spill a tad bit of BBQ sauce on it but it wasn’t noticeable #ThankGod). I paired my white dress with simple white sandals and gave my hair a little body by braiding it the night before and then taking it out the morning of, however, the weather made some of my waves fall :[ As for jewelry, I wore my pearls that I wear everyday. Pearls are my favorite because they are simple and go with everything. You’ll also begin to notice that I wear minimal jewelry, if any at all.

Check out my photos!

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