February 22, 2018
This is the first time I’ve created a specific look just for a movie. I had to tell myself step outside your comfort zone, and be bold. It’s always good to remind myself, ” I live for ME!” So honestly no one else really matters. Well no one’s opinions, especially when it comes to what I’m wearing. If you refer to my prev post “Birthday Blues” I mention embracing your style. I wanted to embrace not only my style but the culture that arose from this movie.
The movie “Black Panther” sets in the nation of Wakanda. If you didn’t know anything about Black Panther, let me tell you he’s a Marvel superhero. Now Wakanda is a fictional East African country which was created by Marvel. There are stories like these that lead you to believe some of the facts about Wakanda maybe true. There’s some truth to most fictional stories, you just have to find it.
For this look I decided to wear a DIY Afrocentric tube top. The weather was actually nice for this attire. I paired it with some high waist jeans from Fashion Nova. Y’all know that’s my spot! The orange velvet kimono is one of my favorites. I got it from a Forever 21, another one of my favs. I figured a bright color and this royal material will portray as if I’m really from Wakanda. I actually wrapped my hair with a head scarf. There are so many ways you can wear scarves. I thought wearing it this way would display more of an afrocentric look.
It’s not only the movie that has motivated this look, but just being an African American woman says it all. This look has definitely inspired me to embrace my culture and remain confident while doing it. As you all know I’m big on confidence. So I feel like I pulled it off well. Despite my outfit the movie was great. There’s always something you take from movies, whether it be the meaning behind it, the message or the fashion!! This was a great movie, and I’m hoping you find out for yourself and go see it. I’m ready to go to Wakanda!
February 14, 2018
Ok ladies let’s get these looks together for Valentine’s Day. It’s not always that day when you’re going on a date or spending quality time with a loved one. You want to leave the house feeling beautiful and confident when you’re headed to work or school. And even if you have the pleasure of spending your day with your man, you definitely want to feel special with him as well. Hopefully he should make you feel like that anyway.
Now I’m normally not too keen on holidays but I’m feeling romantic today. I’m literally a sucker for love, but in all honesty I don’t even think I’ve ever been in love?! How does that work? Anyway, because I’m feeling romantic I decided to go with lip color “Spice”. It’s actually a Kylie Matte Lipstick, that I got some time ago. But I would recommend copping one of her lip kits. The color is vibrant and stays on for a nice period of time. I outlined my lips with the same color lip liner. I just love the color and how well it goes with my skin tone!
Here was my motivation for today. LOVE!!! This month’s issue of Glamour is pretty straight forward on what they’re trying to convey and perfect timing! So this issue should be very inspiring, can’t wait to read it and it’s entirety. I don’t know if you’ve ever read or subscribed to the magazine, but I think the content is pretty good. Let’s see what the articles are about today. Even though I’m a sucker for love, there’s no love for me this year. Sad to say I know. But I still want to look and feel nice. And smell nice as well. Today I’m wearing “Decadence” by Marc Jacobs, a little fancy I know. But it’s time to treat myself. Even though I have no Valentine, doesn’t mean I don’t deserve to smell good. When someone walks past me today, they gone think “Oh she got it going on!!” And you know I do… lol
This holiday is supposed to be all about love.. But let me say this first, love yourself. PLEASE love yourself first, that’s the key to happiness if you don’t already know that. Make sure you’re making yourself a priority in life. I had to learn the hard way, no boyfriend, baby daddy, or husband was going to make me put myself on hold for them. And if they did they didn’t truly love me. At least that’s how I’m looking at the situation. And if you’re like me… single. Don’t be sad, because you’re not spending the day with a loved one. I want you to feel loved, not only because you love yourself, but because there’s someone out there that will truly love you for you. You probably just haven’t met them yet. So take this time to give yourself the love that it truly needs. Throw on your best lipstick and fragrance that allows you to look and feel beautiful. Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
February 7, 2018
So let me just ask you what do you typically carry in your makeup bag? The crazy thing is I have so many makeup bags each with different items in them. I normally would just alternate the items inside depending on the day. As of lately I have just been carrying mascara, a lip gloss, an eyeliner, chap stick or lip balm, LA girl pro concealer, a beauty blender, etc. You know just for the basics.
This makeup bag today features some of my favorite items with brands ranging from Tarte, Nyx, and even Ulta. Now I don’t know about you ladies but I signed up for the glam bags at ipsy.com. So each month Ipsy sends me a makeup bag along with 5 items for only $10.00. It’s a nice little deal, and I think it’s something worth investing in because they send all different brands to you.
Let me share some of the items I have in this sporty bag. By the way this makeup bag, was sent in January and the colors are bold with bright neons and the material is mesh. By far this is my favorite glam bag from Ipsy, because it reminds me of myself. Plus it doesn’t get dirty easily. So let’s look in the bag:
1. Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12 hour Blush “Feisty” — www.tartecosmetics.com
2. Younique “Moodstruck Epic” Mascara — www.youniqueproducts.com
3. Ulta Powder Brush — http://www.ulta.com
4. Tarte Double Duty Beauty Eye shadow Palette “Don’t Quit Your Day Dream” — www.tartecosmetics.com
5. Luxie Beauty Precision Shader Onyx Brush 239 — www.luxiebeauty.com
6. Nyx Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie “Beauty Mark” — www.nyxcosmetics.com
7. Smashbox Cosmetics Always on Gel Liner “Fishnet” — www.smashbox.com
I love each item that is in this bag. And of course you can click on each link yourself to purchase if you think you might like them. This is the first time I’ve mentioned makeup on my blog. So if you like this post or think you might enjoy any of these items. Comment below. I love feedback.
I think next time I’ll show you I apply them. It won’t really be a makeup tutorial. I just want to show to you what I use and what I like. I’m so excited for what’s in store. Just you wait!! So until next time ladies…
February 4, 2018
Are you guilty of wearing clothes only once?! There was a time when I thought the idea of wearing clothes more than once was so corny. I did not want to be caught wearing the same outfit, especially when I have pictures in that outfit or went to an event in that outfit. But now that I’m a mom I have to think about saving money. I am re-thinking the whole “repurpose” idea with my clothes. There are so many pieces in my wardrobe, that I’ve only worn once. It’s like the items I tend to buy are so unique or exclusive, once I wear it once someone is bound to know if I wore it again.
But guess what ladies?! That was the old me. I am embracing my confidence now, and throwing all the thoughts of what someone else thinks about me or my clothing out the window. My friends recently invited me to this new lounge called the Medusa for a birthday party. Medusa is an up and coming restaurant & lounge where all the celebrities come and kick and it. So you know my outfit had to be a show stopping one.
With this weather, I was undecided on what to wear. It’s still like 20-30 degrees outside. I mean really who wants to get all cute with a dress or some shorts when there’s still snow outside? Not I. I hate being cold, even though we wouldn’t be outside for too long. I still needed to find something that I could be comfortable in, warm (for the most part), and of course make a statement in. If you know me by now, I tend to wear things most people won’t be wearing or something that will have all eyes on me. You know something unique. So I bought these pleated pants last spring. These ivory pants are Ralph Lauren, but I got them from TJ Maxx for a steal. I even featured them on one of my very first blog posts. Talk about bold huh? But I felt like it’s about time to repurpose/restyle these pants. And what better way to do it, then a night on the town.
I paired these pants with a wine colored lace crop top. I wanted to balance the entire look by showing off just enough skin with these paints. So the lace top was a perfect addition. I was able to keep the look classy, but chic. I added this floral and gold necklace I got from Forever 21. This exclusive clear cross-body clutch added enough style to this look. I didn’t put too many items in this clutch because it is transparent, so a simple lip gloss and my ID wrapped up in some one dollar bills was enough. I actually searched for this clutch and found it on amazon.
I’m glad I decided to wear these pants. It’s nice to know reusing or re-wearing an item can turn out better the second time around. This final look turned out great! And ladies, next time you think about wearing something you’ve already wore, mix it up and style it a little different than before. And voila!! You have a new outfit. With the confidence I have now, I am too glam to give a damn, what people think. Yes I’ve worn these pants before and maybe I’ll wear them again!
January 5, 2018
With the new year being here, I know you’re all working on those new year’s resolutions. I am too! I am actually excited to see what 2018 has to bring. But you know I am continuing to work on my confidence. Let me just tell you… stop trying to feel confident.
Anyone can say they’re confident. But you have to be capable of thinking confidently. I can say it a million times to myself, but ultimately if I’m not thinking confidently I’m not showing any confidence. For me clothing affects my confidence. I love how a killer dress and shoe can help me feel like I’m going to dazzle a scene. And it’s funny because one of my co-workers just used the word “dazzling” to describe me. Imagine that.
Did you know there is a direct correlation between what we wear and what we think of ourselves? Yes there is! And if it’s confidence you seek, then why not dress the part? Using your style is one of the best ways to boost your confidence. You may want to learn how to dress for you body. For me I’m tall and slim, so I might as well show off these long legs I have. With this style I’m wearing these over the knee boots. These olive boots have a ribbed material and stop a couple of inches above my knee. These boots will be sure to elongate your figure no matter what body type you have.
Know what style of denim looks good on you. These skinny jeans I got from Fashion Nova. They’re high waisted and are form fitting. Also know what fabric or material is most flattering for your style. I paired these jeans with a floral velvet crop top. Velvet, over the knee boots, and skinny jeans are perfect for this winter season. I’ve paired these boots with another outfit from “Overall Confidence”, but as I stated before they’re so comfortable. There is a block heel (which I’m sure you know I love), and the heel is not too high. I’ve added a floral necklace from Forever 21. I also have rose gold bracelets and also the Double twist bangle from House of B Jewels. You’re going to have to check her out. She has the hottest new jewelry and this piece was perfect to add to this look. I’m stepping out to a graduation party, so this look is great for this event.
A secret for confidence is to simply be true to yourself and appreciate your own unique style. You don’t have to mirror someone else’s style or whats trending. Just know what you like. Find your signature style, so that you feel confident showing the world who you are!
Here I am 29 years later in life. As I think of some of the things I have achieved as a young woman, …. I feel great. And I get excited for all the things yet to come. It’s funny people always tell me “you have the best birthday”. But I think they’re only looking at the party aspect of it. I always think dang my birthday is the last day of the year, literally. It takes so long for it to come. And when it does, it’s over just like that.
Well this year is a little different I’m getting older and learning to recognize more things I am thankful for in life. I am loving the ways in which I’m growing and I’m learning from my experiences. Now that the year is coming to an end, I have to reflect back on what I’ve learned this past year. #1 Rule to myself and I would also advise to you is “Be yourself… unapologetically”. Don’t apologize for being you. One of the biggest things I have overcame is learning to be myself, even when I know others don’t like it or approve of it. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. I have to live for myself (my sons as well but that’s a definite) and be happy with how am I as a person. It’s easy to say you can’t control what others think or say about you. But you can control how you feel about you! Strive to observe and witness others’ opinions, rather than being attached to them.
Find your personal style that feels great to you. If you like that banana colored ruffled blouse, but you don’t think anyone else will… wear it anyway. If you think that particular blouse looks great, but you can’t rock it how you want to because you’re afraid of what someone might say or think?! You need to think again. I want you to dress your best in the clothing that feels “you”. Just because someone does not agree with your style doesn’t mean you have to hide or suppress it. Embrace that style, uniqueness, or even if its simple and chic… Embrace it and be yourself.
So because it’s my birthday of course I am going to be a little extra or just have a little more bling. But there are only two main components with this look. My dress and boots. Now before today I hoped that it wouldn’t be so cold, where I’d freeze. But you know Cleveland… it’s cold and there’s practically a blizzard outside. Now this royal blue sequins dress is cold and I’m not talking about the weather. It’s long sleeve, yay and also has slight turtle neck feel, so there’s no cleavage or any skin showing. I actually bought this dress from a boutique in Cleveland called So Fierce.
This dress is great for a new years eve look. Like I stated before there are only two components. With this dress, you don’t need a lot of accessories, it will take away from the dress. With this statement dress and it being my birthday and all I topped this look off with my royal blue crushed velvet over the knee boots. These are my personal favs from my closet right now. The heel isn’t too high, but my main concern is how comfortable they are. To my surprise, they’re pretty comfortable. The only issue with me is I have to squeeze the string a little tighter to fit that part of my leg above the knee. But I absolutely love them. I got these from Forever21, and on sale! A major plus.
This look is great for dinners, a NYE event, and of course birthday parties. I’m going to continue being myself and staying true to that. I hope you will all do the same. Happy New Years!
December 23, 2017
So as the end of the year gets closer I just think about all I’ve overcome this past year. I think about what I have done to get to where I am now. Now, I want you to think for a min… What are some things that physically makes you feel confident? It can be something as simple as listening to one of your favorite songs, or dressing up for an occasion, anything… There are a few things that makes me feel confident; my make-up, when I accomplish short term goals, and of course my look/style for the day.
Ladies I’m here to say confidence is not just in the mind, there can be a physical feeling that you get. I want you to take note of what makes you feel confident and try to do more of it!! Something as simple as an outfit makes me feel confident with myself. I enjoy how the outfit makes me feel and it seems like I receive a compliment every time I step out.
I couldn’t wait to style these olive over the knee boots. These boots are fierce and I feel they compliment my frame and body type. As you can tell olive, is becoming one of my favorite colors. It’s also a color thats been trending this season. I paired these boots with some denim overalls. These overalls are actually vintage. I chose to not wear them the traditional way. I haven’t wore any in a while, but I think this look was paired together nicely.
A mid-length gold medallion drop necklace was added for an accessory with matching earrings. The colors olive and gold mesh together well, especially during the holiday season. I actually attended a comedy show, and love how the scenery complimented my look this evening.
Next time you’re feeling down or out of place, think of those things that make you feel confident. Ladies, just remember when you feel confident, you are unstoppable…