Thursday, November 12, 2015

I Wanna Remix My Midi Skirt

I’m all for making the most out of my wardrobe.  In fact just recently I took my Gap Midi Skirt (You remember, the skirt that I wore at the Essence Street Style Block Party. If not refresh your memory here.) and transitioned it into a snazzy fall look. There are so many items in our own closet that we can remix  or transition from one  season to the next by simply adding and replacing key pieces.  Not only is it fun recreating different looks but it also helps saves us from overspending. A total win, right?  Here are some really simple ways you can transition some of your clothing into fall.

Layer It On:
Fall is absolutely a perfect time to incorporate layering. The dropping temps haven’t quite hit bubble coat weather but it’s still a chill in the air that will require maybe a light sweater topped with a light jacket. In my case I used a turtle neck and a trench coat.

Add Boots:
Nothing says Fall like putting away your sandals and replacing them with a sexy boot.  It’s an automatic indicator that we have left summer behind and are heading into cooler temps and longer nights. Try falling into fall with a cute bootie or a over the knee boot.

Get Vampy:
Vampy lips (think dark maroons and deep purples)  have always been a popular choice for me any time of the year but Vampy Lips are just the accessory (yes I think it's accessory) you need to kick off your fall looks.

Friday, October 23, 2015

I Wanna Travel To Paris and Rome

Around this time last year I was a few days away from  wrapping up my first international trip.  I had an entire week of scouring the streets of Paris and Rome, both two equally exciting and sexy cities, and I was bursting with excitement to head home and share my travels escapades with friends and fam.  While I had thee most amazing time, I mean it was almost epic, I couldn't help but fight the feeling that I wished I had did a little bit more. Don't get me wrong I covered a lot in both places but this fear of missing out was wearing on me thick.  What I realized is,  it is almost impossible to see everything when you travel, especially if you have a limited amount of time but there are some key things you can do to make the most out of your travel when you are running on a tight schedule. Here are four tips on how to make the most out of your international vacation when low on time.

Plan A Daily Schedule
Plan, Plan and Plan. I can not stress this enough. Planning will help you  layout your travel goals and you'll have a greater chance of hitting that goal if it is mapped out.

Do yourself a favor and thoroughly investigate the area you will be visiting. You can start by calling your hotel with questions in hand and ask away. Is there a subway station that the locals use? If so, what is the nearest station near your hotel? How long is the subway ride to a specific attraction? Answering these questions or any others you may have beforehand allows you to hit the ground running without wasting any time.

Rise And Shine
On most days I usually have a hard time waking up early but when traveling I force myself into the lifestyle (Yes, I think it's a lifestyle). Why? Because starting early gives you a greater chance to hit more of your goals. In some cases you can beat the tourist crowd if you start early.

Invest in Special Passes
While in Paris I made the investment in a Paris Pass. This Pass allowed access into different attractions in addition to that I was able to skip long lines and a special shuttle was provided to wisk me to place to place. Look into special passes like these when traveling. It can make getting around less complicated and also can save on time.

What are some of your travel tips?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

I Wanna Shop: Fall Editon

I Wanna Buy

BootsForever 21 | Tulle SkirtSimilar | Sneakers: Nike | BraletNew Look | Lip Color:NYX Soft Matte Lip | Perfume: Pacifica Perfume

Am I the only one that creates a full shopping wishlist in my head. I know there has to be someone else out there who does this.  Either way I've been holding on to my above wish list (in my head) for quite a while now.  I've always viewed the fall as a season of transition and these items are all perfect for this transitional time of the year.

Do you have a fall shopping wishlist?

Monday, September 28, 2015

I Wanna Wear Midi Skirts

Skirt: Gap | Sneakers: Chucks | Shirt: Similar | Purse: Similar | Shades: Similar | Lipstick: Stila Beso

A few weeks ago Essence Magazine held their 2nd Annual Street Style Block Party in Dumbo, Brooklyn.  If you've never heard of the event, it's exactly what it sounds like, a party in the street mixed in with tons of fashionistas and vendors galore.  While I wasn't able to make last years Block Party I made sure to skip on down to attend this years affair. Prepping myself for the event, I knew two things. One, I wanted to be comfortable and two I was going to break out my new Midi Skirt.  With those two things in mind I grabbed my Chucks, Midi Skirt  and button down shirt. Voila.  For the finishing touches I added my Stilla Lipstick, mustard colored purse and cat eye shades.  I thought the look worked perfectly.  What do you think?


Friday, September 25, 2015

I Wanna Travel to Chicago

If I'd asked you what comes to mind when you thought of Chicago you’d probably answer Deep Dish Pizza, Chicago Hot Dogs and the Windy City.  Your answers would of course be one hundred percent spot on, as Chicago offers all of those things and so much more. Yes more! In fact it was the more that made me fall head first in love with the city while on a getaway to Chicago earlier this month. I know you’re probably thinking Chi-town doesn’t exactly seem like an ideal place for a getaway and while I would agree it's  not a number once choice in the vacation category, it’s certainly a getaway I think you should experience very soon.  Here’s why.

The Architecture will leave you speechless:
To experience the Chicago skyline is to experience art in building form.  The attractive skyline filled with a variety of designs and intricate carvings is in a league of its own. The beauty of the city doesn’t stop there as art spills out on to the streets and parks of Downtown Chicago where some of the most amazing sculptures are on display.  Be prepared to take a lot of photos.

Chicago has more to offer than just Pizza:
There is absolutely no way of escaping Pizza while in Chicago. It’s just embedded in the culture. But Chicago has so much to offer than just its Pizza. Slurping Turtle is one of them.  Slurping Turtle is a Japanese Comfort Food Restaurant known for its amazing Ramen and Duck Fat Fried Chicken.  And yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds.  Also making a big splash over Pizza is Stan’sDonuts and Coffee.  The Shop originates from Los Angeles but now calls Chi- town its home.  Please believe me when I tell you that you will not find another donut that will compare.  Oh and just in case you need another dose of convincing, they also serve gelato *squeals*.  And I of course can’t forget The Violet Hour.  The Violet Hour is a pre–prohibition era type bar.  At first glance it looks like a boarded up abandoned building from the outside but once inside you are introduced to some of the most tasty spirits you’ve ever tasted.

The Public Transportation gets Five Stars:

I'm a Brooklyn girl, born and raised.  So I know a thing or two about public transportation.  Trust me when I tell you that Chicago is one of the cleanest mass transit systems that I’ve ever seen. Grant it I was only there for four days but a lot can happen in four days. A lot like track delays, weekend track work or even trains being put out of service without notice *Coughs* MTA. I see you CTA looking all sexy in the transit world.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I wanna wear: Prints

I'm convinced that prints and I are just meant to be together. We have this kind of relationship where it's just meant to be. It's totally a girls best friend. Well maybe not a best friend but certainly an very fond associate lol.   While I believe that everyone woman should have at least one bold print statement piece in her closet I realize that not everyone embraces prints.  I know bold prints can be a bit intimidating at first but it's really a great way to spruce up an outfit.  If you're not a print loving kind of girl here are a few tips to get you started down the print lane.

Pairing a print with a bright color is one way to rock prints. It's adds an extra pop to an already lively outfit.

Mix and Match:
Now if you are bold and love to take risk definitely try mixing and matching prints.  Start out  with a leopard and a stripe pairing and then take it from there.

Don't forget that you can play up prints using your favorite accessories like a turban or those cool shades you love.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I Wanna Review: Adovia's Dead Sea Salt Scrub

Who doesn’t love vibrant, glowing skin? I know I do.  That’s one of the many reasons that I jumped at the chance to review Adovia’s Dead Sea Salt Scrub. Made with genuine dead sea salt this scrub promises to exfoliate dead skin cells and leave the skin hydrated and soft.  All things I need to keep my summer skin looking all kinds of fabulous.  So after putting this scrub to the test here is what I can tell you.  The scrub is a bit greasy as the mixture contains up to five oils (Sweet Almond, Apricot, Avacado, Grape Seed and Sesame Seed) .  The overload of oils can make the application a bit messy and slippery.  On the brighter side the smell is divine. It’s the kind of scent that stays with you throughout the day but isn't overpowering.  I know, I know. How much is it? Well regularly this product goes for $38 bucks but it is currently available for $14.95 on Cleopatra's Choice or on Amazon. Not too bad.  What scrubs are you guys using?

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