Shaumburg – OOTD

Shaumburg – OOTD

So I was back home this past week, as my university had Fall Break for about 4 days. Any time I come home, my family always has some kind of family outing, and we decided to go to one of our favorite department store malls, then out for dinner.

Buuuut, you know I had to come through with a fit and snap a couple pics before we left.

The Shoot

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The Fit

Nothing major; PINK Side Zip Crew in Heather Grey ($49.95), Hollister Super Skinny Jeans in Dark Rinse ($25), and my new faves: Air Huaraches in Ice Grey ($60 – clearance).

The Face

No makeup! Just my Fenty Killawatt Highlighter in Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby ($34)!

A lot of people have been emailing me asking about my skincare regimine! Would y’all like me to make a skincare section for the blog? Comment below 🙂


Super simple, but super cute outfit this past Sunday.

That’s all for now!

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Florida Vacation: Highlights & OOTDs

Florida Vacation: Highlights & OOTDs

Hey all! I went on vacation to Florida about a month ago, so I’m gonna share the highlights and some of what I wore in The Sunshine State!

Please keep in mind this was a 2 1/2 week vacation, so it’ll be quite a long post!

Alright, so let’s dive in:

Orlando

Our first stop was Orlando, Florida! Y’all can go ahead and guess why we are there… Disney World! Before my mom passed, first week of May, my parents had been planning a trip to Disney World for the entire family. Most of this is in part to the fact that my youngest sister (9), hasn’t been to DW, but my 13-year-old sister and I have. My dad wanted to make sure that after the tragedy that happened, we’re still completing tasks, memories, and making stories that my Mom really wanted to manifest.

First things first, I have to make sure you guys know that this was a road trip. We live on the more northern side of Illinois, so since I already know you’re calculating how many long hours we were cooped up in car, I’ll tell you: 19. We did stop quite a bit more than we usually do for road trips, but the adventure itself was really fun.

When we finally arrived in Orlando, we stayed at Embassy Suites, and it was beauuuuutiful. When we go on road trips, we typically cook a ton of food, and bring it with us. So even though we actually wanted the Hyatt, we didn’t stay there because their rooms didn’t have microwaves in the room lmao. We don’t eat out much, and even though we did on the trip, most times we prefer home-cooked meals, even if we’re away from home.

On our second day in Orlando, we headed over to Disney World! We went ahead and chose Magic Kingdom, because my baby sister is nine, she loves princesses, Mickey, Minnie, and the works, and I just feel like that should always be the first routine stop at DW. We got there at 1pm, and left at 11pm, so we definitely got our fill. Tons of rides, attractions, shows, and signatures, but the only two I really cared about were Minnie and Princess Tiana (my spirit animal aside from Rihanna and Shonda Rhimes). Tiana and I are actually twins if y’all didn’t know. People even say that I look a bit like her. I mean, she’s a beautiful black woman, I’m a beautiful black woman, she’s an entrepreneur, I’m an entrepreneur, she loves to cook, I love to cook, she’s got Naveen, and I’ve got… well… Okay onto my outfit of the day.

The Outfit

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This was probably the most simple outfit of the entire trip as it was Disney World and it was like 90 degrees for most of the day.

I simply paired together a black Old Navy tank top–which was a steal on clearance– ($9), some cute flower-patched high waisted shorts ($26), my Pink cap (freebie!), and my coral Michael Kors trainers ($125). It was way too hot for anything else.

On the Road Again

This time we were headed for Miami, it was a 2 hour drive, and we were gonna go sight-seeing afterwards so I figured I’d dress in something comfortable and cute.

The Outfit

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This was one of my favorite outfit’s of the entire trip just because the jeans are probably the most comfortable I own, and I love that shade of pink. I pulled my hair back into a fishtail, and the only makeup I bothered with were filling in my eyebrows. The  top is from VS Pink ($26.95), and it’s paired with distressed light-wash high-waisted jeans from Hollister ($14.99), and some  lace up sandals from Windsor ($20). Super cute, super fresh, super simple.

Miami

After a week in Orlando, we ended up spending another in Miami, which I was completely fine with, of course. We spent a day downtown and did some shopping at Lord & Taylors, and other local vendors. This was also where I got my super cute Michael Kors backpack, retailing at $300. I managed to nab it at $150!

The Outfit

PicMonkey Collage-7Another simple outfit: a plain tank, high waisted distressed jeans, and my favorite sandals lol.

Key West

We stayed in Key West for about 3 days, and it was beautiful.

The Outfit & The Key West Historic Seaport

My outfit for the second day is the one I’ll highlight. This was my favorite location as well. I put together a pair of Skinny Green Cargos from Hollister (you must now realize that this is proabbly the only place I get my jeans), a cream tank, my new Kors JetSet Backpack, and those handy-dandy sandals again!PicMonkey Collage-9.pngtwo

The African Cemetery at Higgs Beach

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This beach was especially humbling for me, as it was not only a beach, but an African Slave Cemetery. If you can’t read the print in the picture, it reads:


Near this site lie the remains of 294 African men, women and children who died in Key West in 1860. In the summer of that year the U.S. Navy rescued 1,432 Africans from three American-owned ships engaged in the illegal slave trade. Ships bound for Cuba were intercepted by the U.S. Navy, who brought the freed fricans to Key West where they were provided with clothing, shelter and medical treatment. They had spent weeks in unsanitary and inhumane conditions aboard the slave ships. The U.S. steamships Mohawk, Wyandott and Crusader rescued these indviduals from Wildfire, where 507 were rescued; the Willam, where 513 were rescued; and the Bogata, where 417 survived. In all, 294 Africans succumed at Key West to various diseases caused by conditions of their confinement. They were buried in unmarked graves on the present dat Higgs Beach where West Martello Tower now stands. By August, more than 1,000 survivers left for Liberia, West Africa, a country founded for former American slaves, where the U.S. government supported them for a time. Hundreds died on the ships before reaching Liberia. Thus, the survivors were returned to their native land, Africa, but not to their original homes on that continent.


Whenever my family vacations, we always try to visit a couple historical sites, but this one was of utmost importance to me.

Conch Shells Souvenir Shop

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Key West was our final stop, and then we finally embarked on the 28 hour drive home. All in all it was an super fun, super relaxing, and super long trip. I can’t wait for my next vacation!

Go on any vacations this summer? Questions about Florida or my outfits? Let me know down below!

P.S. Thanks so much for 800 followers in just a month of me rejoining WordPress!

Always,

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2016 Nordstrom Fall Beauty Trend Show: Oakbrook

2016 Nordstrom Fall Beauty Trend Show: Oakbrook

This past Saturday, October 15th, my mother, my sister, my aunt, and I were invited to Oakbrook’s 2016 Nordstrom Fall Beauty Trend Show.

Let’s talk the outfit first.

The Outfit

My top was a thick knit cream sweater from H&M; simple, comfortable, yet still chic. My jeans, oh my jeans: dark wash distressed high waisted denim from Hollister. For accessories, I decided on a cute and simple Kors Jetset Purse, my Fitbit Alta, two of my favorite Hai Panda Bracelets, my Pandora Rose bracelet and my favorite statement necklace from Forever 21. I finished the outfit with a simple pair of nude flats from Forever 21, and my favorite American Rag Cargo Jacket.

Screen Shot 2017-06-16 at 2.43.43 AM.pngThick Knit H&M Sweater: $30 / American Rag Cargo Jacket: $30
High-Waisted Distressed Hollister Jeans: $25 / Michael Kors Jet Set Purse: $90IMG_5123.JPGForever 21 Opalescent Statement Necklace: $20 / Hai Panda Beaded Bracelets: $32IMG_5153.JPGPandora Rose Braclet: $125 / Gold Limited Edition Fitbit Alta: $150

The entire outfit was under $500 of course – this isn’t the Grammy’s.

Keep in mind that this all wasn’t purchased at the same time. I’ve acquired some of my favorite statement pieces, such as the Pandora Rose Bracelet and the Fitbit over the years, those being gifts to myself, and the Kors purse being a birthday gift. You just have to be a savvy shopper 😉

Oh yeah, you probably want to hear about the actual event.

The Event

We arrived at 4am, landing us first place in line, and with our blankets in tow, proceeded to tough out the autumn chill for 3 hours – then in which the doors would be opening.

We shared some laughs with others in line, aching for 6:30am, when they would bring out the music and coffee to tide us over until the event began. I didn’t even drink the coffee, I used it to warm my hands. I’m sure it tasted swell though.

The time was finally 7:30am and my crew and I were ready to work the event. The doors finally opened, and after the initial bliss the wave of heat gave us, my little sister and I strutted into the Nordstrom department store, with my mom and aunt right behind us. Gladly accepting our complimentary goodie totes, we made our way up the two flights of escalators, and took our place front row, stage left, excited for the trunk show to finally begin.

Every trend show is exciting, filled with people who appreciate fashion and beauty just as much as I do. It was exciting to preview the upcoming Fall and Winter trends, as well as new products from some of the most popular cosmetic and fragrance companies. This year’s host, Gilbert Vera – definitely my favorite in the past 3 years – bounced out and started the show off perfectly. He was charming, funny, and knew just which buttons to push to get the crowd excited.

The Models

The fashion show was broken down into two distinct concepts that somehow manage to work together: Modern Romance (ultra-pretty neutrals) and Dark Glamour (bold color).

 

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  1. Going from right to left, the first model wore a For Love & Lemons white dress with crochet detailing and sexy black thigh high boots.
  2. The second, a Laura Mercier Model, wore an Alicia + Olivia cream sweater with beaded dealing and a black pleated wide leg pant.
  3. The third was one of my favorites, she sported a Ted Baker London black gown with a bow detail.
  4. The fourth, a MAC model, wore an Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 black leather overalls and a Leith ivory ruffled high collar blouse.
  5. The fifth, my absolute favorite, wore a Trouvé black poet’s blouse, and a rose cigarette pant. The shoes were to die for.
  6. The Charlotte Tilbury model on the far left, wore a Kate Spade New York blush pink sweater with a rosette bow, and a Milly black modern miniskirt.

You don’t know how hard it was to resist the urge to strut the runway with them. Très chic

After a couple minutes of music, the DJ stops and says “I just wanted to say that the two girls in the front row, in the blue shirt and the green jacket, were the very first in line”. My sister and I looked around and realized in .02 seconds that we were the girls in the blue shirt and the green jacket. Gilbert walks over and puts the microphone in front of my sister, asking how long we’d been there, and once he heard 4am, he suggested that we receive a gift. He comes back from the gift table and hands us this Deluxe Dior Gift Set. This was her second year coming to the trunk show and my third so we were definitely hyped to have received such a  beautiful gift.

The Deluxe Dior Gift Set: $200 Value

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Ms. Dior Absolutely Blooming Perfume: $90 / Dior 5 Colors Skyline Palette: $63 / Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer: $27 / DiorShow Mascara: $28.50

Only about 20 minutes into the show and we’re on Trish Mcevory watching this gorgeous lady talk about the ‘Chic Collection’ Planner’ ($225), and it consisted of everything you’d need to get ready in the morning in under 10 minutes. Gilbert takes center stage again, and pauses, walking over to my mom, and asks for her brochure (it consisted of all of the designers we’d be seeing throughout the show), and he says, “I just want to point out that this lovely lady right here is taking amazing notes on each product we’ve seen. Like look at this!” He literally walked around and showed everyone additions my mom made with her loose cursive penmanship. He’s like “Let’s give her something shall we?” The crowd cheers, and my mom, my sister, my aunt and I are beyond excited for the second time that day. He comes back and gives her a $200 value Trish Mcevoy gift set. I nearly died, twice.

The Trish Mcevoy Deluxe Gift Set: $200 Value

Screen Shot 2017-06-16 at 2.47.37 AM.pngNo. 9 Blackberry and Vanilla Musk Eau De Parfum: $85.50 / No. 9 Blackberry and Vanilla Musk Enriched Body Cream: $60 / No. 9 Blackberry and Vanilla Musk Body Polish and Sugar Scrub: $55

The Deluxe Philosophy Goodie Bag: $120 Value

I also received a beautiful Philosophy all-around sampler bag. Screen Shot 2017-06-16 at 2.48.26 AMThe show moves on to talk about another 15 or so brands and their newest products. I’ll put some of my favorites down below.

MAC ‘C’est Chic’ Matte Eyeshadow Palette: $65

IMG_7768.JPGNow this is a palette I can really commit to. Whenever I buy palette’s from MAC, I always opt for the customizable “build your own palette” option (only available in standalone MAC stores and online), because I tend to favor buying palettes in which I can use all the shades. Too many a time – and I know this is true for African-American and other colored women and men – there will be shades in a palette that I love and that I finish first, shades that are ‘eh’ on my skintone and therefore are not used as much, and shades that don’t fit me at all, or that I’d never wear. Building my own palette at MAC guarantees that each shade in my palette will be used equally, and look equally beautiful on my chocolate skin.

But this ready-made palette may be a contender. I love matte shadows, and each one in here is matte. What I will say is that for each matte shade, I appreciate the shimmer version of it, if you want to go for a simple one-tone look. Despite that minor flaw, I can definitely see myself getting this palette for Christmas 😉

The shades include: You’re Bluffing (soft peach), Soft Brown (soft golden peachy-brown), Demitasse (midtone brown), Corduroy (muted reddish-brown), Dash of Mocha (dark beige brown), Pale, Please (washed out pink), Oo La Café (midtone neutral), Choc-ful (murky midtone pink), All’s Rosy (deep pink rose), Embark (intense reddish brown), Drawing a Blanc (creamy beige), Fogged in Dirty (grey), Pinch of Sage (warm grey), Dance in the Dark (dark brown), and Raven-Eyed (deep dark navy).

Jo Malone London’s ‘Basil & Neroli’ Cologne: $65 – $130

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It’s fresh, light, eccentric, with a herbaceous warmth, and a citrusy twist. A perfect everyday scent, and I plan on picking up my very own 1 oz. bottle.

Photo credit: theperfumeboy.com

‘Laila’ Fragrance: $56 – $76

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Laila is this beautiful and clean scent by Geir Ness of Norway. It’s infused with Norwegian mountain wildflowers and with a touch of fruit inflections. What makes it better? The creator, Geir Ness, dedicated it to his mother, Laila, who used to take him up to the Norwegian Mountains when he was a young boy. Can we say ‘cute’?

Fresh ‘Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask’: $62

Behind-the-scenes-at-Fresh-Beauty-s-lab_article_full-1.jpgThe representatives at the counter gave me a free facial with this, and I have to tell you it is one of the best masks I have ever tried, aside from  Lush Fresh Face Masks. It smells amazing, and it’s actually 50% real crushed citrus fruits, including oranges, lemons and clementines. Its vitamin fruit complex contains vitamins C, E and B5, so it’s perfect for anyone with natural vitamin deficiencies, such as myself. The lemon and orange fruit extracts and minerals are supposed to help revitalize skin, and give it a more vibrant glow and soft texture. Of course I can’t judge that off of one use, so this is something else I plan on purchasing during the Christmas season.

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I digress

All in all this was the best Nordstrom Trend Show I’ve been to out of the three total times I have attended. It was lively, rewarding, and had an amazing host; so thanks so much to Gilbert Vera and Nordstrom for making this one the finest yet.

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Even if you didn’t attend a Trend Show (you should!), what looks are you most excited for during the Fall/Winter? Ultra-pretty neutrals, bold color, or a little bit of both? I’d love to hear from you!cropped-femme-rewritten-banner-14.png