OVERSIZED

I can see an oversized tunic being my go to for the upcoming seasons.

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PLAID IS THE NEW BLACK

Plaid is back for another season, including the infamous tartan print. Plaid is the new black.

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HIS & HERS

Unfortunately it’s Monday yet again :/ I had such a great weekend and it never seems to last. Ah well.

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In Full Bloom

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Okay, so there are 2 things I dislike about this look: 1) it’s a bit too feminine for my taste and 2) the quality of the dress is awful. I feel like this is a dress I would give my future daughter to play dress up in. I wouldn’t be seen in this outside of the house (aside from doing this photo shoot). It’s quite disappointing. I saw it on the model and fell in love with it. I got it in the mail and it made my stomach do flips. It’s atrocious. No disrespect to the company who made it whatsoever, but it could have definitely been more appealing as it was on the display model. 1 thing I do like is the colors in the fabric. I just wish the fabric was better. Other than that, this is one of those posts that makes me look forward to spring because of the vibrant colors and warmer weather. I would say I can’t wait, but it’s here sooner than I thought and sooner than our beloved groundhog predicted :/

Dress: c/o RoseWholesale Stylish Round Collar Short Sleeve Floral Print Maxi Dress For Women (available HERE)

Shoes: GoJane Point It Out Laced Faux Suede Flats (available HERE)

Handbag: c/o Allbuy (available HERE)

Earrings: c/o SammyDress Pair of Excellent Bohemian Stud Earrings For Women (available HERE)

Watch: c/o Dressgal Fashion Ladies Women Korean Style Analog Knitted Strap Wrist Watch (available HERE)

Ring: c/o RoseWholesale Retro Style and Sweet Peacock Feather Crystal Embellished Finger Ring (available HERE)

Photos: Kaela Rodehorst Photography

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TUTORIAL: Winterberry

This winter inspired look would be the exact look I wore and filmed on Christmas Day, 2014. The look is over a year old, but the makeup itself would work beautifully on any particular day. It’s very wearable and makes an awesome bridal look! I have been posting number of these lately since I often get questions from brides on makeup ideas and I find they nearly always show me a face of the day that I have done to replicate on them for their big day. I used mostly MAC eye shadows to achieve the look, but feel free to dive into your own collection and be creative :)

Products Used:

TOOLS

MAC #222 Brush

MAC #242 Brush

Sigma pencil brush

Tmart Flat Shader Brush

Sedona Lace #224 Brush

Royal Care Cosmetics Foundation Brush

MAC #116 Brush

FACE

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer in Medium

Dior Diorskin Nude Foundation in #41

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed Powder in Opal

3 Concept Eyes Moist Glossing Face Oil Mist

BROWS

e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Coffee

Ben Nye Creme Highlight in Medium

Milani Cosmetics Clear Brow Gel

EYES

MAC Painterly Paint Pot

Eye Kandy Liquid Sugar

Bare Minerals The Elements READY Palette

Earthen Glow Minerals Shell Island Pigment

MAC Uninterrupted Pro Longer Eye Shadow

Bare Minerals Round the Clock Waterproof Eye Liner in 11AM

3 Concept Eyes Tomboy Eye Shadow

MAC Reflects Gold Glitter

Motives Cosmetics Noir Liquid Liner

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

#747S Lashes

LIPS

MAC Lip Conditioner

MAC Pro Longwear Bespoken For Lip Pencil

MAC Runner Lipstick

The final look!

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OOTD: http://www.thebeautybeau.com/ootd-hidden-trails-2/

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Good Jeans

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There’s nothing like a good pair of skinny jeans and a cute bootie! They make the perfect pair. I picked up this handbag while I was in Arizona shopping with my mom. She expressed that she needed a new black handbag, so we stumbled upon a Fossil outlet and this green bag caught my eye. I mainly got it because I literally own not a single green handbag, but now I’m glad I bought it. I went back and forth in the store until my mom told me “just get it” lol. It goes with more outfits than I could have possibly ever imagined, including this one! Now that I’ve done my trolling on the Fossil website, I want another! This one is calling my name lol. I want the seagrass color! Late birthday present, maybe? Or work anniversary present? I make a year on February 22nd. Sounds good to me!

Top: c/o Romwe Round Neck Dip Hem Knit Yellow Sweater (available HERE)

Denim: Levi’s 711 Skinny Jeans (available HERE)

Shoes: GoJane Get Laced Faux Suede Booties (similar options available HERE)

Necklace: c/o OASAP (old)

Handbag: Fossil (in store, similar style HERE)

Beaded Bracelet: Kohl’s (in store)

Chain Bracelet: c/o Jewelry Factory

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Proportion Play

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The irony of this outfit is that it’s the perfect winter outfit, but it’s not appropriate for Louisiana winter. It literally stayed cold for 1 week in total the entire winter so far. It’s so annoying! I have all these cute winter clothes that I can’t really enjoy due to the constant heat. At least you have the ability to enjoy them on the blog! I really look forward to rocking this checked mini skirt in the warmer months with sandals or booties! You could even brighten up the entire outfit with a colored longline blazer or vest for warmer weather. There are many seasonal possibilities and so many ways how to style a longline blazer! Creativity is key :)

Longline Blazer: c/o Romwe Lapel With Pockets Blazer (available HERE)

Sweater: Boohoo Boutique Sheela Fluffy Knit Cable Knit Jumper (available HERE)

Skirt: Boohoo Annera Knitted Checked Jacquard Mini Skirt (available HERE)

Boots: ASOS KEY TO MY HEART Lace Up Over the Knee Boots (available HERE)

Handbag: c/o LUCLUC Black Expandable Bags (available HERE)

Bracelets: New York & Company

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TUTORIAL: TWA Wash & Go with Miss Jessie’s MultiCultural Clear

You could call this my first official natural hair tutorial. Exciting, right? I know a lot of you have been dying for me to begin posting these because maybe you’ve just done the big chop yourselves and need guidance. Or, you just want to be nosy. Either way, my tips are bound to help someone in need. By now, you should know I’m lazy and don’t like to do a lot of labor when it comes to my hair. After all, that’s why I steered clear of going natural for a while. I then realized, if I don’t like it, that’s what wigs are for and also, I should embrace what God gave me and not embrace how the media thinks black women’s hair should look. No shade, I promise. I mean, I was relaxed for nearly 19 years lol. Just my thoughts on why I went natural in the first place.

Today, I will be sharing my wash ‘n go hair tutorial using the Miss Jessie’s MultiCultural Clear hair gel! I did perform the LOC method (leave in, oil and cream) for this look. Reference the video above for more info on this and on how I achieved an effortless, everyday look. I used the hair gel in place of the cream. I tend to use gels and creams interchangeably depending on the look I’m going for. Just make sure that hair is well moisturized underneath!

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Here’s what Miss Jessie’s had to say about their Multicultural Clear (credit to Miss Jessie’s):

Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Clear ™ is the perfect light weight gel for your unique blend of multi-textured waves and curls. We know that you love Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Curls styling lotion because it gives your wavy and curly hair just the right amount of hold without being too heavy or too light. Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Clear is a gentle styling product that also delivers that perfect balance but in gel form. Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Clear is a quick drying gel formulated for an ultra smooth spread that will define your waves and curls and leave them super soft and crunch-free. Other gels can be too heavy and make your hair look weighed down and stringy. Who wants that? Instead, try Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Clear for frizz-free shinny and glossy curls and waves. You can’t go wrong when you go with Miss Jessie’s –the expert in curls, kinks, and waves!

I can attest to the fact that the gel is very lightweight and I didn’t experience any kind of hardening of my hair…which is awesome! For my particular hair texture, more is more. I didn’t use a crazy amount and I still had definition, but I do prefer an even more defined look.

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Product usage instructions (credit to Miss Jessie’s):

Evenly distribute a capful or more to damp, freshly washed, conditioned and detangled hair. Spread “your” just right amount until you have good coverage. Make sure you scrunch the hair to encourage curl. To dry: either use a diffuser attachment to dry the hair or air dry and GO! To refresh curl, dampen hair and apply a capful or more of Multicultural Clear ™ and repeat steps above.

Again, I could have used more lol. As mentioned earlier, before applying this product, my hair was freshly washed, detangled and oiled down to the roots. If your hair is longer, feel free to diffuse your hair! I went with the simple wash and go technique. See video above for how I styled my TWA.

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PROS:

  • Lightweight
  • Light, but fragrant odor
  • 4c hair friendly
  • Can also be used to slick baby hairs
  • No white residue
  • Detailed description on packaging
  • Helps freshly washed hair dry quicker

CONS:

  • Can’t think of any!

Look forward to more hair tutorials, reviews and posts!

xoxo

*Thanks to Miss Jessie’s, through collaboration with Octoly for sponsoring this post.

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Bare Necessities

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All you need in your wardrobe are a pair of leather leggings, a basic blouse and some basic booties. These 3 bare necessities will get you through season to season! You can mix and match them with other items to switch it up and you can layer them too! This just so happens to be the perfect time of year for an outfit like this since we’ve been having temperatures above 70. I can truly say I have enjoyed the weather. I used the cold as an excuse not to run for a few days, but now I ave no excuse and I have been reaping the benefits of running outdoors…I love it! It’s also a lot easier to get dressed for work when it’s like this since I have been wearing these basic jersey midi skirts faithfully and just simply picking a matching top and booties. My mornings are less wasted when I don’t have to worry about what to wear. These skirts are a definite must have. They are super comfortable, inexpensive and maternity friendly 😉

P.S. Let me go on and add the disclaimer in here that I’m not pregnant. I just like to help y’all out when I can with trendy maternity options that won’t break the bank :)

Top: c/o Fashion Ataha (sold out)

Pants: GoJane Badass High-Waisted Coated Leggings (available HERE)

Shoes: ShoeDazzle (really old, very similar HERE and HERE)

Watch: c/o Rosegal Stylish Digital Watch with Red LED Multi-Function Dound Dial Silicone Band (available HERE)

Hair: c/o Glam Angels Hair Cambodian Straight (available HERE)

Photos: Keshaun Fudge

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