Sep 25, 2016

Inspired Living | Fab Living Spaces

What makes a space inspirational? Is it the $3,500 Jason Miller chandelier? The architectural details? Its character? For me, it's the feeling of comfort. The feeling of warmth. Then of course there's the style factor. If you've been reading the blog for some time---you'd be familiar with my popular mantra. Which is ---- always keep an open mind to two things: inspiration and love. My interior design style is as eclectic as my fashion. Just as with fashion, many of my home furnishings were curated from a variety of sources. From flea markets, popular retail chains, yard sales to online retailers. My interior design style is modern, eclectic and transitional. Mixing different design elements keeps a space balanced. If you have too many modern pieces, your space can appear and feel a little cold. Too may traditional pieces, you can run the risk of having an easily dated space. Mix the two and you'll be living in perfect harmony. The below living spaces speaks perfectly to this.

Sep 23, 2016

Red Lipstick

Outfit Details: Vest: Rachel Roy (thrifted) | Skirt: Harvé Benard (thrifted) | Pumps: Enzo Angiolini (old) | Satchel : Furla (old) | Lippie: Anastasia Sarafine Liquid Lipstick

Sep 18, 2016

Fab Travel: Marriott Frenchman's Reef

Ok----Confession session. I do lots of traveling. Ready for the confession part? I'm also a hotel snob. An unapologetic one. That's right. I have high standards for where I lay my head at night. After all, no one wants travel accommodations sub-par to everyday living. Surely I don't. When I traveled to St. Thomas this summer with the family---we decided to go the resort route. You never know when you'll get the urge to just stay in---and in that case, you'll need all the amenities at your fingertips. Overlooking Morningstar Bay on the Caribbean coast, this Marriott Frenchman's Reef property met all of my required C's: Cost, Class and Comfort. And the daily complimentary rum punch? Yah Mon!
We had air conditioning issues with our room upon arrival, but the hotel engineering staff was able to resolve those issues promptly. So shout out to the Marriott staff who were super accommodating and helpful during our stay. We didn't have a need to leave the property because everything was a hop, skip and a jump away. From a full service spa, fitness center (for my gym rat hubby) and seven restaurants on property--- it made for a fabulous stay. The next time travel calls you to St. Thomas, USVI---I highly recommend that you consider this great full-service hotel as an option.
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Sep 13, 2016

Dear Dark Skinned Women

Tar-baby, blackie and midnight were just a few chosen words used to hurl insults my way as a young girl growing up. But it really wasn't until I moved from the islands to the Bronx in the late 80s that my deep copper pigmented skin became the main subject of what we know to hold true of colorism. Honestly, when I initially set out to write this post---it was intended solely for black women, but the perils of colorism isn't exclusive to the black race. It's global. It's multi-cultural. It's pandemic. Just check the sale numbers on skin bleaching creams in Jamaica, India or Japan.You see, whether it's when your Indian-American neighbor pleads with her 6 year-old daughter to shelter herself from the sun before she "gets too dark" or that cute high school crush who professes that "you're pretty for a dark skin girl"---the fact still remains that many still see dark skin and Afrocentric (outside of sub Saharan Africa) features as undesirable across western society and the diasporas.Those very attributes that remind many of us of our West African ancestry: wide nose bridge, deep cocoa skin or 4c curl patterned coils.

When I moved to the South, I was reminded even more that the lighter the complexion---the greater the privilege. Privilege of belonging. Privilege of opportunity. Privilege of self-worth. Growing up I wasn't prepped for the cruelty that accompanied any of society's isms----much less what colorism could wreak on my self-esteem. I'd often find myself searching for understanding. Why people could be so cruel? Why would my skin tone garner so much hate and disdain? Why couldn't people see me for just me? I was too young at the time to fully understand racism and its ugly ramifications. I was too young at the time to not give zero phucks of what people thought of me and my beauty.That would change.

Outfit Details: Tee (here) | Joggers (here) | Sandals: (here) | Sunnies: Old
It wasn't until college that I decided to fully embrace all that God made me to be. It's when I decided that I was no longer going to accept anyone else's insecurities as my own. Nope. I wasn't going to take ownership. Not today. Not tomorrow. Not NEVER! See what I realized is that when people are totally secure with who they are---there is no need for them to make anyone else feel less than. There'd be no need for them to put anyone down in order to lift themselves up. There'd be no need for them to relish in the demise of others. Please know this---You're worthy. You're beautiful. You're capable. When I look in the mirror, I see Queen Nefertiti staring back at me. I challenge you to walk in your queendom. Accept your royalty. And reclaim your throne.

Sep 7, 2016

5 Reasons You Have Nothing to Wear

The dreadful agony of having somewhere to be to only discover that you have absolutely nothing to wear is an all to common phenomenon that even the most fashionable can sometime find themselves in. Despite having a closet that can be envied by Carrie Bradshaw; navigating through the complexities of your wardrobe can be a pretty daunting task. So lets dissect some of the root causes behind your wardrobe frustrations. Here are my top 5 reasons you don't have anything to wear; which are solely centered around your basic closet components, personal style and shopping technique and strategy.

1. You Have No Clue What's In Your Closet. Sure, you have a fabulous closet that every women will envy, but do you actually know what's in it? Can you take a mental inventory that doesn't take upwards of 24 hours to complete? There is certainly a misconception that the more the merrier when it comes to fashion. Ask any minimalist and they will argue to the contrary. If your closet is to the point where you can't see and/or remember everything in it, you may certainly have too much crap (and that's putting it lightly...LOL).
Solution: It's time for some spring cleaning. Reassess your current wardrobe and remove any items that you haven't worn in more than two seasons. Start with the basic staples and work your way up. More than likely you've outgrown these items in taste.