Oct 24, 2014

Pumpkin Spice

Hey lovies. Just a quick hello before I head out. I'll be attending Oprah's The Life You Want Tour in Miami this weekend. I have heard nothing but great reviews about this inspirational tour and it is finally making a stop in Florida. Of course I will be all ears while I soak up all of that wealth of knowledge and inspiration to share with you guys.Have a great weekend.

Outfit Details: Cardigan: DIY | Leggins: Zara | Sunnies: Louis Vuitton (thifted) | Tank: NYC Boutique | Sandals: BabyPhat | Bag: Louis Vuitton (thrifted) 
Chat with you beauties soon. Until then.....Peace, Love & Blessings!

Oct 23, 2014

Fab Beauty Buy | Giovanni Cool Mint Body Scrub

It isn't often that I stumble upon a product and fall absolutely head over heels for it. But I happened to be scouring the isles at my local Super Walmart (gives the ultimate side eye) a few years ago and picked up this amazing Cool Mint and Lemonade Body Scrub. I wasn't sure what to expect, but after the first try---I am hooked. Since hitting my 30s, exfoliating my skin has become a key routine to keeping my skin looking vibrant and healthy. I use this product to exfoliate my entire body at least once a week using the Egyptian Loofah Exfoliating Pad.  These two are key in my beauty and skincare regimen. A plus is that both products are organic.
------------When exfoliating the skin, always remember to incorporate the following in your routine.--------------
  • Take your dry brush or loofah to the skin from the feet up, brushing in short, light strokes
    • While in the shower, using the salt scrub and loofah pad, start at the feet again and massage the skin in a circular motion on up the body.
      • Rinse off using lukewarm water and pat skin dry and apply a moisturizer while skin is slightly damp.
        • Never use this scrub for the face. Getting salt and mint in your eyes will be no fun.   
          After using the cool mint scrub, the smell, the feel and the extreme moisture will leave you feeling like you've just left your local luxury spa. I know many of us exfoliate our faces regularly, but we should also be exfoliating our entire body just as often. You can also use this scrub as a foot scrub by simply applying a small amount to a foot pumice stone and scrubbing the feet as needed. Chat with you beauties soon.

          Oct 21, 2014

          Foodie Favorite | Southern Art, Atlanta GA

          I had the pleasure of staying at the Intercontinental hotel in Buckhead---a trendy and commercial district of Atlanta, Georgia when I visited the city a few weeks ago. It was my first time staying at an Intercontinental property so I was curious as to the level of service I would receive. One of the important aspects to selecting a hotel next to cleanliness and quality of service are the amenities. As a full service luxury hotel, I expected the hotel to have a good restaurant on the premises and boy was I in for a surprise. Southern Art, the hotel's onsite restaurant offers southern cuisine with a farm-to-table modern touch. Spearheaded by highly acclaimed chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Art Smith. Smith will conjure up house favorites like Fried Green Tomatoes,  Fried Oyster Deviled Eggs, Shrimp and Grits, Seared Scallop Saint James and Buttermilk Fried Chicken to name a few. One thing is for sure, I ate pretty damn good during my stay. If you are ever in the area, I recommend Southern Art for a fantastic dining experience. If Atlanta is in your travel plans, do consider staying at the Intercontinental Buckhead, it is an exceptional hotel experience.
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          Until next time. . . . Peace, Love & Food!

          Oct 20, 2014

          Trend Alert | Intarsia Sweaters

          Intarsia, according to wikipedia is a knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colors. As with the woodworking technique of the same name, fields of different colors and materials appear to be inlaid in one another, but are in fact all separate pieces, fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Ok, sure... intarsia sweaters are not really a "new" trend. But you can certainly say that they've become increasingly popular over the last three years. You have probably seen your share of black and white ones with either a graphic object or a word aligned within the center. Yes my friend, these are all intarsia sweaters. I've been a fan of the skillfully knitted sweaters for some time. I've been in search for a particular black and white one and since fall is here again, I'm hoping I will be able to score a fabulous one.

          Most of you will probably have the opportunity to pull out your sweaters long before the Florida weather affords me the chance. So for the next two months or so, I'll just have to live vicariously through you. Are you rocking sweaters in your neck of the woods yet? Until next time....Be Bold. Be Fabulous. Be You!

          Oct 18, 2014

          Designer Watch | Shola Designs

          Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Shola Yusuf is the founder and creative force behind Shola Designs. The Pharmacist turned shoe designer moved to New York City from Nigeria in 1989 with less than $100 in her pocket. Taking security guard positions, she put herself through the College of Pharmacy at LIU, graduating in 1995. In 2003, she opened her own pharmacy and now owns four in the Tampa Bay area where she and her love for shoes and accessories resides. She says, "I devour every form of media when it comes to fashion. I travel 20 times a year. I am always away somewhere – West Africa, New York City, Hong Kong, Italy, and London. These are my main shopping and design destinations. I follow leading designers and the best retailers." Shola has become a household name in the Tampa Bay area as she has showcased her designs in countless fashion shows within the Bay area. I have so much admiration for her as a business woman. Her business acumen is certainly one to admire. Having to manage four pharmacies, a shoe line and the multiple aspects of life, there is no secret that Shola Yusuf is a busy woman. She certainly makes it look easy. I chatted with the Nigerian business woman recently, see what she had to say about fashion, her inspiration and the future of her brand.