May 13, 2018

10 Weird Beauty Tricks, But They Work!

There are so many unconventional beauty hacks and tricks out there. Some of the most useful ones doesn't involve a trip to your luxury department store counter, but rather a quick trip to your kitchen pantry or medicine cabinet. Have you ever mentioned a health and/or beauty  issue to your mama to only get some weird recommendation that involves the weirdest home remedy? You follow up with the ultimate side eye because you think that mom has lost her God given mind. Well, many of those unconventional home remedies are spot on and I've listed ten of my favorites that will be sure to keep you looking beautiful.
  1. Toothpaste Applying a base coat to your nails prior to applying your color polish prevents the nail from becoming stained. But just in case you still become the victim of stained fingernails, simply scrubbing your nails with a whitening-based toothpaste will remove any stains.
  2. Eggs - The egg yolk is rich in fat and protein and is a natural moisturizer. The white, which contains antimicrobial peptides, removes unwanted oils and toxins. Use the entire egg to condition normal hair. To treat oily hair, use the egg whites only and the yolk to moisturize dry and brittle hair.  Use enough egg to coat the entire head. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse with cool water (no warm or hot water, you don't want the egg to cook in your hair) then shampoo hair. Whole egg and yolk treatments can be applied once a month; while whites can be applied every two weeks.
  3. Lemon - Lemon can also be used to remove unwanted fingernail stains. However, this acidic natural can serve many purposes including nail strengthener. Got too many acrylic manicures that have left your nails weak and brittle? Combine lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl, then soak and watch those brittle yellow nails return to its beautiful state.

May 11, 2018

5 Design Principles of a Great Space

I love to mix modern and traditional home décor pieces. Clean lines accented by bold colors with earthy and warm undertones. The goal? A space that is warm and inviting, bold yet balanced all while remaining true to my personal aesthetic. This essence of modern day style and décor. An interior design style that is  modern, transitional and eclectic. To me, it's about stepping outside of my comfort zone, experimenting and mixing different paints, fabrics and textures to create spaces with a warm, modern,  yet a simplistic touch. All to which leads back to my personal fashion style. Here are 5 important qualities I consider when creating an interior space.
How to Design a Great Space, Great Home Decor DecorationsWarmth - I love a space that is warm and inviting. While many modern spaces can have a cold appearance, simply introducing warm color palettes, rich wood tones and textures and a simplistic furniture arrangement can turn any space from cold to warm.
Contrast - Mixing prints or contrasting color is the best way to bring contrast to a space. Too much contrast can become a distraction and can cause a space to become too busy. So be careful when introducing this design principle to a space.

Apr 20, 2018

Life's Purpose

What I've learned on this journey is that---it doesn't matter when you find life's purpose---but rather when you do, you pursuit it to the fullest. Cheers to living life on purpose.

Photography: Daniel Garber

Apr 19, 2018

Beauty Benevolence | MUA Toni Nicole

“Making the world a prettier place one face at a time” is her motto. Orlando-based Makeup Artist Toni Nicole is a familiar face amongst many. I'm not really sure who introduced me to the college educated beauty, but I quickly knew that she was someone that I needed to have in my corner if I wanted to step my beauty game up a notch. She has been instrumental in many of my cosmetics and beauty purchasing decisions. Each and every product she has recommended has been spot on. I consider her a trusted professional.  The MAC certified and nationally published artist has been transforming faces one stroke at a time for many years. She says, "Everyone has their own individual style when it comes to fashion and trends, why not have your own style when it comes to makeup? Individuality is what sets one apart from the next person and in my line of work, individuality is what transforms a makeup artist into an artist." Whether it’s a wedding, photo shoot, fashion editorial spread, or just a night on the town, Toni Nicole will enhance your natural beauty suitable for the occasion. I had the opportunity to chat it up about all things beauty with the talented artist. check out the deeds below.

“Making the world a prettier place one face at a time” is my motto. -Toni Nicole

Apr 10, 2018

5 Reasons to Embrace World Travel

Having lived in some of the most diverse cities in America, it wasn't long before I developed an appreciation for cultural diversity. There’s nothing like discovering new places, people and customs. Visiting a foreign country or even a domestic locale with unique culture has the capability to offer life changing experiences. With travel right at our fingertips, all it takes is a desire for adventure, a couple bucks and maybe a passport to unlock a world of priceless experiences. Here are the five reasons you should seek to up level your travel game.
Experience New Cultures - Traveling to foreign countries (or domestic towns and cities) opens us up to new cultural experiences. Whether it's the type of fashion, music or food that is know to that particular region---these three things alone defines culture. You simply can't experience culture without them.

Experience New Delicacies - Eating the local foods may open up new possibilities even introduce a new lifestyle that you couldn't of imagine.  Like Anthony Bourdain of the show, Parts Unknown; whether he's in Myanmar, Peru, Jerusalem or Congo---one thing is for sure, he eats----drinks and leaves merry. Talk about travel goals.