This breeze, this city, this vista
🚨News flash ladies - after 10 years since my first visit to Zara with Christina in Sevilla I've finally found a pair of their jeans that fit my body 🙌🏿! Ladies (especially my curvy loves) you know it took some squatting...and jumping...and tugging but I made it into this fab pair of white skinny jeans...which brings me to my...
Style Tip: Everyone needs a good pair of white jeans. I recommend a great flared or skinny pair for the season. And if you want to show of your skinnies with a great pair of strappy heels don't be afraid to cuff them👌🏾
Top: Banana Republic
Reset. Refresh. Repeat.
This weekend was tough. And in order to be your best self, self care is key. Mine recently included QT with my girls, who've become the sisters I've always wanted. Woke af, intelligent, beautiful inside and out...let's just say inspiration overflows whenever we get together. And some 🏊🏾 time never hurts 😜Which brings me to my...
Style Tip: One piece swimsuit ingredients for success = material + cut.
A great one piece bathing suit deserves the same thoughtfulness as a great bikini. Material and cut, depending on your body shape are critical. This high leg one piece from @topshop delivered for me on both fronts.
Unfortunately this one is sold out online, but here's a similar two piece option with the same fabric and design. Also they have a BOMB final clearance sale online NOW. Thank me later if you find any great pieces :-)
📸: Nene I
Style Tip: Working with in store stylists can result in some amazing wins - so try on what they're recommending! How many of you steer clear of stylists or salespeople in stores offering help? I know, I know...I do too sometimes; But I have to admit when you find one that really has a great eye you'll end up finding amazing pieces that you may have otherwise overlooked.
This dress for instance from @bananarepublic, I immediately overlooked it because I didn't think it would do anything for my body and I wasn't sure about the volume on top. Buy my stylist at Banana said trust me - just try it on. And you know I LOVE a good color pop...and viola - this is one of my favorite finds of the season. And it has pockets 🙌🏿*snaps*🙌🏿
#peachplease by @mentedcosmetics is giving me the perfect summer lip shade this Monday morning. Just a light pop to go with my orange frock ;-)
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When a once a life time trip comes your way through the blessing of one of your best girls - the only answer is YES, YES, SI SE PUEDE...SIIIIM :D
I'm someone that really doesn't like to visit the same place multiple times, but I would go back to Capri and Positano MULTIPLE times a YEAR! Hands down one of the most breath taking and beautiful places I've been to. Beautiful people, great weather, stunning scenery, great food, love of melanin...do I really need to continue?
And of course - you know I had to get a boat day in with my girls. And Janelle ONLY knows how to travel in style so we did it the right way.
Travel Tip: I highly recommmend Gianna's Boat for your island hopping needs in Capri.
Style Tip: White dress and/or a white swimsuit for your day on the water = WIN. Deep blue sea backdrop.
Hola amigos y familia!
I joined the Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD) Vanguard for a colorful celebration of the French and Spanish speaking countries of the African Diaspora! This day party with a purpose encouraged guests to get in the spirit - from Ankara to Kente and patterns in between - and come dressed to impress in your flyest African fashion.
With stylist pressure running high, I found myself scrambling at the last minute to get my life in order! I didn't want to half step and just come in bright colors so I reignited my Google search to find any locally owned stores that carried African clothes.
Unfortunately, I came up empty handed because I waited until a few days before the event to make moves and a lot of the artists sold their items during Oakland First Fridays or at the Berkley Flea Market on Sundays.
Fail. For me.
But alas, I was speaking to my local Park partner in crime Jeff about my crisis and we discussed a worst case scenario move - buy some fabric, wrap up your hair and keep it moving! Okay - solid plan B. Except that my head is really large and I have faux loss ... so my usual head wrap styles would need some fine tuning.
And then it happened. Magic. In literally less than 1 hour.
In the middle of my Google search on the bus ride home after my Saturday AM Zumba class I found a fabric store in THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO that had African prints. Amen! So I jumped off the bus, caught the California Street Cable Car to Powell street and set foot to Britex Fabrics in Union Square.
After getting sidetracked with a quick run into Zara. Because. You know it's Zara...I made it to Britex.
Upstairs on the second floor I started to get a bit overwhelmed by the ABUNDANCE of options surrounding me, but a nice employee helped me take a few deep breaths, calm down, and walk through the options until I stumbled on a print that spoke to me - a true 2 for 1 deal!
Don't you love those!?
This African print was bold AND highlighted the colors of my Jamaican heritage. Done and done. Yes, I'll take 1 yard of this print.
$15 later I was on my way home. Actually, I didn't make it far because there was an Indian street fair between me and the climb back up Powell Street. So I stopped for some quick street food and inhaled a samosa while listening to some banghara for a few minutes outside - yummy...but tchau work out gains! :/
Okay - back to the main story. So I hike back to my apartment with this beautiful print....but what was I actually going to do with it?
A few creative iterations later - viola! I created this top on top of a bra for shape and support. With no thread, no needle, no pins.
+ then I tossed on one of my favorite skirts from Zara, my go to nude heels and a hat - just because #whynot and this vintage clutch find from my Mom.
Ba ding ba da boom.
Hola beautiful people!
Can you believe I styled my first wedding?! Talk about the pressure to deliver on one of the most important dates in someone's life. But the smile on this bride's face, my lovely cousin Dawn, made it all worth it.
The process really kicked off 4 months ago - which may seem crazy to those of you that have planned a wedding before. But for me - no big deal. I bought my wedding dress (well the one I actually decided to wear, lol) 2 months before my big day. When I reached out a month before the wedding and still no dress...hmmm...okay no big deal. I have an idea of the look we are going for and the budget.
But when we were entering the week of the wedding and still no dress - the pressure WAS REAL. But as most procrastinators know that adrenaline rush created by time constraints can bring out some of your best high performing moments. Thank God this was one of them - for me and the bride. As most West Indians know, we are not a forgiving people in holding our tongues to tell you exactly how we feel!
Together, with Dawn putting her trust in me to bring her vision together, the behind the scenes magic of how I work to understand my clients desires, online and in person shopping, and knowing which designers are best for you client we were able to find a dress that:
Best Moment (really only one!? There were SO many!): The dance-floor. Family from all over the world (Canada, England, etc.) jamming to Ed Sheehan's Thinking Out Loud - reggae version smoothly mixed in at the end of the first dance - to the classics from Beres Hammond - to LMFAO Shots! Priceless.
Have I mentioned how much I love summertime (<---- cue DJ Jazzy Jeff & Will please!) - and any and everything that reminds me of warm weather. Can you blame me? My parents are from Jamaica and I grew up in Florida...and I really do miss living in Brasil.
So you KNOW this jumpsuit was screaming my name when I saw it. Palm trees - hello? I feel like I should be poolside with a glass of bubbly and sunnies on whenever I wear it.
I believe everyone should have a piece of clothing that immediately takes them to their happy place. If you're a pool or beach lover - this may be the one for you. And men - I know you've heard of the #romphim mayhem this week. I know some of you will be testing the waters this summer with your own romper alternatives ;-)
I've worn this a few times with different skinny belts (honestly any color works), keds for a fun relaxed look and heels in this photo for a sexy daytime look.
You can buy this one at Zara in stores or online here.
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I've added a few of my favorite last minute pieces below for your reference.
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Utopia Tassel Chandelier Earrings
Crispin Drop Earrings
Wonder Phone Crossbody
Crocheted Trim Bikini Top & Crocheted Trim Side Tie Bikini Bottom