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Grandma Chic: The Jumpsuit

‘To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear.’ – Marc Jacobs

I was in Goodwill recently and came across the most amazing jumpsuit. I owe endless gratitude to my grandmother for giving me the ability to spot a timeless fashion piece in any vintage or thrift store because it’s not that easy! The high-waisted jumpsuit came in a size small, so this gave me the opportunity to style my beautiful and talented friend, Taffiny Kablay. After braiding her hair in two different shades of blonde, I knew that her hair color would compliment the jumpsuit well.

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Winged eyeliner, matte red lipstick, with a pair of red pumps, I decided to pair the look with Taffiny’s own chunky knit cardigan from Forever 21 in order to put the ‘granny’ in grandma chic. We ended up with a classic, effortless, and flattering silhouette without compromising comfort. I love being comfortable and having the ability to move about freely in my clothes and so this jumpsuit did just that for Taffiny’s slender frame.

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I’ll be posting more pictures of my thrift store finds, so stay tuned and enjoy! : )

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Manuka Honey for Clear and Glowing Skin

“The fruit of bees is desired by all, and is equally sweet to kings and beggars and it is not only pleasing but profitable and healthful; it sweetens their mouths, cures their wounds, and conveys remedies to inward ulcers.’ – Saint Ambrose

Well, this is definitely not a fashion post, but I just had to rant about my new favorite face mask! Recently, I bought a jar of Manuka Honey from Amazon after reading some reviews about how it had worked wonders for people dealing with all kinds of internal and external issues. I decided to try it because I’ve been looking for an all-natural solution for my acne scars. For the past week, after cleansing my face, I have been applying a Manuka Honey mask and leaving it on for at least 30 minutes. The results have been nothing short of amazing! My skin already has this wonderful glow and it seems to be clearing slowly! I have been using it in combination with lemon followed by African Shea butter as a moisturizer. I also eat a spoonful of Manuka every morning…it’s delicious and it also seems to help with menstrual cramps. Who knew! I definitely should have listened to my grandmother when she told me about the wonders of honey…

 

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I also purchased some Shea Butter for the first time because apparently it is a wonderful natural oil not only for hair, but for skin as well. It moisturizes dry skin, protects against the cold weather, helps restore the skins elasticity, evens out the skin tone, and countless other benefits. My hair and skin seem to be enjoying it so I thought I should share : )

 

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Photo Credit: Taffiny Kablay

Minimalist Makeup

“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.”
― Joshua Becker

Minimalist or “natural-looking” makeup has gained popularity over the past couple of years. The ‘no makeup’ makeup look means chucking out that bold volumising  mascara, dark brows, bright lipsticks, and eyeshadow for a more healthy and radiant look. Some makeup artists have even opted not to use any eye makeup at all for that bare fresh-faced look. But I would prefer to keep the bold lipstick for that edgy look 😉

If you love the ‘no makeup’ makeup look it’s also important to take good care of your skin. Make sure to maintain a healthy diet and drink lots of water for that soft, supple, and glowing skin.

Below are some inspirational minimalist makeup looks that I instantly fell in love with.

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Vogue

 

Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion: All White

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”
― Coco Chanel, Chanel

I was reading Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and couldn’t help but notice that a good amount of the runway looks were all white. During fashion week we saw Rick Owens, Balenciaga, Valentino, Hermes and countless others grace the runway with fresh crisp white pieces. This spring, bring out the whites and the natural makeup for that fresh, clean, and effortless look.

I created a couple of sets on Polyvore for the coming spring. Although a lot of the pieces I use to create my outfits are expensive, the looks can be recreated with items from more affordable stores such as H&M, Forever 21Zara, and even Goodwill.

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Crop Top & Skirt – Joie

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Top & Skirt – Joie 

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In my selection of outfits below, I used a bold red against the white in order to give the looks an edge, but that is personal preference of course. When you wear all white, it is important to wear similar whites for a continuous and polished look.

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