I’m blessed. I’m surrounded by friends who are both beautiful on the inside and the outside. My friends have melanin in different shades and they appear to be always on top of their beauty and style game. Me on the other hand, some days I feel like I’m putting my best foot forward, my coils are poppin’, my OOTD is in the running for the “Best Look of The Week” credits and my best feature, my smile, is constantly on display. Then there are other days when I feel inferior to my friends. It’s as if, they are experiencing majestic hair & style moments and I’m just their frumpy sidekick.
My personal style is a bit different than most of them. I have coined my style as organically polished. I’d rather spend more time maintaining the quality of my natural beauty than to overly enhance it with too many products that seem to mask who I am. However, this organic rebellion, sometimes, makes me feel under-dressed, underdone and underrepresented. I begin to feel a bit insecure until I realize that everyone has their own unique beauty to offer the world. I try to focus on who I am and not compare, while incorporating beauty practices that help me stay confident in my own skin.
For some, school has started. Okay, for most. But if you’re like me you’re probably still looking for the perfect school essentials to set your semester off right. Here are a few pretty bags to contain those pretty pens and folders for every degree. Now, go ace those exams.
Diploma (left to right): 1 // 2 // 3
Bachelors (left to right): 1 // 2 // 3
Masters (left to right): 1 // 2 // 3
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Drycleaning my clothes is one of my least favorite things to do. It seems like the prettiest dresses, flowiest wide leg pants and silkiest blouses are always “Dry Clean Only.” I literally have a stock pile of clothes that need to be dry cleaned. But honestly, I rather spend more money buying new clothes than dry cleaning it.
So, I took to Google to find a solution. Surprisingly, most of the research mentioned that most “Dry Clean Only” garments can just be hand washed and they’ll be fine. From silk blouses to soft delicates the most cost-effective solution is to hand wash your clothes in either cold or lukewarm water with detergent and lay it out or hang it to dry, indoors. Simple. So, next time, don’t hesitate to purchase that pretty printed “Dry Clean Only” cami. You already look good in it, now you know how to clean it.
We’ve all been there, yes? You’re on a lovely beach, ready to dip your perfectly polished pedicure into the salty clear blue seas, and then you realize you are not Bo Derek in 10. Your hair is not naturally straight and it’s not immune to the curling power of water. You have natural kinky hair that will fight to cling together in tight coils if the slightest ounce of water touches your tresses. However, the good news is there are ways to prep your hair to prevent sun, chlorine and salt damage, so you can maintain your beautiful natural glow all summer long.
This is the season of the white parties. From engagement parties to bridal showers to birthdays and christenings, I am constantly in pursuit of a elegant white dress for summer festivities. For the occasions, I prefer a dress to separates, because I don’t have to worry about matching the shades of whites. Instead, an elegant white dress is effortless and with added chic accessories to elevate the style, can make a statement.
Beautiful people. When you work hard for something and you begin to see the fruition of your labor, it’s a good feeling. One of my goals for this year, was to expand my platform. I wanted to start contributing to other platforms to extend the knowledge and information I express here to others who may not already be in my network. I’ve done that by contributing to STYLVO, a lifestyle, beauty and fashion content platform for African millennials. What I didn’t perceive, so soon at least, was that my post would be featured on one of the highest rated Nigerian blogs, Bella Naija. This small victory is a testament to those that are working hard behind the scenes waiting for your work to be validated. I say, keep working, soon the seeds that you are sowing will yield bountiful fruit.
Here is the intro to my published post.