Positive Thinking: Uprooting Negativity

Hey guys! I wanted to come on and film this video on positive thinking in response to all the messages and comments I received after my Trusting God video!  I have been through hard times and I know the toll it can take on you mentally. Through it all, I have come to rely on my faith in God, in addition to a number of lifestyle changes.  Living your best life means being intentional in the moment, but it also means changing your habits and routines to support more positive thinking.  I am now learning that how we think is linked to how we emotionally feel, and our emotions are inextricable linked to how we live and care for ourselves.  

I hope you all enjoy the video! They have helped me so much, and I hope they help you too 🙂

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GET OUT MOVIE: Review and Social Commentary

get out movie review

I am not ashamed to admit that I have seen the new Get Out movie 3 times.  3 separate times.  In a movie theatre.  It’s just that good.  

Let me start by saying that this isn’t a movie I planned on seeing.  Even after my brother sent me the trailer a couple months before it came out.  That being said, it stand as one of the best movies I’ve ever seen in theaters in part due to the reaction is receives each time.  It is a living, breathing production, and it is almost impossible to be an innocent bystander to this film.  It forces you to participate.

I have been the only black person in the room enough times, from my private school upbringing to my Ivy League college education, to tell you that the interactions shown in this film are stunningly accurate.  Painfully so, and in some ways, numbingly so.  

I don’t want to go into too much detail here, so check out the video review below.  Also, here are some fun articles to get into.  BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

Favorite Articles on Get Out

Why Get Out is the Best Movie Ever Made About Slavery

The Horror of Smug Liberals

In Get Out, the Eyes Have It

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Winter Lookbook Featuring Affordable Outfits for Curvy Figures!

outfits for curvy hips

Hey Guys 🙂 I wanted to come on and do my first ever fashion video! This video was a lot of fun, and really made me want to put out more like it.  These outfits are comfortable and flattering picks for curvy girls with curvy figures—particularly curvy hips. They are also so affordable, and wearable, that they will make great staples that can be mixed and matched across styles and seasons. Enjoy! Be sure to watch the video below 🙂

 

Outfit 1: Monochrome Jade

outfits for curvy hips

 

I love pairing fitting silhouettes with loose-fitting pieces on top.  This is the first of those looks.  I think these looks allow me to flatter my figure in a wearable and comfortable way, and this outfit is no exception.  Paired with the thigh high boots, it dresses the look up but it also looks very cute with a heeled bootie.  This outfit is not the warmest, as the material of the dress and trench are pretty thin, but it’s great for days when you’ll be indoors!

 

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PHOTOS

 

Larissa Curved Hem Bodycon Dress HERE

Faye Fluid Double Breasted Drawstring Trench sold out HERE | Alternatives: HERE HERE HERE HERE

Sawyar Knee-High Boot HERE

Outfit #2: Red and Black

outfits for curvy girls

 

This outfit is the perfect balance between comfy and cute.  I love the flannel, not just because of the comfort it gives this look, but also for how warm it is.  It is the perfect choice for when I am bored of my cardigans, but still want something cozy to throw on.  I love the red—it adds a pop to the outfit.  To make the flannel more feminine, and make the outfit look more pulled together, I like to add a red lip and a pair of thigh high boots.  Perfect for a football game, or a day out.  You will love how effortlessly cute you look in this one!

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 PHOTOS

Oversized Flannel Tunic HERE

Mock Neck Bodycon Dress HERE

Unbelievable Over the Knee Boots HERE

 

Outfit 3: The BLACK and TAN

outfits for curvy girls

 

This outfit is one of my favorites.  It’s very classy, and can be easily dressed up, but it’s also super comfortable.  It works well for a day out—coffee or lunch—and changing the shoes to heeled booties or a tall black boot seamlessly transition this outfit to a nighttime look.  The dress is supposed to fall right above the knee, but it can be adjusted for preference.  The waterfall detail on the duster really elevates the piece, as the material is admittedly not my favorite.

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PHOTOS

 

 

Lacey Waterfall Belted Trench HERE sold out | Alternatives: HERE HERE HERE HERE

Petite Milly V Neck Jersey Midi Dress HERE

Sawyar Over-The-Knee Boot HERE

 

Outfit #4: The Bomber

curvy girls

I have to admit that this outfit is a little bit out of my comfort zone, it’s a little more edgy and less girly, but I was really happy with it in the end! I love the monochrome aspect, and the bright orange interior on the jacket adds a welcome pop of color.  I love the dress! The material is thicker than your average bodycon dress, so it’s super warm and very flattering.  It will easily conceal tights, which I had on, and I imagine spanx if you want to wear those too!  At 40$, the bomber is an absolute steal  and it is also super warm.

 

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PHOTOS

 

Lillie MA1 Bomber Jacket HERE

Ribbed Mock Neck Bodycon Dress HERE

Booties sold out | Alternative: HERE HERE HERE

 

 

Outfit #5: Whiteout

curvy hips

 

This is one of the few mostly white outfits I love.  The lighting makes it hard to see, but the dress is white and the vest is an off white cream suede exterior with a cream fur inside.  This outfit is very warm, even without a coat, and very comfortable for all day wear.  The taupe boots tie everything together, and is a chic addition to the look! Be sure to pair this with sheer tights if you decide to go black, opaque tights will be too stark a contrast.

Shop the Look

PHOTOS

 

Brave Soul Borg Gilet sold out HERE | Alternatives: HERE HERE HERE HERE

Tall Brea High Neck Curved Hem Dress HERE

Sawyar Knee-High Boot HERE

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HAUL + UNBOXING of my Press Kit!

HAUL + UNBOXING

I have to say that as many kits I have received, it never gets old! Each time, I have to take a moment and pinch myself at the thought that these brands not only have seen my work, but also like it enough to reach out.  It’s truly humbling, and I have to thank each and every one of you—my supporters—for all of your love and support! I am so grateful to God for giving me the platform, and to all of you for being a part of it.

P R O D U C T S   M E N T I O N E D

The Estée Edit

The Barest Bronzer, Medium/Deep, HERE
The Flash Illuminator, Daylight, HERE
The Edgiest Up & Out Double Mascara, HERE
The Blackest Liner, HERE

Lancôme

5 Shadow & Liner Palette, Beige Brulee, HERE
Drama Liqui-Pencil, HERE
-Noir Intense
-Brûlée
-Pluie
-Minuit
-Parisian Night
-Côte D’Azur
-Baroque
-Paradis
-Macaron
-Lamé
-French Lace
-Lumière
-Soleil
-Ampoulé
-Embrase
Art-Liner, HERE
-Aubergine
-Azure
-Brown
-Chocolat
-Cuir
-Menthe
-Noir
-Saphir
-Violet
-Navy
HYPNÔSE DRAMA Mascara, HERE
Cils Booster XL Mascara Base, HERE
Double Action Eye Makeup Remover, HERE

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INSTAGRAM BADDIE MAKEUP TUTORIAL

 makeup tutorial for black women

 

I decided to film the Instagram baddie look for this makeup tutorial! I love watching these videos, so I wanted to come on and put my own spin on it to make it more wearable for everyday. I love beauty Instagram accounts, and have followed most of the big ones for a really long time.  I just find Instagram to be a great place to find inspiration.

 

 

P R O D U C T S   F E A T U R E D

– e y e s –

Anastasia Beverly Hills, Brow Wiz, HERE
iT Cosmetics, Brow Power Pencil, HERE
Sacha Cosmetics Concealer Palette, HERE
MAC Cosmetics, MSF Natural, Dark, HERE
Morphe Brushes, 35OM and 35OS, HERE
MUFE, Brow Seal (Transparent Gel)
Morphe Brushes, 35F, HERE
Lancome, Liqui-Pencil Eyeliner, HERE
Lancome, Hypnose Mascara, HERE
Cherishlook Lashes, 605, HERE
NARS, Coconut Grove, HERE

 

– f a c e –

Benefit, Porefessional Primer, HERE
Caudalie, Grape Water, HERE
Sephora Radiant Luminizing Drops, HERE
MUFE Ultra HD Foundation, 177 & 175, HERE
MAC Cosmetics Prep and Prime, Peach Lustre, HERE
MAC Cosmetics, MSF Natural, Dark, HERE
BlackUp Cosmetics Radiance Concealer, 02, HERE
Sacha Cosmetics Powder, HERE
Sacha Cosmetics Concealer Palette, HERE
Sleek Blush, Pomegranate, HERE
MAC Blush, Fever, HERE
MAC Blush, Film Noir, HERE
Black Radiance Pressed Powder, Ebony, HERE
MAC Cosmetics MSF Natural, Dark, HERE
Laura Mercier Illuminator, Seduction, HERE
Becca Cosmetics, Jaclyn Hill Palette, HERE
Tatcha, Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, HERE

 
– l i p s –

NYX Suede Lipstick, Vintage, HERE
MAC Cosmetics Lip Liner, Bespoken For, HERE
MAC Cosmetics Lipstick, Fluid
Milani Lipstick, Dulce Caramelo, HERE
Becca Cosmetics, Champagne Pop, HERE

 
– t o o l s –

Essential Kit, HERE
Performance Eyes Kit, HERE
Sigmax Essential Kit, HERE
F82, HERE
E40, HERE
E60, HERE
NARS ITA Brush, HERE

 

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