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Shirt, Shorts & Jacket: Thrifted

Bandana: My local dollar store

Boots: Top Shop

Whether you believe it or not, we all have our own signature statement. Some have signature hair, a signature smell, or a signature look. These are all things that make a statement about who we are. Our signatures makes us standout and show that we are unique in our own way. Your signature statement doesn’t have to stay the same throughout your entire life. As humans, we are always evolving. We aren’t expected to stay the same, so embrace your change. Whenever I have an urge to try or do something new, I make sure I write it down! I guess you can say that I am starting my bucket list early, lol. Before I start checking things off my big bucket list, I am doing small things that can make a statement during my every day life. For example, a simple smile can actually make a HUGE statement. I’ve been seeing the whole “resting B*t$& face” craze on social media, and I definitely don’t want to have that facial expression. It’s really unattractive when you are attracted to someone that has a bad attitude or facial expression. I have to catch myself here and there, because sometimes my face looks like I’ve smelled some terrible cheese, but I’m actually perfectly fine. How you express your emotions make a statement about who you are.

When I am not trying to improve on myself, I am usually trying to figure out how I can make a statement within my wardrobe. Usually when it comes to outfits, you can make a statement with jewelry or other accessories, but I have never been a big jewelry person. A trending look that I have been loving, that is great on both men and women, is wearing a bandana. A bandana is fun to wear in place of a necklace. It is easy and simple to wear during the spring and summer time. Also, bandanas come in a variety of colors and are very inexpensive. They can be bought at your local thrift store or dollar store (that’s where I bought mine). It can be worn so many way and it allows you to spice up your wardrobe. You don’t have to do too much to make a statement. Sometimes the little things can have the greatest impact.

Different ways to rock a bandana: 

From: SHUT UP I LOVE THAT SHIRT ON YOU

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Peace,

Ivy Coco

Photographer : Rikki Wright ( Instagram: @foreverrikk )

Rikki is an amazing photographer than knows how to capture emotion. I love her way of direction and styling. She has such a blithe spirit and she made me feel very comfortable when shooting.

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Dress: Missguided

Shoes: Forever 21 ( similar Faux Suede Braided Sandals)

 One thing I love about being a fashionista is that I love that have choices laid out in my closet. One day I can choose to dress like a 60’s queen, I can choose to color block my wardrobe, and I can choose to create any look that makes me feel fabulous. Heading into spring, I adore colors such as green, pink, yellow, and tangerine/orange. They are all colors that are vibrant and make you stand out. Different colors have the ability to make people feel. For example, green is related to nature and it evokes stability and balance. Blue is often related to skies and water, which makes us feel calm, safe and secure. Purple is associated with royalty and spring and gives off feelings of luxury and romance. Colors makes us feel without us even knowing. When we choose our outfits, sometimes it is a reflection of how we feel that day. Our clothing choices are more powerful thank we think.

Choices throughout our daily life are powerful. My mother always told me growing up “Baby! Life is all about choices”. I listened to her say it so much, I live by it and have it tattooed on my back, she also told me to never get a tattoo, but that was my choice, lol. Every single day we make choices, when we wake up we choose to be happy or cranky, we choose if we are going to eat some that is healthy or unhealthy for our diet. These are simple things that we think might not affects us, but they do. The other day my best friend and fellow blogger, Sarahn, told me that THE MINUTE YOU CHOOSE TO DO WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO DO, IT’S A DIFFERENT KIND OF LIFE. She is absolutely right and that statement created a fire within me that made me feel excited. Between my mother and best friend, choosing to make choices that benefit me and my happiness are the most important. We can’t always be “Captain Save Everyone”. We must choose to make choices that have a positive impact on our long term future. Sometimes we make choices for a short term happiness, and sometimes it doesn’t turn out well, which can lead to regret or a deep learning lesson. No matter the circumstances, make sure you are pleased with your choices. Making a positive choice evokes power, prosperity, and peace and that is how I choose to live my life.

Peace & Love,

Ivy Coco

For more information about colors and what feeling they evoke, head to Creative Bloq

Pictures taken by: Gabriel Sanchez ( Instagram: @gabe_media)

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Lipstick: Melt Cosmetics in 6six6

Makeup Artist: Ariel Diaz

Hair Stylist: Peter Mazilu

No matter the time of year, I love a dark lip and sleek hairstyle to seal the deal. It’s perfect for a girls night out, drinks, or even during the day. I had the pleasure to work with celebrity make up artist, Ariel Diaz, and celebrity hairstylist, Peter Mazilu. Together, they are a dynamic duo. While enjoying my trip to Miami, I reached out to them to create a look that is fun an daring. The fabulous, Ariel, was thrilled to give my face a beat down. This was our first beauty look and I must say he gave me life. He made my skin look flawless with his amazing highlight and contour. He told me to BLEND BLEND BLEND when highlighting and contouring. Even when you think you have done enough blending, you can always do a little more, just in case. Since I already have full and dark eyebrows, he didn’t over do them. He first cleaned them up with some tweezers and then lightly filled in my sparse areas. The look all came together when he applied Melt Cosmetics matte lipstick in 6six6. The color is the perfect pop and is long lasting for those longs days and nights.

While we were finishing up makeup, we were listening to Beyoncé and that is how Peter came up with the hairstyle. Beyonce is always giving face when her hair is slicked back and I love a sleek and sophisticated hair style. Peter was able to lay my edges down with Aveda Shaping Wax . This wax was able to keep my edges and hair firm and it added definition to the hairstyle. Since Peter is a perfectionist, he made sure there were no visible crimps or curls. He was able to straighten my hair with a flat iron and I love how he didn’t apply too much heat and made sure my hair stayed healthy. Ariel and Peter are two incredible artists that work well together, plus they are best friends. If you ever need your face beat and hair did,or just a day of slayage, I highly suggest contacting these two. Follow their jaw dropping Instagram pages linked above. They are always traveling and you never know where you might catch them.

Always remember to SLAY!

Ivy Coco

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Award season in Los Angeles is always exciting, especially on the red carpet. You never know what people are going to wear or in some cases, what they are not going to wear. My top favors are those entertainers who stay true to their style. This award season I’ve been loving outfits that speak “less is more”. When an outfit speaks for itself, thats when you know you’ve made your mark.

1.Chrissy Teigen

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credit: John Shearer/WireImage Us Magazine 

Chrissy Teigen absolutely stole the show in her Yousef Al-Jasmi Gown. The angelic white showed off her innocence of being a soon to be mom. She was blinged out in a Lorraine Shwartz ring and earrings, but topped it with a diamond ring from Ofira Jewels. Let’s not forget her best accessory of the evening, her effortless mommy glow. Congrats to her and her hubby, John Legend, on their baby girl.

2. Zendaya

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credit: Lester Cohen/WireImage Us Magazine

My favorite millennial entertainer and style icon, Zendaya, always slays my life. She gave simple but chic in her double breasted jacket and pant suit. I love when I see a female dominant in a suit, and thats exactly what she did. Being the new face of CoverGirl cosmetics, she made sure she beat her own face with CoverGirl’s Nudes TruNaked Eye Shadow Palette . Just knowing that she did her own makeup makes me love her even more.

3. Gary Clarke Jr. and Nicole Trunfio

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credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Daily Mail

The soulful rocker, Gary Clarke Jr, stayed true to his style rocking his dope signature hat, a neck scarf, and warn out style boots. To his left, was his fiancée, Nicole Trunfio, who sparkled in her Zuhair Murad jumpsuit. Her burgundy color glossy lip, was the perfect amount of color to make her outfit pop. Fun Fact! Clark Jr. celebrated his birthday at the 58th Grammy Awards.

4. Big Sean

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credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Daily News

Big Sean stepped out on the red carpet looking like classic man. The rapper wore a white dinner jacket with a black shawl collar. He gave us some chocolate sexiness with his un buttoned collard shirt, but all together he looked quite dapper.

5. The Weeknd and Bella Hadid

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credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP E Online

The Weeknd never fails to make a statement especially with his styled matted dreads. He looked sharp in his black on black suit, paired with a black collard shirt and black bow tie. His top model girlfriend, Bella Hadid, also wore black, but gave me fever with a deep plunging neck line and a sleek hair style. Not going to lie, but I love them as a couple!

6. Sam Hunt

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credit: The Washington Post

Country singer, Sam Hunt, stole my heart in his pink Dolce and Gabana suit. Since the Grammys were the day after Valentine’s Day, the young heart throb kept the love going in a pastel and springy color. We all know it takes a real man to wear pink! (wink wink).

Can’t Wait to see the Oscars!

Ivy Coco

 

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Outfit Details

I love when I am in a room full of people that support each other, especially a room of Black women that support each other. At the 7th Annual Essence Magazine, Black Women in Music, I walked the vibrant purple carpet with my mother, Sheryl Lee Ralph. Together we could feel that it was going to be an evening full of magic, especially Black Girl Magic. My mother graced the purple carpet in her BCBG Generation jumpsuit and I quickly followed in my Michael Maven two piece pant set. As we entered the venue (The Avalon in Hollywood), we were surrounded by the smiles of Black women of different shapes, shade, and sizes, each displaying their own unique style. Men and women of different races and cultures attended the event as well, showing that a diverse amount of people support the movement of Black women in music.

I spoke to and interacted with women such as Queen Latifah, Tweet, Vanessa Williams (Soul Food), AJ Johnson (Baby Boy), Keesha  Sharp (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), and more. While I wasn’t socializing, I glanced around the room and spotted some of my fellow millennials like Zendaya Coleman, Yara Shahidi, and Johnetta “Netta” Elize. The guest list was great, but since it is Grammy weekend, this event was about the two divas that rocked the stage, Andra Day and Jazmine Sullivan. The two showed up and showed out during their performances. Here are my personal video clips linked to my Twitter of both ladies showing the crowd how Black women in today’s music shut it down.

Andra Day sangin’ her hit single ” Rise Up”, which she dedicated to all the women in the room.

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Jazmine Sullivan slayed while singing her 2008 single , “Bust your windows”, which she said was a true story. LOL! I love her even more for saying that, haha.

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Both are nominated for Grammy’s this year. Day scored nods for Best R&B performance and Best R&B Album. Sullivan scored three nominations for Best R&B Song, Best Traditional R&B performance, and Best R&B Album. The dynamic divas had the crowd on their feet and having a good time. This event really showed me and others the importance of supporting and embracing Black women in the music industry. Hollywood can have you poppin’ bottles one day and make you you feel like you have nothing the next. Essence Magazine created this evening of song to embrace and support Black women in the entertainment industry. We all need support, especially Black women. Being a young Black woman , I feel it’s important that I, along with other Black women encourage and push one another. We can’t wait for recognition, we must utilize our power and strength to show the entertainment business that Black girls rock and we are here to stay. If we don’t take the time to invest in ourselves, no one else will. Together we are Black Girl Magic!

xoxo ,

Ivy Coco

Click here to see the red carpet recap of Essence’s 2016 Black Women In Music