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I don’t know about you, but I am VERY excited for the year 2017. I love entering a new year because a majority of people start setting new goals. This time last year, I decided that 2016 was going to be my year of expansion. I wanted to expand my brand, mind, and my consciousness. I used to believe that setting goals or resolutions at the beginning of the year were weird, but after I graduated college, I learned there is importance in setting annual goals. Setting a goal or goals is a reminder to an individual that he or she can accomplish anything they set their mind to. I have no problem setting daily or weekly goals, but those are short term. It’s easy getting comfortable with short term goals, but LONGEVITY is key! Accomplishing quick and easy goals create momentary happiness. Accomplishing long term goals creates longstanding happiness.

I am declaring 2017 to be my year of EXECUTION. Anything I do, I am going to follow through and do it with great determination. One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I fear disappointment or failure. I understand that I will fail in life, but I will choose to fail forward. I sometimes get stuck with the thought of fear without even trying. 80% of the time when I don’t want to do something, I end up loving it. I want to challenge myself to see everything through and do what I say I am going to do. I challenge you do set a long term goal for your 2017 year and apply it to everything you do. If you need to remind yourself everyday, set an image of your goal as your background on your phone, laptop, or Ipad. If that doesn’t help, start documenting through a journal or a video diary. Lastly, there is no shame in sticky notes or phone notes. If you have to write daily notes to communicate with yourself, that is okay, YOU ARE NOT CRAZY! Remember to live your life to the fullest because you never know when you are going to take your last breath.

Peace and LOVE,



Photographed by Laura Craffey 

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screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-12-32-31-pmI know winter is coming because the temperatures are dropping, the cold wind is blowing, and my face is starting to get tight. Don’t get me wrong, I think winter is a beautiful season, but being a California girl, I rather be at the beach than build a snowman. I recently moved back to New York City and I have found beauty products to keep my hair and skin moist. I have been focusing on my hair  a lot because my scalp tends to get dry. I’m used to wearing braids during the spring and summer, but I asked my myself “What’s wrong with wearing braids in the fall and winter ?”. Anyways, I asked my hairstylist if she knew any hair braiders and she did. I wanted my  braids to be long, unique, and fabulous and that is exactly what I got. The cornrow pattern is so cool, I don’t know how to describe  them, so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. My scalp is exposed during the cold weather, so it is important that I wear a beanie, hat or scarf around my head when I go out. The best thing about having cornrows/braids in the cold is that I have easy access when it comes to moisturizing my scalp. It is so important that I give my scalp a lot of attention. Braids help my hair grow, but a healthy scalp helps my hair grow even faster. I’ve learned that braids are not a seasonal style for me, they are a style I can wear any day and everyday.


Ivy Coco

Photographer : Rikki

Hair Styled at Hair Story Philly

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Tis’ the season to be jolly and fur coats. The end of fall is quickly approaching and that means that winter is right around the corner. I don’t care if you wear faux fur or real fur, if you feel good and look good in it, FLAUNT IT BABY! I got my first fur coat at age six and it was a warm carmel rabbit fur. A few year laters, my mother became PETA conscious and started buying vintage furs, meaning they had been dead a long time, LOL. Also, my mother has an eye for for picking classic style furs. The most important thing about buying a fur coat is that it keeps you warm. I enjoy wearing furs during the day or night because I love to slay no matter what time of day. Take a little peek into your local thrift store or vintage store and see what classic gems you might find.


Wear a classic fitted dress paired with some knee high or thigh high boots. Button up your fur over your dress, so when you enter holiday parties or galas, you can take it off  and walk in feeling fabulous.

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Who says you can’t wear a fur coat with a t-shirt and jeans? I’m here to tell you that you can! I like dressing my fur coat down with a designer graphic tee and some mom jeans. The vibe is very retro but chic, and very comfortable.

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Photographed by Laura Craffey

Hair Styled by Shawnah at Hairstory Philly