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I know that I am not the only one that is struggling with getting into the holiday spirit. I’ve seen so many Christmas lights since Halloween, but I guess I haven’t felt the vibes of the Christmas angel. One thing that I know for sure is 2017 moved faster than Usain Bolt.  I swear I was just watching the 2017 count down in New York City, like it was yesterday. I am quickly realizing that as I get older, time seems to move faster. I love Christmas time because my birthday is 2 days before Christmas. For me, that means double presents and since my parents are divorced, their partners always tend to slide in an extra gift for me. This year I will be turning 23 years old on the 23rd of December. This year is my golden year, so I know I am supposed to shine everyday of 2018. I have so much to be excited about this holiday season but I guess I need some more help. My Mom used to do these 4 things to jumpstart the holidays so I think I need to start them up again:

1) LISTEN TO THE JACKSON 5 CHRISTMAS ALBUM 

My favorite thing to do is listen to Christmas music, even when it’s not Christmas. There is nothing like hearing little Michael Jackson sing ” Santa Clause is coming to town”. His voice was so perfect and infectious that the holiday bug has to bite you when you listen to this album.

2) EAT PANETTONE: THE ITALIAN CHRISTMAS CAKE

I’ve always loved Panettone Christmas cake ever since I was a little girl. I love bread and I love raisins, so to have a cake that kills two birds with one stone is a great feeling. The texture is fluffy and easy to pull apart. The smell is sweet, zesty and fruity. Lastly,  it can be purchased in your local grocery in a red box or SOMETIMES it is sold in Staples.

3) MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE

Gingerbread cookies and houses are always a classic. If you’ve got some little ones in your household or family, it’s time to pull out the frosting and cookie cutters. When I used to make gingerbread houses with my mother, she always told me the importance of having and owning your own home. I feel like building a gingerbread house is a great way for children to learn about what they might want in their own home one day. Once you’re done and the children have gone to bed, you can eat it and throw it back with some spiked eggnog or rum punch.

4) DRINK JAMAICAN SORREL

Being a Jamerican, I’ve always celebrated my holidays with a glass of sorrel. It is a hibiscus drink that tastes great with white Jamaican rum. It has a sweet and savory taste that is divine. If you’re looking for a holiday drink that isn’t eggnog or a mixed cocktail, I suggest trying out some sorrel.


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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.

DRESS IT UP:

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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DRESS IT DOWN:

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

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

IVYCOCO