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Being in Marrakesh, Morocco, at the amazing boutique hotel, Jnane Tamsna, was an incredible experience. It was full of great food, great people, great culture and a whole lot of dry heat. It was so hot, that 110 degrees was normal. Don’t get me wrong, I loveeee the heat, but that was heat that could fry some bacon. That being said, when it’s too hot outside, I tend to wear my hair in a style that is pushed away from my face. In high heat, gel tends to feel like it is melting on my scalp. Pomade gives my hair a good hold that feels light and I always want my edges to be laidddddd, so I started to use the Form Beauty, Polish Pomade.

 

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The polish pomade is lightweight and  “uses a blend of oils to lock in moisture, fight frizz and provide a smooth look and soft feel” (www.formbeauty.com). I was able to create the hairstyle, in the pictures above, in four simple steps.

  1. Since I was going for a sleek but bushy look. I first brushed out all of my curls.
  2.  I made a part in the center of my head but I only parted it half way.
  3.  I then damped the front part of my hair so my edges and the front could be slicked down and the back could big and bushy.
  4. Lastly, I brushed down the front area down and pinned it tight. I made the back part of my hair bigger and bushier for as 70’s style inspired look.

Inspiration

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Throughout the year, I’m not the biggest fan of the color pink but when spring and summer comes around, I sometimes have my exceptions. When I do wear pink, I pay close attention to the shade. A neon pink is totally different from a pastel pink but both are shades that can catch an eye.  When I wear neon pink, I make sure that the outfit is different and daring (like in the photos below). Pastel pink is a color I wear for formal events during spring, like Easter, weddings, graduations, or lavish sports event (derbies or polo matches). One thing that I really love about pink is that the different shades looks great on A LOT of skin tones. I’ve realized colors like pink, purple, orange, curry, or green have the power to compliment multiple skin tones. Pink is also a happy color that represents a gentle type of love. According to Colorpsychology.org pink “is associated with nurturing, so it’s not only used for romantic love, but also for familiar love. Pink is a color that has a calming effect on people. It is not aggressive like red, but rather suggests safety and vulnerability.” I always tell myself and others that you ATTRACT WHAT YOU WEAR. When we wear vibrant colors like pink, it has the ability to affect others around you. It exudes affection, love, sensitivity, and increases peacefulness. It’s always nice to know that when you feel good wearing a certain color, it can also make someone else feel good. When you put on your next colorful outfit, think about the emotional impact that you could potentially make.

xoxo,

Ivy Coco

Photographed by @Timajasmine 

Pink 2 piece set designed by @_jesuis_

-Shop http://www.jesuisnyc.com/

Ruffled top designed by @bee_wax

-Shop http://www.beewax.me/

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Two Piece Matching Set: Mousai Clothing

Boots: 4th and Reckless

Whenever I am confused about what to wear, I always try to stay calm and keep it neutral. When I mean neutral, I mean, I tend to stray towards the neutral colors in my closet, like ivory, mocha, olive, sand, and taupe. Once in a while, we all have those moments where we ask ourselves ” What the heck am I am going to wear today”? That is why I have a section in my closet dedicated to neutral colored clothing. For those indecisive days of not knowing what to wear to work, the doctors office, or to class, remember that neutral tones are easy to pair with denim, khakis, or slacks. Another plus for neutral colors is that they look good on a number of skin tones, but you have to figure out what neutral colors look best on you. Once you’ve learned which colors work best for you, you are one step closer to avoiding those indecisive wardrobe days.

When it comes down to making daily life choices, it’s important to stay POSITIVELY NEUTRAL. Every day we are placed in different situations, no matter if it’s positive or negative. The situation can only benefit you, if you are willing to react in a neutral manner. I know it sounds easier said then done, but it takes practice, just like many things in life.  When I say “react neutral”, I don’t mean not to react all, but I mean to accept the circumstance and overcome them. In positive situations, remember to have humility and be thankful, but you must do the same in negative situations as well. When things don’t go your way, it’s easy to end up isolating yourself, and waste time thinking  about things that will not have a long term affect on your life. The best things to do is quickly dissect the situation, accept it, learn from it, and MOVE ON! Trust your gut and have faith in your choices. Over time, you must program your mind to accept your challenges and highlights, so that you are able to move forward.

xoxo

IVY COCO

Photographed by Durell Hospedale

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