One thing that I detest during fall and winter is DRY SKIN! Every year I try my hardest to avoid dry skin because it causes my makeup to separate and look crackly. I’ve always used a sunscreen to moisturize my face before applying my makeup but this autumn I think I found my holy grail when it’s comes to makeup separation. I finally invested the time to find a hydrating primer and CoverFX has answered my prayers. After I apply my  sunscreen, I apply my Calming Primer.  I like this primer because it’s great for sensitive skin. If you’re like me, I suffer from hives and mild eczema. My sensitive skin is one of the main reasons why my makeup separates and this primer gets rid of my redness while calming my skin.

Lastly, when I finish my entire makeup routine, I love to spray the CoverFX Mattifying Setting Spray. I used to think setting sprays were a hoax but after a trial, I realized they actually get the job done. It keeps my makeup matte and together. I love a matte look because I don’t like looking shiny. In the summer, it’s cool to have a little shine to enhance your glow but in the winter I prefer my makeup to be all the way matte. If you guys and gals have any other winter makeup routines that you do, don’t be afraid to comment on this post.

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Makeup by: Eduard Emanuel 

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I love making a statement! No matter if it’s with my words, creativity, or clothes. I continuously say this over and over again, but I truly love being colorful and classic at the same time. My unique style is definitely a combination of my French-Jamaican family. I enjoy different articles of clothing that are out of the ordinary. When I was home in Los Angeles, I picked up a killer $1 leather jacket at the Sunday vintage sale at Jet Rag (every Sunday all the items are $1). I have accumulated quite a few leather jackets over the years, so I wanted to make this one different. I met an amazing artist and creator in Philadelphia, by the name of Kev. He has some the dopest work I have ever seen and his ability to combine paint with fashion is remarkable. He is owner of Poison Apparel , a clothing line that changes perspective one garment at a time.

This fall I’m hitting the streets with my customized painted leather jacket created by Poison Apparel. I have received so many positive compliments on my eye catching piece. My jacket incorporates Egyptian hieroglyphics and my favorite phrase “BLACK GIRL MAGIC”. Since I am a true believer and representation of Black Girl Magic, this painted leather jacket is perfect for me. The use of the colorful paint on such a classic piece captivates the human eye. I love giving classic styles a twist because it shows me that I have the power to create MY OWN CLASSIC. Don’t be afraid to pick up a paint brush and a vintage leather jacket this season. You too have the power to create your own classic.

Besos,

Ivy Coco

Photographed by Sydney Ferrara

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Someone from the snobby elite class in the late 1800’s, created one of fashion’s worst rule, NO WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY! If you ask me, this rule is absolutely PREPOSTEROUS. Come on man, white is such an awesome color and we all know that is has the power to grasp attention. Yes, it can get dirty easily, but like the hip-hop rapper, Dej Loaf, once said ” Rock that all white, when I’m feelin’ Godly”. I understand that back in the day black was only to be worn for mourning, blue jeans were only to be worn for gold mining, and white was to be worn during summer. Since I am a Cali girl, the weather is still very hot after Labor Day, so I like to think that the rule doesn’t apply to me.

When it comes to my fashion (key words: MY FASHION), I wear whatever makes me feel good. Fashion “rules” will never determine what I wear and in what season, but I do respect the people that follow them. I actually know a few people that still follow the old fashion tradition, but honestly and truly, it just isn’t my cup of tea. Some rules were made to be broken, so I choose to break them.

MY REACTION TO “FASHION RULES”

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XOXO,

Ivy Coco

Photographed by Laura Craffey

Hair styled by Shawnah at Hairstory Philly

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Sunglasses: Dior

Shirt: H&M

Backpack: Zara

Belt: Vintage

Jeans: Asos.com

Boots: Topshop.com

   Lately, I feel it’s the Baby Boom all over again. Meaning, so many of my friends and family members are having babies. I love babies, they are so beautiful that they have the magic ability to change peoples perspective on life. They grow unseen and already you are deeply in love with them! And when they are born, you’d die for them.  That’s magic.

  I remember when my youngest cousin was born and in a blink of an eye he was walking, talking, growing teeth yelling “NOOOO!!!!”. His growth has been so rapid but an amazing journey for me to watch. I pay close attention to how he responds to people, how he talks, and how he walks. Walking was my cousin’s first step into independence, he might not know that, but I do. He used balance, control, and strength to take his first step, which are real life skills.

    In life, we are always wanting to start something new and fresh, but sometimes taking the first step is the hardest. Sometimes we are afraid to fail, scared to see the challenges we might be faced with, and in the back of our head we have that little voice asking ” Is it really worth it ? “. When that little voice starts, you have to tell yourself “Hell YEAH! its worth it”. Do not be afraid of the obstacles you might face in your journey because it’s only a test. If you are starting a new business venture, setting a new goal, or just wanting to press restart on life, it’s so important to remember a few things when taking the first step:

  1. DON’T WAIT– Whatever you choose to start, make sure you are passionate about it, but do not wait until the “perfect time”. Waiting turns into procrastination and it postpones you from making things happen. Not everything is going to be perfect because you’re always thinking and changing. Your thoughts from yesterday might differ from today, so that “perfect time” can only happen when you tell yourself it will happen.

2. AGREE WITH YOURSELF– Everyone is not going to be in agreement with what you are doing. People with always disagree with your movement, but make sure you are in agreement with yourself. If you are waiting to come to a consensus with others, that means your oppositions and opposers are having control over you.

3. HAVE A GREAT ATTITUDE– Make sure whatever you are doing makes you happy. Even when hard times come your way, you have to stay positive. If you’re happy doing what you love, then it is worth fighting for. Positivity will carry you through your challenges.

Now that I have seen my baby cousin take his first step, he is in cruise control. He hops from A to B like its nothing. He can shuffle, climb, and run with ease, all because he was strong enough to take that first step. I’m pretty sure he fell a few times and will fall some more, but my little man shows me his independence by getting back up again. He has the ability to take my hand and take me on a run.

That first step followed promptly by a fall, boosted his confidence in being able to connect with people and try again. Don’t be afraid to take that 1st step, because once you actually do it, you’ll realize that the little voice in the back of your head will start to say ” You got this! That wasn’t too bad “.

Xoxo,

IvyCoco

Photos taken by Erick Robinson: IG @imerickrobinson