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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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Romper: ASOS

Gladiator Sandals: Sole Wish

Amber, cheese, daffodils, and the sun all have something in common, they share the color yellow. I love the color yellow and I think it’s because some of my favorite foods are yellow, like omelettes, mac and cheese, and squash. I love colorful foods and yellow is a such fun and vibrant color that attracts people but also evokes the emotions of happiness and friendliness.

I feel like summer is all about color, everyone wants brighter hair and darker skin, plus darker skin tones look great paired with colors such as orange, green, and yellow. During fall and winter I tend to stay neutral, but summer only comes around once (especially on the east coast), so being able to express my admiration for color is an exciting feeling. Wearing a colorful bathing suit while taking a selfie in front of the beach or on vacation can really brighten up your social media pages and attract followers. Everyone enjoys a splash of color because different colors evoke different emotions. You never know what color looks best on you unless you try something new. When you have the ability to attract someone simply by the color you are wearing, take advantage of that. You never know who you might meet or who is watching. You might come in contact with your future husband or wife,  future boss, business investor, or a fun shopping partner . When you attract positivity, you keep positivity.

Xoxo,

Ivy Coco

All Photo Taken by Ryan Powell

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