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A few months ago, I moved to New York City and it has to be one of the greatest decisions I’ve made in my life. I lived in NYC as a kid, while my mother was on broadway, but now that I am older, I get to relive the city in a more mature manner. I love waking up and knowing that my day will be full of adventure. NYC gives me the confidence to take over the world. I’m not sure if it is the place to start a family but as I enjoy my twenties, I am very happy.
One thing about NYC that I love are the coffee shops. I’m not a heavy coffee drinker, but I do enjoy a good cup of hot cocoa, hence my name, lol! On every block, there is a coffee shop. No matter if it is big, small, colorful, busy, or noisy, somehow I find beauty in any coffee shop I go to. I love going to coffee shops to read, blog, have a photo shoot, or have meetings. Every coffee shop is different and they are all filled with different people. No matter what day of the week it is, you never know who you can meet. I’ve made great connections with fellow bloggers, editors, business owners, and genuine people. Being a somewhat “new comer” to NYC, coffee shops have really allowed me to expand my business and brand. When I am in a coffee shop, I have the tendency to get things done much quicker. Something about the environment in coffee makes me happy. I feel like it gives me a sense of structure. It is so important that we learn the environments that allow us to excel. Just because I can focus in a coffee shop doesn’t mean that I can focus in a library. We all digest things differently in different areas. I personally enjoy learning and getting tasks done when I am surrounded by people and a little noise. What works for me might not work for you, but there is not harm in trying. Make sure you take the time to understand the environments that can allow you to shine.
Photographed by Roderick Jackson (@shotsbyrod)
Since fall is here and we are going to be transitioning into winter soon, it is so important to me that my skin and hair are both moisturized. Skincare is important to me because I do wear make up often and makeup always look flawless when the skin is healthy and hydrated. The high winds make my face dry but thanks to Erno Laszlo, I have found the perfect face hydrating and nourishing products that have given my skin a glow
HYDRA-THERAPY DOUBLE CLEANSE TRAVEL SET (HYDRATE & NOURISH)
The best thing about these products are that they are a cleansing duo. All you have to do, in the morning and evening, is rub the cleansing oil on your face and dip the cleansing bar into warm water and rub on your face, along with the oil.
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HYDRAPHEL SKIN SUPPLEMENT
This toner should be applied on the face after using the cleansing duo in the morning and evening. Pour a small amount on a cotton ball and rub it evenly and gently on your face.
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HYDRA-THERAPY MEMORY SLEEP MASK
The sleep mask is an overnight mask that should only be used twice a week. After using the cleansing duo and toner, I apply a small amount on my face and upper neck and leave it on my face until the morning. Wash it off , moisturize, and you’re ready to go
Keeping my hair nourished and moisturized is VERY important to me as well. Good Hair Day is an amazing company that carries some of the greatest flat irons and curling irons that keeps your hair healthy and moisturized. I don’t like irons that burn my hair but GHD hair irons are set at the proper temperature that don’t over heat your hair. Also, the plates that are used on the irons are made to lock in the hairs moisture.
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Remember to stay hydrated!
Sweatshirt and Jeans: Gee C Vibez
Shoes: Sole Wish
Who knew that going to college would actually have an impact on the color of clothing I choose to wear. One of the best life choices I’ve made thus far in life, was attending Syracuse University. Funny thing is, the first time I entered Syracuse’s campus it was move in day for the incoming freshman. I can probably guess what you’re thinking right about now, “Why would she attend a university that she never visited before ?”. To answer your question, I’m not sure why I made the choice of not visiting prior to attending, but I was willing to take the risk.
Many Syracuse University students and alumni often use the phrase ” I bleed Orange”, which basically means, Syracuse University is the best school ever and that being an Orangeman and Orangewoman is the coolest thing you can ever be in life, lol. I have so much orange hanging in my closest, that I had to create a drawer dedicated to all my Syracuse paraphernalia. Knowing that summer is quickly coming to an end and fall is right around the corner, orange is a fun color that is great during both seasons.
During summer, bright orange is great to wear because it brings out your complexion when you have a tan, and it’s a color that complements a variety of skin tones. Orange is great during the fall when it’s a rustic orange color that gives off autumn vibes. I love buying over sized grampa sweaters, and one of my favorites is a rustic orange cardigan. Many people feel like orange is such an “out there” color and can’t be paired with anything, but that’s not true. Orange is a fun color, and I am not just saying that because it is Syracuse’s school color, haha. You can color block with orange, have a great orange statement piece, or a nice orange/peachy lipstick is always fun too. Never underestimate a garment because of it’s color, you never know how it can enhance your wardrobe.
P.S. Did you know that there is no word that rhymes with orange?
Hair: Hair styled by Shawnah at HairStory Philly
Pictures taken by: Ryan Powell
Crop Top Bandeau: Zara
Denim Jacket: Calvin Klein (Vintage)
Embroidered Denim Jeans: Vintage (My Mother’s Closet)
In the spring and summer I love two things, braids and denim. I know a lot of people are wearing cornrows and braids because it’s “trending” in high fashion and social media, but for the average black girl like me, braids are a life saver. Braids help my hair grow, lock in moisture, and look amazing. I’ve tried a new style of braids this season, some refer to them as “gypsy braids” or what I like to call them “Zoe Kravitz braids”. Little Ms. Zoe Kravitz is definitely my spring/summer style inspiration. Her style is always on point and she is seems so cool and carefree. The one fun thing about having braids is that they are versatile. I can style my braids in infinite ways and still look like I am making a statement. I like to switch up my hair, one because it’s fun and two because I enjoy keeping people guessing.
I love a nice pair of light washed distressed jeans or shorts in the spring and summer. A light washed denim jacket is also an essential in my closest. Many people aren’t a fan of the denim on denim look, but if you know how to pair different washes of denim, you can create the perfect look. I definitely recommend playing around with your old denim in your closet. Instead of throwing them out add some rips, tears, or even some bleach to your denim. Recreate your jeans and reuse them for a new look! Remember summer sixteen is about to be LIT, so you have to look the part as well.
Photographed by Brandon Hicks (Instagram )
Shirt, Shorts & Jacket: Thrifted
Bandana: My local dollar store
Boots: Top Shop
Whether you believe it or not, we all have our own signature statement. Some have signature hair, a signature smell, or a signature look. These are all things that make a statement about who we are. Our signatures makes us standout and show that we are unique in our own way. Your signature statement doesn’t have to stay the same throughout your entire life. As humans, we are always evolving. We aren’t expected to stay the same, so embrace your change. Whenever I have an urge to try or do something new, I make sure I write it down! I guess you can say that I am starting my bucket list early, lol. Before I start checking things off my big bucket list, I am doing small things that can make a statement during my every day life. For example, a simple smile can actually make a HUGE statement. I’ve been seeing the whole “resting B*t$& face” craze on social media, and I definitely don’t want to have that facial expression. It’s really unattractive when you are attracted to someone that has a bad attitude or facial expression. I have to catch myself here and there, because sometimes my face looks like I’ve smelled some terrible cheese, but I’m actually perfectly fine. How you express your emotions make a statement about who you are.
When I am not trying to improve on myself, I am usually trying to figure out how I can make a statement within my wardrobe. Usually when it comes to outfits, you can make a statement with jewelry or other accessories, but I have never been a big jewelry person. A trending look that I have been loving, that is great on both men and women, is wearing a bandana. A bandana is fun to wear in place of a necklace. It is easy and simple to wear during the spring and summer time. Also, bandanas come in a variety of colors and are very inexpensive. They can be bought at your local thrift store or dollar store (that’s where I bought mine). It can be worn so many way and it allows you to spice up your wardrobe. You don’t have to do too much to make a statement. Sometimes the little things can have the greatest impact.
Different ways to rock a bandana:
From: SHUT UP I LOVE THAT SHIRT ON YOU
Photographer : Rikki Wright ( Instagram: @foreverrikk )
Rikki is an amazing photographer than knows how to capture emotion. I love her way of direction and styling. She has such a blithe spirit and she made me feel very comfortable when shooting.