After Christmas Sale Haul

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas full of happiness and cheer :-) I volunteered at my church feeding the homeless with some of my closest friends and spent time with family.....

This morning I woke up around 6 am and checked my IG updates and one of my friends had posted a picture of her in line at H&M for their scratch off sale, so OF COURSE I jumped up out the bed and headed to the mall. The H&M scratch off sale was where the first 100 people in line received a scratch off card valued at up to $300 off of a purchase (mines was $25 off $40 or more). I also went to Bakers Shoes where they were having a closing sale of 60-80% off the original price and then an additional 20% off and I also did some vintage shopping where you can always find a deal.

Check out my hot finds....



Vintage Store: Sequence Sweater Jacket- $20

Vintage Store: Turquoise Belt- $5

H&M: Orange Peplum Dress-$15 (originally $39.95)

H&M: Light Pink Pattern Skinny Leg Jeans- $7 (originally $24.95)

H&M: Light Pink Skinny Leg Jeans- $7 (originally $24.95)

Goodwill: Black Skinny Leg Jeans- $4

Bakers Shoes: Black Oxfords- $10

Bakers Shoes: Blue Suede Heel w/ Black round toe- $13
Total Spent: $81.00....... HOLLA!!!

Did any of you all go after X-mas shopping? If so, what did you find??

New Hair: Diva Diamond Curl

Hi All!!!

I have been neglecting you all and I'm sorry :-(    research papers, finals and graduate school selections have been kicking my butt!! But I'm finally FREE lol With that being said, I decided to change up my hair style a bit. I've never done curly hair, it's always been straight or wavy, so I decided to try something new for the new year.

Diva Premier Hair Company had a black Friday special (YES ladies, they did) and I definitely took advantage of it! I got 3 bundles of their "Diva's Diamond Curl (Deep Curly) Virgin Indian" for $224!!
The natural curly look was a bit awkward to me because I didn't feel that it looked right on me but after wearing it for a couple of days, I started to love it!

Make sure you check out their website because they are having a Christmas special!

Check out the pics below.... 



Packaging the hair came in.

Diva's Diamond Deep Curly Virgin Indian Hair in its natural state.

Hair after it's been Co-washed (see the transformation).

Curls up close :-)

After the install (front)

After the install (back)

Sunday Funday: Thrift Store Haul


Happy Monday loves!!!

Yesterday, I took my chica on her 1st thrift shopping experience :-) She's use to shopping at the malls and department stores and so I decided to show her how she could still look fabulous and spend next to nothing! I absolutely LOVE thrift & vintage shopping because it allows me to use my creative and artistic side to put together Haute outfits for just about any occasion. Plus, I hate shopping at the malls because it gets so cluttered, too expensive, I never find what I'm looking for and I don't like to look like everyone else lol.

Check out some of the fab items I scored....








I scored this dark denim peplum jacket for $15.00.... Yes ladies 15 bucks!! The buttons on the front and the inside lining is gold and the jacket is semi heavy. I can't wait to send it to the dry cleaners and add it to my Fall/Winter line up....HOLLA!!!














I found a dark purple (you can't really tell from the pic b/c it looks black) and a pretty pink pencil skirt for $3.00/each (can't beat that). I will definitely be dressing these up for my work day and for a night on the town with my girls.









I found an olive green/grayish droopy sweater (I have no clue what to call it but it's cute lol) for $3.00. I can't wait to pair it with some skinny jeans and my riding boots for a casual day out.
















My friend found this turquoise/teal colored jacket that didn't fit her so she passed it on to me :-) for $4.00. This too can be dressed up or down.






I have been looking for a red blazer for like thee longest and finally found one for $4.00! It is wool with a gold button and I can't wait to step out in this piece.... Get IT!!










Lastly, I found some dark washed denim skinny leg jeans that zip at the bottom for $4.00....HOTNESS!!











Grand Total......... $36.00 (w/ no alterations needed)

YOU CAN'T BEAT THAT!!

Weatherize Your Body


The term "weatherizing" is something that most people think of when they are preparing their homes for the dreadful winter weather in order to stay warm and comfortable, but it is also something that should be done for your health as well. Cold weather means greater chances of getting sick, staying inside and fluctuations with mood (less sunlight = greater chance of Seasonal Affective Disorder..... My Clinical Psych side comes out from time to time lol). 


Check out some of my tips for weatherizing your body and if done faithfully, can help you stay happy and healthy during the upcoming winter months!
"Letttttt the Sunshine Innnnn"- is not just a song made popular by the group "The 5th Dimension", it is also what our bodies need during the winter months to fight off the onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder (click here to read more) since in December there are approx. only 9 hours of sunlight (that sux). To compensate for this loss, you can use a dawn simulator to help your body deal with the shift or just keeping your house happy and bright!
Vitamins- I can't stress enough how important it is to make sure you take your vitamins. Not only does it help protect your body from sickness, but it also makes sure that you are getting all the nutrients that your body needs (because we all know that we don't eat everything off that food group chart everyday!)
To find out what vitamins you may need, you can get a nutritional assessment done.
How to Winterize Your Body to Stay Fit and Healthy in the Cold Months AheadStaying Hydrated- is not just for the summer months because in the winter your body can be just as dehydrated. Lower humidity can dry your skin and the mucus membranes of your nose, throat and lungs. Drinking the recommended 6-8 glasses of water/day is essential to prevent this problem along with getting a humidifier in your bedroom will help you stay moisturized.

Staying Active- is a must to fight off germs and sickness. When your body is not active, you are more prone to illness. The winter season has great activities that you can enjoy from ice skating, sledding and skiing (there's always the gym to, my personal fav).

Proper Skin Care- will not only carry your good looks a long way, but it is also a great barrier to dry skin. Make sure that you use quality products (I swear by Lumene, Clinique 3-step, and more recently Alaffia) that cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturize and hydrate your skin. 
Eating Healthy- This time of year all we want is something warm and hearty, which is good but lets not forget to follow our Color Wheel (click here to read more). Eating more fruits and veggies, a hearty breakfast and high-quality carbs will do you a world of good. 

Winter Hair Porn

 


I haven't done a hair post in awhile and figured I would update you all on my new look. I decided that I didn't want to bother with my hair.... AT ALL!! I've been so busy with school, modeling, dancing and in the process of moving and the last thing that I wanted to worry about was dealing with my natural hair (it literally takes about 3 1/2 hrs to wash, condition and style it...Ridiculousness!!)



I decided to do a full sew in with a front lace closure. At first, I was skeptical about the closure looking like a wig and was going back and forth about whether to leave my real hair out in the front and sides. I figured that probably would be a good idea since I wanted nothing to do with my hair for awhile lol. When I got the closure installed, we left only a tiny bit of hair out in the front and dyed it so that it would blend and look like I had a realistic part.

The hair that I'm using is virgin Cambodian hair from a company called Arjuni (they have Thee Most Amazing hair ever) and this is my second time using this hair since I bought it earlier this year. The closure is Brazilian hair and my stylist bought this (not sure of the company). If you are someone who swears by your weave, I believe that you should make that one-time investment for good quality hair and take care of it so that it would last you!

Check out Arjuni's website at
www.arjuni.com
and their FB fan page "Arjuni" (they are about to do a Black Friday Special....HOLLA!!!)

Top View of the closure

Curled w/ Flexi Rods


Twist ~n~ Go (no heat)


5 Days, 5 Looks.... Vogue's "IT Girl": Simone Tetteh


I've ALWAYS loved Vogue Magazine, but when I ran across this article on their site, I fell in love with the magazine more after learning about this uber fabulous natural chica! Simone Tetteh is the Booking Associate at the magazine and although her job requires her to cast the hairstylists and make up artists for the photo shoots, doesn't mean she can't be fly while doing so.

Check out the link below to see her complete head to toe looks for the week!

5 Days, 5 Looks: Simone Tetteh

Recap: St. Louis Fashion Week!

Happy Monday!

I had such a good time blogging for St. Louis Fashion Week! I got to meet lots of fab people, see the hottest trends for the Fall, party VIP style and get "behind the scenes" exclusives. The purpose of St. Louis Fashion Week was not only to show "what's in" for Fall, but to support 3 local charities... Haven House St. Louis, St. Louis Children's Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center with 100% of the proceeds from each night of the runway shows held at Plaza Frontenac, St. Louis Galleria and Macy's at St. Louis Galleria. This year's sponsors included Brown Shoe Company, Effen Vodka, Bud Light Platinum, Monster Energy, Chevy, Macy's and more.

Take a look at what all went down from the shows I attended!!

Tuesday Night: Project Design!

Project Design was held at the St. Louis Science Center and paid homage to some of the hottest up and coming designers. Aspiring hopefuls had the opportunity to submit their designs as part of the initial contest and fans had the opportunity to vote for their favorites. The 6 finalists with the most votes had the opportunity of a lifetime to tour the Chevy GM Design Center in Detroit to serve as inspiration for a complete look that was shown on the runway. The 6 finalist showed their lines on the runway for a chance at the grand prize: their collection featured at the finale event of Fashion Week, editorial feature in Alive Magazine, consultation and development to showcase their line by 963Collective, $400 gift card to Fabric.com, a tablet and gift certificate to help launch their line from Balluun.com and other cool prizes. This year’s Grand Prize Winner was Lauren Bander and the People's Choice Winner was Elise Lammert.

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Chevy Design Challenge Promo Models




DJ was spinning all the hot tunes for Fashion Wk!



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Thursday Night: Fall in Fashion at St. Louis Galleria

The St. Louis Galleria was definitely the place to be as the mall's hallway was transformed to the hottest runway shoppers had ever seen! The show included fashions from the mall's top shops; Tommy Bahama, Urban Outfitters, Apricot Lane, Lucky Brand Jeans, GAP, Francesca's Collections, Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers, Chico's, NY&CO, Eddie Bauer and the Limited. The show was definitely a hit and the models strutted the runway with some looks that I will definitely be putting in my closet!
















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Friday Night: Indulge at Plaza Frontenac

St. Louis' most elite came out to view Fall Fashions from select luxury brands at Plaza Frontenac that included Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, BCBGMaxAzria, Eileen Fisher, Juicy Couture, White House Black Market, Talbots and more. The show brought the same luxury to the runway as it does to its endless selection of high end shopping choices.







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Saturday Night: Liquid Style presented by Alive Magazine

My Favorite show of the week had to be this one because it reminded you of going to the most amazing party of the year and just being with all of the people you enjoy hanging with the most. The show was held at the trendy downtown apartments of Pointe 400 with the pre-party taking place on their outdoor rooftop terrace with an amazing view of the arch. The show celebrated St. Louis' best boutiques; Cha, Devil City, Esther, Ivy Hill, Sole & Blues and the Eye Bar. The show also included fashions from the Project:Design! Winner, Lauren Bander and special guest hip hop dancers!




Me & my Chica :-)












Hip Hop dancers


With my Hair/Make Up Style Team (Caitlin & Vicki)

Behind the Look: My St. Louis Fashion Week *GLAM* Squad

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Saturday Night: Liquid Style Show

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Thursday Night: Fall in Fashion Show

Who knows what I would've worn (something cute...of course) if I didn't have my Aha-Mazing style team come through, and I have been looking fabulous all week thanks to this group of talents ladies!

My whole look came together perfectly with respect to the different themes that were put together for fashion week and I received so many compliments.

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Tuesday Night: ProjectDesign! Show

I wanted to give you all a behind the scenes look at who these fashionistas are and some of the services that they provide.

Enjoy....

VictoriaLambert

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On Left: Caitlin Lambert... Right: Vicki Xenos

VictoriaLambert

is a beauty design team that provides services for weddings, fashion shows, photo shoots, special occasions and more around the St. Louis and Greater Metropolitan areas. Some of their more recent work includes Bronx Diba, Insight to Incite Magazine, Macy's Brazil Fashion Show and the Raw Artist Showcase.

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Victoria Xenos (Make-up Artist): is a modern free-lance make up artist who specializes in giving clients the most natural/sunlit make up looks to the more high fashion/ head turning styles. Her goal is to make every single client look flawless, beautiful and satisfied.

Caitlin Lambert (Hairstylist/Nail Artist): Has been providing unique couture looks for 5 years in both hair and natural nail designs. She specializes in color, cuts and also Minx nail services. Lambert's modern techniques keep her clients coming back for more.

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These ladies do amazing work and if you are ever in need of beauty services they will take care of you and they are available for travel

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Contact Info: 

Facebook:

VictoriaLambert (https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaLambertVicki)

Email:

VictoriaLambert.vl@gmail.com

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Ola Style

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Ola Hawatmeh

is the creator of Ola Style, a fashion line for women who have an urge toward self-expression, creativity and a desire to stand out. Ola's Designs have been featured in Alive Magazine, St. Charles Fashion Week, St. Louis Fashion Week, Kansas City Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week and Charlotte Fashion Week. Ola will also be working with Vidal Sassoon in an upcoming Beauty Expo Show from Emiliani Enterprises.

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It's ME!!

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Additionally, Ola is dedicated to giving back to her community through outreach, volunteering and her non- profit M3 which includes Mom Me Makeover, Makeover for a Cause and M3 models. The company provides inside-out makeovers for mothers, to help them feel more confident about themselves. Riding on the success she found with this venture, she started the nonprofit Makeover for a Cause, which allows cancer victims, homeless, battered and sheltered women to benefit from the pampering makeovers as well.

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Ola is available for all of your style needs and will not disappoint!

Contact Info

Ola Style Studio

(20 S. Central Clayton, MO)

Email:olastyle1@gmail.com

www.olastyle.net

www.mommemakeover.net

Facebook:

Ola Style

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Vauje Jewerly

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Mary Collins is the mastermind behind Vauje, a collection of beautifully unique handmade jewelry including earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Her work has been featured all over the St. Louis area including Grove Fest, Fashion in the City, Jewelinaire Fashion Show and St. Louis Fashion Week. Mary's line is very affordable and one you should definitely check out!

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Me Again! :-)

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Contact Info

Vauje

1820 Market Street 

St. Louis, Mo 63103

314-241-5896

www.vaujevixen.com

www.vaujejewelry.com

Facebook:

Vauje

STL Fashion Week.... Marble Nail Tutorial


I'm so excited to be the Fashion Media Blogger for all of the events for St. Louis Fashion Week! So in honor of all the fabulous-ness that will be going down , I am dedicating this week to Fashion Week from my AMAZING style team to highlights from the events!!

Today's post is a nail tutorial of my cute nails that I did in preparation for fashion week. I wanted to do something that incorporated Fall, Fashion and Fun, so I hope you enjoy and make sure you try it yourself :-)


Marble Nail Tutorial

Step 1: Gather your materials (nail polish remover, Q-tips, nail colors desired, a container of water, toothpick or needle and tape..) You don't need scissors UNLESS you only have a roll of tape.


Step 2: Tape around your nail and finger (so that when you dip your nail into the water, you don't get all of the polish on your finger because this process can be messy.)



Step 3: After you tape off your nails, take the colors of your choice and dip them into the water (the colors will automatically spread against the water.)

Step 4: Take your toothpick or needle and create the abstract design of your choice with the colors.


Step 5: Take your nail and scoop it into the water/polish mixture so that your whole nail is immersed in the water.

 

Step 6: Allow your nail to dry for a bit before you remove the tape.

Step 7: Remove the tape from around your nail and if you have polish residue, use the Q-tip and polish remover to clean it up.

.............and Voilà  your done!!!







Simple, Easy and CHIC.....

Product Review: Alaffia Skin Care Line


I was honored to have the opportunity to review Alaffia's Rooibos & Shea Butter Skin Care line because of their wonderful community empowerment movement to give back. Alaffia is a company that promotes "fair trade Shea Butter" which means that they only "practice fair and ethical procedures to ensure that producers in poor countries receive a greater percentage of the price paid by consumers for their Shea Butter. They also strive to empower women in West Africa by looking at what the women have to offer (their unique skills, traditions and knowledge) and compensate them at fair value for these skills. As a result, they gain income and livelihoods to support their families, while maintaining traditions and managing a sustainable resource." (taken from Alaffia.com)




For the past 2 months, I have been using the line faithfully. At first, I was skeptical because when it comes to my skin, I don't like to mix and match products because of the harmful effects that it could have, but these products proved true to what they stand for....

Antioxidant Facial Cleanser: I was worried when I used the cleanser for the first time because it was so creamy and moisturizing and I didn't think that it would be deep cleaning enough to get all of the impurities from the day off. Of course I was wrong, it did remove all of the dirt and make up from the day and I verified this by using an astringent to see if there was any dirt left over...NOPE!! It also made my skin feel good and not dried out because of the African wild honey and aloe.

Antioxidant Facial Toner: The toner is in the form of a mist spray which was new for me because I'm used to using a toner with a cotton ball. It is very refreshing and I like to use it throughout the day as a pick me up when my skin is looking dry. Some of the ingredients are Rooibos tea, Shea leaf extracts for protection, astringent witch-hazel and African wild honey for moisture.

Antioxidant Facial Cream: I love this facial cream because it is not greasy and penetrates deep in the skin and doesn't sit on top so you can actually see the results of it working to improve elasticity. It contains Rooibos tea, African wild honey, and virgin coconut oil.

This is a product that I will continue using and I suggest you all give a try. If not their skin care line, their many other products from hair to body.

Visit www.alaffia.com for more info on their products and their community initiative.

Artist Spotlight: Jeannie Jones



A Diva, as Beyoncé Knowles so rightfully put it is "a female version of a hustler." She grinds hard for hers, is very persistent, doesn't take "NO" for an answer, throws herself in the ring with the big dogs and of course leaves the stragglers behind. But at the same time, she is very compassionate; helping those who want to help themselves and returning what was given to her. She is humble; not letting the success and fanfare get to her head and ALWAYS remembering where she came from. A role model; serving as a positive influence for the younger generation showing them that with hard work and perseverance, you can do ANYTHING!

Jeannie Jones aka "J.Kitty of the City" is a Radio/TV Personality, Actress and Media Executive from Washington, D.C., who began her career as a Journalism major at the University of Maryland. Her first major break happened in Norfolk, V.A at 103 Jamz radio and WAVY-TV 10 (NBC.) Jeannie then went on to create "Meow Media" which is responsible for producing her syndicated entertainment report "Jeannie's Juice," Kitty Lounge Radio and the PBS documentary "Our Children are in Pain." Meow Media in association with "Ready, Set, Impact" Global Multimedia Firm specializes in: Publicity, Radio/TV, Film and Music Production, Publishing (Meow Music Mix/ASCAP,) Casting and Management.

Jeannie's talents extend to voice-overs for the WNBA and spokesperson for several major corporations including IPod, Coca Cola, GMC, Anheuseur-Busch, MAC Cosmetics and L'Oreal Paris. She is also a featured music critic (WTTG-Fox 5 Morning News, BET, The Washington Post and XM satellite,) a motivational speaker and community activist through the "Jeannie Jones Position to Transition Series." She has also received numerous awards including the NAACP Leadership Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,  American Heart Association, and Cecile House for Haiti to name a few.

The KaShonna Files chatted with Jeannie for an exclusive look into the journey and life of this amazing woman!

 


TKF: I first met you when you spoke at one of my fraternities events at Howard University. How important is it to give back to your community?

JJ: For me, at the end of the day everything I do is to give back. It has been an integral part of who I am since I started in media and I'm very passionate about a plethora of things, from children to breast cancer and animals. At the end of the day with all of the blessings you get, if you don't give back then what are you here for? It makes me feel my best.

TKF: One of your big achievements was co-hosting the "Russ Parr Morning Show," how did that opportunity come about?

JJ: He had been listening to me and comedian Joe Clair when he was in Texas and at the time, he was looking for a main morning host.

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 TKF: I read that you like to talk about more serious topics, why is that?

JJ: My career started off in hard journalism, writing for magazines and at the end of the day as much as I love entertainment, I'm very passionate about telling great human interest stories of people in the community and bringing those stories to the forefront. It's the root of who I am.

TKF: With the elections just around the corner and as a popular voice in the community, how are you doing your part to educate others about voting?

JJ: Very aggressively by making sure people get out to vote and that they are registered. When I am out and about, people tell me that they feel like their voice may not matter because of how shady politics can be. I want to change that so I go out and canvass, letting people know that they should vote especially since we haven't always had the right to and the elections will affect this generation and the generation after. I do things from speaking at college campuses to co-hosting rally events. I'll be speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus and working with D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.



TKF: You recently started your own company; can you tell us more about it?

JJ: The Company is Ready.Set.Impact, a global media firm specializing in radio, public relations, management, video and film. I am the co-founder with Nate Jolley who is a well-known musician and producer. We have been on tour with Lady GAGA, produced the BET Rap-It-Up mix tape and currently we are working on a video for Robert Miranda who is a Block Alternative Artist.

TKF: Speaking of the BET Rap-It-Up mix tape that you co-produced with the super talented Nate Jolley, how was it putting it together and who can fans expect to be on it?

JJ: It was awesome and a blessing for BET to give us this amazing opportunity to work with some of  hip hop's heavy weights  and also find some new extraordinary talent and give them national exposure. Fans can expect tracks from Jadakiss, Wale and 2-chainz to name a few.

with Nate Jolley (co-founder of Ready.Set.Impact)

TKF: You have accomplished so much in Radio and TV, can you tell us what's next for you?

JJ: The most immediate thing is directing more film and music videos, a network TV project, and working with Paula Patton in a film that I am being featured in.
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TKF: What is your go to style choice?

JJ: Heels, my trademark, leopard print heels. I was a ballerina for many years and I feel most comfortable on my feet.

Jeannie, hard at work

TKF: Can you tell us something not a lot of people know about you?

JJ: I enjoy doing most things in the dark. I work best in the dark, just a sexy therapuetic atmosphere with candlelight. It was like that when I did mid-day radio.

with Singer, Songwriter & Actor Jamie Foxx


TKF: Any advice for aspiring entertainers and entrepreneurs out there?

JJ: You want to study your craft, know it better than anyone else. Surround yourself with people who are doing what they love do and are running it. This business is a very small community so make sure you program yourself to network and get yourself out there. Whatever you do, brand yourself to be the best you can be!


Wise words from a wise woman.... My Girl!!

For more on Jeannie, visit her website at www.readysetimpact.com


A Healthier You, makes a Happier You

Taken from http://www.raghava.net

It is that time of year again! Hot apple cider, bonfires, tailgating, and my favorite reason of all: tight jeans with boots and a sweater. Fall is full of cute comfy clothes, crisp cool air, and so many tailgating parties that it is hard to stay motivated from all the work of summer. For many it also means the start of a new semester or the stressful time of year again when your boss is checking the timetables a little more closely.

 
It becomes all too familiar of a scene. Staying late studying or at work, grabbing fast food on the way home because it is there and the new spokesperson said it was healthier than before, forgetting to work out, and slowly it becomes a habit. We figure that our new adorable sweater will cover any insecurities and we lose sight of the bigger picture.
We should not think about the physical effects they may have on our body but the physiological aspects instead. A healthy lifestyle is far more important than losing weight and fitting into a smaller pant size. A healthy lifestyle can improve more than our physical lives but our social and psychological lives as well. It can improve our moods and attitudes, not to mention our sex lives and approach to social interactions. Also, the healthier lifestyle we have now, the smaller the affects of aging are seen. We can decrease our chances of diseases like diabetes or respiratory dysfunction simply by training our bodies for it now.
We have been told by so many doctors and families members to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but no one really describes how to in this world. While this is not scientifically proven, I personally believe that fitting exercise in at the same time everyday is the best way to maintain an active life. In my years of juggling being in school, maintaining a job, extracurricular activities and a somewhat active social life, I consistently try to work out at the same time everyday. I have adjusted my body to accepting that I will wake up 45 minutes earlier to workout before class and work and go to bed 45 minutes earlier. The problem with maintaining an active lifestyle is that many people over estimate the duration and intensity of exercise needed to be successful. It is recommended that a person in their 20’s or 30’s complete aerobic activity for a minimum of 20 minutes for 3-4 days a week. This can include inclined walking, cycling, jogging, elliptical, or swimming. 
As a graduate student in physical therapy, it is my obligation to go into some scientific reasoning behind this last statement. The length of duration of an aerobic exercise is crucial. It takes the body 20 minutes to switch from a fast muscle contraction, short duration motion like sprinting to a slow muscle contraction, long duration motion like jogging. The switch from fast muscle contraction to slow muscle contraction in the body is what burns fat. Fat cannot be utilized without this change in the body. The other crucial component of your exercise regimen is the amount your heart rate increases during exercise. Your heart rate should increase somewhere in between 50-80% of your maximum heart rate to achieve the optimal aerobic exercise. In order to calculate this, take 220 minus your age for your maximum heart rate and then multiple by 0.5-0.8 to calculate the max heart rate. (E.g. 220- 22 years= 198 maximum beats per minute. 198 x 0.8 = 99pbm- 158.4 bpm). This will give you the best results for all aspects of your life.
I know it may seem like a challenge sometimes, and life gets way too busy, but a healthy lifestyle goes beyond physical benefits. It can be a stress reliever and actually increase your immune system against disease like the common cold or flu. So while snuggling under a blanket watching a movie sounds enjoyable to all, going for quick bouts of exercise may improve more than immediate effects we see but actually increase our life span and quality of life we are living. So let’s grab those running shoes and get going!

Bebe's VIP Fall "Styled for Success" event



If you love Bebe like I do, make sure you stop by one of their stores near you for their "Styled for Success" event. You will have a chance to preview, shop and get special discounts on their new career-chic collection and make sure you stay for the after party at 6pm for music, drinks and appetizers.

For more info about the store nearest you go to www.bebe.com

Fab Find Friday: Atlanta- Alexis Suitcase Consignment Shop



Sidenote: I have to admit, I was skeptical about coming to Atlanta because of all the negative press I'd heard about everyone wanting to be in the "industry" BUT that quickly changed when I got here. People are so friendly and everyone has other goals and aspirations besides being in the "biz."

Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE vintage shopping! So while I was out one day exploring the ATL, I stumbled across this amazing boutique in Buckhead and I was like a kid in a candystore lol.  Alexis Suitcase is part consignment shop and part boutique that sells the latest styles in good condition. People can bring in their gently used items and sell them or customers can purchase high end items like Chloe, Coach, Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton at a fraction of retail prices. I scored 5 pieces for about $18 :-)

Alexis Suitcase is also having their End of Summer "Grab Bag" event, make sure you check it out at one of their 3 locations!!


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Weekend Recap: Girls Night Out & Faces and Fashionistas



Happy Monday :-)

This weekend was SUPER BUSY for me! I booked a modeling gig as an Ambassador for AT&T's "Back to School" program which I will be doing all month long and in addition, I had model calls and a host of events to attend.Two of the events that I covered were "Girls Night Out" and "Faces & Fashionistas" on Saturday.

"Girls Night Out" was held at Christopher Stevens Salon and I must say, it was nothing like I expected. The event was definitely the place to be and consisted of hair and product demonstrations using the "Design Essentials" product line and other sponsors included POP-u-LURE, Waffle-licious, Result2fitness, Coconut 1800 Tequila and Lance Omar Thurman photography.

The 2nd event I attended was "Faces & Fashionistas" held at Honey's Child Boutique. The event consisted of skin care tips, make up demos, before and after photos, a masseuse and jewelry, shoes and skin care vendors. This event more laid back than the first but was very informative and guests walked away with more knowledge on how to accentuate their beauty and gift bags.

Check out the pics below from both events...



"GIRLS NIGHT OUT" AT CHRISTOPHER STEVENS SALON

Christopher Lacy (salon owner) and Corvonne (Design Essentials)


Laying that hair out honey!!

Design Essentials Product Line


Yummy Waffles courtesy of Waffle-licious

Coconut 1800 Tequila





Me :-)





"FACES AND FASHIONISTA" AT HONEY'S CHILD BOUTIQUE

Belle Butters product line


Make up demo by Mz. Glamour

Bronx-Diba-Luichiny Footwear

Dabeers Custom Footwear


Glamorosa Accessories

Honeys Child Boutique Accessories



Mz. Glamour's FAB creation


Jazzibel Jewels

Honeys Child Boutique Clothing


Cutting Calories: 10 simple tricks to keep the lbs. off

Taken from MyWeightLoss101.com

Summer maybe coming to an end, but that doesn't mean we should let go of all of the hard work that we put in over these past couple of months to look our best (you know... in that "little black dress.") The coming fall and winter months will be the TRUE test of will power and dedication to keep the pounds off especially with the holidays coming up. Don't fret, the simplest way to lose weight (and keep it off) is by cutting calories and you can drop a pound a weeby cutting out 500 calories/day (based on a 150lbs woman- Yahoo Health)

1.) Lollygagging- instead of sitting down or laying in the bed on the phone, walk around the house and do it. Also in addition to "bobbing" your head, try tapping your foot to your favorite jams.

2.) Step awayyyyy from the TV- instead of eating in front of the TV (which can cause you to eat up to 250 calories more,) eat at a table and then lollygag around the house, or take a walk for an hour.... That's an est. of 500 calories burned!

3.) Cut down on salad toppings- we all like to spruce our salads up here and there to make it more fulfilling but it's just that, a salad, not a buffet. Limit your toppings down to ONE(like a veggie) and save approx. 500 calories.

4.) Eat 6x/day and use smaller portions- Sounds crazy? Well it really isn't that far fetched. Eating a healthy snack (fruits, nuts, veggies, etc) multiple times a day in addition to your standard breakfast, lunch and dinner will cause you to eat a lesser portion when it comes to those three main meals.

5.) Healthier Dranks- instead of ordering your go to fruity alcoholic beverages, substitute the sugar for club soda, tonic water or cranberry juice and save a couple hundred pounds. Oh and make sure you break it down on the dance floor :-)

6.) Sweet Dreams- it is imperative to get your 6-8 hours of sleep a day (which may seem impossible to do in today's society of busy individuals,) but lack of sleep causes you to snack more... No bueno. Get more sleep and save about 1,000 calories (says the one who should be sleep right now lol.)

7.) Holiday Shopping- go shopping for about an hour, put your goodies away, cook that amazing homemade holiday dinner, serve and toast to the good life because you just burned 600 calories. Hey now!

8.) Skip the movie theater popcorn- and bring your own microwaved and low-fat kernels (you ain't here that from me) and save a couple hundred calories.

9.) Put down the fork- if your anything like me, you'll keep eating even when you know your full...Smh. So listen to your stomach and save those unnecessary calories.

10.) Check your servings- everything that you eat should have the "nutrition facts" somewhere (if not you can always ask.) Remember the calories are per serving and what your eating maybe more than one serving.

Insight 2 Incite Magazine Spread!



Earlier this year, I booked a job for a fashion spread for "Insight2Incite" Magazine, which is an interactive lifestyle publication that promotes change through information, inspiration, and implementation. The shoot was to promote NV Showroom Boutique in downtown St. Louis (which had some AMAZING pieces.) It was TONS of fun and to top it all off, I got to work with 2 of my FAV hair and make up artists :-)

Check out some of the pics below.... and let me know what you think :-)


 
Behind the Scenes, caught off guard!!



My Fabulous Hair & Make up!


Pic from the magazine


From the magazine launch party

VictoriaLambert: Amazing style team!


Hair & Make up: VictoriaLambert
Dress & Accessories: NV Showroom Boutique

 Insight2Incite Magazine
 http://inciteu.com/

NV Showroom Boutique
http://www.nvshowroomboutique.com


Product Review: Curls Cashmere Collection

Cashmere Curl Jelly & Leave in Conditioner




I have been trying out a couple of different products (not a product junkie tho :-) to find out what works best on my hair and I had the opportunity to review the Cashmere Collection by Curls hair company and I must say that I really do like their line of products and the fact that it smells like I walked into a bakery full of deserts is also a PLUS lol. The products that I reviewed are the curl jelly and the leave in conditioner.


Cashmere Curl Jelly: At first I was skeptical as to how this product would work on my kinky curly transitioning type hair because the product was not heavy and I assumed that it would be more for type 3a or b hair. I was wrong, this product did define and elongate my tightly curled hair and I liked the fact that I could use it for wash and go, twist outs, roller set styles and also if I wanted to wear my hair in a sleek pony tail. 

I also used this on my curly synthetic/human hair mix clip ins and it actually worked to hold and define those curls... Amazing :-)

Cashmere Curl Jelly: Lightweight but definite hold


Cashmere Leave In Conditioner: This leave in conditioner left my hair soft, moisturized and defined my curls like the jelly did. I like the fact that it contains Keratin (which is the main component of hair) and works to restore the keratin that may have been lost. I also love that it contains a lot of natural ingredients that work to maintain the health of my natural hair along with keeping it moisturized. 

When I used the leave in and jelly together, my curls were even more defined and it also works to seal and protect the little hair that I have left that is still relaxed.

Visit their site for more products and info...

Also you can request samples to try out by emailing
customerservice@curls.biz