Tuesday, March 03, 2015

8 Bold Florals To Wear This Spring

Floral prints are surely spring style staples. Every year, there seems to be a new take on prints inspired by flowers. This year, florals are going bold. I adore the way Maryam Garba used florals on the sleeves of the "Psyche" dress. I've also been scouting my local Macy's stores for the Rachel Roy halter neck midi dress since first spotting it online. Its dramatic floral print coupled with an asymmetrical hem could make this an "IT" dress for the warmer months. I'm also eager to try on the J.Crew crescent floral cluster earrings. Talk about a statement earring!

Today's post shares my favorite bold floral picks for spring.

More bold florals:

Monday, March 02, 2015

Spring Jewelry Trend: The Choker Necklace

It's official. Our favorite necklace from the 90s is back. The choker necklace has emerged as a must-have piece of jewelry this spring. I've been particularly fond of the modern and minimalist styles available at J.Crew, like the J.Crew hinged choker necklace, which is now on sale by the way.

The J.Crew threaded choker necklace (also on sale) stole my attention and my coins recently. The threaded detail on this choker gives it that global vibe that I love. In today's post, I'm wearing this new choker necklace.

BlazerPhilosophy | similar
CamisoleExpress | similar
EarringsHouse of Harlow 

Shop choker necklaces:

Friday, February 27, 2015

Maryam Garba "Psyche" Dress

Last December, I had the pleasure of meeting and collaborating with Chicago-based designer, Maryam Garba. You may remember the stunning yellow "Rose" dress I styled from her line. That dress remains one of my favorite versatile pieces. What I love about Garba's entire collection is that it makes looking stylish easy, and more importantly, affordable.

I've been eagerly awaiting the launch of Garba's latest collection since getting a sneak peek of her new pieces back in early January. At first sight, I was drawn to a floral-sleeve, blue dress. It's sophisticated, versatile, and totally my style. Imagine how surprised I was, then, to learn that the dress was inspired by and named after me. What an honor!

In today's post, I'm wearing the Maryam Garba "Psyche" dress. It's styled for a wintry day with tights and booties. Can you imagine all the styling possibilities for this beauty though? The color palette of the dress is right-on-trend for spring. The floral print is fresh and feminine. This dress provides the perfect backdrop for some serious mixing and matching.

Location: Shoenberg Temperate House, Missouri Botanical Garden
For reference, I'm wearing the dress in a size 4
Dress℅ Maryam Garba
NecklaceJ.Crew | option
ClutchKate Spade
Boots℅ Ross Dress for Less | shop them online

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Head & Shoulders for Textured Hair?

This post is sponsored by P&G. I was invited to try Head & Shoulders' brand new Moisture Care line, a system specially formulated for textured hair. The line comprises a 2 in 1, co-wash, and scalp soother. Each of these pH-balanced products includes vitamin E-rich almond oil and coconut essence to provide moisture for the scalp and hair and to eliminate dandruff. 

During the winter months, my natural hair is especially dry. Before trying the 2 in 1, co-wash, and scalp soother, my hair had been in a braided updo for about a week and a half. As a result, my hair was dry and a tad flaky, providing the perfect challenge for the products in the Moisture Care line. I started with the 2 in 1, a shampoo and conditioner in one product. It smells amazing! It produced a rich lather that felt both cleansing and hydrating. I rinsed and applied the 2 in 1 again because I usually shampoo twice. I then applied the co-wash, a really thick conditioner that instantly bonded with my curls. I knew immediately I would like it. After working it through my hair, detangling was such a breeze.

Detangling with the Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Co-Wash
After rinsing the co-wash out of my hair, I towel-dried my hair and sectioned it in preparation for a blowout. At this point, I applied the Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Scalp Soother directly to the parts I had made in my hair and worked it through the scalp. It felt cool and refreshing. I envision reaching for this product when I'm wearing braided or twisted styles to give my scalp a quick refresh. I then blew out my hair and flat-twisted it in preparation for a twist-out. See the results below.

The blow-out followed by a flat twist-out is one of my staple styles. Conditioning my hair prior to starting that process is so crucial to the overall look and feel of my hair in the end. Let me tell you. I'm impressed by how well the Head & Shoulders products performed. My hair feels soft. It has body. And, my curls look healthy and shiny. My hair smells so amazing too.

Head and Shoulders scientists explored the unique needs and characteristics of African American hair and found a drastic need for moisture and protection. Head & Shoulders NEW Moisture Care collection, with Vitamin E rich almond oil and coconut essence, provides moisture for scalp and hair immediately and also over time, eliminating dandruff and leaving you 100% flake-free. For more information, visit Head & Shoulders on Facebook (www.facebook.com/headandshoulders) and follow @HeadShoulders on Twitter.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What's in My Travel Bag?

I travel light everywhere I go. Doing so has made traveling so much easier. Lost and found bags? Waiting at baggage claim? Ain't nobody got no time for that. And, most airlines charge to check a bag now too? Hell to the no.

On my recent trip home, my travel schedule was tight and tricky, so making sure my luggage was always at my side was a must. I packed a pilot case and my Tangaroa mini duffel bag as my personal item. Today's post shares what I stuffed into that mini duffle bag.

Waiting for my connecting flight at Miami International Airport. My mini duffel is sitting on my pilot case

Here's a glimpse of everything I stuffed into my mini duffel bag:

Tracy Reese cosmetic case:
This holds my makeup, a case of makeup brushes, my toiletries (in a quart-size bag), and grooming tools.

Kate Spade bag/wallet/cardholder:
I like to have a smaller purse holding my wallet and other important items when carrying a larger bag as my personal item.

Kate Spencer scarf which doubles as a throw when the plane gets chilly

Sony camera case and Sony NEX-5N

Kate Spade sunglasses and case

Macbook Pro in a Muujo sleeve

Linea Pelle passport case and passport

Larabars for snacking

Dentyne Pure Gum

iPad mini

iPhone with earphones


Notebook and pen

I try to avoid carrying all these devices when I can, but they each serve a unique purpose. There are some things I can only do on my computer. And, my iPad houses all my reading materials, namely the latest magazines I download for free as a member of the St. Louis Public Library

An Emjoi Epi Slim+ e18 sitting next to my favorite reversible Maaji swimsuit.

One of my secret weapons stowed in my carryon was my brand new Emjoi Epi Slim+ e18* (℅), a battery-operated, 18 tweezer epilator that's perfect for hair removal on the face and body. It's small and compact, making it perfect for travel. It came in handy for touching up my upper lip and bikini line while in St. Kitts. I usually have my upper lip threaded and that hurts so much. Ouch! The Epi Slim+ e18 made that process pain free. That's when I got hooked and decided you ought to know about it too. By the way, the epilator, unlike a razor, pulls hair from the root and hence keeps hair away for weeks.

Close-up of Emjoi Epi Slim+ e18, which retails for just $34.95. 

* I received a sample of the Emjoi Epi Slim+ e18 at no charge from Emjoi publicists for review purposes.