THRIFT STORE FINDS: End of Summer Attire

The end of summer is near, and I want to take this time to show as much skin as possible before we transition into hoodies and jean season. On a safe day out with the girls, I wore this beautiful neutral colored split wrap skirt with a plain white crop tank top and sandals. I completed this look with a little vintage wooden bag.

Skirt Came From:
Goodwill
8228 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309

Vintage Wooden Bag came from a thrift store in the DMV area (I bought this bag 10 years ago).

HYDRATE WITH HONEY!

HYDRATE WITH HONEY!

Hair Salons are closed, and it’s up to us to maintain our appearances until this quarantine is over. My go-to-styles has been a wash-and-go, braids, and two-strand twists. My saving grace has been Camille Rose’s Honey Leave-in Conditioner. For those who are unaware of the magical powers of Honey, well, here it is! Honey is an emollient that moisturizes, locks in shine, and restores the natural luster in your hair. To get the most out of this product, I wash and condition my hair first and then apply the Honey onto damp hair with my fingers to ensure that moisture reaches every strand of my hair. The Honey has left my hair hydrated and smooth.

Five ingredients that stood out:
Honey– smooth the hair follicles, and add shine to dull hair.
Olive Fruit Oil – is rich in Vitamin E and is considered a powerful antioxidant that helps moisturize and protect hair from damage.
Aloe Leaf Juices – penetrates the hair shaft for intense moisture promoting hair growth through its richness in essential fatty acids.
Sugar Cane– rehydrates the dry scalp.
Sweet Orange Fruit Oil– improves the hair strands, smooths, and moisturizes dry strands (helps in hair growth, treats hair loss, gives hair shine, and removes dandruff.

Go to Camille Rose website for more information on their Leave-in Collection.

FBF: Out and About in NYC

FBF: Out and About in NYC

Before social distancing was a thing, I took a trip to New York for Labor Day weekend to show off my latest finds from the Thrift Store.

On Saturday night, I attended an Afrobeats and Dancehall party in honor of the West Indian Day Parade. I wore a gold sleeveless tie-front crop top blouse with ripped jeans and tan pumps from DSW clearance rack.

After dancing the night away, I was not interested in wearing heels the second day in a row to go to brunch, church, and shop. I decided to wear my converse with an orange J-Crew tie-front pleated dress and an oversized jean jacket taken from my mother’s closest.

I wore a beige vintage Dooney and Burke purse with both outfits.

Blouse, Dress, and Purse came from:
Frugalista
7609 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22306

GIRL TALK: BRUNCH & CONVERSATIONS

I’ve hosted my first panel discussion on Saturday, May 2, 2020, discussing life as a woman under quarantine. I had the opportunity of bringing in four amazing professionals from different industries to give their perspective on topics of Health and Wellness, Self-Care, Beauty, and Relationships. We plan to have more panel discussions in the future, but for right now, I’ve listed the panelist’s websites below for you to check out.

Ashly Brook, Future Nutritionist:
Ashly brought a wealth of knowledge about nutrition and health and wellness. Make sure you check out her website  Flicker2flames.com, and youtube channel,  Unedited Wellness.

Shantuana Bryant, HR and Media Professional
Shantuana is a true advocate of Beauty and Self-Care. Visit her page on https://www.bedroomkandi.com/11487  to purchase products for your pampering and intimate needs during this quarantine.


Kimberly Homer, Marketing and Brand Professional
Kimberly has a unique purse line that is made for the stylish individual. Go to https://themodernmosaiccollection.com/ to purchase your very own statement piece and use the code GirlTalk30 to receive 30% off of your first purchase. 

Kirstan Crawley, Media Enthusiast , Follow her on Instagram @industrykirs


Thrift Store Finds: THAT DRESS FROM A 90’S SITCOM

I love finding fashion from the past at the thrift store. Growing up in the ’90s, I watched shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Martin, A Different World, Save by the Bell, and many others. I always wanted to be “that girl” wearing “that dress” on a first date or a night out with the girls. This vintage crimson velvet dress has the perfect “wow” factor that I use to hear the audience scream “whoo” to Hillary going to the playboy mansion, Lisa’s date with Will, or to Pam’s many outings with Gina. I wasn’t able to wear this dress due to the pandemic, but I’ll be sure to wear this in the fall.

Dress came from:
The Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center
1590 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

READ, REST, & RELAX!

We are going through uncertain times right now. There’s a person out there struggling to stay home, unemployed, scared of experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, and dealing with the scarcity of necessary supplies (such as toilet paper, Thanks Panic Buyers!) while trying to stay healthy. Any one of these things brings an enormous amount of stress to your body. The truth is that stress can send you to the hospital faster than the coronavirus can. So, the next time you feel anxious; Turn off the TV and take the time to READ, REST, and RELAX.

READ: Scrolling through Instagram, and watching TV can be exhausting. This is the perfect time to read about a beautiful love story, becoming a successful business owner, or a juicy autobiography. I finished reading “More Than Enough” by Elaine Welteroth. This book explores Elaine’s journey of growing up as a biracial kid in California to becoming the first black editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue.

REST: There’s a false narrative going around that sleep is the cousin to death, or that successful people don’t sleep. In actuality, you are doing more harm than good by skipping out on your rest. Sleep strengthens your immune system and combats infections in your body. Why else do you think your doctor advise rest along with your prescription?

RELAX: Stress can increase your heart rate and cause your body to deteriorate. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do about this pandemic! Why not pamper yourself instead? When was the last time you allocate time for yourself? This past weekend I did my nails for the first time since February using Deco Miami vegan nail polish. Also, I kicked back and relaxed while wearing Pacifica Mattify Prep Facial Mask and listening to 90’s R&B.

Try not to consume yourself with frequent updates of the coronavirus. Instead, take some time to READ, REST, and RELAX.

Since we are on Stay at Home orders, all items can be purchased online by clicking on the links below:

“More Than Enough” by Elaine Welteroth,

DECO MIAMI Vegan Nail Polish

PACIFICA Mattify PREP Facial Mask

Thrift Store Finds: Paying Homage to the "Around the Way Girl"

Photo Cred: Antonio Diggs @80shots
Hair: Natasha Love @hairnlove

The “Around the Way Girl” is fun, smart, chill, and confident. She’s the one that every girl wants to be, and every guy wants to be with. Her style is effortless; it exudes sexiness without showing skin or spending hours in shoes that more than likely will hurt your feet than give you attention.

On my way to Brunch a couple of weeks ago, I paid homage to the Around the Way Girl, while adding a skylar flare to it. I wore a BCBG puffer jacket with a plain white blouse and black vintage high waisted jeans. I took it a step further by wearing tiny red-tinted shades, bookbag purse, and wore my hair in a high ponytail to complete the look.

Jacket and Jeans came from:
The Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center
1590 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

Accessories Highlight:
Tiny red-tinted shades came from the wish app, and bookbag purse came from TJMAXX.

Shea Moisture Daily Hydration Creme Sugar Scrub

I’m an advocate for exfoliating your skin! There are times when our skin goes through a season of dryness, and we need an occasional body scrub to help revitalize and restore new skin cells. Some of your local Spa’s offer this type of treatment, But if you are on a budget, like me, then applying Shea Moisture Daily Hydration Creme Sugar Scrub two to three times a week will suffice. This product can successfully remove dead skin cells and encourages natural cell renewal while keeping the skin moisturized. I use a significant amount on my palms and gently rotate in a circular motion on my body for one minute and then wash off with warm water. After each use, my skin feels soft, smooth, and moisturized.

Four Main Ingredients:
Sucrose (Sugar)- Stearate that fills in tiny spaces between the cells improving the skin’s texture.
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil) – detoxifies the skin by pulling out toxins that help get rid of acne.
Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride- creates a barrier on the skin’s surface, which helps to reduce skin dryness.
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)- is an emollient and moisturizer that hydrates and smooths the skin.

Shea Moisture Daily Moisture Hydration Creme Sugar Scrub

CLOSE THE DEAL IN STYLE

Photo Cred: Antonio Diggs @80shots
Hair: Natasha Love @hairnlove

While attending a meeting, the goal is to close the deal or pick up a new client. Accomplishing these tasks in person takes preparation and confidence. Confidence is all about how you feel and look. Wearing an outfit that you feel comfortable in will have you strutting in the office with your head held high, saying that “I GOT THIS.” And, that is what I did last week at a meeting with a potential partner wearing a Max Studio patterned dress that had a tie in the front.

Max Studio Dress came from:
2nd Ave Value Stores
13770 Smoketown Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192

FBF: Galentine's Day Slumber Party

I hosted my first annual Galentine’s Day Slumber Party a couple of weeks ago for four of my girlfriends. The theme for this year’s festivities was “Self Care.” I wanted to convey how important it is to take time out for yourself. I partnered with Shanny B’s interior design to create a safe place for girlfriends to come together to eat, drink, play games, and talk shit. We enjoyed custom handcrafted sangrias by Lexi Sangria, Fried Chicken, salad, and freshly-baked cookies. Each individual received a gift bag with Self Care essentials such as Pacifica Kale Detox Deep Cleaning Face Wash, Hand in Hand Sugar Scrub, and Holler and Glow Facial Mask.

Thank you to the AC Hotel Marriott Downtown DC for providing a complimentary stay for us. This European influenced hotel is one of Marriott’s newest properties, located in Downtown, DC. Click Here to book a room for your next Girls Night.

Thank you, Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar, for gifting us with a $50 gift card for brunch. This Peruvian inspired restaurant is a two-minute walk from the AC Hotel Marriott Downtown. I must say that this place has the best empanadas, and their French Toast is amazing. Click Here to reserve your spot for brunch.

FYI: I was too busy enjoying myself and forgot to take pictures.