When people think about the breakfast of champions, everyone’s mind goes to eggs, toast, grits, and bacon. Although it’s a good source of protein, A simple fruit bowl can provide that and more while satisfying your taste buds. There’s a saying that you should eat every color of the rainbow because of each color’s benefits. For Instance, Red is for the heart, white is for immunity, yellow is for the skin, green is for cleansing, orange is for inflammation, and violets are for Antioxidants. This morning for breakfast, I had each rainbow color (except for green) in my bowl. See what I had this morning for breakfast:
Sometimes, I feel like putting on a cute outfit just to go the Harbor and look at the beautiful scenery. On my outing this past weekend, I wore a simple white button-up shirt with a navy blue mini skirt, a multi-color belt, and a vintage Liz Claiborne purse.
Skirt, Belt, and Purse came from: Goodwill of Greater Washington Retail Store 6136 Arlington Boulevard Falls Church, VA 22044
When you have a rough week, it’s good to take care of yourself to feel good for the next day. Thursdays are my days for self-care; this is the time for me to put my phone on airplane mode, listen to some 90’s R&B, and give myself a spa treatment. I don’t know about you, but an at-home Facial before the weekend is what I need to feel refresh and rejuvenated. I tried a new Simple Skin Regimen from the JNL Naturals Shine collection. This kit consisted of a cleansing bar, Lip Balm, Face Salve, and Konjac Sponge. Let’s see how everything worked on this night of self-care.
Face and Body Cleansing Bar
There’s a saying to never use the same cleanser for your body and face. But, JNL Naturals put those stereotypes to rest with their unique Face and Body cleanser that has seven organic ingredients found in your home to cleanse your skin without any irritation. To start self-care Thursday, I took a shower, paired the cleansing bar with JNL Natural’s bamboo loofah to exfoliate my skin, gently applied the bar to my face, and washed in a circular motion until my face felt squeaky clean. The smell was light and didn’t contain any fragrance. The consistency of the product was excellent and didn’t break out my skin. My face felt prepared for the next step of my skincare regimen using the Konjac Sponge.
My Favorite Ingredients Grapefruit Essential Oil- prevents and treats skin conditions like acne Litsea Essential Oil- helps to balance sebum production. Orange Essential Oil- promotes clarity, radiance in the skin.
Our skin is constantly under attack with environmental stresses and toxins every day when we leave the house, so it is essential to exfoliate at least twice a week. JNL Natural has created the Konjac Sponge that is gentle enough to use on a baby’s skin but powerful enough to slough off dead skin cells to get that smooth and glowing complexion. After cleansing my skin, I placed the sponge under water and squeezed the water out; I gently rotated the sponge on my face in a circular motion and then applied the face salve.
My Favorite Ingredient Cherry Blossom Powder- helps cleanse the body of impurities, suppresses toxins that speed up skin aging, lightens hyperpigmentation, clarifies uneven skin, and repairs damaged skin.
After cleansing and exfoliation, moisturizing my skin is a must, even before I go to bed, regardless of skin type. Every night before I go to bed, I apply the face salve. This face salve creates better skin for the next day and added the appropriate moisture to my dry spot without having my skin look and feel super oily. The following day, I woke up to smooth and hydrated skin.
My Favorite Ingredient Sweet Almond Oil – improves complexion and skin tone. Grapeseed Oil – moisturizes and balances the skin. Papaya Seed Oil – helps combat wrinkles, scars, large pores, acne, dark spots, and other skin blemishes. Organic Argan Oil- protects against sun damage. Lavender Essential Oil- lessen acne. Rose Geranium Essential Oil- applied to the skin as an astringent that tightens, brightens and removes dead skin cells.
Who doesn’t love a good lip balm? I apply the lip balm after my morning shower, multiple times throughout the day, and before bed. My lips always feel smooth and moisturize when I use this product.
My Favorite Ingredients: Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil- moisturizes lips. Perfect for chapped lips. Olive Oil- Healing for cracked or dry lips. Shea Butter- nourish and hydrates lips.
Imagine before you go to bed at night, you apply the Derma-E hydrating cream and then wake up to a smooth and clear complexion. How does this happen? Derma- E uses Hyaluronic Acid to moisturize and aid clear complexion for those struggling with dry skin. Before I go to bed, I cleanse my skin with a Tata Harper cleanser; I may either use a facial steamer, JNL Shine Facial mask, or an exfoliator to regenerate and remove dead skin cells and then apply the hydrating cream to my face.
My Favorite Five Ingredients Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Oil – protects the skin from UV damage Macadamia Seed Oil- hydrates the skin without clogging the pores. Green Tea Extract- help to soothe and calm the skin while also protecting against collagen degradation and skin discoloration. Vitamin E- soften and smooth the appearance of a younger-looking complexion. Jojoba Oil- moisturize dry skin.
The weather is getting warmer, but not warm enough for me to wear shorts. So on my way to brunch on an 88-degree day, I wore a spaghetti strap cami top with wide-leg jeans, tan suede wedges, and a cream color bookbag purse to carry my belongings. This 70’s inspired outfit was a show stopper and a great transition from a hot day to a cozy night in late spring.
Sidenote: You notice that I tend to go to brunch a lot, but that is all it is to do during a pandemic.
Cami Top, Wide-Leg Jean, and Purse came from: Goodwill of Greater Washington Retail Store 6136 Arlington Boulevard Falls Church, VA 22044
Recently, I went to the hairdresser this past weekend to get a ponytail for my recent photoshoot, and Boy, was it laid! My stylist used Got2BGlue hair spray to accomplish this slick look. And I did not have to worry about frizz or flyaways. Got2BGlue got the job done, but my hair was stiff, crunchy, and flaky after a couple of days. For the first time in my life, I tried out this Shampoo Bar from Oh My Garden to get my hair back to normal. Although, I was skeptical at first because I am use to using shampoo out of a bottle. After looking at the ingredients, I realize that it wouldn’t hurt to try it—Friday morning after an excellent workout. I gently rubbed the shampoo in a circular motion until it lathers in my hair and massage the ingredients into my scalp and repeat a couple of times until I felt comfortable washing the product out of my hair and following up Deep Conditioner; my hair felt squicky clean. This shampoo bar dismantled any flakiness I received from the Got2BGlue hair spray and added shine to my hair.
And Viola, my hair is back to its natural state, and I love it! I would recommend this shampoo bar solely based on its ingredients. OH, MY GARDEN is made with organic ingredients that don’t dry out your hair and gently cleanses and nourishes the hair and scalp.
My Favorite five ingredients Macadamia See Oil – helps add shine, strengthens, and nourish hair follicles. fights hair loss Mango Seed Butter – softens dry hair, reduces breakage, and smooths split ends. Coconut Oil – moisturizes hair and reduces breakage. Chamomile Extract – strengthens hair and protects it from easy damage. Tea Tree Leaf Oil- soothes an itchy scalp, reduces dandruff, prevents excess oil production, and stimulates the hair growth.
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
I had the opportunity of helping Founder Kendra of The Classic Cue Vision become a reality at her first event, “Spring Out the Box, A Recipe Swap,” on April 8, 2017. For those of you who are not familiar with The Classic Cue; this brand provides the latest trends for fashion, interior design, travel, and lifestyle. Kendra wanted to introduce her guest to Spring with new recipes to try at home. These dishes were ideal for date nights, dinner parties, or to prevent spending money at restaurants. We had a live demonstration performed by food connoisseur, Yvonne, who prepared veggie empanadas, and professional Chef Sage from the Food Network show, Chop’t, who made mini fish tacos. Of course, we also had two ladies who great are examples of career women who find time to cook with their busy schedule. Their asparagus tart and Cajun shrimp and crab dip were simply amazing. After experiencing great cuisines from these ladies, we ended the event with fresh sounds from DJ Juliana. Make sure you check out The Classic Cue website for these wonderful recipes, Click Here.
In the meantime, check out photos from our photographer, Ashley Dorce.
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As we completed our celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017, with the hashtag #adaywithoutwoman, Paula Hayes came to mind. She is a product chemist who founded the Hue Noir brand. She has successfully blended science and technology to develop high-quality makeup for women of color who have different skin tones, ranging from fair to deep. I had the pleasure of sampling the Perfect Pout Hydrating Lipstick, the Perfect Shine Hydrating Lipgloss, and the Perfect Pigment velvet eyeshadow from her product line.
Perfect Pout Hydrating Lipstick is true to its name. Hue Noir sent me their Flirtatious color (eggplant purple), which has a rich pigment. This lipstick provided me with moisture without the need of applying Chapstick before the lipstick because the product was blended with nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba, and avocado butter. Product retails for $25.00
The Perfect Shine Hydrating Lipgloss is my favorite gloss on the market and is worth $20.00. Unlike other brands, this lip gloss did not leave a tacky residue on my lips, and the sangria color that they sent me gave me a silky finish and subtle color. This product also had ingredients such as vitamin E and jojoba to keep the lips nicely moisturized.
The Perfect Pigment velvet eyeshadow was the product that I chose to wear to my event because it delivered twice the pigment and flattered my skin tone. This product retails for $22.00.
I enjoyed having this product at my Power and Beauty Event. Hue Noir brands represent women of all shades. Before going to Sephora to look at their brands, please check out Hue Noir for their fantastic product line.