Friday, 30 October 2015

Danier Leather and Sweaters For Cold Fall Days

Here in Ontario the weather has gone from being freezing one day to warm the next, it seemed like mother nature could not decide if she wanted it to be fall or spring. But of recently there has been a constant chill in the air, cold enough to always need a sweater or coat outside. It officially feels like fall, which means I can breakout my boots and start wearing all my fall clothes.


Sweater: Suzy Shier
Jeans: H&M
Leather Jacket: Danier
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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Sexy Little Things

There are many different types of perfume and body mist on the market, some by the giant fashion houses, others by celebrities and some generic store brands. One of the best out would definitely be Sexy Little Things Noir by Victoria Secrets. The shape of the bottle and design on the label is aesthetically pleasing, but most importantly the scent is not too overpowering. There is nothing worse then a scent that, even when only spraying a small amount, is over powering. I have a sensitive nose, so a perfume that is not too strong is a must. This body Mist is $15.00 a bottle, if this or any of their other body mist interest you there is a sale at Victoria Secrets right now, $9.00 a bottle, so right now is the time to buy.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

The Perfect Accessory: The 1920's Head Piece

$1,600.00 - 1920’s Art Deco Velvet & Rhinestone Cloche. Original beaded cloches & headdresses are nearly impossible to find today. This is an extremely rare and substantial piece that came from a single collector as part of a time capsule collection that spanned some 40 years. Black silk velvet embellished w/ neatly arranged tiny brass flatwork & prong set glittering rhinestones. Flattering flocked stone netting and elaborate beaded fringe tassels give this headpiece star quality (hva):
Salon of the Dames

I love 1920's head pieces, especially ones in black. They can be used for all sorts of occasions, if you haven't chosen a Halloween costume yet, you can get a beautiful head piece and dress as a flapper. Or if you have a party or big event to attend, a 1920's head piece will give your outfit a touch of old glamour and you will stand out against all the other guest. The head pieces that are not to elaborate can even be worn day today, spicing up any outfit.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Rising Star Andra Day

I am loving the beautiful voice and amazing music of Andra Day. In a time filled with generic pop music, she is a breath of fresh air. She was discovered singing in a night club by the legendary Stevie Wonder and later was signed by Warner Bros. studios after buzz around her covers were building. One thing that is great about Andra is that she is not just one thing, she sings blues, jazz, doo wop and R& B, showing that she is versatile. Her album Cheers To The Fall has production credits by Raphael Saadiq and Questlove. It is clear to see the Ms. Day has a bright future ahead of her.

Andra Day singing Forever Mine. The Video was directed by Spike Lee

Monday, 19 October 2015

Liberals Destroy The Competition

Vogue Magazine 1991

I chose this Vogue Magazine Picture of super models Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen because it describes what happened it this  Federal Election perfectly. I thought it would be a close race between The Liberal Party lead by Justin Trudeau and The Conservative Party led by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but that was not what happen at all. At first it looked like the Liberals were the only one winning seats when the Atlantic poll results were in with 33 seats for The Liberals and zero seats for everyone else. It did not get much better from there the Liberals had a huge lead for the entire night winning an overwhelming majority with 192 seats. They made history, becoming the first party to go from third place one election, to winning the next election. Congratulations to Justin Trudeau our new Prime Minister.

Women Of The World Series

Dita Von Teese

I decided to start my women of the world series with Dita Von Teese for one reason, she is a remarkable woman.  She has qualities that every women should has and those qualities are that she is strong, confident and not afraid of her sexuality. She is able to be both sexy and classy, something many other celebrities are not able to properly balance. Anytime a woman chooses to embrace her sexuality, there are debates on whether she is empowering women or not. Dita Von Teese definitely is an empowered woman. Her fashion sense is flawless, she channels the starlets of old, while still having a modern feel as well. I especially like when she wears blacks and reds.



Book Review : The Illusionist

Yesterday I went to the Library and stumbled upon this great find. The First thing I noticed when looking through the adult fiction section was the side picture (same as the cover). When I pulled it out and looked at the cover, I was intrigued, the women has an old time performer look, that I loved and the title made me feel this book would be worth reading. I read the summary at the back and new for sure this was the book for me.  It talked about a woman who bulked against tradition and the mystique of a performing troupe. When I started reading I was surprised that it did not begin with the woman mentioned in the summary, but with the man she will eventually be working for, Devil Winx. I was surprised but not disappointed, the first page begins by introducing him and saying Devil Winx is the name he is known by his admirers and enemies. This of course made me feel that Mr. Winx was going to be a very intriguing character and from what I have read he is going to be up to all kinds of mischief. I am also glad that the story is being told from more that one person's perspective; while I do not mind one narrative stories, but as we often see in everyday situations, people often have very different views from each other. This makes me wonder during one person narratives, how the other characters feel in different situations and if the main character is giving an accurate account of what is happening. I have just started reading this story, but it looks like it will be a very good read. When I finish the novel I will write another review to tell you if the novel lived up to the promising beginning.



Monday, 5 October 2015

Wishes For Today

Good Morning to you all. I know that waking up on a Monday can feel miserable and like the start to a hectic and busy week, but I am wishing you all a productive and enjoyable Monday. I hope that the weekend as left you feeling recharged and ready to face any challenges in your way.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Signs Your Relationship is Over

In many instances there are big red flags telling you that your relationship is ending but we often ignore them because we do not want to admit its over. Breakups are often painful and awkward especially when its with someone we've been with for a long period of time, but its best to realize when your relationship has run its course instead of putting it off. Breakups are like taking off a band aid, the faster you get if over with the less painful it is. Here are some signs that your relationship is going no where.

1. You Don't Communicate Properly

If you find that you and your significant other are constantly arguing over ever little thing, it might be time to call it quits. Now arguing is a normal part of every relationship, your never going completely agree with someone all the time, but if you can't even agree on little things, this could be a sign that you aren't compatible with this person.

2. You Are Not the Same People You Were At the Beginning of Your Relationship

As time goes by we start to mature and have different out looks on life. How we behaved when we first started a relationship versus who we are now can greatly impact the course of the relationship. You may have found that you had a lot in common with your boyfriend, but now you don't see eye to eye on things. It is possible to mature and grow along side your partner, but you have to admit to yourself when you have grown apart.

3. You Never Talk About the Future

If you haven't been with someone long, then this is a non issue. But if you've been in a relationship with some one long enough that you should be making future plans with them and your not, this is a big red flag. If you're been with someone for years but can't imagine a life with them, then you have to ask yourself what are you two doing with each other? If you should be at the point where you should be thinking of moving in with each other, but neither of you brings it up or is uncomfortable with the idea, then that means you both know your relationship is never going to be that serious and you don't want a life with that person. If this is the case you should be looking for the exist sign immediately, there's no use putting off something you already know.

4. He's Putting Distance Between You Two 

If in the beginning of your relationship he was constantly calling you, making plans for dates or outings and generally wanting to spend lots of time with you, but now you find he can't seem to find the time to fit you into his schedule, something is wrong. If you find your the only one making plans and he is flaking on you to spend time with other people or alone it means he isn't as invested in the relationship as he once was and may even be thinking of breaking up with you, but doesn't know how to say it. There's no point in trying to spend time with someone you doesn't want to spend time with you, better to end things and find someone who does enjoy your company.

5. He Behaves Like He's Single

No one should act like a single person when their in a committed relationship. If you find he is constantly going out partying or hanging out with his friends or family, but not inviting you along, the relationship is done in his mind and this is he's way of letting you know.

6. He Thinks Belittling You Is Okay

It is never, never, NEVER okay for your significant other to think it is okay to disrespect you. If you find  he is insulting you, you need to tell him immediately that this is not okay behaviour and that you want him to stop at once, if he persist in this bad behaviour after being warned, there is only one thing left to do and that is to say goodbye. No one has the right to disrespect someone, especially not someone they are in a relationship with, if your significant other does this it means they don't respect you.

7. Insulting you In front Of Others

Like in number 6, the person you are dating should never disrespect you, especially in public. If they are belittling you in front of family and friends or even strangers, this person is being thoughtless to your feelings and clearly does not respect you. Even worse is if they are doing this behaviour on purpose, if this is the case do not even talk to them about the issue, leave, if this person enjoys humiliating you in public, they are not going to change.


Saturday, 19 September 2015

Wish List


We are halfway through September and fall is in the air. Usually this would make me feel sad that summer is behind us, but I am looking forward to the fall fashions (and unlike winter, I don't feel like a popsicle) . These cardigans by Dita Von Teese is perfect for any fall look, you can pair them with a pencil skirt, poodle skirt, skinny jeans, ect and you will look elegant and stylish.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Artwork and Track List For Lana Del Rey's Fourth Album Honeymoon

Lana Del Rey is one of my favorite artist out right now, so I am pretty exited that her latest album Honeymoon is going to be in stores tomorrow. One thing I love so far is the cool pictures that have been released for the album, they are in typical Lana fashion, with a very 1950's -1960's feel to them.

 Lana Del Rey

Here is a picture Lana released on instagram for Music To Watch Boys To

Love this picture, wish I had those headphones. I usually don't like hot pink, but this pajama's are beautiful.

Track List:

Music To Watch Boys To
Terrance Loves You
God Knows I Tried
High By The Beach
Art Deco
Burnt Norton
The Blackest Day

My favorite is High By The Beach, what is your favorite song on Honeymoon?

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Style Inspirations From The Past

For my style inspirations from the past series I will be highlighting the beautiful clothing from iconic women from the 1920's-1980's.  For todays article I decided to go with one of my favorite singers Lena Horne, who's singing and acting where breathtaking and who's style was glamorous and classy. The black dress she wore while performing in Stormy Weather is a good example of this. The dress has a plunging neckline, while not showing to much cleavage, her arms and back are covered, yet are visible through the see through material of her dress.

This beautiful evening gown is another example of  how the thin see through material makes the gown  both sensuous and classy.

I love the flowers and ribbons she would have in her hair, they always made and transformed the outfits she wore. While I love clothes, I do believe that accessories can make or break an outfit. Purple is my favorite colour and these photos are making me fall in love with the color even more.

Monday, 14 September 2015

If I Could Only Wear One Outfit Everyday

  If could only were one outfit everyday for the rest of my life it would have to be this dress , it has a old time glamour that I like. I love the gowns that the old stars from the 40's and 50's wore, I think there were elegant and made them look amazing. This dress is reminds me of those type of gowns, it would look great paired with long gloves and a fur shawl. Another thing I love about it is the color, it is dark purple with a black see through material on top, so depending on were you are standing the dress can either look  like a very dark shade of purple or black.

Appropriating or Connecting

For the last week an article written by Zipporagh Gene has been making waves on the internet. The article titled Black Americans Please Stop Appropriating African Clothing talks about how African Americans are wearing African clothing, at events like Afropunk because it is trendy and cool. She makes the comparison that African Americans wearing African clothing is no different from white people wearing African American clothing for fashion. When I came across this article I felt it was problematic for a number of reasons. One the tone comes off as condescending, secondly she does not seem to understand what happened during slavery, thirdly she also does not seem to understand the power dynamic in cultural appropriation and lastly the article is very divisive.

Ms. Gene first brings up the issue of black Americans wearing African clothing from different ethnic groups in Africa and how it is disrespectful. What she is not seem to realize here, is that black diaspora communities are a mixture of different African people, slaves were taken from across West Africa, so none of us have ancestors from only one ethnic group or country in Africa.  We have a "hodgepodge" (as she so eloquently put it) of different African peoples running through our veins. So to me it would be weirder if African Americans decided to just wear clothing from Nigeria, when not all their ancestors are from there. African slaves in America had their culture striped from them during slavery, they would be beaten, punished, even killed if they were caught doing anything that was African.  When African Americans wear African inspired clothing it is not to be trendy or cool, it is a way of taking back what was stolen from them. Secondly I disagree with her when she compares Black people wearing African clothing to white people wearing African American clothing. Difference is when a white person wears cornrows they can take their cornrows out and go back to white society and not face discrimination, a black person can take their cornrows out, but will still be black and will still face discrimination for being black. If African Americans stop wearing African clothing, they do not stop facing discrimination, not to mention you can not appropriate something you are apart of. The author is accusing African Americans of making a mockery of African culture, but it seems to me that she is the one making a mockery of a group of people trying to reconnect with a heritage that was forcefully taken from them. This article is very divisive and will only make black communities around the world fell further apart.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Carabana Weekend!

Saturday was the Sociabank Caribbean Festival, something I always look forward to every summer. This year there was less bands than previous years, but the music was still great. There was one point when the sun was hidding and looked  like it was going to rain, but that only lasted for a few minutes before the sun came back out. For the most part the weather was great.
Listening to music from one of the bands.

Bracing the crowd.

Sunday was spend at the beach were I relaxed with my family and listened to soca music and at food from the Real Jerk.I hope you all had a good time at the parade and are having a great weekend

Thursday, 23 July 2015

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Colourism In The Fashion Industrry

A few weeks ago model Nykhor Paul spoke about the issues dark skinned models face in the fashion industry when it comes to having their makeup done. She spoke about how many of the makeup artist at the shows do not know how to do makeup for darker skin tones and how she has to bring her own makeup to shows. I think it is crazy that in 2015 dark skinned black girls have to bring their own makeup to shows, there are so many different types of foundations and so many different makeup lines that it should not be hard for a fashion event to have the proper makeup for everyone. And does anyone find it strange that makeup artist seem to be okay with this, if I train to do a certain skill I want to make sure I have the proper tools for my trade, how can you be a good makeup artist if there is a whole group of people that you don't know how to do makeup for. Imagine if a chef at a prestigious restaurant did not have all the proper cooking tools in their kitchen? They would be furious, so why are makeup artist just so casual about the fact that they can not properly do everyone's makeup? Not only are they okay with this ridiculous situation, but they are rude and at times racist when confronted with this. Nykhor stated in interviews that when she complained about having makeup that was too light for her skin applied on her face, they would act as if she is being a diva or call her an angry black girl. This is one of the things that black women are tired of, if we try to speak out against injustice, we are called angry, rude, aggressive, trouble makers and all types of unfair names. It is not being a diva or an angry black women to speak out against unfair treatment or tell you when you are doing a bad job when you are. Hopefully with everyone discussing this topic, the fashion industry will make some changes to how they run there shows.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Panama Games Go Canada

Yesterday Canada faced Brazil  in their first game in the group stages. I went to cheer them on and hoped for them to do a good showing. The first half was exciting with Canada having many opportunities to score, it looked like we stood a chance against the mighty Brazil, but they lost steam in the second half and ended up losing 1-4. While the defeat was disappointing, it was cool to see Canada play a game in a big tournament at home, the energy of the home crowd cheering on our team was fantastic. Go Canada Go!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Afrofest 2015

Location: Afrofest
Spent my weekend having a great time at Toronto's Afrofest 2015. Heard lots of good music and saw some beautiful art work and jewelry at the stalls. What I enjoyed the most was seeing the different fashion styles of the other people attending the festival.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Great Food At The Real Jerk

Yesterday was Canada's Day and my father's birthday, so we celebrated both. For his birthday dinner we went out to eat at the Real Jerk, the food was delicious.

Last Night's Outfit

wearing: streetwear society shirt, old navy jeans.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Cooking Perfection

My dad wanted eggs, bacon, plantain and coffee for beakfast this moring, here are the results. Happy Father's day dad.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Morning Rain

I love how plants look with morning dew or rain drops on them. They always look refreshed and beautiful.  I also love how peaceful the sound of rain falling against my roof and windows sound. When I'm having trouble sleeping the sound of rain can instrantly put me to sleep.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

African Inspired Prom Dress Exellence

The prom dresses being worn this year have been extravagant and out of this world, but none as much as Kyemah McEntyre. She wore an african style dress and nautral hair to her prom. What made this look even more fantastic was the caption she put on social media reading "this is for always being labeled ugly or angry. Thank God stereotypes are just opinions." Truely inspiring.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

finger combing vs Wide Tooth Combing

There are some people that swear by finger combing and I was one at them a year ago when I first went natural, it seemed easier than using a wide tooth comb and seemed to help with curl definition. But one thing I learned was when finger combing you have to be hundred percent sure you have removed all the knots from your. If you asked me I would have told you I was doing this, when in fact I was missing quite a lot of the knots. When I decided to comb my hair with a wide tooth comb during when of my wash days, I quickly realized I wasn't being careful enough. I went back to combing with a wide tooth comb after that. I'm not saying finger combing doesn't work, because there are planty of people that do it and have great results, but I learned not everything is for everyone. Finding what does and doesn't work for you is essential to healthy hair. What do you do? Finger combing or Wide tooth combing?

Friday, 27 February 2015

Things I Hate Hearing From Naturals

If you've read any of my previous post you know that last August I did the big chop and have been growing my natural hair since then. When I first became natural I started going on many natural blogs in order to learn the best ways to care for my hair. When frequenting these websites I came across some opinions from people that had me shaking my head. Here are some categories of people in the natural hair community that I shall we say am not fond of.

1. Old Naturals Who Look Down At New Naturals

This has got to be the group I dislike the most, the natural hair community is suppose to be about unity not creating hierarchies based on who's been natural the longest. This isn't a competition but some people want to treat it like it is one. I can't stand people who have been natural all their lives or started being natural before it became a thing and feel the need to bring it up all the time, you know who I I'm talking about the people who say "I've been natural before this natural hair trend started and I'm still  going to be natural when it's over " I would think that these people would be happy that more people are thinking like them and are realizing the beauty of natural hair, that fact that these people have such a problem with it, makes me think they became natural because no one was doing it and they liked being unique and now that more people are doing it, they don't get to feel special anymore and their bitter about this. Don't get me wrong I'm not saying all people who have been natural for years or since they were kids are like this, most aren't, but you will find some with an attitude.

2. People Who Act Like Certain People Can't Be Part Of Natural Community

I hate hearing debates on if mixed people or people with 3b/c hair should be allowed in the natural hair community. Now I understand that in the black community this type of hair is seen as "good hair" but this does not mean that people with that type of hair don't face problems with bosses looking at their hair as unprofessional and having people tell them to brush their hair because it look "unkempt". I think as long at your black people are going to pick at our hair no matter how it looks. I'm sure everyone still remembers the ignorant youtube video two white high school students made where they made fun of the black girls that wear weave at their school, black women can't win when it comes to our hair, so we should not be judging each other or trying to exclude each other from something many people use as a support system.

3. People That Act As If 3b/c Hair Is "Good Hair"

I don't like people that try to exclude people with this hair texture and I also don't like people who try to act like its the only good hair texture to have. I've seen plenty of women that have 4b/c hair and it looks beautiful. The whole point of the natural hair movement is showing people that it's ok to be natural, saying some types of natural hair is better then others defeats this. 

4. People Who Make Ridiculous Rules On Who is Natural

I've heard people say in order to be natural you can't dye your hair, you can't use a straightener on your hair, you can only use natural hair products like Shea butter or olive oil. Now I have never dyed my hair, I haven't straightened it since becoming natural and I use Shea butter to moisturize my hair, but if someone else did any of these things I would not care. I'm sure when my hair is longer there will be days I will use a flat iron.  Natural hair is about choice and freedom, if there's all these rules then whats the point? 

Why Is Black Stlyes Only Cool When On Non Black People?

It always surprises me how white celebrities will be praised for doing a hairstlye that black women have beeing doing for generations. People will say how daring and cool they look, but in the same breath mock black women for the same styles. I remember one website  making a fuss over Kristen Stewart 's corn rollsshe had on one side of her head, making it sound like she was so edgy. While she looked good with the style I couldn't help think that if  a black girl did the same thing no one would comment or talk about how inapporiate it was for her to wear her hair like that. And no one can forget when Marie Claire was praising Kendall Jenner for "epic new" corn rows, even though the style is one black girls have been wearing forever. These thoughts come to mind in the scandal surronding Zendaya Coleman wearing dreadlocks at the Oscars.  Fashion Police Guilaina Rancic made comments about her smelling of patchouli oil and weed. Rancic claims the comment was not about race, but like many people, including Zandaya, have pointed out, there is a history of black people being shamed over our hair.  It fustrates me that people will tell black  people that our hair and hairsyles are ghetto, dirty, inapporiate, unmanagable and gross, but as soon as a white celebrity wears a black hair stlye suddenly its epic, daring, fabolous, cool, beautiful. I am glad people did not take Rancic's comment quietly and let people know that black hair is epic, dairing, fabolous and yes. beautiful.