I remember being a flower girl at the tender age of four in a custom-made salmon pink satin dress. My mother was standing by my side signaling me with her well-manicured hand to walk. Looking at all the grown-ups, smiling at me following up with multiple “aww.” I took a deep sigh and placed my right foot in front of my left foot. As I continue to walk, I grabbed a fistful of rose petals and started to throw amongst the aisles. Ever since that very moment, I watch Bridal Fashion Week shows, either on television or online.
About a month ago I mentioned in an earlier post. A close friend of mine, Paloma Zapata made her mark on the art scene. Overjoy is the best way to describe my feeling when she told me her work got approval to showcase in an art gallery. The name of the show is This Hair, This Skin, This Body by Artsy Window. The theme of the event is reflecting a vow to body confidence while tying into a story about cultural history. The gallery is full with Millennials making their voice known, in a time where we need it most.
Move over Clinique there a new player in town for mixing skin care ingredients in your wearable makeup. The name is ITCosmetics, and it’s what my skin been craving for. I went to the brand’s exhibit in New York City a few weeks ago, and I felt wowed the minute I enter the room. The exhibition made me learn how to correct my skin imperfections in addition to mastering different beauty tricks.
I can personally count on both hands how many interviews I arrive in wearing my natural curls, versus wearing my hair straight. Unfortunately, all the jobs I’ve attained, I interview for the job with straight hair. A part of me feels as I gave into society standards when I sport a straight hair-do just to land the job.Now keep in mind, I’m not speaking for every curly-haired girl; I’m solely speaking from my experience. When my mentor invited me to the CurlFest in Prospect Park, I had a flashback of my horrible experience. When she explained to me what Curlfest is about, I automatically fell in love with the concept a festival celebrating natural curls.
“You don’t need lipstick; lipstick needs you.”
Beauty Junkies United in Brooklyn for Beauty Con 2017. Whether a beauty addict comes for the following:
- beauty vloggers/bloggers
- high-quality makeup/merchandise
In society, we see an “ideal outlook” of what we should look like spread across fashion magazines and in various television shows. At the end of the day, it is normal for some people to take a long look in the mirror and point out their flaws. Next thing you know, we start zoning in on our flaws. Highlighting our flaws end up having a multitude of negative thoughts about our appearance. My friend Diana Morgan invited me to the Being With: Our Bodies event at the Willam Vale hotel in Brooklyn, New York. The event allowed people to help find beauty within their internalized body flaws. To sum up, the workshop wanted attendees to adhere to the concept of self-love completely.
Ever felt like you can’t relate to commercial magazines like Cosmopolitan and Vogue? While reading articles like “what to wear” and “how to act” my most often thought is GIRL STOP! After reading dehumanizing articles like that, I look in the mirror with my short stature and natural curls and it reminds me why I gave up on finding any resemblance of myself in those magazines. Thankfully, there is a digital publication called the Girl Mob to save the day. The Girl Mob is a group of NYC living women of color who embrace their culture and do so much to help others.
If you’re a balling on a budget New York City resident, then HONEY, we have a lot in common.This past summer I acted like I was a teenager living underneath my mother roof. I was tapping into my savings to stay up with the latest events. I’ll admit I had a case of F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out).Fast forward to winter I found myself staying in more than usual just to save money and make ends meet.
Admiring the Dumbo archway underneath the breathtaking Manhatten Bridge is where I took a breather from the always insane NYFW. As much as I love the chaotic schedules of NYFW, the shows are mainly curated from the contemporary scene.Summarizing the modern style is looking out on the runway for the latest silhouette. The modern style often has a mix of layering neutrals, sometimes hinted with a pop of color, print or embroidery.It seems I might be bored with the contemporary scene, I’m not, I just believe the style is predictable.As I took my breather from watching modern styles glide throughout the runway; It was refreshing to walk amongst Brooklyn locals for the Essence Magazine Street Style Block Party 2016. Continue reading
Where Brooklyn at?, Where Brooklyn at?
Lyrics are from the famous rapping legend, Biggie Smalls. The song was pumping in my headphones as I reflected on my summer living in the same borough the rapper is from.My summer by far as a Brooklyn resident consisted of typical tourists sites such as The Brooklyn Museum, Coney Island, and Prospect Park.The tourist-like sites were great to see however I believe as an on again off again Brooklyn girl my love for this borough is due to raw art, and creative individuals that keep me coming back. Continue reading