An all black ensemble is definitely my go-to look if I’m in a hurry to find something to wear. Sometimes, maybe majority of the time, it’s my first choice when finding something to wear lol. In the summer, I don’t wear all black as much as I do in the fall/winter months.
Right now, we’re in the beginning of fall where it’s still warm and we can still cram in a few more summer looks before the cold weather creeps in. Yet, at the same time, we’re beginning to buy winter coats because within a blink of an eye winter will be here. So, I listed a few of my favorite all black pieces that you can wear before the cold weather kicks in. I also listed a few winter essentials that you’ll need to stay warm this winter. Enjoy and don’t forget to click the links to shop!
I’m not the type of person that willingly opens up to people. Even though I’m sharing spiritual quotes and prayers on my blog, if you read them, most of them aren’t written in first person. However, post that I’ve written has applied to me at some point in my life, which is why I’m able to share it on my blog. I don’t pull these posts out of thin air. Each post is from my personal experience.
Going forward, I plan to write each post from first person point of view and I added the sermon that gave me the courage to do so. Please watch it, I’m sure it’ll inspire you to open up more to people.
This is a 2-in-1 post. I posted two tutorials in one post! The first video is a full makeup tutorial and the second video is a short and easy hair tutorial. Don’t worry, the videos aren’t too long. The second one is extremely short. As a bonus, I uploaded a few photos as well because I was feeling myself lol.
I’m using all of my favorite cosmetic brands in the first tutorial and in the second tutorial I’m using the Ancient Egyptian Collection from The Mane Choice. Enjoy!
I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed the last few weeks, actually the last few months. I’ve been trying to accomplish so much to where I just feel like quitting sometimes. Growing spiritually, personally, and in my career has been my main focus lately and it’s been SO OVERWHELMING! If I’m not letting go of bad habits, God is showing me ugly characteristics I need to get rid of. If I’m not reading my bible, I’m working on growing in my career. Sometimes I just want to say “I quit, throw my whole life away. Living carefree and doing as I please is so much easier.” But nonetheless, I’m staying on this path of improvement. Somedays its rewarding and sometimes I want to slap everyone I lay eyes on.
I don’t have an inspirational message this time. Sometimes you just have to rely on the teachings you learned from the past, shut up and keep moving forward which is what I’ve been doing. Ahhh, that will be my inspirational message today, “Just shut up and keep moving forward.”
Perspex heels are a must have for 2018 and I’m sure this trend will be popular in 2019 as well. Many celebrities such as Beyonce, the Kardashian clan, and many others have been seen sporting this trendy style.
The first pair, the Perspex Mule Heel in Nude, are my favorite. The shoes are cut extremely narrow and I have a size 6. If you have a wide foot, I would suggest you order up a size in this particular style. As for the other styles, I’m sure they are true to size. I also added links to other stores that carry the popular Perspex heel.
I love watching Pastor Tourè Roberts online sermons. This sermon gave me the extra push I needed to continue to work hard to achieve my goals. I realized that God blessed me with God-given talents that are designed to deliver me from my problems. Instead of focusing on my problems, I focus on manifesting my dreams which will ultimately be the solution to my problems.
If you watch this sermon I promise it will give you the extra push you need to work hard and never give up on achieving your goals.
Vinyl leather skirts are a must-have for the summer. The skirts are perfect to wear in the fall as well. Whether you pair the skirt with a bodysuit and pumps, a cropped top and boots, or solid tee and sneakers for a casual look, there are endless ways to pair this cool summer trend.
I paired my vinyl leather skirt with a denim bodysuit from Matte Brand. I also wore my skirt with a mesh tee and holographic bralette to showcase an edgier vibe.
Have you ever been in need of assistance and been declined of help? Have you ever found yourself in unexpected trouble or the victim of gossip? If so, don’t blame the devil for your turmoil. Instead, think about the times you’ve declined to help someone in need and created the same trouble you’re experiencing in someone’s life. God may be seeking revenge on you on behalf of his children. Repent and seek God’s grace.
“I will take revenge; I will pay them back. In due time their feet will slip.” Deuteronomy 32:35
This metallic blazer dress from Zara, the perspex mule heels from Ego , and the silver accessories combine to create one of my favorite looks of summer 2018.
The metallic blazer dress from Zara is sold out, but I provided details to similar dresses. Click here to view the alternatives! As for the shoes and accessories, they’re all in stock! Keep scrolling for details.
To recreate this pink glitter eyeshadow combo, using a blending eyeshadow brush, apply the dark pink eyeshadow (from Morphe) throughout your crease and blend upward with a soft nude eyeshadow. Using a regular eyeshadow brush, apply Ladybird (from Colour Pop) all over your lid and apply a thin layer of Last Dance (from Mac) on top.
Apply a thin layer of mascara and your favorite lashes to complete the look.
You’re having a perfectly great day and suddenly the unexpected happens. Your emotions take a turn for the worse and your entire day seems ruined. All of your focus turns toward the unexpected situations and it consumes you. By the end of the day, you’re reflecting and thinking “today was a bad day."
From the perspective of a clear and level-head, you didn’t have a bad day. You had a bad moment that you dwelled on for longer than necessary. Next time, address the issue, figure out a solution, and pray on it. Move forward and never dwell on the negative. Your blessings out weigh the negative, so behave as such.
Since the launch of the KKW Beauty campaign for the Ultralight Beam glosses, I’ve wanted to have a photoshoot on a holographic foil background.
I recently saw photos from a photoshoot of Chasity Samone by Jessy J Photo and immediately wanted to recreate the look.
This won’t be the last of me using this backdrop, I plan to do at least two more photoshoots with it. So be on the lookout for more!
Click here to watch the Iridescent Sensations Campaign Video.
It’s easy to point out the toxic characteristics of others. However, are you holding yourself accountable for the toxicity you present to others and create in your personal life?
Prayer: God I rebuke the enemy’s authority to use me to create harm, confusion, and chaos in someone else’s life. Help me to hold myself accountable for my actions and make corrective adjustments. If I’m bringing toxicity into someone’s life knowingly or unknowingly, bring it to my attention and help me to change. In the name of Jesus I rebuke every toxic aspect that has manifested in my life and in the lives of others because of my actions or words. Amen.
For the Iridescent Sensations photoshoot I used the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Foil in the shade 7Daywknd/Poolside and the Mermaid Thighs from the Summer Nights Iridescent Lip Trio.
I applied both colors as a highlight on my cheeks and on my eyelids as eyeshadow.
All products are available at Sephora and the Fenty Beauty website.
Click here to watch the Iridescent Sensations Campaign video.
I use Blond Brilliance Ash Blonde Lathering Toner, Conditioning Toner, and Brass Color Correcting Elixir to eliminate the unwanted brassy colors from my hair. At a minimum, I wash my hair once a week. Twice a month, instead of using the lathering toner, I’ll use Shea Moisture High Porosity Cowash and follow up with the Conditioning Toner and Correcting Elixir.
All products were purchased from Sally Beauty.
Prayer: God I ask that you reveal your voice, thoughts, plans, tactics, strategies, and the unknown to me today. Don’t allow doubt or confusion to drown out your voice. Give me a deep intuitive feeling to recognize your voice. Amen!
Sometimes it’s hard to hear from God because our focus is consumed by other things. Set aside at least 15min a day to talk to God and express yourself. Whether its 15min before you go to sleep or 15min when you wake up, dedicate time to disconnect from your surroundings and focus on God.
“Today will be the best day of my life thus far!.” -Kellie E. Lane of Warrior Nation.
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:6)
Click here to watch 30min encouraging messages from Kellie E. Lane.
On the days where applying a full face of makeup seems to be too much work, I’ll opt for a soft and natural makeup look. Instead of using cream products and applying false lashes, I’ll use powder products, a nude gloss, mascara, and a flesh tone eyeliner.
I use a large powder brush to apply one layer of Mac’s Studio Fix Powder in the shade NC45 all over my face and follow-up with Mac’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder in Dark Deep. I’m sure you all know how to apply the rest of the products.
Cropped, waist-length, and knee-length puffer jackets have been the new fashion craze this winter. I wanted a cropped puffer jacket but I wasn’t able to get my hands on one. Instead, I purchased a knee-length one.
I styled mine with a long sleeve bodysuit, black high-waist pants, and my favorite platform shoes for a chill and casual look.
Are you looking for a “good morning” text before praying and talking to God when you first wake up?
Do you spend more time with him throughout the day and little to no time talking to God and working on your goals?
Are you worried about the success of your relationship more than strengthening your relationship with God?
In God’s eyes, imagine how foolish we look constantly praying and begging for attention and success in a relationship with a guy when God wants us to search for him just as hard. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously and he will give you everything you need. The successful relationship you’re desiring is already ordained for your life. Focus on God first and the relationship will fall into place.
Many foundations are formulated to match specific skin types such as dry, oily, and combination skin.
As for me, I have dry skin and dewy foundations work best for me. However, I’ve tried every foundation I listed. If you compare the pics, (from Fenty & Bobbi Brown foundations) you can see how the Bobbi Brown gave me a luminous dewy finish versus the matte finish from the Fenty Foundation.
I rarely wear dramatic or colorful makeup. I used to, however, as my love for makeup grew and my skills sharpened, I fell in love with nude and natural looks. I may wear a bold lipstick here and there, but I mainly have different color variations of nude lipsticks and glosses.
For this nude/glossy lip combo, I used the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb and NYX lip liner in the shade Downtown Beauty.
I will fulfill my God-given purpose.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Wink Lash Company is a black-owned lash company and it’s operated by Ashley Hunt. The company offers affordable high quality lashes.
My favorite pair of lashes from Wink Lash are the Wonder Wink lashes. View the pic to the right to see me wearing them!
Click here to shop with Wink Lash Company!
My hair isn’t extremely thick, so I don’t use too many different products at once. If I do use too many products at once, my curls become limp.
My go-to combos for styling are co-washes, leave-in conditioners, gel stylers, and an oil. My favorite products as of now are The Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Leave-In Conditioner and Biotin Infused Styling Gel, and the Shea Moisture 100% Pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
All products are available at Sally Beauty.
God is working ahead of me and making everything work out in my favor.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28)
Faux fur is a must-have for the colder seasons. I purchased this faux fur bomber jacket from Forever 21 a few years ago and it’s still one of my favorite statement pieces for the winter time.
I opted to pair my jacket with a white lace bodysuit, Adidas joggers, and a pair of Steve Madden suede boots.
Prayer: In Jesus’ name, I rebuke every curse and every negative thing anyone has spoken over my life and my family’s life. I rebuke every curse and every negative thing that I’ve spoken over my life, my family’s life, and anyone else’s life. Amen.
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. (Proverbs 18:21)
I attempted to recreate Rihanna’s makeup look in her campaign demonstration for the launch of Fenty Beauty’s body lava. The look was very easy to recreate and now it’s one of my go-to-looks when I want a quick and luminous summer look.
Watch the tutorial to see how I achieved this look!
Fur coats and puffer jackets were definitely my favorite outwear for this winter. I purchased the fur bomber jacket from Forever 21 and the puffer jacket from Dillards. The products are currently sold out, but don’t worry, I listed a few alternatives. Click the links to shop!
Prayer: God I ask that you reveal the enemies voice, thoughts, plans, tactics, strategies, and distractions to me today. Give me the strength to avoid his pitfalls. Amen.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
God you already have my life planned out (Jeremiah 29:11). The day of my appointed victory in my career, love life, and overcoming my obstacles and troubles already exists. My victory is written in my future and I have to work to get there. Therefore, I am seeking you for guidance and strength so that I may reach the appointed time of my victory.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. (Luke 12:31)
Since the launch of Fenty Beauty, Rihanna’s makeup company, the term “Fenty Glow” has been used to describe the luminous highlighting effect achieved by her Killawatt and Shimmer Skin Stick highlighters.
Watch my tutorial to see how I achieve my perfect Fenty Glow.
Missguided is one of my favorite on-line shopping sites. Their products are affordable and each garment fits my body like a glove. Oh Polly is a good site as well.
The vinyl leather skirt and the satin duster are definitely two of my favorites pieces from my closet. I’m not a huge fan of silver. At one point, you couldn’t pay me to wear silver, but the multi-chained silver choker was a must-have for me.
In a relationship, your partner will determine your rate of success, your struggles, and your failure. Staying in a relationship and ignoring the signs of toxicity will be detrimental for your future. Letting go of your idea of an ideal partner and aligning your desires with God’s will for your love life will bring forth abundant blessings. Ask God to show you the toxic aspects of you as well because YOU may be the problem.
If you haven’t noticed, buckles are a new trend. Companies are incorporating buckles into their dresses, bodysuits, shoes, and even swimsuits!
Continue viewing this post to discover my favorite buckle adorned pieces from Missguided and PrettyLittleThing.
Prayer: God align me with your perfect will. Strip away everything in me that doesn’t align with your will. Recreate me in your image. Give me the strength to let go of my desires if it doesn't align with your will. Allow my thoughts and desires to match your thoughts and desires for my life. Allow me to be synced with you on a constant basis. Amen.
Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)