Christmas is a time of celebrating with friends and family, eating good food, joyful Christmas trees, presents and listening to classic, cheesy Christmas songs that set the tone for a wonderful Christmas Even though I’ve heard most songs for so many times each year, there’s still a magic about them and it instantly makes me look forward to that special day. If Christmas songs are also a must in your house I created this special Christmas playlist with my favorite songs. There some French Christmas songs and 1 Spanish (Feliz Navidad)
Enjoy and let’s make this Christmas magical!
December 7, 2013Comments
December 7, 2013Comments
Although I’m a colorful unicorn 90% of the times, there’s something so dramatic and different about black lipstick that I had to try it! I’m all for trying new types of make up especially when it comes to make up because it can become some old very quickly.
Talk about a powerful beauty statement that will make head turns when you put this baby on The fact that it was so cheap (just for 2,49 EUR) is great and perfect for any experiment. I tried & tested Miss Sporty’s daring black lipstick which is suitable for stunning dark make up looks and not just a Halloween party
Miss Sporty Black Lipstick
Precise work is necessary because you don’t want to ‘draw’ outside the lines when it comes to black lipstick. With two layers I achieved the desired look, which is a bit a of a sheer, shiny black color. All Miss Sporty lipsticks have a signature watermelon scent that is quite overwhelming. Personally I prefer fragranceless make up.
The lipstick stays put for 2 hours approximately if you don’t drink or eat. If you do you will end up with black lines that remind me of some kind of horror movie and that is anything but sexy
Dark Grey Lipstick
A black lipstick forms a great tool to experiment and create other dark & interesting lipstick colors. I started with a nude lip pencil from Kardashian beauty and when I applied the black lipstick on top it became a dark grey shade. I’m sure this would also make for a great ombre burgundy lip color, dark purple or other creative lip look.
Would you ever black lipstick?
December 7, 2013Comments
On our social media profiles we all have at least one of them and ever since dictionary Oxford named it the word of the year 2013 we can’t beat around the bush anymore: the Selfie is a hit! From Kim Kardashian’s signature duckface to Rihanna’s bad girl selfies, how we selfie says a lot about us. Curious to know what your selfie says about you? Then check out these 10 types of selfie below!
PS: I’m also on Instagram so follow me here
1. Duckface Selfie
What it means: You want to look hot & sexy and don’t like to smile. You think a different expression will make you look better
Don’t know why but ever since a couple of celebs introduced this a lot of women think it’s sexy but it’s not. Try smiling, looks good on everybody
2. The Natural Selfie
What it means: You embrace your natural beauty and are not afraid to show your true self(ie). You know that beauty is in the imperfections and your happy with that.
Never done one and not feeling the urge to show myself without make up online
3. Bad Girl/Boy Selfie
What this means: Always pushing the edge you’re looking for strong emotions to feel alive. You get a kick out of the (bad) comments because the attention energizes you.
When I see these type of selfies I feel like there’s more than meet the eye and that’s it’s rarely as bad as it seems. But I do feel there’s an unhealthy need for attention because why share mostly bad girl/boy selfies all the time?
4. Belfie (Body + Selfie)
What this means: boobies and butts all over…are you trying to show us your make up or breasts? You mostly get your confidence kick from your body and the compliments you get for it. We all age so wake up and read a book!
5. Selfie with my Boyfriend
What this means: I want to show you I have the best boyfriend in the world but don’t look at him because he’s mine. Kind of like a trophy message, your boyfriend symbolizes what you value in your life.
6. Vacation Selfie
What this means: Wanderlust, travelious and openminded. Look at the paradise where I’m at while you’re working at your boring office job.
I mostly post pics on Instagram when I’m travelling but rarely a vacation selfie. I prefer showing the view with my followers than only me
7. Shy Selfie
What this means: I don’t reveal everything about myself. I might seem open and social but I have a secret garden that I rarely share with others.
7. Healthies (Healthy Selfie)
What this means: Health and a strong body are important values to me so I want to make sure that I work out. By sharing this selfie I want to show you how committed I am and encourage you to do the same.
Admire people who do work out because I am laaaazzzzyyyyyyyyyy
8. Look at my Celebrity BFF’s Selfie
What this means: You need celebs to underline your value to the world. Being seen with them makes you look important
Posted a selfie with Iggy Azalea and Gabrielle because I never meet celebs lol. Gabrielle’s song ‘Dreams’ has a special meaning to me because dreams do come true and whenever I would reach a point of doubt, her song would play on the radio and TV and give me a powerful sign that things would work out
9. Silly Selfie
What this means: You don’t take yourself to seriously and know the importance of having a good laugh. Relax and enjoy is your motto and you’re the life of the party in your friends group.
10. Double Selfie
What this means: You have two sides to your personality. You might be shy in one area and very confident in another. Some people might feel they don’t know you because it can be different each time.
So tell me ladies, what selfie type are you?
December 6, 2013Comments (3)
Although I could wear my afro all year round (plus it works for every occasion ) the Holiday season gives me a good reason to play with the versatility of my natural hair. I know a lot of naturals opt for braid outs, twist outs or bantu knot outs but that might be a little too ‘been there, done that’ for the Holiday don’t you think? The styling possibilities are endless so let’s get inspired and create something fab Holiday Natural Hairstyles for the festive season!
When I visited a Zenner Press Event a couple of months ago the only models they used where girls with long, fine hair. Natural hair might be a ‘trend’ but I don’t see a lot of hairstyle inspiration out there so it’s time for a change. Zenner was kind enough to send me some of their hair accessories to share my take on Holiday Natural Hairstyles that will be easy to create and look chic at the same time, take a look!
Holiday Hair Updo’s
When thinking of ways to style my hair for the holidays, I mostly think of updo styles. They look elegant with (with the right hair accessories) and protect our natural hair from friction with our clothes or harsh Winter cold. This doesn’t mean a braid or twist out can’t look equally good. Paired with the right accessory any casual hairstyle becomes Holiday proof!
1. Holiday Natural Hair Style: Glitzy Hair Band
Remember Rihanna’s album cover Loud? Rihanna rocks a wavy hairstyle and paired it with a jazzy hair band to brighten up the whole look. When it comes to Holiday hairstyles, less can be more and this look proves it. I started with a braid out and parted my hair in such way that I would have more curls on the right side. I started from the top middle part and slid the hair band over my hair until I got the desired look.
2. Holiday Natural Hair Style: Updo Using a Banana Clip
Banana clips have been around forever but I just discovered how versatile this hair accessory really is! Since natural hair is big, bold and beautiful all you need to do is gather your hair and place the clip to create a chic Holiday natural hair style. I started with a braid out parting my hair in two (I kept a small part at the front). I gathered my hair in the back and put the banana clip horizontally. My hair is quite thick and still the banana clip managed to hold it all together. Make sure to not press it too tight because you don’t want to get a head ache because of this!
Since I have so much hair you don’t even see the banana clip, creating the illusion I used bobby pins to create this effortless hairstyle. Pair it with a flower clip or other accessory for an added festive touch
3. Holiday Natural Hair Style: Twists
Although I twist my hair before I go to bed, rocking this hairstyle offers a different look for the Holiday since my signature style is my fro. I created two large twists that come together in the back. To hold them together I used the Zenner hair clip that with its black crystals adds an instant festive touch.
How will you be rocking your hair this holiday season?
December 6, 2013Comments
Surrounding yourself with positive people might be a given but when it comes down to it, I’m surprised at how many people hang unto abusive relationships that brings out the worst in them or friendships that that are not based on trust, love & respect. My brother and law and I don’t get along because we have different values and I don’t think he treats my sister the way she deserves. One of the things we disagree on is the type of people we should keep in our lives. He believes you need to be friends with everybody and also keep the ‘bad ones’ in your life. One of his friends scammed him for money yet they’re still friends. I completely dissagree and Les Brown’s inspirational quote underlines my point exactly:
“Shut down the drama in your life. It’s unhealthy. Arguing and fighting creates dis-ease. Stay away from negative, selfish, energy-draining relationships that do not honor you, or even worse ~ use you, abuse you and take advantage of your kindness. Don’t buy into their negativity or guilt trips. Resolve to live in peace.
Don’t attempt to change others. There Is enough work to do on yourself. Develop relationships where all parties can grow and create an atmosphere of mutual respect, love, and appreciation. Free yourself from inner chaos by meditation, relaxation and stillness. What you create inside of yourself will manifest outside yourself. Create a sanctuary where you can live in peace, relax your mind, revive your spirit and renew your purpose. You have GREATNESS within you!!”
Birds of a feather flock together
Like attracts like and I do believe that relationships are mirrors that are here to teach us something. Heal wounds from the past, push you to the edge so you can finally stand up for yourself, ‘abuse’ you so you can learn to love yourself, or make you miserable so you can learn that happiness comes from the inside. Every time you learn the lesson you’ve reached a next level. See it as a playstation game but then in real life. There are different challenges we need to overcome but each time we learn from it the next level rewards us with new gifts and lessons to learn.
If you’re growing, on the journey to make yourself and others happy, how could you even tolerate being with someone that doesn’t contribute to that happiness? Why would you settle for anything less? Don’t you think you deserve better than stress, fights or distrust?
If these kind of people are in your life look at the lesson. Don’t judge it because they’re obviously there for a reason. When I’m faced with a friendship gone bad I ask myself ‘What was the lesson here?’
I have trust issues and one of my limiting beliefs is ‘I’m on my own‘. The two combined resulted in friends that were jealous of my success, proved that they were not worth of my trust and that I was in fact ‘on my own’. Being able to trust people is an ongoing journey and is something I’m working on. When it comes to my ‘I’m on my own’ belief I realized that’s false. I’m surrounded by so many wonderful people that bring out the best in me, love & support me! It feels great to be loved
13 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Dumping A (Boy/Girl)Friend
How do you know when to cut ties with someone. You’ve shared laughs and cries, good and bad moments and it basically sucks to come to a point where you ask yourself ‘would I be better off without this person in my life?‘ When you come to this point it’s because there have been too many moments that made you realize this and let’s face it, dumping someone is not something anybody enjoys!
If you’re considering a break up, ask yourself this:
1. Does she/he bring out the best in me? Do you feel like dancing the happy Carlton dance?
2. Is the relationship energizing or draining?
3. Does the thought of your friend/boyfriend/girlfriend fill you with happiness or stress?
4. Do I feel comfortable with her/him?
5. Does she/he make you feel bad on the regular?
6. Did I do something to create the current situation?
7. Am I staying friends/staying in this relationship out of obligation?
8. Can I heal the relationship or is the damage too great?
9. Have I been supportive of my friend/boyfriend/girlfriend?
10. Has my friend/boyfriend/girlfriend consistently not been happy for me?
11. Can I trust him/her?
12. Does the good she/he brings to your life outweigh the bad?
13. Would some time apart do the trick?
Surround yourself with people who make you happy…
“People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.” – Karl Marc
Who you choose to surround yourself with impacts your life for the good or bad. If you aim to create a life filled with success, happiness and love that does not go hand in hand with jealous friends, negative or judging people. How can you stay focused and continue to grow while you get distracted with negative relationships that you decided to keep in your life? And the effect is often times subtle and it isn’t until after you broke of the relationship that you note the difference. I’m happy that I’m surrounded by happy souls that support and love me and inspire me with their journey to success and love.
How do I Deal With a Negative Family Member?
You can’t distance yourself from all negative relationships because some will be family members and family reunions and holidays will bring you together even if you would like to avoid it at all costs. There’s no need to reinforce the negative ties you have with this person by judging them or feeling bad about it. Because then it’s like you hang a lock on the both of you and the two of your will be energetically tied together. I do that as well sometimes, when I start to rerun conversations in my head and feeling bad about it. To what avail? I increase my stress levels while the other person is probably just enjoying a nice day.
Clear up the negative energy surrounding the relationship. Forgive yourself for hanging unto it and forgive the other person for whatever damage they have done. By doing this you will see that even if you’re in the same room the other won’t impact you as much because when you change your energy and what you bring into that ‘relationship’ the other can’t help but change because the input is different. It’s like when you switch from R&B to rock music, would you continue to dance the same dance?
Have you ever dumped a friend? If so, what made you decide this?