TOP TEN 2018

TOP TEN 2018



2018’s almost a wrap! Whatever your plans/goals/resolutions were, I hope you were able to crush them in fearless style! This was a big year for me. I started this blog, my family settled into our new home, I saw my twin babies (now four year old boys, ahhh!) reach many milestones, AND I still managed to grow my online accessories shop! Of course, there were challenges; many high highs, and low lows. Wanna know the best part? It’s my personal growth from trusting my gut, taking a leap, and committing to doing the thing I’m passionate about, especially in those moments that didn’t feel quite so ‘sexy’.



I already have big plans for 2019. “Level Up” is the theme I’ve chosen for the year. I’m putting it out in the universe to force myself to be accountable. I think I’ll check this post in six months to gauge my progress!

I’ve been taking a look back at some of the most memorable moments in 2018 (the ones that gave me goosebumps), and I’m sharing my top ten:

1. Boo’d Up by Ella Mai. It’s arguably the official song of 2018, and the one that got the most play in my iTunes library.

2. The Royal Wedding of Meghan and Prince Harry was a fairytale come true! Their union bucked centuries old traditions, and The Duchess became the first woman of color in the British royal family. I wrote all about it here.

3. A Savage runway. Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty runway show celebrated all women like none I have ever seen. Her muse, Slick Woods, literally left the runway to give birth!

4. Speaking of fashion, the industry made strides this year to be more inclusive/diverse (Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton, Dapper Dan x Gucci, Edward Enninful/British Vogue) , but there’s still more work to be done.

5. Just Do It! Nike showed us what modern corporate social activism looks like by doing an ad campaign starring Colin Kaepernick. It paid off!

6. The Me Too Movement became a force to be reckoned with. Women started speaking up against sexual assault and harassment, and powerful men are paying for their misconduct.

7. Christine Blasey Ford.

8. We rocked the vote! The 2018 midterm election was a historical one with record voter turnout. 49% of eligible voters (113 million) showed up at the polls to let our voices be heard.

9. The Black Panther was more than just the best selling movie of 2018, it was a movement! And it’s the only film I’ve gone to see twice at the theater!

10. Hollywood creative geniuses like Ava Duvernay, Ryan Coogler, Jordan Peele, and Issa Rae continued to show the world what we already knew…our stories are marketable, and black and brown acting leads can (and do) sell out box offices.

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Embroidered Maxi Dress, Faux Fur Wrap, Suede Pump, Biker Jacket


May this holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter. Cheers!

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THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS





In the spirit of Christmas, I’ve decided to share a few of my fashionable faves in this post. Let’s dig in!

1. STATEMENT EYEWEAR

Sunnies and clear lenses have always been my go-to accessories, there’s no denying that. They’re such an easy and effortless way to add polish to an outfit, or to differentiate yourself from the crowd. In the Winter months we put away so many of our accessories in favor of outerwear and boots, but eyewear transitions from season to season. These standouts are a few of my faves:


Flared Visor, Hindsight Square, Pared Cat Eye, Chanel Shield, Crawford Tort, Gucci Square, Oliver Peoples

2. THE PERFECT TOPPERS
Thankfully, I’ve always had a good head for hats! I fell in love with this plush faux fur cabby hat the minute I laid my hands on it at the Forever21 store in Bethesda. It has a great ’90’s vibe going that I’m really into now. Plus it keeps my “thinker” warm and cozy. Fashionable and functional!

Western details were all over the runways earlier this year for the Autumn/Winter shows, and it’s been pretty hard to miss on the street (saddle bags, denim, the COWBOY BOOT!). This isn’t a trend I plan on investing too heavily in (it’s just not my aesthetic), but I love a good cowboy hat. The hat below is new in my online shop, Couture Diva. It’s not exactly a cowboy hat, but it has enough Western details that paired with a printed scarf and waist cinching belt, I’d be able to rock the trend without the expensive investment.

The West Is History Braided Hat at Couture Diva

3. MISMATCHED EARRINGS
I don’t know what it is about this trend, but I’m really in love with it. The trend is a couple of seasons old, but what’s attracting me to it now is the playful, unexpected, funk factor it adds to my ensembles! Not sure how you’d pull it off? While there aren’t any hard and fast rules, the trick is symmetry. And a full length mirror! I hold the mismatched pair up to my ears (after I’m fully dressed), and allow my eye to determine if it will work for my style.

Have some fun creating mismatched pairs with these trendy baubles:

Gwyet Green, Flomiyu Floral, Clackamas, Key Drop, Hexagon Hoop, Wywen, Gwililla

THE LOOK


Check Wide Leg Trousers, Thrifted ‘Security’ Raincoat, Mock Turtleneck Sweatshirt (similar), Faux Fur Cabby Hat, Bee Mine Pearl Studded Handbag (Sold Out), Oversized Clear Lens (Old), Adidas Sneakers, Interlaced Earrings

4. OUTERWEAR IN BOLD COLORS
Winter and bold colors don’t typically go hand in hand. It’s unexpected, and that’s why I love it. This oversized bright yellow “Security” raincoat was thrifted (and new) from one of the local Goodwill stores in my neighborhood, but here are a few colorful coats you might like too.


Teddy Bomber, Faux Fur, Animal Print Puffer, Double Faced Fur, Vinyl Puffer, Velvet Frock Coat, Leopard Print Mac, Flock Chain Puffer, Brushed Wool, Longline Check

What are some of your favorite things? Did any of mine make your list this year?

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CLEAR SKIN BEAUTY REGIMEN

CLEAR SKIN BEAUTY REGIMEN


I recently did a photoshoot for a hair company website launch and was pleasantly taken aback when the makeup artist exclaimed how flawless my skin was! A year ago, my skin was telling a very different story. I was a thirty something year old woman still struggling with acne. I would suffer from breakouts every couple of weeks. Certain areas of my face had dry spots, and it was too oily in others. I just wasn’t loving the skin I was in. Not sure that I wanted to go the prescription route, I pushed back those misgivings and headed to my dermatologist anyway, who quickly prescribed a cream I was to use every other day. It didn’t work. On the contrary, it intensified my acne problem!

That’s when I decided to get back to basics. I didn’t really have a skin care regimen outside of cleansing and moisturizing. But what I realized then is that my skin was screaming to me that it needed some more TLC. I chose SheaMoisture products for two reasons: I trust the brand, and I know its ingredients are specially formulated for my skin type.

The New Regimen
Cleanse/Exfoliate – I use the Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Foaming Facial Wash twice daily to cleanse. The Clarifying Facial Wash & Scrub, I use it up to two times per week to gently slough off any dead skin cells.

Tone – The Problem Skin Toner works well after cleansing to remove any makeup and impurities that the cleanser may have missed. It also helps to give me an even, blemish free skin tone.

Moisturize – I love the smell and texture of the Bamboo Charcoal Gelee Moisturizer. It’s lightweight and feels great on my face.

Special Treatments – I like to treat myself to masks every week or so, and the Clarifying Mud Mask is perfect for that luxurious spa feel.

It didn’t take long for my skin to start feeling softer, but it was about another two weeks before I could see the noticeable differences. I’ve been using SheaMoisture skin care products consistently for a year now and I’m in love with the results!


What are some of your favorite skin care products?

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YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY OUTFIT GUIDE

YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY OUTFIT GUIDE

We’re in the festive season y’all! Cue the twinkling lights and Mariah Carey’s Christmas album, I’m ready! My tree is already up too. The only thing left to roll in are all the holiday party invites, and I’m prepping myself for them. Now, I don’t plan on breaking the bank on outfits this year (I reserved that vice for gift shopping). Instead I’m adding a few on trend, festive pieces that I can incorporate into my wardrobe for multiple fresh, party-polished looks.

THE LOOK
Vintage Tweed Blazer, Floral Lace Midi Dress, Velvet Leggings, Vintage Beaded Pouch Purse (similar), Caged Heel Sandals (old, try this pair)

Need some help picking the perfect party’fits for the Holidays? Try these tips:

1. Add an eye catching blazer over an LBD (Little Black Dress), slip dress, or pleated skirt.


Floral Printed, Velvet Checked, Long Houndstooth, Bonded Velvet

2. Layer with lace. I know, this is an unexpected fabric to wear during the Winter, but that’s what’s great about it. Try layering it over top leggings, or a button down shirt for extra texture and volume to your look.


Lace Shirt Dress, Lace Trim Slip Dress, Victorian Blouse, Sheer Lace Bodysuit


3. Top it off with a pretty little purse.

Beaded purses were all the rage this Summer. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still rock them in colder temps. My beaded pouch purse above is one of my latest vintage finds from the cutest shop JuJu’s Vintage in Chicago.

Tip: If you can’t find a pretty little beaded number, go for anything textured. Think pearl studded, sequined, or velvet.


Velvet Bead Bag, Two Tone Beaded Bag, Sequined Bucket Bag, Pearl Studded Bucket Bag

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10 RECIPES TO WARM THE SOUL

10 RECIPES TO WARM THE SOUL

Thanksgiving Day is less than a week away! It’s almost as if I never saw it coming, like where did the year go?! If you live in the US, you know Thanksgiving officially ushers in the month long Christmas Holiday festivities. And, as we near the beginning of my favorite time of year, I’m craving all things warm and cozy (READ: lots of food, family, friends, and DRINKS!). In this post, I’m sharing ten of my favorite recipes that are guaranteed to warm your tummy AND your soul. While I can’t claim credit for their yumminess, I can certainly vouch for it. I’ve personally tried each of these recipes, and they are part of my repertoire when entertaining family and friends. Note: these are NOT listed in order of deliciousness. Feel free to try them in any particular order. Let’s dig in!

1. LEFTOVER TURKEY & DUMPLING SOUP


Notes: This is the perfect way to re-purpose all of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey! I don’t really care for turkey that much so I substituted for roasted chicken, and added a little Jamaican Hot Pepper Sauce for more heat.

2. ROASTED GARLIC MACARONI & CHEESE


Notes: This recipe is a little labor intensive, but the flavor is worth it! Mac and cheese is my contribution this year to the Thanksgiving table, and this is the recipe I’m going with.

3. BROWN BUTTER GARLIC CARROTS


Notes: You know how hard it is to fit veggies on your Thanksgiving plate, right? This recipe makes it easy AND delicious to enjoy them!

4. SLOW COOKER BARBACOA BEEF


Notes: Slow cooker recipes during the Fall & Winter are the best. Minimal effort, lots of flavor, like this Mexican beef that’s super juicy and flavorful.

5. SPICY CHICKEN PLANTAIN SOUP


Notes: I’ve been curating recipes for years and this is a favorite I cut out from an Essence magazine issue some time ago. Kale isn’t my favorite leafy green so I substituted for spinach instead.

6. SWEET POTATO HASH


Notes: A breakfast or brunch favorite you can prep the night before, refrigerate, then plop right into the oven in the morning. I didn’t use sausages in this recipe as I wanted to make it vegetarian friendly.

7. BAKED ZITI


Notes: A fancy twist on the Italian American classic, this one’s a favorite in my home.

8. CHEESY MINI SPINACH FRITTATAS


Notes: I tried this recipe earlier in the year when we hosted friends for brunch. I’ve varied this recipe by adding diced tomatoes and cream cheese, and it’s good no matter how you make it!

9. JAMAICAN CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE


Notes: I’m not quite sure how my Mom made baking this cake look so easy! And I never saw her using a recipe book either. I was determined to bake this cake on my own a few years ago, and used this recipe from the cookbook: The Real Taste of Jamaica by Enid Donaldson.

10. JAMAICAN SORREL


Notes: If you’ve never heard of sorrel, it’s the official drink of Christmas in Jamaica. Many recipes exist, like this one, but I believe sorrel is best enjoyed with just five simple ingredients: sorrel, water, fresh ginger root, Wray & Nephew Overproof Jamaican White Rum, and sugar. All other ingredients listed in the linked recipe, for me, are optional!

Drop me a line! Let me know which ones you tried. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!

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