Product Junkie: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay


A lot of people have been asking me about my hair habits lately. More specifically, my moisturizing routine. Not to be a woman of many secrets, I share whenever asked. The "mane" product in my routine: Aztec Indian Healing Clay.

Widely known around the beauty community to eradicate beauty blemishes, Indian Healing Clay can just as easily keep your hair moisturized as the leading conditioner. The calcium in the clay gives the bentonite its powerful healing abilities. Bentonite is famously known for its swelling abilities but the higher pH balance in calcium bentonite enables the minerals to expand further. Hence, the negatively charged clay removes more positively charged toxins from your skin and/or hair. The removal of toxins and the healing benefits of the Healing Clay facilitates the annihilation of  scalp conditions such as eczema.

My Formula: 1 egg, Aztec Healing Clay. I eyeball the clay measurements. If I make extra, I save it for the next week or I freeze it. I apply the mask to conditioned hair a leave it for my hair to absorb under a shower cap. The maximum bsorption time: 20-30 minutes.  

In The Process Of: Time Travel


It's back-to-school season. I know I'm a little on the tardy side (pun slightly intended) but rarely am I awake to see the kiddos en route to their designated institutions of learning. Today, on an early morning walk with le beau to the train station, children in his borough were running amuck, hustling to make the morning bell. One thing that caught my attention, aside from close stampede calls, were their uniforms. Their morning routines teleported me back to my days at parochial school, my carefree roughhousing, and my jovial playground spirit. In the midst of this teleportation, my lackadaisical chicness also returned to the forefront of my mind. Peter Pan collars and plaid skirts dominated my childhood and I was glad to see the tradition continued. Little did I know this happenstance flashback would inspire my day's  sartorial selection. 

This skirt is an updated take on its cousin, the conservative plaid. The compositional placement of the pleats brings the concept of a pleated, wool skirt into the 21st century. The cut is also important. Though I own plenty of pleated skirts that would make a nun smile, there's nothing quite like the look of a mini. It's the ultimate dame symbol of rebellion.

I reel in that rebellion, however, with the innocence of an oversized collegiate-inspired turtleneck that almost engages with the hemline of my skirt. The shoes and summer socks further integrate the notion of schoolhouse life without the prepubescent creepiness. *side eye* Have fun with your clothes, embrace the kiddish spirit inside you, just don't look like one. 

Needless to say, my school daze have brought me more than just an affinity for phonics and comprehension. In the haste of my post-secondary lobotomy, I snuffed out all the good that comes with a uniform -the foundation to an eclectic sense of style. Who knew one could gain nspiration with a slightly nostalgic morning encounter?



Real Recognize Reel


What happens when you gather an eclectic assemblage of kids from Howard Street and ask them to elaborate on what triggers their styles? #Reelness happens. #Reelness is a new segment brought forward by Opening Ceremony and it invites photographers to capture, visual and printed, their take on personal style. I'm honored to have been chosen by the ULTRA talented Brooke Gardiner for the inaugural post. Here's what I had to say: 

How does one block out the noise? To define themselves? Their style? To find inspiration?
"I find inspiration from old films, and specifically black films of the '80's and'90's—ESPECIALLY She's Gotta Have It. They inspire me because these films were made before anyone really had, or wanted, the title of ‘stylist.’ It was back in a time when fashion was a ‘come as you are’ experience and you could do pretty much whatever your heart desired. It was open and experimental. You weren't trying to follow a trend. Also, at that time, black people REALLY had control over their images and had spaces to express what daily black life really was, in actuality. There's such a sophistication and beauty to that kind of power and my generation even feeds off of it today." - Yaminah Mayo

Check out what makes my friends tick here. Thanks again Opening Ceremony!


In the Process of: Getting Sh*t Done


I pack a lot into a single day. And while I love to project the illusion of having my life together with a detailed and layered ensemble, sometimes that's not possible. Some days, I'm running out the door, barely keeping up with my daily tasks and  ensembles aren't my first priority. On days of hectivity, monochromatic coordinates are key. Gray is my preferred color because an outfit can go from boring to fascinating and lively with a variation of texture. It's my favorite quick change.


Product Junkie:


Rodial Dragon's Blood Eye Masks



Over the past couple of weeks, I've come to known exhaustion and tirelessness on a personal level. One could say that we've entered into a dysfunctional bond that is proving, surprisingly, productive. I've been waking up earlier than usual to fit more into my day and the exhaustion easily shows on my face. Let's call it fruitful fatigue. Fruitful fatigue is amazing. I'm feeling more accomplished and as aforementioned, productive but the wear of sleeplessness is easily showing on my face. The number one offender: my eyes. When fruitful fatigue hits, my eyes have more baggage than Vuitton. However, the work must go on...until I can take a nap.

One way I combat the Battle of the Bags, besides 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, is eye masks. Before this luxury became a necessity, I dibbled and dabbled with a few, testing them and discerning whether or not they proved effective. Now that I've put myself on a restrictive schedule my self-care regime has streamlined as well. 

My favorite fatigue eradicator is Rodial  Dragon's Blood Eye Masks. Not to be confused with the incense, Dragon's Blood is a tree sap from the Sangre de Drago tree and a renowned healing serum dating back centuries. Dragon's Blood acts as a protective film so the body can work, uninterrupted, to repair damaged skin. As the skin remains protected by the Dragon's Blood, hyaluronic acid functions as a wingman for the tree sap to plump lackluster eyes and hydrate them back to life. However, both ingredients pale in comparison to arnica. Offered in every consumable form from pills to topical gels, Arnica Montana has been used for years to treat bruising and swelling. Known to increase blood circulation by supercharging white blood cell activity, arnica cuts the healing time of cuts and bruises in half. The same applies to eye fatigue dark circles.

This trifecta of serums and extracts works to heal skin in the long term while providing pleasing aesthetic results in the short. The plumping and calming effect of this mask has not only proven efficient but also cut down the number of products I use in my regiment. Rodial Dragon's Blood Eye Mask  is the perfect burnout relief until I can make it to my next nap. 

In The Process of Getting Ready: ONE


I have a thigh-to-butt ratio that isn't easily matched in jeans that aren't vintage Levis. My favorite Levi cut? 511 or 512. Those, however, are quite hard to find when I'm on the East Coast. Womp. I thought all hope was lost when it came to finding a jean until I ran through my mental Rolodex and recounted all the jeans that fit me nicely, and at a reasonable price. The verdict: BDG High Rise jeans with a tapered, not skinny, leg. They fit like my favorite Levis and I don't have to fight with the waists to cover mid-drift when I don a crop top or revealing top. The fit is kind and compromising, a quality I find hard to obtain in jeans that hug my curves and aren't excruciatingly tight.

Above, I paired the jeans with a vintage dress I found during a shopping trip to San Francisco. It's so comfortable and once you loosen a couple buttons it can double as a shirt! (Shape-shifting garments for the win!) The earrings are also a thrift store find. They're great because they help tie any look together. I love a big, chunky, funky earring and a simple silhouette. It's chic while uncompounded. And if paired with a loafer the ensemble can take you from work to the wee hours of the night.

A Date with Spicy...Mustard


Can you manifest good date energy through clothes choice?

Yesterday, I thought I had to pick up a visually impaired beau and nurse his eyes back to 20/20. I was wrong. To my surprise, he was up for an adventure. Ugly sunglasses in (his) hand, a simple SweetGreen salad on the steps of The Met turned into a full-blown excursion along the Upper West Side. From Central Park to Gray's Papaya (hot dogs) and ending with a midnight dessert run to Columbus Circle, my unbounded partner and garb kept me comfortably in motion. 

I, admittedly, approached this jumpsuit with an air of skepticism. "Did my butt look okay? Will I look like a farmer? Can I make this work with what I have"? The questions filled my dressing room. Ultimately what sold me wasn't necessarily the fit but how I felt and how I wanted to feel, free. The frontal zipper didn't hurt either. I was uninhibited. Overalls are a simple stop shop in terms of getting dressed and that philosophy is everything I gravitate towards at the moment. My life is slowly becoming about what I can wear that will stylishly get me through the day sans the thought of going home and changing. It's also growing to reflect the moods to which I aspire. 

Last night embodied how I felt and I think may have lent a hand to the warm fuzzies felt throughout the evening. My clothes felt good so I felt good. I was comfortable, I felt free, and thus, I went the entire night without the desire to put my man-friend in a Half Nelson. i.e. good clothes manifest good vibes. I'm a witness.

Glamour Magazine Beauty Issue! 💋


I'm so honored to be featured in Glamour Magazine's esteemed October Beauty issue. I was chosen amongst a select few for their Month in Beauty Pictures highlight. Not only am I featured but they used a picture that captured one of my favorite beauty moments! I'm so happy they thought of me for this issue and hope you guys will go snag it at your local (or digital) newsstands! 💋


Fall Shoe Round-Up


...just in case your shoes are a snooze. 

We've somehow teleported from New Years to September and with it, the seasons have come and gone. We have endured the abyss of winter and shed our proverbial shells in spring. The few things remaining constant in this wave of transition being our love for Netflix, bacon, egg, and cheeses (on a croissant) from the local bodega, and our need for shoes. However, today I am only here to talk about the latter not the former. 

With fashion week coming to a close this week,  one may feel the impending spring collections calling them to add to their wardrobes. Unfortunately, Rachel Comey's S/S'17 collection won't be in stores until circa January so we'll just have to settle right now for fall attire. There are gems in those collections as well. 

As previously mentioned, I like to think that I am a simple girl; a trend hither or yonder can usually suffice my day-to-day need for "clothsure". Shoes, however, is another story. I am a firm believer that a great shoe, with the right composition and/or heel can bring a simple outfit (jeans and a t-shirt) into the zeitgeist. Something as simple as a loafer, a sneaker, or a ribbon entwined midi heel has the power to reinvent.  Above, I've compiled a round-up of my  Fall 2016 #ShoeGoals. They range from sensible and comfortable to "I think I need an uber because I can no longer walk". Take a gander and buy a pair. Setting the tone for a great week can be as simple as buying a pair of great seasonal shoes on a Monday.


Khiry S/S'17

Uncompounded. Uncomplicated. That's how I like my clothes, that's how I like my style. I ultimately use jewelry as a means to add punch to an otherwise blan outfit. However, upon my (fashionably late) arrival to Khiry Fashion Week presentation, I had to reconsider the importance of complicated statement pieces. Every item was sleek and simple, making only slight departures from its simplicity to pay homage to the Eastern World and the African diaspora. Studs, bobbles, along with waxing and waning metals embellished every piece and though those adornments usually make me shudder and cringe in horror; this simple gal never felt more at ease. 


(This is a Fashion Week stop that deserves a second go 'round!)

In the crux of Brooklyn lies a warehouse. In this warehouse lives 29 rooms. In every room lives a different theme all designed and honed by various artists. A funhouse museum of sorts that allows for fashion, beauty, and culture to mix. The pop-up is so expansive, though,one may not get a chance to see the rooms all at once. However, that's fine! 29Rooms is going to be around all weekend!!! Get there early!


R.I.P Manus x Machina


Last week, I headed over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to experience the Manus x Machina fashion exhibit. The presentation focused greatly on the growing ambiguity between haute couture and pret-a-porter. The show recounted the contributions that both hands and machines have made to fashion and how the practices of both disciplines have helped blur the class lines of fashion.Throughout the realms of pleats, faux flowers, featherwork, and toiles I'm not sure the if I loved the class implications that are so overlooked at times in the world of fashion or the vestments that adorned the greatly styled mannequins. I mourn for those that never got a chance to see this show and learned more about a art form that many only view from the surface level.

*pours 40oz*

Click the arrows above and check out my other favorite looks!