Purses and Handbags…

I am absolutely obsessed with purses or handbags! Of course I like designer handbags and I have a lot of them but some of my favorite purses have been found a various places such as thrift stores and boutiques. I consider a purse or a handbag to be one of the best accessories to an outfit because they enhance the look. Some women aren’t big on purses so they choose an alternative to them which is a wristlet and they are just as fabulous. Often times when I am going out to huge events such a concert or just recently while I’ve been Christmas shopping I carried one because they make things so so so so much easier.

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This orange and brown bag is one of my absolute favorites! I wear this bag with anything from a sassy outfit to running errands this bag is one of my go-to handbags.

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I love my leather Michael Kors handbag because it goes with anything and it is very classy. Also, the little cutie in the picture with me is my little cousin Laylah 🙂 That’s my baby!

A little history…

From the ancient beaded bags of African priests to the haute couture tote of the modern lady of leisure, handbags have historically been both the carriers of secrets and the signifiers of power, status, and beauty. As the keepers of the equipment of daily life, handbags have been strongly influenced by technological and societal changes, such as the development of money, jewelry, transportation, cosmetics, cell phones, and the role of women in society.

 

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Natural Hair Chronicles… Hair growth

Natural hair…

So on Friday I got my natural hair straightened after not putting any heat on my hair for a year and I am very happy with how much my has grown in a year. While being natural at times I would look at my hair and think that it wasn’t growing at all but I can definitely see that it is. Being patient and taking good care of my hair has paid off because it is healthy (most importantly) and growing. When I got my hair straightened last year it was a short bob length and now it’s at my neck now. My hair was a little longer but I had to get my hair ends trimmed because they were looking a little ratchet LOL. I’m happy to have healthy and growing hair!

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The picture below is from last year when I got my natural hair straightened.

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BTW, I loveeeeeeee having natural hair!

 

Best Friends Edition… Monique

Meet Monique…

My partner in crime… cousin…sister…best friend… Yup, she’s EVERYTHING! Monique and I have been like peanut butter and jelly all of our lives. If you see one you see the other! We’re never too far away from each other LOL. Our bond is unbreakable. No matter what trials life brings she’s always there with encouraging words, laughs (ALL THE TIME), and telling me what I need to hear instead of what I want to hear. I consider us twins because we can read each others minds without even saying anything or we can look at each other and we automatically know what the other is thinking. We’re definitely kindred spirits. Her kind heart and willingness to help others is what makes her such an incredible person. I’m truly grateful for our bond because it’s never changed nor will it ever.

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She is CRAZY TALENTED with hair, fashion, and make-up so definitely be on the lookout for her because she’s going to be famous and killing the game in the near future. What I love about her the most is how she is constantly working to perfect her craft even more. She’s striving to be the best and she will because she is dedicated to what she loves. I’m so excited to see what God has in store for her because I am certain that it is going to be amazing!

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Also, her hair is ALWAYS everything! In the picture below she is definitely giving Chaka Khan! She livessssss for big and fabulous hair LOL!

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Friends Edition… Gabby

Meet Gabby…

Have you ever met someone and you guys just click instantly? Well that’s exactly how it was when Gabby and I met each other. She and I met through mutual friends almost a year ago and we’ve been tight ever since. It seriously seems like we’ve known each other forever! Gabby is the sweetest person ever and has such a pure heart. I can always count on her for encouraging words and excellent advice. My favorite memory of us together is just recently when we went to see The Best Man Holiday together and she handed me tissues through the entire movie because I cried like a baby through the entire movie LOL. I’m truly grateful that I met her almost a year ago and I’m even more grateful for a lifetime of friendship.

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She’s also a newly natural gal! Her curls stay poppin! LOL.

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Fabulous Friends Edition… Mia

Meet Mia… 

Can you say superstar?… MIA LA’MIA! My lovely friend Mia is EVERYTHING! We’ve known each other since we were in the fourth grade and I’ve seen her blossom into a fabulous young woman. She’s a superstar and I am certain that she’s going to be famous one day. Not only is she going to be famous because she’s CRAZY TALENTED but because of who she is. I know that may sound so cliche but seriously anyone that knows her would definitely say the same thing about her. Her personality and presence alone radiates an entire room and she doesn’t even have to say anything. She is such a joy to be around because she has an amazing spirit. She’s going to change the world one day just watch and see! She’s one of my Proverbs 31:25 gals!

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She is KILLING this red lip! Absolutely gorgeous!

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Be sure to check out her YouTube channel! (http://www.youtube.com/user/POTENTiALcelebrity) Oh and she made the fabulous logo for my blog too LOL!

 

Prints and patterned tights…

Prints and patterned tights? Together… YES YES YES!!!! I loveeeeeee prints and patterned tights! I love the cold weather only because I’m obsessed with patterned tights and they really make outfits come to life. Patterned tights completely transform a once simple outfit to something spectacular. So, prints and patterned tights can be paired together but only if it is done correctly. Pairing prints together can be tricky sometime but it can definitely be done.

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I paired this super cute printed dress with a pair of my favorite patterned tights while adding a pop to the ensemble by pairing it with blue accessories. The statement necklace that I am wearing is one of my absolute favorites and I wear it a lot because it goes with so many things. The skinny belt is also one of my favorite pieces as well. This entire look was under $25 (not including the riding boots)! I create fabulous looks while being on a budget! I’m rocking my favorite red lip too LOL!

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The Infamous Red Lip

Are you feeling fabulous, unstoppable, and sophisticated? Choose RED! A red lip can make you feel like you are on top of the world! As a gal who LOVES a red lip when I wear one you can’t tell me anything! I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and I’m like “YASSSSSSSSS” LOL! My favorite red lip to wear is Ruby Woo by MAC. Rocking a red lip is simply everything!Image

A little history: Red lips have fascinated men and women alike since 3,000 BCE. A bold, look-at- me-color that demands attention, red lipstick has been advocated by the world’s most powerful women. In today’s modern society, lipsticks are viewed as one of the most important fashion items. They are cheap, easy to use, and can create dramatic changes in the look and life of the individual who wears it. Countless lipstick brands fight for worldwide supremacy and invention of new recipes and styles have led us to the point where over 80% of women in North America use lipstick regularly and over 30% of them have 20 lipsticks in their possessions in any time of their adult life.

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