Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month so expect to see me wearing a lot of blue in my upcoming blog posts. Today I am getting a little personal about my diabetes which is rare but necessary for me at this point in my life.

Extreme thirst, frequent urination, and fatigue. Those are the three  symptoms that I remember leading up to my diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at 12 years old. Some days I would just stand in the kitchen with the water running drinking glasses back to back but it was never enough. I couldn’t quench my thirst. This went on for a while and even though I thought it was weird I was more concerned with things like my crush at the time and what to wear to school the next day, my priorities were obviously in order. One day I had really bad stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting (something I would become all too familiar with over the years) and I knew something wasn’t right. My mother asked if I wanted to go to the hospital and I said yes, everything was really a blur because I was in so much pain. I had to give a urine sample in the ER and when the doctor brought it back he told us I tested positive for juvenile diabetes. Shit just got real.

I cant tell you how many times I cried in the hospital during that week, there was so much information to take in and I just didn’t want to deal with it. Learning all about insulin injections, finger sticks, and counting carbs was just the beginning. I practiced giving injections on a yellow sponge similiar to one you would use to wash dishes, but that didn’t compare to doing the injection on myself. When it was time to do it for real I cried…again. No amount of tears was going to change the fact that this was now my life and I had to grow up in the blink of an eye. What twelve year old was mentally prepared to take on diabetes and everything else that comes with an invisible illness? I sure as hell wasnt. Over the years I struggled A LOT with my diabetes and looking back I realized I was angry and I took that anger out on myself by not not taking care of my health the way I should have. I spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital battling with my diabetes but really battling with myself. I wanted to be “normal” so bad, I was ashamed of my diabetes and I felt like some people took pity on me which I hated. I wish I knew then what I know now because I would have been more kind to myself in so many different ways.

 

It took me a long time to get here, I’ve been to hell and back but I’m currently at a place where I am comfortable with my diabetes. I still have my struggles because diabetes is a tough disease but I do my best everyday. I’ve never openly discussed my health and there are things I will never share and things that people will never understand unless they are also diabetic. But I do think I am ready to be more vocal about diabetes and show people that it doesn’t stop us from living our lives just like everyone else. Limitations have been put on me countless times but I pay them no mind. I’m still setting goals and smashing the hell out of them all while juggling pricking my finger, counting carbs, giving injections, and doctors appointments. I want people to be more aware and educate themselves about both types of diabetes because the diagnosis has become very common. If anyone is reading this and happens to be newly diagnosed or knows someone who is struggling with their diabetes I just want to let you know that it gets better. Always put yourself and your health first, make sure you have a solid support system, and know that everyday will be different. You just have to count your blessings and stay strong!

 

 

 

Fenty Beauty

I think by now we have all heard about Rihanna dropping her Fenty Beauty line during fashion week, if you haven’t you’re living under a rock. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the collection even after her teaser videos on Instagram I still wanted to hear and see actual reviews on the products. I watched multiple reviews on YouTube, looked at swatches, and stalked beauty gurus on Instagram to see the looks they created. It was so crazy to see how this launch shook up the beauty industry, the collection launched with 40 shades of foundation (and more to come!) and really took into consideration the variety of undertones in our complexions. As an African American woman I know the struggle of finding a foundation shade and I’ve heard the complaints from my friends who have even darker skin tones than my own. So to see that she thought of everyone made me even more excited to try it out.

The foundation is a soft matte finish and it pretty much sets itself so unless you are super oily you don’t need to powder. Not only was the application flawless but it looked and felt just like my skin! If you wear makeup you know that sometimes you can feel the products sitting on your face which I hate. The foundations I own are pretty light in coverage and mostly water based because I hate that feeling, I also have pretty good skin so full coverage isn’t necessary. I will say that you shouldn’t guess what color you would be in this foundation because there are so many different undertones that you may be wrong. I tried 2 shades before finding my perfect match in shade 360.

The match stixs come in 20 shades that you can buy separately or in a trio, I purchased the trio in Tan 300. The concealer shade is lighter in coverage than what I am used to but it’s good for your everyday look, and the contour shade in Truffle is perfect for everyday as well. I struggle with contour shades for some reason but I love the way this one looks on me. Products that come in stick form can either be too dry and hard to blend or too creamy but I felt that these were the perfect consistency. The star of the trio in my opinion is definitely the highlight in rum, I can’t get over how beautiful this looks on my skin. I’ve already decided it will be my highlight for work because of how wearable it is and when you layer the killawatt highlighters on top you will get your ENTIRE life!

All in all I am really impressed with Fenty Beauty, it will definitely be in heavy rotation in my makeup collection. Any foundation that keeps me looking flawless for over 8 hours is good in my book. I will be trying out more products from her line as it expands and I look forward to adding them to my collection.

Happy Sunday!

 

 

 

Color Trend: Red

I’ve always been a fan of the color red it’s my personal power color and whenever I wear it I feel confident, which is obvious because you don’t wear red to blend in. It is also one of my favorite pops of color in an outfit so you can imagine my excitement when I saw red all over the runways and trend boards for this season. This trend is not for the faint of heart but if you want to try it out start off small with shoes and accessories. I paired a simple tshirt and high waisted jeans (my new uniform) with these red patent boots from Miss Selfridge that I will be wearing the hell out of from now on. Not only do they have a chunky heel which I love but they’re super comfortable for walking around in New York. You can also do a pair of red statement earrings or a red bag if you want to keep it subtle, but if you’re anything like me a full on red monochrome look is in the near future! Click the links to shop the look below.

Tell me what fall trends you are excited about. Xoxo

 

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Check On It…

Happy Monday everyone! I know I’ve been MIA for a while and it’s mostly because my life was in shambles. I needed to close for spiritual maintenance (yes that is a thing) after losing both of my grandmother’s back to back. Now that my favorite season is approaching I’m feeling inspired again and I wanted to start off with this gingham look.

Checked prints like gingham, plaid, houndstooth, and the Prince of Wales check for my U.K. people are huge for this Fall/Winter season and I love it. Checked prints are pretty classic so paring them with a slogan tshirt which are currently trending as well is a good way to mix it up. Gingham in particular has been trending for a while now and I finally decided to try it out with this H&M ruffle mini skirt. My shirt is from Zara and my boots are last season Public Desire.

Have a great day!

Tees & Trousers..

I am currently obsessed with pants in all colors, cuts, and prints. I’ve been in a style rut lately but a cool pair of pants always make me feel put together. I found these red J.Crew pants at the thrift store ( of course) and I had to have them!

I love mixing more classic clean cut items with something like a graphic tee to give it a little more edge, and Debbie Harry is the queen of edgy so it was the perfect union. My bag is from Foever21 and my shoes are thrifted. I hope you guys are having a great week so far!

  

All Black..

Summer officially starts in a few days but true to form I’m still wearing all black. I know people typically go for lighter and brighter colors when the weather warms up and I do too but black will always be my thing. The trick to wearing all black is to choose breathe-able fabrics such as cotton and linen. I also like to show some skin so I’m not completely covered up and my outfit makes sense for the weather.

Adding pops of color or a print breaks up the monotony of an all black outfit in general. My heels are from the first Juneambrose collection for HSN that was released a couple of years ago. The heel has this beautiful peacock print that I’m obsessed with, and I played up the green and blue tones with my green clutch.

  

I could have gone a step further and added some jewelry in the same color family but I haven’t been into jewelry recently. But knowing me that will change really soon and I’ll be walking around looking like a human accessories closet.

Happy Sunday!

Outfit Details.

Top – H&M

Skirt – BooHoo

Clutch – Thrifted

Shoes – Juneambrose for HSN (old)

It’s All About Personal Style…

These days everyone is a self proclaimed “fashionista” and what you wear is often the topic of discussion. There are those who dress effortlessly, those who dress like Kardashian clones and those who have no clue how to put an outfit together. Fashion and personal style are two totally different things in my opinion, you can wear an outfit that’s straight off of the mannequin and that’s fashion. But personal style is a feeling, a vibe, a mood, or whatever you want to call it. It shows off our personality and let’s people know who we are without saying a word. When it comes to my own personal style I can never put myself in a box, I dress solely based on my mood and that changes everyday. I am inspired by music, movies, celebrities, bloggers, art, colors, and the list goes on. I know a lot of people struggle with finding their own personal style so I have a few tips that may help.

1). Find Inspiration. The first thing you need to do is find out what you’re drawn to as far as color, cut, prints, silhouette, or even a decade such as the 80’s ( which is a personal favorite). Whatever it is save examples from magazines or online that way you can refer to them when you go shopping.

2) Experiment. You’re never going to know what you like until you try it. If you want to try a certain trend go for it! I personally shop for more trendy pieces at stores like H&M, Zara, and Forever21 because it allows you to experiment without breaking the bank. Trends are short lived and you won’t feel bad when certain things go out of style because you didn’t spend an arm and a leg on something like a neon ruffled skirt with a dramatic bow. The worst that could happen when experimenting is that you discover what you don’t like which might actually be a blessing in disguise.

3) BE YOURSELF!  I cannot stress this enough. I get so bored of seeing everyone looking the same. Where’s the originality? More importantly where is the fun?! Fashion is supposed to be fun and a representation of who you are. Now if you’re someone who only wears neutrals or all black that’s fine, do your thing. But if you really love colors or prints or platform heels, wear that shit and do it with pride! We have one life to live might as well wear what makes you happy.

As for what I’m wearing my top is H&M, my jeans are Levi’s that I  thrifted for $5, my shoes are Ralph Lauren which were also thrifted for $12 (score!). They gave me all the Carrie Bradshaw feels so I had to have them and they’re super comfortable. My green clutch was also another thrifted gem. Happy Wednesday!

Countdown to Spring

As the first month of the new year comes to a close I am counting down the days until winter is OVER! I love spring and I’m excited for the new season and the new fashion of course. The weather has been pretty decent in New York so I’m able to show a little leg without freezing! I’m obsessed with these new metallic thigh high fishnet socks from the Rihanna X Stance holiday collection so I’ll probably be wearing these a lot more.

I hope you all are still working towards achieving the goals you set for this year, I know I am! Let’s make this week a positive one. Happy Sunday!

DIY Uneven Hem Jeans

I have always been a DIY kinda girl, my first project was a pair of jeans  I decorated with fabric paint in the 6th grade. Now you couldn’t tell me these jeans weren’t a masterpiece! I went all Picasso drawing flowers, paw prints, hearts, and my name on these jeans and to my surprise the other kids liked them too.

Fast forward to 2017 where frayed and uneven hem denim looks are trending, we all know trendy denim styles can be expensive but this is one look that you can get for free. I’ve been wanting a pair of uneven hem jeans for a while now but I decided to test out the look before I bought a pair. These jeans were in a pile on their way to being donated but I decided to breathe a little fresh air into them and I love the way they turned out! All you need is a pair of denim (preferably straight leg), a scissors, and a tweezer.

Step 1: Pick a pair of jeans you are willing to experiment on.

Step 2: Mark off desired length. I just rolled mine up to wear I wanted to cut it.

Step 3: Cut the jeans straight across. Be sure to try them on in case you want to adjust the length then cut again if you need to.

Step 4: Mark off how high you want the front part of you jean to be, then cut out a box. You may also want to try the jeans on again for adjustments after this step as well.

Step 5: Use a tweezer to pull individual pieces and give the denim a frayed look. You can also use a scissors or a knife and run it along the edges to help with distressing (BE CAREFUL). Toss the jeans in the washer and dryer if you want the edges to be more fluffy. This will also happen over time after multiple wears and washes.

Now style as desired and hit the streets!