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Give thanks.
The Limited Blazer (similar here), TJ Maxx blouse (similar here) & pants (similar here), F21 boots.
It was absolutely freezing cold outside when I took these photos yesterday, and flurrying too! I don't know why or how, but that episode of The Babysitters Club popped into my head while I was outside. The episode when one of them gets casted as a model for a photo shoot, and had to man up and shoot in the dead of winter with no coat? Does anyone remember that episode? I'm sure a lot of you reading were probably too young to tune into that show! So random, but that's what kept me going in this cold haha!

Everyone came over to our house for the holiday, and it was great to see everyone! My mother THREW DOWN (as usual). I can't stress enough how well she can cook! I of course still have a seat at the kiddie table, and although 24, am asked if I'm old enough to buy beer lol. (I also dyed the tips of my hair recently). You like?

My plate. #gluttony
Cousin awkwardness...

I don't know how the second half of this post turned into a hair ad, but let's just roll with it lol. I have a giveaway lined up for you all once I hit 300 readers via GFC! If you aren't already following, and you're a fan of my blog, please join! I'd appreciate the support!

Enjoy this last day off before back to work & school on Monday!

Photo Diary: Thanksgiving + The Weekend :)
People's Republic of China President Hu Jintao and American President Barack Obama. 
I tried to get that student discount, but I didn't have my college id on me (never mind the fact that I'm no longer in college anyway LOL)
"Put some Colored girls in the MoMA..." -Jay-Z
How cool is this?!

1.Thanksgiving was lovely, and the food was amazing (props to Mom)!!
2. Proud of myself for keeping my orchids alive
3. My Aunt giving tarot card readings after Thanksgiving meal LOL (she was good, I enjoyed mine)!
4. My obsession with twitter.  You can follow me here
5. Got my hair straightened & trimmed for the first time in half a year!  Looks pretty good huh?
6. Featured on Chictopia's site
7. My spoiled cat Snap
8. Went to NYC this past weekend
9. Window Shopping
10. United Colors of Benetton's "UNHATE Campagin" showing world leaders sharing a kiss.  So controversial, and I love every bit of it!  To see more photos, click here
11. Visited the MoMA (wanted to check out the Diego Rivera and de Kooning exhibitions there)

I had a great time in NYC, it's always a pleasure :) Can you believe it's December 1st already?!  I'm looking forward to the holidays (and of course Christmas music too)!


A Year in the Making.

Hey look who it is!  I'm still here!  I know I haven't posted in over a month, but I have somewhat of a decent excuse lol.  Besides being a tad bit on the lazy side, I actually have had bronchitis for the past few weeks and it really shut me down.  I had no energy to do anything.  I wasn't even tweeting like my usual self!  Now you know when I'm off twitter, something's wrong haha!  So unfortunately the combination kept me away from the blogesphere.  But I'm back!  

Wearing a blouse, skirt, + earrings from F21, boots vintage Nine West via mi madre.

These photos were taken at a cemetery earlier last week, and it was surprisingly very peaceful.  I've never shot any looks at a cemetery, nor do I hang out at cemeteries on my off time lol.  It had such beautiful scenery, I couldn't resist!  Look at all of these beautiful fall colors!  The mix of the fresh air, and fall breeze had me feeling so serene!  

Quite phallic, wouldn't you say so? LOL 

Unfortunately from being sick, I did miss my 1 year blog anniversary!  However, this post ending up coming at a perfect time.  Thanksgiving is this Thursday, and when I initially thought about putting together my blog anniversary post, I knew I wanted to talk about how thankful I was for everything that has transpired because of it.

There is so much to be thankful for, as there were many opportunities that came my way!  First there was the Street Style feature in Essence Magazine, which was so cool!  Essence is one of my favorite magazines, and to actually be in it was so thrilling!  Then there was the Interview Feature by Style Pantry.  I am a big fan of Folake, and was so honored to be featured by her!  Being a new blogger can be intimidating, as there are so many of us out there!  But ever since I started this blog, I've been shown nothing but positivity and light!  And I'm so thankful for that!!

I've actually recently been featured by another one of my favorite bloggers, Neil Alvin of Black Girls Killing it.  You can check out the feature here.

Besides being featured, you lovely people who read my blog, interact with me via commenting on this blog or on my Facebook Page, Chictopia, or Youtube channel... You guys who re-blog my posts on tumblr, or hold conversations with me on twitter, have been such an inspiration!  You are literally the reason why I even blog!  Without you guys, I wouldn't have had the drive or sustainability to continue on this journey!  You guys have even inspired me to kick off my youtube page again!  I am creative creature, and I enjoy expressing my interests and life with you all!  Thanks for making me feel comfortable doing so! 

You all have provided so much support and love, and have built around me a community of great people.  From all of this, the most important thing I have learned is that being yourself is truly enough.

I'm looking forward to spending time with my family this week, and overall reflecting on the blessings in my life.

Happy Thanksgiving!


The First Snow
Happy Thanksgiving!!  I know it was yesterday but I can still say it, right??  I had a lovely Thanksgiving and I have some things that I am grateful for!  I'm really grateful for family.  They've always been there for me, anytime I need it, and it felt so good to be around loved ones.  This is also the first Thanksgiving without my Grandmother, who passed away a couple of days before Thanksgiving last year.  I am very grateful for her.  We all missed her this year, but I think about her everyday and can feel her watching over me, and it makes me feel better :)

I'm very thankful for my Pop Pop, who just recently turned 88 (can you believe it!) who is always supportive of any dream or endeavor I have, even if it may be crazy or unreasonable.

I'm very grateful for my parents who are pushing me to chase after my dreams.  They just want me to be happy, and will always be behind me if ever and whenever I need them!  Love you guys!

I am also thankful for all of my friends all over the country.  I wish I could see you all regularly!  I'm  additionally thankful for all of the positive feedback and lovely comments I'm getting from you all!  I really appreciate it, more than you know :D

Dinner was at my Aunt's house and I sat at the kiddie table (as usual), but we upgraded the name to the, ahem, "Young Adult" table this year lol.

Adult Table
YOUNG Adult Table

I know my hair looks short, but I have it pinned up.  It's time to wash it, so I might do a tutorial on a new natural doo I'm going to try ;)  And good luck to all you ladies shopping today on Black Friday!  Be careful!!  I did what I'd like to call "online" Black Friday shopping, but it turned out to be just as stressful!! :/

List one thing you're thankful for this year, I'd love to read them!


All photography from this post by:

Touch My Body
We all know it's harder to keep your skin glowing and hydrated in the wintertime. It can suck even more (if you live in cooler climates) that you have to keep your arms and legs covered for almost six months straight! Meanwhile, your skin isn't getting the attention that it needs!........ No bueno. If you're nostalgic for that summer glow, and want to keep your skin softer than a baby's behind all year long, I may have a couple tricks up my sleeve to make that happen!

I want to share with you all what I do to keep my skin soft, clear, and smooth!

Face to Face:
I started using the Origins skin care product line beginning in high school, and have been using it ever since!  I have really sensitive skin, and I have never had a single issue with any of their products.  Here is what I use on a regular basis:

Checks and Balances: You want a daily cleanser that cleanses well, but gentle enough not to leave your skin feeling dull and parched.  This frothy cleanser targets both oily and dry skin, and leaves my face feeling so fresh and so clean clean. *the little green tube was a free sampler, still testing it out :)
A Perfect World: is my absolute favorite product from the line.  It's hard to find a single product that totally moisturizes my skin.  This moisturizer has a thick consistency, and is made with White Tea that gives your face an almost silky feel.  After applying this product, my skin has a nice glow, and no need to re-apply!  Your face will feel good as new until the next time you wash!
Have a Nice Day: Even in the winter your skin is exposed to the UV rays from the sun, and it's important to protect your skin from them!  This super charged moisture cream has SPF 15 Sunscreen.  It also has a light grapefruit scent that wakes you up (good for the morning)!  I use a little bit of this after I apply A Perfect World.
Ginger Body Scrub: This is becoming a favorite of mine.  I've been looking for a scrub/exfoliator for awhile, and I was so happy to stumble upon this one!  I have used it a few times, and I love it!  I use it after bathing, and the scent from the sweet ginger alone makes me happy! The sea salt removes the dead skin, and the mixture of oils in the scrub leave your skin very smooth with a nice sheen.  (Don't forget to use this on the bottoms of your feet)!

Modern Friction: I use this gentle dermabrasion on my face a couple times a week when I need to be refreshed!  Microdermabrasion can be so harsh on the skin (no one under 45 needs to be using it, in my opinion), and Modern Friction is a safer and gentler alternative that gives great results!  I immediately notice a difference in the clarity of my skin after one use!

For the Body:

You don't have to spend tons of money to have healthy and radiant skin!  I have been using these products since I was a child, and have no plans to change that fact!

Eucerin: I have eczema, and as a child, my breakouts were pretty bad.  This was the ONLY lotion that could moisturize my skin/dry patches.  It has a thick, creamy consistency, and your skin will stay hydrated throughout the day.  It can be a bit pricy for body lotion, but it's worth the cost.  TRUST.
Johnson & Johnson's Baby Oil: We all know about baby oil, whether we use it or not.  And I have to tell you, you don't have to be a baby to use it!  Here's one of my tricks to keeping my skin moisturized (especially during the winter).  After showering and rinsing off, don't towel dry.  Immediately after stepping out the shower, apply the baby oil to your entire body.  If you still are a little wet, blot dry those areas with your towel.  Proceed with applying lotion to your entire body, as you normally would.  You're now left with extremely soft skin, with a nice little glow.  Watch out now!
Palmer's Cocoa Butter, Swivel Stick: Cocoa Butter anything is one of the best ways to eliminate a scar or dark mark, and I use this swivel stick anywhere I need to!  Don't forget about your lips, I frequetly use this as a lip balm.
Vaseline: Vaseline is a household item that some people don't use to its fullest potential!  I make sure I coat my lips with this stuff every night before going to bed.  I don't know if anything will ever hydrate my lips like vaseline does lol!  If you've run out of makeup remover, and your facial wash isn't cutting it, try applying a little vaseline to the area, and wipe off with a soft tissue (especially for eye makeup)!  Ladies/Men with dry feet?  When getting ready for bed, coat your feet with vaseline, then wrap your feet in saran wrap overnight.  The saran wrap helps your feet retain moisture, and the next day you'll be doing the Moonwalk just like MJ!  If the saran wrap is too xcore, just throw on a pair of socks!

*Origins line can be purchased here, and they have physical store locations, and are sold in select department stores.  Their products are not tested on animals nor contain: Parabens, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, PABA, Petrolatum, Paraffin, DEA, Synthetic Fragrance, Animal Ingredients.  All body care products can be found at your local Target, Walmart, or Grocery store.*

Thanksgiving is a few days away, and I'm excited to have some family time!  What are you thankful for this year?