Monday, 19 December 2016

BEAUTY| CHEMICAL PEEL WITH HARLEY STREET MD

I am a big believer in taking care of yourself, whether it be physically or mentally! As I am now in my late 20s, the desire to have a great skin regime is of the utmost importance to me! Now, I am not perfect when it comes to my face, and I can tighten up with my routine. ut I have been coasting with an ok complexion, however, I know this laziness will only lead me to looking not at my best, and I aim to continue to slay when I am 46.. honestly and truly. That being said, I was recently contacted by the guys of at Harley Street MD, about trying an aesthetic treatment. As I am all about my complexion, I decided to opt for the chemical peel. Now, I had heard of chemical peels before, but had to do some research and watched my girl, Tootsie time to get an overview of what I'd be in for.
It didn't seem too bad.

MILK CHEMICAL PEEL AT HARLEY STREET MD




Chemical peels are great for skin rejuvenation, which I deeply needed! Basically, it involves the solution being introduced to the skin, removing the damaged skin and revealing new and fresh collagen-rich layer. Depending on the type of peel you go for, be it more intensive or less intensive, your downtime will differ. When I entered the surgery Dr Tan, was very helpful and friendly on explaining the types of peel I could go for. After our consultation, I opted for the Milk peel. Which was the less intensive option I could go for. The benefits were, it offered less downtime, so I would only have to be make up free for 12 hours, it offered no peeling. Caused less risk such as de-pigmentation and possible keloid scarring. The only downside is that it's mainly for rejuvenation, so if you are looking for something more intense and have more time for your skin to peel, this one is NOT for you. However, since my skin isn't "bad", I decided to play it safe.

MILK CHEMICAL PEEL AT HARLEY STREET MD


In a nutshell the Milk peel leads to:
  • Restores a radiant complexion
  • Contributes to skin turnover
  • Improves the appearance of oily skin and dilated pores
  • Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Evens skin tone
  • Boosts the action of daily cosmetics

So what exactly happened:
  • My skin was be cleansed
  • My hair was safely tied back, to avoid it being a distraction in the treatment
  • My nose, lips and delicate areas will be protected by vaseline
  • The solution was applied, and I experienced a tingling, mild burning sensation
  • A fan was introduced to reduce the discomfort, and I loved Dr Tan at that time, because it was slightly uncomfortable
  • A neutralisation solution when therapy finishes
MILK CHEMICAL PEEL AT HARLEY STREET MD
MILK CHEMICAL PEEL AT HARLEY STREET MD

So what do I think:
After the procedure, Dr Tan gave me some aftercare advice. He told me I should avoid alcohol and make up for at last 12 hours after the procedure. My skin was radiant after a day, but as the website recommends, you should have 3-5 treatments to see a massive difference. Tp be honest, my skin wasn't bad to begin with, so I would definitely try a slightly intenser peel to get rid of my acne scars. But I was happy with the results. One thing I will mention, I saw a bit of flaking around my nose about a week later. Overall, I am happy with the results, but I think I'd need to go back for a few more treatments to see a total difference of my complexion, and perhaps a slighter intensive treatment. What about you, would you ever try a chemical peel?

MILK CHEMICAL PEEL AT HARLEY STREET MD


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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

FASHION| THE PARTY SEASON IS HERE FEATURING BOOHOO #PARTYAFTERPARTY

If you know me and I mean know me well, you know I like to party. Listen, nothing sets my heart on fire than a good beat, a banging club and an impending dance battle! It is THAT serious. Now being a seasoned fashion blogger, I like to think that I have developed a strong eye for the best party looks. I mean I do go out quite a lot, and with it being the party season. I thought it was the perfect idea to showcase a little number I had received from the lovely team at Boohoo. You see, I had recently attended the Boohoo Christmas party (#partyafterparty) at the W Hotel in Leicester square. The party was filled with laughter, music and great activities such as Just Dance. Now, I didn't wear this little number from Boohoo, I decided to opt for the red dress.

BOOHOO PARTY DRESS
BOOHOO CHRISTMAS PARTY DRESS

Channelling my inner flapper girl, I brought my love of monochrome back with full force in this dress. Chic, sexy and fabulous are everything I feel when I slip on this little number. It is comfy too, which makes it a wise choice if you like to throw down on the dance floor.

GOLD SHOES FROM BOOHOO

Now like any otther gyal out there, I love my heels! But I must be comfy in them. I was tired of the standard stilettos, the strappy numbers which leave those unsightly indents on your feel that make you curse the day you added those shoes to the basket. Yep, dem one there... so I thought a lovely spin to the classic party shoe was these golden gems here. Comfy, unusual and oh so fierce, I am super happy with how the outfit was pulled together with this. These shoes added the perfect Christmas touch.
BOOHOO PARTY DRESS
BOOHOO PARTY DRESS

I can safely say, I am ready for all those Christmas parties now, thanks to my lovely dress. What will you be wearing this season?


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Saturday, 12 November 2016

LIFESTYLE| IT'S OK TO TRUST THE MAGIC OF NEW BEGINNINGS


“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!” 
― C. JoyBell C.



In today's it's ok series, I talk about how it is ok to trust the magic of new beginnings. For a long time, I was in a rut! I craved more and just needed a change. I have been working really hard on my personal and professional life, that I guessed I was waiting  to end the chapter of my life and move onto the next  so quickly, that I didn't appreciate what I had. I was in life limbo.. numb to the senses, numb to the lights around me!  That I was unable to pursue anything new.  I  had to stand still for a split second, breathe in and out and really appreciate my surroundings.


ASOS BOHO DRESS
ASOS BOHO DRESS

That is what I did, I took a break. I took a break from socializing, I took a break from blogging, I took a break for trying to be superwoman and accepting life as it was and trying to achieve everything in a split second. With this, I realized what I had a loving and supportive family, kick- ass friends and an amazing career and opportunities, that I have come my way. Once I realized this, a smile came upon my face and I felt at peace with this chapter of my life that I felt ready to embark on pastures new.

It's quite clear from my Twitter & Instagram, that the last 6 months have been hella busy and hella rewarding. First things first, I relaunched the FBL Bloggers site and have a group of 8 lovely editors. We've been busy at events and writing kick ass content. Not to mention, the amount of opportunities and projects I have for the network. One key one is I launched our exclusive watch line for FBL Bloggers.

h & m gold midi rings
ASOS boho dress

Personally, life has been good. I turned 26 on the 7th of November and turned up royally, the Saturday before. If you weren't there, you missed out, legit. My squad are still talking about it :P. But in all seriousness, I am excited to see how my 26th year will pan out. I am ending the chapter with my current job, and moving to head up the social media for a pretty sick Travel Company in December. It'll be a challenging role, but with all new beginnings it is both challenging and exciting. As a girl who is semi-fearless, I welcome the challenge. So just a heads up, LWIG will soon be including more travel topics and I cannot wait.

I think most importantly, I feel happier in myself. I feel genuinely happy and ready to see what life has in store. To be honest, I haven't felt this happy in the last year and a half. Now, this year has been frustrating.. however I think with my amazing support from my friends and family, coupled with my perseverance and self belief have led me to this place. For that, I am grateful. I know life will not always be rainbows and sunshine, but just knowing this and taking life as it comes will keep me going.

ASOS boho dress
blue suede ankle boots

All in all, you shouldn't be afraid to venture to something new. However, before you start a new chapter, make sure you appreciate what you have done in the last one. Appreciate everything, learn from your mistakes , champion  your successes. For God's sake, don't be hard on yourself! We are always evolving, and nobody is perfect. Even me! So how about you? Are you about to embark on something new?



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Saturday, 22 October 2016

FASHION| LYST AUTUMN WISH LIST


Goodbye Summer sixteen and all your beautiful fashion glory! Hellow Autumn sixteen with your ripped denim, leather, and velvet. I love shopping, but I also love making wish-list to my favourite items I have been coveting, and I have been wishing (and also buying a lot)! Sue me, it comes with the job and it is always good to reinvent yourself! I teamed up with my lovely friends at Lyst to show you guys my favourite items that I have been coveting this Autumn and as you can see below it is a lot! I mean can you blame me, there are a lot of amazing trends, shapes, textures that get me excited for this season, even though I am not the greatest fan of the weather.






I think I have an obsession with denim, leather and patent! One I am happy to fulfill to its full extent In the quest to look more grown up, I am trying to move away from skater style and flowy shapes, and more fitted bodycon/off the shoulder silhouettes which flatter my curves! Keeping to my feminine and edgy staple look, I just had to have something that would scream slay and also Jess is badass. All is true, all is what I feel inside and all is what is needed to be showed to the world girls! 



Ever since the older sis rocked a pair of knee high or sexy boots as I like to call them in Autumn 2010, I have wanted a pair to strut and just feel like a top model, even to my weekly trips to ASDA. I always believe that you must look good everywhere you go, you never know who you'll bump into! Anywho, I bought a pair as a birthday treat last year, but I am yet to wear them and I want these ones instead to add to the Narnia (my name for my shoe collection), which ones do you prefer?

What are  you converting this Autumn/Winter sixteen?


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Saturday, 15 October 2016

FASHION| LONDON FASHION WEEK WITH SUNGLASS HUT, KURT GEIGER AND LOOKFANTASTIC

Another fashion week has passed, and we can now stop obsessing over the coveted trade show, that sends the world in a frenzy every February and September. I have been attending London Fashion Week for the last for the last  four seasons! As a fashion week veteran, I have been lucky enough to have been invited by some of my favourite brands.
LONDON FASHION WEEK SEPTEMBER 2016
RAY BAN CLUB MASTER SUNGLASSES FROM SUNGLASS HUT

Last year, I was invited by The Bodyshop. This year I was invited by the guys over at Sunglass Hut, who let me attend the brilliant Oliver Spencer show, with my girl Tasha. As well as gifting me some pretty nifty Ray Bans. I started the week, by attending the Kurt Geiger gifting lounge, where we got to pick one pair of shoes. Me and Kurt Geiger have had a pretty awesome year, firstly I took part in their #kgrunswild campaign and also featured on their website. I opted for the mirrored heeled boot and wore it with a casual denim outfit and my oh so popular Bomber jacket.
Tasha and I spent our first day of London Fashion Week, literally chilling in the Lookfantastic lounge. Being pampered to the max. I am talking great food, pedicures, and vibes. I actually managed to make it to one show, which was menswear brand Oliver Spencer. It felt good being relatively close! we were third-rowing (trust me this term will catch on). This was the first time a menswear brand had solely shown at Fashion Week.
KURT GEIGER NOBEL BLACK AND GOLD  BOOTS

 I was super excited as it makes a change from the shows I had been to before. As the models started to walk, the venue was filled with the roar of African drumming! That made me turn up;  respectfully of course with Tasha, as we are both of Ghanaian heritage. The atmosphere was live, the collection was strong featuring great tailoring, warm knits and an Autumn colour palette. I am talking about navy, mustardbeige's which brought the collection to life.
OLIVER SPENCER AW16
OLIVER SPENCER SHOW SEPTEMBER 2016

All in all, I enjoyed my time at London Fashion Week this season, even if it was brief. What do you think of the collection?



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Saturday, 1 October 2016

BEAUTY | #MYMELARICHESTORY COLLABORATION WITH MELARICHE

In today's post, I am working with the lovely guys from Melariche. Melariche is the newest and hottest online beauty store for women of colour. The store is the brain-child of Jackie Taiwo! Who 
I 've had the pleasure to meet (heyyyyy Jackie). Jackie realised that there was a lack of product offering for women of colour and embarked on  a mission to help us feel beautiful. The store launched on the 31st of August  and offers a diverse range of products such as from Iman Cosmetics and Maréna Beauté to 3107 skincare. Currently, you can buy the products if you are from the UK and EU.

I was sent a beauty box full of products that suited my skin tone and skin type. If you are curious, I have an oily combination skin type, and was sent love products from ZAO organic and Iman Cosmetics, which are listed below. But if you can't wait that long click here to have a look. 

As well as being given these lovely goodies from Melariche, I am going to talk about my relationship with makeup, through the #mymelarichestory campaign. My love of makeup, has always been linked to my love of art. For a long as I can remember, I was a creator.

A fire erupts in me, as I share my visions in many ways.Whether it be the brush strokes on my canvas or the  intricate scribbles in my sketch book. I just have had a knack for thinking outside the box, and being truly free with whatever I create.


NATURAL MAKE UP LOOK FOR BLACK WOMEN

As with everything, we grow and develop, then we find interests in newer things. As I grew up, and embarked into womanhood. I naturally, started to take a strong interest in make up. Something that increased when I was a late teen, which was conveniently when YouTube started.

In all honestly, and strange as it may seem now, I didn't wear a full face of make up until I was 20. I mean I'd wear bits and bobs here and there. I was a late bloomer to the whole make up thing. I was concerned with my skin and didn't want to ruin it. I also went to an all girl's high school and didn't have anyone to impress, I guess.


But, the biggest deterrent was the lack of women who looked like me in the media. I wanted to feel extra pretty,  just like the girls on the magazine's. But how could I showcase my vision? Learn which colours worked well with my dark brown eyes? When all I saw were colours that suited big blue or green eyes. Surely, there was a place for us too right?

It became the norm, that I wouldn't see anything that looked like me.  As a result, I didn't really practice as I was demotivated. I didn't want to create anything that didn't look good. It wasn't until I started getting into blogging and YouTube, that my creativity and love for make up truly blossomed. I replaced the paint brush for a foundation brush  and I loved every minute of it.

Finally, I could emulate what I saw in my head and not look foolish. All because , there were girls that looked like me. I finally knew what foundation colour was good for me, I was introduced to a plethora of brands and I pushed the boundaries  from just a winged liner and nude lipgloss, to include contour, highlight and eye shadow.



OTHER MAKE UP ITEMS
GEL EYE LINER
FALSE LASHES


After I had learnt the basics, it didn't matter what my gurus looked like, I took inspiration from everyone and had fun creating something special.
So for me, make up isn't a vanity thing. The face is a canvas, where I can well and truly create art.


What's your melariche story ?




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Sunday, 25 September 2016

LIFESTYLE| IT'S OK TO FOCUS ON YOUR OWN PATH

"Comparison is the thief of joy" 

Life is weird init? Do you ever wonder how people get to where they are in life? I mean with  social media being so weaved into the fabric of our society, it is hard not to look at people. We compare, we admire, we can  feel inadequate. I have had times when I have championed others successes and wished them the best. I am happy to say that is most of the time. However, as I am not perfect, I have had times when I have felt less than who I am. Looking at people who are doing well. I am sure we have all felt this, the beaming inadequacy that follows when you are finding things hard. You ask yourself, well how come THEY are lucky? How come THEY  have got what they want? Why can't I have this, when I have worked harder?  It's ok to feel negative... only for a bit. You know why? Because it is time for you to check yourself and recognise why you are feeling this, and what you need to step up our game. In my latest post, I talk about focusing on your own path and success, a post that was inspired by my girl Sophie Milner.

BLACK NEW LOOK TOP AND DARK BLUE JEGGINGS FROM H &M



Is it all really that perfect?

William Shakespeare once said, "All that glitters is not gold" which basically means that just because something looks great, it doesn't mean it actually is. Let me break it down further; you've seen many people stunting on the gram, (that's Instagram if you didn't know). You may see the perfect relationship, admire it and comment below using  the hashtag #relationshipgoals. Or you may see people you admire, doing well for themselves. They have the flashy car or maybe a watch. All perfectly positioned, with their manicured nails, seamless filter to match their seamless Instagram theme. Looks slick, doesn't it? Makes you think that  they've made it and you may want that. But let's think about it a minute.... is it all really that perfect or easy? Each Instagram post is not authentic, it's a single frame of someone's life, that has been fully edited to create an illusion. That goes with all the other social media channels that we covet.

That couple you commented with #relationshipgoals have their own struggles. Ones they do not need to or want to share on the "gram". They may look like they have it together, but do they? I am sure they argue like everyone does, and can't stand to be around each other half the time. Now that isn't weird, it's normal.

BLACK NEW LOOK TOP AND DARK BLUE JEGGINGS FROM H &M



Those entrepreneurs/ founders that flash that expensive watch or that dope ass car. They may have made it and kudos to them! Naturally, you want to be as successful as them, to one day show everyone that you've made it. I think that is the problem, with the rise of social media we make success easily attainable. Let me tell you it isn't! As a budding entrepreneur, the road to success is very draining. I am constantly battling competition and trying to prove myself to the nay sayers.

 You have a million voices offering you suggestions on what you can do, how you can do x y and z. Whilst the advice comes from good places, you try to filter out the noise, separate the relevant from the useless. Whilst trying to maintain your integrity, vision, and sanity. Let me tell you it's frustrating. Lately, I've been hit by the dark cloud of negativity, when it has comes to  figuring out my path, and this has been  mainly due to comparison. Honestly, it has been counterproductive and stressful. I see others, in similar careers, doing well. Embarrassingly, it  irritates me  because,  I know I have something special to show, even if I  were given  a chance.

BLACK NEW LOOK TOP AND DARK BLUE JEGGINGS FROM H &M


Focus on your own path

I hate being counterproductive, and the negativity was so suffocating. A couple of weeks ago,   I spent a few days in hibernation, not really communicating with my friends and staying away from social media! Mainly due to being emotionally and physically drained. I had realised that I had taken on too much, because I wanted too much. I had to cut things out to focus on me, I had to truly realise that some things aren't meant for me right now, but will come with time. One thing, which triggered this mindset was my meet up with Dani, before she moved to NYC. I remember discussing a similar topic and we both agreed, that we became happier when we started focusing on ourselves. So how am I do this?


  • I give myself me time- I work awkward hours with my job. However, taking days off and not feeling guilty about lazy days is bliss! You're allowed to rest.
  • I organised my thoughts- This is tough for me.. I don't like writing things down. However, writing down what you have to do for the day, and setting realistic goals is so mentally healthy. It just makes you aware that you have a path.
BLACK NEW LOOK TOP AND DARK BLUE JEGGINGS FROM H &M



 One thing, I did is stopped focusing on others, and what they were doing. As I highlighted before, we don't know everyone's story. Hell, I  lucky compared to a lot of people out there. However, we all tend to be in a bubble of our own problems and insecurities. Once we step out of it, and the bubble bursts, you finally realise that things will be ok and your mind starts to settle. I don't want you to think that  I am now truly enlightened. I have my days where I just am so frustrated, and that is because I am so ambitious and impatient. What I am trying to say is at least I am aware of this and I am actively taking the steps to focus on my path. I want to be like Usain Bolt in a way, never looking behind me, but accelerating and crossing the finishing line because I believe I can do anything. It's tricky... but I can do it and so can you?

Do you find it difficult to focus on your own path?

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PHOTOGRAPHY- VICKI WU

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Saturday, 13 August 2016

LIFESTYLE| THE 5 YEAR ITCH AND MY TAKE ON BLOGGING NOW

On the 13th of February 2011, I started this blog and a year later, I started FBL Bloggers and the #fblchat. I have said it over and over again, that this blog was started with naivety. I never wanted to be the next Michelle Phan or Zoella or super blogger, I just wanted to have a place to voice my opinion, share my creativity and have a voice. When I was 20 years old, I didn't think I mattered. I wanted a place where I could show everyone who I am, and what I could do. I feel that blogging has allowed me to do this. You see, by opening myself up with my lifestyle series (it's ok series), constantly improving my content and working on my photography, and working on some amazing projects (Westfield, Black Hair Magazine & Kurt Geiger). I have truly transformed my life, realised that I can do anything I put my mind to, and grown with so much confidence in my ability. I say this after reflection, and I mean with 9 months of reflection. Have you clocked that I started this blog in FEBRUARY 2011? Yes, and in previous years I celebrated my blog-versairy. The reason I didn't, was because I was bored with blogging and I didn't feel like I had achieved what I wanted.

Look What I GotHippy in Notting Hill

As an ambitious woman, I have always had an idea of what I wanted to achieve and I thought my blog and opportunities were stagnating. Through opportunities, going to the same events, doing the same thing. I was bored. Things had changed from how blogging was a few years ago. Now, you can be blogging/Instagramming or You tubing your way to stardom, in a few months and get amazing opportunities. In the past, you'd have to work a few years to get amazing opportunities.  As a digital marketer, I understood this. As a changing digital landscape led to higher competition, better knowledge in blogging/content creation and thus more opportunities. I got that, I acknowledged it.. but as a creative, it bothered me. I realised, that even though FBL Bloggers was my baby, I put a lot of time into it and not my blog. When I would go to events, you'd all be so lovely about how you loved the network and said oh your FBL! or your #FBLCHAT. In this moment,  I felt I didn't have an identity again. I was this entity, but really I am Jessica. I am not an entity. I was lost, frustrated and just kept on pushing with "blogging" cause that is all I had known for the last 5 years.  So I didn't feel like I should celebrate, because what had REALLY changed?

Fur Gilet Blue Suede boots

The moment, I started to check myself was when I had a few chats with certain blogger friends ( Christine, Banke, Charlotte, Josh, Albertine )  and my  friends & family too.They validated my success and would tell me how proud they were of me. Call it what you will, but that is what I needed to hear. They acknowledge my hard work, and it made me feel better. After taking myself out of the blogging bubble this year. I decided to think about why I started this blogging journey. I am a creative and wanted to create content, and so I will continue to do so. How I do it, is the issue. I need to shake things up, if I want to see change and reach where I think I should be. Whether that be even better content, relatable copy or Youtube (my next step), if I want to be happier, I need to think outside the box. I also need goals, for this site. I can no longer blog as a "hobby" in fact I don't do that anymore. It is kinda like my 2nd job after working in social media and running FBL Bloggers. However, I need to realise that I need to do all of this in my own time and enjoy what I am doing. It isn't a race, I am not forced to create content... I WANT TO.

Fur Gilet

So from here on, I declare that I will continue to collaborate and work with brands I love, and I will do Youtube (eventually). Most importantly, I will continue to blog for me and enjoy it. Sometimes we have times of doubt or frustration. But use this frustration to recognise  your successes and restructure your strategy. What do you think?

Fur Gilet



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Saturday, 6 August 2016

BEAUTY | GLAMOROUS SUMMER PINK MAKEUP LOOK

So last summer, I shot with my friend Jos, in the Queen of Roses shoot. This shoot was heavily inspired by Dolce & Gabanna's Golden Heart collection for Fashion week 2015. When I did this shoot, I felt like I was in an editorial, like a spread in Vogue. I have high ambitions, so I will have a spread in Vogue one day, watch this space. Anyway, I posted a throwback to the head shots from this shoot, and you all literally went gaga, and for that I thank you. Now, being a secret makeup lover, I decided to do a make up post, because why not? I keep promising them don't I?

summer makeup look for black women

I wanted to  create a spring/summery pink  look, that was suitable for darker skin tones. Making sure I had a great base, slayed eyebrows, and golden eyes; was imperative to creating the Queen of Roses look. I mean, if I was going to look like a Queen, I'd have to feel like one, right? To do this, I used my A la carte cosmetics, skin tint foundation which was customised for my skin tone. Followed by concelear which was used under the eye, and on my forehead to add a glow. Blending that in, I finished off my base using the A la Carte cosmetics silk touch powder, in Bronze.
With a slayed base, I realised that my brows, eyes and lips needed to follow suit. Using the Sleek Make up, Eyebrow stylist in Dark, I created sculpted brows that my bestie and beauty editor for FBL Bloggers, Humayra would be proud of. I love you girl! I had a bit of a play round with lip combos, first using the NYX Jumbo lip pencil in Burgundy  and using Gosh Velvet touch lipstick in Twilight.

For my eyes, I used the Sleek Au Naturel palette & Vintage Romance palette to create a golden smokey eye. Winging the eye with my trusty, Barry M liquid eyeliner, I created a regal eye look, finishing the eyes off with the Maybelline Colossal Volume mascara to add drama to my lashes. To finsh off the look, I added the Sleek Make Up blush, in pink sprint on my cheeks.

summer makeup look for black women


So what do you think? I really enjoyed shooting this and playing with my make up, and creating conceptual looks. If you want me to do more looks like this, let me know.

summer makeup look for black women



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Saturday, 30 July 2016

LIFESTYLE| IT'S OK TO BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE

Acceptance, Happiness and Strength, the feelings you get when you accept everything that you are….

BOOHOO BLACK BODYCON PARTY DRESSBOOHOO BLACK BODYCON PARTY DRESS

In today's post, I talk about what it's OK to be comfortable with who what we look like. With digital media bombarding us with glossy images of the perfect look, life or relationship. You can't help to think that you fall short of the ideal life. You know what I mean?

It's tricky. Even though I am a confident gyal, I have also felt a sense of insecurity in which I've been affected by these "ideals" from the media. If we look at the media's changing perception of beauty, the way I look falls short of the ideal perception of beauty. I talked about this in depth in my post about the beauty industry. But if you just take a look at what the powers of be, have said, you can understand why it would affect your psyche. One minute my nose is too wide, my lips too big, my hair too kinky and difficult, and my bum huggggge.
Now big lips, big bums, and ethnic hairstyles are the rage. So am I now beautiful? Are my natural features and that of people who look like me, now acceptable for the media, because it has been culturally appropriated? Now I am not trying to be a negative Nancy. I fully believe you can take inspiration from looks you admire. My problem is the effect it has on certain groups, who've essentially been told all their lives, that they aren't pretty enough.

So how has this made me feel about myself? In a way empowered! Strange, innit? You see I'm a girl who doesn't wait for people to accept me. I accept myself. I've always known that I don't have the typical girl next door look. Honestly, it has taken me a while to embrace my womanhood to its full extent!  Especially, my natural body shape. I have a curvier frame thanks to my Ghanaian genes.
As a result, I made the decision last year to embrace the way I look and look more womanly. So now you may see me in bodycon type outfits, which accentuate these features, because I am proud of what I look like. Same goes for makeup, I enhance those features which were seen as ugly in the past.


You know why? Because I am who I am and I wouldn't have it any other way. If you find that someone doesn't think you are pretty enough, tell them to fall back and say you slay, all day.

What about you? Are you proud of what you look like?
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

FASHION| CHLOBO BRACELET

As I look at my evolving style, I have realised that I have left behind big bold statement pieces, that I once coveted to simpler, geometric pieces, that stand out in their own unique way. I think I have a better sense of self than I did 5 years ago, so I no longer feel I need to stand out as much in my clothing. Letting my personality speak for itself. That being said, I am a big fan or dainty gold bracelets, and when the guys over at ChloBo, gave me the opportunity to review on of their bracelets, I couldn't say no. Opting for the Smokey Quartz, heart bracelet this piece is perfect for layering or worn on its own.

CHLOBO BRACELETCHLOBO BRACELET

Normally, I try to steer away from traditional "girly pieces" but I think this piece isn't necessarily little girl cute. It gives me a boho, free vibe! Which I am all for as you can see from my outfit posts, I am basically a Hippy trapped in a city girls body.



Sadly, my exact bracelet is no longer in stock! BUT, you can get a similar version here. There are also plenty  of other designs available, that suit your personal style. Can I just say that I am eyeing up the hamsa bracelets and star bracelets! I am thinking gold midi rings and a few more of these bracelets for layering would be absolutely awesome! So what do you think? Are you a ChloBo fan?

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