How I stayed 7 nights in Dubai for less than $250!

As everyone is gearing up for the new year, traveling more is – year after year -one of those resolutions (like going to the gym) that sounds good in theory but that can also be hard to bring to pass. I am by no means a travel expert but over the past decade, I not only traveled within the states but I’ve also visited about 10 islands, traveled to Aruba in 2014, the Virgin Islands in 2015 and more recently to Haiti and Dubai this year. As we speak, I am planning my travels for 2017 and thought I’d share with you guys some tips to help you achieve your travel goals without breaking the bank. I’ll leave the gym pep talk to the professionals but here are my tips for making your wanderlust dreams a reality so you can sit pretty like this in Dubai or anywhere else you choose 🙂

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How to give your summer wardrobe a facelift

I’m excited to collaborate with SheIn to bring you guys a list of 4 affordable items you can add to your wardrobe this summer to go from basic to bombshell. The best part about shopping at SheIn is that you’ll never break the bank because affordable style is what they stand for.

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Thou shalt not kill. PERIOD!

Exodus 20:13

Thou shalt not kill. 

I love that this commandment ended with a period. There are no exceptions to this rule. No conditions. No gray area. Under no circumstance, shall you take the life of another human being. Point. Blank. Period.

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The Coco Gawdess: Camo bodysuit + midi skirt

Camo top + midi skirt (1)I have a strong feeling I’m going to be living in midi skirts this spring and summer. This is a really easy and simple version of a midi skirt and bodysuit outfit, done with a print.  Continue reading “The Coco Gawdess: Camo bodysuit + midi skirt”

The Coco Gawdess: Printed shift dress + chunky heels

Printed shift dress (1)

Spring has finally sprung and it’s time for tunics. There are many mornings where I find myself late to work or unwilling to iron, and I call these my tunic days. I love tunics because they are effortlessly chic. They come in great prints and fabrics and are usually one-stop-shop pieces, like rompers and jumpsuits, meaning a complete outfit only missing accessories!

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The Coco Gawdess: Midi skirt + crop top

Midi skirt & crop top (1)

Two words. One name. Carrie Bradshaw. This look is definitely inspired by SJP’s onscreen character. Carrie has a way of making undeniable sexy and ghetto-fabulous pieces look expensive and sophisticated.  Continue reading “The Coco Gawdess: Midi skirt + crop top”

Celebrity Style Crush: Zendaya Coleman

How could you not love her? She’s stunning, she seems so down to earth, her fashion sense is out of this world, she’s young and free but also seems wise beyond her years. I am a big Zendaya fan. I love how she takes risks with her hair and her style, experiments with color and prints but never compromises elegance and swag. Here are some of her best casual and formal looks that I totally adore:

123942, EXCLUSIVE: Zendaya goes shopping for jewelry with her manager Jessie in Downtown LA. Los Angeles, California - Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Photograph: © PacificCoastNews. Los Angeles Office: +1 310.822.0419 London Office: +44 208.090.4079 FEE MUST BE AGREED PRIOR TO USAGE Continue reading “Celebrity Style Crush: Zendaya Coleman”

Direction > speed

“Direction is so much more important than speed. Many are going nowhere fast.”

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Blogger Favorite: Celine inspired colorblock coat

If you’re a fan of my Celebrity Style Crush series, you may remember the ever so stylish Christine Centenera whom I featured a while back because well… she knows a thing or two about rocking fabulous high end garments perfectly crafted to suit her body. It was no surprise when this photo of her became a Pinterest hot topic as she so flawlessly rocks a colorblock Celine coat. If you’re thinking this #VersicolorApproved beauty would suck your bank account dry, you’d be happy to find out that there is an identical version currently available for sale for $59! Yup, you read that right. 59 bucks! Keep on reading to see how this blogger favorite piece was styled by 3 of my current favorite blogger buddies. Christine Centenera Continue reading “Blogger Favorite: Celine inspired colorblock coat”

Celebrity style crush: Kahlana Barfield

Meet the stylish Kahlana. I discovered her on Instagram when her wedding photos went somewhat viral. As the Beauty Editor at large of InStyle Magazine, I could only imagine how much the pressure was on for her to look her best on her wedding day but listen, this girl slays on the daily, OK? I can’t quite think of one category that her style fits into and I guess that’s why I totally adore her fashion sense. Simplistic sometimes. Edgy some days. But effortlessly classy at all times. She’s so fabulous!
Kahlana Barfield outfits (4)
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Celebrity style crush: Marjorie Harvey

“Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.” – Satchel Paige

Would you believe me if I told you she’s a mother of 7 (including 4 step children) and a grandmother of 3?
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Discussion #3: 2015 highlights 

  As I write this, I am currently 35,000 feet up in the air as I head back to NY from a quick getaway in Georgia. I must admit, I’m very happy with the number of times I’ve gotten to travel this year from the Virgin Islands to Haiti, and even to a few states including Virginia, Delaware & Florida. Traveling more was at the top of my goals on my 2015 vision board so I’m glad to be a living testament that writing and speaking things into existence help bring them to fruition.  Continue reading “Discussion #3: 2015 highlights “

“Blogger Favorite: Yetunde Sarumi Ankara suit”

For someone who’s in love with all things colorful, it goes without saying that anything Ankara has a special place in my heart. I’ve been spotting this gorgeous suit on many bloggers and I just had to make sure you guys knew all about this emerging designer who provides sophisticated yet bold Ankara pieces at a very affordable price point. Introducing the talented Yetunde Sarumi designs. You can shop her collection here. But in the meantime, here is how a few of my favorite fellow bloggers styled this popular suit set:

1) MattieologieMattieologie - Yetunde Sarumi suit jacket

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“Blogger Favorite: Zara floral trousers”

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while but I really enjoy putting them together. It’s a fun way to discover new bloggers and it also serves as a great way to get inspired when you find yourself in a style rut.Zara wide leg trousers

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“Discussion #2: Lately in my Versicolor world”

1) Here’s a side of me you’ve never seen before: my natural mane, free of chemicals or extensions for the first time in a decade.

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