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If the lapels on the jacket are slim, keep the tie slim. It’s amazing how this simple rule is over looked by most, from fashion ‘’gods’’ to the average joe. As elegant and graceful as suiting may look it all boils down to your knowledge and appreciation for proportions. If you nail the proportions you can get almost any suit to look twice its price tag. The rule of thumb is that the tie at its widest point should equal the lapel at its widest point. The trick is not to walk around your local haberdasher with your tie rack on your shoulder but  to have the eye to point a  tie with a width of 2.5 inches to 3 inches from a rope.Skinny ties and huge lapels were big in the early 50’s, but as far as room to inject personal style that is about as far as  it…

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Packing a Carry-On for a Week: It’s Possible!

For the up coming Spring Break season, there will be lots of traveling, bonding with friends and gaining new experiences. One thing that might not be as fun, is the packing process, (*eye roll*) which I know I definitely do not enjoy. Since most of the time I’m traveling by flight, bus or car, I like to limit myself to one “carry-on” bag and my purse or tote. It’s so much easier to travel with and makes  traveling more enjoyable.

I’d like to offer my Favorite Five Tips in my traveling experiences, to guide you into becoming a better packer for your upcoming excursions! So keep reading and enjoy!

Favorite Five Tips:

1. Know your destination- Research where you are traveling to so you know what to pack; are you going out at night? Walking or using public transportation? What’s the weather like? ASK these questions!

2. Choose the right size bag- Nothing worse than having the wrong size bag to pack your stuff in. Choose something that’s right for you and that you can carry around if you are doing a lot of walking and riding (bus, car, or bike maybe?) . I love bags from Victoria’s Secret, Shop Bop, and Fab, most of them are reasonable and some are pretty expensive. As well find smaller bags for your toiletries and make-up at Forever 21, I LOVE their bags for make-up and my girly needs, they always have cute looks and are functional for traveling.

3. Rolling Method- Are you a roller or a folder? Either method is great to use, but I suggest using the rolling method to save time and space if you’re going on a 3-5 day trip. This video I found is pretty helpful too!

http://youtu.be/mzTZjK2ZbJ0

4. Pack only what you need- I used to over pack or under pack, either way I was always irritated about my packing situation, because something was never worn or I ended up leaving items (make a list of everything too). Also, one thing that truly annoys me when flying is that you can’t take over 3 oz. of certain liquids, so most of the time I get my toiletries when I arrive to my destination. If you don’t know what to pack in regards to liquids and toiletries, then I suggest you check out tsa.gov  for the “3-1-1 Carry-On” rules, it will save you time and frustration. TRUST me, because you will end up like me and get your newly bought body sprays thrown away! (That was a sad day) But unless you are checking a bag, then by all means pack as much as you want, this is just a guide for people like me wanting to save money and time when it comes to packing.

5. Take Pictures of your outfits- This process can be tedious, but do this at least 2 weeks in advance of your trip, especially if you hate packing. Taking pictures of your outfits and accessories helps you figure out exactly what you need to pack.

Those are my Five Tips that help me have successful traveling experiences and I hope they help you too! As well I also created  a style board to show you how much you really need to pack. Share this post with your friends and family so they too can travel better!

This style board is a guide to show you how to approach packing your carry-on.

This style board is a guide to show you how to approach packing your carry-on.

Well that’s all for now! Have a great weekend!

-Jazz

Spring Break: Traveling There!

Spring Break: Traveling There!

Mid-Day Makeup Haul!

So the weather today is super gloomy, rainy and cold, but that didn’t stop me from putting on some make-up and feeling better about the day. Now, I must warn you, I’m not a make-up guru/artist, but when I come across great products that are easy to use, affordable and long lasting, I just have to share!

For today’s look I went for the “natural” look to enhance what I already have, especially since I work in an office.

The Natural Look

My face looks bare, but if you look closely I am wearing eye shadow and a nude lip butter

Here are the products used for my look today, I use these on a daily basis because they work with my skin tone and are easy to use.

"Elf"18-Pallete Eye shadow "A Great Kisser" Lip Balm "NYX" Eye Shadow Base "Bombshell Volume" Mascara

“Elf”18-Pallete Eye shadow
“A Great Kisser” Lip Balm
“NYX” Eye Shadow Base
“Bombshell Volume” Mascara

Product Details:

“Elf 18 Palette” Eye Shadow   This Eye shadow was not what I expected, it was pigmented, the colors blended well with my eyes and it was only $5 (I actually got it as gift) but on their website it is priced for $5. A Great deal, right? As well it’s compact and can fit anywhere in your purse, makeup or gym bag. Elf as well has stepped their product game up and remain affordable for women like me, who are price conscious.

Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Paraffinium Liquidum(Mineral Oil), Petrolatum, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, MethylParaben, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035), Ultramarine Violet (CI 77077), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090)

“A Great Kisser” Lip Balm-  CAN WE SAY AMAZING!!! I am always searching for a good lip balm and I finally found one that keeps my lips moisturized and gives that natural glow effect. It goes great with any eye makeup look you’re going for and is especially the perfect size to fit in your purse for touch ups throughout the day. I found this product at Sephora for $8 (it was on sale) but online it is $10. For lip balm it’s a litter pricier, but worth it! And it even says, it makes your lips even more kissable 😉

Effects: 
“This deep-sinking, conditioning balm melts across your lips for a dewy, kissable pout. Mango butter moisturizes, while apricot berry protects against wintery winds and lingonberry oil locks in hydration. The non-greasy, never-sticky formula has a juicy flavor and hue that flatters every smirk.”

“NYX” Eye Shadow-  I have been a faithful user of NYX products and love this eye shadow base, it’s in the skin tone color and numbered as ESB03 when you order it online. The price is for $7 and works really well with my skin. Before applying the “Elf” Shadow, I use my fingers and dab a small amount to cover my eyelids. The base goes on smoothly and prevents my eye shadow from creasing or disappearing; it last up to about 5 hours and then I have to touch up a little (I have oily skin so anything I put on, I have to retouch, it might work different for you).

Effects:

“Maximize the intensity, longevity and unashamed brilliance of your eye shadow statements with our eye shadow primer pots. Each of the three NYX Eye Shadow Bases—for vibrant, pearl or neutral tones—creates a smooth canvas for color, increases its durability and prevents fallout.”

 

“Bombshell Volume” Mascara-  I LOVE this product! It really enhances my already curly lashes and stays on ALL day, and I mean ALL day. I rarely have to apply it twice, unless I am going for a night look. For the most part I am pleased with this mascara because it truly takes my lashes up a notch. I bought mine from CVS and it was about $13 (definitely a splurge for me, but it was worth it). The average price for it, runs at $9, so do your research on where to buy it at its cheapest. The “Step 1” application is the basecoat that separates your lashes and prepares them for “Step 2” the “Intensifying” top coat, which gives you that extra boost of flirty, fierce and fabulous! I am in love with this mascara!

Well that’s all for now on my make-up bag, when I come across newer products, you will definitely hear from me!

Smooches!

-Jazz

My Closet Picks: Spring ’14

My Closet Picks: Crop til’ You Drop

Outfit Details: Hot Pink Crop Top- Image  Grey Pencil Skirt- Express Tan Platforms- Forever21 Necklace- Kendra's

Outfit Details:
Hot Pink Crop Top- Image
Grey Pencil Skirt- Express
Tan Platforms- Forever21
Necklace- Kendra’s

Photographer: @kahiahmarie
Make-Up: @omgiadope

Good afternoon! So, this particular outfit was styled by me, I was going for a fun and funky Spring look and decided that this crop top would be perfect for the upcoming season. I’ve had this top for about a few years now and I never wore it because I didn’t think I could pull it off, especially since I don’t have a flat or small stomach.

Which leads to why I did this shoot; I did it to show that women of all sizes are able to wear whatever the hell they want and look GREAT in it. I did it to finally take a good look at myself and say, “Jazz, you’re a foxy lady.” I felt so good being all dressed up and embracing my body at the moment. The experience

Yes, this is an outfit post, but as well it’s also one to motivate women (YOU) of all sizes to embrace your body and wear a freakin crop top! Who made up these awful rules saying that you must have a flat small, tummy in order to wear a crop top?!

Anyways, lovelies be encouraged to wear what YOU like! Smooches!

-Jazz

The Essence of Black Style: Macy’s Celebrates Black History Month

Through a panel discussion on Black style and its influence in the fashion industry,in the Macy’s at Hidalgo, three prominent women in the fashion world gave us their view points on where black style came from and where it’s going. As Joy SewingHouston Chronicle, Fashion/Beauty Editor-opened up with the first question, “What does black style mean to you?” several provoking thoughts stood out to me.

Joy Sewing- Houston Chronicle Fashion/Beauty Editor

Joy Sewing- Houston Chronicle Fashion/Beauty Editor

Constance WhiteStyle Expert, author of Stylenoir & The Queens & Kings of Style- answered by sharing a few names of past and present people, “As far as prominent people, Diana Ross, Miles Davis and Diane Carol” influenced the fashion industry with their glamorous styles. “In the present, we think of Rhianna, Beyonce, ASAP Rocky and Kanye West…”

As well Beverly Johnson-Supermodel, Entrepreneur of “Think Beauty”– explained her viewpoint, “Tradition. We have traditional ways of wearing our hair, traditional styles, it’s an expression of who we are because we are proud and we look good!” as she said smiling.

C. White & B. Johnson discussing "Black Style"

C. White & B. Johnson discussing “Black Style”

After hearing these ladies speak about how influential black style was, I began to think to myself that we are a huge contribution to fashion and have a lot more to offer. As well the question of how did we become the “big influencers throughout the decade” came up too. Beverly Johnson stated that Hip-Hop has “flipped the switch” not only in the U.S. but globally too. I can agree with this statement, especially in today’s society. We have the big rap stars creating their own clothing lines, accessories and shoes such as Kanye West partnering with Nike to create the popular all red shoes, “Yezzy’s”. Constance White also brought up that black women who are wearing their natural hair, is making a huge comeback. I know in my experience (as I sport an afro) natural hair has made a huge impact on fashion. I see editorials in magazines, in which women are showcasing their lovely tresses and kinks, conventions focusing solely on natural hair, etc.

With other trends that we have started, along with Hip-Hop, were sneakers, denim and even finger waves. I honestly haven’t seen finger waves since the 90s, but I’m interested to see how they appear in today’s fashion world.

The last thought that truly had me thinking, was how they discussed that African-Americans aren’t as active today in fighting for what we want when it comes to having respect in this competitive industry. Beverly Johnson brought up that in the 70s there were more black models and designers than today, and not having that same influx of models and designers was alarming. We don’t have enough representation because we aren’t doing anything about it, which is true. If we as culture are not being respected, situations such as “The Black Woman Chair”  , or “Blackface”  will keep happening; we will not get back to those days of having full representation and being respected. Beverly Johnson brought up that “There has to be constant conversation in these rooms where all this is happening,” I felt as if this was call to arms, in which African-Americans need to be in every aspect of the creative development process. Situations like these are an insult to the context of our history.

Amazing Style!

Amazing Style!

Ending on a good note, the panel discussion was an amazing, motivating experience. I learned that black style has deep-rooted values in dignity, tradition, and pride. As well, my activist side was ignited and I want to be a part of the progression and preservation of black style, it’s my duty, my responsibility.

Until next time lovelies!

-Jazz

 

She was so nice!

She was so nice!

 

 

 

 

Updates!

What’s up beautiful people! So these past two weeks have been super busy for me and I have so much to update you all on! To begin with, I’ve had a photo shoot, met Beverly Johnson (Super Model, YES!) and Constance White ( Style Expert & Guru), as well got another side gig doing social media for a local nail boutique, called Nail Mogul. I’m super excited about the opportunities that I’m being blessed with and can’t wait to start sharing them with you all! It has been an incredible couple of weeks for me, so stay tuned throughout the week on my event recaps, my Spring Break Trip To-Do List , and my motivational tid-bits!

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Wait! I can’t let y’all go before spreading some motivation, you know I’m a sap for this stuff and anything that inspires me I have to share. So I want to leave you with this thought: “What’s Stopping You?” I saw this quote on a picture (from Pintrest) and immediately had to post it. When I began to apply these 3 words to my life, I thought “There is no physical or mental force holding me back from achieving my goals, so therefore nothing is stopping me from getting what I want”. I encourage you at this very hour, to NOT let anything or anyone hold you back from what you want to accomplish, you honestly have to get outside of your normal thinking and start DOING what you want! This is the year, the day, the hour to put those plans into action!

Alright, well I gotta jet, study time!

-Jazz

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