Crochet Braids

With a new month comes hairstyle? Say hello to crochet braids! After doing the big chop in March this year, I've experimented with quite a number of protective styles such as weaves and senegalese twists. However, I was desperately in need of a change. First I thought I would wear my natural hair out, but even though growth is evident, it's still not at a length I would love it to be. So after much googling, I decided the next best thing was crochet braids. It's such a fuss free style, and since lately, I haven't been in the mood to do a darn thing, especially when it comes to maintaining my hair. I had a talk with one of my very good friends who has been sporting the style for a while and she hooked me up with her stylist. Now I don't know a thing or two about this hair thing, but she was very patient even when I asked 5 million questions. I decided to go for a curl which was similar to my natural curl pattern (or so I think). Faking it till I make it! Plus, curls make me feel like a whole new person.

The maintenance is so simple. I twist it in two at nights, wear a satin cap, get up, shake it, and go! Definitely the perfect hairstyle for a college student who is too lazy for classes, and too lazy to flat iron her leave out in the mornings. I think I'll be testing out Crochet Braids in different curl patterns for at least a next month because it's really such a big thing.

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Not Your Little Black Dress


Dress: Forever 21 (sold out) - similar here | Shoes: GoJane (sold out)
I have so much love for maxi dresses, and I truly believe it's an effortlessly chic item of clothing every girl should have in their closet. I personally have a few, some of which I have never worn, but I'm getting there.
In May of this year, I bought this jersey maxi from Forever 21. They had it in other gorgeous colours such as red, but you can never go wrong with black. Its really comfortable and boasts a sexy side slit that's not too high and revealing. The first time I wore this dress to dinner with my boyfriend, I kept it all black and gold, very minimal accessories. So, the second  time around styling this dress, I knew I wanted to add a pop of colour. I've had this pair of mint green snakeskin pumps from GoJane for a while now, but I had nothing to wear it with. Not only that, it is super uncomfortable, killer heels if you would like to call it, so I had to get rid of it. However, it does give me enough height so I don't trip over the dress. Since there is mint green in the shoe, I decided to go with this mint green clutch. To create a more defined waist as well, I added this black patent leather belt.
I accessorized with these mint green and gold earrings and ring from Forever 21. They have the most stylish and inexpensive accessories there and it will forever be my go-to spot.
It's always a great idea to add a pop of colour to your outfit when wearing all neutrals. It really gives you a different look and makes you stand out more.
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Blue Leopard

 Dress: Style District | Earrings: Dots | Lips: MAC Ruby Woo
Nothing says fall like adding a touch of animal print to your ensemble. Designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Celine and Balmain sent their models down the runway in these various prints, making them one of the top trends for fall 2014.
I've always been a fan of animal prints, particularly leopard. Leopard print is always in for me. There's just something about it that makes it very fiercely chic, and its bold print really stands out and grabs attention. Since I opted for red lips for this look, I toned it down with  a pair of black strappy sandals and black clutch.
For some women who might not be that bold or brave to flaunt an entire animal print dress, there are so many different ways to incorporate it into your outfit with accessories such as a clutch, a belt, a scarf, and of course, your shoes.
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Naturalistas Unite : Hair Growth Update

Coming at you live from the curly girls club...

This is not a lengthy post; instead, I just wanted to give you guys an update on how the natural hair has been going. This photograph was taken last month when I was just 6 months natural. I don't do length checks or anything like that, and I still do not know my hair type. But, due to the fact that I can now pin my hair into a ponytail without the struggle (and with hair at the end for an actual ponytail), I can gladly say there is progress in terms of growth.

You can check out the products I use from my first Naturalistas Unite post. The only thing I have changed is the gel I use. When I just started using the one in the previous post, it didn't flake, but a few months later, BOOM! So now I'm sailing on the EcoStyler boat!

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25 Beauty Tips Every Girl Should Know

Being a girl can get complicated.We are always on the hunt for tips and tricks that are affordable, yet still leaves us looking fabulous. Though we all have our own unique beauty secrets, I decided to share a few with you, some I've just started to try out myself. Read on!

1. Exfoliate your lips before applying your lipstick. It enables your lipstick to glide on easier and prevents dry, cracked lips. Here's a homemade lip scrub you can use once a week to get the perfect pout.

2. Out of cuticle cream? Use a moisturizing eye cream to do the job! Remember, hydrated nails=healthy, strong nails.

3. Prone to chipped nails? Apply a thin layer of clear nail polish every two days to make your manicure last longer.

4. Finding the best red lipstick for you can be a daunting task. The secret is to find the one that works well with your undertone. Warmer undertones, warmer reds. Cool undertones, cooler reds.

5. If you have greasy hair, avoid conditioning your roots. Instead, condition from your ear down to the ends.

6. Concealer works as a great base on your eyelids, as it will help to absorb oil, and your eyeshadows will stick to the product, making it last longer.

7. To reduce the amount of heat used on your hair, allow the hair to air dry instead of using a blowdryer, and then flat iron on a low setting. You can also check out this little hack I found online here.

8. If you suffer from dark circles, try placing two slices of raw potato under each one of your eyes and keep it on for 5-10 minutes. Splash face with cold water. Over a period of time with this method, your dark circles should be less obvious.

9. To set your lipstick, hold a piece of tissue over your lips and dust translucent powder over the tissue to make it last.

10. Substitute body wash and shaving cream for body oil for a smoother, closer shave.

11. Keep your feet soft on a regular basis by using a pumice stone in the shower and following up with a moisturizing body butter.

12. Invest in a silk pillow case to prevent hair breakage and premature wrinkles.

13. For flawless makeup application, dampen your makeup sponge or beauty blender before blending in product.

14. Rinse your hair with cold water after deep conditioning to close hair cuticles and lock in moisture.

15. To avoid looking like a clown, allow about 2 fingers from your nose to where your blush should start.

16. Run your nails under cold tap water to speed up your polish drying process. The cold water acts as a top seal to seal the polish down.

17. Clean your makeup brushes once a week to avoid bacteria buildup that may lead to breakouts.

18. Avoid too hot showers that can cause dry skin. Take warm showers instead and moisturize when your skin is still a little damp!

19. Never squeeze pimples as this may cause damage to tissues and leave scars.

20. To get smooth elbows, take some avocado and rub it on the rough areas.

21. If you're all out of makeup remover, a little olive oil or baby shampoo will do the trick.

22. Make your nail polish colours look more vibrant and pop by applying a base coat of white polish.

23. When applying mascara, place a business card behind your lashes. Not only does this prevent mascara from smudging on your eyelids, but it straightens out your lashes too.

24. Broken press powder? Wash your hands, and with a clean cuticle stick, break up all the solid pieces into loose powder. Add some rubbing alcohol (not too much) to make a paste. Smooth it over with a knife, wait for it to dry, and it never happened!

25. Smile! There's absolutely nothing more beautiful.

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4 Ways To Boost Blog Readership

In the blogging world, one of the main questions we tend to ask is "how do I get more readers?". Sure, writing a blog post is the first step, but how exactly will you get people to come and read what you have written? Even after almost 4 years of blogging, I am still no expert at driving insane traffic to my blog, but there are a few strategies I have used over the years that have worked for me that I would love to share. Though these tips were written with fashion bloggers in mind, they can work for just about any other blog. So without further ado, here is a list of 4 ways you can boost your blog readership:

Quality, not quantity!

The content that you put out there can make or break your blog. Many persons believe that being a great blogger is putting out a blog post two times per day, every day of the week. Unfortunately, most times when you do this, you end up publishing content that is in no way helpful to your readers, and they will simply close your site because there is nothing interesting there. This doesn't mean you shouldn't get into the habit of posting regularly, say 3 times a week, but never compromise on quality. Make sure that what you write, people will want to read. Be creative. Your readers can see right through you, and when they realise you have put in great thought into your posts, they are more likely to come back to your blog and even share with their friends.