My Holiday Dress Picks

With Christmas and the brand new year 2015 in exactly a week and 2 weeks respectively, it is pretty much your last chance to shop for those great outfits.

One thing I love about the holidays is that you can wear anything over the top and get away with it. For me, the holiday means lots of sequins, embellishments, metallics, and deep reds. I believe all the glam and sparkle sets the tone for the holiday season, and are very essential.

And so, without further ado, here are my top 8 picks for holiday dresses this year. All under US$100!


Plum Perfection








Dress: Miakalani | Heels: Bakers | Cuff Bracelet: Style Savvy | Clutch: Ross Dress for Less

The Caribbean Blog Awards was held on December 5, 2014, at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. It was such an amazing event honouring some of the best of the best in Caribbean blogging and social media, that I'm already looking forward to next year's staging.
 
The dress code for the event was 'elegant', and so I opted for this gorgeous plum Miakalani gown. Miakalani is a line owned by Jamaican designer, Brittany Johnson. So, instead of pulling out my Charlotte Russe dress that I had planned on wearing this time around, I figured this was the best event to support and showcase a local designer doing her thing.
 
There are three things I love about this dress. From the thigh-high slit, to the backless detail, to the plunging neckline, there really isn't anything else I would be caught dead wearing. As soon as I saw the dress, I knew right then and there that I wanted to throw in some gold accessories. These gold sandals from Bakers are super comfortable and were actually given to me by my best friend before she migrated to the UK. You may have also noticed the nude clutch with gold accents that I featured in a previous post. Of course, I also had to do some last minute shopping for this cut-out cuff bracelet from Style Savvy. I was totally pleased with how the look came together.
 
Have a great Sunday!

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On The Rise: K'reema




It is with great pleasure that I introduce to my readers, the fabulous K'reema. Daughter of the Legendary King of Dancehall, Yellowman, K'reema is on the rise in the music industry with her very first single "We Don't Give A What". Ashleigh Em recently caught up with K'reema to talk about her music, style, and some of her favourites. Read on!


A: What inspired your passion for music and who has been supporting you from the beginning?

K: I've been blessed with music in my life since birth. Having a father who overcame great obstacles in life, to become a legend in music, has been my greatest inspiration. He has always exposed us to all kinds of music growing up, given his big love and appreciation for all kinds of artistes and genres. I've been singing and writing poetry since as early as I can remember, and I've always felt like I was born and gifted to do music. It helps when you have your whole family who's always believed in you, and never once doubted you from the beginning, to keep that fire blazing.

A: How do you feel about the music industry today?

K: I feel the music industry has evolved in many ways. Today, social media is a major aspect, and physical album sales are not much of a factor. Music downloads make music more accessible and available worldwide. What required a major record label and distribution deal can now be done by the independent artist. As a result, we are fortunate to get to discover and hear great talents, sounds, and new genres and fusions of collaborations that would have never seen the light of day in the old ways of yesterday. Creativity is birthing even more creativity, and its impact has been great for music.

A: Who have you always dreamt of working with and why?

K: I've always dreamt of working with my idol, Beyonce. I think the reasons speak for themselves, but she is an extremely talented singer, writer, performer, and perfectionist. She is and will always be on top of my list.

A: As you are starting out your career in the music industry, what steps do you plan on taking to reach your goal?

K: The first major step was quitting my job as an EMT. I felt I needed to give my music all of me for it to truly blossom. First and foremost, I plan to make and promote more great and genuine music. I plan on shooting my first music video for my very first single, "We Don't Give a What" in Jamaica! I plan to build and foster meaningful relationships with other artistes, producers, fans, and professionals. Having a great team and fan base is crucial to any artiste's career, and they will remain number one in my book. I plan to perform, perform, perform, so that my talent and music can be heard. I plan to be K'reema, most importantly, remaining true to me and who I am as an artist.

A: Share with us your proudest moment in your career so far?

K: One of my proudest moments was when Beyonce, yes Beyonce, posted one of my videos of me singing her "Pretty Hurts" on her fan page. Words cannot explain how I felt that day, and tears took their place. That was one of the many moments I've been blessed with that assured me music was what I was born to do.

A: Tell us about your new single “We Don't Give A What.”

K: My single "We Don't Give a What" is my first single I wrote after quitting my job. It's a fun, vibrant party track that really plays homage to my unique style, which is a representation of me. Being born and grown in Jamaica, and now living in New York, it's a fusion of my dancehall roots with my pop style. It was me telling the world, "I am here now, it's my time now!".
 
A: What is it about you that sets you apart from other artists?

K: I feel like my style, is my personal style. From my voice, to the way I write and sing, it's all genuinely me. I am not afraid to step outside the box and sing or write about the unexpected.

A: Which 5 songs are on your playlist right now?

K: 1.Beyonce - Drunk in Love
     2.K'reema - We Don't Give a What
     3.Jessie Ware - Say You Love Me
     4.Tamar Braxton - Let Me Know
     5.Tessane Chin - Count on My Love

...& not to metion my newest single, "Go If You Wanna" is on heavy rotation!



A: What projects do you have that's coming up next?

K: I am currently wrapping up the details on shooting my first video for my single, "We Don't Give a What" in Jamaica. I just wrapped up my second single, "Go If You Wanna", which is more of a ballad, showcasing my more vocal style. I have 2-3 more songs in the pipeline as well.

A: Where can we find your music?

K:My music is currently available on all internet outlets such as iTunes, SoundCloud, Spotify, and Youtube, to name a few.

A: Who are your musical inspirations?

K: As for my musical inspirations, first and foremost it's my dad, Yellowman. Not just for his music, but his story and perseverance. You can find his inspiration in my very first single. Of course my idol, Beyonce, and the late great Whitney Houston. Her passing really took a toll on me. The other icons from Bob Marley, to Beres Hammond. I love Tanya Stephens and her excellent lyrical writing skill. From TLC, to Brandy, and Aaliyah. I can go on and on, as there are so many significant role players in my musical inspiration.

A: What are the key lessons that you’ve learnt so far in your musical journey?

K: The one lesson that I am continuing to learn is that music is definitely a lot of hard work. And as discouraging as it can be, it takes a true dedication and perseverance to stride through it. But always stay focused and be true to who you are as an artist.


Favourite:
restaurant? I love a good Thai restaurant. I can name a few, if you ever need a recommendation and are in town, hit me up!

book? I love the Twilight book series! #TeamEdward!

vacation spot? While I love my beautiful country of Jamaica, so far I'm still blown away by the wonderful time I spent in Tulum, Mexico. Everything about it was amazing!

place to shop? Everywhere! But you will find me mostly in the SoHo area of Manhattan.

A: Do you have a style philosophy?

K: I am a big fan of outerwear, so I feel a cute jacket or blazer can always set a look! What’s your favourite era for style? I love the 80s and 90s style the best. I love a high waist bottom and cropped top.

A: What items do you save on and what do you splurge on?

K: I splurge on handbags and shoes. I try to save on everything else.




A: If we want to learn about K'Reema, where can we visit?

K: You can keep up with me on my website at KareemaMusic.com or on any of my social media pages, Facebook probably being the most up-to-date.

YouTube youtube.com/KareemaMusic
Facebook facebook.com/KareemaMusic
Twitter twitter.com/KareemaMusic
Instagram @_k_reema
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Christmas Gift Ideas : The Blogger



Christmas Gift Ideas : The Blogger

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Light Purple Chunky Gem Necklace - A perfect gift for the blogger who loves jewelry.

Elliott Lucca Lucca Camera Bag - Bloggers who love photography and accessorizing will love this stylish metallic camera bag to carry around one of their most cherished possession.

Blog Inc. - I've only heard about this book two weeks ago, but it's a must read for those who want to learn how to be successful as a blogger.

Personalized Hexagon Day Planner - As a blogger, we often get caught up with so many things to do. A planner helps to keep us on track.

Eat, Blog, Love, Coffee Mug - Mugs make great gifts for those who love their coffee. This one in particular is perfect for that blogger who starts their day writing new blog posts and getting their daily dose of caffeine.

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Crochet Braids




With a new month comes a...new 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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