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{Vintage Havana Dress, Fendi Sunglasses, c/o Citizen Axiom Watch, c/o Schutz ‘Shyla’ Sandals}

Happy Monday, Peeps!

Yesterday marked the first official day of summer, and I kicked off the occasion with an off-the-shoulder frock that seems to be all the rage this season. I decided to go full-on boho with a easy hairdo (my signature look as of late) and a pair of lace-up gladiator sandals that I’ve been wearing nonstop.

I also took my new Axiom watch from the lovely folks at Citizen out for a spin. If you follow me on the ‘gram, you know that I had the chance to visit their store in the heart of Times Square earlier this month (and see my name on the marquis!). While there, I learned a lot about the company and the fact that you NEVER have to replace the battery in any of their watches! Can you believe it?! Apparently, they’re automatically recharged by solar power. I kid you not when I say that one of my favorite watches has needed its battery replaced for over 6 months, but I’ve just been too busy to get it done. I still wear it in hopes that it will spur me to get a new battery while I’m out and about, but so far I’ve had no such luck. In any case, I was stoked to learn that I’d never have to deal with that with my new wrist bling… and neither will one lucky reader!

Enter my giveaway below for a chance to receive your very own Axiom watch by Citizen, valued $195. Contest ends June 29th at midnight Eastern Standard Time, so hurry up and submit your entry today!

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Have a Dope Weekend!

June 19, 2015

As I alluded to earlier this week, I recently had the chance to attend an advanced screening of the movie Dope! Much to my delight, the movie more than lived up to its moniker.

Dope Movie PosterDope aptly takes the coming of age movies we’re all used to and flips the script, turning it into an action-packed dramedy with a soul. This is going to sound a little crazy, but the best way for me to describe this movie would be to liken it to Boyz n the Hood played by the characters in Dear White People. But trust me, it works. Right from the start, you immediately feel empathy for the film’s protagonist, Malcolm (played by Shameik Moore), as he navigates his way through life in “The Bottoms” section of Los Angeles flanked by his two sidekicks Diggy (played by Kiersey Clemons) and Jib (played by Tony Revolori). There’s literally danger lurking around every corner for the three teens, but they still manage to use their wits to stay above it all and emerge victorious (with more than a few scrapes and bruises and close calls along the way).

Dope has gained critical acclaim at both Cannes and Sundance, and it’s easy to see why people enjoy it so much. I certainly did, and I think you will too. Click here to learn more about this film, meet the cast, and watch the official trailer. And be sure to let me know what you think in the comments.

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I’m pretty low-maintenance when it comes to hair care and styling, but several of you have asked how I achieve one of my favorite hairstyles as of late: Goddess Twists. When the lovely folks at Motions sent me a HUGE batch of products to test drive, I figured it would be the perfect excuse for me to get off my duff and give you a guys another hair tutorial.

This hairstyle is super quick and low-maintenance and is perfect for hot, humid summer days when you just don’t feel like doing much to your hair. The best part is that it takes zero braiding skills, since the hair is just two-strand flat-twisted. I did this style on freshly washed and blow-dried hair, and here’s a quick rundown of the products I used:

  1. Motions Enhance & Define Pre-Wash Detangling Butter
  2. Motions for Natural Textures Moisturizing Cleanser
  3. Motions for Natural Textures Smoothing Conditioner
  4. Motions for Natural Textures Heat Styled Straight Finish Sealer

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Overall, I was very pleased with these products, especially the pre-wash detangling buter and the heat styler. Those two products will most definitely be added to my regular hair care rotation as they made detangling and blow-drying my kinky/coily natural hair a breeze!

Be sure to check out the video up top for my fullw review and detailed instructions on how to achieve this hairstyle.

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90s-fashion-collage-1A few outtakes from my 90s-inspired Pinterest mood board….

As soon as I saw the trailer for Dope (The Movie), I was immediately hooked and knew that I’d be making a beeline to see it on the big screen. The movie centers on the story of Malcolm, an inner city teen who is obsessed with 90s hip-hop culture. Although he’s a bright, straight A student, the odds are definitely stacked against him as he navigates life in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. Two things that drew me to the movie were the fact that I could totally relate to the protagonist and the fact that 90s fashion is having a major moment, and I can’t wait to see the film’s treatment of that era with a modern spin!

While there are a select few 90s trends that I personally think would be better left in the past (goth makeup, combat boots, and overalls with the strap undone are just a few things that come to mind) there are a whole slew of others whose return I’d embrace with arms wide open – namely, dark berry-stained lips, chokers, and bold, colorful Versace-inspired prints!

Speaking of 90s fashion…

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As someone who attended high school during the 90s, I can’t help but have both fond and somewhat cringe-worthy memories of my own personal style during that time period.

Case in point…

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You can’t really tell by these photos, but I was heavily influenced by the Cher and Dee’s fashion sense in Clueless. And yes, I even had the fluffy pens and coordinating argyle outfits to match!  While the kids in Dope seem to take their cues moreso from the urban and street-style trends of the 90s, I have no doubt that it’ll be fun to watch and reminisce all the same. In fact, as a die-hard Denise Huxtable fan, I’m super excited to see Zoe Kravitz in this film.

Dope officially hits theaters on June 19th, but be sure to check back here this weekend for my review. In the meantime, visit www.youaredope.com for more information.

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Even though my parents separated when I was very young and I grew up living with my mom, my Dad and I have always had a close relationship. I can honestly say that he’s been one of my biggest fans and supporters throughout my entire life. Our personalities are alike in so many ways, and I’m really coming to appreciate the advice and words of encouragement he’s given me over the years.

I’m usually not much for sappy sentiments, but with Father’s Day approaching this weekend, I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite pearls of wisdom I’ve received from dear old dad…

  1. Don’t give a damn what other people think about you. My dad has never been on to mince words (a trait I think we all inherited from my grandmother), and one of the most valuable pieces of advice he’s given me over the years has been to march to the beat of my own dream regardless of what other people think. In his eyes, as long as you’re being true to yourself and not hurting anyone else in the process you should always live and enjoy life in a way that makes you happy.
  2. Always keep a positive outlook. Life isn’t always peaches and cream, but sometimes you just have to pick your chin up and do the best you can. I remember calling my dad nearly in tears after moving into my first apartment after graduation and being met with a serious roach infestation (word to the wise – NEVER pick up furniture off the street… it’s probably there for a reason). His exact words to me were “Well… at least you’re in New York City, baby!”
  3. Dress for success and cook to impress. Ironically, my love for cooking and dressing well came from a different parent than you’d typically expect. My mom was always a tomboy growing up and had little interest in fashion. On the other hand, my Dad and uncles always liked to look “sharp”, and it’s a quality that I’m glad was passed down to me. My Dad is also a whiz in the kitchen and can bake and barbeque like nobody’s business.

I’m a notorious last-minute shopper, but this year I’ve come out ahead. For Father’s Day, I’m treating my dad to a Nautica Voyage gift set that I picked up at Macy’s in Herald Square earlier this week.

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If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect gift for father figure in your life, then Nautica Voyage could be the perfect choice. It has a crisp, light, woodsy scent that’s perfect for dads of all ages. The gift set shown above is available at Macy’s for just $65.00.

 

But wait… there’s more!

 

Nautica is graciously offering to help one lucky reader celebrate the dad in their life with a an all-expense-paid cruise! The Grand prize is a $4000 Cruise Vacation package, and there will also be 5 second place winners that will receive a Nautica Voyage gift set. See entry details below for your chance to win.

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Good luck, and have a Happy Father’s Day! Click here to see other #NauticaforDad moments.

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