OOTD: Dabbling in Aztec

Today was a blazin’ hot day in the southern United States. I spent the majority of it inside filing papers and preparing for final exams (session 1 is almost over, yippeee!!). This is how I faired the weather today..

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Gold Hoops: Beauty Supply – $2

Gray Tank: Old Navy – $9

Jean Shirt: Walmart – $10

Belt: Forever 21 – $8.80

Aztec Skirt: Forever 21

Sandals: Don’t remember – $9

The jean shirt was worn in the cold offices and classrooms that i spent much of my time in today. Outdoors, the jean element came straight off, otherwise i’d risk a heat stroke. This outfit is centered around the skirt. A touch of aztec never hurt anyone! &if you glance at this little aztec number, you’ll see I got a little mint in there too…trend bonus!

Until Next Time!

XOXO Jaz’

Trendspotting : Mint

Hello blog-loves! I do these trendspotting post to keep you all abreast on what is hot, hot, hot right now. & right now mint is the IT color of the season. This cool color is blazin’ up the runways, fashion mags, and the streets of fashionable cities worldwide. Incorporate a little mint in your style by wearing a mint nail polish or piece of mint jewelry, or go all out with a pair of mint skinnies or a mint blazer. Check out a few of my picks for adorable mint pieces below…

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How do you guys like these pieces? Isnt mint dazzling?

Until Next Time!

XOXO Jaz’

Lets Talk Hair!: Naturally Me

Hello my blog-loves! As you all know I generally talk about fashion and beauty. Well hair is a part of that too! I’m natural as most of you may have gauged from my pictures but i get a lot of questions from people I meet about my hair and how I care for it, etc. So I thought I’d answer a few of those FAQs here!

*”Natural” is a term used frequently by women of color to describe hair in a state that has not been chemically altered by relaxers, texturizers, or permanent hair coloring. It is your hair as it was intended to grow naturally from your scalp.*

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Are you natural? yes

How long have you been natural? almost a year of being fully natural, almost 2yrs hair growth

Last Relaxer: 8/17/2010, “Big” Chop: 7/29/2011 

Why did you decide to go natural? I had a relaxer since I was about 3yrs old, so other than a few photographs, I didn’t really know what my natural hair looked like. I always admired the versatility of naturally curly hair and it’s something I wanted to experience myself. In late 2008 I didn’t know anything about “going natural” or even the term “going natural” for that matter, but I thought “hey, I’m just gonna stop getting relaxers.” I was still flat-ironing it once a week and treating it like I normally did my relaxed hair so that stint only lasted about 3 months before I decided to relax my hair again. Fast forward to around June 2010, I started getting into research about achieving healthy hair so I decided I would start stretching my relaxers (meaning go more time between each chemical process). I go what I didn’t know at the time, was my last relaxer in August, thinking I would just stretch it to January, but I slowly began to fall in love with the tight coils, waves, and curls I saw coming in. My sister convinced me to wait a little longer to relax it until I was sure I didn’t want to be natural, but as more time passed I decided natural was for me and continued on the journey relaxer-free! (long story, I know, my bad!)

How long was your hair when you first cut off all the relaxer? My hair, when stretched, touched my collarbone. (I didn’t really flat iron at this length)

How long is your hair now? When stretched my hair is currently around armpit length (APL)

How often to you straighten/flat iron your hair? I actually don’t flat iron it very much at all! I’ve only flat iron it once and blow-dried it (as straight as possible) once. These were two separate occasions and I used heat protectant both times (always use head protectant!!). I plan on picking up the straightener a little more in the near future, maybe once every 6-8wks, since versatility is one of the main reasons I went natural. I want it to be straight sometimes! lol

What is your regimen?

Co-wash once a week using cheapie condtioners (like Suave & VO5, etc) *I hardly ever use shampoo unless I just took out extensions or some long lasting style, or I got my hair wet with pool water*

Deep Condition (for about 3 hours, previous to each co-wash) with mixes *mixes generally consist of cheapie conditioner, glycerin, shea butter, and coconut oil when I need more moisture, and cheapie conditioner, coconut oil, plain yogurt, and one egg when I need more protien*

Use Cantu-Shea Leave-in after every wash (style with this product)

…and generally whatever style I do lasts me for that entire week.

I mainly do low manipulation or protective styles.

What are some of your favorite/go-to hairstyles? I mainly do braid-outs, twist-outs, and updos. Most of my styles with my natural hair have this as a basis.

*If I don’t want to deal with it for a while, a full sew-in weave is usually my go-to for temporary freedom*

Do you think you will ever go back to relaxers? Nah. Highly doubt it.

What do you think about girls with relaxers (or any chemical process)? I don’t think anything is wrong with it at all! I truly believe that you can have healthy relaxed, colored, or otherwise chemically processed hair and look beautiful with it! However, i will say that since your hair is not in its natural state and has been chemically altered, it starts off in a weaker state than natural hair and a little more has to be done to rebuild the strength of chemically processed hair to that natural level of strength (i.e. more conditioning, or protien treatments, necessity of more frequent trims, etc.). It is a personal choice though, and neither is wrong or right!

*style in photograph is a bushy-braid out*

Hopefully I’ve answered many of the questions people have about my hair and maybe informed you a bit on natural hair in general! If you have any more questions or comments, leave ’em below!

Until Next Time!

XOXO Jaz’

OOTD: Just a day in the life….

Hola! I’m here with an Outfit of the Day for you guys. This was just a regular day in the life of Jaz’ (work, school, and more work!!), but I just felt like being cute! And who better to share my attempt at cuteness with, than my lovely fellow fashionerrds? Here’s what I wore:

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Headscarf (tied into headband): Beauty Supply – $2

Black Statement Necklace: Amazon.com – $2.50

Purse: Charlotte Russe – $9

Jean Shirt: Walmart – $7

Black Tank: Walmart – $4

Aztec Skirt: Forever 21 – $11.80

Glitter “Toms”: Rue 21 – gift

Like I said, just a regular day in the life! Nothing fancy. Hate it, Love it? Let me know!

Until Next Time!

XOXO Jaz’

Trendspotting : Retro Swimwear

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Doesn’t Marilyn look beautiful? Gotta Love Miss Monroe. And the style of swimsuits that were popular in her hay-day are making a major comeback in Summer 2012. Many designers are creating fashionable one pieces cut similar to the one she is wearing while others immolate the style in bikinis by using bandeau style halter bikini tops and high-waisted bottoms. The retro style is very complimentary to a curvy shape, accentuating curves without making them look bulbous or slutty and the extra fabric that comes in a swimsuit style like this does well to hide any major problem areas you might have. Retro style swimsuits are very chic and trendy right now and they are a great way to look fab while being comfortable in your own skin at the beach this season. Here are a couple of cute ones I’ve found.

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I’m thinking of trying a retro swimsuit this season, what about you? Do you like them or do you think they are more granny than chic? Share your opinions in the comments below !

Until Next Time !

XOXO Jaz’

The Five S’s of Summer

Hey dolls ! I am here with the top 5 things a fashionista just can’t do without for the summer. Let’s get right to it !

The Sunnies

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Sunnies are the ultimate summer accessory! They shield your eyes from the blinding rays while making you look glam. Pick up a pair in a bright, fun color, cool shape or funky print, or go for the classic-style shade. Whatever suits your style!

The Summer Dress

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Dresses are ideal for summer time, especially the one with a flirty cut and tropical-esque floral print like the one above. Whether mini, midi, or maxi, when selecting a summer dress, make sure it is flattering to your figure and has breathable material and cut for the warm weather. The floral print blouson dress above is from Forever 21 and costs $24.80.

The Swim Wear

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C’mon, its summer! You gotta have a little fun in the sun, and that usually involves getting wet. Whether for a trip to the beach, or the neighborhood pool, you gotta be ready to pull out your swimsuit at a moments notice. There is a vast variety of cute popular swimsuit cuts for Summer 2012. From the retro cut to the one shoulder, be sure to pick the swimsuit that will be most flattering to your body type. It’s the best way to ensure you will be confident and avoid embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions.

The Shorts

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Who wears short shorts? We wear shorts! Its summer, its hot, and you can’t wear pants all the time. Embrace the heat with shorts. You can wear basic denim cut-offs or switch it up some shorts with a quirky print. The ones above are shorts by The Pretty Junk from Asos Marketplace & cost $83.60.

The Sandals

Sandals are a definite summer staple. Feel free to show off that fresh pedi in some strappy open-toed kicks! My advice is to stock up on as many pairs as you can because they are the one thing you will probably wear everyday of the summer, or close to.  This pair is from Forever 21 and is only $12.80!

Until Next Time!

XOXO Jaz’

Star Style Profile : Solange Knowles

Today I am shining the spotlight on one stylish starlett: Solange Knowles. Solange’s style is the epitome of eclectic, eccentricity. She is the queen of mixing prints and she is never afraid to step outside of the box with her wardrobe. Lets admire her style a moment shall we?

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 This songstress is one fearless fashionista, who exibits no-holds-barred style everytime she steps out.

How to Achieve Solange-Style :

1. Go bold with color (Solange almost always has on at least one bold color, whether in her wardrobe or makeup)

2. Mix Prints (If thats a daunting task for you, you can find a little help here)

3. Get funky up top (Most times this Sol-Angel is either rockin’ a funky-fresh headwrap or big volumized hair)

4. Take Fashion Risks (Don’t go with the norm ! )

I love, love, love Solange’s funky and eclectic style ! Don’t you?

Until Next Time!

XOXO Jaz’

June Wishlist !

Hi guys, I wanna share with you all some things I’m really wishing I had my paws on this month:

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Jeffery Campbell Night Walk Pumps

I adore these ! Especially in this mint color that is oh-so hot for the season right now. I could just see myself wearing these with an LBD out on the town one party-ful night. *sigh* dare to dream. They can be found on Solestruck.com for $169.95 and they are to die for in pink, also. One of these days…

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 Sparkle Polish

I am SUCH a fan of the glittery sparkle nail right now! The last time I did my nails I did them in pink sparkles and I love, love, loved the outcome. I think the next I wanna try is all silver sparkle…we shall see.

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Maxi Dresses

Ahhh maxi dresses, ill take one in every color (and pattern) please ! You can never have enough of ’em, especially the racerback style…so relaxed and cute at the same time. LOVE!

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Ombre’ Hair

Its still something I have been dying to try! Its sadly not in the budget right now though, which leads me to my next wish…

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Money, money, money !

Infinite amounts of cash would be ever so clutch right now! Especially because lately I have had the incessant yearning to shop till I drop, a yearning I have had to reluctantly deny as a woman on a strict budget. Oh how I wish I could spend spend spend with no regard to the responsibilites of life. But sadly this is not so, especially this month. One day my bags of money will come…one day. Maybe i’ll marry rich *shrugs*.

Lastly but not least I am wishing for…

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DEATH TO ALL CRICKETS!!!!

Okay before you think, she has gone off the deep end and this has nothing to do with fashion at all, I’m gonna just tell you…you’re right. But I just HAVE to share this story with you guys.*WARNING: A RANT WILL ENSUE* Okay, so I wake up yesterday morning a bit earlier than normal because I planned to shower and get ready then do a little reading before work and class. So its 7 in the morning and I’m just showering it up and what do I see when I look over at the sponge on the corner of my tub, but a ugly little cricket! Ewwwwwww!!!! I froze at first sight but then cut off the water and got out as I thought of a plan. Let me just let yall know that I HATE bugs. &one that hops AND flies???? A definite recipe for disaster, so my plan was to take two large cups and douse it so I could ring it down my tub. I do this and just as the cricket is about to go down the hole and away from me forever my stopper closes right in the way. AMAZING. Just my luck. So after freaking out some more I regroup and try to drown it with hot water. THAT didnt even work, because amazingly the stopper closed just enough to not let the cricket go down, but to let the water drain out. Ultimately I had to end up calling a friend of mine to kill it, with only minutes to spare before work. And to make matters worse I kept seeing crickets, dead and alive, all day. They were following me!!!! Yuck. I just want them all to die, even down to Jiminy. Yup, thats right I said it.

Okay….Rant. Over.

Well these are the things I deeply desire this month, what’s some things on you guys wishlist??? Let me know!

Until Next Time!!

XOXO Jaz’

New Ink !

Greetings All ! Saturday June 9th i got a new tattoo! Its one I have been wanting for a while.

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It is in Arabic and it means God is Love. I got this tattoo because it I wanted to remind myself that God is Love so that means that He loves me. Also it means that I should always operate in love. Love for myself, and love for humanity. I never want to develop a hatred for humanity no matter how evil the world gets because we are all God’s creation.

So yup! Thats my reasoning. The photo really doesn’t do it justice especially since its all red and swollen at the time, lol but maybe I will take a better pic once its all healed and post it.

What do you guys think? I personally love my new tattoo and what it stands for to me. Hopefully you guys agree.

Until Next Time!

XOXO Jaz’

OOTN: Cobalt, Black, & Kickback

Hola chicas (and chicos if your reading, shoutout to you) ! I’m here with an Outfit of the Night for you guys. It was yesterday, June 8th and I guess I was in a really striped-mood yesterday (given what i was wearing earlier that day). The occasion was a kickback/house party of sorts, for a friend of mines birthday. I wanted to look spruced up, but not overly dressy or clubby to be just sitting in someone’s house. So this is what I chose…

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Striped Dress (worn as a top): Forever 21 – $19.80

Chain Necklace: Forever 21 – $7.80

Ring: Forever 21 – $6.80

Belt: Forever 21 – $8.80

Bubble Skirt: Forever 21 – $11.80

Sandals: Don’t remember – $9

Purse: Charlotte Russe – $9

(whoa, just realized exactly how much of this outfit came from forever 21, yowzers!)

This look could have been made more downtown-club scene ready by adding heels, wearing the strapless top as the dress it really is, or wearing a bold lip. However, for the type of event I was attending, I feel like this combination was just right.

What do you guys think? Like it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments below.

Until Next Time!

XOXO Jaz’