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All I Want for Christmas is You: Her Holiday Gift Guide

Last year I did a men’s Holiday gift guide and it was very successful (if I do say so myself) a lot of you were inspired to get some great gifts for the men in your lives. This year I have decided to do a gift guide for the ladies, made up of all of my favorite things this year. It is a loose interpretation of my own wish list that I am sure everyone will love. 

1. Lit Bklyn


 

     Each candle is hand poured, packaged, and shipped from Brooklyn. The candles are made with 100% natural soy wax and scented with the finest of fragrance oils. There are five scents available today and my personal favorites are “Joy” and “Home.” The gold packaging is perfect for the holidays just put a ribbon on it and your gift is ready to be delivered. 

2. Skin Buttr


 

     SkinBUTTR is a beauty brand comprised of natural body and skin care products. The body care line consists of whipped shea based body butters and scrubs. While their skincare line is an all natural hydrating step by step system. Both the body and skin care lines are designed to leave your skin fresh and glowing. My Favorite scent is the “CocoaVanillaButtr.”

3. Glamaholic Lifestyle


     Be Glam, Be Fab, Be You! Glam-Aholic Lifestyle provides quality everyday essentials, for the everyday woman! If the woman you will be gifting is always on the go be sure to gift her with these practical and glamorous gifts that she wil be sure to use often. I have the wallet (far left) and the passport cover (top right) but the duffle bag and cosmetic pouch are definitely on my Christmas list. 

4. My Taught You | Journal 

     If she is into planning or just a self motivated entrepreneur you are doing her a favor by getting her a journal. The power of the tongue is a real thing. Writing down your thoughts, goals and aspirations is the first step to achieving them. If she loves the journals she may also love the podcasts that go along with them. The journal is dripping with inspiration. Thank me later. 

5. The Lip Bar | Liquid Matte Lipsticks 

 

     This lipstick is made of a unique blend of natural ingredients and then loaded with pigment to give you kick-ass colors. Each lipstick is enriched with shea butter, avocado oil, coconut oil and vitamin E for maximum moisture. The packaging is insane and the holiday packaging is even better! There is a color for everyone and a gift for every kind of girl.

6. Facial Gift Set 

      

     If the receiver of your gift is into skincare or suffers from acne, or eczema you might want to gift her some amazing skincare products. They aren’t medicinal but are very gentle on the skin. A great at home skin spa package is great for pampering yourself at the end of the year. The products last a long time so it is definitely a great investment. 

7. Kira Nacole | Distressed Tees 

     This year we went a little crazy with the distressed tees. If you love the craze as much as I do you will definitely love this distressed dress by Kira Nacole. The custom shirts are made to order and sell out fast so I apologize in advance if this post does not find you in time. If it does act fast… I assure you, you will not be disappointed. Depending on your height of its too short you can always pair the look with shorts or maybe leather pants depending on what climate you are in.

8. Fancy Kouture | Vintage Frames 

     If you love unique eyewear you probably already love Fancy Kouture Accessories. They specialize in Vintage frames but cover all the bases in bringing you the best quality trend accessories. If you have seen it on TV or in a magazine FK probably sells it. If you need to find a gift for your fashionable friends you should probably start here. They are currently having a sale for Black Friday so be sure to save money while you can! 

9. High End Junkie 

 

     Express your creative side with these hand painted fedoras. I absolutely love hats! These are very cool. This classic style fedora features a sturdy, yet soft felt/wool blend body with black nylon ribbon around the base. “This is ART.” & “This is Fashion.” are handpainted on each side of the hat in a bold white font guaranteed to make a statement in any room. Very limited, and one size fits most. The hat also comes with a High End Junkie collectors tote bag.

10. Luxe Protocol 


     I stumbled upon this fresh new clothing boutique based in the UK today. I love when I can find unique pieces from an online boutique. These pieces are trendy and timeless all at the same time. I tried to get my hands on the printed jumpsuit but it is no longer available in my size. I am almost positive that I will be shopping from the site very soon.

11. Anastasia Beverly Hills | Contour Cream Kit


If all else fails Sephora has amazing gift sets with high quality skin and beauty lines that are very affordable. I have listed a bunch of my personal favorites below ft you to browse. You can not go wrong with any of them if you ask me. I hope you found some inspiration and gift ideas from this post! If you end up purchasing something be sure to tag me in the photos so I can see them! Happy Shopping. 

12. Peter Thomas Roth | Mask Sapler Kit

13. Josie Maran | Nourishing Argan Oil SkinCare Collection 

14. Origins Best Sellers

15. Clinique | 10 Days of Clinique 

16. Sephora | Lip Mask

17. Sephora | Favorites Superstars 

18. Sephora | Masks

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My Taught Me 

You learn something new everyday. I’m up writing this post at 1 o’clock in the morning. I have a very short list of women who inspire me in real life. Myleik Teele is definitely one of them. She is at the top of my list of women who do more than they say. I like to refer to her as the Oprah of the younger generation of social entrepreneurs. If Myleik tells you to do something you should probably go do it. 


I have never met Myleik but following someone for several years on various social media platforms has a way of giving you a false sense of friendship in real life. She’s my mentor in my head and her podcasts have gotten me through some rough times in my life. I use her yearly productivity journals as a propeller to guide me through each year. Because of this I will essentially become the person I was placed on this earth to be. 


Most of you know her as the owner of Curlbox. Curlbox is a unique company engineered to bring natural hair products into the homes of African American women who needed to find a regimen in order to be able to tame their mane. Not only did she accomplish this she continues to sell out subscriptions to women across the country every month. I was a subscriber and because of this service I was able to find the products that cater specifically to my hair type.


This particular post isn’t about Myleik’s business; however, it is about what she has inspired me to do. I listen to her podcasts religiously and most recently she spoke about creating visuals that speak to what I do as an entrepreneur. I am working towards building a website for my styling services now that my 2016 portfolio is coming to a close and I do not have a headshot (insert stressed emoticon).


If there is one of several things that Myleik is good at it is curating visuals of herself and for her business. Every year she orchestrates a “headshot” that’s anything but… a headshot. We know her as a creative and her photos are drenched in creativity. Her wardrobe is one to be desired and her mixed prints coupled with stunning interior design capture our attention every time.


Myleik and her photographer Itaysha make it look so easy! I have definitely made it my goal to create visuals of my own and step outside of the box to ensure that they are more than just a cheesy actors headshot. This particular image is one of my personal faves (who doesn’t love gold sequins and shag!). 


The goal of the shoot is to summarize the essence of what you do and who you are as a person. Myleik is a content creator, a hair care enthusiast, an avid reader, a motivator of minds, and just plain dope! If you had to assume that by looking at these shots you would be absolutely right. 


She is FEARLESS! I understand the role that a good website plays in marketing your business. You can not JUST be good at what you do. Even if you are the best there is always someone who is just as good if not better. How you separate yourself is to strip away everything that is unnecessary and highlight the importance of your business and what you have to offer. The internet places another option at the fingertips of your audience. It is up to me to make sure my business is visually appealing and easily accessible. 


Myleik recently did a shoot for the visuals for 2017 and from what I’ve seen so far it is going to be another successful project. I am optimistic that I have been thoroughly inspired to create something for myself. She has taught me so many things throughout the years. I am not quite ready to meet her. The opportunity has presented a few times along the way but I am a strong believer that nothing happens before it is supposed to and not a minute sooner. 


If you had to take something away from this post it should be to create some visual self marketing images for your business (if you have one) and to make sure that ALL aspects of your company are catered to not JUST the job. If you have gotten this far I’ve attached some of the looks I plan to wear for my own shoot. If I remember I will come back and share the images with you once they are complete. Thank you for reading. 

G Hive Slumber Party | New York


I have NEVER been to a slumber party so I really didn’t know what to expect when I agreed to attend a slumber party for the G Hive. The G Hive is a group of entrepreneurs lead by Mia Ray. We are wellness and lifestyle ambassadors and we just want everyone to be the best version of themselves. I have not known all of the ladies for very long but they made me feel welcome enough to want to attend the party. 


I was in charge of the wardrobe (of course) so I decided to go for something girly and mildly sexy. I saw a slumber party on Instagram from a past weekend and the ladies were wearing sateen robes and I thought it looked really nice. We agreed to the color scheme of purple, black and white and this is what I decided to get. The entire look was less than $15. 


We all wanted to try the It Works Facials so I added a face towel to each of the gift bags for the girls. It was the perfect way to de-stress from the  previous week and relax as we talked and got to know each other more. 


No slumber party is complete without good food and Summer and Candacy had that covered! Tacos are a great party food because they can be customized for each persons preference. They also taste really good! I am an everything kind of girl so I added all of the toppings with no shame! 


Summer also had some amazing Sangria and frozen fruit and before long the drinks were all gone! The slumber party was off to a great start! I picked out some snack bowls at the local discount store and they ended up meshing perfectly with the decor! 


Speaking of Decor… Summer was back at it again with the room filled with balloons and Marilyn Monroe headshots! It really could not get anymore girly than that! We could not help but get some shots for the gram!


We went live on Facebook via Dacy’s page and had a long talk about relationships and our friends and loved ones supporting our careers and answered questions about the products we sell. I learned a lot about the women who had taken me under their wing and the night was off to a great start… 


I placed an array of shots in each of the goodie bags for each of the girls and they were super excited! I wanted to make sure everyone was comfortable and the drinks were flowing well through the night. I even made a cocktail with the greens on the go! If you guys like this post just leave a comment and I will blog the recipe. 


Everyone loved the goodie bag I put together. My favorite part of going to a party as a kid and to this day was the bag of stuff you got on the way home. I wanted to give that feeling to the girls and I figured it was the least I could do for being he newest member to the group. 


I won’t talk you guys to death because we really had a great time and the ENTIRE night was filled with fun laughs and information. 


I am really glad I joined the G Hive I am not sure where this journey is going to take me, but I know I am more than ready to face the challenges and triumphs that are going to come my way. 


The night was getting late and at about 3 or 4 am it was time to wash off my makeup and call it a night. I had a late morning shoot so I was grateful to get even a couple of hours to rest. 


I share my Cleanser and Toner routine over on my snapchat (@thee_shopaholic)  at least two times a week for anyone who is interested. But I washed and cleansed my face and I was in for the night, lol. Hopefully you found this post interesting or at least informative or inspiring! If you do I would be glad to do more like this. If you have any questions or comments do not hesitate to leave them in the comment section below.

If you made it this far and would like to join the G Hive and attend the next slumber party then you can text me 347.676.0669. You won’t regret it.

Sandal Charms


Trends come and go like the wind. But shopaholics love to partake in the latest fashion stories. Charm bracelets for the feet have been the latest craze this summer. Some of us DIY’d our own sandals while others went to high end designers to get our trend fix. 


The first time I saw the colorful shoe was on Zara’s site. It’s one of those things that you either hate or love. These shoes are definitely not for everyone but if you are into this kind of thing these leather Pom Pom sandals are a good idea. 



I picked up these Pom Pom gladiators at Rainbow for 16 dollars yesterday. The key when shopping a trend is to spend as little as possible. You do not want to invest money in something that is here today nd gone tomorrow. 


Similar styles have been seen on online boutiques for anywhere between 30-90 dollars. I truly believe that none of them are better than the other and you can totally do This on your own. But if you must there are definitely cheaper alternatives.

Trend Advisor 


Most of today’s trends have been stolen from the 80’s and 90’s and branded as vintage inspired or novelty. The visor is definitely not a new look. But we have been seeing more creative versions of them and I have been loving them for the spring and summer. 


The clear versions don’t exactly protect 100 percent of the Suns harsh rays… But you have to admit they are really stylish. I love the colorful tints to pair with a swimsuit on the beach or poolside. You can’t go wrong with this look. 


If you are looking for more practicality then you can go for a shadier option. I love trend because it forces variety on a simple garment or accessory and we now have a bunch of styles to suit different personalities. 


I love bold prints and colors. These styles allow creativity shine through. You can choose a color block visor or an intense floral. It’s just a hat. The cooler the story the better the outfit. That is just my opinion. 


I love the visor trend. It’s perfect when you’re having a good hair day but still want to keep the sun out of your way. If you like the trend or already have a bunch of these hats I would love to hear about it in the comments below. Until next time happy shopping. 

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Sliding Statements 


Sometimes a trend happens by accident. Sometimes a trend happens on purpose. When  Birkenstocks first appeared in the world of fashion, you either hated it or you loved it. Fast forward to present day even if you still hate it I can almost guarantee some version of it is available at your local retail store. It’s almost as if ever designer has been trying their best to create a more appealing version of the “supermarket-run slipper” turned fashion statement. 


The athletic slipper, also known as the slide has been around for a long time. Men wear them and women who played sports used them as a transition shoe in the locker room shower after a game. But some how they have turned into the statement piece of a casual outfit. 


Over sized labeling on the trendy shoe is a must. It adds to the novelty of the look as well as the great outfit. It provides purpose to the questionable look. Well known brands jumped in on the trend and have been very successful.


If there was a question of the purpose these companies have even gone as far as to bring exiting colors and styles to entice us to buy into this new phenomenon. I personally like the trend and don’t need much persuading.


If labels aren’t really your thing then you might like these Gucci Slides. The shiny Red crisscross design is a great unisex style. Pair with a white t shirt and jeans and your outfit is ready for all seasons. As long as it isn’t snowing or raining of course. 


Maybe the hot pink wasn’t exciting enough for you. This gold pair from ALDO is a must-have! If you are into all things gold like me; then, you can definitely appreciate the beauty of these shoes. The gold metal mimics jewelry and is the perfect accessory for the foot in the summer when you get that killer tan.


I love prints! Prints and texture is a great way to express your fashion sense through your accessories. This animal print is so dope. Cheetah is the new black. Pair them with literally anything. 


This combination of sports and luxe is perfect for a casual outfit slay. The white faux leather cushion is perfect comfort for an all day wear. These ZARA slides have long since sold out but they really complimented the purpose of the style. 


If you are here for the drama then you might want to add some fur to your slides. These shoes are perfect as a comfort flat to change into from a pair of club heels. They don’t compromise style and when paired correctly will still be head-to-toe photograph ready.


These Puma x Fenty slides are another example of a sports luxe collaboration. The house slipper is leaving the house with style. Look at this style as a fuzzy sneaker when styling. Just try to stay away from spills and rainy days. 


If you are here for gawdy footwear then you probably will love these Gucci monogram floral slides. They are definitely over the top and definitely not for cooking and cleaning in the house. Pair with a shirt dress and a messy top knot. 

I love the slide trend and I hope you do too. If you don’t, just remember there are no rules in fashion. It is just important that you remain confident and just be yourself. Happy Shopping. 

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Tying Up Loose Trends 


This year has definitely been the year of the choker. Fall fashion is almost here and the scarf has been slowly incorporating its way into choker style accents. There are many ways to tie your scarf. Whether you are a classy lady or a chic hipster, there is a way to wear and a pattern to fit and play to every style. 


If you are a high-fashionista go for a bold statement making scarf. It can be a bright neon or a graphic print (as seen above). Pair with black leather jacket or textured sheath dress. These two simple pieces paired together will have your on-lookers thinking you stepped out of Elle magazine. 


If you are a minimalist then your wardrobe is simple and completely functional. You probably aren’t into trends anyway. If you want to spice up your wardrobe without breaking the bank go for a simple bandana. Most can be found at a local beauty supply or thrift store for as little as a dollar. If it’s still hot pair with cut off shorts and a simple t-shirt. 

 

If you are more of the floral dress kind of girl… There is a scarf for you as well. Choose a dress silhouette that is cut lower in the bust area and then play with a complimenting length. This is sexy and elegant. No one will question the fact that you are a lady. Pair with sunglasses or a fedora and go to brunch with friends. 


If you want to wear a scarf in the office you totally can. Add a sateen scarf in a complementary hue and everyone will swear you took forever to get dressed. Keep your other accessories neutral. You can pair this look with brown loafers and a neutral structured bag. You will be ready to handle that board room presentation. 


Are you stumped on what to wear to Fashion Week. Bombers are trending as well! Pair a bomber or letterman jacket in your favorite color. Wear a simple bodycon dress and sneakers with your scarf. It takes a lot of work to make a fashionable outfit look effortless but with this look they won’t even know that you are fresh off the pages of the trend section. 


Duster coats, duster vests and satin overcoats… Everything a blogger has in their closet. If you are a fashion blogger you probably own one or all of these pieces. This garment is probably the focal point of today’s look so choose a shade similar if not an exact match to your outfit if you want to write a little trend on trend blog post. 


If you are a preppy lady, add stripes and a trench coat to your look. Adding a pop of color like this red scarf is a nice change to the cardigans you always have tied over your shoulders. Live on the edge and wear a matching lip stain and a cross body bag. This is perfect for a day at the museum, or even an afternoon walk through the city. 


So you like fashion, and you’re into trends a little but you’re more of a labelista. Pair a grafic t-shirt with a pair of leather joggers and a black bandana. Just Do It. Throw your coat over your shoulders… That’s what the cool kids are doing these days… Trust me. Now go to Williamsburg and have a drink or two. You can even wear sneakers. Thank me later.

No matter how you like to wear your scarf… You must admit as I said before there is definitely a right way to do it. I hope you gained some inspiration from this post. Would this be something you would like to try? I would love to know in the comments section below. Until next time Happy Shopping. 

Shopaholic Personal Style: LA Edition


I have been away from my blog for a while and I have missed you guys! I have been busy trying to finish up my portfolio for Thee Shopaholic Styled Me, and I can not wait to share that and more news with you. I took a quick girls trip to LA. I had fun in the sun and dressed for the occasion. 

One of my favorite pieces from my trip was this yellow lace dress from HM Trend. This dress is beautiful and I love yellow pieces, especially in the summertime. But if I am being totally honest I don’t like the fact that I was having issues with the zipper. I think for the $129 price tag they could have put more effort into the quality. The zipper kept coming down throughout the day and I eventually had to just change. I had to drop the dress off at the tailor for the zipper to be replaced. 


I took a trip to the Standard Hotel Pool. I had been itching to wear my favorite fringe bathing suit. I paired it with a floral beach cover from Forever 21. The pool was so dope and I saw Les Twins playing table tennis and felt like I fit right in.


This whimsical piece is also from HM. I went on a Hollohwood Tour to see the sign and wanted something light and breezy. I paired the look with my tourist white nike sneakers and my kashmirviii clutch. 


There was a full on heatwave in California and I wanted to have lightweight fabrics that had a lot of movement. This chambray denim dress from Forever 21 was perfect. I went for a quick brunch at Aroma and then headed downtown for a day at the museum. I decided to Dust of my personalized clutch from my girl HerStyleByFashion. 


On our last night in LA we had a fancy dinner outing and I decided tocolor-block. I had a green jumpsuit I purchased from Tick-Tock clothing boutique earlier this year. I paired the look with a pair of orange pumps, a matching clutch and tassel earrings.  

  I had a blast in LA! I hope you enjoyed my looks because I had fun wearing them. I have a lot more to share from my trip. I got the most questions about my outfits so I decided to start there. Until next time. Happy Shopping! 

VH 1 Honors a Queen 


Queen Latifah is a hip hop pioneer. If you have been living under a rock you probably don’t know about the laundry list of life accomplishments. Tonight she was honored by VH 1 for some of those accomplishments. 


People got an exclusive with the queen and the campaign looks amazing! The leather and gold looks absolutely regal on her and very fitting for her self proclaimed title. 


I can’t wait to see what else Queen Latifah has on her list of life contributions to the world of fashion, beauty and hip hop. This is an unlikely combination but she carries all three hats and several others, with elegance grace and style. 

Cocktails With Claire NewYork 


So I attended this year’s installment of Cocktails with Claire, hosted by Claire Sulmers and Miss Diddy LA. The panel was rich with guest speakers like Yandy Smith (Love and Hip Hop), Ty Hunter (Celeb Wardrobe Stylist), Angela Yee (Radio Personality) and countless more. 


I was finally able to sample brunch bites from Chef Jeff Catering and business partner Tasia (Master Decorator). The chicken and waffles, French toast, mini sliders, and Mac and cheese were all so memorable! I would not know how to describe the flavor you just had to be there! SO GOOD! 


One of the most interesting parts of attending these networking events for me is meeting new people and creating new bonds with like-minded fashionistas. This purple haired beauty is a radio personality Angel White from Rochester, NY and drove down to get advice from the entertainment panel. 


It is always good to connect with people we see at these events all year long and catch up away from social media. We get to have a meeting of the minds and talk about how we can collaborate our efforts to make our individual business better. 


This was a fashion driven event and the attendees did not skimp on style! I loved this monochromatic look on Avielle Amor (beauty blogger and YouTube content creator). The sun coming over the lofts roof top made for an awesome outfit post. 


Staff writer for Fashion Bomb Daily Marsha Badger looked amazing in white and later changed into a sleek black outfit for the second half of the festivities. 


There were tons of vendors at the second half of the event. The sip and shop had body care products like Skin Buttr (pictured above) and fashion and accessories as well. 


Fashion, Style and all they have to offer! Which of these looks is your favorite! They look like an amazing girl group, I promise this was not planned! But these ladies looked amazing. 


During the break I ventured into midtown Manhattan for a quick wardrobe change for MUA Ace more fondly known as Delightful Ace. We decided to go for a quick monochromatic look to match the cobalt blue heels she wore to part one of Cocktails with Claire. 


I think it’s safe to say that the matching set and monochrome was the theme of the night as Sammy B (wardrobe designer) attended Cocktails in one of her latest designs. We talked a little about what was coming in the future for her collection. I can’t wait to see what she does next. 


Black Girl Magic was also present at Saturday’s event and I was glad to catch up with the girls. 


What I wore: 

Crop Top & Pants : ZARA

Necklace : ALDO Accessories 

Shoes: Shoemint (Years Ago) 


I have included the rest of the pics from the event below for you to browse through. If Cocktails with Claire comes to your city you might want to check it out!