With Spring being 22 days away I started looking through editorials (for spring) when I ran across a lovely spread by Lurve Magazine featuring the beautiful Sedene Blake. When I think of spring I think of soft colors, blooming flowers, feminine motifs and delicate floral fragrances. This look reminds me of a cloudy day in Paris. 
Let's be honest, Sedene has a very beautiful creamy complexion and since we can't ask her about her regeme we will have to guess. Aside from a diet rich in fruits and veggies,  exfoliation and moisture are the key when working towards smooth skin. I recommend using a sugar or salt body scrub, exfoliating body wash, or body peel and using coconut oil, shea or coco butter to moisturize. Last but not least, you can't forget hair, skin and nail vitamins, drinking plenty of water, exercise and getting at least 8 hours of sleep. *trust me you're worth it*
Since spring is a season of renewal, I've decided to create a "Spring Challenge" since we have 22 days left before it gets here.  I will posting an array of new ideas and products that will help us transition into better people. 
Hopefully many of you will join me on my journey to newness. I plan on bring spring in with a new hair style, new fragrances, clear smooth skin and a positive approach to life (yes mental wellness is also important. So ladies what plans do you have for spring? 





The skirt
Fierce

this looks so Parisianne
business chic
jewels under a sheer top. Love it!!!!!
hotness

I've seen lots of editorals, hundreds of models, endless amounts of jewelry, unfathomable of makeup  looks and clothes but nothing,  I mean nothing can compare to this one. Ouch Magazine has really out done itself with this photoshoot. I can honestly say that to me, this has got to be the best I've seen so far. The whole artistic content of this look, is beyond genius and must have taken some truly talented people to put it together. The look juxtaposes primitive tribal style with a futuristic post apocalypse chic. The model is quite impressive as well, her look transcends many cultures, you can't tell if she's Hispanic, Asian, Pacific islander, Native American  (Eskimo) and that's what makes this look so awesome. Well, that and the peacock eyes, jewels, the feathers,furs, the large gaudy bohemian pieces, earth tones, Ethnic clothing and kick-ass terranean background. Ladies you be the judge, let's have a look.
 (who wouldn't want to wear this to a beach party?)


  
(fierce!!! loving that necklace)
 
 
(omg look at the mint nails/toes, the shell necklace and the fur cap)
(love it!!!) 
(my favorite picture, i love everything about this picture the peacock, the eyes, the jewels, and the cape) 
( she looks like a Native princess.. so pretty) 
(the colors blend so perfectly) 

So that completes the editorial (even though I wish it didn't end), ladies tell me what you think. What part of this editorial did you like?

 

(I love everything about this look)
I recently posted a tutorial on how to get soft hands and the importance of having well groom nails.In my opinion well groomed nails just make your outfit look 100x better and it' gives you a more polished look. I ran across this accessories  editorial in Harper's Bazaar the other day and it just confirmed what i've been saying about manicured hands. I love the big rings shoes and cutesy clutches etc but these looks are complement by the model's pretty hands. Surely one can"t step out in such opulence with rough, dry and chipped nails. Even if you can't afford a manicure, do your nails yourself, it's fun.
Take a look for yourself and tell me what you think.
 
(I can imagine Rocking this in Miami) 
(spring time flirty)
 
(there's no nails in this picture but it was apart of the editorial and fabulous none the less) 

Everyone knows that when it comes to style and art the Italians got the game on lock. Historically, Italians have always been big on detail, quality, elegance and innovation. So it comes as no surprise when Italian Vouge Magazine came out with an all black edition called " The Black Allure".The modeling and fashion industry has done alot to keep black models from really gaining a foothold in the business by not taking black women serious, denying the existence of black beauty or using the fallacy that someone black models can't sell fashion. There's an prejudices against black designers and black clothing lines. Italian Vogue however, decided to go against the grain to not only make one black issue, but they made four!!! The black edition was so successful that Vogue sold out and now you can only find them on ebay for $1,000 usd. 

The Black Allure editorial is a combination of the flapper 20s with a dash of the 30s jazz era. I'm madly in love with the feminine jewels, the embellished gowns and of course the sultry and sexy black models that are reminiscent of the Harlem Renaissance era. There's something about the editorial that captures a rarely seen depiction of black women; strong, confident, feminine, mysterious and elegant. Despite American's portrayal of black women, Italy not only captured the epitome of the dark Goddess but a rare glimpse of the beauty the world has purposely ignored. As they always say " when in Rome do as the Romans", well I plan to do just that and continue to uphold black beauty despite what others may do or say.

 
(reminds of me of Grace Jones) 
(soft and sultry)
 
(so bad azz. I would love this to be a poster on my wall) 
  
(sh'es working it and her body is curvy)

stay tuned for part 2 of this fabulous of editorial.

 (there's no filter on this picture, just pure sunshine)

     I got a thing for manicures hand. Nothing complements your outfit and jewelry better then well groomed hands.Ever after having a manicure your hands can still be dry, rough or lack luster and need to be tended to. Aside from my manicure obsession, I also have a thing for keeping my hands soft. I enjoy receiving complement after complement about the softness of my hands. After all hands are used for shaking, holding babies, rubbing shoulders,trying on fabulous jewelry etc..so why not keep them soft and smooth? The other day someone asked me about my secret to soft hands and to make a tutorial. So as promised, here it goes.

  

  
Here's what you will need. salt, coconut oil and a cream/foam cleanser
 
Rub the  coconut oil all over your (clean) hands and let it sit for a min
add salt to your hands and rub your hands together vigorously  
 
make sure to scrub your palms, in between fingers, wrists and nails
 
now add the cream cleanser( in my case foam)
Spread it evenly and hands and wrists let it sit a min
 
 now rinse
rinse with luke warm water

  
use a towel to pat dry your hands 
 
Voila your done.
My hands up close. they feel so soft and smooth. * no hand cream needed 
Now it's time for a manicure. I use P&E vitamin e polish as my base,  Sations nail polish in Miss Garnet 106 and Nabi nail lacquer no.2 Glossy as my top coat for s
uper shine.

Put on some jewelry
And I'm done.

  So here's my secret so soft smooth hands. Ladies give it a try and tell me if it worked for you. 

 Did you know that you can use this same method for your face and body? For your face, put the coconut oil on let it sit for a minute, scrub your face gently in a circular motion and then add the cleanser for your skin type.for dry skin like mine use a cream, for  oily and combo use a gel or your every day cleanser. Rise your face with a luke warm towel and the moisturize .
For your body, I recommend you stand in the shower. Rub coconut oil all lover your body, place the salt on a thin coarse towel and begin to scrub yourself with it. Take your favorite creamy body wash or 
soapy towel and go over your entire body with it. Turn on the shower to luke warm rinse and when you get out moisturize your body with your favorite lotion or body oil. 
I've been going myself this treatment since I was a teenager and to this day it still works for me. Ladies please tell me if it works for you and how your skin feels afterwards.I promise that both you and your significant other will love the feeling of your skin.
 So ladies, what beauty ritual do you swear by? Please let me know in the comment box.