Calling All Indie Designers, It’s Holiday Gift Guide Time


Yes, it’s true, the Holidays are coming.  Whether you celebrate Christmas,  Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and/or Festivus I hope you don’t get too stressed out this season.  I actually read somewhere that the Holiday Season is the most stressful time of year!  Really? If you are anything like me I try to avoid going into the stores during this time of year as much as possible, and take full advantage of online shopping.

This year I’m doing something a little new, I will be creating a gift guide to shine the focus on creative indie designers who have really cool products that would make great gifts for your family and friends.  So if you are an indie or handmade designer and want me to feature you in my gift guide please email for more information.  If you know of someone who maybe be interested, just share this post with them.

P.S. To help you kick off your holiday shopping I’ve included a link to some of my “Great Gift Ideas Under $50” just click on the above image!

Mangoes Aren’t Just for Margaritas


The best part about summer time is the variety of delicious sweet fruits.  In my opinion, the queen of all summer fruits is a mango.  Being from Jamaica, we LOVE when mango season comes around.  Aside from being rich in Potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin A, it is a beautiful and delectable fruit  whether you decide to eat it as is or cook with it or add it to a drink.  Have you ever came across someone who said they hated the way a mango tasted?  Nope, me neither.

The mango color has managed to sneak its way into our summer fashion and beauty products as well.  Check out some of my mango fashion picks from Polyvore .

Mango Season, Mango Fashion


Liebster Award…My Nominees Are…

Liebster Award First I want to thank beautywiththeblogger for nominating me for a Liebster 🙂  Go follow her blog! RULES:

  1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that the person who nominated you will post.
  3. Choose 11 new blogs with under 200 followers for their Liebster Award, notify them that they have been nominated, and think of 11 questions for them to answer!

11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I’m organized when it comes to everything except for my digital life (emails, memory sticks, cloud storage…it’s a mess–I’m working on it though)
  2. If you’ve given me a card at any point in my 34 years of existence for my Birthday I still have it..I save ALL my cards.
  3. I love dark chocolate, wine, almonds and avocados.
  4. I’m a tea and coffee drinker…love the smell of fresh brewing coffee.
  5. My sister and I have the same birthday- 4/11 (no we aren’t twins).
  6. Not a morning person and very much a night owl—I like quiet mornings, however, that’s a little hard in a household of 5 plus 2 dogs.
  7. Good listener when others need to talk and I’ll even help you find solutions to your issue.
  8. I’m pretty easy going, but it’s a pet peeve of mine when people waste my time.
  9. Still learning a lot things when it comes to my spiritual journey–but hey aren’t we all?!
  10. I’ve discovered how much I love audio books on my daily commutes–thanks to Audible.
  11. I speak to my mom every single day.


Questions from BeautyWithTheBlogger

1) What has been your Summer go to fotd?

LOL..this could either mean Face Of The Day or Food Of The Day–I’ll answer both.  Natural, moisturized with a light colored lipstick and maybe a little mascara, for “food” fruits (berries or mangoes)

2)Do you wear your hair more up or down this season?

It’s down during the day and by evening when it’s gym time it goes up.

3) Who is your favorite blogger?

I have so many that it’s hard to pick, my top 3 are Design Sponge, Designing An MBA and I Spy DIY

4) Are you Happy you followed my blog? Lol

Yes!  You are so cute!

5) Do you enjoy blogging more than any other social network or not really ?

I have my days.  I use to try and post something everyday and then I decided to scale back and post quality content over quantity.

6) What is your favorite song?

Once again I have one too many.  New school Nico & Vinz–Am I Wrong, Old School Sade–Smooth Operator

7) What is something you always wanted to do but never did?

Visit Africa–I still have time to do this though.


I didn’t actually, but my husband has been telling me that it’s a pretty good show.

9) What’s your day to day skincare routine?

I use to be a product junkie (maybe I still am), but I discovered Om Botanical products at a Health Foods fair and it’s been one of the best products I’ve used to date. It’s all in one cleanser, toner and exfoliator are great I do a facial steam and mask once a week.

10) What do you like to do most in the summer ?

Beach and pool–although I haven’t gotten a chance to do either one since summer started 😦

11) Are you having a good day? I hope so

Every day God wakes me up and allows me to experience is a good one I’ve come to realize.  I have my health, family and friends–everything else is meaningless without those 3 components.  Life isn’t always going to be easy, but I’ve learn to find happiness in something each day- my 100 Days of Happy on Day 31 so far.


Milk Baby Love

Beauty on a Beer Budget

Anna Amelie

Picky Little Peach

The Wandering Sheppard

Single Mama, One Income

Say No To Food Waste

Style Observatory

The Future Dub Project

Jewels & Jules

The Foolish C.E.O.

I’m LOVING the names of these blogs I nominated!


11 Questions to Answer

1. What’s your main reason for blogging?

2. iPhone or Samsung or Neither

3. What’s your ultimate favorite vacation spot?

4. What book do you recommend I read next?

5. What’s your favorite summer cocktail (it can be virgin or not..your choice)?

6. What food do you like to eat while sipping on your favorite cocktail?

7. What’s your favorite accessory or jewelry piece to wear?

8. What’s your favorite holiday?

9.  Morning riser or Night Owl?

10. Social Butterfly or “Please Don’t Talk to Me”

11.  What’s your pet peeve?


It’s Almost Summertime…Summer Snags

Must Have Summer Items
Must have summer items from Etsy. From printed shorts to sunscreen, these are the must have Summer Snags.   See my Polyvore board for details on the Etsy Sellers!

Black Herstory: Fashionable Beauty Dr. Rachel Ross

Dr. Rachel Ross


The “Fashionable Beauty” for this week is Dr. Rachel Ross.  You’ve probably spotted her as one of the doctors on the show The Doctors on ABC.  That’s actually where I discovered the wonderful Dr. Rachel.  She appeared on The Doctors a little over a year ago to discuss the hereditary disease Sickle Cell Anemia.  Being a trait carrier for Sickle Cell myself, as well as, having a father who is living with the disease and having an uncle pass away as a result of it, I became an immediate a fan of Dr. Rachel who lost her sister to Sickle Cell.

Coming from a family of doctors, I love Dr. Rachel for her realness and honesty when it comes to health.  Specializing in Family Medicine and Sexology, I find Dr. Rachel to be a very knowledgeable doctor with bedside type manner, she’s one of those that you wished lived in your city.  She also has very noticeable unique sense of style from her platinum colored hair to her bold colored and geometric print wardrobe (just watch The Doctors).  You must check her out!

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Winterizing Your Skin

Winterizing Your Skin

Wintertime is near and I know we get our cars winterized, but what about our skin?  Do we really prep it for this time of year?  Moisturizing is just as important as cleansing and skin protection.  These are some products that can help you get your skin ready for winter (and I have a feeling it’s going to be a brutal one).  I’ve even added these items to my personal “items to get” for this season and since I’m a label reading queen when it comes to products (the less the better), these items have great ingredients that will result in great benefits for your skin.  Since I’m all about supporting handmade and small businesses most of these products fall into those categories, so let’s help support great people creating great products.

  1.  Organic Pineapple and Papaya Exfoliant by Fresh Organic Body Care is made with organic and natural ingredients and is for all types of skin.  Which is great for me since I have a combination of skin types. ($45)
  2. My Sister’s Shea Butter by The Staton Sisters made with 100% unrefined shea butter and oils like olive and grape seed that are sure to keep you moisturized and ash free. ($6)
  3. Buttercup and Jake Lip Balm made with only six ingredients and very gentle and safe.  A simple lip balm that will keep your lips moisturized. ($13 for set of 3)
  4. Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Protective Face Base gives the sun protection you need, especially in the winter.  Very lightweight and absorbs well, so it’s great for oily skin too. ($39)
  5. Derby City Soap Co ‘s hand cream has five ingredients, two are coconut and avocado oil and will leave your hands and cuticles soft.  Hands get extremely dry during the winter, keeping them moisturized is extremely important. ($10)
  6. Water Bottle with Infuser Drinking water is vital to keep your skin well hydrated, especially with the changing seasons.  You can even make drinking water interesting by adding fruit and veggies to your infuser. ($9.99)
  7. Bio Active Organic Under Eye Cream Around the eyes can be one of the driest spots on our skin, keep it hydrated.  This cream is very light and can be used on all skin types. ($6)
  8. HoMedics Humidifier will actually help prevent parched skin by keeping it hydrated.  If you sit at a desk for majority of your day like I do, a small desk one like this is perfect. ($20)
  9. Goatmeal and Honey Soap is a mild soap made with goat milk, honey and coconut milk.  Your skin will love these richly moisturizing ingredients.  ($2.49)
  10. Dry Body Brush will help encourage circulation and brush away dead skin leaving your skin smooth.  ($10)

The Pink Locket’s Summer Handbag Must Haves

The Pink Locket's Summer Handbag Must Haves