HOW TO LAYER DENIM LIKE A PRO

Denim has been around since 1800s and they can never go out of style since they are the epitome of swag. Since winter is all about layering, won’t this be the best time to experiment with denim. On appearance, you may think that denim on denim on denim is and eyesore and that perhaps it should be left to catwalks and fashion magazines. But that’s where you’re wrong. Anyone can layer denim like a pro – so go pick out all the denim in your closet before I finish writing and let’s layer together.

Many of us are afraid to layer clothes for fear of looking bigger and bulkier than we actually are. However, if done right, it could actually make you slimmer. A perfectly layered look will compliment your body, giving you the ultimate swag you need.

First thing is to start with a key piece and work your way to the outer layer. I chose this pencil dress which is already a statement on its own. Length and proportion is key when layering. Since the dress is a maxi dress, I chose two jackets with two different lengths. Also, It’s best to incorporate a mix of materials when styling a layered look if you don’t want to look like a stuffed turkey from last thanksgiving, choose a thinner denim jacket, as this will enable you to layer it.

Finally, add some accessories in the form of jewelry or watches. I chose a white sunglasses. Thank you so kindly for reading. I’ve linked the outfit for you below. Stay Fabulous.

 

SPECSANDBLAZERS X COASTAL

Hello everyone! I am so excited to share this article with you all who are as just as blind as me. I have been wearing prescription glasses since I was 14. As a long time wearer of prescription glasses, I know all too well the pains, aesthetic and financial strain, of finding new stylish eyeglasses. When I went into business for myself and became my own boss, that also meant not having things big corporate benefits and insurance and making prescription glasses a luxury! HOWEVER, I was soon introduced to a whole new way to buy glasses…ONLINE with Coastal.

Coastal is an online eyewear storefront that offers a portfolio of handcrafted exclusive designs and beloved designer brands. They curate a boutique of styles tailored for you based on your glasses measurements and style preferences.

I reached out to work with Coastal to help me pick out some new eyeglasses.  It couldn’t come at a more perfect time, because I was in need of some new prescription glasses!

I had a hard time narrowing down all the options.  I was surprised about the amount of choices they had, and for such a reasonable price!  I finally narrowed it down to two. I wanted one for day wear and one for night wear. I’ve always find it difficult to find beautiful prescription glasses I can wear at night. I picked Kam Dhillon Hutton white tortoise glasses for my day wear and a very stylish Kam Dhillon Requiem Black with gold rims. I love the black ones especially because they are so versatile. They are also so light weight that I kept checking to make sure they were still on my face! And they are super flexible!

If you want a company with a creative and innovative way to finding prescription glasses, here is a discount code only for SB readers. Use Code: “SPECSANDBLAZERS” for a buy one get one free (*some exclusions apply) on their site: Coastal 

Now you are ready to start shopping! Enjoy 🙂 Thanks for reading. Stay Fabulous!

3 Ways to Tackle Oily Skin for Good!

This post is for all of you who suffers from oily skin like myself. You could literally fry plantains on my skin. Albeit, the benefits of oily skin far outweighs the disadvantages. So, what causes oily skin? Oily skin can be caused by genetics, dietary choices, too much stress or hormone changes in the body due to puberty. Unfortunately, women also are more prone to oily skin during menstrual cycles, pregnancy, or while taking birth control pills. So, how do we banish oily skin for good? Here are 3 ways! THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED.

  1. Try Home remedies! I just found out that cucumbers literally can single-handedly cure oily skin. Cucumbers are very beneficial for oily skin due to their cooling, astringent, and soothing properties. Also, the high vitamin and mineral content, including vitamins A and E, magnesium, and potassium, are good for oily skin. Cut a fresh organic cucumber into thick slices, and rub them thoroughly on your face. Leave it on overnight and rinse with warm water in the morning. Do this daily before going to bed. Alternatively, mix one-half teaspoon each of cucumber juice and lime juice. Apply this mixture to your skin, let it dry, and then wash it off with warm water. If all else fails, try cucumber masks. I am obsessed with purlisse face masks. I have one on in this picture and I also linked them below. 

2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! One of the biggest mistakes oily-skinned people make is skipping moisturizer. We think since we are already oily we shouldn’t add more oil. WRONG! As a matter of fact, it’s the opposite. You are oily because you don’t have enough hydration. ”Moisturizing is important to keep the skin’s barrier intact,” explains Dr. Waldorf. This key outer layer of skin is in charge of blocking out external irritants (like bacteria or UV rays) and keeping important moisture inside. This biossance squalane oil is one of my favorite oils. It’s A weightless, multi-tasking oil that instantly hydrates while locking in essential moisture. I love that it comes in travel size as well. I also love the Insta-Natural oils. Oils like these ones help preserve and maintain essential moisture. 

3. Choose your makeup wisely. When it comes to your skin, avoid pore-clogging foundations that feel heavy. Look for lighter textures and keywords like oil-control or mattifying. And if there’s only a little you want to cover up, choose powder over foundation. This bare minerals foundation with SPF is simply amazing. The creamy liquid contains bamboo stem extract for a naturally matte, soft-focus finish and won’t clog your pores. Remember to please remove your makeup before bed no matter how tired you are. Even if you just use a simple makeup remover. I made this mistake so much in my 20s. NEVER EVER go to bed with makeup on your face. 

I hope this helps. Feel free to carry a blotting paper with you everywhere and not be afraid to whip it out!!! Stay fabulous, loves.

 

3 Signs It’s Time to Break Up With a Friend and How

Breaking up is hard especially when it comes to a close friend. I am writing this article simply because we never talk about friendship breakups. Let me tell you that they do happen, it’s part of growing up and sometimes they are just as painful as a relationship breakup. I’m so incredibly lucky that both my best friends are still in my life through the trials and tribulations. My best friend Yonni and I have had couple breakups but my God, we both know that we are meant to be friends for a lifetime. However, there are some friendships that just aren’t meant to stand the test of time. The truth is, not all friendships last forever, and breaking one off can be incredibly awkward and uncomfortable especially the older we get. So, how do you identify and know when it’s time for a friendship breakup, let’s get right into it. 

  1. Ask yourself one question only! Are you ever doubting if they are ever happy for you. A truly good friend will always mirror your excitement when you get a good news. Someone who isn’t happy for you would try to poke holes in your happiness. You know the dream killers, the one who points out all the negatives when you tell them your dreams. It is an inconvenient question to ask yourself but this question would save you from a lot of toxic people. Our unconscious brain can smell and pick up on people’s energy. Everything has a frequency. Pay attention to people’s energy and be able to discern it.  Emotional safety is paramount. 

2. You are growing apart. I lost a few friends this year simply because I knew I had to outgrow a lot of people. When you are hungry for success and you are determined to climb that ladder, jealousy tends to come into play. The one thing I’ll hear from these friends were “You’ve changed” and my answer would always be “of course I’ve changed”. You are supposed to change. I don’t work this hard to stay in the same place I was when I was drifting through life like a vagabond. When I was friends with these people, I was by all accounts a deadbeat living on couches, no motivation but a lot of ambition, drifting from job to job, like some sad crust punk gypsy. One day, I realized that attitude is contagious. It’s why successful people want to surround themselves with other successful people. I am now an adult with goals and dreams and if you aren’t coming along this betterment journey….well, toodaloo. The truth is, their reactions really have nothing to do with you, what you’re achieving or what you’re becoming. Their reactions have everything to do with their own desperate attempts to cling to the familiar.

3. Competition. I believe in friendly competition, as a matter of fact, I thrive on it. I am a very competitive person by nature. I believe strongly that I should ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS be doing the worst out of all my friends. That way, I am always playing catch up. By nature, “friendly competition” is not meant to hurt anyone’s feelings. It is there to create motivation and to help people reach goals. However, there is a thin line and can easily turn mean or vicious. There should never be a point where a woman tells you to dim your light, so hers could shine. I’ve had friends who would beg and I mean beg me to not wear makeup or dress well, so they could “get some shine too”. It’s flabbergasting. A truly great friend will be happy for you when good things happen, or sad for you when things don’t go your way. They won’t try to one-up you or put you down, nor take satisfaction in your misfortune. I love when my friends are dressed well or doing well. I always joke with my Dad that I think I was born without the jealousy gene and therefore I am not a woman. When I see a woman dressed better than me or has more than I do, my first instinct is “How did she get to look or get that and how can I be her friend”.

Friendship breakups aren’t easy and they only get harder as we age. We learn to speak our mind less and are more set in our ways. Weigh the pros and cons of the friendships in your life constantly. If you do decide to let go of a friendship, give your self permission to mourn the friendship, talk about it with other friends but whatever you do, speak your truth but don’t bad mouth them. Try to be the bigger person. Please do not ghost a friend! Don’t do the fade away. Don’t use the excuse of being busy, no matter how tempted you are. Meet up with them or at the very least give someone a phone call on why you no longer think you are meant to be in each other’s lives. With that said, make sure you take responsibility for your actions. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In lieu, of pointing fingers at the other person, I try to write down everything I did that caused the demise of that friendship and hope to never do them again. Friendships evolve and die and resuscitate. Things change, people change. No matter what, always give yourself some grace. With love and light.

Niké

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Xx

 

5 Essentials For Effortless French Girl Style

I am a self-profess francophile. Albeit, I’ve never been to France. I love everything about the French culture. Their skin, their care-free attitude, their je ne sais quoi but most importantly, their style. What I admire most about the French girl style is their ability to never follow trends and simultaneously exude this effortless elegance. Let’s get a little Brigitte Bardot inspiration going on. Today, I’m going to show you 5 essentials for effortless French girl style.

  1. Less is More.
    For the French women, less is more, less is effortless and less is fabulous. For example, if you are wearing dangling earrings, you most likely won’t wear any other jewelry. Also, you can’t mix materials in your jewelry, it’s either all gold or all silver. I personally prefer gold dainty or pearl studs jewelry like I wore in this outfit. 

2. The Everyday flat/kitten heels
The French women sex appeal doesn’t depend entirely on low-cut tops and high heels. Don’t get me wrong, I love high heels. The higher the heel, the closer to….. you know the rest. However, The French woman know how to make a simple ballet flat or kitten heels look like the sexiest item ever created.

3. Invest in bright red lipstick.
I’ve preached this over and over and over and I’ll continuously do. The secret to effortless style is a red lipstick. Red lipsticks are powerful. French women are known to match their red nails to their red lipstick. Consistency is key. Red lipsticks can be different shades depending on the season or your mood but they’ll never wear blue, green, yellow or black on their lips. 

4. When in Doubt, wear a hat.
As you guys know, I love a great hat. Especially with bad hair day, a great hat will dress up anything from a bathing suit to a pantsuit. A signature hat worn adds the right amount of oomph to just about anything you put on. I paired a leather beret with my metallic tweed set from ShopMoonRiver. The leather beret gives the whole outfit an edge but still classy. 

5. Structured bag.
A simple structured bag is an essential for a french look. With a structured bag, you look smart and sleek while accommodating all your essentials. By going for a structured bag like the one I have here, you’ll surely make any outfit sophisticated, polished, and chic in no time.

Overall, just remember that French women are truly good at knowing what proper fit should look and feel like. Everything should be tailored to perfection but simplistic so. Remember, there is an exception to every rule, so do follow these ones as you please. Thank you for reading. Stay Fabulous.

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I TRIED CYROTHERAPY/B12 SHOT WITH NEXT HEALTH AND OMG!

There is no shortage of extreme beauty trends out there and in our new “Living/wellness” segment, I am going try it all for you guys. I saw at my yoga class for “cryotherapy” which is basically stepping into a human freezer colder than anywhere in the world, I thought why not?. Cryotherapy has been said to be the key to your healthiest self.

To be honest, not much scares me but I was petrified because I detest the cold. The employees at Next Health in West Hollywood were super nice and kept me calm. I got my B12 shot first aka the beauty drip. Most women I know who get this shot on regular swears they notice a drastic change in their appearances. Their hair becomes stronger, skin is glowing and weight loss. I was very skeptical at first but to be honest, I saw an immediate change in my energy. I am still waiting for the skin and hair changes but I guess I’ll have to go back for more shots.

Then we moved on to the cyrotherapy session. It’s a 3-minute experience in a chamber. Cyrotherapy is great for pain management, it’s been said to be the secret to Lebron’s James success and if its good enough for him, then it’s good enough for me. Cyrotherapy is like a whole ice pack all over your body, it reduces wrinkles and changes your mood all at once. Guess what, you guys? it was freezing!!! I was able to stay calm for the first 2 minutes but by the 3rd minute, I was in pain. However, as soon as I stepped out, I felt good immediately.

If you are up for an adventure, visit Next Health in West Hollywood. Let me know about any crazy beauty health you want me to try out.

Holiday Gift Ideas with L’Occitane.

Hi Everyone! It’s that time of the year and in collaboration with L’Occitane, I’m bringing you my three favorite gift packages from them. If you’re wondering what you would give your mother, sister, or grandmother or even for yourself, look no further.The L’Occitane gift sets are the ideal treat for a holiday surprise. I’m so excited to share my gift picks with you.

Best Of L’Occitane gift set for only $124. (Web Exclusive) — For your Best Friend.
Of course, this one has to be gifted to your best friend because it literally has everything and I mean everything someone would love this holiday season. This deluxe set includes a combination of bestselling bath and body products with luxurious ingredients, from the shea, to the almond and the lavender foaming bath and soap.

Shea Butter Collection (My favorite) for only $155 — For your Parents.

Shea Butter simply just makes me happy. The L’Occitane Shea Butter Collection is made with sustainably-sourced shea butter from Burkina Faso. The lovely thing about this package is that it’s good for all skin types and for men and women. The shea soap is very gently and has a light, fresh scent. Also, From October 25 to December 25, L’OCCITANE will donate $4 from each Shea Butter Collection and Shea Butter Deluxe Collection purchased ($74 or more) to UNICEF. So, not only would you be gifting this package, you’ll also be doing some good this holiday season. It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. Gift this one to your Mom or Dad and they’ll be so obsessed.

 

Lavender Collection gift set for only $74 — For yourself.
I can’t get enough of the heavenly Lavender smell from Provence. The Lavender collection gift set is the ultimate gift to yourself after a long day or week at work. Let all your anxiety and worries melt away while soaking in a bath with our amazingly scented bath products. If you’d like to send someone on a restful slumber, this all-encompassing set smells absolutely amazing and will help anyone unwind, whether after you’re feeling tense after a long day at work or you’re a new mom hoping for a good night’s sleep. Dip into a perfumed bath, lather up with a bar of soap, and keep the soothing feeling going with the included hand cream and wash, body lotion, and a perfumed sachet to make your linen closet or PJ drawer smell divine.
Treat yourself, you know you deserve it!

Hope you guys enjoy the three-holiday gifts. L’Occitane is one of the best luxury bath and body products on the market and will make an awesome Holiday gift for anyone on your shopping list. So, I recommend a visit to your local L’Occitane boutique (or online store).

Xx

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5 Things You Need to Work Into Your Skin Care Routine Before You Turn 30

Hi Everyone! Today, I wanted to share five things I think everyone should add to their skin care routine before the age of 30 which is around the corner for me. For a person who was so against skin care, I am now officially obsessed. I absolutely LOVE skincare now but wished I had started sooner and have learned so much about it over the past couple of months and I’ve tried myriad of products, so, I’m excited to share some of the products I believe is worth investing in. It’s truly addicting when you start to see results of a dedicated skincare routine. Prevention is better than cure, the sooner you start with preventive skin care, the better.  PS: THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED.  Enjoy!

1.  Eye Serum.

The fastest way to know someone’s age is their eye area and neck area. So, it’s important to pay very close attention to your under-eyes area.This product from Elizabeth Arden is God-Sent. In 10 days of using it, I can visibly see firmness and a drastic reduction in my crow’s feet and puffiness that has plagued me this whole year. My eyes area looks younger and brighter. It’ll set you back $60, but one capsule every other day is fine. Apply it straight to your under eye or even your cheekbones for the ultimate glowy look, or mix it with your foundation, moisturizers, or oils for all-over sheen.

2. Facial Mists.

Facial mists are a great way to add skincare to your face throughout the day without disrupting your makeup. I love using face mists, specially through winter when I feel the most dry to help my skin feel nice and fresh. Would recommend to any woman at any age! Herboviore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Facial Mist is so refreshing and is created with pure plant actives and features a base of coconut water which is infused with youth-boosting hibiscus flower petals and moisture-enhancing rose to tone, hydrate and soften skin. The burst of hydration leaves you with a natural glow all day.

3. Anti Wrinkle Cream.

    An Anti wrinkle cream with SPF is an absolute must. SPF is the secret to anti-aging. To be honest, I didn’t realize black people need SPF just like anyone else. Simply investing in a good anti wrinkle cream with SPF would change your life. It helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The properties in this Mila Moursi cream has dramatically improved the tone and texture of my skin. I try to apply anti wrinkle cream with SPF AM and PM.

 

4. Facial Oil

Face oils are so popular right now, but it’s important to use the right one for your skin type. Apply oil over daytime sunscreen and before makeup. Allow the oil to fully absorb before applying your makeup for a natural, hydrated glow. However, remember oils alone are not moisturizers (and you shouldn’t use them as such). Instead, use them in addition to your daily/nightly moisturizers. Also, remember certain oils can clog up your pores and thats why its important to be careful when picking facial oils. This one is plant based 100% natural product from Herbivore. I notice that it absorbs easily into my skin.

5. Exfoliate.

I know most of us are busy and sitting down for 45 minutes with cream on your face could be daunting. However, exfoliating has so many benefits. Truly, once I started exfoliating at least twice a week, I noticed it’s made my face smooth and silky. It has improved my skin’s texture because it involves eliminating the old skin cells on top which in turn combat signs of aging. I try to exfoliate at least twice a week as I showed you all in my Youtube video that you can watch on my channel. I love this one from Meaningful beauty simply because I already use most of their products. This advanced exfoliant is a must have.

I’m by no means an expert in skin care and I’m still working on building up my own personal ideal skincare routine, but hopefully this helps. The key to youthful-looking skin is hydration, so drink lots of water. Remember, the earlier you begin establishing habits, the easier it is to instill them. So get working on your skin, and say hello to more youthful and radiant skin come your 30th birthday and beyond. I’ve linked all the products down here and you can shop them directly below. 

With love,

Niké

 

3 Holiday Gift Ideas

FTC This post in collaboration with Olika & Sandisk.

  1. Birdie by Olika Hand-Sanitizer
    This unique hand-sanitizer is perfect for a coworker. The truth is, we all know our co-workers scary well. We all know their quirks and idiosyncrasies. So, we all know that one germophobe in our office. On our team, I am certainly the germophobe, but I still gifted the whole team one because why not? The great thing about Birdie by Olika is the wipes conveniently hidden on the bottom because iPhones can be scary. When you are done with the bottle, simply hang it up on your Christmas tree as part of your ornaments. It’s literally the best stocking stuffers this holiday season. Birdie by Olika hand sanitizer is certainly a practical gift that will be well appreciated. I’ve linked it below for you to shop.  

2. SanDisk iXpand Base

The iXpand Base is one of the best things I’ve ever touched. Where was this when my iPhone crashed and I lost everything few weeks ago. I was too lazy to backup my phone to my laptop. To be honest, I just find it tedious to keep remembering to backup of my contacts and media elements, then this innovative device from SanDisk is perfect for me. This piece of technology backs up your photos, videos, and contacts every time you plug in your iPhone. I normally have a million pics/music that I use for my blog and IG on my phone. The lovely thing is that it keeps your photos and videos right on the iXpand Base at original quality. Designed for everyday use with a soft rubber top to hold your phone and a wrap-around groove to keep your cable tidy. Easily restore your backed up photos, videos and contacts to your iPhone. You simply use your Apple Lightning to USB cable to connect it to your iPhone. I got one for myself, and both my siblings. So, get this for any Selfie-addict you know or any technology obsessed person.

3. ABLE BANCHI SATCHEL

I am obsessed with this satchel from ABLE. This color is fabulous for fall. Unlike other lifestyle brands, ABLE is truly making a difference. Their brand mission is to end generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances by creating jobs for them. The company manufactures directly in the communities they wish to impact, giving women a say in their own economic future and helping to end the cycle of charity dependency. They also foster deep relationships with their manufacturers to ensure the women in their factories can reap the full economic benefits of their employment. As a feminist, I’m all for it.

 

FTC This post in collaboration with Olika & Sandisk.

How To Dress for Work this Fall: Chic 9-5 Style

Hi Ladies! This is an article for all of you working a 9-fab. I haven’t forgotten about you all.  Who says you can’t look professional, feminine yet chic to work this fall? Office fashion is still attainable even during the cooler months.Color themed outfits like these are easy to pull off. I know we are all super busy, so let’s dive right into how to look chic and cozy for your daily office wear this fall.

The easiest way to look chic to work this fall is to invest in smart casual looks in neutrals. Neutrals are great because you can interchange them over and over. For example, I went for a muted palette of black. However interchanging the textures makes this outfit much more interesting than a simple monochromatic black outfit.

The sweater is a heavy knitted v-neck outfit. It looks great with a simple black capri pants. Don’t be afraid to wear contrasting textures or subtle patterns. For a relaxed dress code office place, feel free to accessorize. Invest in a classic black purse like this one from Strathberry.  A simple hand jewelry and a black sunglasses. I think it’s best to look well groomed in an understated way – light makeup, and minimal but classic accessories.

Do you have any tips for dressing for success at work? If so, write me on IG: specsandblazers. Shop the look below. 

Xx

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