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

https://usa.loccitane.com

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

Credit: Bryan Santos 

 

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

https://usa.loccitane.com

3 WAYS TO WEAR PINK IN THE WINTER

Hi Ladies! Pink is not my favorite color but its an outfit instant refresher. If you are like me, you are asking if you can wear pink this fall. Wearing pink is easy in the spring and summer, however, how do we transition it to fall? Well, let’s figure it out together.

ALWAYS CONSIDER FABRIC!
Fabrics are key in all fashion trends. With this outfit, I mixed sleek and soft. Since its fall, I went for a velvet dress. You can absolutely wear pink in most textures and style once the temperature drops as long as you pair it with heavier layers. So, I dripped a pink wool jacket over I got from a thrift store. A wool jacket not only provide extra warmth, they also provide gorgeous textural contrast.

KEEP IT NEUTRAL AND SIMPLE!
My go-to trick when I’m deathly afraid most colors is to keep it simple. You can make even the riskiest pieces work as long as you keep it in the same color palette. Keeping it slight monochromatic just makes it a bit more safe. For example, bright pinks look modern and sleek when you drip another pink on top and keep makeup minimal. So, I’m wearing a nude lip gloss and a small nano tote from Strathberry.

GO BOLD!
Confidence is key. I can’t stress this enough. The freshest looks on runways this fall were the ones that contained the oddest color combos. I mean I saw the weirdest colors combined together, most I won’t even dare try. However, I love the intensity burgundy color has and how it pops against pink, creating a juxtaposition that’s perfectly balanced.

So, pull out the pinks in your wardrobe and try it out. A pop of color will never fail to make your day brighter! If all else fails, always remember to follow the only fashion rule that matters: Whatever you wear, own it and stay fabulous.

Thanks so much for reading, my dear friends, and I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far!

CREDITS
Photography by Bryan Santos

 

 

 

 

My Night-time Skin Care Routine

Hi Guys! Today I’m sharing my Night-time skin care routine with you all. I was one of those people who were adamantly against skin care. Because quite frankly, I’ve never had skin problems. At the risk of sounding braggy, I get one pimple a year if that. I’ve always been blessed with good skin. However, the older I get the more my skin is starting to act up. Not only have I been seeing weird bumps all over my face lately, dare I say it? I’m getting wrinkles. I told God, we had a deal as a black woman, I’m not supposed to age at all but here we are, aging and what not…. 

With that said, I started an intense skincare routine. Staying true to my extremist persona, I don’t do the 7 steps, I do like 20 steps.. EVERY NIGHT (Ok, I’m exaggerating 12 steps, 2ce a week). My skin literally feels and looks like baby butt and I wanted to share it with you guys. So, I filmed my step by step night time skin care routine for you and you can shop all the products I use below.

Alright, please comment and let me know if there’s anything specific you want me to address about this regimen.

 

Watch Video Here:

Credit: Miranda Ahearn 

Shop Some (similar) of the products below:

 

3 Simple Ways to Practice self-care – An ode to Self Care with Burke Williams

For most people (Myself included), adding self-care into a daily regimen can seem inconvenient, or even intimidating. I took the weekend off to focus on myself and actually logged off social media for the weekend. Yay me! My first defense is  that “I don’t have time for that,” or “I have too many other things to do.” My only “me time” is when I’m working. Go figure! Needless to say this creates stress and resentment towards my work and life in general and we don’t want that. So, here are my three ode to self care:

1. CULTIVATE THE HABIT OF GRATITUDE
It’s very beneficial to keep track of what we’ve done, but more importantly it’s needed to notice what we have. When I’m feeling stressed or off track, I grab my journal and note the things that I feel lucky to have. Everything from the food I get to eat to having a supportive family to eyes that I get to use is worth noting. Developing the habit of gratitude is a constant celebration of life. Try to catch yourself enjoying something and consciously acknowledge it. Practice. Practice. Practice.

2. UNPLUG FROM SOCIAL MEDIA.
As you all know, social media is literally what I do for a living but it is so important to log out once in a while. I’ve posted on social media every single day since April. I tell myself, its because you cant take a day off in a social media career but the truth is I get the same dopamine rush we all get when we post on social media. So, this weekend I checked into the Burke Williams Spa in Santa Monica and took the time to break away from social media, and allow myself to focus on the beauty of the moment. Studies show that spa and wellness services actually lower blood pressure and alleviate pain from our bodies. Burke Williams Spa gave me a sanctuary from the hectic pace of my everyday life. The ambiance allowed me to escape, relax and disconnect from the world and recharged my mind, body, and spirit.

3. SAY NO MORE OFTEN.
Your health and well-being come first! Self-preservation is paramount. Nix anything that/who doesn’t feel fulfilling. If you have a hard time saying no, you have to learn. Even turning down projects/campaigns so I don’t wear myself thin. Nothing worse than a person who believes they can do it all but then just end up half-a**ing everything. A “Yes man/woman” is going to eventually burn out and burn down. The older I’ve gotten, the less crap I’ve given about saying flat out “no, I don’t feel like it/ I need alone time.” So much beauty and power in those two letters. I highly recommend the book No More Mr. Nice Guy. It deals with how to overcome being nice at your own expense.

When life gets busy it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves. It is important to nurture, your soul and well being. However, practicing self-care can have great benefits for your mental, physical and spiritual health.

I’ll love one of you to join me on my journey of self-care. I’ll be gifting one of you a gift card to the Burke Williams Spa to enjoy yourself for the day. How to enter: Simply follow me on Instagram and then enter my email list. Once you’ve followed all the steps simply write “done” under the picture on IG and a lucky winner will be announced. Good Luck! 

Xx

Niké

Self-love is the first form of freedom.
—  Isra Al-Thibeh

CREDITS

Photography by Miranda Ahearn

https://burkewilliamsspa.com/

Fall Fashion Hues

 

This is by far one of my favorite looks to date. My Photographer Bryan killed this. I loved this outfit so much we even shot a little video for it for my IG. I love all the colors going on in this one outfit. We are finally starting to see a snippet of fall in Los Angeles and finally dark colors! Wine color and dark Olive green are my favorite two colors of the season.

These two colors tied together with a nude trench coat just makes an outfit look rich and sensuous.

Simply because there is so much going on and there is absolutely no need to pile on the accessories with these luxe pieces. I even ditched my signature sunglasses for this look and in lieu tied it all together with my Strathberry bag.

So, this season, update your wardrobe with these three colors. This will certainly make a big difference in your overall look. Don’t forget you can now shop all my outfits on here. Thank you so much for reading. 

 

Xx

Niké

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BOY MEETS GIRL

Even though it’s been a while since I’ve worn blazers and I myself was thinking is the name “Specsandblazers” a misnomer? Or have I simply outgrown the name? Well, Let’s find out. I had a sudden creative rush last night and I was so excited to put outfits together. Somehow, everything I was pulling out of my closet all had a masculine energy to them.

So, I decided to play with blazers. I pulled this oversized red blazer that I got from a thrift store years ago out of my closet. I paired with a heart loom jumpsuit and I belted it which emphasizes the waist and give it a slight feminine touch.

Something about a woman in an oversized tuxedo blazer says chic and “I’m too cool for you”. The great thing about blazers is that they are versatile. It adds structure and looks great with everything.

I offset the whole outfit with pointy toe leopard pumps which gives the whole outfit a more sexy look and elongates the silhouette of my body.

Masculine tailoring is incredibly flattering as long as you offset the outfit with feminine accessories. I paired it with Zara messenger bag and a black sunglasses.

So, do yourself a favor and head to the men’s department for the perfect option—if it’s a little bit too big, get it taken in at a tailor, or drape it over your shoulders and you’ll be good to go.

Xx

Shop this look below: