Mother’s Day Feels❤

It is often said that the first sound we hear in the womb is our mother’s heartbeat. Actually, the first sound to vibrate our newly developed hearing apparatus is the pulse of our mother’s blood through her veins and arteries. We vibrate to that primordial rhythm even before we have ears to hear. Before we were conceived, we existed in part as an egg in our mother’s ovary. All the eggs a woman will ever carry form in her ovaries while she is a four-month-old fetus in the womb of her mother.

This means our cellular life as an egg begins in the womb of our grandmother. Each of us spent five months in our grandmother’s womb and she in turn formed within the womb of her grandmother. We vibrate to the rhythms of our mother’s blood before she herself is born. And this pulse is the thread of blood that runs all the way back through the grandmothers to the first mother. We all share the blood of the first mother – we are truly children of one blood.

~ Layne Redmon

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Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival 2017

Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival: The Spirit Awakens on Friday, August 11 through Sunday,August 13, 2017.

Carnival is unequivocally the universal event that brings together everything that is remotely connected to the Caribbean. From authentic food, music and dance you name it, it’s there in its entirety. Since its inception back in 2005 headed by Chairman Theo Jack, Jr., Jacksonville Carnival has seen thousands of carnival revelers year after year with a conquering army parading through down A. Phillip Randolph Boulevard, boldly representing who they are and where they are from. Roll call!


“We Jammin Still!”


This year’s staging of Jacksonville Carnival will take place at a new venue, the Metropolitan Park 2, over the course of 3 energy filled days. The park will be transformed into Carnival central and let me be the one to break this to you; yuh nuh want miss dis! Jacksonville is kind of the underdog of the many carnivals staged here in America and we are aiming to be bigger and better this year. Many may not know but Jacksonville has a Caribbean population of 13000, according to the Census and we need everyone to come out in their numbers and support.


Fete Life: “Worst Behavior!”


There will be a series of 5 invigorating events: Como Fete, MEGA GLO, J’ouvert, Last lap and Brunch Fete. Be on the look out for the infamous J’ouvert which involves paint, powder and oil drenched all over your body; come on who can say no to this event. It is a favorite of many and some sees it as a ritual that must be done in order to be carnival ready.

“It’s Carnival! Everybody take a jump…take jump…take a jump up now!”


Another favorite you don’t want to miss is Carnival Saturday which consists of the road march. It is jammed packed with high tempo music, a huge parade and beautiful costumes, some of them ranging 50ft tall. The parade comes to an end in front of the judges, at festival at the park. The festival includes, food, crafts, music, with live entertainers, both and international.


Carnival Tabanca!


First Coast locals, Soca Junkies, carnival revelers and visitors alike, we need yall to come out and lose yourselves in the rhythmic sections, high energy music, authentic Caribbean street food for an experience of a lifetime.
And remember, the science of the wine is all in the spine! So First Coast get ready because the Jacksonville Carnival take-over is in full effect.

For more information, please visit our website
http://www.jacksonvillecarnival.com
Xo


Versatile and Mystery Blogger Award

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I started this blog to share with you all my life and culture. Last month I hit 2k plus views and I’m super appreciative of the love and support that I’m being given. Big up unuh self always!  Keep on sharing the love you showed me even to others and I’ll always do the same x.

So I was nominated by TashneeVMavee for the Versatile Blogger Award and I’m elated and couldn’t be more grateful. I want to thank you doll for acknowledging my work so much to even consider me as a nominee. Be sure to check out her amazing blog.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person(s) who gave you the nomination.
  2. Nominate up to 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs. Also, inform them about the nomination.
  3. Tell the person(s) who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My Nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. AllAboutTheScrubLife

2. She’sMattie,Son

3. JustBrittanyMoments

4. Memoirs&Musings

5. IslandGirlOnAMission

6. MissAshleyAnecdotes

7 AsToldByAlii

8 SincerelyCara

7 facts about me:

  1. I hail from one of the most beautiful island called Jamaica. You may see Xaymacan in my tag line and probably was wondering where is that. it is infact the original name before the island was renamed to what it is now, Jamaica. “Wi likkle but wi tallawah”
  2. I recently started my own foundation and its basically about providing basic back to school tools for underprivileged children back home in my community. Hoping to be up and in full force by January 2018. Being in education I know how tough theses parents have it and the hindrance it causes for the child so I’m definitely working hard to see this come to flourish.
  3. I’m very passionate about my Jamaican and West Indian culture. Yuh neva find a proudah Jamaican than me lol.
  4. I’m a freelance writer, I cover mostly cultural events and I do a bit of social media management as well. I work with SFL Style Magazine, Current-Situation and Lakol Magazine.
  5. I have a confession to make- I am a proud carnival junkie lol. I love carnival to di bone, everything about it and the ancestral history of it makes it even more worth my while.
  6.  I have a twin brother and that’s pretty sweet.
  7. I am really scared of heights.

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I was nominated by NypheWrites for this award. She is an amazing blogger, be sure to check out her blog here.

Rules:

  1. Put the logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and link their blog.
  5. Tell your reader 3 things about yourself.
  6. You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things About me :

  • I hail from one of the most beautiful island called Jamaica. You may see Xaymacan in my tag line and probably was wondering where is that. it is infact the original name before the island was renamed to what it is now, Jamaica. “Wi likkle but wi tallawah”
  • I recently started my own foundation and its basically about providing basic back to school tools for underprivileged children back home in my community. Hoping to be up and in full force by January 2018. Being in education I know how tough theses parents have it and the hindrance it causes for the child so I’m definitely working hard to see this come to flourish.
  • I’m very passionate about my Jamaican and West Indian culture. Yuh neva find a proudah Jamaican than me lol.

My answers:

1. What is the silliest thing you have ever done?

Hmmm I don’t think I’ve done any thing silly lol. Maybe this could be one…. for a school competition we did a skit and I was dress as a mad person acting all crazy haha

2. Where do you get your blogging inspiration from?

My blogging inspiration comes from my culture.

3. What is your dream country?

My dream country hmmmm…..I dont have one but i do have a dream continent and thats ofcourse the motherland Africa!

4. Luxuries or Love?

Definitely love don’t sell your soul.

5. What’s your best read ever?

Heal Thyself- Queen Afuna

My Nominees For The Mystery Blogger Award :

1 TashneeVMavee

2 StellasCreativity&Styles

3 AieshaInspires

4 KerdishaStLouis

5 AshleyGulley

6 JessicaHugoInspires

7 JustMeMsDraya

8 SuthernTwang

9 NelReactionaryTales

10 FoodieAndThebeauty

My Questions:

  1. What motivated you to start your blog?
  2. What is your favorite shopping website?
  3. Top 3 TV series?
  4. State one mantra you live by?
  5. Name one pet peeve?

Link to my Favorite Blog Post:

Protective Hairstyles https://kriystastylesliving.com/2017/07/03/summer-protective-hairstyles/

Hon. Marcus Garvey  https://kriystastylesliving.com/2017/05/03/10-uplifting-quotes-from-the-great-hon-marcus-mosiah-garvey/

Stress Relieving Strategies  https://kriystastylesliving.com/2017/05/15/stress-relieving-habbits/

Carnival History  https://kriystastylesliving.com/2017/05/24/history-on-caribbean-celebrations/

Musing: Azede Jean-Pierre  https://kriystastylesliving.com/2017/04/20/muse-azede-jean-pierre/

Xo

 

 

 

Summer Protective Hairstyles

Ok let’s face it. It is impossible for me to style my hair every morning all while tackling the everyday challenges of life. Every Sunday I wash my hair and do some kind of protective styling to last the week max. I follow a bunch of protective hairstyle pages and influencers one specific one is @sashabasha, she is a beast when it comes to protective styling. I often go to her page for ideas.

The goal of protective styling is to basically style your hair in such a way that the ends of your hair is tucked away and protected. I love protective hairstyles because they are very convenient and stylish and they cause minimal to no damage to my hair. Protective hairstyles should never be limited. The mere twisting of the hair carries out the same preserving functions that we aim for.
Here are my top 5 protective hairstyles I am obsessing over for Summer 17.

Faux Locs
@fabulousbre

These are really popular on the social scenes and you can see why…..They are beautiful and can be done using various different techniques. The style is typically achieved using wool of some type of kinky hair wrapped around a braid.


Flat Twist

@christian_byshe

Created with a two strand technique, these stylish twists add chic to whatever look you are trying to achieve. This style is great for natural hair as well as transitioning hair. It is beginner friendly, very simple and easy to achieve.


Short braids


Long hair is so overrated. These braids are super cute and edgy. With all the beat that summer brings having long braids resting on your neck and back doesn’t seem like a good idea. They don’t cause heaviness and tension as opposed to long braids. Key to always remember is to ensure the edges are oiled and hydrated at all time.


Halo Braid


@kersti.pitre

I love these halo braids with a tribal twist to it. The braids and beads on the side add a sprinkle *more like a shower* of black girl magic to this style☺. It gives off a very elegant appearance.


Feed in Braids and Beads


I’m obsessed! This style is otherwise known as invisible braids because of the seamless technique used to achieve this style. The way the style is approached, it’s almost always impossible to tell where the additional hair is added. Of course this removes tension from your edges which is very important….gotta protect the edges.


Marley Twists (Rope Twists)

These gorgeous twists are simple to install and last for at least 2 months. Known to many in Jamaica as rope twists, they allow a different take on the braid trend and are very chic and versatile. Once again ensure that the edges and roots are hydrated to prevent itching and promote longevity of the style.

Protective styles are important because it allows low manipulation of your actual hair thus preventing breakage. The end game is to really preserve and protect the hair from any kind of damage and in turn, foster growth and overall, a healthy head of hair.

I’m going to challenge myself to do at least 3 of these styles for the summer.

What are a few protective styles you can’t wait to try this summer?

Xo

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My Summer 17 Must-Haves

It’s almost mid-week and I hope everyone has been blessed with a great week so far and for those who are facing challenges keep yah head up ❤

So, It’s officially summer and I know everybody is excited with every sunshine causing the most beautiful beach days of the year. With the new season upon us comes the urge to want new things. And there is nothing wrong with that but at the same time there is also a need to declutter. Maybe donate a few old pieces of clothing you don’t need anymore to salvation army or re-sell them to Plato’s closet etc. After that we can get started on our wishlist or must-haves haul. Here’s a list of summer essential I need in my life.

Mule Flats

So, think cosy flats. They are absolutely gorgeous and a definite staple for any closet. They also come in handy on days when you don’t have any pedi and want to somewhat cover your toes; these are perfect for that. Very high fashion and stylish and they are perfect for whatever look you are trying to achieve. Definitely certified streetstyle. 

Moroccan Pouf (Ottoman)

Hand woven with precision by the Berber woman in Morocco, these Moroccan Poufs otherwise known as floor pillows are nothing short of absolute beauty. They are so unique and add depth to your home decor…..they are a must have. I neeeeedddd 😩.

Straw Hats

These are a must have. Summer calls for never ending beach days, pool days and vacations; it just wouldn’t be right without the perfect beach hat. 

Straw Totes

These beautiful woven chic basket-like totes are the perfect thing to grab before you head out the door. They are super earthy and gives off an island vibe.

Little Yellow Dress (LYD)

You know how they say every girl should have a LBD…yah sure. However, for the summer eyes are set on a gorgeous yellow dress. Yes….sunshine yellow is a must for summer especially for my highly melanated sisters….yasss! There is nothing like a highly melanated sis in a yellow dress 😍.

Mule

Walking around in stilettos this summer….no bueno! Mules for the win! They are absolutely hands down the it-shoe of summer 17. They are easily a go to; day or night, very accessible and very chic. The chunky low heel makes it so comfortable to walk in. These should be a definite staple for the summer.


What’s on you summer must have list?


 Xo

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4 Ways to keep you hydrated all summer long

(In my Ding Dong voice) 

” Di summer is back back back….Di summer is hatt hatt hatt 

We turning up aye we turning up 

Aye its a holidayyy-ayyy ayee aye aye aye

Aye it’s a sunny dayyy-ayy aye aye aye

It’s a nice sunny evening, a cool afternoon

Nobady has to work no nobady goes to school”

Mi nuh know bout di work part still but you get the picture 😂😂😂. Its summer and I love you Ra and all the blessings and bountiful 🌞 you keep sending down.

Staying hydrated all summer long is so important. With the temperatures rises our bodies are constantly adjusting in order to stay cool and staying hydrated is is one major way to do so. Water is life, cliche but it is. Our bodies are made up of 75% water, almost all the functions within the body needs water in order to operate efficiently. Being hydrated keeps our cells clean, energized, and efficient. Here are five staples outside of water itself that are sure to help you stay hydrated all summer long. 


1. Cucumber

Cucumber has a water content of 96.7% the highest water content of them all. So yes this is the holy grail 🙌. This can be eaten in salads, yogurts, smoothies or however you prefer it. Cucumbers are absolutely delicious; prevents headaches and is bound to leave you refreshed.


2. Strawberry

Strawberry  has a water content of 92%. It is so freaking juicy lol like if you know me you know i’m obsessed with strawberry. It can be eaten just as it is, fruit salad, covered in chocolate, smoothie or however you choose. If that wasn’t enough to convince you then guess what?!…..It is rich in antioxidants…definitely a must have.

3. Watermelon

Water melon has a water content of 91.5%. Everyone in the world must has eaten water melon before and I know you would agree with me when I say it’s soooo juicy like you’d bite into it and the juice would start to run down your hand. It is beyond refreshing, contains antioxidants and can be eaten anyway you like.

4. Coconut Water

Coconut water has a water content of 95%. It has so many benefits such as natural electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients and the list goes on and on. It has and amazing taste; indulge in as many coconut water as you can this summer and if you can get it straight off the tree in its exocarp don’t hesitate. Added bonus, in Jamaica we say the coconut water washes off the heart so go for it some a unuh heart dutty bad. 😂😂 Clean heart mi seh!

Xo


Ding Dong: Holiday

 



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Natural Soap Bars

With a shower like this you’ll definitely need the right soap 😊

A healthy lifestyle not only includes what you put in your body, it also involves what you put on your body! Taking care of my body inside and out is so important. One way I do so is by using natural organic soap bars. I’m so obsessed with them; the smell is amazing and they work wonders on my body.

1. They are made with organic ingredients. Unlike soaps from these big companies place in numerous stores filled with harmful ingredients that can be detrimental to your skin later on. Organic soaps on the other hand are free of herbicides, chemical fertilizers, or pesticides. They typically include oats, essential oils *my favourite*, coconut oil, aloe, honey among many other natural, body healing ingredients.

2. Your body is going to thank you, seriously. Using organic soap has tremendous benefit. It locks moisture into my skin leaving it silky smooth and soft all while detoxifying my body and skin of any residual toxins.

3. These organic soap bars are antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal. These properties makes it healthier and a  perfect choice for people who experience acne, oily skin and poison ivy among other skin conditions. It way better than using a prescribed cream whose ingredients contain words I can’t pronounce.

4. The environment will thank you. Due to the soap being organic that mean there is not pesticide and animal cruetly activity going on. As a result there is less havock being done to the environment bad enough as it is. 

Natural organic soaps might cost a bit more as compared to other soaps but when it comes to taking care of my body that doesn’t really matter when the benefits outweighs the cost. Here are 4 of my favourite organic soap bars and where to get them at an affordable price.

🔸 Organic Hemp Soap Bar

The Ingredients include:

Organic saponified oils of olive

Coconut oil

Rice bran

Hemp seed

Hemp seed oil

Cocoa butter

Shea butter 

Castor oil

Essential oil

Distilled water.

Buy here

🔸 Organic Lavender Oatmeal Soap Bar
Ingredients include:

Soap base

Ground lavender buds

Oatmeal

Lavender essential oil

Distilled water

Shea butter

Buy here

🔸 Organic Tea Tree Soap Bar

Ingredients include:

Olive oil

Coconut oil

Sweet almond oil

Avocado oil

Distilled water

Tea tree essential oil

Buy here

🔸Organic Rosemary Lavender Soap Bar

Ingredients include:

Mint-Infused Rainwater

Olive Oil

Coconut Oil

Dried Lavender Blooms, pulverized in coffee grinder

Dried Rosemary Leaves, pulverized in coffee grinder

Rosemary Essential Oil

Buy here

Happy reading and shopping

Xo

Before you go enjoy my May favourites below 😊

Juju Headdresses 

Buy here

Morroccan Pillow

Buy here

Nude Embroidered Lace Up

Buy here

Nude Sliders

Buy here

Plant Hangers

Buy here

Unsure about what plant to put in your plant hanger visit here 

Happy New Month lovelies🍃
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