Hey lovelies, hope everyone is having a happy Sunday✨
So, alot of us are actually living and working in areas that have poor air quality. Infact, indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top 5 environmental risk to public health and can be cause from poor ventilation down to the very material of your furniture.
….Yeahh this ish is no joke 😩
Poor air quality typically causes headaches, eye and nose irritation, nasseau, dizziness and your sinus just out of control like wth……However, thank God for good ole mother nature blessing us time and time again.
In my home I have the bamboo plant, snake plant and the aloe vera plant. Here are my top 5 air purifying plants to have in your home.
1. Bamboo Plant or Lucky Bamboo
2. Aloe Vera Plant
3. Snake Plant
4. Palm Plant
5. Peace Lilly
These air purifying plants require no direct sun light. They can be placed near a window area that receives lots of light and not so much direct sunlight. Please do not overwater, they are resiliant so dont worry they dont die easily.
These amazing plants not only cleans the air but they also are beautuful and reduces stress levels by uplifting your spirit everytime you look at them.🌵🌱
These lovely plants can be found at your local Wal-Mart, Home depot or Etsy Store
What plants do you have in your home?
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Traveling overseas is one thing that is on most, if not all, of our bucket list. Experiencing different cultures in its various forms – history, music, people etc. is something I’ve always wanted to do. Traveling is an outer body and inner body transformation and realization that each and everyone of us should experience at some point in life. Traveling can be exciting, however, if the necessary precautions are not taken, it could go downhill. I have outlined a few things I’ve done when traveling that has helped me big time.
Be sure that the specific country you are traveling to uses your credit card. Local cash is a must and this tip i learned from my mom. A day or so before you leave for your travels stop by your nearest western union store or online and send yourself some money to the destination where u are going to be. When you get to the destination stop by the closest WU store and pick up your money. Why, you ask? Typically when you bring your actual currency to these country it’s gonna be exchanged to the local currency. When it comes to the exchange of currency, there is usually a charge that cost an arm and a leg bruh! Also you dont want to use a currency that is not of the land. You dont want to stick out cause thats when you get scammed.
Ensure you have two 2 copies of your passport, visa, greencard etc. Keep one at the place you’re staying and keep one back in your home country. In the event that you lose anything you have backup.
Obviously you would want to book your hotel in advance. However, like 2 weeks before you travel ensure to double check with the hotel and make sure that your room is indeed still booked cause sometimes they do overbook. I had to learn the hard way 😩(had to tell har bout har mudda cunt) 😂 dont judge🙅
Activate your phone’s roaming plan; some are free and some are not. If you dont want to do that there are a bunch of international calling apps out there such as magicjack.
Be sure to research prior hand local events, happenings, local food because the tourist treatment is not always a true representation of the culture of that country.
Hope this helps and if you have any additional tips feel free to share it in the comments.
This years staging of Bacchanal Jamaica indeed had carnival revelers ‘spellbound’.
Mi a di b-a-d-d-e-s-t Tifa ❤
The notorious steel pan. It wouldn’t be carnival without them.
Mi Gal Chana❤
Awww carnival and love a beautiful combo ❤
Kes the band
Beenie Man and Bunji Garlin shelling dung the place
The Curvy Diva
Queen of Bacchanal: Alison Hinds
See also Carnival is woman
Photo credit: skkann Media, Nirvana
The amount of time mi hear dis *B* word yah! Yes, Budget Budget Budget! Get your mind out the gutter 😂. As a millennial budgeting your money should be a priority and its so much easier with the help of apps. Money management in a time such as today is key because you never know what kind of emergencies can happen whether it be job losses or incidents you want to be prepared for the most part.
▪ Makes you aware of whats going on with your money
I know that some of you can relate when its the end of month and you get paid and like a week later you’re like where did my money go? Yeah been there…..With budgeting it makes u aware of where your money is going….what money is coming in. You are able to practice more responsible spending.
▪ Saved and Sanctified😂: Shopaholic tendencies 0……Focused 💯
Budgeting makes you more focused on your goals. It helps you to curb your spending habits. Unnecessary spending habits is a no no gotta nip that sh*t in the bud. Trust me I’ve been there 😩😩.
▪ I Got Receipts: Maintain Organization
A budget helps you to organize your bills. When to pay what bill, gage how much money is going to that area and also gather all your reciepts in the event you have to revisit.
Thanks for reading but before you go if you have any additional tips or just want to share your thoughts feel free to do so in the comments below☺.
oday I’m musing the amazing fashion designer, Azede Jean-Pierre who hails from the beautiful island of Haiti *related article here*. Her self-titled label embodies freedom, one important word that comes to the mind when one thinks about the spirit of my Haitian brothers and sisters.
From a tender age Jean-Pierre got into sketching which eventually blossomed her into the eclectic inspiring designer she is today. Jean-Pierre’s line has a bohemian feel with a touch of structured fits that can be paired and worn to a business event or work. She even had the former First Lady Michelle Obama in pieces from her collection, now how dope is that!
Jean-Pierre combines her talents with philanthropy by recently partnering with Haitian business owners in order to design free uniforms for 12 schools within the island.
On her recent trip back to Haiti she jumped at the opportunity to mentor local artisans and entrepreneurs guiding and offering her insights. She also showed appreciation and making these talented people aware that there is indeed an international market for them.
Jean-Pierre also connected with a number of influential people and organizations that do a great deal for the country and its people.
With education being the key to sucess and Jean-Pierre’s design skills matched with local artists. It was safe to say the stance was pretty clear and that was to create school uniforms for the underprivileged.
I know that this initiative is going to help out a lot of parents and children. I mean speaking from personal experience when you look good you feel good and ultimately will create a state of mind for learning.
Jean-Pierre is expected to work with local artists to produce these uniforms and is expected to come into effect for the upcoming school year 2017-2018.
I am really here for this and I absolutely love that she is using her talents to give back and not just signing a check like some would do. She’s not afraid to get down and dirty. There is no assistant doing the work, Pierre is and she is facing and interacting with her people and I admire her for that. You go girl!
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Hey guys and gals hope y’all are having an Irie Tuesday❤.
So, day 1 of Coachella got underway and the celebrities came out to play. You know what erks me is when you see these celebrities in some over the top outfits that just doesnt cut it for a day festival out in the frikin desert ugh. And then, there are those that do make the cut. Here is a break down of my fav looks from over the weekend.
She can do no wrong in my book! My absolute number 1 favourite ofcourse was badgal harself Rihanna.
She was dripping in Gucci. Let me just say if it was any one person that could pulled this look off it would be Riri. She chose an all-over crystal embroidered mesh top, matching all-over crystal embroidered mesh leggings, a white Gucci Print & Common Sense by Coco Capitan jersey tank top and stone bleach washed denim *battyrida* as we call them in Jamaica.
Regular jeans? Who wears that! Apparently not Riri! On Sunday Rihanna arrived just in time for Kendrick Lamar’s set wearing a Matthew Adams Dolan off-the-shoulder jacket and floor-grazing slit pants. Adam Selman x Le Specs sunglasses and thigh-high cream-colored Maison Margiela boots. Can you tell she came to slay?!
My next fav was Miss Eva Marcille honey gave me a been there slayed that bohemian type a vibe with her looks and I was loving it! Both jumpsuits and maxi dress are from OTT ss17 collection and Fenty×Puma slides.
Thanks for reading guys. What were some of your favourite looks?
Look here nuh man you see this man right here is one of the chosen ones. His music, his spirit, his mind is on a whole other level. I’m a day one fan of this King right here and when I tell you that the performance that he put on last night was an experience that touched the mind and the soul all at the same time.
The opening act, Kelissa, blessed the stage with her beautiful voice singing hits such as “How Many More” and even showcased her guitar skills which were phenomenal by the way.
Soon it was time for the man himself, hailing from Spanish Town Jamaica, Chronixx. He came out and immediately put the whole audience in a rhythmic trance with his dancing. The way he danced, flashing his locs; his hand and foot movement brought out a nostalgic feeling that was embedded in our genes ancestrally. We, our physical selves, didn’t necessarily moved like that but our ancestors did and passed it down to us metaphysically.
He graced us with hit after hit such as :
“Nah follow nobody”
“They Don’t Know”
“Roots and Chalice” My Fav ❤
Throughout his performance, he brought opening act, Kelissa back out and the two performed their hit single “Winna” and it was electrifying and filled with soul.
What I love about Chronixx is his ‘unapologetic-ness’. He is not afraid to share the truth and talk about the injustices that we as melanated people face around the world. During his performance he took the time to share a very important message. He talked about the Coral Gardens massacre that happened in Jamaica under white supremacist leader Alexander Bustamante. What was Good Friday for many yesterday was Bad Friday for the Rastafarian community caused by events that took place marked 52 years ago to date. P.M. Bustamante ordered to bring in all Rastas, dead or alive. Over 150 Rastas were arrested, jailed, beaten and tortured just because they refused to conform to Babylon and their twisted system. Indeed a very dark day. He further talked about how just 52 years ago it was a bad and very dangerous thing just being a Rasta. In today’s society, especially now more than ever a lot of people are treating locs as a fashion trend without knowing and appreciating the true meaning of what it is, the numerous battles that they fought and how significant it is.
I end this off by personally saying, “You were nothing short of Amazing.” If Chronixx comes to a city near you please go see him you won’t regret it. Check Tour dates
Pic credit: chronixx instagram
The Caribbean and its diaspora has produced some talented barrier breaking individuals in every aspect of life you can think of and fashion design is one of them. This industry is filled with immensely talented designers from the Caribbean diaspora that are making major strides in this very populated field. The Caribbean is undoubtedly known for setting trends. What makes these designers very special is that they use their very rich heritage as the base or backbone from which all other high fashion pieces emerge from. For them it’s much more than just clothes it’s an experience and a story to be told every piece having its own story.
Azede Jean-Pierre’s brand embodies freedom one important word that comes to the mind when one thinks about the spirit of my Haitian brothers and sisters. From a tender age Jean-Pierre got into sketching which eventually blossomed her into the eclectic inspiring designer she is today. Jean-Pierre’s line has a bohemian feel with a touch of structured fits that can be paired and worn to a business event or work. She even had the former First Lady Michelle Obama has worn pieces from her collection, now how dope is that! Her line also consists of strappy linen dresses, spring vibes colors and patterns. This line offers a little bit of something for the different types of everyday woman. Jean-Pierre combines her talent with philanthropy by recently partnering with Haitian business owners in order to design free uniforms for 12 schools within the island. She is expected to work with local artist to produce these uniforms and is expected to come into effect for the upcoming school year 2017-2018.
Joelle Jean Fontaine
Joelle Jean Fontaine’s brand ‘I Am Kreyol’ is all about empowerment strength and bond. From her biggest inspirations mother and grandmother who had a career as a seamstress in Haiti was the fuel that Jean Fontaine needed to create this unapologetic clothing line. Jean Fontaine and her mother have formed a force that creates clothing that infuses the traditional feminine aspect with fabrics and patterns that can be traced back to her rich Haitian heritage. Fontaine’s bold pieces such as bell sleeves and peplum tops are conversation starters that influence individuality of each and every one that has ever experienced this clothing line.
Is a menswear designer who infuses his colorful Haitian heritage with modern silhouettes and the art of being a gentlemen to produce suits that encompass much more than just fashion. His suits bring a forceful fresh take on menswear that evokes power and commands attention. Petit Frere fell in love with suits from watching his dad and wearing suits himself due to his Real estate career. Social Media along with learning the art of tailoring play a major role in leading Petit Frere to launch his own clothing brand ‘Musika Frere’ along with partner Aleks Musika. Since then their brand has been worn by a number of celebrities such as Jay Z, Kevin Hart and Stephen Curry.
Samantha Black is a fashion designer of Jamaican decent that got major recognition from being featured on Project Runway S11 and Project Runway All-stars S4. And yes I was rooting for you, you were my favorite woot woot! Her perspective on colors and patterns and fabric goes deep beyond the surface. Pieces from her clothing brand SammyB are minimal yet thought provoking and sassy and edgy all at the same time. Black has shown her bold pieces at NYFW and has dresses celebrities such as Lala Anthony and Keri Hilson.
Marie Jean Baptiste
Jean Baptiste created a clothing line called Rue107 that boldly represents her upbringing in the beautiful island of Haiti. Jean Baptiste is a true representation of what it means when the saying goes we can only hide who we really are for so long. In this case from a tender age Jean Baptiste knew who she wanted to be but we live in a society when playing it safe is the way to go. Baptiste fell out of that que and it was then that she found her true purpose and that was Fashion designing. In 2011 she created her online clothing store that have dressed the likes of Queen ‘Bey’ Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj just to name a few. Rue107 consists of vibrant statement street styles pieces that marry nostalgia with new experiences.
Thanks for reading but before you go feel free to share your idea on these designer and also if you have any that you would add to the list.
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Now, Jamaica is known for its spicy succulent Jerk chicken in terms of food. However around the ‘Easter holidays’ the only thing thats on the lips of Jamaicans are everything seafood and of course the notorious bun and cheese (no easter egg around here sorry).
Right now every supermarket bun and cheese shelf empty (big man ting)😂😂. For real though, whether you want your fish steam dun, fry, jerk or escovietch from the spanish word escabeche otherwise know as ‘scobeech’ you name it I’ve had all and its so yummy. So if you gals or guys go out and about today and had a chance to get some fish/ bun and cheese, I’d like to know how that went so feel free to share in the comments below.
So its almost Mango time when the mango tree start to bear and di blossom inna everybody yaad. Being in the States now specifically where I live its not that easy to find an abundance of mango like it is back home. I only come across one type of mango. But if you are like me and believe that mango is the holy grail of all fruits then you know yearly I go to the ends of the earth to find perhaps a few juicy ‘East Indian’ or ‘Fine skin/Blackie’ mango.
What I love about mango is its versatilities. It can be eaten whole ofcourse ripe or ‘turn’ as Jamaicans would say meaning half ripe, roasted and as a puree among many other ways.
🔸1 *turn* half ripe mango
🔸2 teaspoons of virgin olive oil
🔸 2 tablespoon of brown sugar
🔸Himalayan pink salt (just a pinch)
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Step 2. Peel and pit mango, slice into sections, place mango slices in a baking pan.
Step 3. Drizzle the virgin olive oil evenly on each mango slice. Do the same with the pink salt and the brown sugar.
Step 4. Roast for 5 to 7 minutes or until the mango slices start to brown around the edges.
Step 5. Ready to eat!
Yum Yum 😋