Coachella Fashion Favs

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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.

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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?!

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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.

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Thanks for reading guys. What were some of your favourite looks?

Enjoy
Xo

Chronology Tour

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Chronology Tour
Chronixx
Kelissa
Zincfence redemption

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.

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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.

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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 :
Spirulina
Majesty
Capture Land
Nah follow nobody
Smile Jamaica
They Don’t Know
Roots and Chalice” My Fav ❤

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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.

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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

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Skankin Sweet!

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❤❤

Enjoy
Xo

Pic credit: chronixx instagram

Caribbean Designers Slaying in the Diaspora

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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

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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.

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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.

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Davidson petit-Frère

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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

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.

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Marie Jean Baptiste

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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.

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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.
Xo
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‘Good Friday’ Yaadie Style

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.

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Happy ‘Holiday’
Xo

Manguuhhh *Mango*

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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.

Roasted Mango

Ingredients:

🔸1 *turn* half ripe mango

🔸2 teaspoons of virgin olive oil

🔸 2 tablespoon of brown sugar

🔸Himalayan pink salt (just a pinch)

Cooking instructions:

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!

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Yum Yum 😋
Enjoy
Xo

Suitcase Chronicles

Hey gals and guys, hope everyone is having a great week so far….#HappyHumpDay. I should have written this post a couple weeks ago but I had alot a stuff doing anyways better late than never.

Day 1
Busch Gardens
So this trip to me to Tampa. I got a free ticket to go to Busch Gardens and lets just say you aint gotta tell me twice 😂. Busch gardens Tampa is a theme park that is apart of the Seaworld family. The park consist of amazing rides such as the cobras curse, colony crown and falcons fury. But being the chill person that I am, I took a stroll through the Edge of Africa, a train ride tour and a skyride. Im scared of heights 😩 but due to peer pressure I gave in and tried the falcons fury…..gurrrlll that sh*t was scary..I’m not gonna lie lol I was like ‘ unuh put mi dun’ lol I was so done after that.

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Day 2
Tampa Musuem of Art

I abslutely love museums and I had to visit one while I was in town. The Tampa Museum of Art is located downtown. The building is stunning and equipped with modern architecture. It has a large open space as you enter, a goegeous glass staircase, a cafe and a gift shop. They showcase pieces ranging from the BC era to modern and contempory art.

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Xo

Carnival is Woman

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I came across this photo while stalking everything that remotely consist of the hashtag Trinidad Carnival…..what? Where? Who? When? U name it i was in full #IdidNotGetToGoToTrinidadSoImmaStalkTheLifeOuttaItOnSocialMedia mood lol it sucked. Anyways from the photos and videos that I saw it seemed like everyone had the time of their lives. Then I came across this stunning thought-provoking photo and it sent shockwaves all through my body. She not only wore this costume she embodied it!….she lived it!….she owned it! This is what carnival is about its a celebration of our ancestors….what they did, who they were and what they stood for. She showed strength….empowerment…traditions…..boldness….culture….tenacity….tribe….fearlessness and that is exactly what carnival is about. Carnival is Woman!!

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Xo

🎶Currently Listening to🎶

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Jidenna- Jus A Lil Bit More

I am so inlove with this song. The first time i heard it I immediately downloaded it and had it on replay for the whole day lol 😂…. I tend to do that when a song has that particular vibe that speaks to me. I know what you are going to ask lol….Yes!!! I do know ever word and distinct sounds to this song. The video was shot in my beautiful country Jamaica and I absolutely love it. From the concept of the different scenes to the beautiful black people and dances. You have to check out this song/video it is everything!!!!😃

Happy Monday guys have a great week!
Xo

Nostalgic

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Soooo…..I came across this photo sometime ago and it brought back so many blissful memories. The nostalgia associated with this picture got me smiling from ear to ear.  I remember one instance so vividly when I got some rope that was laying around the house and decided to build a swing. I was very determine to get that swing. I attached the rope to the #11 mango tree inna mi yaad (still there) and secured it as much as I could. I got a piece of board and squeezed it in between the ropes and away I went back and forth…weeeeeeeee………😁😀 swinging the hell out a that swing trying to go as high as I could. Suddenly I was on the ground wid a buss head crying lol. However I look back and I wouldnt have changed it fa the world. I am proud of the upbringing I got in Jamaica. The tree climbing, the barefoot strolling, the ring games…..mannnn……nothing the most smartest tech can create that will eva come close to these sweet sweet memories and experiences I had as a child.

Proud Island Gal
Proud Jamaican
Xo

5 Things I’ve learnt about my 20’s so far

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So I just turned 24 over the weekend yayyyyy🎉🎊 super thankful. Im excited and extremely empowered about the self defining, self finding and evolving person I’m becoming. Growing up in Jamaica I didnt have much but some of the most happiest times of my life. Everything was easy breezy layed back no worries……and then this happen 24! Like where did all that time go lol. Before you know it you’re adulting well for the most part lol 😂😄.

No one has it figured out

So our social media lives are an illusion and no matter how picture perfect some may look, we all individually know the messy behind the scenes reality of our own lives. For some reason, we think everyone else is somehow immune to this ‘mess.’ They’re not! We’re all human. Its okay to not to have it all figured out. Remember the grass isnt greener on the other side, its greener where ever you water it!

Circle got smaller

Cliche……yeah I know but until you are faced with it then you’ll realize. I use to think this is just some loosly used terms until this shit happen to me. All that negativity, petty immature behavior I’m not for it. If your ‘friends’ are not on the same path or similar mindset as you then its time to go. Girl bye 👋

Educate Yourself

I have learnt so much in the pass year or so because of self teaching. We as black people are being told so much crap and for quite sometime I’ve been absorbing this information and running with it no questions asked. Ive had so many defining moments and when those moments happened I couldn’t believe what I use to think was true. So im basking in these moment I take out of my busy life to educate myself.

Career

7/10 times your college major has nothing to do with your actual job in todays society. I studied education and yet here I am…..a ‘writer’

Travel

Enough with the clubbing. I now partake in alot of travelling…..spur the moment roadtrips my fav 😄.

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Xo