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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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 

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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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Haitian Flag Day

Haiti or Ayiti is the first country to become an Independent Black Republic from the successful 1804 Haitian Revolution slave revolt. Haiti is located in the West Indies and is part of the island called Hispaniola shared with the Dominican Republic.
In honor of Haitian Flag Day, here are 6 facts about the Haitian Flag 

1. The haitian flag was sewn together on this day May 18, 1803 by a woman called Catherine Flon in Archaie pronounced Ar-kai-yeah. 

2. It is said that the symbols used on the flag are of the Vodun Religion. A very popular religion within the country. The red and blue are said to be the colors representing the God of war, Ogou. 

3. If you look at the coat of arms, the symbols used represents that of the Vodun temple.

4. In 1804 the generals and leaders of the Haitian revolution decided to adopt the flag with the colors blue and red going across horizontally. The blue and red represented mulattoes and blacks and was a way to unify the people as one.

5. Haiti, meaning land of the mountains was given its name by Emperor and military leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines and to date is one of Haiti’s founding fathers. After the successful slave revolt,  crowned Emperor Dessalines adopted a new flag on May 20, 1804. The flag had only two colors, black symbolizing death and the red symbolizing freedom.

6. During the period 1915-1934 when the U.S. occupied the island it was actually the U.S. flag that was being flown in Haiti(not surprised😒).  However, on the day marked May 18 of every year the strong-willed Haitian people would proudly put the Haitian flag in front of their houses. The determination and fight of the Haitian people is beyond what words can explain.

“L’Union Fait La Force”

Happy Haitian Flag Day 

If you would like to donate to Haiti here is a legit gofundme from Tariq Nasheed’s page click here 

Also be sure to look out for the 1804 Movie by Tariq Nasheed. Watch the trailer here

Xo

 Stress Relieving Strategies

​ This thing called stress is a serious thing and can do alot of harm to the body. In today’s society it’s seen as something that we should just accept and carry on. Controlling stress involves taking into consideration your thoughts, what you put into your body and your everyday interaction and routines. Dealing with stress is easier said than now….I know! However, with a constant effort of exercising certain habbits it can be achieved. Here are a list of stress controlling strategies I include in my everday life.

1. Reduce Commitment 

There is alot of pressure that comes with commitment especially when its coming from people that you love. Can you do this for me? Can you send me that? Can you take care of this for me? It all can be overwhelming and because I dont want to hurt anyone’s feelings, I’d cave in and say yes. You have to decide if this is worth your time and energy. If not that’s just clutter that you don’t need in your life.

Its ok to say No

I have learned that it is ok to say no. Somethings you just cant do and thats okay. You have to take care of yourself and this is the first step that leads to me time….Invest in yourself!
2. 

I usually take at least 10 minutes out of my daily routine to take a breath.

 Inhale deeply (on your tippy toes)….Exhale (hmmmm relax flat on you feet)

Meditate for at least 5 minutes to declutter your mind from negative thoughts and ultimately the body is rid of any negative energy. My fav ❤

3. Himalyan Salt Lamp 

Salt lamps are not your regular household lamps. These lamps have negative ions that are released in order to neutralize radiation from electronics such as microwaves. Salt Lamp also prevent any static buildup within the home. Himalayan Salt lamps cleans the air, increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain and this helps me to sleep like a baby.

4. Stop Procrastination

This is never good. Being indecisive causes alot of stress because the only thing that’s being done is just stuff piling up on each other. Nothing is being done because you cant decide and at the end of the day youre just stressed out. I started to take care of things as they arise and this has reduced my procrastination tendencies.

5. Plan

My planner has come in very handy. Before I would say I’m going to buy or do something and when the time comes I could not remember and I used to get so frustrated and stressed. But now I write it down and whenever I go out I dont have to try to remember what I needed to get. Great for scheduling events and keeps you one step ahead. Invest in a planner

 6. Eat healthy/ Exercise

So I’m so flawed when it comes to this ugh however, I have cut beef and pork out of my diet. It was really hard 😩. Pork and beef just sit up in your body causing alot of mood swings and depression. I try to eat at least 1 servings of fruit per day and add as much green as I possibly can. Recently I’ve been loving quinoa and been eating alot of fish. I work out atleast 2 times a week lol babysteps. 

7. Take a Bath

This helps you to calm and relax. Actually I learnt that being horizontal in the water helps with your mood. Our bodies relate the the calmness, positioning of our bodies along with the warmth of the bath to the womb and this eases our body and mind. I also add bath salts, essential oils, sometimes natural bathbombs and herbal mixtures to my bath. Similar article here

8. Drinking Tea

In Jamaica we drink tea for everything under the sun😂 lol. The ritual of making the tea and drinking it is a great way I use to relieve stress. Herbal teas contain amino acid that produces a calming nature in the body and awakens the mind. It’s aroma helps to foster positive energy leaving you with a soothing feeling.

Before you go I’d love to hear from you; what are some stress relieving strategies that you use in your life?

Xo

Dexta Daps ‘Owner’ Short Film

Yuh see due to how mi nuh able 😁😩 make mi start out by saying: This program is rated X and is intended only for viewing by adults, over the age of 18.

Recording dancehall artiste Dexta Daps released the visuals to his single ‘Owner’. Now, Dexta daps is well known for his hit single ‘7eleven’  and his very impressive eggplant 😂…..(don’t ask me for the pics…..but you can google it😏 interested parties)

The visual to the single ‘Owner’ has the dancehall community shook! The short film is about 8 min long. It was shot in Toronto, Canada and directed by Callawgrove Entertainment. Mr Dexta Daps already had the hearts of every woman from his leaked nudes but now he just refueled that lust and let me be the one to inform you men out there; your woman is not safe! 😂😂😂

The video started off with Dexta daps in the pool, then it shows this woman getting naked and soon after joins him. They began to have from the visuals very passionate sex in a number of positions.

He fuses R&B, Dancehall and Rock in that order to create an insane masterpiece. Dexta Daps is such an underrated artiste and this single shows the variety and greatness of his talents.

If you havent seen the video here it is.

Xo

Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey 

​Jamaican born national hero, Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey is one of the greatest human beings to have ever lived. He founded  the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League and the Black Star Line ship. A ship that is aimed at the return of African back to the homeland.

His Pan-African philosophy and ideals inspired Africans​ everywhere and created a global movement called Garveyism; a proud member of a movement, I joined my second year in college. His movement can be seen in primary schools all the way to the Rastafarian belief system. 

Here are 10 Marcus Garvey quotes for days that seem overwhelming and needs a sprinkle of black magic. ✨✨

“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.”

“Liberate the minds of men and ultimatley you will liberate the bodies of men.”

“The black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.”

“God and nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always the great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and eternity our measurment.”

“If we as a people realize the greatness from which we come, we would be less likely to disrespect ourselves.”

“With confidence, you have won before you have started.”

“Never forget that intelligence rules the world and ignorance carries the burden. Therefore remove yourself as far as possible from ignorance and seek as far as possible to be intelligent.”

“Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will.”

“Whatsoever things common to man, that man has done, man can do.”

“Remove the kinks from your mind, not your hair.”

Before you go let me know which one is your favourite and if you have any you would like to add to the list ☺

Xo

Met Gala 2017 Recap

Hey lovelies, hope everyone is having a good day so far.

So, the holy grail of fashion events went down lastnight…..Yes, the Met Gala! It is a major annual fundraising event geared towards benefitting the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute. The yearly celebration is themed and celebrities and attendies alike are expected to wear a representation based on their perception of the given theme. 

Co-Chair at Met Gala, Pharellel Williams and Wife- Comme Des Graçons

This year’s theme was Comme des Garçons by designer Rie Kawakubo. The 74 year old Japanese designer is known for designing risktaking, eye cathing make you look twice pieces. 

The attendees at this years ball really dissapointed me especially some of the big stars. The invitation says dress ‘Avant Garde’ and some of the pieces I saw lastnight was a 👎…..like you made no effort you could have just stayed home.

Here is a list of my top hot and hmmmm from lastnight’s star studded event.

Hot….🔥🔥🔥

Tracee Ellis Ross- Comme Des Graçons

Lala Anthony- Thai Nguyen Altelier

Janelle Monae- Ralph & Russo

Zendaya- Dolce and Gabbana Atla Moda

Priyanka Chova- Ralph Lauren Trench Coat Dress

Rita Ora- Marchesa 

The stunning Lori Harvey – Dolce and Gabbana

The undisputed island gal who stole the night as per usual, Rihanna – Comme Des Graçons

Men

Maxwell – DSquared2

Couples

Future- H&M 

Cassie and Diddy- Aura Tout Vu + Rick Owens

Now to the Hmmm…..😒😒😒

Bella Hadid – Alexander Wang

Kim Kardashian- Vivienne Westwood

Wiz Khalifa- Thom Browne

What were some of your hot and hmmm looks from last night?

Xo

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Importance of Budgeting

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☺.

Xo

Muse: Azede Jean-Pierre

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So, t

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Enjoy
Xo

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