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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History on Caribbean Celebrations

​Hey lovelies hope everyone is having a great week so far😊.

So I’m back with another carnival post….Yes I love carnival and its still carnival season😁. Carnival in some people’s eyes is all just about wearing the prettiest outfit and bomb ass makeup.

 Carnival in the West Indies in recent times is dying mainly because of its commercialization. I see rappers coming to carnival to shoot their video in the midst of it all like wtf 😒…..using carnival as a prop… They have no clue what carnival is about. All they see is women in feathers. 

Another major breakdown of Carnival culture is that everything is so sexualized. Thousands of years ago woman and men walked the Earth naked and it was who they were and it was understood. Today if people as much as see a cheek showing that woman is going to be belittled. 

Carnival in the Caribbean and our African ancestors/traditional practices.

1. For those who don’t know, carnival is indeed of african roots. Our ancestors created carnival through a major celebration that they would practice after harvesting. Some of these Africans that were kidnapped and brought to the Caribbean did the same celebration after sugar cane harvesting was over.

2. Dress

 Here’s why the feathers are so important. They have been used by our ancestors and African culture for thousands of years. They represent our ability to travel to another realm, overcome illnesses, bad situation, to be reborn, rise above trial and tribulations. It also represents spiritual growth. 

    

3. Characters

The various characters such as stilts figures and Jankunu are exactly that of our ancestors and is still to this day being practiced. I personally love the Jonkunu. I always look foward to it. However in recent times it is so commercialized to the point where its now a photo op instead of I’m enlightened and appreciative by the meaning of this.

4. Dance

 Our dance and style of parading is of our ancestors themselves. If you notice, we march and parade about in circles. That’s most of what we do. This is in fact a very ancient tradition where our ancestors would parade in circles with their costumes, masks and headdresses on throughout their villages to bring forth positive energy, good fortune and heal problems. The music is also a big part of carnival and African traditional musical instuments are key in producing amazing carnival music.

Im doing this because another major carnival celebration is just around the corner, Crop Over. For those who don’t know Crop Over is celebrated in Barbados and is held in the month of July. It is important that we understand what this celebration is all about. 

Of course you know I had to show my fav in her Crop Over costumes for the past couple years.

Crop Over 2015

Crop Over 2013

Crop Over 2011

Before you go feel free to share your thoughts below☺.

Xo

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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

Editor’s Picks

​African art holds alot of meaning in the villages and communities that curated them. The precision, technique and mastery of these crafted items were and still are innovative and before their time. 

Binga Basket

This is a traditional beautifully woven handmade plate by women. It is typically made from fiber such as seaweed or Iala palm grass which are intricately woven, creating a number of different ethnic patterns. These add a rich traditional afrocentric feel to your home. Buy here

Agaseke

The Agaseke is a Rwandese traditional woven craft by women, from mother to daughter. The mother hands this to the daughter at her wedding as a sign of peace and love. It is also associated with secrecy. Due to the agaseke being covered only the person receiving this gift get to know the secret. These are absolutely beautiful and they are my favorite. These are true convesation starters….a must share story. Buy here

Morrocan boucherouite rug

The Morroccan Berber tribe have for centuries a tradition of making fine hand-woven rugs and carpets. The rugs consist of rich colors, woven symbols, etc. They believe in the positive energy of Baraka to ward off evil energies or spirits. When a rug is crafted, it often has symbols woven into it to infuse protective powers in the carpet. Buy here

Bogolan Cloth 

The Bogolan or ‘mud cloth’ is a beautiful hand-woven fabric hailing from Mali. This fabric is traditionally dyed with fermented mud. The Bogolan is often filled with symbols that reveal something secret about the intended meaning, and the language of the cloth was passed down from mother to daughter. Buy here 

Bogolan Pillows

Bogolan originating from Mali is used to create a number of items from the obove mud cloth to pillows and seat covers. Pillows are such an easy item to change out throughout the year. To add a more afrocentric look and feel to your home, these Bogolan pillows are perfect. Buy here

Burkina Fasco Fan

These stunning fans are hand made in Burkina Fasco, Africa. Buy here

Xo

Travelling Tips

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.

Money

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. 

Important Document

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.

Accomodation

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🙅

Communication

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.

Xo

Bacchanal Jamaica Carnival 2017 Recap

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

Quite Perry

The Curvy Diva

 

Queen of Bacchanal: Alison Hinds

See also Carnival is woman 

Xo
Photo credit: skkann Media, Nirvana 

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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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