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


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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