Open Letter To Marie Claire Magazine

   My real love for fashion began, while I was in middle school. My mum worked part time at Barnes and Noble and my oldest brother would drop me off after school. After my homework was complete, I would pick every fashion magazine and immerse myself in them, absorbing every detail. (Yes, I actually read the magazines, not just looking at the pretty pictures.) Marie Claire magazine was always a staple in my stack. The MC team gave me just the right amount of glitz and glamour, but also had a reliability factor that I could appreciate. When I was […]

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Picture Perfect Curls with Pintura Highlights

  A simple scroll through Instagram will tempt any girl to want to color or highlight her curls. From natural brown hues to an eye popping pink, literally there is a hue for everyone.   Two weeks ago, I decided to highlight my hair after a four-year hiatus, the urge was too strong! Sitting down with master stylist, Brian, at the Devachan Salon in Soho. I explained my vision of soft brown highlights, which would make my hair looked like, it was kissed by the sun. Brian immediately understood my vision and we decided a full head of pintura highlights was […]

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Tips And Tricks To Travel Smarter

Traveling has always been a part of my life, my mum is from Germany, my dad is from Costa Rica, and I was born in the little town of Swindon in South West of England. What can I say my family is their own version of the United Nations. A visit to family was never a quick car ride down the road for us. It typically involved a long airplane ride and then hours in the car to our final destination. This was the norm during my childhood, and it definitely cultivated my love for traveling. Now I have a […]

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Path To Inner Beauty Via Modeling

My first major fashion shoot was for Essence Magazine for their August 2010 issue. Glitz and glamour were all around, my hair and makeup were perfection and Levi even had a custom pair of denim for me! The shoot lasted all day, the experience made a lasting impression. That day I knew I made the transition from being a signed model to a working signed model. Working as a model taught me life long lessons, one in particular is where beauty actually develops. For many years I looked at these glossy magazines and thought to myself, “Wow, these women are […]

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My Hair Journey To Becoming Natural

   Every girl, who has decided to go natural contemplated it probably numerous times, before she actually put down the relaxer, blow dryer, flat iron, and the curling wand. Just like all the girls before me, I went through the same debates in my head before I actually decided enough is enough.      My moment of clarity actually occurred over a series of events during my senior year in high school. The first nudge, a group of us were taking a picture and then my mind pondered. If you turned us all around, you could not tell us apart. […]

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Artechhouse XYZT: Abstract Landscapes

     Washingtonians your next Instagram worthy art exhibit has arrived! Artechhouse is not just a one-time art exhibit, but a first-of-its kind innovative art space with a vision to showcase large-scale art installations by artists who are dedicated to arts and technology. Their first exhibit XYZT: Abstract Landscapes opened on June 1st. The great news is buying tickets is nothing like the Hunger Game madness like the Hishhorn Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit caused. Maybe I am still a little bitter that I did not get to experience the Infinity Mirror exhibit but the XYZT exhibit definitely lifted my […]

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Kaleidos And The Woman With The Vision

   Women are truly amazing and are crushing down barricades that once limited our growth. Did you know that women-owned businesses continue to rise at a higher rate than the national average? A study conducted by American Express Open, show as of 2016 there are now 11.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States alone, employing almost 9 million people, and generating over $1.6 trillion in revenue! Yes, I just said $1.6 trillion in revenue cue the music and hit a happy dance for women! Among these amazing trailblazing women is Amanda Vega, founder of Kaleidos . A fashion online […]

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Summer Reading For The Inspired Mind

   Let’s be honest “adulting” is a hard! Attempting to balance a career, family, a love life, school, and a social life can be overwhelming to say the least. Social media does not make it any easier, everyone puts on a great filter that their life is perfect and it leaves a person to question “Why is my life not like that, and how do I get it together?”    So how do we balance it all, and still make it to the gym four times a week? For me, reading “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne was an eye opener. […]

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Monkee’s of Fredericksburg Top 5 Summer Looks

When I was young the trip to the mall was always a major experience, especially since my Mum loathed going. Malls were packed with all my favorite stores carrying the latest styles. That is until online shopping took over, now the majority of my shopping is done online. Particularly because majority of stores either do not have want I want, do not have my size in stock size, or let’s be honest, it is simpler to shop from the comfort of your bed. There are however certain drawbacks to shopping online from finding the perfect size, because the size charts […]

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Free Lipstick From 100% Pure, Yes Please

Raise your hand if you feel like every time you enter Sephora your whole paycheck has been swallowed. There is no such thing as, I’ll pop in and spend $20 on a lipstick and eyebrow pencil (Side note: I’m obsessed with Anastasia’s brow pencil). Well ladies I have great news if you are looking to update your matte lipstick collection. 100% Pure is offering their Cocoa Butter Semi Matte lipstick for free. Yes, at no cost, officially start your happy dance!   I have already taken the liberty of test-driving this lipstick for you; I vote it is a winner. […]

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