Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Green Summer Jumpsuit + Sephora's 'Escape to Rio' : Hot Bikini Lipstick

See!  I told you I can't stay away from one pieces!  Today I felt like wearing this beautiful green jumpsuit from H&M.  It's been on heavy rotation for the past month or so mainly because it's vibrant color and more importantly for the comfortability.  I can easily wear this from the office (maybe throw a blazer over it), to the grocery story (with a jean jacket), to a weekend wedding just like I'm wearing here and add some cool gold jewelry to it.

I love layered necklaces like the one I'm wearing here!  A great statement piece is my jam, but I also love to keep things just dainty and simple sometimes.  Add a flash tattoo and you'll be a summer goddess at the next evening cookout with friends and family.

Oh yeah, the other day I lucked up and found a lipstick I thought was gone for good.  It's from Sephora's Escape to Rio collection, which was limited edition.  It came out last summer so by the time I found out about it, the collection was gone.  The color I'm in love with and featuring in today's post is 'Hot Bikini'!  How gorgeous!  I've been sick and literally lost because I finally ran out of my 'Girl About Town' by MAC.  So I was happy to find something a little similar.  And get this girl, I only paid $7 for it.  Although most of the items I'm wearing are sold out, feel free to shop the links below and the photos above.  I found great dupes for you guys! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Your Most Beautiful You | It Girl Contest

Happy Monday Everyone!  A special note today:

True beauty always starts from the inside. Regardless to how physically attractive a person may be, our real power, comes from the beautiful treasure of characteristics that we all can carry such as Kindness, Love, Respect, and Compassion. 
When do you feel you are the most beautiful? For me, it's when I am laughing, surrounded with positivity, enjoying life, and when I feel polished and well put together! Putting myself together each day from either wearing a little lipstick or gloss to work or to a full on face when I want to have some fun on the weekends, really makes me feel great!
I created an enhanced beauty look that makes me feel my most beautiful that I love so much and decided to enter it into IT Cosmetics 'Your Most Beautiful You' Contest! If you can head over to my channel but clicking the link below, view the description box and click the link that says 'Check out IT Cosmetics' I'd greatly appreciate it! Give me a 'thumbs up' in the video, comment, and also share!
It's all about what makes you feel good and confident about yourself physically whether it be eating right, staying fit, or wearing makeup! We all like to feel good! Follow my channel here: Styled Chic2

Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Drink: Strawberry, Lime, and Lemon Water

As of late, all I've been wanting is something cool and refreshing to drink.  I love drinking water throughout the day to keep me hydrated.  Did you know that about 60% of the body is made up of water?  Drinking enough H2O maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food, and more.   Just something to keep in mind!  I've come a long way.  In my teens and early 20's I wasn't drinking nearly enough.  I look back and think 'How in the heck was I surviving off sodas, juice, and milk?'  

Today's a new day, so I wanted to share with you a way that I've taken my water game up a few notches.  Creating this flavored water instantly makes me want to drink up even more!  If you're not really a water drinker and would like to be, try this!  It's so pretty to look at when I open the refrigerator!  I'm such a visual person and looking at this glass is like looking at a work of art : ) So much more appealing than your regular bottled water.

In this jar, I used lime, strawberries, and lemon.  The lime and lemon gives me that refreshing taste I've been craving and the strawberries add a little touch of sweetness I like.  Don't forget to remove the seeds!  I normally drink lemon or lime water, but this combination is my new favorite!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

F21 Midi Casual

Sometimes you gotta turn tuna into lobster--you know??  Well, if you don't know, I'm referring to this little midi dress.  Something so minimalistic and simple like this can be the perfect canvas to add layers upon layers of style accessories.  Making one little plain dress a little more interesting.  Today my accessory was a chambray shirt tied around my waist with a pair of nude heels.  These slip on dresses are becoming a thing for me this summer.  Mainly because, in all actuality, your girl is lazy.  And also given the fact that it is just too hot to be playing any other games.  I mean, throwing on a one-piece, dress, play suit, or whatever is just ideal for me right now.  Knowing me, I'll more than likely swap out the heels for a pair of espadrilles because I gotta keep it comfortable.  What item have you been wearing on repeat so far this summer?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

When In Doubt, Wear Stripes

Don't you love it when your life is MADE by how easy it is to just throw something on and go??  This three quarter sleeved stripped dress is definitely a summer favorite of mine.  Not only because it's the easiest outfit to wear, but it's super versatile.  Perfect for a not too hot afternoon and super comfortable.  Throw on a jean jacket for a festival or a boyfriend sweater to wear in the office.  I normally wear something like this when I go shopping, to the park, or run errands.  Oh, and can I get an 'Amen!' for these super cute wedges?  Nothing, I mean nothing says Summer like a cute pair of wedged sandals.  These ones are by Calvin Klein and are SUPER comfortable.  And also courtesy of my Mother-in Law, cute right?  I was shocked at how long I was on my feet and still had a little 'Sashay' in my walk at the end of the day...girrlll.

Isn't this outfit perfect for the 4th of July holiday coming up?  So patriotic I think, lol.  For me stripes are a statement all in their own.  Really chic and polished.  You can really do no wrong with them.  Despite what you think, stripes look good on every body type.  You really gotta play around with what looks right on you.  So I really took this whole red and blue thing and ran with it by adding a red lip cause, you know...if you do it, you gotta do it well.  Red lips are classic.  What you think?

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Quick Meals: Seasoned Chicken Potatoes and Green Beans

Raise your hand if you don't feel like cooking tonight!  Mondays got me like "No thank you."  Shortly after I was married I truly realized how time is of the essence when it comes to the home front and getting things done.  Cooking, cleaning, and other house chores are things that normally get done on the weekends.  Since I work a little later on Mondays and Tuesdays my husband doesn't like for me to have to cook when I get home.  Sometimes he will order out for us or cook a little something himself.  Other times I prepare a big meal on Sundays so that we can just have left overs or prepare a quick crock pot meal like this one!

I love a nice healthy meal to get my work week going.  This one is so easy.  You can do it with your eyes closed--really.  And it's quick!  This is why I love cooking with a crock pot!


  • 1.5- 2lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed (about 2.5 cups)
  • 1.25 lb. diced red potatoes (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup FRESH lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


1.  Start by placing the chicken in the slow cooker in the center.  I was running short on time so I just threw in the chicken while it was frozen.  If you can, let the chicken thaw over night in the refrigerator.  Season it a little to give the meat time to marinate.  I think it would make a difference in flavor.

2.  Next add the green beans on one side.  Oh and don't move too fast and forget to clip to the ends!  I almost did!  Whoops.  Then for the potatoes, you will need to mound them high off to the other side.

3.  In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic cloves.

4.  Pour this mixture evenly over the chicken, green beans and potatoes.  I would even start pouring this as you add in the chicken initially.  This will ensure that every inch of the pieces of chicken are covered with the mixture.  We want flavor here, lol.

5.  Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours, without opening the lid during the cooking time.

Voila!  Bon Appetite!  Monday evening meal DONE.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

First Impressions: Creme of Nature Line + Brief Summary of #UBBRetreat!

Some of you may know that I attended the Ultimate Brown Beauty Retreat in D.C. a few weeks ago.  I had such a great time spending the day in Washington, D.C. and being apart of this event.  The Ultimate Brown Beauty Retreat brought together, natural, relaxed, and extension wearers to have a casual conversation between hosts MsVaughnTV and RachelObeauty by answering beauty and hair related questions.  Guests were also able to obtain information in these various subjects all while shopping with local vendors and mixing and mingling over cocktails and music!  Sounds fun hunh?  Well it was!  Here I am with Vaughn and Rachel O the hosts of the evening!

So because I was a VIP blogger for the event I received an amazing goodie bag filled with products from one of the sponsors of the event: Creme of Nature!  I received 8 full sized products from the brand and wanted to give you guys my initial thoughts on them, cause you know I've already tried them out.

Keeping in mind this is a first impressions post of what I think of the products, I plan to use them again and update you all.   First, I used the 'Pure-Licious Co-Wash' for a cleanse, 'Moisturizing Milk Masque' to deep condition, and the 'Pudding Perfection' to style/twist my hair.  So what did I think of them?  My hair did okay with the products.  First, with the Co-Wash cleansing Conditioner I felt like I needed to rinse and apply it again to my scalp in order for it to feel refreshed.  I understand that it is only a co-wash so I wouldn't have that clarifying feeling BUT I did want my hair to feel cleansed and I wasn't satisfied until I washed it 2x.  Even though I had to apply it twice, I loved how manageable my hair felt throughout the application process.  I do try to detangle before I even begin washing my hair, but the co-wash cream actually made my hair feel soft enough to melt more  of the tangles away.

After this I applied the Moisturizing Milk Masque.  The products all have the same fragrance.  It's like a light floral type of scent,which again is alright, not too overpowering.  I wasn't all that impressed with this one.  BUT the product claimed to hydrate and strengthen hair and it definitely hydrated my hair.  The reason why I said I wasn't impressed is because I look for a deep conditioner to make my hair feel soft after I use it.  It didn't feel brittle or anything, it just didn't give me what I was looking for with how my curls felt.  Definitely try it for yourself though.  Everyone's texture is different.  What doesn't work for me, may be the right choice for you.

Now, for a quick twist out I used the Pudding perfection which claims to give no frizz, no shrinkage, and no dryness.  I would say I got 1 out of these 3 claims.  It was little warm the day I took my twists down and not too much humidity so I thought my hair would hold up better.  Negative.  My hair wasn't dry that's for sure BUT the frizz can be seen in a few spots of my hair.  Initially when I took down the twists I had definition but I would say after about an hour of me being out doors my twists slowly started to puff up.  For me, that's okay.  My hair didn't fully revert into an afro puff but I did receive some shrinkage the product said that I would not have.

If you're curious, these products do not contain all natural ingredients in them.  There are also some humectants in the products that promote moisture, so this is why I think my hair had so much moisture that it didn't really  hold my twists for a longer time period.  I think next time I'll wear my hair in a protective style when using the products or even a wash & wear!  I think that will work much better!

Have you used any of the products by Creme of Nature?  What did you think of them?  These are my first impressions.  Let me know how you used them in the comments below!

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