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Happy Hearts Day and Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers! No matter your relationship situation: happily single, single and searching, taken, or just busy building an empire, remember that you are LOVED!
How do you plan on celebrating Hearts Day / Valentine’s Day? I love holiday dressing – no matter the holiday. I can’t ever wait to pull out my trusty heart sunglasses, and a variety of pink and red pieces. I recently snagged this cute heart cutout sweater that was just perfect for the holiday.
Have a Happy Hearts Day / Valentine’s Day!
Working from home, every day is a casual day. Casual Fridays all the time. But I like to add a little flair here and there. Enter this Exaggerated-Sleeve Faux-Leather Blazer (sold out, but you can get a very similar option here). I call it my “shrimp blazer” due to the super exaggerated shoulders. Do you see it?! I love weird and interesting details on clothing, especially on jackets, tops, or dresses. So as soon as I saw this fun little blazer, I knew I had to have it. I paired it with this Nation LTD Berit Tank in python print (sold out but you can shop this similar option or other Nation tanks here). I can’t resist a good cami or tank top – even in the winter. They’re perfect for layering, and this one worked so well underneath my shrimp blazer.
How eager are you to return to ‘normal’? I’ve been more than ready. But despite cities getting ready to reopen fully, and vaccination numbers increasing daily, I’ve kinda grown accustomed to this hot mask life, and I think I’ll be wearing mine for the foreseeable future. I’m ready for a hot masked summer — how about you? Especially when I have some cute options to choose from.
The mask has been the must-have accessory of the year, so it’s nice to have some fashionable options (while adding filters because I’m not sacrificing function, of course). I’ve been mixing and ‘masking’ my collection of masks with my outfits. I have a mask in almost every color, as well as moto jackets in almost every color, so pairing the two in a variety of color combos is my new spring look. And in the summer, I’ll just switch out the moto jackets for my summer uniform — sundresses, and masks to match.
Shop my hot masked summer look with some of my favorite moto jacket and mask options:
White leather biker jacket / Cream biker jacket /
That may not be the first word you think of to be synonymous with 2020, but at the end of last year, I was flourishing in every area of my life. Personally. Professionally. Spiritually. And even in my appearance! I don’t mean that to sound vain, but being quarantined at home meant flourishing hair and skin, thanks to more time and dedication to improving my wellness overall. I focused on eating healthier, exercising more, making dedicated time for self-care, and putting less stress on and taking better care of my hair and skin. Despite the quarantine, I found somewhat of a silver lining!
Heading to the office, pre-quarantine, equaled greater stress on my hair because I flat ironed it on an almost daily basis. And my skin felt the excess stress as well because I wore makeup every day. Working from home every day gave me the opportunity to give my hair a break from the daily styling and heat stress, and my skin free from daily foundation and powder application. Because of that, my hair and skin started to thrive!
But healthy hair and skin is an ongoing journey. An ongoing part of my overall wellness journey. I got off to a great start on my own, but I wasn’t afraid to incorporate some extra assistance to keep the healthy hair and skin train going! Lucky for me, I discovered HAIRLOVE.
HAIRLOVE is a lifestyle/wellness brand that sells several products to help women strengthen and grow their hair, with an added bonus of benefits for your skin and nails too. They sent over a few hair supplements for me to try, along with a pack of their luxury silk scrunchies.
I got to test out HAIRLOVE’S flagship product: the Keratin + Collagen Complex supplement, as well as their Sleep supplement. The Keratin + Collagen Complex is a daily vitamin made of an exclusive formula (with Cynatine HNS Keratin – the hair industry’s holy grail) that helps rebuild the foundation of each follicle of your hair to make it stronger, thicker, and healthier. It works to stop excessive shedding, breakage and thinning.
I also got to try the Beauty Sleep Complex. It’s a natural sleep formula that helps you fall asleep fast, stay asleep, wake rested & refreshed. I’ve found that a good night’s sleep helps me in every area – my diet, my energy and mood throughout the day, and, I recently discovered, even with the overall health of our hair.
I was also super excited to receive the 3 pack of luxurious pink, 100% natural silk scrunchies. They are useful in keeping my hair up when I’m working out, or even when I’m sleeping. The silk helps maintain your hair’s moisture, they don’t really leave creases or indents in your hair, and the best part is they protect your hair from the tugging and friction usually caused by tighter elastic bands.
HAIRLOVE has a great collection of products to take care of your hair both from the inside out, and the outside in. From supplements to argan oil serums, to silk pillowcases and scrunchies, there are plenty of products to take the best care of your hair!
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Also wearing shades of the color purple were fellow Senators Hillary Clinton (in Ralph Lauren) and Elizabeth Warren (wearing a purple Planned Parenthood scarf), and my forever First Lady Michelle Obama (rocking a burgundy-hued look by Sergio Hudson, a Black designer from South Carolina).
Why all the purple, you ask?
Well, you may know that the color purple symbolizes royalty, dignity, power, and strength. But in the political sphere, purple represents bipartisanship, as it’s a combination of Democrat blue and Republican red. By wearing purple, Vice President Harris set the tone for wanting to unite the parties and division in our country.
The color purple was also one of the official colors of the women’s suffrage movement. According to the NPS, “Purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause. Purple represented royalty and the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette, the instinct of freedom and dignity.”
Additionally, and most importantly, VP Harris wearing a purple look by a Black designer was a respectful nod to both her heritage, and to Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to run for President. CNN’s Abby Phillip reported: “Kamala Harris is wearing purple… When she ran for president, one of her colors of her campaign was purple and yellow. That is a nod to Shirley Chisholm who ran for president as a black woman decades ago and has inspired her political career.”
I’ve always loved the color purple as well – it always felt so regal to me. For Christmas, I gifted myself Hanifa’s Miya Knit Cardigan Dress in, you guessed it: the color purple. I snagged it on sale during Black Friday and now it’s one of my new favorite pieces in my closet. I love the coziness of the cardigan, the luxe feel, and oversized fit. And, of course, the designer’s thoughtfulness in creating collections designed to embrace Black women’s natural curves. Plus the designer, Anifa Mvuemba, is incredibly innovative and creative, and I always love to support Black creatives. If you’re not already familiar, check out her amazing collections at Hanifa.co.
This has been an incredibly momentous day, no matter where you sit politically, be sure to acknowledge that history; rather, HERstory was made. Congratulations to both our new President and Vice President!
Photos: Vernon Davis Photography
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