Category Archives: BEAUTY

Black Hair Magazine Feature!

Hello my luvs!

I’m so excited to share my first print feature in a major publication with you all today. Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine is the go-to publication for everything black hair. They feature some of the most amazing styles for all types of hair from natural to relaxed. 

One of my biggest goals for the year was to get a print feature in a magazine, so you can imagine my excitement when earlier this year Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine sent me a message on Instagram requesting photos. I was so shocked! I immediately went to work putting together pictures for some quick, creative looks that captivate.  I had just cut my hair to start the restoration from my hair color damage so my hair was shorter than usual. I managed to still pull off some really nice styles that I sent over hoping they would love them.

Every month that passed I would purchase this amazing publication full of trending and forward styles wondering if I would see my face. This past Sunday, that day came! 

You should have seen me in Publix trying to FaceTime hubby. It was hilarious!  Almost a full page dedicated to one of MY hairstyles. I immediately took to my social networks to share the news and glorify God. 

It’s so surreal seeing my face in a major print publication. I’m so excited to have reached this milestone and can’t wait to see what God has in store next. 

If you are striving for something, keep going and keep believing! Faith without work is dead. Do your best, do what you love and watch God move in your favor.

Be sure to pick up the November issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine! I’m on page 72.

XOXO,

~TJ

Going For Gray

Hi luvs,

One of my absolute favorite colors to rock, especially for fall is gray. Gray tones are super chic and classic. Not only do I love styling my outfits staring this color, I also love using this color as a statement lippie. And today I want to share my favorite gray toned lippie, Petit Four by ColorPop Cosmetics 

This is a beautiful color from ColorPop’s Ultra Satin Line. Although this color does kiss off a little the finish appears matter which I love. 

Here are a couple of different ways that I’ve paired this beautiful lippie with two of my favorite Jordana liners, Blue Devine & Plush Plum. Even though Blue Devine is an eyeliner I adore it for lips.

The application is super smooth and the finish is perfect! I love this lippie.  This color is also stunning straight up, all by itself.

If you’re looking for a gray lippie I would definitely recommend  this one. I know I’ll be reaching for it a lot this fall. 

XOXO

~TJ

Sissy & Me In The City – Day 3

Helloooo luvs,

Another day down in NYC! Sissy and I spent most of the day shopping in Time Square. We started off by taking the train into the city which was a new experience for my sister. She was so excited.

Time Square is pretty awesome and you really need several days to take it all in. Nevertheless when we made it into the city we hit up some key stores like Forever 21, H&M, and my favorite drugstore Walgreens. Each was at least 3 stories! Yes, even Walgreens! It was crazy. It was a little overwhelming but I picked up a little something from each store and managed not to do too much damage.

After shopping at those stores we decided to have some lunch. On the menu, New York’s best hot dogs, sangria and wine. The sangria was phenomenal!

After lunch we made our way further down Broadway until we ran into Macy’s, The World’s Largest Store.

Talk about overwhelming! This store is massive taking up an entire city block with 11 floors. We were only able to cover half of those before we gave up.  After about 4 hours of shopping we decided to head back to the hotel to rest.

We chilled out for a while then decided to have a classic New York City pizza. We ordered a meat lovers pizza from La Bellezza. It was delicious.

After eating and watching several upsets on College Game Day we started getting ready for the night. We booked reservations at 808 Penthouse a rooftop restaurant lounge in Queens. I pulled out lots of sequins for the evening.

On the way there I was able to capture this beautiful shot.

As for 808 Penthouse, it was pretty impressive with amazing views.

As sushi lovers we decided to get our fix and tried 2 different rolls. For drinks we both had the Pacific Sangria With sake, peach and sparkling rose. Yum!

Afterwards we decided to call it a night. We had a nice full day and was able to enjoy some great night time city views, with sushi and sangria. We felt accomplished. Next up day 4!

XOXO

~TJ

Sissy & Me In The City – Day 1

Good morning!

I’m super excited because my sister and I are in New York for the long Labor Day weekend. We have never been on vacation together and she has never been to NY which makes this pretty awesome.

We had a really long day yesterday. My sister was up at 3:30am to get ready for a 6am flight.


We made it to NY by 10:30. The traffic from Laguardia to our hotel was crazy, but the views were awesome.

Whe got our hotel in the Financial Distruct early and our room wasn’t ready so we had a good few hours to spare. We decided to go get some lunch. We walked a few blocks and saw some interesting restaurants but decided on a philly cheese steaks from a food truck.


After that our tiredness started to consume us so we went back to the hotel to check in and get some rest.

For dinner I made plans to meet up with several of the ladies from my Natural or Not Hair We Come Facebook group that live in NY. Sissy and I got prettied up and headed out to a restaurant called Harlem Tavern


I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had or how great it was to finally meet and hang out with these ladies! They have such amazing spirits. We talked we laughed we drank and ate to our hearts content.

Day 1 down 3 more to go!
XOXO

~TJ

Sissy & Me In The City – Day 2

Hey Beauties!

Soooo…day 2 in the city was all about sight seeing. We decided to do a full day of The Big Bus Tour which was pretty awesome. We got to see soooo many things and oh my goodness the architecture was A-MAZING!! We started with the Downtown tour where we saw Time Square , Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building and a whole lot more. Let me go ahead and dive into pictures.

After all of that downtown sightseeing our phones were dying and we were starving so we decided to have lunch before we moved on to the uptown tour. We strolled over to Hard Rock Cafe where we fueled our bodies and our phones!  We had some delicious nachos and you see that Electric Blue drink down there, one of the strongest drinks I’ve ever had in a restaurant!


I can’t forget to mention that our waiter was awesome. Super mellow but super cool. He reminded me so much of the actor Justin Long.


After lunch we headed back out for more sightseeing!  It was off to the uptown tour starting in Harlem and ending with the super affluent side of town. We didn’t have seats on top of the bus like we did for the downtown tour though so we didn’t get as many pictures, but we did catch some pretty fabulous art.

All in all the tour was great! Next it was back to the hotel to chillout!

With no idea what we were doing for dinner I took to Yelp to figure it out. We wanted entertainment and great food and we found it at Lips, the Ultimate in Drag Dining. We got prettied up with some dramatic looks and headed out.


Dinner was so delicious! We had lump crab cakes for an appetizer and lobster ravioli for our entrée. As for cocktails, we kept it simple with vodka and cranberry.

As for the entertainment, well it was hilariously fabulous! We laughed out loud ALOT!

Another fabulous day and night in the city!
XOXO,

~TJ

Matte Flirty & Curls

Hey luvs!

Today I’ve got a super cute and flirtatious combination to share with you all. Take a look at these gorgeous curls and sultry lip color!


There’s obviously no secret that I am definitely ready for fall. I’ve been itching to start moving into darker lips and this beautiful bergundy color by Milani called Matte Flirty is a perfect shade to help me transition into the new season. 

I have a growing collection of Milani’s matte lipsticks because they are so awesome. The application is nice and smooth and the colors are everything. The only thing that could make me love them more is if they didn’t kiss off. 

As for these great curls. I used my OGX Beauty Quenching Coconut Curls Hair Butter, my go-to for a juicy defined twist out. This stuff NEVER fails me.

These two great products helped my achieve this fabulous flirty look! 

XOXO

~TJ

Hubby’s Birthday

Happy Monday luvs!

So this past Saturday was my hubby’s 32nd Birthday. His birthday always reminds me of the fact that I’m older than he is (3 years older). I’m totally ok with that, obviously, but it’s still a reminder. I just wanted to share some pics with you guys from Saturday.

Zavien decided that he wanted to make his dad a lion mask, which I thought was totally appropriate since it is Leo season.  He loved it of course.


After breakfast they went shopping for baseball gear. My Za Baby is starting his first sport (Ahh!) and David is assistant coaching. While they were out Zakai and held down the fort until his nap time at which point I decided to go get my life together. I wanted to do a pretty/girly look for the day that so could easily transition to night time since I made dinner plans for us that evening.

I decided on a subtle smokey eye, plum lips and a high pin curl bun.

After lunch time I surprised him with some Oreo cheesecake bites that he had been eying on Facebook. They turned out to be pretty tasty.


We just hung out the rest of the day until it was time for dinner. I deepened up my smokey eye a bit went for a softer lip and was all set.


I forgot to get a good picture of it but that diamond cross necklace he has on is what I got him. He loved it.

We enjoyed dinner at one of our favorite seafood restaurants, Marrieta Fish Market and called it a night.

That’s about it. Another year in the books for hubby. I thank God for him every day.

Until tomorrow luvs 😘

XOXO

~TJ

Turquoise & Yellow Makeup

Good morning luvs!

Summer hasn’t quite left us yet so I decided to take advantage of the season earlier this week with a super vibrant turquoise and yellow makeup look. 


The headliners for this look is my Wicked Lippie by NYX in the color Scandalous, and my BH Cosmetics Second Edition 120 Color Eyeshadow Pallet.



Interested in the step by step? Just click here.

Have a great day!

XOXO,

TJ