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Dev’s Guide to Looking Fab For Halloween 

Halloween Style
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I was one of those fortunate kids that grew up in a household that was always been big on celebrating Halloween. Every year, I was allowed to wear whatever costume I wanted, and trust me when I say I got a chance to live out all of childhood alter-egos. As I’ve gotten older, I don’t really feel the need to “mask” for Halloween anymore (well unless I’m attending a Fabulous Costume Party). I usually just rock all black and add some fun characteristics like animal ears or scary makeup. Since Halloween is a few days away, I’ve decided to list a few of my go-to items for all of my anti-costume fashionistas. Check them out below.


pullover sweatshirt, $175 shopbop.com
1. All-Black Errrthang!

Whenever I think of Halloween I automatically think witches chicly dressed in All-Black, and since I a HUGE fan of an all-black ensemble anyway, it’s the perfect day to wear one of my favorite colors without looking like I tried to hard to be “dark.”


ear cuff, $25 etsy.com
2. Not So “Normal” Accessories!

The thing I love about Halloween is that you get a pass to rock something you wouldn’t normally wear in your everyday wardrobe. Instead of wearing your go-to hoops opt for a bold ear cuff or even try sporting a henna tattoo. Last Halloween my friend and I wore flash tats, and everywhere we went that night people complimented us. They were such a chic and fun item to add-on to our ensembles.


ruby woo lippie, $17 maccosmetics.com
3. Vamp Up Your Makeup!

You don’t have to wear a costume to rock a fun (and scary) makeup look for Halloween. I say play in your makeup kit for the festive night. There are so many looks you can go for, from zombie to creepy rag doll, or maybe a dramatic wing-tipped cat eye with a sassy red lip!

I hope my tips help you have a fabulous and chic Halloween! Be sure to have a fun and safe holiday.

Xo,
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5 Halloween Inspired Cocktails You Have To Try!

Well people it’s that haunted time of year again! Halloween is just a few days away. Ever since I can remember I’ve always loved Halloween. You get a chance to dress up, pig out on your fave candy, and my new favorite…throwing back a drink or two…or three. I consider myself to be a very festive person, and I love the idea of doing anything theme inspired. So I decided to list 5 Halloween Inspired Cocktails you just have to try this holiday. Check them out below!


1. “Vampire’s Kiss”

1oz Vodka
1/2oz Raspberry Liqueur
3oz Cranberry Juice
Splash of Lime Juice


2. “Witches’ Brew”

2.25oz Caliche Rum or Bacardi Rum
0.75oz Pineapple Juice
0.75oz Lime Juice
1.25oz Simple Syrup
1 pack of Gummy Worms for Garnish


3. “The Frankenstein”

1oz UV Blue Vodka
1oz UV Citrus Vodka
1oz UV Vodka
3oz lemon lime soda
3oz orange soda
1 pack of Candy Canes for Garnish


4. “Candy Corn Jello Shots”

1 box of lemon jello
1 box of orange jello
2 packets of unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup of Vodka
1 can of Cool Whip for Garnish

polyjuice potion
5. “PolyJuice Potion Punch” (non-alcoholic)

1/2 lime sherbet
2-liter sprite
3 drops neon green food coloring

Serve all cocktails over ice for the perfect beverage!

Be sure to click on the title of each drink for further instructions.

What Halloween Inspired Drink are you excited to be trying this holiday?! Be sure to tell me about it in the comments!

Xo,
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Closet Essentials: 5 Fall Must-Haves!

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If you are a fan of my website, then you’ve probably noticed how much I’ve said I was so excited for Autumn. Fall is literally my favorite season, and like many fashionistas I highly anticipate it ever year. Below I’ve decided to list my “Fall Must Haves!”

1. “The Bomber Jacket”

I love a good outer layer piece, and what better item than a bomber jacket?! It effortlessly revs up your style. I recommend buying one in a bold neutral (i.e. leather), that way it will easily match your entire Fall wardrobe.

2. “The Oversized Cardigan”

This piece should be a no brainer. There is no other item that says “Fall is Here,” like an oversized sweater. You can pair it with everything from leggings to shift dresses to fab printed pants. Opt for buying a sweater in a bold gem-toned color like oxblood or emerald for a chic fool-proof look.

3. “The Fringe Bag”

Something about Fall always screams Rock&Roll to me, and what is more R&R than a fringe crossbody or shoulder bag?! It will be the perfect accessory for all of your fun Autumn occasions!

4. “The Vintage Leather Bootie”

Like the over-sized cardi, this item is probably also a given. No Fall wardrobe is ever complete without a leather stacked heel bootie. They are extremely versatile, and will take you from day to night. Leather booties will compliment your dainty shift dresses, and look fab with a sexy tee/jean combo!

5. “The Minimalistic Jewelry”

When it comes to Fall, I love my “looks” to be as edgy as possible. I always opt for sleek jewelry as opposed to my usual statement earrings or necklaces. During this time of year I rock gold hoops, cuffs, and lots of layered necklaces and rings.

Pair these 5 things with a smoky eye & dark lip, and I promise you’ll look effortlessly sexy the entire Fall season!

Xo,
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5 Autumn Inspired Lippies You Need To Be Rocking This Fall! 

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One of the best things about the Autumn season besides all of the fabulous shift in clothing, are all the sexy beauty looks you can rock. Yes, you can still be sexy during the other months, but there is something about Fall that makes you want to amp up your vavavommm factor! Because the fashion world has dubbed the 90s for this Fall’s Beauty Inspiration, I’ve chosen 5 lippies that are very reminiscent of that effortlessly cool time period. Make sure to try the “5 Autumn Inspired Lip Colors” below!


Revlon Black Cherry, $6
1. Wine Fine

This beautiful wine like hue will compliment a wide range of skin-tones, and screams Autumn is here.

black lippie
BlackUp Satin Black, $23
2. Smoke

I love a dark grey/black lipstick, it’s bold, sexy, and very unexpected.


Mac Antique Velvet, $17
3. Sexy Cognac

If you think back to all of the 90s Style Icons they all wore a beautiful brown hue on the red carpet. A cognac colored lippie is sultry but can still take you from 9-5…and beyond.

purple lippie
NYX Aria, $6
4.Purple Persauation

I LIVE for a good purple lippie. It’s perfect for a Girl’s Night Out, and gives your normal GNO go-to lippie a much deserved break.

mk nude
Mary Kay True Dimensions First Blush, $18
5. Cool Nude

You can never go wrong with a warming blush-toned lippie. It’s suitable for everyday wear, but screams seduction.

Pair all of these fab lippies with a wing-tipped cat eye or light smoky eye for a chic look all Autumn long!

What lippies are a must-have for your Autumn “look” ?! Tell me about them in the comments!

Xo,
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Individuals vs. Culture.

This past weekend my friends and I hit the NOLA streets for “Art’s For Art’s Sake.” After touring a few cool downtown galleries we found ourselves at Barcadia. We were having a good time, enjoying being young and free, when one of our favorite records came on. We proceeded to dance (in our seats I might add), with our drinks in hand and made snapchat videos. Well, as we were having a grand time, I took a look around at the crowd (whom was mostly White) and realized that people were giving us very confused looks. As my friends continued to dance and have fun, it dawned on me, we were being minimalized as being the “rowdy Black kids.” Suddenly the confused faces began to make sense. Yes, it was a Saturday night. And yes, people are suppose to be having fun. So why were people so troubled by us having a good time? And furthermore why did I feel the need to tame my behavior?

Like many African-American people that I know, I often feel when I enter a room or place I represent my ENTIRE culture. Therefore because I want my people, Black people, to be represented correctly I always have to be “on.” In other words, unless you are one of my closest friends, I can never really let my guard down around you, because quite honestly I never want to be looked at as being a Black stereotype. Now many of you all may be saying, “Well people don’t let their guards down anyway unless they are comfortable being around them.” However, for most Black people (and other minorities) it’s not that simple, and this is a constant struggle. We aren’t allowed to have a good time without being look as being loud or having poor manners (see example of this here). Or we can’t mispronounce a word, without being looked at as being uneducated. It’s quite exhausting, and it’s just not fair. I’m so done with over-compensating for my entire culture, because I’m scared we won’t be represented correctly. Newsflash, Black people are allowed to live and enjoy life just like everyone else. We shouldn’t be expected to combat stereotypes everyday.

As Dr. King said so eloquently, people should be judged by the content of their character not by the color of their skin. It’s time we stop looking at one person to represent an entire culture, or should I say misrepresent it. Everyone on this earth was born an individual, no matter what their genealogy is. Also, it’s time to start calling people out on their bad-behavior, and not making excuses for it. The dirty looks my friends and I recieved were just uncalled for, and very uncomfortable. 

I hope this post provokes some thought, and starts some much needed conversations. The only way change will happen is if we begin to have open dialogues as a people. Stop worrying about being politically correct, and just begin talking to one another, I guarentee we’ll begin to see a change within our society. 

Well Until Next Time Kids,