I Woke up like this…

23 Oct

 

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Well, not really… but, my current pin curl routine gets me close to that flawless reality <3

Keeping my curls in tact is an absolutely must!  My hair is one of my most treasured assets, and I want to be sure  it looks  its best at all times (I occasionally have my moments)! One of the easiest ways for me to keep my curls popping with life and volume,  without all the fuss and damage of using the flatiron daily, is by using pin curls.

My pin curl routine has evolved since my first  hair post. I used to be a bobby-pin junkie; however, as my hair gets longer, bobby pins just aren’t sufficient. And actually they do more harm to my hair! I mean, with that tight grip to my hair follicles… can somebody say “Breakage”. So I’ve moved on to silver hair clips!

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Every night before bed*, I take a bit of coconut oil and apply to the thirsty ends of my hair!  I then take big sections, follow the curl pattern, and gently pin the curl in place.  The key to a great pin curl is simple: follow the curl pattern of the style! For me, I’ve been wearing a semi-swoop in my face toward the right side, so to maintain the integrity of my style, I pin my curls in that direction!  Simple!

My ultimate goal is simply to let me hair grow, and I’m learning to be very patient with this process!  

I’m in this for the long haul!

 

Keep it stylish,

Stylreesta xo 

 

 *I know this isn’t new to any of my sistahs out there, but wrapping your hair at night, with a SILK scarf, is soooo important! Make sure you are using 100% silk, as there are many posers out there that feel “silky”, but are made of 100% polyester!  Invest and protect!

 

“Here to Inspire”

1 Oct

The other day at work I stopped to chit-chat with one of the ladies who works across the way! She and I  discussed hair, fashion, and other “girly” things! I love talking about that kind of stuff, but the conversation became all too real when she asked about my blog! I was totally caught off guard, in a good way! I’ve mentioned my blog to her once before, but I had no idea that she ever paid that much attention to even remember! It was so refreshing! She went on to tell me that I inspire her!   Again, pleasantly caught off guard! I humbly thanked her for her support and kind words, and as I walked away something clicked! It was almost as if another piece of my life’s purpose had fallen into place, with the words  “Here to Inspire” written on it!  

I am not perfect, nor will I ever be!  I am flawed, fallible, and sometimes have a “spicy” attitude (that’s what my boyfriend tells me, hehe)! However, I now understand that I  must continue to do my best to uphold a standard of excellence with what I say and more importantly with what I do; being genuine and true to myself every step of the way!  

So I ask you,  do you operate with class, and excellence? Or do you cut corners and tear others down to get ahead?  If someone were to see how you operate would they be inspired, or would they look away in shame?  Assess your life. You decide! Remember,  someone is always watching! Why not give them something that energizes and encourages them along their journey?!

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Keep it stylishly inspiring,

-StylReesta xo

Hair Chronicles: Update

10 Sep

Disclaimer: I am not a hair expert. I am just a fabulously resourceful girl, who needed to save some money, and learned how to care for her own hair :-)


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So, I relaxed my hair!  Transitioning from relaxed to natural, was not for me at the time! I found myself putting more heat on my hair to straighten and style, only to have it all go to shambles when I walked out the door, due to  the humidity factor! I fought the good fight for nearly 10 months, and I had to do what was going to work best for my lifestyle!  

As everyone already knows, relaxed hair is much more fragile that your natural texture, therefore it is imperative that you take extra care!  I’m so pleased with how my hair is growing, and I just wanted to share with you a few of the products I’ve been using to care for my relaxed hair!

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 1)Shampoo and Conditioner:  Creme of Nature Moisture and Shine shampoo and One’n Only Argon Oil moisture repair conditioner! These two together are great for me! The shampoo is super creamy and sulfate-free!  I don’t need much to get the job done! I focus primarily on my roots and gently work my way through the rest of my hair! I must admit washing my hair was so much easier when I had a snap full of length! Now that I am able to pull my hair into a project ponytail, I have to be more gentle, as to avoid breakage. I apply a very generous amount of this conditioner and rinse. I don’t let it sit in my hair for more than 3-5 mins. 

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 2. Deep conditioner:  I’ve never been big on deep conditioners, like ever. Not because I didn’t like them, I just didn’t know how important they were to maintaining a healthy mane!  This Deep Repair Masque* is AMAZEBALLS!  I found out about this product from the Glamtwinz334, Kelsey and Kendra. (They have some of the best hair tutorials on their YouTube channel). This product is thick and creamy, so a little bit goes a long way! I apply to my hair,  paying acute attention to my ends, and leave it on for about 30-40 mins under a shower cap. Although my hair isn’t damaged, I like how it has helped to strengthen my hair. I guess you can say this is a preventative measure.

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 3. Leave-in Conditioner: I love this product! This stuff right here, leaves my hair feeling strong and healthy.  Once I rinse out the deep conditioner, I shake and spray this Creme of Nature Strength and Shine leave-in all over my hair! The shine is evident once I blow dry. Truly magical! lol

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4. MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE: I’ve been preaching “moisture” to everyone who will listen!!!  Do you understand how important it is? When your hair is hydrated with the appropriate moisture (stay away from petroleum and mineral oil based products), it is stronger and  healthy length can be maintained. Dry hair is brittle. It breaks and crumbles (literally), leading to split ends and  damage! Forget about length, dry hair just won’t grow (in a healthy manner)! Trust me I know! I’m speaking from experience. Moisture is a vital component to maintaining healthy hair, whether relaxed or natural! I go for moisturizer in a more organic form.  I love this Coconut Oil from Whole Foods. To me it is lighter than olive oil. I apply a small amount to my hair once it is styled.  I also add a small amount to the ends of my hair every 2-3 days in the evening before wrapping my hair for bed.

 

 I am still on a journey to grow my hair out a bit more! We’ll see how long this lasts :-)

 Keep it stylish,

Stylreesta

*The Macadamia Deep Repair masque retails for $29.99 at Target. However, on Target.com you can get it for $16.97. Crazy savings!  I went to the store, grabbed the product off the shelf,  took my happy self  to customer service and asked for a price match. I saved myself  the time, money, and the shipping charge! You can thank me later :-)

Encore

29 Aug

I Never thought I would be the one to fall head over heels for the midi skirt! As a self-proclaimed minimalist, and a fan of all things short and fitted, I often gave the cold shoulder to this  sprouting trend.  Nearly two months ago I gave in (especially since the price was RIGHT), and purchased this baby! I am happy to say that I’m a now a HUGE fan!

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Black midi skirt with double side splits by Leith


 In the past two months, I’ve donned this skirt at least 6 if not 7 times!  I promise you each time I wear this skirt, there is such an uproar (in my own little world..haha)! People respond as if I’m wearing something brand new, when in reality I simply changed my blouse, modified my accessories, and puckered up a new lip color!

 

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Blouse: H&M Necklace: Nordstrom

 

 As many of my fellow  fashionistas know,  it is not so much about what you wear, but HOW you wear it!  Nothing new! This is merely a reminder NOT to hold back from wearing your favorite item time and time again. Be creative! If you happened to be concerned about your next selfie (the struggle) or being photographed at an event,  save some money and let your “re-style” juices flow!   Give the crowd a reason to scream for an Encore, even if it is in your own little world <3

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Blouse: H&M

Keep it stylish,

Stylreesta

#ThatMomentWhen

22 Aug

…You feel something shift in your life! You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you have this overwhelmingly indescribable feeling of purpose that bubbles up on the inside! In this moment, things don’t seem to bother you like they used to.  People’s opinions of you don’t carry much weight anymore. You’re finally discovering what it means to pursue your purpose, by any means necessary! You’re inhibitions begin to fall by the wayside. You’re flying, soaring like an eagle!  Unstoppable!

Do you dream of this moment? Are you ready for the shift? Then go for it!! Don’t  wait for this moment to happen… CREATE it!  Do you know how powerful your words are?  SPEAK over your life and watch things begin to shift!   You’ll find yourself MOVING from one place to the next! Step by step, getting closer and closer to that place of purpose!   

Today, I encourage you to embrace the shift. Speak it into existence, write your vision, and make it clear!  Be specific, and don’t hold back!   Whether you are an aspiring designer, stylist, doctor, lawyer, Entrepreneur, personal trainer, writer, or even an aspiring consultant (speaking to myself)…go after that things with all you’ve got!

I am thoroughly convinced that God has created us to live a life of purpose! When you submit and depend on Him,  you will begin to realize that there is absolutely, positively nothing that can stop you <3

 Shift, and Keep it stylish,

Stylreesta

ME, Myself, and the “SNOB”

7 Aug

After years of thinking that lip color is just for my special occasions, I’ve finally come into my own and have embraced wearing lipstick DAILY! Yes, me!  I’ve realized that a little color goes such a long way, and adds the perfect touch of femininity!  I will admit it was a process, but here are a few tips that have helped me along the way! 

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1 Finding the right shade is a process. Make it fun, and give yourself time to experiment. There is nothing worse than trying something new, moments before you have to leave for work or a big event!  You rush,  only to find out you don’t like it! So I say,  set an at-home Spa Day, pamper yourself, and test some colors! Take a few selfies while you’re at it! And guess what?   If you don’t like the color, you can  try something different. The key is to find what works for you, when you’re not pressed for time.

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But first, let me take a #Selfie

2. Test before you invest: I am not big on wasting money! And given that many high end lipsticks cost anywhere from $16 and up, it was important for me to find the shade I liked before making the investment. I purchased a few Covergirl shades and tested them for a week. Once I saw that the color worked for me, I took my happy self  to MAC (lol), found the “dupe” for the color I liked, and recycled my 6 empty containers!  Can somebody say “Free”! (Dupes pictured below*)

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MAC’s “SNOB” vs Covergirl Liperfection Lipcolor in “Delicious”*

3. Lip liner is essential:  Lip liner, helps to define the lips, and helps to keep your lipstick in place.  A quick tip I picked up from a Chanel cosmetics rep: After you line your lips, fill in your entire lip with the lip pencil before applying your lipstick. This will help your lip color to last longer. This also gives you the option to customize the tint of your lip color.  So Fun!

I’m sure there are millions of tips to share, these are just the few I’ve embraced as a lipcolor “newbie”! I’m always open to new idea, so feel free to share and comment below <3

Keep it stylish,

Stylreesta

 

 
 

Aujourd’hui

6 Aug

It has definitely been quite a while!  So much has happened over the past few months (lots of good ^_^), and I am back to share!  First, let me just say that I’ve totally missed this; sharing my thoughts with you.  My love of the “key tap” has been neglected far too long, but I am back and it feels great to tap away!  Thank you to all of you who visit my site, and read my words! it means so much to me.  I have some new projects in the works.  Just know you will not be disappointed!

 

Keep living and Loving; Embracing what you love and doing what makes you happy!

I know I am :-)

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(#PhotoCred —> the One and Only AD <3)

 

garder élégant,

StylReesta  xo

Hair Chronicles; My new Journey

17 Mar

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So, I’ve decided to let me hair grow out a bit sans relaxer! Yes, me, the self-proclaimed “creamy-crack” queen! I’ve been enjoying my VIP membership as a part of the #shorthairrocks club for almost 5 years, and relaxers have been a necessity for me!  But I’ve  admittedly  become quite inspired by all of the curly dos displayed by those with natural hair.  I personally don’t care to wear my hair in an afro, or twists; however, I love a good curl, and  I honestly just wanted to try something different! So my transition is purely exploratory in nature! I am not an expert, nor am I against the use of relaxers. In fact, I still relax the “beadebees” on my neck! I also straighten my hair. So if you are looking for some deep reason, you won’t find it here. I am simply a girl, trying new things and discovering what works best for her hair :-)!

 It has been about 6 months since I last relaxed the crown of my head, and about 3 months for the sides. I know it hasn’t been long at all, but the curls I’ve been rocking  have gained so much attention over the past few weeks,  I thought I’d share a few things I’ve been doing to get that curly effect as I transition!

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IMG951156_11) I start by washing my hair. I currently use Dr. Miracles Conditioning Shampoo and Mizani “Moisturfuse” conditioner. I let the conditioner sit for about 10-15 minutes, before rinsing. My scalp always feels amazing!

PhotoFancie2014_03_17_12_22_572)  I spray my entire head with TRESemme’s Thermal creations, before molding. Then I set my hair and sit under the dryer for 20-30 mins. (I’ve learned that setting my entire head works best, but in the picture above, I only set my sides). Next, I apply Olive Oil’s Heat Protection Serum, before using  a 1 inch flat iron to straighten the top.

IMG9511703) With the same flat iron, I quickly add some curls all over.  This makes pin-curling so much easier! 

PhotoFancie2014_03_17_12_38_104) Go crazy with my PIN CURLS! I usually do my hair at night so that  by the time I wake up to leave the house my curls are poppin’ into action :-)

And there you have it! Curls galore!

I absolutely love my hair and all of its curly glory.  The most challenging part is actually the washing/setting process. It is definitely much easier with relaxed hair, but the bright side is that  I use about 90% less heat on my hair in between washes, and my curls hold up in the gym #win.   My journey is still very new, and I can’t wait to see where it will take me :-)!

Are you natural? Are you relaxed? What are your hair goals? What are your challenges?

 Comment below, I would  love to hear from you!

Keep it stylish,

Stylreesta

P.S. Pictures proudly taken with my Razr M :-P

I been drinkin’… I been drinkin’

26 Feb
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I am now the proud owner of  the NutriBullet!! 

(One of the best decisions I’ve made on this journey of healthy living.)

The NutriBullet is one of the most fantastic little machines. It is known for its ability to extract the nutrition from fruits and veggies (and other foods), and blend it all together to provide the max amount of nourishment. You literally just add some leafy greens, the fruit of your choice, a splash of water and the NutriBullet takes care of the rest (#Pow)! If you want to make a post-workout protein shake, or perhaps soup for dinner, the process is just as simple!  All the nutrients are there! You drink it all (and it’s yummy)! 

My first experience with the NutriBullet took place a few weeks ago. My boyfriend and I drank nothing but natural liquids for 7 whole days! It was difficult at times; however,  the benefits made it all worth it! We had more energy, felt more productive, and  just felt so clean overall! It was almost as if an internal cleanse had taken place! My workouts were more productive, I felt mentally more focused, and I even noticed my stomach getting flatter (#win).  

I love this thing, and will tell of its benefits to all who will listen!  But whatever you do, whether you juice, use the NutriBullet, or simple eat your food…

remember,

you are what we eat (drink)!

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Keep it stylishly healthy,

Stylreesta

**Comment below for my fav recipes or post yours :-)

Confessions of a “Youtube-aholic” (Product Junkie)

13 Feb

*Products of my addiction*

A few months ago, I discovered a new world on YouTube created by some very fabulous ladies! Aspiring MUAs, Pro MUAs, Stylists, hair specialists and the like all posting and sharing tips and secrets that every woman could ever want to know! Secrets like how to color match foundation, to finding the right eye shadow combination…all the way to how flip your wrist just right to get that perfect “C” curl (Lawd knows I’m a sucker for a good curl lol)! It was all there! Free tutorials, free advice, free truth!  It was wonderful… until it wasn’t.  I slowly found myself putting much more emphasis on the external , without paying much mind to how it was affecting my personal view of myself! I was constantly searching, wanting and worrying about how to be “perfect”. Literally.

“Are my brows right?”

“Do my lashes look full, like theirs?”

“Does my foundation match?”

“Lip color! Oh Lawd, I need lip color!”

Things were slowly getting out of control! Days spent worrying, nights spent searching! I needed more truth from my “girlfriends”. It became an unacknowledged addiction!  An addiction that wasn’t brought to light  until my wonderful man ever so sweetly asked “Why do you have all these products?”  I looked at the open storage shelves  in my bathroom, to which he made reference, filled with countless bottles of creams, wands. and potions. I didn’t have a good answer for him. I was speechless at the sight!   This moment changed my entire perception!

It was the proverbial smack that brought me back to the lovely reality I once knew!

I enjoy my beauty products, and will continue to use them. There is absolutely nothing wrong with looking for new techniques to improve your skills, nor with testing and trying new products.  However, I promised myself, from that moment on, not to let it take over my life nor take away from my being able to see my true beauty! No more obsessing! Perfection isn’t found in cosmetics or in having a “flawlessly” beat face, although it looks fabulous!  It is found  in embracing and being, unapologetically, you!  And that, ladies,  is to be celebrated!

This is my confession <3

Keep it stylish,

Stylreesta xoxo

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