#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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Me, Myself, and the “SNOB”

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

 

*MAC’s “SNOB” and Covergirl’s “Liperfection lipcolor” in “Delicious”. Can somebody say dupes?? I say yes! The application color is similar, although the finish varies. SNOB has more of a satin-matte finish, while Delicious has a silky-shine finish. Try and see for yourself! Be sure to comment below ;-)
 

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!

18409385My hair products! Currently using and loving them all!

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

NO! WAIT! SAVE THEM!! (A D.I.Y for old earrings)

21 Aug

So I was cleaning my room today and came across one of my favorite pairs of earrings! I wore them on my cruise to Jamaica…unfortunately they weren’t treated so well by the elements! (maybe I was a bad accessories mommy for letting them become “damaged goods” lol)! Anyway,  as I slumped to the trashcan to throw them away, I glanced to my right, and the glistening of my gold glitter polish caught my eye (LOL)!! It was almost as if my little baby earrings were screaming and their “ram in the bush” suddenly appeared!!

Well, enough with the dramatics… here’s what I did:

Step 1:

Start with a really sad pair of earrings.

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Step 2:

Get a really great polish that will show up nice and sparkly

(Depending on the extent of the tarnish, you may also need a base color)

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Step 3:

Start by spot painting the most tarnished areas, and let dry

Then, depending on your desired sparkle, add 1-2 additional coats.

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Here is what it looks like before (right) and after (left)!

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Step 5 paint both, let dry, and ENJOY!

As an added tip, top with a coat of clear for additional protection and shine!*

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Just imagine how much fun you can have with a little polish and old costume jewelry (Animal prints, aztec inspired designs ..etc)

Don’t toss it those earrings, tap into your creative side, and make something amazing!!

And as always, remember to Keep it Stylish

~StylReesta xoxo

*Using clear fingernail polish is a great way to preserve your costume jewelry and keep from tarnishing (A huge thank you and shout out to “Fifi the Great” (aka my mommy) for that great tip)

Happy New Year

4 Jan

2012 was definitely a great year for me. Not because it was perfect, but because I truly lived a full life! With everything that I accomplished, the mistakes that I made (and man, did I make a lot of mistakes), I learned so much! From making my huge move to the DMV, to accepting a new position (that I love), all the way to my car accident…through all the love, heartache, tears and great times of laughter… I can honestly say I have no regrets!  

Affirmation:

I am so convinced that 2013 will be another great year. I’m ready to live, learn, grow, accomplish, laugh until it hurts and love with everything I’ve got!  I will not allow anything or anyone stop me!! I’m putting my faith to the test, and am looking forward to how my life will unfold to the glory of God! 

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I pray the same for you! Let’s make this year the best one yet…full of purpose!

Keep it stylish,

Stylreesta

The Culinary “Dabblist”

31 Oct

I am in no way a gourmet chef; however, I do dabble occasionally in the culinary arts! With that being said,  I just wanted to share a little recipe with you all that I thought turned out so well! I call them..

“BBQ Salmon Cakes”!

Enjoy!

What you’ll need:

12 oz of pink or red salmon (or half fillet de-boned)
1 egg
1/4 cup of chopped green peppers
BBQ sauce (a healthy “squeezeful”…I love A1)
Some onions (if u have any)
Dash of soul food seasoning
Healthy Dash of pepper
Dash of crushed red peppers (my favorite)
1/4 cup of oatmeal

Directions :

mix all ingredients in bowl with hands (that’s how I do it).

Make into desirably sized patties.

Pan fry with olive oil glaze…

or fry like fried chicken..fill pan with vegetable oil to 1/4 of the pan.

Cook each side for about 3 mins (keep heat on med-low)

And enjoy!

Let me know what you think!! :-)

Keep it Stylish while you cook!

Stylreesta xoxo

Photo-Op Gone Bad (A Personal Lesson)

21 Sep

This evening, I spent my entire drive home from DC (about 55 mins) trying to figure out why I had fallen victim to self-destructive criticism on this very lovely evening!

You see, I went out to meet up with some of my fav gals for a DC Fashion Week event. This particular event wasn’t quite what we had expected; however, I strongly believe that the saving grace for any event is taking loads of great pics to capture the moment!  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case (at least in my eyes).

As photogenic as I like to say I am, one picture after another, I just WAS NOT satisfied! In one picture  it was my hair, in the other it was my over shined face (lol), in another it just wasn’t my “good side”…and the list kept going!  I was totally frustrated and it didn’t help that I thought my friends looked flawless! #RealTalk

In most instances, I simply avoid the camera for the rest of the evening and keep it moving. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case this time and my self-destructive spiral downhill continued! It started out so innocent with a laugh or two here and there, but I took it too far!  I just wouldn’t shut up about those pictures!! That was until my amazing new friend stopped me and said,  “You’re being way too critical right now…”.  OMG! Can I just tell you, that was like the most refreshing slap in the face!!  Seriously, why was I beating myself up and allowing a few “not so great” pics to ruin my night, my mood and my self value? (It may sound deep, but that’s exactly what I was doing to a small degree.)   

Needless to say, I got my act together, and realized that the pics weren’t even that horrible. Don’t get me wrong! I still wouldn’t say that any one of them is my favorite, but that doesn’t mean I have the right to use them to encourage and/or validate my self-destructive behavior!  

With that being said, 

when faced with a less than stellar photo of myself,

I totally vow to NEVER allow myself to SLUMP so low again!

If anything I will laugh, (ask for it to be deleted) and will MOVE ON!  

It’s not the end of the world! 

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(a pic from this evening!)

Embrace your beauty

& Keep it Stylish,

Stylreesta xoxo

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