POP OF RED | Date Night Outfit & Makeup

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Hey Guys!

It’s that time of the year again when we are all bombarded with everything pink, red, sweet and bright! Although I am not doing anything on Valentine’s Day this year – It is a Tuesday after all and I dread going out on week days- I went out last Friday. I guess I can classify this look as something I would wear today, if I was to step outside in the snow/frigid weather. It is currently snowing as I type this, so go figure. Alas, I only went to work and cannot wait to go back home where it is warm, with Mother Netflix waiting on me.

 I feel this makeup and outfit look is so appropriate for the occasion. I decided to go with a red lip, paired with a flawless foundation base and flirty eyes. I really like how this look turned out. With makeup, practice truly makes perfect!

~ Face ~

MAC Pro Longwear – NC45
MAC Pro Lonwear Concealer – NC42
COVER FX Natural Finish – G7
COVER FX Matte Finishing Powder – Medium
ARTISTRY Exact Fit Perfecting Loose Powder – Dark
SMASHBOX Contour Stick – Bronze
MAC – Global Glow

~ Eyes ~

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Brow Pomade – Dark Brown
MORPHE BRUSHES Palette – 35OM
ANNABELLE – Gold Pigment Dust
MAKEUP FOREVER – Aqua XL pencil #M-10
MAC Rebel EYES Gel Liner
MAC False Lashes – Mascara

~ Lips ~

MAC Lipliner – Chestnut
MAKEUP FOREVER Artist Rouge Matte –  M401

 ~Outfit~
DYNAMITE – Dress & Chocker
ARDENE – Tights
H&M – Shoes
BAG – Gifted
ALDO- Rings
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..xo

-J

Blue Velvet | Makeup

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Hey Loves!

I am learning to let go and step outside my comfort zone. I am talking personal life, work life and… even makeup. I typically do neutral/natural looks but I decided to step outside the box. I’ve had the Luxie Beauty “Blue Me Away” palette for almost a year and I finally worked up the courage to give it a try. Outcome? Love. I hope you enjoy this look as much as I enjoyed creating it. Moral of the story is to step away from the usual. You never know what will happen.

~ Face ~

Foundation : (MAC & COVER FX)
Concealer : (NARS)
Powder : Translucent (COVER FX)
Contour : (no name)
Highlighter : Global Glow (MAC)

~ Eyes ~

Primer : (ESSENCE)
Lids & Outer Corner : Blue Me Away Palette (LUXIE BEAUTY)
Crease : (MORPHES BRUSHES)
Brow Bone : (LUXIE BEAUTY)
Waterline : (LUXIE BEAUTY)
Brows : Dip Brow (ANASTASIA)

~ Lips ~

Lipliner : Brown Lippie (NYX)
Lipstick : Cool Nude (ESSENCE)

~~~

..xo

-J

I am my own worst enemy

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Hi guys!
Do you ever feel like you are just living in your head? My brain can be compared to a factory, working overtime twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week! Even when I am asleep, I find myself either dreaming about certain things that I want to accomplish/ forgot to do/ don’t want to forget or just plainly waking up in a panic! I met up with Kristina over a month ago. We were suppose to attend a fashion event here in Ottawa, but things didn’t quite work out as expected. Instead, we ended up grabbing a cup of coffee and catching up on life. We talked about how we are both experiencing similar feelings, and how it can be perceived as a sign of creativity!

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It made sense, I mean I have so many ideas in my head and originally YouTube/blogging were meant to be a creative outlet for me; a way to express myself in a manner that I don’t get to in my day to day or at work. I have been thinking about this for a while now- told you I lived in my head. Frankly, I think that I am my own enemy. I hold myself back to the point that I let my perfectionism affect me in a negative way. If a blog post or video isn’t as perfect as I imagined, I will trash it. If the pictures aren’t as sharp as I planned, I will trash it. If the weather isn’t cooperating or an eye brow hair is out of place, well you guessed it. I have so many footage and pictures that are honestly just collecting dust on my hard drive. Oh Jesus, fix it!

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Let me paint a picture for you. Kristina and I set up a date to take outfit pictures. You all should check out her blog btw, she is doing her THING. As I was running late – you know being at home and doing nothing takes so much of my time lol- I almost cancelled. Then, the sun went away and of course, so did my will to live LOL. All to say, I dragged myself out of the house and boy was I glad. We had a great time, and the pictures (featured in this post) turned out just fine.

Although I have a few videos that are ready to go/ blog posts that are ready to be posted, I want to put a stop to these sporadic uploads. I say that I am my own worst enemy, simply because I realize I have a million ideas that I never put into fruition. Additionally, when I do film a video or what have you, I tear it to shreds, claim that it isn’t good enough and never post it. As I was going through my hard drive to find pictures for this post, I stumbled across so many others that never made the cut. Yet, I go to sleep thinking about what I could have accomplished with them.

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No more! I am deciding now to put a stop to this. I will go through my hard drive so don’t be surprise if you see pictures from years ago! I suppose it will be interesting as well to see how I did things back in the days. Being a content creator comes with a huge learning curve and it is constantly changing. That is the beauty of it.

All of that to say that I will be back, in full force on November 1st. I will be posting on the blog prior to that (hence this blog post), but in terms of youtube and Instagram, I will start posting consistently starting November. Hold me up to that, I have a lot coming your way!

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Thank you for all the support over the years. I do not take it for granted!

Subscribe to my channel, follow me on Insta, Twitter, and Snapchat (jemy1415) to stay updated! Also, leave me an encouraging comment below and follow the blog as well!

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[Photo Credit- Kristina]

DETAILS
Dress→H&M
Watch→ Fossil
Bag→ Call it Sping
Hair→ HerGivenHair

..xo

-J

MAKE A WISH. TAKE A CHANCE. MAKE A CHANGE

img_9948Hey Guys!

If you follow my on my YouTube Channel, then you must know by now that I’ve wanted a change. I love my natural hair, but it was all I knew. As I mentioned in this video, I basically wanted to experiment more with my hair. I knew the risks going in and was fully ready to face the consequences. Although there are other and less damaging ways that I could experiment with my tresses, I knew that this is something I had to go through at some point in my life. Why not now? I wondered about how my hair would be relaxed for quite some time. untitled-2

I love hair. Period. I know a lot of people aren’t going to understand this decision, especially since I have a channel dedicated to my natural hair but I want to see my hair in different states. I still want to dye it, cut it, perm it, and lock it. Honestly, it is just hair! I want to have fun with it and not feel like it is this “thing” that I need to indefinitely take care of. I don’t believe that every women perm/relax/chemically alter their hair because of self-hate. I can’t speak for everyone, but I know it isn’t the case for me. At some point in life, I will go back to my natural hair but for now, I am having fun with it. Change is good. Change is what I wanted. Change is what I got. Check out the video below to hear my thoughts on my relaxer experience.

..xo

-J

 

 

Valentine

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Oh Hello,

Am I the only one who doesn’t feel compelled to wear something cliché on Valentine Day? I tend to stay away from bright colors, such as reds, most of the time and V-day is no exception. In this “get ready with me” instalment, I show you what I would wear. You can still be pretty feminine and girly in dark colours. Lately, I have been pretty obsessed with burgandy, and I am a little sad that Spring is on its way. However, I am looking forward to the warmer temperatures so I will keep the complaining to a minimal. Speaking of which, winter was absolutely delicious this year! I swear this has been the mildest one since I have lived in Canada. I mean, I am rocking a carding in the middle of February, for crying out loud! I hope that we don’t get a storm or anything soon, knock on wood.

OUTFIT

Shirt: H&M

Pants: Sirens

Cardigan: Forever21

Shoes: Call it Spring

Scarf: Aldo

Bag: Call it Spring

..xo

 

-J

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It’s my birthday!

Well, technically it was last week but let me enjoy the moment. I am very grateful to the Lord for blessing me with yet another year. As I grow older, I find that I am transforming into a woman who is confident, and conformable in her own skin. It wasn’t always like this. I struggled in my teens years and it took a long time for me to accept who I am, flaws and all. Although I am not one to celebrate, I thoroughly enjoyed my birthday this year.

OUTFIT

Coat: H&M

Dress: Dynamite

Shoes: Call it Spring

Scarf: Aldo

Bag: Dynamite

..xo

-J

Listen To Your Heart

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Today I wanted to write about the importance of having a hobby. Personally, I can get so wrapped up into my day-to-day routines resulting in me getting pretty bored. You know: dealing with the not so interesting aspects of life such as work, school, finances, etc. that no one really WANTS to deal with but have to be done. So to spice things up a bit and to keep myself motivated, I try to do other things. I love to take pictures, film and edit YouTube videos, blog, read and sometimes play piano, if time permits. These activities disconnect me from routine life and also help reduce my stress level.
That being said, sometimes I ask myself why I blog. Other than the fact that it gives me a voice that I can use to communicate with you all, I often feel like a grain of sand by the ocean. With SO many other blogs out there, what do I have to offer of value? Lately, I have been feeling like I can no longer relate to fashion blogs like I once did. They are so “polished”, for lack of a better word, and while I can understand that with success comes change, I quite enjoy relaxed ‘outfits-of-the-days’ where I can afford what is being showcased and I am able to easily find the items/ similar pieces. I mean, do these bloggers really wear heels on a daily basis and sport a FULL face of make-up? LOL, oh you know I will choose comfort any day and I truly believe that you can look wonderful without having to spend 3 hours a day to get ready. I hope that through my more simplistic (and original) approach of blogging you can relate to me being a regular 20-something year old. Anyways, I digress.
Back to the topic at hand! Having a hobby keeps you sane. Some of us are fortunate enough to be able to make a living off of it, while others would risk becoming homeless as long as they are able to do what they love. I say: find balance in your life and do what makes you happy. It is yours after all! So GET CREATIVE: It’s never too late to add a new interest to your routine.

..xo

-J

Baby, Let Your Hair Down

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Hey guys!

About two weeks ago I’ve straighten my hair. I have been enjoying my straight hair so much that I never want to wash my hair ever again! Okay, well maybe I have to and I think I may do that this week end but for right now, this is life!

After the 6 months protective style challenge, It couldn’t wait to see if I had retained any length. Although my hair grew, the length wasn’t noticeable because I practically gave myself a hair cut back in April. As a result, my hair is the same length as when I started the challenge! I am okay with that but I am pretty unhappy with the thickness. For some reason, my hair has been thinning so much over the past year. I actually wanted to do a 3rd Big Chop after seeing how thin it was but I decided to just work on it. This will be my next goal for now. I won’t go into all the details on this post  but I will basically start from the inside out. I will make sure that I am getting lots of nutrients and I will start taking a multivitamin/hair vitamin! I am pretty horrible with keeping up with vitamins but I will set up multiple reminders and hopefully that helps. In addition, I will start to be very strict with my regimen, as I have been pretty lazy with it. I share this journey with you all, as always!

On another note, I have been experiencing more with my outfits! Look at me being all girlie with that dress!  I plan to step outside my comfort zone in the future and I am looking forward to it.

Happy Friday, by the way!

..xo

-J

Moving Sideways

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DYNAMITE Blouse / AMERICAN APPAREL Jeans / PAYLESS Sandal/ HAIR Tutorial here

Last Friday was my last day of work. As I walked down the halls of the office where I dedicated the last two and a half years of my life, I was overwhelmed with emotions. This was the last time I would walk to the lunch room,  the last time I would hold a mindless conversation with the office manager, the last time I would punch out. Leaving the building was more sweet than bitter however, but I still felt disconnected to reality.

Was I really quitting my job? No more waking up late, panicking and running around like a chicken with its head cut off. No more fuming my way through the morning traffic in order to swipe in just a few minutes late. Although I had planned this for quite some time now, It still felt surreal. I enjoyed my last place of employment (to the certain extend, of course), but I knew it wasn’t something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I am going back to school.

Back to university, where I will still be running around like a chicken with its head cut off, battling the morning traffic and struggling to meet deadlines. If anything, life will be even more hectic now that I will be taking a full course load. Yesterday was my first day of school and I am ready to pull my hair out, trying to dig deep in my brain to recall what I’ve learned what seems like centuries ago!

As I take a leap to the uncertainties that life may throw my way, I pray that God with watch my every step.

To all of your that will be returning to school this semester or attending for the first time, cheers to your and let’s make it one of the best school year yet!

..xo

-J

Angélique

Hey guys!

Remember me?

To be honest, I am not even sure what I actually want to blog about. Nevertheless, since I have been drawing blanks for so long, I decided to just freestyle this post.

About nearly a month ago, I had the pleasure to meet Ardean, a super talented Toronto-based photographer.  I have been reading her blog for some times now and I love her photography. She has a unique way of capturing one’s soul. Anyways, I contacted her and one thing leading to another, I was standing in front of her camera lens! She immediately made me feel right at home and I had an amazing time working with her.

As you probably know, I very rarely wear dresses. I actually purchased this one just for my shoot with Adrean. However, since I thought it looked so cute, I decided to recreate my own photoshoot with this outfit. I had a ton of fun capturing these images. A stranger actually stopped to ask me if I was getting married! haha. Maybe one day.

If you are interested on how I achieved this hairstyle, I have a tutorial here.

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..xo

-J