I'm currently in upper 6 (grade 13) and will be doing my CXC CAPE exams which will run from the 3rd of May to the 11th of June, therefore I won't be able to post as much as I would love to because I will be caught up in the whole studying world. However, between that period I do have a few breaks as I only have 8 days of exams, so I'll try to make little posts here and there. If you'll be doing exams too, I wish you all the best and remember to study hard because it will definitely pay off in the end! :-)
Here's the trophy I received today at my school's Prize Giving Ceremony where I was awarded for having the highest average in my class for the mid-term exams!
The Pink Socialite
What You'll Need
4 ounces of raspberries
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 drop almond extract
1 drop peppermint extract
1. Place sugar in a clean bowl and set aside.
2. Blend raspberries, olive oil and flavour extracts in a blender.
3. Add the blended fruit mixture to the sugar.
4. Rub the mixture onto the face and body.
Ashleigh: Describe your style.
Javicia: It is hard for me to describe my style because my ideas are always changing. Fashionable styles are always evolving and I try to stay current while being authentic and true to myself. My style comes across as effortless. It is chic and sexy while at the same time being classy. I enjoy incorporating unexpected pieces with classic looks.
Ashleigh: Who is your style icon?
Javicia: I love the androgynous style of the Olsens, Rihanna's edginess, and fellow blogger, Karla Deras', classiness. I'm more influenced by street style than celebrities since many times they have stylists. I love looking at street style blogs for inspiration.
Ashleigh: Do you think style is important? Why?
Javicia: Style is very important because of the influence it has on society. Fashion bombshells like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn were able to draw the attention of their audiences in large part because of the trendy and classic looks that they displayed for their time. You can look at the way a person is dressed in a photo and be able to tell what decade the photo was taken, where it was taken, and even the social class of the individual. To me, that speaks monuments about fashion!
Ashleigh: What makes you feel glamorous?
Javicia: Honestly, it's not my clothes that makes me feel glamorous. When stepping out, I feel most glamorous when I have a beautiful color on my lips. I can be dressed down, but if I have on a bright beautiful lip color, you can't tell me anything! Lol.
Ashleigh: What advice would you give to others that are trying to define their style?
Javicia: Defining your style is a part of learning who you are. Figure out what interests you and what styles you enjoy, then focus on bringing them out in your own unique way. A tip is to create a folder on your computer, I titled mine "Style Inspo", and save any looks you like while browsing the web. From here you can either print the looks out and create a lookbook for yourself, or you can create your own digital lookbook. This way you have guidance when you're shopping. Style isn't about buying the most expensive item, because trends come and go. Style is about creating effortless looks that depict who you are!
Ashleigh: Who is your favorite designer?
Javicia: I'm actually a huge vintage lover, so I like many designers. However, I love up and coming designers, like Yanghi. They always have a fresh take on style!
Ashleigh: Where are your favourite places to shop?
Javicia: I love online shopping. I am able to browse the web for the best prices and sit comfortably in my living room while stuffing my face, lol. For designer pieces I like Net-A-Porter, otherwise it doesn't matter. What's most important to me is the quality. So I limit my Forever 21 buys to the more trendy pieces, and make investments in my classic/timeless pieces. Never spend too much on trendy pieces, they go out of style quickly.
Ashleigh: Name one fashion trend you hate.
Javicia: The trend that makes people think that in order to be fashionable you have to wear everything in your closet at one time.
Ashleigh: When you meet the opposite sex, what is the first thing you notice about them?
Javicia: The first thing I notice is teeth... then shoes. You don't have to have a really expensive pair of shoes on, but they can't be leaning... it'll distract me. Lol.
Ashleigh: What look/style do you like best for guys?
Javicia: I don't have a style preference for guys. As long as they are comfortable and they take pride in how they present themselves, I'm happy. I love a confident man!
Visit Javicia's blog HERE!
Rihanna performed at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival over the weekend. The Bajan princess wore a Peace Bra Top from Topshop along with these unique The Ragged Priest Studded Cut Off Shorts.
She accessorized with a gold link chain, sunglasses, and a Chanel bomber jacket. She also wore that Jeremy Scott x Adidas Leopard Sneakers that was also spotted on Chris Brown a few months ago. Hmm...
Help JA Children is seeking your support to raise awareness about the high levels of abuse our nation’s children are subjected to by their families, relatives, caregivers, friends and many others.
On April 1, 2012, the Jamaica Observer gave us a chilling reminder of the dire realities that Jamaica’s children face. In a story written by Ingrid Brown, a doctor from The Bustamante Hospital for Children shared some of the atrocities inflicted upon our children.
The article included some graphic details about some of the cases this doctor has treated and will bring tears to your eyes. Sadly, the article unveilsonly a small part of the picture. The state of our nation’s children needs to be addressed with urgency, vigour and passion but we find that many people are not aware of the reality of the situation.
Help JA Children is organising a march, from the Bustamante Hospital for Children to Emancipation Park on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The route for the march will be confirmed soon.
There will be a rally at Emancipation Park with speakers who may be from organisations such as The Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), The Centre for The Investigation of Sexual Offences (CISOCA), The Office of the Children’s Registrar (OCR), Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) and our own organisation. An entertainment package is also being finalised.
Need more info? Email them at email@example.com or visit their Facebook page Help JA Children.
Ashleigh: Tell us a little about yourself.
Kandi: My name is Kandi. I'm from the Bay Area but I live in Long Beach CA.
Ashleigh: When did you first start designing nails and why?
Kandi: I started doing nails a year ago. It started out of fascination. I'm an artist, so creating designs on nails was just another canvas for me.
Ashleigh: Which celebs have you worked with?
Kandi: I've worked with Nicki Minaj, Demi Lovato, Dondria, Frenchie Davis, and Hannabeth.
Ashleigh: If you could design nails for anyone, who would it be and why?
Kandi: RIHANNNAAAAAAAAAA! She's my idol. I neeeeeed to do her nails before I die!
Ashleigh: What would you say has been your signature designs so far?
Kandi: Leopard, ice cream cones, and bows.
Ashleigh: Your designs are pretty detailed. How long does it normally take you to do a full hand?
Ashleigh: Every nail designer has something that sets them apart from each other. What do you think sets you apart?
Kandi: My designs pretty much speak for themselves. They're just extremely different from other nail artists. People can spot my designs out in a heartbeat. They can also spot imposters. I'm precise with all my details.
Ashleigh: What's a nail trend that you would like to see die out?
Kandi: Pink and white. Lol. It's soooo blah! Yes it's a classic, but come on, snow cones and bacon are such a conversation piece!
Ashleigh: In 5 years, where do you see yourself?
Kandi: I see myself with my own products, a salon, and travelling the world.
Ashleigh: What advice do you have for persons wanting to get into this industry?
Ashleigh: When did you first start singing? How did you get into the industry?
Keida: I started out as a part of the KeepLeft camp. I wasn't signed to them, but Leftside was the person who introduced me to music as a career and recorded my first hit singles.
Ashleigh: How would you describe your sound?
Keida: Hmm... it's a little hard for me to define my sound because I try to be versatile. I don't set too many boundaries for myself, so you may hear me sing anything from an acoustic piece to house music, and quite possibly anything in-between.
Ashleigh: Do you write your own songs?
Keida: Sometimes I write by myself but I also enjoy bouncing ideas off my peers and writing collaboratively as well.
Ashleigh: Did you ever imagine that your hit song "Jamaican Boy" would be this successful?
Keida: Not in the least. When I released the song I was still at college and working set design jobs on the side. I thought it would be a one time thing. I didn't consider a career in music or what that would require.
Ashleigh: Any plans on releasing an album soon? What have you been working on in the studio lately?
Keida: My mix tape is set to be released on the 15th of April.
Ashleigh: Name 2 artistes that you would love to do a collaboration with.
Keida: I admire so many artistes but I think I'd sound good on a track with Tarrus Riley or Beres. It would depend on the genre really.
Ashleigh: If you could have only 3 songs on your Ipod, what would they be?
Keida: Something You Forgot by Lil Wayne, Another Level by me, and The Chapel by Stephen Marley.
Ashleigh: If you weren't doing music, what would you be doing?
Keida: I'd be doing Visual Arts.
Ashleigh: What advice do you have for persons aspiring to be in the music industry?
Keida: Stay true to yourself, believe in yourself, and live your craft everyday.
Ashleigh: I never leave my house without...
Keida: My phone.
1. Compact mirror – This is one thing that is always with me. It makes it a lot easier to steal a quick look to make sure everything is in place….then if necessary I take that trip to the bathroom lol. Mine has two mirrors (one is a closer look and the other a bit more distant), so I can see just about everything I need to!
2. Dark brown eyeliner – This has become probably the most important makeup item for me because even if I don’t have on foundation, I’ve got on eyeliner (which I use to fill my eyebrows and of course to line my lids). If your eyes are the windows to your soul then that makes my lids, lashes and brows the curtains…..I already have long lashes so I’ve got to make the lids and brows look good! =]
3. Maybelline Lipgloss – I’m all for nude lips and simple gloss (unless I’m going for a popping red), so my Maybelline shinylicious lipgloss is a dear friend. The colour I use varies depending on the mood I’m in when I’m getting dressed though.
4. Nailpolish– This is definitely one of my top ten must-haves! My Mom has gotten me into the habit of ensuring that I always have sandal ready feet! I usually go for pinks and blues but sometimes I go out of the box with a neon or a pastel colour. Most times my fingernails are without polish because I change my mind so often that once I’m undecided I keep them clear….otherwise I end up with one colour for about three days and then get tired of the colour (or it chips) and I get it off.
5. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets – My face can get oily so my oil absorbing sheets are the perfect way for me to get rid of the unwanted sheen without smudging my makeup or getting bits of tissue on my face (neither of which is cool). Plus the package is so nice and slim that it can even fit into my pocket without being obvious.
6. Aloe Vera Gel – This is my little miracle healing agent whether it’s a bug bite, post-wax skin or a burn (from the curling iron, cooking or the sun). I use this to soothe my skin especially if I’m applying makeup, after I wax my brows, or get a curling iron burn. It also works as a nice hair gel to keep the stray hairs in place.
7. St Ives Facial Cleansers – Currently I’m using two St Ives cleansers. In the morning I give myself a mini-face scrub with the St Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub for Blemish and Blackhead Control; then in the evening when I need to get makeup off, I use the St Ives Fresh Skin Make-up Remover and Facial Cleanser. Both work perfectly together and smell great.
8. Revlon Curl Softly Gel Moisturizer – Although I usually have my hair straightened, my natural hair is curly. So when I do decide to go natural, I use the Revlon Curl Softly Gel Moisturizer to keep my hair soft and my curls hydrated. It even rehydrates curls after the hair dries so the ‘day to night’ curly hair can keep looking fresh and bouncy.
9. Pantene Medium-Thick Frizzy to Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner – With these natural curls, I’ve got to find every way to reduce that unwanted frizz. This shampoo and conditioner works quite nicely whether my hair is going to be styled curly or straight. and of course it smells nice so that’s a plus. =]
10. Eclipse Mints – Besides the general beauty products, fresh breath is a must if you’re talking to persons, and just about all my ‘hats’ require me to do that! I keep my Eclipse sugarless peppermint breath mints handy and pop one whenever I feel the fresh breath feeling going away. Whether I’m just going into the supermarket or going into a meeting, these nail-sized mints are a must!
This must-have swimsuit is by Jamaican designer Janel Jolly, and was a part of her 2011 "Samburu Collection". The 'Ayodele' is an orange and leopard print bikini with gold beaded detailing. And yes, my animal print addiction has led me into thinking of getting mine soon! :)
|Designer Janel Jolly & model in 'Ayodele'|
Check out Janel's Facebook page for more info on this swimsuit and other designs you will definitely LOVE!