GIRL TIME: MOMMY DAUGHTER DATE

Our Special Time Together Is The Most Expensive Gift I Can Give My Daughter, London

The Christmas holiday break from school started on Friday, just a couple days before Christmas Day, which fell on a MONDAY! (it def. felt a little odd). Saturday morning London told me, while we were hanging out in the kitchen, that she wasn’t really feeling the holiday spirit like she usually does. As momma, that made my heart sink a bit. I immediately felt myself go into “FIX IT” mode. LOL… Moms you know that feeling! 🙂 With midterm exams leading right up to the holiday break this time, I totally got where she was coming from. The break usually gives the kids a few days or a week leading up to the actual Christmas Day. Most evenings were spent inside studying, instead of being out and about seeing the lights, shopping and feeling the holiday energy together as a family.

One quick switcharoo that I decided to quickly do after our talk, was to wrap the gifts and put them under the tree a couple days earlier than our tradition, which is while they’re sleeping the night before Christmas. We wrapped SOME gifts together and she tried to sneak a peek on the others. Her job with her older brother Arlington, was to crank up the reggae Christmas music while they organized the gifts under the tree. I did begin to see the holidays spirit on their faces which was awesome!

Another thing I realized that was missing from the holidays for her, was the one-on-one time that we usually spend together leading up to the big day – Jesus’ Birthday Celebration Dinner. 😉 Even though family was in town visiting, I knew this was time together that I wasn’t going to compromise or skip with London. So I started planning our mommy daughter date right away. Hence our awesome Mani Pedi Day at Sugarcoat Nail and Beauty Bar

Not only did we need that time together, I honestly needed that time for rejuvenation as well. After a full house of 30 guests over on Christmas, all of the dining decor, cooking and baking that goes into that, which starts days before AND my SWOLLEN ACHING FEET the next day… I was all in for that sugar scrub massage. LOL… ALL IN!!!!! 🙂 I asked Leslie who did my pedi to give me all she had, while she was doing my massage. We both cracked up because she knew exactly what I meant.

I didn’t want us to go to just a regular nail salon, especially since we haven’t visited one in years. YUP years, around 3 yrs to be exact. I’ve been doing London’s and my own nails and actually enjoying that as my me-time or mommy and me time. I wanted a salon that didn’t feel like an assembly line of feet. LMBO… I hoped for somewhere cute and intimate for us to hang out together and that’s exactly what Sugarcoat is. It’s about 45mins from home and was completely worth the drive. It’s definitely going to be my little get away treat spot. 😉

Happiest New Year Everyone!!

SHAYZON

Fall Wardrobe Essentials

 

IS FALL YOUR FAVORITE SEASON FOR FASHION?

It’s never an overly exciting time for me personally, when Summer comes to a screeching halt and the temperature begins to fall. What makes it an even more challenging season FOR ME, is when the temperature imitates an unpredictable rollercoaster ride. Every year I try to force myself to find fashionable & fun Fall fashion pieces to incorporate into my wardrobe, in the attempts of not falling into a hum drum style rut. I haven’t always been successful. When it’s really cold, it’s all about survival for me! Mostly resembling a walking comforter. LOL… 😉  Over the years I’ve had my Fall and Winter go-to uniform. My uniform includes skinny jeans, boots, sweaters and huge coats. Though that combo can be amazing with great pieces, when on repeat, it can become a very boring and repetitive look. It can quickly sucks the excitement and/or motivation out of being a fashionable Fall dresser. This year I put my foot down with myself and it’s actually been fun so far. I’ve come across a couple great Fall Finds so far, and of course wanted to share. Hey, I may not be the only one struggling during the Fall and Winter months. 😉

 

 

An absolutely fantastic Fall essential, is faux leather pants or leggings. It is so versatile, comfy, warm and layerable, especially in these ever changing Fall temperatures. It can be easily dressed up or down. They can also be seamlessly paired with pumps, boots, booties, sneakers, dresses, trench coats, blazers, bomber jackets, skirts, shirts and sweaters.  Sounds like a win win to me! OH! Let me not forget to mention how AH-MAZE-BALLS they make your legs look too! Hello… will take two please. 😉

 

Colors and textures are great to incorporate into Fall. Not just the typical and predictable hues and textures of the season, but shake things up and go for the unexpected. Remember no rules apply here! 😉 Fur, sequin, glitter, leather, reds, cobalt blues, pinks, whites and dark wine shades are a few ideas to start with. This reversible faux fur, satin camouflage bomber jacket is so vibrant and fun. This is a piece that can be dressed up or down as well, and can be worn with just about anything and still fit in. This is definitely a staple and statement piece. Dare yourself and go for it! 😉

 

 

About The Look:

Bomber Jacket + Faux Leather Leggings + Backpack: www.loverosecouture.com

Olive Green Suede Pumps: An oldie but goody from my closet. Alternative option – www.lulus.com

My Mane & Curlshttps://www.curls.biz

 

 

TIMELESS STYLE and PRICELESS MOMENTS WITH LONDON

HOW OLD ARE VINTAGE CLOTHES?

WHAT IS CONSIDERED VINTAGE CLOTHES?

Have you ever wondered about or asked any of these questions? Well, I most certainly have. If you haven’t, now you’ll learn something new, just because! heehee 😉  I personally think of great vintage pieces as, Timeless Style.  I use to think ( before asking and seriously looking into it) that clothes would have to be decades and decades old, to be labelled vintage. WELL, not so much or not so old.

Clothes that are at least 20yrs old are considered vintage. That being said, recently when I popped into a few higher end vintage stores in New York, designer pieces that are about 10 years old are now being labelled vintage too. When I saw that, I had to laugh, because my closet has a lot of things in there that are more than 10yrs old, like this dress I’m wearing here in this post! Being the vintage lover that I am, I may have way more vintage clothes in my closet than I even realized! LMBO 🙂

I know, I know! The whole “rule thing” about cleaning out your closet annually and throwing out things that you haven’t worn in a year. I don’t have, do or abide by “fashion rules”, only recommendations 😉 Though I love a good trend, I am more of a timeless dresser vs trendy. It is important to cleanse your wardrobe of the things that don’t fit anymore and things you’ll never wear again. With that in mind, my goal is to have special pieces in my closet that I can love, have and wear for a long time, hence my major love and appreciation for statement vintage clothes. 😉 I search all over for those, “MUST HAVE” pieces and I love great deals. I keep my eyes open in Thrift Stores, Goodwill, Estate Sales, Resale Stores and of course, specialized vintage store.

Shayzon Tip: Keep in mind, when you visit Vintage Stores, the pricing may be on the higher side, IF they specialize in designer vintage pieces. Specialized vintage stores know the value that these pieces have, and they price accordingly.

 

One thing that I am so grateful for as a mom, and cherish so much, is that my (not so) little Girly Girl London, has grown to have an appreciation for unique clothes as well! YAY! lol… I didn’t raise her to be “name brand” or a “label conscious” girl. I taught and still teach her to value fabrics, quality, style, uniqueness and price. So in those priceless moments when we’re on our mommy-daughter dates, talking and/or shopping, it’s so awesome to see that, though she is aware of the different labels out there, the things she likes and chooses for herself, isn’t dictated by a label. Her choices are dictated by wether something is worth the price, if she likes it and if it fits her personal style or not.

 

We had a great day in the city! Right after attending London’s first gallery show, for french illustrator Nicholle Kobi, she is amazing, check out her work. We were starving after, so we immediately went and had lunch at Fritti  

Then we did what we love doing A LOT! We popped into an antique store, took some pics, (of course) 😉 and then hit the highway to hurry home. We were beat! 🙂

GOOD TIMES! 😉 xoxo

photos by: My Girly Girl London & Mommy Shayzon

London’s dress: Zara

My brown dress: My own vintage closet

Green bow platforms: An oldie but goodie. HerStyle

London – Shaving Your Legs For The First Time

HELP ME LORD! WE’RE HERE NOW! 

London: Mommy, may I start shaving my legs?

Me: 😨 Why baby? Your legs look beautiful.

London: But it has a lot of hair now.

Me: 😨 I barely see a thing baby.

London: Mommy, stop! I know you see it.

Me: 😨 How old are you again, baaaby?

London: Mommy, I’m 13 now! Is it OK for me to shave my legs at this age?

Me: 😨  In my head… (should I lie and say NO??, what is happening?, she was just in diapers, this is the beginning of the end, don’t you dare start crying in front of her!) Well baby, I’ll have to show you how, so you won’t hurt yourself.

AND SO IT BEGAN!

I immediately started thinking about which razor would be the safest and best for her to use on her skin. I wondered, are there razors for teens or first timers? NO, not that I have found. A few days went by, maybe even a couple of weeks honestly, as I tried to delay the 1st time. lol… I never anticipated that I would feel this way about this, so I wasn’t prepared at all.

That’s mommy life for ya, everyday is for the new and unexpected.

I received a package in the mail and it had quite a number of things in it, which included BIC Soliel Shine razors for both male and female. I swore it was a sign for me to get it together and stop delaying London’s experience of shaving her legs for the FIRST TIME! Age 13 seamed so young at first but I quickly realized as I was talking with my cousin, that it was because I had personally waited until I was a lot older. Being from the islands, shaving our legs wasn’t a priority as a teenager. In actuality hair on your legs was considered attractive, BACK THEN. I’m TOTALLY beyond that now though! LMBO…

Any who… I got my act together, researched different razors and we picked a day.  London’s first time shaving her legs was such a fun and exciting time! We had a blast and seeing her face light up the way it did is something I pray that I never forget!

Here are a few tips to help you have a safe and positive experience with shaving.

1. If using a disposable razor, choose one that has multiple blades – Give a closer and smoother shave.

2. Definitely use a shaving cream or gel – It’s a buffer and reduces the risk of nicks and cuts.

3. Wet your legs with warm water, long enough to allow your skin to moisten – Opens your pores and softens your skin.

4. For the first shave, if you have a lot of hair, go with the grain (shave in a downward direction the way your hair grows). Otherwise shave upward (from ankles to knees).

5. When shaving the knees and ankles, be very careful. It’s a bonier area with grooves. Make sure your standing and tense your knees to make it a more even area to shave.

6. Moisturize after you have finished shaving and have rinsed the entire area.

 


Alicia Keys Graces The Cover Of Allure Magazine

Alicia Keys And Her Unapologetic Embrace With Her Natural Beauty!

During an interview with David Denicolo for Allure magazine, Alicia Keys spoke carefully and candidly about her music, motherhood, her political activism and her stand on not wearing makeup. Though for this shoot Alicia chose to wear eye makeup, you can clearly see that with or without makeup she is undeniably beautiful.

It’s a beautiful thing when a woman finds her power and that power is in her space of truth and freedom.

During her interview it was clear that she knows exactly who she is and embraces every moment of it. She confidently stated to David, “I’m not a slave to make up. I’m not a slave to not wearing makeup either. I get to choose at any given moment. That’s my right.” She later went on to say, “as an activist, I will continue to fight for what is right.” During this very transparent and empowering interview, Alicia Keys spoke more in debt on this past year in her life and what this time has truly meant to her. “This time has been more of an evolution, a process of self-realization.” Her decision to not wear makeup was not an anti-makeup move at all and it definitely wasn’t intended to be a “Radical Act.” Alicia Keys shared an important view with David, “I think makeup can be self-expression, I have no intentions to shame anyone at all who chooses to wear it. No one should be ashamed by the way you choose to express yourself. And that’s exactly the point. However, if you want to do that for yourself you should do that.”

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS IS THE GOLDEN GLOBES BEST ACTRESS WINNER!

TRACIE ELLIS ROSS IS WINNING!

Tracee Ellis Ross! You can’t help but smile when you hear her name! Her forever bright smile, beaming personality and that sparkly fierce Zuhair Murad Couture cage dress was the perfect pairing for her big night. Not to mention her grand spread of jewels that adorned all ten fingers, her striking red lip and sleek ponytail.

This is what we mean when we say Accessorize to Glamorize!

Undeniable and Deserving!

Tracee Ellis Ross is a lady, an actress, an effortless comedian, and a real fun girl friend (even if that’s just a friend in your head) lol.😄 Her ability to laugh at herself, motivate others and to make anyone laugh is matchless. Just follow her on social media, if your aren’t already and you’ll be in for quite a treat. Her role on BLACK-ISH as Dr. Rainbow, is becoming just as impacting for this current time as Clair Huxtable was on The Cosby Show some years ago. 😊

Behind The Scenes – The Making Of The New Shayzon.com Pt.1

Well here we go again!

It’s definitely important to keep things fresh and up to speed in your business as you grow. Hence the need for a new look over on shayzon.com!

I’m so blessed to have an amazing creative team that I have worked with for years. They GET ME and my crazy ideas and they always execute my vision with such excellence. I call them My Michaels. 🙂 Meet Michael-Rene (my hubby and creative partner) and Michael Reese (my photographer).

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As I planned the shoot looks and the rundown for the day, my little girl London came to me and asked if I could choose her to be my assistant for this shoot. I thought it was the sweetest thing as I listened to her and as I looked over at her, I realized that she was really serious and also ready to present me with her proposal, which included her fee. lol. 🙂

When I saw how well thought out this was and how much time and thought she put into it, of course I had to say YES!  So, this was my baby girls first job, as my assistant! I have to tell you, she blew me away with how thorough and attentive she naturally was at this job! She paid attention to my hair, my clothes, my makeup and made sure that I was hydrated for the entire shoot AND she made sure everything for the shoot was neat and organized. Her work ethics are quite impressive, especially for a 12yr old.

 I’M SUCH A PROUD MAMMA!!

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My mind doesn’t stop! I always want to know that what ever I put forth is my best. Whatever my best is at that point and time. 🙂 I had a really great time pulling my looks together to be a true reflection of myself and what CHICified represents. I checked out thrift stores and resale stores during the shopping days and I found this hot pink vintage piece in a small vintage shop in Atlanta and as soon as I saw it I knew it was the winner! I paired it with navy blue suede pumps and Viola, the cover look was born!

In my planning, I wanted to use this perfect opportunity to be the example of RESALE CHIC for the face of the website. A seamless, doable and stunning mix of vintage and labels. I didn’t have to break the bank on clothes for this shoot at all.

This dress was less than $60! YAY!

Now that’s what I’m talking about! 😉

** Tip: Always check the details, construction and hardware on everything when you’re buying any type of resale garments.**

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Shoes are Christian Louboutin.

Funny story about these sexy pumps coming up soon on the blog!

Note From The Editor:

It’s important to plan the details for a shoot, down to the time on each look and/or location ahead of time. This is definitely a situation where the saying “Time is Money” truly applies. As the shoot goes along, of course it’s important to go with the flow and energy that’s happening. Some of the unexpected shots can turn out to be the winning shot, trust me!

Reminder: Plan your budget, make a run of day schedule, don’t loose track of time, everyone is on the clock including you. 🙂  Otherwise you’ll blow your budget with overtime costs and who wants that at the end of an amazing shoot. 🙂

DIY CORNMEAL & EGG WHITE MASK

A CHICified Home Spa Treat!

EXFOLIATING & TIGHTENING

You’re too busy, you’re on a budget and pampering yourself is no where on the radar! Sounds familiar? Well, you’re definitely not alone! I’ve been there too, right along with thousands of others! 😉  I know that it’s always easiest to put yourself on the back burner while attending to everyone else needs; the kids, your parents, your hubby, your family, your job, your friends and on and on and on!  I also have come to realize over the years that we have to find a way and time to take care of ourselves. It’s simple, if we don’t, we won’t be at our best to be our best for everyone else.

Here is a quick and easy spa treat just for you. An EXFOLIATING & TIGHTENING FACE MASK AND SCRUB. This is a way to keep your skin looking healthy and glowing, all while in the comfort of your home. The ingredients are right there in your kitchen!  SO… your saving your gas, your money, your time AND your skin all at the same time!

Who can turn that down?!? Not you OH CHICified one! lol… 😉

Enjoy!

ps. I’ve finally started my youtube channel to upload Insider Tips & Tricks!

HURRY, Go SUBSCRIBE!! 😉

It’s all about Fashion, Beauty, Style, Being Resale CHIC and You!

SEE YA THERE! muah 😉

the link> : https://www.youtube.com/user/shayzon

LAUNCH OF THE CHICified girl INITIATIVE IN JAMAICA

CHICified GIRL

The CHICified girl Initiative Is A Sisterhood & A Movement!

CHICified girl Initiative

The CHICified girl Initiative was birthed from my heart. The motivation and empowerment of girls, young and old is imperative.

Who are you CHICified girl?  I am confident and driven by my dreams. I succeed because I am strong, determined, and full of heart.

CHICified girl Initiative

I migrated to the states from Jamaica when I was nine years old. (Not that long ago! lol…) 🙂 I had no idea that the CHICified girl Initiative was a part of my destiny. I remember very vividly, the feeling of amazement and the long drive from the airport. I looked out the window at the many lanes and roads going over our heads and wondered how in the world would I ever learn my way around in this HUGE place. I felt like a little ant! 🙂

 

CHICified girl Initiative

As time went on, I became so excited with all that I was seeing. I couldn’t wait to go back to Jamaica to share with all my friends about my experience and to tell them about this place that was made for giants. Well, my family and I made a life here in the states and I never lost my desire of wanting to go back and share all the exciting stories. My stories evolved over the years, into major experiences and life lessons. I developed a sense of urgency and obligation to share those lessons and to give back. Empowering girls and ladies with positive tools along with how I maneuvered the challenging paths I faced from youth to adulthood.

 

CHICified girl Initiative

I am so excited to say that a couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of accomplishing my dream!! Right back at home in Jamaica, where it all started for me. Launching The CHICified girl Initiative at Liberty Academy At The Priory with the same age group of girls that reflected the time in my life when I migrated, meant the world to me. CHICified girl is a sisterhood and a movement that will positively infect the world.

CHICified girl Initiative

Though we are in the early phase, I believe that the sky is the limit. Teaching little girls, teens, young adults and young ladies to value themselves highly, believe in their dreams, to set high goals, to be kind and honorable beings, to be positive and determined, to own their bodies and beauty and to care and uplift each other, not just in words but through actions, are lessons that can never be over taught and characteristics that will never fail them.

CHICified girl Initiative

I learned so much from the girls. The experience had made me even more determined to go forward. The heart of a little girl is so precious and impressionable and should be treated that way. Dreams do come true and I want them to know that and believe that.

 

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION w/ A NEW FLAIR!

HOW TO MAKE AN ACHIEVABLE & CHICified KIND OF NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION!

Well it’s that time of year again!!

It’s the time when many ponder, evaluate and make “that list” of all the things to be done differently for the year ahead. Here are some quick tips on how to make an achievable and CHICified kind of New Year’s Resolution.

The good ole… NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION! ‘)

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~ KEEP YOUR LIST REALISTIC, SHORT & SWEET

~ MAKE YOUR GOALS SHORT TERM GOALS! Ex. 3mth INCREMENTS.

~ REWARD YOURSELF ALONG THE WAY

~ TREAT YOUR MIND INSTEAD OF PUNISH YOUR MIND

~ DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP!

~ CALL IT A TREAT DAY, NOT A CHEAT DAY 

~ WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS & KEEP IT ACCESSIBLE

CHOOSE A POSITIVE MINDED CONFIDANT TO SHARE THEM WITH

~ EVERYDAY IS A CLEAN SLATE.

~ IF YOU SLIPPED TODAY, JUST START FRESH TOMORROW

~ REMEMBER, YOU’RE AN AMAZING AND CHICified PERSON WITH OR WITHOUT A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION LIST! 😉

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Note from the Editor:

Typically the things added to a list are things that everyone is hoping will become a habit. Be mindful and remember, new goals should be realistic and practical to your schedules, physical & financial capabilities and most importantly, your lifestyle.

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE CHICified FAMILY!!

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