CAFE´ FRIDAY! DISCOVERING LA WITH SHAYZON, ONE CAFE AT A TIME

 

 

Hi Beautiful!

Welcome to the first of my Cafe Friday series!

 

 

Prior to moving to LA, I started compiling a list of places to see. I looked online and did the typical tourist search inquires. After we arrived, I became so excited about all the random “little nooks” and “off the beaten path” locations that I was coming across.  One Friday morning, when I woke up, the idea of heading to a Cafe came to mind.  I immediately got dressed and told London to get dressed for our little outing. I got onto ” the google” (as my mom so confidently calls it), popped in cafes in LA, randomly chose one (based on the cute image of course) and then we headed right over.

 

 

Why Cafe’s? I’ve come to realize that independently owned, neighborhood cafe’s are typically in the heart of a community. Cafe’s are a place where the baristas know your name or your order after a while. It’s a getaway from home to get work done on your laptop, have a quick meeting, grab a morning joe or breakfast, meet a friend, or my personal fav, EAT with an awesome cup of tea or coffee. 😉  I figured what better way to become truly familiar with my new city than with FOOD! lol…  I randomly pick a cute cafe, in a new neighborhood or area to visit every Friday morning.  Not only do I get to try out great muffins, cookies, avocado toasts and/or sandwiches, but Cafe Friday allows me to drive to and through new areas that I otherwise wouldn’t. A major bonus to this, is the friendly people that I’ve gotten to speak with as well. I love it and look forward to it so much, especially because of the mommy daughter time and crazy/hilarious conversations that I get to have with London! 😉

 

 

We had such a great time, the Winsome cafe was wonderful. We chose egg sandwiches from their menu – which were absolutely delicious. The loads of thick and juicy bacon that came with the sandwich, was mouthwatering. The service and hosts were amazing from the moment we walked through the doors. We actually got there a few minutes before the kitchen opened, but regardless, they allowed us to sit and start with tea and water while we waited. The environment, decor and wallpaper was awesome. They also have a really cute and large outdoor patio area, I’ll definitely go for the outdoor experience when I return. Through this little excursion, we also discovered Echo Park, a cute, eclectic and very artsy neighborhood, just mins outside of downtown LA. By the time we got back home, I knew that this was going to become my Friday tradition and unique way of really Discovering LA.

 

 

So that I can share the experience in real time, every Friday I capture video snips and pics of the chosen cafe, to share with you on my insta-stories. I follow up with my honest review, funny things I may have encountered and way more pics, right here on the blog. If you haven’t started enjoying Cafe Fridays with me yet, definitely check out @shayzon on Fridays or catch up by clicking on the Cafe Highlight, to see inside these cute cafe’s around LA.

 

Oh! I almost forgot to tell you!! To top it all off, after a lovely breakfast at Winsome cafe and loads of laughs, when I got back to the car, which was parked across the street from the cafe, I had a beautiful pink parking ticket awaiting my return (at least it was my favorite color). My second discovery of the morning… there is alternate side, street parking all around LA.  Always remember to check for the street signs when parking. Needless to say, my first Cafe Friday breakfast was an expensive one. 😉 #youliveandyoulearn 

 

 

 

*All images taken by SHAYZON

** All food eaten by SHAYZON 😉

THE BIG MOVE! HEY LA!

ℌ𝔦 𝔅𝔢𝔞𝔲𝔱𝔦𝔣𝔲𝔩!

I’m sitting here in front of this laptop typing a line, then deleting the line… oy! I’m so excited and trying to decide what to tell and show you first! Eeeee… Before I go one step further, if you are reading this, my sincerest thanks to you for sharing your time with me.

 

WELL, let me start quickly at the very beginning of this new chapter. My hubby, got a promotion, and that wonderful promotion opened up this amazing opportunity for our family to relocate. We just moved all the way across the country, from Atlanta to LA! There you have it, the impetus to this all!

 

This move has been so incredible, beautiful and enlightening. I’ve been documenting our time of discovering LA; the mountains, the flowers, the food, the cafes’, the fashion, the vintage, the deals, the people, the LA lifestyle and of course the family. With all of our friends and family so far away now, this will be a great way to also visually communicate the experience with everyone. As we try to settle in and navigate our way through this major change and transition in our lives, there is so much to learn and discover, which in turn becomes so much to share.

 

I’m a keep-it-real, good-crazy kinda lady, so I’ll also be sharing about being a mommy to teens / 2 high schoolers (insert crazy eyes) in a new city!

 

Well, here we go! Let the Discovering LA blogging chapter BEGIN!

 

 

Of course one of the greatly anticipated outings for the kids, prior to moving here, was going to The Santa Monica Pier. Going to see the ocean was a must and first on the list. They were both so excited about the move. My kids, especially London, are major planners and researchers. London created a Moving List, a Packing List, a Must See List and a Must Do List, all prior to us even purchasing the first moving box. LOL… 😉 Needless to say, we have quite a bit to get done, now that we’re here Discovering LA!

 

 

My hubby thought it would be a great experience to take the train/Metro from downtown LA out to the pier. After living in New York and taking the subway there, I wasn’t quite sure about what to envision or expect with the train system here. Not only was it a great experience, it was also very convenient. Finding a place to park on the streets close by can be challenging and the parking garages and lots can get expensive too. So keep the metro option in mind for when you visit or even if you already live here.

 

 

We were pleasantly surprised with how clean and bright the underground station was. I don’t know about the other stops, but this stop downtown was great. 😉 It was $1.75 each way, per person and really economical. FYI, the metro also has day passes for $7.

 

 

 

 

It was truly a beautiful day. Artists, singers and performers were everywhere. The yummy smell of seafood and churros filled the air, while all the laughter and music filled the soul. You can grab a quick bite as your stroll down the pier or if you’re in the mood for sit-down dining, there are great restaurants overlooking the water as well. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is absolutely delicious! The seafood is finger-licking scrumptious! heehee 😉 Saw what I did there?

Hugs & Kisses Honey Bunnies! 

 

Wearing:

white denim shorts, H&M

similar pink sneakers, Nike

similar pink sweatshirt, Amazon

 

 

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

DECORATING THE JAMAICAN CHRISTMAS TREE FOR HARTSFIELD JACKSON INT’L – GLOBAL WINTER WONDERLAND ’17

 

Designing & Decorating The Jamaican Christmas Tree

One of the most exciting days and projects of my career!! This was such an honor!🎈

I was asked and contracted to design and decorate the Christmas tree representing 🇯🇲 Jamaica, on behalf of the Diplomat of Jamaica, for Jamaica (😊) by the Jamaican Tourist Board and Director of International Affairs.

The Jamaican Christmas Tree is displayed in Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson Airport in the International Terminal, Concourse F. Along with 11 other trees, each representing a different country. 💃🏾

The official Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting Ceremony for all the trees, including the American tree, took place on Nov. 29th. This annual tradition was spearheaded by Alrene Barr, Head of International Affairs, three years ago. This celebration is now a greatly anticipated holiday festivity in the International Airport. Each year Consulates representing the 12 countries and trees are in attendance for the grand lighting, adding their cultural ornament to the American tree.

The entire process was such a joy!! I made photo ornaments, with outstanding and recognizable images from Jamaica’s culture and community, the gifts ( Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff vinyl record sleeves) under the tree, the custom made ribbons, the gown and head piece for the tree topper doll, which represents our highly revered Jamaican culture. These fabrics and colors are worn with great pride. Every detail, down to the strategically placed flags on the dolls gown, was done with loads of pride and love.

SIDE NOTE: I was so focused, I didn’t even realize that I worked the stitches right out from my shirt. lmbo… 🙂

If you’re traveling for the holidays, keep an eye out, you can’t miss it! It will be there until early January. 😊
Let me know if you see it and take pics!😘

 

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

Holding On To Summer In Stripes With An Awesome Transition Bag!

The Last Weekend Of Summer in Stripes!

With all the talks about Fall, I have to keep reminding myself that it’s no over YET!

I can’t afford to miss out on the last few days of my FAVORITE SEASON, SUMMER, because I’m stressing about the cold ahead! That’s being said! 😉 I’m on a mission to wear as many of my summer loves as possible. I completely forgot about this awesome, blue and white summer stripes, off the shoulder, wide double frill sleeve, amazeballs top I bought weeks ago. That was a  mouth full!  In addition to that, A bag I fell in love with this summer on vacation in NY, went on super sale (SCORE). The long and short of that, lol, it came in the mail a few days ago and we’re hitting the streets today.

This weekend after the dreadful hurricane/storm (Irma) has been so beautiful. Last weekend was rainy, dark and scary at points and we were locked inside for days.  I definitely wanted to get out of the house and I just knew hubby and my munchkins did too. We all got dressed and decided to head to the city. Coincidentally, my mini girly girl, London and I ended up in our white distressed jeans and velvet shoes, which BTW is going to be a big hit for Fall.

Note From The Writer: This cold shoulder top is so comfortable! It actually can be worn as a dress as well, which makes it a win win. You can throw on sneakers or heels with it and either will be stunning! It’s versatile, an easy go to, super cute and comfy.

Psst… it’s perfect for a date, you can eat WHAT EVA YOU WANT! lol… 😉

So now that London has gotten so tall, most mornings she is rumbling through my closet when she’s getting dressed. I can’t believe that we’ve gotten to this place ALREADY! 😉 It feels like she was just in onesies. I love every bit of it though! Even on those days when I have to send her back to the closet because that particular piece she’s chosen, is not an “US or WE” piece. lmbo… #notforsharing  We have similar tastes in most things and very distinct differences in others, so it’s always a treat when we spend time together and when we go shopping. Getting to see her and Arlington evolve into the young lady and young man they’re becoming is so amazing. Sometimes I feel like and do cry and other times I’m busting at the seams, feeling proud and excited about their life paths.

The hilarious part of this time to the city, was seeing both Daddy and big brother Arlington sitting in those strategically placed, comfy chairs that most stores have now a days. lmbo… Even I wanted to sit down! 🙂 London is the energizer bunny! Our little daughter has always been a GIRLY GIRL and all that comes with that. Now that she’s a teenager… her taste has evolved and her love for the stores, style and fashion has been kicked up A MILLION NOTCHES! 🙂 We’re in for it!

The Prince Crew had a ball hanging out and enjoying the last weekend of Summer in the city. 

jeans: levi wrangler * bag: aldo * stripe top: love rose couture * gray velvet slides: similar * pink velvet t-shirt: h&m

 

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. 😊

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