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.”

JENNIFER LOPEZ STUNS ON THE RED CARPET AND WINS HER FIRST PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

 

Jennifer Lopez Does It Again!

From Head To Toe Perfection!

What it looks like when the hair, makeup and styling angels unite and descend.

Breathtaking to say the least!

Jennifer Lopez never disappoints and this moment on the red carpet of People’s Choice Awards, most certainly was no different and definitely not a disappointment at all! This is yet another moment by my fashion icon that will always be remembered. 😉  Jlo is a lady that makes CHIC and FLAWLESS look EFFORTLESS.

Her stunning black Reem Acra dress fit her like a glove. It accentuated her curves like nobodies business! Accompanied by her sleek ponytail, (which was the perfect hairstyle to allow complete focus on the beaded neckline and bodice of her gown) was her jaw dropping makeup and sultry eyes. Her makeup artist, Mary Phillips knocks it out of the park yet again. This was most certainly the #1 look of the night.

Congratulation Jlo on winning the People’s Choice Award for your role in Shades Of Blue as Detective Harlee! Well deserved!!

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. 🙂

THE SHOE THAT GOT AWAY!

A Reality To RESALE SHOPPING!

Keeping it real on being RESALE CHIC:

The joy I felt as I darted towards these GORGEOUS RED SHOES!  I spotted them in the back of the resale store, in the shoe section and it was immediately ELECTRIFYING!! With every step towards them, I hoped that it would be my size. As I got a few steps away, I LITERALLY started praying for them to be my size! How crazy! 🙂

These brand new, red, unique, vibrant, platform sandals from Alice and Olivia sat pretty on the shelf, waiting to be bought by a shoe lover. I so hoped that shoe lover was me, but unfortunately as I tried to FORCE my foot into these size EIGHT beauties, knowing darn well that my feet are a size NINE! The horrible reality set in, I WASN’T the soon to be owner of these red hot beauties! 🙁

As wonderful as resale, vintage and thrift shopping is, this is a reality that goes along with the process and boy does it sting like a bee sometimes! There are those times when you can easily walk away from a Diamond Find and never think of it again, then there are other times when the piece that got away, literally plays over and over in your mind for days. Well, what should I do, you ask?? Just ride it out! lol…  Eventually the feeling of regret or missing out will pass, trust me! I went home and looked them up online and they popped up for about $150. In the resale store, it was an amazing deal for less than $50. It was just one of those days in RESALE CHIC Land BUT I’m NO QUITER!! lol…

Well Honey Bunnies, ONWARD AND UPWARD WE GO! The hunt continues!

muah 🙂

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