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

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

 

 

EMPLOYEE TO ENTREPRENEUR W/CHRISTINE ST.VIL – A SUCCESS STORY

From Employee to Entrepreneur, a move so many wish they could make and a move so many are doing right now. Well, first off, it’s not easy and Christine St.Vil share the ins and outs of becoming a success at it, and answers so many questions we wish that successful people would share. You WILL here something that WILL inspire, motivate and/or change what you use to think or do. It’s there perfect follow up show from last weeks episode, STEPPING OUT ON FAITH – WHAT IT REALLY REALLY TAKES. You’ll be ready to step up your game by the end.

Christine has great and helpful programs and tools that she’s created for everyone, so they can be successful on their journey, what ever it may be. 

 

Here are some links below:

For mompreneurs: goal-setting guide: bit.ly/momlist (5 step guide to conquering mompreneurship)
For those needing some quick help with social media for businessbit.ly/pdmdominate (6 ways to dominate social media for business)
For those looking to simplify, set and smash their 2018 goals and beyond, I created the Whose Shoes Transformational planner with my sister Julian: bit.ly/wsb2018

www.momsncharge.com

Instagram: @momsncharge 

  

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. 😊

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 🙂

FASHION WEEK 2016 – CHICified WRAP UP!

Fashion Week – The CHICified Wrap UP!

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Fashion Week 2016 around the globe was a supercharged and excitingly stressful time. Designers known and unknown eagerly anticipate the reveal of their collections. It’s somewhat comparable to the end of year show and tell that we’ve all experienced at some point or another in our lives. lol… 🙂

Designers work tirelessly for this moment that comes around twice a year. The challenge and task of translating designs from their thoughts and dreams to sketches, patterns, textiles, mannequins, models and finally to the runway is remarkable. The runway, a place where collections are birthed and unveiled for everyone to see. It’s quite an elaborate process and outlet for not only RTW (ready-to-wear) garments to be seen, but also for extremely creative, exaggerated and artistic pieces to be unleashed as well.

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Many people after seeing a runway show, will ask “who would ever wear that?” or “no one can wear that in everyday life!” Well, many garments on the runway are simply designs without boundaries or inhibitions. In addition to the practicalities, which are geared mainly to the very important, front row industry buyers, it’s also very much about fun, creative freedom and limitless expression.

That being said, as Fashion Week 2016 A/W wraps, it has truly been an EXCITING, COLORFUL and COMPELLING Fashion Week season for sure.

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For a number of years I’ve been saying to my hubby that fashion had become somewhat “blah” and uninspiring. Everything looked the same and everyone has been dressing and looking the same as well. Regardless of height, size or personalities, everyone wears the same thing!! Something is just wrong about that!  Years ago, there was more individualism, uniqueness and true personal style. It was easily identifiable from one person to the other.

Well, after obsessively watching the live feeds, videos and excitedly combing through images from Fashion Week in NY and internationally,  I must say it looks like we may be heading back to the vibrant and exciting days of old in fashion! YAY!!

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The colors, textures, prints, patterns and designs that were utilized and intertwined are simply fantastic and invigorating. Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Stella Jean, Balenciaga and on & on have thoroughly blown my mind!

Note From The Editor:

As I always say, “fashion can be bought anywhere but your true style comes from within.”

Your eye and interpretation of garments, the organic assembling of those pieces and your seamless, somewhat effortless way of having your outer wear in true reflection of your inner personality is, your CHICified Signature Style.

Fashion Week 2016 – CHICified Wrap Up!

**gorgeous images are from the web**

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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