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My name is Francis Smith; a natural haired fashionista, so naturally, I love afros and fashion. For most my life, I have always been attached to fashion in some way, shape or form. I love traveling, meeting new people and finding things in hair and fashion that are out of the norm.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

The essential nude look

Something that I've wanted to dab into for awhile now, is playing with nude colors. Now for some, this can be amazing and super easy. However, if you're like me, its extremely difficult to pull off--you want to right nude tones and perfect glow without looking like a gel bodied blob with eyebrows and eyeliner on.

So, after working at it a bit, I found the perfect balance for my nude/skin toned looks I do these days; maybe these tips and ideas will help you in the time to come!

I find it best to work with a nude look during the day; the great thing about this look is that its a super basic yet really well put together look that doesn't require much of your time-just nude and skin toned makeup and outfit pieces. Even better, the nude look stands out more and gets more recognition, in my opinion, during the day when its more noticeable what you've achieved. Now don't get me wrong, when done right at night it can be devastating to the eye in the best possible way (more like "I'm looking so good, I didn't even try" kind of way), but to me its easier to work with during the day.

Even cooler than that, a lot of people don't realize that spring and summer can also inspire nude looks as well. This allows any outfits of stand out colors to really shine.

So how do I achieve this balanced look?

1. Find THE RIGHT SHADE. So many times I see a woman going with nude tones for her face or trying one color in her outfit to rock, and it comes across as overwhelming and abrasive. Make sure the shade you choose for your face, outfits, accessories, etc is the right one that fits you-try some out and really do your research on some great skin toned products (especially when it comes to make up).

2. It's all a balancing act. When you don't balance out nude with black, the ULTIMATE essential, (or even another nude color not of your own shade) the look can just fall apart with you either blending in standing out in the worst possible way. Balance nudes with other neutrals and skin tone colors. You'll be surprised how awesome that works.

3. Don't be afraid to bold up a nude; in spring the funnest way to really make nude looks pop is if you add color. You heard that right, add color and really make that a stand out piece with your nude look. Bold it up with a strong shoe or accessories, or even a great pant that compliments your nude tones, and you're ready to stand out in the best way possible!

Nude doesn't have to be hard if we just learn to embrace our basic tones and really rev' them up once in awhile. Remember, those colors, tones and hues need love too!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

H&M is making moves in D.C.; why you need to take notice

     There isn't a person around in DC who couldn't tell you about H&M. The one stop shop for all things great fitting and mostly basic, the retail chain is well-known in the D.C. area. With here and there stand out looks that occasionally rock the market and sell out fast, and amazing collabs that encourage early morning lines and releases to the public,

**(fun side note: used to work right beside a H&M; the one on F Street NW--when they re-opened and launched the KENZO collab, you would've thought that downtown D.C. had died and gone to style heaven. The looks were amazing and the vibe in H&M was fun, inviting and vibrant; contrary to the relaxed chilled out nature they extrude)

                                                                                             one is left to think, what could possibly be left for H&M and how do they increase their market in D.C. while continuing to build their brand in such a politically branded city? Most people would say 'open more stores and boost advertising'. While true and effective to say the least, H&M realized what most retail savvy people do: this can only take a brand so far. Luckily, H&M had an answer to this.

A lot of people didn't know that H&M had sister brands/companies that they had launched. Yep, you heard that correctly. H&M has 2 other women driven brands that they've concocted to boost sales and increase their target markets to all types of females. From the fun eclectic soul, to the young and carefree "whatever trend is in" girl, to the career driven woman focused on growth, H&M has officially introduced something for everyone! Below are the 2 latest brands from H&M to join the D.C. retail family, both located in Georgetown!

    & Other Stories: the chic, eclectic little sister of H&M, this small boutique shop is anything but the ordinary; with fun and vibrant prints paired with the everyday basics that one would normally find at their parent brand H&M, this store recently made its debut into the D.C. scene in Georgetown this past February. Although open for almost half a year now, still a fairly new store to check out and make a point to find some great bold pieces.

     It seems as if H&M is making it their mission to venture into the political world of D.C. and make it more fashion forward, due to the fact that they've opened up another of their sister stores, Cos. Opened in March, Cos is the more sophisticated, neutral toned side that H&M has to offer. If the political heads in D.C. needed a money conscience place to shop, this would be it. With basics and silhouettes for set older crowd, Cos brings a level of style and class that H&M's market could be missing in D.C.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Natural hair summer inspiration


   So, summer is here, and as usual, I've become bored with my hair. Although its a deep plum/fair mixture of brown and black since the sun continues to hit it, this was done closer to the winter going into spring. Like most natural haired women out there, you start to get tired of the same old curly ball of hair on top of your head. The dark color of your hair can feel extremely dissatisfying and uninspiring. If this is you right now, no worries-- I've dropped a few looks below for you all to get inspired and get working on some amazing looks for your natural hair this summer! Happy hair, everyone!


Sweet like almond butter: Product Review of Camille Rose Naturals almond twisting butter

There's nothing like finding a new hair care product to try, let alone finding one that is amazing and gets added to your list of favorites. As a natural haired fashionista, these moments happen far and in between; I'm truly a picky woman when it comes to my hair, and want the best so that my hair can continue strong and continue to grow.

I have found that new product that brings me joy and makes my hair feel even more amazing! Almond twisting butter from Camille Rose Naturals is a new brand I'm trying from Target that not only smells amazing but gives your hair an extra "oomf" for the day! With a smooth texture, creamy and smooth, this butter keeps curls soft and strengthens the hair while keeping the style you're aiming for.

I used this creamy almond butter to do my flat twist out for the night; immediately when I opened it, it smelled sooooo good! Smelled just like a cake, so automatically I loved it. As soon as it hit my hands, it felt smooth and manageable--nothing too thick and overwhelming for my hair. Added to my routine for my twist out, it was perfect. Nothing too thick and suffocating for my hair, and easy to use! Overall, I loved it! I would say the only thing I wouldn't love too much is the fact that it does contain some form of sulfate in it. Beyond this, nothing else is wrong with this product at all. I was able to test out one twist out, and already my curls feel super soft, smell amazing and have a great hold and form!

If you get.a chance, definitely try out Camille Rose Naturals- almond twisting butter. I know this won't be the last time I try their products, not just this one.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer loving: falling in love with edge this summer

it's official: summer is here.

I repeat, summer is here.

As you can tell, I am extremely excited about this. Warmer weather, more activities outdoors, rooftop parties, beaches, bonfires....so much to do! Even better than that, the outfits; amazing bright colors, shorts and skirts, and the ability to show off legs and more arms. Ah, summer. Such joy and happiness summer can bring.

But what if you're an edgy woman with goals of rocking the streets without having to give up too much black, metal or burning up in layers, no worries you too can love the summer with a little edge this year.

Start off with adding bold to your edge. Metallic oxfords (which I just got a pair from Forever 21...in love!!!!) and neon colored accessories on top of blacks, silvers and edgier textures are great pieces to create bold fun summer looks.

Also, let go off all that black. Keep some of the black, but let the other black that's heavier in texture and fabric, go. Short sleeve blacks, loose fabrics in black and accessories in black rather than clothing itself always provide an excellent substitute for all black without losing your edge.

Finally, lose the layers and thick textured pieces. Lose the leather jacket and aim for the leather shorts. Get rid of the black sweater and rock distressed denim and a lose graphic tee with black accessories and thick sneakers.

Edgy can still happen in the summer, you just have to find the brighter side to your edge. Once you do, you'll be one bad ass ball of sunshine. Happy summer!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Coming back to my first love

Hey everyone, I'm back! After taking some much needed time to live and get my life together, I am finally ready to write again! Click the link below for the full story! 

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