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A Gift For Your Girls

It’s that time of year again…wedding season!

Now that the Royal Wedding Day is over, you can go back to planning YOUR big day!

I know. I know. It’s dreadful. It’s stressful. It’s expensive.

BUT

Keep remembering that it’s a celebration of family, friends, life, and love.

Plus, I’m always here to help you out with some of that stress so you can cross off something on that to-do list!

Remember this post, Gifts For Your Guy? Have a look to refresh your memory. Well, those same people are bringing us a website to help us all. Check out Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique, here you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for all the lovely bridesmaids in your wedding party!

 

My favorite (I was able to pick) is the Dazzling Duo $42.

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It comes with a silky smooth cotton floral robe (your choice of colors: Soft Pink, White, Burgundy, and Navy) and a glittering tumbler (colors are Gold or Silver Sparkle.)  Both items come in a customized keepsake gift-box with a magnetic closure.

 

The robe and tumbler can be customized with the receivers initial, also your choice of color so each recipient can have their favorite color imprinted on the robe and tumbler for even MORE personal touch.

 

 

By the way, the robe is available for us curvy girls in XL (plus size) which I ordered. It fits perfectly with lots of room, as a size 18-20, I could probably go to a smaller size and still have room. Just know that it will fit all your curvy and plus size bridesmaids/friends.

Bonus: The gifts on Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique can also be purchased for any holiday or gift for that special lady in your life…trust me, she’ll love it!

 

 

Wednesday Wants: Hip Hop History MCMxPuma

80’s and 90’s hip hop is how I grew up. From my listening to what my Dad listened to, to hanging around the older brothers of my childhood friends…hip hop is in me and so is the fashion that comes with it.

 MCM & Puma are two brands that were synonymous with rap way back when. I remember carrying my Mom’s MCM purse around the house in the 90’s like it was mine so this collab brings back good memories! Some trends may come and go but TRUE hip hop fashion is trendsetting just like MCM!  

Now let me just get some life savings together to afford such a luxury when its’ released next week!

In the meantime…

Here’s a preview…

 

 

 

 

Start the countdown and sign up now to get updates.

Here: PUMAxMCM

 

 

Let MCM tell you about it…

 

 

Seriously, are you ready?

 

 

All photos are via MCM.com

Tune in Thursday: Boblo Boat

We’re tuning in on Thursday instead of Tuesday today folks! I’m ready to bring in the weekend already!

But first, here’s a quick story…

As a kid from Detroit, I had LOTS of fun out and about at several places with friends. One of those places were Boblo Island, an amusement park (on a literal island) just down the Detroit River. Soooo many fond memories of riding on a river steamboat with family and friends to go have a crazy fun filled day at the park.

Photo via Boblo Boats: A Tale of Two Sisters  http://www.bobloboatsfilm.com/

 

See, the park wasn’t the ONLY fun part of the trip; you partied on your way there and definitely danced the night away on the way back. Maybe even snuck a kiss with the boy you were flirting with all day while the warm night breeze graced your skin.

Magical.

Anywho, I mentioned that because today’s tune-in song is called “Boblo Boat” by Detroit rapper Royce da 5’9″ featuring J. Cole. The title alone brought back memories for me and I’m so glad he made a video for it! Directed by the KOD rapper himself, J. Cole.

 

The visuals of the video are great…not what I was expecting but still nice. Theme parks at night are always cool with the lights…made me feel like a kid again which is what the video is about. Being young and out having fun with friends and maybe getting into a little trouble but all worth it in the end.

 

So, what did you think?? Feeling the song? The video?

Wednesday Wants: Florals

 

I’m a flower girl. I love flowers, more specifically, floral arrangements. As an allergy sufferer and person that’s scared to death of bugs, I like floral arrangements that sit perfectly on a table. This way, there’s no need to dig in the dirt or get dirty!

The only problem with this…flowers eventually die 😞.

So when I came across this site Eternal Fleur while searching for the perfect pink rose, I was ecstatic learn they offer offer buyers a “four season rose”.

 



 

THIS is a “four season rose”

 

 

A rose that doesn’t die?

Are you serious?!

Apparently, yes and yes!

Well sign me right on up! A single rose can be purchased for about $60 or a box of 4 and even boxes of 16 or multiple boxes. Also featured is a Swarovski crystal covered box of roses BUT be ready to spend lots of your hard earned dollar dollar bills y’all!

 

This crystal box STARTS at $1,500.

 

 

Arent’ they GORGEOUS?!

 



The roses are to be kept in the box if you want them to last for as long as possible. Be sure to check the site Eternal Fleur because they have all the important deets plus a plethora of desirable roses! Consider this a dropped hint.

 

 

Oh and this is NOT an ad 

 

 

 

(photos via eternal fleur dot com. I do not own rights.) 

Wednesday Wants: Favorite Colors Edition

I love color… bright colors… pastel colors… dull colors… I love them ALL! But this edition of Wednesday Wants didn’t start out as a post about three of my favorite colors.

Confused? I’ll try to fill you in and make this a short story um if I can haha.

Ready? Ok!

So this originally started as a Valentine’s Day/date night/just relaxing at home outfit ideas post (yes, practically a month ago 🙄)

BUT the night I was finishing up, Comcast/Xfinity decided to do “updates in the area” and I lost internet for 14 hours (I despise them btw)! Then when I tried to salvage the post the next day, the fan on my laptop went haywire, THEN when I tried to finish via my phone, the formatting was off and messed up the previous work that was completed! So needless to say, trying to complete this post has been one frustrating ass journey.

Started from the bottom now we here!

If anything that looks off or weird, me and usually my perfectionism are sorry.

Soooo

Let’s do this!

 



 

Starting with PINK! Yes, it’s a fave. This tomboyish, sports loving, car know-it-all LOVES pink! I don’t wear it often but know I always have something pink with me.

 

1.Halo Heels – $100 – Dolce Vita

2. Bryant Blazer – $89.95 – Lane Bryant

3. The Hulet Bag – $495 – Kamilah Willacy

4. Checker Sidewall Slip On – $55 – Vans

 



 

Next, BLACK. It goes with any and everything. Can be dressed up or down. Wear it sexy or with jeans and sneakers. It’s black.

1. V-neck Dress – $49.50 – Ashley Stewart

2. Scotch Boots – $300 – Dolce Vita

3. Layden Floral Bag – $398 – Kate Spade

4. Lace Up Top – $59.50 – Eloquii

 




 

Lastly, WHITE. Just like the color black, it goes with everything!

1. Tie Top – $62.90 – Eloquii

2. Darla Embellished Sneakers – $72 – ASOS

3. Fendi Scallop Bag – $2,350 – Fendi

4. Fit & Flare Dress – $48 – Forever21

 




 

We made it to the end!! That was fun right?!

Those were 12 items currently on my wishlist in pink, black, and white! Feel free to get your shop on and drop me a line if you’ve found something you like!

NYFW: Chromat AW 2018

Chromat never disappoints when it’s time to go down the runway and show the world what a diverse show looks like!

This fashion season proved no different.

The 2018 Fall (autumn)/Winter runway was, as usual, filled with diversity from the people at Chromat! Featuring models of ALL shapes, sizes and backgrounds strutting their stuff down the runway, I shouted “YASSS” so much while looking at the pictures online. 

So without further ado, join me in the excitement with LOTS of my faves (in slideshow form) from the runway show at New York Fashion Week! 

 



 

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As if I couldn’t love the founder of Chromat, Becca McCharen-Tran more… she had to go and put Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and energy drinks as accessories down the runway!! Snacks are the new handbags y’all! 

 


Unboxing Day: Drink qii

Ever wondered what you can do keep your mouth its’ healthiest?! Besides brushing, flossing, and mouthwash splashing…

Here’s a new idea:

It’s qii (pronounced: chee)

“Introducing qii, the worlds first drink that tackles your oral health so you can unleash the power within. qii is formulated with XyVita which works by reducing your mouth’s acidity and risk of tooth decay while freshening your breath.”

I know what you’re thinking “Uh Rena, this isn’t coffee.” and I know but I don’t ALWAYS drink coffee…I love water, tea, cranberry juice and a good ol’ Mountain Dew when there isn’t a cup of java in front of me. Plus, this qii drink has some benefits!

Anything that can help your oral health sounds good to me! Especially when it’s something you can easily carry with you when you’re on the go or just chillin’. Bonus, it quenches your thirst too!

SO, how does it taste?

Not bad actually!

There’s currently two flavors, Classic Oolong Tea and Lemongrass Ginger Green Tea. I’ve had the opportunity to taste both…yes, I’ll always be the guinea pig for you guys. Of those two flavors, my favorite is the Classic Oolong Tea. It wasn’t really sweet at all and didn’t leave an aftertaste (which I was definitely worried about.) The Classic Oolong tastes like regular tea so yay! The Lemongrass Ginger Green Tea ehhh not my favorite and it definitely leaves an aftertaste. I LOVE ginger so that wasn’t it so it had to be the lemongrass flavor that wasn’t best FOR ME. If lemongrass is your thing then this flavor is certainly for you! Other than that, I’m absolutely glad this new drink brand is getting off the ground and promoting a healthy oral mouth!

Interested? Want to grab a qii with me?

Follow along here:  Twitter drink qii // Facebook drink qii

Read more about qii on their website and enter to win some FRREEEE qii! Yes FREE!

Disclaimer: I was given this product for free to try and promote.

Influenster x Maybelline

A makeup post? Can you believe it?

I know, it’s been a while. The two main reasons… 1. I haven’t been wearing much makeup lately so there hasn’t been a need for me to post and 2. I’m really forgetful these days and when I do get new goodies, it completely skips my mind to post! For that, I am sorry.




Let’s hop to it shall we…

If you follow me on social media (if you’re not, what are you waiting for?! helloooo Twitter/Facebook) anywho… I shared these products long before this review so you had an early preview if you follow along.

What did I share…

 

Influenster and Maybelline hooked us up with two new highlighters (yes, TWO!)

I’ve tested both of them on my face over a regular light foundation and I really only like the white one. Maybelline Master Holographic wears light enough to be worn for any occasion but catches the light enough to be seen. It can be layered to produce an even brighter highlight if you like. The tan/gold/bronze color Maybelline Master Chrome doesn’t wear well for my skin tone. It could be that I have more red undertones (thanks sometimes bothersome rosacea) which makes it look as if my skin is just oddly colored or dry.




Check out this quick video of both swatched on my lower arm. I’m no YouTube guru but I tried my best LOL! I even added a little music, well it’s a 20second video so it’s barely music (heads up if your speakers or headphones are on)

I lightly used the powder then layered 2-3 coats simply using a finger. It’s super soft and little goes a long way especially if you aren’t doing a full coverage face.

 

Hope you enjoyed!

 

 

 

Disclaimer mumbo jumbo: I was given this for free by Influenster & Maybelline. I was NOT told to give a review or post any feedback of the item. This was on my own free will 😉