Summerific Elegance

Hey loves!

It has been a little (long) while since I have served you with some tasty fashion love! I do apologize for that, the lady has been pretty busy lately! But, well, she’s back tho, ahha 🙂 Is it just me or there is some kind of chemistry between yellow and chocolate skin?? Well let me tell you, this summer, I am all about that loves. I just feels like it brings out the tones and undertones of our complexion so beautifully without any added extravagance.

Coucou mes amours! Alors, ca fait un petit (sacrĂ©) bail que je ne vous ai pas servi des savoureux mets fashion, et pour cela je vous presente toutes mes excuses les cheries. Lady Samuela etait super prise ces derniers temps…mais bon, elle est de retour, ahah 🙂 Deja, dites-moi…est-ce juste ma perception, ou alors existe-t-il une sorte d’alchimie particuliere entre la couleur jaune et les peaux couleur chocolat?? Quoiqu’il en soit, cet Ă©tĂ©, c’est jaune sans moderation pour moi! Cette couleur fait tellement bien ressortir toutes les composantes de nos jolis teints noirs sans y ajouter de quelconque extravagance. 

Enough said, here is a sneak peek at one of my favorite Kimono-style dress in YELLOW of course. Get ready for more of that color-pop! Meanwhile, enjoy and let me know what you think of this pretty simple yet elegant look.

Assez parlĂ©, voici lĂ  un aperçu sur un de mes styles prĂ©fĂ©rĂ©s du moment: la robe en style Kimono…et bien-entendu, en jaune1 Soyez prĂŞtes Ă  voir une affluence de couleur sur le blog… apres tout, c’est l’Ă©tĂ©! En attendant la suite, bah n’hĂ©sitez surtout pas Ă  me dire ce que vous pensez de ce look assez simple et Ă©lĂ©gant!

And while you’re at it, remember that yellow is a happy and bubbly color, only a smile can be the ultimate accessory to complete the look!

Thats all for the day. I hope you enjoyed it. Make sure you show some love my darlings. Like, share, comment, do it all…I love seeing your feedback!

 

Follow:

“GOLDEN BEAUTIFICATION” SESSION

Coucou Mes amours. Alors, aujourd’hui je partage avec vous ma session de soins de visages que j’ai rĂ©alisĂ©e il y a quelques jours, en utilisant ces masques Ă  base d’or et de collagen. Pour ĂŞtre super brève, je vai resumer le procĂ©dĂ© en 3 Ă©tapes majeures.

Hey loves, so today I share with you the step-by step facial that I did a couple of days ago, highlighting  these exquisite  Gold Collagen Face Masks.So, basically it is a 3 step process

Step 1: Prepping the Skin (Préparer la peau)

Dans cette Ă©tape, j’ai commencĂ© par en quelque sorte “ouvrir” mes pores avec l’aide d’un vaporisateur facial. Si vous n’en avez pas, pas de souci une serviette chaude appliquĂ©e sur le visage pendant quelque minutes aura l’effet similaire. Juste que le vaporisateur procure Ă©galement un effet “sauna” que j’affectionne Ă©normĂ©ment.

In this step, I started off by pretty much opening up my pores using a facial steamer. But if you don’t have one, no worries; applying a hot towel for few minutes on your face will have a similar effect! The one thing tho is that the steamer gives kind of a sauna sensation that I really enjoy!

Une fois, la phase de vaporisation complète, je procède au nettoyage de ma peau. Ici j’utilise ce gel purifiant de chez Neutrogena. Assez doux, odeur minimale, et rendu impeccable! Pour un nettoyage en profondeur, j’opte TOUJOURS pour une brosse faciale electrique, les filles je vous assure c’est un MUST! L’avantage de cette brosse, je trouve est que le nettoyage est assez doux, et la brosse ayant elle meme une texture spongieuse, elle laisse un effet veloutĂ©.

Once the steaming phase complete, I go ahead and clean my face. Here I am using a purifying gel from Neutrogena. Its a pretty gentle one, with a mild scent and a fantastic outcome after use. For a deep clean, I always couple it with an electric cleaning brush, and quite frankly girrrrls I am telling you, it is a MUST! The main advantage I think, is that the cleaning, although deep and thorough,  is pretty gentle and leaves a velvety feeling. 

La dernière phase de cette etape est bien sur l’exfoliation du visage (ici avec le gommage de chez Neutrogena dans la meme collection que le nettoyant). Cette phase est indispensable car en plus de renforcer le nettoyage, elle permet de ce debarrasser des cellules mortes afin de reveler une peau plus fraiche et radieuse!

The last step of course is the exfoliation, done here using the scrub from the same Neutrogena collection that the cleansing gel.This step is essential given that it helps get rid of dead skin cells, which in turns reveals a brighter and fresher skin.

 

Step 2: Mask Application (l’Application du Masque)

Selon les instructions du fabriquant, un rendu optimal peut ĂŞtre atteint en refrigerant le masque au prĂ©alable 5 Ă  10 minutes avant l’application. Et je vous avoue que l’effet est tellement rafraĂ®chissant! En fait, les ingrĂ©dients majeurs qui constituent ce masque, notamment le collagène et l’acide hyaluronique, agissent en profondeur pour regenerer et reparer la peau, en stimulant la production de nouvelles cellules, tout en  minimisant l’apparence des pores et en ravivant l’eclat de la peau. Concernant l’application mĂŞme, garder le masque pendant 20 a 30 minutes, puis rincer la peau et la secher avec douceur, avant de passer Ă  la dernière Ă©tape qui est l’hydratation.

According to the manufacturer’s instructions, for optimal results, it is best to refrigerate the mask for about 5-10 minutes before use. The effect afterwards is truly refreshing. As a matter of fact, its all thank’s to key ingredients: the collagen and hyaluronic acid regenerate help rejuvenate and repair the skin, by removing dead skin cells, minimizing the appearance of pores and brightening the skin’s complexion.

 

 

Step 3: Hydrating the skin (Hydratation de la peau)

Dans cette Ă©tape, il est tout simplement question de sceller tous les bienfait du masque pour une longue tenue. Je commence gĂ©nĂ©ralement par l’application Ă  l’aide d’un coton, de la lotion tonifiante Ă  base d’extraits d’arbre Ă  thĂ©. L’utilisation de cette dernière est vivement recommandĂ©e car elle permet de rĂ©tablir le pH de la peau. Ensuite j’applique quelques goutes de mon serum cheri aux extraits de miel, pour clĂ´turer avec ma crème hydratante prĂ©fĂ©rĂ©e de chez St Ives: onctueuse, naturelle et fraĂ®che, un dĂ©lice pour ma peau!

In this final step, it is all about locking all the benefits of the mask for a longer wear. For the matter, I usually start of with the application of a toner (here I am using a Tea tree extracts based one) using coton pad to help regenerate the skin’s pH.  Then, I follow with my honey based serum, just to top it all of with my all time favorite moisturizer from St Ives. This moisturizer is everything good: unctuous, natural and fresh… so much so that I can only love it, a real delight for my skin!

Et puis VOILĂ€!!

Pour mes lectrices du Gabon, la brosse nettoyante et les masques sont en vente sur la page Facebook de Stylish Glam

J’espere que cet article vous a plu! N’hesitez pas a me laisser vos impressions et suggestion, et surtout partagez au maximum!!!

 

 

 

Follow:

MY TOP 5 RULES FOR A HAPPY LIFE

“Happiness is the joy that we feel when we’re striving after our potential.”

screen-shot-2017-02-24-at-3-38-15-pm

Material possessions are vain, but the gift of happiness is priceless! It is not that the path toward happiness is complicated, it may just be that it is unknown to many. As I am writing this post, I cannot say with absolute confidence that I am at my happiest, but for sure I am way happier than I used to be, and because I know that I have better years ahead of me, the journey is still on toward reaching my optimal happy place. And I want you to feel the same way: the journey is still on. All we gotta do is take some of the simplest steps every day that will better our lives, and make us happier!

Les biens matĂ©riels sont Ă©phĂ©mères, et le bonheur n’a pas de prix. On serait tentĂ© de croire que le chemin qui mène au bonheur est tout juste compliquĂ©, mais ce n’est pas le cas; il se pourrait juste qu’il soit peu connu. A l’instant ou j’Ă©cris cet article, je ne pourrais affirmer avec assurance absolue que je vis le bonheur ultime, mais je peux certainement dire que je suis plus heureuse aujourd’hui que je ne l’Ă©tais au paravant. Aussi, parce que je sais que de meilleures annĂ©es m’attendent devant, je n’ai pas fini d’explorer et d’avancer un peu plus chaque jour vers ce niveau oĂą je vivrais dans le bonheur ultime. Et j’aimerais que vous ayez aussi cet Ă©tat d’esprit. La seule chose Ă  faire est de chaque jour suivre ces Ă©tapes des plus simples, afin de mieux vivre et d’ĂŞtre plus heureux!

screen-shot-2017-02-24-at-2-58-52-pm

screen-shot-2017-02-24-at-12-28-49-am

screen-shot-2017-02-24-at-2-58-40-pm

1. Make the choice to be happy | Choisis d’ĂŞtre heureux(se)

screen-shot-2017-02-24-at-3-38-03-pm

Turn your happiness switch on! Decide with firmness that it’s time for you to be happy!

Active l’interrupteur de ton bonheur. Decide avec fermetĂ© qu’il est temps pour toi d’ĂŞtre heureux(se)

2. Create a vision for your life| Crée une vision pour ta vie

Find an area of interest and create a great vision, dream, or goal around it that you greatly wish to achieve. Simply complete this sentence and make it a statement: “I will be happier if I …”. Once you figure out what makes you happy, DO IT!

Screen Shot 2017-02-24 at 3.44.37 PM.png

Identifie un domaine qui t’intĂ©resse particulièrement et crĂ©e une vision, un rĂŞve ou un objectif  autour de celui-ci. Pour y arriver, complète juste cette phrase et fais-en un mot d’ordre dans ta vie: “Je serais plus heureux(se) Si Je…” . Une fois que tu trouves ce qui te rend (ou te rendrait) heureux(se), FASI-LE!

3. Learn how to deal with frustration | Apprends à faire face à la frustration 

Screen Shot 2017-02-24 at 3.51.51 PM.png

Life will not always be rainbows and butterflies, that’s just a fact! The sooner you acknowledge this reality, the better it will be for you. Because when you start realizing that, you become aware that along the way you will experience set backs, unexpected miss-outs, and all kinds of situations beyond your control…and they will trigger frustration. Do not focus on that negative feeling, acknowledge it, embrace it, identify what causes you to feel frustrated and fix it! Fixing it is not just making adjustments here and there, sometimes fixing is letting go.

La vie ne sera pas toujours rose, c’et un fait! Plus tĂ´t tu accepteras cette rĂ©alitĂ©, mieux ce sera pour toi. En effet, dès l’instant ou tu commences Ă  le rĂ©aliser, tu apprĂ©henderas  mieux le fait que tu feras face Ă  des obstacles, des loupĂ©s et toutes autres sortes de situations imprĂ©vues qui te causeront un certain niveau de frustration. Ne te fixe pas sur cette Ă©motion nĂ©gative! PlutĂ´t, accepte-la, embrasse-la et identifie ce qui cause ce sentiment de frustration en toi et remĂ©dies-y! Il ne s’agit pas lĂ  juste de changer certains paramètres, parfois “y remĂ©dier” signifier tourner la page!

4. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life | Apprécie les petits plaisirs de la vie 

screen-shot-2017-02-24-at-3-36-58-pm

Laugh, smile, dance, sing…enjoy them all!

5. Invest on your wellness | Investis dans ton bien-être

Exercise

healthy

Eat well!

healthy

Escape and relax!

healthy

Make your happiness your priority, not only will you serve you, but it will also spill over the people around you! See you soon for more!

Don’t forget to leave me your feedback, and to follow the blog if you haven’t done so yet.

One last thing: BE HAPPY!

screen-shot-2017-02-24-at-2-54-47-pm

Follow:

DASHIKI-ISH VERSATILY

Hi loves!
The day after MLK day! Hmmm…well, let’s just say I woke up in a dashiki-ish mood this morning!

Generally speaking, when I see people rock their dashiki garments, it’s always in casual outfits. But, in actuality, dashiki pieces can also be dressed up. Here is my take on a more put-together dashiki outfit, and I hope it will get you inspired!

img_0524img_0531

I paired it with a pair of black leggings, topped with a black military-style fitted  blazer. To kinda keep it on the minimalist side, I went for black on black accessories, with these gorgeous peep-toe zipped front booties and and black and gold purse.

img_0539img_0535

It is as simple as it looks really. Obviously, the highlight of this look is my dashiki shirt in pink tones. You can take any direction with it. If you want it a little more formal, throw in some suit pants and a pair of black suede pointy heels instead, and voila!! I might actually try it myself pretty soon, and let you see the final result. Meanwhile, let me rock this one look for the day!

img_0536img_0525img_0530img_0537img_0527img_0533img_0526 Not only do the  prints make you stand out, but also, they give you a sense of identity and pride..as you walk out there on those streets representing your roots… IN STYLE!

Screen Shot 2017-01-17 at 4.03.47 PM.png

screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-3-44-24-pm

Pink Dashiki

screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-4-05-52-pm

BLACK AND GOLD ZIPPER PEEP TOE BOOTIES

screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-4-09-55-pm Black military style blazer

One more thing, let me know what you think of this look on the comment section. Like it, share it whichever way you please, and follow the blog for more! Love y’all!

img_0532

Follow:

The 3 C’s of Mummy-ing

Hi loves, here I want to share a little bit of my not so thorough “expertise” on what I like to call “mummy-ing”, the art of being a mummy. This goes out to my fellow moms, moms-to-be, and any body taking care of a child. Around this time last year, I gave birth to the most amazing, sweet and precious baby boy. MY CJ. The first year with him has been one heck of a roller coaster, lol! Mainly given that his daddy and I had to learn pretty much EVERYTHING by ourselves; and this is not a complain, rather I’m expressing a sense of pride in that huge accomplishment on our parts!


 

From what I have learned, raising a child takes a lot, a lot of trials and error, a lot of dedication and a lot of patience. It is truly a journey…but a very enjoyable and rewarding one. So far, I feel like it all comes down to what I call “the 3 C’s of mummy-ing”: Communication, Consistency, and….you guessed it Cuddles!

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-2-41-09-am

 

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-2-52-12-amOften times, people think that they can only start to really communicate with little ones when they start to exhibit signs of spoken language. But the reality is the complete opposite. Matter fact, babies are communicating beings from their early moments… inside their mamas. Yes! And that’s why some experts actually recommend talking, reading, singing, and praying with your baby while still pregnant. Take it from my experience, it will even help you anticipate your child’s personality as you will see the way he/she (or they) reacts to certain types of music, or certain voices, tempos etc. It will help you know what seems to get your child pumped up, and what seems to soothe him… bottom-line: communication with your bundle of joy sets the tone for your upcoming relationship, and it is best to establish that cornerstone from the very early days.

Even more fascinating, some experts argue that prenatal communication actually paves the way for speech development a little later down the road.

“Infants are learning and tuning into the speech patterns of their first exposed language(s) earlier than was originally thought (…)This may suggest the importance of the mother not only to talk during pregnancy but to continue to talk to her newborn from the moment of birth to help facilitate language development” says Melissa Wexler Gurfein, a New York City’s Speech Pathologist.

communicate2.JPG

Then of course, once the baby’s out, the fun begins, lol! It becomes more of a two-ways communication. Although baby language cannot always be understood by all, just a little bit of effort and patience will help you uncover a lot about what they want to tell you. They will use crying to communicate their needs to you, eye contacts, gestures, facial expressions, mama you name it! When you pay close attention, you will notice that some are a response of something you may have said or infer to them. These are the basis of communication. Once you both master that stage, it just expands for the best, as the first vocal sounds come out…the first “dada” or “mama” or “naah”, and before you know it you might hear a sweet “I love you mama” (Not there yet, but it’s just a matter of time  )

One very key thing to understand is that communicating thoughts and ideas is not a skill that the children are born with. Just as motherhood is a learning experience for you, so is the art of self-expression.

 

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-2-24-08-am

What communication actually does: it gives the kids clear guidance on what is expected from them, as well as a roadmap on how to get to a more familiar, and enjoyable environment. Not only that, it gives them a safe and healthy platform to express their feelings, to build their self-esteem, and learn the core values that should make them great adults tomorrow! After all, isn’t that the ultimate goal of parenting, raising future responsible and well-versed adults?

Here are a few steps you can take (or reinforce) to ensure an effective communication with your little ones NO MATTER the age!

  • Use your ears before you use your mouth: LISTEN. Stopping whatever you were busy with to listen to them show them just how valuable they are to you! Even babies can feel it trust me! Give them some cues to show them you are indeed listening with words like:
    • Go ahead baby!
    • Tell me more
    • Wow!
    • For real baby? Then what happened?

The moment my baby CJ started to babble at around 5 months, whenever I would tell him “tell everything to mama” it was the funniest thing ever, you could just see his face light up, and he would go on and on and on.

 

  • Be a source of encouragement: give them some fuel with simple words like
    • I know you can handle it.
    • I am here to help you.
    • It’s alright baby

Like I said before, these really work at any age! When CJ started crawling at 6 months (yay I got a lil champ), he was going backwards. At first, I bet it was fun for him to see himself moving around and exploring every little corner he could get to. But then, the frustration started to sink in, when his favorite toy was a few feet ahead and every effort he would make just dragged him further away. And I noticed that wen his dad and I would say thing like, “Go ahead champ” “you can do it” he would raise his head and try to push forward! Like seriously, I am not kidding you guys! With a little bit of practice, it was just a matter of days until he found the way to crawl forward!

communicate1

 

  • Always show love…By that I mean say the words! “I love you!” Show them that playing with them, or singing their favorite songs is the most fun you can have in your day. And remember, there is no such thing as saying “I love you” too much, certainly not to your child!

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-1-40-16-am

The other big C is Consistency. Whether we’re talking about sleep training, potty training, and all the other trainings around, consistency is the key! Did you know that babies get stressed too?  Yes, they do! And the effects can be pretty harmful both in the short and long run. (If you are interested in that topic, here is a good article about it). One of the biggest trigger of stress in humans in the unknown in its may forms ( the unexpected, uncertainty, mystery,  etc).

So it becomes obvious that a great way to alleviate stress in babies is by giving them a sense of familiarity in their day-to-day lives, and consistency is the key to creating routines, which in turn gives the kids that safety net I am talking about. As a matter of fact, routines give them a sense of security and help them develop self-discipline. About that! Let me tell you, one of the biggest gift you could give someone is teaching them discipline. Look around you, every successful person, at school, in the workplace, in the army…wherever has one trait that outshine everything else, and that is discipline!

screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-12-49-39-am


And here comes the part we all love! The last and favorite C of all: Cuddles! I don’t know about you but I’m a big fan, and my baby is the biggest fan, lol. At about 8 month of age, he started giving kisses randomly. And now whenever I say “give a kiss to mama” oh boy, it’s the highlight of my day!

And he likes to kiss his dada too! Now look at these two, OMG too much cuteness in one picture!!!

img_8061

Back to the serious stuff! For real, cuddling happens to be highly therapeutic: not only is it good for you mama (if you are like me), but it has far much greater benefits for your child. Some studies show that children who have been deprived of physical contact (hugs, kisses, cuddles) as babies tend to have lower levels of social-bonding hormones (Read more). So, now that you know, spoiiiiiiiillll them! After all that discipline talk, I think we all deserve that!

cuddlecuddlesscuddles

I hope you enjoyed reading this, and please note that NOTHING mentioned in this blog can serve as either a diagnosis or a prescription. If you notice any cause for concern in your child behavior or development, call the doctor right away!

Please show your love, like comment and share. Plus, I would definitely love to know about your perspective on mummy-ing. What are the most important things for you when it comes to raising a child?  Leave a comment below, and if you haven’t done so yet,  subscribe and/or follow my blog to stay up-to date!

Love you all! ❌ ⭕️❌ ⭕️ 💋

 

Follow: