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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Colour Pop Review

Hey everybody...and yeah I'm a few weeks late but HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!  I hope that 2015 is off to a great start for all of you.  As for me things are great...many new ideas have been birthed, in addition to new opportunities being presented.  As I said in 2014, I am pursuing my passion and I encourage you to do the same!

Now, the purpose of this article is to review 3 new lippies I purchased from Colour Pop.  My decision to try this brand came at the suggestion of my pageant sister Denise (who is a makeup artist so check her out on Instagram @dsimonemua).

Although, I had never heard of this company before, I trusted Denise's suggestion and ordered 3 matte Lippie Stix in EllarieCreature and Leather.  It helped that I got $5 off for signing up for their promotional emails.  In total, my bill came to $14.99 including shipping and handling.  

Having said that, what's my take?  Well, I absolutely love all of them.  While, some lippies dry your lips out, these not only provided vibrant color, but moisture as well.  In addition, the color stayed on for a long time!

The 1st one, Ellaire was reddish in color, and looks like a deep burgundy.  

 Creature on the other hand was more of a deep brown.

Lastly, Leather was purplish in color.


While I do have my personal favorite, which one do you guys like best?  Needless to say,  I will definitely purchase more from Colour Pop and also experiment with more colors!  Color lippies really do add a nice pop.  This s coming from a gal who once only wore clear gloss...my how I have grown! ;-) 

Lastly, if you have ever tried this brand before, I would love to know your experience...and if you haven't, I hope this post encourages you to give them (or at least a color lippie) a try!  Thanks for reading lovelies! ~Nijah J~

Monday, December 1, 2014

Lunch Bag Blues

I don't know about you but my lunch bags weren't always the cutest or the most fashionable.  What's the big deal anyway...all you're doing is putting your lunch in it right?? *shrugs*

That's how I felt, until I saw this adorable Betsey Johnson Lunch Tote at Cohoes in Jersey Gardens Mall!  At first I thought it was a makeup case and I thought to myself, hmm that's cute.  After reading the label "Cargo Lunch Tote," I instantly fell in love!

The lunch tote is Betsey Johnson's signature style of gaudy - gold embellished zippers mixed with cheetah prints and flowers.  I can carry the tote as a compact case or let it hang down like a pocketbook to display Ms. Johnson's name engraved on the straps.  The bag is also insulated and has an extra pocket in the front.  It's no secret that I love all things gaudy so of course, the tote came home with me for a mere $17 and it put an end to my lunch bag blues!
                                                                    ~Nijah J~

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Leap of FAITH!

After months of using my hallway as a runway, I took a leap of faith and went on a casting call two weeks ago.  It was for Ashley Stewart's Thankful for Fashion event in Harlem, New York.  My intent was to show the judges why I should be chosen for their show.  So when it was my turn to speak and walk, I brought confidence with me.  I left the casting feeling hopeful that I did my best, said a prayer and made the drive back to Jersey.

Lo and behold, a few days later, I received an email congratulating me on being selected as one of their MODEL SEARCH WINNERS!!  So y'all already know the adrenaline was pumping right??  I read the email a gazillion times to make sure I read it correctly.

Finally, the big day finally arrived, so I packed my bags and was off to Harlem.  Within moments, I had to prep for hair, makeup and wardrobe.  The entire team was phenomenal!  My hair was laid, face was beat to the Gawds honey, eyebrows on fleek and the dress had my name on it!!!  I couldn't stop smiling.

The fashion event was amazing.  Recording artist Rasheeda Wallace performed; then there was the fashion show, in addition to a food drive and of course photo opportunities.  Also, as one of the winners, I received a $100 gift card to shop at Ashley Stewart - as if I need another reason to shop (lol)!

Plainly put, I am thankful for fashion, fun and the fond memories I'll always have for this day.  On a personal note, I'm also pleased with myself that I stayed focused on what it is that I wanted to do.  Yeah I've heard no's , but I didn't let that discourage me.  Instead I kept practicing and used those constructive criticisms to my advantage.  So you keep striving, believing and persevering because it's all necessary for this journey.  Besides, giving up is NOT an option...until next time my lovelies.
                                                                                                                          ~Nijah J~
Shameless selfie, face courtesy of @glambyo on Instagram.
She did a lovely job!

Hard Printed Clutch

Monday, November 17, 2014

Spotlight on Ashley Stewart

I am really impressed with Ashley Stewart's newest garments and I've found myself in their store more often.  So, let me tell y'all how happy I am with my latest purchases.

Today's article highlights their Pleather & Ponte Skirt and Printed Bodysuit.  I purchased the Pleather Skirt in New York last week at Stylish Curves' shopping event.  I looked at it and thought to myself, hmm I can rock that.  I tried it on and loved how it fit.  It hugs my curves without being super tight.  Did I mention that I got 40% off???  So yeah, I threw it in the bag!

Next, I was on a mission for a nice top to go with the skirt, when my mom suggested I try on the Printed Bodysuit (purchased at the East Orange, NJ location).  I tried that on too, and yep, it was a perfect fit.

Last, the bold jewelry, also from Ashley Stewart, and the patent leather Nine West pumps completed my look for today.  

So fashionistas, I encourage you to check out your local Ashley Stewart because I'm sure they will satisfy your eye for fashion - and don't be afraid to step out of the box and take fashion risks. Finally, Be Bold, Be Confident and Be YOU! ;-)  With love, ~Nijah J~  

I was torn between these leather Jeffrey Campbell pumps and the ones
featured below.

I settled on these Nine West platform slingbacks...I enjoyed this look!!! ;-)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Bright Lights, Big City

This past Saturday I attended Stylish Curves' Pop Up Plus event in the Big Apple.  It was my first time ever going to an event like this so I was super excited.  It was held in a beautifully decorated loft and it was filled with wall to wall vendors.   Some of those vendors included Ashley Stewart, Rebdolls, Eloquii and Fashion to Figure.  There were also several giveaways, light refreshments and music blasting as we all shopped, mingled and shopped some more!!!  Did I mention that most vendors offered discounts on their items??  So you know I walked away with some fab finds in addition to a gift bag filled with goodies just for attending.  In a word, I had a B-L-A-S-T (so much so that I forgot to take pics...good thing, I snapped these before I went in).

Here's what I wore...
Black QUEEN Top -Ashley Stewart & Faux Fur Vest- Ashley Stewart
(I got a lot of compliments off of these 2 items!)
Jeans- Forever 21
Ugg Boots- Marshall's clearance (last year)

The QUEEN is pooped now...shopping does that to ya! lol
I enjoyed the event and can't wait until the next one.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Mixin' & Matchin'

So…today’s outfit was a show stopper!  That’s always a plus. *winks*  So let me give you all the details on each piece…

First, this beautiful Asos Caged Skirt was purchased from my girl Dionna of Made Me Pretty during her closet sale.  I thought it was one of a kind and would complement my frame well…and that it did!  It sits high on the waist and flares out.  Asos currently has a similar dress for sale here.

I purchased the polka dot tee yesterday from Old Navy on clearance to go with something else.  However, after seeing other curvy-nistas blend patterns successfully, I decided to give it a try.

The red suede shooties were purchased at Nine West about 2 years ago. Unfortunately, these are no longer available, but the EMORY PLATFORM BOOTIES are very similar and are currently available for your shopping pleasure.

My jewelry was from the Avenue.  Although they were purchased in store, the necklace is still available online.  You can also check your local Avenue to peruse their accessories section.

Lastly, I wore my favorite Faux Leather Jacket, which I also got from the Avenue...and did I mention that it's on sale now! *cha-ching*

So what do you think of my look?  Have you ever tried mixed prints?  If so, I’d love to see how you all paired your pieces; if not, give it a try.  ~Nijah J~


Friday, October 31, 2014

October Challenge Recap

For the month of October, my goal was to jump start my workout routine.  I had to lay low for about six weeks due to a toe fracture in August.  I went from literally being super active to barely at all.  It wasn't a total bummer though.  Instead of moping around, I used that time to clean, clean and clean some more lol!  Needless to say, I was excited when the doctor gave me the green light to resume my workout sessions.

So I looked through my arsenal of dvds and chose Jillian Michael's “ Kickbox FastFix."  I knew her to be upbeat and no nonsense from watching "The Biggest Loser."  Ms. Michaels got me right back into the swing of things.  At first, the 20 minute sessions seemed like they'd never end but with consistency I re-gained my strength. 

Jillian Michaels definitely has me ready to audition for the Rockettes with all those kicks (lol) but I enjoyed the dvd overall.  She is a beast, so you are warned but she also encourages you in her signature yet sarcastic way.

In addition to doing the DVD 5 days a week, I also added a push up and crunch challenge that I found on Pinterest.  This combination was just what I needed to get my mojo back.

Workout Tank This Isn't Sweat It's Liquid Awesome Tank Top Racerback Gym Running Top Fitness
I'm loving this tank I saw on Etsy...
I need, want...gotta have! ;-)
in closing, I am enjoying my journey and I celebrate my progress.  My goal is not perfection, but being healthy, not just on the outside but in all areas of my life.  The results so far have been amazing and I look forward to getting even stronger with each rep and each drop of sweat...and you can bet, you ain't seen nothin' yet!!!