I had the opportunity to collaborate with the very sweet owner of Prickly Hearts Jewelry, Maria. Her knuckle ring collection is full of dainty little, hand-made rings in various color finishes of silver, gold and bronze tones. She offers various sets that include the traditional round ring alongside a chevron style. They're all hand-made, light weight and adjustable. I love how even the adjustable part (back side) of the ring can be worn as the front. The ends are twisted into sort of a curl, so they look very bohemian-ish, which is perfect for this Spring and Summer.
I had fun switching the rings around. Wearing simple, thin rings like this really elongates even the shortest fingers and it's just beautiful! I'll definitely be getting more hand candy from Prickly Hearts soon! I'd love to stack all three color tones and make an ombre effect.
Ahhh! My first magazine has officially launched at www.slayedmagazine.com. It really has been a long time coming. I've read all the major high fashion and beauty magazines for years now and remember when I first got the idea of even creating a magazine. I thought "Is it even possible?" It was that very thought of doubt that polluted my mind and haunted me every step of the way. After tons of good and bad ideas that didn't produce anything, I was tired. I felt like I failed myself because I couldn't get it together. Here were all these great ideas, an awesome partner to start it off with, my good friend, Danielle Turner, but still nothing produced. I felt like I was too ambitious and set out to do too much and couldn't handle it. And honestly, some of those things were probably true. I definitely was overly-ambitious, but now that I look back, I've come to the conclusion that being extremely ambitious is not a bad thing. It's just something you have to work at supporting, like anything else in life. Because my ambition and determination overpowered the tiny seed of doubt, I am able to present my first issue to you today and that feeling is freeing than a mf!
I'm proud of myself and I can honestly read this issue in 30 years and be proud of the work I put out. This first issue has also helped me imagine an even brighter future. I learned that rushing the creative process just puts unnecessary stress and negativity on you and it clouds your artistic touch. My first failure was in lack of research and planning. Yes, research and planning is more than half of executing a good project. It has taken me 3 years to really research on and off on all topics relevant to running a successful magazine from the business and legal aspects to finding the right team of design and editorial influence that fits in with my vision. This is only the beginning. The biggest lesson I got out of the journey up to this point is one of perseverance. My family has always told me that I'm very strong-willed, or "hard-headed", meaning that when I want something, I want it now. I'm still learning that I can use this strong-will in my favor in a progressive way. My perseverance has taught me patience, something I lack, but am building on. Dreams don't happen overnight, well not the kind of dreams I'm talking about. It takes hard work and a push of passion.
At this point, I don't even care about the profits, although that would be a bonus in this journey. Slayed Magazine is all about fashion, beauty and self-empowerment, all of which make up the niche encompasses my life right now. I cannot stress enough how much these three intertwine in society and everyday life, but I am confident that in the coming issues of Slayed, I can help people everywhere better understand this overlap and learn to embrace it. I'm all about progress, perseverance and positivity, oh and Emilio Pucci, haha. But really, this is just the beginning of the fashion, beauty, self-empowerment empire I am building to help the future me and anyone who cares to join the movement.
If you haven't already, please check out our first issue here, and let me know what you liked or didn't like and what you'd like to see in upcoming issues. Thanks for reading Luva stay slaying!_
Living alone definitely has its pros and cons, but from my experience in focusing mainly on the positive and enjoying my independence, I've found that there is more good than bad in living alone. From learning more about my daily habits and decorating to cooking dinner naked, living alone can be fun and fulfilling. Of course there are times when you’d rather have company to laugh and play with, but you can always call and invite them over when you please. Here are some things I learned while living alone.
Thanks for reading these 10 lessons I learned while living alone. It hasn't been that long and it won’t be for too long, but I’m enjoying it and learning more and more about myself and the world around me everyday. I would suggest trying it. Comment below with some of the lessons you've learned while living alone.
Love, Miss Jean
I love denim. I mean my name is Jean. That was corny, but foreal I love denim, and it just so works out that mixing denim on denim looks dope. It's a classic style that will forever stay fashion relevant. Denim jeans are an American closet staple. Here I paired an oversized blue denim button up with some skinny jeans that I rolled and cuffed at the bottom for a more polished look. The key to rocking denim on denim is to wear shades not too far apart on the color scale. For example, my top is just a little darker than the jeans, but it still works. You don't get the same effect with drastically different shades of denim. Wear it with a solid color shoe, like these taupe, lace up stilettos.
About my hair:
I just don't even know....but I dig it. My good friend and awesome Beverly Hills hairstylist Taylor Petenbrink transformed my hair into a lovely, dimensional purple (not what you see here), but it's been about a month and after many washes of course hair stains fade, fade away. She also notified me that sometimes stains don't take well to hair that still have hair dye on it, such as the red color that my hair previously was. So now it's a purple-red-pinkish hybrid and I look like a unicorn. But like I said, I dig it.
Love, Miss Jean
Black dress with floral detailing by American Eagle Outfitter's, Dollhouse Gladiator Sandals
24k gold heart with diamond detail and shoe pendant that my loving mother gave to me when I was a baby. Of course now I've got a longer chain, but it just amazes me how important these tiny pieces of jewelry are to me simply because they represent our special love.
These delicate, adjustable arm bangles are very fashionable right now and I predict their long time staying power in fashion because of their versatility. This colorful piece I found at my local Plato's Closet goes well dressed up or dressed down. I can wear it by itself or paired with other arm candy. Perfect!
Ahh..now here are some of the go-to items in my make-up bag. If I'm in a rush, these are the 5 most important tools I would turn to for a quick face-fix. (Top left) Almay's get up & grow waterproof mascara is my favorite mascara because it doesn't go on chunky and has staying power. Revlon red lipstick is smooth and bold! (Top right) Neutrogena healthy skin liquid makeup with SPF 20 in beige is moisturizing, protective and light enough for my sensitive skin. I've used other brow kits, but Benefit brow kit (bottom left) thus far holds my heart. It's simple and effective and with a q-tip I can control how dark I want my brows that day. Almay under-eye concealer is a lifesaver, especially when I don't get enough sleep. It comes with a base color corrector and then a lighter concealing cream.
Here I am sitting with my sweet Taffy.
What is your favorite part of this look? Have any fashion or beauty questions? Leave a comment below!
Love, Miss Jean
Quickly change an outfit from #Day2Night with the use of accessories. For this look, I used a go-to H&M dress in black and white pattern. It could easily be pulled off during the day with a colorful, beaded necklace and turned into a night-out look with a red leather jacket and a bold-gold, chained choker!
It's all in the accessories Luvaz!
Love, Miss Jean
Like most fashion lovers, I tend to be inspired by those with celebrity status. I always find it really cool when I am flipping through a magazine or watching a television show and someone is wearing a piece I own in my own personal collection. The reality is that most of the time we just cannot afford to shell out $458 for a new pair of jeans. Honestly, I think I would probably faint if that price popped up on the register. The great thing about designer duds is that somewhere out there you can usually find the same pieces, but for a far less heart attack-inducing price. In fact, below are a few of my favorite celebrity outfits that I found more affordable alternatives for!
1. Kylie Jenner
I love how Kylie mixes grunge and hipster trends in this outfit. It would be perfect for a day out shopping or a quick froyo run with the friends!
Striped Alexander Wang Tee – $175
Goldsign Jeans – $426.60
Balenciaga Classic City Bag - $1797.99
Converse - $49.99
Luxe For Less:
Miss Selfridge Rib Stripe Bardot Crop - $17
Topshop MOTO Pretty Blue Hayden Jeans - $70
Juicy Courture Greta Flap Crossbody Bag - $79
2. Taylor Swift
Taylor has certainly upped her street style game since moving to the Big Apple. Her floral romper and mustard pumps would be perfect for a stylish lunch date or in her case leaving the gym.
Lilas Jumper from The Reformation - $198
Yellow Gucci Pumps - $319
Dolce and Gabana Shoulder Bag - $2,295
Luxe For Less:
Topshop Floral Print Button Front Romper - $72
Veda Soul Meghan Yellow Suede Pumps - $60
LuLu's "It's A Snap" Handbag - $49
3. Selena Gomez
Selena's ivory blazer and nude heels really dress up her ripped jeans making this the perfect outfit for a brunch date or a casual day at the office.
H&M Tank Top - $7.95
Topshop Slim Curve Blazer - $90
Topshop MOTO Rip Bleach Leigh Jeans - $65
Urban Outfitters Wind In My Wings Sunglasses - $16
Luxe For Less:
Forever 21 Classic Nude Pump - $22.80
Vinted Black Cami - $1.30
Miss Selfridge Ivory Ponti Blazer - $55
Jayden Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans in Light Destruct - $40
4. Debby Ryan
Debby Ryan looked stylish and sophisticated at this year's Teen Choice Award. While this outfit is a little on the dressier side, it would be perfect for a fancy date night, charity event or even a day at work.
BCBG Runway Ronan Jumpsuit - $498
Eddie Parker "Flavia" Green and Black Clutch - $1095
Luxe For Less:
Sole Society Bangle - $25
Dorothy Perkins Jumpsuit - $37
Marc Jacobs Clutch - $109
Jeffrey Campbell Platforms - $137
Remember that you don't always have to break the bank to look like a million bucks. It's all in the way you rock it!
Beautiful bold brows are back! Many celebrities use their eyebrows to stand out from the crowd. Take model Cara Develingne for example. I credit her with this revolutionary ‘80s brow comeback. In fact, probably one of my favorite quotes from her is about her brows. She once said in an interview, “People ask me, “What’s your secret?” And I’m like, “You just don’t pluck them. It’s really simple.” I mean, I do, obviously, a little bit because otherwise I’d have a monobrow, but it’s just about keeping them wild, keeping them free and woolly.” Numerous stars, like Rita Ora and Lily Collins, have followed in her footsteps and continued to carry on the bold brow reign.
I have jumped on the bold brow bandwagon and must admit that once you get past the initial freak out over not tweezing or waxing, it's not so bad. Honestly, it's filling in the brows that aggravates me most.
I wanted to get some insight from an industry professional so I turned to my friend and makeup genius, Katie Chamel. Since graduating from Aveda Institute in Covington, Louisiana, Katie has been working on a lot of stellar projects, as well as, opening her very own studio called Beaute Makeup Studio. I mean who better to give you advice on how to get the perfect bold brows at home than a professional makeup artist?
To complete this look all you will need is a spoolie brush, an eyebrow brush, and a brow pomade of your choice. Now for the easy step to beautiful bold brows...
Step 1: Take a spoolie brush and brush your eyebrows out.
Step 2: Dip your brow brush into your pomade. Katie personally prefers the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. It is nothing fancy and you do not need a lot of product. Just dip your brush and lightly tap it out.
Step 3: Beginning almost halfway into your brow, start your initial line. This crucial step will allow the start of your brow to look lighter later on and not too harsh on your face. Continue your line onto where you would like the tail of your brow to be.
Step 4: After you have completed your initial line, go back and fill in the rest of your brow. Katie likes to use the leftover product on the brush to fill out the front of my brows. This gives them a sort of “ombré” or softer effect.
Step 5: Take your spoolie brush and brush over your eyebrows one last time and you are ready to go!
Remember to always keep your pinkies up and your brows high.
"Lookin for these better days,
Better days, heyyy! Better days...Got me thinkin bout better days..."
Everyday isn't going to be all happy-go-lucky, but there are little things we can do for ourselves each day that will help get us through the tough times. I've been so busy enjoying the highs that I forgot that I also have to deal with the lows in this cycle we called life. Both are necessary to have a fulfilling life. I mean how could we truly savor the good days if we've never had a bad one? Well, I had a bad day today and refuse to let one bad day overshadow all the good ones. I can easily feed the negativity and self-pity that hangs around on bad days, but I've decided that I deserve better so it stops here!
Whether it's because I didn't get enough sleep, haven't been eating enough fruits and veggies, hormone imbalance, annoying humans, or even something deep-rooted in my subconscious, the fact is I had a shitty day and can't take it back. I've been sulking in my own misery and complaining about it all day and it's time for a change, aka an attitude adjustment! So, here are some ways I've given myself the much-needed space to turn my day around. Allowing even just a few minutes out of your day for any of these small moments can make a huge difference in how you think and feel the rest of the day. Love yourself!
I feel like a large part of my grumpiness could have been from the lack of sleep I had the previous night. It's easy to tip the balance when you're trying to juggle multiple things and people in your everyday life and sometimes precious sleeping time is compromised. Humans need sleep to survive. It allows our bodies and minds to recharge and when we don't get enough sleep it affects us both physically and mentally. Even getting a quick nap in during the day can help.
2. Open up
What better way to vent your frustrations and get them out of your system than by sharing them with someone close, just make sure you're willing to let them do the same. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own everyday dramas, we forget that there are bigger problems in the world and opening up to a close friend or family member who in turn gives us advice, can give us some perspective. And sometimes it's enough just for someone to hear you out.
3. Try Yoga or stretching
Changing the movements of your body can literally change the focus of your thoughts. Yoga and deep stretching are a few ways to develop a balance between mind and body. For emergencies I'd take 3 deep breaths and a "woosaah". Breathing is a weird/cool sensation and it's interesting that we cannot see it, but we definitely feel it. We need it. Yoga incorporates breathing control with transitional body poses, which I think is a great discipline in learning balance while relaxing.
4. Go outside
I was always outside playing with friends and family as a kid, so a lot of my fun, carefree experiences have come alive outside. Home is nice, and comforting, but going outside is freeing and refreshing. It allows us fresh air and another perspective in order to regroup and refocus. Even if you don't particularly enjoy nature, just try stepping outside for a second to catch a glimpse of what's going on. Nature persists, no matter what goes on in our human world. The leaves fall. The grass grows and dies and grows again. In our cycle of ups and downs and in-betweens...life goes on.
5. Put the phone down
My phone might as well be attached to my hip. I freak out when I don't have it with me and it's the first thing I go to when I wake up. I've become attached and realize that sometimes even my phone needs a break from me. The only reason we even have phones is to communicate with other people and build our relationships. Relationships are what really matter at the end of the day, whether it be with someone else or the internal relationship you have with yourself. Taking a short break from the chaos of social media and iPhone chatter forces us to sit with ourselves and ponder our own thoughts. Instead of the usual phone venting, try writing it down, exercising it out, or singing it away. And then move on.
These are just a few of the small ways that have helped me change my attitude on my off days. It's easy to constantly worry and complain about everything going wrong in life, but that's only a waste of time and it robs us of everything good we could be creating and cherishing, right now. Thank you for reading and please feel free to comment below with ways that help you get through a bad day!
Love, Miss Jean