What’s Your Type?

I have never been great at doing my own hair. I decided to go natural 3 years ago and the only style I have mastered is a puff! I decided to put more focus on my hair this year and try new styles. When Kineatra of NaturallyNex stated she would possibly be doing a Natural Hair event I’m like girl do it! Please! There are others like me who are clueless and need every bit of information we can get.

I call on Kineatra for everything natural hair related, from what products I should try to if I should detangle before washing. She never gets tired of those questions either so I am grateful!

Kineatra and I

The event was held at Nola Spaces and featured a Natural Hair panel of experts which included a chemist…yes a chemist, Natural Hair demos by Strawberri Curls, a music performance, free h’orderves by Chef Shaka, cocktails by Justini Cocktails, and a swag bag with a bunch of awesome brands from Shea Mositure, Auntie Jackie’s, Love of the People and more. I left her event with so much information and more confidence to try various styles!

For my look I put on a simple and comfy white pants romper from It’s Fashion. White after Labor Day! *gasp*

 

Creatives Link Up

Anyone who knows me knows I love networking, meeting new people and learning from others. I started my monthly JD Brunch Series because I would see where blogger meet-ups were hosted but none of the attendees look like me.  As the saying goes, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” So that’s what I did, I reached out to a few other bloggers, fashion and beauty influencers and the brunch series was formed. I’ve gotten such a huge interest from non-blogging creatives and male friends that I decided to kick off a Creatives Link Up Series.

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The event was held at the Loa Bar located in the International House Hotel. I stumbled on the hotel while working during Essence. The lobby was extra comfy, smelled divine and Lauryn Hill playing at the bar….can you say sold?! I am always looking for picture worthy and unique venues and the bar  was definitely that. The drinks were super cute and delicious. Shoutout to the best bartender Nick for keeping everyone’s glasses filled!

So here I am thinking I was just going to have about 20 people in attendance and about 50 came through styling and profiling! I had 3 Rules for the night. Introduce yourself to all the attendees, Post Post Post and use the hashtag and last but certainly not least, I challenged everyone to create a fashion worthy moment in the hotel! I chose the restroom. I don’t think I’ve seen a more beautiful one.

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oh and the Lobby Too….

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Top | PuckerUp Nola (may have to contact her directly for shirts)

Pants | Pretty Little Thing

I was so inspired to be amongst so many go-getters. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the event! Stay tuned for more events and check out more scenes  below!

I want to give a shoutout to my blogger boo Sam for creating the “Ultimate Moment”. If you need a pose instructor hit her up!

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H-Town Ya’ll Ready?!

My cousin and I decided to go see Queen Bey and Jay in Houston for the OTRII Concert. My cousin convinced me to fly with Spriti Airlines. With all the horror stories I’ve heard, I have to admit I was a little  nervous. Spirit prices are extremely reasonable. They make up their fees with baggage charges, preferred seat selections, snack purchases etc. Spirit allows you to bring one personal item on board for free. I  wanted to stay within budget so I forced everything in a bag I borrowed from my aunt. I was so proud of myself! Usually I travel with a personal item, carry on bag and bigger luggage. Now granted I was only in Houston for a day lol but you get the point. Give a sister her props.

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The plane was actually bigger than expected, I had enough leg room and we had the sweetest and most hilarious flight attendant on the way back. Oh they also did a free flight giveaway.

For my look I wanted to do something extra fun, comfy and Coachella like. I decided on a Sequin Fringed Jacket (similar), White Tank, Black Ripped Denim Shorts, and some Lace Up Heeled Combat Boots. Let me know what you think in the comments.

And shoutout to my cousin for these photos. You know that person that will get your photo no matter what…you know won’t huff and puff…that’s her. Thanks EEEE! We had so much fun at the concert.

Now ya’ll know I couldn’t travel to Houston without doing brunch. We linked up with two other cousin to dine at Phil & Dereck’s. It’s a black-owned restaurant that does a brunch buffet on Sundays. They had an omelet station, waffle bar, and $3 Mimosa Carafes…yes $3!!! The food and music was so good that it’s easy to forget you have a 2 hour time frame. It’s definitely the happening brunch spot so if you plan to go…go early because the line was almost wrapped around the block.

It was definitely a Sunday Funday! After brunch my cousin took us to The Address which is a sports bar/restaurant with a day party scene. The crowd is young and hip…definitely my type of crowd. The DJ was from New Orleans so he threw in a couple of N.O. Hits into the rotation. From Soulja Slim to Magnolia Shorty, he had the place rocking. We had so much fun that it was hard to leave.

 

For my look I wanted to be cute and casual. I through on this satin romper that I purchased last year from Forever 21 and my new favorite tennis shoes from Ego Official.

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Overall I had a fun little weekend getaway. It was definitely needed.

JD Brunch Series – August

I’ve been to Elizabeth’s once before and thought it was a cute restaurant. As the curator of the brunch series, I am always on the hunt for cute and picture worthy locations. It’s located in the Marigny and Bywater area. I was a little bummed to find out they didn’t do reservations but as long as we arrived at the same time it would be all good!

Some of the ladies arrived Fashionably Late so we didn’t get to sit immediately. The restaurant was extremely busy and it was a little wait for larger parties. We headed to bar on the second floor to wait for our table. Jamming to Biggie, I sipped on my $12 Mimosa in the Signature Elizabeth’s cup. The mimosa was pretty good, but I’m warning you..don’t get the $6 mimosa it’s tiny lol. A couple of the ladies who ordered the $6 ones were a bit taken aback lol. Sidenote: The bar had really good music. Some of the ladies ordered Bloody Marys which I heard were also good.

Once we were seated, the conversation flowed as usual. We talked about everything from insomnia remedies to goals for the fall. The reason I host these monthly brunches is for creatives to connect and have genuine conversation. All of the ladies are so dope and down to earth. This series is really the highlight of my month.

The service was really great at Elizabeth’s. Our waitress was very attentive. I had a taste for catfish so I ordered the Bayou Breakfast. It wasn’t as pretty as some of the other dishes but it was really good. My catfish was fried perfectly. Elizabeth’s has a pretty unique menu with dishes like the French Toast Burrito and the Duck Waffle which is a Sweet Potato and Duck Hash on top of a Corn Bread Waffle with Pepper Jelly. I think next time I’ll be a little more adventurous and go for the waffle. Overall the group enjoyed their brunch.

My original look for brunch was totally different. Pretty Little Thing messed over me with the shipping but Raquel of SpreadLA/The Geeked Collection came through in a clutch. The brand sells sunglasses, straight sizes and plus. I saw this set and thought it was perfect. I paired it with some flat sandals and a clutch. It was very comfortable and easy to wear. Let me know what ya’ll think!

I always look forward to the group shots. The ladies always bring so much personality. Thank you to the ladies that came out Samjah of Style & Energy, Kineatra of Naturally Nex,  Tracey Wiley, Kierra of Jus Kierra, Whitney of Whitney J. DecorDerra Howard, Dev of Dev and the City, Aaronesia of REMEDY 88 and Sumya check out her style here!

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Check out some style from the other ladies!

JD BRUNCH SERIES – JULY

After last month’s brunch experience, Vessel Nola was a breath of fresh air. I stumbled upon the unique church looking building and was immediately intrigued. I called to make reservations hoping they had brunch and luckily for me they did! As soon as we walked in we were seated. The atmosphere is very chill and relaxing. If you are looking for somewhere to meet or hear what the person across from you is actually saying, it’s the perfect place.

Our waitress was very attentive and we never had to look for her. There were some interesting choices on the menu like grilled rabbit. I said I’m going to start being adventurous with my menu choices but I wasn’t ready for that extreme. I meant choosing blueberry waffles over regular waffles…and that’s exactly what I did. Look at me being all adventurous and stuff!

I ordered the Blueberry Waffles which was prepared with lemon curd, cinnamon, blackberry syrup, pistachios and honey whipped cream. Now ya’ll I’m not a fan of blackberries (well why did you get something with blackberry syrup Jazmine? …listen I told ya’ll I was being adventurous) and I didn’t like it but I ate around the syrup plus my side of Andouille Sausage made up for it. That was the best sausage I ever tasted. It was spicy and seasoned perfectly.

I kept saying how great the sausage was and everyone was like ok Jazz we get it lol. The consensus around the table was that the food was good. There were options for our Vegans and Vegetarians  and Whitney who I like to call a Shrimp & Grits Connoisseur said these were her favorite of the restaurants we have attended in the past. She just had one note…leave the shrimp tail shells off..lol. I definitely would visit Vessel again plus there is a late night Happy Hour I want to try!

For my outfit I saw this super cute dress in Ashley Stewart but decided I wanted to switch it up and take the slip from under it and wear a camisole and shorts! I paired my pearl purse that I have been having for 2 years to complete the outfit! What do ya’ll think?

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Thank you to the ladies that came out Samjah of Style & Energy, Kineatra of Naturally NexTracey Wiley, Lori of Vinti, Whitney of Whitney J. DecorDerra Howard and Kourtney!

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Check out some street style from the ladies below!

 

Elevate

“Elevate, elevate…Only obligation is to tell it straight…So much on my plate I gotta delegate. Who else is jamming to Drake’s Scorpion Album? I definitely think it’s the album of the summer.

Elevate has always been my mood but recently more so now than in the past. I recently got to work with Karleen Roy of The Vanity Group. She produced several activations for the Essence Music Festival. It’s funny because over the years I would apply and apply for the jobs with the company Essence hired to produce the festival. I would snag an interview but never land the job. This year I got to be in the room with some of the people that hired that same company. That’s even more ammunition for me to keep going.

Throughout the weekend I got to be in the presence so many movers and shakers..I’m talking millionaires. I left each day with more encouragement and more confirmation that I was on the right path.

As you elevate there are going to be people around you who don’t understand and that’s okay. Those are the people that can’t come with you on your journey. I am no longer feeling guilty about elevating. No longer wishing for support. I am no longer sparing feelings. I just don’t have it in me.

Those who are not for you will show themselves sooner than later and when they exit, count it as a blessing. There were so many jewels that were dropped during the weekend and I thought I would leave you with some:

“Eliminate Negative People…You Can Always Keep them in Prayer but not in Person”.

“Be Picky About Your Circle…Take Note of the Friends that want to Co-Sign instead of being apart of the Original Investment”.

Photo Credit: Britt Smith Photography

Cool Down

The last few days have been scorchers in Nola, so I have been trying to dress as cool as possible. Plus hot summer days are the perfect time to indulge in what some of you may refer to as a “snowcone” but here in New Orleans we call them Snowballs.

It is also important to find ways to cool down mentally. Your Mental Health is extremely important and you need to take care of your mind, body and soul. After being in a high stressed environment I like to take some time to myself. Even if its 10 minutes, you need that alone time. Cut off the tv, put the phone on silent; you have a right not to answer the phone if you know someone is about to interrupt your peace.

Dress | Forever 21

Also, utilize the word “No”! Ya’ll it’s so satisfying! I used to do certain things to accommodate people or consider others feelings over mine but nah! If I don’t want to do it the answer is NO!

And third treat yourself, take a spa day, get a sno-ball, girl get that dress you been eyeing in that boutique! Some may say this is bad but I love retail therapy! Yes I know “mATeRiAL tHIngS arENt evERYthINg” *Insert Spongebob Meme* but these are my methods! What are some methods you use to de-stress?