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Let It Flow

Finally got myself back behind the lens! It feels good to make a comeback with this look in particular because it represents the spirit that I’m in right now. I’m letting my life flow into what it’s meant to be. I’m continuing to experiment with my natural coils and I’m not letting negative situations shift my focus. I graduated from FIDM LA in June; I experienced Essence Fest for the first time in July; and I’m currently starting a travel + events fueled from my zest for exploring different cultures. Every month, I’m blessed with a new adventure and when I look back on what I’ve been through and how much I’ve grown, I realize how beautiful life truly is. Out of adversity, comes triumph and I’m excited to continue to flow in whatever direction the Lord takes me in. My destiny has already been written and I’m just going along for the ride. <3

Photography: Tara Scoville

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Kutula

Last year, I was shopping for my first cruise and wanted to find an African dress to take with me. I Googled different black-owned, African stores in my area and came across one that had a variety of Dashiki dresses but none of them stood out. As I was on my way home, I drove past Kutula by Africana and the pieces in the window were gorgeous; I had to see more. I walked in and was immediately greeted by the vibrant owner/designer, Francesca. I moved through the aisles listening to her tell me about their product line as my eyes danced from the bold array of colors to the intricate African prints. As I tried on different pieces, Francesca would teach me the meanings of the patterns I was wearing (if they had any). She even taught me a few different ways to wrap a gele (African head wrap). I felt so comfortable playing dress up and listening to her talk about the motherland. The prices were pretty steep but I was drawn to the clothing details and the African tales so I decided to invest in a piece and support the brand.

Photography: Tara Scoville

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COBA Curls for the Rebelle Girl

When it comes to styling clothes, I get excited to mix and match prints, textures, and colors to achieve a dope look for whatever event its being worn to. Now when it comes to styling my hair, unfortunately I’m not that creative. Whether it’s my natural hair or a weave, I’m always doing basic styles to get me through the day and then there are times when I don’t do even my hair at all smh *palm to face*.

A little while ago, COBA Cosmetology Academy reached out to me and offered to style my hair. I think the hair gods had enough of me embarrassing them lol. I accepted their invitation and as soon as I walked through the door, I was greeted by the senior instructor, Gina Salazar, who introduced me to the stylist that would be working magic on my hair, Chelsea. Currently, I have a weave in my hair using Bromelia Body Wave extensions from Fleur Rebelle, LLC. For people who like low-maintenance hair, like yours truly, this texture will be your bestfriend! It helps me to not look too disheveled when I don’t do my hair but when I do choose to whip something up, my usual go-to style is curls. They’re quick to do and to be honest, it’s pretty much one of the only styles I know how to do, so Chelsea offered to show me a way I can perfect my curls and make them last allllll day.

Check out this video of my visit to COBA and comment below to let me know what you think!

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Nigišiti Nets’a | Free the Queen

There’s something so beautiful about the natural essence of a being. We live in a time where the superficial is the standard for beauty and the more alterations we make to our temple, the better we think we look and feel. When it came to my hair, I too, thought I looked better with sewn in locks over my intrinsic coiled mane. I’ve witnessed the successful natural hair journey of some of my friends and recently wanted to try it for myself. I wanted to try a style that would define my curls. I wanted to exercise without the fear of “sweating out my hair”. I wanted to embrace my natural naps. I wanted to see what it felt like to be free. I tried flat twists and felt so vulnerable and shy; yet, unchained and unapologetic. I’m on a journey to find my happiness in whatever form that feels right to me and experiencing this form of freedom was an important step forward. I don’t believe adding extensions is detrimental to self-growth unless you feel are less than without them. I recently put back in my extensions in order to shoot a promotion video for Fleur Rebelle, LLC hair and COBA Cosmetology Academy and I can’t wait for you guys to check it out. However, I plan on continuing to experiment with my natural hair for my next styles. No longer do I equate my beauty to solely my weave. Accepting and loving myself for everything I came out the womb with radiates just how beautiful I truly am. Nigisti nets’a tederigwali. The Queen has been set free.

Photography: Tara Scoville

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Rose Quartz

Spring is finally here and pastels are making their way back to the forefront! One of my favorite pastel colors is Rose Quartz. It exudes determination, commitment and can soothe anger and resentment. Beyond the color alone, Rose Quartz is also a healing and well-being crystal that does so much more:

“The fair and lovely Rose Quartz, with its gentle pink essence, is a stone of the heart, a Crystal of Unconditional Love. It carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort. It speaks directly to the Heart Chakra, dissolving emotional wounds, fears and resentments, and circulates a Divine loving energy throughout the entire aura. Reawakening the heart to its own innate love, it provides a deep sense of personal fulfillment and contentment, allowing one the capacity to truly give and receive love from others.” -(CrystalVaults.com)

Photography: Tara Scoville

Hair: Fleur Rebelle, LLC

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Boho Broderie

St. Patty’s Day is next week and instead of the bright lime green, chartreuse, or the creepy seafoam green that may be your normal go to every year, try a shade with a darker hue to turn heads with. I’m a big fan of olive and army green because they look good on just about any skin tone and they create soothing energies. The forces they exude represent harmony and compassion. Olive green in particular, symbolizes space and wisdom, feminine leadership qualities, and peace through compassion for humanity. I’m not sure if you’ll be aware of those energies while chugging down a Guinness at a local pub, but it’s good to know for your sober moments. Shots will still be free at the bar so long as you’re wearing any shade of green so you might as well pick a hue that won’t give others a headache when they look your way. Leave that task for the liquor 😉

Photography: Tara Scoville

Hair: Fleur Rebelle, LLC

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Snow in L.A.

Unless I’m going to an all white event where the dress code is mandatory, you won’t catch me snowed out for so many obvious reasons: stains, translucent when wet, advertises panty lines and colored bras, oh and did I mention stains?

The risk is usually greater than the reward for me; howevvvvvver, I love the way white on white looks on dark-skin complexions like mine so I chose to go against my fears, master this look and pray that a smudge doesn’t ruin this moment.

Photography: Tara Scoville

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Nigist

Tara and I got back on the field last week and made more magic! It’s always fun when we get together and I feel the outcome just keeps getting better and better. It’s like riding a bike, or flying a kite or learning how to cook, sometimes the process is challenging but the results get better each time. 🙂 This shoot was a little different, and in a good way because I got to shoot in one of my own pieces from my new line F.L.O.S.S. Daily.

Photography: Tara Scoville

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