3.4 Years Later…

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“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

-Michael “MJ” Jordan

I am not saying that I’m Jordan, but I’m not denying it either. However, I can confirm that I fail over and over.

My hair and I have an on-off relationship, like my friends who change their Facebook status every time I sneeze.

I went back to natural 3.4 years ago. For the past three years my failing streak began around wintertime. I slack on trims, moisturizing, and bunch of other stuff that stunts growth and hair health. Why? I dedicate less time to my hair.

I fail in winter because I am…

  • wrapping up the year more and taking care of my hair less
  • celebrating holidays (esp. my burfday)
  • frustrated with winter for sucking out all of my hair’s moisture
  • adding new interests/activities to my better my life
  • not big on protective styling
  • afraid of wigs (I briefly braved on this year though)

Scissors have a way of wiping away my failures, so I booked an appointment with Felicia Leatherwood for a trim and shape. I have fresh ends for a fresh start and extra volume.

Here we go again…

 

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Mon Style: Travel-Friendly Casual Chic

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I heart this look – chic, classic and travel-approved. Comfy flats equal no foot pain. Crossbody bags with zippers provide pickpocket resistant storage.

Black, black and more black overflowed my luggage in prep for my #NYCsummerfling. Why? It camouflages potential sticky humidity dirt, Aunt Flo planned to travel with me, and it supported my recent all black mood. Also, black says: “I’m not a killer, but don’t push me.”

I sprinkled a little color with the footwear, lips and my (self-dubbed) big city blue nails.

Click the links below to get the look. Don’t be fooled by the labels, I purchased most items on S-A-L-E.

IMG_8810‘Take Your Marc – Percy’ Crossbody Bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom

Zara Fringed Leather Bluchers – Zara

Little Black Dress – Bebe

 Textured Woven Coat – H&M

Amy Bracelet Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Retro Matte Ruby Woo Lipstick – Mac

Nightmoth Lip Pencil – Mac

Nails – Wynn Nail Spa

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Hugs,

Roshell

Girl Boss Meets Classic Man

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If you’ve ever wondered who colors my hair, it’s all Melanie. She also did my big chop and a zillion other styles pre-big chop. We recently partnered (her hands, my head) to take a few hair shots to add to her portfolio.

Yes, she straighten my hair. No heat damage to report. Surprisingly, my hair remained straight ALL week. It typically reverts if you look at it too long.

To complete the requested look, I pulled items from my closet.

Beach waves, stripes and polka dots create a fun/stylish business look. I’ve dubbed this my Jidenna Look, it’s classic, man.

GET THE LOOK

White + Navy Striped Blazer – H&M

Sheer Polka Dot Blouse – H&M

Suit Pants – H&M

Braided Bluchers – Zara

Beach Wave Updo – Melanie at Nina Raquel Salon

Rocksbox ‘It Girl’ Review

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Subscription box services are on the rise: funky socks, Japanese candy, dive bar t-shirts, nerd gear, soy candles, apocalypse kit thingamajigs – you name it, it is out there. RocksBox is a subscription service for jewelry junkies.

Unlike other subscription-based services, RocksBox allows subscribers to borrow items, then swap or buy them. Yes, that means you can rock the jewelry with no strings attached. For $19 a month, RocksBox offers unlimited access to its stash of jewels.

In exchange for sharing my experience with you, the powers that be invited me to try the service free for three months. To sweeten the deal, RocksBox provided a private code (kinkycurlsxoxo), so that you guys could enjoy one month FREE. I accepted the ‘It Girl’ invitation. During my subscription I shared the code via Instagram and Facebook, I hope you took advantage of the opportunity.

Within three months I received five RocksBox sets (see descriptions and gallery below). I approved of most pieces received, but I did not make a purchase. Based on the quality, items are overpriced even when considering the cost of convenience. However, the borrowing option is cool and allowed me to discover a buffet of designers.

PROS

Convenient, efficient, attractively packaged, free shipping both ways

CONS

Items overpriced for quality

Set #5

SET #1

Sophie Harper Pave Triangle Necklace $36

House of Harlow 1960 Tessellation Triangle Cluster Stud Set $24

Margaret Elizabeth Marquis Ring $92

SET #2

Sophie Harper Pave Circle Bracelet $43

Vanessa Mooney Layered Nuggets & Cylinder Necklace $78

Margaret Elizabeth Ophelia Cocktail Ring $118

SET #3

Slate Crystal Spike Earrings $30

Gorjana Crescent Shimmer Necklace $72

House of Harlow 1960 Howl Cuff $70

SET #4

Perry Street Jenna Necklace $51

Sophie Harper Pave Triangle Studs $28

Kendra Scott Haylee Ring $48

SET #5

Sophie Harper Pave Ball Studs $32

Perry Street Adrianna Necklace $51

Loren Hope Carly Bracelet in Brass $70.20

Mon Style: White On Right

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Outfit Details

Semi Sheer Cotton Tee (I cut off the sleeves) – Forever 21

White Straight Leg Jeans – Target

Camo Calf Hair Belt – Gap

Tabacco T Strap Sandal  – Michael Kors

Mon Style: Denim, Denim, Denim

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Denim Zip Bralet – Topshop

Oversized/Boyfriend Shirt – H&M

Long Sleeve Denim Shirt (around waist) – Forever 21

 Ripped Denim Boy Shorts – Hollister Co.

Leather Sybil Ankle Boots – Aldo

Mon Style: Petals + Polka Dots

Colorful petals and playful polka dots are the perfect pair to welcome Spring, it’s peeking around the corner.

Mixing prints can be tricky. Here are a few tips to help you create a playful and polished look…

  • Choose your colors. Similar colors and palettes compliment your patterns and pull the look together.

The black & white in my dress is repeated in my shoes. They compliment each other.

  • Pick your patterns. If the first pattern is complex, go simple with the second. Try to stick two patterns, it’s easy to go overboard when you’re having fun mixing prints.

With the colorful floral pattern and cross back, the dress is the star here. I went with a effortless, playful and comfy shoe that accents the dress.

  • Play with size. Use large and small patterns to avoid prints clashing and/or hypnotizing yourself while looking in the mirror.

The flowers/petals in my dress are larger than the print on the shoes. The patterns are not in competition with each other.

Have fun creating your look. Below are my deets.

The Deets

Flower Print Cross Back Dress – Boutique

Polka Dot Tennis Shoes – Forever 21

Leather Wrap Bracelet w/ Message – Dillon Rogers

Hugs, 

Roshell

Mon Style: A Monochromatic Night Out

 Dress: black H&M cross-back

Jacket: H&M Tailored Blazer in natural white

Shoes: Steve Madden Stecy in Gold (not suitable for long-wear)

Bag: black H&M faux leather foldover clutch w/ gold chain zipper

Necklace: gold H&M statement necklace

Earrings: gold H&M studs

Budget-Friendly: Leather Ankle Boots

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Brand: Aldo

Style: Sybil Ankle Boot

Current Price: $60

Original Price: $120

 For more details click the link above

*Helpful Tips

If you purchase in-store and your size is not in stock, but it is available online, Aldo will ship your purchase free of charge. These are comfy and true to size.

Figure-Flattering Classy Holiday Party Wear

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Here’s my complete holiday party look for 2014 with links.

Dress: Wrap Dress by Altuzarra for Target

Shoes: Stecy by Steve Madden 

Bag: Whiting & Davis Bags

Jacket: Dinner Jacket by H&M

Earrings: Forever XXI

Face Crafted by Mac Cosmetics