August 31, 2014

Sunday Inspiration...

August 25, 2014

My DIY Poolside Dress on Deck! Strut + Swim New Orleans...

Hey ya'll! Did you have a good weekend? I did! Wanna know why? Because I was able to pull out my DIY POOLSIDE DRESS AND ACTUALLY WEAR IT POOLSIDE!!! We decided to go check out Fashion Week New Orleans Strut + Swim Fashion Show, (their last one for the Summer season) and I couldn't WAIT to slip this dress on for the first time and actually wear it out to a relevant event. We checked out local New Orleans designers, hung out by the rooftop pool, enjoyed the live DJ spinning tunes, and sipped yummy cocktails. Fun, fun times. Can't wait to attend more fun fashion events by New Orleans Fashion Week! More pics and deets on my outfit below:
Swimwear by Bayou Bikinis
Scenes from Strut + Swim
A few more pics from this event on my INSTAGRAM :)

August 22, 2014

Outfit Post! A Simple Tee and I'm Ready for FALL!

Happy Friday y'all! The weekend is upon us again, rejoice! And I know I don't look happy in that pic, don't pay that any mind, I was just giving "FACE" to the camera, lol. Anyhoo I decided to go out yesterday and crank out another outfit post! And you're probably saying, "why in the world is she wearing boots in August? In NEW ORLEANS??" Well, I'll tell you why, because a) I LIKE these boots ok? and b) because I'm ready for Fall! I LOVE FALL. And although it's not here yet, I think it's the best season, again because BOOTS. And cooler sweater weather. And my birthday. And holiday lattes. And good excuses to wear scarves. So yes, I'm kinda WISHING Fall here. I wore my Simplicity tank top for the first time a few weeks ago when we went to see New Edition, but I wore it with a different pair of shorts and a pair of strappy heels that I should have NEVER left the house in... #OUCH I'm SMH at myself. Lesson learned, trust. I have a serious love/hate with heels, whereas flat shoes are MY JAM. As far as this particular outfit, I call it a "stylist look" and I did a short stint working wardrobe on a reality show earlier this year that filmed here. I did fittings and some shopping for the cast (of Black Ink New Orleans. And *warning* here's a NSFW clip of the show if you're curious). But back to this look, you could also wear it or something similar (graphic tee, shorts, boots) to an outdoor Fall music Festival, or out on a casual date night, yes? More pics and deets on my outfit below:

Graphic Tank Top, MNG by Mango | Shorts, Old Navy | Boots, F21 | Lip, MAC Heroine | The HAIR

August 21, 2014

Protective Hairstyle Chronicles: My DIY Crochet Braids...

Day after my crochet braids install
Happy Thursday everybody! If you follow me on Instagram or Pinterest, then you already know all about the crochet braid protective style that I did ALL BY MYSELF (she's craft-ayy, lol) And it was my first time! But I do have to be honest, I didn't know that crochet braids were even a thing. The things you learn on social media. But when I first saw a Youtube tutorial on how to install crochet braids, I was like, "aww HELL naw!" lol. I thought it was wayyy too involved. Plus my wigs were super easy, put them on, take them off... like a hat. But something, I don't know what, made me stay really curious about crochet braids, so I kept watching tutorials, even though I convinced myself that it wouldn't work on my hair since I was only 4 months past my 2nd big chop. In other words, my hair is still super short (click HERE if you don't remember how short I cut it). But then I saw this blog post, now I've never watched L.A. Hair on WE Tv, but apparently, China whose hair is as short as mine got crochet braids on the show! Naturally I was like, "wait, WHAT?" So it IS possible on hair that short? WOW. So around 20-25 Youtube tutorials later, I finally put in my own, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I thought my wigs were easy and low maintenance, but this style has them beat. At the time of this posting I'm a week and a half into wearing them and the most I've done is trim them into shape, tie them up at night, fluff them in the mornings, BOOM. Done. That pretty much confirms that I'll be doing these again. Deets on what I used to create this style below along with a few of the Youtube tutorials that got me there...

One week old crochet braids, MAC HEROINE lipstick 
I used a pack and a half of Freetress Equal Marley Braid Hair in the colors 1B and 2
I used this exact Latch Hook Crochet Needle
I washed (with shampoo, for a deep clean) and then deep conditioned my hair before starting.
I blow dried my hair switching between a cool and warm setting to stretch it.
Then I flat-twisted all of my hair to install the braids. The style normally calls for cornrow BRAIDS, but I'm a much better flat-twister than I am a braider. One week later my braids are still pretty sturdy, so flat-twists worked fine for me.
Like I mentioned earlier, I just tie them up at night and fluff in the morning.
To clean my scalp, I use Dickinson's Witch Hazel a natural astringent, either in a tiny travel sized spray bottle or on a cotton ball to cleanse my scalp where it's already parted. I also have a little olive oil mixed with tea tree oil in a small spray bottle that I spray on my scalp a few times a week after spraying water (the BEST moisturizer for curly hair) directly onto my flat twists to keep MY HAIR moisturized. And that's it!

Now check below for a few of the Youtube crochet braid tutorials that I watched. For the truly interested, watch when you have some free time, grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea or a glass of wine and a snack and check them out!

August 16, 2014

Outfit Post! Shades of Gray...

Hey y'all! I've been M.I.A. I know, I know, but I ran into some trouble with my "vintage" Macbook. You see, I was trying to update my Safari browser and.. wait you don't wanna hear about any of that, do you? Of course you don't, and I don't really have the energy to explain it sooooo.... on to this outfit post!

Wanna know what the pic above tells me? That I could at LEAST put on a little lipstick, geez. But more about that in a bit. Ron and I had a great day today in New Orleans! Weekends in this city are awesome. Weekend brunch in New Orleans is like nothing I've seen in other cities, it's pretty revered here. Well we started out the day having a late breakfast (brunch) but before that, we went through our ritual of deciding on where to go. After going down our list we finally decided on revisiting The Marigny neighborhood for our 2nd visit to The Cake Cafe and Bakery. It's such a down home, sweet spot, the people couldn't be more hospitable there. Their breakfast and desserts aren't bad either. Now back to me, my outfit and my makeup-less self. I rarely wear makeup, but lipstick is so easy, that I shouldn't have an excuse. A bold lip has the tendency to make your whole face look made up so I could at least do that, right? Point taken. Anyhoo gray is what I decided to wear today. More pics and outfit deets below!
Gray and White Tank tops - Old Navy | Skinny Jeans - F21 | White Sneaks - 9 West
Corner of Spain and Chartres in The Marigny
Delicious coffee and a strawberry puff pastry at the Cake Cafe. They also do yummy breakfasts...
Me in The Marigny

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August 1, 2014

Fab Fro Friday!

So thick and beautiful..

Dudes have awesome natural hair too! Don't hate.

SO. Much. HAIR. Pics found on Pinterest

July 30, 2014

Outfit Post! Ça m'est égal... Oh But it Does!

I always flip for graphic tees with French phrases. Words just look and sound better in French, don't you think? This particular tee basically means "it doesn't matter" in english and I didn't really find this out until after I purchased it. Buy it first, then figure out what it means later, right? lol. Well let me post a disclaimer, because the only time "it doesn't matter" is when you're asked:
Question: Do you want your multi-million$$$ in small bills or large ones? 
Answer: It doesn't matter.. "Ça m'est égal" See what I mean? 
Other than that, it ALWAYS matters! So TAKE THAT trendy, french tee! YOU DON'T KNOW ME. Anyhoo, I took these pictures earlier today in the Bywater, and being a NOLA newbie, I love name dropping neighborhoods like that while I'm still learning them. Makes me feel mad local. My outfit deets (my new kicks included!) and more pics below!

French Tee, H&M | Denim Shorts, F21 | Purse (forgot) | Scarf, Target | My NEW! 9 West Kicks 

July 29, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Missoni Like Vacation Style...

When I think of fabulous, laid back Italian vacation style, I think of Missoni. Partly because they're known for their colorful knitwear designs which just seems a natural fit for the scenic backdrop of  beautiful Italian cities. I even tried to mimick the "Missoni look" on our first ever trip to (Capri!) Italy, (my dress was H&M though, seen below).
Me on the streets of Capri, Italy
If you're anything like me, then you're someone who tries (hard!) to blend into the local scenery as much as you can, because looking like a tourist when you travel (fanny packs, visors, gigantic maps, tropical shirts, American flag tees, shorts, etc) is just not the look, amiright? But no worries, because whether or not you're planning a fabulous Italian vacay, you can still shop a similar "Missoni like" look below to look fabulously chic either here in the states or while traveling abroad... 

Missoni like Single Dolman-Sleeve Drop-Waist Dress

Travel Tuesday: The Peaceful Sea of Galilee...

The Sea of Galilee in Israel looks so beautiful and so peaceful. It's sad there's so much conflict in that region right now, because I'd really love to visit there one day and see this with my own eyes...

Look, I don't pretend to be all knowing about what's going on between Israel and Gaza, but if you want to have a little bit better understanding of what's happening in that region, check HERE, HERE, or HERE.

July 28, 2014

New Sandals and a Throwback DIY Red Dress...

"I'm gonna need for her to get it together on her outfit posts." -You 
Okaaaayyyy. I realize these outfit posts need to be more of a regular thing if I want Hip Candy to be an "au courant" personal style blog. I get it, I do. There's just so much *new* that I want to do with this blog, new directions that I wanna take it that sometimes it's hard to know where to start (I'll get there, no worries) But anyhoo, I went digging waaaayyy back into my archives recently for this dress...
I made this dress over 5 years ago (the pattern I used HERE) I've never taken pictures in it and really, the only time you would have seen it is if you follow me on Youtube and saw it in one of my videos there. But I had a good reason to pull this dress out because I got new sandals and I thought the dress would go perfect with them! Below are my new cognac studded gladiator sandals that I got for less than the price of a large pizza...
I think golds and nudes are always nice compliments to red don't you think?
I took these pictures in New Orleans City Park because it's always beautiful there and I love it. What I didn't love was the moist Southern heat. It was sooooo HOT when I took these pics. Not even this breezy dress and the shaded trees could keep me cool. And I don't know about you, but this type of heat makes me ready for way cooler sweater weather... and sooner rather than later. 
Dress, DIYSandals | Sunglasses, forgot, sorry) | Lip, Revlon's Really Red | Purse, Thrifted 

July 22, 2014

Solange Knowles Love Letter to New Orleans...

No, this is not Fab Fro Friday, I spotted Solange's sweet love letter to New Orleans on her Instagram page. In the post, she wrote:

#latergram Boyfriend took this of me the other night when we got home from dancing... I was happy. I am happy here. Thank you nola for giving me so many wonderful, rich, and endless days of joy. For giving my son one of the best summer experiences. For the night I danced until 8 am in a place filled with nothing but love. I fall in love with you more and more every day. You are magic. I am grateful. #nola

As a NOLA newbie myself, I couldn't agree with her more! New Orleans IS "magic" In related news, somebody spotted her sister and brother-in-law leaving Gene's Poboy on Elysian Fields and St. Claude while they were here in the city for their On The Run Tour #neworleans

July 19, 2014

Saturday Summer Street Style...

Photo via Pinterest
One of the most fashionable, on trend styles to emerge recently are full skirts paired with crop tops. I honestly don't ever get tired of seeing this look. I've seen full skirts paired with heels, boots, flats even sneakers! The look always works. Especially if your thighs happen to rub on occasion like mine do (booooo -me) because in a full skirt, no one can tell. BOOM. Winning. 
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