Clothing, Favourites, Miscellaneous

Here’s Why Rihanna Is My Fashion Icon

Disclaimer: This is quite a lot to read, but if you check out the titles in red and the pics, you’ll surely get my point.

Rihanna is a goddess among us all. Fashion is not only about the clothes, shoes, and jewelry that one wears, but also the hair, attitude, style and means of donning whatever one tries with grace and charisma. Rihanna is everything and more when it comes to fashion. She has no boundaries and breaks every rule when it comes to her clothing choice and style preferences.

She won the first-ever Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA) Fashion Icon Award in 2014, and she stated that the rules of fashion were meant to be broken and she lives up to her word every time. In her acceptance speech, she also said that fashion has always been her defense mechanism with the words “she can beat me, but she can never beat my outfit.”

SHE LOOKS PRETTY IN PINK

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SHE SLAYS RED CARPETS

She makes anything look good. She wore a jacket on the red carpet, and she still rocked the look. She has worn many looks on the many red carpets that she has graced over the years and though some of her outfit choices and looks (gothic, elegant, risque, princess- you name it, she’s probably done it). Some have been risky, but she wears them anyway because she is confident in her choices and fit. 10838426_1516139198639662_983522222_n

SHE OWNS MET GALA EVENTS

Rihanna is Queen when it comes to red carpets, but she owns the Met Gala whenever she makes an entrance, Case in point, let’s take a close look at both of her 2015 and 2017 Met Gala looks. 18160826_677366059123717_4697187388382773248_nIn 2015, the theme was ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’ and Rihanna sure outdid herself with the massive Canary Yellow Gown that she donned on the red carpet. She hands down stole the show. Riri was the only celebrity on that red carpet who wore a couture outfit that was authentically made and designed by a Chinese designer, Guo Pei. The dress had a massive train that required assistance from people when she was climbing the steps and was filled with embroidery and fur trimming designs. It caused social media to go crazy, and she was compared was compared to an egg yolk, but she was able to see and get in the fun with the undefeated internet. It is still one the most iconic dresses to ever grace a Met Gala red carpet, and her dramatic entrance is still one for the books.  
11208062_372420732951228_2062255417_nHer effortless entrance at the 2017 Met Gala was no different. The theme was Rei Kawakubo/ Commes des Garcons: Art of the In-Between, and yet again she owned the carpet. Again, the Caribbean beauty was also one of the only celebrities on that red carpet who adhered to the theme. She wore a floral costume by Comme des Garçons paired with a knee high strappy red heels and a top bun with bangs. It was an avant-garde, but if we reflect on her fashion history, we can expect no less of her.

She skipped the 2016 Gala because she was on tour. Needless to say, Rihanna might be a sucker for a theme. Name it and best to believe that she will slay whenever and wherever you request her presence.

SHE DECIDES WHAT’S CUTE/UGLY/FASHIONABLE10729274_1538274913091218_1434976480_nRihanna tends to show the world what is fashionable. She decides what is not ugly despite an article of clothing being deemed so by the media or consumers.This encourages people to be comfortable with their bodies and wear whatever makes them happy.  She can wear something from the 2000’s that if anyone else wore people would probably comment “That’s so 2002! ” but when Rihanna wears it, she slays the game and make the old, new. Who can rock a big pink poofy Princess dress on a red carpet knowing that she could be ridiculed by the public, but feels confident enough to rock it anyway? Rihanna. Yes, she did that at the 2015 Grammy Awards, and the gown instantly became an internet sensation much like its model.  The point is… Rihanna wears what’s comfortable to her, no matter how risque or avant-garde the look might seem.

SHE LIVES TO SLAY, and she does it with oh, so, little effort…

No need to exaggerate this point. The words speak for themselves. Look at her.10809963_1519966054954977_1410699877_n.jpgHER SHOE GAME IS HELLA STRONG

Her shoe game has been questionable in the past, but she wears her products and gradually watch the public adapt to her style. When she first wore the Fenty Puma Sneaker Heels, people were like “What are those? ” and she joined in on the fun until the shoe line was released to the public at a later date and everyone and their mother wanted to be in trend with Rihanna.

She has ventures with Puma and Manolo Blahnik, but other than her collaborations she wears shoes from multiple designers and companies, and she makes everyone want to improve their shoe game.

19424759_1615412785197247_7237797514768809984_n.jpgHere she is wearing the ‘Poison Ivy’ made with emerald green stones from her latest collaboration with Manolo Blahnik for the ‘SO STONED’ Collection.
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SHE REPRESENTS HER CULTURE15034541_332803087090374_7735908069204295680_nShe is an icon for black women and women overall. Being a girl from the left-side of a really tiny island, one would probably not expect much from her, but time and again she continues to steer the fashion industry with her Caribbean style. She looks great in dreadlocks and Rastafarian colors.  She embodies what it means to be a Caribbean queen in every way through her hair, the colors, her demeanor, and beauty. As a Caribbean girl myself, this is a great example for me and a step towards embracing my culture even more than I already do.20686495_1505559456170301_3556946190601814016_nI mean, she shows up to the Crop Over Carnival looking like this? How can she not be my fashion icon?

SHE DONS DEARING OUTFITS

She rocks double denim like it’s nobody’s business. Wearing double denim can be quite a dangerous fashion choice, but she made it look like eating a piece of cake. The open-legged denim pants and matching jacket that she wore to Coachella this year is how one easily wears a double denim. 18011325_1310926048984683_3892686481369595904_nLet us also not forget that she turned up the heat when she was accepting her Fashion Icon Award at the CDFA’S as mentioned above. She wore a dress entirely made of over 230,000 crystals on a fishnet and a sequin headpiece.

WHEN HAS SHE NEVER LOOKED GOOD?

She appeared on a red carpet wearing her hair wrapped in bobby pins with no care in the world, and the photo below shows her in Chinese bumps/ Bantu knots, which was a fashion forward look at the time. Usually, if Black girls sported the look they would probably have been called ‘ratchet’ or ‘ghetto.’ Rihanna clearly put it out there that this is a part of my culture, it’s my hair, I look good, and I feel good, so I am going to do whatever I want. And so she did. #BlackGirlMagic10732017_729221193797663_1931975497_nI always tell people “This is a Rihanna world we are all living in. Everyone wants to be like Rihanna but Rihanna is just for Rihanna,” but it doesn’t mean that we can’t model our fashion aspirations and inspiration from her. She makes her own rules and struts her stuff, whether you like it or not (if people don’t like her look at a particular time, they eventually catch up at a later date). If you ever want to start a conversation and turn head without meaning to do so, consult Rihanna’s lookbook (the internet and her Instagram account has much to offer).11419058_1612751032315402_457517213_nI am a tiny girl from the small but beautiful island of Jamaica, so naturally, the Barbadian beauty would be my fashion icon. She makes her own rules, decides what is fashionable or attractive to her and rocks whatever look she goes for like it’s nobody’s business. She allows her outfits to speak for and express herself and I wish to follow in her footsteps and pull off any look with as much charisma and style in my own Rihanna-esque manner. 

Until Next Time…

Stay Fabulous,
   –  Tiffany♥♥♥

n.b. A previous version of this was originally posted on Bronzemagonline.com, written by me, of course. All photos are courtesy of Badgalriri’s Instagram account.

Dear Diary, Thoughts

This Year I Look Forward to…

I hope this will be a great year for me filled with happiness and beautiful things, times, and experiences.

This year I look forward to:

  • Becoming a senior– I literally have only two more semesters in college excluding this one. I want to be done and start my life with a job.
  • My 21st Birthday– I will be legal to drink, not a big deal but kinda! #Cancerbaby
  • Traveling more– which means finding a steady paying job.
  • Photography- This a hobby of mine and I hope that I get to capture beautiful thing so that I can keep them still for a while. I also want to scrapbook or have a portfolio of all my pictures.
  • Do/try cool things
    • This means leaving my comfort zone and my house to do ‘fun’ things that I wouldn’t usually do. Like exploring the city and trying different cuisines. 
  • Enhancing my style– I could actually use it. I need to add more color to my wardrobe, less black more colors that make my skin pop as oppose to easily hiding in a crowd.
  • Summer– I know this is a bit trivial but the warmth makes me feel at home plus I despise cold weather. My birthday is during this period which is even better. 
  • Working on my blog– uploading exciting and interesting content to my blog. Back to point six where I do cool things to share. 
  • Being in a right placeemotionally, financially, personally and academically. 
  • Netflix– Stranger Things season 2, Sense8 season 2, among other shows. Also, though this isn’t on Netflix, I’m looking forward to the return of Prison Break.

These are just a few things that I look forward to this year. What are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
     – Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, Lifestyle, Make- Up, Tiffany's Tales

Twenty of My Favourite Things…

Hey you there,

As a continuation of my oversharing January Blog Challenge, 🎶these are a few of my favorite thing my favorite things🎶(to do, eat, and acquire).

1. HAMBURGERS
Double Bacon Cheeseburger with pickles, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, jalapeño peppers and even more bacon and cheese with fries on the side. If you ever asked me to describe love in a sentence.
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2.JAMAICAN CHICKEN PATTIES
This is a prime staple in a Jamaican’s diet. Patties are made from a meat/seafood (beef, chicken, shrimp) soy or vegetables. Most people prefer Beef Patties- I prefer Chicken- with Coco Bread and Cheese. (My mouth is watering just writing this).

3. GRAPEFRUIT
I pretty much like anything that has a sour taste is one interpretation of my heart. I like lemons, limes, passion fruits- anything that will make me squeeze my eyes closed.121207_hol_grapefruit-crop-rectangle3-large

4. POMEGRANATES
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5. EATING/ HANGING OUT WITH MY FRIENDS
I particularly like this because it does not require much energy. All I have to do is show up, eat fatty foods, and not move for like an hour and a half. This is my definition of working out/exercise.  There is always good conversation mostly about nothing or we act out conversations of the people around us who are on dates.

6. LEMONADE… This was way before Beyoncé too.. lemonade-640-dm

7. MY OWN SPACEpersonal-space

8. MY FRIENDS
I don’t go around liking random people, but I do like my friends when they become that. Since starting university, I have made two (kinda sad right), but I do like to keep my circle small as I have become somewhat of a loner. But they are A-OK. Love ’em.img_3634

9. READING  📖
I just want to live vicariously through the characters.

10. MUSIC
Like reading, music also allows me to escape reality for a bit. It brings to life events and scenario that we encounter daily but often fail to put in words. It is a beautiful thing really. 

11. BLOGGING/ WRITING✍🏽
As long as I find the time to blog and there is an interesting topic I will blog. I quite like and prefer sharing in the written form of communication as opposed to oral communication.

12. MOVIES
I am down to watch any movie as long as there is an acceptable storyline to follow. I can watch any genre -romantic comedies, fantasies, action, musicals, etc.- and have a fun time. I do have an intense dislike for the horror genre which is another story in itself.

13. WATCHING YOUTUBE FAIL VIDEOS
Having a bad day? Feeling down? Bored? This is the best way to lighten your mood guaranteed. Unless you start crying because their failures are so sad. X-Factor/ American Idol, any singing competition fail does it for me. Try it out. Yes, I know I am a horrible person. Some of them are truly delusional. Check out this one.

14. MI FAMILIA
They’re great. A force of nature they are, and though sometimes we don’t get along you can’t choose ’em, right? Love them to death still. Good thing is… they can never be rid of me… ***witch laughs***

15. DANCING💃🏾💃🏾beyonce2Because it makes me happy and it takes away the pain. Ladies, you know. 

16. HAIR CONDITIONER
As a black girl with tangly, nappy hair (wait… when have I ever been anything but? I guess it is now up for debate) consuming conditioner is a must. I have 4C kinky hair and if the breeze so much as pass through it I have major problems with which to deal. So, conditioner is a must have in my house or else absolutely nothing will be done to my hair. That’s not a suitable option now, is it?

17. MATTE LIPSTICKS💄💋
Lately, I have been wearing matte lipsticks because when I do it makes me feel as fabulous as ever. Kat Von D is my favorite brand so far, and the colors that I wear are Vampira and Damned.

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I’m wearing Kat Von D-Vampira.

18. THE SOUND OF MUSIC AND THE HOME ALONE FRANCHISE
These are some guilty pleasures of mine- watching Home Alone is an X-Mas tradition and then The Sound of Music on New Years.

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19. MOI… Cause I’m fabulous honey!!fabtiff

20.PHOTOGRAPHY📸
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Granted, I am an amateur, but it is a keen interest of mine. I just need better equipment.

Thanks for bearing with me. Let me know if you have anything in common.

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous…
      – Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, Tiffany's Tales

My Favourite Person…

My favourite person at the moment is my niece. She is the only one I have, and she is the most beautiful kindred spirit in my life. She is one fiery, witty child, who if I am not careful will make a fool out of me if I let her. She is sometime-ish (moody) and loves to get her own way in everything. Mischievous and bossy little thing she is. She makes me want to be warm and fuzzy all over.

She is a 5-year-old by the way and quite a spectacle.

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How do you possibly describe a tiny human that you love beyond words to people you don’t know? I don’t I possibly can. She may be my favourite child and person for a while because her cuteness is simply adorable. She uses that cuteness to her advantage which has me fawning even more over her. Does she always feel the same way I do? Not necessarily… she may say I am stressing her out (poor kid wouldn’t be able to handle stress if it was staring in her face) and she sometimes refuses to talk to me but I don’t mind. I am just like her so it would be a bit hypocritical wouldn’t it?

Her aura is just beautiful. I don’t usually gush over people, but she has earned it, and she will always be a beautiful light at the end of the rainbow. She has everyone wrapped around her tiny little fingers and she knows it too. Oh, and her tiny enchanting little giggles. Cute.

Oh how much she is loved, she shall always know #thefeels. She is my sunshine, my only sunshine, she makes me happy when skies are grey (or when she feels like it because I did say she was moody). 

***As I am writing this she is singing her tiny little face off and CLAIMS that she’s mad at me. Beautiful soul.***

Who’s your favourite and why?

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
     – Tiffany♥

Food, Recipes

Favourite Recipe…

Hello there again!

Thank you for coming back. So, now to my favorite recipe. My favorite food and the best thing ever is Jerk Chicken (I may be a bit biased considering my heritage). I have never prepared Jerk Chicken by myself, so I don’t know the recipe by heart.

However, I will be sharing the recipe for what is called Jamaican Toto. It is a bit similar (if not the same [as]) to Coconut Cake. This recipe I know by heart, and I am better at baking than cooking, so I might know what I am talking about. 

It is also better for everyone’s safety if you know what I mean 😦.

Jamaican Toto

Ingredients:
2 cups grated coconut
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 cup milk
1 beaten egg
1/2 lb melted butter
a bit of browning for coloring (optional)
vanilla for flavoring
2 tsp baking powder

Method:
1. Cream sugar and butter.
2. Sift together all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix together and then add coconut.
3. Add creamed sugar and butter to the batter and mix until the coconut is evenly distributed. Add milk, vanilla, and egg. Mix until the dough makes a firm dough.
4. Add browning for a darker color if you wish. (This is optional).
5. Add to greased baking pan/tin. Bake for 1/2 hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until a bit dry in the center. It should have a nice golden color without the browning.
6. Ready to serve. 

It is truly yummy, and the best thing about it is that it has coconut which I like and it gives it a bit if a tropical feel.

This the best that I can do for now. I will do the Jerk Chicken recipe sometime in the future. Thanks for reading and let me know if there is a recipe you think I should try

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
   –  Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, Tiffany's Tales, Travel

Places I’d Like to Visit…

Where would Tiffany like to go?! The better question is where wouldn’t Tiffany like the to go? Traveling and seeing the world is a big deal to me. I shall, I will, I must.

Traveling will give me a chance to have new experiences and explore diverse cultures. I want to stay woke. I want to know how and why people are motivated by their cultures.I also am interested in languages so I’ll learn while doing so.

I wish to backpack through Europe (cliché I know). This is by far a long shot and most likely wouldn’t last very long because sleeping outdoors is so not my idea of a fun time. I want to try out the excellent French cuisine and excite my taste buds with the best wine they offer. I want to see The Louvre, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, the Colosseum, and definitely the Palace of Versailles among other places. 

After I wish to explore Africa. I have been recommended Sierra Leone by a friend because she is from there, but I also want to see Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, Madagascar and everywhere else I manage travel to. 

Visit extremely cold countries. Iceland, Antarctica, Russia, Finland, and Greenland are some predominantly cold countries I would visit for no more than two weeks at a time.  I sincerely do not like cold weather. And the dearly beloved Canada.

Asia and Australia are the other continents I wish to visit. I want to do cliché stuff like climbing the Great Wall, going to the more beautiful and congested Asian cities like Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Osaka, Kyoto and also the less popular ones. India seems like a good destination too. I would then travel to the smaller islands and try some new foods and live among the people and do some touristy stuff too.

Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand more exotic countries.

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Roadtrip throughout the 48 mainland States. Because what better way to learn about the place where I live than to travel if that is the only traveling I ever get to do. Hopefull not.

The Caribbean. I want to start in Miami and travel throughout the Greater Antilles and Mexico and then further down into the other Caribbean Islands. I especially want to go to Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados during Carnival/ Crop Over season.  Next summer I have high hopes of traveling around the Caribbean. I especially am looking forward to going to Cuba.

I just want to travel especially to exotic places and do exotic things and photography. Where do you want to go? Leave a comment and let me know. 

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
     -Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, Tiffany's Tales, Travel

Top of my Bucket List…

There are a lot of adventures on which I would like to embark. There is so much for me to do, so hopefully I don’t die young #fingerscrossed. My goal is to take as much as I can get out of this life and die a happy gal. I shall be like a bird in the sky someday…free; so I need to start working on this list.

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The adventure that tops my bucket list is me traveling all around the world to meet new people, see new things and eat foods I dare try not to pronounce and those that I do. I want to live new experiences and see the world, broaden my horizon and live among the citizens and not some fancy hotel. Ultimately, the goal is to be happy. I also hope to take beautiful photographs and do a travel blog.

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Here is a list of other activities that I’d like to do:

Learn to swim. For the life of me, I cannot swim, and I was born and raised on an island. I also lived near a lot of rivers, and I am probably the only one in my family who knows not how to swim.

Work with non-profit organizations... in support of human rights (gender equality, LGBTQ rights, racial rights, etc.) I someday hope to work with the United Nations (UN) and the Human  Rights Council (HRC).

Learn at least 4 new languages. I am working on two (Spanish, French) at the moment so at least two to go.

Achieve my goal weight of somewhere between 120-140 lbs. I try every day to gain weight, but I shall see what the future holds.

I must go to Alaska…during the periods when it’s 24 hours of complete darkness and 24 hours of full sunlight. I just imagine how much of a beautiful of a time I will have. It must be nice to stargaze when Alaska experiences total darkness.

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Photograph someone or something for an entire year. Photography is a hobby of mine and capturing certain moments to relive is always great. It’s like being stuck in time.

Play a musical instrument. I really really love the drums. A guitar or a piano would also suffice.

Learn to dance…Native Spanish dances tickle my fancy, so I am leaning towards those (flamenco, salsa, merengue). I also want to be superb at dancing to Dancehall music.

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Write and publish a book of some kind. I am leaning towards romance novel because I’m a sucker for love; oddly enough I’m not touchy-feely, but it shall work out. Mix up my career choices a bit.digital-self-publishing

Live with no regrets. Know that everything happens for a reason somehow no matter how bad or inconvenient a situation may seem. Besides, life is too short to be worrying and having regrets. Do the things that I love and those things that make me happy.

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I shall also try to make it my life duty to work hard and establish a scholarship or grant program in Jamaica so that the young people can afford to go to school without racking up millions of dollars in debt when trying to get a higher education. It’s hard out here I tell you.

What do you want to do? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
  – Tiffany♥