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I didn’t watch the VMA’s, but Nicki Minaj was all the buzz pre and post VMA’s. First with being unhappy about her neglected by MTV for not being nominated for Video of the Year for “Anaconda” via twitter.

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Then her follow up response to Taylor Swift feeling like the shade was being thrown her way (which Swift later apologized for). Miley Cyrus, the show’s host added her opinion on Nicki’s initial comments in an interview, [click to continue…]

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BTS: New Photos

by Miss Mikelah on August 24, 2015

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I took new photos for the blog! Not style shot for my personal style posts but more for my “About Me” and general photos that I can use for branding. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but kept putting off. I teamed up with my blogger bae Kerry-Anne, from Carry on Friends, to do a double shoot.

Jacket (actually a dress): Rachel Roy | Tee: Faded Glory | Jeans: Old Navy | Shoes: Ivanka Trump

I learned a few things myself during the shoot:

1.) I’m short, like really short and some angles make me look even shorter. There were some shots where I look like I had no neck!

2.) I’m definitely not comfortable in front of the camera…yet!  Designer Tisha Innis of Scotty Beama served as our photographer. She’s had a lot of experience as a designer behind the scenes for major brands as well as shooting for her own clothing line.

3.) Modeling is not as easy as it looks! Between sucking in my gut, shoulders back chin up and not having my hair in my face, I was exhausted and felt a little crazy posing! But when I saw the photos I was so happy with the results. I really want to practice more and Tisha gave me some great tips to do so.

Here are some out takes from the day.

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Who’s the Caribbean Diaspora? According to a few from the CTO, only Caribbean Nationals abroad. Apparently, us regular folks of Caribbean descent living abroad aren’t good enough to be considered the Diaspora. Caribbean nationals are who they’re tapping for travel and investments in the Caribbean.  {RACA Blog}

Florida Senator Mark Rubio wants the U.S. to Step in to intervene in Haiti/Dominican Republic migration crisis. {Miami Herald}

When traveling abroad may sure you pronounce these places by their correct name. {The Thrillist}

New Haitian inspired affordable restaurant in Brooklyn called Grandchamps that I definitely want to try! {WSJ}

Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell is a brand ambassador for popular grapefruit soda Ting {KingstonBelle}

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Cocotique Favorites

I’ve been receiving the Cocotique beauty subscription box for about 8 months. I absolutely love it! I first heard about the box at Triple the Focus’ Ladies Who Brunch where owner Dana Hill shared her journey and career path. I immediately went home and subscribed to the monthly beauty box for women of color. At the time I was still wearing my short cut and was learning new things about maintaining short hair, so the Cocotique beauty box came at a great time to try new products I probably wouldn’t have otherwise tried. I’ve since picked up some new favorites hair and beauty products that I really love, here are some of my favorites. [click to continue…]

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Rompers in the summer are a staple in my closet! I got this romper from Target right before my trip to Jamaica last year, I’ve worn it to dinner with friends and here I’m rocking it for date night with my boo! We went to Sugarcane and Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays. Since we were going to be walking around, I switched it up and wore flat sandals. What’s one of your favorite items to where when you’re shopping your own closet?

Romper & Vest: Target | Watch: Michael Kors | Clutch: NYC Street Vendor | Bracelets: Pieces NY and J.Crew | Sandals: Nine West | Necklace: Pieces NYC |

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Working-with-friends

The latest Carry on Friends Podcast Episode 17 is all about working with friends! You often hear “Never go into business with friends” quote, but there are certainly advantages and disadvantages. Kerry and I explore 5 things to think about when going into business/working with friends:

1. What’s the personal dynamic?
2. Collaboration vs. Employment? Put it in writing!
3. Partner up to balance out strengths and weaknesses.
4. How do you separate work from non work?
5. How to cut ties – business or friendship? [click to continue…]

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Interview with Kamila McDonald Kamp Kamila

Fitness and nutrition are at the top of Kamila McDonald’s priority, but sharing her inspiring story and continuous journey is her calling. With her Kamp Kamila sessions on the way, I can tell she on the path to greatness.  She’s has a vibrant personality, which make her a great motivator. She share her struggles, fitness and nutrition tips and ways to keep you and your family on a path to healthy living.

The beginning of her journey

I grew up in a Rasta household. I took for granted that everything I ate was natural and that I was naturally active all my life. I went to school in cold Norway and packed on the pounds. With the pound I put myself in isolation. Embarrassed with a lack of confidence I developed an eating disorder. One day I looked at myself and said, ‘who is this person?’ I couldn’t recognize the person I became and worked hard to change it. It took me years to get to a place where I wanted to share my journey. I’m in the best shape of my life now, but back then I was in a very dark place. I decided to share my journey to inspire other. [click to continue…]

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Kamp  Kamila Takeaways

Kamila McDonald is a well known fitness guru in Jamaica. By sharing her intimate journey on living healthy with us online she continues to inspire other with her holistic approach to healthy living. The Adidas and WATA brand ambassador has not only created a digital workout platform with 10PoundPledge, she’s traveling to various cities with her new venture Kamp Kamila she’s taking her fitness & nutrition session on the road. Her first stop in New York City, after doing a trial in March earlier this year (which I missed), she decided to start her Kamp Kamila tour at the place that showed her love the first go-round.

Kamp Kamila exceeded my expectations of beyond just another fitness session. Her personal touch in sharing her journey and nutrition tips along with expert physical therapist is what sealed the deal, because most people need more than just a workout session. What I love about her approach was that she was focused on living a healthier lifestyle, not just dieting for a time being — an approach that takes much longer to foster, but is well worth the effort. Check out us Kampers in action during the session! [click to continue…]

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July 2015 Content Report

by Miss Mikelah on August 3, 2015

July 2015 Content Report

So, I skipped the content report for May and June (bad blogger). The content report is really about me being consistent and honest with myself on my lack of consistency. I’m sharing hoping that it will inspire you as my reader as I tackle my own challenge of being consistent.

With that explanation out of the way we can get down to the details. Although I haven’t met any of my goals, I’m making progress. Here were my goals that I set forth in the April Content Report:

Goals for May

  1. More Original Content: 15 Posts
  2. Increase Monthly Views by 25%
  3. Social Content: 2 Instagram post per day and daily interaction on Facebook (develop specific goals for social)

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Signature Glenroy House of Dmarsh Main

Photos provided by Signature Glenroy

New York Fashion Week: Men’s is a new initiative created by the CFDA to spotlight menswear.  Jamaican designer based in New York City, Glenroy March of D’Marsh Couture, has been designing clothes for men and women for years while being a stylist. He  premiered his Spring/Summer 2016 new men’s collection Signature Glenroy at Coco-Mat. We caught up Glenroy after his collection premiere to get the scoop on the inspiration for his new collection.

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