SPARKLE, SHINE & POP THE BUBBLY IN THESE DIY HEELSπŸŽ‰βœ¨πŸΎ

Let the countdown to New Year’s begin! It’s been quite an interesting year and as we prepare to usher in a new one, I want to take a moment to say thank you to all who’ve supported my creative endeavors in life, here on the blog as well as on social media.

I re-embarked on my creative journey back in 2015 after going through a pretty difficult period in life and through my challenges and pain that I grew closer to God and listened. It was time to put me first, time to get back to my creative work & time to pursue my purpose! I'm still on this journey and still listening and while I know the holidays can be tough for many I want to encourage you to hang in there. Hang in there even when you feel lost. Get closer to God and listen to your instincts because it’s in these very moments you are able to re-ignite yourself and build your strengths. Every experience is a lesson! 

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STYLE & THE BAR CART- TARTAN WITH A TROPICAL TWIST

Hello darlings! Today I'm happy to bring another edition of "Style & The Bar Cart." If you're not familiar with this series let me quickly break it down for you. 

Style & The Bar Cart is a creative production that combines my passions (style, decor, vintage & DIY) to serve as outfit and occasion inspiration for the modern-vintage girl who loves to entertain in style and prefers cocktails over wine. I've created 3 entries in the series thus far and today I'm elated to bring you a holiday inspired cart just in time for Christmas! 

For this Bar Cart I wanted to do something traditional and incorporate one of my favorite holiday prints; Tartan. This print scream classic Christmas but I still wanted to add my own twis to it and that's when I reached out for your opinion. Would it be #TropicalTartan or #TartanWithATwist? 

The majority of votes supported #TropicalTartan and I was super happy about that because anything Tropical is right up my alley. I also liked the other theme so I decided to combine the two and bring you tartan with a tropical twist! Clever right?!

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CHRISTMAS IN BLOOM πŸŽπŸŽ„πŸŒΉ

The holidays are here and unlike last year's tropical theme I'm ushering in the season with a classic Christmas color palette of red white and green. Whenever I think of these colors I immediately think of so all the things we love about the holidays; Christmas trees, holly branches, peppermint candy canes, mistletoe, eggnog, Santa and so much more.

Although I decided to bring some classic holiday style to the blog I decided to do it with a twist by wearing this vintage poppy print Summer dress. I picked up this lovely number off Etsy at the end of Summer and even shared a sneak peek with you on in my Instagram stories. Quite a few of you loved it and expressed excitement around how I'd style it. Well the wait is finally over and today you can see how I put together this look for Christmas in bloom! 

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ONE VINTAGE-STYLE TEE, TWO WAYS πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸ””

Can you believe it's almost Christmas?! It felt like I was just adding my flamingo ornaments to my tree and now here we are again. Earlier this week I shared my recent "Shop & Tell" highlight featuring a small vintage-inspired apparel business and I also promised to share more of the looks from that highlight. 

Today I'm happy to do so and bring you two ways to style a vintage-inspired tee from the lovely shop Mischief Made. I have a few shirts from them but keeping in theme with the holiday season I decided to style this mischievous Jingle Bells t-shirt for you.

Yuri's designs are so adorable and the quality of the shirts are impeccable. They're made of a nice soft stretchy cotton so it provides a bit of a tailored fit. To learn more about her business you can check out my recent "Shop & Tell" highlight.

Now let's dive right into two ways to style this retro holiday t-shirt. 

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MY ECLECTIC STYLE πŸŽŽπŸ‘–πŸ₯’

I was recently asked why I describe my taste as eclectic and my answer leads back to home.

As many of you know, Guyana is home to me and is a diverse country often referred to as the land of six people which includes people of Amerindian, African, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese & European descent. I am mixed and grew up embracing and celebrating a wide range of cultures that are a part of my Guyanese heritage. My heritage is reflected in my eclectic taste and more than often directs my choices in style and decor. 

I plan on sharing a more detailed account of Guyana’s history in a separate post but until then I hope you enjoy yet another glimpse into my culture and how that’s shaped who I am. 

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MILDRED ARRIVES ON THE HOLIDAY NOSTALGIA TRAIN πŸ“» πŸ•° πŸš‚ πŸŽ„

Guess who’s in town for the holidays? Yes, my darling Mildred is staying with us here in NYC and if you haven't met her, now is the time to do so! She’s actually appeared many times before on the blog and is a dear friend of mine. In fact, she’s my #RetroAlterEgo!  

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SHADOW OF A SPIDER πŸ•·πŸ•Έ
She finds an innocuous corner in which to spin her web. The longer the web takes, the more fabulous its construction. She has no need to chase. She sits quietly, her patience a consummate force; she waits for her prey to come to her on their own, and then she ensnares them, injects them with venom, rendering them unable to escape. Spiders – so needed and yet so misunderstood.
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DIY HALLOWEEN COSTUME -CARMEN MIRANDA & THE TUTTTI FRUTTI HAT

This costume should come as no surprise to you! I’ve done many outfit posts, decor projects and DIYs inspired by The Lady In The Tutti Fruitti Hat so it was a no-brainer to create this easy DIY for you.Β 

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