The Glow-Up Has Arrived!

My dear friends, we are gathered here today to shine the light on my absolute favourite makeup product: Highlighters‚ú®

My closest friends know I wear makeup about 1.5 times a month, but that doesn’t stop me from buying all the highlighters from golden tones to peachy shades simply because I have a problem (one I’ve come to terms with). Local cosmetics brand- Amerie Beautie is giving us all the highlight we need to successfully achieve the ultimate glow , I could already hear the makeup addicts in the distance shouting ‘ Yaaaaaas’. Handmade in pressed and liquid for every skintone and a million percent WOC friendly, totally coruscanting is unavoidable.

 

Be sure to check out @ameriebeautie on IG!

Stay Shinin’¬†‚ú®

 

Feeling Shady? Visit ‘The Shade Shop’!

For these past few weeks the sun is taking no prisoners with its scorching heat‚ėÄÔłŹūüĒ•. Luckily, The Shade Shop is serving us¬†with slaying sunnies for the blinding inferno that is the sun.

The Shade Shop is stylishly curated by a New-York based, Trinidadian CEO to bring you the latest trends and out-of-box shades to make it through these sun-shiny days! TSS began as a NY based venture that found its way back home (literally NY-> Trinidad)¬† because, well, who needs sunglasses more than people in the Caribbean?¬†A lot of us really have trouble finding the pair that looks great on us. That ‘someone might stop you in the street and ask you for your autograph’ kinda pair. The first step is really identifying the face shape you have to find what suits you!

There’s 4 basic shapes to know:

  • Square- you have that¬†strong¬† movie star jawline with a wide jaw and forehead. So¬†what’s for¬†you?¬†The key is finding balance in contrasting shapes, try curvier frames like round or those with rimless edges to create softer features and balance a striking jaw. Your head is already square, you don’t need square shaped sunglasses too. Round, oval, cateye and semi-rimless are great options!

  • Oval-¬†so your face is longer than it is wide. Not a problem, you can get away with¬†both¬†round AND square frames. Oversized frames are an absolute no as they blur out most of the face features. Proportion in this case is really what you have to keep in mind to find that perfect pair.

  • Round-¬† with lovely full cheeks and a narrower forehead/ jawline emphasized by soft features your best options are angular and geometric shapes, round shapes should be totally avoided. ¬†These angular shapes will give your face a longer, leaner look as the angles offset¬†the fullness/ roundness¬†. Wayfarers and those alike should be your buddies.

  • Heart – you’re wider in the forehead and narrower at the chin. So, with the right proportions you can even it all¬† out. What does that mean? Well shades with a wider top or that are upswept (like cateye sunglasses) help to elongate the face. Round shapes do the same so they should be your go to! Round, cateye aviator and rimless shapes are you friends!

By now you probably have an idea of what your shape might be and also want to¬†get a pair that you’ve seen on this post. No worries just keep on reading!

To purchase any of the sunglasses above: Visit the shade shop on IG @TheShadeShopNYC or email theshadeshop57@gmail.com

‚ú®Here are some amazing ( local) brands where you can also find those stylish sunglasses:

  • Sanianitos (Trinidad) – IG @sanianitos
  • Timber Wear Inc (Jamaica)- IG @timberwearinc/ timberwearinc.com

A Fashionista’s Summer:Fashionably Touring T & T!

Let’s Go Trinidad and Tobago hosted its very first Fashion Tour, which took us to Simply Runway, Blue Basin Stores, CLD- Charu Lochan Dass and Shaunelle. It was a fun and new experience for both attendees and designers and it brought us all together in somewhat of an intimate space to interact and get to know each other.Instead of a long boringggggg text post however we get Pictures! yup that’s right I’ll be highlighting the tour through pics!

First Stop- Simply Runway (Grand Bazzar)

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At Simply Runway we had the privilege of meeting with Candice ( the owner) and Stephanie (Personal Stylist). What I loved about Candice (pictured left) is she had a lot to say and not just babbling but in every word that came out you tell there’s a real passion for the business she’s in. She also talked about adapting to change (relocating the store after damage from the fire at Ruby Tuesday’s) and translating the brand to customers by making both brand and the experience offered at Simply Runway Synonymous!

Stephanie ( pictured below Candice) graced us with her stylish presence and expertise by allowing us to understand that your style is essentially your personal brand! And reiterated what I always say, ” The way you dress is a form of non-verbal communication, be sure it sends the right message!” And then it was on to the next stop.

 

Second Stop: Blue Basin Stores ( Dock Road)

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This stop was easily my favourite as I won a $100 gift card, but all goodies aside I have a true appreciation for a space that offers strictly local designer work because well we have the talent and ability to fill a store! Housing designers like Rachel Rochford, James Hackett ( The Lush Kingdom) and Turtle Warrior the small space seems like a world apart as there’s so much to see and so much to be entranced by.

 

Third Stop: CLD- Charu Lochan Dass

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Unfortunately Charu herself wasn’t there but the clothing was enough to keep everyone engaged, sale rack included! The prints and detail found in the pieces were enough to keep all the attendees (myself especially I tried on a few things well) oooo-ing and aaaaah-ing so much so that we had to basically be chased to the next stop.

Final Stop: Shaunelle-Handmade by Shaunelle Ramesar

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Her soft spokenness perfectly complements her all white aesthetic. Catering to brides helping them feel special on one of their most important days is her forte! Creating custom bouquets, jeweler y and other one of a kind pieces Shaunelle truly captures the essence of beauty and elegance in all her pieces. (Pictured above left, Designer -Shaunelle Ramesar)

 

At the end of the day the tour was a fun, new and exciting experience for all as we learnt a lot along the way and made new friends!Hopefully next time you all could join us !

 

( ALL IMAGES ARE BY VALLEY VIEW PHOTOGRAPHY)

Made In Trinidad and Tobago

So a few weeks ago I decided to pose the question, “Can you name 3 local designers?” to a Facebook group with 3000 + members. ¬†And yes I got lotsssss of responses, the majority being Meiling, Claudia Pegus and Heather Jones, now I’m not mad these one bit as these designers are iconic and pioneers in our local (and regional) fashion industry, but, I was mildly disappointed knowing there’s a bevy of up and coming designers whose names should be etched into our brains.

And that’s where I come in, I’m here to introduce you to a weeee cross section of these fabulous designers that sure as hell deserve our undivided attention and SUPPORT!

Okay…Ready?! Let’s go!

  • Adrian Foster– one of my absolute favourites from the get go, both locally and ever! His ability to be on trend EVERY DAMN TIME is amazing. Each piece created boasts clean lines, sleek chic and polished finishes and that anti-figurative component that makes every modern day minimalist swoon. My favourite part is also how effortlessly any piece of his can be incorporated into an everyday wardrobe. From shirt dresses to wrap skirts to trousers that seems to make legs go on for ever and ever.I think its safe to say Adrian is well on his way to becoming a staple in your wardrobe, the fashion industry and life as we know it!

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(Images Taken from Instagram @officiallyadrianfoster)

  • CLD: Charu Lochan Dass– “Who run the world?!?! Girls!!!” This is what runs through my mind at the sound of those three letters- CLD. Charu embodies The Woman with each piece so much so that I feel more empowered just by looking at them. With lines inspired by ordinary women who lead extraordinary lives; femininity, elegance, class and of course pure sex appeal make its way into each look.Powerful, Sophisticated, Sexy! CLD!cldcld2cld1

( Images Taken from Facebook @ CLD- Charu Lochan Dass)

  • Aisling Knits (Aisling Camps)-¬†Forget everything you know about your granny’s knitting and prepare your mind and fashion savvy for a whole new world of knitwear. Since seeing her knits I’ve been taken COMPLETELY by her ability to make knitwear so absolutely Chic and appropriate for so many occasions. I believe I even saw something on her IG about knitting a wedding dress. Yeah… Ikr,wda! ¬†But it proves to us how capable, in tuned with consumer needs and exceptionally talented Aisling really is. So open your mind to this new knitworld and Aisling, its not all about the scarves and sweaters but sooooo much more. (BTW when the pics of that wedding dress are out best believe they will end up here)
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(Images Taken From Instagram @aislingcamps)

  • Rebel ¬†(Sian McIntosh)-¬†What would this list be without a swimsuit designer?!?!? NOTHING! Now I have a personal fear of the itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini, but this girl’s swimsuits usually have me lusting after them for days after laying eye on it ,however , I’m still not brave enough. But to my confident, beauty, sexy as hell female counterparts go forth and conquer in the teenie weenies! The variety brought to the table here also intrigues me about this swimsuit designer. She’s got whole swimsuits, the classic bikini, bandeau tops, gathered bottoms, capped sleeve crop tops, even kids swimsuits!!!! Is there anything for the waterside that CANNOT be made??? When it comes to the Rebel brand I don’t think so!

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(Images Taken From Instagram @rebelusian)

  • Koko Karibi Designs (Jacqueline Charles)¬†– You know the expression art imitates life? Well, Koko Karibi’s designs are a pretty much a biography. Each bracelet, earring, ring and chain tells a unique story of its inspiration as well as the story of the creative mind behind them. Branded as contemporary and avant garde, every accessory adds a wealth of personality and another level of intrigue simply by wearing it. What I love even more is that you can tell the designer’s passion and love for her craft and it makes me super excited to see passion through designers’ work!

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( Images Taken from Facebook – Koko Karibi Designs and Instagram @kokokaribidesigns)

 

Okay,I think I’ve done enough talking for one post. So I’ll leave on a note that this list is in no ¬†way exhaustive go forth and find you some more local designers( or just ask me) ! So live, explore, navigate your life in style and SUPPORT LOCAL!