Holding On To Summer

One of the great things about living in South Florida , is the fact that we can hold on to the summer well into the middle of November. Yup you read that correctly, in South Florida you will see people in short shorts,sundresses, and crop tops while the rest of the United States are trying to find their other glove and favorite scarf. Even now well into Fall, the weather down here doesn’t reflect the season and I’m still able to wear dresses like this gorgeous one from @shopdeuxreines , which is in a new color I’ve been trying out. Usually you will catch me in all black everything ( if you didn’t know, black is my happy color) but for the past month or so I’ve been trying to add a little more color into my wardrobe. I realized a few weeks ago I don’t really mind the colors red and yellow, now I can’t get away from them. I’ve started wearing a bold red lip everyday with matching Big Apple Red by OPI nails, but with all that being said let me not fool you… let alone myself by making it seem like I’m going to stop wearing all black . Matter of fact I’m completely eager for the cool weather to roll in so I can wear my black without dying of heat stroke. Whenever the temperature finally decides to drops below 72 degrees I plan on being in full Fall/Winter attire and this includes scarfs ( you’ve been warned! ). Until then it’s not so shorts shorts and dresses for the next few weeks.

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The Blogger That Didn’t Go To #NYFW

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve set down to write this post about me not going to New York Fashion Week, let’s just say I planned for this to be up way before fashion week even started, but here we are a week later and I still don’t really have the words. So let’s just start at the beginning,way before Oh Yeah Kendra was a thought, I dreamed of attending New York Fashion Week. I didn’t know how it was going to happen but I knew it would. A few months back after Swim Week, a PR company that invited me to a few Swim Week shows. Asked me if I would be in New York during fashion week, now prior to this email I had no plans of attending New York fashion week, but as soon as receiving this email I began searching for flights and a possible Airbnb to stay in. The next day I went into work and requested the necessary days off. All was going to plan until a week before my trip to New York Fashion Week. My dog that has been a member of the family for the past 14 years fell ill, and attending fashion week took a back sit to everything going on in my life. Even though I would no longer be attending the shows I was invited to, I decided to still take the time off. The first two days of my stay home vaca I took it easy and the norm, you know browsing Instagram and spend countless hour watch Netflix. By the third and I became restless and began to work on blog post, redesigned @shop.hazed website( I finished it in one day) and shot some of the branded content that up coming due dates. You guessed it at this point I need a vacation from my vacation, so I put the phone and iPad down just in time to celebrate my mother’s 68th Birthday. Usually on her birthday I end up having to work because if you work retail you know you days and nights aren’t really yours, but since this year I wasn’t working I was able to spend the day with her. We first we to a cycling class because cycling is now my thing and I’m trying to make it hers ( so far she’s into it, or at least pretending she is lol) and later in the evening my brother and nieces stopped by to surprise her and celebrate with cake and ice cream. After everyone left and it was just the two of us, I asked her did she enjoy her birthday and she replied…. “This was the best one yet”. At that moment I realized everything truly happens for a reason. There will always be more fashion shows or events or what ever but you have to take the time to spend no matter how simple the moment is with the ones you love.

Nightly Skin Routine

Products clockwise…

Murad Essential-C Toner $30.00

Ole Henriksen Truth Advanced Moisturizing Crème $48.00

Origins Drink Up – Intensive Overnight Mask $28.00

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum $48.00

Ole Henriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub $28.00

Fresh Black Tea Firming and De-Puffing Eye Cream $68.00 (Not in photo)

A few years ago if someone would’ve told me I would be writing a blog about my nightly skin care routine, not only would I have cried laughing. I also would’ve bet you $50 that was never going to happen. Yet here we are, the woman that in her early 20s was the girl that came home from the club and did not wash her face. I can feel the ewwwwwws and judgments from all of you at once, but this is a judgment free zone lol. Sometime last summer when the heat was at an all-time high, I made the decision to have more make up free days. I realized the only way I could do this and not look like a complete hot mess, would be to start taking my skincare routine seriously. Like most people I turned to YouTube to see what products were all the rage, I saw everything from homemade face mask to a 10 step Korean skincare routine. Which I only watched up to the fourth step, then realized I would actually have to go into a store. After what felt like 5 hours, I walked out of Sephora with a few products and yeah none of those products worked. After a couple of trial and errors, I came up with a winning combination for my skin.

First step: I start off cleansing my skin with the Murad Renewing cleansing cream. I received this as a sample and fell in love with it. I plan on purchasing the full size of this product in the upcoming days.

Second step (Alternating days): I only exfoliate my face on alternating day with the Ole Henriksen transforming walnut scrub, to remove dead skin.

Third step: After exfoliating I spray Murad Essential-C toner on a cotton pad then wipe over my entire face and neck.

Fourth step: With the tips of my fingers I apply Ole Henriksen Truth Serum in an upward motion from my neck to forehead.

Fifth step: I seal everything in with a thin layer of Ole Henriksen Truth Advanced Moisturizing Crème to my face and neck.

Sixth step: To add a little more moisture, I apply Origins Drink-up intensive overnight mask

Basically at this point it feels like my face is sliding off…..

The Seventh and final step: Recently I started applying Fresh Black Tea Firming and De-puffing Eye Cream (I’ve had a few late nights, working on a few things and needed the extra help).

*Side note I also consume 1 to 2 liters of water a day because what up put in, is just as important as what products you use…. yeah I know everyone says that but it’s true and really works*

Comment below or slide into my “DM” on instagram and tell me what products work for you….

Blending in and Standing out

As you may know by now, I launched my online boutique Hazed and for the past month it’s been my main focus. I spend majority of my free time working on my boutique, so much I put blogging on the back burner. I got into the mind set of designing a web site and curating merchandise for my boutique that would appeal to everyone, and kinda lost my creativity. So I made a decision to not to sell pieces that were safe and easy, but to sell pieces that would not necessarily be a go to for most but would be great additions to anyone’s wardrobe and to use my blog as a platform to show how to style the pieces in your everyday life(you know two birds one stone). *side note have you guys noticed my new found love of crop tops? Keep an eye out for them on @shophazed*

Born in the wrong decade

As long as can remember, I’ve had a feeling that I’ve was born in the wrong decade and missed the golden age of the 70s. I am completely in love with the disco era, from the music to the fashion. One of all time favorite artist is the legendary Jimi Hendrix, yes ladies and gentlemen Jimi. He has been setting my sole on fire since I was 15 and you through I didn’t realize it tell later in life as so my fashion sense.Who doesn’t love a high waisted long wide leg pant ?!? It makes you look taller then life. 70s influence can be seen in all of my everyday looks, whether it’s a high waist jeans,band T-shirts or big glam hair. What did decade do you identify with? And where do you grab your style influence from?

Straight out the jungle…

Top:Zara / Jeans: H&M / Booties: Zara / Bag: Zadig et Voltaire

As spring approaches and South Florida’s weather gets back to normal ( so tired of the fake winter we’ve been having for the past few months), I’m staring to incorporate bold colors and patterns into my daily wardrobe. I don’t know if it was the time off or my trip to Medellín, but I’ve definitely been inspired to wear idgf outfits. I feel like in the past I was afraid to wear outfits that were to outside the box in fear that I would get those “wtf was she thinking” stares, but now I could careless. The bolder, the brighter, the better, because honestly #icantkillmyself2018. I’m not going to stump my creativity for the sake of the Florida “norm”.

Where It All Started…

At the beginning of the year I set a few goals for myself, (wouldn’t call them resolutions, mainly because those never really stick). The goals I set for myself were, to travel more internationally, start something I’ve been wanting to do for 3 years now( more info on this coming soon), read more books, and be less petty( this is the hardest one of all lol). I’m happy to say as we come to the close of the second month in 2018, side note* (can you believe one that it’s 2018?!? and two that we’re almost three months in ?!? 🤔). Back to what I was saying… now as February comes to a close, I’ve marked 2 things off the goal list. Back in the early part of January, a friend of mine mentioned they were going to Medellín,Colombia for a few days and asked if I wanted to come along. Now if this was last year I would have found every excuse why I couldn’t or shouldn’t go, but this time without thinking I said yes. I can truly say it was the best decision I’ve made, and would love to visit this magical city again but I’ve been bit by the travel bug and I have a few more countries I would like to visit before heading back for a round two. Make sure to follow me on instagram @ohyeahkendra ( shame on you if you not… I’m judging you so hard!) that way you can keep up with my up coming travel adventures and crazy/entertaining every day life.The photos in this post,are photos I took while visiting a neighborhood located in the hills of Medellín, which has become a tourist destination, you can walk though the neighborhood to reach the top of the hill and see majority of Medellín. Throughout the path to the top residents have setup store fronts and shops where visitors can purchase food,water,and souvenirs. This way the money goes directly to the people and not to the government( honest they got enough of my money). I definitely recommend visiting Medellín at least once in your life but just make sure you brush up on you Spanish.