Can you believe that 2014 will be here in three days?!?! I feel like 2013 went by so fast, especially with everything that has been going on in my life. I’ll save that stuff for another post this is all about my personal style and hair! So here are my top fashion looks from 2013. I realized that I post more of my outfits on Instagram than I do here on the blog so follow me on Instagram (@HerGoodyBag)  for more of my personal style looks!

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From these collages you can tell that I like heels, bright colors, prints, and red lips. I tried to be more feminine and lady like in 2013 and I think I accomplished that. I wore a lot more dresses and skirts and I took risks with bold patterns in my shoes, skirts, and tops. I tried to “push the envelope” with how I put looks together. This may be safe for some people but I know the image I want to portray through my clothes and I accomplished that. I have never really embraced prints as much as I did this year and I want to continue to embrace prints in 2014. I think next year I will try to mix prints (wish me luck). I have feminine looks and sporty looks. I didn’t stick to a basic style or uniform, I have textures (fringe bag, leather and pony hair shoes, crochet cardigans), prints (skirts, pants, shoes, tops, and dresses), and I have lots of bold colors! I was definitely loving my style this year and I continue to see how my style evolves as I evolve.

Now for my hair….. lol

My sister made this collage for me on my birthday and posted it to Instagram. I sent her a text like wow I had this many hairstyles lol. Take a look at my 2013 Hair Chronicles

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Here’s the written timeline of my Hair Chronicles

  • January-Early March- my regular doobie wrap. My hair was about shoulder length.
  • Mid March-May- I had a weave. I was hooked up by my friend from Day Care Cee (@YouCeeMe) and my 18-inch peruvian loose wave was on point. (See pictures in my favorite outfit collages)
  • May-June- I had what I called the half-n-half. I had half cornrows and half-weave. My hair was done by African Hair Braiders. (See bottom right pic in collage)
  • June-August- I went back to Keira (hair braider) and got waist-length box braids. I wanted them shorter but my hair had grown so much from the other protective styles I had to get them long.
  • August-September- I rocked a faux natural Marley bun (See 2nd collage in the printed dress) and then I did my first 2013 texlax. I will update more about this process in 2013
  • September-Now-  I did my 2nd texlax in November. During the last 4 1/2 months I have been wearing my doobie wrap, clip-in extensions, or flexi-rod curls. I alternate between the doobie and flexi-rods the most. I only did the clip-ins for a short period of time. I trimmed my ends recently, but the last time I did a length check, I was probably a 1/2 an inch from APL/BSL (Armpit Length and Bra Strap Length). It depends on what you are using to measure.

Well this is my review of my fashion and hair for 2013. Stay tuned for my 2014 goals!

Hello my loves,

It is official, SUMMER is now over and so we must change our skincare routine accordingly. During the summer my skin care routine is very minimal because like most people I sweat. If I put on too much lotion or a heavy lotion it will be dripping down my back as soon as I step outside (I hope that wasn’t too graphic). So I used a light weight lotion from NIVEA (Smooth Sensation) to keep my skin moisturized in addition to some SPF.

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So NIVEA’s has revamped their brand and bottle to give their customers 25% more lotion in a sleek new bottle and I had the privilege of attending the event! Throughout the event they had “25% more” of everything especially with their cocktails. They added a pineapple ice cube to add 25% more flavor to the drinks.

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We heard a presentation from NIVEA reps and celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch. Take a look at a few pics from the event and my outfit of the day.

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We learned about their newest products and customer favorites. We were able to sample everything and then take a few of the products home. This fall I will definitely be using the NIVEA cremes (the original formula is 100 years old), the NIVEA Soft, and NIVEA Body Souffle for irresistibly soft skin.

WHAT I WORE

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I came straight to the event from work and totally forgot that NIVEA’s color was blue. When I arrived and saw all of the blue I was like ok I might as well work for them since I use all of their products anyway lol. Anyway my outfit details are simple everything except the shoes is from New York and Company. They were having a crazy sale and I had about $75 in City Cash and so I went crazy. I updated my work wardrobe something serious for this fall. I loved the crop pants! They go perfect with my ankle tie front heels that I bought about 3 years ago from Payless (Yes they were from Payless and they are still going strong). I was never a fan of button up blouses until I tried this particular shirt on. It has ruching on the sides and back to give it a snug fit without being tight.

Oh and let’s talk about this hair of mine. A few weeks ago I went to get a blowout from the Dominican Hair Salon and the weather was just not cooperating. Since I’m transitioning to texlaxed hair, it does it’s on thing. I love the fullness of my hair and the slight curl that I have. I’m trying to use as little heat as possible so at night after I moisturize and seal my hair I put about five rods in it and wake up in the morning take the rods out and wrap my hair then take it down right before I leave for work. I am definitely loving all of the body!

New York Fashion Week is upon us and I honestly have so much on my plate with work and school that I didn’t attend as many shows as I would have liked. I’ll have a recap of my favorite shows a little later this week, but I wanted to post one of the looks that I wore this weekend. As much as I love clothes and shopping I really just put together a real simple look. I’m trying to wear my brights and neons as much as possible before the weather drastically changes. So here was my look on Saturday.

Top: New York and Company, Jeans: Target, Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target, Bag: JustFab

Top: New York and Company, Jeans: Target, Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target, Bag: JustFab

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Ok so next weekend (Labor Day Weekend) I’m taking my talents to Philly. Yes I will be attending the Made in America Festival both days and I am super excited. I can’t wait to see all of the artists, eat great food, and enjoy a few libations while watching artists like 2 Chainz, Emeli Sande, Solange, Kendrick Lamar, and King Bey.

The festival has some STRICT guidelines (Click here to read) on what is permitted in the park and what’s not. There will be lots of walking and standing (chairs are not allowed). Blankets and towels are permissible, but I’m not sure how long you will be able to sit before it gets crowded and people are standing in front of you.

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Anyway here are just a few looks that are comfortable and stylish for attending a music festival. Stay tuned next for my festival survival kit. I have a list of essentials that you will definitely need to survive “Made In America.”

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Festival Look #1

Look 2

Festival Look #2

Look 3

Festival Look #3

Look 4

Festival Look #4

Other options are printed pants, maxi dresses, or just your regular jeans and a tank (I didn’t want to give you outfit overload)

Stay tuned for the looks that I chose for the festival next weekend! Will any of you be there?

I’m here today with another What I Wore post! I’m really excited about this post because I absolutely LOVE this dress. When I saw it I said “I’m buying it, I don’t care if they have my size or not, I’ll find a way to get in it.” I went into my “crazy woman shopper” mode. I calmly walked over to the rack of dresses and searched for my size and there it was *insert cheesy smiling face here*. I love the look of mixing prints when done correctly. I struggle mixing prints myself and so I look for pieces that took care of that job for me. I never want to look like I tried to hard when it comes to my style and so most of the time I stick to what I know, so when I saw this dressed my mixed print prayers were answered.

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The print is very bold and the orange is the perfect pop of color and is paired perfectly with the hint of blue/green in the dress as well. I paired with the dress that I got from Strawberry with my cream and black ankle strap sandals from Marc Fisher and a grey Rowling handbag from Just Fab.

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