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Totally DISTRESSED Out!

Hey Loves!

Hope you all are full of love and happiness in abundance… and then some! How are you? How are things? Let me know what’s good with ya! 🙂

So, let’s be honest! The ‘distressed’ look (clothes with holes, rips, and bleach as a starter) has been around forever. I know dear old Kanye West likes to think he is the inventor of all things but we know better! The idea of rocking worn out clothes or ones that look like they have been in a fight, with a bear, is not a new concept for real. That is the thing with ‘trends’ they just keep on coming back round and round! My 80’s babies know what I mean. If FAME (I wanna live forever) was life, then you had off the shoulder shirts and leggings with holes and the whole shebang. I love the revival of it all but I don’t love the extortionate prices some stores are charging to get the look. Why pay when you can do it yourself.

What is even better is that when you distress your own clothes you can:

  • create your own unique pieces
  • upstyle (see what I did there) some of those items in your wardrobe that have not seen the light of day for a while
  • you DO NOT need to be a seamstress…I am no professional!
  • save some money

This look is for anyone and there is no age limit on fashion as I say. I am not sure my Daddy would approve of me walking around with holes in my leggings! So raid your closet, your Daddy’s, Momma’s, Boyfriend, Girlfriend or WHOEVER! It is time to get totally distressed out! Below I have used 5 pieces from my wardrobe that I no longer wear. I have not taken the time to be neat or precise and have only used scissors or my hands! So let’s get ripping!!!!!

Sorry the colour is slightly off due to the lighting and flash.

Leggings!

Either fold in half or down the middle invisible seam line and then cut lines as wide as you want. I skipped the knee on one pair and only did my calf and thigh area and then went all the way down on the other! Simples!

Sweater!

The cold shoulder is the rage so just cut around the collar all the way to the back tag so you can have the choker effect which is also big in the game right now. Two looks in one! Boom! Boom! Shake! Shake the room!

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You can also take an old hoodie and just cut the hood off for the ultimate nod to the 80’s style icons…think Flashdance (if you don’t know these movies…google them, please)!

T-Shirts!

Whether you want small detail or big in your face style, this is what you make it. Think about adding a gorgeous bralette that will peek through for added effect!

 

Beauty Holder Tips!

  • Don’t try to be too precise with cutting lines. It is no fun that way and will drive you crazy.
  • Take it up a notch and add lace, ribbons and bleach/ dye it up if you have the time
  • Cut or rip where you want. You do not have to imitate anyone else. This is all about your style
  • ROCK it with confidence and PRIDE. This is your handy work.  You will probably get asked where did you get your top from and enjoy letting everyone know it is an original, darling!
  • Now this is not going to be for everyone but it is fashion and therefore it is fun! Well to me it is!

Hope you enjoyed this post! I may make a video for my channel on how I jazz up some of my other pieces, so make sure you’re subscribed. There will be a new video this weekend so stay tuned. Link below!

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Let me know what you think? Will you try any of these looks? Have you distressed your own pieces?

Besos! 💋

TBH! xoxo


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I’m Back and Better!👌🏾

Hey Loves,

This first sentence has been written so many times and backspaced just as many. I mean how do I honestly start off this post considering I haven’t written one in so long! Actually, that is not all the way true. I have been blogging in my mind for the past 8 or so months; those thoughts have just not made their way out of the chambers in my mind. I guess some have broken free now and it feels good to say I’m back and I’m better! What does that even mean, though? Sounded good when Bryson Tiller’s dulcet tones sang it in ‘Don’t’ but in my world, it means more than I may be able to express right now.

I wanted to take a break from social media. I wanted to take some time for myself, to understand some of the things I was going through. I wanted some of my mental to catch up with my physical change. Yes, I intentionally chose the word wanted! I needed to look after my health, which was telling me I was a priority and not an afterthought. I wanted to look in the mirror and not pick myself apart because what I saw did not match up to what was ‘liked’ in the fickle beauty industry.

You see, no matter how confident we appear we all have inner battles that require us to reset our thinking so we can remind ourselves how AWESOME we are! Awesome AF! Rewiring some of my thinking has pushed me. Challenged me. Trained me. Strengthened me. Life has taken a series of interesting turns and I am grateful to God for seeing me through. Learning, evolving and continuing to focus on being the BEST me I can be… NO LIMITS!

So yes, your girl is back and better! Better in part also to many of you and your fantastic messages and love. Big thanks to those of you who got in touch telling me that you missed the blog. Missed me, and my small contribution in the form of this blog that does its own thing. Thank you for encouraging me and for sharing ways I have inspired you. Those that know me, know that I really love this blog and what it represents. The strange goings on from a chick that loves family, friends, Brooklyn, music, makeup Trey Songz and so much more! I have missed you all and pray that you are good and life is all it needs to be for you right now- especially in these trying times!

I’m gonna end by saying THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me in the Best Makeup Artist 💄 category at last year’s AFRO MODEL AWARDS! I don’t think I will ever get over the shock of winning. It was very soon after that night that I took time out. I put shout-outs on Twitter and Facebook but let me holla on here too. I am so grateful and blessed at the recognition and hope it raises your spirits and reminds you that you can do and be anything you want to. No matter your age or the stage you’re at in life! Your journey is in your hands!

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Wishing you all the love in the universe… see you in the next post!

Besos! 💋

TBH! xoxo

p.s. I know for some there are more questions and things you want to know. Not everything is for the blog and what is will be on the blog in due course!


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Primark Haul February 2016

Hey Loves,

Just uploaded the above to my channel. Currently editing my February LookBook! See if you can spot any of the items from my haul when it is released later this week!

Working hard on getting more videos out there! Let me know if there is anything that you would be interested in seeing! Let me know what you think!

Thank you for your support, love and feedback!

Besos 💋

TBH! xoxo


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Sweater Weather!☔️⛈❄️

Hey Loves,

Hope you’re enjoying hump day and having a great week in general!

Everyone has been commenting on what a mild winter we are having here in the UK. Where I am based in London, we have had some cool conditions but nothing like the snow storms in the US or other parts of the world. We did have some pretty gnarly wind this past weekend though and I for one was walking around looking like some windswept girl for most of it. I don’t mean windswept like Mary Poppins either!

If you checked out Cardigan Casual then you will know I am all about ease. Here are 2 of my most recent looks. Thanks to Ray Ray Milz and Lils for their picture taking skills! 🙂

NY State of Mind

 

Navy NY Snapback: gifted | Navy High Neck Varsity Sweater : Primark | Washed out Jeans: Matalan | Nike Air Force Ones: gifted

Just Kickin’ It

 

Black Knitted Hat with Bobble : H&M | Grey and Black New York 1988 Hooded Sweater : Primark | Black Mens Sweat Pants : Primark | Timberland Glastonbury Inch Boot : gifted | Backpack: birthday gift from my girl Glemzi | Black Jacket : from US 

I have to tell you the second look was so how I used to dress when I came to London in 1994. Everything was baggy and hanging off me. I miss those carefree days. I think I am gonna have to keep rocking this look for a while… that is as long as my Son doesn’t bust me for wearing his sweats! 🙈

So what was your fave look? What are your staple pieces for the winter season?

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Coming up next: A Valentines Make-up Look and my fave looks of 2015!

Besos 💋

TBH xoxo

 


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January LookBook 2016! | New Video!

Hey Loves!

I am back with a new video on my YouTube channel! Woo hoo! Moving with the times I have uploaded the above in full cinematic excitement. Ok, not quite but almost. Working on my lighting and editing skills but it is a little something something which I am proud of!

Would love it if you took a look and let me know what you thought. Don’t be shy, comment and get involved. Let me know more about your personal style. Don’t forget to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE and more importantly SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss any new videos. There is a lot more exciting content coming soon! Also your ideas are very welcome!

You can find all my other videos by searching ‘The Beauty Holder’ on YouTube! Enjoy!

Coming up tomorrow…

So I’m 40! Now what?

Besos 💋

TBH! xoxo

 

 


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2015! Year of the DMH!

Hey Loves!

The first month of the new year is already coming to an end. It seems crazy typing that but time does indeed fly. It seems that it is opting for some sort of space speed travel, moving quickly from year to year!

I look back at 2015 as my year of growth. Personal, Spiritual and Professional. I learnt more about myself in that year than I have probably done in my whole life. I was forced to look within to find strength that I honestly didn’t know that I had. With the hard knocks came some of my highest points and achievements. I cried, laughed, screamed, shouted and went through every emotion. I stopped blaming myself for things I could not control and started to remember who I was and what I was worth.

I did not blog nearly as much last year as I have done in previous years and I accept that that was what I needed to grow. When you stop and truly take stock of what YOU have to offer yourself, your family, friends, loved ones, colleagues and even people who you may not know you start to understand YOUR purpose.

So in a snapshot…here is a look back on 2015! Year of the DMH! 

Just a couple of points… (in no particular order)

  • Key Make-Up Artist on music videos for Giggs, Lady Chan and Lady Lykes
  • Part of Julia Carta’s (Simon Cowell’s Personal Makeup Artist and Makeup Designer for The X Factor) Make-Up Team for The X Factor 2015*
  • Turned 40*
  • Dislocated my knee and had an arthroscopy*
  • Achieved my weight loss target losing more than 40kg
  • Published Make-Up in Black Hair and Beauty and Pride
  • Worked on a Road Show for Fabulous Magazine
  • Spent the whole summer with my Son and family and friends in the US
  • Took part in a fashion show for International Womens Day in Leeds
  • Restarted my Natural Hair Journey*
  • Had a little part in my Friend Nyomi’s show South Side Story
  • Photoshoots and collabs with other creatives
  • Key Make-Up Artist (assisted by Laura Garcia) for the Compliment Fashion Show
  • Held several 1:1 Make-up Classes
  • Worked with  4 Breathtaking Brides

There is so much more that happened last year that hasn’t been included above but not everything is for the blog! 😉

I will be doing some more in-depth posts on some of the key moments mentioned above. Those specifically with an * at the end. So look out for those in coming weeks.

My growth definitely doesn’t end there. With everything I learnt about myself, I now need to push forward and continue growing and evolving. It doesn’t stop there!

This post is dedicated to my sweet TJ Martin who we sadly lost in 2015. At 6 years old, TJ brought such joy and happiness to everyone he encountered. He had a diagnosis of CANDLE Syndrome which you can learn more about here. His younger Sister Tashana-Rae also has CANDLE syndrome. His Mom, Patricia Martin, is one of my dearest friends and along with her Husband, Norris, and older Sister Tyla have shown such strength. They continue to put themselves out there for others and are shining examples of courage and bravery and family. Not a day goes by that you are not missed Teej! We ❤ you always! P.s. I know you have probably taught everyone Gangnam Style in Heaven x

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The family have set up a donation page in memory of TJ. All money raised will be donated to the charities who played a fundamental role in supporting TJ and the family. Someone Special TJ

Remembering always tomorrow is not promised!

What is 2016 going to be about for you?

Besos 💋

TBH! XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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#CopMyCloset 👢👓 : All Black Everything!

Hey Loves!

Hope you are all keeping well as we coast into the Spring season. I am back with another instalment of the above. A sneak peek into my own little fashion world and style.

Ok, so I know most Makeup Artists wear black on assignment. Why? Maybe because it seems to give off a more professional look or just for the classic and elegant look of it. There is no written rule that says you have to wear black and if I am being honest I actually prefer to wear bold colours when on shoots or working with clients. For whatever reason on this day, I chose to wear black… all black.

This was a couple weeks back where I did make-up for the Compliment Me Fashion Show in London, assisted by the lovely Laura Garcia.

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Outfit Details

High Waisted Skinny Jeans: New Look / Black Camisole: No Name $5 from New York (about 8 years ago)/ Black Lace Sweater: Asda (about 4 years old)/ Brown and Black Buckle Boots: Matalan/ Gold plated 2 Link Necklace: Primark

Everything should still be available at time this is published unless otherwise stated.

Big thanks to my fab assistant, Laura (below) for her hard work. She was thrown in at the very deep end and did the best job ever. Be on the look out for pics from the show on my Facebook page! Thank you also to the team at Compliment Me London for having us be a part of a great event benefitting Cancer Research!

Laura and TBH

If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know that my hair and look has pretty much changed since this event! So if you’re out and you see me… don’t be afraid to say hey!

Until next time!

Besos 💋

TBH! xoxo