SIMPLICITY| IN THE TRENCHES

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During the spring season (although it’s now summer- lol), getting dressed can be a little tricky. The morning may be chilly, then warmer by late afternoon. Light layers like trench coats can help you transition between seasons (winter into spring & fall into winter). Trench coats are classic & versatile pieces for the wardrobe. Although trench coats are typically in the beige family, styling a colorful trench is just as chic. Personally, I love wearing a black trench for a more edgy look.

Want to add more flair to your look? Layer the trench coat with a faux fur or wool vest (fall/winter season). Whether you wear it with a dress, jeans, or draped over the shoulders, a trench coat will forever be an essential piece.

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I’m wearing: Express Coat| Express Top| A&F Jeans

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EDITOR’S INSIGHT| Hair Care Regimen

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Daily hair care is not always an easy task. But creating a regimen can help encourage hair growth and maintain healthy hair. This month I’m sharing my hair care regimen that helped restore my hair. Keep in mind that everyone has different textures, so you may have to modify your routine.

SHAMPOO: Although there are recommendations to wash your hair every three days, I opt for a more feasible routine- once a week. I stay away from products that contain sulfate, polyethelyne glycol, alcohol, propylene glycol, and petroleum/mineral oil. I search for hydrating shampoos, which leave my hair and scalp moisturized. Tip: Give your head a massage (with your fingertips- not your nails) while washing your hair. Massaging your head in circular motions can help detoxify the scalp and boost blood circulation.

CONDITION: I use a conditioner (weekly) that stimulates the scalp to help my hair grow. I look for conditioners that include ingredients such as coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, and menthol. The conditioner is applied from my roots to the tip of my hair. Depending on the amount of time I have, I’ll leave the conditioner in for 10 to 25 minutes, covered with a plastic cap. However, if you own a hooded dryer, that works as well. Tip: I rinse out the conditioner with cool water to close my pores, and lock in condition agents.

MOISTURIZE:  I apply hair lotion to the ends of my hair daily. I’ve abstained from greasing my scalp (usually related to ethnic hair) because it can clog your hair follicles. As a result, existing scalp conditions can worsen. By using the hydrating shampoo and conditioner, my scalp can absorb moisture.

STYLING: I use a flat iron two to three times a week (not consecutive days), depending on the cooperation of my hair. However, it is recommended to use a flat/curling iron once/twice a week.

DIET: How we treat our bodies from the inside effects the health of our hair. Our eating habits are just as important (if not more) as the products we put on our hair. Eating healthy food can help hair follicles grow, and maintain healthy hair. In addition to juicing (see article here), my weekly diet includes foods with biotin, iron, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids (ex: salmon).

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MINIMALIST| BLACK, WHITE, & GRAY

black dress 1Over the years, my style has changed dramatically. I’ve gone from wearing bright colors to neutrals, all white to bold colors, and currently into black-white-gray. Believe it or not, black and gray are not my favorite colors. However, these colors are the easiest to style (for some people). A while ago I did a post about purging out certain items in my closet. Since then, I’ve managed to maintain this adjustment. I won’t say that my style won’t change again, but for now, here’s why I’m into black, white, and gray:

CONVENIENCE: As I get older, I find myself making less of a fuss about my attire. I’m not saying I don’t care about what I wear; I just don’t stress about it. I have other things to tackle. Although fashion will always be a passion of mine, it’s not the center of my world (sorry fashionistas). My closet now consists of on-the-go, still-look-chic, ready-to-wear garments.

CLASSIC PIECES: When I make purchases, I think about the garment’s longevity. Is it appropriate for me now and later? Is it timeless or trendy? Is it versatile? Black, white, and gray are colors that minimize the headache of matching garments.

DRESS FOR YOURSELF: If people need you to wear bright colors to “brighten” THEIR day, then maybe these individuals need to reevaluate THEIR lives. I don’t dress for anyone else but ME. If I’m not exposing myself or wearing clothing with offensive writing, what difference does it make if I want to wear the colors of MY choice? There is so much going on in this world that warrants our attention. I don’t know about you, but poverty, violence, illnesses, and other tragedies trump my style any day.

What you wear should make you feel comfortable, regardless of unsolicited opinions. Your style is a reflection of your true self, and if others have a problem with that, well they can (fill in the blank). Ha!

I want to thank you for stopping by, and I truly appreciate you making NRJS a part of your day. See you next post!

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 I’m wearing: Kenneth Cole Dress| Banana Republic Blazer| Zara Shoes

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EDITOR’S PICK: The Daileigh (Ashleigh)

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Images via The Daileigh

Ashleigh Hutchinson, the face behind The Daileigh. This stylist/style blogger won me over when I came across her post “Tux Part III”. In addition to her amazing shoe collection, I was impressed by Ashleigh’s desire to offer seminars, providing tips and techniques on building a wardrobe and other fashion related topics.

Fascinated by Ashleigh’s style? Get your daily dose via Bloglovin’, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and/or Twitter.

I hope everyone has a great start to their week. As always, thanks for stopping by and see you next post!

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