strongerLife is so unexpected! And sometimes we can get lost in all the commotion. Never forget what got you to this point and how amazing your are! You were born for this!

Launching Curl Sistas this past April with my fiancé, Obi has been such an amazing whirlwind. Our first two products: Curl Sistas Hair + CurlSistas Hair DIY Recipe Book launch soon and we have been working hard on getting things ready. Some days I feel like there is so much going on and I’m about to loose my mind and then I have to remind myself of this:

1- I am trying my best and I am enough.

2- I am not perfect and that’s ok! (no one is) / Do it now and then correct the course along way : ) 

3- Prepare effectively by planning and be open to flexibility as the plans change!

That’s what keep me stronger!

What gives you your strength day-to-day?

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How To Find A Wedding Dress For Your Body Type





How To Find A Wedding Dress For Your Body Type

On your big day you want to look beautiful and it all starts with choosing the right dress. As Brand Ambassador for Alfred Angelo, I use my styling background and share essential tips for the bride-to-be and her bridesmaids! Check out my last post on how to wear your bridesmaid’s dress in real life. No need to throw away after the wedding!

Today, lets talk about how to find the right wedding dress for your unique body type. We all come in different shapes and sizes so you need to know what’s going to flatter your beautiful frame! I’ll show you some quick tips using my model friends, Liz + Ni’ma! Plus, there’s a fun video below! And of course, we taped this segment at one of my fave bridal spots in NYC: RK Bridal.

Liz – Hour Glass Shape



For Liz, the key was celebrating her fabulous curves while toning things down in the bust area. To do this, I chose a chic mermaid Alfred Angelo gown and this silhouette skimmed her hips while ending in a super flattering mermaid shape. I made sure her dress had a supportive top, while still being sexy. If you have a large bust, you want to steer clear of a strapless dress or you’ll spend all night struggling not to spill out.

Hour Glass Styling Tips

-pick a flattering mermaid, sheath or ball gown style

-keep the girls in place with a sturdy but sexy halter or traditional strap (as seen on Liz)

Ni’ma: Petite, Rectangle Shape



Ni’ma is petite with a straight, rectangle build, so I chose an Alfred Angelo A-line ball gown that gave her some womanly curves! She loves vintage so I accessorized the look with an elegant-meets-edgy headpiece!

Petite/Rectangle Styling Tips

-pick a dress that creates the illusion of curves, like an a-line or empire

Here’s some more style tidbits!

Plus Size Styling Tips 

-choose the right material: fabrics that is easily ruched (ribbed, creased, folded, pleated or laced) such as silk duponi, satin and taffeta conceal imperfections

-stay away from beaded and appliqued details that enhance heavier spots

-find the right skirt: full skirts + a-line will elongate your midriff and flow away from your hips


Check out this fun video of Liz, Ni’ma and I at RK Bridal in NYC:


Video taping + images by Obi Okere

Shot at RK Bridal

318 W  39th st | New York, NY 10018 (212) 947-1155

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How To Wear Your Bridesmaid’s Dress In Real Life

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A Car-less New Yorker’s Tale…

joyadaezebeautyI’ve lived in New York for 4 years and it’s been AMAZING. Growing up in a New Jersey suburb, I always knew that deep inside I was a city gal. I love NYC’s culture, art, restaurants, events and yes even the noise. It’s my city : )

Now, NYC and I have our love affair and all but there is one thing that comes to mind when it’s time to venture out of the city: where’s the ride? Before I moved to NYC, I sold my car to my sister Angela and never looked back. When my fiancé Obi moved to NYC 2 years ago, he sold his car, too. The reason? Owning a car in the city is a pain. Serious pain: parking tickets, where to pack, etc. BUT, a car is essential when I want to visit my fam in NJ or friends. So, what’s a NYC fashionista to do?


Enter Enterprise Car Share: an easy way to reserve a car for the exact time you need it. Making a run to Target or the grocery store and don’t want to lug it all on the subway? Enterprise has your back, my friend. All you gotta do is go online, reserve the car, then pick up your ride at the designated location, and you’re set! Recently, I had to make a quick visit to my mom in NJ and I reserved the car for 3 hours. Worked like a charm and I didn’t have to get motion sickness on the bus. Nice : )


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