Jamaica Style Diary + Life Changing Packing Tips

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H+M swimsuit, Urban Outfitters shades

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from my Riu resort suite!

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Asos maxi dress (full dress here), Urban Outfitters shades

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vintage top, Versace for H+M headscarf + leggings, American Apparel shades, Asos sandals

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vintage silk robe, American Apparel shades

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H+M swimsuit, Urban Outfitters shades (exact pair, just $16!)

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customized silk bridesmaid robe

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vintage top, Versace for H+M headscarf + leggings, American Apparel shades

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Asos grecian-style maxi dress (on sale right now for $23!) + vintage belt at the all-white party

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After Deja’s wedding in my bridesmaid dress

(all pics taken on my iPhone)

Soooo, where do I even begin?! Pretty much I had the best vacay ever last week in Jamaica. My bff Deja had a destination wedding so it was a lot of loungin’ and a whole lot of celebratin’. I stayed at the exclusive, super gorgeous Riu Ocho Rios and it was everything!!! Delish food, life-changing beaches (we all ran into the water at midnight in our clothes after the wedding reception!) and wonderful and warm staff.

As usual, I packed last minute for the 5 day, 4 night trip, lol. Our car came to pick us up at 5am for our flight and I was packing until 4:15am lol. Before that, a trip to the all-night laundromat with my fiancé/bodyguard-for-the-night, lol.

BUT, I will say this was the best packing experience of my life!! I was able to fit everything (and I do mean everything) in carryon luggage. This turned out to be super helpful since we didn’t have a direct flight to Jamaica- stopped in Atl. One thing that def helped this time around with packing was making a note of EVERYTHING we would do during the trip- all white party, beach looks, dinner looks (this was were maxi dresses came into play), wedding stuff- my bridesmaid dress, shoes, robe, sash, etc. I also accounted for PJs, underwear, makeup and toiletries. Then I tried some of the looks on first- like the above white one-shouldered maxi dress to make sure to bring the right accessories.

After making the list, I packed and tried SUPER hard not to bring anything extra. This is not a small feat considering I’m a fashion stylist who is trained to always overpack for shoots, lol. But, I did it! I ended up wearing everything I brought.

How To Pack Like A Pro

1. Make a list of every activity you plan to do

2. Pick a look for that activity

3. Pick an evening look (maxi dresses are an easy choice for vacays)

4. Try everything on and put the coinciding accessories (jewelry, shoes, etc) with each look

5. Fold it neatly into your bags

6. Voilá! You, got it babe!

Hope these tips help!

Can’t wait till the next vacay! Riu was a blast!

xo.Joy.

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Yacht Party On A Sunday Afternoon

blissfulcurls4 blissfulcurls3blissfulcurls18blissfulcurls19Hey, loves! This past Sunday I attended the highly anticipated Blissful Curls Tour New York! Julian Addo from Bella Kinks hosted the event, while powerhouse natural hair brand Curls was on hand as the sponsor. The weather was gorg, food was tasty and everyone looked so amazing! Obi and I were there to cover for our natural hair meets style site, CurlSistas.com! CurlSistas is the #1 reason that I’ve been super busy these last few months. The site and instagram have grown so much in the last 4 months since we launched! We are a little under 5,000 followers now on Insta!

Launching CurlSistas has been a lot of hard work – including building our team of 4 interns and 3 writers, running the daily site and working on our first book + line of hair extensions! CurlSistas has been a true testament of what can happen with hard work and unshakable focus. God is good!

Check out some more fun pics!

I ran into some friends while at the brunch:

blissfulcurls7The gorg Kéla Walker of Kéla’s Kloset!


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Love my gurls from NaturalHairDoesCare!

….And put on my hosting hat while interviewing-

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The amazing Curls CEO, Mahisha Dellinger (you won’t want to miss her words of wisdom)

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Funny gal / Natural hair superstar, Naptural85!

For the full recap + additional pics, click here!

I’m wearing: DVF dress (I love this one too!) / Preen for Aldo heels (these are sick : ) / vintage belt / H&M ear cuff (similarly fab) / American Apparel shades / Deux Lux clutch

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Lips: Ruby Woo, baby! This lippy is so vibrant in pics! Fan for life : )

.xo.Joy

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