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The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette
The Zeal Life Presents: ’Ignominy Prohibited,’ A Fashion Vignette

Fall/Winter Editorial 2018 The ignominy to maintain curly-kinky tresses began decades ago and has manifested in the 21st century in micro-degressive patterns.  There is an overpowering  pressure to disguise the methodology behind our black crowns. Satin-silk bonnets and scarves, duck-clips, bobby-pins and flexi-rods are prohibited beyond our bedrooms or risk judgement of being ghetto. We fail to realize the gentle details required to care for black hair is a part of black culture and deserves to be illuminated. Big colorful…

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Fashion, My Looks, Street

The Zeal Life- My Favorite Summer One Piece

The Zeal Life- My Favorite Summer One Piece
The Zeal Life- My Favorite Summer One Piece

We only have a few more weeks of Summer, and I’m honestly not ready for it, so I ‘m going to soak up all the glorious sun while I can! I use to struggle with finding cute pieces during the summertime, that were also comfortable. This summer I finally nailed down the key formula to an outfit that is fashionable but won’t leave me sweating bullets–one pieces and oversized t-shirts. It sounds so basic, right? You have to make it your…

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How to Love Better
Inspiring, Life

How to Be a Better Lover, 5 Ways to Love Without Conditions

Do any of us truly know how to love unconditionally? I don’t know that humans are capable. Love requires selfless action. It requires us to give to others a piece of ourselves through empathy, honesty, forgiveness, patience etc.  Our experiences, beliefs and biases prevent us from loving whole heartedly. That is why relying on a source greater than us to teach us through life’s journey how to be a better lover should be a personal mission for us all.  The…

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Fashion, My Looks

The Zeal Life- Dripped in Pastels

The Zeal Life- Dripped in Pastels
The Zeal Life- Dripped in Pastels
The Zeal Life- Dripped in Pastels

Winter is my favorite fashion season because the layers and dark colors. I could wear variations of black, navy, hunter green, maroon and burgundy any day. So although tonal hues are not my favorite, in the Spring/ Summer it is fun to color block pastels.  Details on the look below:       Top: Yes Style Cullottes: Zara Instagram: myahjay 

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Fashion, My Looks

The Zeal Life- My favorite Dress Combination

The Zeal Life- My favorite Dress Combination
The Zeal Life- My favorite Dress Combination
The Zeal Life- My favorite Dress Combination
The Zeal Life- My favorite Dress Combination

This outfit is everything that I am. Dress: Yes Style Sneakers: Air Jordan 1s Instagram: myahjay 

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Fashion, My Looks

A Summer Look, All About The Stripes

  Stripes are my favorite pattern, but you have to be aware of your body type when selecting a striped piece. Depending on the type of stripes, whether vertical or horizontal, you’ll need to consider how wide your shoulder and torso are compared to your lower half. I’ll do a post on dressing for your body type soon—something I’ve struggled with. This summer be bold. Opt for multi-colors, bright colors and patterns.   Top: Zara Denim: Madewell Sneakers: Reebok  …

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Inspiring, Life

The Power of Vulnerability, My Story of Faith, Sexuality And Restoration

The Power of Vulnerability, My Story of  Faith, Sexuality And Restoration
The Power of Vulnerability, My Story of  Faith, Sexuality And Restoration
The Power of Vulnerability, My Story of  Faith, Sexuality And Restoration
The Power of Vulnerability, My Story of  Faith, Sexuality And Restoration
The Power of Vulnerability, My Story of  Faith, Sexuality And Restoration
The Power of Vulnerability, My Story of  Faith, Sexuality And Restoration
The Power of Vulnerability, My Story of  Faith, Sexuality And Restoration
The Power of Vulnerability, My Story of  Faith, Sexuality And Restoration
The Power of Vulnerability, My Story of  Faith, Sexuality And Restoration

Understanding Vulnerability    I’m learning this new thing called vulnerability. It’s new for me—the courage to share the most sacred pieces of myself. I’m afraid that if anyone gets a hold of that piece of me, I will lose power. If I share, I’m defenseless against judgment. I’d rather bury it and play pretty and aim to live a life that is satisfying to others, rather than live my truth. That is how I’ve been living for the past 24…

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Fashion

Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
Met Gala 2018: Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

Met Gala 2018 The theme for this year’s Met Gala was controversial,  but when we chop it down to just the art, celebrating the influence of religion and fashion is beautiful.  Here are my favorite looks of the night.      

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Beauty

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Review

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Line   I’ve had a love-hate relationship with African Black Soap as it has always been too harsh on my skin. For that reason, I was hesitant to try Shea Moisture African Black Soap Line. I have Seborrheic Dermatitis which causes my scalp to become very itchy and flaky. It also affects my hairline, leaving red itchy patches on my crown and if not careful it can spread to my forehead and chin. Yes, it…

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Inspiring, Life

10 Things Really Insecure People Do

overcome insecurity

The intent of this post is not to shame anyone. I’ve dealt with a lot of issues from jealousy, comparison, inadequacy, and I still do. I’m always wanting to confront any negative issues in my heart and ask myself why. Why do I have an innate nature to compete or get jealous in certain situations. Well, I know a lot of who we are comes from more deep-rooted issues we deal with, beyond anything I can cover in this one…

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