Into The Mind: Leather & Lace

Happy June people! We are halfway into the year and 3 weeks into summer. I can't wait to bake on the beach, catch a free film at Bryant Park, and run through the sprinklers with my niece's and nephew's! 

So why am I in a leather and lace mood then? The materials do scream fall and winter for many but not me! I guess one reason is because I have been listening to Stevie Nicks' Bella Donna album a lot. She's so rad, my favorite song from the album Leather and Lace. The lyrics are raw, the melody so simple, they don't make songs much less love songs like that anymore, what a shame!

My latest "Into The Mind" set has me in a leather and lace mood for work. I have been running around like Olivia Pope lately for work and want to upgrade my work attire yet be whimsical at the same time hence the Nike's and silk comic tee.  Breaking up the black and white with gold jewelry has always been a personal fav to keep the outfit feminine and warm. 

While I am working on a new work wardrobe update, what are you guys getting into at the start of June? Do tell!

xo

Kosi

Happy Birthday to me :)

 

Hey guys

I’m doing the happy dance; my birthday is in a few days (Team Gemini! 5/27!). I’m excited for year 31! I actually took a detox from social media to catch up with work, school, and to spend time with family.  I highly recommend that people do a social detox from time to time, it was great to “unplug”.  

During this detox period, I realized, how far I have come from the past year. The same time last year I was in a bit of a funk. I was laid off from a new job, and I recently left a seven year job and did not deal with how I felt about leaving in a positive way.   I didn’t think in January 2014, that I would be spending the big 30 figuring out what to do with my life.

Then I had to think about what’s next? Instead of looking aimlessly at social media posts in between sending out resumes, I had to regroup.  I now realize that doing the following throughout the past several months has helped a lot

1. Setting realistic goals - This advice came from my mother (thank you mom). I needed to figure out a plan as to where I saw myself in 5 years, 10 years, etc. I thought about it and started to set some goals and thought about what resources I would need.

2. Meditating - I had the tendency last year to do a lot of overthinking.  Meditation has helped to keep be centered, especially at the start and end of the day.

3. Spending Time Alone  - In between the job search and sending resumes, I spent a lot of time ALONE. I was so accustomed to being with many people; going to events and traveling for work. This was the first time I sat still in YEARS. As a result, I fell in love with the outdoors again; walking around my neighborhood in Bedstuy visiting the local coffee shops.

4. Writing down the things I am grateful for - I started this when doing the 100 Days of HappyChallenge during the summer. Worked wonders :)

5. Taking myself less seriously - I was a little too concerned about how I looked to other people.  The less I did that the more fun I realized I had with the people around me and the more creative I became.

6. Forgiveness - Forgiving yourself is important in order to move forward and release yourself from the past. Still working on this. :)

7. Own Your Shit - pardon my French on this one.    It’s true! Taking responsibility for your own actions. Playing the victim doesn’t get you anywhere.  No one is perfect.

8. Realizing that Happiness is a choice - nuff said!

9. Believing the cliché “Things really do work out” They truly do.

Of course I did not come to these realizations at one time. I have come a long way since last year.  I can honestly say that I am grateful for the setbacks because I know they have made me a better person.  I am Kosi Harris, a work in progress and I am so excited and ready to be 31.  I can truly say that year 30 was a teaching year!

I want to take the time to thank my family and friends for their never-ending encouragement and support this past year.   I am forever grateful.  And, to my readers, thank you for checking in! Hopefully my story can inspire others to keep going and never give up.

XO

Kosi

Photography by Steve Zak  

Photography by Steve Zak

 

Take A Brow with DR on Demand

Hey guys 

Wow a month since I last posted, no bueno! A lot going on all good, all busy. It was so busy at one point that I didn't have time to get my eyebrows done, and they needed to be done especially for an important meeting I had the next day.  I then remembered my sister recommending DR On Demand.  DR On Demand, is a mobile service by make up artist Damone Roberts. 

Recognized by Vogue, In Style, Glamour and Elle magazine as a leading eye brow expert, Roberts's skills are known to enhance the face within minutes. When Hollywood's A-list need a perfect brow they turn to Roberts, who has been dubbed the "Eyebrow King" by Beyonce, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Madonna, Alicia Keys, and Robert Downey Jr.

With salons in Los Angeles and in NYC, Roberts now offers DR On Demand for the gal or guy who doesn't have time to go to the salon (points to self).

Products used: DR Sensitive Creamy Wax ,Filled in brows with Damone Roberts Miss Ross Brow Powder, Highlighted brows with DR Peach-For-The-Stars 

Products used: DR Sensitive Creamy Wax ,Filled in brows with Damone Roberts Miss Ross Brow Powder, Highlighted brows with DR Peach-For-The-Stars 

The picture above was an after shot of my eyebrows done by DR On Demand artist, Camille Janei Mumford. I love it! In between the waxing and plucking, I managed to ask Camille a few questions on having the perfect eyebrows for spring and career advice for aspiring make up artists:

O.C.O: What are the best tools to use to enhance your eyebrows?
C.J.M: Best tool I recommend to enhance your brows is a brow artist who is skillfully trained in achieving the prefect brow for your face! Don't just trust your brows to anyone, especially not your nail salon!

O.C.O: What is the biggest DON'T when it comes to eyebrow care in between appointments?
C.J.M: In a perfect world clients wouldn't touch their brows in between appointments. Clients can get tweezer happy and tweeze away the wrong hairs leaving brows unbalanced. For this clients who know can't resist the urge to tweeze a stray I show them what areas to avoid tweezing on their brows.

O.C.O: What powders are best to use for the spring time?
C.J.M: Best powders period are Damone Roberts's brow powders! My ideal look is a soft natural brow and anyone can easily achieve that with any shade from the collection. In the spring (or anytime really) it's fun to highlight your under brow area with more "sparkly" shades of gold (DR Gold Digger Highlighter) or silver (DR Bling Bling).

O.C.O: How long have you been in the beauty business?
C.J.M: I like to joke and say I was raised in a hair salon which is partially true as grew up with family owned and operated hair salons. Professionally I've been licensed for over 6 years!

O.C.O: What advice do you offer aspiring beauty professionals?
C.J.M: My best advice to an aspiring beauty professional is to find what your niche is and perfect it!

To purchase any of products mentioned, visit: http://store.damoneroberts.com/.  You can currently save 25% off ALL beauty products until the end of the month by entering the promo code FREE on their mobile app!

For east coast gals/guys needing DR on Demand contact, (212) 764-4755 or Email DRondemand@damoneroberts.com.

For west coast gals/guys contact, (310) 271-2100 or email DRondemand@damoneroberts.com. Or visit Damone Roberts Beverly Hills

 xo

Kosi