4 Ways to Wear an Oversized Shirt

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Since moving to the Middle East, it’s been interesting trying to figure out what to wear here. It is a bit more conservative than I’m used to, not that I was dressing like a hooch before, but I didn’t really give the way I dressed any thought. I’m used to throwing on a t-shirt, some shorts and a pair of sandals or sneakers for most of the year since Texas is hot for most of the year. But moving here, nope. Can’t wear that. If you wear shorts out here, be ready for someone to come up to you and literally tell you that you are dressed inappropriately. It hasn’t happened to me personally, but I know people that this has happened to. I am so nervous that someone might come up to me and say something of a similar nature, that I find myself always second guessing or checking my outfits to make sure I am dressed respectably. I don’t want to not only disrespect the culture, but I definitely don’t want to offend any of my friends by dressing in a way that they might think is unacceptable.

It’s been quite interesting really. I’ve noticed a change in myself. A sort of transformation process. At first, I was afraid that I’d be shunned for accidentally not “thinking” before I left the house and wearing something “wrong”. Then as I got used to it, I found myself almost judging others who proudly wore spaghetti strap tops and daisy dukes or dresses that show their legs. Then I caught myself. Like , really? I’m really sitting here judging someone else? Isn’t that exactly what I was afraid of, and I’m literally doing exactly what I didn’t want. I felt bad that I was judging those people. Then I realized, in essence, I was judging the ‘old me’. The old me who didn’t know any better or wasn’t as informed as I thought I was. So why would I do that to others? Maybe because I felt ashamed that I didn’t know in the first place. That I was living in such a bubble of my own world before, thinking it’s the same everywhere.

What if those people I judged didn’t know anything about the culture and they’re just visiting so that they could learn about the culture? What if they felt a certain way about the customs here and decided, ‘F it, I’m going to wear what I want anyway’? Or what if they were just simply freakin’ hot and couldn’t deal? So I forgave myself for judging and decided to try my best to lead by example. I try to portray what I know to be appropriate, and hopefully this will encourage someone to embrace part of the culture that surrounds them also. It’s not that hard. And It’s not so bad, honestly. In general, it’s best to keep your shoulders covered and to wear loose-fitting clothing. If you are wearing something tight, like your bottoms, then it’s good to have a top long enough to cover your butt. If your top is fitted, then you should definitely wear a shawl to cover. There are an infinite amount of variations you can do that are stylish and still remain within the customs and expectations of the culture out here. I hope that this inspires you to embrace an aspect of whatever culture you’re in.

For now, enjoy this quick look book on how I styled this oversized button up from Topshop. It’s not a men’s shirt, however you very well could just buy a men’s shirt. I would think they’re a bit more boxy, so you’d want to get it taken it. I like my shirts to be new-looking and crisp, but your own choice on fabric is up to you. This top is super versatile too. You can wear it to work, to run errands, to the airport and even as a bathing suit cover up. And it’s super airy, so It’s perfect for the upcoming summer months here in the Middle East.

Let me know what you guys think about the difference in dress codes around the world. How do you style your oversized shirts?

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Love,
Marcella

 

What Does It Mean to Have 3b 3c Hair?

It’s Monday and I’ve officially achieved a two-a-day workout today that kicked my butt. I almost quit during workout number two, but I fought through it. Kind of proud of myself, so I’m ready to tackle this week. And not to mention I’m on cup of coffee number two #caffeinewasted! Anywho, I wanted to touch base with you and address some questions I’ve recently had come through on my latest posts about my curl tutorials for 3b 3c hair. I didn’t realize that a lot of you don’t know what I meant by 3b or 3c hair. That’s my bad. So to answer your questions, let me break it down for you.

There are a few different hair typing systems out there and the one I tend to go by is the one created by Oprah’s hair stylist, Andre Walker. The system is used to help identify the type of hair you have, so you can figure out how to care for your hair and what products you should use to cleanse and style your hair. Numbers 1-4 in the typing system relates to whether the hair is straight to kinky. ‘1’ being straight, ‘2’ is wavy, ‘3’ curly and ‘4’ is kinky. Then within that numbering system, there are sub-levels A-C. ‘A’ being less curly and ‘C’ being the highest level of curl in that category.

3b and 3c curls in particular means that the hair strands are in a S shape or a tight coil. The hair is very prone to frizz due to humidity. It’s best to use styling creams that won’t weigh down the hair and to reduce the potential for frizz. You’ll also want to use a sulfate-free cleanser because our hair type usually tends to lead to a dryer scalp. Also, the sulfate-free formula won’t strip your hair of its natural oils and minerals which is crucial to retaining moisture. Our hair tends to get very dry and dull looking due to the natural lack of moisture, so you’ll want to make sure you deep condition your hair for about an hour at least once a week. I find that this amount of deep conditioning lends the most definition and the shiniest looking curls.

If you’re looking for a great guide to type your hair, click here. I hope this clears things up for you. Please leave a comment below with any other questions you may have or your thoughts on hair typing systems. What hair type are you and what are your favorite products to use?

Sidenote: I’m currently on day 3 curls and I’m loving the results! You guys have got to try out my latest wash and go routine. You’ll find that your hair volume gets bigger and bigger as the days go by and the shine and definition still look incredible! xo

Love,

Marcella

Easy Wash & Go Routine 3b 3c Curls

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’m on a journey of loving my natural hair. A part of loving what you have, is taking care of what you have. So over the years I’ve been learning how to take care of my curly hair. I never really was taught how to take care for my naturally curly hair. I just knew that I always had dry looking curls, unless I globbed a ton of L.A. Girls hair gel which made it super crunchy after it dried. I also knew that I didn’t have that pretty defined look that I really liked, but was never able to achieve. I’ve discovered the key to achieving that healthy curl look is all in how you care for your hair! After lots of trial and error and spending lots of money on products, I am sharing my super easy wash & go routine for my 3b 3c curly hair. I’ve tried so many different routines, and this one is my favorite at the moment. I sometimes get lazy with my haircare, so this was perfect because it only requires 3 products and not a lot of time. This routine takes me a maximum of 10 minutes and the result is amazing looking hair. Try it out and write in the comments below how you liked it or if you used different hair products. I’m always in search of good curly hair products. And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more videos to come! xo

Products Used:

Mielle Organics White Peony Leave-In Conditioner
Rafael Salgado Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Miss Jessie’s Multi Cultural Curls

Love,

Marcella

Best Wash Day Routine for 3b 3c Curls

I am so excited to share my first video on my new YouTube Channel! I filmed my current wash day routine for curly hair. I have invested a lot of time and trial & error trying to figure out the best wash day routine for my 3b/3c curly hair type. I’m so glad to cut out all the leg work for you and show you exactly what I do to achieve defined curls. Below is a list of all products used. Try it out and write me a comment on how the routine worked for you.
Products List:
Mielle Organics Mine Almond Oil
Mielle Organics Babassu Conditioning Shampoo
Nirmal Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil
Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner

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Love,
Marcella

Elegant Chignon for Curly Hair

One of my favorite hair styles I’ve worn for as long as I can remember is an elegant chignon. I particularly like to wear this hairstyle when my hair is a few days old and I want to still look chic and put together. Here are my steps on how I achieve this look.

Step 1: Get a good hair tie. A good hair tie is key to this style, you want to make sure that however tight or loose your hair bun you want it to be, it’ll stay in place for the entire day.

Step 2: Put your hair in a low ponytail just above the nape of the neck. I find this placement to be the most flattering and “expensive” looking.

Step 3: Next step is to twist your hair like a spiral and then pull it around in a circle.

Step 4: Use bobby pins to pin your hair down in a soft bun.

Step 5: The final step is to use hairspray to smooth down your hair and you’re DONE! My favorite hairspray that I’ve been using for years is the Tresemme Extra Firm Control HairSpray.

Try it out and see how you like it. Let me know in the comments your experience applying the steps on your own hair! xoxo

Love,

Marcella

5 Benefits of Vitamin C Serum

I have been really diving into skincare in the last few years because I’ve had major struggles with acne. I have had so many ups and down and I have finally arrived at a good place where I feel my skin is doing ok. As a result of my battle with acne, I have scarring that I am working on getting rid of. One thing that has been essential in helping me with reducing the appearance of my acne scars is my Vitamin C oil! Vitamin C has been vital to my health personally, because for as long as I can remember I get sick so easily. I make sure I take my Emergen-C at least once a week and every day when I’m feeling like I might be coming down with something. Vitamin C has tons of anti-oxidants, boosts the immune system and has countless other benefits. It wasn’t until about a year ago that I learned the major benefits when you apply this amazingness to your face. Vitamin C is now a staple in my nightly skincare routine and I am currently loving Mario Badescu’s Vitamin C serum. I apply the serum immediately after cleansing my face, I let it sit for a minute to soak in, then I apply my nightly moisturizer and lip balm. I have noticed a significant difference in my complexion, particularly the reduction in my acne scars. I am in love with the benefits of Vitamin C for my skin and I wanted to share some of my favorite benefits so that you can try it out yourself.

  1. Anti-Aging: This stuff works miracles in fighting the signs of aging because of the moisturizing effect it has on your skin. It helps generate collagen which keeps your skin looking young and supple. I like to use my Vitamin C oil nightly to keep my skin looking radiant and youthful.
  2. Protects against free radicals: Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid, and is known to be rich in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are your number one defense against free radicals (which essentially are bad molecules from pollution, radiation or cigarette smoke that cause pre-mature aging).
  3. Reduces Appearance of Age Spots from UV/sun damage: Vitamin C reduces the damage from UV (ultraviolet) light exposure from the sun by helping the cells in your skin regenerate and rejuvenate.
  4. Reduce Wrinkles: Don’t worry if you’re already showing a few lines and wrinkles, Vitamin C can fix that too. Studies have shown that after about 12 weeks of consistent use, you will see a reduction in wrinkles, leading to smoother skin. This is because Vitamin C induces the production of collagen which helps your skin have more elasticity, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
  5. Reduce Acne Scar Damage: As I’ve noticed on my own skin, Vitamin C is proven to reduce the appearance of acne scars. It’s also known to help heal acne lesions much quicker.

I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me. Let me know in the comments your experience with Vitamin C serum and if you notice a difference. xoxo

Love,

Marcella

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