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11 April 2014

Native American Boho Inspired Spring Outfit | 4/10/14

Hey guys!

I promised that I would stay on schedule posting to my blog, even though I haven't been making videos lately (more about that here) and here it is!  I wore this outfit yesterday because I was super excited that the warm sunshine mixed with a slightly cool breeze made the day even more beautiful for me.  Yes, I'm completely not an fan of cool or cold weather, but that's neither here or there.










I had fun putting this outfit together.  Originally, I wanted to wear shorts and all-weather high-top ankle boots, but it wasn't really warm enough for that look.  So instead of shorts, I decided to wear a pair of my favorite colored jeans paired with a mustard yellow or gold tank top.  I finished the look with a Native American patterned belt and my go-to burgundy long knit sweater.  I must say, I really want to add more sweaters like this one to my wardrobe.  My Nana, pronounced "Nah-Nuh," bought the sweater for me probably before I started high school but it took a while for me to figure out how to wear it just right for me.  Now that I know how to rock this sweater, I want more like this one!  I feel a shopping spree in the making. =)











With all this in mind, everything in this outfit can be found this time of year, minus the sweater possibly, unless you are fine with a thinner knit thickness.  Below, I've added details about my outfit, using one of the new content features on my blog, Miss Cherie Marie Style Highlights.  I'm super excited about this and there's so much more to come.  Hope you guys enjoy!






P.S. -- Check out a few photos I snapped right after my outfit photo shoot! | Backyard Trees in Spring

Thanks so much for reading and talk to you guys soon.



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07 April 2014

Gone But Still Here

Hey guys!  I know I haven't been posting videos on a regular basis and I haven't been following my video upload schedule on YouTube either.  If you've read any of my previous posts or if you read my personal blog NaturalCoralPeachChic or watched my latest videos on MissCherieMarieVlogs on YouTube, you know that I've been under the weather off and on now for quite some time.  This back and forth weather is still in full effect in VA and my body can't stand it!  To make things worse, my spring allergy symptoms have been added to the list now.  Winter 2013-2014 was tough enough, so adding these new symptoms in has been an unpleasant experience to say the least.

With that being said, I will not be posting videos until at least the week of April 20.  However, I want to keep my presence in cyber world up to date, so will plan to post here on my blog each day that I'm scheduled to make a video on YouTube.  The schedule goes as follows:  

Monday:  New video on MissCherieMarie101 

Wednesday:  New video MissCherieMarieVlogs 

Friday:  New video on MissCherieMarieStyle 

So, instead of posting a video and a blog post, I'll only post to my blog.  I hope this still keeps you guys coming back for more!  

What would you all like to see more of from me?  Besides video-based tutorials and how-to videos, what else would you like me to share?  Please let me know in the comments below. 

I'll still be posting online elsewhere so let's keep in touch here:

Twitter:  @misscheriemarie 
Instagram:  misscheriemariestyle 
Pinterest:  misscheriemarie 
Tumblr:  misscheriemarie 

Talk to you guys on Wednesday! 

♦️ Miss Cherie Marie ♦️ 


02 April 2014

Loc Updo: Front Bang with a Basket Weave

(Originally Written December 30, 2013)




Hey guys!  Here's an easy updo I came up with one day when I wanted my hair up off my neck.  I usually don't wear my hair over my face, but this faux or fake bang made me feel super cute.  I hope you enjoy the tutorial. =)

♦ Miss Cherie Marie ♦ 




Fall & Autumn Girl's Day Out Lookbook

(Originally Written December 30, 2013)




Petite Fashion Tip - Cinch your waist with a belt to highlight your waist line.  This can create an hourglass shape or enhance one as well.




I absolutely love boots, and this lookbook features on of my favorite pairs.  I love colored jeans as well, so two of the outfits feature a mustard yellow pants.  An easy way to channel fall is to wear earth-toned bottoms, but don't let that rule cage in your creativity.

Layering is my best friend year-round, but especially during the cooler fall and winter months.  I'm always cold indoors so I dress for the weather and the inconsistent indoor temperatures.  Light-weight sweaters, denim jackets, and long sleeve shirts are my all time favorites this time of year.  Also, I love wearing real and faux leather items for fashion and on cool, early mornings to stay warm.

Finally, I usually wear neutral and earth tone shoes, with a splash of color to suit my tastes on different days.  I prefer to keep my footwear calm, with different shades of brown, tan, and auburn with with neutral or colorful details.

♦ Miss Cherie Marie ♦

Casual Fall & Autumn Lookbook

(Originally Written December 30, 2013)




Petite Fashion Tip - Cinch your waist with a belt to highlight your waist line.  This can create an hourglass shape or enhance one as well.





I absolutely love boots, and this lookbook features on of my favorite pairs.  I love colored jeans as well, so two of the outfits feature a mustard yellow pants.  An easy way to channel fall is to wear earth-toned bottoms, but don't let that rule cage in your creativity.

Layering is my best friend year-round, but especially during the cooler fall and winter months.  I'm always cold indoors so I dress for the weather and the inconsistent indoor temperatures.  Light-weight sweaters, denim jackets, and long sleeve shirts are my all time favorites this time of year.  Also, I love wearing real and faux leather items for fashion and on cool, early mornings to stay warm.

Finally, I usually wear neutral and earth tone shoes, with a splash of color to suit my tastes on different days.  I prefer to keep my footwear calm, with different shades of brown, tan, and auburn with with neutral or colorful details.


Check out my Fall & Autumn Girl's Day Out Lookbook.

♦ Miss Cherie Marie ♦

JC Penney & Old Navy Winter Clothing Haul

(Originally Written December 30, 2013)




Hey guys! I've finally posted my first haul ever on my YouTube channel! I'm super excited because I added a bunch of fun pieces and business casual clothing to my wardrobe. I kept the video short and sweet (compared to the videos of seasoned fashion bloggers/vloggers), simply because I'm new to the game.

I bought all the items in this video from both Old Navy and JCPenny's. Old Navy had the longest line, but it was totally worth it and JCPenny's had some great deals as well. I hope you guys enjoy my first fashion haul! Let me know if you'd like to see how I'll style the new clothes I picked up with some of my older pieces. Check out the video below. Talk to you all on Monday.


Peace out guys,

♦ Miss Cherie Marie ♦



Ways to Wear White in Spring | Lookbook

(Originally Written August 10, 2013)



Multiple ways to incorporate white into your outfits for Spring.  Hope you enjoy!

♦ Miss Cherie Marie ♦


High Low Skirt OOTD: Spring & Summer

(Originally Written June 26, 2013)




Warm weather equals skirts, dresses, and shorts.  Here's one way I styled one of my latest summer pieces:  a two-toned pleated high-low skirt in blue.  I love this outfit because the skirt is the focal point as a statement piece.  Hope you enjoy! =)




♥ Miss Cherie Marie ♥

Easy & Fabulous Head Wraps Tutorial


People always ask me who does my head wraps. They're surprised when I say I do them myself! ツ These styles look complicated, but are really easy to create. Here's five different versions of what I refer to as "The Bun." Give your favorite look a try! ☺

♦ Miss Cherie Marie ♦



10 Months Loc Update | Plus How I Moisturize My Locs

(Originally Written May 10, 2013)




My little darling are a little over 10 months old now!  They are extremely pliable and as time progresses, they are continuing to develop a more uniformed cylinder shape.  I have two favorite conditioners that I've been using for the past three years.  I discovered them when I went natural and my hair loves them!  Here's my loc update and how I mix together my conditioners to ensure that they penetrate my locs with ease. ☺




Locs still maintain the same properties as loose natural hair.  Both are fibers and must be preserved in order to retain length.  The difference is that locs are strands of hair packed densely together.  With that in mind, whatever method you choose to keep your locs moisturized must cater to your unique hair needs and allow you to add and retain an adequate amount of moisture.  An easy way to ensure that your products penetrate your locs is to water down your products with water. ☺

♥ Spray bottles, water, oil and conditioners are any natural hair wearer's best friend! ♥
♦ Miss Cherie Marie ♦




How to Repair Your Nails After Removing Gels/Acrylics

(Originally Written May 10, 2013)




I'm always looking for ways to maintain the health and appearance of my nails.  Recently, I have been wearing a UV Gel overlay over my natural nails.  Years prior, I always kept my nails polished using glitter and other decorative nail products.  The downside is that when you go to remove glitter or gels, often times an Acetone nail polish remover is used.  Even worse, sometimes filing down the surface of the gel overlay is necessary after a few months to start a new application layer of the gel.

After all this wear and tear, your nail are likely in need of TLC.  Here's the method I use to replenish nutrients to my nails using all natural products.




Products Used:

•  Softsoap Milk and Honey hand soap (Walmart, Target, CVS, etc.)
•  Hollywood Beauty Carrot Oil Blend (Walmart, Target, beauty supply store, etc.)
•  BioOil with BioCelin (Walmart, Target, CVS, etc.)
•  Eucerin Intensive Repair Lotion (Walmart, Target, CVS, etc.)
•  A thick pair of socks

***Feel free to substitute your favorite body or hair oil with any of the oils I used.  Everyone's body is different so use what products work best for you.  If your hair and scalp like something, there's a great possibility the rest of your body will react well when using it to moisturize and replenish nutrients.

Healthy, moisturized cuticles yield strong healthy nails.  Replenishing nutrients to your nail bed fills in any gaps that may occur on a molecular level after using Acetone nail polish remover or after excessive buffing of the nail bed.

♦ Miss Cherie Marie ♦

Protective Style Tutorial! | Bantu Knot Updo

(Originally Written May 10, 2013)




Even loc wearers need to give their tresses a break from being manipulated and styled constantly.  During my years as a loose natural, I often wore styles that featured bantu knots and flat twists.  I decided to recreate a similar style on my locs.




I wore this style for an entire week, and even took my senior freestyle and cap and gown pictures with this look!  I loved it!  Each night, all I did was cover my hair with a satin bonnet.  In the mornings, I removed the bonnet, brushed up my edges with a soft boar bristle brush and went on my way.  Once again, I've been experimenting with extremely low maintenance styles to complement my busy schedule lately.

Later in the week, I decided to loosen the bantu knots and rocked a curly look with flat twists on the sides.  I covered my hair the exact same way with the loose curls and I used about 4 or 5 bobby pins to direct my curls where I wanted them to fall.  Otherwise, not much styling was necessary each day. =)  LOVED IT!

Protective styles or styles that require low manipulation are a must for loose and locked naturals. 

♦ Miss Cherie Marie ♦

8 Months Loc Update | Interlocking to Combine Locs

(Originally Written May 10, 2013)




For about two months I have decided to stop retwisting the newgrowth at my roots.  This has caused some of my locs to start combining together at the root.  Oddly enough, I'm totally fine with it!  Actually, one week I decided to help my little locs along by interlocking them at the roots.





Initially, I would just snap my locs apart after washing them.  The downside is that I wash my hair on a weekly basis, an after a few weeks, I realized I was snapping the same sections and pairs of locs apart!  To me, such a process causes more damage than good!  Why decide to freeform but still try to force my hair to look a certain way?  I spent two months claiming that I was "semi-freeforming" when in actuality, I wanted to begin fully freeforming my locs.  I'm completely curious how they will form and develop on their own over the next year or so.

Each of the areas I experimented with interlocking together months earlier have combined nicely.  My locs are still very young; it's been less than a year since I started my locs.  With that in mind, my hair has started doing its own thing, and I'm absolutely loving it!

Hopefully my transition from palm rolling and retwisting to freeforming will inspire others who are thinking of making the same decision, or who already have started to do so.  Sometimes I have to remind myself that my hair is my hair, meaning that I should and can do what I feel is best for the preservation of my hair and my lifestyle. 

So as I remind myself of this fact, I'm reminding each of you too! =)

♦ Miss Cherie Marie ♦

9 Months Loc Update | I'm So Excited!

(Originally Written May 10, 2013)



Nine months into my loc journey, I finally feel at peace with my hair.  It doesn't unravel as much when I wash it and I can see that it's been growing over the months!  I spent the month wearing head wraps shaped into buns and curls made with Flexi Rods.  My main goal was to create easy to manage styles that required very little daily maintenance; I was totally focused on school and my internship so I didn't want to have to fuss with styling my hair every day.





I'm also super excited that my locs have started to look...like...LOCS!  My hair texture is very fine and has a very soft kink pattern so it took a while for the two-strand twist pattern to become virtually invisible.  And in hindsight, I'm proud of myself for sticking the rougher months out.  I reviewed my previous videos and scrolled through the hundreds of pictures I've taken to motivate me on my loc journey.

As always, stay motivated by charting your progress from the day you start your locs.  Whether you freeform, semi-freeform, palm roll, interlock, or use any other technique to maintain your locs, make sure that you are doing the best thing for YOUR hair to achieve YOUR hair goals.

Remember:  this journey is yours and your experience is unique.  Just do you!

♦ Miss Cherie Marie ♦

7 Months Loc Update!

(Originally Written May 10, 2013)





When my locs were 7 months old, I had so much fun experimenting with different unique styles that somewhat camouflaged the fuzzy stage my hair was going through.  I was washing my hair every two weeks at this point and I was retwisting twice a month.  For those of you experiencing the fuzzy, not so neat stages (which may fall anywhere from 5 months to 8 months of locking), I totally suggest shifting your focus to styling your hair.
Good luck on your journey and stay confident.  You'll have good days and bad days with your hair; some day's you love it and other days you'll rethink why you decided to lock your hair in the first place.  All those thoughts and feelings are normal. =)  Just remind yourself of all the reason's why you wanted to lock your hair (it's a good idea to make a list that you can reread when your having doubts along your journey).  If you document your journey through pictures or videos, go back and look at how your hair was in previous months.  See how much progress you've made and remember that your locs will continue to grow, change, and develop over time. =)



Try out styles you wore with your loose natural hair or with your relaxed hair.  If you pinned your hair a certain way then, you can probably recreate a revamped version of those same styles.  Just have fun!  Don't let the fuzziness get to you.  The funny thing is, other people never see your hair the way you do.  So when YOU choose not to focus on how your locs look at this stage, no one else will focus on it either.  I hope some of the styles I created inspire you to have fun and experiment with you hairstyles! =)


♦ Miss Cherie Marie ♦



First 2 Months of My Loc Journey!

(Originally Written May 8, 2013)



After being natural for about 2 years being natural, I decided to do something I'd wanted to do for years:  I decided to go through with locking my hair!  In no way was this a last minute decision; I'd spent the previous year researching everything I could find out about locs/dreads/dreadlocks.  Soon enough, I knew the time was right and I decided to document my journey with videos.

My shyness got in the way all too soon:  I punked out and didn't post any of my videos until months after recording them for YouTube!  Nonetheless, I learned so much within the first month.  I had to adjust to my hair being frizzy/fuzzy and I had to adjust to not having my loose hair blowing in the wind. LOL!  Months 1 and 2 of my loc journey went a little something like this...






Yup!  I was dealing with the usual things that come with starting locs!  My suggestion to new loc wearers is to make a list of reasons why you truly want to loc your hair.  One site in particular truly helped me figure out exactly why I wanted to lock my hair. Everyone's journey is different and unique to their personal goals.  The opening page on the site posed a few things to think about before starting locs.  For example:
"Your "Why" will influence many parts of your dreadlock journey and it will be the reason behind many of the dreadlocks realated decisions you make."
And then, the author asks two interrelated questions that helped spark my confidence to start my locs.  Check out the site, KnattyDread.com to check it out!  You'll also find information about the different techniques for starting locs, the different ways to maintain locs and a selection of suggested products.

Enjoy your journey and embrace your natural hair!


♦ Miss Cherie Marie ♦

The Start of My Natural Hair Journey!

(Originally Written May 8, 2013)




I always wondered what my natural hair was like.  In my relaxed years, I waited at least 3 to 4 months in between touch ups and I loved running my fingers along my kinky-coily new growth.  I always wondered what a whole section of hair would feel like natural.  And in May 2010, I decided to take the plunge:  I vowed to no longer relax my hair!  I got one last touch up for graduation and then that was it! And that day marked the beginning of a lifelong journey to embrace me for me.  This video shares how I wore my hair during the transition period, how I wore my hair after my big chop and a sample of the various styles I wore during my first year with natural hair.  Hope you all enjoy! ☺


By December 2010, I couldn't deal with the two different textures in my hair:  the relaxed ends and the kinky roots.  Detangling was a chore!  So I made an appointment with my stylist, initially planning to have her just trim off more of my relaxed ends.  I'm blessed to have had a stylist that I truly developed a relationship with and we both knew I wasn't pleased with my hair at that length.  In a moment of bravery, I asked her to snip off ALL my relaxed ends.  This was such a freeing moment!

I loved the end results.  I felt weird at first, but I knew that my mom and my boyfriend at the time completely supported me.  Unknowingly, I had experienced my big chop! LOL!  I loved it and enjoyed caring for my hair as it continued to grow.
 

For all my ladies out there who just big chopped or who are thinking about doing the big chop:  I want to encourage you to be strong and confident in who you are.  Your hair doesn't define you.  It's just an accessory to your inner and outer beauty.  Don't ever feel the need to explain yourself to others, not even for your choices with your hair.  If you want to go natural, go natural.  If you think that transitioning is a better choice for you, do so.  If you feel doing the big chop is your best option, do so.  Just do what works for you.

Experiment with styling and have fun!


♦ Miss Cherie Marie ♦





Grilled Cheese Sandwiches... with a Twist!

(Originally written May 2, 2013)


Anyone who knows me knows that I love, savory, sweet, sometimes spicy and always cheesy foods and dishes.  Well, a simple grilled cheese sandwich will often hit the spot.  But we're not just talking, "slap a piece of Kraft singles between two slices of white bread."  Oh no!  I'm referring to the real deal:  the creme-de-la-creme in grilled cheese.  With the right ingredients, a grilled cheese sandwich can be a true delicacy.

Don't believe me?


What's your favorite deli-style cheese?  White American maybe, or Swiss, Provolone, Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar, Colby Jack?  You catch my drift.  (1) Take your favorite whole-grain, wheat or bread made with unbleached flour; (2) Slap your favorite butter or margarine on each side of the slices; (3) Preheat your non-stick frying pan with butter or your favorite cooking oil; (4) Add two slices of your favorite deli-cheese and place it in-between your bread slices; (5) Prepare yourself for a grilled cheese sandwich like no other. =)

And if you're feeling adventurous, take Grandma's or Momma's "grilled cheese and bacon sandwich" to another level by adding your some tasty veggies, like spinach (imagine a spinach dip within two pieces of bread) or sliced grilled chicken pieces and peppers.  Seem like a panini to you yet?  Well, maybe in a way.  But the cheese is the focus everyone.  The meat, veggies or savory bread choices are just an added bonus.

Numerous restaurants and cafes capitalize off this simple idea of taking a grilled cheese sandwich to the next level.  My taste buds are craving such a delectable treat as I write.  A lovely post listed on Yahoo! Shine by ESQUIRE.com inspired my verbal tango with my love for grilled cheese!  Check out the article here, which features a variety of eateries serving The 15 Best Grilled Cheese in America.

Until next time, make sure you enjoy your next snack with these lovely grilled cheese renditions in mind. =)


♦ Miss Cherie Marie ♦

At Just the Right Time!

(Originally written March 19, 2013)


Alright…

I’ve spent years knocking around the idea of starting a blog.  Problem was I had absolutely no idea what the focus of the blog would be.  I enjoy so many different things and I always have creative thoughts to share.  Previously, I’ve kept my ideas close to my heart, confined inside countless conversations with my family and friends.  Challenge me about an artist or performer I love and I will debate with you on end.  Question my views on just about anything, and I assure you that you’ve met your match indeed!

I LOVE ARTISTIC EXPRESSION:  music, prose, poetry, movies, films, music videos, TV shows, cartoons, hair coloring, hair styling and hair care, clothing and fashion design, paintings, drawings, sketches, mosaics, architecture, interior design, graphic design… Oh goodness!  The list would just continue if I kept on writing.

And that’s exactly why I created this space.  I know there are others like me who love a plethora of different things (I said that like it’s a bad things!)  Let me try that again:  I know there are others like me who spend time each day absorbing the plethora of creativity surrounding us.  (I like that sentence much, much better). =)

In any case, I wanted to share my love for everything that inspires me, no matter how interrelated or unrelated each entity may be.  So if you agree that a musician can appreciate and be inspired by the artwork of a painter…and that an interior designer can be inspired by the color palette choices of a fashion designer…and that a writer can be inspired by the picturesque cinematography in their favorite movie…  Then this is definitely the place for you!

I hope fellow “creators of art” and fellow “admirers of art” can join together to share all that we love, and all that inspires us.


Let us allow our creatively to flow from person to person, ever-changing in a continuous flow of artistic expression that allows both creators and viewers to be swept away by their imaginations.

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