One Coco: Quaint by GSC

In all honesty I was hesitant to buy a bag from Quaint by GSC because I felt like I needed something more heavy duty. The more I saw the products of Gabrielle Clarke pop up on my Instagram feed, the more my worries faded. Her products were just too beautiful to ignore, the sewing looked immaculate, and the colours schemes I had seen just made a part of my brain happy. And so I gave in… I purchased a Mini Quaint Afrocentric Backpack.

I had some question about the size and the colours she had to offer; so one lovely Friday afternoon I sent her a DM on Instagram. I initially wanted a bronze backpack but that colour was out of stock. I gave her an A+ for great customer service because I had a million questions, especially when it came to choosing the print and colour, she answered each accordingly. Then I eventually decided what I wanted, I picked the pewter leatherette and an orange and black splatter pattern on a cream backdrop with hints of green. She asked for my contact information and finalized the transaction by emailing me the invoice. I paid a deposit and the process was underway.

Then I waited… Day in day out I checked the Quaint IG story hoping it would be ready earlier than the slated 7 days.  The days passed by quickly, and soon my new obsession was in my arms.

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I give it a 4.75 out of 5 star rating. I have two negatives, the flap for the small section of the bag could be a little bigger, and the lining for the inside of the bag is too large, so it bunches up a bit at the bottom.

Otherwise, I am quite pleased, the sewing is neat, you couldn’t tell this is handmade. The mini is the perfect size for me, it holds my iPad and a ton of things I decide I need to carry everywhere I go (shrugs). I adore the side pouches, it fits my small umbrella and a normal sized plastic drink bottle. I have been wearing the bag everywhere since the night I got it.

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Follow @QuaintbyGSCJa on Instagram and check out her online store to place orders, ShopQuaintbygsc.bigcartel.com, she makes clothes, hats and swimsuits as well.

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One Coco: Momo Penelli

Guys! Momo Penelli had a mini blow out sale, she had necklaces and two different sized earrings on sale. So you know yah girl had to run in on it. I love Monique’s goods but I’m on that tight budget so I will not be out there shopping every single day. I must admit I am a sucker for sales, so when I saw it I just supported. I bought a medium sized earring for myself, and a large one for my mom. Please people that know my mom, don’t go around announcing it, I’ll be giving it to her in about a week, on her birthday. Take a look at the pretty prints I selected though.

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Follow! @MomoPenelliDesigns on Instagram, and check out her website MomoPenelli.Com.

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One Coco: Sugarplum Box

Hey everyone, you’d never guess what happened… I won this box! This Coco was a surprise. I had entered a competition I saw on the Sugarplum Box Instagram page, it was a BLK/OPL (Black Opal) makeup giveaway. I’m subscribed to the Sugarplum Box website, so at the time the instructions could be found in the most recent newsletter. What I didn’t notice though, was that Marsha (Sugarplum CEO) decided to add a Springtime themed box into the giveaway. It was clearly stated in the email but I don’t know how I’d missed that detail.

Some time had passed and the giveaway winner was chosen on Instagram over a live stream by Sugarplum Box. It was done via a website that picks winners randomly, and I was the lucky participant 🙂 Then I gleefully waited until the prize was ready for pickup. I’m not gonna lie, I may be a slight makeup junkie but I try to keep my purchasing minimal. So I was very happy to receive two BLK/OPL cream to powder foundations, two matte foundation powders, and a lipstick. The shades of the products varied but I’ve put them all to good use so far.

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In the Ultra Matte Foundation Powders I got the shades Medium Light and Deep. While in the Pore Perfecting Powder Foundations (cream to powder) I received the shades Amber and Heavenly Honey. The gorgeous pink lipstick is in the colour Haute; I kid you not this lipstick makes me feel like a Barbie doll. Take a look below to see what was in the Springtime Sugarplum Box.

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The Springtime themed Sugarplum Box.

 

Find out more about the Sugarplum Subscription Box at their website SugarplumBox.com or check them out on Instagram @SugarplumBox.

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One Coco: I Love Sweetness

This Coco has satiated my coffee problem… for now. I love coffee scented products, and the next best thing to that, coffee scrubs (Exfoliation is key.) My last scrub finished so I’m trying a new one, a dry coffee scrub from I Love Sweetness.

I found out about I Love Sweetness from a “Jamaican brand thread” by  @tonimacandcheese on Twitter. The idea of the dry scrub was brilliant to me, a lot of scrubs are mixed with oils and other products which may not be suited for everyone’s skin. That is one of the reasons I used my last scrub on my body only, and not on my face. I Love Sweetness has different flavours but I chose the coffee and oatmeal blend.CocoSweetness1

 

Check out @ILoveSweetness on Instagram or on their website ILoveSweetness.com to find out more, and to see where to purchase their products.

One Coco: Earthtones Designs

Hello loves, today I’m sharing a gem I found, it is Earthtones Designs. Dominique (owner) hand makes healing jewelry, which is jewelry with crystals or gem stones as some may call it. Her work is inspired by nature, and she sticks to the mantra of “Wear your intentions.” I don’t remember when I followed Earthtones on Instagram(IG) but one day I was scrolling down my timeline and I saw a photo of loc jewelry with an African Jade gem stone on it and I was like wow, this is so pretty. So I messaged Dominique enquiring about it, though I wasn’t ready to purchase it at the time.

Fast forward to last week I sent her another message about the loc jewelry but that specific piece had been sold. The pieces she had on hand were too big for my loc, so she said she could make one to fit, and that she would bring the crystals she had so I could chose what I wanted. At that time all I knew was that I wanted a stone from the earth element. So I did a bit of research based off of what I saw on her IG and decided I wanted a piece of peridot as my embellishment. That is the addition to my Coco basket, custom made loc jewelry with a peridot stone. It came with a piece of sage for cleansing, and an information card stating the metaphysical properties of the stone.

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Follow @EarthtonesDesigns on Instagram; and on Etsy as JewelryByEarthtones to view her work and to place orders.

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One Coco: 876Beads

Waist Beads! I had been eying this beautiful jewellery for a while now, then I found them in Jamaica by 876 Beads. So I ordered two, the newest addition to the Coco basket. But before I show you what I got, I asked the lovely lady behind 876 Beads, Suzanna, a few questions.

876LoveR: What inspired you to start this business of making waist beads?

Suzanna: I’ve always been into making things for friends and myself, I had my first business making hair accessories when I was 14 years old, because saving lunch money wasn’t cutting it. I started offering waist beads for sale around 2 years after I had been making them for myself. I fell in love with how beautiful and feminine they made me feel, the intricate and diverse history of them, and the undeniable strength permanent jewelry gives when done right.

876♥: Where do you get your inspiration for each piece?

S: My inspiration comes from traditional waist beads made in Africa. I especially love Fulani waist beads. My intent is that every person who purchases waist beads benefit from them as much as I do and more, so they’re custom made, and designs are inspired based on the customer’s preference.

876♥: Has there been any downside so far?

S: Downsides so far… I can’t say there has been much. It definitely takes a big chunk out of my time, but at least this is something I enjoy doing. And I get to meet a lot of inspiring and beautiful women through this.

There we have it, Suzanna from 876 Beads bringing her love of waist beads to the Jamaican massive, so us too can enjoy it’s beauty. I say beauty specifically because that’s what drew me to waist beads initially. I have a fascination with colours, and each design I saw brought out a different feeling, and the way the beads stand out on a woman’s body is simply beautiful. So I had to get some for myself, and finally I did.

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Follow @876Beads on Instagram, view more styles, get inspiration and order yours!

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One Coco: Inzzpire365

This Coco was definitely by chance; that sunny Saturday afternoon I stopped by a Pop-up Shop at Apparel and More. Simply to pick up a candle I had ordered from Ngozi Sweet Blessings but while there I was urged by the host to look around. And there I found Inzzpire365.

I’m picky with jewellery and scrutinized the table carefully, I saw nothing to my liking, the owner asked if I needed any assistance, to which I replied, “I was just looking,” though I had already decided there was nothing for me here. Just as I was turning away she engaged further conversation, asking if I liked piercings, I do. Now intrigued she showed me some faux ear cuffs made of coloured wire, I still didn’t see one for me until I noticed the cuff she was wearing. She had on an orange faux cuff on her tragus, and I loved it. So I asked what other colours she had in that design, and that’s how I purchased a gold ear cuff.

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One Coco: Story&Myth

I’ve seen these little grey beads floating about on social media but with my monotonous bracelet selection I payed them no mind. In my quest for Jamaican brands though, this company came up once again, Story & Myth Blessing Beads, and I finally patronized them. This Coco is my first Blessing Bead Bracelet. They are handmade protection jewelry, and each piece is made with intention and love to provide blessing and protection to the wearer.

I chose the Turtle as my charm, it stands for Divine Timing. The site explains each charm, and “the turtle has the wisdom of knowing that all things come in perfect and divine timing.” This was in line with my theme for 2017, “Trod by faith” because it’s a thing between my best friend and I, it simply means to trust that all that will go right, will go right; so go through with your plans. “Turtles teach us to enjoy the journey of our life, trusting in the flow and partaking of the blessings that are bestowed along the way.” Once I saw this I knew the turtle was the one for me.

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Check out Story and Myth Blessing Beads on their Storyandmyth.com and on IG: StoryandMyth.

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One Coco: HoneyVera

Hello 🙂 Today I bring to you the HoneyVera Hair & Skin Care line, well the first product from them I purchased. This Coco wasn’t purchased for me, I bought it for my aunt who’s abroad. She will be my guinea pig, and I can’t wait to see the great results. This is the Vera Grow Scalp Tonic by HoneyVera.

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You can purchase their products on their website: HoneyVera.com, and remember to follow their Instagram: @HoneyVeraJa.

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One Coco: Morgan’s Creek

Christmas season was a time of shopping for me, as you may not have noticed 🙂 Morgan’s Creek provides natural soaps, skincare products, and candles. I had heard good things about the Morgan’s Creek store, and one day in November I was in Sovereign Centre with nothing doing, so I went in search of it. I wasn’t in search of any particular thing, I just browsed, and found what happened to be the most lovely smelling coffee scented product I had ever laid my nose upon. She had coffee scented wax melts, and I would have bought it that day but I didn’t have an oil/wax burner in my possession.

Fast forward to Christmas and birthday shopping in December, I was prepared and ready, I had returned for the wax melt, alas they were completely sold off. This Coco was by chance, I just couldn’t have left the store with amazing products all around and not buy anything; so I bought a Coffee Sugar Scrub.

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I guess you could say I still got my coffee fix that day, I really like this product because firstly it smells like coffee and leaves the body with a trace of that scent, and secondly because it gives a great exfoliation. As well as leaving the Tea Tree Oil on the body after, I particularly like using it after shaving my legs.

You can find Morgan’s Creek at shop #37A, Sovereign Centre in Kingston, or on their website Morganscreek.com, and be sure to follow them on Instagram @MorgansCreekJM.

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