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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One Coco: Birthday Box!

Guess what? Sugarplum Box celebrated their 3 year anniversary in November, so the box following that month was of course, the Birthday Box. The boxes were set to be delivered in December (my birth month) so I had to get it; and, by just my luck, I got the Birthday Box on my birthday 🙂

As you can see, from I found out about this Jamaican gem, I’ve pretty much been hooked. I love the idea of subscription services because I like surprises, and I believe one should treat yourself. This box/package has been the biggest one so far 😀 I’ll get to it, this is what we got in the Birthday Box.

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I really enjoyed this box, the rum cake was yummy, and the Moscato was divine, no I didn’t have them together! My next fave item was the Coffee Caramel Sauce, I find every reason, and food to put it on. Have you seen all this stuff? You should be on SugarplumBox.com by now; or following them on Instagram at least, @SugarplumBox. Let’s go!

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One Coco: Ngozi

Ngozi Sweet Blessings

I first found out about this brand a year ago, at A Jamaican Made Christmas, where I bought some incense sticks from them. Ngozi Sweet Blessings makes soy candles, wax melts, organic soaps, butters, and oils.

I bucked them up at the event again this year; for this Coco I bought two wax melts. In the scents Hot Fudge Brownie, and Black Raspberry Vanilla; they’re both lovely smelling but the brownie one was for me, and the other I gave away as a gift.

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I’m in love with the Coco!♫ Listen, the Hot Fudge Brownie scent is so yummy ♥
P.S. My really cute oil/wax burner is from Earth Elements Ja, Shop #10 Southdale Plaza, in Kingston.

Want Ngozi products? You can find them on Instagram: @NgoziSweetBlessings, and on Facebook: Ngozi Sweet Blessings.

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One Coco: Bridget Sandals

The Cocos are rolling in, this is the second item I’ve purchased from my original wish list, here.  I had five items on the list that I wanted to get by December this year, I only have two but I’ve bought quite a bit of things from Jamaican brands since then, so I can’t complain 😀 Bridget Sandals makes genuine leather sandals, in a variety of styles.

I purchased pewter sandals in the style “Kay” with help from my mom actually, as an early birthday gift (my birthday is the 22nd of this month.) I’ve worn it twice since then and I’m quite fond of it, they look lovely on my feet.

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The Bridget Sandals store is located at 1 Abbeydale Road, Kingston 10; you can also find out more about the store on the website, here.

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One Coco: Ravishing Botanics

Last week Sunday was an event I look forward to annually, A Jamaican Made Christmas 🙂 It’s a pop-up shop before the Christmas season, which features Jamaican brands. This year I actually didn’t do much shopping but I grabbed a bunch of business cards and had a nice time. There I saw Ravishing Botanics for the first time, they make soaps and skin care products out of natural ingredients; that aside they have soaps shaped like desserts (which I found really cute.) I bought a little donut shaped soap in the scent, Spicy Vanilla Fusion, I was actually intrigued by the cupcake shaped soaps but I loved the scent of this one, so I got it.

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I haven’t used it yet… I plan to eventually but for right now, it’s in one of my clothes drawers keeping it smelling yummy.

Find Ravishing Botanics on Facebook and Instagram.

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Hello Queen – Black Girl Magic!

Sugarplum Box is Jamaica’s first subscription box service, you can visit their website, here, to learn more. One of my favourite parts of the experience is seeing the email from the Chief Excitement Officer saying “#GetExcited!” that’s when I know our boxes will be shipped soon…and I get excited 😀 I had said the Sweet Sweet Jamaica Box would be my only Sugarplum Box for a while, then I found out the following theme would be the Hello Queen Box…and I had to get it lol! Cheers to buying from Jamaican Businesses! See what my One Coco initiative is about, here.

Well here we go, this is my second Sugarplum Box and I love it! This box is themed Hello Queen – Black Girl Magic. Take a look at the products I got 🙂

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My fave product is the African print necklace, from I got the box I’ve been trying to think of outfits to wear it with lol, look out for a picture of that 🙂 Also follow them on Instagram for updates @SugarplumBox.

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