One Coco: D’Havia Designs

I have a beach problem, to me it’s not really a problem, but here’s the real problem: for the beach you need swimsuits, I always want new ones. As a girl after my mom, I like getting new clothes, so I’d followed a lot of Jamaican designers over my years of being on Instagram. Today, I want to introduce you to D’HAVIA Designs, her XO Swimsuit is the newest addition to my Coco Basket.

I saw this swimsuit on the D’HAVIA Instagram page months ago, in the colour red, and it looked so good I just had to have it. Seeing that I’m on a budget, I took my time and saved for it; then the day came when I ordered it, in one of my favourite colours, Turquoise.

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It was months after I purchased it that I got a chance to wear it, but eventually I got to the beach, and I was pleased. It came in a clear bag that was super useful; at the beach I placed the wet bikini back into the bag for convenient carrying.

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Me at Fort Clarence Beach in the D’HAVIA XO Swimsuit.

Can you tell this is my favourite colour? I’ve had my beach cover-up for over a year, it is by Momo Penelli, and I had to get that colour. This swimsuit is a little sexy one and I like it, I didn’t expect the tube top to be that small but I don’t really mind. What drew me to it was the eyelets with the lace on the tube top and the sides of the bikini. Another point that drew me to it was that the bottom was high-waist and I had no bikinis like that.

I really like this swimsuit, I felt great in it, and it looked great on me. The piece was sewn very well, and I liked the D’HAVIA emblem attached to it, that showed me her work is well branded. A point to note: When putting it on for the first time, you may need help lacing up the sides of the bikini bottom. I’ll have to rate it a 3.5/5, because there is an inconvenience, after the beach I’d left my swimsuit to dry and I saw that rust began to form around all the eyelets and stain the fabric in that area. I didn’t expect that to happen, and I was upset because I love the swimsuit. It’s still tarnished right now but I will try a white vinegar trick. Check out her social media pages nonetheless because she has a plethora of designs to chose from.


Follow @DhaviaDesigns on Instagram and Facebook.


One Coco: Quaint By GSC

Today I have another addition to the Coco Basket, it is a white Royal Dawta Crossbody Bag from Quaint by GSC. I’m not going around this, I love this brand, you’re gonna keep seeing it on my site. Quaint by GSC is an Afrocentric brand; the goods include bags, clothes, swimsuits, and hats, with a touch of African print. Gabrielle Clarke keeps coming up with beautiful innovative designs, and they just take up a little space in my heart. When she had just released the crossbody bags, I knew I had to have one. For this Coco, I asked my mom for it as a birthday gift, and my wish was granted.

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It wasn’t a surprise because I wanted to choose the design but when I got it on my birthday I was elated. I was getting ready to head out to my birthday dinner when mom came home and delivered it to me. I have moods, and when I picked my colour scheme I was feeling white, and what better to go with white than gold? I must admit, white is one of my favourite colours, especially for accent pieces. To me, it gives an air of fanciness; from time to time I’ll polish my fingernails and toenails white, it makes me feel “boujee”.

The bag was bigger than I thought it was gonna be, and for that I was happy; I’m a woman that carries her life in her handbag, so to have a big casual bag is great. The stitching and seams are very neat. I had one problem with the bag, the lining inside is green…I was very confused when I opened it, and when it’s closed you see a hint of the green at the sides. I assumed it was to be unique, for a pop of colour but personally I would have preferred it to be white, it would have a neater look to me. Plus, I don’t like green, that shade specifically. So, I’ll be rating this a 4.5/5, would buy again… in all the colours.

Follow @QuaintbyGSCJa & @QuaintAfrowear on Instagram.


One Coco: Sen Say

Today I’m telling you about Sen Say Soy Candles; this is the second addition to the basket from A Jamaican Made Christmas. I didn’t buy a candle though, I bought their Aroma Beads. You place them in your drawers (teehee) to keep your clothes smelling nice. The brand Sen Say promotes recycling and keeping the environment healthy; and as I said they previously, they make scented soy candles. The candles last longer, they burn cleaner- leaving no toxins or pollutants in the air- and they’re made of soybean, which is a renewable source.

I was waltzing through the crowd looking for things to buy, and I stumbled upon the Sen Say booth. I was intrigued by a vanilla and coffee scented candle but I had so many similar scents, I left it. I smelt the aroma beads though, and had to get it, it was cheap and smelt so good; I didn’t have anything like this scent in my arsenal. I had to ask the owner about the scent, it was one of her specialties, she said it was a scent she had designed for her soft rose soy candle. So, the newest addition to the (Jamaican Brand) Coco basket is Aroma Beads by Sen Say.

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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,, she makes clothes, hats and swimsuits as well.


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.


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 or check them out on Instagram @SugarplumBox.


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!


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 and on IG: StoryandMyth.


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:, and remember to follow their Instagram: @HoneyVeraJa.