So.. What’s Next? #Summer2k17

Summer has arrived! You know what that means! A whole lot of skin, partying and blurry nights.

I’m so happy to be back in the swing of things. You have no idea how much I missed writing and talking shit. I’m just so good at it. If you follow me on social media, you already know I was on a creative hiatus trying to finish my last semesters of my first two years in college. By the grace of God, I am done.

The question is, what the hell am I going to do with my life? My answer to you is, I don’t know. If you know me, you already know how anal I am and how I HAVE to stick to a plan. The only plan I have right now is to be happy and I am. Crazy things have happened in my life, but I am such a strong believer that things happen for a reason and I can already see those reasons. I’ve laughed and loved. Now I’m in a  new chapter in my life. I like to call it the “So… what’s next?” chapter. Trust and believe that the best things are unplanned. Start taking risks. Take creative risks, risks on love, risks in regards to traveling etc. Even if those risks don’t work out, it is a better feeling to know that you tried. You will hate the feeling of “what if”.

Another thing I need you guys to do this Summer is to invest in yourself. No one can ever support or show you love they way you can. It’s time to prove to yourself how worthy you are. You deserve everything in life that you want. Only thing is, it takes a lot of hard work and patience. This is something you should be doing year around. But it is never too late to start.

Lastly (wow Jheneel, high school transition words? Really?) do what you want to do unapologetically. Live life freely. Do not try to impress the next person. You aren’t living for anyone else but yourself! Shake that ass, drop out of medical school, do what you have to do to be happy (besides killing people because……) There’s a lot of factors around us such as social media that may make us feel inadequate. But baby.. hunny.. your success is not measured by others. Everyones timing is different. And (I know I shouldn’t start a sentence with and but give me a pass) baby.. hunny.. half those people are faking their happiness. Which would you rather do? Genuinely be happy or put on show to fill the void of unhappiness? Personally, I’m going with option A.

I hope you took my mediocre words into consideration because it doesn’t take a genius to realize that being happy is such a great feeling! I love you guys so much. More is on the way. Be patient got dammit.

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Self Love

Happy New Year! I’m beyond blessed and thankful that God spared my life yet another year. I think it’s time that I can finally go into depth on how self love is so important. Sometimes tragedies and heartbreak can result in such a beautiful thing. You have to find the beauty within the ugly. There are always bright, bouncy clouds in the mist of the stormy ones. It’s hard to have that mindset when you’re actively being hurt. That’s why I’m here to share my perspective.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the shit out myself. I be poppin’ or whatever. But in the past months, Iv’e learned so many things about myself. I am able to identify my emotions and how I feel. Sometimes we like to deceive our brain into thinking we are fine. In my opinion, that is extremely detrimental. I like to recognize that feeling, brainstorm on how I can diminish or enhance that feeling, then make it my bitch. I refuse to let anyone else be in control of my feelings. In reality, I only have myself. If you can’t be 100% honest with yourself, then what’s the point?

Another process in finding self love is recognizing your likes and dislikes. What makes you happy? What are your passions? Do you love this? Do you hate that? Do every and anything that makes you happy. I tell everyone I come across that I support all their life decisions. That’s what life is ultimately about to me. Doing what you love, spreading peace and giving back.

Last but not least, remove every fucking negative energy around you. I know it may be hard for you to cut off people that are so close to you. Whether if it’s a boyfriend, best friend etc. If they are a negative Nancy, cut that bitch off. For example, Iv’e had cut emotional strings with certain family members. Why should your words and actions have me feeling unworthy?  I now know what makes me happy, right? And that doesn’t make me happy, right?

Peoples negativity can consume you and have you believe that YOU can’t make that goal or YOU can’t obtain true happiness. With all that bad energy, you start doubting and questioning yourself. Am I good enough? Will I ever make it? Well let me tell you something bitch- and I mean that in the most enduring way, you can. You guys are strong, smart, beautiful, creative and wish nothing but the best. I truly love all of you. Keep pushing and be safe.

 

 

Birds in the Trap Sing Mcknight

 

Travis Scott is known for his crazy antics, intense concerts and just being a plain asshole. But please do not let that stop you from listening to one of the best albums ever. If anyone disagrees, I’ll go ahead and leave my location on… So we can discuss it.

Lately I’ve been really paying attention to music. I want to know everything about a song. Who the producers are, who are the writers, who is in the background singing-  like I need to know! I’m just realizing that making music is really art. Every little sound you hear took a lot of time and effort. That’s another thing, production. Producers do not get enough credit. But I’m here to say that the production on this album was (excuse my language) fucking amazing!

The first song “the ends” (which is ironic because it’s the beginning of the album) builds up your anticipation. It then goes into a completely new beat. Then Andre 3000 slides on the track one time. You wouldn’t even know because none of the song title says who is featured which I love because it’s a surprise element that keeps you on your toes.

The second song “way back” is fire as fuck. You here “woah, yeah boy” and try to think who’s voice it is. It’s Kid Cudi bitch! You’ll hear Swizz Beatz yelling “right”.  I swear I hear Kanye West saying “we in the house” but I have no valuable sources to confirm that. Plus, there are times I confuse Travis’ voice for Kanyes’ but that’s another story. After wanting to shake your ass for 2 minutes or so, it transitions once again into another beat. It’s like two songs in one!

Then there’s the third track “coordinate”. It starts off with a recording of Blac Youngsta that can either motivate you or make you laugh a little. The hook “coordinate the tan with the beans in my rock star skinnies”is a drug reference where he mixes oxycodone and MDMA while wearing tight skinnies. Take that line however you want, but Travis considers himself to be a rock star and sometimes rock stars take drugs. In this song, you’ll notice a lot of his adlibs such as  “it’s lit”, “yeah!” and “straight up”. In my opinion it adds more ‘litness’ (lmao what the hell am I talking about).

The fourth track “through the late nights” featuring Kid Cudi is the best songs on the album. FIGHT ME IF YOU THINK OTHERWISE.

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People have been making fun of Cudis’ constant humming in songs but it literally made this song that much better.”Hmm, nah nah mmm, nah, nah nah”is the best line. Travis comes into the mixture of humming and repeatedly says “all through the late night”. Throughout the track, the boys explain how they sleep during the day, party all night and sometimes they wake up in places there not familiar with. Travis says one of Cudis’ popular lines “day n, night, I toss and turn I keep stress in my mind”.

The fifth track “beibs in the trap” is another head banger. The trippy beat makes you wanna do some dumb dance. Or at least that’s how I feel. Canadian rapper and producer Nav starts off the song and really gets us in the  mood. This is another song that’s blatantly about drug use but I mean… that beat though!

On “sdp” interlude Travis and Cassie repeatedly harmonize the line “smoke some, drink some, pop one”. This track samples “You and I” by Washed Out. Although it’s just repetition, it’s extremely good to me.

Honestly, I was gonna crack down on all 14 songs because they’re seriously that great but for my sanity, I’m going to skip over to track 13 “guidance”. So word on the street is.. well the internet, is that Travis stole this song from an artist by the named K. Forest . I guess Travis didn’t properly credit him and remixed it but like… still didn’t give credit which is kind of a bummer. You can listen to the original here and compare.

His last album Rodeo was great but he definitely showed improvement. Seeing that he used to work behind the scene as a producer, I’m pretty sure he’s aware of how much a good beat can impact a song.

 

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1. the ends ft. André 3000
2. way back ft. Swizz Beatz & Kid Cudi
3. coordinate ft. Blac Youngsta
4. through the late night ft. Kid Cudi
5. beibs in the trap ft. Nav
6. sdp interlude ft. Cassie
7. sweet sweet
8. outside ft. 21 Savage
9. goosebumps ft. Kendrick Lamar
10. first take ft. Bryson Tiller
11. pick up the phone + Young Thug ft. Quavo
12. lose ft. Cassie
13. guidance ft. K. Forest
14. wonderful ft. The Weeknd

Check out Rap Genius if you want to know the lyrics, the producers, writers and the samples that were used. And obviously listen to the album!

 

 

Summer Foundation Makeup Routine

 

The Summer heat in South Florida is crazy and I’m pretty sure it’s unbearable where you live too. I messed around with some products and techniques to cope with the weather and came up with this. This foundation look lasts through the Summer days for me so I wanted to share with ya! Hope you enjoy.

WATCH IN 1080P IT’S SO MUCH COOLER

Products used:
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer- Radiant Glow
L.A. Girl Pro Concealer- Espresso
Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer- Chestnut
True Match Super Blendable Powder- Nut Brown
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer- Amande
Sacha Buttercup Setting Powder
Black Radiance Concealer Stick- Dark
Black Radiance True Complexion Contour Palette- Medium to Dark
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray

American Apparel Shopping Spree + #OOTD

In the spirit of shopping at American Apparel , I wore their velvet bustier dress with an ASOS strappy sandal paired with accessories from various shops.

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Velvet Underwire Bustier Skater Dress  (currently out of stock)

ASOS Flat Out Lace Up Flat Sandals (currently out of stock)

90’s Tattoo Choker

Velvet Choker

Midi Rings

Victoria Secret Hot Pink Wallet/Purse (received as a gift)

Invicta Watch (received as a gift)

 

Everyone that knows me, knows that American Apparel is my favorite brand. I’ve made videos and previous posts about it because.. it’s that serious. They offer high quality, timeless clothing in a sweatshop free environment. This pass weekend they had a pop up flea market right behind their Miami Lincoln Road location. At the other flea market locations, they have discounted clothing so I knew I had to stop by. More importantly they had an extra ‘50% off everything’ sale from July 15-17th. So discounted clothes with another discount added?? Yeah I’m all in. After getting lost and confusing the real location for the pop up location, I walked into something that seemed like heaven. Tubs filled with hundreds of pieces. All garments with a red sticker were an extra 75% off. YALL. Pieces that were originally $68, then $34 ended up costing me $8. That was the most I spent on an item during this shopping spree. My original total was $700+ and I ended up paying $73 for 22 items. As you can see, I dedicated a clothing rack for all my American Apparel clothes in style, color and size order. Luckily if you’re in the South Florida area, the pop up shop is coming back for one more weekend: July 22nd-24th from 12pm to 5pm. Tell em’ Jheneel sent ya! (Don’t actually tell them that. They won’t know who you’re talking about)