Natural Icon Beauty Feature – KRYSTAL

Our Natural Icon Beauty for the Month of February is Krystal Tomlinson. Krystal is presently the PR Manager for the Digicel Foundation and have also shot up the ranks in Jamaican media in recent years. She has hosted across several platforms, including being the dynamic host of TVJ’s cooking programme, Nyammings and E-Prime. In the capacity of Social Researcher, she served as a panelist for the Gleaner’s live streaming of the recently held National General Elections.

She is such an accomplished young black queen that we could ask her so many other questions but we decided to focus mainly on her natural hair journey. We will definitely have to do another feature though as this Natural Icon Beauty is a force to be reckoned with and armed with a story that inspires many.
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Here’s our interview:

NIB: Hey Queen, I’m so glad you agreed to be featured as our Natural Icon Beauty of the month. Please introduce yourself to our readers. (Name, age, where you’re from, interests)

KT: Krystal Amoy Tomlinson, 25, born at in Kingston and spent my formative years growing up in Greater Portmore under the care of a strong matriarchal team (mommy, auntie and grandma). I have one younger sibling who towers above me in height so he’s launched an advocacy campaign for me to stop calling him my “little” brother! 😀

NIB: Define your style.

KT: I’m adventurous but I venture mostly between understated elegance and simple chic. I hate tight clothing, although I’ll wear it, but loose is always a preference.

NIB: What do you love about your natural hair?

KT: That it’s all mine. I love that it best reflects my personality (locs and their association with social rebellion); I also love low-maintenance hair styles and locs give me that freedom. It’s not expensive to maintain and the messier the cuter they seem to look. It’s also an expression of my willingness to take risks in a space where conformity is preferred. At the time that I locked my hair I was already on television but some persons thought it would offend viewers and get me kicked off TV. Though that never happened, I wasn’t worried about it but it did take guts to challenge mainstream beauty standards and it helps to see 4 other women also dominating the media space with their bold embrace of the black woman’s mane.

NIB: Have you ever processed your natural tresses?

KT: I tried to process the front once…when I was 18…to put in some version of weave. I hated the way I looked with straight hair and bought an afro wig to hide it until my roots came back.

NIB: When did you decide to loc your hair?

KT: In 2012

NIB: Some people are under the impression that having loc is hard and expensive to maintain, is that so?

KT: Not in my experience because my intention is not to have it slicked back all the time so I don’t tighten it often. I like when it looks a little messy. It would be costly to style your hair every week, whether processed or natural, so it really depends on the beauty standards of the individual.

NIB: What’s your hair regimen?

KT: I wash, treat and style my hair every two weeks. I use the Mango and Lime suite of products, coconut oil and sometimes shea butter.

NIB: I’ve heard stories of women who have been pressured to process their hair or who have experienced harsh criticisms, negativity and/or even sabotage because they wear their natural tresses. Have you had any such experience(s) solely or partly because of your locs?

KT: No I haven’t…I don’t think anyone is brave enough to go there with me. LOL.

NIB: What advice would you give someone who is experiencing such pressure?

KT: Be bold in your beauty. You have to decide what makes you beautiful because you are more than your hair. Own yourself! Love yourself! Live yourself! The more comfortable you get with who you are, the less concerned you’ll be with looking like other women and conforming to social standards.

NIB:  If you could describe your life, vision for your life, or guiding philosophy(ies) using three quotes, what would they be?

KT: 1. “Think generously, speak kindly, act fairly and live daily. Life is improved one thought, one word, one deed, one day at a time”

2. “Some people will speak kindly; don’t let it inflate your head. Some will speak unkindly; don’t let it deflate your heart.”

3. “Earn your success. If it’s handed to you , you may have to hand it back.”

NIB: You are such an inspirational young black queen and I know you are not one to live a life of regrets so what would you say was your most impactful failure or ‘mistake’? How did you rebound and what lesson(s) did you learn?

KT: When UWI (University of the West Indies) suspended my student privileges because of an exam riot that was led by myself and colleagues on the UWI Guild. I learned 2 things:

  1. As a leader you must be prepared to accept the praise and the punishment for the actions of those you lead. It’s a two-way street. If they succeed, you succeed. If they fail, you fail. You don’t get to opt out of the relationship when it suits you.
  2. Never out your name, face and voice behind a cause that you’re not willing to lose your reputation for. Thankfully, that was a cause that I truly believe in and so I was willing to accept the consequences.

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Thanks for those sound words Krystal. I appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. It was definitely enlightening.

I know most, if not all, will agree that Krystal is natural beauty personified, with a bubbly personality and good sense of humour. I have no doubt, if she continues on this extraordinary path, she is due bigger and better things. No pun intended 🙂

Love & Blessings,

Queen Stacia.

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Instagram: @krystaltomlinson

Twitter: @kryticalmind

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Credits:

Photography & Styling: @staciadavidson

Make up: @krystaltomlinson

Dress: @mamayashi

Earrings: @yaadtrendz

 

Raise Your Price!

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“If you put a small value on yourself, rest assured, the world will not raise your price.”

I’ve always known this but the revelation has just now jumped at me so refreshingly and with such a convincing intensity that I had to write about it.

The secret has been out for so long, yet as a people, we refuse to consciously decide to act and change the way we view ourselves. We refuse to change our limiting beliefs of who we are and what we are worth. The startling realization that the ONLY thing that could be keeping you down, keeping you in bondage, keeping you poor, keeping you in bad relationships is how you see yourself, is still not even enough to force you to see your worth.

It’s as clear to me as daylight now. Have you ever wondered how such a strong, powerful, smart, ingenuous, creative race could succumb to being enslaved for so long? It’s simple, our oppressors weren’t any stronger, any greater in numbers, any more creative but what they had was the “secret”. You keep someone down by instilling their sense of worthlessness, by ensuring they never come to realize their worth. You do that to someone, and you have in your possession a devoted slave for life… a slave to oppressive systems, a slave to bad relationships, a slave to mediocrity, a slave to failure, a slave to low esteem… Now, you do that to a nation, to an entire race and you can just imagine the power you hold in your hands.

You’ll notice the minute someone starts seeing his worth, his actions change. The fact is, no one can change without first changing his mindset…That’s where it all starts. Our very decisions are affected when we change how we think. We start making better choices, accepting better things and refusing to accept that which is bad for us because we know what we deserve. Marcus Garvey said that without confidence in self we are twice defeated in the race of life but that confidence only comes when we realize our worth. Our worth is tied to our possibilities.

When you know your worth, you walk accordingly. So there is really no magic to what people have been saying all along about the law of attraction. If you are walking with your head down, if you have a low self esteem, if you are negative etc., you will send off that signal and you’ll attract those things and people to your life that may feed on those kinds of attitudes and energies. However, a woman, who is confident, looks good and knows it, knows what she’s about, knows what she wants and what she’s worth will attract those men bold enough to take on the challenge and will probably deter those that don’t think they can match up to the expectations. That’s the simple Law of Attraction…. we attract what we honour, what we respect and what we believe.

I’m not saying it’s easy to change how we think and how we view ourselves especially since some of us have been born to believe our worthlessness but it’s NECESSARY if we are going to improve our lives, make better choices and BUILD the confidence Garvey wanted us to have… What is good about you? What is different about you? Find out and instill in yourself a sense of worth. Read good books that will help the process. Hang around people who know their worth and who are confident and positive. Your life is in your hands. You cannot depend on others to make you feel worthwhile because such is the system of slavery and capitalism….designed to keep you in classes- one above the other, one smarter than the other, one richer than the other, one superior to the other…

Find your worth, cherish it, internalize it, live it….. and see yourself walk into a better life.

You are worthy. Raise your price!

Love,

Queen Stacia.

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DIY Crop Top Style

What do you do when your flight gets cancelled so you have a couple more days before your next flight? You do something constructive. Well, I wrote two blog posts.

What do you do when you have written two blog posts you insist that you saved and edited to perfection but they have somehow mysteriously gone missing? You cuss some b*mb*cl**t start over. *inhale* *exhale* So as hard as this is for me to do, I will write them over. *sigh* Let’s hope this ‘New Year New Me’ fever doesn’t wear off any time soon. I’m kind of liking this patient Stacia. 😒

My friend Diedre suggested that I let you know how I came up with and how you can achieve each of the looks for all my style entries. As great as that sounds, I have no plans to commit to that kind of bondage, professionalism consistency for each post especially since I write (and edit) as I’m inspired. Hence, I sometimes don’t even know what I’m going to write about until I actually start writing. And at that point, there’s no telling what will or will not make the cut.

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Speaking of cut, it now makes sense to share with you how I achieved the look for this crop top and how you can too with just a tshirt, scissors, needle (or sewing machine), thread and material scraps of your choice. And since I lost my original content this could be a great DIY project, I thought you’d find it useful.

Believe it or not, this spunky crop top was once a dull solid colour black tshirt. I achieved its new look by cutting a piece of animal print material that I liked and stitched it in the centre of the black Tshirt. I then cut the shirt to my desired length. I also cut around the ring of the neckline to make it wider so I could achieve an off the shoulder effect. After that, I cut two strips of denim from an old pair of jeans and stitched it to the shoulders like an epaulette. I then cuffed the sleeves to my liking and that was it. My once dull black Tee has now been transformed into a crop top with a new cheerful personality.

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And of course, in the true coining meaning of my ‘hippie urban’ and ‘upcycled chic’ style, I paired it with the infamous neon green flared skirt that sadly will be making its final appearance for the year (R.I.P.)…. and my pink Converse that I absolutely love. Consequently, it didn’t suffer the same fate that the rest of the other stuff I got from my ex did. *snickers* Come on, #DontJudgeMe I’m just kiddin’….. (or am I? Lol)   

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Crop Top: @staciadavidson

Styling: @staciadavidson

Photography: @nickiikane

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Location: Downtown Kingston, Jamaica

Off The Shoulder

I designed this off the shoulder body con dress a couple years ago but haven’t worn it in ages. On searching my closet for another compliment for the neon green flared skirt, I came across it and thought that the off the shoulder cut and the earth tone colours would be a good fit. The black tulle at the hem may be a bit much for the conservative or boring among us but I thought it added even an iota of personality. I love off the shoulders by the way, but I have to admit, that my curves confidence was definitely the selling point for this dress. *giggles*

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Again, I love the versatility of being able to wear it by itself (as a dress) or as a top with a flared skirt. I definitely loved this look. I almost felt like Cinderella. If only I had the glass slipper… (and the Prince Charming😂.)

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Dress: @staciadavidson

Styling: @staciadavidson

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Location: Downtown Kingston, Jamaica

Vintage & Mini

I know I had promised 4 consecutive weeks (January) of neon green flared skirt styling posts. However, I’ve decided to give you a break this week to prevent any kind of cloying feeling that could possibly upset your fashion appetite. Not quite! The truth is, I had no plans to give you a break from my neon skirt obsession but I’m working solely from my phone today and I’m having problems downloading those neon skirt photos. Nevertheless, I’m staying true to my decision to make at least one new post every Sunday. I’ve opted to substitute the original intended post for today for this one, rather than not post anything at all. *pats self on back* I’m working on being more disciplined in the things that matter so I’m striving for consistency rather than perfection. I’m learning ‘perfection’ is the enemy of greatness anyway, and things don’t have to be exactly how I’ve planned it for it to be beautiful. Flexibility doesn’t mean that I’m not focused. Sometimes you have to adjust your sail according to the direction the wind is blowing. Albeit, you’re going to the same destination…. (And off I go into a philosophical tangent lol).

Unfortunately, you’re still in for a treat as I will be posting the rest of the neon flared skirt outfits, as promised, next week. Thank me later. But in the mean time, check out my Vintage & Mini combo for this week.

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I am trying to think of the appropriate style jargons to describe my preferences. I’m leaning closer towards the idea that my personal style is a mix of laid back, afro-centric, hippie, afro-casual, urban, vintage sexy and upcycled chic😂. Is there even such a thing? Does that even make sense?🙈 Doesn’t matter, I think that really summed up my style in a nutshell.

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I’m always looking for thrift finds wherever I go and I especially love seeking out vintage looking pieces whenever I’m on one of my thrifting escapades. On a previous visit to DC, I discovered this ‘vintage’ floral jacket which I instantly fell in love with despite the earnest attempts of my friend to try to persuade me that I was wasting all of $5 on this “ugly jacket intended for an old woman”. I guess pairing it with this hip hugging mini (that I got made) was the compromise and my way of “younging” it up for her *side eye😒*.  My crochet gladiator sandals by local designer Michelle Walker of Crochet Eye Candy was another great style find. I can definitely add this to my closet of repeat offenders.

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I bet you couldn’t tell that I’m Jamaican. I tried not to make it too obvious. Yeah right?! *giggles* One Love.

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Credits:
Sandals: @crocheteyecandy

Skirt: @staciadavidson

Styling: @staciadavidson

Photography: @marz_jackson

Make Up: @lejounb.artistry

Location: Downtown Kingston, Jamaica

Neon & Polka Dots- Part 2

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As I had said in last week’s post, my neon green flared skirt will be featured this month (and maybe even after). Yes, I love it that much so look out for it next week as well. Today, allow me to bore you with the same colours I wore last week. My intention is that my  breasts smile will make up for that. Enjoy!

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I found this black and white polka dot bikini top and thought that it would go well with my neon green skirt. I would have worn it alone (that is, with the skirt) and showed a little skin if only my ‘summer body’ wasn’t looking so winter-ish *covers waist face*. So I literally just put the polka dot bikini top over a black tank top and Voila! I had a new top. Well, kind of. Lol I hope you like it.*wink*

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You’ve probably already read the “About Me” Section but I’m always learning something new about myself so I encourage and recommend that you read each post as it will probably give you a better understanding of and insight to the person behind the blog. Here are a few more things that I’ve uncovered about myself & this blog:

  1. I’m from a Tropical country so my outfit choices will somewhat reflect and be influenced by that. I always say Style over Fashion because style is personal and fashion is about rules and trends. However, when it comes to winter, it’s always COMFORT FIRST. A Winter in New York is when I’m at my worst. It’s way too cold to be pretty.
  2. I’m showcasing my personal lifestyle. So that simply means my hair will not always be combed, my nails may never be done and I’ll be wearing flats and sandals ALOT. Ok, so that’s actually my disclaimer.
  3. I absolutely love thrifting. I love up cycling. I’m creative, cheap frugal and resourceful. I like trying things. Like, for instance, wearing a bikini top over a tank top and calling it an outfit… I know you’re saying, “Look at her thinking she’s fresh.” lol But am I not? *blows kiss*

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The world of fashion is black or white. It can be a cruel and unforgiving place for those who break the rules so I’d rather not live there. I like experimenting and having the freedom to create, wear and do whatever I want, however I choose. I live in colour. See what I did there? 🙂

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Oh, remember these red heels from my last post? Ha! Repeating is a hobby of mine. Can’t say I didn’t warn you! How’s that for a fashion blog? *side eye*

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And this is how I ride off into the sunset with Prince Charming…lol Not really… my friend Phillippa suggested I hop on this man’s bike and he was too willing to oblige. Didn’t come off as we had hoped but I’d do it again in a heartbeat. *smirks*

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Photography: @marz_jackson

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Neon & Polka Dots

I’m super excited about my first style entry. One of the things you’ll learn about me is that I like to repeat pieces. The fact that I bought it, suggests that I like it and if I like it, then that simply means I’m going to want to wear it as I often as I desire. Makes sense right?

This is exactly how I feel about this neon green flared skirt I bought at a Thrift Store in D.C. The day that I bought it was a very good day because  I absolutely LOVE it! 🙂 I’ll be featuring it this month and showing different ways that I’ve styled it. I’m also going to show how you can be resourceful and stylish at the same time. You don’t have to spend a fortune to look like a fortune. Just be creative and let your beauty shine from within. CONFIDENCE is everything! 🙂

 

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I’m wearing a black dress with a statement black and white polka dot neckline which I designed along with a red vintage looking bag that I snatched from my mom’s closet and a pair of red heels that you’ll be seeing alot. lol

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I then paired the neon skirt with the same dress, now worn as a top, to show how versatile your pieces can be. As for my hair, that’s my “I just woke up like this” look. And to complete the look, I added my beautiful smile. *wink*

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Queen Stacia.

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Dress: Designed by me (@StaciaDavidson)

Photography: @Nickiikane

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