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Okay, Okay…summer isn’t even here yet and I am already predicting that this will be by far the hottest summer in Jamaica of all time. Day by day the amount of clothing I wear seriously gets less and less and it’s not because I want to look sexy (okay maybe just a little lol) but it’s mostly because it’s so freakn’ hot!
Recently, I was out for lunch with a few friends and we ended up in a little disagreement because someone said denim shorts are out of style!!! What???? How??? Why?? Huh? Instant Poker Face! When I hear statements like that all I can really do is laugh in disbelief because as far as I know denim shorts will never become a thing of the past. Why? Because it is an essential, convenient and versatile piece for warmer days and it can literally take you from lounging on the beach to a girls night out on the town with zero problems. Plus with summer right around the corner I suggest we all better start pulling those denim shorts back out from hiding. Whether you think it’s trending or not…
There is one motto I will forever stand by for summer dressing…the less fuss, the better. Pass me a pair of short, shorts any day and I’m set. During this time of the year I think we all pretty much opt for cooler and more casual outfits. I live in Jamaica so I live in shorts all year round but I suspect many of you feel like…YES!!! It’s finally here! Short-shorts season, bare legs and all.
Today I’m sharing with you a quick and easy summer inspired, street style outfit that I styled for a photoshoot I did with Alikay Naturals (yay for denim shorts ideas). I styled my distressed, blue denim shorts with a classic, fitted, ribbed tee from Asos [because white tees and jeans shorts is another thing that never go out of style]. Summer days are bright and vibrant so I also played with colors and prints by pairing my outfit with an oversized, pineapple print clutch and hot pink pumps. Oh and about the pumps…take my word, never underestimate the power of heels. Pairing my denim shorts with heels creates the optical illusion of having mile-long legs. Can you say SCORE!!! I finished off my look by accessorizing with gold, stacked bracelets & watch and popped on a pair of 18ct gold sunnies to add a little diva to my look. Plus Alikay Gals are known to be fierce ‘so yuh dun know we had to bring out di diva glasses!’
I really think this entire look embodies the style of an AlikayNaturals Gal because it screams CARIBBEAN to the core! Short-shorts, pineapples, a bold lippie, heels that are turnt all the way up, ‘good up, good up’ sunglasses and a wild & free Afro. Yes, that’s pretty much the epitome of island gal attire. Plus Summer is here so why not loosen up a little and just let everything be ‘Irie Mon’, haha! What are your thoughts on my very casual, Caribbean inspired look? Oh and also leave a comment below sharing your thoughts on whether denim shorts will forever be trending or not.
Top (Asos, Sold Out) Similar HERE or HERE ♦ Shorts (Topshop X Nordstrom) HERE ♦ Gold Sunnies (Dolce & Gabbana, limited edition) Similar HERE or HERE ♦ Pumps (Christian Louboutin) HERE ♦ Watch (Michael Kors) HERE ♦ Pineapple Clutch (DVRA) HERE ♦
♥ HAIR ♥
For my curls out there wondering just how in the world did I achieve this hairstyle, don’t worry I’ve decided to list the steps below.
- After washing my hair with Alikay Naturals Caribbean Coconut Milk Conditioner I split my hair into 8-10 sections.
- In each section I first apply the Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner, followed by their Hair Parfait Moisturizer and then their Aloe Berry Styling Gel. Once all three products are applied I two-strand twist each section and wear my hair in twists for a day or two (or until dry). As you know, I have very defined coils so I first need to stretch my hair before attempting to create an Afro.
- On day three, or once my hair is completely dry, I will remove the twists and rock my hair in a twist-out for another day or two. By this time my hair is now stretched and also experiencing some level of frizziness.
- Now for the oversized FRO! I take my hair-pick to comb away my hair from my scalp.
- Once I’ve completely picked out the twists and I’ve achieved the desired amount of volume, I then use some more of the Aloe Berry Styling Gel to sleek down one side of my hair and to also lay my edges & TADA!
Essentially this is just an old twist-out that I picked out into a gigantic FRO!
Visit www.alikaynaturals.com for products mentioned.
Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥