Soul Sundayz! *Holiday Edition*

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OMG. I am back again. I have no since of stability. I am all over the place with this blog. :/ For those of you who do a quick peek a boo to see if I have actually written a new post, I really do appreciate you! 2015 has been CRAAA- ZY for me. I quit my job because I was unhappy. Went after one of my ‘dream jobs,’ got that job, and then quit to work on a film in NY! My head is still spinning! I am actually terrified to be without a ‘steady’ job right now, but I think the universe is pushing me to be an entrepreneur in 2016. I have soooo many amazing ideas that I can not wait to share with you all, but first I’d like to talk about our souls. Whaaaatt???!!! You say! Yes, lets talk about what’s going on with us on the inside! It wouldn’t be Soul Sundays if we didn’t talk about our feeelinngggs. Plus, I’m a Pisces, so essentially everyday is Soul Sunday to me!

The Holidays can be a really stressful time! Figuring out what types of presents to buy. Wondering how you’ll afford all of those presents. Deciding who you’ll spend the holidays with. Who is or isn’t in your life during the holidays. Today, my friend, I’m telling you to put all of that stress behind you. I know that’s easier said than done. You may still be at a relative’s house, or you may be traveling today. Wherever you may be, take a moment and just breathe. Close your eyes and take a very deep breath. In and out. Let it go. Think about something that you’ve truly enjoyed about this holiday season. Even if you had the crappiest time, there has to be something that shined a glimmer of love down on you. Think about that moment and let it permeate your soul. Okay, I’m being melodramatic, but seriously let that warmth fill you up entirely until the stress literally leaves your body. If you seriously had the worst time ever this holiday season, turn on the saddest song you can find or put on the saddest movie, and cry your entire eyes out. Just cry until there are no more tears, and you are just tired of crying. Let it out chile. This is how we cleanse our souls. Don’t hold it in. Feel the good and the bad. If there is someone you can trust, talk to them about it and hopefully that will bring you some peace as well.

Today, I am sipping on my Mango black tea from Trader Joe’s while my fiance’ watches football in the living room. I have the window open so I can get some fresh air. (It’s soo warm outside! I’m enjoying it, but it’s also scary!) The cat is laying on the bed enjoying the breeze. I thoroughly enjoy my peace. I don’t know what 2016 holds for me just yet, but today I am at peace and that is all that matters to me. I am not very practical lol!! I definitely live in the clouds, and I know that this may be crazy talk to some people, but if it speaks to your soul, I invite you to come back and spend  Soul Sunday with me again! xoxo- Meek

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Orla Kiely x Clarks Shoe Collection

Good Evening Fashion friends? Happy first day of October! How was your day today? Good I hope! If not, you have my permission to enjoy a big glass of wine and a good book! I am all for luxuriating. I don’t believe in being stressed! I recently came across the cutest collaboration that I’ve seen in a while! Okay, so I’m OBSESSED with the 70’s. No, you didn’t hear me clearly, I mean VERY OBSESSED. That is partially why I named my blog Cleopatra Jonesing. I love the movie Cleopatra Jones! If I could star in the remake, I totally would! The 70’s is definitely my decade. I’d choose it any day over the current times. I love the music, the social climate, and especially the fashion! That’s why I love the collab between British designer Orla Kiely x Clarks shoes so much! It screams 70’s! I love the babydoll-esque feel of her esthetic. You may have seen this brand at Target before, if you are not familiar with the name. She makes luggage, handbags, and she also has a clothing line. She is most known for her vintage inspired prints. I’m sure you all have heard of Clarks. Maybe you passed the store in the mall on your way to Forever 21 lol! It definitely isn’t your typical trendy shoe brand, but they are stepping their game up (no pun intended ;0) Check out the collection below!

OMG! Glitter!!! So cute!! I want to wear them with socks and a skater skirt! I feel like I'm 12 years old again, lusting after my first pair of REAL HEELS! lol!

OMG! Glitter!!! So cute!! I want to wear them with socks and a skater skirt! I feel like I’m 12 years old again, lusting after my first pair of REAL HEELS! lol!

How adorable are the baby blue t-strap flats? I would wear these errday and with errthang!

How adorable are theSE baby blue t-strap flats? I would wear these errday with errthang!

This is not even the entire collection, you guys! I love the navy blue ones in the top right corner. I can't get enough of the neon pink ones at the bottom right either. Dammit, just gimme all of them! :)

This is not even the entire collection, you guys! I love the navy blue ones in the top left corner. I can’t get enough of the neon pink ones at the bottom right either. Dammit, just gimme all of them! 🙂

If you're not exactly a 70's enthusiast like I am, maybe you'd like to tip toe into funky town. (I couldn't help it!) These are subtly groovy. I absolutely love brogues for women by the way. They are so french, and the masculine touch makes them perfect for making a too feminine outfit edgy.

If you’re not exactly a 70’s enthusiast like I am, maybe you’d like to tip toe into funky town. (I couldn’t help it!) These are subtly groovy. I absolutely love brogues for women by the way. They are so french, and the masculine touch makes them perfect for making a too feminine outfit edgy.

Okay, if you are just not into the 70's at all then I don't even know if we can be friends and what kind of monster are you? C'mon!? I still have a shoe for as well. I'm no hater! I love these boots! They are so classic, but the the slightly chunky sole gives a very subtle retro vibe. You'd have to squint to pick up that vibe, but it's there. The ankle grazing height gives a more modern feel. These would look sick with a leather jacket!

Okay, if you are just not into the 70’s at all then I don’t even know if we can be friends and what kind of monster are you? C’mon!? I still have a shoe for you as well. I’m no hater! I love these boots! They are so classic, but the slightly chunky sole gives a very subtle retro vibe. You’d have to squint to pick up that vibe, but it’s there. The ankle grazing height gives a more modern feel. These would look sick with a leather jacket!

ORLA KIELY :)

                       ORLA KIELY 🙂

Are you in love with this collection, or what? There is literally a shoe for everyone. Like I mentioned earlier, this is not the entire collection. You can check that out at orlakiely.com, she has AMAZING clothes and handbags as well! I may cover that on tomorrow’s blog post! Orla Kiely week it is lol! The price for this collection ranges from $250-350, so it is high-end, but hopefully they’ll go on sale during the holidays. Three hundred dollars for a pair of shoes, ain’t nobody got time for that! Good night you all!!! Until next time, – Jameca

What to wear when it’s officially Fall, but it’s still humid outside!

Hello ladies (& gents)! How has your day been so far? Have you had your coffee or tea yet? I hope so! How else are you supposed to be Boss Queens making stacks of bread while maintaining a flawless complexion? LOL. Are you one of those weirdos who doesn’t need caffeine? Omg, you guys are the weirdest people ever! How do you do it? I’m kidding! I actually envy you. I can’t open my eyes completely without some form of caffeine so I want to know all of your mighty secrets! Anywho, lets talk about this weather … Fun huh? Has it been rainy in your neck of the woods? It has been here in Atlanta, but today is pretty sunny. It’s interesting because although it has been raining a lot, I still feel lots of humidity in the air. It makes since because the moisture is creating the humidity (my nerd moment), but it has also been tricky trying to find something to wear. I have been wearing tons of rompers lately. I love rompers! Do you? I have to wear all black at work so I love to make it fun by wearing rompers. One of them has long sleeves, and the others are short sleeves. On the chillier days, I wear the long sleeved one, but since it’s shorts, it gives me some balance. I have put together a few items that you may want to add to your closet while we are still in this middle ground season. Of course I included a romper! 🙂

Zuni Playsuit by Jen's Pirate Booty. I love this romper you guys! It's the perfect color for Fall, but still allows you to breathe when it's pushing 80 degrees outside.

Zuni Playsuit by Jen’s Pirate Booty. I love this romper you guys! It’s the perfect color for Fall, but still allows you to breathe when it’s pushing 80 degrees outside. I think it’d look awesome with an updo and either huge earrings or a statement necklace.

Here is the back view, super cute, huh? It has such a bohemian vibe. If night is approaching, just throw a jean or leather jacket over this all you'll be all set. Pair with ankle boots or brogues for a tomboyish vibe.  jenspiratebooty.com $154 (also available in faded black)

Here is the back view, super cute, huh? It has such a bohemian vibe. If night is approaching, just throw a jean or leather jacket over this and you’ll be all set. Pair with ankle boots or brogues for a laid back vibe.
jenspiratebooty.com $154 szs XS-L (also available in faded black)

We can finally wear jeans again, rejoice!! I love jeans! Especially when I find a pair that has the perfect amount of stretch! I absolutely love bell bottoms too! They're perfect for Fall because they pair greatly with sweaters and long sleeved tops! Don't forget to add a chunky heel or wedge too!

Jango Flared High Waist Denim by Pink Ice. We can finally wear jeans again, rejoice!! I love jeans! Especially when I find a pair that has the perfect amount of stretch! I absolutely love bell bottoms too! They’re perfect for Fall because they pair so well with sweaters and long sleeved tops! Don’t forget to add a chunky heel or wedge too!

One thing that I absolutely adore about bell bottoms is that they're flattering on all shapes. If you're curvy, they will accentuate your curves. If you have a thinner frame, they will accentuate your frame as well. They are the real life version of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants! (i love that movie!) They just look great on everyone. If your are not into drawing attention to your booty, you may want to wear a top that covers it, because these are BOOTY jeans! Even if you don't have one, they'll make you look like you do lol! pinkice.com $49.99 szs 1-15.

One thing that I absolutely adore about bell bottoms is that they’re flattering on all shapes. If you’re curvy, they will accentuate your curves. If you have a thinner frame, they will accentuate your frame as well. They are the real life version of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants! (i love that movie!) They just look great on everyone. If your are not into drawing attention to your booty, you may want to wear a top that covers it, because these are BOOTY jeans! Even if you don’t have one, they’ll make you look like you do lol! pinkice.com $49.99 szs 1-15.

The final item I'd like to add is this AMAZING Birds of Paradise Kimono! This is so perfect for in between weather. It's minimal material so it won't be too heavy, but it provides the perfect about of warmth for those breezes that might pop up through out the day. You can dress this up or down. It would be perfect for date night over a dress, but you could also wear this over a jeans and tee and call it a day! It also has an alluring vintage feel, and people will be clamoring over where you got it! Provide the deets if you choose to!  nastygal.com $40 (currently on sale from $58) only sz remaining is S.

The final item I’d like to show you is this AMAZING Birds of Paradise Kimono! This is so perfect for in- between weather. It has minimal material so it won’t be too heavy, but it provides the perfect about of warmth for those breezes that may pop up through out the day. You can dress this up or down. It would be perfect for date night over a dress, but you could also wear this over jeans and a tee and call it a day! It also has an alluring vintage feel, and people will be clamoring over where you got it! Provide the deets if you choose to!
nastygal.com $40 (currently on sale from $58) only sz remaining is S.

Have a great rest of your day fashion lovers! Until next time, – Jameca 😉

Welcome Back!!!!!!!

Helloooo! Welcome back to Cleopatra Jonesing! I apologize for leaving you all for so long! 😦 😦 Please don’t hate me! I felt very uninspired, and I thought no one even read this blog. (How self deprecating, I know, that’s my specialty.) I first started this blog because I had so much enthusiasm about getting my ideas out, but I need to learn to keep pushing when that enthusiasm sparks out. I don’t know exactly what my plans are for this blog, but I’d like to see where it goes. Also, I have lots of friends who come to me for fashion/beauty related advice. It took me a while to feel secure in the fact that it’s okay for me to be knowledgeable in this area without being a shallow or vain person. My biggest passion in life is being a Human Rights Activist and Humanitarian (I also looove animals!), so I will find a way to incorporate that into the blog as well. Thank you to everyone who has kept an eye out for me, and who hoped I would bring this blog back. I really appreciate every small gesture of support toward my blog! One thing that I have realized is that I really love writing! I don’t know why I’ve been depriving myself of these joys. Oh, I actually do know why, but I’ll save that for my diary lol… unless you’re interested in that too!? Please leave me a comment below letting me know ALL  of the subjects you’d be interesting in hearing about. I am open to discussing my personal life and lessons I have learned (in my 27 yrs lol!)

Have an amazing Monday everyone, and a very productive and prosperous week. Tomorrow I will dive right in with Fall Fashion, and we will see where this conversation of ours takes us. Much Love, Jameca 🙂

*Beauty News!!!*

H&M will be getting new make up!!!

with over 700 new products!!

This looks fancy!! I'm excited! The packaging is chic. I hope it is good quality, and not too flimsy.

This looks fancy!! I’m excited! The packaging is chic. I hope it is good quality! I’m not expecting Charlottle Tilbury, but at least L’Oreal?

That orange lippie is calling my name!!! I can't wait to try it! I love the gold packaging.I wonder if they'll have any liquid to matte lipsticks. I wonder if that is what's in the black & white tube. Hmm...

That orange lippie is calling my name!!! I can’t wait to try it! I love the gold packaging. I wonder if they’ll have any liquid to matte lipsticks. Maybe that’s what’s in the black & white tube. Hmm…

I'm a nail polish addict so this is Ah-mazzzzing!! I love the bottles, cuute!

I’m a nail polish addict so this is Ah-mazzzzing!! I love the bottles, cuute! Photos: Style.com via H&M

I’m really excited about this!!! Is any one else? I wonder if they’ll do any fashion collabs, and limited edition products! We shall see! They will be hitting stores this Fall, as soon as I spot them I’ll try them out and let you know how good they are!! If anyone spots them before then, lemme know! Peace lovers…

Skincare 101: Post Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation aka dark spots! Pt. 1

Hi Lovers! How has everyone’s week been so far? Mine has been all over the place. I’m currently fostering some tiny kittens, and my big cat doesn’t like not being the baby anymore. I feel like I’m running a small zoo. LOL. It’s fun though! I’ll take cats over people any day! Now that summer is rapidly approaching, I’m sure you’d like to wear less make up. If you have post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, or PIH, you may feel a little self conscious about leaving the house with out concealer or foundation of some sort. PIH is the technical term for what us beautifully, pigmentation abundant people call dark spots. If you have fair skin you may call them red spots. They are essentially the same, however it is very hard for us with deeper skin tones to get rid of them. First of all, I’d like to say that if you are concerned about leaving the house without your dark spots covered; please give yourself some slack. It can be very frustrating, I know, but no one is perfect. I can help you get rid of them, but first we have to address the attitude towards your skin. If you hate your skin for the way it is behaving, and you are ashamed of the condition of your skin, it will be very hard to produce results during treatment. A lot of people want rapid results, so they put very aggressive products on their, skin but they don’t realize they may be making things worse. Be gentle to your skin, give it time to heal in a proper way. Also, negativity attracts negativity. I know I sound like a hippie, but a positive mindset about your skin helps tremendously! Okay, so what exactly is post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation? Let’s break it down. Hyper-pigmentation is the overproduction of melanin within the epidermis, which is the outer most layer of the skin. Whenever there is trauma caused to your skin, your body produces melanocytes, which sends melanin to that particular area. People with darker skin tones, produce more melanin than those with lighter skin tones, hence the difference in skin color. Since people with darker skin tones produce more melanin, we also shed skin cells more rapidly. We call that ashy skin! Ashy skin isn’t caused by dryness, it’s actually dead skin cells that have built up on your skin that are waiting to be removed! Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! This over production of melanin also causes keloids and PIH, which are the scars left over from acne. So, PIH is really just too many skin cells in one area! Therefore, the number one way to remove PIH is by exfoliating!! Now, I’m not telling you to go scrub your face off with St. Ives Apricot scrub! You know we all have that in our showers!! (It makes a nice body exfolaitor btw!) The best way to exfoliate dark skin is chemically. There are a number of different chemicals that are amazing at exfoliating the skin, but I’ll save that for the next post!! So stay tuned for pt. 2! Here are a few pictures of PIH!

Tyra has gorgeous skin, but even being a supermodel doesn't excuse you from getting a break out! It seems to have left a dark spot, or is in the process of healing!

Tyra has gorgeous skin, (and those eyes!) but even being a supermodel doesn’t excuse you from getting a break out! It seems to have left a dark spot, or is in the process of healing. Photo: vitamin-ha.com

I just gloated about Kerry's gorgeous skin in a recent post, but she still deals with PIH!

I just gloated about Kerry’s gorgeous skin in a recent post, but she still deals with PIH! Doesn’t take a away from her glow one bit. Photo: usmagazine

Here is Anna Lynne McCord, from 90210, with 'red spots.' She has been very candid about her skin issues, which I applaud. Never the less, she is still a beautiful girl!

Here is Anna Lynne McCord, from 90210, with ‘red spots.’ She has been very candid about her skin issues, which I applaud. Never the less, she is still a beautiful girl! Photo: celebritypop

One thing that I’d like to add is always, always, always apply sunscreen to your face and body! The sun will only intensify the dark spots that you have, and make them darker. You don’t want that! Also, if you are of African descent, as you age the sun will give you facial moles! Especially if it is prominent in your family! Did you know that freckles are just moles that are under the surface of your skin? The sun is your friend, and you need your Vitamin D, but the sun’s rays can also be harmful, so protect yourself. Yes, even if you are the most dark chocolatey shade of brown you need to wear sunscreen. Women in West Africa wear shea butter as a form of sunscreen, so now you can’t go around saying people in Africa don’t wear sunscreen anymore! Stay tuned for pt. 2 lovelies! Until next time!

Soul Sundayz: Happy Mother’s Day!!

Hi Lovers! I’m so sorry my posts are becoming more and more infrequent. I am trying to get myself on a system, because I am such a scatter brain these days! Anyway, Happy Mother’s Day! What do you all have planned for the day? I’m taking my mom to have brunch at her fav spot! This day is an obvious one to really go deep and let the love that you have within pour out. I am not one to hold back my love on any day, but if you are more cautious, just let the love flow! Shower your mother or grandmother with love today, and let her know how much you care. If you all have a strained relationship, let bygones be bygones and decide to move forward on a more positive note. Life is too short for all of that. I hope you all put your best faces forward today too! I sure will! Everything that I know about makeup and style, I learned from my mom. She is the ultimate diva, self proclaimed! There would be no Cleopatra Jonesing without her! She is the more chic and elegant version of me. I am the more wild-child, free-spirit version of her! We are opposites, but we compliment each other! She wouldn’t dare reveal as much about herself as I do, because she has so much class. Me, I’m more crass lol! I love her to death. She’s the most giving person I know. She is self-less, and is as sweet as a GA peach! I wouldn’t trade her for anything in the world! Awwww!!! Here is a throwback with my mom (don’t laugh!) as well as are some mother/daughter duos I adore…

Me with my mom back in the day!!! Look at how fly she was!!! This was the day I did my own hair and picked out my own outfit for the first time. I was 9 years old! I called it my all-white outfit! I made my brother take a picture of us when my mom got home from work that day! Some things never change! My mom's favorite color has always been red! Like a true diva!

Me with my mom back in the day!!! Look at how fly she was!!! This was the day I did my own hair and picked out my own outfit for the first time. I was 9 years old! I called it my all-white outfit! I made my brother take a picture of us when my mom got home from work that day! Some things never change! My mom’s favorite color has always been red! Like a true diva!

Vanessa Williams and Jillian from Lionbabe! Oh how I love Lionbabe!!! She obviously gets it from her mama!!

Vanessa Williams and Jillian from Lionbabe! Oh how I love Lionbabe!!! If you love eclectic r&b you NEED to check them out! She obviously gets it from her mama!! I love that Jillian never mentions her mom unless someone else brings it up, and she attributes her humility to being raised in a normal town in the suburbs of NYC. Good job Vanessa!

How could I not? They are soooooo cool! She is so much like her mama!!! Every time I look at Zoe though I see Lenny!! I love that Lisa Bonet (it felt weird just saying Lisa!) is always on the red carpet supporting Zoe!

How could I not? They are soooooo cool! She is so much like her mama!!! Every time I look at Zoe though I see Lenny!! I love that Lisa Bonet (it felt weird just saying Lisa!) is always on the red carpet supporting Zoe! Seems like they are bffs.

Ah. This is a sad one, I know, but I didn't want to forget about all of you lovers out there who are hurting today. Maybe your mother passed away, or you were adopted and didn't know your birth mother. It's such a sensitive topic, but it's Soul Sunday and I thought it would be appropriate. Plus, if we never talk about the things that are hard to talk about, how will we enjoy the good things? Your tender souls must heal somehow. Don't hold your emotions back, let them pour out. Write a poem to your loved one, write about the memories or the feelings you have when you think of them. Or try writing them a letter, even speaking aloud as if they were in the same room as you. You're in my thoughts, and I'm sending you love.

Ah. This is a sad one, I know, but I didn’t want to forget about all of you lovers out there who are hurting today. Maybe your mother passed away, or you were adopted and didn’t know your birth mother. It’s such a sensitive topic, but it’s Soul Sunday and I thought it would be appropriate. Plus, we must talk about the things that are hard to talk about. Your tender souls must heal somehow. Don’t hold your emotions back, let them pour out. Write a poem to your loved one, write about the memories or the feelings you have when you think of them. Or try writing them a letter, even speaking aloud as if they were in the same room as you. You’re in my thoughts, and I’m sending you love.

Today is a day to show love and affection, and let our hearts be vulnerable. We are lovers, after all. Happy Mother’s Day! Until next time!