STYLING CARGO PANTS II 011

It’s another Fashion post! You guys really like it when I post these, so I came through.

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So, I’d like to thank Misguided for sponsoring us. No i’m kidding I wish LOL, but as you can see my friend Samantha and I are both styling the cargo pants we both bought from Misguided USA. The quality of these pants in my opinion were the perfect fit. They are really high waisted which is something I was really hoping they’d be, and I was excited to see that they came through with what I expected. Since this was the first time I had personally bought anything online, I would definitely rate misguided a 9/10 and would love to shop there again.

My only disclaimer about buying clothes from misguided is that since they are an American store there will be an extra tax that will be sent a few days after you checkout your items, just so you are aware.

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MY OUTFIT DETAILS

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SAMANTHA’S OUTFIT DETAILS

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So, I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Tell me if you want to see more reviews or anything at all!. Be sure to check out my instagram @stellajanexo :))

** All photos were taken by my Amazing friend Angelie Sutch

FUTURISTIC THOUGHTS II 010

This is me stepping up my game and posting more outfits, you’re welcome.

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As you all know, I am 16 and a junior in high school, This means my future is coming up fast. Sometimes I feel like I have it all together and I know what I want to do for sure, but recently that’s all changed. I have always been so scared of going for my dreams of working solely in the fashion industry even if it’s not what my parents are others want for me. It’s kinda scary, following your dreams. I think thoughts like what if i don’t succeed? what if my parents were right? should I have become a doctor all along?

I was having a little chat with my dad and I asked him a really good question. I asked if he wakes up happy to work everyday. He told me how much he loves what he does and advised me that it’s my life and I should do what I know will make me happy in the future. I was always scared of asking my dad, I really don’t know why. Maybe it was the feeling of thinking he would be disappointed in me, but look how that turned out!

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My advice to anyone who feels the needs to go against their passion to impress others is stop. Its your life! You should be able to follow your dreams, BE A RISK TAKER, live out your passion and most importantly to be happy. I know it sounds super cliche but TRUST ME, you will be happy in the end. I am not saying I suddenly have my whole life figured out but, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

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Hope you guys enjoyed todays post! Let me know if you don’t like it or love it more when I include stuff in my personal life in my posts, I honestly just feel the need to encourage people out there and help them if they are going through any hard times. If you guys ever need anyone to talk to remember I am always there :))))

STELS FIT II 009

FALL OUTFIT FINALLY HERE.

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Technically I look super cold and not gonna lie it was 3 degrees outside, but I got to shoot pics for y’all so we’re all good! I am honestly IN LOVE with the layered gold chain necklace trend right now. Not only is it a big fashion trend, it’s representing hip hop and rap culture which I respect and love as well.


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I recently went thrifting with my dad and that is where I found this Amazing utility vest. I wasn’t sure how to go about styling this to start out, but after trying it out with a few different outfits, I realized I love the pop of colour it gives with a monochromatic base.

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OUTFIT DETAILS

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post. I will make sure to come through with more outfit posts since you guys really seem to love those. Make sure to follow my instagram to know when I post :))

xoxo Sj

A PERFECT PLAN

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
— Jeremiah 29:11

There is a lot about timing about life that we don’t understand. Why do good people die? Why are the people we love taken away from us? Why can’t the way we want our lives to look like work out? Over these past couple of weeks I have battled with understanding perfect timing since a lot of situations in my life started to go off-side.

I started to question God and my faith in him, as to why things in my life that seemed so perfect, went wrong. I didn’t understand why everyone would tell me.. ”It’s okay Stella, it’s God’s plan”. Why would a God who loves us make us sad. I struggled with this for a couple of days. After talking to a lot of my friends and older mentors, I realized it was all part of a perfect plan.

I wanted to make this post to encourage everyone because I feel like we all go through hardships in life and we start to question our existence and why things go wrong. I have come to understand that things happen for a reason. You might go through family, financial, social and many other issues, but it always happens for a reason. It makes us stronger. God wouldn’t give you anything he knows you can’t handle. It might happen to strengthen your relationship with others or even with your relationship with God himself.

When things go wrong, we shouldn’t overly stress ourselves about them. We should’t spend days crying about them. We should try and focus on the brighter side no matter how hard it may be. One day, you will look back and see these situations as things that happened to make you a better and stronger person.

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New york necklace: Aldo

Flower necklace: Forever 21

Rings: Forever 21

xoxo Sj

HOW TO LOOK GOOD ON A BUDGET : STELS FIT 009

These are the kind of videos I used to love to watch on youtube because honestly, your girl needed the tips. I am technically not completely broke since I have a job, but was I spending all my money on unnecessary clothes with probably my whole paycheque? Maybe. I decided to share with y’all some tips that I have found to be recently useful so you guys still look good but, yunno, on a budget.

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  1. Quality over Quantity

When it comes to buying a lot of clothes versus quality clothing, I used to go for the quantity method. I thought buying a lot of cheap clothes would be better but trust me, it’s completely wrong. When you buy clothes that that are cheaper, the colours tend to fade faster and the overall quality of the clothing item goes downwards incredibly fast. I’m not saying all stores that don’t have expensive clothing immediately are going to be bad quality, but sometimes you can just tell. Some ways you can immediately tell if something is higher quality is if you can see the strong stitching, strong fabrics, metal zippers, etc. When I started buying more clothing that were higher in quality, I wanted to wear the item more and find more ways to style it as well.

2. Wear Accessories

Accessorize. This is the one that helps me the most honestly. You could wear the most BASIC outfit but add hoops, add a few layers of gold necklaces, add rings and honestly you look 100X better. It adds an expensive look. It shows that you put a bit of effort into your outfit even if you didn’t really intend to. This is probably my biggest advice because I just started wearing more accessories and I feel better and more confident in my outfits as well.

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3. Go Thrifting

This is hands down my favourite tip. Thrifting is really where it’s at. When I go thrifting since I’m into men’s streetwear I am always finding the nice hoodies, sweatshirts and pants in the mens section. I love to go through and find clothes that I can cut and make my own so they aren’t the same old boring clothes I find. When you go thrifting it is so easy to find brands that are high end and vintage like tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Levi, kappa, champion, fila and many more. I highly advice people to check out thrifting!!

4. Invest in the classics

This is one of the most important tips. Having a balanced closet is more necessary before you can go out and be adventurous with your style and everything else. Some staples that everyone should have are a plain white and black shirt, long sleeved and short sleeved, a pair of jeans, a jean jacket, a sweatshirt, and many more. Once you have all these it is easier to build outfits from them. While researching I found that if you have 20 shirts, to go with 10 pairs of pants, 5 pairs of shorts and 2 skirts, can apparently make over a hundred different outfits which is honestly amazing. SO, start slow, when you are on a budget the best thing to do is make sure you have all of the classics before you go out and expand.

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5. Look for Sales

My last but not least favourite tip, is look for sales. I used to be someone who just sees something I liked and honestly just bought it. When you look for sales you really do save money that you could use to invest in other pieces and build your closet slowly through that method. I use apps/extensions like shoptagr that tell me when my favourite items go on sale. ( you should all really check out the app!) It is just a better overall tip to save money, even though it may take a lot of patience and waiting for that specific item to go on sale, trust me , its really helpful.

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Outfit details

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post! if you have any questions email me at stellajanexo@gmail.com or DM me @stellajanexo.

xoxo Sj

BEING THANKFUL

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Just in case you are in another country, it’s thanksgiving out here in Canada! There are a lot of things and people I am thankful for in my life, so being me, I decided to write a little letter to each of the different categories of people in my life that have brought me here and made me the person I am today. If you read my old blog you probably remember my post like this from last year and that also means you are a real one and I love you. Let’s get started..

Dear God,

There are a lot of things I am thankful for but you are the most important. You created me, my world, my surroundings, put me in a loving home with a good family, blessed me with all my friends and you do so much more. Even though life gets hard and I start to blame you and wonder why you do different things in my life, I have learnt to trust you. I have learnt to put my trust in you because I know that everything happens for a reason. Thank you for your everlasting love that overwhelms me everyday. Im very grateful

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Dear Family,

We may have our ups and downs, since there are 7 of us, but I love you all so much. You guys are my rock and my foundation. I know you guys will never leave me no matter how hard I may make you upset. You also encourage me to reach for dreams and to be the best version of me I can be and for that I’m very grateful.

Dear Friends,

The people I basically see everyday. The people who make me laugh until I cry. You guys have seen me on my best days and you have seen me on some of my worst days. Without you I don’t know where I would be today. You guys are the most solid group of people I know and the most beautiful people inside and out as well. I am forever grateful for you guys.

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To all those who failed me,

You guys hurt me. Probably made me stay up nights crying about different situations. I don’t hold anything against you guys. There aren’t a lot of you. I just wanted you to know that without you hurting me I wouldn’t be the strong, confident woman I am today. I wouldn’t have this blog because I would be stuck in my insecure ways. I am grateful you gave me the opportunity to stand up and be myself. Thank you.

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To all of you who read my blog,

You guys don’t understand how much you mean to me. This blog is my baby, my true love. It’s something I could never have done when I was little. When life was hard, I wish i had a place to come to and talk about what I love and share what I cared about. To all you readers out there, whether you are 50 people or even a 1,000 , I hope you read this and are encouraged to live your life and carry out your dreams, whether that means starting a youtube channel, striving for your athletic goas, getting into that top school, I hope I encourage you to be confident in who you are and to genuinely be yourself. I’m really not anyone special, but if I can inspire at least one person my life goal is complete. I love you all and I’m forever grateful for you.

5 FALL TRENDS TO TRY THIS SEASON

Okay if you know me you know that I LOVE fall, like I’m OBSESSED. Fall is just the perfect weather, it’s not hot and It’s not super cold. For people like me who live in Vancouver, it mainly means theres a lot of rain but I don’t even go out that much so thats’ not that bad. When i do go out, it’s finally time for me to layer and experiment with different pieces and to me that is what fashion is all about. So in this post get ready to read all about the latest and most crucial trends for this season. xoxo

LAYERING

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Layering is for sure an absolute MUST when it coms to fall. When it is in the summer months, we try to wear as little as possible, on the contrary, fall is about wearing as much as you can to keep you warm, while looking cute as well. With layering you can layer sweaters, jackets, scarves, jewelry, and many more. Layering is honestly up to you, there is no “ fancy” way to layer. Below are some of the best examples from fashion inspirations all over instagram and google who take it to a more creative level whiles still staying cozy and warm.

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STATEMENT BELTS

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Now this is the trend I have been wanting to hop on for the past few months. Statement belts. The two that You have probably seen a lot on social media, are probably the Gucci or off-white statement belt. If you go for a more simpler belt like the Gucci belt it gives your outfit more of a minimalistic, girly but bold view. It doesn’t even have to be Gucci, as long as it is a belt with a bigger statement piece to display it works! On the other hand if you wear a belt like the off-white belt you gain a more creative, extravagant, fashionable look because it is not any other belt looking at the length and many more other factors. I definitely want to invest in a belt like one of these and you should too to spice it up this season.

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LONG /OVERSIZED COATS

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This is honestly a crucial must have for this season for sure! Not only does these keep you insanely warm, you can pair one of these with just about anything.You could dress up any lazy outfit just by putting on a cute coat and you are good to go. I love to wear hoodies and sweats at home and honestly when I want to leave my house I just put on my long fur jacket and people think i tried! So this trend is for all you lazy ones who still wanna look fashionable.. I got youu :)

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PUFFER JACKET

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The puffer jacket. This jacket was really big last year and I’m really hoping it’s going to come back this season. WHETHER it comes back OR NOT I still say its one of the cutest essentials to have for fall. It instantly adds a street effect to your outfit even when you don’t intend it. It can be dressed up or down, just like the previous coat trend. I will be definitely on the look out for one of these jackets this season and I recommend you do too!

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ANYTHING LEATHER / PATENT

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PATENT LEATHER. This is a trend that is currently uprising this season and it’s honestly everywhere. When you walk into designer stores, basic stores in the mall or even thrift stores, you will see something to do with patent leather. It could be pants, shoes, clothes they have it. It brings a really edgy vibe and make you look more expensive and more elegant that you even intended to be. I for sure will be trying to find some patent boots for the season!!

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Hope you guys enjoyed today’s post !! if any of these trends were interesting and you decided to buy any of these, be sure to message me on any of my social medias or send me an email :)

xoxo Sj

MY ESSENTIALS RIGHT NOW

Hey Guys!!

So I haven’t really done a “favourites” blog post before but I guess I’m really in the mood of switching up my blog and trying different kinds of posts! So today I gathered a few beauty products that I have been loving and I even included my favourite book right now, and even a hair product for all my black girls out there LOL.

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First, we obviously have the Mario Badescu rose water that literally everyone has. I used to think it was super basic and useless and honestly I think It absolutely refreshens your skin and leaves in healthier, but that’s just my opinion. If you want a new primer or setter for your makeup I say get this cause it definitely works as both or a toner as well.

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So, this is a beauty favourite that i’ve loved so much for the past few months. Its the Anastasia Brow wiz and i’m in the shade Dark brown. I feel like this is for us lazy girls who just want to fill in our brows a little bit and wanna leave TBH. The only downside to it is that I feel like it runs out really fast :(

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The next favourite is the Kat von d tattoo liner. I recently just bought this eyeliner and I can already tell it’s one of the most long lasting eyeliners I’ve ever used. It also has a really flexible tip which is honestly perfect so I 1000% recommend this to anyone who needs a new eyeliner for sure.

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LASH SENSATIONAL. K if you haven’t heard about this mascara do you even wear makeup? But in all honesty I really like this mascara. Plus, you can find it at any drugstore which is amazing. The only thing I didn’t like about it was how clumpy it is when you first start using it, but later on it settles down. 100% recommend.

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Okay now this one is for my black ladies out there. This is by far the best gel I have used on my edges ( even though I don’t do them often). As you all know, sometimes when you use gel it ends up drying up white or crusty, but this gel actually keeps it down and laid for a pretty long time. I got it at my local African superstore :)

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I CANT STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS BOOK.. It’s basically about a young teenage girl called Starr who battles her life in the “hood” and her life at school which is where all the caucasians go. An incident occurs with one of her best friends that causes her world to crumble and start to clash. This book shows boldness at its finest and really explains some struggles black people go through when being discriminated. IM SERIOUS LIKE READ THIS BOOK.. the movie comes out on Oct 5th.


I hope you guys enjoyed this post and if you tried anything or read the book I recommended be sure to dm me on instagram and tell me what you think!

xoxo Sj

MY SUMMER IN 12 PICS

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Oh summer 2k18... From summer school to Calgary to the islands. This summer was definitely different. Full of working, school, and spending time with family, the things that matter to me most. Most will say summer 2k18 wasn't it, and I agree LOL. I mean it was okay in some ways but it was generally a summer of staying home and focusing on my priorities which I'm fine with.

ANYWAYS

Here is a collection of 12 pictures that give you a sneak peak of how my summer went down

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The summer started out in Calgary so here's me thinking i'm cute :)

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Even though I was lazy half the summer I attempted some photoshoots with my friends and ended having so much fun and pictures to last forever

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K now here's me eating and probably stressing bout summer school like usual

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Being someone who lives in Vancouver it's pretty embarrassing that i had never been to the PNE before so I dragged all my friends there with me :)

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This was a pretty important part of my summer because I got baptized. If you are christian you would understand if you aren't, it's basically just physically showing you are christian and following God's command.

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This is a picture on one of the BC ferries that showed when I too of to camp a few weeks ago

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what's summer without glow hour?

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These last few pictures show the past few days that I was able to visit the butchart gardens in Victoria. It was truly beautiful even though i. spend 99.9% of the time running from bees, the rest of the time was pretty cute.

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post. Be sure to watch out for the new posts upcoming that are really personal and give you more of my aspect on life and the upcoming school year :)

xoxo Sj

 

 

BEING A BLACK TEEN BLOGGER IN 2018

 

This post is more of a laid back, me talking kinda post. I don't want this blog to just consist of pictures but I want it to be a platform where I can speak and share my experiences throughout my life as I continue to grow into the woman I aspire to be in my society.

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Being a Black Teen Blogger in 2018. This is quite the title i've taken up on myself. It's changed my life in so many ways that I wish I could explain, especially the blogging factor. Blogging to me, if you haven't heard my story is my escape. It's my way of showing the world who I am without being fearful. I'm not saying I'm the most confident person in the world, because of course I get nervous about posting content, and of course I get a bit scared that I'll be judged but honestly when I think to the brighter side and think about God, and my family, and the people who support me theres nothing I can't do. 

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So, you might think what is it actually like to be a blogger at my age. It's not anything special. I'm basically just a normal black girl who loves fashion so posts about it. Do I get made fun of? A little bit but it's really not that drastic. There will be little comments here and there like " ooo its Stella the blogger", and of course it hurts me but then I look at them and realize they aren't doing anything beneficial with their life so I honestly move on. I love knowing that "hey, at least i'm putting myself out there for the things I love instead of trying to put others down."

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My advice to you if you is that if you believe you have a gift and you are scared to shine girl/guy go for it, cause no one does you than you do you and I really mean that. I hope you enjoyed this post and took some inspiration from it

xoxo Sj