Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Curly Hair, Don't Care.




Okay, lets talk hair. Many of you have asked me at least 1 of 4 of these questions:

1. Is your hair naturally curly?
2. Do you have extensions in there?
3. How do you keep your curls from getting frizzy?
4. What products are you using?

I'm here to address ALL of your questions regarding my curly hair. Let's begin with 'Is my hair naturally curly?' Yes, yes it is. I have had extremely thick, curly hair since birth, and let me tell you, it hasn't always been easy maintaining my out-of-control curly hair. I have struggled with it for years, and I think I have finally accepted it. You know, we always want what we don't have. I have dreamed of having silky, smooth, straight hair...yeaaa, never gunna happen! 

However, I have come to terms with my hair, and now having found the perfect way to style my hair, I have actually began to love my curls. (Took a while though, not going to lie!)

Moving on...'Do I have extensions in my hair?' No. I've never actually put extensions in there. I would like to try it out sometime though! Looks like they can be fun. 

So I'm about to go through some of my absolute favourite hair products that I use. I don't use them daily, only when needed. Mind you, aside from the hair products I use to keep my hair from looking like a total frizz-ball, I also have AMAZING hairstylists that cut and colour my hair (Onare Salon). They are my life. Haha




Ok let's talk products now!!




These are my top 5 products that I use! Again, I don't use these on the daily. Usually, they go into my hair once I have washed it. 




This Pantene Pro-V Anti-Frizz Curl Creme is everything! I leave my hair to dry for about 10 mins, getting it to that damp stage. Then a couple pumps of this, and that is pretty much all you need to tame those curls! This product has changed my life, and it won't break the bank, which is always awesome! You can either blow-dry your hair after this, or leave it to air-dry, which is what I try to do as much as possible, time permitting of course! 




This is also another great product that I just started using. Bumble and Bumble Don't Blow It. This is very similar to the above. I like this one, because it's like a little blow-drier in a bottle. You definitely don't need to blow dry your hair after using this one.  




So, one thing that's great about curly hair, is that it doesn't get oily very fast. This is great because I hate washing my hair. Curly hair in fact, needs some oil. At least mine does! I find my hair to be very coarse and thick, and I find that using a light oil gives it a bit of moisture. This Marc Anthony Macadamia Oil Treatment is great for moisturizing those curls. You don't need much, just a dime size, and for the love of God, DO NOT rub this into your scalp! This goes on the ends of your hair, once your hair is completely dry. It gives it some shine as well. 




Another one of my favourite Bumble and Bumble products is Brilliantine. This goes onto dry hair as well. I won't use this as often as I use the oil, because I feel with my hair type, it needs the moisture. This product gives your hair more of a matte finish as opposed to a shiny finish. A very sexy look!




Last but not least is this amazing hairspray. I have gone though about a gazilion different hairsprays in my lifetime, and I have to say, that I love this one by Redken. It doesn't leave your hair with that sticky feeling which we all hate, and it gives you the right amount of hold. With my hair type, I do need a good hold, because a like my hair looking voluminous. If I was going for a more flat-look, I probably wouldn't use this hairspray. 


So there you have it!! I hope I have answered all your questions regarding my curly hair! If you have more questions, please ask in the comments, Twitter or Instagram! I love hearing from you guys!


Also, if you have curly hair, and know of some amazing products that you can't live without, PLEASE let me in on your secrets! 




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Monday, July 27, 2015

I Wear Mules To The Barn.









Blazer H&M  |  White T-Shirt Ricki's (on sale!)  |  Mules Aldo  |  Red Lipstick Alarm by Rimmel London  |  Bracelet Swarovski



I mean, if you really know me, you'd know that I would rock a pair of mules to the barn. Hey, I'm not actually riding the horses...


Needless to say, this shoot was beyond fun and super spontaneous. I was getting away for the weekend up north, and there just happened to be a barn and I just happened to have a pretty chic outfit that no one on the planet of the earth should ever wear to a barn full of horses. However, as a fashion blogger, anything goes! You see a fashion shoot opportunity and you just go with it. After all, Rex, my new found horse-friend, seemed to love the outfit...


Lets pause on the horses for second and talk about this outfit. As you guys know I love a versatile outfit. Something that goes from day to night, and this outfit is exactly that. Take off the blazer, add a bold lip, and you have the perfect nighttime outfit! The oh-so-amazing mules can stay for both, day and night. However, if you want to add a little more sass to your outfit, you can always go with a coloured shoe, since the outfit is black and white. 


Back to the horse-talk. Rex...isn't he adorable? I instantly fell in love. I mean, he was so cooperative throughout the shoot. A natural-born superstar. 


Follow more of my crazy, wild, fashionnny self on Instagram @kimberleymarquisblog 



Photography: Victoria Jmourko





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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Caftan Moment.











Caftan H&M  |  Denim Shorts Can't remember!  |  Chunky Silver Bracelet The Bay  |  Emerald Rings Portugal



Can we please talk about this AHH-MAZING caftan I'm rocking?? 


I literally cannot get over how lovely it is. This is the perfect outfit for anything in my opinion! (Except maybe work...but even then it can be debated!) I have worn this to an event, pretty much the exact same way, but with heels and a body chain under it, and now to the beach. Because, why not?! It's super comfortable, and easy to style. I just love, LOVE it.


Caftans are something I totally obsess over in the summer time. It's one of those things we unfortunately cannot wear in our winters, otherwise, you'd only see me in caftans. But as soon as it gets slightly warmer out, I live in these. 


Here are some of the ones I'm loving right now:


   
           Oh My Love Caftan Dress                       Lace Up Caftan                         Keyhole Maxi Caftan       



Tell me how much you guys are loving these on Twitter @marquiskim!!




Photography: Victoria Jmourko





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Monday, July 13, 2015

The Most Amazing Stuffed Peppers.



Okay, get excited for the most delicious stuffed peppers of your life! I fell in love with this recipe the first time I made these. Is it my recipe? Hell no! I shall not take credit for this. However, I have become quite the expert in making these. 

As I have mentioned in many, many posts before, I am no cook. Cooking doesn't come easily to me, however, I believe that with a lot of practice, you can actually become quite good at it. 

Sundays, for me are the perfect day to run my errands, do some house chores, and finally, look into a good recipe to cook. Instead of me giving you the long recipe of what to do, I'm going to go through a few steps quickly, and then just show you guys the video on how to make these amazing stuffed peppers. 




Step One: Get really excited when looking for a recipe! I mean, were about to make stuffed peppers!! What's not to get excited about??




For those of you who don't like to follow long and boring recipes, you may want to check out www.allrecipes.com. They have really great, short videos that show you how to make basically anything from start to finish. I've made so many great dishes from this website. 




Step Two: Get a whole bunch of peppers. I love getting a few of every colour. This just makes the plate more pretty :)




Step Three: Chop the tops off your peppers and scoop out the insides. Place them in an oven-safe dish. These will eventually go into the oven for an hour. 




Step Four: Cook your meat. I normally use Extra Lean Ground Turkey. You can of course use any kind of ground meat you like. In the video that I show you, they put very few spices. I like my food flavourful, so before cooking the meat, I chopped up an entire onion and a few cloves of garlic. I also added a fajita mix to spice things up even more. 


Step Five: Cook some rice. Any kind of rice you like. Brown rice, white rice, long grain wild rice, whatever. They will all taste amazing! Once the rice and meat are cooked, mix them together. Add some tomato sauce, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning to it. 





Step Six: Lastly, add the mixed meat and rice to your peppers. Stuff them as much as possible. Top them up with any leftover tomato sauce. You can even put some cheese on top. 


Bake on 350 degrees for an hour, take them out, let them cool for about 10 mins, and ENJOY!


Check out the video here!


I hope you guys enjoyed that. Let me know how the peppers turned out for you. They are one of my favourite dishes to cook these days. Super easy and absolutely mouth-watering! 




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Monday, July 6, 2015

My Top 5 Beauty Secrets.


We aren't getting any younger. I mean, turning 28 was a very difficult time for me...

I know some of you are rolling your eyes thinking, calm down, darling, you're still so young. And as much as I feel young at heart, (sometimes) I have always been one whose afraid of aging. Yes, I know, we are all going to get there at some point, but I like to keep my skin looking as young and fresh as possible. I don't see why I would just let it age without a fight. You know?

I have put together some of my top beauty secrets below. I do have many, however, I have narrowed it down to the best of the best. 


1. BB Seaweed Face Mask:







I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love these Lush masks! I'm all for natural stuff, and I even make some of my own face masks at home. This seaweed mask does wonders for my skin. We put so much make up on our faces during the day for work, events, etc. that we need to just eliminate the chemicals and go au natural whenever we can! This jar contains seven pounds of seaweed, crushed almonds for exfoliating, aloe vera, rose absolute, honey, and olive oil. It doesn't get more natural than that! When I'm finished with this mask, it leaves my skin feeling extremely smooth, moisturized, and even looking a little brighter. 

You would think something this amazing would cost you a fortune. Nope! Only $6.95. You have got to try it out!



2. Virgin Coconut Oil:




Not just any coconut oil...Virgin Coconut Oil. You can use it in or on, literally anything! I have never seen an oil so versatile. Lets begin with how amazing it is in your hair. For all you ladies who bleach out your hair, coconut oil should be your best friend! It is an instant moisturizer. Apply it on the ends, or massage it into your scalp, leave on for about 30-45 minutes, and wash out with shampoo and conditioner for the most amazingly soft and lustrous hair! Trust me ladies, this works! Don't spend hundreds of dollars on big name brands. 

Okay now for the face and body. You can make a DIY body scrub with coconut oil and seriously leave your skin feeling the softest you will ever feel! You're welcome. It also acts as a great make up remover for those really annoying waterproof mascaras. And lastly, shave with it! Shave your legs, armpits, whatever! It eliminates using any unneeded chemicals. 

Last but not least, you can cook with it! I'm not going to spend too much time talking about this, because it's a beauty blog. But nonetheless, use it in your food. It's the healthiest oil out there! 



3. Rosebud Salve:





This lip balm/ moisturizer/ life saver is quite amazing. A friend recently introduced it into my life, and it's something she says she cannot live without. Made from Cotton Seed oil and Aromol, blended with essential oils, this is something you might want to have in your purse at all times. It's the perfect lip balm and basically amazing for all dry skin. You can put it on cracked elbows, knees, ankles etc. It also takes care of break outs if needed! You can pick this gem up from Sephora for only $7.50. 



4. Hydrate your skin with H2O.





I know this seems like the most obvious thing, but there are so many of us, including myself, that don't drink enough water! I mention infusing your water in my last post for those who get bored of the regular taste of water. I love adding fruits, basil leaves, or mint leaves into my water for that fresh taste. Just adding lemon does amazing things for your skin. Lemons are packed with Vitamins B, C, calcium, iron, magnesium, fibres, and more! Squeezing some into your water is helping your skin and body in ways you'll never even know! 

If you were to eliminate everything, and just do ONE thing to keep your skin young and fresh looking, it would be to drink water, and lots of it. 



5. SLEEP!




Again, another obvious one, but this one is probably my favourite. I mean, who doesn't like to sleep? The math is very simple here. You don't get enough sleep...you age. You get your 8-10 hours...you stay youthful! You decide. 


I hope this was somewhat helpful to you guys! I always get asked how my skin stays so healthy, and although a lot of it is probably good genes, I like to think some of my beauty secrets are a part of my good skin. Let me know what you guys are using to keep the glow! I love hearing other peoples beauty tips and tricks. 





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