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I am Tara Edward, I was born in Saint Lucia, an island girl at heart. I currently live in Paris, pursuing my degree in Fashion Marketing Management. I have created this blog as a platform for expressing myself and talking and sharing with you, the things I love, Fashion, Beauty, Travel. I would like to think of this blog as a free space, I hope that you feel inspired, everyone is invited here. 

I am now adding Blogger to my Instagram bio! 😌😁I need to find the perfect avocado toast, a Barista to make me the prettiest café lait, and my friends can't touch the food...... not until I have taken a photo, from every possible angle! I need to convince a special guy to be my personal photographer on the spot whenever I need him to be. 😂







                        LIVING GROWING BLOOMING WITH LOVE & LIGHT.




St. Lucia Should Be On Your Bucket List!

I have mentioned a few times in this blog about me being an island girl living in Paris, I am pretty sure you have asked, what island is she from, well on this side of #MelaninObsession, I am going to show you why my island home should be on your bucket list. 

I have not been home in a long time, one year to be exact, I had no trouble finding amazing photos and videos to show you guys how beautiful Saint Lucia is. Thanks to my talented Lucians, I was able to find some images to help make this post worth it. But before we go into the videos let me share with you a few places that I enjoy visiting when I'm home. 


1. Diamond Falls

This waterfall is one of the many beautiful waterfalls on the island, located in Soufriére. The water is infused with minerals from the volcano which also gives it, it's many golden shades. 


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2. Tet Paul Nature Trail

If you're into hiking, I would definitely recommend this nature trail, it only takes 45min to get to the top, blessing you with the most amazing views. 


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3. Sulphur Springs, located in Soufriere

This spot is the gateway to looking sixteen again, the sulphur springs baths are so therapeutic and good for the skin, getting in and masking your body with sulphur is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself. This place is the one place I always look forward to visiting.  


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4. Errard Waterful 




All credit: https://www.instagram.com/travelsaintlucia/ 






Video Captured by Loggo Lionel 
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How Fashion Influences our Emotion

Hey, loves let's talk about how fashion can have an impact on our moods and emotions, fashion is something we all indulge in one way or another, the only difference is not everyone views fashion on the same level, while others eat, breathe every single facet regarding fashion. For me, fashion is definitely a way to convey my mood and it also plays a big part in how I feel and express myself.

There have been several studies that prove, how dressing up can influence our mood, depending on what we wear, colours also play a part in conveying and influencing our mood, I can vouch for that. Being a student running on 2.5 hours of sleep, coffee, stress and being broke and on a budget, mornings are not my favourite time to choose my outfit of the day.  For me, when I wear pink, It really releases serotonin hormones and I feel 
my feminine energy on a whole other level, like most days, I am usually wearing black, so, ladies find that colour that makes you feel great! and wear it to your heart's desire, whether it is a piece of clothing, a piece of accessory a bag, or shoes. Have fun and bring some happiness, light, and confidence in your life. 



I think apart from all of this I always try to look my best and this is just how I was raised, my mom taught my siblings and me to take pride in our appearance as well as our education and character, make sure your clothes  are ironed well, your whites are white and your a lint brush is near to remove any spec of linen that may have hugged on to your black clothing, so this is just part of who I am, and while we are not robots, I can promise that sometimes a girl just wants to be as basic as possible and that is alright too, just don’t hang on to it! know when to snap out of it! 

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Let’s not ignore the pros and cons of taking pride in your looks and maintaining a well-groomed image, that has not always been a smooth sail for me, it has come to my attention that others actually have a trigger that sets off their insecurities and projects  it on to others who try to look their best. 


Ever had someone made you feel like your decision to look chic and well put together was a bad thing? or how they would stare at how you are dressed with this "who does she think she is" to look well put together, "well excuse me, miss!"! So....... let us take time to appreciate others who take pride their appearance, appreciate it, like this may be the only moment that they actually feel good within themselves “ compliments people, magnify their strengths, not their weaknesses”. Let us make a decision to not tolerate anyone trying to dim our shine and make us feel less than. I
f anyone ever says to you “why are you so dressed up” you reply, “this is who I am”.  😉Let us as women make the effort to not let anyone project their insecurities on to us. This is the time to take charge of the energy around you,  it starts from within, may your light shine through someone’s darkness and light up their soul.




Island Girl In Paris



Let's talk about the girl who left the island of sunshine, white sand beaches, basically life in paradise to study fashion in the city of love, Paris. So first let me take you on a little trip from beaches to metros as much as I love Paris it will never come close to my island home, Saint Lucia. 

Let's talk about moving to a new city, in my case from the West Indies to Europe, two completely different ways of life, from everything being chilled and really laid back with sunny skies year-round, warm weather 24/7, white sand beaches, to life in a place, were you travel underground, everyone is always in a rush the weather is quite bipolar, rain, snow, hail I mean you never know what to expect from Paris weather. As my friend would say, " You're not in the Caribbean anymore you have to go! go! go!"

But one must take some time and find the beauty in this new city you're going to call home for the moment, So I had to take some time to really see the city of love and although there may not be anything like St Lucia, I can't ignore that Paris, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with the most famous features, The Tour Eiffel, the tastiest french cheese, the wide collection of museums my favourite being The Louvre Museum and many more. There is always something to see and any day and at any time. You can never see all of Paris each day is an opportunity to discover another part of this city. 

So what are some things that can help you with settling into your new city? 

1. Making friends is tough 

Let's not forget that we have a language barrier that we must acknowledge and although everyone may say immerse yourself in the language, I just want to say it is easier said than done, and not everyone has the hyperpolyglot abilities, so don't pressure yourself about it you will pick up the language eventually. 

We want to find someone we can share our adventure with even though we don't have the slightest idea where to even find them, keep in mind there are expats out there just like you, I found this app called Bumble, if you have an idea of how Tinder works then you can use Bumble, only difference is you can choose between networking with professionals, dating and making friends. Once you find that friend everything changes.  
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2. Find your favourite Café

For me, a café is a great spot to really relax and get your mind together,  in my case to get as much work done as possible as it is tremendously hard to work at home, I also have to admit that having that once café to head to really gives me a reason to leave my apartment for some fresh and good food. 

I came across this café last summer called Passager, the weather was good but the chemicals in my head were off balanced, I needed to get out of the house, I did a quick search and came across a few options, I did another check via Instagram, I really liked what I saw, so I got dressed grabbed my computer and was off, I can say that Parisians aren't always the most welcoming people, but the staff were extremely welcoming they face lit up every time someone worked in they were very helpful in suggesting options the food was good the sitting arrangement was also cool. 

I found myself observing my surroundings and just watching how people there behaved, I also noticed that my French was kicking in as I could pick up on a few things that they were speaking about, how they pronounced words etc. So for me having that one place you can go alone or with a friend is a great way to find some form of peace and comfort in your new city, really worth having. Plus you can take really instagramable photos there. So if you're ever in Paris or if you are in Paris right now check out Passager. 


photos from: https://www.instagram.com/passager_cafe/
3. Accepting that you will feel homesick

It very normal to feel homesick after moving to a new country, being in a new place with a language and cultural barriers can instantly make you feel isolated and loneliness can really take over your mind. I have had that feeling many times and what I can say is do not spend your time dwelling on it, instead get out and do something new meet up with your new pals or just take a walk you'd be amazed also starting something new like taking a language class or dance class or something can give you a chance to get your mind off feeling homesick. 

For what I make me feel really good after feeling homesick is cooking a meal that reminds me of home it creates this comfort within me that always seems to do the trick. It always good to find foods the foods you would find back home and every now and then prepare a familiar meal that you love, being black and from the Caribbean, the best bet for me was heading to the area of Chateau Rouge, it is a lively district during the day, characterised by the presence of a large immigrant population of African origin. Many markets, grocery stores and African hairdressers, which I can find the same farm produce crops that I am able to get back home and prepare myself some comfort food. 

4. Setting goals can be a good idea

Think of all the things you want to achieve while you're there, no matter how small it may be, learning the language, making friends, becoming a cheese expert or taking up an oenology glass whatever it is then taking the necessary action to achieve it.  

It also a great way to learn something completely out of what you aren't used to something may have never been able to do back home, so I think this is a great way to grow as an individual. So do some research while you're chilling at that coffee shop.  who knows you might be your next best friend or husband there, life is so full of surprises and in the future, you can entertain them at your pad with your knowledge of wine you can select the right type of wine to set a great mood. 

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5. Create a Comfort Space

Take the necessary steps to make your new place feel a little more like home, adding your own personal touch, display photos of your family and friends, create a playlist that of music that gives that homier feeling, stock your fridge or pantry with some familiar staples. No matter your location your space should feel like your sanctuary of peace comfort and belonging.

Also for me being so used to having  vegetation surrounding me at home, purchasing a few plants to place in my place was a great option, not only does it looks aesthetically good it also helps with boosting your mood, reduce stress, maintain indoor humidity levels, making the air in your place breathable and gentle on the nostrils by filtering the air in your space. 





Moving to a new city can be scary and lonesome but it is also a great opportunity to discover a different version of you, you meet new people with so many different cultural backgrounds which I think is a great thing. Use this new moment to learn and grow and open your mind to how fantastic the world can be and opening your mind to different ways of living. It may not be a simple process but it is worth it. And don't be afraid to pick up the phone and call someone special back home. Live and see the world don't live a life of comfort go out and seek more of the world. You'll do great!!



Beauty: Quick Make-up Tutorial with Melanin Obsession

So I found myself doing something that is not very easy for me, I decided to clean out my collection of make-up, let's face it, we all have a few pieces of make-up that has been among us for decades, so taking some time to go through everything was very much needed! After discarding a few pieces here and there, I decided to take this opportunity to purchase a few knick-knacks to replace what I got rid of, as the saying goes " Out with the old and in with the new" So here I am, doing my makeup after do a small makeup haul. I hope you enjoy watching as I had a good time filming this!


https://youtu.be/fDZkx6ztVHI


I am on a budget so I picked up just a FEW things. I mean I can always slowly build up the collection as time goes by, so no need to go crazy at Sephora. It is import to replace your make-up, some pieces do not deserve to be owned after a year or 6 months, so for the benefit of your skin take some time and toss that 5-year-old lipstick out and treat yourself to some new goodies 😌. 


Enjoy my Quick Make-Up Tutorial! 


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