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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. 


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



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. 


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


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.  


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



4. Errard Waterful 




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






Video Captured by Loggo Lionel 
https://www.loggolionel.com/


                                                               


How Fashion Influences our Emotion

Hey, loves let's talk about how fashion can have an impact on our moods and emotions, style is something we all indulge in one way or another, the only difference is not everyone views fashion on the same level. In contrast, others eat, breathe every single facet regarding style. For me, the trend is 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 shaping our climate, 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 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 bit 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. 
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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 in their appearance, understand 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. If anyone ever says to you, “why are you so dressed up,” you reply, “this is who I am.” 😉Let us, as women make an 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 fire 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. 

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 what Paris had to offer. Though it 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 notable features, The Tour Eiffel, the tastiest french cheese, the vast collection of museums. There is always something to see on any day at any time. You can never see all of Paris in one day.

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. Although everyone may say immerse yourself in the language, I just want to say it is easier said than done. Not everyone has the hyperpolyglot abilities, so don't pressure yourself about it; you will pick up the language eventually. Once you find that friend, everything changes.  

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2. Find your favourite Café

The most Parisian thing to do is sit at a cafe and watch, please walk by. while enjoying conversation with a pal or just enjoying alone time with a beautiful cup of coffee.

I came across this café last summer called Passager, the weather was good. Still, 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 off I went.
The staff were extremely welcoming; they face lit up every time someone walked in. The staff were accommodating in suggesting options, the food was excellent, the sitting arrangement was also comfortable. 

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 people nearby were talking 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 reasonable to feel homesick after moving to a new country; being in a new place with a language and cultural differences can instantly make you feel isolated; loneliness can really take over your mind. I have experienced these feelings many times, and what I can say is do not spend your time dwelling on it, instead create the routine of getting out and doing something new! Meet up with your new pals or just take a walk; you'd be amazed, starting something new like taking a language class or dance class or something to give you a chance to get your mind off feeling homesick. 
Cooking a meal that reminds me of home, it creates this comfort within me that always seems to do the trick.

4. Setting goals can be a good idea

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

It also an excellent opportunity to learn something entirely out of what you're not used to, something you 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 meet 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. 

Formation Oenologie à distance CFV Certificat Fondamentaux du Vin


5. Create a Comfort Space

No matter your location, your space should feel like your sanctuary of peace, comfort and belonging. Take some time to add some character to your new place, make it feel a little more like home by adding your own personal touch. 




Moving to a new city can be scary and lonesome, but it is also an excellent 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 unique moment to learn and grow and open your mind to how fantastic the world can be as well as opening your mind to different ways of living. It is not a simple process, but it is worth it. And don't be afraid to pick up the phone and call someone unique 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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