Favorite Hair Products of All Time

In my last favorites, I chatted about some of my most favorite spices of all time. Today, I wanted to share with you all my essentials when it comes to that big mane on top of my head. It is minimal, but when it comes to my hair, I have a few ground rules.

  • Don't wash your hair every single day! It rids of all nutrients and oils you need to make your hair look fabulous! I actually will wash my hair every few days and will only give it one deep condition in, once per week for 30 minutes. Is your hair extra oily? Dry some dry shampoo in between washes.
  • Do NOT- I REPEAT, DO NOT use shampoos that carry sulfate! This stuff ruins any amazing dye job, and will also dull out your beautiful natural hair color! I use Alfaparf Milano Shampoo & their nutritive mask for my weekly conditioning. It is specifically for drier/coarser hair like mine, with thorough moisturizing.
  • I don't like to blow dry my air. One I literally have too much hair to blow-dry, and two, I sweat like a pig while doing it! I only usually do this during the winter when air drying my hair would take days. (I'm not kidding) I use two different irons when it comes to doing my hair. For curling, I use Conair's Double Ceramic Curling Iron, 1 1/4 inches. For straightening, since my hair is not naturally straight (see below) I use Hot Tools 1.5" Tourmaline Ceramic Titanium Flat Iron
  • I HATE hairspray. Ever since my figure skating days, I've been avoiding it like the plague. It's sticky (even when the bottle says it's not), you smell like some fumigated bug and it never ever holds my texture in place! Because of the thickness of my hair, I use Kiehl's Creative Cream Wax to hold curls or waves in place. Not only is Kiehl's one of my favorite NYC stores, I love how many of their products can be used for both men and women. My hubby will use the wax from time to time! ;) My favorite spray of all time is NYM's Sea Salt Spray. Your hair will not only smell like you just came from the beach, but your hair will look perfectly textured from the sea salt! Win!

I included links to all the products below. For any product that is not directed to store where you can purchase, google the name of it and you’ll be able to find somewhere near you (or amazon) where you can purchase.

Got questions? Want to add something to my hair product list that I should know about? Please like, share and comment below!


These Booties Are Made For Walking



You keep saying, you got something for me...

TGIF! I'm really looking forward to the long holiday weekend. Even more so, I'm ready to break these pretty ladies in! Since last year, I've been really wanting a pair of peep-toe booties but something more on the neutral side; something I can wear day and night, keeping my style versatile. These chic Steve Madden booties are amazing! I got them from ASOS :)

Though I may be short, I'm not the type of girl who likes to run around in 5'' heels. I love how these are lower heels and are actually extremely comfortable!

For nail polish, I picked a darker blue hue to accentuate the soft colored shoes. It's Essie and the color is 'No More Film'. One of my favorite colors I use for Fall and Winter seasons. And can I just talk about the slingback part of the shoe? So much fun!

Wishing you all a lovely and restful Labor Day weekend! Until next time...

Love & xx's,

maQ + suz


Monday: Coffee & Treats



Hey ya'll!

Today's going to be a hot one here in New York City! But first, coffee! I decided to take an early morning stroll for my caffeine pick-me-up and treats with the pooch. maQ loves to go anywhere with me, and since I was craving for biscotti, off to Little Italy we went!

I love heading down there because there's always so much graffiti art to check out. Right now, there's the #100gatesproject going on. Check it out, it's everywhere- especially in the Lower East Side section. Today we ran into Indie184's work in 'full force' and Harif Guzman's Haculla faces. Of course, we stopped for photos. :)

I can't even remember the last time I had a cappuccino! I'm mostly drink coffee at home with some sugar and creamer, but today I was really wanted something different. And since I don't have an espresso machine to make one, it was even more reason to get out and get some goodies!

We stopped at Cafe Roma, on the corner of Mott and Broome St, and sat outside and people-watched. Of course there are always the tourists near that area, taking photos non-stop and always looking up. And then there's those who are off to work, to hustle and grind. So many bicyclists. maQ loves to watch but mostly loves the attention he receives while chillin' on the sidewalk. Not everyone adores him though. Some are afraid, even petrified enough to cross the street, just to avoid my 'big bad wolf.' Even when encouraging some he is more than friendly, they still don't want to take that risk. Understandable. And I'm always respectful of this. He is a definite breed ambassador, and has changed the minds of some people he's met. They say the eyes are the window to the soul, and maQ's can definitely make you think twice about dogs. I mean, really, he's just a big ole pussycat! He's the best with children, super gentle and extremely affectionate. <3

I really enjoyed their chocolate biscotti. Sometimes biscotti can be bland or also be too almondy, but this was so delish! Might I add, the little dash of cinnamon on my cappuccino was like the icing on the cake! Everything was so good. Up until I could literally feel the air thickening- the humidity was setting in, so it was time to head back home!

Lastly, I leave you with my Monday Suzism.

We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.
— Jonathan Gottschall

Keep it cool, kiddies. Back to the writing. We hope you have a wonderful week!

Love & xx's,

maq + suz


Stripy Wednesday


First and foremost, I have to mention (to my horror) what I woke up to today. You see, I have a ritual. Every morning, I have a cup of coffee while watching CNN. I like to know what's going on in the world. Well, it's a sad day in TV news. I woke up and saw the breaking news of photographer, Adam Ward, and reporter, Alison Parker, from the WDBJ7 TV station in Virgina, shot killed while reporting a story at a water park All of this happened while filming live. So awful. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at the station as well as their families and loved ones through this difficult time. I don't need to go into how terrible this is, because who needs to read the obvious? I will state this though: We're with you #WDBJ. Keep broadcasting. Keep filming. Keep writing.

In light of this dark news, here is something to cheer you up and make your day a little more colorful. Perhaps, brighter. Or more stripy :)

Want to hear a pretty dope name? At least to me it is. Chamberlin Newsome. She's a street artist // graffiti extraordinaire! A graffiti art lover myself, maQ and I had to get down to the Lower East Side and check out her most recent work! And of course, get in some shots of this gorgeous piece! I see inspirations of Modernism, Abstract, Expressionism, Color Field Painting -- Chamberlin's art utilizes color, repetition, and linear form; and this #makeyougodream piece is pure wall porn! Two thumbs up, Chamberlin!

Check out the photos below. Photo credit goes out to my awesome hubby, Gilles Decamps. :)

We hope everyone has an awesome Hump Day! Remember, the only thing to fear, is fear itself.

Love & xx's,

maQ + suz