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Happy Holidays!!!


Toya's Tales Natural Hair Holiday Gift Guide

Today I am presenting my last gift guide for the holiday season. This one is my favorite of them all because I am presenting a natural hair gift guide for the naturalista in your life. I have been wearing my hair natural for the last 4 years which means I do not put chemicals in my hair, keep heat styling to the bare minimum, and rarely straighten out my hair to maintain its natural texture. My hair is healthier than it has ever been so I'm a convert for life. Most hair styling products I use are silicone, sulfate, and paraben free. They are also stock full of natural ingredients that nurture and protect your hair and scalp.

The good thing about natural hair products is that they are good for all hair types because they keep synthetic chemicals to a minimum which is healthy for skin and our hair. I have always been afraid of the side effects of all of the chemicals we ingest and use on our bodies. I personally believe all of those chemicals contribute to a host of illnesses and e…

Fashion Trend - A Slight Case Of The Blues

Who doesn't love a man with great casual style? I know I'm a fan of a man who knows how to add a little something extra to his casual look. I was never a huge fan of hoodies and jeans. It is nothing wrong with that kind of look but I just like when a little more effort is shown. It doesn't take much to elevate a man's casual style, just add a nice crisp pair of jeans, clean sneakers, a stylish watch, a classic t-shirt, and a streamlined coat or jacket. The pieces that I am showcasing today are classic and timeless with a bit of oomph that can be worn for years to come.

Fashion Trend - A Slight Case Of The Blues by latoyacl featuring mens sneakers

Newchic Fleece Lining Trench Coat (Buy Here)
Men's 60 Retro Stripe T-Shirt (Buy Here)
Adidas Originals Campus Black - Suede Leather Sneakers (Buy Here)
Skagen Signature Mesh Strap Watch (Buy Here)
Versace Jeans Medium Wash Skinny Fit Jeans (Buy Here)
Valextra Black and Blue Stripe Bifold Wallet (Buy Here)

Art of the Day - Denny Stoekenbroek

" Do Whatever You Want " by Denny Stoekenbroek. Graffiti Drawing. Charcoal on Paper. To purchase or to view more visit

My Favorite Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas

If you are invited to any holiday party or festivities it is polite and thoughtful to bring a gift for your host. Think about it for a minute ... they have taken the time to make sure you have an enjoyable time in their home while providing you with a relaxing atmosphere, food, and drinks. After you leave their hosting duties are still not over as they wrap up leftovers and clean up their home. After all of that the least we can do is present them with a little treat for all of their efforts. Most people tend to stick with classic hosting gifts such as candles, a bottle of wine/liquor, or flowers. Those type of gifts are nice and are classics for a reason (they work for all personality types) but receiving the same kind of gift one too many times can leave the receiver feeling underwhelmed. There is a famous saying " well its the thought that counts" but that is not always true. I think mindfulness matters more than a thought. You should not only bring a gift but tailor it …

Holiday Gift Guide: The Men's Edition

Today I'm back with a new gift guide for men to help you with your holiday shopping. Most men I know totally hate the gifts they receive because they feel like we do not give it much thought when purchasing for them. One of my friends is so over the holiday season because he thinks he is going to get another robe, tie, or pajama set, which he has too many of already. The gift that really pisses him off the most is the tie because he has never worn a suit. He is more of a casual guy so the gift makes no sense but he claims women only care about thoughtful gifts if it is for them and do not show the same thoughtfulness towards the men in their life. I laughed when he was relaying this sentiment but when I thought about it further I really couldn't disagree. I do think women have more of an advantage in this area. Maybe it is because we have more options, or maybe we are better at communicating what we want. Who knows? Whatever the reason is I believe women do fare better in the…

Art of the Day - Nice and the Fox

" Juliana " by Nice and the Fox. Acrylic on Canvas. To view more or to purchase visit

My Favorite Embellished Minidresses

Tis the season for shimmer, sequins, and sparkly dresses. Right now I am totally obsessed with sparkly, embellished minidresses. They just seem perfect for this festive time of year. One of my favorites was from the runway collection of Ganni Benson which is showcased in today's featured set. I loved the whimsical vibe of the dress that featured playful heart details. It was just so cute that I had to style a look around it.

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Ganni Benson Embellished Minidress (Buy Here)
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Waterproof Mascara (Buy Here)
Kiko Cosmetics Holographic Nail Laquer (Buy Here)
LAQA & Co Olive Rose Avocado Butter Lipstick (Buy Here)
Diane Von Furstenberg Circle Wristlet (Buy Here)
Gianvito Rossi Opera Twirl Effect Sandals (Buy Here)

Below are a few more of my favorite embellished dresses for the season! 

Holiday Gift Guide: The Beauty Edition

The holiday season is upon us and we have a little less than a month to finish up all of our holiday shopping. If you haven't finished getting all of your gifts for your loved ones I will be presenting holiday gift ideas over the next few weeks to make the task easier. Today's gift guide is for the beauty and makeup lover in your life. I have included all kinds of goodies that will put a huge smile on your beauty guru's face.

Featured Products In Set:

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Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder Bronze Glow (Buy Here) Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme (Buy Here) Valentino Uomo Noir Absolu Eau de Parfum (Buy Here) Gamiss Red 6 Piece Two-Tone Makeup Brush Set (Buy Here) Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Nail Polish (Buy Here) I Love Mango and Papaya Body Butter (Buy Here) L'oreal Paris Color Riche La Palette Lip (Buy Here) Bobbi Brown Long Wear Liquid Liner Carbon Black (Buy Here) Make Up For Ever Ultra HD St…