Celebrate the Season with Cranberries

Adding to food, drinks or desserts, nothing says the holiday season like cranberries! A few weeks ago, I shared a quick and easy recipe for a Non Alcoholic Cranberry & Lime Spritzer perfect for friends or kids at holiday parties. In celebration of the season, I’m sharing a roundup of cranberry themed posts from members in my Social Fabric community. I hope one of the posts catches your interest so you can create more holiday memories with your family.

SofabSeasons

 

DESSERT RECIPES

DRINK RECIPES

Cranberry & Lime Spritzer

MORE CRANBERRIES RECIPES

Celebrate the Season with Cranberries

CRAFTS

HOME DECOR

BEAUTY

Do you like cranberries? Will you be trying any of these cranberry themed recipes or crafts this holiday?

Shift Dress with Over the Knee Boots

It’s getting a lot colder out so I’m sharing as many style looks as I can. If you’ve been following my blog, you know I used to share beauty and fashion purchases all the time; one of them being this shift dress from a Cyber Monday mini haul almost three years ago. 

Shift Dress with Over the Knee Boots

I’m a simple Sally so, here’s an easy look for Fall of me pairing a shift dress with over-the-knee high heeled boots from Target. The dress is fully lined with sheered sleeves. I could fit a dark longer sleeved shirt underneath for warmth if it were colder out. I love the fit in general because it doesn’t have a defined shape and will fit the same when I lose weight. The color is also great for the Fall season.

Shift Dress with Over the Knee Boots

Outfit Details:

Dress – Loehmann’s (old) 

Shoes – Target

Shift Dress with Over the Knee Boots

Get the Look!

 

Are you a fan of the shift dress trend?

Essentials For a Long Haul Flight

I experienced two intercontinental trips this year to Colombia and Greece, but those 5 and 7 hour respective flights will have nothing on the 15+ hour flight I’ll be taking en route to Thailand in two weeks. There were no issues on the way to Cartagena since I was used to the flight length going to Trinidad, but the red eye to Athens was slightly rough. In the two flights taken, here are eight basic essentials that I learned to bring for a long haul flight.

Toiletries

Bring travel-sized basics to smell and look refreshed post flight.

Hand Sanitizer and Anti-bacterial Wipes

There are so many germs on the plane, especially in the bathrooms.

Sleeping Mask

Sleeping masks keep incoming light away from your eyes, helping you sleep better. 

Travel Pillow

To avoid the bobble head effect and sleep comfortably, travel pillows are a great option.

Blanket

Planes are cold. Bring a travel blanket to keep yourself warm.

Noise Cancelling Headphones

Noise cancelling headphones help reduce the sound of noisy passengers. You can also try using ear plugs.

Battery Power-bank

For charging your phone or electronic device, battery power-banks are a MUST.

Compression Socks

Compression socks are designed to help maintain blood flow and reduce discomfort and swelling in your legs.

Entertainment

 Bring a book, tablet, kindle, laptop, ipad, portable game or something that will make the time pass by quicker.

 

Essentials For a Long Haul Flight

 

Did I miss anything? What are some other essentials to bring for a long haul flight?

100+ Caribbean and Black Owned Businesses to Support This Holiday

Can you believe Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are literally days away? Holiday 2016 is here and rather than being lazy again linking to other Caribbean & Black Owned Business Gift Guides, I decided to compile my own. If you’ve been wanting to Buy Black lately, here’s a list of 100+ Caribbean and Black Owned Businesses that you can support this holiday season.

Bags, Jewelry, Shoes Accessories

Caribbean and Black Owned Businesses - House of Maruka

House of Maruka Essie clutch

Beauty

Clothing

soultanicals-hair-bundle

Soultanicals COILEMENTS- Hair Care Bundle

Hair

happy-mango-baby-carrier

Happy Mango Baby Carrier

Moms and Kids

For Men

Subscription Boxes

Caribbean & Black Owned Businesses Black and Abroad

Black and Abroad Shirt

Travel

Art, Tech, For the Home and More

Know any other Caribbean and Black Owned Businesses to support for the holidays and year round? Share them below!

* Casauri- use Promo Code Joanna25 at checkout until Dec. 1st
* Cocotique Box – use Code BOX10 to Save 10%

100+ Caribbean and Black Owned Businesses to Support This Holiday

Non Alcoholic Cranberry & Lime Spritzer

It’s the holiday season and that means holiday parties and dinners galore. For holiday parties, there should be options available for friends who don’t drink and designated drivers. If you’re hosting a Holiday party this year, here’s a quick and easy recipe for a Non Alcoholic Cranberry & Lime Spritzer.

Non Alcoholic Cranberry & Lime Spritzer

Ingredients:

  • Cranberry Juice (or cranberry lime juice)
  • Lime
  • Sparkling water (or 7Up, Sprite, seltzer water)
  • Fresh Cranberries

Non alcoholic cranberry & lime spritzer

Directions:

  • pour sparkling water (or lemon/lime soda) into 1/2 of the pitcher
  • add cranberry juice into second half of the pitcher
  • slice limes and add with cranberries to the mixture
  • garnish with lime

Non alcoholic cranberry & lime spritzer
Cranberry & Lime Spritzer

Non Alcoholic Cranberry & Lime Spritzer

Non Alcoholic Cranberry & Lime Spritzer


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Ingredients
  1. Cranberry Juice
  2. Lime
  3. Sparkling water (or 7Up, Sprite)
  4. Fresh Cranberries
Instructions
  1. pour sparkling water (or lemon/lime soda) into 1/2 of the pitcher
  2. add cranberry juice into second half of the pitcher
  3. slice limes and add with cranberries to the mixture
  4. garnish with lime
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Do you incorporate non-alcoholic drinks in your holiday parties?

Fall Refresh Box from E.L.F. Cosmetics

I received the Fall Refresh Box from E.L.F. Cosmetics in exchange for my honest opinion.
 

Since hitting a birthday milestone this year, I’ve been focusing more and more on skincare and was excited to receive the Fall Refresh box. The box contained items I can use for a home facial as well as products for everyday makeup use.

E.L.F Fall Refresh box

Below are the items that were in the box:

E.L.F Fall Refresh box

I already have used the makeup remover wipes in the past and it has been a life saver when traveling. Trying the Hydrating Bubble Mask was weird, but it definitely helped. After wetting my face, the instructions were to apply the bubble mask and wait until it formed into bubbles for  5-10 minutes. After the bubbles disappeared, I washed with warm water and followed up with a moisturizer. Be careful when applying because if it goes in your eyes, it hurts a whole lot. I liked the E.L.F skincare so much, I purchased the Complete Skin Care Regimen kit that includes a night cream, eye cream, facial cleanser, serum and moisturizer.

Have you used any items from e.l.f. cosmetics before?

Full Skirt with Floppy Hat

Did I mention I LOVE Fall Fashion? The Sunday after coming back from San Juan, Puerto Rico was so nice, I decided to wear my favorite full skirt with a floppy hat to church.

Full Skirt with Floppy Hat

I’ve always found full skirts and fit and flare dresses to be good for me since I have a pear shape. Since I’m still in the beginning stages of my fitness journey, I added a black belt to cinch my waist just a little bit. I’m usually NOT a hat person, but it worked out very well as a cover for my braids fully dry. As a natural, I minimize heat usage to prevent heat damage by air drying my hair. Since my hair is super thick, it takes well over a day for it to dry. Adding a hat hides the drying process and adds as a great accessory to my final look. I finished the look by wearing wedged booties that I bought from Target. Not only are they cute, they’re super comfy. I can wear them all day without my feet hurting unlike traditional high heels.

Full Skirt with Floppy Hat

Outfit Details:

Shirt – New York and Company

Skirt – NY and Company

Hat – Target

Shoes – Target

Full Skirt with Floppy Hat

Get the Look!

Are you a fan of floppy hats during the fall?

Banana Berry Breakfast Smoothie

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HowDoYouEmergenC #CollectiveBias
 

Banana Berry Breakfast Smoothie

Taking public transportation to work and being a frequent traveler, it can be easy for me to get sick being exposed to all those germs. One way I prevent being sick year round, especially with the season changes is eating better and resting when needed. Part of my healthy eating habits is having breakfast daily with most of the time it being a smoothie. I also add Emergen-C to my breakfast smoothies because it is an easy and delicious way to take vitamins that are important to my healthy lifestyle. Emergen-C is packed with B vitamins, antioxidants†, electrolytes plus more vitamin C than 10 oranges^.

†Vitamin C, Zinc and Manganese
^Based on using the USDA.gov nutrient database value for a large, raw orange

 Banana Berry Breakfast Smoothie

I purchased Emergen-C Super Orange from my local Walgreens to mix in my Banana Berry Breakfast Smoothie. Here’s the process to make it:

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