I am a pageant princess 👸🏾 

Good morning  everyone!!

How are you?! How have you been keeping?! Seriously it has been ages. Or so it feels. I have not checked but it feels like a couple of months without a post or interacting with anyone here.

I have been absent here but doing the most on Instagram (@highnessempowershigness).
Back to the topic of the post: me, a pageant princess 👸🏾 !

Just a week ago, after 6 months of training and driving back and forth to London, I was picked as the 1st runner up of Mr and Miss West Indies UK 2017. (*squealing with joy)

 

I know I be out here posing and taking pictures 24/7 but this was a first for me and completely out of my comfort zone.

I was really excited to be part of the top 3- although between you and I, I really think I was set to win. Not it’s not me being arrogant or conceited. Second place at my first pageant must be something!

 

 

During the 6 months, I learn to pageant walk in an evening dress but also a swimsuit! I learnt about the other West Indian islands and territories.

This journey built my confidence to a whole new level: I had been driving for a year in this country but I still had not been on the motorway because I had no real need to but also because of fear. However, when my application went through, I understood that I would have to be going to London quite often, therefore I would HAVE to drive there. Lo and behold, I had it in me already to drive to and IN London.

dress: PrettyLittleThing

 

Missguided and a bit of DIY got me that hot piece

 

Obviously, I was representing Haiti. Haiti is where I was born. it’s where I spent the first 10 years of my life. I know it’s weird to be proud of your birth location cause you didn’t get a say in it but I can’t help it… I’m Haitian. We are a people full with pride.

I did my best to do Haiti and all Haitians proud!

 

From the first day, I got so much support from the Haitian  community in the UK and of course my family in France, Canada and USA. The way it played and how I ended meeting the ambassador and the rest of them, I KNOW it is God!

The ambassador, Mr Bocchit Edmond and the minister Counsellor Mr Laurent Prosper and also my sponsor came to support and cheer me up and they stayed till the end. I was soooooooo chuffed!

I tried to give them a taste of the Haitian culture. Taught them something for Black History Month I hope!

 

I took a step of faith by entering this pageant. I did not get the crown but this tiara has already raised my profile and as a child of God I am bound to do great thins. After talking to some people, I realised that the size of the crown did not matter. All that matters is what YOU do with the crown that you have.

If you’re thinking about doing something out of your comfort zone, GO FOR IT!!!!! Seriously, just do it. Whatever happened you will grow and learn a lot about yourself.

You are royalty- act as such.👸🏾👑❤️

 

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twitter: @missmarar

“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers.”- Psalm 1:3

 

 

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Unboxing @MyEbonyBox #7 || August Edition

Hello there!

​August is almost over so you KNOW that my box is here and has been here but… I was not. I travelled so I was not home when it arrived.

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QUEENS 👑👑
I’m sure you’ve seen the content on instagram or twitter but here is my unboxing post and my first impression

1- Queen Mason Jar- My Ebony Box

RRP: £10

If I tell you I’m a big fan of Mason jars, you may nor believe me so see for yourself below!

Yes I own … already BUT this one pretty much has my name on it!! Like come on! How cool will I look having a smoothie or a juice in this jar? huh?

I’m waiting!

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2- Queening notebook and pencil- My Ebony Box

RRP: £6

I’m a stationery lover and buy loads of notebooks that I don’t use… I’m working on it. Please don’t judge me.

I had heart eyes when I saw these two and you can’t tell me NO-THING! Look how cute they are!!!! LOOK!

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3- Pink travel/ shopping bag- My Ebony Box

RRP: £8

I’m not sure as to how much I actually like pink BUT this makes a good back to school/ work item for me because I carry a lot of stuff from school to home and back.

I think I will leave this in my car just in case I need it. #Adulting

4- Soap Trio- NaturalSoapByDesign

RRP: £2

These three made the box smell almost like Lush…. in a good way.

I have been sniffing them trying to work out which is which but no success. Sorry guys.

Just know that they actually smell nice. Really.

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I’m going to check their website to find out because I won’t use them until I do.

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5- Coconut Oil – Vita Coco

RRP £2.99

Having coconut on the go because how else can you show you’re an adult, right? I have done it before but this pot is slightly bigger that the one I used to have.

Whatever we say, coconut oil is a very good one that you can always use.

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6- Lemon ChinChin- Real African Food

RRP: £1

Alright! Here is the food y’all!! It’s funny because I have a love/ hate relationship with chinchin.

I which I had the vanilla one instead of lemon but it’s the small pack of 70g so it will be finished in no time.

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7- Sleek foundation kit palette_ Test your shade- Sleek 

RRP: £4.99

I’ve been eyeing Sleek’ Crème to powder foundations for the longest but never made up my mind. This is a tester palette with 5 different shades! I will have a play with these and see if it would work for me.

I will use the lightest ones to conceal and the darkest to contour I guess… We will see!

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8- Digital art of MEB’s founder (Jenaitre)-

Queen and Boss Lady 👑👸🏾

And this my dear was the full content of my box for this month! July’s review is coming before the month actually ends! Stay tuned!

Funnily enough, the leaflet mentioned carnival but I don’t really do carnival but this box felt more like a back to school to me. I have one last week before school starts that’s probably why I have this feeling.

Be empowered 👑👸🏾

 

 

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#IssaPageantLife: MMWIUK

#IssaPageantLife: MMWIUK

Hello there!! How are you guys doing?

Thank you for coming (back?) to read my posts. It is well appreciated.

What are we talking about today? Well, let’s talk about risk, stepping out of my comfort zone and pageantry! An awful lot some would think but really in this case, they are all linked.

 

In May this year, a picture about a pageant (Mr and Miss West Indies UK) came up on my Insta explorer page. Looked at it, considered it but moved on. Days later, it came back up so I asked a friend what she thought of it. As my hype girl, she did what she knows best: she hyped me up. Anyways, I ended up applying. By the next morning, I had an e-mail saying I was accepted in the competition and of course, I got well excited…. why wouldn’t I?!

Fast forward to our first meeting then the second one etc…

Before and after each meeting,  I start thinking about the “hows” and “whys” and “what ifs”. When I saw the other contestants and what they had done in the past, when I considered the fact that some have already done pageants before, I doubted myself but by God’s grace, I have been able to complete the tasks and I’m learning and growing.

 

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

2 Timothy 1: 7

 

As you may have guessed, I will be representing HAITI *woop woop*

I feel sooooooooo honoured to be able to do so. I have been teaching the other contestants about Haiti since then.

Erratum: it is not a BEAUTY pageant but simply a pageant.

Starting this pageant helped me get in touch with members of the Haitian community in the UK and oh my the support is sooooooo real!!

 

 

The coolest thing is the day of our first meeting, I went to the Haitian embassy and got to meet the current ambassador 

As I said, it is something way out of my comfort zone, because I have to convince people, I have people judging what I do and how I do things. I try not to think about the stressful part too much: I need to secure sponsors, I am looking at outfits to wear, I need to consider how best to represent Haiti!!!

Below are some of the other contestants!

Even if I did not win the pageant, knowing that I tried and tried my hardest would be good enough for me. Of course, I am there to win because it would be a good start for what I want to do in the near future. I trust God to make a way!

PLEASE VOTE FOR ME BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK AND LIKING MY PICTURE AND THE PAGE -> HERE <-

“I want to challenge you today to get out of your comfort zone. You have so much incredible potential on the inside. God has put gifts and talents in you that you probably don’t know anything about.”

Joel Osteen

Please keep in touch via instagram, FB, or the official website (https://www.mrandmisswestindiesuk.com/?action=contestants)

There is greatness in you, Highness👸🏾👑✊🏿


Catch me there:

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snapchat: @mlle_mara

FB: https://www.facebook.com/HighnessEmpowersHighness

twitter: @missmarar

Unboxing @MyEbonyBox #5||June’s Edition

June’s box has been here for more than a week now…. I’m terrible!!

For my defence, I posted the pictures on my Instagram page and before that, on my InstaStory. Therefore, if you follow me there, you already saw it all. Anyway…  How are you Highness?

What’s in the box?

Okay, so I know that this is not a piece of art but I thought it was cool so I framed it and it is now standing on my desk.

 

One thing I liked straightaway and for no particular reason was the yellow and orange combo. It looks B-O-M-B! Maybe it’s just me….

 

1- Burts Levi Roots Reggae Reggae crisps by Burts crisps- RRP £1 ||http://www.burtschips.com

Food is bae- Crisps is food therefore crisps is bae, right? I have definitely tasted something from this brand. I’m surprised I have not eaten it all by now… see maturity!! (lol)

 

2- Women’s Energy tea by Yogi Tea || http://www.yogiproducts.com

If you’re a tea drinker put your hands up 🙋🏾🙋🏾 I know I am. Even if it’s really hot, I don’t mind having a cup of tea.

 

3- Caribbean Coconut Whipped shea butter by AfroDeity || http://www.afrodeity.co.uk

I have a feeling I’m gonna like this and annoyed that it is just a sample. I loved last month’s whipped Shea butter (wait for the review)

 

4- She who believed- silver bracelet by MEB RRP £10 || http://www.myebonybox.com

 

How cute is this?! I like the message! I have a bracelet with my name on it that I have been wearing for the past 2 years (or almost 2 years). I rarely take it off of my left wrist.

I normally get annoyed with bracelet on my right wrist because as a teacher I write quite a lot and it is a bit disturbing. All that to say that summer is the bracelets season for me- right on time!

 

5- Multi-use scarf/ headwrap/ sarong by MEB RRP£6

I have already made up my mind to use it as a headscarf so… that’s that. I will post a picture on Instagram whenever I style it, so connect with me on this platform 🙂

 

6- Moisture Silk shampoo and avocado smoothie conditioner travel set by Bourne Beautiful Naturals RRP £15 || http://www.bournebeautifulnaturals.co.uk

 

Somebody tell me they don’t look really cute!! They really are trying to get me summer ready (as they said in the leaflet).

 

Here is everything:

 

 

All items, bar the 2 samples, add up to £32… still more than what I pay for so still a big win for me. Don’t wait and get your own box from the shop HERE.

How are YOU preparing for summer?

Support and empower for Highness surely Empowers Highness.

There is greatness in you, Highness👸🏾👑✊🏿


Catch me there:

instagram: @highnessempowershighness

snapchat: @mlle_mara

FB: https://www.facebook.com/HighnessEmpowersHighness

twitter: @missmarar

 

#StudyingSociety: “Would you date a woman with an Afro? “

#StudyingSociety: “Would you date a woman with an Afro? “

Seriously, social media is full of people asking stupid questions!! It makes me sad…

The other day, as I was scrolling through my Instagram’s explorer page and I saw this picture with 3 photos of the (same) (gorgeous) woman with her hair in a MASSIVE Afro. It came with the question: “would you date a woman with an Afro?”… yeah, SAME!
I want to rephrase the question for them: would you date a woman with her 4c hair in its natural state?

Because really that’s the question they asked. I think they didn’t realise that a black woman with an Afro is like a Caucasian woman with her hair brushed down. It is nothing else but a NATURAL hairstyle.

My Afro is what my hair looks like when I comb it out. The same way, I could easily have braids, cornrows, bantu knots, twists and all this kind of jazzy hairstyles.

Cut us some slacks. You are not dating a woman for her hairstyle. If it is the case, well… let me tell you about that deception that is coming your way very fast. The afro can and will most likely change.
Now, it could well be that they were talking about natural hair in general. Maybe they amalgamated the two terms “Afro” and “natural hair”. In this case, it would be a whole other discussion for another day. Again, I could rephrase it in many ways to show the person how thick they sound.

 

Excuse me but I get really sensitive when it comes to black women with 4c hair… especially the bashing of it.

 

So please, I’m begging you, wear your hair with all the pride in the world. This hair came out of your scalp- own the life out of it! Please!

 

I could go on and on on this topic but that’s not what we are trying to do!

Thank you for reading and until next time, be empowered, always queen with the big crown…. I see you babe!

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@MyEbonyBox review || April’s Edition

@MyEbonyBox review || April’s Edition

Bonjour à tous! How you doing? I’m back with the review of April’s box from MEB.

The original post should show up at the very bottom of the page. If it is not the case, here is the link.

And now, leggo!

1- Choc Plus – Hot chocolate marshmallow and chocolate. RRP is said to be £2.

Now, the thing is I don’t drink nor eat chocolate as much as I used to but this is nice to try. I will probably be sharing with friends.

TRIED IT- I used it with hot milk and the hotter the quicker it melts. It is actually a very nice hot chocolate prep. I don’t actually like marshmallow but it would have been much better with more of it. Finally, I could bet money of the fact that I saw my local Aldi selling it! Check your own if you are interested in trying it

2- Cream of nature– Açai berry and keratin strengthening hair masque- RRP £1

I normally like the products from CON. This is a new fragrance. I will only be able to use it when I remove my braids. I will keep you posted in my review of this box, next month.

+ 2 samples (shampoo and conditioner). I don’t have a whole lot of hair but I already have a feeling that will not be enough- especially the conditioner.

NOT USED YET– they are in my massive hair sample pile that like to shop now and again. I will be giving it a go this weekend, when it is washday for me. I have used CON’s products before and I have been happy with them so there should be no reason for me not to like these ones.

3- Choctone postcard by Ramses Schweizer- RRP £1.50

Indeed, “my chocolate comes in all shades”. Love the message behind it! If you are familiar with the Pantone concept, you should understand this easily. Another piece to frame!!

NOT FRAMED YET but this is simply because I need to get some smaller frames from poundland. At the moment, it is in my bedside table. Still loving it though

4- EWA Nutrilicious face mask RRP £1 on the leaflet but £1.50 on the insta page. 

It’s a mix of clay , coconut powder and some other powder. It is to be mixed with water of milk. I will try both ways and review it.

NOT USED YET– but I will probably have by the time you read this post. Check my instagram to see what I say about it (@highnessempowershighness)

5- MEB– Handmade African bangle RRP £5

It’s MEB’s own brand. I love Ankara everything.I am VERY into that because they tend to be really unique.

WORE IT ROCKED IT! I had on a white shirt or it really stood out. Unfortunately, I’m gonna have to find a way to stop it from fraying!

6- MEB- Ebony noir candle. RRP £4

I’m not trying to be funny but this one of the nicest smells ever.  Spicy, woody and floral is EXACTLY what it smells like. I didn’t think I would like it but my mistake!! I had stopped burning candles a few months ago but I’m gonna get back to it because it is always nice.

USING IT– burning it as I am typing this post and you NEED to get one and try it. Personally I love it!!

7- Bea skincare– vitamin infused Konjac sponge set £RRP £22

According to the leaflet in the box, it’s the part 1 of it. Next month, we should receive prat 2. I want to believe it is the Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser from the same brand but I could be wrong.

I’ve had Konjac sponges before and usually enjoyed using them. We shall see if it makes any difference that it is vitamin infused!

NOT USED YET– I was waiting for the part 2- which arrived with this mont’s box and it is a cleanser. Hopefully I will be able to talk about it in the next review.

 

I can’t wait to get June’s box and also review May’s. I really am enjoying the boxes and products. I love to know that the products and companies are for strong and empowering black women – most if not all.

Support and empower for Highness surely Empowers Highness.

There is greatness in you, Highness.👸🏾👑✊🏿


Catch me there:

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snapchat: @mlle_mara

FB: https://www.facebook.com/HighnessEmpowersHighness

twitter: @missmarar

#StudyingSociety: Please don’t tell me you “don’t see colour”

This is such a poor excuse to anything and in any situation. I don’t want to hear this ever again, from anyone and this is why:

Please don’t tell me you “don’t see colour” as soon as I start to flaunt my melanin.

Please don’t tell me you “don’t see colour” when I want to create a safe space for people who are the same colour as me.

Please don’t tell me you “don’t see colour” because you feel excluded from said safe space.

Please don’t tell me you “don’t see colour” because you think “we are all humans”: did you or your people and forefathers not know we were all humans when they excluded us from everything possible? Did they not know that when they treated people of colour as sub-humans?

My colour upsets you because I celebrate it.

Because I see my flaws and accept them.

Yes we’re all humans but we are all different. Wether you like it or not, this colour that you “don’t see” is one of our differences.

Please don’t tell me you “don’t see colour”. How can you “not see colour”? Are you you colourblind?

Please don’t tell me you “don’t see colour” only when it is convenient for you to say so.

See my colour but don’t treat me as a lesser person because of it.

See my colour and still give me the job because I have the skills and knowledge.

See my colour and give me the treatment that I deserve.

Don’t you ever tell me that you “don’t see colour”- especially because you are trying to be politically correct… it’s not cute.

Be empowered my Highness, 👸🏾👑✊🏿

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Connect with me there:

instagram: @highnessempowershighness

snapchat: @mlle_mara

twitter: @MissMaraR