The Skin I’m In.

October.

The month designated to packaging thousands of years of Black history and culture into a palatable melting pot of ‘facts’ supposedly beginning with colonialism and ending with Harriet Tubman freeing slaves.

And yet, despite being a month that should encourage honest conversations about how far we’ve come and how far we still are from truly embracing Equality and Diversity, Trump-mania is on the rise, #IAmMogadishu is not a thing and last week a stranger matter of factly stated that being Pro-Black is the same as being anti-White.

No. It is not.

Because when my little sister held her arm up to compare her gorgeous mahogany skin aside my lighter complexion and questioned her afro puffs, the familiar gnaw of watching a young Black girl grow up in a society that places limitations on her beauty and Blackness resurfaced.

And so in response her current and future self… an ode to the Skin I’m In.

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Celebrating 9 months of #DrReenAbroad! ~ Free Instagram Giveaway

▶️ FREE INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY! ◀️ #DrReenAbroad is 9 months old today travelbugs! Still growing but I want to say thank you to my beautiful followers by giving YA’LL something small, gold and cute. After all, what better way to celebrate a deep-rooted love for travel than wearing it around your neck 😝. Ps – Men, get involved too! #PressieForBae •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• How To Enter: Head to … Continue reading Celebrating 9 months of #DrReenAbroad! ~ Free Instagram Giveaway

How To: Pack ‘Light’ (When You Really, Really, Suck At It)

Having spent most of my childhood and adult life hopping from city to tropical destination to countryside, I thought I had the art of packing down pat. Packing ‘light’ on the other-hand is a whole different ball game. A ball game that I rarely play well. In my opinion, those most successful at cramming their belongings into teensy-tiny cabin bags possess something that I clearly … Continue reading How To: Pack ‘Light’ (When You Really, Really, Suck At It)

Travelling Chic: Orange is the new Black

Three days spent with every inch of skin insultated against the bitter Icelandic cold had me stepping up my beauty game. To stand out amongst the white expanse meant standing out in a BIG and BRIGHT way! Layering the heavily pigmented ‘Hot Singles’ NYX orange eyeshadow over a brown-tinted base from my Ebay eyeshadow palette created an amazing backdrop, with my eyelids as the canvas. … Continue reading Travelling Chic: Orange is the new Black

Travelling Chic || Heritage 

I loved connecting with my roots on my recent trip to Kenya and invested in this beautiful burnt orange statement necklace. Featuring authentic intricate Masaai beadwork with an on trend choker design, it is both eye-catching and striking. Now I just need to figure out where I’m going to show this beauty off! #DrReenAbroad   Continue reading Travelling Chic || Heritage 

My Top 8 Travel Gadgets and Gizmos

1. Rose Gold iPhone 6s 2. Rechargable Selfie LED Lighting Case 3. Noise cancelling Earphones 4. Universal Travel Adaptor 5. Remote Bluetooth-Controlled Selfie Stick 6. AKASO 1080p Full-HD Wireless Waterproof Action Camera with Go-Pro Compatible Accessories 7. NIKON COOLPIX Shockproof Waterproof Digital Camera 8. Pretty Neat by Grace ‘Mapron’ (Make-up Apron) #DrReenAbroad Continue reading My Top 8 Travel Gadgets and Gizmos

A New Year On The River – Part Two

The excited squealing as we opened the door to our executive junior suite must have reverberated through the neighbouring walls! The suite was glorious. I could not stop looking around at the gold and rich brown tones in the fixtures and furniture which lent the room a modern but elegant feel. And having spied the huge king-sized bed piled high with plump cushions, there was … Continue reading A New Year On The River – Part Two

A New Year On The River – Part One 

Church services. Deafening fireworks. Gorgeous sparklers waved that bit too close to ones face for comfort. Ending the countdown in a massive group hug with the closest warm bodies (human or animal) to you. I love the climatic element in the run up to New Year’s Day. The air is almost heavy-ladened with feverish anticipation; tingling with the hopes and dreams of 7 billion persons … Continue reading A New Year On The River – Part One