fazabdulgaffa Not everybody can say they've been married three times — to the same man!

Today marks a year since the City of Beverly Hills made me a Mrs. 🏾 #blindian #JOHNxFAZ
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fazabdulgaffa I almost never steer away from @dermalogica — if it ain't broke, don't fix it, amirite?

Some of the things brown girls suffer from is an uneven skin tone. My genetics, and my almost-lifelong battle with eczema has resulted in uneven skin, I'm not particularly bothered with it until I found a hypo pigmentation spot smack on my cheek a few weeks ago and of course, freaked out.

I only started using #Dermalogica's Powerbright TRX system religiously less than a week ago and I've already started noticing a massive difference.

Seriously, so much love for #Dermalogica.
#skincare #instaskin #instaskincare #browngirl #thebrowngirlsguide #thebrowngirlsguidetolife
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  •   dermalogica So happy to have you as a loyal fan! 2d
  •   elenaannlouis Only about one week's use and you see a difference? Sounds too good to be true. Gotta get my hands on some trial sets 2d
  •   fazabdulgaffa @elenaannlouis Twice a day everyday! It's potent though - use with lots of moisturizer! 2d
  •   chloedigital Amazing! 1d

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fazabdulgaffa The inside of our new home looks like a hurricane went through it after a weekend of heavy lifting and cussing at IKEA furniture but the outside looks pretty sweet. (I have a @target registry in case you love me.) #newhome 5d

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fazabdulgaffa Not taking any chances on my fortune for the upcoming Year of the Monkey, obviously. Thanks @rieko0102 for the adorable nail art & the low-down on the real Japanese spots in LA! 🏾️ #ChineseNewYear #LunarNewYear #YearofTheMonkey #opiobsessed #neko #fortunecat #kawaiinails #oliveyourmani 6d

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fazabdulgaffa Some things in life — like nail art, and raw fish — should only be left to unparalleled expertise of the Japanese. 🏾 #Pasadena #losangeles #design #landgathome 7d

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fazabdulgaffa Finally got my ass to Whole Foods to purchase what @aclairebeauty, my hair-y godmother (term coined by @adlinaanis) recommends for hair growth. Watch this space for this human experiment. 🏾#beautyexperiment #browngirl #thebrowngirlsguide #growhairgrow #hairbyandreaclaire #thebrowngirlsguidetolife 1w

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fazabdulgaffa Spending my Saturday vintage store–hopping looking for knick knacks and furniture for my new home...before spending hours on my hands and knees scrubbing the f*ck outta the new place. #vintage #vintagestore #burbank #losangeles 2w

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fazabdulgaffa Ending the work week thankful for badass bitches, @whatwouldjaqwear & @eriiiilo. #hellokittybyopi #stressedbutblessed 2w

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fazabdulgaffa I don't usually cheat on my #penhaligonslpno9 but I couldn't help but to bring this home from @urbanoutfitters' 'Gram-friendly beauty section. #fragrances #perfume #macaron #macaronrose #parfum 2w

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fazabdulgaffa These cold, dreary days are not made for hiking. #losangeles #LAcliche #pasadena #mtwilson 3w
  •   theartofdoingstuff They are if there's a hot bowl of soup and crusty bread waiting at the end of it. And a couch. And a movie and a blanket. And gummi bears. 3w
  •   fazabdulgaffa @theartofdoingstuff I could skip the hike and do soup and gummi bears and movie and blanket? Sounds way better. Brown people are really not meant for the cold. 3w

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fazabdulgaffa Obviously pumped about moving into our new home soon! ♡ #blindian #sundaysareforlovers 3w

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fazabdulgaffa All 'bout that food truck condiments life. 🏾 #LA #LosAngeles #losangelesfoodtruck 3w

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fazabdulgaffa Third day on the job and I had lunch with Miss Golden Globes 2016, the beautiful @corinnefoxx. #missgoldenglobes #missgoldenglobes2016 #goldenglobes #browngirls 4w

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fazabdulgaffa My acai bowls always turn out like brown goop. But they're brown goop that gets you glowing skin. #thebrowngirlsguidetolife tells you want magic ingredients to put in it for that added doses of goodness. (Link in profile) #acaibowl #breakfastbowl #fruitbowl 1mon

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fazabdulgaffa I'm excited to announce my latest passion project (or, avenue to exercise my gift of gab/ place where I justify my Sally, Ulta and Sephora sojourns), The Brown Girl's Guide To Life (link in profile!). I've been writing for so long now for my job, and because I've been consumed with work, and because I'm not sure what exactly to do with it, my blog has been stagnant for so long. So I wanted to start anew.
My career still involves a lot of writing, it has moved away from editorial, and I wanted an outlet to be able to continue writing the things I want to — dark skinned girl makeup, skincare for skin that will glow brighter than fairydust, all the gobs and gobs I have to say about travel, moving to the U.S., cooking, getting married and living with your partner, adulting, and all will be on www.thebrowngirls.guide. I'm thinking of throwing in vlogs sometime too, if I can stand the sound of editing my own voice.
Let me know what you think, what you want to read — even if you're not so brown. #thebrowngirlsguidetolife #browngirl #thebrowngirlsguide

Side eye training not included.
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  •   beijafloras So excited for this project! I've been following you since drama diaries days. I'd love to read about your move to the US, cultural posts, marriage posts, anything real and relevant really, that's your specialty after all. I know it will be good :) 1mon
  •   fazabdulgaffa @beijafloras Awwww, aren't you wonderful! Thank you love. I'll work on them! 1mon
  •   vkatey Super excited for this, i can't say finally enough!! Imma be followin' for sure! @fazabdulgaffa 1mon
  •   fazabdulgaffa @vkatey Aww yay! Thank you babe! x 1mon
  •   trishnarawr BROWN GURL REPPIN 3w
  •   fazabdulgaffa @trishnarawr Brown gurl keepin' it . ;) 3w
  •   curvesbecomeher i love this! Would love to meet you in person someday 2w
  •   fazabdulgaffa @curvesbecomeher You're too sweet! Thank you love! 2w

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fazabdulgaffa 2015.
You are a celluloid moment in my life, forever to be remembered. But I won’t seek you out — there’s no urge to resolve, no loose ends that need to be ties. You are one of the few I wash my hands off, without a second glance back. I needed no closure. Like awkward pebbledash on my life, with high highs and low lows. Lows so low I didn’t think I would be able to pull myself from the darkness.

You leave a bitter sweet aftertaste, an ashy and metallic, almost indistinguishable aftertaste of love, loneliness and the desperate desire to be whole again. Maybe that’s why you’re so easy to leave behind. I need to stop viewing the world through meretricious sepia-tinged lenses that apotheosizes every flaw, making existence excruciating, much more than it actually is. No more morbid shuffling of feet on salmon-colored linoleum floors, no more oxymorons from Pandora’s Box.

Somehow it has also been fairytale: something bordering monumental, historical even. We mastered decadence when we had almost nothing, we bathed in sensuality, beauty and the luxury of youth. Dried tears, greater plans manifested.

You made me older, a lot wiser, and you’ve put a partner by my side. As I close yet another chapter and tuck you in my back pocket, I lick my lips to rid of the last traces of metallic lust and exhale the last of you. Farewell, 2015 — the road ahead is going to be much better, for sure. (Photo by @actchio)
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fazabdulgaffa Have you met someone whom you seem to have crossed paths so many times in life it's a surprise you never actually met until, well, you actually do? My #fazgivesthanks2015 continues with my #Fancypartner @smn.ms, whom I met so recently but for some cosmic reason, it's like we've known each other all along. You know your soul resembles someone else's almost to a tee when she cheers you on, prays for you, pulls for you, intervenes on your behalf and wait for you with open arms and awkward cheek hugs when you see each other again in person. Even when she's down in the lowest dumps you couldn't even possibly imagine.

Maybe we're from the same star, Natasha Shah, but there is no substitute for you. Thank you for being one of the reasons why I didn't hurl my body off a cliff in LA this year. Here's to taking 2016 by the neck and it our bitch. #bestfriends #bff #soulsister #bestof2015
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fazabdulgaffa 2015 has easily been one the most challenging years of my life. I moved away from all comforts I've ever known to be true in my life, into a world where I have a weird accent, into a world where I don't know half the road rules and I'm still figuring out that I have to turn right first, instead of left before I cross the road, I still am trying to figure out how to handle living with the empty hole in my life that my family once filled.

In the midst of my aching unravelling, I had... have light. My brother is one of the reasons I didn't completely lose myself in the insanity. If anybody had doubt that distance makes the heart grow stronger, our relationship is a true testament of that. To think that our parents raised us the same, and yet, he's wiser, stronger and has a heart that could swallow the sky. Thank you for always being generous, for always looking out for me, for laughing at me, for listening to me when I feel like the universe is trying to pour itself out of my skin and veins and ripping apart my pores. Thank you for being my light - who needs knights in shining armours when I have you as a brother. Love you, @faiagaffa! #fazgivesthanks2015
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fazabdulgaffa When you feelin' so fresh you 'bout to call the paparazzi on yourself. 😎 #browngirl #colourpopme 1mon

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fazabdulgaffa Seasons Greetings from your favorite #Blindian couple. May your hearts be as full as your bellies. ☃ 1mon

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