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All About Hari! (Just in case you missed it)

This is a #BeatByXayLi Post that I transferred from one of my older Blogs!! Loved this Experience. You can book a #BeatByXayLi makeover photo shoot with me by emailing me at byxayli@gmail.com ! This one was done Approximately a year ago! Enjoy!!

Who is this Mysterious Gem?

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Hari Marie was Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She was brought up by two of the most inspiring people, her parents both hailing from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago . She most definitely had an interesting upbringing. Her mother, a very intelligent, beautiful, and independent woman, always taught her to utilize her creativity and never settle for less. Her father, the first entrepreneur in her family taught her organization and conviction.

Like most, she found her true career passion during her college years. Although she was majoring in economics her interests were almost always taken up by her extra curricular affairs.

Her cousin who is one of biggest female promoters in the Caribbean, NY community needed assistance in executing her events, and this is when Hari found her true calling. She was almost always needed in major decisions and her opinions were most appreciated. That was the time Hari decided that event planning is not only something she was naturally great at, but something she would absolutely love to do.

With her parents guidance and encouragement she graduated St Francis College with a BA in Economics and a minor in Finance. Following in her fathers footsteps, She would like to some day start her own Event Planning company; producing weddings, corporate events and more.

True Story:

I began by shooting some before pictures of Hari, where her innocence is really very evident. (she is such a sweet girl).

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45 minutes later She was #beatbyxayli and her innocent smile was replaced with a seductive snare. (She even stuck her tongue out at us. LOL)

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We spent a few minutes putting her clothing together and finally I was able to fine tune her entire outfit and prep her for shooting. We climbed up to the roof in the dark 45 degree NYC weather and captured some dope shots up there.

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We got some awesome shots! I’m no professional photographer but we had lots of fun!

(I kept this photo especially because it shows how deep of a person Hari is.. I see her face three different times in this photo. Can you?)

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We even got back into the house and shot a few white wall portraits.

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We switched outfits and had some lobby fun too!!

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All in all I had so much fun transforming this LondonGyal it was unbelievable. She was truly a gem throughout the entire process….

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From beginning to end!!

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You can find Hari Marie in the background and sometimes forefront, assisting with the planning of many NYC Caribbean Events (she is a very hard worker). But you can also find her as @Hari Marie on Instagram and Twitter!!

Hari Marie is definitely #LondonGal approved!

Xove,
Xay

Monserat De Lucca

Absolutely in love with this bracelet and the rest of their pieces. I couldn’t resist that bracelet though. I had to purchase it on the spot. It totally places some reminder of love, strength and balance in my life, especially as a designer and artist. It was made in Thailand and is made of pure Brass! Cant wait till it arrives! I will definitely post pics!

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Monserat De Lucca.

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Xove Xay

Late Night Sketch

Tonight as I do most nights, I sat down to get some work done. Lately I’ve been a very nocturnal creature. The night makes my mind wander… So its when im most creative. I sat down at my pull out desk in my bubble (my room.. Where all things Xay are created) and I got to work sketching. My tele kept me great company! O how I love watching gory crime solving mystery murder stories while I create. (weird, yess, yes, i know).
I have taken a love to Crayola twistables! So i sat and sketched this cropped blazer that I’ve had in my head forever along with a ton of other things that I intend on getting out in the nights to come.

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Next ill get my fabric and make my sketch come alive! Hmmm I wonder what this will go with. (Maybe a red skirt will make it pop!) I’ll be sure to post pictures of the finished product. My loves (friends) and I have really been interested in photography lately. Well thats another post in itself!

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Xove Xay..

Success…

Just a few things that I think defines SUCCESS..

Success is getting PAID to do what I passionately love – Xay

Success is being able to assist others physically (fashion) while being known and respected globally- Xay

Success is knowing that when I die, I am definitely going to heaven, because I am a good person, yet living everyday to the fullest- Xay

Success is seeing my father smile because I made it even further than he thought I would (and he knows I’m going far)- Xay

Success is honoring my mother- Xay

Success is proving everyone that ever doubted me, WRONG, because I know how a lot of people feel about me and my choices- Xay

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I got some opinions about what other people thought defined success too…!

PRICE SIMON- Making strides against all that plagues you, to find ultimate happiness and safety for yourself and those that you love.

HAMIDA AMIN- Success is working when everyone else is sleeping ( Yesss Gives me Life!!!! lol)

- Success is being fully grounded in your own unique genius

- Success is knowing your limitations but working as if they do not exist!

(GIrllllllllll smh I don’t know why you aren’t a philosopher yet)

SEAN HUTCHINSON- Success is being able to live your best life with few obstacles of limitations

JAYGO AMALI- Success is a journey! Not a destination!

HARI MARIE- Success is Acquiring ones definition of wealth (lol Hara should we do Wealth next?)

- Success is independence, satistfaction, health, good relationships,

- Success= Happiness

ABI HOLA- Success isn’t being financially well off but being able to accomplish all of ones goals.

Damnn they all went in! Made my definitions sound like NADA.. lol

Whats your Idea of Success…? These are the things we should be thinking about, We’d get much further in life!

Xove Xay..

Out with my Loves <3 !!

Last week I had an awesome night out w a few of my aces! Ahhhh the life of well.. Me! I haven’t yet found a category for myself! (don’t think I ever will though). Soo we decided to attend the billboard blowout, before heading out to a night in the city. It was a really nice experience..I somehow after being bold ended up on some sites..(which if I could find them i would post the links) But it was a great night all in all. (ehemm)

I couldn’t find anything to wear! I absolutely despise when this happens. Ever since I was little my aunt would tell me if I had one outfit, then I’d def know what I was wearing lol! Thank God I’ve always been blessed and CREATIVE!I found these cute leopard print shorts that I had sewn a while ago and a denim cutoff jacket that I had altered ions ago.. so I paired these two, which had absolutely nothing to do with each other, swung my dreads over to one side and I was on my way! FUCK iT!

 

Swizz Beatz killed his performance, and he even Brought Estelle, who I absolutely love! and she looked dope as F*&% too! LMFAO performed my fav Shufflin! Where we ended up after is a secret. shhhhh! (deserves a post all by itself) It was a good night all in all.

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My Aces:

Top Left: My darling, Yanni Fierce

Bottom Left: My Lover for life, Hari Marie! @HariMarie on twitter! shes the Dopest Event Planner!

Right: My Duuuudddeeee, Price! @ipricesimon on twitter! he does everything! I cant even begin!

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My dope shorts! lollll.So cool n comfy!!

Xove Xay..

Phunky Phiona

My friend Phiona has a lovely sense of style! She’s totally a Jacket enthusiast! (lover of all things Jackety). Jackets or Blazers can be found in different cuts, colors, crops, you name it! They are “magically” able to take an outfit from 1 to 10 in a flash, but They also have different price ranges which can also go from 1 to 10 in a flash ($-$$$$$$). However it is always a great thing to have a few of these pieces in your closet.

Anywhoo! Phiona totally slayed in this funky get up! Her ability to throw things together and make it look well thought out is what I really admire, being an advocate of fashion myself. But I take forever and a day to get an outfit together! (I’m so indecisive, Ughhh). Before she left to go into the wilderness (camping in NJ) I was able to catch up with her and she was kind enough to share what she wore on the night of one of our random escapades.

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Blazer: Zara
Shoes: (one of those reall fucking Finds) H&M
Shirt: H&M
Head Scarf: Urban Outfitters
And some Random Shorts (her exact words)

Entire outfit: Phunkified ;)

Sidebar: Maybe she will do a headscarf tutorial for us sometime! (hint hint)

Xove Xay

Mussels and MUHSINAH!

Sooo the other night I attended the most amazing dinner party performance with two of my lovelies Will and Phiona!! (whose outfit deserves an entirely different post, because darling! she gave me life) We had such a blast!

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It was in the Villiage at this dimly lit venue called Affaire. They had an open bar, where i lovingly splurged on Gin and juice, (mmmmmmm) and we had dinner. They had these awesomely delightful mussels!! In different flavors which were One of the highlights of my night, because i obviously love to eat!. The flavors were Parmesan and marinara, white wine, and Curry! Yumm. Well seasoned, well prepared, yessss! Pure mussely perfection.

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The performance was by Grammy nominated, urban/suburban artist Muhsinah! (thanks William now i’m just addicted) I just cant have enough of her sound!
Her music literally transports you to another place…

It was as if we were in a sound chamber, in awe of some musical alien ruler, because her entire performance was so captivatingly trance like that she even wondered if she was playing in the “chamber” alone. Her voice….O so Breathtakingly beautiful. She performed a cover of Scatterbrain by Radiohead, Use somebody by Kings of Leon, and a few songs off of her addictive Gone EP. Seeing her live was so inspiring! Sigh.. I just love Art! Her fingers were making love to the piano, her voice wrapped around that love and Billy was surely engrossed in singing backup!! (Which he was extremely proud of) Lol.

She was also very sweet and interactive. You know… One of those artists that genuinely cares about their fans. She actually spent time with us and took a few pics.
More can be read about her at Muhsinah.com, Her Gone EP can also be downloaded there for free!
Freakishly Awesome Event!
Can’t wait to see her perform again! And I am also excited to see how she grows as an artist!

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Preview One, My Fav Song off of the Gone EP! I totally want to relate one day! ;)

Xove Xay

Malibu Beach!!

Had a lot of fun on my most recent trip to Cali! Such a wonderful time for me to de stress. NY was getting a bit stressful. I couldn’t wait to make use of the see through number I had created! O how I miss the sun, sea, and sand! (ugh, well not too much the sand…..or the sun) but I miss the sea! (Er well kinda)… Well you get the jist!! << not sure if i spelt that right. Toddles!!

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Dreamer…

My name is XayLi Esteem. I say what I feel Like, Sometimes at the right time, sometimes not… But that’s Ok..I’m Me. I like Manis, Pedis, Designing, and Shopping. I’m a DREAMER. Thats the biggest thing you should know about me. My Dreams are all that matter, because my dreams are what inspire elevation from the world that I presently live in. When I dream I’m whatever I want to be, Whenever I want to be, where ever I want to be. I know there are a lot of you out there that do that too.

They say “Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare. ~H.F. Hedge”. I dont believe this. In every way possible, we are all a Dante or a Shakespeare. I know this because when I write, I think what would Shakespeare write. And I become him…

Yes he had hair billowing down to his earlobes..I have dreadlocks,

Yes he had a perfectly manicured moustache… I have pouty red lips,

He was a writer, actor and a businessman, and I am by all means, all of those and more…

I believe I am a modern day Shakespeare! You’re still reading right?!?

Good! Because I’m still DREAMING!