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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

Styled By X. (Ray)

If you know me, you know that I am hardly ever on FaceBook, and that sometimes I am so busy that I can be the hardest person in the world to contact at times. Luckily a few nights ago I was up at around 4 am, going through my crazy email inbox and I saw that one of my classmates from all the way in Trinidad was inboxing me about getting a photo shoot done. I was instantly excited! She had seen a previous Makeover Shoot that I had posted and wanted to get one done herself!

I immediately got to work trying to fit her into my schedule, especially since she would only be in the US for a few days. I began creating and prepping her outfit and such being that we also had limited time to shoot.I love creating original stuff as we all know, so I wanted to make sure that the majority of her outfit was Designed By ME! XayLi! I had her figured out on my mannequin (whose name is Hillary btw) before she even got here.
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Isn’t she a doll? Meet Rachel. Here I have provided a before picture (left) and after picture (right) of her getting pampered by me. I provided black and white photographs so that your vision would not be hindered by the colors in each photo. Just true beauty.
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After fixing her a lovely cocktail, she began to relax and I was able to carefully whizz through doing her makeup, hair and getting her into her outfit. Seeing someone this excited about how different they look when I have completed their styling is one of the greatest joys that I get from doing what I do. I love inspiring women, and capturing the moment of creating a comfortable and confident individual. (I’m not a professional photographer *im working at it though*, but that moment is so precious.. that not catching it would be a sin).
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We had fun shooting for a while. My how time flew!
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I had so much fun introducing her to the other side of herself.
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She even really started modeling! I absolutely loved it!
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Although we were pressed for time we decided to switch up her outfit a bit. This outfit was created By Me also. I had fun creating this hand painted, studded skirt. (items like these can be purchased by sending me an email also at lgstyleonline@gmail.com)
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Love!
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Love!
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Love!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this shoot! I hope she did also!
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If you are interested in being #BeatByXayli you can email me at ByXayLi@gmail.com for affordably priced packages. See some of you guys soon!

Xove,
Xay

A snippet of my World.

So I recently got an email (yes I get the weirdest questions) asking what my residential surroundings look like. I must admit that at first I was freaked out. But then I took the idea and turned it into a photography project! Lol.

Dead Roses..

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Up close!

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Candles! But no wind.

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The White Room

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Lights, Camera, Flowers again..

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I’m not a pro just yet but I try!

I’ll def do another post where I’ll get a little more personal. :)

And shout out to my moms decorating skills also!!

Xove,
Xay

BrusheX

Long day today watching Drop Dead Diva (still wasn’t feeling to well been sick all week :( ), which is my latest Netflix find.
Then had some random camera fun.

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Later on I went to Target and discovered (I know I’m probably soo late) this amazing line of products called Sonia Kashuk. Her brushes are to die for!! <;3 I totally recommend them and they were a very economical purchase. Only $14.95.

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And this Bronzer! Dear Lord save me!!

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Heaven on earth.

Xove,
Xay.