Winter 17/18 Vibes

“Wonder” Movie Review


In WONDER, August “Auggie” Pullman is about to start fifth grade, marking his first time at a school with other kids, rather than learning at home from his mom, Isabel who is played ny Julia Roberts in the film. That would be plenty nerve-wracking on its own, but Auggie has more to worry about than the average new middle schooler, Born with a genetic abnormality, he has a significant facial difference. Twenty-plus surgeries in his short life have left him able to hear, see, and speak like other kids, but he definitely doesn’t look like them. And since he can’t wear his beloved astronaut helmet all day at school, he has to face them all in person and show the face he is so greatly self concious of . It’s far from easy; kids call him names like “Darth Hideous,” “Gollum” and say hurtful comments like “if I looked like him, I would kill myself”, and bully him, and even his parents can’t talk away the hurt. But Auggie isn’t the only one facing challenges: His older sister, Via , feels like their parents barely pay attention to her because Auggie needs so much from them. Via’s long term friend Miranda suddenly became distant and no longer wanted to be friends with Via and that added to her feeling of isolation and sadness.  Auggie’s new friend, Jack Will  genuinely likes him but doesn’t know how to speak up for him in school. Via’s former best friend. Even bully Julian has his own problems. As Auggie navigates his first year of school, he and all the people around him learn to think more of others and find happiness inside themselves.



Over all this movie, shows so much acceptance, kindness, and the power of friendship. I feel any person of any age group can appreciate this movie, it shows the inner battles people face in everyday life, It teaches kindness to others that may not look like you, it teaches understanding and acceptance. This movie shows the journey of a young boy who may have looked a little different than the kid next to him but had the courage to stand up, be seen and change the lives of so many around him. I highly recommend this movie to anyone, it will change your life.

XO Torye 

Dear TeaTime Family,

This is place I come to vent my random thoughts, I probably thought of while laying in bed wide awake at 3am.

like…. How tall was Jesus? I wonder how many individual hairs I have on my head? random right? I know!!

I think non stop everyday! I am person that dosen’t have what you would call a “passion” or a “life long dream”. I simply think of things I “might” like to do with my life.

I try to think what will support my lifestyle. what will make me happy. I always end up blank minded and all my questions still unanswered.

Every now and then I suffer a euphony, & say I wanna be a doctor, (but I don’t like blood) ! so that thought goes away, then I think maybe I’ll be a pharmacist, but then I think that will be kind of boring, I don’t wanna be bored everyday of my life.

My point is just because you don’t have “calling”, dosent mean your worthless. You use your plus’s to make a dream you never knew you had. You light a fire inside of you that had been dim your whole life.

Never be scared to try something, the only plans that never work are the ones thats never tried. YOU ARE A PHENOMENAL WOMAN, YOU ARE A PHENOMENAL MAN.


XO Torye

|My Curly Hair Regimen|

For all you curly hair babes, If your like me it is the struggle to find products that reduce the frizz & define your curls without making your hair feel “crunchy” or “cakey”.

I have discovered this regimen which has changed my life, my curly hair is longer a “burden” to my life.

These are the 3 products needed:

(All can be bought from Target or Mixed Chicks website directly)

  1. Biolage Leave-in Conditioner $17.00
  2. Mixed Chicks Leave-in Conditioner $16.39
  3. Mixed Chicks “Morning After Foam” $14.99



First Step: Wash your hair with your Shampoo & Conditioner of choice. ( I use the new Dove Ultra Moisture)

Second Step: Wrap hair in towel for about 5 minutes, so the hair isn’t soaking wet while trying to apply the products.

Third Step: Apply the Biolage Leave-in throughout the hair , this really is healthy on the hair plus it smells wonderful.


Fourth step: Put a generous amount of the Mixed Chicks Leave-in, in the palm of your hand, then rub through out hair. Repeat this about 3 times or until you have gotten all of your hair.


Fifth Step: Let air dry and your hair will fluff out, without the “crunchy” or “cakey” feel.

The Mixed Chicks “Morning After Foam” is for the morning after like it says. Lets say you put your hair in a bun and went to sleep, you wake up and you hair is stiff and dry just get about 4 pumps of the foam and apply throughout. Your hair will be moisturized and bouncy once again.



This is the Day after Wash and Applying the morning after foam:



Sister Day

So guys, I don’t know about y’all but I live for “sister days”. Its the day where you can vent(without someone telling you you’re wrong), Eat endless food, & shop & (actually get a honest of opinion on how fat you look)LOL.

Me & My sister, do the same thing every time, we go to The Galleria(Houston’s best shopping, have lunch at Del Frisco’s, and proceed to shop until we drop. It is truly a therapy session without the $100 dollar fee and someone asking me “so does how does that make you feel”.



Del Frisco’s Go too: The steak medallions, with mashed potatoes & green beans. (cooked to perfection)


Sparkling Rosè: My sister says is phenomenal sense I’m only 19 but hey it makes the picture.

I also highly recommend their Strawberry Cheesecake, it is not your ordinary “New York Style”, it has a moose like texture which melts in your mouth.

Whenever you and your sisters/cousins/mom, want a day out. Try our tradition, it never disappoints.


XOXO, Torye

|4 Reasons Why Zara Is Life|

My shopping tendacies are very strange. I hate going into stores. I hate spending a lot of money. I hate poor quality. This  is why Zara is the perfect store for me, and YOU, and everybody we know. Zara makes sure to still keep its European flavor along with US trends. Zara is two steps ahead of everyone else, and not only is Zara leading the way, Their changing the face of what we perceive from High Street Brand.


Both trendy and timeless, Zara is for girls who like fashion but loathe recyclable trends. Zara’s Wardrobe is built off of hero pieces, and trend items are treated as cheap and transient. It’s a formula that works, especially for more thrifty customers like myself. So if all other stores went into into liquidation tomorrow, and stopped doing business, I would just shrug and get on with it. Because all I need in my life is a little Zara.



Here’s Why:

  1. Zara;s online store blows everyone else’s out of the water. Since it adopted the street style of shooting.
  2. Zara is affordable. I know some might not think so but consider this: I bought a leather jacket there for $239, Thats about a quarter go the price you’d pay for a designer leather jacket. I wear the jacket ALL the time, and it’s great quality
  3. Sure, Zara has it fair share of nylon and polyester but those pieces generally cost less than $40. They have a huge range of real wool, silk, and leather products, as well as “Handmade ” pieces. Zara’s clothes last far longer than their low prices would imply, So for the quality -to-price ratio you’re always winning.
  4. I can’t express enough how I hate going into stores, and how it stresses me out. NO matter how busy, Zara is always bearable. Maybe its because of the staff, with their secret agent ear pieces, know whats up. They run the shop like a well oiled machine. Everything is clean and organized ( IN SIZE ORDER) and the best part is they don’t pump techno music.


XO Torye

|Becoming ME|

For me, my hair has always been a huge part of my life. Growing up biracial, people would always look at my skin tone and hair texture as a way to see “what I was”. I started questioning my own race, because being mixed meant I wasn’t this or that, or one or another, because I was both at the same time.



My hair was the biggest indicator of my heritage. My curls showed that I was “mixed with something” . when I was in middle school I thought conforming to fit in better was better, I would ask my mom to dye my hair lighter, and to straighten it. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that I didn’t need to change my hair, or myself, to be me. Fitting in turned from an obsession to look like everyone else, to realizing that “fitting in”meant “follower”. Fitting in meant “average”. I was far from a follower and the furthest thing from average.

I really connected with “Let Life In” message because thats exactly what I did when I chose to stop forcing myself to fit into a box that never really existed. I decided to let go of society’s expectations of me and let in MY OWN expectations for myself instead.


Its deeper than “just hair”. The acceptance of my natural curls was the tipping point for me in the process of truly finding myself. Rocking my curls was the catalyst i needed to say “you know what, Im not AVERAGE…. IM SPECIAL”.



#LetLifeIn. Let go of whatever is holding you back from being YOU. Whatever that trigger is for you to jump into your passion and life’s purpose, embrace it.


Even if you think its just hair, it might be the very thing that changes your life, like it did mine.



XO, Torye