Saturday, January 20, 2018

Weekly Update 01.20.18

great sales, stand up for a cause, travel, wellness, money tips, fitness, food




Wanderlust: Need a mini-retreat? I know I do, and these top liked Airbnbs around the world (a lot are right here in the USA) have me checking flight prices.

I also found this article about 5 under-the-radar french cities to visit… I need to go to all of them this year! It’s happening because I said so.

And if you’re looking to check more festivals off your list this year, here are 11 amazing festivals around the world that we should all start saving for.


Smart Money tip of the week (Because you’re too good to be a broke bitch): It's Not Just HQ Trivia: These 10 Apps Will Legit Make You Money - Girlboss.com Multiple streams of income are always better than one honey.

Get fit: Everything you need to know about an anti-inflammatory diet.

Shop til you drop: Spotlight sale of the week: Stuart Weitzman is offering up to 50% off until 1/31, so if you want an investment piece of designer, quality over the knee boots, now’s your chance to get them at a fraction of the price!


And here are some of my favorite budget finds from the week featuring Stuart Weitzman and Shein (an amazing wholesale site) just in time for Valentine’s Day. I love this website, but you have to read every single item’s measurements and reviews because the sizes really vary. If you don’t know your measurements, grab a tape measure from your kitchen so you can know your accurate size. Oh, and this section includes affiliate links.





Live Well: Here’s a cute and helpful infographic breaking down easy ways for us to take care of ourselves. The ABCs to self-care.  

Menu: I heard about Snow Days NYC one day at work this week. Honestly, I don’t care that it’s winter; I need to try this dessert place ASAP!

What the world needs is love: It’s no secret that our world has some pretty f*ed up people in it, but here are two legitimate ways to contribute to making the world a better place today.
  • Help the children. There is a disgusting and heart-breaking epidemic going on in Pakistan right now. If you haven’t heard about the protests in Pakistan to take down a pedophile ring that’s been abusing and killing little children, you can read about it here. I haven't found a site explaining exactly how to help, but we can at least spread awareness and align ourselves with organizations that fight to end human trafficking. #
  • Help Rohingya Refugees in Myanmar and Bangladesh who have gone through actual hell. Read more about the crisis here.

Weekly Wins
1.) This week was my bday! I’m now 24; and oddly, I feel more secure. 23 was a mother effing rough ass year, and 24 already feels calmer. There’s something about even numbered years. Things just seem to fall into place. Plus, I feel more grateful for everything nowadays. My constant “don’t listen to the negative voice inside my head” exercises are finally paying off.  Plus, my birthday is the perfect excuse to treat myself to a few things off my monthly luxe list..aka wish list. Check it out here.


2. ) Riverdale came back. Y’all, my roommate and I are obsessed with this show, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Also, I get so much fashion inspiration from Riverdale. That’s a key factor for me becoming obsessed with a show.


3. I got back in my gym flow. I didn’t make it to all of my classes, but I made it to 3, which is a lot better than zero. And I went to power yoga, which completely whipped my butt. I was limping all day at work, but at least I know I’m one step closer to my fitness goals.


Weekly Ls
1.)Not waking up early. I’ve been trying to wake up around 6am every morning, but it just did not happen this week. I’m getting myself used to a morning routine so I have time to meditate, spend some time surfing the internet, work on my blog and take my time while getting ready for work. Next week, I’m committing to going to bed between 10:30 and 11pm. I know next week is my week to master this.

2.)Blowing my budget. Since it was my birthday week, so I gave myself permission to blow the weekly budget and eat out way more than I should have. Now I'm ready to get back on my meal prepping game and save some precious deniero.

3.)The House of Horrors in California. If you haven’t heard, 13 siblings were held captive and tortured by their parents. It’s a blessing that one of the siblings escaped and now all 13 siblings are receiving medical and psychiatric help. But damn! This family has been through hell. These siblings will never have normal lives, no matter how much professional help they receive. Here is an article breaking down how we can help them. If you guys have found other, legitimate sites that allow us to donate to this family, please link them below in the comments. It’s going to take a lot of financial resources to help them establish a healthy lifestyle, and they deserve it after everything they've experienced.


Quote: “Nothing new can come into your life until you are grateful for what you already have” - Guest on an old episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show

As always, thanks for taking a part of your day to read this. I hope you found some useful information, and if there's a new category that you want me to add to my weekly update/finds, let me know in the comments! I hope you have a lovely weekend! Lots of love my dears!



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

January Luxe List




Shopping List, Wish List, Winter Must haves

Winter Musthaves, January wish list


I'm going to keep  today's post short and simple. This month, I've been craving a few items that legitimately bring me joy. Everything in this month's list are things that have been on my wish list for months. My rule of thumb is, if something has been on my mind for multiple weeks, I give myself permission to buy it without feeling guilty. It's nice to treat yourself every now and then (or frequently because life is short), and honestly, the snow boots are a necessaity this winter in the NYC area. The only thing I won't be getting this month is the Chanel bag... but I am starting a savings account dedicated to buying it. Now it's only a matter of time until that classic bag is mine. What's on your wish list this month? And btw, the items below are affiliate links, so if you shop below, I get a small commission. Thank you for supporting my blog; I love you guys more than you know. Until next time my loves!


Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Reflection: 7 Lessons To Take Away From The Year


Gold sequin NYE dress


I used to be gung-ho about creating New Year’s resolutions. Like, I got a high from doing it (it’s the type A, neurotic part of me that helps me to get so much shit done) but this year, I’m kind of over making resolutions. Instead, I wanted to reflect on what I learned/experienced in 2017 and apply it to the first month of 2018. I like to set monthly goals for myself based on what's going on in my life at that time. This way, I don’t feel overwhelmed and can devote tunnel vision focus on one goal at a time. For January 2018, I’m focusing on letting go. And I am so ready to let go of 2017. I think it’s unfair and ungrateful to say that 2017 was a bad year. Yes, it was full of a lot of stress and pain, but it was also full of a lot of amazing lessons, victories, and growth. And that’s something I’ll never take for granted. 

To honor this past year, I did a 25 question reflection exercise created by Maxie McCoy (which you can find here). Honestly, I put off doing this exercise because I was afraid to revisit the past. I wanted to avoid the painful lessons that I had in 2017, but as soon as I finished the questions, I felt stronger and grateful for everything I experienced during the year. Yes, I cried a lot while reflecting, but those tears needed to be shed in order for me to really move the hell on and GTF over it. The last question in the exercise asks us to share what we’ve learned about life, love and ourselves, and I wanted to share 7 truths that I learned in 2017. 

1. Run towards the things and people who bring us joy.
2. Make more time for fun or else I’ll burn the f*** out. 
3. We have to let go in order to invite something or someone new into our lives. 
4. Gratitude + discipline is the recipe for creating our dream life. We have to ask for what we want, believe we deserve and can have it, take positive action over and over again to get it and then we will receive it. It’s literally that simple, but "simple" doesn’t necessarily mean easy. 
5. If I don’t take care of myself, I lose myself and check out of life. #boringselfcare is a must for me. Above all, we have to love and respect ourselves. 
6. God will continue to put the same obstacles in front of us until we learn how to overcome them. Trust me on this, I kept facing the same freaking issues, again and again, this year because I kept avoiding my disappointments, pains, and failures instead of learning from them. 
7. Jealousy, comparison, and greed are a waste of energy because there’s enough good in the world to go around. No one else can have what’s meant for you; I have to remind myself this every single damn day in order to stay sane. 

Now I’d love to hear what you learned about life, love or yourself this year, so please share in the comments below. I'm wishing you an amazing year filled with ease and flow. We've got this. And thanks for reading; I appreciate you more than you know!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

3 Last Minute Holiday Dresses Under $40



Hi guys! Today I wanted to share three last-minute, easy, and most importantly, budget-friendly holiday looks for y'all. Chances are, you probably have similar items in your closet, and for the looks you like but don't already own, I've linked similar items below. This is my first time ever making and editing a fashion video, so I hope you guys like it! I'm excited to start playing around more with video content. Let me know what type of fashion videos you guys want to see, and as always, thanks for reading and watching. All of the outfit detials are linked below the video. P.S. This post contains affiliate links. That means if you make a purchase through one of these links, I receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting my blog!




Outfit 1 
Red dress: Boohoo ($15 on sale during Black Friday)
Gold Earings: BaubleBar ($32 at Nordstrom)
Black Seam Tights Hue ($6 on sale at Macys)
Red Pumps: Express ($25 during their summer sale)
White Coat: Forever 21 ($40 from 2016)





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Outfit 2
Green Dress: Boohoo ($20  on sale during Black Friday)
Fur Stole: Forever 21 ($20)
Black Seam Tights Hue ($6 on sale at Macys)
Black Pumps: H&M ($40 from 2016)
Black Earrings: Talbots (Got them in a bundle package at my job's sample sale this year)






Outfit 3
Black Dress: Kara ($9 during Black Friday)
Burgundy Velvet Blazer: Forever 21 ($30ish)
Black Choker: Topshop ($12)
Black Fishnet Socks: Forever 21 ($4)
Gold Earings: BaubleBar ($32 at Nordstrom)




Sunday, December 17, 2017

Weekly Reads 12.17.17


Another week has come and gone. Now Christmas is right aroud the corner. I'd be lyibg if I said I had my holiday ish together. I haven't done any of my christmas shopping yet or packed for my trip back to Georgia... Opps! But you know what I have done, enjoyed a lot of pizza and soaked up a lot of hiliday cheer in the NYC area. I hope you've been haing fun in your neighborhood too! Happy Sunday!

Emotional Pickme Up: Let’s Face it, the holidays can be super rough! If you’re having a blue Christmas, read 6 Ways to Cope with The Holidays When You're Feeling Sad on the Everygirl.com. It helped me put a lot of things into perspective.

Smart Money tip of the week (Because you’re too good to be a broke bitch.) Read this or this if you want some tips and tricks to save money this holiday season.


Real Life Ish: Found this article on Jess Ann Kirby's site. And I agree with her… I’m not too sure this is the best way to fix the economy… and this sounds a little too muhc like Handmaid’s tale. God help us all.

Shop til you drop:the best sales this week: Express- Everything is 50% off! I grabbed a stunning red dress for $25 this weekend because I was able to bundle my coupons with the sale!  Here are some of my favorite picks from the sale. P.S. This section contains affiliate links.



You deserve a career you love: Not feeling motivated at work? This article might help you push through the apathy when you cannot bring yourself to care about work anymore.

Stay Safe: Experian published a helpful article to help us avoid becoming victims of fraud this holiday season. 


Buzzfeed Pop Quiz: Answer Some Really Weird Questions And We'll Reveal Your Actual And Emotional Ages. Who doesn't love a good buzzfeed quiz? Let me know what your results are. 






Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December Mood Board

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There are only 12 days until Christmas!! That means I'm listening to holiday music around the clock, doing guided meditations twice a day and finding small ways to embrace the season. Creating a mood board each month is something I always look forward to. Making time to collect my thoughts and channel my energy towards the experiences and emotions I want to explore each month... man, for some reason, I get a high from this stuff. No matter what you celebrate this time of year, I hope you'll sit down and reflect on how you want to spend the end of the year. Because guess what... we freaking made it. And the last month of the year is full of possibilities! Plus, 2018 is sure to be brighter than 2017. Afterall, we are one year down in our sentence; three more to go! #OprahForPresident2020 I hope you have the merriest December ever, and let me know what you're most excited for this month! As always, thanks for spending a little bit of time today to read my blog. I appreciate you more than you know.

P.S. I like to include some things I've been eyeing during the month too. The section below has affiliate links, so if you shop from it, I get a small commission. Whether you shop or not, I hope the items below inspire you to enjoy the last month of 2017.




Thursday, December 7, 2017

December Bucket List: Holiday Edition

Cheap Christmas Activities, Christmas in NYC
Photo by Toa Heftiba

Since this December's challenge is to have more fun, I wanted to sit down and create a list of exciting activities that we can do this season. Making time for ourselves and time to have fun can be really hard around the holidays. There's so much travel, you probably have a long list of errands to run, you might have finals or you're trying to finish multiple projects at work. That's why I believe in scheduling fun time. But how can you schedule time to relax or enjoy your hood if you don't know what things to do. That's why I've put together this list of activities to do this December. I like to think of it as my guide to having fun. And since saving money is really fun, I separated this bucket list into three different price-points: free activities, under $50 activities, and splurge experiences. I hope this list saves you some time in figuring out what you want to do this holiday season. If you're feeling fancy, I created this cute holiday bucket list print out that you can write your list on. And be sure to leave a comment letting me know what's on your December bucket list! I'd love to add more expereiences to my list!

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  • Grab hot chocolate to sip while walking around the city to look at chritsmas lights, see the window displays on 5th Avenue and see the Rockefeller tree
  • Go to all the nyc pop-up exhibitions: Yankee Candle, Festival of Life, Sea of Light
  • Walk around Central Park
  • Have a holiday movie marathon 
  • Go to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn to see the famous lights displays
  • Volunteer with a new organization (I'm using the app DEED to find opportunities)
  • Check out the store Story in NYC - this store has a rotating theme every few weeks! Right now the theme is Home for the Holidays. I love!!


  • Go to eataly and visit the rooftop bar/restuarant
  • Visit each of these 15 festive rooftop bars
  • Go to a "hidden restaurant" aka a speakeasy but in the form of a restaurant instead of a bar. 
  • Have a holiday craft day
  • Have a baking party
  • Get dolled up and go to a a swanky jazz club, speakeasy or piano bar
  • See a chrsitmas movie in theaters - the Nitehawk is a special exerpeince or see It's A Wonderful Life at IFC
  • Get tickets for the NY Botanical Gardens 21+ holiday train show bar cart night!
  • Grab a drink at Rolfs
  • Have a cocktails at Mace during the Miracle on Ninth Street pop-up
  • Go on a date in a YURT



  • Go to the opera
  • See the Rockefeller Christmas Spectaccular
  • Have breakfast at Tiffany's... because this is literally possible now. This can be under $50 if you order something small, but I want the full experience.
  • See the Nutcracker
  • Go on a holiday brunch cruise
  • Host a christmas brunch
  • Go to Chritmas High Tea
  • Go Christmas shopping for a family in need. Make a basket of food and purchase gift cards - *this can be under $10 if you split the price between multiple people. I did this every year with my Church while I was growing up. It's really fun and a nice way to bring joy to a family.




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