Sunday, July 15, 2018

Lit Deals You Absolutely Want To Check Out On Prime Day 2018

Photo by: Nia Washington 

Ever since I was a little kid, I've always loved chasing a good sale! I get a buzz from finding amazing deals and making my money stretch. Growing up, I would scout out all the sales and come up with gameplans for my family whenever we went on family shopping trips to the designer outlet malls, Black Friday and back to school shopping. And my love for researching and planning for major sales hasn't gone away. In fact, now that I'm a relatively independent, young adult, my love for finding and maximizing the value of a great sale has tripled because I'm on that #budgetlifestyle. And now that I've basically sold my soul to Amazon, Amazon Prime Day (July 16, 2018) has become a major holiday for me. But guess what, I don't play around when it comes to these type of sales. So here's the DL on what I'm excited about this Prime Day.

But before we jump into breaking down the sale, I don't want you to go crazy on Prime Day. Just because it's on sale or a great value doesn't mean we should buy a ton of stuff we don't need. We still have to be financially responsible. So with that in mind, here are some practical things to focus on this July 16th-17th. Also, there are some pre-Amazon Prime Day deals that already launched in the US, so go check them out. And heads up, this post contains affiliate links. That means that Amazon gives me a small commission from each sale. They pay me, not you. So if you do decide to shop from below, thank you so much for supporting my passion project. Regardless of if shop through my site, I hope you find this post helpful, and thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Your support means the world to me.

Reasons To Shop On Prime Day 2018
  • Get your holiday shopping done early -  you can get your loved ones amazing gifts for a fraction of the price and not stress out about Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, Mother's Day or Father's Day 
  • Invest in tech - I need to invest in some tech devices to take my content creation projects to the next level. If you're in the digital creative industry or just want to make your life a little easier, this could be a good time to invest 
  • Closet revamp - It's freaking hot and you may have outgrown or donated most of your clothing, so now you can get a few items for a fraction of the price 
  • Stock up on groceries and household basics - if you don't have a Cosco membership, this is for you! Wholefoods is participating in Prime Day this year. If you spend $10 at wholefoods between July 11th and 17th, you get $10 free in an Amazon voucher... THAT'S FREE MONEY!!
  • Also AmazonBasics - aka everything you need to run a smooth household - will be up to 20% off. 

What I'm Checking Out On Prime Day 
  • Lulus's - This is one of my favorite online stores and they've teamed up with Amazon Prime! You get 30% off AND free shipping this Prime Day on when you use your Amazon Prime account and Amazon Pay 
  • Get you an Echo Dot for $25 (price should drop on the 16th I believe)!!! 
  • Bedding/Home Decor - I need to replace my ish asap. 

  • Outdoor Furniture - Because it's summer, I have a backyard, and right now it's ugly so I want to fix that. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

July Mood Board: Inspiration in 5 Minutes

Hey friend! I hope your summer has been laid-back and carefree so far. I've been a little bit of a rut lately... I feel like I'm always in a rut. I've lost my strong sense of confidence and self-belief, and now it's time for me to find it again. And in an effort to focus on the positive, I'm making a conscious effort to concentrate on dreaming this month. I'm visualizing the things I want: my ideal career, the places I want to travel to, the experiences I want to have, the clothes and hairstyles I want to rock, the financial freedom I strive for... basically I'm using this month to reset my goals.

If you've been feeling a little out of touch with yourself like I have, I believe setting aside time to figure out what we actually want is the first step to getting it. For the past 5 years, I thought I wanted something and now I realize, that's not the life I want at all. And that's ok! This is one reason why I love Summer; we can reimagine ourselves, sit outside and figure out what actually makes us happy. So for the rest of the month, I'm taking the time to remind myself that I'm capable of achieving my dreams. And guess what, I'm challenging you to do the same. Yep, I said challenge. 

Life is super freaking short, so it's up to us to make the most of the one we have. As corny as that sounds, it's real freaking true. So this weekend, take 15 minutes right after you wake up, and assess your goals. If your actions are aligned with your wants in life... good job, and if not, today is the perfect opportunity to take one small step towards what you actually want. I'll be right here to help you along the way. Thanks to much for reading this, and don't forget; you're a badass. Until next time my friend. 

P.S. If you need more sources of inspo for the month, check out my July Pinterest Mood Board below; it's my go-to place when I need a quick boost. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Summer Shop: Your Ultimate Guide To Summer Dressing

Photo: Unsplash

Ah! I love summer! I love the sense of freedom that comes along with this time of year. The days are longer, the work week is shorter and there's an endless amount of fun events going on throughout the city. But one struggle I face is looking cute during the summer while staying cool. I know that everytime I get on the subway during the summer in NYC, I'm drenched in sweat (tmi but at least I'm honest). This summer heat is no joke! That's why summer dressing should be two things: lightweight and easy. I've put together a few of my favorite pieces for this season that will help you look chic and stay cool with very little effort. Because that's what summer is all about: effortless fun. I hope this guide solves any of your wardrobe problems for the hot weather. Just because it's hot, doesn't mean we have to look like a hot mess. Oh, and fyi, this article contains affiliate links. Let me know what's your favorite item! And thank you so much for taking time to read this! Lots of love!

Luvurious Vacarion Dresses



Graphic Tees

Matching Sets

And here are more matching sets that I'm obsessed with!

Glamorous High Neck Crop Top & Shorts In Candy Stripe Two-Piece

Boohoo Scallop Lace Top & Skirt Two-Piece

Ebonie n ivory Wrap Front Top & Shorts Two-Piece


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Weekly Finds 6.23.18: PRIDE Weekend

Photo by Marion Michele 

Another week has come and gone. It's officially summer, and I'm baffled by how quickly this year is flying by. I'm still trying to figure how to stop letting life fly by me and actually enjoy each day.  But hey, slow progress is still progress.  In the meantime, here are some things I've found around the web this week. I hope you enjoy!
  • For My ATL Peeps: I found out about this new lifestyle site called Infatuation and OMG I LOVE IT! I signed up for the NYC newsletter and yesterday the guide was about the best places to eat and drink on boats in the city... It's like this site can read my mind. But guess what, the site just announced an Atlanta section too! So now you'll never run out of things to do during your free time. You're welcome 
  • Shop Til You Drop:
    • Saks is having a major sale! Up to 60% off site wide! Go be buojie on a budget; you deserve it. 
    • TopShop sale = up to 70% off ... aw yeah! 
  • Weekend Fun: I'm thinking about going to this Rosé on the Water event in NYC on July 12 (there's also one in Chicago on July 20th). It looks like a lot of fun. 
  • Menu: I never thought I would say this... but I've actually been enjoying cooking lately - mainly because it's an easy way to save a ton of money. And I'm very excited to make this healthier version of blueberry banana bread
  • On My Radar: I'm been kind of obsessed with Pretty Little Thing. The clothes are super cute and super affordable. 
  • Fight for what's right: This is super fucked up and is proof that the fight for immigration reform is far from over even though he who shall not be named just passed an executive order to stop family separation at the boarder.
  • Gotta Get My Mind Right: Here's a free 5 minute meditation app that seems pretty cool. I love 5 minute meditation sessions because my mind is super active and I can only sit quietly for 5 minutes. 
  • You Are Enough: Here's a great article about not comparing yourself to others... something I struggle with daily. 
  • PRIDE: It is finally PRIDE weekend here in NYC and here is your guide to celebrating love & equality. 
  • Morning Moves: I just did this 12 minute morning yoga routine by Tone It Up  and feel like a million bucks! It definitely got my blood pumping and activated a lot of muscles in my body. Try it if you need a quick pick-me-up! 
  • Wish List: Bauble Bar just launched their tropical jewelry collection... and I want it all! Check out some of my favorite pieces below - oh, and this section has affiliate links, just FYI. 

Thanks for reading! Lot's of love and have an incredible, PRIDEFUL weekend!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

2018 Travel Wish List + Budget Travel Tip

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I have a habit of constantly seeking out travel inspiration. Like most millennials, I love traveling, but as a young professional, it's pretty difficult to find the money to travel like I want to without going into debt. But it IS possible. It just takes some discipline and research. I know, neither one of those things are very sexy, but you know what is sexy? Getting your money right! So if you're like me and want to travel without putting your financial freedom at risk, the best way to do that is to start a travel savings account! You can literally start by putting aside  $5 or $10 a week. And once you see how little you miss that $10, automate bi-weekly transfers from your paycheck into your savings account. $100 a month adds up real quick! I have an online savings account with Ally Bank because they don't charge any monthly or annual fees, and I don't have automatic access to spending that money since that account doesn't come with a card. This is super helpful for me because I literally don't have access to those funds for impulse buys.  And if you're curious about where I want to jet off to, here's a list of the places I'm currently saving up to travel to!
Photos by James Connolly Marcus Löfvenberg, Mathew Schwartz 

So let's say you put $20 into your travel account on every Friday from July 6th to December 28th.  That's $520 you just saved for your next jet-setter adventure. PLUS you get interest, Plus you'll feel encouraged to put even more towards your savings account after you see how fast your money is growing. And that's how you take amazing trips without hurting your bank account. Let me know in the comments below if you have any amazing tips that help you afford to travel. Thanks for taking a moment to read this post! Your support means the world to me. Happy travels my friend.

Friday, June 8, 2018

June 2018 Mood Board: Jet-Setter

Photo by Ryan Christodoulou, Sonnie Hiles , Ian Keefe , Annie Spratt , Roberto Nickson (@g) ,Alexandre Chambon 

I remember the days when summer meant long days by the pool, nature hikes with friends and trips to new destinations. Now that I'm a full-time adult (ew), I don't have the luxury to spend the summer traveling to different beaches or studying abroad in Europe. But just because I have a year-round nine-to-five, doesn't mean I can't daydream about jet-setting around the globe. And since I have summer Fridays, that means I am free to fill up this summer with weekend trips. This month, I've been obsessed with planning trips I can and can't afford quite yet. Planning future trips of a lifetime keeps me inspired and motivated to work my ass off so I can make these dreams become a reality. I hope this post inspires you to plan and start saving for a magical trip of your own. Let me know what's inspiring you this month. Lot's of love, and of course, thanks for taking a moment of your day to read my post. Your support means the world to me. Happy travels my friend!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Perfectly Paired: Statement Earrings + Dainty Necklaces

Photo by Morgan McDonald 

I'm the first to admit that statement earrings are my favorite accessory. They make every outfit so much more interesting and, in my opinion, create this sense of elegance. But lately, I've been wearing a ton of off-the-shoulder tops/dresses or my outfit has a neckline that really shows off my décolletage. For some reason, when I rock this style, I want to wear a dainty little necklace. These two pieces of jewelry pair perfectly together because a simple, elegant necklace won't distract from the dramatic earrings.

Since I'm on the hunt, I figured I could share my favorite, affordable picks with you. I don't like to spend a ton of money on trendy items like statement earrings, but I am looking to invest in a classic, simple necklace that will last for years to come. No matter what your budget is, I've rounded up pieces that are great for every budget. Let me know what your favorite pair is in the comments below! Until next time and lots of love!

P.S. You already know this section contains affiliate links (ie. I get like 5 cents if you make a purchase from below, but hey 5 cents is better than zero!). Thanks for supporting my blog! Love ya!