Saturday, August 18, 2018

August Mood Board: Soaking Up the Last Days of Summer


For the first part of August, I was focused on one thing... not losing my freaking mind! Life really kicked it up a notch and started throwing hard balls at my family, my relationship and my job. From what I can tell, pretty much everyone around me had a rocky start to August. Apparently Mercury is still in retrograde until August 18th (aka today)... honestly, I don't take astrology too seriously, but maybe there's something to it after all.

Luckily, we still have two weeks left of the month to fill this summer with beautiful experiences. I plan to hit up a few more tropical themed restaurants, finish my summer reads, avoid wearing pants at all costs and indulge in a much-deserved staycation. I know my list isn't packed with a million fun activities, but that's the beauty in it. I want to embrace some ease and flow, so for the rest of summer, I am relaxing and seeing what blessings life throws my way. We put so much pressure on ourselves. It's time for an actual break.

How are you planning to enjoy these last weeks of summertime? I'd love to hear in the comments below. Until next time my friend, and thank you so much for stopping by. Your support means everything to me... seriously! Thanks for helping me get one step closer to my dreams. Lots of love!


Monday, August 6, 2018

Memes of the Day: A Quick Way to Cheer Up


Photo by Brigitte Tohm 

Another Monday is in the books. I've been a major grouch today. Between my lack of sleep and a 9+ hour workday without a lunch break, I'm far from a ray of sunshine at the moment.  I need a little positivity in my day, but instead of glancing at a ton of inspirational quotes, I decided to seek out memes. I have amazing friends who started a shared memes folder, so I figured it was time to share the wealth (all of these memes are from that folder). Afterall, laughter really is the best medicine, so I hope the memes below bring you a little bit of joy too. And PLEASE leave the name of your favorite meme account below. I'm always looking for more. Until next time my friend!













Sunday, July 29, 2018

Weekly Reads: 07.29.18


Photo by Jason Briscoe


Hi Friends! 

I hope you're ready for a fresh start this week! I know I am. I took a mini break last week (ie I didn't work on my blog, go to the gym or say yes to any additional obligations outside of work) and I think it's just what I needed to prevent myself from burning out.. again. I hope you took the weekend to recharge. If not, I hope this post can help you have a mini escape from reality, even if it's just for 10 minutes. So here we go! 

  • Currently Loving - I've recently become obsessed with the site Camille Styles. Whenever I visit the site, I feel like I'm transported to a luxurious space that's dedicated to helping me become my best version. 
  • Beauty Sleep - Speaking of Camillestyles.com, this article about technology that helps you sleep is a game changer! I always struggle to fall asleep at night, so I'm excited to try some of these tools out. 
  • Boss Babe- This one is for all my aspiring entrepreneurs who are still working 9-5 jobs... aka me. This article is a great reminder that the current struggle is only temporary! 
  • Menu- Here is an inspiring food diary from someone who experimented with eating clean for two weeks. I find this article to be super inspiring. I'm trying to switch to a cleaner, healthier lifestyle, and this diary feels like my guide for dummies. I love this post because she talks about the emotions that come along with changing your diet. 
  • Pamper Time - Have you guys heard of butt masks? They are like sheet masks, but for your butt! I'm kind of intrigued, and this one is only $8, so why not! 
  • Shop Til You Drop - The Everygirl created this amazing Plus-Size Shopping Guide, because we all deserve to have access to fabulous, affordable clothes! 
  • Summer Lovin - I love this NY Times article about planning amazing trips with your S.O. this summer. It can be tough to travel together. 


Weekly Lows 

Besides my usual self-deprecating state of mind (I'm working on being kinder to myself in therapy), the Friday portion of Panorama got cancelled and that was a little devastating. This music festival was the only thing I was excited about this week. But hey, life goes on. I somewhat think the Friday cancellation was a blessing because I was forced to chill the hell out and rest. I’ll just have to befriend Migos and the Weekend another time. My brother was also rushed to the hospital this weekend. He has some serious autoimmune health issues, so my anxiety was through the roof all day Saturday. But I'm grateful for the medical team that was able to help him. This new chapter is scary, but I know my brother is strong enough to make it through this. 

Weekly Highs 

So there are three. The first one is sappy because it’s about my boyfriend. He’s so supportive and always tries to make me feel better. I was in such a negative state this week but he was patient and kind with me when I was feeling some type of way. Secondly, I got to see SZA and Gucci Mane in concert this weekend. It was worth every penny I spent! I forgot how amazing music festivals are. They seriously feed my soul. The third high was finding the podcast Jen Gotch is OK... sometimes. It focuses solely on mental health, which is right up my alley. This podcast got me through the work week! The biggest takeaway from the podcast I’ve had so far is, if I want to see changes in my life (ie. relationships, career, finances, apartments, fitness, you name it) I’m not going to see lasting results until I face all my internal demons and make time to process my emotions (barf). My therapist has told me this repeatedly, but I’ve ignored her (sometimes I have to learn lessons the hard way) but I’m finally ready to make time to deal with everything I’ve bottled up inside me. I know I’m blessed to live this life, but we’ve all experienced heartbreak, trauma and pain... and I’ve been running from mine but I’m ready to break through it! And I wish the same for you. Until next time my friend. Stay lovely! 



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 lulus.com 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

Sandals



Sundresses



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


Prints




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!