Sunday, September 14, 2014

APARTMENT DECORATING FEVER




Last weekend I had the opportunity of visiting one of my friends in Davenport Iowa. Her apartment was an absolute dream to experience. The apartment had so much character. Her personal touch on her home decor definitely complimented the architecture of the apartment. I loved her taste and it inspired me to make some inspiration boards for my next apartment. I definitely want to take my time researching the theme of my house and the color scheme. My favorite color is a ocean/teal blue. But I definitely love crisp white and clean lines. I also want to incorporate accents of pink. These images are giving me absolute life right now. I am moving to California next year, I do believe around May-June. I still have some kinks to figure out, but I am really excited about moving and apartment hunting. I plan to take some time to stay with my mother to save and make the best decision in choosing a budget friendly apartment. It is California after all; so I need to be patient and resist the temptation to just jump all in. But in the meantime I am excited to start crafting my vision for my California apartment. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

INSPIRATION

-DESIGNER-ALTUZARRA

PHOTO COURTESY: STYLE.COM

Thursday, August 21, 2014

How to get the perfect Curly Afro with Bantu Knots


Here is my latest hair tutorial. I crafted this hairstyle through some experimentation on Bantu knots. I didn't know how to do Bantu knots, so I decided to try them out on wet hair as a trial hairstyle. When I uncoiled my Bantu knots and started to separate them I realized that my hair looked more like a curly Afro than Bantu spiral curls. My observation is that these results were due to the fact that I had created this hairstyle on wet hair as opposed to hair that had been dried from a blow out.I thought the style was unique so I decided to try it again and film for you gorgeous ladies. I really do like this style and will definitely be trying it again in the future. I hope you all enjoy this tutorial.

Products Used: Tresemme Naturals Conditioner Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditoner Repair Cream Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie One'n Only Argan Oil 


Monday, August 18, 2014

Here we go again!


Monday has once again graced us with a fresh start for the new week. I started mine off with an amazing workout this morning. It actually was one of the best workouts I have done this summer. I learned some new strength training techniques that I incorporated in my routine from a trainer who gave me a free personal training session last week. I believed the free session was used as a marketing strategy to try gain a new client out of me. Little did he know my budget had no room for him and the ridiculously over priced personal training package. I am grateful for the short lived experience, however. His time certainly did not go to waste. I soaked up every bit of that workout and now its going to help me get the body that constantly fantasize about before the B-I-G 30!!!!!!

 I cannot believe I am turning 30. I don't feel like I look 30, my body feels better and stronger than it did in my teens and early 20's. I have exercising and good family genes to thank for that. However, I am more wiser and joyful. I am glad I am going into my 30's with some wisdom and a purpose. I don't really plan on doing much for my birthday. I will probably buy myself a cake and flowers and wear a gorgeous dress. I am going to keep it really simple this year. But you know I have to BLOG and VLOG ABOUT MY UNCONVENTIONAL 30TH BIRTHDAY EXPERIENCE, RIGHT?!?
I didn't get a chance to blog about my last two birthdays. I am sooooo UPSET ABOUT IT!!! I will do like a throw back Thursday to my birthday celebrations some day soon.

I know its been quite a while since I have updated you guys on my pursuit of financial peace and debt freedom journey. Well I definitely have a lot to update you all with. So I will get that post written really soon. It is just really overwhelming to write a budget let alone express what is going on with your finances AND consistenly keep the public in the loop. I want to start a debt free/financial peace confession vlog. When I start it, I will only upload them to my blog. I got the idea from Whitney of After Eleven Blog. I discovered her awesome blog last week and I am already inspired by her posts. Her Cramer vs. Debt posts are informative but also straight to the point. I will be taking some tips from her for sure. Soooooo here we go again.  

Disclaimer: I am also working on the organization of categories for my blog. I accidentally deleted the html code for the navigation menu bar that organizes my blog post into categories; and its been nothing but torture trying to figure out how to get the tabs back.








Dress-Daisy Fuentes for Khols (purchaed last summer) Shoes-Collin Stuart for Victoria Secret (purchased in 2009) Clutch- Daisy Fuentes for Khols-(purchased 2007). Earrings- F21

Monday, August 11, 2014

CHANGING THINGS UP A BIT

I am ready for a change with my blog. Ever since I started this blog back in 2008 at the tender age of  23...ha ha ha...NOT REALLY SO TENDER; I have always felt like a huge portion of my blog was created to attract viewership. I wanted to follow the likes of my favorite bloggers, The pioneers of the fashion blog-sphere (The Glamouri, Karla's Closet, Sea of Shoes, Sterling Style, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Because I am Addicted, Le Blog De Betty). I'm sure there are many more, but these were the women that I followed religiously. Each day I would check for a new blog post, anxiously waiting for a fashion forward outfit to flash across my monitor of the blog I just visited. I remember going on vacation back in 2009 and I spent the whole day perusing Karla's blog researching her first blog post to the most current......I studied every outfit she blogged about. I couldn't help myself, it was like she developed the science of personal style. I wanted to be "THAT GIRL" That girl that got every outfit just right. No matter how weird it looked, you could always identify the unique charm that the outfit was intended to have. These bloggers were the epitome of fashion courage and confidence. I really wanted to be apart of this community and I wanted the praise that came along with it.
Well, I soon realized that it wasn't all fun glitz and glamour as the bloggers made it seem. It was a lot of hard work. There are so many elements to being a great blogger. You literally have to invest everything that you have into this piece of art. I soon discovered that it could be a very expensive art (Camera, Lights, Wardrobe). The fashion blogger world is a highly saturated online platform , and every one is looking to be the next big fashion blogger. It can be so overwhelming trying to get viewership that you become consumed with it. In my case it effected my ability to be consistent. I always felt like no one was really interested it anyways so why bother to keep posting. I always compared myself to the bigger bloggers. Well today that stops. Today is the day that I stop posting for viewership.  Today is the day that I start and consistenly post because I want to document my life FOR MYSELF. I want to look back 5-10 years from now and say "wow, I can't believe I captured all those moments.  I want my children to look back at my blog and say "WOW, I can't believe you really wore that back then." Maybe they might get a little inspiration.


I want to post because I love it and because it is a creative outlet for me to express myself. Also I love looking at my pictures especially when I take really good ones. I am not naturally photogenic, I have been working on this for a long time now. And, I totally see my development. I don't mind inspiring people here and there, but I really just want to wear what I have in my closet during this season of my debt freedom plan. This will be a long season for me and it will put my gifts of personal style and creativity to use; in a such a way that I haven't really be familiar or comfortable with. I love to be of influence, but first and foremost I just want to have peace with what I am doing. 

I run a blog and I am also a content creator for YouTube. These mediums take up a lot of my time and I refuse to be unhappy pursuing these projects. YouTube has already sucked me into the numbers game. I just want my blog to be a place where I don't have to worry about it. If people visit, than they visit. If they don't visit, then they don't. I am not doing any extra work to get attention. I am just going to be myself and document my life. I love my blog, but I feel like I can love it a lot more if I just treat it like my personal diary by which I carelessly left unintended for a few a hours for someone else to read.
I can't  believe this skirt use to have several accordion pleats in it, and I ruined them from washing and drying it. I had to create my own pleated pattern. It took me almost an hour to iron in the new pattern of pleats and it contributed to my tardiness for Sunday service....so much that I was late for Praise and Worship. Well, that coupled with my hair tutorial that I decided to film right before church ( I always come up with the most time efficient bright ideas) . I really need to get better at being on time for Church. Praise and Worship is a very intricate part of the service, it is the time to really glorify the Lord and exalt him. I need to step up my game completely. I have a lot of goals that I want to achieve spiritually and I am not getting to a good start by missing P &W. I really need to learn to control my flesh in the area of time management.







                Wearing: Top-H & M (gifted), Skirt- Elle for Khols, Shoes-VS Collection for Victoria Secret

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

MY HAIR JOURNEY

Recently, I have made the decision to officially buckle down and achieve my hair goal of healthy hair which will then result in longer hair. I also want to be more comfortable and confident with my kinky curls. I find that the most important key to longer healthier hair is patience and hair productivity. I struggle with laziness when it comes to washing, styling and moisturizing my hair on a consistent basis. I am going to overcome this obstacle so I can see the fruits of my labor. I want you all to join me on my hair journey as I rededicate myself to this journey.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CURRENT FAVORITES

I have been on a roll with books and products these last two months. In June I read a book by Joel Olsteen called I Declare. The book featured 31 promises to speak over your life. Everyday I relied on these promises/affirmations to guide me through my day. The more committed I became to this book, the more I began anticipating my affirmations every morning. I noticed a lot of things shifting in my life for the GOOD. I became a more positive person and abundant opportunities were flowing into my life. I am so thankful to for the experience of reading this book. I would like to pay it forward with my review. Happy readings.....so what's your favorite self-improvement book for the month?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

SUNDAY OUTFIT OF THE DAY















                                      Wearing: Top-Express, Skirt- Thrifted, Shoes- Victoria Secret

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

OOTD


 The functionality of flats are amazing. I always feel so put together when I wear them. The older I get the less and less I apologize for wearing them. Sure, I would love to wear 4 inch heels everyday, but the reality is....THEY ARE NOT COMFORTABLE!!!!! I have not had one pair of high heels that didn't start agitating me after the first three hours. I wish Anna Wintour deemed them as fashion icon acceptable. When I first watched The Devil Wears Prada, I thought I was so LAME for wearing anything less than heels. My taste and ideas changed with maturity. For goodness sakes Anna Wintour is a multi-millionaire and has personal chaffeur.I would wear high heels every day. Until that day comes, I will definitely be sporting a stylish pair of flats every chance I get. Besides, a woman of true style can make any shoe look amazing.








        Wearing: Dress- (Gifted)-- H&M, Shoes-VS Collection for Victoria Secret, Necklace- JC Pennys,  Bracelets- Thrifted, Nail Polish-Maybelline Colorshow (Green with Envy)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

HOW TO APPLY YOUR MAKEUP AND CONCEALER FOR BEGINNERS:101 BACK TO THE MAKEUP BASICS


 I created this post to assist make-up beginners in applying their foundation. I do believe the key to mastering any makeup-look starts with your technique and having a firm understanding of the basics. Learning how to apply your foundation can be overwhelming when you are just starting out. When I first started wearing makeup; I did not wear foundation. I shaded in my eyebrows and wore eye liner. I also sported a horrific lip trend, the infamous black eyeliner coupled with Vaseline. Yes, this is true....I was completely oblivious to how crazy I looked at the time. Give me a break. I was a pre-teen and...... "everyone was doing it!"

It took me a while to get past my teenage make-up offenders. It wasn't until I was 25 that I really learned the role that foundation and concealer played in a full face make-up look. However, I was still treading thin ice in the make-up DON'T S group home. It wasn't until I was 28 that I really learned how to get the best use out of my foundation and concealer. I attribute most of my education to the following:
  1. LONG HOURS OF STALKING YOUTUBE BEAUTY GURUS/INFLUENCERS
  2. WATCHING MY FRIEND, SHINNICE, APPLY HER MAKEUP EVERYTIME WE GOT  PREPARED TO HAVE A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN. (WHICH BY THE WAY IS STILL ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN I'M IN HER PRESENCE)
  3. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
  4. TRIAL AND ERROR WITH DIFFERENT MAKE-UP BRANDS ( THIS IS HOW YOU LEARN WHAT WORKS THE BEST FOR YOUR SKIN AND COMPLEXION)

There is so much to learn about make-up and I am still learning as the days go by. But, I am totally up for the challenge.I have decided to create a Beginners Make-up Series. I want this series to fill in any gaps that you may have about the basic techniques of make-up application. I hope that my latest post and video inspires you to feel more confident when applying your foundation.



PRODUCTS USED FOR FACE ONLY:

PRIMER-HARD CANDY SHEER PEFERCTING PRIMER
FOUNDATION- MAYBELLINE FIT ME 360 IN MOCHA MOCHA
CONCEALER- MAYBELLINE FIT ME IN CAFE CAFE
FACE POWDER- COVERGIRL QUEEN PRESSED MATTE POWDER IN MEDIUM DEEP

BRUSHES: REAL TECHNIQUES BUFFING BRUSH
BEAUTY SPONGE- SOHO BEAUTY SPONGE

Monday, July 7, 2014

Simplicity Meets Color





This week is going to be very busy one for me. I have a lot of deadlines coming up starting tommorow. I really should be working on them now, but I couldn't neglect my blog. After all this my passion and I refuse to let anything keep me from nurturing it. I must share with you that I just purchased a work desk and super cozy chair. I am all to elated about it. I purchased it at the goodwill last week for $32.00 as a set. The legs on the desk are a little wobbly, but I don't care too much. The desk serves it's purpose. Now, I can film make-up tutorials and edit my videos in my room. My vanity was just a little too compacted to be a multipurpose workstation. But that didn't stop me from using it until now. I truly feel blessed. I've turned my room into an office and now I can barely detach myself from it. It's an incredible feeling.




                              Wearing: Top and Skirt- Khols, Shoes- Collin Stuart for Victoria Secret, Earrings-f21

Thursday, July 3, 2014

SUMMER BEAUTY DRUGSTORE HAUL







en Here is my latest beauty haul. I have been collecting these goodies since early spring and now I feel fully equipped in the beauty department to flirt with summer. I hope you enjoy. What are your latest beauty purchases?

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