Proven Ways to Improve Your Confidence

You’ve all heard the saying, “Confidence is key!” This, my friends, is absolutely true. While some carry confidence naturally, it is also something that can be learned. If you’re lacking confidence or looking for way to boost your confidence, read on!

Banish Negative Thoughts

We’ve all been there; negative thoughts popping into our head at random times throughout the day. You might think you are powerless to control them, but that’s not the case. You actually have the power to control your negative thoughts. When you know you’re about to have one, or you realize you’re in the midst of one, imagine knocking it away with a tennis racket. Or simply repeat CANCEL to yourself until it goes away. Soon enough, you’ll have a much healthier, happier mind! 

Wear Clothes You Love

Wearing the clothing you love is key to feeling confident. I don’t mean clothing that hides your body either, but clothes that make you, YOU. You should love the color, cut, pattern; everything about them. It doesn’t matter where you’re going or what you’re doing, but always slip into something that makes you feel great. 

Write Down Things You Love About Yourself

RuPaul says, “If you can’t love yourself, then how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?” Start by making a list of the things you love about yourself, and add to it as you grow more confident. Write down positive things you hear about yourself, and try not to focus on the negative.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Getting outside of your comfort zone is always going to be a confidence booster, even if it doesn’t seem like you’ve done much to anybody else. Maybe you could go on a trip alone, or even speak to a stranger you normally would not speak to. Make small steps to do this every day and you’ll go far.

Use these proven ways to improve your confidence and you’ll love the effects they have on  your life! And also check out this new, inspiring song by my girl Demi Lovato called “Confident”


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Workout Motivation

So you may have recently seen me write about gaining motivation to work out. Well, thanks to a little birdie, I was informed of a supplement that can help in a few ways with working out. These include improving confidence and helping to jump start a healthy lifestyle. That supplement is Creatine.

What Does Creatine Do?

  • Creatine makes it possible to push yourself harder during your workouts
  • Creatine allows the body to create more muscle mass as you are able to lift heavier
  • Creatine increases endurance, making it possible to work out longer
  • Creatine will improve your athletic performance in most sports
  • Creatine helps encourage protein manufactured in the body
  • Creatine helps reduce protein breakdown after exercising intensely
  • Creatine helps your body recover from exercise at a faster rate
  • Creatine improves brain function
  • Creatine enhances cellular energy productions, which is linked to bone formation
  • Creatine may improve glucose intolerance, aiding diabetes

I will be taking some creatine, slipping on my Pumas and hitting the track to begin my new workout regimen.

Run the track

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NYFW SS16 Collection Reviews

I have been admiring the New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 Collections from behind a computer screen this past week, but I have full intentions to return to NYFW in February!

As some of you may know, I used to attend NYFW regularly, but after several seasons of the same chaotic atmosphere and what seemed to be looking like the same collections over and over; coupled with the restricting of the event, I decided to take a leave of absence from the jungle that is Fashion Week. But thanks to social media, I was granted a glimpse of what the revamped NYVW is like, and I think I enjoy what I ‘ve seen.

There is no longer a main venue for runway shows like Bryant Park or Lincoln Center, and the shows seem to have taken on a more creative approach making it more about the brand as a whole, and not just the clothing. I was extremely impressed by many of the collections this season and I am excited to see what designers come up with for February.

Check out 7 of my favorite NYFW SS16 Collections below:



This collection was fun and flirty with hints of 70s safari inspired pieces.
Christian Siriano – 
Christian Siriano
Christian Siriano is one of my all-time favorite American designers. And it’s not just because we were basically wearing the same shoes the day we met at his adorable little boutique in SoHo. This collection came with clean lines, fabulous structure, muted colors, and as always, hints of drama.
Kate Spade – 
Kate Spade
Kate Spade represents the fabulous girly girl that lives in us all, and I pretty much want everything in this SS/16 collection!
Tadashi Shoji- 
Another one of my all-time favorite designers, Tadashi has the ability to create such effortlessly elegant pieces. His SS/16 collection was able to mix elegance with sporty with lots blues and whites. Just absolutely beautiful!
Jenny Packham – 
Jenny Packham
This collection with sleek and sexy, and fun and flirty. There were a mix of pieces for every woman.
Yeezy Season 2-
Let’s be real. On the runway, we all know the collection resembled apocalyptic hobo chic, but separately all of the pieces are very wearable. The bomber jackets paired with jeans, or the bottoms with an easy tee – why not? I personally think this collection has great potential and was somewhat inspiring despite its negative reviews.
Custo Barcelona – 
Custo Barcelona
This collection was made up of perfect prints! Several of the pieces are light and airy; like a sexy beach party and the 70s were invited.
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Fall Fashion Tips for Men : Guest Post by Lapel Bar

Even though temperatures have been delightfully warm lately, we got a glimpse of fall weather last week with the crisp chill in the air. Fall is peaking at us around the corner, so that means it’ s time to get our fall wardrobes ready. Special thanks to Pharaoh of  fashion consulting firm, Lapel Bar based here in Detroit, for sharing a few style tips for men this fall!

Read on to find out what fashion must-haves every man needs for the fall season:

A Stylish Denim Jacket:

A denim jacket can heighten any outfit. A denim jacket will be the perfect protection for those awkward chilly nights where you’re undecided on if you want light jacket or not.

Denim Jacket for Men

Whether you’re in Detroit bracing the unexpected drops in temperature or on the east coast where most nights require a jacket, there are plenty of options that help make a denim jacket very stylish.

Stylish denim jackets can be found within a price range of $70-$85 at such retailers such as Levi’s, American Eagle, and Macy’s just to name a few places.

The Classic Chukka Boot: 

For adults with a sense a style, the Chukka Boot has made its return, and fashion experts seem to agree that they’ll stick around for years to come. Whether you’re dressed casual wearing chinos or jeans, chukkas will always present an added extra flair to your feet.

A nice brown chukka can be worn with multiple colors as it helps to complement the outfit that is being worn. To add a bit of style, look to cuff your pants leg to accent the boot along with giving the boot more visibility to the eye of the beholder.

Chukka Boots

With durability playing a large factor in purchasing of shoes, Chukkas have been known to hold their value as they will not fall apart in a matter of months. Chukkas can be found within a large price range ranging from $75-$200. Various retailers will have plenty in stock. These retailers include Cole Haan, Aldo, and Kenneth Cole.

For more men’s style tips and thoughts within men’s fashion, be sure check out Lapel Bar on Instagram  and Facebook!

About Lapel Bar

Lapel Bar aims to create confidence throughout the appearance of upscale menswear. With thoughtful attention to detail that reflects our clients taste and our inspired vision – each style brings itself to life by adding every element to your outer, yet inner being.

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Leopard Print Pumas

I originally purchased these fabulous Pumas because I figured once they arrived, I would lace them up and immediately feel the need to go running. Unfortunately things didn’t go as planned. But that’s OK!
Leopard Print Pumas

These leopard print Pumas may be the most comfortable shoes I own. However, I have come to terms with the fact that the act of working out gives me anxiety and I just straight up don’t want to do it. So, until that day comes when I am inspired to work out on a regular basis (I do have my moments when I get on a workout kick a few weeks at a time) these will be my fun shoes.

The great thing about athletic shoes is that they can double as causal shoes. You know those outfits you wear when you just want to be completely comfortable, or when you want something easy but still want to be cute? This style of shoe is perfect for those types of outfits.

Pumas Ad

Pumas on the Bleachers
Other than being cute and casual, these shoes are perfect for a good workout as a result of their comfort level and support. One day I’ll slip into these Pumas and go for a run!

Purchase Womens Puma Carson Runner Athletic Shoe at Shi by Journeys.

Photo Credit: Developed. Photography by Andrea 

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Fashion Nova Jeans

Even though the wearing white after Labor Day rule went out the door YEARS ago, I’ll share with you a little white ensemble just in time for the holiday, plus fill you in on where you should purchase your next pair of jeans.

Fashion Nova Jeans and Sunnies

I LIVE for great a recommendation of new places to shop, especially online. So, I would like to thank my partner in crime, Jenny from the block, for introducing me to Fashion Nova for jeans. I recently purchased two pair of jeans from Fashion Nova for a total of $60. 30 bucks a pop for super cute, well-fitting jeans is certainly all right with me.

I am personally not a big fan of jeans. I find them [sometimes] flattering, but restricting. But when my employer announced that we had a more relaxed dress code, I felt compelled to stock up on jeans; so I turned to Fashion Nova for some denim options.

Fashion Nova Jeans

Through the trees


Fashion Nova is an online boutique that offers a great variety of jeans (for work and for play) at extremely affordable prices. This online boutique also carries fun and sexy clothes including skirts, dresses, and tops for all occasions.

About my look:

I paired a light and airy, and also very comfortable shirt from Pitaya (Royal Oak) with Fashion Nova Jeans, and white pumps from the clearance section at DSW.

If you are in the market for a new pair of jeans, be sure to visit Fashion Nova !

Photo Credit: Developed. Photography by Andrea

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Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

So you fancy, huh? But your wallet won’t let you be great? That’s not a problem at all. Here’s my brief little guide to living well on a budget.

champagne taste

Never pay full price for anything – Shop the sales rack, use coupon codes, bargain hunt and barter if you can. Sadly this summer is coming to an end so back to school deals are popping up everywhere and fall merchandise is hitting the shelves. This means SALES! Right now is the best time to stock up on end of season pieces to have in your collection for next year, and it is also a great time to pick up staple items for fall and winter.

Save, Save, Save – No matter how badly you don’t want to put a portion of your paycheck away for a raining day instead of for play, you HAVE to set aside some funds. You would be surprised how quickly cash can add up in your savings. Creating a savings will certainly help you in the long rung when there’s a big purchase you need to make or if there’s a great designer handbag you deserve. I personally recommend putting away no less than $50-$100 each paycheck. And of course, the more you can put aside, the better.

Shop in the right places – Two of my favorite stores that many may not think to shop for clothes and other goodies are Costco and Five Below. With fall approaching, I recently picked up a fleece pullover and an all-purpose fall jacket fully equipped with a hood and moisture-wicking fabric from Costco. Two quality items for a total of $40! At other retailers, the jacket alone would cost more than $40. Even Five Below has super cute kicks for $5! So be smart about where you are shopping and don’t forget unconventional places like Costco for clothing.

There are tons of ways to stay fabulous without breaking the bank. So be smart, save up, and never pay full price.

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