It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Snow is falling, lights are twinkling, and Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas” is playing on every other radio station. You know what that means – Christmas is around the corner! I’m not one to fall on the Christmas bandwagon as soon as the click strikes midnight on November 1st; but now that it’s nearing mid-December, I am starting to get in the Christmas spirit.

I have become someone who believes that things will happen when they are supposed to happen. No need to rush things. It kind of goes for Christmas too. As a society we’ve started celebrating the holiday earlier and earlier each year. We all know when the ACTUAL day of Christmas will come, yet we stress and scurry to buy gifts and toys, decorate and even play Christmas tunes. We even sometimes forget that Jesus is the real reason for the season.

You ever heard the saying good things come to those who wait? Yup. Wait for things to happen, don’t rush them and good will come. Just like the joy of Christmas morning. It’s coming, it will be great, but no need to rush it.

Outfit Details: 

Overall Dress – Forever 21 

Cold Shoulder Sweater – Fashion Nova 

But in the spirit of the season, I wish you all a happy holiday – whatever you celebrate. 🙂

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Should You Ever Gift Clothing For Christmas?

So, you’ve seen the cutest dress that you think would look absolutely stunning on your best friend. However, you end up procrastinating, overthinking and leaving the store without making a purchase. Why? The chances are you worried about getting the right size, wondering about whether she would actually like it, and if then she would feel pressured to wearing something she didn’t like every time she saw you. Fashion is a huge industry, but it doesn’t tend to provide presents for us to give others. With Christmas fast approaching, take a look at these sorts of fashionista gifts you could think about giving to your nearest and dearest.

Remove The Stress

If you don’t know your sister’s size, you don’t know the trouser length for your dad, or you simply have no clue what color to purchase for your best friend, consider buying a gift voucher for a store instead. This way, the intended recipient can have their pick of pieces. At best, your sibling or pal will be ecstatic wondering the aisles, trying on attire and picking their perfect outfit. At worst, you have got it completely wrong, and they may have to think, where on Earth is there a gift card kiosk near me to swap the voucher for cash. In any case, the thought will be there, and the person with the voucher ends up with what they want.

Accessories

You don’t have to go for the big ticket items to gift some fashionable attire this festive season. Choosing clothing can be a personal thing, and some people don’t like to be given a dress, some jeans or a top as a present. However, if you go for something a little more subtle that can accessorize an outfit, then you will have more chance of success. Why not take a look at a scarf, a designer belt or eco-friendly socks. These smaller stocking fillers are less offensive and can be the most thoughtful gifts to give.

Investigate

If you are dead set on purchasing a new coat for your loved one or you know that your brother desperately needs a new suit, then you need to investigate. Drop subtle hints and ask the necessary questions so you can find out their preferred styles, the colors they love and, most importantly, their size. There’s no point going to all the effort of getting a stunning designer three piece suit if the trousers are too long and the jacket won’t do up. Heading to the high street to buy clothing for others is exciting but a tad intimidating. Remember to purchase what you think the recipient would like, not what you think they should like, and you shouldn’t go far wrong.

Fashion is a fickle creature. What is on trend this month might not be next month. As such, people’s opinions, likes and dislikes change quickly too. If you are willing to take the fashion plunge, don’t be alarmed if your gift is met with a pleasant smile and a request for the receipt. Buying clothes to gift is a risky business, but it might just be worth it.

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The Tale of a Chic Vampire

Have you ever been so sick that you just felt like an entirely new person when you finally felt better? It’s such a wonderful feeling, isn’t it?
I recently had some health issues and I was going to keep this between close friends and family but I figured, why not share my story?

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After almost two months of feeling exhausted, weak, anxious, irritable, and fainting in the middle of the streets of Birmingham, I decided to finally go to the doctor. I spent so much time thinking I would just get better if I stopped drinking alcohol, only drank water (PH balanced water to be exact) and worked out more. The problem was, I still felt crappy after cutting out alcohol and I didn’t even have the energy to work out. It go to the point where I was completely out of breath when I walked up stairs or farther than an inch. Seriously, it took so much out of me to walk from my living room to bedroom some nights. I would cry because I was so stressed out from being tired ALL. THE. TIME. But still had so many sleepless nights because my legs were hurting from restless leg syndrome.

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After seeing my doctor, she looked at my hands and eyes and could immediately tell it was my anemia. Blood work was done and I found out my blood count was a 5. In case you didn’t know, your blood count should be at least a 7 to function properly. It was so severe that a blood transfusion was ordered for me. I’m like a modern day vampire, I guess? I was injected with two units of blood and my iron pill dosage was upped.
Not going to lie, I was scared shitless to get the transfusion. I’ve never been admitted to the hospital; never even broken a bone. Almost had an anxiety attack when they put the IV in. But let me tell you, it was the best thing ever! I literally feel like an entirely new person and I’m back to living life regularly and feeling healthier.
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The point of this was to inspire you to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! Don’t wait for symptoms to worsen before you seek professional help. Even though I feel so much better, I’m still kicking myself for waiting so long to make a doctor appointment. There were so many days I knew something wasn’t right but kept saying to myself, “You’re too busy today, call the doctor tomorrow.” or “Eat this fruit and you’ll be sure to feel better!” I missed out on some things and I don’t want anyone to have to feel pain or suffering like I did.
I also want to give God the glory for healing. May God bless anyone reading this who isn’t well. We’ve got lots more living to do, people!
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Outfit Details:
Bodysuit – Fashion Nova – this is my FAVORITE bodysuit. I have it in 3 colors.
Duster Vest – Target (similar)
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#SELFCARE

I recently went through a stint of drama with a friend and finally realized that I needed to let go and do what was best for ME!

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It was affecting my health, my happiness, and other relationships, so it was time for a little #selfcare.

For me, self care is doing what I want to do. With mental health such a huge topic these days, and personally being a sufferer if anxiety, it is extremely important to recognize when a little #selfcare is needed. Sometimes we forget that even though the world around us doesn’t stop, we have the power to stop ourselves from the world.

Take some time to do YOU! If that means shutting your phone off, cutting off someone you thought was in your corner, going to get a mani/pedi, laying by the pool or zoning out to your new favorite album, do it! Matter a fact, today I didn’t bring my work computer home because literally all I wanted to do was lay by the pool and write this post. And let me tell you, it feels great!

I VERY rarely get my nails done and this past Friday, I thought, you know what? I’m feeling sassy, I deserve this, get you some cute little gel acrylics, girl! This was part of my #selfcare.

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Don’t forget how important your happiness is, so be sure to take some time for some #selfcare.

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Home Decorating Tips for the Winter

Hey friends. I’m going to be honest. I don’t know how much more of winter I can take. This cold and snow is just disrespectful, and it should be illegal. Ya feel me?! But alas, I can’t change the weather, so I’m just changing my scenery instead.

Life with sun and sand is a little bit down the road, so in the meantime, I’m changing my indoor scenery. I decided I wanted to come home to more bright colors to make life feel a little warmer, so I’m in the process of redecorating. This is a great way to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you’re in a winter slump.

Not only will brightening your decor make you feel happier, it will open up your space to give a homier, warmer feeling. I’ve been living in the same apartment for almost 4 years now. I love it and I love the location, so there’s really no need to move just yet. So I figured a little bit of redecorating would be a great way to make it feel new and fresh, and also have something to look forward to coming home to after walking several blocks in the cold daily.

When I first moved in, I wanted everything to play off of Turquoise. Although I am still fond of the color, I decided to play with pinks and gold for this stage of redecorating. There’s still more to be done, but I’ve had a great start so far.

Decorating Tips:

  • Find a base color and one or two accent colors. For example: Turquoise – base color. Nude and gold – accent colors.
  • Play on Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. Before you know it, you’ll be getting ads on your timelines for everything you’re dreaming of!
  • Where to shop? HomeGoods, At Home, and Wayfair. Fun story – I took a friend to At Home and she is now obsessed. Really though, if you have the chance to go any At Home location, do yourself a favor and just do it!
  • Add live plants and flowers to your living space. Always have at least one fake arrangement, but live plants and flowers add life and depth.
  • Don’t purchase everything at once. Find a good starting off point like pillows and work your way through the space. Pick up something here and there until you feel the decor is complete.

Happy redecorating!

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Fall Fashion Inspo

So let me get this straight. You guys begged for fall foliage and pumpkin spice everything and no that it’s here, you’re throwing up Christmas trees?

News flash, it’s still fall and we still have to celebrate Thanksgiving! Cool it with the jingle bells, alright?!

But really though. Fall fashions are so exciting so why rush for fancy snow boots and scarves? With this look, I hope to spark some inspiration for everyone to take back fall and not rush the holiday season. Live in the moment and enjoy your time.

Keep your reds in the back of the closet for now (red lips are OK of course) and embrace Earth tones, muted colors and deep purples.

Steal my look:

Bodysuit – Fashion Nova

Pants – Similar 

Choker – Pitaya 

Shoes – DSW

Happy Fall Ya’ll! Don’t ya forget it.

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Fitness Fashion

Let me tell you guys a quick story. I used to hate working out. I mean HATE! I would get anxiety just thinking about it. Then I realized, being healthy is important. Not to mention, being in my late 20s with high blood pressure was not a good look. And you gotta look good!

I ended up in a relationship with a guy who would get on these health kicks and talked me into them too. Being with him, I eventually had to get over my fear of being fit because he signed us up for a gym membership. I couldn’t let it go to waste. Even though we’re no longer together, I am forever grateful to him for getting my ass in the gym. It’s where I met the beautiful and talented Nada who was a personal trainer and fitness dance instructor at Franklin Athletic Club (may you rest in peace, love!) and where I realized working out isn’t so bad. While it still hurts, I have come to enjoy the gym. I’ve been able to meet some great new people, lose some inches, join classes like dance and strength, and just overall feel better about life.

I by no means claim to be a fitness expert or think I’m totally fit just yet, but I am pleased and proud of my progress (which I owe A LOT to Nada ❤). However, I will say, getting in the gym got a little easier when I realized I could look cute too. No need to break the bank stocking up on sports bras and compression pants either. Where do I shop for athletic wear? Old Navy is my absolute favorite place! I get so many compliments on my outfit choices and each piece is often $20 or less. I’ve also come to enjoy TJ Maxx as an option for athletic wear.

This super fun and bright look comes from a combination of Old Navy and TJ Maxx. Top is by Betsey Johnson, and of course was a fraction of the original price coming from TJ Maxx. The pants are by Old Navy, and running shoes are from the clearance section at DSW. I love the way Old Navy athletic wear fits. Being a girl with hips, the pants hug me in all the right places.

If you’re anything like me, stop being afraid of the gym and just go! Even if it’s to walk on the treadmill. Just remember you can always look cute doing it.

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