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Friday, August 18, 2017

The Summer IT BAG


Not every trend is for everyone but  the bamboo/straw bag is the best bag to have this summer. On Instagram you must have it seen it from every blogger from those summer vacationing in Santorini to our favorite LA girls all the way to our east coast swag babes. 
I first caved into the trend when I bought my Zara basket bag. The Cult Gaia however is a bit more pricier and my usual Libra hesitancy caused a major delay in purchase. When it was back in stock I finally purchased it and I am in love. I love the structure of the bag and its look. You can add more pops of color and fun by tying a scarf around the handle.  Its a beautiful bag that gets tons of compliments and I am very happy that I purchased it. Since summer is almost over I will be wearing the bag with almost all my looks. 



Pants: ASOS (similar pair) / Top: Boohoo via ASOS (click here) /
Sunnies: Ray Bans (click here) / Bag: Cult Gaia (click here) /








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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ways to not waste time in your career



Watch: Armani Exchange (click here) /

When I toke this picture I envisioned this photo centering around a post about fashion but as I uploaded the photo onto my website I changed my mind. When I see the watch all I think of is the word time.

Since I met my husband he has always been a person who despises wasting time. He always says phrases like "those are hours that I will never get back" or "I want to be happy and not waste my time being unhappy." So I want to focus this post on: Ways to Not Waste Time in Our Careers

The first step is to realize what are those things that are holding you back or distracting you from productivity. My phone for me is my biggest distraction. When I am trying to work on a blog post or edit a youtube video I have to have my phone out of my sight because any notification alert or text message will throw me off course and the next thing you know I am knee deep in social media browsing and an hour has went by. We need to find out how we spend our work days so we can find those little time wasters and eliminate them. 

Don't be on Social Media

Face it millennials social media is our achilles tendon. I swear I tell myself sometimes "only a quick glance" and its never is a quick glance. Being on social media can throw off your thought process or make you lose an idea. We have to control how much time we are on social media and schedule it after your work hours. You can limit your time but setting an alarm or like I do flip my phone over so I can't see it light up! Use social media as part of your lunch or pick me up break. 

Create a plan

I find that when I create a plan on what I am working on that day I can get my task done efficiently and I am not stressed out and unorganized. If your a blogger, create a social media post calendar and plan out your shoots and content for the month or a few weeks. This way you have your plan and from there you can create a schedule. 

Creating a schedule

Since I work a full time job and my blog is my side hustle I have to create a schedule so 1.) I get enough sleep and 2.) I am focused and disciplined to get a certain task done by a certain time.  Make sure to keep to your schedule. If your blog is not your main source of income it is easy to blow tasks off or become less motivated to finish it. Discipline is key and once you train your mind to think that way you will be more productive and less stressed. 

Time is precious especially if you are chasing after your dreams and time is not on your side. Don't waste your time with negative thoughts or doubts in your career either. I started my blog 4 years ago and I am still not where I want to be. I still work a full time job and I have days where I feel like there is never enough time to accomplish all that I want to do. But I have to tell myself that God works in HIS timing and I must have faith. If I work on a few things such as creating a plan for myself and focusing on the task at hand I can be productive and continue to work on my career. Hopefully some day I will be writing a blog post titled: How I quit my full time JOB! LOL!




*This watch was gifted to me however this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are 100% mine and from the heart*

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Summer Sunglasses Guide



Sunglasses: Ray Bans (click here) / Bag: Cult Gaia (click here) /

For the longest time sunglasses were not a big part of my style. I don't know why. Part of me thinks that I didn't trust myself to take care of them since I am a bit clumsy and forgetful... I mean I actually forgot one time to put my contacts in while my glasses were on my face (it was a busy morning!). 

For the past year I have slowly experimented with purchasing sunglasses and seeing how I would take care of them. Last month I was browsing Pinterest when I saw the coolest pair of Ray ban sunnies. I was instantly obsessed and scurried the internet to find the make and model of them. Side note when I become obsessed with something, it doesn't go away until I obtain it!!!!

I found them via Macy's which I was excited for since I have a Macy's card and purchased them. At first I was nervous because they are the priciest pair of sunglasses I have ever purchased and a style that I have never worn before. When they came in I was so excited and they have been my staple sunglasses this summer thus far.









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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tips to take a Social Media Detox


Hello babes! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! The hubby and I went to Connecticut to spend the weekend with his family and it was a nice time to recharge and separate our mind and attention from social media. When your trying to build a business or brand social media plays a huge part in your daily life but it can be exhausting and toxic. 

According to comScore's 2017 Cross Platform Future in Focus report, the average American adult (18+) spends 2 hours, 51 minutes on their smartphone every day. According to a TechCrunch article, US users are spending more than half their time (51%) in social media, messaging and media applications. I have to admit I can spend this amount of time on my social media applications in one day. It consumes you and you always find yourself scrolling more, liking another photo, leaving another comment and watching endless amounts of Instagram stories and then jumping on Pinterest or Snapchat for more browsing/scrolling. Its never ending and you have to give yourself a mental break and be present. I am working on finding balance and being present when I am out with my husband or family. 

I want to provide you guys with tips to cleanse yourself and experience a social media detox!

1.) Don't take your phone to bed! This is a big one. I find when I take my phone to bed I end up spending about an hour on it and go to bed later than what I intended. Its best to plug it in and leave it charging. Don't even think that "Oh I am just going to look really quick" because girl it aint happening okay! 

2.) Purge your social media following number. This is something that I am in the process of doing. The more people I am following the more appears on my feed and continue to scroll. Take the time to go through your list and unfollow accounts that are uninspiring and useless to your space and creativity. 

3.) Turn off your notification alerts. This is a big one because those little notifications alerts are temptations to pick up your phone and hop on that social media app. If your turning to take some time off social media and your phone than this step is necessary. Your not going to miss anything and start to train your mind to think that way.

4.) Delete all apps. This can be done in extreme cases and some need it. If this is you then just do it. Delete the apps and set your mind free and enjoy all your new extra free time. 

After doing most of these steps this weekend I received a much needed reminder to - BE PRESENT. My mind was relaxed, my thoughts were jumbled and I had time to read a book or meditate. I enjoyed great conversation and engaged in adult stimulation. When we returned on Sunday I felt energized and ready to start my week off fresh and positive. 

Like all things in life balance is key and I hope to continue these steps to enjoy life and set boundaries to my social media interaction. I am thinking of performing an experiment and doing a social media detox test and documenting my experience for you guys. I haven't picked an amount of days yet but if you have any suggestions please let me know. 

So on that note do you guys have a social media addiction like me :) If you do please share your thoughts and let me know if you have underwent a social media detox and what your experience was like. 

Thanks babes for reading!




Heels: Topshop (click here) / Tank: ASOS its not 50% off!! (click here)  /
Jeans: Urban Outfitters (my favorite pair) / Bag: Zara (love this one) /









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Monday, July 17, 2017

How I learned I had lost confidence in myself



Hello babes! If you follow me on Instagram then you saw that last week I attended a WhoWhatWear event celebrated their INF Network and listening to a great panel discussion of some industry boss babes. I got the invite and had to take a day of work to travel to the New York to attend. 
The event was great and I met some awesome influencers and other industry women. However I realized that I don't have such an extroverted personality like I thought.

Right before I find the event space I started to feel anxious butterflies ( at the time I mistaken it for car sickness). When I entered the event space I felt a little uncomfortable and awkward. Within the first 5 minutes I saw a blogger that I knew Maria from CityLaundry! It was great seeing her and we tried to catch up while speaking softly as the panel discussion was going on. She had to leave early and from the moment she said adios I got nervous. This was my first time attending an event where I knew no one. It toke me back to college freshman orientation. I didn't know how to engage in a conversation or randomly go up to someone and introduce myself. I felt intimidated. My mind was quickly creating assumptions in my head and insecurity began to peak its ugly head.
While waiting in line to get my free jeans courtesy of WhoWhatWear for attending the event I did meet a young lady and we engaged in some great conversations. It broke the ice for me and I felt myself loosening up and not feeling so uptight. 

Leaving the event I was shocked at the way I clammed up. I graduated with a bachelors in Communications and Public speaking in classes in college came naturally for me. But for some reason trying to make conversation with strangers in that setting intimidated me. For years now I built a life of routine and security around me. I like to call it my "safe place". I didn't realize that I lost confidence in myself. I am so glad that I went to the event because not only did I gain industry insight and resource tools but I also learned about myself. Confidence is the result of achieving our personal and professional goals in life. I have learned now that in order to gain confidence I have to continue to put myself out there and progress will be made.

I have a desire now to put myself out there and regain my confidence. We all have our insecurities and I don't want you guys to think that photos tell a whole story. It is just a sliver and my blog allows me to dig deeper with you guys and be more real and open. If you guys have any feedback or have had a similar experience please leave me a comment. I would love to hear that I am not the only one! ha!



TopChicwish (click here) / BagGucci (click here) /








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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Shirt Dress in the Summer


I am sucker for a t-shirt dress. I love their versatility and the simplicity of the look. I wore shorts under the dress because it was a little short and I was kinda uncomfortable wearing it alone however I found the perfect stretch shorts for it so I plan on styling this again. 

Hope you all had a blessed 4th of July! I am not ready to return to work at all....
My husband and I spent the long weekend relaxing and taking it easy. Although Im kinda sad I missed the beach it was nice to take it easy and get necessary errands done. 

Sidenote I am loving this short hair for the summer weather. It is so easy to blow dry and style and cut my get ready time by half. I encourage anyone that has been contemplating on cutting their hair to just do it. For the longest time I wouldn't cut my hair because of negative thoughts and fear. It felt empowering and I am so glad that I did it because I love it :) 



DressForever 21 (love this one) / BagGucci (click here) /









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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

How to Look Summer Chic at Work



Hey dolls! Its been quite a while and I apologize for the hiatus. I struggled this month to find time to shoot outfit looks due to traveling on the weekends. I work a full time job so weekends are my blog shoot days and unfortunately we couldn't shot anything. However I am back and I am working on creating a mini series of summer work outfits for my office girls. This is my first post!
When you work in the office summer attire can be challenging. Its 85 degrees outside but when you enter the office it can be chilly due to the air conditioning. I know that happens to me. I like to find a balance of staying cool while wearing work appropriate clothes that are chic and stylish. I love this Chicwish white dress (and I love white in the summer). Its a light fabric and I love the bandeau style attached top. The long sleeves can keep you warm in a chilly office and when you go out for lunch you can fold the sleeves up. Perfect dress for the office during these hot summer days!











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