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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

My New Spring Blazer

Hello my beauties! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I am so ready for warmer weather and I know I have said this now for about a month but I really am! I am so excited and can't wait to head back to Puerto Rico in April to enjoy some tropical weather and beachy relaxation. Do you guys have any upcoming vacation plans??

I have been updating my wardrobe with some spring ready pieces and I love this green blazer that I found via Bershka website. I was hesitant for a while to purchase from Bershka because of being an international retailer and I was worried about the fit. But I toke the risk and ordered some pieces and lately I have loved them all especially this blazer. I love nothing more than a blazer paired with boyfriend ripped jeans and a classic heel. I added a pop of print with my go to favorite leopard clutch. 
I really love this look! If you have  a laid back offie this would be so cute for work or a night out for dinner and drinks. 

What are some of your favorite classic spring staples? I really like blazers, ripped jeans, floral maxi dresses and slit cut skirts. I am really excited to style this year's newest spring trend: the fanny pack. I just ordered a cute one via Topshop and I can't wait to wear it for the blog!

Blazer: Bershka (click here) / Jeans: American Eagle


Friday, February 23, 2018

My Introverted Blogging Experience

 I realized through blogging that I am an introvert and I have always thought of myself as an extrovert. I can socialize in a large group and make new friends but I have realized through networking events and conferences I feel extremely uncomfortable when I have to talk about myself. I wrote a blog post about it but last year I attended a networking event in New York City and at that event I felt anxious. I felt uncomfortable trying to spark a conversation or sell myself as a blogger. It didn’t feel natural to me and the more I was in my head the more I feel out of place and disengaged.

However, blogging allows me to talk about myself and share my experiences in a setting that I am comfortable with. While I may not feel comfortable speaking out loud about my feelings and thoughts in person blogging t gives me the opportunity to talk about my passions, insecurities and personal stories in a space that I am comfortable with. 

In a controlled environment introverts can thrive and build a successful blog and community. Introverts thrive in settings where they have choice and control of where they work. Introverts enjoy quiet spaces of solitude.

If you’re an  introvert like me don’t feel bad about being one. If you research it there are some amazing people that are introverts as well. Some examples are Albert Einstein, Barack Obama, JK Rowling and Rosa Parks. Introverts don’t require energy or inspiration from others but rather find it within themselves. 

If you are an introvert like me and want to pursue your dreams I want to encourage you to do so. If blogging is something that you are interested in here are some inspiring reasons that you should:

1. Show the World your Passion
Blogging will allow you to break out of your shy shell and communicate with the internet world. You can show people who are you and how unique and special you are. You can use this internet platform to show others a skill, teach, inspire or even change the world. The sky is really the limit because it is the internet.

2. You meet like-minded People
Before I was blogging I had a very small group of close friends. I have a hard time trusting people and letting my walls down and that can turn some people off. But in the social media community you can expand your tribe or aka squad and align yourself with people that think like you and have the same interests. 

3. Build Up your Confidence
Blogging can help you become more self aware of your insecurities and flaws. But the first step is knowing and the next is building on improving these areas of self improvement. When you open up in your blog about your vulnerabilities you are gaining confidence in who you are. You are practicing how to express yourself to others through your writing. This is also thereauptic and as an introvert I find that before blogging I harbored a lot of feelings inside. We are conducting therapy on our terms where we can control how much we discuss or not and at the same time communicating with others how we feel.

4. You are a Leader
Social Media and blogging opens up the opportunity for introverts to tap into their leadership qualities to help others. Introverts are listeners and that is a good quality to have when it comes to analyzing your audience and understanding what your followers like and don't like. You an the authority in charge of your blog and your readers will look to you to provide resources and guidance on topics that you are share. This opportunity will help you build your confidence!

5. Tap into your Creativity
Introverts are creative beings. Creativity is a foundation for successful blogging. Deep thinking and reflection helps with content creating and brainstorming new ideas for your blog. You can explore so many creative possibilities to tap into. Blogging has opened my mind to video, photography, writing and web design. I always gravitated to anything related to the arts and now my mind is stimulated by the endless possibilities associated with the internet and blogging.

Blogging is a great outlet tool for introverts. I encourage any of you that are holding back or afraid to let that go! Remember the following:

  • Embrace who you are and be yourself!
  • Build connections. Once you open up you will realize that there are way more people like you then you think. I have met and connected with some amazing women through this community and I accredit that to starting my blog. 
  • You have control! You are in charge and create parameters that you are comfortable with. Blogging comes with a lot of work and tasks but prioritize whats important to you and focus on that. 
  • Empowerment. Opening up in a safe way is so empowering for someone who doesn't like to talk about themselves in a face to face interaction. Writing can help develop a sense of empowerment as well as build self awareness. This will help with communication skills and you will begin to get better in social settings.

I hope this post helped you guys!

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

My New 2018 Reading List + New Books!

Settling after a long day of work I love the time spent to read a good book. Putting on my comfiest pajamas and socks,  settling in my favorite chair or spot on the couch, and sipping on a warm cup of tea or hot chocolate is my favorite cozy way to read. Since a young girl I have always loved to read. My elementary school had a tiny library and I remember going in almost everyday and spending time reading in there. Bookstores and libraries are peaceful and quiet and can allow you to shut the world out for a moment and dive into a new kind of world in a book. If you know me then you know my dream is to have a library like section in my future home! I just love collecting books. Right now I am sharing with you all some of my new book purchases for 2018 and this year's reading list. Some old and some new! If you guys have read any of these books please share your opinions down below and if you have any good book recommendations please share as well.

Below are my Reading List so far and I am sure that I am going to add more and buy more! I have no chill when it comes to books.... But I can't wait to dive into these books. At the moment I am reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes and I am loving it so far!

1. Year of Yes - Shonda Rhimes: Creator of How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal and more Shonda shares how saying YES changed her life and career.

2. Wild - Cheryl Strayed: A story of self discovery, Cheryl Strayed hiked more than one thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and she did it alone. 

3. Sun and her flowers - Rupi Kaur: NY Times Best selling author Rupi shares her second collection of poetry that takes us through heartbreak and hurt to joy and strength.

4. Me before You - Jojo Moyes: A romantic novel turned into a movie of love and heartbreak. 

5. Trevor Noah - Born a Crime: An autobiography comedy of Trevor Noah South African childhood.

6. Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng: A physiological mystery about the Richardson family in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wellness / Health Journey

Happy Wednesday friends! I have been drafting ways for a while to incorporate wellness and health style posts for the blog. When I turned 30 I decided to start a wellness journey! I was motivated to look and feel healthy before the wedding and it was really exciting.  I was hungry for new information and to learn and research as much as I can about food and its benefits to my body. When I start something I go all in and I can deep!!! I played around with different wellness lifestyle but the one that I enjoyed was Paleo. Going on the Paleo diet opened my palette to introducing me to new vegetables and dishes. I am coordinating a favorites Paleo recipes soon for you guys. Let me know in the comment section if you would be interested!!! 

I concentrated so much on what I was putting into my body that I naively ignored the other categories involved in wellness. In October I started to experience uncomfortable chest pains. It was a pain that hurt when I toke a deep breath and would affect my shoulders and elbows. I grew anxious and concerned about this foreign pain and I went the doctors. After months of continuous pain, EKG tests, ultra sounds and mammograms I found out today that I have chondrocostal junction syndrome. It is basically inflammation in the costal cartilages. 

I realized that I ignored my physical body and my mental health. When I stress I can very tense and anxious. I don't handle emotional stress too well and using up all this unnecessary energy has taken a toll on my body physically. As I am typing this post I have a notebook with ways that I plan to take better care of myself and implement self care. 

With this new series on the blog called Wellness journey I want to talk about wellness and incorporate eight (8) categories: Body / Mind / Career / Spiritual / Emotion / Social / Financial / Environment 

My next post will be about the Body and ways that I am trying to care for my body physically such as exercise, sleep and eating habits. I want you guys to do this wellness journey with me! I am no gym rat and I am not in love with the gym but I want to use this opportunity to encourage each other to just be great and live our best lives! 

Whether you have a family at home or your single you cant be your best for others if you are not taking care of yourself. I just saw a video tonight on twitter of a woman who has had her whole life cystic fibrosis and after surgery her fiancĂ© recorded her taking her first breath with her new lungs for the first time! Someone that we take for granted everyday! I hope you guys join me and we motivate each other because I am definitely someone that needs to be pushed and challenged! Lets use the hashtag #TSBSelfCareChallenge or comment below and let me know if you want to join. Also share any of your self care tips as well! 

Thanks guys <3


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Celebrating Love this Valentines Day

Love is in the air..... This will be my husband and I's first Valentine's Day as a married couple! 
My husband will be out of town for work since Valentine's day lands on a Wednesday so I will be binging on some Netflix movies! But Im not mad because thats life so we will be celebrating that Friday and catching Black Panther! I am so excited for that movie you guys and I can't wait to watch it. In the spirit of Valentine's Day I wanted to share with you guys things that I am currently loving! Most of these items are things that I use on a daily basis and a few are wish list items (like the cozy etsy blanket). 




I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Whether you are married or single Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love. That can be whatever you define it to be. It can be a day of self love, or going out with friends or a date night. Enjoy your day and let me know in the comments what your plans are?


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

How to Live your Purposeful Life and Find your Passion

"If you can't figure out your purpose, 
figure out your passion.
For your passion will lead you
right into your purpose.- Bishop T.D. Jakes

Have you ever felt stuck in your journey? 

Like your not moving fast enough or you are starting to doubt yourself and your potential?

I am right here with you guys! I go through many seasons in my life or self doubt, second guessing myself and asking God what am I supposed to do in my life?

But I step back, reflect, pray, meditate and look for the gratitude in those times. I firmly believe that every season, every job, every moment, every obstacle is getting you ready and will lead you to your purpose. 

Every step in my journey towards blogging taught me something that I can implement into my business and grow my blog. In college I graduated with a bachelors in Journalism and toke writing, public speaking and tv production classes. After college I dabbled in free lance makeup and really practiced and tried to learn the craft. After that my husband got into photography because I needed him to take headshot for my models because at the time I had a lot of ambitions and goals to grow in the beauty industry. Around that time I wanted to start a blog so in 2014 I started blogging and my husband was taking my photos and grew a real passion and wanted to invest and upgrade his equipment. 

All those things cost money and I was still working full time but I was making little money. I landed a new job that made way better and although I am not fulfilled with this job the extra money helps me  invest in my blog, my equipment and my investments. It is helping me pay off my debt and create a financial plan that so when that season comes that I quit my full time to blog I will have a plan and savings. 

These experiences in my life have taught me valuable lessons and tools to prepare me for this industry. I find gratitude for these seasons because although I don't want these jobs  but they will be the things that will lead me to my purpose. Gratitude! 

We all have the ability to live a purposeful life because we all have gifts. Our gifts are unique to us because we are all made unique in the eyes of God. You have to see it and use it. Since I was little I was always into the arts and literature. I loved plays, acting, makeup, drawing, reading, tv production and creating. My brain and spirit was always stimulated by these things. 
Now sometimes we might get it wrong! You might at some point that you want to be an actor but those acting classes and plays might be preparing you for another career but I will touch more on this below.

Here are some tips to find your passion:

1. Reflect
Life gets busy and tough times can throw our world upside down. But in these moments find a quiet moment and a quiet room to reflect. Close your eyes and think about the things that made you happy in life. Maybe you are overthinking too much. Don't put too much pressure on yourself that you need to find your passion right away. You have to find your way to it but the key is to take action and work towards it. 

"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." - Oprah Winfrey

2. Act Today Not Tomorrow
Kick those fearful and shy thoughts out the window because it is the enemy filling your head with thoughts to block you from fulfilling your purpose. If you want to start a blog start it today and jump on Blogger or WordPress and post your first blog post. If you want to start a business, open your phone or computer browser and type this in the url GOOGLE! We are a blessed generation that we have the greatest resource: The Internet! Once you make that first step you will begin to feel motivate and watch how you will quickly get the ball rollin and your spirit will feel ambitious. 

3. Create a Vision Board
Your vision needs clarity, goal settings and visualization. By creating this you are setting your plan in motion and you are implementing the direction that you want to go. Pray about these thoughts and images and send these requests into the universe. Put them on display!

"Your time is limited,
so don't waste it living someone else's life." - Steve Jobs

4. Research
I love to fill my mind with resourceful books and podcasts. I am constantly listening to educational and motivational podcasts and reading positive uplifting books to inspire me. This will help you fight negative thoughts of comparison, losing focus and self doubt creeping back in. You are what you fill your mind and thoughts with. Fill your tank with positive, constructive information and find rescues that will help you learn and grow in your passion. 

5. Don't Put your Eggs in ONE Basket
Don't be surprised or defensive if something might not turn out the way you thought or desired. When you finally take action towards your passion you might discover through engagement that this is not your passion. The best part is that is okay! That is part of finding your passion. Being proactive brings clarity and direction towards your passion. For some they find their passion right away but that's not the journey for all. Some of us have to find our way but embrace each moment and learn from it. Be in the moment and be a sponge and learn all that you can in that moment. 

"Start embracing the life that is calling you. Find your calling, know what sparks the light in you so you - in your own way - can illuminate the world." - Oprah Winfrey

This is a reflective process and will be a story of growth and change in your life. Most important you are not alone in this process. I go through it and many of us do. Collaborating and cultivating a community is important to push and encourage one another. I hope these tools help those of you struggling to find your passion. If you have any other tips please share them below for others. I want to see you all succeed and live your best LIFE!


Thursday, January 25, 2018

How to: Wear Athleisure in the Winter

The athleisure trend was one of my favorites last year and I still can't seem to let it go. The tomboy in me is so super excited to wear chic and stylish sporty wear. Growing up I was a tomboy and it was really into sports especially baseball and softball. When I entered high school my style became more girly and feminine but I loved owning active wear pieces from Tommy Hilfiger sweatshirts to Apple Bottom track suits (yes apple bottom was a big deal back then!).

I love to be comfortable but also look put together but this trend can be tricky in the winter months. I find that layering and mixing around textures works when incorporating athleisure pieces into your winter style. I found these leggings at Zara recently and I loved them! The pattern is fun and the stripe on the side adds a sporty vibe. It reminds me of Sporty Spice in a way doesn't it?!!

To stay warm I have a long sleeve white t-shirt underneath and a chunky roll over sweater. I was warm and super comfortable wearing this look. But of course but this is a blog look and I am obsessed with my new booties from Zara that I had to glam up the whole look and wear the boots. They are so comfortable too! Warning I will be wearing them a lot!!!!!

What do you guys think about wearing athleisure pieces into your winter look? Are you still in the trend or so over it? Let me know in the comments and have a blessed day!

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