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Thanksgiving is around the corner you guys. My Thanksgiving table decor is all done!! I may be a little late sharing my Thanksgiving table decor and dining room reveal with you all, my apologies, but I had a difficult time pulling it all together. I wasn’t even going to do anything special with my dining room table this year for Thanksgiving. I’m more of a go all out for Christmas kind of girl. But, a friend of mine started talking about decorating her home for the holidays and it got my juices flowing. I headed to Pinterest and got inspired on all of the pretty holiday table settings. So naturally I had to plan and execute of course.

 

If you follow me on Instagram, then you have been updated on some of the Thanksgiving table decor items I was purchasing over the past few weeks. I saw these “Thankful, Grateful, Blessed” plates at Hobby Lobby before Halloween and fell in love. At the time they were $19.99 with 40% off. Now we all know Hobby Lobby has that good 50% off deal that happens all the time. So I patiently waited until after Halloween to purchase these because I knew they were going to mark them at 50% off. I went last week and found the LAST SIX PLATES!! I tell ya, what God has for me, it is for me lol!! All for 50% off too. Score!

 

I ran across this navy, velvet table runner by Tahari at Homegoods and loved it for my Thanksgiving table decor. It adds a richness and uniqueness to the table as its not your typical “Thanksgiving” color. I knew paired with gold and jewel tone table decor that it would look perfect against the dark wood of my dining room table. Now, I am not a fake flower kind of girl. I adore fresh, but I realized that I do not keep up with fresh flowers as I should. I end up wasting money because I forget to change the water or snip the ends. Let’s blame it on doing life with a toddler shall we? Hobby Lobby also had 50% off on florals a while back, so I gathered these rich tone floral stems to compliment the dining room. I think the faux flowers work just fine, don’t you!?

 

How do you like my gallery wall? My husband and I created our gallery wall when I was pregnant with Camille, about three years ago. Mind you, we had already lived in our home for about 3 years already. Sometimes, it just takes a while to get those things done on your wish list. I can’t really guide you on how we went about planning and executing this gallery wall. Just know I recall it taking a lot of planning in terms of what pictures we wanted to use, selecting the size of the pictures to go along with the frame, spacing and getting all of this on the wall. My advice to you is allow yourself plenty of time and patience, research tutorials and don’t nail anything on the wall until you are finally sure! Lol!

 

But, most importantly, what does Thanksgiving mean to me?

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all of the wonderful things we have been blessed with in life. Family, friends, health and so much more! I like to reflect on all of the things that I have been blessed with and won’t ever take for granted. 2017 has been a rough year for my family, but through it all we are here persevering, leaning and holding on to our faith! Therefore, not only are these plates a beautiful statement piece on the dining room table, but exactly how I feel every day when I wake up!

 

Decor Items

“Thankful” Salad Plate  sale for $3

(my dinner plate is from Hobby Lobby, found similar in salad plate)

World Market Gold Square Chargers 

Tahari Blue Table Runner

(Found at Homegoods, linked similar)

Gold, Round, Woven Placemats 

(linked similar)

6 Light Nickel Chandelier

(my chandelier is no longer avail, linked similar in white)

Gallery Wall Frames

(Purchased from Target and Homegoods)

November 18, 2017 0 comment
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I often receive emails and DM’s from my followers asking for help with getting help with blogging, partnering with brands and to check out their blogs to give my thoughts and opinions on improvements.  I guess after almost 3 years in the game, I better know a little sumthin’! Not only that, its also flattering that you trust my opinion. You guys respect what I do and see me as someone you can approach to even ask me!! It truly makes me happy that my followers see me in this light.

 

Today I was working on a “Pitch 101” presentation to go over with a friend of mind who is also a blogger. In the past week or so, I’ve gotten a few emails or messages asking about blogging. It got me to thinking about offering blogger consultation services to those of you who are interested in speaking to me regarding blogging. I truly believe this will be a great benefit for those of you who want to learn more or just go get my feedback.

 

I will offer different packages for the blogger consultations so that there is something for everyone. From the person who  aspires to start a blog but no clue on where to begin, how to pitch and partner with brands, improving your social media presence to performing a blog audit if you’re already in the game. How does that sound??

 

I will be working on getting the blogger consultation packages going over the next few weeks. I believe this is going to be a great way for us to grow together in this blogging world. Its no longer the time to operate in fear, but to achieve the things we feel passionate and strongly about! Am I right?!

 

Are you interested in my blogger consultation service??

 

Email me to let me know! I would love to hear from you so we can chat more if you’re interested.  If you are not interested in blogging, share this with a friend who is! If you are a business owner and  want some assistance with Social Media, drop me a line!

 

Outfit Details

*Shein Color Block Striped Cardigan

Green Lace Trim Camisole

(old, linked similar)

Ann Taylor Culotte Pants

(old, linked similar)

Zara Tan Pumps

(old, linked similar)

Gucci Vintage Clutch

 

Disclaimer: Items marked with a (*) has been gifted or provided by the named company.

November 9, 2017 0 comment
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Y’all, Girlfriends was one of my absolute favorite shows back in the day. Joan, Toni, Maya and Lynn were the Girlfriends I wanted in life. Stylish, fun, supportive and always giving the best one liners you could ask for. So when I came across this Girlfriends tee on Instagram, I had to have it!! I know you want one too!!

 

Toni was my favorite character. My bad, Toni Childs Garret! She was full of one liners, fashions and bomb hair! Yes, we knew she was always doing the most. But, I loved her regardless! Joan was a close second. The one friend thats always there for Toni’s antics, however, her own life was just of a mess too. Her fashion was always on point. I dreamt of one day wearing bad (fierce) suits and clutch bags into the office just like Joan. I always hoped she would find love, even though she always played herself in relationships.

 

Maya and Lynn were those hilarious friends that told it like it was and had zero filter. Maya, especially!! I thought her tv husband, Darnell, was so fine! But, I was legit happy when they got back together after their divorce. That scene at the church was everything!

 

Lynn! This child right here was the free spirit we all want to be, but too scared to commit to in life. Yes, she was pretty much a free loader with her fifty degrees. But, we loved her anyway and sometimes you have to love your friends through their craziness.

 

Next Shipment date is November 7th, order your Girlfriends Tee ASAP!

If you don’t do anything today, make sure you order this graphic tee to add to your collection. Oh, and this pink, midi skirt too!! With the Girlfriends tee and midi skirt combined, you are letting everyone know where your style genius came from!

 

Girlfriends T-Shirt by Gold, The Label 

ASOS Pink Side Button Midi Skirt

Aldo Polka Dot Pumps

(old, linked similar)

Leather Pebbled Jacket 

(old, linked similar)

November 4, 2017 0 comment
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left to right: Kenya Denise of KenyaDenise.com, Melody of Blingaholic88.com, Brittany of BriDezel.com, Tanika of alwayzfashionablylate.com, and Ashley of foxy veggies.wordpress.com

 

 

Hi There!

 

My girl Melody of Blingaholic88.com had an awesome idea of doing a fall inspired, Dallas blogger shoot entitled “Slaying In The Country!” Fall glam in a country setting is the perfect juxtapose if you ask me. Fall is my absolute favorite season, especially for fashion. So of course, I was so on board to meet with a few local Dallas bloggers to make this happen.

 

Its hilarious that we all showed up to the shoot in warm wine tones and black. It was not planned at all, trust me! But, isn’t our back drop amazing?! I plan to return back and take a few holiday pictures with the family. We really had a good time at this shoot. I mean, I think us jumping in heels is pretty hilarious in itself. Am I right?

Go Follow these Dallas Bloggers!!

Well, let me introduce you to the lovely ladies in this shoot. Kenya Denise of KenyaDenise.com, Melody of Blingaholic88.com, Brittany of BriDezel.com and Ashly of FoxyVeggies.wordpress.com. Be sure to head to each of these ladies blogs to see their individual pictures from this shoot as well. They are truly the sweetest and I know you will like their content.

 

Do you have any plans to gather up your best girlfriends and slay in a photo shoot?

 

 

 

My Outfit Details

Olivia Palermo + Chelsea 28  Maxi Dress 

(old, linked similar)

Missguided Navy Knee Boots

(old, linked chunky heel version)

MAC Liquid Lipstick in “Carnivore”

October 31, 2017 0 comment
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Hey Loves!!

 

Happy Thursday! This past weekend I hosted a small Blogger Brunch at my home. I invited some of my favorite ladies here in Dallas for some brunch bites, cocktails and girl chat. What made the event more fun was that we got to try out Jamba Juice’s new catering and delivery option, a Smoothie Bowl Bar!! As of now, this catering  and delivery option is only available here in Frisco, Texas area. Hopefully, it will expand to other cities! Jamba Juice Smoothie Bowl Bar was such a fun and creative way for your guest to make their own creations and provide a healthier brunch option too.

 

Jamba Juice Smoothie Bowl Bar comes with everything you need for your bar station. Bowls, serving spoons, labels and  a diagram on how to set the smoothie bowl bar station as well!! The food comes packed in coolers so they are cold and fresh. All I had to do was set it on the countertop and I was done! Super simple and easy!

 

I usually never host many parties. Although, the Pinterest lover in me has every desire to do so. But, I stepped out of my comfort zone and really had fun planning this event. Of course, I scoured Pinterest for some inspiration. I fell in love with using craft paper and chalkboard paper as table scape decor. Let me tell you, the chalk board and craft paper made it a no fuss zone for me and my guest. If a drop of yogurt or fruit spilled, I had no worries about having to wipe down my countertops. All I would need to do is toss the paper in the trash. Done!!

 

FYI, the smoothie bowl bar serves 12-18 guests. So its perfect for your next brunch or employee event. You also select two smoothie bases such as: Acai Primo, Island Pitaya, Chia Pudding and Greek Yogurt. The acai mixed with the greek yogurt was so good! The toppings included are: blueberries, strawberries, granola, pineapple, apple cinnamon (OMG I can eat this alone), coconut, pumpkin seeds, honey, chia seeds and dates.

 

They also provide a juice bar that serves up to 24 guests. You get to select four fresh squeezed juices such as Orange, Carrot, Apple and Cucumber Orange Cooler. There are just so many options for you to choose from. Jamba Juice pretty much thought of everything for their catering menu.

 

Check out Jamba Juice for your next event!

 

If you live in the Frisco, Texas area, you definitely want to keep Jamba Juice catering and delivery service in mind for the holidays or your next gathering with family and friends! Click HERE to order!

 

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Jamba Juice. All views and opinions are of my own. I strive to provide my readers with honest content they can believe in!

October 26, 2017 0 comment
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Outfit Details

Shein Botanical Floral Kimono

Navy Fedora Hat

(old, linked similar)

Zara Gray Booties 

(no longer avail, linked similar)

DVF Aviator Sunglasses 

(no longer avail, linked similar)

 

Hey Loves!

 

So today I am coming to you with a little coffee talk, chit chat or what have you. This has been on my mind a little bit and I thought I’d share with you all. I often share little tidbits on blogging and how to make it work for you. But, I haven’t shared the down side to it. There are quite a few areas that I can dive in to regarding that. But, lets talk about what makes blogging what it is. The people behind the blog who you follow. The actual bloggers themselves!

 

Now I am not gonna give any names or try to call people out. But, some of these bloggers out here are a trip. Some are in it for the money, recognition and yes the likes. I live in Dallas and there are a TON of bloggers here. Its almost like the darn mecca for bloggers. Because of that, I have met many at social events, blog conferences or meet ups. The great thing about living in a city with tons of bloggers is that you get to meet others who do what you do and  get what the blog life is all about. Most importantly, bloggers with whom you can chat, collaborate or become friends and grab dinner together! I am fortunate to know quite a few of bloggers who I enjoy hanging with and are happy to call my tribe.

 

But, honey let me tell you about those who do not meet my tribe category. The snobby ones who can’t bother to say hello, shake your hand or even hold a little small chat convo with you. The blogger clique who always appear to be at the same blogger event or photographed brand meeting together. Sometimes I think, were they the only ones offered an opportunity? No girl, they just looking out for their clique. Essentially, they are getting money together and ensure that their clique has “the plug” as y’all like to call it these days.

 

Disclaimer: This post is not meant to bash folks, but just to share what I have experienced and witnessed for myself!

 

So lets begin our coffee chat shall we?

 

I recall attending a store event where myself and a few other bloggers here in the Dallas were invited to attend as featured guests. I specifically recall one blogger, who I won’t give a name, left me with a bad impression. So I walked up to her and introduced myself and told her that I followed her on Instagram. She gave me the driest response and looked as so bothered that I was even near her. I’m like really though? Is this how you treat people in general? Her attitude was just so stank and unwelcoming. I couldn’t believe it!

 

Now, I am not going to make this about race or not, but I did wonder if that played a part in her attitude. Also, I know bloggers, who like myself, are of the melanated nature and have all said the same about her. I made sure to unfollow her that night because guess what? I am not going to contribute to you getting any coin from me. Not a click, like, follow or purchase will come from me to support your blog. First impressions are lasting! Every time I see her at an event, I strongly resist the urge to roll my eyes or give her a severe side eye lol.

 

Not supporting up and coming bloggers!

If you guys follow me on Insta Stories on Instagram, you know I typically do a “Follow Friday” a few times a month. Follow Friday is to share with my followers some of my favorite up and coming bloggers in the game who I feel they should follow. These bloggers generally have a following of under 15k and are deserving of more eyes on their Instagram!

 

I mentioned blogger cliques earlier and I noticed that one of the bloggers I used to follow from that same clique, just so happened to be doing the same thing. Well, her and her clique, were all doing Follow Friday and telling their followers to follow everyone in their clique. What annoyed me, is that these bloggers all have over 150k followers!! I personally thought, how obvious was it that they only support themselves?? Why not share the love with bloggers who are trying to get to those numbers? I get supporting your tribe, but again, to me they do not show tribe behavior. Its clique behavior all up and thru and I cannot get behind it.

 

The constant lack of diversity!

Let’s not even talk about lack of diversity when it comes to blogging. I could write a book on that for sure. As an African-American blogger in the game, I cannot tell you how many times I see only white bloggers at brand luncheons, campaign events and the like when I am on Instagram. I’m sorry, but its ridiculous!

 

Some of these Instagram pages lack any African- American bloggers and when you do see one, you have to scream for joy and shout it to the highest rooftop on their page to please share more. No, I don’t want to be invited so they can meet their quota or to take the heat off of people. But, I just believe your brand reach or target audience has quite a few African-Americans or even Latinas and the like as well. So, where are they??? Why don’t we see them? Were they even invited, reached out to, or asked for an opportunity for collaboration??

 

Why do I feel so strongly about this?

 

I know you may be reading this post thinking, dang girl, who made you mad? Lol. Actually, after blogging for almost 3 years, I am just starting to feel some kind of way about the things I see. I’ve been unfollowing a ton of bloggers I use to love because I just cannot take the fakery anymore.

 

One blogger, I use to absolutely love about five years ago! She was even following me back then when I was just taking outfit of the day pics in my backyard. She would even comment often on my pics. I noticed that she has changed so much over the time that her blog has taken off. She won’t even turn her DM on her Instagram. She tells you to go find everything on her blog. I mean, I get it girl, you probably would get tons of the same questions. But, its not what you say, its how you say it! I had to let unfollow her and a few others who appeared to be a bit beside themselves because of their popularity and growth. It just is what it is!

 

What lesson can you take away from this coffee chat?

I know that personally I am in a period in life where either you are real or fake. There is no in between. At this stage in my life where I am a wife, mother, blogger and everything else under the sun, things have to make sense. How I utilize my time and efforts are of the utmost importance to me. This is why its important to me to surround myself with others who like to encourage, uplift and motivate one another.

 

I enjoy meeting other women who are interested in blogging or just feel like we may have a connection. I enjoy getting emails or DMs from my followers who feel they can relate to me! It means a lot. I guess I am saying no matter how you elevate in life, be it career, ambitions or ventures, be true to yourself and others. Be the person you would be proud of! At the end of the day, the number of followers, likes or your bank account will not be how you are remembered. Am I right, or am I right?

 

Share with me some of your gripes with bloggers! This post is not meant to bash folks, but just to share what I have experienced and witnessed for myself!

 

 

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I grew up in the church. Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C) to be exact! I’m talking all day Sunday, Tuesday night, Wednesday Night and back again on Sundays. We could not wear pants period. So I always had a slew of skirts and dresses on hand. A denim dress was a constant go to for me to wear to church during the week. So when I saw this piece, it gave me all the feels. Yes, it was annoying to only wear skirts and dresses, but to this day I cannot go to church in pants lol. I guess old habits die hard.

 

Anyways, this dress has the options of being worn so many ways. You could layer a tie knot blouse underneath, a turtleneck or even top it with a blazer. The denim is a nice, heavy, weight so its perfect for fall. I already see myself wearing this dress with a blazer and some baaaad knee boots. I seriously cannot wait for it to get cold hear in Dallas. My boots and fall clothes are so ready to come out and play! Dallas weather, whats good?!

 

Question of the day?

Tell me, when it comes to going to church, do you wear pants or ONLY a skirt/ dress? I would love to know!

 

Check out this dress and a few other cute denim dress options that I have linked below!

 

 

 

 

Outfit Details

Denim Corset Midi Dress 

(only a few sizes left!)

Steve Madden “Kierra” Platform Heel

(linked other dupes below)

Zara Bandana Scarf

(linked similar above)

Henri Bendel “Bella” Flat Top Sunglasses 

JustFab Hunter Green Satchel 

(old, linked similar)

 

 

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The saying there is no place like home rings so true! Especially since I returned back to my home town, Detroit, after three years, for a week long family vacation. I am so excited to share with you one of the highlights of my trip to Pure Michigan, which was visiting Traverse City!! I was born and raised in Detroit up until I went to college. So you can imagine that I  never experienced Michigan as a visitor or tourist. I always heard of people saying they were going “Up North” for the summer. I imagined them staying in wooded cabins or camping. Not really my style, so I didn’t think I was missing out… until I saw the Pure Michigan commercials that is!

 

The Pure Michigan commercials showed all of these beautiful towns, right in my home state, Michigan! I knew I wanted to return home to see my dad for a summer vacation. But, I also thought, how cool would it be to do a road trip and experience some of the sights I saw in the commercials? So we decided to road trip to Traverse City, Michigan, about a 4 hour drive from Detroit. Traverse City, Michigan is home to beaches, wineries, beer distilleries, light houses and plenty of outdoor activities for all of you outdoorsy folk out there. Of course its family friendly too with splash parks, U-Pick farms and more. Oh,  did I mention sand dunes?? Oh yes, you read right!

 

So stick around as I share with you the best vacation I’ve had, right in my home state, Michigan!

 

Day One: Traverse City, Here we come!!

 

We headed out around 10:00 am to grab breakfast before we hit the road to TC. Fortunately, the drive was about 4.5 hours from Detroit, which is perfect when you have a toddler in tow. The weather was a bit cloudy and rainy on the road, but the closer we got to the city, the skies began to clear up and all was well. I was so thankful that we had a spacious and comfortable SUV for the trip. The 2017 GMC Acadia had plenty amenities like WiFi, Apple Car Play, dual sun roofs and a third row. Camille really loved the dual sunroofs as she was all about checking the skies and trees as we were driving. Its funny how kids have a way of reminding you to look at the simple, beautiful things that we somehow take for granted.

 

Once we made it to Traverse City, we headed straight to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Sleeping Bear Dunes is simply the most amazing sight on the Lake Michigan shoreline. In order to get there, you have to go thru Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive to access the points along the way to the dunes. You do need a park pass in order to drive thru. There are various points where you can pull off and take in the beauty of each stop along the way. I captured this picture of Camille at one of the points. This pic is all her daddy idea and I love it. I’m telling you Camille was living her absolute best life on this trip!

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Once we made it through a few of the stops, we were not prepared for the beauty that is the Sleeping Bear Dunes. As we walked up the path, it was super windy as the wind from Lake Michigan swept thru with sand whirling around us. But, once we were able to look up, I saw the most beautiful sight. The dunes are breath taking. You can hike up or down the dunes, but its not really recommended. I’ve read that it could take a full hour or more start to finish. These pictures are not really doing much justice. Thats why you just have to book a trip to Michigan and see it yourself!

 

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Camille and her Papa!

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Can you see the people hiking up the dune?

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After the dunes, we ate and went back to our hotel, Bayshore Resort, to check in and relax. Bayshore Resort has its own private beach on Grand Traverse Bay. So you don’t have to worry about it being too crowded, which was perfect after a long day of travel and sight seeing. The rooms are very spacious and we were fortunate to get a beach front view. The decor is an older, victorian style, which is not my usual preference. But, very clean, comfortable and most importantly, great customer service.

Camille had an absolute blast playing in the beach and getting her feet wet. The weather while we were in Traverse City was very cool, even though it was August. The high was maybe 75 that day. So as you can imagine, the temperature was much cooler off the beach. Eric and I regretted not getting a bottle of wine before checking in to the hotel. Its something about relaxing by the beach, the sound of the waves and just feeling at peace makes you want to indulge in a glass of wine. We asked one of the hotel guests who were outside drinking wine, where did they purchase theirs. They kindly offered us some wine to share with them! Such a kind gesture from strangers made for such a perfect ending to a long day.

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View from our hotel room at Bayshore Resort!

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Day 2: Sailing with Tall Ship Manitou, Wine Tasting and Blueberry Picking at Brys Estate!

 

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We woke up around 8 after a wonderful nights sleep. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this beach side view? Eric loved to open the balcony and hear the waves crashing about, even though it was so chilly outside. Bayshore Resort also offers a free, continental style breakfast which works well when you just want a bite to eat before heading out for a day full of activities.

 

The agenda for the day was sailing and visiting a few of the wineries in the Old Mission Peninsula! I’ve never been sailing before, so this was a new experience for us all. It was very cold that day and we instantly regretted not packing warmer clothing. But, we did the best we could and headed out for our sailing adventure at Tall Ship Manitou!!

 

Tall Ship Manitou offers 2 hour sails at various times of the day, even an afternoon Ice Cream sail for kids, where they can enjoy Moomer’s Ice Cream on deck, a local area favorite. What is also cool about Tall Ship is that you can do an over night sail or a private sail for 2 hours. We really loved how they got the crowd to participate in raising the sails. Camille even got in on the action too! It was a long 2 hours as it was very chilly. Thankfully, we bought hoodies at their shop and they were kind enough to provide us with blankets. Tall Ship Manitou is definitely one activity you want to add to your list of things to do while in Traverse City!

After sailing, we went back to the hotel to change and head out for some wine tasting. Traverse City is home to various wineries and vineyards in Leenlanau and Old Mission Peninsula. Its a short drive from our hotel of about 20 minutes.      Brys Estates was the first winery on our list and it did not disappoint. The grounds are beautiful and they also offer wine tours and an outdoor patio on the upper deck that overlooks the vineyard. Eric and I tasted various wines and they were all delicious. The Pinot Noir Reisling was my personal favorite. Brys also offers a wine club and can ship their wine offerings to you!

 

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Brys also has a Secret Garden and its beautiful. Lavender, a flower garden, strawberry and blueberry can be found. They also offer U-Pick where you can pick your own fruit!! Camille had a blast picking her blueberries, although she seem to have ate more than put them in her basket. The setting is just beautiful as you can see rows and rows of lavender. Unfortunately, our trip was after the lavender season ended, only by a few weeks. So be sure to head their between July and early August to take in the beautiful lavender color and scent. It was still a sight to see and I am determined to come back when its in season!

 

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After wine tasting and visiting the Secret Garden at Brys, our little one was exhausted and fell sleep in the car. We had plans to visit more wineries, but I knew that my baby wouldn’t be able to take any more adventures for the day. So we headed back to the hotel and ordered pizza and relaxed again by the beach. It was the culmination of such a perfect trip that I would never forget.

 

Day 3: Time to Return to Detroit!

 

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Pillow Fight!

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Thursday was our last day in T.C. I was so sad to leave as there was still so much more I wanted to see and do. We headed out and grabbed lunch in Downtown Traverse City. Their downtown area has plenty of shops and local restaurants. I really wanted to explore this area more, but we had to get back on the road. We did however, made sure to stop at Moomer’s Ice Cream as its been hailed as, “America’s Best Ice Cream Parlor” by USA Today. They make over 100 different flavors of ice cream, so who can argue with that title? It most certainly was yummy! I was glad to stop by for some delicious ice cream before we headed home.

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Our trip to Traverse City is definitely one for the books! We all had such a great time! It made my heart full to see Camille having such a great time, especially being there with her Papa. My dad told me the other day that he will never forget that trip. He said he constantly think about it and how happy he was to share those moments with us. Thats what family vacations are all about. Those memories that make you smile, just at the thought of it, the smiles and laughter or just the feeling of pure bliss. Even writing this post and looking at these pictures makes me so emotional to reflect on such a fun time.

 

So the next time you are considering a family trip, I invite you to my home state, Michigan, to explore all of its beauty and precious moments that I personally experienced myself, with my family. Add Traverse City to your list of destinations, you most certainly won’t regret it!

 

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Special Thanks to:

Traverse City Tourism

 Bayshore Resort Hotel

Tall Ship Sailing for our lovely sail,

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery for an informative and delicious wine tasting

Sleeping Bear National Park for such an amazing experience!

Also, special thanks to Tony Denim of Tony Denim Photography for capturing such AMAZING shots of us on the Tall Ship Manitou and at Brys Estate!!

 

Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by Traverse City Tourism. Views and opinion written in this blog post are solely my own. I strive to provide trustworthy content for my viewers you can depend upon.

October 1, 2017 0 comment
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Hey Loves!

 

If you’re on Instagram like I am and follow a lot of fashion bloggers, you will see the plaid blazer appears to be the “IT” item of the fall season. Its not hard to see why not: clean classic lines, a great layering option and a simple, sophisticated look. I cant wait to  pair my $35 Target blazer with wide leg pants, jeans or long, flowy skirts!

 

Ok, I know your eyes grew big when you read that this blazer is only $35 and from Target! I saw this piece online and on one of my many, weekly trips to Target. I knew I had to have it! It has a deep purple line if you look closely, which makes it so fun to add contrasting colors to make the purple show even more. I went all jewel tones with this oldie but goodie handbag, my trusty Zara bandana scarf and gold, satin mules!

 

Graphic tees are always popular and a go to for when I want to make a plain outfit more fun. I went home to Detroit a month ago and had to get another Detroit Vs Everybody tee in white and black. Be prepared to see me in this bad boy all the time. Y’all know I love my city and I represent Detroit whenever I can.

 

So how do you like the plaid blazer trend?

Do you see yourself participating? I’d say its a definite staple that you may be surprised how often you reach for it! Especially with the crazy, changing temps we’ve all been experiencing lately over the U.S.  I’m already seeing myself pairing this blazer, belted with some palazzo pants!!

 

See you Sunday for a special travel post! I’ll be sharing a travel diary of our family road trip to Traverse City, Michigan!

 

 

Outfit Details

A New Day Plaid Blazer by Target $35

Detroit Vs Everybody Tee $30

American Eagle Hi-Rise Jeggings Jeans $45

Dolce Vita “Henry” Mules 

Just Fab Dark Green Tote

(old, linked similar for $40!)

Zara Bandana Scarf $13

Henri Bendel “Bella” Flat Top Sunglasses $93

September 28, 2017 0 comment
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Hey loves!

 

Today’s video is all about my day and night skincare routine. My skin is typically Normal to Dry and never suffered any acne related issues. Well, this year my skin decided to freak out on me. I was getting a hormonal pimple EVERY, SINGLE, MONTH! Not fun!

 

Not only was I dealing with trying to figure out what was happening, but I suffered from hyper pigmentation scarring as well. Hyper pigmentation on women of color can be a bit of a challenge in regards to fading the dark marks. Thankfully, I found a few products that has gotten rid of them. Hey, playing connect the dots with your pimple scars is not cute at all.

 

I knew then that I would have to step up my skincare game. No more going to bed with makeup on or only using one cleanser and a moisturizer. No ma’am! That would no longer do! So I’ve tried a few different products that have gotten my skin in check. When trying to develop a skincare routine, trying lots of products is a given. You have to determine what works and what does not. Yes, it seems like a lot of products and I don’t use all of them, ALL OF THE TIME. But, I now know what my skin needs when I do my daily routine. And that, my friends is coming a mighty long way from where I started.

 

Check out my Youtube video as I share with you my skincare routine, how I treated my hyper pigmentation and discuss a few of my fav products. One being the TAO Aura Clean Facial Cleansing brush! What I love about this brush is the sanitizing base which has a UV lamp inside that sanitizes the brush head. Thats right, you don’t have to leave your facial brush out on the counter exposed to dust, hair and who knows what. The sanitizing feature was the main reason why I purchased this brush. I love it and can’t imagine washing my face without it!

 

Must have product for your skincare routine!

If you are interested in the TAO brush,  they were so kind to provide my readers with a coupon code “AFL50” for 50% off!! MAJOR coins saved! It also comes in a Matte Black, so get one for your boo too 🙂

 

Products Mentioned:

CLEANSE

Cetaphil

*TATA HARPER Regenerating Cleanser

SERUM & TONE

YEOUTH Vitamin C Serum

*TATA HARPER Hydrating Essence Spray 

Mario Bedescu Rose Water Spray

BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE PIGM Toner

TREAT & CORRECT

SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

MOISTURIZE

*TATA HARPER Eye Cream

CO BIGELOW EXTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION

ROC Multi Correction 5 in 1 SPF Cream

*TATA HARPER Clarifying Moisturizer

HydroPeptide Eye Authority

*TATA HARPER Beautifying Face Oil

 

Disclaimer: Items marked with a (*) have been gifted to me.  All views and opinions of the products shown are solely my own!

September 22, 2017 0 comment
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