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Relationship goals, closet goals, hair goals, shoe goals, life goals! Y’all I am about wore out from all of these “goals.” Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen a many a picture where closet, hair and shoe goals have been met! But, relationship goals?! Let’s think about it. Most times when we say or refer to relationship goals its due to a picture or a video we’ve seen on the web. The internet has a funny way of making everyone lives looks so easy breezy. Its mainly because we allow people to see what we want them to see. But, we all know that we are only seeing a snippet of someone’s life, right?

 

Now, I know Eric and I are serving up all kinds of fierceness in these pictures.  This dress by Rent the Runway, LIFE! And yes, many will look at them and say, #relationshipgoals. And its nothing truly wrong with saying that. I know its a little bit of a compliment. But, I think its important that people have a true understanding about what relationships are and the work it actually takes before we start hash tagging and what not. Relationships aren’t always easy! I don’t always feel rainbows and butterflies when I see my husband. I am more so giving him side eye about the lightbulb that needs to be changed or how he doesn’t put my lotion back after he uses it. Yes, that really irritates the life out of me lol. But, real talk, thats just some petty stuff that he does that irks me. I am sure he has his list of things that I do that works his nerves too. Eric, if you are reading this, don’t come on here listing stuff I do that get on your nerves! Don’t try me! Lol.

 

I think its so important for todays generation to fully understand the importance of healthy relationships. I see so much in the news and social media that troubles me about people getting involved with the wrong person. I know I will teach Camille that she is a beautiful, intelligent and fierce woman who deserves to find a husband to treat her as such. Its important for us as adults, to really inform today’s generation about what healthy relationships really are. They should know that healthy relationships are when you are loved, treated with respect and kindness. Also, that relationships may have its ups and downs too. I mean nobody is perfect! Am I telling the truth?

 

Relationships come in all forms and everyones experience is different. Its nothing wrong with that! So long as its REAL!!! Some of y’all are married or with your boo thang and you’ve never had an argument, you’re so deep in love and can’t spend a second away from your bae. He’s the best thing since sliced bread and your relationship is so easy. Ok, then great! But, over this way, thats not how OUR relationship roll. Eric and I like our alone time to chill and do our own thing or watch our own tv shows, we roll our eyes at each other more so than giving each other the dreamy eyes. I get on his nerve and he gets on my last. We fuss and get into arguments! There has been a few times where Eric could catch these hands lol. We’ve gone days without speaking to each other (that was wayyyy back when, the Lord has brought us a mighty long way lol). But, we also love each other very much and he supports me as if I can do anything in the world. So now that you know this, does it mean we are not considered “relationship goals??” Of course not!

 

I like to roll with this hashtag I found on Instagram that I find more fitting and just makes more darn sense, #relationshipsbelike. Yes, thats more like it! I think that helps to broaden and round out what relationships truly are. Relationships be like love, respect, honor, fussing, fighting, making up, laughter, joy, pain and support etc. Yep, this is one that I can get down with! Now trust, I am not spilling our business to the world in this blog post. But, I like to keep it real honey and if I can’t do that on my own blog, then where can I do that at?!

 

Let me know your thoughts on the matter! I would love to have some dialogue and hear your opinions!

 

Outfit Details

*Emanuel Ungaro Garden Print Dress c/o Rent the Runway

Steve Madden “Gorgeous” Over the Knee Boots

*Gala Earrings by A Peace Treaty c/o Rent the Runway

MAC liquid lipstick in “Oh Lady”

Photography: Laurel Creative in NYC

Disclosure: Alwayz Fashionably Late does participate in sponsored or collaborative posts.

Items listed with (*) have been provided courtesy of Rent the Runway.

December 1, 2016 6 comments
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I love New York! I just do! Its one of those cities that you can’t help but to love. The energy, the vibe, architecture, food and shopping? Yes, it’s my kind of city! It’s the perfect makings of a fabulous trip with the one you love. The husband and I visited New York for our second time together a few weeks back and had a blast! Check out my Instagram for pics of our trip! In October we celebrated our seven year wedding anniversary and we thought it was the perfect time to take a trip together. Yes, thats right. Camille stayed in Dallas with her nana while mommy and daddy had some fun! No cute little toddler was around for mommy and daddy to chase after. I did miss her dearly, like all the time lol. Anyways, I thought it fitting that we do a photoshoot together! Why? Well, to celebrate our seven years of marriage and hello its New York (a bloggers dream shoot location)!

I don’t know about you, but if my hotel isn’t right, it’s not an enjoyable trip for me! So I set out to find the perfect hotel, in a perfect location with the right feel and vibe that we would both enjoy. When I found “The Roger New York Hotel,” I was in for a complete surprise. Why? Because this hotel offers a terrace! A terrace in Manhattan with a view of the Empire State Building!! Yes y’all, I knew we had to stay there! Couple that with the boutique feel of the hotel, delicious continental style breakfast, nice sized rooms and I was all in! The fact that they also have a fabulous happy hour had nothing to do with it lol. But, as you can see, The Roger Hotel New York is completely swagalicious and provided the perfect backdrop for our shoot! If you plan on visiting New York soon, be sure you stay at The Roger! If you use the code:“BUZZ” you can get 15% off their Best Available Rate!!

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View from the terrace! Hi Empire State Building1

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It was so fun to have a terrace! We had lunch on the terrace and ate pizza and drank wine!

 

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Delicious continental style breakfast with a view! However, its very pricey!

 

How do you like the hubby’s appearance on the blog? Did he do a good job? Lol. When I asked him to do a shoot with me, he was all in and was such a good sport! He told me that he would outshine me. Boy bye! Clearly I cannot be outshined! Lol. But, please show him some love and make him feel special!

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! There is more to come with the hubby! We have another couples shoot for you next week! So stay tuned!

 

Don’t forget! If you plan on visiting New York soon, stay at The Roger New York Hotel! I know you will enjoy your stay and feel the pulse of the city. Click Here and use code “BUZZ” for 15% off your stay!!

 

Outfit Details

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Michael Kors “Navy” Blazer

Michael Kors Classic Fit Dress Pants 

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*Catherine Deane “Gemini” Dress via Rent the Runway

Nine West Tatiana Black Suede Pumps 

Baublebar Gold Cuff

Kendra Scott Naomi Drusy Ring

Colourpop “Avenue” Liquid Lipstick

Photography: Laurel Creative in NYC

Disclaimer:  Alwayz Fashionably Late may also participate in sponsored posts. This post regarding my stay at The Roger Hotel New York is sponsored. Please trust that all views and opinions provided are my own! I strive on being completely honest with my readers and audience!

Outfit Items marked with (*) have been provided courtesy of Rent The Runway!

November 17, 2016 6 comments
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What to wear to the airport? The night before my trip, I ask myself this question because its quite important. Comfort is key  and it’s especially important if I am traveling with Camille. The days of wearing heels to the airport are long gone for me. I tried that a few times and regretted it immediately. Since then I would reach for flats, but now that I have a child, sneakers it is! I am not a sneakers kind of girl, so thats saying something if they are a must-have for me when traveling. I need to be able to move about comfortably, have great foot support, be able to quickly put my shoes on and ready to carry my child in the event the stroller is just not her jam that day. Thats that mom life for you!

 

Anyhoo, this look is perfect for travel! This sweater is super soft and great for layering. I realize its now fall/winter for some of you where you life. But, you can easily layer with a leather or suede jacket, a thin long sleeve or thermal underneath this sweater, a scarf and you are good to go. My leather leggings are super comfortable too. The back of them are fabric so it gives me great mobility and stretch. These are old Forever 21 leggings, I have linked a few for you below as well.

 

For those mommies out there who are nursing (boy I know all about that, I nursed for a year) this top is perfect to wear when traveling with your baby. You can wear your nursing bra or tank underneath and easily reach under to unsnap. The neck is also wide enough to where you can peep inside to see baby! I know how those nursing capes are, Camille hated being under one. But, with this one being an actual sweater, that makes it near impossible to do unless your little has super strength. Who am I kidding? Most of them do lol.

 

Most importantly, you need a good tote bag to carry all of your gear. The St. Anne tote from Barrington Gifts is a great travel companion. I carried it on our trip to New York and loved it. Its very roomy! I stuffed lots of things inside and still had room.  For me, its always important to have pockets in a tote bag. This one does not disappoint, there are side pockets that held my phone, cell phone charger, card case and a few more things. Most importantly, I loved that I was able to customize my tote bag! I chose the print, color of the leather straps, monogram style and color of the stripe too!! I am all for making pieces my own!! Don’t you? Barrington Gifts also has great diaper bag options as well in case you are interested! So check them out!

 

I hope this post has given you style inspiration on what to wear to the airport. Traveling is fun, but we want to be at our most comfortable as well. Who knows how far away your gate is from security or how long you are standing in the security line right? But, you can still look pulled together and comfortable at the same time! Thats how I like to travel. In style!!

 

What are some of your go to looks on what to wear to the airport? Please share!!

 

Outfit Details

Express Circle Hem Tunic

Forever 21 front leather panel leggings 

* Barrington Gifts St Anne Tote

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Nike Air Pegasus 83 in Rose Gold 

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Target Cat Eye Sunglasses 

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Photography: Angie Garcia

Disclosure: Alwayz Fashionably Late may participate in sponsored posts. Items marked with a (*) have been sponsored. Please trust that all views and opinions provided are my own! I strive on being completely honest with my readers and audience!

November 6, 2016 0 comment
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My friends and I are always up for a good “girls trip!” Its nothing like a break away from the every day stress of life. Last year we went to New York, but this year we had a little something different in mind. My friend LOVES Beyonce and wanted to see her on tour, so we thought it only made sense to head to New Orleans to see Queen B! New Orleans is such a great city for a girls trip. There’s food, Bourbon Street, food and Bourbon Street. Oh, is there a theme here? Why yes, there is! Lol.

 

So we set out to find the most perfect accommodations for our trip. We like to travel in style! After all, this is a girls getaway. So having a clean, plush and glamorous hotel is a must-have! After some searching, I came across the Royal Sonesta Hotel, right on Bourbon Street. Perfection! We wanted to be in the “hub” of New Orleans.Royal Sonesta recently made some renovations and upgrades to their hotels. I must say its absolutely gorgeous! We walked in and said, “WOW!!” Not only is the hotel glamorous, but the staff was super friendly and accommodating. We were greeted by each staff member and they made sure our accommodations were to our liking. Customer service is HUGE in my book. So staying at a hotel that made us feel at home just made our stay even better.

 

If you ever head to New Orleans, definitely stay at the Royal Sonesta and book a courtyard/pool room. The view is gorgeous and quiet, considering you are not on the Bourbon Street side of the hotel. I woke up early the next morning and snapped a few pics of the courtyard. It was so beautiful and peaceful. Just imagine yourself having a cup of coffee and reading a book in the shade. Or laying by the pool catching some sun. Sounds amazing right? It most definitely is!

 

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The most plush, comfiest beds!

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The perfect vanity lighting! I wish I could do my makeup here every morning!

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I had to take a pic of this shimmer wall paper! I want this at home!

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The perfect little treat, a praline of course!

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The most lush greenery!

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You must book a pool/ courtyard room! The views are gorgeous!

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After we checked in, we hit the streets to take in some of the city and of course, EAT! We headed to the Gumbo Shop and had drinks and their “New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp.” Now there is no BBQ anywhere in this dish, but somehow its called BBQ shrimp lol. It was delicious though. What was even more yummy, was their daiquiris! I ordered a cantaloupe daiquiri made with fresh cantaloupe. So good!!

 

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“New Orleans Style” BBQ Shrimp!

 

 

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The most fresh, delicious cantaloupe daiquiri!!

 

 

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After lunch we strolled thru Jackson Square to take in more of New Orleans. Of course, Cafe Du Monde was next on our list! The fresh and hot beignets were definitely yummy. I didn’t try any of the Chicory coffee because it was super hot outside. But, next time for sure!

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Legendary Cafe Du Monde!

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The next morning we set out to see the Garden District and of course, eat some more! But, not before getting glam’d up for the day and taking a few pics in our customized robes by Recluse Apparel. Because when its a Beyonce weekend, you got to keep with the theme! We thought it would be cute to get our robes customized with a song title from Beyonce. Recluse Apparel was so kind and provided great service in getting our robes. We were “feelin’ ourselves,’ obviously!

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Customized robes by Recluse Apparel!

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We feelin’ ourselves!

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“I Got A Big Ego, I Came to Slay Bitch and I Woke Up Like This, Flawless!”

 

But first, BRUNCH! Because how can you even start the day without it right? We went to the Ruby Slipper per recommendation of the hotel. The food was so great! I had the Banana Foster French toast, my friend had the Shrimp Benedict with Fried Green Tomatoes. We both were in heaven with our meals. Be sure to try this place too!

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Banana Foster French Toast. Divine!

 

I wish I had decent pictures of the Garden District, but we took the street car route thru the Garden District. So my pictures didn’t come out that great as we were constantly moving. Afterwards we headed off to Dragos Restaurant for charbroiled oysters for lunch. OMG, if you ever visit New Orleans you MUST visit this place. The oysters were just pure deliciousness. The oysters were charbroiled with a butter, garlic sauce with grated cheese on top. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I am still dreaming about those oysters!

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Drago’s is known for their charbroiled oysters. A-mazing!

 

We headed back to the hotel for a much needed nap after the busy day. I was very excited about our dinner plans as we had reservations with Salon Sucre. They have really unique dishes and the ambiance is gorgeous. What made the night was their gorgeous patio and the view of Conti Street. We started off with cocktails, a delicious beet salad and the most decadent chocolate dessert I think I ever had. It was such a great dining experience. I definitely recommend to check it out! Whats even better is their sweets and treats on the first floor. Gelato, skillet cakes and macarons, are you kidding me?!  I bought four of their macarons. Sooooo good!!

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Beet Salad: thin ribbons of beets, topped with goat cheese, granola and a dusting of chocolate. Surprisingly good! Our favorite dish!

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Gelato anyone?!

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Lovely view! That house is #housegoals

 

 

After our dinner we headed to Bourbon Street! We had a GREAT time!! I tried the famous Pat O’Brien Hurricane and it did the job if you know what I mean. I also had a “Hand Grenade” drink. Whoa, this thing is no joke! A guy at a bar told me there was Everclear in it. Thats when I put it down and didn’t drink anymore LOL. If you follow me on InstaStories, you probably saw our fun night on Bourbon Street. Needless to say, the picture taking ended after a while. So this is all I have lol.

 

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“The Hand Grenade!” Serious Stuff!

 

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Bourbon Street- Good times!

 

Saturday we ate again at the Ruby Slipper. Hey, when we find a place we like, we stick to it! LOL. After which, we went on a swamp tour! It was an experience let me tell you being out in the middle of a swamp amongst gators. But, it was a great time. HOT, but a great time! We took the Airboat Adventures Swamp Tour and it was a really good tour! Definitely recommend this company if you ever want to see the swamps of NOLA.

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The trees were absolutely stunning!

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Sir, you stay over there!

 

After the tour we headed back to the hotel to get ready to see Beyonce. She definitely puts on a great show!

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The visuals were AMAZING!

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Queen B!

 

After the concert, we went back to Bourbon Street! Lets just say we had a GREAT time and woke up in time to catch our 8 am flight after possibly 2 hours of sleep LOL. All in all, New Orleans doesn’t owe us a darn thing! Our girls trip was so needed and we have memories to laugh and share for years to come. This is what creating memories and spending time with your friends is all about!

 

Have you been to New Orleans? What are a few of your favorite places to visit?!

 

Outfit Details

*”Beyonce” Customized robes $60

Beyonce and Beignets customized t-shirts 

Off Shoulder Cut Out Jumpsuit 

Accommodations/ Restaurants Mentioned

*Royal Sonesta Hotel- New Orleans

The Gumbo Shop

Cafe Du Monde

Ruby Slipper Restaurant

Drago’s Restaurant

*Salon Sucre’

*Airboat Adventures

DISCLOSURE

Items listed with a (*) have been gifted or provided gratis. I have not been compensated to provide a positive review.  My thoughts and opinions, as always, are of my own!  I always strive to provide my followers with honest feedback and review.

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Hey there!

I’ve been wanting to go on a road trip for the longest!! Its nothing like packing up the car and setting out on the highway for an adventure. Well, this summer we headed out on a 4 hour road trip to Houston!! We drove up to Houston for my husband’s cousin surprise birthday party a few weeks ago. If you follow me on Snapchat (alwayzfashlate) you would have seen all the action. Oh, how do you like this color wall? I was so excited to learn that Houston has an amazing color wall at the Sugar and Cloth Studio. Of course we had to stop there before heading home!! Because you know, a blogger is gonna blog and I need “instagrammable” pictures. We only stayed in Houston overnight, but we had so much fun. I’ll have to come back again!

 

When you set out on the road for a few hours, of course you want to feel comfortable and safe. Even more so with a toddler! My husband and I do not have a SUV unfortunately. So having a SUV for this trip was necessary! I was so happy when DriveShop let us drive their 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport on our trip to Houston. On our road trip in the Outlander, we definitely realized a SUV is needed for our family. There was plenty of space for all of our gear, a surprisingly roomy back seat, trunk (essential for diaper changes, hello) and Sirius radio that made the drive even better. Oh, and did you notice the panoramic roof?? Fancy!! I really enjoyed driving this vehicle and was sad to give it back. lol. DriveShop, you sure do know how to spoil a girl!!

 

See you Thursday for my next outfit post!

 

 

Outfit Details

ASOS Maxi Dress 

BCBGeneration Gold Sandals

Target Aviator Sunglasses

July 26, 2016 0 comment
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Hey Loves!

If you are following me on Instagram (you are following me, right?), you know that I was on vacation to San Francisco a few weeks ago. My family and I went to San Francisco to visit my brother in law and his girlfriend. It was my first time in Cali as an adult (going at 5 years old doesn’t count, right?). We had so much fun exploring the city!

May 26, 2016 0 comment
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