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Its Our Anniversary: Celebrating 9 Years of Marriage at Perry’s Steakhouse!

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Beef & Bleu Crostini’s paired with Passionut for Port Cocktail!

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Mini Pork Chop Bites paired with The “Strait” Paloma!

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Tempura Fried Lobster Tails paired with Lemon Bubbles Cocktail!

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Perry’s Famous Pork Chop: AMAZING!

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Zara Jumpsuit!

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Dessert: Nutty D’angelo

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Last week, October 3rd, Eric and I celebrated 9 years of marriage! Boy, time flies when you’re having fun and living life with the one you love. We were finally able to celebrate our anniversary last night because you know, kids will delay all of your plans lol. But, we had the most amazing anniversary celebration meal at Perry’s Steakhouse in Frisco, Texas. If you’re ever in the Dallas area, this restaurant should be at the top of your list of restaurants to visit!

 

You guys, everything was simply delish!! We enjoyed tasting some of their speciality cocktails and offerings that are also available on their main menu, such as the tempura fried lobster, beef & bleu crostini and last but not least, the  famous Perry’s pork chop. I mean, take a look at the picture above. This pork chop is huge and so flavorful. It’s definitely shareable because I don’t know of anyone who could eat this entire thing. It is also offered on their bar menu as pork chop bites if you want to try a much smaller portion. I highly suggest you try the pork chop if you ever visit Perry’s Steakhouse. Please believe me when I say its so good!

 

Of course, I had to get dressed up in true fashionista form. This stunning jumpsuit is by Zara. I am going to try to get better pics of this jumpsuit in day time because it’s gorgeous and most certainly sexy! Definitely add this one to your cart immediately before it sells out.

 

I truly enjoyed celebrating 9 years of love with Eric last night. We are still adjusting to now being parents of two kids, so its harder now to get time together outside of the home. The three hours we had alone were glorious! I feel like we genuinely enjoy each others company. It’s a blessing to be able to do life with the one you love. There has been ups and downs, growing pains, and life changes just like any relationship. But, I think when you commit to being someone partner in this thing called life, you work to defy the odds no matter what. No relationship is perfect, but keep God first, love and respect one another and I believe you’ll do just fine!

 

Disclaimer: My post regarding my dining experience at Perry’s Steakhouse has been hosted/sponsored. Please trust that all views and opinions provided are my own! I strive on being completely honest with my readers and audience!

 

 

October 15, 2018 0 comment
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Outfit Details

“A New Day” by Target Long Sleeve Utility Shirt

“A New Day” by Target Tank in “Rust”

American Eagle Tomgirl Midi Short

Free People “Esmerelda” Macrame Purse

Just Fab Studded Sandal (old) similar Here and Here and Here

 

I am beyond ready for Fall! Its my favorite season, especially for fashion. However, its still in the 90s here in Dallas and show no signs of cooling off anytime soon (what else is new?). Even so, I have to get my fix on incorporating some Fall fashion even though its still hot outside. Transitional fall pieces are key to begin incorporating fall fashion into your looks. So lets discuss shall we?

 

Let Fall colors inspire you!

An easy way to begin is to think of how to incorporate transitional fall pieces using fall colors into your wardrobe. As you can see, I paired this army green utility shirt with the rust colored tank top. I am bringing in rich tones which are Fall inspired, but I paired it with denim shorts to suit the current weather. Colors such as greens, oranges, browns and even jewel tones are trending big for Fall this year. I love the rust as it really compliments my skin tone. Find a Fall color you love and make it work with your summer wardrobe. That way, you are welcoming the fall shades but not sweating buckets in a sweater or jacket!

 

Incorporate Fall 2018 prints in lightweight fabrics!

Leopard, snake skin and plaids are also trending for fall. An easy way to incorporate these prints as transitional fall pieces are to find light weight fabrics you can layer that can take you from summer into fall. For instance, a lightweight skirt in a leopard or snakeskin print that you can wear now with sandals and pair with knee boots or tights come fall season. This Who What Wear skirt will be perfect to do just that!

 

Wear pieces you can easily layer!

This utility shirt is one of my new favorite purchases that I have gotten so much use out of recently. I’ve worn it layered  over tanks, paired it with a fun skirt and I can also rock it with jeans or wide leg pants.  Again, I am using the green to bring about a Fall feel into my look. Its also lightweight enough that I can wear if its warm outside or under a cute blazer too!

 

Have fun with accessories!

Fall makes me think of golds, browns, black and wooden accessories. The bag I am carrying is a great transitional fall piece, not only because its black but because of the handle detail as well. So look for cute bags that evoke a Fall feel. Also, break out those thick gold necklaces, cuffs and wooden bracelets too. These are great finishing touches that pairs well under blazers, coats and dresses.

 

What transitional fall pieces are you currently wearing?

I’d love to know. I cannot wait for the temps to drop so I can really wear my boots, sweaters and blazers. Hurry up Texas, get with the program!

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Clear Handbag by Shein 

J. Crew Factory Shirtdress (old) linked (similar HERE)

Zara White Lace Up Heels (similar HERE)

MAC “CAPTIVE” Lipstick

 

Happy Weekend!

 

The clear handbag has been all the rage this summer. You may have seen it as a tote bag, clutch and everyday bag. I absolutely love the clear handbag. But, I’ve seen it cost as much as $500!! I don’t know about you, but I am not paying $500 for a piece of vinyl. Of course, I found a look for less option! Guess what, its only $12!!! Yes girl, $12! Now you can participate in clear handbag trend without breaking the bank. Ball on a budget!!

 

This white shirtdress has been on the blog quite a few times (HERE) and (HERE).. Its such a great piece to have in your closet that you can layer with come Spring and beginning of Fall. This is an oldie from J. Crew Factory. I’ve linked some similar options for you as well. I say every girl needs a good white shirtdress in her closet. You can rock it with a denim jacket, layer it with a v neck sweater or put a tube top over it for a totally different look.

 

These white lace up sandals are from this Summer Zara sale. I had my eye on these babies all summer long, but wasn’t sure if I wanted another white shoe in my closet. When I saw it was apart of the Zara sale, I knew it was meant to be. I’ve gotten non stop compliments on these shoes. They are so cute on! They are no longer available at Zara, but keep your eye out for white sandals as the Summer sales are wrapping up. You may find a cute pair for next Summer or to wear now! Why not?!

 

How do you feel about the clear handbag trend?

 

Are you here for it or nah? I love that this one comes with a smaller, detachable clutch inside so you can’t see the items in the bag!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 12, 2018 0 comment
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Hey There!

 

I’m so excited to finally share the nursery reveal of my little man! Xavier Drew is his name to be exact!  The room is such a dramatic transformation in my opinion because it was once Camille’s room. So there was pink and white everywhere! Especially, the walls! I knew the walls would have to be the first thing done in order to makeover the room for Xavier’s arrival.

 

As always, I went to my local Sherwin Williams to pick out some paint strips to get this party started! My entire home is painted in Sherwin William’s paint. Since we moved in about six years ago, we painted majority of our home with Sherwin Williams. So I was so happy to partner with Sherwin Williams for Xavier’s nursery reveal! I knew they offered quality paint I could trust would be safe and non toxic for his room. We selected “Eider White” from their “Harmony” Interior Acrylic Latex Paint collection. Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex line contains new technology that helps improve indoor air quality by reducing VOC levels from your carpet, cabinets and fabrics. It also allows you to wash your walls and maintain a durable finish which makes it perfect for children and pets!

Let’s Check Out the Before!!

As you can see, everything was quite girly of course! I knew I wanted to maintain the same layout that we had with furniture in Camille’s old room. This room has a lot of angled walls, so furniture layout is already limited. The only thing this room really needed was some paint, crib and a dresser! But, it was really hard for me to see this space transformed from a super girly pink room into a “boy nursery” for Xavier. Oh, excuse the mess in Camille’s room. I was in the process of getting rid of a lot of her old stuff too! Its been crazy in the Green household as you can see!

 

Before: Room is also painted in Sherwin Williams color but I don’t know the shade.

The After: Xavier Drew’s Little Man Cave!

 

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How do you like the wall color? The “Eider White” paint is not pure white, it has a gray undertone to it which we usually lean towards when it comes to home decor and paint. This room gets a lot of light during the morning time, but usually is more shaded around noon and the rest of the day. The color of the paint shown in the pics should give you a good indication of what to expect. But, just know this paint color will definitely depend upon how much light comes into the room. You can have a light gray one moment and a subtle white the next! I really do like the color as it lightens and brightens up the room. Now I can’t even remember the room being pink!

 

You guys, I love his room so much! It took us a while to wrap up this room because I just could not find what I was looking for. Majority of the nursery decor I found for boys are Animal themed, Nautical, Woodland etc. It just did not move me and I knew I didn’t want that kind of theme for his room. Let me tell you, this room literally came together about two weeks ago!

 

We ordered the crib a few months back, but I did not know what dresser to choose as his crib is a light gray shade. I knew I wanted to go with the Ikea Hemnes 8 drawer dresser as its so affordable. We loved using it as a changing table too when Camille was a baby. I also didn’t want his entire nursery to be gray, so I went back and forth on the decision to get the Ikea Hemnes dresser in gray too. I’m so glad we did, it really jump started the color scheme in the room which was to bring in navy. Eric wanted navy in his room, but I just didn’t see it. But, I knew we needed a darker shade to balance out all of the gray.  But, once I found the navy curtains, I was finally inspired on how to decorate the room!

 

I also spray painted the white bookshelves navy and the white bookends an antique copper shade too. I wanted to warm up the wall space as well. His gallery wall definitely gives me all the feels. We were finally able to complete it this week as that was the last design element in the room. It definitely brings the entire room together. I feel as though his room is slightly rustic with a bit of a industrial feel to it. It definitely gives me “Little Man Cave” vibes. What do you think?

 

Have you tried Sherwin Williams paint?

Its a brand I have used for years for all of my paint projects. I definitely recommend you try it if you have not already!

 

Disclaimer: Alwayz Fashionably Late does participate in sponsored posts. This post with Sherwin Williams is sponsored! Please note that my views and opinions are my own. I strive to provide my readers with honest feedback!

 

Xavier’s Nursery Details

Graco “Benton” Convertible Crib

Gray & White Glider w/ Ottoman (no longer sold)

Xavier Drew Personalized Wood Sign

Gallery Wall Art 

Ikea Hemnes Dresser in Gray

Navy Curtains in 63″ inch 

Crib Sheet

June 1, 2018 3 comments
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Outfit Details

J. Crew Denim Dress 

(old, linked similar)

Steve Madden Lace Up Espadrilles

(old, linked similar)

Elaine Turner Snakeskin Crossbody Bag

Sugar fix by Baublebar for Target Fringe Earrings

Henri Bendel Sunglasses

(no longer avail, linked similar)

Camille’s Outfit

Cat & Jack Polka Dot Navy Top

Target “Naomi” Gold Sandal

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of you mommy’s out there!

 

Mother’s Day is usually a weekend of reflection for me. Mainly because my mother passed away several years ago, so its always a difficult time to take in, accept even. For some of us, we don’t have the gift of taking our mom’s out for brunch, or snapping pictures showing how much we love and appreciate our mothers. We only have the memories that we hold on tight to daily and try to push through the day as much as we can. I always encourage anyone as often as I can to tell their mother they love them. It’s the absolute worst thing in life to lose your mom. What you don’t want is there to be any words left unsaid. I know that sometimes there is strife or wrong doing that some folks have suffered from their mother or you may have to love them from afar. But, if you can just drop those three little words in when you can, you’re giving yourself a gift!! Just in knowing that your mom knew how much you loved her, no matter what!

 

What has saved me from most of the pain of no longer having my mother here on earth, is having Camille. Being a mother is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Period! Its saved me in a lot of ways! I often doubted why God would take my mother away, why me? When Eric and I was trying for a child, it was not easy! We went through some difficulty and I questioned my faith in God. I grew up in church all my life and I knew that I had to hold on to my faith as tight as I could. Because if I let go…….!!! That little bit of mustard seed faith I had in wanting a child was just enough.  I became pregnant and was blessed with Camille! It showed me that God was listening! He heard my cries and my prayers!! Going forward, I saw that He never left me alone. He was right by my side and saw the desires of my heart! You guys can clearly see that she is my greatest gift from God, I’ll never take it for granted!!

 

Motherhood can be amazing, exhausting, scary and thrilling all wrapped up into one. Often times I wonder, am I a good mother? Did I lose my temper too quick? Am I not patient enough? Did I scold her instead of talking to her about what she did wrong? Am I spoiling her too much? We have a lot of fears as mothers, after all we don’t want to screw up the most important job in the world!

 

In today’s world filled so full of beauty standards, social media and just straight out racism, I wonder how can I empower my child to stay true to herself? To understand that she is beautiful, strong, intelligent and worthy of everything else she desires? My mom always said, “the world is getting wiser and weaker.” Y’all the “weaker” part scares me! We see it daily! So how do we ensure we impart wisdom and knowledge to our children so they don’t get caught up in the foolishness? I know I am not alone in these thoughts, right?

 

In a few weeks, my son will make his presence on this earth. My son! Those words are a little scary to me, because I feel like I’m such a girl mom. But, this is another layer of motherhood I will have to experience that I am nervous about. Raising a strong, black man in today’s America is scary! As an African American, its scary times right now! I don’t want my son to be seen as a threat, I want him to be seen as the child of God that he is! My prayer is that God truly gives me the wisdom and knowledge to raise my kids. I want them to break barriers, be educated individuals, make sound and wise decisions. I want them to do better than mommy and daddy. After all, that is the goal for each generation to succeed the prior one right?

 

What are your thoughts on Motherhood in today’s society?

I know this is not my usual fashion blog post. But, these thoughts have been on my heart for a while. You know how it is, sometimes we just don’t know how to say it or express it. I would love to hear any encouraging words you have regarding motherhood today. As they say it takes a village to raise a child. That’s the kind of positive, strong community we all need to make it through this thing called motherhood!

 

Share your thoughts!

May 15, 2018 0 comment
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Hello Loves!

 

I am so excited to share this great news! We are expecting our little bundle of joy in June!! I cannot be more excited to share with my readers that I am pregnant. Y’all it has been so hard trying to keep a secret and camouflage this belly. I am so relieved that I can now spill the beans and share with you such an exciting moment in our lives. We have been planning to grow our family by one more and it finally happened! Sometimes we wonder if God hears our prayers and the answer is yes, yes HE DOES!

 

2017 was such a hard year for my family. We went through a lot! When I looked back over the year, it just seemed like things weren’t going the way we planned. After multiple UNEXPECTED home repairs, trying to get pregnant, my husband and I both having to get new cars a week a part from each other, my dog getting hit by a car and passing away and lastly, the unexpected loss of my mother-in-law in September, 2017 has not been the kindest to us. It was where you kind of questioned if God was taking you through something, to teach you a few lessons? And if so, when was this period of trials and tribulations gonna end? Lol. It was just a tough time. Apparently God had a plan!

 

Just as we least expected it, I found out I was pregnant in October. Let me tell you, when I took the test I just knew it couldn’t be. I waited a few extra days before taking the test because I just didn’t think it was so. Also, its nothing like a wasted pregnancy test. Them babies aren’t cheap! Lol.  But, there it was! As soon as I saw that positive, I just heard God say this is the light at the end of the tunnel. I couldn’t wait to tell Eric. The timing was perfect,  I gave him the best surprise on his birthday! He couldn’t have been happier.

 

I am not one to share with everyone as soon as I find out that I am pregnant.  The first trimester is such a critical time, so we kept the surprise from family and friends until I was 13 weeks. It was such a relief and so fun to reveal to the family we were expecting on Christmas Eve. And now, I am finally sharing this with you! I am 16 weeks pregnant and if you want to know how I’ve been feeling…. sick and tired. Literally sick and tired!

 

How will this change the blog now that I am pregnant?

I plan to continue blogging as usual. But, it has been a little hard not feeling at 100 percent. Also, I feel like I have nothing to wear or nothing that I am excited to wear lol. Maybe its just a mood that I am in. I’ll probably be rocking more sporty looks, because all I want, is super comfy clothes that I don’t have to tug on or adjust all day long. But, I am sure you all would like to see some maternity fashion as well, so I am gonna do my best to share maternity and non maternity looks. I can’t make any promises though, with Camille all I wore was Target t-shirts and maternity pants lol. I’ve got to do better this last go around!

 

And we just found out today what we are having. I am keeping that a secret until I figure out how I want to reveal the news. I am claiming 2018 to be GREAT and so should you!!

 

Outfit Details

BLANK NYC Faux Leather Jacket

(old, linked similar)

Target Faux Fur Wrap

(not avail online, linked similar)

American Eagle Tomgirl Jeans

JustFab Gray Suede Booties

(old, linked similar)

January 15, 2018 8 comments
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Hey Loves!

Let me fill you in on something. I LOVE coats! I really do! Outerwear is one of my top clothing pieces that I love to wear. Even though I live in Texas, it does get cold enough to have a nice coat on hand for those Winter days where a little jacket just won’t do. I really love coats with a nice print, such as this plaid coat that I got recently from Shein! When I saw this beauty in the black and white, I just HAD to have it!

 

It was super cold the day we shot this look, about 40 degrees that morning. I will say, this is NOT a heavy coat. Its more like a heavy weight duster or cardigan. So you must make sure to dress warm underneath. I don’t want you to think that all you need is this coat and you’ll be warm. I would say its perfect for 50-60 degree weather if you wear light clothing underneath. Nevertheless, its very comfy and stylish plaid coat that hangs beautifully. I loved pairing this plaid coat with orange/red booties to add some color to this simple look.

 

How was your Christmas?

I hope you all had a very, Merry Christmas. It was great to spend time with family, see Camille open her Christmas presents and eat all the good food. To tell you the truth, my favorite moment on Christmas is after the last guests have left, you change into pajamas and fix that second or third plate and have dessert lol. Its nothing like popping off that bra and getting into those comfy clothes and being able to fully relax. Am I right?

 

Outfit Details

*Shein Drape Collar Plaid Coat $42

Misguided Off Shoulder Sweater

Ann Taylor Black Leather Leggings

(old, linked similar!)

BCBG Bootie 

(no longer avail, linked similar!)

 

Disclaimer: Items marked with (*) have been gifted. All views and opinions are of my own!

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I don’t know about you but Christmas snuck up on me this year! Before I knew it, it was time for the craziness of taking Christmas pictures, school events, Christmas dinners, shopping and oh yes, Christmas cards! Christmas cards is something that I always wait until the last minute. Sometimes, I don’t even get them out at all. But, Shutterfly came to the rescue! I used Tinyprints last year, which is now obtained by Shutterfly. So still same great personalization options, customer service and even provide rush orders. Whew, because thats what I had to do this go around for sure.

 

Shutterfly is super easy to use as well. All you do is select what card type you love, upload your pics and use the customization options of your choice to make your cards extra special. You can select if you want a colored envelope and customize the envelopes as well. Envelope liners can be added too to jazz up a plain envelope. My favorite feature is that I can input the addresses to everyone on my list and have them printed on the envelope! OMG, it saves soooo much time to have the addresses already printed on the envelope. I literally just added the liners, stuffed them and sealed them closed. Game changer!

 

Christmas is basically over, but if you want to start the New Year off with a bang, you can send out Happy New Year cards! I think its a great way to start the new year sharing with your friends and family a positive wish. You can also shop Shutterfly for Birthday Party invites, Wedding invitations, Announcements and more.

 

 

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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 

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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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