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My Wedding Gown Wasn’t My First Choice

I hadn’t been engaged for two seconds before I fell knee-deep into looking at wedding gowns on IG. Granted, I had envisioned my wedding day before, but I would always stop myself before I got too deep in thought because, well, I wasn’t engaged yet (shrugs). It’s a completely different feeling looking at wedding gowns just for fun than when you are actually planning a wedding – like night and day. Anywho: I already had an idea of the type of wedding gown I would want. I knew I had a type – mermaid/silhouette of course.…

Mama Lana and Addy Paddy Take Eckert’s Farm

Since wedding planning is officially over and I’ve had a few weeks to settle in, I am being more intentional about the quality time I spend with my ace Addy Paddy. We spent this past Sunday at Eckert’s Millstadt Farm – about 30 minutes outside of St. Louis. While it was Addy’s second time going, this was actually my first time ever visiting (I’m 28-years-old so I know that says a lot). St. Louis weather continues to be fickle and the air was crisp to the fingertips this afternoon, but none the less, I actually enjoyed…

10 Ways to Have a Low-Stress Wedding Day : DNA Love Affair Recap

I’ve officially spent the last 9 months planning out the #DNALoveAffair and I can’t believe the day has already came and went. I tend to call it our “full-term baby.” I was told to enjoy the wedding planning process and every moment the day of because it would all be a huge blur in the days to follow. While it moved faster than I anticipated, it was far from a blur. I remember every single detail and my wedding day was everything I hoped that it would be. I was very intentional about having as close…

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Your Idea of a Healthy “Work Life Balance” is All Wrong

Based on all the things I post on social media and all of my endeavors (parenting, fiance-ing, work, blogging, hair tutorials, documentary filmmaker, etc), I am often times ask how do I manage to balance it all. In fact, I’ve been listening to more and more podcasts about women, specifically women of color who are entrepreneurs, and that is always one of the first questions (if not THE first question) during an interview. “Such and such, how are you maintaining a healthy work/life balance? What are some good tips?” First and foremost, there needs to be…

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How my “9 to 5” helps boost my “5 to 12”

Over the past couple of years, the culture has definitely shifted from going to school to get a good 9 to 5 job and ultimately working for someone else to “F the man – I’m working for myself.” There has even been a surplus of FB groups dedicated to encouraging people to quit their day jobs (with a plan in place of course) and fully invest their time (and resources) into their own entrepreneurial endeavors. I agree with some of these sentiments as I’m even in the process of working on my own creative gigs that…

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Issa Bride – My Proposal Story

If you haven’t heard the news by now, I’m a whole fiancée! Impossible to be a half-I just wanted to spice up this post.   Anyweigh,   During our vacation to Dallas for the New Years holiday, we got engaged. What I thought was just another photo shoot (he takes my pictures all the time back in STL) was a pre-planned proposal.   We went to the Continental Gateway Bridge in Dallas (his home town) and he started snapping some pictures but kept positioning me by the skyline and would get upset if I moved (sign…