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All Denim Everything : Frugal Find

If I’m not decked out in neutral, my second go to is anything denim – most of the time it is always paired together. It’s an easy grab and style outfit that I don’t have to think too much about when prepping for my day. My favorite being light denim or an acid wash jean. As always, you know I barely paid anything for it. This denim fringed top was an immediate eye-grabber. I found this number at the Salvation Army for all of $3.  It really reminds me of Jim Carey in The Mask. The…

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“Big Red What They Call Me”

I am a true believer that every woman should do something drastic with their hair at least once in their life. When it comes to adding color to your hair, I think it holds the same truth as cutting your hair. Once you start, you don’t stop. I’ve dyed my hair from jet black every winter to honey blonde every fall. I’ve had a pixie cut when I was channeling my inner Toni Braxton/Nia Long (read about my hair journey here) all the way to an edgy mo-hawk and back to my fro. At the end…

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A Fall Fair: Color Palettes and Frugal Finds

I don’t think I have a favorite color, but more so a favorite color palette. Whether it’s 100 degrees outside or a nice shade of crisp orange and sandy leaves covering the front lawn welcoming the beginning of fall, my go-to colors are pretty much the same. The olive greens and all things shaded neutral. Not only do I have a knack for purchasing and styling items that fall in line with this color palette, but also fall in line with my budget. Over 95% of my wardrobe is thrifted (I talk a lot about that…

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How to Prep for the New Year before the New Year

  It’s so easy to fall in line with the traditional act of making a “New Year’s’ Resolution” – almost like it’s a trend rather than an intentional act of progress and growth. It is very seldom that most of us stick to our resolutions past January 31st anyway. I wholeheartedly believe that the reason many of us fail to follow through with our annual verbal commitment is due to our lack of preparation before New Years. If we are honest with ourselves, how many of us actually sat down and intentionally thought about a goal/accomplishment…

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Recap: My Successes and Struggles of 2017

I don’t know about you, but whenever the end of the year approaches, it sends me straight into reflection mode; borderline reminiscent. Knowing me, I never checked in on myself throughout the year to see how I was doing so consequently, November and December have become my annual “evaluation months.” Blogging has actually been one of my struggle areas this year so this post alone is my way of holding myself accountable to keep adding to my successes. It’s one thing to entertain thoughts and then ignoring them when you no longer feel like dealing with…

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What You Fear is Success, Not Failure

Fear is one hell of a drug; one hell of a vice. It’s the one thing we hate that is apart of us but we feed and nourish it on a daily basis. Often times we really can’t even articulate what it is that we fear, we just know that feeling if we are triggered. When dealing with passion and purpose, it has been said that many people remain stagnate out of fear of failure; fear of not being received; not being accepted. I beg to differ. I believe our fear enters another realm. We aren’t…