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Wings N Tings: 2nd Annual Lemon Pepper Kick Back STL (Recap)

Stacey Pugh, STL native and founder of  Hunni Pop (digital platform that specializes in everything from brand management to media) hosted the 2nd annual #LemonPepperKickBackSTL. Inspired by Issa Rae’s random Lemon Pepper Kick Back last year, she decided to replicate it and create the same vibes for her STL folk.  If you missed it, I don’t know what to tell you. The event took place at the two-story sports bistro, Champs on Jefferson, leaving guests with a choice to enjoy a round of uno on the main floor or put in a request with the beautiful…

Happy First-Gen College Student Day

Happy First Generation College Student Day. If you don’t know what today is, don’t feel bad. It is fairly new but very much important. On November 8, 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Center for First-Generation Student Success launched the very first, First-Gen College Celebration. While long overdue, I am excited that we are getting the celebratory recognition that we so much deserve. Far too often and for far too long, any and every piece of literature regarding First-Gen students lumps us in to a group of individuals that are all to…

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…