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11 Feb

Monday Mantra No.4

Happy Monday Loves! To start the week off proper, I’m sharing my Mantra of the week as well as Daily Productivity Printables to help jumpstart your productive & satisfying week!

M a n t r a :

You Didn’t Come This Far to Only Come This Far

This mantra is a great reminder of how far we have come. By waking up every morning and repeating this mantra, you remind yourself of all the success that you have had in your life and are ready to tackle the day. It makes you realize that if we were to quit, as we all have a tendency to do from time to time, how much we would actually be giving up.


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28 Jan

Monday Mantra No.3

Happy Monday Loves! To start the week off proper, I’m sharing my Mantra of the week as well as Daily Productivity Printables to help jumpstart your productive & satisfying week!

M a n t r a :

You Can Find an Excuse or You Can Find a Way

In every crisis, you have two options: keep going or give up. Usually, if we choose to keep going we are able to overcome whatever obstacle lies before us. However, if we choose to make excuses for our misfortunes, we ultimately may end up throwing in the towel. Cheers to finding a way this week!


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21 Jan

Monday Mantra No.2

Happy Monday Loves! Thanks to the epic Lunar Eclipse and much-needed affirmations, I’d like to think this week was off to an amazing start! To start the week off proper, I’m sharing my Mantra of the week as well as the  Daily Productivity Printables to help jumpstart your productive & satisfying week!

M a n t r a :

Know Your Limitations & Defy Them”

One of the most important aspects of success is knowing your limitations. When you are aware of what you are weak at, you are able to come up with a plan to overcome those weaknesses. Don’t shy away from your weakness, but instead overcome all that you may struggle with.


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14 Jan

Monday Mantra

Happy Monday Loves! To start the week off proper, I’m sharing my Mantra of the week as well as Daily Productivity Printables to help jumpstart your productive & satisfying week!

M a n t r a :

“Don’t Wish for It, Work for It”

I’m totally loving this weeks mantra because it has the ability to get you out of your head anytime you drift off into the world of what could be. You know what you want, so there is no time for daydreaming about it. Instead, get to work. The difference between success and failure is the action that you take today.


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15 Sep

Ask me Anything | September Q+A

Happy Saturday loves! I always get a ton of questions about blogging, fashion, where I shop and what I am loving. I decided that now would be the perfect opportunity, to do a little blog Q & A post for all of the questions previously submitted last week. So here goes.

What trends are you currently following ?

I am currently still loving the fanny pack trend. I thought it was over, until I moved to Europe and now I find myself searching for all types of fanny packs. I might have bitten off more than I can chew. Also, Im so loving mules and slide-ons, there are so many different styles and its perfect for a chic and trendy look.  Ive listed a few of my favorite styles below:

Designer

 Contemporary

Where do you get your style inspiration from?

I get the majority of my inspiration from street style, magazines and style/fashion books; Outlets like FashionBombDaily, Vogue and People StyleWatch to name a few.  I am obsessed with  Editorial Photography books from different designers and powerhouses. I especially love Vogue: The Covers.

What are your go-to places to shop?

Im a little biased because I worked in retail for  years, so BCBGMAXAZRIA and Saks Fifth Avenue will always be my favorites especially for classic staple pieces. Also, if I want cutesy trendy looks and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg, I also love BCBGenerationNordstrom, Zara and Topshop.

What are your favorite skin care products?

I love Drunk Elephant, its super addictive. My best friend introduced me to the products, and my skin adores it.

You post a lot about vibes and mood, how do you keep the "happy go lucky" vibe up on a day to day basis?

Sometimes the happy go lucky vibe is effortless and there are times in which it can also be challenging. When it is challenging, affirmations and meditation  is key. I have to dedicate quality time and silence for myself every morning, even if it is for 5 minutes. Here are some meditation apps that I love.

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 Simple Habit // Think up // Headspace Meditation

What do you feel the most confident in?

I feel the most confident in  shift dresses, statement jackets and cutesy shoes. Effortlessly chic looks are the my absolute fav.

What foundation would you recommend for darker skin complexions?

In the past, I have used Nars, MAC and Makeup Forever.  These brands have it down to a science as it relates to a variety of skin tones. I’ve listed below the types/tones I’ve personally used.

Are you currently reading any books, or do you have any suggestions on books to read?

I am currently re-reading Rachel Roy , Design your life. I love re-reading books every couple of years. So much change and growth happens within that time frame, its almost like I am reading a new book,  the interpretation is always different and I discover something new each time. I would also recommend the Alchemist. Its a classic and its always inspiring.

I hope you enjoyed Ask me Anything : September Q+A !  Feel free to comment below or on my IG for the next Q+A! Anything fashion, dating, life, work, you name it! I will answer it!
6 Apr

New Beginnings + My Mantra …

Top: BCBGMAXAZRIA /Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Handbag : Tory Burch (similar)

Photos By: KnightNDayVisions

 

It’s interesting how the seasons and weather can play an integral role in our moods and overall happiness.  As I’m entering this new season and approaching my 30th birthday, I’ve been having thoughts that I need a reboot, refresh, or something that will get me back into feeling truly like myself while continuing my pursuit of happiness.  Living my best life and knowing that I’m working towards being brave, conquering my fears and trusting the process is an absolute must.

When Spring Cleaning leads to Self-Reflection

As I was spring cleaning this past weekend,  I revisited old journals and noticed that I wrote down dreams, aspirations and so many things to have completed by my 30th, some were completed while others never came to pass.  So, naturally, I panicked, thinking why haven’t these ideas been executed? am I not as ambitious as I once was? and what’s getting in the way of me truly living my full potential?  The thing is, life just happened, but it is up to me to ensure I am in full control of the things that I can control. Although change is constant, taking the small steps daily to instill a routine of progression and work towards the things to execute goals cant be something that gets placed on the back burner.

Note to Self

Know yourself, Don’t compare

Don’t overthink; everything is & everything isn’t

Allow daily affirmations to be your guide

Do what makes you happy, nothing more, nothing less

Don’t beat yourself up, just trust the process 

 I literally live my life based upon feels, not facts.  I love the feeling of smiling, being happy and inspired, and I will do whatever it takes to keep me in that state of mind.

Self Analysis

The only competition that I should have is Me vs Me.  Growth is the biggest picture and I cannot grow if im comparing myself to others, and not being true to myself.

Ever heard the saying, ” The only person standing in the way of you, is you”?

I never wanted to admit it, but I can honestly say, I got in the way of what I wanted to be and where I wanted to go. The good news, its never too late to face my fears and conquer everything that I set out to conquer.  Its all in the mindset and disposition.

Sometimes we don’t know our goals or even our fears until we list or say them out loud

 I had to ask myself …

What will it take to conquer you?

How are you holding you back?

Am I too comfortable?

What can I do or strive to accomplish that really scares me but will ultimately push me forward?

What do I really want in life?

Why haven’t I gotten there yet?

What are my biggest fears?

Once I answered these questions, I realized, at this moment in time, I have a pretty dope life and my goals are even more dope.  I can truly say that I have learned ALOT about myself during my 20’s and now is the chapter of executing everything that I want.

My Mantra..

Whatever you lay your eyes upon, is yours

 

The beginning of every new season is always a great time to re-center ourselves and create new goals to accomplish.

I’d love to hear your goals, tips and steps while I embark on this new and improved pursuit of happiness!

13 Mar

Project Perfect: 10 Steps to Refresh your Mind and Body

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Project Perfect is a is a personal project that I exercise each year around this time or whenever I need a little life refresher.  ”

 

Although the title of Project Perfect sounds full of vanity, it’s more than skin deep and involves a little soul searching . Definition? Simply perfecting every area of my life that I have full control of.  No one is perfect, but that doesn’t mean you cant perfect your life

( in a non obsessive way).

Why Start? 

Sometimes, we don’t have control of the things that happen around us or to us, but we do have control of how we present ourselves, how we respond to things, our thoughts, dreams and aspirations. With having an understanding and control of the little things, greater things will follow.

First, Find your Happy.

Finding my happy is very important to me.  In order to find my happiness, I have to work backwards and ask myself what wouldn’t make me happy? And the answer,  is  being regretful, uninspired and stagnant. Pinpointing who I don’t want to be, allows me  to decide who I want to be and also promotes self awareness.  My definition of self awareness is having a clear perception of my personality, including my strengths, weaknesses , thoughts , beliefs, motivation and emotions.

My happy is freedom, I try not to over-think the simple things or take myself too serious. The things that have made me the most happy have been things that I have done on impulse.  Risky yes, regretful eh, give or take, but in the end they make for good stories, growth and laughs.

Set Goals

Ever heard the saying ” If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”  this is 100% true.  Setting clear and concise goals shows that you care about who you want to be and what you want to accomplish in life. Its always good to jot down short term and long term goals , read them aloud and execute accordingly.

Travel

Traveling always allows me to reinvent myself, explore and clear my mind . My favorite place is simple, New York, Manhattan to be exact.  Its just something about New York that brings out the curiosity in me.  I love the city lights, fashion, styles, uniquenes and the sense of urgency that the city holds. I shift, my disposition changes and my motivation takes over. As cliche as it sounds, its magical.

Fully Immerse

Although setting goals can be great, it can also be a little scary. The questions arise, will this work? What if it doesn’t? Fears can come into play, but this is not the time to hold back, this is the time to give it your all.   Fears can lead to procrastination and dreams deferred.  In order to tackle this head on, I like to write down my fears and fully immerse myself into them, allowing me to shift my train of thought, face my fears and execute goals I’ve set for myself.

Get to know yourself better

Spend time with yourself and really embark in  soul searching. It’s always good to meditate and reflect on everything that you have going on. I like to clear my mind, organize my thoughts and reflect on past successes as well as future opportunities.

Take on a new hobby or Perfect your Craft

In the past, I had a bad habit of picking up hobbies after ending a relationship. During this process, I would try to show my ex that I’m better without him. (I’m sure we’re all guilty of this, I’m sure.) I became so in love with the process that I found myself forgetting about my ex and focusing on myself and all of my greatness! I then discovered how much time I actually had to myself to enjoy life. Now I like to take my time that I have to myself to perfect my craft and explore new hobbies. #Favhobby = a bomb hip-hop dance class. Give me a cropped sweat set, Nike hat,  good choreography session and I’m all in.

Write it down post it and execute

If you walk into my house you will notice that I have sticky notes in my windows overlooking the city and/or on my bathroom mirror. I believe that seeing is believing. If I constantly see words of affirmation in front of me, they become me. I like placing positive quotes/words on my mirror. What does this do for me? This conditions my mind to think differently and focus on what life is truly about. I like reading my notes and creating positive vibes before walking out of my comfort zone (my apartment ) into the real world . It’s almost like a shield of positive protection just in case things get too real out there lol.

Pour into yourself

Investing in others or material things are hella and easy. I invest in superficial things a little more that expected, but , it is what it is, I fully accept that flaw lol. Sometimes I find myself hesitating when it pertains to me really investing in things I want to accomplish.  The key is finding that balance, that happy medium. If I can pay thousands for pretty shoes, I can invest in myself too, no excuses. Also, why would someone invest in me if I’m not investing in myself.

Be Unapologetic

Project prefect is about you and how you can achieve your perfect. It’s ok to be a little selfish and unapologetic. Unapologetic sometimes has a bad rep, but it’s simple- have no regrets. By fully immersing yourself and crafting your Project Perfect you won’t have any regrets as this is a major key to a lifestyle change and years of happiness.

“Strive for perfection. Settle for excellence. ”

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1 Jan

NEW YEAR, SAME ME, JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER THIS TIME AROUND

 

 

Hello Loves, and Happy New Year! For many, the first day of a new year marks limitless possibilities.  Suddenly the time feels right to  to open the new planner to the first blank page and begin jotting down new routines, goals and the things that will be better for us this year.  I know it sounds so cliche saying ” New Year, New Me” , but everyone needs a refresher, its necessary to reflect, rediscover and reinvent oneself.

 

/,rēinˈvent/

verb. change (something) so much that it appears to be entirely new.

Given the definition, Re-inventing yourself does not mean completely losing yourself and creating someone you’re not, it’s simply embracing your new, new.  The concept of the re-invention is embracing yourself, reflecting on who you are and what you would like to change in order to better your self, your life and the atmosphere that you create for yourself.

How to Re-invent yourself

My goals are simply put,  a continuation of  Project Perfect (Read Here) .

Learn a new skill

A common question followed by “What is your name ” is “What do you do” .  The answer that is given is how you perceive yourself as well as how others will perceive you.  Do you name your profession or what you aspire to be?  If you name your profession, are you living your dream ? If so great, you’re on the right track.  If your profession is not your dream, what are you doing to execute your goals and make things happen?  It’s time to learn a new skill, and if you have one, its time to perfect it.  When learning a new skill or even perfecting it , you gain knowledge and learn more about yourself which is a great refresher for your path of goals.

Reinvent your Personality

Well, not completely, only the personality traits that are not serving you well.  Im sure everyone, including me, thinks that their personality is so bomb, but in all reality there are things that can  be constructed and we all could make a short list of what those things could be.  The good part? we created it, so we can modify it.

Create an alter ego

As crazy as this sounds, I do it, and it actually works.  Do you know of a celebrity, movie, book or musician that just takes you to a limitless place of motivation?  Thats where you should go, use that as an alter ego.  It doesn’t make you obsessed or weird, it allows you to achieve the goal for that moment.  For example, If I want to be fierce, I think all thing all things Beyonce, If I want the more bold approach, I channel my inner  Rihanna.  The goal is not to try to be that person, but to ask yourself ” What would they do to make this goal work and be successful” .  It helps to bring out the better person in yourself.Not into it ? No worries you can always think about yourself, and the things that accentuate or magnify the authentic you.

Re-Invent your Habits

We all have habits, and the more habits you alter, the more you change.  Could I drink water instead of wine? For sure ! Would it make me a different person ? Absolutely! (I’d probably shed a few pounds in the process) Hold on to the good habits of course, but the ones you have to second guess, they might need a quick little tune up .

Re-Invent your attitude

Think of someone you know that has a positive attitude, now think of someone that holds a negative attitude.  They are two different people, right?   A positive person is very different from a negative, or pessimistic, one. Everything is perceived differently, the emotions, reaction and they simply show up in the world differently.  Think about your goals and who you want to be.  If you are negative, its ok, reinvent yourself to become more positive.

Level up

Ever heard the term Gamification?  In this situation it is simply  applying game elements to non-game situations.  A game consists of a certain number of levels, when you “win”, you go to the next level.  Treat life the same way.  You don’t have to put your life all in one huge unattainable goal, break it down into levels, and stay focused to work through the building blocks.  You can do this with your career path, weight loss, finances etc. There are always levels to everything.

Step outside of your comfort zone

IF you are comfortable, chances are, you have accepted where you are, and your life is on a daily repeat. The farther away you step from your comfort zone, the more you’ll change.  It can be scary at times, but it is usually worth it.  Think about it, would you want to be in the same place you were last year? The worst feeling is the feeling of being stagnant and  not reaching your full potential.  Its time to do something that scares you.

Question yourself

Carl Sagan  once said “There are naive questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions, questions put after inadequate self-criticism. But every question is a cry to understand the world. There is no such thing as a dumb question.” .

  • Ask yourself: How can I create the next version of myself?
  • Create possibilities or alternatives to begin moving toward this new version of yourself
  • Select the best ideas you come up with.
  • Sample and test –test out your ideas and make adjustments based on the outcomes you achieve
  • Continue prototyping, testing, and making adjustments until you’re happy with the result

I hope you enjoyed the Re-invention segment, please feel free to comment below !

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