Spring Time In The City

Spring time is by far my favorite season with Fall coming in at a hard second!! There’s something about the colors and the newness of spring that makes me feel rejuvenated. Its like God is speaking through his beautiful creations….Nature. Its also a great time for fashion! I love expressing the Spring season through my outfits. Some of my favorite colors are yellows and pinks. I have even taken a liking to lavenders. I would love to share with you guys how I pair items together to create the perfect Spring look. I will also be shouting out some boutiques for you to check out as well.

Flaunt Your Season!!

During Spring (or any season), I love to wear colors that compliment the season. Makes it more alive! As you know, yellow is one of my favorite seasonal colors, so when I saw these amazing yellow flare pants, I had to snag them!! Flare has made such a huge comeback and should be in every girls wardrobe. These comfortable flair pants paired with this cute simple crop top made for the perfect Spring outfit. To add a little pizazz, as I did, throw on a cute hat. A super easy way to dress up a causal outfit.

Another great seasonal color that I love is blue. Powder and baby blues are such soft cozy colors and such suitable colors for the season. This maxi dress from Subtle & Sass Boutique (@subtle_and_sass) is perfect for the everyday woman. I love clothing that can be used in a variety of settings. This dress is that. Great for church or brunch, this dress wont disappoint. To be a little extra as I usually am, I adorned my head with a flower headband. What types of accessories do you like?

I love a nice pair of jeans! I found my perfect jean shopping at Fashion Nova. Skinny, bootcut or flare, their jeans provide the best stretch and accentuates my assets in the perfect way! I love a good dark wash because it makes colors pop. Paired with this tropical off the shoulder top and wedged sandals, this outfit screams HAPPY HOUR!

Jumpsuits will forever remain a staple in my wardrobe because its easy..its literally a whole outfit in one! A little hack for those who are fashion challenged. Jumpsuits come in a variety of styles and colors and even range from really casual to super dressy! You cant go wrong with one.

Strolling Downtown in this rusty orange number with white accessories. The white really brightens everything up to create a clean look. Finding colors that can be easily matched with other colors is a good rule of thumb because you can essentially create many looks using the same base. Work smarter, not harder.

Its Fashion. Have Fun!!

Looking your best doesn’t have to be hard. Find your comfort zone and work from there. Fashion is suppose to be fun and a way for people to express themselves. Don’t make it harder than it has to be. Experiment with colors and styles. Get dressed up and take fun pictures. Life in itself already comes with challenges and trial. Your closet doesn’t have to.

I hope you guys enjoyed this content and have found new ways to style and add to your wardrobe. Thank you so much for the continued love and support. Stay safe amidst this crisis and a always God Bless. xoxo

30 & Running Out of Time

What Just Happened!?

Have you ever sat and thought, “Wow!! This year really flew by!” With every speeding year that flies by, we get older…and older..and…older. The more birthdays you have, the more you began to realize that you’re getting older and time is running out. The anxiety begins to kick in as you think of all the things you haven’t accomplished yet. Maybe you don’t have the cookie cutter life that society wants you to think you should have. You know the one. Married by 23. Two children. A house on the hill with the white picket fence? Yea, that one. Is that really realistic? Is it fair for society to put those type of expectations on someone? Regardless of your answer, we know that it happens and it is a very real societal pressure that we’re going to delve into today. Grab your wine glass ladies!!

How We Got Here

In many cultures, men and women are expected to be married and have children by a certain age. I was reading a blog post that in Chinese cultures, if a woman is in her 30’s and still unmarried, she is considered a “leftover” or undesirable. In African culture, the father picks a husband for his daughter and there is immense pressure for you to be married early and have children. My father is from Senegal, West Africa and I have definitely felt the pressure of this age old tradition. Can you imagine the choice of being forced to keep up tradition or to be an embarrassment to you family? The black sheep even.

These standards are felt even more if you live in the South!! As you’re scrolling through social media, you see proposal after proposal and pregnancy announcements. Its not unlikely that this will lead you to believe that you’re missing out or that somethings wrong with you. Honey, there isn’t ANYTHING wrong with you! These close minded traditional views are tiring.

Anything you do in life should be done because of YOUR passion and desire to do it. Not because your family is pressuring you or because you don’t want to feel left out.

It makes you wonder how many people rushed to get married or have children because they didn’t want to be looked at as “damaged” , awkward or as a “leftover”.

Don’t Succumb To The Pressure!!

As a woman who is in her 30’s AND a single mom, I have felt these pressures on a whole other level!! Coming from a Christian background on my mothers side and an traditional African background on my fathers side, the pressure is real to not disappoint anyone. From my own personal experiences in life as well as seeing “epic fails” in other peoples lives, I have learned that:

  • You CANNOT live for someone else. Some people failed in their own lives and endeavors so they try to project their failed dreams onto you in hopes of reliving that moment they lost. They lived their life. Live yours!!
  • Do what YOU’RE comfortable with and what makes you happy. Some people take jobs because their parents said so. Some people marry because their family said so or pressure from society caused them to fold. At the end of the day, can you sleep at night with the decisions you’ve made or will you live in regret?
  • Be CAREFUL who you ask for advice. When someone gives you advice they’re are sharing based on THEIR perceptions and beliefs. If someone married for money because they didn’t want to work or because they wanted to secure themselves financially then their advice to YOU may be to do the same thing regardless of love.

If It Makes You Happy

I don’t want this to turn into a soapbox session but I just want to encourage men and women to slow down and take a breath. Enjoy your life at every moment and know that God makes no mistakes. As we grow anxious and impatient, what may seem like an eternity for us is only seconds to God. Allow him to create the masterpiece that you deserve. That masterpiece could be a job you’ve been waiting for, a house, a husband/wife or even the ability to conceive. Whatever your desire is, it will all work out in the end and it will be well worth it.

I hope you guys enjoyed this read! Thanks for tuning in. Continue to be safe. Continue hygienic practices to avoid getting sick and as always, be blessed!! xoxo

Carnival Caribbean Cruise Try-on Haul

Did anyone order a Caribbean getaway? I did!! We are 4 months away from spending a week in Puerto Rico and touring 5 different islands. I have always heard and seen my friends, co-workers, and family going on cruises and talking about how great they are but for some reason I’ve always put it off. Always putting it off because something else needed to be done or taken care of. Well not this year baby!!! I called up my aunt, who is a Travel Agent, and told her that I wanted to book a cruise for Caden and I . Shortly after, she called me back to let me know that she found the perfect cruise that I couldn’t refuse. An absolute “bang for your buck” type situation. A 7 day cruise including visiting 5 different islands. The islands include:

  • St. Thomas
  • St. Marteen
  • St. Kitts
  • St. Lucia
  • Barbados

I don’t know about you, but I totally had to jump on that offer. So once we got the details of the cruise and the flights squared away, there was still one lingering problem. What am I going to wear!!???? I’ve never been on a cruise before so I am oblivious to the DO’s and DONT’s of cruise ship attire. After consulting with my Googles, I decided to start pulling some pieces together. I ran down to my nearest H&M and put a few pieces together for consideration.

Since were going to the Caribbean, I wanted to incorporate fun colors and tropical vibes. Clothing that will be comfortable but cute. While searching the racks at H&M, I came across some very cute pieces that would be great for touring the islands.

This outfit had my name written all over it! I loved fit of the crop top and i loved how comfortable the shorts were. I tried on a size 7 (I’m normally size 5) for a cute baggy look. The fit was so nice!

Matching sets are totally in right now so when i saw this i fell in love. The top was a silk like material (very comfy) and the bottoms were very nice as well. I added a little twist to the top by tying it into a cute little knot.

Bikinis & Martinis

OK!! There is absolutely no way one can go to Barbados, or any island for that matter, and not slay a swimsuit. Rather you’re going to be sunbathing or enjoying the beautiful waves, you have to be flawless!! Period!!

Red is always a good color to add to your vacation wardrobe! This spicy 1-piece will certainly turn up the heat !!

Cheetah print will always be a statement piece. You can pair either of these with a cute cover up and a nice hat or you can turn the 1-piece into a whole outfit paired with shorts, sandals and shades!

Are you team 1-piece or are you more of a 2-piece type of girl? Both styles has a place in my suitcase! I hope you enjoyed this try-on haul! Check out H&M for yourselves and see if they have anything that you like. Maybe you’ll see one of the pieces from this try-on! Happy Shopping:) xoxo

Honorable Mentions Courtesy of Apricot Lane Charleston

While shopping at Apricot Lane, I found a few cute pieces that would be perfect for touring the islands, dinner events and/or dancing!! What do you think? Leave your comments below.

Hello 30!!!!!!

Wow!!! I have officially entered the Dirty 30s! LOL I cant believe I’m 30 years old!! Wow! this is truly a blessing! You may be asking “How does it feel?” I can say it feels pretty good. I feel as though I have a better sense of self. But that definitely didn’t happen overnight. I feel like I have been supercharged with an ambition to go for everything within my reach and grasp for those things that are out of my comfort zone.

I recently transferred to a new position at work and I’m so exciting about that. I was nervous about making this move for years because I had gotten so comfortable in the position that I was in, but I realized to elevate you have to move out of your comfort zone. Sometimes being uncomfortable is good because it forces you to get up, get out and move to something bigger and better.

So yea guys, I didn’t prepare a long drawn out message or anything. I’m working on some cool content to bring forth and I hope you all enjoy it. I’m going to go and enjoy my birthday!! xoxo

Happy August!!! Issa Celebration!!!

OMGoodness Guys!!! August is here!! This year is zooming by so fast that I didn’t realize my birthday was approaching. We are 9 days away from me turning the big 30!!! WOW! what a great milestone. As time grows closer, I began to sit and realize the real true meaning of life. I remember a time where I felt lost and confused as to what my purpose in life was. As I’ve gotten older, its becoming more clear to me what the meaning of life is; to me of course.

When you are a child, life is pretty simple. You go to school, come home and play, eat and sleep. The most carefree times of your life. Then you get older and school becomes more rigorous and now you add in the pressures of fitting in as well as your plans for the future. Then you’re off to college and thrusted into the work force. Before you know it, your life has turned into school, work, study, (you might remember to eat) and the possibility of sleep. You never got to sit and find out what the meaning of life was.

The meaning of life can obviously be whatever you choose to make it. For me, the meaning of life is love. Spreading love and happiness. In my line of work, I’ve come across so many people who have given up. They have given up on life. They feel as though love and happiness has passed them by with no intention of returning. That look of despair on someones face really gets to me. My goal has been to try to offer a kind word or even a pat on the back. I’ve found that those little gestures can make someone feel human again. Helping others when they fall is another passion of mine. In this rat race of life, its easy to be pulled into the thought process that you have to kick as many people down for you to get ahead. I could never fall into that path because I know who holds my destiny. I know that whats for me will be mine and by me knowing that, it does me no good to kick someone when they’re down. Let us aspire to be that person that uplifts instead of tear down. The world has enough people “gettin a bag”, or backstabbing one another to get ahead. Lets be different and pick each other up. I promise you, whats for you will be yours.

It seems as though when you get older, life becomes more simple. You no longer care about the small things. I love the simplicity of this new view. Thank the Lord for bringing me this far and for the hills and valleys that I’ve been through. 9 more days!!! Woot Woot!!

Thank you guys for reading. Stop by IG page and tell me Happy Birthday! xoxo

Back To School Try On Haul

Its back to school time you guys!! Apricot Lane Charleston has stocked their shelves with amazingly cute pieces that’ll have you ready for school and ready for the fall. They have introduced a line of fun colorful sweaters that are so comfortably made and very lightweight. So, without further ado, why don’t we jump right in!

Yellow is by far one of my favorite colors. These pieces were very comfortable on the skin and not itchy at all like most sweaters tend to be. Different shades of yellow are perfect for summer as well as fall. These sweaters can be paired with your favorite shorts for the Summer OR your favorite pair of Denim and boots for the Fall.

Remember years ago when you were in elementary school, and your parents made you wear those ugly Corduroy pants…lol or was it just me!? Well they’ve made a comeback. These cute skirts are all the rave and perfect for the Fall. Can be paired with a cute top and cardigan or a cute sweater and your favorite pair of shoes.

Flare, flare , flare!!! Flare jeans have definetely made a comeback in today’s fashion scene. I have fallen in love with flare jeans and I had to add a few pairs to my own wardrobe. It totally take your outfit to another level. Lets bring back the 70s with style!

Don’t start the school year without checking out Apricot Lane Charleston. They will also be having a fashion show Tax Free Weekend. Come check the store out August 3rd! Thank you for checking out my try on haul. Be Blessed. xoxo

The Most Beautiful City

In 2018, Charleston, was ranked #1 by the Travel & Leisure magazine for 6 years in a row! I can certainly see why. From the history to the great food and culture to the amazing beaches, and Instagram picture worthy spots, who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this!?

I’ve had the great pleasure to work with several great photographers in the Charleston area (some traveling photographers as well) at some of the most scenic spots this city has to offer. If you love flowers at its fullest bloom and tons of color, check out my little list below:

  • Magnolia Plantation
  • Charlestowne Landing
  • Rainbow Row (Downtown)
  • Middleton Place

As we all know, a photograph is only as good as the photographer!! The model the plays a part as well, but i am a huge believer in giving credit where its due. I have had the pleasure and honor of collaborating and networking with very talented photographers and I would want you to have the same opportunity. If you want your moments captured, check out a few of these great photgraphers! 🙂

  • @samanthaclarke
  • @painted_bench_photography
  • @deseretbarnabiphotography
  • @jeffreybowensphotgraphy
  • @graddickphotography
Captured by @graddickphotography

If you are visiting this great city, I hope you are able to check out one of the spots mentioned above and plenty more! You wont be sorry. If you have the pleasure of living here already, what are some of your favorite spots? Leave a comment and lets network! Happy Hunting!!

Its Time for New Arrivals!

Every week new arrivals hit the floor at Apricot Lane (Northwoods). As an ambassador, I love nothing more than to bring the fashion straight to your phone screens!! Below, you will see a variety of styles from the “Designed for You” collection.

I feel like a Summer fairy Princess!
Summer isn’t complete without YELLOW!!

Thank you checking out my try on haul! To keep up with sales and new arrivals be sure to check out Apricot Lane Charleston via Instagram/Facebook, also be sure to subscribe to my blog to be updated with discounts and more! XOXO