Okay, okay. So I know it’s only September, but the holidays will be barreling in shortly! Proper planning prevents piss poor performance as my family would say! So with that being said, let the holiday preparation begin! My family is very non traditional in almost every sense, but this year I have taken the initiative to create our family Christmas card with the help of 1-800 Post Cards! The process was simple, affordable, and they turned out adorable! 1-800 send you a free High Quality Sample Kit where you can determine what paper stock best fits your needs! I even convinced my brother to order his (long overdue) first set of business cards! Their services range from menus, posters, brochures, business cards, postcards (duh) to custom prints! Click the link below for 10 % OFF 🙂
YES, JLO & I wore the same dress #winning! LOL
Outfit details, finally!
Birthday TOP (I got this top at a clothing boutique at my local mall & unfortunately they don’t have a website, so I found a similar one online for you!)
On the journey of growing my hair, I reached out to a few of my good friends (pictured below) to see how they achieved such beautiful, long, healthy locks!
Here are a few things that have helped contribute to my personal hair growth!
- Don’t wash your hair every day! I love the feeling of fresh, clean hair as much as the next gal, but shampooing it everyday strips your scalp of the natural oils needed to help your hair grow.
- Take your vitamins! You can google the science behind it, but taking a biotin supplement is a sure fire way to help contribute to your hair growth.
- Minimize heat! Duh, everyone knows this! Putting heat on your hair causes breakage & breakage leads to shorter, damaged hair.
DESIGNLINE Leave-in hair conditioner This leave- in conditioner stands out to me because it has drastically contributed to the overall health/shine of my hair without weighing it down like other leave-in conditioners that I have tried.
But when I do put heat on my hair…
A few weeks ago my dear friend Kyra and I purchased new Sutra hair straighteners from a stand in the mall. After a few weeks of use, this is what I’ve concluded:
Although this flat iron heats up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, you have to run it multiple times over your hair to get it pin straight. Don’t get me wrong, once you have finished styling your it leaves your hair looking silky, smooth & perfectly straight. This particular straightener has “floating plates” so it doubles as a curling iron! All in all, I would give this product a rating of 7/10.
Hi babes, here are some of my May Favorites!!!!
Smashbox Color Correcting Stick Summer hasn’t quite arrived, but sunburn sure has! I blend this color correcting stick onto my sunburn before I apply foundation to conceal redness & I have to say, smash box created the perfect product for doing so!
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation This foundation is my favorite that I have tried so far! It’s not super thick/cakey but it is buildable & can create a full coverage look!
NARSissist Unfiltered Cheek Palette This beautiful shimmery cheek pallete is perfect for summer! I had to include a picture of the packaging, it will look fabulous in your makeup collection!
Tarte Shapetape This concealer does a great job at brightening my under eye without causing creasing!
Bobbi Brown Highlighting powder MY ALL TIME FAVORITE HIGHLIGHTING POWDER, My favorite purchase I have made in months. I’m truly obsessed. Although it is surely an investment, it’s a must have.
1. If it ain’t hurtin, it ain’t helpin (thanks Bailey)
2. It’s okay to question why the masses follow certain paths & traditions
3. Not everyone’s intentions are the same as mine
4. Just because you love someone, doesn’t mean you are supposed to be with them
5. Struggle builds character (like my dad always says)
6. Money won’t solve your problems
7. 1% of people think the way I do, and that’s okay
8. Fear can be your worst enemy or your best friend
9. Positive thinking is necessary in all aspects of life (relationships/business)
10. Law of manifestation is very real
11. It is important to make an effort to remember people’s names
12. If you need something from someone, tell them how it will benefit them first
13. Serving others will bring success and happiness
14. Do what makes you happy
15. Don’t fear how big your dreams may seem
16. Karma is very real; never seek revenge
17. Only YOU can control your emotions
18. Emotional mastery is key to self mastery
19. Be aware of surroundings at all times
20. Building an empire shouldn’t be done by anything but deals that are beneficial to all parties
21. Focus on me, my man will come find me eventually
First I would like to say I am not set on this earth to judge others- it’s not my place nor is it my business. The only thing that truly upsets me is that people often go through their whole life “waiting” to be happy. “I’ll be happy once I get the job with the good pay , I’ll be happy once I graduate college, or I’ll be happy once I’ve payed off my debts. I’ll be happy once I’m married with a family. I’ll be happy once I can afford rhinoplasty or a breast augmentation or lip injections.”
We spend our whole life anticipating the next chapter in our life, expecting it to bring us an infinite fountain of happiness. All of a sudden, we get to that point in our lives that we thought would bring us happiness & end up extremely disappointed… because we forgot to enjoy…
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Negative emotions such as jealousy and insecurity, the commonality of skepticism/doubts on whether true love exists, the divorce rate in America, are all reasons that cause and will continue to cause people to immediately assume the worst from the person that they are seeing. These negative assumptions cause fear and distrust in relationships and are a common reason why relationships don’t work out. Depending on personality type, you could be one of the two: someone who isn’t shy about their assumptions and ultimatley let these assumptions turn into false accusations, resentment, arguments. OR someone who quietly takes note of the situation, assumes the worst & let it build inside until they are filled with- guess what- resentment, distrust, and fear. DON’T LET NEGATIVE ASSUMPTIONS CONSUME YOU.
some things that may help with your fears/worry
1st- Train yourself to assume the best. Although you may intensely care about someone, no-one needs to know what their partner is doing at all times of the day. To be honest, it’s just completely unrealistic, unsustainable, and unhealthy. If you are consistently worried about what someone else is doing, this is a great sign that you need to refocus your goals and what you want. He’s not worth the stress wrinkles or distracting you from where you are going. Focus on yourself, assume he’s playing chess or reading the dictionary not at the club taking body shots, and get some work done.
(At the same time, don’t let yourself become blind to OBVIOUS red flags and signs that this person doesn’t have the same intentions as you. I have come to terms with the fact if you have a strong gut feeling that something isn’t right or something appears to be off- it probably is.)
2nd- Learn to communicate how you are feeling without coming off as accusatory or aggressive. Start out conversations with phrases like “I feel…” and go from there. The great thing about “I feel” conversations- no one can tell you what you are feeling is wrong, it’s just how you are feeling. If you find yourself having these conversations too often, it may be a good sign that the relationship might be more stress than it’s worth or you need to address your trust issues in private & try to retrain your brain.
3rd- Have a conversation about the intentions of this person and see if they are align with yours. Recognize the difference between someone is using you to fill a void vs. genuinely caring about you.
“If someone cares about you/ loves you their actions will be consistent with caring about you/loving you” @brittanyrennerr on twitter.
Don’t overcomplicate things, focus on you. ❤