Life shit - Me

Sh*t I Stopped Buying

February 1, 2020

With the start of the new year, I thought it would be a good idea to share more about my spending habits as of late. As I reflected on this, it was really interesting to see how my tastes and interests have evolved over time. As well as priorities. Those over-30 money habits definitely hit different, and I find that they are more in line with what makes me happy in the long run. But also reflects what I enjoy most, and that caters to the lifestyle I want to live. So, here it goes. read more

Living

Affordable Ways You Can Boost Your Yoga Practice

January 22, 2020

Photo by JLC Imagery

Guest post by Sheila Johnson

As with most things, the more you practice yoga, the better you will become. This can involve changing the way you practice as well as trying new things. If you’re looking for ways to get the most out of your yoga practice without breaking your budget, then this article is just what you need. 

Set Clear Goals

It’s easier to achieve your goals when you have a clear idea of what they are. Yoga Journal has some helpful advice for setting your goals and keeping on track. It’s recommended that you stay flexible when setting your goals while aiming for consistency in your practice. It’s best to be realistic in your expectations, so make your goals based on where you actually are in your practice. To help you accomplish your goal, consider installing a few yoga apps on your phone like 5 Minute Yoga or DailyYoga. Many apps are available for free while others may give free access for a set time. Doing yoga with an app can also give you control over how long you stay in a pose, which can help you master it.  read more

Fashion

Gift Guide: My Go-To Jewelry Brands

December 10, 2019

I am a jewelry and accessories lover, and it’s where I usually spend the most money. I love jewelry pieces that are simple and will stand the test of time. I love to layer, stack and dress up my basic a** outfits. I don’t do prints – I do jewels. So just in time for Christmas, I thought I’d share the top three jewelry brands I most often purchase from, with the hope that you will find the perfect gift for that special someone on your list. Or perhaps you can add more sparkle to your own jewelry collection. I am all about gift-giving to myself! Now, there are a lot of great jewelry brands out there, but these are the three I have found to be both high in quality without a super high price tag. read more

Beauty inside and out

My Blow Out Hair Faves

November 4, 2019

It’s beginning to cool down, which means these curls will be blown out a lot more often. I’ll be going from Cree Summer curls (if you know, you know), to Naomi Campbell sleek and chic and without the heat damage. Not too long ago I shared my go-to products for maintaining healthy curls that have worked for me long-term. I don’t like sharing products unless they’ve been tried and tested. Though what works for me may not work for you, at least you have some inspiration if you want to try some new products. Now, I don’t believe in wasting money trying a ton of products when 50-75% of those products may not work for me. Once I find something that works, I stick with it. Usually, when I branch out and want to try something new, it fails, especially with leave-ins. Le sigh. 

However, when it comes to straightening curly/natural hair, these products will typically work for the general population. I’ve been using the products listed below for the last four years. So if you find your current products or technique used to straighten your hair isn’t working too well, try these!  read more

Fashion

Autumn/Winter 2019 Wardrobe Update

October 4, 2019

Fall fashion is finally here, folks. It is my favorite time of year! But, you already know that, and no I don’t mind sounding like a broken record. I already have a lot of pieces I am excited to wear again from last autumn/winter like my white ankle boots and teddy coat. I do not plan to buy a whole lot this season because I simply don’t need it. I have some great pieces in my current wardrobe, patiently awaiting my return. I want to focus my monies on saving, travel and decorating our new place. So, here is a list of items I’ll be re-wearing, and what is on my wishlist. I plan to buy gently used or resale when possible.  read more

Life shit

Money Mindset: Knowing Your Value and Worth

September 16, 2019

Hello by @helloimnik

I recently had an hour and a half long phone call with my mom about money, career, and the notion of self-worth.  And for a few moments, I went on a rant that seemed to literally pour out of me as if it wasn’t me talking, but God.  I remember feeling at that moment, like “Whoa, who is this woman?!” My mom was like, “Girl, you are preaching!” I felt every word that I said. And even though I’m not there, there yet, I am pretty darn close.  And I know in my bones, those words to be true.

It is this:  Your self-worth, value, and purpose are not linked to the value given to you from your employer, career or clients. read more