Living

Good Places To Spend Your Coin While in Quarantine

April 13, 2020

Photo by Minh Pham

I was very hesitant to write this blog post. As much as I love style and beauty, writing about a cute pair of loungewear pants (albeit affordable) seemed to be the last thing folks want to see or hear about, especially given that the unemployment rate is over 10%, and so many people are trying to figure out what the heck they are going to do with their lives. And there is still so much uncertainty for those of us who have so far been spared. With all that said, I also know some of us are looking for an escape. When shit first hit the fan after losing my uncle, I definitely increased my spending, and I’m not one to compulsively spend. I like to call myself a “conscious spender” as I’ve written about many times on this blog. But hey, it’s what I needed at the time, and I don’t feel bad about it. I think we need to show ourselves lots of compassion –  it’s okay if we temporarily fall back into some old bad habits. What we are experiencing right now is unprecedented. So, if you do have some coin to spend, I have listed a few sites I’ve been visiting to help me feel a little better about being grounded. Now, pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy! read more

Life shit

My Reflections: Day 5 of COVID-19 Quarantine

March 19, 2020

My Reflections: Day 5 of COVID-19 Quarantine

Ugh, it’s been over a month since I posted and that time passed really fast. Between other writing, I’ve been doing, work, business travel and the sudden death of my uncle, blogging has honestly been the last thing on my to-do list. But, with this COVID-19 social distancing, I am actually thankful I have more time to do the things I love to do and to slow the eff down. Having said that, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. As I mentioned, I lost my uncle a couple of weeks ago.  I lovingly called him Unkie (my nickname for him since I was a wee little one). We were very close and I have never lost someone so close to me, so suddenly. This loss brought a heartbreak like I have never felt. As I learn to grapple with and live through my grief, all while socially distancing myself during one of the most uncertain times this modern world has faced, I am forced to let my emotions bubble up and come forth. This is teaching me something new every day, and also taking me deeper spiritually.  read more

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