I’ve been busy with Queen Styles Boutique and getting everything ready for when our baby boy arrives. I needed a break! A time to just refocus and recharge my batteries. So we went to a baseball game and tried out a new restaurant. That seems to always do the trick. I’ve always loved overalls because they bring me back to my childhood. I probably had a pair in just about everything color! So this seemed like the perfect time to wear them. I really do believe that what we wear can alter our moods. Our clothing can boost our moods and make us feel different when we need it.
I decided to be really casual and paired my overalls with a stripped shirt and comfy shoes. You can wear overalls with tank tops or a basic tee. You can pair them with sneakers, sandals or a cute pair of wedges.
This past week, I celebrated my birthday. I celebrate my birthday for a full week. I believe that your birthday is not “just another day.” Your birthday is a gift. You e been gifted with another year of life and that should be celebrated. It was a great day to do some self-reflection. I realized that I’ve come a long way. I’m not as critical of myself and I’m way more balanced than I was a year ago. I’m a lot more patient with myself and less judgmental of my emotions. I’m not perfect, of course but I think recognizing my growth is a step in the right direction towards my purpose.
It might not be your birthday but maybe you need some self-reflection. When was the last time you were kind to yourself? The last time you were sad, angry, or upset did you judge yourself or acknowledge that you are a human being who has emotions? Moving forward, lets both take a vow that we’ll choose to be a lot kinder to ourselves.
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Get this down in your spirit: you are loved. It doesn’t matter what you mistakes you’ve made, God has a never ending love for you. God loves you right where you are. He loves the real you and there is nothing you can do about it! As children of the Most High, we have direct access to a God who pursues us with His love even when we make mistakes. As you go about your week, rest in the fact that His faithful love is pursuing you.
I just got back from attending a Bachelorette party in Miami and had an awesome time. I had forgotten how much I miss living in an environment that is so rich with culture. In Miami, the culture is in the food, music, and the way people dress, and talk. I started to realize how inspired I felt and wondered when was the last time I felt that inspired. I really missed having that inspiration. Before I started to go down that negative path of thinking, I started to think about the resources I have now that could inspire me. There are so many times we are waiting for a place or someone to inspire us but we have to realize that instead of waiting, we have the power to inspire ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, I think drawing inspiration from people and places is very important but there are so many other things we can be inspired by. It could be the sunset, sunrise, your loved ones or yourself. Together, lets make a habit of taking control over what inspires us. Feel free to tell me something’s that inspire you in the comments.
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I’m so ready for spring! In the Carolinas, we have had a very mild winter. Usually we have snow and ice a few times in February but this year, it snowed once in January and that’s it! So this past weekend when it dropped to cooler temperatures, I thought it was the perfect time to bring out my faux fur jacket. I love this jacket! Aside from the fact that it keeps me warm, it’s so fierce and chic. It’s one of my favorite winter jackets. I want to know, what are some winter fashions you’re trying to wear before the warm weather is here? Comment below!
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As this year is winding down, it’s time for some reflection. Specially, about blogging. My blog isn’t where I want it to be but it’s exactly where it’s supposed to be (how’s that for a riddle?). What I mean by that is, that I have certain goals for my blog. I’m sure I’ll reach those goals but when it’s my appointed time to reach them. My blog is exactly where it’s supposed to be right now.
I’ll admit, it can be tempting to want to follow other blogs and do what other blogger are doing. But I know I have to follow my own path and listen to my heart. A couple of years ago I went to a fashion networking event. I was new to blogging and very eager to learn and network. While we were eating, I’m expecting to learn from others and that’s the opposite of what happened. For about two hours, the women gossiped. For. Two. Hours. I was so disappointed. I learned a valuable lesson that day: follow your own path. It’s good to learn from others but people should never stunt your growth or bring toxic energy. Maybe you can relate. In the sense you want to be at a certain level or reach a goal. It’ll happen. As long as you continue to work for it. The important thing to remember is to be yourself. Just listen to your heart and everything else will follow.
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I hope your week is off to an awesome start. Over the weekend I went to a friend’s Engamenet Party. I rarely wear black. When I was younger, I thought I had to overcompensate with my personality and what I wore just to stand out. I’ll be honest, I thought there was nothing special about my personality. So I was loud when I should’ve been quiet. I showed aggressiveness when I should’ve shown self-control. I tried to dress a certain way to signify that I was special. Rather than just letting my personality do the work for me. As I’ve gotten older I know without a shadow of a doubt that there’s tons of special things about me. Yes, I’m an introvert by nature but I’m not weak, timid or quiet. Now I know that there’s great strength in having self-control. I know when I need to speak up and when I need to let God vindicate me.
I don’t feel the need to overcompensate with my personality anymore. I know that wearing black doesn’t make me blend in at all. I don’t need to dress a certain way just to show people I’m special. So when I was drawn to this LBD, I realized how much I have changed. So whoever you are, know that you don’t have to act a certain way. You don’t have to dress or look a certain way; just be yourself.
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I hope you all have been doing well! In my last post I shared with you all that I was heading up to Nashville, TN to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We truly had a blast! I snapped some pictures along our vacation and wanted to share them with you.
This photo was taken when we first got to Nashville. The shirt is from makemechic.com.
We try to stay open to different types of music. We explored the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum and learned a lot!
This wall was right behind our hotel. I thought it was so cute and quirky.
This was one of my favorite outfits for sure. The shirt is from makemechic.com. While I snagged this skirt at Target from The Who What Wear line. The boots are from Aldo. The hat is from Old Navy.
A local artist created this image and I thought it was too pretty not to take a photo.
I hope this post finds you well. I’m so excited for fall. The cool breeze is finally here and I can’t wait to indulge in pumpkin patches, cider and scarves. This season isn’t just a symbol for these things though. To me, when the seasons change it also is a symbol for new beginnings. The new season signifies something new on the horizon. Yes, I know that fall comes every year but it’s a new year. Fall 2016 has never been here before. Which means you have a fresh start. I don’t like to wait for New Years Eve to make new goals. I like to revisit the goals I set for myself often and this is the perfect time to do that.
So whoever you are and whatever you’re going through, let this season be a fresh start for you. Maybe it’s a new job, relationship or a skill you’re going to diligently learn. I wish you good luck and I know that you’re going to “knock it out of the park.”
Dress: Old Navy
Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless
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I hope you had a refreshing weekend. Over the weekend I watched the game (College Football) at a friend’s house in Columbia, SC. It was pretty appropriate being that my college team is the South Carolina Gamecocks. For me, college football is the unofficial start of fall, so I get pretty excited for game day. However it’s hard to dress for a season that hasn’t officially arrived yet. In the Carolinas, it’s still pretty warm out. I get a lot of questions about game day fashion. I like to keep fashion rules simple so I have two simple tips for you:
1. Do dress for the occasion. If you’re tailgating, wear comfortable shoes. If you’re watching the game in the stadium, dress in layers. Dressing in layers is also a perfect option if the seasons haven’t officially changed where you are.
2. Wearing team colors isn’t superficial. Your age doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter how long ago you graduated, if you want to wear your school colors, do it! You can incorporate the colors with your accessories, clothes and even makeup. Have some fun with it.
Here’s what I wore: