Homecoming Weekend

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Homecoming weekend was this weekend at my alma mater. I love homecoming weekend because it’s always great seeing old faces and catching up and it reminds me of how much I have grown as a person. Don’t get me wrong, I know that I still having growing to do. I think we all do but sometimes we tend to focus only on the negative. I don’t know about you, but I’m so quick to beat myself up. I’m quick to remind myself of a goal that’s not completed. Or how I should’ve done a certain task better. While I was walking on campus and driving past familiar buildings, I started to think about who I was back then and the woman I am now. I realized just how much I’ve grown. I encourage you to do the same this week. When you’re tempted to beat yourself up, just remember how far you’ve grown and focus on the positive.

Sweatshirt: FreedomHouse

Shorts: Belk

Boots: Forever21

Shirt: Old Navy

Skirt: Forever21

Boots: ShoeDazzle



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Spring Preview

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Wow! I feel like February has gone by so quickly. It could be time or the fact that my husband and I have been so busy this month. For starters, we’re four months pregnant! You can head over to my Instagram (@_lifeisgolden_) to check out our announcement. We’re so excited! I’ll be posting our gender reveal soon as well. In addition, I’ve been working more and more on Queen Styles Boutique. Our spring collection will be available soon and we’ve been working so hard on it! I can’t wait for you to see it. The top below is one of the items that will be apart of the spring collection.

I love exploring new areas of Charlotte. These photos were taken in the beautiful Huntersville area.

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Merry Christmas

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Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. It represents the promise God gave us: His son. It’s a promise we love to celebrate! This morning we went to Christmas Eve service. I wore some bell bottoms that I’ve been wanting to wear for a while. I’m so happy they’re coming back in style. I paired them with a layered shirt from Queen Styles Boutique and a vest to make the look more complex.

Jeans: Macy’s Inc

Shirt: Queen Styles Boutique

Vest: Tj Maxx

Boots: Shoedazzle

Hat: Forever21

I hope that you all are enjoying this holiday with your friends and family. Merry Christmas!

Listen to Your Body-Get Some Rest

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For the past weekends, I’ve been doing several pop-up shops for Queen Styles Boutique. I love doing pop-up shops. Being that I sell clothes online, I like whenever I can meet customers face-to-face. I can see their reactions to the fabrics and interact with them. It’s an amazing feeling. I had the opportunity to do a pop-up shop yesterday and today. I thought about it and chose to only do an event yesterday. I struggled with that decision if I’m being honest with you. I wanted to work but I knew I was tired. I didn’t want to start a new week off drained and tired. I knew I needed to recharge my batteries. So, I decided to listen to that voice. We went to church, picked out our Christmas tree, and watched Hallmark movies all day…I enjoyed every minute of it. And you know what? I feel refreshed, and ready to take on another week. Sometimes, the decision is tough. I think we’ve trained ourselves that if we’re not working or busy, we must be lazy. There’s a happy medium and your body will tell you, just listen.

Cardigan: Forever21
Dress: Queen Styles Boutique
Jeans: Express
Boots: ShoeDazzle

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It’s Okay to Say When You’re Afraid 

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      This past week marked two years since having to have part of my colon removed. My husband and I go hiking every year in August to celebrate God’s healing power. Each year we hike the same trail. This year the park revamped the trails and we had to hike a different trail unexpectedly. At first, I was anxious about hiking the new trail. I hadn’t prepped for it mentally or physically. I contemplated turning around(many times) but I kept saying under my breath “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Sure enough, we finally reached the top of the mountain and it was beautiful. My point here is this: don’t be afraid of letting God know when you are afraid. He can handle it. After all, the scripture says “He is made strong in our weakness.” Here are some photos from our hike:

Bring it Monday!

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  If I’m being honest with you, around this time on Sunday I usually get discouraged. After all, Monday is right around the corner and that means it’s time for “dread” to kick it right? Wrong! What if, instead of dreading the beginning of the work week we practiced gratitude instead? Maybe you don’t have your dream job right now, but at least you have a job. Maybe your commute to work is really long, but isn’t that drive the perfect time to admire Gods works or listen to that podcast you’ve been meaning to catch up on? I’m not downplaying whatever your work situation is right now. I’m simply saying that while you and I are wherever God has us, we should look for the positive details of our situation. After all, being negative can be so draining! 

   So here’s to an awesome Monday to us! 

Dress: Old Navy

Kimono: Wet Seal

Necklace: Forever21


Listen to Your Heart

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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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Sunday Funday Attire 

We usually use Sunday Funday in order to help us relax before the week. This Sunday we are also celebrating my husband’s birthday! I’m so blessed to have him as my husband and best friend. I love this shirt from Freedom House. It makes me wonder about how I’m leaving my mark. I want to make sure that I’m doing my part to make an impact. Whether I do that by blogging and talking about certain issues or just being kind to someone. I hope you have asked yourself how you’re leaving a mark of making an impact too. We all have a part to play in how we impact others. 

Here’s what I wore: 

Skirt:Forever21

Shirt: Freedom House

Shoes: ShoeDazzle

   
  
    
 
  

Sunday Funday

This quarter has really an intense one but I’m happy that I decided to get another degree in a subject that I love: fashion marketing. Life is too short not to go for your dreams! I’m so happy that I decided to take that step. This weekend, the weather has been so great so I’ve been trying to take study breaks here and there    . After church we went out in the uptown area and had some fun. Here’s what I wore:

Skirt: Marshalls

Shirt: Old Navy

Sleeveless Jacket: TJ Maxx

Shoes: Aldo

Bag: Target 

   
    
   

How to Apply the Three Piece Rule

I’ve got a “three piece rule”that I’ve been following for a while. It’s basically a rule that states you need to add a third article of clothing to your outfit to make it more complex. That third piece can be a blazer, vest or one of my favorites: a sleeveless jacket. The third piece should make tie your outfit together. I got this sleeveless jacket on sale for just $5.50 at Tj Maxx. You can’t beat that!

Sleeveless Jacket: Tj Maxx

Dress: H&M

Leggings: Forever21

Hat: Old Navy

Boots: Old Navy

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