Lifestyle | Spring Break Haul

Nature has been giving us a few sneak previews of the crisp air and warm sun that comes with Spring for the past couple weeks here in New York, but as we all know, you could never get too excited with this bipolar transition weather. But, it’s finally March 20th, Spring is here and I’m ready for it! My favorite season of the year. 

With every new season comes new fashion statements, makeup trends and new friends so I just had to do a collab with one of the most fashionable lifestyle bloggers I follow, the gorgeous Diva Named Dom. The self proclaimed cosmopolitan diva creates fashion, food, culture and lifestyle content that captivates her essence and desire to be the best version of herself.

Collab Feature | Domenique

Domenique’s blog and instagram feed has successfully maintained an attractive aesthetic to amass loyal readers who are always genuinely inspired by her content and originality. When she isn’t blogging, this Miami beauty enjoys relaxing at home spending quality time with her mother’s foster children and five Dachshunds. This spring, Domenique’s followers can definitely look forward to more amazing blogs and fascinating photography as she plans to shed her winter clothes and enjoy the fabulous Miami weather. Check out her latest post Spring Has Sprung.

What Have I Been Up To Lately?

2018 started off a bit rough for me but I’m finally getting my life under control. While trying to be a little more consistent with my blogging, I’ve also been tutoring part-time while still wrestling a crazy schedule this semester as I prepare to graduate in May, hopefully. Unfortunately, I’m about six credits shy of the required minimum necessary for graduation. However, through several appeals and permission from the English Department and the Registrar at Queens College, I have been permitted to attend commencement in May. Hooray for me! The pit of the prune is, I’ll have to return in the summer to do two classes to make up for my unfinished credits. Not too bad, right? I’ll knock those off by June.  

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That drama aside, spring blossoms also means Spring Break! Turn up or Nah? Throughout the past four years of school, I have never looked forward to Spring Break this much because I usually never go anywhere. This year though, I am destination ready headed for sand, sea and lots and lots of tropical sun. Although I didn’t go too crazy shopping for this spring break trip, I definitely picked up a few blog worthy affordable finds that I am excited to share with you. 

Mini Spring Break Haul

I absolutely fell in love with these cute flats the moment I found them. They seem so retro yet modern at the same time, a bit nostalgic, because I almost remember having a similar pair in brown as a kid. I also picked up these fab African inspired accessories that just brings out the Wakanda in me! And of course, you can’t go wrong with a good ole pair of trendy thrift store sunglasses.

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Getting a straw bag for a trip in the spring is an absolute must have. I was especially attracted to this reddish brown color not only because it matches these cute flat sandals and compliments my skin tone, but I also feel like the regular light tan straw bags are so ordinary. I’m a sucker for a good glow and some lashes so I just had to snatch up these Kiss ‘so wispy’ lashes and this Elf ‘sunglow’ illuminator. 

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I try my best to be a minimalist whenever I travel but I just gotta have a different shoe for every different outfit! So, the minimalist way to try to achieve this is to get the staple colors; white, brown and black. I can’t wait to get my toes freshly done to wear these gorg sandals. I also had to try these layered lashes from Kiss that I got on sale at a beauty supply store in Brooklyn, it was only $1! Can’t beat that bargain. I always get compliments on this floral embroidered crossbody bag so why not include it in the fun right? And it was only $13 on Amazon! Bargaaaaaaain!

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Shockingly I’ve become quite a sneakerhead lately. These suede mauve Reebok Classics are giving me so much life! I’m so looking forward to sporting them with my matching  headwrap this spring! My favorite sneaker brands at the moment are Reebok, Vans and Puma, mainly because they have so much unique colors in simple classic styles. 

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Last but not least, I just had to cop these crocodile hunter looking Under Armor sneakers for all the animal farm, camping, hiking and long walking trips that I plan to take this season. However, it’s just a shame that this picture isn’t doing this headwrap justice! I’m so looking forward to wrap my hair up in all its glittery and sparkly glory.

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I hope you guys enjoyed my quick mini spring break haul. Stay tuned for my travel updates within the next couple weeks, I promise you it will be amazing! Happy Spring! 

 

Happy Holidays | Should I Make a Resolution?

 

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I hope you guys are ready for it, be on the look out for those “new year, new me” posts on social media! You know how we get around this time. Funny thing is, I was never really the type to take new year resolutions seriously until last new year’s eve. I had only made one resolution last year which was to live a healthier and more social lifestyle. But wait, before you go assuming that I was one of the many who makes it to the gym every day for January and never returns in February, my resolution wasn’t about the gym and exercise. I wanted to break out of my comfort zone. I had planned to dig myself out of this rut of laziness and depression. I wanted to go on hikes, go jogging around the hudson, take a zumba or salsa class and I even bought a bike over the summer. But the ugly truth is my intention was bigger than my dedication. I had the ultimate motive but I lacked motivation. I allowed my energy and drive to be sucked up by school and work which unfortunately left little determination for my resolution to be resolved.

Apparently I was so sure of myself that I made a vision board, so what’s even more disappointing is that I have proof of all the zest and potential I saw in myself and yet when I look in the mirror, I still see the same boring, lame person I was through 2016.

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Not much has changed this past year. I joined a couple clubs at school which I barely participate in, I probably rode my bike three times and the only time I ever jogged was if I was run-walking to catch the bus to work or school.

Well, it’s almost new year’s eve and I’m thinking to myself, “Should I make a resolution?” I think I want to achieve the same goals I set out for myself this past year, yet I need to work on planning realistic ways to execute them. It’s not like I have some unrealistic pipe dream that I couldn’t reach with a ten foot pole. I think a more active and social lifestyle isn’t to much to ask of myself. After all, I am trying this lifestyle blogging thing, what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t have a “life” right.

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So here’s the plan, instead of making a vision board with goals I’d want to accomplish over a year, I think setting daily or even weekly goals would be an easier way to achieve my long term ideals. It’s like cross fit trainers who have their WOD–work out of the day plans. Except I’ll have a VOD, vision of the day plan, basically mapping out my daily and weekly short term goals. Seems doable right? And hey, maybe I’ll take a cross fit class just for good measure. Making a lifestyle change is definitely a process that needs time but also consistent effort. I know old habits are hard to change but it’s nothing that some good old planning can’t fix.

Do you have any new year resolutions? If you’re like me, having failed this past year, why not try the same resolutions but find new ways to achieve them? Let not your heart be troubled or discouraged my dear reader, it can be done! I wish you all the best and the most success for the new year.

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