Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Triathlon Training Update

For the past several months I've been training in and out of the gym trying to get ready for a triathlon. Well it is this weekend and I must say I'm not sure how prepared I actually feel. I run and bike the necessary distances with ease (usually), but I still struggle with the swim. I'm sure never being a swimmer has left me at a natural disadvantage, however I feel that with the proper time and dedication you can build any skill. I'm just not sure I have given myself the right amount of time in this case. 

I work hard on my cardio and have mixed it up with weight training, kickboxing, and yoga. Preparing has been a wonderful experience, despite some newbie setbacks. Pushing past body aches, experiencing gut wrenching dehydration, learning when I've pushed myself maybe a little too far in a day. These are all things I have put myself through as I learned my limits, built endurance and confidence; and in return have seen myself push further and faster and stronger than I knew I was capable of. That's the point right? Setting goals for yourself and reaching them, and maybe if you're lucky enough surpassing your own expectations and feeling the immense joy and pride that comes with it. 

But despite all the effort, if I can't complete the swim portion of the tri, I won't be able to compete in the remainder of the race. At this point I can't push myself too hard and risk injuring myself for Sunday, but I will continue pushing until then; slowly, steadily, consistently.  "Luck is when preparation meet opportunity" Well, I'm hoping for a little luck this weekend. So please everyone say a little prayer for me! 

Bye for now! Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Change is Good -A Brief ReIntroduction

Well, let me start by saying HELLO EVERYONE! 
It's been such a long time since I've signed in and sat down to write a post. I'm so happy to be doing so now.

Please let me start by letting you all know that I do not intend to revamp this as a fashion blog. While fashion and beauty are still and will always be a dominant part of my life, they are not the only thing I wish to share with you all. My life has gone through many changes in the past 3 years and these changes have greatly effected my perspectives. 
So instead of keeping up with all the latest trends and and cosmetic do's and don'ts, I'd like very much if you'd all join me in my everyday life of just being me.

Thank you all for reading my reintroduction into the he works if blogging and I hope you're all doing just wonderfully in whatever it is you're aspiring to do. 
Here's to the nex chapter. CHEERS!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Out on the Town

Hello beautiful people! Today's look is inspired by my old "date night" experiences!
I used to go out a lot a little while ago, and as a girl, I would always feel like it was obscene to wear the same thing twice.  The guy I was dating really couldn't have cared less, but it is a common and silly mindset that many ladies I know possess.  Anyway, as you can imagine this got very expensive very quickly, I would be buying dresses costing a few hundred dollars almost every week (and again, ONLY WEARING them ONCE!) 
Now to my point, being a single mother, I really cannot afford that type of lifestyle.  My quick fix?  Mix and match separates!  I started buying skirts and tops that I could interchange so I would have new outfits constantly and not feel the need to buy new things for every date!  

This look is perfect for a nice dinner out, a wide range of parties, and night out on the town!

Blouse - Purchased from the BCBG Factory Outlet
Skirt - Purchased from Ideeli

Earrings - Purchased from Forever21
Necklace - Purchased from Express
Belt - Purchased from Bebe
Wire Cuff Bracelet - Purchased from Little Black Bag
Other Bracelet - Purchased from Premier Jewelry
Ring - Purchased from Forever21

Shoes - Purchased from Marshall's

I really hope you have all enjoyed this look!
And ladies can we all kick this ridiculous thought that we can't go out in or be photographed int he same thing twice?  
My closet is too full and my purse is always angry with me!
Let me know what you think of this post!

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Until next time... XoXo

Monday, November 5, 2012

Aquarium Day

I know this is my fashion and beauty (mostly fashion) blog, but I take my son to the aquarium a few times every month and we wanted to share our most recent trip with you guys!!  
This is the first time we recorded our trip so please excuse my filming skills.  
I hope you guys enjoy and let me know if you would be interested in seeing more vlogs of my son and I on my blog!  
I will list what we are wearing down below the video link!

Landon is wearing
Varsity Style Jacket - Purchased from Old Navy
Thermal Top - Birthday present from a friend
Jeans - Purchased from Children's Place
Sneakers are Air Force 1s - Purchased from Nike

I am wearing
Sweater - Purchased from Marshall's
Jeans - Purchased from Nordstrom Rack (not shown)
Glasses are Versace - Purchased from Lens Crafters

I really hope you all enjoyed this!  My child is such a character and we are so goofy and weird together.  Thanks for watching!!

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Until next time...XoXo

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fashion for Charity

Hello beautiful people!  I had the immense pleasure of attending a charity fashion show 
on October 27th.  The charitable organization "Hey - Haiti Engaging Youth" was raising awareness for their cause with amazing music, fashion, and an overall positive and inspiring atmosphere. 

The goal of this amazing organization is:
"We are dedicated to improving the quality of life in Haiti by bridging the gap and facilitating the building of relationships between Haitian and American youth.
HEY! is creating programs so the youth can be more engaged, skilled and empowered throughout their lives. Through education, medical& health sustainability, cultural integration we can establish stability one community at a time.
We welcome you to help our mission and become a blessing to those in need of your love and support."
Please check out their website and check out any events that may come up in your area, you will not be disappointed!

My friend, Frank Mizzy was one of the featured musical talents to perform at this wonderful event.  I have been following his musical journey through the past few years and have been honored to watch him grow and develop as an artist.  Seeing him perform at such a moving event was a great experience.  Frank sends a positive message through his music, I found it fitting that he be part of such a benevolent project.  Please check out his music and let me know what you think! 

This is what I wore!! Yay!

This shoot took place a few days prior to the event.  At the actual event my hair was up in a bun and my wrist was adorned a bit differently.  The look was still the same, I just felt like a simple up-do was more appropriate for the occasion.   I hope you all enjoy this look and let me know what you think!

Peplum Top - Purchased from Forever21
Tuxedo Jeans - Purchased from 2b Bebe outlet
Shoes - Purchased from Shoedazzle

Earrings - Purchased from Jewelmint
Necklace - Passed down through my family (loves it)

I hope you all have enjoyed this post!  Please take a minute to visit the HEY! Organizations website.  
And do not forget to stop by and check out Frank Mizzy

Please let me know what you think about this look and the peplum trend as a whole, clearly I love it.
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Until Next Time... XoXo

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Red, White, and Polka Dots

Everyone knows I love my blazers and skinny jeans, so here's a twist to keep it interesting!
You can add a print to put this trend into overdrive!  In this look I paired a navy blue blazer with polka dots with a pair of red skinny jeans, then added some black details and fun accessories! 
This has become a classic look, so like all timeless outfits, adding a little something different can spice it up and add a little something extra. It's always great to add prints, on top or on bottom.  Personally I haven't found printed jeans, leggings, or pants of any kind that I feel look good on me, but I've seen many beautiful woman pull a similar look off with a solid blazer and printed bottoms.

Blazer - Purchased from Marshall's
Ruffled Tank - Purchased from Charlotte Russe
Belt - I've had forever, I just pulled it out of my closet
Red Skinny Jeans - Purchased from Forever21

Wedge Pumps are MIA - Purchased from Marshall's

Earrings - Purchased from Bebe
Necklace - Purchased from Charming Charlie
Wrap Watch - Purchased from Loehmann's
Linked Ring - Purchased from Jewelmint
Flower Ring - Purchased from Forever21


All of the pieces I'm wearing in this look are so easy to use in creating different fun looks!  The shoes, I absolutely adore and wear all the time, they are so comfy and can be easily transitioned from day to night!
I hope you have all enjoyed this look and let me know if you have or will be trying something similar!

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I really have so much fun hearing all of your feedback!

Until Next Time...XoXo

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Street Style

I have always loved and been inspired by casual urban style. I love the use of bright colors, balanced with dark and neutrals. With this inspiration you can look great effortlessly. Fashion isn't always sky-high heels and glam outfits, this ensemble is my take on the current everyday street style. What do you think?!     

Jacket - Purchased from Forever 21
White long sleeved shirt - Purchased from Kohl's
Jeans are Jolt - Purchased from Nordstrom Rack
Sneakers are Levi's  - Purchased from Station's

Necklace - Purchased from Forever21

Earrings - Purchased from  Nordstrom Rack
Watch - Purchased from Shoe Dazzle
Ring - Purchased from a Premier Jewelry Consultant

I hope you have all enjoyed my urban inspired look!  This is something a bit outside of my comfort zone, specifically the sneakers.  But we must all take personal risks every now and then in the name of FASHION!!
As always thank you for viewing and please leave comments to let me know what you think and if you have or will try a similar look!

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Until Next Time...XoXo