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I remember my first Mother’s Day without my mother (if you’re a new reader, she went to Heaven in 2013). Holidays and birthdays were torture for me. Christmas is still a doozy because my mother adored that holiday. Like, her adoration brought out the most obnoxious decorations imaginable.

But Mother’s Day was that “if you’re available” kind of holiday. She didn’t make a big stink about it, so “if I was available” I’d come home for her infamous homemade Maryland crab cakes, fried cabbage and potato salad. When she passed I deeply missed that option of “if you’re available” come enjoy my company and grub on my infamous homemade Maryland crab cakes, fried cabbage and potato salad.

Through my grieving process, I realized that I had to re-imagine the love my mother and I had shared.  View Full Post

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Everyone has someone in their family who is a faux photographer who has gone out and spent a little bit of their savings to grab the latest and greatest in photography equipment. Well folks, that’s me!

So much so that my friends have officially dubbed me the “Instagram selfie queen.” I have been in love with photographs since… forever! I can remember sitting for hours looking at old black and white photos of my family trying to guess the moments that happened before. Photographs are our sneak peek into the past. It’s how we keep our family memories alive.

The funny part about my love for pictures is that, while I’ve collected a few lighting equipment essentials, some of my best photographs have come from natural lighting. There are so many ways to creatively use natural light to add power and drama to your images. Whether you’ve just purchased your first DSLR or you’re making magic happen with your iPhone, here are a few tips that will help you create incredible photos no matter what type of natural light you have access to. View Full Post

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How many of you beauties purchase cosmetics from the drugstores? I will be the first to say that I do, and I know that many of you do too. Yeah, I order online and shop at Sephora, Ulta and at the beauty counters but some of my favorite goodies come from the drugstore. As much as I love getting cosmetics from the drugstore, I have to admit it can be a bit of a headache at times.

Unlike places like Ulta, Sephora and beauty counters, when you shop for cosmetics at the drugstore there are no samples or experts to give you direction, you are on your own. Many times, especially if buy foundation, it can take a quite a few annoying purchases to get it right (thank God that places like Walgreen’s allow returns). What seems to be a match in the store can prove to be a total mistake at home. For all of you beauties that feel my pain, I have great news! COVERGIRL has created an app that is designed to take hustle out of shopping for cosmetics. View Full Post

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Hey there! Maui here.

If you beauties are anything like me, you live for a good book. Regardless of the genre, a good book will have you locked in for hours (even days) at a time. A book does many things for the reader, of course it entertains but books also; inspire, empower and educate. The right book will take you from broke to boss and everywhere in between, all you have to do is pay attention and adsorb the knowledge.

As a young girl, books helped me escape my reality. As a teen and young adult, books helped me realize that life held greater possibilities than I ever imagined. Now, as a woman, books have educated and empowered me to live to my full potential. Yeah, I can’t deny…I am a true nerd girl.

With so many women on the heels of greatness, I encourage all of you beauties to pick up a book. Allow yourself to be educated and enriched from the prospective of someone who has slayed the giant that you are battling. Many times that additional insight is all we need to go to the next level.

Truth is, even women with the most recognized brands, who are making major boss moves in their industries can benefit from the knowledge that a good book distributes. In the event that you are a little behind on your reading or need some suggestions, I have a few good books to share. These books will surely bring out the girl boss in you and inspire you to take over the world no matter what field you desire to excel in. View Full Post

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My recent trip to the Caribbean with Princess Cruises has me feening hard for Summer. But lucky for you (mainly me, LOL), summer is right around the corner, we hope.

I know some of you are going to be traveling to some amazing new places this year (shout out to those travel deals). I wanted to share with you what’s in my travel beauty bag and a quick makeup travel look. It’s one of the main questions that I get asked. What’s in my makeup bag…when I travel? View Full Post