There are really more than three reasons why I love Sodacase.com, because I mean who doesn’t want a custom phone case these days! Shot out to my homie Yoli who put my “d” to this amazing gem. I was searching for a phone case that really showed my personality. I know it sounds silly because you might say it’s just a phone case, but geesh this is like an extension of my life so it’s gotta feel like me!
This week has been a doozy! I’ve been sad about my mother. No words can truly explain how this feels. And yet everything great and awesome that could possibly happen at work, and on my blog, is all coming to life. It’s safe to say that my Facebook status updates are inspired by a true confusion of love, hate, and anger… a few laughs are thrown in just so none of my real-life friends make a call to the psych ward.
Like many of you, my outlet of frustration is usually social media. I escape by reading status updates of people raving about pumpkin beer, how they’re feeling discombobulated after working those 12 hours, and (my favorite) people recapping their must-watch ratchet TV shows. But tonight I decided to get some visual comfort and I headed over to Pinterest.
Pinterest let me know that I am not alone. It’s a bunch of people in the world feeling sad, blue, hurt, angry–I mean I think their real-life friends should call the psych ward. I am worried for them.
But in my search I found seven of the saddest quotes from Pinterest that have me nearly bubble-snot crying by just reading. (click on any image to start the slideshow)
Hope you are having a fabulous week! Just wanted to share some awesome news with you.
Tomorrow I will be a guest on HuffPostLive. We’ll be chatting about grey hair, why you should embrace it, and why Rihanna sucks for having grey hair for just 2 days. Well… the last part is just a joke but that’s really how I feel, LOL!
For the first time in all of my 36 years I am a bridesmaid!
I wasn’t at all excited. It just seemed like a very dreadful task and as much as I love my favorite cousin, she’s just as indecisive as I am so this process was beginning to be overloaded with texts and emails about what her big day should look like.
And then we went dress shopping! I’ll admit that got me a little pumped thinking about how gorgeous we’d all look in our dresses on her wedding day.
(From L-R: Me, My favorite cousin and bride-to-be Ericka, and my besties Anitra)
What I thought would be a long morning turned out to be an hour visit at Baltimore’s chicest bridal boutique, Betsey Robinson Bridal. Afterwards we all went to brunch and had a surprise cupcake tasting via the bride-to-be. It was over perfectly cooked bacon and fresh squeezed orange juice that I realized I had to change how I thought about this. So here’s my bridesmaids do’s and don’ts!
Here’s what I will do:
1. Get the deets and stay on top of them. Even though she may have a own calendar of events, I need one too. Living in New York makes things a little difficult at times, but as a bridesmaid you promise to be there for the woman of the hour. That means remembering all the fitting dates, planning the bridal showers, and of course providing the ratchet fun that will happen at the bachelorette party.
2. Give my honest opinion (even when I honestly don’t have an opinion). Sometimes we just need to be validated. But when it’s your wedding, I stand by my decision in that the bride should ultimately make her own decisions. I can co-sign your decisions, but I will not make the decision for you!
3. Throw great parties in her honor. Since my clubbing days, I gave up partying. So I’m all the way pumped about this bachelorette party filled with VIP status moments like dancing on tables and creating hours of fun that I hope to not remember.
Here’s what I won’t do:
1. COMPLAIN. The last thing the bride-to-be needs to worry about is pleasing her bridesmaids. So instead of saying what I can’t do or won’t do, I’ll just smile politely and suck it up. It’s just a few hours of my life and if that means bedazzling my heels or stuffing party favors in the wee hours of the morning the night before… then oh well!
So have you ever been a bridesmaid? Any tips for me? Share in the comments below.
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Here’s the thing about milestones… they are freaking awesome! Milestones are what we all should be using to gage how far we’ve come. Sorta like a life journal of our biggest accomplishments, they’re exactly what living your best life is all about. From graduating college after ten years, to giving birth to your first-born–milestones are at the center of us all.
For me, blogging is a testament to what my dreams can be. I’ve used blogging to get my current job as a style and beauty editor, secured major brand opportunities, and to meet fabulous people! Through blogging I’ve learned some pretty magnificent you-must-write-this-down-now lessons that probably will make it in my book (yes, I am writing a book)!
Here’s four things you can do now to enhance your life and create more milestones which ultimately will lead to a higher level of happiness for you!
1. Patience my dear!
When I first started my blog I had not one single clue what I was doing. It was right when blogging had just taken off and became this beast. Bloggers like Bryan Boy and Susie Bubble were getting a lot of notice and backlash from journalists. There were no “How To Be A Better Blogger” posts out there for me to reference. But what I’ve learned over the years has been priceless. Consistency and a great voice will get you far in this world. I remember thinking “OMGEEZY, no one is reading my blog, ugh.” One of my first posts compared McQueen and Christian Siriano. Finally people were interested in what I had to say and chimed in too.
MY FIRST COMMENT (AFTER THE SPAM)
2. Jump and he will catch you!
I am the spokesperson for what having faith really means. And I never really thought that I’d be able to say that. Somewhere along my journey I had gotten really pissed at myself. I’ll admit it came from watching other bloggers get opportunities while I slaved away at my 9 to 5 (sometimes 7 or 8). Watching via twitter as other bloggers schmoozed with celebrities and my favorite brands while I was stuck in Baltimore waiting for something to fall on my lap. Here’s the thing… opportunities are created! Period. So I moved to New York with no plans of looking back.
Goodbye Baltimore, Hello New Yawk City: The Story of My Dreams
3. Remove the word I think and replace with I BELIEVE.
As soon as I got to New York, I instantly kicked my life into hustle hard gear. I went to every party I got wind of and followed up with a “Let’s get a cocktail” email to everyone I met there. I referred to myself as a style and beauty editor before I was officially one. I mean that is what I was doing here, right. Finally people began to notice me and the content I was able to create. And then I was on The Today Show!
I thought I was a model that day! Hair & makeup will do that to you.
4. Work hard, you will be rewarded!
I totally thought that I would be the Samuel L. Jackson of blogging. You know, the chick that everyone knew and watched but never received any awards for her progression. Well that all changed last month. I was so geeked and obviously surprised to win Blogger Of The Year from Full Figured Fashion Week. And then just a few weeks later I am featured in Black Enterprise’s Black Blogger Month series.
I won’t self-degrade myself by saying that it’s because I met a lot people or that I’m just lucky. I’m taking all of the credit and I will brag a bit (per my co-workers). I worked my ass off these past few years and yep… people see me!
Oh hey ME!
So I know I am not the only one out here making moves, memories, and milestones! Share your links in my comments section below.
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