Sep 17, 2017

Harvest Goods|Thanksgiving Wish List

It is about that time of year where families are making holiday plans. Thanksgiving is certainly my favorite time of the year. It is when the domestic diva in me is at her most happiest. My inner Martha Stewart can bring out the fine china and finally put to use countless recipes pinned throughout the year on my Pinterest food boards. I haven't hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my home in years, but this year could be the return. I am officially in the spirit and have plenty to be thankful for.

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? What is on your dinner menu?Until next time. . . Peace, Love & Blessings!

Sep 4, 2017

Head Wrap Happenings

Hey Beauties,

There use to be a time when time was in abundance. But with greater responsibility comes sacrifice. And in many cases, that sacrifice is time. With only three months left in the year, I've found myself in panic mode as of late. Trying to figure out how to get as many items checked off that proverbial resolutions list. So just like everything else that's needed---what do you do? Buy time. Yep. I've hired help. House cleaning help. Business help. You name it. In order to be proficient in the areas of importance-- outsource when necessary. Because it really takes a village. And a head wrap too. Until next time...peace, love & blessings.

Aug 26, 2017

Closet Organization | Organize in Style

You know the good ole saying, "Less is More"? Well...I like it. In my 20s, if you'd show me a photo of a sprawling 900 sf walk-in closet filled with all the material things a woman could ever desire---I'd be lying if I told you that it wasn't appealing. Fast forward to my 30s and oh how things have changed. That 900 sf walk-in is no longer appealing. Why? Because I've become a much more smarter consumer. One who realizes that the most fashionable girl isn't the one with the biggest closet, but the one with the biggest and most creative imagination. She chooses her pieces wisely, could care less about what is trending and simply beats to her own creative drums. Yes! Her. Oh how I love her. Closet organization is key whether you are working with modest space or square footage large enough to store the football equipment of an entire football team. The fact is, if your closet isn't organized---you will never have anything to wear, you'll continue spending unnecessarily and chances are, you haven't shopped your closet in a very long time.
Closet Organization | Organize in Style
------------------------------------Here are a few tips to organizing your closet----------------------------
  • Get Rid of the Junk: Prior to organizing, getting rid of the unwanted items should be the first step to organizing your closet. It is the perfect time to donate to charity, sell on Poshmark, Etsy or at your neighborhood yard sale.
  • Develop a Closet Layout and Design: Start planning out a design for your new or renovated closet space. There are plenty of professional custom closet design companies out there. Many of them offer budget-friendly design options. Easy Closets is a popular closet organization company that many rely on for custom closet projects. The other option is to do-it-yourself. 
  • Get to Work: Start by organizing your items by season, then by functional group (blazers, jeans, tops, skirts, etc) and by color. You will need to establish a storage mechanism for shoes, jewelry, scarfs, belts, hats, sunglasses, etc. No worries, I've provided a couple of my favorite storage and closet must-haves below.
  • Reevaluate the System: Once you've implemented this new system, give it some time before evaluating its success. If it works, perfect. If not, determine what aspects within the design and process you'd like to change. As your wardrobe and lifestyle needs change, there will be a need to make changes to your existing closet infrastructure. 
I hope you find these tips and resources helpful for your closet organization efforts. Until next time....Be Bold. Be Fabulous. Be You!

Aug 19, 2017

5 Spirit Lifting Inspirational Songs

Music is said to be the universal language. I've always been one to believe that the three most fundamental things to understanding and embracing worldly culture are music, food and fashion. So it is by no surprise that all three of these art driven expressions help to bring tremendous balance to my life. My music choices are as versatile as my fashion. There is a little bit of everything in my iTunes library, and I do mean everything. So please don't judge me when you see me riding out to my trap music. LOL. My music choice at any given time is driven by my mood and what inspires me at the present moment. But when I'm stuck in a rut and inspiration calls--- I can turn to any of the below songs for that extra boost of inspiration. what are some of your favorite inspirational tunes?
PLAYLIST: Blessed - Patti Labelle | Optimistic - Sounds of Blackness | Get Up Get Out - Goodie Mob | Try Again - Aaliyah | Stronger - Kanye West | Survivor - Destiny's Child | I Can - Nas |  Keep Your Head Up - 2Pac | Everything is Everything - Lauryn Hill | The Day After - Goodie Mob

Okay, so it was a bit hard to just leave you with just five--- so I threw in a few extras. To all my moms, I hope you have some great plans for the weekend. I'm just going to soak in some much needed sun at the beach. Until next time....Peace, Love Blessings!

Aug 12, 2017

5 Things to Consider for Your Next Dinner Party

I can't tell you how many dinner parties I've attended in the past that turned into a night of misery for both guests and host(s). What started out as a night of fun and entertainment seemingly ends up as a night of hassle and irritation. Don't get me wrong---I love a good outing, meal and amazing company. But I am extremely particular as to whom I enjoy my time with now as a thirty-something. So the next time you plan on hosting a dinner party (especially at a public restaurant)--please consider these five things first. They will help alleviate any confusion and headaches.

1. Choose Your Guests Wisely - Ever show up to a dinner party and say to yourself, who are these people? Before you send out invites, make sure to choose friends with similar interest and commonalities. Nobody wants to be stuck in an intimate setting for hours with strangers who have zero in common. 
2. Set the ExpectationsAvoid surprises. Let your guests know what to expect for the evening. This includes any activities (games, guest participation, announcements) set to take place during the dinner. It would also be wise to give the guests a heads up on dinner prices should the dinner take place at a restaurant and should each guest be responsible for footing their own bill. 
3. Be Prepared to Pay - There may very well be discrepancies in the final bill. Yep, this happens and you've got to be prepared to foot the bill or a portion of it if need be. 
4. Food Options - Not everyone can eat a 14oz ribeye Oscar style so you've better have options for the vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free.
5. Allocate Enough Time - Whether private or public, dinner parties take time. So plan well and allocate enough time for arrivals, dinner and wrap-up----and being respectful of your guests' time by not scheduling your dinner too late in the evening.