Colorful Fall Fashion: Printed jumpsuit & Orange Slides

Happy fall! The start of this season is the perfect reminder to embrace change and let go of anything that is not serving you. Speaking of embracing change, my favorite thing about fall is the fashion! I love the colors, the outwear, the long sleeve, and this list goes on and on. I've been doing a bit of shopping at my favorite stores for fall but most importantly I've been shopping my closet! I bought this jumpsuit from Asos last year around this time and never wore it out until now. I'm one of those people that buys something and will either wear it immediately or rotate it either on, but thing is that I'm going to get my money's worth! 
What I love most about this jumpsuit is that it's the perfect blend of fall neutral with the green and pops of color because I plan on embracing both neutrals and color this fall! 
If you want to maximize your wardrobe, invest in jumpsuits that can be transitioned through the seasons. This jumpsuit is light and breathable enough to wear in the summer, cool fall days and can be layered for the cooler days. I paired it with orange slides for the mild day, but would also style this with nude or black caged booties for a different look. Let's have fun with our fashion this fall!

Jumpsuit-Asos | Shoes-Nine West


Living in a Field of Positivity

Make sure you carry your light wherever you go! Did you know that positivity is a power? It can soften hearts, brighten someone's day, and make difficult times easier to bear. Be kind, always.

Walking into stormy situations is inevitable but you can be the positive force that helps others and yourself get through them.
Hat-Asos, similar here | Dress- Urban Outfitters, similar here | Sneakers-Adidas

"You are the light of the world...let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven. -Matthew 5:14,16

I wore this outfit to a family trip to Sussex County Sunflower Maze. If you live in New Jersey or the Tri-State Area, I highly recommend visiting. This is truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever travelled to and I love that it's not far from home.

Stepping in the Right Direction: Puff Sleeved Dress & Mask Style

Small steps in the right direction still count as progress! Don't compare your marathon to what appears to be someone else's sprint. You don't know what everyone's training process entails and all the work they put in that you didn't see. It's easy to lose momentum and run off track when you compare yourself to the people in the lanes around you. 
Discipline and consistency will move you towards your goal faster than speeding in the wrong direction.
Let's get into this look! When I saw this puff sleeved midi dress at Zara, I had to have it! Aside from the dress being on trend, I feel like its flattering on several body types. Also, the quality is really good and it's made from a mid-weight linen. 
I paired this dress with my orange slides from Nine West because I wanted to color block and these tones just go together! Lastly, can we have a moment of appreciation for this mask?! The kind ladies over at Furkat & Robbie gifted me this beautiful mask that I am in love with, Since we have to wear masks for our health, we might as well make them stylish and Furkat & Robbie understands that! 
Dress-Zara, also available in Red | Shoes- Nine West | Mask- Furkat & Robbie













 

Discipline, Consistency & Puff-Sleeved Romper

The space between conceiving a goal and accomplishing it is made up of planning, discipline and consistency. We all have the same 24 hours in a day but each day is not promised. Time is a limited resource so make every moment count. Imagine what you could accomplish if you were disciplined and consistent with your goals? I asked myself this one and it motivated me to get more focused about my goals and journal what I need to do to make them happen. Writing them down, doing the work (actions) and reviewing the plan for my goals often has been working so far. It's easy to be consistent when things are working in our favor, but the true mark of discipline is staying the course when things are going well and when they are not. The road to accomplishing goals will not always be easy or fun, but they strengthen us and help us build momentum through the process.
Now, let's talk about this romper! I got it on sale from H&M over the summer and I'm in love with it. It can be dressed up or down, the quality is good and the price tag is even better. It's really well made! I styled it with my Vionic sandals for an afternoon of wine tasting and farm fun with my family. Use my links below to shop this look if it speaks to your style!
Romper- H&M | Shoes-Vionic 

Life & Style: Maximizing your Time

When you understand that time is a precious resource, you become more intentional about how you spend it. I don't want to die with wasted time or potential so I decided to become more intentional about how I spend my time. I've lost an aunt and uncle this year and dealt with my fair share of sadness recently over the death of Chadwick Boseman. As I reflect on the lives of these people, one thing is clear: they did not waste time. They all dealt with health challenges and understood how precious their time on earth was. The mere fact that Boseman continued to produce excellent work throughout his four year battle with cancer tells us that he didn't take his time for granted. He poured his time into his craft, touched the lives of his loved ones, colleagues, fans and made every moment count.
As I've gotten older, started a family with my husband and advanced in my career, my time has become more limited. Wasted time can never be restored so I've become more intentional about how I spend my time. I have a lot of goals and several things occupying my mind at all times so organizing myself is essential. Things I have been doing to help me steward my time better are:
  • journaling my intentions/goals for the week and reviewing them often to hold myself accountable
  • putting down appointments in my calendar and setting reminders so I don't forget them
  • making to-do lists and putting them in places I won't pass by like on the wall next to my bed and in the notes section of my phone
  • turning off social media notifications during certain times of the day and close to bedtime because I have a bad habit of scrolling for too long and that time spent scrolling could be used on something productive 
Dress-Who What Wear x Target | Shoes- Dolce Vida



Reasons to Celebrate with Basic Invite!

One thing living through a pandemic has reminded us is that life is fleeting and there is always a reason to celebrate. Celebrate every accomplishment, no matter how big or small. Celebrate every birthday, because none of us knows how many we have left. Show love to your friends and family by celebrating them! Fall is a season of celebrations in my family. My mom, son and several other family members have fall birthdays. This November is a milestone for my son as he will be turning two! While my husband and I have not yet decided if we're going to throw a birthday party for him, I know that if we do, we can always rely on Basic Invite to provide the invitations. 

What I love most about the party invitations this company provides is that they are all custom invitations that can be tailored to my needs and design aesthetic. Here are some details about Basic Invite that made the company even more appealing to me:

Almost Unlimited Colors- Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once they select a design, customers can change the color of each element on the card. With over 180 colors to choose from, the invite is sure to be exactly how they want it. This is what sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company.

 

Custom Samples- Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers to order a printed sample of their actual invitation before they place their final order. They can see the paper quality and how it will print, and make sure the card is perfect. 

 

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes- Basic Invite has over 40 different envelope colors to choose from. With so many options, customers can make their envelope match the invitation. All of the envelopes are peel and seal so they can be closed quickly and securely.

 

Address Capturing Service- Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media to request their friends and family’s addresses. The addresses are stored in the customer’s account and can be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders.

 

Foil- Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

 

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Summer Staples: Smocked Top, Cut off Shorts and Mules


Summer is quickly coming to an end, so now is the time to wear all your summer outfits before it gets too cold! Three trends I enjoyed wearing this summer were smocked tops, cut off shorts and mules. I don't buy into trends unless they speak to my style and these 3 pieces are so me. I'll definitely be wearing the mules well into fall with jeans and my favorite faux leather pencil skirt. The shorts can also transition to fall with a duster or over the knee boots if you're feeling sexy! I'll come back with another blog post to show you how to transition summer looks to fall to get the most for your money.



I hope this summer has been good to you and that you made time to engage in your favorite summer activities. As a we journey through a new month and prepare for a new season, remember that everything can't go where God wants to take you. Fall is a reminder to let dead things go and anything that is not helping you grow is pulling you down. 

Top- H&M | Shorts-Target | Shoes-Nine West also sold here

White Corset Dress, Strappy Sandals and Self Love

When you love yourself and walk with God, it shows. The glow is different!
These days loving myself looks like setting boundaries for the sake of my health, releasing things that are weighing my spirit down, resting when I feel weary and dedicating more time to the things I'm passionate about like fashion, God, spending time with loved ones, wellness and self-improvement.

Dress- Asos | Sandals- Nine West


Loving myself also looks like styling cute outfits and what I love most about this outfit aside from the details is that everything is on sale! This dress is perfect for summer but can also be transitioned into the fall with tall boots or even sneakers if you're feeling sporty. These shoes are not only on trend, with the strappy detail, they are also comfortable and easy to walk in. If you love this look, get it because its currently on sale!

7 Truths We all Should Accept: Reflections on turning 27

Today marks my 27th journey around the sun! To celebrate, I thought it would be fitting to share 7 truths I’ve come to accept in the days, months and years leading up to this point in my life. Because my birthday is in August, this is always a month filled with reflection. I think it’s important to take inventory of your life every so often; reflect on the things you like and dislike, meditate on the things you have learned, and reflect on the person you are in the present moment.

 

1.     You control your own narrative. Create a life you're proud to live and take charge of your story.

2.     You are not for everybody and that is okay. You will be too much for some people and not enough for others.

3.     You can be in a good mental state and still experience feelings that don’t make you feel good. That’s called being human

4.     The way people treat you is a reflection of their character, not yours. If they treat you well, embrace it. If they don’t treat you well, don’t take it personal or internalize their actions.

5.     Slow progress is still progress. Celebrate it.

6.     Discipline is the vehicle that allows you to accomplish goals.

7.   Growing apart from people you love is part of life. Honor the relationship for the goodness it brought you and the lessons it taught you. You can live in peace, love and respect someone from a distance.


Growing From The Concrete


Top- Thread Tank | Jeans-Asos | Shoes- Asos

I firmly believe that the toughest situations produce the most growth. Becoming a mother challenged me to examine my mindset and made me think about the life I wanted to live and what I needed to do create that life. It started with me learning to embrace tough situations and finding a way to function outside my comfort zone. Nothing challenged me like becoming a mother in November of 2018 and the year that followed. Everything was hard for me, from learning how to care for a small human who mostly expressed himself through crying and a variety of facial expressions to adjusting to my position and changes at work. 

It was difficult to deal with so many changes at once, but giving up was not an option. I was desperate for a breakthrough so I spent a lot of time in prayer and found myself in a series of learning situations. I had to elevate my mindset to survive. It felt like everything was happening to me, but in time I came to realize that everything was working together for my good. I can honestly say I've experienced more growth and success within the last year and half than I have in several years combined because I learned to work with what I have, lean on God heavily and bloom where I was planted. 

When you grow through what you go through, you'll develop the strength to bust through the toughest of surfaces. If you find yourself in a challenging season and just want a way out, I encourage you to embrace this season of your life and be open to all it can teach you. You have the power to bloom wherever you are planted! 

Small Steps in The Right Direction + Slip Dress





Dress- Target | Sneakers- Nike | Jacket-Anthropologie

Shoutout to everyone taking small steps towards accomplishing big goals. The journey may be long but the process will be worth it. The skills and confidence you develop during the process prepare you to handle the blessing of your goals. Celebrate every small victory and remember that slow progress is still progress so keep moving forward with faith that your goals are attainable!

Can we get into this slip dress?! I bought it from target months ago and love how versatile it is. It can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with sneakers and a jacket for a sportier look. Which look is your favorite?

Walking outside your comfort Zone + Styling a Blazer Dress

Opportunity lies in being flexible and saying yes to things outside your comfort zone. Sure, I think it's possible to learn new things and grow within the confines of your comfort zone but that growth will always be limited. I used to be scared to leave my comfort zone, especially within my career. I work in supply chain operations and up to two years ago, switching to a new shift with less desirable hours used to be extremely intimidating to me.
There was a time when I would never volunteer to step into the unknown shift and would have to be pushed to try a shift outside my comfort zone. After working the new shift I was so intimidated by for a few weeks, I grew to like it. Eventually I became good at it and got comfortable running that part of the operation. Then I went on maternity leave and came back to a shift I didn't choose and didn't feel prepared to lead (that was imposter syndrome coupled with postpartum depression). It was completely different from anything I had done, and I struggled for the first few months. The lessons and skills I developed during that struggle season allowed me grow in ways I didn't know were possible! Eventually I led my team to improve processes. Then I was thrusted outside my comfort zone again to a new shift, kept improving processes and got promoted! All glory to God
On Sunday, I got the opportunity to work the hardest shift with the toughest hours (because it's overnight) and I said yes with confidence! Why? Because I know that there is so much growth an opportunity outside my comfort zone! I also have a strong support system in my husband who makes it easy for me to be a boss mom without worrying about childcare! The more small steps you take outside your comfort zone, the easier it is to dive into brand new things! I can honestly say there has never been a time I regretted trying something new, especially in my career because it always catapulted my growth.
If you're deciding whether or not to say yes to a new opportunity and you have to search for reasons to convince yourself why you should stay within your comfort zone, I urge you to take a leap of faith! Sure, it might be scary at first and you will probably face some setbacks as you get acclimated to the newness in your life. But then you'll find your rhythm and will flourish!
On a side note, Can we get into this blazer dress! when I saw it, I had to have it and bought the pants to match when I want to wear it as a suit. I scored my shoes at a Zara sale a few years ago and I love the bow detail. This was my first time wearing orange and pink together and now I'm obsessed with this color combination!
Dress- Asos | Shoes-Zara

Give Yourself Room: Jumpsuit and Blowfish Malibu Sneakers

Jumpsuit- Target | Sneakers- Blowfish Malibu

Give yourself (and other people) room to grow, evolve, hurt, heal and be happy. All seasons of life will not look the same and that is okay. There will be moments when you feel on top of the world and days where you feel like you are crumbling when things are out of your control. You are blessed, even when certain aspects of your life are not going according to plan. You are blessed, even when you can't see the blessing happening right before your eyes. I've come to realize that some of the seasons laden with struggle and hardship are blessings in disguise because they build character and birth the skills that make room for us to flourish in our winning seasons. Whatever life looks like for you in this season, lean into it and learn from it. Walk in confidence knowing that everything is working out for your good. Remember that you never really lose if you learn a lesson. Have a blessed week!

Special Thanks to Blowfish Malibu for gifting me with these sneakers!


Building Character, Confidence and Compassion Through Motherhood


In my opinion, nothing builds character better than failure, hardship and trying to progress in the face of resistance! In my nearly 21 months of motherhood, I've failed numerous times and often deal with the challenge of trying to make progress with a little human who often resists what I want to do because he is strong-willed and impulsive. My son, Avery, is a great child, but motherhood has become more challenging as he became a toddler. As you can see from the picture above, he often tries to loosen my grasp on his hand because he wants to run uninhibited. What he doesn't understand is that I'm holding his hand because I want to protect him from the danger he could experience if I wasn't holding him. There are so many things that can happen to to a child and I want to keep my baby safe forever.

Recently my son has started throwing tantrums when he doesn't get his way which is the ultimate form of resistance! In those moments, we both get frustrated because we want different things and neither of us wants to give in to the other person. Dealing with tantrums have been my most humbling moments as a parent, especially when they happen in public. Those moments have taught me the importance of choosing my battles. Sometimes I discipline my son so that he knows what is and is not acceptable behavior. Other times, I let him be and give him freedom to express his feelings.

Motherhood has taught me that I am here to be a guide. It is not my job to control Avery, but teach him to be the best version of himself. I won't always be able to protect him, but I trust he will be okay. Last Sunday, we were playing outside and of course he was fighting his way out of my hand. So I let go and he grinned from ear to ear as he ran freely for a few seconds. Then I walked towards him with my arms stretched out so that we could walk towards our home. Avery decided to run away from me and ended up tripping over his feet, tumbling and scrapped his nose. Of course he started crying.  In that moment I felt like I failed to protect him as him mother. I beat myself up silently while I comforted him and cleaned his wounds. However, I later consoled myself by reminding myself that children will run, play and hurt themselves because that is part of life. After I comforted Avery, he was back to playing in no time. Children are resilient and my son loves me even when I feel like I'm failing.

When you feel like you are failing as a parent, give yourself the same grace and compassion you give would give to your child when they hurt themselves. I don't have all the answers to life or motherhood but I'm learning as I grow because I have a great teacher, my son. If I can handle a strong-willed toddler, I can handle anything.