Mapiful: The Perfect Just Because or Valentine's Day Gift

Let me preface this by saying that my husband and I usually don't buy each other gifts for special occasions. When we first starting dating 6 years ago we decided that we never wanted to use a holiday as a reason to gift each other something special, so we randomly give each other gifts just because. For example, my husband got tired of me borrowing his air pods last week so he decided to gift me my own pair haha. Around the holidays my husband mentioned missing home. He's originally from Tobago and has always wanted our family to visit for Christmas. Due to covid and work schedules, visiting the Island was not possible last year. So when Mapiful reached out to gift me with a custom print, I thought this would be the perfect time to give him a piece of his native home right in our apartment. So we went on the Mapiful website and designed a Trinidad & Tobago map just for him! He insisted on it being red, white and black because those are the country's national colors. With Valentine's day approaching in a few weeks I thought a Mapiful print would make a perfect gift for your special someone!

Boho Chic: Fringe Sweater & Yellow Faux Leather

Style: One of my favorite things to wear in the winter is a chinky knit sweater! I love this sweater from Lovestitch because it's warm, stylish and unique. The tassels pretty much made me get it and the neutral hues make it contrast well with bright colors like this yellow skirt I got from Zara a few years ago. I can also see this sweater going great with with denim or black faux leather pants for alternate looks. How would you style it?

Food for thought: Don't let a cloudy day dim your light. As you can see, I shot this outfit on a cloudy day and clearly it sparked a message. As you walk through this week remember that you can't always control your environment, but you can control how you respond to it. No day is perfect but your attitude can make a rough day better and a good day great. So be the light your environment is lacking and have a blessed week!

All You Have Is All You Need + Styling A Striped Sweater

I heard some say that "all you have is all you need" and that really resonated with me. How many times have we told ourselves that we are not equipped to to do one thing or another because we lack the resources. The truth is that if what you want to do is in alignment with your purpose, you already have what you need to start or continue. It's natural to want more. I want more money so I can buy a house, go on multiple vacations a year, buy more things I don't need and the list goes on. I want more time so I can put more energy into content creation, spend more time with my family, spend more time with my friends in person than on the get the point. 
Sweater-Asos (old) | Jeans-Old Navy | Ankle Boots- Target (old)
Truth is, maybe I don't need more, I just need to be a better steward of what I already have in this season. If I save more aggressively I can buy a house sooner and go on more than one or two vacations a year. That means I have to stop spending $50 here and $100 there on things I don't really need each month because those dollars add up. There are 24 hours in a day and that's never going to change, so I have to set more boundaries for myself to manage my time better. That could mean batch creating content on the weekend, respecting my screen time boundaries so I can spend more time investing into me than endlessly scrolling. Now, I started doing these things already and I'm already seeing the difference in my life. Lately my prayers have been less of Lord give me more and Lord help me to be a better steward of all that you have given me and He's shown me that all I have is all I need. If this blog post blessed you, share it with someone. Let's uplift each other!

Hello 2021! New Year, New Goals?

Happy new year and hello 2021! One thing last year taught us is to prepare for surprises and be ready for blessings at all times. I quietly jotted down a list of goals/prayer request to God for this year on January first, but I still plan on writing down more along with some action plans. The truth is I feel like I need a few uninterrupted hours to sit in silence, think and write and I have been too tired to wake up a few hours before my son to do that yet. However, I hope to make that happen this week. So if you have yet to write down all your goals for this year, make a vision board or perform whatever new year ritual helps you set your intentions for the year, you're not alone. I've also come to realize that we don't need to set all our goals for the year in January. You can make a decision to accomplish new goals as they come to you. If last year was tough on you and your only goal for this year is to survive and be better than you were yesterday, last week or last year, that is okay too. Don't necessary pressure on yourself and preserve your mental health at all costs.

Many of the goals I wrote down on Friday are a continuation of goals I achieved last year and intend to keep building on. For example one of my goals last year was to collaborate with brands I love and I was able to do that by the grace of God! This year, I plan on continuing with brands that resonate with my style and that I think you, my audience will enjoy. This sweater I'm wearing is from collaboration with Lovestitch. I was drawn to this sweater because of the colors and the fact that I can style it multiple ways. I opted to pair it with denim but think it would also look great with corduroys. I was also really impressed with the quality and warmth of this sweater and can tell that it will last for years to come.

Sweater- Lovestitch | Jeans- H&M | Shoes- Vionic