Monday, December 5, 2016

25 Gifts for $25 and Under

It’s almost time to start thinking about Christmas shopping!! (Sorry in advance to those who only start thinking about Christmas after Thanksgiving). Christmas is the most glorious time of year, but it can most definitely be stressful if you’re on a budget and you need to get gifts for co-workers, family members, friends, close neighbors etc. Lucky for you, I’ve done all the hard work. I’ve been checking out tons of holiday gift guides online and curated a list below of 25 items that are perfect for her and even some cool gifts for him! So sit back, relax and click your way to a completed Christmas shopping list. Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for ebates to get amazing cash back incentives. If you’re going to shop for other’s make sure you get a little something, something back for yourself later. Happy shopping, friends!
  1. Boulangerie Jar 
  2. White Marble 15" Laptop Cover
  3. Brookstone Swivel Speaker
  4. kate spade new york Take Note Large Notebook
  5. Be Still, My Soul Posters
  6. Custom Gold Bar Neckalce 
  7. Oversized Hoop Earrings
  8. Jack Black 'The Balm Squad' Gift Set 
  9. Lodge Cast Iron Pan 
  10. Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes
  11. SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Bath Holiday Kit 
  12. SAIC tea for one
  13. Keep Not Settling mug
  14. In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
  15. Custom Patterned Black and Ivory Wooden Picture Frame
  16. French Kitchen Marble Wine Cooler
  17. Men's Classic Watch Scarf Black/Green One Size
  18. Women's Fur Mini Bag - Who What Wear
  19. Wake Pray Slay Journal
  20. Seek Explore Discover Luggage Tag Box Set
  21. Ooh La La Flute Glass
  22. Omi Printed Ankara Leggings
  23. The Lip Bar - Man Eater
  24. Vice Collection: Champagne Bears
  25. Mini Waffle Maker
I would be extremely happy if I got some of the items on this list (just saying!) A great Christmas gift doesn't need to be expensive, it just needs to be thoughtful and come from the heart.

Where are some of your favorite places to shop for affordable gifts? Let me know below!! 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Don't Touch My Hair

A good friend of mine, Evan, designed this shirt as a nod to Solange's latest single, "Don't Touch My Hair". The second I saw this design I had to have it. Not just because I felt like the girl on the shirt looked like me but because of what the statement stands for.

Solange's song is the epitome of what we feel as black women in America and even in the world. Often times our hair is the first thing white people comment on as if we are a spectacle on display. Some making casual comments such as "How did you get your hair to do that?" Did that take you forever?" "Can I touch it?" "Wow, it's so soft!" (As if it's suppose to feel like a brick).

“Don’t touch my hair When it’s the feelings I wear Don’t touch my soul When it’s the rhythm I know Don’t touch my crown They say the vision I’ve found Don’t touch what’s there When it’s the feelings I wear.”

I wear this shirt proudly and with confidence because I'm reclaiming what's mine. My hair is my crown and not up for grabs.

Get yours here & check out Evan's other designs for sale as well! 

Monday, November 14, 2016

At Home with Circle 21 Candles

There aren't many things that I love more than lighting and experiencing a new candle. For me, candles set the mood and really provide a sense of calmness in my surroundings. Usually, the first thing I do when I walk through my door after a long day of work is reach for my lighter to get my candles going. A good burn shifts my energy and allows me to burn the stress of the day away. Even when I'm home on a Saturday I love to burn a new candle.

Lucky for me, Circle 21 sent me a beautiful box of one of their full sized candles called Moroccan Tile as well a full scent sampler of their entire collection. I took the time to smell every scent and I was blown away! 

Moroccan Tile is inspired by the Mediterranean, a scent with notes of cinnamon, cranberry and citrus. My favorite thing about the Circle 21 brand is that the soy candles are brilliantly packaged in salvaged wine bottles—founder Janet Coffman cuts and sands them herself (a woman after my own heart).

I took the opportunity on Saturday to unwind with my Moroccan Tile candle. The beautiful scent filled my apartment as soon as I lit the wick.

There's nothing like cozying up on the couch with a good book and a candle near by. To me this is the epitome of relaxation. The candles scent is not over powering at all and I enjoyed having it close to me throughout the day.

Thank you Candle 21 for providing me with this incredible package. I hope you guys enjoyed me sharing with you how I relax at home on Saturdays. In my opinion these candles make the perfect gift for any candle lover in your life and at only $26 it's worth the buy. 

Let know below if you enjoyed this post & if you would like to see more like it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Our Housewarming Party

The planning wasn't easy but we pulled it off! We actually moved in to our apartment 6 months ago! We knew we wanted to do a nice housewarming party to welcome our family & friends to our first apartment together but didn't know exactly when! I don't consider myself a perfectionist but I do like things to look well put together. That means decor and what I call "homeyness". Don't ever let anyone tell you that you need to rush to have a housewarming! You might end up looking like Kenya from Real Housewives of Atalanta (ok, you don't watch that show? Yeah me either lol)
The most detail oriented part of prepping for the party was creating a menu that I was happy with. Our party started at 2pm, which is right around brunch time, but I knew some people would come later and that would be dinner time. So I came up with a menu that was blended and it was absolutely perfect (if I do say so myself). The menu included homemade everything, from pumpkin waffles to buttermilk biscuits, slow cooker turkey chili, jerk wings, roasted bacon, spinach and mushroom quiche and basil infused ziti. Sounds like a lot? Well, it was all gone by the end of the night!!
Nate & I were so happy to have friends and family celebrate our apartment with us that we can't wait to do it again! I'm thinking ugly sweater party next for the holidays! Sounds fun right?

Let me know what you do to prep for a party at your home below! 


Monday, October 17, 2016

A Fall Style Story

Fall is here (or so they say)! We had a stunning weekend here in NYC. It actually felt like fall. Then fast forward to today and we have a high of 80 degree's! The story is the same for the next couple of days, so I'm thrilled to have captured a fall style post this past weekend for you guys! The weather was crisp and chilly, perfect for a cold shoulder top and black skinnies with suede boots.

Top: Free People Jeans: Uniqlo Shoes: Guess


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