Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Top 5 Travel Destinations | 2017

Me in Isla Mujeres, Mexico in September 2016

2017, I am so excited to welcome you! When it comes to a New Year, I use to be a huge fan of resolutions but now I like to make mission statements and set smaller more realistic goals that I know I will hit. Usually, six months into a New Year resolutions start to dissipate.

For me, it's better to keep a mission for the year and just hold on to that vision and see where it takes me. At the top of my list this year is traveling more. I feel that is always on most lists, but for me, I feel as though I've fallen off my travel commitment a bit. 2014 was one of my best travel years yet! I took this incredible trip to Greece, one that I will never forget. 2015, wasn't great, but I still got out the country to visit Jamaica. 2016, again, not remarkable but still left the country and saw Mexico for the first time. I'm a big believer in international traveling as it pushes you to see new cultures and try new things outside of your comfort zone. This year, I'm being a bit ambitious with my travel plans and goals, but I have faith that I'll at least get through half of my wish list.

Ok, enough chatting, here goes! 

1. Barcelona, Spain 
This destination is actually already locked and loaded. The flights are booked and we just need to solidify lodging. I absolutely cannot wait to visit Spain. I've heard nothing but great things about this location. We are going during the most popular time of year in July. This will be a true treat! 

2. Bali, Indonesia
I've always had this destination on my list ever since I saw the movie, Eat, Pray, Love. I loved that Julia Roberts (in the movie) visited this destination to get her love and her peace of mind. It looks like such a tranquil and beautiful destination and according to Forbes.com, one of the most budget friendly travel destinations to visit in 2017. 

3. Turks & Caicos 
I'm literally obsessed with the Caribbean. I get lost in photos of the beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. I was born in Jamaica, and though I love my country, I know there are so many other places in the Caribbean to visit. Turks  & Caicos has been on my mind a lot lately. I am obsessed with this destination and want to make it a priority to get there this year! 

4. Amalfi Coast, Italy 
Now, on every travel list you have your reach destination. I'm defintly reaching with this one, as this is more of a honeymoon type destination in a lot of people's minds. But, I have the philosophy of why wait what it comes to a lot things. I believe you should go places while you can and when the opportunity presents itself. This destination was on my list a couple years ago and I didn't make it there. I would love to go to the Amalfi Coast during the summer to see the beauty of it all. Let's see if I can make it happen.

5. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
My boyfriend and I actually made it to Mexico last September. We went for our 3 year anniversary. I should have done more research on Mexico and chose Cabo as our destination instead of Cancun. Though we had a blast, I did have a couple regrets as I saw how beautiful Cabo was toward the end of the year when it seemed like my entire Instagram timeline had went on holiday there lol! We do have the opportunity to go to Cabo this year in September for friends 30th birthday, so hoping we are able to confirm that get the details squared away. 

This is my travel list so far, but I'm also looking to explore my country domestically and visiting a few places such as Arizona to see the canyons and New Orleans for the food and jazz and Charleston for the food and charm.

Here's to a prosperous and adventure filled 2017. Are there any destinations that you have in mind for the new year? Please share them with me below. I'm always looking for inspiration for my next trip.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Collection

I'm always looking for a product line that will help me in combating unruly frizz. I typically can find a shampoo from one brand and then a conditioner from another plus a serum from somewhere else to help me in achieving a super smooth blow out. However, the holidays in full swing, I'm looking for one line that gives me everything in one collection. With SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Collection I found just that!

Formulated with certified organic, natural and fair trade ingredients, including Argan Oil, Almond Milk and Shea Butter, the products improve manageability and protect against heat damage – without the use of synthetic ingredients – leaving hair silky and smooth.

Not only is my hair benefiting from the amazing ingredients that makes up the formulation but the Argan Oil is ethically sourced by women in co-ops as part of the brand’s purpose-driven Community Commerce business model. 10% of the sales of the collection support women’s empowerment in three key areas – entrepreneurship, education and equity. The brand invests in these communities by funding training, infrastructure and safety programs to sustainably source indigenous ingredients, grow local manufacturing of high quality goods in their own villages, and provide fair prices for their goods and labor.

Here's what I used from the collection to achieve silky smooth, bouncy hair! 

SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Collection

  • Cleanse & Hydrate Shampoo – This sulfate-free shampoo gently cleanses while controlling frizz and smoothing hair. (10.3oz - $8.99; 13oz - $10.99)
  • Soften & Detangle Conditioner – This revitalizing conditioner effectively detangles, smooths and revives hair. (10.3oz - $8.99; 13oz - $10.99)
  • Blow Out Crème – This conditioning styling crème tames unruly frizz and flyaways while improving control and manageability. ($10.99)

To maintain my hair overnight, I simply wrap it with a bristle brush and the curls actually get even better as the style gets older! 

Get the SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Almond Milk Collection  here & here!

P.S. Love SheaMoisture and looking for last minute Christmas gifts? Check out my other reviews here & here!

Thanks SheaMoisture for providing me with this collection. As always, the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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. 

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