The Sundress & My 10 Key Summer Essentials

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Hi there! I couldn’t wait for summer but now I’m melting from all this heat and humidity. It’s been over 90 degrees every day for the past week. It makes it impossible to take pictures in this heat. I’m sweating bullets by the time I take the first picture… LOL!  I’m surprised I don’t look like I lathered up in baby oil in these pictures.

I did some basic twists in my hair this weekend because I didn’t want to style my fro. It’s nothing fancy, I just added the braid hair so I could achieve a different look, which I thought looked cute pinned up. I really love the outcome because it’s easy and I can take it out after a few days. I like the look of  braids but I can’t deal with the headache that comes with getting them put in. I don’t like sitting for hours and my head is too sensitive so I can’t see myself getting my hair done professionally in any braided style. I figure if I do it myself, It won’t be too tight and I can remove them for wash day.

 

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I’m pretty basic in the summer, I wear a lot of dresses because I can slip them on and off with ease. I go for light weight fabrics, cotton blends, and colors that compliment my skin tone. This dress is from Sears, it was $15, the belt is thrifted and the shoes are my favorite neutral colored pumps that I purchased at Target a few months ago. What is your favorite outfit style for the summer?

I wanted to share my list of 10 key pieces that we should all have in our wardrobe for summer. I think these pieces help build a fashionable wardrobe and keeps you cool during the humid days of summer.

 

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Here are my key pieces!

  • Nude/neutral color sandals or footwear. Since we tend to wear more colorful outfits during the summer I think nude footwear makes it easy to mix & match, color block, and really enjoy bold colors without worrying about buying multiple pairs of shoes.
  • The Sundress. The name says it all “sundress” it’s hot and sunny and what better way to show off your feminine side than while wearing a cute sundress. I own all kinds of dresses, with various prints, colors, and styles. I honestly can’t get enough of them. I wear them with sandals, pumps, flip flops, and sneakers…they are perfect for this season.
  • Cute light weight accessories. I usually fine bangles that are either made from wood or metal works really well with the outfit selections for the season. I also go for small stylish earrings and necklacesI love bold jewelry but I don’t think it’s necessary for the weather, it gets so hot that I’m pouring sweat from every where and I just get annoyed with the overly chunky jewelry. I think light weight and smaller jewelry helps dress up your outfit without the extra fuss. 
  • Summer Sunnies. Most retailers offer a nice variety of shades in different styles. I personally love aviator styles, that come with or without the mirror lens. I think the style fits the shape of my face the best. I would suggest finding frames that fit the shape of your face.
  • Floppy hat. The best head accessory for summer! Great for the beach or while wearing a fabulous sundress. I don’t have any floppy hats currently but I’m looking to buy one real soon.
  • Classy clutch. Because lugging around a large heavy tote makes me sweat even more! I use a clutch, wristlet, or smaller bag when it’s hot. I try not to carry around too much stuff, just my drivers licence, lip gloss, and credit card.
  • stylish shorts. Shorts and summer go hand in hand. I wear rompers, denim shorts, all types of prints and patterns, shorts are a must have, just make sure the cut and length works for your body type.
  • Feel good swimsuit. You can go one piece or two piece. I personally love the one piece. I did find a few two piece styles that I will also be rocking this summer. I look for high waisted styles in the two piece to cover my stomach pooch and I’m drawn to bright colors and pretty prints.
  • Beach essentials. Straw bags, sun block, flip flops, beach towel, and reading material. These are all needed for a day at the beach or pool. I want to be comfortable and relaxed the entire time I’m there soaking in the sun.
  • Graphic T’s. They are bold, artsy, and just plain fun to rock for the summer.Throw them on with your favorite shorts and your ready to conqueror the day.  I buy T’s that say what’s on my mind and express how I feel.

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Did I forget anything? I probably did, feel free to add on or tweek the list!

 

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Dress: Sears buy it here

Belt: Thrifted

Shoes: Target, Old buy similar here

Xo,

 

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One Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit

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I just couldn’t pass this one shoulder swimsuit up! It’s rear that I find a swimsuit that I love as much as I do this one. When I saw it, I wasn’t sure about the one shoulder because I knew it would show the scaring from radiation. I burned really really badly from radiation. My skin completely peeled off on the right chest wall. I’m so surprised it’s healed as much as it has. I’m always lathering up the area with coconut oil to help fade the scar naturally. The area once felt like leather and it bothered me so much to show it. In fact I avoid certain necklines for that very reason.

I’ve come a long way…really proud of myself! I find so many nice pieces but I just couldn’t stand the way the discoloration. I loved the swimsuit so much and it fit great. It would be a plain old swimsuit without the ruffles. I was sold on that part of the design alone plus it covers another scar and my chemo port. I was at the pool for hours, my son can’t swim but he can’t wait to jump in. I’ve arranged for him to take swimming lessons at our local YMCA.

 

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It got in the upper 90’s this past weekend and I decided to cool off at the pool. It was a good opportunity to rock this swimsuit. When I first got it in the mail it seemed too big. The size I’m wearing is 3x, I think I saw the size and immediately thought it wouldn’t fit but it’s Chinese sizing, which typically runs small so it worked out for me. It was so darn humid, I just couldn’t do the afro so I braided my hair with some braiding hair for fullness and did this halo braid. I told you all that this halo braid style is here to stay for the summer because it looks so neat and pretty.

There are a few other styles that I hope to try. I’m letting my sides and back grow back so the styles will look good when I attempt them. What do you are some ways you stay cool in the summer? Enjoy the pictures and the rest of the week!

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Swimsuit: Buy it here

shades: TJMaxx find similar here

 

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Event Recap: Sip & Slay ” The Beautiful Brow Edition”

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I recently attended the cutest event for women looking to sharpen their makeup skills and learn some new techniques from successful Youtube guru Ktura Kay. It’s always exciting for me when anything like this happens in Columbia,SC. In other cities like DC & NY events like this take place daily. Although, I arrived late and missed the live demo, I still found the event to be fun and the other women were warm and friendly. I’ll support and event for women who really do their thing on social media and in the real world. Ktura Kay is one of those women along with the other ladies from the organization The PeekABoo PrettyGirl Foundation and BLO II Vista, Blow Dry Bar.

Black girl magic is happening all around us! I think more and more young women are taking what they enjoy doing to a whole other level. They are forming success small businesses, making differences in the lives other others, and really lifting up each other and I’m here for all of it!

 

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The event was an opportunity to network with others and see how build new relationships. I thought the hostess Ktura Kay was so humble and sweet. She has the warmest personality and the fact that she has over $19K subscribers on her Youtube channel is really a great accomplishment. I thought she is professional and beautiful, she answered questions, gave tips, and circled the room to get to know each person in attendance. She is definitely going places and doing big things in life.

When you surround yourself with positive people it motivates you in so many ways. I also met other women from the PeekABoo PrettyGirl Foundation,a non profit that goes out into the community to help those that are less fortunate. I can’t remember what I was doing at their age but it was nothing nearly as productive. After the event is was really nice to grab a bite to eat and have great conversation with a good friend. Please enjoy the pictures and what’s left of the week.

 

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Xo,

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Summer Styling in Blue Maxi Dress

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I think maxi dresses were made for the summer weather. I can’t think of a more comfortable thing to wear when its hot and humid outside. You can dress a maxi dress up or down very easily, they are usually pretty affordable and I have a nice variety of colors. I usually don’t pay anymore than $30 on a maxi dress. I prefer the jersey material because it has a little stretch and it doesn’t cost a whole lot.

The jersey material is practical for everyday wear. When I found this dress I immediately fell in love with the color, then I fell in love with the white trimming. During the day I’ll throw on some sandals, I also like maxi dresses with sneakers, basic skippies.

 

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I’ve been trying bold lip colors, this one is called Va Va Violet by Revlon at my local Walgreens. The color is royal, rich, and bold. I think royal blue and purple shades compliment each other very well.

I also tried smaller bantu knots in my hair, I’m not sure that I love the smaller curls, they didn’t come out as defined as I wanted them to because it was so hot and humid the day I took the photos.  I’ll try a different technique next time. What summer styles are you looking forward to? Anywhoo…I’m swamped at work this week, can’t wait for a mini vacation.

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Dress: Burkes Outlet: see similar here

Love, peace, & happiness

Xo,

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Floral Print Dress & Afro Love

 

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Hi guys!!..It’s your soul sista…LOL… It’s just me fooling around with another change up of my hair. Actually I was in the process of blowing out my hair for the halo braid that I blogged about recently and I wanted to showoff my afro. I’ve kept my hair trimmed and tapered on the sides and the back for months but it has grown out so much and I love it.  I feel like Foxy Brown, bold and sexy with my fro.

I don’t know that I will wear it often but I think once I add some color to it and shape it up, it will be fabulous. I think the summer heat might be too much for a fro. When it gets humid, the hair tightens up into tiny curls and is difficult to maintain. Maybe I need the right type of product to make it work out for me.

 

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I found this cute floral dress from TJMaxx and I like that it ties around the neck. I don’t usually like floral patterns. If it’s too much of any print it reminds me of upholstery for furniture or drapes and we don’t want that now do we?

I have another fun weekend coming up and since my son is out of school for the summer he and I can really hang and do some mommy and son stuff…I Hope you all have an amazing day!

 

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Dress: TJMaxx

Shoes: JCPenny

 

Xo,

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Thrifted Ankara Print Dress

 

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How do you bounce back from a long weekend? Let’s see,you don’t..I think the question probably should be..do you ever bounce back from a long weekend? My days will be off for the rest of the week just because we had one extra day away from the office. Seriously I did so much this weekend even though, it rained and was humid. The only thing I didn’t do was relax, which I always say I’ll do but never actually get to do.

I did take some time to do things around the house. I didn’t attend any back yard  BBQ’s because I can’t stand mosquitos and bugs for too long. I worked on my blogging and decided to give myself a new hair style. I thought a halo braid would go very well with my thrifted ankara print dress.

 

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I purchased the dress several weeks ago and had it dry cleaned. I think the print is amazing, the colors are great together. The dress was less than $6 and it’s a little big so I thought my thrifted Bannana Republic belt worked perfectly. It’s such a cool piece, the width and design of the belt makes it really stand out. I was going for a more ethnic feel. Ankara print is every where these days and I love seeing so many people showcasing their culture in such bright and beautiful prints.

I like that ankara prints are main stream fashion now. Before I couldn’t find anything except on Etsy, now local retailers and big chains are beginning to offer ankara fabric, clothing, and accessories. I was excited to find this piece, it’s so original and fun! I thought it would be a great festival outfit. I attend quite a few street festivals and expos through out the summer and this look is comfortable and practical for all the walking and the heat.

 

 

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I swear I got these sandals at Walmart and they have really held up. It’s the Faded Glory brand, which is ok but I wouldn’t have imagined that they would have last so long. They go well with anything casual, I wear them with sun dresses practically everyday to work. I’m a huge fan of bangles, I stole  borrowed these from my mother. She has the best wooden accessories.

Now about my halo hair do. I love it…I wish my own hair was a little bit longer so I could be more creative. I braided my own hair then attached the halo braid over it so it could look fuller. What do you think? I was so impressed with myself for trying it. Definitely look to see more of this hair style in future posts. Enjoy the pictures and whats left of the work week!

 

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Dress& Belt: Thrifted

Sandals: Walmart

Luv,

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Thrifted Mini Red Dress & Lace Up Heels

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Hey guys! It’s hump day…I love saying that…Lol. I wanted to share my thrifted $5 dress from Goodwill. Ladies don’t sleep on thrift stores. I know we all want the latest clothing and accessories out there but if you have to break the bank to buy it, then it just isn’t worth it…at least it isn’t to me.

I learned thrifting from my mother, I come from a immigrant family and when she arrived in the US, she had little to nothing to support her six children. She started doing house keeping for wealthy families, then on to nursing school and she thrifts more than ever these days. My mother always told us that some of the best quality items were in thrift stores. She would say they don’t make good furniture and linens like they use to and I couldn’t agree more.

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I thrift because it’s fun! I usually go with the intentions of buying one or two items and walk out with several bags. I can’t go with anyone but my mother, it takes us forever to comb through the racks and I have to focus. When my son comes along he complains the entire time.

What I enjoy the most is finding something that I can dress up or down and make it look like it never came out a thrift store, that’s the key to thrifting. I buy household items all the time and paint, sand, and redecorate them with my own personal touch.

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I thought the dress was sexy. I love red and skater dresses fit my pear shaped figure. It shows lots of legs and looks really good with these strappy shoes. What do you think? Do you thrift?

I thought this look would be great for date night. It’s not too much and you can throw on a belt and a few different types of accessories and make it your own. Enjoy the pictures and thanks as always for stopping by!

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Dress: Thrifted see similar here

Choker; Buy it here

Shoes: Buy it here

xo,

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Black Jumper & Strappy Sandals

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Now for how I originally planned on rocking the jumper. I eventually found my sandals…after the fact of course. I wanted to show you all how easily you can transform an outfit by changing one or two things. I added a belt and changed the sneakers to these comfortable wedge sandals and now I look like I’m going out to dinner. Which look do you prefer? I think it works as a day to night look as well, I would lose the oversize bag and carry a clutch for an evening occasion.

 

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Bag: H&M buy it here

Belt: Marshalls

Jumper: Charming Charlies buy it here

Sandals: Ross Dress for Less/See similar here

Kiss, Kiss

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Black Jumper & Tropical Print Sneakers

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Hi guys! Look at who’s rocking sneakers…LOL! Seriously, I’m not a huge sneaker fan. The sneaker has to be cute in order for me to even buy it. These tropical print sneakers definitely pass the cuteness test. I usually only wear sneakers to the gym, when I’m running errands, or hanging with my son for our play dates. I own several pairs of sneakers and they last forever because I hardly wear them. In fact I had no plans on wearing these today. I couldn’t find my sandals and I was in a rush so I threw them on. I actually like this sneaker jumper combination. What do you think?

I want to challenge myself to wear more sneakers or just casual looks in general.  can’t do heels nearly as often as I use to. I own a few colorful ones and I love Converse Chuck Taylor’s, Adidas Original Superstar’s, Puma Roma Basic’s, Reebok Classics, and 574 New Balance sneakers. I’m excited already to convert a few of my more dressed up attire into casual outfits, starting with this one!

 

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Jumper: Charming Charlies buy it here

Sneakers:Buy it here

Bag: H&M buy it here

Xo,

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White Mini Dress & Gladiator Sandals

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I believe in happiness…true happiness..we search for it all our lives and want it all the time because it’s hard to come by. I remember thinking that I would never be happy again. I was sick, fatigue, and depressed during most of treatment, It was difficult to even imagine a future.  I use to think what is the point of planning for something down the line when down the line may never come for me. When your younger in age and newly diagnosed, everyone says your just so young to have cancer, breast cancer in particular. It was once considered a disease for older women. I’ve met women in their 20’s and 30’s who fight this disease everyday. We are a close community of women that have a common goal…beat cancer into remission!

As I stated in my previous post this month is my cancerversary..2 years cancer free. I hope to stay in remission forever. I can’t imagine a recurrence, I don’t know that I would be as strong as the first time around. This disease is nothing you can prepare for, their is no manual, no two cancers are the same, and no two individuals cope with the disease and treatment the same.  I pray for my health all the time, something we all take for granted.

 

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I never celebrated my 1 year cancerversary. I honestly thought I would totally jinx myself. The fear was still there, the horror from the whole ordeal was too fresh in my mind.This year I’ve been working real hard on building myself up, I’ve been focusing on what brings me happiness.  I would stay in bad relationships because I focused more on someone else happiness. Now I can walk away and not feel any level of guilt. It’s not that I don’t care about them, it’s just that I care about me more! What steps are you taking to find your happiness?

My first step was to start doing things that I enjoy doing, even if no one else wants to do it with you. I enjoy blogging…so I blog! I like shopping and since I have a limited budget, I thrift and combine my thrifted finds with accessories and maybe one new item. For example, the dress I’m wearing was less than $22…I was shocked it fit, the only issue is the lining under it is too short, I will work on getting it properly lined inside. I love the lace design, it makes the dress. The gladiator sandals are new but with in my budget. I don’t think you need to shop all the time. I recycle my outfits over and over again.

I made my own floral crown…I really need to do a DIY section cause I’m always making stuff. I love art and that is another passion that I plan on incorporating into my blog. I hope you all enjoy the pictures and have a great weekend!!

 

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Dress: Buy it here /see similar here

Sandals: buy it here

floral crown: DIY here

Bag: See similar here

Accessories: Old from my jewelry line

Xo,

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