This time of year is always special for me. Since becoming a Mom three years ago, I’ve been incredibly blessed. But motherhood definitely comes with its challenges. Suddenly you have a little person (or people) wholly dependent on you, and that can be SO overwhelming. But it’s honestly a job I wouldn’t trade for anything. And it’s something that has made me even more appreciative of my own mom’s love and sacrifice.
One of the perks of being a Mom is receiving all the hugs, kisses, acknowledgment and even special gifts on Mother’s Day. I typically spend so much time and energy making sure the moms in my life are taken care of, I hardly ever indulge in anything for myself. So when Hallmark Jewelry reached out to me and told me they wanted to send over a special gift from their Hallmark Diamonds Heart of Hallmark Collection for JCPenney, I was ecstatic. Nothing like a little sparkly self-indulgence.
Opening the package up is sometimes the best part. Little boxes always have something sparkly and special waiting for you. I loved the Hallmark packaging. They included a cute little quote card in there with my necklace that reads “Life’s the best story of all…”.
I chose this piece because I thought it was so simple, elegant and beautiful. I don’t wear fine jewelry often, but when I do it’s typically on special occasions and I like my pieces to be minimal but still statement-making like this.
One of the things I find so tough about buying gifts for “the mom who has everything” is finding something that has special meaning. What’s nice about Hallmark Jewelry’s collection (available at JCPenney) is that there’s a little something special for every Mom. If your Mom is faith-based, there are beautiful crosses and angels to choose from. If she loves rose gold, there are mixed element pieces that suit her style. Even if you just want something to reminder her she’s “Mom” they have something for her. The pieces are really beautifully made.
True story – when I saw VH1’s trailer for “The Breaks”, I was hyped. I love the 90’s. No really. As a late-80’s baby, I grew up in the 90’s and I still get nostalgia thinking about all the iconic style. I loved everything about it from the boombox culture to the dark-lip-and heavy brow beauty moments to the graphic sweats and ripped jeans.
So when elements of 90’s style (like the dark lip, the choker, distressed denim) came back into mainstream as cyclical fashion does, I embraced it with open arms.
VH1’s The Breaks seriescurrently airs on Monday nights on VH1, and it picks up where the original TV-movie left off. If you saw it, you know it’s set in New York City in 1990, at the height of rap’s “Golden Age” of creativity.
The main character Nikki (Afton Williamson) lands a dream job as the assistant to the legendary and out-of-control Barry Fouray (Wood Harris) while her best friend and producer DeeVee (Mack Wilds) is working with new rapper Ahm (Antoine Harris), who is currently under investigation by the police for murder. It’s crazy yall. But so SO good. Check out the trailer below:
If you haven’t seen it, you need to get your life. They’re currently offering a full Season Pass to the series on iTunes. With a pass, you own every episode plus bonus content, so you never miss a beat (corny pun, I know).
One of you lucky folks will get a Season Pass for FREE courtesy the folks at VH1! Just leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite memory or style trend from the 90’s. We’ll contact you when a winner is chosen. Good luck!
I love everything about summer style so once fall creeps up, I get a serious case of FOMO. Transitioning back to neutral and dark tones, heavier fabrics, and structured silhouettes takes me longer than average because I absolutely love the flowy silhouettes and bright colors of summer.
If you’re anything like me, you may need some tips on bringing the fun & free flow of summer into your fall wardrobe. I partnered up with TheOutfit.com and JCPenney to show you guys how to transition your look for fall with 3 easy tips.
Photos by Keyaira Boone
Check out the full story with my tips, more pictures of my look and “Where To Buy” information here: The Outfit
This post is sponsored by JCPenney in partnership with TheOutfit.com. All opinions expressed here are my own and not those of the company.
This post about the Color Full Lives podcast is sponsored by State Farm®. All opinions expressed here are my own.
As you all know, I am incredibly passionate about women of color looking good AND feeling good. I’ve also made it one of my personal missions to help positively change the perceptions of women of color in the media, so I am really happy to team up with State Farm to talk about the Color Full Lives podcast series.
Earlier this month, I went on an 8-day excursion to Italy and Greece. Ever since I studied abroad during my Junior year in college, Italy has been one of my absolute favorite countries. Though I studied in France, Italy left such an incredible impression on me. I’ve always wanted to go back. This year I had that opportunity. I also had the chance to finally visit Greece! My only regret during my study abroad semester is that I didn’t take a trip there, so when my friend Gabi invited me to Santorini for her 30th birthday – I was all in. Here’s what I wore and loved on my Eurotrip. I chose pieces that fit my shape and made me feel like a goddess:
Summer came at us fast. It seems like just yesterday we were spring cleaning, and suddenly it’s time to break out the jean cutoffs and tanks! Well in anticipation for the drastic change, I partnered up with TheOutfit and JCPenney to offer you guys tips on rocking three summer trends that can seamlessly usher your wardrobe from spring to summer.
Check out a sneak peek below:
Get details on my outfit plus more tips on summer trends over at TheOutfit.com.
Hey guys! As you all know, I’m a blog contributor for TheOutfit.com and I often partner with them to help translate some of the latest trends in an easy and accessible way. I’m all about making the trends work for YOU. Currently I’m obsessed with the Cold Shoulder trend.
I think it’s so subtle yet sexy and it works for so many different body types. I shared my love for the Cold Shoulder trend over at TheOutfit.com by showing off how I styled this JCPenney a.n.a top. Head to TheOutfit to read the full post all about it!
CLICK HERE to check it out, and please leave a comment on the post letting me know if you’d try it!
This post is sponsored by JCPenney in partnership with TheOutfit. All opinions expressed above are my own and not those of the company.
With Spring in full bloom, there is no better time to step out of your Fall neutrals. Dare to be bold with 5 different ways to add a little color to your wardrobe. With Christina’s trendy #LBSInColor tag, I think this is a great post to highlight that trend.
Check out how she and other digital influencers rock it below!
Holiday season is upon us ladies! Break out your best sparkly heels, winter wonderland ‘fits and ugly sweaters because those holiday party invites are probably already piling up. You all know there’s nothing I love more than a little black dress. I blog about a new one every season, right? Well, get into my perfect little black holiday dress:
Well I’ve teamed up with online retailer Maurices to show you fashionistas how to simply and easily style a little black dress (this black lacy one I’m wearing is under $100!) for your next holiday celebration. This one is from their Plus collection and can easily be dressed up or down for an at-home celebration or even an office party, layered under a sharp white blazer and pumps.
One thing I love to do is entertain. Now that I have a new home, I’ve been hosting my friends for cocktails and such alot more often. Holiday season is the perfect excuse for some good ole girly shenanigans & holiday cheer at my place.
A lacy black dress like this one pops with metallic accessories. It’s not quite a party without silly #selfie props and bottles of bubbly, right?
Maurices also sent over a fun holiday box for me with special items perfect for holiday time – the perfect pale lavendar nail polish, a statement necklace and more.
So ladies, how do you all dress when entertaining friends and family for the holiday? Do you get decked out? Or keep it casual? Let me know!
SPECIAL: Because I love you. 20% off Maurices with discount code: THANKS20. Valid on single, regular priced purchases between 11/13/15-1/9/16! Y’all welcome.
Disclosure: Though this post is sponsored by Maurices, all opinions expressed above are my own and not those of the company.