A Girl’s Night Out in Hoboken

My friends and I did some birthday celebrating in Hoboken a couple weeks ago. I hadn’t been to Hoboken in so long so it was nice to get out there for a night full of shenanigans.

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We started our night by finding parking. That took just as long as it did to get to Hoboken (exaggeration but you see what I’m trying to say). We rode around and around and around looking for someone to pull out at the same moment we were riding down the street.

We finally found a spot that was a few blocks away and headed for the first bar, Wicked Wolf. It was super crowded and the music was a blend of upbeat techno. We met the rest of our group, had a drink, and took some selfies before we moved on to the next location, Biggie’s.

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This place was a few blocks over from Wicked Wolf and was more of a dancing scene with a nice mix of pop, hip-hop, Today’s Top 40, and some throwbacks. It was really a great time, especially when you’re with your crew.

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The lines for both the bar and the bathroom were relatively short and the place is a decent size too. Not too big and not too small. We had a great time in Hoboken and it is a place I would highly recommend for a fun night out.

So, if you ever want to go out to Hoboken here are some tips:

1.Take an Uber if you are close enough, don’t like to walk, or are wearing six-inch heels

The walk from and back to the car in heels is not for the weak. It is totally possible but definitely isn’t the highlight of the night. Plus, you don’t have to worry about parking. I also recommend an Uber because then everyone can drink like a fish and you don’t have to worry about having a designated driver.

2.Explore

And by “Explore” I mean don’t just stay at one bar the entire night. The bars and lounges are all within walking distance from each other so take the opportunity to check out as many as you can. Hoboken is also right outside of New York so as you’re walking, check out the view of the city.

The Fashion Behind It:

I wore a simple black fitted t-shirt dress and a pair of open-toe nude heels. Hoboken is a little more fancy than your local bar, however, you shouldn’t over think it. Dress cute and comfortably. Heels are not a must.

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GOMO:Going Out More Often Summer Bucket List

Hey Readers!

Does anyone have a bucket list? If so, what’s on it?

I’m working with Eventbrite to support GOMO: Going Out More Often, which reminds us that we should aim to have more memorable experiences in life with friends and family rather than be satisfied with material things. Statistics show that most of us would like to have more of these experiences anyway so let’s make it happen!

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While keeping this concept in mind, I’ve created a bucket list of things I want to do this summer.

1.Hot Yoga Class

This is a trend that I’ve heard so much about and have been hesitant to try. I’m already not great at yoga and then being in a hot room could send me over the edge. At the end of the day, it would be an experience that I wouldn’t forget. Who knows, I may connect with my inner yogi and find peace and relaxation in it.

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2. Tour a Brewery/Go to a Wine Tasting

No matter if you like beer over wine or wine over beer, both of these things are awesome experiences. I have done a wine tasting in the past and it was nice being able to learn about each wine that we tried (aroma, smell, and taste of course) instead of just going to the store and getting the cheapest boxed wine my friends and I could find. I’m not huge on beer but this is definitely still getting checked off my list this summer.

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3. NOLA!

New Orleans is a place full of culture and one of a kind experiences. Between the food, the people, the festivals, nightlife, and the food, there is so much to take in when you’re there. You probably have to make a separate bucket list just for this place. One of the main things I want to go when I’m there is the Essence Festival. They have a great line-up for the concerts every year and being surrounded by influential melanin leaders is the icing on the cake. And don’t forget the food!

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4. Go GLAMping 

Glamping is the newest trend for those that want to enjoy the pros and other amenities of camping while not having to experience the cons and downsides to being in the wilderness. I am always down for anything new, however, there are some things I NEED if I’m doing the outdoors for a weekend. Nothing outrageous. As long as there is plumbing, hot water, and wifi, we’re good.

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5. Start a Garden

Having a garden is an experience that can last you all summer long. My mom is big on gardening so I guess it’s time I see if she passed this trait on to me too. She usually plants herbs, lavender, lettuce, tomatoes, string beans, peppers etc. and I love it because our food tastes so much better and it’s fresh (obviously).

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6. Watch the Sunrise

I put this on my bucket list because it will probably take all summer for me to get up early enough to do this. Watching the sunset is great too but the other part of watching the sunrise is knowing that I am up starting my day early. Who knows what I’ll be able to accomplish!

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If you have your own experience or event you want to plan for your friends, fam, or community, head over to the event planning page at Eventbrite.

 

 

 

Big Chop: 3 Month Update

What’s Up!

So three months ago, as you may or may not know, I cut off all the hair on my head that was chemically relaxed. That left me with a short, tapered, and curly fro. I was unsure about the look at first, however, I knew it was a step in the direction of being able to enjoy my natural curls.

Since the chop, I’ve been keeping a very low maintenance hair routine (depending on what you call low maintenance). I shampoo and condition my tresses for 45-60 minutes every 7-10 days and keep it in braids underneath my wig.

The wig that I’m currently wearing I made with two 18-inch bundles, a 16-inch bundle, and a 14-inch closure.

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I wear it on a regular basis because it has the texture of what natural hair would feel like if it was blow dried and maybe flat ironed, which is why people always stop and ask “Wow! Your hair is so long! Is it all yours?”. That’s when I have to let dreadfully let them down and tell them the truth. Why not just tell them it is my hair? Because why lie? That way, I can also promote myself as a wig maker :]

Here are some updated pics:

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This was after I took my cornrows out. AKA a braid out

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I’ve noticed some length between when I cut my hair and now. It’s literally not even an inch but it’s growth !

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You know I had to throw a little filter on there.

 

I could always use some hair inspo, so if you have encouraging words drop them in the comments below !

March Must-Haves

*~  ~  ~ H E Y   M A R C H   ~  ~  ~*

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have.” -Thomas Jefferson

 

This is the time of the year when the weather starts to change up on us. We’ll have a week of frigid air followed by a few days of sun, which lets us know that spring is right around the corner. Here a few good things to have this month.

1. Leather Jacket

There are two times of the year when I break out my leather jacket. Fall and the beginning of spring when the weather is cold in the early morning and at night. Leather jackets are essential to a wardrobe. They keep you warm (depending on what kind you buy) and they a good look for a night out or just to add an edge to your attire.

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2.Fishnet stockings

Fishnets have been popping up all over my Instagram feed and I must say, I am loving it. The trend is easy and edgy. I rocked the look a few years ago in college (just saying) but I’m glad it is sticking now. I especially like the fishnets that stop at the ankle because I feel like it’s a different take on the trend.

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3. Sweatsuit

The athleisure thing is happening right now. Peeps are adding simple track suit bottoms to their look or dressing up their comfiest matching sweat outfit and taking it to the streets. Comfy + fashionable is pretty ideal for anyone. I saw one of those “You can’t sit with us!” track suits and decided not to buy it in the hopes of finding something…honestly I don’t know what I was looking for. But, you know what they say, nothing haunts you like the things you didn’t buy.

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*I need an a whole suit like this, with a trench style jacket to match! Where can I get this?!?

Boss Mode

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Dress | TJ Maxx
Boots | Macy’s
Coat | Vintage
Hair | Best Lace Wigs (wig made by me)

Hi all,

I’ve been MIA lately when it comes to fashion posts and I’ll tell you why. It’s winter. I unfortunately don’t live in a place where it’s warm all year long. So, when it comes to doing a little photo shoot in the middle of winter, I usually take an L and fill my blog with other topics. However, it was a little warmer today so I’m hoping this means that Spring is soon to come!

This outfit was inspired by my mindset. Lately, I’ve been in BOSS MODE trying to balance finding a full-time job, working my part-time job, developing my brand, doing some freelance writing, being a full-time caregiver for my mom, and having a social life. I’ve been working hard and getting it done *insert hair flip*.

With that being said, I threw on my Olivia Pope inspired trench coat with a simple cream color dress I found at good ol’ TJMaxx. I found this dress at the end of last spring and it’s super comfy because the texture has a velvety feel to it. Simple dresses like these are so great to have in your closet. You can do so much with it. Dress it up and keep it simple.

My black thigh high boots have become my life and one of the best birthday gifts ever. I love love loooooove my boots! They take any and every outfit up three notches. This thigh high trend was definitely one of my favorites this fall and winter. Now if I could just find them in another color, I’d be set.

Now, if you notice at the top of the page, I told you my coat was vintage. This coat and I have a long history. I mean, I’ve had this coat since about junior year of high school. It has seen me grow up and it has been here for my Glo up. This coat came with me to college, has been to multiple college parties and was there to cover my shoulders as I walked to brunch the next morning. This coat has had buttons pop off multiple times and been sewn right back on by my dear mother. It travelled with me abroad to other countries and has been through the snow, rain, and hail. To be honest, I just haven’t gotten around to getting a new one. Maybe I’ll save that for next fall. Haha.

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*My dress looks super short here due to the way I’m sitting. But, I guess doing my squats has paid off. Yass!*

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Well….I did the big chop

Yes, you read correctly. My hair is a little longer than two inches and I am officially Team Naturalista.

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It started out as a typical wash day and ended like this …

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Why did this happen you ask? Well, my intentions were to snip a very small unnoticeable section of my hair just so I could see the difference in the growth pattern and texture compared to the rest of my head which still had relaxed ends. Along with that, I wanted to practice cutting a little bit before the time came for me to chop it all off.

At the end of the day, I had good intentions….but they were only intentions. Cutting a little section turned into cutting a bigger section, which then turned into me having a nostalgic moment. I wasn’t just cutting off my hair. I was getting rid of the old Tia who didn’t want to know life without a relaxer and thought “Natural hair is not for me”. I was brainwashed by media and my peers into thinking that the natural hair that grew from my head was inadequate and that I needed to mirror society’s beauty standards so that I could be “pretty”.Over time I’ve realized that there are too many things wrong with society and I’m not trying to fit with it. So I got scissor happy and before I knew it, most of my hair was on the floor. My head felt lighter too.

Then, I was hit with three seconds of WHAT DID I JUST DO AND WHY DID I DO IT?!

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But, I had to remind myself of my end goals and what my mane will eventually look like in the future. This was ultimately a good decision.

Through this experience, I’ve learned that there are two major ways to go about The Big Chop and it all depends on you:

  1. Be like Nike and Just Do it. At the end of the day, it’s just hair. And unless you have a sickness or hair growth issue, you have the luxury of knowing your hair will grow back. It’s not going to grow back over night or in a week. Probably not in a month either, but you knew that. Eventually, it WILL be back to normal and most likely a lot healthier too. Plus, if you don’t like the short look, there are these things called wigs and weaves that can be slayed to look like the hair is coming from your scalp. That’s how I plan on protecting my hair through this process.
  2. Take your time. If cutting off your relaxed ends is a huge deal and something you’re not ready for, don’t do it. You are already making a huge transition in your life to go natural and you do not want to stress out about the fact that you can’t put your hair in a bun or it’s not long enough to do a full on hair flip. I feel you. Also, you may not want to dive into the world of weaves and wigs because it can get expensive. You gotta pay to slay! #RT

At the end of the day, you gotta do you boo.

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Peace and hair grease

 

January Must-Haves

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“…and so the adventure begins”

It’s a new year and it’s time for new beginnings. Not only should we set goals for ourselves, but we should create a plan of attack on how we are going to achieve them. And if you are still trying to figure out what you want to accomplish this year, take your time. It will come to you even if it’s three months down the line. I, myself, am still finalizing some goals of mine. I’d love to hear about your 2017 goals in the comments below!

Now, as I stated earlier, it’s time for new beginnings. On that note, this month’s must-haves are all about the basic things in our closet that probably need to be replaced going into the new year.

1. Sneakers

I took a look at my white (or at least when I bought them they were white) sneakers and did myself a solid and bought a new pair. Knowing myself, I decided against another pair of white sneakers because they probably wouldn’t stay white very long. After hours of shopping, I found the Nike Air Max Theas. When I realized they had them in my favorite color, olive green, it was a wrap. SOLD.

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2. White t-shirt

So every once in a while, we need to replace our favorite go-to white tee. It’s been through a lot this year. There have probably been stains on it that took a few washes, bleach, and a prayer to get out. And at the end of the day, it’s probably not as bright white as it was when we bought it.

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3. Bras and underwear

New year, new lift. Treat yo self by starting off the year with a new panty and bra set. We all know that feeling you get when your bra matches your underwear.

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Makes us feel a little extra put together.

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4. Jeans

Okay, so our jeans are probably not old or anything but a girl can never have too many pairs, right? This year, go for a new style that you’ve never tried before. If skinny jeans are your thing, look for a pair of looser fitting boyfriend jeans. Switch it up!

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CORE Magazine presents Beautifully Bold

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This past Saturday, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Beautifully Bold, an event presented by CORE Magazine. Geared towards young girls, this event covered the do’s and do not’s of skin care, health, makeup, nails, and hair with a full panel of experts. I took over their Instagram account for the day to cover the event via live video and spoke to some of the panelists and influencers one on one about my own beauty needs.

There were sooooo many amazing things I learned from all of the experts, so I’ve complied a list below of the top ten things we covered that day. Some of these tips we already knew but needed to be emphasized again.

  1. Your eyebrows are NOT twins, they are sisters.
  2. There is no such thing as conditioning too much.
  3. If you are worried about the amount of acne building up on your face, cut out dairy for a week.
  4. Contrary to popular belief, EVERYONE should use sunscreen no matter how old you are or how much melanin you have. It is the best anti-aging cream!
  5. Putting gel on your nails can be a healthy way for them to grow, however, if not properly cared for, it can have a negative effect.
  6. The best time of the year to straighten your hair is in the winter. No humidity, no frizz.
  7. Never, EVER fill in your eyebrows with black.
  8. You have to properly prep your skin before putting on your makeup everyday.
  9. Co-washing is like rinsing with water and conditioning. It isn’t totally necessary to buy one, but doesn’t hurt either.
  10. Everyone has a different beauty routine that works for them. Don’t knock your own routine because someone is doing something different than you.

The Beautifully Bold event ended with a quick makeup tutorial showing how to do a fresh face for an everyday look and some giveaways. We also received a goodie bag full of hair products which I will post about soon!

Peep some pics below …

 

 

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(From Left to Right)

Nail Artist: Melissa (works at The Nail Suite where Yoncé gets her nails done)

Skincare Expert: Seven Brown (owner of Harlem Skin and Laser)

Hair Care Experts: Monique & Yessenia (creators of the hair care line Curls)

Makeup Artist: Shani

Nutritionist: Michelle Maldonado

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The lovely ladies that attended the event 🙂

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A little fresh face tutorial

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…aaaaaand a quick flick of the founders of CORE Magazine ❤

Peace & Love

36 Weeks and Counting

Lord give me strength….

I’m so proud of myself right now. I have been so successful in my transition to natural hair so far. The only thing that has been bothering me is the fact that I haven’t been able to notice my natural curl pattern yet. Luckily, I am coming close to the point where I am ready to chop off the relaxed ends of my hair! Im so nervous!!

During this transition, I have been wearing wigs, as you know, and they have really been seeing me through. I have four in total but I only really wear three of them on the regular. I think I’ll do a blog post about them in the near future showing each wig and how I make them.

I also just bought some edge control because I really miss having my edges laid. When I got relaxers, I didn’t really need edge control. Now, I need it more than ever and this stuff right here!!!!……Boy this stuff is good.

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$5 | Walmart

I took a tooth brush and had them laying like a winding road. #Slayed

November Must-Haves

W e l c o m e    N o v e m b e r ! 

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Bonjour November (and hello student loans -__-). November is one of my favorite fall months of the year and not solely because it’s my birthday month. Halloween is finally over and we can enjoy the holidays, my favorite time of the year. So below are some things that will get you through the heart of fall.

1 An oversized sweater

Oversized sweaters are a major key! They are so comfy and super stylish at the same time.The ones with the cut outs add an extra pizazz and if you can find one with a cut out choker like the one below, you’re set.

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2. Deep Color Lipstick

In every makeup maven’s mind, this time of the year where we can get away with dark color lipstick on a regular basis. We live for colors like purple, brown, etc. It sort of just makes the outfit ya know?

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3. Thigh High Boots

These things can take an outfit from a simple 4 to a fierce 7. They are the adult version of the boots we wore in middle school that hit right below the knee. I haven’t gotten mine yet but I imagine they are going to keep our legs warm in the winter when we go out in short dresses.

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*Despite what is depicted in mainstream media, thigh high boots are for thick girls too*

4. A Good Tea

I know this is random but tea is so good for you. I have grown to love tea. Specifically herbal tea, but tea is tea. I’m the type of person that can’t drink tea in the warmer months of the year, but the colder months are set aside for tea (and an occasional cup of hot chocolate). Im usually up to try any kind of tea but my favorite is rooibos and Zen made by Tazo.

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5. Bomber Jacket

I foresee the bomber jacket becoming the new leather jacket. Something everyone is going to have in their closet. Don’t worry though, leather jackets have and always will be in style. The bomber jacket is just for a relaxed, more sporty, yet put together look.

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