Sunday, October 25, 2015

ESSENCE College Tour Recap

Hello my beautiful loves!  I'm back today to share with you all my amazing time working with ESSENCE for their College Tour!  In my previous post I announced that the ESSENCE College Tour's first stop would be at Hampton University and had invited me to come out to talk about all things beauty and share my experience with you all. Let me just say that I had a blast!  ESSENCE literally set up shop by allowing students the opportunity to indulge in beauty from sponsors: Cantu, Ultra Sheen Supreme, and ESSENCE Beauty Box!  It was so cool to receive complimentary nail art, get flash tattoos (you know I love those!) and hair products.  There were also cupcakes, free ESSENCE Magazines, a LIVE DJ, and I worked alongside hair and beauty editor Deena Cambell for a live beauty chat!  Our beauty chat was a 15-20 minute discussion of how students could stay chic on a budget.  My main tip: decide what it is that you absolutely need when it comes to beauty.  Your essentials.  Skip what you don't need, which would have you spend extra money.  Here I am with the ESSENCE College Ambassador Asia Milia Ware and beauty editor!

You definitely missed a treat if you weren't able to attend this event!  I had the best time talking with some of the students about hair care, my favorite beauty items, and how to stay chic for less. I also enjoyed the music of the DJ! The entire student center was lit!  OH and get this: Mack Wilds gave us a sneak peek of his new movie presented by VH1 'The Breaks'!  Very down to earth!  So happy I was able to meet him!

Don't worry if you missed out.  The ESSENCE College Tour's last stop will be at Maryland University November 6th!  Be sure to check out for more information!  Thank you again to ESSENCE for having me as guest blogger!

Thursday, October 15, 2015


Hey Girls!  So I JUST got the scoop that ESSENCE is coming to a campus near you!  Stop everything you're doing and clear your schedules NOW!  If you reside in the Hampton Roads area, come out and join in on all the fun at Hampton University for the ESSENCE College Tour!  I'm so excited that the tour will be kicking off tomorrow, Friday, October 16th from 12-5PM.   Right here in Hampton, VA!  Find myself, along with Hair & Beauty Editor Deena Campbell (@DeenaCampbell) under the ESSENCE tents at the Student Center!

The tour stop will feature:

*Complimentary nail art*
*Meet & Greet with Beauty Editor Deena Campbell*
*ESSENCE Beauty Talk: Chic Beauty on a Budget*

Of course there will be beauty sponsors set up, so let me tell you dolls how much of a treat you're in for:

CANTU will bring some fun with their #BYOBeautiful Twist Out Remix Challenge!  Be Your Own Beautiful by competing  in creating a fun hairstyle for a chance to win a beauty gift card!  

ULTRA SHEEN SUPREME wants to see if you can your girls can be the #UltimateTeamSupreme! Groups of up to 4 friends can take selfies in the Ultra Sheen Supreme photo booth for a chance to win $500 each!  Uhm..YES!  Make sure you follow @UltraSheenSupreme on Instagram to view and vote for your photo!  Also, make sure your profile is public!

Come by for a complimentary mani service and get a surprise gift when you sign up for the new ESSENCE BeautyBox subscription! Now ESSENCE BeautyBox is a new, monthly service for women of color that delivers five luxe products, plus tips and tricks on how to use them!  Right up my alley you guys!  And get this, it's only $15 and includes shipping!  I know I'd spend double that if I were to buy products on my own. Literally a STEAL #essencebeauty

So are you coming??  If you guys miss this event, you will definitely miss out!  There's so much fun to be had and beauty topics to chat about!  Be sure to follow me on all of my social media outlets Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to keep up because there are more surprises in store!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wedding Invitations by Champaign Wishes

So now that I have less than two months to go for my wedding, I have been on the move with the biggest 'To-Do' list of the year.  I've got my hands and schedule full of appointments, events, and meetings.  In between all of that, we've mailed out our celebration invites!  I'm so happy and excited to finally have had them made and sent to our guests.  I am so amazed by the results and wanted to share the details with you.

I had an old friend from High School design and make them for me!  Casi Brown of 'Champaign Wishes Event Invitations' created exactly what I wanted and more.  She made sure to create the exact style and elegance that I was looking to capture.  I am a huge fan of the laser cut style, so we went with that theme.  Violet and Fuchsia are my favorite colors and I know they will stand out beautifully for our celebration!  

Everything about these invitations had me on cloud nine when I received them!  Really my photos do them no justice.  It doesn't capture the slightly glittery sheen that the Violet paper has!  We also went with small details like sealing them with wax and adding a pearl surrounded by rhinestones!  Beautiful.  As I get closer to my wedding date, I'll be sharing a few details with you here and there and definitely keeping you updated on all the fun stuff!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Sunday Brunch at Supper Southern Morsels

What can I say?  I love to brunch!  Being that Sunday is normally the day I tend to venture out and satisfy my inner foodie, I wanted to share this excellent spot with you!  Initially I had gone with a friend and found myself back here the following week with my sister.  Supper Southern Morsels is a southern style restaurant located in the Norfolk, VA Ghent area that offers amazing comfort food!  I'm all about overall experience.  From food to decor, this place is IT.

Entrees such as chicken and waffles, shrimp and crab gumbo, along with a delicious plate of french toast can be found on the menu!  Of course, I had to go with my favorite breakfast item, french toast with a side of bacon and eggs.  I couldn't resist.  Especially with the whipped cream and strawberries on top.  Yum!

The atmosphere is so nice, as you can probably tell from the photos.  I highly recommend sitting on the rooftop dining area, if weather permits.  It's so relaxing and truly gives you the ultimate brunch experience.  

Be sure to stop by Supper Southern Morsels if you are ever in the Hampton Roads area in Virginia!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

French Connection Soho Boa Tie Neck Dress

Happy first day of Autumn! I'm so excited it's that time of year where I'm able to pull out my leather jacket and boots again.  Fall is the perfect time to layer like no ones business!  Recently, I partnered up with French Connection to present to you items from their Fall 2015 collection!  I really felt like this was the perfect partnership because this brand definitely represents part of my style and taste.  I love fashion foward clothing that is of quality and affordable.  It's also perfect timing because I've been on the hunt for more weather appropriate dresses as well. 

What I love about this dress is the eye catching print.  Snake skin, to me, is one of those fun prints that can become less trendy if paired well with solid pieces.  Remember, I told you guys how I like to dabble in trends, but overall prefer pieces that stand the test of time.  The fact that this dress has a color blocked trim at the neckline, makes it more classic over trendy and can be worn for years to come.  Another feature that I love about this dress is the V- neckline with tie!  Tie-necks are huge this fall.  As you can see here, you can wear it styled tied and untied.  I love that you can get versatile looks out of one piece.  Can we say wardrobe maximization?!

The lightweight style of this number is perfect for this time of year.  I thought it would only be right to pair it with my staple leather jacket and ankle boots!  As always, I wore one of my favorite magenta/purple lip shades that I'm loving right now: Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Aria!  Can't get enough of this creamy to matte lippy!  What do you think of the tie neck dress from French Connection?  To view more from them, check out their website HERE.

**This post was brought to you by French Connection**

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