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**

Monday, September 21, 2015

15-Minute Lasagna

It's Monday, so you know the drill.  Still coming down from the cloud nine of the weekend, finished your 8 hours in the office, and was just barely able to battle the 5' o'clock traffic without fussing folk out.  So now we're home and the last thing we want to do is have figure out what to cook for dinner. Allow me to step in and help you out here : ).  This 15- Minute Lasagna will have you finished before 8 PM, just in time to catch your favorite shows on VH1.  What's even better is that it's cooked in one pan so you only have one dish to wash!  Amen!

You ready?  Let's do this..


  • 2 packs of Ground Chicken (I prefer Perdue)
  • 1 small Yellow Onion (Diced)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Minced Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 8-oz jar of Tomato Sauce
  • 1-2 boxes of Gluten Free Cafe Rice Lasagna No Boil Noodles
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parsley flakes
  • Italian seasoning
First, brown the ground chicken and diced onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Drain excess grease if necessary, then turn heat to medium.  Add minced garlic and stir for one minute until fragrant.  Be sure to season your meat well with salt and pepper.  I also added a few dashes of Italian seasoning to mine.  

Next take the lasagna sheets, break them in half (medium sized pieces) and add them on top of your meat.  Add tomato sauce.  Try to spread the lasagna sheets throughout the meat so that you have a few sheets inside and on top of your ground chicken.  Then pour over 2 cups of water and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cover and simmer over medium to medium-low heat.  While cooking, occasionally shake to evenly distribute the noodles as they soften.

In 15 minutes, noodles should be nice and soft.  Turn off the heat, top with cheese and stir to combine.  Top with parsley flakes.

This is a yummy meal that will be done in a matter of minutes!  Perfect for Monday nights!  It was a big hit for hubby and I!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Floral Wrap Dress

This dress is the epitome of my personal style: Feminine, classic, and alluring.  It's the exact reason why I chose to wear it for my birthday dinner just weeks ago.  Everything from the floral print, the subtle split, and flowy romantic material allowed me to exude so much femininity and sophistication. I truly believe that every woman should just feel good and take pride in what she puts on.  For me, this was the ultimate feel good dress.

Another item you'll notice is this beautiful bag by Stella and Dot.  A birthday gift from my amazing husband!  He knew that I really wanted a new work bag since starting my new job.  The Poppy Madison Tech Tote bag is PERFECT for work and has been serving me well!  What I love is that it's the perfect combination between function and style.  I can carry all of my daily essentials like my planner, note book, and my favorite cosmetic items in this beauty!

I was channeling Diane von Furstenberg with her sultry wrap dress style with this look.  She's one of favorite designers by the way.  I love that her pieces are always a celebration of women.  This is definitely my ode to her.  Since entering my thirties I feel like my style is so much more refined.  I definitely love to experiment a bit with trends, but I'll take lady like-classic style any day.   You girls can keep your club dresses, lol.  I totally embrace being a woman of style and substance.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

White After Labor Day

What's up guys?  How was your Labor Day weekend?  I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this past week and weekend!  I've been on a bit of a hiatus because I've literally been celebrating my birthday for a whole week.  September is my month, okay?!  I had a wonderful birthday (September 2nd).  I celebrated by going out with my husband and spending time with my close family and friends.  Now, it's back to work and speaking of work, I've been adjusting to a new job position!  That's another reason for the hiatus.  I'm so incredibly happy and excited to have reached this goal professionally.  I'm in a new location that is closer to home and an awesome area downtown that keeps me motivated.  As you can imagine, with any new job, I've got a new set responsibilities.  I've been adjusting very well.  

I love the fact that if done right, you can wear white anytime of the year.  Remember, crisper whites during summer months and creams during the fall and winter.  I often hear a lot of people say you can do white after Labor Day and aren't really showing you how.  Here's one way to do it.  It's still pretty warm out so you can get away with wearing this shade of white.  This is definitely a casual Friday look.  I love practical everyday fashion.  Oh, and as you can see, I straightened my hair a bit.  I needed a change guys.  More about that later!  Back to the office.  Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Town Center Cold Pressed Juicery

Healthy juices and smoothies are my go-to when I want to jump start my mornings.  I love making my own smoothies for breakfast, but sometimes time just isn't on my side so getting something to go works best.  Whenever I need a good cleanse or want to follow a vegetarian meal plan for the week juicing is a great option.  

I always love it when I discover a new spot that I can enjoy that offers healthy options on the go.  It can be very frustrating sometimes trying to find local restaurants or businesses that caters to clean eating.  I couldn't believe it when I discovered Cold Pressed in Virginia Beach!  I had been interested in finding a cold pressed juicery for quite some time, so learning that this place was in my work neighborhood had me running to try this place on my next lunch break!

Needless to say I was really excited when the company invited me to come out and try a few of their juices!  Towne Center Cold Pressed is a cool rustic spot that sits inside of the Daily Grind Unwind cafe. The menu serves up cold pressed juices, pre/post work out shakes, smuice (a smoothie & juice combined), and get this...smoothie bowls!  You guys know I love those, check that post out HERE.  You can also make your own by choosing your produce of choice and can add supplements like flax seed, maca, or chia seeds.  They have so many options guys.  Sweetener options include agave, raw cane, or honey.  It doesn't get any better than that!

I chose two drinks:  'Sex in the City' from the cold press juice line and 'The Perfect Kiss' which is a smuice.  'Sex in the City', the cold pressed juice, was so delicious!  The ingredients are pineapple, watermelon, lemon, apple, and maca.  Watermelon is good for the skin, heart, and hydration.  This intrigued me the most!  It tasted like an apple punch with hints of watermelon.  This drink is incredibly smooth and perfect for a refreshing morning or afternoon drink.  Next was the Smuice, which is a smoothie and juice combined.  'The Perfect Kiss' ingredients are blueberry, strawberry, orange, and mango!  So much flavor!  Orange is excellent for heart health, immunity, and anti-aging.  The orange taste was the more dominate flavor of all of the ingredients.  Again, Cold Pressed gets it right with the smoothness of their drinks.  What I especially loved about this smoothie is that there aren't any seeds or lumpy textures in this drink.  Thumbs UP!

Do you enjoy smoothies or cold pressed juices?  I'm interested in knowing what some of your favorites are!  My wedding is only a few months away--I'm trying to keep my diet clean, I keep telling you guys, lol.  

If you are in the Virginia Beach area you HAVE to visit this place.  I love that Cold Pressed stands for health and wellness.  The ingredients are 100% raw and releases vital elements while processing the drinks without heating or oxidizing.  With proper refrigeration each juice will maintain its full nutritional and medicinal benefits for up to 5 days.  Visit Town Center Cold Pressed online to look over their menu options and everything they have to offer!  One of my new favorite spots now.

**This post was brought to you by Town Center Cold Pressed Virginia Beach**

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Best Leave-In Conditioner for your Type 4 Curls

I know the title is a pretty bold statement.  Especially seeing how there are A LOT of products on the market, but girl, Girl, GIRL!!  You have to try this if you're a type 4 natural (kinky, curly, curls). There I was, minding my own business, washing my hair the other day and then I realized I needed a leave-in conditioner.  So I searched through my stash and came across some samples I received at a few hair shows a few months ago.  "Hmmm...", I thought, "Let me try this..."  It was the Taliah Waajid Great Detangler.  The name alone drew me in because de-tangling my hair is probably the most time consuming element for me as a natural.  Another thing that was interesting is the fact that the label stated that it "eliminates tangles on contact".  "Mmmh, we will see."  I said to myself.

I promise, as soon as the product touched my hair, my hair immediately just melted.  I kid you not.  It did absolutely everything that it claimed to do.  My hair was soft and the product really aided in helping me get through the tangles.  Cut my time down to 15 minutes.  I also really loved how defined and springy my curls were and the smell was amazing.  Needless to say I was at Target the next day to purchase the full sized bottle. Also, because I was so in love with this leave-in, I thought it would be perfect to pair it with the African Healing Oyl to lock in moisture!

As much as I style my hair in different ways, it's always so cool to just wear my hair as is.  In my natural texture.  I've grown to appreciate the way my curls are and how the look with little to no manipulation.

Have you tried the Taliah Waajid leave-in conditioner?  Right now it's my absolute favorite.  Definitely a new curly girl staple product!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sunday Brunch At Three Ships Coffee

How's it going?  Better yet, how was your weekend?  Well like most of you, I spend my weekends catching up with family and friends mostly.  I also use the time to get things done at home, have date nights with hubby, work, and as of late plan for our wedding.  No matter how many things I have on my 'To-Do' list, I try to pencil in some leisure time to relax and explore my local area.  My sister and I decided to grab brunch after church this past Sunday at this nice little coffee shop in Virginia Beach.  In case you didn't know, I love spending time in coffee shops.  Definitely a great place to sit and reflect, catch up, or spend time on my laptop.  

Sunday we sat down at Three Ships Coffee, a shop with a bit of a vintage vibe, that's located in Virginia Beach.  There we sipped on Pungo Lattes (sweetened with blackberries) and had yummy waffletinas!

Yes, it was even better in person.  This is the beacon, egg, tomato, and mixed greens waffletina.  Waffletina is pop-up restaurant that makes waffle sandwiches in and around the Hampton Roads area!  So flavorful and filling!  I've been trying to eat a little cleaner since the wedding is coming up, but sometimes you've got to treat yourself!  Not too bad!

Sunday was awesome.  After this refreshing brunch I went home to prepare for the work week.  Oh and this is Day Two of my wash and wear hair style.  I always find it so refreshing that it doesn't take too much for my natural hair texture to look fab!  It's definitely more convenient to wear my hair as a wash and wear style in this heat and humidity!  Later this week and I'm going to share the ends and outs of this style and a new product that I absolutely fell in love with this weekend!  More later!


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