EVERY SPRING DRESS YOU NEED TO WEAR NOW

EVERY SPRING DRESS YOU NEED TO WEAR NOW



Every couple of weeks or so we seem to be getting little glimpses of Spring. And I’m so here for it! I’m ready to ditch my heavy Winter wear for breezy, Spring dresses in the prettiest prints and blooms. I’ve been checking out my trusty online shopping spots for dresses that’ll give my wardrobe a Spring refresh for the upcoming season, and I’m sharing my faves for you to shop. Just in time to flex that tax refund muscle!

DOTTED DRESSES
The polka dot is my favorite of the spotted prints, and they are making another comeback this season. But no discrimination allowed, all dots are created equal!


Flowy V-Neck, Red Polka Dot Mini, Spotted Midi, Belted Midi, Pink Polka Printed, Ruched Polka Dot Maxi

SPRING NEUTRALS
Earth tones, from cream to khaki, are essential for lighting up your look for Spring. This time, why not consider updated neutrals in animal print?


Belted Utility Dress, Pleated Snake Skin Print, Pointelle Dress, Zebra Printed Midi, Ruched Snake Print, Linen Blend Dress, Cowl Slipdress


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Ruched Mini Dress, Circle Drop Earrings, Biker Jacket, Mini Faux Fur Shopper Tote, Over The Knee Suede Boots

I found this pretty floral printed number last month while shopping for an outfit for a blogger event. There’s so much to love about it! The pastel blue and ruching detail throughout just screamed “hello Spring” to me.


TIERED DRESSES
Flowy ruffles and voluminous tiers allow you to be as fancy (or playful) as you wanna be.


One Shoulder Tiered Midi, Tiered Trapeze Mini, Spot Tiered Dress, Floral Print Dress, Asymmetrical Ruffle Midi

MELLOW YELLOW TO NEON BRIGHT
There really isn’t anything mellow about this hue that captured my attention (and heart) last Summer. My favorite silhouettes are flowy and mid to floor length. Neon is in this Spring/Summer too. You’ll be seeing it everywhere, I promise!


Wrap Front Snake Print, Plunge Satin Midi, Scarf Neck Maxi, Cami Sweater Maxi, Bardot Wrap Midi, Satin Slip Dress

PRETTY PRINTS
My fave prints this season are skewing animal, but I love a good petal print for Spring. Check these out!


Ruched Satin Midi, Collared Leopard Midi, Calf Length Leopard, Burgundy Floral, Neon Printed Slip Dress, Giraffe Print Shirtdress

I’m sure these pretty dresses have got you all excited for the sunny season! Temps are still a little chilly on my side of the country, so layering is key to stay warm and cute until Summer. Try these layering tips:

1. Add a turtleneck or long sleeve bodysuit underneath your dress for added warmth.
2. Tights keep your legs warm while wearing dresses in thinner fabrics. Try ditching over-the-knee boots for mules or chunky heeled sandals.
3. Double duty your biker shorts to act as thermals under midi or knee length dresses.
4. Blazers are appropriate for Spring too. Try one in a pastel hue, or go for bold in neon.

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Let’s just get this out there…I am a Type A wife. To be completely honest, I really do enjoy a lot of the personality traits that make me Type A, like my competitive drive, discipline to succeed, and how considerate I am of my loved ones. This temperament, however, doesn’t always make for the most harmonious home. Here are a few things to know about us Type A wives:

1. WE LOVE BEING IN CONTROL, AND THAT’S NOT GOING TO CHANGE!
So here’s the thing, Type A’s crave order and would create a plan to account for every minute of the day, if only time allowed! It’s because we are very uncomfortable with uncertainty, and excessive free time, which can seem like we’re not being productive (another obsession of alphas). Fortunately, most Type A wives realize that we can’t control everything, especially one married for more than a week, or has kids. Here’s a little secret: we want to be in control in every area of our lives, BUT NOT IN OUR MARRIAGE! Most of us are bossy babes (cue Kelis’ I’m Bossy soundtrack), but we want our husbands to lead. The trick is to provide us with some much needed balance, but come armed with a solid plan! Type A wives are more likely to release the reigns of control when we see a well though out plan from the hubs. Greg knows there’s a stronger chance I’ll be agreeable to one of his proposals when he already has the answers to the questions he knows I’m gonna ask.



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2. TYPE A WIVES LOVE ATTENTION, SO GIVE IT TO US
All women love attention. Heck, everyone loves attention! But what I’m talking about here is attentiveness. Pay real attention to us, SEE us! Sure, I love it when Greg says “oh, that’s a hot outfit”, or when he ogles me when I’m sauntering around our bedroom sans clothes. What really gets me googly eyed about him though, is when I see him making an effort to anticipate my needs, and fulfill them. That tells me he’s been listening to me, which in turn makes me feel valued by him. It’s especially important for a Type A wife to feel valued by her husband, that all of our efforts to make our family life perfect, matter to him too.

3. KNOW WHEN TO HOLD ‘EM, KNOW WHEN TO FOLD ‘EM, KNOW WHEN TO WALK AWAY…
I won’t finish the line to that Kenny Rogers’ song. Even though most Type A wives have a little ‘crazy’ in us, hopefully there’s no running away from us! I saved this one for the last because it’s just something husbands will have to learn over time. With lots and lots of patience, and consistent practice of the above, husbands of Type A wives can learn when to leave us be, when to “check” us, and when to hold us down. And hopefully we’re not making it too hard for them by giving them cues when they get it right.



There’s no doubt that marriage is hard, no matter your personality trait. And none of the above will matter if you both don’t want to be together and aren’t willing to fight for what you have.

Did you enjoy this post? Drop a comment below, let me know your thoughts! I’d love to hear about any marriage observations/tips you’d like to share too.

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What is Hygge?

Hygge, pronounced “hoo-gah”, is a Scandinavian concept or way of life that emphasizes finding joy in everyday moments. The word itself is almost impossible to define, but the concept is one that celebrates warmth, coziness, mindfulness, and creating intimacy in any given moment.

We’re just past the first month of Winter, so I thought it would be great to share some tips on how to hygge your way to happiness this season. We’re already hibernating, why not be happy about it too?


Practical Tips To Hygge In Winter Months

1. CANDLES….LOTS OF CANDLES!
Candles are the one thing most associated with hygge. The glow from candlelights creates a warm and inviting atmosphere on a Winter evening, so whether you’re entertaining, or dining alone, try cooking a delicious meal, then eating by candlelight.

2. HYGGE WITH YOUR TRIBE
There’s a Jamaican proverb “good friends are better than pocket money”. Invite those friends over, cook a meal together, then cozy up by the fireplace to eat and enjoy intimate conversation. No screens allowed!



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3. ADD SOME TEXTURE TO YOUR HOME
Warm color palettes are typical hygge decor, so consider adding some of these elements into your home. Logs for the fireplace are an easy way to do this, so is adding some texture with blankets, throw pillows, and a fur area rug. Tip: cozy up by the fireplace with some hot chocolate and a good movie for a date night in.

4. SLEEP IN
When’s the last time you had breakfast in bed? Instead of rushing out of bed on the weekend, why not stay in and catch up on that book you’ve been meaning to get to? Be kind and allow yourself to enjoy life’s little pleasures. Light a candle or two, and be sure to stay under cozy covers for that extra hygge feeling.

5. CREATE SOMETHING…ANYTHING!
Write a poem, bake some bread, knit a scarf. Whatever your preference, this is a great way to enjoy the hygge concept, and it’s also the perfect way to squeeze some quality family time in.

I hope these tips will help make this Winter a happier one for you! Which one was your favorite? Leave a comment, let me know which tip you tried.

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I’m entering my 40th year in 2019. Since I became an adult (legally of course, maturity had nothing to do with it), this milestone age would be when I would’ve achieved all of my life goals. Thank God I’ve grown up since then, but turning the big 4-0 is still a pretty big deal for me! So, I’m dedicating the entire year to becoming the best version of myself. And it starts with my physique.


I maintain a pretty healthy lifestyle. At least, I think so. My workout regimen isn’t as consistent as I’d like it to be, but life happens. Thankfully, part of “life happening” is chasing after four year old twin boys and rough-housing with them, which keeps my metabolism high most of the time. Since having kids, doing these two things has helped to keep me in shape over the past two years:

1. MICRO WORKOUTS
These are short high intensity workouts lasting less than ten minutes, but are very effective to keep your heart rate up and your full body engaged, especially when you don’t have plenty of time for a full workout. I do micro workouts three mornings per week, and again in the evening, if I don’t get a lunchtime workout in.

2. MEAL PLANNING
Planning ahead of time what I will be eating for the day helps to keep me from making decisions about what to put in my mouth when I’m starving (they’re usually regrettable choices). I aim to eat six meals per day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are slightly bigger meals, but I snack on foods that are rich in fiber and protein to stave off hunger and keep my energy up.

I’m taking it to the next level for my 40th year, so I teamed up with a friend of mine, Sade, to help me live my fittest life now. Sade is a competitive Bikini BodyBuilder, a certified personal trainer and nutritionist with a passion for inspiring others to live a healthy lifestyle in and outside of the gym.

We met up at a Gold’s Gym outside of Washington DC, known for being a bodybuilders’ gym, for a workout session.


Sade taught me the proper techniques and form for completing various exercises targeting my glutes, to help me make the most of my weight training. We also did a few circuit exercises together to help me build a stronger core.



I’ve always loved weight training, and I can’t wait to implement these tips into my regimen this year! There are a few other things I plan on doing this year as well to help me get maximum results for my efforts, and I’m sharing them with you:

1. JANUARY FAST/CLEANSE
Admittedly, this one isn’t new. It’s something I picked up a few years ago, loved it, and have been doing it since. Come January 2 (because who isn’t toasting at midnight?!), I try my best to abstain from alcohol, processed meat, junk food, and anything really that isn’t nutritious. I stick to healthy snacking and meals, like fruits and nuts, Greek yogurt, lean meats, and simple carbs. I also load up on veggies, fresh or cooked works for me. Setting this tone helps to keep me on track for the rest of the year.

2. EATING A BALANCED SIX
I mentioned above how eating six small(ish) meals per day helped to whip me in shape after birthing twins. In the spirit of transparency, I haven’t followed this “tip” since Thanksgiving, but I’m starting it up again this month.

3. ADDING THESE SUPPLEMENTS
I learned about Best BCAA by BPI Sports from watching one of Sade’s YouTube videos. It helps to prevent loss of muscle mass while burning calories during cardio workouts. I want to maintain muscle mass, while burning fat, so I’ll add one scoop to my water and drink before, during, and post cardio work in the morning. For days I plan on weight training, I’ll take a capsule of Acetyl-L-Carnitine to aid performance.

4. MORNING HIIT WORKOUTS
I’m not a morning person, so this one’s gonna be a toughy! But I know the results are guaranteed. If you aren’t familiar, HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training, is a cardio strategy of alternating short periods of high intensity aerobic exercises with less intense recovery periods. This strategy is highly effective (and popular), and has even more benefits when done first thing in the morning to burn fat stored overnight (as opposed to burning off that bagel you had for breakfast).

So there you have it, my blueprint for building a lean, mean physique, and living my fittest life in 2019! It’s going to be a challenge, but most importantly, it’s going to be fun. Especially when I start seeing results! Leave a comment, let me know if you’ve been inspired to live your fittest life this year.

To find out more about Sade, visit her blog The Fashionably Fit Life.

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2018’s almost a wrap! Whatever your plans/goals/resolutions were, I hope you were able to crush them in fearless style! This was a big year for me. I started this blog, my family settled into our new home, I saw my twin babies (now four year old boys, ahhh!) reach many milestones, AND I still managed to grow my online accessories shop! Of course, there were challenges; many high highs, and low lows. Wanna know the best part? It’s my personal growth from trusting my gut, taking a leap, and committing to doing the thing I’m passionate about, especially in those moments that didn’t feel quite so ‘sexy’.



I already have big plans for 2019. “Level Up” is the theme I’ve chosen for the year. I’m putting it out in the universe to force myself to be accountable. I think I’ll check this post in six months to gauge my progress!

I’ve been taking a look back at some of the most memorable moments in 2018 (the ones that gave me goosebumps), and I’m sharing my top ten:

1. Boo’d Up by Ella Mai. It’s arguably the official song of 2018, and the one that got the most play in my iTunes library.

2. The Royal Wedding of Meghan and Prince Harry was a fairytale come true! Their union bucked centuries old traditions, and The Duchess became the first woman of color in the British royal family. I wrote all about it here.

3. A Savage runway. Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty runway show celebrated all women like none I have ever seen. Her muse, Slick Woods, literally left the runway to give birth!

4. Speaking of fashion, the industry made strides this year to be more inclusive/diverse (Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton, Dapper Dan x Gucci, Edward Enninful/British Vogue) , but there’s still more work to be done.

5. Just Do It! Nike showed us what modern corporate social activism looks like by doing an ad campaign starring Colin Kaepernick. It paid off!

6. The Me Too Movement became a force to be reckoned with. Women started speaking up against sexual assault and harassment, and powerful men are paying for their misconduct.

7. Christine Blasey Ford.

8. We rocked the vote! The 2018 midterm election was a historical one with record voter turnout. 49% of eligible voters (113 million) showed up at the polls to let our voices be heard.

9. The Black Panther was more than just the best selling movie of 2018, it was a movement! And it’s the only film I’ve gone to see twice at the theater!

10. Hollywood creative geniuses like Ava Duvernay, Ryan Coogler, Jordan Peele, and Issa Rae continued to show the world what we already knew…our stories are marketable, and black and brown acting leads can (and do) sell out box offices.

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May this holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter. Cheers!

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