Thursday, April 19, 2018

LESS CAN BE BEST



Happy Thursday! I hope you are having a beautiful week!  I mentioned last year that I wanted to take a  minimalist approach to my life.  I feel  the process on how you get to a minimalist life  is determined by the individual. Basically you define what minimalism means for your life. In my opinion, there's no right or wrong way to do it.  However, I do believe the overall goal for those that desire a minimalist life is the same which is to be surrounded with things you truly need and love.

  Once the the decision was made to apply minimalism into my life the process seemed somewhat overwhelming. However, I tackled it like I tackle most issues in life step-by-step and day-by-day. Therefore, I started in small areas of my life. I created a happy and stylish closet as mentioned here.   I can definitely say that process was so freeing. I  am more intentional now when it comes to my shopping and what items I add to my current wardrobe.  It also saves me money because I have a plan and purpose in how I spend on clothing.  Most importantly it allows me to savor one of our greatest gifts which is time.  No  more wasting time getting dressed because  everything has been curated to fit my personal style philosophy.


 Remember we live in the world that tells us,  you can only get more out of having more.  The danger in this develops when the more is being consumed without a purpose. Therefore it leads to spaces filled with unused stuff. My experience with minimalism has been complete opposite. It is a joyful experience that teaches you how to embrace less and still live life at your very best.


 As always thank you for reading and have a blessed day!


Antonio Melani dress....sold here
Jimmy Choo sandals..... similar sold here
Versace sunglasses....... sold here
Ralph Lauren tote.......similar sold here









Friday, April 13, 2018

GIVE ALL, GIVEN ALL





Happy Friday! I hope you are having a beautiful week! A happy life is a fully engaged life. When you give all you are given all! When you are only halfway in then life seems to respond back in a very limited way. As for me, my desire has been to be all in and have God supreme in all areas of my life. When God is supreme then you know love and you are willing to share genuine love to others. It is not always easy to love especially when it seems undeserving but it is imperative. There are so many moving parts to being fully engaged in anything you are seeking in life. I just wanted to mention a few:

GRATITUDE

An attitude of the upmost gratitude will propel you to keep moving forward. I just believe you have to appreciate where you currently are to make the journey of where you are going.  In times of struggles gratitude can be difficult but it is definitely imperative as well. The greatest success book written ever says, " consider it pure joy when you experience trials." It is written and confirmed that all things work out for our good so why not maintain an attitude of gratitude at all times.

FOCUS

I once read we have thousands of thoughts that ramble through our mind daily. That means we have to focus to bring light to the most important ones that help us live out our purpose. As mentioned in this post here you have to be focused in order to overcome the negative things that may distract you on your journey to becoming fully engaged.

TAKE ACTION

The journey towards a fully engaged life requires that you take action. The world around us responds when we step into our purpose and live out the vision for our lives fully. When you do not take action then fear grows stronger than faith. Every step may not be easy but it is worth it. When you take action it builds your desire to go and grow... and it starves the things like fear you desire to not have anymore.











As always, thank you so much for reading. Have a blessed day!!



1 state tie neck top...sold here
J Crew eyelet skirt.....similar sold here
Jessica Simpson sandals sold out...similar sold here









Wednesday, April 11, 2018

LEATHER AND LACE



Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a great week! Leather has a bit of edge which is opposite of my personal style. Therefore, by layering with a lace top it created a more feminine and classy look.





Leather and lace can definitely stand alone. However, I adore the fact that when implemented together it creates an attractive chic look.



I also love that I took a mainly fall/winter dress and paired it with one of my spring items. The contrast was perfect and it allowed me to maximize the wardrobe items I currently have.

As always thank you for reading and have a blessed day!


Dress: Ralph Lauren....similar sold Here
Shoes: Michael Kors sandals...sold Here
Top: old similar....Here





Saturday, April 7, 2018

SPRING CLEANING FINANCES: PART 2



 Happy Saturday! I hope you're having a wonderful week. Last month's blog post here was on spring cleaning your finances. If you followed that post then by now you've determined if your income is enough and maybe you're just living a little above your means. Maybe you've determined that it is not enough and found ways to increase your income.  Either way, you have started the process towards appreciating what you have until you get what you want.

 Today I just wanted to spend some time on the next step of evaluating your expenses.  When you take time to evaluate your expenses you truly find out if the things you're spending money on are necessary or unnecessary. When you evaluate your expenses you have to track every single dollar that you spend.  This may seem tedious or unnecessary however it is very important to see where all the money is going. Remember the flow of money is just energy and you have to direct that energy in the direction you want it to go and grow. It is helpful if you ask yourself certain questions during this process. Is this expense worth it? Can I reduce the cost of this expense? For example, if you know you consume a lot of a particular item each month then try buying in bulk. This will save not only money but most importantly it will save time.

 A great starting point to this process is to look back at your spending habits for the past 2 or 3 months. This will consciously allow you to make better decisions going forward.  Remember this process is not to restrict you it's actually the complete opposite. It is to free you, so you won't be enslaved to debt or situations because of spending habits.

 Good luck with your tracking and thank you as always for reading. Have a blessed rest of the week!

Antonio Melani office attire...here
Sam Edelman pumps... sold here
Coach handbag sold here
Versace butterfly sunglasses......sold here



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

THE WHITE BUTTON DOWN....



Happy Wednesday!  I pray you're having a wonderful week. Last week was about the White blazer. Now, I am dashing forward with my white shirt. Nothing says spring like a crisp white button down shirt.  It is a very versatile piece of clothing and can be worn season to season.  It's also very classic and classy!  I'm wearing it with my all time favorite black pencil skirt. I feel by going dark on the bottom it brightens the white shirt even more!

The white button down shirt is so special. It can be worn as a layering piece with a suit or blazer for a professionally polished look. In a more casual setting,  it can be paired with pants or a skirt without feeling too overdressed. Last, but definitely not least  you can go all out glam like I did. I layered with my pearls and my forever gold pieces of jewelry. I also added my gold heels to complete this amazing date day glam look!






As always, thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

QUARTER END RESULTS!!



Happy April! I pray that you had a blessed March! When you start a new year it is very easy to get distracted and forget about the goals and dreams you have set for your life. That is why being accountable and allowing others to hold you accountable is an important factor in getting the job done! The easiest way for me to hold myself accountable is by having a reward and punishment system. Well, the reward is very easy to do. However, if I  fail to meet expectations then there must be consequences. In most cases, if there are no consequences then wherever you fall in life will be fine. Basically, due to lack of expectations and discipline.

SPIRITUAL
In 2018 I desire to grow more spiritually than ever. It is not about just head knowledge for me it is also about heart knowledge. I want to lead in all areas of my life with the spirit of love, peace and joy that is within me. This is why the past 8 years I committed to an in depth daily bible study. Therefore, in 2018 I have not missed one bible study class or daily assignment. Most importantly I am seeking ways each day on how to apply the knowledge to help others. I guess I could reward myself with my quarter end results, but I feel I am already rewarded by being reconciled to God.


SPANISH
I also committed to becoming fluent in Spanish this year. I have been studying daily but I am not quite there yet. I would say I'm about 60-70 % fluent. No reward here just consequences for me. I will be replacing some of my down time with extra study time so I can get on pace to becoming fluent in Spanish.

$500 CHALLENGE
I wanted to start over my $500 challenge this year. This is my third year doing it. You can read more about this challenge here. I have not decided what I will be be doing with everything I accumulate during this challenge in 2018.   As of now, I have $1,000 invested in the challenge and my goal is to earn an additional  $3000 this current quarter. Therefore, I plan to again use my extra time to get creative and find additional income to put towards this project.


Wow, and I have a few more areas I'm pursuing growth in. However, this post is long enough:) As always, thank you for reading and have a blessed new week!!






Friday, March 30, 2018

THE WHITE JACKET....



Happy Friday! I pray you are having a wonderful week! I am definitely a heels lover but I am also attracted to a cute blazer. I will splurge on blazers. When I was in college they often called me the professor because I wore blazers and suits. Even then, I was 16 years old and I brought the best blazers I could afford. 

 I have found every excuse to wear my white blazer this past winter and now stepping into the spring season. There is no buyers regret and this item has received so much love and wear. Well, at least until the weather gets extremely hot here. I hope to find another light and airy white outerwear piece for the summer season.










Thank you for reading!!! God bless!


Polo Ralph Lauren double breasted blazer. ....navy on sale here

Floral dress...similar here

ankle strap sandals.....Similar sold here

                                                Handbags......here