Growing up I understood forgiveness as someone doing something wrong to you (or you to someone else), the person done wrong being upset, the wrongdoer apologizing, and all is forgiven and forgotten. A simple process to seemingly make everything ok. While I appreciate the simplicity of this framework, it didn’t prepare me for the times I didn’t receive the apology or believe the person felt any remorse for the actions they’d done to cause hurt. (more…)
I’m about two weeks away from turning 25 and for the second time in less than a year I am jobless. While no fault of my own because budget cuts are real and start-ups are unpredictable, it still sucks. This is the exact opposite of what I thought life was supposed to be right now but you know life, she loves surprises. (more…)
My quest to get to New York and finagle my way into the fashion industry has thus far been painstakingly unfruitful. It seems like I keep hitting road block after road block. A promising window of opportunity appears and as I’m making my way towards it, it slams in my face. I’m trying my absolute hardest to not get discouraged and continue holding onto my hope and standing on my faith but some days I’m ready to climb down, let go and give up.
It’s November and I am still anxiously awaiting fall. I’m starting to think lady Autumn got a new number and is pulling a “new phone, who ‘dis” on us all with these spring/summer temps. Either way, fall fashion is my favorite so I’m finding ways to slide some fall-esque dressing into my rotation until the season decides to bless us with her presence. (more…)
It was Sunday, July 10th, 2016 at approximately 7P EST. I was sitting with my family after just having returned home from a week-long vacation to Martha’s Vineyard with a group of good friends.
Then it happened. A phone call, a voicemail, a text, and a returned phone call later…I was unemployed. (more…)
When it comes to my aesthetic, it is often described as simple yet impactful. I pride myself on my ability to take very simple pieces and build something unassumingly fly. This outfit is a prime example of that. (more…)
I have a major appreciation for makeup and love looking into the latest trends and products just as much as the next person. I can watch makeup tutorials for hours on end but the fact is that the chance of me trying most looks is slim to none. When it comes to my personal makeup aesthetic I like to keep it pretty minimalistic. My goal is to keep my face looking and feeling as natural as possible. This goes hand in hand with my latest mission to get my skin to a place where I am completely comfortable going make-up free and I’m pretty freakin’ close ladies and gents.
A few weeks ago I took what I consider my first “adult” vacation. I ventured to Martha’s Vineyard with a group of close friends and it was a week of nothing but love, laughter and realizations. One of those realizations came late after dinner one night. We were all huddled in a room and naturally the topic of relationships/dating came up as it does amongst 20-somethings. At this point in the trip I hadn’t shared much about my dating life because, as far as I’m concerned, nothing is happening in that area – I’m talking desert dry, tumbleweed included – so there was nothing to report. Regardless, I found myself opening up about my more recent forays into the world of dating, which have left a lot to be desired and have had me believing I’ve been doing something wrong.
Turns out I have. (more…)
Atlanta is notorious for HOT + HUMID summers and after experiencing 24 summers here you would think I’m used to it. Not the case. Since I can’t walk around sans clothing, I have to settle for finding cute pieces to keep me cool during the sweltering summer months (tough life, I know). Enter this perfect romper to beat the heat in style. (more…)
I’m in a slump and I haven’t wanted to admit it out loud. The past couple of weeks I have been feeling incredibly “off”. Things are shifting and I’m trying to find my place, my solid ground, my launching pad to keep growing. I’m in this space of feeling like I’m continuously falling short in multiple areas of my life. I’m trying so hard to reach this abstract place of being on and poppin’ 24/7/365 in my professional and personal life, although I don’t know that that’s humanly possible. In short, I’m feeling defeated and that I’m not good enough, which is tough to admit.
I know in my heart of hearts that I am good enough. I know this won’t last and the space I’m in is temporary. God designed me with the mind and heart to win and I will. Life exists in a series of peaks and valleys and I’m in the midst of a valley right now. I’m only truly defeated if I stay here. And I won’t.
I already feel better by being able to get those thoughts out of my head and “talking” it out. Clearing the bad thoughts to make room for the good ones.
“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”