Friday Fives: 5 polka pieces you need for spring

April 27, 2018

Denim Jacket: Old Navy, Dress: BP. c/o Nordstrom, Heels: Steven Madden, Bracelet: J.Crew Factory, Bag: Target,  Earrings: Bauble Bar - only $15!, Sunnies: BP. c/o Nordstrom

Happy Friday, friends! Woo hoo, we made it to Friday!! Y'all this week was so intense and felt like I was dragging on forever, so I'm so excited that we made it to the weekend. It's rainy day here in NYC but I wanted to share some of my favorite polka dot pieces for the spring because it's supposed to go up to 87 degrees next week! ☺

You all know that I tend to exclusively shop petite sizes. Shopping for my body type has always been an adventure to say the least, and finding my perfect fit has never been easy, but this little number made the cut. I'm wearing a regular XS and it fits absolutely perfectly! I fell so in love with the color, the cut, the polka dots and the ruffles. It was all my favorites wrapped into one dress. This dress paired with these sunnies gave me such retro vibes. See here to see what I mean!

1. You need this polka dot - It's currently 30% (no code needed) and the perfect dress for work or play! It sold out so quickly during their friends and family sale. All sizes are in stock!

2. Obsessed with this crop top. I'd pair this with some high waisted jeans and red heels. So fun for date night.

3. This darling dress is such a sweet color combo and it reminds me so much of the dress I wore above. Also available in regular sizes!

4. The cutest skirt from J.Crew. Available in both regular & petite sizes! I'd pair this with a denim shirt or a crisp white one and statement earrings.

5. My favorite spring top! I've received so many compliments on this yellow polka dotted top and it's available regular & petite sizes. It's so fun!

Thanks so much for reading today's post!

Have a wonderful weekend!


T-Shirt Tuesdays

April 24, 2018

Denim Jacket: Old Navy, Graphic Tee: Nike, (new version here), Skirt: Topshop c/o, Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff, Flats: Target - now 20% off with code SHOES, Sunnies: Nordstrom (available in 2 additional colors)

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope everyone's been having a great week so far. It appears that the spring weather is actually hear to stay in NYC and I couldn't be happier. I had such a lovely weekend in the city and the weather was so perfect!

In today's blog post I wanted to talk about graphic tees and how I'm loving the fact that they've made a comeback. Back in the day I was such a fan of graphic tees, it's literally all I wore. My eighth grade photo is me wearing a graphic tee that said "Royalty" hahaha what was I thinking?! Anyway, I'm glad graphic tees have come back in an adult, more appropriate way and it's all about making a statement! This tee has been my favorite for months and I love the statement it makes! I've been so inspired by my girl gang lately and we're truly a force to be reckoned with!

I paired it with this adorable skirt that's perfect for spring and summer and topped it off with this PERFECT jean jacket! Y'all this jean jacket comes in petite, regular and tall and it's the best distressed denim jacket.  I purchased a petite medium and it's a little loose but just how I like it. This light wash would go perfectly with white skinny jeans and a cute top. I can't wait to take this with me everywhere this spring & summer and it's under $40!

Are you all loving graphic tees as much as me? Linking a few more of my favorites down below.

Thanks so much for reading today's post!


My Must haves from the Loft F&F Sale!

April 16, 2018

Top: LOFT, Denim: Topshop, Heels: Steve Madden, Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar here and here), Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Lipstick: Clinique color is Tenderheart, Earrings: Baublebar, Bracelet: J.Crew Factory
Happy Monday, everyone! Who's ready to start this week off on a good note? I am! I had such a lovely weekend and was thrilled that it finally was over 60 degrees here in NYC! We reached a high of 80 degrees on Friday and I literally couldn't handle my excitement. Y'all seasonal affective disorder is so real and I think everyone in NYC, myself included, had been feeling it these past few rainy/snowy weeks but it finally was warm enough to rid myself of my puffy coat and wear dresses without tights! Hallelujah!

On Friday night, Tom (my boyfriend) and I had dinner with our good friends Jessie & Abi at AlMar in Dumbo. It's an Italian restaurant right next to the Brooklyn Bridge with a rustic ambiance, family style seating and unbelievable food. From the Bruschetta appetizers that we tried to our pasta and the tiramisu for the dessert, it's was incredible. Totally recommend!

On Saturday, the weather was just as amazing as Friday and I ended up in Dumbo again haha with my sweet friend Kristin, who some of you might know from The Petite Pear Project. Her and I became friends over 2 years ago when we were both blogging and living in Brooklyn. We followed each other on Instagram and she emailed me one day asking if I wanted to grab coffee and since then we've been friends! She recently discovered that she enjoyed being behind the camera instead of in front of it, and has started shooting other bloggers. If you're in the city looking for a photographer find her info here, Kris Lee Photography. We had some fun shoot and ended up eating our favorite for brunch: Mexican food :)

And yesterday I was invited to preview Loft's Friends & Family Sale and guys, there's so much good stuff. Marcy from Luxe and Louche and I were invited to help style customers for a social media event at Loft Flatiron in NYC. Thankfully the rain held off so that everyone could stop by and shop while sipping on some prosecco. I felt like I was back in my retail days helping out customers, styling pieces, it was so much fun!! I could help but find some pieces for myself and here are my must haves from the sale! I believe it's later this week, so make sure to have these pieces in your cart! Check them out below.

Thanks so much for reading today's post!


Conscious Queens

April 12, 2018

Dress: Ann Taylor (currently 40% off!), Handbag: old, (similar here), Heels: Steve Madden, Bracelet: J. Crew Factory, Sunnies: Ray-Ban

Hi everyone! Happy Thursday! I hope you've all been having a great week. I am still riding off the high that was this past weekend. Y'all it was just wonderful. As some of you may know I created this list earlier this year and let's say it's turned into my major to-do list. In honor of turning 27 I made a list of 27 things I wanted to do this year. One of those things was to do a public speaking event. I have always been terrified of public speaking. I never took a public speaking course in college and anytime I had to present in front of the class, I'd beg my professor to let me do a paper instead. They always obliged. So here I was 6 years post college and still hadn't done a public speaking event.

My dear friend Samiah of The First Generationers so graciously asked me to speak at her Conscious Queens event this past Saturday in Brooklyn. I was so excited nervous to speak but I agreed and immediately started panicking. I asked her what she wanted me to talk about and she said "Talk about whatever you want, it just has to be 10-15 minutes." I was like WHAT, OMG NO. What did I sign up for? So I came up with ideas and every single one I threw away. Until finally I thought here's an event for women of color, they are sharing their talents and ideas with us, maybe I should just speak from the heart.

So I did.

I started to write out my story, how I came to be where I am today, what my background was, how I started the blog. Then I began to practice my speech and every time I stumbled and mumbled my words, the fear just grew inside of me and I was still 1 week away from actually giving the speech. So the night before I facetimed my friend and practiced with her, I practiced with my boyfriend, I practiced in the mirror while holding a screwdriver pretending it was a microphone. I reached the point where I realized there was no point in reciting my speech from paper, I was just going to have a conversation with the audience and I just spoke from the heart.

Saturday came and we found out we had sold all the tickets for the event! We were at capacity and nerves started to get the best of me, but it was wonderful as more and more people came in the door, I felt relieved. For many of us it was our first time sharing our stories, talents, secret hobbies and it was so inspiring. We were all nervous, vulnerable yet we all felt so supported. We cried telling our stories, we cheered, we clapped. I left feeling so proud to be a woman, to be a woman of color, to be me!

The amazing Samiah from The First Generationers
 Imani Thompson of @ithompsonftw - absolutely incredible poet!
 Nagla Bedir of @teachingwhilemuslim
 The super talented Cece from @cecefayce

 The hilarious and fabulous ladies from @twogrown
 My boyfriend Tom came to support!

Thanks so much for reading today's post!

Let me know if you'd like to hear more about the event or if you want me to share my speech!


Weekends in Brooklyn

April 2, 2018

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful and restful weekend with your families and friends. I spent it in Delaware with my family and had a little getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Every once in a while I like to get away to rest and recharge and my parent's summer home is the perfect place. I spent this weekend reading, prepping posts for the upcoming week and spending some quality time with family.

I'm ready to take on this week with a fresh mindset and positive attitude!

I wanted to share what my boyfriend and I love to do on the weekends in Brooklyn. As some of you know, I moved out of my Brooklyn apartment with my roomie and moved back home with my parents. My boyfriend, who currently lives in Brooklyn, and I are hoping to move in together by the end of this year but most weekends I'm over at his place hanging out. We love to explore different areas within the borough and find new coffee shops for an early morning cup o' joe!

As simple as it sounds, exploring different neighborhoods and looking at different homes if one of our favorite things to do. My dad is an architect so I used to do the same thing when I was little. We'd take drives around to look at different homes/buildings and it was something that I just grew up loving. I'd dream about living in these different homes, large mansions, cool brownstones, homes with acres and acres of land. I'd dream up different futures for myself depending on the property we were looking at. Today when Tom and I walk around different neighborhoods we imagine if we lived there and it's fun to share that with each other.

I honestly can't imagine a better and more relaxing way to spend a morning. What are you favorite weekend routines? Let me know below! I'd love to read your comments.

Thanks so much for reading today's post!

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