Twelve Dollar Slipdress

What Up Peeps,

I’M ALIVE!!!! I can’t believe it’s been over two months since I’ve blogged. I’ll warn you in advance, this is not my usual full- length DOD post. I merely wanted to slide in and say hello 🙂 I did however post a new piece in SophiaTroy Speaks and I hope you check it out. Last week, I went to HH with a friend and we stopped into  a local plant shop to kill some time. That day, I happened to be rocking this $12 slip dress I recently picked up from Last Chance. I’ve been stalking a slip dress for a minute so I was glad to grab this one. I’ll spare you the full ensemble details since there not visible but enjoy the few snaps she captured  (Thanks Sid!)

I promise to be more consistent in posting so we’ll talk soon!

 

Peace & Love.

 

 

 

 

 

 


To Be Black

To Be Black

To Be Black is a constant feeling of making yourself small.

Resisting the urge to be too loud, too free, too confident or drawing any attention to yourself at all.

To Be Black is to be automatically disregarded with no regards for your humanity.

Assumed to be a threat because of what people think they see.

To Be Black is to speak with perfect diction and poise only to be told you have an attitude, rile people up and make too much noise.

To Be Black is a coming away from oneself drawing the best parts of you within.

Fearful of fully operating within certain spaces.

To Be Black is to often be seen as faceless.

Just a brown body encroaching on free space.

People emboldened to speak their hatred right in your face.

To Be Black is to witness regression after centuries of tiresome progress.

To Be Black is to be confounded by the space of your other-ness.

To Be Black is to be resilient.

Knowing that your heritage is steeped in so much pride.

Rightfully wearing your crown in spite of those who wish you’d be denied.

Your very success guaranteed by birthright.

Paid for by our ancestors who refused to give up the fight.

To Be Black is beautiful exuding inexplicable joy.

Flourishing from the dirt in the faces of those who don’t want us to enjoy.

 

 


Little Miss Sunshine

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Two blogs in one day?!! Boo-Yah 🙂 I couldn’t leave you all without sliding in and sharing a few pics of one of my favorite dresses. I LOVE the colors: yellow, red, and white on melanin skin. To that end, imagine my delight when I peeped this fabulous, billowed sleeved, yellow number on sale for $30 at Zara.I’ve worn it once because it’s a pain in the rear to iron, but decided to bust it out this weekend as I attended a friends bridal shower. Since the event was held in the cutest little restored house in downtown Glendale, I had so many great picture settings so you know I took advantage. Enjoy a few of my favorite shots below.

I love pairing this dress with my royal-blue wrap- around heels as it adds a nice bright color contrast. This dress is right on trend for Spring and I feel like such a lady when I wear it. As alway’s the DOD ensemble breakdown is listed below.

 

Ensemble Breakdown:

Dress: $30- Zara

Heels: $20- Last Chance

Total- $50

 

Peace & Love,

 

 

 

 


Nashville

What-Up Peeps,

 

It seems as though the website was down for a few days: my apologies. I waned to stop in and share with you all my recent trip to Nashville. This charming southern gem has been on my vision board for about a year now and I was so happy when my friend was down to plan a trip!! I’d liken Nashville to the South Eastern version of Austin, Texas: the city boasts a quirky nature and unique charm, all confined within the red-neck ideals of the South. While in town, we hit up the downtown music scene, ATE A LOT, visited the Parthenon, and enjoyed exploring the different neighborhoods in the city. Although I thoroughly enjoyed my time, I was most thankful for a chance to travel with my friend Kaelyn and get to know her better, there’s nothing like a friend you can actually travel with ( can I get an AMEN) .Please enjoy some pics from our trip.

Have you all ever traveled to Nashville? If so, what did you think? Please feel free to share in the comments below.

 

 

Peace & Love,

 

 

 

 


Bienvenido A Miami

What-Up Peeps!

I just came home from an AWESOME trip to the wonderful city of Miami. In recent years, I’ve traveled in and out of this city on other trips but never actually spent any time there. I needed a get-away and have had Miami on my vision board for the last year so I booked a trip. When I tell you God showed UP on this trip, I’m so grateful. I’d liken Miami ( especially South Beach) to an adult Spring Break: a bunch of half-naked people faux stunting in rented luxury vehicles and doing the absolute most 🙂

I stayed in the Doral community which was 25-30 minutes from most of the things I ended up doing. While in town, I went to Little Havana, spent some time in South Beach and the Brickell neighborhood, visited the VOUS church, and of course ATE a ton.

However, the thing that stands out the most about this trip was the crazy amount of favor the Lord showed me. All throughout, I came across amazing people, offered free items, and even linked up with a friend I haven’t seen in over 20 years ( Hey Mia!!!) Recently, I’ve been even more mindful of inviting God into the everyday mundane tasks of my life and He has not failed to grace me with amazing opportunities and exceeding exactly what I need/want. Please enjoy some pics from my lovely trip.

I’d also like to note that Miami has one of the dopest skylines I’ve ever seen in a city. Despite being in a minor fender bender on my way to church( I feel fine), I’m so blown away by this amazing trip and can’t wait to see how God continues to show up in the rest of my travels this year 🙂

 

Peace & Love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sittin Pretty

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How the heck are you? I had to slide through on this glorious Tuesday to share a few snaps of me in this BOMB  dress that was under $5.00!!!! As you know, Last Chance recently had dresses on sale for 50% off so imagine my delight when I popped in the store one day and dresses were a whopping 75% off 🙂 I scooped up this lovely hunter green TopShop number with cold-shoulder accents, a slight front slit, and key-hole back for $4.75…..HEY NOW!

When I tell you, I got my ENTIRE LIFE in this dress; I love being sexy, classy, and comfortable all at the same time. This go round I kept it simple pairing this dress with my ankle strapped black heels and a few stackable rings.

After demolishing nearly two entrees at brunch this past Sunday, I decided to suck it in and take a few photos perched on a bench outside the restaurant. Below you will find a few shots for your perusal.

 

Oh well good people, this look had to be shared. Sorry for the brief post I’m headed to Miami in a couple days so I’ll check back in when I return.

 

Ensemble Breakdown:

Dress:TopShop- $4.75, Last Chance

Shoes: Steve Madden-$20, Last Chance

Total: $24.75

 

Peace & Love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Eight Dollar Easter Dress

What Up Peeps!!

 

As promised, these next few DOD’s will be largely  focused on dresses as your girl just CAME UP at the 50% off dress sale at Last Chance 🙂 My favorite purchase has to be this silk, halter dress that I bought for $8.00!! In recent years, God has always given me deals on Easter dresses at Last Chance where I end up paying $7-10 for my dress. Although I can afford to buy something more expensive, I always appreciate a frugal find. Imagine my further delight when I looked up this dress online and found that it originally retailed for $130……WINNING!!!!!!!!

I loved everything about this ensemble: it’s an extra small so it fit me perfectly.The only drawback is the fabric was a TOTAL pain to iron and steam, after several tries, I just embraced the wrinkles. After a lovely Easter service, I rushed to snap a few pics for you all before we  headed out to stuff our faces with good ole’ Easter brunch. Below are a few captures for you to enjoy.

How did you all spend your Easter and what did you wear darling?! Please feel free to let me know in the comments below.

 

Ensemble Breakdown:

Dress- ASTR Label originally $130:I paid $8.00 at Last Chance

Shoes- Sam Edelman Nude T-Strap Hells: $20 at Last Chance

Total- $28.00

Peace & Love.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Diva On A Dime: Lady In Red

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Happy first day of Spring 🙂 I can’t think of a better way to kick off this new season than with a BOMB Spring dress. Recently, Last Chance had a sale where all dresses were 50% off and ya girl has been cleaning up!!!!!! So get ready for the next few DOD’s to be dress-centric. Although I purchased quite a few short dresses, I really wanted a midi-dress and was thrilled when I found this red number on the racks. Where to begin with this beauty!? It’s a classic silhouette that’s breathable, a great color and was only 20 dollars. I liked that it gave me little house on the prairie vibes and I could put my own twist on it. Since it has a great collar detail, I kept accessories simple pairing it with my gold hoops and platform ankle boots. My how the compliments abounded when I wore this dress! After church, I popped into my favorite neighborhood ice cream shop and had one of the employees snap a few pics of me ( Thanks Nami!!!) Enjoy the shots below.

What are some of your favorite Spring dress trends? Please share in the comments below.

Ensemble Breakdown:

Dress: Chelsea 28-Last Chance $20

Shoes: Jessica Simpson Platform Ankle Boots- Last Chance $25

Total Cost: $45.00

 

Peace & Love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Five Dollar Faith Jumpsuit

What-up Peeps!!

 

Before the month ends, I need to wish you all a Happy FREAKIN New Year!!!!!! 2018 is about to be so AMAZING!! I’ve been wanting to slide in here real quick and share the story of my favorite five dollar jumpsuit.

About seven years ago, I was dead broke and singing in the choir at my church. I needed to purchase something to wear for the upcoming Sunday service and I had a whopping $10 to spend. Upon hitting up my trusty Forever 21 clearance rack, I found what I was looking for but also spotted this super cute jumpsuit on sale for $5. However, I didn’t have the money to purchase both items so sadly I left the jumpsuit on the rack. That week during choir rehearsal, the Holy Spirit fell so beautifully and my heart was encouraged to not only ask God for the money to purchase this jumpsuit but also in a size extra small as I didn’t like the way the small fit me. That same night, one of the choir members blessed me with some money and later that week, I went back to Forever 21 and lo and behold not only was there ONE jumpsuit left on the clearance rack it was also an extra small!!!

Fast forward to now, although I’m no longer broke, this jumpsuit remains one of my all-time favorites: I’ve dressed it up and down in a myriad of ways and its equal parts comfortable and chic so you know it’s my kind of ensemble 🙂 Every time I wear it, I’m reminded that there is nothing too small for God, he cares about the most intimate details and desires of my heart. As my faith has expanded and I now boldly ask for big things, this piece serves as a reminder of the power of simple, childlike faith that moves the hand of my Father. What are some things in your heart that you don’t have the courage to ask God for because you feel they are too small or insignificant? I encourage you to believe for those things because God delights in granting the desires of our hearts whether they be great or small.

This time around, I paired this jumpsuit with one of my favorite long-sleeved bowed tops, these FIRE embellished fur heels I just purchased, and my trusty 1.00 belt. After brunch with friends, I snapped a few pics for you all.

 

As always, the ensemble breakdown is below.

 

Jumpsuit: Forever 21- $5.00

Top: Last Chance- $5.00

Shoes: Steve Madden,Last Chance- $20

Total Cost- $30

 

Peace & Love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tulum

What-Up Peeps!

I hope the holiday season is treating you well 🙂 These last couple of weeks have been interesting: my best friend was in a terrible car accident and suffered a tragic loss a week before my birthday. Prior to this, I had already planned this trip to Tulum as my 7th and final trip of the year. I was supposed to go with a friend but she had to back out at the last minute. So between that, my friends accident, and developing a sinus infection a few days before I was supposed to head out, I contemplated cancelling this trip. However, since I already paid for everything and would have ended up losing money had I postponed it ( which you know I don’t do) I decided to go by myself and man am I glad I did!!

For those that don’t know, Tulum is a sleepy beachside town about an hour and a half drive from Cancun. The town boasts ruins, lovely beaches, and just an overall chill, relaxed vibe shared amongst the locals and tourists who visit this hidden gem. I peeped this place on the internet a couple years ago and have since wanted to check it out. Although I only in town for four days, I was able to do everything that I set out to do like: check out the ruins, spend the day at the beach, take a yoga class, spend some time at the spa and EAT!!!!!!!

My time in Tulum was absolutely magical, I ended up meeting some lovely girls traveling from California (hey Melissa & Claudia!) one of whom worked at a lovely restaurant where I was showered with a birthday serenade, free drinks and a custom dessert on my visits to the establishment. I loved eating at the off- the beaten path taco stands, drinking margaritas, viewing the local artwork, riding bikes around town and just decompressing from everything going on around me.

Sometimes, being by yourself is exactly what you need.  My time was also spent journaling, reading, sleeping, spending time with God, reflecting on what a GREAT year 2017 was for me, and casting vision for what I want to accomplish in the year ahead. Below are some pictures from the trip.

Now that I’m home and on meds to knock out the last of this sinus infection, I plan to relax, eat snacks and ease my way into 2018. Do you have any upcoming trips planned before this year ends? Feel free to share in the comments below.

 

Peace & Love,