I’m In Miami!!ย 

Or at least I was. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

I love Miami! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Every time I go, I never want to come back. Of course I went for work. I had the opportunity to work during the MLB All Star week. I had some fun. Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take photos of the event. ๐Ÿ˜ž But you might have caught a few glimpses if you follow me on Snapchat. 

I did book a shoot which was fun. (Photos coming soon) Mainly I just stayed on the beach. That was my happy place. 

I was so excited to get to the beach to wear my new swimsuit from Pure Posh! I literally only brought swimsuits with me lol. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I was a little disappointed after leaving and realizing Miami Swim Week was right after. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ I definitely wanted to hit some castings.

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Cold World

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Southern weather always seems to surprise and confuse me. This week was a little cold and slightly rainy with temps dropping into the low 30s at night. Ironically enough, today was a sunny 63 degrees. Doesn’t feel like the first day of winter.

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I originally wore this outfit in New York. We spent most of the day in Union Square Market. It was already freezing cold (to me) lol. I was really like 45 degrees but being from the South it felt like 30. I was excited because I prepared myself for the cold and it gave me a reason to shop for cute winter coats. I got this one from Fashion Nova along with this gray one. They had a sale, of course, and it was perfect timing. It was love at first sight. My favorite colors in one piece!

I’ve been wanting to bring it out again but days like this I’m like, “glad I didn’t wear that today.” Anyway, happy first day of winter! #CapricornSeason starts tomorrow. I’m hype, my birthday is right around the corner.

6 Tips For Moving To A New City

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Mural in Little 5 Points in Atlanta

Hey guys. So today, I thought I would give a few tips for people interested in moving to a new city. I’ve had some experiences moving to Atlanta, so these are suggestions from my own experience. I feel like there’s a whole list of things I could give you but I tried to narrow them down so it wasn’t too long. So here’s 6 tips for moving to a new city.

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  1. Research before you move.

This should be common sense but I’ll say it anyway. Research different neighborhoods and visit your city of interest (if possible) a few times. Look up who’s hiring and start applying for jobs. Search different apartments in your target area and give them a call to find out there leasing requirements and prices

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2. Go to city & community websites.

Most cities, states, and even neighborhoods have websites for visitors & new residents. They have important numbers, calendars of events, and lists of places to shop, eat, or have fun.

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3. Explore, explore, explore.

The best way to get to know your new city is to get out the house and go outside. Walk around your neighborhood. Take a ride through different neighborhoods. Get curious but be careful and cautious. Pay close attention to your surroundings.

4. Google is your best friend.

Like seriously, I can not stress this enough. USE GOOGLE. Google will have information on traffic, where you parked, history of your town, and places close to you with reviews. If you have to use public transportation,ย  you can find the schedules of the buses or trains in most major cities as well as the time to leave to catch your bus on time.

5. Move with a friend.

If you know someone that lives in the city you want to live or if you know someone who is interested in moving to the same city, see if they would be interested in being roommates. It’s always nice to have a familiar face around or someone to be in your corner if you have an emergency. Just remember the 3 C’s of Cohabitation: 1. Communication 2. Consideration & 3. Changing the empty tissue roll

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4. Use Foursquare.

I love Foursquare. I use it to find everything from restaurants and coffee shops, parks and libraries, even clubs and bars. You can rate the places so the app can recommend new places for you to try, write reviews, and leave tips for people like your favorite drink at a bar or the best mountain to watch the sunset.

 

Most importantly, be careful and have fun. Moving to a new place can be exciting but you have to be aware of surroundings, find landmarks and get to know where you are, and pay attention. It’s a big world out there and things may not be the same in your new city as they were in your old city.

Night At The Met Museum

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The one thing that I absolutely wanted to do while in New York was visit the Egyptian art in the Met Museum. I have always been fascinated by Egyptian culture, even as a kid, and began to really study it about 2 years ago. I’m just amazed by how advanced they were. Being a black woman, “AFRICAN American”, in America, I’ve always wondered about my own history and cultural ancestry.

Although we did visit other exhibits, most of my time was spent with the Egyptians.

 This is the point where I couldn’t take walking around in heels all day. After meeting Jordyn Woods, we had some free time before the museum and dinner, so we went to Times Squares. All I could think about was visiting the 3 story H&M I’d always here about in school, and finding some $20 sneakers that I could walk in. Luckily, I found these Keds on sale at Macy’s (similar here)!

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New York State of Mind

(Jacket & Choker: Fashion Nova, Dress: Know Style,  Bag: It’s Fashion Metro,  Shoes: Shoe Porn Shoetique,  Sunglasses: Beauty Supply, Ring: Charlotte Russe

The second day of our New York trip was all about exploring. So we went to the bodega across the street to get coffee and bagels while we explored downtown DUMBO and the Brooklyn Bridge. 🌉 DUMBO stands for District Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass, which is a mouthful so I’m glad there’s an acronym. 😩 Like literally when we walked outside, the bridge was only a couple of blocks away.

The view was AMAZING! And to think that people have the opportunity to wake up to that view everyday has me thinking of living the New York dream. I’m just not sure if I can deal with the cold weather and all those people. There’s a lot of people in Atlanta but it’s no comparison to New York. Just being able to walk outside and have something to do right around the corner is my type of living.

We explored Brooklyn Bridge Park before heading up to the bridge for pictures. I was just excited that it was going to be warmer that day so I could wear this awesome dress I got on sale! We took the water taxi across to Manhattan, which was so fun. I was upset because my phone battery died and I couldn’t snap. 😣 I also learned that walking around in heels in New York is not ideal if you will be walking around all day. Lesson learned.

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While in Manhattan, we had lunch at this Irish Pub not far from Broadway. We had to walk down Wall St, which I didn’t like. With all the buildings, there was hardly no sunlight and it was much more chilly than Brooklyn. I did, however, find this beautiful chocolate and macaroon store. It was so fancy and everything looked so yummy! I grabbed a couple of macaroons to eat after lunch and get rid of my gloom of Wall St. 

Dinner was at this Persian/Egyptian hookah restaurant called HORUS on A. We met with a couple of my boyfriend’s high school friends. There was hookah, Sangria and middle eastern comfort food. There was also a belly dancer(which I didn’t get, again because my battery died)! 😣 It was so live and the energy in the place was awesome. Everybody was taking turns dancing with the belly dancer as she tried to teach people her moves. It was more of an experience than I could ask for.

Hello, New York! 🗽

So last week the boyfriend and I took a trip to his hometown, Brooklyn, New York. We went for personal reasons but being that this was my first time really exploring the city, I took the opportunity to play tourist.

I’d been to New York a couple of times, one when I was a baby. My mom took me on my first plane ride to the Big Apple. My grandmother and other family had been living there for a while, so she was very familiar with traveling there. I wanted to drive of course, but my S/O insisted on a plane. After finding out we would be in NY before 12pm, I was all for it. Mind you, this is my first plane ride as an adult. My nerves didn’t kick in until we got ready to board the plane.

The other time was when I was about 13 years old, I stayed a summer with my sister that had been living in the Bronx and was pretty much confined to that one borough (back then the other boroughs were less gentrified and a lot more dangerous).

Anyway, while we were there, we stayed with my boyfriend’s high school friend in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. Much different from what I remember (we weren’t allowed as kids to go into Brooklyn alone).

It was a cool 54 degrees when we landed which was much different from the warm temperature in Atlanta so I had to make sure I was ready. FashionNova was having an amazing sale on coats so I ordered two faux fur jackets. I was so excited to wear them.

(Hat: here, Jacket: Fashion Nova, Jumpsuit: H&M, Shoes: ShoePorn Shoetique)

Always Time For Pizza

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I love exploring my new city. One of my favorite neighborhoods in Atlanta has to be Little 5 Points. All the shops and cafes are all so unique and different. It has a very creative vibe with all the graffiti walls or the occasional musician on the street.

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The boyfriend and I had some time and I was craving pizza ๐Ÿ•. He introduced me to a pizza shop called Little 5 Pizza.

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They have New York style pizza, salads, and beer! ๐Ÿป Good call babe. ๐Ÿ™„

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The weather was kind of cool but with the sun out I knew wherever we went, I wanted to sit outside (which I usually want to anyway), so I made sure to layer up! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ

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ย (Sweater: Forever 21, Jacket: Love Culture, Bodysuit: Forever 21, Shoes: Converse)

Photography by:ย Seventh Division

Dealing with PCOS and Extreme Menstrual Pain

So I came across this post from xoNecole on how to know when your menstrual cramps are abnormal. It was something I’d been all too familiar with being that I’ve dealt with it since puberty. I have had the worst cramps that I could ever imagine. I mean nearly every month since getting my period, I’ve had to deal with excruciating pain in my lower abdomen and back. Sometimes it’s so bad I can barely stand up or walk. Extreme fatigue, diarrhea (I know, TMI), feeling nausea, losing my appetite or even getting sick and vomiting are all symptoms of my cycle. My only solution would be to crawl into a ball on the nearest floor, crying my eyes out and calling for my mother. (I’m such a baby when it comes to these things). Even hearing me describe it is like describing death.

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(Photo: A Special Needs Media)

Finally, I had to go to the doctor because the pain was so unbearable. I’d literally miss days of school because I couldn’t get out of bed. Not to mention, I had a spell of week long periods, but only every 3 months. I was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 16, which stands for PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome. What happens is, there is a problem in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance (over production of the male hormone, androgen). It can cause problems with your periods (irregular periods) and make it difficult to get pregnant (infertility). Other symptoms include, but aren’t limited to, weight gain (difficulty losing weight), excess facial hair growth, and cysts on your ovaries (hence the name).

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Treatment is available for those with this diagnosis but I’m not here to talk about that just yet. I want to focus more on easing the pain of PCOS related menstrual cramps. Believe me, cramping is bad and annoying on any level, but abnormal cramps are that much worst. I am not a medical professional, but here are some things that I do to help lighten the blow.

  1. Drink water. I know, it’s the clichest thing to say but it’s so true. Not only is water a contributor to all things beauty, it does wonders for your health. (Duh!)
  2. Exercise and diet. I honestly didn’t believe everyone saying exercise helps with cramping until I tried it. Best decision of my life. Your diet can help ease the symptoms of PCOS which in turn relieve some of the pain of your cycle.
  3. Hot bath. Submerging your whole body in a bath of warm liquid and it stops your flow for a while. Double score!
  4. ย Heating pad and hot tea. Literally anything hot in, on, or around the body is good!
  5. An orgasm. Now I can’t say that intercourse is my first choice during my menstruation (although it works for some), a good orgasm can ease the pain. No intercourse needed.
  6. Having a glass (not a bottle) of wine. I find that having a glass of wine during my cycle not only eases the pain of my cramps but also leads to shorter periods. Thank me later.
  7. Period tracker and meds. Although my periods are irregular, they still have I slight pattern. I use a period tracker app to help me figure around the time I can expect Mother Nature, then I start an ibuprofen regimen a couple of days before my expected start date. Of course, there are times when Mother Nature wins and pulls a fast one, but I’m always prepared with Tylenol. I’ll start my regimen at the first sign of my cycle.

As some things can’t be avoided, we can only conspire to make them more tolerable.

Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape, or form a professional in the medical field or have ability to diagnose or treat anyone else’s condition. I can only provide helpful tips and advice through research and experience. Find more information at WebMd, The PCOS Foundation, Mayo Clinic, Homorne Health Network, or talking to your OB/GYN.

 

 

Lifestyle Link Party

Signature Walk

fb_img_1452048268484.jpgEarlier this year, I was invited to talk to young aspiring models here in the Carolinas! (I totally forgot to post before the event, so forgive me). Signature Walk took place in Sumter, SC on January 16, 2016. It was such a great experience. I love sharing my experiences and stories to people with the same dream as me. They understand the struggle and scarifies that have to be made in order to get where you want to be. There will be more classes to attend and I will be there to be a model coach.

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Me with Signature Walk Founder, LaTonya Franklin of Mood Swing Photography

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All ofย  the models did such an amazing job! They taught me so much. It wasย  such a success that I’ve decided to be a model coach. It was never something I’d thought about early on, but that class made me realize I could do it.

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Here are the details on my makeup look that day.

(Face – Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in Sienna, Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder in Lucy; Brows – NYX Brow Pencil in Dark Brown, LA Girl PRO Concealer in Toffee; Eyes – Bare Minerals Eye Shadow in Thank You, Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadow in Forest Green, NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Brunette (used as shadow), NYX Liquid Eyeliner in Black, Kiss NY i-Envy Mascara; Lips – NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam over Black Radiance Lipstick in 5016)