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,  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)

A Mini Vacation in Athens, GA

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of traveling for something other than work… a much needed break and some QT time with my new beau. I may let you in on those details a little later, but for now we’ll focus of the trip.

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One of the days we went to Atlanta. I love to visit Little 5 Points when in Atlanta. They have so many local shops that have the cutest stuff. My favorite store is this amazing consignment shop, Rag-o-Rama.  I always find crazy deals on shoes.

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We had lunch at Ru-Sans. Then  we went to see The Martian, which was really good. I love the movie theaters in Atlanta, the one we went to had a full bar!

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Before leaving for SC, we explored the quaint town of Madison, GA. It was a gloomy day but the town was beautiful. Plenty of small shops and restaurants, and most are locally owned. My favorite is this little ice cream parlor & candy store, Scoops.  If only they could ship ice cream.

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Moving to Atlanta

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(Photography: Dante Sims Photography)

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The universe has been sending me curve after curve on my quest to greatness! I have had such an experience on this journey and the only way I can describe it is, humbling. From the beginning of 2015, I have been planning my move to Atlanta, GA, although I’ve wanted to move there since forever, I just recently had the opportunity to make that happen. So back around the end of June, my friend and I packed our bags, jumped in my car, and hightailed it to ATL!! Once we got there it was straight to work, looking for castings, booking photoshoots and really immersing ourselves in the ATLien lifestyle.

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(Shirt – Forever 21, Shorts – H&M, Flatforms – Love Culture)

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Well that was very short lived because after four days of being there, my car was stolen! Yep that’s right, someone got into my car and drove away. Not only did they take all of the inventory and valuable property out of the car, they ripped out my ignition, stripped my oil, left anti-freeze all inside of the car and my wallet with my DL and credit cards were in the car as well. After being awaken in the middle of the night by my friend, only to find out someone had just driven away in my car, left me dazed, confused, and totally in shock. Of course, my initial feeling was devastation. I mean, my whole life was in my car, my wallet, my cards, my inventory. I was just really hurt because I felt like I was on the right track, how could this happen to me? I tried to remain positive as I reminded myself the Creator and universe has a crazy way of working things out. I’ve seen it happen too many times but I couldn’t help crying myself to sleep that night.

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Luckily, the car was found a few days later. The time I spent however, trying to get the car out of police custody, the towing company’s lot and back in my possession was pure HELL. Boy, did I have a lot of mood swings, emotional spurts, and anxiety attacks. It was really an experience that I had not prepared myself for, in which the universe was out to prove. Overall, I was able to stay positive and keep myself together to get through this with a little encouragement along the way.

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Fast forward to today and I can say the Creator will never let me down. All of the trials we go through only make us stronger. My colleagues look at me for my strength during this process but, to me, that situation exposed just how weak and ill prepared I was. Going through that showed me a lot and has put me in a place to make some major moves for my brand. So now I’m back and forth from Columbia to Atlanta. As I am just being able to lay this situation to rest, I wanted to share my experience with you guys and just get it off my chest.

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I’ve really been an example of trusting the journey and not the pain. Everything you think you have planned for your life can be changed in an instance. Life will throw you punches just to test how well you can adapt and prevail. I continue to stay and promote positivity because that is a MAJOR thing that will get you through life. I would love to hear how you stayed positive through a trying time in your life. Leave a comment below and don’t forget to share!

A Day In Charleston

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With all the planning for my website launch, HairWalk rehearsals, and getting my products shipped out, my weekends have been pretty busy. So, when my friend asked if I wanted to take a ride to Charleston, I happily obliged. I was just excited to be able to take a trip that wasn’t revolving, well you know, work. My brain needed a break and this was the perfect day trip to get my gears oiled up again.

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We shopped in the Marketplace for a while before heading to lunch at Hyman’s Seafood Restaurant, a 5th generation family owned and operated restaurant. This place is pretty popular, as my friend explained to me that there is usually a line wrapped around the building. When we got seated at our table, we noticed these nameplates stated who (famous celebrity) had sat at the table. Of course, we get the table of Sex in the City star, Sarah Jessica Parker.

I ordered their pick 3 option with shrimp scampi, fried tilapia, and fried scallops. It came with a side (of course I chose mac & cheese) and salad (for an extra charge). I also ordered a Tequila Kamikaze for a cocktail. I asked for a little blue for coloring. 🙂 If you are not a heavy drinker, like myself, you should ask that they pour light on the liquor because they like their cocktails strong! I was such a great experience and the customer service was amazing. Being that it was our first time, the 4th generation owner came over, introduced himself and made sure we were exceptionally taken care of.

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Charleston, SC has also been the scene of tragedy as 9 lives were taken in the shooting of Mother Emanuel AME Church, a heinous hate crime by Dylann Roof. While I was there, I had to go visit and pay my respects.

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A poem dedicated to the Emanuel 9.

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