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Beauty Review: Barlean’s Essential Woman


barleans_essential_woman_capsI’m not the best at taking my vitamins but I understand how important they are to my overall health. Of late, I’ve been really interested in how my hormones work and I’ve been adding supplements to help boost my immune system, ease premenstrual symptoms and to promote growth and glow with skin and nails. A friend of mine told me about Barlean’s Essential Woman, it combines flaxseed oil, rosemary oil, and evening primrose oil which is essential for overall health and hormone balancing. I started using it during a time when my cramps were really bad and my hormonal acne was out of control. After two weeks of talking these supplements my skin calmed down and my cramps are much more manageable. I also take magnesium, black seed oil, B12 and probiotic. What’s in your medicine cabinet?



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Juicy Week

I’m cleaning up my diet and leaning towards 90% juices and smoothies this week. I’m in the middle of a move, so I’m relying on Trader Joe’s to supply me with healthy and low-calorie options.

First up, we have the Strawberry Chia 100% Juice Smoothie. Delicious and refreshing and it’s surprisingly filling. I’m hoping to really flush out some toxins and give my system a rest from heavy foods, my body needs it!

What’re you healthy goals this week?

Sephora Haul

I picked up a few goodies at Sephora during their 20% off sale! I’m a total Sephora girl, no shade to Ulta and I went to a great location not too far from Burroughs Hall. It was great grabbing and trying on new lippies and perfumes at a discounted price and watching all the ladies and gents get in the holiday spirit with all the gift sets.

I bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills “Berry Adore” trio blush on a whim and I’m so glad I did. Great pigment, it lasts for several hours and it melts in the skin. I’ve tried ABH lipgloss and I wasn’t overly thrilled but I’m a huge fan of this blush trio.

What’s your favorite blush? I’m a huge fan of NARS blushes, Orgasm, Taos, and Taj Mahal are my favorites!

What’s on your beauty agenda this week? I’m gulping water, giving myself a Aztec Clay Facial and loading up on the foot cream. It’s getting cold outside! Brrrrr


Perfection Rejection

We miss out on so many beautiful things because we expect things to be perfect. The moment that I let go of my “perfection mania” life started to click! I’ve wasted so much time daydreaming about how things should be, how they should look, and when things didn’t pan out, I gave up, often frustrated without finishing or getting to my goal. I now realize, that life is messy, I’m messy, my jagged pieces are beautiful and I can rise from wherever the ash falls.

I’m so happy and content because I’ve embraced my turbulent life, forgiven myself and thrust myself into the murky unknown without a roadmap. Here’s to a week of taking things as they come.

What’s NEW this week!

Still loving my Fenty lipgloss. I can’t find my “Nightmoth” lip liner or Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow filler.

I’ve been drinking a lot of cold pressed juices, my skin looks great

I started a new diet challenge with some friends. 15 pounds by December 15th!

I’m on the hunt for winter boots and accessories.

What’s NEW with you?


Seeds & Small Steps

Are you a over eater? Do you nosh in times of stress, frustration, joy or boredom? Am I alone with this? Well, I’ve decided to take some control, write a diary of my food intake, I downloaded some apps to keep me focused (Fitness Pal, FitBit), upped my water, I’m back to practicing Yoga and I’ve added some “ummph” to my prayer life with a new devotional.

In order to change any poor habit, one must practice discipline. That means, “sticking with it” when you’re bored, recognizing your weak spots, doing that extra rep and starting each day with intention.

I was listening to a podcast last week and the guest said, that he eats well because in order to produce good work, he has to ensure that his body is fine-tuned. I’ve been abusing my body with late nights and sugar but with the last few months of the year, I plan to do what I can to give my body the care it deserves.

Will you join me?

Challenge #1

Let’s try to gulp 3Ls today! Feel free to add fruit if you’re not a lover of plain water.

I’m on my second liter!

talk soon & love yourself



I’m in a weird situation, I hate where I am but I can’t leave. The situation isn’t dire, but I’m not happy. My happiness has led me to become spiteful, instead of making my dwelling as comfortable as possible, I’ve decided to live out of a suitcase. Nothing in my room says “home”

It’s disorganized and sad, and yesterday I had a mini meltdown over it. Last night was particularly hot, I couldn’t get comfortable and my back hurt. That’s when I had a epiphany, I was spiting myself. Instead of making the most of the situation, I was focused on the things that I couldn’t change. Maybe my roommates suck, maybe I’m not in the part of town I want to be in, maybe I can’t have a house party every night, but I’m comfortable and no one bothers me.

So, I promptly pulled up my Amazon app, ordered some things, and from now until I move, I will make my place my own. No longer will I get ruffled or distracted by what could be.

Spiting yourself is such a vicious cycle because the only person you hurt is yourself. Often times the target of your anger doesn’t even notice that anything is amiss. They carry on with their lives while your blood pressure continues to rise.

*unnecessary shot of my breakfast

So, let it go. Stop being angry and be thankful for what you have and wait till your newest chapter begins.

Are you angry or frustrated about anything? Feel free to share in the comments 😊


Anima Mundi

In my quest for overall wellness, I’ve started to add tinctures aka healthy potions to my health regime. I’ve been using Fat Belly, Curam, Amargo Bitters, & Adaptogenic Longevity Tonic from my new favorite brand, Anima Mundi. Easy to use, (30 drops in water, juice, or tea) easy on the stomach and after a couple weeks of use, I’ve already noticed the benefits. I’m new to the power of “farmocology” and I love that these products are organic, gluten-free and at a great price point of $18-$20. I still take my daily vitamins but something about these tinctures makes me feel like I’m giving my body a extra boost.

Have you tried Anima Mundi products? Are you on a vegan or gluten free diet? I’m not, but I’m toying with it 😁


2017 has been amazing and between Yoga, Barre Class, copious amounts of water, organic food, writing, hustling, dating, and singing…I’m pooped!

First things first,

If you haven’t bought anything from the Fenty Beauty, do it today! I’ve snatched up so many “Gloss Bomb” lipglosses, I have one in each pocket. I also bought the dual blush in “Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule” my cheeks are siiiiinging!

I also picked up “Under the Sheets” from Nicki Minaj’s new collaboration with MAC. I filled my lips with “Nightmoth” and put it on tops. Absolutely gorgeous and romantic.

Speaking of Fall, I’m so ready to get this party started. Between Pumpkin Spice Lattes, sweaters, puff coats, velvet, and boots, I’m ready to update my wardrobe with some great pieces. Like this Isabelle Marant “Gilas checked brushed wool-blend jacket for $485

Have you bought anything awesome in the last week? Fill me in, I want to know!


Sweet Release

Confession: I love sweets and junk food. There was a time that I could control my consumption but of late, it’s totally spun out of control . Weekend treats have turned into daily treats which has caused weight gain and pimples. I’ve been scaling back and upping my water in an attempt to curb my cravings, but today I started to think about WHY I keep reaching for chocolate, chips and burgers. The answer is STRESS. When Esther found out that Haman was trying to destroy her people in a evil plot, I’m sure that caused her great stress and anxiety. I’m not dealing with anything that dire but I’m amazed at how calm Esther was in the face of death. It’s fair to assume that because she wholly depended on God that she knew He would rescue her. Over the last few years, I’ve forgotten that God is an expert on “rescuing.” 2016 in particular was a complete shit-show and I’m just beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m a worry-wart by nature and when I feel overwhelmed, I tend to chew. I decided that instead of turning to something sweet to distract myself, I would open up my Bible and spend more time with God. I’m not going to lie and say that I haven’t had a piece of chocolate since I’ve amped up my worship experience but I have felt a calming peace that I haven’t experienced in awhile. That coupled with cardio and lots of water guzzling has helped me shed some pounds in the last few weeks. Life is stressful and expecting hardships and distress to evaporate into thin air is pretty ridiculous but finding ways to manage is a key faction in achieving overall wellness.  Below are some of the things I now do when life starts to spiral out of control

1) Exercise: My favorite way to break a sweat is with old-school workout videos but even going outside for a brisk walk with a great playlist can do wonders for your stress levels.

2) Burn some candles or incense: I like to buy my aromatherapy products from street vendors in Harlem. My favorites are white sage, myrhh, and lavender.

3) Water: A gallon a day is the goal. Water helps me with my tension headaches, achy joints and abstaining from sugary drinks has really helped my skin calm down.

4) Meditation: For me this typically looks like worship, but sitting still for 15 minutes, doing yoga, reading Rumi or counting your blessings are all great ways to remain centered.

5) Journaling: Writing down your emotions and feelings are great ways to keep abreast on how you manage stress and a great guide on if you need to seek professional health. I’m a big advocate for counselling and there a lot of affordable options, like TalkSpace which allows you receive counselling via a app.

This journey isn’t easy but it’s worth it and together we can make a huge impact on how we deal with stress. It’s so important to keep in mind that this moment, however difficult, is for character building and development. WE can do this!


The Art of Letting Go


Hey  Queens! I hope everyone had a great and restful weekend, as we head into this new week, I’m focusing on “letting go.” I tend to wait and hold on to situations way past their due date because I’m afraid of change. I’ve put my life on hold for years because I’m afraid of what’s on the other side of my dreams. My fear of “letting go” has caused nothing but headache, heartache, and stress because when the situation “let me go” it was normally in a horrific and painful way. This year, I’m weeding out my “emotional attic” and throwing out some relationships and grudges that I’ve been struggling to let go of for years. The task is arduous, but so necessary for mental my wellness. I had to let a close family member go recently, and I’m still reeling from it. I’ve tried my best over the last few years to get to a place where we could co-exist without conflict, and as much I as poured into the situation, I always feel drained and unloved. I don’t think I’ll ever stop interacting with him, but my expectations has changed.  I’ve slowly come to the realization that when respect and honesty are no longer present, expectations must change and I’m not a mean or cruel person because I have to look out for myself. Now, I’m not telling you that you should chop people off completely, I believe in working with people, but just not at the expense of my happiness and emotional well-being.

A few months ago, I had first hand experience that dealing with people who don’t see the humanity in your or who treat you cruelly is a perfect recipe for a complete breakdown. I was in a crazy situation last summer where I was living with people who I despised. Everyday was hell and the evidence of that was on how haywire my skin, waistline and moods were. I  was making myself sick by staying in a place that was no longer peaceful. I used to time the moments that I would leave the house and tip-toe around, just so that I could avoid any face-to face interaction. One day, I said “enough” and I got my stuff and I left. I was scared, I wasn’t sure if the new situation would be better but I knew that the longer I stayed in my present situation, I was basically welcoming the abuse. Now looking back it was such a good decision. I never knew that peace was so expensive and my heart and mind started to heal immediately.

What are you holding on to? What are you afraid to let go of? Is it a relationship, a bad job, a old friend, your church or the guilt of your past? Today is the day that we face it and acknowledge that even though we’re not ready to completely let go, we know that somethings has to change for our betterment.












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