Happy Gratitude Day

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Striped top: h&m; Shoes: Nine West

Back at it with my love for layers. This dress can be worn lots of different ways.  I imagine it buttoned up with a small sweater worn over it. Or with a fitted black leather jacket. On this particular day I was feeling the vibe of wearing it open with high waisted jeans and a crop top. My trick to get the dress to stay in place, is to wear a belt over it. Hella practical, and adds another layer of cute. Mmmkay.

I spent this holiday week with family and with tons of food. Hello food. Thanksgiving, or Gratitude Day, as I like to call it, was at my house this year. Me and my husband were busting our asses to make sure there was plenty of deliciousness and that our house wasn’t a complete mess. Mission accomplished.

What did you do to celebrate the holiday? 

Aubrey and The Three Migos: Final Show in Atlanta

Atlanta, Lifestyle, Music

At the Drake and Migos show Sunday night. Big concerts in Atlanta are fun because you can pretty much bet on there being at least one special guest. I mean, it’s Atlanta. So Drake brought out like 50-leven guests: Future, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Young Jeezy, Lil Baby, etc.  The show was visually really dope too. For the life of me, I can’t figure out how that yellow car was hovering around the arena. 

I created a look with bell bottoms, a cropped top, and a leather jacket. Then I tied it together with a big ass hat and green velvety loafers. I dig.

Overall, it was a good time. I’m trying to be all about positivity and happiness. Happiness is like wealth. Take time to do things that bring that kind of wealth into your life. You deserve the good time.

Now I have to take a break from concerts. I’s tired.

Jacket, shirt: H&M; Pants: F21; Shoes: Nine West

New Weekly Music Segment: “Say Dat, Play Dat.”

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I’m going to kick off a new weekly segment on the blog where we just talk music. I’ve been including “Song of the day”  at the end of most posts, but I feel like I need to take things further.  I have always had a love for music….and an ear, I’ve been told, for when something is pretty tight.  So this was inevitable.

Meet me here weekly to check out what I’m listening to, hear about new artists, music videos, concerts, hidden gems, playlists…any and all-uh dat. And once you’re here, stay a while. 

So let’s get right to it! *starts rubbing hands together like Birdman

Here’s a list of 10 songs that I have in rotation right now. 

1. Anderson .Paak: Trippy ft J.Cole

This vibe right here is so good. The song opens with a nostaligic clip from Rodney Dangerfield that sets the tone for a warm, dark groove. Then Cole hops in just tip toeing all over the beat. I’m here for it. .Paak is consistently musical and awesome at his craft. His new album, Oxnard, is out now. Get all the way familiar. 

2. Smino: Klink

Smino is back at it. Dude so talented. Klink is just one of my many favorites from his new album, NOIR. This song comes on and I just want to do a slow shoulder shimmy and feel bougie. St. Louis stand up. 

3. Wizkid: Fever

Such a feel-good song. I listen to this song practically every day. I’ve had Wizkid on my radar for a while, but dis right here?  Even my 2 year old kid likes this song.

4. Trippie Redd: Fire Starter

“Said it all ends in motherfucking flames
Said I’m a boss, bitch, ain’t got no time for games”

5. P-Lo: Don’t Rush

This song had me twerking in the shower one day. Got my entire life. 

6. Ariana Grande: God is a Woman

When you find time to be a boss bitch.

7. Jean Deaux: Way Out

Featured on Jean Deaux’s project KRASH. I haven’t had a chance to fully listen to the project, but I do like her as an artist, so I’m excited to hear more. 

8. Radiant Children: Life’s a Bitch

“Don’t always think you’re wrong when you’re right
They’ll always try to change your mind
Darling, just do whatever feels right
Your life is there to be designed”

This song was brought into my life thanks to Insecure’s Season 3 Soundtrack, which is amazing. Rapheal Saddiq is a music supervisor for Insecure and it shows. Even if you don’t watch the show, make it your business to check out the soundtrack.

9. Gallant: Gentleman

I only recently discovered this little gem. Oh, and it is goood.

10. Free Nationals: Beauty & Essex ft Daniel Ceasar and Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Give me a little Daniel Ceasar and I know it’s going to be a great day. Plus this video is legit art.

Check out this playlist on itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/say-dat-play-dat/pl.u-Ymb0xj2HqyxK8x

 

Astroworld: Travis Scott Atlanta Concert

Atlanta, Lifestyle, Music, ootd

Jacket: American Living; Shoes: Reebok

Travis Scott brought Astroworld to Atlanta last night. It was trippy, weirdo vibes and I’m not mad at it.  The show opened with Trippie Redd and Gunna. They were both high energy.  The whole night was basically just a hype-fest with lots of moshing and pyrotechnics. I was supposed to be digging deep into my self-care (see previous post)…ya know, warm bubble baths, kicking my feet up, drinking tea, etc. But instead I was at a Travis Scott concert. Travis Scott. The artist that is notorious for wild ass shows. Yep. That’s where my sick ass found myself.  Self-care is a process, lol.  It was fun though.

Drake/ Migos concert is up next. Got a few days to rest up until then. 🙂

Anybody see the Drake show yet? Do I need to drink some apple cider vinegar and take my vitamins before I go!? Let me know.

Song of the day: Travis Scott: Stop trying to be God

Let’s Talk Self-Care

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Blazer: Goodwill; T-Shirt: F21; Pants: H&M; Shoes: GoJane; Necklace/ring: Alex and Ani

I’m not feeling 100 this week. I was actually just sent home from my internship for looking/sounding so crappy. My supervisor told me she was whipping the Lysol out as soon as I left, lol. It be like that sometimes. But she asked me an interesting question while I was there: “Why didn’t you just call out today?” My response: “Because this is what I do. I just fight through it.”

But why is that? I seem to think that showing up with a runny nose, coughing all crazy, with a Barry White voice is going to show them that I’m all “dedicated and dependable.” But what am I really telling myself about myself? Why do we, as women or mothers or whatever, just fight through whatever we’re going through when we know what we really need is some good rest or some good laughter or to drink some more damn water? There’s no simple answer to that question, but I do know that  I’m going to try to check in with myself more. And question those false stories that we all made up at some point that are still allowed to dictate our behaviors. Take care of youself. You’re worth the self-care.

What self-care keeps you feeling at your best?

Let’s talk style for a sec. Blazers are definitely on trend right now. I found this one at the Goodwill, aka The Spot, and thought it would be cool for work but also cool to jazz up with a graphic tee. As you probably already figured, this look is for work. Made it more playful with the skinny pants and metallic sneakers. I’m working in an elementary school this semester, so this look is kid friendly yet still professional. We out here. 

Song of the day: Smino: Klink

H.E.R. Concert

Atlanta, Lifestyle

Made my way to the H.E.R. concert at the Coca-Cola Roxy this past Saturday. The Roxy is a cool venue. If you aren’t already familiar with this artist, you are massively missing out. She’s just so talented and effortlessly cool.

My Virginia homie came in town and we made a jam packed day out of it with the whole fam. The H.E.R. concert was the icing on the cake. My body was so wiggly that night, it doesn’t even make sense. Vibes everywhere.

Almost everything I’m wearing came from a thrift store (shirt, bag, pants.) Shoes are from GoJane.com They always have cute styles for the hella low. Oh, and this blue lip is a liquid matte from Mac.

Who else is catching H.E.R. in concert?

Song of the day: H.E.R.: Avenue

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Not from LA

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As I’ve mentioned before on here, I’m from East St. Louis. Whenever I wear this sweatshirt, all the Los Angeles people flock to me like we’re long lost kin and it’s not even like that. I’m really not a Los Angeles stan, “LA” just so happens to be the initials of my first and middle name. I’m just out here repping myself. Self love, man.

Weather was perfection on this beautiful Saturday in Atlanta.

Song of the Day: Jean Deaux: Way Out

Rad Plaid

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I have seen an influx of 90’s graphic tees lately. And every time I come across one, I want it. 90’s Nickelodeon will always be my shit. There were the best shows: Hey! Arnold, Doug, Rugrats, SNICK. There will always be something so nostalgic and magical about that era.

What’s your favorite show/cartoon from the 90’s?

Red plaid in the Fall is always a vibe in my opinion. And with black and white creepers plus a leather jacket, I’m feeling a little punk. And mama likes.

Please check out the song of the day at the bottom of this post. I am obsessed with that song right now. It’s the kind of energy I’m trying to keep for the rest of the year.

Song of the Day: Wizkid: Fever

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Fun With Layers

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Usually when I think of Fall, I think about all the great layering. The textures and the movement. So much fun. When I imagine layers, I largely think of what’s going on at the top of an outfit instead of the bottom. But let me tell you, layering at the bottom is where it’s at.

I do a lot of pairing leggings with high waitsted shorts, but I haven’t done a look with a skirt over pants in forever. Paired this oversized sweater with a pleated green skirt and printed courdory pants. Texture on texture. I’m really digging the layers in this outfit.

What’s your favorite thing about Fall fashion?

Song of the Day: Phony PPL: Move her mind

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