My Top Stylish Places to Shop on a Budget


When it comes to shopping there are s few places that I like to check out for deals. The first is H&M. I love H&M mainly for its wear to work pieces. I find that the colors are not too loud and tend to cater to several work appropriate looks! I also love how there are several contemporary looking styles and they have just enough flare for the look I want to portray (especially online)!


My second favorite store is Forever21. I love how when I walk into the store there is nothing but a sea of colors and prints under bright lights! Its almost as if I have no choice, but to be happy when I walk in to the place! This is definetly a store to come to when your looking for something fun and flirty. I also know that if I can’t find my size in one style, there is a TON of alternatives to choose from!


NY & Co. is another place I enjoy shopping in everyone once in a while whether for myself or a client because of their great deals. I especially like their cute jewelry and sandals! It is also a great place to get deals on capri’s and dresses for business casual looks and majority of the time you can buy one and get one half off!


Next favorite store to shop is Burlington Coat Factory. When it comes to dresses, particularly for special occasions, this is the place to go. Funny thing is I always think about this store last when I need to find a dress and it’s after I have wasted time shopping g around at other stores. Smh. This store closely reminds of shopping at Marshalls and TJ Maxx, however I think Burlington has the better deals! 


Last, but not least, shopping at Target is a great way to get designer looks (and brand names when they are partnered) at an inexpensive price! I never knew about Target styles until one day I complimented someone on a top that I thought was BCBG and was told it came from Target for $12! SN: If your are planning a trip to the beach with family like I am, they have bathing suits on sale for a steal of a deal!

Now that you know my favorite places to shop while on a budget, what are yours?

Things That Make You Go Mmmm…

So I don’t get it. What’s going on with making of denim these days? Over the last month I have seen denim, in my opinion, at its worst. Personally, I love a great relaxed pair of boyfriend denim jeans with tasteful deconstruction. Nowadays, there is nothing tasteful, tactful or presentable about some of the denim out there. To top it off, some of these styles are designer brands costing upward of $1000!


Personally I just can’t make sense of spending a $1000 or even $20 for a 1/3 of a jean. If I were into any of the above styles, you better believe I would by the cheapest pair of jeans I could find and DIY! I get that as time goes on that change is expected with fashion and looks tend to get reinvented. However, where do you draw the line of inappropriate and just silly?

How do you feel about the above styles? Would you wear them and if so where to?

Untitled. 

I wasn’t too sure what to title this one so it’s “untitled” lol. Furthermore, no long paragraphs to proceed. In short, I saw this outfit online at H&M when shopping for my birthday a couple of months ago and I just had to have it. The end!  😜


Top & Skirt-H&M/Wedge Sandals-Forever21/Hair-My sis in law and I/Makeup -Moi

Cauliflower Crusted Pizza


So hear is another fun and tasty recipe that’s healthy! I had never eaten cauliflower prior to a year a go. It looked like broccoli that had not gotten its color in and I had no interest in eating it, much less mixing it with anything else!

Yet, when I found out that I could make a pizza crust out of cauliflower, I was intrigued more than anything to find out how it tasted once adding my favorite toppings! Of course after making it a few times and looking at other recipes, I was able to create one to call my own. No lye, there is work involved, however it’s worth it when it’s time to eat!😉

What’s Needed:

1 Head of Cauliflower 

1 Cup of Parmesan Shredded Cheese

1 Egg

Blender

Bowl (for mixing)

Parchment Paper

Serves 2-2.5 people (pictured above recipe was doubled to feed 4-4.5people).  

Begin by getting a head of cauliflower and chopping it into pieces small enough to add to your blender. Once cauliflower is well blended, you take a clean wash towel and put half in the towel at a time and roll it long ways. Once rolled, ring out as much water as possible from the cauliflower. 


As you can see from above, this is what happens when I mistankly add my egg before ringing out my cauliflower😂). Rung out nearly 3/4 of water (and egg). Re-ring if necessary to get as much water out as possible. 
In a bowl mix egg to with Parmesan cheese in a bowl. 
Mix egg and Parmesan mixture with cauliflower by hand or spoon. You can add a few shakes of bottled basil and oregano seasoning as I did. 
I pressed out the cauliflower into a shape I wanted and used my hands to pinch up the sides and lastly used a fork for the edge design. 
Bake for about 20 min. or until gold brown as desired on parchment paper. 
Check out that crust (please know that the crust is nothing like real pizza crust and may be a little floppy when done. 

Add whatever sauce and topping you like and bake for an additional 15-20 min. This was a barbecue chicken and spinach pizza!😊

Mother’s Day

I had an awesome Mother’s Day surprising my mom at church on Sunday. It was great because it had been a while since I had actually been with my mom on this day so it was very special for me too! Also the weather was just right in Woodbridge, about 80 degrees (remember I’m cold all the time 😉) to wear these awesome knit high waisted pleated pants that I got for about $12 online through H&M! I’m all about comfort and versatility and these pants are just right so stay tuned for other outfits coming soon (as long as the weather permits that is lol)! 

I hope your Mother’s Day was a great one too! 

Me, mom and my sister. 

Tank-Nordstrom/Jacket and Wedge Shoe-Forever21/Pants-H&M/Earrings-Target/Necklace-Gift from Annie Rosa Photographer- my lil sis 😊

The Nakedness of S.T.Y.L.E Continued

True Style is:

S-Satisfaction

T-Tolerance

Y– You

L-Learning

E-Excellence

You says “I treat myself with respect. I watch what I put in my body. It is a temple that should be valued. I watch who I connect myself to.” You are royalty. Everything and everyone doesn’t deserve to be in your personal space. 

It is difficult for you to embrace your nakedness if you are tied to individuals and things that bring chaos, drama, and confusion into your life. You deserve peace in every area. Peace can’t reside in unnecessary foolishness. It is okay to choose you. You are everything.

Learning
says “ I will continue to improve. I realize that I am not perfect. I will make mistakes but I will learn from them. I am forgiven so I forgive myself.” Many times, we can’t handle our nakedness because of shame and guilt. 

We have allowed the mistakes of our past to control our present which affects our future. Our true nakedness reveals blemishes and scars. Scars hurt but scars tell stories. Everything is purposeful. Focus on progress and not perfection. 

Move forward knowing that what happened did happen but you are stronger and wiser. You are still here. Nothing can stop you!

Excellence says “ I will do my best at all times. My best doesn’t look like anyone else’s “best”. Perfection doesn’t exist so I will not strive for it. What I will do is live my life to honor God, my family, and future generations.”

 Be a trailblazer. Leave your mark by operating in boldness, power, and humility. Focus on leaving a legacy of integrity, honor, and perseverance. This sets you apart. You were born to lead!

This, my friends, is true style and it can be reached through nakedness. Nakedness is the key to absolute freedom. Strip yourself! You have too much on!”
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