Broccoli & Quinoa Medley  


Here is another one!!! Super easy, fun and healthy (in moderation lol). I found this broccoli casserole recipe on http://www.eatgood4life.com and decided to make it my own. I was truly amazed at how good and tasty this was and new you would love it! You know it’s also a plus when your toddler loves it! 👌🏾

Ingredients:

9-12 oz of broccoli (I used frozen)

2 1/2 cups of uncooked Quinoa
2 cups of Mozerella cheese

1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese

14 oz can of Swanson’s reduced sodium chicken broth

14 oz of water (I used the Swanson’s can)

3 stalks of green onions

2 cups of spinach (Again, I used frozen)

1 tsp. of oregano 

1 tsp. of garlic powder

Put frozen broccoli in a bowl and cook for about 3-4 minutes and set aside. 

Put Quinoa and chopped green onions in a 9×13 baking dish. 

Chicken broth and water mixed in bowl for taste testing (I did not add salt because the broth has enough, however you can add salt to your liking).  

Chicken broth, 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese, spinach, garlic and oregano added to the dish and ready to bake at 350 degrees in the oven for about 30 minutes. After 30 min. You will notice the Quinoa is fully cooked and you can now stir in the broccoli and add the remainder of cheese to cover the top (I sprinkled additional Parmesan too)! Broil for about 3 minutes and voilà! 

Good to the last drop!😜

 

Makes 5-6 servings. 

Confident

I love helping people feel good by looking great on the outside and boosting their confidence. However, notice I said “boosting.” Having self confidence in my opinion is not something that a person gives you, but helps you to expose what you already possess. It’s about being able to recognize it and to be willing to make some changes. 

Change is not something that is always something easy to do, yet it needs to be done in order for you to grow and reach your potential. At the end of the day, I can help you look like a million bucks, but if you don’t think you are worth it, no one will believe you are either. You need to tap into the things that make you feel alive and worth living. 

Be encouraged by motivational messages from speakers like Lisa Nichols and Tony Robbins and others. If all else fails, you have the Word of God. The Bible is your instruction for life and in it you can find encouragement. Pray and ask God who He has called you to be and don’t be afraid to be bold and be confident walking in it!



Maxi Dress-Forever21/Jacket-Nordstrom

Something Good

Mannnn, how I miss not having to worry about the humidity and frizzing much less do anything to my hair with these faux locs. I also didn’t mind all the lovely compliments too! 😉 For years I have had people tell me my hair would be great for locking. I can say I fell in love with this style and it suits me however, don’t look for me locking my actual hair anytime soon folks!

I’m trying to plan the next time to do them between work, house work and watching my little buggers (last time it literally was an all day event with me doing them)! Anyone want to help? 😆 I’m also calling out my sister in law Jolita Fountain for the challenge to tag team once again (Oh and by the way she makes faux loc wigs too if your interested)!!!!!  If not this style, I’m looking for a fun up do, any ideas????

Shout outs to my little man Lamar for being my photographer 😘. 

Peplum Top-Marshalls/Skirt-Nordstrom/Sandals & Earrings-Target

What is Your Look Conveying

I strongly believe that fashion is all about self expression. You know the phrase, “First impressions are everything,” well they may not be EVERYTHING, but they definitely will have you wondering! Now sometimes even the most well dressed have their days in which they just don’t feel like getting dressed and just want to be comfortable without all the “extra” stuff. However, dressing comfortable doesn’t mean that you have to look like you don’t care about your look. 


Take my photo on the left for instances, if you never met me or knew anything about me, what would be your first impression? Now what about the second photo? Which looks well put together? Sophisticated? Business like? Fashionable? I hope that everyone agreees that look #2 is the best and hopefully it says “I’m about my business!”

At the end of the day, no matter how you look, someone is always going to have a comment to say. If you are dressed too nice the question then becomes, “where does she think she’s going?”  If not dressed up enough the question then is, “what was she thinking?” In any event,  my personal motto is that I would rather be overdressed knowing I look good then being under dressed and not presenting myself at my best. 
Always remember to dress with a purpose. Dress the message you want to convey.  A little accessories and makeup can go a long way. You can be running errands and still look good doing them. Workout clothes are so fashionable now they could literally be worn almost anywhere! 

Looks aren’t everything, but if first impressions truly are your first impressions. Do you know what your look is conveying? Be confident, smile and know that what you wear is also telling a story…your story. 😉

Jacket-Forever21/Tank-H&M/Skirt-Nordstrom/Pumps-Nine West/Accessories- A gift!

Red, White and Blue

With 4th of July comes not only a time to celebrate our Independence Day, but a time most share creating memories with family and friends at the beach, cookouts and more! Just incase you are thinking about what to wear, check out a few of my hand picked favorite patriotic pieces that are sure to show not only how stylish you are, but how much you love your country too! 😜


F21 12.99


F21 17.99


F21 29.99

F21 24.99


Nordstrom Billabong $54.99


Nordstrom Crossover Clutch $25

Nordstrom Socialite $75


Nordstrom Birkenstock “Madrid” Sandal $29.95

Nordstrom Trixxi Romper $45


Nordstrom Kate Spade Cameron Street Shoulder bag $199


Nordstrom Vince Camuto Evel Sandal $69.50


Zara Premium Collection Dress $49.50


Zara Striped Skirt $39.99

Zara Halter Top $25.99


Zara Bow Skort $22.99


Zara Skinny Jeans $29.90

Target Xhilaration top $17.99; matching bottom $14.99

Target Missimo embroider top $19.99; matching bottom $19.99 


Target Mossimo seersucker halter one piece $39.99


Target Sea Angel plus size maillot one piece $44.99


Target Clean Water Stars and Stripes wrap one piece $39.99

The Nakedness of “S.T.Y.L.E”

It was such an honor to have author, speaker and teen girl advocate, Amanda Eaddy Oliver at the “A Stylish Affair Event” on April 29th! She gave such an empowering message on taking care of yourself with brilliant look on “style.” Today, she exudes confidence and enjoys teaching others how to do the same.


“How we truly look on the outside depends on what is going on inside. Our appearance (make up, no make-up, stylish, plain, clean kept, messy etc.) doesn’t depend on anyone else but ourselves.

We control STYLE.

When was the last time you were okay with your nakedness?

I mean, no make-up, no designer tags/bags, shoes, hair undone, stretch marks, dimples, pudges and more?

At one time in my life, my nakedness hurt. I couldn’t stand to see myself fully unclothed. It was a reminder of what I hadn’t accomplished. Those dreams that hadn’t been fulfilled. These were moments where I felt hopeless. 

These were times where my identity was tied to my relationships. However they viewed me was who I was. Because I couldn’t embrace my nakedness, I had no style.

Do you stare at the mirror and like what you see? That matters! Our views on ourselves control how we dress and how we function in this world. It controls how we communicate with others.

Our nakedness dictates our style.

True Style is:

S-Satisfaction

T-Tolerance

Y- You

L-Learning

E-Excellence

In order to reach these levels in style, you must first get naked, stripping yourself of everything and sitting still.

Satisfaction says “ I am not trying to be like anyone else but who God says I should be.” Stop the searching, trying to find yourself in others. Your identity doesn’t exist in them but in Him.

Tolerance says “ I can deal with me, flaws and all. God created a masterpiece when he created me. I am necessary.” Who you are is great. You are not a mistake. Be okay with your presence alone.
Check back tomorrow to learn part 2 of “The Nakedness of S.T.Y.L.E.” 😉

No Rush Makeup

When it comes to your make up, you want to make sure you are making the right impression. Often times we are in a rush to get from one place to the next however, make up should be an exception! Everything has a process including your makeup. Start by getting a good cleanser, toner and moisturizer (Neutrogena, Olay and Clinique are a few to try).

For an everyday natural look, once your face is prepped, make sure you use a primer to help set your makeup in place and help it last longer. Follow up with some concealer to hide some of those fine lines and blemishes. Next up apply your foundation using a facial sponge and make sure to BLEND! Natural light or incandescent light is the best to use to make sure your make up is not too light or uneven.

Tip: If your foundation color is not on the shelf, you take the closest of two shades (a light and dark) to create your color that is in between.

Next up, use a brow pencil, powder/cream or mascara (I use this technique) to help fill in your brows. Apply a primer to your eye lashes to get them conditioned and elongated  and then add your mascara. Last, but not least, add a little blush to your cheeks and a tinted lip gloss and your ready to go!

Depending on how skilled you are, it may take you 10-20 min. to complete this look. Always remember help is out there. Utilize YouTube (I love Thechicnatural) and learn something from everyone and find out which methods work for you. Maybe one of these days I will create my own tutorial! 😉