Saturday Turnt Up: Vol. 3

Photo By Slim Aarons

Everyone stop what you are doing, Frank Ocean released a visual music video called Endless, and if you are an Apple Music subscriber, you can catch it here. If you are not a subscriber, then peak it at Vimeo. The cover of Aaliyah (who covered Isley Brothers)'s "At Your Best" in the beginning gets you ready for a good almost hour of an experience. Also, don't forget to check out his new video "Nikes" where he pays tribute to Trayvon Martin. 

I hate that the whole mess about the supposed robbery to Ryan Lochte has everyone's attention, but NPR has brought up what has been going around in the Twitter-sphere in the last 24 hours, if he wasn't white would things have been different?

Also how can you not love Chrissy Teigen for this post...

I personally cannot bring myself to give two shits about Ryan Lochte's gas station fight, and this is why. https://t.co/y645DBuKQh — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 18, 2016

Now that Instagram has brought on the stories, has anyone else figured out if they should dump Snapchat and jump on the bandwagon. I personally like the fact that you can upload all the material that I produce on Snapchat and just upload them to Instagram (it doesn't take to long once you get into the routine of saving your snaps and makes it easier to add filters). If you want to know how to make the most of your Snapchat story check out this article from Later: "How To Make A Snapchat Story" - perfect for branding!

In the world of Beauty...my friend Bethany, from Twenty Something Plus,is on island for the weekend, and I am having major FOMO about her most recent beauty find straight from Korea...the MoMoUp Makeup Remover, and I already ordered two boxes. They basically fit around your fingers and on top of  removing your makeup there is a cleansing lotion that hydrates and protect your skin as your remove all that old makeup from the day (or night...whatever you are into).

Rosé season is almost ending for some (but never for me) and I was finally able to get my hand on BABE, the rosé in the can from the makers of White Girl Rose. I have to admit I enjoy the taste of the wine in the can much more than the bottle (assuming its the same kind), and this will definitely be my drink of choice for beach days, picnic, parent-teacher conferences, back pews at a wedding, etc. 

Mother's Day Gift Guide

With Mother's Day right around the corner, we must not forget to treat our mothers. Sometimes, I forget to think that my mom clearly had a life before her kids, and that she is someone outside of being just my mother (though I am sure she would argue that is her favorite part of living). When I created this gift guide, I wanted to focus more on the idea of letting my mother enjoy the items that would make her feel like a very independent woman and a reflection of the strong woman that I know she is and continues to be in my and my brother's life.

Follain is one of my favorite places in Boston to get natural beauty and skincare products, and it was there that I fell in love with the Saipu soaps, particularly the Goat Milk with Basil. Your mother will feel like they had a day at the spa once they have tried this bath soap. Encourage her to take some time for herself and treat herself right. And if you are anything like my mother and I, you might be enjoying some of these items together. I pack light when visiting home, because most likely I can raid my mom's closet and find something. Happy Mother's Day

Coach Whiplash Saddle Bag  | Ouai Hair Oil  |  Loeffler Randall Kiki Tassel Slides | Saipu Bar Soaps | Target Copper Task Lamp  | Picnic At Ascot Cutting Board  | JCrew Ruffle Sleeve Top

A Living Room Is For Living

It has been a year since I have been in my space. I enjoy having a place I can call my own (sort of) and was super excited to decorate once I knew what my place was going to look like, but I was not sure where to start. I had an idea in mind, but you are limited sometimes depending on where you live when renting. I would love to paint my walls, but the white walls actually work in my case. My best advice when it comes to the living room is to start with a staple item.  I really wanted this beautiful shag rug (which I got of Joss & Main) and it was a splurge but worth it because it really helped me figure out the other staple pieces in the living room. 

Be creative! The marble tray that you see on the coffee table is actually a cutting board (way cheaper then looking for an actual marble tray) and the flowers are faux, which some may frown upon, but I am made sure to pick ones that looked as close to the real thing as possible. H&M has great kick-knacks for the home and a few of my living room finds are from there including the basket that my lovely (new!) cactus is living in now. 

TV Stand:Target
Coffee Table: Wayfair
"London Eye" Black & White Photo with Frame: Home Goods
Candles: Diptyque and Anthropologie
Lighted Marquee "M": Home Goods 

If you want to know more about some of the other items that were not mentioned, please free to comment below and I'll do my best to answer :)

Sneak Peek: A Week In NYC

Working on my NYC post, but wanted to share one of my favorite pictures that I took with my followers. I love that I was able to catch the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. Something about this picture makes me think about America as a country and what it means to be American.

There is a lot to be said in a photograph. What does this one make you think about?


Hey all! Today is officially marks practically a month since I have blogged and honestly it was not my intent to take such a hiatus, but I think it was much needed. I mean I have been practically keeping up with my Instagram, which in hindsight it a lot easier to manage when you are doing a million things at once.

As most of you know, my day gig is an elementary school teacher and as much as I have my summers off, we teachers tend to use that time to develop our craft more. And that is exactly what I did for two weeks at the end of June. I was accepted in a two-week intensive fellowship program through Columbia University. For those two weeks, we were placed in a dorm at a boarding school practically in the middle of nowhere and had class from 8:00 in the morning to 8:00 at night (of course we had break for breakfast, lunch and dinner). On top of all of that we had readings every night (each article at least 20 pages in small print) and homework assignments due everyday. Needless to say it felt like basically a semester of college squeezed in two week and boy was I tired afterwards!

It was a great experience and I learned so much from it, but I needed at least three days of just sleep to recover once it was over! I basically did not feel like my summer did not start until after the program was done, so I have been really enjoying Boston and hanging out with my friends! I apologize that I have not been on my blogging game as much, but I am going to do my best. I am actually sitting in a coffee shop planning out my week, so stay tune for some great entries on some fashion, beauty, city living and much more!!

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