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Hi everyone, Mariah here and I’d like to talk about confidence. This isn’t only an issue for adult women but us teenagers go through these battles too. Whether it’s junior high or high school, accepting ourselves for who we are is a constant struggle. My mom says hormones have a lot to do with it but I think comparing ourselves to everyone else is the culprit. Having a mom as a blogger comes with its perks (events, my friends seeing her in magazines), but my favorite part is her confidence. Every time she gets dressed, she shows just how much she loves herself. Once you you do that, everything will fall into place. Promise!
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So let’s not just talk about it, be about it. Been wanting to wear that bikini, go for it. You want to stop wearing t-shirts to the pool, throw them out! I know it’s easier said than done but own your curves girl! The same way you envy that thin girl with what you think is the perfect body, she’s envying a part of you, you might hate. The grass always seem greener on the other side. Have fun at the beach and pool this summer and make lit memories! I know I am!
Yes, people still read actual books. As much as I love social media and how far we’ve come with technology, please let me be the one to say that there is nothing more gratifying then curling up with a good book and getting lost in the pages for hours. Working in higher-education and being a graduate student, reading is not only fundamental but a requirement of both. That’s why I always look forward to winter break and of course, the summer season to start flipping pages and getting my life! So for today’s post, I thought I’d share 3 books that have made it to my summer reading list and should make it to yours too.
Funny enough, I came across this book during a lay-over in Florida on my way to Haiti back in April. My eyes caught the The bright yellow cover and for lack of being crass, the word Ass definitely caught my attention while standing on line to buy the airport necessities (popcorn, gum and water). I’ve read reviews on how eye-opening and motivating it is. I’ve never thought myself as being one of those people who read motivation books, but I’ll keep you guys posted.
Before every trip, I head to Barnes and Nobles and head straight to the Best Sellers table and peruse the many offerings. I was intrigued by this book as I’ve read such great things about the author, Junot Diaz. This book actually won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize award and has high reviews, not to mention I am partial to Hispanic and african American authors. This book is about an overweight “ghetto nerd” on a journey of finding love and losing his virginity while escaping his family’s curse which traveled from Dominican Republic to New Jersey. Random, right? Lol, I’ll keep you guys posted on my thoughts once Im done reading it. But so far, so good.
Lastly, this book. It’s not a novel but more a financial how-to of sorts. This book saved my financial life when i became a single mother. Coming from a two income household to one, and having all expenses solely on my shoulders: private school for my daughter, violin and karate lessons not to mention my own college loans. I was in the red and had hopes of one day buying my own home, which in NYC is nearly impossible. Well after meeting with a financial advisor during a free workshop, she recommended this book and it was a HUGE help. It put so much things in perspective for me and allowed me to save money, fix my credit and become knowledgeable ofI money markets, mutual funds and investing. The best part about it is, its written in langue someone without a business or economics degree can understand. So, whether you want to get you credit in check or just learn, I highly highly recommend this book!! P.S. He has an updated version that will be released in September.
Can you guys believe it’s June already!? Jeez, no complaints here but I’m going to need summer, once it’s here, to go as slow as possible. Spring felt like forever and winter, even longer. Typically warmer weather calls for more outside activity. This weekend, was filled with leisure walks through my neighborhood and brunching on sidewalk restaurants. Although I’ve lived in Brooklyn Heights for a year now, I’m always amazed at the little neighborhood gems I come across every so often.
Something about warm weather that makes me crave fruit. Yesterday, I headed to my local fruit stand to stock up when I was taken back by the price tag, $10 per pound! Is there a shortage on cherries that I wasn’t aware of? As much as I love NYC, the cost of living is ridiculously high from rent to buying something as simple as fruit. Needless to say, I wouldn’t live anywhere else (insert doubtful emoji).
P.S. I’m all about dresses this season starting with this pocket friendly denim dress.
Nothing screams warm weather chic than a little white dress. It truly is a closet essential, particularly in spring and summer. It’s that one piece that is timeless and can be dressed up or down. Because of how transitional it is, white linen dresses can be a little pricey. I was determined to find some pocket friendly great options starting with this sheath style dress I’m wearing.
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
My favorite quote on traveling. This saying holds so much weight because as we go on with out daily lives filled with routine, we eventually begin to lose our inane ability to learn and grow through exploration. Traveling certainly feeds that. As I get older, traveling becomes a requirement, not a privilege. I view it as the opportunity to reward myself and family with a break from our everyday realities so that we can recharge, rejuvenate and be better employees, students, and ultimately, better people. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. Allow yourself to be the judge while becoming enlighten. With that being said, here are a few countries I have on my bucket list for 2018.
I began this year with a family trip to Huatulco, Mexico. This trip was all about relaxation and truth be told, pure gluttony lol. The plan was to lounge on the beach and pool while exploring the Pacific side of Mexico through our palettes, the food. The resort we stayed in was a cluster of beachfront condominiums oppose to hotel style. I much prefer this setup as it’s so much more conducive for a family or group setting. Read about my trip here.
I was SO looking forward to this trip. For those of you unaware, I’m Haitian and this was my very first time there and I was lucky enough to share the experience of exploring the city of Cap Haitian with my Dad. Because Haiti is part of my heritage, this trip meant so much to me. To finally visit my parents homeland has been on my bucket list for years. I was finally able to check it off this last month, days before my birthday at that! I will be posting about my trip later this week on the blog.
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I last visited Hawaii three years ago and had the great opportunity to stay for two weeks and island hop. We were able to stay in Honolulu for one week and flew to the Big Island, the second. Read my Guide to Oahu here. This time around, we will be flying to Maui in July. I C A N N O T wait, you hear me! There’s just something so…magical about Hawaii. From black sand beaches to the majestic waterfalls, I understand why it makes it’s way to every wanderlust list.
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I’m going to be honest, out of all the Caribbean islands, Jamaica was never on my list to travel. Don’t get me wrong, I love the music and some of the food (I can’t handle spicy food so that knocks out a lot of their dishes unfortunately), but it wasn’t until I came across this stunning Breathless Resort did it finally make an appearance on the bucket list. I can’t wait to visit in a few months!
It’s SO important to us to get out of our New York City bubble, whether it’s a big trip abroad or just a road trip a few hours away.
I’d love to hear some of your recommendations to the countries I listed.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’d know that I visit Mexico annually. It truly is one of our favorite countries to explore. On every trip, we visit somewhere different. Last February, we were in Puerto Vallarta, then my daughter and I visited her grandparents in Mexico City in July, while they vacationed. Most recently, we returned and touched down in Huatulco, Oaxaca.
For those of you not familiar with the name, Oaxaca is a state in Mexico. More specifically, we stayed in Huatulco which is a resort region of the state on the Pacific side complete with white sand beaches, whale sightings and wonderful little towns. To get there from New York, we flew to Mexico City where we switched to an Air Mexico flight to Huatulco. Unfortunately, the Puerto Escondido airport was a 2 hour drive away so I highly recommend to fly into a nearby airport which is around 30 minute drive from our resort.
How beautiful is our resort? We stayed at VivoResorts in Puerto Escondido, which is a cluster of waterfront luxury condominiums. We opted for the 4 bedroom 3 bathroom beachfront condo to accommodate our large group. It’s modern aesthetic complete with marble, dark wood and stainless steel appliances-the finishing touches us Americans are used to. We dined nightly at the resort’s restaurant which served authentic Mexican cuisine along with some American dishes all at inexpensive prices.
Typical, I like to see Mexican touches while in Mexico, however our beachfront balcony more than made up for it. Everywhere you went in this condo, you couldn’t help but hear the waves crashing. I never realized how comforting that sound could be.
I recommend to watch my video recap of our trip to truly take in the beauty of this town and resort.
Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. I’m currently preparing for a quick trip to the Caribbean (I’ll announced where later this week). I spent the weekend ironing out our agenda (excursions, restaurants to dine at, family to visit). As I travel more and more, being on some kind of schedule allows me to check off sites I want to explore while simultaneously allowing me to relax. It really does make for a better trip if it’s fully planned out.
In my spring staples post, I talked about how ruffled and flute hem skirts are a great way to updating your typical pencil skirt for the office. Yes ladies, the pencil skirt has been reimagined in a range of colors, patters, and cuts. I prefer high-waisted skirts because they give off a slimmer silhouette since they hit the smallest area of your torso. The ruffled detail adds volume without being overwhelming. This spring and summer, you will find yourself reaching for these bottoms over and over again, trust me.
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It’s spring, but here in NY, mother nature is still holding strong to winter season. One seemingly warm day (high 40s) I decided to show some leg and wear my newest addition to my sandal collection, my red strappy heels. Needless to say, they were not as secure as I would hope for. My feet were sliding in and out of them, but aesthetically, they’re so cute so I’m hoping to make it work. I paired it with my Gucci-inspired bow tie and threw over a Levi’s denim jacket to play down the look. Some may say, I’m channeling my Catholic school days, uniform and all.
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So we just survived yet another Nor’easter last week here in NYC. Although it’s officially spring, mother nature is holding on to winter for dear life it seems. But we will not be deterred. As much as I’m looking forward to going bare-leg again, it has also rejuvenated me into bringing more color and vibrancy into my work wardrobe. With that said, I’m sharing my 5 spring wardrobe staples.
The pieces I picked had to check off a few boxes including being transitional, meaning it can work in between seasons, and it has to be interchangeable so that you can create countless looks that’ll work from office to weekend brunches. They call for a small investment that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. While not all of the 5 pieces are classics, they can act as a foundation to your closet. So let’s get started!
Colored Moto Jacket
There’s no surprise that a leather jacket is a wardrobe staple. It truly is that one quintessential piece that is ageless and work with just about everything. But how about a colored moto jacket? For spring, I think a colored moto not only livens up any look, but is a great way to add some variety to your closet without breaking the bank since many of the options out there are faux leather. This indeed makes it a spring staple.
Flare Hem Skirt
Earlier I spoke on looking forward to bare-leg season. Aside from finally getting rid of stockings, I love wearing skirts to work. Similar to the moto jacket, a pencil skirt is essential in the workplace. It brings out your shape without it being grossly inappropriate. Similar to the colored moto jacket, why not opt for colored pencil skirts? My favorite is a pencil skirt with some pizzazz. Cue flare hem and ruffled skirts. They’re fun enough to wear but totally office appropo.
*I got my skirt tailored to ensure a flawless fit since I’ve been losing weight. I highly recommend getting any clothes you wear often tailored. It’s worth the extra money.
Are you guys sensing a theme yet? Yes, COLOR! Studies show that color instantly lifts the mood. Not to mention, it stands you out from the crowd. Speaking of standing out in the crowd, pussy bow tops have seen it’s reappearance in fashion for decades. I personally love the ability to tie it into a bow, in a knot, or allowing it to cascade across the chest. Regardless of the style you opt for, a colorful pussy bow blouse is a great piece for spring. It’s transitional so that you can wear it with jeans, slacks and pencil skirt as I did below.
While I am pro color during the spring months, neutrals will always have a place in every color scheme. Why? Simple, they’re universal hence they go with every color scheme. My two neutral colors for footwear is black and nude, however more pastel shades can also fall under that NUDE umbrella. Blush, pink, tan, peach-all these colors will look great with any ensemble and are a must in your closet because of this very reason.
So it’s finally Spring, regardless of the 35 degree temps outside, and I’m ready to bring some color back into my wardrobe. This led me to New York and Company (NY&CO) who are known for their stylish and colorful workwear. They have a great line with Gabrielle Union, yes that Gabby Union, the actress! I must say, I was a little skeptical at first. While NY&CO has several amazing pieces, celebrity collaborations can either be a hit or miss. Well Gabby girl, you hit it out the park with this one!!!
How gorgeous is this vibrant orange jumpsuit?! I think it’s perfect for many occasions from Easter coming up, to the office to a celebration. It really is that transitional. If this is a little too bright in your opinion for the office, try pairing it with a white blazer to tone down the effect.
In terms of sizing, I ordered this jumpsuit it in a size large and I now wear a size 12/14. It’s stretchy but the material is sturdy and thick; not cheap at all. For you tall Bettys out there, this jumpsuit will work perfectly for you. For reference, I am 5’4 but I’m wearing 5″ stilettos with it and it still covers my shoes.
New York and Company has some awesome pieces from neutrals to bight hues. Remember my magenta suit I wore to a conference in the fall here?
So, have I convinced you to add some color to your wardrobe this season?
Many of you are aware that I’m a mom, but judging from the feedback I received off instagram after sending a birthday shoutout to my daughter, you guys had no idea I’m the mom of a teen. It’s hard for me to even say those words out loud myself. There are many days where I feel I’m way too immature to have a teenager, but I do. Mariah turned 13 on Friday, the 23rd despite my prayers to keep her a baby; science and mother time won the battle. So here’s a mom’s letter to her 13 year old daughter…
My Mini-me may look like me but her style and mannerism are all her own. While currently experiencing the quintessential 13 going on 30, Mimi’s style is a mix between skateboarder and rapper-whatever that is lol. I’m a believer in allowing your child to come into their own and not try to infuse what YOU like. Easier said then done, I know, trust me. As a blogger and all around uber feminine woman, I often find myself pushing pink and polka dots to Mimi’s wardrobe, but while I like Zara kids, she opts for Zumiez.
So with that being said, here are some reasons why I love you Mariah.
1-You’re my first born (and only). Being the only child isn’t always easy and I love that you let me take the place of a sibling in many situations.
2-You are a fighter. Not the physical kind, but I love that you fight for what you believe in.
2- You have a big heart. I know middle school has been challenging, but I love that you stand up for your friends even when the battle isn’t your own to fight.
3- I love your politics. Yes, I know at 13, people would think what politics. However, you see the unfairness that people our race face and I love that you speak up whether in discussion or in writing papers.
4-I love your choice of music. This is such a BIG difference to when I was growing up. However, I love that we can milly rock together, even though you think I’m too stiff and old to be dancing (lol).
5-I love your smile. I know you want braces (your teeth are straight) and veneers (girl, bye) but do you know your smile warms my heart? I love to see you happy and even happier to see you show it.
P.S while these are a few reasons, there are countless other reasons why you are my heart. But for the sake of my readers and obviously to celebrate your teen-hood, here’s to you being 13!