Head Held High, Standards Even Higher


I’ve learned so many valuable lessons this year, one of which is simply having high standards. After moving to Atlanta, I found myself picking up any random collaboration opportunities with hopes of “keeping the bills paid.” In all of my effort, and the never-ending grind of being an entrepreneur, I learned that, even if it’s a paid opportunity, that doesn’t mean you have to accept it.

It’s hard to resist a quick come up, or an easy dollar but remember … nothing good and long-lasting comes easy. Last week I sat back and reflected on the direction of my brand, Circa88; and as proud as I am of it I’m still not completely satisfied. Toward the end of 2016 and into early 2017 I found myself accepting mediocre collaborations with hopes of finding exponential growth and income for my brand. In the long-run I shorted myself because it produced lackluster content that I don’t want to live on my blog. Never again will I do that. Instead, I’m keeping my standards high. If a company doesn’t want to invest in premiere collaborations, their loss. I have a standard to uphold … and whoever is reading this, you should practice this too in your everyday life….

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4 Things I Did To Increase My Water Intake

If you know me, then you know I absolutely hate(d) water. If there was nothing else in the fridge, I would just not drink anything to avoid drinking water. I hated the taste, it didn’t make me feel refreshed, my body was addicted to soda. In March I decided that I wanted to break my soda addiction. As much as I loved my 5 cans a day, I just couldn’t stand the thought that I was consuming so much sugar in one day. So I gave it up, cold turkey (with the exception of a few bad-day soda binging).

Although I’ve messed up a handful of times and popped open a Dr. Pepper (there are certain things water just doesn’t taste good with), I’m super proud of myself because I’m no longer addicted. Now, I can’t finish a can of soda, even if I wanted to….

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The Story of HD And Triena (Engagement Pics Inside)

So I’m not sure if you guys are aware but, HD and I have been together for 7 years (as of July 1, 2017). With our new engagement, I felt it’s about time for me to share our entire story from the beginning. I actually met HD for the first time when I was 15 years old. I’ll never forget it, we met at Julian’s Arcade in Queens, New York. I was visiting my then best friend’s family over the summer, and he and I had been pen-pals for quite sometime (yes this was back in the Nokia, snake-game playing days). I remember it so vividly, I couldn’t talk on the phone to boys, AT ALL (Mr. Percy didn’t play!) But somehow, HD and I always managed to keep in touch. As a matter of fact, all of his high school friends referred to me as “Bama.”…

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In The Fray

I think I mentioned a few times that the fray trend is one that I’m totally here for. I honestly thought it wouldn’t be so flattering with my shape but, I clearly proved myself wrong. This is another reason I encourage women to try on their clothes before they decide if they like the look or not. Try and pair the jeans with a nice block heel for a more relaxed look! You can find these jeans here! Use Code xoTriena when you check out for 15% off of your order.

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Little Black Dress With An Attitude To Match

Want to know¬†a secret? I haven’t worn anything this form-fitting in a long time. For months I’ve found myself sweeping these hips, thighs and booty behind some flowy silhouette. Why? Because I’ve gained a little “comfortable” weight here and there … and it’s easier to pile on layers than to really notice yourself for who you are. So all last year I avoided wearing my arms out, and form fitting clothes … it also helped that flowy shapes have been on trend lately. But I’m back baby! In all my size 18 glory. Why? Because nobody can love and adore you better than you can….

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