5 Things I Plan To Do Differently In 2019

First off, Happy New Year!!! Everything is always a blur for me –ringing in the new year, mainly because it’s also my anniversary so I’m usually unplugged and sharing the moment with my husband.

But generally, always take some time during these last few days of the year to reflect on my the year that I’ve had, and how pleased I was with it. I also take that time to come up with long term goals and intentions for what’s ahead. Instead of a resolution, let’s work on a plan. If you haven’t already come up with a plan for your year, maybe mine will inspire you. Here are 5 things I plan to do differently this year.

  1. Take Time Off. I can honestly say I’ve never taken any time off from working. Over the past few years I’ve developed a “no days off” mentality and that’s just dangerous. Even God rested. It got so bad that I’ve even worked on extremely important days like my birthday, the day before my wedding, and I even snuck in an email or two during my honeymoon. It actually hurts me to even type that. I’m learning to close the MacBook, and turn my phone on sleep mode. I must take time off this year.
  2. Set A New Bottom Number. In 2017 I was able to develop a good budget and spending habit towards the end of the year. This year, I want to do more. I’ve decided I’m no longer letting my bank account get to $0. I’m setting a new 0. So I will cut off my spending once I hit $300 in my account. Why? Because I refuse to be broke, ever again.
  3. Create A Better Morning & Night Routine. Lately I’ve only been waking up in enough time to get ready and head out of the door for work; and at night, I work until it’s time for bed usually. I want to change that. I would like to wake up early enough to simply be present, get focused, enjoy a cup of coffee and some form of protein and not feel rushed. At night I want to cut off all work by 8pm, so that I can enjoy down time with my husband, then relax before bed. This is a major deal for me this year.
  4. Make Monthly Investments. I’ve been doing my research on smart investments. For years I was anxious about them because I didn’t understand the language and I simply thought I didn’t have enough money to “front” an investment. After learning more, I’ve discovered that you don’t really need a lot of money to make smart investments. Instead you just need consistent money. This year I plan to put any extra money I have at the end of the month aside for investment purposes, stocks, accounts with great interest, etc. This shouldn’t be too hard, because I would normally spend that money on shoes anyway lol.
  5. Check In On My Loved Ones. The sad part about this is, I’m typically really good at keeping in touch –but towards the end of 2018 I noticed I became less and less available to my friends. Partially because I started my dream job and had to adjust my life to a structured 9-5. But also because I just didn’t put forth the extra effort. I plan to check in more. A simple call, even a card to share that I’m thinking of someone. We all have to do better with checking in.

What are some things you want to change in 2019? I plan to follow up with this in June, to make sure we are all on track with our 2019 goals!

Epic Last-Minute Gifts with Sephora inside JCPenney

I must say, I’m an over-achiever when it comes to gift-giving. I’ve always managed to wrap my holiday gift shopping well before the 15thof December. But for you busy-bodies who don’t have enough time to get those gifts scratched off of your shopping list, Sephora inside JCPenney has the absolute best last-minute gifts for you and your favorite beauty lovers. I specifically love these gifts because they don’t require a lot of thought, and the level of excitement you’ll receive when that gift is open is one-of-a-kind! 

Here are a few of my all-time favorite gifts:

For The Glow-Obsessed Girl: 

Sephora inside JCPenney has the best mini sets, like the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set. At just over 20 dollars, you’ll receive the biggest bang for your buck with the must-have set of Fenty’s most coveted highlight featuring the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Hu$tla Baby and the Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow. This gift will have you as the life of any holiday and New Year’s party!

For The Skin-Focused Girl:

There’s no way to have a perfect pout without nurturing those puckered lips. BITE Beauty Sweet Treats Agave Lip Care Set will set the standard for your holiday lip sleigh (slay). It’s Champagne scented kit includes a lip scrub, mask, and balm to ensure moisturized lips all season long. 

For The Lippie Queen:

You can’t welcome the holidays without fabulous lip colors! What beauty queen wouldn’t want a set of Sephora Collection Lip Potions Mini Cream Lip Stains. In colors like Crimson Crush, Always Red, Pink Tea, and Sweet Raspberry,there’s a color to match your every mood. 

For Your Beauty Splurge: 

I’ve always loved splurging on beauty products but never really enjoyed putting out the extra cash. I’m sure there are other beauty queens that feel the same way as I do. That’s an even better reason to splurge on your special someone and gift them with bareMinerals’ Stardust EditionDeluxe Mineral Veil Finishing Powder. It’s feather-like soft consistency leaves your makeup and skin feeling like it was airbrushed on. It’s light-weight consistency makes every day wear enjoyable. A girl can only dream of having a flawless finish like Stardust! 

The best part of this is, every single gift except the splurge gift of the bareMinerals Stardust Deluxe Mineral Veil finishing powder is under $25! It’s a perfect way to gift your favorite co-worker, your in-law, or even a stocking stuffer for your beauty-loving sister! If you’re looking to find a Sephora inside JCPenney, use our location tracker HERE.

This post was made in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #SephoraInJCP


How To Holiday With Eloquii x Paper Source

If you know me, you know how much this time of year means to me. I’m literally beaming with joy at the thought of the holiday season coming around. This year I learned that my favorite company, ELOQUII teamed with Paper Source, for all your holiday needs.

When I learned about the one-stop-shop with Eloquii and Paper Source, I was floored. I can now get fabulous clothes that express my personal style, and stationery to match? Stop it! I couldn’t think of anything more amazing. Since I’ve received my stationery, I use it for everything. From making recipe lists, to leaving simple notes behind for my husband. That sense of personal-custom touch is what makes my note-making so much more fabulous!

Let’s take it back a second. I remember years ago when the influx of plus size brands hit the market, there was still something missing. Yes there were clothes that catered to my curves, but nothing really spoke to my intense sense of personal style. I needed color, patterns, fun and festive textures, and I couldn’t find it on the market … until I found ELOQUII.

Their brand is for the woman with curves that has a lovely relationship with fun fashion sense. I’ve never felt more confident in myself, than I do when I’m wearing ELOQUII. Like this fabulous Sequin Maxi Wrap dress.

Eloquii’s collaboration Paper Source is entirely fun vibes and superior quality stationery. What I love most is the attention to detail from Paper Source. Using fun patterns that match the essence of the Eloquii brand, the customizable services from high-quality monogramming, to personalized online services like recipient addresses. I’m by far impressed with every single detail from Paper Source!

To top it all off, you can have both … fabulous clothes AND fabulous paper products. I couldn’t think of a better way to end the 2018 calendar than sending simple thank you cards to all of our loved ones.

To shop all of these looks from Eloquii, and for your all of your the 2018 Eloquii x Paper Source Collection: SHOP HERE

Outfit Details:

Belted Mock Dress

Chevron Fit & Flare Dress

Fuchsia Sequin Wrap Dress

Satin Trim Blazer & Satin Trim Trouser

*This blog post is sponsored by Eloquii and Paper Source, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

LOFT Just Launched Plus!

When I heard that LOFT carried plus size, I was ecstatic. I’ve always loved basic and work wear from LOFT, but as my womanly figure evolved, it didn’t quote work for me anymore. Hearing that they now cared straight and plus sizes, I knew I’d be adding them back to my regularly scheduled shopping experience.

Like this Windowpane Flounce Dress, that’s perfect for a day out of the office taking on client meetings. Paired with a basic cashmere sweater for warmth and opaque tights … it gives me the confidence I need to close a few deals. *Side note* This dress is currently 60 percent off!

Or this Faux Fur Lined Vest, which makes running weekend errands a breeze, literally! I felt so cozy in such a comfortable look. Paired with indigo jeans and cute booties, you’re all the south western vibes you’ll need this season!

Stay tuned for a full recap of the LOFT Plus Size Launch Party I hosted in October!

The Coordinate Set: A Low-Maintenence Style Staple

Guess who’s still working her summer closet for a few more weeks? This gal! It’s still sunny and 80 degrees in ATL and I plan to take full advantage of the nice weather. One thing that I love about this time of year is that it’s not too hot to get dressed. You know, the breeze is blowing, and all is right around this time of year. It’s not too muggy for makeup, and not too humid for cute clothes that may have a few extra layers… like my favorite coordinate set from Forever21.

Pause. I totally swagger-jacked my friend and blogger-sis Trina from Baby Shopaholic, as she technically had this fun number first, but I couldn’t resist grabbing it to see how it looked on a plus-body. Let’s just say, this coord set definitely flatters straight and plus size!

What I love about this get-up is the lightweight material. Although it’s long sleeve, it’s still light enough to wear during warmer months. The oriental flair also makes it perfect for this time of year.

It’s high waist, which is great if you’re a hippy-itty-bitty-waist girl like me And the pants have elastic versus a zipper, which is my personal preference for comfort. I paired the look with a black crop top because who doesn’t love to show skin? But this can easily be worn with a basic cami or even a screened tee could be cute!

Honestly, the best part is this set is less than 50 bucks and comes in an array of sizes from straight to plus. So everyone wins! I’ll share the links below.

Plus Kimono |  Plus Pant | Straight Kimono | Straight Pant

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