My 3rd Day Curly Hair Routine With The Doux

Hey guys! So guess what, I’ve found a hair care system that works perfectly with my fine loose curls! The Doux is a hair care system for curly and straight hair. What I love about the product is how fun and full-of-life the system is. From it’s 90s inspired hip hop theme to it’s vibrant scents that leaves your hair feeling and smelling great. Check out this awesome review I did on the products and let be sure to share your thoughts with me.

Although all of their products are phenomenal, my absolutely faves were the Sucka Free Shampoo, the Fresh Rinse Moisturizing Conditioner, and best of all, the Mousse Def Texturizing Foam.

By the way, The Doux can be found at your local Target. If you’re unsure of which target near you carries it, click the link HERE to find out.

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How To Be Confident When You’re Not In Your Comfort Zone

My most frequently asked question is, How am I so confident? The truth is, being confident is a choice, even when I’m not feeling so ‘confident.’ I’ve learned that I can either believe in myself, even when I’m not so sure, or I can fall deep into self-doubt; and that just hurts too much! Here are a few ways I’ve learned to be confident even when it’s out of my comfort zone.

Do Something Different Every Day. In order to see different results, you have to do something different. I learned early on that I had to break routines so that I wouldn’t dwell in my comfort zone because things don’t always go the way we expect them to, and my mental should be able to adjust to that. Whether is a big change like budgeting for a special trip, or a simple change like choosing a new restaurant to try for lunch … it’s change, and your body has to get use to it so that you can easily dwell in uncomfortable settings.

Trust Yourself. Nobody does you quite like you do. That’s literally 90 percent of why I am so confident. Even if I’m in a room with people who are smarter, wealthier, cuter, or more popular than me, I don’t lose my confidence because I know I have something valuable to offer the room … and that’s me. Know your worth, and boldly bask in it.

Think On Your Feet. A part of being confident is being able to think clearly during times of stress. This doesn’t mean you need to be able to belt-out lots of information during intense times; this simply means that you should be able to work well under pressure. Try having conversations with people who are nothing like you. Or interacting with someone you normally wouldn’t share a space with. If you can do those things without feeling anxious, then you’re on your way to building your confidence.

I remember as a little girl, I would spend my summers in Los Angeles with my Cali-Family. My parents would drop me off to the airport, and I would board a plane and fly 6 hours. I was 10 years old traveling 3 thousand miles alone. It was the most uncomfortable thing I’d ever done, but it molded me into being an outgoing, well-traveled, confident little girl. Being a small-town Alabama girl spending summers in LA with a bunch of city girls evolved me, and made me “do something different,” trust myself,” and “think on my feet.”

We have to put ourselves in uncomfortable situations to develop our confidence. Do something out of the ordinary every day, so that you can not only learn who you are –but like who you are.

My 2018 Intentions … Better Late Than Never!

It’s nearly March, and I’m just now getting around to mapping out my intentions for the year. Mesita (my new girlfriend that also happens to be the Bridal Shop Owner that designed my custom wedding dress) shared with me the difference in having intentions versus goals. I’ve learned that intentions are actions that I am working on, while goals are merely a thought. So this year I decided to share my intentions with you all …

  1. Be Present. I’m a planner, so naturally I’m always forward thinking. I tend to over think sometimes which causes me to loses out on living in the moment even if it’s just for a split second. I got a glimpse of living in the moment at my wedding… HD and I really had the time of our lives in 8 hours. And every chance I get to reflect back and relive those moments, I do. I loved the feeling that I felt at my wedding, surrounded by everyone I love and standing in that moment in time. It taught me that every day I need to bask in my present-self.
  2. Save More For Things I Want. Again, another valuable lesson I learned from wedding planning was my ability to save! HD and I planned the wedding of our dreams in less than 12 months, stashing away lump sums of money at a time. It taught me that I could do this more often! It showed me that there are certain things that I can live without (excessive Target spending lol) and that things can get done with prioritizing and being consistent.
  3. Let Go of People Pleasing. This has honestly been my toughest lesson. I’m a people pleaser; I over accommodate and try to meet the needs of everyone I care about. It really takes a toll on me. I always end up getting the short end of the stick, or working too hard to make sure everyone in my camp is good. I’ve learned that, it’s not fair to me. This year I’m intentionally going to work on pleasing myself instead of others.
  4. Increase My Credit. HD and I have real goals –big ones and they require a strong foundation. I’ve learned that a 700+ credit score is more valuable than 200 grand in the bank. So we’re working towards that 700+ score! Wanna join me on this journey? I’m going to start a ‘credit challenge’ in the next few months so please be on the lookout.
  5. Treat Myself. If you know me, you know I work REALLY HARD. Somedays I’m typing away at my computer for my clients for 14 hours straight, while other times I’m traveling between 4 airports in 48 hours. I want to learn to take a breather and treat myself. I deserve that facial, or a nice pedicure. I work hard for it! And this year I’m going to honor myself by going the extra mile to treat myself.

What are some of your intentions for this year?

Sephora Inside JCPenney Must-Have Valentine’s Day Fragrances

I’ve never been a big Valentine’s Day girl –not a big chocolate fan, I hate roses, and I prefer to be showered in love every day of the year versus one day of the year. But one thing I do love is to be pampered and thought of, immensely. If you know me, you know I’m a bit of a fragrance snob, and I love falling in love with new scents.

Cute story, my grandmother always told me that a woman should never buy her own perfume; instead it should be given to her by someone who loves her and wants to be close enough to smell her aura. I really hold that philosophy to heart, and ever since I learned that life lesson, I’ve never purchased another bottle of perfume for myself again. I either purchase for others, or wait for someone to purchase for me. This year Valentine’s Day came early …

Sephora inside JCPenney has won me over with their elaborate selections of designer fragrances. It’s the perfect spin on Valentine’s Day gifts. This year I ditched the expensive chocolates, flowers, and teddy bears and grabbed a few fragrances that were a little more practical and function for my busy lifestyle.

The best part –YSL’s Black Opium, Versace Bright Crystal, and Philosophy’s Amazing Grace Ballet Rose are all perfect for transitioning into spring weather, and they come in rollerballs (which is perfect for travel!)

Not only are these babies a MUCH better gift option, you won’t find yourself wandering the aisles on picked-over cliché gifts; instead you can have a little ease knowing your last-minute shopping experience at Sephora inside JCPenney will be a breeze.

And if you’re still reading … I have a huge surprise: Y OU have a chance to win a $100 Sephora inside JCPenney Giftcard! I’m hosting a giveaway in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney on my Instagram page … so follow me HERE

Now you, too, can discover how practical finding essential skin and beauty products can be at your own local Sephora inside JCPenney!

To enter the giveaway simply: FOLLOW my Instagram page, tag 3 friends, and comment under the giveaway post sharing your favorite fragrance that Sephora inside JCPenney carries! Winner will be announced February 9, 2018.

*This blog post is in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #SephoraInJCP

The Best Day of Our Life [VIDEO]

It’s crazy to think that a month ago I took the biggest leap of my life and married HD (ahh!) For the past year we’ve been planning our wedding, and sharing every single moment with you all; because you’re like our family. The month before the wedding, it felt like everything ran together and somehow I got lost in the mix of the holidays, final planning details, and life in general.

When Barry and Jasmine of Howell Designs and I had our initial consultation, little did I know that they would sweep me off of my feet. The truth is, the day goes by in the blink of an eye. You spend MONTHS planning a 10-hour affair, and it goes by like a flash, and then it’s over. You wake up the next morning feeling like everything was a blur because so much is happening around you! *a good blur might I add*

But Barry and Jas’ stopped time for us; and we get to re-live every single moment from our big day. Jas told me when we started planning the details that they were real life magicians, and they make things come together effortlessly. She definitely wasn’t lying!

I’ve literally cried at least 5 times from watching this video… and I look forward to watching it over, and over, for the rest of our lives. You may not have been there, but this wedding recap video will make you feel like you had the best seat in the house. P.s. there’s a special surprise at the end of the video so … KEEP WATCHING!

Thank you Barry and Jas, you two came in the door as our videography/cinematography vendors and have etched a permanent mark in HD and I’s life as friends. For those of you asking, Howell Designs offers affordable multimedia packages for any special occasion, including weddings, celebrations, and professional. They are based in Atlanta, but are willing to travel. Jasmine is also from Alabama (roll tide), so she frequently works on projects in that great state, too! Tell them I sent you and I’m sure they will give you a special rate!

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