BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE

Black Friday can be one of the most frustrating or the most exciting day’s of the year for shoppers. There are literally so many things to consider. Do I shop online? Do I hit the streets and thug it out with the masses for (nominally) better discounts? Do I throw my hands up and say forget this, I’m going to the bar? I’ve strongly considered the latter on numerous occasions. I recommend starting here, ask yourself these four questions before you make a purchase…

Black Friday Questions

These insightful questions are curtesy of Eden Ashley of Mint Notion. As an ex-shopaholic Eden provides sage advice on finances as well as practical strategies on how to keep more of your coins. Something to consider before you get caught up in all of the crazy that is Black Friday. Think of this as a disclaimer, similar to the note on the side of the cigarette box. We all know we’re gonna shop but for the love God consider the risk…lol With that said let’s get into these sales. See just like the cigarette disclaimer.

BUY SMALL

We all know the big retailers will do just fine this shopping season with that in mind I encourage you all to support your local mom and pop shops, online boutiques, and service providers. Here are few I’m excited about…

Occesories (Beaded bracelets for him or him)

Body by BrandiBody by Brandi– Natural Body Care line (lotions, cremes, butter)

Gifts from Virgo (Jewelry)

Cuffed and Crowned (Hair Accessories)

SM Style Loft (Online Boutique)

Dress By Jaye (Stylist)

Honey Social (Online content curator and photographer)

Shutter to Think (Photographer)

Dynamic Duo Images (Photographer)

Yesssss Black Friday!!

RED ALERT

Red Alert! Red Alert! It’s celebration season y ‘all. The galas, soirées, dinners, and fundraisers are abundant. And with this comes the dreaded question, what do I wear? Do I buy something new? Do I pull an oldie but goodie out of the closet? Maybe something vintage? The answer is yes, yes, yes, and yes!!! That’s exactly what I did with this look. You can rock this look at a Friends-giving event or your first dinner with HIS family. No matter where you decide to rock this, it’s pure FIRE!!! It just made sense for us to shoot at a fire house. I think we kinda nailed it…lol

Red Alert

Red Alert

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MIAMI

I’ve been to Miami quite a few times but this time was refreshingly different. We did all the typical activities one does when you visit Miami. We walked Ocean drive, people watching, it was Halloween weekend so you can only imagine the things we saw. We had a much needed beach day. And of course we took in the night life.

So what exactly made this trip so different?! We actually explored the city a bit more. Ricardo (the husband) is the explorer. He was a man on a mission on this trip. If I’m being honest I would have been fine being a beach bum for the whole trip, but Rick had other plans.

One of our first stops on this little adventure was the park on 21st street and Collins Ave. What’s so fascinating about a park?! Welp the ginormous rock structure sitting in the middle of it.

As you can see the dress I planned on taking a few photos in was almost an exact match to the stones. My husband is the best photoshoot scout ever! I bought this dress from Chic Wish months ago. I had no idea this structure existed. I just knew the dress was perfect for a Miami vacation and we’d figure something out. And look at GODT!!

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Fall Fashion for everyBODY

Amanda and I are back at it. We’re giving you looks for Fall in this one. Target came through in a major way. I’ve been somewhat obsessed with Target since the 20 Years of Design drop. Target’s A New Day collection is giving me so much life right now. I’m a sucker for beaming ambers, rusty reds and burnt oranges and they did not disappoint. When I saw this blouse I knew I had to create a look with it as the centerpiece. It’s has a very subtle leopard print and I’m here for ALL things animal print.

Burnt orange for the win

While the blouse was a total winner for me, not so much for Amanda. But we made it twerk for the shoot. It was a fit and fabric issue. The sleeves were a bit narrow and the fabric wasn’t breathable. Sweat marks were visible within a few minutes of her wearing it. It wasn’t exactly hot that morning either; in fact it was freezing. It should be noted it’s a polyester blend. Imagine wearing this to work and upon your arrival you have unsightly sweat marks under your pits. Not sexy ladies!!! An innocent design flaw I’m sure, but if any of you decide to purchase the top, buyer beware. I did not have the sweat issue. I don’t sweat a lot in general.

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Classic Drip

The best part of having my own platform is the ability to feature some of the most interesting and dynamic people I know. Say hello to one of the most interesting people in my world, my sister, Shana Eutsay. Shana is one of my baby sisters. I have six sisters in total. Yeah it’s as fun as that sounds.

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Book Smart

All of my sisters are so unique and interesting I can’t wait for you all to get to know them. They all have their own distinct look, style, and sense of fashion. The one thing we all share is beauty (inside and out) and BRAINS!! Shana may have the franchise in the brains department; at a minimum the fortitude it takes to pursue a doctorate degree.

Yes ya’ll, we’ll have a doctor in the family pretty soon! I’m not calling her Dr. Eutsay we’ve established this in advance…lol Ok maybe once just so I don’t seem like a total hater. In all seriousness Shana is one of the most determined, intelligent, compassionate, and loving humans I know. She’s a certified goofball, always the life of the party. But she is as committed as a general to her ministry, family, friends and education.

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OBSESSED WITH OCESSORIES

Why am I obsessed with Ocessories?! It’s simple they are the chicest, most stylish, affordable arm candy on the market, PERIOD! Since you’re here, I’m guessing you value my opinion so trust me when I say you can’t go wrong picking up a set of these beautiful beaded bracelets.

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In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month aka Pink-tober, Ocessories is honoring all the warriors who are fighting the fight against breast cancer with a special set of bracelets; the Owareness set. Om is all in y’all! She dyed her hair PINK; now that’s what I call committment!!! Get yours today!!! Let’s kick cancer’s butt!!!

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I am also thrilled to share the Q&A between me and my girl, Omenisia Evans; owner of Ocessories. Omenisia and I have been friends since high school. Om (what her franns call her), is THEE definition of a M.I.L.F (Mom I’d Like To Follow). She is an educator, published author, boss babe, girl ceo; she is every word that describes a visionary entrepreneur. Needless to say I’m a big fan and cheerleader. I’m beyond excited to share this with you all. Without further ado, let’s get into this Q&A.

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Fall Fashion: Target Style

I was beyond excited to stumble upon Target’s 20 Years of Design for All collection. Boy oh boy did I stumble. Much to my chagrin I almost missed it. My dear sweet co-worker Jessica had to inform me Target was even doing this; totally almost missed this. And what exactly did they do, you ask?!

Ok, so, do you guys remember when Target started doing collaborations with high-end designers like Isaac Mizrahi, Tracy Reese, Marchesa Notte, Leila Rose and Jason Wu (just to name a few)?! Here’s a little trip down memory lane if you’re out of the loop.

This time around Target decided to celebrate their collaborative genius in a collection dubbed 20 Years of Design for All.  The collection includes exclusive pieces from some of your favorite “high-end” designers.

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