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Hi beautiful world! When it comes to fashion, I hate to be conventional. You can catch me wearing white all throughout winter and this is a look that looks great on everyone! Wearing white is all about balance. Mix different textures and add white accessories like hats and gloves for the perfect snow bunny look! I had white accessories in a post here that I added to my look that also had pops of pink!

I went with a minimalist approach with my look. A simple, cozy white sweater pairs well with a pair of faux leather leather leggings. I have been living in block suede booties because they are comfy and look great with almost any outfit! Add a flirty headband for a flirty, feminine then you look is complete.

I hope you are all having an amazing week!

Thank you Belkin Images for these amazing photos! I appreciate you and your continuous support xx.

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Top: OLD; similar here // Leggings: OLD; similar at Nordstrom (I have these in size S) // Boots: H&M // Bracelet: Alex and Ani

 

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Boy, am I one grateful little lady. I just got back from my trip to Jamaica. It was absolutely magical and I am not going to lie: I was not ready to come back home. Being able to escape with the cold with my boyfriend and his family was an absolute blast!

We spent most of the trip by the beach but we did get a chance to go to check out some amazing restaurants and get some amazing food! Fireman’s Pit at the Broadway is always a hit. I am allergic to seafood but the rest of my family loves the lobster that is served with rice and peas (beans but Jamaicans refer to them as peas) and garlic toast. I ordered Fireman’s jerk chicken and it was wonderful (if you like spicy food, you are going to love jerk sauce on chicken).

A dress that I wore on repeat is this daring off the shoulder beach dress from J.Crew. It was the perfect piece to have on vacation because I could slip it on over my bathing suit and still look dressed up. I used a floral scarf as a head piece to make my look a little more tropical. I am wearing this dress in an XS which made me nervous when I took it out of the package. It looked super small and I was worried it was not going to fit. Sure enough, sizing down was a good idea. It ended up fitting really well and was not constricting.

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Dress: J.Crew // Scarf: Target // Eyeshadow: Sinful Colors in Charming-Stunning

 

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Have you ever found yourself at a cross roads wondering if you are where you are supposed to be in life? Being in my twenties, I find myself questioning where I am in life and my abilities. Last year, I have been spending a lot of time growing as a blogger. I wanted to find ways to make my blog a side hustle and perhaps even monetize here on my blog.

Needless to say, I became consumed with growing here on my blog that I did not take the time for truly enjoy the holidays when it arrived. My first and most important priority has always been my family and dearest friends. I love this blog. I love everything that I have created and all the accomplishments I have achieved. But I have understood, now more than ever, the importance of balance.

I have not been shy admitting that I have battled with depressed and anxiety in the past. While I am positive in everything I do, pretending that I have a life that is always perfect is a lie. And the last thing I want to do is lie about who I am as a person. Depression is not a fight. It’s a battle – one that I face every day. And thankfully, I know I am not alone.

So when I realized that I basically let my favorite holiday go by so quickly, my depression  started to win a battle or two. I felt so un-fullfied and disappointed in myself that I let one part of my life overshadow the other. But this year, this are going to be different. This year, I am going to be making some changes.

I have decided first and foremost to make my happiness my top priority. This is something I started last year and I encourage you to do the same. Last year, I made a choice to put my happiness first by stepping away from people who are unsupportive of me. That is one of the secrets to staying positive. Have you ever heard the phrase your tribe attracts your vibe? Guess what: this phrase is true. Who you surround yourself with in the next 5 years will determine the type of person you will become. We are social creatures and as such, are influenced by the people who choose to spend our time with. Choose wisely. 

Lately, I have been wearing beret a lot. And I have come to realize it is because I have a travel bug that needs to see the world (perhaps France..?). Growing up in a poorer middle class, I have only had the chance to travel a few times. Now that I am older and am establishing my career, I hope this year is filled with new adventures. Traveling offers humility and a sense of gratitude. I do hope this year is a year when I get to meet new people as well as see new places. Anytime I do get the chance to travel, I feel fulfilled in a way that nothing else can.

Lastly, I have two promises. A promise to myself and a promise to all of you. Last year, I did not spend my time wisely. If someone asked me to do a blog post for free brand awareness without any pay, I did it. I felt that because my follower account was low (and that I needed some brand awareness myself) I would take deals with brands that would cost me hundreds in time and effort. Not anymore. I recognize my worth as a blogger as well as the value of what I can put on to the table for brands. That is why I have decided that I will ONLY work with brands that I truly trust or believe in. I love that you all come to me in confidence and I do not want that to change. There are so many things in this industry that are fake. The last thing I want to do is be fake with any of you. My promise to you: to stay authentic.

My promise to myself is to work on creating balance in my life. Psalm 46:10 is a very that I carry with me on a day to day basis. The first line of it is be still. A great trait that I have is that I love to hustle. I like to stay productive as often as I can. There is nothing wrong with being a go-getter. But our minds and bodies do need to take a break from work and our endeavors every now and then. I have a hard time being still but I recognize for my own mental health, I need to be better at it. My mission this year is to better my best version of myself. I hope that this year you also chose to do the same.

Thank you all for your continuous support and love. Most importantly, thank you for allowing me to voice my honesty with you all.

Thank you Katie Vee Photography for this amazing photographs!

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Jacket: OLD ; similar from ASOS here // Beret: H&M ; similar here & here // Boots: H&M // Pants: OLD ; similar at Nordstrom here

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I recently added a new post to my Instagram going over my mantra: dress well, be kind and make the world a better place. My purpose as a blogger is not just to show off my favorite fashions but to also provide a platform of positivity and encouragement for both myself and my readers. In the middle of 2017, I decided to take a positive turn to be more authentic on my blog. Being an optimist doesn’t mean that we never face moments of sadness, depression or anxiety. Rather, being an optimist simply means being a person that seeks for light even in the darkest of times.

2017 has been a rough year for me personally and I know that many feel the same way. As bloggers, we have this perception that we have everything figured out behind the scenes. But that is not always true. It is certainly not true for me! While I have been able to create amazing content all year long, I found myself getting burnt out. We as humans need to find balance between work and our personal lives. Often, one takes over the other. Too often, it is work that takes precedence.

This holiday season I made this mistake. Between working extra hours at my full time job and creating 2-3 holiday posts on my blog, I completely forgot about the most important holiday to me: Christmas! I generally start planning for Christmas in June – starting with my Christmas budget plan to creating ideas on what to get for my loved ones. This year, I did not plan for Christmas once. I found myself scrambling to get gifts, create content on my blog and work full time all at once. In the end, I got burnt out and had no choice but to take a mental break from my blog to focus on my personal life.

There have been so many valuable lessons I have learned in 2017 including the importance of planning, balancing work/life and taking time to take a vacation as needed. I never quite understood the importance of unplugging until this year. Being a blogger, I also learned the importance of building and sustaining relationships. I knew that blogging as a side hustle could lead to monetization. I never imagined that I would be meeting new people who would eventually become dear friends even though we have yet to meet in person!

My dear friend and inspiration Christine from Rescue in Style recently wrote a powerful blog posts of the importance of having New Years intentions rather than resolutions. In 2018, I have a goal to be a better planner with both my professional and social life. Whatever dreams you want to achieve, start making plans so that they can come true. I never imagined having my own blog let alone be featured in InStyle magazine twice in one year! If I can do the impossible, you can too.

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Coat: J.Crew // Scarf: LC Lauren Conrad // Hat: LC Lauren Conrad // Boots: BP. ; similar pair from H&M here // Gloves: Kohls

 

 

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Hi loves! There are only two more weeks before Christmas (and I am totally panicking..just a little ha). If you are ordering gifts online I strongly recommend that you order them this week to ensure they arrive on time. During a recent trip to my local Ulta store, I got inspired to help you find the perfect gift for your favorite beauty lover. Because let’s face it, Ulta has something for every gift on your list!

Highlighter palettes

These are the brands that are a little more expensive but do not compromise on quality. The items that I have selected below are some of my personal favorites or ones that I already own. You can help her glow with a highlighter palette like this one from Anastasia Beverly Hills or this one from Laura Geller.

Lipsticks & Glosses

I love lipglosses from Buxom! They have a cooling sensation whenever you put them on and they come so many colors. My personal favorite is a mauve color called “Dolly“. When it comes to lipsticks, the brands that I shop from most are Anastasia Beverly Hills, Revlon, Rimmel, Maybelline, LORAC, NYX Cosmetics, Stila and LOREAL. Some of these brands offer products that are under $5!

 

Facial products

I am an ambassador to Derma-e (not paid I might add) because they not only offer product that work but also because they are made ethically. When you purchase a product from them, you don’t have to worry about any of their products being tested on animals, having parabens or GMOs. That’s right, Derma-e’s products are 100% vegan. So you can enjoy great skin care that is sustainable and responsible. Below are some of the products that I personally use on a daily basis. The Yes To brand is also my go at home facial masks.

Perfumes and Lotions

When it comes to perfumes everyone is different. Boys, if you want to be romantic, pick out a sent that reminds your most of your special lady. She is bound to love it! My go-scent is Gardenia and Pacifica offers it as a roller or full size bottle. You can also check out some other perfume and lotion ideas below.

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