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Valentine’s Day is a holiday that I have always enjoyed even when I was single. Who doesn’t love getting chocolate right? My best friend and I used to dedicate Valentine’s Day to watching our favorite romantic comedy like He’s Just Not That Into You and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

I am looking forward to spending Valentine’s Day with my man. Since we are both hopeless romantics, we both like to really cherish each other’s company. Over the years with both of us having working opposite hours, it is nice to be able to have a day to ourselves. I am hoping that the weather will be a little warmer to wear this darling black lace romper. I am wearing this romper in S

So what does love mean to me? Love is about selflessness. Love means supporting one another. It means growing wiser together. Love means supporting each other’s dreams and helping each other fulfill them. Love is when two people come together as equals. It inspires us to be the best version of ourselves. When you find your true love, you realize what it means to find your better half. Your life suddenly has a new sense of purpose. Without love, we just exist.¬†

I hope you get a chance to enjoy your Valentine’s Day with the people you love most. Love you guys! 😘

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Aris Couture: Lovely Lace Romper
CLINIQUE Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer
LC Lauren Conrad Petit Faux Fur Critter Crossbody Bag
Marc Fisher ‘Alinda’ Over the Knee Boot
Aris Couture: Lovely Lace Romper
CLINIQUE Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer
LC Lauren Conrad Petit Faux Fur Critter Crossbody Bag
Marc Fisher ‘Alinda’ Over the Knee Boot
Aris Couture: Lovely Lace Romper

Romper: Aris Couture Boutique // Beret: Free People // Boots: Marc Fisher // Bag: LC Lauren Conrad // Lipstick: Clinique in Ruby Pop

 

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We all have that one color that instantly give us confidence. Some prefer neutral colors like gray or black. For me, red has always been my go-to color whenever I have needed a confidence post. I have always felt that red is a color that looks great on everyone! Every girl needs a little red dress in her life and here is why:

It’s timeless. Cliche I know but hear me out. Red is a color that stands out in any generation. Plus, if you are looking to get noticed, this is a color that will always help you stand out.

Confidence. I mentioned before that red is my go-to color for confidence and it has never failed me. Red is a color of demands attention. It’s the perfect color to wear when you are giving a presentation at work or if you need to do a speech at your next public speaking event. Red will draw the attention of your audience which will allow you to excel as a speaker or presenter with ease.

Excitement. Adding pops of red to your look adds drama and excitement to it. A little red dress is the perfect piece to spice up your wardrobe.

Versatility. A red dress can always be accessories with a blazer for work then with some great heels and sparkly jewelry on your next date night. Has anyone seen Once Upon A Time? Emma’s red dress in first episode is ICONIC!

I hope these tips have convinced you to get a little red dress of your own. Ladies, we all deserve to stand out now and then. Take the time to boost your confidence with a little red dress. I think this color will be a lot of fun for you to try and I hope it gives you confidence the way it does for me.

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Dress: Aris Boutique Couture 

 

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Hi loves! If there is one piece of advice that I get from bloggers all across our nation is the importance of working with local stores owners. Collaborating with local store owners is a great way to build lasting relationships with your community as well as provide much needed exposure for the business owner. Today, I am so thrilled to introduce Aris Couture Boutique run by the lovely and talented Jess in Montclair, NJ. She started this boutique from scratch and since then has build a lasting relationship with each one of her customers.

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What is the selling point of this boutique? The price point! Jess’ clothes do not cost a fortune and also do not compromise on quality. The pieces that she has in her stores range from classic to boho-chic. Needless to say, this blush dress caught my eye instantly when I saw it.

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This blush dress has a the most elegant detailing (which is why it is named as the Tea & Crumpets dress). If you can believe it, I was actually really bloated with I took these images! Talk about impressive right? That is how flattering this dress is! I am wearing the dress in a size S. Since we are still in the middle of winter, I paired the dress with some black stockings, black boots and a rose gold/black clutch that I got on clearance at Express.

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If you want this dress for yourself, visit Jess in Montclair at her boutique or she can ship the dress directly to you! I cannot wait to show you all more darling pieces that you can rock on Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank.

My eternal thanks to Jess from Aris Couture Boutique for sponsoring this post. I am so grateful and honored to be partnering with you!

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Dress: Aris Couture // Boots: H&M // Clutch: OLD ; similar here

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I still can’t believe that it has been two weeks since I have returned from Jamaica with my family. Jamaica has become like a second home to me. For the past three years, I have had a chance to meet some kind and humble locals, see beautiful sunsets and enjoy some amazing food. Today I want to share with you some of the best things to do in Negril and what restaurants are worth venturing out to.

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Best Restaurants

Fireman’s Pit – He is known on the island for preparing the best lobster. I don’t eat lobster but my family cannot get enough of it!

Rockhouse – Infamous for their amazing coconut chicken and shrimp. I get the chicken since I don’t eat shrimp. It has the best vibe!

Rick’s Cafe – A must for any dare-devil. The restaurant sits on a cliff with fearless swimming jump from. I have not mustered the courage to jump the high peak yet.. 😬

Pushcart – It has the best atmosphere! They have the best fried chicken that is paired with rice and peas (beans but Jamaicans referred to them as peas hehe).

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Best Foods/Drinks to get in Jamaica

Jamaican Patties – They are generally filled with veggies or beef. They are a must have!

Jerk Chicken – If you love spicy food, you are going to love jerk sauce. It’s spicy, smokey and sweet!

Dirty Banana – For anyone who loves sweet drinks. This drink made with rum, banana puree, Kahlua and ice. So sweet and refreshing!

Best Accommodations

Idle Awhile – Pricey but great for anyone who wants a luxury experience. A stay at Idle Awhile can also include a personal chef, maid and butler.

Rasta Pasta – Think of pesto but Jamaican style! It’s pasta in oil and local veggies. The vegetables are a little bitter. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys eating kale.

Beaches Resort – The best place to enjoy an all inclusive resort

The Cliffs – This is a splurge resort that celebrities go to all the time! The price range is really high but offers outstanding service and privacy (it only holds up to 50 people from what I have heard).

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Travel essentials for Jamaica

Bug Spray – If you get eaten up alive like I do, don’t forget to pack bug spray.

Camera – My go-to camera for travel is my new Sony A7 iii. It’s small and compact. Since it is mirrorless, it’s also perfect when you are coming from AC to outside. If you want a small DSL camera, I recommend the Nikon D3200. It’s still one of the main cameras I use.

Bathing suits – One mistake I made a few years ago is that I did not bring enough bathing suits. Bring tons of them because doing laundry in Jamaica when to you are on vacation is often not an option.

Cover-up – Since you are going to be living in your swim suits most of the time, pack plenty of coverups! One of my favorite cover-ups I reviewed a few weeks ago is here.

Sunscreen – Rhetorical but worth mentioning!

Shoes – I only pack one pair of sandals and one pair of heels. This saves me room in my suit case. I forgot to pack sneakers this year. If you are a running, don’t forget to pack them so you can get your morning runs on the beach.

Have you ever been to Jamaica? Feel free to share your experiences with me by commenting below.

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What a time to be a woman! I attended this year’s Women’s March in Morristown, NJ and it was empowering. I am a feminist because I believe that women can do anything and everything they set their mind to. More so, I believe that it is about time that we have gender equality. The stigma of gender stereotypes needs to come to an end. I have always been a feminist and here is why:

I grew up in an old-fashioned, traditional home. I was discouraged and bullied against pursing my college career because it was “a waste of my time” and because “a woman’s place is not in business”. I had enough sense to not listen and continue to fight for my education. Even if it meant paying for school completely on my own and working like a dog, I was going to pave a better life for myself.

Needless to say, attending the women’s march was a huge milestone for me. It reminded me of the strength I have exhibited over the years. Ladies, you don’t have to come from a well off family to make a difference in your life. YOU can have anything you set your mind to as long as you have the courage to work towards making your dreams a reality. To me, success is happiness. Knowledge is power. And education is the single most important asset that we as women need to protect. Continue to stand for what is right. I will and will stand by anyone who does as well. Love you all!

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