Year of the Great Coin Snatch!

Year of the Great Coin Snatch!

Image result for im trying to save moneyHear ye!  Hear ye!  I’m on my way to becoming DEBT FREE!!

Why:  Debt has become a monkey on my back and I just can’t do it anymore.

How: My first step was purchasing Tiffany The Budgetnista’s book, “The One Week Budget.”  I didn’t follow everything to the letter but I did modify her method to suit my situation.

Also, in 2017 I decided to make better money choices and also did better with saving.  Joining Qapital, increasing my credit union deductions, paying off credit card debt and student loans [and of course spending less] were tips that I used to snatch my coin back.

To add to the list, I even created my very 1st Penny Challenge Jar as a Christmas gift for my mom, but I wound up making one for myself too.  Check out the video and let me know if you plan on making one of these jars, so you too can save extra money!   The challenge starts January 1, 2018 so I wish you all a Happy New Year and declare 2018 to be the YEAR OF THE GREAT COIN SNATCH!

Thanks for watching and Happy Saving! ❤

Lace, Bling & Velvet OH MY!

* Avenue Plus Size Clothing sponsored the clothes but all opinions are mine.*

One of the things I love about fall is the FASHION!!  Needless to say, I was all in when Avenue Plus Size Clothing gave me an invitation to peruse this season’s newest looks.  I was like:

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LOL, but since I can’t do that, I narrowed my wish list down to the 4 items featured in this post.

For starters, sweaters are a staple in EVERY woman’s closet because they are so versatile.  A good sweater can be worn so many ways depending on the material, color and overall look you’re going for.  And in case you didn’t know, I’m all for the gaudy and embellished look, so yaaas hunT bring on the sheer and bling!  Both sweaters were rather dressy so heels were definitely the option for me.

Now on to the dresses…I love floor length dresses don’t get me wrong, but I also love to show a lil leg at times too.  It’s all about balance right??  Not to mention, I had just recently purchased some new thigh high boots that desperately needed to be worn (insert laugh) so I seized the moment!

Check out all the looks and let me know in the comments which one you liked best.

Stone Embellished Choker Sweater


Velvet Burnout Bell Sleeve Dress


Lace Shoulder Pullover


Floral Embroidered Cold Shoulder Dress


Also for behind the scenes footage, check out my very first haul video below:

As always, thanks for stopping by and I will see in my next post… xx, Nij ♥

Soul-ly Handmade Fest

Soul-ly Handmade Fest

So yall know I’m all for a good time right?  Well, I went to the Soul-ly Handmade Fest and of course it was amazing.  So shout out to Kei Reeves for another successful event!!!!  While there, I had the opportunity to greet the guests, mingle and[ I know I know, I just couldn’t resist *hides face* ] swipe my card AGAIN!

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It was wall to all vendors, representing their brands, from homemade soaps, clothes, hair products, jewelry etc.  The black girl magic oozed in the Sheraton!  Don’t believe me?  Then check out my vlog featuring the event.


Now if you missed out on this one, no worries because there is another event coming up on November 25, 2017, Keirenae Holiday Stop & Shop.  And did I mention that tickets are only $5????  Here is the link on Eventbrite to purchase a ticket:

As always thanks for reading and I hope to see you there!!

Lastly before you go, I’d love to hear your feedback.  So please if you will, leave a comment and/or subscribe to see more from me…ya gurl Nij ♥

$ample $ale w/Designer Thomas Lavone

$ample $ale w/Designer Thomas Lavone

Ok gurls, so last weekend, I had the opportunity to work behind the scenes with Designer Thomas Lavone for his sample sale.  And of course there were deals on top of deals!!!  Most of the items were for smaller sizes, but there were some pieces for curvy women.  But no fear, a little birdie told me that another sample sale is in the works and that it’d be dedicated to all the curvy chicas like me!!!

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Can we say yaaaaaaaaaaaaas???

So, in order to be in the know, make sure you head on over to Facebook and like his page for all the deets, upcoming events…and/or to simply admire his gorgeous designs.

In the meantime, check out my latest YouTube video here,  which includes some behind the scenes footage and an impromptu beat by John Wesley, Regional Account Director of Fashion Fair Cosmetics!!!  How cool is that??

By the way…that same day somebody went out on a date…but I’ain the one to gossip so you aint heard that from! LOL  Here’s the 411 on the date

Lastly before you go, I’d love to hear your feedback.  So please if you will, leave a comment and/or subscribe to see more from me…ya gurl Nij ♥



Relax, Relate, Release…

Relax, Relate, Release…

Hey beauties and beaus!

So have you ever got into a groove and then wham!!  Err’thing gets shaken up.  I used to be able to adjust to schedule changes quickly and with the ease.  But as of lately, not so much so.  However, I refuse to put myself under undue stress.  Instead I had to take a lesson from Whitley Gilbert and…RELAX RELATE RELEASE!

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Over the summer, I had loads of time to workout, plan my meals and binge watch Being Mary Jane, Underground and This is Us (great shows right?!)…but the one thing I did NOT do was rest.  Therefore, when it was time to go back to work, my body was exhausted.  I didn’t realize it until I had to go back to work and my body was like:

Image result for girl byeLOL, hilarious yes but it is the sho nuff truth.  Welp, 3 weeks have gone by and I’m ready to get back into the swings of things.  I do miss the beat down sessions with my trainer, but I also realize that in life you will have to make adjustments at times.  Needless to say, this was a valuable lesson learned and instead of beating myself up, I’m jumping back in the game one day at a time, because after all, WE CAN BOUNCE BACK FROM A SETBACK!

Check out my latest video in which I give 5 tips on how to bounce back and stay encouraged!  Also let me know if these tips help in the comments section.  I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time, xx Nij!

What is PURPOSE?

What is PURPOSE?

Hey beauties and beaus, I’m back with another blog and this time I am tackling PURPOSE.  If you have been watching my YouTube videos lately or seen any of my Instagram posts, then you know that purpose is one of my favorite buzz words.  Needless to say, since finally walking in my purpose, my life has NOT been the same.  I can no longer sit by and wait for opportunities to come, rather I am kicking down doors and declaring that I AM HERE!


I’m glad you asked.

Purpose answers the million dollar question we all long to know…Why am I Here?  I never thought that I would be on the other side of fear talking to you about purpose, but here I am and I know without a shadow of doubt that, I was born to do this!  Every obstacle (and there have been plenty) has brought me to this point in life…and trust me it is a good place.  Therefore, I want to share with you my latest video “Purpose 101”, in which I discuss 4 reasons why walking in your purpose is essential to you and all the lives you encounter.  Please check it out and let me know if and how this video has helped you.  I would love to hear your feedback!

Have a purpose-filled day!

xx, Nijah

NJ Natural Hair & Beauty Expo Recap

Hello hello and hello beauties and beaus!  Today I am sharing all the details about the NJ Natural Hair & Beauty Expo.  If you weren’t there, you really a missed a treat and I’m letting Ms. Kei Reeves know today that I will be in attendance next year.  I’m putting my bid in now uhkay??!!!!  But in all seriousness, it was so much positivity, support and conversation going on in the entire room .  Women, men and even children came out to this event with the intent to network and shop, including me!  And of course the natural hair community represented!

Ms. Adeeah Rogers looked amazing and did a great job as hostess with the “mostest.”  She also served as moderator for the Q & A panel and it was a very good discussion.  Check out my YouTube vlog for snippets of the conversations, plus me chatting it up with some of the vendors.

Lastly, have you ever attended an event and just knew that you were meant to be there?  Well that’s how I felt.  Needless to to say this was both time and money well spent.  Well wishes to all the vendors!  I wish them much success in their businesses and I am reminded that it’s time to take my business to the next level.  God gave so many ideas and I learned some nuggets so it’s definitely time to hit the ground running…who knows I may attend next year as a vendor??  We shall see, xx Nij





One lil bitty car selfie aint never hurt nobody! LOL 😉










I’m looking exactly like my mommy in this pic while rocking these fab shades from TK Reflections Boutique.

I also got to meet Ariane Roberts, author of “Jamie Loves her Natural Hair”, in addition to Egypt Ufele of ChubiiLine Clothing!  Alright yall, I’m out!!  Again, you can find footage of the event including my many purchases on my YouTube vlog here.

Thanks for checking out the blog and stay tuned for the next event sponsored by Kei Reeves.  Link here for the event info: Soul-ly Handmade Fest.  Right now tickets are only $5, so I hope to see you there!





Places to Go, People to See, Stripes to Wear

* Avenue Plus Size Clothing sponsored this look in exchange for a review but the opinions are all mine. *

Hello Hello and Hello again to all my Fabulous Ladies aka my FABBIES!  It’s been a minute and a lot of happened in these past 3 months, including the launch of my official site!  And what better way to celebrate, than with a new blog review.

So the dress I am reviewing today is the Stripe Flounce Maxi Dress.  Now maxi dresses are my absolute fave because they’re super cute, they keep you cool in the summer heat and can be dressed up or down depending on occasion…and yall also know that I love a mean shoulder cut out too!  Needless to say, this maxi dress gave me all of that and more.

I ordered a size 14/16 and I believe it fit great, I love the length and it turned a lot of heads…so what do you think? Was it a hit or miss?  Comment below and let a sista know.

Also if you shop the look today, you can enjoy 50% off!  And I know yall love to save a coin just as much as I do.

Until next time,

xx, ya gurl Nij <3


Living my life like it’s golden!

just Queenin on this beautiful Sunday


Don't settle for less…if you want more

Don't settle for less…if you want more

Hey peeps, so I spent yesterday’s snow day catching up on the best show ever – “This is Us.”  Please tell me you watch it??

Well, I was on episode 10 when Sloane and Kevin were having a discussion on their “status.”  It went a little something like this: Sloane nervously asked Kevin, “What are we doing…I mean are we just sleeping together because if so that’s totally fine.”  Kevin, obviously frazzled by the question responds, “Here’s the thing.  I like you…a lot.  You’re funny, you’re brilliant and I like sleeping with you.  I don’t know what we are.  I’m just happy there’s a we to talk about.”

Now did he answer the question?  Because if he did then I missed it.  It goes back to the point I made in my last video, “I’m Single…and I’m Selective Too”  about listening intently to what is said versus what you want to hear.


Although this is television, this is some people’s reality and when I heard it my heart just sank…because I’ve been there.  I knew I deserved better and wanted more but was willing to take what I could get because there was a “we.”  For goodness sake, I didn’t want to be that single friend who’s shoulder everybody cried on.  I wanted to trade stories about my boo during girl chat…but the turmoil wasn’t worth it – and it still ain’t.

Precious dear hearts, as the title states, “Don’t settle for less…if you want more.”  If it’s marriage you desire, then you have to carry yourself as such, not compromise nor give mixed signals.  Guys may not like it, but one thing’s for certain – THEY WILL RESPECT YOU.

Until next time…xx Nij <3




So, this entire week has been bananas!!  From the Avenue feature (here) to walking for designer Thomas Lavone at Philly Fashion Week on Saturday.

I’m still amazed that for the 3rd year in a row, Thomas Lavone has asked me to be one of his guest models.  For those who don’t know, he was my pageant coach in 2013 and he  continues to mentor me since my win.  I’m honored that he entrusts me to represent his brand.

I wasn’t able to snap many pics but I managed to get a few while backstage:

Also shout out to Joe Clarke Photography for catching Thomas Lavone’s entire collection.  Each piece was amazing…from pant suits with pockets and capes to floor length gowns. Psst, make sure you watch the entire video…there’s a pleasant surprise!

Lastly, check out the hashtags #phillyfashionweek and #pfw17 for more pics and videos.

Until next time…xxx Nij <3

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