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!
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:
LOL, 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
*Avenue sponsored this look in exchange for a review but the opinions are all mine.*
So let me just say this #LBD was simply love at first sight! While perusing Avenue’s latest styles and selections, I was like hold up wait a minute!!!! I gotta have this sassy black number. Us gals know the importance of having at least 1 little black dress in our closet -and this one right here satisfies that necessity. Between the grommet and lace detail along the sleeves and leg, I screamed yaaaaaaaaaaas as I shimmied into it. A pair of simple black pumps completed the look and voila!
I know I wasn’t the only one semi-obsessed with getting my hands on one of those Ugly Sweaters…which are soooo ridiculously cute by the way. This one in particular definitely makes a personal statement because for some reason just about every picture came out blurry, but you know something… “SNOW WHAT!” 😉
You can purchase the Snow What Penguin Holiday Sweater from Avenue Plus Size Clothing and also browse their entire collection in store on on-line. I am most certain you will find a sweater to fulfill your fashion needs, whether it’s for an office party or Ladies Night with the girls. Happy Shopping! xx, Nij
I absolutely love when active wear meets personal style…and that is exactly what happened this past weekend. This [butter soft, might I add] Spacedye Colorblock Active Wear Jacket and matching Leggings set was just what I needed to window shop and run my errands.
I know you’re thinking, uhh Nij it’s active wear, so where are the after workout flex pix?? The way my mom had me walking all over the mall looking for an iron clad pot definitely counted as cardio today!
The set is made of stretchy cotton, so it’s totally breathable and is available in a Black/White combo and Blue in sizes 14/16-30/32. Did I mention that the ENTIRE SITE is currently 50% off until Tuesday, November 8th??
So be sure to check out the Avenue for your current/future active wear needs…you’ll be glad you did!
Hey FABBIES, so I got my hands on some fab finds from the Avenue and I just had to share. These items are a must have, especially since Spring is officially here – which means we can let go of the jackets and coats…and trade them in for tees, fringe and a little bit of mesh! I have 3 different looks for you today, so let’s bring on the fabulosity!
I love to look cute while getting my sweat on and Avenue’s newest selection is H-O-T!!! The colors are bright, trendy and yaaaas, they also hug our curves. The capri pants and top are both made of spandex, which means they’re breathable so you can bend and stretch with ease. The Ruched Active Tee comes in a variety of colors from Heather Tangerine, Mint to Cobalt. Also, the Heathered Mesh Active Caprees are super soft and are available in black or charcoal.
#2 “Fringed” Benefits
Next up is the Hitachi Knit Cold Shoulder Fringed Top, which I paired with denim shorts, oowwwee! Aint nothing wrong with showing a little leg. It’s sheer and also has a peekaboo effect on the shoulders. This top is versatile so you could also wear it with a pair of crisp linen pants and I’m quite certain, you can rock it as a coverup on the beach too. Can you tell I’m thinking ahead to my summer vacay?? The sunnies are also from the Avenue and can be found here.
#3 L(ittle) W(hite) D(ress)
I’m most certain that we all have a LBD but very rarely do we find a LWD…but guess what, the Avenue came through! I love that it has a lining and it is embellished with sheer sleeves and a print. I wasn’t sure which shoes to wear since it SERVES well with both the silver strappy sandals and black suede pumps. I tried a 14/16 and in my opinion the fit was on point. This dress is appropriate for a day party or for a night out on the town!
So there you have it…my 1st Avenue haul . Which look did you like best? Thanks for stopping by my page and chat soon, xx Nijah J.
PS, Links to all items can be found by clicking on the links below:
19 hours agoby iamnijahjUhkay??!! Be about yo own business and not meddle/be concerned with the affairs of others.
7 days agoby iamnijahjIt's "easy" to talk about waiting on the Lord and guarding your heart when you have prospects...but when you're really really single and learning to be content in this season, you will not and cannot settle for being half loved or simple thrown scraps. Besides them scraps they offering ain't even a whole meal - issa lil bit of this and a lil bit of that. And I'm worth more than that and so are you. I get it. It's Friday night and you'd rather be boo'ed up like errbody else with a husbae or wifebae (lol) but that's not
3 days agoby iamnijahjHey guys, check out my top 10 FAQS about the meet and greet yours truly will be hosting in just 32 days!!! The video is live on my YOUTUBE channel here: https://youtu.be/ZOGzP3HXyc4 Tickets are available on Eventbrite. The link is my bio and also right here uhkay?!! https://bit.ly/2UPheBK
4 days agoby iamnijahjI'm thankful for the early morning call I got from my big bro @thomaslavone It was very encouraging and a reminder to keep on pressing in spite of the odds. Plus with faith, you can not lean on your own understanding. Instead you gotta trust that the Lord is behind the scenes working things out on your behalf...by the same token, we must activate our faith and apply those works uhkay??!! Faith can't work unless we do. #repost@loveladyrenee
6 days agoby iamnijahjFace and Visble Belly Outlines...yaaaas muva is servin both uhkay??!! Jeans: @torrid
4 days agoby iamnijahjSomeone asked me how I was doing today and I said I'm not feeling my best because I'm coming down with a cold. So he said, well get some rest tonite and make sure your man rub your back and ya feet. I chuckled, then held up a bare ring finger. Needless to say that conversation was redirected lol... I'll pass on the back, feet rubs and anything else physical unless those hands belong to my husband uhkay??!! It's "funny" how you become less attractive to folks once they find out you're not giving out samples... but the devil is
7 days agoby iamnijahjPay attention to those actions because they tell a lot. That's why I say, "Sounds good, now prove it." If a person has good intentions their words and actions will be cohesive, otherwise it'll always be a big ball of confusion...and uhh #aintnobodygottimeforthat#repost@rashadbilal