31 December 2016

Farewell, 2016

I always have these big plans to do a full round-up post that summarizes some of my favorite things from the year but that never seems to happen as planned. I know everyone is beyond ready to throw up a big middle finger to this past year which seemed like a nonstop whirlwind of devastating losses in the entertainment world and on a personal level. But, even in the midst of all that, for me, there were still some highlights and good memories made.

2016, for me was all about appreciation, preparation, realizing my gifts, and living in the moment. This year I've learned to have a deeper appreciation for the people in my life whom I truly love and who truly love me. I don't talk about my personal life often but the past 3 years have rocked me mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually to my core. I've been through so much during that 3 year process but 2016 has been a revelation period for me. With the support of genuine friendships and personal faith, this year I learned how to not allow inevitable circumstances to define the person I want to always be. The biggest and toughest lesson I gained this year is realizing that I have to meet people I love where they are in life and to not have expectations beyond their capacity. I've also learned that if there is anything dimming my light then it must go. My peace of mind and sanity comes first, always. So today in the wise words of Iyanla Vanzant,  I am detaching myself from every person, every circumstance and every situation that no longer serves a divine purpose in my life.

This year was also about rekindling my gifts. I'm very private when it comes to those but I'm learning to be more open with sharing my gifts. I've loved art since the moment I could hold a pencil in my hand. The beginning of 2016 I made a promise to myself that I would draw more. I fulfilled that promise and I'm so glad I did because so much growth and inspiration followed. I plan to do much more with my art this upcoming year and I will surely keep you up to date.

A drawing I did a few days ago

It was also such an incredible year in music. So many new projects and albums. I feel like everyone in the history of music literally toured this year. I went to SO many shows! I don't have the opportunity to go out a whole lot but when I do it's usually a concert. Music is my happy place. There is something so nurturing and therapeutic about experiencing one of your favorite musicians live and in their element.

A few clips from the concerts I attended in 2016

I don't dig too deeply into to yearly resolutions but I think 2017 will be about putting things into fruition for me. Overall, I've been blessed and look forward to what the new year has in store.


Chinese Lantern Festival Atlanta

Let the NYE countdown begin! I decided that I want to stay home this New Years Eve but I still had a little bit of the holiday itch left so I wanted to do one last outing before ringing in the new year. In celebration of Centennial Olympic Park's 20th anniversary the city of Atlanta has hosted a number of events around town this year including the Chinese Lantern Festival. The fest travels around the world and showcases beautiful illuminated, handcrafted decorative lanterns, enriched with Chinese culture.

If the fest didn't make it's way to your city - no worries, I've got you covered. I wanted to share a few photos I took last night. If you're in Atlanta I highly recommend making a trip downtown to experience it for yourself. The fest will run everyday from now through January 15, 2017. They also have mini shopping booths, refreshments and live entertainment. It was super cold and windy out so be sure to bundle up! Let me know if you decide to go ^_^


25 December 2016

Mini Holiday Haul

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is having a joyous day. I honestly had no intentions of buying much for myself this holiday season but once those sales emails started rolling into my inbox I just couldn't resist. So to get back in the spirit of bringing this blog back to life I decided I'd share a mini haul of some of the items I bought.

I've been in search of an everyday bag that was small, fashionable and could hold my daily essentials. I grabbed this black Calvin Klein bag from Macys online during their Black Friday sale. The red bag is by Coach which I purchased from their online outlet, also for a great price. I've always wanted a cute red bag and this one is perfection. Both bags are leather and I love the quilted look and crossbody straps.

I'm serious about skincare these days and I had a $15 Sephora coupon to spend so I figured what better time to restock my absolute favorite. ExfoliKate by Kate Somerville is an essential part of my skin routine and it's truly the only face scrub I will ever use. Seriously, if you haven't tried this then do yourself a favor and pick up a free sample at Sephora - I promise it'll change your life :-) I also had a bunch of Sephora Insider points piled up so I used them on a free deluxe gift. I chose the Argan Oil set by Josie Maran, I can't wait to try it.

I love cooking, especially during the holidays. I've had these cookbooks by Kelis, Ayesha Curry and Chrissy Teigen sitting in my Amazon cart for quite some time so I decided to finally go ahead and purchase them. I also added my fave Around The Way Girl Taraji's book to the mix. I can't wait to try some new recipes (which I will share here) and catch up on some good reading.

I'm a tad obsessive about organization and decluttering these days so I purchased a couple of jewelry organizers that I've been stalking from Pottery Barn Teen. These were also on sale. 

Ok, so I'll admit these were an impulse buy after what was supposed to be a quick trip to Target. But everyone knows there is no such thing as a quick trip to Target. The bronze piece on the left is supposed to be a stationary item for holding pens and things but I'm going to actually use it as a holder for my makeup brushes! The piece on the right is a large candle holder but I plan to use it as a vase for a centerpiece that I'm putting together. I'll update you on that once it's done. 

That's it for now...I promise to be back soon with updates. Happy Holidays! 


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