Monday, May 11, 2015

Motivation Monday: Be Unique!

Happy Monday everyone! This Monday's motivation came from the monthly newsletter sent out by my job. At the end of every issue is an inspirational quote and I really liked this one. I mean it's hard to argue with Coco Chanel!

Ms. Chanel says be different, to me this means be you. Last time I checked everyone was born as their own unique being. I also really like the quote "Be you, everyone else is taken". You won't stand out in the world mimicking everyone else. Being inspired is great, but at the end of the day make sure you are still true to yourself.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Modern Girl Struggles: Milestone Birthdays

It starts around your 25th birthday, you look around and you start to question everything you've done up to this point and many of us realize we haven't accomplished what we thought we would by this age. Then you start to freak out! You soon return to normal until the next milestone, then it gets worse. I've experienced this myself, even dreaded it, but I learned how to celebrate these miles stones again and appreciate them with these three gems of advice.


I know this may seem a little grim, but it's definitely real. I was speaking with one of my cousins about my birthday and how I was "adjusting", and he simply said, "you know there's another alternative to getting older. That definitely changed my perspective on things.  So many people don't get to live in the moment that your living right now, so if your having trouble with a birthday, just start there. And with all the breathe in your lungs, blow out those candles with gusto!


I know you guys are like, why are you showing me a cup?? Well this picture in general represents a lot. When I turned 25, I had what I call a "quarter life crisis". I was just not where I thought I would be in life AT ALL!! So after a few minor break downs and some soul searching, I set out to change it. After all, I was still breathing so it wasn't too late. And guess what? I accomplished those goals!! So instead of having a pity party, just acknowledge that you want to be better and do more, and then GO DO IT!!!


After all it is your birthday! Go celebrate and live it up! And yes, I'm 30 :-) More to come about what I did after in a later post! XOXO

Monday, May 4, 2015

Motivation Monday: Just Do It

Hello everyone! I'm back! Again! LOL! I've decided to get back into the swing of things. I was actually supposed to post this this morning as Monday Motivation, but I didn't get up in time :-/ However, my message can apply to any day of the week.

I kept telling myself I'll get back into blogging. First it was, "When you're not working a full-time job, going to school for you Masters' and doing an doing internship", then it was "When you're not taking two classes a quarter at school", then it was "When you finish this final paper", then I was out of excuses. After all that I STILL didn't get back into it right away, then it hit me like a ton a bricks, "What are you waiting for? Really What? JUST DO IT!"

Just Do It, it hardly a message I originated, Nike ever so eloquently put it into words and out into the world. But it rings so true. Whatever you're waiting to do, don't wait! Just Do It! Got some obstacles in your way? Chop 'em down! But you have to actually start! My obstacles were honestly myself, I didn't think I had time, I didn't think I had enough content, I ultimately think I was enough. But, and I say this in the most polite way possible, SCREW THAT! I'll never know unless I try so, here we go again :-) House of Cramel, take 10? LOL

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Things I Learned on the South Beach Diet

Hello everyone!

So I've been on a journey to become a better me lately. A lot has changed in the last couple months. In this particular blog I want to focus on my health. I've been a quest to lose weight. My doctor actually told about the South Beach Diet about a year ago. But when she told me what it entailed I say "Oh no!". Then a little earlier in this year the scale went in a scale that I'd never imagine. So desperate times caused for desperate measures. Here are seven things I learned while doing this diet (Ten sounded good when I started to write this post, but I ended up with seven lol!)

1. It Works.

South Beach claims to aid you in the loss of up to 10 pounds in the first two weeks of the diet. I can vouch for this. The most I’ve lost is 8 pounds in the first two weeks.

2. It’s Hard.

I’ll be the first and the last person to tell you that this diet is not easy. No you aren’t hungry all the time, but you are restricted to a particular group of foods. In order for the diet to be effective you must stick to it! I love cupcakes…and cupcakes just aren’t a part of the diet. The first two weeks both the most rewarding and the most difficult.

3. You get creative.

With the foods you are restricted to you definitely start thinking of ways to shake things up a bit, or mimick some of the meals you are use to eating. For example, I really like pasta, but you can’t have that. So I tried spaghetti squash, and it is divine!

4. Pinterest is your friend!

Pinterest became my best friend. There are other people that have done all the work for you and are willing to share their recipes, food lists, and tips for success. Tap into it.

5. Try not to cheat!

It you cheat on this diet it is very hard to go back. Believe me I know, this minute I convinced myself it was okay to cheat after my first time on the diet, I never quite got back on track. Unless your incredibly disciplined I don’t recommend you “give yourself a treat”. Beside you’ll welcome fresh fruit with open arms once you can have it again after the first two week.

6. You learn a lot about your body.

I really learned a lot about my body and really started to question it. When I thought I was hungry I questioned it. Was I really hungry or did I just want to eat. You’ll learn that there is definitely a difference.

7. Your weight loss progress depends a lot on your diet.

This could just be my opinion, but honestly if your are not at least trying to eat correctly your weight loss chances are slim. You cannot “out work” a bad diet. You’ll never become achieve your personal best body, it you don’t have a healthy diet.  My sister always says “These girls are all watching what they put in their hair, they need to be watching what they’re putting in their bodies”, she’s got a real point.

I hope this helps anyone that's on a weight loss journey!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Culture Queen Moment: Anne Cole Lowe, Black Fashion Icon

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Happy Black History Month guys! I'm starting the month off by enlightening you guys on some little known Black History, and guess what it's also Fashion History! Contrary to popular belief June Ambrose was not the first Black Fashion Icon, I'm kidding! But if one asked you guys who are some noteworthy characters in fashion who are black we'd run off Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, June Ambrose, and we'd probably struggle to to think of others. Well I'm here to help widen your repertoires, and mines! I was strolling through my Instagram feed and ran across a picture similar to the one above by @harlemsfashionrow telling me to get the deets on the pic from @tallglassofstyle . Here I learned about Anne Cole Lowe, the not so famed African American designer. Her MAJ moment was designing Jacqueline Kennedy's wedding dress AND her ten bridesmaids' dresses!

It doesn't stop there, two days before the wedding a water line burst and it completely ruined the dresses. Lowe remade all the dresses in RECORD TIME!!! Can you image, we're talking one dress that used 50 yards of silk taffeta. Take that Dior!!! Lowe also designed dresses for the likes of the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers. She was know has high society's "best kept secret" because she was a black woman. Google her! Happy Black History Month! I'll be scouring my sources to uncover more like Anne Cole Lowe.