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Long time no see…

Hey y’all!

It has been forever! I know I’ve been MIA, but I’m working on getting my stuff together! After attending the Ignite your Influence event this past weekend in Charlotte, I’m feeling more motivated than ever to create new content for you guys. Now I just need extra hours in the day and maybe an extra day in the week. I literally woke up this morning thinking, “what day of the weekend of this?” Then I, sadly, realized it was only Tuesday 😭.

Dress: Lularoe

I really just wanted to pop in to say hey to guys, and assure you that I have new things on the horizon. I have so many ideas, and I promise I’m going to sit still long enough to get them out of my brain one day soon. Until then thank you for rocking with me!

As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions of what you’d like to see from me, talk to me! If you like what you see, subscribe!

Talk soon! 💋

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#Beachvacay: Emerald Isle Recap + Photo Diary

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I hope you all had an amazing weekend! My only regret is that Sunday came so quickly. If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that we spent the weekend in Emerald Isle, NC. Continue reading “#Beachvacay: Emerald Isle Recap + Photo Diary”

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Lady in Red ♥️

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For some reason, I’m really digging the color red this season. It’s like I just realized how good it looks on my skin. So, when I saw this red, floral jumpsuit for $15 bucks (yes, you read right) in Ross, I jumped on it. Continue reading “Lady in Red ♥️”

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Morning Skincare Routine

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For anybody who’s trying to navigate adult acne like me, you already know the struggle of nailing down the perfect skincare regimen. Plus, if you’re also an avid makeup lover, then you know the key to great makeup is great skin ✨.

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My Secret Love of Blue 💙

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Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope you enjoyed time with loved ones, but also remembered the reason for this day.

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Sale Alert: Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale Faves

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This is the time of year that semi-annual sales begin to happen and my online shopping finger begins to twitch. Of course I had to check out Nordstrom’s half yearly sale to see what they had going on, and lemme tell ya… Continue reading “Sale Alert: Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale Faves”

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My Fave Face Tools

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In the world of makeup and beauty, all the different product options can be overwhelming; mattifying, long-wear, waterproof, so on and so forth. I personally feel I’m pretty seasoned when it comes to choosing a product, but I can only Continue reading “My Fave Face Tools”

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Sale Alert: Boohoo!

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Now if you read my National Pawn blog post, then you saw the list of all the ways I’ve shopped. As of late, my favorite way to shop is online. It’s so easy and convenient…too convenient in fact. One minute I’m hopping online just to browse the latest sale and the next I’ve spent $200. Yikes!

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My Spring Addiction: Statement Earrings

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Until recently, I’ve been obsessed with small, dainty earrings. I suppose I just resolved to believe that with my hair out you can’t really see the earrings I’m wearing. However, this spring, something has changed in me and I’m all about some big, bold earrings! I’ve rounded up some super cute statement earrings (all of which are $5.99‼️) for you guys! Enjoy and happy Saturday!

 

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My Journey to fitland; detours included

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If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, then you already knew that I would be writing this blog post. Over the past five years, my fitness journey has been an interesting one; one that I still almost can’t believe happened. I still remember it so clearly; walking into urgent care after a few days of being very sick to find out that I had the flu (after getting my first ever flu shot, but that’s neither here nor there). The nurse weighed me and then proceeds to tell me that I’d lost so much percentage of my body weight (I can’t remember the number at this point) since my last visit (only about 6-7 months prior), and if it was on purpose. I had arrived!

My story is like many others; I’ve been a big girl for as long as I can remember. I’ve also been working out for as long as I can remember.  When I was growing up we had workout time in our house where my mama would corral me and my siblings to do some kind of physical activity. However, I continued to gain weight because I never changed the way that I ate.

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Trend Alert: Rompers 😍

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Since spring is refusing to show up and stay, I’m keeping myself busy by lusting over all the cute spring pieces I’ve found in my online shopping adventures. As the title suggests, this post is dedicated to rompers! I mean seriously, who doesn’t love a good romper? It’s a whole outfit in one! The only downside to rompers is when it’s time to go potty and you end up on the toilet like this:

😂 Other than that, they’re a winning choice! Keep scrolling for some cuties I rounded up from Forever 21!

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  1. Ok, I’m currently all about some denim and I’m not quite sure where it came from. I especially like this one because it appears to be a simple denim romper from the front but, when you turn this baby around, you find all kinds of surprise sexy. It’s the perfect balance of conservative and sex appeal. Plus with all that ventilation happening on the back side, it’ll be perfect for a hot summer day outside at a cookout or barbecue.
  2. Since my six-pack has been stalling for quite some time…like all my life…I’m really feeling this peek-a-boo romper. It let’s us girls who don’t want to bare it all bare just a tad. Plus the pinstripe adds an air of sophistication. This little number would be an ideal summer date night piece.
  3. Now this! Yes, ma’am! I love everything about this jumpsuit Though it’s full length, the spaghetti straps will show just enough of your sun kissed summer skin. I especially like the open detailing of the pant, creating the flowy illusion of a maxi dress.
  4. You can’t go wrong with this simple white romper. This can be styled literally a million ways, with a number of different kinds of shoes and accessories. Also, in the heat of summer, white is always a good choice to keep cool.
  5. How cute and dainty is this romper?! There is something so crisp and clean about blue and white stripes to me! This cutie would be perfect for a day out with friends or comfortable enough to run Saturday errands.
  6. This jumpsuit is all kinds of sassy; from the ruffle sleeves to the low cut sides! Now unless this comes in long length (which I’m sure it doesn’t) I’ll be living vicariously through my petite to average sisters on this one. This beauty is perfect for a night out with friends, a significant other or even a first date; it says, “I’m fine, I know it but I respect myself”.

What trends are you guys crushing on this nonexistent spring (insert crying emoji)?

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Talk soon!💋

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The Best Day Ever!: National Pawn Edition

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This week I was given the opportunity to spend some time with the National Pawn team at the Greensboro store on Battleground Ave. Initially, when I was approached with this prospect, I admit that I was a bit skeptical. I love shopping and have shopped in a multitude of venues from stores of the department variety to online boutiques based in other countries. However, I’d never shopped at a pawn shop; the thought had never even crossed my mind.

National Pawn has made it their mission to change the perception of pawn shops, one customer at a time. Change my perception they did indeed. I want to share how my experience at National Pawn changed five misconceptions I had about pawn shops…

1. “Pawn shops are dirty, disorganized and downright skeazy”.

When I first walked into the National Pawn store, I immediately noticed how clean and well organized it was. After speaking with the store manager, David Johnson, I found out that this organization was actually strategic! He had a vision for how he wanted his store to look, made a plan and executed it.

Though I’m not the most organized person, I do enjoy organization so this appealed to me greatly. Electronics were shelved with like devices and the same was true of the household items, jewelry, instruments and so on. Everything was neat and in its place.

2. “Pawn shops have poor quality merchandise”.

As David walked with me through the store, I couldn’t help but notice the quality of the merchandise; from the high end Versace watch to the nearly new push mower. There were a number of things that appeared to be new or, at most, very gently used.

Many of the things on display were not outdated, as I assumed they would be. There was a very nice iPad that caught my eye and even a Fitbit identical to the one I was wearing on my own wrist. They’re were a number of designer bags and even tennis shoes which had been released in the last few years.

3. “Pawn shops only sell jewelry and guns”.

By this point, I obviously knew this wasn’t true at all of this pawn shop. Of course there was jewelry (men have been cuttin’ up since the dawn of time, so pawn shops will continue to benefit from scorned women), but I in fact did not see one gun. I did, however, find a rack filled with DVDs, shelves of DVD and Blu-ray players and a semi-full wall of TVs (David’s strategic placement of televisions has obviously been good for business. Someone actually bought a TV while I was there). Needless to say, they offer a variety of products to appeal to many types of shoppers.

4. “Pawn shops make shady deals to make a sale.”

During our time, David made it very clear that his ultimate goal is to not only meet the customer’s need, but appeal to various budgets. As a result, everything in the store is fairly priced from the start (did I mention that really nice new iPad was only $299?!) So, if you’re looking for wheeling, dealing, hocus pocus and/ or shippy-shapping, I wouldn’t advise you to go to National Pawn.

David also took some time to school me on National Pawn’s money back guarantee on the jewelry they sell. Basically, if the item you buy doesn’t appraise for twice what you paid for it then you get your money back! David shared that this has happened once since the store opened a year ago. In that case they actually ended up reselling the ring to the customer at a cheaper price because they were overall satisfied with the product despite the minor cosmetic blemish. Talk about quality merchandise!

5. “People who work in pawn shops only care about making a sale and not the customer.”

Meeting the National Pawn team was hands down the best part of my visit. The energy was there as soon as I walked in the door. I was greeted enthusiastically and with a hug! That really impressed upon me because I’m a hugger (insert all the feels). Now it would be easy to assume that this was beefed up because I was an expected visitor, but I watched everyone who came in after me be greeted with the same enthusiasm. It’s clear that the team there enjoys what they do and it trickles down to the customer service.

Though I’d never considered shopping at a pawn shop prior to my visit to National Pawn, this experience has opened my eyes! While I was there, I picked up this sweet little baby!

Whoever owned it before me was the exact opposite of me when it comes to my treatment of purses (I’m an “everything but the kitchen sink” type of girl)! Y’all, it’s in pristine condition! I can’t wait to style it this spring.

Check out some other shots from my National Pawn visit below.

If you’re in the area, I encourage you to stop by and visit National Pawn’s Battleground location. If not, that’s ok too. There are 16 locations from Charlotte to Fayetteville, with plans to open another Greensboro location in the near future. If you drop into the Greensboro location, tell them Shiquita sent you! Then come back and tell me what you found!

A huge thanks to the National Pawn team for having me! I look forward to seeing them soon! 😉

As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, talk to me! If you like what you see, subscribe!

Talk soon! 💋