October 23, 2016

December Travel Plans

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Hey lovelies,
I hope that your weekend has been been nothing short of wonderful. Mine has been really low-key. I did some work, laundry and went to church. Nothing fancy. I did get a chance to do some reading. I've been reading the entire Sherlock Holmes collection. It's so good!

It's almost time for my December break, well  if you don't count the 6 weeks in between now and the actual time I go on break. Anywho, I'm very excited because for a few days I'll be escaping the wicked cold of NY and heading to a city that has been on my bucket list for the longest.

My mom and I have always wanted to go to California and we decided that rather than spend Christmas in New York again, we would take advantage of the much nicer weather that California has to offer. Plane tickets have been bought and hotel booked. It's taking a lot to not start packing my bags. We'll be staying at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.
image via EJ Style
image via EJ Style

The hotel is very close to the Gaslamp Quarter which means we will  have lots to see and do and it's within walking distance  of loads of attraction, shopping and public transportation.

I am particularly excited about the food. I travel for food. That's how much I love to eat and from what I've heard SD has amazing food. I've begun my research and already found some great places. We are looking for a place to have Christmas dinner. If you have any suggestions feel free to send them my way.

The zoo has to be the biggest thing on my agenda. I love going to the zoo! We're also planning to go on a Whale and Dolphin Tour. My mom wants to see the Aquarium as well.
There is just so much to do and it's going to be really hard deciding what to do in the five days we'll be there.
Here's just a little bit of what I have on our bucket list so far. As we get closer to the date I'm sure this list will be even longer. I'll have to narrow it down when I make our itinerary.

By the way, when I travel I like having a proper itinerary because it really helps to keep things organized and I am able to maximize my time. I make sure to factor in rest time as well because it makes no sense coming back from vacation completely exhausted.

If you have any recommendations of things to do and see, please don't hesitate to let me know. I love hearing from people when they have had great experiences.

September 11, 2016

Weekend Shenanigans

Hi lovelies,
This past Saturday I was finally able to attend the Essence Block Party in DUMBO. I've wanted to go for ages but I never know when anything is happening. Luckily my friend who knows when all the fun things happen is in town and invited me to go with her.
It was a beautiful day but hot as the devil's backside. Despite the heat we had a good time and it was great running into some of my favorite bloggers and YouTubers.

My face before the heat melted all my make-up

Finally got an a chance to wear this cute little Asos off the shoulder frock before the summer goes away. 

Youtuber and Taren Guy
Blogger,Writer and YouTuber Franchesca Leigh

YouTuber MariaAntoinette and Blogger Rock Yo Rizos
Yummy Tacos 

Later in the evening I went to Korea Town to meet up with two lovely ladies I worked with a million years ago when I worked retail. We hadn't seen each other in years and it was amazing seeing them especially since one is preggers and the other just got married a few months ago.

Chocolate and Vanilla back together again!

Love these ladies!!! 

After dinner we went to a great Korean desert spot called Grace Street and I ran into a super sweet blogger who I always check out for awesome natural hair tips.

Waffles with Green tea ice-cream and Oreos. Yessssssss

French Toast with Vanila ice-cream and Maple Syrup. So good 

Ijeoma over at Klassykinks.com
I had such a great time with my friends and I'm so happy that I was able to make time for fun becasue this upcoming work week is going to be hectic!

Chat you up soon,

September 5, 2016

Color Pop Mini Haul

Hey lovelies,
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love a good lip color. I'm basically addicted to lipsticks, lip stains and pretty much any form of cosmetic that adds a pop of color to my pout.
I also don't like to spend a lot of money but I love good quality. What a conundrum!

Luckily, I discovered Color Pop. I've seen loads of YouTubers using the brand in their tutorials but had dismissed it because I thought it was expensive. Ummm... how wrong I was!
The lippies are six bucks and lip liners are five bucks. Eye shadow singles are five bucks as well. The make-up gods are here for me and I'm here for Colorpop.

I almost went crazy but had to exercise some self control and ended up ordering only a few items.

Being the undercover hoarder that I am, I was so tempted to keep the box because of how pretty it is on the inside but alas I threw it out but how lovely to receive goodies in cute packaging. Feels like Christmas!

The Ultra Matte Lippies caught my eye and after watching a bunch of reviews on YouTube videos settled on these three.

Wearing Tulle with the Ellarie lippie pencil in the top photo and LAX in the bottom photo.
Same pose, different day y'all. This is my good side, lol.

I don't wear eye shadow often but I needed to add some matte colors to my collection as well as a new bronzy shade. I picked up Fairfax( Black Brown) Blaze (Coco Bronze with a lil' glitter) and Quatre (Blackened Brown) .

need to work on swatching colors, eek

P.S how cute is this little thank you card. I'm such a sucker for cute packaging.
The lippies last forever even after eating, drinking and taking a nap. I never have to reapply, which is great cause I'm lazy.
Guys, if you have been sleeping on Colorpop it's time to wake up. This stuff is awesome! Go get you some.


September 4, 2016

Life Lately

Hi lovelies,
Thank God for long weekends. They're so necessary. My plan is to relax and take it easy. I'll finally get the mani/pedi I've so desperately needed, do laundry and get my room in order. I'll probably be able do some reading that isn't work related.

These past few weeks have been considerably taxing, physically and emotionally.
I went back to work on August 1st and the kiddies came back on the 17th. This year I'm a classroom teacher, which at my school means you're literally exhausted ALL the time. We're going into week 3 and I'm already tired, like WTH?
Hopefully things get better as the year progresses.

There isn't much else going on besides work to be honest.

I am back on the singles market. Things didn't work out with the guy and I'm glad we decided to end it sooner rather than later. I don't believe in hanging on just for the sake of being in a relationship. I'd much prefer to be single than in a relationship that feels forced. It's not always easy to walk away but if you aren't happy with the situation you need to Cut it.

The good thing is that I was able to do some reflecting on the relationship and had a few come to Jesus moments. I learned some things that will definitely help make me a better person for my future partner.

For one, it's so important to have a strong sense of who you are as an individual and what you want before you go into a relationship. I thought I had it figured out but I still have some work to do to ensure that I am my authentic self and not feel like I have to hold back certain aspects of my personality to be more appealing to someone.

Also, I'm more convinced now that it is absolutely necessary for me to be with someone who shares my faith and is on a similar journey. It is one of my non-negotiables but I kind of just let it slide and that led to way more conflict than is healthy for any relationship. I am definitely not willing to go through that again.

Anyway, life goes on.

After the break up I tried to get back in the dating pool. I' chatted with a bunch of guys and went out on a few dates but I starting to feel jaded. Online dating is way exhausting. I've deleted my accounts and I'm taking a break from it all .Right now I'm not as invested in the process.
Maybe I'll try again in the future. I'm really just hoping the man of my dreams will just walk up to my door and ring the bell and that will be that. LOL, talk about wishful thinking.

Hopefully my next Life Lately post will be more fun and I'll have way more interesting things to chat about.

Chat you up soon.

August 8, 2016


My trip to Nicaragua could have easily been written off as a bust. It pretty much rained for the entire time we were there and when the rain finally stopped, it was overcast for the rest of the day.
I am super grateful for my awesome friends, who made the trip awesome despite the yucky weather. The people you travel with can have a huge impact on your experience.

We booked our tour through Viator, the only tour company I use when I travel. It was a day trip which included a stop at an active volcano, a stop off in Granada, a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua and a trip to a local market for some shopping. It also included lunch, transportation from our hotel, visa and park fees. For a hundred and seventy-five bucks, it was a pretty good deal.

We were scheduled to be picked up at 4:30 in the morning but didn't actually get picked up until close to 5:30, which meant standing outside being attacked my ravenous mosquitoes. Can I pause for a sec though and talk about those mosquitoes. They were on another level y'all. I swear they were immune to bug spray. I'm surprised we didn't come back with holes in our skin.
We were slightly annoyed by the late arrival  of our tour bus but what can you do? You just have to be flexible in these situations.

Our first stop was for breakfast in Liberia. We had a beautiful view of a lake. Unfortunately it was overcast and it began raining before we left to continue our journey across the border.
I can only imagine how much more stunning it would have been if it had been sunny.

I slept most of the way until we got closer to the Nicaraguan border. Listen, border crossing is usually tedious but the process to cross over from Costa Rica to Nicaragua is arduous. It took over two hours, mostly of us just standing around waiting to get our passports stamped and what seemed like 15 passport checks. I may have exaggerated a tad, but it was a lot. 

Finally we made it across the border and the rain decided to really unleash itself in full force. Our first scheduled stop was the volcano but because of the rain we had to put it off. Luckily we had very persistent tour guide who wanted us to enjoy every bit of our trip and get what we paid for, so he made sure that as soon as the rain held up we were back at the Masaya National Park to visit the volcano. 
Visiting an active volcano was never on my bucket list but man it was such a cool experience. If you look closely enough, through the sulfur smoke you can see actual lava. 

Of course, we made some news friends on the trip. I think people are naturally drawn to our energy. We have so much fun that they just want to be part of it. It's always great to make connections with people from all over the world.

The next leg of our adventure led us through the city of Granada in a horse led carriage. I wish we could have explore on foot because the city had some colorful buildings and I wasn't able to get any good photos. We did stop off at the chocolate factory and tried some yummy chocolate and liquor though.

After a very long day we enjoyed a relaxing boat ride on Lake Nicaragua and even stopped at an islet to feed some monkeys.

I was pleased with the trip overall and even more ecstatic because Nicaragua made number eighteen on my list of countries visited. Slowly but surely the number is growing!!!

July 26, 2016

Scene in Tamarindo

Hey lovelies,
I have tons of pictures from my awesome trip to Tamarindo.
Check out just a smidgen of the action as captured by my phone and camera.

made a friend who wanted to be in on the photo action
one of many beautiful sunsets

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