Taking a break helps you to understand yourself better.
With so much going on in my life it has been very difficult to map out everything that I need to get done. I write down and put a time frame on my plans so that I will execute those things in a timely manner. I got a great time table tip from my girlfriend Crystal who is the curator for www.hernameiscrystal.com. She said she gives her self 90 days for each task so that she will be sure to execute and complete the tasks. I think that is an absolutely fantastic way to set the wheels in motion because if you give yourself a deadline, you don’t want to go back on your word to yourself. For me, it has been a challenge as I stated in my last blog post to get things done to get out of my own way because I am going through so much with my health and in other areas of my life. So, just to give you a little update on me, I’ve decided that I’m going back to school to continue my studies and get my graduate degree. I took quite a bit of time off when my dad got sick and passed away from stage four lung cancer, but I know that he would not want me to be stagnant in my future goals, my blog and anything that I’m passionate about. So in an effort to continue his legacy and be the best example for my son, I am hitting the restart button on EVERYTHING. I hope that you’ll all continue with me on my journey, as I’m also in the process of writing a book. I won’t go into detail just yet, but just know it’s going to be good!
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Fall is the fashion industry’s New Year, so it’s only fitting that one would kick off the opening of a new, bold, beautiful and trendy boutique during this very fashionable time of year!
It’s Saturday, I arrive at the grand opening of Hello Gorgeous, located in Downtown, Rahway, NJ. I walk into fashion Heaven! The decor has a vintage appeal and you literally want to take the furniture home in addition to a few new pieces of clothing. The DJ is playing all the music I know and love, the patrons are browsing and pulling looks and making their way to the register to purchase. There’s so much going on and the energy inside is upbeat and very welcoming. I walk over to introduce myself to the owners Cristal and Chyreise who were kind enough to invite me to attend and blog about the event.
Everyone is so pleasant. As I made my way around the boutique to look at all the beautiful pieces on display; I take notice of how the owners are interacting with their clients. It’s so refreshing to see them engaging their clients and helping them select pieces to fit their fashion personalities! Some places you go to only want to sell you the item, but Cristal and Chyreise take their time to help the clients pick options that will work best for them. There’s a Henna Artist, drinks and desserts are flowing all around and everyone is in a great mood.
I love that the boutique is an intimate space. I love intimate settings and the feeling of personalized shopping is refreshing. Oftentimes, you go into these huge stores and there’s no one around to help you if needed and it’s so impersonal. The price point for the clothing and accessories are very reasonable and you won’t have to break the bank to look great!
Overall, this was an awesome experience and I am so glad that Cristal and Chyreise reached out to me to attend and blog for their special event! This is a boutique that is going to be a permanent fixture in Rahway and I hope that you all get the chance to experience the quality pieces, great prices and overall great service. If you are not in or near the area, you can always shop online! For more photos from the Hello Gorgeous Grand Opening, click here
“Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.” Karl Lagerfeld
Creating great looks without having to go shopping is both a money and time saver! I am striving to not purchase many new things this season, as I really don’t need anything and I am saving to move. I just purged four closets of clothing and shoes and will be giving away those pieces to my Church and a few people I know. It’s important to give back whenever possible. I try to be a blessing to others because I know what it’s like to struggle. I am creating new looks with things that I’ve already worn. There is so much you can do with the clothing you already have and if you’re like me; you have a lot to choose from. The more you can do with your pieces, the better. I have worn these boyfriend jeans a few ways and I love that I can dress them up or down.
“Binge on life. Purge negativity. Starve guilty feelings. Restrict unhappy thoughts. Count blessings, not calories. The only weight you ever need to lose is the weight of the world on your shoulders.” -Unknown
I love blogging and sharing with you, my looks and life experiences. I took some time away to get my house in order (literally and figuratively). I removed a lot of clutter from my life on many levels and am now feeling like I can conquer the world with a clear mind. It’s always a good idea to do some purging in your life to help make room for the more important things. I’m on a journey and things are coming to pass that I didn’t think were even possible.
Now, on to the fashion of this post! I am challenging myself this season by not shopping too much and attempting to wear all the things that I have currently, in my wardrobe. You may see some new pieces, but for the most part, there will be a lot of vintage pieces in upcoming posts. There’s nothing better than being able to create great looks with what you already own. I got these floral high waisted pants and top from Zara in May and wore it right before the weather got hot. I love it so much that I thought about the different ways I could style them separately. I can think of several ways to style these two pieces, but for starters, I decided to style them with denim and chambray for the fall.
When you think of spring, you think of florals of course, but florals and motorcycle jackets? Who would have thought the two would go together so perfectly?! Floral prints are so feminine and girly and I love that they’re being presented in a much edgier way! This is a jacket that you will see me in more often than not. I have been holding on to it for some time and could not wait to wear it when the weather permitted. Although it’s quite windy, the sun was out and that was enough for me. Now that the weather is beginning to break, you will find me in much lighter outerwear. I absolutely hate heavy clothing.
Denim is a trend that will last forever. It’s always in style and can be worn so many different ways. You can dress it up, down and even wear it to work on a casual day! You can’t really go wrong with denim. Today was a casual Sunday with my loved ones, so I opted for my Canadian Tuxedo with my favorite leopard T-Strap sandals. My jeans are Grey Ant (old) and my shirt is from American Eagle Outfitters. I hope you’re all having a great Sunday!
Blazers hold a special place in my heart…I know, I know, it’s not quite fall, but it was raining today (any excuse to put on a blazer). I didn’t feel like being exposed, so the perfect piece of clothing to cover up is a blazer! You’ve got to pay attention to detail when wearing prints such as leopard, as they can be overwhelming and can sometimes be worn inappropriately. Everyone knows I love leopard printed pieces and mixing patterns and prints. Leopard is ultimate neutral and can be paired with other prints and solids. If done right, you can really create a bold, groundbreaking look (I will be doing a post on mixing prints soon).decided to pair it with some basic blue skinny jeans and a tank top since it was a casual Friday! I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoy the week ahead! Thanks for stopping by! XOXO
Blazer: Zara ( old )
Tank: H&M divided
Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Acadia Pump