New Year, New M-...NOPE: How To Really Goal Set And Have A Prosperous 2018

If you have posted anything even remotely close to the phrase "new year, new me" my blog probably isn't the place for you.


While I whole heartedly believe that people should mature and grow throughout the course of the year and their lives. The whole idea of "new year, new me" has always been irksome to me. 

Why must you wait to the new year to become a new you?
What exactly are you changing?
Why must you announce it?
WHY ARE YOU LYING?!

More often than not even uttering the phrase is a clear indication that ain't nothing fittin to change for you patna. 

Instead of becoming a new person next year, a better focus of time and energy would be put into goal setting. 

Check out my tips below on how to goal set for 2018 to help ensure you have the most prosperous year yet! Also get a sneak peek inside my 10 goals for the new year.
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Tis The Season: 10 Tips To Help You Manage The Holidays Alone

Ok, so Christmas and New Years are right around the corner and we all know what that means...

Proposals, holiday parties, happy couples shopping for trees, Hallmark movies and everyone you know posting their joyous moments all over social media for the world to see. 

Holiday magic and Christmas cheer eeeeverywhere you turn...


But what if you don't have anyone special to spend the holidays with or if you cant make it home to be with your family? Maybe you're even dealing with the loss of a loved one this holiday season? 

Let's face it, it can be pretty hard to be cheerful when you're constantly being bombarded with images that remind you of what you don't have.

So whats the solution?

Change the narrative and beat the holiday blues!

Being someone who's had to cope with the harsh realities of being single or not being able to see her family during the holidays. I've come up with 10 things that have helped me and will help you manage the holidays alone and lift your spirits this holiday season. 


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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone In Your Life

New rule any day after Thanksgiving is officially Christmas!

Dont argue me =)

Lol ok ok...while it may not ACTUALLY be Christmas it sure starts to feel like it pretty fast. Stores have up their holiday decor, Christmas music is on the radio and the Halmark channel has you covered from the roota to the toota (is that how that saying goes?) with sappy Christmas movies.

Oh and you know I love it. 

The holiday season is pretty much like my drug of choice, I get jittery just thinking about it and what really tickles my fancy most of all you ask?



Gift giving-- I'm a pro at it, im talkin about expert level gift giver. I take the time to think about what the person needs, what they want and what they will like all before buying just to make sure I get it right.

Now, I know everyone isn't great at coming up with gift ideas and that most people wind up running around at the last moment looking for anything will do.

So to help you avoid that this year and get you on your shopping grind early I pulled together a list of ___ of my favorite things by catagory that will make the perfect gifts for all your special someones this holiday season!

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Make It Monday: Not Your College Ramen Recipe

Ok guys its been a long time since I've tried a new recipe...

But a few weeks back when I attempted to switch to a more "health conscious" diet, I felt the need to  shake things up a bit and kick my typical meal ideas to the curb.

So I started racking my brain for new dinner ideas that incorporated fresh veggies, whole grains and unprocessed meat but still packed a punch in the flavor department.

So what did I decide on? 

Image from seriouseats.com
RAMEN OF COURSE!

No, i'm not talking the microwave kind that you lived off of (or are still living off of) in college.

I'm talking real deal ramen! If you want to find out how to make restaurant quality Ramen in 30 mins or less keep reading.

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10 Fall Lipsticks You Must Try This Season

Finally a post about my most favoritest (not a word) thing in the whole wide world!

Lipstick!!



I feel like ya'll have come to expect that i'll have on a bomb ass lipstick every time I post a selfie on Instagram. And with a collection of almost 100 lip colors even i've started to think of myself as somewhat of a lipstick aficionado.  

So I put all my lipstick expertise to good use and comprised a list of 10 must have fall lip colors that you need in your makeup bag right now.

I'm talking berries and nudes and deep red's...oh my! 
Now get ready to run to your local Sephora and MAC to grab these fall shades...because theres nothing better than a kissable fall lip! 

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Saving 101: How To Save $1,000 On Any Budget At Any Time


"I like my money right where I can see it, hanging in my closet"
Thanx Carrie Bradshaw *insert eye roll*

A perfect mind set to have...unless you're broke.



Contrary to popular belief I wasn't always good at saving my coin's and prior to being dead broke and out of work in 2013 the idea of saving money never even crossed my mind. 

But once I got my next job saving was a top priority because I NEVER wanted to be that broke again. The only issue was, at the time I had NO IDEA how to save or where to start because like a lot of people when I was growing up saving was not taught to me.

But now that I know how, I'm passing on the knowledge!

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7 Products + Secrets That Will Keep Your Skin Clear All Fall


What's everyones favorite thing to post on Instagram?

SELFIES!



Call it narcissistic if you want but Instagram is selfie central and one thing's for sure, you cant have a poppin ass selfie if your skin ain't on point (trust me...I know).

You all love to compliment me on how clear my skin is in my selfies and me spilling the beans on how I keep my skin so clear is one of my most requested blog post/video. 

So...after much delay YALL GETTIN THIS WORK TODAY.

 I'm letting yall in on my skin care routine complete with 7 skin care secrets and products to keep your skin poppin and keep you from having to pop them zits.

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10 Things That Will Change In Your Late 20's

So its finally happening...i'm accepting the fact that my 20's are almost *gasp* over!!



Like i'm not even talking about getting close to the end of my 20's guys. I'm talking full fledged THIS IS IT. In 9 months i'll be 30, this is not a drill folks the clock is ticking!!

*Sigh* and as with all things, as they come to an end you start to reminisce. For most of my reminiscing wasn't just about how much my life changed in my late 20's, but how much i've changed as a person as well. 

I mean all of a sudden, as if over night my priorities shifted, friends vanished, dislikes became likes. At times things were changing so quickly and drastically that I felt like my world was falling apart...sometimes it was even scary.

So in the spirit of sharing, reminiscing and making sure anyone going through their late 20's struggles doesn't feel like they are completely alone. I figured i'd share some of the most common shifts you go through in your late 20's. I threw some comedy on it too, cuz what's struggle without a little laughter right?

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Make It Monday: Fall's Best Southern Fried Apple Recipe


When I was little my great grandmother used to watch me when my mom went to work. One of the things that I remember most about going to her house is how amazing it would smell when I woke up on the morning.


The kitchen would be filled with the smell of warm fried apples. Years later I still have that scent memory engrained in my mind.

Although she never got to teach me how to make them, my mom did and with the fall season knocking on our doors I thought this family tradition of mine would be the perfect recipe to share with you all.

Hopefully you'll try it out and get to enjoy this sweet treat with your family and friends this season.

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10 Things You Must Do Before Fall Is Over (Fall Activity Guide)

Ever since I was little Fall has been my favorite season.  I could never put my finger on why, but it but it always felt so magical.


As Ive gotten older I have come to love that along with that magical feeling, Fall is just the perfect season to do EVERYTHING in! From the 23rd of September to the 22nd of December Fall days are waiting to be explored and lived to the fullest.

There is SOOOOOOO much on my todo list for this fall but I have 10 things that are must do's for me this fall and they should be for you too! 

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Amazon Prime Day 2017 Shopping Tips You Need To Know

The deals are coming...the deals are coming!!

Ya'll know i'm always down for a good deal and always ready to past those deals on to my lovely followers who want to save some coin as much as I do.


This time around i'm letting you in on what money saving deals Amazon has up there sleeve for all their Prime Members this Tuesday July 11th on their third annual Prime Day!

Find out all the deets, shopping tips and preview some items i'm eyeing with direct links below.

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In The Drivers Seat: 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Platinum Review

Two little known facts about me. 

One, I used to race cars in high school and two I used to work in a car dealership.

So it's pretty safe to assume that I might have a slight love for cars. So I was pretty excited a few weeks ago when I got to cruise around DC in a brand new 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Platinum...yea girl platinum.


 I was super hype to test out the Fusion but even more hype because Ford just so happens to be one of my all time favorite car brands. This also means that my expectations of the Fusion were high!

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Thrifting 101: 10 Tips on How To Thrift Shop Like A Pro

Thrifting be havin me like...

 

 
Lol no joke when I go thrifting and find a good deal I honestly feel like I run the world!
 
Out my way hoe! I'm fancy for the low low!

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Sex After A Break Up: How To Fix Your Broken Pussy

After a break up, trying to get back in the "swing of things" can be an awkward situation to say the least.

While some can "bounce to the next dick" with no issue. Others finding it difficult to move on could be left asking...

"Is my pussy broken?"

See what I did there
Well is it?!

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How To Get Rid Of Ants: What Really Works & What Doesn't

If you have been following me on Instagram, you know that I almost packed up ALLLLLL my shit and hit the road this weekend.

Why you ask?

Because my apartment had been invaded by ants *cries* and if there is anything I don't do...its bugs.

Not My Ants
But once I thought about the cost of relocation, cooler heads prevailed I decided to fight the good fight and use Google University to help me solve my ant problem.

Only issue with that was 90% of that shit i found on the internet didn't work. So I'm here to save you the time and money on all the ish that won't get those thing out of your house and let you in on the thing that will!

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Essence & Ford My City 4 Ways DC Recap

What do you get when you mix food, music, art, fashion and a few good girlfriends?


The Ford and Essence My City 4 Ways Event!
(and a load of black girl magic pictures of course)

Last weekend Essence & Ford hosted the My City 4 Ways Tour in DC as one of the stops on the road to the Essence Festival and it brought out some of the district best tastemakers!

 The really showcased what this city has to offer from music all the way to fashion and if this is any indication as to what the 2017 Essence Festival is going to be like...i'm all for it.

Now when I originally heard about the event I put out a call to all of my DMV followers telling them to head on over to the Longview Gallery in NW because I had a feeling it was going to be good! And of course a week later I'm still raving about the AH-MAY-ZING time I had.

Check out my mini recap with pix and video of the event below!
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Pretty Girl Styles: Cropped & Strappy OOTD (with links)



There is just something about a crop top and a good pair of heels that makes a girl feel...

Bad and boujee aye! 

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Keeping The Kitty Smooth: Benefits Of Waxing & Tips For First Timers

A few of days ago while getting drinks with girlfriends the topic of waxing came up. What I thought would be a routine conversation where we all shared our experiences, bitched about the bad ones and laughed into the next topic quickly turned into a slight debate.

Half the girls were pro waxing and the other half heavily against it because of "pain".


 I was shocked to find that there were still women who have never gotten a wax just because they're scared of the "pain". 

No judgment of course...I just believe all women should treat themselves (and their men) to the wonderfulness that is a smooth kitty. 

So because I care about you, im going to let you in on all the reasons why you should no longer live and die by the razor and some tips for first time waxers...because after this post i'm sure you'll be on team #smoothkitty
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The Pretty Girl's MCM Of The Week: Nick Thomas

Meet Nick Thomas

The Pretty Girl's MCM Of The Week #1


"Loving life...aspiring to inspire..."

There's nothing more attractive than a well rounded man with versatile style and a good head on his shoulders. 

Nick is certainly all of those things and more. 

 Fella's be sure to take note of the men's fashion and grooming knowledge Nick drops that will have women doing a double take. Oh and ladies, I didn't forget about you. Thinking about making Nick your next MCM find grab his Instagram & find out what catches his eye below.

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Protective Style Fiasco: My #FauxLocFail & What Hair To Never Use

So...remember that one time I tried to do my own faux locs?

 

Ever wonder why I only kept them in for one day and why ya'll never saw any other pictures of me with the style you all loved so much?

*cries* BECAUSE IT WAS TRASH *cries*

The only time my faux locs looked good was when tossed to the side like in the picture above. Everything else, well...you'll see.

Check out exactly what happened and what hair you should NEVER use to do your own faux locs below.
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Make It Monday: The Best 20 Minute Rice Bowl Recipe




Recently I have been LOVING noodle bowls!

Ive been loving them SO much that I purchased 3 this past week from the new opened Honeygrow that opened in my town. 

Now while Honeygrow's noodle bowls are bomb...three bowls in a week is NOT bomb for my pockets. So in true Pretty Girl fashion and wanting to save a coin or two, I decided to try making my own bowl at home. 

Grab this super delicious and easy to make recipe below.

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Couponing 101: How I Decorated My Bathroom For Under $100 & Other Target Clearance 3/5/2017

It's everyone's favorite time of the month...


Das right! Target Clearance Time!

I am going to commit myself to bringing you guys a list of new Target clearance items every month. Each month the list will help you furnish a different room in your home or apartment or help you stock up on some much needed essentials for the low low.

This months focus is the bathroom! I've also thrown in some other helpful and dope Target home clearance.
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How To never Deal With Itchy Scalp From Synthetic Hair Again

For as far back as I can remember I have always LOVED protective styles! Box braids, faux locs, goddess braids, kinky twist, feeder braids, crochet styles...I could go on.


I would beg my mom to do my box braids when I was younger and then sit patiently for hours on a Sunday just so I could go to school on Monday fresh AF and braids swinging only to be crying the next day from an itchy & burning scalp.

End result...a protective style that lasted all of 48 hours and a pissed mom. 

If you're experiences sound anything like mine you probably thought just as I did. That you were allergic to fake hair and was doomed to never rock bomb ass braids again. 

But thats not the case there IS and answer to your issues and I have it for you, so get ready to rock them braids again girl! 
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Relax Its Just Ass: Vacation Swimsuit OOTD (With Links)

Relax...its just ass right?


I'm sure 99% of you were shocked last Friday when my cakes graced your Instagram news feed. For the most part you all have know me to be the semi conservative (Ayesha Curry type) blogger who never shows much more than an ankle on the gram.

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Colors & Views: Old San Juan Photo Journal

Welcome To Old San Juan...



 where the streets are literally overflowing with color and the views are breathtaking

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10 Travel Tips You Need To Know Before Traveling To Puerto Rico

Trying to prepare for a trip to San Juan can be a difficult task, although it is a small island there is so much to do and a lot to consider! 



Do you stay on the east side or the west side of the island? Do you just lay on the beach your whole stay? Should I rent a car or should I "save" a few bucks and just catch cabs? Is Mofungo really that good?
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