Visiting the Beverly Hills Sign and #LevelingUp

Happy Saturday! Hope you lovelies are enjoying your weekend so far.

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I just had to acknowledge how shocked I am that I have been living in LA for almost 10 months! It’s crazy to think that around this time last year, the thought of moving from Baltimore, Maryland to Los Angeles seemed like a distant dream.

Your dreams sometimes have a funny way of working out because about a month later in September 2017, my boyfriend Shawn  and I were booking our one-way tickets to fly out to LA in October.

Now here I am 9.5 months later still exploring all the places the city has to offer! LA is huge, there’s so many little neighborhoods that make it up. I’ve already traveled to some like Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, Manhattan Beach, DTLA,  Century City, and most recently, Beverly Hills.

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I actually worked a part time job in Beverly Hills for a little while when I first moved here so I knew the area pretty well. I realized a few days ago that I’ve been all around Beverly Hills, but never to the Beverly Hills Sign!

To go see the sign, I wore a geometric print, shift dress from Boohoo and chunky heel sandals from Nordstrom. The dress was $15 and the heels were $17, super cute outfit under $40. I love a good sale 🙂

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Recently, I’ve been listening to Ciara’s new song “Level Up.” If you haven’t heard it yet definitely go listen to it here and watch the music video. It’s upbeat, fun, and definitely makes me feel empowered.

Along with the dance challenge that is going viral, Ciara also started a challenge where her and other celebs are saying how they plan to level up in these next few months of 2018. By level up she means grow, flourish, and overall become a better and greater version of yourself.

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Here’s my list 🙂

1) Practice yoga & meditation daily

I recently started reading “Strala Yoga” by Tara Stiles. She combines yoga and meditiation to achieve inner peace. Doing this daily allows me to be calmer and less stressed and it’s a great workout!

2) Spend time each day to work on my dream and passions

I work at Nordstrom currently, but I also have other dreams and career options I want to have one day. Make sure you work your day job, but also make sure you are still actively pursuing your dreams and what you are passionate about as well.

3) Update my vision board to reflect new goals and aspirations

Having a vision board/ journal helps keep your life organized. You should update it every few months or whenever a new goal you want to meet comes up. Having this allows you to clearly see your goals laid out and you can check off what you achieved and what you are still working towards.

4) Practice self-love and care regularly

This goes along with yoga and meditation that I mentioned above, but I wanted to put it in it’s own category because it is so important. When work, your family, your significant other, friends, etc consumes so much of your time, sometimes you lose yourself in all of that. Make sure you are taking time to treat yourself whether it’s watching Netflix for an hour or two or taking a spa day, remember you are just as important as everyone and everything else in your life. Take care of your body, spirit, and mind!

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Let me know in the comments below what places to explore in LA if you have any suggestions and also tell me how you plan to #LevelUp for the next few months and so on! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Relaxing on Manhattan Beach

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

The perks of now living in Los Angeles is that beaches are literally miles away. I visited Santa Monica pier a few months ago, you can read that blog post here and recently I decided to visit Manhattan Beach.

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Manhattan Beach is fun, family friendly, and also has a pier like Santa Monica beach.

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The waves were crashing, kids were giggling and playing games on the sand, and the weather was perfect, not too sunny and not too chilly.

I wore this Misguided one piece bathing suit to the beach for the first time and I loved it. It’s flattering and just the right amount of sexy.

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The suit has a low-cut, V neck and it has thin straps for a little side boob action and a scoop back. The lips on the suit gave it an edgy, flirty touch.

I actually can’t swim so learning how to swim can be my excuse for going to the beach often 🙂

There’s so many beaches in California, I can’t wait to visit them all. What’s one of your favorites in LA or California?

Let me know in the comments below and tell me what you think of this Misguided one piece bathing suit! Enjoy your weekend lovelies.

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Janelle Monae concert at The Greek Theatre!

Happy humpday lovely people!

I realized I never posted my outfit from the Janelle Monae concert I went to a few weeks ago so here it is!

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It was amazing seeing Janelle Monae in person because she is a great performer and her new album, Dirty Computer, is so empowering.

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It touches on topics such as love, racism, sexuality, America, and so much more. It was my first time going to the Greek Theatre, here in Los Angeles.

It’s an outdoor venue set up where the stage is in the middle of the venue. Below is a sunset above the theatre.

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My outfit for the concert was definitely fun and colorful since I know Janelle Monae loves unique and outside-of-the-box looks.

I wore a baby blue, Free People bralette, paired with FashionNova black jeans and yellow Birkenstocks. For my accessories, I wore blue and gold hoop earrings. To complete the look I wore a rainbow cardigan, also from FashionNova, over the bralette.

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I also tried out blue-gray lipstick which was a big step outside of my comfort zone, but I think it was a perfect addition to my look.

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I was dancing and singing all night and even ending up losing my voice, that’s how you know it was a lot of fun 🙂

Next time your favorite musician is performing at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, definitely try to go. It’s a great concert hall!

Who is your favorite musician/artist right now? What do you think of my outfit? Leave a comment below!

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The Mondrian Wall

Los Angeles is full of art! Every few blocks there’s either a wall painting, a stylish modern building, or an awesome tourist spot where you can take gorgeous photos.

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Recently, I found a photo spot called the “Mondrian Wall” here in LA.The wall is on the side of an art store called, Artist & Craftsman Supply LA.

It’s super colorful and makes for a perfect photo op.

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At the wall, I wore a black, ruched, bodycon dress. I decided to go with a black dress to make the colors behind me on the wall pop.

I paired my black dress with yellow Vans and Quay, cateye shades. This is a look that definitely can be dress up for a nighttime dinner or kept casual like how I wore it.

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I challenge you this week to find a new photo spot in your city. You may have to walk a few blocks or drive a different route, but it will be worth it!

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Visiting La Brea Tar Pits!

Hey everybody!

These past few days in LA have been scorching hot, only 90 degrees and above!

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When it’s hot and sunny, it’s great weather to explore . Recently, I visited La Brea Tar Pits. The Tar Pits are a fossil excavation site along with a museum.

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You learn about California’s history, prehistoric creatures, fossils, and nature. It’s interactive, family freindly, and definitely worth going to if any of the topics I mentioned previously interests you.

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Pictured above is a mural showcasing the numerous animals, now extinct unfortunately, that surived and thrived before us.

My boyfriend Shawn and I, also went to a 3D movie that was playing at the museum called “Titans of the Ice Age.” I learned a lot of new fun facts; it was definitely informative and exciting.

We also walked around outside of the museum to visit the various tar pits where excavations are taking place to this day. Excavations occur when scientist and paleontologist go down into the tar pits and dig up the fossils of dinosaurs, mammals, birds, and sometimes even humans.

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Path near one of the excavation sites

For this bright, sunny day I wore yellow pants that fit similarly to joggers.

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I paired my yellow pants with a black, wrap top and checkered slip-on Vans. It made for a sporty chic look.

The lush flowers and trees around the museum made for a perfect backdrop.

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What do you think of this look? And please visit the La Brea Tar Pits if you are in the LA area, you won’t regret it.

Have a great week lovelies!

First time doing my own box braids!

Happy Friday!

Hope that you had a great week and are ready for your weekend! For the past few months I’ve been thinking about braiding my own hair, but never took any steps towards actually doing it.

Earlier this week I decided to turn my words into actions. I brought 6 packs of Kanekalon jumbo braid hair, a hand mirror, and I was ready to go.

It took 6.5 hours, but was so worth it and I know that I will get faster and better with practice. How does it look?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and enjoy your weekend lovelies!

Exploring Santa Monica

Before I get into my Santa Monica exploration, I wanted to say Happy May!

I can’t believe its already been 6, going on 7 months since I’ve been living in LA. I decided that May, and going forward, I want to take more time to explore what California has to offer me!

Since Santa Monica Pier is a hotspot, I made that my first exploration spot for May. Santa Monica is lined with cool shops and restaurants, a lovely beach and the pier full of rides, food spots, and attractions.

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The view from the pier is so amazing!

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My boyfriend, friends, and I walked the boardwalk and admired the ocean view. We rode the ferris wheel and also ate at Bubba Gump’s; it was my first time ever eating there and it was delicious.

We didn’t swim, but we definitely enjoyed the water and sand on our feet.

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I paired a bathing suit top, worn as a crop top, with shorts from Forever 21 and bright yellow Birkenstocks I got from Nordstrom.

It was a perfect beach day outfit. I definitely recommend visiting Santa Monica Pier if you are vacationing to Los Angeles or California.

Have a beautiful day everyone!

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