Breaking Fashion Rules!

Good morning everyone and happy almost weekend! Today I want to focus on a topic that I am really passionate about: breaking fashion rules.

I am sure that you’ve heard one, some, or all of these rules listed below:

1) Dont wear white after labor day
2) Don’t mix prints or patterns
3) Sequins or sparkle is only for nighttime
4) Everyone should have *insert item here* in their wardrobe

If I had a way to delete these fashion rules and others from our society I would! I recently wore the outfit pictured in this post which “broke” one of the rules: mixing prints.

Both my top and skirt were tribal print but different variations of it. Some people would literally freak out over that, but I don’t.

Fashion is all about creating your own style and being original. So when I wear a black and white crop top with a seafoam green skirt, both with patterns on them, I should feel stylish and chic and not have to worry about breaking rules.

I paired this look with black heels because of the black in my top, and I felt that it truly tied the look together. I want to encourage you to break these fashion rules and others on a daily basis.

If you want to wear white after labor day, do so, white is a great color to wear as jeans, tops, shoes and even accessories. Sequins and sparkle are perfectly fine any time of the day whether you are just going out for a walk in the park, to work, or out to party.

Also, don’t worry about that one item everyone should have in their wardrobe because you don’t want to dress like everyone else. Have items in your closet that you love.

I hope this post motivated you to break these rules and do fashion your way; have fun with it!

Enjoy your weekend lovelies!

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Fresh & Fulfilled February

Happy 2nd day of February everyone! Can you believe that one month of 2017 has already gone by? It’s amazing!ff2

Are you all sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions so far or achieving all the goals you set for yourself? Hopefully you are and if you need a little push, I believe in you! 🙂

I came into 2017 focused on my future, planning, career, relationships, and of course my goals.

Recently, I decided to set small, progressive goals for every week in February and possibly even after this month. I am doing this because goal setting is important, keeps you balanced and on track, and it definitely feels great when you achieve them!
ff1This weeks goal was to focus on self-love and take extra care of my body. As you mightve seen in my previous blog post here, I made a smoothie which was delicious, healthy, and great for my body.

I also did a cleansing facial wash which was relaxing, refreshing, and left my skin feeling super soft and smooth. Sometimes you have to take time to focus on your body and just love yourself a little extra!

Would you be willing to give the weekly goal setting challenge a try? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Enjoy your weekend lovelies ❤

Thank You Good Samaritan

This won’t be an average post and you will soon see why ❤

Dear Umbrella Lady,

I called you by that name because you gave my boyfriend and I an umbrella in the pouring down rain, a few days ago, after we came from our IHOP date.IMG_20160721_093852

You didn’t have to stop your car in traffic and shout out the window that you have an umbrella for us, but you did.

And I think more people should be as considerate and gracious as you are. I am thankful that there are still people in this world who truly care about others. You made our day.

Love,
A Not Rain-Soaked Couple ^-^

P.S. The flowers are from my job and they look beautiful and this is a beautiful post…hence the flowers lol.

Stay positive and lovely everyone!!! 

Love the skin you’re in

My words to you: Love Yourself!!!IMG_20160711_123435

With all of the negativity in our world today, it is extremely important to love and take care of yourself.

Don’t worry about materialistic things and don’t focus on what you did wrong, missed out on, failed at, etc.

Look at yourself everyday and say “You are beautiful, amazing, intelligent, successful.”

Sometimes it’s hard to stay focused, determined, and positive when it IMG_20160711_195823seems like the entire world is against you, but you can do it.

This post is meant to inspire and uplift. Recently, I wore a dashiki shirt and I felt so in touch with my black culture and I felt so comfortable in my own skin.

I paired my dashiki with black skinny jeans and red TOMS.I also still have my long twists, so I decided to add dread beads to them on the same day I decided to rock my dashiki.

Every once in a while you have to get back in touch with your roots and truly love the skin, body, mind, and spirit God blessed you with.

So I know it’s hard to live in this world and during this age but remember…You Got This!!!

Love, Tati ❤

 

Living Healthier

For at least a few months now, I have been trying to eat, drink, and overall, live healthier.

That requires drinking a lot more water than I normally would, eating healthier snacks, and cutting out greasy and super sugary items. (I know it sounds terrible lol) I think my journey is going well and it can only get better.

Today I went into Whole Foods, a store I’ve been meaning to check out for a while now. They call themselves “Americas Healthiest Grocery Store,” and I have to agree. Walking in you see recycling bins everywhere, brown paper bags and even the smell of it is healthy.

All of the items I saw were packaged in earthy looking bags in shades of browns and greens. Enough fangirling over the store now!

I brought a kale Caesar salad with salmon in it and a peach smoothie. It was a great meal 🙂
I really want to get into some dance classes, yoga classes, or start regularly exercising on my own. That’s the next step in my healthy living journey.

Even if you aren’t as healthy or as fit as you wish to be, remember to love yourself and your body and to always be positive because you are gorgeous! ❤

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The Book of Me: Future Edition

This post is actually a story I wrote for my creative writing class. It is special to me because I wrote about how I envision myself in the future. I talk about my dreams and aspirations for the future and I think it turned out pretty cool ^-^ So without further ado, here is ~~

The Book of Me: Future Edition

Chapter 1: Talking with Tati

micShe is the host of a talk show called “Talking with Tati.” She is standing on stage wearing a strapless coral jumpsuit with a gold belt, gold statement necklace, and sparkly gold shoes. Elle Magazine voted her one of the best dressed hosts on television. One day she interviews musicians and actors and another day she interviews scientists and YouTube stars. She speaks exquisitely about current fashion trends, women’s health and beauty tips, natural hair, and current world events. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind and share her point of view. On every episode she tries to encourage, educate, and inform her fans in some way. At the end of every episode she leaves her viewers with a motivational quote. “Always aspire for greatness. If you believe in it, you can achieve it,” she says as she flashes a big smile and waves goodbye to her audience.

Chapter 2: Glamour Shot

red carpetThanks to her successful hosting career, she now gets an opportunity of a lifetime. She is walking the red carpet. “So this is what it feels like to have dreams come true,” she says in her head as she steps her first silver heel onto the red carpet. She wowed in a teal Versace mermaid gown that she paired with silver chandelier earrings. Her pear shaped frame is perfectly accentuated in the gown. Her silver and gold tattoo jewelry glistens as the bright lights hit them. Her long, curly natural hair bounces as she struts down the red carpet. She looks gorgeous and feels like a movie star. She stops to strike poses as the cameras flash all around her. She occasionally blows kisses at the young girls cheering and waving to her. She’s happy to be a role model for so many girls. She waves like a princess to the cameramen and fans as she gracefully exits the red carpet.

Chapter 3: Her Start

Her red carpet moment gained her even more success. A host asks her onto his show and wants her to speak about how she got to where she is today. She talks of going to college and majoring in communications and finishing a semester early. She speaks non-stop startabout the people she met who helped her along the way. “Reaching out and asking for help is something I had a problem with, but I soon learned how to do it. I am so grateful for the people who helped me,” she says with tears in her eyes. She mentions how she moved from Baltimore to Los Angeles, after her college days and got her “big break” when she ran into a producer looking to create a new show. “I guess I was in the right place at the right time,” she says with a smile.”

Chapter 4: A Normal Life

Even with her luxurious lifestyle of hosting, talking to celebrities, and red carpet homeappearances, she still leads a normal life. She has a loving family that keeps her grounded throughout all of life’s chaos. She has a husband, a scientist by day and a game developer by night. She has one child for now, Caleb, who is three years old. She wants at least 5 more children and she definitely wants to adopt an Asian baby girl. Her family is what motivates her to stay strong and fulfill all of her dreams. She may not be the richest, but she feels the happiest she has ever felt in years. She has a career she loves, a husband who is super supportive, a wonderful son, and many more goals to achieve. She is truly blessed and happy, and that’s all she ever wanted to be.

…This is who I want to be, one day. This is who I will be, one day.

10 Fun Ways to De-Stress

stress lessHello lovelies ❤

After this week, I have five weeks left before I will complete my first semester of my senior year of college! Super excited about that!

But with the end of the semester approaching, comes a lot of projects and papers and that can get very overwhelming. So in order for me to not want to pull my hair out before the end of the school year, I found ten fun ways to de-stress!

Hopefully these tips can help you stay stress free as well. ^-^

1) Use Pinterest: Pinterest is my favorite social media site.  You can browse funny images, health information, motivational quotes, images of puppies, literally anything your heart desires. Need inspiration, check out my Pinterest here.

2) Buy a new outfit: Who doesn’t love shopping?!? I always feel less stressed and happier after buying a new outfit. Buy that dress you’ve been considering for a while. Why not buy that new bikini and try to fit into it before summer. When you look good, you feel good!

3) Do yoga: Yoga is super relaxing and helps you stay fit. It is a really peaceful exercise and you barely work up a sweat! It will definitely help you forget about all your problems and calm you down.

4) Buy and grow a plant: House plants are beautiful and are scientifically proven to help keep you calm and healthy by being around them. Looking at and helping your beautiful plant grow will make you happier and give you a colorful house decoration!

5) Meditate: Sit in your room or a quiet place with soft music playing in the background and clear your mind. Just breathe deeply and try to focus on the sound of the music and relax. You will be amazed at how stress free you feel once your mind is clear and at peace.

6) Dance: I love to dance! Even if feel like you aren’t a great dancer, it will be fun to just turn on your favorite song and just dance around the house to it. You will be getting exercise and having a lot of fun and not worrying about anything.

7) Take the Positivity Challenge: For 7 days try to think only positive thoughts and try to see the good side of every situation. It will be difficult, but by the end of the week, you will start to feel happier and have a better and more positive outlook on life.

8) Give yourself a Mani/Pedi: We all love feeling pampered at a salon or spa, but who says you can’t pamper yourself! Grab one of your favorite nail polishes from the cabinet and just relax and do your nails. Make yourself feel super pretty!

9) Create a motivational/inspirational quote for yourself: Write the quote everywhere and remember to apply it to your life. If you have a constant reminder of why you should stay motivated, you will be happier and more focused. My new motto is: Changing negatives to positives ^-^

10) Take a relaxing bubble bath: Get nice and cozy in the tub with your favorite scented bubble bath and maybe even light some candles. Just try to soak and relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Try all or some of these methods and see how stress free you will be! ❤ ❤ ❤