5 Tips For Shopping Like A Tourist

Vacations are the best part of the summer! I love shopping in new places. I like to find pieces I know I won’t find at home. When shopping as a tourist you gotta shop smart. Check out these few tips to make shopping out of town memorable.

Plan & Budget – Google a bunch! Try to plan and figure out where you want to spend your bucks. Put together your list of places you wanna go, know how much you wanna spend and where exactly you wanna spend it.

Extra Luggage– If you’ve planned on shopping a lot it won’t hurt to take or buy an extra suitcase. Check with your airline to get all the info on carry on and luggage weight restrictions.

Outlet Shopping – Most touristy areas have outlet mall. Do not I repeat do no snub outlet malls. I always score name brands at amazing deals. I remember getting a designer brand at 60% plus an additional 20% off.  Sizes sometimes run different however so try on everything.

Tax– Check state and local taxes. Taxes could totally have your shopping experience.

Shop Local– Shopping local is in general just a good thing. I always look for vintage boutiques. I have found everything from Prince memorabilia, fish purses to bomb sunglasses.

So now that you’ve got some shopping tips, where’s the next trip?

F.O.T.D.

Turns out if you practice, you get better! Im really loving the growth I’m seeing in myself.  In this look I used a palette I posted about here. I wanted to go with something bright and summery. Check out the pics for makeup details.

Kat Von D Lock It #78 || ABH Ultimate Glow Kit / Amber Gold || Ardell Flawless Tapered Luxe Lashes

Elf Gel Liner/ Black || Elf Lock on Brow Cream/ Medium Brown||Fenty Gloss Bomb

You guys know I love Snapchat filters. I picked up these earrings in D.C. look for details on a future post.

OOTD: Arlington Cemetary

I love anything classic. Put on some of my vintage Ralph Lauren “mom” shorts and red Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers

You guys know I’d usually have a pizza or animal purse, not today! I wore a cute little Michael Kors cross body!

Told y’all I walked 400 miles! I put on a cute classic Levi T shirt I picked up for $6 at the Levi outlet in Birmingham 

5 Way To Recover From a Toxic Relationship

When you think of toxic relationships, we automatically think of the romantic type of relationship. Toxic is toxic. Work friendship or romatic. Either way if you’re in one, you gotta get out. Oh ok you have? Now what? For me that was the hardest part. The day after my toxic realtionship ended I was lost in a sense. I didn’t know how to fill the empty space. When in fact I had plenty to do. Getting over it was worse than what I thought was heartbreak. This was the heartbreak. After a few months went by and obviously  Im still alive. It felt like a weight lifted. If you’re in this situation read over a few way I helped myself out of that ugly time. Cause honey its ugly. Its lonely and its dark. BUT its also a small thing to a giant. That after the hurt glow up is priceless, and necessary.

Allow Yourself To Hurt– Cry. A lot. Its been times I cried all day if given the chance. You gotta get it out. Take as long as you need and don’t force anything. There is no healer like time.

Outta Sight Outta Mind– Delete everything! Pictures. Text thread. Unfollow. Block. Do what you gotta do. If they can get to you in any way, shape or form, they will continue to be toxic for you. PERIOD. The relationship has ended and your glow up is none of their concern.

Know, Like Really Know Your Worth– Yea you see that posted all day on every social media page ever! However, do you understand that the light you bring into any situation, no one else can? Do you legit understand how valuable that is? KNOW YOUR WORTH!

Surround Yourself With Real Love– You know whose really down for you. Catch up with those loved ones who love on you when you need it.

Pursue Self Love/Growth- Love on you! Give yourself all the love and energy that was wasted on a toxic situation. Take a trip! Read a new book! Expand your mind. You’ll appreciate this glow up!

What did you do to get yourself over that toxic situation?

6 Things To Stop Apologizing For Right Now

Beyonce said it best “I aint sorry.” In this life people want you to conform. They want you to do. You absolutely cannot do that. You will never fully enjoy life until you completely live it on your terms. Stop apologizing! Heres a list to get you started.

  1. Ending a Toxic Relationship– Toxic is toxic. It doesn’t matter if its your sister. You never have to apologized for ending a business, friendship, or personal relationship. When people are done in your life their done. End it.
  2. Saying No– Its still an answer. More or less not the one sought out but still an answer.
  3. Your Priorities-If you know you can’t go see Chris Brown dance across the stage Saturday, and still have electricity Monday. Its perfectly fine to sit this one out. If anyone in your life is upset about this … see number 1.
  4. Following Your Dreams– Living your best life is whats popular to say, but doing it. Imagine the ultimate freedom of doing what you’ve dreamed about since high school. But its your job.
  5. Standing Your Ground– Don’t be moved. No matter what chatter, you get don’t be moved.
  6. Your Imperfections– Be a perfect imperfection. Love and embrace every so called flaw.

I’ve done the research. Trust me on this. There are enough sorry people on this Earth. No need to be one. Stop apologizing. Get your life back.