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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

OOTD: Summer Uniform

What I'm Wearing:
Jeans: Charlotte Russe | Band Tee: Boohoo.com | Heels: Shoedazzle.com (old) | Bag: Botkier Cobble Hill Crossbody via Bloomingdale's | Necklace: Nordstrom
Well, would you look at this, an outfit look over here on the blog? I know it's been a good minute since I've shared my style. Honestly, it's been because of nonstop insecurities and self-doubt. The toll gaining weight can take on your mental is truly impactful and one that shouldn't be ignored.

I can honestly say that I'm finally in a good place where I feel confident enough to share these pics and more importantly share this struggle with you guys. It's easy to post when you're feeling your best but the true test is to have the perseverance to post when you do not. Change is the only thing guaranteed in this world, so you need to embrace it and KEEP GOING!

So with that being said, this look has been my summer uniform as of late. Minus the heels. I did that for ya'll LOL I'm usually in furry slides (judge yoself ma'am!), classic sneaks or a wedge if I'm feeling fancy! I have been loving a super casual Jeans and Tee look all summer long. Too self-conscience for shorts these plus size jeans from Charlotte Russe are a FAV of mine at the moment. Accessorize with jewelry, shades and a good bag and you have a LOOK hunni!

What have you guys been wearing this summer? I want to know what your 'summer uniform' consists of. Also, are you sad or glad to see summer go and fall fashions to move on in? Sound off below, let's chat!

P.S. Please excuse the quality of these pics, I totally took them with iPhone and mini tripod! *kanye shrug*
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

DIY Kitchen Upgrade

Hello, Dolls, long time no post! It's been a minute and I'm trying to do better. If you've been around these parts for a while you know I purchased my first home about 2.5 years ago now and have been updating and making it my own ever since. Today I'm sharing with you a DIY project I've been wanting to do in my kitchen for some time now. I always felt my kitchen without a backsplash lacked interest and personality. It literally just looked incomplete and bothered me A LOT. After getting quotes from several contractors for well over 800 bucks to tile the tiny space, I decided to take a crack at it on my own. Buuuuttt I'll be honest, I took a short cut. I decided to try the 3D peel and stick subway tile. My logic went a little something like this.....spend a hundred bucks and love it, YOU WIN! Or, spend a hundred bucks and you hate it and spend the 800 bucks to get it done professionally anyway. You're out of a hundred bucks but at least you have the piece of mind knowing that you at least TRIED it on your own.....I STILL WIN!

So off to measure and order my materials I went. I also watched every YouTube video there was showing you the best way to apply the pieces. Fast forward 3 months later (procrastination Queen here folks!) and I finished my project. I will be doing a video of the application process soon but in the meantime please enjoy pictures of my new pretty kitchen backsplash.

If you are a homeowner or DIY'er like myself, what are some projects you have coming up soon? I would love to know in the comments below!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by and following my journey.

xoxo,
Naja






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Monday, June 11, 2018

Cheers to Self Love & Body Acceptance





Shop The Look:
Dress: BooHoo Plus |  Heels: Payless (old), similar | Bag: Bloomingdale's, similar HERE
Hair: HerGiven Hair Kinky Clip-ins
 

Happy Monday dolls! Welcome back to the blog boos! Today, I want to chat about something pretty personal that's been weighing on me heavy for some time now. You want to know the REAL reason I stopped blogging? In all honesty, it's because I got FAT! I feel like I've sugar coated it in posts and make a joke about it in passing. My way of deflecting or hiding my own insecurity. If I make a joke about it or act like it hasn't happened you won't notice this size 16 frame. Hmmmm yeah ok, girl. 

Here are some pictures I took this weekend and although I felt good in this look and better than I had in months being out in public, when I checked this pics I wanted to crawl back into my sweats and hide. Normally, I would take these pics and NEVER post them on my social media and quietly untag myself if friends posted them on theirs but enough with that! Something has got to give and I CAN NOT hide forever. I just celebrated a birthday last week and life is just too damn short to not LIVE yo life! So in honor of my new commitment to just LIVE, Naja, I'm posting the pics and keeping all the tags!

If we've learned nothing else this week with the passing of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, depression and mental health is so so important to keep in check. I have found myself fighting this battle quite a bit in recent years and it's something that you must FIGHT against every day. It's not easy and anyone who says that it is, is a WHOLE LIE! You have to combat the negative thoughts with positive affirmations, surround yourself with good people, avoid the darkness at all costs and chase your light (joy) relentlessly. It's a battle doll, but YOU are worth it! 

Until next post, stay encouraged and stay beautiful!
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Life Lately....An Update

 

Where has the time gone? No, seriously, how is it May 2018 and I have yet to put up a blog post this year let alone pump out any content. Let me be clear, I do not blog just for you guys. I blog for me. It is my happy place and corner of the cyber world that is my own and my goodness do I miss it. Honestly, truly. Let's just start from the top of the year and get you guys caught up so we can proceed with all the dope stuff I have planned for this year!

Just a little back story. I took about 9 months off in 2017 and in those 9 months I got my iiiiisssh together, mentally. I was exhausted from my last job and honestly just needed. a. damn. break. I thank GOD I was in the position to do so and feel so much more refreshed and excited about the future because of it. I had got to a place where I was on this hamster wheel and couldn't get off. I was just running a race but getting absolutely NO WHERE. I was sad, depressed and felt trapped. I knew I needed to make a change and fast. What I didn't plan for was getting off the wheel and not moving all together but sometimes GOD does that. He stops you in your tracks to realign you for the greater good. I needed it, so needed it. When I felt ready, I went back to work. Yes, I got a job.

The difference is I got a job that I actually enjoyed. I've been in my career field for about 14 years now and have ALWAYS went where the money and notoriety was. I went to the big companies because of the name and how impressive it would look on my resume or Linked In profile. I was proud and privileged to make great money but I hated the work. Here's a Pro Tip for ya: Do work you enjoy, you may not be rich but you will be happy and that's better than rich! This job makes me happy and I like it so a lot so far. Let me not forget about all the travel I have done and have coming up that I'm super excited for. With my new job I get to visit some really cool places and am extremely blessed and grateful to be able to do so. Stay tuned for more pics, my recent Italy trip was nothing short of EPIC!

Anywho, bear with me while I get back in the saddle ya'll.

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