Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 is all about....


Yes, you read that correctly and before you assume I'm being selfish or spent 2016 depressed; please don't.

2016 was a wide-opening year. I wouldn't call it a bad or terrible year because I try to refrain myself from using negativity when speaking. In 2016 I kind of lost touch of exactly what I wanted to accomplish and achieve; including with my blog. I allowed people, who I thought were friends, get in my ear and make me doubt myself. The saddest thing was giving up on my blog but because of the words said by these people, I became discouraged and constantly questioned myself. This also occurred with my career. I allowed myself to become negative, my confidence to be hidden, and to be embarrassed of my goals and the dreamer characteristic that so strongly overpowers my mind and heart. 

Let me take a moment and list the great things that occurred in 2016 because I don't want this post to be a list of terrible things. 2016 introduced me to some lovely people. 2016 gave me a promotion at work. 2016 helped me realize what the career path I want to follow. In 2016 my brother and sister-in law are expecting a baby boy; nephew #2 for me and I can't wait to meet him in 2017.  2016 was the year that helped me prepare for 2017 being an amazing year. 

Every year I make a list with 5 to 10 goals or things I plan on changing in the New Year. This year the only item on my list is to "be happier." I actually decided on this a few months ago and it was all thank you to my three year-old nephew. When he sees someone upset he will tell you "Be Happy." That is when I realized, being happy is as simple as those two little words. 

Happiness may seem like a vague but it is the best term to describe the things I plan on accomplishing this year. 
- Working out more? Yes, but because it makes me feel happier and more energized not because people think I need to lose weight.
- Eat healthier? Well maybe but I appreciate a good meal so no I am not giving up tacos any time soon but I will be adding more greens to my meals because in the words of Gigi Hadid, "Eat clean to stay fit, eat a burger to stay fit."
- Be more present? I've learned more from conversations with people when my phone was nowhere in sight. 
- Travel more because how am I supposed to find where I belong without seeing all the beautiful cities that are out there.

This doesn't mean that if one day I want to sleep in instead of waking up at 5:30am for the gym, I won't do it. If i want to eat tacos instead of a salad because I've had a long day, I will. It is all about balance.

I am working on making sure I am happier by adding the following to my 2017 agenda:
- Traveling to London this Spring with one of my best friend because London is my favorite city (from the cities I've visited so far)
- Going back to school for my Masters because one of the most common sentences I tell people when school comes up is "I miss the learning part of college"
- Less arguing, more complimenting (because sometimes arguing is a waste of time and you will only end up being upset and with an unresolved situation)

This year make sure to laugh a little more, dance a little more, sing a little louder, and just ENJOY LIFE A LITTLE MORE.

Moving into the New year I just want everyone to focus on being happier, more present, showing more love and making sure the world is a happier place. I read a quote this week and it is perfect for this year's focus: "Sometimes happiness is a feeling, sometimes it is a decision." So make sure you wake up every morning saying "today I choose to be happy!"

Happy New Year! I hope page 1 of 365 of book 2017 is just an amazing start to this magnificent year!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday deals

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving with your family.

Black Friday has officially arrived! Some of these sales have been going on since Tuesday or Wednesday but I have rounded up all promo codes and when they expire. So enjoy this list and have fun shopping! :)

- Alice and Olivia: 25% off automatically taken off at checkout
- American Eagle: 40% off & free shipping with until 11/26 at 3:00am EST
Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code CELEBRATE tip 11/27 at 5:00PM EST
Anthropologie: 30% off with code LETSGO
Asos: 30% off everything with code THANKFUL30 until 11/29 at 3:00AM EST
- Banana Republic: 50% off 5 items with code BRFIVE until 11/26 at 3:00 am EST and 11/28 (in-store only)
- BaubleBar: 30% off with code THANKS30
Chicwish: Extra 25% off with code BLK25 until 11/28
- Equipment: 25% off purchase until 11/28
- Express: 50% off everything until 11/25 at 11:59 PM PST
- Gap: 50% off everything with code TGIF50 until 11/26 at 11:59PM PST
- J. Crew: 40% off everything with code HOLIDAY until 11/28 at 11:59PM EST
- J. Crew Factory: 50-60% off everything until 11/27 at 11:59PM EST
- Joie: 25% off your purchase with code THANKS until 11/28 at 11:59PM EST
Loft: 50% off with code FRIYAY until 11/25 at 1:00PM EST
Jonathan Adler: 20% off + free shipping with code BACKTOBLACK until 11/27 at 11:59PM EST
Kate Spade: 30% off with code THANKFUL until 11/26 at 11:59 PM PT
- Lulu Frost: 25% off everything until 11/27
Madewell: 25% off your purchase with code THATSALE until 11/27 at 11:59PM PT
Old Navy: 50% off everything until 11/25 at 11:59PM EST
- Rebecca Minkoff: 25% off your order of $100 or more
Saks Fifth Avenue: up to 60% off
- Shopbop: 15% off $200+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $800+ with code GOBIG16 until 11/28 at 11:59PM PST
- Sincerely Jules: Items marked down here
Steve Madden: 30% off with code: BACKINBLACK until 11/25 at 11:59PM
- Tarte: 25% off everything with code FRIYAY until 11/25 at 11:59PM PT
Tory Burch: Get 30% off your order of $250 or more + free shipping with code THANKS until 11/28
- Tuckernuck: 20% off everything with Give20 on 11/25 only
- Zara: 30% off everything

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Shop Small Business Saturday

As the holidays quickly approached us (I can't be the only one thinks this year just flew by), everyone has begun doing holiday shopping. Friday is known as Black Friday, Monday is known as Cyber Monday but some people aren't aware that Saturday is known as "Shop Small Business Saturday."

Small Business Saturday is November 26th, and it was first created by American Express in 2010 to help encourage people to support small and local businesses. To learn more about Small Business Saturday, head here. I've teamed up with Fundera to spread the word about the importance of supporting small businesses. Fundera help small businesses hire seasonal employees or increasing their inventory by providing them small business loans.

I don't know about you but when it comes to shopping for my loved ones during the Holidays, I search and search for the perfect gift which sometimes leaves me rushing at the last minute buying and purchasing gifts. The best part is that you don't have to wait for it to get shipped or delivered to your door step. My favorite part about shopping small business is that they tend to have more personal gifts and it is more common to find gifts that not many people will have.

This year I've decided to create more personal gifts for my friends so I've turned to some of my favorite Etsy or small shops to purchase their gifts. This is also the time where I stock up on prints for my gallery wall or pins and patches for my new DIY jackets; I will soon be sharing them with you guys. Some of my favorite online businesses are:

- Amo Luz: They are currently offering 15% off with the code "Black"
- HNIllustration: 20% off with code "SHOPSMALL2016"
- RiffRaff
- Jess Illustration
- Arrows at my Window
- Wildflower and Company
- Brittany Fuson Paper
- Rachel George

If you're from Miami, some of my favorite local boutiques are:
- Blush Boutique: 30% off at all locations
- Spin Gallery

So remember when shopping for your loved ones this holiday season, turn to your local shops or small businesses; it is your way of giving back to the community.

I will be updating this page with deals at some of my favorite small shops so keep checking back.


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