Happy 1st Day of Fall! I can’t believe I’m saying that. This year has literally flown by, but I’m okay with that! Fall is literally my favorite time of year. I get giddy, because now the temperature starts to drop, the leaves change colors, lipstick and nail polish gets darker, booties and otk boots come out of storage and the aroma of vanilla scented candles greet you with your morning jo. Not only that, IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON! But I digress.

From beauty to tech, nowadays sleek innovation, architecture and chemistry are at the forefront of brands’ strategies. Take Rihanna’s new goldmine project, Fenty Beauty, for example. With it’s undeniable formulas, this surprise launch shook the beauty industry in ways you can’t imagine. MUAs, critics, editors and gurus are calling this new brand iconic. And rightfully so. Bringing 40 different shades to the market, its inclusivity has already made the brand a holy grail amongst make-up lovers. Including me! I made a vow not to go broke because of Fenty Beauty! And I’m sticking to that. Well, until October 13 when the holiday collection launches. Sue me. Along with Fenty Beauty, check out more fall beauty, fashion and lifestyle launches below.

Popular Fall 2017 Launches 

Fenty Beauty:  Launches Holiday Collection on October 13.(Click here.)

Starbucks: Announces new fall drink, Maple Pecan Latte.(Click here.)

Target:  Teams up with Hearth and Hand w/Magnolia. Collection available November 5.(Click here.)

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Dose of Colors| Desi x Katy: Back in stock of sold out line, September 24 (Click here.)

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Apple:  Releases iPhone X. (Click here.)

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Nordstrom: Launches new concept store called Nordstrom Local on October 3.(Click here.)

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Beyonce | Ivy Park: Self calls 2017 Fall/Winter collection a diverse celebration of beauty & strength.(Click here.)

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Wishing you a lovely, prosperous fourth quarter!

Heard of any new, new lately? Please do share!

As always, stay sweet, stay classy, my love.<3

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“Beautiful Soror! I hope you are having a fabulous week so far.??” – I received that text message from my dear friend the other day. That message was a far cry from what my eyes have been reading lately: the entire island of Puerto Rico without electricity, Keeneka Jenkins found dead in a freezer, but there’s no video footage(how Sway?), Kevin Hart cheated on his wife(why Sway?), Mexico City hit with a 7.1-magnitude earthquake killing over 250 people, our President…I don’t have time to type it all, Houston is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, I could go on and on. With so much happening in the world today, it’s so easy to fall into a slump. While it probably took her seconds to type, that simple gesture of kindness brightened my week.

Today, I challenge you to do the same. How cool is it to know that sending a simple message or giving a genuine compliment can actually make someone’s day? And not just one person, multiple people. When you compliment someone, he or she may be enticed to compliment someone else and so on and so forth. We’re always complaining about how harsh this world is, but you never know what someone is going through. Show kindness even when that person is not so pleasant to you, they’re the ones that need it the most. A simple ‘excuse me’ or ‘thank you’ can really change someone’s mindset, especially if they aren’t use to hearing it or are having a bad day. If you’d like to see a change in your community, colleague or even a friend, try to incorporate the tips below into your lifestyle. The change you want to see starts with you. The gestures may seem a bit minute; however, the act of kindness is contagious and has the power to transform a person’s day, week or even life.

5 Ways to Sprinkle Kindness

  1. Send a Note – Whether it be a hand-written card or a simple text message, these gestures whisper “I’m thinking about you” in the most heartfelt way.
  2. Say ‘Please’ & ‘TY’ & ‘Excuse me’– Listen, I know I’m not your mother, but saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and ‘excuse me’ go a loooonnngggg way. Remember the last time someone accidentally bumped into you while shopping and didn’t say ‘Sorry’ or ‘Excuse me’? Annoying, right? Probably altered your mood a little, right? Well, don’t be that girl. If you bump into someone…IT’S OKAY TO BE NICE and say ‘Excuse me’.
  3.  Genuinely Compliment Someone – If you see someone with a pretty hairstyle or a nice dress, tell her! You’d be surprised how much you can boost someone’s confidence just by a few words. She may be feeling down about the way she looks or her recent weight gain, but a genuine ‘Love that dress, girl!’ from a stranger can really help someone’s self-esteem.
  4. Leave a Little Treat – True story, not too long ago I was working on a very demanding project. Things were under control, but the stress of the job at hand was on ten. Later that day when the dust had settled, my colleague stopped by my desk to deliver a Modern Luxury DC Magazine | Fall Fashion Edition and said, “A little something to relax with later, you’ve had a busy day.” Although the magazine was free, the gesture was priceless. I’ll never forget how she made me feel that day. So, give a little something. It doesn’t have to be big, but it does have to be thoughtful.
  5. Have Patience – This one is tough. Girlfriend, trust me, I know –  especially in this day and age.  I don’t want to blame technology, but (cough) technology has made life so simple and accessible, we forget that human interaction can’t compete. God forbid, one wait in line for over three minutes to get her latte. She’ll be ready to curse the poor barista out.  However, one with patience would realize there’s five people in line, one person taking orders and one person making the drinks. So, it’s inevitable that she may get her drink in five or six minutes instead of three. Yet, she’s okay with that, because she has patience. One, who is slow to anger and has the patience of Job must be praised. I imagine a person with patience sprinkles kindness on a regular basis. Those are the people who don’t mind letting you over in rush hour traffic or holding the door for you…just because. Patience really is a virtue and takes a very strong person to exhibit. If you’re the chick cursing out the barista, try making a conscious effort to practice patience, so you too can sprinkle kindness.

When was the last time you sprinkled kindness? What did you do? Please share below.

Stay sweet, stay classy! <3

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Happy Monday my loves! I hope your week is off to a great start. Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph Lilia Kazakova, Youtuber, blogger and CEO behind the website Lily-Like and Supplied By Lily. Lilia is the epitome of a Girlboss. As juggling a Youtube channel and a business aren’t already enough, she is, also, an international student studying Law at Georgetown.

Although crunched for time, I had a blast shooting promotional photos for Lilia. Nobody really understands how much work goes into getting the “perfect” shot. Nonetheless, we got exactly what we needed. Luckily, she’s a natural! Check out some of the shots below.

Be sure to visit Lilia’s Youtube channel and website. Tell her I sent ya!

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Happy Monday my loves! If you’re anything like me, you love to start your mornings early and with thought provoking material that will set your day on the right foot. Currently, I’m obsessed with business and self-help podcasts. My 35 minute commute to and from work is dedicated to two things: catching up with my family and friends and podcasts generated by female entrepreneurs who are making waves in their respected industries.  I want to share some of my absolute favorite girlboss podcasts with you today! These podcasts have really helped in navigating through my journey towards entrepreneurship and even my 9-to-5.

If you are a creative, blogger or entrepreneur you’ll definitely want to download these podcast as they provide all kinds of tips related to the 4P’s of marketing – product, place, price and promotion plus distribution. The interviews, also, reveal productivity and workflow secrets.

After listening to these podcasts, I encourage you to visit their websites and blogs as there are a plethora of resources to help you build a career that you love! From interviews with powerhouses such as Alyssa Mastromonaco, former Deputy Chief of Staff under the Obama Administration, to Daniella Yakobovsky, co-founder of Baublebar, you are sure to gain the motivation you need to start your week inspired!

Check out the list below.

1.) The Influencer

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2.) The Goal Digger Podcast

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3.) Girlboss Radio

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4.) Glambition Radio

5.) Creative Empire Podcast

I’m always on the hunt for a good podcast! Spill the beans, girl! What are your favorites? Share in the comment section below.


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I hope you have a blessed week!

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Hi Ladies! I’ve started a new series on my Youtube channel called 1Piece3Ways. In this series, I’ll be styling one garment or accessory three different ways. It’s my hope that you’ll gain some styling inspiration to capitalize on your current wardrobe.

First up, I’m showing you how I styled this tan duster from Fashion Nova. Because of its versatility, I’ve been able to wear this number so many times: to brunch, work, happy hour, you name it. Not only that, as mentioned in the video, dusters are great summer-to-fall transition pieces as well.

Check out the video to slay your next happy hour or brunch with the girls!

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