Out & About + Dressed To A T // Love Me Like XO

Usually when my family and I head to New York to visit family, it’s really lowkey and chill.  We don’t usually go out anywhere….ever lol.  But my brother (Jamal) and sister (Tanya) decided that they were tired of not making moves every time we came and pretty much told us that we were going to go to Coney Island, and that was the end of that discussion.  It ended up being a lot of fun!!!  I didn’t realize until we got there that things looked familiar…..and this is probably why…. 🙂

Yeah…didn’t realize it until my sister pointed it out lol.  I actually don’t remember ever going to Coney Island ever…but according to my dad when I was much younger we took a trip there.  Totally doesn’t count lol.

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Fitted hat – *gifted* / Black tank – Forever21 / White skinnies – American Eagle Outfitters / Black & White hi-tops – Aldo

Oh yeah….I’m slowly embracing this whole street style thing.  Definitely helps when you have an awesome piece like this awesome fitted to inspire an outfit 😉

Love and God Bless,

– T

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Dressed To A T // Make Me Blush

My absolute favorite thing about the summer is the time that I get to spend with my family.  Second to that is getting to wear cute light summer clothing.  That’s probably one of the many things that frustrate me about winter….layering and having to wear soooo much clothing.  One day I’ll figure it out *shrug*.

My family came to visit me this weekend and I am soooo glad they did.  We always have so much fun and end up having jokes for days (amidst all the bickering…lol).  We went to visit my godmommy’s church (Hi Auntie Kim!) and I sang there as well.  Then we went to visit some more family and had a delicious lunch.  Aaaannnd…I decided to beg my brother to do a blog shoot in the middle of the street. LOL.

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Dress – Forever21 / Shoes – Charlotte Russe / Clutch – H&M

I officially have one more week until vacation!!!  Will be spending time with loved ones in the DMV and for a wedding in Toronto.  Can we say EXCITED!?  The countdown begins!

Love and God Bless,

– T

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IGspiration // The Heart of Worship

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I posted this picture on Instagram over the weekend and shared a testimony that is still being written…see below…

This picture right here is a visual testimony and here’s why. When I first moved to PA, I struggled with finding my place in serving and ministering in a new environment. In fact, I struggled with whether I wanted to be involved with ministry at all. Back in the DMV I was involved in pretty much EVERYTHING at my home church and had begun to feel very burned out. But over the past 2 years here in PA, I have been blessed to have the humbling privilege to serve musically…and sing many a new song unto the Lord as the amazing team and I usher the comgregation into a state of worship. Tonight I am reminded that God places you where He knows you can serve. There’s no use running or hiding. Embrace how and where you can be used by Him to reach others. He can always use you, no matter who or where you are. #NoteToSelf…. #HappySabbath 

I’m so glad that God has continued to allow me to serve Him even right where I am.  No matter where life takes me in the future (yeah…my life will definitely be changing in the next 6 months…Pray church…), I pray that I will never lose sight of who and whose I am and always possess a heart of worship.

Oh yeah….decided to share some notes with y’all… 🙂

Love and God Bless,

– T

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At-Home Spa Beau-T // Facial

For some reason, a lot of people seem to thing that being a resident physician means that you’re big ballin’. Well….let me tell you right now: That ain’t it! lol  Being a resident has taught me how to budget and save so that I can meet my needs and still splurge every now and than.  But I’ve had to definitely cut costs here and there in order to meet my savings goals and not live beyond my means.

One area that I’ve become pretty good at doing for myself is when it comes to Spa-like or beauty-related services.  I do my own makeup, nails, facials, body care.  Now if I could learn how to thread my own eyebrows, do my own bikini waxes, and give myself massages tho! LISTEN! I would be set for life! lol

I’ve been wearing makeup more frequently (about 2-3x a week) since the Spring began…partially because I’ve actually been having a life and going out and enjoying doing fun things lol.  But as a result, I really have been doing the BARE minimum when it comes to my daily skincare regimen (more on my current skincare regimen to come soon…I promise!) and my skin has been like, “Girl, WHETT?!” in response…smh

So I recently decided to give myself an intense at-home facial to cleanse my pores from all the impurities over the past….month.  Can you believe I haven’t done a mask treatment on my face in almost a month? When I say failures of life! S.M.H.  But I have been consistent with cleansing…exfoliating…toning, and moisturizing daily.  I really do need to do better though because I know if I continue to be consistent with my skincare regimen AND my healthy habits, my skin will flourish. *message to self*.
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Every now and then, when I want a really deep exfoliating scrub, I combine baking soda with my daily cleanser to polish my face.  Baking soda is such a great cheap and effective exfoliant, in my opinion, but it can be quite harsh so I don’t use this combination very often.  My daily facial cleanser of choice over the past several months has been the Burt’s Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream.  I first heard about this product in a YouTube video from the lovely Maeling (more widely known as Natural Chica) in which she was sharing her skin story and updated skincare regimen for her oily acne prone skin.  Having pretty much identical issues to hers, I pretty much adopted her skincare regimen from the day that video was published until now, with a few adjustments for my own personal preference.  BUT! Again…more on that to come later.

I’ve also noticed that my skin LOVES Tea Tree Oil, when it comes to spot treating my really bad acne breakouts.  I’ve also heard great things about the Tea Tree Skincare line for blemish/acne-prone skin from The Body Shop.  One of my favorite YouTube Beauty Vloggers, ItsMyRayeRaye has raved about this line in many videos and again has a similar skin story to mine.  So I recently picked up the mask and Toner from this line to try out and….I actually love it!  I’ll definitely be trying to use these more often and who knows…I may update my skincare to incorporate the entire line. We shall see.

I also decided to try this Biore Warming mask, which I used before the Tea Tree Mask from The Body Shop.  I used the warming mask first to open up my pores and then the tea tree mask, which is a cooling mask, to help close and refine my pores.

Back to the oils.  Once I finished applying the masks, and toning my face with the Tea Tree Toner from The Body Shop, I apply a mixture of Tea Tree Oil, Oil of Oregano, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil to my skin, paying particular attention to my blemish-prone/affected areas.  Both Tea Tree Oil and Oil of Oregano are natural astringents and antiseptics that help to kill acne-causing bacteria.  They are both very strong (in effect and in scent…lol) so the olive oil kind of cuts that down (more details on how I mix those oils in a later post).  My face still smells like food afterwards but I am perfectly fine with that lol.

And last but not least, I apply a thin layer of Vitamin E Cream to my skin, as Maeling mentioned in her video, this cream is AMAZING, super moisturizing, and over time slowly helps to fade areas of hyperpigmentation or post-acne scars.

Also, every now and then, I’ll notice a bit of peach fuzz along my upper lip and that has GOT to go!  So not cute.  I’ve recently started using the Nair Hair Remover Moisturizing Face cream, which I purchased from my local Target.  It’s pretty effective!  I usually do this after my entire intense facial routine just because I don’t want to further irritate the skin after hair removal since it is a chemical depilatory.

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So yeah….I really hope I can remember to treat my skin a little bit  a lot better this sumer (especially) and from this day forward.

Do you guys and gals get facials or have your own at-home facial regimens? I’d love to hear what you find to be effective.

As always thanks so much for stopping by and reading the blog!  I really appreciate all of the support you guys have been showing since I decided to relaunch the blog a few months ago.  Planning to update the design of the blog soon as well so stay tuned for that!

Until then….

Love and God Bless,

– T

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POP UP POST // Out & About + Dressed To A T – Main Street Bethlehem Brunch

By far, one of my favorite things about this time of year is Sunday Brunching it with great friends.  This past weekend, headed out to Bethlehem with my co-residents to enjoy the weather and have some great food (we LOVE to eat…lol).  The food was great and we enjoyed a nice short trip to Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom

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I had never been to a specialty vinegar or olive oil store before but as you can see, the selection was overwhelming!  There were so many different flavors of vinegar (there was a Dark Chocolate infused vinegar that I could just imagine would be HEAVENLY over a fresh fruit salad in the summer) and various olive oils infused with various scents and spices as well!  I have to say, I felt very fancy and grown up in that store for some reason…lol

I did end up purchasing a few things from Seasons….

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So yeah…I bought this with no intention of cooking with it lol.  I do usually use Olive Oil mixed into my deep conditioner or pre-poo and also on my face, mixed with my Oil of Oregano and Tea Tree Oil (more on that to come soon in my updated skincare regimen).  This Blood Orange infused Olive Oil smelled SO amazing.  I cannot wait until my braids are out and I start deep conditioning again.  I know the aroma is just going to be…everything….

I also bought two amazingly scented soaps that I am just eagerly anticipating to use in the shower.  The Blood Orange scent permeated the packaging and just tickled my nose oh so deeply.  Then there was a Lavender scented soap that was just so…*sigh* I know it’s going to be a perfect stress-reliever in a few months when life gets quite busy once again.

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Oh yeah….and here’s what I wore 🙂

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Floral Kimono – TJ Maxx / Black Tank Maxi Dress – Forever21 / Gold Skinny belt – Thrifted / Black pointed toe flats with gold metallic straps – Zara (similar HERE) / Black cross body bag – Phillip Lim for Target

Love and God Bless,

– T

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Video // June Favorites + 100 YouTube Subbies Giveaway!

Hey guys!

Finally invested in an external hard drive so that I could save my edited videos and produce HD YouTube videos for you guys with no restrictions on my little MacBook Air lol.  Although it’s super late, I hope you guys enjoy this super long June Favorites video and stay tuned to the very end of the video for details on my very first Giveaway!!! 🙂

GIVEAWAY RULES:

**PLEASE READ**  thoroughly. Not following directions will disqualify you.

Prizes:
– RiRi ❤ MAC Bronzer & Blush duo in “Hibiscus Kiss”
– RiRi ❤ MAC Lip Gloss in “RiRi Woo”
– MAC mineralized eyeshadow in “Universal Appeal”

CHANGE YOUR COMMENTS UP A LITTLE WITH EACH ENTRY SO IT DOESN’T GET MARKED AS SPAM!

Giveaway Details:
-You must be a subscriber to my YouTube Channel!
-Ends August 30th, 2014 @ 11:59 EST
-Open Internationally
-Open to all ages (under 18 must have parental consent)
-**Must comment under THIS video ONLY!
-**Enter by commenting: “Enter Me! I would like you to make a video about _____”
-You may enter as many times as you would like, every day until August 30th, 2014
-Sharing this video via YouTube, Twitter, & Facebook will boost your entries

So excited about my very first Giveaway!  Good luck to all of you that entire and thanks so much for all of your support!

Love and God Bless,

– T

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Dressed To A T // Golden Florals for Brunch

I absolutely LOVE Sunday brunch!  And I think I’ve found some new brunch buddies (*waves to Alisha & Eni!!*).  This past weekend we went to Hotel Bethlehem and had brunch/lunch at 1741 on the Terrace.  The food was AMAZEBALLS and the atmosphere was so great…with classical music in the background that made me feel like I was in “My Fair Lady”.
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I wore this gorgeous floral balloon skirt that I’ve had for a couple of years (featured on the blog previously HERE) and absolutely LOVE!
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Black top w/ gold sequined collar – Ross (similar HERE) / Floral circle mini skirt – H&M (similar HERE) / Black pointed toe flats with gold metallic straps – Zara (similar HERE)

And wouldn’t you know…we found a consignment shop right down the block from where we had brunch. Can you say TROUBLE?!  I found the PERFECT pair of high-waisted tweed shorts that fit me like a glove.  Can’t wait to share how I style it with you all 🙂

Hope you all are having a great week so far.  Thanks for stopping by the blog as always and stay tuned for a special post on Friday!!!

Until then….

Love and God Bless,

– T

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