Happy 26th Birthday to Me! + Photoshoot w/ JusPose

That’s right….today I turn the big 2-6! ¬†I am so grateful to God to have seen another year of life and to be so happy and fulfilled right now, eagerly anticipating what else He has in store for me ūüôā

And yup! ¬†Got the privilege of doing another photoshoot with Mr. JusPose! ¬†But this time, I also got to do it with my little seester! ¬†Most of you already know this, but my birthday is on September 28th and my younger sister, Tanya’s, birthday is on September 29th. ¬†So every year we do a faux photoshoot for invitations to our annual Sabbath Birthday lunch that our parents so graciously throw for us each year (I told them 25 was the last time and they basically ignored me lol). ¬†So this year instead of fumbling to do it ourselves, I asked Justin to make us look pretty on digital film and he did just that! lol. ¬†Check out the shots below! ūüôā

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Isn’t he awesome you guys? And I’m loving my hair these days ūüôā ¬†Shout Out to the lovely Amanda B.¬†for hooking my hair AWL the way up as usual. Love her!

Now off to enjoy the first day of 26! ¬†Can’t wait to celebrate next weekend with all of my loves in the DMV!!! Muah!

Love and God Bless,

– T

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Music // My Favorite Summer Jams

You guys…WHERE is 2014 going?!?! Today is already the first day of fall (BOOOOO!) Okay okay…I don’t REALLY hate fall. I just absolutely love summer and completely detest winter. ¬†Fall is just the middle child that reminds me that awful winter is coming….smh.

But in order to feel a little bit better…I though I’d reminisce about some of my favorite songs of the summer. The songs that every time I hear them on the radio all I can say is “YAAAASSSS!!!” and start dancing in the driver’s seat lol

Sooooo….here we go ūüôā

T’S SUMMER PLAYLIST

Happy Fall! ūüôā

(P.S. I promise to announce the winner of the giveaway soon! ¬†Life has taken over as of late for very good reason and I haven’t been able to dedicate as much time to the blog….but I promise I haven’t forgotten!)

Love and God Bless,

– T

POP UP POST // ALTUZARRA for Target Released TODAY!

Y’all know how much I love Target! ¬†99% of my clothing and accessory items are from Target (all you have to do is look at my OOTD posts on Instagram and you’ll see that I’m telling the truth). ¬†I have also really loved their periodic/seasonal collaborations with high-end/high-fashion designers over the last few years. ¬†Remember last year’s¬†Phillip Lim 3:1¬†Collab? ¬†WELL! ¬†Get ready for another collab that’s gonna knock your socks off….and a couple dollars out of your bank account (so glad I budgetted for this ahead of time…lol)

The collection drops TODAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 in select Target stores (luckily the one down the street from me is included! *squeals*), at Target online, and globally at NET-A-PORTER online.  It features colorful and classic pieces that are perfect for the fall and winter in both fabric and design.

Here’s what was on my wishlist:

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I was able to snag most of what I wanted but…yeah ya girl is on a budget and still trying to build up her savings so…all things in moderation. ¬†But those BOOTS! ¬†BAYBEE! \(^_^)/

What do you guys think of the Altuzarra for Target Collection?  Will you be picking anything up?  Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Love and God Bless,

– T

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Birthday Talk // My T-Day Wish List

It’s exactly 23 days until¬†my 26th birthday. ¬†Y’all. I’m getting OLD! lol ¬†Probably too old to still be getting birthday gifts, to be completely honest lol. ¬†(I feel like I say that every single year…lol) ¬†But that’s exactly what today’s post is about.

Now mind you, I am not by any means expecting to have any of these things given to me, much less all of them. ¬†Isn’t that why they call it a wish list? ¬†Yes. A girl/woman can dream. ¬†And that I shall ūüėČ

#1.  FLOWERS

Simple but oh so thoughtful. ¬†I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of receiving flowers. ¬†Yes they die in a week, but they’re just so gorgeous to look at and to smell. ¬†And lavendar is my favorite color to look at…while red is definitely becoming my favorite color to wear and kind of overall…. And of course, they make an awesome birthday gift ūüėČ

#2.  Tickets to See Keiko Matsui at The Birchmere Alexandria on October 4th

So I saw Keiko Matsui for the first time live at Capital Jazz Fest back in June and really loved her spirit and her music. ¬†She just so happens to also be performing at The Birchmere Alexandria the weekend that I’m coming home to celebrate my birthday. ¬†Coincidence? I think NOT! ¬†If anyone out there cares….I’d love you forever for making this happen! ūüėÄ

#3. ¬†Tickets to see Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway starring KeKe Palmer

So it was announced back in early August that KeKe Palmer would be¬†replacing the current actress playing Cinderella as the first African American female to play the role on Broadway beginning September 9. ¬†ANYONE that knows me is aware that I have a fascination with Disney Princesses and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVED¬†the Brandy & Whitney version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella that came out in 1997. ¬†It’s one of my all-time favorite movies (probably second only to¬†The Sound of Music). ¬†I absolutely adore KeKe as well, and I think that she is quickly on her way to making a very smooth transition from child actress to adult star. ¬†I would love to see her light up the Broadway stage on my birthday! ¬†Epic birthday present of life is really what this would be….*daydreams* lol

#4. MARC JACOBS¬†“OH LOLA” FRAGRANCE

I’m beginning to think that I’m a SLIGHT bit of a brand whore…..why? ¬†Because I seem to love all things Marc Jacobs. ¬†At least when it comes to fragrance and nail polish. ¬†But let’s stick to fragrance. ¬†My favorite fragrances in the past few years have all been from Marc Jacobs (Daisy Eau So Fresh and¬†DOT). ¬† ¬†I took a whiff of this one day while browsing through Sephora during my vacation last month. ¬†It’s such a beautiful and light fragrance for an Eau de Parfum spray and….I need to go back and get another sample soon. Or….be blessed on my birthday lol.

#5. ¬†MISS DIOR “BLOOMING BOUQUET” FRAGRANCE

Now this fragrance is classic TJ. Floral & fruity goodness perfect for everyday wear. ¬†I got a sample on one of my many visits to Sephora to make a purchase and fell in love. ¬†I’ve tried the Miss Dior Cherie fragrance (now simply called Miss Dior) and really liked it so I’m sure this would be no different as far as the love factor.

#6. ¬†KAT VON D EVERLASTING LOVE LIQUID LIPSTICK IN “VAMPIRA”

Dude, if anyone could find this lippie and gift it to me as a birthday present, I’d love them forever. ¬†I have been looking for this particular shade for MONTHS and it’s always sold out at every single Sephora store and online. ¬†It’s such a perfect deep red wine color….ugh! I love it!

#7.  MAC RIHANNA VIVA GLAM II LIPPIES

I have really loved basically every RiRi + MAC Collabo project that’s come out ever since summer 2013. ¬†The new Rihanna Viva Glam II collection comes out September 9th online and September 11th in stores. ¬†Of course I’m going to try to get it on my own but if you’re a makeup lover, you already know that these things sell out with a QUICKNESS. ¬†But, the fact that it’s a Viva Glam item usually means that it’ll be restocked so…we shall see.

#8. ¬†BECCA¬†SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTER PRESSED IN “ROSE GOLD”

I already have the shade “Opal” in this amazing highlighter, and I’ve heard great things about the Topaz shade. ¬†But something about this Rose Gold? Hunty. ¬†First of all, I already love rose-gold in and of itself (watches and jewelry). ¬†Now to have it as a highlight? I would looooove that!

#9.  Kate Spade Cedar Street Perforated Small Harmoby

This bag first caught my attention when Krystal (of “The Feisty House” fame…lol) posted her Eva Chen pose featuring this very bag. ¬†And yes. I fell in love. ¬†It’s such a great versatile piece. ¬†I recently bought my first Kate Spade bag (which I LOVE) and it definitely whet my appetite for what else Kate Spade had to offer….and this bag. Yes. Ma’am.

#10.  CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN IRIZA PUMPS

Remember my disclaimer at the beginning of this post? Okay then….lol. ¬†I know ain’t nobody out there finna buy me these shoes and I’m not buying them. ¬†But aren’t they just so pretty to look at? ¬†Classic, timeless, black suede court-style red bottoms. ¬†Maybe one day, when I’m living the lifestyle of the rich and famous, I’ll splurge on these. *side-eyes Med School loans*

Oh in a perfect world…lol.

The countdown to 26 y/o continues! 23 more days indeed!

Love and God Bless,

– T

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Makeup // Taking It All Off

After a long day or night with a full face of makeup, it’s easy to just want to pass out in bed and worry about your face in the morning. ¬†But! ¬†Properly removing makeup at the end of the day/night is an important part of having healthy skin. ¬†To be fair, my makeup removal routine is pretty lazy. ¬†I don’t even wash my face (I know, I know, terrible). ¬†But! ¬†It gets the make up off and works well for me!

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Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (I get mine in bulk from Sam’s Club) / Loreal Clean Artiste Waterproof and Long Wearing eye makeup remover (Target) / Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula (Drugstore.com) / Cotton rounds (any drugstore) / Now Solutions Vitamin E Cream (Swanson)

These Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes are pretty amazing. ¬†They get off pretty much all of my foundation and other face makeup and due a pretty good job with waterproof make up as well. ¬†But sometimes my mascara can be quite a bit stubborn, and that’s when using the Loreal Clean Artiste eye makeup remover comes in handy. ¬†It is oil-based which seems to make it easier to remove waterproof makeup compared to non-oil based eye makeup removers. ¬†I moisten a cotton round and press it onto my eyelid and lashes (and brows) to saturate it with product and remove my eye makeup. ¬†Once that’s done, I moisten another cotton round with the Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel, which is my all-time favorite toner/astringent, to further remove any excess makeup and refresh my skin. ¬†Finally, I moisturize my skin with the Vitamin E Cream, which is a great nighttime moisturizer and has slowly been helping to fade my post-acne hyperpigmentation.

And that’s essentially it! ¬†Do you ladies have a makeup removal routine? ¬†If so, what do you do? ¬†I’d love to hear about it and maybe even adjust my regimen to make it even better.

Until next time…

Love and God Bless,

– T

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