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11 Jul

5 Tips For Giving Back To Your Community

Summer Whites
      One thing that is important to me is giving back to the community.  I've been blessed in so many ways and I know that it's my civic duty to help those in need.  People sometimes think that giving back means giving a lot of time or money, but it really doesn't.  It's really all about how much you want to give and trust me, every little bit helps.  Also, sometimes you might just now know exactly how you can give back, so I've got a list of tips to help you out.   Here's one thing that most people can do - go through your closet and pull out any everyday items that you have not worn in the last year.  If...
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27 Jun

Walking, Black Card Revoked, And Oh Yeah…OJ Did It

White skirt, black bodysuit
  *This post contains affiliate links.  Please click on Disclosure above for the full policy.* Bodysuit: Express White skirt: TJ Maxx (similar) Shoes: similar Photos: Jennifer Jean-Pierre   Here's a look at this past week: Sunday Went to church.  Walked to the grocery store.  Watched Orange Is The New Black (snooze).  Continued discussion with friends about OJ: Made In America.  He did it.   Monday Walked to downtown Banana Republic after work and snagged this $98 dress that I've had my eye on for only $14!  Check out their sale before it ends (extra 50% off sale items).  Here's my Banana Republic shopping tip: shop online, find pieces you like, reserve them in-store if available.  Oftentimes the same pieces online are marked down even more in-store.  Such as this dress.  If I had ordered...
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20 Jun

Currently (June)

Chicwish, asymmetric hem, dress
Dress: Chicwish (similar, similar, similar) Shoes: Target Clutch: (similar, similar) Photos: Jennifer Jean-Pierre     *This post contains affiliate links.  Click on Disclosure above to read the full policy.*   Ah!  It's been too long since I've been able to get a regular "this is what I'm up to" post up on the blog.  However, if you follow me on Instagram (BlitzAndGlam), then you can keep up with what's happening with me. Events:  A little over a week ago, my best friend, Alexia, came up for the Formation World Tour.  This is our 4th Beyonce concert together, so it's kind of become tradition that we see Beyonce each tour.  It's like, "Oh, Beyonce is about to have another tour?  Here's my money, Bey."  A few weeks before the concert...
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17 Jun

Gilt City X Offline Society

Offline Society
I recently attended an event hosted by Gilt City and Offline Society at Bonfire in DC that celebrated "Dating In The District" - the launch of GiltCity.com's collection of spring dating ideas curated by Offline Society.  You might be wondering, "What is Offline Society?"  The Offline Society hosts authentic, unpredictable experiences for romantically unattached men and women.  They curate each event to create a comfortable atmosphere for mixing and mingling.  This event was no exception.  We mixed and mingling over delectable bites and cocktails.  (This particular event was not labeled as a dating event, but I did get hit on and asked for my number.  I told him that he's too young for me.)  If you and your friends are in the area...
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9 May

My Caribbean Vacation

Maho Beach St. Maarten
A couple of weeks ago I returned from my vacation with my Dad and my sister, Zuri.  We spent 6 days cruising the Caribbean from Jacksonville, Florida to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, and Puerto Rico (we flew back from San Juan).  This was my second cruise this year/ever.  I'll be honest.  I wasn't sure how this was going to go.  6 days at sea.  With family (waves to my family who might be reading this.  Love ya!).  But it turned out great!  My sister and I specifically decided on a cruise, because we knew that everyone would be able to do their own thing while we were on the ship and we wouldn't all have to be under each...
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14 Apr

Currently (April)

Gap, Levis
                                                                                                                      *This post contains affiliate links.  Click on Disclosure above for more information.* Sweater: Gap (another Gap sweater that I like here) High-waisted jeans: Levi Photo: Self-portraits You guys.  It's spring and I'm going to need it to start feeling like spring.  I don't know where you are, but here in DC, it feels like the second coming of winter.  I am so ready for the warm weather to stick around and stop teasing us with a nice day here and there.  Enough about that.  Here's what going on with me.    These days I seem to stay with travel on the brain!  I have a vacation coming up real soon and I cannot wait.  As I think I mentioned before, I've got several other places that I...
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28 Mar

Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin

Washington Monument, Washington DC, Tidal Basin
                                                            Early Saturday morning I met up with my church's photography group (which I'm a part of) at the Jefferson Memorial to photograph the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin.  It was peak weekend for the cherry blossoms so it was bound to get crowded.  Well, I didn't expect to see as many photographers and other people out that early, but by sunrise, it was already pretty crowded.  It can get difficult to get clean shots when people keep walking into your frame to get their own photos and selfies, but thankfully, I was able to get quite a few good shots (this was my first time shooting at sunrise).  Did I mention how cold it was out there at that...
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22 Mar

13 Tinder Tips For Men

How To Tinder
Among my girl group, there are 2-3 of us who are on the dating app, Tinder (I say, us, but I may or may not be one of the 2-3).  This has led to countless conversations about swiping right, swiping left, profile pics, how soon is too soon to exchange numbers or go on a date; and has led to questions such as "how do I make it so this guy never pops up in my feed again" and make ratchet comments like, "he is bae AF."  Oh, wait.  That last one was in response to a photo that Michael B. Jordan posted on Instagram, but, I digress.  Actually, no.  Guys, you, too, can possibly be "bae AF" if you take...
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21 Mar

The Look For Less: Steve Madden Carrson Sandal

Steve Madden, Target, Yellow Sandal
*This post contains affiliate links.* I was recently browsing the Target website and ran across this super cute sandal.   It's yellow, it has a block heel, and it will be perfect once the weather gets warm and stays warm.  And it's only $29.99.  I quickly added it to my cart and ordered it.  The shoes that I have bought from Target in the past have been pretty comfortable and well-made so I had high expectations.  When they arrived my expectations were met!  Cute?  Check!  Comfortable?  Check!  And well-made?  Check!  Well, a couple of days later, I saw someone wearing the exact same shoe either on Instagram or her blog (right now, I can't remember which blogger I saw wearing them nor where...
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14 Mar

EXPLORE: Smithsonian Gardens

Smithsonian Gardens 3
If you live in the DC area or plan to make a trip up soon, you must add the Smithsonian Gardens to you list of places to visit.  I love to explore DC on the weekends and now that it's warming up a bit, I will definitely be out and about more with my camera.  This past Saturday, my friend Emma invited me to join her at the Hirshhorn Museum for a guided tour of the modern art exhibit.  Our tour guide was great and I enjoyed the tour, but let me tell you something.  If you have dreams of being an artist, don't let anyone tell you that you can't be an artist.  If someone can put a video camera...
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