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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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7 Mar

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau Bahamas ootd
  I'm back from my cruise to the Bahamas (well, I've been back for a week now)!  If you read my last post, then you know that this was my first cruise and it was pretty much everything that I expected.  If you're looking for a vacation that's great for chilling and relaxation, book a cruise.  Our cruise left Port Canaveral (Orlando) Thursday afternoon.  We boarded the ship around 1 pm and went straight to grab lunch.  The ship set sail at 4 pm and by that time we had checked into our rooms and decided that we all needed naps before dinner.  We changed and headed back out to the dining room at our assigned dinner times.  After dinner we caught the...
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25 Feb

2016 Travel Plans

Bahamas Packing 2
**This post contains affiliate links.  Click on Disclosure above for the full disclosure.**   Bikini halter top: c/o Athleta Cole Haan sunglasses: c/o Marshalls   Today I'm off on my first getaway for the year and I am so excited!  I'm flying to Orlando this morning and meeting up with my Alpha Kappa Alpha line sisters/sands/sorors to catch a cruise to Nassau, Bahamas to celebrate our 17th Anniversary!  This is my very first time taking a cruise, because I never thought that I would enjoy one.  I've always thought, "Why not just fly directly to where I want to go rather than spend days on a ship?"  (Plus, I get motion sickness sometimes, so I wasn't sure how that would play out.  I ordered some Queasy Drops...
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15 Feb

Not Whole 30

Whole Foods
**This post contains affiliate links. Click on the Disclosure page above for the full disclosure.** So, last week my coworker friends and I (I won't say their names to protect the guilty) decided to try a Whole 30 compliant diet for a week (Whole 7?).  We really just wanted to see if we could do it.  So, for me, I started last Sunday and was successful through Thursday evening until I ran out of Whole 30 compliant food that would allow me to put together a meal (Update: So, the Whole 30 diet pretty much takes out dairy, grains, sugar, and any food that would bring a little bit of joy to your life.  I linked to the website above.).  Here's...
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8 Feb


Gap Dress 2(a)
**This post contains affiliate links.  Click on Disclosure above for the full disclosure.**   Dress: Gap Button-Down Shirt: Gap Photo: Self-Portrait   Wow!  Hello, 2016!  It has been far too long since I posted, but I took a much-needed blogging break.  And now, I'm back!  If you follow me on Instagram, then it probably doesn't seem like it's been that long.  Since it has been a long time, I thought that I would come back with a Currently post to catch you up with what I'm currently doing.   Currently Reading:  How To Be Single.  I wanted to read this book before seeing the movie, because I'm the type that if I see the movie first, I'll never read the book.  I'm so glad that I am reading it, because...
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