I'm Engaged: Details About My Beautiful Ring From Brilliant Earth

Thanks to Brilliant Earth for partnering with me on this post. 

Hi Loves,
OMG it has been a little over a month since I got engaged. Now, many of you knew about my relationship with L and that he's been around even before this blog started. We've known each other for over 20 years, friends for over 15 years, and have been in a relationship for 6 years. On Christmas Eve 2017, while we were visiting home (Jamaica), he asked me to marry him, and of course I said YES! I wrote to Brilliant Earth, told them my story and, asked them to partner with me on this post and they agreed. I am filled with so much excitement.

Now, I wanted to write this post because it was a way for me to introduce L properly- finally you get to see his face. With an engagement comes the excitement around the ring. About four years ago we were having a marriage conversation, and I said to him, when you decide to propose I'd love my ring to be from Brilliant Earth. He asked about them and we hopped on the computer. He fell in love with them on the onset and became as passionate about sustainable diamonds as I was. See, this and many other reasons are why I absolutely love and adore this man. He is kind, extremely compassionate, and patient. 
Brilliant Earth ethically source their diamonds, they donate 5% of their profits to those who have been harmed by unethical practices in the diamond industry, and so much more. Their standards are so high, that very few jewelers would meet the standard of ethical sourcing. You guys, I'm feeling so emotional writing this post right now. Not because I am getting married, but because I'm overwhelmed with joy of being able to wear this ring for the rest of my life, knowing that it added value to someone's life. It just really makes me feel super good, especially knowing the world of chaos and pain that unethical diamond sourcing brings to so many communities and families all over the world. I also got the full details on exactly where my diamond was sourced. I won't tell you here, because this is something I want to keep close to me.
The day after he proposed, I asked him so many questions. How much did the ring cost, what was the process like, why did you choose this, any specific details I should know etc. He told me how warm and kind the staff were on his fist ring hunting appointment and throughout his journey of selecting and getting my ring made. He also told me additional services they offer such as re-sizing, lab diamonds options, changing my ring if I didn't like it and, so much more. 
Years ago we looked at rings and I've always wanted a princess cut ring but instead, he went with a round cut and, I couldn't be more happy. I asked him why he took the risk knowing how picky I am and he told me he was so in love with the cut and it was so much more classic to him. I nodded in agreement, gave him a kiss, and told him "you did excellent babe". I still wake up and stare at my ring thinking it's the most beautiful thing and my heart is filled with so much happiness. Like, seriously you guys, seriously- Ahh!
He also told me he was split between the option of natural diamond or a lab diamond for my ring. Both are expectational options, however he went for the natural diamond over the lab diamond. The main difference is the size and price. The natural diamond is smaller but more expensive than the lab diamond. He told me he knew I would appreciate the essence of a natural diamond over size and he was right. My man was on top of his game and I couldn't be more proud and happy. 
You might be wondering if I plan to get him his ring from them too and, absolutely yes. He has his eyes on a few options and I am excited that we both will symbolize our love and our marriage with conflict-free diamonds. Brilliant Earth also boast a collection of other beautiful jewelry for all special occasion. They have beautiful necklaces, rings, and bracelets. I'm loving this necklace and bracelet for my wedding day. 
Loves, this is the first of many installments to come about our wedding on the blog. Make sure you subscribe here so you do not miss a post. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and, if you are looking to engaged now or in the future, or looking for a beautiful piece of jewelry, you will join me by selecting a Brilliant Earth diamond. 
Thanks for reading


LikeAGlove: The Revolutionary Way To Find Your Perfect Jeans

This post was sponsored by LikeAGlove. However, all opinions are 100% my own. 
Hi, Loves!
Ooh, I'm so excited to share this post with you all. You guys know I love telling you about new, cool and amazing things as I come upon them. Well, it's my job to do so, and I know you all expect me to, right? 
Ok, so, late last year learned about these smart leggings, tied to an app, called LikeAGlove. You every heard the saying"Fit like a glove" well, this revolutionary smart leggings took that term to the literal sense. What LikeAGlove does is, it measures your shape, sends the information to the app via bluetooth and, recommends your perfect size of your favorite jeans brand. You can also track your fitness by using these leggings. 

It's super easy to use, all you have to do is put on the leggings, download the app, connect via bluetooth, press the big orange patch on the front of the leggings and, voila- it measures your shape and size. It's literally right on your phone in the app. Your full measurements. 
Next step is to check out how your size vary at your favorite jeans brands right there on the app. Once you decide where you wan too shop, you click the brand (example Banana Republic) and it takes you seamlessly to their website.This is genius because I know many of us women struggle to know our exact size and we spend so much time in the dressing rooms at stores. Imagine that we do not have to do this anymore, we can comfortably and confidently know our sizes, and place our orders.
To make sure that this thing was accurate I tested it out and ordered a pair of jeans from one of my favorite jeans brand. I didn't want it to be delivered because I couldn't wait so I had them hold  it at the store. I went and picked it up and, to my delightful surprise, they fit "Like A Glove". This is the millennial woman dream. We are always working, busying socializing, being parents, and we have little to no time to spend in dressing rooms or scrolling aimlessly online wondering if a pair of jeans will fit. Not to mention having to remember to return the jeans by going to the post office it they do not fit. Well, problem solved, thanks to LikeAGlove
Another cool characteristic, I can use it to measure my fitness journey. I started working out with a trainer last September and with my upcoming wedding I am determined to shed a few pounds and this will help. I actually hate getting on a scale. It doesn't tell me anything other than a number. Really, it's not smart. Haha! I used to always measure my fitness journey based on how my clothes fit and this smart leggings will not only help me choose the right jeans that fit, it will also tell me my exact measurements. It doesn't measure weight, it measures inches which is so much more telling in fitness. I'm winning over here. 
Guys, these leggings are under $80, the app is free, and the coolest part- you do not have to charge them or turn them off. The smart leggings turn itself off after prolonged inactivity and needs no charging, ever.
If I haven't compelled ya'll to do anything since the year started, then this is it. Get one now. Come back when you do and let me know in the comments section or on Instagram under this post how you like it. 
I hope you found this post useful, Loves.
Thanks for swinging by


$50 JCPenney Gift Card Giveaway- 3 Winners

This post was sponsored by JCPenney. All options are 100% my own.  
Hi there, Loves. 

Stopping by to let you all know that I’ve partnered with JCPenney to give three of my readers/followers three $50 #JCPenney gift-card each. This is a way of saying thank you all for being such amazing readers and wonderful customers of JCPenney. JCPenney is your on-tread, affordable, and Everyday Value store. This overall I am wearing I actually bought there for way under $50. I also buy   A lot of my bedding, home items, gifts, and beauty products from them. 

Now to enter this giveaway all you have you have to do is go to my Instagram under this same photo, and follow the rules. You can come back here and comment to let me know you have entered. The winners will be announced on 1/31 here and on an Instagram post. Good luck. 

(Congratulations to Becky- @rlboldyga , Kimberly @summerbakingwithsylviaplath , and Amanda @mant1975) Also announced on Instagram- Here
Thanks for swinging by and good luck, again. 


A Rust & Leopard Winter + A Giveaway

Hi, Loves.
Quickly popping in to share this cozy look with you all. Our winter here in Los Angeles is a bit on a off. I got to wear a coat for a week an that was about it. Sometimes it's a little bitter sweet because I don't get to wear much winter-y stuff. However, let me not complain in a effort not to be grateful for warm days especially when others are living in below zero conditions *shivers*. 
To add some pop of winter to my look, I threw on this chic leopard print scarf. It's so cute and very functional. Plus, every chic woman should own a piece of leopard print clothing or shoes. it's a fashion must. This one I got from Target for only $19.99. It such a high quality, I know it will last me for years to come. 
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Three Looks, Three Mattemoiselle Lipstick Shades

This post is in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney. All opinions are 100% my own. 
 Hi, Loves. 

I’m so excited about this post and to share with you all about my experience at Sephora Inside JCPenney trying out and falling in love with #fentybeauty Mattemoiselle lip collection. 

The new exclusive Mattemoiselle collection is #FentyBeauty by Rihanna's newest launch and it is amazing. It has a weightless matte finish, high-octane pigment, all day color intensity, and the packaging is a chic slim design. I really could go on and on. These shades work well with any woman and this is the most profound thing to me. Seriously, how could Rihanna get it this right?! I don’t know but I am loving it and I am obsessed. 
The new Mattemoiselle can be found at Sephora inside @JCPenney. If you follow me on Instagram then you likely saw my insta stories while I was getting my Fenty Face done by a Sephora inside @JCPenney professional. I learned so much about the entire Fenty brand and products. I also learned a lot about how to apply my make-up and insider tips and tricks. Rihanna really wanted to create a line that suits all women and I strongly feel she accomplished that. When the Pro Filt’r foundation was applied to my face I instantly knew, 'I am changing foundation today'. For the longest time I have worn a foundation that was somewhat my shade. It was the best I could do then. I finally found my perfect shade and when I say PERFECT, I mean it matches my skin tone perfectly. I also tried the Killawhat Freestyle highlighter Duo in Girl Next Door and the Match Stix in Rum. I loved the flawless, glam and fabulous finished all the products gave my make-up look. 
 While I was in the store, to finish off my Fenty Face, I convinced myself to try the bright pink Candy Venom from the Mattemoiselle collection and loved it. It’s a shade I would normally stay away from because it seemed so bright but I felt so confident with my Fenty base face, I wanted to go all the way. I’m usually stick to super subtle, nude colors or simply a red. I’ve now worn Candy Venom 4 times since then. I’m literally on a roll. 
 I was so inspired that I created two other looks to show you how I style and match my Mattemoiselle lipstick with my outfit. 
For this look, I wanted my lips to be a bold contrast to this very feminine look. I’m wearing the PMS shade and the plum under tone added the perfect touch of glam to my look. My dress and vest are from JCPenney. 
 For this look, I was more inspired by the lipstick itself as opposed to my outfit inspiring my lipstick. When I chose this color, Ma Damn, I knew I wanted to make a statement so I went for this graphic tee and leather skirt (both from JCPenney) to make this rad, strong fashion statement.
I guess you can tell how much time I spent in JCPenney huh? That’s the beauty of this store, it’s a one-stop-shop for all things fashion and beauty. It’s such a beautiful partnership and kudos to JCPenney for opening Sephora inside their stores since 2006. The fashionsita and beauty lover in me is always so excited about going there. Let me not forget to tell you they have the cutest Snapchat filter in the stores for the month of January. You have to try it out on you next stop at Sephora inside JCPenney

If you’re ready to get your Fenty face on and try the new #Mattemoiselle Collection then here’s your chance to win $100 #SephoraInJCP gift card. Simply comment under this post your favorite color on me of the three in this post. For an extra entry, go to my Instagram and do the same. The winner will be announced here & on Instagram within a week.  

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed creating and documenting it to share with you. 



How To Host a Chic NFL Homegate In Your Home

Thank you NFL for sponsoring this post. Can’t wait for my next Homegate!

Hi, Loves.
Today's post is such a fun one and I'm excited to get you all into the football spirit and, if you already are, I'm still hoping to help you add a touch of chic to how you enjoy football. 
Last week I decided to host a Homegate in my home for a few friends. I hadn't seen them over the holidays because we all traveled and this was the perfect way to get us all together. Homegating for me is a way to bring the energy of football to the comfort of my own home. It's inevitable that food and football go hand in hand. It really doesn't matter whether you are in the tailgating lots, in the stadium or or like I did last week, a Homegate in my living room. 

Whenever I host friends, I always think of a theme and most times I set out to shop cute items that will bring that theme to life. I wanted to enhance the spirit of our team and I knew the one place I could find chic items to entertain would be NFLShop.com/Homegating. I found everything I needed from them to host my Homegate and execute the chic style I wanted. 

I set up the drinks area so that as soon as my friends entered they could go straight ahead and get a drink. Here are three tips to setting up drink section:
1. Lay out glassware so guest can easily help themselves
2. Add quick bites such as vegetable dip or chips & dip. Many times guests are wanting a bite before they drink or while they drink
3. Decorate your drink area easily by adding a garland or placing cute empty containers off to the side.

I loved greeting my friends as they entered. Believe me, the effort you put into hosting your friends will be rewarded with smiles and hugs. The excitement on their faces when they saw that I put in this much effort just to watch our New Orleans Saints play in my home, was gratifying. Before the game started we chatted over drinks and bites.

I always ensure I make at least one special drinks for my guest whenever I do any hosting. For this Homegate I whipped up my special Mango Madness by using Lime-A-Rita's flavor Mang-O-Rita. The recipe is simple (1 serving):
4oz Mang-O-Rita
2oz lime juice
2oz club soda
Garnish with lime wedge and mint leaf.
You can find so many more ideas on food pairings and recipes on Lime-A-Rita's Instagram and Pinterest so go follow them. 

I prepared this platter and served it on the coffee table because I love giving my guest direct access and comfort. I did not want anyone to have to get up to go get food, that will risk the chance of witnessing a live touchdown.
Here are three tips and ideas on how and what to feed your guests:
1. Make food accessible and easy to serve- I got this pretty team cheese board from NFLShop.com/Homegating 
2. Serve food that blends well with drinks- Cheese and crackers go well with my Lime-A-Rita, Mango Madness
3. Always have TV bites- I poured sour cream popcorn in a clear bowl so that once they were done eating from the cheese board they could enjoy TV bites while the game is playing. 
I hope you guys enjoyed my Homegate post and that it has encouraged you to host your own. Make your life simple and easy by going straight to NFLShop.com/Homegating to get all the merchandize (like my Team t-shirt & blanket) and all the glassware and party items you need to make it epic.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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