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January 2016

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Blue Vibes

How are your goals coming along so far?

It’s only January so don’t worry if you haven’t begun yet, but Please, Please begin. I’ve not been posting as much because I’ve been in the process of looking for a new job and opportunity in my new city of Birmingham, AL. Send up a prayer when you think of me.

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Otherwise, I’ve been enjoying my new city a lot. I live in Hoover and right across from the Galleria Mall. l finally did my first shoot here in the city and I am in love with this little spot called Vulcan Park. It has great views and literally overlooks the entire city.

 

 

I paired my LBD (Little Blue Dress) with a tan trench and tan thigh-high boots. I absolutely love this look. It’s effortless and great for a night out on the town or a day out with the girls. The dress itself can be worn in so many different ways and is very flattering for any shape.

Let me know what you think about this look and how you would have worn it differently.

 

Dress- BCBG Max Azria Cobalt Blue Tulip Dress / Poshmark/ Also try your nearest Ross Dress For Less

Boots- Boutique in Eastdale Mall/ Option B- Amazon

Trench- Vintage/ Option B- Forever21

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Forever 21

Where all my petite girls at?!

LOL. Okay, so i’m short, big deal. I’m actually 4’ll and 5’1 on good days. But, in my heart and soul, I’m a 5’11 Amazonian Goddess. In real life, I have to find ways to make myself look as tall as possible. Life is all about taking the little negatives in your life and dealing with them the best way you can.

So, when I went into Forever21 and found these gorgeous stripped trousers, I bought them right away. The vertical stripes elongates my legs and makes me look at least 2 inches taller and 5lbs smaller (Look at God)!

Let us know some of the tricks you use to help you look taller or thinner.

Top- Forever21- Option B

Pants- Forever21- Stripe Wide-Leg Pants

Coat- Forever21- Classic Wool-Blend Overcoat

What are your thoughts on this look? Comment below and let me know. Also, if you have any ideas for a Valentine Day post, let me know.

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XoXo Emma

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Love Has 20/20 Vision

Love is blind.

That’s a quote I’m sure you’ve heard over and over again. It’s true in the sense that you can fall in love with a person no matter their race, socioeconomic background or place of birth. But it’s not blind in the sense that you blindly fall in love and never really see the person for who they truly are. Love is not blind and you shouldn’t be either.

When I met my husband I was working at my family church in Montgomery, AL called Fresh Anointing. The first time Mr. Samuel K. Ford Esq. set eyes on me, I was working, and working hard. He said the first thing he noticed about me was that I looked like I had everything together. Little did he know I had just gotten out of a serious and scarring relationship, I had just moved back in with my parents, and I had just stopped crying myself to sleep a week ago. But, all he saw was a tiny 4’ll girl in high heels and african clothing who seemed to “have it all together.” Well a week later his sister asked me for my number to give to him, and a week after that, we were on our first date to see Batman.

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We sat in the 3hr movie and didn’t get to speak to each other. BTW this was my very first time setting eyes on him. After that, the rest is history. We got engaged, married, bought a house and moved to another city months later. Life moved FAST!

So, in a nutshell that’s our life in review. 4 years and two cities later, we are still going Strong (thank you Jesus). He is my Man Crush Everyday because I choose to make him my Man Crush. Marriage is beautiful, but it is work. Ask anybody that’s been married longer than I have…you get what you put into it. But, the work should begin before you even get married. Like I said before, love has 20/20 vision. So, you found a great guy, make sure he is R.E.A.L.

  1. Reliable: Make sure if he/she does what they say they’re going to do. Dating is a dress rehearsal for what you’ll get in marriage. So if this guy or girl is flaky now and doesn’t keep their word, they probably won’t be any better once you’re married to them.
  2. Encouraging: Never put up with anyone that always puts you down. If he or she is always finding fault with you and never has anything good to say about you…don’t stick around. Make sure they encourage you to the be the best you possible and are your biggest cheerleader.
  3. Ambitious: He or she may work at McDonald’s now, but do they have a plan or goal for their life. Remember ladies if he can’t lead himself, he definitely can’t lead you. Look for a spark of ambition and passion and make sure they have a plan to accomplish those dreams.
  4. Loving: Take a look at how he or she interacts with his father, his mother, his sisters, his friends, his co-workers. Any man or woman that knows how to treat others, will always treat you right. Make sure they have a loving relationship with God. If they do, you cannot fail…Guaranteed!

Love may be blind, but you should have 20/20 vision when it comes to finding the right person to do life with. Keep your eyes and ears open at the same time that you are falling deeply in love. Let’s make 2016 a year of good choices and no wasted time, energy, love and tears.

I hope this post helps someone out today and I hope you enjoyed the little BTS pictures into our love story. If you have any other suggestions on how to find the right person, please let us know and comment below. I always love hearing from you all.

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XoXo Emma

 

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You’re Going Somewhere!

So, it’s 2016.

We have exactly 360 days left in this year. What goals have you set for yourself?

A map can show you where to go, but unless you get in the car and drive, your destination will always just be a dream. 

r-CROSSROADS-large570Think about it, when you make a decision to take a road trip with the girls you always have a plan of action and you are prepared to execute it. The weeks leading up to the trip you spend time calculating how much everything is going to cost, you develop an itinerary, and you decide what you will be wearing…duhhh. All this preparation allows you to enjoy the trip. And even if you run into bumps in the road during the trip, you’re able to roll with the punches and know what to do and not to do for next time.

The same mindset we take with trips is the same mindset that you must take with the goals you set and achieve for 2016. Lets face it, we are on a journey called life and we only get one chance at it. So remember that no matter how many obstacles you have faced and how many times you have been knocked down, its time to get back up. 

So lets cut to the chase! How do you set goals and achieve goals? Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way that have helped me stay on track.

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1.) Decide what it is you want in life. Remember no one knows you better than you do. Don’t make the decision based on what sounds good, but instead what you are passionate about. Start dreaming again!

2.) Focus. No one can do too many things at once, it’s the same with setting goals. You have to prioritize. Start by thinking about the important areas of your life you want to achieve something in. For example I always break mine down into categories physical, financial, spiritual, and so forth. From there I brainstorm specific goals in each area I would like to achieve. You don’t want to get overwhelmed, so I suggest selecting only 3 goals for each category you choose. Remember You can always add on to your list. All your goals need to be SMART!
S – Specific (or Significant).
M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
T – Time-bound (or Trackable).

3.) WRITE IT DOWN. I can’t say it enough. Get your pen and paper and get to writing. This is important because you will definitely need to go back and look at it.

4.) “If you fail to plan you plan to fail.” Develop a plan of action. A genie in a bottle isn’t going to be granting any of your wishes anytime soon, so girl you got to work. You have to know where in the world you are going. Nothing happens overnight. You want to lose 50 pounds you need a plan. Are you going to get a gym membership? Or will you have a personal trainer? How many times will you workout each week? Are you cutting out sweets? Having a plan allows you to not wander aimlessly.

5.) Don’t let your goals collect dust. Find time to review them periodically. I remember every year I would set goals and make a plan, but when I would review it every month it made it real again. My eyes stayed on the prize. So every too weeks or even monthly pull it out and see where you are at in your progress.

6.) Accountability. Share your goals with a person you trust. I believe this will help in those times you get distracted or discouraged. Having someone there that has your best interest at heart and desires you to succeed is vital. They will serve to both encourage and challenge you to stay the course and finish the race.

These are only a few tips on how to set and achieve your goals. Throughout the process stay positive and remember failure is only final when you allow it to be. Become committed to making you the best you. If you take these steps, you cannot help but succeed. No matter what your dream is, you can achieve it.

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Post by: Rosanna M. Smith

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Loves!

First post of 2016 and I am beyond excited to see another day. The greatest gift we get everyday is the opportunity to open our eyes, take a deep breath, and start our day all over again. No we have 365 days to write our own story and I hope you take advantage of it. Forget about the hurts and pains of 2015 and look forward to the glorious 2016 that God has given you and make it the best yet. Let go of the bad habits of 2015 and pick up new and better habits this new year.

I’m excited to share this new year with all you beautiful people who take the time to read and comment and show support to my little blog. I’m excited about what 2016 has in store for this little blog and to grow and learn with all of you.

Now, as many of my closest friends know, I am a Serial-Thrifter. This is one habit that is definitely going with me into 2016.  My obsession started when I began to fall in love with vintage clothing. I don’t know about you, but i’ve realized that they don’t make clothes as sturdy as they used to. Nowadays, the material is just cheap…you wash them once and they shrink, change colors or tear apart. But when I would visit my favorite thrift stores and find something, it would last longer. I literally drive around on weekends looking for more vintage and thrift stores. Any time I go out of town, I start googling local vintage shoppes immediately.

One of my favorite vintage places to shop is called Rag-O-Rama in Atlanta, GA. If you’re in the area, go and check it out and let me know what you think. If you’re in Montgomery, AL there is also a great place that sells vintage clothing called Relly Rue Creative Studio; they always have great things there.

My outfit today is a nod to my obsession to all things vintage. I found this dress at Rag-O-Rama in Atlanta, GA and paired it with a great pair of ankle strap Guess heels. I kept it really simple and let the dress speak for itself!

So, what are some of your favorite thrift and vintage stores? Comment below and let us know what city you live in and the vintage stores you like so that we can visit them.

Psss…Make 2016 SPECTACULAR! Be Bolder, Be Happier and Never Give Up! I Love You.

Dress- Vintage

Shoes- Guess/Option B

Lipstick- Mac Ruby Woo

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XoXo Emma