Holiday Gift Guide for A Boss Babe

Holiday Gift Guide for A Boss Babe

It is less than 12 days left til Christmas.  If I am struggling then I know someone else is struggling too. It hard trying to give the perfect gift. I here to say you do not have to sweat the small stuff. I thought I would create a gift guide for hardworking woman, your mom, boss woman, girlfriend, or sis. What do you get for women that give so much of herself to others. How can you give back to her?  Women have been working nonstop this year.  So it  was only right to provide a gift guide for you.  In addition, all the gifts listed are $25 and under. Super affordable-No to overspending. I hope this will help you find the perfect gift for that hardworking Boss Babe in your life.

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  1. Becoming by Michelle Obama $19.50//  Barnes & Noble: For the woman that need some inspiration? Our former First Lady is laying it all out there in her new memoir. There are lessons to be learn and inspiration in each memory she tells. This is a must have in your book collection .
  2. “Not Your Bag” Luggage Tag $2.90// Forever 21: A lady on the go? Make sure you get that boss babe on your list a cute luggage tag on for travel bag. Guarantee nobody will touch her luggage, lol.
  3. “Babes Supporting Babes Eco Tote Bag $3.90// Forever 21:
  4. LED Desktop Essential Oil Diffuser $5// Five Below:  Need some aromatherapy after hard day at work. Here is an inexpensive
  5. BH Cosmetic Signature Rose Gold Set $24// Ulta: Makeup lover can never have too many makeup brushes. Gift her a set of these fresh rose gold brushes to add to her collection.
  6. Morphe 9C Jewel Crew Eyeshadow Palette $12//  Ulta: For the lady that is always looks fierce. Here is a simple eyeshadow palette from Morphe. Gift this item to the makeup lovers on your list.
  7. 20oz Stainless Steel Portable Hydration Bottle $9// Target: Hydration is key. Make sure the ladies stay hydrated during this cold, dry winter.
  8. LED Light-Up Phone Ring for Selfies $5// Five Below: This gift is perfect for the influencer boss babe.  This is for the girl that has to say ready with the selfie game. It gives off the perfect lighting, easy to use and store away.
  9. Passport and Visa Holder $10// Target: How about cute, and fun holder for your passport and visa. That travel girl will definitely love this.
  10. Rose Gold Rubber Strap Watch $14.99// Target: Sis gotta be on time. Give her a reliable watch to keep her on schedule.
  11. 2019 Planner White Marble $14.99// Target: Got an organizer on your list. Check a box off by gifting a 2019 planner for the most organized of friends.
  12. York Long Faux Fur Throw $24.99// Target: Gift a comfy, cozy throw to a
  13. Avatara Face Mask $2.99// Target: Let’s not forgot about self-care. Give her a simple but relaxing face mask to help improve her skin.
  14. About Face Boss Lady Sign $5.95// Hallmark: This gift is for the lady that knows what she wants. She is go-getter. She is you- A boss babe!

Happy Gifting !! Happy Holidays to you and yours !!

cassandra

 

Repurpose My Mom’s Sweater to A Sweater Dress

Repurpose My Mom’s Sweater to A Sweater Dress

Last Friday I was over my parent’s house to visit. You can find me over there every weekend lol. Anyway, my mom walks into the kitchen and ask me try on something.  She always has something for me trying on, why?! Most of time I not willing to try on anything. Something about just makes me so tired. For some reason my mom always have a few things for me try on when I come over. It starts off by her showing me the clothes she bought from her beloved Burlington, the store.  Next thing I know she is making me trying on a top or three lol. I think this has become a tradition between us girls, maybe this how we bond idk.  If it something that she doesn’t like or think it would look nice on me, she will have me try it on. If I like/ love it then I take it home.

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FashionLayn’s Outfit Deets..

So I tried on this long sleeve zip front sweater.  I was in love. The way it hugged my body, the color, and the “femme” graphics around the sleeves and the hem was everything. I decided that this sweater was no longer going to be sweater, but for me it was going to be bomb sweater dress.  I gave it a new PURPOSE, granted my mom had this sitting in her closet for awhile now. It is giving me sass, class, and lots fun. My mom started smiling and patting herself on the back. She stated, ” I can be your new stylist…You owe me $20 bucks for the sweater.  SMH oh mom! Gotta love her.

This sweater worked so well for me because of my height.  I am on the short side so it was able to pull over my butt. Now on the pictures it might appear short, however I am able to bend down without giving everyone a peep show for free. Because this dress was serving all the sass, I could not help but think I was Parisian girl. (Side note: this is not Parisian fashion at all) I’ll be honest because it said “femme”, origin French word for woman or wife, had me feeling like I was French. It led me to add my beret. So I pair this sweater with my red beret from H&M and red circle cross body. I love to add pop of color to all my black and white outfits. Since it is the holiday day season why not add red to mix. Red, white, and black compliment each other so.

For the sweater it ran my mother $20 bucks. It came off the clearance rack at Burlington, so this is a steal for this On Twelfth brand. If you want you can wear this sweater with opaque tights, or faux leather leggings. The other thing I love about this sweater that you can take it from noon to night. It is just that versatile.

So go through you closet. Take out some of things that you don’t wear and see how you can repurpose it, or give away to someone that can give it new PURPOSE like I did.

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On Twelfth “Femme” Long Sleeve Front Zipper Sweater// Burlington (Similar) (Similar) (Similar Length) (Similar Length)

Red Wool Beret// H&M (Similar)

Black Over the Knee Boot// Lane Bryant (Similar)

Red Circle Bag with Black Tassel // Mpulse Boutique (Similar)

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Location: Detroit MI

Photographer: My Mom


What are some of your ways to repurpose  your wardrobe

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It’s December

It’s December

We are in the home-stretch now, right at the end of the year. We have less than 31 days to the New Years. Time has flown and I do not know where it went. It always seems like as soon as we enter into December, time is on auto speed. Wooah!   Can we all just say 2018 was super crazy? 2018 has been on an up and down roller coaster. One moment I was having a good time and everything was going great for me. Then the next thing I know it was a total shit show. (Side note: Excuse my language…. I had no other words to use to express how I feel about the lows)

December is always a love-hate time for me. I love that it is near the end where I can start over and reinvent, however I feel like I am under a lot of pressure. Some times it take me out of the holiday cheer, I do not like that at all. Instead of being caught up in the rat race of hectic behavior, I decided I am going to focus on calm. Calmly, I am going to take all the things on my to do list for the month of December one day at a time. I refuse to stress myself out. Whatever gets done, it gets done! And if  it doesn’t , then it doesn’t. Simply this month is going to full of joy, excitement, glitz , glam, and celebration. 

Fashion Note:

Speaking of celebration, I have a lot of Holiday event on my schedule. I know you are wondering what to wear? Pop the champagne, December is the time for glitz and glamour.  Velvet, sequins, faux fur, and more!  I got my hands on the December’s issue of InStyle Magazine, Jennifer Lopez is serving looks on the cover. What I got from the issue, that the drama is dial up. At the the holiday party sis, we should come to slay with poppy reds, emerald green, gold applique, and dark velvets. This month I am going to being giving y’all all the tea on how I style myself without spending all my money. I am still doing a lot of shopping for the holiday. If you want to stay update with my fashion post this month, feel free and subscribed to my blog. It can be located on the right hand under the search engine.

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Blog Note

On another note, ever since I started going to local events, blogging has been booming for me. I am so thankful for the many opportunities that have came my way. I am super excited or the opportunities I have in December. Recently, I was invited to participate in NYE Glamour photo shoot. I wish I had a GIF of my face when I got the email. Total shock and happiness. I haven’t taken the pictures yet, but I already know it going to be so lit. Photo shoots are fun, however hanging with my Femology Family is funnier. This month Femology is putting on another event for the New Years. You already know I going to blog about it, maybe I might take a courage pill and start vlogging! I just know that it is going to be another banger.

Personal Note/ Goals:

Lastly, on a personal note I had a revelation. I came to conclusion, while talking to friends, that I am going to stop doing things that leads me to stress out. For example, remembering to stick to my budget. When I do not stick my budget overspend, which causes me stress out because I can’t do what I need to do. To maintain my happiness, I  am going to stop putting myself in stressful situations, and to protect my energy.

  1. Stay organize- create to-do list, and maintain my planner.
  2. Drink more water!!
  3. Finalize my ideas for YouTube
  4. Finish reading Becoming, by Michelle Obama
  5. Create another savings account for traveling.

What are you looking forward to this month? 

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3 Simple Ways to Conquer Your Body Insecurities 

3 Simple Ways to Conquer Your Body Insecurities 

So a few weeks ago TomboyX, a gender neutral and eco-friendly underwear line, reached out to me to collaborate for the holiday.  This is my first time ever working with a underwear brand.  I was super excited initially.  However, I was so afraid to get in front of camera to reveal to the world my body. What I wear and my makeup is my comfort zone.  I am comfortable with my clothes on but when I feel it is necessary to take a few of my layers off, I freaked out. Is this the day someone is going to attack me in the comment section? What if I say the wrong thing? Is someone going to noticed that I have a lot of scares on my legs from eczema? You know I have not quite over come all my body insecurities: dry skin, lumps, scars, and my body shape. So I challenge myself with this collaboration. I stripped off a few of layers and got in front of the camera.

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Everyone at some point of their lives have felt insecure about how they look. While some are feeling too heavy, their is someone feeling underweight.  Or you can be feeling  too hairy, or someone doesn’t feel they have enough hair. Omg does the cycle every end?  It can feel like it is impossible to get out of. I know for myself body insecurity has been with me since my adolescent, high school, all the way to adulthood.

Society can be quite harsh and unrealistic when it comes to our body. Shade is definitely thrown unfairly on those that are heavy, however what brings me comfort is that society doesn’t have clue.  All that is left is acceptance, and self compassion. I am here say that you can rid yourself of all the negative thoughts and insecurities of your body. The key is to learn how to love your body and to accept all other body types too. There is no cookie cutter body shape for everyone. The time is now to embrace yourself. How can I overcome my insecurities? So in this post sis, we are going to learn a three simple way to conquer those uncertainties.

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Learn to Love Yourself

You have to let go of all societal ideals on what the “perfect body” is. Society may have spoon feed us through social media, TV, etc, what the “perfect body” is.  Let me say this calmly, THERE IS NO SUCH THING OF THE “PERFECT BODY”. So accept yours.  I believe standing in front the mirror naked is excellent way to get comfortable with yourself. Focus on saying (or write) 5 things you like about your self. Add a new like everyday. This is self love! You are taking the right step to loving you.

Reversing Negative Body Image

Is it really fair to hold a grudge towards our bodies for the rest of our lives? No, we have to take healthy steps to overcome our insecurities and negative thoughts. Being insecure can open the door for other bad emotions: jealousy, anger, and depression. I believe if you want to change something about yourself, you should only change because YOU want to change. Not for acceptances, or because your being pressured to do so. If you want to improve something physical, start by redeeming your self esteem first. Positive changes will come when you tackle your negative thoughts.

Set realistic goals. 

Do not set yourself up for unrealistic goals or aspire to look like someone. For example, I weight 200 pounds. By next month I need to weight 120 pounds. Come on now, I am setting myself for failure. This applies to looks, shape, hair, etc. Understand this if you truly want to change, you have to change for YOU only. There is process for everything, you have to be willing and dedicate.  So brainstorm want you want to achieve, and get as specific as possible. Whatever it is you are wishing to do make sure you do all your research. Smart planning sis !

7Y6A8459Featuring this soft sports bar and boy shorts.  Such a cozy set when you need to take a load off. If you want to be comfort check out  TomboyX and their other underwear styles.

Boy Short “Chilly Penguin Print”// TomboyX**

Essential Soft Bra “Chilly Penguin Print”// Tomboyx**


Location: My Home

Photographer: Daniela Lisi – Nicole & Daniela Photography | IG: @nicole_daniela_studio or @nicole_daniela_photo |Website: www.NicoleDanielaPhoto.com 

Special shout to Daniela. I have work with her a few times and I know something great is going to pop off for her. She has an amazing eye to photography and she is super nice!


Do you struggle with a negative body image? What have you done to try to overcome your insecurities? 

Share with me in the comment section. Let me know what I could add to this list.

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**Bra and Boy shorts was given in collaboration with TomboyX. All opinions are my own.