Girls Trip is the Best Medicine

Girls Trip is the Best Medicine

We’re going to be staying up late, drinking, making memories that we can laugh about for the rest of our lives, because that’s what a girls trip is for.”

-Dina aka Tiffany Haddish “Girls Trip”

Yes hunny I couldn’t stay it any better. I am coming back from a bomb ass trip ! Excuse my language but I have to be really honest about how I am feeling. I just got back from Washington DC… the nations capitol. This trip was one of the best experience that I had so far.  Now I did not get a chance to check out the monuments and all the others stuff but I had a another chance to bond with my girls… my sister ! #tripsandrisk

IMG_0827We have been traveling together for a few years. Greek picnics, Atlanta, Toronto… and now DC. I really needed this trip because  I was really burnt out at work. The same thing everyday is so tiresome and you really start to lose it…. lose your sanity and the essence that make you a fun person. I really looked back at my life and I am like I really not enjoying it like I should. I am 28 years old and I can’t say that I really did anything ! So yes DC trip with so super fun ! We were out there living are best lives. Getting ready to go the hottest clubs, take long needed naps, eating great food, and just bonding. people can’t say they have that with woman.

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Girls Trip is Self Care..

Have you just taken a good look at your life? We as  black women have so much going on.. either we are packing lunch, planning launch… and pattin’ weave ( like Amanda Seales said). Literally we focus so much time on other people and things and none on ourselves. So with that being said let hit the road with your most closest friends. Research shows that hanging with you girlfriends can help increase your overall health and well being. You get a chance to relax, and lose a little control in a good way.  Girlfriends are good for the kid !

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Stigma of a Girls Trip..

Being around women in a car for more than 4 hours can be too much for some women. Is it really a lot of drama. I can say I was conflicted about girls trips but it definitely has been perfected over the years. Spending times with these women more than 4 hours and being in close quarter you really get to known them even more. So its really good experience. I believe you get the right people together, learn each other, and communicate effectively you have an awesome girls trip.  Think about making fun memories and experiences is medicine. I love talking about the trips and the things we done after the fact. It literally make me feel so good. These are things that I can cherish for the rest of my life!

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Why Girls Trip are Needed?

Judgment Free Zone: You get the right girls to hang out with no one really cares about what you do or the random guy you kissed the other night. As long as your safe and you accounted for that all that matters. So it judgement free zone.

Well needed relaxation: When I’m on a trip with the girls I feel like I am not getting any rest because it literally long night every time. However I catching up on being relax and calm. While they are napping I am catching up on reading, or just mental stability.

Talk about Guys: Open forum about guys are so much fun ! Like we feel comfortable opening talking about guys, their shenanigans, if they good in the sheets or not… etc!

Honesty Box: You can open about what going in you life. Express feelings with women who know the struggles. You are free to be honest and vulnerable

 


On the Fashion Tip

My Favorite Looks on the Trip

2 days of Slaying with the same sandals !

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First Look: Rebdolls Red 2 piece set

This was my first two piece set I ever had and its in red. OMG I gave salsa mami in this picture. I love this piece so much because it was daring. Also this set took me out my comfort zone. The material alone was very nice and thick.

Always Winning Skirt// Rebdolls LINK

Aways Winning Crop Top//Rebdolls LINK

First of Rebdolls comes thru with the looks and the set. I love the fact that the sets you can buy separately. The way my body is set up I am smaller and the top and heavier at the bottom. So I need a smaller size at the top. Also you can mix match different pieces.

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Second Look: Forever21 Tank Dress

I literally have this dress in 3 others colors. This dress makes my life so complete. You can dress it up or down. This dress does my hourglass frame justice. Also having a little black dress is essential to put in you bad when going on trips.

Black Bodycon Tank Dress// Forever21 – LINK

Thank you forever for this dress!! Keep them coming in more colors!


 

So with all that being said check up on yourself. Evaluate what going on in your life and take some time for traveling. Traveling is self care ! We all need time to get away from our surroundings. Get with your closest friends that are loyal and set up some time and place and payment plan.

When is your next road trip and where are you going ?

I want to know so let me know below in the comments.

Thank you so much for reading.

push forward.

Alayna

Weekend Getaway: How to Pack for a Winter Weekend Getaway?

Weekend Getaway: How to Pack for a Winter Weekend Getaway?

It’s a road trip time ! Time to escape from the cold weather… NOT.!!.. I am going to another cold city. Chicago ! . Chic town, my home away from home. No this is not a romantic getaway but it a GIRLS TRIP!!

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I am so happy to get away for a minute. Over the weekend we have a tremendous amount of snow. On the last day dealing with the snow,I had to go to work. Here comes the bad news. The car port that shields my car from the weather, fell on top of my car. It was pinned by a huge carport. So I need this get away smh to cope with this bad news.  ISH certainly does happens !

Let get on topic !

How to Pack for a Weekend Trip…… IN THE WINTER ?!

So how do you pack for the winter? It sounds like a chore! Not gonna lie to you! Packing is a chore. I know I know. We over pack! We forget! So much to pack for a 1 trip. However I enjoy packing! So I am going to give yall some tips and trick and maybe even a checklist. Who knows just keep reading…

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1: Remember that you only staying for 2 nights at the most for the weekend. You do not need to bring your whole closet.  This how you over pack, thinking you need everything. You can live without that special blanket for a weekend sis. LOL You need to pack what you need.

Remember to  JUST KEEP IT SIMPLE ! Only stick too the essentials. I have listed all the Winter essentials below. Just keep reading.!!!

2: Classic Clothes should make up your outfits.  Remember to keep it simple. Maybe work with a color scheme.  Classic clothes never go out of style and easy to style up or down. Sidenote: Make sure each outfit flow with one another.Make it easier to change up your look with what you already have

What are classic clothes?

These are those pieces that will never go out of style. Timeless. and they look good on everyone.

Ex. Denim Jacket is consider a classic. You can dress it up our down.

Or a pair of comfy denim jeans… dark wash goes a long way

If you want to spice it up put a pair of distress jeans in you bag. or a graphic tee

Other: Classic pieces: Little black dress, simple white tee, knee high boots, etc

3: I need my toiletries.  You know toothbrush, shower gel, etc. I say pack your travel size items. Take up less space in your weekender bag. Remember Pack for your JIC moments(just in case moment; “Aunt Flo” sometimes comes up unexpected.

4 Don’t forget that makeup girl. Do not bring you whole makeup catalog.  Bring your everyday makeup . Foundation, powder, and lip gloss with and one eye shadow palette that can fit in a small travel size pouch. FYI: Don’t forget about the hair care. Bring that bonnet, hair clips, and edge control LOL !

5: One going out dress! I say a little black dress. Black is easy and fitting on everyone.

6: 3 pair of shoes only RULE.  *1Boots/Booties(wear)/ 1 pair of Sneaker/ 1 Going out shoe. I say stick to 3 shoes only because winter shoes are big and bulky. Not like in the summer when you focus only on sandals. Remember You only going to pack 2 pairs of shoes in you weekender bag. ***The other shoe is the shoe that your going to wear. Your everyday shoe. So keep that shoe comfy sis!

7: Don’t forget your medicine, headphones, phone, money, and charger!!!

8: Remember its winter don’t forget a small thing of tissue and hand sanitizer.

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PACKING TIPS:

1: Pack your small items (ex. jewelry) inside of a little purse. Wrap them up in tissue paper

2: Roll you clothes. I found rolling my clothes creates more room than laying them flat and on top of each other. In addition, I roll my outfits that are set up with the underwear together. Helps keep me organize.

3: Place your heavy stuff at the bottom of you bag (ex. shoes)

4: Bring 1 carry on item.  Pack the most important things in this bag. Like you phone, money etc.


List below are all the essential items that you need to consider taking with you on your winter trip.

Chicago Packing List

 

There we have cover packing for the winter getaways. I hope these tips serve you well. If you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to leave me comment!

Thank you so much for reading.

don’t keep your vacation waiting.

Alayna

FashionLayn takes on Curvy Girl Conference

FashionLayn takes on Curvy Girl Conference

Dream Big CurvyGirl & Beauty Conference

Chicago, IL

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Hey yall!

I am back from Chi town ! I had such a great time at the Curvy Girl Conference last weekend.  It was one day conference  at Morgan’s on Fulton. It was a newly develop area of Chicago. A Lyft driver told me the area used to be the old meat packing area. Anywho, I learn so many things at the conference. First, this one of the first Midwest Conference for top bloggers and influences so that was plus. It was put together my Natasha E. Williams, the owner of The Curvy Express. The purpose of the conference was to educate new bloggers like me, in addition inspiring models and beauty bloggers. It was a time that curvy girls of the Midwest could come together empower, build relationships, and network.  The first conference I ever attended  as a blogger and it was amazing. SO Amazing !!

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Hayet Rida and myself taking a Selfie :). So geeked!

Since I was prestige attendee I had a few perks. The best perk out of them all was the Rooftop Panel Discussion with Hayet Rida,  a successful blogger, influencer and brand ambassador in Chicago.  Alongside her was Qiana Allen (CEO Curve Culture), Vunzai Yeazel (CEO Gorgeous Within), Yvonne Wallace( Make artist and Hair Stylist) and David Sanchez (10 Management Model Agency). They all spoke so well and took from them all is to not get caught up in the numbers. Yes the number of followers is currency but are you really making a impact, are people really listening to your voice. I also learn to improve my “hustle muscle strength”. You have to learn how to hustle hard when you are building your own brand. Don’t wait for other to confirm just get out and do it. That what I can say about me. I did know much about blogging at all but I’ve learned and definitely seen growth. Be secure with your self.

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Fashion Blogger droppin gems and facts

We also had a class on 10 ways to branding yourself successfully. I learn that you should list a least five things that your passionate about. I listed ❤ Detroit, Favorite Color Blue, Fashion, sunglasses, and self care. In addition, make sure you try to tell a story.

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Erica Watson giving us some facts while being super funny

Making it Big was another fun presentation. She gave some great example how to make in big and how to get agent. In addition, she gave us the real deal facts. She was raw but awesome person.

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Beauty Bloggers and MakeUp Artists tacking questions

 

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Natasha (Founder) & Me ❤

Special Thanks, to Natasha who brought us in the Midwest together to celebrate and learn.

“I’ve never been small, so why do my dreams have to be? –  NATASHA M WILLIAMS

Alayna

XOXO