Life is Better with a Pineapple

Life is Better with a Pineapple

Enjoying the Simple Thing in Life

So here is the story and how I got to a happy place from a pineapple. So 5 days prior to all of this happiness in these pictures I learn that I only had few dollars left in my bank account. I was so hurt because I still needed to pay a couple a bills and the due date was right around the corner. I honestly did not know what to do. I called my mom crying on the phone because I knew I messed up ! I was having to much fun and  not watching my money. So my money was official “funny”.  I had to ask my parents for the money … Noooooo!!!  I hate asking my parents for money because I feel like I can’t handle my business without coming to them.  For the past few of days I have been counting  my money… making sure I don’t overdraft my account.  Anywho, I plan to get my financial back together. I been getting great tips for the Broke Millennial book. Also, I plan to create another savings account (nest egg). So when hard time hit I am not drastically impacted.  Let me get back to the story… SO I was so sad and felt down and out. I could not enjoy anything because I did not have the money to do so. No going to the bar, no eating out,  and no shopping . The consequences of my action.  This left me really SAD! Feel like a failure.  Like man I can keep my finances in check…

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After all that I got invited to event at The Artist Village Detroit. I use to go there a long time to ago when I was younger. Anyway I got invited by my blogger friend, Leah. I was trying to make the best of my situation. All the vendors and there items were so beautiful. Here comes the pineapple…. So I mustard up some money to get this Pineapple  smoothie drink that everybody was talking about from the Motor City Java & Teas House. I started not to get it…. like you don’t have any money to be giving away right now. I got it away. So I had this pineapple smoothie and it really made my day. The drink was delicious. At this point I was filled with so much joy. All in my spirit and heart.  Really how can a drink do it? This simple little pineapple made me feel so good. It was not just about the pineapple, the small pineapple brought  me to the conclusion that I can still enjoy my life. Yea  I am broke but money alone does not define my happiness. Money does make life easier but never can define your happiness. It is the simple things in life that we take for granted and don’t even realize it.  Being able to hang out with friends, walking, our sight…. the simple things.

So my point to this story is to enjoying the simple things in life.

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That simple little pineapple really did it for me. I totally forgot that I was flat broke, that I needed to get root canal, and all the others stuff that had me worrying. I forgot about the all the frustration that come along with adulthood. I enjoyed my life. I had so much fun that day with my friend.  Then we took pictures!!! A blast !!!! In all honesty you do not have to spend all of your money to have a good time. It really the simple things that bring us so much !  I believe that was the lesson that God is trying to get across to me.

slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life

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This little pineapple smoothie did it for me! I remember to be thankful and appreciate for the small things in life..

The little things definitely add up to big happiness.

 

Location: The Artist Village in Detroit

Photos: Take by Leah @lvernon2000 and Mia @miasatu

 

let me know in the comments below what are some of the simple pleasure in life you enjoy?

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It’s June!

It’s June!

Wow can you believe it ! The months are going by so fast. May has been a great month for Fashionlayn.  I got a chance to hang out with Eloquii and celebrate the new store opening at Twelve Oaks Mall. In addition, I went to a few other events. I got a chance to try on high end clothes with 11 Honore and Jadore Detroit, and I got center with Femology and Lululemon. I had a blast this month. Networking with other women and brands really put me in a better mind state.  I feel more confident now to reach out to brand. Also I feel like Fashionlayn is finally making a small dent. So it is time to get the ball rolling. Its June and I am catching up.  I got a lot of things to look forward to this month. More events,  collaborations, and goals that need to be met. This month I am taking care of business. Focus and dive in deep into my creativity.

Fashion Note 

This month is all about color.  Yes it is Pride Month and I want to focus on all the colors of the rainbow when it comes to my fashion style. I want to incorporate more color into my wardrobe. If you follow my Instagram.. you should if your not… my closet lately has been made out of yellow and sometimes black. When I get hooked on a color I ride the wave too long. Yellow is my color.  Anywho I want to get more solid colors and prints into my collections. On another note.. this month is all about swimwear. I want to take a few picture in my swimsuit. So this is the mood getting myself in a few more swimsuit

Blog Note

For the blog I want to focus on being a expert on what love. Fashion, self care, and Detroit. This month for the blog I have a planned blog collaboration with Leah V, the creator of Beauty and the Muse. So excited and every time we link we always create magic. Also on the blog I want to think about ways to create my email list. So stay tuned I have some cool things coming to Fashionlayn. Lastly, I am going to be go getter instead of waiting for brands to come to me. No matter how small I am as blogger/ influencers I am going to put myself out there somebody will bite.

Personal Note/ Goals 

Now for this month I did  a lot of great things for blog however personally I made a few mistakes when it came to my finances. So this month I want to focus on getting my savings together and start budgeting again for personal accounts and blog.

  1. Holding myself accountable
  2. Reach out to 2 brands for possible collaboration
  3. Open another Savings account and create a nest egg
  4. Finish book: “The Coldest Winter Ever” by Sistah Souljah
  5. Start reading “Broke Millennial”  by Erin Lowry
  6. Not getting addicted to my bad story

 

 

 

 

What do you have plan for June ?

Let me know in the comment section below ! 

EveryBody Get Yo Yoga On !

EveryBody Get Yo Yoga On !

FashionLayn Hangs out with Femology Detroit & LuluLemon

Who  knew that simple  breathing, body posture, and meditation can bring you so much good feelings to your life. Yoga is that special thing I need in my life to help me heal.  Long story short. I use to do yoga once week for a few months when I first started working downtown. I would take my yoga class during the lunch time since it was free. Wellness is a big thing where I work at. The perks of my job. Any who I switched to a new position, got really busy and yoga was not apart of my life anymore. SAD !

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So last week Wednesday I was invited to this women only self care event hosted by Femology Detroit and LuluLemon:  Self Love Yoga. It took place right after work for me and it was hosted at Lululemon Detroit on Woodward Ave.  Sidenote: Femology Detroit is a modern business workspace created for women to interact, work, and thrive! founded by Meagan Ward.. shout out to you sis ! Back to the story:    I believe this was calling from GOD.. I am actually so grateful that I attend because I needed to be surrounded by other women and learn how to get center again.  I have been unbalanced for awhile now. So there you have it. When I first arrive I was really nervous because I have been out the yoga game for awhile. And I have bad habit of holding my breath around people… scared that I breathing to hard. Yea… I really got a lot of hang ups. Sidenote:  the yoga teachers were Adria and Rachel. They were some of the world nicest yoga instructor ever.  Please follow them on IG — Social accounts linked below ! 

Anywho I got the hang of it again.  I let go of everything and let my body melt right into my mat. I focused on my breathing. Took full breaths and let my heart and my other organs just relax. I was healing myself ! As women we put so much into other things ! We are planning launch party, managing our careers, and take care of our children…… we forget to take care of ourselves.  So use some of that free time and take care of yourself. If it not yoga just take a few minutes and be silent and just rest.  That is mediation. Sit and and bring your focus back to your breath. 

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Positive Vibrations !

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Hitting that warrior pose !

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Got a chance to hang out with a few other women from the city ! Enjoying Yoga together !

Inside view of Lululemon Detroit !!


 

Special shout out to Meagan founder of Femology for putting together the event ! Thank you Lululemon for hosting and accommodating everyone!

Femology: IG: @femologydetroit

Follow the Yoga instructors and learn a little about their journey

Thank you Rachel and Adria

Adria  IG @adriamoses

Rachel  IG @rachelvurpillat

Thank you Femology Detroit !

 

My lovely readers remember to take care of your of yourself. 

 

Reclaiming Your Confidences

Reclaiming Your Confidences

For the pass few days I have been jamming to Janelle Monae’s album Dirty Computer. I Like That has been on repeat …

 A little crazy, little sexy, little cool
Little rough around the edges but I keep it smooth… and I like that!

This album really speaks about simply being yourself, living your truth, being okay with you are, and making sure you don’t allow anybody to take away what makes you, you ! Yes check out the Emotion Picture.

This album resonate confidences.  Can you believe I lack self confidences? I let fear and what other people told me, dictate how I was going to live my life.  I was going be hip hop dancer but I let other people make me feel like I was too big to dance. I was going to a lot of stuff but the validation for other people stopped me in my tracks. This then turned in to lack of confidences and shot down my self esteem. Then, I would allow people to say and treat me with so much disrespect, I wouldn’t fight back at all. I would just cry and grow numb. Or I use my funny antics to hide the hurt inside. I put up with too much bullshit from people. I did not think I was worthy and it really impacted how I live my life. Would you believe me if I told you, you can reclaim your self esteem/ confidences? I had to put in the work but I did it. I really had to change the way I view myself. and how I think. Seriously I did it and I work on it everyday. Reclaiming my confidences was the backbone behind me starting  my blog FashionLayn. Through my blog I learn to love and appreciate myself. Gain peace with who I am, all the bad and good. I had to live my truth because the truth was busting out.  It all came from within. Your girl is really all that now.

Hell the addiction for approval is a hard thing to put behind.. However, that validation is not enough and it will never be enough, we all need that real love. That self love that I  preach so much on my blog and continuously drill in my head.  You are the key to your confidences. Self love, I believe, can cure you from the approval addiction. So sis… yes I am talking to you beloved it time for you to reclaim your confidences. Lack of confidences is crippling. I think it can put your life on hold.. really it had my life on stand still. I want you reach down deep in yourself and work on this everyday. You are the light and don’t let anybody take your light away from you.

Reclaiming Your Confidences

  1. First and foremost you are worthy ! – the only approval you need is from yourself, nobody else. Be good with you.
  2. Choose to be Happy –  This is tough one for me to grasp. Happiness is truly  a state of mind. Either you choice to wake up and be happy or choose to be sad. Be more intentional.
  3. Believe in yourself: Simple as that, change your mindset and believe that you can do anything that you put your mind too. Don’t let the snakes ruin what you got going on
  4. Find a passion or Be passionate- Blogging found me and now it is my passion. I feel more confident than every since I started and it is one the first thing that I think about. What can I talk about on my blog to uplift the person that is reading.
  5. Be yourself — No more hiding behind the disguise be your authentic self. Now you might have to set back and really get to know yourself again.

(look details: scroll to the bottom and enjoy the pictures) 

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Shop My Look:  

The inspiration around this look was “black hippy”. I just wanted do whatever I wanted to do when I put this look together. Freedom and love was the key to look.  I wanted to be vulnerable and showcase who I am really., the girl who marches to her own beat. Always believe that I was on  another wave length. No matter how much I tried to go along with the flow and dress the way everybody else did, my true colors always resonated. I am the  shy, unique , funny girl that loves her braids, graphics tees and bright colors.  All the things on the outside that I like and love.

 Also who didn’t love ALL THAT, the 90s show on Nickelodeon. I like to think of it as the kid version to SNL.   I want to be on that show so bad because  and I knew I had something in me to knock them dead.  However the dream is in the past and I will not stop dreaming and never stop reaching for my dreams. Hey it maybe a dream deferred. So when I saw this shirt in Forever21 I picked it up with the quickness and did not care that the shirt was too big. I made it work.

Shirt: All That Tie Dye Tee// Forever21 (LINK)

Shorts: Mustard Woven High-Rise Shorts// Forever21 (LINK)


Special Shoutout to Darrien Pope, the Detroit native photographer, on the beautiful pictures You are a true talent. I. These pictures are so breathe taking. Thank you so much for working with and dealing with my silliness. I really appreciate you !

Instagram: @darrienpope |Facebook: @darrienpope |Website: www.darrienpope.com 


So with all that being keep striving! Believe in yourself , be yourself and I know that it all will happen for. Reclaim your confidence!