OUTGOING INTROVERT

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When I was younger, I was extremely shy. As I progressed through my secondary education I became a social butterfly. That's what my teachers told my parents at conferences. My dad would tell me, "you are in school to learn, not to socialize!" But, talking to people got me through that long day of learning the algebraic method, and the periodic table. Socializing was very necessary for me. I considered myself more extroverted, but still reserved around newcomers or in a group setting.

As I've gotten older, I appreciate conversations with substance and more meaningful relationships. This made me question my extrovertedness (yep, made that word up).  After reading Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, I identified with outgoing introverts, also known as ambiverts. Many people identify with this personality type. A common misconception about introverts is that they are anti-social or socially awkward, when in fact we just prefer to socialize on our own accord. 

How do you identify your personality?

I found this top at an online t-shirt store by the name of iloveapparel. When I saw this shirt I immediately thought, "that shirt is so me!" The price point was reasonable and the quality was good. I also ordered my husband a super cute shirt and a pair of socks. My skort (skirt/shorts) is BCBG and my shoes are Nike.

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BLACK. NO SUGAR. NO CREAM.

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Hey there! I know it's been a minute since my last post, but I've had a lot going on. I started a new job managing an Aveda Salon. I am super excited and I feel right at home especially coming from an Aveda school. Speaking of my school, I had the opportunity to style hair at our Catwalk For Water Fashion Show. I love the fact that I am able to use my God given abilities to give back! 

I digress. Since our dress code is all black, my closet is slowing getting consumed with black blouses, pants, jeans, shoes, scarves, should I continue...? Even when I am not shopping for work, I find myself buying all black. Wearing black makes me feel powerful, stylish and sophisticated. I like the fact that black is easy to layer, it matches effortlessly, and flatters my figure. 

The title of this post is a double entendra. I want to take a moment to appreciate my melanin. The other day at work, I helped two beautiful black queens who were around 60+ years young. They were buying skincare products and neither of them had a wrinkle in sight. The young lady at the counter complimented their skin and asked what their secret was. She confidently and unapologetically replied, "Being Black!" We all laughed! That really resonated with me because too often we are expected to downplay what makes our culture unique and beautiful. This was a reminder that we are striking, complex, and extraordinary beings that were wonderfully created.

By the way, my chic hat is vintage! I remember my grandma wearing this hat with style and grace.

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HELLO CHAPTER 32

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Today I am celebrating me... It's my birthday!! I am beyond blessed to enter another chapter in my life. I feel like this day snuck up on me. I am typically eager to celebrate my birthday and just bask in the ambiance of celebrating me. This year felt a bit different. It took me a little longer to get into the birthday spirit. I've been so wrapped up in wedding planning that everything else has been put on the back burner. 

I don't have big plans for my birthday this year. I will be working today because I am grateful to be doing what I love most! As most of you know, I am now in the beauty industry. I am so happy to have made this transition because I am doing what I love daily. So often we get wrapped up in what makes up the most money that we don't stop to figure out what exactly it is we love doing and pursue that. 

I am holding five balloons. 3  in one hand 2 in the other, for my 32 years of life! It means so much to have your support throughout my career transition. It is such a blessing to receive support from coast to coast.

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WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY

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At some point in our lives, we all have relied on "Fashion Rules." Whether it was no white after Labor Day or believing red and pink don't match, we've all followed these rules. Not all rules are meant to be broken, however, in the world of fashion broken rules make the best fashion.

When it comes to my "Fashion Rules" I follow my own style guidelines. I will continue to wear my white pants and shoes even after Labor Day has passed. White pants are a staple item for spring and summer, but are often times tossed to the back of the closet thereafter. I plan to wear white as necessary, to complete my ensamble year-round. 

My top is Bebe, my pants are Chip & Pepper, my loafers are Vince Camuto and my tote is from Walmart... (Thanks mom).

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