Thursday, June 30, 2016

Black Tech Week: Office Hours Meetup

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a creative content panel hosted by Black Tech Week.  Before I get into my experience let me give you some background about Black Tech Week which was founded by Felecia Hatcher and Derek Pearson.

“Blacktech Week was established in 2014 by Code Fever to provide more impactful programming around Black History Month. In addition to celebrating innovators of color, the entire week of events aims to change the narrative surrounding our community and replace it with innovation, creativity and technology that stretches the trajectory of our community. Blacktech Week’s focus is thinking beyond today and tomorrow in order to build a diverse and connected organization for the diaspora. Blacktech Week will serve as the platform to acknowledge, celebrate, and support innovative thought provoking conversations & content by people of color.” - Black Tech Week Website

I became familiar with Black Tech Week earlier this year when I attended their Women’s Innovation Brunch, which was EPIC! So of course I was super geeked when I was asked to participate in their monthly office hours meetup. 

 (Ashley and Courtney)
This month’s topic was creative content and storytelling which I know a little something about, lol. South Florida has so many amazing content creators and I was happy to sit amongst a few of them and share my knowledge.  My fellow panel members were:

I felt the energy these young men were bringing as soon as they introduced themselves to me! Shabaz Mallick, Kelvin Hodge and Chidlet Pierre created the wildly popular “Miami” snapchat filter.  Read more about this dynamic trio here.

Andrew was the OG of the panel.  He provided the greatest insight on storytelling, creative content marketing and monetization. Andrew, founder of which provides custom storytelling for businesses.  If you are a business owner and need custom content for your website or blog check out his website

La Guardia was definitely the comic relief of the evening.  He has a weekly YouTube series documenting his adventures as a new dad.  His daughter is super cute and his videos are hilarious. Check out this interview he did with his daughter.

Of course, it would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention how I handled my social anxiety but I’ll save that for a separate post.  I was hesitant but I wasn’t going to let my anxiety win this time.  I am actually looking forward to doing more speaking events.  The only way to get better is to practice! 


Monday, June 20, 2016

You Post Too Much

| T Shirt - F21 | Skirt - Express | Shoes - Sam Edelman | Clutch - Target | 

As soon as I saw this t-shirt on Forever 21's website I knew it was meant for me! As a blogger and influencer I am always trying not to be a nuisance when it comes to posting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  I know it annoys me when people I follow oversaturate my feed with what I feel like is foolishness. I wanna see you but I don't wanna see you too much, lol. 

What are your social media pet peeves?

Don't forget to RSVP for Black Tech Week's Office hours this Wednesday! Myself and the other panelist with discuss unique creative content and reader engagement. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Cropped Beaded Jacket + High Waist Ankle Pants (And Some Great News!)

| Blazer - HM | Pants - H&M | Tank - Target | Pumps - Guess | Purse c/o Hayden Harnett |

I had an epic non-scale victory a few weeks ago!  I walked into H&M just to browse around the store and I saw these super cute belted high-waist ankle pants.  I almost walked away from them because there was only a size 10 on the rack.  Back story, your girl has never been able to wear a size 10 in pants.  Hell, I have never successfully purchased a pair of pants from H&M ever!  I grabbed the pants and reluctantly went to the dressing room.  Guess what??? They fit and not fit as in I could squeeze in them, them fit to the point where I knew I could comfortably wear them to work and not feel like my booty would be on display.  

It's been years since I've been able to purchase a pair of pants that I didn't need to have altered before wearing them.  I was even okay with the pleats which I general hate because they never look good on me. This jacket is a throwback piece that I haven't worn in a while.  I think the cropped jacket balanced out my pants nicely.  Check out how I previously styled this jacket here.

Also, guess who is speaking on a panel??? Me! I've been invited to participate as a panelist for this months Black Tech Week's Office Hours taking place at Axis Space Coworking located at 333 Las Olas Way, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301.  This month's topic is "Dope Storytelling with Creative Content".  I am very excited to participate in this panel and would love for my South Florida readers to come out and support.  You can RSVP here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Max Studio Printed Dress

| Dress - Max Studio via Nordstrom Rack | Purse - The Limited | Shoes - Sam Edelman |

Ladies summer is here! South Florida's weather has been in the low 90s the past couple of weeks and the humidity has been crazy! Of course every summer the struggle is the same for me.  I want to stay cool but still dress professionally for work.  I am really careful about wearing sleeveless dresses and tops at work. I stay away from spaghetti straps and anything that may look like a tank top.  This dress is borderline and could go either way but the straps don't show too much shoulder. 

This dress reminds me of the H&M Balmain beaded jacket that came out last year that I had no intentions of buying for $549.  I'm always happy when I find affordable clothing that can satisfy my cravings for more expensive pieces. 

What are you ladies doing to stay cool and look stylish this summer?

P.S. Thank you so much for the amazing comments you guys left on my Blogger Blues post.  You guys really keep me inspired!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Blogger Blues

It's been over a month since I posted anything.  I just haven't been in the mood.  I seriously have had the blogger blues.  No exaggeration but the last couple of times that I've taken pictures have been disastrous.  Okay, that was probably an exaggeration but the photos have not been to my liking. I am SUPER picky and I will not post anything that is below the standard that I've set for myself.  Y'all know I like to be transparent and sometimes everything doesn't come together how I want.  I may love the outfit but hate the pictures.  I may love the pictures but not care for how I styled the outfit.  Hell, I may just think I look fat and don't wanna be bothered with posting at all!  

I also felt very indifferent about blogging after I was selected at The Fashion Bomb Daily Bomb Blogger, check out the post here.  I was super geeked to be chosen and I was beaming at all the wonderful things that post mention about my blog.  However, with the good comes the bad and there were some not so nice comments.  I shrugged it off but it still bothered me that people take time to speak so negatively about others.  It's like we've become a society of negative Nancy's.  I know that everyone won't love my style or care for my outfits.  I get it, I'm not for everyone but why say something online you wouldn't say to my face? 

I've also been turned off by this "new blogging" which seems to be this money making, branding, marketing, I'm internet famous monster.  Apparently, if you aren't making a few stacks a month from your blog then you're pretty much a failure.  On the flipside there are a ton of "blogging coaches" that will teach you how to become a superstar blogger and make the big bucks as long as you're willing to spend that cash!

With that being said I had to think about why I started blogging and go back to my original vision of being a curvy and confident inspiration for other women.  I need to get out of my own head, relax and get it done.