Pool Fun IN HM Bikini

Friday, July 13, 2018

Pool Fun IN HM Bikini
Bikini: HM x Alexander Wang | Shorts: Gap | Flip Flops: Tory Burch | Bag: Tory Burch | Earrings: Ashro 

Photography courtesy of Bluufox Photography

I love swimming, well being in water, and I was so happy that was the focus of this shoot! It was very easy and relaxing to just get to play in the water and have Chance get some shots.

While I have some fun swimwear, I wanted to keep the low-key animal print theme I've been doing for July going. This is an old bikini that I was able to get when HM did their collaboration with Alexander Wang, one of my favorite collabs by them to date btw. Its simple, but the snakeskin embossed print gives a little edge. I also appreciated that the bottoms are full coverage because Im truthfully not a fan of the oh-so popular thong bikini look on me.

I think all pool or beach days come with a few necessities and what better way to carry everything than with a tote? This bag is nylon, so a little water won't hurt it and it is so roomy, I could fit all essentials easily. I also grabbed a pair of my boyfriend styled shorts for a cover-up because they look so good with two pieces and provide that effortless look that I like!

leopard lady: a tee and jeans combo

Friday, July 6, 2018

leopard lady: a tee and jeans combo
Outfit deets
Tee: Reformation (VERY similar) | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Steve Madden | Clutch: SimplyBe | Sunglasses: Quay Australia | Earrings & Necklace: J.C.Penny  | Bracelet: Monroe & Main
Photography Courtesy of Bluufox Photography 

If I'm being honest, I don't care for putting much thought into my outfit ALL the time. I admire girls who can effortlessly throw something together and look poppin’ with ease. That was the inspo for this look. I love leopard, it's a staple print that’s both classic and extra at the same time. When wearing the print, I prefer to anchor it with a simple basic like black or white, which lead to the pairing of this simple tee. 

Now, when wearing leopard, you have to commit all the way to being extra or classic. There may be an in between, but im not aware of it yet. So in true Syd fashion, I went with being extra and pulled the highest heels I own out. Believe it or not, these are terribly comfortable. I believe it's the platform, but these feel so much better than my other heeled sandals. I accessorized with gold for the added oomph. And voilĂ !

wander into the wild: michael kors zebra set & born to wander giveaway

Thursday, June 28, 2018

wander into the wild: michael kors zebra set & born to wander giveaway
Top & Bottom: Michael Kors | Shoes: Nine West | Jewelry : | Sunglasses: Lane Bryant 

Photography courtesy of Bluufox Photography 

I'm excited that I have two things to talk about today! 

First up is this super cute, super fun set from Michael Kors. It's what the young kids call a co-ord set, but back when I got it, it was simple a matching top and bottom. Lol at me acting old. This set is 4 years old, BUT what I love about Michael Kors is that he brings out matching sets every season and they're all equally gorgeous. The material is polyester so its super lightweight and thin, which is perfect for summer. 

In the name of "mixing it up," I asked for some fashion advice for the shoes, as I try to change sets up when I re-wear them and went with these suggested Nine West wedges. I love a shoe with height and these a baby wedges, which had me feeling a bit out of my comfort zone. Despite them being short, they are VERY comfortable, so I won't complain. My jewelry is from and added some spice to things up with all the colors! 

Secondly, I wanted to let you guys know about this book I just finished reading! It's called Born to Wander and is SO good. I'm finding myself drawn to Christian books this year and this one is has a faith based focal point. The central theme is trusting God as we pilgrimage through life, which is what we have been called to do. Often times, we find ourselves either stuck or content with a situation that doesn't aid our spiritual appointments and we remain there due to security of some sort. But author Michelle Van Loon challenges us view our identity in Christ as pilgrim followers with a sense of identity found only in Christ. 

I read the book in three days because it was very good in my opinion. As a young woman, doing her best to trust God with the direction of my life, it seems as if He had me pick it up right on time. I found a lot of "wow" and "omg" nuggets in the book, which I've been sharing on my Instagram. They're very relatable and life applicable piece of info that can really make you think about the wants and desires for your life. Whether you want to change the direction of you life or just want to learn more about God's plan for us to allow Him to use us in a way that can cause unexpected movement, I'd recommend this book for you! 

Enter into the giveaway HERE!

 All thoughts and opinions are my very own! 

Event Recap: Essence x Northwestern Mutual Path to Power

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Event Recap: Essence x Northwestern Mutual Path to Power
Grapefruit Mojitos, gorgeous journals, and a plan for financial independence were all enjoyed at the Essence and Northwestern Mutual Path to Power event. It's crazy because I literally got the info on this event the day before and RSVP'd immediately. Aside from wanting to do more within the Dallas community, I was LITERALLY researching Essence opportunities in Dallas like a week ago! Talk about timing.
Path to Power is an annual event hosted by Essence and Northwestern Mutual with the key objective to help women take charge of their finances. This year's event carried the slogan,"My Wealth, My Way", which reiterated the goal for all in attendance. Essence Senior editor Charreah Jackson served as mediator during the conversation between Northwestern Mutual financial advisor Roberta Fitzgerald and Curlbox founder Myleik Teele.

The panelists were transparent about their journeys with financial literacy and I really appreciated it! They bother dropped many gems regarding the importance of saving and managing money so that you are taken care of in the long run.

"You want to spend life living, but we have to plan for it" Roberta Fitzgerald 

While I don't normally attend event like this, I was very happy to be in a room full of black women with a desire to better themselves. Fiscal responsibility is something I'm so passionate about because I know that for the life I want to build and legacy I want to leave, my finances will matter. I'm also aware of the importance learning how to handle my finances as an African American due to the fact we as a culture tend to find ourselves behind our peers in economic success.

Events like these really matter because they help a lot of people become aware of realities. I had the benefit of attending college and going to many events focused on financial literacy, but I know some in the audience didn't. It's important for women, black women, to hear from their peers that we have to do more and actually plan and save. I'm thankful to have attended because our panelist and Northwestern Mutual did their best to give me tools to "Finance my freedom."