Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Mani| Fourth of July

Happy Monday friends! I have two days of work this week and then it's vacay time! I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with my nails for the week, but I did want to share this super cute Fourth of July inspired look with you lovelies!

Now I typically don't do anything this fancy with my nails, BUT this little look here seems simple enough! What do you think? What do you have on your nails this week?

Until Next Time,
<3 Keia

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Friday Five

Heyyyy y'all!! Happy Friday!!! I've decided to start a new series!!! I don't know about you, but I'm always in such a good mood on Fridays. I always have the urge to blog on Fridays too, but I wanted to be able to bring you lovelies something consistently so welcome to the first of many "The Friday Five." I had a series a while back called "Tuesday's Top Picks." You can find those posts here, here, and here if you're interested. "The Friday Five" will be very similar in content to those posts. Basically I will just be sharing five things of interest for me each week. 

Let's get to it!!!

1| Fourth of July Giveaway!!!
Enter for your chance to win!!
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Also, go over and check out the other lovely bloggers who are co-sponsoring this giveaway here:
OK, Dani 
The Sexy Single Mommy 
My MommyVents 
The Reflections of a Good Woman 
The Sophisticated Life 
Lisa A La Mode 
I Love Homemaking 
Fashionably Fabulous 
V For Vadge 
Thriftanista in the City 
The Style Medic 
Deserve More
The Green Eyed Lady Blog 

2| My Very First Blog Feature!

I was interviewed by the lovely Rebecca over at Secrets of Essence! Go check out what I had to say about thrifting here!

3| Shopping Spree
I am going to do a little shopping after work today! I'm pretty excited about it! What woman wouldn't be?!

4| Tattoo
I would like to get this tattoo...well without the hearts maybe...on my shoulder in memory of my dad! {May he continue to rest in peace 02.15.2000}

5| Coffee and Sunshine
I seriously need this on a t-shirt!!

I hope y'all have a GREAT weekend!!!!

<3 Keia

Thursday, June 26, 2014

My Style Thursday| My Style Crush

Is it really Thursday already? Can't say I'm mad at that! I have lots of vacay prep to do this weekend. I can't wait to start crossing some of those things off of my "To Do List!" 

Before I get in to this week's My Style Thursday goodness, I need to know that you lovelies have entered the Fourth of July $150 Amazon Gift Card giveaway I'm co-sponsoring?! Umm if not...go get the deets HERE! Go...NOW...and come back to this post!! ; ) 

Ok! Let's talk about style! 

Well, I've professed my love for classic and simple fashion many a times. Having said all that, it would only make sense that the lovely Ms. Sandra Bullock is my STYLE CRUSH! I mean Sandra can pretty much do NO wrong when it comes to fashion in my book. What I love about her style is that it's simple, yet chic, and to be quiet honest it's plain! I also find that Sandra's style is easy for me to mimic because she is my height, and my body type is similar to hers...ok well, maybe she is 15-20 pounds lighter and she's more fit...but you get my drift!!

The remainder of this post is going to be very picture heavy! I want you to soak in all of Sandra Bullock's casual style GREATNESS...ok?! Oh! And don't be surprised if you hear me talk about Sandra again in future posts! I'm obsessed!





So there you have it! I love me some Sandra Bullock! Who is your style crush?

Until Next Time, 
<3 Keia

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Mani| Detroit Prep {AND} a GIVEAWAY!

It's Monday again!!! Last week went by super fast for me, and the weekend even faster! You know how those weekends go! This week I will be preparing for our trip out of town next week so I thought I would share a mani look that I would love to rock in Detroit next week for the Fourth of July holiday!

Perfection!!! I know! I just love painting my nails red! It is such a classic look. But then you add a nautical blue and white striped accent nail! #iDie!

After I saw this look, I was trying to think of where I could find the nautical design nail decal. I mean it has to exist, right? I am personally not talented enough to pull off the strips by hand that's for sure! Well, I found these decals on Amazon

This set of 14 pieces comes in a pack for $3.99 with FREE shipping (as of today!) Super cute!

I'm hoping to try my luck a gel nails next week, so I don't know if I will be able to pull off the accent nail, but I'm definitely going to go for red for the holiday!

BUT, if I have you excited enough to head over to Amazon for your own nail decals, then you should definitely consider the $150 Amazon gift card giveaway I'm co-sponsoring with 14 other lovely bloggers! Yep, my very first giveaway here on the blog!! I hope you ladies enter, and more importantly, I hope one of you win!!!! The giveaway runs today through July 4, 2014. The winner will be selected randomly and contacted on The Fourth of July!! So...what are you waiting for? Enter now!!

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Here are the other lovely bloggers sponsoring this fab giveaway. Go check out their blogs!!!
  1. OK, Dani 
  2. The Sexy Single Mommy 
  3. My MommyVents 
  4. The Reflections of a Good Woman 
  5. The Sophisticated Life 
  6. Lisa A La Mode 
  7. I Love Homemaking 
  8. Fashionably Fabulous 
  9. V For Vadge 
  10. Thriftanista in the City 
  11. The Style Medic 
  12. Fashnbeaucoup 
  13. Deserve More
  14. The Green Eyed Lady Blog 
What do you think of this manicure? Do you love it as much as I do? Tell me you've entered the giveaway by now?!

Until Next Time, 
<3 Keia

Thursday, June 19, 2014

My Style Thursday| Fashion for Your Body Type

Heyyyyy friends! Happy Thursday! 

I don't know about y'all, but on more than one occasion, I've found myself in the dressing room trying to figure out why the dress I thought was so cute on the rack doesn't look cute on AT All?! Have you been there before? 

Well, I came across this nicely laid out diagram on good ol' Pinterest, and I really found it helpful!
I'm sure you have all seen something similar to this is 15 different magazines, but I feel like I was able to easily find MY body type using this particular diagram. I also think the suggested styles for my body type are spot on as well! If you must know, I'm the purple chic! Yeah, that's right I have a "Boyish" body type. Until I took a close look at this diagram, I had never really identified my body type as "Boyish" that's for sure...but it is what it is! Now I'm ready to go on a shopping spree so I can use my new knowledge of what clothes will apparently suit me best!!! 

What's your body type? Care to share?

Until next time, 
<3 Keia

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Blessed and Thankful

Happy Tuesday, lovelies! I apologize for the lack of a Monday Mani post yesterday. To be quiet honest, I haven't felt inspired to do anything with my nails the past few days! I hope to be back on track next week, and I hope you will forgive me!

I have a question for you? Have you ever felt so blessed that you feel undeserving? 

Let's pause for the cause here...this post is by no means to brag in any way, shape, or form. My only intention is to share my feelings from MY personal perspective!!

I mean I pray everyday. I thank God for all of His blessings all the time. I listen to gospel regularly. I have a very close relationship with my GOD.  BUT I am at a place in my life where I just don't feel like I deserve the life I live. I'm healthy. I'm happy. I have a man I love. And his 6 year old son too! My immediate family members are healthy. I have a job, scratch that CAREER, that I love. (I now work from home, by the way. I may go into my new job situation in another post.) 


Again, I want to be extremely real with y'all today. I am NOT perfect. I don't go to church even close to enough. I sin just like the next person. I cuss way more than I should. I mean I could go on...but I think you get the point. Trust me, I have my share of trials and tribulations. Every day is not all peaches and cream, and who knows what tomorrow may bring!


I am here! In this space...this place...and I am sooooo thankful! Sooooo blessed! Lord, I thank you! 

I don't know who will even read this post...but if you are reading this...and you feel like your life is just the complete opposite of where I am today (and know that I am fully aware any or all of this could be gone tomorrow) just know...

KNOW that He can do for you everything He has done for me and more!!! If you would have told me this is where I would be a year ago...a month ago...I would have never, ever believed you! 

That's all I have for today. I will end this post with just a few more inspirational pieces!


Until next time,  
<3 Keia

Thursday, June 12, 2014

My Style Thursday| Fiance's Picks

Hey friends!!! Welcome back to another week of My Style Thursday! This week I bribed my lovely fiance' to assist me! It was actually easier to bribe him than I thought it would be...he just asked me to my him a parfait in exchange! Done and done! LoL. Anyway, Big R, my fiance', is from the city of Detroit, Michigan. People from Detroit, men especially, take serious pride in their style! As a result, Big R is very stylish. He is very confident in his sense of style too. Unlike me, he has very well-established wardrobe, and he has a zone that he sticks to, which I think is super important when it comes to creating your own style. Over the years we've been together he has encouraged me to find my zone and to stick with it! Now, don't get it twisted...this is no Kimye' situation over here...I wear what I want! LoL. He just encourages me to build a wardrobe that I'm comfortable with...a wardrobe that's versatile! I'm still working at that...but I've come a long way! Ok, I'm rambling again! Here are a few pics of my handsome husband-to-be: (just so you can get a sense of HIS style!)
Ok, so it's important that you note: his French cuffed shirt, ring, watch, AND cuff links! You didn't think it was a game when I told you he was from Detroit, did you?! LoL.
We took this picture a couple of years ago. We were out for the night on a cruise along the Detroit River. (Lawd, what I would do to have those arms today!)
And this would be his version of casual wear. If you hadn't noticed already, he also dresses his little mini-me very well too!
So now that you know a little more about my man and his fashion sense...for this week's post, I asked him to pick out two outfits he would choose for me. 

This is what he chose for an EVERYDAY look: 
And this is what he chose for a NIGHT OUT look:

I am personally a fan of both looks! What do you think? I had a lot of fun with this post. It was really interesting to see what Big R would chose for me! I like that his picks were both rather simple, and I'm sure y'all know by now I'm a simple girl! Let me know if y'all like these kinds of posts. I am going to try remember to ask him to chose some fall/winter looks for me a few months! 

Until next time, 
<3 Keia

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner| Dollar Tree Style!

Happy Wednesday! Happy Hump Day! All that good stuff.

I've decided I am going to pop in every now and then to share things that I find useful in my everyday life. I hope you are able to find some of these things useful too!

I have a question for y'all. Do you watch videos on YouTube? I'm not talking about music videos or those viral videos that pop up on your Facebook feed. I'm talking about lifestyle videos and vlogs? Well I am A-D-D-I-C-T-E-D!!!! Like no joke! I swear to you I can watch YouTube, and not need an actual's that real! Anyhoo, one of my favorite YouTubers is Kathryn from DoItOnaDime. She gives really useful tips about organization and decorating your home on a budget. A while ago she mentioned these glass bowls from the Dollar Tree.

They are perfect for portion control! Goodness knows I need to be in control of my portions!
So the next time you are in Dollar Tree, get yourself some of these!!!

Until Next Time, 
<3 Keia

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

What's in my Bag?| Amusement Park Edition

So I am a very, very simple girl when it comes to beauty products. My everyday face routine takes less than five minutes. Very rarely do I do anything special when it comes to my makeup. I usually only wear makeup during the week for work to control the oil on my face and to at least attempt to cover some of my blemishes and scars. Most weekends I don't wear makeup at all, unless I'm going out somewhere nice. It's funny when I met Big R four years ago, we started dating in the summer time. It was super hot outside, but I was always adamant about putting on makeup everyday even just to go to Walmart! My face was in much worst shape back then. I had really bad dark spots on my face that I really tried hard to cover up, BUT Big R really encouraged me to stop being so reliant on makeup. If he had things his way I would never wear makeup. I really appreciate him for that. He enjoys my natural beauty, which makes my life really easy!

Anyway, that was a really long aside. I wanted to share what I carried with me in my purse this past weekend on our trip to Carowinds.
This are the products you can find in my purse on just about any weekend actually. I carried a simple, small cross body bag, so I only needed the essentials which included: 

1| Aviator Sunglasses. 
Y'all I only own one pair of sunglasses. Yep, I said one. I can't even remember where I bought these. I've had them for at least a couple of years. 

2| Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy Lips
I love the way this stuff smells. You can't always count on Vaseline to give your lips the ultimate moisture. 

3|Venus In a Snap Razor
I knew we were going to hit the water park, and it was so convenient to bring this pocket sized razor along with me. I ended up not needing it this trip, but I will definitely pop it in my bag when we head to the beach later this summer. So perfect for travel and trips!

4| Milani Pressed Powder in Cappucino
This is the powder I use on my face every day. It provides light coverage, and I only applied it to help control the oil on my face. It definitely wore off by the end of the day between the pool and sweating from running around the amusement park. 

5| Covergirl Mascara
I bought this mascara couple of months ago, and it is just about out. It's not all that great to be honest, but I wanted to at least apply a little mascara and this did the trick. 

6| Ulta Lip Gloss
My lovely friend/co-worker bought this lipgloss for me. I love it. It gives a very natural shine and shimmer to my lips. I figured since I had on little to no makeup, the least I could do was to rock some lip gloss. 

It could just be me...but if I have my stunna shades and some lip gloss...I'm good! Or maybe I'm just a plain Jane?! Eh...I'm cool with that! LoL. 

Until next time, 
<3 Keia

Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday Mani| Sinful Colors Pink Poppys

Happy Monday, lovelies!!!!
I'm back with this week's mani! I spent this past Saturday at an amusement park, Carowinds in Charlotte, NC. I shared more details about our day at the park in my Week in Review post here. Y'all I posted my Week in Review extra late last night! My bad! Check it out if you're interested! I wanted to wear a bright color on both my nails and toes since I knew I would be wearing a black top, and I wanted a pop of color. I went with a bright pink in none other than Sinful Colors Pink Poppys. I should just be a rep for Sinful Colors, huh? LoL. 

Perfect weekend color! What do you girls think? 

Until Next Time, 
<3 Keia