Fall in Love

So it has been a while I know. I have been quite the micro-blogger lately on Instagram. I didn’t quite know what that was until @blogwithkim shared that concept one day. Anyway, I wanted to take the time to brag on my newest Goodwill find. A cozy, wrap cardigan that is sure to be in heavy rotation this season. When the weather people hinted that cooler weather was coming, I headed right to my happy place, my local Triad Goodwill. When I tell you that they have an abundance of sweaters, jackets and everything you need to stay warm, I am not over exaggerating. This lovely cardigan caught my eye because of the price, color, style and the thickness of it.

I paired this “3.59 BCBSGeneration cardigan with jeans, a tank and some booties. I am a girly, girl so I added a pearl brooch to the shawl neckline just to have some bling.

Plus I think I am slightly addicted to cardigans. For various reasons but I will name just a few:

*They can be worn in every season.

*They protect you for the sub-artic cold of your work air conditioner, that comes on when it’s cold instead of when it is hot.

*They are versatile and universally flattering if worn correctly.

*They are super comfy.

*They keep you looking “put together” (I hate when people say that) But basically gives you a more polished and complete look (like a blazer, but that is for another post).

Find sweaters and cardigans in colors  that enhance your beautiful skin and that will be easy to pair with other things in your closet.  I was going to link some retail cardigans for you all to chase down but then I said nah, I am challenging them to go thrifting. Save some of those coins for travel or to pay back student loans (I have a slew of them, HELP). Many people share with me that it’s hard for them to have a successful thrifting adventure. That is probably because you are trying to focus on the entire store on your first visit. That can be quite overwhelming. So head straight to the sweaters. Most places have them sorted by color and some even by size. Whether for work, casual wear, or date night, I am convinced that you will find something. Every piece will be unique which is what I absolutely love.

Fall is the time in which couples get all cute and cozy and take lubby dubby pics and stuff. Fireplaces start burning and people start confessing their love for one another. I think it is awesome. I love, love. Even when the kind of love that you desire isn’t quite there yet, it still feels amazing to know that you have friends and family who love and adore you. That unconditional love that no matter what you have done, they still love you despite all that. This Fall season, fall in love with yourself. That is the best love that you can have. When you have that kind of love, it is easy for others around you to love you. Even when they don’t you’re OK because you have that self love that can’t be taken away.

Thanks for stopping by. Share your sweater/cardigan thrift find with me on IG. I can’t wait to see what you find.

xo, Eve

 

 

 

 

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Thrifted Vintage Skirt and Booties/Fall Look

 

This week I am all about skirts and dresses. Jeans have been a tad bit restrictive for me lately so I thought about switching it up. Plus the weather has been amazing here lately in NC so why not show a little bit of leg.

 I took a trip to GCF Donation Center & Store in Morrsiville, NC yesterday. I went in for skirts and dresses but could not pass up on the chance to snag some great shoes for the fall as well. These Jessica Simpson booties that you see are my $3.49 treasure find. I finally made it over to the skirts and this vintage skirt caught my eye priced at $3.29!

What else is better than a thrifted vintage skirt and booties paired with a floral blouse and denim jacket? I felt like this outfit was my Fall outfit goals all in one smash! The colors and the way the pieces compliment each other are quite impressive if I do say so myself. Thrifted blouse $2.29

So let’s head into Fall with a fresh and different outlook on what our closet goals will look like this season. Go through your wardrobe and see what you have and let’s find a way to incorporate it into a new look. If not let’s get to thrifting. There are just too many treasures awaiting you that will not cost you retail prices.

As always, thanks for stopping by!!!!

xo, Eve

 

 

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Women In Power Brunch 2017

CEO, Founder Women In Power, Inc Trina Boyd Photo creds: Ohh Snaps! Premiere Photography (Charlotte, NC)

On September 16, 2017, I had the pleasure of traveling to Charlotte, NC to attend the 2nd Annual Women in Power Brunch, hosted by Trina Boyd. The brunch location, Solis Southline was nothing less than beautiful and accommodating. I enjoyed meeting and chatting with the many vendors, entrepreneurs, speakers, and guests in attendance.

My biggest takeaway from the event was the powerful words from Kiaera Douglas, CEO and Founder of EmpowHer Me Enterprises. The phrase, “being in the right place at the right time”  is all that I could think of while she speaking encouraging words into the lives of so many beautiful women.

She spoke on 4 Ways to Not Allow Your Fire to Die.

  1. Fuel-Speak life into your vision!
  2. Initiate-Get to work. Go get your people!
  3. Recharge-Too much of anything is unhealthy! Step back and take time to recharge!
  4. Exhaust-Tap into your resources!

I don’t know about any other boss women but that spoke to my soul. Women in Power Inc. is a non-profit organization that helps women strive in their business goals and aspirations! It is very evident that they stand by their mission statement as women flooded the networking event.

Sharing some of the shots I captured during the event. It was impossible to capture all of the great moments but I am sure these will tell the story.

                                                                                            All things Charlotte Blogger @queenininthecity   

 

If you would like to know more about the organization, the website is http://www.womeninpowerinc.com/

Thank you for stopping by! Make sure if you like the blog to follow and share!

xo, Eve

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How Breaking My Phone, Broke Me

 

Thrifted blazer. Tags were still attached. Tag price $249 #winning

Hi there. It’s been a while. Life has been happening on my end as I am sure it has on your’s as well. But we are still here!! So let me get to the meat of this post.

This past Sunday, I was out enjoying an adventurous evening with my youngest daughter Alivia. She was attempting to ride in this Little Tikes car that she has had since she was a year old and she is now 7, imagine that. Anyway, she is my all things picture taker so I asked her to quickly snap a picture for me. While she was trying to park her car and get prepared to honor my request, my phone slipped out of her hand and splattered all on the concrete (NO, I didn’t have a secure case, I know). She immediately started crying and apologizing. I had to gather my feelings and let her know that I was not upset with her at all and that it was actually all my fault. Our enjoyable evening then became a frantic search for me another phone or a way to mend my phone’s brokenness. Then I became mad at myself. I should’ve been more focused on enjoying our afternoon stroll than worrying about getting that perfect IG picture. As we walked back home after the incident I felt lost.

Lost about my phone and lost about life in that very moment. I truly felt like that broken phone was what I needed. I have said for a while now I needed a break from social media and from chaos and because I wasn’t strong enough to take it for myself, God helped his crazy, little daughter out. Verizon couldn’t help that day so I had to order a new phone. The phone that would take two days to get to me. I remained calmed and focused on making sure I could still use whatever means I had to communicate with my mom and daughters throughout the day. Day 2 came and the delivery person did not leave my phone at my home or the office. Instead of panicking yet again, I continued to enjoy the break that God was clearly giving me. So during this time I decided to think about what life without a phone for these past few days has shown me. It basically allowed me to disconnect from social media’s reality and also showed me myself in real life.  I have allowed social media to take over so much of my life these past few months. Don’t get me wrong, I love the outlet and being able to connect with old and new friends, blogger boos, family and grow different businesses. But none of that can replace the special time, memories and bonds that I have been able to share with my children these past 3 days. One moment I will treasure is coming home from work on Tuesday and my almost 14-year-old daughter, Ayana asked me to sit on the couch and watch a teen, chic movie with her. The movie was actually awesome with a great moral lesson about friendships. We watched the entire movie without any distractions. To have her cuddling with me without either of us on our phones was amazing. Even having uninterrupted story time at night with my youngest has made her world.

Check out my band aid accessory. A broken wine glass caused this accident of course!

I am sure people take mental breaks from social media all the time and that is great if you can and do but if not, sometimes life will force you to. I truly know that God listens to me because when I am not strong enough to do things on my own, he does them for me. Even now that I am back on social media, it will be with limits. I was able to focus more on my 9 to 5 and be more productive at work and at home. I was able to think more clearly about the direction that I want my businesses, relationships and life to go. I realized that I was getting lost in the chaos instead of standing out and creating peace. It hasn’t been a break just from social media, it has been a break from all things stressful, even people. Refocusing on things that are important and growing from the difficulties of life.

I finally got my phone yesterday and it took an act of God and two Verizon technicians to fix a glitch in order for it to work properly. FINALLY around 10pm last night, I was back in technology world. I even made my way to 5 Below and found me a nice old super protective phone case and screen for this delicate iPhone of course. Anyway, I said all that to say this. Don’t look up from your phone or computer one day and your kids are adults, parents are gone, friends are few and relationships are gone. Find a balance. Set limits. I am glad to be back but I have enjoyed being gone!

As always thanks for reading!

xo, Eve

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Wall to Wall

Good Monday evening. I am typing this as I sit at my work station confused as to why I am sitting at this work station. But then I realize I have mouths to feed and bills to pay even though lately that seems like more than I care to discuss. Backup to this morning, I did a live video on Facebook talking about not quitting. How we have to keep going even when it seems like we have every reason to quit. The reality is that we have to keep going because there are people we have yet to meet that need us. Does this make it easier? NO! Yet nothing comes easy these days, everything seems like it takes literally an act of congress to proceed to the next dimension of life. Let me move on to why I am writing today.

I am pretty sure that when you saw that topic you were like where is she going with this. So let me go ahead and ease your curiosity. Let me be transparent. I have walls built in my life taller than what you know who wants to build. Mainly because sometimes hurt can be too much to carry. So I build these walls of protection which sometimes aren’t truly protecting anything. You know how your intentions are to protect something but you do more harm than protecting? Those are my walls. I am at a point in my life where God has me exposed. My flaws, my weaknesses, my hurt, my brokenness. Now I know He is going to turn it around for my good, but these walls are coming down too fast. I often look up at Him and say, “ok, Sir I need you to slow down just a tad bit”.  When God exposes you there is no oops, let me cover up. There isn’t a cover up big enough for that. Proverbs 4:23 tells us above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Wow! How powerful is that, physically and literally. The verses are that one continue on to tell us how we should behave with one another and in life. No where does it say build a wall though. I mean I can make it up if I want to but it will not override what He has already said.

Wall to wall is the notion that we can’t move anywhere if we keep putting up walls that we will eventually run into. Walls will have you thinking that everyone is out to harm you. Walls will have the love of your life right under you nose but you have built a wall and can’t see it. Walls will have your financial breakthrough right there waiting but prior bad investments have you scared. Walls will have your purpose staring at you in the face but you have that wall of  fear of failure blocking your view. Walls will have that new marriage on the horizon but that bad divorce has you putting up walls in front of every new potential you meet. Everything God does is intentional. As broken as we are, what’s better than having the Master himself sculpt us back to life. Where we have walls, He wants our trust. Those walls could very well be blocking access to the very things that God needs and wants us to have.

 

All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them-Walt Disney

 

Thank you for reading. If nothing else, just know that you are not in this wall banging situation alone. Yet, we can all escape together!

xo, Eve

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