When you’re on an arduous journey, it can definitely feel like you’re all alone without anyone to guide you. It’s amazing how many people are willing to help you once you open up and discuss what you’re going through. I’ve been blessed this last year, well many years really, by some beyond amazing people who have come through for me in ways they did not have to. When you’re surrounded my generous spirits, it is your duty to show them how much you appreciate what they’ve done. And maybe you can’t afford to give them the world, but you can absolutely say thank you.
As the clock struck twelve one month ago, I got on my knees and recited a prayer of gratitude to my God. At first, I didn’t know what to say. I felt like I owed Him a deep and reflective conversation. Over and over again, I emphatically whispered thank you until I felt like He heard me. I slowly opened my eyes and realized, I really just turned 30 years old. I was alive. As tears formed in the corner of my eyes, I got into bed and drifted to sleep.
On a scale of 1 to NeNe, how shady am I for not blogging for three weeks, only to come back with a birthday wish list? Well, I did it! Tomorrow is my birthday. A few people have been asking me what I wanted but that’s not really a question I’m good at answering. I pretty much buy myself what I want but hey, if you want to get me something, I’d be the happiest girl in the world.
So what does a girl turning 30 want anyway? I thought long and hard about it and that’s really a tough question to answer. When we’re younger, the choices for gifts are endless. So many toys. The gifts start to get a little more complicated as you get older.
If you also have a friend entering their 30’s, maybe they’d also like something from this list. What to give a friend turning 30? I have 30 gift ideas for ya.
As a blogger, I take in a lot of content from fellow style bloggers. Most of that content is too good to keep to myself. I wrote about a few of my favorite fashion bloggers a few years ago and since then, I’ve added/replaced some of them. To me, these personal style bloggers do a great job not only with their personal style but being able to let their personalities shine through as well. There’s only so many style blogs you can read before your eyes cross from seeing the same trend and handbag on every blogger’s page. Then there are style bloggers whose life stories are interwoven beautifully into their posts, making the visit to their site a pleasant one.
7 Female Style Bloggers You Should Know
1. Frédérique Tietcheu, I Go By Frankie: I’ll be honest…In my head, I dress like Carrie Bradshaw. But really, I dress like a school teacher who’s rebelling. Frédérique, aka Frankie, is like Carrie Bradshaw in the 70s. Something about her smile seems purely genuine through her photos. This Parisian is funky-fab and I can dig it. (Photo via I Go By Frankie)
As you may know, if you’ve been following my blog for a while and my other social platforms, I’m a proud Haitian-American. Seeing fellow Haitians display their pride online always makes me extremely happy. Enter Paola Mathe, blogger at Finding Paola and creator of Fanm Djanm headwraps.
One of the most vivid memories of my early 20s was going out for drinks with friends and somehow finding myself dry-humping a wall. Ah yes, those were the days. But in a month, I will be thirty and I don’t know how. How did I get here? First of all, thanks God. But for real though? Just the other day, I was 18 without a care in the world. At 25, I was still turning up like you wouldn’t believe. Now? I can’t wait to get home on Friday and sleep off all of the exhaustion from the week. A drink? My stomach can’t take the thought.
The following advice in this post is almost all a result of my first hand experiences. Everything that I’ve gone through in my 20s, has molded me into the woman I am today. Of course I’ve had many regrets that I later took back because without the experience, I would not have gotten the lesson. I’m still learning the lessons. But if I could share with you what I wish someone would’ve shared with me, this is what I would say.
If you’ve been blogging for 5 or more years like myself, you’ve probably reached the point where you want to get into the nitty-gritty of blogging. At this point, you know all of the basics and you want to learn the harder stuff. If you’re anything like me, the harder stuff include technical topics like SEO, HTML, ad campaigns and analytics.
You know that feeling you get when you leave the hair salon with freshly styled hair. Your self-esteem is on fleek! There’s not a cloud in the sky, birds seem to be singing a melodic song, people are laughing and carrying along. You look good and no one can steal your joy.
Give me a song with lyrics about real life, pain and sorrow, and I’ll play the record incessantly. Music has the power to make you feel emotions and desire situations that are probably foreign to you. You ever notice how you’ll listen to a sad song, totally happy about your place in life mind you, and it has the power to completely shift your mood? I consider myself a happy sad person. I love sadness. I love it because to be sad, you have to dig deep within you to reveal emotion. When you’re sad, your thoughts and conversations cannot be shallow. So whether it’s a good sad song or one of inspiration and longing, I rock with it because it’s meaningful.
There are four albums in particular that I can literally listen to from beginning to end without skipping once. These albums belong to artists that all happen to be women with unique voices. What do these they all have in common besides their beautiful voices? Powerful lyrics.
If you’ve never heard of the PANTONE, it’s not your fault. But if you’re a graphic artist or designer and haven’t heard of it, shame on you. PANTONE is the leader in color communication, known for its matching system. This year’s color, Marsala, couldn’t be any more rich and exciting.