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International Women's Day
Posted on March 8, 2017
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March 8th is our day on the calendar, but I make it a point to celebrate us year-around. We're a force to be reckoned with. Continue to shine. Continue to make your dreams come true. Don't let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do. Be fierce. Be soft. Be hard. Fight for what you want. Cheers to some of the women that I love and aspire to be like: Beyoncé, Solange, Viola Davis, Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Janelle Monáe, Zendaya, Yara Shahidi, Aja Naomi King, Ciara, Cardi B, Jourdan Dunn, Jackie Aina, Jessica Lewis, Whitney White and many, many, many more! Girls are everything. Women are everything. I love us and you should too. If you want to see non-stop girl power, be sure to follow me on Tumblr. 







Foolproof Skincare For Dry Skin
Posted on November 27, 2016
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Does your skin feel tight after washing your face? Do you get flaky in the fall and winter months? Have you tried organic ingredients in hopes of combatting the dryness and you're still flaky like a biscuit? 

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you are not alone girl.


I decided to try high end skincare products for the first time last year around this time and my skin has improved so much since then.
The Vitamin Hydrating Mist gives an extra boost to the skin and I love the smell! 

After a few nights of using these products, my skin felt totally different. My skin has definitely improved over the past year thanks to FAB's products.




If you have dry skin like I do and haven't been able to get a routine down that works, don't fret! Sometimes it may be the products you’re using or your routine needs to be tweaked. Using a gentle cleanser along with a good serum and moisturizer have been my saving grace. I absolutely love that I got to try the moisturizer and night cream in the set, but you can definitely find a moisturizer that can be used in the AM & PM. Fresh Beauty's Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream is awesome for that.
I finally bought my Foreo Luna Mini 2 after a year and some change and I'm so glad it did. This device paired with my FAB Face Cleanser is a God dream. My skin is even softer than before. I definitely recommend investing in one.
Start out with a simple lineup of products to keep your routine simplified, then you can slowly begin to add and take away products depending on what's best for your skin. I really hope this helps.
If you have dry skin and you've stumbled upon some awesome products, let me know in the comments. I'm always looking for new stuff to try.
In the meantime, check out some of my favorite "dry skin approved" products below!

After a couple of trips to Sephora, I decided to pick up First Aid Beauty’s Peace, Joy & FAB Kit last year during the VIB sale. This gave me a chance to try multiple products from the same line without breaking the bank and I got at least three full-sized products in the set.

Pro-tip: If you’re looking to try new skincare products, now is the time to rack up! There are all kinds of holiday sales and everybody is selling holiday sets, which will give you the opportunity to try different products without breaking the bank.

If you have dry or sensitive skin, I highly recommend trying First Aid Beauty's products.

My favorites are the Face Cleanser, Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream and the Ultra Repair Cream.  The Ultra Repair Cream has a whipped consistency, but it’s thick enough to combat dryness, especially during colder months. This cream can be used all over the body, but I only use it for my face. It also has oatmeal in it, which is awesome for dry skin. If you’re looking for a face cleanser, this one is perfect! It’s extremely gentle and it won’t leave your skin feeling stripped, which is why it's officially a holy grail product for me. I also love the night cream. After a few days of using the night cream before bed, I noticed how moisturized my skin was the next morning.











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First Time Renter's Guide
Posted on September 5, 2016
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I moved into my first apartment almost five months ago and I wanted to share the things I learned along the way.  If you’re moving out on your own for the first time and you’re not sure where to start, I hope this provides you with some insight to make your transition smoother.


·       First and foremost, create a budget. Be mindful of your monthly income and go from there. Be sure to include your current bills along with your future bills (cable, utilities, etc.) 

      Save. Save. Save.  If you don’t already have a savings account, now would be the time to start one. Most banks only require $25 to open an account. Open an account and deposit $25 (or whatever you can afford) into your savings once a month. 

Do your research. You can check out sites like ApartmentGuide.com, Apartments.com, ForRent.com and of course good ol’ fashioned Google, which is how I found my apartment complex.
·       
      Be sure to schedule an appointment to tour your prospective place.

While you’re on your tour, be sure to ask about your desired amenities. Will water, trash and sewage be included in the rent? Are there fees for having a pet or using the carport and garages on the property?

Ask about cable bundles that may be mandatory.  Some complexes may have an agreement with your local cable provider.

If you want a pool, gym, fireplace or any other amenities, be sure to inquire about those things during your tour.


·       Read the fine print before turning in your application.

The first complex I applied to wouldn’t refund my security deposit after I canceled the move-in date when I got approved for my first choice. That could’ve been $150 back in my pocket, but I was on a tight deadline to find a place and didn’t read the fine print thoroughly. Even if you think the rental office explained everything to you, be sure you read over everything for yourself and ask any questions before you submit your application.


·       Be persistent. My complex doesn’t have a waiting list so everything is first come, first serve. They weren’t able to tell me when a unit would be available right away, so I literally had to call, email and drive to the rental office to make sure I had first dibs on a place by my desired move-in date and I got in!

·       Inspect your future haven. If there’s any damage to the place (i.e. dirty carpet, chipped paint, etc.), be sure to take pictures and inform your rental office before you sign the lease so you’re not held responsible when you move out. You wanna be able to get that security deposit back, girl!

Hire a moving company. If you’ve saved a decent amount of money and you don’t want the hassle of having to round up family and friends to help you move, hire movers. I was only moving my bedroom furniture so I used You Move Me. They were reasonable, friendly, and quick. They even gave me a plant as a housewarming gift! You can always research other moving companies in your area. Most companies charge by the hour and may also charge based on distance, so keep that in mind.

Do not procrastinate! Moving little things from Point A to Point B was a pain towards the end because I was just ready to get it over with. Not to mention, we were moving off the third floor. Any small things such as clothes bins, etc. that can be moved by the company you hire, have them throw it on the truck and save yourself some time and energy. If you get your keys before your actual move-in date, take things to your new place little by little to lighten your load towards the end.

Last, but not least, enjoy your new home! Make it your own and make it a place you can’t wait to come back to after a long day.




Letter To My Younger Self
Posted on August 13, 2016
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August 13, 2006 (Age 18)

So you’re done with high school and you’re starting college in a week. I know you wanted to go away for school, but you have some maturing to do. You’ll get to leave, I promise. You may feel stagnant sometimes and things might get tough, but you’ll get through it. Besides, you’ll be busy as hell three years from now in a totally different environment. All of this is temporary. Just knock these prerequisites out and keep it moving.


August 13, 2011 (Age 23)

Well, you did it. You graduated from college. You thought the day would never come, but it’s here! You were a totally different person when you came to TSU at 20-years-old, but you’ve learned valuable lessons and made lifelong friends in the process. When you think of this place, think about what it took for you to get here and never take it for granted. You gained much more than a degree.

Even though you matured and learned a lot about yourself, college was still a safety net. It’s gonna be scary and stressful trying to figure out what’s next, but do yourself a favor and relax. Listen to Dad. He may sound insensitive now, but you need to go home. You didn’t have a plan mapped out for post-graduation so the best thing for you to do is go home. Go home and enjoy not having to do anything for the first time in five years. You’ll be able to eat home cooked meals again and the days of sleeping in an extra large twin bed and dragging your clothes to the laundry room to wash clothes are done! Appreciate the little things.

Be prepared for growing pains. Be prepared to feel lost. You’re gonna argue with Mom and Dad because parents don’t get it. Take everything as a lesson and apply it in the future so you know how to navigate it or help someone else navigate it. The same way you had to fight to get your degree, you’ll have to fight even harder to find your place in the "real world". Oh yeah, start a savings account. You'll need it. 

And last, but not least, do not put deadlines on your life. Don’t stress yourself out because you aren’t living in a condo in NYC by age 25. We’ve been trained to think we have to set all these unrealistic goals by a certain age in order to be “successful”. Five years from now, you won’t even wanna move to New York. It sounds crazy now, but trust me on this. Be thankful for the things you have and continue to work for the things you want.

Last thing, don’t become complacent, because that’s not who you are. Be good to yourself and stay encouraged.


Love, Jaida




Be Intentional In 2016
Posted on January 16, 2016
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So here we are with an update – six months later I’m terrible, I know. As if I wasn’t already a slacker, the last five months of 2015 had me all over the place and overwhelmed, but here I am and happy new year! I hope the first couple of weeks of 2016 have been good to you. They’ve been okay and I feel a lot more driven this time around. I know in the past I’ve said that this year would be “the year” that I did this and did that, but I’m not gonna do that this year because it hasn’t been effective thus far.

I’m a procrastinator who gets so overwhelmed at the thought of all the things I want to do that I end up doing nothing at all. Simply put, I want to put an end to that this year. I acknowledge that I suck at resolutions so I chose to stray away from that this year. I wrote out my goals for the year, big and small. Things such as using my library card and drinking more water are things I want to do.

(By the way, I’m participating in the Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge. Feel free to follow me here. I’m open to reading suggestions! I’m almost finished with #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. Next up is, Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht.


I also have major goals, but I’ve chosen not to speak on them out loud. I’d just rather work towards them little by little. My friend pointed out making monthly goals for herself instead since she doesn’t do well with long-term goals. I’ve decided to give that a try. Because I get overwhelmed to the point of not doing anything at all, I’ve decided baby steps are better than no steps at all. You have to start somewhere. I realized that if you sit idly waiting for the “right time” to do something, you’ll be waiting forever.

“Don’t talk about it, be about it” is the mantra for my life this year. Too much talking and complaining won’t get you very far. Believe me, I know firsthand.

I really had an epiphany during the last week of 2015 and it got my gears turning. All I really want is to be intentional with my actions this year so that I can grow as a person. Try not to get caught up in social media. Some of it’s real, some of it isn’t. It’s so hard not to compare yourself to friends and peers when you see people getting promotions and taking trips to the Dominican Republic.

I know it’s easier said than done, but don’t do it! Been there, done that. It doesn’t do you any good. Besides, I got my passport last April and it’s valid for 10 years. I’ve got plenty of time to stamp it up. Baby steps sis, baby steps.

While I’m not working on being intentional and purposeful, I like to run my mouth on social media. You can catch me on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.


What are some ways you go about accomplishing or tracking your goals? I’d love to know! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section or leave me a tweet or comment on the ‘Gram.

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