Author: keepingupwithMJ

The Wedding Guest List: The Art Of Choosing.

Hello everyone. It’s Tuesday, which means its #weddingserieswithMJ time! If you been following me on Instagram, you know that I started this wedding series about a month ago where I share some tips, advice, and some realness to my future brides and also to anyone interested in knowing my thoughts/feelings. Today is no different. I usually post to Instagram, but I felt like this post would be a little more lengthy and it’s worthy of a blog post! Keep up with me on Instagram, by following me HERE. Now that that’s in order, let’s get into the good stuff. Wedding Guest List This is possibly the worst part of wedding planning, in my opinion. It’s literally bittersweet. This is the day you would have to put on your big girl and big boy underwear and make some tough decisions. Honestly, it took me and husbae A LONG TIME to get our list figured out. It was so hard. It wasn’t that hard. No, it was hard.  Before you make the tough decisions of adding and subtracting …

6 Ways To Fight Writer’s Block.

Writers’ block can be a pain. It can make us writers feel like we are incompetent, lesser, and like we are losing the one thing that should just flow…words. I have been a victim of writer’s block many many times, so I have accumulated some helpful tips to help you push through writer’s block. If you’ve been faced with this problem, this post is for you! My most favorite place to write is on my bed under my comfy comforter. Sometimes I enjoy having the window open to have some sunlight in or some soft music that will calm my mind and help my thoughts to just easily flow to my fingertips. This is not always 100% successful because distractions occur.  HERE ARE 6 TIPS TO FIGHT WRITERS BLOCK: 1. Turn your phone on do not disturb (or completely off). We know ourselves enough to know that there will always be that one notification that we’ll keep checking and that one text message we have to answer. If you want to get serious brain juice …

Styling Strappy Heels 3 Ways.

We all have some strappy heels in our closet. Some may be block heel, skinny heel or block heel, but either way, the strappy heels are the most fun! This style post is showing you how I style my chunk strappy heels 3 different ways for some chic and stylish looks!  I hope it gives you some style inspiration. Be sure to pin these looks on Pinterest for later. The first look is my chunky yellow sweater with paperbag denim jeans + my strappy heels. For this look, I was going for a cute + comfortable look. The accessory I chose was this transparent yellow handbag that literally makes the outfit whole. A perfect outfit for spring. You can wear this for a casual date night or even for a brunch date with the girls! LOOK 1: The second look is my puff sleeve ruffle dress with cropped denim jeans + my strappy heels. This is more of a fun look. Very trendy, street style outfit for the girl who’s not afraid to dress outside …

Celebrate Love With Glossier You.

As the world goes crazy over “Valentine’s Day” every year, I usually think back to how that day came about. I’m not going to go over the nitty-gritty of it all, but I’m here to say let’s change the narrative! I mean… that’s how “Galentine’s Day” came about and that’s been the best fake holiday ever since! Instead of gushing over your other half, just celebrate love with your close family and friends, so that no one feels left out! Today’s post is about the Glossier You, which is glossier’s one and only perfume. It has a nice, light scent that’s not too girly and feminine. This scent was made for people who like their scents to last throughout the day! If you watched previous videos I’ve made about glossier you would have seen the glossier you solid, the small compact perfume in a small case that glossier use to sell. It’s now out of commission. As sad as that is, at least we have the glossier you to still bask in! The perfect gift …

Everything Is Fine With Mejuri.

Hello my loves. Happy first day of the week. I hope you are having the most amazing day. If not, hopefully this post will put a smile on your face! Something to make you smile: “Find beauty in every day. A sunset. A breath of fresh air. A happy memory. A friendly smile. Beauty is everywhere.” Please remember that today, tomorrow and always. Don’t every feel like you are not good enough or beautiful enough. You are enough because you were made just the way you are on purpose and with a purpose! If you haven’t heard of Mejuri, don’t worry about it. I’ll fill you in! Mejuri is a fine jewelry brand that is perfect if you’re a minimalist and prefer simple necklaces or rings with your everyday look. I don’t usually wear jewelry, (except for my rings) but I am in love with this necklace! It’s perfect. It goes with just about everything. The necklace I’m wearing is the dot necklace which is not expensive at all! Simple + affordable is a bargain …

Wedding Day Getting Ready + My Bridesmaids.

Hey stars! I hope you been shinning bright throughout the week so far. Happy Tuesday! Last week I decided to start a new wedding series via instagram where I’ll share my wedding tips and/or what I’m learning as a wife + newlywed. I’ll also be writing up a post here on the blog as well! PS: If you missed last week’s juice, click here to watch my wedding dress vlog + my SAY YES TO THE DRESS moment! Get your tissues ready! Today’s JUICE is all about getting ready for the big day! Tip #2: Have fun, breathe & smile for the camera! No lie guys, the days leading up to my wedding day I was super excited. I didn’t have that much anxiety…UNTIL the night before and the morning of. It wasn’t because I was going to be a runaway bride or anything, but I felt nervous. All the questions rushed through my head, would everything go smoothly? Will I look the way I imagined? Did I forget anything? Would our dance routine look …

Glossier’s Skincare Edit + A Limited Edition Product.

Hello stars! Yes, you’re a star. Welcome back. So glad you decided to come visit my blog today. This post should be satisfying if you’re into taking care of your skin! Question, how many of you care about your skincare routine? (All of you should be saying ME) Okay so you’re going to want to stay for this post. If you didn’t know, I’m a Glossier Rep, which means I have my own page on their website + I have a 10% off discount link especially for you. As a rep I recommend products I’ve tried and the ones I love. (I would never recommend something I dislike) And if I’m being completely transparent, a SMALL portion of your portion goes towards my commission. It honestly benefits you more than me, however I really love this company and stand 100% by their products! That’s the truth. So, to the ones who support me and shop using my link, you a real one & I hope you LOVE your products! Glossier came out with the skincare …

2020: Be Intentional.

Hey loves! Happy New Year! It’s finally 2020 and I have already had so many blessings poured my way. This year I am claiming the 3 P’s: Peace, Prosperity & Patience. As a person who have had highs and lows throughout her life, this year I’m choosing to not let it get in the way of my greatness. It’s okay to fail, but make sure you keep trying. Someone once told me that failure is part of the process and part of the bigger picture. It was hard at first to accept that, but as time has progressed I have implemented into my daily life. This year is the year of being 100% intentional in every aspect of life. Work, school, marriage, friendship, careers, aspirations, goals and dreams. Nothing is too big or too small. Questions to ask yourself: How can you be intentional this year? What can you do differently this year than you did last year? How can you leave your legacy in this world? What do you want to accomplish? Coming to …

3 Things You Should Have In Your Closet.

Hey guys! As we wrap up 2019 and prepare to bask in all 2020’s blessings, remember that the end of year sale is right around the corner! Hahaha. I know..you weren’t expecting that, but it’s true. Make sure you buy some pieces that will take in you into 2020 looking and feeling your best. Who said shopping had to be full-priced all the time? Today’s post is for my fashionistas. You look shopping, but you get overwhelmed because you’re not always sure what to buy and how to put outfits together. I HEAR YOU. I SEE YOU. I AM HERE TO HELP! 3 Things You Should Have In Your Closet Oversized Blazer Belt Bag Dad Sneakers or Booties These items are necessary (and extra perks if you’re married, I’ll elaborate soon) and will always allow you to switch up your looks. Whether you’re a blogger, stylist, or fashionista who likes to dress up! Oversized Blazer- It can take your look from zero to SHERO! Pair it
with a tank, tee, or your favorite crew neck sweater …

Queen And Slim.

Last night I saw the film Queen And Slim. I had to write a blog post. This movie taught me a few lessons, as a matter of fact, it reiterated what it means to be a black human being in a corrupt society. This is so unlike me, writing about films I’ve watched, but this one is necessary. Queen and slim is an important film. It’s kind of like a superhero movie, where you’re rooting for your favorite characters to win in the end like a fairytale, but then they don’t and you’re livid. This film was meant to make you livid. It was meant to open your eyes to what’s really going on in this world. It wasn’t meant to have a happy ever after, no matter how hard we were praying for one because like Issa said, we’re rooting for everybody black, and I definitely was. Call it bias if you want. Lena Waithe (the genius behind this film) said, “My job is to make art that makes you think, and makes you …

Confessions of a Newlywed.

Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog and a new post about all things wedding, post-wedding, etc. It’s been 3 months since my wedding!! Time flew by. As you can already tell from the title, this post will be about some untold confessions of what it’s like to be a newlywed. This should be super fun, but before I jump into the good stuff, I’ll be sharing one tip today for my soon-to-be brides! You’re about to be a bride? Read this part. Okay, I get it you’re excited, nervous, pumped, anxious, and you have ALL THE FEELS. Well, you should! I’ve put together some tips for you so that you’ll have the absolute best wedding day. However, they won’t be in this post. Only ONE TIP I’ll share with you. Sidebar: The next wedding post will be the rest! Tip 1: Choose your bridal gang wisely.  Sneak Peek of my QUEENS: Shenelle, Akilah, Akesia, Mercy, Julia H. & Julia M. + my flowergirls/boys Kailin, McKenzie-Rae, Matthias & Jai (ring-bearer).Be hella choosy with your close company! The …

20 Thoughts For 2020.

Guys, guess what? 2020 is right around the corner. I mean, not literally but it’s a few weeks away, so I decided to share 20 thoughts for 2020 with you to get you ready for what’s ahead! **Disclaimer: This post is a bit lengthy, but it is worth the read + dope photos ahead! 20 Thoughts For 2020 Keeping it real 2020 is a bit scary for me. Not because I’m thinking negatively or anything, but it’s scary because I am super anxious about what’s coming! Honestly, God has been blessing me thoroughly and keeping it all the way real…I am so happy right now. I finally feel like good things really came to me. I’ve always kept the faith and tried to walk the walk, but sometimes it got hard and I did lose faith for a second. Thankfully I found my way back to God and my faith grew and grew to where it is now. SO, my first thought and advice are this: Never lose your faith. Why? Because God always has …