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:

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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 of the box. The accessory I chose was this pearl bag + my wallet jelly phone case bag which is very #ontrend now ladies!

Fashion is for everyone, but style is personal. It’s what you bring to the table! -MJ

LOOK 2:

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The third look is my boiler suit or jumpsuit + my strappy heels. For my accessory, I chose this faux fur triangular bag which gives a fun, but trendy look to my outfit. This is perfect for fancy events, a trip to a museum, or out for drinks with a friend.

LOOK 3:

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All three looks are definitely worth a try! I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you try any of them. Thanks for stopping by! XO MJ.

All Photos By Duran Andrae.

How To Take Back Your Peace.

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Hello, my loves! Can you believe we passed mid-JULY? Where is time going? I cannot keep up with this fast pace! 

Today’s post is about taking back your peace, why you ask? Because it’s yours. Period. As the weeks been passing by, I have noticed that I have not had full control of my peace and that is not good at all. Here’s why. If, God tells me (us) that He will fight for us and that we should hold our peace, why is it that we tend to forget that and replace that peace with worry, fear, distractions, fighting, anger and so on? Think about that. I’ve discovered that it is easier to say “I have a peaceful life” or “I am at peace with what’s going on with me” rather than actually having or being at peace IRL. Saying something and not showing it in your actions are vague and unreal. We need to stop lying to ourselves on a constant basis.

A Few Things You Can Do To Have Peace..

  1. Protect your space (and energy). This is something I have learned from my older sister. She’s constantly reminding us that only you have control over your space, nobody else (unless you so choose to give up that freedom). Practice expressing yourself in a calm manner in fuming situations. Instead of arguing or indulging in something that might disturb your mental health, say “I hear and understand, but right now I need time for myself” or even “Right now is not good for me, maybe we can try again another time”. Simple. And that includes saying NO. Ever since she gave us that tea, I took it and have been drinking it ever since. Best advice.
  2. Relax. I know life is busy, but always remember you are a ‘human being’ not a ‘human doing’. I took that from an affirmation song/podcast I listen to, now every day called “Affirmations for the Grown-Ass Woman” by Toni Jones, Worth Ethic. I advise everyone to download it on iTunes, it’s so good. It helps me stay relaxed and it gives me that motivation I need to stay at ease in the mornings. Do not allow your work life to keep you from living. Take some time to enjoy the sun and surroundings. If there is one thing I do not want my future to be, is just work work work! I promise my future self that I would always give time to self-care, even if it’s simply just having a picnic in the park. Any form of relaxation is a necessity. (To my Caribbean folks, this is especially for you workaholics!)
  3. Do things you want to do. Don’t settle for less. Sometimes that may entail you doing it alone, and that’s totally fine. Nothing is wrong with a little YOU time here or there. I was watching a tv show and they made the statement that it’s okay to do what you want to do, and it is so true. Never let anyone make you feel like it’s selfish. If doing what you want brings you peace, do it and do it now!
  4. Let go. If I have to put this in every blog post I write, then so be it. You got to let go. Marikah, you got to let go. I’m speaking to myself also y’all! Letting go of things we cannot control is the hardest, yet the easiest thing we could ever do. It is a proven fact that holding on to things/baggage/guilt/fear/struggles/hatred/sadness weighs us down, stresses us out, and can even lead to health issues. Is it really worth it? No, ask yourself that question: Is this thing I’m holding on to really worth my GOOD HEALTH? Am I willing to jeopardize myself in ways that can cause me the expense and even my life? Would it be worth it in the end? The answer will always be NO. It’s sad to say this, but everything is not meant to last forever. God allows things to happen to show us what we do not need. Just as He takes away, believe me when I say he’ll add more with tax. 
  5. Don’t sweat the little things. Instead, focus on the things ahead because it will be bigger and better. Every loss is a lesson and every lesson is a gain. Remember that.

So as the days ahead approach, I want you to remember to take control of your peace. A peaceful person is a wise person because they know what battles are worth fighting and what battles should be left to the Lord. Cheers to a peaceful life and a peace of mind. 

Outfit deets: Pleated skirt turned dress from Amazon Fashion , Shoes- Asos, Bag- Topshop/Zara

protect your energy.

Hello loves and welcome to a new month, APRIL!

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So, I am so baffled as to how fast April snuck up on us, but such is life and time. It is going ever so quickly which only means that we have to stay caught up! In today’s post I am focusing on ways WE can protect our energy, because the Lord knows there is so much negativeness (as well as negative people) out there, sometimes clear as day, but other times in disguise. So get comfortable and enjoy this read.

When I think of protecting my energy, what I honestly think of is simply protecting my space, what goes in and out of my ears, and what I allow to influence me. Anyone else agrees? I’m sure I’m not alone on this. This sort of reminds me of those times where your parents tell you to watch who keep as friends because sooner or later you’ll start acting like them or picking up their tendencies? I know I never use to really understand that because I thought I knew what I was doing, but truth be told they had a point. We pick up the energy according to who or what we surround ourselves with.

Okay…picture this…
You listen to someone’s story and that story is depressing, sad, dreary and just filled with a whole lot of problems that you cannot help them with. How do you think you’ll leave that person feeling? And do not sit there and say you’ll be perfectly fine afterward because I have experienced the draining feels after such times. That was not what I wanted around me. That energy from that person, consumed me which is not what we want around us.

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Just as we can get unwanted energies around us, the same way it is possible for us to adopt positive ones. It all depends on if we follow these tips:

Put up your guard.

Okay if you’ve been rocking with me, you know that I have written a post previously entitled “Let Your Walls Down”. However, in this case, it is necessary to have your guards up. Let me explain. You have to take control of what you allow to consume your time and space. Stay away from people who are always complaining, people who nag all the time, people who are very angry or violent and lastly people who are just not positive at all. Those people will bring you to a low place you do not want to be.

Surround yourself with power.

When I say “power” I actually mean powerful people, not the show power (although that is my show y’all.) When you have powerful people around you, you tend to adopt that energy that they give off. This is a positive influence you will be allowing for your life. These benefits are endless.

Create a place that encourages calmness.

I’ve heard that some people have “sacred places”, but I encourage you to just have a place in your house where you do not allow any negativity inside. Set your boundaries and stick to it. For me, this place is my bedroom. I try to have so much empowerment in there to always bring up my spirits instead of leaving me in s slump when I’m having a bad day. This place of calmness also is a no complaining zone, no angry zone and a no arguing zone.
Fun fact (well kind of personal): I now understand why my boyfriend would rather have some conversations outside his home, due to sometimes where conversations can lead to arguments (yes we are human, we argue sometimes lol). I totally get it now. He’s just protecting his place of positive energy. This is so important.

Have love in your heart.

Yes, we all think we truly have love in our hearts, but do we really? Love is a powerful protection when it comes to our energy. How you may ask? Let me tell you. WE have to be a living representation of love, wherever we are, wherever we go. We have to stay positive, even when we have the most negative thoughts. Replace the negative thoughts with positivity.

Keep positive affirmations.

For me I like affirmations so this is one of my favs. Honestly, this is another positive tool. When we affirm something, we speak it into existence. When we speak things into existence, we are allowing God to step in and have full control over our lives. The rest is history! Many people don’t really see the need for it, but it is so essential for a prosperous, whole and healthy life. This helps protect our energy in ways beyond you and me. (Below I’ll have a list of affirmations.)

Bonus: Stay balanced.

Let go of the negativity inside you by breathing in and out. By doing this we are cleansing our bodies. We can balance out the negative and positive by reminding ourselves of the reasons why we want to protect our energies from the beginning.
Reasons like: clearer mind, meaningful relationships, calmness in our life, more awareness to say no etc.

Following these simple tips can take us so far. Here are some positive affirmations. Feel free to post this to pinterest!

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PIN this post on PINTEREST!Get the messy look just right.pngThanks for stopping by! xoxo MJ.