NOLA

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

What I love most about traveling is getting to see how big of a world we live in with so many different cultures and lives. It's really amazing. I love every where I go I get a particular feeling and even when I live, if I think about my time in that location, it all comes flooding back to me. When I was in New Orleans, I found myself just staring at how beautiful everything really is. After walking up and down the streets and staring at all of the balconies in the French Quarter, we went to Bourbon Street. I went in and out of various bars, watched people sing karaoke, and everyone bond together so well. I stopped and watched a group of guys play the drums for a good 20 minutes. I didn't get to stay for long but it's definitely a place I have to go back to and spend a good week there.

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VS Pink fit

"A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them" -Steve Jobs

Every Christmas since I was a teenager my mom and I would go to Victoria Secret and buy as much underwear as we could to get the free tote bag that came with it. Since they came out with PINK and all their activewear, I fell in love. During Christmas I went shopping and got this olive green set, even with the matching olive green backpack.

Victoria Secret Pink yoga leggings
Victoria Secret Pink zip hoodie
black and white Nike roshe runs
Target work out tank top
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you mad

"There are no secret formulas for success in anything. Work hard, be nice to people, study your craft, and stay true to who you are." -Unknown

I never treat myself often or really do Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales but this last Cyber Monday I went on Missguided and bought these boots that I won't stop obsessing over. When I use to be a teenager, I would get Jordans and just keep them in the box in fear of messing them up so I never ended up really wearing them. It's the same with these ruched boots. I've had them in my closet almost 2 months just trying them on in front of the mirror only. They're everything. I've even been contemplating getting an extra back up pair. Anyways, I decided to wear a Dipset coaches jacket with heels because I use to only listen to Cam and them when I was growing up. I figured I could wear it with sneakers but was like let me switch it up this time.

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Missguided ruched ankle boots
ASOS black leggings
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A Real One

"It’s not about money or connections—it’s the willingness to out work and outlearn everyone...And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time." -Mark Cuban

I'm finally settled in and couldn't be happier. Well, I technically could be if my family and boyfriend lived next door but happy work wise. Everything in my closet is hung up and I'm organized so I'm relieved. Mainly because I'm finally able to have a schedule now, wake up, work, emails, do phone calls, take pictures. Before when I didn't have a solid place I was mentally everywhere. Well I'm back to my every other day posts so hope you love!

Fashion Nova cut out dress
Steve Madden ankle strap heels

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Saguaro

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?" - Martin Luther King

I've been MIA because I spent the past 10 days moving from Florida to Los Angeles. My next few posts are going to be about my trip from there to here. We stopped in New Orleans, Houston, Arizona, and so many other places that I can't wait to tell you guys about. I shot these pictures while in Arizona. The Saguaro National Park was gorgeous and the cactus there were huge. If you're ever driving through, I recommend stopping by. I like stepping out of my comfort zone so I decided to set aside my skinny jeans for a pair of flared trousers. I also found a brand called The K Label which I am now in love with. They have some really dope pieces.

The K Label crop top in rust
The K Label flared trousers in rust
Forever 21 metal rim sunglasses wide leg pant

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4 years ago today

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle." -Steve Jobs

Four years ago today I won a model search for American Apparel which became my 2nd photo shoot after Seventeen Magazine. It was one of the pivotal points in my mind that started my career. I had been blogging for a year or so and Gabi Gregg hit me up like "you should apply for American Apparel's model search, you'd win" I was like yeah iiiiight, I'm not a model. But then I got to thinking like maybe she's right. I remember saying to myself, I'll never win if I don't even try. The worst that could happen is not winning. They contacted me later and I flew from Florida to LA, shot with them and then when I arrived back home, I told my mom I needed to move to NY to really start whatever it was I wanted to do. I wasn't sure what I wanted at that time but knew I couldn't grow anymore where I was. If I wanted to be successful in the fashion industry, I needed to be in the middle of it all. I needed to be in NY to make myself more accessible. Shooting with AA changed my life because it made me realize I wanted more for myself. I gave my job in Florida a two weeks notice, packed up the back of my car, and drove up to Ny with a thousand dollars. It took me 2 months to land a solid job and during those 2 months I kept thinking how depressed I was to be there with little money, no fam, no job. It wasn't enough for me to leave though. I finally landed a job and ended up working 50+ hours a week to be able to afford my thousand dollar studio apartment in Harlem. I love reflecting on what it took for me to get where I am and I appreciate all the brands along the way whether or not they think they have impacted. So thank you to American Apparel for lighting a bigger fire in me. I needed to be more passionate about myself and what I wanted. Also thank you Gabi.

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All that glitters isnt gold

"Our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers." -Scott Peck

I shot these pictures some time around last August but never got around to posting them. I noticed that I end up shooting way more looks than I actually post. I should get around to posting more often. I promise it will happen soon. I move to LA in a few days and am so anxious for all the work I'm going to get done.

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