Send Me Your location…

 

Cuban Artist: Michel Mirabal

Warehouse Art district

St. Petersburg, FL

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As I plan to journey abroad, I am finding that each time I get nervous about a week before I depart. I guess it’s because I am chartering to a place of the unknown for me. I start to think too much. I guess I am just unsure of what to expect. I am usually thinking about what not to do while in a foreign territory. However, I am usually overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunity.

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Just to think I said this year I was not taking any trips. I was going to work on getting my real estate career and business coaching off the ground before I agreed to travel anywhere. Well Ellefriends, I close on a home 2 days after I return from my travels. Now look at God! It’s so funny how we set goals and the universe aligns to see them through. I always believed when you are in sync with Gods plans for your life it would get easier for you. At a time I was head strong I would not be going anywhere this year, my girls started a group chat that went something like this, “Ladies!” Everyone began calling roll, “present!” my girl Keisha starts conversing by saying, “So Cuba?” Lol! Ellefriends there went all my hopes, dreams, & goals of financial gains this year out the window! Lol!

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Now here I am journeying again. I am getting my second chance to put another stamp in our book. Yes, I said “our book” because wherever I go, I take you all with me.

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Funny story, I even made a pack with myself this time around. I plan to be a minimalist and travel with only a carry on. Lol! So I am waiting to see if I can truly smash that goal.

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Everyone is talking about loosing weight for the trip and I am over here like Cuba better embrace these curves. Tf Cuba thought! Lol!

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I have been through so much in my years. It amazes me how this once little chocolate girls dreams, goals, and aspirations continues to meet me where life sees fit!  I always promised myself I would live and not just settle for existing.

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I remember watching the news once and JayZ was being ridiculed for entering Cuba when the Travel band was in order. Here I am getting that same opportunity. I am grateful to my President Obama for what I am sure will be full of unforgettable memories!

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I solemnly swear to all my  Ellefriends to dress everyday like I am going to meet my ex!

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I will without regret continue to be authentically me, no matter where I go or who I meet! I vow to check off every place I dream to go. I vow to partake in every adventure so that my mind & visions will continue to flow. I vow to visit restaurants on my to do list near and far. I vow to indulge in foods that I have saved from my Pinterest timelines. I vow to do what I choose as long as this world is mine! You see Elle Friends I made a vow to myself not to wake up everyday to pay bills and die, I vowed to myself to wake up everyday to live, love, & give life my best try!

Damn Gena….

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True story, I watched Martin last night, right. It was the episode when Martin thought one of his friends stole his CD player. Remember Gina appeared suspect because she wore Martin’s shirt. It was something about it being over sized and tied up that sparked my creativity. It made me pull out my black button down too & tie it in a knot. Lol! I find inspiration in the weirdest ways.

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Out catching these good vibes or breeze after a graduation dinner in my fun @shopdakotableu ruffled bell bottom pants.

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My look was accented with silver accessories and a tribal clutch made by Rachel Roy. However, I actually purchased the clutch shown from Poshmark. It went perfect and gave my attire the upgraded that it needed.

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Give me a reason to dress up and I’ll give you a reason to inquire where exactly am I going!

Let Me Be Great…

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April showers, brings May flowers. It’s graduation season and I have at least 4 to attend. I had to pull something together for each and all I know is I wanted to remain business casual in this hot weather. For this look you need a nice tank, a mid-skirt , and a pair of heels would do. I chose a light $3 favorite leopard print duster, a black tank from forever 21 for $1.98, My favorite pink pleated mid-skirt from Zara for $69, and a pair of Steve Madden nude pumps from Ross for only $29. I accessorized the look with silver accessories. I completed the look with a vintage Willis coach bag from at Brown Lucille Vintage (instagram page) . Even in this scorching hot weather I was cool and comfortable with the attire I chose. 

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How many bloggers has had the infamous bra strap that will not let you be great? It just randomly appears as you have sat down to edit! Lol! 

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Spinned The day Celebrating Nina’s Birthday

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Today, We did something extremely and completely out of the box for a birthday celebration. We literally spinned the night partying, laughing, talking, and dancing in honor of Nina’s birthday. Nina truly out did her self with this idea. This event was perfect in so many ways: It was healthy, it was filled with fun, and extremely challenging (for a beginner). I came geared up with my biking shorts, best sweat band, two bottles of water, and a towel only to fall short so many times. However, I when did forget to stand while riding, I still continued to spin my pedals. There was a moment I started re-evaluate my entire life. Lol! I was sweating profusely but it was all worth every drop. Although I had to leave due to another engagement I made it. I could not leave without asking my sister, “Am I fine yet?” That’s what is ladies really want to know after a good work out. I was happy to be in the number but I just wanted to know if next time I could be the historian instead. Lol!

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The Birrhday girl!

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Going nowhere fast! Ha!

 

I’m proud of you…

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| Proud of you, you got this! || I’m proud of you. You Got This!! | We teach our children about success but we always seem to leave out the lesson about failure. They are more than equipped to succeed but have no idea how to overcome failure when it presents itself. Make a promise to yourself & I that teaching failure will be apart of all your lessons as well. The more familiar kids become with failure the easier it is to teach them how to bounce back from it. Failure has cultivated the biggest success stories. Failure is the wisest mans best teacher. Failure feeds hunger and teaches you how to go harder for anything with your name attached. Failure is not an omen. Failure is not the end. Perspective is everything and if so then failure is another opportunity to get it right. This post was learned by my greatest teacher named Failure. People just make it look easy. They often never tell you the journey just when they have arrived. Be patient with yourself. Your time is coming! Stay Strong! Chin up butter cup trouble do not last always if you remain consistent. Love, Elle 💝The buttercream vanilla minicake, bluebell ice cream & balloon are all courtesy of Publix. Take a moment rebuild and bounce back. You do not have time to stay in the moment of failure too long. It’s normal to be disappointed. It’s normal to feel like a disappointment. It’s courageous to keep going! I have a hand book on failure. Podcast coming soon!

DIY: If the shoes don’t fit.

For this task you will need 3 items:

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1. You need the suspect (your shoe). They’re the real killers
2. A pair of thick socks.

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3. And a good blow Dryer

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You ever brought the perfect pair of heels and realize the fit is uncomfortable? Well I intentionally brought a shoe a half size to small with intentions on having them stretched by a shoe cobbler. I went to the shoe cobbler and dropped my heels off for 3 days. Only to realize 3 days lady the fit was still the same. There was no giving up on my beautiful pair of gold metallic heels. I remember long ago I purchased a pair of shoes from Aldo. They were the right size but they too were a tight fit for my feet. The fit was so tight I returned them back to the store the very next day. The employee gave me a tip for the future. In the most flamboyant voice possible.
“Girl, first….. 1. get a pair of thick socks.

2. Wet the foot of the socks with alcohol.

3. Put the socks on and slip your foot into the shoe.

4. Get a blow Dryer. hold above the shoe. as close to your feet as you can stand it. Hover the blow dryer over the areas that are the tightest fit in the shoes for about 30 mins. Make sure to use the back and forth motion.

5. Then get up and walk around in the shoes for about 10 mins or longer.

Take the shoes off. Take the socks off. Then try the shoes on without the socks. 
If the fit is still tight repeat steps 4 & 5 again!”