Monday, July 7, 2014

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Target Oh My...

The best thing about being employed again is being able to get my shop on. Now granted, I still have to do it in moderation since I’m playing catch up from last year’s layoff, but it definitely feels good to just shop!!! Recently, I’ve been doing the ‘bulk’ of my shopping at 3 places: TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Target. What I LOVE about all three places is that they each have something for each aspect of your life. However, Target has two additional caveats with their hours and the addition of groceries. Nonetheless, all are great for your girl. TJ Maxx and Marshalls has designer items discounted so its very important for me to check them out at least once a week. Not that I purchase everytime, but I like to see what’s new and in rotation. Here are a few things that either caught my eye or hopped in my cart.

Unfortunately this didn't go home with me but I'm kicking myself that I didn't make it work (the chain was too long). I love an 'initial' or monogram anything. 


With a wide selection of candles, TJ Naxx and Marshlls are my first stop when it comes to creating the perfect gift bag. My favs out of this bunch were, Fresh Shave (I may have to go back for this one since I lack a man but love their scent) and Intimate.

This was a score for me!!! I like that it has a built in surge protector and can charge 3 items simultaneously, it even has a little nook to rest your iPhone on. 
Since I'm not blessed in the chest area I never have to spend a lot of money on bras. However I can definitely tell the difference between a cheap bra and one that's a bit more pricier. I was able to get this Calvin Klein (classic designer) bra for only $10. I love the color and the fit #Score
That bash reached out to me and actually made it in my cart but I have sooo many recyclable bags that I decided to leave this for another fashionista.
Last week I made my rounds at Target and was happy to see a few new pieces. Check me out below getting my fitting room fashion on!!! 
This is actually a 2 piece short set and has two different tops. The top that I'm wearing would be perfect for an expecting mother!

As much as I liked the print I wasn't feeling the fabric. I also don't think that I wear both top and bottom paired together, I'd break it up.

This is actually the same print of the first outfit but on dress form. Let's just say the medium was a bit too tight. However I'm sure that after 21 days on Black Girls Workout Too I'd be able to look stunning in the freakum dress (I'm sure it'll be long gone by then). I'm pictured in the large which is...a bit large lol!

This is what should have come home with me. I see this dress perfect for any occasion; work, church, or a lunch outing.

It wouldn't be right if I went to Tarfet and didn't see something cute. I am such a big kid that lives for cute packaging. The da*m marketing will get me every time, but not this time... Wah la magic! 
If I could have just had the ago alone it would have made my day lol!!! 

As you can tell no matter which store; they all have something that keeps me going back (weekly). What are some of your #Fabfound items or Tarjay purchases?













Monday, June 30, 2014

Membership Revoked?

One thing that I always want to do is be honest and aware of my feelings. I like the fact that I allow myself to go through the motions of pain, rejection, hurt, and confusion. Right now, I am in that season yet again in life. Without getting into too many details... a couple of months ago I reached out to a friend and was ignored several times that I started to 'feel some type of way'. And as that feeling crept into my body I shared it with my cousin. Sometimes you need someone to rationalize the issues and let you know if you're taking things out of context. Nonetheless, today I don't need any type of validation that I'm correct or right because in my heart I know I am. And when you know... you know!!! What set everything in stone are a few events that happened earlier this month. I don't exactly know if I'm more sad or just purely hurt that my friendship with someone that I looked to as a sister has come to an end. However, I took a bit of advice that she gave me a few years earlier and applied it directly to this situation. When you've done all you can possibly do about a relationship to make it work, move on. Now of course that advice was in regard to an old boyfriend, but I think it still rings true in this situation. I think that I've done all that I can; I've called and texted several times. Since we don't live down the street or in the same state for that matter I can't go knock on her door.

Today I choose to move on. I don't know what the  issue was or is (although I do have my own hypothesis that I don't fit the look: married with kids). The beginning part of this year was spent worrying about a job, how I would pay bills and then this situation began to consume my thoughts. I don't have the time nor the energy to let someone else's issue with me that has yet to be said take up residence in my mind nor heart.  I have spent way too much time on the 'what if's, whys, and I wonder'.  All in all, I am 100% honest with my feelings for they are my truth. If my membership has been revoked its fine because I know that I haven't done anything to cause a demise in this friendship and I am at peace.

I look forward to becoming a better Kristin in the coming months to finish out 2014. I have goals, plans, and I definitely welcome all of the new things and people that God is going to place in my life going forward.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sweet 16 Again...



Over the weekend I had the pleasure of celebrating my 16th birthday again. Ok, ok you all know I’m not sixteen, but a lady never reveals her age right? In the past I’ve always had some type of ‘plan’ for my birthday but this year I knew that I wanted to do something lo-key and didn’t feel like rounding up a group of friends to make something happen. I remember when I first moved to Va. how pressed I was to do something and look at me now a few years later and in total chill mode! Although I didn't have any major birthday plans, the month of June for me has been full of experiences. I went hiking, saw Kelis in concert, hung out with a new friend, took a photography class and really began to put some things in perspective.
There may not have been an epic celebration this year but I was able to take a lo-key getaway trip to Richmond. I LOVE Richmond, there are sooo many cute places to visit. And since I'm a big foodie I knew I'd be able to check out a few restaurants and try new dishes. All in all, I had pretty good birthday weekend check it out.






Thursday, June 12, 2014

Second Annual Summer Block Party



When I say the ladies at South Moon Under know how to party, I mean they know how to party. After, seeing this event advertised earlier this week I knew I had to be in the building and was super happy that my schedule allowed!!! Seeing as though my full time job is all of 5 minutes down the street, I was one of the first peeps to arrive. You know the saying: the early bird catches the worm or better yet, the swag bag. Let me just tell you, they don't skimp on their swag bags so I was super excited to see the goodies that was in store for me. Since I was soo early I had to wait a bit, but the wait was well worth it. As soon as the doors opened you could hear the music pumping, see the tasty treats, and all of the fabulous fashion. 









Besides the fashion, food, and fun what I enjoy most about the events at South Moon Under, is the sense of community. I have never gone to an event and not felt welcomed. From the time I entered, greeted with a friendly smile to the time I left, thanked for coming out. I also like the fact that they included other businesses in the area to join in on their event. This event was partnered with @NOVAhousewives and the businesses in attendance were First Impressions Salon (offering 1 min. makeup/braids) and XSport Fitness (checking BMI). 






couldn't pass up on the 20% discount that was offered sooo I got a little something something. I'm all about the accessories and who could pass on a Kate Spade journal (which was on sale might I add).


All in all I am happy that I made it out to the South Moon Under Party and can't wait for their next event.


Did you really think I was going to leave you hanging and not share what was in my swag bag? Lol, I couldn't get home quick enough to check it out but I am thoroughly surprised. 




I'm super stoked about the beauty blender. Since I hardly ever wear makeup it's something that I've skipped on my shopping list, and can't wait to try it as well as the cleanser. I also received a sample of Moroccanoil, teeny tiny notecards, a hair tie, and a candle in the prettiest scent ever (champagne rose). Thanks again South Moon Under, you've managed to throw a fantastic party, offer me an amazing discount, and make me smile with my swag bag!!!


Monday, May 26, 2014

Weekends Were Made... To Roadtrip

Ideally my plan was to be in GA for Memorial Day but that didn't go my way. Sooo I was super stoked when I checked in with a friend and she invited me to hang out with her friends in Ocean City, MD. I definitely needed a break and a get away. I'd been working both of my jobs without any days off since Easter, yes crazy!!! It felt sooo good just to wake up at whatever time I wanted in Thursday and Friday; no traffic or interference from management (TYJ).

I couldn't have imagined a better Roadtrip. I'll admit, I was a bit nervous when it came to traveling with a group of women that I'd just met. However, it felt like we'd known each other for years. I think my soul needed some good girlfriend time. As my grandma says, God always has a ram in the bush. 

Although the trip was short, I see why people love Ocean City. I will definitely be visiting again before the summer is over. I have a good idea of where to stay and where to eat. Check out a bit if my weekend below.


The Bay bridge was HUGE!!! I hope I'm not the driver for my next trip lol.




This festival of kites was sooo pretty!!! If only the little pig could get off the ground.





The BEST meals of the trip was from Hooked. The calamari was seasoned sooo well and who'd ever think to put scallops with grits, good one!!! And of course I had to order a pomegranate margarita as soon as I saw it on the menu.


Ocean City I promise to make you more than a memory!!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Get Into My Nature Box


In the past I've had a long-term relationship with monthly subscription boxes. I even managed to keep a monthly subscription box during my 14 month lay off. I mean who can resist a monthly gift. So since I'd canceled my last beauty subscription box I decided to go in a different direction and try a food box. Being a foodie I knew this would be a great choice. After watching JuicyStar07's YouTube video and seeing her discount code for half off, I knew it was time to try something different.

With NatureBox you choose between 5, 10, or 20 resealable snack bags. Afterwards you can choose your snacks, get a surprise box, or a combination of the two (pick out a few and let the NatureBox team do the rest). Last month I chose my 5 snacks and they were ok... To be honest, I'm not much of a snacker. However, I decided to give it another go and the snacks I chose this month were EVERYTHING!!! I also received a bonus snack which made me super happy (one of my FAV words is free). Take a look for yourself and salivate as you read lol. 

Since this was on top and I saw it was a surprise I had to try it first. Good choice NatureBox, I love plantain chips!!! These also had just the right amount of sea salt. The only thing to make it better is a bit of hummus, good thing I have some in the fridge.

These Siracha Roasted Cashews were the bomb. I mean I should stop typing now and have some. Wait... I will. OMG the right amount of crunch and spicy flavor. The spicy flavor sneaks up on you and hits you right in the back of the throat!!!

The Teriyaki Twists tasted exactly like teriyaki sauce. This is an airy crisp cracker that would pair nicely with a sandwich.

As soon as I tasted the Cocoa Waffle Wafers, I wanted Pinkberry. Seriously, Pinkberry should team up with NatureBox and include on their bar. It would taste sooo good with the original tart yogurt. The cocoa is sooo deep and smooth, I know that's not the proper way to describe a taste but that's how my mind is operating.

I think I'd almost do anything for salted caramel flavor. Yes, almost anything. When I saw this on the NatureBox site I said a silent prayer of hope that they wouldn't be sold out and make it in my box. Prayer works!!! There was like a party in my mouth!!! Out of everything, this would be my top choice, I will definitely be ordering this again. 

I wanted something that actually seemed 'healthy' since everything else is sooo fun as I was choosing. My last choice was the Antioxidant Boost. The combination of the dark chocolate, nuts, and berries was great. 

I'm super stoked to see what will be available next month. I think I'm going to lean towards the bars since I haven't gone in that direction yet. Have you all tried NatureBox, if so, what are your thoughts? If you haven't tried and would like my half off code leave your e-mail in the comments and I'll send it to you.


*This was not a paid post*

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Weekends Were Made... To Celebrate



First off, I'd like to say Happy Resurrection Day!!! I am not sure if you reading this, is of Christain faith, but I am. What a great day to know that He is Risen and because of That our sins are forgiven and we have a right to the tree of life *cue shouting music*. 

Last month I thought that I'd be home for Easter to celebrate with my family. Since that didn't happen I was excited to have an entire weekend off to get some R&R. Well, really not really. I've been having some aggravating sleep issues recently that have been driving me crazy. However, I have an upcoming appointment and I hope I'll be back on track afterwards. I digress. Back to this wonderful weekend of mine. I was able to get off a bit early on Friday and headed directly to TJ Maxx to see if I could find a cute Easter outfit. I ALWAYS get a new Easter dress, it's like a nostalgic moment for me. Well this year I didn't have that moment, and it was ok, I guess lol. Since I don't have a 'church home' anything I'd wear would be new.  Have I ever mentioned that I'm obsessed with new items, like fresh out the bag. The items in the closet with the tags, that I haven't worn, aren't really new to me anymore. Yea, I know that's super crazy, but we all have our vices!!! Since I wasn't actually looking for an Easter dress any cute item would suffice. I was able to pick up two cute pieces but didn't get to look like I wanted to because of this awful cramp in my butt cheek, yea that was too much information. I really think I need a new chair at work, I mean the pain is really bad... Hmmnnn not anything a massage couldn't fix!!! Basically, Friday consisted of work, TJ Maxx run, and in the bed before 7. Now of course that's not how I wanted to spend my weekend so I knew Saturday of have to change it up a bit.

For me working part-time means that Saturday is a regular work day, so to get a Saturday off, I had to make the most of it. I wanted to savor all of the morning doing something, because  I'd usually spend that time getting ready for work. I woke up pretty early, called a friend and made plans to visit my local farmers market. Did I mention how much I LOVE my city? Ok, really that is like a whole 'nother blog post, lol. If you're ever in Alexandria check out the farmers market, you'll thank me later!!!









am not much of a fruit person but after tasting a sample of the peaches I knew a few had to come home with me. After years of being a pescaterian I can recognize a good tomato. There are numerous days when beef tomatoes and munster cheese was my lunch of choice. This particular vendor knew exactly how to serve their tomatoes, with a little bit of salt and pepper. OMG, I'm pretty sure I should have picked up more than one heirloom tomato, but I plan to go back next Saturday. Now my fav, fav, fav purchase of the day was the homemade salsa. I'd purchased from this vendor in the past when I used to live in the boonies and was happy to see that she made her way up to Alexandria. If u get a chance to visit the Alexandria farmers market be sure to stop by her table. P.S- she makes her own chips. The-Best-Chips-Ever!!! Since I was out and about, I decided to walk around near the water for a while. I am not a swimmer or anything like that, but I just feel like being near water, not in it makes me feel sooo peaceful!!! 



As much as I wanted to be out and about, after I'd made it in from the  farmers market boredom set in. I knew had to get out the house again. I really should have purchased tickets to the Brocolli Festival, still beating myself up that I didn't. I ended up going out and purchasing a garment rack. I'm trying to pre-plan my work outfits in an effort to dress cuter for work and use my entire wardrobe, so we'll see if this helps. I was also craving a smoothie so I made my way over to a Boboa shop to indulge. 

Don't ya just LOVE cute packaging? I do!!! The owner even upgraded my small to a medium...winning!!! I was happy to enjoy most of the sunlight on Saturday and was even able to ride out with the windows down and the sun roof open, the little things you miss after a brutal winter lol!!! It'd be great to say that I enjoyed a night out but sleep came down hard on me once again and I had to give in. 

Not having a church home plays a major role when you have to decide on what church to visit for Easter. I mean that day alone is the day when 'everybody and they moma nem' go to church. I was really going to just attend Bedside Baptist AKA watch service in bed as I usually do, but I needed to walk into an actual sanctuary. Unfortunately, that didn't happen because 'everyone and they moma nem' was at church; I think it's safe to include me in that category since this was my first time attending this year *lowers head in shame*. The message was a message but I didn't feel a connection being in the overflow room. I know you're probably thinking what's the difference from being at Bedside Baptist, not sure, but there certainly is a difference. I was still happy to be able to attend. 


After a family dinner was canceled, I decided to meet up with my friend for an Easter dinner at Olive Garden. I usually prefer to dine at local restaurants but I obliged since those Olive Garden commercials had me salivating at the tv. I didn't get the bruschetta salmon as I thought I would, but opted for the crab topped chicken with garlic mashed potatoes which turned out to be a great choice.



Although the dinner was canceled I still made my way to my cousins house to pick up some macaroni and cheese. Did you really think I'd do Easter without a little soul food?
 
How did you spend your Easter weekend?