5 Books I love!

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5 BOOKS I LOVE

As long as I could remember I’ve always had a library at home. My mama was an avid book reader and she passed that right along to us! She always bought us books or we were always in the library. It was practically a staple in our everyday life. Whenever we would wine “ Ma, I’m booooooorrrrrrrreeeeeeddddddd!!!!!!!!!” her go to response was “ GO READ A BOOK!” This has carried on into adulthood, I still love curling up to a good book! I’ve probably read thirty books this year alone. I mostly read; Self-Help, Business, Finance, Novels and I love memoirs! If you follow me on social media, I’m always sharing what I’m reading at the moment. My clients and friends always asking me what I’m reading, or suggestions. So I decided give you guys five of my favorite books from this year!

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Influencer

Brittany Hennessy

Since embarking on a new journey of this blogger/ influencer lifestyle. This was the perfect read to pick up! From the very first couple pages she was dropping gems! Very straight forward with plenty of meat and a easy read! Its the type of book you will keep coming back to as you move forward in your journey.

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You Are A Bad Ass at Making Money

Jen Sincero

I’ve seen this book everywhere but I wasn’t sold on it just yet. That was until one of my clients came in with it and she gave rave reviews. So I picked it up and LOVED IT! Finished it practically in a week.I like the fact that it was more about your relationship with money then just making money.

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Crushing It!

Gary Vee

I’m actually a fan of Gary Vee!I found him thru a interview I seen on the Breakfast Club and was instantly hooked! I love his straight forward, no frills approach to business. He doesn’t sell you this dream of the “get rich quick”.Crushing it is his updated 2.0 version of his first book Crush It.It shows how entrepreneurs elevated their business by using social media platforms to their best advantage.

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Year Of Yes

Shonda Rhimes

If you have never heard of Shonda Rhimes, you probably have been under a rock the past ten years. She is the creator of the hit shows Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder. So its a given that she is great writer! I had seen her on an episode of Super Soul Sunday talking about the book and was sold! The book reads like you are one her girlfriends with glass of wine, catching up! It was great to see her journey and why she chose the life she did!

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Black Privilege

Charlamagne Tha God

I tend to be fans of people that most don’t particularly care for. Charlamagne is one of those people lol. You will either like him or hate him! No in between. I first started following him on The Breakfast Club.To most people he probably comes off as an A** Hole and very opinionated! But once you get past that he is actually very smart and knows how to interview guest. This book is your favorite Hood Self Help! Yes, he does cuss lol. It has references that anybody would relate to and has valuable lessons! It has the “medicine in the candy” approach.

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BONUS:I Can’t Make This Up

Kevin Hart

I’ve been a fan of Kevin Hart since his “Grown Little Man” days. He got me with his funny but I really became a fan is in his interviews. The man behind the laughs is smart, he drops so many gems about business and mastering your craft that could be added to any industry. His drive, determination and worth ethic is clearly a product of his journey. The book in it self is interesting, its wrote in his voice and his dad has some hilarious parts that he wrote as well! Its definitely full of laughs, highs/lows and plenty of lessons.

All of these books are available on Amazon! I hope this helps add a few titles to your book list for the New Year! What are some of the books you love? Leave a comment below!

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36 Hours In Houston...

36 Hours in Houston…

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That one time me and my best friend, Nadege, decided to see our fave  Beyonce’ in Houston at the end of the summer! With both of our schedules being so crazy, we literally only had time to fly in for the concert and fly right back out. Thirty- Six hours of adventure was just what the doctor ordered! I’ve never been to Houston in my adult life, so I was really excited to see what the city had to offer!

QUICK TIP: If you go to a Beyonce’ concert or any major event that involves twenty-thousand people going to a stadium. Get a hotel/Airbnb  as close as possible to the stadium! That way you can walk and you don't have to pay high uber prices after the concert! We end up getting at hotel directly across the street! It saved us ALOT of headaches.

We got up a little earlier the day of the concert to do some sight seeing. But first… BRUNCH! When in the south you always got to find a good brunch. We found this very cute place called “Benjy’s In The Village” Vibes unmatched! It was definitely packed so if u have a party larger the 4 I would suggest calling ahead! The staff was very friendly and accommodating! The restaurant had two floors, we sat upstairs.The vibe was so chill. I personally was happy they were vegan friendly, they had great options and bomb mimosas! They also give u these mini banana muffins with some type of apple preserve! OMG! So good!

After a great brunch, we decided to site see a bit! For it to be September it was 93 degrees, sun was blazing and humid! Whew! The “Graffiti Park”, Market Street Park and Houston Water wall park were some of the interesting sites to see. Great thing about these places they were not far.

QUICK TIP: RENT A CAR! All the running around we did would have took a lot longer, more difficult and more expensive if we used ride sharing app. It was free parking everywhere we went, so it worked out.

The Graffiti Park was in a industrial area, it was a hot spot for photo shoots. The art was so beautiful and really told a cultural story! But Whew! It was HOT! We survived about twenty minutes without completely melting. After a mini photo shoot, we headed to the Water Wall Park. Which was about ten minutes from where we were. The Water Wall Park was right next to the Houston Galleria Mall. The park was easy to get to, however there was no parking around the park and it was a high traffic area. While looking for parking that wasn’t going to get us towed, we stumbled upon the mall. The Water Wall was definitely a site to see! It was beautiful and for it being an Sunday it was packed!

Since we parked at the mall, we decided to grab some food before we head back to the hotel to get ready. Bruh! I haven’t seen a mall so big in a long time! It literally had something for everyone from a Tesla store to Forever 21 all the way to a ice skating rink! To get to the food court was easily a 15 min walk! You can get overwhelmed from all the people and options. Take your good walking shoes!

By the time we got back to the hotel we were beat and needed a nap! (I swear the older I get the more naps I need before any event!) But there was no time. If you have never been to a BEYONCE’ Concert, GO! Treat yourself! No, its not as expensive as people make it seem. This was my second time going and I’ve never spent more the two hundred dollars. Its an Experience! Very organized, professional and well thought out production! This was my first time seeing her in Houston and from now on… I WILL ALWAYS SEE HER IN HOUSTON!

QUICK TIP: Make your your outfit choices CUTE & COMFORTABLE! Regardless of where you park, you will do ALOT of walking and standing. You would be surprised how many women who can barely walk or have to walk bare foot on gravel at the end of the night because they wore high heels! Save your feet ladies, its not that deep! Also pay attention to the stadium bag/purse guidelines, they are very strict and will turn you away or throw your bag out!

Moral of the story: I had a great time and will definitely be back for long weekend! If you were thinking of visiting…PLEASE DO! Houston has a little bit for everybody. If you have been, what were your experience?! Leave a Comment Below.

P.S: Check out some of the pictures from my trip below!

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Its Been Awhile...

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Hey Luvs Bugs!

See What Had Happen Was….

I know its been a while since my last post…..My Bad! When I came up with the idea to start blogging, I honestly didn’t know where I wanted to go with it! I had started with such a vulnerable, emotionally honest blog… I had no idea where to go next. I had no plan! “ I ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN!”

So I went back to the drawing board to figure things out. I’m a researcher at heart! I have to research… EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING that I’m even remotely interested in. Almost too much! I get so into it that sometimes I never get started on a project/idea I wanted to do. I know, crazy right?! In my research, I came across so much information, it was overwhelming! But I got it together it, reorganized and came up with my game plan!

So I wanted to let you know… THIS WILL NOT BE JUST ANOTHER HAIR BLOG! Even though I am a Hairstylist! This will NOT be a blog just about hair tips,tricks and trends! You can find that anywhere ! Take a journey with me if you will… to the untouched areas of the Beauty Industry, the books I’m loving, my Self-Love journey and the places I’m traveling to!

I’m sooo excited to be back! I have so much in store for 2019 and I cant wait to share with you guys!!!

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