📚 Bestselling Author + Lifestyle Blogger ✍🏾#ThingsIWishIKnew Before My Mom Died 💆🏾♀️ Creator of @destinationheal ⛳️ Baltimore 💌 [email protected]
“Strength isnt measured by the pain you do or do not endure. Strength is measured by the actions you take through the pain.” ___________________________________ We are so worried with being strong. I have to be strong because my mom died. I have to be strong because my family needs me. I have to be strong because... throw all of those narratives in the trash! NOW! Because we’ve got being strong all the way wrong. ___________________________________ Being strong is knowing how and when to be vulnerable through your pain. This will garner your growth. ___________________________________ 💪🏿💪🏾💪🏽💪🏼💪🏻 What does being strong “look like” to you? (Also glasses are @Celine and necklace is @shopobsessorized)
“The useless days will add up to something. All the time you’re putting in. The late nights. The early mornings. The hours wondering about life & God. These things are your becoming.” ___________________________________ There’s no way you’re gonna have this all figured out. That feeling of getting things “right” is how we mask our procrastination which is really rooted in fear. Darling, all you have to do is start. The things in the middle will come. This is what I repeat to myself. ___________________________________ 💭What affirmations are you telling yourself to get moving on your goals? ___________________________________ PC: @erik_carter || @hbo #CultureCon
Is anyone else really excited about Halloween 🎃🤡👹👻 ??? ___________________________________ It’s my second favorite holiday next to 🎄 (duh)! I also love it because I get to flex my skills (I can draw in real life so doing makeup is fun for me). ___________________________________ Here’s just a snippet of my latest #HalloweenMakeupTutorial on #YouTube! Watch the full video on my channel (link in my bio) and leave 🦄 🦄🦄 over there so I know it’s you. ___________________________________ Also 🗣 what should I try next?
I’m grateful and forever bonded to this soul. She’s prayed for me. She’s helped me breathe. She’s coached me. She’s been a cheerleader both online and offline (where it really counts). I’m in awe of how giving she is and honored that God placed her in my path. Here’s to many more years of affirming ourselves in every way possible beyond our circumstances. The world is ours to change @itstracyg ♥️ #CultureCon (Also, I think I’m wearing all black this winter. 🤷🏾♀️)
I think we can all agree that a good pair of blue jeans will always be a staple in your closet. I am completely in love with and borderline obsessing over the new exclusive collection from @NYDJ for @lovechicos. (Swipe Left to see them in all their greatness) When I’m shopping for jeans to add to my arsenal (I might be a hoarder of blue denim) I look for jeans that are comfortable enough to walk around the city in but also jeans that make my booty look bae-worthy and my legs look like trophies. Now that summer is finally exiting stage left, it’s time to think about sweaters and cardigans and this striped lightweight sweater from @lovechicos brings out the best in my new blue denim. Give me a thumbs up 👍🏾 if you think I look hot in these jeans! ___________________________________ #lovechicos #HowBoldAreYou #FitIsEverything #WomenofNYDJ #ad (PC: @fouroneohblog)
Remember these from my IG stories a few weeks ago? Well. The verdict is in: I’m officially a stan for @peterthomasrothofficial products. I love them all. It’s like wealth for my face. But like everything I try I find my favorites. These 24k Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches are BAE! 👏🏾Real👏🏾talk👏🏾 you need them. ___________________________________ Have any of you tried #PeterThomasRoth products? I think I’m a part the #PTRcult now. Also, should I do a giveaway. Yes?
A lot of you have been flooding my DMs asking to see how I style my hair now that it’s short and relaxed. ___________________________________ My reality is, not too much has changed. I still need moisture, I still need heat protectant, and I still need a good flat iron that won’t scorch my edges away into the land of “Ohhhhh girl”. ___________________________________ For this look, I first coated my hair with CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray. It’s a weightless formula that use can use daily without the buildup. I also found a new love! The CROC Classic Black Titanium 1.5 Flat Iron. It’s a fully digital unit with 17 temperature options (from 280-450). I usually have mine set to around 380. What I love most about this flat iron is the salon quality that allows for one-pass styling. Not having to pass heat on my hair several times will prevent my hair from turning yellow. ___________________________________ The best part? You can get these products and other Beauty Steals during the @ultabeauty Gorgeous Hair Event (happening now until Oct 20th) for up to 50% off! #ad #gorgeoushairevent #ultabeauty
You guys know that I have been a #DovePartner since before my wedding. I am wildly obsessed with their spray deodorant and their dry shampoo gets me through most of my busy traveling weeks. So it’s no surprise that I have also fallen in love with their new @DoveDermaSeries line!! With Winter lingering on the sidelines (oh hey #ScorpioSzn) I’ve been prepping my skin so that I don’t have another prickly dry season. Since you guys have been spamming me (J/K) with skincare questions I penned a quick update Winter skincare routine on the blog (www.gorgeousingrey.com) #DoveDermaSeries (PC: @fouroneohblog)
It’s officially red lip season for me. Be warned I will be overloading your timelines with my favorite crimson reds and plum wine colors. This gem is called Cranberry Stiletto and its a lip whip from @beautybakeriemakeup. It’s in heavy rotation (obvi). 💄🗣 Leave a comment below and let me know if you love it and what other reds/purples I should try!
Question for you... are we sure we are completely done with the word fleek? 😝 Cause my brows are very fleeky today! 🗣 What’s a new word I can use to describe them? (since y’all say we’re done with that word)
*Squeals* I cannot believe I pulled the trigger on this once dream of mine (pats self on the back and squeals again). Everyone always asks me when am I doing a meet and greet? ______________________ Well, I’ve got one better for you! Meet me in Mexico next year. I’m hosting my first #SelfCareIRLretreat under my latest project @destinationheal. I promise not to “Iyanla” you to death but we are gonna unpack some things and leave with a little more clarity to elevate our 2019. ______________________ I’ll be announcing some special guests (a few of your favorite bloggers “might” be joining us) and you know I am really big on swag so I’m already working on an EPIC situation for you. ______________________ For the first few people that book I’ll be sending you a package of custom phone screensavers that I designed with my favorite quotes to help you get ready for our adventures in 2019. ______________________ Packages start at $900/pp. Visit www.destinationheal.com to reserve your stay. #SelfCareIRLretreat #DestionationHeal
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