The fact that I had to come to work in -8 degree temps is just…

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…Disrespectful. Happy MLK Day. Are you at home, volunteering or working today? The temperatures have me wanting to do nothing else other than lounge on the couch watching tv & curling in bed reading magazines. Today is the kind of day you go all out cooking a huge breakfast, because you can…

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Chocolate chip pancakes sounds good right about now…

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Last week my furnace went out. My condo was so cold smoke was coming out of my mouth. The furnace people came around 10 am and fixed it but that was a miserable night for me. All I could think of is that $179 modern electric fireplace I plan on getting from Big Lots that has LED lighting on the sides. Had I bought it when I said I was, I would have at least had a warm toasty living room. It’s on the list on things to buy…
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My Wish For You…

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A lot has been going on lately including a bout with food poisoning earlier this week. I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season so far. My only wish is that if you feel unfulfilled, you will make a better effort in creating the life you wish to live in the New Year. This life of ours is way too short to be unhappy. Before we know it, we will be old and wrinkly. We don’t want to look back with regret….regretting that we never tried. Tried what? Well…only you know that. Let’s simply make better efforts to live more fruitful lives. What that entails and how you carve that out is solely up to you.

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Thank you for sticking around and reading this blog, even though I have been inconsistent lately. I do plan to try harder to carve out more time to get back to what I love: sharing beautiful interiors and creating inspirations. You might have noticed a lot more home life showcased here and I do want to continue more of that next year. With that said, thank you for the support and have a wonderful safe New Year.


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The Container Store Opens Today in Milwaukee!!!

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First, I apologize for the quietness around here. The last couple weeks have been busy, plus with updating my Portfolio and being under the weather, I haven’t felt like finishing blog drafts. It was just 90 degrees last week but fall temps and highs of 60 creeped in. I’m not ready. Anyhoo, I was invited to attend a special blogger preview of the new The Container Store Thursday. Insert excited emoji here. So soon as I rsvp’d I sent the request off from work. It was a noon affair with a store tour, free box lunch (I had the steak ceasar which was delicious), and we all were gifted $50 gift cards! This post has a lot of pictures. Sorry in advance…
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Our gift cards came in cute lucite boxes which I’m using now for jewerly…

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Sonja, who was out tour guide, was a great host. She told us how The Container Store really trains their staff with full time workers going through 260 hours and part time workers 177 hours of training. This is the first Wisconsin location to open and it is their 74th store…

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Cuz you know…you have to have an aerial food pic…

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We were sitting on the dancefloor. More on that later…

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When we went on the tour of 16 lifestyle sections, we saw beautiful floral displays that were going to be transformed into 5 food stations for the evening shindig. I liked how creative they were in using items the store sells to create elevations. I think the brown slit crates were actually hampers. This was where the sushi station end up…

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This food station was created with desktop file organizers and baskets.  They used real cabbages and artichokes. So pretty…

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There was color everywhere…
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Summer Weekend Recap No.7

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Last weekend was fun but let’s start with Thursday. I had a half day and scooped up my younger cousins. We went to the Milwaukee Public Market and I bought a lobster roll. *MOUTH WATERS* The yelp reviews for St. Paul Fish Company are correct. It is so delicious and the toasted buttered bread……omg. It comes with fries and coleslaw. I make better slaw though but it was very filling.

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Since I didn’t get pics of the place here are a few from others.
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Then we cruised Lake Drive and headed to the river/lake area by the lighthouse to eat, walk and watch boats. It was in the upper 80’s and super breezy.

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I continued the calorie filled day and tried the oreo frappe. Also delicious…

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Friday I have no pics but went to a bar for drinks with cousins. Saturday I had a seafood lunch with my mom at Twisted Fisherman which is near the casino and along the canal. That was fun to watch the party boat cruises load people up and watch folks struggle to dock their boats….

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After that we did a little shopping…

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Sunday I went with cousins to what was SUPPOSE to be a jazz festival. With only 3 food vendors and not many people, it was more like come-listen-to-jazz-on-a-stage-while-at-the-lake thing. I was disappointed. They didn’t promote well at all and everyone charged $4 for water on a hot 91 degree day. Ridiculous. The music was fine but it would have been better if they had a bunch of food trucks so it could be a foodie/jazz thing. It was free so I can’t complain too much.

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Then I headed home before the storm which was pretty nice that evening. You know I love me some thunderstorms.


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Summer Weekend Recap No. 6

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Last week Thursday, I headed to the NEWaukee Night Market held downtown with my cousin. We had fun and she bought several things from one jewelry vendor in particular. They had a hip hop DJ in the center that had the crowd into it. My only complaint is there were a bunch of beer vendors but only one wine and no vodka. I wish there was someone selling cold slushy alcoholic drinks. So we ended up at the bar at Applebee’s aka Club Apple. OMG their sweet potato fries off the bar menu was everything. We ordered a second round…

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Go Bucks Go!

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My cat doing something she knows she shouldn’t and that’s laying on my sheets and not staying on the faux fur throw. I bought that DREAM pillow from TJMaxx over the weekend…

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Ate a bagel and had iced coffee from my beloved Dunkin Donuts at the park before running errands…
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I also went to the air show down at the lake with my cousins, mom, brother and niece. That was a ball of a fun. It was good to people watch and car watch as people cruised down Lake Drive. Later that night while having cocktails at my cousin’s house, I was informed that my face got sunburned. Even though I am black, it is still important to wear sunscreen and I did lather some on my exposed body but didn’t put any one my face. I end up very orange. Combined with a highlight and bronzer and you can imagine how I looked. :|I know for next time, lol. Anybody know of a good moisturizer sunscreen combo?

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If you follow on instagram, you were able to see some video footage. Above is my niece and god-daughter. ..

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Some great shots from people on instagram…

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a great start to the week. It’s almost hump day!


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Summer Weekend Recap No. 3 & 4

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Happy Monday. I hope you all had a great weekend. I didn’t recap last week because I really didn’t have good pics of anything but if you follow me on instagram you may have saw the fireworks video I posted. Other than that July 4th weekend also consisted of grilling out, fireworks twice, going to the lake and an outlet mall. For this weekend, I simply chilled and had cocktails with my cousins on their porch Friday evening. Saturday after errands, I went with a friend to brunch back at Cafe Benelux. Man….my chicken and waffles with the carmelized apples was A plus. So delicious.
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After that we went to this pizzeria spot on the river and sat on their deck and watched boats and had drinks. Nothing better than drinking on a hot Saturday afternoon.
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I also helped my friend with opinions while shopping at some stores after this because he makes too much money to have an apartment styled like a college dorm…

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Milwaukee finally has a West Elm. I need to hit them up soon…

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Later that evening I took my little cousins to the lake to watch an outdoor movie. I admit, I people watched more than anything because there was a festival going on but it was fun for a while….
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Sunday was a funday and I went with my cousin’s to Bastille Days, French and Parisian street festival that is free and has bands, performers,card readers, henna tattoo artists, food and accessory vendors. I go every year so that was fun. I had a tito’s strawberry lemonade while there. Afterward I went back to their house for more drinks and we all just talked for hours. I got home rather late and it was so warm out. The early wee hours had a ton of lightning and thunderstorms which made my day! I live for thunderstorms. Overall another good weekend. We almost knocked down one of my summer bucket list items to take a boat ride but maybe another time.

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What fun things have you done so far this month?


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QOTD: what brings you joy on a budget?

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Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have good home style. Just because you have a strict amount of disposable income, doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself occasionally. We all work too hard to not enjoy fruits of our labor. This isn’t to say you should splurge or buy every pay period when you’re in debt up to your ears or have a large bill that you need to handle. Just try to at least think of ways you can enjoy your money without spending a lot.

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I think buying experiences is more meaningful than items. If I know a concert is coming up, I’d much rather use my own money to buy tickets than to go shopping. I’m all about not charging anything outside of hotels and flights and even my flights are booked with my debit card. It’s so much more better knowing you paid for stuff with your own money than borrowed.  So if I’m taking a sizeable chunk of my cash, know that it will be for something really fun like those Kevin Hart tickets or a wine and paint bar experience. I’d rather have several good shindigs to attend a month than random things. It helps me feel more fulfilled even when I haven’t bought something tangible. I at least have some exciting moments of the month to look back on. I spoke about that here.

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I also got in a habit of writing down everything I wanted and needed and DIY projects I felt I could complete in my condo. Having a house (my condo is stand alone, no shared walls) is awesome. I have so many plans for next year like landscaping and furnishing the rec room that I’m constantly dreaming of directions I want to go. Writing things down helps me keep track of my spending so that if I AM going to buy stuff, I’m at least tackling the NEED list first and want list second. I also have the list based on the rooms that need priority. It’s helpful in all aspects of our lives. If we know we need to get certain items of clothing or wardrobe staples, we should write it down so when we buy, we are deleting things off the need list and not adding to more junk. Nothing worse than coming home from the store and having buyer’s remorse because you just bought 5 shirts at the mall that you didn’t need and still can’t find a solid blue blouse to go with (insert pants here). Follow me? I do that often with jewelry. Maybe it’s old age. I just find that I am more fulfilled now when I shop more than ever and it’s not just because I have more money disposable. I’m truly getting what I need and making better decisions on buying what I want.

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I know when my job wasn’t giving us raises years ago due to the economy (meanwhile, everything else was increasing), it was very difficult to justify buying anything really. I started getting into buying fun colors for my nails. And no, I don’t buy brands that are near $10 a bottle. I actually love the N.Y.C. colors sold at
Target and they are 99 cent and 1.99. I would buy several at a time. Now I’m in a place in life where I get raises and have multiple sources of income. Though I still have a frugal mindset most of the time, I do often allow myself to buy something each pay period, whether it’s for my home or something for me. I still love the mall and affordable home dรฉcor places like Marshalls but buying one item (or a couple small items) does wonders. I don’t have to do happy hours weekly and dine out for lunch daily…I’d rather buy clothes, jewelry and dรฉcor and save my coins by bag lunching it mostly. You have to pick and select what is important to you if you can’t do it all. I’d rather drink at one of our houses instead of going out buying rounds at a restaurant for a drink that’s going to be watered down and overpriced. Also doing this allows me to really truly savor the moment when I DO decide to meet up with someone for dinner or lunch. I’d rather redbox movie it up than going to a crowded theater and getting irritated at cell phones ringing and loud mouth talkers.

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With traveling, a lot of times I stay in really nice hotels where a bulk of the money is going to the room because I enjoy laying my head in a room that is designed fabulously. I cannot do a rinky dink hotel even if I’m going to be exploring the city. With that said, I have a smaller spending budget. Some people would rather not travel if they can’t live it up. I’m happy traveling regardless of how much cash I have. As long as I can stay somewhere nice and still do the things I want, I’m fine with not being able to buy a lot of stuff to bring back with me.

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One of my cheapest trips was to NYC staying in Times Square the at the beautiful Ameritania Hotel during the Christmas Holidays. That was such a budget vacay for 2 nights and 3 days. I really didn’t come home with much outside of some jewelry from H&M, and a few other items. We didn’t dine out anywhere extremely fancy or expensive. We had the most fun walking all around looking at stuff for absolutely zero bucks. The holiday window displays, the skating rings at Bryant Park and the Rockerfella center, etc. There was so much to do and look at without paying for more than another hot chocolate beverage to stay warm. It was so much fun. I encourage you to continue to travel and see the world even when funds are small. Not sayin forego paying bills to travel but don’t get discouraged just because you don’t have a stack (1,000) bucks to spend while there.

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What are ways you enjoy life while being on a budget?


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Happy 4th…

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Hope your holiday brings you relaxation and joy…

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Whether you picnic in a park…

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Head to the beach…

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Grill out…

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Relax on a boat…

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Catch up on summer reading…

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Skip the diets and make your own popsicles…

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Hang out by a bonfire…

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Roast marshmellows and make smores…

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Or Surround yourself with loved ones and friends…

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Whatever you do, be safe and enjoy. Happy Fourth of July.


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