I’ve been struggling since I had B. It’s been a glorious, yet tiresome half of a year and I’m FINALLY transitioning to feeling like myself again. When I started writing I was younger and my interest were all that mattered. While my interests are still the same, I’ve grown a lot and some new ones have piled on the old ones. I can’t help but find conflicting emails in my inbox like “ Kylie Jenner just trademarked ‘riiise and shiiine’” followed by an email that says “Best Baby Purée machines 2019”. So I’ve been in a slump as far as what to write, talk, and post about. I figured it’s something all creatives go through but a six month dry spell is almost as bad as us waiting for Frank Ocean to drop a new album. It just might..not..happen.
How to get out of a creative slump? Just start creating. I started to realize that this new phase of my life doesn’t have to box me in. I can talk about my mixed feelings about Kanye’s new album “Jesus is King”. I can put y’all up to speed on how sleep training is going with my kiddo. I can have a killer workout and update you on the postpartum body progress and give you a simultaneous review on Empathy Wines new red, ( It’s FUCKING FIRE BY THE WAY). I can keep saying the word “fuck” and listening to the music I want to because that’s just me. Becoming a parent or transitioning to a new phase of your life doesn’t mean you have to stop and take a step back to figure out who you should be. It doesn’t mean you have to stop doing or creating the things you used to enjoy. It doesn’t mean you have to fight off the new things you find interesting. You don’t have to start dressing a new way, talking a certain way, or subscribe to any other social behavior they tell you. You should do you! But not just read this, listen to some motivational podcast, and post an inspirational quote on Facebook, ACTUALLY DO IT! Remember why you enjoy the things that make you happy. Set time aside to do those things, it’s what keeps the flame burning. It’s what keeps you from saying “Yo, that shits dope!” instead of “That’s trash!”. You create because it’s what your heart says to do. Stop overthinking because, I am.
Forget about your color scheme, posting dates, what everyone else thinks is hype at the moment. Stop questioning where you fit in because 99.9 percent of the time you’ve always been a multitude of things that never really found a group to “fit into”. The last few post are a mix of business, a recent collab I did the 4Moms, and my continuous journey of wanting to be “fit”, but not putting down tacos. That’s me. We’re complex, you guys. There’s levels to this shit. I’ve become increasingly obsessed with TikTok this past week. Yes, my 13 year old niece is mortified too, but there’s something refreshing about a social media app that’s actually social and not pretentious or clout heavy. It made creating fun again. My twitter fingers have been heavy. I’m on episode 7 of my podcast, and while I still find myself a bit creatively on the fence as to what’s next; I’m not letting it hold me back anymore. What got me here is creating. So stop obsessing and have fun! If “likes” is what you’re afraid of, you can definitely count on mine!
The Friendly Kick in the Ass You Needed,
Looking for a new spot this weekend? Bisou, Clé Groups newest concept, has quickly climbed to the top of Houston’s Hottest New Restaurants. Located in the River Oaks Shopping District, Bisou merges fine dining with a luxe nightclub experience.
With the infamous “It was just a kiss” neon sign at the entrance, lights covering the room, and the DJ playing all your upbeat favorites it’s hard not give in and let loose. Paved with marble tiles and plush velvet seating, Bisou’s interior design is all around jaw dropping. Matte gold cutlery, contemporary lighting fixtures throughout the restaurant, and Instagram worthy mirrors in the restroom entrance that you and your girls will just HAVE to get a photo in front of.
We took a tour of the menu that left us absolutely speechless. I’m a normal southern girl so calling my palate “limited” is a huge understatement, not to mention French Cuisine has always been intimidating to me.
We started with pork belly dumplings glazed with ginger sauce . The chef said it was slow cooked for about 6-8 hours and oh my god you guys,it had to be the best pork I’ve ever tasted. We tried the beet salad, if you’re not a fan of beets try it anyway,something about the citrus of the blood orange paired with their goat cheese moose that was unlike anything I’d ever had before. The Lobster Bisque was probably the best I ever tasted but my absolute favorite dish was the lobster beignets. They’re out of this world.I couldn’t indulge in all the fresh sushi, which was probably the hardest thing I’ve done so far in 2019, but I did enjoy their lobster sushi roll. It was fresh and absolutely delicious so when we go back that’s definitely a re-order.We finished the appetizer section with the Yellowtail Sashimi and Pan Seared Foie Gras.The servers were amazing at explaining what each dish was and being ever so patient with me when I asked (at least four times) if I was pronouncing “foie gras” correctly 😂.
In the midst of tasting all of Bisou’s goodness the lights were gradually dimming and the bottles with sparklers were starting to fill the room. By about 9pm the DJ pumped up the bass and the party was in full swing. Chef Frédéric Perrier was kind enough to stop by and give us a little more insight on the restaurant as well as his favorites on the menu. With 40+ years in the industry and an impressive restaurant lineup that includes Aura and the ever-so- trendy 51Fifteen in Saks. When I asked him for his personal favorites he suggested the Wagyu Tartare Bites and the Escargot. Chef Frédéric described Bisou as an experience who saw their food getting progressively better. Well said,Chef!
Bisou was an experience, indeed and the food was outstanding. I was completely blown away.We can’t wait to go back and experience Bisou’s Brunch. If you haven’t stopped in to Bisou yet, I would highly recommend it. It’s the perfect date night, girls night, or regular Saturday night to unwind and you’ll never know who you’ll see in there. I don’t want to name names but if it’s good enough for “Clyde the Glide” it has to be hall of fame worthy 😉.
Thanks for reading!
Houston has been getting all the love lately. From Drake letting us stream all of “So Far Gone” (cues Nov. 18th) , to Travis Scott taking over with Astroworld, to Solange’s latest album paying homage to her hometown. The city’s ego HAS to be as big as our traffic lanes at this point .
The album titled “When I get home” has been released for less than 16hours and is already creating a huge buzz. I personally appreciate artists who create a full body of work versus single, after single and Solange delivered once again. This album is just as good as “A seat at the table”, possibly better. The best part? Solange is sharing listening parties all throughout Third Ward this Sunday March 3rd. I’ll link it below to snag your spot.
So it’s 2019. New year, new you, new resolutions and yet you still haven’t set up the blog you’ve been saying you’re going to start for the past two years. No shade, that was me three years ago. Can you guys believe it? 3 years since I quit my job and started my journey?
One of the most asked questions I get is “How?”. “ How did you do it and where did you start?
For starters I stopped talking myself out of it. I stopped focusing on all the things I lacked and started to focus on my strengths. My biggest excuse was my website and my photos not being instagram worthy. I’m not tech savvy whatsoever so when it came down to designing a website companies could take seriously, I had to bring in professional help after multiple fails of doing it myself. Turns out it wasn’t as expensive as I thought and once my website looked professional my confidence grew a thousand percent to where I felt comfortable to approach big companies. Hands down, best investment I made and I would highly recommend doing this with any new venture you plan on making money off of.
Small businesses, bloggers, any services you can provide, INVEST IN A WEBSITE. Your website is your portfolio. If you’re really looking to turn your writing into a profitable business or at least a hobby that pays well, you have to put some effort into your website and up your photography game. To this day I have not invested a penny in lighting or an over the top camera. I have an entry level Canon and a Sony for quick photos that can quickly be transferred to my my phone. That’s it! Don’t go down the YouTube rabbit hole of thinking you need hundreds of dollars in equipment to get started. That’s not the case whatsoever. I’ll list companies I’ve personally worked with since the beginning and I can honestly say
This is what took me from a part-time blogger to a full-time writer.
I’m always here to answer any questions. The days of us doing free content need to be left in 2018. Lets start taking this seriously. Let’s stop posting “This is my year” , surfing the internet for inspo, over analyzing what we should be writing and scrutinizing ourselves to the point of discouragement. I’ll link my references below. This is me giving you that loving kick in the ass you need to get motivated and stay there! Thanks again for reading!
All my lovin’
Web Design, Graphic Design, and E-commerce store: https://socialpockets.com
Photography/ Cinematography: https://www.kdotvision.com
I’m not sure how it’s possible to miss someone you haven’t formally met yet, but that’s exactly how we’ve been feeling. With our little ones arrival coming in just a few months, our patience is running thin and our excitement has been through the roof 😂! I miss him so much; especially in between our ultrasound appointments. As his kicks get stronger my curiosity continues to grow. What’s he doing in there? Is he comfortable? How’s his heart rate? I’m so glad I found the Baby Doppler! It’s a safe way to check on my baby whenever I want and makes me feel that much more connected. Not to mention, ease any anxiety I may feel after a long day. Being a new mom and not always knowing what “normal symptoms” are can be a bit stressful. Sometimes after a full day he’s kicking like crazy and I can’t help but proceed the rest of my day with caution. Did I do too much today? Was my workout too strenuous? Did he not like the pasta, side of fries, and slice of cheesecake as much as I did? 😂 All jokes aside, it’s been nice to have a little machine to reassure me that my little bun in the oven is growing just fine. The Baby Doppler has been great! The speaker on the machine pulses your baby’s heart rate loud and clear for you and your partner to gush over. It’s also a great way to share your experience with your family. We all know how exciting this time can be for everyone in the family. Recording your baby’s heart rate and sending the video to the proud grandparents to be is the sweetest way for your little one to say hello. It’s been such a cool accessory to an already very cool pregnancy experience 🤰🏼 . I’ll leave the link below along with their Black Friday Sale discount in case you want to check it out, or better, snag one for yourself just in time for Christmas.
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones!
discount code: FRIDAY2018
Can be used on any product from now until November 30th!Enjoy!
There’s a laundry list of things we can’t do during pregnancy. Between the media and old wives tales it’s hard to know what’s fact and what’s fiction. I was nervous to ask my doctor if I could continue working out. It’s such a controversial topic these days so I was eager to get advice straight from the source. Turns out, with a few modifications I can do almost everything I used to! 🙌🏻High fives all around! I skipped home and quickly searched “maternity active wear”. The one time I need Google the most and it failed me miserably.
Feeling completely defeated, I browsed a slim selection of leggings that didn’t have the best reviews and cost as much as my phone bill. All I wanted was a pair of modern black leggings that fit great and made me feel like myself while I was in the gym kicking butt, is that too much to ask? I decided to take to the new way of shopping, Instagram. Once I found Love and Fit I was sold! Their leggings can be worn through every fit mama stage. Up to 28weeks of pregnancy and can also be used postpartum. A steal for the price. The other leggings didn’t compare. My Love and Fit leggings have been a lifesaver! I got the Pre2Post Capri leggings and they’re everything I wanted them to be. I’m in my fifth month of pregnancy so naturally all of my other leggings were starting to compress my belly way too much and leave painful red lines. I tried a few from Target , but the fit was all wrong. I found myself constantly pulling up my leggings and we all know how annoying that can be.
Once i got my Pre2Post leggings I was ecstatic to find the interior lined with a silicone waist band! They’ve been working out perfect for me. They stay put while I jog, lift, and stretch. The best part? I don’t have to worry about any see through mishaps. The fabric is comfortable and thick. It reminds me of Nike Dri-fit, but with a breathable waistband that perfectly supports my growing belly. I’ve been wearing them religiously! Finally, an activewear line catered to moms and mamas to be. You can look cute and get the proper support you need. I’d highly recommend to momma bears everywhere. They’re affordable and you get so much for the money. I’ll be sure to leave a shoplink below if you want to check them out. Thanks again for reading!
I’m not sure what I love most about October. The Fall weather, the excessive pumpkin patch photos on Instagram, or the fact that the holidays are just around the corner 🙈. If only this lovely weather didn’t come with dry hair, flaky skin, and some serious nasal congestion.
When I started using the Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier I was hooked! Within three days I noticed a significant improvement in my skin, hair, and congestion. I’ve tried humidifiers before and while they worked great, they were such a hassle to have. They were bulky which made it difficult to refill, hard to clean, and don’t even get me started on the noise they made. I had given up on humidifiers all together until I came across Crane. Talk about a game changer. This chic humidifier and I have a really great thing going on. I don’t have to mess with filters and the humidifier doesn’t mess with my sleep. That’s right folks! This humidifier runs whisper quiet for up to 24hrs and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Our family is growing and as the nesting process begins so has my anxiety for keeping our home clean and purified. I love my fur baby, but keeping our condo spic and span is a struggle. It can easily get stuffy and covered in pet dander so a high quality humidifier is just what we needed. Crane’s line of humidifiers are not only trendy, they’re extremely efficient. All we need is one to effectively humidify our space. A clean home and refreshed skin in the morning? Yes please! I’m really excited about this product and I just had to share with you guys.
I’ll leave the link below in case you’re interested and if you have any questions I’m here, as always.
Thanks for reading!