60 + Small Businesses To Shop This Holiday


It’s that time of year again we where we are making out our holiday gift list for all of our loved ones and keeping a little room for a little something for ourselves. I’ve always been a lover of shopping small businesses and supporting others as they work are to achieve their goals of entrepreneurship and this is the perfect time to promote shops that provide unique, creative, and wonderful products. Supporting small businesses puts the power and money back in communities and those looking to leave their make on the world especially when it comes to black owned businesses.  (more…)

Doing It At Your Own Pace


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For a little over a year I have been working with Long Tall Sally to bring my tall sisters amazing clothing that fit our bodies  perfectly and really shows the world that we not only stand out in height but also style. Last month I helped host their pop up, got to meet so many of my amazing tall sisters, and shoot with the brilliant photographer Olushola and its been such a wonderful experience. Every year I am introduced to more challenges that help shape me in to a more confident woman. There was a  time when I couldn’t take a photo with out going into a panic attack, I would never wear anything with a heel, and wearing a dress was completely out of the question but every year I grow older I come into my own.

I’ve hidden myself so many times worried about things that make me different, trying to figure out what I needed to change to be “one of the cool kids”. Now i’m mastering the art of “focusing on me” instead of comparing myself to others in business, life milestones, or in physical form. Turn your attention on to yourself growth and less on what others are doing in their journey. Be inspired by others but remember at times the line of comparison and celebrating can be blurred. Before you know it you are beating yourself up for “not doing more” instead of reflecting on your accomplishments and feeling motivated. You are worth taking time to come in to your own, building towards the goals you’ve set for yourself.

As you are writing down your 2016 resolutions make sure to set goals that are focused on the benefit  of growth instead of pushing to meet other expectations of how your life should be. Think of how the things you jot down will aide in promoting a better mental and emotional state in your everyday life and implement them with strong intention for self development. My dreams and goals will come to fruition because I have set them to the beat of my own drum. I am determined to live in the moment and let my journey take me on the speed that works in the benefit of me and not what the world tells me it should be and I encourage you to step out on faith.


(Dress : Shoes : Jacket )



30 Things to Do Before, During, & After 30

wpid-https%3a%2f%2f36.media_.tumblr.com%2f7377563d198c90cc415342a18e1f2fa7%2ftumblr_nrr9r83wog1qbqem3o1_1280.jpgBefore you start booing me off stage let me ensure you that 30 is not the end!!! Your twenties has a shiny “youthful” stereotype cast over it, and many women believe that after 25 its a landslide in to the dark abyss. It took me until I was on the other side of twenty-five to realized the fear of getting older is something forced down a our throats. Even before entering college we develop a fear of blowing out candles and this “race against MR TIME” theory has us missing out on the true beauty of getting older. I never hear people randomly asking men their age,  yelling at them for not being married before the 3-0 or openly telling them that their ovaries will dust over by 27 if we don’t  start popping out “Little Ones”…..

Instead of making a list of things to do before 30 with the looming undertone of demise, I wanted to create something that stimulates celebration and promotes women to try things that they can do at and stage in life. *BTW I used this photo of MS.ROSS as my introduction because….. I’m mean look at her just celebrating life like you should be celebrating turning one one year older! :)*


1.) Start Journaling

Even if it’s not daily even only a sentence at a time, recording your experiences in your own words will be a cherished keep sake that you’ll be able to reflect on through life. I recently dug up a journal I had from 9th to 10th grade and relieved my high school sweet heart in all it’s melodramtic glory. Reading it showed me how love has evolved in my life and how much of an impact that relationship had on my love stories to follow.


2.) Switch to Tea

There’s a chance you’re staring at the computer as if Medusa herself may spring form the screen, but trust me when i say cutting back on coffee can do wonders for your health. The caffeine in coffee is said to stimulate your stress hormones, acidity levels found are extremely high, and once depended on the caffeine produced from coffee it is harder for your body to produce natural energy stimulants. (More info here |HUFFINGTONPOST|)

Starting with black tea will help cut your habits, and overtime will help transition you  to caffeine free teas. Being depend on caffeine via coffee during my college days turned into a full blown addiction leading to a nasty personality when ever i didn’t have my fix, weight gain, and also crashing. Theres a Starbucks on every city block but remember you can always order a “Dirty Oprah” instead

**Thank Me Later***

3.) Have a Spa Day

4.) Karaoke

Nothing like getting a group of friends, ordering a few drinks and singing  *badly* to your favorite songs


5.) Take Dance Lessons

6.) Buy a Sex Toy

Yeah I said it…

Even now a days when oversexed images and topics slaps us in the face soon as we turn on the tv or open a magazine women are still scared to contribute to the “Self Love’ jar. A full on dildo can be a bit evasive,but a fun little pocket size bullet or the old school finger walk downtown will do the trick after a stressful day and a one way ticket to O town. If all else fails…. Always have a removal shower head in your bathroom…. YOU’RE WELCOME GIRL.


7.) Buy a Slow Cooker

I have no clue what I was doing before I got a slow cooker. Chop it up, throw it in the slow cooker for 4 hours and BOOM STEW. Even as a Pescetarian I found that my slow cooker has finally given me the cooking skills that I lack and helps are save time and money!

8.) try buckram Yoga

9.) Go Skydiving

10.) Take yourself on Date

Go get your hair done, put on a nice outfit, and take yourself out. Even if you just go to the movies, or have a cup of coffee ALONE there’s something to experience when you don’t have that friend buffer. You are completely in the world with your thoughts experiencing life, which may seem like a simple task but taking the time for yourself is a hell of an eye opening experience.

11.) Ask for HIS number

12.) Drink more water



The worlds splendor can’t be captured by scrolling through other peoples Instagram pages. It may not be in your budget to fly to Fiji or summer in Rome, but preparation is KEY. Select a place you’ve never been, create a budget and subscribe to travel blogs/site that alert you on deals, BOOK AND GO. You can come up with a million excuses but the world is here to explore… even if you only go out of  state… DO IT.

14.) Social Media Diet… Because we all need a break from this shit TBH.

15.) Create a realistic budget


Long gone are the days when you could just blow money on what ever you want (unless your balling and in that case do you boo boo) Now is the time buckle down and really think about your future. Before venturing in to steep investments, buying property, or anything major you should start by actually creating a budget. Im not a savings wizard but with the powerful tips of Pinterest and the amazing advice from Tiffany Aliche *The Budgetnista* book “The One Week Budget” I have witnessed a major difference in my spending habits.

16.) Get More Sleep

17.) Take a cooking class

There’s a famous saying, “the way to a mans heart is through their stomach” but girl you can buy him a steak and achieve the same damn outcome… Learn how to cook for yourself! You deserve to come home and treat yourself to a top chef dinner so take a fun class with your lady friends and start making your own feast and if you have a partner to bless with your new found gifts than that wonderful.. but THIS IS FOR YOU QUEEN.

18.) Pay it forward

The smallest act of kindness goes along way in a world that has seen so much darkness especially in recent days. Simple good morning, holding the door for someone, or paying the toll for the car behind you a little act shifts a persons entire mood.

19.) Switch to Organic

20.) Clean Out your inbox


21.) Get a daring haircut

A woman cutting her hair is a sign of a significant shift in their lives. Whether it’s a breakup, moving out, or just a seasonal change up I speak from experience when I say cutting off the locks is liberating.

22.) Join a bookclub

 23.) Cut Cable

Sounds odd but cable is an added bill that has proven it’s self useless in my opinion. With straight to tv apps like Hulu, Netflix, and HBOGo the idea of paying $120 + to have endless channels that usually have nothing on is a waste of money. Cutting it out will free to “SAVE”, get those shoes, or TRAVEL depending if you followed those tips above.

24.) Go back to School


This may not be for everyone but many of us (including myself) have been toying with the idea of “Starting over”, expanding their careers, or just achieving their own goal of getting/furthering their education. Knowledge is a beautiful gateway to new life experiences so whether it’s getting that bachelors, Masters, or Yoga Cert. start the journey of achieving that goal.

25.) Learn how to make a wicked cocktail

I mean 007 looks like a boss when making one, and think of how you’ll be the toast of every party with your drink slinging know skills.

 26.) Meditate

27.) Look at your vagina


Like the character Charlotte from Sex and the City (Season 4 Eps. 2 “The Real Me) a large number of women don’t know what their own vaginas LOOK LIKE. They see a photo of what it should look like in a text book during sex ed in HighSchool and than push it to the back of their minds. Don’t even go on to tips 29 & 30 before grabbing a mirror and looking at your “FLOWER”. Consider it a unique snowflake especially since all women look different in that region. Its a part of your body and getting to know yourself physically includes embracing ALL OF YOU!

 28.) Binge Marathon Sex and the City… BECAUSE DUH!

29.) Support Local artist and businesses



30.) Cherish yourself.

I technically group this tip with every one i’ve stated. You are the gatekeeper of your heart, mind, body, and soul and by learning to appreciate and love who you are as a woman you will create one of the most important relationships you will ever have. Everything begins with your well being and counting the days till you are no longer a “spring chicken” is a sure fire way on overshadowing the wonderful person you are. Embrace the wisdom and beauty that comes with age ladies cause no one likes YOUNG WINE! If you ever second guest your self confidence all was ask yourself “WWRD?” (What Would Rihanna DO?)


xoxo Tallglassofstyle

4 Steps to Jump Start Your Creativity

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I’m talking down right wearing  sweat pants everywhere, window shop but not buying a single thing, “eww I hate my entire closet” RUT! I have had a few “moments” for peak creativity this year but besides that I haven’t been fully invested in my process and making my work and personal style express who I am. I cant blame the lack of money to shop because hell… Ive always been broke (laughs in student loans) and know how to make a dollar work in my favor. Being a tall girl with a very humble budget I’ve adapted. Not having the option of running to the mall to find something new developed my appreciation of taking things left behind and showing the world it’s still has life.

I also cant blame the lack of options due to the fact I’ve spent years figuring out how to dress this long body of mine having amazing tall girl brands like Long Tall Sally that caters to long limbs like mine. That being said I have been caught up in an absolute FUNK when it comes to translating my personal style. I remember a time when I would rollout of bed, stroll to my closet and let the clothes speak to me. One day I would roll out of the house looking like Lisa Bonets little sister and the next I’d look like a polished 80’s vixen ready to tour with Prince, but It all boils down to one thing.


I am a creative person and not catering to my need for inspiration has hindered my ability to really express myself not only in the way I dress, has taken a huge chunk out my creative writing, and I could tell you the last time I sketched or sat at my sewing machine. Last year I use to roam the streets of New York just to discover new shops and experience my surroundings, explore museums for hours to learn about different cultures, and build inspiration boards every other weekend but now I’ve been relying on explorer page or whatever flickers across my television screen. I have literally deprived myself from experiencing the world around me and I am suffering for it.  Distractions and plain ole laziness has pushed down the explorer within but I won’t let it hold me back any longer! If you are a creative like myself I’m sure you have struggled with a rut similar to this one that’s holding you back from reaching your true potential.

Here are 4 simple steps that I’ve put into action that may jump start your creative engines

1.) Take a trip to the art museum/gallery

I have sat in museums for hours staring an artist creation, drawing from the emotions they have injected into the piece and have always left with a part of the artist. Find some space in your schedule to visit your local museum/art gallery to and open your minds to someone elses translation of the world. You never know what can be bloom within you until you are open the expressions of those around you.

2.) Play a Little Jazz

Soon as we turn on the radio we are trampled but the same top 10 hits which either is the latest house music jam or dirt spirit anthem which is fine but I wouldn’t label it as actually inspiring. Constant “turn up” music is a sure fire why of dulling down the creative juices but a smooth melody of a hardy jazz inspired playlist will definitely ease you back into the wing of things. I have even have a little something for you on my Spotify account (Tallglassofstyle) for you to enjoy

3.) Let Nature Be Your Guide

Time to grab a warm drink, head to your near by park and take a long stroll. With the changing of the leaves and the warmer weather we’ve been having on the east coast it’s a perfect time for nature to show you all of her beauty. Put on your headphones (NO TURN UP MUSIC!) or go with out but whatever you do make sure you are present in that moment. Don’t worry about getting the right image for Instagram or trolling your timeline you need to be aware of the magic that is surrounding you and let it take your imagination to new heights.

4.) Social Network Cleanse

For the minimum of 24hrs completely disengage in all forms of social media. I’m talking cold turkey. If you work in social media do it on your off, if you have a blog and bank on your social following schedule your post so you wont miss a beat during your disconnect but the key here is staying “Logged Off”. We are so wrapped up in what others are doing, eating, wearing that we lose ourselves. Our ideas aren’t really inspired by others but morph into a reproduction with out realizing it. Social media is a great way to showcase your art, talent, and skills but it can be a graveyard to your creative process when measuring your life by the opinions of others. Take some time to experience the world for only yourself with no distractions.

By applying a few of these steps I’ve really stirred up my creative juices and  decided to show it off with my favorite vintage “Queen of Egypt” bomber jacket! Let me know if any of these tips worked for you by sharing them via twitter, Facebook, or comment below!

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Wish List: 5 Fav items from The Height


The Height is a clothing company that has a passion for dressing us tall girls that love fashion but aren’t into breaking their budget for garments that actually fit. Realizing there is a huge gap allowing tall women to purchase affordable fashions “The Height” was developed! I have a few pieces added to my Wish List and want to know what are your favorites out of my picks!


Bamz Does Beauty: ACV Clay Hair Mask


I have been struggling with defining my curls for the past few weeks, looking for products to enhance my natural texture only to end up disappointed. I am a “warrior of moisture” meaning I make sure I make sure my scalp and hair shaft is properly hydrated by sticking to weekly DC treatments, adding light weight oils when handling my hair, and drinking plenty of water but still “she” (my hair) has been lacking. Months ago I watched my natural beauty mentor Hey Fran Hey ACV Clay Hair Mask tutorial which allowed her to cleanse her scalp while achieving impressive curl definition. With a little research thanks to the University of Google and Frans informative video I developed my own ACV Clay Hair Mask recipe that gave my hair the kick in the butt I’ve been looking for. (more…)

CALLING ALL TALL GIRLS….Long Tall Sally Is Coming To NYC!

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Long Tall Sally Pop Up Shop is back in NYC this weekend and guess who will be greeting and styling you beautiful TALL ladies?!…ME!!!!! This is my second time working LTS POP UP and I’m looking forward to offering some styling tips on dressing your tall frame! My fellow Tall Blogger Bree of “The Tall Society” will be there to offer all of her amazing styling tips ,great Tall Girl stories and encouragement!

Long Tall Sally and I have had a long wonderful love affair and it’s all because they know how to keep us LONG GIRLS looking stylish and feeling confident in what we wear!  Be sure to put LTS POP UP SHOP on the top of your to-do list this weekend and I would love to see you ladies in all of your Tall Girl Glory!


*Keep scrolling down for POPUP details and some fun looks from LTS!*

*Ill be there Friday 11am-3:00PM*


Here are ALL my past looks featuring the LTS brand and you can click on the images to go to their original post!


Featuring LTS wide leg denim


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The Breeze of Layers


A few years ago my Auntie Pam gifted me with this beautiful cream knit dress and I’ve been waiting all summer to break her out of storage. Its lightweight with a little bounce to it so I get to layer and have tons of movement. I usually wear her with riding boots and a light jacket but this time I pulled on my wide leg Long Tall Sally Denim and my DIY vintage camo vest.

I love wearing pieces given to me out of love and making them my own especially when they come from my fly a$$ aunties or mom. The women in my life have always been style forward and growing up watching how my mother put an outfit together and observing my aunties always looking “sharp as a tack” still influences my style today.

To be frank there are thousands of people out there that love vintage like me, mix patterns like I do and have a deep obsession for Solange inspired style “points to self* but their is space to share similar taste in style and still OWN YOUR LOOK. No matter if its thrifted, fresh off the runway, or from TJ Maxx if you OWN YOUR LOOK you are the on the right track to the Best Personal Style!


Jeans | Sunnies | Similar Top | Vest via local thrift store| Similar Bag | Watch

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6 Step D.I.Y Glitter Skull To Glam Up your Halloween

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We have reached the time of year when all the costumes you wanted are out of stock, you’re DVR’ing Hocus Pocus (BEST HALLOWEEN MOVIE EVER), and you are ready to kill the next person who mentions the word pumpkin, yes folks Halloween is upon us! I am a self proclaimed queen of DIY projects, constantly overwhelmed with looming projects on my Pinterest boards I for some reason I swear i’m going to actually do (GUT LAUGHS). I’ve seen a lot of great ideas on there ranging from stress creating challenges literally no human on the planet could recreate to some super simple ideas that take only a few minutes. So I pulled some inspiration dugging deep as I trolled the dollar store  and came up with this super easy 6 step Glitter Skull DIY which you can use as your Halloween center piece or for year round decoration in your home! So on your marks… Get SET.. CRAFT!