30 Things to Do Before, During, & After 30

tumblr_mjemkwboka1r1ft0fo1_500Before 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.

ENJOY!

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

8.) Try Bikram Yoga

9.) Go Skydiving

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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

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13.) TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL

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

16.) Get More Sleep

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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

29.) Support Local artist and businesses

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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!

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xoxo Tallglassofstyle

Festival Season Skin Prep

That’s right, music festival season is upon us and next up is COACHELLA-ELLA – ELLA (sorry Rihanna takes over at times)!  Anyway, before maxing our credit cards at the mall and liquor stores, let’s not forget a very important layer – OUR SKIN! As if liquor isn’t enough to dehydrate you, imagine being in the desert with hundreds of partygoers. Dehydration is a HUGE problem at Coachella! It’s not only hot during the day but it’s freezing at night, and while camels aren’t walking around, it’s still VERY dry. Before ruining your skin before summer begins, here are some beauty products you can (and should!) use to protect your skin – your skin will thank you!

For more information on VI DERM visit http://www.vipeel.com/ for a variety of other products to that promote healthy skin.

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Name: VI DERM Intense Hydration Serum

Price: $40.00

Where to buy: http://www.vipeel.com/products/vi-derm/vi-derm-intense-hydration-serum.html

An advanced corrective formula that fuses stem cell technology, peptides and humectants to nourish dehydrated skin. The age defying ingredients work harmoniously to restore hydration and seal in moisture. This replenishing serum soothes dry skin while improving the texture for an aII-day luminous glow.

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Name: VI DERM SPF 50+ Sun Protection

 Price: $30.00

Where to buy: http://www.vipeel.com/products/vi-derm/spf50.html

 Description: VI DERM SPF 50+ Sun Protection provides broad spectrum of UVA and UVB protection. The water resistant formula remains active for up to 40 minutes while participating vigorous aerobic activity (water or sweat). Its light weight formulation feels weightless on the skin.

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Name: VI DERM Cleanser for ALL Skin Types

 Price: $30.00

Description: This aloe based gel cleanser effectively removes dirt, makeup and impurities from the skin. Packed with antioxidants, the VI DERM Cleanser for ALL skin types is a sulfate and paraben free, leaving the skin refreshed, revitalized and radiant.

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Name: VI DERM Exfoliating Body Lotion

 Price: $40.00

 Where to buy: http://www.vipeel.com/products/vi-derm/bodylotion.html

 Description:  VI DERM Exfoliating Body Lotion penetrates deep into the skin increasing collagen formation and new skin cell production. The innovative lotion contains retinyl palimate which works in conjunction with the glycolic acid to remove the outer layers of thickened and damaged skin, leaving the skin smoother, firmer and radiant.

 

Spring Has Finally Sprung

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For MONTHS, I’ve been sitting by the window watching old man winter reck havoc leaving hills of snow, whipping up violent bitter winds, and draining the color out of everything including my skin. This weather has been unkind to every folic on my body but the end of this torture has arrived and SUPER MAN SPRING has come to save us all. We had a beautiful break in unfriendly climate, so Shaka ( of ShakaZulu Photography) made the most of it buy grabbing brunch at Enzos before squeezing in a mini shoot.

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I love discovering local treasures and since Enzo’s right in my town It was a perfect place to chow down. I rocked my new faux leather jacket from Long Tall Sally, and since I had a few meetings later that day I threw my Aldo pumps  (Similar here) in my tote bag (also seen here) polish off my look without having to rush home and change. I think it’s important to have pieces in your wardrobe that can translate into different settings and seasons. I’m looking forward to all of the beautiful events, blooming nature, and of course FASHION that comes with Spring and I look forward to sharing it with you guys!

Make sure to scroll down to check out the rest of the shoot and if you’re a blogger looking for a resident photographer shoot an email to ShakaZuluPhotography@yahoo.com

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Outfit Details: Jacket : Long Tall Sally | Tote: Forever21 | Top: Thrifted | Denim: Long Tall Sally | Shoes: Also (Similar Here)

Photo Credit: Shaka Zulu Photography

TTYA Launches Second Collection with Long Tall Sally !

Long Tall SallyPhotographer Jeff Hahn shot the campaign featuring model Jamie Gunns.

British Fashion Designer Irebne Agbontaen has joined forces with Long Tall Sally once again to bring us Amazons 25 drop dead gorgeous pieces to add to our spring rotation! I lived in their last seasons pieces (HERE) and this collection will be no different! Especially cut for women 5’8 and taller, this edgy collection will be welcoming additions to our wardrobe. TTYA x Long Tall Sally will be available in sizes 4-16 with prices from $49 – $179 and I am lusting over every single piece.

Check out the entire collection HERE

xoxo tallglassofstyle

Amazons Unite: Long Tall Sally NY Pop Up Shop

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Last Saturday my long limbs carried me down to Chelsea NY for the Long Tall Sally Pop Up Shop. Entering the beautiful open space was dream like and seeing my fellow “talls” shopping for (well fitting) clothing warmed my heart! It was a great feeling to finally be having a shopping experience with women looking to discover things made especially for us!

I helped style attendees creating bonds, and being completely motivated by their smiles as they left the pop up shop with new outfits.  From shoes STARTING from size 12, to pants long enough to actually cover our ankles, Long Tall Sally had us feeling like well dressed Amazon Queens. I wore the Georgette Sleeve Woven Top , The Check Skinny Jean , and light weight black duster (similar here) .  2015-03-07 13.35.34

I had such a lovely time at the Long Tall Sally Pop-up Shop and finally got to meet fellow tall girl blogger The Tall Muse who is not only stunning but a wonderful spirit and I can’t wait to link up in the future! If you’re in the Washington D.C. area this weekend make sure to check out their pop-up shop Friday and Saturday! (Details Here) 

Make sure to check out their Spring items HERE 

Tipping My Hat for Winter

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New Jersey weather has been unforgiving for these last few weeks of winter hitting us with single digit climates and HELLA snow! Having to pull my body out of bed and hour earlier than usual to clean off my car has not been a picnic but there’s something beautiful about seeing my backyard covered in white. We did luck out with a small break in freezing weather and I got to leave my huge puffer at home, layer up, and actually let the world SEE MY OUTFIT.

I’ve been pushing myself to bring TallGlassofStyle to the next level with a full on make over, catering to my beautiful Amazons by expanding on lifestyle post. Besides a huge surface makeover, I’m hard working with other creatures to bring you guys amazing content! My anxiety of this self imposed project has been a little overwhelming but to make sure i’m giving you beautiful beings the best of the best I will be making this transition slowly so stay tuned here and make sure to follow my FaceBook Page for all my behind the scenes updates, content, and post!

I recently got my hands on a few Spring Collection pieces from my loves at Long Tall Sally helping me transition smoothly into warmer temps. Being a long limbed giant had me on the hunt for YEARS (no seriously like 2 YEARS!!!) to find a pair of wide leg high waist bottoms, that don’t suffocate my thick thighs and once again Long Tall Sally eased my stress by making this beautiful Wide Leg Jean! Throwing on a boyfriend tee, a strikingly blue textured blazer also from Long Tall Sally, booties and a vintage throw I was ready to enjoy the break in weather. I teamed up with photographer Shaka Cummingham of Zulu Photography to get these great images and share the details of my outfit.

Check out the rest of the post below and scroll down for outfit details!

PS: Make sure to meet and shop with me in NY Sat. March 7th for Long Tall Sallys POP-UP Shop!

Details here -> Pop Up Shop 

xoxo: TallGlassofStyle

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Shirt: J.Crew | Blazer: Long Tall Sally | Pant: Long Tall Sally | Shoe: Dolce Vita (similar here)

Necklace: New York & Company (similar here)

Hat : Forever 21|  Bag: Forever 21 | Sunnies: Nordstroms 

Photography: ZuluPhotography (Email: Fernika28@yahoo.com )

10 Basic Tips to Solange Style

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5 Pumps to Spice Up Your Vday

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Valentines day is right around the corner so it’s time to get that special day outfit together. Whether your going out with a special someone, hanging out with the ladies, or just looking for an excuse to dress up, no outfit is complete without a killer pair of shoes!

Here are my top picks (and of course they come in TallGirlSizes! )

 

Collection of shoe # 1

1.) Kate Spade NY From Piper Lime 

2.) Shoes of Prey 

Shoe 2

 1.) Nine West via LongTallSally  (On Sale)

2.)Sam Edelman via Nordstroms

3.) BCBG via DSW

10 Reasons Why Being Tall Rocks!

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Growing up tall wasn’t the easiest thing for me. Dealing with insecurities, always feeling like the odd man out in a world full of  “normal height” women motivated me to embrace what makes me different. Since then I have grown to love all 6’1 of me and want to let you in on a few benefits of being a tall chick.

Scroll on down this elegantly LONG post and find out a little bit of our magic!

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10 Style Resolutions (I HOPE I STICK TO) for 2015

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Another year has come & gone, and we have all drummed up list of new challenges and changes we promise to stick to in 2015. That “New Year.. New Me” song maybe a bit played but there’s something extremely attractive in the idea of starting fresh. I have listed all my year long goals, planned out 3 months of content, and made sure to eat my black eyes peas the day after to bring good wishes in the new year, i’m also trying something new.

I have always been a lover of fashion but my lazy tomboy ways sometimes causes me to slack in the personal style department. Since I spent a large amount of last year reaching for sweats instead of blazers, I’ve decided to push my style creativity by putting more of an effort into my “Fits”. My younger self was extremely insecure wanting to fit in, bleeding into my teenage years where I struggled. Not being able to afford name brand items,  and never able to find a thing to fit my long frame I tried to hide myself and was consumed with other peoples judgments.

Since then I have found confidence in what makes me different, embraced the fine art of thrifting and have embraced my personal style. Still…. I’ve let life get the best of me by “not having the time” to pick out outfits for the next day, and letting the motivation to “get dressed” miss me completely. I always feel better when I have a complete look together and I want to venture into 2015 with a strong presence.

Enjoy!

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1.) Plan Ahead 

Taking a few minutes the night before makes a huge difference in what i’m wearing the next day. I’m so sick of scrambling for an outfit, pulling everything out of my closet and ending up in LEGGINGs. *not cool*

2.) GET YA ASS UP GIRL!

I am sort of a bed bug, so waking up 15 minutes earlier to make sure i’m well put together would make a huge difference. Seriously, it’s quite embarrassing when you roll up to an meeting with two different loafers on.*YUP ITS HAPPENED*

3.) Put a Face On

Yes. I have left the house without Fleek Like EYEBROWS more times than i’d like to admit. In my efforts to actually wake up in the mornings, I will contribute some of that time to putting on a good lip and brow. Don’t worry I promise to not become an EXTREME CONTURING victim.

4.) Fall in Love With the Iron

I can’t be the only FashionEater that hates to IRON! I rather steam everything but sometimes you have to cave in and keep it crisp with an iron.

5.) Where’s THE Color

Stomping NYC during my school days turned me into a Black loving nut, and though I will always have a soft spot for the darkside I want to embrace the fun and life of a colorful print heavy wardrobe.

6.) Shop with a plan

I have become my own victim by shopping with out any sort of plan. This year I’ll be creating a “grocery list” of things I need and shop by outfit instead of items which will save me time, stress, and MONEY.

7.) PURGE 

If I haven’t worn it in the last year… TOSS IT! (aka donate it)

8.) *whispers* “If you build it, it will come”

Make mood boards for looks I want to try. I’ve become a hardcore Pinterest head and building a look using the app will save the time consuming pressures of cutting out magazines.

9.) Have “Fuck it” Days

Gotta keep it real… I LOVE MY SWEATS. I will be allowing myself to have a few Sundays of vegging out in super soft sweat pants, with no makeup, wild hair, and ratty tank top… (kind like I am right now writing this post)

10.) DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

I’ve set these 10 resolutions for me and at the end of the day the only real task at hand is to make sure I am Happy and feel amazing.

Do you have any Style resolutions you want to share?!

Tweet me… tag me on Instagram … or leave a comment below and share!