Learning When to Cut Loose: Greatest Day Ever Edition

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I have never been a believer of “playing the wall” at any function that plays reggae, EDM, club music or anything else with a bass line deep enough to have your ancestors twerking and I saved up all the little youthful juice I could for this past weekends “Greatest Day Ever” party in Brooklyn. I had been playing grown-up all week pushing out orders, praying to clock out and so decided to get a Diana Ross weave (which didn’t last 28 hrs), throw on sneakers, and put my ticket to good use. The gang trucked across the bridge to throw the week into the wind and get way more sweaty than expected. (I literally felt like I took all the dust from the abandon lot home with me *gross*)

The day party had taken social media by storm last year and given me a huge dose of F.O.M.O *Fear of missing out*, so when the tickets released, text messages went flying and our little group of ten planned on taking Greatest Day Ever by storm. Being on the other side of 25 made me a bit skeptical about partying with 18 year olds (no shade but…shade) and everything went wrong before even heading out the door. My hair came out super tangled, my skirt ripped while heading out the door, and an “I’m too old for this” melt down loomed over me. I sat with a comb stuck in my hair, favorite skirt ruined, and feeling the tears brew when I heard my phone chime with the message  “Son WHERE ARE YOU?!”.  I had worked hard all week looking forward for this and now I was allowing a few bad outcomes end my day before it even started. Self doubt crawled into my mind and and now little set backs convinced me I wasn’t worthy of a good time. It was at that moment I decided not to allow  “age anxiety”  get the best of me and took some of my advice from  “30 things to do before, during, & after 30″ 

30.) Cherish Yourself

“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”

I could sit at home lurking Facebook post of awesome times of yesteryear beating myself up about my age or I could focus on  celebrating life and we all deserve a good ole’ hardy turn up!  I caught myself playing down the power of self accpetance, and not putting enough faith in my (same age group) turn up crew to make a great time happen no matter what hurdles swing my way. A day filled with beers, trill music, and loving friendships allowed me to sweat the week away and feel confident in myself. I hold the torch of badassness and after a bit of reflection I strolled into the GDE gates ready to take on the dance floor (well…. dusty pavement)

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In all honesty i’m still more comfortable partying with an older crowd mostly because I’d like to not be the only person/group that goes crazy when the original version of “Ginuwine: Pony” is played, but the lesson I’m highlighting today is recognizing when self-doubt sprouts in your heart and find outlets that remind you how FUCKIN’AMAZING you truly are.  Go out looking your best, ready to dance, sweat like crazy while celebrating the life you’ve been blessed with. For those few hours forget the things you can not change and trust in yourself to attack the world and achieve your goals. You deserve to enjoy yourself and let nothing (INCLUDING YOURSELF) tell you other wise.

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OOTD: 100 packs of hair, Express Leggings, Forever 21 Ban top (similar) , Ray-ban Shades, Nikes via KithNYC

Check out the rest of our adventures below :)  and make sure to visit brunchbounce.com for more cool events!

Stay Vibrant Love Always

Bamz

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PS. theres a few missing but you get the jest’ LOL

Tops For Your Body Type

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More and more women are embracing their shapes but while many know how to dress, others are still lost about what flatters their curves. With the surge of body positive bloggers spreading the the importance of loving who you are, we are raising a generation of women that love their bodies. In a journey of embracing yourself  it’s important to find clothing that allows you to venture into the world with confidence instead of trying to hide.  Here are a few great tips that may help!

The Round Top:

If you gain weight around your midsection or are post-pregnancy, loose fitting clothes are best. Select tops like the one below from Daniel Rainn offer fun designs that help camouflage your stomach.

Daniel Rainn is comprised of detailed and constructive pieces that are soft, chic and feminine, yet also effortlessly sexy and cool. Danielrainn.com

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The Inverted Triangle:

You find your shoulders are wider than your hips, and you have little to no waist definition. Many models like Naomi Campbell can be seen on the catwalk with this shape. Choose a top like this one from DKNY, that outlines your upper body yet softens it.

DKNY is the energy and spirit of New York. International, eclectic, fun, fast and real. DKNY addresses the real-life needs of people everywhere, from work to weekend, jeans to evening. Both fashionable and friendly, DKNY consistently delivers its unique mix of style around the world. DKNY.com

The Rectangle:
If you have the straight-up-and-down figure often considered “boyish” or “sporty”, opt for styles that hug your waist and flare at the bottom to create your curves. Tops like the Calvin Rucker one below creates structure with a belt that can be adjusted to your liking. The top can be paired with various bottoms to create the day or nighttime look.

Calvin Rucker is casual couture for the creative class, which merges a luxurious, sexy classicism with a rebel streak of casual. Two well-known designers Caroline Calvin and Joie Rucker created the LA based brand. Calvinrucker.com

Pressing the Reset Button

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(Kaftan via Marshalls, Shorts from H&M, Bathing suit top Forever21 all from my closet 😆)

Tis’ the season to be brunching and what better way to celebrate the first weekend of July by heading to an Everyday People Brunch. I sent out the Facebook invite to my girls, “Budget Shopped” my closet, and made sure the fro was present for the event.
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Saturday was a beautiful sunny day as we headed to LA Marina in our best “beachy” outfits. Hosted by Chef Roble , Saada along side elite tastemakers, we primped and chatted as we waited on line with other vibrant attendees. Making past the doorman and friendly security we had sand between our toes, drinks in hand, and the DJ making the crowd groove as the breeze danced along side us.

Sometimes I get so caught up in my work week that I dismiss the importance of getting with my friends and cutting loose. There has been a shift in my professional life which has been blocking my creative outlets, and causing me to doubt my own talents. After talking to those closest to me I’ve been reminded how life is about balance and i must celebrate the gifts I’ve been blessed with. Just because I clock in to work for a company doesn’t mean I can’t balance my personal branding and make time to enjoy life. The universe reacts to our actions and by changing my negative out look I’m letting the world know I’m ready for some positive changes no matter how scary they maybe.

Many of us Millennials struggle with balancing 9-5’s to pay for student loans, striving for the life our parents want for us, with wanting to pave our own way and becoming businesses owners. Burnout is something we constantly feel creeping into our professional and personal lives but stepping away from it all to press the rest button is KEY to survival.

Everyday People Brunch is that escape that we need to shake off our struggles and let the DJ and drinks wash over us. EPB has grown gracefully into one of the most talked about events of the spring/summer season and every time I attend I leave my heart on the dance floor. Good food, drinks flowing, and DJs dropping tracks causing the crowd to shout “DAMN THAT’S MY SHIT!”. This brunch has became one of the highlights of my summer events and I’m looking forward to their next “bashment”!
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Ps: My phone died before I could get great photos but thank goodness for IGer @Micro_don’t_daddy for capturing these lovely images 😆

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Xoxo Tallglassofstyle

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.

 

Hometown Love

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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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