Style Savvy Home // Workspace Update



When I was in high school I re-arranged and redecorated my bedroom probably monthly; in college, I think I made changes around once per quarter. As an adult, I have mixed things up less frequently, but the desire still hits me now and then to do something to change the energy in my space and breathe in some new life! I've been in my condo for about three years now, and it was starting to feel like it needed a bit of an update. So I spent last weekend re-organizing several of the rooms, including my bedroom--and specifically, my workspace (which I shared photos of in a previous post--you can see the original styling here). 





I used the same major pieces of furniture--my "love" desk that I found on Craigslist, and my fantastic Staples find of a chair--but I changed out some of the items on top of the desk and made them much more minimal so that I have more space to work when I'm busy; I realized I needed more storage space for business supplies, and paperwork etc, so I added a bookshelf; and I fell in love at very first sight with an uber luxe Zoe Collection rug that I spotted at Marshall's--I had to have it. 

So now, my space feels really refreshed and I feel like my creative energy has been reinvigorated! This is a space where I am so excited to work! 

How do you infuse new life into your space when you need a a change, or to get your creative juices flowing?


3 Super Cute Non-Traditional Sleepwear Options






A frequent challenge that a lot of women run into is how to stay comfortable when lounging around the house with their man without slumping into sweats; and how to still look attractive to their mate without being oversexed in lingerie. A fun option that I've found is to take items that would normally be every day wear, and turn them into pajamas--like these 3 super cute rompers. Since they're meant to be worn in public, they are vibrant and playful; but in loose jersey knits they're also going to be oh so comfortable for around the house. And, since they are shorts rompers, and not underwear or nighties, there's no need to worry about your um... *cough cough* falling out, as it was so eloquently and bluntly put by one of my girlies. 

What say you: rompers/playsuits as loungewear--win/win, right?


p.s. Looking for custom options for your unique style dilemma? Hit me up here. I'd love to work with you!



Posh Product Review: Honey Pot Fresh





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I’ll start by saying that this was quite a different product review. I am used to receiving natural hair products, bath and body products, and makeup to review. But the team at Honey Pot Fresh sent me over a sample of their Lavender Feminine Wash for my “honey pot”! Beatrice Dixon developed this product to prevent vaginal infection, encourage pH balance, and aid natural vaginal immunity with 100% Natural Plant-Based Ingredients.

Features & Benefits:

· Achieve a Healthier, Happier, Cleaner, Honey Pot in 4 Weeks

· Keeps the vagina fresh and clean, omits odor

· Prevents vaginal infections and balance insufficiencies such as Candidiasis, Bacteria Vaginosis and Urinary Infections

· Promotes pH Balance, which helps restore moisture and helps to relieve dryness.

· Aids in Natural Vaginal Immunity.


My Experience:

I must say that I was excited when I read the product label and could pronounce all of the ingredients. I am aware of the ingredients I use on almost every other part of my body--why not check out what I wash my lady parts with? I used the product for three weeks: it lathered really well and I experienced absolutely no irritation. My own “honey pot” was left feeling clean and refreshing. And I would imagine that this product would leave your honey pot amazingly clean during your cycle as well. I think this is a great product to try and I definitely recommend that you check it out!

The Honey Pot is available for $14.99 at www.thehoneypot.co and $9.99 at WholeFoods.



Nail Klub & Dresses with Modcloth



Though I hadn't had as much time in a while, I generally love experimenting with nail color and nail art. So I was super excited when Modcloth asked me to participate in their Nail Klub and Dresses Challenge! 

Coordinating your nails and your summer dress might seem a little too matchy matchy, but I think it's a fantastic way to stand out (just take a look at how beautifully the Modcloth team paired custom nail art with these cocktail dresses)! You're guaranteed to look polished and totally original. As I scrolled through their massive dress selection, thinking about which one would work for me, there were a few maybes--but one stood way out: the Watercolor Me Happy Dress! First of all fit and flare dresses are oh so perfect for my shape, but I also loved all the bright colors--they scream summer! This just seems like a dress that's guaranteed to make one happy, no?





I also felt like this print was one I could easily emulate on my nails. With such a graphic print, it was something I could just have fun with, and the colors could just co-exist playfully without being perfect. I loosely interpreted the flowers and shapes, making my nails more about a simple white base, and then adding great color than anything else. 



colors used:
OPI 'Flit a Bit'
Sinful Colors 'Cream Pink'
Francesca's Collections 'Lime Light' (similar color)
Zoya 'Breezi'

After adding my base coat, I put on one thick coat of Alpine Snow and let it dry thoroughly. Then, with an angled eyeshadow brush, I used the additional colors to add the flowers, and to swipe on swatches of brights in varying patterns (rinsing the brush with water in between). I wanted it to look almost like paint splatter. I let that dry thoroughly as well and then added a top coat. 

How do you think they turned out?

I can see wearing this dress/nails combination for a great daytime event like a bridal or baby shower, brunch or an early dinner with the girls. And the nails could also be paired with boyfriend jeans, saucy sandals, a graphic tank and a statement necklace. 

Which Modcloth dress would inspire you to create fun nail art for summer?



Soulful Beauty Chat | Posh Event Recap





Have you ever attended an event where the energy was just so sweet and positive that you left feeling better than when you arrived? That's what it was like at GG's Soulful Beauty Chat in DC last weekend. It was held at a super cute cafe, Culture Coffee, which happened to have some fly graffiti on the outside, and the best pineapple smoothies you can imagine on the inside. 



A few weeks ago, GG asked several women who are authors, poets and/or bloggers to join her for an afternoon of sharing whatever was on their spirits. I am not usually the "get up and bare your soul" type, but because my bestie was asking, I agreed. 

I read an edited version of my Q&A from my Soulful Beauty feature at GG's blog, All the Many Layers. And I needn't have been worried--my piece felt like "me", not like I was trying to be like anyone else in the room; and it was well-received by the other women. That felt good! Not sure I'll be doing it again any time soon, though. LOL




The other women who read, spoke or sang included: SherylShefonRae, TyeceSafaLea and Alexandra (Alex_Elle, whom I have been following and inspired by on Instagram since forever, and it was such an honor to meet her in person!)

I am so happy to have been in the room with such beautiful, soulful, strong feminine energy. And I'm so proud of my friend for stepping out of her comfort zone and trying something new--and it turned out well! I'm sure she'll be hosting another soon, so stay tuned at her blog for more details!



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