Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year, Same Blogs | 25 Blogs to Carry into 2 0 1 7

Before I wrapped up post for 2016, I wanted to curate a list of blogs I follow closely, some of which I've been following for years now. Not included in this compilation are obvious favorites like Complex, The Fader, and HYPEBEAST , but I'd really like to get into the blogs with smaller platforms, yet developed by creatives who are dedicated to their brands and consistently deliver content I personally look forward to reading. 

Although the blogs listed vary in content, each of these bloggers have all inspired me in some way, shape, or form to stay creative, cultivate my passions; to continue to walk my own path-no matter how crazy it gets, revel in my own truth, and utilize my own voice, despite who I think notices. I'm intentional about the people I've chosen to follow on every platform I occupy. Without further ado, here are 25* blogs that I plan to take with me into the new year and highly recommend:
  1. BAUCE Magazine  |  @BauceMag
  2. Jocks & Stiletto Jill   | @StilettoJill
  3. Twenties Unscripted  |  @tyunscripted
  4. The Indie Byline  |  @IndieByline
  5. Life with jrdn  | @LifeWithJRDN
  6. Marevoli  | @MelodyOnTheMove
  7. A Journey East  | @ajourneyeast
  8. Emmelie De La Cruz  | @EmmelieDeLaCruz
  9. Vic Styles  | @TheVicStyles
  10. Cozy Girl Squad | @bydonette
  11. From a Wildflower  | @fromawildflower
  12. Kimberly Luxe  | @KimberlyLuxe
  13. xoNecole  | @xoNecole
  14. Brittni Pope  | @BrittniPope
  15. The Active Spirit  | @DisaChantel
  16. The Reign XY  | @TheReignXY
  17. So She Writes | @SoDreWrites
  18. Bronze Bombshell  | @bronze_bombSHEL
  19. Amber-Janae  | @WhoIsAmberJanae
  20. Pretty, Brown, & Nerdy  | @pbntweets
  21. All the Many Layers  |  @GGReneeWrites
  22. Brandon Braxton  | @Dante_Diable54
  23. Lasers of Six  | @SixLasers (null)
  24. The Stylish Standout  | @StylishStandout
  25. The Cool Out Corner  | @92Verbs
sidenote: As you may notice, the last 4 blogs are men in the blogging world whose work I really admire and even though this list is in no particular order, I did group them together intentionally. In 2017, can we please encourage more black boys to start blogs...something like a #BlackBoysWhoBlog {shoutout to Morgan for creating the #BlackGirlsWhoBlog counter movement}? I really think my list-although the bloggers listed are incredible-could use a masculine balance, so if you have any suggestions on male bloggers worth following (and please not the self proclaimed relationship gurus who spend their time writing think pieces on how women should think, act, feel, etc.) leave their links in the comment section, so that I can check them out. 


Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Chymere Anais original photography. Shot w/ a iPhone 6s +

♥ In Love with: my city, sweet home A T L A N T A , all over again!

 ♥ Working On: content my sports blog that officially launched on 11.08.16

 ♥ Favorite Visual: different sights around the city // chic-industrial home decor

 ♥ Music [favorite sounds]: Starboy - The Weeknd // Musical Year in Review 2016 coming soon!!!

 ♥ Anticipating : what 2 0 1 7 has in store for all of us , which, despite the hiccups of the past year, I'm really hopeful about the new year

 ♥ Reading : 'Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur' by: Alwill Leyba Cara

 ♥ Watching: haven't been watching TV much lately besides ESPN & SportsCenter // consumed with making sure I have fresh content ready for SBS

 ♥ Favorite Words:

 "I am a lover without a lover. I am lovely and lonely and I belong deeply to myself." -Warsan Shire 

 ♥ Thinking about: what my intentions are for the upcoming year

 ♥ Over the Moon about: being back in a familiar place with a new perspective and a more positive attitude. 2016 has been a nightmare, but I am starting to feel whole again. On top of being in a much more positive space, I'm just happy to be here, where I am loved, celebrated, and safe.

 ♥ Dreaming Of: the era GLO-up; I can just feel the elevation to the woman I know I'm meant to be and...the thought of "her" makes me so happy to be alive in this moment.

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2016 ($100 or Less)

With the long lines and crowd dodging, shopping for loved ones for the holidays can be stressful. If you're someone like me, who relies heavily on the sentimental value and the personalization aspect of gifting, it's easily spend hours in stores, just to find the perfect gift for someone. Beyond the gift itself, there's something truly special about watching their reaction. In the spirit of giving, I decided to curate a resourceful gift guide, which fully stands behind the notion of supporting small business (especially black owned). 

Hopefully, this compilation helps or - at the very least - sparks an idea of how to sort and organize your holiday shopping list. I've broken the list down into 6 different categories, each category based on the personalities of different people in my life.

For the Culture Enthusiast:

For the Techie/Gamer:

For the Art/Music-lover:

    For the IG Queen/King:

    For the Classic Man:

    {Photo credits (top to bottom): Peace Images. Melanin Apparel. Sean Hollister-CNET. Charley Gallay/Stringer/Getty Images. Unknown. TimexHerschel. Kobe Bryant. NFL Store.}

    Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All products are based on things I personally like and what I think others would love as well.}


    Sunday, December 4, 2016

    11 Things to Do This Month | December 2016

    {Update from October 2016's Things to Do: I'm willing to admit that-even with a 2 month time span- there are still things to be done from that month's list. Life has been so...crazy lately that I can't even begin to explain the neglegence on my part. That being said, please don't be surprised if some things show up multiple times, especially the ones I'm constantly working on.}

    Although I feel like I say this at the end of every year, it's hard to believe we're at the end 2016 already and Christmas is right around the corner! This year hasn't necessarily been the greatest for me personally, but that doesn't mean I don't have the opportunity to end it on a positive note.
    1. Visit Detroit for the first time and have coffee with LJ
    2. Despite the circumstances, words have been just flowing to me like crazy lately and I've made a huge dent in the book idea mentioned on October's Things to Do. It's been pretty amazing, because it's been a while since I've been inspired to just write. I'm loving the direction so far, so the goal here is to simply keep writing.  
    3. Work on business plan. I wrote out a fresh list of goals in my journal, outlined with specific deadlines for the next 2-3 years and more calculated details than what's here. Sometimes it's necessary to take a few steps back to figure out what you really want and now that I've finally realized what's stopping me, it's now time to start #PLOTTING and setting myself up for long-term success. {message}
    4. Create more content for my blogs. As far as my YouTube channel goes, I think I want to put that on hold for a while once vlogmas is over or at least until I figure out a more clear direction for it, but I do plan to participate in vlogmas (vlogging everyday in the month of December) this year; however, I'll be doing things a bit differently by vlogging daily, posting weekly. 
    5. Speaking of blogging, I'll be launching new blog project very soon, as I mentioned on the previous post...wait on it! 
    6. Find quiet time and time to unplug. Connect with the people I love. Ignore all the bull shit. Protect my peace of mind.
    7. Rededicate myself to health + fitness and prepare to join a master's swim team by January, because to say a milkshake a day  and no exercise whatsoever isn't good is an understatement. #FitGirlThick2017
    8. Read at least 2 books geared towards entreprenuers, such as this one and the one I'm currently reading. Look for ones specifically designed for blog/social media, or ones that are highly recommended by entreprenuers I personally admire. The one pictured has been on my radar for a while too and I finally picked up a copy, so I'll probably read it on the plane on the way to Detroit.
    9. Start planning to take an EPIC birthday trip next year. Aiming for Jamaica!
    10. Prepare to move back to home sweet A T L A N T A  and get ready to adjust to a new schedule. I don't think I'll be going too much into detail about why I'm moving, but for those who are curious, just know I'm just doing what I feel is best for me. 
    11. Fill up my 2017 agenda with birthdays, different events, and tentative plans, to set the tone for a busy, yet fulfilling and well-balanced year. 

    Thursday, December 1, 2016


    Hello, Internet friends...

    These past few years have felt like a perpetual state of "starting over"; in fact, I just changed my number (for the millionth time) like a week ago. I'd like to tell myself it's because I embrace change and adapt well, when in reality, it probably has more to do with not ever knowing what I'm doing with my life and/or having too much time on my hands. Constantly changing for the hell of it seems a little abnormal, a little unstable, so maybe I've spent a large portion of my life being a little insane.

    Things have obviously changed around here...again; I can just feel my corner of the blogosphere getting smaller. As much as I like the direction my blog has taken this year, I've been wanting to get back to personal blogging more and curating this collection of things that spark my interest, where I'm not necessarily concerned with building anything from it.

    Also, just to put it out there, there will soon be an announcement about a project I've been working on. Because it's something I've attempted in the past and is a lot more focused on one specific niche, I'm really excited/nervous about re-launching.
    "If it's both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it." -Erada
    The first time around, I didn't allow it the time and consistency in needed to thrive, for sure, so hopefully it will turn out to be successful. At any rate, more details will be annouced in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for that...

    Per usual, I can only hope people continue to follow, engage, and adjust with the new changes, but of course, high expectations regarding things I cannot control won't do me any good. I am thankful for the loyalist who choose to stick with me through all the changes and learning to be equally grateful for the people who think I'm doing too much, because let's be honest here...I probably am.

    No apologies, it is what it is...because I will keep changing, growing, adapting whether those changes are forced or organic, until I find what works best for me.
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