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2013 October

Archives for October 2013

*Sigh* Later on this week the weather won’t get out of the 50s. That means it is really time to prep for the chilly weather that we will have for the next five months (March is never warm enough for me). Here are a few tips that I will follow to make sure that my skin is soft and supple during the chilly months.

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  1. Purchase heavy lotions like Eucerin or cremes like NIVEA Creme. Creams and heavy lotion provide more moisture and better protection to prevent your skin from feeling and looking dry
  2. Use a hydrating soap or bodywash. When it says hydrating it’s adding more moisture. I like to apply a body oil right after while my skin is still damp to seal in my moisture then apply my creme/heavy lotion.
  3. Take care of your hands and nails. My mother always remind me that I have my father’s hands, meaning old and dried up, and she is right. I have to always moisturize my hands, and not only after my hands have been in water. Also, don’t forget about your nails. Not only will your hands get dry, but so will your nail bed and cuticles. So invest in a good cuticle oil.
  4. Don’t forget the sunscreen! The sun doesn’t stop shining in the fall and winter.
  5. Use a lip scrub and moisturizing lip balm frequently. I like the Mary Kay Satin Lips mask as my scrub. I have been using all NIVEA lip care products and I really love the lip butters because they are super moisturizing and leave my lips feeling so soft.
  6. Assess your facial cleansers and moisturizers. I change my moisturizers pretty frequently (every 3-4 months usually) because my face seems to get tired if I use the same products over and over. Now that it is getting cooler, I need a heavier moisturizer that won’t clog my pores, but won’t have my skin looking or feeling dry either. Also invest in hydrating masks as well to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh and vibrant.

What’s your routine when the weather changes?

 

The black and white trend is still going strong and the “rule” no white after labor day has completely gone out of the window for many celebs and fashionistas. Sass & Bide “Much Adored” Peplum skirt does just that, break all of the rules.

sassbideRetailing at $390, this skirt is described as a fitted mini skirt with bell shaped petersham lattice cage that created a 3d dimensions.

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So rock it or drop it? 

On this blog I try to cover all aspects fashion and now that I am moving into a new direction professionally I need to take my style up another notch. So for this new feature I will focus mainly on professional attire for those who work in fields that are a little more restricting when it comes to fashion. Although I am a teacher and in public schools there is no dress code, I think some people are a little too relaxed. I even make my students dress up for presentations to get them ready for interviews, college fairs, and the professional world in general. I am in professional attire Monday-Thursday and Friday is my casual day. So I would dress up a pair of my jeans.

This year I have been revamping my professional attire and one of the first places that I went to transform my wardrobe was New York and Company. I would shop at NY and Company occasionally, but I am in there quite frequently now. They also give teachers discounts, which is totally amazing. I’m thinking of putting together a lookbook of all of my pieces from the store, because I own quite a few. Anyway, back to the subject at hand, here are a few pieces that I have had my eye on to continue to build my professional wardrobe. These pieces are from their NY @ Work Collection. Although many of their pieces can be worn in the work place I figured I start with this collection. Check them out

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Herringbone Two-In-One Dress

Description: Polished from top to bottom, this two-in-one dress features a soft button-front top and contrast herringbone-print skirt; a faux patent belt completes the sleek look.

Wavy Knit Self Tie Dress

Description: We love the wavy-knit design on this boatneck sheath dress for a stylish dose of texture; a faux-leather belt adds a polished accent.

Sleeveless Banded Collar Blouse

Description: This effortlessly stylish, sleeveless banded-collar blouse is accentuated with a curved, high-low hem and silvertone button detail at the shoulder and front placket. (Perfect for wearing under a blazer or cardigan)

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7th Avenue Suiting Collection Jacket in Navy Pinstripe

Description: Known for its superior styling, this two-button jacket is updated for the season in a sophisticated pinstripe; two front flap pockets and princess seams give a hint of structure.

7th Avenue Suiting Collection One Button Jacket in Plum

Description: Highlight your figure and sophisticated style in this one-button jacket, featuring front and back seaming detail and two front flap pockets.

This is the first of many New York and Company posts. I love the quality of the clothes and the affordable prices.

This series will focus on specific stores, brands, work wear dilemmas, personal style outfits, and lots more.

What do you think about this new feature?

I guess in this post I will tell you what I have been up to and why I haven’t been up to since I haven’t been blogging as consistently as I was previously. January of this year I set certain goals pertaining to this blog, my career in fashion, and the overall brand of Her Goody Bag. Of course God had a different plan for me and I wasn’t sure if I was ready to accept it. Many of you know that I am a teacher and have a sincere passion for educating today’s youth. Things in education reform across the country have people wanting to “jump ship” and pursue a career where they will make more money, have less stress, and be respected. Well I felt like “jumping ship” plenty of times and it wasn’t the summers off that made me stay. After I set my goals for the HGB brand in January, God quickly changed the direction of the path that I was taken. Late January I found out about a Masters Program at Columbia University for pursuing a degree in Educational Leadership. I had intended on getting my 2nd Masters in about five years, but God said “No, you’re going to do this now.” Long story short, I had about two weeks to get transcripts and recommendation letters, and write a personal statement to meet the February 15th deadline.

Fast forward to March of 2013. I was scheduled to have my virtual interview the day of my mother’s birthday. We had planned a huge dinner for her and I tried to reschedule, but to no avail. March 25th was my interview and about two weeks letter I was accepted into one of the most prestigious programs across the country. In May, I began my first semester, but that was only with pre-course work. I started classes immediately after the school year was over and was in school Monday-Saturday 8-5 (somedays 6:30) with the exception of a few days for the month of July. It was intense, but amazing.

So here we are, October of 2013 and I feel like I am drowning in work. Not only am I grading papers constantly, I’m planning lessons, going to meetings, facilitating meetings, doing school work, and much more. I fee like every area of my life is suffering, not because of the program, but because I do not have balance. I knew this year would be extremely difficult, but it feels like whenever I think I have a grasp on everything that I need to accomplish and I am finally “together,” I am set back. I have a long year ahead of me and I need to get everything under control sooner rather than later.

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My spiritual life is suffering, my blog is suffering, my relationships are suffering, my health is suffering (I’ve been sick twice already , I’m always in physical pain, and let’s not talk about the weight gain). I know that I won’t be able to do everything exactly as I have done in the past, and I know that I will have to make sacrifices, but today is the day I get some of my life back. Here is my plan on how to achieve balance because “Balance is Essential to Life.”

  1. Assessment- I had to look at the areas of my life that i pay the most attention to, the areas that could use more attention. You have to acknowledge that there is a problem.
  2. Write Goals– what do you really want to achieve? You have to write it and make it plain. So it’s like creating a balance vision board
  3. Set a schedule for EVERYTHING-I have three planners in addition to my calendars on all of my electronics. If I don’t schedule time to do something I will forget and it won’t get done. I even have to schedule time to eat. I haven’t been eating properly lately, especially at work and we all know how much I love food. I schedule dates, relaxation time, pampering sessions, social gatherings, etc. I have a color coded planner so I can see where most of my time goes, and I try to reorganize my schedule so I don’t feel overwhelmed or like I can’t meet deadlines.
  4. Disconnect– I am not on my social media channels as frequently as I used to. I realized how much time I was spending scrolling and double tapping on Instagram. I a lot a certain amount of time each week (somedays I really don’t go on to avoid distractions) for Social Media.
  5. Prioritize I look at my schedule and see what is most important. Then I create a plan to get things done.
  6. Set a Timer– When I’m grading I allot a certain amount of time to spend on a class or a specific assignment. I set a timer on my phone and I feel great when I get all of my work done before the timer goes off. I do that with everything now.
  7. Say No– This is probably one of the most valuable lessons that I have learned. I get asked to do things and go places all of the time. I used to feel guilty when I said no, but now i see the importance when it comes to achieving balance.

I pray that I get it together soon. I feel like I’m talking about balance every other day lol. I hope this post helps!

Hello my loves!

There seems to be a new trend on the rise…The Cat Obsession! Forever 21 released there Batman and Cat woman collection recently, but it seems like this trend is taking the fashion world by storm….purrrrrfect (sorry I had to do it lol).

Check out a few of my favorite pieces on how to incorporate this trend, if you choose, into your wardrobe. Halloween is right around the corner so these options may make for a great costume!

 

Meow...Cat Obsession

Forever 21 spiked top
forever21.com

Sweater
windsorstore.com

2b flat
2bstores.com

Black cat handbag
$16 – newlook.com

Ring
nastygal.com

Accessorize black cat hat
accessorize.com

Cat hat
modcloth.com