We are officially at the halfway point of this 40 Day Detox! Honestly, I didn’t think I’d be sharing so much with you guys. But knowing I’m going to write these posts keeps me accountable.… More
It’s safe to say that the Frist Museum is one of my favorite places in Nashville. So, when the team invited to get a preview of the new Chaos and Awe Exhibit I was more than hype to take a visit!
Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century
Located in the Ingram Gallery, downstairs, the Chaos and Awe Exhibit is open to the public from now until September 16th, 2018. From the museum’s website, the Exhibit is described as,
“… a sweeping survey of contemporary art from around the world, celebrates paint’s capacity to weave together images of physical reality, memories, emotions, and the virtual world”
Y’all, you gonna feel all the emotions and take all the selfies in front of these amazing and thought provoking selections.
As soon as you enter the gallery you are whisked away into this futuristic presentations of eye-popping color and amazing stories. Each piece is presented to entice the viewer’s thoughts about the world around them. There are traditional and multimedia works that will Be conversation starters for you and your guests.
The piece above is in a collection about the African-American experience. This modern demonstration represents the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the erasure of Black bodies from our headlines. I’m telling you, it’s some thought provoking work.
Seriously, I didn’t even take as many photos as I wanted to take because I was in Awe. This is a modern art exhibit that is just as gorgeous to look at as it is a transformative experience. Make sure you visit the Chaos and Awe Exhibit, and bring some friends! You’ll be sure to enjoy!
Nighttime at the Frist Museum
Oh yeah, this summer, the Frist Museum is bringing updated elegance to their Former ‘FRIST FRIDAYS’ series. Formally, the event took place Friday’s during the summer. Now, Frist Friday’s will take place throughout the year, spotlight different exhibits, performers, food trucks, and interactive art experiences. The first Frist Friday event of 2017 takes place July 27th from 6p-9p. I hope to see you there!
Oh yeah, don’t forget to get your tickets for the Art Deco Affair 2018, August 18th, 7p-10p! This is one of my favorite social events and your ticket benefits keeping amazing exhibits in our city! Tickets are on sale now. Don’t miss this super fun event, where you can get dressed up, see the current exhibits, and support your creative community!
You got options this summer!
Get out and visit the Frist Museum!
This week’s motivation post is coming a bit late in the week, but after a recent visit with my therapist (yeah girl, I got a therapist. She’s bomb!), I had to process what she told me. If you know me in real life, you know I’m not really emotional. Well, I’m not outwardly emotional. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have emotions. Oh, I have plenty. But, as I work with my therapist, I’m learning that it’s OK to let some of them show. Why?
If you keep pushing your emotions down, they are eventually gonna come out. Like anything in life, you can try to hide as much as you’d like, but girl, the truth will show. It will bubble to the surface and if you don’t deal with it now, it can cause havoc to your life. It’s like emotional procrastination. If you know anything about procrastination, you know it can be more stressful than just buckling down and doing the hard work. Why are we so afraid to deal with the hard stuff?
And, not just emotional baggage, ANYTHING! That big project at work, that long overdue conversation with your partner, that lie you told your best friend, and anything else you try to sweep under the rug is gonna make it’s way to the front of the room. Sometimes, we even hide the good things, because we don’t want our light to shine too bright. Oh girl, that’s another problem all in itself.
Basically, be an adult, use your words, and deal with your ish. Do it now. Dealing with hidden struggles helps us be better humans. We can walk out of victim-mode and into a courageous light as we deal with our issues in a efficient and effective manner. Try it out!
Deal with it, today!
Hey guys! Join me and Curves With Purpose on Wednesday, June 27th at The Mall in Green Hills for #InspirationalHappyHour! The Curves With Purpose team invited me to come shop and chat on Facebook & Instgram live. I’ll be discussing my favorite things: How I wrote my book, Jack and Ahlia, plus-size style, and confidence!
If you didn’t know, Curves With Purpose, is part online shopping destination with a generous dash of curvy confidence! The team, based in Nashville, is working hard to give shoppers a variety of brands to wear, while hosting pop-up shops, Girls Nights Out, and motivational posts on their social media channels. Their new initiative, the Inspirational Happy Hour, is a spin on shopping and adding a bit of motivation too! Learn about your fave plus-size influencers with this new endeavor!
I love the company and I’m always excited to see the new pieces they have on their website. Like I said, they are always hosting pop-up shops in the city so that shoppers can ‘try before you buy’. Most recently, they hosted a pop-up at Full Figured Fashion week. During the month of June, visit Curves with Purpose at The Mall at Green Hills. Come out on Wednesday, meet me, chat, and shop!
Follow Curves With Purpose on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, for shopping deals and inspirational stories.
Thursday morning, Instagram rolled out their newest venture, InstagramTV. The social media platform reached 1 BILLION followers this year. Despite our cries for chronological order and links within the captions, they thought we needed long-form videos. Ok, now that I’m done being a hater, it’s time to help you figure out if Instagram TV will work for traditional bloggers.
What is Instagram TV?
Instagram TV is like if Vine and YouTube had a baby. Basically, you can present long form (10min – 60min) videos in a vertical format. Instagram TV can be viewed on the Instagram app and on it’s own standalone app. You don’t have to start a new Instagram channel to get Instagram TV. And, when you post a new Instagram TV video, your followers will get a notification.
Your followers can leave comments, like, and send your videos to other followers. Also, if you are real popular, and you have more than 10,000 followers, you can use the ‘swipe-up’ feature to send followers to your website.
Can Instagram TV help your blog?
I think so! Blogger, Influencers, and everyone in between can use Instagram TV to build their brand. The best thing about Instagram TV is that it allows you to curate video content for your social media followers. You can’t post instant videos, like instastory. You have to shoot and edit content for an upload, much like YouTube. But, like Youtube you can be as fancy or as raw as you like.
Maybe your followers want a behind-the-scenes video of your creative process. Maybe they want to hear you talk about the latest hot topics. Or, maybe you can use Instagram TV as an extension of your current blog post. Try teasing the audience in an effort to get them to click your link and read your post.
In addition, if you’ve been looking for a new platform to build your brand, Instagram TV may be the move! For me, I’ve tried to be on YouTube for a couple years, but the market is so saturated. If you follow me on Instagram or followed me on Snapchat, people seem to love to hearing me tell fun stories & vlog, discuss Jack and Ahlia, ask Would You Rather Questions, and share #BloggerLife tips.
I’ve figured, I can create five to ten minute videos that feature those topics and gain a better more engaged audience. So, figure out what your followers would like, and start creating some content.
Instagram TV is built for followers on the go!
Just like bloggers were forced to make their sites more mobile friendly. Instagram, as a platform, is built for followers on the go. Utilizing the vertical feature on the traditional Instagram App and on Instagram TV forces followers to stay on the app and stay engaged with their favorite creators. Use Instagram TV to give followers a piece of your blog . . . while on the go.
Will you use Instagram TV for your blog? Let me know in the comments section!
Sometime’s these #motivationmonday posts I read can make you feel guility, as if you aren’t doing ENOUGH! It’s all ‘GO GIRL’, #GirlBoss, and ‘work while your haters sleep’ or something of the sort. BUT, sometimes you need to take break!
I’ve been on a mini-vacation for the past couple of days – taking a break. But, I found it so hard to decompress, unplug, and chill out. My mind was racing with idea on how to promote Jack and Ahlia, when to shoot the next #NashvilleCurves class, and if I had enough ‘cute’ photos to post on my instagram. I could not chill!
Then, while waiting to go to an appointment, I stumbled into the park. Not to workout, not to take pictures, but I just relaxed. I hadn’t let my brain rest in WEEKS! So, I sat on the steps of the Parthenon; I people watched. I saw tourists enjoying our city with brand new eyes. I saw a young lady taking quiciñera photos. And, I watched the ducks swim in the pound. It was real nice.
In this go-go world, we sometimes forget to rest. Also, we often OVER PLAN rest, in the name of ‘self-care’ and an instagram moment. But, think about taking a quick moment everyday to let your brain relax. Go outside. Play a senseless game on your phone. Or, just sit in silence.
The more you rest, the better your mind will feel when it’s time to transform into that Girl Boss or Handsome Hustler!
This month in celebrating turning 40! Wow! So, for my birthday, I decided to give readers a discount on my book, Jack and Ahlia! For the rest of June, get Jack and Ahlia for 40% off!
It’s my birthday wish to get as many FIVE STAR ratings on Amazon as possible. That means more people need to read my book! So, buy it for yourself and buy it for a friends.
About Jack and Ahlia
Follow the story of childhood best friends, turned high-school sweethearts, as they navigate the ‘Will they won’t they’ of loving each other as adults. Jack and Ahlia starts with an admission of betrayal and a plan to keep a secret. The reader is led on a tour that entwines stories from their past that asks the question, are you, “The one who got away?”Purchase your copy on Amazon
During my birthday month, I love doing a bit of community service, before getting gifts. That’s why I was excited when the director of Act Like a GRRRL asked me to speak to the students. After our session the ladies even ‘blessed’ me with GODDESS status. What a sweet way I start my birthday week!
The ladies welcomed me into their creative space and allowed me to share my passion for writing and blogging. My goal was to leave the young women feeling confident enough to share their art with the world.
I shared my love of writing, blogging, and fashion, reminding them that you can be good at more than one thing. Don’t be afraid of your greatness, but always use it to help others.
We then participated in a writing prompt, something I do when I have writers block. The prompt I shared was, “Describe your favorite smell”. The ladies journaled for a bit and we shared our entries. I loved the stories the young people shared.
It’s always nice to know that the next generation is in good hands. The team at Act Like A GRRRL encourage creativity and individuality while creating a safe space for girls to learn and express themselves. I was happy to be apart of their summer experience as an official Nashville Author!
Are you a creative who’d like to share your story with the Act Like a GRRRL participants? Click HERE for more info.
In my, ‘Hello June!’, post I wrote about the power of asking for help. Let’s dive a bit deeper. Asking for help can be mighty hard but it can give you maximum results. Not just getting a task done, but letting people into your world.
You’d be amazed at how many people genuinely want to help you – with no strings attached. You’d be amazed at how many people find you quite interesting. You’d be amazed at how many people are cheering for you. But, you’ll never know if you never open your mouth and ask for help.
Now, I know it hard. Believe me, I’m the queen of doing it all by myself. It’s hard for me to trust that someone will do it the way I want it done. But, girl (or guy), you aren’t a one man army, sometimes you need help.
Oh yeah, asking for help doesn’t make people look at you as being weak. Actually, asking for help is one of the strongest things you can do. Asking for help means you’ve come up with an idea that’s SO BOMB, so awesome, and so life changing that you need ‘all hands on deck’ to bring it to life. Yup, something as simple as, “can you help me make these phone calls?” Can be the catalyst to changing someone’s life.
Asking for help is the gateway to success. Don’t be afraid of help. No one can be an island for too long!
Let’s talk about underwear! Y’all, I’m mad at people wear the WRONG UNDERWEAR at the WRONG TIME! I’m mad at people wearing too small panties, too big panties, and just sad panties. Also, did you KNOW that you are supposed to get new underwear EVERY SIX MONTHS! Yes, girl! Like, throw the daily panties away and start fresh! So let’s talk about the right time, to wear the right panties.
Around the time when Sisqo sung the THE THONG SONG, thong sales just went through the roof. Victoria’s Secret saw such an increase in thong sales, the retailer was brought back to life! Ladies everywhere (all shapes and sizes) decided that they too must be about the business of a thong. I’m not saying you shouldn’t wear a thong I’m saying, you need . Thongs shouldn’t be your ONLY style of underwear you choose, here’s several reasons why: Continue reading “What to Wear: Thongs, Briefs, or Boy Shorts”
A friend of mine snapped these photos after my gig on the NMAAM red carpet. I had to post because the look is so fly and this is one of my favorite items in my closet. How about, this is the second time I’ve worn this dress?! Crazy!
During this last week in my 30’s (y’all seriously? What!?) I’ve been focusing on staying positive. It’s easy to fall into the trap of negativity when things aren’t going your way.
If you hadn’t noticed the last couple years of my life have been a challenge. But, I’d be dumb to think I’ve not accomplished much. I’ve got two degrees, I write this blog, I’ve won some awards, and I WROTE A WHOLE BOOK! Let me focus on my champion ships instead of my challenges for a moment.
Remember, I’m 6ft tall, so this dress is super short on me. So I wore this cute skater skirt (that I’ve had FOREVER) to give me a couple more inches. Didn’t want to flash the Celebes at the music gala!
Oh yeah, and I’m like DONE with wearing heels to fancy work events. I’m about to be 40. My face looks young but these knees are OLD! Listen, I gotta keep it real. Keep it real and keep it positive.