Spring Country Chic with eShakti | Sponsored Post

Lovlies! How are you doing? I knowwwww, it’s been too long, I haven’t posted in two months, but fear no more, I’m BACK!

So let’s jump right in! I’m finally employed, with 2 freelance gigs and a part-time job at Starbucks, making my favorite drinks of course and I’m also taking a fashion design class at a community college. As well I’m also in the works of starting my own consulting business, later this year. I guess you could say, that I’m back to being productive!

Honestly I am in a much better place mentally, and spiritually, not just because of the blessings, but because of how I’ve been handling life lately. I’m working on not being so uptight and wanting to be in control so much, and just learning to understand God’s purpose for my life.

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Anyway, I was so happy that eShakti reached out to me again, I seriously love everything that they stand for-“Real Clothes for Real Women”. With eShakti, you can custom design your clothes based on your measurements along with adding other features, such as pockets, shorter or longer hems, etc. My measurements looked like this:

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So if you have the ability to take your own measurements, or need someone to do it for you, it’s pretty easy to plug them in and save to your account with them. I chose this dress because it’s perfect for the spring season, it’s the perfect length for me, as I’m 5’5, which is pretty average height.

I also adore the off-the shoulder and lace up details, that’s what really attracted me to choose this dress! I can dress it up with heels or dress it down with some cute and comfy sandals.

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Style Details:

Dress- eShakti (it’s on sale now!)

Shoes- Shu Deal

Necklace- Burlington

Well that’s all for now, I promise to keep the content coming consistently, as I’m getting back on track with my life. Have a great day!

XOXO Spookieloo!

 

Series-Is the Side Hustle Right for You? Part 2: How I Plan and Schedule my Content

Welcome back to my series on “Is the Side Hustle Right for You“! Before jumping in to Part 2, I want to recap Part 1: How I Got Started for you.

Let’s get to it!

Last week I shared my journey on how my side hustle of social media management, came about. Through the connections I made back in Houston, I was blessed with the opportunity from a fellow blogger friend who told me about it. This time last year I had been laid off from my job and had to move back home to Dallas, with my parents.

Basically while I waited and applied for jobs, I worked for a local non-profit creating and managing their social media, and I’m still doing that  along with a few other clients!

This year so far has been a whirlwind of growth for my side hustle, I’m learning a lot and want you to learn with me on my side hustle journey!

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Series-Is the Side Hustle Right for You? Part 1: How I Got Started

In today’s workforce, being your “own boss”has become a more attractive way to live a quality filled life. There are now so many non-traditional career options, that it can sometimes be overwhelming to think about.

As a creative professional, I knew for awhile that I would eventually want to be my own boss, and that the work I produced, would positively impact my community. I honestly can’t stand the thought of working just to pay bills my whole life.

Although I am working a full-time job now, I still make it a point to schedule time to manage and grow my consulting side business. I’m 100% in this!

Now if you’re looking to create a side hustle for yourself and eventually turn it into a full blown career, then ask yourself, “Is the Side Hustle Right for Me?”

 

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The “Side Hustle” is the new macro-trend and millennials, like me are taking advantage of this opportunity. The majority of us work full-time jobs and work a side hustle or second job, to help us survive and develop skills necessary for our next opportunity. Everyone that I know, has that second job, because we eventually want to have the freedom of not being subjected to a cubicle our whole lives…

How I Got Started:

Moving back home to Dallas, due to being laid off from my job, I didn’t have a solid plan as to how I was going to bounce back. From September 2016 to May 2017, I was without a job and my unemployment checks were coming to an end.

I know I put in at least 30 applications daily, but still no luck. At this point I was sliding into that post-grad depression of not knowing how my life would end up, especially if I couldn’t find a job. Then one night I received a Facebook message from a blogger friend, checking on me. I was honest in expressing the frustration I felt at not having any luck, getting call backs for jobs. After listening to me, she told me about a connection she had in Dallas, that needed help managing their social media. It was a local non-profit called Carter’s House, that would give me first freelancing opportunity.

After connecting with the founder and establishing their social media needs, I found myself signing a contract! Even though I had never created and managed anyone’s content, other than my own, it was exciting to venture into this blessing.

With my previous blogging experience and creating my own brand, I was prepared to take this opportunity on. Fast forward to today, I am still working with Carter’s House and another client, while working my full-time job!

Managing the Side Hustle:

So why work a full-time job and work your side hustle? Isn’t that a lot of work? Yes, HELL YES! There are times where I ask myself, do I really love what I’m doing, and my answer is always yes, despite how tired I may be. Working a “9-5′” and then coming home to work on your own business, is tough and tiring, but rewarding because you are producing work that is yours, and for that you should be proud.

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In this side hustle journey, I have learned a lot, so much that I want to share with you what I’ve learned so far. In this 3-Part Series, I am going to share with you all my experience, on working full time while running a side business.

In the series “Is a Side Hustle Right for You?” I will share:

  • How I manage my clients and business operations
  • How I plan and schedule my content
  • How I charge my clients for my services

I hope sharing my journey in how I started my side business was helpful and encouraging, please be on the look out for Part 2: How to Operate and Organize Your Business, next week!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me, I’d love to help any way I can.

That’s all for now lovelies!

The Art of Gratefulness

It’s the beginning of the week, and as we all head back to work, school, etc let’s practice gratefulness. Yes I know the world is overwhelming at times, but for some reason reflecting on what you’re grateful for, makes life just a little bit better. Lately I’ve made it a point to say out loud or write down 3 things I am grateful for, this helps calms my anxiety and keeps me from comparing my life to others.

Here are three things that I’m grateful for:

1. The ability to cherish the present moment

How often do we really stop to “smell the roses”? The ability to be present in wherever you are in life, is an amazing gift. Just being present wherever you are, allows you to be just you and only you. When you give yourself a break from worrying about the future, to just stop and think about what you’re grateful for, you open yourself up for amazing, good energy. Everyone wants good energy right?

So do what’s on your heart, date that guy, wear that crushed velvet dress, or travel to that country you’ve always wanted to go to. Be present and go for it.

2. My Amazing Support System

 

Sometimes my thoughts get to me, and I forget how amazing my support system is. To everyone that has helped me level up in my life, thank you! I honestly would not be at this point, if it we’re not for my support system. I am truly grateful for those who take time out of their day to check on me, send me crazy memes or refer business opportunities to me. THANK YOU!

There is nothing more valuable than having a strong support system, consisting of friends and family. In their own special way, each person has helped me develop into who I am now. And I like to think that I’m pretty phenomenal! I challenge you to look at those around you, and thank them if they have helped you at any point in your life. If you can, just call them, take them to lunch or send a thank you note.

 

3. My Ability to Adapt Anywhere

 

In my 25 years of life, I’ve seen some things, experienced some great and not-so-great moments, but I’m still here; present as ever. I am grateful for everything that I have experienced so far, because these experiences have shaped and molded me into a resilient woman. I know wherever I go in life, I’m going to be great. Although I’ve gone through some tough years lately, I am still rockin and rollin honey. Fear rarely resides wherever I am, I know I can adapt to any situation and environment.

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What I hoped you gained from this post, is to stop for a moment and really think about where you are in life. Whether you’re in a good or bad spot, be grateful for that shit! I mean it! I know when we’re going through tough times, it’s hard to be grateful, but you have to trust me on this one.

This week, I want you all to make it a point to write down or say out loud, three things you’re grateful for. You can share this with someone you trust or keep it to yourself, just express to the universe that you are grateful.

 

 

 

 

Well that’s all for now lovelies! Remember to be grateful this week and thank you for reading!

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Casual Summer Slay with Rainbow Shops

Hey yall! Yes I know it’s been a minute since we’ve talked, life has been of course crazy; I’m working full time and running my side consulting business, so I’m pretty much busy all the time. That’s no excuse though to check in with you all! This past weekend I got the chance to explore more of my hometown Dallas,TX in one of my favorite areas, Deep Ellum. I love that every time I visit, I find something new, especially the murals.

 

 

And to make this weekend even better, I was also able to score these jeans for $10 at Rainbow Shops, and this super comfortable shirt (that I thought was a dress LOL, my ass said otherwise!) for $6 as well. I’ve been kind of obsessing over rose pink and metallic colors this summer, so it was only right I shared this cute fit with you. My style is pretty casual, I love any variation of blue jeans and a v-neck tshirt. Oh! And my shoes were only $7 from this awesome shoe store called Shu-Deal (LOL don’t ask myewhy they spell it like that, I just go for the cute and reasonably priced shoes)

 

 

If you’re ever in Dallas, take some time to visit Deep Ellum, there are so many cool places and murals to see!

Style Details:

Blush V Neck T-Shirt

Light Wash Jeans

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Rose Gold Sandals

Thanks for reading loves, hope you enjoyed this style post! Have a great week!

 

Summer Accessories Product Review with Leather Glitter

Hey Loves!

How’s your week going so far? I hope well! Today I’m bringing you an awesome product review with Leather Glitter, a custom leather jewelry company, that makes the cutest accessories!

“Leather Glitter provides high quality handmade leather jewelry. All pieces are crafted from genuine cowhide and/or lambskin. Custom orders available!”

I am really excited to share this with you all, because summer is coming up meaning it’s time to shop for new and fun accessories! When I received the package it came in the cutest burlap, drawstring bag and brown tissue paper. I can definitely tell that love and passion were put into creating these beautiful pieces. Check out what I received complimentary, below!

 

 

Even my younger sister loved them! I let her try on these cute and simple black leather ones! Love the detail!

 

 

If you all are looking for ways to jazz up your accessories and support a small business please contact Leather Glitter here and follow them below on social media!

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Thanks for reading loves!

The “Strong Black Woman”