• 5 Things That Have Changed Since My Engagement

    Five Things That Have Changed Since My Engagement

    A little over three months ago, Josh and I officially announced to the world that we were going to do this thing called life together. It was such an exhilarating time in our relationship. We spent the next month looking at each other with crazy love eyes, ignoring responsibilities, and eating way too much cake. Since then, in preparation for our marriage, a lot of things have changed. I’ve been overcome with the idea that it’s not just me anymore. In order to properly transition into this new chapter, I needed to change. Lifestyle Choices After a hard look at my lifestyle choices, I’ve made a bunch of changes to…

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    Books and Bronzer: Becoming by Michelle Obama

    For 8 years the United States had a First Lady who was the definition of style, grace, and black excellence. I vividly remember the effects of having Barack and Michelle Obama, a Black President and First Lady, as I was coming of age.  My house was the only home on our block that had a blue banner with an Obama / Biden sign on it. I remember wearing my Obama shirt on Election Day in ’08 just hoping that by wearing it I could help influence the adults that would be voting around me to make the correct choice. Post-inauguration, I felt the effects of the “Let’s Move” campaign as…

  • 2018 Makeup Favorites

    2018 Makeup Favorites

    2018 was a big year for the beauty business. From the Fenty effect to blogger collab galore, there was a shift in the beauty atmosphere. Generally, the changes are being made to be more inclusive in marketing efforts and product availability. With all the recent “look we have shades too” efforts, it’s hard to determine if all the hooplah is just for sales. Yes, I’m excited that you’re creating more shades but are you also creating a more diverse marketing department? Were these recent changes made just to sell a product? Or do the brands actually understand that diversifying the accounting department is just as important as expanding the shade range? This is why…

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    Top 5 2018 Holiday Gift Sets

    Shopping for a beauty addict during holiday time can be stressful. With the beauty industry in full swing, there are a trillion different gift sets to choose from! I understand that there are people who are only confused by all of the beautiful options. This is why I created my list of the top gift sets out right now to give your favorite beauty addict this holiday season. The quality of these products are high and the value of the set is even higher. Go ahead, treat someone! 1- Beauty Blender Set All About Face Set – $42 | Get it at Ulta! The Beauty Blender is a staple product of…

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    My Holy Grail Makeup Products

    A holy grail item is something that consistently produces amazing results and never fails. Some items you recognize instantly that you’ll never be able to live without them. Other products take time. However, each holy grail item always gets the job done. Below are my holy grail makeup products. Eyebrows Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow – $18                 I can’t remember what my eyebrows looked like before this product. The dipbrow has a creamy texture that makes it easy to create any shape I’d like. Also, for $18 you get a pot that lasts forever. Eyeshadow Morphe 35O Palette – $24                 This palette holds a special place in my heart because it…

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    Alyssa and Joshua #TheODMcNeils

    Before I moved out of D.C., my Little turned to me and said: “you’re going to move to New Jersey, fall in love, get married and never move back.” I chuckled, slightly entertained the idea, and pushed it out of my mind. It clearly went from her mouth to God’s ears because a few weeks later I met Joshua. As I got to know him I found him to be soft natured and shy when we were around big groups. Yet, when we were alone he was full of light and it was easy to make him laugh. His easygoing spirit was enough for me to deem him my “Long…

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    MAC Liquid Dazzleshadows Review

    Like a lot of people, I first fell in love with makeup at the MAC counter. At the time, I had no idea why that was one of the few counters my mom would buy makeup at. Looking back, I realized that at that time MAC was one of the few department store brands that carried our shades. I always admired the MAC girls. To me, MAC makeup was where you went when you were at the top of your field. You got to dress cute, play in makeup, and listen to music that I actually enjoyed all day at work; which is everything that 16-year-old me thought mattered at…

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    Detox in a Day

    After I’ve been stressed a bit, and my schedule allows me to, I like to take a day and pamper myself. It completely resets my mood and when I wake up the next day I feel relaxed, renewed, and ready to conquer whatever is working my last nerve. My “detox in a day” routine is below. First I take the longest bath known to mankind.  I fill the tub with water, olive oil, coconut oil, and a bath bomb or some aromatic bath petals from Foreo. Then, I turn off all the lights, light a few candles, get in the tub with a book and a glass of wine. Next,…

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    Mistake Queen

    Guess who’s #backtoblogging for the 800th time? ODStorytime is! I was forced to take a break from everything for a few reasons. I moved. My health started acting a plum fool. I started a new job. My world was turned upside down by a series of small events that added up to be a big freaking moment in my life. I wanted to blog my way through it. I truly did. I just couldn’t. Whenever I had a free moment, I would plan to create content. However, when the time came all I could do was sit on the couch and pray that soon the stress of it all would be…

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    My Favorite Makeup Removers

      Since I’ve fallen in love with makeup, I’ve tried my fair share of makeup removers. As the first part of my nightly skincare routine, I adjust the remover to the amount of makeup I’m wearing. Ensuring that your makeup is completely removed before starting your skincare routine helps your skin react better to the products. Essentially, if you are taking off all your makeup off at the end of the night your $300 dollar serum is useless.  Below are my favorite makeup removers for my heavy, medium, and light coverage days. Heavy Makeup Day- Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm  Clinique’s Take the Day Off is everything. It took…