An Easy Way to Find the Perfect Pair of Sunglasses

An Easy Way to Find the Perfect Pair of Sunglasses

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There is no way on earth I could justify purchasing a pair of $100 sunglasses straight from the internet without physically checking them out first. I don’t care who the glasses are from or how cute they look in the picture, it is just not going to happen.

Since fall is approaching, I figured it’s the perfect time to search for a chic pair of fall sunglasses and found Warby Parker’s variety to be amazing! Luckily, they offer an at home try-on program which gave me the opportunity to see how the glasses I liked would look and feel on me!

How Does It Work?


All you do is pick out 5 pairs of sunglasses you’re interested in trying. If you’re like me, and have a hard time determining what would look good on your face based strictly off of a picture, you can take their frames quiz to get their recommendations. I did heed a few of their personal picks for me based off of my quiz answers, but I decided to try other pairs that I thought looked pretty cool as well!


After you pick out your five, you put in your credit card info (a precautionary. You’re not charged a single cent!) and your address. Once completed, you’re sent an email saying that the glasses are on their way! You are given 5 days to try them out, post on social media to see what your friends think (and if you use the hashtag #WarbyHomeTryOn, the Warby Parker team can comment and tell you which pair they think looks best on you too), and just get a feel for them. Then, on the 5th day you send them right back for free.

My 5 Picks!

IMG_0338After I ordered my sunglasses, it took exactly a week for them to show up at my doorstep and I was super excited when they did! Here are the shades I decided to try (click on the titles to get the prices!):

Madison in Whiskey Tortoise 


IMG_0400The first thing I looked at with every pair of these glasses was the quality. I thought for sure I would get at least one with a loose hinge or scratches on the glasses, after all they were sent to me for free. Other than one whose screw seemed a little too tight, they seemed very durable and all were in perfect condition.

Thatcher in Jet Black Matte


DPP_204These glasses in particular actually made me think that I might have an issue choosing a favorite… Thatcher was one of the ones I chose to just experiment with and I actually really liked it! It doesn’t fit the bill for “fall shades” but I could totally see them being a perfect go-to pair in the winter time!

 Jennings in Beach Glass


DPP_53Jennings, like the rest of the sunglasses, is sold in other colors. One color is “Beach Glass” and the other color is “Whiskey Tortoise” which is the color pattern you see on Madison. I chose “Beach Glass” because the color struck me as a little different and interesting. Sure enough, the color is pretty much my favorite thing about them! Not to mention the fact that they’re perfect for any occasion both casual and formal.

Laurel in Oak Barrel



The lenses for these, like Madison, are dark brown. The frame is similar to Madison’s as well but a little less dramatic around the brow line. They are gorgeous and unique all their own.

Sheridan in Polished Gold 


DPP_0009DPP_4Can you tell I had way too much fun trying these out?? Sheridan was actually my favorite pair. I love the 70’s-ish look about them and I found they fit me perfectly! Once the 5 days was up, all I had to do was put them back in the box, slap the return label on it, and drop it off at the post office. Overall, the process was fairly simple, fun, FREE, and ultimately gave me the surety I needed to purchase one that would fit me!

Have you ever owned a pair of Warby Parker sunglasses? If not, which pair pictured here do you like the most?

What I Got For My 20th Birthday || Birthday Haul 

What I Got For My 20th Birthday || Birthday Haul 

Hey all!

If you read my last post, you know my 20th birthday was not too long ago. In order to throw a little virtual Birthday Party on the blog, I was going to take you guys with me on a little adventure to the past so you could live out my birthday day with me but, I thought it would be fun to do a “Birthday Haul” and show you guys what I got instead!

(P.s. If the store in which an item was found isn’t stated in the item title, I’ve left the name of the store in the caption just beneath the picture!)


Non-Designer Side Shoulder Bag


I was actually pleasantly surprised when I opened this one! I am a huge bargain shopper and everyone in my family knows I have a thing against buying designer handbags. Don’t get me wrong, they can be super cute and sometimes more durable than your typical non designer handbag, but I just can’t bring myself to spend the money knowing that I can either get the same bag at a discounted price online or a similar looking bag sold somewhere else for so much cheaper.

Nonetheless, when these started popping up, I wanted one so bad. Not only because side shoulder bags are my style, but because the look of this one is so versatile. It can be both casual and, thanks to the detachable strap, dressy too.



I never walk out of the house without a pair of earrings on. I don’t know if it’s just me, but they’re kind of a necessity for any and every occasion. Going to the gym? Grab a pair of studs. Going to run some errands? Grab a pair of mini hoops. Etc., etc.

I was super excited when I opened these because not only are they gorgeous, but I had actually been thinking about going shopping for earrings just the week before my birthday! Love the style and color of these!

 Michael Kors Zodiac Key Chain (Gag Gift)

This small little box was wrapped in tissue paper, then hidden at the bottom of a full size Michael Kors bag stuffed with more tissue paper. Needless to say, I was laughing when I finally found it, opened it, and realized it was a key chain that wasn’t even related to my zodiac!

After I opened it, my sister told me that all that was available in store was a Sagittarius key chain, but that despite the meaning behind the keychain, it was still cute enough to gift! Truth be told, I’m still debating on whether or not to keep this. Knowing the meaning of it, I would kind of like one made specifically for Leo’s… I’m still deciding… Help >.<

I Don’t Give a Sip Mug & Starbucks Espresso Roast Coffee


I don’t think it’s an obsession, but I probably have accumulated enough mugs to call it a collection. I love the different designs and cute phrases! This mug fits right in. Also, do I have to say anything about the coffee?? I don’t know how many people would view it as a gift, but if you know how much I love coffee… (;


Bialetti Espresso Machine


I have tried making homemade lattes using just about every method possible when it comes to the most important part: the milk frothing. I went from using a jar, to using a french press, to using a frothing wand (that my little brother ended up losing)… It’s safe to say my parents noticed my struggle and decided it was time to lend a helping hand.

So far, I’ve used the machine a few times and I have worked its use into my morning routine. It comes with a steam wand (for milk frothing), a scoop for the coffee (which can also be used as a tamp), and a cup heating surface right on top. I’m not going to lie, having to go through the latte making process with this machine makes me feel like such a barista. I love it!

Burgundy Cropped Jacket



I love everything about this jacket! The picture above doesn’t do it justice. The sleeves are actually made out of a see-through material and it really makes the jacket. The color is a gorgeous burgundy color that, along with the see-through sleeves, makes it perfect for fall nights out.

Hope you guys enjoyed! What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

19 Life Lessons I Learned at 19

19 Life Lessons I Learned at 19

August 8th was the first day of an entirely new decade in my life. The big 2 0. Twenty years old! That’s T W E N T Y years old! It seems unreal and almost like the end of an era. 19 was that awkward in-between year, kind of like 9, 12 or 17; the ages that come right before the more “monumental” ages (according to society and cultural norms that is).  In all actuality,  every age is “monumental” in its own right. Each age comes with its own challenges and in those, its own lessons! These are the ones I learned at 19:

Candid Birthday Photo (Ninas) 1. You can either let the day run you, or you can run the day.

2. It isn’t who you are that holds you back, but who you think you’re not.

3. Happiness isn’t measured according to your circumstance, but by your attitude towards your circumstance.

4. You are your own worst enemy.

5. Blessings can be disguised as burdens.

6. It is better to choose significance over prominence.

7. Comparison is the thief of contentment.

8. Say what you mean, and live what you say. Otherwise, say nothing.

9. If it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. 😛

10. The longer you spend doing the wrong thing, the longer it’ll take to get to the right thing.

11. No one can be better at being you, than you.

12. There is only one ultimate truth, but two ways to learn it; Experience or Listening

13. It’s okay to not have it all together all of the time!

 14. Growth is inevitable.

15. It’s the little things in life that matter (:

16. Sometimes, you get into periods in life in which you can’t be understood by others.

17. Old habits get increasingly harder to discontinue the older you get -.-

18. When you don’t have anyone to look up to, it might be because you’re that person for someone else.

19. For something that can be so hard to do, letting go is so freeing!

 Learned something in your 19th year that you didn’t see here? Please share your piece of wisdom with others below! 

2 Unexpected Ways My Life Was Impacted This Summer

2 Unexpected Ways My Life Was Impacted This Summer

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Happy Saturday everyone!

This post is going to be really short, but I just thought I’d give you guys a little update on what I’ve been up to since my last post. This summer I only had one major plan and that was to road trip to San Antonio with a few friends for a girls trip! When that didn’t work out, I ended up adventuring in ways a little more close to home.

Unexpected Life Impact #1:  The Decision to Go Vegan


This isn’t the first big dietary switch I’ve made, but gosh it is the hardest!

In 2015, I decided to go Vegetarian. It lasted for a year and roughly a month before I decided to give up my streak for a nice, hot, crunchy piece of homemade fried chicken. It wasn’t the fried chicken in itself that made me quit, but the lack of meal prepping and planning on my end! I was the only member of my family going Vegetarian, so I tried myself out on quick meals like salads and peanut butter sandwiches. (Amateur mistake, I know >.<)

This time however, my entire family watched a movie called What the Health. It was SUCH a well-done, informative documentary on the meat industry and its tie to disease and illnesses of all sorts. Not to mention the apparent underground ties that the meat industry has with the medical industry.

*Spoiler Alert: More meat = more sickness = richer doctors. *

The overall lesson I learned is simply stated: Ignorance is NOT bliss. It’s just ignorance… Since making this decision at the beginning of July, I’ve noticed a few really good differences healthwise (but I’ll save that for another post(; ).  Now that the entire family is eating vegan, It has encouraged each of us to experiment with different foods in the kitchen a bit more. 

Unexpected Life Impact #2: More Time in the Word

I guess I consider this “unexpected” because I didn’t really plan on spending as much time in the word as I have been this summer and I didn’t really plan for how it would impact my relationship with God!

I have always tried to be consistent in spending time with God every morning but I either wake-up at Late O’ Clock or I end up feeling like I kind of rushed Jesus in and out of my day for sake of time. Over the course of the summer however, I was able to just spend an hour or two in prayer or reading the word. It was so nice being able to have that time without worrying about to-do’s in the back of my mind!

Are there any ways this summer has impacted you? If so, comment below. I’d love to hear about it!

Learning to Be Alone

Learning to Be Alone

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Often times life throws us curve balls. We can be skipping along one path holding the hand of a dearly loved friend or group of friends and all of a sudden find that we are at a fork in the road. To make matters worse, the road directly ahead of you is only wide enough for one person to walk on… which means that you have to walk alone.

The word that so many seem to be afraid of: Alone. Meaning no one but you. Party of one.

It can be a scary concept to grasp, especially if you genuinely love the company of other people. After all, it’s nice to have people to share life with. Part of being human is having that God-given craving for connection and community with other people. I’d be lying if I told you that being alone is the best thing in the entire world because, well, it just isn’t. Some of the most priceless moments we get to experience in life are those shared with others. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when being alone is enjoyable but it is when God unexpectedly changes your plans so that you are alone with Him that loneliness starts to seem like the chore you really dread doing.

I say chore because during that time, you truly are at work.

You’re doing you, learning all about your capabilities, your weaknesses, and building upon your strengths. But I want to share a secret with you: You’re not the only one doing the work.

God is working too, and a lot harder than you. He is actually handling the biggest task: Molding you to be ready for the next big thing.

Think of God as the coach and you as the boxer. You may have won your last match, but now you will be fighting someone with even MORE skill, even MORE tact, even MORE energy, and even MORE speed. You just won’t be ready for that right away and you certainly won’t be ready for it playing tag team with your buddies.

You have to test your own will power by training for the next big thing alone.

That means you have to master the training you are going through, the training God is carefully and tactfully assigning you to, before you are ready to fight the next battle. So please, don’t squander the time you have!

I want to encourage you to use this time of loneliness to the best of your ability by letting God prepare you for your next big thing in giving you time to grow stronger and wiser. Get on your knees and actively pursue Him in prayer so you can hear His voice clearly as he guides you during this time. When your human desire for connection and community arises, take that to the Coach(; He knows when you need the refreshment only Jesus can provide.

I’ve listed a few bible verses below that I’m hoping will help you along in this season of your life. I suggest writing the ones that speak to you down and keeping them handy. That way if you ever feel your thoughts begin to down spiral into a pool self-pity, you can refer to one of these for a boost of hope, confidence, and surety.

but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. 

-John 4:14

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 

-Jeremiah 29:11-13

But if we hope for what we do not yet see, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words. 

-Romans 8:26 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

-Isaiah 41:10

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you 

-1 Peter 5:7 

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds 

-Psalm 147:3 

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. 

-Isaiah 41:13 

The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed

-Deuteronomy 31:8 


If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

-John 14:3 

Use this time wisely friend. You are being strengthened, refined, and perfected as you even sit here reading this post! Make the most out of the time you have now, and surely you will find yourself expressing gratitude for every moment God worked on making you fit for the next stage.



July Goals

July Goals

Happy July!

Can you believe we are more than halfway through the year already? The official first day of summer has come and gone and we are now seeing the manifestation of all the things we were excited for about summer! Say hello to vacations, pool side parties, and beach trips! Have you guys done any of these so far?

I am slowly inching my way through the typical summer rituals. I have only been to the pool once and haven’t really participated in any other summer activity yet. I am hoping that changes this month. *fingers crossed*

June’s Goals:

  • Get at least 700 total blog views for the month of June  (I capped my monthly views at 1,064!)
  • Complete 2 books
  • Workout a total of 10 times ( 8/10 workouts completed)
  • Complete June’s Content Calendar
  • Come Up with a Budgeting Plan

Blog Views & The Content Calendar

I have been debating continuing the content calendar for a while. I was really worried that not posting would jeopardize my 700 blog views goal but the fact that I was able to not only accomplish it, but EXCEED it proved a very important saying: Quality over Quantity.  July will be a bit of a trial month for me in that I will be putting the content calendar away and focusing on bringing my a-game in the quality area.

The Two Books I Read…

The two books I read in June were Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper and How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton. Both were excellent reads!

Copper Sun was about a fictional historical account of slavery in the 1800’s from the perspectives of two young teenage girls, one being an indentured servant and the other being a slave. It wasn’t so much eye-opening as it was kind of a hard tale of what the realities were of the young women and men who endured days in those positions.

How Full Is Your Bucket? was about a theory called “The Dipper and The Bucket”. The theory states that everyone has a bucket and a dipper. Throughout every interaction with another person we are either adding to someone else’s bucket or taking from their bucket. When a bucket is full, positive interactions and vibes are high! When a bucket is being added to, this resembles the giving of one person to another in a positive way. When a bucket is empty or being dipped from, this resembles negative and draining interactions. Overall, it was a very enlightening book on how to best ensure that your daily interactions are positive for you as well as spreading positivity to others.

Workout Progress

Although I didn’t complete all 10 workouts, I came pretty close and with that I am pretty satisfied! I did two workouts every week, which is better than May’s sad number of 1 or 2 workouts out of the entire month.

Budgeting Plan

You would think I had a sense of urgency with this one… after all I did set a time frame in which to complete it. However, I am not a major spender. I never have been! I’ve always been a big saver. I hate to admit it, but I relaxed on this more than I should have. Regardless of if I am a big spender or not, it is important to have a monetary game plan.

On to July’s Goals

  • Get 1,110 blog views in July
  • Complete 2 Books
  • Complete a 30 Day Devotional
  • Workout 10x
  • Make that Budget Plan!

If you made monthly goals or even just yearly goals, how have you progressed in them so far?

My Most Embarrassing Moment (Liebster Award)

My Most Embarrassing Moment (Liebster Award)

Liebster Award

 This year I have been tested, refined, and blessed in so many ways thanks to this blog right here. My blogging journey has been nothing short of eye-opening and amazing as I have been getting more acquainted with different blogs and the bloggers who run them, such as the amazing Davis and the wonderful Rachael who nominated me for the Liebster Award! I couldn’t thank you guys enough for bestowing such recognition upon this blog. I truly am honored!

I do get the pleasure of nominating 11 other bloggers for this award, so please get comfortable and stay tuned because if you are a blogger, your name and blog may be nominated!

So what are the rules?

1. Post eleven facts about yourself.
2. Answer the eleven questions your nominator asked in their post.
3. Nominate eleven other bloggers of your choice.
4. Come up with your own eleven questions for your nominees.
5. Let your nominees know that they’ve been chosen!
6. Link back to the person of which nominated you. 

Let’s Get Started!

11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. Despite what it often looks like, my hair is dark brown. Not black. 😛
  2. I am mixed! Puerto Rican & African-American.
  3. I have a slight coffee addiction… only a slight one.. ^.^
  4. If I could sing all day, I would. I love it. But you’ll never get me to do it in front of you because I fear being too loud. >.<
  5. I barely watch television shows anymore because I get too bored to keep up with them.
  6. My all time favorite movies are The Devil Wears Prada and Bride Wars.
  7. I like all types of music… except screamo.
  8. I played Volleyball for 3 years.
  9. My first pet was a beta fish I named Freddy.
  10. I love big dogs!
  11. I was born with a cleft palate, so I don’t have a uvula.

Questions by Davis:

  1. What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?  The combination of coffee and chocolate.
  2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be, why?  Paris, France. I’ve always wanted to have a five-star experience in Paris. Have a nice hotel with a terrace that looks out at the Eiffel tower. Get to eat fine french cuisine, sip latte’s, write, think, and just enjoy the scenery.
  3. What’s your most embarrassing story?  When I was in the third grade, I wore something similar to this: skirt with leggings to gym class. Well… that day the gym teacher decided to have all 80 something third grade students in the gym line up in 4 lines of about 20 students each (I am doing my best estimating here… this was forever ago!) facing him. One by one, boy and girl filed in their lines and I found myself in the middle of mine. The gym teacher asked that everyone sit down kriss cross, so we did. After his brief speech about what we were about to do, he asked everyone to stand up. Without knowing I had stepped on my skirt, I sprouted upwards to stand up and my skirt/leggings came right on down. Luckily, I felt the uncomfortable breeze pretty quickly so I hurriedly pulled up my skirt/leggings just after the boy behind me blew an awkward whistle…. That was the last time I wore that skirt/legging to school.
  4. If you were to start a secondary blog, what would it be about? It would probably be about blogging.
  5. Have you ever had your writing published, aside from your own blog? Indeed, I have! My first published piece was an article I wrote for a local newspaper I was a contributing writer for.
  6. Which animal do you most identify with and why? So I actually decided to take an online test for this one and I got a cat… which is weird because I’m actually a dog person??… hmm….
  7. What is your favourite childhood memory? Growing up, my family took road trips at least every other summer to visit other family members. I’d say those road trips, as uncomfortable as they were sometimes, were definitely the creme de la creme of my childhood.
  8. What do you find to be the most annoying thing associated with blogging? I think, for me, the most annoying thing associated with blogging is finding time to take pictures. For every one photo I post on this blog, there are 100 more that I have stashed away of the same exact thing. Some are from different angles and viewpoints but all were taken to find that perfect shot! Photography definitely requires well-planned time and it can be stressful to try to conduct a photo shoot when you don’t have a lot of time.
  9. Is there anything you’d go back and do differently with your blogging journey? If I could go back, I would definitely relax my blind urgency to start the blog. I think if I would have done more research on blogging, I would have had a clearer direction as to what to do from the start rather than figuring all of that out later.
  10. If you’d have been born in any other time, which would you choose for yourself? To be honest… I really don’t think there is any other time I’d want to be born in.
  11. With the knowledge and experience you have now, what one thing would you go back and tell yourself as a child?  I would tell myself that every mistake I make has already been made by countless others before me, and even alongside me. No one is perfect.

Here are the Nominees…

  1. Nikki from Nikki Acuna
  2. Jasmine from Thoughts From Jasmine
  3. Gaby from Unbothered Style
  4. Freya from Shout for Joy Blog
  5. Danielle from Dazzle On
  6. Alice from Simply Alice
  7. Kristen from Travels & Treats
  8. Sydney from Meekly Loving
  9. Eva from The Charlie Bird
  10. Cassidy from Cassidy’s Heart
  11. Melissa from Individually Chic 

11 Questions for the Nominees

  1. Out of all the places you’ve traveled, which place is your favorite?
  2. What is your blog post writing process like? (Do you have a specific routine or certain things you like to have when you to write?)
  3. If you could relive one day out of your entire life, what day would it be and why?
  4. What is your favorite book?
  5. Do you have a favorite quote or scripture? Do tell(:
  6. What has been the hardest life lesson you’ve learned yet?
  7.  What music genre/music artist/song(s) are you in love with right now?
  8. Morning person or Night Owl?
  9. What is a major pet peeve of yours?
  10. Your favorite thing about blogging?
  11. Why did you decide to start your blog?

To Be Continued…

Want the answers? Make sure to check out the pages of the bloggers listed! You are sure to find content related to travel, fashion, self-care, mindfulness, faith, and more goodness. I could not lead you guys astray when it comes to suggesting good blogs to read so believe me when I say you are in for a treat with each and every single one of these(:

Hope you guys enjoy your weekend!