Nowadays, there are only a handful of things that you need to have on hand every day. Your phone, keys, and wallet. Maybe a few others if you need to carry items like medication or stuff for work. But chances are if you’re like me, you carry a huge bag full of tons of random items and maybe you’re carrying a few 'extras' like makeup, Om Vapors, and mail.  One thing’s for sure- there are a few items that I will always carry no matter what.  They’re all are useful and don't take up too much space.

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A Portable Charger
Running out of battery can be extremely inconvenient, especially since I rely on my phone to document my adventures for my blog and social media. Whether it's booking an uber, ordering food, checking emails, sending someone a text, we all have activities that are essential for our phones. So what do you do if you need your phone, but it has died? Having a portable charger in your bag now comes in very handy. It's a little device that holds a charge, and you plug your phone straight into it without needing a main socket. It’s definitely something that I need for those long days away from home. Keep it charged and pop it in your bag. Bear in mind that once you've used it, you will need to recharge it again.

Business Cards
A lot of people find themselves branching out and doing some form of entrepreneurial/self-employed work. It's always a good idea to have some business cards to hand out. Some would argue that you can keep these in your pocket or wallet; however, they tend to get stained, bent, tattered and lose their professionalism. Instead, tuck a few cards into a case to drop down in your bag or a secure pocket so they won't risk getting bent. You'll be glad to have them on hand the next time you make a connection and want to swap info.

Your Go-To Hair Product
Let's face it bad hair days happen- especially in the summer months.  My natural hair is HOT! We may see all these people glamourized on Instagram; however, they most likely have a hair tie or two for after the shoots. By keeping a small container with things such as a brush, grips and hair ties in your bag, you can make sure you’ll can tackle any loose ends and keep yourself looking presentable/comfortable.

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Chapstick or Sunscreen
Now that summer has started and it's really starting to warm up, some carrying suncream will keep you from getting burned when you end up outside for longer than you expected.  If I don’t keep some on hand, I have one arm that gets darker than the other from driving while the sun is beaming through the window. It can be convenient when you are caught out on a walk, your commute to work or walking around the park, and the sun makes an appearance. In the extreme weather months like summer and winter, I suffer with chapped lips so a chapstick can be a lifesaver to apply throughout the day.

Do you have any other essentials that you carry in your bag? Please share in the comments below.  

Outfit Details:  Jacket- Woman Within ,  Top -Ashley Stewart, Jeans - Belk,  Location - Little Duck Diner, Historic Downtown Savannah, GA,  Photography - ShellyCStudio

 Until Next Time...

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Grief is different for everyone and can affect you for lots of different reasons. It’s totally normal to grieve when you lose something or someone that is important to you and many people experience grief when they are diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness.


There are no fixed rules for dealing with grief and you may experience grief in different ways throughout your life. The important thing is that you must take your time and allow yourself to feel sad. The worst thing you can do is try to numb the pain or ignore it as this will only prolong the grief.

Allow Yourself to Mourn

Grief is a part of life and is an entirely natural process. If you have ever loved, you will certainly grieve. Grief gives you the time to process what has happened and gradually come to terms with it and let it go. Allowing yourself to grieve is all part of being human, and unfortunately, there aren’t any shortcuts.

An important thing you need to know is that once you have experienced grief, it won’t ever fully go away, just as the love you felt won’t go away either. The grieving process isn’t about ‘getting over it’, it is about learning to live with a new feeling and understanding that life will continue, but it won’t ever quite be the same. Like all experiences in life, grief is another way that your character grows and develops.

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Ask for Help

Going through grief alone is tough and you should find someone to talk to. Whether you choose to talk to friends, family or you would rather speak to a counselor, expressing your feelings as well as reminiscing about the good times is an important way to process your grief. If you aren’t ready to talk, writing your feelings down in a notebook can be cathartic too.

Even though your emotions are painful, talking can help you come to terms with your feelings, especially if your grief is shared with others. If you are struggling with your grief, talking to a counselor can help as they can offer a more neutral perspective and guide you through the grieving process at your own speed. You should set up an appointment if you are struggling to sleep, eat or you are feeling depressed or anxious.

Take Your Time

There is no right or wrong way to grieve and there is no particular time limit either. However, your grief will slowly get better, even if it reappears at odd moments or seems to ebb and flow. It may be useful to know that there are 5 stages of grief but you may not experience them in this order, you might go back and forth and you could skip some stages altogether.

Grief is a journey we all take at some point in our lives and it’s something that we can all understand and empathize with. However you are feeling now, please know that you will feel better again. Just give it time...
Outfit Details:  Dress - Eloquii,  Location -St. John the Baptist Cathedral, Savannah, GA,  Photography - ShellyCStudio

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**This post was sponsored by Gray Away as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.**
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I try not to get too upset about getting old. This year I turned 38 and I always say that any day spent above ground is a day to be thankful for. I've always believed that growing older is a privilege that many do not have the opportunity to experience. So, I'm grateful for my age and all that I have acquired going through life. I've even begin to look forward to some aspects of growing older like:  the amazing life experiences, expert-level shenanigans, and having a powerful chunk of grey hair growing from my frizzy/curly mane. I've seen countless pictures of older African-American women have a head full of gray hair or have chunky sections of gray hair growing in front of their hair and I always thought it looked so regal, like this cocoa goddess below…

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Unfortunately my gray hair is coming in tiny little strands all over my head and quite frankly I'm a little disappointed. LOL I just knew I would have had this lightning streak of wisdom as a badge of honor but, no I don't. So, sometimes I'll always think that it is such a waste that the majority of my hair is still black but I'm coloring my entire head just for a few strands.

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So, when I heard about Gray Away, I was delighted to be able to give it a try and see if it would work for me.  Gray Away comes in a convenient Temporary Root Concealer Spray or Root Touch-Up Quick Stick format.  I tried both and they were very simple to use.  I think my favorite might be the stick for single gray coverage.  I like the spray for bigger sections and for covering up gunk between washes that I want to hide.  Yes, it worked for that too.  I tend to stretch my wash days out so this is a BIG plus!  It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s private.  No more salon visits just for grays!  I can save my money for when I decided to dye my hair electric pink!  LOL
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Before:  see those strands around my eyes and how my hair has a gray sheen from product buildup?
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After: all gone!
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Gray Away is now a part of my makeup routine.  It’s a lifesaver because I don’t have to wash my hair to apply the color.  I just swipe and go.  Just like putting on my daily face!  I like the gray coverage that it provides but it also covered up if I’m in between wash days.  Which as a non-relaxed, natural-haired girl, this is vital because product can build up and cast a dull look over our hair.  It’s also a plus that it doesn’t streak or drip.  It dried pretty quickly and I’m able to put my clothes on afterwards with no issues. Every bottle/stick has around 40 applications so I'm good to go for a whileeeee.  It’s an easy, quick an affordable way to cover up those grays until you’re ready for them to be seen.

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You can pick up Gray Away at your local Walmart and check out the ibotta app to even earn cash back on your purchase.  It’s also available at CVS Pharmacy and ULTA Beauty.
Until Next Time...
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Happy Father's day everyone!  Today is always a little rough for me because I lost my dad about 13 years ago but I've decided to honor my father by sharing the recipe for his favorite drink!  My dad's favorite drink was none other than classic Tom Collins. It was the first drink he ordered for me when I became of legal drinking age and sadly it was the last drink that we ordered the last day that I saw him, a week before he died.
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My dad always enjoyed a good steak so our family would often go to a steakhouse like Applebee’s or Longhorn’s and order a juicy steak with a Tom Collins to wash it down with. The citrusy Tom Collins pairs really well because it cuts through the savory and buttery flavor of a great steak. I'm actually not a big fan of gin I do enjoy it in this drink.  Sometimes I'll order it when I'm out and I get the strangest looks because it’s such an Old-Fashioned cocktail. But I can't help it, it reminds me of my dad - I mean it literally tastes like good memories.
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Today I made dad’s favorite drink and poured it into his signature highball glasses.  He retired from Norfolk Southern after several decades of working on the railroad and was gifted these glasses that he was very, very proud of.  He never got the chance to use them and they sat in our china cabinet for years.  I decided to pull them out and use them for a fitting tribute to my favorite guy!  
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Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

1.5 Ounces of Simple Syrup
1.5 Ounces of Gin (or 1 jigger) I used New Amsterdam but any is just fine
1 Ounce of Lemon Juice
1 Ounce of Lime Juice
Club Soda (enough to fill to the top of the glass after the other ingredients)
Maraschino Cherries & Orange Slices for garnish.

Instructions:

This drink is one that you typically “build”- meaning it’s usually made one at a time in a glass, starting with ice and then adding the ingredients in the order that they are listed in the recipe and then shake, drain, stir or whatever.  This one just calls for a quick stir with your bar spoon after adding all of the ingredients and that’s it! This recipe makes one glass, so multiply as needed. You can also adjust the mixers as much as you’d like.  I like drinks that are a bit tart but if sweet is more your thing, you can up the simple syrup and down the Lemon/Lime juice.  Play around and find what works for you!
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Enjoy and Drink Responsibly!  Happy Father’s Day!

Until Next Time...

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