Merry Christmas Folks!

 Hello All,

     First and foremost, I sincerely apologize for the lack of posting. I had planned to make some blog posts but with the mess of the semester ending, taking finals, and working my job, I was unable to find time to update you guys. However, don't feel like I forgot about you all. In the new year, the blog will be a priority.

     Besides all of that, I wanted to formally wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from myself. This year alone has been such a roller coaster ride, and I hope your holidays help end your year with the right tone. 

     Please do me one favor over the holidays, just one, that's all I ask of you all. Promise to enjoy time with your families, cherish every moment and gift you endure during this holiday. Relax your mind, wind down and enjoy yourself you deserve it! If you do this, I'm sure you will enjoy your holiday to the fullest!

     All in all, I just wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday and hope it's one of the BEST thust far. Thanks for all your support with the relaunching of my blog.

-Mikey :]

Black Friday 2016

Hey Guys, I know this post is going up later than anticipated, but I really didn't have time to post immediately after Black Friday. Plus, I also wanted to space out my content instead of posting everything back to back, and then not knowing what else to talk about, lol.

Nonetheless, Black Friday was a success. I didn't go on a full out shopping spree, but I did invest in my wardrobe and snagged some great deals while doing so. Now, I know you were probably hoping for pictures of everything I bought, and I really wanted to do that but it was an EPIC FAILURE. Literally, the pictures came out horrible. I figured, I would just figure out nice outfits, and show them off rather than take pictures of the individual pieces and post them. 

But that does not mean I won't tell you all what I decided to purchase. So here it goes!

JCPenny (not pictured): Red Velvet Blazer - $40.00, originally price - $140.00
H&M:Grey Hoodie ($20) and Brown Knit Sweater ($10)
G. H. Bass & Co.:Mallard Classic Duck Boot ($80, orginially $135)
J. Crew:Vest ($35, orginially $80)
By the way, everything linked are similar pieces, everything in the store was not online, I just found similar pieces.  

I don't think I did too bad, honestly. I didn't over indulge, and that was completely fine. I feel as though, I purchased staple pieces in my wardrobe that will help enhance my style. It's not always about having many articles of clothing, it's about essential pieces that can be worn in multiple outfits in multiple ways. That's the creativity in fashion! Styling the same piece in many different ways! Lord knows I love this!  

I also went thrifting and found some great pieces. Be on the look out for thrifting post soon. Hope you enjoyed your Black Friday!

-Mikey :]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!! Long time no speak?  I know. I've been away with the stresses of school and life taking over and forcing my focus elsewhere, but I'm back! I feel like I say this way too much, I've got to be on it more.

Anyways, it's Thanksgiving and there is an endless list of things that I am beyond thankful for.  God has just been so good to me this year, and I am forever grateful! Tonight, I will spending time with my family indulging in delicious delicacies while tuning in to the Dallas Cowboys football game, the best team in America. Haha, it's a family tradition! After some food digestion and maybe a quick nap, I'll be heading out with my best friends to do some Black Friday Shopping, and I will definitely be updating you all on that!

My original intentions were for this blog to be a Fashion and Lifestyle blog. I would share all of my fashion advice, my outfits, different types tips and tricks that I did in my life on the daily. At first, I was so far from achieving this goal because I had no camera, I had no idea what I was doing, and yeah ... so that happened.  But now, I've recently invested in my dreams and I really want this blog to flourish, so I did what was needed. Now, I will be investing more time and energy, updating you guys on my life, my fashion tips, and different things to ensure that you all are receiving GREAT content from me.

All of the outfit pieces that I have linked are not the exact pieces I have, I've had all of these articles of clothing from a month to up to a year, and a lot of them aren't on the websites anymore. However, I did my best to find similar pieces, so that you may purchase if you choose so. My sweater is originally from H&M, but the one i linked is from Topman, which is another great clothing company for men and women based in the United Kingdom.  The jeans are from Forever21 and my boots were purchased from Payless Shoes about two years ago. Everything I linked is under $50, and you will look amazing if you style it right.

Guys, I'm so excited to get back into blogging and sharing content with you all! Let's get ready for some great things!

Happy Holiday Season!!!
-Mikey :]

My Gift of Gab: Inspiration for Life

Hello all,

  Recently, I've been going through some internal battles with myself. I've concluded that this is all apart of becoming an adult. But in the midst of these internal issues ive been facing, God has been able to speak to me. And I'm going to share what I've learned with you.

 So, here's some backstory. For those of you reading this and actually know me, you will know that I LOVE to talk. It's such a natural action for me, I do it all the time. Throughout my duration of schooling, every report card displayed flawless grades and comments about how much I indulged in talking during instructional time. What can I say? It's apart of who I am.

With that being said, I've always been told "you've got the gift of gab." For the longest time, I've always taken this as something negative. Majority of the time when people tell me this, they were trying to say that I talk too much. So, i never really paid much thought to it . . . well, not until recently. A co-worker of mine recently told me that I had the gift of gab. And per usual, I took the negative connotation that I had stuck with that phrase. A couple of days passed by and that had stuck with me. As I said earlier, I've been dealing with some internal conflicts, and for some reason that had just been really heavy on my mind. I then decided to google the definition of the gift of gab. I just wanted to know what the dictionary definition of this idiom was.
When I read this definition, I was, for once, speechless. All this time of hearing that phrase, I never thought of it in this light. As I said before, I thought it was a kind way of saying "you talk too much". But it's clearly more than that. My Gift of Gab is my strong suit. It is what makes me who I am. I am able to connect with different people and build relationships with my gift. I have been able to live life that I have through my gift. I have been able to achieve the things that I have through my gift. A gift, that for so long made me feel bad for talking too much, is exactly what has been allowing me to get through. The definition literally says that I have the ability to make people want to listen and believe me.

I brought this topic up to relay this message. Don't allow people to turn what God has given you into something negative. For so long, I have thought that speaking is not a talent worth mentioning. You know, because I feel as though everyone should have the capability to speak. But God has shown me otherwise. Do not let others belittle what God has given you. Because although it may seem small to you and the world, your gift is much more than that. Utilize your gifts for the glorification of God.

More or less, stop allowing others to belittle what God has given you. God has supplied us with everything that we need to make it through life. Now is the time to start utilizing these supplies. If you don't take anything away from this post, please take away this message: Your gift, no matter what it is, is great. Do not allow people to make you feel bad for something that God has blessed you with. Take what you have and master it. Use it to your full advantage and for the glorification of God. Love your gift. Love yourself.

 Until next time folks,
-Mikey :]

All About Veganism & Announcement.


Today's post is all about Veganism. For a while now, I have been interested in eating much healthier. I've definitely tried my best to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet. However, it never seems to work out the best.

Last night, I decided to really do some research about going vegan. I know, I know, it seems like such a major step to take just to eat healthy. But after doing this minimal research, I feel as though it's going to be a great lifestyle change. I thought I would share some of the information that I recently discovered about Veganism.

First off, there is more than one type of vegan. There's an Ethical Vegan, Plant-Based Vegan, Raw Vegan and Junk Food Vegan.

Ethical Vegans  are those who truly love and care about animals and the environment. Which means they do not eat any products that come from animals (meats, dairy, eggs, cheese, etc.), they don't wear any clothing that is made from animals (leather, silk, etc.), they don't use any cosmetics that were tested on animals, and they even avoid stores that sell any of these products.

Plant-Based Vegans are those who only indulge in foods that originate from the ground. They also avoid any processed, greasy,  or refined items in order to secure their diet.

Raw Vegans solely eat raw food. They don't eat any foods that are cooked above 115 degrees because they feel as though the majority of nutrients are lost once they become cooked.

Junk Food Vegans are just like normal eaters except all of their food is modified to fit their lifestyle/diet. They still eat cookies, pizza, cake, etc. except it does not contain any products from animals. The majority of these products contain substitutes for animal products.

Based off of this information, I feel as though I would more than likely become a Plant-Based Vegan and a Junk Food Vegan. I honestly cannot give up the luxury of having pizza and french fries in my life. I'm sure I will have to adjust to the taste but it will be worth it.

Most people go vegan for one of two reasons: they want to be healthier and think going vegan is the only way, or they've done research, and are completely appalled at the cruelty and treatment of animals.

My reasoning of going vegan is mostly the first one, and a little bit of a personal reason. I want to have a much healthier diet. I am a firm believer that the majority of the food we eat cause the majority of the diseases we have in our bodies. This is because we don't do research on what is in the food that we are consuming on a day to day basis. Also, financially speaking, I've recently created a budget, and I am putting way too much money out on food.  And I want to reduce that amount immensely. Some may say that going vegan is more expensive,  but I will determine that because I'd rather spend $100 in groceries and cook at home, then go out and buy food and spend almost $200 without even knowing it.

That's all I'm going to talk about today. I just wanted to share some facts about veganism and let you all know what I have decided to do. I also wanted to share this journey with you, and see what you all think. I am also going to leave some videos that I watched that informed me about veganism.

Edgy Veg: Going Vegan! How to Go Vegan in 10 easy steps!

Edgy Veg: Benefits of Veganism

Until next time,
-Mikey :]

Freshman Year Experience

Hello All,

I thought that a great first for the blog would be one about my Freshman year in college.  I know that many people are out there with burning questions about what to expect their first year of college, and I am here to help. You can expect many more college related posts, as well as lifestyle tips and advice from my blog.

My experience was not the typical one, I faced so many ups and downs this year. But I would not trade it for the world. So, here goes nothing . . .

University of Virginia

Initially, I started school at the University of Virginia in August 2015. UVA was my "dream school". It was everything that I had ever wanted in a college. It was big, it had Division-1 athletics teams,  it was considered public ivy league, the school had rich history, and it was prestigious. Like i said, it was my "dream school". I was beyond excited to attend. That summer prior to the first semester, I was counting down the days. I would always check my countdown application on my phone to see how much time I had left until I was on grounds.

UVA was everything I had anticipated it to be. Being that the school was so highly ranked, the course work was definitely something I had yet to adjust to.  My intended major at UVA was Media Studies while being Pre-Commerce. Pre-Commerce or "pre-comm" refers to students intending to apply to the School of Business during their second year at the University. My ultimate goal was to somewhat form my own degree in Public Relations, since the university lacked a program for my interests.

The rich traditions of the school, the preppy students, and the elitism, all made me feel as if I were going to college in a movie. UVA was beautiful, it made me feel like the stereotypical college student attending a big university away from home. All of these good vibes were so nostalgic within my first month there. I enjoyed everything about the school, I was in love. However, that flame of passion I had for the school began to fade away ...

After the first month of school, and all the hype of being in college began to leave my system. I began to regret my decision of choosing UVA. I was no longer happy, the classes were hard. I began to loathe being there altogether. I called my mom all the time to complain about the school. Also, around this time, I began to watch vlogs about Hampton University, one of the schools I had applied to and originally wanted to go to. I saw masses of black intellectuals having the time of their life, meanwhile I was stuck at a school that I no longer wanted to be at. I wanted what they had. I didn't want to be at UVA anymore, I wanted their experience. I wanted the HBCU experience.

After that, I told my mom what was going on. She was in complete support of my decision. After that, I began the process of transferring to Hampton University for my second semester of college. After deciding to leave UVA, i felt so much more happy and could not wait to leave the school. Although, i do miss many of the people I met at UVA. Ultimately, I had to do what was best for me.

Hampton University

I swear transferring to Hampton had to have been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my entire life. The atmosphere was so different, the people were so different. Everything was different .. and I mean the good different too.

One of my primary reasons for transferring was academics, I wouldn't just leave because of the social setting, that's shallow. And i know I'm going to college to get an education, not party. Unlike UVA, Hampton offered a great Public Relations program. Along with their program, their school of communications was extremely advanced. They had mac labs, classes on video editing, photo editing, news writing, photography, etc. Their school was legit. I recommend Hampton University for anyone pursuing the media industry, it is simply amazing!!!

The social scene at Hampton is amazing too. There are always fashion shows going on, Greek organizations are always hosting events. Hampton is lit! One of my fondest memories of this past semester was Battle of the States, or BOTS. BOTS is a competition between freshman students based on their region. Students are competing in three portions: fashion, dance, and talent. Only three regions move on to the talent portion, because that is the tie breaker. The regions that participate are the North, DMV, South, Midwest, and West. I participated with the best region of all ... the SOUTHSIDE. We ended up winning the competition. Here is a link to watch our BOTS Performance !

After participating in BOTS, they rest of the semester seemed to fly by. I had made a great amount of friends through my experience, which really enhance my social life on campus. I met up with different people and created strong relationships with professors and students across the campus.

As stated before, my transition to Hampton was one of the best decisions I've made by far. I am much more happier being at Hampton. I am pursuing a career in the field that I want. My grades are amazing. Everything is just working out in my best interest. I truly thank God for it!

But yeah, that was what my first year of college was like. I hope you all enjoyed this post! Please feel free to leave a comment with any questions you may have or feel free to hit me up on any of my social media accounts. Also, be on the look out for a Freshman Advice post for all of the incoming freshman of college. I feel as though, I will make two posts; One for the general public and one specifically for Hampton freshman. I'll see you guys in my next post!

-Mikey :]

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