Sorry guys, we’re Celebrating MGM this Monday!

“You can’t wear a tank top two days in a row, and you can only wear your hair in a ponytail once a week. Oh, and we only wear jeans or track pants on Fridays. Now, if you break any of these rules, you can’t sit with us at lunch.” -Gretchen Wieners

Happy Mean Girls Monday! In celebration of this auspicious occasion, I want you to think back to the first time you watched this amazing teen chic flick. I remember watching this movie and how much I couldn’t wait to get to school the next day and tell my friends about it.

Recently, I decided to watch this movie again and here’s what I got from watching it (as an adult who can quote this entire movie).

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  1. Learn to roll with the punches: Life is full of unfortunate events, it’s up to you to go with it and continue to live or you can cry your eyes out and quit. In this case channel your inner Regina George. She was the goddess of not caring about other thought of her. Did your twist out not turn out right and you only have about 15 minutes left until you have to leave for work. Who cares, transform those wet curls into a cute up do or puff and beat your face. Life zip, blackgirlmagic 1 point.

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2. Exactly what he said!

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3. Remember, no matter how old your mom gets, she’s going to want to barrow a sweater or want to know what’s “hip.” Just keep her in the loop and it’s a little less embarrassing. Mom’s are great, everyone want’s a “cool” mom.

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4. Chase the things you want in life. Your dreams won’t become realities if all you do is dream about them.

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5. Accept that you’re perfectly flawed. We were created with a sense of uniqueness. Love what makes you different. You can complain everyday but nothing is going to change. Embrace yourself and others will embrace you too.

As a tween, mean girls was the best for all the wrong reasons. Every girl wanted to rule their school but with the wrong attitude. Watching this movie as an adult is just as funny, but mainly because you realize that either you were these girls, you hated these girls or you wanted to be these girls. What ever category you fall under, just remember on Wednesday we were pink!

 

 

St. Pablo Tour stops in Grand Rapids

Considering I haven’t been to a concert since, B2K was a thing. Going to the St. Pablo
Tour was another great experience for 2016. I was able to see why people pay the big bucks for the closer seats, although my seats were just as great. The concert took place in the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI., where the streets flooded with people from all over West Michigan to experience Mr. West and his hovering stage.

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Kanye hit the platform at 9:21p.m., and the crowd went crazy. I’ll be honest, I enjoy Kanye as an artist and producer, but I really wasn’t a die hard fan–until now. The energy in that arena was amazing, I enjoyed every bit of it.

He performed several hits like, Jesus Walks, FourFive Seconds, Can’t Tell Me Nothing and several songs from Life of Pablo, obviously. Opening  with Father Stretch My Hands.

As I said before, I hadn’t been to a concert since watching Omarion glide across the stage at Joe Louis Arena, or maybe it was Lloyd…I’m not sure, but it has been a while. Of course, me being “Jill the camera lady” I wanted to capture so many great moments, for this post specifically. I had my phone out the entire time, recording and taking pictures.

I joked about how the set up and lighting made me feel like I was standing in the middle of Zion in the Matrix movie, because that’s exactly how it felt. The yellow lights gave it a real ambient touch. Listening to the crowd sing all the lyrics as if they were on stage performing. Needless-to-say, I had a ball and I need to learn more Yeezy songs new and old.

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Time waits for No One, So use it wisely

Fall is here and the world has never been busier. Students are back to school, Parents are working double time but the days are getting shorter. It’s almost as if we run out of time during the autumn season. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your work days with you as a focus.

Being a student is hard work, whether you are in high school or college, there never seems to be enough time for you no matter how many planners you have. “Students are working an average of 30 hours a week, Georgetown researchers found. However, about 25 percent of working students are simultaneously employed full-time and enrolled in college full-time.” Considering this study was done in 2015, I’m sure that number has increased since then.

If this is you…KEEP READING.

“Having great time management” is something that has been preached to you since about 11th grade. Getting a planner and writing down everything you have to do for that week and sticking to that to-do list. Though this tactic is great, you’re still in shallow waters in the sea of time management. Let’s take this habit a step further. What in your to-do list is major priority?

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These are the task that have to get done ASAP. They usually have a time stamp on them. This can include papers, responding to emails, scheduling appointments etc. Contrary to popular belief, not all task have to get done at that very moment. Find out what is important and needs most of your attention, tackle that first.

Learning how to allocate your free time wisely is the most important skill for managing time. Outside of work and class, what other activities do you have listed that are worth your time? For example, when I was attending Western Michigan University, I purposely scheduled my classes for Tuesday and Thursdays only. That way Monday, Wednesday and Friday were days for work and anything else I wanted to do.  The weekends were days I would do homework and things I personally enjoyed. Moments where I had free time, I made sure I allocated it to something I would be the primary beneficiary.

Most of the time, I took naps but you get the point. Free time shouldn’t be completely spent doing things like studying. Mental health should always be your number one priority.

When do you work best? Are you a rooster or a night owl? Once you find out when you do the best work, you’ll be able to work more effectively and efficiently. Time management is important but never forget to work in a way that’s best for you.

 

 

What are you listening to?

So many artist have been dropping gems in my apple music. I have something new to listen to for getting ready, driving to work, exercising…the list goes on. This is what’s I’ve downloaded in the past few weeks.

First things first….Blond x Frank Ocean: Screw him for making us wait..but lets all agree how worth it “the wait” was. Blond is amazing work. I will be honest, I wasn’t always a fan. When I first heard it, I thought it was ok. However, I gave it another chance while driving home from my internship one day and it definitely grew on me.

I can listen to Self-Control three times before I let the rest of the album finish. That song just resonates so much with my life right now. In addition to Solo, my other jam, after skipping his moms anti-drug PSA.

travis-scott-birds-in-the-trap-sing-mcknight-01.jpgI’m also listening to Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight x Travis Scott…definitely another banger. Truthfully, I’m no die hard Travis Scott fan, but I definitely appreciate his music for sure. I can bang Outside all day.

I’m still listening to Everybody Looking x Gucci Mane. Even though I’ve heard mixed views on the new gucci music, I for one enjoy every bit of it. I recommend listening to Gucci Please as you get dressed for your day. Start your day with the “Trapper Confidence” and I bet you have a great day.

I cannot forget about Daniel Son; Necklace Don x 2 Chainz–another get ready with me banger. Starting with the first song Get out the bed. That is what I’m talking about 2 Chainz. This is my put my swag on…it’s time to grind and make this money song.

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But what are you listening to?

Five Fun Fall Activities

Fall is officially here and I AM excited. Autumn is my favorite season of the year. Starting September 1st, I can feel the change in the air. Most people are hype for summer and are sad when summer is over, but Fall can be just as fun as the summer time. This new season offers opportunities for activities such as long walks and bike rides, or raiding Pumpkin patches and hunted houses. bench-560435_1920

Inspired by the change in season, I’ve compiled five absolutely fun things you must do in during the fall season.

  • Take a friend/pet/significant other with you for a walk: Living in Kalamazoo, we have access to several state trails. During the fall, these can be the prettiest places to be. My favorite trial in Kzoo is Kal-Haven Trail and I highly recommend it. Located on 10th street north of W Main. Sit or walk on what was once use as a transportation route between Kalamazoo and South Haven.
  • Visit an Apple Orchard or Pumpkin Patch: These were the best field trips for us as children, assuming that you’re old like me. There is no reason we should be depriving ourselves from this childhood gem–just because we’re adults. Apple Orchards and Pumpkin patches are perfect on those cloudy windy fall days—perfect for warm apple cider.
  • Camping: There is nothing like getting a group of friends together and going on a camping trip. Michigan has various camping ground locations. If you want to get fancy, plan the ultimate cabin trip.
  • Fall Fairs/Festivals: Small towns may host annual fairs during the fall, for example if you live in the west Michigan area, visiting the ArtPrize Art Festival and Competition in Grand Rapids, MI, would be a great idea. Jf you aren’t anywhere near Michigan check your local listing for what festivals will be in your town for the fall.
  • Stay in and Cuddle: This time of year is the best time for sharing body heat. There is nothing wrong with staying in. If you have a person to spend some quality time with, like watching movies under a warm blanket with food, drinks etc., do it! Make that date, you’ll thank yourself for it….Fellas that goes for you too! 

The autumn season is so beautiful. I challenge you to take a moment and recognize the constant magic our surroundings perform. Use each of these activities to appreciate the constant evolution that happens arounds you.

If you aren’t from Michigan, comment below what activities are popular during the fall in your town/city?

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Ashley Everett is Engaged 

You’ve seen her, always on the queens right hand side–killing the choreography with sass, technique and now a diamond.

Ashley Everett, one of Beyoncés back up dancers is now happily engaged! Fans broke the internet with the news. She and her now fiancé John Silver, has agreed to tie the knot as millions were there to witness. 

Before Bey and her team performed Single Ladies at her show in St.Louis, the surprised was revealed. Beyoncé teased Ashley about her ability to do the forever famous single ladies choreography with all the excitement. Ashley fiercely slayed the stage, showing off her new stunning ring.

Watch the full proposal here.


Congrats Ashley and John on the engagement!

Beat your face, not your Wallet!

YouTube beauty community are saving our lives, and we don’t even know it. Make up artist are showcasing their skills for the world to learn. From simple shadow looks to serious contour series. However, most experienced make up YouTubers are using high end products and that can be a little intimidating for us beginners.

So if you are a beginner to the “beat yo face” community, don’t fret. There are tons of drug store brands that will give you the same look for a fraction of the price.

My favorite brand of all time is elf, short for eyes lips and face. They provide products that are user friendly, effective in cost and easy to get your hands on. You can find elf products in various drugs stores, but my favorite place to purchase their products is Target.

Recommended Products: 

Brushes (black set only)  — For $30,  you can get a flawless finish using these brushes. They’re very soft and easy to hold. The fan brush is amazing for applying highlighter.

Liquid eyeliner — $2 value, high end results. If you’re learning how to apply liquid liner, this will be your best friend. The pointy brush allow you to create the perfect wing. I’ve been using this product since I’ve started wearing makeup.

 

 

Another great brand for cost effective makeup, is NYX cosmetics. NYX has the best everything; from lip products to eyeshadows. Their price margin isn’t to different from elf, although they do have some “expensive” products to be a drug store brand. You will always catch NYX in my makeup bag.

Recommended Products: 

Butter Gloss: $5 in value, If you are looking for a moisturizing lip product with shine and color, then you’re in luck. This product is pretty thick in consistency, so DO NOT apply to dry lips (it tends to turn white in the corners of your mouth). However, this product is still great for those quick makeup looks and you don’t want to go super glam with a lip stick, this is definitely a great alternative.

Lip Lingerie: For $7 you can get the Kylie Lipkit look. It’s available in various nude shades, including the trendy brown lip. Although I haven’t tried the product myself, I’ve heard great things about it. So far I’ve only seen it online, but I would check Ulta as well. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

Deal For You—

 

 

Remembering AALIYAH


Fifteen years ago today, we lost a beautiful person, the baby girl of R&B Aaliyah. I can definitely say I miss her music and tom boy swag. I remember it, like it was yesterday. Aaliyah was my a role model to my eldest sister. On this day 15 years ago, I had to comfort my sister as she cried, as if she lost a friend. 


We were able to witness so much black girl magic from the triple threat. She gave us sexy, sporty, bad girl swag. We were able to witness her acting in Queen of the Damned and Romeo Must Die. 

I created a playlist today of my favorite Aaliyah songs. 

  1. I care 4 U
  2. More Than A Woman 
  3. Are You That Somebody
  4. If Your Girl Only Knew 
  5. 4-Page Letter
  6. We Need A Resolution
  7. Loose Rap
  8. Age Anit Nothing But A Number
  9. At Your Best (You are Loved)
  10. Rock The Boat

If you’re an Aaliyah fan, take some time to groove to her soft voice today. Comment below your favorite Aaliyah Hit. 

Don’t Get Caught Behind

IOUs are cool until you’re up to your eyes in debt. In college, credit is like handing a child a bucket full of candy and being told to eat it “responsibly.” Yeah, not going to happen, especially since panties at Victoria Secret are 5 for $26 and I have a $250 credit limit. All of a sudden I’m looking like a VS Brand Ambassador.


During my college career, having extra money to buy clothes seemed ideal. However, every time it was time to pay the minimum $25 a month, I found paying for other things to be more important. Now, my mail looks like this


Here’s a few tips on budgeting while in college.

  1. Each time you get paid, pay all your bills first. If you’re a freshman living in the dorms, you don’t have many bills to worry about. So buy your toiletries and groceries first, pretend thats a bill. 
  2. Commit to saving $10 each time you get paid. Set a quota that you have to reach before you spend any of it.
  3. Stay in for dinner. Hanging out with friends at Applebee’s on Friday night is great, but if you know you don’t have the extra cash don’t go. Cook dinner instead, propose a potluck style friend night.
  4. DON’T SIGN UP FOR STORE SPECIFIC CREDIT! I cannot stress this enough. If shopping at VS or The Limited (for example) isn’t a necessity, you don’t need their credit card.  You can’t use their credit for gas to get home on the weekends.
  5. Use Cash. Remember being a kid and not owning a debit card. We weren’t swipe happy. We always knew how much money we had, because it was right there. No login necessary. Go back to those habits. Take out enough cash and leave your card at home. Once you’re out you’re out. 

Budgeting is hard, but so is calculus and chemistry and all the other class you have to put effort into to pass. I know you can do this! Spend smart!

Learn From the Pros

Everyday we wake up with the intention to do great things. Wether that be, being great at our new job, helping an old lady cross a busy street or just being a great friend, we all start with great intentions. Throughout the day, we experience situations that make our reactions not so great. Like this morning when that guy cut you off while merging on the highway. Yeah, I probably would have yelled and cursed him out too. But regardless, we allow temporary situations to distract us from our greatness. 

Take this  moment to learn from the pros. There are people in this world that wake up and plan to do terrible things, however we can’t be afraid to live amongst these frigid people. We must find a sense of peace in this world. It’s important to allow yourself to live and be happy no matter what evil the world may bring. 

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” William Shakespere

This great poet and play writer, has a valid point. See, we can’t allow ourselves to be fearful of our greatness. It is the one thing that will get us to where we want to be in life. Our greatness allows us to see our flaws as opportunities of improvement,  instead of lack of skill. William Shakespeare, believed that everyone was capable of greatness, it’s just up to the individual to want to be great. 

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Albert Einstein 

Think back when that guy cut you off, what was your immediate reaction? Was that reaction necessary? Probably not, since he could hear how stupid of a driver he is and the fact that his past drivers instructor should be incarcerated for allowing you to pass drivers ed. So why allow that moment to cold heartedly piss us off and distract us from our greatness. 

Last week I made the decision to start going to bible study on a weekly basis. As a child Wednesday’s after school that’s where I would be, why did things change. Then I realized it’s because I’m an adult, I have the right to choose wether or not I want to sit in church for a few hours after staring at a computer screen for most of my day. 

As an adult I can choose this for myself, without my mom yelling about how I need to go. For years I chose not to, actively seek a church in my neighborhood because, “I didn’t like none of the churches in Kalamazoo,” or because “I already had a church home in Detroit.” Even though I haven’t been there in forever since I’ve moved away. 

However, I also wasn’t tapping into my greatness by feeding my spirit with what I believe in. Allowing my day to day routine be more important than my potential to be a greater self. 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

Being great takes practice, if the pros can do it so can you. 

Peace. 

Frugal Fashioni$ta

By Jillynn Reese 

So recently, I was scrolling through my twitter timeline and notice a tweet from Kourtney Kardashian promoting chokers necklaces for under $100. 

$100?? For a necklace, that isn’t 18 carat gold or white gold. You have to be kidding me. So I kept scrolling to read the tweet responses and I was highly amused. 


She posted this and immediately the jokes started rolling in. 


This being my favorite. I love chokers but not enough to pay over 5.99. However, in the midst of the jokes, a girl was promoting her business of making tie dye chokers and they were really cute. For 15 bucks I’ll definitely invest in a few. 

So with that being said I wanted to share a few places you can purchase chokers and not break the bank. 

indythebay.com, has super cute chokers. I purchased 2 that were $10 each. She provides handmade fashion chokers. 


Amazon has vintage chockers with small charms.  Prices range from $0.69 to $3.99. 

eBay.com  Velvet charmed chockers for $3.00 


So Kourtney you can keep your highend chokers. 

Compromise? FOR WHAT? 

Relationships are constantly evolving, no matter how long you’ve been together; your relationship is always changing. New relationships are the most fragile, because you both are still getting to know each other, what you both have in common and so forth. In that case, compromising is extremely important. Compromising within a relationship shows loyalty and understanding. The fact that you are willing to accept something unusual for the sake of your partner is powerful.

However, you both should always be on the same page. Never ignore the wishes of the other, it creates unwanted issues and attitudes that could have easily been prevented. Most women find this hard to do, but demands a man to accept her flaws and all.

No fair for the fellas. I just recently did a post on PDA (public display of affection) and how it affects relationships. It’s common for women to flaunt their prince in shining armor to their networks, but most guys are private. This always a red flag in millennial relationships, because social media is the place to share your life. However in the event your guy doesn’t want to be plastered all over your timeline every monday, it’s important to respect his wishes.Don’t jump to the conclusions that he’s hiding something, or he’s ashamed of you. That would only mean you don’t trust him. Privacy is all he wants.

Now for the fellas


 If your lady wants to discuss something that is bothering her within the relationship, although you may think everything is all good, still hear her out. That’s a compromise, and this discussion could ultimately help the relationship one or two ways, (1) you find out that she’s the one and remain in a relationship or (2) you find out she’s absolutely crazy and you need to flee the scene. At the end of the day, both parties have to accept the terms and conditions of the relationship.

Also free time, once again it’s natural for women to be around their significant other during free time, even during that time of the month (regardless of how mad she looks) spend that time with her. Guys on the other hand, free time is….actually I’m not sure, so I’ll find that out and report back. But anywho, from hanging with my male friends in relationships, it’s rare that all of their free time is with their girlfriend. Yes women want all of your free time, if we could.

 Here’s how women feel about men and their free time. Men spend their free time doing the things they care about. Video games, basketball, gym or even sleep. When we know that you have free time and we aren’t even considered an option for some of it, we feel neglected. We cannot help it, we cannot control it. I’m almost certain there are little women in our heads sitting at a round table discussing consequences for being left out. HA! Laughing but I’m serious. 


Ladies we have to stop being like this. I know it’s not all of us, but it’s most of us and compromising only strengthens the relationship. Couples show that you understand where your partner stands in any situation and find a common ground that will work for the both of you. 

And you’ll live happily ever after.

The Year of Why Not. 

By Jillynn Reese

Last Friday, I was blessed to see my twenty-fourth birthday. While being super excited for year 24, I explained to all my family and friends just how different it feels. Recently graduating from Western Michigan University, I’ve been interning at ArtPrize.org in the communication department. This was a goal a year ago,  working in my field in all. I finally feel like an adult.


Ofcourse, I’ve been on my own for the past 5 years, but I was always a dependent student. I’ve come to the realization that, I call the shots in my life from here on out.  College was forced, my parents weren’t playing that. Since graduation I’ve been pondering on what’s next after this internship. So my Bestfriend and I are declaring year 24 as the #YearofWhyNot.
Since there is so much I want to accomplish by 25, there is no excuse for this ordinary life I live. I don’t want to be ordinary and neither should you. The year of “why not” is challenging us to step out our comfort zones and take charge of our life and the goals we will accomplish.


In a few months, I’ll be returning to Detroit to live with my parents. During this time, I will be investing in my brand. Developing my business and exposing my skills to the world. So far, I’ve started my personal blog (Click here to check that out), I’ve joined this awesome network of social bees :), I’ve joined the snapchat takeover challenge for this platform and I’ve started working on a business plan. So I’m on a roll. I encourage every millennial and recent graduate to take charge and invest in your passions.

Why should you be asking, why not? Simply because you are the only person who can stop you from experiencing your optimal life. Most times it’s usually money or fear that keeps us from living. This is where sacrafice comes into play, take those moments to self-improve.

Here is some advice I’ve recently received; monitor your time, are you allocating the proper time to your goals. If not, eliminate unnecessary task in your day. Also, have you taken advantage of each opportunity presented to you? If not, why?

Write it down.

Your only limit is you. Get out of your way! Stop allowing self-sabotage to keep you from your dream life. Make the promise to yourself to live optimally, and whatever that looks like for you will happen. You just have to move.

You’ve got this!

Down with PDA? 

PDA

PDA” Public Display of Affection. Usually seen in your local parks, grocery stores, movie theatres and Instagram timelines. Consists of huggin, kissing, touching, posting, filters, and emojis. There is so much affection being shown for the world to see, it makes me wonder are those couples that affectionate at home and off the gram.

For example, I know a couple that chats a little on twitter but nothing too “steamy” —but in person they’re like two magnets falling into each other’s magnetic field. There is another couple that shares everything about their relationship online and where they are in public. However, when they’re at home they don’t even pretend to like each other. I’ve witness argument and all. I’m wondering is this behavior common between the two types of couples.

PDA has become so important to the validity of relationships. Especially, within the millennial generation. Being “Facebook Official” has gone deeper thanks to snapchat. But why is PDA so imporantant in millennial relationships?

Are you ok with NOT being on your significant other’s social platforms?  If you are not ok with it, why?

I believe relationships are always fragile. In the sense that at any moment a person has the right and freedom to leave for whatever reason. Ofcourse when you’re married there’s a longer paperwork process for the division, but you get my point. At any moment a person can have a change of heart, and being in the eye of your public or lack there of…I’m sure that can bring about minor insecurities, for either party.

I don’t necessarily dislike the idea of PDA, I just don’t believe it’s necessary. It’s cute to post pics here and there of various events or trips. But everyday snaps of your and your guy/gal, can be kept for your own memory. It’s better that way. I enjoy coming home and telling my roommate how the weekend was without her saying “yeah, I saw that on Facebook.” The story is so much better when you actually have something to share.

Comment below your views on PDA.

Photo by: @kelbpics