How I Plan to Live Out My 20’s

Before I go onto my spiel, I would like to give homage to the beautiful illustrations in this post. Nicholle is a visual artist/illustrator from Paris, France. Her work is amazing! Check out her work via Instagram [@nichollekobi] or nichollekobi.comimg_4842

PERFECT TIME TO BOSS UP

On April 6, 1997, a QUEEN was born! Now that I can say that I’m officially apart of the dub club, I’ve gotten a stronger urge to go after the things I want. When it comes to my career and education, I want to excel in my college department and also the workplace to the best of my ability.

Education & Career

My college career has been a rollercoaster the past two years. I switched my major twice and through that process I realized what I really loved and wanted to do. I am an aspiring entrepreneur who loves fashion. I love traveling. Why not take those interests and turn it into my career? I want that feeling of loving to work on Mondays and weekends. I want others to feel confident in what they’re wearing. The #1 tip that helped me? DON’T WASTE ANOTHER DOLLAR SITTING IN A BIO CLASS WHEN ALL YOU WANT TO DO IS DRAW OR PAINT. Think about what excites and energizes you, but also keep in mind what you’re good at. If you’re really passionate about what you do, I promise, THE MONEY WILL COME TO YOU.

A few weeks ago, I got offered an amazing position as a stylist and manager for a boutique around my hometown. I could not be more grateful. For years I’ve had a few retail jobs that never really suited my persona but helped me gain the retail and sales experience that I needed to get the position I have now. The pay is amazing, which is a plus. When you’re doing something you love, the amount of money you get payed for it shouldn’t be a qualifier if you stay in the field or not. You’re doing this because YOU love to do it. Nonetheless, don’t settle for less when it comes to how much you charge or get paid – know your worth!img_4832

God has blessed me in abundance! I plan on moving forward from here on out. In 5 years, I want to take my career to New York, then Miami! I want to own my own swim wear line and have many boutiques across the U.S. and hopefully expand. I also want to become an expert in visual merchandising and become the head of that department for a high end fashion brand. By the end of this year, I plan to have 300 followers on this here platform. Blogging has become such a special part of my life and I don’t plan on ever getting rid of it. Remember… the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens to you.

Physical Wellness

img_4837“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs

With some of my free time during this semester, I decided to dedicate some time to the gym. It worked for the past few weeks in the beginning, only going two days a week. As the semester went on I found myself becoming lazy and uninterested in the gym and more interested in taking naps! I had to shake this off. So I started giving myself a routine schedule for the gym, which worked out perfectly. It made me more consistent.

Going to the gym made me want to go the extra mile and start eating a bit healthier. Baby steps! I started eating more greens with EVERY meal. I even made time to eat breakfast in the morning, which I never really do because I can’t find the time. I MADE TIME. It’s important to make time for the things you want to do and I promise you it’ll make you feel better about life while you’re also making an effort to have better time management skills. When I work out, I feel rejuvenated. Exercising is probably one of the top stress relievers on my list. And even with eating healthier, its become easier for me to concentrate when studying. I want this aspect of my life to grow in my 20’s. I want to make exercising and eating healthy apart of my everyday life.

Friends, Family, & Relationships

Can I just say that I adore and thank my friends so dearly. If there’s anyone I can count on, it’s them. I never took the saying ‘you meet some of your closest friends in college’ seriously until it actually happened to me. My girls and I are flourishing I tell you! And I couldn’t be more proud. They keep me sane and in check when need be. They’re always there for me whenever I need them and the most supportive people I’ve met yet. We all have different aspirations in life and we’re all reaching our goals at our own pace. In our 20’s, hopefully we can plan some getaways. Get away from our responsibilities for a while and spend more time exploring the world and doing different things. I’ve always wanted to go on a camping trip, bungee jumping, parachuting… the list goes on. I look forward to seeing my friends graduate, build their career, find their soul mates and get married, have children, move into their first home, etc.

Anyone who’s been around my family knows that we are very loving and family oriented. We host a lot of family events like cookouts and get-togethers literally all of the time. My grandpa always says that family is so important and some of the closest relationships you’ll ever have. I hope the generation in my family can keep this alive. The get-togethers, prayer meetings, cookouts, parties… family bonding time is an essential part of my life.

Throughout my 20’s, I don’t plan to look for love but let it find me. I hope to become the person God has destined for me to be so that when the time comes, I’m ready and prepared. img_4833Do I think I’ve already found my soul mate? Possibly. But God’s timing is always better than mine and RIGHT ON TIME. It’s sad to say that most of my heart break has happened before my 20’s but I’m glad that it did. I’m wiser and more aware. I won’t stress or worry because I know that God is preparing this man for the future and saving him just for me. The husband and family will come, but in the meantime my growth as a person will progress. My goals will consistently be accomplished and the glo will continue to manifest!

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Galations 5:22-23

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A Night Out On The Town

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Dress: Jasmine Off Shoulder Neck Detail Midi Dress in Black (Size 4)

Shoes: Liliana Triple Buckle Strappy Stiletto Heel (unavailable) in White from UrbanOG.com (size 7.5)

I got the chance to wear this lovely fit to my best friend’s birthday dinner two weeks ago and I loved every minute I spent with her and her family. The dress comes with a choker which is attached from the back of the dress, made from the same fabric as the dress. I paired this look with my apple watch with a black band to match my dress and kept it very simple looking. Very inexpensive look (besides the watch, haha)!

Pink Paradise Lippie! 

Here’s that new new! N.O.R.E by Norrell Cosmetics! 😍

I’m wearing the shade “Pink Paradise” in the collage above.

Pros: it had me at hello! The color is super cute and it’s highly pigmented! Also goes great with my skine tone. Would suggest this to any women of color. Matte formulas usually last longer than glossy formulas due to the fact that they’re drier. But this new lippie stayed completely creamy. I only used one coat to apply and that one coat was enough! I even ate with it on all day and only had to reapply once.

Cons: it stained my lips a bit once I took it off.

Rate: on a scale from 1 (worst. lipstick. ever.) to 10 (thebomb.com). I’d say an easy 9/10!

I’ve gotten the chance to speak to and collaborate with the CEO of this brand! She says, “N.O.R.E By Norrell is a cosmetic brand that I founded in September this year! I have launched a line of Matte Liquid Lipsticks and my goal is to expand into a full line of cosmetics. N.O.R.E represents diversity and beauty; I make products to fit all skin tones! I want to inspire women of all ages to follow their dreams and goals and to say that it is possible! I started with $500.00 and a dream. I want women to feel not like they need my products but to feel confident wearing them. N.O.R.E is ALL ABOUT BEAUTY!

Get the scoop on new items and check out her site at www.norebynorrell.com! (Instagram: @norebynorrellcosmetics) #SupportBlackBusiness!

xoxo,

Charley Moné 🌴 Continue reading “Pink Paradise Lippie! “

Concert Series: Tory Lanez 

Would you rather: leave to go to a concert early to get first spot in line even though you know the wait will be long to get inside, or leave late to avoid the long line and the wait even though you know you’ll have bad seats?
As my best friend and I planned, we were going to get ready for the concert early so that we could leave for the concert on time. But as you know with us girls it never works out that way! The concert started at 7:30 PM and we left my house around say….. 8:30 PM. Reasons being:

  1. I had to SLAY her make up and then mine. Which if you didn’t know, takes up a lot of time.
  2. Of course we took a thousand and one pictures.
  3. We’re black. So of course we were running on CPT (Colored People Time), haha.


(Outfit details ➡️ Knit dress: Express | Perspex heels: Fashion Nova | Satin coat: Fashion Nova | Choker: Sunny Mae Boutique)

Walking down the streets of Downtown Cleveland made me miss home so much. It sucks being 3 hours away. I couldn’t help but think about the exploring I plan to do once I come home for winter break. Along the same strip as our destination, The House of Blues, there’s a bakery named Colossal Cupcakes which I’m dying to try. Sucks to say I’ve been living in Cleveland all of my life and I’ve never had a cupcake from there. I’ve heard so many good reviews about the place that it’s now on my to-do list of places I need to visit.

For those who don’t know, The House of Blues has no seating. Close to an hour already into the concert, my best friend and I stood with a huge crowd of people as we listened to the opening act: Taylor Bennett (Chance The Rapper’s brother). He was amaaazzziiinnnggg!!! I can’t even explain how great of an artist he is. It’s  almost like having two versions of Chance; they sound exactly the same! Next up was Kranium, a Jamaican singer. I didnt know much about him ’till my best friend explained to me who he was. Then it poppped up in my head that I’ve heard one of his songs before. He had the crowd singing all old reggae tunes like “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley and “Hold Yuh” by Gyptian.

And here you have it folks, the moment we were all waiting for! 😩  😍

Tory Lanez came out and performed all of his top hits! Luv, Say It, Flex, N.A.M.E…. the list goes on. My best friend and I were surprisingly  very close to him, which I definitely wasn’t complaining about considering it was packed and very hot. In the middle of his performance, Tory stopped his music to give us a review of his past life along with some inspirational words. He told us that no matter who they are (your boss, teacher, sister, mother, etc.), do not let anyone keep you from living the life you want to live.

As the concert came to a close, Tory began crowd surfing while singing his feature to “Litty” by Meek Mill. I was so close to touching him but not close enough! About an inch away but my hand couldn’t reach far enough. I was so bummed out when it all was over. Maybe if I just had reached a little further I would’ve been able to touch him. I bet the guy holding his hand to keep him up was very ecstatic. All in all, I had a great time and now want to expand my concert series! Next up: ????

Xoxo,

Charley Moné 🌴