June Favorites

Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well. We are already half way through the year, wow! For today’s post I want to share some of my favorites from the month of June, in terms of music, entertainment, etc. Enjoy!

Music 🎶

• Everything is Love x The Carters (album)

This album came by surprise to everyone and it’s pure vibes! I’ve probably listened to it everyday since it’s been released and it’s just right for the summer time. I’m so happy they released it to Apple Music and Spotify instead of just Tidal.

“Summer”, “Apeshit” , “Boss” & “Friends” are some of my favorites. If I had to choose my absolute favorite, “Apeshit” is the one! Non-stop twerking, hehe.

• Got Friends x Miguel & Goldlink (song)

I love this collab and would love if they do an entire album together. Their voices mesh perfectly, so eargasmic.

• Scorpion x Drake (Album)

I’m not too impressed with this album as a whole.

“Mob ties” (side a) and “in my feelings” (side b) is the best songs to me. I liked the concept of having Side A & B. Side B would have to be my favorite, it really brought back that good ol’ get-you-in-your-feelings Drake music.

I still can’t believe he actually has a son out here and was able to hide it for so long (listen to “March 14”) And how about that song “Don’t matter to me” with Michael Jackson on it? Interesting.

Books & Magazines 📚

• Soar x TD Jakes

This book was more of an how to start your own business/becoming an entrepreneur book. I expected it to be more spiritually inspirational but nonetheless, it was good.

• Essence Magazine’s June 2018 “men’s” issue

First of all, can we please just take a moment to appreciate the cover photo of Michael B. Jordan! I particularly loved this issue because it talked about how guys really feel about the #metoo movement and keeping black men healthy.

I loved Terry Crew’s interview and believe he is so brave for opening up about his own sexual assault which a lot of guys are very ashamed to talk about. But, unfortunately sexual assault happens to a lot of us and it’s nice seeing a males perspective for once.

Movies 🎥

• Super Fly

This movie was a remake of the original 1972 version. Trevor Jackson starred as Preist in this new version released on June 13, 2018. I’ll admit, I didn’t have high hopes at first because I believe some movies just shouldn’t be remade or have sequels but I really enjoyed this one. It was very entertaining. This street hustler thriller had me on the edge of my seat. Did I mention how foinee Trevor Jackson is?! Good lawd!

• ‘Slasher’ on Netflix (TV Show)

My current not so guilty pleasure, my binge watching obsession. If you like murder mysteries, blood, gore and horror, need I say more?

Food 🍪

•Raspberry cheesecake cookies from Subway

I just now discovered these and so glad I did. Delicious!

Yours truly,

Knowing the Signs

Before anybody comes for me understand that this is my personal interpretation of the horoscope signs based on my experiences. Please do not feel offended if I say something that you don’t like about your sign. This is all in good fun, Mkay? Cool 🙂

Also, I am not an expert in astrology. I just have a strong interest and I observe people and their behaviors very well. So, here we go!

Capricon ♑️ – Dec. 22- Jan. 19, The mountain goat. (🌏 earth sign.)

Very disciplined/responsible, well-grounded, genuinely nice and strong people. They work great under pressure so they usually make the best leaders and managers. They really know how to get shit done and that’s why I like them.

Negatives: I believe they can be a bit of controlling know-it-alls which sometimes make them bossy.

Aquarius ♒️ – Jan. 20- Feb. 18, The man who carries water. (💨 air sign)

Some of my favorite people! I know everyone thinks they’re mean (yes, they can be) but their tempers are usually short-lived and they can move on quick. They are energetic and adventurous, they hate being in boring/dull situations.

When an Aquarius says that they don’t need you, believe them, cause they don’t. They’re very independent people. They always tell it like it is, they keep shit real and they definitely know how to have fun.

Negatives: One thing I do hate is that they lack emotional expression. My mom is an Aquarius and I’ve never seen her cry, like ever!

Pisces ♓️ – Feb. 19- March 20. The fish. ( 💦 water sign)

Unlike Aquarius, Pisces are definitely in-touch with their emotions and very expressive about them. They really respect openness. They’re compassionate, gentle, honest, easy to get along with, creative and romantic. My moon sign is in Pisces so I can relate to them very well.

Moon sign= represents your emotional + physical nature, describes your unconscious, instinctive reactions.

Negatives: They can be a little too trusting- naive.

Aries ♈️ – March. 21- Apr. 19. The ram. ( 🔥 fire sign)

Super humorous, probably the funniest people ever and they love to talk, they have good drive and energy. Super active and dynamic. Never a dull moment.

Did I mention they’re chatty?

Negatives: Very short tempered – the absolute worse temper tantrums I’ve ever seen, impulsive, egotistical, impatient and competitive.

Taurus ♉️ – April. 20- May. 20. The bull. ( 🌏 earth sign)

They can seem very unapproachable at first (mostly the females) but they actually turn out to have nice personalities once they decide to open up to you.

Taurus are brave, laidback/chill, persistent, loving, protective and very private people.

Negatives: They’re too closed off, some need to feel secure and validated all the time, picky, dominating, uncompromising and some tend to lie a lot.

Gemini ♊️ – May. 21- June 20. The Twins. (💨 air sign)

Thoughtful, very eccentric, magnetic as hell and can fit in anywhere, in any social setting. They’re natural communicators, spontaneous and know how to get what they want. True go-getters. Always down for whatever.

Negatives: They can be loud, messy and inconsistent, you never know what you’re gunna get with them (hence, the double personality thing). Some can be very tense and serious too.

Cancer ♋️ – June. 21- July. 22. The crab. ( 💦 water sign)

Some of the best people ever! I know so many of them; my dad, grandparents, my stepfather and more. (I’m the cancer-whisperer at this point, haha). They’re hands down the most dedicated, hardest working people I’ve ever met. Just like Capricons, they know how to get shit done and they usually always have their shit together. They’re the ones with the house, the car and the job.

Super caring, loving, very sympathetic, they will literally do anything for the people they love. They’re patient, forgiving, great conversationalists, great sense of humors, family oriented, resourceful and logical thinkers.

Negatives: Way too damn sensitive. I discovered that the ones born at the end of June tends to be the overly sensitive ones. Also, they can be manipulative, and they’re not into taking many risks.

Leo ♌️ – July. 23-Aug. 22. The lion. ( 🔥 fire sign)

Very passionate people, warm-hearted, goal oriented, ambitious, goofy, fierce, bold, fun and sincere. They’re very sensual, they exude confidence and really big on respect and loyalty. Their personalities can light up any room. My rising sign is in Leo.

Rising sign= The outer you. How you are perceived + your attitude. Also, the person you are becoming/aspiring to be more like.

Negatives: Arrogant, dramatic, materialistic, attention-seekers. They can be aggressive, confrontational and too prideful – they run from anything that makes them feel vulnerable or weak which is annoying as hell when trying to get close to them.

Virgo ♍️ – Aug. 23- Sept. 22. The maiden. ( earth 🌏 sign)

Reliable, nurturing, well organized, smart, kind, loyal, practical, the best listeners, conservative, and observant, you can’t get shit over on them.

Negatives: They’re overachievers so they will rarely ever ask for help even when they really need it. Worrisome, fussy, skeptical about everything, judgmental and overly critical of themselves/others.

Libra ♎️ – Sept. 23- Oct. 22. The scales. (💨 air sign)

I was born on September 29th, 1993!! Libra is my sun sign.

Sun sign= Your zodiac personality. The inner, most truest you.

Libra represents balance. Like, why wouldn’t you want a Libra in your life? 😉 Okay, okay, let me stay on track here.

Libras are social butterflies, fair minded, free spirited, romantic, charming, peaceful, the kindest people you’ll ever meet, artistic, empathetic, known as the problem solvers- diplomatic types, we’re really big on justice and equality, we make great lovers as we are deeply connected to our sexuality.

Mental stimuli and intellect is very important or you will lose our interest real fast. We can literally get along with anyone as it’s easy for us to find the goodness in people.

Negatives: I hate that we’re sooo damn indecisive, only cause we rely so much on mental + visual stimuli to make our decisions. We can be stubborn, once we make our minds up there’s absolutely no changing it. We’re moody sometimes but people would never know from our calm demeanors, we don’t handle criticism very well, we’re defensive but we always try to avoid confrontation even when it’s needed.

Scorpio ♏️ – Oct. 23- Nov. 21. The scorpion. ( 💦 water sign)

Very sexual beings. They are super affectionate, loyal, magnetic, funny, talkative, entertaining, quick witted and can make the best of friends/ride or die types. Friendship is very important to them, usually always have a big circle of friends.

Negatives: highly obsessive, controlling, jealous and violent tendencies.

Sagittarius ♐️ – Nov. 22- Dec. 21. The centaur. ( 🔥 fire sign)

Friendly, generous, open-minded, highly curious and fun folks. They’re playful and very optimistic. Always seem to be in good spirits.

Negatives: impatient and a bit superficial.

Whew, we’ve finally reached the end.

Ha! I hope you all enjoyed this nice long post.

Till next time.

My Summer 2018 Bucketlist

Hey, boo’s. I’m back! I know this post is long over due (2 months and 10 days to be exact but who’s keeping count, right?) I’ve been super busy with life and stuff. I’m here now so let’s jump right into it. Since summer is right upon us, literally, I thought this would be the perfect time to create my own summer 2018 Bucketlist after being inspired by https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com/ and I actually had a lot of fun creating this!

Supplies I used:

Colored pencils, sharpies, scissors, tape, pen & a pencil

I also clipped out pictures from Essence magazine using the April & May 2018 issues where I found a ton of inspo!

Here’s my finished project:

1.) Carnival

• One thing you will soon learn about me is that I love Caribbean culture, food & music (especially Soca music!) . The Baltimore/DC One Carnival is a must for me! I go just about every year since I was a kid. It’s a two-day event; July 14-15th.

• The West Indies Labor Day Parade is another popular Carnival that I never attended before but I would really like to.

•Attend the Maryland State Fair and/or York Fair

2.) Festivals

What’s summer time without the festivals?!

• Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Fest in National Harbor, MD Get tix here! (Lots of other locations too)

• R&B/Neo-Soul Wine Festival in Westminster, MD Get tix here!

• Chesapeake Bay Reggae Festival in Hampton, VA

• Latino Fest in Baltimore, MD

• Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, NY Get tix here!

• Dreamville Festival in NC . I loveee J.Cole and I can’t wait to see him live! Get tix here!

• Baltimore Pride parade &/or festival

• Trifecta Food Truck Festival in Timonium, MD Get tix here!

• Baltimore Artscape

• Collective Minds (House Music) Festival in Baltimore or the DMV house music fest in DC (no dates released yet but they’re both usually during Labor Day weekend)

• Carifesta DC (no date has been released yet)

3.) Parties & Events

• The hip-hop club scene isn’t really my thing. I do enjoy a nice day party, house music parties, ‘R&B only’ events or a strictly reggae/soca parties.

• My job is sending me to a seminar on how to communicate with tact and diplomacy. Should be interesting.

• My grandma will be turning the big 70 this summer, so ya know it’s gonna be a celebration!

• I donated to ‘Walking to Cure Diabetes’ which is a 2mile walk/run dedicated to bringing awareness to diabetes. My dad recently got diagnosed so supporting this cause definitely means a lot to me. Donate here!

•Other events to do/attend: zoo, aquarium, visit an art museum, go to sixflags, attend my annual family reunion.

•Capture more memories, go to a drive-in cinema, read a good book or two (currently reading Soar’ by: TD Jakes), roller skating, biking, make a new friend, attend a sip & paint event, and try a soca fitness class.

4.) Good Eats

This summer I want to get serious with eating clean. I workout with a personal trainer but a healthy diet is also important to maintain if I want faster and better results so it’s going to be all about meal prepping and fruit & veggie smoothies.

• Next, I want to try out Thai & Ethiopian food.

Most specifically, I want to try “Buna”- an Ethiopian style coffee:

“key wat”- a spicy Ethiopian beef stew:

and “doro wat”- a spiced Ethiopian chicken stew:

Thai rolled ice cream:

• Explore vegan options (one vegan restaurant I have my eye on is called: ‘Breaking Bread’ that happens to be a black owned family restaurant in Baltimore)

Visit my brothers coffee shop: ‘Nubohemia’ in downtown Baltimore. If you want a good cup of coffee, love art & good music..this is the place for you. Events and parties are also held here. Check out Nubohemia!

• Lastly, check out R.House (a huge warehouse in Baltimore with a dozen of restaurants inside) mostly for their brunch spots. Check it out here!

5.) Travel

I’m really looking forward to:

• My family trip to Miami.

• Having a beach day, maybe in Ocean City, MD.

• Weekend getaway to Jacksonville, FL

Going to Raleigh,NC for the DreamVille fest.

• Visiting New York for Afropunk Fest & the West Indies Parade.

6.) Beauty

• I’ve been transitioning back to natural for a little over 2 years now & I’ve been protective stylin’ it up and I really want to give my hair a break from Braids (maybe even for good).

A deep curly wig will be my go-to. Simply put it on and take it right off at the end of the day! Here’s an idea of what I want:

• Save money by doing my own nails/manis (I’m leaving the pedicures up to the professionals though), try brow tinting by: The Loft, have my lashes slayed by: My Lash Gal and purchase some cute head wraps. Check out these beautiful wraps!

• I’m not that into makeup but I like a nice lippie from time to time, so ‘Fenty Beauty’ can just have all my damn coins! ‘Stunna Lip Paint’ and the ‘Plush Matte Lipstick: Full Collection’ I’m coming for ya!

• For my new skincare necessities: ‘NolaSkin Essentials’ is IT! I’ve been seeing ads all over my IG and Facebook for this company. Their products are all natural, vegan and cruelty free suited for all skin types so I’m excited to try them out and give a review on them. Get Your Skin Essentials!

•While reading through Essence magazine, I came across LoveCollins, a business that sells some really pretty sunglasses/accessories and they’re also affordable! Here are all the pairs I fell in love with:

7.) Ways to Slayyyy

I can’t forget: self care. It’s very easy for me to become drained after constantly being out and about and surrounded by people, so I will most def remember to take as many mental breaks that I need in order to recharge.

• Spend less time on social media. Just put the damn phone down!

• Go thrifting for some cool vintage clothing pieces.

• Get a new tattoo and piercing. I really want a serotonin tattoo to symbolize mental health/depression.

• Try to blog more before I start classes again in the Fall.


Feel free to comment what your summer plans are and to let me know if you’ll be attending or doing any of the activities I listed above 🙂