5 Reasons to Attend Blogalicious 2015

I’m a people person who enjoys connecting and meeting like minded individuals who are passionate, purposeful and have the desire to generate income by doing what they love. That’s why I saved, planned and attended Blogalicious back in 2013. The conference was held in one of my favorite cities (Atlanta) and was by far one of the best and most confirming weekends I’ve had in a while.

After the conference, I was ready to put what I learned to use. A few months later my blog and business reached a place I’d once dreamed about. I owe a generous portion of my blogging and business success to what I learned (and implemented) at Blogaglious. I’m eager to attend this year and even more eager to do the work after I return. I already know that I’m going to learn so much, connect with several key influencers and spend time with a few of my favorite creative people. Here are 5 reasons you should attend the 2015 Blogalicous Conference this year.

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1. You want to visit Baltimore. Granted I’m from this great city, but honestly Baltimore is such an amazing place. There’s good food, good shopping, enjoyable museums to visit, and did I mention good food?? Just come to B-more and thank me later.

2. You want to be great. Who doesn’t want to be GREAT?! The classes and workshops offered at Blogalicious are guaranteed to equip you with what you need to BE GREAT – just be ready to DO THE WORK. And the people conducting these classes and workshops are legit experts in their field. Can’t beat that!

3. You want to learn AND connect with influencers. Like I said before, those conducting the classes, courses and workshops, they know their stuff. Period. The best way to learn is to learn from the best. Blogalicious has that under control!

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Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista | Met at 2013 the conference & have the pleasure of being apart of the TCF Team.

4. You want to find a mentor. During this weekend there will be countless opportunities to connect and interact with key influencers. It’s the perfect place to find a mentor, coach or even an accountability partner. Don’t miss out on your opportunity. Be genuine and direct; find your mentor.

5. You want to learn how to make coins. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like making coins/cash/money. If you don’t, this isn’t the place for you. If you’re like me and want to know how to generate income from doing something your passionate and serious about, Blogalicious is the place for you. Again, the key influencers will set you up and provide you with a blueprint so to speak on how to make, keep making and even invest your coins.


So tell me, will you be attending Blogalicious 2015? Have any questions about it? Let me know!

I hope I’ve convinced you to join me in Baltimore this year! If you want to continue being great and have the desire to find/realize your purpose, as well as learn how to make coins, attend Blogalicious. It’s an investment you won’t be sorry you made.

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Review | 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

In the midst of a hectic and crazy few days, I’ve been able to ride in style all week in the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe. With hubs and I packing to move, this mid-size family car has been the PERFECT companion! We’ve used the car to transport certain items to the our local Goodwill, as well as hauled quite a few bags of unwanted items to the dump. We just started packing up this spacious car with boxes and bags in order to transport a few belongings to the new place. With 3 rows of seats, easily converted to create more cargo space, it’s been a breeze. 

2015 Santa Fe SUV
2015 Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe

Another feature I LOVE is the built in navigation and hands-free capabilities. On our recent overnight trip to D.C. we used the navigation system to get us there. The system alerted us about possible traffic jams and congestion, accidents, as well as detours. The hands-free feature definitely came in handy while driving to work each morning. I’ve been able to listen to my favorite podcasts and my homemade iTunes playlists! That small feature has made my drives to work that much more enjoyable.

Again, the car has plenty of space (driver’s and passengers side) and also came with a panoramic sunroof. This feature allows the warm sunlight and fresh air to seep in while driving. Plus driving around with an open sunroof and Kendrick Lamar blaring from the speakers makes you look and feel really cool, duh! One more thing – I’ve had the car since last Friday and with all the driving I’ve been doing (back and forth to D.C. and Baltimore) I have not stopped at the gas station. The tank is still a little under half full – #WINNING!

2015 Santa Fe

2015 Santa Fe Interior

2015 Santa Fe


So tell me, what features do you look for in a car? Have you ever driven the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe? Let me know! 

Looking for a spacious mid-size crossover or SUV? I highly suggest the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe. This car has made the list of “possible future cars” for hubby and I. I can see it being perfect for a family on the go, or for a family without children who road-trips often and transports items frequently. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe….XO!

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#WNJBeauty| curlBOX Body Review

I’ve been a fan of curlBOX founder Myleik Teele for quite sometime. From the #mytaughtyou journal to her always timely and motivating podcast episodes, I’m a true fan/supporter. So it was only natural that I tried the curlBOX Body Box. Because I don’t wear my hair in it’s natural state all the time and I’m always “doing stuff” with my hair, I haven’t purchased purchased a curlBox yet. However when it came to the Body Box, I thought it was definitely something for me to invest it. I’m a huge beauty product junkie and after reviewing the brands I knew this box wouldn’t disappoint. I was right! Plus you can’t beat $25 for full size products. Check out my review below.

According to their site, curlBOX is an affordable, exclusive and effortless way to explore new hair products every month. The items included in the curlBOXBody Box were:

  1. Olay Moisture Outlast Sap Bar (with Shea Butter)
  2. Palmers Coco Butter Formula (with Vitamin E)
    • Eventone moisturizing sunscreen balm
    • Eventone moisturizing sunscreen for face
    • Eventone moisturizing sunscreen lotion 
  3. Shea Moisture
    • Superfruit Complex Hand  & Body Scrub
    • Superfruit Complex Bubble Bath & Body Wash Sample (with Mango Butter & Green Coffee Bean Extract)
    • Superfruit Complex Bath, Body & Massage Oil (with Mango Butter & Green Coffee Bean Extract)

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So tell me, have you tried the curlBOX or Body Box? What do you think about my recent goodies? Let me know! 

Thanks for reading and watching and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel. More videos coming next month! Until tomorrow, be blessed ad stay safe…XO!

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Style | Floral Tunic Dress for the Weekend

Happy Friday! Today’s outfit (worn here before) is the kind I’d wear on any given sunny, summery Friday. I love the floral design, the style and length – all perfect and very “me”. The tunic dress style is perfect for a casual, laid back summer day. Adding the Betsy Johnson backpack adds even more personal style to the outfit. Stylish backpacks like this one have become a must-have for me this season. I love the convenience of a backpack and there are so many styles to pick from at stores like TJMaxx, Marshall’s and Forever 21.

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Casual Outfit - Tunic Dress

Tunic Dress: City Chic, Nordstrom Rack // Shoes: Via Spiga, Bloomingdales // Watch: Charming Charlie

Tunic Dress

I love this tunic dress. It’s extremely comfortable and can be worn during all seasons. It’s also yet another garment that can be styled for several occasions. I feel this dress, and outfit, is perfect for casual Friday’s at the office. It’s a pretty and semi-flirty dress, but the style is relaxed and chic. A pair of cute flats and a stylish bag do wonders for this outfit!

Going back to the backpacks – is this not the cutest one you’ve seen?! The cutsey bow and gold trim made this a no brainer purchase. I’ve started carrying this backpack with me on road trips, as well as while shopping on the weekends. It holds so much and surprisingly, it’s comfortable to carry. I find it more comfortable than a huge tote bag.

Floral Tunic Dress

Backpack: Betsy Johnson, Marshall’s

Plus Size tunic Dress

Casual Outfit - Tunic Dress


So tell me, what do you think about my floral tunic dress? Are you a fan of this style? Let me know!

Wishing you all an amazing weekend! Thanks for reading this week and be sure to keep up with me this weekend on social media. Until Monday, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Style | Elements of a Cohesive Personal Style + Personal Style in July

I had a lot of fun with my personal style in July! From the curly hair to the several prints and patterns I wore, I found myself excited everyday to get up and dressed in the mornings. I also had fun styling different accessories and lengths, like the short black and white tunic dress. Personal style in July was definitely fun and a bit experimental for me, so check out 4 of my favorite outfits!

 

As I’ve said several times before, my goal is to have a #CasualSummer. I think I’ve been on the right track when it comes to being casual and chic in my personal style choices. The clothes I’ve been purchasing and styling have 3 things in common:

1. Comfortability

2. Wearability 

3. Versatility 

Style should be comfortable because you’re going to wear these clothes all day, everyday. Being comfortable and able to move in any garment is key. Wearability is also important because you want to purchase clothes that you’re able to wear comfortably. It’s that simple. If the material is a soft cotton, and has some stretch, it’s wearable to me! Versatile clothing is the last piece to the puzzle. I’ve preached this message several times, but I’m passionate about stressing the importance of versatile clothing to women shoppers. My rule of thumb is if you can wear a garment at least 3 times, it’s a smart and versatile purchase.  

 

There have been several bloggers who’ve linked up and I’m so grateful for your participation! 3 “linkers” in particular have really caught my eye throughout the month of July. These ladies below definitely embrace the 3 elements (mentioned above) of a cohesive and stylish personal style.

Lauryn of Lauryncakes is a persoanl style genius. Every time she links up an outfit, it’s true to who she is and it’s so stylish and easy breezy. I love that and I’m a huge fan of her style. Cheryl of Oh to be a Muse has been one of my favorite style bloggers for such a long time. She too has a good handle on personal style and what clothing works for her lifestyle and body type. I love it! Lastly, Monica of GlamVolution has her personal style down to a science. She dresses with such ease and clarity and her outfits are always inspiring. I love the bo-ho chic and feminine style she embodies and it’s always a pleasure to have her link up with me on Monday’s!

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Lauryn | Lauryncakes

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Monica | GlamVolution


So tell me, what do you think about my Personal Style in July? Do you follow any of these style bloggers who link up on Monday’s? Let me know! 

Thanks for stopping by today and don’t forget to link your recent outfit to today’s Personal Style Linkup. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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** Linkups: How I Summer, Let it Shine, Mix it Monday, Small Victories, Mahogany Closet, Fashion Favorite Friday’s **

Style | Why You Need Kimonos in Your Wardrobe

Kimonos have been a wardrobe staple for me since last year. I’ve always been a fan of styling them, but over the last year I’ve been gravitating towards them more and more. When I’m out shopping that’s the first thing I search for – they’re such a necessary wardrobe addition. So of course, I must share the 5 reasons why you need kimonos in your wardrobe.  

Why You Need Kimonos in Your Wardrobe

1. Versatility. There are several variations of the kimono trend and that’s a good thing. It keeps the trend versatile and makes it simple for you to find a style that works for your aesthetic. Weather full length, mid length or cardigan style, kimonos are extremely versatile; there’s a perfect style for every shopper.

2. Easy to Style & Wear. If you don’t know what to add to an OOTD like a maxi dress, throw on a kimono! Want to add a little something over a tank top and jeans look? Pick a kimono! They’re the easiest garments to style and wear.

Why You Need Kimonos in Your Wardrobe

Kimono: Marshall’s // Bodysuit: F21 // Flats: Steve Madden (Similar) // Necklace: Nordstrom Rack

Why You Should Wear Kimonos

3. Affordability. Oftentimes I find my favorite kimonos at the thrift store, for less than $10! Even if they’re not thrifted, more often than not kimonos aren’t that expensive. And they’re also on sale often at stores like TJ MaxxNordstrom Rack and Asos.

4. Timeless. I don’t think the kimono trend will go out of style anytime soon. Their classic and timeless wardrobe staples; perfect for any wardrobe and every season.

5. Comfort. If you’ve been a WNJ reader for awhile, you know I’m all about looking stylish and being comfortable. Kimonos are the perfect garment for comfort because they’re usually lightweight and flowy. The garment moves with you and the various prints and colors help amp up your personal style instantly!

Kimono OOTD

Kimono: TJ Maxx // Backpack: TJ Maxx (Another Option) // Sunnies: H&M (Same)

Why You Should Wear Kimonos


So tell me, are you a fan of wearing kimonos? How many do you own? Let me know! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve been inspired to purchase a few more kimonos for the season and upcoming seasons. If you signed up for my newsletter, THANK YOU – I hope you enjoyed the free info I sent over. More freebies and a few announcements to come so be sure to sign up today. Also, feel free to linkup you latest OOTD to my Personal Style Linkup. I’d love to see what you’re wearing. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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#FearlessWoman Feature | Patrice J. Williams of Looking Fly on a Dime

You may remember Patrice J. Williams from last week’s 8 Thrifty Bloggers You Should Follow post. This New York based #FearlessWoman is a style blogger, entrepreneur, TV Host, author, and all around inspiring woman. Her blog Looking Fly on a Dime provides readers with helpful style and thrift tips, as well as an in depth look at Patrice’s fashion-forward style. But that’s not the only place you can find her thrift and style tricks. Published in 2014, Patrice also has a book on Amazon entitled, you guessed it, Looking Fly on a Dime! It’s like the thrifting Bible; a definite must read! 

Patrice J. Williams Looking Fly on a Dime

Another useful and must have item is her I Don’t Pay Retail canvas tote bags. I carry mine at least once a week while grocery shopping, thrifting, or to work. Lucky for my WNJ readers, you can purchase this awesome tote for 20% off (now – August 5th) by using the WHITNEYJAMES coupon code at check outBe sure to grab one ASAP! I know you’ll love and use it, and I’m sure you will enjoy reading the rest of Patrices’ feature. Read on and be inspired!


1. What’s a typical day for Patrice?

I wear so many different hats, so I don’t have a typical day. It all depends on what projects I’m working on and what’s the top priority. If I have an on-air segment I’m prepping for, my day is usually consumed with contacting publicists for samples, picking up clothes from stores or showrooms, securing models and emailing my producer back and forth. Other days I’m researching future blog posts and ideas for YouTube and even reaching out to brands I would love to work with.

2. What inspired you to create Looking Fly on a Dime (blog and book)?

I created the blog after being laid off from my job at a fashion magazine. I wanted to use my style experience in a way that was relatable for the average woman who loves to look her best but doesn’t have the type of cash to drop on all designer everything. Last year I released the book Looking Fly on a Dime: How to Find Fabulous Fashion at Any Thrift Shop & Make the Cheap Look Chic, because I wanted to compile everything I’ve learned over the years about thrift shopping and even fashion tips. I’m all about taking the intimidation factor out of fashion and that’s exactly what the blog and book are about.

3. Who are your top 3 women inspirations, famous or non-famous, and why?

I love Tina Fey. She’s funny, ballsy and has succeeded in the sexist world of comedy without taking her clothes off or taking low blows at marginalized groups. She’s not afraid to poke fun at the boys and call them out.

Hillary Clinton: You either love Hillary or you don’t. I don’t always agree with her politics, but I respect that she’s always made her aspirations clear. Her husband was the Commander in Chief, but we all knew she wanted that role, had the chops to do it and she just might make that happen in the near future.

My grandmas: My first time walking in a pair of heels was when I tried my grandmother’s {my mom’s mom} shoes on. She loved ladylike dresses and a gaudy fur coat. And while I wasn’t close to my father’s mother growing up, she had a serious flare for fashion. Her closet was full of sequins, bright colors and beaded handbags, some of which are now in my closet. They both had tough upbringings, but they loved to dress their best, I think fashion was their expression of individualism and freedom.

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4. One piece of advice you have for women entrepreneurs? 

Don’t be embarrassed by your mistakes, learn from them. It’s inevitable you’ll stumble and make bad business decisions or sometimes in spite of doing everything right, stuff just falls apart. That’s where you learn the lesson. If you just beat yourself up, that’s only a pity party. But when you can take a step back, see where things when wrong or what you could have done better, that’s when you find the lesson and even preparation to do things better in the future.

5. What is your definition of a #FearlessWoman?

A #FearlessWoman feels the fear but she does it anyway. There’s nothing wrong with being afraid, but the fearless woman keeps moving because she sees her goal ahead of her. I always get a bit nervous before sending off proposals or approaching people for big meetings, but I take a deep breath, say a little prayer and make it a point to wow them!

6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I’d love to have released a style book through a major publisher and have a successful fashion show where I help women look their best without spending a ton. I’d also love to be happily married and maybe have another cat. Chauncey needs a playmate.

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#5Truths | 5 Songs to Motivate You Everyday

If there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that music has the power to motivate and inspire. Weather at work, in the car or at home, I listen to music everyday. My taste in music is very random and I like that. You can catch me listening to Nicki Minaj and 2Pac in the morning, Kirk Franklin at work, Bon Jovi during my lunch break, and Tyrese and Boney James in the evening to help me unwind. Music is an important part of my life and ever since I was young I’ve been a fan of all genres. So today I want to share 5 songs to motivate you everyday and of course, I listen to these songs 7 days a week.

Songs to Motivate You Everyday

1. Be Alright, Kehlani. I stumbled upon Kehlani and this song when I was searching for new artists on iTunes. I literally listen to the song every day before work. There’s one part in the song that sticks out to me the most – When the tide gets high, you just get low. Hold your breath and take it slow. Yes I might get wet, I might get thrown. But I’ll resurface all on my own. 

2. Deceleration (This is It!), Kirk Franklin. This song has been a favorite for years. Whenever I listen I feel like I can conquer the world; I can do anything. It’s a reminder that God has equipped me with everything I need to live the life I want and deserve, despite my past or future obstacles. That’s what that song gives me and that’s why I listen every day; for a helpful reminder and constant motivation.

3. God in Me, Mary Mary. These singing sisters struck gold withy this song! The title says it all: (it’s the) God in Me. This song reminds us that although we may think somebody has it all, we can’t forget that it’s really the spirit (of God) in them that makes their life that great.

4. Moment for Life, Nicki Minaj. Who didn’t love this song when it came out?! Moment for Life is one of those classics that will never get old. It’s a real “feel good” song laced with timely lyrics and life lessons, from both Nicki and Drake. 

5. Living on a Prayer, Bon Jovi. This song is another classic. If you want to feel inspired and groove to a good beat, this song is for you! Wasn’t this like the teen anthem of the 80’s?! #LOVEIT


So tell me, what songs motivate and inspire you? Do you listen to any of the songs I mentioned often? Let me know! 

As always, thanks for reading. If you’ve signed up for my newsletter you’ll be getting some goodies I’ve been promising this weekend, YAY! Be sure to keep up with me on social this weekend. Exciting things planned, like my first Periscope (follow me at @wnicjames), a thrifting trip with hubs, and more. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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