31 Things to Do on Your 31st Birthday

31st birthday photo in a garden

It’s my 31st birthday! Yay! As the saying goes, time is truly flying. I feel like it was just yesterday when I was celebrating my 30th birthday in an EPIC way. Hubby and I spent a week livin’ it up in Las Vegas and Los Angeles—spinning the roulette wheel and touring celebrity homes on the TMZ Tour Bus.

Another year has passed and I dread to say…I’m 31. I’m officially IN my 30s (noooooo)! So much has happened in this year (both personally and professionally) and I truly realize that life isn’t promised.

In honor of this special occasion, I decided to make a list of 31 things I want to do on my 31st birthday (or within the next 12 months…lol). Here we go!!

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Curvy Girls Rock!

Curves Rock

2016 Curves Rock Fashion Weekend Highlights

In case you aren’t aware, curves rock! The plus size community is on fire right now! Now, clothiers are paying more attention to the women that buy their clothing. Because of social media and the power of bloggers/influencers, women now have more choices in what they wear. This spring, People Style dedicated an entire issue to blogger babes who rock! And as we discussed last week, plus model icon, Ashley Graham, was featured on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover.

Curvy women can be seen all over the place, so it’s only fitting that they grace the runway, too. Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the Curves Rock Fashion Weekend in Baltimore, MD. The event, sponsored in part by Ashley Stewart, showcased some of the best emerging talent the industry has to offer. Check out some of my favorite looks of the night!

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The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Swimwear

Monif C Designer Swimwear

Who says you have to wear a bikini to be sexy? One-piece swimwear is making a bold statement this season. Recently, curvy blogger GabiFresh and Swimsuit Illustrated’s first curvy cover model, Ashley Graham, released bold new swimwear collections with online retailer Swimsuits for All. In each line, the curvy bombshells showed that you don’t have to rock a bikini to be sexy. Check out some of my favorite looks and swimwear styling tips to help you find the style that’s best for you.

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‘Romper’-ing Around Town

Romper

What’s comfy, chic and cute all over? A romper! Keep reading for more details about this fabulous new romper and fly sandals that I’ll be sporting all summer long.

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Summer Kaleidoscope

Summer Kaleidoscope 1

Do you remember playing with kaleidoscopes in school? The beautiful colors used to memorize me for hours. This summer, I’m resurrecting that nostalgia by wearing bright, bold colors. I’m ushering in the season with a fabulously bold dress I purchased from Fashion to Figure. The bold colors have me thinking back to my childhood. Check out this week’s post and see if this gorgeous summer maxi dress makes you reminisce a bit, too.

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The Diva’s Guide to Summer Travel

travel photo

Hey divas! Summer is upon us, so that means it’s time to get out of dodge. After months of planning your epic vacation, make sure you’re able to maximize every possible moment. And while novice travelers may think a vacation starts the moment you step off the plane, true divas know it starts MUCH earlier. Refresh your packing/travel knowledge with a look at the Diva’s Guide to Summer Travel.

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Ice Cream Inspired Fashion

Pink blouse and white jeans mimicking strawberry and vanilla ice cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for…you guessed it—ice cream! This sweet treat is one of America’s favorites. Honestly, who can live their whole life without at least one hot fudge sundae or apple pie a la mode? It’s simply un-American (ok, not really…lol)! Although we’re all in agreement about the deliciousness of ice cream, this week, we’re going to explore ice cream’s unique influence on fashion. Yes, I said fashion. I guarantee you’ll be surprised by what you learn.

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Beauty in a Box

Essence Beauty BoxEssence Beauty Box Review

Do you feel like you’re always wearing the same lip color every day? Is your hair cream not working like it used to do? Are you always envious of your favorite celeb or blogger because they’re ‘in the know’ about the latest beauty tips and tricks? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Essence Beauty Box may be the perfect thing for you.

Essence Beauty Box is a new subscription service by the makers of Essence Magazine. The cool thing about this subscription box that makes it different from others on the market is that it’s specifically designed for women of color. Every piece was curated to match the rich array of skin tones we possess. Typically, there are at least five items per box, with at least one belonging to a Black owned business (talk about #winning).

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Jumpsuit Fever – 70s Flashback

TTYA X LTS Jumpsuit

For some of you, the jumpsuit trend has held a special place in your heart since the electric era of the 1970s. If you’ve been holding on to that last piece of vintage clothing, you’re in luck! The jumpsuit trend has come back this spring and summer, as evidenced by recent runway looks from Marc Jacobs, Chloe and Balmain.

If you still have yours from the 70s, run to your closet and rejoice. For the rest of us who didn’t experience the awesomeness of this trend firsthand, stay tuned as I share a few reasons why you should add a jumpsuit to your wardrobe rotation.

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Blush Crush

black LTS crop top and blush Forever XXI skirt

Spring weather calls for spring fashion and this season, I’m crushing on blush pink. Blush is a soft version of baby pink. It’s the perfect blend of class and femininity. Blush can be dressed up with pearls or rocked out with studs and bangles, depending on the colors you choose to complement it with.

This week, I’m featuring an awesome blush skirt from Forever 21 and a sexy cut out crop top from TTYA’s collaboration with Long Tall Sally. Note: This skirt color is limited and may only be available in stores.

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