I Almost Stopped Blogging

May 22, 2019





Wheeewww Chillay it's been a minute since I have been on here, and that's something I am quite ashamed of.  I began to get so wrapped up in Instagram I neglected the space that actually belongs to me, and the people that actually go to my site to read my very long-winded stories.  Daily obsessing over numbers so much that I started feeling like I did not even want to blog at all anymore.  What was the point? Who was even reading it?  Well, let me tell you something God works in mysterious ways.  When they say we serve an on-time God it is absolutely true.  So story time people, walk with me here.





It was Saturday night and I was just getting out of my second job.  I had literally every intention of going home after work.  I actually told myself no matter what,  I was taking my behind straight home, and not spending a single unnecessary dollar.  Well, that whole plan went down the drain when my fave coworker was closing with me and asked me to accompany him to Fridays for a "quick drink".  Mind you, our drinks are usually never quick, not even close.  So of course, I obliged, what kind of friend would I be if I left him cold and lonely at the bar looking like some kind of weird psycho.  Well as we came in I saw an old friend from high school and quickly went over to greet him.  I had not talked to him in about a decade so I was really happy to see him.  We exchanged our hello's and how have you been, and then what he said next truly shocked me.  Out of what felt like nowhere he said " Camille I'm really proud of you, your blog is really amazing.  I see you doing your thing on there (instagram/ blog) and I'm really proud to watch the woman you have become."  Now he had absolutely no way of knowing this but I was in a space mentally where I was completely ready to give up.  When you are a smaller scale blogger it honestly feels like no one is reading your work but you, and maybe your mom.  Knowing that not only is someone reading it, but that the things I write, the stories I tell, and the information that I share impacts someone was huge to me.  It really meant a lot.  It brought me back to a question one of my blogger friends Sade asked me. What is your why?  After serious self-reflection, the answer is very clear to me now.


I started blogging in 2012. I remember one of my best friends coming to me with the idea of starting a group blog and thinking, "what the heck is a blog?"  I always loved writing ( as a kid I used to write my own books so I could always read a story that would excite me), it has always been an outlet to express myself or rather a way for me to share stories with others.  Also lets not forget that I never shut up, and it is also a way for me to ramble on and on as I typically do without having to deal with the awkward laugh and stare of dear god when is she going to stop talking ( if your doing it right now I don't even care because I can't see you).  She showed me different blogs and I fell completely in love with the idea of what I was seeing.  So many cute outfits, direct links to them, great photos, and quirky stories.  I couldn't get enough.  There was one thing I just could not find though.  Where were the black girls?  Now trust me nowadays black girls are Killing it at blogging but 7 years ago when Instagram was a small space for iPhones and blogs were just a place where the most you could hope for is some free stuff there weren't many girls that looked like me.  I want to be a brown face that other woman and girls can relate to because representation matters.  It REALLY REALLY matters.  I want to be a part of a community of strong black woman that are killing this industry.  Getting brand partnerships we never thought we could obtain, and filling up every seat at tables we were never previously invited to sit!


Another thing that drove me insane was where were the clothes I could ACTUALLY afford.  Even the blogs geared towards sale clothing and looks for less were not in any low-cost price bracket that I could afford at the time.  I was fresh out of college trying to understand how money worked and how to pay my own bills buying 1 shirt for $98 was not really a "steal" for me.  So that was my mission I wanted to serve other girls like me and help them find REAL DEALS, help them look and feel beautiful, and most important luxurious without having to compromise quality or style.  One thing I know for sure about myself is that even if I lack talent in other areas, I know I am one of the best there is at sale shopping.  Some people coupon for food I do it for clothes.  If you know me personally you know Camille and sale might as well be synonymous.  If you tell me my outfit is cute I'm certainly going to tell you how I paid under $20 for each item I have on  ( because honestly, that's really what matters).

So as I push through some major imposter syndrome I plan on bringing you some great content.


*** Although this skirt is sold out here are a few noteworthy ones that all happen to be 50% off right now: leopard print satin skirtGold leopard print skirt ; Satin midi skirt ; neon striped midi skirt

Bernie's Glenside- Brunch for a Queen

January 3, 2019

So we all have hobbies that we partake in to get us through the mundaneness of everyday life.  They become a way to bring us a little piece of joy during our weekly routines.  My hobby is simple and puts a smile on my face whenever I get a chance to enjoy it.  What is my hobby you ask?  Well its very simple actually; it's brunching.  Yes! I LOVE to brunch.  I mean between working two jobs and blogging I don't have much time for extracurricular activities, but one that I always find time for is brunch.  About a year ago one of my besties told me about a place called Bernie's that she wanted us to try. I never heard of it before and was eager to give it a shot so that's exactly what I did, and it was the beginning of a love story (between me and Bernie that is).





I cannot tell you how much I love this restaurant, but I'm going to give it my best shot.  From the moment I walked into the Glenside location, I was immediately taken aback.  Anyone who is a habitual bruncher knows that it is SUPER important for a brunch location to have a cute aesthetic.  I mean how else are you supposed to take bomb pictures to share with all your friends if the location is not adorable, Duh!  The entire restaurant has a very rustic yet modern feel to it.  There is lots of sunlight and very modern decor.  There are beautiful chandeliers, a 15-foot fireplace running through the middle of the restaurant, a gorgeous bar, and an amazing patio deck fully equipped with fire pits.  It really is a GORGEOUS space.  For the last year, since my first visit, I have been there so many times that I've cashed in on my rewards card about three times.  So I think its safe to say this is one of my favorite spaces.  






Besides the beautiful ambiance, the number one thing that made me fall in love with them is their brunch menu.  It is so so so so so soooo good.  I don't know how much more I can stress this to you all.  I am not one to try new things when it comes to my food.  Every time I go to brunch you can rest assured I'm most likely going to get whatever form of a breakfast special they have; eggs, bacon, toast, potatoes.  Same thing every time.  My very first brunch at Bernie's I must have been feeling a little adventurous because I decided to give their shrimp and grits a shot.  WHAT A GOOD IDEA!  This is now my FAVORITE thing on their menu.  Not only is it good but I have now visited at least 10 different restaurants for brunch in the city and they by far, have the best shrimp and grits.  Also, their banana french toast covered in caramel deserves an honorable mention.

So the next Saturday or Sunday that you are seeking your next brunch location you should definitely give Bernies a try.  It may be your first time but I can guarantee you it won't be your last.

Happy Eating Folks,

Camille

Hello 30

September 11, 2018














So this past weekend your girl turned the big 30.  The weeks leading up to it I swore I would be depressed and emotional, beating myself up for not being where "I should be" by this age.  So needless to say, I wasn't overly excited about my birthday.  Much to my surprise that morning when I woke up I felt the exact opposite.  The only emotion I experienced was thankfulness.  Every single day on this earth is a blessing.  I think sometimes we create these depictions of what we believe our lives should be like within certain time frames.  Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with setting goals for yourself, but when you don't allow the possibility of life outside of those goals you set yourself up for failure.  We have control over some aspects of our life but the entirety of where our paths end up is not completely up to us.  It's ok to allow a change in your plan.  Sometimes that flexibility will lead you to a level of success you never imagined possible.  So this year I plan to invest completely in myself and my growth.   I'm open to seeing where my hard work can take me.

On a less serious note, I have really fallen for the whole dresses and jeans look.  I have played around with so many different combinations of it, and I just love it more and more every time.  A lot of times instead of playing with different colors and patterns I like to explore different shapes and silhouettes, especially one like this that transitions well into the fall.  Although this specific dress is sold out online (sorry ladies) take a look at some of the other dresses that would pair perfectly with some jeans or cute pants.

I also cannot end this without giving a very special thank you to my wonderful boyfriend who gifted me this beautiful Gabriela Hearst bag

XO,
Camille



Kimono

August 29, 2018









 Hey Lovelies,

As I was up scrolling through old pictures in my laptop I noticed I never posted details on this look.  In the interest of keeping things simple and staying true to my personal style, I wanted to add some extra flair to a pretty basic uninteresting outfit.  It's been unbearably hot this summer, so I haven't wanted to put on much more than a pair of shorts and a tank top.  Trust me, outside of Instagram photos and the occasional shoot it's been swing dresses, shorts, tanks, whatever provides the least amount of coverage.  As brutal as this heat has been if nudity was a legal option I would probably explore that route as well.

Finding pieces like this kimono has been CRUCIAL in keeping my wardrobe fun and interesting this season.  This particular Kimono is sold out, but I've linked some equally cute ones below.

What are some ways you keep your outfits interesting when the weather is dreadful outside?


XO,
Camille







Add A Little Flare

June 20, 2018








Top: H&M (similar top here); Pants: H&M (similar here) Earrings: H&M ( Equally as adorable here)

So I decided this year for my 30th bday I want to experience something different.  I mean, of course, I could never deny the joys of laying out on a beach, but after much thought, I decided I want to try something new.  Luckily for me, I recently realized that fashion week is going to fall on my birthday this year; there couldn't be a more perfect situation.  I get to be surrounded by all things fashionable while frolicking through my favorite city.  New York and I have a low key love affair.  Of course, I love my city (Philly in case you didn't know), well sometimes, but there is something about the hustle and bustle of the big apple that really speaks to me.  Don't even get me started on how large the natural hair community is out there.  It's just an entirely different atmosphere then I'm used to, and often times I believe it is where I am supposed to be.   And trust me,   many a family member has tried to scare me with the inevitability of multiple roommates and ridiculously unbelievable rent, but as I told them I DON'T CARE I DON'T CARE.

I have been diligently trying to gather looks outside of my normal comfort zone.  If you've been on  my blog before then you know I live in basics.  I mean why not,  they are the building blocks of all outfits.  For this occasion, I do want to dabble a little more with trends that I don't normally try.  For this look I decided to join team 70's ultra flare and gave these adorable stretch pants a try.  I am super short ( like a midget among men) so  I had to add a really high heel to this look, and that height made my flares perfectly sweep the floor.  I would definitely recommend picking a shoe that lifts you up just enough so that your shoes still stay hidden.  Let those pants completely swallow your shoe, and if you're lucky and you happen to be tall enough just rock some flats.

What suggestions would you guys have for fashion week looks, and what trends are you scared to try?

Photography by Lee Britto Photography



City of Brotherly Love

April 18, 2018












Photography by Lee Britto Photography


Blazer : H&M (Similar here); Jeans: H&M ( Similar here); Blouse ( Similar here); Boots (Similar here); Earrings ( Similar here); Bag: (Similar here)

So lately I've been laser focused on saving and making better financial decisions.  As a result I have also been spending a lot of time sitting in the house, and when I say a lot I mean almost all the time.  As important as it is to save money, it is equally important to live your very best life.  Yes, I'm aware of how cliche that sound but it is imperative because in a nutshell, you only get one.

In an effort to get back out here and start enjoying myself I've been lining up a few fun activities for the next couple of months.  First on my list is spending more time trying new places and new things in my own city.  Philadelphia has an endless list of places to go and things to do, but after 29 years it can sometimes feels very boring.  This particular Saturday I decided to venture over to Reading Terminal.  It's hard to describe but it is basically a place in the city that is packed wall to wall with so many different vendors.  There is an huge variety of foods, local jewelry vendors, and my favorite natural hair and skin products.  The best part of the trip was scoring a huge bottle of avocado oil for $6, me and my hair were extremely grateful.  But this is the first of many outings I will be taking this summer.  Can't wait to share them with you while living my best life.

What are some things you do for fun in your city?


Following Your Dreams

March 7, 2018



Photography: Lee Britto Photography ; Jacket: H&M; Tshirt: H&M; Jeans: Thrift store; Shoes: Cole Haan; Earrings: H&M; Bracelet: My Intent; Watch: Michael Kors

It's called the quarter life crisis.  I remember reading a book about it when I was still in college and not understanding how people were worrying instead of having the time of their lives at 25. There weren't many important life altering thoughts passing through my brain at that age.  It was pretty much all parties, home decor, and intoxicated heart to hearts in the living room with my best friend.  Now at 29 I would kill to go back to that care free time in my life.

As of recently, it seems like I may have finally entered the stage of my life where I am facing major life decisions, and just doing my best to make the right choices for my future.  It can be hard at times trying to differentiate between what you should be doing with you life, and what you want to do.  Sometimes we lean so hard upon others expectations of what they think is the right path for us that we become to scared to follow our hearts.  We are constantly told to dream big, but in the same breath told to be realistic and make "smart" choices regarding our future. 

There are no dreams that are too big for us to obtain.  We spend so much of our time staring at social media, constantly scrolling through and examining all the success of others around us.  I can admit, often with much envy.  What we don't pay attention to is it is not luck that got these people where they are. They didn't wake up one day and put a little bit of effort into a dream they had and "got lucky".  They struggled, they cried, they failed, they lost, they persevered, and then they succeeded. And success is not the end goal because true success takes the same concerted efforts to keep.

For all of us out there who find ourselves at a crossroads of defining our future and choosing the conventional path over your passion, there is no reason at all why your passion can't also be the path you are supposed to travel.

Now for a little bit of outfit details.  I know you have all seen this jacket all over my Instagram page.  That is because I am so so so in love with it.  I originally bought it in cream, but felt like a Yeti so returned it and just happened to be lucky enough to get the last mint one.  Maybe its the color, but although I hated the fit of it on me in the cream, there was something so chic about this color.  The shoes were gifted to my by my lovely boyfriend ( who is really starting to have a good eye for my kind of style) from Cole Haan.  He was able to get them for a steal, which made me quite proud since I'm a sale junkie.

I hope you guys enjoy the post!







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