I SAID “YES” TO MY DRESS!!!!!!!

Soooooooo after trying on over 30 dresses at 4 different bridal shops; I found my dress!!! I planned a bridesmaids trip to NYC a couple weekends ago; I did not intend on finding a dress, but low and behold, I did.

Initially, dress shopping was fun! I was excited to finally play dress up. I knew early on which style of dress I preferred, so that narrowed my options fairly quickly.

Before Sam proposed, I fell in love with Pronovias’ design. A bride that I followed chose a Pronovias gown for her big day and when I saw it on her, I had to have it. I ended up trying it on, but it wasn’t the one. But, I found the one at the Pronovias flagship store in New York. The stylist, Sam, (what a coincidence!) was super sweet and patient. The appointment ran over by about 30-ish minutes, because I couldn’t take the dress off!! Ughhhh I’m obsessed. STILL.

After multiple trips I learned a few things that every bride should consider.

1. Research the bridal salons to determine the style of dresses they carry and if its compatible with what you want. Every salon has a list of designers they carry which aligns with their price range and style. Research each salon’s social media and website prior to booking your appointment.

2. Book an appointment and book it early. 99% of salons are appointment only and each appointment is about 1.5 hours. Book as far in advance as you can.

3. Limit who you go shopping with: others’ opinions—especially their preferences —will sway your decision. My friends loved a dress similar to this one! Its more of their style, not mine, so I knew it wasn’t the dress for me.

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4. Don’t rely on other peoples’ views of a dress to determine whether you like it.

5. Your reaction to your dress will differ from others! Just because other brides cry, doesn’t mean you will, and thats OK!

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6Be confident in what you like and what you don’t like. This goes back to my first point. If your friends like a style that you don’t, don’t cave because the dress might look great on you.

7. Its OK to “sleep on it.” I didn’t buy my dress right away, but I still knew that it was the one for me.

Enjoy it! This is supposed to be a fun time. This moment was bittersweet for many reasons, so I wasn’t 100% happy the entire time. But I was extremely happy when I tried on my dress and decided that its the one! AHHHHHH 

Can’t wait to share pictures of the dress!

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My Fall (boots) wish list!

Fall is tolerable. Its not my favorite season, but I appreciate the gradual change in weather, and fall fashion. This year, I’m lowkey excited about shopping for staple pieces and stand out/one of a kind pieces. I’m on the hunt for coats and boots—I stocked up on sweaters during the Nordstrom anniversary sale.

Snake print has been “in” all year long, and I’m ready to partake. I’ve been searching for snake print booties and knee high boots and I think I found them!

Instagram knows me too well, so of course ads for Chinese Laundry and one of my favorite shoe makers, Sam Edelman popped up. I then went down a rabbit hole and filled up my Nordstrom Rack wish list. I’ve included links a pictures of my favorites below.

Chinese Laundry

This is the ONLY snake print bootie that I’ve seen, that I actually LOVE

Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom is one of my favorite stores (I mostly shop during their Anniversary sale, though), but Nordstrom Rack sees me more often.

Sam Edelman

I own over 10 pairs of Sam Edelman heels; they’re very comfortable and hella cute. These patent leathers booties would pair well with almost anything and would upgrade any look. The white is speaking to me . . . I really want her.

Do you like any of these options? Whats on your Fall wish list?

Whats happened since our engagement, six months ago

Sam proposed on April 11, 2019 in Venice, Italy. I was on a high the first few months—I didn’t really accept the fact that we were getting married until we hired our wedding planner. Now that we’re in the midst of planning, I figured I’d give a quick update on what we’ve done, and what we still have left to accomplish.

What we’ve done:

  1. Hired a planner
  2. Picked a date and booked our venue
  3. Hired a photographer
  4. Chosen our bridal party
  5. Finalized our wedding colors

What we still have left to do:

  1. Everything else.

Seriously, though—there is still SO MUCH LEFT to do. We’re getting married in Florida, so we’re planning from a far. Every trip home must be intentional, and we haven’t had a chance to take another visit since our last in September. We’ve done the “major things” so everything else will fall into place over time. Thankfully our planner has a time line for us and we’re keeping on track. I still feel like something missing. That just my nature though, I’m always worried about something.Heres what we plan to accomplish between now and January.

  1. Take engagement photos (scheduled for Christmas break!)Publish our wedding websiteSend out save-the-datesBuy my wedding dress 

I’m trying not to stress out over the process; but I genuinely feel like we’re running out of time. Deadlines are coming up quicker than expected and life in general  is  moving hella fast. Whew chillay. I’m still in awe that we’re planning a wedding and that I get to spend forever with my person. I’m forever grateful. Any of you who are in the process of planning a wedding or have planned your own! I’d love to hear about your experiences!  

Bar trip to Hawaii!

After sitting for the bar, law school grads typically go on a “bar trip” to celebrate completing three years of law school and surviving the bar. My Fiancé (then boyfriend) and I initially planned a two week vacation to Europe, but with the start of my new job (which included a move to Philadelphia), we had to rework our plans.

My Fiancé travels for work, so we were able to book our tickets to Europe with points. Thankfully, he was able to cancel the flights and re-book for earlier dates to Hawaii! After researching the “calmest Hawaiian island,” we decided to travel to Maui. Maui is described as the place you to go relax; thats exactly what we needed for two reasons. First, we flew out the day after I took the bar. Second, after the trip, we had about two days to pack up the apartment and move to Philly.

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Proposal in Venice, Italy

I’m a pretty private person, so I debated on what I’d include in this post. I decided to keep it simple, and include a brief story and my favorite pictures from our proposal.

My Fiancé Sam and I decided to go to Italy for our annual spring trip. We spent five days traveling between Rome, Florence and Venice. Five days was not enough time, so we definitely plan to go back.

Everyone swore up and down that Sam would propose in Italy. I was convinced he would after we got back to Philly. I was wrong!

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Allow me to reintroduce myself…

Hello, I’m Tisha.

To my faithful followers from 2015: I’m still alive and well. To my new followers: girlllllll you’re in for a treat—I have a lot to blog about. Now lets get to it, shall we?

Since my last post: I’ve graduated law school, moved out of Columbus, Ohio, started my first full-time legal job, passed the bar exam, turned 25, and got engaged. A lot right? I cannot discuss each of these moments in one post, so I will blog about them over the next few months. I’ll also be blogging about my favorite things (skincare, makeup, fashion, natural hair), mental health, physical fitness, and my travel adventures (I might include a few posts about being a black woman in corporate America).

What would you all like to read about?  Leave a comment down below; I’d love to know.

Thanks, Influenster!

Hey all! This post is going to be a little different because its kind of sponsored. I never thought I’d actually be saying that. lol For those that don’t know, there is a company called Influenster that sends complementary products for testing purposes, with a decently sized social media following. That includes instagram, facebook, twitter, blog, youtube, etc. First your sign up, link your social media accounts, and based on your interests and your social media presence, Influenster will send you emails asking a few questions to determine if you’re a good fit for a certain campaign. So far I’ve received two influenster boxes- a ralph lauren fragrance box and the most recent one, an Ole Henriksen box.

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Tisha, where have you been?

I’ve been MIA and I am mad at myself for that. This year I set a blogging goal and I was so close to meeting it sooner than expected. My blog was getting more attention than I ever thought it would without any outside promotion of my own! I had so many blog ideas; I started them, saved them, and never posted them. Why? Well, between law school, working this summer and plain ‘ole laziness, I didn’t have time or energy to blog. So to those of you that are still loyal (LOL), here’s a life/month by month update.

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🍾 Champagne Glow! 🍾

Hey all!! I know its been a minute, but lets look past that lol. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you know all about the🍾 Champagne Glow Palette by Becca Cosmetics and Jaclyn Hill! 🍾 Of course, I had to have it. I didn’t get Champagne Pop when it originally came out, so this time around it was a no-brainer. The palette includes two highlighters: champagne pop and prosecco pop, and three blushes: amaretto, pampelmousse and rose spritz. It is sold out on Sephora.com, but there might be some in stock in a Sephora near you (I sound like a sales person haha)! It is limited edition, so once its gone, its not coming back. Here are a few swatches of the palette and some pictures with me wearing Champagne pop!

I will say, I didn’t notice much of a difference between champagne pop and prosecco pop. Maybe when I actually put it on, the true colors will come through. Enjoy!! 😊😊

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2 years natural- what I’ve learned

Hello all! Long time no post. Its been a couple weeks since I’ve posted, not because I don’t have anything to write about, but because its finals season for me. My first exam is in 20 days so I’ve been focusing on STUDYING! I’ve given up all social media except for this blog and Instagram…but I might be gone from the blog too 🙊

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