Festiv-ACL Fashion

Festiv-ACL Fashion. The other weekend I had the amazing privilege to attend the Austin City Limits Musical Festival or like us hip festival goers refer to it as, ACL. My sister scored two 3-Day wristbands through work. And man was I grateful she offered me one of those wristband because I had an amazing time….

The Good Read

The Good Read. I’ve been a Christian for awhile now. Eighteen years to be exact. My grandfather was a pastor. And both my parents followed in his footsteps and became pastors. And on top of all that I led a bible study for four out of my five years of college. So basically as you…

Fall Noodles

Fall Noodles. Pad See Ew. Pad See Ew. Pad See Ew. It’s been a minute, but we have finally made it to the awaited time… the second segment of my Fall Food Series!!! Sorry to keep y’all waiting the last two weeks have been kind of challenging between a new work schedule and illness. But…

Social Media n Jesus?

Social Media n Jesus? I’ve been a writer since I was little. Like pretty darn little. So little, that I was forced to scribble my version of cursive on pages and pages of paper and then recite what it “said.” Then I grew up and my sister introduced me to the world of blogging and…

Standing Still

Standing Still. There’s nothing worse than standing still. That horrid antsy feeling that comes over you as you stand in the back of a line, in view of the awaited object, but your heavy boots are plastered to the ground tiles, as you’re sandwhiched between your past position and your future. I hate standing still….

Anytime Fashion

Anytime Fashion. I love fashion, but that doesn’t mean I wait until a big gala or a fancy trip to New York to put a stylish outfit together. I take every opportunity to strut some of my favorite pieces. So here’s a look at some of my favorite anytime ‘fits.

A Fun Christian

A Fun Christian. Becoming a Christian these days means gaining a checklist. Or even more accurately a “Do Not” list. Do not drink. Do not cheat. Do not lie. Do not have sex before marriage. Do not do drugs. Don’t dress inappropriately. The list just piles up on all the things we can’t do. And that…

Summer Cakes

Summer Cakes. Scallion Pancakes. Scallion Pancakes. Scallion Pancakes. Surprise guys,  I’m bringing you one last segment for my Summer Series! For y’alls bonus recipe is… Scallion Pancakes! Delicious flaky scallion pancakes. A few years ago my brother and sister took me to my first Ramen house and before I could order a single thing they insisted we…

Partners in Prayer

Partners in Prayer. Growing up I heard the same faith-related phrases over and over to the point they didn’t mean much to me. I never felt obligated or inspired to explore them. I honestly thought they were just some cute and optional faith accessory. For instance, Prayer Partners. I mean it made sense I guess….

BBQ Attire

  BBQ Attire. There’s one thing that marks summer for everyone, but especially for us Texans. And that’s BBQ’s. Between the family BBQ and the church BBQ a Texan’s summer is guaranteed to be filled with them. So here’s a few of my quick tips on sporting the best backyard fashion. Hours outside in the…

“Black” in America

“Black” in America. I  have such a unique experience and sometimes I’m scared to express it. Is my black experience in America valid? Or did I live the wrong life and now I can’t share it? Did I live in the right neighborhood? Did I strut the right style? Did I like the right foods?…

Summer Rolls.

Summer Rolls. Egg Rolls. Egg Rolls. Egg Rolls. I am back with the second segment of my Summer Series! And I am giving you a recipe for… drum roll please… Egg Rolls! Because come on regardless if you’re ordering orange chicken or Lo Mein you gotta get some egg rolls. Well throw away your raggedy Chinese…

Do It For Who?

Do It For Who? Laying in bed with only string lights to illuminate my pages, I opened my journal for the first time in months. The sound of Kari Jobe serenaded my sheets. Anxiety was creeping up like acid reflux. I sat praying for a spiritual Tums to suppress my anxiety, just enough so I…

Senior Shenanigans

If you looked for me during any other school year you’d probably find me behind a closed-door with my head buried in some sort of book. But this year was my last year of undergrad and after five long years I decided to not just open the door and put down the book, but I…

Summer Wraps.

Summer Wraps. Hey! I’m back! And with the revamping of my blog, I thought I’d give y’all a Food Series!

A Samaritan Kind of Love

A Samaritan Kind of Love. I’ve read it a few times. Heard the story countless times. Yet in a blink of an eye it all came to me in a fresh new way. The words came popping off the page in a manner I never knew existed, they penetrated my soul giving me insight I thought…

Despite Me.

Despite Me. Look at me. Look at where I sit now. Looking at me like nothing happened. But something did happen. I doubted my ability to be in this exact room, this exact seat. The seat housed in an institution that looked too prestigious, too intelligent for a girl like myself. Too expensive for a…

Biffster Love

Biffster Love. You may ask… “What’s a biffster?” Honestly I wasn’t quite sure what it was myself until I met Inga. She is the perfect embodiment of a best friend and a sister. Thus a biffster. And she demonstrated the validity of this title this summer when she took a little flight from Yonkers, New…

It’s Business Casual

It’s Business Casual. They say time flies when you are having fun and they must be right because in a blink of an eye I am done with my summer internship. I just completed 9 weeks as an intern for the CEO of the Austin YMCA and I enjoyed every minute of it. Here’s a…

Gettin’ Back to Our Roots

Gettin’ Back to Our Roots. Nothing taste better than fresh ingredients. And I was blessed enough to learn that around the same time I learned to eat, because as long as I can remember my mom has had a garden at our house. From fresh herbs to fresh vegetables to fresh fruit my momma had…

Trophy-less Love

  Trophy-less Love. Five years old and there was a ball at my feet. My mind was shaped around sport. How to keep the ball, how to steal the ball, how to attack, how to defend, ingrained before the age of six. Only the blood on your feet, the sweat on your brow, and tears…

L.A. Fashiona

L.A. Fashiona. When I was growing up our parents heard no louder screams of disappointment than when they announced we would be traveling to see our family. Because in my big family, trips to grandmas didn’t mean a 15 min drive down the road it meant a two and a half hour flight to California…

Your Style Resume

Your Style Resume. Summer time. AKA job hunting time. Well if you are looking for the secret to nailing those job interviews pause from looking in your resume folder and take a look in your closet. 

Activista

Activista. I’m not going to lie, being an activist has never really been my thing. To be honest the word describes pretty much everyone in my family except me. But times of changed. Or have they?

New Year Eats

  New Year. New Eats. Celebrating the new year in my household means three things. Black-eyed peas, collard greens and ham. But this dish isn’t just a Cumberbatch thing, it’s a southern tradition. For southerners this delicious trio signifies a year full of good wealth and health.

Slicing into Thanksgiving

Slicing into Thanksgiving. The plates have been licked one last time, the belts have been loosened, and the guests have settled comfortably into the couch. But don’t be fooled we all know this is just the halftime break, because the most important course is served after the leftovers have been put away. So give your…

Fallin’ Into Winter

Fallin’ Into Winter. Everyone knows that peculiar time of year, the time where we just seem to be waiting, for fall to leave and winter to come. That annoying time where the weather man just can’t seem to make up his mind. But do not worry my fellow fashionistas because with a little bit of…

Spice Up Your Semester

Spice Up Your Semester. Every study break needs a treat. So why not give yourself a treat fit for the season? Reward your taste buds with these quick and easy pumpkin muffins. With the extra heartiness of oats and the gooey sweetness of pumpkin spice chips this treat is perfect for any fall midterm break.

School ‘N Skirts

School ‘N Skirts. No more laying in the sun and sipping ice tea pool side. It’s back to slouching in florescence lighting and chugging liquid caffeine desk side. It’s back to college. But don’t let the daunting early wake up calls, long lectures, or the late night library sessions kill your fashion. Start the school year…

Back on the School Yard

My family always wonders why the remote seems to solely navigate to Disney channel and “elementary” movies when it’s in my hand. As an aspiring pediatrician, I think it’s simply because I gain so much from children. They have this unrefined heart and mind that people my age have learn to rid themselves of.

A Mobile Accessory

A Mobile Accessory. Bikes are no longer left for the training-wheeled toddlers or the Tour de France trainees. It’s time to introduce a new piece of metal into your wardrobe and get your fashion rolling. Put a whole new meaning to street wear and explore bike fashion.

For Brighter Whites

For Brighter Brights. Accessories. Accessories. Accessories. One of my favorite aspects of fashion is the little pieces you can add to an outfit. I love watching an outfit come alive with a simple addition of a bracelet or a bag. With a few recent additions to my accessory collection, I decided to give myself a blank…

Southern Sunshine Spuds

  Southern Sunshine Spuds. Mashed potatoes. A southerner’s favorite side dish. But what happens the morning after your fried chicken and mashed potato dinner? You have a whole Tupperware full of left over mashed potatoes. Well with just a few extra ingredients you can have a light and crispy potato cake that will wake up…

Ode to the 90’s

Ode to the 90’s. My parents’ closet has always been one of my favorite places to shop. So naturally I adopted a love for “vintage” style. I find it fun to pick a decade and play around with the trends of that time. For this look, I hit the decade of tight tops, loose bottoms,…

Flawed Perfection

Perfection. I think it was a clear sign that I was a little dedicated to this perfection thing when I was prescribed “more sleep” at only age twelve by my physician. I thought that being a perfectionist was fitting in this kind of world, where being the best is encouraged and borderline required. I didn’t quite…

Independence Cream

Independence Cream. Nothing pairs better with the American staples of burgers and hot dogs than good ‘ole ice cream. So celebrate our independence this fourth of July with some homemade vanilla ice cream. This easy recipe creates an incredibly rich and creamy ice cream that will have all your guest seeing stars.

FIFAshion ’15

FIFAshion ’15. What happens when you’re American, born and raised, but you fall in love with Brazil?… You get a girl who has a really awkward situation when the World Cup comes around.

Athletchic

Athletchic. As a soccer player summer means work outs, lots of work outs. With the gym, the track, and the field becoming frequent stages for my wardrobe, I decided it was time to add some fashion to my training gear. Gone are the days when any old t-shirt and shorts will do.

Crunchy Munchies

8 am. Looking for something good to break your fast. 8 pm. Looking for something healthy to fix your sweet tooth. With this easy and delicious granola recipe, you can have a sweet treat to suit your breakfast meals and late night cravings.

Gracias A Dios Por Faldas y Flores

Gracias A Dios Por Faldas y Flores  (Thank God For Skirts and Flowers) Sundays have always been something I look forward to in my household. The early morning wake up calls to find the perfect church garb. The beautifully poetic and personal sermons. The delicious brunch spread. And the sweet nap that follows. So why…

“Sometimes These Cuts Are So Much Deeper Than They Seem”

Not that I didn’t care It’s that I didn’t know It’s not what I didn’t feel, It’s what I didn’t show. -Misery, Maroon 5 There’s a difference between not caring and not letting it negatively affect you. For so long I have told myself and the ones around me. “I don’t care.” When I didn’t…

Full Court Dress

Full Court Dress As an athlete, I am all about sporting events. But, I really enjoy jazzing up my sports apparel. Reppin the Golden State Warriors the other night for game three against the Houston Rockets, I decided to incorporate their colors with a little feminine touch. I started with a nice angled dress to…

Denim ‘N Denim

Denim ‘N Denim. Jazz up a plain white v-neck with a little extra denim. Add a pair of your favorite wash of overalls, plus an extra piece of denim around the waist. Keep the southern feel going with a pair of short cut boots. And finish the look with a simple necklace as your touch…

Days Across Pages

Faith. A word that alludes to my most valuable relationship. My walk with God. I stand in awe at the uniqueness of my and other individuals’ steps, as we read the same pages, yet experience different walks. Our footprints are unique, unlike anyone else’s. The way He speaks to us, the things He asks of…

Splashin’ n Stylin’

Splashin’ n Stylin’. When you live in a city like Austin, you are gonna spend a lot of time at, in, and around water. Sure we were voted one of the fittest city, but it’s honestly more of a tactic of survival. Because unless you are sitting under the strongest air conditioner EVER, the water…

Fall Wontons

Fall Wontons. Wonton Soup. Wonton Soup. Wonton Soup. Here in Austin the leaves haven’t quite started changing colors, but I think it’s alright to say Fall is right around the corner.  So you know what that means… time for my Fall Food Series.