Spring Cleaning+ Bare Minerals Giveaway

I live for long weekends. Late nights, sleeping in and lounging around in pajamas. Every girls dream.  I enjoy even more the free time that I can use to organize and clean things that I wouldn't have time to do on a regular basis. Like my make up box.

As many of you know, I love subscriptions and although I haven't had a chance to post as much as I would have over the last few weeks I have been receiving some really great products. From primers, to liners, to bronzers and much more, the first quarter of subscriptions has been a glam girl's dream!After sorting through the goodies, I found a few items that are duplicated and for this reason I am hosting a Easter Holiday Giveaway.

Ever saw something that you really wanted, ordered it and mistakenly ordered it twice? I have. Three times for that matter. Two nail colors and one lip color. So before you head out for weekend fun, enter to win these fab glam items perfect for the spring!
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One Year Blogging

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Yesterday was my blog's first birthday and for some reason I totally missed it! I celebrated my three month blogiversary, six months and even eight months but somehow, I totally let 12 months slip by. When I first started my blog, I pledged that on my first birthday I would give away a bunch of cool things, have an official blogger photoshoot, redesign the entire page and the list goes on. Needless to say, none of that happened. 

Even though I forgot the exact day, for me to be celebrating one year of blogging is much of a milestone, mainly because its hard for me to stick to just about anything. I have gone through design changes, name changes and even considered giving up the old love for a brief moment.  The one thing that is constant since I started blogging is change.  In addition to the changes that my blog has experienced I have certainly changed the way in which I connect with my blog. Mature some would say. When I started out blogging, I found it crucial to mimic other bloggers that had "arrived" whether it was copying post titles, to reinventing their posts, I somehow never got the inspiration required to write posts that were original. Let's just say if you were looking for a post that was unique or even remotely gave you a glimpse into my life, chances are you would not have gotten that a few months in.

Today, my experience is completely different!  Now I want to share just about every aspect of life on my blog; the good, the bad and even the ugly. I want to share my happy moments and the challenging moments because I know that, if only one, there is someone out there experiencing something very similar. One thing is for certain the best lesson that I have learnt as a blogger is that people want to be motivated and inspired and the only way to do that is by being authentically Anni. What I have seen is that the blog posts that feature the most REALNESS are the ones that got the most traction.  People are able to relate and share their experiences, provide advise or even a word of encouragement and that is my purpose for writing, to inspire and motivate myself while motivating others.

So today as I sit, write and celebrate an entire year of blogging I am excited to dig a little deeper, share a little more and take steps to making this blog and life in general a little more fulfilling. More unique. More authentic. More Me.

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Sorry I am Late because

I am late everywhere I go. Like everywhere! The sad part about me being late all the time is that I actually prepare the night before, I wake up two hours in advance and yes I try to go to bed early. But no matter how much I prepare, the process never goes as easy as I would like.

I'm LATE because: 

  • Adaya couldn't find her shoes 
  • After we found her shoes, we had to search for my shoes 
  • I had a wardrobe malfunction (for the third time this morning) 
  • Pepper Pig has 4 minutes and 30 seconds left 
  • My glasses are missing AGAIN!
  • My phone was in the Dora chair buried under Adaya's toys 
  • Hmmmm she clearly ignored my request to get her bags and go to the car
  • It's Potty Time, as soon as we walk out the door 
  • Car seats are the most terrifying things to my child 
  • Once in the car seat she discovers an ant (which she calls a spider) which causes me to jump out of my seat go to the back and try to remove the spider which then results in her cup of tea spilling onto my clothes requiring me to go back inside the house to change yet again.

So you want to know why I am always late? Have a child..... 

xoxo, Anni 
Miss Never on Time

In Loving Memory of Karyn Washington

Over the weekend I read about the death of inspirational blogger Karyn Washington. Her death touched me in a special way mainly because like Karyn, I started this blog as a form of self therapy not realizing the impact that it would have on other persons. For those of you that are unaware, Karyn Washington inspired the blog For Brown Girls, an inspirational blog that encouraged, inspired and motivated dark skinned girls like myself and Karyn. For many readers, Karyn was the voice of hope. 

As the mission stated: 
Karyn Washington, For Brown Girls 
" For Brown Girls was created to celebrate the beauty of dark skin while combatting colorism and promoting self love! FBG was created to celebrate darker shades of brown- to encourage those struggling with accepting having a darker skin complexion to love and embrace the skin they are in."

Taking her goal a little further, Karyn founded the #DarkSkinRedLip project in response to a comment made by a famous rapper that only fair skinned women should wear red lipstick. This project motivated and moved dark skinned women throughout the world to post and celebrate both their dark skin and red lips. However, despite the endless stories of hope and her ability to inspire everyone around her, Karyn was unable to see her true beauty within.  On Friday, April 11th, 2014, Karyn ended her life after a long battle with depression. This shocking news left avid followers, fans and the social media world in a state of disbelief and sadness and reminded me of one think. 

With Life there is Hope. 

Today I stop to celebrate the life of Karyn and wish her soul peace. Washington’s legacy will remain in her inspiring work and her words of hope for others that will continue to live on online. Karyn Washington wanted to make other women of color feel pretty and she did just that. She was the strong black woman that we all needed for inspiration. She hid her depression and inabilities to be the WOMAN we needed. But through it all, she was not able to be there for her self; the woman that mattered most. 

It is my hope that her story encourages women everywhere to truly embrace the "you" in you. Not just for those around you but for yourself. Live to inspire your happiness and to motivate your growth. Do what makes "YOU" happy and keeps you smiling. Your happiness will be the inspiration that others need. 

May your eternal soul rest in peace and may your blessing live on Karyn Washington. 

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