2021 Swimwear Haul

swimwear hanging up

After 15 swimsuits, I ended up 8 suits later finally completing my shopping and honestly, that’s still a lot…ask my husband! Either way, this was such a fun journey for me. I looked for affordable options and a few splurges, but overall, I think everything I kept is of solid quality and were size inclusive. So let’s get into it!

Watch my journey and reviews of these items on my Instagram here! Please know some links are through LTK, so they are commissionable links, but I have pointed those out with an asterisk (*). Shopping through my links is appreciated, but not necessary!

Sizing: size 18 | 38HH/ 38J bra size | 48 bust | 41 waist | 53 hip/butt

The Sidestroke - Main | SummerSalt
Summersalt: THE SIDESTROKE in color
“Sky & Blue Mountain & White Sand” (SZ 18)*
Swim Puerto Rico Cutout One Piece Utopia
Lucy Avenue: PUERTO RICO CUTOUT ONE PIECE UTOPIA (2XL)
Mesh Detail Swimsuit White
Eloquii: MESH DETAIL SWIMSUIT (SZ 18)*
The Ruffle Backflip - Main | SummerSalt
Summersalt: THE RUFFLE BACKFLIP in color “Bloom in Lava” (SZ 20)*
Elomi: PLUS SIZE PLAIN SAILING FRILL UNDERWIRE BIKINI TOP (38HH)*
Elomi: PLUS SIZE PLAIN SAILING BIKINI BOTTOM (SZ18)*
Secret-Slim Ruffled V-Neck Plus-Size Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit | Old Navy
Old Navy: Secret-Slim Ruffled V-Neck Plus-Size Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit. OUT OF STOCK, but other options linked. (2X) *
AdoreMe: Andria Contour Plus (2X)*
'Uplift' Plunging Bikini Top
The Cheeky Bikini: ‘Uplift’ Plunging Bikini Top (XXL)
'Thrive' High Waisted Cheeky Bikini Bottoms
The Cheeky Bikini: ‘Thrive’ High Waisted Cheeky Bikini Bottoms (XXL)

If you’re looking for cover-ups, I also have my 2 recent buys linked through LTK! Let me know if you have any favorites from my haul!

xx Alicia

E is for Entrepreneur: Mini Series

Do you really know the person or people behind your favorite brand or business? Have you ever even wondered? I do, but it’s because the people behind the business intrigue me! It takes a lot of effort and time for a business or brand to bloom. ⁣ ⁣

TODAY’S GUEST: Kristy is the creative and powerhouse behind Eco Chic Blossoms, a floral design business that brings your event to life with beautifully made, high quality, fresh flower arrangements. She is not only a floral designer, but also has experience as an event planner. She truly can envision your event start to finish and has built this business with her passions of flowers and events in mind. She is an expecting mama and such a bright light. I think I’m biased since I got to work with this amazing woman for my own wedding, but I’m so excited to talk with Kristy today. We’ll talk about who this woman is behind the business and her inspirations, hardships, successes, and even some tips for those of you planning an event right now. ⁣

Kristy’s Information: Wilmington Wedding & Event Florist & Floral Design | Eco Chic Blossoms | Wedding Florist, Eco Chic (@ecochicblossoms) • Instagram photos and videos | Eco Chic Blossoms (ecochicblossoms) – Profile | Pinterest ⁣

Follow the Podcast on Instagram! E is for Entrepreneur: https://www.instagram.com/eisforentrepreneur/ ⁣ 

My 6 Month “To Be Read” (TBR) Book List

I’m not sure whether you’re a reader or not, but I want to be clear that whether you open a physical book, read it on a Kindle, Nook or your phone, or if you even listen to Audible- that’s reading! I personally mix the three mediums and a lot of it has to do with availability, circumstance, and how passionately I feel about the book, which guides me to buy it physically or not.

My TBR is broken up bi-annually and that’s simply because I tend to do two major book hauls each year. I do one in the beginning of the year and one in June for my birthday. I don’t usually stick to a specific genre, but you can say Fiction is where I live. I love visualizing the story being told! Although I do indulge in Non-fiction, it’s usually along the lines of a work improvement book, a biography, or something highly rated from a friend or family member. So now, what is currently on my TBR list? Let’s get into it and all of these books can be shopped at this link!

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler | The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult | The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado | Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo | Beach Read by Emily Henry | Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert | One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London | This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

If you want to see what I read in February, you can check out my quick video recap here! Let me know if you have read any of these yet!

xx Alicia

Let’s Talk Wedding Fashion!

Let’s Talk Wedding Fashion!

This one is for the bride, groom, parents, and wedding party so get ready! I’ve been so excited to write this as I thought everyone looked so good! I was so happy everyone felt beautiful and handsome and we did it all while trying to find affordable options for our wedding party.

Since we knew many of our party had to travel, we tried being as considerate as possible with the expenses they would have and wedding attire was one we thought a lot about. I was able to help pick dresses for both moms and I loved that they were both so different, but both were so glam and had similar fits. The dads looked great too and had suits tailored perfectly for them! I’ll break this all down by attire, jewelry and accessories, and shoes. Let me know if you have any questions!

Attire: Dan & The Groomsmen

Dan & the Groomsmen purchased their suits from Next and you can choose the fit of your suit, which I think went over well. Just as I wanted my bridesmaids to pick dresses they would feel good in, Dan wanted to make sure the fit of the suit for the groomsmen needed little to no tailoring and fit their style. Dan wore a dark grey suit with the groomsmen wearing light grey, both suit options had multiple fit options from regular to slim.

Now, we gifted the tie and pocket squares to the guys. We had 13 guys to buy items for so we found pocket squares on Amazon and despite the name, cheap neckties was the place to go. It allowed bulk ordering for good quality ties. We were looking for ties with a bit of “texture” to them that would make the suits classic and re-wearable, so we went with a light grey to match! If you are like me and didn’t mind not having the ties not match the bridesmaid dresses, but compliment them, then this would be a great site for you!

For Dan, we went with a floral colored tie to match the wedding and for a unique twist. We purchased his tie and pocket square from Dazi, which shipped quickly, looked great with his suit, and matched the bridesmaids so well! I also surprised him with a few gifts to wear. He wore a tie clip and cufflinks and one of the new watches I got him. You can see those details below!

Attire: Me & My Bridesmaids

Unfortunately due to COVID, not all of my girls could make it, but they all had their dresses. We were able to create a showroom on Azazie to set up ordering and have the dress in a similar dye batch. We went with sky blue dresses and everyone picked a dress they loved on their body. The only parameters I gave was the color, length, and fabric since the color shifts with different fabric. There were hundreds of options and some of my girls tried on dresses at home before buying which I highly recommend! We were able to buy them during Azazie’s big sale for Cyber Monday.

Before my wedding, we hosted a beautiful rehearsal dinner hosted by Dan’s parents and I got the fitted dress on sale from David’s Bridal. I loved the sequin leaf detail and how casual, yet elegant it was. It was so different from my actual wedding dress, which made me love it even more! I got it tailored to not need a bra, but I did wear Spanx shorts.

For myself, I spoke about finding my dress here, but I was always looking for something with a classic A- line silhouette, long train and unique texture and I found it in the “Meryl” dress by Maggie Sottero! I loved the delicate polka dots, shimmer in the beading, and the back was beautiful. The top was a low v but the girls were in and honestly, my chest is a feature of my body I never hid before, so I didn’t plan on hiding it on my wedding day. For our last private dance and exit, I wore my new jean jacket I made with my new monogram, it’s honestly become one of my favorite things to wear!

Attire: The Parents

Dan’s dad got a light grey suit with gold accents from Men’s Warehouse. My Godfather was able to get his suit from a local suit shop in Rochester, which was such a fun experience! The moms both had glam dresses with similar sequin detail. Dan’s mom, in blue/green, got her dress from Dillard’s and my Godmother, in pink/rose gold, got her dress from Macy’s!

Jewelry & Accessories

As I mentioned, I gifted Dan a few things and one of them was the watch he wore for the wedding. As I mentioned, he also wore a tie clip and cufflinks I got him that matched.

I decided against a necklace and bracelet and kept it simple with earrings, a ring, and hair comb. I splurged on the Stella Dareth Colburn comb, wore a ring that matched from Lini + Pop, and got my earrings; which I’ve been drooling over forever, from David’s Bridal. I also choose to wear a veil for the ceremony and went with a crystal beaded cathedral veil. My something blue, old, and borrowed was a piece of my grandmother’s jewelry. It’s a blue bracelet that I put around my bouquet.

Other than ourselves, I also gifted my bridesmaids their earrings– with my maid of honor having a different pair, and gave a jewelry set to my Godmother as well to match her dress!

Shoes

For shoes, we were not picky by any means. We simply asked the groomsmen to wear a brown colored dress shoes and the bridesmaids to wear a nude colored shoe. As for Dan and I, we found shoes we really wanted and knew we would re-wear and cherish. Dan decided on a pair of Steve Madden dress shows for rehearsal dinner and a pair of Stacy Adams Dickinson Oxford dress shoes in cognac. For me, I wanted a lower heel for comfort, but knew I would want a sneaker to change into. I found my heels sooner than my sneakers and went with the classic Betsy Johnson Mari sandaled heels and to try. Then to match the height and avoid dragging my dress, I purchased the J/Slides Hippie in blush, but they were peach looking which I loved!

You can shop most items through the links I included. I also have items linked on LiketoKnow.it as well! Let me know if you have any questions.

xx Alicia

Wedding DIYs

Wedding DIYs

I wouldn’t call myself crafty, but I am creative. Once I started building my wedding themed board on Pinterest, I was determined to make a few things to personalize my day. Little did I know the time I would put in and how much I procrastinated. I’ll go through all the DIYs and designs I created and then talk through how I did them. I’ll openly admit not everything I had planned, I ended up completing. There were a few things I sent out to be made at the end of the day, which honestly was less stressful.

Signs:

I was adamant in wanting signs that would match my wedding and were “floating”. I like the look of them, so I decided to focus my time on my welcome sign, bar sign, and seating chart. I’ve included some progress photos and what they looked like at the wedding! Here’s how I did it with the help of one of my bridesmaids, Katie.

Stands are from Ikea | Plywood from Lowe’s: One sheet of plywood was cut to three 2.5ft x 3.5ft boards | Zip Ties | Gold Spray Paint | A small drill | Cricut Machine, Heat Press & HTV | Gold Washi Tape | Paint

I spray painted the zip ties gold to match the washi tape. I primed all the boards and painted them white and then added slices of my wedding colors to each. All the lettering is all black vinyl that I ironed onto the wood after everything was dry. Jager’s picture for the bar and the washi tape went on last with some added help from some super glue and adhesive to ensure it all stayed in place! We included our monogram we used for the wedding and the hashtag for pictures!

Additional Vinyl Projects:

I also took advantage of my Cricut by doing some of the smaller details like my new monogram jean jacket, card box, some trays, our unity sign, and our ring box! I also made a ton of gifts for the wedding party, but that will be a separate post, so stay tuned! The unity sign and ring box were also iron on vinyl and the monogramed trays I completed was normal vinyl encased in resin! The trays held our koozies and the masks and hand sanitizer.

Table Numbers: I purchased wood numbers and reused the gold spray print, simple, pretty and easy!

Frames: For items I lost motivation for or just felt that frames were easier, I used vellum and blue marbled paper for additional signs. I did this for my “COVID” sign with hand sanitizer and masks, the guest book, the champagne tower signs, the small bar sign and the remembrance sign.

You can see examples of all the items mentioned above in some of the pictures below!

Lastly, I told myself that I would be DIY’ing our menus and cake topper and well, that just didn’t happen! I went back to Truly Engaging where we got all our stationary and ordered our menus to match our invites. As for the cake topper, I naturally tapped a local business to design and create it for me. You can check out Simple & Sentimental if you’re looking for a beautiful, customizable, and affordable cake topper for any occasion and so much more! Here’s how they turned out…you’ll get to see the late night snack I surprised Dan with!

Don’t be discouraged if you want to DIY, you’ll figure it out! Let me know if you have any questions about the DIYs I did or need links! Thanks for reading and happy planning!

xx Alicia

Prepping for The Wedding: My Self- Care Routine

Prepping for The Wedding: My Self- Care Routine

Planning a wedding can be really stressful and I recognized that quickly. That’s why I was very aware that I needed to build a self-care routine to help me spend time on myself, so that I could relax and feel good! Now, I won’t say it was perfect, but I know that spending time on myself; especially when stressed, was so helpful. This whole year I tried out so many products and services for some “me time” in preparation for the wedding.

Appointments & Treatments:

Well, 2020 threw me for a loop. I started the year strong working with my girl Hilary on a treatment plan for me when I thought the wedding would happen in May. When it comes to treatments, I wanted to ensure I was selecting services that I would maintain. So here’s what I decided on!

Picture by Brows by Hilary
  1. Monthly waxing was a must do for me. Everyone has their own opinion on the service, but I have loved the experience and it’s been a great addition to my self care maintenance routine!
  2. Lash Lifts. I did so much research about the lash lift process vs. lash extensions and I just felt more comfortable with the lift. I still wore individual fake lashes for added volume on my big day, but the lift provided such a great base for the wedding. I rarely wore mascara and enjoyed the look of my lashes when they were lifted.
  3. Facials – treat yo self! I highly enjoyed booking facial appointments before the wedding. It felt like a reset for my skin and it provided a healthy base for makeup for my wedding. I did facials about every other month leading up to the wedding, which I think worked out well for me. I’m not an esthetician, so partner with yours to build out the right routine!

Let’s Talk Nails:

Since March and the shut down, I have walked into a nail salon twice. Once to get my nails done for the wedding and one more time to get those off. I loved my wedding nails! They were beautiful, but I also don’t tend to keep my nails long, that’s just my preference. The game changer for me were the press on set from Impress. I usually brought them directly from the site, but have also found them on Amazon. So grab a glass of wine, put on a show, and pamper yourself with an at-home manicure! Here are some of my favorites I’ve ordered.

Skincare: I think this year was a big year for the skincare game. I don’t know about you, but if you are on Tik Tok and follow Hyram, then some of my skincare will look familiar. I have some tried and true products I’ve been using, but lots of new items as well since discovering him. Skincare only does so much though, I was always making sure I drank enough water and taking my makeup off at the end of the day- I admit, I used to be SO bad at that. It took some time to see the changes in my skin, but well worth it in preparation for my big day!

You can take a look at all my products here, the only thing not pictured since I just ran out and ordered more is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy. It saved my lips and I’m on my third one, I ordered an extra so I would stop running out, I’m addicted!

Face Wash: I keep CeraVe in my shower & La Roche-Posay at my sink.

Toning Solution: I only use my Ordinary toner at night.

Serums: I use the Ordinary Niacinamide serum in the morning and at night and in addition, at night I add my Ordinary “Buffet” serum after.

Moisturizers: In the morning, I still use my tried and true Clinique Moisture Surge and at night, I use the CeraVe PM Facial Lotion.

Sunscreen: No skin routine is worth having if you don’t use sunscreen! I still go back to my Neutrogena & CeraVe sunscreens, these are also tried and true and one of them is a mineral sunscreen.

Additional Products: For body lotion, I use the CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion. For Makeup Melting and Cleansing, I use the Ordinary Squalane Cleanser – no need to use water, just get a pea size and massage your face. For heavy makeup days, I occasionally use the Urban Skin RX cleansing bar, but jury is still out about how I feel about the exfoliation pad. Lastly, I SWEAR by my pimple patches by COSRX. Any time I have a pimple that has a white head, I cleanse my face and slap one on at night.

Do you use any of the same skincare? Skincare doesn’t have to be difficult! Pick a cleanser, a moisturizer, and a sunscreen! You got this!

In addition to all of the products, services, and appointments mentioned, I could say that a glass of wine and a bath bomb from LA Suds did the trick some nights. A good book and a night in were just as important in my self care and creating time for myself. Oh, as well as a haircut before the wedding because ya know, quarantine. Find what your wedding prep looks like for you and just ensure that at the end of the day, you’re creating time and space for yourself to relax!

Well, that wraps up what wedding prep looked like and I hope you enjoyed reading! Let me know what you think!

xx Alicia

5 Reasons I Picked Zola For My Wedding Website

5 Reasons I Picked Zola For  My Wedding Website

Let’s kick off the Wedding Rewind series with one of the first decisions I made – my wedding website! I looked at just about every website you could think of and finally landed on Zola. I couldn’t have been happier with the choice and am still enjoying it now as I have been completing thank you cards and wrapping up our registry.

Although I loved my experience with Zola, I will also point out a few things I learned along the way and features they’re still working on. Zola has vendor help, stationary, a store, a place to go to for help and the actual wedding website all as options. The good was far greater than the bad, so let’s jump into it!

The Webpage: I loved the web page structure and functionality. You could link straight to your airports, hotels and even book your block through them. They had a great banner you could utilize for your COVID update to guests and the natural graphics that came with many of the designs were great. Such as the interactive map when you linked places your guests could go visit and explore while in town. The pages were easy to navigate and personalize, which was a big bonus!

The one call out I have on the webpage is that Zola does not currently offer domain masking. So I purchased a domain to match our hashtag and it routed to our wedding website, but the domain then switched to the Zola URL. A small detail, but important to point out.

Online RSVP Feature: Almost all wedding websites have this feature, but I loved the setup on Zola. I simply downloaded their template and copy and pasted our guest list over to it. Anyone on the list that had missing information, we simply sent a note through email that Zola helps automate for you. It was user friendly and so quick. The RSVP process was also painless. We had online RSVPs only and we were able to capture all the details needed from guests.

Dan helped me a lot to track these RSVPs down and I think it’s an added bonus when your groom can navigate the website well!

The Theme Options: I think there’s a theme for everyone! Classy, beachy, modern, art deco and more. The themes were simple in a way that your page could shine and showcase your big day which I appreciated. There were no extra edits needed and you have complete flexibility of which pages to use and show on your website. This came in handy when we closed RSVPs and when we had to update our event tab due to COVID impacting some of our plans. The bonus to the themes is that they have matching wedding stationary as well!

Photo by Erin Costa

The Registry & Zola Store: Holy sales and all things wedding . Zola always has such amazing sales going on for the store and stationary! I purchased some items from the store for my bachelorette (that got postponed) and it was so convenient. The registry was easily one of my favorite features! It was easy to link our registries at other stores, but before doing so, we found that so many items we had on those registries were in the Zola store and sometimes for better deals! It was a no brainer to set up our registry to be predominately Zola. Our guests mentioned the ease for check out and that it was easy to navigate. We also found that the cash and exchange features were seamless and customer service rocked!

The one lesson I learned it to build your registry for Zola in the google browser and get the extension! For anything that you want to put on your registry outside of Zola, just open the site, click the item and hit your Zola plug in! It grab the information and picture off the page for you to add right into your registry. I originally save all my photos of items outside of Zola to manually upload until I found that magic button…oh the time I would have saved!

The People & Community: It was such a bonus to learn about the Zola Facebook group! The women in the group are so helpful and we all just want to support and uplift each other – especially with all the changes COVID brought on. At one point this summer many brides took to a post and gifted each other items off their registries. It was an amazing experience and many gifts came with thoughtful notes. You can read more here, where some of us brides share our experience! It is always so helpful to have a community of women who are there to help you, but the group also has Zola employees to help provide guidance and help any chance they can!

You have so many brides sharing their big day and it’s like an added bonus on top of all the Pinterest boards you’ve been making. I personally know I loved the ides of champagne before the ceremony, but a wall wouldn’t fit my venue. I saw a bride with beautiful shelves and knew that was perfect for my space. You have no idea how the little things like that can be so helpful!

If you’re looking for a site, I highly recommend Zola. Happy planning and let me know which wedding website you used!

xx Alicia

I’m a POC & Can Be A Better Ally

I’m a POC & Can Be A Better Ally

Today I saw someone’s post saying that if you’re silent on the world right now, to ask yourself why you’re so uncomfortable speaking up. Many will say this post came too late and I’ll respect that opinion. For me though, I’ve taken this time to digest and listen to a lot of people. I’ve used this time to journal, reflect, and work through my feelings, so that I may eloquently express my thoughts more clearly. I still may not get this right today, but there’s no more waiting to speak up on this matter for me. 

I’m not writing this to appease anyone, I’m writing this for myself because it’s been heavy on my mind and heart, as I’m sure it has been for you. I’m not here to fuel the fire and bring negativity, I’m writing for clarity for myself and to hold myself accountable. So that the next time I want to say something and I’m too afraid to, I don’t hesitate. So that I push myself to read and listen more. Don’t take this as me on a soapbox, that’s far from my intention. I’m writing this as a reflective piece that I hope at least one person can take time to understand. So that this opens up conversation so that I can learn about people’s experiences that have shaped their opinions.

Here’s my take. I’m not silent because I’m okay with the wrongful deaths we have seen replayed and reposted across our timelines. I’m silent because if I feel this disgusted, confused and sad, then imagine how our black brothers and sisters are feeling. I’m not white, but I have privilege and I recognize that. I’m not white, but my fiancé is. I will never have to feel or worry the way my family and friends have to that are black, or have a black spouse or have bi-racial/ black children. I’m not white, but I mourn with the black community and I know I can be a better ally as a POC. I’m aware I will never understand.

Many countries have an underlying characteristic that unites their people. We never had that. We had slavery, Jim Crow, lynching and so much more. This country NEVER treated people equitably. There has always been a divide. This country had slavery for over 200 years and after that, black people still had to go through segregation. It’s only been 55 years since segregation was outlawed…black people have always been a marginalized group. We’re on a hamster wheel and until we start having these conversations and we start seeing action, we’ll stay on the wheel. 

I understand there’s been destruction the last few days, there’s been ugly arguing, but people are more important than property. Although I feel terrible for every business hit, by many who were just opportunistic looters, I feel twice as terrible for our black CITIZENS not feeling heard and that this destruction is now being talked about more than the life we just lost. This is nothing new- racially fueled attacks are unfortunately nothing new. Let that sink in. 

Here’s where I stand. I don’t think your profession makes you a bad person. I think you are either an evil person or a good person, just wearing the same uniform to work. You can take off a uniform, black people can’t take off color. I do truly believe there are good police officers because I know many of them outside of their uniform. I’ve seen their uniform amplify the good they want to provide to their community because they have a duty to do so.

For GEORGE FLOYD, this was not the case. For PHILANDO CASTILE, this was not the case. For BOTHAM JEAN, this was not the case. For BREONNA TAYLOR, this was not the case. I can go on and on…

In my opinion, this is so much deeper than that though. It’s when people of power, abuse it. It’s when people of power are racist, prejudice, discriminatory- they are bigots. We have seen this abuse of power and misuse of privilege amongst our citizens. We have lost the lives of AHMAUD ARBERY and TRAYVON MARTIN because of it. We have seen the “Karens” and the recent video with the Central Park incident with Christian Cooper that could’ve went a lot differently.

We continue to see this privilege and power abused in the healthcare system, judicial system, and in society as a whole. If we’re all US Citizens and we’re all supposed to be equal, then we need to start acting like it. It starts at home. We will probably never eradicate bigotry since it starts at home, but we can shame, we hold those people accountable, we can hold our society to standards that aren’t bias.

At the end of the day, we all need to do better and it will take time. We all need to talk about it more. We can’t sit here and say “all these people are animals, look at them looting” without also posting about the loss of life that fueled some of the outrage. We can’t go back to the peaceful protest Kaepernick started and still think he was kneeling for the flag/the military and not the injustice we see black people having to endure and how marginalized they are. We can’t keep shutting down people who have a platform to speak when they do.

I will personally be reading and educating myself to be an even better ally. Below are some resources and readings people have sent my way in case you would like to check them out too. It starts with us.

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo | The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander | The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein | Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD

Here’s a great link with TONS of ways to contribute: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

Donate to the NAACP or The Minnesota Freedom Fund, sign petitions, call your representatives, vote, listen to POC openly and speak out. I know there’s a lot more you can read, listen to, and do, but this is a start.

Alicia

It’s Giveaway Time! – CLOSED 5/16

It’s Giveaway Time! – CLOSED 5/16

I am so excited to be doing this as I can relate so hard! I should’ve been getting married today, but the pandemic pushed it back. Totally okay, I’m excited for when I can get all my family and friends to come celebrate with us! With this said though, I woke up at the beginning of this week with an idea to share and spread the love to TWO deserving brides. I’m giving away TWO care packages for brides so they can feel a bit spoiled. This is an Instagram giveaway only, but this post is a bonus entry. All you have to do it comment on it, add your Instagram handle as well!

This post also gives you a look into what’s included in these packages! So here’s the list since not everything is pictured (dang Rona, slowing down shipping!)

Naturally I added in some items from local businesses I love, but I also grabbed items that I’ll just list without linking!

Good Luck!
  1. Each bride will be receiving a pair of earrings from Shani Amara. You’ll receive a statement pair and a delicate studded pair.
  2. Two bath bombs from L.A Suds, they are to die for!
  3. A stunning glitter pod from Shimmer Down.
  4. Bride and Groom koozies
  5. Mr & Mrs Passport holders and luggage tags
  6. Bridal games
  7. Mr & Mrs sign
  8. Guestbook frame
  9. Light up string clip lights
  10. “Bridal” flip flops
  11. An Essie nail polish…or two
  12. Face masks
  13. Ban.do tumbler
  14. Ban.do gym/travel bag
  15. The Knot wedding book
  16. A make up bag
  17. A “Bride” cup
  18. A notepad
  19. A notebook
  20. A pearled headband in white or pink
  21. Bling Ring Cleaner
  22. $30 Gift Card to Simple & Sentimental for each bride. I got my cake topper and plenty more from them and I’m OBSESSED!

Each box will have a combination of these items, but NOT ALL ITEMS LISTED!

I’m so excited to get these mailed out. Again as a reminder, this post is for a bonus giveaway entry, so just comment below with your Instagram handle! This giveaway ends on May 16, 2020 at 10pm.

xx Alicia

E is for Entrepreneur: Season 1

Do you really know the person or people behind your favorite brand or business? Have you ever even wondered? I do, but it’s because the people behind the business intrigue me! It takes a lot of effort and time for a business or brand to bloom.
My name is Alicia Cabrera and in today’s episode, I wanted to take some time to introduce myself and talk about the mission and purpose behind this podcast! I’ll get into why I started E is for Entrepreneur and you’ll hear me say excited probably 10 times. I’m excited to share this with you guys!
E is for ENTREPRENEUR INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/eisforentrepreneur/
Do you really know the person or people behind your favorite brand or business? Have you ever even wondered? I do, but it’s because the people behind the business intrigue me! It takes a lot of effort and time for a business or brand to bloom. ⁣ ⁣ You’re going to get a look into the life of an entrepreneur today that specializes in a niche market. ⁣
Amy Crowe is the owner and founder of Worthy Figures; a plus-sized boutique in Charlotte, NC. She is a lawyer by day and an entrepreneur, always. She currently is involved with the FemmeClub and helps lead Charlotte Collective. Amy will share lessons, hardships, successes, and upcoming events on today’s podcast.⁣ ⁣
PLEASE MAKE NOTE AT 40:10 my dog decided to say hello. I apologize…we’re working on it! ⁣ ⁣
Worthy Figures website: https://www.worthyfigures.com/⁣
Worthy Figures Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/worthyfigures/⁣
E is for ENTREPRENEUR INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/eisforentrepreneur/ ⁣
Do you really know the person or people behind your favorite brand or business? Have you ever even wondered? I do, but it’s because the people behind the business intrigue me! It takes a lot of effort and time for a business or brand to bloom.
When you turn something you love doing into a business, you’ve started your entrepreneurial journey. That’s the story of today’s guest. Owner of Shimmer Down, Jess Duvall joins me to share success stories, how to manage time, and the journey of taking yourself seriously.
Shimmer Down website: https://shimmerdown.com/
Shimmer Down Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shimmer.down/
Shimmer Down Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/shimmerdownstudio/
E is for ENTREPRENEUR INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/eisforentrepreneur/
Do you really know the person or people behind your favorite brand or business? Have you ever even wondered? I do, but it’s because the people behind the business intrigue me! It takes a lot of effort and time for a business or brand to bloom.

Ryan is a father, host, author, speaker, and creator of the non profit organization Black Fathers Rock. Ryan is a true entrepreneur with big plans in the social responsibility world. His non-profit not only was rooted from his own experience, but that experience continues to drive the mission of this organization. The mission to dispel and change the narrative that all black fathers are absent. 

Ryan’s Information: 
Black Fathers Rock website: https://www.blackfathersrock.org/ 
Black Fathers Rock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blkfathersrock/ 
Ryan’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryan_jorel/ 
 
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Do you really know the person or people behind your favorite brand or business? Have you ever even wondered? I do, but it’s because the people behind the business intrigue me! It takes a lot of effort and time for a business or brand to bloom.
Alley is a mom, lighting bolt connoisseur, your go to for some relatable humor and an entrepreneur who walks the line of basic and bold flawlessly. She’s got you if you’re looking for a wine rec and a face most of you in Charlotte may know from her time at the Charlotte Collective store. Today she shares how she’s figuring out inventory, balancing work and home, and how she is facing the uncertainty that this pandemic has caused. 

Alley’s Information: 
Lini + Pop Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/liniandpop/
Lini + Pop website: https://liniandpop.com/
Local? Find Lini + Pop at Charlotte Collective: 1222 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204. More information at https://www.cltcollective.com/


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Do you really know the person or people behind your favorite brand or business? Have you ever even wondered? I do, but it’s because the people behind the business intrigue me! It takes a lot of effort and time for a business or brand to bloom. ) is a matchmaker and relationship coach, host of the “While We Wait” podcast, a wife, a mother, and self titled “unapologetic brown skin girl”. Love in her commodity and people are her business. 

Today she shares how she has built her business as a solopreneur, how she manages her time with her family, and what’s she’s learned about herself. 

Julie’s Information: Julie’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/julieowadley/
Eli Simone Services: https://www.elisimone.com/
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Do you really know the person or people behind your favorite brand or business? Have you ever even wondered? I do, but it’s because the people behind the business intrigue me! It takes a lot of effort and time for a business or brand to bloom.
Josh & Jess were friends first that built and grew their business together for the last few years. They have built their our vintage store full with 80-90s nostalgia that pulls at your inner child.
Today they share how they started the business, how they integrated into the vintage community, they comment on current events, and they share their goals and dreams.
Jess & Josh’s Information: Public Interest Instagram: https://instagram.com/publicinterestclt?igshid=vzy644ajjyid
Public Interest Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/publicinterestclt?utm_medium=&utm_source=&utm_campaign=shop+with+us+now%21
Public Interest Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/PublicInterestCLT/?__nodl&refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Flinktr.ee%2Fpublicinterestclt&ref=external%3Alinktr.ee&_rdr
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Do you really know the person or people behind your favorite brand or business? Have you ever even wondered? I do, but it’s because the people behind the business intrigue me! It takes a lot of effort and time for a business or brand to bloom.
TODAY’S GUEST: Lauren has built a business around the strong stance that feminism is for everyone. Every gender, sexuality and identifier. She is a twenty something from Boston that lives in the Queen City now. She’s a dog mom, a traveler, and a survivor. Lauren is the owner of Feminist Goods Co which has been featured in Seventeen, Buzzfeed, HuffPost as well as many local news outlets. She thoughtfully designs tees to prints that all represent their mission and values.
Today she shares how she started the business, the fallacy of work life balance, her design process, and the importance of building a supportive community around you.
Lauren’s Information:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/feministgoodsco/
Website: https://feministgoods.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenharbury
In Person at Dupp & Swat in Camp North End
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Do you really know the person or people behind your favorite brand or business? Have you ever even wondered? I do, but it’s because the people behind the business intrigue me! It takes a lot of effort and time for a business or brand to bloom.
TODAY’S GUEST: Taylor and Nick are the owners behind Simple & Sentimental and today we got to sit down with Taylor! They are high school sweethearts turned newlyweds recently. They’re dog parents, creatives, and know how to whip up a good recipe if you follow them on Instagram. The mission behind their business is to help people create unforgettable moments with their loved ones through convenient, innovative, and meaningful products that reflect the beauty and creativity of our Creator. The Waldens have balanced this business since college and have still always found a way to give back.
Today she shares how she started the business, received funding, how to pivot your business, her design process, and the importance of boundaries when working with your partner/spouse. 
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Taylor’s Information:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simplesentimental/
Website: https://simplesentimental.com/
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SimpleSentimental?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=738317778
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Do you really know the person or people behind your favorite brand or business? Have you ever even wondered? I do, but it’s because the people behind the business intrigue me! It takes a lot of effort and time for a business or brand to bloom. ⁣ ⁣
*TODAY’S GUEST: Coy is young entrepreneur leading informative and educational conversations around fashion technology and the importance of STEM. She is a fellow Clarkson alum and a true NYC girl from the Bronx. She is an author, speaker, consultant, and analyst. She is the woman behind the business and brand, Your Own Creativity. YOC explores the latest technology trends in the fashion industry. Today she shares how she started the business, the pivot made in recent months, and how her failure has become her success story. ⁣ ⁣
* Coy’s Information: https://www.instagram.com/yourowncreativity/ | https://www.instagram.com/coygriffin_/ | https://theyoc.com/ | coy@theyoc.com theyoc.com ⁣ ⁣
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Do you really know the person or people behind your favorite brand or business? Have you ever even wondered? I do, but it’s because the people behind the business intrigue me! It takes a lot of effort and time for a business or brand to bloom. ⁣

*TODAY’S GUEST: Shani is the powerhouse behind SHANI AMARA, a brand and business that provides fashionable, eye-catching, and expressive accessories for everyone to complete their look. She carefully curates her collections to share with her customers. She is a dog mom of two huskies, has a contagious smile, and comes from a family of creatives.
Today we’ll be talking about the woman behind the business and her inspirations, hardships, and successes!

* Shani’s Information: https://www.instagram.com/shaniamara/ | https://www.shaniamara.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/groups/2554289734784065 | In Person at Charlotte Collective in Charlotte, NC

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