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Chardline wearing Floral and Lace Flower Bomb dress by Eleven 60

5 Ways to Pamper Yourself on Valentine’s Day #VdayWithPSBU

In Beauty, Body Positive, Where to Shop

Over the past few years, it’s become increasingly popular to make sure we self-pamper during Valentine’s Day. The guilt-free feeling when purchasing your favorite item or heading to a spa is unmatched.  This year, I wanted to share five ways that I pamper myself during Valentine’s Day.

So for me, Valentine’s Day is all about being in a constant state of love and euphoria.  During the weekend of Valentine’s Day, I try to accomplish the following:

*Caution, I prepare for this day ONE YEAR in advance, so some of this may seem costly–but of course, I provide alternatives*

 

Paying Off a School Loan

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Way to start off on the unconventional route huh? A few of my stressors come from $40,000 worth of school loans I have to pay for over the next 10 years. Although I finance them like no tomorrow, nothing feels better than paying off a loan. It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulder and like my credit score went up. Well barely, but it certainly puts me closer to buying my first home. There are two ways I’ve done this:

a. Saving a portion of my check every month.
b. File my taxes and apply 75% of my returns to the loan.

Buy a great quality item

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In 2015, I told myself that I would invest in things that produce longevity. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a deal or even a cheaper manufactured item because these pockets are not deep, but Valentine’s Day is all about treating yourself. Since my last name is Chanel, I thought I would get something under $2,000.00 . Good luck right? Well actually, ever since I was 18 years old, I wanted to get Chanel Number 5. So this year, not only am I get one bottle, but I am getting Chanel N 5 New and the classic. I love scents more than I should.

If this seems like too much commitment, but you really want to try new scents, you should check out Scentbird! I received some of the BEST perfumes from this service, and it’s only 14.95 a month. All you have to do is fill out a questionnaire and then travel size amounts are delivered to you! I love love LOVE IT!

 

Journaling

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This has to be the least expensive thing you can do, but it provides the most return. I always take the time to journal about why I love myself. Analyzing everything apart from what guys have said about me or what family members appreciate about me. I write down things that I want to keep working on and ways in which I can learn to love myself more and more. The way you love yourself sets the standard for the way you give love to others.

For example, if I don’t love myself—this can be a catalyst for me not to love another person, over-obsess over someone because I want that feeling, or love someone because you notice how much they love themselves. Always look for at least one thing to appreciate about yourself. It makes all the difference. And you don’t have to do this only do it on Valentine’s Day! In fact, you can do it at any time. But on the days you are feeling down, refer back to that entry–it will provide some comfort!

Full Body Massage

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Yup, cliche but after a year of paying bills and taking care of others, all you want to do is relax and escape. On Groupon, I found a nice deal for a full body massage and you can couple it with a Mani/Pedi and facial for 100.00. The best time to look for deals is during Valentine’s Day because the “Good for Gifting” option is usually the best section on Groupon.

Buy Something for Someone

I know this post is supposed to be all about you, but nothing makes me happier (aside from paying off student loans) than seeing someone smile! Just a little gift that says “thinking of you” or “your beard looked a little whack so here’s something!” One product that is flying off the online shelves is Harry’s.  Harry’s is a New York-based company that manufactures and sells shaving equipment via mail order. I gave this to my brother once, and now he religiously buys their products.

So don’t fret if you aren’t celebrating this holiday with a special someone…because the most specialist(lol) person out there is YOU!

And if you are celebrating it with someone, don’t forget to share whatever candy you get–my mailbox is waiting.

Happy V-Day,
Char.

SAG Awards 2017 Nominee’s Beauty Challenge

In Beauty

Over the weekend, I finally got around to see the SAG nominated film, Hidden Figures. Not only did I feel empowered as a black woman, but I looked at my all progression as personal and communal wins! Also, I loved seeing Taraji P Henson, who played Katherine Johnson, in a whole other element. She did THAT! In the spirit of the SAG Awards creeping up, a few of my blogger friends and I thought it would be cool to participate in a SAG Awards 2017 Nominee’s Beauty Challenge. Each participant in the beauty challenge will create a look from someone on the nominee list. Since Hidden Figures left me speechless, I chose to recreate the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture – Hidden Figures. More specifically, I wanted Taraji’s look. It was simple, beautiful, and reminds me of something I would wear to work on most days.

Before I get into the products that I used, here’s the final product.


Let’s talk about these brows! Now, most of you know I don’t get my eyebrows done. I grew up with a strict Haitian mother and by the time I was of age to start making decisions for myself (in her eyes of course) my eyebrows pretty much looked beautiful to me…never thought about getting them done. But I’m not going to lie, some days I want to make them look shaped up without the hassle of having to get them threaded or waxed.

Palladio has an amazing brow definer that gives my brows a quick pick me without the having to pluck or tweeze! Also, their products are enriched with Ginseng, Green Tea, Gingko Biloba, Vitamin E and natural humectants and skin soothers such as Aloe Vera and Chamomile.

SAG AWARDS 2017 BEAUTY LOOK

In combination with the brow definer, I used two products from City Color Cosmetics: Mattifying Balm and Brow Quad. Before I started, I applied the Mattifying Balm as a primer. It goes on glossy and allows for a seemingly poreless finish! The Brow Quad gave more of a natural color for my eyes brows after using Palladio’s Brow Definer.

SAG AWARDS 2017 BEAUTY LOOK

The next item I used was the Firming DMAE Eye Lift. I naturally have baggy eyes, and they often take away from any eye shadow or lash extensions I apply. Instead of using lots of concealer, I added a little bit of Derma E’s eye lift, and it truly made a difference. After using my Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation (which is one the best full coverage foundations I’ve used), I topped off my look with e.l.f. Cosmetics Velvet Matte Lipstick.

SAG AWARDS 2017 BEAUTY LOOK

SAG AWARDS 2017 BEAUTY LOOK

So what do you think? I know I don’t do many makeup hauls, or skin care regiments on the blog, but why not try now?

 

Want to see other girls? Check out my friend and blogger boo Kurvy Katie’s SAG Awards 2017 look! Hope you enjoyed my first beauty post!! And if you want to find the items, click on the text or the pictures! Also a huge shout out to Face by Trace! She’s my dear friend and makeup artist that helped me execute this look! She actually does all my looks!

Char.

5 Ways to Sleigh the Ultimate Holiday Party #ShakeSprayGo

In Beauty

This year it’s my turn to host annual holiday party! Actually, it’s the 4th year in a row that I’ve been asked to host the annual holiday party. I guess I can say my hosting skills are THE BOMB! Hosting parties always seems like a daunting task, but with proper preparation, it can be smooth sailing! Before diving head first, I try to access how much movement will be involved. Sometimes, you have to workout hours before to ensure that you don’t have stiff joints for the day.  No matter what type of party it is, I always start my planning with 5 steps to ensure that I’m adequately prepared to SLEIGH these holiday parties!

Find Your Comfortable Pair of Pumps

Nothing is worse than limping the whole night! It’s ways important to make sure that your shoes are comfortable. Once you have that out of the way, it takes away about 50% of your worries for the night. After all, you will be moving around to make sure your guests are having a great time.

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Determine Your Playlist

In 2016, playlists are crucial! If you are in the passenger seat of a vehicle, you can lose major points for the wrong song selection. As a host, you are responsible for establishing the mood; there’s no way you can leave it to a random radio station to set the vibes. For the holiday season, I am very much a Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child, Vybz Kartel, and Tory Lanez kind of person. But, when it comes hosting, you have to consider different types of genres. Usually, you can find me putting together the playlist in the wee hours of the night. That’s when I am my most creative!

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Makeup and Hygiene

With all the hustle and bustle, you need to make sure that your face is fresh and your armpits are too! After all, no one likes a stinky host. Dove’s  Dry Spray Antiperspirant goes on instantly dry and provides 48 hours of odor and wetness protection with all the care of Dove. Skincare is an important part of my daily regiment so I always use Dove when I am on the go! Also, it smells amazing! Whether you’re going straight to your office holiday party from work, or hosting at home, you’ll need a product that can keep up with your on-the-go lifestyle.

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Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!

It’s the holidays! This is the time you go bold, gold, and silvers! And of course, as a style blogger, it’s my favorite part of getting ready for holiday parties! This year, I am trying out a beautiful white corset under my gold blazer! I am sure that it’s going to bring down the house!

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Tiny Decorative Statements

After the caterer has been confirmed and the house is cleaned, it’s always great to add little decorative statements to the house. I’m a simple decorator. I love ornaments, candles, and the occasional stocking. These final touches set the mood when it comes to holiday parties.

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So what did you think of my list? Are you hosting any parties of your own?

Until next time,

Char!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Grad School Acceptance to Boston University

Chardline Gets Ready for Grad School

In Beauty, Body Positive, Fitness & Health, Lifestyle, Personal Style, Travel

-inserts cliché- There comes a time in every person’s life where opportunities arise and there is nothing you can do but accept it. On August 5th, I got my opportunity in the form of one phrase: “On behalf of Boston University Metropolitan College’s Admissions Committee, I would like to congratulate you on your acceptance into the Master of Urban Affairs Program at Boston University. “

YOUR GIRL IS GOING TO GRAD SCHOOL ON A FULL RIDE!

Boston University Grad School

I’ve been putting off this feat for the past few years.  As soon as I graduated, I continued to work in public service. I must admit, from time to time I would get overwhelmed because of work life and blog life. But now that I have a handle on everything, I feel confident enough to take the plunge.

Before committing to school, I researched a few ways to make sure that I have productive two years. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t sacrifice my blog, my job, my health, or my grades.  With some great advice from Nicole of Curves on a Budget , meeting with a time management specialist, and some insight from alumni, I learned 8 effective practices that are going to aide me with my journey to diploma #2. And guess what?  I am going to take you ALL on my journey. With each practice, I will include some links and resources as to how I’m getting through this rat race called graduate school. But most importantly, I will make sure each post includes some style attributes. Don’t worry; I am still going be the best dressed lady in the library.

So here’s a preview of some of the practices and tips that will help me get through these next two grueling years!

  1. Staycation: Taking time to reflect, plan and execute is going to be crucial to getting out of this unscathed. A staycation needs to happen somewhere that is free of distraction and an area that screams Feng Shui. You know the saying, “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail.”
  2. Rest: Developing regular sleeping patterns is crucial to survival. I am going to have my first mattress review on the blog. This mattress will not only ease my way into snoozeville, but I will highlight the attributes it has for heavier women.
  3. Nutrition: Food is fuel! The wrong set of meals and all the sudden you’ll have a bad case of the itis. It’s important to make sure you are eating well and finding resources that help with planning out your meals for the week.
  4. Physical Activity: It’s very important to make sure your machine is well oiled. You have to make sure that all those school books feel as light as a feather and that you’re in great shape throughout the way.
  5. Organization: I am going to take a trip into everyone’s favorite one-stop shop to get supplies that will help organization and effectiveness. Whether it’s a new laptop or a drawing board, you have to be organized. From developing a shooting schedule with my photographer or answering emails in a timely manner, I will show you the ins and outs of getting through a successful week of work, school, and blogging.
  6. Time Management: My brain often goes off into la la land but luckily my time management specialist has showed me some way to beat this. Whoever knew that a watch can take your time management skills over the top?
  7. Vacation: Nothing says, “Good Job Chard” like a well-deserved vacation. When my semester is done, I will be vacationing on a resort in Haiti. When my parents left Haiti for the United States, their main goal was to raise a beautiful family that will go a lot further than they could afford to. I can’t wait to reflect on my parent’s homeland while bringing their vision to life.

But enough with the sappy story! Can’t wait to be so open and vulnerable throughout this entire journey. From long nights to delusional behaviors, you all are going to be on a bumpy ride!!

First stop, staycation!

Cheers!

Chardline celebrating her acceptance into grad school

 

Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupon

Saving BIG BUCKS with Groupon

In Beauty

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine*


Happy Monday!

This past weekend, I realized that I need to get back on my savings plan. As a part-time grad student, a part-time blogger, a full-time government employee, and all around beauty queen, I find myself choosing between my nail appointments and dinner dates. Is this considered adulting? If so, I wasn’t ready! Upon finishing my regular routine last Saturday –mani, pedi, wax, and relax– I felt defeated. I spent over 170.00 dollars on a process that I commit to at least 2 times a month. I was pretty frustrated, but then it dawned on me: GROUPON! Although I have a lot of loyalty to my regular spa spot, they do not have a lot of loyalty to my wallet. I usually use Groupon to search for discounted hotel stays but I never thought about discounted Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons.

Groupons offers a vast mobile and online marketplace where people discover and save on amazing things to do, see, eat and buy. Whether you’re looking for spa services or looking discounts on makeup brushes, there is a Groupon for everything.

Since I was just pampered last Saturday, I started researching on discounted services that were in my backyard. While browsing the Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons,  I saw a few Groupons for Laser Hair Removal.  In the past, I read a lot of about Laser Hair Removal. As much as I wanted to try it, the sessions were too expensive for me.  With a bit of Groupon searching, not only did Groupon help with the process of me finding a great Laser Hair Removal spot in the Boston area, they were a lot cheaper than I expected. For 8 small sessions at the Four Seasons Laser Center, it came up to 99.00 dollars! Another aspect that I love about Groupon are the ratings and reviews included at the bottom of each Groupon. Reading open and honest reviews about the Four Seasons Laser Center put me at ease. With a procedure that is minimally invasive, you want to make sure you going to the right place.

 

Groupon for Laser Hair Removal

So if you are ever looking for discounted Health, Beauty & Wellness service, make sure you check out Groupon first! You never know how much you’ll save! Next month, I will follow up with my sessions at the Four Seasons Laser Center!

Until next time, Char!