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Free Events May Not Be For Me

 

 

Last night, I went out to a free event. What I found is that free events may not be for me. For someone who pays for quality, free events can be underwhelming and that is exactly what it was. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some free events that are definitely lit. If you have never been to Arts, Beats, & Lyrics, that is something you need to experience. Free Art, Free Music, Free Jack Daniels.

The event was supposed to be bourbon tasting and cigars. I saw the cigars, but I didn’t see any bourbon. People were standing around. It also was to include jazz music. There was no music to be heard.

How do I prevent myself to wasting my time going to events like this?

  1. Check to see the demographic of people that will be in attendance. If I don’t see at least 5 people I know going, I will stay home or find another activity to do.
  2. Was this a first time event? That plays a major factor. Now that may not always be true. Yet you can sense the awkwardness when someone is first putting something on and that is what I saw.
  3. Are you excited to wear that new outfit you planned out? Unfortunately, something told me not to wear that fire outfit and save it for another time. Glad I did and kept it lowkey casual.

Going forward, I may have to cancel out all of the free activities and pay for quality. I hate to do it, but they are just not for me at this time.

Have you been to a free event that was a waste? Share your story in the comments. I love to see how others feel.

Hashtag LemonPepperKickback

Girl did you see what was popping over the weekend on the Gram?

Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji had a kickback with lemon pepper wings and all of Black Hollywood was there. I wish I had been in the building.

But look who was there!

The excellence about these photos is not that they are famous, but that black people can just gather together and have a good time. This is what I strive to have with my friends when we can.

 I might just have to have a kickback at the crib real soon.

P.S. Luke James I love you! Donald Glover is everything I dream of.

September Roundup: Purchases Compiled

 

Here are all things I purchased in the month of September. I am sharing because you never know what someone might want or need. In no necessary order of course

Happy Shopping!

 

 

Tripod

Toothpaste with more than enough fluoride

 

Some handbags which I will feature in a separate post

Zinus Mattress currently $110 purchased for the guest room
Steve Madden Jobie Ankle Boots

Girl Power Tee from Forever 21

 

What did you buy for the month of September?

Get to Know The Blogger

If you stopped by before, you probably don’t know much about me.

Hi, I am Shana. Here are some things you may want to know.

Oh hey I’m the girl who writes on daxolife.com

  1. Where are you from? Born and raised in Baltimore. No I’m not from the Wire and I absolutely hate when people say that.

  2. What do you do for a living? I work in IT. I am currently transition roles at my job because I need a challenge

  3. What’s your favorite kind of music? Anything you can dance to which is everything. I am actually a classically trained dancer, but I’ll save that for another day.

  4. Are you in a relationship? Yup and we live together. Please keep me lifted in prayer because cohabitation is hard even a year and a half later

  5. Do you workout? Got a personal trainer on deck. Check her out: Foxx-Fitness

  6. What’s your favorite type of shoe? Anything by Steve Madden…….. I breathe and live those shoes.

  7. Do you have any pets? I do. Her name is Blake and she’s the most lovable shithead. She is a Chihuahua terrier mix

  8. How do you feel about yourself? I think I am whimsical as eff. Black girl magic and all the fixins’.

  9. What’s your favorite thing to eat? Tacosssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!
    Ruru’s Tacos + Tequila in Charlotte

  10. Do you have freckles? No, but my dad does and my sisters just started showing up in her late 20s.

  11. How tall are you? I am 5’2 and vertically challenged. I am your jump the counter to reach the top shelf type of girl.

  12. Who is your first childhood best friend? Danielle! We are apart but I can call her whenever like I saw her yesterday. And she’s a poppin lawyer in Maryland.

  13. What phone do you have currently? I have a LG V10 aka Android. I am on my 4th one after 2 boot issues and a cracked screen. But I am proud to say I have had this phone for almost 2 years. No I will never own a iPhone.

  14. What phone do you want? I want the Essential phone created by Andy Rubin. Check it out here.

  15. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Yes often and all the time. It shapes me.

  16. What is the last thing you bought? Chile these Steve Madden Red booties giving 80s vibes.

  17. Can you cook? Does a bear shit in the woods? Hell yea!

  18. When is your bedtime? The moment I close my eyes and start snoring which is usually around 10:30. I am washed and proud.

  19. Where do you like to shop? H&M, Zara, Steve Madden, Forever 21, Goodwill, Missguided, Boohoo

  20. Are you stubborn? Yes and it won’t change. It is what it is when I say it is. BOOM!

This was definitely fun! If you have questions you may want to know about me, comment below!

 

Target’s Project 62 Want List

 

Project 62 is out! It finally released on Saturday. I plan to turn my dining room into a parlor/sitting room to do work from home, blog work, and reselling work. Yes that’s alot of work.

I wanted something bold and sexy to sit in and for my boyfriend to take impromptu pictures of me when I don’t even notice. This will be my room for me and by me.

Here is my Want List.

Soriano Square Arm Channel Tufted Chair Navy Velvet – Project 62™

When I thought I was going to dress this room up in pretty blush, I was wrong. This velvet chair as soon as you walk in my house will be a conversation piece. The best part is it is only priced at $250.


Geneva Glass Floor Lamp Triple Globe – Brass – Project 62™

I wasn’t sure if I was going to do a desk lamp or not. This floor lamp with the triple globe will be going next to my desk. We will be allowed work from home starting in October so I will need it.


Antwerp Desk Walnut – Project 62™

Hey walnut desk! I will be setting this up for work from home, blogging, reselling, etc. Anything else I need to work on. I will propped here. Netflix will be up on the Surface too. And no I’m not an Apple girl.


68″ Antwerp Bookcase with Storage Walnut – Project 62™

You have to have a bookcase. So I should probably get books to put on it. I am not much of a book reader. I am technically driven so if it isn’t product related with Microsoft, Google, etc. I probably won’t know about it.


Manila Hammered Barrel Coffee Table – Brass – Project 62™

This table is just everything. I didn’t want the traditional rectangle or square. I won’t be using end tables as the space is not that big.


Madrot Multi-Globe Glass Ceiling Light (Includes CFL Bulb) – Brass – Project 62™

The chandelier in the room currently is ugly and atrocious. I want it out. I will be replacing it with the Globe Glass Ceiling Light. Another conversation piece will be happening when people come in.

All this costs less than $2000. I’m not broke, but I am cheap.

Do you have items you want from the Project 62? And do you want to see the before and after of my parlor in a later blog post?

Photos via Target.com

Nashville Was Lit: A Travel Guide

 

 

A couple of weekends ago I hit up Nashville to visit the family. It was my 2nd time going and it was everything I needed to be. Now I did make the 6 hour drive from North Carolina to get there. My anxiety and those mountains definitely hate me triggered due to too many car accidents. Once we got there, we went directly to bed. My cousin had just gotten into his new home and it was gorgeous. Here is my little travel guide of where to go in Nashville.

Big Al’s Deli In Nashville, TN

The first thing we did is have breakfast at Big Al’s Deli.  Man oh man. That food is to die for. It is really so good you will slap your momma. I literally wouldn’t mind eating this on my death-bed. I had the Shrimp & Grits. It was far beyond delicious. Now Big Al’s is not stingy with their food. I got a big ol’ bowl. The shrimp were large and I was happy. I caught the itis and a nap was necessary.

Southern Carolinian Shrimp & Grits

After that bomb breakfast, I wanted to get a picture at some of the murals in Nashville. Now there are about 18 murals and I made it to 2 of them. Those 2 were good enough for a photo opp with me in it.

What Lifts You Mural

The angel wings were in the Gulch. It is a popping area where all the milennials are. There is always a line of people trying to take a photo opp. So be aggressive.

I Believe In Nashville

We drove over to the I Believe In Nashville mural. It is in a little alley way in 12 South. It had been recently vandalized in July, but it is back. Hey photo opp.

Shopping in Nashville is a must. You do need to head to the suburbs in Brentwood, a rich area. All I needed was Nordstrom Rack and a TJMaxx. They delivered what I wanted. I got to pairs of shoes on sale and a dress form from TJMaxx that I need for Poshmark. You can always hit the shops in the downtown Nashville as well. They have a Goorin Bros Hat Shop and you must stop in there. Employees are great and you can try on all the hats to your hearts desire. One of the places I did not get to was United Apparel Liquidators or UAL. It is a thrift store for designer brands. I had left the nail salon and didn’t notice it was across the street. Check out their online store here though.

We also stopped down by Centennial Park for a quick flick. The park is a large urban park located west of downtown Nashville and near Vanderbilt University. It was a beautiful day to get out there and look around. They have little ponds for finish, walking paths, plenty of trees and benches. There was even a couple laying in a hammock listening to music. The park also has a full size replica of the Parthenon in Athens which was built in 1897. It is a full size museum to the public. We didn’t go in, but I will make that on my to do list for next time we go.

Parthenon

Honorable mention to Local Taco for the UberEats dinner. I woke up the next morning still thinking about it.

Let’s skip to Saturday because that’s where the fun happened. We hit Wine on the River Nashville on the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge in downtown.

Wine On The River Nashville

Now I will tell this much I didn’t get many photos because I was trying to stay sober. I’ll better about that in my future travels. But it was good times. They not only had wine but they had the finest Bourbons and Whiskeys. I love how smooth it goes. Grown women drink whiskey.

 

Shotgun Red Wine

The best wine goes to Shotgun Red. If you make communion Sunday, then this is it. This is the communion wine you have to have. This is wine that Jesus made. I went back like 3 times because it is amazing and delicious. It can get you drunk if you don’t pace itself.

I was feeling it

 

One thing was there was not enough food vendors in my opinion. Del Frisco’s were selling steak sandwiches and Tom and Chee were making grilled cheese. I had both because I needed something to soak up all the wine and liquor I was drinking.

More food was in order so we ubered to Little Donkey Mexican Restaurant which is a local restaurant. I engaged in a chicken burrito bowl. It was delicious. It was not crowded at all. I definitely recommend it.

*brief intermission for that nap I took after all that drinking*

The last activity of the weekend was hopping into nightlife. I had no idea where we were going but when we got there. YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Uber EVERYWHWERE over to The Back Corner. Y’all!!! This is a definitely local spot and not in a busy area. You walked up. They check your id and you go in. No cover and no bouncers patting you down. You walk in and the bar is immediately in front of you. That is a great move for the owner because you immediately think drinks. I got a coke because I wasn’t quite together yet. The vibe was dope. They have plenty of seats. I am thinking you have to pay for like a table. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO THOSE SEATS ARE FOR EVERYONE. So we got in free and you get to sit on couches and chaises. DJ played the TOP 40 which included Cardi B.’s “Bodak Yellow”. I was pleased with the whole place.

Overall, my trip to Nashville was great. I will be returning again.

Have you ever been? Tell me about your trip to Nashville.

And would you like to see more posts about my travelling?

-daxolife

Outfits by: Forever 21 | Babes and Felines | Free People | Old Navy | Naked Wardrobe | Steve Madden

It’s A Stirrup Revolution

 

This might be a crazy trend or taking it back to my childhood. 80s baby over here. It popped in my head the other day. I legit want to some stirrup pants, leggings or a jumpsuit. I hopped online AND BOOM! Forever 21 had some for the queen to purchase.

I got these right here. I am finna kill the game. You can purchase these Velvet Stirrup Leggings here.

If you are interested in other options, here are some more afforable options. I know someone else wants some.

free people hi rise ponti stirrup legging|clayton spandex rib stirrup pants|tibi stirrup pants

nasty gal giddy up girl stirrup leggings|sans socui floral patch stirrup leggings

Hopefully my 1st photo shoot for the blog comes together with these. Wish me luck.

Ingenuity with Followers

It has happened to all of us when we first begin blogging. It is happening to someone right now. It is happening to me.

I am a victim of ingenuity with followers. That’s when you post your item for exposure on Twitter or Instagram. You plenty of likes and follows due to hashtags. You follow those people back. And soon as you follow back, they unfollow you. It was all a scheme to get their followers up.

Guess what? They are dicks. Yes that is really how I feel. Okay sure they saw my content, but they are never coming back again to see the new things I post. It may be something they like. It has really become my pet peeve as I start this blogging life. Why do people do it? I really have no idea, but I keep in mind who has done that. I will not engage with their material at all. Now I understand following people who are apart of your niche I guess but…..

If you are a culprit, I hope you see this. If you are only engaging for follows and likes and then hitting unfollow……

Just a quick thought.

-daxolife

Booties Because Fall Is Coming

Fall is swinging back around and it is time to order those new booties. If you are wondering about clothes, checking out Key Staples for Fall 2017 (link).

Now back to the booties.

Sam Edelman Women’s Petty Ankle Boot

I love Sam Edelman. This bootie is absolutely adorable. It is leather with dyed calf fur around the top. It has a western-inspired feel.

Breckelles Heather-34 Faux Suede Chunky Heel Ankle Boot

This bootie is an inexpensive version making it less than $25 in my size. I love the wine color which can stand out if you wear all black outfits. This also has a tapered block heel.

Steve Madden Wagner Ankle Boot

That sexy black ankle boot that is always a must have. With this 4.5 inch heel, you will kill the game. This is definitely on my list to purchse. But I am going to wait to a coupon code drops on the Steve Madden site.

Boohoo Lisa Pointed Toe Western Boot

This is another western style boot by Boohoo. For me, those buckles are popping. Now I am not saying I’m a cowgirl but I could be for the day. This can be paired with skinny jean and camel sweater. Boohoo always has some type of sale going on. For now they are doing 50% everything including sale. You can get these boots for only $30.

Schutz Naiely Block Heel Spandex Bootie

These is bloody shoes. Oh this bootie is to dieeeeeeeeeeeeeee for me. Blood red gorgeous block heel bootie that in my opinion will have your feet standing out. Now the price is steep. But if you can invest, get them.

If you need help looking for a bootie, you can always email me via the contact page. Also, what topics would you love to see on the blog? As I am ramping up, I want to cater to my readers.

-daxolife