What’s in your summer bag?

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Summah Summah Summah Timeeee!

It is officially summer and I can finally kick back and relax! Being that this is my LAST “Thank God School is over and summer is here” I want to make sure I take advantage of my break. So to get in gear for this highly anticipated season I have compiled a list of “Summer Essentials” for that cute bag you will be toting around.

1. A camera- Any sort of point and shoot device is fine, but I prefer the kind of making sure the flash is off before putting it in your bag type disposable camera. Let’s be honest, Instagram is cool and all, but there is nothing like having an actual photograph to frame or put in a book of memories.

2. Sunscreen! The sun is all nice and dandy but those UV rays can definitely damage your skin. And just because you slapped on some sunscreen early this morning does not mean you are out of the woods. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every few hours depending on the SPF number. The higher the number the lower number of times it needs to be reapplied.

3. A journal- Note that I did not say diary but a journal. Use it to jot down notes, thoughts, memories, numbers 😉 etc.

4. Umbrella ella ella- Just in case the weather starts being a bit bitchy.

5. Sunglasses- These are always a necessity no matter what time of the year it is.

6. Gum- Not only does it freshen your breath for that guy’s number you jotted down, but it also staves off the need to snack in between meals.

7. Chapstick- Preferably Burt’s Bees….just because I love them.

What’s in your summer bag?




Winter Skin Got You Down?

Since I have been back upstate I have come across a problem: Winter dryness

Winter is all fun and games until someone’s skin gets hurt!

As you all know I am from a place where winter does not exist, and the only protection for my skin that I need is sunscreen. However, I have obviously decided to torture myself by choosing to go to college in New York City and completely ignore that fact that I have never been in any weather less than 50 degrees fahrenheit.

Recently I have been looking for a facial oil to add to my skin care routine that wouldn’t empty my bank account and make me look like the bottom of a Five Guys paper bag, and I came to the realization that no such facial oil exists. So before I spend an offensive amount of money on a beauty product, I will exhaust all other resources first.


  1. Grandmother: Cocoa butter and Vaseline are not an option Grandma.
  2. Mommy: Soap and water will not solve all of my issues lady.
  3. Friends: They are in the same boat.
  4. Google: When all else fails…

After spending a few minutes on google I might have just found the solution to my problem…and world peace:

100% Grape Seed Oil. Yes, plain ‘ol cooking oil!

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Cosmetic Benefit:

  • Inexpensive (found in any local grocery store)
  • Lightweight
  • Doesn’t irritate skin
  • non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores)
  • Helps regulate natural oil production
  • The vitamin C aids in evening out complexion

I just dab a few drops of this on my face over my moisturizer, and it relieves my skin of any tight dry skin. If the cooking oil part is throwing you for a loop, you can try Caudalie Vinosource Nourishing Concentrate (That’s if you want to spend a little more, but honestly ain’t nobody got time for that.)

Emma Stone swears by this oil for her skin, so apparently I’m not the only one loving this stuff!

What helps your skin through these tough winter months???



New Year, New Me?

I don’t know about you, but I just loathe when people say,  “new year, new me.” That phrase is as fake as that Chanel handbag in China Town, and if that is your new years resolution you ARE that fake Chanel handbag in China Town.

However, it is with good spirit to want to bring in the new year with high hopes for the future. So, this is why during this week of celebration (January 2nd was a national holiday for me: My Birthday) I have decided to stop being a grouch and have that little voice in the back of my head make a list. A new years resolution list to be exact.

10 Resolutions for 2013!

  1. Stop pretending you want to go on a diet. Shawanda, you will only fail by week 2 and then eat yourself into a comfy position while watching Sex And The City.
  2. Help someone in need.
  3. After the 3rd outfit just walk away. You will not find the perfect outfit for that party if most of your wardrobe is on the floor.
  4. Don’t settle. If you settle you miss out on the option that was just around the corner.
  5. Stop hating Kim Kardashian so much….SHE HAS DONE NOTHING TO YOU.
  6. Smile while walking down the street because it’s totally NOT creepy, besides the guy staring you down as you walk on 8th ave is going to tell you to anyway.
  7. Participate in a run for charity (The Color Run!!!)
  8. If you are talking to someone give them your full attention. Don’t check your phone hoping someone will give you an excuse to be somewhere else.
  9. Just give the guy a chance!
  10. Stay on top of this damn blog.
  11. Have more fun. Be more wild. Have no regrets 🙂


c/o instagram: ShawandaMD

With that being said this is my list and a pretty damn good one if I say so myself! What is your new years resolution(s). Hope this got the ball rolling for you guys!
Happy wife, Happy life….I’m sorry, I don’t know where I was going with that.




Lately I’ve been trying to incorporate this Zen philosophy, in an effort to bring more positivity into my life.

OK listen don’t give me the “cut the crap Shawanda” face! This portion of my blog will be dedicated to anything that is on my wee little heart at the moment and it’s me sharing a little bit of my personal self. So enjoy!

Any who…where  was I?


I can’t tell you how many times I have felt like my head would explode from just thinking about sleep when I had a long list of tasks to do. Or that feeling of increasing frustration from outside forces, but life is too short. Cliché, I know, but nothing could be more true. We all have goals or dreams for our lives, but we should never have to compromise our happiness and/or health to reach that destination. However, I am not saying that there won’t be challenges because let me tell ya, life is no walk in the park!

Despite the hardballs life throws you, you should always take a break from that temporary chaos and just grab a moment to inhale and exhale. Take in the positivity of the possibilities, the future and balance and exhale to release all negativity.

Easier said than done right?

I must admit, it will take some time to make this a habit, so in the mean time here are some ways to keep this 7 letter word in the forefront of your brain:

  • Post it! Literally take a post-it write BREATHE and stick it somewhere that it will catch your attention. I put one on the inside of my wardrobe and above my study desk. Don’t forget to do it whenever you see it!

  •  Declutter. I’m pretty positive that it will be much easier to breathe without that 2 day old gym sock lying around. Simplify your space. When my room is a mess, I know that something is out of balance. I remove the things I have been holding onto for a later date hoarding and clean up to get some type of order
  •  Upset? Go for a walk. There is nothing like fresh air and an open mind. Here in NYC I wouldn’t say there are a million places for me to go to clear my head, but there are a few really good places. So go somewhere that doesn’t add to the madness and walk…and why look at that…..it’s a form of exercise too!

{Chelsea Piers}

Be Comfy.